MORALE is still high in Weymouth’s dressing room despite a tough start to life in the Vanarama National League, boss Brian Stock has revealed.

Three games into their first season in non-League’s top flight for 11 years, the Terras are yet to score and have taken just one point from a 0-0 draw at Altrincham.

Stock’s men have since been beaten 1-0 at home by both Woking and Sutton United.

Weymouth achieved back-to-back promotions to reach England’s fifth tier and Stock insists confidence is still flowing ahead of tonight’s clash at Barnet (7.45pm).

He said: “The character is still good in the changing room, the morale is still good.

“We’ve made sure that we concentrate on the positives and there were plenty there (against Sutton).

“One or two players will be coming back into the fold, come Barnet.

“We have to go game-by-game. We’ll be doing all our homework, research, clips, everything in our power to try and give the lads the best resources to try and get a result.

“I don’t think anyone’s going to run away with the league and I think it’s going to be very competitive.”

Stock also believes Weymouth’s late concession against Sutton allowed the Us to display their “gamecraft”, earning a number of cheap fouls and slowing play down.

He said: “It’s a frustrating one because quite a lot of those are bought fouls.

“It’s almost a gamecraft where Sutton have got very experienced players at this level, similar to Woking.

“We had a laugh and a joke on the bench knowing we would probably do the same as players ourselves.

“It’s one of those that when we concede first, that’s when all that comes into play.

“That’s the level we’re at. Time-wasting in the corner, playing the referee, fetching a different ball, goalkeeper going down, they’re all part of the gamecraft Sutton brought.”

New signing Shamir Mullings and Bournemouth centre-back Corey Jordan will come into the squad for the Hive Stadium clash.

Dorset Echo

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