WEYMOUTH manager Mark Molesley labelled his side’s 3-0 derby win over Dorchester Town as a “professional job”.
Two second-half strikes from captain Jake McCarthy, added to Brandon Goodship’s opener, gave Weymouth a handsome win over their ten-man arch-rivals.
Despite Goodship’s goal in the 26th minute, Molesley was frustrated by the Terras’ first-half showing, but thought his players “responded well” in the second period.
He told Echosport: “If you gave me 3-0 before the game I’d have snatched it with both hands. It’s a pressure environment, a different type of game on derby day, so I was pleased with the way the boys handled the game, particularly in the second half.
“The first half wasn’t the standard we were looking for but I think we reacted to the few choice words that were said at half-time and they’ve done a good, professional job.
“It was a great finish from Brandon and it shows that we’ve got the quality to dig ourselves out of a situation but generally from our standards I don’t think we were hitting the heights that we wanted to, especially on derby day.
“It might have been a little bit of nervous energy, it was a hot day, people trying to pace themselves through the game knowing that they’ve played Saturday, a whole host of excuses.
“At the end of the day we weren’t happy with the first half but second half the boys responded well.”
Molesley was far happier with the Terras’ second half, feeling his players showed more “intent and purpose”.
“I thought we started to move the ball around a lot better, obviously Jake’s performance with great timing for both of his goals. I thought there was a lot more intent and purpose with the second half.
“On derby day there’s a lot of nervous energy, new players getting used to it and for some of them it’s their first derby so maybe it took them a little while to get to grips with it but second half they showed their mettle,” he said.
And Molesley reserved special praise for McCarthy after his brace.
“He showed his true quality. His discipline and his positioning was good and he was our playmaker in there as well.
“The timing of the goals was good and on derby day you’re looking for a performance from your captain and I thought he stood up to the plate,” he said.