The Glovers entertain Swindon Town at Huish Park tomorrow in the latest of a series of 6-pointers. How many 6-pointers have we been involved in already this season? Probably rather too many for comfort, but with the business end of the season now upon us and only 11 games left to play, every single point gained and every single goal scored assumes massive proportions. It's this time of year that the going gets tough and the tough get going and it's during the next two months that we'll find out how tough Yeovil Town Football Club and its fans are. We've enjoyed nothing but unbroken success over the last few years and this season has been something of a culture shock to many of our newer fans in particular, but now is the time for every one of us involved in Yeovil Town FC - board, management, players and fans - to stand up to be counted. Achieve by unity!
Swindon have sold around 1,000 tickets in advance of tomorrow's game so the away terrace will be well-populated, though it's perhaps a little surprising that not all the Robins allocation has been sold given the importance of the game and the relative proximity of the towns. Though perhaps it's not so surprising when you look at Swindon's away record this season - 1 win, 8 draws and 9 defeats tells its own story. Whatever, those fans that are making the journey from Wiltshire have designated tomorrow as a 'Loud and Proud Day' - which means they're going to do their best to outshout the home support. Defender Charlie Comyn-Platt is fit again after recovering from a foot injury but Jerel Ifil is banned and the experienced midfielder Paul Smith, signed from Gillingham recently, is out with an ankle injury.
As for the Glovers, the squad's injury problems have been well documented. Keeper Chris Weale is out, but Steve Collis is fit and will replace him. Loan signing Michael Jordan and Francisco Ramos are available to deputise and manager Steve Thompson will decide who'll be in the matchday 16 later today. "I have to admit I have only seen Michael play once and so myself and Len Bond (goalkeeping coach) will assess the two of them in training to decide who is on the bench," the gaffer told the Western Daily Press today.
In the midfield Anthony Barry is of course out for the rest of the season and Tommy Doherty is also unavailable for at least the next fortnight and has returned to parent club Queens Park Rangers for treatment - it's not clear as yet if he will be returning to Huish Park at any stage. New loan signing Marc Wilson is fit to play, but it's likely that Thommo will start with the Paul Terry/Chris Cohen partnership that played against Brentford on Tuesday night. Damaged ankle ligaments keep Phil Jevons and Kevin Amankwaah sidelined for a further fortnight and 3 weeks respectively, so again Thommo is likely to stick with the Matt Harrold/Arron Davies combination up front and will choose between Andy Lindegaard and Adam Lockwood to take Amankwaah's place at right-back.
Speaking to the club's official site Thommo admitted that tomorrow's game was huge for both teams: "We will be approaching the game knowing that a win would give us a massive boost and be a big blow to Swindon who are probably thinking the same thing," he said. "We have a chance tomorrow to put some daylight between us and Swindon and that's what we will be looking to do. I feel if we play as well as have done in our last two games we have every chance of winning the game. That to me is the challenge tomorrow - to get the team to play as well tomorrow as they have done in the last two games."
Selected betting odds: Yeovil win - 11/10; draw - 11/5; Swindon win - 11/5. Our recommendation: No if's, but's, or maybe's this weekend; a Glovers win will put a big gap (big in the context of how tight this league is) between ourselves and the Robins and that's what our fiver is going on. Record so far this season: £+6.67p. We'll never get rich at this rate.
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