Yeovil Town boss Mark Cooper is expecting to use a strong substitutes’ bench as his side prepare to take on Eastbourne Borough at a sweltering Huish Park this afternoon (3pm kick-off).

He has named Charlie Cooper, Jordan Maguire-Drew, Jordan Stevens and strikers Rhys Murphy and Jake Hyde on the bench with temperatures expecting to be pushing 30 degrees Celsius by kick-off.

Speaking to BBC Somerset commentator Tom Seymour ahead of kick-off, the manager said: “If you look at our bench, it is a strong bench, we have not got a lot after that. We have quality rather than quantity, which was always the intention.

I’m sure I will be using three of those five. The game will be about the weather and who deals with that the best will probably prevail, so we have to make sure we are good, energetic and have good legs in the team as well.

It is too hot for football, it is not conducive but they are going to make us play. In my opinion, it should be pushed back to an evening kick-off when it is that hot.

But hopefully we can get a couple of drinks breaks in each half. What we don’t want is for it to become dangerous, so we will try and push for those drinks breaks.

Defender Jamie Sendles-White has “a sore Achilles tendon” which he felt during the first half of the midweek win at Weston-super-Mare when he was substituted at half-time having scored his first goal for the club.

He was replaced in that match by the on loan Zac Bell and the Bristol City youngster returns to the starting line-up against Eastbourne today with the Glovers looking to maintain their unbeaten home start to the National League South season.


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