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TERRAS: Weymouth break their Cambridge hoodoo
WEYMOUTH 1 (Lawton og 74)
CAMBRIDGE CITY 1 (Beech 4)
WEYMOUTH finally broke their hoodoo against the Lilywhites on Saturday thanks to an own goal from Will Lawton.
The Terras went into the game having lost their last six against Cambridge City and at 1-0 down with 20 minutes to go a seventh straight defeat appeared to be on the cards.
However, thanks to Lawton’s charity and an inspired performance from goalkeeper Jason Matthews the hosts managed to claim a share of the spoils.
For the fifth match in succession the Terras named the same line-up but there was a change on the bench where Jordan Tewkesbury dropped out to gain some valuable game time with the reserves.
As for Cambridge, they made just one change to the starting XI that began the 2-1 win at St Neots Town in their previous game with Joey Abbs coming in for Chris Bacon.
The Terras made the brighter start and should have taken the lead on three minutes when excellent play from Luke Burbidge set up a great chance for Stewart Yetton.
The ex-Truro City forward drifted off his marker superbly but got the finish all wrong as he clipped the ball over the bar from 12 yards.
Weymouth then instantly paid the price for that miss when the Lilywhites struck with their very first attack just a minute later.
Clearly caught napping, the home defence failed to pick up the run of Josh Beech and he did the rest by cutting inside and lifting the ball into the roof of the net over the sprawling Matthews.
That effort certainly silenced the Terras faithful and as a consequence the next 15 minutes were fairly flat with just a couple of speculative attempts at both ends.
Weymouth skipper Scott Walker then fired a free-kick over the bar from 30 yards midway through the half before Sam Poole got on the end of a corner, only to see his header fall just inches wide of City keeper Zac Barrett’s right-hand post.
The Terras continued pushing for the equaliser while the Lilywhites remained content just to sit on their lead. In fact apart from the goal the visitors had barely threatened the home box.
However, they did open up Weymouth again on 36 minutes when James Brighton skipped past Danny Clay on the edge of the box and laid on another great chance for Beech, but this time he volleyed over from 10 yards.
That was a lucky escape for the hosts and after Burbidge had snatched at a chance at the other end, which he blazed high and wide, City were pressing again just before the break.
This time a mishit shot from Ieuan Lewis fell kindly to Beech but he was denied by a fantastic save from Matthews, who somehow diverted the ball clear with his left boot.
Half-time gave the Terras some much-needed time to regroup and just four minutes into the second period they made a change with Luke Winsper replacing Clay.
Yetton then sent a header from a corner straight at Barrett but apart from that City continued to look comfortable.
As a result, Weymouth boss Brendon King made another switch on 59 minutes with full-back Ashley Wells coming on for Ben Wood, allowing Walker to move into left midfield.
The Terras still looked short of ideas though and just five minutes later they rode their luck again when Joey Abbs flicked the ball on for Josh Dawkin, who shot against a post before seeing his rebound fall agonisingly wide.
Like in the first half that squandered opportunity proved pivotal because just 10 minutes later Weymouth were back level.
A fine pass from Winsper put Burbidge away down the right and when he blazed the ball across the box, all Will Lawton could do was divert it into his own net to the delight of the home fans.
Although the Terras had looked short of quality in the final third they perhaps deserved that goal for their sheer persistence.
However, they soon had Matthews to thank again when he pulled off two more excellent saves to deny Lee Chaffey from successive corners.
The experienced stopper was fantastic all afternoon and was without doubt man of the match as the Terras eventually held out for a hard-fought point.
Terras: Matthews 8, McConnell 6 (Chainey 86, 5), S Walker 6, Clay 5 (Winsper 49, 6), N Walker 6, Poole 6, Burbidge 7, Ford 5, Yetton 6, Joyce 7, Wood 5 (Wells 59, 6). Subs not used: Groves, Greeno.
Cambridge: Barrett, Ramm, Brighton, Lawton, Chaffey, Farrell (Prada 81), Lewis, L Allen, Beech, Dawkin, Abbs. Subs not used: Midgley, A Allen, Marriott.
Bookings – Terras: None.
Cambridge: Lawton (foul 42), Abbs (foul 69), Dawkin (dissent 75), Ramm (foul 84).