It's Men Against
Boys In Wessex Massacre
by Matt Pitman
Saturday 27th December
Rampant Weymouth sent their fans into
dreamland by hammering pitiful Dorchester Town 8-0 in the
most one-sided derby ever between the two Dorset rivals.
Steve Claridge's table-toppers ran riot sending the majority
of a bumper 3,734 Wessex Stadium crowd into a frenzy and making
it a Christmas to forget for the ten-man Magpies.
In truth, the Terras were so superior they could easily have
notched double figures as they ripped Mark Morris' shell-shocked
outfit apart at will.
Claridge and strike partner Lee Phillips did most of the damage,
helping themselves to hat-tricks, as Weymouth gave a near
The hosts made an absolute mockery of the old adage that local
derbies are supposed to be tight affairs as they created chance
It was men against boys as Claridge's charges extended their
lead at the top of the Dr Martens Premier Division - title
contenders Hinckley United and Nuneaton Borough lost ground
after sharing a 1-1 draw at Middlefield Lane.
Weymouth had their visitors on the back foot right from the
off in near monsoon conditions at Radipole Lane.
Just 16 seconds in, they almost went in front when Magpie
Andy Harris made a hash of a headed clearance to let Phillips
run down the right flank.
He streaked away and crossed for Claridge, who missed his
kick only for Lee Philpott's goalbound shot to be cleared
off the line by former Terra Alex Browne on a afternoon the
former Weymouth skipper won't want to be reminded off in a
That was a sign of things to come and it took Weymouth only
another six minutes to take the lead.
Philpott whipped in a vicious corner from the right and there
was Simon Browne who climbed above Ormerod to head the Terras
The home side continued to make all the running as Dorchester
struggled to get out of their own half.
The Magpies, who had a decent shout for an early penalty after
a shove on Matt Hann was turned down, too often relied on
aimless long balls forward.
But it was the power and pace of Phillips that caused the
visitors no end of problems and it was one of his trademark
runs that won Weymouth a penalty on 30 minutes.
The Cornishman sprinted into the Dorchester box before going
down under a challenge and up stepped Claridge to make no
mistake from the spot.
Martin Barlow drove narrowly over before the visitors almost
pulled one back before the break when Harris crashed a header
against the top of the bar.
Weymouth lost the services of Buckle at the break to a calf
strain but that setback certainly didn't affect them and they
continued to exploit the gaping holes in the Dorchester defence
to the maximum. It was 3-0 after 53 minutes when Barlow sent
Phillips streaking away.
The 23-year-old lost possession to Ormerod as he rounded the
keeper, but there was Claridge to side-foot home.
Home supporters hardly had time to catch their breath before
they were celebrating again when the Magpies offside trap
failed and Claridge ran through to coolly slot home and claim
Things got even better 120 seconds later when the Claridge
and Phillips double act combined again for the latter to chip
over the despairing Ormerod into an empty net.
Realising they were on the end of a Christmas stuffing, Dorchester's
frustrations spilled over.
Combative midfielder Jamie Brown received his marching orders
from referee Royston Mitchell for a second yellow after a
late tackle on substitute Mark Robinson - he was lucky not
to have been sent packing midway through the first period
for a horrendous two-footed lunge at Luke Nightingale.
Harris was fortunate not to follow his team-mate shortly after
for a challenge on Barlow that caused the midfielder to be
carried off with knee injury.
Despite being five goals to the good, Weymouth showed no mercy
for their sorry opponents and pressed further.
By now, all the party tricks were coming out with the chief
tormentor Claridge who could even afford to miss a sitter
from close range after which he hid beneath his shirt in shame
and mouthed the word `sorry' to the masses behind the goal.
The Terras truly rubbed Dorchester's noses in it by adding
a further three in the last 10 minutes.
Phillips was on in the right place at the right time to head
home his second and Weymouth's sixth on 81 minutes.
Then, just when it couldn't get any worse for the Avenue Stadium
faithful, Magpies defender Carl Poore gifted them a seventh
when he needlessly handled Nightingale's cross.
Claridge allowed Phillips to take the responsibility for the
penalty who hammered home the spot-kick to claim his third
of the afternoon.
Those Dorchester fans who bravely stayed throughout the rout
had to endure even more punishment when Philpott deservedly
got his name on the scoresheet in stoppage time.
The midfielder curled home from 25 yards to leave Terras supporters
itching for the return leg of this Battle of Dorset in the
county town on New Year's Day.
Jason Matthews, Steve Tully (Scott Dennis 67), Luke Nightingale,
Martin Barlow (Kevin Gill 66), Simon Browne, Jamie Impey,
Paul Buckle (Mark Robinson 450, Ian Hutchinson, Steve Claridge,
Lee Philpott, Lee Phillips.
Subs not used: Scott Partridge, John Lamb
Booked: Robinson (68-foul)
Mark Ormerod, Carl Poore, Andy Harris, Mark Rawlinson, Alex
Michael White, Jamie Brown, Matty Holmes, Danny O'Hagan, Matt
Hann, Mark Jermyn.
Subs not used: Matt Groves, Martin Shepherd, Stuart Cooper,
Michael Walker, Stuart Langrish
Booked: Brown (26-foul)
Sent Off: Brown (60-foul, second yellow card)
Referee: Royston Mitchell