Yeovil Town take on Colchester United at Huish Park tomorrow afternoon for the final game of the 2005/06 season with the pressure firmly off their shoulders and onto their promotion-chasing visitors. Colchester come to Somerset needing a point to secure automatic promotion, but also know that if they beat the Glovers and leaders Southend United fail to beat Bristol City at Roots Hall, then the Essex side will be Champions.
Not too surprisingly that has meant that the A303 Westbound carriageway will be a busy place on Saturday morning with the Copse End Terrace at Huish Park sold out and U's fans planning to lead an organised convoy from Fleet Services to travel down to Somerset.
They will have to do the job without left-winger Mark Yeates. As mentioned earlier in the week the on-loan Spurs winger damaged his shoulder in a goal celebration last weekend and it has now been confirmed that his season at Layer Road is over after the need for an operation on the shoulder was confirmed. One of Billy Clarke or Jamal Campbell-Ryce are expected to deputise on the left side. Goalkeeper Aidan Davison has returned to the squad after a week out with food poisoning that saw him lose over a stone in weight.
Colchester have announced that the following 19 players left for Somerset this morning: Dean Gerken, Aidan Davison, Mark Cousins, Karl Duguid, John White, George Elokobi, Garry Richards, Wayne Brown, Liam Chilvers, Pat Baldwin. Greg Halford, Kevin Watson, Neil Danns, Kemal Izzet, Jamal Campbell-Ryce, Billy Clarke, Scott Vernon, Chris Iwelumo, Tony Thorpe.
Colchester come to Huish Park with the best defensive record in League One. However they also know they are facing a side that breached their defence twice at Layer Road in October, needing a last minute Chris Iwelumo goal to divide the two sides in a match Yeovil lost 3-2.
For the Glovers, right-back Kevin Amankwaah is finally back in contention after his succession of ankle, achilles and thigh injuries, although whether Thommo risks him for a game that has only pride hanging on it remains to be seen. Striker Daniel Webb suffered a reoccurrence of his ankle injury in training whilst attempting to make his comeback, whilst Anthony Barry (knee) and Chris Weale (knee) are long term absentees.
With Huish Park likely to be close to or at full capacity tomorrow afternoon, supporters are strongly advised to allow plenty of extra time for getting into the ground. The entertainment starts at 2.25pm - see yesterday's news for the planned programme of events.
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