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Clean sheet and defensive performance pleases Mark Molesley

by: theterras

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Mark Molesley praised his back four and goalkeeper after Weymouth’s 3-0 victory against Braintree Town on Saturday took the Terras into the top 4 of the MANarama National League South.

Teenage goalkeeper and AFC Bournemouth loanee, Calum Ward made a superb double-save in the first-half and played well in unfavourable conditions as he kept his fifth clean sheet of the season.

Speaking to theterras.com, Mark Molesley said: “I think everybody played their part, I think (Calum) Ward was outstanding with some saves at vital times, that double-save in the first-half and his handling on a very wet and slippery day, it was a difficult day for goalkeepers but he was fantastic.

“He looked mature beyond his years and I have to say it was a great defensive performance.”

Weymouth called-in Brennan Camp on loan from AFC Bournemouth after injuries to Stephane Zubar, Callum Buckley and Sam Sherring.

The 19-year-old centre-back made his league debut for the club, having previously featured in the Southern League Championship Play-Off victory at Kettering Town last May.

The average age of the Weymouth defence and goalkeeper was just 20 and a half on 20, a statistic which Mark Molesley believes you’d struggle to find lower elsewhere.

“Brennan came in and fitted in seamlessly, it was a great debut for him,” Mark Molesley continued. “Looking at our back-line, Ward was 19 last week, Jordan Ngalo and Brennan Camp are 19 and Hobson is 20, it’s the youngest back-line in Non-League Football I’m sure. 

“To keep a clean sheet and perform as they did is really pleasing. There’s plenty of positives, we’ve got a clean sheet, three points and scored three goals but we weren’t great at certain times of the game. 

“Stephane Zubar, Ollie Harfield, Sam Sherring, Andy Robinson, Callum Buckley are out injured at the moment, they are some big players for us as well. 

“We’re lucky to have the relationship with AFC Bournemouth, Brennan has come in and this is the highest level of football he has played, to have that sort of performance in your debut, it didn’t phase him and I’m really pleased with him. 

“This game has gone now and we turn our attention to the next one, we’ve got to be consistent, look to improve in certain areas of our game and be better, but the main thing today was to get back to winning ways after last Saturday.

“Braintree are a good side with a lot of attacking threat, it was an end-to-end game and one we were delighted to get those three points from.”