MARK Molesley says his side’s last two friendlies have given him a good idea of what his line-up will be for the Terras’ opening Vanarama National League South game of the season at Maidstone United next week.

The Terras’ boss will cast his eye over his squad tomorrow as they prepare for their

final pre-season friendly at home to Gosport Borough (3pm).

Weymouth beat Poole Town 2-1 on Tuesday, thanks to goals from Stephane Zubar and Josh McQuoid, ahead of their final friendly, and the frantic start to the season, where they play eight games in the first month.

Molesley said: “These friendlies were definitely a chance for us to look at how we are going to approach the first game of the season. The 90 minutes (against Poole) were a step in the right direction, but we have got a strong squad now and other people are going to need to get 90 minutes as well, and I think we will collectively look at the last two games and see our best foot forward on the first game.”

Molesley admits the hectic start to the season means they are ensuring the players’ fitness is fine for the test ahead.

He added: “What I can say is that there are eight league games in August so we need to make sure that everyone is fighting fit and everyone has got the right fitness behind them both in training and at matches.

“I don’t think I have ever had eight league games in one month before so it is a frantic start and I feel that we have got a squad strong enough to try and stand up to the challenge that that brings, but we are going to need each and every one of them.”

Molesley praised Gosport’s recruitment, but says that the difficulty of the Terras’ last two friendlies is what he was looking for.

Molesley said: “I think Gosport have recruited really well, I think they have taken the lion’s share of the Havant team, which won the National League South two years ago and were unlucky to come out of the National League last year, so they’ve signed a wealth of experience, some established, well-known players and that is why we have taken the friendly.

“Gosport from the noises they have made and the players they have signed I think they will be a real tough challenge and they will represent what we are going to be facing in the National League South. I wanted two tough games to finish on and I think we have got that.”

Dorset Echo

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