MARK Molesley praised Weymouth’s quick reactions, as they hit back from an equaliser to score the winning goal in their 2-1 win over Swindon Supermarine in the Evo-Stik Southern Premier South.
Just two minutes separated Stuart Fleetwood’s equalising effort in the 58th minutes and Brandon Goodship slotting in a penalty which proved to be the winning goal in the 60th.
Molesley said: “We needed a quick reaction. It was a poor goal from our point of view, we had been defending so well and we defended really well in the game.
“The goal was disappointing, but it almost galvanised us and kick-started us and you saw the reaction from the boys and it needed to be quick.
“Fortunately we scored quite quickly after and regained our lead which we were good value for.”
The drama came after Weymouth had opened the scoring in the first half, following a scrappy, albeit deserved, effort from Yemi Odubade after a half in which the Terras played some great football, but struggled to find a clinical edge.
Molesley said: “We were unlucky not to be further ahead at half-time and in the second half we had another good few chances to really put it to bed. We did not quite do that and it always gets a little bit hairy at the end but look, the boys dug in with good, strong resolve and we claimed three vital points.”
Abdulai Baggie crashed a shot against the bar from 30-yards out, while Ben Thomson frustrated the Swindon defence and Goodship slipped a shot narrowly wide of the far post.
Yet the goal did come in the first half, close to the end, and Molesley admitted he was relieved to see Odubade’s attempt go in.
Molesley said: “Yeah definitely, especially when you are creating so many chances and you are just thinking is it going to be one of those days and when one finally goes in it is a bit of relief. We got pegged back in the second half and we had to get ourselves going again and I felt we did.
“I was a bit disappointed with the goal and in the second half we were a little bit negative at times and a little bit sideways and we sort of brought Swindon onto us more than we needed to.”
Molesley praised Goodship after a big week that saw him capped by England C before returning to score the winning goal on Saturday.
Molesley said: “You don’t want anyone else stepping up for a penalty other than Brandon, he was unlucky not to have one or two others. In the first half he had a good chance for his standards but that one did not go in for him, and that shows the mettle of him, he has missed one but he steps up for the penalty, and you would rather not have anyone else in front of the goal than him.”
A bizarre moment of the match came when Swindon goalkeeper Josh Hill refused to kick the ball when it was in his hands, seemingly objecting to Brandon Goodship who was stood outside the box and close by.
Molesley defended Goodship, although agreed it was an odd situation.
Molesley said: “It was a strange one.
“From my point of view my striker has done nothing wrong, he was standing two or three yards away outside the box, he is completely right to do that, but again there might be a rule out there.”