Following the rearrangement of the Yeovil Town fixture on Saturday, Aldershot Town return to National League action as they travel to The Bob Lucas Stadium to face Weymouth FC on Tuesday night in the hope of securing back-to-back away victories.
In association with LV Bet, Kirshon Wilkins previews the game:
Shots Manager Danny Searle has lost the services of Centre-Back Giles Phillips, who has returned to Wycombe Wanderers, after a second loan spell at the EBB Stadium. Alfy Whittingham is out with a sprained ankle, picked up against Stockport County on Good Friday. At the other end of the pitch, Ricky Miller (hamstring) and Chike Kandi (eye) missed out on Easter Monday whilst new signing Kaylen Hinds will be in contention to start. The 23-year-old ex-Watford striker has represented England from u16 upwards, playing and scoring for them in the u-20 World Cup. Alex Finney and Ross McCormack remain side-lined, whilst Craig Tanner is not too far away from a return to action.
Name: Weymouth FC
Nickname: The Terras
Opposition Manager: Brian Stock
Stadium: The Bob Lucas Stadium
2019/20 National League Final Position: 3rd in the National League South (promoted via play-offs)
Current Position: 20th
The Winchester-born 39-year-old was a professional footballer before taking up management. Stock represented Wales at international level earning seven caps including U21 appearances. Stock played for the likes of AFC Bournemouth, Doncaster Rovers, Burnley and Havant & Waterlooville. He was remembered for captaining Doncaster to a play-off final victory over Leeds United, scoring the first goal from the penalty spot against Southend United in the semi-finals of that campaign.
Shortly after retiring from professional football after spending five years with Havant & Waterlooville, Stock was appointed manager of Weymouth FC a few months after they secured promotion to the National League by beating Dorking Wanderers in the semi-finals before winning on penalties against Dartford in the final.
Stock joined Weymouth from the AFC Bournemouth backroom staff, where he was appointed academy coach after a successful playing career. He had previously run his own private youth academy with great success and also earned his UEFA B coaching badge.
11 players have left the Terras to move onto pastures new. Those released include Abdulai Bell-Baggie (Eastleigh), Mark Childs (Poole Town), Stephane Zubar (Gosport Borough), Yemi Odubade (FC Salisbury), Tom Whelan (Chesterfield), Corey Jordan (AFC Bournemouth), Christian Saydee (Bournemouth), Zaid Al Hussaini (Crawley Town), Jack Bycroft (Southampton), and Sam Sherring (Torquay United). Former Shot Shamir Mullings has been released without a club.
13 players have been retained from the National League South promotion campaign. Those players include Harrison Bruton, Adeoye Olumuyiwa, Calvin Brooks, Ollie Harfield, Josh Wakefield, Jordan Ngalo, Jake McCarthy, Andy Robinson, Harry Burns, Cameron Murray, Ben Thomson, Josh McQuoid and Jack Hoey.
15 new players have joined Weymouth this season. Ethan Ross (Lincoln City), Brennan Camp (Bournemouth), Andy Dallas (Cambridge United), Cody Cooke (St. Mirren), Jack Dickson (Poole), Gerard Benfield (Salisbury), Josh Leslie-Smith (Poole), Sean Shields (Ebbsfleet United), Joan Luque (Maidstone United), Dominic Revan (Aston Villa) and Ben Morgan (Gloucester City). Pierre Fonkeu and Jacob Mensah have signed without a club whilst former Shots Alefe Santos and Myles Anderson (Hartlepool United) have also joined the club.
After promotion to the National League, Weymouth have been doing alright especially in their acquisition of Dallas who has scored eight goals in 16 games for the Terras. The Terras sit just outside the relegation places even though relegation will not occur this season and they will be looking to Dallas’ goalscoring exploits again on Tuesday night.
Tonight’s referee is James Durkin with his assistants Colin Hubbard and Grzegorz Kornasiewicz and the fourth official officiating the game is Oliver Spender.