SHERBORNE TOWN RES 0 WEYMOUTH RES 2
WEYMOUTH Reserves’ boss Jake Richmond hailed an impressive display by goalkeeper Ryan Park as the Terras maintained their lead at the top of the Dorset Premier League with a 2-0 victory over Sherborne Town Reser-ves.
Stopper Park pulled off a string of second-half saves including an excellent stop diving to his left to shut out Sherborne from the penalty spot, and maintain his clean sheet on 70 minutes.
“Parksy was outstanding and he has been ever since he joined us earlier this season,” Terras’ boss Richmond told Echosport.
“He has five clean sheets in his last six games now, admittedly in some of those games he hasn’t had a lot to do. But when he has needed to, he has been outstanding for us.”
Richmond’s men started brightly and took an early lead through full-back Dan Pidgley on his debut with just six minutes gone.
And while Adam Anstey was denied by a point-blank save as the visitors piled the pressure on in the opening period.
Hotshot Carl McClements then added to his impressive tally for the season as he notched his 17th league goal of the campaign to double Weymouth’s advantage five minutes before the break.
Richmond added: “In the first half we were superb, we played some of our best football since before Christmas and created a lot of chances.
“We look to press the ball high up the pitch and we did that superbly with a lot of energy as a unit.”
But Richmond’s men did not have it all their own way and were then made to dig in as Sherborne came out much stronger in the second period, Park then came into his own to hold on to the Terras’ two-goal advantage.
Richmond claimed: “Without meaning to use clichés, it really was a game of two halves.
“I was really impressed with our attacking ability in the first half and after that we produced a really gritty defensive display to make sure we got the win.”
The result means that Wey-mouth remain two points ahead at the league summit, Portland United remain hot on their heels in second after their 3-0 away victory at Shaftesbury Town.
Terras: Park, Sharpe, Butcher, Anstey, Pidgley (Beales 63), G Will, Asagba (Harvey, 75), Nichols, Zima, Jackson (Staines, 50), McClements.
Subs not used: Chatterton, J Will