Month: August 2019

REPORT | Yeovil Town 3-1 Notts County

Starting brightly in front of a vocal home support, they almost had more to cheer about when Charlie Lee struck the woodwork inside the opening 20 minutes. 

Playing some neat football on a blustery afternoon in Somerset, the hosts were rewarded for a largely positive first-half when Courtney Duffus continued his run of scoring in every home match so far in 2019/20.

Held at arm’s length in the opening 45 minutes, the visitors were quick out of the blocks in the second as Ben Turner went close twice in quick succession. 

Ticking towards the final quarter-of-an-hour, Wes Thomas crashed a shot off the crossbar as the visitors but County were made to pay for poor finishing inside the final 10 minutes. 

Luke Wilkinson settled the nerves inside BA22 before Myles Hippolyte slammed home a quick-fire third.

In stoppage time Kristian Dennis added a consolation from the penalty spot but it wasn’t enough to stop the Somerset outfit returning to winning ways.

Needing to rediscover a winning a formula, manager Darren Sarll made three changes from the side that suffered an agonising late defeat at Dagenham on Monday. 

Striker Gold Omotayo was handed a debut to partner Duffus upfront, whilst Remeao Hutton and Hippolyte earned recalls in place of the injured duo Craig Alcock and Rhys Murphy.

Tweaking formation slightly to 4-3-1-2 it was a bright start from the green and whites who boasted plenty of attacking options, with their top scorer providing the game’s first meaningful attempt on goal. 

Receiving the ball towards the left-hand side of the box, Duffus looked to curl an effort into the far corner with his accuracy letting him down by a yard. 

Former Yeovil trialist Regan Booty then fired wide of the target at the other end before Lee continued the theme of strikes from distance as his 30-yard strike flew over the bar.

Despite sitting in front of the back four the 32-year-old continued to cause the Magpies problems and almost netted a goal of the season contender on 16 minutes.

Carl Dickinson’s floated free-kick delivery found Lee at the back post, with his acrobatic scissor kick clipping the top of the crossbar to leave the midfielder with his hands on his head.

Narrowly surviving that scare, Neal Ardley’s side then forced the first save of the day from home debutant Marcin Brzozowski who palmed away Enzio Boldewijn’s well-hit shot.

However, with Lee pulling the strings in midfield for the Glovers it wasn’t long until he was orchestrating another chance for the hosts. 

Taking a short goal-kick, his driving run to halfway led to a inch-perfect switch of play to Dickinson, with his ball into Hippolyte resulting in a shot from the attacker skidding just wide with Sam Slocombe scrambling in the Notts goal.

Followed by something of a dry spell in terms of chances, the game burst back into life five minutes before the break. 

Brought in for his physical prowess, Swiss striker Omatayo made an impact by rising highest on the edge of the box to knockdown into the path of Duffus who made no mistake lifting the ball into the back of the net for his fourth of the campaign. 

Deserving of their lead at the halfwway stage, it was almost wiped out inside the five minutes of the restart as the Magpies came out reinvigorated. 

Up from the back for set-pieces, Turner turned Booty’s delivery onto the post before moments later having a second headed attempt cleared off the line by a perfectly placed Matt Worthington. 

Struggling to enjoy the territory they created in the opening 45 minutes, the green and whites remained on the defensive as Sam Graham and Kristian Dennis both had further attempts on goal as the hour-mark came and went. 

With an equaliser feeling increasingly likely, Sarll’s side had the woodwork come to their rescue again on 73 minutes when Thomas’ shot from a corner cannoned off the underside of the bar and out. 

Producing waves of attacks, the visitors were left frustrated again just moments later when Dennis’ low shot was saved well by Brzozowski who’d narrowed down the angle in readiness of the shot. 

As frustrations grew amongst the County ranks as the equaliser continued to elude them, they were left deflated by a rampant five minute spell from the Glovers.

Knowing the importance of the game’s second goal they doubled their lead on 81 minutes when Dickinson’s delivery was headed back where it came from by Lee where Wilkinson was waiting to head in from close range on his home debut. 

With the 2,400-strong crowd still celebrating, the game was put beyond doubt when Hippolyte weaved past a succession of challenges before firing a low drive under Slocombe and into the back of the net from 20 yards for his first in green and white.

In a last twist, Dennis converted from the penalty spot for nothing more than a consolation strike as Sarll’s side emphatically got back on track.

Yeovil Town: Brzozowski; Hutton, Wilkinson, Bradbury, Dickinson; Worthington (Whelan 90′), Lee (Skendi 89′), D’Ath (Rogers 74′); Hippolyte; Duffus, Omatayo.
Bookings: D’Ath 27′.
Subs not used: Seager, Shako.

Notts County: Slocombe; Kelly-Evans, Turner, Graham (Rawlinson 84′), McCrory; Booty (Wootton 72′), Doyle; O’Brien, Boldewijn; Dennis, Thomas.
Bookings: Boldewijn 68′.
Subs not used: Fitzsimons, Bakayogo, Osborne.

WHAT’S ON | Yeovil Town v Notts County

Here’s all that’s happening throughout the day:

Saturday Soccer Club

Running from 13:00 – 14:30, the Community Sports Trust’s Saturday Soccer Club will give children attending the match the opportunity to play football in a safe and supervised environment, with sessions run by experienced FA qualified coaches with enhanced DBS checks, safeguarding and emergency first aid qualifications.

The cost per 1.5-hour session will be £4.00, with Junior Glovers paying a discounted price of £3.00 per session. There is no need to book your child’s place in advance, they can just turn up, pay and play.  

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Read all about it!

Issue four of the matchday magazine, Green & White, will be available around the ground and in the Club Store and boasts 48-pages crammed full of content. Available for just £2.50, make sure you pick up issue three which includes an interview with cover star Carl Dickinson. Find out what else is inside!

You can also order your programmes on a match-by-match basis or have them delivered to your door with a season subscription. For full details, click here.

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Supporter Guides

Your first trip to Huish Park? Find maps, information and more with our guides.
Click here for home fans.
Click here for away fans.

Tickets

Supporters are encouraged to purchase in advance to avoid matchday queues, with pre-match prices available until 12 noon on Saturday.

How to buy:
In person: visit the Huish Park ticket office
Phone: 01935 847888
Online: Click here

Half-time Entertainment! 

The entertainment doesn’t stop at half-time as the Community Sports Trust host their ‘Dizzy Penalties’ competition. With a child and their parent selected to take part, they’ll spin around a pole before trying to convert from the penalty spot!

The Trust runs regular competitions on their Facebook page, so to be in with a chance to take part in their half-time activities, win a place on one of our popular Soccer Schools or to find out about the programmes they deliver in the community, please like/ follow their page.

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Huish Pint

The supporters bar – situated behind the 3G pitch and adjacent to the Thatchers Gold stand – will be open from 12 o’clock to both home and away supporters. Complete with Sky Sports, hot and cold refreshments and seating, head along pre-match and even pre-order your half-time drinks to beat the queues!

Junior Glovers Family Cabin

Packed full of pre-match activities including the latest game consoles and FIFA 19, head along to the Family Cabin for Glovers themed entertainment. Situated at the end of the Tamburino Stand and adjacent to the Thatchers Gold Terrace, the cabin is often visited by special guests including the Jolly Green Giant and members of the first team. Open from 1pm.

NEW Phat Controller Vegan Pasty

The Tea Bars and Huish Pint (supporters marquee) will be fully stocked with the all-new Phat Controller vegan pasties. They’re filled with cauliflower florets, onions, chickpeas, tomatoes and onion bhaji, all in a south Indian spiced sauce.

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INTERVIEW | Sarll highlights importance of fitness

With a number of players struggling for fitness after the gruelling schedule, the gaffer knows his side need to be fit if ambitions are to be realised.

Speaking to YTTV he said: “As expected when you’ve only won two in seven, you’re going to feel disappointed. I don’t feel like it wasn’t potentially on the cards. For us to be a competitive, promotion-worthy force – we’re going to need our best players fit.

“We know that’s tough so to minimise those spells is going to be really important, we’re still looking for a full-time physio and sports science was cut and we’re trying to get around that with the old-fashioned tactic of roll your sleeves up and get on with it.

“What we can manage is the players’ workload on the training pitch, what we can’t manage is the number of games they play. We have just played Saturday then Monday and have come out wounded, again.”

Despite the hectic fixture list taking its toll on the squad, the number of games has given Sarll the opportunity to assess his players.

“The best thing about the first seven games is that we’ve seen evidence of a really good team. However, we have also seen the issues of a lack of numbers in the group as a whole, but these first seven games have allowed us to adapt, learn different shapes, and positions.

“I’m still learning things about these players, even in training today (Thursday), how the group to adapt to the different scenarios that we’ve got to deal with.

“There will be times in the season where everyone is fit, and we’ll have that for 15-20 games, and we will sail through them no problem. In this division, I think we’ve all seen the craziness of some of the results, out of nowhere.

“In what is the first time for me as a National League manager, I think good runs of form, those peaks and troughs can come at any time this season.”

PREVIEW | Yeovil Town v Notts County

Goals from Rhys Murphy and Matt Worthington weren’t enough for Darren Sarll’s side to leave Dagenham & Redbridge with a share of the spoils as a third straight defeat was inflicted. 

Now heading back to Somerset, the green and whites will look to make home advantage count against a Magpies side who are unbeaten in four. 

Monday’s 5-1 demolition of Chorley at Meadow Lane ended a run of two straight draws as maximum points were achieved in style. 

Providing a boost for the hosts ahead of the weekend’s clash, newest recruit Gold Omotayo – forced to miss the last two outings whilst awaiting league clearance – is in line to make his debut.

The Swiss striker signed last weekend on a free transfer from Bury and will look to make the perfect start to life as a Glover when Neal Ardley’s side visit. 

Head-to-head

County suffered the same fate as the Glovers in 2018/19 by suffering relegation from the EFL.

Meeting 18 times in either League One or League Two, the Magpies have won just one of their nine visits to Huish Park, coming in 2005. 

The green and whites have nine wins from the 19 encounters overall, with Tom James and Alex Dobre securing a 2-0 win on home soil back in January.

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Officials

Paul Howard will take charge of Saturday’s match.

It will be his third National League match of the season, having so far awarded one red card and six yellow cards. 

In Somerset, he’ll be assisted by Christopher Myatt and Matthew Scholes with Martin Peters acting as fourth official.

Coverage

The pre-match thoughts of Matt Worthington and manager Darren Sarll can be viewed for free on YTTV:

On matchday, minute-by-minute updates will be provided on YTFC’s official Twitter account and live matchday centre

A full match report will follow on YTFC.net at full time with post-match reaction from the manager and a member of the playing staff following soon after.

Follow our official social media channels:

Twitter – @YTFC
Facebook – YTFCOfficial
Instagram – @ytfcofficial

Ticket News

Tickets are on sale through until kick-off with advanced prices available until three hours before kick-off both online and via the ticket office. Advanced purchase is advised to avoid expected matchday queues.

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

Prices are as follows:

    ONLINE PRE-MATCHDAY MATCHDAY
SEATING        
Adult   £16 £17 £19
Senior/Military   £14 £15 £17
Young Person   £10 £10 £12
Junior   £3 £3 £3
         
TERRACE        
Adult   £13 £14 £16
Senior/Military   £11 £12 £14
Young Person   £10 £10 £12
Junior   £3 £3 £3

INTERVIEW | ‘Results will come’ – Worthington

After going unbeaten in three games, fortunes have switched for the Glovers leading to three consecutive defeats.

Speaking to YTTV, the midfielder said: “I know we’re coming off the back of three losses, but I don’t think we’ve played badly, we’ve played well.

“We had a lot of chances on Monday (vs. Dagenham & Redbridge) so if we stay positive the results will come. We have had a few honest discussions on what needs to improve and defending as a team, stopping crosses coming into our box and dealing with the aerial presence of players in this league.

“I think attacking wise we need to be better, on Monday we were much better at it. Personally, for me, I think I need to make more chances, as attacking players we need to create and if we can do that, I think we will be alright.”

The green and whites host Notts County on Saturday (3pm) with the hosts hoping for a return to winning ways. 

After coming down with the Magpies from the EFL last season, Worthington is anticipating an entertaining game.

“Last weekend and Monday were frustrating but it’s an opportunity for us, to be back at home and put things right.

“Obviously they’re in a similar position to us, dropping out of the league last season, it will be a difficult game.

“Everyone’s got different players now, for Yeovil it’s pretty much a whole new squad and it’s the same for them so we’re not going to know too much about them. Obviously, we will do our homework and see what their strengths and weaknesses are.

“Hopefully it will be a good one for the supporters to watch, I’m looking forward to it.”

PROGRAMME | Issue four goes on sale!

The first of consecutive home matches, the Glovers host Notts County this weekend looking for a return to winning ways.

Fans’ favourite Carl Dickinson is issue four’s cover star having spent two seasons at Meadow Lane prior to arriving in Somerset. Dicko discusses wearing the captain’s armband in recent weeks and enjoying his return to action after a difficult second half of 2018/19.

