Darren Sarll is expecting to field another patched-up Yeovil Town side when they travel to Altrincham for the penultimate game of the season this weekend.

The boss has said he expects to be without defender Luke Wilkinson who was sent off for two bookings in the goalless draw with Maidenhead United in midweek, the first for kicking the ball away and the second for handling the ball in to the net.

Yeovil Town manager Darren Sarll.
Picture courtesy of Mike Kunz.

Speaking ahead of the match, Sarll described the decision from referee Daniel Lamport as “silly“, but warned his players he would not accept them picking up bookings for dissent.

He said: “I have said to (Lee) that you are going to lose lots of money if you do that stuff – people are going to get fined.
“I don’t mind people getting booked for tackles, my teams normally play on the edge a bit anyway and if we are booked because we are trying to be competitive, but there is no room for dissent.
“We will probably lose him for the rest of the season which hurts us because he is a huge player for us and we have only had him for 18 games.”

The manager added he did not expect to have any key players including midfielder Matt Worthington or top scorer Rhys Murphy to be fit for the game.

He said: “We have taken a step back because of (the sending off of Wilkinson), I don’t think anyone would be back fit.
“I was hoping to have Alex John back fit and get him in some games because he is a brilliant kid and he deserves some games.
“I don’t think he will make it, I don’t think Worthington will make it, Charlie (Lee) is walking like he has glass in his shoe now.
Murphy is nowhere near, so we are going to be very short.”

Sarll said he hoped his side would continue to be as motivated as they have been since to returning to playing following a break due to the death of club captain Lee Collins.

He added: “My lads have been heavily motivated and kept a very good attitude and sometimes that has not been good enough and sometimes it has.
“If we can replicate Tuesday’s performance on Saturday, that is all we can ask for.
“The only difference is we are going to be missing another central defender – it’s been a car crash of a season in centre halves.”

Altrincham have confirmed are limiting attendance to just 600 for the visit of the Glovers to “gauge the effectiveness in maintaining social distancing” with tickets on sale to home fans only.

In a statement, the club said: “After carefully considering the paramount importance of spectator safety and the need to test our procedures to gauge their effectiveness in maintaining social distancing, we are limiting the attendance against Yeovil to 600.

“It is our hope and expectation that we will then be able to accommodate the permitted figure of 1,231 for the following two games.”


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