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TERRAS: Richmond has mixed emotions after goal fest
WAREHAM RANGERS 4 WEYMOUTH RESERVES 4
JAKE Richmond was left with mixed feelings following this eight-goal thriller at Wareham Rangers.
The Terras were off the pace in the first half but gallantly fought back from 3-1 down to snatch a share of the spoils in the closing stages.
Weymouth Reserves’ boss Rich-mond told Echosport: “In the first half we were not at the races at all.
“We were okay with the ball but without it, we weren’t tight enough to our men and gave them far too much time.
“They were very direct and launched a lot of long balls but although our defenders won their headers our midfielders were too slow to react.
“In fact, two of their goals came from people not tracking their runners and that was disappointing.
“We came in 3-1 down but in all honesty it could have been a few more and had we been playing the likes of Portland United or Ham-worthy Recreation they would have been out of sight.
“In the end though, our fitness and a little bit of heart managed to get us a point.
“To come back like we did showed a lot of character and desire but it is just annoying how we seem to start slowly in games at the moment.
“We almost give teams too much respect and that needs to change.
“We are also a little too nice and need to start doing the dirty stuff a bit better.”
Seb Blundell kept Wareham out in the 15th minute with a fine save but there was nothing he could do five minutes later when a rebound fell kindly for the hosts to comfortably break the deadlock.
A fine first-time pass from Matt Harvey then set up Oscar Preece to equalise but after that Rangers took control and profited from a piece of good fortune to regain their lead.
There seemed to be no danger when the ball was knocked back to Blundell but a wicked bounce in front of the keeper led to a bit of a miskick and an easy tap-in for a Wareham forward.
A minute later the home side then made it 3-1 after the ball had ricocheted back off a post, and had Blundell not produced another good save shortly afterwards they might have had more.
It was clear the Terras needed to up their game after the break and that is exactly what they did.
Preece cut the deficit on 77 minutes by side-footing in a cross from the right before Lloyd Beals set up Paul Ford to equalise with just four minutes remaining.
Wareham looked stunned but 30 seconds later they were ahead again when a clumsy challenge in the box led to a penalty, which was dispatched with confidence.
Many teams may have dropped their heads after that but the Terras instantly responded again with Ford playing in Beals, who wrapped up the scoring on 88 minutes to the relief of his manager.
Richmond added: “I feel like we robbed Wareham a bit, particularly after our first-half display, and I did feel a little bit for their manager afterwards.
“However, at the same time the desire and determination my lads showed to get back into the game was excellent and they deserve a lot of credit for that.”
The Terras now sit fourth in the Bespoke Teamwear Dorset Pre-mier League, five points off the top with a game in hand.
Terras: Blundell, Butcher, Brown, Sharpe, Anstey, Frost (Smith 20), Beals, Gould (Jackson 65), Preece, Harvey, Zima (P Ford 75).
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