Yeovil Town are back in SkyBet League One action this coming Saturday as the Glovers host Rochdale at Huish Park.
Yeovil slipped back into the bottom four in midweek after a 2-0 defeat away at Sheffield United, whilst a result like that should carry no shame, the ramifications of the result – and others around the Glovers in the table meant they dropped down a couple of places and below the dreaded dotted line.
Rochdale, however have readjusted to life in League One with slightly more success and find themselves in eighth place, three points behind the play off positions.
‘Dale are probably one of the league’s form sides at the moment picking up 13 points from their last six games.
That run includes beating Swindon away, Coventry at home and putting four past Walsall.
Of course, we all know the slight dip in form the Glovers are currently going through, defeat at Sheffield was preceded by defeats to Port Vale and MK Dons with just a draw with Swindon for comfort.
However, the 2-0 loss to MK Dons was actually the Glovers’ only home defeat in the last six at Huish Park.
The 1-1 draw with Swindon had the performance if not the right result and the number of players available for selection following injury is ever increasing.
Yeovil named the same starting line-up on Tuesday as they had gone with the Saturday before, but impressive substitute performances from Kevin Dawson and Sam Foley in Sheffield may have given the manager food for thought ahead of the weekend.
James Berrett didn’t make the trip to South Yorkshire with a slight injury and Kieffer Moore has been resting up following a recurrence of his hamstring problems.
Both of those names cannot, however, be ruled out from a return to the match day squad this weekend.
The duo of Sam Hoskins and Calvin Brooks remain out on loan at Barnet and Weymouth respectively.
For ‘Dale, there are a couple of players we can expect to be missing; Peter Vicenti sustained an unnamed injury in midweek and is now a doubt while full back Tom Kennedy re-joined Bury on loan this week ahead of a permanent switch in January.
Vicenti could be a big miss, the striker has already notched six goals this season, one behind top scorer Matt Done.
When you think of the Yeovil v Rochdale games, the first meeting between the sides will always be a special game for Glovers fans as it was the first Yeovil game in the football league.
Kevin Gall ran ‘Dale ragged at Spotland back in 2003 and with Lee Johnson scoring a third Yeovil’s Football League journey was off to a flyer.
If you’re sat thinking to yourself how much you’d love to relive one of the most special days in Yeovil’s recent history, fear not…
Head over to the Yeovil Town YouTube channel or click HERE for a link directly to the highlights from that game.
Of course, the two sides have met more recently than that, the last meeting was in 2012, and a 3-1 Yeovil win.
Goals from Johnathan Franks, Richard Hinds and Michael Woods sealed the points. In fact, the record for the two sides in the eight meetings probably favours the home side, Yeovil have won four, drawn two and lost just the two matches when these two clubs meet.
A good omen then and if you think Yeovil can carry on that good form against this opposition you can still get your tickets for the game.
Go to the ticket buying facility on YTFC.net and save a few quid by buying in advance of match day or give the ticket office a call or come down and see the club either today (Friday) or on match day itself, but do allow time for queues.
If you’re unable to make the game on Saturday, Glovers Player will have the whole 90 minutes of commentary with all the reaction available on YouTube as quickly as possible after the game.
Looking further ahead, don’t forget that tickets for all the upcoming home fixtures are now available online at YTFC.net and the England v Scotland U16 game in November can be viewed at Huish Park for as little as 50p (groups of more than 15), contact the ticket office by phone or in person for full details.
Comedian, Tommy Cannon and singer Lisa Stansfield.
A foot in both camps
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Did you know?
Rochdale have been in the news this week as they have been given a set of heat lamps to help their pitch grow by local police.
The lamps were seized in raids on cannabis farms in the area and now aid the ground staff at Spotland.
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