‘Lady luck’ for Jason Matthews’ men

WHILE Jason Matthews admitted Weymouth rode their luck at times in their 2-1 win over Stratford on Saturday, he was delighted with the way his team stuck to the task to secure their second successive home win.

The Terras’ chief also is full of the belief that his team now has “a little bit of momentum” in their bid to make the play-offs.

Giving his thoughts on Saturday’s win, Matthews told Echosport: “It was a frustrating first 15 minutes and I didn’t think we got going.

“We gave ourselves a mountain to climb with sloppiness all over – the penalty (conceded early on by the Terras) summed that up.

“I felt we had a little bit of lady luck in the fact that we kept going, even though they missed their chances, we took our chances well in the end.

“Last year I felt we played well in some games and didn’t get the points. This year we are plugging away and the crowd got behind us on Saturday.”

The boss added: “Looking at the results, again the league has opened up. I thought we were dead and buried two weeks ago but two wins and you are back in the game.

“We have a little bit of momentum now and it’s incredibly important that we go to Bideford and get something.”

Player-manager Matthews was also full of praise for the impact playmaker Chris Shephard had after he came off the bench to make his return following a back injury.

He said: “Shep is probably the best player in the league for me, up there with Sammons at Redditch. He has come on, and hit a delightful ball in for Ben (Thomson).”

AS WELL as finding out that the Terras had beaten Stratford Town at the Bob Lucas Stadium on Saturday, Weymouth chairman Chris Pugsley saw his horse Albert D’olivate win at Chepstow.

Under the guidance of Sean Bowen, the six-yearold 7-4 favourite, trained by Robert Walford, rallied late on to scoop the Ben Crutchley Memorial Handicap Hurdle.

“We have been expecting a win for a race or two,” Pugsley, who owns Albert D’olivate with Nigel Skinner, told Echosport.

“Two out we thought we were dead and buried, but Sean just kicked him on again, went through the field and got home by a neck.

Dorset Echo