Yeovil Town play host to Carlisle United in a League One match tomorrow afternoon in a match that is hugely important for both sides fortunes. Since last Saturday, both Yeovil and Carlisle have dropped places in the league, due to Stockport County and Brighton and Hove Albion having games in hand which they both won. The result is that the Cumbrians will be starting the match in the relegation zone in 21st place, whilst Yeovil have slipped down to 19th and just one point ahead of their opponents.
Yeovil's current form can be looked at with your glass half-empty or with your glass half-full. On the minus side the Glovers have won just one match in their last 13 games, but on the plus side they have not lost in their last four and are unbeaten at home in their last three games.
Carlisle's own form is nothing to write home about. Although they won their JPT Second Round match against Macclesfield Town, they've not won in six league matches, and even then it was big strugglers Tranmere Rovers they saw off. That said, they've only lost one away match in all competitions this season suggesting that they do have a degree of resilience, with four of their six away matches ending in draws. Their one away defeat was at the hands of Oldham Athletic and their last but one away match saw them hold Leeds United at Elland Road. Clearly Carlisle's league position shows they are struggling, but a degree of patience will be required if Yeovil are to break them down. Like Yeovil, one too many draws lie at the heart of their current position.
The Glovers go into the match with no new publicised injury concerns. Loan trio Steven Caulker, Ryan Mason and Shaun MacDonald should return to training at Huish Park this morning after all three were involved in international matches on Wednesday. With all three playing overseas, manager Terry Skiverton will need to assess their travel weariness just as much as their physical fitness. From this morning's session, one of Yeovil's six loans will have to drop out and sit in the stands, but otherwise Aidan Downes (knee and shoulder) and Dean Bowditch (knee) are still out long term, whilst there is no fresh news on defender Stefan Stam who has played just one full game since August 15th and has not featured since the Stockport County match just over a month ago, due to a knee injury.
Given the mammoth journey Carlisle have to undertake, it's no great surprise that the Cumbrians are borrowing Cheltenham Town's Whaddon Road training facilities today for a training session before stopping overnight in the Yeovil area. They are definitely without midfielder Graham Kavanagh (suspended), right-back David Raven (hip), Paul Thirlwell (achilles) and Tony Kane (on loan at Darlington). However, this week they have signed up former Stoke City striker Vincent Pericard and will take 17 year old youth team striker Ryan Bowman with them to sit on the bench. Of Pericard, he seems likely to make his debut after manager Greg Abbott told the Carlisle News and Star that he was impressed with the player in training:
"We have been on the wrong end of big, strong, aggressive centre-forwards who have caused us problems. Now we believe we have got one in our team who can do that. When you think we could be going up for corners with the likes of Ian Harte, Danny Livesey, Richard Keogh, Vincent and Scott Dobie, we could be a big threat. He’s a tough lad and will be a handful. He is not a million miles away. His type could probably play at 80 or 90 per cent. He doesn’t look out of place in the training we have done already, and we have done some hard work so far this week."
If it's past meetings you want to base your optimism for tomorrow on, then your glass will overflow with the statistic that Carlisle have never won at Huish Park. Three wins and one draw in Yeovil's favour. The most recent match represented the draw - a 1-1 result in March 2009 that saw a Gary Roberts goal put the Glovers on their way to a win ... that was until Michael Bridges netted with a speculative drive with almost the last kick of the game.
The match kicks off at 3.00p.m. and tickets will be available from the Huish Park Ticket Office right up until kick-off, subject to the usual matchday surcharge. This is a Kids For A Quid game - if you know anyone aged Under 16, then try and get them to come along tomorrow for the princely sum of ONE POUND ONLY. See the link below for full details. For all of those aged 16 or over, if you want to take advantage of the pre-match ticket rates, the ticket office is open until 6.00p.m. tonight. For all ticket enquiries, give them a call on 01935-847888.
Link: Saturday's Opponents Sign A Striker.
Link: Skiverton Facing Selection Dilemma.
Link: Officials For Yeovil Town vs Carlisle United.
Link: Hartlepool and Carlisle Kids For A Quid Offer.
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