|Crushing defeat for Weymouth as Reds fight back
By Dorset ECHO
A LATE rally from Redditch United meant Weymouth suffered their
seventh league defeat of the campaign with a crushing loss at
the Valley Stradium.
The pressure now increases on Terras boss Jason Matthews,
whose side showed positive signs for the majority of the contest
and took the lead with 10 minutes on the clock through Stewart
But after he went off injured, the Terras failed to take
any further opportunities and were made to pay as Simeon Cobourne
and Danico Johnson struck within two minutes during the second
half to leave the visitors pointless.
With both Stuart Fleetwood and Bradley Tarbuck set for their
final games of their months loan spell, Terras
player-manager Matthews opted to initially leave the duo on
the bench for the encounter.
Matthews himself continued in the starting XI without keeper
Dan Thomas in the squad, central defender Stephane Zubar was
back on the bench after a calf problem.
Weymouth went into the contest at the Valley against a Reds
side that had lost their last two games in all competitions,
shipping eight goals in the process.
Manager Darren Byfield saw his side fall to a 4-1 defeat
to Ramsbottom United in the FA Trophy last time out but the
Redditch boss was keen to stay upbeat following a team meeting
He told the Redditch Standard: Things dont happen
overnight and, having reminded myself of that, I am very upbeat
about the steps we are taking at Redditch United.
We are training twice a week on our own 3G pitch now,
unless we have a midweek game that is, and that should really
And it was on that 3G surface that the Terras started brightly
and took the lead with 10 minutes gone.
After Ben Thomsons initial effort was saved by Bradley
Catlow in the home goal, there was his strike partner Yetton
to tap home.
But unfortunately for Matthews men, skipper Yetton
only lasted a few minutes after scoring.
He picked up a hamstring injury, meaning loanee Fleetwood
came off the bench after just 17 minutes.
But that injury issue was not to deter the away side as they
kept plugging away in search of a second.
Looking dangerous down the flanks, the Terras came within
inches of doubling their lead.
A devilish ball from Jordan Copp found Thomson and his effort
cannoned off the post.
In what was a fluent first-half display from Weymouth, chances
also fell for Chris Shephard and Charlie Davis, the latter
steering the ball wide on the angle.
Matthews, who did not have too much to do in the opening
period, was then almost caught out by an attempted lob by
Redditchs Clayton McDonald, but the effort went over
The Reds problems were then worsened as Reece Hales
was carried off on a stretcher late at the end of the opening
Following the break, the Terras then went close again to
making it 2-0.
After Shephards strike was blocked, the ball fell to
Mark Cooper but the full-back put the ball over the bar from
just five yards out. Copp then shot just wide from range moments
Yetton then joined the Terras' fans for the second period,
and he almost saw the lead he gave his side extended.
Copp linked up with Shephard on the edge of the area, but
the Terras playmaker placed his effort just wide.
But, out of seemingly nothing, Redditch then came to life
to leave the Terras shell-shocked.
On 79 minutes, Coburne, on his home debut for the club, levelled
the game up at 1-1 and, just two minutes later, Johnson made
it 2-1 to cap off a dramatic turnaround.
That was how it stayed as Matthews men fell to a stunning
defeat that was tough to take.