Available in the Club Store and around the ground (with issues also able to purchase subject to availability online), the 48-page publication is crammed full of content for just £2.50. 

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Here’s what else you can find inside:

  • Club statistician Nigel Dyson looks at our previous meetings in ‘Have we met Before?’
  • Get to know new signing Gold Omotayo with our ’20 Questions’ 
  • Darren Sarll shares his thoughts ahead of kick-off
  • Plus plenty more!

Online Programme Purchase

We are once again running our popular programme subscription service. Here are your choices:

Postal Season Subscription
– Physical copy of the matchday programme posted to your home
– Each programme to be posted the day before the match
– Annual subscription of £65 (includes postage) 

Pay per edition
– Not sure on which games you’ll miss? You can pay per edition
– Physical copies will cost £4* (includes postage) and will be posted the day before the match
*maybe more for international postage

For more information, visit our dedicated Programme Subscription page.

TICKETS | Huish Park set for double header

With the Magpies representing the only team in the division that the Glovers played in 2018/19, Neal Ardley’s side make the trip to Somerset this weekend. 

The Nottinghamshire outfit are without a win in their last nine trips to take on the green and whites, with their one win at Huish Park coming in 2005. 

After hosting County, midweek action will see Sutton United visit on Tuesday night (7.45pm) to kick-off September’s fixture list. 

Having not faced the U’s since 1999, the Glovers will look to build on their seven wins from previous encounters. 

Prices for the fixtures are as follows:

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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.

Tickets will be available on the day of the game but buy in advance to avoid queues.

REPORT | Dagenham & Redbridge 3-2 Yeovil Town

On a blisteringly hot afternoon, the hosts almost took an early lead when Angelo Balanta struck the woodwork against his former employers before chances then dried up.

With 10 minutes of the half remaining, Rhys Murphy forced a good save to mark the visitors’ best chance of the half before Town’s number nine opened the scoring just 20 seconds into the second period. 

Perfectly placed to head home Charlie Lee’s pinpoint cross, the opening goal was cancelled out by Joe Quigley’s response on 64 minutes. 

Triggering an assault on either goal, Manny Onariase turned the game on its head as the game entered the final 10 minutes but for Matt Worthington to issue an instant response just 60 seconds later to drag the Glovers back into things.

In a breathless second half the drama wasn’t complete as in the 94th minute Quigley doubled his tally for the day to secure an unlikely three points for the hosts.

Looking to end a run of back-to-back defeats, Darren Sarll made three changes for the trip to the capital which included a forced change between the sticks. 

Stalwart Stuart Nelson picked up an injury to see him miss the trip altogether, handing QPR loanee Marcin Brzozowski a first start for the club. 

Featuring from the bench on Saturday after returning from injuries, defender Luke Wilkinson was given a first start for the green and whites whilst former Dagger Murphy came into the side. 

After losing out in a slow tempo affair at the weekend the meeting at the Chigwell Construction Stadium started in blistering fashion as former Glover Balanta clipped the top of the crossbar with a scooped effort from an acute angle after just three minutes.

With Peter Taylor’s side looking to stamp their authority on proceedings inside the opening 10 minutes, the visitors survived the early scare to grow into the game.

Holding the Daggers’ at arm’s length it became a tense tactical battle as the two 3-4-1-2 formations cancelled each other out.

Making his first National League appearance, Brozozowski continued to have a gentle introduction to the division as his counterpart Justham wasn’t tested until the 34th minute.

As the temperature snuck above 30 degrees celsius, Murphy looked to raise excitement levels in the away end as his quick-fire curling shot from the edge of the box had to be pushed behind for a corner which resulted in Wilkinson then having a goalbound shot blocked from six yards.

With that flurry marking the Glovers’ best attacking output of the half it remained goalless at the break as the visitors ended brightly. 

Having built up a slight head of steam before the referee’s whistle drew a halt to proceedings, Sarll’s side wasting no time in taking the lead following the restart. 

Lee’s midfield run was spotted perfectly and his resulting cross was perfect for Murphy to head home his second of the campaign. 

Looking electric upfront, the former Dagger almost grabbed a second soon after when his shot on the stretch following a bursting run into the box was kept out by a firm Justham hand. 

Sparking an immediate response from the home bench in the form of a double substitution, one of those introduced almost levelled it up. 

James Dobson’s first touch was a rasping strike from the edge of the box that Brzozowski did well to palm away from danger.

With the game now opened up into an end-to-end affair Murphy continued his personal assault on the Dagenham goal as his acrobatic volley from a Remeao Hutton cross flew just over the bar on the hour-mark.

However, reinvigorated following the changes the hosts drew level when Alex McQueen’s whipped in delivery was all the invitation Quigley needed to restore parity to trigger a hectic spell. 

Just two minutes after drawing level the Daggers hit the woodwork once more when Balanta was once again denied by the crossbar, instantly followed by Murphy forcing Justham to tip his dipping strike over the bar. 

Now into the final 20 minutes the shots on goal continued to rain down as Worthington’s venomous strike from the edge of the box had to be parried at full-stretch by the home stopper.

With the pendulum of momentum swinging from one end to the other, the Daggers turned the game around as the game entered the final 10 minutes when Onariase’s header nestled in the back of the net. 

But with the home supporters still celebrating taking the lead for the first time, they were pegged back when Worthington made no mistake from inside the box by blasting a thunderous effort into the roof of the net. 

Introducing Myles Hippolyte in an attempt to retake the lead his cross was turned goalwards by Murphy which produced a world-class save from Justham in what looked to be the final twist of a whirlwind second half.

However, the Daggers stole all three points at the death when deep into stoppage time Quigley grabbed his second of the afternoon to leave the green and whites down and out in London.

Dagenham & Redbridge: Justham; Onoriase, Clark, Croll; Eleftheriou (Dobson 54′), Brundle, Robinson, McQueen, Graham (Luque 54′); Balanta, Quigley.
Bookings:
Subs not used: Gordon, Grant, Phipps.

Yeovil Town: Brzozowski; Skendi, Wilkinson, Bradbury; Alcock (Hutton 46′), Worthington, Lee (Whelan 67′), Dickinson; D’Ath (Hippolyte 79′); Duffus, Murphy.
Bookings: Wilkinson 14′, Hutton 77′.
Subs not used: Rogers, Shako.

SIGNING | Glovers dig for Gold

Arriving on a free transfer from League One outfit Bury, the Swiss will wear the number 10 shirt at Huish Park.

Starting his career with FC Zurich in his home country, he had further spells with FC Schlieren and Wettswil-Bonstetten before heading across Europe to England. 

Notching an impressive 11 goals in 16 appearances for Whitehawk, the 25-year-old earned a trial and eventual contract with the Shakers ahead of last season. 

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Omotayo should prove to be a familiar name for Glovers fans after scoring the winner on the opening day of the 2018/19 campaign on what was his professional debut for Bury. 

Also enjoying a loan spell in the National League with Maidstone United last October, Gold heads to Somerset for a second stint in the division and will wear the number 10 shirt at Huish Park.

The club’s newest recruit is ineligible for Monday’s trip to Dagenham & Redbridge.

PREVIEW | Dagenham & Redbridge v Yeovil Town

Darren Sarll’s side head to the capital after slipping to a first home defeat of the season last time out, with Courtney Duffus’ third goal of the campaign only acting as a consolation as Maidenhead United left with all three points.

Having suffered back-to-back defeats for the first time under his tenure, the green and whites will look for an instant response on the road. 

Having missed last weekend’s journey to Barrow with a hamstring injury, striker Rhys Murphy came off the bench on Saturday to provide a timely boost, whilst Luke Wilkinson was introduced in the closing stages for his first involvement in a Yeovil shirt. 

For those who do make the matchday 16, they’ll come up against a Daggers side unbeaten in their last two. 

Peter Taylor’s side came back from Eastleigh with a 1-1 draw last time out and will now aim to build on the 4-2 win over Harrogate in their last match at the Chigwell Construction Stadium. 

Head-to-head

Monday’s encounter will be the first fixture between the two sides in three years. 

Last meeting in League Two, Brandon Goodship’s winner in London took a huge step to securing EFL safety in 2015/16 after drawing the return fixture 2-2. 

The Daggers would go on to suffer relegation that season. 

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Officials

The man in the middle will be Samuel Barrott on Monday. 

It will be his second National League match of the campaign having overseen Woking’s 2-1 win at Chesterfield earlier this month. On Saturday, he was the fourth official in Bristol City’s 3-1 Championship win at Hull City.

He’ll be assisted by Scott Williams and Jack Fagg with Andrew Gray acting as fourth official.

Coverage

On matchday, minute-by-minute updates will be provided on YTFC’s official Twitter account and live matchday centre

A full match report will follow on YTFC.net at full time with post-match reaction from the manager and a member of the playing staff following soon after.

Follow our official social media channels:

Twitter – @YTFC
Facebook – YTFCOfficial
Instagram – @ytfcofficial

Ticket News

Tickets are only available to purchase directly from Dagenham & Redbridge. 

Ambulant disabled supporters pay the relevant price with a personal assistant free of charge. Wheelchair users should contact Dagenham directly on 020 8592 1549 Ext 2.

Prices are as follows:

Adult – £21
Over 65 & Student – £15
Under 16 – £12
Under 10 – £2 (with accompanying adult ticket)

INTERVIEW | Sarll labels Maidenhead defeat ‘naive’

The green and whites fell 2-0 down to goals from Josh Smile and Danny Whitehall before Courtney Duffus setup a dramatic final 10 minutes. 

Tom Bradbury had a goal disallowed for offside as the hosts were unable to salvage a point. 

Speaking to YTTV, Town’s boss was left frustrated: “We’re trying to encourage the players to speed up and play quicker, and then the game dies again. Then it dies again and then it dies again.

“I thought we were incredibly naive with those tactics. Worse still, the referee was naive to their tactics. So we’re going to have to get used to this. We’re going to have to embrace it. We’re going to have to try to develop the players to be able to handle it.

“Some of them I thought couldn’t handle the pressure of being at a really big club at this level. That’s going to have to be something we make sure we nullify very, very quickly because I don’t want to come out on a Saturday and watch that garbage. I know the supporters don’t either.”

In a scrappy affair which saw six yellow cards awarded and a total of seven minutes of stoppage time played, the home crowd were left frustrated by the Magpies’ tactics in Somerset. 

Identifying the Berkshire outfit’s game plan, Sarll admits that the green and whites will have to adjust to such tactics.

“We’re the big club now. The institution of the club is big, and the tradition is big,” he said. “Financially we’re not big, but we’re a big club.

“One of the first things I did when I came here, was I saw one of the staff of the opponents taking a video of himself in such a wonderful ground. It’s that type of day for them, and an occasion.

“So I think we’re going to have to get used to teams coming here, and literally not wanting to join in with the game. They didn’t really join in the game. They sat off, and slowed us right down, which was our fault – and then they fell over a lot!”

TICKETS | Bank Holiday visit to Dagenham

The green and whites are in action for the second time in just 48 hours after hosting Maidenhead United on Saturday.

Supporters wishing to make the trip to the Chigwell Construction Stadium can do so by purchasing tickets on the day with full details – including the G&WSC travel plans – found below. 

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Adult – £21
Over 65 & Student – £15
Under 16 – £12
Under 10 – £2 (with accompanying adult ticket)

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Tickets are only available to purchase directly from Dagenham & Redbridge. 

Ambulant disabled supporters pay the relevant price with a personal assistant free of charge. Wheelchair users should contact Dagenham directly on 020 8592 1549 Ext 2.

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The Green and White Supporters Club will be running coach travel to Dagenham, leaving Huish Park at 8.45am.

Prices are as follows:

  MEMBER NON-MEMBER
ADULT £28 £30
CONCESSION £26 £28

To book your spot on the coach, contact Paul Hadlow after 6pm on 07736 044570. Alternatively, you can email Paul on paulhadlow@outlook.com 

REPORT | Yeovil Town 1-2 Maidenhead United

Playing the first of two games in the space of 48 hours over the Bank Holiday weekend, it was a lethargic first-half with chances at a premium as both goals remained unscathed. 

Clearly geed up following the break, Myles Hippolyte almost grabbed his first goal for the club whilst Josh Kelly rattled the woodwork for the visitors before a frantic five minutes leading up to the hour-mark.

Josh Smile started the frenzy as his free-kick – which was initially disallowed for offside – was given to be swiftly followed by a penalty for the Magpies just 60 seconds later. 

Striker Jake Cassidy stepped up from 12 yards but was denied by a superb Stuart Nelson stop to keep it at 1-0.

Ticking into the final 10 minutes, substitute Danny Whitehall looked to put the game beyond doubt only for Courtney Duffus to notch his third of the campaign and setup a tense final few minutes. 

Defender Luke Wilkinson was introduced as an auxiliary striker to mark an unusual first appearance for the club, but a dramatic equaliser wasn’t to come as back-to-back defeats were inflicted.

