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Weston welcome East Thurrock United to the Woodspring Stadium, as the side continued to seek a spot in the playoff places.

Weston come into this game with the joint-third best home record so far this season in the National League South, following their 1 – 0 win over Concord Rangers last Saturday. Following Jake Reid’s retirement, Jake Lee, Kenan Dunnwald and Tristan Plummer will potentially be looking to add goals to their game, along with aiming to aid the goal-scoring exploits of main man Gethyn Hill.

East Thurrock, on the other hand, haven’t been in the best form over the past five league matches, winning one, drawing one, losing three, scoring eight goals and conceding 15 within that time-frame. However, Weston’s opponents on Saturday boast the league’s top scorer in striker Sam Higgins, who has 18 league goals this season and will be looking to continue to add to his total.

Marc McGregor commented ahead of the fixture, “I saw a number of leaders on the pitch last week in our victory over Concorde. We had good possession but didn’t finish them off when we had the chance. This week we have been working on our runs and play off the ball, along with delivery in to the box.

“We bounced back from the Whitehawk result and plan to chip away at the Saturday fixtures, then the mid-week fixtures in hand should fall in to place. It’s game by game but we’re back in the top half, we have games on other teams and those play off places are within reach, but we have to remember they are within reach of other teams as well. East Thurrock are a dangerous team, if we don’t’ pay them the respect they deserve and play to our maximum we may struggle get the points we are looking for.”

When the Seagulls previously met with these particular opponents back in November, it was a game full of drama. Higgins bent a free-kick into the bottom corner early on, before Dayle Grubb hit back moments later with a left-footed effort. Higgins volleyed in six minutes after half-time, before Hill and Grubb struck within two minutes to turn the tie around. It proved to be Jake Lee’s bullet header that gave Weston their first away win of the season, despite a Reid OG late on to see Weston win the game 3 – 4.

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