Notts County celebrate during their 3-0 win at Chesterfield. Photo credit: JMS Photography

The Magpies look to continue their purple patch as they travel to fellow National League high flyers Yeovil Town in the third round of the FA Trophy.

Notts go into the match having only lost one in their last 11 fixtures and find themselves in the play off places in the Vanarama National League, just 5 points off the automatic places with a game in hand.

Huish Park has become something of a pushover for the Magpies, who haven’t lost there since March 2005. Furthermore, they have only lost one in their last seven matches against The Glovers.

Top scorer Kyle Wootton will be hoping to get back into a rhythm of scoring following a dry spell over the new year ended by a brace against Chesterfield in their last match.

Wes Thomas and Kristian Dennis will have something to say about that however, nipping at Woottons heels on 10 and 9 goals respectively.

Meanwhile, Boldewijn will be looking to follow up his scorcher against Chesterfield in the Magpies’ last match with another goalscoring appearance.

Notts bested two fellow National League teams in Chesterfield and Dagenham and Redbridge on their route to the third round, and find themselves 3 wins from a Wembley final.

New goalkeeper Joe McDonnell will be looking to make his first appearance for the Magpies following his signing from manager Neal Ardley’s old club AFC Wimbledon and backup goalkeeper Ross Fitzsimons going back out on loan to Chesterfield.

“If we don’t give away silly, avoidable goals, we’ll be there or thereabouts with winning and drawing games.”
Neal Ardley, NOtts County Manager

Fitzsimons had initially gone out on loan to The Spireites, but due to an injury to first team keeper Sam Slocombe he was recalled to The Magpies for a match against them. However, they opted for a new goalkeeper in McDonnell and loaned Fitzsimons back out to Chesterfield.

Following the previous match, manager Neal Ardley in looking to the future, said: “If we don’t give away silly, avoidable goals, we’ll be there or thereabouts with winning and drawing games.”

Yeovil are two places above Notts County, also in the play off places, meaning this will be an interesting match up between two of the higher teams in the league.

The Glovers beat two teams in the National League South on their way to this fixture, passing Welling United and Hampton & Richmond Borough FC comfortably.

Speaking of Hampton and Richmond, they were the last team top scorer Rhys Murphy netted against, bagging a hat trick against them.

Having scored 17 this season, Murphy is in a similar situation to Wootton in that he’ll be wanting to get back into the scoring rhythm.

The Glovers haven’t been as formidable as The Magpies recently, but they have only lost one in their last six matches.

Following their draw with Chorley at home, manager Darren Sarll said of the team: “People need to come here (Huish Park) and be petrified at what is thrown at them.”

They will be looking to make Notts County feel that way, although given it has been 15 years since they beat the Magpies at home, it may be a significant challenge.

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