DESPITE an early tight turnaround in matches, Weymouth manager Mark Molesley is glad for the softer relief of an artificial pitch as they face a trip to Hamworthy United today (3pm).

The match will be the Terras’ second game in three days, having had a 2-0 loss at home at the Bob Lucas Stadium against Exeter City on Thursday.

Molesley said: “Also going onto Astroturf with the way the heatwave has been, it will be a lot more forgiving for the boys.

“With the way astro is now it is a lot more sprung, it will be better for their feet and joints so we are pleased to get off the hard ground that we are training and playing on and get on something a bit softer.”

The back-to-back nature of the matches so early on does not faze the Terras’ boss, who highlighted that the players want to get in and play matches.

Molesley said: “It is good to have back-to-back games so we can really rack up those minutes and get those games into the boys, the lads want to play real matches.”

The match is Weymouth’s fourth so far in their pre-season schedule, and the Terras’ last encounter against Exeter City saw the side put in a good performance against their League Two opposition on Thursday.

Hamworthy United, who are two leagues below Weymouth in the Sydenhams Wessex Premier Division, will represent an opportunity for Weymouth to build upon the physical work they have been doing and further mould the side in time for the start of the season.

Molesley said: “We will use this game to try and get into our stride even more and start finding our rhythm tactically and technically as well now.

“We have got to build on all of the physical work that we have done now and we are starting to shape things ready for the start of the season.”

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