Weymouth manager Mark Molesley has admitted that he will be glued to his television screen this afternoon (Sunday) as Bath lock horns with Dorking in the National League South play-offs, writes Gareth Davies.
The winning side will subsequently face Weymouth this coming Saturday at The Bob Lucas Stadium for a place in the play-off final.
Molesley, who is just two matches away from a second consecutive promotion with the Dorset outfit feels that watching the match, which is being televised live on BT Sport, will help his side in their respectful preparations.
Speaking exclusively to The Indy on Friday, the Weymouth chief, who is also part of Eddie Howe’s backroom staff at AFC Bournemouth, said: “I’m going to watch the game and keep a keen eye on who we have got. We always try and prepare the best we can by giving a lot of respect to the other teams in the play-offs. They are all fantastic teams, well managed, well put together with good players.
“With that in mind, first and foremost, it is testament to our boys who, externally, after winning promotion (from the Southern League), didn’t expect to be up in the higher reaches of the league above. Internally, I always felt we had a chance, but its full credit to our boys that we are in and around such good sides.”
Many feel that Weymouth will be disadvantaged by not having a competitive match before facing either Bath or Dorking and this is a view shared by Molesley too.
However, the Terras chief refused to dwell on a lack of game action and says his side are ready to play – whatever the circumstance.
“After four months out, you need some competitive games to get ready for the play-offs,” he mused. “We have certainly lost the advantage of coming third in the league, that’s for sure. Nevertheless, we are delighted to be in the play-offs and we’re delighted that we have got a chance to play in them. We have to seize every initiative and take our opportunity with both hands.
“In an ideal world preparation would be a little different but it isn’t an ideal world currently and we just have to get on with it really.”
Molesley also revealed that all his squad and back-room staff had thankfully come through their latest round of coronavirus testing with a clean bill of health and as he describes, this puts Weymouth ‘in a good place’ both physically and mentally.
“We have had our latest round of Covid-19 tests and everyone has come through that all right,” he added. “The boys have kept themselves ticking over well and the last few weeks of training have gone well. I would like to think we are in a good all-round place but no one is going to know what the games will look like until we come back.
“All I can say is that we have prepared the best we can and we will give it our best shot.”