WEYMOUTH boss Brian Stock felt his side made an “impact” during the 3-2 pre-season loss to League Two outfit Exeter City.

Stock watched on as the Terras went 3-0 down in 51 minutes, Grecians’ captain Matt Jay, Jevani Brown and Sam Nombe all scoring.

But Weymouth were undeterred and deservedly hauled themselves back into the game through Ahkeem Rose’s cool finish.

Centre-half Tyler Cordner nodded his second goal of pre-season with two minutes remaining but Exeter held on to close out the victory.

Stock admitted there is still plenty to work on but confessed he was satisfied with several aspects of the performance.

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He told Echosport: "With the intensity Exeter came at us in the first half – we tried to play through that.

“We, at times, gave the ball away cheaply and they punished us with two fantastic finishes.

“As the game went on, I thought we would tire but it was the complete opposite.

“When I look at the impact every single member of the playing squad has put in I’m really, really pleased.

“Some of the football we played, particularly second half, was really pleasing. I think we utilised in behind a lot more.

“We turned down that pass far too many times in the first half and played in front of them. I’d like us to affect a lot more in behind.

“There’s a lot to work on but a lot of positives to take away.”

Dorset Echo: Weymouth boss Brian Stock Picture: MARK PROBINWeymouth boss Brian Stock Picture: MARK PROBIN

Breaking down Exeter’s first two goals, Stock added: “When the cross comes in we’re not marking (Jay) who’s probably half the height of our centre-halves.

“That’s frustrating because we’ve not taken responsibility with that and then we’ve given the ball away cheaply and been punished with the ball over the top.

“If we give teams that advantage, like we found out last year, it will give us a mountain to climb.

“Like always, the lads kept going and didn’t chuck the towel in, even at 3-0.

“One or two other chances, if they go in, although it’s not about the result, we would’ve come away with at least a draw.”

Stock revealed his respect for Exeter’s snappy, incisive possession game and expects the Grecians to build on last season’s finish of ninth in League Two.

He said: “It was a very good test, they’ve got some very good players.

“I like their style of play and I really do think that with the energy they’ve got in their team they’ll be a force in their league.

“Obviously there were one or two changes. That was our fourth game compared to Exeter, that was their seventh.

“The signs look good and the fitness levels were really good towards the end. We’ve got a really good bunch of lads who are honest and hard-working.”

Weymouth fielded another four triallists across the 90 minutes but Stock would not be drawn on their chances of earning a deal.

“It’s only right we discuss (in private)," he said. There were one or two things I liked and one or two I’d like to see better.

“The character has been great from every single trialist that has come into the club.

“Whether they’re a player that we take or not, they’ve done themselves no harm.”