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TERRAS: Terras ready for Fareham cup test
THE Terras’ treatment room is “like A&E on a Saturday night” these days, according to boss Brendon King.
After the sort of week King has had with Simon Evans and Kyle Critchell being told they face long spells out through injury and illness respectively, you can forgive him for looking at things in a slightly wry way.
However, in terms of preparing for tomorrow’s FA Cup first qualifying round tie at Fareham Town (3pm), the Terras’ approach has been nothing but professional.
King reckons his side is in something of a no-win position this weekend with most people expecting the Terras to ease into the next stage of the competition.
“We can’t do anything about the injury situation and have got to be professional tomorrow,” he said. “We’ll treat Fareham with the respect they deserve.
“We’re pretty much in a no-win situation because if we win, people will say we were supposed to, but if we lose it will be seen as the worst thing in the world.”
On the injuries, he added: “Our treatment room is a bit like A&E on a Saturday night at the moment and it’s all quite frustrating.
“We’re trying to sort things out and if we can, we may be able to bring another player in.
“But the majority of the players are ex-pros and they know what the craic is and everyone loves playing in the FA Cup.
As well as Evans (knee) and Critchell (infection), Michael Walker (hernia) and Jamie Symes (groin) are still unavailable.
Tomorrow’s opponents, who ply their trade in the Wessex League Premier Division, have come through two rounds of the cup already.
They beat Bemerton Heath Harlequins 4-1 before overcoming Newport (IoW) 2-0 – the Creeksiders, who play at Cams Alders, have only lost one of their six league games so far this season.
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