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FOOTBALL: Full marks for Weymouth Reserves
BRIDPORT RESERVES 1 WEYMOUTH RESERVES 2
WEYMOUTH climbed to second in the Bespoke Teamwear Dorset Premier League after second-half goals from Sean Zima and Carl McClements saw them to victory at St Mary’s Field.
Boss Jake Richmond gave his Terras full marks for their second win of the season and couldn’t have been happier with their performance.
After McClements struck the woodwork early on, the visitors went 1-0 down 10 minutes before the break when Ashley Clarke stole in at a corner to turn the ball past Jordan Tewkesbury.
But Weymouth didn’t panic and on 53 minutes Zima netted his fifth goal in four matches with a neat finish from a narrow angle.
And with a quarter of the game left Zima played in McClements and he coolly lobbed Bees’ keeper Billy Fleet to put his side 2-1 in front.
Tewkesbury pulled off a vital save moments later and substitute Luke Chatterton thought he had made it 3-1 only to be flagged for offside.
The hosts also hit the post and had a couple of other half-chances in the closing stages but nothing to trouble the Weymouth defence.
“I asked the players for a lot more commitment and desire and they came through with a really good performance,” said Rich-mond.
“We played a lot of the football and looked assured and relaxed in possession. I thought we fully deserved it.
“I’ve got nothing but praise for the lads and I would have given every single one of them 10 out of 10.”
Inconsistency is proving Bridport’s downfall at the mom-ent in the eyes of their manager Robin Townsend.
Bridport went into the fixture on the back of a thrilling 4-3 win over Hamworthy Recreation last Saturday and Townsend was expecting more of the same from his men.
“We were cock-a-hoop after Saturday and confidence was never an issue,” he said. “But we were poor and probably played 20 per cent below our best.
“I went with the team that finished the previous game as I thought they deserved another chance, but in hindsight I probably should have started with my strongest XI.
“We led 1-0 at half-time but were dire in the first 20 minutes of the second-half and were caught flat-footed when they equalised.
“The lads thought their second goal was offside but we should have stopped the ball at source.
“We hit the post and had some other good chances in the last 15 minutes though we probably didn’t deserve anything.”
Bees: B Fleet, Day (King 80), A Clarke, Lock, Jones (Scovell 70), H Fleet, Cummings, Staines (Steele 75), Stordy, B Clarke, Gale.
Terras: Tewkesbury, Harvey, Brown, Anstey, Sharpe, Frost (Chatterton 46), Beals, Smith, Ford (Will 60), McClements (Jackson 85), Zima. Sub not used: Gould
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