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06 February 2021 Venue Edgeley Park Attendance

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MATCH PREVIEW | Stockport County - Yeovil Town

Look ahead to Saturday's trip to Stockport

5 February 2021

Yeovil Town travel to Edgeley Park for the second time this season to face Stockport County in National League action (5:20pm). 

After an enthralling affair in the FA Cup which saw the Hatters edge Yeovil out in extra time, Darren Sarll’s side will be looking to exact some revenge in front of the BT Sport cameras on Saturday. 

The Glovers won’t be short of confidence either, winning five out of their last seven league games, most recently beating Dover 3-1 at Huish Park thanks to a Joe Quigley double and Rhys Murphy’s second half strike. 

 

Darren Sarll’s thoughts

In his weekly press conference, Sarll described Saturday’s hosts as a “different” challenge after recently sacking manager Jim Gannon. 

“They’re a highly resourceful club with an expensively assembled squad, which often counts for nothing as Sutton showed on Tuesday night.

“It’s a group of solid men, when you walk down the tunnel at Stockport, especially this group, it’s a big group of men. There aren’t many learners and projects in the team either, they’re all established and they pay for that.”

 

Team news

Yeovil Town will certainly be without Josh Staunton, Luke Wilkinson, Lawson D’Ath and Emmanuel Sonupe who are all injured for Saturday’s game.

The fixture provides a return opportunity for Carl Dickinson who was suspended for last weekend’s fixture against Dover Athletic. 

 

A foot in the opposition camp

After recently parting company with Gannon, there’s a a new man in the Stockport dugout in the form of former Brighton coach Simon Rusk. 

Adjusting to life in the National League has led to mixed results for Rusk, most recently falling to a defeat to Sutton United. 

The star man for County is John Rooney, after a spectacular season with Barrow last time out, the Hatters spent big in the Summer to bring the attacking midfielder to Edgeley Park and ignite their promotion push. 

This week, Rusk was able to make an impact on the squad himself, confirming the signing of former Brighton youth player Will Collar after a spell in the SPL with Hamilton Academical. 

 

Coverage

There will be no live stream of Saturday’s game, with the fixture shown live on BT Sport. 

Radio coverage will be provided by Three Valleys Radio and BBC Somerset. 

Live updates will be provided across the Yeovil Town social media feeds. 

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Match Reports

MATCH REPORT | Stockport County 1 - 0 Yeovil Town

Defeat at Edgeley Park

6 February 2021

Yeovil Town suffered another defeat in front of the TV cameras as Stockport County were the 1-0 victors as Edgeley Park.

Alex Reid’s first half goal capitalised on Yeovil’s slow start to earn the lead.

Improvement came in the second half as experience came to the fold, but ultimately it did little to change the score as the Glovers were defeated.

Darren Sarll opted for an unchanged eleven after a positive performance against Dover last weekend.

Adam Smith began in goal, with Alex Bradley, Max Hunt, Lee Collins and Michael Kelly starting in defence. 

In the midfield, Yeovil's diamond comprised of Matt Worthington, Tom Knowles, Josh Neufville and Albi Skendi. Leading the line for Town was Reuben Reid and Joe Quigley. 

Despite playing with real vigour last weekend, the first half distinctly lacked that for Yeovil Town, with Stockport much the better team.

The hosts were able to win a vast amount of the second balls, penning the Glovers into their own half.

Stockport’s pressure would pay dividends on 23 minutes, as Reid capitalised on Collins’ weak header to open the scoring.

The goal did click Yeovil up a gear somewhat, with Kelly forcing a save just one minute later as he fired first time from the edge of the area.

It took until stoppage time for the green and whites to test Ben Hinchcliffe again, with full-back Bradley sending a driven effort goalbound, but another strong hand kept the Hatters ahead.

After a poor first half, Sarll’s side came out with intent in the second, with Skendi firing over on 49 minutes after pressure from Neufville won the ball back.

The right-hand side was Yeovil’s best attacking output, as Neufville continually had the beating of his marker, however when his best effort came in the 66th minute, Hinchcliffe was more than equal to it.

As the half rolled on, the Glovers’s chances became few and far between as frustrations began to grow.

In the dying moments, these frustrations hit boiling point as Collins’s cynical foul left the referee with no choice but to give the Yeovil captain his marching orders, effectively killing the game as a contest.

Yeovil Town: A.Smith; Kelly, Hunt, Collins (SENT OFF), Bradley (Dagnall); Worthington, Knowles (Warburton), Neufville, Skendi; Reid, Quigley (Murphy).

Bookings: Knowles, Bradley, Kelly, Worthington, Collins (RED)

Subs not used: Dickinson, Smith

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