James Spring |
Derby delight for the Terras, as comfortable a 3-0 victory as you could ever wish to see allowed a healthy following from south of the ridgeway to enjoy soaking up the bank holiday sunshine at the Avenue.
Despite being big favourites, I think a lot of Weymouth fans always feel a tad uneasy going into this game given our record at the Avenue over the years, but for once, you could see that this game was going to go very much with the form book from the off.
Weymouth made a fast start, and Chris Weale had to be on his toes to tip a Goodship effort around the post early on, as Weymouth controlled the early stages.
The home side managed to hold out for the first 20 minutes, and to be fair they were just starting to pose one or two questions, when Weymouth broke the deadlock.
Ben Thomson picked up possession and drove at the Dorchester defence. Despite being tackled, the ball rolled straight into the path of Goodship, and he kept his composure to fire the ball across goal into the bottom right corner beyond the despairing reach of Weale, bringing delight to the travelling Weymouth fans.
In truth, the rest of the first half was a bit of a non-event. Weymouth began to get a bit sloppy, but goalkeeper Mark Travers remained a spectator, and the half drew to the close, signalling it was time to find some water which was in short supply. They did give us some warm bottles of coke, but we weren’t allowed the bottles “in case we launched them onto the pitch”. 21st century football eh…
Weymouth flew out of the blocks in the second half, and the lead was doubled within 2 minutes. Josh Wakefield sent a delicious corner swinging in and it was powerfully headed into the roof of the net by captain Jake Mccarthy.
And just 3 minutes later the game was effectively over as a contest when Dorchester youngster Tom Blair was given his marching orders for a stamp on Ashley Wells.
I know Tom quite well, and I’ll be honest, it did look like he kicked out at Wellsey, although Wellsey did have hold of his leg. But by retaliating your giving the ref a decision to make, and in a game like this there was only ever one decision.
Within another 5 minutes, the ball was in the net again, and it was virtually a carbon copy of the second goal – a Josh Wakefield delivery meeting the head of the captain and flying into the back of the net. Game, set, and match.
From then on, Weymouth were understandably content to let Dorchester have the ball and play on the break. Former Terra Luke Winsper was probably their one bright spark in what was an otherwise awful performance. Travers made a couple of routine saves, whilst down the other end Jordon Rose and Goodship again went close for Weymouth.
The ball was in the net again near the end, but mercifully from Dorchester’s point of view the flag was raised.
Still, it made little difference. Weymouth were very comfortable winners, and truth be told they didn’t really have to get out of second gear to earn the result.
The full time whistle finally put the hosts out of their misery, and meant Weymouth fans could celebrate with a much needed cool off in the Tesco fountain!
Not to take anything away from a memorable win for the Terras, but it has to be mentioned how poor the opposition was. The one thing you could always say about Dorchester was that what they always lacked in ability, they would make up for in spirit and endevour. They would always give absolutely everything. But today, they seemed to be quite resigned to defeat from kick off. They offered nothing at all, an they look like they could be in for a very long season. The abuse being thrown towards Craig Laird from the few remaining home fans at full time told it’s own story.
Still, there’ll be little sympathy for them south of the ridgeway. It’s another3 points on the road for the Terras, and that makes it 10 points from a possible 12 since the opening day debacle. Not bad for what, if we’re honest – is a side still very much a work in progress.
The defence looked well organised, and in particular both Mccarthy and Rose led by example – constantly giving instructions and organising.
Next up is a break from the league action, and another potential banana skin at Western League side Odd Down in the FA Cup on Saturday. I won’t be there, instead I’ll be cheering on the Notts Outlaws in Twenty20 finals day up at Edgbaston.
Speaking of Cricket, I think on behalf of all Terras fans I must say a big thank you to the good folks of Dorchester Cricket Club for their hospitality both before and after today’s game. There was a good crowd there, and I sincerely hope they made a healthy profit from it. Our very own Josh Barton even turned his arm over. Sadly there wasn’t much swing for his slow right arm over the wicket! Jack Brannagan’s “slinger Malinga” action was an interesting tactic to say the least…
Up The Terras!