|Hardings free-kick ends Weymouth's FA Trophy run
By Dorset ECHO
A SUBLIME free-kick from Whitehawks experienced defender
Dan Harding settled a cut-and-thrust Trophy replay at the Bob
Weymouth were more than competitive throughout the night
and took the lead through a Charlie Davis penalty, but it
was not to be for the hosts as two second-half goals, the
first coming from Ramon Aldavert, proved enough for the Hawks
The Terras went into the contest having made three changes
from the starting XI that drew 2-2 to earn a replay with the
Hawks on Saturday.
Jake Wannell was ruled out with a calf injury having failed
a fitness test ahead of kick-off. Chris Shephard was out with
illness, and Dan Smith was also out of the match-day squad
having been released by the club.
That meant into the starting XI came full-back Ashley Wells,
midfielder Billy Lowes and winger Aaron Roriguez, who impressed
after coming off the bench at the weekend.
There was also call-ups to the bench for reserve-team duo
Dom Panesar-Dower and Sean Stewart. Sam Jordan was also recalled,
as was Dan Thomas.
With Wannell out, Calvin Brooks moved back into centre-half
with Wells coming in on the right of the back four.
Whitehawk went into the encounter without one of their joint-managers
from Saturday, Ben Strevens took up a role with Eastleigh
following the weekends encounter.
Goalkeeper Adri Munoz, who gave away the last-gasp penalty
in the first fixture between the sides, was dropped to the
bench in place of regular number one Ross Flitney.
Flitney looked on as the Hawks had the first chance two minutes
into the game.
Glen Southams low drive from the edge of the box had
Terras player-boss Matthews diving to his left, but
it flew into the side-netting.
Paul Reid, who took up a role as joint-manager, then put
in a last-ditch challenge at the other end to keep the score
at 0-0 after keeper Flitney was left in no mans land.
With the game failing to really catch fire in the opening
20 minutes, long range efforts were the order of the day.
Whitehawks Reece Connolly trapped the ball 25 yards
out and shot wide on the turn.
But with the Terras first real chance to get at the
Hawks defence, the visitors failed to deal with a powerful
run from Ben Thomson.
He drove inside the box and was sandwiched between two defenders.
Referee Gary Parsons immediately pointed to the spot.
Up stepped Davis to convert from 12 yards, despite Flitney
getting a hand on the effort, for 1-0.
The Hawks then had a huge chance to get back in it just five
minutes later. A free-kick from deep was headed into the path
of Connolly, he stabbed at goal from close range but the effort
was straight at Matthews, who gathered cleanly.
Thomson, who was causing problems for the Hawks backline
when given the opportunity, then broke clear and worked Flitney
on the angle, but the keeper stood up to the task.
Whitehawks woes then got greater as joint-manager Reid
had to hobble off with an injury, forcing a reshuffle in the
But, with the first chance after the restart, Whitehawk drew
level. An inswinging corner found Ramon Aldavert, who stooped
to head past Matthews on 49 minutes.
The Terras tried to respond with a couple of dipping efforts
from Davis, but they then looked to change it from the bench.
With 16 minutes left, on came Stewart Yetton for Rodriguez.
Then, disaster struck.
Stephane Zubar tussled with Hawks frontman Danny Mills
and was adjudged to have brought him down referee Parsons
awarded a free-kick on the edge of the box and brandished
a straight red card to the centre-half he had also
already been booked.
And from that free-kick, former Southampton, Brighton and
Leeds United man Harding bent it into the corner to give the
Hawks a 2-1 lead 10 minutes from time.
Sam Jordan was then brought on in place of Wells as the hosts
went all out attack, but they just could not muster a final
push and were left to make their exit from the Trophy.