Section: Weymouth

Non-League: Arlesey 0-1 Weymouth

Weymouth secured their first victory on the road in two-and-a-half months with a much-needed three points at struggling Arlesey Town.

Stewart Yetton’s 55th minute strike proved the difference between the two sides, as a change of system paid dividends for player-manager Jason Matthews, who managed his first league contest from the sidelines.

Struggling with injury but naming himself among the substitutes, the Terras’ boss shuffled his pack intensely from the side that fell apart at Frome in midweek.

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Dorset Senior Cup: Weymouth 3-2 Poole

A screamer from winger Alec Fiddes proved enough to seal a dramatic Weymouth comeback, and in-turn knock defending champions Poole Town out of the Dorset Senior Cup.

The Terras made a total of six changes from their 7-2 reverse at Chesham on Saturday, as they pitted their wits against a strong Dolphins’ line-up.

And it was the visitors who opened the scoring in what was a real sense of déjà vu from when the sides met last month, with 11 minutes on the clock.

After Luke Burbidge was felled in the area by Jordan Copp, Steve Devlin – as he did at Tatnam in the teams’ previous league encounter – calmly slotted the ball past Weymouth boss Jason Matthews to draw first blood for the Dolphins.

The home side then tried to respond as winger Chris Shephard caused problems down the right flank. His shot was deflected, and with nobody around him, skipper for the evening Chris McPhee’s tame effort fell straight into the hands of goalkeeper Nick Hutchings.

But Matthews’ men did eventually get their reward when new recruit Dean Evans tried his luck from distance. He caught Hutchings flapping in the visitors’ goal, and there was nothing the Poole gloveman could do to prevent Weymouth levelling things up after 27 minutes.

Luke Roberts’ then showed quick feet for the Dolphins inside the Weymouth area following the break, but after creating half a yard for himself, he couldn’t find the target as Poole put the pressure on.

And on 78 minutes, it was former Terra Burbidge who came back to haunt his previous employers. He spun and rifled a strike into the corner.

The Dolphins were then reduced to 10 men when Marvin Brooks was given a straight red card for what was deemed a reckless challenge on Callum Laird, and late in added time, Weymouth managed to make their numerical advantage count.

With men streaming forward, it was McPhee who touched home a drilled ball in from Copp to make it 2-2 and set up extra-time.

Shephard’s free-kick then narrowly evaded the unmarked Callum Laird, and Devlin’s stinger was beaten away by Matthews.

And it was former Weston-super-Mare man Fiddes who was the hero for the Terras nine minutes into the extra period.

As the ball fell to him 25-yards out, and his thumping effort proved too hot for Hutchings to handle, and it clipped the upright and fell into the net to seal a 3-2 win.

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Non-League: Weymouth 2-0 Cirencester

Weymouth hit back with a vital victory over Cirencester

Goals from Chris McPhee and George Rigg gave Weymouth their first win in four league outings, in a closely-contested battle at the Bob Lucas Stadium.

The duo both found the net inside the final 15 minutes as Jason Matthews’ side came alive late on to shake the Centurions.

The Terras’ boss, who admitted the past week had been a test of his mental strength in the build-up, made two changes to his starting XI that was brushed aside at Corby on Wednesday night.

Rigg and Jamie Laird were recalled to the line-up, with Ashley Wells and Steve Colwell both making way.

In a cagey opening, the Centurions did have the ball in the net early as Matt Liddiard stroked home on the turn, but referee Iain Parsons had blown for a Weymouth free-kick long before he put the ball away.

On his return to the side, it was Rigg who came close to making an impact for the hosts with their first opportunity.

He gathered a loose ball and let fly from all of 25 yards to force a diving save from Cirencester gloveman Glyn Garner.

At the other end, some panic in the Weymouth defence began to creep in.

Operating at right-back, Calvin Brooks had drifted inside to deal with a ball forward and almost flicked his clearance into his own net. Weymouth then nervously dealt with a number of set-pieces from the Centurions.

A low corner from Rigg was then drilled into the path of Yetton, who blazed over, and Brooks saw his ball across goal stabbed away after advancing into the Cirencester area.

