|Yetts strikes again as Weymouth earn a point at Hitchin
By Dorset ECHO
A SECOND-half strike from Stewart Yetton gave the Terras a valuable
point at Hitchin Town.
Yetton's goal, his fourth in two games played in all competitions,
cancelled out Ben Walster's opener, which put Weymouth behind
just before the break at Top Field.
With Chris Shephard set for a spell of around three to four
weeks out with a hamstring injury, Terras' boss Jason Matthews
gave Jordan Copp, who provided the assist for the goal, a
league start and there was also a return to the starting XI
for Billy Lowes in place of Dan Smith.
Hosts Hitchin, who did the double over the Terras in the
league last season, were without two key players for the clash.
Callum Donnelly sat out his first game of a three match ban
and Lewis Rolfe was also suspended after picking up five yellow
cards. Josh Bickerstaff required a fitness test ahead of the
contest and failed to make the Canaries' 16-man squad.
Despite their absentees, it was the home side who came within
inches of opening the scoring with the first real chance of
From a corner, their first of the contest, Dan Webb managed
to meet the ball and put an effort against the post.
The game then settled down with both sides looking to create
openings, and it was the Canaries that worked the next chance.
Following a free-kick, Kane Smith stood the ball up for Alasan
Ann, who headed narrowly wide of the Weymouth goal.
Robbie Burns saw his shot at goal deflected narrowly wide
before Weymouth had their first moment of threat.
Charlie Davis delivered a dangerous ball in, which almost
found the net after hitting a Hitchin defender.
But, with just three minutes to go before the interval, and
with the Terras starting to look dangerous, Hitchin took the
Some sloppy defending by the away side allowed Walster to
convert on the angle at the second attempt and give his side
That lead was relatively short-lived however, as just nine
minutes after the break, the Terras were level.
A ball forward found Copp on the left flank, he beat his
defender delivered for Yetton, who made no mistake in levelling
the game up at 1-1.
Dean Evans, who was sent off at Hitchin last season, then
almost made himself a hero when he hit a stinging effort at
goal, only to be denied by a remarkable save. Hitchin's Smith
then surged forward and fired over at the other end.
Aaron Rodriguez was introduced in place of Davis for the
away side and Yetton was booked for a foul on Smith.
Hitchin then went dangerously close to getting themselves
back in front.
A free-kick was whipped in to the back post by Walster but
Webb failed to find a final touch at the back post. Brett
Donnelly then failed to keep his effort down moments later.
Stuart Pearson headed over for the hosts and Webb also failed
to find the target from two Hitchin corners, as the Canaries
looked to ramp up the pressure.
Some superb defending from Weymouth's Stephane Zubar also
kept the contest at 1-1 and gave the Terras a hard-earned