|Clinical Kidderminster end Weymouth's FA Cup dream
By Dorset ECHO
THE Terras' run in this season's FA cup came to an emphatic
end as they were well beaten by a classy Kidderminster Harriers
outfit at Aggborough.
To the visitors' credit, they kept battling throughout what
was always going to be a tricky task in their bid to reach
the first round proper.
But, in all honesty, the Harriers showed Weymouth just what
it takes to be in the upper echelons of the next level up
the footballing pyramid.
With a tough decision to make in his team selection for the
cup contest, Weymouth boss Jason Matthews made just one change
from the side that started their convincing win over Basingstoke
Town in midweek.
That switch came at left-back as Mark Cooper dropped to the
bench in place of Jake Wannell, who had gotten over a hamstring
And on the subject of hamstring problems, the Terras would
have also been pleased to see Chris Shephard out warming up
ahead of the contest.
He was not involved having picked up the grade one tear against
Brimscombe & Thrupp in the previous round but player-manager
Matthews confirmed to Echosport he would be out for around
another two weeks.
The home side, who sat fifth in National League North ahead
of kick-off, had won four out of their last six in all competitions
they drew 3-3 with league leaders AFC Fylde in their
last clash a week previously.
Harriers also made one change at left-back as Zaine Francis-Angol
returned to the side having been on international duty with
Antigua and Barbuda.
And it was the hosts who first showed their attacking threat
The first corner of the game resulted in a scramble in the
Weymouth box and striker Mani Dieseruvwe's shot was charged
down by a sea of Terras' bodies.
From the second corner, Dieseruvwe then powered a header
which clipped the top of the crossbar and went to safety.
Weymouth failed to deal with the National North side's early
set-pieces but were not punished by the hosts in the opening
On seven minutes, defender Jordan Tunnicliffe rose highest
but headed over the top.
Harriers were then forced into making a change up front as
Elton Ngwatala, who appeared to be holding his shoulder, had
to be replaces by Liam Truslove.
But Kidderminster continued to look threatening and on 32
minutes, they eventually got their reward.
After some neat build-up on the left flank, striker Dieseruvwe
found half a yard on the edge of the area and drilled the
ball into the bottom corner past Terras' keeper Dan Thomas.
Just a minute later came Weymouth's best chances of the half.
Stewart Yetton managed to get in behind the Harriers' back
four and looked to cut the ball back, but a covering defender
was on hand to clear.
The resulting corner was swung in by Charlie Davis and met
by Wannell, who glanced just wide of the far post.
Another goal then came for the home side at what was a crucial
period in the tie.
Again looking threatening from a corner, Tunnicliffe rose
highest to power a headed effort past Thomas and make it 2-0.
And, after Yetton snatched at a volley on the turn at the
other end, rampant Kidderminster then found a third with almost
the last kick of the half.
Another corner was half-cleared by the away side on this
occasion but that did not stop substitute Truslove striking
home from 25 yards out with the outside of his right boot.
Looking to mix things up, Weymouth brought on Dan Smith at
the interval in place of Ben Thomson, who had picked up an
injury, and Yetton led the line on his own.
That change could not stem the flow of goals however, as
the Harriers scored their fourth six minutes into the second
After some slick passing on the left hand side, Arthur Gnahoua
got in on the act.
He applied a classy finish across goal into the bottom corner
to put the tie beyond doubt. That was to be Gnahoua's last
act as he was then replaced by Sam Austin.
The hosts continued to push forward and on 59 minutes, Tyrell
Waite joined the party, almost passing the ball into the net
with an effort which may have taken a slight deflection from
18 yards out for 5-0.
To add insult to injury, the Terras then had what looked
a decent shout for a penalty waved away by referee Declan
Bourne, as Smith went down in the box. Dean Evans then fired
wide before picking up a booking for a foul in midfield.
Waite then added his second and Harriers' sixth in bizarre
He broke clear and bent a right-foot shot which, according
to referee Bourne after consulting with his assistant, had
gone in and had in fact burst through the side netting.
Thomas then got down well to deny Austin with a couple of
minutes remaining, that came just before Smith almost crossed
for Billy Lowes on the counter at the other end as the Terras
looked to send their travelling support home with something
to cheer about.
But it was not to be as Kidderminster breezed into the next
round and Weymouth's cup quest ended with a whimper.