JASON Matthews believes tonight’s Red Insure Cup clash with Poole Town has come at an ideal time for his Weymouth squad.
The Terras could progress to the last 16 of this season’s competition should they see off their Dorset rivals at the Bob Lucas Stadium (7.45pm).
And with several players on the comeback trail after injuries, player-boss Matthews reckons certain individuals will benefit from getting much-needed minutes under their belts.
Not only that, but Matthews is also keen to give game time to those who could benefit from some more at first-team level.
Keeper Steve Boore’s heroics helped the Terras squeeze past Wimborne in the last round and he is set to feature again with Matthews injured.
Aston Butcher and Conor Jevon are in line to be involved, as is assistant manager Tim Sills, although virus victim Billy Lowes is a doubt.
However, Matthews told Echosport that George Rigg, out with ankle ligament damage since that win on penalties against Wimborne a month ago, might make his long-awaited comeback.
“It’s a good time for us to play this game,” said Matthews. “People need minutes and they can get them in a competitive fixture like this.
“It’s a good chance for those players who haven’t played so much of late to have a run out.
“Mark Molesley came on for 10 minutes on Saturday and it was good to see him back after injury.
“He will feature tonight, as will the likes of Aston, Conor and Tim, and it might be that George makes his comeback.”
He went on to add: “I felt we did a good job on Merthyr at the weekend – it was the perfect away performance.
“Winning breeds confidence and I want to win every game, so that’s how we’ll be looking at this cup tie.
“This competition is not our top priority but a lot of plus points can come out if it.”
Meanwhile, last night Matthews was having the heel injury which forced him off during that victory over Merthyr assessed by a physio.