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Debut duo get on mark for Terras
WEYMOUTH RESERVES 3 POOLE BOROUGH 3
CARL McClements and Oscar Preece both netted on debut as Weymouth Reserves began their Dorset Premier League campaign with a point at the Bob Lucas Stadium.
Poole Borough’s direct style of play caused problems throughout but the Terras showed great character to hit back twice and deserved their share of the spoils.
Weymouth boss Jake Richmond said: “We did not play particularly well but we kept going until the end and overall I think a draw was a fair result.
“We have done a lot of work on shutting the ball down and pressing, and keeping possession when we get it but they were direct and we struggled to deal with it.
“However, the most disappointing thing for me was that we did not play as well with the ball as we did in pre-season. Having said that though, a lot of credit has to go to Poole as well because they are clearly very fit and have good pace up front.
“In many ways it was a typical early season performance but we will take the positives from it and look to build on those tomorrow night when we entertain Swanage Town & Herston (7.30pm).”
Recent signing Jordan Tewkes-bury made a smart stop to deny the Hornets in the early ex-changes before the deadlock was broken at the other end on 14 minutes. Lloyd Beals struck the bar and when Lee Sharpe’s follow-up was blocked there was Adam Anstey to tuck the ball home.
However, the lead did not last long with Poole levelling just 10 minutes later and they then took the lead just before half-time.
The visitors then had an effort disallowed for offside early in the second half and from the restart Weymouth levelled.
Preece played in McClements and he did the rest by nonchalantly rounding the keeper and tucking the ball into the unguarded net.
“Once again though, Poole responded by grabbing a third before Preece netted the final goal of the game by finishing off a superb five-man move at the far post.
Richmond added: “We just looked a little light on experience in the middle of park but I was pleased with the way we kept working throughout.
“I was also impressed with the way Carl took his goal. His first touch was fantastic and no one else on the pitch would have taken it like he did.
“He was certainly one of our better performers but he was just a bit lethargic at times and needs to up his work rate a bit.
“He has been playing in a comfort zone over the last couple of years but once we get him out of that I have no doubts he will become a great player for us.”
Terras: Tewkesbury, Harvey, Brown, Anstey, Sharpe, Will (Baker 60), Smith (Frost 80), Beals, Preece, McClements (P Ford 70), Zima. Subs not used: Blundell, Gould.
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