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Ready for Ebbsfleet United friendly

by: theterras

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BRIAN Stock’s team selection against Ebbsfleet United tomorrow (3pm) will not translate into a “set in stone” starting XI for Weymouth’s opening National League game.

Terras’ boss Stock leads his side into their final pre-season friendly before the campaign begins at Altrincham next weekend, Covid-19 restrictions permitting.

Fleet visit the Bob Lucas Stadium having dropped down to the National League South following the controversial points per game decision last term.

And Stock is looking to see a continuation of the good habits his troops have shown this summer.

He told Echosport: “They’ve been very consistent, the attitude’s been first-class and performances in training have mirrored the fixtures.

“I’ll be looking at the players showing similar signs. The squad is very strong and competition for places is very high.

“Usually when it comes to this stage in pre-season you look at what your starting line-up may be for the following week.

“It’s not set in stone. In order for us to be successful this year we’re going to have to be successful as a squad.

“Anyone who doesn’t want to be a part of that, doesn’t remain focused and show the same attitude they have done this year, will find themselves out of the group.

“I think they understand that. I’ve inherited a healthy squad and we should be fine on that front.”

He added: “If I’m being honest, I’ve seen enough of the boys in my short time as manager in training and games.

“Everyone’s had a fair amount of fixture time. We want to build that momentum, win the game and that’s no different to (how) we’ve approached these games so far.”

Jack Dickson is struggling with a similar injury to Cameron Murray’s compartment syndrome issue last season.

Stock said: “Jack has got an injury where it flares up every now and then. He’s one that will need some medical work – I’ve left that with the physios to monitor him.”

Dorset Echo