Well it’s November now, and all football fans know what that means… It’s FA Cup time!!
Over recent years the FA Cup has produced numerous shocks, and has certainly reduced the egos of many of the so called “Big Teams”.
The draw has worked it’s magic again this year, and has pitted Town against local rivals and Blue Square Bet Premier promotion hopefuls Hereford United.
The Bulls have had a mixed history in the Cup with the highlight coming in 1972 when as a Southern League club they knocked top-flight Newcastle United off their perches.
Town meanwhile have had a some results which have shocked the fans; a one-nil loss to Staines Town in 2009 and a three-one loss to Blythe Spartans the year before certainly left fans wondering about our cup form. However, a good run under Turner last season presented us with a third round trip to Middlesbrough. Salop fought hard in that game and eventually went down one-nil at the Riverside.
Salop last met Hereford in the cup in 2006, when a nil-nil draw at the Gay Meadow – in the first round – meant that Town had a trip to Edgar Street to keep themselves in the competition. The Bulls won that game two-nil in front of their fans, sending Town players and fans home with their tails between their legs.
Let’s hope this year Turner and the lads can string together another run of results in the FA Cup starting at Edgar Street on Saturday. The game could well be a feisty affair with it being Turner’s return to a club he spent so many years at, not to mention Rob Purdie who will have a point to prove against his former club.
A note for fans: the game is kicking off at 1PM due to policing arrangements.
So you have voted for #BlueArmyMOM over the last month. We have counted the votes and the you have made Asa Hall your player of the month.
Asa has been brought in since Richards was pushed back into left back after the injury of Jacobson and he has definitely been worthy of the call up. With 2 goals to his name against Colchester after coming off the bench must mean he is the best person to partner Summerfield in midfield.
Do you think Turner should drop Richards and play Hall in midfield with Summerfield or should he come of the bench and try and make a impact.
We want you to give us your thoughts on the above question by either commenting on here or tweeting us.
This is where you can have your say. If you tweet us with your views after each match you will stand a good chance of featuring on our blog at some point this season. We pick our top 10 tweets and will put them on a page like this after every game.
@Salopsbluearmy concerned about where our goals are going to come from, we look lightweight up front, got to hang in there #keepthefaith
Salop went into the first of 2 home games but it seemed nobody told the players how important this game was. Now we are going to try and find some positives from tonight but if we can’t we’ll try and be as upbeat as possible.
Chris Weale, Jermaine Grandison, Darren Jones, Luke Summerfield, Asa Hall (Purdie, 82), Lee Collins, Paul Parry, Matt Richards, Joe Jacobson, Sam Winnall (Taylor, 46), Terry Gornell (Bradshaw, 63)
Gavin Ward, Rob Purdie, Tom Bradshaw, Mark Wright, Jon Taylor, Aaron Wildig, Michael Hector
Marek Stech, James McAllister (Blizzard, 59), Byron Webster, Keanu Marsh-Brown, Ed Upson, James Hayter (Williams, 89), Sam Foley, Paddy Madden, Daniel Burn, Korey Smith (Johnson, 63), Joe Edwards
Luke Ayling, Richard Hinds, Dominic Blizzard, Gavin Williams, Reuben Reid, Gareth Stewart, Daniel Johnson
Salop started the game lively with a good passing game but it only took Yeovil 8 minutes to find the net. A free-kick left Paddy Madden unmarked in the box to head home to send the Glovers 1-0 up. And you have to question the marking as Madden was the smallest player in that box and wasn’t even picked up.
Even though this was the kick up the backside Salop needed, they just didn’t get going with Hall having the best chance of the half but his header was miles over. That is about as good as it got for Salop and people were already talking about which striker could come on and bring some flare to the team.
Half Time: Salop 0-1 Yeovil
Second half and Turner decided to bring Winnall off (Hamstring) and super Taylor came on to try and liven the team up. And this seemed to work with Hall having the best chance but his long range effort carried no pace and the keeper had to go and meet the ball.
