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Professional performance pleases Mark Molesley

by: theterras

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Mark Molesley praised his side for getting the ‘job done’ in their Emirates FA Cup second qualifying round fixture at Sholing.

Goals from Andreas Robinson, Ben Thomson, and Brett Williams saw Weymouth book a place in the next round with a 3-0 victory at the Mackoy Stadium.

Sholing came into the game on the back of an impressive four game-winning run, including a 5-1 victory against Gosport Borough in the Southern League Cup.

Mark Molesley believes his side gave a professional performance as they avoided the upset.

“I think it was a job well done, it was a difficult game,” Mark Molesley told theterras.com. “It was a real potential banana skin for us as Sholing are a good side who are used to winning.

“It was windy with a dry and bobbly pitch, so it had all the ingredients for them with the home advantage.

“I thought with the way we dealt with the game, we were very professional.

“We prepared for it like we would every game, we certainly didn’t underestimate them as they are a good side with a lot of threats. I felt with handled them quite well.”

Andreas Robinson opened his account for the Terras when he struck in the 16th minute before Ben Thomson doubled the lead on 24 minutes. Weymouth had to wait until the dying minutes of the game for their third when substitute Brett Williams netted his sixth of the season.

Mark Molesley said he felt that Sholing began to show more of their threat in the second-half, but that the Terras defence handled it well.

“In the second-half, I don’t think we played as much football as I would have liked, but we were 2-0 up and it was quite a windy day.

“We always look for areas which we can improve on, but 3 goals and a clean sheet is a good days work for us.

“I thought the first-half we managed the game really well, we dominated and made a lot of chances but they were a real threat, in the second-half they showed that.

“They were quite direct and when they put the ball in we had to defend well. I thought, on the whole, we controlled the game and were well worthy of the win.

“We had to keep our concentration levels, make sure we were professional and stuck to our process; we have a way of playing and we try to stick to it.

“We take everything seriously, that’s every throw-in, every corner we need to make sure we’re switched on because it only takes a moments lapse in concentration, they score and their tails are up which makes it a completely different game.

“I thought we managed the game well in the second-half, it wasn’t vintage, it didn’t look great but all of a sudden we show that little bit of quality with the goal, I thought it was a fantastic goal.

“Sometimes the games are like that and we have to work hard and do the less glamorous side of the game well, which I thought we did, and then take our chances when they come up.”

A crowd of 515 watched the Terras win at Sholing on Saturday, and Mark Molesley took time to praise the large traveling Terras support.

“It was a great away following, they really are the twelfth-man for us, It’s an old cliche but they really are.

“I think they could see the boys appreciate their support and we thank them for coming out.”

Weymouth will learn who they will face in the next round of the FA Cup this afternoon, but Mark Molesley said his side will fancy themselves against anyone.

“We want to go as far as we can in the competition, I’d like to have home advantage,” he continued. “Going to Sholing was difficult, we would have rather played them at home. With home advantage against anyone, we’d fancy ourselves.”

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