MATCH PREVIEW | Chesterfield – Yeovil Town

Yeovil Town are on the road once again this weekend with a trip to Derbyshire to face Chesterfield.

Following Tuesday’s draw with Maidenhead, Yeovil made it just one defeat in their last six games, but with just one win across the period too, manager Darren Sarll described his side as being on a ‘knife-edge’ going into the game.

The fixture will kick-off at the later time of 5:20pm, due to it being selected for television coverage on BT Sport.

Darren Sarll’s thoughts

Speaking in his pre-match press conference, Sarll said; “The fact we’re always in games at the moment is good for us. When you look at our longest winning run this year, we’ve always had to play a mix of players.

“We’ve played a left-back in midfield most of the year in Jordan Barnett and he’s been a revelation.

“At the moment we’re one loss in six, but we’re only one win in six. We’re on a fine knife-edge now and we can tip one way or the other.

“With how this group of players has come together, despite their age and the big turn around in the summer, I’ve got nothing but admiration for the group.”

Team news

In his pre-match press conference, Sarll suggested it was ‘unlikely’ that Olufela Olomola would be included in his squad due to an injury he sustained against Maidenhead United on Tuesday evening. That could open the door for Adi Yussuf, Reuben Reid or Sonny Blu Lo-Everton to return to the forward line.

Max Hunt remains sidelined for this fixture, but Darren Sarll confirmed in his post-match press conference that the club are working to extend Ben Barclay’s loan deal.

Dale Gorman will serve the final game of his suspension on Saturday.

A foot in the opposition camp

Paul Cook has had a hero’s welcome back to Chesterfield since his unveiling as manager, but it’s not been an ideal start for him. The 55-year-old has seen two defeats and a draw away to Weymouth in his first three fixtures, alongside an injury to star man Kabongo Tshimanga to add salt to the wounds.

Even without Tshimanga, the hosts do boast fire-power, with one forward Glovers fans know well likely to lead the line. Joe Quigley who signed for the Derbyshire outfit last month for an undisclosed fee, is yet to score for Chesterfield, but has six National League goals to his name whilst playing For Yeovil this season.

Have we met before?

Our first ever meeting with Chesterfield came in an FA Cup third round clash in 1950, where Yeovil were defeated 3-1 at Chesterfield’s old ground, Saltergate.

Prior to 2019, the two clubs had only ever met in league action within the EFL. Last season, the Glovers endured a turbulent time against Saturday’s visitors, losing both games. 

It was a similar story when the two sides met in September, where Town fell to a 2-0 defeat at Huish Park.

However Darren Sarll’s first season at the helm, Yeovil faired much better, winning the sole fixture between the two sides at the Technique Stadium 2-1 thanks to goals from Myles Hippolyte and Rhys Murphy. 

Tickets

Our hosts advise to purchase from their website, linked HERE. Tickets purchased on match day are subject to a £1 increase, and will be taken from online sale one hour before kick-off. 

Yeovil Town supporters should purchase tickets in ‘Block N3’.

Those who wish to book travel by supporters coach, can do so by contacting Paul Hadlow of the Green & White’s Supporters Club – 07736044570

Ticket prices: Adults £18, Concessions 65+ £14, 17-21 £11 Under 16 £7  U7 £5