Duncan Gardner shares his latest edition of Facts of the Match ahead of this afternoon’s clash against Hampton & Richmond Borough.
Just the five games in our history against The Beavers with all fixtures in three National League South seasons – 2009/10, 2019/20 and this current campaign. Our first ever meeting in October 2009 was a forgettable affair for the Terras as we succumbed to a 0-3 loss in the capital under Matty Hale. Fast forward six months and, with new manager Andy Harris in place, we did enjoy a rare successful day in that season as J McGuiness slotted home the only goal of the game to ensure all three points stayed in Dorset.
Ten years later and we initially faced The Beaveree-ground-based-outfit at home under the stewardship of Mark Molesley, resulting in a 2-1 win to the Terras. However anyone unfortunate enough to require the call of nature on the 52nd minute may have missed all three goals as just eight minutes from that moment the scoring for the day was complete – McQuoid and Thomson scoring within two minutes of each other before the visitors managed a consolation goal.
At the return fixture in London on Valentine’s weekend Weymouth were guilty of lavishing too many gifts on the hosts as The Terras found themselves 0-2 down at half-time. But as bored Weymouth couples wished they were on a more romantic afternoon, Hampton & Richmond decided to more than reciprocate Weymouth’s love, as a Brett Williams strike and a Calvin Brooks brace completed the turnaround to stun the home faithful! It remains the only time we have come back to win in normal time from two goals down in 20 years covering more than 260 games.
This term, the Beavers travelled to Dorset in January when a Tommy Wood goal for the visitors was not enough secure any points following onion-bag-rustlers from Sesay & Rose that capped four wins on the spin against the Londoners.
Some notable names that have played for both clubs include – Zaid Al Hussaini, Myles Anderson, Mark Boyce, Julian Charles, Shamir Mullings, Raphael Nade.
Current Beavers manager Mel Gwinnett was also a Terras regular in 1989-90 playing in goal. This is his first full managerial appointment having cut his teeth as an assistant and goalkeeping coach at several clubs before now.