WEYMOUTH assistant-manager Tom Prodomo insisted the Terras “had the measure” of Dulwich Hamlet in their 1-1 draw at the Bob Lucas Stadium, but failed to capitalise.

Weymouth enjoyed plenty of early possession in their Vanarama National League South contest but fell behind as Hamlet’s Lionel Ainsworth haunted his former side with a 16th-minute strike.

Jordan Ngalo was unlucky to see a goalbound shot incredibly tipped away by Dulwich keeper Charlie Grainger before a special 20-yard strike from Jake McCarthy hauled Weymouth level.

In the second half, both sides had chances to win it as Josh McQuoid and Shaun Hobson went close for the Terras, while unmarked Dulwich sub Nathan Clunis headed at keeper Mark Childs from six yards.

Speaking to Echosport, Prodomo admitted Dulwich carried a “big threat” despite Weymouth dominating possession.

He said: “They’re a side that carry a big threat, are highly athletic and have got some good quality players.

“I felt in the first half in particular we had the measure of them and we imposed ourselves on them.

“It was just a case of capitalising on that pressure, otherwise you always leave yourself a little bit susceptible – that’s exactly what happened.

“We started the game really strongly, I felt, and didn’t quite capitalise on it. Then, going a goal down gave us that impetus to carry on.

“It was a tremendous strike from Jake, but I felt it was the least we deserved from that first half.”

Dulwich operated a high press and broke inside Weymouth’s full-backs but, while Hamlet’s tactics worked to a degree, Prodomo believes his side were comfortable.

He said: “They tried to play to (their) strengths but I don’t particularly feel they nullified us.

“At times we created our own problems, but I thought there were lots of opportunities for us to get high up the pitch and (to) do that in an organised way.

“They are a good side, but we were certainly on top for the first half.”

Asked whether Weymouth created a satisfactory amount of chances, Prodomo said: “Throughout the game, no.

“Again, at this level of football there are good teams we’re up against, good-quality opposition, and the chances you do make are vitally important.

“You’re not always going to make floods and floods, but I didn’t feel like we were without chances.

“Their goalkeeper’s made the best save I’ve seen this season, we’ve hit the upright, we’ve had two scrambled off the line and a brave bit of defending to block one on the penalty spot.

“We created more than enough and on another day it might’ve come out a little different.”

Weymouth also had a credible penalty shout turned down when Brennan Camp appeared to be muscled to the floor inside the area.

Quizzed on the incident, Prodomo refused to comment. He said: “Nothing to say on the referee – no opinion. They’ve got a tough job – we’ll leave it at that!”

Weymouth have now taken four points from their past two games, consolidating sixth position ahead of a trip to Verwood in their rearranged Dorset Senior Cup semi-final tomorrow (7.45pm).

Dorset Echo

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