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Good vibes for Danny
DANNY Clay couldn’t disagree with manager Brendon King’s assessment of the Terras’ below-par display at Poole – but the midfielder isn’t too disheartened given Weymouth’s impressive start to the season.
Despite dropping their first points of the campaign at Tatnam, the Terras remain top of the Calor Southern Premier Division table and Clay believes the first-team squad at the Bob Lucas Stadium is noticeably stronger than last term.
“A lot of our lads felt quite tired after the game on Saturday and that showed in our performance at Poole,” he said.
“Poole rallied well with 10 men and then nine but it was disappointing from our perspective not to go on and win.
“We had a few late chances and a penalty shout turned down and, in the end, a draw was the right result.
“We were a little bit flat throughout but you can’t play well in every game.
“Going into the season we had high hopes of being there or thereabouts and it has not been a bad start with 10 points out of 12.
“We are top of the league and need to build on that with three points in our next game.”
And speaking about the strength of the squad around him, he added: “I feel we’ve got a stronger squad than last season.
“We conceded quite a few goals last year and Brendon made no secret of the fact that he wanted to make us stronger defensively.
“Nathan Walker has been a big presence at the back and Sam Poole is our best player of the season so far.
“We hadn’t conceded a goal before Monday and we know with the likes of Stewart Yetton, who is a proven goalscorer, we are going to score at the other end. We’ve got a great set of lads and the vibe around the place is good.”
Meanwhile, Clay felt referee Mark Derrien was right to send off Poole’s Steve Devlin on Monday after a high tackle left the Weymouth man badly bruised.
Clay admitted the two players had been trying to wind each other up in the first-half.
He said: “I’ve got bruising and stud marks right up the top of my left arm.
“We were having a bit of banter and he went over the top with the tackle. I think it was the right decision to send him off and any stud mark above the waist is a red card.
“I’d never played against him before and I don’t really know him so there’s no history there.
“I was winding him up a bit but these things happen and people lose their heads and get carried away.”
* Weymouth directors have called a general meeting of shareholders for Friday, September 6 (7.30pm) at the Bob Lucas Stadium.
There is only one item of business on the agenda, which is to hear the options available in relation to the possibility of taking action to overturn the 2007 land deal.
All shareholders are invited to attend, hear the options available to the club and ask questions before being asked to support the board’s actions in this matter.
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