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Morley's magic as Terras beat Bees
WEYMOUTH RESERVES 2 BRIDPORT RESERVES 0
MATT Morley was once again the shining light for the Terras as they stretched their unbeaten league run to five games with victory over Bridport Reserves at the Bob Lucas Stadium.
The fleet-footed winger tore the Bees to shreds in another fine individual display that had both managers waxing lyrical at the final whistle.
Weymouth joint-boss Jake Rich-mond said: “Matt has been outstanding and once again you could see why he has been pushing for the first team.
“He has been our most consistent performer this season and, although he still has a lot to learn, he has been our shining light.
“Most of the time he is too good for us but he can’t start thinking he has made it now. Instead he needs to push on for the next level.”
Bees’ manager Robin Townsend was in full agreement with Richmond. He added: “Matt Morley tore us to shreds. I have seen him quite a few times now and there is no doubt he is capable of playing at a higher standard – we just couldn’t deal with him.”
Both teams looked to get it down and play but it was the hosts that possessed more of a cutting edge and thoroughly deserved their victory.
However, referee Kelvin Day also proved a key component during the afternoon much to the frustration of Townsend.
Not only did the man in the middle deny the visitors a late penalty but he also showed keeper Jamie Fry a controversial red card on the hour – the Bees’ third dismissal in five games.
Townsend said: “Weymouth had more of a cutting edge and deserved their victory but once again decisions didn’t go our way.
“Once I saw who the referee was I told the lads not to get involved with him and in the first half everything was fine.
“In fact, Dan Taylor, who plays for Beaminster and is helping us out, got away with one foul and then picked up a booking for another one just five minutes later. On another day he might have walked for those two tackles but I thought the referee showed a bit of common sense there.
“However, just after they had gone 2-0 up, a couple of errors then happened.
“The linesman gave an offside so Jamie went out and put the ball in line ready to take a free-kick, only to be ordered back by the referee who had awarded a goal-kick instead.
“Jamie then said something but although he didn’t swear he received a booking anyway.
“He then set the ball down and clapped his hands, which is something he has always done as part of his own routine, only for the referee to deem it as another show of dissent and brandish a second yellow card.
“I am not sure what I can say about that other than it was very frustrating.”
He went on to add: “With five minutes to go a ball was then knocked into the box and one of their lads went right through the back of Gary Bulman.
“Everyone in the ground knew it was a stonewall penalty but for some reason it wasn’t given.
“Things are clearly not going our way at the minute but we cannot just keep blaming it on decisions.
“The fact we have had three players sent off already this year is very disappointing and it is something we need to address.”
The Terras’ opening goal on nine minutes was a beauty with Lewis Clarke and Matt Camp combining twice before sending Morley racing down the wing. He beat the full-back and then swung over a fine cross and there was Sean Zima to glance the ball into the far corner with his head.
Morley then had an effort pushed on to the crossbar before the second arrived just after the break when Simon Crouch pounced after Sanchez Baker’s cross had caused problems in the box.
Further attempts from Morley and substitute Tom Bell then went close to extending the lead but in the end two proved enough.
Richmond said: “For the first hour we were nine out of 10 and should have been further ahead but I was disappointed with the final half-hour when we seemed to sit back and invite them on to us following the sending off.
“It was like we thought the job had been done but had they got that penalty decision towards the end who knows what might have happened?
“I could see why the referee didn’t give it but had I been the opposing manager I would have been screaming for it too.”
Lloyd Beals was another star performer for the Terras. Richmond went on to add: “Lloyd has been a revelation since he returned to the club. His game has really matured and he has the heart of a lion. Both him and Matt have been the pick of the crop over the last few games.”
Terras: Perry, Clarke, Doidge, Beals, Sharpe, Morley, Camp, Winsper, Zima (Frame 80), Crouch (Hind 70), Baker (Bell 65). Sub not used: Brown.
Bees: Fry, Taylor, Day, Clarke, Steele (King 65), C Bulman, G Bulman, Lock, Fleet (McAllister 60), Scovell, Gale.