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Monday 7 December 1998: Wessex Stadium

Weymouth vs. CITY

Dr Martens League Premier Division


City's Team

City blew their chance to go into the top six with a woefully inept defensive performance against lowly Weymouth at the Wessex Stadium. Webb was missing with a sore ankle sustained against Bromsgrove, but with Burns and Holloway returning from suspension the side was full of confidence. From the kick off it seemed City could look forward to dominating the game as Hemmings caused early problems for the Terras defence. However Fergusson wasted an early free kick and gave the home side chance to settle.

Weymouth soon took the initiative with City old boy Paul Adcock getting the 6th minute breakthrough. the City defence stood off as Weymouth surged forward and when Mokler dropped David Laws' cross only Adders was on hand to tap the ball home. City seemed shell-shocked and soon conceded a further two quick fire goals from Robinson and Powell. Mokler seemed unsure of himself and Gary Thorne demonstrated why City need a specialist left back sooner rather than later. Weymouth were tearing City apart with every attack and their 3-0 lead could easily have been added to as shots whistled close to the Tigers goal.

Gloucester desperately tried to compose themselves but were exhibiting all the collective cool of a blast furnace. Hemmings and Mings both seemed more intent on playing the defender rather than the ball with Hemmings picking up a booking for dissent. The older calmer heads did little to help with both Kemp and Burns booked for awful lunging challenges deep in the Weymouth half. Tucker also went in the ref's notebook for tripping Weymouth's David Laws as he attempted to launch another run on the beleaguered out of position Gary Thorne. City seemed to have no answers except kicking out in frustration, a frustration exacerbated by a fourth goal scored by the impressive Hutchinson when Holloway went missing on the right. The whole City defence was out of sorts and could have no complaints at the score line. however Gloucester did manage to pull one back before half time as Holloway and Hemmings played in Wyatt down the right for a precise finish to make it 4-1.

The one hopeful sign for City fans was the renewed vigour instilled in the side at half-time by Brian Hughes. City stormed straight into attack having found a few extra gears painfully absent in the first half. Hemmings beat his man a couple of times and Gloucester piled on the pressure with a series of corners. One Wyatt corner was only half cleared, and from the resulting scramble Burns was able to turn and slam the ball in from close range. The stage was set for one of the goals of the season so far as Gary Kemp ventured forward in true style. The Terras midfield stood off him obviously expecting a characteristic hoof, but instead were only able to watch in awe as Kempy powered the ball in from fully 30 yards with a curling drive that flew inches inside the left post.

Weymouth were understandably rattled and it really seemed as if City were likely to not only equalise but even win the match. City poured forward with Hemmings and Burns especially troublesome, it was now Weymouth's turn to lack composure. Defender John Waldock saw red for loudly abusing a linesman and with the Terras a man short it seemed only a matter of time before the equaliser came. however a mart defensive substitution settled Weymouth and for all the Gloucester pressure they couldn't quite carve out a clear chance. With City pushed forward Adcock was able to grab Weymouth's fifth on the break to decide an exciting game.

Mokler L3-5
Holloway Half-time
G.Thorne 1-4
Callinan Att.
Kemp (c) 505
Fergusson City Scorers
Wyatt Wyatt(40), Burns(52), Kemp(55)
Burns Bookings
Mings Tucker, Kemp, 
Hemmings, Callinan, 
Burns, Mings
Tucker Position
Hemmings 11th

Steadman LLWWWL
Hoskins (for Holloway,74) Report
Rutter (for Tucker,86) T.Towel

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