WEYMOUTH manager Mark Molesley admitted it felt ‘a little bit like we have let a victory slip out of our hands’ after his side were held 1-1 by St Albans City in the FA Trophy third qualifying round.

Jake McCarthy opened the scoring after 20 minutes, but the Terras were pegged back when Solomon Sambou scored in the 47th minute for the Saints.

Molesley said: “In the second half, it was a little bit of a sloppy goal from our point of view. It was a fairly even game in the second half, but St Albans are a good side, I think we can take a lot of confidence from our first-half performance.”

It was a fantastic start for Weymouth as they dominated the first half, and were ahead after McCarthy’s strike. However, they were unable to add to their tally against a Saints side that looked deflated for much of the first half.

Molesley said: “I think after such a good first half you feel slightly deflated not winning the game, but the second half was even.

“The first half we were very good I thought we really played some excellent stuff, created numerous chances, we were probably a bit disappointed to just go in 1-0 up.”

Despite the one league difference between the two sides, with the Saints currently residing in the National League South, Molesley said that his side do not want to be matching teams, but doing better.

Molesley said: “I think we matched them in the second half but from our high standards we do not want to be matching teams, we want to be slightly better.”

Molesley pointed towards the heavy amount of games that the Terras have at the minute, but refused to make any excuses.

Molesley said: “We are having a lot of football at the moment, maybe our energy levels were not quite where they usually are at that second half.

“No excuses, it feels a little bit like we have let a victory slip out of the palm of our hands.”

However, Molesley did take the positives from the encounter, pointing towards their first half showing.

Molesley said: “Like I say there are plenty of positives to take from the game, especially from that first half, which I was delighted with.”

When asked about the Saints’ equaliser, that saw Sambou appear to control the ball with his arm, Molesley admitted his side did not get the rub of the green with the decision.

Molesley said: “It is one of them, it bounced up near his arm, it looked like he sort of half controlled it with his arm but we did not get that rub of the green with that decision.

“No excuses from me, we should have defended it better whether he handballed it or not, I still reckon we should have dealt with it better.”

Molesley added: “I think anyone who came to watch that first half from us was treated to a real footballing display from ourselves, I think the only thing missing was maybe a few more goals.”

Weymouth travel to St Albans on Tuesday (7.45pm).

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