|Super-sub Sam at the double in dream first league appearance
By Dorset ECHO
A SECOND-HALF double from super-sub Sam Jordan either side of
Jake Wannells headed goal meant the Terras started their
2016-17 league campaign with a victory at Biggleswade Town.
Jordan, a summer arrival having stepped up through the divisions
from Western League outfit Bradford Town in the summer, came
off the bench to replace Stewart Yetton in the second half
at Langford Road.
And the frontman stole the show, making a resounding impact
by finding the net twice on his first league appearance for
After a summer where he weighed up his options over keeping
the gloves on a full-time basis, Weymouth player-manager Jason
Matthews did name himself in goal for his sides first
competitive game of the campaign.
Fellow gloveman Dan Thomas, who had featured regularly in
pre-season and agreed a deal after initially coming in as
a trialist, had to settle for a spot on the bench.
With Ashley Wells out through a knee injury and Ben Thomson
unavailable, the Terras boss also had some decisions
to make, and there was a big call from Matthews in his selection
higher up the pitch.
Conor Jevon, who the player-manager insisted in an interview
with Echosport earlier this summer needs to fulfil his
potential was given an instant opportunity.
He was the surprise name among the starters, having been
promoted mainly from reserve-team duties last season, and
wore the number 10 shirt.
Wells absence from the starting XI meant that Mark
Cooper switched sides to the right of the back four, meaning
Jordan Copp slotted in at left-back. Charlie Davis, on his
league debut for the Terras, featured in midfield.
With just eight minutes of the game gone, Weymouths
start to the campaign saw them fall behind.
After getting caught out in the middle of the pitch, Biggleswades
Inih Effiong eventually slotted home to put the Waders ahead.
Effiong then put another chance just over the bar as Matthews
men were on the back foot early.
After being put under some real pressure in the opening exchanges,
the away side then looked to get themselves back on level
A corner was swung in for Wannell, but the central defender
headed over the bar, unchallenged.
Miles Smith then picked up a caution for the Waders as Weymouth
began to find their feet, Chris Shephard delivered for Jevon,
who failed to find the target with his headed effort.
Dan Smith, making his first league start for Weymouth since
his return to the club, then burst forward with a strong run
on the counter and forced a save from Ian Brown in the home
Former Magpie Smith also went close once more and, with striker
Yetton unable to get a touch on the rebound, the Terras went
in trailing 1-0 at the interval.
Following the break, the away side came out with real vigour.
Jevon still looked to open his account for the campaign and
find that all-important equaliser, as he let fly from 20 yards
out, but the ball flew over the top.
The woodwork then denied Yetton his first goal of the season,
as the Terras frontman came within inches of making
After his effort came back off the post, it fell into the
clutches of goalkeeper Brown.
Jevon then thought he had scored with a point-blank header,
which was eventually scrambled away by the Waders, with referee
Sam Lewis and his assistants giving the verdict that the ball
had not crossed the line.
With Weymouth still pressing, Yetton was then replaced by
Jordan as the Terras bench looked to freshen things
And, within minutes, the change paid dividends. The replacement
striker netted his first goal for the club after being played
in by Jevon.
Shephard then required treatment and was eventually brought
off in place of Billy Lowes but, with their playmaker off
the field, that was not to stop Matthews charges grabbing
Davis delivered a corner on to the head of Wannell, who found
the target to send the away fans delirious at 2-1.
The victory was then made even sweeter, as a tenacious third
was added by Jordan to make it 3-1 and wrap up all three points.