|Weymouth knocked out of League Challenge Cup on penalties
by Paulton Rovers
By Dorset ECHO
PAULTON Rovers shocked a strong Weymouth side on penalties as
they dumped the Terras out of the League Challenge Cup.
After a goalless first half that favoured the visitors, the
hosts took the lead in the 75th minute through Kane Simpson.
A 90th minute own goal sent the tie to penalties and Andrew
Hannah saved Dan Smiths spot-kick before Bradley Tarbuck
struck the bar to send the hosts through.
Jason Matthews made a few changes from the side that beat
Dunstable Town in the FA Trophy on the weekend, giving Aaron
Rodriguez and Chae Brancman a run out. There were also spaces
in the squad for Stuart Fleetwood and Tarbuck, who were cup
tied on Saturday.
The visitors started brightly at Winterfield Road as Rodriguez
eager to impress struck the post with a 30-yard
The hosts then put the ball into the back of the net only
to see the flag raised by the linesman. Weymouth shrugged
this off and started to play some nice football however, they
were unable to test the home stopper.
It was then Paultons turn to hit the post as Jake Mawford
beat Matthews only to see it ricochet off the post. The game
continued to be end-to-end with Dan Smith pulling the strings
in midfield. He found Charlie Davis as half-time approached
but, the midfielder could only fire over the bar.
There was just enough time for the hosts to strike the post
again as the teams went into the break goalless.
Brancman had a couple of chances at the start of the second
half but, Hannah was on hand to keep the parity. At the other
end, Rovers put a free-kick over the bar.
Weymouth were in control of the second half but, it was the
hosts who took the lead. Great work from substitute Kane Gould
found Simpson and he slotted home.
The Terras piled on the pressure and found their leveller
in the 90th minute. A cross was deflected into the net by
a Rovers player to send the tie to penalties.
After six straight spot-kicks found the net, Smiths
effort was saved before Tarbuck hit the bar to see the Terras
out of the competition.