Play-off hopes all but gone in Terras defeat

A Weymouth penalty three minutes from time was enough to send City to a second defeat over the Easter period, in the process virtually ending their play-off hopes. By contrast, the result keeps alive the Terras hopes of avoiding a second successive relegation. The home side dominated the game but a lack of quality in the final third looked like it would cost them against a City side that failed to register a shot on target in the 90 minutes. The closest they came during the first half saw Bearwish’s deflected shot brilliantly kept out by Max Harris. Understandably showing an urgency that came from knowing anything less than three points would leave their National League South place on a knife-edge, Weymouth continued to press forward after the interval but too often the final cross or shot lacked conviction. As the game entered its last few minutes it looked as if City would hold on to a point. However, even that was snatched away, ironically when a rare foray forward broke down and Weymouth countered. Jack Batten looked to have recovered the situation with a well-timed tackle on Rose but the referee judged that he had caught the player before the ball and pointed to the spot. Bearwish stepped up to send Harris the wrong way and ensure it was the home side who would keep their season alive into its final weeks.