|Five-star Weymouth breeze to victory at Stratford Town
By Dorset ECHO
WEYMOUTH were in absolute cruise control to surge to victory
at Stratford Town and record back-to-back wins in all competitions.
Doubles for Chris Shephard and substitute Sam Jordan came
either side of Dan Smiths strike to put Town to the
sword at the DCS Stadium, as Jason Matthews side romped
to a convincing away triumph.
Just more than a week ago, the big concern around the Bob
Lucas Stadium was that the Terras were lacking goals.
It now seems to have clicked into gear for them however,
as they have now scored eight in their last two games.
The Terras were unchanged from the starting XI that upset
Gosport Borough in the FA Cup second qualifying round last
But with only a squad of 16 to select back in the league,
there was no spot on the team sheet for player-coach Mark
Molesley or Jordan Copp.
Hosts Stratford added a new addition to their ranks ahead
of the contest with defensive midfielder Jean Kalenda signing
for the club after impressing during training in the week.
He was given a place in the Town starting XI.
And Town boss, Carl Adams, was full of respect for the Terras.
Speaking to the club website ahead of the game, he said:
We're welcoming one of the power-houses of the Southern
Premier League and are under no illusions about the difficulty
of this fixture.
However, we are at home and hold no fear, so I'm hoping
that our lads produce the goods and continue our recent good
The home side were without the suspended duo of Jordan Cullinane-Liburd
and Dior Angus.
It was Stratford who had the first half chance as they almost
broke clear of the Terras defence, but Dan Thomas, who
continued in goal in place of boss Matthews, snuffed out the
At the other end, the visitors then showed their threat through
frontman Stewart Yetton. He latched on to a neat pass from
Smith but failed to fire a shot on target.
The away side then created a chance which fell for Shephard
three minutes later, but he also failed to work Niall Cooper
in the home goal.
But, after both having initial sighters, Shephard and Yetton
combined to score the games opening goal.
Yettons slick pass allowed Shephard to break clear
and bend the ball into the net with a superb finish to ensure
the Terras took the lead.
And Shephard was not done there as he added his and Weymouths
second in quick fashion.
He lined up a free-kick and gave keeper Cooper no chance
with a stunning strike into the top corner as the Terras ran
riot in the opening 25 minutes.
Weymouth continued to threaten and Ben Thomson almost got
in the act just after half an hour. He failed to hit the target
after some neat interplay also involving Yetton and Smith.
Former Frome man Thomson then had another chance to make
it three when he was played in, but dragged his strike wide
when clean through on goal.
Following the break, Weymouth continued to push forward as
strike duo Yetton and Thomson linked up again.
On this occasion, Thomson delivered for the Terras
skipper, who could not quite time his header well enough to
add a third.
Shephard then came close to sealing a hat-trick as he skipped
away from his man and forced a good save from Cooper, who
was being kept busy.
But there was nothing the Stratford stopper could do soon
after, as the Terras eventually added a third. This time,
Thomson provided for Smith to clinically slot home and effectively
put the game to bed.
The Terras were not done there however as another of their
strikers in Jordan, came off the bench to get in on the act.
He coolly rounded the keeper and converted a fourth for the
visitors, who were absolutely cruising.
It then got even worse for the home side as they were reduced
to 10 men. Richard Gregory was given a straight red card by
referee Gareth Hubbard.
And Jordan continued the party for the visitors, the substitute
getting his second and Weymouths fifth late on, smashing
the ball into the net from 12 yards to cap off what was a