|Davis holds his nerve to seal a point for Weymouth at Leamington
By Dorset ECHO
A DRAMATIC late spot-kick converted by Charlie Davis ensured
the Terras took a point in a hard-fought clash at Leamington.
Davis held his nerve from 12 yards to fire home his third
league goal of the campaign, cancelling out Ryan Rowes
19th-minute opener, meaning Weymouth are now unbeaten in four
games in all competitions.
Boss Jason Matthews once again decided to shuffle the pack
from the starting XI that helped the Terras progress against
Paulton Rovers in the FA Cup in midweek.
Weymouth welcomed back Calvin Brooks, Dean Evans and Stewart
Yetton for Tiago Sa, Mark Molesley and Dan Smith respectively.
There was still no place in the visitors squad for
Jordan Copp. Ashley Wells and Chris Shephard, who had suffered
recent knee problems, were fit enough to make the bench.
While the Brakes came into the game third in the Evo-Stik
Southern Premier Division pile, they had been dumped out of
the FA Cup at the hands of Highgate United 3-1 last Saturday
a display boss Paul Holleran described as one
of the most disappointing days in his time at the club.
Speaking to the Leamington Courier before their contest with
the Terras, Holleran also added: Weymouth are always
going to be a big threat, theyve got big players and
Its a good game to bounce back at.
Brakes full-back Connor Gudger was not included in
the hosts squad due to suspension but they did name
debutant Zak Lilly in their line-up who had sealed a one-month
loan deal from AFC Telford United.
After a relatively quiet opening in terms of chances, the
Terras first sight of goal came through midfielder Billy
Lowes. He let fly after picking up a pass from Aaron Rodriguez,
but drilled straight at Leamington keeper Tony Breeden from
20 yards out.
A free-kick to the Brakes then sailed over the bar from a
dangerous area but the Terras did eventually fall behind on
A defensive lapse from Matthews men allowed Ahmed Obeng
to burst forward, skip past his man, and tee up Leamington
striker Ryan Rowe, who capitalised with a confident finish
into the corner to give his side the lead.
Lowes then struck at goal again but, moments later, Obeng
then came close to making it 2-0 but he was denied by Weymouth
keeper Dan Thomas.
The hosts were in control at this point and, on 35 minutes,
they came agonizingly close once more. A neat give-and-go
between Lilly and Rowe, culminated in the former hitting the
Ben Thomson then scuffed wide for Matthews men, who
went in trailing at the break.
Thomson was in the thick of it just three minutes after the
interval however, as he looked to put his side back on level
His shot, which seemed to be soaring into the corner, was
thwarted by a cracking save from keeper Breeden.
Rodriguez then looked to add to his first Weymouth goal scored
in midweek, but his attempt failed to hit the target. Defender
Brooks then saw his header stabbed off the line as the visitors
ramped up the pressure.
Playmaker Shephard was then introduced in place of Lowes
with just more than 15 minutes left as boss Matthews looked
for an impact from the bench.
A double change was then also made by the Terras as Smith
and Sam Jordan came on for Rodriguez and Thomson.
Davis then dragged an effort wide of the post but he was
not to be denied late on as Weymouth were then awarded a dramatic
late spot-kick Brooks the man brought down.
It was to be Davis, who missed against Paulton in midweek,
to step up once more.
He smashed the ball into the top corner to ensure Weymouth
claimed the draw with just one minute left on the clock.
Some late heroics from Thomas in the dying moments then ensured
the away side picked up a valuable point.