|Saints strike twice as Matthews' men sunk
By Dorset ECHO
WEYMOUTH fell to their second successive 2-0 defeat as they
were punished by St Neots Town at the Bob Lucas Stadium.
An own goal from Weymouth player-manager Jason Matthews followed
by Jordan Patricks second-half header meant the home
side slipped to their third league loss of the campaign.
Terras boss Matthews revealed to Echosport in the build-up
to the contest that he suffered a dislocated finger in his
sides 2-0 defeat at Frome on Wednesday.
But he was passed fit to start himself against the Saints,
who had taken seven points from their opening four league
One switch did come in the Weymouth starting XI from their
midweek disappointment and with it brought a change of shape.
Striker Sam Jordan returned to the starting line-up in place
of winger Aaron Rodriguez.
After dealing with a couple of early chances from the away
side it was Jordan who had the first sight on goal for the
He timed his run well to latch on to a neat through ball
from Chris Shephard, but, when skipping past a defender, saw
his shot smothered by Alex Archer in the Saints goal.
From the resulting corner, Shephard drilled the ball into
the path of defender Jake Wannell, who had got away from his
man having come up from the back.In swinging a left boot at
it, he failed to make contact.
Jordan then required treatment after picking up a knock but
was okay to continue.
It was by no means all Weymouth in the opening 20 minutes
as a neat set-piece move from the away side allowed the ball
to be knocked down for striker James Hall, whose strike forced
a decent save.
But there was nothing Matthews could do in the home goal
on 29 minutes however, as the Saints took the lead in
unfortunate circumstances for the Terras player-boss.
Patrick's effort from range was tipped onto the bar by the
home keeper. The ball cannoned back off the crossbar, rebounded
off Matthews, and into the net.
That was how it stayed until the break, as Weymouth, despite
seeing a lot of the ball, failed to create anything really
Just two minutes after the interval, Matthews pulled off
a cracker of a save to deny Patrick, who tried his luck once
The winger cut in and smashed an effort, which looked to
be heading for the far corner, but the Terras chief
flew to his left to keep the strike out.
Archer was then worked at the other end as the Terras looked
to find a leveller and a devilish ball from Ashley Wells was
not attacked by the hosts after the full-back made a blistering
run down the right soon after.
Jordan was in the wars again as he suffered another blow
and was replaced by Rodriguez on the hour mark.
But, although Rodriguez showed some trickery and some nice
touches after coming on, it was the visitors that took a two-goal
lead and it was that man Patrick again who continued to cause
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As part of a sweeping Saints move, they made Weymouth
pay as Declan Rogers played in Patrick, whose initial effort
was saved by Matthews.
But the Saints number-11 was then on hand in the aftermath
to nod the rebound home and give his side a two-goal cushion.
Weymouth then brought on Stewart Yetton and Jordan Copp for
Shephard and Wells respectively, and piled on the pressure
in a bid to get back in the game.
Yetton went close after a devilish ball in from the right
caused a melee in the Saints six-yard box, with the
ball eventually hitting the bar. Thomson then let fly with
a strike which crashed off the woodwork moments later.
Weymouths afternoon in front of goal was summed up
in stoppage time as Charlie Davis low drive was flicked
on by Yetton but he could not turn the ball on target, as
the Terras fell to a disappointing defeat.