Foot­ball Seag­ulls out to slay the Drag­ons in bid for FA Cup glory

Bristol Post - - SPORT -

WE­STON-SU­PER-MARE will be look­ing to pull off a FA Cup shock on Sun­day when the Seag­ulls host Na­tional League lead­ers Wrex­ham in the first round (12.45pm).

We­ston are bot­tom of Na­tional League South, but have im­proved of late with a 1-0 win at Hunger­ford and 3-3 draw at Dulwich Ham­let in their last two out­ings.

Wrex­ham boss Sam Rick­etts, though, has urged his play­ers to “seize the op­por­tu­nity” against We­ston.

This sea­son is the first time since the 2014-15 sea­son that Wrex­ham have pro­gressed be­yond the fourth qual­i­fy­ing round, that term see­ing Kevin Wilkin’s men ad­vance to the third round where they ran Pre­mier League side Stoke City close be­fore be­ing elim­i­nated. Wrex­ham have been syn­ony­mous with fa­mous giant killing acts dur­ing their his- tory, and while Rick­etts in­sists the league is their pri­or­ity, he ad­mits that an ex­tended run in the FA Cup would be a wel­come dis­trac­tion for the North Wales club.

How­ever, Rick­etts stressed he is not over­look­ing the chal­lenge of the Seag­ulls, who are man­aged by his for­mer Nuneaton Bor­ough team-mate Marc Mc­Gre­gor.

And af­ter scout­ing Sun­day’s op­po­si­tion, Rick­etts said: “If we just turn up ex­pect­ing to win the game then we won’t, sim­ple as that. The re­wards are there for us to win this game and hope­fully have a good cup run. I keep stress­ing to the play­ers, telling them to seize an op­por­tu­nity.”

He added: “We’ll have the same prepa­ra­tion, we’re not tak­ing any­thing lightly, train­ing won’t be any eas­ier or dif­fer­ent. We will be flat out to go and win this game ex­actly like we are at ev­ery league game.” The Drag­ons are un­beaten in their last nine out­ings in league and cup, while the Seag­ulls, de­spite be­ing bot­tom of the Na­tional League South, are un­beaten in their last three.

Tick­ets for the game are still avail­able, priced £12 for adults, £8 con­ces­sions and £3 for un­der-16s. A fam­ily ticket (two adults and two un­der-16s) costs £20.

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