|Matthews troops seal dominant win over Basingstoke
By Dorset ECHO
WEYMOUTH cruised to a comfortable home league victory at the
Bob Lucas Stadium to leapfrog Basingstoke Town in the Evo-Stik
Southern Premier Division.
And if any visiting scouts from FA Cup opposition Kidderminster
Harriers had come along to cast their eye over Jason Matthews
side, they were treated to one of Weymouths most assured
displays of the season, against full-time opposition.
The Terras made one change from the side that drew 1-1 at
Top Field against Hitchin last time out.
Full-back Jake Wannell failed to get over a hamstring injury
and dropped to the bench, meaning Mark Cooper was back in
the side on the left of the back four.
There was no Aaron Rodriguez in the matchday squad for the
hosts which meant Conor Jevon, who scored a hat-trick in the
League Challenge Cup against Wimborne Town a week previously,
was back in the first-team.
An early injury concern to Terras midfielder Dean Evans
was soon dealt with by the home medical staff before Dragons
defender Joe Gater also picked up a knock in what was a stop-start
opening five minutes.
But, with the first chance of the contest, the Terras got
off to the perfect start.
After some good work down the left by Cooper, the ball eventually
fell to Ben Thomson on the turn and he fired into the bottom
corner, leaving Alex Tokarczyk in the visitors goal
with no chance.
Weymouths next opportunity then came as a half-cleared
ball fell to Evans was held and, at the other end, Romone
Rose looked to carry on his impressive scoring form with a
strike which just flew over the bar from 30 yards out.
After Weymouths Calvin Brooks received treatment for
a knock, there was then huge chances for both sides. Coopers
ball in found Terras midfielder Charlie Davis at the
back post but he could only fire into the side netting.
Just a minute later, Brooks was beaten by Dragons striker
Rose, who shot past Weymouth keeper Thomas, only to be denied
by a clearance off the line by Stephane Zubar.
Basingstoke then went close once against as Hallahan, on
his return to the side, got in behind the Terras back
four on the right.
His low drive on the angle to the far post was pushed round
the post by Thomas.
But, while Basingstoke showed their threat, it was Weymouth
who got a second on 26 minutes, with great strikers
displayed by skipper Stewart Yetton.
He latched on to a strike at goal from Evans to wrong-foot
Tokarczyk in the away goal and tap home.
Basingstoke were then given a glorious chance to get back
into the contest when Thomas was penalised for handling outside
of his box on the angle, but Sam Deadfields free-kick
was dealt with by Zubar.
As the game ebbed an flowed, Davis then came close to adding
a third for the hosts. His drilled free-kick forced a strong
save from Tokarczyk, who flew to his right having seen the
A flashpoint then ensued just short of the break as Jordan
Copp went down clutching his face after after an altercation
with visiting striker Rose, but referee Lee Rutter calmed
things down and did not even show a caution.
It did not take the Terras too long to add a third to their
tally after he break as Billy Lowes got in on the act on 47
minutes. He pounced on a defensive mistake by Gator, and smashed
the ball into the bottom corner to put Weymouth in cruise
control at 3-0.
Thomas then saved from winger Nana Owusu to keep his clean
sheet intact before Thomson fired at Tokarczyk.
Both the Terras front two of Thomson and Yetton were
then replaced around the hour Mark by Sam Jordan and Jevon,
with Saturdays cup clash at Kidderminster in mind. Davis
was then replaced by Dan Smith, who returned for the final
15 minutes after a calf injury.
With the hosts looking for a fourth, a devilish ball in from
the right was struck sweetly by substitute Jordan who was
unmarked inside the area, but his effort smashed against the
But it was not to matter as Matthews men comfortably
saw the clash out for three points.