WEYMOUTH boss Brian Stock has stressed the importance of scoring the first goal at Maidenhead United tomorrow (3pm).
Stock’s men have won three Vanarama National League games in five, and travel to York Road to meet a Magpies side also boasting three wins from their past five league matches.
Weymouth enjoyed an extra training session, with an in-house game featuring two 30-minute halves, after the Boreham Wood match was postponed due to a frozen pitch.
Adding to Weymouth’s confidence, however, is the 3-2 FA Trophy win over Maidenhead in January.
Asked if he expected a backlash from Maidenhead tomorrow, Stock told Echosport: “I wouldn’t say backlash, but I’m sure they’ll be wanting to win, no different to us.
“Sometimes those FA Trophy games are not necessarily what it would represent in the league – they rested one or two.
“But we beat a very good Maidenhead team on that day, regardless of who they put out. We’ll be looking to do exactly the same.”
On the challenge posed by the Magpies, Stock added: “When you go 1-0 down against a side like Boreham Wood or Maidenhead, those games are really tough to get back into.
“It’s important we get the first goal, because their game management’s second to none given the experience they’ve had in the league.
“It’s another away game, but it doesn’t faze me whether it’s home or away. Usually, the supporters might make a difference. For us, it’s just another football game.”
Weymouth have rested some players in midweek, but skipper Josh McQuoid (hamstring) remains out.
There will be a 9am pitch inspection tomorrow morning due to nationwide cold temperatures.
The Terras are also in talks with Cambridge United over extending the loan of in-form striker Andy Dallas.