Match Report -

Match Report - , by Ian Craig

Weymouth Reserves v Fleet Spurs

Weymouth Reserves 5 Fleet Spurs 3 (Sydenhams Wessex League Division 1) by John Porter

Based on the score, readers might imagine that this was a thrilling and closely fought game.  Not so.  Once Weymouth had taken a two-goal lead just before half-time, the result was never in doubt, as Spurs were unable on the day to put their opponents under serious pressure.  Fleet’s away results continue to be terrible, and the hope that briefly arose from their encouraging performance at Downton has so far proved to be illusory.

For most of the first half, the game did not live up to the setting, the large and impressive Bob Lucas Stadium or to the weather, a fine & sunny Autumn afternoon.  During this period, Weymouth were the more fluent side, but created very few real chances, whilst Fleet created none.  The Terras gradually gained the ascendancy and after 23 minutes, a large hole appeared in the the visitors’ defence, which home skipper Sanchez Baker ran through gratefully and scored easily.  Quarter of an hour later, Baker latched on to the ball on the edge of the penalty area and was allowed to turn and place the ball accurately just inside the far post to double the lead.  Spurs first-half performance was summed up by the fact that they didn’t a manage a shot at goal until two minutes before half-time, and home keeper Ashley Weeks was able to save comfortably.

After the break, Spurs improved and reduced the deficit after four minutes when Sam Knowles sent a low shot under Weeks’ body.  This was the nearest that Fleet came to getting back into the game, and their hopes didn’t last long as in the 63rd minute sub Jordan Woodward tripped Edgar Zanin inside the box and Sean Stewart put the resultant penalty kick straight down the middle of the goal and past Mark Appleby.  Weymouth soon extended their lead when Spurs were unable to clear their lines and Dom Panesar-Dower impressively hammered the ball into the corner of the net from just outside the box.  Next Dan Bone went down in the area and Knowles converted the penalty.  Unfortunately for the tall striker, he damaged his leg and was unable to continue.  This meant that Spurs, who had already used both their subs, had to play the last 20 minutes with ten men.  To their credit, they threw everything into attack and this led to gaps at the back, one of which sub Conor Jevon exploited, taking the ball round Appleby to restore the Terras’ three goal lead.  There was still time for Tom Slane to notch a consolation goal for Fleet when the ball broke to him after a move down the left involving sub Chris Rose.

Spurs have now dropped a place to 12th in the league.  Their next game is on Saturday when they entertain in-form Christchurch at Kennels Lane (kick-off 3 pm).

Spurs team: Mark Appleby; Rob Colfer; Ryan Matthews (sub Jordan Woodward 53); Chris Barnes; Victor Mudonhi; Jordan Stepney; Dan Bone; Michael Bertoux (sub Chris Rose 67); Jamil Olweny (capt); Sam Knowles; Tom Slane