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TERRAS: Bashley cup test for Terras
THE Red Insure League Cup may not be high on Brendon King’s list of priorities this season but his side’s tie at Bashley tonight (7.45pm) is still an important fixture in the eyes of the Terras’ boss.
Weymouth’s first-round clash against the Calor League Premier Division strugglers will be the second of three cup games in as many competitions in the space of eight days.
And while the league, FA Cup and FA Trophy take precedence for the Terras, the League Cup gives King the perfect opportunity give some players a taste of first-team football and rest others.
First-team squad members Jamie Symes, Mark Ford, Luke Winsper, Matt Groves and Matt Cafer are all set to get much-needed game time.
And Lee Sharpe, Carl McClements, Luke Chatterton, Adam Anstey, Matt Harvey and Charlie Holland from the reserves will be in the squad.
“A few guys are being rested and squad players that haven’t had many minutes will be playing, as well as a couple from the reserves,” confirmed King.
“We have got a lot of games coming up and I need to look at certain players and they need to make sure their match fitness is up to scratch.
“There are a few lads with niggles so it’s a good chance to leave them at home.
“This competition isn’t going to be our top priority this season but it’s a great opportunity for guys to come in and show what they can do.
“It’s the type of game where players can come in and be a part of the first-team squad and see what it’s like. It is all part of the natural progression for a footballer.
“And, at the end of the day, if we’re in a cup we want to win it and do well.”
The inclusion of Sharpe, McClements and the rest of the reserves is just reward for their excellent start to the Dorset Premier League season under boss Jake Richmond.
Striker McClements scored four in a 5-0 win last weekend and, with only one defeat in 12, Richmond’s troops sit third, a point behind leaders Portland United.
Meanwhile, the Terras’ record in the Red Insure League Cup over the last few seasons has been nothing to write home about.
Last year they were dumped out by Poole Town in round one, 12 months before that they lost at home to Sholing in the preliminary round, and the previous season it was tonight’s opponents who knocked them out, again at the first round stage.
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