THIS weekend’s treat for local football fans is a Somerset Senior Cup clash between local rivals Minehead and Watchet Town at Irnham Road.

Though the rivalry between West Somerset’s two senior clubs dates back almost 128 years, the majority of the clashes were witnessed during the early 20th century when both clubs played in the West Somerset League, and meetings between the two have been few and far between. 

Minehead held a slightly upper hand when the clubs met in local leagues and cups and, having progressed through higher leagues, the 1st XIs did not meet in a league match between 1939 and 2010 when Minehead dropped down into the Somerset County League.

The opening game of the season then pitched the Blues against the Red and Blacks at Irnham Road and 485 saw the rivalries renewed with Minehead coming out on top 3-0. 

Watchet have certainly held the upper hand since, winning seven local derbies compared to Minehead’s one victory at Watchet on Boxing Day 2012.

Saturday’s cup tie kicks off at 2pm and, though Watchet will start as favourites, derby cup ties can be a great leveller.