|Weymouth impress to earn Trophy spoils
By Dorset ECHO
THERE was derby delight for the Terras at the second time of
asking against Dorset rivals Poole Town, as Jason Matthews
side came out on top in the FA Trophy replay between the teams
at the Bob Lucas Stadium.
Goals from Chris Shephard and Stuart Fleetwood sealed what
was a deserved victory for the home side, who more than matched
their National League South opposition across the two ties.
The home team were without suspended duo Charlie Davis and
Mark Cooper from the opening 1-1 draw between the two sides
at Tatnam on Saturday.
Defender Ashley Wells also failed a fitness test ahead of
the encounter but centre-half Stephane Zubar was passed fit
to feature, despite not being 100 per cent.
Jake Wannell came in as defensive cover and operated alongside
Zubar in the heart of the defence, meaning Calvin Brooks switched
to right-back with Jordan Copp on the left of the back four.
Billy Lowes came into the midfield and there was also a start
for winger Aaron Rodriguez.
For the visitors, goalscorer from the weekend, Lewis Lindsay,
was ruled out with a knee injury, meaning Will Spetch returned
to the squad and went straight into the Dolphins starting
The first chance of the contest fell on four minutes as the
Terras gave possession away and the Dolphins broke through
former Weymouth man Sam Surridge, but the AFC Bournemouth
youngster, on loan at Tatnam, blazed over.
Pooles Marvin Brooks then picked up the ball and drove
an effort into the side netting on the angle, as the visitors
showed their threat in the opening 15 minutes.
The first Terras opportunity then came as neat work
from Rodriguez allowed the former Gillingham Town man to strike
from the edge of the box but it was straight at Dolphins
stopper Nick Hutchings, who made light work of the effort.
But, with their next sight at goal, Weymouth took the lead
on 22 minutes.
A home throw from the right, which came after Poole boss
Tom Killick disputed a call with the linesman, then resulted
in the hosts fizzing the ball into the box from Fleetwood.
It was then teed up for Shephard, who drove into the far
corner with Hutchings helpless, to put Matthews men
Just 10 minutes later, Poole came within inches of levelling
the contest up.
A foul from Dean Evans allowed Steve Devlin the chance to
line up a free-kick for the away side, he let fly with a curling
effort which clipped the outside of the post.
As they did in the first encounter on Saturday, Poole found
themselves with a number of set-piece opportunities around
the Terras area, but the hosts stood firm until the
interval to hold the advantage.
Poole then switched to a back three at the break as Ryan
Case was replaced by Luke Roberts for the second half.
But the first real chance of the second period came to the
Terras. Evans headed into the path of Fleetwood, who shanked
his effort well side. Soon after, Matthews rushed off his
line to deny ex-Terra Luke Burbidge on the angle at the other
In a derby contest that ebbed and flowed. it was the Terras
who doubled their lead on 63 minutes.
A moment of brilliance from Copp saw him surge forward from
left-back and continue his run into the box, his shot was
saved but there was Fleetwood, who, after steadying himself,
tapped home for 2-0.
With his side two goals to the good, boss Matthews, who was
struggling with an arm injury before the game, then came off
in place of fellow keeper Dan Thomas on 65 minutes. Poole
also made a change with experienced hitman Richard Gillespie
But, after Thomas was forced into a sharp reaction save,
it was the Terras who went for the kill and should have made
A sweeping ball found Shephard, who shifted the ball onto
his right foot but, at the crucial moment, he smashed it over
the top. More trickery from playmaker Shephard then allowed
him to force a sharp save from Hutchings 10 minutes from time.
Surridge was then booked for simulation for the away side
on what was a frustrating night for the young striker. Poole
skipper Jamie Whisken then advanced forward to drive the ball
across goal but wide, as Poole attempted one last rally.
But to was not to be as the Terras stayed resolute in the
dying moments and booked their place in the first round proper
of the competition, where they will visit Whitehawk.