WEYMOUTH rounded off their pre-season schedule with a 2-1 defeat to a Reading FC XI at the Bob Lucas Stadium on Saturday afternoon.

Terras had taken the lead through Nahum Melvin-Lambert, but the visitors rallied for victory.

The Royals had a golden chance to take the lead in the 13th minute.

Basil Tuma picked up possession in midfield and charged towards goal.

The striker turned past the oncoming Gerard Benfield to give himself an open goal, but Teddy Howe did well to come back quickly and block the shot, with the ball going behind for a corner.

Joel Rollinson put in a dangerous free kick with the last kick of the half. The winger's deep set piece from the far side was met by the rising Charlie Rowan.

The substitute kept the ball in play, flicking it onto Leo Hamblin whose direct header yards out from goal was palmed away by Collins on the line.

Weymouth were looking to capitalise on early second half pressure with a corner on the near side. The ball was fizzed into Slade inside the area.

The substitute took a touch before trying to guide a low shot to the bottom right corner but Collins was there to make the save.

Melvin-Lambert was looking fresh after coming on at half-time and broke the deadlock in the 59th minute. Slade’s low squared cross was to the feet of Melvin-Lambert, who took the ball down, beat an oncoming challenge and poked the ball beyond Collins.

The Terras couldn’t hold the lead for long after a mix-up at the back between Benfield and Cheshire in the 67th minute allowed the Royal’s to regain possession easily.

The ball fell to Charlie Wellens who dinked the ball over Benfield from range to level the game.

The Royals flipped the game on its head and took the lead six minutes later. Brooks lost possession facing goal which had allowed Reading players to swarm the defence. The ball fell to Reading’s Benja Purcell on the far side who cooly slotted the ball beyond Benfield in goal.

Melvin-Lambert had the chance to draw the game level in the 88th minute. A ball from the near side was played low and made its way through a busy area, before Melvin-Lambert connected with a shot on the volley which narrowly went over the bar.

The Terras kick off their league campaign on Saturday as they travel to St Albans City.