SKIPPER Stewart Yetton cannot wait to lead the new-look Terras into battle against Plymouth Argyle, the club he played for and grew up supporting, this afternoon (3pm).
The prolific frontman, who came through the youth ranks with the Pilgrims and is a lifelong fan of the club, will welcome some familiar faces to the Bob Lucas Stadium when he captains Weymouth in the pre-season clash.
“I always look forward to playing against them, it is my hometown club and I am a keen fan as well,” the striker, who made three appearances for the Argyle first team, told Echosport.
“When you play professional clubs it is always good because you get the chance to test yourself against a better side.
“You would expect them to be fitter and stronger than us but hopefully we can match them for a bit and it will be a good game.
“Hopefully the sun will shine and it will be a good day as well, especially with the Argyle fans, they tend to travel around so hopefully we will get a good crowd at the Bob Lucas.”
As well as Yetton, Weymouth have other strong connections with Plymouth.
Midfielders Shane Krac and Steve Colwell were born there, Jamie Laird was an apprentice with the club and Terras’ trialist Jordan Copp also made an appearance for the first team before being released.
Yetton added: “It’s a testament to Argyle’s youth set up because not only have some gone on to Premier League and Championship clubs, the players they have produced are also doing well in the non-league circuit as well, it’s something they should be proud of.”
And although the game is only a warm-up for both club’s competitive schedules, the Weymouth skipper is keen to score past his old pal, Argyle stopper and newly-named club captain Luke McCormick, who he played with during his time in the Plymouth reserves and youth team.
“I am really good friends with Luke and I’m really looking forward to seeing him,” Yetton added.
“It would be lovely to put one past him and for all the lads to test ourselves and see where they are at the minute.
“We have had a few games against teams that have been lower than us and we need a tougher test now."
With the club’s league schedule announced for the upcoming season, the Weymouth talisman is also relishing the prospect of facing up against Dorchester Town on derby day next month.
He added: “I can’t wait for it, it’s ‘El Jurassico’ and it will be lovely to get a win against them.
“There will be loads of fans there and we are all excited about it. I know there is a big rivalry and it’s nice to play in games like that.”