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TERRAS: Strike duo on target for Jake Richmond's men
WEYMOUTH RESERVES 3 HOLT UNITED 1
SEAN Zima and Carl McClements continued their scoring exploits as Weymouth Reserves hit back to tame the Bulls at the Bob Lucas Stadium.
Holt had the better of the first half but the Terras turned the tables after the break and deservedly secured the points following a dominant last half-hour.
Weymouth boss Jake Richmond told Echosport: “We didn’t play very well in the first half.
“We played a couple of lads out of their natural positions and it didn’t really work.
“Once we made a couple of changes though it gave us the spark we needed and in the end we could have hit five or six.
“It’s just a bit frustrating at the minute that we can’t seem to put it together for the full 90 minutes.
“Holt could have easily been three up at half-time had they taken a couple more of their chances, but at the end of the day I can’t be too hard on the lads because that is now just one defeat in seven, which is a great start.”
The Bulls took the lead on seven minutes when a 30-yard free-kick caught Jordan Tewkesbury off guard in the home goal, and they could and should have had more.
A defensive mix-up between Adam Anstey and Lee Sharpe presented another opportunity, which was fired wide, before another a chance went begging from eight yards just prior to half-time.
The Terras clearly needed to up their game and in the final 30 minutes they responded with Zima cutting across the box on the hour and firing home an unstoppable shot from 16 yards.
McClements then made it 2-1 from a rebound after Luke Chatterton had hit the bar before Zima grabbed his second on 77 minutes with a sweet volley following Oscar Preece’s lofted cross.
The latter also went on to strike a post as Weymouth threatened to run riot with their superior fitness telling in the closing stages.
Richmond added: “That is not the first time we have come back from one down this season and a lot of that is down to our fitness levels.
“Neil Carter has been working with the lads since pre-season on that particular area and you only have to look at the amount of late goals we have scored this season to see the benefits of it.
“Although it is still a fairly new and very young squad things are going well.
“Luke Chatterton started the game despite only being 16 years of age and didn’t look out of place, and all the substitutes we brought on had a real impact, which was also very pleasing.
“The fact Clemo and Zima are in such good scoring form is also a major bonus.
“Clemo has five in seven now while Zima has eight in seven, so on the whole things are looking really good, but it is vital we continue working hard to keep it all going.”
The Terras now sit fifth in the Bespoke Teamwear Dorset Premier League, five points adrift of leaders Hamworthy Recreation with a game in hand.
Terras: Tewkesbury, Butcher (Will 58), Sharpe, Anstey, Harvey, Beals (Frost 65), Chatterton (Ford 80), Preece, Brown, Zima, McClements.
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