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TERRAS: Generals test for Matthews
JASON Matthews has been very busy of late and tomorrow promises to be no different when free-scoring Chesham pay a visit to the Bob Lucas Stadium (3pm).
Since taking caretaker charge of the Terras, the experienced goalkeeper has been working around the clock to turn the club’s fortunes around, but this weekend, it could well be his own performance on the pitch which proves crucial.
Matthews has arguably been Wey-mouth’s most consistent performer since the start of the campaign, and with the Generals possessing one of the best attacking line-ups in the league, it is likely he is going to have to be at his best yet again.
Drew Roberts (17 goals), James Potton (13) and Chris Dillon (10) have all hit double figures in the Southern Premier Division already this season with third-placed Ches-ham having scored 58 times in just 25 games.
However, the Buckinghamshire outfit are winless in four in the league, which should give the Ter-ras a lot of encouragement as they look to start the New Year on a high.
Matthews told Echosport: “The aim is for Chesham to be the first top-five team we take points off this season.
“We will be slightly fresher than them, having not played on New Year’s Day, and hopefully we can put in a big performance.
“It’s going to be a challenge but I am sure the boys will step up to the mark and look to put right what went wrong in our last home game against Poole.”
Commenting on Chesham’s strength up front, Matthews continued: “They have got some superb forwards, there is no doubt about that, and it will be up to us to keep it tight and put them under pressure at the other end.
“We have been working hard on our defending and in three out of the last four games we have been pretty solid.
“One of the things we looked at after the Poole game was how to defend the long throw properly, and at Frome, we did much better in that regard, so it is good to see the lads are taking things on board and putting them into practice.”
Simon Evans, Kyle Critchell, Jamie Symes and Dave Allen all remain sidelined for the Terras while Luke Burbidge is a doubt following a bout of illness.
Matthews was also hoping to sign a new player this week but it now appears that is unlikely to happen.
He said: “I am really pressing forward with that at the moment but I am not sure it will happen in time for tomorrow.”
Chesham, who lost 3-1 at home to league leaders Hemel Hempstead on Wednesday, beat Weymouth 2-1 in the FA Trophy earlier this season.
Dillon and Steve Wales did the damage at the Meadow with Ben Joyce grabbing the consolation.
Terras (from): Matthews, Cafer, Poole, M Walker, N Walker, McConnell, Wells, Green, Clay, Winsper, Burbidge, S Walker, Joyce, Yetton, Ford, McClements.
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