Looking for an instant return to winning ways, Charlie Lee was handed a full debut on his first outing in BA22 as Darren Sarll also opted for a change in shape. 

Having started in a 3-5-2 formation in the opening five fixtures, Town’s boss swapped to a flat back four with a midfield diamond featuring Lee in front of the defensive line and Lawson D’Ath behind the strikers.

Dominating the early possession charts, Tom Whelan and Myles Hippolyte registered long-range efforts that didn’t truly test Taye Ashby-Hammond in the visiting goal, before the Magpies almost took the lead in fortuitous fashion. 

Winning possession on the edge of Nelson’s box Jake Cassidy’s quick-fire attempt took a wicked deflection that left the home keeper rooted the spot, only able to watch on as it flew inches wide. 

Bathed in sunshine in South Somerset that was as close as either side came to breaking the deadlock in the first-half as the searing temperature was only matched with a lukewarm performance on the pitch.

Both defences reigned supreme as both attacks faltered, meaning the opening 45 minutes came and went with little to excite the crowd of 2,179.

With both managers seemingly making the most of the interval, it was an electric start following the restart with near misses at both ends. 

Racing out the blocks, D’Ath almost latched on to Tom Whelan’s through ball but with Ashby-Hammond only able to dive on the ball and parry, Hippolyte had a chance on the rebound with his shot that flew a yard over the crossbar more of a reaction than a measured strike. 

As applause rippled around the ground following that near-miss, Alan Devonshire’s side went even closer at the other when Kelly crashed an attempt off the crossbar after weaving in from the left wing.  

Already with more action than in the entirety of the first-half the frantic tempo continued as the visitors broke the deadlock after some initial confusion. 

Smile’s free-kick took a nasty deflection which resulted in the ball nestling in the back of the net but despite the linesman flagging for offside, the goal was awarded after consultation between the officials with it eventually deemed Hippolyte was the unfortunate individual to have gotten the deciding touch.

As the home faithful debated the nature of the game’s opening goal, the Berkshire outfit were immediately given a chance to make it 2-0 when Carl Dickinson was adjudged to have handled a cross. 

Squandering the chance, Nelson guessed correctly to dive full-length and deny Cassidy from the spot to ensure the match remained in the balance.

With a raucous atmosphere cheering on the green and whites, D’Ath stung the palms of Ashby-Hammond with a shot from an acute angle preceded by substitute Rhys Murphy – back after a 10-day absence with a hamstring injury – curling a 20-yard strike over the bar as the final 10 minutes approached. 

Keen to avoid a nervy conclusion, the Magpies doubled their advantage when Whitehall picked out the bottom corner from 25 yards only for the Glovers to issue an instant response. 

Played through on goal, Duffus kept his composure to confidently beat Ashby-Hammond on 86 minutes but the clock got the better of the hosts who suffered a first home defeat of the campaign. 

Yeovil Town: Nelson; Alcock, Skendi, Bradbury. Dickinson; Lee, Worthington, Whelan (Rogers 80′), D’Ath (Wilkinson 89′); Duffus, Hippolyte (Murphy 71′).
Bookings: Lee 19′, Whelan 76′, Worthington 88′.
Subs not used: Brzozowski, Hutton.

Maidenhead United: Ashby-Hammond; Sheckleford, Ellul, Massey, Twumasi; Smile (Whitehall 71′), Davies (Comley 67′), Upward; Kelly, Cassidy, Mensah (Fenelon 77′).
Bookings: Ellul 45′, Cassidy 90′, Comley 90′. 
Subs not used: Keetch, Landers.

INTERVIEW | ‘I’ve loved it so far’ – Bradbury

The former Dundee United and MK Dons man has been vital in helping secure the club’s strong defensive record in the opening five matches.

Ready to take on Maidenhead United at Huish Park on Saturday (3pm), the 21-year-old told YTTV: “I’ve loved playing in every game so far. In my performances, I think I have played well. We’ve only conceded four goals in five games and it’s my job to keep the ball out the net.

“We could have had a few more clean sheets if we cut out silly errors. I just need to keep training well and doing the right things so when we step out on that pitch, we can get three points.

“There’s not one ‘big-time Charlie,’ nobody thinks they’re better than what others are and we’ve all really gelled. The banter is flying. I’ve taken a bit of stick myself, but it’s been brilliant and there’s great harmony.

“At the same time, if training has not been up to scratch, the people who will joke with you are the first to grill you and tell you where you’ve gone wrong. It’s not a negative environment at all, it’s a new manager, a virtually brand-new team with everyone positive and on the up.”

The Magpies head to Somerset having suffered just one loss so far this season and fresh from a 4-1 thrashing of Chorley last time out.

However, Bradbury is only focused on the performance of the green and whites.

“Before any game, the gaffer tells us what their strengths and weaknesses are. If we play to our strengths, especially at home we have the talent to beat them and anybody else in this league.

“You do your homework and give your A-Game. If we play to our strengths, we should get three points.”

INTERVIEW | Sarll makes Somerset home

After five games in a fortnight to kick-start the 2019/20 campaign, the first week without a midweek fixture has allowed the Glovers boss to finalise a move to Somerset.

Speaking to YTTV, he said: “I’m officially a resident of Somerset now, we’re fully committed to this. I’ve not done this half-heartedly; I won’t be travelling two or three times a week from Bedfordshire.

“I hope I’m here for many years, I’ve really enjoyed the South West and the region, especially when I’ve grown up around a city, I’m very excited and my family are too.

“I’ve committed because I want to make sure my body and my mind are in this football club. I want to make decisions that have me here for the next ten years.

“Let’s get this football club back into the Football League whatever time scale that is, and let’s do it organically and see the community and academy come together. The fun part is the journey, when you get there it’s nice for a night but the fun is in the journey. That matters, that makes the moment where your hard work culminates mean so much.”

Having had the benefit of a full week to recover from a hectic fixture schedule, the green and whites will look to extend their unbeaten run at home when Maidenhead United visit. 

With a number of players on the sidelines through injury, Sarll issued an update on the fitness of his squad.

“Rhys Murphy and Lee Collins won’t be available. They’re big players with big personalities which is a big miss for us. That is exactly what we were missing against Barrow, that character and courage.

“They have been injured due to the way they train and play, the way they commit to everything. Murphy puts himself in the most dangerous positions every day because of his love for scoring goals.

“Craig Alcock will be training today (Friday) so he will be fine, but we have put a report into the National League about the two elbows because it was ridiculous. You can’t come out worse from an elbow to the face and say it was a full-blooded challenge.

“Luke Wilkinson has been back in training this week so he’s getting there with his fitness.”

WHAT’S ON | Yeovil Town v Maidenhead United

Here’s all that’s happening throughout the day as Maidenhead United visit:

Half-time Entertainment! 

Yeovil Town Community Sports Trust will be hosting their popular ’60 Second Shootout’ challenge where five lucky children will take to the Huish Park pitch to see how many penalties they can score when up against the clock!

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Huish Pint

The supporters bar – situated behind the 3G pitch and adjacent to the Thatchers Gold stand – will be open from 12 o’clock to both home and away supporters. Complete with Sky Sports, hot and cold refreshments and seating, head along pre-match and even pre-order your half-time drinks to beat the queues!

Junior Glovers Family Cabin

Packed full of pre-match activities including the latest game consoles and FIFA 19, head along to the Family Cabin for Glovers themed entertainment. Situated at the end of the Tamburino Stand and adjacent to the Thatchers Gold Terrace, the cabin is often visited by special guests including the Jolly Green Giant and members of the first team. Open from 1pm.

Read all about it!

Issue three of the new-look matchday magazine, Green & White, will be available around the ground and in the Club Store and boasts 48-pages crammed full of content. Available for just £2.50, make sure you pick up issue three which includes an interview with cover star Myles Hippolyte. Find out what else is inside!

You can also order your programmes on a match-by-match basis or have them delivered to your door with a season subscription. For full details, click here.

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Supporter Guides

Your first trip to Huish Park? Find maps, information and more with our guides.
Click here for home fans.
Click here for away fans.

Tickets

Supporters are encouraged to purchase in advance to avoid matchday queues, with pre-match prices available until 12 noon on Saturday.

How to buy:
In person: visit the Huish Park ticket office
Phone: 01935 847888
Online: Click here

NEW Phat Controller Vegan Pasty

The Tea Bars and Huish Pint (supporters marquee) will be fully stocked with the all-new Phat Controller vegan pasties. They’re filled with cauliflower florets, onions, chickpeas, tomatoes and onion bhaji, all in a south Indian spiced sauce.

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PREVIEW | Yeovil Town v Maidenhead United

With the team and supporters travelling over 900 miles last week with trips to Ebbsfleet and Barrow, the green and whites are back in BA22 looking for a return to winning ways. 

The midweek win against the Fleet was followed up by a 1-0 defeat in Cumbria, inflicting a first defeat in four on Darren Sarll’s side. 

However, Huish Park is yet to witness a defeat in 2019/20 with a win and a draw from the opening two fixtures against Eastleigh and Stockport County. 

The Glovers will need that encouraging home form to continue against a Maidenhead side who’ve only tasted defeat once in their opening five games.

Last time out the Berkshire outfit saw off newly-promoted Chorley 5-1, which you can read about here.

Head-to-head

Saturday will be the first-ever league meeting between the two sides, with three previous cup encounters.

Back in October 1985, the Magpies visited the old Huish ground for an AC Delco Cup (Isthmian League Cup) tie which ended 2-2 to force a replay, which the Glovers eventually lost after extra-time.

All three encounters have come in Isthmian League Cup competitions, with the programme covers from the first two meetings below.

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Officials

Tom Reeves will be the man in the middle this weekend.

He’ll be assisted by Michael D’Aguilar and Richard Walker with Shane Mansfield acting as fourth official.

Coverage

On matchday, minute-by-minute updates will be provided on YTFC’s official Twitter account and live matchday centre

A full match report will follow on YTFC.net at full time with post-match reaction from the manager and a member of the playing staff following soon after.

Follow our official social media channels:

Twitter – @YTFC
Facebook – YTFCOfficial
Instagram – @ytfcofficial

Ticket News

Tickets are on sale through until kick-off with advanced prices available until three hours before kick-off both online and via the ticket office. Advanced purchase is advised to avoid expected matchday queues.

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

Prices are as follows:

    ONLINE PRE-MATCHDAY MATCHDAY
SEATING        
Adult   £16 £17 £19
Senior/Military   £14 £15 £17
Young Person   £10 £10 £12
Junior   £3 £3 £3
         
TERRACE        
Adult   £13 £14 £16
Senior/Military   £11 £12 £14
Young Person   £10 £10 £12
Junior   £3 £3 £3

PROGRAMME | Grab issue three this Saturday!

After back-to-back away games the Glovers are back at Huish Park this weekend as they host Maidenhead United.

Available in the Club Store and around the ground (with issues also able to purchase subject to availability online), the 48-page publication is crammed full of content for just £2.50. 

Myles Hippolyte is this week’s cover star and discusses everything from suffering a concussion on his debut at Barnet to having a haggis named after him at Falkirk!

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Club statistician Nigel Dyson looks at our previous meetings with the Magpies whilst Gabby Rogers answers our ’20 Questions’.

Online Programme Purchase

We are once again running our popular programme subscription service. Here are your choices:

Postal Season Subscription
– Physical copy of the matchday programme posted to your home
– Each programme to be posted the day before the match
– Annual subscription of £65 (includes postage) 

Pay per edition
– Not sure on which games you’ll miss? You can pay per edition
– Physical copies will cost £4* (includes postage) and will be posted the day before the match
*may be more for international postage

For more information, visit our dedicated Programme Subscription page.

COMMERCIAL | Player sponsorship 2019/20

With a new era up and running at Huish Park under the tenure of manager Darren Sarll, be a part of it with player sponsorship offering:

  • Acknowledgement of your sponsorship next to your chosen player in the matchday programme
  • Acknowledgement of your sponsorship next to your chosen player on the official club website
  • Signed shirt from your chosen player at the end of the season
  • Meet the player photo opportunity 

Total cost: £300 (home), £150 (away) or both for £400 +VAT.

Just 10 players remain available for sponsorship, so contact commercial manager Dave Linney on 01935 847872 or email dlinney@ytfc.net to secure your sponsorship of:

  • Carl Dickinson
  • Luke Wilkinson
  • Marcin Brzozowski
  • Courtney Duffus
  • Ryan Seager
  • Albi Skendi
  • Tom Bradbury
  • Olly McCoy
  • Tom Whelan
  • Charlie Lee

TICKETS | Glovers return home

Suffering a first defeat in four last time out against Barrow, the green and whites head home from Cumbria looking to get back to winning ways in Somerset.

With a win and a draw from their opening two matches on home soil, Darren Sarrl’s side will be hoping to maintain their run of encouraging form in BA22 when the in-form Magpies arrive. 

