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Weymouth lacked ‘cutting edge’ at Oxford – Mark Molesley

by: theterras

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WEYMOUTH were bereft of a “cutting edge” in the 0-0 Vanarama National League South draw with Oxford City, according to boss Mark Molesley.

A largely dull match was punctuated by brief moments of action, with Weymouth captain Jake McCarthy driving against the underside of the bar late in the first half.

Molesley’s men also saw three appeals for handball turned down, most strongly in the 86th minute when an Oxford hand appeared to make contact with the ball, although the officials waved play on.

Calvin Brooks then headed a tough chance wide in the 93rd minute as Weymouth were consoled by a first clean sheet in nine league games.

Speaking to Echosport, Molesley was nevertheless pleased with his side’s display.

He said: “There’s plenty of positives out there, unfortunately we were just lacking that cutting edge.

“We hit the underside of the bar, got in their box plenty of times and didn’t threaten their goal enough for the openings that we made.

“Oxford are a good side. They defended resolutely, they’re athletic, quick and played some good football as well.

“There were two good footballing teams but they’ve cancelled each other out in the end.

“Two travels on the spin was always going to take its toll. I applaud the boys, because they’ve had to dig in deep.

“We managed to get Thommo (Ben Thomson) on the pitch and Shaun Hobson, the new signing acquitted himself very well – he was outstanding.

“Lionel Ainsworth played 80 minutes as well, so we’ve had plenty of positives.”

Dorset Echo