Yeovil Town are continuing to monitor the fitness of striker Jordan Young as they prepare for a trip to FC Halifax Town at the weekend.

The former Chippenham Town striker missed the midweek defeat at Barnet with a hamstring injury and manager Mark Cooper is hoping to have him back in time for the trip to West Yorkshire.

The Shaymen sit five points above the Glovers in the National League table and are buoyed by a FA Trophy quarter final win last weekend and a blank midweek after their home match was postponed due to a waterlogged pitch.

Speaking ahead of the game, Cooper reiterated that he did not think there was much opportunity to bring in any new players ahead of the weekend with the deadline to register players closing next Thursday.

He said: “We are that late in the day now that to get anything of the quality that can help us is difficult. The one thing I know about the boys we have got is that they will have a right go at it, I think from where we were we are in a decent position, we are (four) points clear (of the relegation zone)  with good games to play. We are calm and we know what to do.

Midfielder Jordan Stevens was due to have a scan on a hamstring injury on Thursday night, but the manager said he expected to be missing the recent signing for up to four weeks after he limped off in the first half at Barnet.

He also revealed defender Morgan Williams, who suffered a knee injury in the 1-0 home win over Eastleigh, was likely to be missing for “between four and six weeks” with defender Max Hunt back doing some “light jogging“.

Midfielder Scott Pollock, who has not featured since signing ten days ago, had “just started training on grass” and Charlie Wakefield was still missing with “a sore back.”

Hunt is doing some light jogging, it’ll be a while before he gets back on the grass. Charlie Wakefield still has a sore back, Scott Pollock just started training on the grass. Morgan Williams’ scan was not great so he is going to be 4-6 weeks.


Cooper said he was looking forward to back-to-back blank midweeks following the trip to Halifax with two home fixtures coming up against tenth-placed Bromley and then ninth-placed Southend United on March 25th and April 1st respectively.

Following that they face a run of four crucial games against sides around them at the wrong end of the National League table which starts with a trip to Gateshead, who presently occupy 21st place, the first spot below the dotted line, on Tuesday 4th April. They then travel to Aldershot Town (presently in 17th place) on Good Friday, and then host Dorking Wanderers who sit a place below them on Easter Monday.

Cooper said: “We know what we have to do, we have ten games and we have to cobble together enough fit players to try and keep putting a competitive team out.

The ones we are playing are fighting for their lives so it could equally be tougher. It is important that we take each game on its merit, the hardest thing is to win a game of football, there’s another 11 players trying to stop your 11 players. You have to respect the opposition.

I am looking forward to the rest of the season, there’s ten games, we have our destiny in our own hands. We have four points (between us and the relegation zone) plus our goal difference, if you had said that to me when I came in I would have taken it.

We have some really good characters in the changing room that have been here a while who understand what it means and is about, and I mean.”

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