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Matthews braced for ‘crucial’ period

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BOSS Jason Matthews admitted it is a “crucial two weeks for me personally as manager” as the Terras make the trip to Dunstable Town in the FA Trophy tomorrow (3pm).

The second qualifying round clash comes at a time in which the Terras’ boss has come under fire of late.

Looking to make the play-offs in the Evo-Stik Southern Premier Division this term, Weymouth sit 18th in the league, just two points clear of the relegation zone.

While their league record cannot be altered this weekend, Matthews admitted the Trophy clash held huge importance, and is hoping his side rally to get back to winning ways.

He told Echosport: “I am really disappointed we didn’t have a game in midweek. We need to get back at it and really start kicking on.

“It’s a crucial two weeks for me personally as manager. The talking is done now, we just need to get results.

“I find myself saying the same every week really. Every game is a must-win really, that goes from Dunstable on Saturday, to Paulton Rovers and Redditch.”

Defender Calvin Brooks insisted that the entire Terras’ squad is “100 per cent” behind their manager in an interview with Echosport earlier this week.

Reacting to those comments, Matthews said: “I would definitely leave the post if I felt the players were not playing for me. I feel we have been very unlucky in a lot of games but being unlucky doesn’t get you points.”

He added: “The repercussions are simple. If they don’t rally for me I won’t be in a job.”

Looking at tomorrow’s game, defenders Stephane Zubar (calf) and Jake Wannell (hamstring) are both “extremely doubtful” to feature through injury, meaning Matthews is lacking options at the heart of the defence.

Goalkeeper Dan Thomas is rated 50-50 with his ongoing hip injury, but Chris Shephard is now back to full fitness. Loan duo Bradley Tarbuck and Stuart Fleetwood are also expected to be unavailable.

Dorset Echo