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Match preview: Yeovil Town

14 February 2020

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The Spireites will be looking to complete back-to-back wins when they face Yeovil Town in their next National League fixture, which kicks off at 5.20pm on Saturday. Here is our big match preview…


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Team News:

Caretaker manager John Pemberton confirmed there are no new injury concerns ahead of the match. Matt Tootle continues his recovery and is back training but won’t be available to return.


Manager: Darren Sarll

Sarll had a short playing career at non-league level, playing for Bedford Town, Dunstable Town and Hitchin Town.

He’s made his name as a coach at many clubs including Brentford and Rotherham United, where he gained a reputation for developing young players.

The majority of coaching experience Sarll gained was at Stevenage where he eventually took charge as first-team manager in 2016. After two years, he moved to Premier League Watford as head of academy.

The 37-year-old arrived at Yeovil in the summer after their exit from the EFL and sees his side currently in fourth place.

One to watch: Rhys Murphy

Murphy signed his first professional contract with Arsenal in 2008, but after loan spells at Brentford and Preston, the Gunners released him, forcing his move to Dutch side Telstar for a season.

He returned to England for the 2012/13 campaign for Dagenham & Redbridge, which was followed by fairly short spells at Oldham, Wimbledon and Crawley.

After an impressive season for Chelmsford City which saw him lead them to the National League South play-offs, the 29-year-old joined Yeovil in the summer and has scored 17 goals so far this season, making him the top goalscorer at the club.

Head to Head:

The two clubs have faced each other on 11 separate occasions and both sides have won four times.

Back in December, Yeovil came out winners in the reverse fixture with a narrow 2-1 victory at the Proact.

From the dugout:

John Pemberton said: “We’re in a relegation fight and the first thing we need to do is actually fight. Then, we earn the right to play. We can certainly be better in possession but it’s small steps. I’ve had to change things to get us right. We have to win football matches.”


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