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Accrington Stanley v Yeovil Town: FA Cup preview

Saturday sees maiden meeting between the Reds and the Glovers

Luke Joyce (left) and Accrington Stanley team-mate John O'Sullivan(Image: Kipax.com)

STANLEY will face Yeovil Town for the first time when the Glovers visit Accrington in the FA Cup on Saturday.

While both clubs have climbed up the non-league pyramid into the Football League, Yeovil were promoted to League One the year before Stanley won the Conference in 2006.

The Glovers then went up into the Championship in 2013 but after coming straight back down, have continued to struggle this season.

Stanley and Notts County knew the winners of their first-round replay would host Yeovil in the next round and, coincidentally, Notts hosted Yeovil in the league four days later.

The Glovers came from behind to win 2-1 against a Magpies team reduced to 10, which was their first league win in nine.

But Gary Johnson’s men failed to build on that, losing 2-0 at home to Preston last Saturday to leave them second-bottom in League One.

Although Stanley got past a Notts County side at the other end of League One, they slipped to 13th in League Two after losing 3-2 at home to Exeter last Friday.

However, Stanley captain Luke Joyce is hopeful of earning a return to the third round and a potential plum tie.

"We’re playing for the chance to get a big team and we’re desperate to give ourselves that opportunity," said the long-serving Reds midfielder.

"When I was on loan at Barrow in 2009 we played Middlesbrough in the third round. They were in the Premier League and we were in the Conference.

"Afonso Alves scored twice for them but we pulled one back with 10 minutes left and made a real fist of it. Since then it’s been an ambition of mine to play in another game like that. It’s my sixth season here and we haven’t done it yet.

"We played Fulham at home but I’d love to play at a big ground in the FA Cup and lead the team out as captain of Accrington."

Loanees Sean Maguire and John O’Sullivan are ineligible for Stanley. Adam Buxton (injury) remains out but Lee Molyneux is available again following personal problems.

Manchester City loanee Jordy Hiwula gave Yeovil a 1-0 win over Crawley in the first round.