|Terras into FA Cup 2nd qualifying with comfortable win
over Paulton Rovers
By Dorset ECHO
WEYMOUTH will face Gospoort Borough in the FA Cup second
qualifying round after they comfortably saw off Paulton Rovers
2-1 at the Bob Lucas Stadium.
Aaron Rodriguez opened the scoring for the Terras from close
range in the 36th minute.
Charlie Davis missed a penalty in the first half but made
amends six minutes after the break with a sublime free-kick
that doubled the hosts lead.
The away side gave themselves a lifeline through Nathan Legge
soon after, but Weymouth ran out comfortable winners.
The Terras made just one change from the side that saw their
game abandoned on Saturday, Tiago Sa came into the starting
line-up for Jordan Copp, who was not named on the bench.
An almost unchanged side saw the pattern of play continue
from Saturday. From the first whistle, the Terras were in
control of the game. Davis was sitting at the base of the
midfield, linking the play nicely.
Mark Molesley had the first shot of the game in the sixth
minute from range, but it fell harmlessly wide.
After that, the game fell into a slight trance, as Weymouth
although with plenty of possession struggled
to break down a compact Rovers outfit, who had made four changes
to their side.
The Terras next silky move in the 21st minute led to Davis
penalty miss. Sa, Dan Smith and Billy Lowes linked well down
the left flank before Smith squared the ball into the path
of Thomson. He allowed the ball to run by him, but as he did
that, was upended by George Brimson, allowing the referee
to give a straightforward spot-kick.
Davis stepped up and aimed for the top right corner. However,
Hannah guessed right, tipping the ball over the bar to leave
the midfielder with his head in his hands.
The hosts continued to press for the opener and it came nine
minutes before the break.
In truth, it was a simply-worked goal, but it proved effective.
Mark Molesley played in Rodriguez down the right flank. The
winger drove at the full-back, turning him left then right
before slotting a low shot into the bottom corner past the
The score remained the same heading into the break, but it
didnt take long for the hosts to double their lead.
In the 51st minute, Dan Smith was fouled on the edge of the
Up stepped Davis, who curled a precise free-kick into the
far bottom corner his success from set plays is becoming
a nice fillip for the club.
However, after Ben Thomson had missed a golden opportunity
to make it 3-0, Rovers were handed a lifeline in the 61st
An in-swinging corner was headed towards goal, and Legge
was on hand to poke it home from five yards.
The game opened up after the third goal with Rodriguez and
substitute Sam Jordan both going close.
With every passing unsuccessful attack, the home faithful
started to get restless.
In the same vein, every attack from the visitors was met
with a nervous silence.
Legge was able to find space on the left wing for the away
side, but his crosses never found their target.
When anything did find its way into the danger area, Stephane
Zubar and Jake Wannell were on hand to deal with the threat.
With four minutes to play, substitute Stewart Yetton had
a shot saved before Mark Molesley fired wide of the mark.
Despite those missed chances that could have put the game
beyond doubt, the result was deserved, and the hosts will
now face must tougher opponents in the next round.