Terras gearing up for physical Devon test

RECOVERED: Stephen Reed

RECOVERED: Stephen Reed

First published in Sport Dorset Echo: Photograph of the Author by , Sports Reporter

DON’T expect an exhibition of free-flowing football if you are going to watch the Terras at Bideford today (3pm).

That is the warning from Weymouth boss Brendon King as his side gears up for what should be a physical encounter with the Devon outfit.

King and assistant Matt Groves have a selection headache ahead of the Evo-Stik Southern Prem-ier Division clash but fortunately for them it is a good problem they face.

On a run of six straight league wins, King has the luxury of a virtually fully fit squad to choose from with striker Ben Joyce expected to be available after coming off against St Neots with a foot injury.

Stephen Reed is back having picked up a stomach bug before Saturday’s 3-1 win but he faces stiff competition to regain his place in the starting line-up from Kyle Critchell, the man who replaced him at the weekend.

The Terras beat Bideford 4-2 in August and completing the league double over their rivals will see King’s men consolidate their position in the play-off places.

“It’s going to be a difficult game for us,” said the Weymouth boss. “They are pretty good at home and are on a decent run.

“It’s not going to be a great pitch either with the weather they’ve had down there and we’ve got to stand up and be counted.

“They are a strong side and it’s going to be very physical and we’ve got to get in their faces. If we don’t we’ll come unstuck.

“It’s not going to be pretty or one for the purist – it’s going to be a real battle down there.”

On his selection headache, he added: “It’s a fantastic position to be in.

“Kyle Critchell came in for Stephen Reed on Saturday and I was very pleased with his performance so we’ll have a tough decision to make there.

“Dan Smith came on and was exceptional and we’ve got other decisions to make but they’re good decisions to have to make.

“It’s inevitable people are going to be disappointed to be sat on the bench but that’s what happens.
“This is where me and Matt earn our money bec-ause we’ve got to get the selection right.”

Bideford have won four of their last six matches but are only five points above the relegation zone.

Terras: (from) Evans, McConnell, Wells, Poole, Palmer, Duff, Clay, Critchell, Joyce, Ford, Walker, Smith, Groves, Reed, Clarke, Skinner

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