Month: July 2019

SIGNING | Glovers add gloveman Driscoll

The towering Australian arrives to provide competition to experienced keeper Stuart Nelson and will remain at Huish Park initially until January. 

Having started out playing junior football in his home country, the 20-year-old joined the Royals in 2015 and has gone on to be a consistent performer at both under-18 and under-23s level. 

Turning professional at the Madejski Stadium in 2017, Driscoll spent pre-season on tour with the first team before a successful loan spell at Staines Town saw him return and pin down a starting spot in the under-23s side in 2017/18.

Continuing his development, the 6’4″ stopper gained further experience at Hungerford Town and Salisbury last season but now links up with the Glovers.

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Bolstering his squad ahead of Saturday’s National League opener at Barnet, manager Darren Sarll said: “Liam’s a young player who’s ready to take this next step in his development.

“He’s impressed in training and has all the attributes required to develop into a fantastic goalkeeper and now has the chance to learn off of someone as experienced and dedicated as Nels.”

FANS | Vanarama National League Fan Preview

Glovers fan Sheridan Robins gives her thoughts…

The new season is nearly upon us – what have Yeovil fans got to look forward to?
A real fresh start. Relegation hurt and it hurt a lot but after five years of losing, we can now focus on a new league with a new manager and a new winning mentality to at least win more than we lose – something Yeovil fans have forgotten can happen!

It’s not been an easy time at Huish Park but there seems to be an impression that Darren Sarll is already making his mark.
Definitely. The results and performances will speak for themselves but he has come in, brought in some experienced players and ones he has worked with before. He is refreshingly honest in interviews and wants to play attacking football – that combination is a great way to get fans back on side. 

You’ve been away from the National League since 2003 and it’s never easy slipping out of the EFL but what are you looking forward to the most?
New grounds and hopefully bigger home crowds. They were steadily declining but now we have a chance to make our mark on the National League. I think because of our huge history in Non-League – while we were devastated to go down, we don’t lack respect for the division. We had some great times in the Conference and hopefully we can create more great memories this season. 

What’s been the most important bit of transfer business done over the past few months?
I think the capture of striker Rhys Murphy and defender Lee Collins. Murphy has been on our radar for a couple of years and we have not had a striker scoring lots of goals for a number of seasons and I think he is the man to change that. Collins has extensive EFL experience and I don’t think he will take any prisoners and in this tough league, that is crucial.

Who will be your one to watch coming kick-off?
Stuart Nelson. A goalkeeper of his calibre will win us points this season. He didn’t play much last season so this is a good chance for him to prove himself and he has had an impressive pre-season so far. 

Who are the other sides to watch out for and could be in the promotion mix? 
I think AFC Fylde will be up there and were unlucky to miss out last season. I also think Chesterfield will have learnt a lot from the previous campaign and look to be fighting to get back to the Football League. 

What ground are you most looking forward to going to?
All of the new ones really and of course Torquay in the local (ish) derby. FC Halifax, Eastleigh and Maidenhead should be good away days – although we are going to be covering some miles this season! 

And what game would you like to win more than any other?
It has to be Torquay United home and away! I am so pleased for Gary Johnson and the incredible job he has done once again but it is always nice to get one over on a former manager. It will be quite something welcoming him back to Huish Park though,  as he orchestrated our title winning Conference season back in 2003.

But what opposition player would you most like to see in your side – and what makes him so good?
I must admit, my National League knowledge is pretty limited but I have been watching a lot of videos and listening to plenty of podcasts to get myself up to speed. I was particularly impressed with Solihull Moors last season and am sure they will have another good season. I would like a player like Jamey Osborne who has an eye for that crucial pass and can score goals as a replacement for our set piece specialist Tom James. 

Let’s end with a tough one – where do you predict your team will finish next season? 
I have been so wrong about this in the past but I am going to go for a sixth-place finish and a rollercoaster play-off ride! However, we need to be cautious that this is a tough league and we just need stability. To not be fighting relegation would be an incredible novelty after the past few years!

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SIGNING | Hip Hip hooray!

Putting pen to paper on a one-year deal at Huish Park with a club option for a second, the 24-year-old returns to English football after a five-year stay north of the border in Scotland.

Winning the Scottish Challenge Cup in 2015 with Livingstone, the attacker then enjoyed cult-hero status at Falkirk during a two-year stint with The Bairns before helping St Mirren win promotion to the SPL in 2017/18. 

Joining Dunfermline ahead of the 2018/19 campaign, Hippolyte scored four goals in his opening four matches prior to going on to make 39 appearances for The Pars last season.

Impressing on trial with the green and whites in the last four matches, Myles links up with manager Darren Sarll for a second spell after striking up a good relationship with Town’s boss during his time as a scholar at Brentford.

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Having secured Myles’ services, Sarll said: “He warranted a registration with us based on the three games he had and what I heard from the supporters and how popular he’d become with them – that’s important.

“Supporters come to watch players they like watching, not ones you have little or no respect for. The only thing I relate to is the contribution they have to the scoreline and us winning games and what Myles did in his time was contribute directly to two wins and a draw.

“He played in three or four positions and showed a good disciplined attitude whilst also showing a lot of natural instinct relating to the type of player he is, and I”m delighted he’s decided to come on board.”

Supporters can watch Myles in action for the first time as an official Glover on Saturday when the Vanarama National League campaign kicks-off at Barnet. 

For full ticket and travel details, visit our Away Tickets page.

TICKETS | Opening day tickets for Barnet on sale

Darren Sarll’s side kick-off their 2019/20 campaign at The Hive in what will be his first competitive game in charge of the club.

With a newly assembled squad making the trip to the capital, you can be there to cheer them on in the quest for three points. 

Ticket prices for the match are as follows:

Adult – £20
Concession (65+, 20 and under) – £13
Under-17 – £5

Supporters can only purchase tickets in advance via Barnet’s website by clicking here, with tickets also sold on the day.

For full ticketing details including wheelchair access and Green & White Supporters Club coach travel, visit our Away Tickets page.

FANS | On the road in 2019/20

With 23 new away trips compared to last season, the Glovers face five trips of 500 miles or more.

October’s journey to Hartlepool’s Victoria Park will the longest jaunt at 650 miles, whilst August’s televised clash with Barrow a close second at 614 miles.

Halifax, AFC Fylde and Harrogate will then make up a combined 1,560 miles in September, December and February 2020 respectively. 

At the other end of the spectrum, only two matches are under 200 miles with Torquay (132.6 miles) and Eastleigh (150.2 miles) providing the shortest journeys for the Glovers faithful. 

Yeovil’s away trip to Hartlepool’s Victoria Park is the longest away journey adding up to around 652.8 miles there and back.

Meanwhile, the shortest journey will be Torquay’s Plainmoor, with the 150 miles there and back to travel for derby day.

Trips in Miles

Hartlepool Utd, Victoria Park – 650

Barrow, Riverside Park – 614

Harrogate Town, Wetherby Road – 548

Halifax Town, The Shay – 508

AFC Fylde, Mill Farm – 504

Chorley, Victory Park – 464

Stockport County, Edgeley Park – 436

Chesterfield, Proact Stadium – 430

Wrexham, Racecourse Ground – 426

Dover Athletic, Crabble Athletic Ground – 404

Notts County, Meadow Lane – 382

Dagenham & Redbridge, Chigwell Construction Stadium – 338

Ebbsfleet Utd, Kuflink Stadium – 322

Bromley, Hayes Lane – 294

Boreham Wood, Meadow Park – 290

Solihull Moors, Damson Park – 284

Sutton Utd, Gander Green Lane – 260

Barnet, The Hive – 260

Maidenhead Utd, York Road – 232

Woking, Kingsfield Stadium – 220

Aldershot Town, Electrical Services Stadium – 208

Eastleigh, Silverlake Stadium – 150.2

Torquay Utd, Plainmoor – 132.6

Total round trips – 8,356.8

INTERVIEW | Sarll determined to keep positive ‘energy’

The green and whites finished off their 2019/20 preparations with a 2-1 win over a strong Bristol City Under-23s side thanks to goals from Rhys Murphy and Tom Bradbury.

Unbeaten from five of their six warm-up friendlies, Sarll is looking for the ‘win at all costs’ mentality to persist. 

“We’ve just got to retain that energy, that really good energy around the place. It’s not always going to be pretty or pleasing on the eye, we’ve just got to have a winning mentality.

“When I talk about the calibre of people we have signed, Collins’ block on the line, that’s character, that’s the way the man sees it, he doesn’t know when to throw in the towel.

“The first and last fifteen minutes were as good as we have played, there was a middle patch where we had to try and take the sting out the game.

“I thought in the second half, we were soft. 

“If you’re going to do something really great you’ve got to ride some punches and get through some difficult times and that’s what we did which is my biggest pat on the back to the players.”

INTERVIEW | Collins praises ‘vital’ fans for their support

With less than a week to go until the start of the National League season, Rhys Murphy and Tom Bradbury secured a final friendly victory.

