Boro test for Terras

DEFENSIVE ROLE: Scott Walker

DEFENSIVE ROLE: Scott Walker

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SKIPPER Scott Walker looks set to remain at left-back tonight as Weymouth look to end their winless run in the Evo-Stik Southern Premier Division.

The Terras have lost their last three in the league and boss Brendon King is expecting Gosport Borough to provide more tough opposition this evening.

Speaking ahead of the clash at the Bob Lucas Stadium (7.45pm), he told Echosport: “It is going to be another difficult one.

“Gosport are not a bad side and they have some good players with a lot of experience.

“Having said that though, we are a decent team too and if we produce the type of performance I know we can, I have no doubts we can come away with a positive result.”

Last Saturday’s 3-0 win over Tiverton Town in the FA Trophy will no doubt give the Terras some much-needed confidence for the visit of Boro but King has admitted that the display was not without its faults.

He added: “It was great to win 3-0 and keep a clean sheet but there were still a few disappointing aspects in the performance which we need to work on.

“We can play much better and hopefully we will do that tonight.

“It’s all about how we approach it. If we go into it with the right frame of mind and look to set a high tempo from the outset then we will have every chance.”

Walker returned to the side against Tivvy and his inclusion at left-back, along with new-signing Ed Palmer at centre-back, appeared to make the Terras a lot harder to break down.

When asked whether his captain will stay in that position for the foreseeable future, King said: “With Scott at left-back and Ed alongside Kyle Critchell in the heart of the defence, I thought we looked a lot more solid.

“My only worry about Scott playing there was that we might lose some of his quality going forward but against Tivvy it gave the likes of Stephen Reed and Dan Smith more of a licence to get on the ball and make things happen for us.

“With Alex Jeannin and Sam Poole still struggling and facing late fitness tests, we might well go that way again but we will just have to wait and see.

“Gosport are only a point above us in the table so a victory would be massive for us and it would really kick-start our season.”

The Terras, who currently lie 17th in the table, have been drawn at home to Shortwood United in the second qualifying round of the Trophy, which is due to take place on October 27.

The Gloucestershire outfit currently sit second-bottom in the league below (Southern Division One South & West) but King is certainly not taking anything for granted.

He went on to say: “It’s another home draw and so far the Trophy has been kind to us in that way.

“However, Shortwood will see it as a big day out for them and we will be giving them the respect they deserve.

“It promises to be another intriguing cup tie but before that we have a lot of other big games to concentrate on first.”

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

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