Boasting consecutive victories to lift them to fifth in the table, the Berkshire outfit will provide a stern test for the green and whites. 

Supporters can back the boys and enjoy savings of up to £3 when buying tickets in advance of 12 midday on matchday. 

Prices for the fixtures are as follows:

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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.

Tickets will be available on the day of the game but buy in advance to avoid queues.

INTERVIEW | ‘mistake cost us’ – Sarll

Scott Quigley’s strike on 46 minutes was enough to sink the green and whites in the televised BT Sport fixture, which marked the 40th anniversary of the National League. 

Reenacting the inaugural fixture that the two sides played out in 1979, the Bluebirds finished out on top again to leave Sarll disappointed.

There’s never a goal in a game that’s well-timed,” he told YTTV. “I was probably like every person in the stadium in that I thought it was a bad game. It was a really poor football match and they are the games that you either come away with a really disciplined draw, or you nick it because your opponent has made a mistake.

“On this occasion, we’re the ones that made the mistake. I don’t think we did enough for three points, but with the importance of getting a draw at places like Barrow, the need to concentrate is vital.

“We lacked real aggression in the final third, and that’s not been like us at all. We’ve been very aggressive in all parts of the pitch. I thought our physical performance was down based on the other games. I don’t want to keep winging and moaning about the size of the squad, but that’s what happens when you’ve got a small squad.”  

The defeat at Holker Street is the first since the opening day trip to Barnet at the start of the month.

Coming into the match after a midweek win at Ebbsfleet United, Town’s boss admits that recruitment is still yet to be concluded.

“What today did, with the injuries that we’ve had, is give people an opportunity to play that haven’t and for me to see them. I haven’t seen a lot of all of them competitively yet.

“We need to make sure we keep working within and recruiting as best as we can on the outside. It’s going to be an important month. I’ve always said this is going to be a learning month. It’s going to be a month of recruitment and I think we have to always go back to what the blueprint is, and the DNA is, and work objectively.

“I don’t think today is a huge travesty. I really appreciate the effort by the supporters to come this far to support us, especially those poor devils who broke down on the motorway. I’m really really disappointed that we couldn’t give them more entertainment to take them all the way back home.” 

REPORT | Barrow 1-0 Yeovil Town

In a hotly contested opening 45 minutes, chances were at a premium as Lawson D’Ath and John Rooney produced the only chances of note for their respective sides. 

With the referee’s pocket seeing more action than anyone else, the deadlock was finally broken on 46 minutes when Scott Quigley showed his strength in the box to fire home.

Unable to find a response at the other end, the one goal proved to be enough for Barrow who marked the 40th anniversary of the National League with a victory over the green and whites as they did in the inaugural fixture in 1979.

Forced into two changes from the midweek win at Ebbsfleet, the injured duo of Lee Collins and Rhys Murphy dropped out as Carl Dickinson took the captain’s armband and Remeao Hutton – who netted on Tuesday night – came into the starting 11.

Gabby Rogers and Olly McCoy were recalled amongst the substitutes, whilst newest recruits Marcin Brzozowski and Charlie Lee once again started from the bench. 

With a national audience watching on television, the green and whites almost made the BT Sport subscription worthwhile for Town fans in the opening five minutes through D’Ath. 

Winning possession in the Bluebirds’ half after good pressing from Tom Whelan, he set his midfield partner charging in on Joel Dixon’s goal where the Yeovil man eventually shot into the home keeper’s arms from 20 yards.

Losing some of their early momentum when forced to play with 10 men for five minutes after Craig Alcock received an elbow to the face – an incident that didn’t interest referee Peter Gibbons – Barrow then had a chance of their own.

Winning possession in similar circumstances to D’Ath’s earlier opportunity, Lewis Hardcastle fed John Rooney who curled a strike just wide to the delight of a diving Stuart Nelson. 

With Rooney then firing a tame free-kick into the side netting from an acute angle just past the 15-minute mark, shots on goal then dried up as it became a stop-start affair.

The referee’s whistle stopped any tempo to the match in a tempestuous contest in Cumbria, with four yellow cards shared out in the opening 45 minutes with plenty of clash points. 

Unable to produce anything else of note in front of goal, both sides huffed and puffed but walked in even-stevens at the halfway stage.

After a half of football to forget, the Bluebirds set about making the second more memorable almost instantly with an opener inside a minute. 

A long throw into the box found Quigley who wriggled into enough space to slam a strike into the bottom corner in front of the cameras.

Dealt that blow early in the second half, Town’s management didn’t take long to make an attacking change as Ryan Seager replaced Hutton in an alteration that saw Myles Hippolyte move to left wing-back. 

However, it was Barrow’s front three who continued to cause problems and it was only poor finishing that stopped the hosts from extending their lead. 

When Oliver Dyson’s pull-back to Dior Angus found the striker inside the six-yard box it looked certain to be a second goal, only for the striker to somehow lift his effort up and over the bar with 25 minutes left to play.

Surviving that scare, Lee was introduced for his second appearance in green and white as Sarll switched to 4-3-3 in search of a foothold in the match.

Still unable to put the Bluebirds under any real pressure it was the Cumbrians who continued to threaten in the final third, with Oliver Dyson their brightest spark. 

The attacker somehow weaved his way to the byline on 77 minutes to fire the ball across the face of goal with Quigley unable to kill the game off with a touch from close range. 

Somewhat wasteful in the second half, Ian Evatt’s side weren’t made to rue missed chances as the Glovers failed to muster a late rally, falling to a first defeat since the opening day.

Barrow: Dixon; Barry, Hird, Taylor, Brown; Rooney, Greaves (Waddington 90′), Hardcastle; Angus (Hindle 72′), Quiqley, Dyson.
Bookings: Taylor 44′, Hardcastle 53′, Dixon 90′.
Subs not used: Eldson, Granite, Penfold.

Yeovil Town: Nelson; Skendi, Dickinson, Bradbury; Alcock, Worthington (Lee 65′), Whelan, Hutton (Seager 56′); D’Ath (McCoy 79′); Hippolyte, Duffus.
Bookings: Skendi 17′, Hutton 30′, Bradbury 37′, Lee 74′.
Subs not used: Brzozowski, Rogers.

FANS | Follow the Glovers in Cumbria

Chosen for live television coverage as part of the league’s 40th anniversary celebrations, supporters not with us in Cumbria can follow the match across all platforms. 

Here’s how you can make sure you don’t miss a thing:

Stay Social

The club’s official social media channels will provide behind-the-scenes content as well as match updates to keep you right at the heart of the action.

Registered users can ‘follow’ us using the links below, with those not signed up still able to access our Twitter, Facebook and Instagram pages. Match highlights will follow on our YouTube channel at 12.01 on Monday morning.

Follow our official social media channels:

Twitter – @YTFC
Facebook – YTFCOfficial
Instagram – @ytfcofficial

Huish Park – Alec Stock Lounge

The Alec Stock Lounge at Huish Park will open at 5pm for supporters to enjoy the match on the big screen. Admission is FREE with the bar open for refreshments. 

BT Sport 1

Those with a BT Sport subscription can take in all of the action from 5pm, as Lynsey Hipgrave is joined by Grant Holt and Adam Virgo.

Match Centre

The ytfc.net match centre will provide minute-by-minute updates, scores from elsewhere and detail all of the action from the Progression Solicitors Stadium.

YTTV 

Subscribers to YTTV can enjoy full radio commentary courtesy of BBC Somerset with Chris Spittles and the club’s Head of Media, Alex O’Loughlin. The match is also available to listen to on 99.5FM and via the BBC Sport website and app.

NEWS | League chairman comments on 40th anniversary

This weekend, The National League celebrates it’s 40th anniversary since the first fixtures took place in the then-called Alliance Premier League.

An allocation of 20 Clubs made up the fifth tier, with Altrincham claiming the title in the inaugural season.

The Noel Kelly trophy – named after the former Nuneaton Borough Chairman – remained at Moss Lane at the end of the first two campaigns.

The pyramid-shaped trophy represented a transition to the structure of Non-League football, which has been integral in shaping the game in this country.

With automatic promotion introduced from 1987, even the smallest Clubs could dream of a meteoric rise into the Football League and beyond.

Football power-brokers Jim Thompson and Noel White, who sadly passed away recently, were just two of a number of key people who influenced this ground-breaking change – and many others, like the influential Bill King, Peter Hunter and current President Brian Lee, have tirelessly steered the League through its many adventures over the past four decades.

The addition of the play-offs in 2003, then the North and South divisions a year later, has added a new dimension to the competition and created more wonderful memories.     

Not only has the league had three titles, with the Football Conference in use for nearly 30 years, there has also been a total of six title sponsors. All of which have helped create an identity for the competition, as we know it today.

From a football perspective, there has been a huge number of significant moments throughout The National League’s history.

Wealdstone became the first Club to win the ‘Non-League double’ of the league title and FA Trophy success back in 1985. Colchester United matched this achievement in 1992, then Martin O’Neill’s Wycombe Wanderers the following season. 

Many managers and players have gone onto have hugely successful careers in the game. Similar to O’Neill, the likes of Neil Warnock, Jamie Vardy and Joe Hart have made their mark at the top level.

And who can forget the more recent FA Cup runs of Lincoln City and Sutton United just over two years ago? Managers Danny Cowley and Paul Doswell performed heroics with their respective sides, showcasing their efforts in front of global audiences.

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Our current commercial partnerships with Vanarama, LV Bet and BT Sport are flourishing, and the estimated money generated by the season-long competition is now at over £80 million.

From small acorns, The National League has become a well-established part of English football – and its profile is growing season-by-season. Extensive live matchday TV coverage on BT Sport and a greater awareness of our three divisions across the breadth of both traditional and modern media continues to grow.

Last season, over two million spectators attended our matches. It’s incredibly encouraging to see so many people coming through the turnstiles at our Football Clubs, the heartbeats of their communities. The figure is substantially larger than a decade ago. 

Most importantly our competition remains friendly, welcoming and open to all. It is a National League but with wonderful Local Values.

Happy Birthday! And here’s to the next forty years.

INTERVIEW | ‘Keep improving’ – the message from Darren Sarll

Following a spell of strong form, the green and whites will be under the national spotlight against the Bluebirds with the game live on BT Sport as part of the National League’s 40th anniversary.

Speaking to YTTV, the gaffer said: “You should raise your game. You’ve got a bigger audience, which means a larger range of critics. It should drive motivation, keep you focused and disciplined as we’re exposed to the wider world.

“I think a few of the players will have a nice haircut! At the end of the day, how many times has Nelson, Alcock, Murphy, Collins played on TV? For the young ones it might be a bit more of an added thing for them.

“But what we’ve got to keep doing is improving, we’re nowhere near where I want us to be in terms of physical performance.

“In terms of character and development, if this is how we are going to be all year, I’ll take that every day of the week.”

Fresh from a midweek victory at Ebbsfleet United and now unbeaten in their last three, the green and whites face a 600-mile roundtrip as they travel to their Northern opponents.

However, Town’s boss sees no disadvantage to the lengthy trip as his side look to carry on where they left off in midweek.

“It’s part of being a footballer, you sit on a coach, it’s not real hardship. We’ve got a television, food, drink, microwaves so we don’t suffer.

“Over the course of the season, it can become quite frustrating when you get to March and it’s another hotel. I’d rather do it this time of the season, whilst the sun it out rather than a cold night in December.

“At the moment it’s a really good mood in that dressing room. The way that I am, I try and spend as much time with all the staff in different departments as I can.

“Obviously the summer was a really disappointing time where you could feel the grey cloud when I got here. I don’t think it’s completely dispersed but I think we’re getting there.”

PREVIEW | Barrow v Yeovil Town

Chosen for live broadcast as part of the National League’s 40th anniversary celebrations, the green and whites will look to continue their run of good form in Cumbria.

Goals from Rhys Murphy, Remeao Hutton and Tom Whelan saw Darren Sarll’s side pick up a convincing 3-1 win at Ebbsfleet United in midweek, building on four points collected from meetings with Eastleigh and Stockport County. 

However, the win in Kent came at a cost as goal scorer Murphy and captain Lee Collins limped off with hamstring injuries which will see them sidelined for at least the next few weeks. 

Providing a timely boost, Carl Dickinson made his return from the sidelines at the Kuflink Stadium whilst new signings Charlie Lee and Marcin Brzozowski have further bolstered the squad.

With the group now heading north, they’ll face a Barrow side with three points from their opening four matches. 

Ian Evatt’s side couldn’t build on last weekend’s win over the Spitfires as they went down 3-2 to Stockport in Greater Manchester on Tuesday night.

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Head-to-head

As part of the anniversary celebrations, the meeting will recreate the opening fixture of the 1979/80 campaign between the Bluebirds and the Glovers. 

The Cumbrians won 2-0 on that occasion in front of just over two thousand spectators and will now meet on Saturday for the first time since the 1998/99 season. 

Both sides won their respective home fixtures with Darren Keeling scoring the winner at Huish Park.

