|Gutsy Weymouth fight back twice to earn FA Trophy replay
By Dorset ECHO
LATE drama at the Enclosed Ground meant Weymouths FA Trophy
run continued, as they earned a home replay against higher-level
It seemed that Jason Matthews side were heading out
of the competition having been under the cosh and trailing
for most of the game against the Hawks, but the entire tie
burst into life during the latter stages to result in a 2-2
A Mike West opener put the hosts in control before Charlie
Davis levelled things up, only for Danny Mills to put Whitehawk
back in the box seat a minute later at 2-1.
But after Stewart Yetton was adjudged to have been felled
in the Hawks box, up stepped Terras' ace Chris Shephard
to convert from the penalty spot to set up a replay at the
Bob Lucas Stadium on Tuesday night.
The Terras made two changes from the side that drew 0-0 with
Kings Lynn in the league on Tuesday with Ben Thomson
coming straight back in following his one-game suspension.
He replaced Sam Jordan, who was left out of the squad completely.
Conor Jevon, who got a hat-trick in midweek for Weymouth
at Sherborne Town, was again left to settle for a spot on
the bench but Dan Smith was recalled on the wing in place
of Jordan Copp, who was not in the squad due to an ankle injury.
While the Terras goalkeeping resources have been stretched
since the last round against Poole Town, National League South
Whitehawk had their own issues with finding a gloveman for
The Hawks re-signed goalkeeper Adri Munoz on a non-contract
basis as cover, and he came straight into the starting XI.
Marvin Hamilton was also left out of the squad as his partner
went into labour prior to the encounter. The hosts only named
four substitutes, including acting joint-boss Ben Strevens,
on the bench.
That did not stop the home side having the better of the
opening 10 minutes however, as the Terras had to absorb some
pressure from the outset.
Jake Wannell charged a shot down very early in the play before,
on nine minutes, he was at it again to deny Mike West, who
powered an effort at goal.
But it was West who had the last laugh when he showed great
technique to hit a curling strike which flew into the top
corner three minutes later to give the Hawks the advantage.
With the Terras rocked, Whitehawk went in search of a second.
Wests cross was punched away by Matthews and Javier
Favarel fired narrowly over on the follow up.
Whitehawks Mills then ran in on goal and lobbed the
ball over Matthews but his attempt failed to find the target.
With 20 minutes gone, the Terras tried to fight back. Davis
fired a powerful shot on goal but it deflected just wide.
Stuart Fleetwood then struck well off target.
The hosts then continued to get back on the front foot, Mills
forcing a great save by Matthews from just eight yards out.
The Terras were also given a let-off just before the break
as a whipped ball by West was met by an unmarked Ramon Marimon,
but he nodded it straight at the goalkeeper.
The home side picked up where they left off after the interval
and it was Mills who had the chance to double the Hawks
advantage. His effort took a deflection and finished just
The Terras then looked to the bench to change the flow of
the contest as Aaron Rodriguez replaced Smith just short of
the hour mark. Whitehawks Ahmed Abdullah fired just
wide of Matthews goal though a crowded penalty area
as the home side kept knocking on the door for a second.
Yetton was then introduced for the away side and, just after
he came on, the game as a whole came to life.
Davis walloped the ball into the net to make it 1-1, but
the Hawks then hit back almost straight from kick off with
Mills stroking the ball into the Weymouth net for 2-1.
But Matthews men were far from done and it was that
man Yetton who made the impact.
His desire to get to a ball before Munoz meant the keeper
brought him down in the box.
Up stepped Shephard to convert from the spot three minutes
from time to keep the Terras in the hat and set up the midweek