Yeovil Town travel to Edgeley Park this Saturday (3pm) to face Stockport County in National League action.
After back-to-back wins, Darren Sarll’s side will enter the fixture full of confidence with ambitions to build on a positive start to the season.
Despite heavy investment, Saturday’s hosts have endured a slower start than many pundits expected, with one win in four games and just two goals scored.
Darren Sarll’s thoughts
With two wins on the bounce, the moment of celebration with the fans with still fresh in Sarll’s mind, something he reflected on in his press conference.
“When I’m now recruiting players, I play them the videos, after Solihull, Aldershot. Ask Jordan Barnett how he felt after the game.
“It is a special moment, and I still get really excited by it. It’s starting to happen all round the ground at Huish Park rather than just the Thatcher’s and that’s brilliant.
“It gives players great confidence and it also gives them an organic motivation to win. Motivation is the hardest thing for a manager to find over ten months because it’s day in day out and you can only tell stories once to lift and inspire them.
“When you have that connection with supporters, you know if you really put yourself on the line here today and we get a win, we’re going to get two, three minutes of that euphoria.”
Yeovil Town will be without Matt Worthington who serves the final match of his suspension after his opening day red card against King’s Lynn.
Jack Robinson remains unavailable but will return to the club on Monday after recovering from injury with his parent club, Middlesbrough.
In his press conference, Sarll named Dale Gorman and Tom Knowles as injury doubts but they could still be involved come match day.
Long-term absentees Mark Little and Reuben Reid are continuing their recovery process.
A foot in the opposition camp
When looking in the Stockport squad, one name sticks out to Yeovil fans in particular, Paddy Madden.
The Glovers’ promotion hero joined the Hatters in the latter stage of last season in a deal reportedly worth over £200,000. A name synonymous with Yeovil Town’s promotion to the Championship, Madden will be looking for another promotion this season at Edgeley Park.
There’s an unfamiliar face in the dugout for the hosts in Simon Rusk, after parting ways with Jim Gannon during the 20/21 season, the former Brighton youth coach stepped up into men’s management for the first time last season. Rusk now hopes to send Stockport up in his first full season in first team management.
Have we met before
Meetings with Stockport have proved a challenge for Yeovil Town since returning to the National League, with the club winless against the Hatters.
In August 2019, during Sarll’s first season, Town were denied three points with Stockport scoring a late equaliser after Courtney Duffus had put the Glovers in front.
Since then, Yeovil have only tasted defeat, with three meetings last season, the first in the FA Cup which saw Stockport claim an injury time winner. Two 1-0 wins in the league secured a clean sweep of victories for the Hatters.
Tickets for Saturday’s game are still available from the Stockport County ticket office website, linked HERE.