Officials

Peter Gibbons will be the man overseeing the action in Cumbria. 

Last season he took charge of 17 games in the National League awarding 60 yellow and six red cards. 

He’ll be assisted by Blake Antrobus and Robert Wainwright with Ed Duckworth acting as fourth official.

Coverage

On matchday, minute-by-minute updates will be provided on YTFC’s official Twitter account and live matchday centre

A full match report will follow on YTFC.net at full time with post-match reaction from the manager and a member of the playing staff following soon after.

The game is being shown live on BT Sport with those without a subscription able to watch the match at Huish Park in the Alec Stock Lounge.

Follow our official social media channels:

Twitter – @YTFC
Facebook – YTFCOfficial
Instagram – @ytfcofficial

Ticket and Travel News

Tickets are only available to purchase on the day, with an allocation of 650 tickets received. Yeovil supporters will use turnstiles D & E for this game, which will be segregated.

Prices can be found on our Away Tickets Page with the Green & White Supporters Club also running coach travel leaving Huish Park at 8am.

Prices are as follows:

  MEMBER NON-MEMBER
ADULT £35 £37
CONCESSION £33 £35

To book your spot on the coach, contact Paul Hadlow after 6pm on 07736 044570. Alternatively, you can email Paul on paulhadlow@outlook.com 

INTERVIEW | In-form Nelson looks to ‘continue the run’

The Glovers are currently unbeaten in their last three games and will hope to replicate the performance levels reached in the away victory over Ebbsfleet on Tuesday night.

Speaking on recent games, Nelson told YTTV: “It’s been a positive start, missing out on the result we wanted in the first game was disappointing.

“I think we have gone back to the drawing board and put those wrongs right, and we’ve worked through these next three games and gone on a little run and long may it continue.”

Facing a 600-mile round trip this weekend, the match will also be televised live on BT Sport. 

With a lengthy trip to face as well as the added attention of being live on TV, the club’s number one insists that focus levels won’t be affected.

“We’ll be heading up the night before so we will be there, ready and prepared, something we do right at this football club. We’ll look forward to it, and hopefully continue the run.

“I would like to say (being on TV) wouldn’t change performance levels; I’d like to think every player would be giving their best in every game so far.

“I don’t think the cameras make a difference; it shouldn’t make a difference. I can only speak for myself personally but when I cross that line, I give my best.”

NEWS | Duo to miss out with hamstring injuries

Murphy had to replaced soon after grabbing the opening goal at Ebbsfleet in midweek whilst Collins was withdrawn at half-time.

Confirmed as hamstring injuries after full-time by manager Darren Sarll, the Glovers boss has issued a further update on their prognosis. 

“They’re struggling as of now, which is a shame because we’re thin. You never realise how stretched you are until these things happen.

“Players such as Murphy and Collins, their influence is huge. I think we caught it at the right time and took them out of the game.

“Collins wanted to play through, but I would rather not risk it and miss him for one or two games rather than six to eight. It’s far too early to tell in terms of a timeframe, but you’re looking at a minimum of two weeks.”

FANS | Barrow clash televised at Huish Park

The Alec Stock Lounge will be open from 5pm for supporters with the bar also open.

After a win at Ebbsfleet United in midweek to move three games unbeaten, the green and whites now head north for their second away trip in succession.

Having made the trip to Kent on Tuesday night, Darren Sarll’s side will then be live on BT Sport for their weekend clash with Barrow.

Tickets for the National League fixture are only available on the day as detailed in our Away Tickets Page but Town fans can also enjoy free entry at Huish Park to cheer on the lads.

NEWS | The Vanarama First Four – what it all means for the Glovers!

The story so far…
It’s perhaps a little better than expected. Two excellent wins, and denied another only at the death by Stockport County. Seven points so far and looking a very decent defensive unit. So far, so good.

From the dugout…
Darren Sarll sets his standards high. He knows there is work to do, but said: “the lads have been very professional and it’s been a good start.”

Biggest result so far…
While Tuesday’s thumping 3-1 success at Ebbsfleet was most welcome, the first win was always going to be crucial. Getting off the mark against Eastleigh, play-off semi-finalists last year, oiled the cogs.

Star performer…
Stuart Nelson has started very strongly, but special mention must go to Albi Skendi too. 

Stat attack…
League position: 7th
Home goals for: 2
Away goals for: 3
Home goals against: 1  
Away goals against: 2

Who is up next…
It’s a local one, Barrow away. The 630-mile round trip won’t see too many tucked up in their bed before Sunday officially arrives. Good news though, BT Sport are covering the game live.

Their one to watch….
John Rooney. Being the younger brother of England legend Wayne, he shares his sibling’s qualities and will to win. 

What can Glovers fans expect? 
Apart from a long old slog? Barrow have looked good one week and struggled the next for a few years now. They have already lost three times and have let in eight goals. Can the Glovers profit? 

Ground guide:
Holker Street is a traditional Non-League ground and has been home to Barrow since 1910. It has also hosted speedway in the past. The home fans can be a demanding bunch and soon let their players know it if they’re not best pleased.

League sponsors Vanarama have recently launched the National League Club Reward scheme to help fans back their club’s budget. Every time a fan takes out a brand new van lease with Vanarama or a brand new car lease with Mototama their club will earn £100 and you will receive £30 cashback!

For the latest van leasing deals head to Vanarama.
For the latest car leasing deals head to Motorama

TICKETS | Buy on the day at Barrow

Advanced purchase is unavailable to visiting supporters, with those wishing to be part of #YeoOnTheGo only able to buy direct from the Progression Solicitors Stadium. 

After Tuesday night’s 3-1 win at Ebbsfleet United, Darren Sarll’s side will look to continue their good run of form live on BT Sport this weekend. 

Prices for the National League fixture can be found on our Away Tickets Page whilst those not making the trip can watch the match live at Huish Park in the Alec Stock Lounge.

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The Green and White Supporters Club will be running coach travel to Barrow leaving Huish Park at 8am.

Prices are as follows:

  MEMBER NON-MEMBER
ADULT £35 £37
CONCESSION £33 £35

To book your spot on the coach, contact Paul Hadlow after 6pm on 07736 044570. Alternatively, you can email Paul on paulhadlow@outlook.com 

INTERVIEW | Sarll hails ‘professional’ performance

In a night of firsts, Rhys Murphy opened his account for the club on 27 minutes before having to be withdrawn with a hamstring injury five minutes later. 

Substitute Remeao Hutton doubled the advantage with his first senior goal two minutes after the break, before Aswad Thomas grabbed one back for the hosts. 

Keen to avoid a nervy ending, Tom Whelan scored his first for the club inside the final 10 minutes to leave Sarll a happy man. 

“I thought we were very professional actually,” he told YTTV. “I said at half time, I just didn’t want us to be naive, and to show naivety. The way we started the second half was fabulous.

“Our forward running was good all night. I was really hard on Matt Worthington and Tom Whelan on Saturday and I thought they were terrific, as was Carl Dickinson when he came on. Myles Hippolyte played 90 minutes after being out for the count a couple of weeks ago. Remeao Hutton, who I left out tonight, came on and was so disciplined, and wee Charlie Lee when he came on was massive as he always is. So it’s a good night.

“It’s lovely to win and I love sharing wins with people. I’d rather they be shouting my name and smiling, rather than singing that ‘you’re going to get sacked in the morning’ and cursing at me! So I love sharing that moment with our supporters, who again worked hard to get up here.”

The win – which moved the green and whites to three unbeaten – did come at a cost. 

Captain Lee Collins was forced to follow Murphy in limping to the touchline with both now likely to miss out on some game time.

“It’s a hamstring for Murphy and Lee Collins is the same. So they’ll be bad ones for us. Rhys Murphy is sub-30 and Collins is a little bit older.

“Normally the older ones take a little bit longer. But it was nice to have Carl Dickinson ready and willing to go, and how good was he? I thought he was very good. Everyone looks better when you win.”

REPORT | Ebbsfleet United 1-3 Yeovil Town

In an evenly contested start on the road, Darren Sarll’s side worked their way into the lead on 27 minutes when Rhys Murphy showed his goal poacher’s instinct to turn home from close range. 

Losing the striker to injury soon after, Fleet caused the most problems for the remainder of the half but were unable to equalise before the break and were punished soon after the restart.

With 47 minutes on the clock, Remeao Hutton also opened his account in green and white with a finish of real quality before a hint of a late comeback from the hosts. 

Aswad Thomas reduced the arrears as the final 10 minutes loomed but Tom Whelan made it a night of first goals for the club as the Somerset outfit regained their two-goal advantage and ensured all three points would make the trip back to Somerset.

After building some momentum with back-to-back home fixtures, Sarll made just one change to his starting eleven for the trip to Kent. 

Back in the fold after suffering from a concussion on the opening day, Myles Hippolyte took the spot Hutton who dropped to the bench where he was joined by Carl Dickinson for the first time this season. 

Also amongst the substitutes were new signings Charlie Lee and Marcin Brzozowski who hopped on the coach on Tuesday morning with their signatures still drying after signing contracts.

Aiming to extend their unbeaten run as the sun went down over Northfleet harbour, it was a fittingly industrious start as both sides looked to implement a high tempo.

Taking it in turns to attack in numbers it was the visitors who had the game’s first meaningful attempts as Murphy scuffed a shot into the arms of Nathan Ashmore before strike partner Courtney Duffus curled a strike just wide in search of his third in as many games.

At the other end, Myles Weston drilled an effort into the advertising hoardings whilst Tom Bradbury had to get an important block to Josh Umerah’s attempt from inside the box.

Posing as Ebbsfleet’s biggest threat, the striker almost capitalised on an uncharacteristic mistake from Stuart Nelson midway through the half when his shot from long range slipped through the hands of the visiting stopper to thankfully nestle on the roof of the net.

Having survived that scare at one end, the green and whites soon took the lead at the other. 

Causing havoc in the box, Bradbury’s venomous shot from the angle looked destined for the bottom corner but the goal was made sure of thanks to the slightest of touches from Murphy to open his account for the club. 

However, going from elation to deflation in a matter of minutes the club’s number nine had to be withdrawn five minutes later when an injury saw Hutton take his place.

With Hippolyte moving upfront to accommodate the Birmingham loanee, the defender was straight into action as the hosts looked to level up the score.

Despite enjoying plenty of territory, Fleet had wayward finishing to blame for their frustration in the first-half and almost found themselves 2-0 down on 40 minutes. 

Spotting Ashmore off his line, Lawson D’Ath tried an audacious lob from virtually the halfway line that had the bulky home keeper scrambling to claim.

With three minutes of additional time at the end of the opening 45 minutes, Nelson was tested one final time in the half when he had to save John Goddard’s attempt with his legs.

Forced into a second change during the interval as Dickinson took the captain’s armband from Lee Collins, it was the first-half substitute who made it a dream start to the second half.

Collecting Whelan’s pass, the wing-back moved the ball onto his stronger right foot and rifled a low shot into the bottom corner to give Ashmore no chance and put the Glovers in a commanding position.

Facing a fourth consecutive defeat in the face, Garry Hill’s side attempted to rally after falling two goals behind but despite plenty of huff and puff, the hour-mark ticked by with Nelson untested but for a flurry of crosses to deal with. 

Former Glover Gozie Ugwu fired a shot across the face of goal from the angle in the closest he came to a goal against his former employers before the hosts finally made their pressure count. 

John Goddard’s free-kick delivery found the head of Thomas who did well to pick out the bottom corner as a Glovers defender was finally beaten to the ball. 

Not wishing to surrender two points for the second game in a row Sarll’s side responded in the best way possible. 

Instantly silencing the revitalised home crowd, Hippolyte’s delicate flick perfectly found the run of Whelan who coolly slid the ball past Ashmore on 81 minutes before racing to celebrate with the travelling faithful as the unbeaten run was extended to three.

Ebbsfleet United: Ashmore; Wilson (Shields 56′), King, Grimes, Thomas; Weston, Ball, Obileye, Goddard; Umerah (Thomas-Asante 70′), Ugwu.
Bookings: King 57′, Thomas 64′, Umerah 68′
Subs not used: Palmer, Egan, N’Gala.

Yeovil Town: Nelson; Skendi, Collins (Dickinson 46′), Bradbury; Alcock, Worthington, Whelan, Hippolyte; D’Ath (Lee 77′); Murphy (Hutton 31′), Duffus.
Bookings: Hippolyte 49′
Subs not used: Brzozowski, Seager.

SIGNING | Brzozowski loaned in

The 20-year-old arrives from Loftus Road on an initial one-month loan and goes straight into Darren Sarll’s squad for tonight’s Vanarama National League meeting.

At Loftus Road since the age of 11, the Polish stopper has enjoyed loans at Harlow Town and Ashford Town in the last two seasons whilst also featuring for Rangers’ under-23s.

Signing a new one-year contract extension this summer, Brzozowski now heads to Somerset to compete with Stuart Nelson for a starting spot. 

