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Jason Matthews’ desire for derby glee

WEYMOUTH player-manager Jason Matthews insists today’s Ridgeway derby will come down to “who wants it most”.

The Terras welcome Dorchester Town to the Bob Lucas Stadium in the first clash between the two sides this term.

A derby victory in the league was something Matthews’ side failed to record last season, with a 1-0 defeat coming at the Avenue last August and a dramatic 2-2 draw being played out in the reverse fixture at Weymouth on Boxing Day.

“It’s one that everyone wants to win,” the Weymouth chief, whose side drew 1-1 at Chesham United on Saturday, told Echosport.

“It’s a massive game but every game is massive when you are manager of Weymouth Football Club. There is a certain standard that everybody expects us to live up to.

“I’d say it is the best non-League derby outside of the main Conference. The support is unreal and very fanatical. Weymouth supporters urge you to give everything you have got.

“Everything goes out the window in the derby and it’s a case of who wants it most on the day.

“There is nobody more passionate about it than me and we will be doing it for everyone.”

Asked for his thoughts on the start that Dorchester have had to the campaign, Matthews flatly replied: “I am only interested in what Weymouth Football Club is doing, not Dorchester.

“I need a performance like on Saturday.

“I feel if we do that I think we will be on the winning side.”

Weymouth FC would like to advise supporters of both Weymouth and Dorchester Town that the game will be segregated.

Away supporters are requested to use the turnstiles nearest the entrance to the car park, which will be marked and will open at 1pm. Home supporters should use the remaining turnstiles.

The bar will be open for home supporters only.

Dorset Echo

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