Yeovil Town play host to Hartlepool united tomorrow afternoon in their second home match in five days. Although it is stretched over a period of two months, the Glovers are starting to refind their home form with three wins in their last four matches - the only exception being a narrow defeat against divisional leaders Swansea City.
With some kind of fluency being established, the major headache for manager Russell Slade is the left-back position. With Nathan Jones suspended, the hope had been for defender Matthew Rose to deputise in that position. However, with Rose having damaged elbow ligaments just under two weeks ago, he is not expected to be available tomorrow. Possible alternatives include Terrell Forbes, Lee Peltier plus Craig Alcock who completed Tuesday night's game in that position. If Forbes or Peltier get the nod, then expect a little bit of formation rotation as players swap round.
Long term absentees Marc Bircham (hamstring) and Marvin Williams (ankle) are expecting to return to Reserve Team action or full training sometime during December, whilst this week gave the sad news that striker Lee Morris will not play for Yeovil again within the duration of his current contract, and is in fact likely to retire from the game.
Danny Wilson's side have made a strong start to their life back in League One, even if it took them until Tuesday to break out of a recent five game winnless streak. A 3-1 home win over Tranmere Rovers gave them joy for the first time since the beginning of November, and they have lost their last three away matches. However, their early season form still means that they are good enough to lie just one point and one position behind Russell Slade's men. Recent lengthy travelling though, has been a problem for them, even if Wilson is anxious to play down the effects of a long coach journey, coming soon after visits to Swansea city, Hereford United in the FA Cup and Gillingham:
"We are not bothered by the travelling. When we looked at the fixture list we said they were great games to play in, regardless of the mileage. It is just the boredom you have to deal with more than anything but if we come away from Yeovil with a win it is a great journey back. We knew this would be a tough month, not because of the travelling but because we are up against good sides."
The North-East side come into the game without defender Ben Clark who is expected to be out for 7-10 days with a hamstring strain. Utility player Jamie McCunnie is also a doubt with a knee injury. There are also problems with Michael Rae (hamstring) and Tom Haigh (foot) from injuries sustained in a recent Reserve Team match. However Willie Boland will travel down to Somerset after serving a one match suspension. Their squad set off today on an estimated seven hour journey down to Somerset after completing a light training session at Victoria Park.
Tickets for the match are available from the Huish Park Ticket Office right up until the 3.00pm kick-off tomorrow, subject to the usual matchday surcharge. If you have a 'Fans Of The Future' postcard, then remember that this game is included in the five matches, and therefore anyone holding a card can take two children into the match if accompanied by a full paying adult (or full paying season ticket holder).
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