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TERRAS: Weymouth's impressive start to the season continues
5:15pm Saturday 24th August 2013 in Sport
WEYMOUTH 3 (Poole 25, Baines 51, Burbidge 68)
REDDITCH UNITED 0
WEYMOUTH continued their impressive start to the season with a third successive league victory at the Bob Lucas Stadium.
As soon as the Terras took the lead the result was never in doubt as they went on to keep another clean sheet in a great display.
Weymouth boss Brendon King kept faith with the same starting XI, with the only change to the squad coming on the bench where young keeper Jordan Tewkesbury joined Ashley Wells, Matt Groves, Luke Winsper and Aidan Chainey.
Redditch came into the game with Harvey Headley in fine form after bagging two goals in his side’s opening two games.
The burly striker scored the Reds’ consolation in their opening day defeat against Arlesey before finding the net again in the midweek victory at Bedford.
Having arrived late due to heavy traffic, which caused a 20-minute delay to kick-off, the Reds could have been forgiven for looking a little weary in the opening exchanges, but they more than matched Weymouth’s early endeavour and created the game’s first chance.
A flowing move on 12 minutes saw Jamie Molyneux find Jemaine Hylton on the right and when he pulled the ball across the box there was Kyle Patterson to divert it just wide of the near post.
The Terras looked a little flat but as always Stewart Yetton was still buzzing around up front and he soon went close with two attempts in the space of a minute.
His first, from 20 yards, sailed just wide of the right-hand post while his second brought a fine save out of Sam Hornby.
That little spell certainly brought the hosts to life and on 25 minutes they took the lead when defender Sam Poole grabbed his second of the season with a header, which squeezed just inside the far post from Scott Walker’s excellent corner.
Redditch responded with a speculative effort from Hylton, which flew harmlessly wide of the near post, but apart from that the Terras looked in control and just about deserved their half-time lead.
They almost doubled it too in the opening minute of the second half when Yetton’s persistence saw the ball rebound back off a post to Mark Ford, whose follow-up produced another fine save from Hornby.
Sixty seconds later and it was Redditch’s turn to break with Hylton being denied by the legs of Jason Matthews, but it was Weymouth that continued to look the more dangerous side and on 51 minutes they grabbed a second.
This time Luke Burbidge was afforded too much space down the right and when his cross flew into the box, defender Rikki Baines nodded the ball into his own net to the disbelief of his team-mates.
The Terras were now full of confidence and just moments later they should have made it three.
Once again Burbidge was the provider but on this occasion Mark Ford‘s stooping header from six yards flew wide with the goal gaping.
The ex-Blandford United man then went close again just six minutes later when a sublime first touch took him past his marker, only for his resulting shot to cannon wide off the near post.
Redditch had no answer to this continued pressure and on 68 minutes any hopes they had of an unlikely comeback were ended, when Burbidge added to the Terras’ tally from close range after Yetton’s initial shot had been blocked.
After that the game fizzled out with a procession of substitutions from both sides disrupting the overall flow, but the Weymouth faithful were clearly not worried about that as they celebrated another fine victory from their well-drilled side.
Terras: Matthews, McConnell (Wells 65), S Walker, Clay (Chainey 80), N Walker, Poole, Burbidge, Ford, Yetton, Joyce, Wood (Winsper 81). Subs not used: Groves, Tewkesbury.
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