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Preview: Yeovil Town (A)

Notts head to Somerset with new addition in their ranks

30 August 2019

Notts County travel to Yeovil this afternoon looking to extend their four-match unbeaten run in the Vanarama National League.

Both sides were relegated from League Two last season and will harbour hopes of an immediate return to the EFL.

Notts head into the clash on the back of their most impressive result of the campaign so far – a 5-1 victory over Chorley on bank holiday Monday, when Wes Thomas and Nathan Tyson opened their accounts for the club.

That followed draws with Ebbsfleet and Wrexham and a win at Harrogate, so the Magpies will be looking to pick up three points on the road for the second time this season.

Yeovil, meanwhile, are looking to avoid a fourth successive defeat after losing to Barrow, Maidenhead and Dagenham and Redbridge on their most recent outings.

They’ve picked up seven points from their first seven games and are just three places above the relegation zone in 18th.

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Notts boss Neal Ardley says…

“The mood’s good – four games without defeat gives the whole place a lift but we can’t rest on our laurels because we’ve got two really tough games coming up.

“Yeovil are a good footballing team with pace in their side. I know they’ve had a couple of bad results, but they’ll be at it.

“They’ve mixed up their systems, playing three or four at the back, and what we’ve tried to do in training is prepare for various scenarios so whatever shape they pick, we’re equipped for it.”

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Yeovil boss Darren Sarll says…

"The best thing about the first seven games is that we’ve seen evidence of a really good team.

"There will be times in the season where everyone is fit. We’ll have that for 15-20 games and we will sail through them no problem.

“This is the first time for me as a National League manager and I think good runs of form, those peaks and troughs, can come at any time this campaign."

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Team news

Ardley is spoilt for choice up front with Kristian Dennis joining Thomas and Tyson in finding the target against Chorley on Monday.

Kyle Wootton signed on loan from Scunthorpe on Friday to add another option to the attack, giving the Magpies’ boss the right kind of selection headache.

Sarll has admitted the opening weeks of the campaign have taken their toll on his side and several players are short of fitness.

Swiss striker Gold Omotayo is in line to make his debut for the Glovers, however, after receiving clearance from the league following his move from Bury.

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Head to head

The Magpies haven’t won away to Yeovil since 2005, when Stefan Oakes, Glynn Hurst and Mark Stallard were on target in a 3-1 victory. Phil Jevons netted from the spot for the Glovers.

Notts lost both meetings between the sides last season, going down 4-0 at Meadow Lane last August and 2-0 at Huish Park in January.

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The officials

Referee: Paul Howard

Assistants: Christopher Myatt and Matthew Scholes

Fourth official: Martin Peters


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