TT OPPOSITION Q&A
Duncan Gardner discusses his team Weymouth FC ahead of the game at Plainmoor
Hi Duncan, so tell us a bit about yourself and your involvement with Weymouth fc?
I’ve supported Weymouth for as long as I can remember, from nearby when I grew up in the town and from afar since moving to Bristol 20 years ago.
I am very much a geek and write the stats section in the matchday programme, and have now badgered the club so much they have finally given in and let me do some other media bits such as long reads on former seasons and players for the website.
Sum up the teams season so far in a couple of paragraphs?
Difficult to answer that one succinctly! Firstly it’s fantastic to be back at this level again. We knew it would be a battle to stay up and at first it looked like we may fell short, showing pluck but a lack of nous. Then, just as we picked up form we were told we couldn’t go down!
How’s the Terras’ recent form been?
“Contrary” is the best word to describe it! We’ve won 5 out of 7 at home and not won in 7 away! With no fans in stadiums I think we are all scratching our heads as to why!
What’s been your highlights of the season so far?
Firstly it had to be that initial win against King’s Lynn as we then knew we could cut it at this level! Secondly it’s got to be winning away at Stockport. No one gave us a hope of getting a result there, especially when were a goal down but we came back to take all three points back down south! Thirdly it’s probably our recent 4-0 win over Wealdstone as it’s probably the only game this season where we’ve’ truly been able to relax!
Who are your key players and why?
Every fan probably looks at this a bit differently but as a statto I lean towards players that make a mark in spreadsheet columns so personally that’s ex-Northern Ireland international Josh McQuoid who is one of the few players improving on their stats this season since promotion. His fitness and drive this year has been remarkable and his reward has been a great goal and assists tally.
Secondly I have been seriously impressed with our new left winger this season Sean Shields. 10 assists and 4 goals now and he just seems to be able to have laser guided crosses and free kicks almost every game!
PLAYER PROFILE – SEAN SHIELDS
Date of Birth: 21st January 1992 – 29 years old
Former Clubs: Potters Bar Town, Rushden & Diamonds, St Albans City, Dagenham & Redbridge, Ebbsfleet United, Chelmsford City, Margate, Hemel Hempstead Town, Maidstone Utd, Boreham Wood, Notts County
International: Northern Ireland U-21 (2 caps)
National League Stats 20-21: Played 25, Goals 4
What’s your likely line-up and formation for Saturday?
In terms of line-up its not giving anything away to say we will probably have Ross in goal, Mensah and Aston Villa loanee Revan at CB. Dallas will almost certainly be the lone striker with Shields on the left wing and Brooks somewhere on the right. The rest will depend on who is picked based on rotation, form or niggles and knocks!
Which opposition teams and players have impressed you most?
I would guess Halifax probably fit the bill here as they’ve scored 8 against us in the two games and we’ve never really been close to a result in both. I don’t tend to focus much on opposition players apart from those who have recently left us. Sod’s law of course that Whelan scored against us for Chesterfield last week!