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PREVIEW: YEOVIL TOWN V COLCHESTER UNITED

19 December 2014


Yeovil Town are back in SkyBet League One action this coming Saturday as they host Colchester United in a crucial match at the bottom of the table.

Yeovil will be hoping to have peeled themselves off the ceiling as the excitement of Tuesday’s FA Cup success and the subsequent third round draw is refocused into a League campaign that still needs addressing.

Last week’s mightily impresseive 4-0 away win over Oldham Athletic left the Glovers in 21st place, two points behind Crawley and thus, just two points from safety.

Colchester sit in 23rd place, three points worse off than Yeovil and only a point off rock bottom. A Yeovil win could see their head finally surface above water, while a Colchester win could see them leapfrog the Glovers.

The U’s are currently on a shocking run of form that has seen them lose no fewer than their last five games, the draw with Swindon prior to that means you have to go all the way back to mid-October before they last notched up three points.

Their last away league victory was back in September.

What’s worse is the number of goals they have been conceding, MK Dons scored six, Rochdale got four and Barnsley scored three in this most recent poor run.

As for the Glovers, two wins on the spin have boosted confidence and off the back of results against Notts County and Chesterfield the spirit is certainly on the up at Huish Park.

Yeovil have two more players available following Tuesday’s fixture.

Sam Hoskins, who scored his first goal last weekend, had to miss out due to being cup tied, while Ryan Inniss sat out due to suspension.

That three-match ban has now expired and Inniss is expected to re join the squad.

He’ll probably take the place of Jordan Clarke who is expected to be out injured, he pulled up in the warm up for the Accrington game and the quick turnaround may be too much to ask.

Elsewhere, Kevin Dawson has missed the last couple of games, as has Joel Grant both suffering with slight injuries while Liam Davis and Kieffer Moore have returned following their spells in the physio room.

For Colchester, skipper Magnus Okuonghae is still out despite being ahead of schedule from a long term injury.

They recently brought in defender Will Packwood on loan from Birmingham and will be bringing three former Yeovil players back to Huish Park, goalkeeper Sam Walker, defender Ben Gordon and striker Gavin Massey.

The last time the two sides met back in February of 2013 when the U’s won 2-0, but before that, the last three games had all gone Yeovil’s way.

A 3-2 win, a 3-1 win and a 3-0 win have consisted of two league games and a Capital One Cup game all going in favour of the green and whites.

Richard Hinds, Paddy Madden and James Hayter all got in on the goal scoring during those three games, with additional strikes from Lawdon D’Ath and Dean Parrett sealing the first win.

One game further back, a 2-2 away draw in 2011 is far more interesting due to who was on the scoresheet for Yeovil; Gavin Massey, now of the U’s notched twice against his future employers.

Tickets for the game are still available from Huish Park and you can secure your place right now in one of three ways.

Buy online (CLICK HERE) and arrange for ticket pick up on match day, call the ticket office and speak to a member of staff or pop down in person.

Please note that with Manchester United tickets on sale to Season and Half Season ticket holders the office is very busy.

By the same token, match day itself is expected to be much busier than normal, so please allow additional time for collection of tickets.

If you cannot make the game, don’t worry. Glovers Player will have the full match coverage and all the post match highlights will be on YouTube.

Colchester United

Famous Fans

BBC Radio DJ Steve Lamacq and Poet Ray Hollingsworth,

A Foot in both camps

Billy Clifford, Len Bond, Ryan Dickson, Ben Gordon, Curtis Haynes Brown, Ritchie Jones, Gavin Massey, Efe Sodje, Adam Virgo and Sam Williams.

Did you know?

On April 22nd, 1884, Colchester was hit by a 20 second earthquake measuring 4.6 on the Ritcher Scale, killing one person.

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