Reynolds hopes to get a rub of the green

SET TO RETURN: Ben Porteous, left

SET TO RETURN: Ben Porteous, left

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DORSET SENIOR LEAGUE PREVIEWS

STEVE Reynolds will be hoping for a change in fortunes tomorrow when his Upwey & Broadwey side entertain Sturminster Marshall at Redlands (2pm).

The Weymouth outfit were on the wrong end of a couple of controversial decisions in last Saturday’s 3-2 defeat at Kingston Lacy and the determined boss is hoping Lady Luck makes it up to his men this weekend.

Reynolds, whose side currently sit fourth-bottom in the Dorset Senior League, told Echosport: “Other teams might look at our current position in the league and think we must be pretty poor this year but they may just get a shock when they come up against us.

“Last weekend we played well and looked solid, and if we start to get the rub of the green I have no doubts we will begin to climb the table pretty quickly.

“Nick Gregg came in between the posts last weekend and did well, and we are also hopeful that Ben Porteous and Charlie Kenderdine could both return, which would give us a lot more options.

“We just need something to kick-start our season and hopefully that will come tomorrow.”

Weymouth Sports will be out to make amends following their 6-0 defeat at Mere Town last time out.

Chris Hicks’ men travel to fifth-placed Sturminster Newton United (2pm) where the joint-boss is expecting another tough examination.

He said: “Stur Newton are not a bad side. We had a very interesting game against them last year and the fact they turned Portland United Reserves over last weekend proves how tough it is likely to be.

“Last Saturday’s defeat was disappointing but I know the boys are looking to bounce back and hopefully we can do that tomorrow.

“It is a good pitch up there and we aim to go there with a good attitude and give it our all.”

Reigning champions Portland United host Kingston Lacy at Grove Corner (2pm) where Lee Clarke will be after a reaction.

The Blues’ boss said: “The Stur defeat was disappointing but now we have to respond.

“With Lacy’s results having picked up over the last couple of weeks, we cannot afford to dwell on last weekend and I am sure the lads will want to bounce back immediately.

“We need to put another run of wins together and we need that to start tomorrow.”

Clarke’s troops lie second but are currently six points adrift of unbeaten league leaders Mere Town.

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