Clay is impressed by Terras' model

DANNY’S DELIGHT: Danny Clay

DANNY’S DELIGHT: Danny Clay

First published in Sport

DANNY Clay has praised the set-up at the Bob Lucas Stadium and is confident it will bring success in the not too distant future.

Since joining the Terras in the summer, the combative midfielder has been impressed with matters both on and off the pitch, and is adamant the club is moving in the right direction.

He told Echosport: “There has been a lot in the news recently about my old club Truro City, which has hit tough times after being reliant on just one backer, but that is no longer the case at Weymouth and the way the fans are running it at present is great.

“The club has been through a lot over the last few years but everything is more settled now and things are beginning to move in the right direction again.

“Not only is it being run properly but the management team has also put together a good squad with a lot of players that have played at a higher level, so the future looks extremely bright.

“Although we have been disappointed with some of the results we have had, we now seem to be ticking along a lot better and hopefully we can start pushing closer towards the play-offs. “It is still early days and although we have played more games than most there is no reason why we cannot keep climbing the table.

“Our recent wins over Banbury and Hitchin have shot us up quite a few places and if we can keep the momentum going we could begin to move up very quickly.”

The Terras claimed just eight points from their first 10 games but the tide now seems to be turning.

Clay added: “We have got a lot of good ball players in the team but I think at times we got caught out playing too much.

“In the last two league games we have started to get the ball in behind teams more and causing them a few more problems that way, and it seems to be working.

“At the start of the season we were keeping the ball for fun but not creating a lot, whereas now we are getting into good areas quicker and making a lot more opportunities.

“Against Hitchin we could have had six or seven goals and our second-half performance in that game was excellent, so there are clearly a lot of encouraging signs.

“We just need to keep working hard and keep improving.”

Weymouth will entertain Shortwood United in the second qualifying round of the FA Trophy this afternoon (3pm).

Wood currently lie 15th in Evo-Stik Division One South & West, one league below the Terras, but Clay is not taking anything for granted.

He said: “They will come here looking to cause an upset so it will be important that we are on our game from the off.

“It is also vital we try and keep the momentum going with another good result.”

Clay also used to play for Dorchester Town and he has expressed his delight at their recent FA Cup draw, which will see the Magpies host Npower League Two side Plymouth Argyle in front of the ESPN cameras on November 4.

The 26-year-old is used to big cup ties after being part of the Exeter City side that took Manchester United to a replay in the same competition in 2005.

He went on to add: “A draw like that is great for Dorchester. To get a League club is superb but to have the added bonus of the cameras as well is just fantastic.

“I found it another very well-run club when I was there and this year they have really exceeded expectations, which is great to see.

“They are all good players there and I am sure they will rise to the occasion.”

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