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PREVIEW: CRAWLEY TOWN V YEOVIL TOWN

26 September 2014

Yeovil Town are back in Sky Bet League One action this coming Saturday with an away game at Crawley Town.

The Glovers are looking to use the weekend’s home win over Peterborough to spark a run of results that will see them push themselves back up into the top half and hopefully the play-off picture.

Currently lying in 13th, Yeovil sit just two points outside of the top six and just four points of the automatic promotion spots. It may be early days, but just a short run of good results could mean the table looks very healthy as we head towards a busy festive period.

For their opponents, Crawley Town, they too are just a couple points away from sides in a key zone, the relegation zone.

Lying in 18th place, the Red Devils are looking over their shoulders.

Yeovil’s form has been much improved. Only one loss in their last six league games a run which includes two away wins and a resurrection of a home form which hadn’t seen a win since March.

Crawley on the other hand have either been good or bad, not drawing a single home game all season and winning two and losing two.

They have however scored just the three goals in those four games and with the Glovers having already scored twice that on their travels, if the fixture comes down to firepower on the day, the away side may have the edge.

In terms of team news, Yeovil keep knocking on the Physio room door asking if any of their players are fit!

Liam Davis made his first reappearance in a match day squad since the opening day of the season when he helped to bulk out a sparse substitute’s’ bench on Saturday.

He didn’t come on; having gone so long without any match sharpness, he would need some time to get back into the swing of things.

Elsewhere, Brendan Moloney, Calvin Brooks, Simon Gillett and James Berrett are all working on their recuperations.

One other absentee will be Sam Hoskins, the forward has joined Barnet on loan to get some extended game time and he has already made a goal scoring start to his time at the Bees.

Of course, both incoming loanees; Jack Price and Jake Kean will retain their places after a number of impressive performances.

Price is nearing the end of the initial loan spell that was agreed with Wolves, if he is to play against MK Dons next week, the deal will need extending.

For Crawley, boss John Gregory will have a couple of very familiar faces to call upon.

Matt Harrold and Gavin Tomlin have both led the line at Huish Park before while Lewis Young was part of the promotion squad of two years ago. 

Young was minutes away from playing at Wembley for the Glovers but the full time whistle came just too soon for the winger.

The home side will also have Marvin Elliot in midfield, the former Bristol City man has signed for Gregory’s men after failing to earn a contract at Yeovil following a lengthy trial over the summer.

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.

With Yeovil high on confidence and with a couple of team bonding events during the week, the squad may be small on numbers but it’s high in sprits and you can be there on Saturday as tickets are available on the day.

If you don’t want to make the trip, you can listen in to Glovers Player who will have the full 90 minutes commentary and all the post-match reaction will be available on You Tube as soon as possible.

The planning for the home game at MK Dons will kick into gear as soon as the final whistle goes on Saturday and you can already secure your place for the game by getting your tickets early either online, on the phone or in person.

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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