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TERRAS: Yetton's brace still not enough for Weymouth
5:28pm Saturday 7th September 2013 in Sport
HINCKLEY UNITED 2 (Branch pen 50, Canavan 56)
WEYMOUTH 2 (Yetton 41, 55)
STEWART Yetton netted twice at De Montford Park this afternoon but it was still not enough to secure the Terras all three points.
The lively striker bagged a brace of headers but struggling Hinckley managed to hit back both times to ensure their share of the spoils.
Following their first defeat of the season at Bideford last Tuesday night, the Terras made two changes to their starting line-up, with Barry McConnell and Luke Winsper replacing Ben Wood and Mark Ford.
McConnell’s return saw Ashley Wells switch to left-back behind Scott Walker, while Winsper’s first start of the season enabled Ben Joyce to move back up front alongside Stewart Yetton.
The only other change to the squad saw the omission of young keeper Jordan Tewkesbury from the bench as he dropped down to get some game time with the reserves.
Having claimed just two points from their first six games, Hinckley immediately set out to stifle the Terras but they were unable to shackle Luke Burbidge, who proved a constant threat.
Whenever he got good service to his feet the powerful winger was beating his man with ease, and on 11 minutes he set up the opening chance for Scott Walker, who was only denied by a fine save from Denham Hinds.
The same two Weymouth players then combined again three minutes later but on this occasion Scott Walker’s effort took a deflection before sailing harmlessly wide.
Hinckley then replied with a fine move at the other end which ended with Ben Ford teeing up Dan Dubidat, but his strike was kept out by the boot of Jason Matthews.
After that the game took a bit of a dip and became extremely scrappy until two more chances came along in the final six minutes of the half, both of them from set pieces.
First, Dubidat went close with another effort which was blocked by Matthews, before Yetton got on the end of a fine free-kick from Scott Walker on 41 minutes to head the visitors in front.
With the deadlock now broken the onus was clearly on Hinckley to come out all guns blazing after the break and that is exactly what they did.
It made for a thrilling start to the second period which witnessed three goals in a frantic six-minute spell.
The first was shrouded in controversy with Danny Clay giving away a penalty for a block on Marlon Walters following a free-kick into the box.
Liam Canavan appeared to floor the Weymouth midfielder twice before the ball came over, but both times it went unnoticed much to the frustration of the visiting bench, who then saw Mark Branch fire home the spot-kick on 50 minutes.
Clearly feeling aggrieved the Terras immediately went in search of revenge, and just five minutes later they got it when Nathan Walker flicked on Scott Walker’s free-kick to Sam Poole, who in turn found Yetton for his second headed goal of the game.
The hosts looked stunned but within 60 seconds they were level again. This time Chad Degville-Cross broke away down the right and when he eventually put the ball into the box there was Canavan to nod past Matthews.
There was hardly time to draw breath and there was no sign of the goalmouth action letting up.
Poole headed wide for the Terras moments later before Tom Bates, Canavan and Dubidat all wasted good openings for Hinckley when they really should have done better.
The latter was having a particularly frustrating afternoon and when Matthews saved another one of his efforts on 83 minutes it was clear it was not going to be his day.
Yetton then had a chance to chalk up his hat-trick and win it for the Terras just five minutes later, but this time he could only turn the ball wide after Nathan Walker had nodded down another free-kick.
Although the game was not awash with free-flowing football it certainly supplied plenty of entertainment, and on the balance of play a point apiece was probably fair.
Hinckley: Hinds, Moran, Branch, Walters, Towers, Charlton, Degville-Cross, Ford, Canavan, Dubidat, Bates. Subs not used: Stevenson, Sturgess, Jeffries, McGarrigy, Bryan.
Terras: Matthews, McConnell, Wells (Wood 63), Clay, N Walker, Poole, Burbidge, Winsper, Yetton, Joyce, S Walker. Subs not used: Ford, Chainey, Groves, Greeno.
Bookings – Hinckley: None.
Terras: Wells (unsporting behaviour 61).
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