TOMORROW’S Vanarama National League South trip to Dorking (3pm) signals the start of a “tough week” for the Terras, according to Weymouth boss Mark Molesley.
With three fixtures in the space of seven days, all in the South East, Weymouth will rack up almost 850 miles in travelling to Dorking, Hemel Hempstead on Tuesday and Barnet next Saturday.
A total of 15 of the 22 teams hail from the South East, lending the majority of teams in Weymouth’s division a significant advantage for away travel.
Asked for his thoughts on the logistical challenges posed to teams operating outside of the South East, Molesley said: “That’s the nature of the league. It’s the National (League) South and it just so happens there are a lot more stronger teams in and around that area.
“We knew what we were getting ourselves into, we knew the challenges ahead. We still look at it the other way – they have to travel to us as well.
“The shoe does go on the other foot, so we won’t use that as any excuse, that’s for sure.”
Focusing on Dorking, the reigning Isthmian League champions, Molesley added: “It’s the start of a really tough week. As always, we look at it and we’re excited by it.
“There are some great challenges coming up, none more so than (tomorrow). Dorking, like ourselves, got promoted and have started really well in the league.
“They’re a good team, play some very good football and have some experienced players in there as well.
“They’re enjoying a good start, as are we, so it has all the makings of an entertaining game.”
Jordan Ngalo (hamstring) is a doubt, while Cameron Murray (shins and ankles) will be rested.
However, the game comes too soon for Andy Robinson and Sam Sherring (both ankle).