Brooks was then needed defensively and did well to keep up with the lively Jacob Davidge as the away side broke down the left.

He forced a comfortable save from Weymouth player-manager Matthews, who got down well to his left to keep hold of the strike.

The Centurions started the second half the brighter of the two teams and, after claims for a handball in the hosts’ box, midfielder James Mortimer-Jones rifled a fizzing attempt at goal, which clattered into the advertising boards.

That came as part of a spell of dominance from visitors after the break and skipper Yetton retreated into the midfield to voice his frustration.

Chris Shephard then showed great technique in what was a lively moment for Matthews’ men.

He sweetly volleyed at goal and was denied by a superb reflex stop, and from the resulting corner, Yetton hit the ball marginally over.

New signing Dean Evans was then handed his debut just past the hour mark, as McPhee was thrust into a more advanced role.

Yetton must have then thought he had scored when his shot at the back-post from a looping cross was well saved by Garner, and McPhee and Adam Kelly saw their attempts on the follow up stabbed off the line.

But as the Terras continued to probe, McPhee didn’t have to wait too much longer to break the deadlock.

On 76 minutes, he brought down a long ball with a sublime touch, took the ball past the goalkeeper and tapped home into an empty net, much to the delight of the Terras’ faithful behind the goal.

A long ball at the other end then caught the hosts napping, but Cirencester full-back Ellis Dunton failed to sort his feet out and scuffed wide in search of a leveller.

Moments later, Dunton left a leg out inside the area and caught Shephard, who had cut inside on the right wing. Referee Parsons had no hesitation in pointing to the spot but up stepped McPhee to blaze the ball into the stand and squander a chance to put the game to bed.

But as the Centurions pushed forward in search of a point, a slick breakway move wrapped the win up for Matthews’ men.

Introduced in place of Yetton with five minutes to go, Alec Fiddes charged down the left on the counter and picked out Rigg, who finished clinically to seal the game in stoppage time.

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Non-League: Weymouth 1-1 Redditch

Weymouth claimed a share of the spoils with Redditch United having played the final 20 minutes with just 10 men at the Bob Lucas Stadium.

A red card for Ashley Wells came in between Jamie Reid’s cool opener and a sublime strike from Reds’ full-back Calum Ferguson, which found the top corner on 75 minutes to give the visitors a point.

Having added to his squad earlier in the day by confirming the loan signing of Robbie Matthews from Gosport Borough, Weymouth manager Jason Matthews placed his new recruit straight into the starting line up, as one of three changes from the side that lost at Poole Town a week previously.

Alec Fiddes and Reid also returned to the side and Connor Riley-Lowe, Steve Colwell and Adam Kelly all dropped to the bench.

And it was Exeter City loanee Reid, on what could be his final game for the club, who almost broke the deadlock after just three minutes on the counter attack.

Following a corner for the visitors, he powered down the right to gather Chris Shephard’s precise through ball, and worked Reds’ stopper Sam Hornby with a stinging effort at his near post.

The visitors then almost mirrored the Terras’ opening chance when Simeon Maye failed to gather on the break, and Weymouth captain Stewart Yetton swept the ball just wide of the far post after Reid and Shephard combined neatly once more.

As the hosts continued to probe, Yetton, still sporting his protective headwear, jinked away from three men and fired into the stands. George Rigg then volleyed wide after Shephard had drawn Hornby out of position.

Chris McPhee’s diving header was then gathered from a well-delivered cross from Wells, and Terras’ boss Matthews found himself at full stretch to make his first save of the encounter.

Having weathered Weymouth’s intent, Reds’ midfielder Leigh Phillips then steamed forward down the right.

His rasping attempt across goal was palmed away by Weymouth keeper Matthews, who flew to his right to thwart the effort. James Mutton then headed over from the resulting corner.

Yetton was then fouled which allowed Shephard to deliver a free-kick from deep, which just evaded Robbie Matthews at the back post in search of a goal on his debut.

Following the break, Calvin Brooks must have thought he had put the Terras a goal up.

He arrived at the back post to meet a devilish ball from Reid from the right flank, and saw his header kept out by Hornby, who stuck out a mitt at the last moment to pull off a sublime reaction save.

