BAGGIE’S GOAL DOES THE TRICK FOR TERRAS
ASTUBBORN rearguard action and a solitary first goal for Abdulai Baggie saw ten-man Weymouth over the line.
And Terras’ boss Mark Molesley was generous in his praise, he said: “This performance was true testament to this group and there were so many positives to take today with us having to dig in for so long.
“Our discipline, focus and workrate had to be spot-on and we saw today how this young set of lads are growing.”
The hosts, looking to build on their home threematch sequence of 2-0 wins, enjoyed a positive opening 20 minutes with fit-again top scorer Brandon Goodship stinging the palms of keeper Hafed Al-Droubi.
The Terras remained largely on the front foot and deservedly went ahead on 19 minutes when a determined run from Ben Thomson saw the burly striker tee up Baggie who steered a precise shot into the top corner.
However, it wasn’t looking so rosy eight minutes later for the home side when Cooper’s late and rather rash challenge on Oran Swales saw referee Phillip Eddie produce the red card.
Now with a man advantage the Generals conjured a number of chances late in the first period to level.
First Adam Watkins fizzed a shot wide before another drive of his was saved by Travers, Shane Bush then wasted a great chance as he headed Ravi Shamsi’s centre well wide.
In the opening minute of the second half Baggie set up Charlie Davis who sidefooted over from 20 yards but then the hosts, unsurprisingly, found themselves pushed back into their own half for long periods.
Swales missed a glorious early chance when he inexplicably cleared the bar from six yards out before the same luckless forward was guilty of another glaring miss.
Other chances came for the Generals but too often Travers didn’t have to make an intervention as Weymouth looked quite comfortable defending deep and looking to break through Thomson.
With five minutes remaining Jon-Joe Bates whistled a 25-yarder just wide of Travers’ goal before the Terras nearly wrapped it up in the 90th minute when sterling work from Thomson near the left corner saw him get the better of two defenders before pulling back for Harry Baker who couldn’t quite find the bottom corner on the stretch.
DELIGHT: Terras No.11 Abdulai Baggie turns away after driving the ball past Hafed AlDroubi for the only goal of the game
BIG HUG: Abdulai Baggie is mobbed by team-mates