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TERRAS: It's lucky 13 for Yetton as Weymouth go through
5:38pm Saturday 19th October 2013 in Sport
WEYMOUTH 1 (Yetton 63) BRIDGWATER TOWN 0
STEWART Yetton netted his 13th goal of the season to send the Terras through to the second qualifying round of the FA Trophy this afternoon.
Weymouth made just one change to the starting XI that began the 2-1 win at Cirencester Town in the FA Cup with Michael Walker replacing the suspended Ashley Wells.
Matt Cafer also returned to the bench where he joined Jamie Symes, Luke Winsper, Matt Groves and Mark Ford.
Bridgwater entered the clash in good spirits following an unbeaten start to their league campaign.
Their opening eight outings in Calor Division One South & West have seen them collect 20 points, with striker Joe Bushin proving their biggest threat with nine league goals already this season.
The opening five minutes saw efforts at both ends with Bushin seeing a shot deflected wide for the visitors, and home skipper Scott Walker firing off target after fine link-up play with Ben Joyce.
The Robins certainly looked fired up but apart from those two efforts the early exchanges were fairly low key.
In terms of entertainment, the game desperately needed a goal and it almost arrived on 25 minutes when a deep cross from the right caught out the Weymouth backline, allowing Craig Loxton to fire just wide at the far post.
The Terras were playing some neat football but there was very little tempo in their game and eight minutes later Bridgwater went close again.
This time full-back Kristian Miller broke into the box from the right and forced a fine save out of Jason Matthews at his near post. The Weymouth stopper then did well to punch away the resulting corner under extreme pressure.
Weymouth clearly needed to up their game and just moments later they almost broke through.
Scott Walker provided a fine cross from the left but Yetton’s deft flick was somehow clawed out by Chris Wright’s instinctive save.
Many expected the Terras to mount a sustained period of pressure after that but the Robins hit back again and should have taken the lead just before the break.
Mitchell Page looked clean through following Bushin’s neat pass but his first touch was poor and his eventual shot was blocked wide by the legs of Matthews.
The lack of intensity and quality in the game, particularly from the hosts, continued after the break, although Joyce did go close on 51 minutes with a fine shot from 25 yards, which Wright did well to keep out.
The Terras were beginning to get on top territorially but their final pass was still not good enough.
Luke Burbidge saw a fierce volley palmed away following a corner but apart from that they were struggling to break Bridgwater down.
Eventually the pressure told though when a calamitous mix-up between Tom Warren and Chris McGrath on 63 minutes set up a great chance for Yetton.
The in-form striker did not need a second invitation and showed great composure to steady himself, before slotting the ball into the bottom left-hand corner of the net from 16 yards.
Now the onus was on the Robins to reply and moments later they were appealing for a penalty following a foul on Loxton.
However, referee Chris Wade deemed the first point of contact to have taken place on the edge of the box and the free-kick that followed was completely wasted.
After that Bridgwater began to get frustrated and on 80 minutes they almost conceded a second.
Wright did well to stop the first attempt by Joyce but could only watch in relief as Barry McConnell scuffed the rebound wide with the goal at his mercy.
The visitors then took a couple of pot shots from long range, which Matthews dealt with comfortably, before a controversial decision on 85 minutes handed them a free-kick around eight yards out.
Sam Poole went to cushion a pass back to Matthews, only for the ball to flick up off his foot causing the home stopper to head it up in the air and then catch it underneath his crossbar.
Wade immediately awarded an indirect free-kick for an intentional back-pass, which infuriated the Terras, but eventually a mass of bodies managed to keep Bushin’s shot out at close quarters.
There was still time for one more chance though with substitute Daine O’Connor getting on the end of a cross from the right, only to see his stooping header clear the crossbar from just six yards.
Joyce then forced Wright into another fine save at the other end with a shot from distance before Wade brought the encounter to an end to the delight of the home faithful.
Terras: Matthews, McConnell, M Walker, Clay, N Walker, Poole, Burbidge (Ford 78), Allen, Yetton, Joyce, S Walker. Subs: Cafer, Symes, Winsper, Groves.
Bridgwater: Wright, Miller, Osman, Warren, McGrath, Bater (Pilling 84), Loxton, Wring, Page (O’Connor 80), Bushin, Wilson (Robbins 73). Subs: Pilling, Faux, Thomas Bookings – Terras: Matthews (encroachment 86).
Bridgwater: Warren (unsporting behaviour 59), Aaron Wilson (dissent 62), Wring (dissent 78).
Referee: Chris Wade (Southampton) Attendance: 428
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