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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 3-2 Banbury

Yetton strikes again to see off the Puritans

It may have been a total of 92 days since the Terras’ last home league game, but a contest that had everything ensured that Evo-Stik Southern Premier Division action came back to the club with a bang on Saturday.

And of course, that man Stewart Yetton delivered once again for his side. He now has a lucky 13 goals in the division this term, and continues his knack of netting when it matters most for the club.

George Rigg and Adam Kelly had put the Terras into a 2-1 lead just past the hour mark as they came from behind to overcome Ben Whitehead’s opener, and a frustrating point looked all but certain as Carl Tappin hammered the ball home on the break for the Puritans with 15 minutes left.

But up stepped the Weymouth skipper just three minutes from time to snatch three points for the title-chasing outfit, on a day when it mattered most as league leaders Poole Town went down to a solitary goal at Hitchin.

Terras’ manager Jason Matthews made four changes from the side that beat Cray Wanderers in the FA Trophy the previous week, with Jamie West making his first league start for the club in place of the suspended Ashley Wells.

Jamie Laird dropped to the bench along with Rigg and Jordan Copp having failed a fitness test with a dead leg before kick-off, meaning Jake Wannell, Sam Poole and Adam Kelly were selected.
And it was Kelly who tested Leigh Bedwell, who turned into a real pantomime villain as the game went on, after 17 minutes.

The winger drilled a strike at the Puritans’ gloveman’s near post, and Bedwell was up to the task to gather the stinging effort into his clutches.

There was nothing he could do to stop Chris Shephard’s effort moments later however, as the creative midfielder cut inside off the left and rattled the crossbar from 25 yards.

But for all the home side’s intent, and having seen plenty of the ball, it was Banbury who took the lead on 28 minutes.

A slight lapse in concentration in the Weymouth defence saw full-back Marvin Martin’s cross bundled home by Whitehead.

It looked as if Matthews’ men were set to go in behind at the break, but they got the little bit of luck they needed to grab a leveller through Kelly.

After Calvin Brooks’ through ball ricocheted off Martin, Kelly showed good awareness to take the ball in his stride and slot home past Bedwell, who charged off his line to no avail.

An inspired substitution from Matthews then paid instant dividends as Rigg put Weymouth in front with his first touch on 67 minutes.

Kelly stood the ball up at the back post, and as Jake Wannell’s header was tipped on to the crossbar, Rigg positioned himself in the right place to head the ball in from close range.

But the Puritans drew level partly thanks to a substitute themselves in the form of Leam Howards.

Coming on at the same time as Rigg, he surged into the Terras’ box and cut the ball back for Tappin to rifle into the top corner and cap a slick breakaway move to make it 2-2.

As frustrations grew, Bedwell soon became the villain of the piece.

Taking an age to restart the game on a number of occasions, he made the most of a collision with Tim Sills which earned the Weymouth striker a booking, and minutes later, a brawl between the sides then ensued in the Banbury goalmouth, with Bed-well and Wannell somehow only ending up with cautions.

During the tussle, a home fan also made his way on to the pitch having hopped over the railings, an intervention that could land the club in some serious hot water over the next few weeks.

And even though the contest was marred on one level, it did not stop the rest of the Weymouth fans behind Bedwell’s goal celebrating a late Yetton winner.

Three minutes from time, he made his way on to a pass from Kelly, and smashed the ball into the back of the net to grab a much-needed three points for the home side, with Bedwell lucky to stay on the pitch once more after hammering the ball out of the ground in frustration during the aftermath.

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Non-League: Cirencester 0-3 Weymouth


Weymouth became the first visiting side to win at Cirencester Town in the league this season.

The Terras produced an efficient display to comfortably grab all three points at the Corinium Stadium.

Two goals from Adam Kelly inside the opening 30 minutes and skipper Stewart Yetton’s late strike, his ninth league goal of the campaign, moved Jason Matthews’ men on to 26 points from 12 league outings so far.

