|Matthews' men respond by hitting four at Dunstable Town
By Dorset ECHO
WEYMOUTH got back to winning ways and eased the pressure on
player-manager Jason Matthews with a comfortable triumph at
Double strikes from both Ben Thomson and Stewart Yetton proved
enough for the away side to progress to the third qualifying
round of the FA Trophy.
The Terras boss needed his side to rally following
their disappointing 1-0 loss against Merthyr last time out,
and Matthews responded to that result by making four changes
to his starting XI.
Out went loan duo Stuart Fleetwood and Bradley Tarbuck, who
were unavailable, as well as Dan Smith and Billy Lowes, who
both dropped to the bench.
Returning to the starting line-up was Jordan Copp, Charlie
Davis, Chris Shephard and Thomson, the latter coming back
And it was Copp who was involved in the games first
talking point. He went over in the box but the match official
showed no interest in awarding a penalty.
The returning Shephard then fired a free-kick wide before
Davis also lined one up, which was saved.
Former Dorchester man Davis then produced a tantalising ball
in that just failed to reach Terras skipper Yetton,
or midfielder Dean Evans as the away side continued to probe.
But the breakthrough eventually came on 31 minutes.
Another Davis free-kick was well saved and, after Thomson
shot, Yetton was on hand to turn the ball in and break the
deadlock for the Terras.
Soon after, the Terras were 2-0 up. Thomson on this occasion
converted, capping off a slick move before the interval.
Following the break, Matthews men saw their lead halved
when Dunstables Adam Moussi got away from his man to
head home a dangerous ball in, but that was not to deter Weymouth
from going on to win the tie.
After absorbing some pressure created by the hosts, and having
a goal chalked off due to hand ball, Weymouth got their third.
Thomson coolly rounded home goalkeeper Jack Smith and converted
to restore the away teams two-goal cushion at 3-1.
And not to be outdone by his strike partner, it was then
Yettons turn to find the net once again. Heading in
from a corner to wrap the game up.
There was also time for Thomson to hit the post as he come
within touching distance of a hat-trick, but it was not to
matter, as Matthews men comfortably booked their place
in the next round.