Yeovil Town will start their pre-season with a friendly against old rivals Weymouth at the Bob Lucas Stadium on Tuesday (7:45pm k/o).
Although the two sides haven’t played each other in a competitive fixture since 1999, there is likely to still be some hostility, and Stephane Zubar’s decision to swap the Terras for the Glovers has added fuel to the fire.
Here are five things we think you should expect from the game:
1) Some players you’ve never seen before
Despite Darren Way already making four new signings this summer, Yeovil’s squad is still a bit light.
Although the gaffer has said he only wants to bring in one more permanent signing, we’re still expecting there to be lots of trialists who are either free agents or looking for a loan move.
2) A goal or two from Brandon Goodship
Striker Brandon Goodship signed for Yeovil earlier this year in January, having already had a loan spell at Huish Park the season prior, but was released in the summer after failing to make an impact.
The former Bournemouth youngster was snapped up by Weymouth and it wouldn’t be too surprising if he got one back on his old club on Tuesday, following in the footsteps of countless other players who have done the same against Yeovil.
3) Weymouth to take the game more seriously than Yeovil
As mentioned earlier, there is a historic rivalry between Weymouth in Yeovil, but since the Glovers were promoted to the Football League it has fizzled out somewhat. While we have effectively ‘replaced’ Weymouth with the Bristol clubs and Exeter, the Terras have fewer options, with their closest team being Dorchester Town.
This, combined with the fact that Weymouth are three divisions below Yeovil and will therefore be looking to cause an upset, will mean that there is perhaps more incentive for them to win the game. The Glovers, meanwhile, will see this more as a test of fitness and a chance to try out new formations with their new signings.
4) Rhys Browne to hit the ground running
Arguably Yeovil’s most exciting signing was their first, winger Rhys Browne who joined from Grimsby Town.
The 21-year-old has bags of potential and will be looking to follow in the footsteps of his father Steve, who played for the Glovers in the 90s. This means he’ll be eager to get his Yeovil career off to the best possible start with a strong pre-season.
5) Stephane Zubar to be on the receiving end of lots of Weymouth abuse
Ironically, Yeovil’s most low-key signing of the summer was Zubar who, as previously mentioned, riled Weymouth fans by rejecting them to move to Somerset.
The defender has already been called every name under the sun by Terras fans on social media, so it will be interesting to see what kind of treatment he gets during the game on Tuesday. Our guess is that it won’t be a warm welcome back!
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