TERRAS: Tough City test for Matthews' men

EXTENDED DEAL: Jake Green

EXTENDED DEAL: Jake Green

First published in Football Dorset Echo: Photograph of the Author by , Sports Reporter

JASON Matthews faces arguably the toughest test of his tenure as Weymouth manager tonight when the Terras take on high-flying Cambridge City (7.45pm).

The Dorset club go to Bridge Road having won three times on the spin in the Southern Premier Division, but they face a side with seven wins in their last eight and one of the league’s top scorers at their disposal.

However, the Weymouth player-boss should have Jake Green available after Bristol Rovers agreed to extend the defender’s loan deal by another month.

New signing Adam Kelly gives Matthews another option in midfield, Barry McConnell is back after missing the Arlesey victory, and there will be fitness tests ahead of the match for Luke Burbidge and Luke Winsper.

And even though his side are on a good run of form, Matthews knows full well just how difficult tonight’s mission is likely to be.

“We know it’s going to be a really tough game,” he said. “It will be a case of digging in like we have done and see if we can play our style of football.

“It’s definitely the toughest away game we’ve had while I’ve been manager.

“Cambridge are the form side in this league and they beat Burnham 7-2 on Saturday, so we know it’s going to be hard.

“We are under no illusions that it’s going to be a really difficult one but all the games are, especially away from home, and you can’t take anyone lightly.

“We need to be wary of their players and treat everyone with the same respect.”

The teams drew 1-1 at the Bob Lucas Stadium in August but since then both clubs have experienced contrasting fortunes, on and off the pitch.

Adam Marriott’s 23 goals have helped City to third in the table, just behind Chesham on goal difference, while the Terras sit 12th under new chief Matthews.

And while Matthews was thrilled with the win at Arlesey last time out, there are still facets of the Terras’ performance that he would like to see improve.

He added: “We took our foot off the gas for 10 minutes on Saturday and conceded two goals.

“Like I said to the lads after the game, we need to be at it all the time and when we take our foot off the gas we’re not a good side.

“Hopefully we can build on what we’ve learnt over the last few weeks and keep our good run going.”

Terras: (from) Matthews, Wells, Green, Winsper, M Walker, Poole, Burbidge, Rigg, Yetton, Joyce, S Walker, McClements, McConnell, N Walker, Kelly

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