WEYMOUTH manager Mark Molesley admits he has been “impressed” by Hungerford Town despite the Berkshire side sitting second from bottom in the Vanarama National League South.
Molesley’s men host the Crusaders at the Bob Lucas Stadium tomorrow (3pm) looking to extend their stunning unbeaten run of 10 league games.
And, after analysing Town, the former Bournemouth midfielder is taking nothing for granted despite Hungerford staving off relegation twice in recent seasons.
He told Echosport: “You’ve got to take your hat off to any team that can survive in this league, it’s unforgiving as this year’s proven.
“They’re not adrift, not falling away at all and picked up some formidable results. They’re a good side and play some good football.
“They’re certainly a side we’re very wary of, we’ve done our due diligence on them and we’ll be working hard to put on our best performance because we’re going to need it.
“In this league you have to be at your very best to get anything. We don’t look into league positions – we watch the games and assess them from there. I’ve been impressed by quite a bit from them.”
Weymouth have lacked some of their usual fluency in recent games, however Molesley is unfazed.
He said: “There have certainly been Weymouth performances – don’t get me wrong, they haven’t been as fluid sometimes.
“Having said that, we’re playing against tough opposition. We might not be as free-flowing as we would like to be at times – we have to give credit to the teams now.
“We’re not such an unknown quantity now, people are looking into us.
“What I would say is that our defensive record is one of the best in the league and we’re showing plenty of characteristics to make sure we win.
“There’s a range of ways we can win a game of football. Sometimes it’s free-flowing, sometimes it’s a bit more gritty.
“The fact we’re showing both of them really pleases me as a manager. If we put the two together we’ll be a real force to be reckoned with. You never get your own way in football, you’ve got to fight hard for that.”
Molesley added: “Different teams have a different way of trying to approach us and that’s what makes this league so challenging – not only the quality of opposition, the quality of management.
“We’ve faced, in the last month, many different teams and ways of playing and it’s a challenge we’re relishing.”
Weymouth trio Sam Sherring, Andy Robinson and Callum Buckley continue to step up their recovery from ankle injuries but are not match fit.