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TERRAS: Poole aims to stop Glassboys
SAM Poole wants the Terras to put the record straight this afternoon when their chief tormentors roll into town.
Stourbridge have dominated the claret and blue army in recent times and the Weymouth skipper is clearly sick of it.
In the last three meetings between the two teams, the Glassboys have taken maximum points and racked up an incredible 17 goals but it has been the timing of the defeats which have also left a mark.
Poole explained: “I played in all three of those games and it is not a very good story to tell.
“We went to their place earlier in the season in pretty good form but got brought back down to reality.
“We ended up losing the game 7-0 and it was embarrassing to play in.
“It was well documented at that time that the club had spent a bit to bring in new players with a bit more experience, so the fact that happened was very disappointing.
“Last year, we also lost to them 5-1 and 5-0.
“When we went up there towards the end of last season we were right on their tails and had we won, it could well have been a different story, and we may well have gone on to reach the play-offs.
“To be honest, I’m not sure what it has been about them.
“I’m not sure whether we have been in fear of them or whether they have just had that mental edge, but one thing is for certain, and that is we have a chance today to finally put the record straight.”
Being the second highest scorers in the league at present, Stourbridge are renowned for their attacking prowess but Poole is ready to fight fire with fire.
He added: “They have got good attacking options but they are maybe not as good at the back as they are going forward.
“Bideford went up there recently and won 3-0 so there is no reason why we cannot get at them as well.
“If we can restrict them to very few chances and get on the front foot, there is no doubt we have the quality to hurt them.
“Luke Burbidge and Scott Walker are both playing with a lot of confidence, Niall Thompson possesses the pace to frighten any side and Ben Joyce and Stewart Yetton have a great understanding up front.
“You also know that in Adam Kelly, George Rigg and Luke Winsper, we have the ability to get in their faces and stop them playing in the midfield, so we have every reason to go into it full of confidence.
“It’s time to put history behind us and go out there and give a real good account of ourselves.”
Stourbridge will head to the Bob Lucas Stadium (3pm) this afternoon in sixth spot in the Southern Premier while the Terras lie 13th.
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