|Matthews' squad left rocked by Rebels after penalty controversy
By Dorset ECHO
IT WAS just not to be the Terras night at the Bob Lucas
Stadium as they were stunned nine minutes from time by Slough
Town thanks to a Warren Harris winner.
Harris popped up to pinch the points for the Rebels 16 minutes
after the games big talking point, in which Weymouths
Chris Shephard was denied a second-half spot-kick.
The home side will feel aggrieved by that decision by referee
James Robinson, but for all their possession, Weymouth could
have and possibly should have had enough to have put the game
beyond the visitors.
Going into what was an eagerly-anticipated contest, something
had to give as both sides found themselves in positive form.
Weymouth, unbeaten in four in all competitions prior to kick-off,
took on a Rebels outfit that had won their last five games
and six of their last seven to sit second in the league table.
For the home side, boss Jason Matthews made just one change
from the starting XI that secured a 1-1 draw at Leamington
Striker Stewart Yetton was replaced by winger Dan Smith,
who took the number nine shirt. There was still no place in
the squad for Jordan Copp.
Guy Hollis, Dan Hicks and Charlie Moone were all unavailable
for the away side.
The Rebels did however welcome back Nathan Webb and Gurkan
Gokmen into their squad and also called on the services of
Charlie Mpi on the bench he was back from Dubai for
a week and registered with the club prior to the clash with
The home side fashioned the first chance of the contest inside
the opening minute. A throw-in taken by Mark Cooper on the
right was worked by the hosts to Dan Smith but his shot was
comfortable for Mark Scott in the Rebels goal.
A devilish ball from deep played by Charlie Davis then found
Ben Thomson moments later, but he fired wide and was also
In what was an opening 15 minutes which involved plenty of
effort from the home side, they won the ball back once more
in midfield and spread it out to Aaron Rodriguez. His left-foot
drive, having cut inside, was well dealt with by Scott.
But the Rebels then showed their threat as an in-swinging
corner found Mark Nisbet, who had stolen half a yard on his
man but headed over the bar.
Harris then saw his shot from close range blocked by Weymouths
Jake Wannell moments after.
The hosts continued to create opportunities in the opening
half however, and Smith should arguably have done better after
he was played in following a neat give-and-go in midfield.
The winger opted for placement over power in a bid to beat
the keeper, but rolled the ball wide of the far post.
At the other end, following some inventive corner routines
from the away side, a half-cleared ball fell to Harris, but
he blazed over as the sides went in goalless.
The hosts showed their intent shortly after the interval
as Aaron Rodriguez picked the ball up in a wide area and drove
at the heart of the Slough defence but just failed to keep
his shot down.
Shephard was then introduced by the home side in place of
Billy Lowes and the huge talking point then ensued involving
the Weymouth playmaker.
He appeared to be brought down in the box just a minute after
coming on but referee Robinson was having none of it.
Jordan and Yetton were both then thrown on by Matthews as
he rolled the dice in search of the winning formula.
But it was the Rebels, who had absorbed a considerable amount
of Weymouth pressure, who found that all-important opener.
Another flamboyant move from a Slough corner was headed away
by the hosts, but Nathan Webbs cutback was not dealt
with and there was Harris to smash the ball into the net and
put Matthews men behind.
The Rebels could have sealed it four minutes from time as
Mpi slid in after a cross on the counter but failed to get
But it was not to matter as the Terras, who sent keeper Thomas
up late on to attack a corner, were left to contemplate a