Manager Mark Cooper is hoping to bring in “a real quality addition” to his Yeovil Town squad ahead of this weekend’s FA Trophy match against Dorking Wanderers.

The Glovers’ boss also confirmed defender Jamie Reckord and Ben Richards-Everton, who both missed last Saturday’s goalless draw with Scunthorpe United through illness and injury, both trained on Thursday.

He added: “We are hoping there will be one in before the weekend which will give us a real lift going in to that game.

Asked how he would sell the game to supporters, he added: “It’s a chance for us to get to Wembley, but I can’t really sell (the fans) too much right now because we’re not scoring loads of goals but what I can promise them we are going to try really hard.

Hopefully we can have a real quality addition in the building by Saturday which will make them really want to come to the game.

Cooper could only name three substitutes, including on loan goalkeeper Will Buse, last weekend and said he was pleased that players who did play against Scunthorpe despite illness were now feeling better.

He added: “We have got some of the others like Ewan Clark and Charlie Wakefield, who were both really under the weather against Scunthorpe, managed to shake it off, so we have more or less a full complement this week.”

Midfielder Matt Worthington will also be available against Dorking after missing the draw with Scunthorpe through suspension.

The team has been training at Alvington all week despite the freezing conditions, but training took place on the 3G surface at Huish Park on Thursday.

The frost covers have been on at the stadium in recent days and with temperatures forecast to drop to minus five degrees in Somerset overnight on Friday, they will be needed.


He confirmed that striker Jake Scrimshaw had been missing with “some personal issues” which had seen him missing from the Glovers’ squad in recent weeks.

The 22-year-old, who signed from Premier League AFC Bournemouth in the summer, has not featured under Cooper and his last outing was as a second half substitute in the 2-0 defeat to Oldham Athletic in October.

Asked about his absence, Cooper said: “He’s had some personal issues that he’s had to deal with and as a club we are supporting him in them and trying to make sure he gets the best of help.

Scrimshaw in action for Bournemouth U21s ?AFCB U21 Twitter

With Tuesday night’s trip to Barnet postponed due to the wintry weather, the squad has continued to an alarming lack of goals which means the Glovers remain the National League’s lowest scorers.

Cooper said the training had not just focused on getting the club’s strikers finding the net – although hopefully there was a bit of that – and said the rest of the team needed to look at ways to contribute to the goals scored tally.

He said: “We want to keep being defensively really sound, as a unit from the goalkeeper all the way through we have been defensively outstanding. The desire to keep the ball out of the net has been brilliant.

But we have to try and unlock the forward bit and we are trying to do some work to make us a bit better in the final third.

It’s not always just the forward players because wide players need good service for them to provide the forward players with good service, and the midfield has a role.

So it’s an ongoing thing and we just have to try and improve the quality. Sometimes that is through repetition in training or bringing better players in.

If you look at how many balls we had out of our own goalmouth, compared to the opposition goalmouth it would be a stark contrast.

When it’s our own corner, we need to come in with the same aggression we do when we are defending and if we do that we will score hundreds of goals from set pieces.

Alex Fisher is Yeovil’s top scorer this season with four goals. Picture courtesy of Mike Kunz.

 


Cooper also confirmed that his side had practised penalties in training with the third round tie settled by a shoot-out if scores are level at full time.

Last season, the Glovers went out in a shoot-out against Southern League side Needham Market in the fourth round.

Asked about it, Cooper added: “I’m a firm believer you can’t replicate the pressure of taking a penalty, you can take 100 penalties in training but when you have the pressure of hundreds of people screaming and shouting at you it is different.

Of course we will practice penalties, but I am still not sure that guarantees you scoring on the day. It’s about picking five people who are confident and really want to take them.


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