A teasing cross from Redditch’s Phillips almost caught manager Matthews off guard as he scrambled to his back post with the sun in his eyes and saw the ball drift wide, with Reds’ frontman Courtney Baker-Richardson throwing himself into the Terras’ net in an attempt to put the ball home.

The visitors started to look dangerous at this point and arguably should have drawn first blood through Calvin Dinsley.

He failed to take his chance from the edge of the box after the away side dispossessed Shephard and beat the offside trap.

But as Weymouth had started living dangerously, they showed their character, and took the lead on 67 minutes.

Some slick work down the right hand side between Shephard and defender Wells opened up the visitors, and it was Reid who was on hand to put the ball home with a neat finish on the turn from close range.

But, out of nowhere, Wells was given his marching orders three minutes later.

He was adjudged by match official David Goard to have recklessly challenged George Carline, much to the disgust of the home fans.

A man light, proceedings then got worse for the Terras, as Redditch notched a stunning equaliser.

After Jason Matthews had punched a high ball into his area, there was nothing he could do as full-back Flanagan pulled the trigger and bent the ball into the top corner of the net to make it 1-1.

With Weymouth rattled by the leveller, Dinsley tried his luck once again, and his dipping strike fell just over the top.

But despite being a man down for the final exchanges, Weymouth held on to claim a share of the spoils, with Wells being awarded the sponsor’s man of the match accolade.

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Non-League: Poole 4-0 Weymouth

Weymouth hit for four by the Dolphins

Weymouth’s title hopes were dealt a monumental blow as hosts Poole Town ran riot in the second half at Tatnam, to return to the league summit and leapfrog their Dorset rivals.

Steve Devlin set the ball rolling for the Dolphins from the penalty spot just past the hour mark, and they added three more to their tally with a Richard Gillespie brace coming either side of Luke Burbidge finding the net against his former employers.

Weymouth boss Jason Matthews made two changes from the team that overcame Chesham at the Bob Lucas Stadium in midweek, with George Rigg and Ashley Wells coming back into the side.

Wells’ inclusion meant that Sam Poole dropped to the bench and Calvin Brooks slotted back in at centre-half. Jamie Reid was also left out of the XI.

In a swift start for the visitors, Adam Kelly fired the first warning shot.

The former Dolphins’ man, a league title winner at Tatnam, cut inside and drilled the ball just wide of the post with Poole keeper Nick Hutchings diving to his right.

A frantic start saw both sides struggling to keep possession, and there was certainly no brotherly love between the Brooks family early on.

As Poole’s Marvin pounced on a loose ball and surged forward, Terras’ defender Calvin cleaned his brother out, much to the disgust of his sibling.

AFC Bournemouth loanee Joe Quigley hit a tame effort at Matthews, after ex-Terra Burbidge’s delivery caused some confusion in the Weymouth area.

Former Dorchester Town midfielder Devlin then spotted Matthews off his line and attempted an audacious lob from a free-kick which the Terras’ boss comfortably gathered.

The Dolphins then, quite frankly, should have drawn first blood.

Devlin’s corner was flicked to the back post, and from around three yards out, unopposed, Quigley fluffed his lines and somehow nodded the ball wide at the back post, much to the delight of the travelling fans behind the goal.

The Cherries’ youngster then tormented the Weymouth defence on the left flank, as he moved inside the box and flashed just wide.

And a rare opportunity for the away side then came along just short of the interval.

After ex-Terra Michael Walker fouled Weymouth skipper Stewart Yetton on the edge of the area, Chris Shephard lined up a free-kick from a dangerous area, but his effort was all too easy for stopper Hutchings.

Moments after the break, Weymouth were given a further let-off.

Failing to deal with another Devlin corner, the Dolphins must have thought they had broken the deadlock when the ball was turned goalwards from close range during a melee inside the area, but a covering Weymouth defender on the post cleared off the line.

Poole skipper Jamie Whisken then drilled the ball just wide of the mark as Weymouth found themselves on the ropes.

The home side, sensing an opportunity, then got their opener.

As Burbidge’s cross from the right fell to the back post, Ashley Wells was adjudged by match official Daniel Leach to have felled Portsmouth loanee Ben Close inside the area, and pointed directly to the spot.

