Salop v Yeovil Preview

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.

Key Player

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.

Bad Boy

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.

Manager

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.

Team Nat From To Record
G W D L Win %
Cambridge United England 22 October 1992 1 April 1995 135 41 37 57 30.37
Kettering Town England 1995 1997 46 22 19 5 47.83
Latvia Latvia 5 September 1999 26 April 2001 14 4 8 2 28.57
Yeovil Town England 19 June 2001 23 September 2005 221 116 46 59 52.49
Bristol City England 26 September 2005 18 March 2010 239 96 69 74 40.17
Peterborough United England 6 April 2010 10 January 2011 33 15 4 14 45.45
Northampton Town England 4 March 2011 14 November 2011 34 7 10 17 20.59
Yeovil Town England 9 January 2012 Present 39 17 5 17 43.59
Total 702 294 173 235 41.88

 

Salop v Yeovil Head-To-Head

Salop have only played twice in the league with Yeovil winning both those games back in 2004/05.

The last time the 2 teams met was back in 2007 when Yeovil run out 1-0 winners in the JPT at Yeovil.

Here are the overall figures.

SHREWSBURY WINS DRAWS YEOVIL WINS
Cup 1 0 1
League 0 0 2
FA Cup 1 0 0
Total 2 0 3

Keep your eyes out on our twitter for updates from the game and pictures. Also have your say by tweeting us or writing on our facebook. We will also have a vote for the #BlueArmyMOM after the game.

Hope you enjoy the match. Keep The Faith!!

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