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PREVIEW: YEOVIL TOWN V CRAWLEY TOWN

6 February 2015



Yeovil Town are back on SkyBet League One action this coming Saturday when Crawley Town visit Huish Park for a 3pm kick off.

Attention returns to on-the-field matters for the game as most of the media coverage has surrounded the departure of Gary Johnson on Wednesday.

Johnson’s second spell in charge at Huish Park had come to an end following a poor run of results since dropping out of the Championship.

Assistant Terry Skiverton (pictured below) and coach Darren Way take over the reigns for the foreseeable future and that begins with Saturday’s vital home fixture.


It’s 24th vs 22nd in the league and with both sides within touching distance of the safety zone the match has huge significance.

With a win, Yeovil can jump up to 21st and leapfrog up to three other sides – including Crawley.

Terry Skiverton will have a couple of key decisions to make to the side, firstly, with Jed Steer returning to Aston Villa he will need a replacement goalkeeper in the Glovers side.

Artur Krysiak (pictured below) leads the line for a spot in the side with Chris Weale still side lined with an injury, goalkeeper coach Gareth Stewart still holds his playing registration and could take his place on the bench.


Also returning to the squad is defender Ben Nugent; the Cardiff loanee has been out of the side for the last four games through suspension but is now available again.

Striker Kieffer Moore has been filling in at the heart of the defence, if Nugent does get his place back, Moore could return to a more attacking role.

New signing Fergus Bell is also placed to make his debut after being an unused substitute last time out away at Peterborough.

As for Crawley, they too have seen a managerial switch this season with Dean Saunders taking over from John Gregory (pictured below).


They have also been busy in the transfer market signing Mathias Pogba and Lee Fowler over the last couple of days.

In terms of form, Crawley actually sit below Yeovil in the table; they have lost their last five consecutive away fixtures and haven’t won a league game on the road since the opening day of the season.

No side in League One has lost more away games this season than Crawley, their nine losses on opposition territory is one more than a number of sides, including Yeovil.

The two sides have met twice already this season, once in the league and once in the FA Cup First Round.

In the return league encounter, two headers from former Glovers trialist Marvin Elliott secured all three points.

However, in the FA Cup, Yeovil got their own back at Huish Park.

Manchester City loanee Jordy Hiwula scored the only goal of the game that sent the Glovers through to the second round.

Prior to this season, the sides have only crossed paths once, during the Yeovil promotion season of 2012/13.

In the away fixture, a last gasp own goal gave Yeovil all three points while goals from Paddy Madden and Byron Webster put Yeovil 2-0 up at Huish Park.

However, goals from Joe Walsh and Matt Sparrow saved a point for the Red Devils.

Yeovil will be hoping to take advantage of their unbeaten home record against Crawley and put themselves in prime position for a climb up the table.

The news from ticket office is good too, early bird sales have been good and the early bird savings can be taken advantage right up until 1pm on Match Day.

So, buy your tickets now and save money or come along on Saturday and take advantage of the same pre-match price.

Buy in person at Huish Park, call the ticket office on 0193584788 or click HERE to buy online.

The online ticketing purchase system has availability for all the upcoming home games.

Terry Skiverton takes charge again this Saturday and everyone at the club needs your support to get the club back up the table where it belongs.

So, bring a mate, bring the family and get behind Skivo, Daz as well as Joe Edwards and the whole squad as Yeovil Town take on one of their relegation rivals.

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 (pictured above).

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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