Manager Matthews feels ‘safe’ with goalkeeper Tom McHale

JASON Matthews admits he has not always felt at ease on the touchline rather than in goal for the Terras this term but loanee Tom McHale has given him a sense of safety between the sticks.

The young goalkeeper has been highly impressive since arriving on a two-month deal from Truro City in December and the Terras’ boss gave him a glowing reference at last week’s fans’ forum.

McHale made a number of good stops in another sharp performance in Tuesday’s 2-2 draw against Banbury United and is expected to keep his place when Weymouth make the long journey to King’s Lynn Town tomorrow (3pm).

Asked about the goalkeeper, Matthews told Echosport: “I must admit, Tom has made me feel safe on the touchline.

“He has been excellent in coming for his crosses and his attitude has been fantastic.

“For me, I feel he has been a breath of fresh air and he has got some drive and that is good to see in a young lad. It has been nice to go out, do a little bit of work with him and see his hunger.”

Asked if he saw the same desire in McHale that he had in himself as a youngster, Matthews replied: “Very much so.

“You look at him even when he is warming up, he works really hard.

“I look at Tom and I see little bits of myself but I would definitely say that Tom was much better than I was on crosses.

“That’s a credit to Tom and I feel he has also made some really good saves for us, he is someone I would definitely like to keep.”

On whether keeping the young gloveman would be a possibility, the Terras’ chief added: “We would definitely like to keep him and Lee Hodges (Truro manager) is aware of that.

“Obviously I will keep in touch with Lee and see where that takes us.”