JAKE Richmond felt the Terras were unfortunate not to claim a point against high-flying Wincanton Town at the Bob Lucas Stadium.

The hosts fought well throughout and even held the lead at one stage but fourth-placed Town proved too strong in the end as they maintained their slim title hopes thanks to Andy Mitchell and an own goal.

Joint-Weymouth boss Richmond, whose side sit 13th in the Magna Dorset Premier League, told Echosport: “It was a bit frustrating really.

“We went 1-0 up and created quite a few opportunities but at the same time we did not play a lot of football.

“We knew they would be big, strong and direct but instead of knocking it around like we know we can, we kind of reverted to their way of playing instead by knocking long balls, which does not really suit us.

“They got back level through an unfortunate own goal just before half-time and as soon as they got their second our heads dropped a little.

“We huffed and puffed after that but never really looked like scoring, but overall I thought we deserved something.

“They were certainly relieved afterwards and on the balance of play I think a draw would have been a fair result.”

Josh Houghton netted at the third attempt to give the Terras a ninth-minute lead before Luke Winsper went close to adding a second with a shot that flew just wide of the far post.

Town then responded by testing Jamie Perry with a low drive but Weymouth continued to make chances as well with Sean Zima heading narrowly off target after more fine play from Winsper.

The hosts looked good for their lead but on 37 minutes they conceded when the backpedalling Rob Maxted saw his attempted clearance fly into his own net over a hapless Perry.

Despite that setback, the Terras still went on to create some good openings with Houghton seeing a looping header clawed out by the visiting keeper and Zima striking a 24-yard effort against a post.

However, in the end, it was Wincan-ton who snatched the points when they grabbed a second on 65 minutes following a big punt upfield from their keeper, which caught the hosts on their heels.

Richmond added: “I could not fault the lads in terms of commitment and if we can show that same sort of application at home against Bridport Reserves tonight (7pm), and at the same time get back to playing a bit more football, we will stand every chance of getting a result.”

Terras: Perry, Frampton (Stroud 54 (Moore 70)), Vincent, Anstey, Maxted, Morley, Head, Skelton, Zima, Winsper, Houghton (Gould 75). Sub not used: Taylor.