WEYMOUTH came through what boss Mark Molesley described as “a tough afternoon” to record a hard-fought 2-1 victory over in-form Hampton & Richmond Borough – a result that sees them charge up to second place in the Manarama National League South standings.

Molesley’s assessment began with an admission that his side had not been at their best, after an enforced 10-day break from match duty, but still got the job done in the end.

“It was a bit of a tough watch at times and we certainly didn’t get into our rhythm,” he said.

“Obviously we had the postponement (Billericay Town) last week, and it looked like it had broken our stride a little bit.

“But true testament to the boys, there was still some pleasing bits out there – our mentality to dig deep when not playing so well and also the goals were well worked.”

The Terras’ manager had been clearly impressed by Hampton’s resilience in the first half where they had been “tight and compact, hard to break down” but he had expected the game to open up after the break and more chances would be created.

He summed it up when he said: “It was quite an open game actually, counter-attacking like a basketball game.

“We got our goals on the counter in the second half but overall it was too close for comfort for me and we didn’t take control of it the way I’d like, being at home.

“We came up short in a couple of areas and we had to fight and scrap for those points.”

Molesley also described the impact of two returning players – Ollie Harfield and Josh McQuoid – as “a massive plus” as his team head into another frustrating two-week lay-off from competitive football with the cancellation of next Saturday’s game at Hemel Hempstead due to international call-ups for the home team.

“Josh showed his quality with a great finish for the opening goal and Ollie got a full 90 minutes in. We’ll keep picking up points and we still have more players to come back,” he added.

Dorset Echo

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