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Match details: Weymouth FC versus Torquay United
Venue: Bob Lucas Stadium, Weymouth
Date: Saturday 4th December 2021
Current Form (last six):
Weymouth: D, W, W, L, L, L
Torquay: W, D, W, L, L, L
Weymouth: Bradley Ash, Josh Leslie-Smith, Josh McQuoid (3 each)
Torquay: Armani Little (9)
Head to Head:
Weymouth FC fact file:
Year founded: 1890
Nickname: The Terras
Last season’s league finish: 18th in National League
Weymouth notable honours:
Conference South/National League South:
Play-off winners: 2019-20
Champions: 1964-65, 1965-66
Manager: Brian Stock
After succeeding Mark Molesley in the summer of 2020, Brian Stock ensured that Weymouth retained their National League status in his first season as a manager. Stock, who was capped three times by Wales, lists AFC Bournemouth, Preston North End, Doncaster Rovers and Burnley as his former clubs. Whilst with the Cherries he was a team mate of former Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe and he also linked up with Howe again at Burnley when Howe signed him for the Clarets in 2012. Stock spent two years in East Lancashire before returning south to sign for Havant and Waterlooville, where he ended his professional career in 2019.
He also helped Doncaster win promotion to the Championship in the 2007-08 season.
Player to watch: Josh McQuoid
The name of Josh McQuoid is a familiar one to Torquay United fans after his loan spell with the Gulls in the 2017-18 season from Luton Town, where he scored twice in 16 appearances.
McQuoid started out with AFC Bournemouth in 2006, and he had two stints with the Cherries across a career that would see him appear for Millwall, Luton Town and Aldershot Town. In addition to this, he also had loan spells with Burnley (under Eddie Howe), Peterborough United, Coventry City, Stevenage and the Gulls before he joined Weymouth. He was part of the Terras’ side who won promotion from the National League South last season. McQuoid also qualified to represent Northern Ireland through his grandfather, and he was capped five times by the province.
Date of Birth: 15th December 1989 – 31 years-old
Former Clubs: Bournemouth, Millwall, Burnley, Peterborough, Coventry, Luton, Stevenage, Torquay United, Aldershot
National League Stats 21-22: Played 16, Goals 3, Yellow/Red Cards 3/0
Weymouth: Josh McQuoid
Last meeting: Torquay United 2 Weymouth 1 – 10th April 2021
Torquay United moved within three points of Sutton United ahead of their midweek meeting with the U’s after securing a hard fought win over Weymouth.
The Gulls had trailed to a 42nd minute penalty from Terras’ leading scorer Andy Dallas. However, they showed great character to come from behind as they equalised through a 25-yard effort from Jake Andrews, before a late header from Connor Lemonheigh-Evans, who also scored a last ditch winner for United when the two sides last met last December, made it five wins out of six.
Torquay (4-4-1-1) Covolan; Wynter, Sherring, Lewis, Law (Moxey 46); Randell, Hall, Little (Waters 83), Andrews; Lemonheigh-Evans; Wright (Boden 83)
Subs not used: MacDonald, Buse,
Weymouth (3-5-2): Ross; Morgan, Revan, Mensah; Brooks, Robinson, McCarthy, Shields, Harfield; Thomson, Dallas
Subs not used: Wakefield, Ngalo, Murray, Luque, Fonkeu
Leon Davis – Taofiq Olomowewe – Tyler Cordner – Josh Leslie-Smith
Tom Blair – Cameron Murray – Josh McQuoid – Sean Shields – Brandon Goodship
Torquay United (4-4-2):
Ben Wynter – Joe Lewis – Harry Perritt – Dean Moxey
Keelan O’Connell – Armani Little – Asa Hall – Connor Lemonheigh-Evans
Sinclair Armstrong – Klaidi Lolos