Boss Matthews made one alteration from the XI that started Saturday’s 1-1 draw at Redditch, with Yeovil loanee Calvin Brooks making his first start for the club in place of Tim Sills, allowing Chris McPhee to operate higher up the pitch with Yetton deployed as a lone striker.

And after Weymouth comfortably dealt with an early corner, Cirencester’s Jamie Reid tried his luck with a pot-shot from 25 yards, but he blazed his effort out of the ground with four minutes gone.

A number of speculative efforts then failed to test Matthews in the Weymouth goal during a frantic opening.

However, as the home side failed to hit the target, Kelly made no mistake as he struck a shot, the Terras’ first on goal, and saw it curl round Centurions’ keeper Glyn Garner on 13 minutes to open the scoring.

Five minutes later, the Terras then thought that they had doubled their lead momentarily as captain Yetton, who bagged a brace on his last visit to Cirencester almost a year ago, turned the ball in but referee Adam Nunn’s assistant quickly flagged for offside.

Matthews then had to deal with an effort from striker Aidan Bennett, a hat-trick hero for the Centurions on Saturday who continued to look dangerous, but following that, Kelly was at it again on 25 minutes.

He chanced his arm from range once more, and although the shot took a deflection and looped high into the air, Garner could do nothing to prevent the ball finding the net and Terras doubling their advantage.

At this point Kelly was running riot as the visitors looked ever-dangerous on the counter-attack.

The former Salisbury City man could have had his hat-trick as he went close once again just short of the half-hour mark, as the home defence was in sixes and sevens trying to deal with the Terras’ movement.

And it was an extremely pleased Matthews who led his side off at the interval, after Cirencester’s Ellis Dunton failed to find a clean contact on his header to work the Weymouth stopper just short of the break.

Following a cagey fifteen minute spell after half-time, Centurions’ substitute Ben Hooper made his entrance just past the hour mark, and with virtually his first touch of the game he smashed the ball just wide of Matthews’ post.

Claims for a penalty by the home side were then waved away by the referee and Kelly came inches from bagging his third having hit the stanchion with another rasping strike, following a free-kick from Chris Shephard.

Reid then once again tried to emulate Kelly’s first-half ex-ploits in reply, but his venomous attempt fell well wide as Cirencester pushed forward without any real gusto.

And the home side knew it was not going to be their day when midfielder Ed Williams put their best chance of the game straight down Matthews’ throat from just eight yards out.

Yetton then joined the party to make it three late on with a sublime first-time shot which ensured a job well done by the Terras.

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Non-League: Weymouth 3-2 Slough

Weymouth triumph in Slough Town thriller.

A BUMPER crowd enjoyed what was an action-packed spectacle on Non-League Day at the Bob Lucas Stadium and, more importantly for the home fans, they saw the Terras come away with all three points.

The result, Weymouth’s third win on the bounce in the division, sees the Terras climb up to fourth in the Southern Premier League standings with a game in hand on the three teams above them.

The Terras were dealt a blow before kick-off when full-back Jordan Copp had to withdraw from the clash at the last minute, after his toe injury proved too painful in the warm-up for him to take part.

This meant that Matthews turned to Jacob Wannell to play at left-back on his return to the squad from the start, in the only change from the side that secured three points on the road at Cambridge City last time out.

There was much endeavour from both teams to start brightly and half chances did fall to skipper Stewart Yetton and the Rebels’ Johnnie Dyer, but it took until 17 minutes for the first real save of the clash to be made.

Ashley Wells and Chris Shep-hard, two of the Terras’ top performers so far this term linked up neatly on the right flank.

The former surged forward and cut inside to beat his man and stroked the ball nicely through to Shephard, who found enough space inside the area to release a vicious drive which Jake Somer-ville in the visitors’ goal was equal to, as he tipped the ball over the top with his right mitt.

But just three minutes after producing that top save, the Rebels’ stopper was then left sprawling to his right with no chance, as Adam Kelly let fly from the edge of the box to put Weymouth a goal to the good.

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Football: Weymouth 4-2 Frome

Weymouth made it two wins from two from their Southern Premier League quest to date, after they came out on top of a six-goal thriller with Frome Town.

