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Mark Molesley hails ‘fighting spirit’ in cup glory

by: theterras

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WEYMOUTH boss Mark Molesley praised the Terras’ “fighting spirit” after securing an entertaining 4-2 Dorset Senior Cup final victory over rivals Dorchester.

Two goals in three minutes from youngster Harry Burns and Brett Williams flooded Tom Bath’s opener, before Tom Blair’s volley hauled the Magpies.

In the last 10 minutes, two strikes on the counter from Abdulai Baggie and Josh Wakefield sealed cup glory for the Terras.

Success in the cup handed Weymouth their 27th triumph in the competition.

It also represented a third piece of silverware for the Bob Lucas Stadium outfit inside 12 months after their Southern Premier South title and Southern League shield win.

Speaking to Echosport, Molesley said: “Local rivals, cup final, it had all the ingredients of a good night.

“Fair play to Dorchester, they made it a really tough game for us and one we’re delighted to win.

“I felt we started really well and then we dropped off the pace a little bit and caused our own problems. We didn’t get a few things as fluid as we would’ve liked.

“So we had a good chat at half-time and went 1-0 down. You’re thinking ‘this could be a tough evening’.

“True credit to the boys, they showed that fighting spirit, that mentality and that character to come back and that got ourselves going again.

“Obviously we got in the lead and got pegged back again but we finished the game strongly.

All in all it was a good evening’s work for us.

“(It was) good to get a bit of silverware and a win in front of our rivals, cheered on by our travelling support. I’m glad the boys gave them plenty to cheer about.”

Molesley’s only gripe on the night was what he perceived to be a soft match ball.

“We’re obviously disappointed that we weren’t playing with pumped up footballs for the first 20 minutes,” he said.

“I think that didn’t really help our cause when you’re trying to play, get shots in on goal and you’re playing with a flat football.”

Dorset Echo