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Terras aim to avenge Yeovil derby loss

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Dorset EchoWEYMOUTH boss Brian Stock is looking for payback when the Terras visit enemies Yeovil Town tonight (7.45pm).

Stock’s men were comprehensively beaten 3-0 by their arch-rivals in early January after failing to register a shot on target.

But Weymouth’s Vanarama National League form has drastically improved since then, with 10 points taken in their last six games.

Hartlepool, Aldershot and Bromley have all fallen victim to the Terras in that time.

Looking ahead to the derby at Huish Park, Stock also set the record straight after scrutiny surrounding his recognition of the game as a derby.

He said: “Our recent performances have been excellent, our results have been good. It’s important we carry that through when we go to Yeovil.

“There’s bad memories of that performance at home losing 3-0, so we need to rectify that.

“I think there was a bit of confusion earlier on in the season in terms of the supporters and whether I understood that was a local derby.

“I’ve been in the game long enough to understand probably every local derby in the country, so for me it was a case that the players didn’t really represent that.

“That derby atmosphere we’re going to need to roll our sleeves up and make sure the fans at home understand this is something we’re fighting for.

“We need to fight, win our own individual battles and then hopefully our football will do the talking.”

He added: “It really hurt me to think that the fans (thought) I didn’t know it was a derby, because that was my team talk.

“I’ve played in many myself and one of the biggest things is (playing) it so the fans understand we want to go and win the game.

“I felt we rolled over and it was almost men against boys. We were very stretched and patched up as a back four.

“But we’re a different side now compared to what I saw against Yeovil, and that’s consistency over the last six games.

“Fingers crossed the boys, when they cross that white line, do as we’ve planned.”

Josh McQuoid (hamstring), Jordan Ngalo (suspension) and Gerard Benfield are all in contention.

Stock said: “We’ve got almost a full squad fighting fit. It’s great for competition for places, it’s hard for a manager, but it’s a welcome headache.”