There's no pressure on Weymouth

CALLED UP: Will McKay

CALLED UP: Will McKay

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DEAN Janaway believes the key to his side’s upturn in fortunes this season has been a more relaxed mindset.

Weymouth have already won as many games this summer as they did the whole of last term and will travel to reigning champions Poole Town tomorrow (1.30pm) looking to continue the momentum.

Skipper Janaway told Echosport: “There is no pressure on us at all this weekend. Poole are the title holders so we have nothing to lose.

“All the damp pitches this year have been a bit of a leveller for everyone so there is no reason why we cannot go up there and put in another good performance.”

He went on to add: “We have a fantastic team spirit at the moment and everyone is going into each game now just looking to enjoy it.

“Our whole approach is a bit more relaxed and it is showing in our performances.

“The way we have performed with the ball so far has just been fantastic.

“We are almost down to the bare bones at the club in terms of bowlers but the ones that are left have risen to the challenge.

“Dave Trotter and Matt Lawes have been absolutely fantastic at the top of the attack and the rest have responded to that.

“There have also been some excellent performances with the bat.

“Hayden White has been a constant threat at the top of the order, Kieron Womble and Tom England have produced some fine knocks and Paul Payne has been in great form all season.

“Another man that has had a terrific campaign so far is Jim Ryall behind the stumps.

“He seems to have got his enthusiasm back for his keeping now after hardly doing it at all last year and this has probably been the best he has kept for three or four years.

“Everyone just really seems to be enjoying it now and I think that is half the battle.

“Obviously it is always a bit easier to enjoy it when you’re winning a few but I think this season we haven’t put quite as much pressure on ourselves and that seems to have made a big difference.”

The Seasiders have made two changes to their line-up this week with Dan Hutchens and Will McKay coming in for Tim Guyett and Dan Hutchens.

Janaway went on to say: “Simon has returned to his football commitments now and there is no doubt we are going to miss him because he is a great all-rounder.

“However, we are hoping Will can come in now and have a similar impact. Not only is he a fine batsman but he also bowls some good off spin so he is a great player to have to step in.

“The fact Tim misses out this week is a bit harsh because he has done nothing wrong but Dan has been superb all year and there is no way we can afford to leave him out.”

Weymouth currently sit sixth in the Dorset Premier League, 27 points adrift of Poole, who lie third.

Weymouth: Janaway, White, Payne, Womble, England, Ryall, Lawes, McKay, Whyte, Trotter, Hutchens.

* Weymouth Seconds will lock horns with fellow strugglers Poole Town Seconds at Redlands in Division Two (2pm).

Tomorrow’s visitors, who sit second bottom, currently lie 55 points above the Seasiders, who are still searching for their first win of the season.

Seconds: Jarvis, Gordon, Doidge, Armfield, Batchelor, M Pearce, Guyett, Boggust, Puckett, Sers, Mitchell.

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