Report: Alfie Lumb
Weymouth made it 2 wins in the space of a week as they saw off Kings Lynn 1-0 at the Bob Lucas Stadium on Saturday afternoon.
It took just over 2 minutes for the Terras first chance. A succession of early free kicks allowed the Weymouth players to push into the final third. Ollie Harfield’s ball into the area was cleared away but only as far as Mussa who took the ball down before unleashing a shot at the edge of the area. The ball bounced awkwardly but straight into the gloves of keeper Paul Jones.
Moments later, with the game opening up, Kings Lynn midfielder Munashe Sundire found himself with the ball in the area, however his curling effort was at Ross Fitzsimons.
The game was a physical affair from the off, with 8 fouls committed between the teams by the 25th minute but it was Mussa who went into the referee’s notebook first, with a crunching foul on Tyler Denton.
The Terras were playing the ball around well but had little to show for their efforts in the opening stages. Tom Bearwish played a long ball over the top to Josh McQuoid who forced his way to the byline but his cross went for a corner.
Denton had clearly been struggling for the visitors and an early substitution was made in the 38th minute to allow the player the chance to get treatment, with Ross Barrows coming on to replace the left back.
The Linnets were awarded a corner right on the stroke of half time. The ball, whipped in by Clunan, curled its way into the back post of a crowded penalty area. Andy Robinson put his body on the line to block the low pass across the face of goal. The Terras midfielder was also in need of treatment and carried on for the remainder of the half.
The Terras were pressing well and established an early lead in the second half. Brandon Goodship received the ball on the left before passing the ball across to Cameron Murray. The midfielder, with his back to goal laid the ball into the path of Mussa who ran onto the chance, smashing the ball first time into the top left of the goal, with Jones rooted to his spot.
Terras were given a golden chance to double their lead in the 57th minute when Cameron Murray’s back heel was read by McQuoid. The Terras captain took the ball into the box but was tackled, however Mussa picked up the possession and was immediately clipped in the area by Daniel Bowry, winning a penalty. McQuoid stepped up to take the spot kick, but blasted the shot low and wide of Jones’ right post.
The Linnets had a half chance when Sundire was played through on the left, however the midfielder scuffed his chance, allowing Fitzsimons the opportunity to make the save.
A substitution for each side just after 70 minutes had dramatic consequences for the game just 2 minutes after they were made. Sean Shields came on for Mussa and struck the crossbar with his first touch, after Thomson laid the ball off to the winger to strike from the left of the area.
Kings Lynn cleared their lines after the ball struck the woodwork and tried to push the ball up the field. In doing so, Michael Gyasi brought down Tom Bearwish and was shown a straight red card with his first involvement of the game.
With less than 5 minutes to go, substitute Martell Taylor-Crossdale found himself through on goal after a long ball from Harfield. The striker took the ball on but was shepherded into the corner flag by Linnets defenders.
The Terras controlled the game for the final minutes to claim back-to-back wins and clean sheets.