WIMBORNE Town boss Tim Sills is focused on preparing his troops for another challenging Southern League Division One South test against Evesham United.

League leaders Magpies welcome Evesham to New Cuthbury tomorrow afternoon (3pm) as they look to maintain their promotion push.

Both sides finished inside the play-offs last season before being knocked out at the semi-final stage, but Sills and Wimborne are looking to go one better by earning automatic promotion via the league title.

Evesham enter the fixture with just one defeat in the league since the end of October, a run that leaves them nine points behind Wimborne, albeit having played two more times than their hosts.

Discussing the upcoming game, Sills told the Daily Echo: “They’ve been a little bit Jekyll and Hyde this year, but they've put a bit of a run together recently to get into the playoffs.

“There'll be another a big, strong team that have got some quality in there as well.

“So we'll be very wary of the threats that they bring.”

Magpies’ last game was abandoned in added time away at Larkhall Athletic after Wimborne midfielder Jez Bedford required serious medical treatment.

Following tests at hospital, it was revealed that Bedford had suffered a lacerated kidney, ruling the former Portsmouth midfielder out for some time.

Bedford now joins a growing list of absentees.

Dan Bartlett, Sam Roberts, Jack Hoey and Connor Cocklin have all been on the sidelines with injuries of varying lengths and severity.

Those injuries, combined with the departures of Jamie Johnston and Ben Satterley to Bashley and Shaftesbury has left Wimborne’s squad looking “threadbare” according to Sills.

He restarted: “Obviously we're a little bit threadbare now in terms of the squad, having probably had a squad that was far too big about three weeks ago.

“It's amazing how these things change so quickly.

“So, we'll be reassessing the troops over the next couple of sessions making sure that we're in the best physical and mental shape to take on what will be, another really tough opposition, thankfully at home.

“The big games will just be coming thick and fast.

“Every game now is a big one.

“It's all part of the puzzle that we want to complete to take us to promotion this year.”

Wimborne enter the weekend level on 40 points with second-placed Frome Town, who have played one game more than Magpies.