Yeovil Town will play for the first time in over a week as they take on Bath City in the league on Saturday.
After missing out on a fixture on New Year’s Eve against Taunton due to a waterlogged pitch, the Glovers have had a welcome break from the busy festive period. But it hasn’t been as quiet off the pitch, with the signing of Dylan Morgan from the Peacocks and re-calling then loaning back out Malachi Linton.
The Romans are in good form, winning three of their last five games across all competitions. Yeovil Town loanee Will Buse has been in fine form as well keeping four clean sheets.
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Mark Cooper feels it will be a tough game going up against another local team. He said: “They were good in our previous game, and like I say with every other team, it’s night and day when they play against us. There is an added incentive to when you play us.
Cooper talked about how the Bath players “will get a lift” from playing in front of a big crowd and that his side will “have to match that”.
The ex-Darlington boss understands the local ‘rivalry’ aspect but was keen to play it down. He said: “It means a lot to the fans, Gerry [Gill] used to play here, but at three o’clock it’s 11 vs 11.”
Charlie Cooper also gave his thoughts on the upcoming fixture. He said: “They’re a tough team, doing well obviously but so are we, so it’s another good game to play in like so many others have been this season.”
New signing Dylan Morgan could be in line to get his first game for the Glovers after signing from Taunton earlier this week.
Jordan Stevens is still out injured along with Scott Pollock, but both should be back by the end of January.
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Bath manager Gerry Gill spoke after his side’s win vs Chippenham. He said: “It’s exciting isn’t it, it’s all about the players, going back to my former club, we’ll enjoy going back there.”
Gill, also stated it would be for the “fans’ who have “waited for these types of games”. He also claimed the squad will be “full of confidence” after their recent form.
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Goalkeeper Buse is unable to play on Saturday as Yeovil are his parent club, so will be replaced by Slav Huk. The Romans have announced midfielder Oscar Thorn has had his loan extended.
Last time they met…
The last time these two sides met was on December 6th, when Yeovil ran out 1-0 winners in a tight affair. After a rather dull first 45, the second half was more lively which saw Morgan Williams score, flares on the pitch and many a Dawes-Thomas battle.
After Williams’ goal, Bath piled on the pressure but weren’t able to find the equaliser. Gill said in his recent interview that he felt his team “deserved something”.
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