Derby day is on the horizon for the fourth time this season as the Glovers travel to Weymouth on Bank Holiday Monday.
After a defeat last time out to Aldershot, Charlie Lee will be hungry to get his first league win over Town’s bitter rivals on the South Coast.
The hosts have struggled in recent times, with one win in their last 16 games, and even more recently scoring just two goals in their last eight games. Avoiding the drop seems an almost impossible task for the Terras.
The fixture will kick-off at the earlier time of 1pm due to a request from the local police.
Charlie Lee’s thoughts
Speaking after Friday’s game against Aldershot, Lee said; “The game being away from home suits us, we’re built as a counter-attacking team. Today (vs. Aldershot), when we’re trying to unlock teams we aren’t always as successful with it.
“We’ve got to get through training on Sunday, and we’ll see who’s ready for Monday. Whatever has happened today means nothing we need to look forward.
“I said to the players after the game, they’re lucky the game comes so soon, because if you have to wait a week, its can be a horrible time.”
With games in quick succession, Lee could rotate his side to cope with the physical demands of the fixture.
Max Hunt could be in line for a return to the starting 11 as he made his first appearance on the bench for the first time on Friday since his training injury in January.
Serving the second game of his suspension, Matt Worthington will certainly sit out of this one.
Josh Staunton remains unavailable due to injury, but assisted with coaching duties on Friday afternoon and could do the same on Monday.
A foot in the opposition camp
It’s been a season to forget for our South Coast rivals who seem to be staring down the barrel of relegation. The sacking of manager, Brian Stock hasn’t had the desired effect for the Terras, who have seen their poor form continue under former Oxford City man, David Oldfield.
The star man for Weymouth is Omar Mussa, who has impressed in the previous encounters between the two sides. However, he did receive a red card in stoppage time when the two sides last met.
Have we met before?
This will be the fourth meeting between the two sides this year, and the previous three haven’t lacked drama!
The first two came in the Emirates FA Cup Fourth Qualifying Round. The first fixture finished 1-1, with an equaliser with the last kick of the game earning the Terras a replay at the Bob Lucas Stadium. That replay was a game for the ages, with the Glovers taking an early lead via a Matt Worthington header. With 87 minutes on the clock, it was a case of deja vu as Weymouth snatched a leveller to sent the game to extra time. In the dying moments of stoppage time, Yeovil were awarded a penalty which Joe Quigley had saved, meaning the tie would be decided from the spot.
Neither side experienced much luck from the spot, with Tom Knowles even going viral for his penalty hitting a steward. Ultimately, Yeovil came out on top, with Adi Yussuf and Dale Gorman both converting.
In the National League, the sides were once again unable to be separated in 90 minutes, Weymouth this time took an early lead before Yussuf’s deflected effort in the second half meant the points were shared.
Few tickets remain for Monday’s fixture, with those that remain only available to purchase until 10am on matchday.
Please do not travel to Weymouth without a ticket.
Tickets are available exclusively from the Terras’ website, linked HERE.