 

SIGNING | Glovers snap up experienced Lee

Playing a key role in helping Leyton Orient regain their EFL status in 2018/19, the 32-year-old now arrives at Huish Park to be reunited with former manager Darren Sarll. 

Making 118 appearances for Stevenage during Sarll’s tenure, the Tottenham Academy graduate joins after a successful spell at the Breyer Group Stadium.

Lee made 38 appearances for the O’s last season and played a pivotal role in helping them lift the National League title for the fifth promotion of his career. 

Promoted three times during a four-year stay at Peterborough United, the versatile midfielder – who can also operate all across the back four – picked up back-to-back Player of the Year awards at London Road to go with his winners’ medals.

Making over 150 appearances for the Posh after starting out at Tottenham, Lee boasts over 450 Football League appearances with further spells at Gillingham and Millwall.

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Having captured Lee’s services, Sarll said: “I’m delighted to add Charlie, someone I know very well – I know his personality, his qualities and he’s going to be a huge addition to our playing squad.

“Charlie has played from this league all the way up to the Championship and knows what it takes to get out of these leagues, so I believe it’s a real coup to have him here and ends the long hunt for an experienced midfielder.”

PREVIEW | Ebbsfleet United v Yeovil Town

After a win and a draw at Huish Park against Eastleigh and Stockport County respectively, Darren Sarll’s side will now look to extend the start of their unbeaten run with back-to-back away fixtures.

Ahead of Saturday’s televised clash with Barrow, the green and whites will first head to Kent to take on Garry Hill’s side with two new additions for company. 

Experienced midfielder Charlie Lee and young goalkeeper Marcin Brzozowski are both likely to make the matchday squad with Liam Driscoll also returning to parent club Reading to conclude a busy start to the week with transfers. 

The Fleet are still searching for their first points of the campaign after suffering three defeats in a row so far in 2019/20, losing 1-0 at AFC Fylde last time out which you can read about here

Head-to-head

The midweek meeting will be the first between the two sides since Gravesend & Northfleet were renamed Ebbsfleet United in 2007.

Last facing each other in the Glovers’ 2002/03 Conference winning campaign, a hat-trick from Andy Lindegaard (below) and a Kirk Jackson strike earnt Gary Johnson’s side a 4-2 win at Stonebridge Road (now known as Kuflink Stadium). 

Meeting on the opening day of the season in the reverse fixture, Nick Crittenden and Terry Skiverton were on target in a 2-2 draw in a match primarily remembered for a broken leg sustained by Adam Stansfield.

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Officials

Carl Brook will be the man in the middle in Kent, taking charge of his latest National League fixture. 

Mr Brook awarded two red cards to Notts County on the opening day as they lost 1-0 at Eastleigh. 

He’ll be assisted by Ryan Head and Martyn Holmes with Ian Fissenden acting as fourth official.

Coverage

On matchday, minute-by-minute updates will be provided on YTFC’s official Twitter account and live matchday centre

A full match report will follow on YTFC.net at full time with post-match reaction from the manager and a member of the playing staff following soon after.

Follow our official social media channels:

Twitter – @YTFC
Facebook – YTFCOfficial
Instagram – @ytfcofficial

Ticket and Travel News

Tickets can only be bought on the night, available via the turnstiles for the Swanscombe End terrace. All ticket sales are CASH ONLY and turnstiles open from 6pm.

Prices are as follows: 

Adult – £17
Concession (60+ & Students with valid ID) – £14
Junior (12-16) – £9
Under-12 – £1

The Green and White Supporters Club will be running coach travel to Barrow leaving Huish Park at 1.45pm.

Prices are as follows:

  MEMBER NON-MEMBER
ADULT £28 £30
CONCESSION £26 £28

To book your spot on the coach, contact Paul Hadlow after 6pm on 07736 044570. Alternatively, you can email Paul on paulhadlow@outlook.com 

TICKETS | Glovers hit the road

Collecting four points from their consecutive outings at Huish Park, the Glovers will now look to extend their unbeaten run on the road.

Facing a midweek trip to Ebbsfleet on Tuesday night (7.45pm), the green and whites will then be live on BT Sport next Saturday to take on Barrow (5.20pm). 

Tickets for both matches are on sale now with prices and travel details available on our Away Tickets Page.

INTERVIEW | Sarll wants ‘ruthless’ streak

The Glovers looked set to pick up their second 1-0 win of the week against the Hatters after Courtney Duffus strike, before Adam Thomas struck late on for the visitors. 

Having to settle for a share of the spoils and take four points from their last two games, Sarll is looking for his side to kill games off. 

Speaking to YTTV, he said: “To concede two goals in three games is not the worst. If we did that as a stat throughout the whole season, we wouldn’t be far away.

“But, like I’ve said, we now need to complement that box with the other box, and make sure we are a little bit more effective, ruthless and violent in their box and make sure we kill games off.

“I just felt there was a lot of attack versus defence moments in the second half where we played out and we played around them, when they tired after their Tuesday night game, and I just thought one more and that would be nice. Then we could just see the game out. That was my biggest disappointment of the second half definitely.”

The green and whites were unable to call upon three players due to injury. 

Myles Hippolyte, Carl Dickinson and Luke Wilkinson were all sat in the stands to leave Sarll needing further reinforcements.

” think a concussion is very delicate with head injuries and trauma. Myles is following standards and procedures and he’s working hard to retain his fitness. Luke Wilkinson had a progressive week last week as did Carl Dickinson, but again they’re still a way off.

“But to try to hold our hat on three, when we’ve played the same team really – we’ve started the twelve players in three games – to hold out on three players for them to come back is quite damning. I’m only being honest and I’m only thinking what supporters would think. To have fifteen players to select is a bit of an indication of where we are.”

INTERVIEW | Alcock looking for wins on the road

Courtney Duffus’ second goal in as many games looked to have been enough for back-to-back home wins before Adam Thomas found the back of the net on 87 minutes to peg the hosts back.

Darren Sarll’s side now face consecutive away fixtures with a trip to Ebbsfleet United in midweek before heading north to Barrow next weekend.

Speaking to YTTV after the match, Alcock is targeting an instant return to winning ways: “We were the architects of our own downfall. The warning signs were there and we got away with it a bit on Tuesday, but we couldn’t quite do it this time.

“We’ve got to dust ourselves off because there’s no time to feel sorry for ourselves as we go again on Tuesday. 

“It does feel like two points dropped but if we can go there (Ebbsfleet) and get a result on Tuesday and win on Saturday, you can almost forgive us a little bit. We know its going to be tough but we know what we’re up against.

“It’s not going to get any easier, the battles are going to be there each week. Like Terry (Skiverton) said to us, it’s going to be 50 battles all season and we’ve got to stand up to that and make sure we win more than we lose.”

For Alcock, the defender is enjoying a rejuvenated second spell as a Glover.

Returning to the club in February, the 31-year-old fell out of favour early on but has become an integral part of the side under Sarll’s tenure. 

“From my point of view, I can only thank the chairman and the gaffer for coming in and giving me the chance,” he said. “I’m not going to go back over last season because it’s happened now but this year is a new outlook and it’s positive.

“No matter what happens as a group and a team, we might not always be the best but we will keep trying and going to the end because that’s what the gaffer wants from us.

“I felt I was getting pensioned off last year but I’m still young I like to think. This is my hometown club and I want to get us back in the Football League.”

REPORT | Yeovil Town 1-1 Stockport County

In a sense of deja vu from Tuesday night’s win over Eastleigh, Courtney Duffus struck to put the green and whites in the driving seat with a clinical finish on 22 minutes.

With the goal mirroring the performance on the pitch, the Hatters then fought back into the game and were only denied an equaliser before the break by a superb Stuart Nelson stop. 

In an attempt to put the game to bed, Rhys Murphy and Matt Worthington lead the assault on County’s goal but the first successive victories since March were denied when Adam Thomas came off the bench to level it up late on and force a share of the spoils.

Looking to carry on where they left off in midweek, Darren Sarll named an unchanged side to take on the Hatters. 

With just one alteration to the matchday 18, Nestor Shako returned to the bench as fellow Academy graduate Gabby Rogers dropped off. 

On a stormy afternoon in Somerset, the hosts were once again on the offensive from the off and were soon raining on the visitors’ parade. 

After an opening 20 minutes of encouraging forward play – albeit without shots on goal – the deadlock was broken in clinical style. 

Breaking forward from midfield, Lawson D’Ath’s shot from range deflected off of team-mate Murphy to land perfectly in the path of Duffus, who showed all the signs of a striker brimming with confidence to slot the ball under Ben Hinchliffe.

More than deserving of their lead, the hosts then had to remain aware at the back to withstand an attempt at an instant reply from Stockport.

Nyal Bell drove a strike from the edge of the box just over the bar before strike partner Frank Mulhern suffered the same fate soon after. 

Attempting to use those chances as a way to gain a foothold in the match, Jim Gannon’s side wrestled back a share of the possession from the Glovers and had their best opportunity to level the score on the stroke of half-time.

Elliot Osborne’s pull back to Mulhern just 10 yards out looked destined to result in a shot being swept home but for Nelson to dive at full-stretch and superbly tip the effort over the bar to earn an ovation from the Thatchers Gold Terrace.

Producing a spirited backs to the wall defensive display in midweek to retain their slender advantage, the green and whites looked to give themselves some breathing space after the restart. 

Launching a counter-attack from a County corner, Murphy ran from one box to the other prior to curling a shot a yard or two wide, followed by Worthington seeing a low drive whistle just past the post as the hour-mark came and went. 

With the Hatters only forcing Nelson into a save from Osborne’s wind-assisted strike the Greater Manchester outfit were being held at arm’s length as Worthington went close again, this time forcing Hinchliffe to parry for a corner. 

Comfortable for their 1-0 lead heading into the final 10 minutes, the Hatters needed a change in momentum and made all three available changes for the final assault. 

Yielding some joy, Nelson had to be perfectly placed to get a strong hand to Thomas’ shot from the angle, swiftly followed by fellow substitute Connor Dimaio lashing a venomous hit just wide as a late bombardment threatened. 

Looking like they’d done enough to round off a positive week at Huish Park, the hosts were dealt a late blow when Thomas was in the right place at the right time to divert a low shot under Nelson to rescue a point for Gannon’s side.

Yeovil Town: Nelson; Skendi, Collins, Bradbury; Alcock, Worthington, Whelan (McCoy 89′), Hutton; D’Ath; Murphy, Duffus. 
Bookings: Duffus 24′, Nelson 61′, Skendi 68′
Subs not used: Driscoll, Ojo, Shako, Seager.

Stockport County: Hinchliffe; Palmer, Cowan, Keane; Minihan (Dimaio 79′), Walker (Kirby 65′), Osborne, Turnbull, Jackson; Mulhern, Bell (Thomas 60′).
Bookings:
Subs not used: Ormson, Arthur.

WHAT’S ON | Yeovil Town v Stockport County

Here’s all that’s happening throughout the day:

Huish Pint

OPEN TO HOME SUPPORTERS ONLY. The supporters bar – situated behind the 3G pitch and adjacent to the Thatchers Gold stand – will be open from 12 o’clock. Complete with Sky Sports, hot and cold refreshments and seating, head along pre-match and even pre-order your half-time drinks to beat the queues!

Read all about it!

Issue two of the new-look matchday magazine, Green & White, will be available around the ground and in the Club Store and boasts 48-pages crammed full of content. Available for just £2.50, make sure you pick up issue two which includes an interview with cover star Matt Worthington. Find out what else is inside!
You can also order your programmes on a match-by-match basis or have them delivered to your door with a season subscription. For full details, click here.

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Supporter Guides

Your first trip to Huish Park? Find maps, information and more with our guides.
Click here for home fans.
Click here for away fans.

Tickets

Supporters are encouraged to purchase in advance to avoid matchday queues, with pre-match prices available until 12 noon on Saturday.

How to buy:
In person: visit the Huish Park ticket office
Phone: 01935 847888
Online: Click here

Justin Edinburgh 3 Foundation

Following the tragic death of Justin Edinburgh, his family have set up the Justin Edinburgh 3 Foundation in his honour with a bucket collection taking place at Huish Park. Supporters are encouraged to donate generously where they can with buckets located in:

  • The Club Store
  • Huish Park (supporters marquee)
  • All programme stalls

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Parking

Parking is available at the ground for £3, amongst the cheapest available rate for cars in the division. Minibuses and coaches will cost £6 and £18 respectively. For regular users of the car park, a season ticket (covering all first-team league and cup matches) is priced at £50. For more information, please call 01935 847888

Junior Glovers Family Cabin

Packed full of pre-match activities including the latest game consoles and FIFA 19, head along to the Family Cabin for Glovers themed entertainment. Situated at the end of the Tamburino Stand and adjacent to the Thatchers Gold Terrace, the cabin is often visited by special guests including the Jolly Green Giant and members of the first team. Open from 1pm.

Get kitted out!

