Carlyle 72


Marriott 45+1 pen, Powell 48

TEMPERS flared as Weymouth lost 2-1 to Barnet in their final home Vanarama National League game of the season.

A huge scuffle on the near touchline, caused by an incident involving Tom Blair and Teddy Howe, was the main flashpoint of the half until Adam Marriott’s penalty put the Bees 1-0 up.

Daniel Powell extended the Bees’ advantage on 48 minutes with a tap-in before Nathan Carlyle’s maiden Weymouth goal set up a frantic finale.

End-to-end play ensued but the Terras could not clinch an equaliser as their poor form continued.

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For the third game in a row, Weymouth manager David Oldfield made six changes to the starting XI.

Captain Josh McQuoid (shoulder), Haji Mnoga, Aaron Drewe and Mannie Mampala missed out from the squad completely, while Ben Greenwood and Matt Buse dropped to the bench.

In came Xander McBurnie, Tom Bearwish, Tom Blair, Ollie Harfield, Ahkeem Rose and Sean Shields.

Joining Greenwood and Buse on the bench were the returning Brandon Goodship plus Brad Ash and Cameron Murray.

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Seeking to end a 14-game winless run, Weymouth began brightly as Omar Mussa shot wide before an inswinging Shields cross was touched goalwards by Blair.

Barnet had only threatened with two corners prior to the 19th minute when Daniel Powell left Nathan Carlyle for dead before stand-in skipper Tyler Cordner got across to block.

Rose had meanwhile picked up a hamstring injury but soldiered on, almost assisting a goal for Shields whose deflected shot bounced agonisingly towards goal before being cleared.

However, Rose could only last until the 26th minute when he was replaced by Ash – and Weymouth suddenly looked more dangerous up front.

Ash proved an immediate nuisance for the Barnet defence and he nearly scored from Blair’s cushioned header before taking too long to shoot after Bearwish had been struck in the face by a clearance, the ricochet falling perfectly for the substitute.

Barnet then had a goal disallowed through the offside Marriott before a major flare-up on the touchline after Blair was shoved into the hoardings by Teddy Howe.

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The incident drew in all 22 players and the management staff of both teams to dissipate the tension, with Howe and Wesley Fonguck booked – the former drawing deafening boos from the crowd, who wanted red.

There was more anger in the home stands just before half-time as Blair conceded a penalty for tripping Ephron Mason-Clark, who fooled the winger with a clever touch back.

Marriott then stepped up to coolly send Ross Fitzsimons the wrong way, scoring into the bottom-left corner.

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Marriott was denied a second by Fitzsimons less than a minute later and Weymouth also had chances at the other end as Shields and Ash were denied by a double save from keeper Aymen Azaze.

Weymouth, as they so often have done this season, conceded almost immediately after half-time as Powell swept home after a fine run by Howe to the byline.

After going 2-0 behind, Weymouth began to threaten a goal of their own as Blair boomed over Shields’ excellent cross and Mussa bent a free-kick over.

Tempers continued to flare with a series of debatable decisions from the officials amid what was becoming an increasingly open game.

Hall’s deflected shot and Powell’s effort from a tight angle both worked Fitzsimons and the keeper was forced into a save which topped the lot when tipping over Hall’s rising drive.

Goodship replaced Mussa in Weymouth’s second change and the ubiquitous Shields later tested Azaze with a daisy-cutter, the keeper needing fingertips to preserve his clean sheet.

There was nothing he could do on 72 minutes though, as Weymouth halved the deficit.

Shields saw a shot blocked and Barnet could not clear, allowing Carlyle to thump a volley into the top corner for a stylish first Weymouth goal.

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Weymouth were suddenly purring now and Shields bent an effort millimetres wide of the far post with Azaze beaten.

Bearwish and Azaze were involved in a scuffle on the near touchline as emotions continued to boil over.

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Barnet were keeping their heads, though, and nearly made it 3-1 when Hall shaped a shot inches adrift of the far post.

Weymouth chased the game with a succession of corners late on and Cordner nearly connected with two headers from corners in stoppage-time.

Unfortunately for Weymouth there was to be no comeback as their winless run extended to 15 games.

Terras: Fitzsimons, McBurnie, Cordner, Mussa (Goodship 68), Bearwish, Robinson, Blair (Murray 87), Harfield, Rose (Ash 26), Carlyle, Shields. Subs not used: Greenwood, Buse.

Barnet: Azaze, Howe, Richards-Everton, Hall (Tasdemir 83), Marshall, Powell (Walsh 80), Mason-Clark, Marriott, Fonguck, Taylor, de Havilland. Subs not used: Callan, Granville, Vasiliou.

Referee: Scott Tallis.

Attendance: 1,081