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Posted Fri 27 Sep 13

Preview: Yeovil Town

Match Preview: Setting the scene

Yeovil - Intro

The Whites welcome Yeovil Town to the Reebok Stadium for the first time in over a decade this weekend.

Wanderers remain at the foot of the Championship league table following defeat at the hands of Brighton last Saturday, but victory over the Glovers could lift the team up as many as four places dependant on results elsewhere.

With just four points to their name following their promotion to the second tier via the play-offs back in May, Yeovil make the long trip north on the back of a 1-0 home defeat to QPR – their sixth of the campaign.

Gary Johnson’s side will be hoping to break their duck against the Whites having suffered defeats in the two sides’ previous meetings, but are set to come up against a Wanderers team hungry for three points.

Match Preview: Team news 

Yeovil team news

Wanderers will be without the services of Brazilian midfielder Andre Moritz who picked up a hamstring injury last week and also long term absentees Mark Davies, Stuart Holden and Joe Riley who are all sidelined with knee problems.

Loan duo Liam Feeney and Neil Danns are both available for selection. 

Match preview: Op camp 

Yeovil opp watch

Yeovil Town make the trip to the Reebok Stadium in search of their first victory since the opening day of the season.

The Glovers ran out 1-0 winners at Millwall back in August, but have only secured a solitary point since against Sheffield Wednesday and as a result find themselves languishing in the lower reaches of the table.

There had been promising signs of a season to remember for Johnson’s side following a memorable Play-Off Final victory over Brentford at Wembley, with the manager bringing 15 new faces to Huish Park in a bid to strengthen his side.

These have included a number of experienced players, with the likes of Wolves goalkeeper Wayne Hennessey and Swansea City’s Alan Tate making the move to the south coast.

His best laid plans have not come together however, with the Somerset outfit struggling to find any kind of consistency so far during the current campaign – something that they will be hoping to eradicate sooner rather than later.

Match Preview: One to watch

Yeovil starman

A pacey midfielder with an eye for goal, Joel Grant looks set to cause a number of problems for the Whites’ defence on Saturday afternoon following his summer move to Huish Park.

A product of Watford’s academy, Grant impressed in a Hornets’ shirt and was awarded his professional contract in 2004, but proceeded to move elsewhere in his bid for regular first team football.

Spells with Aldershot Town, Crewe Alexandra and Wycombe Wanderers followed before the Glovers came calling during this summer’s transfer window.

Since his move to Somerset, Grant has accumulated seven appearances and even notched his first strike for the club in their 2-1 defeat against Ipswich Town last month, emphasising his threat in front of goal.

 Match preview: Man in the middle

Yeovil referee

Referee Tony Harrington will take charge of Saturday’s game between Bolton Wanderers and Yeovil Town at the Reebok Stadium.

Hailing from Cleveland in the North East of England, Harrington has been refereeing since 2009 and has taken charge of five games so far this season in League One and Two, with his last match being Morecambe’s 2-1 victory over Plymouth Argyle last month.

Although Harrington has never refereed a first team Wanderers game, he was the man in the middle for the club’s U21 clash with Hull City back in February 2010 where the Tigers ran out 2-1 winners at the County Ground.

David Richardson and James Wilson will run the line, whilst Richard Bartlett will be the fourth official.