Backed by over 600 supporters as part of the club’s Family Fun Day, Collins was quick to praise the Glovers faithful: “The connection with the fans has been brilliant, especially at Taunton. With the amount that travelled down and gave us a good cheer then waited around after despite the lengthy team talk to shake the lads’ hands.

“They’ve turned up in their numbers again and will be vital as the season goes on.”

With the green and whites only losing once in pre-season, they capped it off against a City side boasting a host of first team players including the likes of Matty Taylor. 

Pleased with the performance, Collins said: “They had a bit of a spell second half, but we still created the better chances. They had experienced players here, and at their age I had played 100 appearances so they’re not young lads anymore, they’re men, so it was a good performance.

“I think in the last week or so, in particular, it has really come together. The new lads have come in and adjusted really quickly.”

REPORT | Yeovil Town 2-1 Bristol City U23s

In control from the first whistle against a City side splattered with first-team members, the green and whites’ dominance translated into the lead midway through the half when Rhys Murphy added to his pre-season tally.

Deserving of a second, it came on 43 minutes when Tom Bradbury was perfectly placed from close range to conclude a bright first-half.

Second best until after the restart, the Robins came out rejuvenated and grabbed a goal back through Matty Taylor but the green and whites held firm to secure a fourth warm-up win.

Starting their National League campaign in seven days time, Darren Sarll started with the core of players who’ll likely walkout at Barnet next weekend. 

Newest recruit Tom Whelan appeared for the first time as an official Glover, whilst three trialists were given the chance to impress from kick-off.

Displaying the match sharpness they’ll need at The Hive the hosts were dominant early on as they enjoyed a monopoly on possession which yielded early chances. 

In the opening minutes, Murphy looked to continue his goal scoring form with a low drive from the edge of the box that had to be smothered by Jojo Wollacott, before Trialist C combined with Trialist B to glance a header a yard wide.

Remaining on the front foot, Whelan went close with two strikes from range as the pressure grew but the opening goal wasn’t long in coming. 

Having threatened from open play a set-piece proved to provide the decisive moment when Matt Worthington’s delivery was headed home at the near post by Murphy for his sixth goal in as many games.

Maintaining their grip on proceedings the Glovers looked comfortable for their lead before a moment of deja vu saw the advantage doubled just before the break. 

Trialist B’s delivery from a corner caused chaos in the middle and after pinging around the box, Bradbury was on hand six yards out find the back of the net. 

Making two alterations at the halfway stage, Luke Williams’ side enjoyed their best spell of the match after the restart with some good territory and possession.

Captain for the day Taylor had a goal disallowed for offside on 52 minutes but his frustration was short-lived. 

Racing onto a clever ball over the top, the striker kept his composure to pick out the bottom corner and reduced the arrears with plenty of the match left to play.

Mirroring what Sarll’s side did in the first-half, the visitors maintained a stranglehold on the match and pressed for an equaliser. 

Tyreeq Bakinson drove a shot from 25 yards into the arms of Nelson before substitute Freddie Hinds slid in to direct Jonny Smith’s cross just wide.

Trying to build the pressure as the clock ticked towards the final 10 minutes, Taylor had a shot cleared off the line by Albi Skendi which was swiftly followed by Bakinson’s shot clipping the bar on its way over after firing from 25 yards.

Taking heed of the warnings, the hosts responded with two chances of their own. 

Substitute Ryan Seager squandered the opportunity to confirm the win by skewing his shot wide of the target from 12 yards before a flowing move ended with Matty Worthington heading Craig Alcock’s whipped-in delivery just over.

Unable to add their lead it proved to not be costly as the Glovers saw out the victory to end their pre-season schedule in a positive fashion.

Yeovil Town: Nelson; Skendi, Collins, Bradbury; Alcock, Worthington, Whelan, Trialist A (Trialist D 57′); Trialist B; Murphy (Shako 89′), Trialist C (Seager 63′).
Subs not used: Ojo, John, Duffus. 

Bristol City Under-23s: Wollacott; Thompson (Edwards 46′), Edwards, Evans, Smith (Harrison 46′), Vyner, Smith, Bakinson, Semenyo (Hinds 62′), Adelakun, Taylor. 
Subs not used: Buse, Britton, Day, Smith.

NEWS | Crofts departs

The 35-year-old arrived earlier in the summer to take on a dual role but has completed a move to take up an under-23s coaching position at Premier League outfit Brighton & Hove Albion.

Commenting on his departure, manager Darren Sarll said: “Andrew made us aware of some interest in the Brighton role a few weeks ago and approached me one-to-one. Because of the history, his location and future ambitions, he expressed a determined interest in taking on the role.

“Unfortunately, this was a situation I had to regretfully accept and we wish Andrew well in his next role. This has been treated like any transfer and we have been in discussion with Brighton to ensure that we have come to an agreement around compensation in many forms, for a player as influential as Andrew would’ve been.”

All at Huish Park wish Andrew well in the future.

SIGNING | Whelan confirmed as a Glover

The 23-year-old has featured in the last three friendly fixtures for the green and whites and has now made his stay permanent by signing a one-year deal with a club option for a second.

A stand-out player in the Southern League Premier South division with Salisbury last season – playing a starring role in helping the Whites to a fourth place finish – the playmaker now swaps Wiltshire for Somerset after a four-year stay at the Raymond McEnhill Stadium where he won two promotions.

Almost joining Bury last summer following a trial spell in Greater Manchester, the former Millfield School student arrived at Huish Park with a glowing report from staff at Gigg Lane following manager Darren Sarll’s inquiry.

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Bringing in his seventh summer signing, the Glovers boss said: “What we didn’t have was an influential midfield player and he fits the role and the way it’s played.

“He had ringing endorsements from Bury but he’s also young without being wet behind the ears, so he has the hunger, that ambition and that drive to become someone and something. When you marry that with guidance and direction that can be quite a dynamic connection.”

Glovers fans can watch Tom and the rest of the squad in action for the final time in pre-season tomorrow afternoon at Huish Park when they take on Bristol City Under-23s. 

Tickets for the day (which include day membership for the Alec Stock Lounge) are available to buy with Under-16s able to watch for FREE

Prices are as follows:
Adult – £8
Senior (65 & over) – £4
Young Person (16-23) – £4
Under-16s – FOC

Supporters can purchase in advance by visiting or calling the ticket office (01935 847888), with tickets also available to buy online

PREVIEW | Yeovil Town v Bristol City U23s

A young City side will lineup against the green and whites who’ll be in warm-up action one last time before their National League campaign starts next weekend at Barnet.

Darren Sarll’s side have lost just one of their opening five friendlies and will look to finish on a high as part of planned activities throughout the day. 

A full itinerary can be found here with behind the scenes tours and a chance to meet the players all part of the goings on at BA22.

Tickets for the friendly remain on sale both in advance and on the day with under-16s able to watch for FREE!

Adult – £8
Senior (65 & over) – £4
Young Person (16-23) – £4
Under-16s – FOC

Supporters can purchase in advance by visiting or calling the ticket office (01935 847888), with tickets also available to buy online

Match Coverage

For those not in attendance at Huish Park, you don’t have to miss a thing. 

Get the team line-ups, minute-by-minute updates and more with our live match centre.

You can also follow the club’s social media channels for updates throughout the day. 

Make sure you don’t miss a thing:
Twitter – @YTFC
Facebook – YTFCOfficial
Instagram – @ytfcofficial

FIXTURE | Be part of Saturday’s Family Fun Day

With the 2019/20 campaign fast approaching, get the buzz for the new season by spending the day with the first team.

Supporters can enjoy behind the scenes tours* prior to kick-off with Darren Sarll and his squad signing autographs and meeting supporters after the full-time whistle.

All of the club’s summer recruits will be present along with the Jolly Green Giant whilst kids’ inflatables and refreshments will also be on offer throughout the day.

As a day of football, the Under-16s will be in action on the 3G pitch from 11 o’clock prior to the main event of the day as City head down the M5, with half-time entertainment provided by the Community Sports Trust in the form of a penalty shoot-out.

Tickets for the day (which include day membership for the Alec Stock Lounge) are available to buy with Under-16s able to watch for FREE

Prices are as follows:
Adult – £8
Senior (65 & over) – £4
Young Person (16-23) – £4
Under-16s – FOC

Supporters can purchase in advance by visiting or calling the ticket office (01935 847888), with tickets also available to buy online

*last entry into the stadium for tours will be 1315 in order to allow for pre-match preparations, so entrance is not guaranteed.

