TERRAS: Matthews keen for Terras to play with style

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JASON Matthews is keen for the Terras to play the way he wants but accepts that might not always be possible.

The caretaker-manager is a firm believer in playing a passing game while also utilising the skills of the team’s wide men.

However, given the condition of some pitches at this time of year, he knows that not every situation will allow free-flowing football.

And there won’t be any football at all for Weymouth today after their Calor League Southern Premier Division clash with Truro City was postponed because of a waterlogged pitch.

The decision to call off the match at the Cornish club’s Treyew Road home was taken at around 6.30pm yesterday evening.

That means the Terras’ first outing of 2014 will now be against Chesham United at the Bob Lucas Stadium on Saturday.

Today’s postponement gives Matthews and his squad a few more days to shake off any knocks they may have picked up during the win at Frome.

Their victory last Saturday was just the tonic the side needed and Matthews now wants to see his troops play how he would like them to.

“The lads are a lot more positive after our away win on Saturday and they all know what I want to see from them,” he said.

“I want to instil my beliefs on them and that’s playing football in the right way, passing the ball from the back and getting it out to the likes of Luke Burbidge and Scott Walker.

“But I know that’s not always possible, especially when we come up against some of the pitches in this league.

“Then, like Saturday, it’s more about grinding out results.

“I wouldn’t say we played particularly well at Frome but we dug in and that was really pleasing from my point of view.”

Managing and playing is something Matthews is coming to terms with and when the Terras are under pressure in games it can be a hard juggling act.

He added: “I think playing and managing can help and hinder you.

“I particularly noticed it in the Poole game when I was involved quite a lot and had to concentrate on my goalkeeping more than being the manager.

“But that’s when your backroom staff come into play and they have helped me.”


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