|Sublime strikes put Terras in derby dreamland
By Dorset ECHO
DERBY day elation went to the Terras at the Bob Lucas Stadium
on Bank Holiday Monday, as goals from Billy Lowes and Charlie
Davis proved enough to see off a spirited Dorchester Town.
The midfield duo struck stunning efforts to put the Terras
into a two-goal lead with just under 20 minutes to go.
And, although Tony Lees high-quality free-kick for
the Magpies proved unstoppable, it was to be a consolation
as Jason Matthews men propelled themselves into derby
The Terras, who ended a run of two straight defeats with
a 1-1 draw at Chesham on Saturday, made a couple of changes
from the side that started against the Generals.
Dan Smith returned to the team after a bout of illness, meaning
player-coach Mark Molesley dropped to the bench. There was
also a return for Chris Shephard following suspension as he
replaced Jordan Copp.
For the Magpies, boss Mark Jermyn made one switch from the
side that lost 2-0 against Cambridge City last time out. Former
Terra Ben Wood was named in the XI in place of Mario Mateus,
who was out of the squad all together after appearing to limp
out of the warm-up.
Nathan Walker, who scored in the last league fixture between
the sides, started up front alongside Tony Lee.
It took just 24 seconds for the first feisty challenge of
the afternoon to occur as new Terras recruit, Stephane
Zubar, on his home debut, brought down Lee.
The first half-chance of the contest came the way of the
Magpies with just five minutes on the clock. A long throw
from Wood was met by Walker, who flicked the ball just wide
of the far post.
Neil Martin, formerly of Weymouth, then found some space
on the left to whip a delivery in on the angle, which was
headed wide by Eastleigh loanee Lee as the Magpies found themselves
on top in the opening 15 minutes.
But, with their first sight of goal, the Terras came closest
to opening the scoring. A drilled corner from Shephard found
ex-Magpie Davis, who received an unfriendly welcome from the
travelling fans. He failed to make contact and Stewart Yettons
effort was scrambled away at the near post in the aftermath.
A strike from striker Ben Thomson was then deflected wide
moments later and visiting player-boss Jermyn was then forced
to clear, as Weymouth moved through the gears. Jermyn emphatically
smashed away a dangerous ball from Mark Cooper, who had surged
forward from right-back.
Shephard was then fouled by Dorchester skipper Jake Smeeton
in a dangerous area but, from the resulting free-kick, the
Weymouth playmaker shanked the ball wide after being teed
up by Davis.
The hosts continued to push for the opener and a snap shot
from Dan Smith then worked Shane Murphy in the Dorchester
goal before Shephard also forced a save from the county town
keeper minutes later.
Then, out of seemingly nothing, the Terras took the lead
in incredible fashion on 39 minutes, with an absolute cracker
from midfielder Lowes.
After the ball was cleared from a Weymouth corner, the midfielder
picked it up from deep, moved into a central area around 30
yards from goal and drilled it into the corner past a helpless
Murphy for 1-0. A special moment for the home side.
Following the break, it took the Magpies less than a minute
to have arguably their best chance of the contest so far.
Some classy work down the left from Wood allowed him to skip
past his man and play in Smeeton, whose stinging effort was
blocked by Jake Wannell.
Tempers then flared as Lee looked to latch on to a loose
ball and clashed with Thomas, a challenge the Weymouth gloveman
did not take kindly to both were booked as a result.
The Terras shot stopper then came to the rescue on
52 minutes as he flew to his left at full stretch to deny
Smeeton, whose vicious shot looked to be heading for the top
Jermyn then tried to recreate his heroics from the fixture
between the sides at the Avenue 12 months ago with a volley
from just inside the box but he never really got hold of the
strike and it was comfortably gathered.
Then, cruelly for the Magpies, it was that man Davis, who
left Dorchester for Weymouth in the summer who bagged the
second on 72 minutes.
After a foul on the edge of the area, he took aim and slotted
the ball into the corner past a sprawling Murphy, sending
the home fans delirious at 2-0.
Davis was booked for his celebrations against his former
club but the party was short-lived as the Magpies got back
in the game through Lee just four minutes later. The striker
showed his quality over a dead ball with a free-kick which
bent into the top corner a sublime effort Thomas could
do nothing about.
But it was not to matter as, despite some late pressure from
the hosts, Weymouth weathered the storm to record their first
league win in the derby since Boxing Day 2014.