Two sides both pushing for promotion meet at the Bob Lucas Stadium on Tuesday evening as Weymouth host Slough Town in the Evo-Stik Southern League Premier Division.
The Terras good run of form continued at the weekend as they hit Chesham United for six at the Meadow. Goals from Ben Thomson, Abdulai Baggie, Brandon Goodship, Harry Baker and a brace from Calvin Brooks secured a 6-0 win against a Chesham United side who were still looking to sneak into a playoff place. Meanwhile Slough Town came from behind to convincingly see off Basingstoke Town with a 4-1 victory at the Camrose, the Rebel’s goals coming from Ben Harris, George Wells, Manny Williams and a late effort from Simon Dunn.
Weymouth’s impressive form has seen them win 8 out of their last 9 games, scoring 27 goals along the way; Will Dennis and the defence have kept 5 clean sheets in this run. Slough Town have only lost once in their last 8 games, a 1-0 defeat away to King’s Lynn Town, winning 5 of these games and drawing 2. The Rebel’s last two games have both ended in 4-1 victories, away to St Ives Town and previously mentioned Basingstoke Town.
Slough Town are currently lea by joint-managers Neil Baker and Jon Underwood, the pair joined the Rebels in May 2013 after guiding Godalming Town to a third place finish in the Southern League Division One Central. Baker and Underwood’s time at Slough Town has largely been successful, in their very first season they saw Slough Town to promotion to the Southern Premier when they beat Kettering Town 3-2 in a thrilling playoff final. This season they led Slough Town on an impressive FA Cup run when they made it to the Second Round and were eventually knocked out by Rochdale; a run which, along with unfortunate weather conditions this season, has left Slough Town playing catch up in the league.
Victories for all sides in the top 5 last weekend have meant that it is still as you were in the playoff positions; Weymouth are unable to jump any positions but could be leapfrogged by Kettering Town in third should the Poppies beat Dorchester Town at home and Weymouth fail to win.
Elsewhere in the top 5, King’s Lynn Town host Basingstoke Town.
Current League Standings
Weymouth fans will be relieved to hear that Paul Maitland told thetteras.com “Fortunately we have no fresh injuries worries going into the game which will enable us to have good options.”
News From The Terras
Speaking to theterras.com ahead of the game Assistant Manager Paul Maitland said “It promises to be a good game with both sides firmly in the race for the play offs.
“As pleasing as Saturday result was, we have to remain focused in what is a big week for us with three games in six days.
“Our mantra has been and always will be one game at a time and nothing changes now with our focus fully on how to achieve a positive result in this game. ”
News From The Rebels
Speaking to sloughtownfc.net after their 4-1 victory at Basingstoke Town, joint manager Neil Baker said “We’ve got a really tough game ahead of us on Tuesday, in Weymouth, who have gone and spanked Chesham today 6-0. It’s going to be tough, so we need to regroup and get ourselves ready for a tough game down there.
“It’s going to be tough, especially with the injury to Ben (Harris). Losing Ben isn’t ideal, especially with the situation with Chris Flood being injured at the moment. Chris Flood injury isn’t as bad as first expected and he could be back earlier than we anticipated.
“We’ve got good players in our side but we have to move it around, we’ve made a few changes today, and I’m sure we’ll make a few changes on Tuesday night as well.
“We’re up to 71 points, I personally believe we only need another 14 points to get us in to the playoffs, but we’re obviously looking beyond that.”
Ones to Watch
Left sided midfielder James Dobson is one of two players leading Slough’s top goal scorer list this season. The 26 year old has 16 goals to his name this season and is known for his rapid pace and good work rate.
He started the 2016/17 season in fantastic goal scoring form. He maintained this form over the course of the season and won the Golden Boot award for top goalscorer, after netting 21 times.
“Dobbo”, who first made his debut for Slough in March 2014, has already scored against the Terras this season so let’s hope history doesn’t repeat itself as the Terras look to keep three clean sheets in a row for the first time this season!
The Stats Say
Weymouth have a poor record against the Rebels since their promotion to the Southern Premier (W2, D1, L4), although in games at the Bob Lucas Stadium Weymouth have generally fared better, winning two and losing 1.
The Terras haven’t beaten, or even scored against Slough Town since a 6-1 victory for Weymouth at the Bob Lucas Stadium on 12th December 2015, a run of 4 games.
Weymouth have scored 9 goals in the previous 7 games against Slough Town, a figure largely propped up by the previously mentioned 6-1 victory, and have conceded 13; Slough Town have kept 5 clean sheets in these 7 games, 4 of these in the last 4 games between the two sides.
After scoring against Chesham United Brandon Goodship has now scored 11 in his last 11 games and has reached 30 goals in total, he is now 4 ahead of Hereford’s John Mills in the race for the golden boot. Weymouth are yet to lose a game which Brandon Goodship has scored in.
The Terras last outing against the visitors resulted in a 3-0 loss at Arbour Park earlier on in the season. Since then the Terras have only lost 2 matches in the league whereas Slough Town have been defeated in 4 outings.
Slough have played their last 4 matches away from home resulting in 2 wins a loss and a draw; the Terras have taken all 3 points in their last 4 games at the Bob Lucas Stadium.
Adults – £11
Concessions – £8
Children (Under 16s) – £3
Bob Lucas Stadium,
Last Time We Met
The sides last met in November 2017, when despite a spirited effort from the Terras, an in-form Slough Town ran away 3-0 winners at their home ground.
Two goals in the first half from George Wells and James Dobson, before a late goal from substitute Josh Jackman ensured the Terras went home empty-handed.
Weymouth went into the fixture without either Calvin Brooks, Ashley Wells or Brandon Goodship, but did hand a Terras debut to the experienced loanee James Hayter.
Slough Town: Turner, Fraser, Wells, Smart, Nisbet, Togwell, Dobson (Webb 71), Dunn, Lench, Flood, Harris (Jackman 84). Subs not used: Hollis.
Goals: Wells 24, Dobson 40, Jackman 86
Terras: Travers, Seaman, Cooper, Wakefield, Buckley, Down (Hayter 46), Davis (Baker 59), McCarthy, Thomson, Carmichael, Baggie. Subs not used: Sa, Stewart, Suraci.
Terras Man of the Match: Mark Travers