Weymouth were left ‘disappointed’ on Saturday as fans break numerous rules on their first match back at the Bob Lucas Stadium.
Not only was there rules broken by supporters in the stands, but one individual chose to invade the pitch during Halifax’s 5-1 hammering at the Terras.
It was a much needed win for Pete Wild’s Halifax, who are up to 15th in the National League table, whereas Weymouth at 21st.
Because of what happened, a decision has been announced to reduce the number of fans let into the ground for the next National League game.
Weymouth issued a statement as fans break numerous rules, it read: Weymouth Football Club are disappointed to announce that following today’s Test event the number of supporters that will be admitted to Tuesday’s game will be reduced.
While we would like to thank the majority of fans who followed the Covid-19 safe practices, a minority let the club down badly.
Despite regular requests from Covid Volunteers, Stewards and the P.A announcements, some supporters failed to adequately Social Distance in some areas of the ground.
Some supporters brought alcohol into the ground while others ignored the smoking ban.
Following discussions with Dorset Police, on behalf of the Safety Advisory Group, a decision on the level of reduction will be announced on Monday.
Fans should be in no doubt that should that event not go as desired, there is every likelihood that the Stadium Safety Advisory Group will refuse permission for fans to attend matches until such times as Covid restrictions are removed completely.
A deflating result but it was nice to see some Terras fans back in the stadium this evening.
— Weymouth FC (@theterras) December 5, 2020
It’s the second time that Halifax have scored goals against their opponents in consecutive matches, previously beating Barnet 5-2 on Wednesday.
Pete Wild made one change to the starting line-up that destroyed Barnet in midweek with Kieran Green replacing Jack Earing and they picked up where they left off just three days earlier.
There was an early scare for Halifax when Ollie Harfield made a fine save out of Sam Johnson in the first minute.
But the Shaymen soon took control with Luke Summerfield and Martin Woods pulling the strings in front of a dominant back line.
Nyal Bell signalled the attacking intentions with a fourth minute shot that went narrowly wide.
A fine passing move saw the ball break to Summerfield whose shot looped up in the air, then met by Danny Williams who controlled it and volleyed home from close range for his first goal of the season.
Kieran Green looked to double the lead minutes later with a run and shot that was turned away for a corner by Jack Bycroft in the Weymouth goal.
The second goal came thanks to Niall Maher who netted with the aid of a deflection.
Who’s this at Weymouth then 😂😂 pic.twitter.com/eutjjJaD2x
— #BLACKLIVESMATTER (@heyit5sam) December 5, 2020
Another corner caused concern in the Weymouth defence and Jeff King’s shot was cleared with Jake Hyde ready to pounce.
Town went into the dressing room with a two goal advantage and happy with what they produced.
A quickly taken short corner from the hosts halved the deficit when Josh McQuoid rose to head home from close range.
Gevaro Nepomeceno was subbed on and got himself a goal within a couple of minutes when Green surged forward and found the ex-Oldham man 20 yards from goal and his curling shot gave Bycroft no chance and restored the two goal advantage.
A free kick broke to King on the right side of the penalty area and his superb low cross was turned home by Tom Bradbury at the back post.
The fifth goal soon followed with Jack Senior who had replaced Danny Williams surged forward on the left side and his superb cross found Jake Hyde who headed home his 2nd goal in an Halifax shirt.
Town were not finished and looked for more goals with Hyde almost getting on the end of another Senior cross. 6 points and 10 goals in 3 days.
Fans reacted as Weymouth were left ‘disappointed’ as fans break numerous rules on their first match back…
Take some responsibility man .Jesus
— Andy James (@jambojames1968) December 5, 2020
No its totally the fans fault. Rules are clear – they ignored them. Social distancing has been around for months so it can’t be ignorance it must be deliberate.
— Kath Wood (@kafwood) December 6, 2020
could see straight away the problem was going to the group behind the goal all bunched together before game even started. Where i was at the side people were taking it seriously and spacing out. Tickets need to be sold in sections so there aren’t as many people all in one stand
— Sam Ryan (@redffb) December 5, 2020
Because at this level, people think it’s just the same as before and that Covid hasn’t happened. Can’t police these numbers at this level, not a chance for a club like this. People have to take responsibility or it will only hurt the club. This isn’t the southern league
— Unders (@unders0007) December 5, 2020
Zero if they’ve got any sense.
— Andy Purchase (@1AndyPurchase) December 5, 2020
So sorry a few twats spoiled it for the club. This is why w3 can’t have nice things. As for the PA, the club could invest in a few wireless speakers to spread around the ground and a decent radio mic or keep it cabled.
— paul hartley (@djpdh67) December 5, 2020
With performances like that you’d be lucky if anyone came back club needs to sort the shit out on the pitch before you single out fans 👍
— Robson92 (@RobLewisGordon) December 5, 2020
Idiots ruining it again 😡
— CJ Hamez (@Hamez84Cj) December 5, 2020
Didn’t the club release a statement before the game with a few dos and don’ts. There it mentioned about one way systems, as well as about keeping a safe distance etc. Also, since when has it been acceptable to bring cans of beers into and bottles of 40% proof
— Hampshire Reject (@HampshireReject) December 5, 2020
….. and a pitch invader, yeah apart from all that it was a roaring success.
— ad ward (@adward152no) December 6, 2020