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Derby draw was ‘two points thrown away’ – Weymouth boss Jason Matthews

JASON Matthews classed his side’s dramatic derby draw with Dorchester Town as “two points thrown away”.

The Terras’ boss watched his charges squander a lead late on against their arch-rivals when Franklyn Clarke popped up with a leveller in the 2-2 draw in stoppage time at the Bob Lucas Stadium.

Giving his take on that moment, he told Echosport: “I felt we should have cleared the ball, we didn’t and they scored and you have to take it on the chin.

“I felt the second half was a little bit dead to be honest and I said that to the boys.

“I tried to inject a little bit from the bench by bringing Sam (Surridge) and Riggy (George Rigg) on but we still didn’t really get going.

“It’s another point on the road to where we want to be but that’s no consolation because we would have liked to have won on Saturday and I would class it as two points thrown away rather than one gained.

“We haven’t beaten Dorchester this year and I know that will hurt a lot of people, but we need to look at the bigger picture.

“We will keep going and I don’t want us to roll over like we did in the second half of last season and I don’t think we will.”

Matthews singled out Chris Shephard as his man of the match throughout the Ridgeway battle, insisting the Terras’ playmaker was on another level.

He added: “I felt Sheps was outstanding and Dorchester could not handle him at all.

“Even when they were trying to kick him they were missing and I thought he was a different class on the pitch.”

The Weymouth chief also gave his opinion on the penalty given for a foul on Adam Kelly awarded by official Marc Whaley which led to Shephard scoring the hosts’ first of the afternoon.

Matthews labelled the call as “harsh” but believed an earlier shout for a spot-kick involving Kelly just before Nathan Walker’s opener should have been given.
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He said: “I felt the first incident was a nailed on penalty. I wasn’t sure about the actual penalty (which was given) itself.

“I thought it was maybe a little bit harsh.”

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