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Taking a leaf out of Havant & Waterlooville's book

Havant & Waterlooville's dream of even going some way to emulating the magic of their FA Cup tie against Liverpool in 2008 was ended at the third qualifying round stage this season.

Their conquerors were fellow Blue Square Bet South club Weston-Super-Mare, who progressed to the final qualifying round with a 3-2 win thanks to goals from Jamie Price (pictured), Nat Pepperell and Mike Mackay.

Their reward is another home match, against Southern Premier League outfit, Oxford City on October 29 at the Woodspring Stadium - and although they won't be taking the game lightly, they will be favourites to book a place in the first round.

They earned their place in the fourth qualifying round but needed to put in a battling performance to get there.

Triumphant Weston boss Craig Laird said: “I thought it was a great match, end to end, both sides could have won it, and both sides could of easily lost it!

'What the FA Cup is all about'

“It was just a great cup match, and after games like that, it’s a shame that one team has to lose, which is what the FA Cup is all about.”

Now Laird thinks it could be Weston's time to enjoy some FA Cup success - and he'll hope for anything even vaguely resembling Havant & Waterlooville's 2007-8 season run. 

“Maybe it’s our turn to have a cup run, we’ve already beaten some tough sides, and the games will be getting tougher and we’ll have to continue to battle hard.

“The fans were brilliant as well, the atmosphere was great. The fans switching ends really helped us and between them, they urged the ball in when Mackay scored.

“It was overall a great effort from all at the club. The squad, team, the backroom staff, and fans all worked hard and they deserve the result.”

League form is the priority

Laird knows that league form is the priority though. The Seagulls are back in Blue Square Bet South action this weekend when Eastbourne Borough visit the Woodspring Stadium.

Weston visit high flying Woking, who were dumped out of the FA Cup in a 4-1 defeat at league rivals Maidenhead United on Saturday, tow days later.

Talking about the upcoming clash with Eastbourne Borough, who were playing in the Premier Division last season, Laird said: “They’ve come down, and once again we’ll have to do our homework.

"Coming down from the Conference Premier we know they will be a good outfit.

“But we are as good as anyone on our day, and can beat anyone. It’s important to keep picking up early points so that we can get enough points on the board to enjoy a cup run.”


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