BOREHAM WOOD 3
Marsh 22, Smith 33, Whitely 85
Report: Alfie Lumb
The Terras welcomed fans back to the Bob Lucas Stadium on Tuesday night but suffered defeat at the hands of London based side Boreham Wood.
Before the game, awards were handed out for the performances throughout the season. Ethan Ross picked up Supporter’s player of the season. Winger Sean Shields was voted the Player’s player by his peers. Captain Josh McQuoid was manager Brian Stock’s player of the season. Calvin Brooks also collected an award for turning out over 300 times for the Terras.
The away side had the first chance of the game when Kabongo Tshimanga was played through on goal. The strikers shot was deflected off target by Brennan Camp for a corner. Corey Whitely took the corner which Terras players struggled to clear. The ball eventually fell to Jamal Fyfield. The centre back took the shot on like a striker but his half volley went over the bar before bouncing off the bottom of the advertising board.
Whitely was looking sharp in the opening 10 minutes. The winger produced an excellent piece of skill on the touchline in front of the Malboro Stand to weave his way through three Terras players in close proximity but the chance was lost when his outside of the boot cross was cleared away by the first defender.
The Wood looked destined to score when a lofted ball found its way to Tyrone Marsh. The right winger attempted to chip Ross who was off his line but got the shot all wrong with the ball going wide and picked up by Terras defenders to make an attack.
Boreham Wood made their pressure count in the 22nd minute. Another long ball was chipped up to Tshimanga. The Woods’ top scorer beat the offside trap and took the ball out wide to the byline before teeing it up for Marsh to strike first time. The winger struck the ball with his right boot across the face of goal which ended up past the rooted Ross in the top right corner.
The visitors were through on goal again just 5 minutes later. Kieran Murtagh lobbed a ball over to Marsh. The goal scorer played through Tshimanga as the striker made a run. Tshimanga controlled the ball and looked to open himself up to shoot but had to cut onto his weaker foot due to pressure from Terras defenders. With that, Ross smothered the ball as Tshimanga’s touch had given the goalkeeper opportunity to make the save.
Weymouth were struggling to deal with the pace upfront and in the 33rd minute, the visitors doubled their lead. Whitely steamed past Brooks on the left side before sliding the ball across to Marsh. The winger made space for himself before teeing up an unmarked Kane Smith to strike. Smith took the shot on first time which went across the face of goal, smacking the inside of the right post before going in.
Andy Robinson had the first shot on target for the Terras. The crowd, spurring Weymouth on, saw Cameron Murray come in from the right side and play the ball across to Andy Robinson. The midfielder smacked the ball first time but Nathan Ashmore was well positioned to smother the ball.
The Terras looked to have started the second half the better of the two sides. Murray was looking confident on the far side, working the ball past 3 defenders before punting the ball forward to Andy Dallas, who was making an overlapping run. The Terras hot shot went around Ashmore but the goalkeeper did well to deny the attempt. The ball came back out to Dallas but the effort was rushed and went wide.
Boreham Wood had the next effort on goal. A corner on the right side was whipped in by Whitely. Jamal Fyfield rose highest but could only head the ball over the bar.
The game was end-to-end as the Terras had the next chance. Brooks’ cross from the right was met by Robinson in the area. The midfielder cushioned the ball down across goal, the ball was cleared, but only as far as Worman. The midfielder took the shot on but the ball whistled right of the post.
Weymouth halved the deficit in the 64th minute from a set piece. Worman floated the ball into the crowded penalty area where Jake McCarthy nodded the ball on
The Terras were growing in confident and fans thought they had got back into the game minutes later. Some nice interplay between Ollie Harfield and Worman saw the left back pick out Worman. The midfielder played a low cross which had reached Dallas. The striker turned the ball onto his left foot but Fyfield was there to block the shot, with Ashmore already committed to the striker using his right. The ball deflected out for a corner.
It felt like only a matter of time before Weymouth got back into the game as Dallas had two headed opportunities in the space of 5 minutes, though neither had the goalkeeper worked.
However, it was the visitors who ultimately killed off the game in the 85th minute. A blazing counter attack saw Murtagh play the ball wide to Whitely. The player notched the third goal for the Wood, striking the ball first time past Ethan Ross.
Ross was called into action deep into added time. Gus Mafuta’s free kick from 25 yards out took a deflection off the wall before Ross had to palm the ball over the bar.
Weymouth ran down the other end in an attempt for a consolation. A ball into the area was acrobatically put wide by Brennan Camp. The defender, who netted his first Terras goal earlier this season, executed a bicycle kick, which ran inches wide of the right post. Referee Scott Jackson, who had come under scrutiny throughout the game lost control as both sides clashed in frustration to Camp’s effort. In the end, the Terras defender was awarded a yellow card for a high boot.
With that, the game finished. The players applauded the 545 fans after the final whistle.
Terras: Ross, Camp, McCarthy, McQuoid, Robinson, Brooks (Leslie-Smith 89) Dallas, Mensah, Murray (Fonkeu 74), Harfield, Worman (Dickson 79).
Subs not used: Benfield, Ngalo.
Boreham Wood: Ashmore, Woodards, Ricketts, Stephens, Mafuta, Tshimanga, Murtagh, Whitely, Fyfield, Smith, Marsh.
Subs not used: Green, Ilesanmi, Pearce, Jallow.
Referee: Scott Jackson