Yeovil Town manager Darren Way believes his side can create a legacy for the club, by progressing to the EFL Trophy Final tonight. The Glovers travel to the New Meadow for tonight's Semi-Final tie against League One side Shrewsbury Town, with the chance to play Lincoln City at Wembley Stadium for the winners. The game will be settled tonight (weather permitting!) with no replay, and will be broadcast live on Sky Sports on both their Main Event channel and their Football channel.
Way has referred to the club's 2002 FA Trophy Final against Stevenage that sparked the club's rise up into the Football League a year later, ultimately resulting in manager Gary Johnson taking the club through three promotions across two separate spells. He told BBC Somerset that he believed that winning the EFL Trophy could give the club lifelong memories that won't be forgotten:
"That experience stays with you for the rest of your life. I look at Gary being the manager back then, and he had the same belief, and perhaps others didn't. Between himself and the Chairman they set us on a journey that is going to be talked about for the rest of our lives. When you've got an opportunity to create that legacy, you don't want to let it go."
If the Glovers are to progress to the final, they'll have to achieve their most impressive victory of the current campaign. Their record against League One clubs in cup competitions this season has been strong, knocking Southend United and Bradford City out of the FA Cup, whilst weakened Fleetwood Town, AFC Wimbledon and Plymouth Argyle sides were also dispatched in earlier rounds of the EFL Trophy.
However, all five of those ties were on home soil, and largely against teams that were struggling at the time they faced them. On this occasion they have to do it on their travels, and against a side that currently lie in second place in the League One table. Way acknowledges the match will be a difficult one, but hopes that his team's record against higher level opponents will count for something on the night:
"We know how difficult the game is going to be. We knew how difficult the Man United game was. We knew how difficult Southend and Bradford were. So we've played in some real good cup competitions. But we'll make sure that we go there, and every single player will know those types of opportunities don't come around too often."
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