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Red-hot Dan set to start
STRIKER Dan Smith is in line to start for the Terras against Chippenham Town tomorrow (3pm) having impressed with his performances off the bench in the past week.
His manager singled him out as just about the only positive to come from Weymouth’s 2-1 defeat at the hands of Bideford on New Year’s Day.
And Brendon King also sang the praises of the 23-year-old after his cameo in the home win over St Neots Town three days before.
The Terras can cement their position in the Evo-Stik Southern Premier Division play-off places with a victory at the Bob Lucas Stadium tomorrow though King knows their opponents are dangerous up front themselves.
“They’ve got a massive threat going forward,” said King. “They’ve got two good lads up front.
“Lee Phillips played down here so we know quite a bit about him and there’s Alan Griffin who is a right handful.
“That’s their main threat but we’ve been defending quite well.
“We might be looking at making some changes to freshen things up.
“Dan Smith has come on in the last two matches and done really well so there could be a chance for him.
“He did well against St Neots and was one of the few positives to come out of the game against Bideford.
“We’ll also be assessing a couple of other players who have picked up a bug.”
Weymouth came from 2-0 down to draw at Chippenham in the second game of the campaign and King is happy to have home advantage so soon after that setback at Bideford.
“We’re happy to be at home,” he added. “We’ve played well the last couple of home games and had fantastic support all season.
“The fans have got right behind us. It does help when you’ve got 600 people behind you and everyone is buzzing.
“The lads commented on it after the last home game. The fans were singing non-stop and in that respect we’re happy to be at home, especially after a defeat.
“It’s about how we react on Saturday and I’ll see the character of the players now.”
Meanwhile, the Terras have announced that away fans will be segregated when Frome Town visit the Bob Lucas Stadium on January 19.
The decision was made by the Terras’ board following crowd disturbances during the Somerset club’s previous visit to Weymouth last April.
Frome supporters will only be able to watch the game from the Graham Cole Property Lettings Stand (South End) and can only enter through turnstiles nine and 10.
Any visiting fan who does not comply will be ejected from the ground and not given a refund.
“We know that the Weymouth fans will treat all of our visitors to our stadium with the respect that they always show and hope that our visitors return the compliment,” read a club statement.
Terras: (from) Evans, Wells, Poole, Palmer, McConnell, Critchell, Clay, Duff, Walker, Joyce, Ford, Groves, Reed, Smith