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TERRAS: We showed Hemel too much respect - King
BRENDON King was upset with his side’s showing in Saturday’s home defeat against league leaders Hemel Hempstead Town.
The Weymouth boss admitted the Tudors were “by far the best side” his team have faced so far this season, but he also felt his men gave them too much respect.
King told Echosport: “Hats off to Hemel because they are a very good side but I am disappointed with how we played, especially in the first half.
“In the second half, we came back into it a bit, but in the first, we stood off them and showed them far too much respect.
“When you stand off a side like that and continually give them the ball back far too easily, you are going to get hurt and that was what happened.
“Our ball retention was poor and Jason Matthews (pictured above) kept us in the game by a mile. He made some great saves but the frustrating thing was we had chances too.
“In games like that it’s about being clinical and doing things at the right time but we didn’t do that.
“Instead we made poor decisions at times and were second best, and duly got punished.”
King’s hand was forced in terms of team selection with combative midfielder Danny Clay unable to start due to a knock he picked up in the previous game.
Ashley Wells (tight groin) and Scott Walker (slight hamstring pull) also had to come off during the encounter while Jamie Symes and Dave Allen both took part despite being some way off full fitness.
Add long-term absentees Simon Evans, Kyle Critchell and Michael Walker to that, and it is clear the Terras are not at their strongest at present.
However, King refused to use any of that as an excuse. He added: “At the end of the day it was still 11 versus 11 and I expected more than that.
“In the first half we really let ourselves down but in the second we got a response, which was a bit more encouraging.
“However, it was still too easy for Hemel at times and we certainly have a lot to work on at training this week.”
The Terras have now dropped to eighth in the Calor Southern Premier Division where they are already nine points adrift of Hemel.
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