Weymouth progressed to the fourth qualifying round of the FA Cup after brushing past Welling United 3-0 at the Bob Lucas Stadium.
The Terras were awarded a corner in the 6th minute when a wayward cross was palmed over the bar from Kai McKenzie-Lyle. The corner came in quickly, as the taker, Keelan O’Connell played a one-two pass with Tom Bearwish. O’Connell whipped in a cross which was headed on by Ahkeem Rose, but the strikers header was the wrong side of the posts.
O’Connell was looking lively and struck a long shot from 25 yards out. The ball seemed to bobble on the turf, but McKenzie-Lyle got down quick enough to his right to deny the chance.
Weymouth were putting pressure on Welling, which had allowed Harry Kyprianou a chance to move forward. The left back was laid off on the far side, but his shot in space was always rising over the bar.
Rose linked up with Tom Blair well in the 20th minute. The forward teed up the midfielder, who took on the volleyed shot on the edge of the box, but the chance went wide.
Weymouth were threatening in the game more and more, this time on the near side and took the lead in the 23rd minute. A second corner in as many minutes came out to Tom Bearwish, who was urged to shoot. The Terras captain obliged but the shot was blocked and came out to Bradley Ash, who put the ball into the net from a rebound, with the keeper already rooted.
The Terras doubled their lead in the 35th minute from the penalty spot. Ash was brought down by Manny Parry in the area and stepped up to take the spot kick, with McKenzie-Lyle diving the wrong way.
Welling were trying to eat into their deficit and came close from a corner in the 42nd minute. The ball came into Ex-Terras player Taofiq Olomowewe, who kept the ball in play for Stefan Payne. The striker took the shot on first time across the face of goal, but Zaki Oualah got down well to push the chance away for another corner, which was cleared away.
Tyler Forbes came on in the 53rd minute, due to injury to Luke Nippard in a clash with Zaki Oulalah, and seemed to make a positive impact. A counter attack was on, with the ball being switched to Forbes on the left side, who was through on goal. The debutant steamed his way into the area but McKenzie-Lyle came out with enough time to close down the shot and parry the chance away.
Weymouth bagged their third in the 56th minute. Tom Blair’s cross struck Ash who couldn’t keep possession. The ball dragged along the pitch into the path of Bearwish, who ran into the shot, driving it towards goal. The drilled shot was too much for McKenzie-Lyle, who could do nothing to stop the ferocious.
The Terras were electric and looked almost certain to score with every chance they created. Forbes was doing well on their near side, keeping the play with the hosts. The new signing tried to find a pass but the ball was deflected, fortunately in into the path of Tom Blair, whose drilled shot was caught by the keeper on the line.
Forbes won a free kick by the corner flag moments later. The ball was whipped in by O’Connell who delivered the ball to Dan Gifford. The substitute headed the ball down, but again McKenzie-Lyle was there to deny the opportunity, putting both gloves behind the ball.
Welling were trying to make the game as physical as possible, but in doing so were stopping the play a lot, having little chance on goal. Aaron Barnes took a shot on from the byline, but Oualah parried the ball with ease over the bar.
Seven minutes of added time were given, with the visitors winning a penalty in the 93rd minute, following a supposed handball from Nathan Carlyle from a wayward shot. Ade Azeez stepped up to take the penalty with a long run up, however his shot smacked against the left post and was cleared away.
With seconds to go Weymouth were pressing for a fourth. Matty Burrows etched the ball out to Blair, whose cross went to Forbes at the back post. The debutant headed the ball across the face of goal to Ash but the striker couldn’t bag the hat-trick, as his connection went over the bar.