The new replica home and away kits will be on sale in the Club Store from 10am, stocking both adult and junior sizes. Adult and concession ST holders can enjoy 10% off with Junior Glovers entitled to £5 off. For full details including price, click here.

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INTERVIEW | Sarll looking to inspire supporters once again

The Glovers kept hold of their 1-0 lead for 88 minutes after Courtney Duffus opened the scoring early on against Eastleigh on Tuesday night, with a battling display rewarded with a first win of the season. 

Roared on by a crowd of almost 3,000 at Huish Park, Town’s boss is hoping to provide similar inspiration this time around. 

Speaking to YTTV, he said: “When you look at those types of performances from Tuesday night, they’re draining performances emotionally and physically, but the players, supporters and manager even, have to take inspiration from those performances and hopefully that should energise us for Saturday.

“For us to be at our best we have to have high energy. We need to make sure that’s a fundamental aspect of our preparation ahead of Saturday because I thought the supporters reacted really well to a really energetic and determined performance, so we need to make sure we give the players every chance so we can reproduce that and inspire the supporters.”

At home for the second time in a week, the green and whites will be targeting back-to-back wins. 

However, despite the midweek win over the Spitfires, Sarll is keeping his feet firmly on the ground. 

“I made a lot of mistakes when I was starting as a manager with the emotions of winning and the emotions of losing, and what we try and do here is try and stay as balanced as we can.

“Ten months in football is like a lifetime and I believe in what we do and regardless of the outcome of a game, I think you should be balanced and objective with what you do during the week, whatever happens.

“We constantly try and refer to a blueprint – we’re nowhere near getting close to completing that blueprint and there’s a lot of work to be doing on that and that’s just part one. Part two is about four years off I’m afraid but we’re trying to make sure we can do something very, very well before we move onto something else.”

 

PREVIEW | Yeovil Town v Stockport

Eastleigh were dispatched in midweek thanks to Courtney Duffus’ strike, with the green and whites now ready to take on Stockport County.

Hoping to benefit from home advantage, Darren Sarll’s side look to maintain their 100% start at Huish Park when the Hatters visit before consecutive away matches next week.

Jim Gannon’s side head to Somerset for their second trip on the road this week, having picked up a point at Notts County on Tuesday night thanks to Elliot Osborne’s second half goal.

Still searching for their first win of the campaign following promotion from the National League North, the Greater Manchester outfit will head south in a determined manner.

Head-to-Head

Saturday will be the eighth meeting between the two sides and first in a league match since 2010.

Meeting in League One nine years ago, Gavin Williams (x2) and Dean Bowditch secured a 3-1 win at Edgeley Park with current Glover Craig Alcock involved on that day.

Looking to carry on where they left off that day, the green and whites will be looking to avenge last season’s 3-1 Emirates FA Cup first round defeat. 

To read more about our prior meetings with the Hatters and players who’ve played for both sides, pick up a copy of Green & White – the matchday magazine – with more information found here.

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Officials

Referee Sam Allison will take charge of his second game of the campaign this weekend.

Mr Allison oversaw AFC Fylde’s 2-1 win at Aldershot on the opening day, awarding two yellow cards. 

In Somerset he’ll be assisted by Robin Cox and Andrew Genders with Matthew Rushton acting as fourth official.

Coverage

On matchday, minute-by-minute updates will be provided on YTFC’s official Twitter account and live matchday centre

A full match report will follow on YTFC.net at full time with post-match reaction from the manager and a member of the playing staff following soon after.

Follow our official social media channels:

Twitter – @YTFC
Facebook – YTFCOfficial
Instagram – @ytfcofficial

Ticket News

Tickets are on sale through until kick-off with advanced prices available until three hours before kick-off both online and via the ticket office. Advanced purchase is advised to avoid expected matchday queues.

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

Prices are as follows:

    ONLINE PRE-MATCHDAY MATCHDAY
SEATING        
Adult   £16 £17 £19
Senior/Military   £14 £15 £17
Young Person   £10 £10 £12
Junior   £3 £3 £3
         
TERRACE        
Adult   £13 £14 £16
Senior/Military   £11 £12 £14
Young Person   £10 £10 £12
Junior   £3 £3 £3

INTERVIEW | ‘It feels like I’ve been here forever’ – Skendi

The 6’4″ utility man who’s currently playing at the back for Darren Sarll’s side was one of the first to arrive in pre-season and has started the opening two Vanarama National League fixtures. 

Playing a vital role in helping the green and whites secure a 1-0 win over Eastleigh, Skendi is adapting quickly to life as a professional footballer. 

“I’ve been waiting for this,” he told YTTV. “I’ve never played here or at this level, but mentally I have. I’ve been training every day and playing and my mentality has always been at this level even though I’ve played at lower levels.

“The way I go about games, the way I take care of myself with my body and training, it’s always been ready for this moment and now I’m here, it feels like I’ve been here forever.

“I’m pleased for the fact that we got the win in our first home game and got such a good crowd behind us and it made a big impact. We just have to carry that on into Saturday now. 

“For me, to get Man of the Match it was an amazing feeling really – my first game here, new to the club, new to this standard of football, I’ve adapted pretty well and I feel comfortable now for the rest of the season.”

Arriving from Stratford Town in the summer, the Albanian looks set to play an integral part in 2019/20.

Now targeting back-to-back wins when Stockport County visit on Saturday, Skendi is looking for of the same winning mentality.

“We want the same again, but have to be a bit more clinical up front. The character we had on Tuesday night was amazing really, to fight for most of the second half, it takes a lot to dig deep and do that but you can’t teach teams that fighting and winning mentality and we’ve got that.

“Now, if we all gel together – and it’s only going to be our third game – it’s going to be great when we all mould in.

“For the fans, they travel all over the country in Rain, snow, sun, whatever the weather. They miss time off work and they pay so we need to give 110% at all times. that’s the least we can do, give everything we have.”

PROGRAMME | Don’t miss issue two of Green & White!

Available in the Club Store and around the ground from Saturday morning (with issues also able to purchase subject to availability online afterward), the 48-page publication is crammed full of content for just £2.50. 

Matt Worthington is this week’s cover star for the visit of Stockport County and discusses a summer of change at Huish Park as one of the few remaining players from last season. 

Elsewhere, Luke Wilkinson answers ’20 questions’ with four pages dedicated to the Hatters for you to get the lowdown on Town’s opponents. 

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Programme Subscription

We will once again be running our popular programme subscription service. Here are your choices:

Postal Season Subscription
– Physical copy of the matchday programme posted to your home
– Each programme to be posted the day before the match
– Annual subscription of £65 (includes postage) 

Pay per edition
– Not sure on which games you’ll miss? You can pay per edition
– Physical copies will cost £4* (includes postage) and will be posted the day before the match
*may be more for international postage

For more information, visit our dedicated Programme Subscription page.

FANS | Volunteers required for bucket collection

The club will be collecting for the foundation during half-time and after the match, with all proceeds going to the foundation who are focusing on raising awareness of brain and heart disease and promoting the use of defibrillators in health clubs and gyms following the tragic passing of Leyton Orient manager Justin Edinburgh this summer.

Volunteers who are willing to help will receive a free ticket to the match and will be required to pick up their collection buckets from main reception upon arrival.

Those interested in helping, please contact info@ytfc.net

INTERVIEW | Early goal a ‘dream come true’ for Duffus

The striker sat out last weekend’s opening day trip to Barnet but returned to the side to secure the first three points of the season for Darren Sarll’s side.

Speaking to YTTV, he said: “For anyone, to play their first game of the season and score within two minutes especially as a striker is a dream come true for any start of any season.

“For a striker to score in any minute of any game, your confidence just goes through the roof. You want to get on the ball and you want more shots.

“If I’m not playing or not involved that’s for a reason, all I can do is get my head down and work for that opportunity, and when it does come I need to take it like I did tonight.”

The win saw the green and whites start life in the Vanarama National League at home in positive fashion.

Despite the visitors throwing all they had at Sarll’s side in the second half, Duffus and his team-mates held firm to secure all three points and will now target the same result on Saturday as Stockport County visit.

“It was tough, I’m a big lad myself but they were huge, but our fitness showed in the end. We have had a tough pre-season and that is what ultimately got us through the game.

“We dug deep as a team, which is the most pleasing thing. Hopefully, we can get some momentum now and take that into Saturday.

“The away support last weekend (at Barnet) was phenomenal. It’s nice to give them something to cheer about and get behind tonight and hopefully now, we’ll get a bit of momentum going for the fans as well.”

INTERVIEW | Battling qualities impress Sarll

With seven players making their home debut under the lights as part of the club’s summer rebuild, it was already contracted Courtney Duffus who provided the difference.

The striker’s goal after just two minutes set the green and whites on their way, with a resolute defensive performance earning a first win of the campaign and first victory of Sarll’s tenure. 

Speaking to YTTV, Town’s boss said: “The good thing for the supporters here is that they got to see a battling team. Not a great team in possession – they weren’t great. We are going to have to be so much better. But they were battling like a team that was fighting for their life. 

“I thought there was a moment, probably on eighty-odd minutes where the Thatchers’ end came alive and the noise was just brilliant. Absolutely brilliant. If we can maintain that, and it’s very hard to maintain that high level of confrontation, energy of tackle, head, tackle, head – it’s very hard to do that when you’ve got a small squad.

“But if we can maintain those human qualities and that endeavour, imagine this place when we’re playing good football as well and we get that side of it right, it will just be a really terrific ground. They gave me a taste tonight of what it could be, and it was exhilarating at times.”

Backed by a crowd just shy of 3,000, they’ll look for a repeat performance on Saturday as Stockport County visit. 

However, with Luke Wilkinson, Carl Dickinson and Myles Hippolyte all missing Tuesday’s encounter, Sarll admits that reinforcements are needed.

“The average age of the bench tonight was eighteen-and-a-half years old. The combined amount of games was 26, and we’ve got five of them. We’re going to need some. There’s no doubt about that. How can we expect our lads – if we want our lads to perform like tonight, for 50 more games, without any more additions? We’re going to have to do something.

“Firstly that means me trying to conclude the deals, and then we might need a bit of help financially later on down the line. But no-one who watched can say that we’ve made any bad decisions in terms of the calibre and the quality of the people that we’ve signed so far.”

TICKETS | Join #SarllsArmy at Huish Park on Saturday

Courtney Duffus’ goal after just two minutes against Eastleigh was enough for the green and whites to get their campaign up and running. 

Back a crowd of almost 3,000, there’s a chance to be a part of #SarllsArmy again this weekend as Darren Sarll’s side look for back-to-back wins. 

Buying in advance could also see a saving of up to £3, with the advance price available up until midday on Saturday.

Don’t miss out and back the boys!

Prices for the fixtures are as follows:

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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.

Tickets will be available on the day of the game but buy in advance to avoid queues.

REPORT | Yeovil Town 1-0 Eastleigh

With thunder in the air, the green and whites were like lightning out of the blocks and took the lead with just two minutes on the clock courtesy of an emphatic Courtney Duffus finish.

Chasing an equaliser it was the Spitfires who then had more joy in attack, but the hosts went into the break with their goal advantage.

Becoming a tightly contested battle after the restart the green and whites had to show real grit and determination to hold off the Spitfires who kept firing.

With some backs to the wall defending in the closing stages the game was seen out to see a positive start to National League life in BA22.

Far from disgracing themselves in the opening day defeat at Barnet, Darren Sarll was forced into making just one change to the starting eleven. 

Suffering from a concussion, Myles Hippolyte was denied a home debut as Duffus took his spot up front after being omitted from the matchday 18 altogether at the weekend. 

Clearly with a point to prove, the striker wasted no time in justifying his selection as he neatly beat Alex Wynter in the box before drilling a striker under Max Stryjek. 

Proving to be something of a handful for the Spitfires, the number 14 had a strong looking penalty appeal waved away 10 minutes later after being bundled over by Andrew Boyce, only for referee Lloyd Wood to wave away the appeals. 

Having been slow to get going after arriving from Hampshire, Ben Strevens’ side teased at what they’re capable of soon after with a swift counter-attack. 

Turning a Yeovil corner into an attack of their own it ended with Ben Williamson charging in on goal at a slight angle, only to lack composure and blaze his effort well over the bar. 

Looking comfortable with their lead the green and whites continued to enjoy the lion’s share of possession before Eastleigh enjoyed a golden patch around the half-hour mark. 

Racing forward from wing-back, Michael Green twice drew Stuart Nelson into smart saves with efforts from inside the box and from long range.

Getting his angles spot on to keep his cleansheet intact, Town’s number one had a more routine save to make from a Tyrone Barnett header as the visitors continued to tease at drawing level before the break.

Needing to swing the pendulum of momentum back in their favour, the Glovers started the second 45 in a determined manner backed by the home crowd of 2,813. 

With the home faithful in full voice they almost a second goal to celebrate when Craig Alcock’s sumptuous delivery couldn’t quite be headed on target by an advanced Matt Worthington. 

