The statistics make grim reading for W*ymouth going in to the Easter Monday visit from their old rivals across the border.

The Good Friday defeat at Maidenhead United stretched the Terras’ winless run to eight games and means boss David Oldfield has just one win from 16 games.

They have also not scored in seven of their last eight matches with their only goals coming in 3-2 defeat at Wealdstone.

Only already relegated Dover Athletic have scored fewer fewer goals (32 to their 31) while their have conceded the fourth most goals with the two they let in against Maidenhead taking them to 71 conceded. Only Dover (85), Barnet (76) and King’s Lynn (72) have let in more.

Oldfield said “In my mind, it’s the next game so it looms right into focus in terms of the importance.

“Obviously, for everybody involved it’s a derby game which is fantastic and we need to make sure we’re looking forward to that.

“But in terms of the reality of the situation it is our next game. We need to get ourselves ready to fight as much as we can.

“We’re aware how big the game is and we need to make sure we look after our supporters as much as we can with a performance that does ourselves justice.”

 


FROM THE MANAGER

Following the defeat at Maidenhead United on Good Friday, Terras’ boss David Oldfield admitted his side were now facing an uphill battle to survive, he told the Dorset Echo: “We knew how difficult the task was when I first came in to the group. I haven’t managed to affect the results enough, that’s absolutely plain and clear.

“Whatever happens now is a moot point, we can’t control anything but ourselves. For us to perform as we did is another missed opportunity and a reality check about exactly where we are.

“I can’t comment on other teams, we have to take responsibility, keep working and fighting until the very last kick of the season.”

 


TEAM NEWS

W*ymouth captain and striker Josh McQuoid is back after serving a two-match suspension.

But winger Tom Blair, who had a trial with Yeovil in the summer of 2021, will miss out serving the final match of a four-game suspension.

Midfielders Ollie Harfield and Omar Mussa are both doubts through injury.

Both Andreas Robinson returned after a foot injury on Good Friday and Xander McBurnie played the full 90 minutes against Maidenhead.

Josh Leslie-Smith (head) and striker Martell Taylor-Crossdale (knee) continue to be assessed.


FOOT IN BOTH CAMPS

With the geographical location of both teams, there are a lot of players who have seen service with both these clubs.

However, the only one who is likely to feature in the latest meeting of Somerset-verus-Dorset is Brandon Goodship.

The striker played eight times for Darren Way’s Yeovil in 2017, scoring a crucial goal in a 1-0 win at Dagenham & Redbridge which helped keep us in the League.

He was released at the end of that campaign and dropped down to the Wessex Stadium where he scored 38 goals in his first season and 39 in his second campaign in the Southern League Premier earning him a move in to the Football League at Southend United.

Despite making more than 50 appearances for the Shrimpers, he was released following their relegation to non-League and returned to W*ymouth last summer.

Goodship has been a regular starter for the Terras in recent weeks and would be expected to feature against one of his former clubs.


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