Dallas 13, 41

WEYMOUTH claimed back-to-back wins for the first time this season as a clinical Andy Dallas double sunk 10-man Aldershot at the EBB Stadium.

In what was a near-perfect away performance, Weymouth weathered early pressure to open the scoring in the 13th minute when Dallas converted Sean Shields’ cross at the back post.

Livewire Dallas skipped through on goal five minutes later and forced a handball from home keeper Mitch Walker, who was duly sent off.

Thereafter, Weymouth dominated and Dallas again tore through to slide his second past sub custodian Brad James.

Aldershot caused the visitors very few problems in a luke warm second half as Weymouth’s professional game management saw out a valuable three points.

It has certainly been a remarkable change in fortune for boss Brian Stock, who named an unchanged squad from the 1-0 win over Hartlepool United on Saturday.

Following a minute’s silence, Weymouth were searching for their first back-to-back wins of the season but came up against an in-form Aldershot in the early exchanges.

The Hampshire side had won all three of their previous games in all competitions going into this contest and immediately hemmed the Terras in.

Ethan Ross had to tip over a backward header from his own defence and Aldershot continued the pressure with numerous throws, corners and free-kicks in a rapid opening.

Yet it was Weymouth who had the first shot at goal, Dallas firing at Walker after driving through the home defence.

That attempt was quickly followed by a clear chance for Aldershot forward Chike Kandi, whose shot on the turn slammed against the advertising hoardings with Ross beaten.

Showing their recent resilience, Weymouth took the lead against the run of play in the 13th minute.

Shields was the provider, his searching cross following a cleared corner allowing Cambridge United loanee Dallas to swoop in and score his first Weymouth goal.

Aldershot’s evening worsened quickly as Dallas charged through and his touch forced a reaction from home keeper Walker, who handled outside the area and saw red.

Kandi was the unfortunate player to be hooked, with Brad James replacing him and tipping over the free-kick from Shields.

Aldershot took time to adjust to their 10-man formation and Shields again went close for Weymouth, producing a sharp stop from James.

Shields looked to have widened Weymouth’s advantage 10 minutes from half-time but his effort from a fine Joan Luque cross was ruled out for handball.

His misfortune was to matter little as Dallas doubled his and the visitors’ tally just before the break.

Shots’ defender Alex Finney slipped at a critical moment and Dallas pounced, racing clean through before sweeping home a lethal finish past James.

As Aldershot came forward, Weymouth looked a real threat on the counter and Luque slashed over the bar in stoppage-time rather than finding a teammate.

Aldershot boss Danny Searle brought on Alfy Whittingham for Joel Nouble at half-time to steady a rocking home ship, but Weymouth continued to look dangerous.

Jordan Ngalo was the latest Terras player to fire at goal, winning a corner before Luque shanked his cross from the clearance.

With an hour played, Aldershot finally registered a shot on target as Toby Edser’s ambitious overhead kick from Killian Colombie’s cross was easily gathered by Ross.

Weymouth’s impressive grip on the game continued with two changes to freshen up their midfield as Andy Robinson and Cameron Murray replaced ex-Shots’ forward Josh McQuoid and Luque respectively.

As the visitors looked to add to their tally, Dallas won a corner after his square ball was cut out but Shadrach Ogie hooked clear.

Aldershot improved in the final stages as leading scorer Mohamed Bettamer fired a free-kick over from 25 yards after an enterprising run from Edser.

Ten minutes from time, Stock introduced Christian Saydee for Dallas after another eye-catching performance from the Scottish striker.

Aldershot tested Weymouth’s defence with a succession of long balls and free-kicks in the final stages but could not breach the Terras’ rearguard.

In the end it was a second successive clean sheet for Weymouth, who have pocketed six points in a vastly improved past two games.

Aldershot: Walker, Finney, Sendles-White, Rees, Bettamer, Kandi (James 19), Nouble (Whittingham 46), J Anderson, Edser, Colombie (Lyons-Foster 79), Ogie. Subs not used: Rowe, Panayiotou.

Terras: Ross, Ngalo, McCarthy, McQuoid (Robinson 68), Brooks, Dallas (Saydee 81), Revan, Mensah, Harfield, Luque (Murray 72), Shields. Subs not used: Benfield, Camp. 

Referee: Lloyd Wood