WEYMOUTH manager David Oldfield described the Terras’ derby with Dorchester Town as "a big day" at the Bob Lucas Stadium tomorrow (3pm).

Oldfield leads Weymouth into his first Ridgeway derby as the headline attraction in the Dorset Fans Festival, which takes place from 10am tomorrow at the ground.

While the festivities crown either side of the friendly, Oldfield is mindful of treating the game just like any other as the pursuit of maximum fitness amongst his squad continues.

Dorchester represent Weymouth’s final test before the Vanarama National League South seasons starts next weekend and Oldfield is looking to apply the finishing touches.

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He told Echosport: “It’s certainly our last pre-season game and the season looms very quickly, so it’s a very important game for both teams.

“We’re very much hopeful we’ll be ready for next week and we need to make sure we get our work out of it, irrespective of what the score is, and get enough minutes into the players that need it.

“It’s another opportunity, it’s our first game at home as well, so we’re looking forward to that.

“It’s a big day. We’ll have training opportunities next week to try and get ourselves best prepared as we can for the start of the season.”

He added: “We need to make sure we’re working to the level we need to work for, for as long as we can in the game. That’s where we learn about our levels and standards.

“I’m sure Dorchester will be the same. I know they’ve had some good results, strong games and have recruited well, so it’s going to be a tough game.”

Oldfield revealed a handful of offers have been issued to new signings, although any deals are not expected to be imminent.

He said: “We’ve still got a small, tight squad and the players have been very good.

“There is still room for recruits within the squad and we need to make sure we get the ones we want.

“We’re trying to get some over the line. Any news before Saturday I’m not so sure.

“We’ve got two or three offers on the table for players and the time will come when a decision will need to made both by the club and players.”

On the Fans Festival, Oldfield added: “We’re very much looking forward to the game, the festival and the opportunity to link up with the Dorset community.

“It’s very important to us and we’re hopeful it’s going to be a really good day. The game itself will be very competitive.”