Up stepped Devlin, who made no mistake in making it 1-0 to the Dolphins on 62 minutes.

And as Weymouth looked to respond, the hosts nearly doubled their lead on the counter through Burbidge.

The wide man steamed forward after Walker headed clear to set up the break, and Matthews was quickly off his line to thwart his former team-mate.

Controversy then struck when Kelly went down in the Poole area with two men breathing down his neck, but despite clear protests from the visitors, the match official had no interest in awarding the spot-kick.

Alec Fiddes and Reid were then introduced as Weymouth searched for a leveller, and they almost got it when Kelly volleyed just past a post.

But an inspired substitution from Dolphins’ boss Tom Killick put the game beyond doubt with around 15 minutes left.

As Poole won a corner, veteran marksman Gillespie replaced Lewis Lindsay, and with his first touch, he popped up to nudge the ball home from close range.

Burbidge, who was superb throughout the afternoon, then broke clear four minutes from time and there was nothing Matthews could do on this occasion, as the winger drilled the ball into the far corner and wheeled away in celebration.

And to rub salt into the Terras’ wounds, Gillespie was in the right place once more to add a fourth late on and condemn Weymouth to a crushing defeat.

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Non-League: Weymouth 2-1 Chesham

Weymouth climbed to the Evo-Stik Southern Premier Division summit once again after they were made to battle for three points against Chesham United at the Bob Lucas Stadium.

Goals from Adam Kelly and skipper Stewart Yetton in the first half ensured Jason Matthews’ men leapfrogged Poole Town to hit the top spot, and record back-to-back league wins before they meet the Dolphins at Tatnam on Saturday.

With an unchanged starting XI, the home side struggled to settle early on, as Chesham had two good opportunities to open the scoring.

A cross from the right flank was not dealt with by the Terras, and bustling frontman Simon Thomas worked Matthews at his near post from close range.

A mistake from Terras’ defender Jamie Laird then left his goalkeeper stranded on the edge of the area, and the angles opened up for Chesham’s Luke Allen, who failed to find the target with the goal gaping from 30 yards out.

Weymouth then went close with their first chance, as Chris Shephard forced a corner from Jamie Reid’s flick inside the box, from which Calvin Brooks lifted the ball over the top of the bar.

Kelly then started a slick move down the right as he fed Reid, who made a clever run to beat the offside trap.

He then cut the ball back into the path of Chris McPhee, who put his head in his hands as he sliced the ball wide of the mark from 10 yards out, knowing he should have scored.

But the Terras only had to wait a further minute to take the lead.

A weak header back to his goalkeeper by Chesham winger Ryan Towner allowed Kelly, who gambled on the opportunity, the chance to nip in and lift the ball over Shane Gore in the Generals’ goal to make it 1-0.

And after Tom McConway worked Terras’ boss Matthews, captain Yetton, still sporting his protective headwear, doubled the home side’s lead on 28 minutes.

He nodded home after being neatly picked out by Shephard’s clipped ball into the area.

McConway hit a shot on the turn which failed to find the target, as Chesham penned Wey-mouth in for the opening few minutes after the interval.

Kelly was then cautioned for a late challenge, and Reid’s deft chip did not quite have enough on it to pose a problem for Gore, after the Weymouth frontman outmuscled his defender on the edge of the area to break clear.

But the Generals pulled one back when striker Ryan Blake was allowed the room to shift the ball on to his right foot and drill past Matthews, who was livid at his defenders for not shutting the danger down.

Exeter loanees Connor Riley-Lowe and Reid then combined for the hosts, as the former stood the ball up at the back post for his Grecians’ team-mate. Reid then flicked the ball into the path of McPhee, who headed straight at goalkeeper Gore from inside the six-yard box.

And with just under 10 minutes to go, Chesham’s Blake came close to earning his side a point.

He outpaced three Weymouth defenders as Sam Poole was caught out of position, and clean through on goal, the striker fluffed his lines.

And nervously, with a huge shout for handball from the Generals in the final moments turned down, the Terras held on to record their 12th home victory of the season.

