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Mark Molesley calls for refocus ahead of Braintree Town contest

by: theterras

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WEYMOUTH boss Mark Molesley called for the Terras to “refocus” in their latest MANarama National League South contest with Braintree Town at the Bob Lucas Stadium tomorrow (3pm).

Molesley’s men were dumped out of the FA Cup fourth qualifying round in a gutting late 2-1 loss to Dover Athletic last time out – a result the Terras’ boss admitted had affected his squad.

Weymouth’s league form has otherwise been excellent, with the Terras on a six-game unbeaten run.

A key feature of Molesley’s tenure has been Weymouth’s regular ability to immediately bounce back from defeats and the former Bournemouth midfielder backed his side to do just that against the Iron.

He told Echosport: “It was a tough one at the weekend, we were gutted. We should’ve got that win, it’s disappointing with a couple of mistakes but these things happen.

“The boys use wins just to hopefully refocus ourselves and lick our wounds. There’s always so many lessons to be learned and we feel we can learn some lessons from every game.

“You learn more when you lose, so as long as we’re always open to wanting to improve, usually our reaction is good.

“We can’t wait to get back out onto the pitch. We want to take those frustrations out, we want to get back to winning ways as quick as we can.

“We’ve always reacted quickly (to defeats) because of the hunger in the group – they want to win.”

Molesley believes that desire to retaliate positively to losses stems from the Terras’ powerful character.

“The attitude and the character of our players is strong,” he said. “It’s going to need to be, because in this league if you feel sorry for yourselves too long it’s going to slap you in the face.

“We’ve got to use our frustration to fuel our fire.

“(Braintree) were in the (National League) last year and came down. They’re another strong team. It seems like every team we play is in and around us and if we lose they come above us.

“It just shows how tight this league is that every game you could lose a bit of ground – it’s a big game and one we’re looking forward to.”

Ollie Harfield (hamstring and back), Stephane Zubar (groin) and Callum Buckley (ankle) will be assessed but Andy Robinson and Sam Sherring (both ankle) miss out.

Dorset Echo