PLAYER-MANAGER Jason Matthews will assess the extent of his heel injury over the course of this week.
The Terras’ boss, who played through the pain barrier during his side’s sublime 3-1 victory at Merthyr Town on Saturday, was forced to hand the gloves to striker Stewart Yetton for the latter stages in South Wales after no goalkeeping replacement was named on the bench by the visitors.
Speaking about how the injury occurred, Matthews told Echosport: “I came down awkwardly on the back of it.
“I did it in the first half and couldn’t stay on any longer.
“I was in a bit of pain. Obviously when the third goal went in I could leave the gloves in safe hands with Yetts!
“Sillsy was also warming up with Paul (Maitland’s) gloves on. It was covered.”
It was not the first time the Terras had to make the decision to use captain Yetton as a replacement between the sticks.
Then a new signing, the former Plymouth Argyle man took a spot in goal during a pre-season clash at Portland United after gloveman Simon Evans was stretchered off at Grove Corner in July 2013.
Explaining the decision not to include number-two keeper Steve Boore on the bench, Matthews, who was set to see a physio about his injury yesterday, added: “In a lot of the vital games we do put a keeper on the bench, it’s just a gamble I usually take and on Saturday I got away with it.
“Steve Boore will play (against Poole) on Tuesday anyway, we will see how he does and we will see how quickly I recover as to what we go and do next.”
Commenting further on his side’s impressive victory over the Martyrs, Matthews claimed: “We played some good stuff on a 3G surface which was always going to suit the way we play but you still have to go out and do it.
“I felt in the second half we put in a phenomenal performance and scored three great goals.
“Even when we went one down we never looked in doubt.
“I keep reiterating to the squad that we are good enough and we need to make sure we don’t fall away like we did last year. At the moment we are ticking along nicely.”
The Terras’ chief also indicated midfielder Billy Lowes missed Saturday’s clash through illness.