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‘Soft’ penalty dismays Weymouth boss Mark Molesley

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WEYMOUTH boss Mark Molesley was irked by what the Terras believed to be a “very, very soft” penalty in Tuesday’s 1-1 draw at Slough Town in the Vanarama National League South.

Molesley’s men had gone a goal up courtesy of an Abdulai Baggie strike in the fifth minute.

But Stephane Zubar was ruled to have upended Matt Lench in the box with Ben Harris slamming the penalty past Terras’ gloveman Calum Ward.

Weymouth have now conceded three penalties this season – all of which Molesley considers to be soft – and the Terras are yet to concede from open play in four games.

Speaking to Echosport, Molesley did not hide his dissatisfaction with failing to get the rub of the green on big decisions.

He said: “They got their goal through a mistake from ourselves and, I have to say, another very, very soft penalty, which was disappointing.

“Three penalties where you look at the footage and every single one is debatable to say the least. We’ve not conceded one open play goal.”

Adding to Weymouth’s grievance was the unsuccessful appeal for two penalties of their own.

Molesley added: “It’s a shame I’m talking about decisions which are costing us. If (the referee) is going to give that decision then he’s got to give us two penalties.

“Ben Thomson was taken out with exactly the same kind of tackle, he didn’t give it.

“Then (Thomson) was taken out in the second half as well when he was through on goal.

“If they’re going to give a soft one then, arguably, we had two shouts of a similar nature so we didn’t get the rub of the green with that.”

Molesley highlighted the Terras’ second-half response after what he perceived to be a below-par first-half.

“We were masters of our own downfall in the first half,” he said. “But second half we really got going, we grew into the half and finished the game really strongly with multiple chances.

“On another day, Thommo’s had a goal which looked very tight on offside – I’d love to see that one again.

“Josh Wakefield’s hit a rasping one over the crossbar, Calvin Brooks had one deflected agonisingly wide so we had plenty of chances.

“We were knocking on the door, we just couldn’t find that breakthrough. On reflection Slough are a good side, it’s another tough place to come and we’re still unbeaten – there’s plenty of positives.

“There’s plenty of stuff to improve on, hopefully we’ll learn the lessons, move on and look forward to Dartford.”

Weymouth host the Darts at the Bob Lucas Stadium on Saturday (3pm).

Meanwhile, defender Ade Olumuyiwa has joined BetVictor Southern Premier South side Farnborough on a one-month loan deal.

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