Brace yourself Reds fans – the new year kicks off at Huish Park on Monday and we all know what that tends to mean!
Not to put too fine a point on it, trips down and back up the A303 to West Somerset have tended to be grim.
Our only point in four previous visits there came on our first visit as a League club in March 2013 in League One. The Glovers were on their way to the Championship via the play-offs and raced into a 2-0 lead, only for Joe Walsh and Matt Sparrow to secure a 2-2 draw with second-half goals.
Since then it’s been defeat, defeat, defeat and defeat – 1-0 in the FA Cup first round in November 2014, 2-1 the following February after Izale McLeod had put Crawley in front and 2-1 in January 2016 with Lee Barnard getting our consolation.
Last season the home side won 5-0 with Reds producing the worst performance of the Dermot Drummy era.
Anyway, despite our record there Huish Park is not a bad place to visit. The open terrace which can accommodate large numbers of away fans won’t be open, instead our supporters will be under cover in the Screwfix Community Stand. The view is fine and there is a tea bar and toilets close by.
Food on offer inside include Pasties (meat or vegetable £3.20), a range of pies; Chicken Curry, Chicken & Mushroom, Steak & Kidney (all £3.20), Hot Dogs (£3.20) and Sausage Rolls (£2.20).
If you want a hair of the dog the place to head to pre-match are a couple of pubs within about 10-15 minute walk of the ground: The Arrow and The Airfield Tavern. The latter has the benefit of a handy fish and chip shop located next door called Palmers. Both welcome away fans.
If you’ve overdone the New Year celebrations and want the train to take the strain there are good options. The 0936 from Three Bridges gets to Clapham Junction in time to pick up the 1023 South Western service which arrives at Yeovil Junction at 1241. The 1036 from Three Bridges via the same route gets into Yeovil at 1341. The best return train is the 1732 which gets to Clapham at 1949 for connections to Three Bridges. The 1832 departure gets you back to Three Bridges via the same route at 2150.
Yeovil Junction is five miles from the stadium so a taxi is best or get the Hopper bus into town and walk from there.
9am departure, buffet at the Hunter’s Lodge in Wincanton. Fare is £20 for all. To book call 07771 792346.