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Point at Dulwich was ‘deserved’, says Mark Molesley

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WEYMOUTH manager Mark Molesley felt a point was deserved for both sides as the Terras came away from Dulwich Hamlet with a 2-2 draw in the MANarama National League South.

Weymouth, who are now eight games unbeaten, played in front of 2,906 fans at Champion Hill as south London spectators came out in force to support Hamlet on Non-League Day.

Dulwich took the lead in the 21st minute through Connor Hunte but a stunning Lionel Ainsworth volley levelled the game into half-time.

Yemi Odubade converted a penalty when Ben Thomson was brought down by goalkeeper Charlie Grainger but Weymouth led for only seven minutes as Christian Smith tucked home for 2-2.

Speaking to Echosport, Molesley felt the encounter had been “entertaining” for the bumper crowd.

He said: “It’s a point on the road and there’s plenty of positives to take out of the game. At times I don’t think we did enough to claim all three points, but I don’t think we deserved to lose as well.

“Dulwich are a good side, they played well on the day – it was an entertaining game in front of 2,900 people.

“It was a packed crowd, a nice slick pitch and it was chucking down with rain. You have to take your hat off to the fans that stood behind the goal and supported us so well in tough conditions.

“It was end-to-end. We’re probably frustrated that we didn’t quite wrestle the game into our favour or take any control for long enough periods to make it count.

“But the boys, through the hard times in the game, rallied well and got back in the game, then got in the lead and unfortunately got pegged back. On the whole it was a good attitude and a good day’s work.”

With the fixture taking place on Non-League Day, Molesley believes the clash was a good advert for lower league football.

“I’d like to think so,” he said. “You had two teams going for the win, it was end-to-end, it was open with good football played and exciting moments.

“Hopefully people got value for money for their ticket.”

As the Terras’ team bus was delayed by the ongoing Extinction Rebellion protests, Molesley admitted the journey impacted slightly on his side’s normal preparations.

He said: “That’s one of the challenges. We’ve done some miles and didn’t have a great journey here.

“We arrived late so we were a little disrupted on how we usually prepare. But definitely no excuses, the pitch was nice, it was a good game.

“We might’ve been a bit late getting there but it is a challenge going away. They’re good sides we’re going to and sitting on the coach isn’t the best preparation.

“You’re seeing that home form is good for a lot of teams. These are the challenges of the league and if you want to be up near the top you’ve got to rise to that and not make it an excuse.”

Dorset Echo