WEYMOUTH boss Mark Molesley stressed striker Ben Thomson’s withdrawal after 12 minutes of the Terras’ 3-1 Vanarama National League South victory over Dartford was precautionary.

Thomson, Weymouth’s joint-highest scorer this season with three league goals and one assist, felt tightness in his hamstring and was replaced by Brett Williams, who went on to score twice against the Darts.

Thomson has long battled hamstring complaints and consequently Molesley hoped the forward used his “experience” to flag up the issue before the niggle worsened.

He told Echosport: “Thommo’s literally played every minute of every game, he’s been fantastic for us.

“Since I’ve been manager he’s done great for us and hardly misses any training, any game. He’s probably one of the highest minutes (played), up there with Jake McCarthy.

“It was one of those where he felt it. I just hope his experience has told him that he’s stopped before it can get worse.

“We’ll have to assess it, see how that settles down. Fingers crossed it’s not too bad and we didn’t risk it – we’re early on in the season.

“Thommo’s a big player for us and one of the last ones you want to see come off the pitch. We said ‘don’t risk it, get off straight away’.

“Hopefully we haven’t done any more damage and it’ll be a short-term one (more than) a long-term one.

“We’ve got a great bench to come on – Brett, there’s his opportunity. A bit earlier than we were planning because he’s been out ill for a while.

“But he’s come on and scored two goals, so it’s worked out well for him and we hope Thommo will be back soon.”

Molesley offered an update on captain Josh McQuoid, who also fell victim to a hamstring injury in the 1-1 draw at Slough last week.

“Josh has settled down OK at the moment,” Molesley said. “He’s having a scan at the end of the week and we’ll assess that.

“He’s at the early stages of it anyway, so there’s nothing he can do apart from rest and ice, so we’ll know more by the end of the week.”

Dorset Echo

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