|Weymouth shock Gosport to progress in FA Cup
By Dorset ECHO
IT WAS party time at the Bob Lucas Stadium as the Terras
put their name in the hat for the third qualifying round of
the FA Cup by stunning Gosport Borough.
The home team finally found their shooting boots to bag a
treble against their higher level opposition. Goals from Stewart
Yetton, Ben Thomson and Charlie Davis proving enough for Weymouth
to seal what was a cracking cup tie.
The Terras, who had been struggling for goals of late, ironically
came up against a Gosport side that had been leaking them
their last outing was a 4-0 defeat to Bath City.
Boss Jason Matthews made three changes from the Weymouth
side that lost 1-0 to Slough Town on Tuesday. With that, also
came a change of shape for the hosts.
The player-manager opted to go with two up front for the
encounter in search of adding some firepower to his side.
That meant striker Yetton came in for midfielder Billy Lowes
to partner Ben Thomson up front.
There was also a switch at right-back as Ashley Wells came
in for Mark Cooper and, on the wing, Aaron Rodriguez was replaced
by Chris Shephard as Weymouth went 4-4-2. Centre-half Calvin
Brooks was also making his 100th appearance for the club.
The away side was boosted by the return of Mike Carter from
suspension. Seven goal-striker Warren Bentley was given a
start up front and former Magpie Sam Lanahan was named among
the Gosport substitutes.
Instructed to shoot on sight by Matthews and
the Terras coaching staff in the build-up to the contest,
the home team only took 50 seconds to pull the trigger. Shephard
found half a yard but chipped the ball over the top.
But, after what was a subdued opening to the cup clash, the
Terras were rocked by Boros opening attack on 11 minutes.
A routine long ball forward was played into the Weymouth
box, keeper Dan Thomas missed his punch and there was former
Cherries youngster Josh Carmichael to head into the
net and make it 1-0 to the away side.
Carmichael then could have added his second just seven minutes
later as Weymouth were caught out from a set-piece.
Following a foul by Dean Evans on Carter, Tom Bird swung
in a free-kick for the visitors and there was the striker,
whose headed effort forced a good save from Thomas.
Weymouths Stephane Zubar was then the first man to
go into the book after Bentley got the better of him on the
edge of the box.
Thomas then made up for his earlier mistake to somehow deny
Sam Pearce heading in from a corner.
But the hosts then got themselves back in it on 33 minutes.
A looping ball from Jake Wannell on the left flank found Yetton,
who powered a header into the top corner to level things up
And, right on the stroke of half-time, the former Plymouth
man came agonisingly close to adding his second.
A delightfully crafted ball from Dan Smith found Terras
skipper Yetton inside the box and his shot was tipped away
for a corner by Boro keeper Martin Rice.
The Terras were on top during the opening exchanges of the
second half and Yetton continued to look lively. After gloveman
Rice made a hash of clearing away a ball from deep, the frontman
tried to catch him off his line with an effort from distance
which eventually came to nothing.
The Terras then almost put themselves in the box seat on
55 minutes. Shephard jinked into the box and found Thomson,
who worked Rice at his near post.
Gosports Aaron Dawson then hit a fizzing strike at
the other end which flew past the post soon after.
Thomson was not to be denied however as he gave the home
side the lead on 63 minutes.
Some trickery inside the Boro box from Dan Smith allowed
him to put it on a plate for the former Frome Town man to
tap home and send the home fans delirious at 2-1.
Boro were not done however, as a ball from the left by Bird
was met by Bentley, who headed inches wide unmarked.
Weymouth then brought Sam Jordan on in place of scorer Thomson
and he could have put the tie to bed within seconds of coming
on. Running on to a few ball, he was denied by Rice, who smothered
But the game was then put to bed by the home side as, after
Shephards initial effort was stabbed off the line, Davis
picked the ball up, drove into the box and rolled a cool finish
into the corner for 3-1.
There was still time for some drama as Dan Wooden tapped
home deep into stoppage time but it was not to matter, as
Matthews men progressed to the next round.