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Mark Molesley reacts as Terras secure play-off place

WEYMOUTH sealed a play-off place after beating beating Redditch United 2-1 on Saturday thanks to goals from Ben Thomson and Brandon Goodship in the Evo-Stik Southern Premier Division.

The result means that Weymouth cannot mathematically finish outside of the play-off spots, as they look to chase down an eight-point gap on league leaders Hereford.

Molesley said: “It is a big win at this stage of the season, it is about getting as many points on board and see where it takes us so we are delighted with the three points.”

When asked how it feels to have mathematically secured a spot in the play-offs, Molesley said: “It ticks a box but our season is far from over. There is plenty of football to be played yet and a lot of permutations and a lot of twists and turns still to come.

“There is a little bit of security there that we have definitely secured ourselves another game at least until the end of the season but we are hoping it will be two.”

Charlie Davis assisted both goals after Molesley brought him into the starting line-up.

When asked what he thought of Davis’ performance, Molesley said: “Charlie Davis has come in and given a great account of himself.

“Harry Baker came in last week and scored a great goal and has done well as well so it is competition for places, everyone is pushing each other hard and it is a good headache for me to have.”

Ben Thomson opened the scoring in the seventh minute, making it the second game in a row that Weymouth have gone a goal up inside seven minutes.

Molesley said: “It is always good, away from home another long trip and a different surface in Astroturf so that is quite an advantage for the home side playing on it every week but we settled into the game really well and played some great stuff from the word go.”

Molesley paid tribute to Redditch after the closely fought match and had several good chances to draw level with Weymouth.

Molesley said: “Redditch are a good attacking outlet. They have got nothing to lose and they really threw caution to the wind and wanted to keep attacking.

“Any corner or throw-in was dangerous. They had a fantastic delivery from set-pieces. We really had to defend magnificently. We really stood up and I was really pleased from that point of view.”

Redditch had former Weymouth striker Stuart Fleetwood in their ranks.

When asked how it was to face him again, Molesley said: “He was a menace, a good quality forward but I just feel that it brings the best out from our defenders.

“They know they are up against a good striker, you could see Zubes (Stephane Zubar) and Thiago (Caze Da Silva) they marshalled him really well.

“That shows what defence we have got, they really step up to the plate, they know they are in the game they stand up and go up another level and I think Zubes, Thiago, Calvin (Brooks) and Buckers (Callum Buckley) really did that.

“I think they enjoy the challenge of playing against the better players.”

Weymouth are next in action when they face the British Virgin Islands in a friendly on Wednesday (7.30pm) before returning to league action when they host Banbury United on Saturday (3pm).

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