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ALDERSHOT manager Mark Molesley played down his connection to Weymouth ahead of a return to his old stomping ground this afternoon (3pm).
Molesley’s Shots visit the Bob Lucas Stadium looking to exact revenge on the Terras for their 2-0 defeat in Hampshire earlier this season.
Molesley himself left Weymouth 18 months ago to join then League Two side Southend for an eight-month spell before returning to Aldershot, for whom he starred as a player.
His stint with Weymouth was a glittering success, with back-to-back promotions including the Southern League title in 2019.
But in typical Molesley fashion, he insisted he is completely focussed on the Weymouth game rather than his past relationship with the club – just as he was for the 1-1 draw with Southend last time out.
On Weymouth, he told Shots TV: “I think their last performances have been very strong, they’ve got a really good balance about them.
“They’ve got some really good players so it’s going to be a really, really tough game.
“People obviously say I’ve played two of my ex-teams. That hasn’t even come into my mind at all, I’m just fully focused on what we do.
“We always show respect to the opposition in how we prepare and that’s definitely the case this week.”
Since beating Aldershot, Weymouth have changed manager from Brian Stock to David Oldfield – and Molesley recognised the early progress the Terras’ new boss has made.
He said: “Not many teams go to Boreham Wood and get something and I know they pushed Dagenham all the way as well, another great team in this league.
“They’re certainly energised by the new manager coming in and we’ve got to be ready for that.”