Boss Jason Matthews made just one change from the XI that defeated Hungerford Town on Saturday.

As expected, Sam Poole took his place in the heart of the defence to replace Ed Palmer, who was unavailable.

Terras’ fans would have also been pleased to see young striker Conor Jevon named on the bench, after the club confirmed that he was subject to a formal approach from Poole Town last week.

And apart from an early Robins’ chance for former Weymouth defender Rhys Baggridge, the Terras dominated the opening proceedings and were rewarded for their efforts on 11 minutes.

After Adam Kelly placed a diving header wide from 10 yards out, minutes later the midfielder sent another headed effort which cannoned off the crossbar and fell kindly for defender Jamie Laird to steer his shot into the bottom corner. After going ahead, the hosts then continued to pile the pressure on.

George Rigg sent a free-kick just marginally over the top, followed by a fierce strike from Kelly on the half-volley that fizzed into the stand with Frome keeper Darren Chitty rooted to the spot.

And as Terras’ fans were treated to a slick move from a corner on Saturday, Matthews’ men were then at it again.

Latching on to Chris Shephard’s corner, Chris Mc-Phee surged into the box as a late arrival and struck his first-time effort narrowly wide just past the half-hour mark.

But the home fans were then both stunned and baffled 10 minutes later, when out of nowhere, referee Matt Rushton pointed to the spot to award Frome a penalty.

After the Terras cleared a fierce delivery from the left that was drilled in by Mark Cooper, from the resulting corner, George Rigg was adjudged to have handled the ball in the area, with hardly any appeal from the visitors.

Up stepped Kris Miller to roll the ball to Matthews’ left, and although the Weymouth player-manager dived the correct way, the spot-kick was placed well enough to draw the game level.

After the interval, full-back Jacob Wannell linked up nicely with Kelly on the left flank, and his drive across goal somehow missed everybody.

But just three minutes later, a moment of magic from Kelly put the hosts back in front, sending the home crowd into raptures.

The midfielder picked the ball up in field, and from all of 30 yards, show-ed superb technique to hit an absolute corker into the top of Chitty’s net. Stewart Yetton then had a glorious opportunity to make it three when he broke clear inside the area, and, trying to work the Robins’ stopper at his near post, he saw his attempt comfortably saved.

But the visitors could not prevent Yetton second time around as he then showed his renowned instinct in front of goal to poke home after a superb run from Shephard on the right side to make it 3-1.

Frome then refused to lie down and got themselves back in it just two minutes later when Mark Francis was quickest to react from a header back across goal and put the ball into Matthews’ net.

And just when Weymouth survived couple of late scares in the final 10 minutes, the nerves were settled when a scintillating passing move capped by Rigg ensured the Terras held on for all three points

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Football: Weymouth 3-1 Hungerford: Weymouth turn on the style in opener

Pre-season optimism turned into league points proper on Saturday, as the Terras turned on the style in a strong second-half display to overcome a well-drilled Hungerford side.

Manager Jason Matthews admitted during the build-up to the clash that he still had some selection issues to ponder, but in the end, all 11 choices he made were justified in what was a deserved win.


With more than a third of his starting XI making their league debuts for the club, the Terras imposed their home advantage and controlled proceedings for the majority in the second period against the Crusaders, who had a spell towards the back end of last season as one of the form sides in England.

And their threat was brought to the hosts’ attention with just two minutes on the clock.

Hungerford winger Alan O’Brien, a former Newcastle United and Republic of Ireland winger who has graced the field against the likes of Robin Van Persie and World Cup winner Bastian Schweinsteiger at international level, showed his pedigree early on by whipping a ball in for striker Josh Grace-Parsons.

But the frontman could not connect and perhaps should have given his side an early lead as the ball whistled through the Wey-mouth six-yard box in front of him.

As things started to settle down after both teams showed early-season enthusiasm to shut each other down quickly, half-chances for Weymouth pair Stewart Yetton and Adam Kelly, as well as a polite enquiry for handball in the visitors’ area soon followed, as a period of fairly few clear-cut openings looked to be playing out.

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