Match Report -

Match Report - , by Ian Craig

Fleet Spurs v Weymouth Reserves

Fleet Spurs 1 Weymouth Reserves 4 (Sydenhams Wessex League Division 1) by John Porter

Weymouth made their first trip to Kennels Lane – a ground which could hardly be more different from Weymouth’s Bob Lucas Stadium – and came away with a well-deserved victory, though all their goals came as the result of the generosity of their hosts, particularly in defence.  Spurs were missing five regular starters, and player-manager Sam Knowles was carrying an injury from a previous game and had to come off midway through the first half, but that is no real excuse for a very disappointing performance.

The game started with the Terras looking the better side and in particular being much more dangerous in front of goal.  After 17 minutes, they took the lead when the very dangerous Conor Jevon scored from point-blank range after a comedy of miskicks in the Spurs defence.  The visitors continued to look the better side, but it looked as if Fleet might hang on till half-time.  However, Jevon completed a first-half hat-trick with two goals in the five minutes before half-time, on both occasions Spurs’ defending being careless.  As the game entered stoppage time, the Weymouth defence faltered – can sloppy defending be catching? – and Chris Barnes scored a splendid goal from outside the area to reduce the arrears.

After the break, Spurs came more into the game, though they created very few clear-cut opportunities.  The Terras were perhaps happy with their lead, and Fleet to their credit continued to battle and played some more fluent football so the score remained unchanged for a long time.  A goal for the home side might have made the game more interesting, but it was not to be, and after Spurs had given the ball away unnecessarily in the 78th minute, Morgan Turner was put clear through on goal and made no mistake as he slipped the ball into the net, giving Mark Appleby no chance.  Indeed the keeper was blameless for any of the four goals.

Spurs remain in 16th position in the league.  On Tuesday they entertain improving New Milton Town at Kennels Lane (kick-off 7.45) and on Saturday they visit Christchurch (kick-off 3.00).

Spurs team: Mark Appleby; Adam Bond; Ryan Davey; Chris Barnes; Victor Mudonhi; Sam Knowles (sub Ed Morris 35); Dan Bone; Rob Colfer;Jamil Olweny (capt); Jack Moore; Chris Rose