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Mark Molesley praises Weymouth’s response

WEYMOUTH boss Mark Molesley was buoyant after seeing his side bounce back from a 2-0 loss to Kettering by defeating Kings Langley 3-2 in the Evo-Stik Southern Premier Division.

A Brandon Goodship double, interrupted by Jorell Johnson’s leveller, took his league tally to 37 goals this season, while Harry Baker scored a crucial third in injury-time before Steve Ward’s last-ditch consolation.

Importantly, the victory stokes the pressure on King’s Lynn and Kettering, who drew 1-1 and lost 4-1 against St Neots and Hereford respectively to preserve Weymouth’s hopes of a home play-off tie.

Weymouth are now level on points with Kettering, who have a game in hand, in third while the Linnets in second are three points ahead, the latter two currently on course to obtain home advantage in the play-off semis.

But Molesley’s men, who sit fourth, could yet end up in fifth if Slough, who lurk one point behind, win both of their remaining games.

Commenting on the play-off shake-up, Molesley insisted Weymouth would not relent in their pursuit of a home tie.

He told Echosport: “We’ll never give up, we’ll keep going until the last game.

“There’s other games being played which we can’t control. We’ll prepare the best we can, see who needs rest and see where it takes us.”

Most pleasing for Molesley during the 3-2 win over Lango, though, was the Terras’ reaction to Thursday’s 2-0 loss at Kettering.

He said: “It was a good reaction from the boys to get back to winning ways after losing, which we’ve done all season. Not only did we show a reaction after losing the game, we showed one when they got their equaliser.

“I’m delighted by the boys’ never-say-die attitude. At times it was a little bit laboured but they stepped up, battled and pulled it out of the bag, so I applaud them for that.”

Molesley also went as far as naming Baker for special recognition.

He said: “I don’t usually single people out but Harry’s impact when he came on was absolutely massive. He set one up and scored the other. It shows how important the squad is. There’s no better example than (Saturday).

“We needed the subs after two tough games and two tough pitches. The pitch on Thursday was really bad and parts of this pitch were bumpy as well.

“But the boys adapted and we had some good chances to put it out of sight.”

Molesley also gave credit to Lango, who worked diligently throughout.

He said: “It was a difficult game – they’re a good side and we didn’t have it all our own way.

“We did enough in the 90 minutes and shaded it. It was important we reacted to get the confidence flowing again.”

Defender Ashley Wells missed the clash with a swollen foot, but Molesley expects the club captain to return against Hitchin on Saturday.

“He took a little bit of a knock against Banbury. We played him at Kettering and he was still struggling. We couldn’t risk it, we need him fit and ready.

“It’s nothing too serious, just an impact injury, and he should be fit for Saturday. Josh Carmichael got a rest as well,” he said.

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