Wrexham v Weymouth: Team news and manager interview – Dorset Echo

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Weymouth 4°c
Ben Thomson, left, is out with a groin problem Picture: MARK PROBIN
WEYMOUTH have “nothing to lose” in their trip to Vanarama National League giants Wrexham, according to boss Brian Stock.
Wrexham host the Terras at the Racecourse Ground in front of the BT Sport cameras tomorrow evening (5.20pm).
The Red Dragons are backed by Hollywood celebrities Ryan Reynolds and Rob McElhenney and have a vast budget compared to the hybrid-time Dorset club.
Bookmakers have Wrexham as 2/5 favourites at the time of writing – and Stock is thriving on the underdog tag as his side looks to halt a run of four straight leagues losses.
He told Echosport: “It’s probably one of those games where we’ve got nothing to lose.
“Coming off the back of a disappointing few results, it’s not easy going to Wrexham. We know everything about them, we’ve watched them.
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“They’re very solid defensively, have got a good manager (Phil Parkinson) that knows how to win games and they’ve got loads of experience in there as well.
“They’ve obviously spent big and they’ll be looking to go up in their first attempt since the Hollywood guys have taken over.
“We know we’re up against it, but it’s been a good week in terms of highlighting one or two things we can improve on in performance.
“If we can rectify those decisions which we’ve made, which have been costly and led to goals, then we’ll be all right.”
Weymouth are yet to win in front of the BT Sport cameras since their rise to the National League, losing 5-1 to Halifax and drawing 1-1with Dover.
“It’s not something I’ve thought about,” Stock confessed. “You look at the Halifax game, that was disappointing and Dover the performance wasn’t great but we managed to get a draw.
“I’m sure it doesn’t play on the players’ minds – it certainly doesn’t mine. It would be nice to put in a performance and there’s no better place to do that than away at Wrexham.”
Asked how Weymouth will combat Wrexham’s strengths, Stock said: “First and foremost we need to make sure we stand up to the bombardment of their directness.
“Whether that’s from throw-ins, corners, they tend to put a big emphasis on them. They’re very resolute in how they defend.
“We want to make sure we go there with an understanding of our game plan and impose ourselves. We’re not here to make the numbers up.
“No doubt they’ll be the bookies’ favourite but I quite like being the underdog and the fact that we are where we are, it could be one of those games that turns our season.
“If we can go there, pick up points, it’s probably a game everyone would look at and say we’re not expected to get any points out of.”
Ben Thomson (groin) is unlikely to make his 250th appearance for the Terras, while Tom Blair (toe) and Ben Morgan (foot) will be monitored.
Echosport understands Weymouth are in the market for a central defensive midfielder.
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