FA Cup: School Reporters report on Weston-super-Mare defeat

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Image caption Weston-super-Mare (white shirts) play three divisions below Doncaster in the football pyramid

School Reporters Harry and Charlie, who attended the postponed FA Cup tie between Weston-super-Mare and Doncaster, returned to Woodspring Park for the rearranged game. Here's their match report:

Weston-super-Mare 1-4 Doncaster Rovers

After a nine-day wait for the replay, the highly-anticipated match was going ahead.

The Woodspring Stadium had a capacity crowd and almost doubled their previous record at nearly 3,000 fans.

Weston-super-Mare's Luke Purnell and Dayle Grubb had been chosen for the England C team [for non-league players] but were given the all-clear to instead play for this FA Cup round one tie.

Special thanks have to go to Bob the groundskeeper and all the other groundsmen for ensuring the pitch was playable this time.

Before the game started, there was a minute of silence for the five teenagers who died at the weekend just outside of Doncaster.

First half: The Seagulls started from kick-off with a couple of nervy passes. Then came Doncaster with a quick attack inside the first 80 seconds and they scored - however the goal was disallowed, as a result of a handball.

The first 15 minutes were mostly dominated by Doncaster but was very slow. Tom Jordan was putting in some good tackles and blocks to keep the visitors out.

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School Reporters tell the story of Weston-super-Mare's postponed FA Cup tie with Doncaster Rovers.

Doncaster broke through with a goal from Curtis Main as a well-planned corner routine gave him a tap-in.

Jordan had later come in from behind in a tackle and was booked for it.

A good attack from Doncaster led to the save of the match from Purnell, who sidestepped across his goal to make a quick reaction save with his feet from a header just outside the six-yard box.

In the 36th minute the home defence was caught ball-watching as Main tucked away a second but it might have touched one of Weston's defenders as it went in. The hosts' players and fans were all appealing for offside but the linesman didn't give it so it was 2-0 to Doncaster.

Leading up to half-time Doncaster started to play a bit slower but suddenly they broke through with some great passing and then to everyone's surprise, a great touch with the chest by James Coppinger set himself up for a great volley that he smashed into the back of the net straight past goalkeeper Purnell to make it 3-0.

Half-time: Doncaster had mostly dominated the first half, only giving Weston a few opportunities to score. During the half-time break the fans were informed that England had gone 1-0 up against Scotland.

Second half: The second half started with Doncaster caught flat-footed and surprised by the completely changed and more energetic Weston after what seemed to be a half-time rollicking by manager Micky Bell.

Weston then dominated the game for 20 minutes and won five corners all in quick succession, yet they couldn't find a way through the Doncaster defence.

For the fourth goal Weston got caught on the counter as Doncaster's Richie Wellens scored.

Weston then continued their dominance of the second half. Doncaster made three changes to give some fresh legs to their team.

Weston had some good free-kick opportunities but they were all wasted and with just over 10 minutes remaining each side made a final change.

After 90 minutes the fourth official signalled for an additional three minutes, in which Weston scored their goal.

It came from a corner which was dropped by Jed Steer, the Doncaster keeper, under lots of pressure, then from the rebound Weston had a couple of opportunities to smash it home from the six-yard box blocked on the line.

However Liam Monelle managed to put it in the back of the goal from some scrappy play and once he had scored all the Weston fans went wild, everyone was screaming and shouting and the atmosphere was incredible.

In conclusion each side owned a half of the match. Weston gave it their all but Doncaster were simply too strong for them.

Jacob Cane of Weston was voted man of the match.

Good luck to Doncaster against Oldham in the next round.

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