Yeovil Town are back in SkyBet League One action this coming Saturday as the fixtures come thick and fast on the run in to the end of the season.
This weekend’s game is away at Leyton Orient and is the first of two fixtures against sides in the bottom four.
It is no secret that the next two matches could define the Glovers season with a trip to Colchester following next Tuesday.
First up though and it’s a trip to Brisbane Road or as it is now known as – the Matchroom Stadium.
Orient currently sit in 21st place, one place inside of the relegation zone, two points from safety.
Yeovil remain bottom of the league, but with 33 points they are just one victory away from making a jump to overtake Orient, Crawley and Colchester in one go.
The Glovers are coming off the back of a midweek defeat against top of the table Bristol City. The derby match ended 3-0 to the visitors, but that didn’t tell the whole story with a positive first half performance from the hosts being undone in the second period.
However, the performances prior to that; a win over Oldham and a point at Scunthorpe giving Terry Skiverton’s men a glimmer of hope in the battle for surivial.
Orient’s form has been similarly shaky, defeat last week against Peterborough followed their own defeat at the hands of Bristol City.
Wins over Walsall and Oldham preceded that, but their home form has been nothing short of shocking of late.
The Oldham win has been their only success on home soil in the last six attempts.
Fleetwood, Scunthorpe, Notts County, Bradford and Bristol City have all taken the full complement away from Brisbane Road.
The Glovers are hoping to include club captain Joe Edwards in the travelling party for the first time in a number of weeks.
Edwards was forced off in the game against Crewe and hasn’t been seen in a match day squad since.
Meanwhile, the goalkeeping situation seems to be finally on the mend at Huish Park.
Scott Loach has been impressive since he joined on a short term deal and Artur Krysiak was on the bench on Tuesday night.
Chris Weale is increasing his training work load too and could be available for selection in two or three weeks.
As for Orient, they are going to have to find a replacement for one of their key players as Romain Vincelot has been ruled out with knee ligament damage.
They have however confirmed a loan extension for Burnley ‘keeper Alex Cisak.
When the two sides clashed earlier in the season at Huish Park, Orient came out on top in a comfortable 3-0 win.
Chris Dagnall, Kevin Lisbie and Dean Cox doing the damage back in December.
Things have gone a bit better for Yeovil during previous meetings.
Back in 2014, the sides met in the FA Cup third round, Yeovil winning 4-0 on that day.
The year before saw three meetings, two in the league and one in the JPT southern semi final.
The JPT game saw over 700 Yeovil fans travel to London and were only denied a great day out by a last minute winner for the home side.
In the league, on their way to promotion, Paddy Madden and James Hayter shared the goals in a 3-0 win at Huish Park.
The last Yeovil win at Brisbane Road came back in 2011, when Shaun MacDonald took the plaudits scoring a first half hat-trick in a 5-1 win.
Saturday’s fixture could be the start of a vital week for Yeovil Town and you can still be there with tickets available on the day.
If you’re not making the journey don’t fear, the game has full coverage on Glovers Player and there will be highlights and post match reaction on YouTube.
League One survival is the order of the day this Saturday – the League status of Yeovil Town will look a lot clearer in just 180 minutes of football time.
Julian Lloyd Webber.
A Foot in both camps.
Terrell Forbes, Marek Stech, Andros Townsend, Wayne Gray, Darren Purse and one of the 1949 heroes, Les Blizzard.
Did you know?
Fred Le May played for Leyton Orient in the 1930’s and is believed to be the smallest player to ever play in the football league at exactly 5ft tall.