May & Baker boss Wetherall expecting tough test at Benfleet

PUBLISHED: 12:00 23 November 2018

May & Baker manager Micky Wetherall during May & Baker vs Swaffham Town, Buildbase FA Vase Football at Gale Street on 4th November 2018

May & Baker manager Micky Wetherall during May & Baker vs Swaffham Town, Buildbase FA Vase Football at Gale Street on 4th November 2018

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May & Baker manager Micky Wetherall is expecting a tough game when they travel away to Benfleet this weekend.

But the boss says he side will be ready and well prepared for the clash, as they continue trying to chase down the top four in the Thurlow Nunn Division One South.

Bakers currently sit fifth in the league standings with more than a handful of games in hand on their title rivals.

“This will be a tough game. We will be giving it everything we have available,” Wetherall said.

“We got some extra work in on Saturday with no game, then had a good rest until Wednesday when I get the lads back in for training.

“An ice bath to help recovery and then we’ll talk tactics for the weekend.”

Wetherall admits he respects opponents Benfleet and knows they will be looking to win in front of their own fans at Park Lane.

“I respect Benfleet and their set-up. They will want to win the game obviously, but I want us to want it more, it’s down to the lads to show that,” he added.

“I have had players on the phone wanting to come in and with the month we have just had I’ll be looking to strengthen.”

Bakers have moved to sign defender Reece Latimer from Bostik North outfit Aveley ahead of the clash.

“We have agreed to take a player from Aveley in Reece Latimer – a dominant defender who needs his opportunity so we’re going to give him exactly that.

“I’m going to watch him in his natural comfort on Friday and then we will bring him in to ours and see how he does.

“He’s been recommended for a long time by George Christou and that lad just keeps producing players. When he tells me ‘this lad is ready’ then he’s ready.”

Bakers go into the match on the back of progressing into the quarter-finals of the First Division Knockout Cup with a comfortable 6-1 victory against Lopes Tavares.

After originally going a goal down, braces from Conor Okus and Alexander Owuadey, as well as solo efforts from Kiel Chandler and Besmir Hoxhaj, sealed the win for the Bakers in their third-round tie at the Terence McMillan Stadium.

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