MARK Molesley praised the mental strength of his players after Weymouth secured back-to-back last gasp wins thanks to a late own goal against Hemel Hempstead in their Vanarama National League South clash.
Terras made the four-hour journey to Vauxhall Road on Tuesday night, still buzzing from Abdulai Baggie’s 95th-minute winner in the 2-1 victory over Dorking Wanderers on Saturday.
That same spirit gave Weymouth the edge in this tie, as an own goal from a Josh Wakefield corner gave the visitors a deserved late win.
After the game, Molesley said: “I think it says everything about the group. The die hard attitude, the belief and desire to win. I think it speaks volumes about their character.
“Ever since we have come in we have always scored late goals and it is a good reflection on the group’s mentality.
“We were a little bit low on quality but we more than made up for it with our character and our determination.
“When things aren’t going right on the pitch that’s when you need to have those other attributes.”
The Terras coaching staff had to throw out their scout report as the home side announced four new loan signings on the day of the game who all started this match.
Most impressive of the bunch was the 22-year-old Manchester City shot stopper Daniel Grimshaw, who was arguably man of the match after pulling off a series of magnificent saves.
Molesley added: “They had that fresh blood and fresh impetus which made the game even tougher because we didn’t know what we were going to come up against.
“That’s why it was important that we showed what we are about. We were on top most of the game and in certain patches we really threatened to get some goals but when we took our foot off the gas they came onto us and had a few good chances.
“There are still some areas to improve on but to come away from home and get a clean sheet was great.”
Molesley also praised the depth of the squad, with the substitutes having a significant impact on proceedings.
“I think we always look to the bench and the guys that game on with Yemi (Odubade), (Jordan) Ngalo and Calvin Brooks did very well.”