A few minutes later, Hayter converted the ball from a great cross by Brown to put Yeovil 2-0 up. This was greeted with boos from a few of the Salop regulars which was understandable.
After this, Turner subbed frustrating Gornell off to be replaced by Bradshaw. This decision was scrutinized by the Salop faithful. Many were questioning why Turner was taking another striker off for a striker when the score was 2-0. Maybe it would have been better to take one of the defense or midfielders off for a striker to try and pull a goal back.
But soon after it was pretty much game over as Madden got his second goal of the match as our defense went missing again and Weale was left helpless as Madden directed his header into the empty net. The boo boys suddenly become louder and many walked out venting their frustration towards the players. The Yeovil fans were delirious and their bell ringer was getting louder and louder as their team had just secured a second win back to back.
Salop did get a little bit of hope with 10 minutes to go as Bradshaw was fouled resulting in Town being awarded a penalty.
The result was in captured by us in video.
But with the team now looking to find 2 goals from somewhere, it seemed as though a point was still possible. But they just could not break down that Yeovil defense. Turner even resulted in taking Hall of to be replaced by Purdie and tried to push Grandison up front. This didn’t work out like everyone wished.
And when the final whistle went, the boos sounded again and the fans made their way home annoyed and upset.
Now we know it was a tough game to watch but we would still like your thoughts and vote for your #BlueArmyMOM so send us your thoughts in the usual medium of twitter and also vote for your man of the match on our #BlueArmyMOM page
All that is left to say is keep the faith and things will come good.
Yeovil make their first visit to the Meadow since Salop have moved from the old Gay Meadow. Yeovil did get off to a flying start but a poor September which resulted in The Glovers losing 5 in a row meant they soon lost track of the top and plummeted towards the relegation zone.
A win on Saturday against a struggling Bury side means they have been lifted to 14th. But even though they have struggled to find points in the last month, they haven’t been short of goals failing to score only 3 times so far this season.
As for Salop it seems to be the same story again. We need to find a win to move away from the relegation places and with Marvin Morgan banned for 2 games it will be a good time for one of the other strikers to prove they should be kept in the team.
Also with Turner having only Marvin unavailable, we believe there may be a few changes to try and get back to winning ways.
We are going to focus on today’s opponents Yeovil Town. Here are some interesting things you might want to know before tonight.
Edward Upson has 6 assists to his name and 2 goals so far this season which makes him the player to watch out for. He is not afraid to shoot neither having the most amount of shots in the team and has 19 shots so far with 9 of them being on target.
Edward Upson aslo has to take the accolade as Yeovil’s bad boy as he has already picked up 1 red card 4 yellows whilst conceding 21 fouls.
Gary Johnson is currently in his second stint at Yeovil Town after leaving the Glovers in 2005 to join Bristol City. He first managed Newmarket Town back in 1986. He then went to manage Cambridge United in 1992 before moving to Kettering Town in 95. When he was released from his duties he found himself out of a job for 2 years until Latvia approached him in 1999. But after 2 years of frustrating results he was sacked with the final straw being a 1-1 draw against Lichtenstein. But what followed was the tipping point for the Latvian authorities.
In his post match interview he attacked a journalist and Latvian officials were left with no option other than sacking Johnson.
In 2002, Johnson took charge of then non league Yeovil Town. In his first year The Golvers won the FA Trophy at Villa Park after beating Stevenage 2-0 and he also led Yeovil to third in the Conference.
The following season he led Yeovil to the Conference Championship with a record 17 point lead which meant Yeovil would be playing in Division 3. In their first season in Division 3 (League 2), Yeovil were pipped to the play offs by goal difference. But the next season the won the championship and went into Division 2 (League 1) where they have remained ever since.
Chirs Weale played a big part in Johnson’s side in his first stint so Weale should get a good reception.
In 2005 Johnson went to Bristol City where his greatest achievement was leading Bristol City to the play-off final, only for Hull City to beat them 1-0. He then went on to Peterbrough for a year but both manager and chairman couldn’t agree future policies so he soon left to join Northampton. After saving Northampton he left by mutual agreement and went to join Yeovil for a second time.