Slideshow: Boro's uninspiring draw against Weymouth
PUBLISHED: 13:45 18 August 2008 | UPDATED: 16:29 05 May 2010
Stevenage Boro 1 Weymouth 1 Boro stopped the rot and picked up their first point of the season in an uninspiring encounter at Broadhall Way. In a match which started brightly but faded badly and which did little to enthuse the lowly crowd of 1,357, Graham
Stevenage Boro 1 Weymouth 1
Boro stopped the rot and picked up their first point of the season in an uninspiring encounter at Broadhall Way.
In a match which started brightly but faded badly and which did little to enthuse the lowly crowd of 1,357, Graham Westley's side grabbed the initiative midway through the opening half but relinquished it within minutes.
Westley benched three of the starting line-up from the 3-1 midweek defeat to Eastbourne - new skipper and central defender Mark Albrighton along with the strikeforce of Iyseden Christie and Lee Boylan.
In their place came Luke Oliver at the back and a new front pair of Anthony Thomas and Calum Willock.
This was a special match for two Weymouth men - Santos Gaia playing against one of his former clubs and where he won the FA Trophy and Cameron Mawer pitted against his hometown team.
New Boro keeper Ashley Bayes looked unsure in the opening stages as Weymouth were on the attack first.
Bayes initially spilled a Stuart Beavon long-range shot, and then he parried Kevin Sandwith's free-kick before recovering to smother from Beavon.
Boro took until the 22nd minute to fashion a decent opportunity but Thomas' fierce strike was well kept out by keeper Richard Barnard.
Two minutes later, Boro went ahead as great battling work by Scott Laird allowed him to release Willock and he slammed the ball beyond Barnard.
The lead was held for less than three minutes as Michael Malcolm beat a couple of defenders on the edge of the box and his deflected shot looped in over a stranded Bayes.
Both sides had one close shave before the break - Ryan Williams' corner almost seeing Weymouth go ahead and Andy Drury's free-kick nearly restoring the lead for Boro.
The second 45 minutes could best be described as scruffy with few chances for either team.
Beavon's long shot was well held by Bayes just before the hour mark - Weymouth's only real effort of the half.
Eddie Anaclet was replaced with 20 minutes to go by Lawrie Wilson who took Michael Bostwick's place in midfield as he reverted to right-back.
Christie and Boylan also came on in the latter stages but Boro still appeared shot-shy.
The closest the home side came to breaking the deadlock was a late header from the towering Oliver from a Drury free-kick which flew comfortably wide of the target.