|Zubar rescues a point for Weymouth at Cinderford
By Dorset ECHO
STEPHANE Zubar popped up with a crucial goal to give Weymouth
a share of the spoils after they threw away a first-half lead
at Cinderford Town.
The powerful defender flicked in a well worked set-piece
move from Jason Matthews side in a draw that, on the
grand scheme of things, may feel like two points dropped for
Ben Thomson netted the opener at the Causeway before Weymouth
were hit by a double blast from Blaine Waugh and Karnell Chambers
- meaning Zubar had to save the day.
The Terras were forced into making one change from
the side that walloped Stratford 5-0 at the weekend.
Central defender Calvin Brooks was ruled out through injury,
meaning Mark Cooper came back into the back four and Jake
Wannell switched from full-back to centre-half.
There was also a spot on the bench for Jordan Copp, who returned
to the squad.
Cinderford went into the contest against the Terras bottom
of the Evo-Stik Southern Premier Division and smarting off
the back of a feisty 2-1 home defeat at the hands of Hayes
& Yeading, in which they went down to nine men.
Both Waugh and captain Josh Nelmes, who were shown red on
Saturday, started against the Terras, but it was Weymouth
who had the first real chance.
Dan Smith worked keeper Ben Fletcher with a tame effort before
Stewart Yetton fired over from 20 yards. Ben Hands then forced
a save out of Terras stopper Dan Thomas at the other
As the away side pushed forward again, Chris Shephard forced
a sublime save from Fletcher as the Weymouth playmaker looked
to add to his brace recorded at Stratford.
A free-kick from Cinderfords Sam Hicks then flew just
over the bar.
Yetton then had a big chance when he was given a clear path
at the Cinderford goal and saw his attempt thwarted but soon
after the Terras were ahead.
A classy move involving Smith and Thomson saw the latter
pull the trigger and find the net on 22 minutes for his first
league goal of the season.
Free-kicks seemed the home sides best chance of finding
a leveller and Hicks came close with one that was just off
target as Weymouth kept their advantage at the interval.
But soon after the break the hosts, who started the half
really brightly, drew level. A cross from the left from Hands
found Waugh, who headed home for 1-1.
It was then almost 2-1 when Chambers went agonizingly close
for Cinderford after latching on to a corner.
But he did not have to wait too much longer to make his mark
on the clash as Town turned the game on its head and made
Gethyn Hill won the ball and found Chambers, who burst through
and smashed a low drive into the net.
With that prompted a double change from Terras boss
Matthews as Smith and Yetton made way for Copp and Sam Jordan.
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Zubar then headed just wide from a corner as a stunned Weymouth
looked to regroup and get back on level terms.
But with his second bite of the cherry, there was the former
AFC Bournemouth man to flick home a well-worked set-piece
move and level things up once more.
Player-manager Matthews then found himself sent to the stands
by the match official late on, to sum up what was a frustrating
night for the Terras.