WEYMOUTH manager Mark Molesley has called on his players to show their “mettle” ahead of the Terras’ Evo-Stik Southern League Premier clash with unbeaten Stratford Town at the Bob Lucas Stadium tomorrow (3pm).

Molesley’s men have been in excellent away form, securing wins against Frome Town and Bishop’s Stortford, and the boss now wants to get a first win at home.

He told Echosport: “We want to be putting on a display in front of our home crowd. That’s our bread and butter where a lot more of our fans come to see us. It’s up to us to show our mettle.

“We’ve got a close group of players and a great team spirit. It will carry us far this season, it’s been evident in all of our games. We have certainly got a tight-knit squad and togetherness amongst ourselves.”

Molesley added to his tight-knit squad just before the Frome game last week, with the addition of three new players in Gareth Stewart, Jordan Rose and Antonio Diaz.

“At the moment we’re pretty happy with the squad we’ve assembled,” he said.

“The goalkeeping situation was a temporary thing and I think Jordan is an older head and an experienced, big, strong defender. I felt that was an attribute we could do with.

“Diaz is a very talented young player with bags of potential, he’ll be a big asset. We’re a small squad but it’s quality rather than quantity.”

And the Terras’ manager is ready to give Stratford “the utmost respect” when they visit the Bob Lucas tomorrow.

He said: “They’ve started the season well, they’re a strong outfit this year. The reports we’ve had back on them is that they’re one of the best sides in the league.

“We’ll give them the utmost respect but we’ll focus on our own game. If we play to our potential we’ll be a match for anyone in this league.”

Molesley’s matchday squad remains unchanged, with defender Toby Down set to be assessed before the game.

Weymouth Reserves are set to play Ringwood Town at home on Wednesday.

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