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TERRAS: Matthews aims to keep Thompson
JASON Matthews is hoping to extend Niall Thompson’s loan deal ahead of Wednesday’s trip to Cambridge City.
The Torquay United winger helped the Terras claim a 3-0 win at Bedford Town on Saturday and the Weymouth boss is keen to retain his services.
Matthews has also given an update on the situation regarding George Rigg, who looks set to try his luck at Weston-super-Mare on dual registration terms.
He said: “We are looking to extend Niall and Jake Green’s loan deals by another month.
“Jake is suspended at the moment but we are hoping to have him back once he’s served his ban.
“We are also keen to get things sorted out with Torquay so Niall can be available for Wednesday.
“As for George, he is still having a good think. Weston have made him a good offer and, as I have said before, he wants to play at the highest standard he can.
“He wants to go up there and try his luck, and see how he gets on but he has also not discounted the possibility of coming back to Wey-mouth.”
The Terras netted all three of their goals in the first half at Bedford where Jake Hutchings, another Torquay loanee, and Lamar Powell both made their debuts.
Matthews, who also handed a start to youngster Charlie Holland, added: “We began well, took the game by the scruff of its neck on a poor pitch, and by half-time were in complete control.
“Bedford are going through a sticky patch at the moment but you can only beat what is in front of you, and with a couple of new faces in the side, I was really pleased with the performance.
“I thought Jake and Sam Poole were outstanding at the back and I would also like to give Adam Kelly Steve Colwell and George Rigg a bit of praise for their performances in the midfield.
“Charlie also came in and did very well and it was also great to give Lamar and Carl McClements both a run out in the second half.
“Ben Joyce and Luke Winsper were also back on the bench but both of them are still not quite ready yet.
“The nature of the game gave me a chance to give them a few more days rest, so that was a big positive too.”
Keeper Matthews was also delighted with the clean sheet. He continued: “It’s always very nice not to concede.
“That puts us into double figures now, in terms of the clean sheets, for the season.
“I set myself a target of 20 at the beginning of the campaign but I would have settled for 15.”
Weymouth host Hamworthy United tomorrow (7.45pm) in the semi-finals of the Dorset Senior Cup.
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