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TERRAS: King relishing cup underdogs tag for Weymouth
WEYMOUTH boss Brendon King is relishing the prospect of his side taking on the tag of underdogs for tomorrow’s FA Cup encounter with Braintree Town (3pm).
The Terras are just 90 minutes away from reaching the first round proper and the possibility of meeting a Football League club.
Everyone in the camp, including King, knows it is going to be an extremely tough test against a side that currently sits in the Skrill Premier play-off places.
But having hit some form themselves recently, the Terras are not lacking in confidence and hopeful a cup upset could be on the cards at the Bob Lucas Stadium.
Weymouth have been favourites in all of their ties on the way to the fourth qualifying round, but now it’s Braintree, managed by West Ham legend Alan Devonshire, who themajority would put their money on.
And King is more than happy with that, saying: “I prefer being the underdogs.
“We’ve been favourites in the previous rounds against Fare-ham, Cirencester and Bridgwater where everyone expects you to go out and win.
“Everyone is expecting Brain-tree to beat us so we can go out and relax to some extent.
“We are going out to cause an upset but the most important thing is that we stay in the game for as long as we can.
“I know we can win and I feel we can but we’ve got to have a game plan which has got to work.
“They are riding high in the Conference Premier and are on a good run at the moment so we know how difficult it’s going to be.
“But one thing is for, we are going out there focused on winning.
“I’ve had a report done on them and know where their strengths are. We’ve got to go with the team that’s going to nullify their threats and it’s up to us to make it as difficult for them as poss-ible.
“I don’t think I have been to the first round proper, as a manager or player, but there is a first time for everything.”
Other than the long-term absentees, King has a virtually fully fit squad to pick from and not only will that come in handy for tomorrow but for a busy few months ahead.
As well as the league, the Terras are still involved in the FA Cup and Trophy, Red Insure League Cup as well as the Dorset Senior Cup.
But it’s not something that gives King too many sleepless nights. He added: “It doesn’t concern me.
“You are going to fall behind in your league games playing in cup competitions, but winning breeds confidence and if you’re winning games in the cup you can take that into the league.
“These are good tests for us and we want to acquit ourselves well tomorrow and put on a good show.”
Terras (from): Matthews, McConnell, Wells, N Walker, M Walker, Poole, Allen, S Walker, Clay, Symes, Winsper, Burbidge, Joyce, Yetton, Ford, Groves, Cafer
*The winners will collect £12,500 in prize money.
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