Aiming to put the Brakes on Leamington

ONLY ABSENTEE: Scott Walker

ONLY ABSENTEE: Scott Walker

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

BRENDON King reckons tonight’s home clash with high-flying Leamington has all the hallmarks of a real humdinger.

The Brakes currently sit second in the Evo-Stik Southern Premier Division, just one point off the top with four games in hand but on recent form it could be argued Weymouth currently hold the edge.

The play-off chasing Terras have taken 19 points from their last eight games while Leamington have secured just 12. In fact, the War-wickshire outfit have lost just four times in the league so far this season and all of those defeats have come since the start of December.

Looking ahead to the clash at the Bob Lucas Stadium (7.45pm), King told Echosport: “They are second from top, a point behind Hemel Hempstead with four games in hand, so the title is really theirs to lose now.

“That may bring with it a bit of pressure but it still makes them favourites tonight and the outcome of the game will give us an indication of just how far away we are.

“It is not a nice trip for them to make midweek and we will be taking it to them and having a real go.

“However, they are bound to be very well-organised and having signed Stefan Moore, they are going to be strong up front too, so it promises to be a fantastic game.

“Moore has played at the highest level with Aston Villa and recently scored a hat-trick on his debut, so he is certainly going to be one we will have to get to grips with.”

Skipper Scott Walker (knee) is expected to be the only absentee for the Terras this evening and King reckons his men are raring to go.

He added: “These are the type of games we want to test ourselves in. We have also got to go to Hemel Hempstead at the end of the month so there are big games coming up and by the end of them we will know exactly where we are in terms of challenging the heavyweights.

“Everyone is taking points off everyone in this league at the moment and there is no doubt the lads will be right up for it tonight.

“When you come up against a side that look like they are going to win the league, the players should need very little encouragement and I am sure they will rise to the challenge.”

The one thing that could stop the game is the weather but King is optimistic it will go ahead.

He said: “Hopefully it will be okay and we will get a good crowd down there.

“We had some rain yesterday but it is supposed to be dry today, so it should be fine.”

The Terras currently sit four points adrift of the play-offs in sixth spot.

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

* Weymouth will return to AFC Totton on February 5 (7.45pm) following Saturday’s postponement.

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