Weymouth v Wealdstone - Match Preview
Weymouth v Wealdstone Vanarama National League Bob Lucas Stadium
Saturday 20th March, 3:00pm kick-off
HOW TO WATCH
Due to the current COVID-19 restrictions enforced by UK government, all elite football in England is required to be played behind closed doors. As a result our hosts will be streaming this fixture live and you can purchase your streaming pass HERE.
The Stones travel to the Dorset coast refreshed and invigorated after their first midweek without a fixture since Stuart Maynard took over from Dean Brennan back in early February. Weymouth picked up a last-minute point at Dagenham & Redbridge in midweek in a 1-1 draw, whilst the Stones last game saw them lose 1-0 to Notts County at Grosvenor Vale. The two sides met back in December with the Stones coming out 2-1 winners in front of 772 spectators, fans in grounds has since looked to be a novelty this season. The last time these two sides met at Weymouth's Bob Lucas Stadium they played out a thriller, in which the Stones came out as 4-3 winners.
TEAM NEWS Wealdstone were down to the bare sixteen in Saturday's defeat to Notts County due to injuries and the rest of the squad placed on furlough. Watford loanee George Langston looks set to be out of action for a couple more weeks after further aggravating his injury and the Weymouth fixture may come too soon for Connor Smith who is still recovering from his ankle injury sustained in the win over Boreham Wood. Daniel Bowry continues his suspension he received for his red card against FC Halifax Town but the Stones are boosted by new signing Ryan Gondoh going straight into the squad.
FORM GUIDE Stones:
Notts County (H) 0-1 L King's Lynn Town (H) 3-1 W (Green, Lafayette, Mendy) FC Halifax Town (H) 1-2 L (Lewis) Boreham Wood (H) 1-0 W (Smith)
Wrexham (A) 4-1 L (Parish)
Dagenham & Redbridge (A) 1-1 D (McCarthy) Wrexham (A) 2-0 L Stockport County (H) 1-0 W (Dallas) King's Lynn Town (A) 2-2 D (Dallas, Robinson) Yeovil Town (A) 3-1 L (Mensah)
WHAT WAS SAID Stuart Maynard: "It's a big game on Saturday and one we are looking forward to. We will recover on Monday and on Tuesday and Thursday we can work properly with the lads now after coming out of a busy period. It's nice to get a full week's worth of training and some of the thing we've talked out about we can address."
WHO TO WATCH FOR? Andy Dallas: The 21-year old striker joined the Terras on loan from Cambridge United back in January and has been in red-hot form since his arrival with six goals in nine appearances for the club. The Scottish forward began his career with Rangers and spent time at Greenock Morton and Stenhousemuir before moving south of the border to Cambridge. His spell at Weymouth is his first away from the U's but his form earned an extension to his loan last month and he's set to stay on the Dorset coast until the end of April the earliest.
Played - 42 Won - 19 Drawn - 6 Lost - 17
LAST FIVE MEETINGS
Dec 2020 - Stones 2-1 Weymouth (Lewis, Cawley) Aug 2019 - Weymouth 3-4 Stones (Lewis, Lafayette 3)
Dec 2007 - Stones 0-1 Weymouth Apr 1995 - Stones 4-1 Weymouth (Brathwaite, Hudson, Browne, Brindou) Nov 1994 - Weymouth 5-1 Stones (Quail)
Preview by Chris Woods