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TERRAS: Matthews delighted with Burbidge strike
JASON Matthews got his tenure as permanent player-manager of the Terras off to the perfect start thanks to a superb strike from Luke Burbidge.
Corby Town arrived at the Bob Lucas Stadium on Saturday in good form but Weymouth held their shape throughout and eventually grabbed a sublime winner in the second half.
Speaking after the 1-0 victory, Matthews told Echosport: “For the first 20 minutes we weren’t quite on it but I kind of expected that a little bit.
“Having not played for two weeks it was always going to take time to get going again and, once we did and got the ball down, I thought we played some decent stuff.
“Their keeper made two good saves and, although they had a couple of chances, I thought we were looking good.
“Their main threat was coming from their full-backs, so I told our wide players at half-time to push them back in the second half and they did that really well.
“Burbs then came up with a fantastic strike and after that we could have gone on to get a couple more.”
Matthews thought Burbidge was excellent in the second half and he was also pleased with new boy George Rigg, who made a fine debut.
The former Exeter City and Bristol Rovers man signed non-contract terms with the club less than 24 hours before the game.
Matthews added: “I thought George was outstanding and I will be trying to tie him down now, that’s for sure.
“I would also like to big up Burbs because he really has been putting in some great performances for us.
“When a player like him is high on confidence, goals like that are the types of things they can do, and I cannot praise him enough.”
Luke Winsper had to be stretchered off for Weymouth towards the end of the first half but Matthews is confident he will be back available for next weekend.
He said: “Luke took a knock on the ankle but our physio Emma Tonkin has told me that he should be okay for Saturday.
“Stewart Yetton also picked up a bit of a dead leg but he should be fine too.”
Matthews is planning to give the likes of Matt Cafer and Carl McClements a run out against Tiverton Town in the Red Insure Cup tie at home tomorrow night (7.45pm), and he has also confirmed that Michael and Nathan Walker remain on the transfer list.
He said: “Tomorrow will give me a chance to take a look at a few things but we will be going with a strong side again, that is for sure.
“We have 14 or 15 lads challenging each other for places in the side and I am looking forward to another good performance.
“As for Michael and Nathan, they are still on the list but from a football point of view they continue to be outstanding for me.
“Their attitude has been spot on and, just like everyone else, they are enjoying the competition for places.”
The Terras now sit 14th in the Calor Southern Premier Division, just five points adrift of the top eight.
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