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MATCH PREVIEW | Yeovil Town - Dover Athletic

Look ahead to our FA Cup opener

23 October 2020

Yeovil Town kick off their 2020/21 FA Cup campaign on Saturday afternoon (3pm) as Dover Athletic visit Huish Park.

Darren Sarll will be looking to secure his side’s first win of the season, in a competition he holds dear to his heart.

The visitors after a troubling Summer, have endured a mixed start to their season. Despite upsetting Notts County thanks to a late winner at the Crabble on the opening weekend of the season, Andy Hessenthaler’s side have fallen to four consecutive defeats, conceding 14 goals in the process.

 

Darren Sarll’s thoughts

Despite the visitor’s poor start to the season, the Boss is expecting a tough afternoon at Huish Park, where his side will have to be at their very best to win.

“Any side that is managed by Andy Hessenthaler is going to see life a certain way and they will be very competitive as they always are. We don’t write anyone off, I don’t write any team off because of their form or look at where they are based in the table, I'm always expecting a tough game.

“We’ll take our necessary preparation to try and be at our very best and hopefully with the right care, focus and intensity we will be good enough to beat most teams not just Dover. I’ll take the same attitude into Saturday whether that would be against Dover or Stockport at the other end of the league. They are very tough games and this weekend we know exactly what we’re in for and how hard a test it’s going to be.”

 

Injury news

In his press conference, Sarll confirmed that Courtney Duffus remains unavailable for “at least five weeks.” The Glovers top scorer this season sustained a shoulder injury in our draw against FC Halifax Town.

In the defence, Yeovil will look different with Lee Collins being “unlikely” to start after being substituted in the first half against Dagenham after taking a knock. Luke Wilkinson is suspended following his red card at Victoria Road.

 

A foot in the opposition camp

After financial problems struck the Whites in the Summer, there was a mass exodus in East Kent, with the likes of Nassim L’Ghoul and Innih Effiong moving on from the Crabble.

Recent signings have seen Hessenthaler dip into the loan market, bringing in goalkeeper Tom Smith from Arsenal and defender Bayli Spencer-Adams from Watford, who has already got two first team apps under his belt for the Hornets.

 

Coverage

Live streaming details for Saturday’s match are available from HERE.

Live radio commentary will be provided by BBC Somerset and Three Valleys Radio alongside social media updates on the Yeovil Town channels.


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