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Player-manager Jason Matthews set to reclaim goalkeeping duties

JASON Matthews revealed he is likely to step back in goal for the Terras during the remainder of the season, starting with tomorrow’s clash at home with Kings Langley (3pm).

The legendary Weymouth stopper and player-manager, admitted he “exercised every avenue” to try and get a goalkeeper in to replace Tom McHale, who was recalled by Truro City this week.

That failed to materialise for the Terras’ boss, meaning he is set utilise his own skills to have what he describes as “my last games in a playing capacity at Weymouth”.

Speaking about his return in a playing capacity, Matthews told Echosport: “It’s something that I didn’t envisage doing and I exercised every avenue to try and bring someone in and look for the future.

“But, putting a positive spin on it, it obviously gives me a chance to sign off my Weymouth playing career and I will be giving it my best shot. I am looking forward to playing between the sticks again.”

Asked whether it will be his last run in goal for the first team, Matthews, who is set to come back in at the age of 42 – double that of youngster McHale – replied: “Yeah, definitely.

“They will be my last games in a playing capacity at Weymouth.

“I have been training and played a couple of games to keep my eye in at local level. You have to be ready to go at this level and I am not overweight or anything. I did play a lot of games at the start of the season.

“Tom will be a very tough act to follow! Tom is 21 and I am 42 now. It will be my first game for Weymouth since I turned 42.”

The Terras have already had their fair share of dramas in the goalkeeping department against Kings Langley this season.

Former Weymouth gloveman Dan Thomas was sent off when the sides drew 1-1 in the league back in December. With Matthews not named on the bench, defender Calvin Brooks was left to take the gloves on that occasion.

A win against the Kings this time round would give Weymouth their 14th league victory of the season.

Dorset Echo

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