A full schedule for Town’s Family Fun Day can be found below:

TIME ACTIVITY INFO
1100-1245 Academy match The Under-16s are in action on the 3G pitch against Weston-super-Mare.
1230-1330 Tours Go behind the scenes with a look around the stadium.
1200-1800 Alec Stock Lounge Included in the ticket price, enjoy hospitality on the first floor with refreshments available.
1200-1500 Inflatables Inflatable activities for kids situated next to the Family Cabin in front of the Tamburino Stand with ice cream also available!
1300-1500 Family Cabin Full of activities and games consoles for families to enjoy. 
1000-1500 Club Store Have a browse at the latest YTFC merchandise.
1200-1600 Trade Stands Members of the Supporters Alliance on hand with information ahead of the 2019/20 campaign.
1500-1645 YTFC v Bristol City U23s Watch the Glovers in action for the final time in pre-season against City. 
1545-1600 HT entertainment Yeovil Town Community Sports Trust host a penalty shoot-out during the break.
 1645-1730  Autographs  The first-team will be available for photos and autographs after the match with all of Darren Sarll’s newest recruits in attendance.

REPORT | Taunton Town 0-2 Yeovil Town

Approaching the end of preparations before the 2019/20 season begins, the opening 45 minutes provided little action of note in front of goal as both defences reigned supreme. 

Stuart Nelson was called upon early on before Ryan Seager went close at the other end just before the break.

Lacking quality in the first half, it was provided on 47 minutes when Rhys Murphy opened the scoring with a pearler of a strike before he doubled his tally for the evening 20 minutes later to record a comfortable victory along the A303.

In action for the penultimate time in pre-season, Darren Sarll opted to start with a virtually full-strength side at the Cygnet Health Care Stadium. 

Captained by Lee Collins, four of the summer recruits were in evening action whilst only two trialists were on display down the road from Huish Park.

After the hottest day of the year so far, both sets of players still faced searing temperatures in Costa del Somerset but it was the Pheasants who were quickest to warm-up.

Enjoying some good territory in the opening 10 minutes, captain Matt Wright looped a header onto the roof of the net before Andrew Neal forced a fine reaction save from Nelson after latching onto Jamie Short’s whipped delivery.

Continuing to test the back three of the green and whites the trio of Albi Skendi, Tom Bradbury and Collins had to stand firm against a lively attack and managed to stop Nelson being called into action further as the half-an-hour mark came and went with Taunton held at arm’s length.

Plateauing into a midfield battle, neither side came close to threatening the scoreline until five minutes before the break when Nestor Shako’s reverse delivery found the run of Ryan Seager whose strike from the angle was palmed over the bar by Lloyd Irish. 

A rare attempt on goal, it took only 60 seconds after the restart for the deadlock to be broken by a moment of quality.

Having taken a free-kick quickly, Alcock’s neat pass to Murphy gave the striker all the invitation he needed as he chopped onto his left foot and curled an unstoppable strike into the top corner from just inside the area.

Coming out reinvigorated for the second 45, Sarll’s side produced some flowing football with Seager and Murphy now fully involved as the latter had an acrobatic volley blocked from six yards. 

Looking like adding to their lead with every attack they eventually did so on 68 minutes through the same goal scorer. 

Winning a 50-50 in midfield, Craig Alcock fed the ball out wide for the unnamed trialist whose inch-perfect delivery was emphatically glanced into the back of the net by an in-form Murphy.

Trying to get amongst the goals himself after turning provider, the unnamed trialist drilled a venomous strike just wide from 20 yards before the substitutions dominated the final quarter-of-an-hour. 

With another pre-season win wrapped up, the Glovers returned to BA22 with another 90 minutes under their belt and an encouraging performance to match. 

Taunton Town: Irish; Mitchell, Hall (Manley 83′), Price, Palmer, White, Chamberlain, Short (Grant 58′), Wright, Sullivan (Rice 74′), Neal.
Subs not used: Diallo, Coppin, Sleaman-Keane.

Yeovil Town: Nelson; Skendi, Collins, Bradbury; Alcock, Worthington, Whelan (Trialist 86′), Trialist (Duffus 82′); Shako (Ojo 78′); Seager, Murphy.
Subs not used: Rogers, John.

PREVIEW | Taunton Town v Yeovil Town

Darren Sarll’s side will face Southern League Premier Division South opposition for the second match in a row after drawing 1-1 with Dorchester Town on Saturday. 

An unnamed trialist was on the scoresheet in Dorset as the green and whites now make the short trip to the county town.

Tickets for the friendly are only available to purchase on the night:

Adult – £10
Concession – £8
Junior – £5
Under 14 – free with a paying adult
 

Match Coverage

For those not in attendance, you don’t have to miss a thing. 

Get the team line-ups, minute-by-minute updates and more with our live match centre.

You can also follow the club’s social media channels for updates throughout the day. 

Make sure you don’t miss a thing:
Twitter – @YTFC
Facebook – YTFCOfficial
Instagram – @ytfcofficial

INTERVIEW | Sarll takes positives from unfinished ‘jigsaw’

An unnamed trialist was on the scoresheet for the green and whites after a youthful-looking starting eleven finished the opening 45 minutes a goal behind. 

With most of the first team squad completing the second-half, the hosts held on for a draw to leave Sarll to reflect:

“I thought the frustration in the first half was from a lack of quality and the frustration in the second half was just that last little bit at the end of the move.

“There was some decent play and I was pleased to see in the second half a bit more constructive build-up rather than a direct one, but I find all these friendlies frustrating. I’m not particularly a fan of them.

“I wanted to give some of the boys who hadn’t started the benefit of coming out and starting for the club. Some showed some better things and some showed some not so good things.

“Now we go into the last week of preparation, things need to start heating up and we’ll start to turn the table on a couple of signings or a couple of offers that we’ve got out this weekend.”

With two pre-season friendlies left before the 2019/20 campaign begins on August 3rd at Barnet, the Glovers will face Taunton Town and Bristol City next. 

Targeting new additions, Town’s boss is keen to finalise his recruitment. 

“I thought it was important to get another 45 minutes into the players, but I thought the back three and Craig (Alcock) in the second half looked nice, strong, sturdy and steady. Murphy is a very, very clever player as everyone can see and I thought it was Worthington’s most aggressive performance that I’ve seen so far so there were some good bits.

“But again we need to finish the jigsaw before I get any opportunity of trying to build any consistency through the way of playing.”

TICKETS | Glovers head to take on the Peacocks

Making the short trip to the Cygnet Health Care Stadium, Darren Sarll’s side will come up against Southern League Premier Division South opposition for the second match in a row. 

Coming away from Dorchester with a 1-1 draw at the weekend, the green and whites will look to go one better against last year’s league runners-up.

Glovers fans can buy tickets on the night with prices as follows:

Adult – £10
Concession – £8
Junior – £5
Under 14 – free with a paying adult
 
The Glovers will be in action one more time at home in pre-season as Bristol City Under-23s head to Huish Park on Saturday 27th July (3pm) as part of the club’s annual Family Fun Day. Tickets are available to purchase in advance by visiting or calling the ticket office (01935 847888), with tickets also available to buy online

Prices and more information can be found by clicking here.

Full pre-season schedule

First-team:
Yeovil Town 2-0 Stratford Town (match report)
Hereford 1-2 Yeovil Town (match report)
Yeovil Town 1-6 Swansea City (match report)
Dorchester Town 1-1 Yeovil Town (match report)
Taunton Town v Yeovil Town, Tuesday 23rd July (7.45pm)
Yeovil Town v Bristol City, Saturday 27th July (3pm) – buy tickets

Under-18s:
Yeovil Town U18s 1-1 Wincanton Town (Tuesday 9th July) 
Bristol City Academy 3-1 Yeovil Town U18s (Friday 12th July)
Melksham Town 6-0 Yeovil Town U18s (Saturday 20th July)
Poole Town v Yeovil Town U18s (Saturday 27th July)

REPORT | Dorchester Town 1-1 Yeovil Town

Much-changed for the trip to Dorset, the green and whites went close to breaking the deadlock with a flurry of chances for Ryan Seager before the hosts finally broke the deadlock on 44 minutes. 

Tom Blair showed a deft-touch to apply a finish to a ball over the top before wholesale changes at the break for the visitors saw a change in momentum.

Equalising eight minutes into the second half thanks to a penalty from an unnamed trialist, the visitors showed their added quality with a host of a chances but couldn’t find a winner to head back to Somerset with a draw.

Getting their fourth summer run out, Darren Sarll opted to start with an unfamiliar eleven as five trialists joined Seager, Daniel Ojo, Gabby Rogers, Nestor Shako and two under-18s. 

With the makeshift starting eleven slow to get going, the hosts registered the first meaningful attempt on goal as Tom Bath’s low drive from the edge of the box was collected by the on trial goalkeeper. 

Growing into the match, captain for the day Seager had two chances in quick succession as the quarter-of-an-hour mark approached. 

First denied by a quickfire double save from Shane Murphy, the striker was again sniffing around in the box soon after to turn a trialist’s cross over the bar.

At the other end, Bath continued to provide the Magpies’ goal threat as he acrobatically volleyed high and wide before Yeovil created another chance from a wide position. 

Shako’s pull-back for Seager saw the striker turn and shoot, flying a yard wide to mark the end of the opening half-an-hour.

