|Frome foiled by Matthews troops
By Dorset ECHO
WEYMOUTH did enough to end their three-game losing streak in
the league and secure three points against an in-form Frome
side at the Bob Lucas Stadium.
The Terras were boosted into a two-goal lead thanks to Charlie
Davis and Ben Thomson and, despite Nathan Summers heading
home 15 minutes from time to set up a tense finish, the hosts
held firm to record their sixth league win of the campaign.
With the pressure well and truly on him following Saturdays
2-1 loss at Redditch United, Weymouth player-manager Jason
Matthews made three changes to his starting XI.
Out went Ashley Wells, who dropped to the bench in place
of Stephane Zubar, who was deemed fit enough to start following
a calf injury. That meant Jake Wannell reverted to left-back.
No nonsense midfielder Dean Evans returned following suspension
to face his former club, he came in for Billy Lowes, who was
among the substitutes.
Striker Stuart Fleetwood, whose loan deal was extended a
day before the clash, also started in place of Stewart Yetton.
Yettons absence meant Conor Jevon, having scored five
times for the reserves at the weekend, was named on the hosts
Frome player-manager Josh Jeffries named himself in the visitors
squad that only included four substitutes.
The Robins had gone into the contest eight games unbeaten
in all competitions and, in what was a lively opening, the
first chance of the contest fell to the away side.
After Weymouth conceded an early corner, a delivery was swung
deep into the box and Robins midfielder George Miller,
unmarked, volleyed just wide.
Weymouth responded quickly however as, after some neat build-up
play, Davis worked Kyle Phillips in the Robins goal
with a fierce effort.
But with just three minutes gone, from a similar position,
Davis found the net at the second time of asking. Following
a Weymouth corner, the ball fell to the former AFC Bournemouth
youngster, who curled a precise effort into the net past Phillips
Terras striker Thomson then put in a heavy challenge
on Frome skipper Sam Teale, a tackle that earned him a caution
against his previous club.
Frome then looked to fight back as Weymouth were caught in
a wide position. Jon Davies, who caused the Terras problems
in the reverse fixture earlier in the campaign, breezed past
midfielder Davis and fizzed a ball across goal, which just
evaded a sliding Aiden Kirby at the back post.
A big decision then came from the match officials as Fromes
Connor Roberts raced in on goal and put the ball home, only
to be flagged offside in what looked a tight call on the half-hour
Six minutes before the break, a big chance for Weymouths
Fleetwood then went begging. He raced onto a throw-in on the
left hand side, and, after turning inside and out, bent an
effort just past the far post.
A left-foot stinger from Chris Shephard which was well saved
then brought the opening period to a close with the Terras
holding the advantage.
And nine minutes following the interval, their lead was doubled.
A ball was played through to Thomson, who may have been offside.
Nevertheless, he ran in on goal and forced a save from Phillips
and, while Copps follow up was parried, it fell back
to Thomson to tap home.
Just a minute later, Thomson then had a chance to wrap it
up. He again raced clear but blazed over when one-on-one.
Copp then had a chance to make it three after keeper Phillips
raced off his line and saw his clearance charged down. The
ball fell to Copp and, with the goal at his mercy 30 yards
out, he dragged the ball well wide. Winger Copp then delivered
for Thomson, who glanced a header off target.
Copp continued to cause a threat down the left hand side
and after beating his defender again, he cut the ball back
for Thomson once more, whose low drive was well saved. Fleetwood
then had an effort saved from close range in the aftermath.
But while Weymouth created a heap of second-half chances,
it only took Frome one to get on the scoresheet.
A Robins corner was met by a bullet header from defender
Summers to make it 2-1 and set up a nervy final 15 minutes.
With the Robins pushing forward, a Davies free-kick deflected
just past the post and, from the resulting corner, Chris Gregan
blazed over at the far post.
Matthews then pulled off a sublime save with six minutes
left to keep the victory intact, racing off his line to deny