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Weymouth ready to take on Waders

WEYMOUTH assistant manager Paul Maitland says the Terras are feeling refreshed and raring to go after a weekend off due to weather postponements.

They face a Biggleswade Town side that they have not lost in the league to since 2015, and who sit 17th in the table.

Maitland said: “We are feeling refreshed after having a week off, giving all the players that needed a rest a chance to do that but we will be raring to go.

“We are looking forward to it. Hopefully we will be coming back with a good result and setting ourselves up for the following week.”

The last time the Terras faced Biggleswade they won 2-0 thanks to goals from Josh Wakefield and Harry Baker.

The win also kickstarted a run of form which saw them unbeaten for 10 games and, if repeated, would see the Terras remain unbeaten until the end of the season barring potential playoffs.

Maitland said: “It was a very difficult game. They are a good side and on their day, as they have proved this season, they are capable of getting a result against anybody.

“They are another good young hungry side and try to play in the right way. They have got a good manager who knows the league and understands what it takes.

“They are difficult to beat they are always tough games.”

Weymouth last defeat against the Waders came in October 2015 when a 1-0 defeat was inflicted thanks to Sam Merson, son of Arsenal legend Paul, who scored on 75 minutes.

Both sides fell victim to the weather last week as the entire division was frozen out.

Weymouth are currently up to date on their games with 10 left until the end of the season including the encounter with the Waders.

Maitland said: “We would have happily played last week against Slough and the postponement has caused them more problems than it has caused us.

“The week’s rest has not done us any harm, we had a great training session on Tuesday.”

“The proof will be in the pudding at five o’clock Saturday whether it was a good thing or not.”

Biggleswade are on a poor run of form with four losses in their past five matches in the league, although the Waders will be happy that their last match saw them take a 1-0 win against Redditch United.

Meanwhile, Weymouth lost their last game 2-0 away at Hereford but won their past five prior to that match completing a swift league double over Royston Town in the process.

Maitland said: “We would have been delighted to get back playing (against Slough) having lost at Hereford.

“But I think it has just sharpened the boys’ minds and their attitudes towards this game and given them a really good chance to focus on this and take on the information that they have been given.”

Maitland says that the mood in the squad is positive, pointing out that the squad are all good friends as a result of the time they spend together.

“They are right up for it, they are looking forward to the challenges that lie ahead for us. We will start tomorrow and we will be going in a very positive frame of mind to achieve a positive outcome.”

Weymouth are looking to maintain their impressive season so far as they sit third in the table and firmly in the play-off places, 11 points ahead of Chesham in sixth.

The Waders meanwhile sit 17th on 43 points, 18 points off the play-off places.

The Terras had been plagued by illness in recent weeks but this has now cleared up and Weymouth will be able to boast a near full strength squad.

Mark Cooper played for Melksham Town in their 3-2 win over Bridport on Wednesday and should be with Melksham again this weekend for their game against Wells City.

Maitland said: “It has been good that he has been able to get a game in where the rest of the lads have not. It is good for him – it gets him closer to full match fitness.”

Harry Baker joined in training on Tuesday and provided the physio is happy for him to return to action he will be with the squad tomorrow as he looks to return after sustaining a nasty head injury in the 3-0 win against Royston.

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