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Weymouth to respect ‘dangerous animal’ Street

WEYMOUTH boss Mark Molesley has described Street as a “dangerous animal” ahead of their FA Trophy second qualifying round clash at the Bob Lucas Stadium tomorrow (3pm).

Street were promoted into the Evo-Stik Southern Division One South after running away with the ninth-tier Toolstation Western League Premier Division title last season.

The Cobblers currently occupy second place in One South and such is the respect with which the Somerset side are held in by the Terras, Molesley has had the eighth-tier side scouted.

He told Echosport: “We’ve had them watched, we’re definitely not taking them lightly. They’re a good side, they’ve got some threats and it’s an opposition we need to respect.

“They’re near the top of their league so they’re riding high on confidence and have got nothing to lose coming against us.

“They’ll be a dangerous animal and one that we’ll be preparing for just like we do every game, giving them the utmost respect but then also knowing that if we approach the game with the right attitude, mentality and work ethic we’d like to think we’ve got enough to get the job done.”

Molesley is also relishing the prospect of a home cup tie, particularly after four away games in five.

He said: “We’ve been on the road the last couple of weeks so it’s always nice to get in front of your home faithful and we hope to get out and put on a good show.

“The fans are making a really big difference to us. Our travelling support has been fantastic this year and our home support, our average attendances have been really healthy

“That not only helps the players, but it helps the club and helps us try and build this club as a whole. We’re very proud of our attendances and we want them to keep growing.

“That’s up to us as a team and players to keep putting on entertaining football and hopefully they’ll keep coming out and backing us.”

He added: “We were really frustrated with what happened in the FA Cup, going out in a replay.

“The FA Trophy is a great competition and one we want to go as far as we can in.”

The Terras were also drawn at home to Dorchester in a mouth-watering Dorset Senior Cup quarter-final tie.

“That adds a little extra spice to that game being a local derby,” Molesley said. “Again, drawn at home which is good for us. Hopefully people watch that game as well but at the moment we can’t take our eyes off (tomorrow).

“All focus is on this and then in the back of our minds we’ve got that game to look forward to as well.”

Ben Thomson came through Saturday’s 2-1 win at Basingstoke unscathed after a recent injury, while Callum Buckley should return from an illness that forced his withdrawal in the warm-up to that game.

Warren Bentley (concussion), Ashley Wells and Josh McQuoid (both knee) remain out – the latter having had a successful operation in late October.

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