MARK Molesley says he is really enjoying being back at matches ahead of his side’s trip to Portland United tomorrow (3pm).

Weymouth got their pre-season friendlies off to a good start, with a 3-1 victory away at Portland’s league rivals Hamworthy United on Tuesday, with three different trialists scoring for the Terras.

Molesley told Echosport: “I was really excited (for Hamworthy) I could not wait to get out for the game. Some people dread pre-season, I am actually really enjoying it.

“The lads are a pleasure to work with they have turned up and they have been really professional and already there is plenty to think about, loads of food for thought. So far so good.”

Discussing their upcoming trip to Portland, Molesley said: “We have had training on Thursday and then straight into another game on Saturday so the games are coming thick and fast now.

“We got back on the training field on Thursday and we will look for some improvements on Saturday, in terms of can we run a little bit more and can we start to show a little bit more of our game as well. So we are trying to layer it up so hopefully you will see us get stronger as pre-season goes on.”

It is Portland boss Brendon King’s first match against Weymouth since his two-and-a-half year spell came to an end in December of 2013.

The two clubs’ connection is well-established however, with Weymouth’s Ashley Wells having played for Portland prior to joining the Terras, as well as the Blues’ Ryan McKechnie having for Weymouth as well.

King, discussing Portland’s pre-season so far, told Echosport: “By the time we play Weymouth we will have had five sessions under our belt, five really good sessions as well. The players have worked really hard, some good sessions put on and it is going to be a great test for us, obviously playing against Weymouth. I think it will be great for us because it is going to be a great test for us obviously playing against Weymouth. It will be great for us because we are not going to have a lot of the ball, we know that so we can work on some good shapes. We are going to get a really good work out out of it so it is going to be really worthwhile.

“I know Weymouth fans like coming over to Portland and hopefully the weather is ok and they like to sit on the bank and have a couple of beers.

“We have got a good relationship with Weymouth and we want to keep that going and it is good for everyone involved with the football club.”

Dorset Echo

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