Friday, 20 November 2009
It's yours truly Paul May doing your match preview today and I will be given you a match report tomorrow. I'm looking forward to consuming some of the local brew before the match. No surprises about the name of one of the fan sites: Ciderspace
When non-league teams were effectively kept out of the Football League, Yeovil Town were the leading non-league team, famous for their giant killing exploits on their sloping pitch. The ground has now moved to an industrial estate.
I don't know much about Yeovil itself, but I do remember that helicopter firm Westland Yeovil used to have a team in the Western League. Paddy Ashdown used to be the MP and got assaulted once when he went into the town on a Friday night. The police rebuked him for going there which maybe says something about the local ambience.
The Glovers have down well to get into League 1 and stay there on relatively small attendances. For a team like them, taking scalps from 'big' clubs like Charlton is what gives meaning to their season.
Yeovil are currently mid-table and have only lost one game at home this season, although they have drawn three. They are something of draw specialists as they have also shared the points away three times. They have only scored two goals fewer than the Addicks at home, but have let in three more.
Their most prolific goalscorer is defender Ryan Mason who has put four in the net. Andrew Welsh has provided the most assists, seven in all. Player-manager 'Skivo' is the fans' hero, but is unlikely to appear. Midfielder Kieran Murtagh is also highly rated. Dutch defender Stefan Starn was rated as an exciting addition to the dressing room after he was let go by Oldham.
Frazer Richardson is not available for Charlton which is a blow as I rate him as one of our most influential players. It's also difficult to know who to replace him with as Omosuzi has failed to impress. Youga can play there, but he is not as comfortable as in his normal position. Other suggestions have been Semedo and even Christian Dailly.
Elliot is not fit yet, which probably means Ikeme in goal although many fans would prefer Randolph.
This is not going to be easy, but it is the kind of match we need to win. I am quite confident and am looking for a 2-1 win for the Addicks.
If you see me there, say hello.