Weymouth heap more pressure on shoulders of King's Lynn Town boss with slender National League win
Weymouth heaped more pressure on King's Lynn Town manager Ian Culverhouse with a slender victory at the Bob Lucas Stadium this afternoon.
Omar Mussa scored the only goal of the game for the hosts – who also missed a second half penalty – to leave Lynn marooned in the bottom four of the National League standings and Culverhouse under big pressure following a fourth successive league defeat.
And Lynn's misery was compounded in the final quarter of the contest with Michael Gyasi being shown a straight red card less than two minutes after coming on as a substitute.
The Linnets made two changes from the team that suffered a slender 1-0 defeat at home to Boreham Wood on Tuesday night.
Defender Luis Fernandez and striker Malachi Linton both dropped to the bench to make way for Munashe Sundire and Junior Morias.
The welcome return of Morias to the fold allowed him and fellow frontman Gold Omotayo to start only their third game together this season.
In a stale first half devoid of clear-cut chances, Weymouth's Omar Mussa was shown a yellow card following a collision with Tyler Denton.
The visitors had Daniel Bowry to thank for an excellent block from Josh McQuoid after the hosts got in behind Denton down the right.
Lynn were forced into a change nine minutes before the break as Denton limped off with a knee injury and was replaced by Ross Barrows.
In a largely forgettable first 45 minutes, Brandon Goodship became the second home player to be booked just before the interval.
Having not conceded in the opening 15 minutes of a game for only the fourth time this campaign, the Linnets off to the worst possible start five minutes into the second half when Cameron Murray laid the ball off to Mussa to slot home.
The Terras missed a golden opportunity to double their advantage from the penalty spot six minutes later after Bowry brought down Mussa in the box, but McQuoid blasted his spot-kick wide.
Weymouth's Ben Thomson then played the ball into Sean Shields who rattled the Lynn woodwork.
Gyasi was introduced for Sundire going into the final quarter of the contest but any hopes Lynn had of getting back into the game when the substitute was was sent for an early bath for a crude lunge on Tom Bearwith.
Lynn have failed to find the back of the net in more than 400 minutes of National League football and rarely looked like ending that run on the south coast this afternoon after showing very little in the final third of the pitch.
Weymouth: Fitzsimons, Goodship (Ash 85), Mussa (Shields 71), Thomson (Taylor-Crossdale 81), McQuoid, Bearwish, Leslie-Smith, Robinson, Murray, Harfield, Olomowewe. Subs not used: Bruton, Rose.
Booked: Mussa. Goodship.
Scorer: Mussa 50.
King's Lynn Town: P. Jones, Denton (Barrows 36), Callan-McFadden, Bowry, Clunan, Coleman, Omotayo, Morais (Fernandez 60) , A. Jones, Sundire (Gyasi 71), Davis. Subs: Fernandez, Gyasi, Linton, Barrows.