In a match showing all the traits of a pre-season fixture, Bath got another attempt on goal when his header had to be routinely tipped over the bar before a relatively tame opening 45 minutes came to life 60 seconds prior to the break.

A long ball over the top saw Blair beat the trialist stopper to the ball on the edge of the box and poke home a rare shot on target to give the Southern League Premier side the lead. 

Introducing some more familiar faces at the halfway stage with eight changes, Sarll’s side were soon on level terms. 

Now dominating possession, one of the three trialists who remained from the first half won a penalty on the byline and duly converted from 12 yards to restore parity. 

Looking to complete the comeback, Craig Alcock drew a smart stop with a powerful hit from Gabby Rogers’ deep cross before a trialist introduced at the break had a deflected shot hacked off the line after clever play from Rhys Murphy. 

Moving forward with some flowing football, another trialist rounded off a patient move with a 20-yard drive that Murphy held well as the one-way traffic continued. 

Needing to turn their possession into a winning goal the green and whites pressed until the final whistle but couldn’t find a further chance to beat Murphy as it finished level.

Dorchester Town: Murphy; Egan (Morris 89′), Winsper (Lanahan 72′), Strugnell (Martin 62′), Sa; Panesar-Dower (Brookes 84′), Lowes (Williams 88′), Davis (Wright 64′), Blair (Lowes 81′); Bath (Batista 74′), Rose.
Subs not used: 

Yeovil Town: Trialist; Calverley (Skendi 46′), Fleming (Collins 46′), Ojo (Bradbury 46′); Shako (Alcock 46′), John (Worthington 46′), Trialist, Trialist (Waugh 81′); Trialist (Trialist 46′); Seager (Murphy 46′), Trialist (Rogers 46′).
Subs not used: 

PREVIEW | Dorchester Town v Yeovil Town

The Southern League Premier Division South side will pose the latest test for Darren Sarll’s side who kick-off their National League campaign in a fortnight’s time. 

Last time out the green and whites suffered their first friendly defeat at the hands of Swansea City, but will look for a repeat of last year’s match with the Magpies which ended with a 2-0 victory.

Tickets for the friendly are only available to purchase on the day:

Adult – £10
Concession – £6
16-18 – £4
Under-16s – £1

Match Coverage

For those not in attendance at The Sports Ground, you don’t have to miss a thing. 

Get the team line-ups, minute-by-minute updates and more with our live match centre.

You can also follow the club’s social media channels for updates throughout the day. 

Make sure you don’t miss a thing:
Twitter – @YTFC
Facebook – YTFCOfficial
Instagram – @ytfcofficial

INTERVIEW | Sarll ‘plate spinning’ with recruitment

The newly appointed manager has brought in six new players so far ahead of the 2019/20 campaign, with his squad still taking shape.

After adding Tom Bradbury to the ranks last week as his latest recruit, the 38-year-old has sent several offers out to identified targets. 

Speaking to YTTV, he said: “All I’m trying to do at the moment is to spin as many plates as we can before they drop. When they drop, you’ve got to be hopefully quick enough to catch them and get the best plate that you can that drops off that spike. That’s really the process.

“We’ve got five or six contractual offers out in the last sort of 48 hours, especially in midfield, especially at centre-forward, and we’ll see what drops. We are in the fifth division now. This is what people have to really embrace and get on board with. We are a National League club and the first thing that good players want to do is to be playing in the Football League.

“It’s making sure that we’re patient and we get it right. We have to get this right. It’s so important. I want to make sure that we’ve got the right group of players for the right game. I’ve got to build a different team to compete in the National League than I have in the Championship.

“We’ve got to build a team that’s going to keep 70 percent of the ball in possession, or you’ve got to have big strong men that are going to dig us out of this. That still remains. We’ve got it right so far, and we need to continue getting it right.”

TICKETS | All 23 home league matches now on sale

Supporters can make sure they’re part of the action at Huish Park by enjoying the slashed matchday prices for the new season.

With adult tickets starting from just £13 and juniors remaining at just £3, secure your tickets now either online or via the ticket office.

Kickstarting at home on Tuesday August 6th when Eastleigh visit, it all comes to a close in Somerset against Barrow on Saturday 18th April. 

With over 34 hours of football to take in at Huish Park, buy your tickets now:

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There are several ways for tickets to be purchased. 

  • Online (click here)
  • Calling the ticket office on 01935 847888
  • Visiting the ticket office in person

Pre-match savings are available up until three hours before kick-off both online and via the ticket office.

INTERVIEW | Nelson labels Swansea friendly as ‘learning curve’

The Glovers had won their previous two friendlies coming into the clash with the Swans but were dealt a heavy defeat by a full-strength Steve Cooper side.

Tom Bradbury was the sole goal scorer for the hosts, who next face Dorchester Town on Saturday.

Speaking after the midweek defeat, Town’s keeper saw the defeat as a necessary outcome in preparation for the National League campaign. 

“We all want to win football matches but we know when the season starts we’re going to come up against tough tests so were never expecting to go through pre-season without losing.

“We want challenges and we want problems to solve before we start. The boys need to know it isn’t going to be easy and Swansea wasn’t an easy night and one we need to learn from. 

“I’m actually pleased it’s happened because the sort of players weve got won’t be disheartened, they’ll use it as a learning curve and they’ll look at it and try and put things right as a team.

“We’ve got a really solid team unit already and with the manager and staff helping and guilding us, the boys will take it on board and hopefully, going forward that will stand us in good sted.”

Called into action on numerous occasions throughout the night, Nelson was one of the standout performers despite the final score.

Enjoying his 22nd pre-season, the former Gillingham stopper is pleased with preparations both individually and as a team.

“I’m a goalkeeper and I enjoy making saves,” he said. “If I make saves I’m doing my job but obviously I’m disappointed to let in the number of goals I let in but on reflection, there were a good few coming my way that I did save.

“Personally, I’m happy with the saves I made but ultimately it’s a team game and we all need to learn and stop these shots in the first place. We don’t want to be conceding shots and attacks, we want to be taking teams the other way.

“I’ve made of pre-season so far that there’s a good group early on. The new lads have fitted in well with the remaining boys and there’s no sulking. Last season is gone and no one can talk about it anymore – it’s gone. We’ve got to look forward and look to bounce back into the EFL and that’s the aim.”

TICKETS | Follow the Glovers to Dorchester

Taking on the Southern League Premier Division South side two-weeks before the 2019/20 campaign begins, Darren Sarll’s full squad will head to the Avenue. 

Winning the same fixture 2-0 last summer, the green and whites will hope for another positive performance in the build-up to the National League season.

Prices for the friendly are as follows and are available to buy only on the day:

Adult – £10
Concession – £6
16-18 – £4
Under-16s – £1

The Glovers will be in action one more time at home in pre-season as Bristol City Under-23s head to Huish Park on Saturday 27th July (3pm) as part of the club’s annual Family Fun Day. Tickets are available to purchase in advance by visiting or calling the ticket office (01935 847888), with tickets also available to buy online

Prices and more information can be found by clicking here.

Full pre-season schedule

First-team:
Yeovil Town 2-0 Stratford Town (match report)
Hereford 1-2 Yeovil Town (match report)
Yeovil Town 1-6 Swansea City (match report)
Dorchester Town v Yeovil Town, Saturday 20th July (3pm)
Taunton Town v Yeovil Town, Tuesday 23rd July (7.45pm)
Yeovil Town v Bristol City, Saturday 27th July (3pm) – buy tickets

Under-18s:
Yeovil Town U18s 1-1 Wincanton Town (Tuesday 9th July) 
Bristol City Academy 3-1 Yeovil Town U18s (Friday 12th July)
Melksham Town v Yeovil Town U18s (Saturday 20th July)
Poole Town v Yeovil Town U18s (Saturday 27th July)

REPORT | Yeovil Town 1-6 Swansea City

Quick out of the blocks, the visitors raced into a two-goal lead thanks to emphatic strikes from Bersant Celina and Jay Fulton.

Taking time to get to grips with their opponents, the green and whites grew into the match as the half progressed and grabbed a goal back just past the half-hour mark through Tom Bradbury.

Threatening to swing the pendulum of momentum, the near full-strength opponents restored their two-goal advantage just before the break courtesy of Fulton’s second of the evening. 

The deep-lying midfielder completed his hat-trick after the restart before substitutes Barrie McKay and Courtney Baker-Richardson rounded off the scoring to inflict a first pre-season defeat for Yeovil.

With two wins from two coming into the clash with the Swans, Darren Sarll stuck with the core of the side that has started throughout pre-season so far. 

Youngsters Gabby Rogers and Nestor Shako both came into midfield, with an unnamed trialist partnering Rhys Murphy up front. 

With the Championship outfit representing Yeovil’s toughest test in the build-up to the 2019/20 campaign, Steve Cooper’s side were immediately on the offensive as the sunset over Huish Park. 

Zipping the ball around confidently on a freshly watered pitch, the visitors took just four minutes to open the scoring. 

