Matthews 'would like to keep' striker Stuart Fleetwood
By Dorset ECHO
Monday 23rd January 2017
TERRAS’ boss Jason Matthews has signalled his intentions to try and keep striker Stuart Fleetwood at the Bob Lucas Stadium.
Fleetwood, who opened the scoring in Weymouth’s impressive 6-1 victory at King’s Lynn Town on Saturday, is set to see the third month of his loan deal at Weymouth run out this week.
Matthews confirmed the experienced frontman can still feature when Weymouth host Hayes & Yeading at the Bob Lucas Stadium on Tuesday (7.45pm), and is looking to “sort something out” with Fleetwood’s parent club Bath City in a bid to keep him on board.
The Weymouth player-manager said: “Fleets led the line fantastically (on Saturday).
“He has had a positive impact in his three months at the club and he would be someone I would like to keep.
“He is not our player. He is under contract at Bath City but it is up to us to try and sort something out with Bath to keep him.”
On his side’s clinical display at the Walks Stadium, Matthews added: “The boys showed some massive character and, for me, it was the perfect away performance other than King’s Lynn’s late goal.
“We had a game plan and I thought it worked really well.
“I kept saying we have had a lot of possession in games and, on Saturday, we got our just rewards. It’s important that we kick on from this.”
He added: “I can’t see many teams going to King’s Lynn and scoring six and I think that’s a great achievement in itself.
“I felt that our work-rate was second to none and we did the right things on a tricky pitch.”
The emphatic victory means Weymouth sit 14th in the league table – still 16 points adrift of the top five in the Evo-Stik Southern Premier Division.