Remember that game played with the round ball, and the two sets of nets? Unless the weather forecasters have got it badly wrong, a game of football will be played at last tomorrow as Yeovil Town travel to the Community Stadium to take on Colchester United. This League One match will be the first game for the Glovers since November 23rd when they lost 2-0 against AFC Bournemouth.
Since then a series of snowbound and frozen pitches have prevented games from taking place, with the majority of sides in League One affected. Saturday's opponents were similarly affected, although they did play their FA Cup Second Round tie against Swindon Supermarine just under two weeks ago. They're currently in good form, having won five out of their last six home matches, and have six wins in eight games overall. However, they are beatable, with their last League One match against Brentford seeing them go down 2-0 at home.
The Essex club currently lie in a healthy seventh place, and so look set to challenge for the League One play-off slot that they just missed out on last season. They are 14 points ahead of the Glovers who are in 23rd place in the table, and desperate to start clawing back the six points (plus a goal difference deficit) that separates them from safety. If there is to be a benefit of Yeovil Town's enforced break, then it has to be that the two and a half weeks away from football gives them a fresh start to a season that was on the slide somewhat, with six defeats in their last seven games. Manager Terry Skiverton's message to his players therefore must be to persuade them that they are starting a new campaign and to tell them that the current form book has been rendered irrelevant by the wintry layoff.
Two players have left Yeovil Town's squad since they last kicked a ball, with midfielder Owain Tudur Jones heading back to Norwich City and even coming off their bench for their first team last weekend. Meanwhile Gavin Williams has returned to Bristol City having completed his 12 game loan spell. In their place comes Leicester City teenage defender Tom Parkes, who is still waiting to make his debut, despite arriving at the club two weeks ago. Centre-back Paul Huntington returns following his one match ban that was served in the Bournemouth away match. Apart from that, we're not expecting any other squad changes, with no obvious injury news coming out of Huish Park in the last couple of weeks.
Colchester are expected to go into tomorrow's match without attacking midfielder Andy Bond. Nicknamed 'Forrest Gump' by his team-mates for his workrate during games, the 24 year old had a double hernia operation during the unplanned winter break, and although clearly the timing of that has been perfect for him, with games being postponed, he is not expected to make his comeback quite so soon. That's a blow for the U's with Bond having netted six times this season - he is their second top scorer behind striker David Mooney. However, they have potency in their attack from other sources, with the name of Kayode Odejayi a familiar one to Glovers fans from his Forest Green Rovers and Cheltenham Town days. Defender Tom Williams is on loan from Bristol City and is another experienced campaigner who has played for a myriad of clubs.
In terms of past meetings, Yeovil's record is not good, with Colchester having won the last four meetings between the two sides and five out of their last six encounters. The Glovers have yet to beat them in the Football League, with the last win being back in November 2000, when Colchester were thrashed 5-1 in the FA Cup First Round, with two goals from Warren Patmore and one each for Barrington Belgrave, Terry Skiverton and Darren Way shocking a side that was two divisions higher. More recent matches have not been so fruitful with Yeovil only scoring once in their last five meetings against the U's.
The game kicks off at 3.00p.m. and tickets are available on the day of the game from the Community Stadium. For those who are going, the Ciderspace guide can be found below, along with all travel arrangements. If you can't make it, then our Twittering should keep you company, as will BBC Somerset on 95.5FM, who start their day slightly earlier tomorrow at 1.00p.m.
Link: Ciderspace Guide To Colchester United.
Link: GWSC Travel To Colchester United.
Link: Devon And Dorset Greens Travel To Colchester.
Link: Officials For Colchester United vs Yeovil Town.
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