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Weymouth: Match Report

Posted by Jack Forster
Posted on Sat 9 Oct 2021
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Kian Spence scored his first goal for the Shaymen in a commanding 2-0 victory at The Shay Stadium.

Jordan Slew also netted his 4th goal of the season as Town proved too hot for Weymouth to handle.

The first chance of the game fell the visitor’s way, with Weymouth winger Sean Shields’ low effort from the edge of the box proving easy for the Shaymen defence to block.

Jack Senior then advanced down the left flank, and his eventual cross was put behind for a corner by the Weymouth defence. The resulting set piece was taken short into Harvey Gilmour’s feet, but his cross was eventually cleared.

The Terras’ best chance of the half came when Omar Mussa looked set to score from around 15 yards out, but his low shot was brilliantly cleared away by the retreating Kieran Green.

Harvey Gilmour hit a freekick into the Weymouth box, and as the ball bobbled around, Jesse Debrah turned and struck an effort that was deflected into Ross Fitzsimons’ hands.

The returning Debrah found himself with another sight of goal, this time heading a wonderful Gilmour corner just wide of the Weymouth goal. And as Town continued to push forward, Billy Waters played the ball into Matty Warburton, who played a ball forward looking for the onrushing Senior. The fullback’s run ended just as the ball was played out to him.

Town finally made their dominance count, as some lovely link up play between Waters and Gilmour resulted in the ball landing at Tyrell Warren’s feet. The fullback then produced a sensational, teasing cross into the area, which allowed Jordan Slew to tap in for his 4th goal of the season.

Town’s fullbacks continued to see plenty of space on the flanks, this time Jack Senior latched onto the end of a Jordan Slew dummy, his powerful effort flew just over the Weymouth crossbar.

The final chance of the first half fell the way of the Shaymen, as some lovely one touch football saw Gilmour exchange passes with Warburton, before Gilmour’s cross was chested behind by Weymouth captain Tyler Cordner. The corner was taken by the impressive Gilmour, but referee Lewis Smith gave a freekick to the visitors as Jesse Debrah headed towards goal.

Half time came with Town in the ascendency, and the second half started in the same way. Billy Waters chased down a long ball and won a freekick as Halifax looked to continue their dominance. Warburton’s near post cross was headed just over the bar by captain Niall Maher.

The first yellow card of the game fell to Halifax-born Cameron Murray, who caught Waters late in midfield.

The next chance of the game fell Matty Warburton’s way, as Jordan Slew played a ball through to put the Town midfielder one on one with Fitzsimons, but the goalkeeper made a great save as Warburton looked to dink the ball over him.

It was then Kieran Greens turn to shoot at Weymouth’s goal, but his low shot was dragged wide with Billy Waters in front of him.

Jack Senior picked up FC Halifax Town’s first booking, as he was adjudged to have fouled the onrushing Omar Mussa, despite his protest of innocence.

Jordan Slew then did brilliantly as he took the ball past Calvin Brooks and laid the ball off for Jack Senior to cross first time. The ball eventually found Waters via Kian Spence, but the former’s attempted strike was blocked by the Weymouth defence.

Kieran Green then ventured forward again, this time his low shot towards Fitzsimons’ near post was saved for a corner. The resulting ball in was missed by everyone.

Halifax Town’s top scorer Waters had a chance to shoot after some lovely interplay with Matty Warburton, but his effort curled just over the bar.

Weymouth then had their first chance of the half, but Bradley Ash’ effort from just inside the box was high and not very handsome.

Pete Wild’s men finally made their dominance count, as Jamie Allen broke from well inside his own half, his eventual cross was poked home by Kian Spence, the midfielder scoring his first goal for the club in his sixth start of the season. Allen did excellently to drive the ball forward, and Spence was on hand to bag his first goal in the National League.

Jack Senior had a chance to complete the rout, but he could only fire straight at Ross Fitzsimons as he latched onto Jamie Allen’s through ball. As the rebound came back to him, he sliced the ball wide. Senior was excellent all day, with his forward runs causing mayhem in the Weymouth defence.

The fulltime whistle was blown by referee Lewis Smith, as FC Halifax Town dominated proceedings against Weymouth.

The Shaymen were met by a rapturous reception from the Shay faithful, as Pete Wild’s team extended their unbeaten run to 7. Town remain in third place in the National League.

Match Stats:

FC Halifax Town: 1 Sam Johnson, 3 Jack Senior, 5 Jesse Debrah, 8 Kieran Green, 10 Matty Warburton (26 Martin Woods 80), 11 Billy Waters (7 Jamie Allen 77), 17 Kian Spence, 20 Harvey Gilmour (24 Elliot Newby 77), 21 Tyrell Warren, 25 Jordan Slew, 31 Niall Maher ©

Subs: 4 Luke Summerfield, 15 Gerry McDonagh.

Weymouth FC: 1 Ross Fitzsimons, 6 Tyler Cordner ©, 7 Brandon Goodship, 8 Omar Mussa, 14 Tom Bearwish, 15 Josh Leslie-Smith, 16 Andreas Robinson (4 Alexander McBurnie 56), 17 Calvin Brooks, 23 Cameron Murray (10 Josh McQuoid 60), 26 Ollie Harfield, 32 Sean Shields (11 Bradley Ash 67)

Subs: 27 Akheem Rose, 30 Taofiq Olomowewe.

Ref: Lewis Smith

Goals: Slew 33, Spence 82.

Yellow Cards: Murray 48, Senior 62, Cordner 65, Spence 74.

Red Cards:

Attendance: 2241 (48 away)

FC Halifax Town 2 Weymouth

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