WEYMOUTH’S hopes of maintaining their challenge for the Premier One title rest on a knife-edge as the Seasiders prepare for Wimborne & Colehill at Redlands tomorrow (1pm).

Kieron Womble’s men were rocked last week as they slumped to a defeat against basement boys Ferndown Wayfarers, but in what is unquestionably their biggest game of the campaign so far, the skipper is backing his troops to respond.

“It’s a huge game and with the league so tight we have to do it,” he told Echosport.

“Every defeat we have had this year we have bounced back really well and I hope it will be the same in an even bigger game this week.

“I know everybody knows how huge this game is, we want to get in that top four and it’s still in our hands. We just have to go out there and perform.”

Despite last week’s loss, Weymouth still jointly occupy second position in the league table.

But as the division splits after this round of fixtures, another defeat could send the Seasiders tumbling down to fifth place, and as a result, kick them out of the title race.

Sami Rathnayake is set to come back into the fold, making him eligible for the final six games of the campaign.

The last time he featured he returned bowling figures of 4-22 against Wayfarers. Will McKay also makes a return to the squad.

Womble added: “I don’t have to say too much, people just want to go out there and play well, and in the back of their minds they will know they have to dig in.

“We are only nine points off the top of the table. If we win on Saturday it’s not just about the top four, we will be back in the hunt for the league as well. If we won it would be a huge boost for the club.”