WEYMOUTH boss Brian Stock saluted the Terras’ magnificent 2-1 triumph at Stockport County as a “fantastic result”.

Stock’s men, who up to the meeting at Edgeley Park had not won away all season, went a goal behind after 14 minutes when Ash Palmer headed past Jack Bycroft.

Weymouth lost Cody Cooke and Brennan Camp to injury but soldiered on and enjoyed the better openings in the second half.

Calvin Brooks scored his first Vanarama National League goal in the 52nd minute to equalise.

Top scorer Tom Whelan popped up to nod home the winner in the 85th minute after Sean Shields saw his shot saved to send the Terras’ entourage into ecstasy.

Stock praised Weymouth for their bravery against County, who were priced as clear league favourites with bookmakers pre-match.

“It’s a fantastic result,” he told Echosport. “We had to be brave, with everything we discussed before the game.

“We did a lot of homework on Stockport and we knew we had to be brave with the ball, try and combat them physically.

“Sometimes when they press with the intensity they do, it takes a lot of bravery to play through that.

“We almost got there in the first half but second half we came out all guns blazing and started the half brilliantly. We got the result and it was fully deserved.”

At 1-0 down and with two players going off to injury, Stock praised his players for their attitude against the odds.

He said: “We lost Cody to a hamstring and Brennan had a nasty head injury – we had to make sure he was safe, so we brought him off.

“Probably the biggest thing I would promote is that the players that have come in have done terrifically.

“Ben Thomson’s come up top and really worked his socks off. Josh Leslie-Smith, again, it shows how consistent he is whether he starts or is in the stands. He’s got a fantastic attitude.

“I wasn’t worried about them coming onto the pitch.

“When you’re 1-0 down away at Stockport and the chips are down a little bit, it takes a lot of bravery to come out, get together, find that belief and get back to playing football the way we did against Bromley on Tuesday.”

He said: “It wasn’t against the run of play, we started the second half really well, put a lot of pressure on them, put balls in the box and fully deserved the win.

“We came out and the intensity of the work we demand of them, they’re starting to understand what it takes to get results in this division.”

Stock also hinted at a lucky charm for away days.

He said: “We stayed in the same hotel against Altrincham and now Stockport, and we’ve got four points in the process.

“So if we play Hartlepool away we’ll stay in the same hotel and travel three hours the next day!

“It’s great to get the win, especially at a place like Stockport – a club fancied to be up there at the end of the season.

“Hopefully that brings that little bit more belief in the squad. We’re not here to make the numbers up, we’re here to compete.”

Dorset Echo

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