Trialist (#7) 2, Bearwish 4
WEYMOUTH dominated Portland United in their first pre-season friendly but could only win 2-1 against opponents ranked three divisions below them.
After a summer of uncertainty over player signings, Weymouth immediately reassured their fans of the hard work that was going on behind the scenes by performing on the Camp & Satherley Stadium pitch.
In a blistering start, Terras took a 2-0 lead within five minutes as the number seven trials player fired a shot off the bar from 20 yards after a good advantage played by referee Martin Underhay, who ignored calls for a penalty from number ten. trials rider.
Weymouth then netted a Dorset goal as Tom Bearwish, back at his former club, drove home Tom Blair’s cross at the near post.
David Oldfield’s men looked extremely threatening in the opening ten minutes and could have made it 3-0 as Blair scored a header, ruled out for a push into the back of Matt Harvey.
Weymouth had started like a train and Blair was the next to come close, working his way past two challenges and firing a shot at Mike Edgar, who did well to beat his scathing drive.
Portland were just spectators until Ryan McKechnie collapsed following a defensive error, and Weymouth came back as the impressive deflected shot from the impressive number 14 looped for Edgar to collect at the second attempt.
New signing Luke Nippard shot wide midway through the half and Portland had justified reason to feel aggrieved after Oli Lowes’ deflected cross hit the side netting, only for a goal kick be given.
As the half went on, Portland settled in and in the 32nd minute built up their best move of the game, spraying the ball back and forth.
McKechnie found Lowes on the left and the winger cut inside Nippard and curled high and wide, before Edgar blocked Bearwish from close range on the very next attack.
Weymouth pushed for a third late in the half, Blair’s deflected free-kick winning a corner from which captain of the day and new signing Dan Matsuzaka headed towards Edgar.
Weymouth’s 14 then showed a smart touch to make room for a shot, only to explode wide.
However, Portland got a sting in the tail on the 45 minute mark when Harry Thomas won a free kick on the right sideline.
Liam Sayers shot acrobatically on goal from the delivery and his blocked shot was then battered home by Weymouth Under-23 striker Troy Walbridge for 2-1 at the break.
Weymouth made nine changes at the break, keeping just numbers ten and 14, and had their own complaints against officials when sub Brad Ash scored, only to be ruled offside – with Terras claiming Portland had touched the ball last.
Portland brought out Lowes and Sayers for Ben Morris and Greg Borthwick but Weymouth had the next chances, Ash forcing Edgar to a free-kick stoppage and the under number 17 on the volley.
Weymouth’s under-no 15 picked up an effort well beyond that and Murray was featured again after being substituted at half-time, only to be told he couldn’t continue, leaving Terras at ten men.
Portland used all ten of their subs, with only McKechnie playing 90 minutes, and the multitude of substitutions disrupted the flow of the game, with chances rarely seen in the second half.
Portland managed to save Weymouth underkeeper Tommy Scott with a stinging shot from Josh Leake, but it was as good as it gets for the Blues.
In the 87th minute, Weymouth were denied what looked like a certain penalty when Ash was tripped in the box, only for the officials to wave play.
However, the Terras were good value for the win, showing plenty of bright marks despite the narrow margin of victory.
Blues: Edgar (B Smith), Thomas (Diaz), Harvey, Stuttle (Mansley), Poole (Howell), Williams (Leake), Lowes (Morris), Clarke (Wilson), Walbridge (H Scott), McKechnie, Sayers (Borthwick , O Smith).
Lands: Bruton (T Scott), Nippard (Kyprianou), Trialist #3 (#17), Murray (McBurnie), Matsuzaka (Seddon), Ricketts (#6), Trialist #7 (#15), Trialist #14, Bearwish ( Ash), Trialist #10 (#9), Blair (#16).