WEYMOUTH manager Mark Molesley believes their home match with Farnborough tomorrow (3pm) represents a good test of character after they were stunned by a 2-1 defeat away to struggling Dunstable Town in the Evo-Stik Southern Premier Division.
The defeat on Tuesday, thanks to goals from Ryan Young and Arel Amu, was Weymouth’s first defeat in 11 league matches, with the Terras having taken 20 points in that time.
Boss Mark Molesley said: “I think if you look at the statistics and how close, we haven’t quite had the rub of the green and this is a good test of character for us to keep believing in the way we are doing it.”
Prior to the defeat Weymouth had drawn four of the past five matches, including a draw last weekend at then league leaders King’s Lynn Town.
Molesley said: “We need an immediate reaction.
“It sounds strange but I don’t think the results have quite reflected our performances.
“I have not been disappointed with the performances, I am sure if you ask the fans that have come and seen us in our last two away games I think we deserved to win both games.
“It is not panic stations by any stretch of the imagination from us it is just a case of staying focused and keep believing in what we are doing.”
When the two sides last faced the Terras came away with a 6-2 win saw Harry Baker get a double and Josh Carmichael, Ben Thomson, Brandon Goodship and Matt Tubbs with a goal each.
Tomorrow’s game against Farnborough will represent only the second time this year that Weymouth have had a league fixture at the Bob Lucas Stadium.
Molesley said: “Hopefully the crowd will have a real positive effect on us, hopefully they will get out and get behind us and realise that we are working hard and we need everyone pulling together and sticking together.
“We cannot wait to get back out onto the grass in front of our fans and put on a performance and do everything we can to secure all three points.
“We lost our first game in 11 the other day and it was not through effort or lack of trying, I think we registered 19 shots at goal on Tuesday night to their couple of shots at goal.
“So law of averages if we keep getting in them positions, we have got good enough players we have proved that so far.
“It is a time for us to reflect, we are always looking to improve we have got to get better, we are trying to get better.”
When asked if during their unbeaten run their good form had been on their mind at all Molesley said: “It is the same mantra for us win lose or draw the next game is always the most important and our focus turns to Farnborough and nothing else. We will be preparing for that game like we prepare for every other game.
“It is going to be another tough game and another game where we are going to have to be right on it but I know that I have got the right group of boys.”
There were no fresh knocks after the Dunstable match while Josh Wakefield will be back in the squad after missing the Dunstable match with illness while the Farnborough is likely to come too soon for Mark Cooper.