Old allegiance strong for returning Hayter

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JAMES HAYTER is eyeing another goal bonus against Doncaster Rovers this afternoon – but admits he would love both his old club and current one to be celebrating at the end of the season.

The 33-year-old, whose name is etched in Rovers’ folklore after scoring the goal which secured a return to the second tier for the first time in 50 years in the League One play-off final win over Leeds United in 2008, makes his first return to the Keepmoat Stadium with Yeovil today.

While the striker will exchange pleasantries with a number of familiar faces following his time in South Yorkshire, his sights will be strictly on business come 3pm.

Plenty is riding on the outcome between third-placed Rovers and Glovers, who are a point and a place behind them in the League One table. The margins between the top six are wafer-thin with just two points currently separating them.

Rovers are suffering a blip, having won just once in their last five matches, but the Glovers are the form side in the division and are seeking their seventh successive victory this afternoon, with boss Gary Johnson labelling the clash as their biggest of the campaign.

They also have the benefit of history on their side against Rovers, with the pair first locking horns in the Conference and the Somerset outfit having comprehensively had the better of things.

Yeovil are unbeaten in seven against Rovers, winning six, with Hayter scoring in their 2-1 victory at Huish Park on September 1, just one of two away League defeats the South Yorkshiremen have suffered all season.

Hayter, whose celebration was decidedly muted when he netted against Rovers six months ago, said: “Getting another goal against them would be nice after getting one earlier this season.

“But it would be good if we both managed to go up at the end of the season.

“It will a tough place to go as Doncaster are doing well. But it’s a game I am looking forward to and it will be great to see a few familiar faces. Woodsy (Martin Woods), James Coppinger and a few others are still there and I keep in contact with a few of the lads and obviously, they are going well this season and it is a case of good luck to them as they are a terrific set of lads.”