Mark relishing magic of FA Cup

WEYMOUTH boss Mark Molesley thanked the “magic of the cup” for the Terras’ draw against Chippenham Town in the FA Cup second qualifying round.

Molesley’s men face ex-manager Jason Matthews, now a player-coach with the Bluebirds, at the Bob Lucas Stadium tomorrow (3pm) and admits his side is “relishing” the prospect of playing against the National League South team.

He told Echosport: “It’s definitely one to look forward to. The magic of the cup has thrown up this game for us.

“Obviously with your ex-manager coming up it adds a bit of spice to it. It’s one we’re looking forward to and one we’re relishing.”

And Molesley has no concerns about his team’s ability to play against higher-league opposition.

“Our players have always reacted well against the so-called higher teams. The players are relishing pitting their wits against quality opposition.

“They’ve done everything that we wanted to do in winning our league and we have got to rise to the challenge. We’re excited by the game and we’ve got nothing to lose,” he said.

Last week Matthews described the Terras as “slight favourites” for the encounter, but Molesley dismissed the goalkeeper’s remark as “mind games”.

He said: “I think that’s possibly a bit of mind games. Usually the team higher up the divisions goes in as favourites.”

Elsewhere, defender Jordan Rose has returned to parent club Havant & Waterlooville after his month’s loan expired.

Molesley will continue to “monitor” the centre-back, who scored four goals in his six-game spell for the Terras.

He said: “We can only monitor that situation. Obviously we’ve seen the quality he has. We’ve got a couple of other options so it’s their chance to shine now.”

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