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TERRAS: Heads could roll after Stourbridge shocker
BRENDON King has reacted angrily to Saturday’s shocker at Stourbridge by insisting there will be consequences for his under-performing players.
The infuriated Weymouth boss missed the 7-0 thrashing due to work commitments but it has not stopped him from sharpening his axe after receiving some damning accounts from his coaching staff.
Player/assistant-manager Matt Groves described the performance as “nothing short of a disgrace” and it now appears that heads are going to roll for it as King looks to resurrect the club’s flagging season.
The disillusioned manager told Echosport: “What happened on Saturday is not acceptable and as a result there will be certain things happening off the back of it once we have had time to dissect it.
“There will certainly be a reaction that is for sure and what that exactly equates to people will just have to wait and see.”
He went on to add: “Certain players are letting the club down at present and that is the bottom line.
“Stourbridge are a good side, it is a tough place to go and we have always struggled there, but for this group of players to lose 7-0 there is unacceptable and they have got to have more pride than that.
“I always try to back my players as much as I can but, at the moment, a few of them are letting me down, and everyone at the club down, and it will not be tolerated.
“As Matt Groves said on Satur-day this is Weymouth FC not a pub team.”
Some fans believe poor tactics and a lack of quality coaching on the training field is the reason for the Terras’ indifferent season to date.
When asked to comment on that, King said: “There are no excuses. People can look at what I say, what we are doing and what formation we play but, at the end of the day, its 11 versus 11 and the players have got to be a lot better.
“Sometimes you have to roll your sleeves up and show a bit of pride but on Saturday not enough of them did that and in many ways, it was the final straw.
“Like I said, I am not one to slaughter my team publicly but, this time, they have left me with no choice. “It is a sad time and another twist to the rope but there will be a reaction you can count on that.”
The Terras host Bridport in the quarter-finals of the Dorset Senior Cup tonight (7.45pm) when King will come face to face with his players for the first time since Saturday’s debacle.
He continued: “The Stourbridge result certainly makes things more interesting this evening and as a result, we will be going with a lot stronger side than anticipated.
“Everyone has been asked to come in and we will see how people are.”
Luke Winsper (ankle) and skipper Scott Walker (illness) are both doubts but contrary to reports the latter, has not broken his wrist.
King said: “Scott missed out on Saturday through illness. There has been a flu bug going around for some time and he is the latest one to have gone down with it.”
The Bees are also sweating on the fitness of their captain, Ryan Hayter, who is also a doubt.
Bridport boss Trevor Senior added: “We will just have to see how Ryan is. Chris Senior and Max Buckler are also unavailable while Sean Lillington will come in between the posts and replace Sam Filkins, who has university commitments.”
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