Ollie McBurnie’s hold-up play allowed his team-mates to join the attack and after finding Wayne Routledge, his through ball put Celina racing in on goal with a composed finish to follow.

Showing no sign in letting up, the Welsh outfit remained on the offensive and doubled their lead before the 10-minute mark. 

Finding a yard of space on the edge of the box, Fulton wasted no time in superbly curling an effort into the top corner to give Stuart Nelson no chance between the sticks. 

With Swansea threatening to run away with the match, the Glovers had Nelson and a slice of luck to thank for it remaining 2-0 as the half progressed.

Town’s stopper first had to be at his best to parry away McBurnie’s low shot from close range before the rub of the green denied the visitors a few minutes later. 

Allowed spaced to shoot from 20 yards, Celina was denied a second of the night when his venomous hit cannoned back off the post and away from danger.

Ending a flurry of attacks from the Welsh opponents, the Glovers then had their best spell of the half as they started to enjoy some territory and possession. 

Stitching together some neat passing passages a goal was soon to follow thanks to a well-executed set-piece. 

Carl Dickinson’s inch-perfect delivery was attacked by Bradbury who marked his first appearance at home as an official Glover with a tidy headed finish. 

Surging in confidence Yeovil looked to completely wipe out Swansea’s advantage and almost did so when another Dickinson delivery was this time volleyed a few yards wide by marksman Murphy. 

However, having battled back into the match a set-piece at the other end returned the deficit to two goals as Fulton poked home from virtually the goal line after McBurnie’s header from a Matty Grimes corner was initially well-saved by Nelson.

Making just one change at the break as one unnamed trialist replaced another in attack, it was a Swansea substitute who had an immediate impact on proceedings.

Joel Asoro won his side a free-kick close to the byline and from Celina’s low delivery Fulton emphatically ensured he would keep the match ball by firing in off the bar. 

Back in the ascendency, the visitors could’ve further added to their lead but for some determined keeping from an on-song Nelson. 

The home keeper had to be at his best to deny McBurnie, Routledge and George Byers with smart stops to keep the score respectable. 

Entering the final half an hour with Swansea boasting a completely changed outfield and Sarll also utilising his bench to leave only Bradbury, Nelson and Nestor Shako on the pitch, the much altered Swans added a fifth. 

McKay intercepted Bradbury’s pass and after racing into the box calmly picked out the bottom corner, before Baker-Richardson added a sixth in stoppage time to round off the scoring.

Yeovil Town: Nelson; Alcock (Fleming 65′), Bradbury, Dickinson (Calverley 76′); Shako, Skendi (John 63′), Collins (Trialist 76′); Ojo (Trialist 59′); Rogers (Seager 59′); Murphy (Duffus 76′), Trialist (Trialist 46′).
Subs not used: Arnold. 

Swansea City: Nordfeldt; Roberts (Naughton 46′), van der Hoorn (Cooper 62′), Rodon (Harries 62′), Bidwell (John 62′); Fulton (Evans 62′), Grimes (Byers 46′); Routledge (McKay 62′), Celina (Dhanda 62′), Dyer (Asoro 46′); McBurnie (Baker-Richardson 62′).
Subs not used: Mulder, Cooper, Harries.

PREVIEW | Yeovil Town v Swansea City

Darren Sarll’s side head into the encounter with two wins from two having claimed wins over both Stratford Town and Hereford, but now face Championship opposition.

The Swans head to Somerset for the second successive season after claiming a narrow 2-1 win in 2018/19 and will return this year under the new guidance of Steve Cooper. 

Tickets for the friendly remain on sale both in advance and on the night with under-16s able to watch for FREE!

Adult – £8
Senior (65 & over) – £4
Young Person (16-23) – £4
Under-16s – FOC

Supporters can purchase in advance by visiting or calling the ticket office (01935 847888), with tickets also available to buy online

Match Coverage

For those not in attendance at The Sports Ground, you don’t have to miss a thing. 

Get the team line-ups, minute-by-minute updates and more with our live match centre.

You can also follow the club’s social media channels for updates throughout the day. 

Make sure you don’t miss a thing:
Twitter – @YTFC
Facebook – YTFCOfficial
Instagram – @ytfcofficial

VACANCY | First team physio and sports therapists required

This is an exciting opportunity to work in the arena of professional football and offers candidates the chance to make a real impact on helping the team be successful.

Physiotherapist

The candidate appointed will provide a range of physiotherapy services to the first team, including the assessment and diagnosis of injuries, plus arranging treatment and injury prevention programmes.

The hours of work will be centred on training and match schedules, so evening/weekend working is required.

The successful applicant will hold a Bsc (Hons) Physiotherapy and be CSP & HCPC registered. Experience in working with a professional sports team is also essential.

Sports Therapist

The club is also seeking additional sports therapists to provide a range of sports therapy services to the first team.

The hours of work will be centred on training and match schedules, so evening/weekend working is required.

The successful applicant will hold a Degree in Sports Therapy or Sports Rehabilitation with a minimum two years’ experience in sport. A full UK Driving license and excellent communication skills are also required.

Application

To apply, please email or post a copy of your CV (by no later than 5pm on Friday 19 July 2019) to David Mills via dmills@ytfc.net or by post at Yeovil Town FC, Huish Park, Lufton Way, Yeovil, Somerset, BA22 8YF.

Existing applicants for the physiotherapist position will be considered along with new candidates.

INTERVIEW | Sarll pleased with early signs

Goals from Rhys Murphy and trialist Bradley Ash secured a narrow win over the Bulls as the green and whites continued their unbeaten start to pre-season.

Needing to demonstrate their physicality against the National League North outfit, Town’s boss was left full of praise.

“It was similar to the games we’re going to play in our new league,” he told YTTV. “It was quite realistic, had a good intensity and they did it properly which made it quite a confrontational affair.

“I’m really pleased how we stood up to it though and I like the early signs of fight that the team is showing and that’s all we want, that’s what the supporters want and that’s what the manager wants, a team that sticks together and shows some fight and pride in their football club and I like that.

“On occasion it went a tad too far, but I’d rather they had that in them and we have to rein them in than them never being able to have it and go down without a fight so I thought for that purpose, for the team bonding and the cohesive part of that element, it was a good test.”

The successful trip to Devon built on the opening friendly win over Stratford Town as Murphy’s brace earnt a 2-0 win. 

With two wins from two, Sarll has been left pleased with the winning mentality displayed in the build-up to the 2019/20 campaign.

“I know what we’ve signed and the characters of the players we’ve signed, but I think the one that surprised me, the winner in him, was Rhys Murphy. He’s a real ferocious winner and sometimes winners take different shapes and different forms but I thought Murphy’s leadership and presence was outstanding.

“I thought Alcock did better at that and was much more influential with his voice and Nelson is Nelson, he does most of my job for me on the pitch.

“Dickinson prepares for these games likes it’s the biggest game of his life and I like the early signs. It doesn’t mean it’s a given and will be there week in, week out, but I’ve been in so many dressing rooms where there isn’t that and only a few where there is, and the few in the minority normally win.”

Next up…

Yeovil Town v Swansea City – Tuesday 16th July, 7.45pm.

Adult – £8
Senior (65 & over) – £4
Young Person (16-23) – £4
Under-16s – FOC

Supporters can purchase in advance by visiting or calling the ticket office (01935 847888), with tickets also available to buy online

TICKETS | Back to Huish Park for Swans test

With Stratford Town and Hereford both dispatched in our opening two friendly fixtures, Steve Cooper’s side will be the latest test for a second successive season. 

Narrowly losing out 2-1 to the Swans last summer, Darren Sarll’s side will look to continue their preparation for the National League campaign with another confident display. 

Tickets for the match remain on sale in advance with supporters encouraged to purchase ahead of matchday to avoid queues. 

Prices for the pre-season encounter are as follows:

Adult – £8
Senior (65 & over) – £4
Young Person (16-23) – £4
Under-16s – FOC

Supporters can purchase in advance by visiting or calling the ticket office (01935 847888), with tickets also available to buy online

Full pre-season schedule

First-team:
Yeovil Town 2-0 Stratford Town (match report)
Hereford 1-2 Yeovil Town (match report)
Yeovil Town v Swansea City, Tuesday 16th July (7.45pm) – buy tickets
Dorchester Town v Yeovil Town, Saturday 20th July (3pm)
Taunton Town v Yeovil Town, Tuesday 23rd July (7.45pm)
Yeovil Town v Bristol City, Saturday 27th July (3pm) – buy tickets

Under-18s:
Yeovil Town U18s 1-1 Wincanton Town (Tuesday 9th July) 
Bristol City Academy 3-1 Yeovil Town U18s (Friday 12th July)
Melksham Town v Yeovil Town U18s (Saturday 20th July)
Poole Town v Yeovil Town U18s (Saturday 27th July)

REPORT | Hereford 1-2 Yeovil Town

In a first-half blighted by fouls to make the fixture’s status as a friendly somewhat ironic, Matt Worthington looked to have had the game’s only meaningful chance before Rhys Murphy broke the deadlock. 

