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Grier's Guide to Weston-super-Mare


Simon has updated the guide that originally went into yesterday's programme.

When: Tuesday 8 October 2019, 7.45pm kick-off.

The town: Seaside town in Somerset where the first transatlantic telegraph cable came ashore in 1885. Famous people from the town include John Cleese, Rupert Graves and Deep Purple guitarist Ritchie Blackmore.

The ground: Optima Stadium, Winterstoke Road, Weston-Super-Mare, Somerset, BS24 9AA. A Conference South-standard ground fitting the status they held until relegation over the summer. It has a large, but rather unusual, stand behind one goal that is part terrace part seating.

Directions: It's a long way and as soon as the final whistle blew in the first game Ks fans were already considering quite how they could make it on a Tuesday night. The good news is there's an hourly direct train from Paddington. The bad news is the station is a mile and a half from the ground, at three days' notice it will cost a fortune and if the game goes to extra time you'll have no chance of making the last train back to London. So a game to drive to, then. By car it's at least two and a half hours from Kingston, even if there's no traffic.

Our record there: For the second round in a row Ks face are facing a completely new opponent. The famous Bristol City cup tie was the last time we ventured this far west.

Recent form: Ninth in the Southern Premier South - that's our level, if you've struggled to keep up with the FA's restructuring - and they haven't yet failed to score in a game this season. Wins over Fareham and Merthyr have got them this far.

Players to watch: Goalkeeper Luke Purcell is an ex England C international, captain Scott Laird confidently slammed home the equalising penalty and substitute Nick McCootie had a late winner ruled out. 

Crowd: A well-supported club typically drawing crowds of over 500, it's likely to be a good atmosphere given the importance of the game.

Drinking: With the ground being on the edge of town, the only pub particularly nearby is the Walnut Tree on Winterstoke Road. Otherwise, the clubhouse is likely to be your best bet.

Food: There's a cluster of fast food places at the top end of Winterstoke Road (the opposite end from the pub), or you can of course eat in the ground.

Published Sunday 6th October 2019