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TERRAS: Timely Hemel test for Weymouth
TOMORROW’S huge clash against the league leaders is exactly what the Terras need at the present time, according to boss Brendon King.
The Calor League Southern Premier Division encounter at the Bob Lucas Stadium (3pm) promises to be a humdinger and the Wey-mouth boss is looking forward to seeing how his men respond.
King told Echosport: “Hemel Hempstead almost got relegated a couple of years ago but ended up getting a reprieve.
“They then finished in the play-offs last season and have built on that again this year by adding two or three signings, one of which is Ben Mackey, who finished the league’s second top scorer last season with 29 goals.
“They are clearly going for it and by the looks of the start they have had and the players they have got, it is going to be an extremely tough game.
“Having said that though, I also think it’s a game we really need.
“Anyone who finishes above Hemel this season are going to be in the play-offs at least, so it is the perfect yardstick for us.
“I also think it will sharpen up the players’ minds a bit.
“If we are on top of our game we are match for anyone in this league, and tomorrow we are going to have to be like that from the very first whistle, otherwise we could come unstuck.”
Hemel have claimed 21 points out of a possible 24 and currently possess the best scoring (26 goals) and defensive record in the league, but having also lost just once this season themselves, the Terras are unlikely to be overawed.
King is expected to name a similar starting XI to the one that began the 2-1 victory over AFC Totton on Tuesday but there will definitely be changes on the bench.
He said: “Unfortunately I have had to release Ben Wood.
“I brought in Dave Allen earlier this week and at the end of the day, I have got a budget to work to.
“We had to identify areas we needed to strengthen and central midfield was one of those.
“Releasing Ben was not particularly nice but unfortunately that is part of football.
“We have got two players out that are a part of that budget and we have to be sensible. We have to do what is right for the football club.”
King has also allowed Aidan Chainey to go out on loan to Western League Premier Division outfit Gillingham Town.
He added: “Aidan is a player we quite like but he needs games so he is going up there on dual registration.”
Weymouth lost 1-0 at home to Hemel last season but won the reverse fixture 3-1 back on March 5.
Terras (from): Matthews, Cafer, Poole, N Walker, McConnell, Wells, Clay, Allen, Burbidge, S Walker, Symes, Winsper, Joyce, Yetton, Ford, Groves.
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