Turning cleverly in the box, the summer recruit dispatched a strike into the back of the net from 12 yards to give the Somerset outfit the lead at the break.

More than worthy of their lead, it was wiped out on 51 minutes when Tommy O’Sullivan rounded off a set-piece move. 

With substitutions seeing six Academy products conclude the match for Town, the young Glovers secured victory in the dying embers of the match through an unnamed trialist.

In action for the second time in the build-up to the 2019/20 campaign, Darren Sarll started with a virtually unchanged starting eleven as Daniel Ojo came in as the only change. 

Defenders Tom Bradbury and Craig Alcock marked their first appearances since signing contracts at Huish Park earlier this week, whilst Luke Wilkinson was the only absentee with a slight knock.  

Bathed in evening sunshine on the coast – with AFC Bideford’s The Sports Ground the host venue – the opening 45 minutes became a stop-start affair with chances at a premium.

The Glovers enjoyed the lion’s share of possession as the sun began to set but a series of early corners only extended the wait for meaningful action in the final third.

Without a clearcut opportunity to feed off of, last weekend’s two-goal man Murphy lashed a volley from the edge of the box high and wide before niggly fouls constricted the game’s tempo. 

In fact, those onlooking from the stands had to wait until the 31st minute for some excitement as Worthington almost broke the deadlock. 

Neat interchange 20 yards out – the best football of the half – resulted with Town’s midfielder driving a strike that had to be parried away by Brandon Hall.

Triggering a lively spell for the green and whites, they took the lead just over 10 minutes later when Murphy once again displayed his finishing capabilities following good work down the right from Alcock.

Having had to wait until the end of the half to open the scoring it was almost two moments later when Alcock’s long throw was glanced over the bar by Ojo to round off an opening 45 minutes controlled by Sarll’s side.

Taking virtually all of the first 45 to make their dominance count, the Glovers surrendered their lead just six minutes after the restart. 

Rhys Davies’ quick free-kick spotted the run of O’Sullivan who kept his cool to loop an effort up and over Stuart Nelson to restore parity. 

Now a more equal affair, Town mirrored last Saturday’s pattern with substitutes and wrung the changes just past the hour-mark when seven new faces entered the fold. 

Adding Esdras Lama for his first taste of senior football from the under-18s, the defender joined George Calverley and Devon Arnold from the Academy as youth predominantly saw out the final half-an-hour.

Initially encouraged by an unnamed trialist just heading Gabby Rogers’ cross just over, the Glovers were then on the backfoot as Hereford enjoyed a spell of pressure against youthful opposition.

First Kyle Finn was denied by the legs of Nelson before goal scorer O’Sullivan forced a brilliant full-stretch save from Town’s stopper with a strike from range.

Marshaling a young team in front of him, Nelson continued to keep the Herefordshire outfit at bay and his performance was rewarded when an unnamed trialist nutmegged his man on the edge of the box and curled home a late winner for Town. 

Hereford: Hall; Trialist, Cullinane-Liburd, Riley, Davies; Bray, Thomas, J. Cane, O’Sullivan; Nicholson, Liburd.

Yeovil Town: Nelson; Bradbury (Lama 63′), Collins (Shako 63′), Dickinson (Trialist 63′); Alcock (Arnold 63′), Skendi (Calverley 63′), Worthington (John 32′), Ojo; Seager (Rogers 46′); Murphy (Duffus 63′), Trialist (Trialist 63′)

TICKETS | Last day for Advanced Price season tickets!

A saving of up to £106 can be enjoyed ahead of 4pm on Friday 12th July, working out as the equivalent of up to 10 games FREE!

With adult season tickets the same as just £12 (seated) or £9 (terrace) a match, a family of two adults and two juniors could take in each match at Huish Park from just £22 with an Advanced Price season ticket!

Young Person season tickets remain at the equivalent of just £7 a match with juniors able to take in 23 home league fixtures for just £39!

Building on the signing of the Armed Forces Military Covenant, the club is also introducing a Military Personnel discount on season tickets and match tickets*. The offer means an adult serving member of the Armed Forces could purchase an adult season ticket for the price of a senior season ticket (a saving of £50). 

*serving members must have a valid MoD 90 (Service ID Card) and Service ID number

A full price and value breakdown is available below:

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Renewing your season ticket is easier than ever. Supporters have three options:

  • Renew online by clicking HERE and logging on to your account
  • Renew in person via the Huish Park ticket office
  • Renew over the phone by calling the ticket office on 01935 847888

Supporters without an existing season ticket can purchase in the same three ways, but to buy online will need to click HERE and follow the instructions.

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Further benefits will follow in due course but season ticket holders can enjoy a host of additional benefits on top of the best value for watching the Glovers in action at Huish Park:

  • Buy Back Scheme – if you have to miss a game then simply hand your ST card back into the Ticket Office at least 24 hours before kick-off and receive a £5 voucher off the price of next year’s season ticket (can be redeemed for up to three games)
  • Monthly Draw – win upgraded tickets, hospitality experiences, merchandise and more
  • 10% discount in the Club Store
  • Priority booking on Cup and play-off matches

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12th July: Advanced Price phase closes at 4pm 

13th July: Full Price phase begins and existing season ticket holders who haven’t renewed have their seat released for general sale

PREVIEW | Yeovil Town v Hereford

Taking place at AFC Bideford as part of the Bulls’ mini-tour in Devon, the green and whites will look to build on last weekend’s 2-0 win over Stratford Town. 

Newest recruit Tom Bradbury will be in action for the first time as an official Glover, along with Craig Alcock who penned a new deal earlier this week.

Tickets for the match are only available to purchase on the night at the following prices:
Adult – £5
Senior – £5
12-16 – £2
Under-12 – Free with a paying adult

AFC Bideford’s address:

The Sports Ground, The Clubhouse, Kingsley Rd, Bideford EX39 2NG

Match Coverage

For those not in attendance at The Sports Ground, you don’t have to miss a thing. 

Get the team line-ups, minute-by-minute updates and more with our live match centre.

You can also follow the club’s social media channels for updates throughout the day. 

Make sure you don’t miss a thing:
Twitter – @YTFC
Facebook – YTFCOfficial
Instagram – @ytfcofficial

STATEMENT | A message from Scott Priestnall

“Firstly, can I say how much I enjoyed meeting and talking to those who attended the Meet and Greet event on Saturday before our friendly with Stratford. We had almost double the attendance we were anticipating and that kind of support is going to be vital this season. 

“I understand that this summer has been frustrating for supporters in terms of the level of uncertainty, but with manager Darren Sarll’s appointment and the excellent summer signings he’s made so far, the first team is looking healthier and healthier as each day passes. Those who were with us at Huish Park on Saturday would’ve seen glimpses of the football we can look forward to seeing once the season is properly up and running. 

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“Whilst we wait for the takeover to be finalised in the next few weeks, I’d like to use this opportunity to make clear how important you, the supporters, will be for us as a club this coming season. 

“The Advanced Price phase season tickets are on sale until 4pm on Friday (12th July) and I can only urge you to make the most of the big price reduction and big savings and commit to us as we will to you. We want to build the community feel around this club and I want you all to be there with us from the beginning. 

“Everything is being put in place at the moment both on and off the pitch to bring back a winning mentality and I hope you can see the vision of what we want to do. I’m looking forward to engaging with you more in the near future and hope to see as many proud Glovers as possible back at Huish Park in 2019/20.”

Advanced Price season tickets remain on sale until 4pm on Friday (12th July)

Renewing your season ticket is easier than ever. Supporters have three options:

  • Renew online by clicking HERE and logging on to your account
  • Renew in person via the Huish Park ticket office
  • Renew over the phone by calling the ticket office on 01935 847888

Supporters without an existing season ticket can purchase in the same three ways, but to buy online will need to click HERE and follow the instructions.

SIGNING |Defensive duo signed up

Having impressed during his 70-minute appearance in the 2-0 friendly win over Stratford Town on Saturday, 21-year-old Bradbury signs a one-year deal at Huish Park.

Standing at 6’2”, the left-footed central defender spent last season with Dundee in the Scottish Premiership but spent time out on loan at York City in National League North, adding to the experience gained with Bishops Stortford and Banbury United having started out at MK Dons.

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Bolstering Town’s backline further, Alcock has extended his stay at Huish Park after returning to the club on a short-term deal in February. 

Signing a new one-year contract, the 31-year-old will now look to build on the 125 appearances he has amassed in green and white across two spells. 

The versatile defender featured in the opening 45 minutes of Town’s clash with Stratford last weekend and will be part of the squad to take on Hereford this Friday with a new contract under his belt.

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FIXTURE | Family Fun Day around Bristol City U23s friendly

As the final warm-up match before the 2019/20 campaign begins, enjoy activities for all the family and spend the day with the first team.

Darren Sarll’s newly assembled squad will come up against Luke Williams’ young City side, with opportunities to meet the Town players and enjoy behind the scenes tours at Huish Park.

