Terras out to topple the Tudors

BRUISING: Barry McConnell

BRUISING: Barry McConnell

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BRENDON King is confident his side can bring Hemel Hempstead Town back down to earth at the Bob Lucas Stadium tomorrow (3pm).

The high-flying Tudors currently sit second in the Evo-Stik Southern Premier Division, having amassed 13 points from their opening six games, but the Weymouth boss is adamant his men are more than capable of beating them.

King told Echosport: “They are second for a reason but at home we are more than a match for anyone.

“They were supposed to go down last season but got a bit of a reprieve and since then they have brought in a new management team and a whole load of new players.

“We have had a report done on them and the fact they have scored 17 goals in their opening six league games obviously tells a story, but to be honest the onus is on us.

“If we can get a grip on the game early on and set a high tempo from the outset then I have every confidence that we can hurt them with the quality we have going forward, and that is exactly what we need to do.

“We have got to be the ones asking all the questions. If we do that we will then see exactly what they have got.”

King went with a new-look 4-2-3-1 formation in the midweek FA Cup replay victory over Totton & Eling but it is unclear whether he will keep faith with the system.

He went on to add: “We might go that way again we will just have to wait and see. “We have a few niggles and knocks in the camp and with the amount of games we are playing at the moment we have to be careful.

“Barry McConnell has heavy bruising on his shin and remains a doubt and there are one or two others too.

“Kyle Critchell should be okay though. He has been feeling his groin a little and that is why we took him off against Totton to protect him.”

Mark Ford will return to the squad tomorrow after missing the clash with the Millers through work commitments while goalkeeper Jamie Perry will replace the unavailable Chris Povall on the bench.

The Terras have lost just one of their opening eight games in all competitions this season but during that time they have recorded just two victories. King will be hoping that becomes three tomorrow.

Terras (from): Evans, Perry, Poole, Critchell, Jeannin, McConnell, Clarke, Dixon, Reed, Clay, Duff, Walker, D Smith, Joyce, Groves, Ford, L Smith.

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