TERRAS striker Lee Phillips has today signed a one-month extension to his loan deal from Plymouth Argyle.
The 20-year-old Cornishman, who had been due to return to Home Park after Saturday’s Dr Martens Premier Division clash with Burton Albion, will now remain at the Wessex Stadium until the middle of February.
Terras boss Mason said: “Lee has been absolutely outstanding for us and you’ve got to pull out all the stops to keep a player of his quality for as long as you can.
“He’s an exceptionally talented lad with a very level head on his shoulders and I find it hard to believe that he’s not a regular in Plymouth’s first team.”
He added: “All I can think is that there must be some very, very good players ahead of him in the pecking order down there, although
there’s little doubt that he’s got a very bright future in front of him.”
Two goals in four Weymouth appearances have made Phillips a big hit with the fans – his latest being that stoppage time winner against Dagenham and Redbridge in the FA Umbro Trophy third round.
“It would have been a shame if Lee had had to miss the next round of the Trophy”, said Mason, “but this extension means that he will now be available for the Ashford Town tie on February 3.
“As I’ve already said, he’s a terrific asset to have around the place and I’m just delighted that we’re be seeing a bit more of him over the next few weeks.”
Defender Ryan Cross will miss the Ashford tie through suspension after being sent off in Tuesday’s Dr Martens Cup defeat at Newport IoW.
TWO own goals, plus strikes from Dan Evans, Anthony Tilley, Michael Walker and Andy Clasby helped Weymouth Reserves to a 6-0 Jewson Wessex Combination League victory over Horndean at the Wessex Stadium last night.
The contest, which was late kicking off after the visitors were held up in traffic, was a one-sided affair with the Terras line-up including first- teamers Tilley, Martin Underhay and Michael Dean.
Boss Micky Beachamp said: “Horndean aren’t the strongest side we’re ever going to meet, but it was still a good, professional performance.
“Having players line Michael Dean and Anthony Tilley is a great help, but I was also really pleased with the youngsters like Michael Walker and sixteen-year-old schoolboy Dan Evans.”