|Weymouth dominate in comfortable win over Wantage Town
By Dorset ECHO
THE Terras first test in this seasons FA Trophy
proved a comfortable one, as they breezed past struggling Wantage
In a dominant display from the hosts at the Bob Lucas Stadium,
in truth, they probably could have had a few more than the
four goals they ended up getting, against a Wantage outfit
that were forced to finish the game a man light through injury.
The Terras went into the game without loan recruits Bradley
Tarbuck and Stuart Fleetwood, looking to avoid a huge upset
against a side that was yet to win a league game in the Southern
League South & West Division this season a level
below the hosts.
Weymouth boss Jason Matthews, who enjoyed one of his more
quiet games in a Terras shirt, once again named himself
in goal and there was a surprise inclusion for Conor Jevon
in the Weymouth starting XI.
With Ben Thomson still injured and Sam Jordan still struggling,
former Poole Borough man Jevon featured alongside skipper
Stewart Yetton up front. Jordan Copp was also handed a start
on the wing.
And it was Jevon who should have opened the scoring on three
After Copps searching ball forward, Dan Smith burst
through and stood the ball up for Jevon from the right, but
the young striker somehow headed wide from seven yards out
But it did not take too much longer for Jevon to get his
name on the scoresheet as he notched the opener on 10 minutes.
After Calvin Brooks surged forward from centre-half, the
ball eventually fell to Jevon, who almost shanked a volley
which dropped in off the inside of the post and foxed a static
Eddie Cavanagh in the Wantage goal.
That sparked a flurry of chances for the home side as they
dominated throughout the opening 45 minutes.
Yetton almost capitalised on a goalkeeping error and could
have had another when he squandered an opportunity after latching
on to a neat reverse pass from Copp.
Dean Evans then teed up Jake Wannell after a corner but the
full-back blazed over the stand and Copp then turned provider
for Billy Lowes, whose sweetly struck effort fizzed just past
Just past the half hour mark, some controversy ensued as
Weymouth thought they had a second.
Yetton's initial header was turned away by keeper Cavanagh
and Copp struck at goal on the follow-up, with the gloveman
diving at his near post in a bid to thwart the secondary effort.
The referee's assistant judged the ball had not crossed the
line despite the winger's huge appeal.
A second then came however as Yetton got in on the act to
put the Terras well in the ascendancy.
He raced through and, despite initially looking for some
support from a team-mate, he decided to go it alone and smashed
the ball into the top corner.
Following the break, the home side looked to extend their
lead and put the tie beyond doubt.
Copp smashed wide at the near post on the angle and, after
a neat piece of skill from Jevon, Lowes chipped the ball over
the Wantage bar.
Evans then came within inches of adding his name to the scoresheet.
He produced a dipping shot which rattled the woodwork after
good work from Dan Smith and Mark Cooper Jevon headed
the follow-up over.
Former Paulton man Evans was not to be denied however, as
he stabbed home from a corner after Cavanagh flapped at a
set-piece on 54 minutes to make it 3-0.
It was then 4-0 just seven minutes later as Jevon was allowed
all the time in the world to head in his second after a cross
from the right.
Wantages Sam Brown then picked up a nasty injury and
was stretchered off, meaning the away side had to finish the
contest with 10 men.
Keeper Cavanagh then let his frustration boil over.
After the referee gave a corner to the Terras, he smashed
the ball away in a moment of protest where he, quite simply,
lost his head and earned a booking.
Jevon, who was given the man of the match award by the games
sponsors, then squandered a late chance to record a hat-trick
but it was not to matter, as the Terras progressed to the
next round of the Trophy with ease.