Yeovil Town made the long trip to Carlisle United tomorrow, hoping to extend their current run of promising form since manager Gary Johnson's return to Huish Park. Four wins in their last six matches have come at the right time, particularly given that even those 12 points still only leave them two points above the relegation line, in 18th place.
They face a Carlisle side in mixed form, although there is a strong pattern to that. The Cumbrians were hammered 4-0 at Brentford on Monday in the live Sky Sports game, and suffered a similar scoreline in their previous away match at Hartlepool United. At Brunton Park though, they are a different proposition, having gone 11 games without defeat - last going down on September 10th. That means that despite a pair of 4-0 defeats, they're still in 7th place and thus in with a shout of the play-offs.
Manager Greg Abbott has been at their club since July 2006, and has been their manager for almost 200 matches, having had a caretaker spell followed by his current role which began in November 2008 - a rare bit of League One stability that has allowed them to quietly inch their way forward on a season-by-season basis. They of course have left-winger Andy Welsh in their side, who left Yeovil Town last summer to move up to Cumbria. He has had a fairly torrid time up there, having missed a huge proportion of the season through injury. Welsh sustained a calf injury in September that saw him only return to first team action at the start of this month, meaning that he's only had two league starts since his arrival at Brunton Park. He was a half time substitution in Monday night's Sky Sports fixture.
For the Glovers, they will be missing Paul Huntington who serves the final game of his four match suspension. Also out will be striker Kieran Agard, who starts his own three match suspension for a red card sustained last weekend. Left-back Kelly Youga continues to be unavailable with an Achilles problem, whilst Spurs midfielder Dean Parrett is not expected to travel, having spent the whole week back at White Hart Lane for treatment on a knee problem, which thankfully has been diagnosed as bruising rather than ligament damage. All that means there are a few vacancies in the side, allowing a trio of new signings to be included in tomorrow's squad. Left-sided defender Jonathan Grounds and right-winger Jonathan Franks have signed on loan from Middlesbrough, whilst midfielder Michael Woods has signed non-contract terms at the club.
Tomorrow's game kicks off at 3.00p.m. and you can buy tickets on the day of the game from Brunton Park, subject to a matchday surcharge. If you're travelling then you'll find the Ciderspace guide linked below. If you can't make it then tune into BBC Somerset on 95.5FM for their live commentary on the match, or follow us on Twitter for random musings on the game and score updates.
Link: Ciderspace Guide To Carlisle United.
Link: Officials For Carlisle United vs Yeovil Town.
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