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DPL: Butcher’s back with Terras for Shaftesbury test
6:40am Friday 30th August 2013 in Football
DEFENDER Aston Butcher goes straight into Weymouth Reserves’ squad for tomorrow’s trip to Shaftesbury Town (3pm) after following Jordan Tewkesbury across the Ridgeway to the Bob Lucas Stadium.
Butcher, pictured, returns to the Terras having previously spent two seasons with the Under-18s before moving to Dorchester Town to link up with Magpies’ reserve-team boss Dave Kiteley.
And Butcher comes back to a Weymouth side buoyed by an unbeaten start to the Dorset Premier League season – Jake Richmond’s men sit second in the table after five games.
They head to Cockrams following a 4-0 victory over Portland United on Tuesday, though Shaf-tesbury themselves thrashed Tintinhull 6-1 on Wednesday to secure a first win of the campaign.
And for Richmond, that Port-land triumph won’t mean much if they can’t follow it up tomorrow.
“It was nice to beat Portland because they are traditionally one of the top two teams in the league,” he said.
“The performance was superb but more pleasing was that we kept our first clean sheet this season.
“We enjoyed the win against Portland but we’ve got to put that behind us now. There’s no point winning 4-0 and then putting in a poor performance at Shaftesbury.
“And we don’t usually do well at Shaftesbury, we’ve lost the last couple of league games there by the odd goal.”
In terms of his matchday squad, he added: “Brendon (King) has got a few injuries so we won’t expect to have any of his players that played for us on Tuesday.
“Liam Gould, Aiden Jackson and Jack Brown will all come back in and Sam Frost, who was on the bench against Portland, will be involved.
“Aston Butcher has come in from Dorchester and will go straight into the squad. We had Aston at under-18 level for two years then he went to Dorchester with Dave Kiteley.”
Coincidentally, the two teams that Weymouth and Shaftesbury saw off in midweek meet at Grove Corner as Portland host Tintinhull (3pm).
Ross Carmichael is added to the Blues’ ranks as they look to put a couple of below-par displays behind them.
Ashley Smith, Lewis Clarke and Ross Doidge put them 3-0 up at Poole Borough last weekend before the hosts hit back to earn a point.
“We’re not going to panic,” said manager Gary Bailey. “We’re disappointed with our performances in the last two games but the players know they need to play better.
“Sometimes you don’t get the rub of the green and you can’t take anything away from Wey-mouth, they deserved it.”
Bridport Reserves go to Gaunts Common to face Holt United (3pm).
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