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Dorset Echo’s Terras’ year review: Weymouth poised for promotion push

WEYMOUTH have had a good year that has seen them recover from being 18th to third in the Evo-Stik Southern Premier Division and are now mounting a challenge for the play off spots, having won a third successive Dorset Senior Cup along the way.

The Terras’ year began in some style as they felled the Centurions 4-0 in the Evo-Stik Southern Premier Division on January 2 to get the year started in the perfect way.

Jordan Copp, Stewart Fleetwood and Stuart Yetton got the goals against Cirencester for then Terras’ boss Jason Matthews as the Bob Lucas Stadium welcomed the new year.

 

January then got even better for the Terras as they went away to St Neots as they got their second successive 4-0 win.

The highlight was undoubtedly the 6-1 win away at King’s Lynn Town which saw Mark Molesley among the scorers.

February was a tougher month for Weymouth despite opening with another 6-1 away win, this time against Basingstoke Town.

Draws were the flavour of the month as, after losses away at Slough Town and at home to Hitchin Town, the Terras produced draws against Banbury United, Hayes & Yeading United and an eventful 3-3 draw against Dunstable Town.

The Terras were forced to fight back from 3-0 down at the Bob Lucas Stadium but managed it with a last-minute goal from Ashley Wells, after Molesley and an own goal had set up the tense finish.

March was a good month for the Terras as they went unbeaten although February’s drawing habit carried on.

It started with a late win against Kettering Town that saw the Terras 2-1 down after 26 minutes, but Jordan Copp levelled in the 62nd minute while Stephane Zubar earned all three points with a header in the 87th minute to light up the Bob Lucas Stadium.

The rest of their games in March were drawn apart from a 2-0 win at home to Cambridge.

April saw Weymouth win the Dorset Senior Cup again thanks to a late header in the 114th minute from Zubar which prompted the celebrations in Matthews’ last game in charge of Weymouth as former assistant-manager Mark Molesley took over on an initial caretaker basis.

 

Molesley and assistant-manager Paul Maitland got their dream start as they beat Chesham United at home 2-0 thanks to second half goals from Ben Thomson and Aaron Rodriguez.

They ended the 2016/17 season on a high as they smashed Leamington 4-0 at home on the day Mark Molesley was unveiled as the permanent new manager.

A hat-trick from Stuart Fleetwood and a goal from Ben Thomson ensured the Bob Lucas Stadium was a very happy place to be on the final day of the season.

May saw Mark Cooper leave the club for Chippenham Town after two years while midfielder Billy Lowes also departed the Bob Lucas Stadium.

The month ended positively for Weymouth as they signed Callum Buckley and Jake McCarthy on permanent deals from Bournemouth.

Brandon Goodship joined the Terras early in June but Zubar left the club for Yeovil late on in June.

June ended well for the Terras as they announced the signing of midfielder Josh Carmichael from Gosport Borough while Josh Wakefield, Harry Baker, Mark Travers, Toby Down joined the club during July as the Terras recruited heavily and very effectively.

The build up to the new season soon started with a defeat at home to Yeovil as the friendlies began.

The new signings saw early optimism as Goodship got his Terras career off to a fine start as he fired Weymouth into the lead against Yeovil, who came back later on to take the win.

 

The Terras took two losses, a draw but three wins into the new season with a real highlight seeing Weymouth beat League Two side Exeter 1-0 at home, with McCarthy getting the goal.

The season kicked off again in August and despite the Terras suffering an opening day defeat good times soon came around with a terrific 4-1 win against Frome Town.

A valuable one-month loan deal for Jordan Rose began as he bagged the first of his four goals for the Terras as Goodship, Wakefield and Thomson ensured the rout.

On-loan goalkeeper Travers scored a brilliant goal on his league debut to secure a 3-2 win at Bishop’s Stortford.

August ended fantastically as the Terras tore apart rivals Dorchester, who went down to ten men after the 53rd minute.

Goodship continued adding the goals for the Terras while captain McCarthy added two more in front of a packed Avenue Stadium.

The good feeling was added to as Mark Cooper returned to the club three months after he left for Chippenham Town.

September was a difficult month for the Terras as they had two wins and two losses in the league and exited the FA Cup to Chelmsford City with a 2-1 away loss.

The losses came against Tiverton Town and Hereford but they ended on a high note as the Terras scored two goals in six minutes against Basingstoke through Calvin Brooks and Goodship to secure a late turnaround.

October started well for the Terras as they carried on their form and won their first five league games in October with the highlight being an impressive 6-2 thrashing away at Farnborough.

 

The month ended on a sour note however, as Weymouth exited the FA Trophy in the first qualifying round with a 4-1 defeat away to Hereford.

November started off tough for Weymouth as they saw their dominance of the Dorset Senior Cup end to Bridport.

The side responded in style, going on a run of four wins in six games in all competitions as they picked up a habit of winning 2-0 at home.

The month saved the best drama until last as Goodship, on his first start since returning from injury, scored a dramatic late equaliser against Basingstoke Town.

December started off with the Terras securing a win in their first match of the month.

But it was earned in gruelling fashion with Abdulai Baggie grabbing a superb goal before the Terras went down to 10 men after 28 minutes. However, they produced a superb battling display to hold firm against the Generals.

A hard-fought 2-1 win against Banbury United saw Weymouth’s Baker bag an excellent brace to extend their winning run.

The Terras ended their year with a 2-2 draw in the Ridgeway derby against Dorchester, letting a 2-0 lead slip after goals from Davis and Goodship.

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