WEYMOUTH boss Mark Molesley believes the Terras’ trip to Hemel Hempstead in the Vanarama National League South will be a “test of character and mentality” tonight (7.45pm).
Molesley has led Weymouth to successive league wins over Concord and Dorking, backing up an away day win at Welling as his side’s strong start to 2020 continues.
Weymouth now visit Hemel Hempstead who, after a solid opening gambit in the league, have dropped steadily into mid-table after failing to win any of their past six league clashes.
But the Tudors still pack “clout”, according to Molesley, after the coup signing of midfielder James Dobson from Dagenham & Redbridge last week.
Molesley told Echosport: “They’ve done some good business and taken James Dobson from Dagenham. He was always a good player for Slough against us.
“He obviously went full time at Dagenham and they managed to prise him from there, so it shows what clout Hemel have.
“There’s some really good players knocking around this league and the challenges are big. I say it every week – we relish the challenge.
“It brings the best out in us. After a tough game (against Dorking), on our travels (tomorrow) we’ll certainly be tested.
“It will be a test of character and mentality but these boys usually show up well.”
Weymouth have laid the template for away day successes with back-to-back wins over Welling and Concord.
“We’ve had two really good performances on the road lately,” Molesley said. “It’s important we marry the two together.
“Our away form wasn’t as strong, but our home form was. Then we had a little dip at home but produced the points on the road.
“It’s about bringing them together now because we’re getting chased down by a lot of teams. We’ve got to work really hard to chase teams above us as well.
“We can’t get ahead of ourselves. There’s a lot of work to do and it’s only going to get tougher. I feel that challenge suits our boys. We’re going to have to be at our very best.”
Ben Thomson (calf) is doubtful after pulling up in Saturday’s warm-up, but captain Josh McQuoid (hamstring) is out.
Andy Robinson and Calvin Brooks (both ankle), plus Cameron Murray (shin and ankle) remain out.