Weymouth manager Bobby Wilkinson on winning over Winchester

Bobby Wilkinson was delighted with the response from the players in his first game in charge at Weymouth.

The Terras proved too much for Winchester City as they progressed to the FA Cup third qualifying round with a 3-1 victory.

Wilkinson spoke to Echosport after the match and began by dedicating the victory to the supporters.

He said: “I want to dedicate the victory to Paul [Maitland]the committee, the board and the fans because I know how much this cup competition meant for the football club.

“I texted Paul a while ago and said ‘That was for you too’ because it’s been a rollercoaster this week to get everything sorted, so credit goes to the club.”

Winchester posed a threat in the second half of the game but Weymouth remained stoic defensively.

Wilkinson said Winchester’s front foot pressure was to be expected.

He said, “Well, it’s a cup competition, isn’t it, it’s the upsets. But what I want everyone to look at are the positives, look at how hard we worked on the ball, in possession and in the final third.

“We moved the ball, with a short and precise game. We scored three fantastic goals and should have had a fourth penalty.

“The second half was going to be a typical cup tie, they were going to throw the kitchen sink at us, but what I wanted us to work on was our defensive form and not conceding goals, and we we did that second half.”

On taking the job with the Terras, Wilkinson said “it’s a club I’ve always wanted to lead” and he paid tribute after the game to the warm welcome the traveling support had given him.

He said: “I have to say the way the fans have welcomed me and my family is quite special to me.

“The way they came out in numbers and didn’t stop singing. They pushed us, especially the last 20 minutes.”

Wilkinson described Weymouth’s first-half performance as “electric” and said he wanted to see “more of the same” in the next game.

He said: “I want us to wear the badge with pride and compete, that way the fans will support you no matter what through good and bad.

“We’ll take it one game at a time, but we’ll enjoy today.

“The boys took what I’m trying to achieve here, I set standards and we spent more time on the training ground so they have to take a lot of credit.”