Terras ace ready for big push

AIMING HIGH: Stephen Reed

AIMING HIGH: Stephen Reed

First published in Local Sport Dorset Echo: Photograph of the Author by

STEPHEN Reed is convinced the Terras can push for the play-offs in the Evo-Stik Southern Premier Division.

However, the midfielder reckons his side will need to rediscover their winning form as soon as possible in order to sustain their challenge.

Reed told Echosport: “If the season ended now I think we would all look back on it and be delighted with our efforts, but now we have got ourselves in such a good position we want to push on.

“When we went on that six-game winning run in December we kept doing the right things but in the last three we have gone away from that and as a result have suffered a couple of defeats.

“The fact things have been a bit stop-start with postponements hasn’t been ideal either but hopefully we can get that next win soon, which will then hopefully give us the confidence to go on a run again.

“We have got some tough tests coming up but if we can win our home games and keep picking up something on the road then we will stand every chance of staying in the mix and hopefully making the play-offs.”

The Terras, who saw their home clash with Frome Town fall to the weather on Saturday, currently sit seventh in the table, four points adrift of the top five.

Reed added: “We are going well but as our 4-0 defeat against Leamington showed last Tuesday, we still have a long way to go.

“They were a very strong side with a lot of experienced players and at half-time we were still very much in the game. However, by the end it was men against boys and we need to learn from that.

“We just need to get that confidence and belief back into our game because when we have that we are more than a match for anyone.”

Looking even further ahead, Reed went on to say: “The progress we have made this season has been fantastic and hopefully Brendon King and Matt Groves will be given the time to continue building on it next year.

“The club doesn’t want to be paying out ridiculous money but if we can add a couple of astute signings and keep the majority of the current squad together then the future could be very bright indeed.”

Boss King was disappointed with the postponement at the weekend but admitted there was no other choice.

He said: “The pitch was just too wet and there was a bit of frost on it as well.

“It was a bit frustrating because we really wanted to get out there and put things right after last Tuesday but it was just one of those things.”

The Terras are scheduled to face Bridport in a friendly at St Mary’s Field tomorrow night (7.45pm) but again that will all depend on the weather.

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