WEYMOUTH manager Brian Stock voiced his ambition for the Terras to “work smart” in training this season ahead of their latest friendly at home against Exeter City tonight (7pm).
Stock held his first training session with his inherited squad on Thursday, prior to beating Poole 4-0 in a friendly on Saturday.
With Weymouth being one of the few part-time clubs in the National League, Stock feels time spent coaching his players is crucial.
He told Echosport: “The squad is healthy, they’ve had a lot of success over the last two years and the club have done well to maintain the majority of the players.
“Three players were signed almost the day before I joined.
“So they’ve done their homework and brought quality into the side.
“Training session-wise, I set a demand with the intensity I wanted to train at and maybe cut down the minutes.
“If they train at the intensity they did on Thursday, we can get all our work done in that timeframe.
“The quality is great, the attitude is great and I just feel we need that given we’re a part-time side.
“When we are in (for training) we need to work hard and work smart.
“We don’t necessarily need to train for two hours, but we’re looking at transitions, tempo and attitude. Some of the runs we did on Thursday I was really impressed with.”
Weymouth’s substitutes again proved they possess a golden touch, making a big impact against the Dolphins, just as they did at Dorchester.
“That’s going to be crucial for us this year, subs are going to need to impact the game,” Stock said.
“I made four substitutions at half-time (against Poole) and the challenge was to maintain that.
“When you look at the boys that came off, Calvin (Brooks), Jordan (Ngalo) and Thommo (Ben Thomson) – three players that put on a really good first-half performance and that continued through the rest of the game.”
Myles Anderson (ankle) and Cody Cooke (hamstring) trained prior to the Poole game and could feature against Exeter.