Saints back in FA Cup action

Ian Allinson’s men take a break from National League South action on Saturday as they travel west to face Weymouth in the Third Round of Qualifying for the Emirates FA Cup.

City suffered a a heavy 4-0 defeat at the hands of Maidstone United last weekend, however the score-line does not tell the whole story. The Saints enjoyed an impressive opening twenty-minutes and found themselves in several promising positions, but could not make the most of those opportunities.

Even though the Stones took the lead against the run of play, City continued to cause problems until a second goal just before half-time killed that momentum. Two further goals after the break ensured that the Saints went home empty handed.

Despite that defeat last time out in the league, the Saints go into this meeting with their Second Round Qualifying victory replay over Worthing under their belts. Three quick-fire first half strikes proved to be the difference on the day, and Ian Allinson will know that he’ll need more of the same from his side if they are to make it through to the next stage of the competition.

However, City know that they have a tough task ahead of them as they face a Weymouth side that defeated them 4-1 only three weeks ago in a league match at Clarence Park.

The Terras, who currently sit in fourth place in their first season back at this level, have carried their league form into the FA Cup and have reached this stage courtesy of a comfortable 3-0 victory over Sholing.

Mark Molesley’s side took the lead on the quarter of an hour mark through Andy Robinson, and that lead was doubled just nine minutes later when Ben Thomson poked the ball home from close range. Brett Williams completed the scoring in the 90th minute, putting the result beyond doubt.

The Terras have been potent in front of goal so far this term, scoring twenty six in all competitions. Forwards Brett Williams, Josh McQuid and Ben Thomson have 14 goals between them and will be the danger men to watch for City on Saturday.

In terms of team news for the Saints, Ian Allinson hopes to have Oli Sprague back and available after he missed out against Maidstone with an illness. Fellow defender James Kaloczi could be a doubt, however, after he was forced off last Saturday with a knock.

Matchday info:

Admission prices at The Bob Lucas Stadium are Adults £14, Concessions £10 (over 65’s, students) and Children £3 (under 16’s).

Kick-off is 3pm.

Making your own way to Dorset? You can find directions to the ground on Weymouth’s website – https://uptheterras.co.uk/stadium/#1561463148215-778cf5e9-8a89

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