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PREVIEW: YEOVIL TOWN V ACCRINGTON STANLEY

29 February 2016


Yeovil Town are back in Sky Bet League Two action this coming Tuesday when the Glovers host high flying Accrington Stanley.

Before I tell you about Accrington the form of Yeovil Town is not to be missed.

Darren Way’s side have been taking League Two by storm since the turn of the year and will be hoping to continue the momentum built up by results against Plymouth, Portsmouth and Dagenham of late.

Two draws against promotion candidates preceded a vital 1-0 win over the bottom side Dagenham at the weekend.

What is more impressive is that Way’s men ground out the victory despite Liam Walsh and Francois Zoko pulling out of the game late on Friday with an illness.

Ryan Bird and Marc Laird came in and both put in performances sure to give Way a selection headache when the poorly pair return.

It is hoped they will both be available this Tuesday after training today (Monday).

Elsewhere, it was noted that only four Glovers made the bench with Jack Compton still missing and Nathan Smith still suspended.

Smith will be back in the squad for sure, Compton will continue to be monitored as will Kevin Dawson and Wes Fogden who edge closer to a return.

It was the performance of two loanees that Way picked out for praise after the game, Tahvon Campell and goalscorer Brandon Goodship flanked the front man Ryan Bird and ran the Glovers attacking game.

Without wishing to put a jinx on things, Huish Park has become something of a fortress since Way has taken over, the only defeat since mid November being the cup game against Carlisle… and even that ended all square after 90 minutes.

Accrington will be a stern test of that home form however and have been on a decent run themselves recently.

There have been a fair few goals when Accrington play too, with no fewer than 21 goals in total across their February games. This includes three for Stanley against Notts County and four notched up against Crawley.

In fact, their 2-0 defeat to Carlisle on Feb 6th was the only time in 2016 they have failed to score.

Billy Kee and Josh Windass both find themselves in double figures already this season and they have been ably assisted by Matt Crooks and Rommy Boco of late.

As if having a high flying Accrington visit isn’t tough enough, they have been compared to the great Real Madrid by their own manager following the win over Notts County.

He said that for 25 minutes they were playing like the Spanish giants, luckily for Yeovil, the rest of the half was played “like Reality Madrid from the Hackney Marshes seventh division”.

Stanley lie in fourth place in the league and whilst the five point difference between them and the automatic promotion places looks daunting they do have two games in hand on Oxford.

Yeovil aren’t out of trouble by any stretch of the imagination, taking the foot off the pedal would be a very bad idea by the green and whites.

Another win would put Yeovil within touching distance of the next group of sides in the league.

Yeovil are on 29 points, five behind Stevenage and Newport who will both be anxiously looking over their shoulders.

There is a full card of League Two action this midweek so no doubt Glovers fans will be cheering on the likes of Oxford (home to York), Notts County (home to Dagenham) and Bristol Rovers – just this once – who host Hartlepool.

The vast majority of Glovers cheering needs to be done at Huish Park though, with players and staff alike praising the quality and quantity of support at Dagenham, recreating that atmosphere at Huish Park will go a long way to getting another positive result in the quest for League Two survival.

Last time we met

Earlier this season, the two sides met on a cold, wet, Tuesday night in Lancashire and it was the home side who came out on top.

Josh Windass and Matt Crooks scored goals either side of a brilliant Josh Sheehan goal, but Stanley deserved all three points.

Despite the two sides being in different divisions last season, they actually met twice.

The 2nd round of the FA Cup drew the two sides together with the first tie taking place up at the Wham Stadium.

The game ended in a 1-1 draw with loanee Jordan Clarke scoring the Glovers goal.

Tom Aldred scored in the second half to force a replay 10 days later at Huish Park.

In between games the draw for the third round was made and gave the clubs the motivation in the form of a home game against Manchester United for the winner.

On a cold Tuesday night at Huish Park, a scrappy game looked set to go the entire distance before two moments of quality from Simon Gillett and Kieffer Moore put the game beyond the travelling side.

Yeovil went on to face United and pushed the Premier League giants far into the second half of the game.

Tickets

Every home game has the same ticket purchasing facilities so you have all the chances to get your place at Huish Park confirmed in advance.

Call us on 01935847888 or simply click HERE and you’ll be able to purchase in advance. Or of course, if you’d like to pop down to the stadium in person, you can, right up until kick off.

Commentary and Social Media

Commentary for all of Yeovil Town’s matches can be heard through the online club service Glovers Player, you can sign up for this by clicking HERE!

BBC Radio will also have full match commentary of the Green and White’s matches, stay tuned to your local station for all the details

Soccer Sight (for the Blind & Visually impaired supporter at Huish Park) will also have a full match commentary of the Green & White's home matches.

Stay tuned to all things Yeovil Town through the club’s social media outlets.

YTFC can be found on TWITTER, FACEBOOK, INSTAGRAM and even SNAPCHAT just search for @YTFC or click on the links provided. Use the Hashtag #YTFC across all platforms to make sure you connect with other Glovers fans the world over.

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