|Shephard shown red as Frome fire double against Weymouth
By Dorset ECHO
A TRICKY trip to Frome proved a reality for the Terras as they
were rocked in a 2-0 defeat to the Robins last night.
Goals either side of the break from Jon Davies and substitute
Jake Jackson condemned Jason Matthews side to an agonising
2-0 loss, in which Chris Shephard was also dismissed just
before half-time for his second booking.
The Terras, boosted by their 1-0 victory against Redditch
United last time out, made a couple of changes from the side
that started against the Reds.
Striker Ben Thomson, who impressed as a second-half substitute
in that solitary goal success, was given a spot in the XI
against his former club. He came in for Sam Jordan, who dropped
to the bench.
With another former Robin in Dean Evans picking up a knee
injury on Saturday, that also allowed playmaker Shephard to
slot back into Matthews side.
And it was Shephard who had the first sight on goal for the
visitors with just six minutes on the clock. His powerful
effort was fired straight at Darren Chitty in the Robins
goal, a headed effort then looped over the bar at the other
end moments later.
Dan Smith then went close for Weymouth as Frome were pushed
into making an early change.
Mike Bryant was forced off with an injury problem, meaning
Josh Ferguson took his place.
Thomson then almost got the opener against his former employers
but Chitty saved and, at the other end, another ex-Robin in
Mark Cooper was force to clear off the Weymouth goal line
in what was an end-to-end opening.
But it was the Robins who opened the scoring with a superb
individual goal from winger Jon Davies.
He proved too hot to handle for a number of visiting defenders
and then capped a jinking run off with a classy finish into
the bottom corner, past Matthews.
A heated moment then ensued as Shephard put in a nasty challenge
on Davies, sparking both sides to react. Shephard only saw
As they did so often during the weekends victory, Weymouth
wingers Smith and Aaron Rodriguez combined well almost
resulting in a leveller.
Former Gillingham Town man Rodriguez delivered a teasing
ball for Smith, who headed inches wide of the target.
But with the Terras creating a number of good opportunities
before the interval, they were then down to 10 men as Shephard
was dismissed. He was awarded a second yellow for another
foul as tempers boiled over.
More controversy then ensued before the break as Cooper seemed
to have smashed home a leveller for the visitors but the goal
was chalked off by referee James Vallance a decision
that did not sit well with the away side.
Following a comparatively quiet opening to the second period,
Weymouth brought on Jordan Copp in place of Rodriguez.
And the former Plymouth Argyle youngster almost made an immediate
impact, but he shot wide after he was cleverly set up by Thomson.
Smith was then replaced by striker Jordan with around 15
minutes left as Matthews men went in search of a needed
Thomson was then also put in the referees book, which
was starting to fill up, as the hosts looked to run the clock
Weymouth striker Stewart Yetton was then introduced for Cooper
with one last throw of the dice from the away bench but it
was Frome who added to their tally late on Jackson
with the hammer blow to make it 2-0.