King sweats on trio ahead of trip to Badgers Hill

Dorset Echo: MAJOR DOUBT: Terras’ skipper Scott Walker MAJOR DOUBT: Terras’ skipper Scott Walker

SCOTT Walker is a major doubt for the Terras ahead of tonight’s revenge mission at Frome Town (7.45pm).

The Weymouth skipper was forced to go to hospital after last Saturday’s defeat against Hemel Hempstead Town due to a glandular infection and with Barry McConnell (shin) and Sam Poole (groin) also still struggling, boss Brendon King’s options are beginning to look limited.

He told Echosport: “Scott really wanted to play against Hemel but in hindsight he probably shouldn’t have. His glands came up really big and sore after the game and to be honest I’ve never seen anything like it.

“It then got even worse on Saturday night and he is now on antibiotics and awaiting the results of some blood tests.

“With Ashley Wells out injured, Barry and Sam still struggling and others carrying knocks as well it is far from ideal.

“Tonight’s game will be our 10th in just 33 days and although we have great options in our 17-man squad when everyone is fit, when there are a couple missing in key positions it can really stretch us. It is what it is though and we just have to get on with it.”

Despite having lost just two of their opening seven games in the Evo-Stik Southern Premier Division, the Terras are still in desperate need of a victory following just one win and four draws.

And there is no place they would rather pick up their next maximum haul than at the Robins, who inflicted an embarrassing 3-0 home defeat on to King’s men back in April.

King added: “Going to Frome is sure to be another hard game and they will no doubt be full of confidence following their win at Cambridge City at the weekend.

“Winning there is nothing to be sniffed at so it is important we go there ready for a battle.

“They are going to be physical and look to put themselves about. They have also just signed Dave Gilroy from Chippenham Town, who is a very good player, so it is going to be tough but hopefully we can get a bit of revenge for that defeat earlier this year when we were a long way below-par.

“The important thing is that we take our philosophy there and try and play.

“My only criticism against Hemel was that we did not test their keeper enough. Apart from that I thought we bopped the ball around well at times and we were unfortunate not to be two or three up by half-time.

“On the day the ball just didn’t drop our way in the areas of the field that really matter but although we were disappointed with the result afterwards we were happy with the performance, and we need to try and build on that.

“If we can continue to play at such a level and learn to keep the back door closed at the same time then I have no doubts results will start to go our way.”

Reserve-team duo Louis Smith and Lee Sharpe are expected to travel for the Terras with Walker, McConnell and Poole all likely to face late fitness tests. Chris Povall will return as the back-up keeper.

Frome currently lie ninth in the table, three points above Weymouth, who sit 14th.

Terras (from): Evans, Povall, Critchell, Poole, Jeannin, McConnell, Clarke, Dixon, Clay, Reed, Duff, Walker, Smith, Joyce, Groves, Ford, Smith, Sharpe.

*Weymouth Under-18s crashed out for the FA Youth Cup last night following a 4-1 defeat against Bemerton Heath Harlequins after extra-time.

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