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FOOTBALL: Terras need to learn a lesson
3:43pm Monday 28th October 2013 in Football
MERE TOWN 7 WEYMOUTH RESERVES 2
JAKE Richmond insists his young Weymouth charges can learn a valuable lesson from this defeat, a result the Terras’ boss described as “freakish”.
The largely inexperienced visitors, who were missing eight regulars, might even have got something from the match had Carl McClements not missed a penalty at 4-1 down.
And Richmond, although disappointed with the loss, couldn’t fault his players on a day where the Dorset Premier League averaged more than five goals per game.
“The lads were brilliant and I think they played really well, they’re just not experienced enough to deal with the physicality of some sides,” he said.
“I had eight players unavailable for various reasons and a bit of experience might have helped. We had three midfielders in the back four, which didn’t help.
“I’m not saying we deserved to win the game, we didn’t, but we missed a penalty at 4-1 down and then when we got it back to 4-2 they were awarded a penalty, so it could have been different.
“They weren’t five goals better than us but they had a lot more desire and fight. One or two want to play when we are doing well but like to hide when it’s not going so great – you can’t do that.
“Most of our lads are very young and although they don’t want to lose 7-2 they can learn from it and push on next time.
“I can’t be too hard on them, they are a good bunch of lads, and I think they can learn more from a result like that than if they had thumped someone 5-0.
“They’ve done everything I’ve asked of them so far this season and it’s a bit of a freakish result.”
Mere went in front on 15 minutes and when Weymouth keeper Matt Cafer slipped while clearing the ball soon after the hosts moved 2-0 ahead.
McClements halved the deficit moments later but Mere went 3-1 up after reacting quickest when Cafer saved a spot-kick.
The hosts stretched their lead to 4-1 on the half-hour, prompting Richmond to bring Sean Zima on for Paul Ford, and then Mc-Clements saw his penalty saved in first-half injury time.
The Terras’ striker got his and the visitors’ second after the restart but when another penalty was converted by the home team with 20 minutes left there was only one winner.
Two more were added in the closing stages and it could have been more.
Despite the defeat, several players stood out for Richmond, including Gareth Will. “I thought he was excellent, very comfortable on the ball, and you can never doubt his desire,” he added.
Terras: Cafer, Harvey, Beals, Anstey, Will, Frost (Jackson 60), Smith, Chatterton, Ford (Zima 38), Nichols, McClements
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