Terras: Matthews excited for season opener

Terras: Matthews excited for season opener

Terras: Matthews excited for season opener

First published in Football by , Sports Reporter

WEYMOUTH will look to kick off their Southern Premier League venture in style tomorrow, when Jason Matthews’ squad host Hungerford Town at the Bob Lucas Stadium (3pm).

The Terras will be without experienced marksman Tim Sills for the opening two games of the campaign, as he continues to serve a suspension from last season.

Sam Poole and Conor Jevon are also touch and go to be involved as both are suffering with slight hamstring problems.

“I am itching to get underway now,” Matthews told Echosport.

“No points are won in pre-season and we are at the business end of things now, hopefully we can get away to a winning start.”

The opening day encounter will be a strong examination of how Matthews’ newly-assembled troops are shaping up, as Hungerford finished last year’s campaign as one of the form sides in the division and narrowly fell short of the play-off spots.

In their ranks, they boast Premier League and international experience in the form of winger Alan O’Brien, who made five appearances for the first team at St James’ Park before signing for Hibernian. He has also represented the Republic of Ireland national team.

Matthews added: “I don’t want to be losing too many of those first ten games, there is a real positivity in the club now and I want to keep that rolling.

“They have strengthened their squad and we have had them looked at, and we will treat them with the utmost respect at home.

The announcement of tomorrow’s starting XI will be an intriguing moment for Terras’ fans, and Matthews admits that although he knows what the core of his side will be, he has some final decisions left to ponder.

He added: “There are still one or two positions that I am not sure about, there are a few people that are chomping at the bit to play and there will be one or two that will be disappointed when the team is named on Saturday, which you would expect.

“I would urge the fans to come and have a look at what we are trying to achieve and I would love it if we could get two great crowds for the first two games. It would be an added bonus for the lads as well because it gets them going.”

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