WEYMOUTH assistant manager Paul Maitland says the Terras do not fear going to Chesham as they gear up to travel to their fellow play-off hunting rivals in the Evo-Stik Southern Premier Division tomorrow (3pm).
Chesham currently sit just outside the play-offs, one place and six points behind fifth place Slough Town, while Weymouth are well entrenched in the play-offs, sitting third with 78 points.
Maitland said: “It will be a tough day but they are the games you want to be involved in.
“I would expect us to raise our levels again going there, we tend to raise our levels against the better sides even more so we certainly do not fear going there but we are mindful it will be a difficult game.”
Maitland is wary of Chesham’s league position, given that a loss to Weymouth would spell the end of the Generals’ play-off ambitions as two of the sides directly above them, Kettering and Slough, both have games in hand.
Maitland said: “Their league position suggests it will be another tough game for us and that we will have to improve on our past performance to achieve a positive result.
“They are just outside the play-offs and they will know that they probably need to beat us to bring themselves back into the mix for the play-offs.”
The last time the two sides faced each other, Weymouth won 1-0 thanks to a strike from Abdulai Baggie.
However, they went down to 10-men in the 28th minute only to put in a fantastic performance to hold onto that lead in December.
Reflecting on their last game, Maitland said: “Being a man down probably gave us a chance to show how resolute we can be and how well we defended that day but still created opportunities as well.
“It was a good game and I am expecting something similar this time round.”
Chesham have played just twice in the league in the past month due to postponements but they are unbeaten in their last five matches, which include wins over Kettering and Frome.
Maitland said: “They have proven with their recent results, like the 2-0 win against Kettering that they are more than capable.
“We will have to be very focused and very precise in what we do to make sure we come away with something.”
When asked if it makes it easier being sat in the play-offs Maitland said: “All the games have something riding on them so there is a bit of pressure but we have put ourselves in such a position that it is not as big as it has been.”
Weymouth have no injury concerns ahead of the match.
The Terras face Chesham United on Saturday (3pm).