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Notts 3-1 Weymouth

Wootton, Nemane and Rodrigues seal the points

23 April 2022

First-half goals from Kyle Wootton and Aaron Nemane, plus a Ruben Rodrigues free-kick after  the break, were enough to secure us victory over Weymouth.

Wootton gave us an eighth-minute lead with a flicked effort from a corner before Nemane rounded off a fine team move five minutes later.

The visitors couldn't make a strong end to the opening period count and we put the score beyond doubt shortly after the restart when Rodrigues picked out the corner from the edge of the box following a handball.

Tom Bearwish pulled a goal back soon afterwards but it wasn't to be enough as we collected another crucial three points.

Ian Burchnall named an unchanged team from the one who beat King’s Lynn 4-1 the previous weekend.

That meant Wootton, who bagged his 20th goal of the season against the Linnets, continued up front and with only eight minutes on the clock he added another to his tally when he flicked Matt Palmer’s near post-corner into the net despite the best efforts of Ross Fitzsimons.

And, five minutes later, Fitzsimons was picking the ball out of his net again as we unpicked the visitors with a fine team move which began with a raking Sam Graham pass out to Cal Roberts. The Geordie played an excellent pass into the channel for the overlapping Jayden Richardson, whose low cross was met with a fine first-time finish from Nemane.

The former Manchester City man came close to bagging his second shortly afterwards, scampering into the area and attempting to dink the ball over the onrushing Fitzsimons. The keeper got his fingertips to the ball, though, and managed to send it looping on to the roof of the net.

And Fitzsimons had another crucial role to play on 27 minutes when Palmer drifted a delightful ball over the full-back’s head to release Richardson once again. He crossed the ball for Wootton but it bounced up to him at a difficult height, allowing Fitzsimons to get off his line and push the forward’s effort wide.

We should really have been further ahead after a scintillating start but the visitors threatened a retort as the interval approached, Rawlinson getting in the way of Ben Thomson’s goalbound shot before Brad Ash and Bearwish hit the post and bar respectively.

And we could certainly consider ourselves fortunate to go into the break with our clean sheet intact after Ash fired a low effort just wide of the post before the referee called time.

Within three minutes of the restart, however, we moved further ahead when Rodrigues’ perfect free-kick from the edge of the area left Fitzsimons with no chance.

Bearwish issued a speedy response with a good finish from inside the area but that was to prove the final chance of note for the visitors in what proved to be a scrappy second half played out amid blustery conditions.

We could have extended our lead through Rodrigues, whose goalbound effort was blocked by a defender, and then Rawlinson whose header inside the area lacked conviction.

But in the end our three-goal haul was more than enough to secure back-to-back victories and keep us in seventh place ahead of Tuesday’s trip to Dover.

STARTING XI: Jaros; Chicksen, Graham, Rawlinson, Richardson; Arter (Francis 61'), Palmer, Rodrigues; Nemane (O'Brien 74'), Roberts, Wootton (Sam 81')

UNUSED SUBS: Kelly-Evans, Brunt

ATTENDANCE: 6,032 (108)


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