|Defender Brooks dons the goalkeeping gloves as Weymouth
secure a point at Kings Langley
By Dorset ECHO
WEYMOUTH were left to settle for a point during a contest in
which they were left without a recognised goalkeeper at Kings
The big talking point of the game came before the break when
Terras keeper Dan Thomas was given a straight red card
for bringing down his man outside the box, after racing off
Thomas was back in the Terras starting XI having replaced
player-manager Jason Matthews, who failed a fitness test with
an ongoing tricep injury, meaning he did not name himself
on the bench for the clash.
With no recognised keeper to step in after Thomas saw red,
up stepped skipper Calvin Brooks to take the gloves and he
performed admirably throughout the contest.
Thomas was one of two changes from the Weymouth side that
beat Poole Town in midweek, the other switch came as Mark
Cooper returned from suspension to replace Aaron Rodriguez.
That meant Jordan Copp was given a more advanced role.
After an early chance for the home side, Copp took aim but
shot straight at Kings keeper Xavi Comas.
It was then the turn of Ben Thomson to go one-on-one with
the keeper but he failed to find the net as the Terras looked
for the breakthrough.
But then, disaster struck.
Out raced Thomas, who got nowhere near the ball and brought
down his man he was dismissed, leaving the Terras in
all sorts of bother with Matthews unable to take to the field.
But, from the resulting free-kick, stand-in stopper Brooks
produced a fine save to keep the score goalless.
Following the break, Weymouth were then given the opportunity
to take the lead when they were awarded a penalty.
Up stepped Chris Shephard on 50 minutes, who smashed the
ball into the corner past Comas to make it 1-0.
Brooks then continued his heroics by commanding his box well
but 18 minutes from time, the home side were caught out.
A free-kick from Dean Hitchcock was fired into the bottom
corner, making it 1-1 and setting up a tense finale.
With Ashley Wells coming on for Copp and then Conor Jevon
taking to the field in place of Thomson, Weymouth had a glorious
chance to seal all three points.
Stuart Fleetwood ran in on goal and went one-on-one with
the keeper, but failed to take his chance as the Terras were
left to settle for a valiant point.