The Terras suffered a 1-0 loss at home to Farnborough on Tuesday evening at the Bob Lucas Stadium.
It took Weymouth just 2 minutes to have their first shot on target. The ball was worked well into the Farnborough penalty area where Josh Oyinsan shook off a defender to strike at the goal. Jack Turner did well to parry the shot but the ball eventually came back out to Bradley Ash, who tried to catch Turner out at his near post on the near side. Again Turner got down low to push away the shot, with Farnborough having the chance to clear their lines.
The visitors were next to fashion a chance in the 7th minute. Reggie Young cut onto his favoured left foot on the far side, but his curling effort from 25 yards out was always rising over Zaki Oualah’s goal.
Oyinsan received the games first yellow on the 15 minute mark after a strong two footed challenge on Kevin Lokko that left the captain on the deck for 2 minutes.
Weymouth’s opponents had their next opportunity minutes later. Francis Amartey was moving the ball quickly on the left side before sliding the ball into the path of Selim Saied. The tricky midfielder took on the shot but the ball was an easy save for Oualah.
The Terras were knocking on the door again in the 23rd minute. The ball fell to the feet of Tom Bearwish who snapped at a shot towards goal. Turner was left rooted between the sticks as the ball rolled just inches wide of the goal.
Farnborough fans were baying the referee for a penalty in the 25th minute. Harry Kyprianou had tussled with Reggie Young in the area, seeing the Farnborough attacker fall to the floor, but referee Matthew Norton waved play on.
Spurred on by this, the visitors were searching for the opener. Reggie Young drifted into the area before taking a shot on goal. The ball had deflected its way into the path of Hisham Kasimu who stood the ball up well to lay up a shot for Francis Amartey. The left winger took a touch and attempted to curl the ball beyond Oualah at the far post, but the goalkeeper again got both hands behind the ball to make the save.
With 5 minutes until half time, Farnborough were trying to push for a goal. The Terras were struggling to clear their lines, blocking a multitude of shots before left back Jordan Norville-Williams steamed into the box to strike the ball goal bound first time. Oualah was alert to the danger and caught the ball, and released it down the near flank quickly to allow Weymouth to counter attack through Ash, but Norville-Williams got back into position to make the tackle.
Norville-Williams had been pressuring the Weymouth goal with long throw-ins throughout the first half. Late into added time, his throw-in was flicked on at the near post and cleared away by a Terras defender for a corner. The resulting corner was swung in Sam Deering on the near side, and nodded in by Jack Ball at the back post to give the games first goal.
Farnborough were looking to double their lead mere moments into the second half. A ball was whipped in from the right side to Francis Amartey who nodded the shot straight AT Zaki Oualah.
A big throw of the dice from Terras manager Bobby Wilkinson saw a triple substitution in the 55th minute with Oyinsan, Mitchell Parker and Bradley Ash getting replaced by Akheem Rose, Cameron Murray and Keelan O’Connell.
O’Connell was immediately put to work, delivering a low corner in the 60th minute, which fell into the path of Harry Kyprianou. The defender charged up a shot which was parried left of goal by Turner.
Farnborough did a lot to shut down the Terras attacking options and offered little themselves going forward, seeing the game out.
With 2 minutes of play left, and Weymouth pressing hard, Farnborough were pushing to consolidate their lead on the counterattack. Even in the late stages Reggie Young had the determination and stamina to drag the ball up the pitch with speed before releasing the ball to substitute Ollie Pendlebury who was through on goal. The substitute was 1 on 1 with the goalkeeper but spurned his chance with Oualah coming off his line with haste to put off the attacker.
When O’Connell was dragged down on the near side of extra time, Zaki Oualah joined the attack. O’Connell played the ball low with pace to his goalkeeper who took on the shot first time, however the ball cleared the cross bar and the ground.