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Non-League: Weymouth 3-0 Histon

Reid opens account in Histon triumph

Jamie Reid scored his first goals for the Terras to help get their title push back on track at the Bob Lucas Stadium this afternoon.

Looking to arrest a run of four defeats from five league games, Weymouth took the through a Chris Shephard header just before the end of a poor first half.

On loan striker Reid then doubled the hosts’ tally on 68 minutes, finishing off a move involving Chris McPhee and Stewart Yetton with a thunderous strike.

A third Terras’ goal arrived eight minutes from time when Reid, played in by substitute Alec Fiddes, cut inside his before producing a deft finish.

Victory takes Jason Matthews’ men to second in the table, two points behind Evo-Stik Southern Premier Division leaders Poole Town.

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Non-League: Hungerford 2-0 Weymouth

Weymouth can’t stop classy Crusaders

Weymouth’s quest for the Evo-Stik Southern Premier Division title took another hefty blow as they failed to stop Hungerford Town continuing their scintillating home form at Bulpit Lane.

The impressive Crusaders, who are unbeaten in all competitions since the end of November, proved too much for the Terras to handle on the night, with top scorer Mark Draycott and James Pilling finding the net either side of half-time to see off Jason Matthews’ charges.

On a night that was so vital for the Terras, their preparations even took a blow before the warm-up.

Some of the Weymouth players got stuck in traffic on the way to Bulpit Lane, meaning they got to the ground around 40 minutes before kick-off with most of their pre-match planning dashed.

With all of his squad eventually assembling, player-manager Matthews made three changes from his starting XI that lost against Chippenham Town last time out, with Tim Sills, Alec Fiddes and the suspended Ashley Wells all making way.

That meant that Sam Poole came in at centre-half with Calvin Brooks switching to right-back. Jamie Reid and the returning Chris Shephard also came back into the team.

Battling down the slope in the opening period, Adam Kelly picked up an early caution from match official Will Bull for a late challenge, as both teams looked to work each other out.

And in what has been a fairly consistent factor in Weymouth’s troublesome form of late, the Terras’ once again conceded an early goal.

Crusaders’ dangerman Draycott peeled to the back post and headed past Matthews into the net with just nine minutes on the clock, leaving the visitors with it all to do.

George Rigg then fired wide in search of an instant equaliser, and Shephard showed his craft on his return playing in Stewart Yetton, who tested Paul Strudley in the hosts’ goal for the first time.

Shephard’s corner then found Steve Colwell, who met the ball with power, but failed to keep the ball down as Weymouth continued to react well to the early blow.

Draycott and Jamie Laird then both needed treatment after a clash of heads, as Matthews’ troops applied pressure just before the break.

A Shephard free-kick was cleared for a corner, from which, Poole claimed he was brought down in the area, but man-in-the-middle Bull had no interest in his half-hearted appeal.

Yetton then shot at goal on the counter which some of the visitors believed struck an arm.

With his side a goal to the good, Draycott was then unable to finish after powerful striker Charlie Mpi broke clear, in what was a huge let-off for the Terras, who were on the ropes shortly after the break.

Shephard then combined well with Colwell to drive the ball at goal from distance, but Crusaders’ gloveman Strudley was comfortably behind it.

In what was literally an uphill task for Matthews’ men during the second period as they worked their way up the slope, they were given another let-off as Pilling caught Colwell in possession and rattled the crossbar.

In a frantic two-minute spell, moments later, Brooks got forward and powered a header that looked destined for the net, but for a top-drawer save from Strudley to deny him, and Yetton put a header wide from the resulting corner.

Sills was then thrown on in place of Exeter loanee Connor Riley-Lowe in a bid to grab a goal, but Matthews had to be at his best to deny Mpi, who burst into the Terras’ box to fire at goal.

And in looking to surge forward and grab a point, the Terras were then destined for defeat three minutes from time.

After losing possession in midfield, the visitors were powerless to stop Pilliing being slid through and he made no mistake to seal all three points, and condemn the Terras to four defeats form their last five games.

