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TERRAS: Triumphant Weymouth keep out the Stags
Video courtesy of Weymouth FC
(Poole 23, Yetton 25)
AFC TOTTON 1
WEYMOUTH got back to winning ways in the league at the Bob Lucas Stadium last night.
Struggling AFC Totton put up a brave fight throughout but the Terras always carried the greater threat and could have easily won by a lot more.
Brendon King included two new signings in the home ranks in former Bashley ace Dave Allen and ex-Yeovil Town keeper Matt Cafer.
Allen partnered Danny Clay in central midfield while Cafer took a spot on the bench alongside the returning Jamie Symes, who was making his first appearance in a match-day squad since injuring his groin in pre-season.
One familiar face in the Totton line-up was Ryan Hill, who spent some time at the Terras earlier in his career, but their main threat was clearly their leading scorer Luke Roberts with five goals already this season.
With Weymouth winless in four in the league and Totton having lost their last three in all competitions, both teams were desperate for the points and the opening exchanges reflected that.
Allen, a former Totton player, tested visiting keeper Joe McCor-mack on four minutes before Rob Flooks got on the end of a free-kick at the other end, only to see his header expertly tipped over from Jason Matthews.
Weymouth certainly looked tentative and moments later they had their keeper to thank again after Liam Hibberd cut into the box and had another stinging effort pushed around a post.
The Terras desperately needed to settle and on 23 minutes they got the perfect tonic when Sam Poole rose unmarked in the box to power a header home from Scott Walker’s corner.
Low on confidence, Totton immediately buckled and just two minutes later they were picking the ball out of the net again following a blunder from McCor-mack.
Once again it was Walker that delivered the ball into the box and when the backpedalling keeper failed to get enough on it to turn it over the bar to safety, there was Stewart Yetton to tap in his seventh of the season from close range.
The Terras now looked in complete control but on 29 minutes they switched off again and paid the price when Hibberd’s shot struck a post allowing Alex Moth to fire home the rebound.
Although that flurry of goals added to the entertainment, some of the defending on show was woeful.
However, it was the hosts that continued to look the more threatening side with Ben Joyce and Yetton both being denied by the legs of McCormack before the break.
The tempo of the game remained high at the start of the second half but chances were fewer and far between.
Yetton and Allen both sent drives straight at McCormack and Mark Francis gave Matthews some catching practice from distance but apart from that the action was fairly low key. It was still the Terras that looked more likely to score though and just after the hour they went in search of a killer third.
Poole saw a header cleared off the line from a corner before Joyce struck the woodwork on two separate occasions, the first on the stretch from Walker’s cross and the second with a stooping header after fine work from Wells.
Totton then lost Francis to injury following a heavy but fair challenge with Poole with just five minutes remaining, and after that their challenge completely withered away.
Symes then received warm applause when coming on for a late cameo as the Terras saw out the remainder of the game with ease to wrap up a very welcome victory.
Terras: Matthews 8, McConnell 7, Wells 8, Clay 7 (Symes 6), N Walker 7, Poole 8, Burbidge 7, Allen 7, Yetton 8, Joyce 7, S Walker 8. Subs not used: Wood, Ford, Winsper, Cafer.
Totton: McCormack, Hill, Bada, Ferrett, Flooks, Noakes, Hurst, Hibberd, Roberts, Moth (Edwards 39), Francis (Joseph 85). Subs not used: Onoufriou, White, Hollick.
Bookings – Terras: None.
Totton: Hill (foul 64) Attendance: 459
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