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Weymouth worthy of Dartford win, says boss Mark Molesley

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WEYMOUTH boss Mark Molesley believes the Terras were “well worth” a 3-1 victory over Dartford in their Vanarama National League South clash at the Bob Lucas Stadium.

Molesley’s men, still unbeaten, began slowly and were hit by a hamstring complaint for Ben Thomson, who was replaced in the 12th minute by Brett Williams.

Weymouth eventually warmed to the task, ending the first-half much the better side as Abdulai Baggie tucked home a 41st-minute goal.

Baggie was at the heart of Weymouth’s second, exchanging passes with Yemi Odubade and slotting an inviting pass for Williams who slammed home from inside the six-yard box.

Williams had finally opened his Weymouth account and the former Eastleigh and Aldershot man scored a third 10 minutes from time, latching onto a Stephane Zubar long ball and squeezing a finish underneath visiting keeper Mark Smith.

Dartford rallied in the dying stages and were rewarded as Norman Wabo stabbed home when unmarked at the back post as Weymouth conceded a first goal from open play this season in almost 450 minutes of football.

And Molesley expressed his satisfaction with Williams’ performance in a second home victory of the campaign which moves the Terras into second, one point behind leaders Wealdstone.

He told Echosport: “We were well worth our victory, we created a lot of chances, really took the game to them.

“Unfortunately we picked up a bit of an injury, the second one in a week. So we had to change it up, Brett came on and he’s been ill for the last few games and hasn’t been around.

“Especially with a new player you want to be keeping them training and getting used to their new environment, but he came on and showed what he’s about.

“He was a menace at times and got us two goals. I was really pleased for him, he’s got himself off the mark and it was a thoroughly deserved three points.”

With Weymouth deprived of a clean sheet in the 89th minute, Molesley offered sympathy for his defence after a “relentless” opening to the campaign.

He said: “It just went sloppy – maybe a little bit of fatigue. It’s been such a tough start, mentally and physically.

“We had a long travel to Slough on Tuesday, we came back and trained Thursday night, so it’s been relentless for the boys.

“Again, the attitude and the application has been spot on, which makes the goal even more frustrating because they deserved a clean sheet.

“Maybe the legs just caught up on them in that instance. Other than that, I’ve got to applaud the boys for the way they’ve started not just the season but pre-season.

“They’ve been a fantastic group to work with and competition for places is fierce. It’s making a really tough job for me.

“I’ve got some good players disappointed on the bench who make a big impact when they come on and big impacts when they’re playing.

“I’m making some really tough decisions at the moment because everyone deserves to be playing, nobody’s given me an excuse not to.

“That’s what you want (as a) manager. As long as they keep their attitude and application we’re going to need each and every one of them going forward.

“It just shows the strength in depth with the subs, the injuries we’ve picked up that we’re still able to carry on with the momentum we have.”

Dorset Echo

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