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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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FA Trophy: Weymouth 1-1 Havant & Waterlooville

10-man Weymouth earn Trophy replay with the Hawks

WEYMOUTH showed superb resolve to earn a replay with Havant & Waterlooville, and put their name in the hat for the second round of this year’s FA Trophy.

A fizzing effort from George Rigg cancelled out Bradley Bubb’s 61st minute opener, as the Terras battled with 10 men for 62 minutes in total after Jamie Laird was sent off.

Going into the contest, the Terras were forced into making two changes from the side that beat Bideford in midweek, with Steve Colwell and Jordan Copp replacing Chris Shephard, who could not overcome a groin problem, and Tim Sills who was struck down by a sickness bug.

There was also drama for the Hawks just minutes before the start, as midfielder Perry Ryan limped out of the warm up and was swiftly swapped for Josh Huggins.

Weymouth showed their intentions after just 80 seconds of the contest, as skipper Stewart Yetton, in red hot form at present, produced a surging run to slide the ball into the path of Rigg, who provided Hawks’ keeper Ryan Young with an early strike which was comfortably gathered.

But just short of the 15 minute mark, the Vanarama South outfit sparked into life with three opportunities in as many minutes.

After Scott Donnelly’s shot was palmed wide of the post by Weymouth player-manager Jason Matthews, late replacement Huggins forced another save and former Cherries’ midfielder Brian Stock volleyed inches wide from inside the box.

The complexion of the whole task then changed for the Terras with 28 minutes gone, as defender Laird was given his marching orders.

When caught in possession, the centre-half brought down Nic Ciardini, who pounced on his mistake, and Laird beat the ground in frustration as he knew he was the last man and was sent for an early bath.

Chris McPhee then dropped into the back four, and although the home side gave up a fair amount of possession to their counterparts, they saw the half out admirably.

Following the break, Weymouth committed men forward for the first corner of the second half but they were then nearly made to pay by a rapid Hawks’ breakaway on 52 minutes.

After clearing their lines, frontman Ben Wright played an incisive ball through for Ciardini, who opened his body up to side-foot past Matthews, but the Weymouth goalkeeper read his idea and pulled off a strong save.

Colwell then chanced his arm at the other end as his curling effort was turned around a post as the spirited 10 Terras battled on.

Hawks’ striker Wright almost managed to squeeze a shot past Mathews at his near post, and Stock sent a rasping effort high and wide on the volley once more.

And the Hawks eventually put themselves in the box seat to progress as striker Bradley Bubb put home a scruffy effort on 61 minutes.

He showed good awareness after Huggins’ shot was parried, McPhee failed to sort his feet out to clear and up popped Bubb to stab the ball into the net.

But, as has become a habit for the hosts of late, they failed to lie down and grabbed an equaliser through Rigg four minutes later. His sweet strike, which flew into the top corner, capped off a slick move from the Terras to make it 1-1.

A diving Matthews then stuck out his left mitt to thwart Wright once more, and the home side could have even won it when Kelly tried his luck and Young plucked the ball out of the top corner at full stretch to confirm a replay on Tuesday evening.

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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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FA Cup: Weymouth 4-1 Bideford

Weymouth just about did enough to book their place in the third qualifying round of the FA Cup.

The 4-1 scoreline probably flattered the hosts somewhat, but Stewart Yetton and Chris McPhee will not mind as they grabbed a goal each, and George Rigg put in a classy performance to bag a brace.

Manager Jason Matthews was hampered in his defensive options with the duo of Ed Palmer and Jake Wannell, who both got sent off in the previous round at Mangotsfield, suspended, and Sam Poole named on the bench but never likely to feature with an ankle injury.

Central-defender Calvin Brooks, formerly of Dorchester Town, was brought in on loan from Yeovil as cover and Callum Laird, brother of defender Jamie and son of assistant-manager Craig, who appeared for the club in pre-season, was also called up.

The absence of Palmer resulted in a shuffle in the Terras’ ranks with striker Tim Sills coming back into the side to replace him, meaning McPhee would drop back and start the game as a makeshift centre-half.

The clash got underway in frenetic fashion, and the Robins were on top early on with Kevin Squire looping a header that went close at the back post and ex-Terra Ben Wood hit a shot that Matthews was forced to deal with.

Weymouth continued to try and settle, but before they knew it, they were caught and fell be- hind.

A routine long ball was flicked on and Squire tenaciously nipped in and picked the ball up on the edge of the area, and Matthews, who was in no-man’s-land at the time, could only look on as the striker lifted it over him to open the scoring.

The lead only lasted all of three minutes though, as the Terras sparked into life through another well-drilled corner routine, something that has become a potent weapon in their arsenal this term.

After working it short, Chris Shephard clipped the ball to the back post where Sills volleyed the ball right-footed and the effort flicked off the thigh of Yetton, who was more than happy to claim the leveller.

That seemed to focus the home side and they began to find their rhythm, but were still suspect to the occasional Robins’ long ball.

The visitors did have the ball in the net once more through Wood, which was flagged offside, but just past the half-hour mark a scintillating move from the home side opened up their opponents.

Sweeping from one flank to the other, Ashley Wells and Adam Kelly linked up nicely to find Shephard, who ghosted past his man inside the area and threaded the ball through to Rigg to apply a neat side-foot finish.

However, Shephard’s afternoon was to take an abrupt end as he trudged off just before half-time holding his neck, and it looked at one point as if he may have had to be stretchered off after a brutal collision with Ian Sampson.

Having soldered on for the remaining moments in the first half a man light, Weymouth shuffled their pack once more by handing a debut to Brooks after the interval, and re-instating McPhee in a much more com-fortable midfield role.

And while Wood went close again for the Robins and Sills had a header which could have dropped in, the deciding factor of the contest came on 71 minutes.

Bideford defender Nick Milton, who was cautioned for dissent by referee Gary Parsons in the first half, hacked down Sills right in front of the referee and was given his second booking.

As much as the performance was not as free flowing as Weymouth have been at home this term, with a man advantage they came to the party, mainly thanks to two superb deliveries from left-back Jordan Copp.

He swung in a precise ball for McPhee to glance into the bottom corner on 82 minutes, and produced an almost complete replica three minutes later for Rigg to seal the game and leave Terras’ fans eagerly anticipating their next cup clash, with the draw being made today.

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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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