Upwey’s league and cup double hopes suffered a big setback last weekend but boss Steve Reynolds is confident they will bounce back at the first attempt against Witchampton this weekend.
The Weymouth outfit appeared to be cruising against table-toppers Chickerell United last Sat-urday but from 2-0 up at half-time against 10 men, they went on to lose the game 3-2.
That defeat was their first in nine in the Dorset Senior League, leaving them six points adrift of the Chickens in fourth spot.
Reynolds said: “Chickerell could not get the ball off us in the first half but we became too lethargic and paid the price.
“It was a disappointing result but there is still a long way to go, and we need to get on another run now as soon as possible.
“Hopefully we can start that tomorrow in what is another big game.”
Sean Stewart and Sean Zima, pictured, will both be unavailable to Upwey this weekend but Steve Alcock and Lewis Ironside are expected to return. New signing Robbie Rolls could also feature.
Chickerell and Port-land United Rese-rves are also at home in league action tomorrow against Corfe Mullen and Kingston Lacy respectively (2pm).
Chickens boss Steve Coward, who will be without the services of Nick Etherington, said: “We have got Corfe at home followed by Portland away the week after, which are going to be two more very tough games.
“All we can do is concentrate on one at a time and look to put in a big performance.
“We played a bottom-three side in the Trophy before Christmas and lost, so we know we need to play to our best in every game otherwise there is every chance we could drop points.”
The Blues, who have not been in action since December 14, have lost their last two in the league and currently sit sixth. Corfe and Lacy lie fifth and 13th respectively.