GARRY Hill says Conference South champions Grays Athletic have set the standards for Weymouth to follow.
The Terras manager is relishing the trip to Mark Stimson’s all-conquering side tomorrow as he aims to extend his impressive start at the Wessex Stadium.
Hill reckons his side should look to the free-scoring Essex outfit, who have also reached the FA Trophy final, for inspiration.
He said: “They don’t come any harder than Grays that’s for sure but I see tomorrow as a challenge we should relish.
“There’s no doubt Grays have been by far the best team in our league this season and probably one of the best in the non-league game.
“They have a lot of very good players, who I know all about having signed many of them when I was at Hornchurch.
“In many ways Grays have set the standard for us to follow next season and that is what I aim us to do.
“The game tomorrow is a big challenge but our players should be looking forward to it.
“It gives them an opportunity to test themselves against the best team in the league.
“Confidence in our squad is high and we’re on a good run, with three wins from four, so if we apply ourselves correctly, there’s no reason why we can’t do well.”
Missing for Hill is striker Vill Powell, on loan from tomorrow’s opponents, who netted both goals in last weekend’s home won over Bognor Regis. His place is likely to be taken by former Crawley Town goalgetter Charlie Macdonald who is back after illness.
Hill said: “It would have been nice if Vill could have played tomorrow but part of the deal with Grays was that he wouldn’t play against them.”
Winger Steve Clark is also back after illness and is in the travelling squad.
Meanwhile striker Ludovic Cadima could be the next player to depart Radipole Lane.
The former Bristol City youngster, signed by previous boss Steve Johnson, has been told he is free to
find another club. “I told all the players I’d be fair and honest with them from day one as I have with Mark Boyce, Danny Byrne and Kieren Keane.
“The situation with Ludo is that he is still part of our squad at this moment but I’ve told him he is free to leave if he finds a new club.
“There may well be more changes in the coming weeks but I only want players who will bring success to Weymouth Football Club.”