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MATCH PREVIEW | Chesterfield - Yeovil Town

Yeovil Town travel to the Proact Stadium

5 March 2021

Yeovil Town travel to Derbyshire on Saturday afternoon (3pm) to face Chesterfield in a clash of the National League’s two in-form sides.

After three back-to-back victories, Town come into this one in fine form with the play-offs truly in Darren Sarll’s sights.

The play-offs are also the objective for Chesterfield who have also seen a resurgence since manager James Rowe joined the club from Gloucester City in late 2020.

 

Darren Sarll’s thoughts

Speaking in his weekly press conference, Darren Sarll was in fine form as he looked forward to the trip to the Proact Stadium; “It’s going to be a tough one, when you go anywhere as a young manager you hope you’re going to get the resources to shape the team, and the one thing I’ve got to say about Chesterfield is that they’ve backed James (Rowe), and given him the resources to shape the team.

“He’s had a small period of time there, but they’ve certainly shown a lot more ambition, on and off the pitch than what they were.

“I really like going to Chesterfield, it’s a good club, and I like the area, I spent a year in that part of the world when I worked at Rotherham, so, I quite enjoy the away day at Chesterfield.”

 

Team news

There was some disappointing news from Sarll’s press conference on the injury front as he confirmed that Luke Wilkinson’s return date has been pushed back to April.

However, midfielder Lawson D’Ath updated fans with some good news on twitter, as he will likely not need surgery on his injury, and he continues his road to recovery.

Lee Collins is also returning to fitness, but Sarll is not willing to rush the club captain back into the squad to ensure he’s fully fit when called upon.

It’s a similar situation for Emmanuel Sonupe, who is nearing a return after a groin injury.

 

A foot in the opposition camp

After a disappointing start to the season, the Chesterfield board made a change in management, replacing John Pemberton with Rowe in November 2020. Rowe’s impact has certainly been a big one, with 10 wins in 15 games the Spireites have flown up the table.

The star man for Saturday’s hosts is Akwasi Asante. Following his manager from Gloucester to Derbyshire, the Dutch forward has continued his red-hot form, scoring nine goals in his 13 appearances for Chesterfield.

There are also a couple of familiar faces for Yeovil fans within the Chesterfield ranks, former loanee Jack Clarke joined Rowe’s side for the rest of the season in January, alongside him Tom Whelan also signed following Rowe’s arrival, putting pen to paper on a permanent move in December.

 

Coverage

Fans can tune into Saturday’s game via Chesterfield’s live stream, linked HERE.

Radio coverage will be provided by the BBC Somerset and Three Valleys Radio alongside text updates across the Yeovil Town social media feeds.

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MATCH REPORT | Chesterfield - Yeovil Town

A disappointing afternoon

6 March 2021

Yeovil Town fell to a 3-0 defeat in Derbyshire against Chesterfield.

Despite three wins on the spin, Yeovil’s good form was not replicated at the Technique Stadium, with Town struggling to create any chances of note, in what was ultimately a frustrating afternoon for the Glovers.

After Tuesday’s emphatic victory over Barnet, Darren Sarll opted for more of the same with an unchanged line-up. This meant Adam Smith began in goal, with Michael Kelly, Max Hunt, Billy Sass-Davies and Alex Bradley in defence.

Jimmy Smith on his 500th career appearance began at the base of the diamond, with Tom Knowles and Josh Neufville in the wider roles. Albi Skendi kept his position at the tip of the diamond.

Rhys Murphy and Reuben Reid once again combined up front.

Following a thrilling start on Tuesday night, the first half at the Technique Stadium couldn’t be further from that, with chances few and far between.

When opportunities did come, they were largely in the form of half chances, the first falling to Hunt who couldn’t direct his header following Kelly’s corner on target.

In truth, Yeovil struggled to get Murphy and Reid into the game throughout, with the forwards best chances coming from outside the box, when marked or off balance.

As the half progressed, Chesterfield became the more incisive of the two sides, with former Glover Tom Whelan a creative threat.

Whelan created a great chance for Jack McCourt on 23 minutes but A.Smith reacted well to turn his strike from the right channel over the bar.

With the half in its dying embers, the hosts would have the only clear-cut chance of the half, after Curtis Weston’s effort from distance was saved, Akwasi Asante pounced but turned his effort over the Yeovil goal.

Whoever scored first were likely to go on and win this one after a tight first half, and Chesterfield did that almost instantly in the second. With 47 minutes on the clock, Asante pounced on a lapse in concentration in the Yeovil defence to round A.Smith and take the lead.

This ultimately gave Chesterfield free reign to dictate the tempo, and whilst Yeovil tried to counter, the three central defenders of the hosts held firm.

Chesterfield struck again with 68 minutes gone. The always-bright Whelan came back to haunt the Glovers with his deflected effort from the edge of the box leaving A.Smith stranded.

Two became three on 77 minutes, with McCourt making up for his earlier miss. He emphatically hammered home despite Kelly’s best efforts on the line to complete a professional second half performance for James Rowe’s side.

Next up for Yeovil is a trip to high-flying Sutton United.

 

 

Yeovil Town: A.Smith; Kelly, Hunt, Sass-Davies, Bradley; J.Smith (Lee), Knowles, Neufville (Worthington), Skendi; Murphy, Reid (Quigley).

 

Subs not used: Dickinson, Dagnall

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