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Terras ready for tough test

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WEYMOUTH boss Mark Molesley has called for “more of the same” as his side prepare to face Eastbourne Borough in the MANarama National League South at Priory Lane tonight (7.45pm).

The Terras beat Braintree Town 3-0 on Saturday and moved into the top four in the process to continue their great league form, having not lost in the league since falling to a 4-3 defeat to league leaders Wealdstone in August.

Molesley told Echosport: “We’re looking for more of the same. We’re clear on how the game should be played and we must carry on working hard.

“We know Eastbourne will be tough. We will make sure we are right and ready and keep believing in the way we work.”

Eastbourne currently sit 17th in the MANarama National League South just four points off the bottom, however impressively drew 1-1 with second placed Hemel Hempstead on Saturday.

The Terras boss said his team will not be underestimating The Sports: “We prepare every game the same way. Eastbourne are a well-established National League South team and are probably in a false league position.

“They have experienced players and we are in for a tough game. We are away and have to travel but we will remain fully focussed.

“It’s always difficult being away with a quick turn around of fixtures. We haven’t trained since Saturday so we will see how the boys have settled.

“There is still a few out injured so we will assess the squad, look at the scout report from Eastbourne and go from there.”

Two goals from Jake McCarthy and a third from Ben Thompson won all three points for the Terras on Saturday and Josh McQuoid stepped up his return from injury, playing 51 minutes.

On his side’s injuries, Molesley commented: “Fingers crossed we haven’t picked up anything new, but we will review the squad.

“Josh McQuoid might be ready. This game might be too soon for some of the older injuries in the squad.”

On Saturday, Weymouth played a youthful side, including new loan signing Brennan Camp, who returns to the club from AFC Bournemouth having played for The Terras towards the end of last season.

“We’re no strangers to playing a young side” Mark added. “The average age when I first joined was about 21, it’s probably a bit higher now with some more experienced players in the squad.

“Young players are always going to show a lot of enthusiasm and we’re not frightened to play a young side.”

The former AFC Bournemouth midfielder also stressed the importance of maintaining momentum in the league.

“It goes without saying that momentum is a big thing. This is a relentless league. The top teams, like Wealdstone, are really setting the pace.

“We have to continue to win. Its also important how we win.”

Weymouth will move up to second if they win, level on points with Hemel Hempstead and seven behind leaders Wealdstone, neither team playing till Saturday.

Molesley added: “We’re going to have to work very hard, battle bravely and stick to the game plan.

“We have to make sure we have the right attitude. If we do that and show confidence and belief on the ball then we have a real chance.”