WEYMOUTH manager Mark Molesley wants the Terras to emulate Slough Town ahead of their trip to face the Rebels in the Vanarama National League South tonight (7.45pm).

Molesley’s comment relates to Slough’s impressive 11th place in the sixth tier following their promotion in the 2017/18 season.

Weymouth have themselves made a big early impact on the league in collecting seven points from a challenging opening against Maidstone, Bath and Chelmsford – the latter a convincing 4-1 win.

The Rebels, however, have lost all three games of the new campaign.

Molesley told Echosport: “Again, it’s going to be a really tough game. I’m a big fan of Slough and we’ll try and emulate what they did.

“They got promoted, ran a good race last year and we’ve got to use them as an example. We’re trying to follow in their footsteps.

“We’re going to have to be right on the mettle but we can go to that game full of confidence.

“We’re probably more of an underdog in this league but the more results come, the more that might change. At the moment we’re embracing every game we play.”

The clash is the first meeting between the sides since March 2018 when a solitary Calvin Brooks goal handed Weymouth a 1-0 home triumph.

With the game set to be played on the 3G pitch at Slough’s Arbour Park, Molesley felt the man-made surface was no oddity for Weymouth given several teams’ implementation of artificial turf in the Southern Premier South last term.

“It’s not such a rarity now,” Molesley said. “We’re used to it and the younger players coming through train on it a lot.

“It’s not such a big thing, but obviously home advantage they’re used to playing on it every week whereas we’re not.

“I’d much rather play on an astro. It’s flat, consistent and we can play a bit of football. Hopefully it should suit us.

“It’s up to us to do our best to stop their dangers and be true to ourselves and put our game on to them.”

With the Slough contest the fourth of a whopping eight in August for Weymouth, Molesley admitted the congestion favours full-time teams.

He said: “It’s a difficult time for the players but one we’re thoroughly relishing and enjoying.

“It’s the same for all the teams, it probably suits the more full-time teams in our league because our lads are working and travelling and trying to do everything.

“You’ve got to take your hat off to all the teams with this busy period. It’s exciting, it’s fun and we love it, but it’s late nights and early mornings.

“It gets not only physically demanding but mentally demanding on the players as well. To get seven points out of nine is a good showing in a new league for us.”

Stephane Zubar (rested) and Abdulai Baggie (work) could come into contention for a squad berth after missing Saturday’s win over Chelmsford.

Dorset Echo

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