Match Preview: Dover v Weymouth – Sunday 15th May 2022 – 15:00
The 2021-22 season, a season full of ups and downs for the Terras, draws to a close as Weymouth travel to Crabble to face Dover Athletic in the Vanarama National League.
Weymouth fell to defeat against Barnet in our final home game of the season last Saturday. An Adam Marriott penalty on the stroke of half time gave Barnet the lead heading into the break. The Bees then doubled their lead through Daniel Powell early in the second half. The Terras then got a goal back through a fantastic finish into the top left corner by defender Nathan Carlyle, but the Bees held onto all three points, meaning Weymouth were unable to send their home support into the summer with a win. This afternoon presents a great opportunity to grab three points to finish the season on a high, against season-long strugglers Dover, and enter the summer positively as the Terras prepare for next season in the National League South.
TERRAS 1-2 BARNET
SOUTHEND UNITED 1-1 TERRAS
TERRAS 2-4 SOLIHULL MOORS
TERRAS 1-6 WREXHAM
NOTTS COUNTY 3-1 TERRAS
TERRAS 0-0 YEOVIL TOWN
Weymouth currently sit 22nd in the table with 25 points from 43 games
It’s fair to say that Dover Athletic entered this league campaign knowing they going to be an immediate disadvantage to the rest of the league with their points deduction. Despite all their recent issues in the past couple of years, Dover have picked themselves up and have managed to record two wins and seven draws this season, with the opportunity perhaps to add to this record this afternoon given Weymouth’s recent poor run of form. However, Dover are the lowest scorers and have the worst defence in the league statistically with 36 goals scored (2 goals behind the Terras) and have conceded 99 goals. On the other hand, Dover have shown the ability to be threatening and pick up results here and there, including last weekend where they picked up a point against Bromley and beat Boreham Wood both away from home last month. Dover also managed to put 5 goals past Wrexham in March before subsequently being beaten 6-5 deep into stoppage time. Weymouth will certainly need to try and grab control of the game this afternoon in order to prevent Dover from having too many chances in front of goal.
Player To Watch: Michael Gyasi
Former Chelsea and Leicester City academy winger Michael Gyasi has picked up five goals so far this season. His most recent goal was the opening goal in their away fixture against Chesterfield in April and he’ll be looking to end the season on a high with potentially another goal this afternoon if possible.
BROMLEY 2-2 DOVER ATHLETIC
NOTTS COUNTY 1-0 DOVER ATHLETIC
DOVER ATHLETIC 0-1 ALTRINCHAM
DOVER ATHLETIC 0-3 NOTTS COUNTY
CHESTERFIELD 3-2 DOVER ATHLETIC
DOVER ATHLETIC 1-4 WOKING
Dover currently sit bottom of the league with 1 point from 43 games
@TerraStatman’s Facts of the Match
No wins in 4 against the Crabble based outfit with the last victory being a 3-0 Southern League win back in 2004, Paul Buckle adding gloss on a Steve Claridge brace.
In more recent times, those involved in the goals for the Terras have not delved deep into the alphabet with their initials as Josh McQuoid scored in the 1-1 televised home league game earlier this season whereas Jake McCarthy scored a consolation in our previous meeting in an FA Cup defeat in 2019. Continuing the alliterative theme, it was Ash & Ainsworth who were the last two men to notch assists for the Terras against the Kent team.
Unusually, we have two Weymouth players in the squad who were employed by our opponents today in the shape of Ahkeem Rose and Omar Mussa. In other player news – if McQuoid recovers from injury, and is picked, he will play his 100th league game in a Terras shirt and at the back Fitzsimons in goal could become the first Weymouth goalkeeper to play every competitive game in a season since Paul Myers in 1997/98.
Please note all tickets are available on the gate at Crabble this afternoon.