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PREVIEW | Yeovil Town v Macclesfield Town

Glovers host the Silkmen in basement battle

15 March 2019

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The Glovers host Macclesfield Town on Saturday (3pm) in a vital battle at the bottom of Sky Bet League Two.

Suffering consecutive defeats on the road, the green and whites return to Somerset with their buffer over the bottom two reduced to just four points. 

Back-to-back home wins over Cambridge United and Morecambe had extended the gap to six, but Town will now look for nothing less than a win against bottom of the table Macc. 

Needing their resurgence in form at home to continue, Darren Way will lose two players from Tuesday's match at Port Vale. 

Sessi D'Almeida picked up a 10th booking of the season to now serve a two-match suspension whilst Rhys Browne limped off with a hamstring injury. 

Town's only other injury concern remains to be Gary Warren (hamstring), with Craig Alcock, Carl Dickinson, Jake Gray, Gabby Rogers and Yoann Arquin fit and available to come into the matchday 18.

For the Silkmen, they head south after having their midweek encounter with Exeter City postponed due to a waterlogged pitch. 

That leaves Sol Campbell's side without a win in their last seven league outings, losing 3-1 to promotion-chasing MK Dons last weekend after making nine changes to the starting XI. 

Head-to-head
Despite their poor form this season, Macclesfield will be buoyed by their head-to-head record against the Glovers.

From the previous seven encounters, Town boast just one win to thier name and have suffered four defeats including the 1-0 loss back in November. 

The sole victory came at Huish Park in 2005, as goals from Darren Way, Paul Terry, Lee Johnson and Arron Davies recorded a convincing 4-0 win in a FA Cup First Round replay.

Officials
Gavin Ward will be the man in the middle on Saturday.

It will be his first match involving the green and whites since taking charge of the 1-0 defeat at Wycombe in April last year. 

In Somerset, he'll be assisted by John Flynn and Adam Matthews with Lee Swabey acting as fourth official.

Coverage
The pre-match thoughts of Josh Grant and manager Darren Way can be viewed on iFollow Glovers.

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On matchday, minute-by-minute updates will be provided on YTFC's official Twitter account and live matchday centre

If you’re unable to attend the game, overseas supporters can watch the game live via the iFollow Glovers service! 

A full match report will follow on YTFC.net at full time with post-match reaction from the manager and a member of the playing staff following soon after.

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Match Reports

REPORT | Yeovil Town 0-2 Macclesfield Town

Glovers fall to third straight defeat

16 March 2019

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The Glovers came out second best fro a battle at the bottom of Sky Bet League Two by suffering a 2-0 defeat at home to Macclesfield Town.

In an open start to proceedings, Alex Fisher struck the post before the Silkmen took an early lead through James Pearson.

The visitors doubled their advantage on 33 minutes when Harry Smith fired home to leave the green and whites with a mountain to climb after the break.

Struggling to break down a compact Macclesfield defence the deficit couldn't be reduced as the hosts suffered a potentially costly defeat at Huish Park. 

Falling to defeat on the road in midweek, Darren Way made two changes to the side for the return home. 

Altering the front two completely, Fisher came in for a first start in three matches alongside veteran striker Francois Zoko as Tristan Abrahams moved back to the right wing. 

With Courtney Duffus dropping to the bench and Rhys Browne (hamstring) absent, Gary Warren (hamstring) and Sessi D'Almeida (suspended) were the only other forced absentees.

On a blustery afternoon in BA22 where both sides had to battle strong winds as well as the oppositon, the visitors were quickest to settle in a game of real importance at the bottom of League Two. 

Despite Sol Campbell's side showing early attacking intent, it was Town who registered the first meaningful attempt on goal that almost broke the deadlock. 

Neat work from Zoko on the byline resulted in a pass to his striker partner in the middle, but after turning neatly on the penalty spot Fisher's shot came back off the base of the post. 

Unlucky not to find themselves ahead, the Glovers fell behind just three minutes later as the 20-minute mark approached. 

Ben Stephens raced into space over the top and with support in the middle, squared the ball for Pearson who swept home confidently.

Needing a quick response the green and whites almost got it when Fisher's header from an Alefe Santos corner had to be cleared off the line by David Fitzpatrick before the series of unfortunate events continued. 

Picking up an early knock Alex Pattison had to be withdrawn to see Matt Worthington enter the fray. 

However, before the substitute had the chance to touch the ball Macc doubled their lead through Smith. 

Recycling the play from a corner, former Town loanee Reece Cole whipped in a cross for the target man to volley past Nathan Baxter from close range.

Following a pattern, Way's side then went close again to reducing the arrears as Alex Dobre had an acrobatic volley palmed away by Kieran O'Hara, continuing their frustration in front of goal. 

In a last flurry of action before the break, Smith curled a 20-yard strike just wide for the visitors whilst at the other end Dobre somehow failed to connect with Abrahams' sumptuous looking ball into the middle. 

Needing a drastic turnaround, the hosts made their final two changes before the hour-mark as Bevis Mugabi and Ryan Seager were introduced.

Producing a more open affair, the outlet of Dobre became more involved with a series of driving runs that threatened to open up the visiting defence. 

Led by the Romanian the Glovers began to enjoy more territory and almost set up a tense final 20 minutes when Zoko rounded the advanced O'Hara. 

Pushed wide by the onrushing stopper the Ivorian searched for Fisher in the middle but the chance went amiss as Zac Jules headed clear. 

Committing numbers forward in search of a way back into the game, a glorious chance presented itself on the break for Macc. 

Clean through on goal Smith attempted to round Baxter but was left red-faced when the 'keeper brilliantly pounced on the ball, but unable to produce any late drama at the other end it was to be defeat for the hosts after a lacklustre performance.

Yeovil Town: Baxter; James, Sowunmi, Gafaiti, Grant; Abrahams (Mugabi 46'), Santos (Seager 54'), Pattison (Worthington 28'), Dobre; Fisher, Zoko.
Bookings: Fisher 68', Gafaiti 78'
Subs not used: Nelson, Ojo, Arquin, Duffus.

Macclesfield Town: O'Hara; Pearson, Cameron, Kelleher, Jules, Fitzpatrick; Durrell, Rose, Cole (Whitaker 90'); Stephens (Evans 75'), Smith.
Bookings: Cameron 53', Durrell 82'
Subs not used: Idem, Welsh-Hayes, Wilson, Marsh, Martis.

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Ticket News

TICKETS | Glovers return home for vital clash

Town host Macclesfield in basement battle

14 March 2019

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After back-to-back away trips, the Glovers return home on Saturday for a vital meeting with Macclesfield Town in Sky Bet League Two.

The green and whites left Huish Park with two consecutive wins under their belt, but have since suffered defeats at Lincoln City and Port Vale. 

Returning to Somerset looking to get back to winning ways, Darren Way's side face bottom of the table Macclesfield with just a four-point gap on the bottom two. 

Aiming to extend that cushion, Town fans can be the 12th man on Saturday and cheer the Glovers on to victory with savings to be made on tickets when bought in advance. 

PRICES

Adult: £17-£25
Senior/Disabled: £15-£22
Young Person: £10-12
Junior: £3

HOW TO BUY

In person: visit the Huish Park ticket office
Phone: 01935 847888
Online: Click here

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