Terras ‘mindful’ of travelling to Altrincham amid Storm Eunice
WEYMOUTH are “mindful” of Storm Eunice when making the long trip to Altrincham today, boss David Oldfield admits.
Oldfield’s men will head via coach for Greater Manchester in the 24 hours prior to their Vanarama National League fixture – due to take place tomorrow at 3pm.
Red warnings for this morning were at the time of writing in place along parts of the South West. Amber alerts have been issued for much of the south of England.
One key priority for Weymouth is reaching their hotel in good time while avoiding the worst of the elements stirred up by Eunice.
Speaking to Echosport, Oldfield said: “We will travel (today) and we’re mindful of the storm, certainly.
“We need to leave in enough time, make sure everybody’s as safe as possible and that the driver’s happy in what we’re doing. We’ll certainly do all we can.”
Storm aside, Weymouth are looking for a third positive result in a row after claiming a 1-1 draw with high-flying Chesterfield and then beating Eastleigh 1-0 on Tuesday.
Altrincham have struggled for form since beating Weymouth 4-1 in November, winning just once in 13 league games and only taking four draws.
Consequently, they are one of three teams on 30 points in positions 17th to 19th, with Weymouth nine points adrift of that trio in 21st.
Oldfield said: “Irrespective of where our opposition is in the league, they’re all huge games for us and important.
“But no more than any of the others, in all honesty. Our attitude has to remain the same, they’re all big challenges for us.
“We need to prepare as well as we can and be ready. Altrincham is going to fit straight into that ‘important game’ scenario, certainly.
“It’s important that we’re working to the best of our capacity and giving ourselves a chance. If we can maintain the work levels and our attitude to the work, then it gives us a chance and we can then live with anything that happens.
“First things first, we need to do better than we did in our previous away trip. We’ve got many things that will keep our feet on the ground.”
Andreas Robinson (foot) and Ben Thomson (groin) are edging closer to a playing capacity but striker Dan Smith comes back into the reckoning after missing the win over parent club Eastleigh.
Martell Taylor-Crossdale remains injured and but Xander McBurnie is training.
Elsewhere, centre-back Taofiq Olomowewe moved to Dulwich Hamlet on loan in midweek and Oldfield did not rule out further loan exits.
He said: “It’s in my mind that some players will need minutes but we’ll have to manage that as we go forward.