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FA CUP PREVIEW: YEOVIL TOWN V CRAWLEY TOWN

7 November 2014


Yeovil Town are back in action this coming Saturday as the FA Cup kicks off for the Football League clubs as the First Round proper involves sides from Leagues One and Two.

Yeovil have been drawn at home to fellow League One side Crawley Town. Tickets are available from all the usual sources and at a reduced rate. Click HERE to buy online now!

The Red Devils are on a shaky run of form recently with manager John Gregory openly admitting his position is under fire.

In the run up to this Saturday’s fixture Crawley have had a poor October, the month included just the one victory.

Two losses and two draws have sandwiched that win although they did progress through to the next round of the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy.

In defence, they have already conceded a fair few goals this season, letting in four against Rochdale and Peterborough while Notts County notched five a few weeks ago.

Yeovil will be hoping to take the positives from a 0-0 draw with Chesterfield last weekend, a clean sheet has been greatly received and it was the first time the Glovers hadn’t conceded a goal since the win over Peterborough back in mid-September.

That victory over the Posh was also the last time home fans really got the chance to see the Glovers at their best and players and fans alike will be hoping that without the pressure of three points hanging over the game, the next victory will come this coming weekend.

In terms of team news, Crawley can call on a number of former Yeovil players including Gavin Tomlin, Luke Young and Matt Harrold. Harrold is the subject of an interview in the match-day programme on Saturday – make sure you pick up your copy.

They also have October player of the month nominee Gwion Edwards in their ranks. Edwards has scored four times in the last month and has received his first call up to the Welsh national squad.

Marvin Elliott, the thorn in Yeovil’s side earlier this season, has been missing recently, but he is back and available for selection.

The same also applies to Emmet O’Conner and another former Glover Ryan Dickson who has recovered from a long standing injury.

For Yeovil, the main injury concerns surround Simon Gillett and Kieffer Moore.

Moore returned to the starting line up at the weekend but failed to make it to half time before his long standing hamstring trouble flared up again.

Artur Krysiak was also out with injury as was Ryan Inniss and both could be fit enough for selection this Saturday.

However, with permission being given for all six current loanees to play in the cup competition from their parent clubs, Jed Steer may keep his place in goal and Inniss may be given extra time to return as the ‘sixth loanee’.

Earlier this season the two sides met at Crawley’s Broadfield stadium and two Marvin Elliot headers against the side he was on trial at during pre-season separated the sides and claimed the win for the home side.

It was during the 2012/13 season that the two sides last met and it was two dramatic fixtures.

Firstly, in Crawley a 90-something minute own goal from David Hunt secured all three points for the Glovers when it seemed certain to end 0-0.

At Huish Park, Paddy Madden and Byron Webster had the home side 2-0 up inside 20 minutes and fans were hoping for a cricket score; however Crawley showed resilience and battled back and had levelled by the hour mark, to take a point in a thrilling 2-2 draw.

Tickets for the game are available, as always, right up until kick off.

Adult tickets are just £15 with concessions at £10 with Juniors admitted at just a fiver.

There are no price rises on the day, but with queues expected you can get your ticket ahead of the game.

If you can’t make it to Huish Park, don’t worry, there are tickets for all the upcoming home game available. This includes the Fleetwood match next week, the England Under 16s international and all the Christmas fixtures.

Glovers Player has the full match commentary from the FA Cup game this weekend and the club’s YouTube channel will have all the post-match reaction.

Famous Fans: - Well, I honestly couldn’t find any, although England footballer Faye White and Aussie hard man Kevin Muscat were both born there.

A Foot in Both Camps: Conor Clifford, Ryan Dickson, Marvin Elliott, Rene Gilmartin, Matt Harrold, Andy Lindegaard, Gavin McCallum, Scott Rendell, Gavin Tomlin, Simon Weatherstone and Lewis Young.

Did you know? The fictional character “2D” from the band ‘Gorrilaz’ was from Crawley, as their back story, written by Daman Albarn, states.

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