King’s men face up to the Puritans

COULD RETURN: Sam Poole

COULD RETURN: Sam Poole

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BRENDON King has told his troops to be prepared for a fight tomorrow when they travel to Banbury United (3pm).

The Puritans may sit one place below the fourth-bottom Terras but they are yet to taste defeat in the league on their own patch – a record Weymouth would like to put a stop to this weekend.

Under-fire King could certainly do with a positive result to relieve some pressure but he is well aware of the magnitude of the task ahead.

The Terras’ boss told Echosport: “A new management team took over there about a month ago.

“Ed Stein has taken charge and his brother Mark, the ex-Premier League forward, has been helping out as well, so there is clearly a lot of experience there and it is going to be tough.

“It is not the nicest of places to go to and in order to get anything we are going to have to roll our sleeves up and be ready for a fight.

“We have worked hard on certain aspects of our game this week but it is up to the players now to put that into practice.

“We have played some nice football so far this season and no one can take that away from us but it hasn’t been getting us results and something has to change.

“With the pitch likely to be heavy tomorrow after all the rain we have had we will be going with a slightly different approach where we will look to put the ball in good areas and be a lot tighter as a unit.

“Everyone knows what is expected of them and hopefully all the hard work that has been put in will have the desired effect.”

Alex Jeannin (hamstring) will miss out again for the Terras but Sam Poole could return.

King added: “Sam came through training on Tuesday and suffered no reaction but we will just have to see how he is.

“Whether it is tomorrow is too soon for him I do not know yet.

“He has been having treatment pretty much every night and we will just have to make a decision on him nearer the time.”

King’s men are on a winless run of six games in the Evo-Stik Southern Premier Division, which has included three straight defeats on the road in which they have failed to register a single goal.

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

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