Saturday afternoon's opponents Walsall have followed a fairly similar path to Yeovil Town throughout the season. Rated by the bookies as mere cannon fodder, and nailed on for relegation, they've gradually built up their from throughout the season, and have quietly sneaked their way into a position Where they could easily grab a play-off position.
Like Yeovil Town, they'd be in a far higher position were it not for a couple of bad parts during the season. When we met them at the Bescot Stadium in mid-December, they'd not won in 13 matches. Yet during 2013, they've lost only once, winning nine out of their 15 matches. They are the reason why Gary Johnson didn't walk away with the January 2013 Manager of the Month award - Saddlers boss Dean Smith did instead.
Again like Yeovil, their rise up the table has been thanks to a striker in fairly incredible form. Will Grigg is a Northern Ireland international who was rejected by Birmingham City as a schoolboy, before being picked up by Walsall's increasingly productive local scouting system. Moving through their Youth ranks, he only scored his first professional goal two years ago, yet is now Paddy Madden's main rival for the League One golden boot, with 18 strikes to his name. Grigg has a minor hamstring strain, and so his availability on Friday may go down to the wire, but they may want to keep him at least on the bench in case he is needed.
They also have able outlets through Jamie Paterson and the pace of Febian Brandy so can not be seen as one man team. More startling is that their club's progress has required little use of the loan system - they currently have just two players borrowed from another club, both signed up during the last week.
Walsall are currently unbeaten since February 2nd, and with Grigg scoring eight goals in his last five outings, they will be a force to be reckoned with. At the December 2012 Bescot Stadium meeting, we got out of jail a little - 2-0 down and deservedly so, to goals from Jamie Paterson and Will Grigg, but in the final 15 minutes, Yeovil started to play a little bit, and goals from Reuben Reid and a last minute Sam Foley strike gave us a point that in all honesty we didn't really deserve. The Glovers will hopefully play better than they did on that day.
Previous Results for Yeovil Town First Team vs Walsall
|10/09/2005||Home||CCL1||W||2-1||5979||Jevons 65, Gall 70|
|21/03/2006||Away||CCL1||W||2-0||4464||Harrold 24, Davies 33|
|23/02/2010||Away||CCL1||W||1-0||2929||S Williams 5|
|12/03/2011||Home||NPL1||D||1-1||3737||A Williams 45|
|20/08/2011||Away||NPL1||D||1-1||4247||G Williams 42|
|17/03/2012||Home||NPL1||W||2-1||3705||A Williams 63, 84|
|15/12/2012||Away||NPL1||D||2-2||3160||Reid 78, Foley 90|
Results Summary For Yeovil Town First Team vs Walsall
|26/02/2013||Carlisle United||Away||NPL1||W||3-0||3266||Grigg 3, 66, 86|
|02/03/2013||Shrewsbury Town||Home||NPL1||W||3-1||5496||Grigg 30, 54, Westcarr 47|
|09/03/2013||Swindon Town||Away||NPL1||D||2-2||8407||Grigg 32, Paterson 90|
|12/03/2013||Tranmere Rovers||Home||NPL1||W||2-0||3775||Grigg 50, Westcarr 57|
|16/03/2013||Crawley Town||Home||NPL1||D||2-2||5003||Grigg 90, Paterson 90|
Highest League Attendance: 5496, vs Shrewsbury Town, 02/03/2013
Lowest League Attendance: 2787, vs Scunthorpe United, 06/11/2012
Average League Attendance: 3902
CURRENT LEAGUE SEQUENCE STATISTICS
|Games Without A Win: ||2
||Games Without A Home Win: ||1
|Games Without An Away Win: ||2
||Games Without Defeat: ||10
|Games Without A Home Defeat: ||11
||Games Without An Away Defeat: ||5
|Games Without A Draw: ||0
||Games Without A Score Draw: ||1
|Games Without A No-Score Draw: ||0
||Games Without Scoring: ||1
|Games Without Conceding: ||1
||Home Results Sequence: ||WWDWWD
|Away Results Sequence: ||LWDWDD
||Overall Results Sequence: ||WWDWDD
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