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King: We’ve achieved nothing yet
BRENDON King has sent out a stark warning to his Terras by insisting they have achieved nothing yet.
Since Tuesday night’s victory at title-chasing Hemel Hempstead Town the majority of Weymouth fans have been in dreamland but boss King is ignoring the hype and has told his players to do likewise.
He told Echosport: “We may be in the play-offs and on a good run at the minute but if people think it is going to be a stroll in the park at home against Banbury United on Saturday (3pm) they have got another thing coming.
“They are unbeaten in five on their travels and four of those have been victories so it is vital everyone stays grounded because we have achieved nothing yet.
“All we have done so far is get ourselves in a good position but we have nine very tough cup finals left and if we start to get ahead of ourselves we will be in for a big shock.
“We will need a minimum of 20 points out of the 27 left available to get into the play-offs and that is not going to be easy, particularly with our injury situation at present. It’s an extremely tough ask and we need to just make sure we keep taking it one game at a time.
“I know that is a cliché but just because we beat Hemel doesn’t mean we have a god-given right to win tomorrow – football just doesn’t work like that.
“You have to earn every single point and believe me Saturday will be tougher in many ways than any other game we have played this season.”
Dan Smith’s broken hand and Barry McConnell’s hamstring injury are proving huge concerns for King at present while Ashley Wells is still suffering through illness.
King added: “Barry is very doubtful and with Ash we are just going to wait and see.
“As for Dan, he has an appointment with the fracture clinic next week. He will definitely be out on Saturday and then it will just be a case of seeing how bad the injury is.
“If they end up putting a soft cast on it then he will be able to play in the following game but if it is a hard one then he could be out of a couple more as well.”
On the plus side, Stephen Reed and Lewis Clarke look set to return while Ollie Tribe will make his first appearance in a match-day squad since last season.
King went on to say: “Although we knew Ollie wouldn’t be able to play much this season, we signed him up on non-contract terms anyway and he has been keeping himself fit at university.
“We just need numbers at the moment so it will be good to have him involved.”
Kyle Critchell has also received some positive news on the leg injury which has ruled him out for the rest of the season.
The 26-year-old has been told he has fractured his ankle rather than broken it which means it will not require surgery.
However, he is still waiting to undergo an MRI scan on his knee as well as further examinations on his groin.