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Weymouth in limbo after superb win over Slough

by: theterras

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WEYMOUTH manager Mark Molesley admitted all eyes are on the authorities as uncertainty continues over the completion of the Vanarama National League South season.

Molesley’s men, who sit third, took a significant 2-0 victory over play-off rivals Slough Town on Saturday as a Josh McQuoid penalty plus an Andy Robinson volley paid dividends.

However, amid reported government plans to ban mass gatherings of more than 500 people in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic, the continuation of fixtures is shrouded in doubt.

Speaking post-match, Molesley said: “Everything’s in the lap of the authorities, the Government and the league of how best to proceed in this very strange moment in our lifetimes.

“We’ll do whatever we need to do to keep people safe – that’s the main thing.

“From a professional note, the game of football was on. Both teams were ready and played out a great game.

“Two good teams – you can see why they’re both up there. Slough are a well put-together, strong side and I felt we equipped ourselves fairly well.

“We had a couple of sloppy moments but other than that I think we gave a good account of ourselves.

“There was some good play in ultimately a pressure game. The pitch was very lively and bobbly and we could be forgiven at times where we looked like getting fluid and it’s a little breakdown.

“We’re splitting hairs – we’re always harsh on ourselves. Ultimately we turned up, it’s a clean sheet and won the 2-0 so we’ve got to be happy.”

Amid the Covid-19 outbreak, Molesley admitted the difficulty in focusing solely on the footballing task in hand.

“It’s hard to ignore what’s going on off the pitch at the moment,” he said.

“Everyone’s like ‘is the game on? Why’s ours on? There’s a lot of questions and no-one knows how to proceed and what to do.

“Ultimately two good teams have turned up and put on a good show for the spectators.

“You could see both teams wanted to win, were doing their best to win and we’ll have to see where this result takes us and what happens now.

“Everything else is out of our control. We can control what we can control – that’s all we can do.”

He added: “It’s a difficult one because we’re all nervous about the situation. It’s cold and flu season, it’s been raining cats and dogs for the last three months and we’re all out training in it.

“It’s difficult to know how best to deal with it. All I know is try to follow the guidelines.

“If you’ve got symptoms, stay away. If you’re vulnerable, stay away.

“We stopped handshakes a week ago. We’re trying to do everything in our power to follow the guidelines and be strict with the rules. We’ll just have to see how this week plays out.”

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