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TERRAS: Brendon King focused on strength at the back
PLUGGING leaks at the back has been Brendon King’s number one priority this summer as he looks to propel the Terras to a top-six finish in the Calor Southern Premier Division this season.
Weymouth finished ninth last term but conceded 71 goals in the process – the joint seventh worst defensive record in the league.
Since then King has bolstered his backline with the additions of Michael and Nathan Walker, and highly experienced keeper Jason Matthews, but he insists that improving that particular area of his side’s game is a team responsibility.
The Terras’ boss told Echosport: “We need to massively improve on defending and stop conceding so many goals.
“That was one of the biggest things we sat down and spoke about at the end of last season and we knew it is what we had to look at in terms of bringing players in.
“We also reckoned we could score a few more and with Stewart Yetton now on board alongside the likes of Ben Joyce, Luke Burbidge and Mark Ford, the firepower is clearly there as long as we give them the ammunition.
“We just need to push on more and hopefully the changes that we have made can help us do that.”
Commenting further, King added: “When you look down the spine of the team we have put together this summer that is what you want.
“With Simon Evans unfortunately out injured, Jason is currently in the driving seat between the posts and his experience and talking is invaluable.
“Add two more leaders in Michael and Nathan to that and Yetts up front, who works his socks off, and we have the foundations of a very good team.
“You see defending is not just down to the back four, it’s down to the whole team and everyone needs to make sure they understand their roles and carry out their duties properly.”
King also believes the Walker brothers will help bring the best out of youngster Sam Poole.
He continued: “Sam knows he has to step it up this year and recently that is exactly what he has done.
“He has had a really good pre-season and playing alongside the likes of Michael and Nathan is only going to help him improve.
“I have got really high hopes for Sam.”
The Terras begin their league campaign at St Neots Town on Saturday before entertaining Frome Town in their first home game on Tuesday night.
King said: “A lot of teams are really going for it this season so I am expecting it to be an extremely competitive league.
“Hemel Hempstead, Stourbridge, St Albans and Poole Town are all looking particularly strong and I have no doubts it is going to be tough.
“That is why it is so important to have a good squad because it creates competition for places and gives you options should someone not be doing it out on the pitch.
“It also allows you to manage things right in terms of looking after players because it is a long season with a lot of games and it is vital to keep everyone as fresh as possible.”
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