KEEPER Steve Boore was quick to praise the Terras’ management team after being given his chance to shine in the Red Insure Cup victory against Wimborne on Tuesday.
Boore made a memorable competitive debut for Weymouth at Cuthbury, saving two of the hosts’ three spot-kicks in a penalty shoot-out which the visitors won 4-1.
The 22-year-old former Yeovil gloveman, who moved to the Bob Lucas Stadium from Chickerell United in the summer, had to wait patiently for his opportunity in the first team.
And after making a big impression, Boore had nothing but admiration for player-boss Jason Matthews, coach Micky Greeno and goalkeeping coach Paul Maitland.
“It has been brilliant to work with Jason, Paul and Micky and it’s nice to repay the faith that they have shown in me,” he said.
“If people believe in you then you start to believe in yourself, and that’s what has happened since I’ve been at Weymouth.
“I’m really pleased I had the opportunity because a lot of people don’t, and it was nice to play in front of some of the fans who don’t know what I can do.
“There was pressure but if you don’t have pressure in football then there’s no point playing. It’s about how you handle it and I did the best I could on the night.
“There were a few things I wasn’t happy with but I enjoyed it, and we played really well in the first half before we seemed to take our foot off the gas.”
When asked if he would be pushing Matthews for the number one jersey on a permanent basis this season, he added: “Jason is a great guy and the form he is in, especially at his age, is unbelievable.
“I’m realistic and I know that this season is about showing them what I can do for next season.
“I know I’m not ready for this season so I just have to keep working hard and improve my game as much as I can.
“That’s what the management team have drilled into me so I’ve got to keep pushing hard.”