|Late drama means Weymouth are denied by Poole Town at Tatnam
By Dorset ECHO
A LATE leveller from Lewis Lindsay meant stoppage-time agony
for the Terras, as they were pegged back by Poole Town in a
dramatic climax at Tatnam.
Lindsay put the ball home following a corner to cancel out
a first-half header from Dean Evans, as the two Dorset sides
locked horns in a pulsating encounter in the FA Trophy.
Both will be in Mondays draw for the first round proper,
but they will bid to progress in the competition once again
in a replay at the Bob Lucas Stadium on Tuesday (7.45pm).
Weymouth, whose last couple of trips to Tatnam had not produced
happy memories, made one change to the side that beat Frome
Town 2-1 last time out.
Former Poole man Jake Wannell was suspended, meaning Ashley
Wells came in at right-back and Mark Cooper moved to the left
There was still no place for Stewart Yetton in the matchday
squad with a hamstring injury, although he was going through
some light work during the warm-up.
In his absence, Calvin Brooks captained the Terras with his
brother Marvin on the opposite site.
Poole were boosted ahead of the contest with the signing
of former Cherries man Shaun Cooper, who arrived from
Experienced defender Cooper started as part of a Poole side
which also included AFC Bournemouth loanee Sam Surridge, who
had a short spell with the Terras last season.
And, after both sides had the chance to put in early set-pieces,
the first half-chance went to the Terras on five minutes.
Striker Ben Thomson has picked the pocket of a covering defender,
but saw his attempted cross from inside the box gathered by
Nick Hutchings in the home goal.
Poole midfielder Steve Devlin then struck a free-kick from
range but his low fizzer was deflected into the arms of Weymouth
keeper Jason Matthews.
The visiting player-boss was then worked once again when
ex-Terra Luke Burbidge drove into the box from the right flank
and hit a stinging shot which was well tipped over.
With the game starting at a slick pace, some neat build-up
saw Weymouths Stuart Fleetwood stand the ball up at
the back post and, as Chris Shephard drifted in off the right
wing, he was just unable to get a touch to turn the ball goal
On 31 minutes, the Terras had the ball in the net through
Fleetwood. He stabbed home after the ball was flicked back
into the Dolphins box, but it was chalked off for offside.
Just two minutes later however, the away side did take the
Thomson broke clear down the right after beating Shaun Cooper,
he delivered a looping cross for Dean Evans, who made no mistake
in heading home unchallenged on 33 minutes.
Just five minutes later, the Dolphins could have levelled
things up. Surridge rose highest to meet a delivery in a dangerous
area, and Matthews had to be at full stretch to tip the ball
onto the bar.
Shephard, who looked lively throughout the opening period,
then found space after a tidy passing move by the away side,
his shot from range had Hutchings worried but flew just wide.
After absorbing some pressure from the Dolphins in the early
exchanges of the second half, Weymouth were then hit with
a big injury concern, as Stephane Zubar limped off with a
With no centre-half on the bench, Weymouth were forced to
re-shuffle, with Mark Cooper slotting in at centre-half as
Dan Smith came on.
But, with the home side well on the front, it was Thomson
at the other end who spurned a great chance to make it two.
His shot at the second attempt was charged down from inside
Poole, who continued to pile the pressure on, then called
on their bench, bringing on Luke Roberts and experienced frontman
Richard Gillespie for Ryan Case and Carl Pettefer. Marvin
Brooks fired wide soon after as Poole continued to pile the
Ex-Dolphin Billy Lowes was then introduced by the Terras.
He replaced Shephard as Matthews men looked to dig in.
But it was not to be for the away side as, in the first minute
of stoppage time, after Ashley Wells had to be taken off with
a knee injury, a delivery was played into the box and there
was Lindsay to level the game up.
That was not the end of the drama however, as a late free-kick
from Surridge cannoned off the post, and, although the ball
was put in by the Dolphins in the dying moments, the effort
was called offside.