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Blacky's Friday Briefing

We go on the road for the final time this season on Saturday when we visit second placed Chelmsford City.

The Essex side know they can't win the title, and are guaranteed a play-off place.

Joint-Assistant Manager Lloyd Blackman doesn't think Yeovil securing the title on Thursday night will have an effect on Saturday's game:

"If you were ask them, everyone expected Yeovil to win the league, and it would have taken a massive slip up from them to miss out. I personally don't think it makes any difference to the fixture tomorrow. They're well aware what their targets were.

"They've had a really good season. The manager has done extremely well, they've got something to fight for, they'll want home advantage in the play-offs, so it's an important fixture for them.

"We've done our work, we've looked at them and will go with no pressure and hopefully give a good account of ourselves. It will be tough, but we're not on a bad run away from home so it should be a good game."

We had a small squad at Bath last Saturday, when we drew 1-1, and Lloyd says player availability is looking potentially a bit better for the trip to Chelmsford:

"Waggy trained yesterday, he's been on antibiotics and seems a lot lot better, so that's a positive for us. Ryan Hanson is 50:50. He trained a bit yesterday so we'll wait to see how he responds. Mo Dabre is unavailable for us, which is a bit of a blow after performing so well in all the time he's been with us, but at Bath he was exceptional. But that gives other players opportunities which is great."

Two other people unavailable tomorrow are Jay Saunders and Lloyd Blackman, who both serve a one match touchline ban after receiving their third yellow cards of the season, so Tom Parkinson will take the team. Lloyd explains how that will work:

"The timing is disappointing that we're both in the stands, but we are able to be in the changing rooms before, during and after, and we're allowed communication with the bench.  Some games I've watched from the gantry anyway and you can get a better view. Is it a frustration? Yes.  Is it a problem? No. Parky will be on the bench and anything we see from the stands we can tell him. I'm not allowed to take the warm up, but usually that's done with me and Parky so he'll be able to do that, but the players are very professional and they know the warm up routine."  

Published Friday 12th April 2024