WEYMOUTH’S Ashley Wells admits he is relishing his return to the role of sweeper and claimed “being the last line of defence can be quite nice”.

Wells, who has spent the last few years mainly operating at right-back, has impressed since slotting into the heart of a back three, which the Terras have been working on in recent weeks.

The versatile defender, who signed from Portland United in February 2012, initially featured as a sweeper under former boss Brendon King and, when the opportunity came around to re-unite himself with the position, he jumped at the chance.

He told Echosport: “I enjoy playing sweeper, I think it gives us good shape going forward and we are still trying to work on a few things and make sure we are aware of our jobs.

“It’s not a new position for me and I’ve actually played a fair few games there – I actually quite enjoy it. I still get forward sometimes but obviously not as much, being the last line of defence can be quite nice.”

He added: “Playing next to Zubs (Stephane Zubar) is very good. Playing next to someone like that I am going to learn a lot from. Then you have Calvin (Brooks) on the other side, who has played a lot of games at this level.”

And while Wells has settled seamlessly into a different position of late, he insists that the Terras’ uninspiring league campaign is down to an underlying factor.

He said: “Both ends of the pitch we are not clinical enough.

“I am not blaming it all on the strikers or the defenders, but it’s the reason why we are coming away with draws all the time and that’s why we are where we are.”

Dorset Echo

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