Match Of The Week: Weymouth 0-9 Rushden & Diamonds

“This was not a football match”, wrote The Non-League Paper’s Chris Dunlavy this morning, “this was a snuff movie”, and never have truer words been spoken. Weymouth Football Club, battered and broken, were forced to field a youth team for their home BSP match against Rushden & Diamonds yesterday, and it was a foregone conclusion that they would lose this match. There is an irony, however, which means that the entire day wasn’t a complete dead loss. The result shone out from all others in the Saturday evening round-ups, and since yesterday evening messages of goodwill have been flooding into the club. It remains uncertain whether they will be able to complete the season and the vultures continue to circle overhead with their eyes fixed firmly on their ground. However, the pride shown by everybody at the club yesterday afternoon hints – just a glimmer of a hint, but a hint nevertheless – at a brighter future for them. How did this come to pass, then? Weymouth’s players put in a fourteen notice to the club the week before last, having not been paid yet this year. However, this notice doesn’t expire until next Tuesday. One might have expected the players to have put in one final performance, but the club had reportedly allowed stopped paying for the players’ insurance, so the youth team had to turn out instead....

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