BAGGIE’S GOAL DOES THE TRICK FOR TERRAS

The Non-League Football Paper - - EVO-STIK LEAGUE SOUTH - By Dill Butcher

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.

PIC­TURES: Idris Martin

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

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