|Jasons troops smashed for four against Chippenham
WEYMOUTHS opening league fixture at the Bob Lucas Stadium
was well and truly one to forget for the Terras, as they were
soundly beaten by Chippenham Town.
A Chris Shephard strike late on proved just a mere consolation
as the damage has already been done by the Bluebirds, who
ran riot to record their first league win of the campaign.
Weymouth boss Jason Matthews put his trust in those that
started the game against Biggleswade Town in their 3-1 win
at the weekend, meaning two-goal hero from the opening day
Sam Jordan had to once again settle for a spot on the bench.
Warned in the build-up about Chippenhams attacking
threat by boss Matthews, the Bluebirds did hand starts to
former Newport County man Andy Sandell last seasons
league top scorer and David Pratt, a summer addition
from Bath City.
But, after a frenetic opening where both sides struggled
to get the ball down and play, it was Chippenhams Matt
Smith who gave the visitors a 1-0 lead on six minutes.
He latched on to a defence-splitting pass and ran through
one-on-one with Matthews, who was left helpless in the home
goal as the Bluebirds drew first blood.
That was the second goal the Terras have conceded inside
the opening minutes this season, and they appeared shaken
following the opener. Smith tried his luck in adding a second,
but his tame effort was gathered by the Terras boss
on this occasion.
Chippenham continued to get forward with confidence, and
they doubled their lead thanks to striker Sandell on 23 minutes.
He initially won a free-kick on the right flank, which also
earned Weymouths Jake Wannell a caution. The set-piece
was delivered menacingly by James Guthrie onto the head of
Sandell to power home his second in as many league games.
That was not to be the end of his scoring for the evening
After strike partner David Pratt was adjudged to have been
brought down in the box by Calvin Brooks, up stepped Sandell
to roll the ball in from the penalty spot to make it 3-0,
and put the Terras in a world of trouble.
Weymouths Charlie Davis then picked up a deserved caution
for bringing down Smith on the counter, and the Bluebirds
then saw a free header from inside the box clip the outside
of the post moments later.
As frustration grew around the ground, a couple of minutes
before the interval, Chris Shephard let fly with a curling
effort for the hosts, which was well wide of the target.
The visitors then had another shout for a penalty waved away
with the final action of the opening half, as boos were heard
around the stadium at the interval.
Following the break, the Terras mustered their first
real attack with threat. Mark Cooper raced forward from full-back,
cut inside and drilled the ball which ricocheted off Greg
Tindle for a corner. Dean Evans then fired wide after a late
run saw him unmarked in the box from the set-piece.
But it was to get worse for Weymouth, as just nine minutes
after the restart, Chippenham added a fourth and Smith got
He let fly with an effort from range, that Matthews got a
hand to, but failed to keep out.
At 4-0 down, Weymouth decided to bring on Billy Lowes in
place of Jordan Copp and, moments later, Jordan was introduced
in place of Conor Jevon.
Thomson then replaced Stewart Yetton as the hosts looked
to freshen things up and they finally worked Kent Kauppinen
in the Bluebirds goal as Davis teed up Shephard to drill
a low fizzer.
Shephard was to get his goal with his next chance however,
he found the bottom corner after a mazy run nine minutes from
time to record a consolation goal for the Terras