TERRAS: Continuity is key for Matthews

SHIN INJURY: Ben Joyce

SHIN INJURY: Ben Joyce

First published in Sport Dorset Echo: Photograph of the Author by

JASON Matthews wants continuity at Weymouth and is not afraid of making big decisions to get it.

The Terras have picked up 16 points from nine games since the keeper took charge but heavy defeats against Poole and Stourbridge have still caused concern.

Matthews is not willing to settle for such inconsistencies and he proved that in the midweek victory over Bideford when he took the brave step to bench Scott Walker and Ben Joyce – two of the club’s more experienced players.

Explaining that decision, player-boss Matthews said: “Sometimes it comes down to form and sometimes it is about horses for courses.

“I am going to have a lot of big decisions to make before the end of the season, and that particular one on Tuesday worked for me.

“I cannot continue to just pick people on reputation, they have to do the business, and in fairness to Ben, he has had a couple of outstanding games and a couple of indifferent ones recently, and that is just my opinion.

“I also thought the conditions didn’t really suit Scott that night, so that is why I didn’t start with him.

“Hopefully they will both react to that in the right way, which I am sure they will. I want to get some continuity going and hopefully we can do that over the coming weeks.”

Joyce is set to miss tomorrow's clash at St Albans (3pm) through shin splints, while Dave Allen has been ruled out for the rest of the season after seeing a specialist about his injured foot.

Meanwhile, midfielder Steve Colwell has been signed from Plymouth Parkway as back up and could be on the bench tomorrow afternoon.

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