With activities for all the family taking place throughout the day, a full itinerary will follow in the build-up to the day later this month. 

Tickets for the match itself are available to buy with Under-16s able to watch for FREE
Adult – £8
Senior (65 & over) – £4
Young Person (16-23) – £4
Under-16s – FOC

Supporters can purchase in advance by visiting or calling the ticket office (01935 847888), with tickets also available to buy online

Pre-season fixtures in full for the first team and Academy:

First-team:
Yeovil Town 2-0 Stratford Town, Saturday 6th July
Hereford v Yeovil Town (held at AFC Bideford), Friday 12th July (7.30pm)
Yeovil Town v Swansea City, Tuesday 16th July (7.45pm)
Dorchester Town v Yeovil Town, Saturday 20th July (3pm)
Taunton Town v Yeovil Town, Tuesday 23rd July (7.45pm)
Yeovil Town v Bristol City U23s, Saturday 27th July (3pm)

Under-18s:
Yeovil Town U18s 1-1 Wincanton Town (Tuesday 9th July) 
Bristol City Academy v Yeovil Town U18s (Friday 12th July)
Melksham Town v Yeovil Town U18s (Saturday 20th July)
Poole Town v Yeovil Town U18s (Saturday 27th July)

ACADEMY | Eight sign scholarships

The octet who are all 16 years old have all signed two-year deals with the club and have already started at Huish Park. 

Looking to eventually represent their hometown club at first team level, strikers Alfie Lloyd and Ben Hughes agreed terms after recently completing their GCSE studies at Preston School in Yeovil. 

Join them both in making the step up from within the Academy are central defender or midfielder Sam Wright – who featured for the under-18s several times in 2018/19 – and winger Adam Heaton. 

Joining Sam in defence will be Esdras Lama and Jiah Medrano, with Dylan Abora-Poku able to operate at right-back or on the wing. 

Completing the new intake is central midfielder Sacario Waugh, with all eight joining the existing second-year scholars in forging the squad.

Taking the reigns of the under-18s will be manager Ryan Northmore, who spent a short spell at the club in 2004 as a player. 

Ryan returns to the UK after recent spells in Bangladesh and China but has been a professional coach since 2007 operating in numerous roles including Head Coach, Technical Director, First Team Coach, Academy Manager and Academy Coach, working with players at senior international level and below.

We welcome Ryan and all new scholars to the club and wish them all the best during their time in Somerset.

New scholars: Adam Heaton, Alfie Lloyd, Ben Hughes, Dylan Abora-Poku, Esdras Lama, Jiah Medrano, Sacario Waugh, Sam Wright.

Existing second-year scholars: Kacper Kowalczyk, George Calverley, Declan Rose, Tai Fleming, Tyrique Clarke, Daniel Neild, Archie Sturdy, Devon Arnold.

TICKETS | Prices for Hereford friendly

Darren Sarll’s side will be in action for the second time in pre-season after beating Stratford Town 2-0 at the weekend.

Heading across the county border into Devon later this week, the green and whites will take on the National League North outfit who are in Devon for a mini-tournament. 

Tickets for the match are only available to purchase on the night at the following prices:

Adult – £5
Senior – £5
12-16 – £2
Under-12 – Free with a paying adult

Town will then return to Huish Park on Tuesday 16th July (7.45pm) to host Swansea City, with tickets available to purchase in advance by visiting or calling the ticket office (01935 847888), with tickets also available to buy online

Prices and more information can be found by clicking here.

REPORT | Yeovil Town 2-0 Stratford Town

Showing what he’s capable of from the very off, summer signing Rhys Murphy showed his goal-poaching tendencies when he was perfectly placed to stab home a loose ball from just a yard out on 21 minutes.

Rounding off an impressive 45 minutes, Murphy was on hand again to double the hosts’ lead with a cool finish as the green and whites started pre-season in confident manner.

Nine changes were made at the halfway stage with Town ending the match with a completely altered eleven, although a dominant second half display couldn’t see a change to the scoreline. 

With manager Darren Sarll taking charge of his first Town match since being appointed last month, three of his summer recruits started whilst player-coach Andrew Crofts patrolled the touchline alongside him. 

Lee Collins, Albi Skendi and Murphy were all on display from the start, with three trialists mixing in with the remaining players from last season to forge the starting eleven. 

As expected against Southern League Premier division opposition, the hosts dominated possession from the start and could’ve taken the lead inside the opening five minutes.

Trialist Bradley Ash found space in the box to get a shot off the from the angle, but his strike was deflected just wide.

Stroking the ball about confidently it wasn’t long before Town had their next chance. Carl Dickinson’s measured ball over the top found the run of Murphy but his first-time shot was parried away by Stratford’s 6’9″ stopper Sam Lomox. 

A substantial figure to beat he was left helpless towards the midway point of the half when the Glovers broke the deadlock. 

Murphy’s neat flick into the path of Ryan Seager allowed the attacker to pick out the run of Ash and when his eventual shot could only be parried, Murphy was on hand to poke home from a yard out. 

Now with the lead to match their dominance, the green and whites continued to press for a second but had to wait until the 42nd minute to do so. 

Dickinson again spotted the run of Murphy with a ball that cut out the Stratford defence and after controlling on his chest, Town’s new number emphatically picked out the bottom corner to raise a cheer from the crowd of 878. 

Making wholesale changes at the break, five trialists helped make up the eleven whilst defender Tai Fleming from the under-18s was also introduced.

Despite the alteration in personnel it did little to affect the flow of the match as Sarll’s side remained on the offensive. 

Ash’s low ball across the box found Courtney Duffus at the back post, but at full-stretch, the striker couldn’t steer it on target. 

With seven Academy graduates or current scholars on the pitch it was graduate Nestor Shako who almost added a third just past the hour-mark.

Weaving his way into the box the winger let fire with a venomous strike that had to be pushed away by Elliot Taylor to deny the 18-year-old a goal on his first-team debut.

In their only real foray forward, Chris Way hit the post for the visitors but the chance only came sandwiched between close calls for Duffus and Gabby Rogers. 

Entertaining the home crowd until the end, the 2-0 lead couldn’t be added to but the Glovers’ pre-season started in encouraging style.

Yeovil Town: Nelson (Trialist 46′); Skendi (Fleming 46′), Collins (Ojo 46′), Bradbury (Calverley 70′); Alcock (Shako 46′), Worthington (Rogers 46′), Craigen (John 46′), Dickinson (Trialist 46′); Seager (Duffus 46′); Murphy (Trialist 46′), Ash (Arnold 59′). 

Stratford Town: Lomox; Cox, Fisher, Brown, Morrison, Ford, Revan, Lukinga, Shariff, Wilson, Isaac.

PREVIEW | Yeovil Town v Stratford Town

The day will also see a Meet and Greet take place before kick-off as manager Darren Sarll, his squad of players and prospective new owner Scott Priestnall take the chance to meet the supporters.

All five of Town’s summer signings so far will be present as they meet the fans between 1245 and 1345 in the Alec Stock Lounge. 

Kids go FREE for the day with ticket prices as follows:

Adult – £5
Concessions/Military/Young Person – £3
Under-16s – FREE

A full schedule for the day can be found here.

Match Coverage

For those not in attendance at Huish Park, you don’t have to miss a thing. 

Get the team line-ups, minute-by-minute updates and more with our live match centre.

You can also follow the club’s social media channels for updates throughout the day. 

Make sure you don’t miss a thing:
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Facebook – YTFCOfficial
Instagram – @ytfcofficial

SIGNING | Skendi signs on

The Albanian signs a contract at Huish Park after impressing on trial and will make his first appearance in green and white against his former employers this afternoon. 

Able to operate across midfield, in defence and up front, the 25-year-old joins the Glovers after helping Stratford to their highest ever league finish in the club’s history, starring in 2018/19.

With previous spells at Oxford City and Banbury United as well as stints in America with Los Angeles Wolfs and Marymount California University, the 6’4″ utility man now heads to Somerset on a permanent basis. 

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Commenting, manager Darren Sarll said: “All my career I’ve been fortunate to have been able to identify non-league players that can potentially have a bigger and brighter future.

“Because of the club’s relationship with Stratford Town, we were fortunate to have Albi in for a week’s training and he not only coped but exceeded all expectations. 

“He’ll be a player the fans will connect with; a wholehearted, give everything for the greater good type player that will play a big part for the foreseeable future. This project is really early but very exciting and I’m looking forward to developing Albi further.”

Town fans can watch Albi and the rest of the first team at Huish Park this afternoon in pre-season action against Stratford. 

Adult – £5
Concessions/Military/Young Person – £3
Under-16s – FREE

Supporters can purchase in advance by visiting or calling the ticket office (01935 847888), with tickets also available to buy online or on the day.

TICKETS | Matchday prices released

With prices reduced across the board, Town fans will be able to save up to £3 per match by purchasing either online or via the ticket office up to three hours before kick-off. 

