Weymouth boss Geoff Butler is hoping to field his first-choice strikers when Southampton Reserves visit the Wessex Stadium tonight, kick off 7.45pm.

Both David Laws and Lee Phillips missed Friday’s disappointing 1-0 defeat at home to Ryman League outfit Horsham.

Laws, who had work commitments, definitely lines up against the young Saints, but Phillips must first pass a fitness test on his troublesome ankle.

“I think it was proved against Horsham that we struggle a bit without those two lads in the side”, said Butler, “and it will be nice to have them both back in action. Lee was probably okay to play on Friday but I decided he was probably better off having a couple more days rest and so I’m confident he’ll come through his fitness test without any bother.”

Two other players hoping to return to the side tonight are trial defenders Mark Kenway and Michael Cooper

“Mark had a bit of calf strain which kept him out on Friday and Michael wasn’t available for the match. But both should be available and it gives them another chance to show me what they can do”, said Butler.

Meanwhile the Terras manager is hopeful of naming a couple of new faces in tonight’s squad.

“I’m talking to people all the time,” explained Butler, “and so it might be that I can get a few lads down this week. We’ve got some attractive fixtures with Portsmouth here on Wednesday and Cardiff City on Friday and they’re the sort of games that trialists like to play in. The visit of Southampton will be interesting because they’ll be bringing some of the country’s best young footballers with them. They’ll be fit, strong and hungry to impress and it will be a great test for us terms of both fitness and ability.”

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