Slough fall to defeat at Weymouth



Rutherford (43), Goodship (71), Parsons (90)
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On a cold Dorset afternoon, the hardworking Slough Town lost 3-0 to a clinical Weymouth side whose direct attacking play was too much for the Rebels to handle, writes Joey Gargini.

The Rebels began the game the better of the two sides with long balls over the Weymouth defence causing problems early on. An early chance fell to Nathan Minhas who had a shot in the box which was well smothered by Weymouth’s Gerard Benfield. 

The first half was a largely evenly matched affair, characterised by two strong midfields and good defensive performances from both teams. 

Weymouth’s first attacking chance came from the right hand side with a lofted through ball finding Tom Bearwish who volleyed his effort over Dan Lincoln’s goal. 

Weymouth struck first, with their goal coming just before half time. A promising attack down the left hand side found Tom Bearwish, who crossed the ball low and hard towards the back post with Alfie Rutherford tapping home into an open net in the 43rd minute.

Weymouth came out in the second half brimming with confidence and poured a lot of pressure onto the Rebels’ defence. A Leo Gamble cross from out wide found Bearwish on the edge of the box whose shot narrowly flew off target, much to the relief of the away side.

Slough had their best chance of the game in the 58th minute after an incisive through-ball from Johnny Goddard found the feet of half time substitute Slavi Spasov in behind the Weymouth defence, who beat the goalkeeper but was unable to convert the chance. 

This could have proven a turning point for the Rebels, but the Terras refused to rest on their laurels, with a brilliant second goal from Brandon Goodship condemning Slough to their fate. Released clean through as a result of poor defending from Slough, Goodship expertly dinked the ball over Lincoln to put the hosts firmly in the driving seat. 

Slough’s last meaningful chance came through Jeanmal Prosper with the defender playing a ball through to Goddard who smashed it just wide of the goal late on in the second half. 

Just before full time, Harry Parsons put the final nail in the coffin for Slough, receiving the ball outside the box and brilliantly curling it into the top-left corner to seal all three points for the hosts.

Despite a tough outing to Dorset, the Rebels still remain in a strong league position of 13th place with two games in hand over the teams occupying the positions above them in the table ahead of Tuesday’s trip to Taunton Town.

Weymouth Lineup

Benfield, Howe, Hamblin, Cook, Durojaiye, Rutherford, Bearwish (c), Goodship, Parsons, Bolton, Brooks. Substitutes: Thompson, Roberts, Linton, Touray, O’Connell.


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