Juniors (under-16) retain their excellent value at just £3 a match whilst serving military personnel can enjoy a concessions discount as a newly introduced option.

Those aged between 16-23 can grab a Young Person’s ticket for just £10 whilst adults start from just £13.

However, the best value continues to be an Advanced Price phase season ticket – on sale until Friday 12th July – which could see Town fans enjoy the equivalent of up to 10 games FREE compared to full matchday prices!

Renewing your season ticket is easier than ever. Supporters have three options:

  • Renew online by clicking HERE and logging on to your account
  • Renew in person via the Huish Park ticket office
  • Renew over the phone by calling the ticket office on 01935 847888

Supporters without an existing season ticket can purchase in the same three ways, but to buy online will need to click HERE and follow the instructions.

A full breakdown of our 2019/20 matchday prices can be found below:

    ONLINE PRE-MATCHDAY MATCHDAY GAMES FREE FOR ST HOLDERS
SEATING          
Adult   £16 £17 £19 8
Senior/Military   £14 £15 £17 8
Young Person   £10 £10 £12 9
Junior   £3 £3 £3 10
           
TERRACE          
Adult   £13 £14 £16 9
Senior/Military   £11 £12 £14 10
Young Person   £10 £10 £12 9
Junior   £3 £3 £3 10

Supporters will still have the same three ways to purchase their tickets:

  1. Online by clicking here (2019/20 fixtures to be added in due course)
  2. Call the ticket office (01935 847888)
  3. Visit the ticket office in person

Tickets for Town’s 2019/20 National League campaign will go on sale from Wednesday 17th July.

FIXTURE | Meet and greet this Saturday

Manager Darren Sarll, his squad of players – including the four summer recruits so far – and potential new owner Scott Priestnall will be mingling with supporters in the Alec Stock Lounge between 1245 and 1345 with kids able to attend the day for FREE

In order to prolong the opportunity to chat and have photos with the first team, behind the scenes tours will take place at a later pre-season friendly which will be announced soon.

Entry to the Meet and Greet and pre-season friendly will require a ticket with prices as follows:

Adult – £5
Concessions/Military/Young Person – £3
Under-16s – FREE

Supporters can purchase in advance by visiting or calling the ticket office (01935 847888), with tickets also available to buy online or on the day.

A full schedule for the day is as follows:

TIME ACTIVITY INFO
1000 Ticket Office opens Anyone wishing to attend will need a ticket before entering the ground
1200 Alec Stock Lounge opens Refreshments available before the Meet and Greet
1200-1500 Club Store Stock up on the latest YTFC merchandise
1230 Tea Bar 2 opens Refreshments available for supporters before and during the match
1245-1345 Meet and Greet The first team and potential new ownership available to meet
1330 Turnstiles open Entry to the Main Stand opens prior to kick-off
1500 YTFC v Stratford Town Watch Town’s first pre-season friendly 

Ahead of the event, Town’s boss said: “I’m really keen to have the chance for myself and all the players to meet and interact with the supporters because they’re very much part of what we’re trying to build.

“The fans will pay to see these players week in, week out so it’s great to have a chance early on to get to come together.”

Be part of the day at Huish Park and get to know our new members of the first team. 

NEWS | BT Sport to show Barrow trip

BT Sport will be celebrating The National League’s 40th anniversary on August 17th, the weekend of the opening game week during the 1979/80 season. Barrow took on the green and whites that weekend, and the pair will do battle forty years on to mark the occasion.

As a result, the fixture in Cumbria will now kick-off at 5.20pm.

Darren Sarll’s side will make the 300-mile journey to the Furness Building Society Stadium for their fifth match of the campaign in the opening month with ticket and travel information to follow in due course.

 

FIXTURE | 2019/20 fixtures revealed

The season will kick start at the Hive as the Glovers take on the Bees on August 3rd (3pm) before Darren Sarll’s side host Eastleigh at Huish Park three days later. 

In a busy opening month which will see eight fixtures, the green and whites will also face Stockport County, Ebbsfleet United, Barrow, Maidenhead United, Dagenham & Redbridge and Notts County.

Two noteable dates for the diary, Town will take on Gary Johnson’s Torquay United twice in a week over the festive period. The first South West derby will be at Huish Park on Boxing Day before Sarll’s side make the short trip to Devon on New Year’s Day.

In cup action, Yeovil will start their Emirates FA Cup campaign on Saturday October 19th in the fourth qualifying round, before their Buildbase FA Trophy journey begins on Saturday December 14th. 

The campaign will come to a close on Saturday April 25th away to Notts County.

Make sure you don’t miss a thing at home in 2019/20 and make the most of our Advanced Price phase season ticket.

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Renewing your season ticket is easier than ever. Supporters have three options:

  • Renew online by clicking HERE and logging on to your account
  • Renew in person via the Huish Park ticket office
  • Renew over the phone by calling the ticket office on 01935 847888

Supporters without an existing season ticket can purchase in the same three ways, but to buy online will need to click HERE and follow the instructions.

See the full 2019/29 fixtures list below:

AUGUST
Sat Aug 3rd – Barnet A
Tue Aug 6th – Eastleigh H
Sat Aug 10th – Stockport County H
Tue Aug 13th – Ebbsfleet United A
Sat Aug 17th – Barrow A
Sat Aug 24th – Maidenhead United H
Mon Aug 26th – Dagenham & Redbridge A
Sat Aug 31st – Notts County H

SEPTEMBER
Tue Sep 3rd – Sutton United H
Sat Sep 7th – FC Halifax Town A
Sat Sep 14th – AFC Fylde H
Sat Sep 21st – Solihull Moors A 
Tue Sep 24th – Aldershot Town A
Sat Sep 28th – Bromley H

OCTOBER
Sat Oct 5th – Hartlepool United A 
Tue Oct 8th – Woking H
Sat Oct 12th – Harrogate Town H
Sat Oct 19th – Emirates FA Cup 4Q
Sat Oct 26th – Chorley A
Tue Oct 29th -Chesterfield A

NOVEMBER
Sat Nov 2nd – Boreham Wood H
Sat Nov 9th – Emirates FA Cup 1
Sat Nov 16th – Dover Athletic H
Sat Nov 23rd – Wrexham A 
Tue Nov 26th – Aldershot Town H
Sat Nov 30th – Bromley A 

DECEMBER
Sat Dec 7th – FC Halifax Town H
Sat Dec 14th – Buildbase FA Trophy 1
Sat Dec 21st – AFC Fylde A
Thu Dec 26th – Torquay United H
Sat Dec 28th – Sutton United A

JANUARY
Wed Jan 1st – Torquay United A
Sat Jan 4th – Solihull Moors H 
Sat Jan 11th – Buildbase FA Trophy 2
Sat Jan 18th – Hartlepool United H
Sat Jan 25th – Woking A 

FEBRUARY
Sat Feb 1st – Chorley H
Sat Feb 8th – Harrogate Town A 
Sat Feb 15th – Chesterfield H
Sat Feb 22nd – Boreham Wood A
Sat Feb 29th – Wrexham H 

MARCH
Sat Mar 7th – Dover Athletic A
Sat Mar 14th – Barnet H
Sat Mar 21st – Eastleigh A 
Sat Mar 28th – Ebbsfleet United H 

APRIL
Sat Apr 4th – Stockport County A
Fri Apr 10th – Dagenham & Redbridge H
Mon Apr 13th – Maidenhead United A
Sat Apr 18th – Barrow H 
Sat Apr 25th – Notts County A

FIXTURE | 2019/20 fixtures announced Wednesday

Darren Sarll’s side will travel over 8,300 miles in the league alone, with Wednesday’s fixture release detailing the nine-month campaign. 

All of the fixtures will be released first on the club’s website and social media channels at lunchtime, so you can plan when and where you can cheer on the green and whites! 

The season kicks off on Saturday August 3rd and will come to a close on Saturday 25th April, with the Play-Off Final scheduled for Sunday 10th May. 

Added in, Town’s FA Cup campaign will commence in the Fourth Qualifying Round on Saturday 19th October, with Saturday 14th December marking the start of the club’s FA Trophy involvement. 

Make sure you don’t miss a thing:
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VACANCY | Matchday stewards required

As a matchday steward, you will be responsible for working as part of a team with the objective of maintaining the safety of supporters entering Huish Park.

The role will require flexible working hours on a Saturday and midweek evenings.

All staff will receive an excellent rate of pay and full training.

To apply, fill in the attached form and email it to info@ytfc.net.

NEWS | Omar Sowunmi exits

The transfer brings an end to Sowunmi’s four-year stay at Huish Park after joining the club from Ipswich Town.

Used initially as a striker, the 23-year-old was reverted back to his more natural central defensive role and became a first-team regular in 2017/18. 

In a Town career interrupted by injuries, he went on to make 87 appearances for the Glovers scoring five times.

All at Yeovil Town would like to thank Omar for his services during his time in Somerset and wish him all the best in the future.