KINGSWOOD co-manager Jason Wellman has described tomorrow’s Premiership clash against the Rodwell at Redlands as “a massive test of character.”
An incredible run of seven successive league victories has seen the Wood move into third spot in recent weeks but with the Rodwell and the Duke of Albany both holding games in hand, Wellman has insisted that his men must keep winning.
He said: “This game is going to be a massive test of character for us. We have come such a long way since the opening couple of months of the season and now we must prove we have the mental toughness to see the job through.
“Our aim was a top-four finish at the beginning of the campaign and the Rodwell are one of the teams standing in the way of us achieving that. We have a lot of respect for them and we know we are going to have to be firing on all cylinders to get something from the game.”
The Wood have a full squad to choose from for the encounter with vice-captain Ian McDonald and forward Nick Etherington both back available for selection.
AFC Black Dog will be missing several key players when they tackle Dorset Sunday Intermediate Cup finalists the Duke of Albany at Redlands.
The Dog lie just three points above the relegation zone while the Duke will no doubt still be smarting from last Sunday’s 2-0 defeat against reigning champions the Belvedere.
Andy Thomson, Rob Golsby and Dan Pickering have been ruled out for the Dog but Billy Hayne, Damon Clake, Josh Legg, Billy Hutchinson, Lewis Scard, Alex Glover and Chris Howell are all expected to be available for selection.
Meanwhile, Gerry Davey and Darren Samways are both suspended for the Duke, who will also be without Rob Sharpe, Mark Carter and Adam Linaker.
Tomlin, who is hoping to include Steve Steele, Sean Harris, Jason Pearce and Dan Welch in his squad, said: “We let ourselves down against the Belve. It certainly wasn’t one of our better showings and it looks like the league is wrapped up with us now trailing them by eight points.
“That said, we’ve got a county cup final and the Len Mahoney Cup ties start again soon so we need to start afresh tomorrow and begin another decent run in preparation for those huge games.”
The Belve, now clear favourites to lift a third successive title, will look to continue their improving form against the George at the Marsh where they will be boosted by the return to action of both Nathan Ashton and Lewis Whyton.
With table-toppers Britannia being without a game, a win for Bobby Darch’s boys will see them go level on points at the summit.
In the Championship, Market House boss Craig Hillier expects to rotate his full strength squad for the game with Clean Connections at the Marsh.
March has been a miserable month for the Taverners so far. Not only did they suffer a horrific 8-0 defeat against the Dorothy Inn last Sunday but they are also now nine points adrift of the top two.
TOMORROW’S FIXTURES (all 10.30am):
Weymouth Sunday League Premiership: AFC Black Dog v Duke of Albany (Redlands), Belvedere v George (Marsh), Kingswood v Rodwell (Redlands), Tuatara v Railway Tavern (Budmouth).
Championship: Clean Connections v Market House (Redlands), Dorothy v Alex (Budmouth), Old Castle v Chapelhay (Redlands), Queens Park Venue v George, Dorchester (Budmouth), Southill v Rock (Redlands).