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TERRAS: McClements' injury rocks Reserves
WEYMOUTH Reserves will be without Carl McClements for tomorrow’s trip to basement boys Wareham Rangers (3pm) after it was confirmed the striker has a broken wrist.
The ex-Milborne Sports forward, who has netted five times in eight outings since his move to the Terras, is set to be out for up to six weeks.
It’s a big blow for the player and Weymouth boss Jake Richmond and the latter knows his men will have to be on their toes this weekend.
“Wareham may be down there struggling at the moment but they are the type of team we sometimes struggle against,” said Richmond, who has added Mickey Lawrence to his coaching team.
“The only team we haven’t taken any points from this season are Shaftesbury, who are also below us, so we cannot afford to take anyone for granted.
“Like always, I will be looking for a good performance. If the lads manage that then the result should take care of itself.”
The Terras currently sit fifth, having lost just one of their opening eight games, while Wareham have picked up just three points from a possible 21.
Ian Bickerstaff will deputise for Ashley Weeks between the sticks for Portland United when they host last season’s Dorset Senior League champions Mere Town at Grove Corner (3pm).
There is also a chance Tom Carter could come back into the squad having missed the win over Wareham last time out with a knee injury. On opponents Mere, Blues boss Gary Bailey said: “They have had a good start and are a strong side on paper.
“I’ve had them watched and spoken to plenty of people who played against them last year.
“I’m expecting a very difficult encounter and we are going to have to be on our game if we want to get anything out of it.
“It’s nice to play teams we haven’t played before and it’s always good to have new challenges.”
Portland are one point above Mere in third having played a game less than leaders Hamwor-thy Recreation and second-placed Merley Cobham Sports.
Finally, Bridport Reserves will be out to get back to winning ways following last weekend’s shock home defeat against Cranborne.
The Bees travel to Blandford United tomorrow (3pm) and manager Robin Townsend is expecting another tough test.
He said: “It’s going to be another tricky one, there is no doubt about that. We beat them 3-2 at their place last season but it perhaps did not reflect the performance because they were really up for it that day.
“It’s a difficult place to go and we will need to be on our game.”
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