WEYMOUTH boss Mark Molesley refused to underestimate rivals St Albans City ahead of the Terras’ FA Cup third qualifying round battle at the Bob Lucas Stadium tomorrow (3pm).
Molesley oversaw a convincing 4-1 victory over Saints in the National League South in September but remains cautious of City’s ability.
That caution stems from St Albans’ long presence in English football’s sixth tier, plus a belief that Saints’ league position of 19th belies their quality.
Molesley told Echosport: “It’s another exciting game and we’re full of confidence. At the same time we’ve got our feet firmly on the floor because it’s going to be another difficult game.
“As I said when we played St Albans the other week, they’re an established (National League) South side with good experienced players.
“They’ve probably had a couple of unfortunate results but they were right behind us when we played them.
“It’s probably a little bit of temporary form – they proved that last year. They had a couple of indifferent times during the season but finished really strongly.
“They’re certainly a good side and one we’re not underestimating – we’ll have to be right at it.”
Molesley also has designs on making the Bob Lucas Stadium a formidable ground to visit, especially in cup competition.
He said: “That’s what we’ll be looking to do, making this a tough place to come and hopefully the fans will turn up and push us on like they’ve done so well this season.
“It’s no secret that when our crowd’s behind us it’s a great atmosphere down there and really brings out the best in the boys.
“We know as a team we’ve got to give them something to cheer about. You can only do that by showing the right attitude, body language and good reactions on the pitch showing what it means to play for the football club.”
Jordan Ngalo returns from loan club Blackfield & Langley, while Sam Sherring (ankle) remains out despite a return to running work.
Winners of the tie will receive an additional £11,250 with the losers banking £3,750.