WEYMOUTH boss Mark Molesley praised his side’s 2-0 win over Frome Town as being “as good as any” they have had this season in the Evo-Stik Southern Premier South.
Goals from Brandon Goodship and Josh Wakefield secured the victory, which coupled with Taunton’s 1-0 loss to Harrow means Weymouth can now go top of the table due to a game in hand, with the current deficit at one point.
Molesley said: “I am delighted and that win (against Frome) was as good as any that we have had this season. It was a gutsy performance from us.
“As soon as we turned up it was never going to be a pretty affair, the pitch and the environment dictated that we could not play our free-flowing football which we like to do.”
However, Molesley praised his side for reacting to the environment and showing a different, more physical side to their game.
Molesley said: “It was never going to be a pretty occasion, the surface and the wind and then the slope on the pitch dictated that.
“The boys had to show another side of their game, a game we are not as known for but we know that we can do that.
“I think the boys proved that they can mix it, they can play a bit of football and they can be strong and aggressive as well.
“It was going to be a game of being big, strong and resolute and that we certainly were.”
Molesley refused to name a stand out performer when asked, pointing towards the squad display overall and gave particular praise to his substitutes.
He said: “It was a squad effort and the team I ended with on the pitch I felt really comfortable with. Knowing that I had experienced players coming onto the pitch for me.
“I had Ash Wells, Callum Buckley and Josh Carmichael all coming off the bench to carry the baton home.
“I felt comfortable as a manager knowing that I had players of that quality to come off the bench to see us home.”
Thanks to Taunton losing to Harrow it has given Weymouth a path of their own back to the top of the table, but Molesley dismissed any chance of getting carried away.
He said: “It is all ifs buts and maybes all we can do is concentrate on ourselves. We are not getting carried away.”
Weymouth’s boss was chuffed with his goalscorers, with Goodship and Wakefield doing the damage late in both halves.
Molesley said: “We stood up and were counted, we defended really well and when we needed the moments of quality to get the goals we showed it with a fantastic strike from Brandon from a free-kick, and an assist for him as well when he cut back for Josh Wakefield. Again a sublime finish from him as well.
“We showed the moments of quality when we needed it and we showed the real grit and desire and passion to do the less glamorous side of the game and it just shows that we are not just a pretty footballing side.”
“The goals came at good times for us, we were clinical when we needed to be and like I said, we defended when we had to.”