Weymouth progress in FA Trophy after opponents pull out

Weymouth progress in FA Trophy after opponents pull out

Published at 1:06pm 17th December 2018. (Updated at 7:53pm 17th December 2018)

The Terras now face Workington Town or Ramsbottom United in the next round.

Weymouth Football Club are through to the 2nd round of the Buildbase FA trophy after their 1st round opponents Needham Market, withdrew from the competition.

The Southern League Premier club will now face Workington Town or Ramsbottom United, away. The tie will be played on Saturday 12th January.

A statement on the Terras's official website reads....

"Weymouth Football Club wish to advise their supporters that the Buildbase FA Trophy 1st Round fixture against Needham Market will not now take place on Tuesday 18th December 2018.

The visitors have unfortunately advised the Football Association that they have withdrawn from the competition.

While we have every sympathy with Needham Market’s predicament in travelling to Dorset twice in a few days, we all as clubs know the rules of the competition when we enter.  The weather can affect such fixtures at this time of year but we just need to accept this as a fact of life. If the boot was on the other foot we can assure you that the team would have been there representing the club on Tuesday.

As a result of this, Weymouth FC will now progress to the Second Round of the Buildbase FA Trophy."

Weymouth Football Club Board of Directors

Meanwhile, Director of Football Paul Maitland has been having his say on the situation.

“Having been informed of Needham Market’s decision to withdraw from the Buildbase FA Trophy late last night, a decision that we know wouldn’t have been easy for them to make. Whilst we have every sympathy for Needham Market’s predicament, we went in to the competition and we are all aware of the rules and requirements of the competition.

We would like to state publicly that we made plans for a journey to Needham, as well as a journey to Merthyr, or even the home rearranged game with Needham if they decided to carry on in the competition. Whilst looking at some comments on social media asking why the game couldn’t be rearranged for Saturday, this simply cannot happen as you are then postponing our league game against Harrow Borough, this would mean that they would have to come to us in a rearranged midweek league game which then has a knock on effect for Harrow and other teams in a similar situation.

Added to that, in accordance with the FA rules for the competition, they stated that the game had to have been played this week and instructed the club’s that this game would be on Tuesday evening. As you would have seen, our scheduled league away game in Wales at Merthyr has now been called off, despite our willingness to travel and through no fault of Merthyr Town who have also been impacted by these events.”

“The events of Saturday were unfortunate, however nobody can control the weather. The officials gave every chance for the game to go ahead, due to the fact that Needham did have to travel so far, as well as the officials and supporters.”

“Clearly this is not the way that we wanted to go through in the competition but now we turn our attention back to our league campaign and we wait to see the outcome of the FA Trophy draw later today.”

“We wish Needham Market the best of luck for the remainder of the season and we wish them well for the future.”