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Virgin Islands game ‘a coup’ for Terras

WEYMOUTH manager Mark Molesley has described the friendly against the British Virgin Islands on Wednesday (7.30pm) as a “real coup” for the club.

The friendly, announced on Thursday, will see the Terras take on a side from the British Overseas Territory with the national side currently holding a training camp in Milton Abbey.

Molesley said: “It is a great coup for the club that the British Virgin Islands have chosen our football club and our ground to try and come and get a friendly so we are pleased to get on board.

“It will give players who need much needed minutes and it also gives us the chance for Weymouth to host an international game.”

The match will come three days before Weymouth host Banbury United in their Evo-Stik Southern Premier League fixture at the Bob Lucas and Molesley admits it will be a chance to look at some players.

Molesley said: “People need to top up their match fitness, it gives us a great opportunity to look at some of our younger dual registration players. Give much needed match fitness to the players that need it and we get to host an international game.

“I think it is a real coup for the club that people are approaching us now with things of this magnitude I think it is fantastic and it should be an interesting game. I am not sure really what to expect.

“Hopefully it will be a nice evening and people will come and see what it is all about and see some of our younger players as well. It should be a good evening and a good spectacle.”

Weymouth youngster Bailey Rowe has received an invite to the training camp of the team, who are currently ranked 205th in the world.

Dan Neville, the assistant-manager of the Virgin Islands, runs a football coaching company in Dorset and is from Lytchett.

When asked about how it came about, Molesley said: “It is through the British Virgin Islands management team, they have known about us, that we have got an excellent pitch and facilities.

“They are over with a camp over here, I think they are just starting their preparations so I think it is fairly early on in their preparations so they are looking for games so we are only too pleased to host.”

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