Yeovil Town play host to Leyton Orient tonight (Tuesday), in a League One fixture that features two sides struggling somewhat at the wrong end of the table. Saturday saw the Glovers hit rock bottom as they moved down to 24th position in the current League One table - the occupant of that position up until a few weeks ago were The O's, who have endured a surprisingly sluggish start to the season, given their impressive finish to the 2010-11 season. Saturday saw them climb out of the relegation zone for the first time. However despite their lofty heights of 19th place, they are only three points ahead of the Glovers - hence the meeting is a six-pointer of sorts.
Orient's season has been polarised to say the least. They lost their first five matches, and ten games into the season hadn't won a single game. Now they arrive at Huish Park on the back of a five match unbeaten run, with much of their turnaround coinciding with the arrival of Jamaican international Kevin Lisbie, who signed as a free agent during the second week of September. Already he's netted four times, providing Orient with a natural successor to Scott McGleish, who was surprisingly released in the summer.
Their other main goal threat comes from winger Dean Cox who is currently their top goalscorer and played for manager Russell Slade during his time at Brighton. Striker David Mooney is another familiar face to Glovers fans, from his loan spells with Charlton Athletic and Colchester United - he's now a permanent signing for Leyton. They also have the experience of Jamie Cureton to call upon - a player who has tormented Yeovil Town sides over the years, but has yet to net for his new club.
Aside from former boss Slade, there are only two other personnel with Yeovil Town connections. Defender Terrell Forbes needs absolutely no introduction whatsoever. Goalkeeper Jamie Jones is another - although if you can remember the single game that he played for the Reserves, whilst an Everton Academy player, you'll have done well. Defender Aaron Brown, who had been recruited in by Slade last season, was released over the summer and has moved to Aldershot Town.
For the Glovers, they go into the match welcoming back left-back Nathan Jones and midfielder Flavien Belson from suspension. However in turn they lose right-back Luke Ayling to his second suspension of the season, meaning that the most likely change at the back is for Max Ehmer to swap flanks and for Jones to be restored to the side.
Elsewhere, there will almost certainly need to be one more change, with Steve MacLean's knee injury at Stevenage seeing him withdrawn at half time, and some concerns being expressed post-match that he might need a scan on the injury to determine the severity of that. It's therefore almost certain that there will be a change needed up front. The trio of Gavin Williams (knee), Andy Williams (ankle) and Jonathan Obika (knee) continue to be absent, although the return of Kerrea Gilbert and Dominic Blizzard to the bench at Stevenage means that those players are fit and ready to be selected.
Last season saw Yeovil Town complete the double over Orient - the last match at Huish Park was the opening day of the 2010-11 season that saw Dean Bowditch and Luke Freeman net for the Glovers, with Alex Revell providing an equaliser in the middle of a 2-1 win.
The last meeting, in March of this year though, was nothing short of extraordinary - a 5-1 demolition sparked by an early bath for Orient's Matthew Spring, and a Shaun MacDonald hat-trick. Goals from Andy Welsh and Dean Bowditch in the second half added to the Londoners' misery, with their Dean Cox strike almost an irrelevance.
The match kicks off at 7.45p.m. tonight, with tickets available from the Huish Park Ticket Office right up until kick-off. If you can't get to the game, then expect BBC Somerset to be providing full live commentary. Tune in just after the 7.00p.m. news for their build-up to the game. In addition, follow us on Twitter for views on the match as it unfolds.
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