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Weymouth aiming to return stronger

WEYMOUTH manager Mark Molesley says his side will return from their 2-1 FA Cup first qualifying round defeat as a group, and stronger ‘like we always do.’

After a closely-fought 1-1 draw on Saturday, the Terras travelled to Banbury on Tuesday night but lost to a deflected Amer Awadh strike and a Giorgio Rasulo penalty, with Stephane Zubar heading in a consolation goal at the death.

When asked for the main positives to take away from the match, Molesley responded: “There were a couple of bits we were not happy with but there were some bits we were happy with. We will reflect on it and come back as a group stronger like we always do.”

Molesley thought the Terras’ performance was OK but insisted that regardless of results his side is always looking to improve.

Molesley said: “I think the performance was OK, we certainly did not play poorly. We always want to be better, no matter what happens, we are always looking at ways to improve.”

He admitted his side did not have as many clear chances as they would have liked and admitted that they got a bit frustrated.

Molesley said: “Did we test their goalkeeper and get as many clear chances as we would have liked? No, and that is what we needed to do. Sometimes we just got a little bit frustrated and tried to force things a little bit too much.”

The tie was effectively sealed with Rasulo’s penalty, which came from a foul by Jake McCarthy when Banbury countered while the Terras were hunting a late equaliser.

Referring to the Puritans’ penalty, Molesley said: “We had to go for it and unfortunately it backfired on us.”

Banbury were a great outfit over the two ties both defensively with goalkeeper James Goff and offensively through Greg Kaziboni, who had two fantastic matches.

However, Molesley was full of praise for Banbury highlighting their counter-attacking threat.

He said: “They defended resolutely, they did not come out of their shape too often and they have obviously got a good counter-attacking threat as well so look they were well balanced and they made it difficult for us.

“But we should have been a little bit patient at times and kept the ball a little bit better.

“I am sure we would have made more openings but that was not through lack of desire or wanting to.

“It was just almost at times we were becoming a little bit desperate because we were trying to get back into the game.”

Weymouth host Hartley Wintney in the Evo-Stik Southern Premier South on Saturday (3pm).

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