WEYMOUTH assistant-manager Tom Prodomo believes his Terras’ players “rose to the challenges” of facing Wimborne Town in Tuesday’s 3-2 triumph at Cuthbury.

Victory preserved Weymouth’s unbeaten record in pre-season but the Magpies gave the visitors a stern test, taking the lead after 10 minutes through former Weymouth striker Tony Lee.

Two separate triallists nudged Weymouth into a first-half lead but Sam Bayston equalised for the hosts before Josh McQuoid swooped to hand Weymouth the spoils four minutes from time.

Weymouth’s ability to respond to going behind and react to Wimborne’s leveller did not go unnoticed by Prodomo.

He told Echosport: “When you’re playing your pre-season, with respect to the clubs we’ve played so far, you look for that progressive nature and the challenges you face.

“I think we’ve certainly seen that across the three games so far. We’ve got a lot of respect for Wimborne, we know how well coached they are.

“They provided a really stern test, they’re well-organised and they looked to put pressure on the ball.

“A few points throughout the game, whether it be going behind, certain decision in the match, those types of things are all realistic to league football and I thought our players rose to the challenges really well.”

Weymouth began their preparations for the upcoming National League South season with a 3-1 win at Hamworthy United before a 4-0 success over Portland.

With the Terras apparently hitting the ground running, Prodomo felt the squad’s willingness to maintain fitness levels this summer had been key to a sharp start.

“Throughout all three games, from the Hamworthy one progressively, the intensity has gone up and up,” Prodomo explained.

“The boys have given themselves the opportunity to do that with their attitude in training and they really have been first-class so far this season since we’ve had them back in.

“There’s still a lot of work to do but they’ve given themselves the tools to work with, so we’re really pleased at how it’s all started.”

Prodomo also shed light on the situation of Ben Thomson, confirming the forward will report for Terras duty on Friday despite having been absent from all three friendlies to date.

“Ben’s all good. He’ll be back in the squad on Friday,” Prodomo revealed. “He’s been away this week just to get a little bit of rest in and we’ll have him back in on Friday.”

Weymouth next face Sky Bet League One side Southend United on Friday at the newly-renovated Bob Lucas Stadium (7.45pm).

Dorset Echo

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