WEYMOUTH 1

Robinson 67

NOTTS COUNTY 1

Roberts 60

WEYMOUTH battled back to earn a point in a hugely entertaining 1-1 Vanarama National League draw with Notts County at the Bob Lucas Stadium.

After a goalless first half in which Brad Ash had Weymouth’s best chance, Notts went ahead on the hour through Cal Roberts’ delicious free-kick.

Weymouth equalised seven minutes later through Andy Robinson’s driven shot and the Terras were incensed late on as Ash went down in the box, without winning a penalty.

Going into what was an impressive performance from the hosts, Weymouth made two changes to the side that began the 4-3 win at Solihull last time out.

Out went Taofiq Olomowewe and Josh McQuoid – the Terras' skipper not in the squad at all – and in came Tom Bearwish and Andy Robinson.

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Olomowewe dropped to the bench, while keeper Harrison Bruton, fresh from an impressive display for Weymouth under-23s in midweek, also took a place in the dugout.

In boss Brian Stock’s 50th game in charge, the Terras made a positive start as Brad Ash won a corner which was initially cleared.

Bearwish retrieved possession and clipped a diagonal ball to stand-in captain Tyler Cordner at the back post, his nodded effort straying over.

Omar Mussa then shot wide from distance and Sean Shields won a corner moments later only for the winger to whip his delivery straight into the hands of Notts’ keeper Sam Slocombe.

County began to work themselves into the game as Jim O’Brien saw a shot blocked by Cordner before Roberts curled a free-kick wide after Mussa’s infringement.

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Roberts jinked past two defenders to record the game’s first shot on target in the 17th minute, only to find Weymouth keeper Ross Fitzsimons alert at his near post to save.

County were awarded a soft free-kick for a minor shirt pull on Rodrigues and Kyle Wootton really should have buried the delivery, making a mess of the recycled cross as well.

With Notts coming forward in numbers, the break was on for Weymouth as Mussa and Ash each led one in the space of two minutes.

County snuffed both attacks out with ease but the tenacity of Josh Leslie-Smith opened the next opportunity for Weymouth.

The right-back chased a long ball, hugging the right touchline, and held off Richard Brindley before hoisting a looping cross from beside the corner flag.

His delivery was inviting for Ash to attack but the Terras’ striker placed his header at a grateful Slocombe from 10 yards.

Seconds later Weymouth demanded a penalty when Ash’s block tackle enabled him to slip a ball across the six-yard box for Cameron Murray.

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With the goal beckoning, Dion Kelly-Evans eased the winger off the ball, leaving the officials unmoved and the home faithful incensed.

Rodrigues then threatened in the final chance before half-time, the Portuguese maestro skying a left-footed shot over.

Weymouth were unchanged at the break and conjured the first chance of the second half when Ash’s clever control and turn with his chest presented Robinson with a chance which he chipped over on his weaker left foot.

County again weathered the storm and began to press upfield, with Rodrigues drawing a foul from Ben Morgan, yielding a yellow card.

The punishment worsened for Weymouth on the hour when Roberts curled the resultant free-kick perfectly into the far corner with Fitzsimons given no chance.

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Weymouth’s response was almost immediate as the Terras trailed for just seven minutes.

Good work from Shields and Mussa teed up Robinson to control and hammer home a shot through the grasp of Slocombe from 20 yards.

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Mussa sliced wide as Weymouth had County rattled before the Magpies made three changes, Ed Francis, Aaron Nemane and Kairo Mitchell coming on.

County almost benefitted from another questionable free-kick which Francis bent in, causing Morgan to head into Wootton, the ball ballooning over the bar.

Time ticked down beyond 90 minutes and a moment of huge controversy saw Ash bundled over in the box.

Loud appeals were waved away by the hesitant officials, who eventually gave a free-kick for handball.

As it was, Weymouth earned a creditable point against opponents who breezed past them 3-0 late last season.

The result also extended to three games Weymouth’s unbeaten run in the National League, the first time since February 2009 that the Terras had repeated the feat.

Terras: Fitzsimons, Morgan, Cordner, Mussa (Goodship 83), Ash, Bearwish (Brooks 90+3), Leslie-Smith, Robinson, Murray, Harfield, Shields. Subs not used: Rose, Bruton, Olomowewe.

Notts County: Slocombe, Brindley, Taylor, Cameron, O'Brien (Mitchell 72), Wootton, Roberts (Francis 81), Kelly-Evans (Nemane 72), Palmer, Rodrigues, Lacey. Subs not used: Sam, Chicksen.

Referee: Scott Simpson

Attendance: 1,783