Weymouth lost 4-2 to Solihull Moors at the Bob Lucas Stadium on Saturday afternoon.
Solihull took the lead with the first chance of the game in the 7th minute. Ryan Barnett’s cross from the far side was met at the edge of the 6 yard box by Harry Boyes. The left-back took the ball down well, striking it on the volley with his right boot, leaving Ross Fitzsimons rooted to his spot, with the ball in the bottom left corner.
The visitors nearly doubled their lead 5 mins later on the counter attack. Joe Sbarra was steaming down the left flank, with Andrew Dallas and Kyle Storer in space in the box. Sbarra’s low ball was found by Storer, but the Solihull Captain scuffed his chance, with the shot going wide.
Solihull were looking dominant in possession and fans thought they were due a penalty on the half hour mark when Storer was brought down in the area by Josh McQuoid. However, the Terras Captain did extremely well to put in a challenge to see the ball go out for a corner.
The Moors were pushing for a second and came close in the 34th minute. A Storer set-piece was lifted into the area and nodded into the path of Boyes who attempted to repeat the feat of his first goal. The defender went to strike the ball on the volley, aiming the shot to the same bottom corner he’d scored his first in, however Haji Mnoga put his body in the way to block the chance, and see the ball behind for a corner.
However, after a short spell of possession for Weymouth, Solihull doubled their advantage in the 41st minute. A deep ball from Barnett into Kyle Hudlin saw the 7’0 strikers header parried away by Fitzsimons, but only as far as Andy Dallas, whose attempt was blocked and fired at goal again by Callum Maycock. This time the ball ricocheted off of Ollie Harfield and into the net for an own goal.
Weymouth had a chance before half time. Tom Bearwish was working well down on the near side before picking out a cross to Brandon Goodship, whose flashed shot went over the bar.
The home side looked to be building well following the end of the half, having the first attempt in the second half. This time, McQuoid took on a shot from range which blazed over the bar, smacking the advertising board on the top of the stand.
Ten minutes into the half, the Terras had another opportunity to half their deficit. Tom Blair had travelled the length of the half before attempting a shot in the area, but Callum Howe came in to block the shot well, to see it behind for a corner.
Solihull were still looking dangerous and Hudlin had a chance to add a third, however his attempt struck the side netting.
Tom Blair was looking like the only one to pose a threat to Weymouth, taking the ball directly when he won possession. The midfielder again worked his way into the area, and his shot, aimed across goal was parried away in the 61st minute, and then sent out for a corner.
Jamey Osbourne had only been on a matter of minutes before supplying a key pass to split the Terras backline and give Hudlin the ball in the area. The striker took on the shot, aiming it across the face of goal but the ball had gone out for a goal kick.
Solihull had their third in the 69th minute. Callum Maycock had picked out a ball to James Clarke who struck the shot first time towards the near post. Despite Fitzsimons diving to his left, there was little the keeper could do as the ball was destined for the goal.
Just 4 minutes later, Weymouth were in again with Tom Blair. The winger this time lobbed the ball into the back post which stood up well for Sean Shields. The Terras midfielder chested the ball down before striking a volley, yards out from goal, which had cleared the crossbar.
Weymouth were awarded their 5th corner in the 76th minute, with Shields delivering the set-piece. Substitute Andy Robinson had only been on the pitch a matter of minutes, however the midfielder had set himself well to acrobatically hit the volley with his right boot, however the ball went straight into the lives of Ryan Boot.
The Terras did manage to bag a consolation goal in the 79th minute. Another corner delivered by Shields, this time with speed, fell dangerously into the 6 yard area, where it was eventually slotted in by centre-back Tyler Cordner.
Deep into added time, Solihull snatched a fourth. Ex-Terras striker Andy Dallas controlled the ball well, dribbling around Haji Mnoga before coming one-on-one with Fitzsimons. Dallas had no problems, keeping a cool head before finishing the chance beyond the oncoming Fitzsimons.
However, the game was not done there as Weymouth scored a second in the 94th minute. Some silky passing play saw Murray thread the ball wide to Tom Blair who struck the shot after touching it to control it with his right foot. The ball sailed across the box and left Ryan Boot rooted to the spot.