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Non-League: Weymouth 0-1 Chippenham

Phillips strikes as Weymouth are knocked off the top

Former Weymouth striker Lee Phillips came back to haunt his former club with a last-gasp winner at the Bob Lucas Stadium.

fter coming on as a 67th minute substitute for visitors Chippenham in place of Jordan Roberts, his point-blank header on the break from Luke Ballinger’s cross was the only goal of a hard-fought battle at the Bob Lucas Stadium.

Before Phillips’ 89th minute strike, the Bluebirds had gone close earlier in the game through frontman Luke Ballinger, and Alex Ferguson, who was impressive throughout the afternoon.

Adam Kelly and Stewart Yetton had chances for the hosts, which they failed to convert during the second period.

The result means Weymouth have been knocked off the top spot in the Evo-Stik Southern Premier Division by Poole Town, who ran out 4-0 winners at Slough Town today.

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Non-League: Weymouth 1-0 St Neots

Yetton pounces to send Weymouth back to the summit

Resolute Weymouth produced an efficient display to overcome St Neots Town at the Bob Lucas Stadium and in turn reclaim their place at the top of the Evo-Stik Southern Premier League.

Stewart Yetton was at it once again for the home side as he struck with just over 20 minutes to go to seal all three points against the Saints, and hand their new manager David Batch his first league defeat in the job.

Knocked off their perch 24 hours previously by Corby Town, Terras’ boss Jason Matthews shuffled his pack from the XI that started the 3-0 defeat at Slough Town on Saturday.

Adam Kelly returned to the side to replace Steve Colwell, and winger Alec Fiddes replaced Exeter City loanee Jamie Reid. Connor Riley-Lowe also made his first home start for the club at left-back.

And after nervously dealing with a long throw into their area early on, Terras’ striker Tim Sills fired the first effort of the contest just wide of the Saints’ post.

Some kamikaze goalkeeping from St Neots’ Paul Bastock then saw him challenge Fiddes 30 yards from his own goal, and with the visiting gloveman well out of position, Kelly’s ambitious effort on the follow up was cleared inside the six-yard box by Tom Ward.

Dangerous league marksman Drew Roberts then fired a warning shot at the Terras’ goal on the counter moments later, but it caused no threat to the hosts as the shot flew into the stands.

Just short of the half-hour mark, a slick move down the right-hand side between Kelly and Wells saw them tee up midfielder Chris McPhee, who drove the ball inches over the top.

Skipper Yetton then played in winger Fiddes, who looked lively drifting in off the left flank, to work Bastock for the first time in the game.

The young winger then created space and tried his luck once more, forcing the visiting goalkeeper to parry the ball into a safe area.

Minutes after the break, another launched long throw from Jack Wilkinson tested the Terras’ rearguard, and the ball eventually fell to Saints’ midfielder Lewis Hilliard, who forced Matthews into a comfortable save down to his left.

Yetton then struck wide after good work from Fiddes and Riley-Lowe on the left, and the Weymouth boss had to be at his best to deny striker Roberts.

Latching on to a precise pass from Nathan Frater, the dangerous frontman’s attempt was palmed away by Matthews at full stretch, when it looked certain the ball would nestle in the top corner.

And after keeping his side in it at one end, the Weymouth chief saw his side take the lead on 68 minutes.

After good work from Wells and Kelly on the right, a devilish early delivery just evaded Tim Sills inside the area, but his strike partner Yetton showed superb awareness to bundle the ball home from close range in front of the home support.

Saints’ replacement Lorenzo Ferrari then motored on to a ball from deep in an attempt to find a leveller, but out came Matthews to thwart him.

The Terras were then given a golden chance to make it 2-0, when they were awarded a 79th minute penalty.

After goalkeeper Bastock miss-controlled Hilliard’s back pass, the hosts pounced on the opportunity and acted with urgency. Kelly was adjudged to have been felled inside the area and referee Sam Ogles pointed directly to the spot.

Up stepped Yetton, with virtually his last kick before being replaced by Jordan Copp, to roll the ball straight into the clutches of the St Neots goalkeeper and spurn the opportunity to double his tally.

Hilliard then rifled a shot under pressure, which brushed the side netting, and although the visitors claimed furiously for a handball after another long throw in the dying moments, the Terras held firm to return to the league summit.

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