JASON Matthews insists summer recruit Charlie Davis has been “superb” for the Terras in pre-season so far.
Davis got his name on the scoresheet as Weymouth fell to a last-gasp 2-1 defeat to Poole Town at the Bob Lucas Stadium tonight – a Lee Wort stunner for the visitors proving the difference between the two sides.
But Matthews, who has made offers to trialists Dan Thomas and Tiago Marquis-Sa, was keen to take the positives from his team’s performance against the Evo-Stik Southern Premier Division champions, and was happy to see midfielder Davis find the net in the second half.
Speaking the former Magpies’ midfielder, Weymouth boss Matthews told Echosport: “Charlie has been superb in pre-season and I feel he has justified me going and signing him from Dorchester.
“I feel he is enjoying it in the changing room as well.”
He added: “The boys are driving each other on and it shows a lot that they are disappointed to lose a pre-season friendly.
“We have plenty to brush up on but I feel we put in a great performance.”
The Dolphins took the lead five minutes before the interval as Weymouth goalkeeper Dan Thomas clattered ex-Terra Luke Burbidge inside the area and referee Chris Arkless pointed to the spot.
Up stepped Poole midfielder Steve Devlin to calmly slot into the bottom corner from 12 yards to make it 1-0.
After a heap of substitutions form both sides, Weymouth got back on level terms.
A rebounded strike from Chris Shephard was parried into the path of Davis, who converted against his old club.
But Wort let fly with a fizzing effort, which flew into the top corner for 2-1 to the visitors.