Yeovil Town are back in SkyBet League Two action this coming Good Friday hosting Carlisle United at Huish Park with a 3pm kick off.
The choc-a-block Easter programme is somewhat lighter for the Glovers who don’t have Monday’s fixture to contend with because of international call ups to both Yeovil and their opponents Stevenage.
All of this means that focus can switch in full to this Friday’s game against play-off chasing Carlisle United.
The Glover are looking to right the wrongs of their last fixture, a 3-0 defeat to Cambridge United.
It’s hoped that the game was nothing more than a blotch on an otherwise impressive form book.
Prior to that defeat the Glovers had gone 5 unbeaten, four of which were 1-0 wins.
That lead to a clean sheet for over 460 minutes for Artur Krysiak and his defence and suddenly Darren Way’s men were up there with the most in form sides in the country.
With relegation still a concern for the Glovers, the run of form could have been dented a blow by the defeat on Saturday but late goals around the rest of League Two meant that all the sides around them failed to make up ground in the race for survival.
The Glovers do have a couple of team selection headaches to think about before the game on Friday.
Firstly Connor Roberts is set to miss his very first minutes of the season as he heads away with the Wales Under 21 squad.
Roberts was set to be the first loanee to hit 40 appearances for Yeovil since Steven Caulker and Alex McCarthy both started 44 out of 46 league games during the 2009/10 season.
The Welsh full back has already notched up 37 this campaign and could get to as many as 45 if he returns fully fit and raring to go after the international break.
If you count cup matches, Roberts has already tied the record for loanee appearances, with 46 – the same as Steven Caulker – just one more game after his break will put him top of the list of prolific loanees and a sure fire place in the YTFC round of your local pub quiz.
Elsewhere, Liam Walsh starts a three match ban following his red card last week and there remains injury concerns over Matty Dolan and Francois Zoko however both men have slightly sooner dates for a return than first thought.
One of these selection issues could be solved through the new signing Liam Shepard who joined this morning on loan – yep, that Liam Shepard, he’s back!
The team visiting this Friday are making a journey the entire length of the country in theh search for three points, Carlisle make the long journey down lying just 6 points outside the play-off places.
They faced a fellow promotion chaser in Wycombe Wanderers last week and could only manage a 1-1 draw against ten men.
In fact, they’ve drawn their last three with a 2-2 tie with Exeter and 0-0 stalemate with lowly Dagenham.
They haven’t won in March at all with their last victory coming right at the end of February against Morecambe.
At the time of writing, the loan deadline has not passed and the Cumbrians have extended the deal to keep Brandon Comley on loan from QPR this past 24 hours.
Two sides need the points for very different reasons, Carlisle are trying to get out of the division and Yeovil want to confirm their status in it.
So come along to Huish Park and turn this Good Friday into a great one with three points and even the chance to win an Easter Egg… for FREE!!!
Last time we met
These two sides have already met three times this season, once in the league and twice in the cup.
The FA Cup replay was a feisty affair that went all the way to penalties with Carlisle eventually winning the right to face Everton in the next round.
Alex Lacey saw red as did the Blues’ Luke Joyce and there could have been more with Jabo Ibhere cleaning out Artur Krysiak with a clothesline more used to Wrestlemania than Huish Park.
However, the Glovers couldn’t take their chances and the game came down to spot kicks.. one in the 94th minute when Francois Zoko hit his shot win and then in the shootout when Matt Dolan saw his shot stopped by a superb save.
Meanwhile, in the only league meeting between the sides this term, it was another goal-fest with Carlisle turning a two goal deficit into a win, cancelling out two early strikes from Harry Cornick and Ryan Bird to win 3-2.
During the 2012/13 season the two sides played a couple of very exciting games that saw a 3-3 draw being played out at Brunton Park and a 3-1 Blues win down at Huish Park.
In the first game of that season, Mark Beck – now of Yeovil – scored twice in a 3-1 win for Carlisle. Reuben Reid got a consolation shortly before Joe Garner put the game beyond all doubt deep into the second half.
In the reverse fixture Yeovil were 3-1 up with 89 minutes on the clock but failed to seal the win.
Kevin Dawson, Paddy Madden and James Hayter had all scored in front of the 150 or so travelling fans, but Lee Miller and a Luke Ayling own goal meant the spoils were shared.
The Glovers haven’t record a win over the Cumbrians since 2011 when goals from Jon Obika and Dean Bowditch completed a double over their opponents after a 1-0 win (Obika again) secured a win at Huish Park.
Tickets for this fixture are available from all the usual outlets; go online and order yours – CLICK HERE.
You can call the team on 01935 847888 and talk to a member of staff who will be more than happy to find your seat and process the order, or of course simply come down to the stadium and buy in person.
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.
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