We used to play Weymouth regularly back in the day but not since 2009 when they entered money problems and were forced to dismiss most of their senior players in an effort to save themselves. Sadly that failed due to having to play academy kids against men and ending up with massive defeats and the in-evitable relegation followed (ah the memories). They entered the Southern League Premier Division and have been there ever since.
At the moment they sit in eleventh place in the table following a 3-0 win at home to Basingstoke on Tuesday evening. A win the player/manager Jason Matthews described as "It was a magnificent performance in the first sixty minutes. I felt in that first sixty minutes we played our best football of the season, we really took the game to Basingstoke.
I asked the boys for a big performance and it was a must-win game".
They're confident then but so are we.
After that game on Saturday at home to AFC Fylde we'll be going into the game with our tails up. A great all round team effort, yet again, saw us grab a point almost at the death when Keith Lowe (right) flicked a header home a few minutes from the end after Fylde came back from behind to take the lead in the 3-3 thriller. We're also unbeaten now in six games and twenty goals although our defensive record has taken a bashing with too many going past us in the last three games. I'm sure that behind the scenes the problem is being looked at.
We'll be without Jared Hodgkiss again after it was announced last week that he'll be having a hernia operation but we could have Liam Truslove back with his knee injury picked up in a friendly a few weeks ago now cleared up. Weymouth will be without Chris Shephard with a hamstring problem that will be needing a scan and also Jake Wannell could be out with the same problem. Dan Smith has been out with a calf injury but is now on the mend and he could play some part tomorrow but Aaron Rodriguez will definitely be out.
In the last round Weymouth won 6-0 at Brimscombe and Thrupp following wins inn previous rounds at Gosport Borough and Paulton Rovers but we have possibly a tougher set of games against Lancaster and Tamworth and came through both with emphatic wins too. I think this game could end up drawn but I still fancy us to win it first time at put ourselves into the 1st Round Proper.
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Hornby, T Palmer, Lowe, Williams, Carter, W Thomas, Tunnicliffe, Clarke, Francis-Angol, Croasdale, Stambolziev, Gnahoua, Truslove, Austin, A Brown, McQuilkin, N'Gwatala, Dieseruvwe, Waite, Taylor.
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Matthews, D Thomas, Brooks, Cooper, Copp, Wannell, Wells, Zubar, Davis, Evans, Lowes, Molesley, Smith, Jordan, Thomson, Yetton, Jevon.
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