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Match Preview: The Pools v. The Glovers- It's Snow Joke!


FA Cup action

By Alex O'Loughlin
November 26 2010

The Green and Whites travel to Hartlepool this weekend to compete for a place in the FA Cup third round, as long as the wintry conditions don't worsen. 

In fact, the Pools have pleaded with their fans to travel to Victoria Park and help with the clearing up of snow which has fallen on the pitch, possibly calling the game into jeopardy. However, Hartlepool do have a good record when contending against the elements often managing to keep the pitch in good condition. 

Asides from battling against the snow, the Glovers will have to defeat a Hartlepool side which has lost just one of its previous seven league and cup matches, a statistic seeing the Monkey Hangers rise to 14th in the League One table. 

Technically Hartlepool haven't had an official manager since Danny Wilson left in 2008, with Chris Turner adopting the title of Director of Sport for twenty months, and the now in charge Mick Wadsworth retaining the title of care-taker manager despite being in charge since August. 

Things in the Yeovil dressing room might well be frosty, after Adam Virgo and Sam Williams both showed some dissent in the Town's 2-0 defeat to Bournemouth in mid-week. Defender Virgo snubbed both Skiverton and Jones after being substituted, whilst Williams interacted with the travelling away fans exchanging expletives.

Dissent aside, the Glovers have now gone seven league games without a win, with the away victory at Rochdale back in early October standing as their last league victory. Even the win at Rushden & Diamonds in the FA Cup first round failed to re-ignite their season, losing a further three games since then.

If the Green and Whites are to progress to the third round for the first time in six years they will have to do so without loan trio Gavin Williams, Ivan Sproule and Adam Phillip. All have been denied permission to become cup tied by their parent clubs of Bristol City (Williams and Sproule) and Chelsea (Phillip).

Apart from the loan trio Terry Skiverton has a full squad to choose from, with fellow loanees John Sullivan, Shaun MacDonald, Owain Tudur Jones and Tom Parkes all being given permission to take part in the Glovers FA Cup campaign. Previous injury concerns Luke Ayling and Andy Welsh returned to the squad in midweek, and may both be pushing for recalls to the starting eleven.  

The Pools have a full squad to pick from but their official website suggests that manager Wadsworth may "rotate his squad" suggesting they are expecting an easy encounter this Saturday. 

The beauty of the FA Cup is that the form book goes out of the window, supplying the platform for teams to re-shape or almost restart their season, something the Glovers will be hoping to do. League form suggest that Hartlepool should come out on top, but Yeovil's FA Cup history and the unpredictability of the cup suggests the game is very much on even ground. 

Manager Terry Skiverton has come under pressure in recent weeks, and even found himself being booed at the turning on of Yeovil's Christmas lights. Skiverton will hope to prove his critics wrong and direct the Green and Whites into the FA Cup third round, hopefully triggering a revival in nPower League One. 

If you are not travelling to Victoria Park you can listen to the game on BBC Radio Somerset 99.5FM, with a match report to follow later on Glover Lover. 

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