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TERRAS: Terras fight back to force replay
Yetton 85, Joyce 87
BOGNOR REGIS TOWN 2
Johnson 62, Hopkinson 66
TWO goals in the last five minutes kept Weymouth in the FA Cup.
The Terras looked to be crashing out at the second qualifying round stage after going 2-0 behind but a stirring fight back saw strikes from Stewart Yetton and Ben Joyce force a replay on Tuesday night.
Michael Walker made his long-awaited debut for the Terras with boss Brendon King making two changes from the defeat to Hemel Hempstead last week.
Ashley Wells and Luke Winsper made way for Walker and the returning Danny Clay, who was back after injury.
On the bench, Wells and Winsper were named along with Mark Ford, Matt Groves, Jamie Symes and goalkeeper Jordan Tewkesbury.
The Rocks made the better start and created several opportunities as the Terras were pressed back.
The lively Arron Hopkinson had the best of Bognor’s chances when he fired inches wide with an effort in the third minute.
Weymouth’s first chance arrived on 12 minutes when Joyce stabbed an effort wide.
Then five minutes later, Joyce broke clear and pulled the ball back for Scott Walker who could only hit his shot wide of visiting keeper Mark Zawadski’s left-hand post.
After a niggly period, with referee Gary Parsons blowing for a plethora of free-kicks, Nathan Walker had a header effort ruled out after his brother Michael was adjudged to be offside on 23 minutes.
Nathan Walker then went close again five minutes later when he headed over from a Scott Walker free-kick.
However, it was Bognor that finished the stronger in the first period.
Ben Johnson saw a scorching strike fly over Jason Matthew’s crossbar after some fine trickery on the edge of the box.
Five minutes before the interval, Craig Robson struck a 20-yard free-kick over before the Terras had a big let-off in added-on time when Ollie Pearce failed to connect in front of goal after a fine cross from Hopkinson.
Bognor were on the front foot at the start of the second half with Hopkinson seeing his effort richocet over the bar.
Then a minute later, Pearce’s header went wide of a post.
At the other end, Allen headed over from Scott Walker’s free-kick and same two players combined four minutes later with the same outcome.
In the 56th minute, Luke Burbidge worked his way clear after being found by a great ball by Allen but could not pick anyone out in a Terras’ shirt following a disappointing centre.
Bognor then took the lead on 62 minutes when Scott Walker tripped Hopkinson in the box after the lively winger had turned the Terras’ skipper too easily and the referee had no option but to award a penalty.
Ben Johnson confidently strode up to sidefoot past Matthews as the Rocks grabbed the lead.
The visitors were now on top and Hopkinson found striker Ben Godfrey who failed to connect as the ball flew across the goalmouth.
Bognor then doubled their lead on 66 minutes when man of the match Hopkinson curled a superb effort from 25 yards to give Matthews absolutely no chance.
Godrey then went past Nathan Walker as if he wasn’t there but hit his shot across the face of Matthews’ goal.
Sam Poole was then booked for a lunging tackle on Godfrey on the edge of the box but the free-kick was wasted as it was smashed into the Terras’ wall.
The hosts, were now playing with four strikers as they looked to salvage something from the game with Ford and Groves joining Yetton and Joyce.
And the game was turned on its head with five minutes to go when Yetton pounced. The Terras’ frontman blocked a clearance from the keeper, after a poor back pass, and slotted the rebound into the empty net to give his side hope.
The home faithful were then ecstatic as Joyce was found by Matt Groves and fired home from 10 yards to level the scores with three minutes to go.
There was no further goalmouth action and the two sides will have to do all again on Tuesday night (7.45pm).
Terras: Matthews 6, McConnell 6 (Groves 75), M Walker 6 (Ford 67), Clay 6, N Walker 6, Poole 6, Burbidge 6, Allen 6, Yetton 6, Joyce 7, S Walker 7. Subs not used: Wells, Winsper, Symes, Tewkesbury
Bognor: Zawadski, Malins, Marzetti (Wollers 53), Tuck, Axten, Robson, Hopkinson, Wills, Godfrey (Dodd 83), Pearce, Johnson (Kempson 75). Subs not used: Sackman, Chamberlain, Boyle
Bookings – Terras: Allen (dissent, 63), Poole (foul, 77), Ford (foul, 89)
Bognor: Dodd (foul 90)
Referee: Gary Parsons
*The Terras' board has arranged an EGM for provisionally Saturday, October 12 (10.30am), depending on FA Cup results.
An alternative date will be Sunday, October 13 (11am).
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