Match Preview: Notts County v Weymouth – Saturday 23rd April – 15:00
The Terras travel north to Nottinghamshire to face promotion hunting Notts County at Meadow Lane in the Vanarama National League.
Despite a spirited performance from the Terras on Monday to earn a 0-0 draw against rivals Yeovil, Weymouth failed to gain significant ground on Aldershot Town who sit 20th and 13 points clear of David Oldfield’s side. With games running out, Weymouth will need to ensure that they put on a good performance against Notts County tomorrow afternoon to keep themselves safe from relegation for another matchday. However, if Aldershot Town secure a victory against Solihull Moors tomorrow and Weymouth lose, the Terras will be officially relegated to the Vanarama National League South. This is something that Weymouth will be urging themselves to avoid this weekend, to keep the fight to stay in this division lasting as long as they can. Notts County will prove to be a tough test and David Oldfield’s side will have to be fully confident and at their very best to come away with points.
TERRAS 0-0 YEOVIL TOWN
MAIDENHEAD UNITED 2-0 TERRAS
TERRAS 0-0 GRIMSBY TOWN
TORQUAY 3-0 TERRAS
WOKING 2-0 TERRAS
WEALDSTONE 3-2 TERRAS
Weymouth currently sit 22nd in the table with 24 points from 38 games
Ian Burchnall’s side currently sit inside the play off positions, two points clear of Dagenham and Redbridge, who have played a game more. With one defeat in their last six matches, Notts County will be hoping to continue their good run of form to maintain their promotion push. In their last game, on Good Friday, Notts County defeated King’s Lynn Town 4-1, with goals from Kyle Wootton, Callum Roberts, Aaron Nemane and Elisha Sam. This result got them back to winning ways as they were defeated 5-1 by play-off chasers Torquay United in the game previous to King’s Lynn. The Magpies come into this game at the weekend with impressive home form, with just two defeats at home all season and 12 wins from 19 home matches played this season. This will prove to be a tough test for David Oldfield’s side, with Notts County eagerly looking to build on last week’s result.
Player To Watch: Kyle Wootton
With 17 goals so far this season, Wootton, who has scored in the last two matches for the Magpies, will be hoping to add to his tally to chase down the Golden Boot leaders in the league, but crucially help Notts County strengthen their play-off place.
NOTTS COUNTY 4-1 KING’S LYNN TOWN
TORQUAY UNITED 5-1 NOTTS COUNTY
SOUTHEND UNITED 0-3 NOTTS COUNTY
NOTTS COUNTY 1-1 CHESTERFIELD
NOTTS COUNTY 1-0 BOREHAM WOOD
DAG & RED 1-2 NOTTS COUNTY
Notts County currently sit 7th in the league with 67 points from 38 games
@TerraStatman’s Facts of the Match
Just the three meetings against the mighty magpies from Nottingham, all in league games over this season and last.
Our first ever encounter was in January 2021 at the BLS when it took a freak Eli Sam goal to separate the teams just after half time as the Belgian lobbed Ethan Ross in the Terras goal from the most acute of angles. The return game late in the season in May of that year was sadly a 0-3 reverse with Rodrigues opening the scoring with a penalty before Wootton and Boldewijn added a goal apiece, the latter the only man to have moved on from the Pies squad as he is now playing for Sutton United.
Back to this season and the campaign was just a couple of weeks old when we secured a fine draw at the home as, although Roberts scored just before the hour mark for the visitors, we responded just 10 mins later as our own Belgian wonder Omar Mussa flicked the ball on to Andy Robinson for a fine equaliser.
In terms of those players who have been in both dressing rooms in the last couple of years – Ross Fitzsimons and Sean Shields have both played for the East Midlanders from our current squad and recent player Alefe Santos also had a spell at Meadow Lane.