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Weymouth win at St Albans based on ‘hard work’

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WEYMOUTH boss Mark Molesley believes “hard work” laid the foundations for a stunning 4-1 win at St Albans City amid an “energy-sapping” Vanarama National League South contest at Clarence Park.

The Terras faced a lengthy journey to Hertfordshire before playing in temperatures more akin to summer on the expansive St Albans pitch.

Taking all factors into consideration, Molesley was delighted by his side’s display, which was underpinned by goals from Andy Robinson, Shaun Hobson and Jake McCarthy after Saints’ Joe Iaciofano had cancelled out Yemi Odubade’s opener.

Speaking to Echosport, Molesley stated the Terras “deserved” the three points based on chances created.

He said: “It was always going to be a tough place to come, St Albans are a good side. It was a hot day, probably the biggest pitch in the league.

“So it was an energy-sapping afternoon after a long travel. It was always going to be home advantage in those conditions, but our attitude to get the job done was really good.

“The foundation for that performance was purely hard work. We played some good stuff and I thought we worked awfully hard for the three points.

“We deserved them, made more than enough chances.

“It was a mistake for their goal but they carried a threat all through the game. They’ve got quick forward players and wingers.

“They were dangerous but we defended resolutely and created more than enough chances to win the game. All in all, it was a good away win.”

The Terras’ boss added that a strong start had been central to Weymouth’s rewarding afternoon.

He said: “Like I’ve said, in this league when you’re on top you’ve got to try and put your chances away.

“A couple of them went close early on. We’ve been guilty early on of not having made our dominance count and getting the goals for our possession and chances.

“Seeing the goal go in was pleasing, then a mistake, a mix-up, but these things happen – we got pegged back.

“But to show the attitude and resilience as we did to come back with three goals, we’re delighted.”

Expanding on Weymouth’s crucial second goal minutes before half-time, Molesley said: “It was a slight deflection, it went onto the post and the keeper did well to keep it out.

“We followed that up, were first to the ball and it was those moments that were pivotal in the game.”

On Hobson’s goal, Molesley added: “He was on the corner of the box and he showed twinkle toes, dropping a couple of people, getting it out of his feet and unleashing an unstoppable shot into the top corner.

“It was a fantastic strike – really great feet for a big, strong centre-half. I’m really pleased, I thought Shaun was fantastic again.

“But I don’t want to single out anyone, I think it was a really good team performance on the road.”

Touching on his side’s away form, Molesley hinted the win over Saints was just reward for a series of unfortunate matches on the Terras’ travels.

“We haven’t lost too many but haven’t quite got the rewards,” he said. “We were very unlucky not to win at Slough.

“A little bit more rub of the green here and there and we could’ve got even more points. We’re happy so far but we’ll continually strive to improve and get better.”

Dorset Echo