WEYMOUTH could be facing a striker shortage over the coming weeks as two of their key hitmen suffered injury setbacks on Saturday.
Skipper Stewart Yetton, who scored the first goal in the Terras’ 2-1 defeat at Redditch United at the weekend, was forced off with a hamstring tear and could face as much as a month out according to manager Jason Matthews.
And, with what comes as a real kick in the teeth for the under-fire boss, one of his other marksmen in Sam Jordan got injured without even playing for his parent club.
Jordan, who is set to come back from a loan at Melksham Town this week. Scored twice in his loan club’s 2-0 win over Bishop Sutton, but was forced off after 62 minutes.
Contacted by Echosport on Saturday evening, Jordan revealed that his knee gave way while twisting and he felt a shooting pain through the side of his knee. He is set to monitor the problem over the next few days.
Speaking about Yetton’s injury, Matthews told Echosport: “It’s quite a bad one, Yetts doesn’t go down lightly.
“I feel we are probably looking at least a month for Yetts. After finding his form, that just about sums up the story of my season so far.
“We can’t go into the game (against Frome tomorrow) with just two fit forwards in Thommo (Ben Thomson) and Conor Jevon.
“It’s something I need to address.”
Experienced striker Stuart Fleetwood’s initial one-month loan was up this weekend, no announcement of an extension of that loan deal has been announced as yet.
Quizzed after the defeat to Redditch on Saturday, while the pressure continues to mount on the under-fire boss, Matthews remains determined that he can turn the Terras’ poor start to the league campaign around.
“It’s unbelievable really. We snatched defeat from the jaws of victory,” he said.
“It was a really good performance from the boys and I find myself saying the same things. We didn’t take our chances.
“On the whole it was an excellent performance from the boys. I can’t fault their effort and desire but we didn’t put the ball in the net and Redditch took their two chances. It’s incredibly frustrating but I feel that we are going to turn the corner.”
He continued: “I’m not a quitter and I’m not going to roll over, it’s as simple as that.
“When the boys are putting in performances like that there is no need to panic just yet but I openly admit we are 18 points off the play-offs now and that, for me, is incredibly frustrating.”