With the hour-mark passed and Nelson not called into further action, Town’s defence were doing a good job at diffusing the attacking threats of Eastleigh. 

However, unable to find the final pass at the other end the game remained in the balance to tee up a tense final quarter-of-an-hour.

Having patiently had to wait for a meaningful attempt on goal in the second half, we then had two in quick succession at either end.

Firstly, Strevens’ side went close when Reda Johnson beat Nelson to a high ball which allowed substitute Scott Rendell to slide in and steer a shot wide of the target at full stretch, before a cleverly taken free-kick from Worthington resulted in Rhys Murphy testing Stryjek from the angle.

With the visitors then sacrificing a defender for an attacker in the closing stages, it was a rearguard action from the hosts as five additional minutes were shown but green and whites dug in to get their campaign up and running.

Yeovil Town: Nelson; Skendi, Collins, Bradbury; Alcock, Worthington, Whelan, Hutton; D’Ath (Ojo 90′); Murphy, Duffus.
Bookings: Whelan 77′
Subs not used: Driscoll, Rogers, McCoy, Seager.

Eastleigh: Stryjek; Wynter, Boyce (Smart 81′), Johnson; Partington, Hollands (McKnight 72′), Payne, Green; Miley; Williamson, Barnett (Rendell 46′).
Bookings: Green 51′, Wynter 55′
Subs not used: Atkinson, Bearwish.

WHAT’S ON | Yeovil Town v Eastleigh

For what will be the first ever competitive meeting between the two sides, here’s what’s happening throughout the night:

Get kitted out!

The new replica home and away kits will be on sale in the Club Store from 5.30pm, stocking both adult and junior sizes. Juniors are entitled to £5 off if they bring their Season Ticket to the till. For full details including price, click here.

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Huish Pint

The supporters bar – situated behind the 3G pitch and adjacent to the Thatchers Gold stand – will be open from 6pm to home and away supporters. Complete with Sky Sports, hot and cold refreshments and seating, head along pre-match and even pre-order your half-time drinks to beat the queues!

Parking

Parking is available at the ground for £3, amongst the cheapest available rate for cars in the division. Minibuses and coaches will cost £6 and £18 respectively. For regular users of the car park, a season ticket (covering all first-team league and cup matches) is priced at £50. For more information, please call 01935 847888

New look Green & White!

For a new season, the matchday magazine Green & White has been revamped to boast 48-pages crammed full of content. Now available around the ground and in the Club Store for just £2.50, make sure you pick up issue one which includes an interview with cover star and captain Lee Collins.
You can also order your programmes on a match-by-match basis or have them delivered to your door with a season subscription. For full details, click here.

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Tickets

Advanced tickets are on sale until 4.45pm on Tuesday night with savings to be made!
How to buy:
In person: visit the Huish Park ticket office
Phone: 01935 847888
Online: Click here

Supporter Guides

Your first trip to Huish Park? Find maps, information and more with our guides.
Click here for home fans.
Click here for away fans.

Taste of India comes to Huish Park!

Vegan curry pasties will be available to try in Huish Pint (supporters marquee) and in the Tea Bars in limited stock. The newly stocked pasties are filled with cauliflower florets, onions, chickpeas, tomatoes and onion bhaji, all in a south Indian spiced sauce. 

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COMMERCIAL | 2019/20 home and away kits on sale now!

The Club Store is stocked with the new TAG Sportswear kits for you to get kitted out ahead of Saturday’s clash with Stockport County at Huish Park.

With supporters once again given the chance to vote for their favourite designs over the summer, the Glovers return to a more traditional green and white hoop and revert to black and red as the primary away colours.  

Junior season ticket holders can enjoy their £5 off voucher should they wish by bringing their season ticket along with them to the Club Store, with all other season ticket holders also able to enjoy 10% off!

Prices for the official replica kits are:

  ADULT JUNIOR
HOME/AWAY SHIRT £42 £32
SHORTS £20 £17
SOCKS £10 £10

Both home and away replica kits will be available to purchase online soon. 

COMMERCIAL | Screwfix extend stand sponsorship

Maintaining the close links between the two organisations, the club’s Commercial Manager Dave Linney said: “We are delighted that local neighbour, Screwfix, has extended their support of Yeovil Town Football Club with the continued naming rights of The Screwfix Community Stand and we are extremely grateful to everyone involved at Screwfix for their loyalty and commitment to the club.”

Commenting further, a spokesperson from Screwfix added: “Screwfix is delighted to be sponsoring Yeovil Town Football Club for the forthcoming season. The Glovers are an important part of the community and we’re proud to be supporting our home town team.”

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PREVIEW | Yeovil Town v Eastleigh

The Glovers are looking to kickstart their Vanarama National League campaign after suffering a narrow 1-0 defeat on the opening day at Barnet. 

Simeon Akinola’s second half penalty was all that came between Darren Sarll’s side and their first points of the season, but they now have the chance to pick up the first win on home soil.

Nine players made their Glovers debut in the capital and are now in line to make their bow at Huish Park, although Myles Hippolyte (head) is a doubt after only making it to half-time at the weekend. 

Elsewhere, Luke Wilkinson and Carl Dickinson were the only other injury absentees with the latter closest to a return to the field.

For the visitors, they’ll head from Hampshire full of confidence after a winning start on Saturday. 

Reda Johnson’s header was enough to see off nine-man Notts County at the Silverlake Stadium, with Scott Rendell the only former Glovers in their ranks.

A full breakdown of how Ben Strevens’ side got on can be found here.

Head-to-head

The midweek meeting will be the first-ever competitive fixture between the two sides.

With the Spitfires coming up through the non-league ranks in recent years, the fifth tier encounter will go down in the history books. 

Officials

Lloyd Wood will be the man in the middle on Tuesday night, taking charge of his first match involving the green and whites.

Last season, Mr Wood oversaw 19 National League fixtures awarding 43 yellow and three red cards. 

In Somerset he’ll be assisted by Adam Ricketts and Declan O’Shea with Craig Cox acting as fourth official. 

Coverage

On matchday, minute-by-minute updates will be provided on YTFC’s official Twitter account and live matchday centre

A full match report will follow on YTFC.net at full time with post-match reaction from the manager and a member of the playing staff following soon after.

Follow our official social media channels:

Twitter – @YTFC
Facebook – YTFCOfficial
Instagram – @ytfcofficial

Ticket News

Tickets are on sale through until kick-off with advanced prices available until three hours before kick-off both online and via the ticket office.

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

Prices are as follows:

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SEATING        
Adult   £16 £17 £19
Senior/Military   £14 £15 £17
Young Person   £10 £10 £12
Junior   £3 £3 £3
         
TERRACE        
Adult   £13 £14 £16
Senior/Military   £11 £12 £14
Young Person   £10 £10 £12
Junior   £3 £3 £3

 

VACANCY | Full-time first team physiotherapist 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.

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.

The salary for the post is up to £35k per annum dependant on the successful candidate’s experience.

To apply, please email or post a copy of your CV to David Mills via dmills@ytfc.net or by post at Yeovil Town FC, Huish Park, Lufton Way, Yeovil, Somerset, BA22 8YF. 

Applications are invited immediately with a closing date for all applications of 5pm on Friday 9 August 2019.

PROGRAMME | Revamped matchday magazine

The official matchday magazine – Green & White – has been revamped for the 2019/20 campaign, with issue one on sale at Tuesday night’s meeting with Eastleigh at Huish Park (7.45pm).

The 48-page publications is crammed full of content, interviews, quizzes, stats and plenty more, with captain Lee Collins the first cover star of the season. 

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Now at the reduced price of just £2.50, enjoy a host of new features this season including:

  • This or That – Tea or coffee? Messi or Ronaldo? A member of the under-18s squad share their choices
  • 20 Questions – Get to know summer signing Tom Bradbury a little bit better as he faces our 20 questions
  • Have we met before? In the fifth tier for the first time in 16 years, find out about past meetings with our opponents
  • Non League Nostalgia – a nostalgic look back at our last campaign in the National League coming in 2002/03 

The magazine will be on sale around the ground and in the Club Store before kick-off, with issues also able to purchase (subject to availability) online afterward. 

Programme Subscription

We will once again be running our popular programme subscription service. Here are your choices:

Postal Season Subscription
– Physical copy of the matchday programme posted to your home
– Each programme to be posted the day before the match
– Annual subscription of £65 (includes postage) 

Pay per edition
– Not sure on which games you’ll miss? You can pay per edition
– Physical copies will cost £4* (includes postage) and will be posted the day before the match
*may be more for international postage

For more information, visit our dedicated Programme Subscription page

TICKETS | Back the boys in Huish Park double header

The Glovers suffered a narrow 1-0 defeat at Barnet on the opening day but will now look to make home advantage count with back-to-back matches on Tuesday night and Saturday.

Eastleigh make the trip to Somerset on Tuesday night (7.45pm) for the first ever competitive meeting between the two sies before Stockport County visit this weekend. 

As the first chance to see manager Darren Sarll and his newly assembled squad in action, be part of it at Huish Park with tickets on sale both in advance and on the day of the game. 

Buying in advance could see a saving of up to £3, with the advance price available up until three hours before kick-off.

Don’t miss out and back the boys!

Prices for the fixtures are as follows:

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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.

Tickets will be available on the day of the game but buy in advance to avoid queues.

INTERVIEW | Sarll calls for patience with rebuild

The green and whites started the match in the capital with eight debutants whilst Nestor Shako came off the bench to make his first senior appearance after signing a professional contract in the summer.

After a summer of change – which included appointing Sarll as the man to rebuild the club following relegation – the 36-year-old saw positive signs from what was only the start of the journey. 

Speaking after the match, he said: “Physically, I thought we were great. It’s a massive learning curve for a group of players who’ve been forced together late on and we keep going.

“I’m really disappointed we couldn’t get that sort of fairy tale ending to it because I thought the supporters were fantastic, it felt like a home game at times and the supporters were magnificent but they’ve got to be patient.

“We’re rebuilding a football club and this is something that will take a little bit of time, but I thought the players showed enough fight to showcase how much they really care about that rebuild.”

Simeon Akinola’s second half penalty was enough to secure victory for the Bees, with the Glovers unable to build on a positive opening 45 minutes.

Sarll’s side were dealt a blow at the break when Myles Hippolyte had to be substituted due to a head injury, but Town’s boss felt a loss in momentum in the second half. 

“I felt what I call good energy, I felt that good energy in the first half but I thought we started the second half far too floppy and flimsy for me.

“These things we’ll have to get through over the course of the season, but I’m disappointed – that middle third we have got to win more in that middle third when the ball comes dropping down. I know the game was quite direct as a whole, but when it’s direct – and it will be direct because the opponent will make it direct as well as us at times – we have to make sure we’re really on the front foot and driving forward.”

Yeovil are straight back in action with a chance to make amends in back-to-back home fixtures.

Eastleigh visit Huish Park on Tuesday night before Stockport County head to Somerset on Saturday. You can be part of it at Huish Park with tickets on sale now.

For full ticketing details, click HERE.

REPORT | Barnet 1-0 Yeovil Town

In a high tempo opening 45 minutes, the green and whites produced a bright display whilst being backed by a raucous away following. 

Remeao Hutton went closest to breaking the deadlock whilst at the other end Simeon Akinola rattled the crossbar with the virtually the last act of the half.

The Barnet striker went close again soon after the restart only to be denied by an in-form Stuart Nelson before finally converting from the penalty spot on 61 minutes in what proved to be the difference.

Starting a new era in the capital under the tenure of Darren Sarll, the Glovers boss handed out eight debuts after a busy summer of recruitment. 

A new back three of Albi Skendi, Lee Collins and Tom Bradbury sat in front of the familiar face of Nelson, whilst Hutton, Tom Whelan, Lawson D’Ath, Rhys Murphy and Myles Hippolyte completed the fresh faces.

Remaining from last season, Craig Alcock and Matt Worthington finalised the starting XI with Luke Wilkinson and Carl Dickinson the only injury absentees.

On a humid afternoon at The Hive, Sarll’s side had the Bees in a sweat early on with Hutton close to a debut to remember.

With Town’s high press winning possession in the Barnet half D’Ath had a shot blocked inside the box before the Birmingham loanee – who only joined on Friday – demonstrated a neat turn before forcing Scott Loach to parry his strike away. 

Retaining the sharpness they demonstrated in pre-season, the visitors continued to threaten in the opening quarter-of-an-hour with their high tempo approach paying dividends. 

Having notched six goals in as many games in July’s friendlies, Murphy looked the most likely again on his competitive debut as he forced an acrobatic save from Barnet’s keeper with a shot from the edge of the box.

As the one-way traffic continued, Hippolyte drilled a shot that called the Bees’ stopper into action again before Darren Currie’s side enjoyed a good spell of pressure themselves.

Gaining some momentum from the wings, the hosts went close twice in quick succession. 

Firstly, Nelson had to be at his best to get a fingertip to Jack Taylor’s glancing header before Akinola headed just over the bar from six yards.

With both central strikers causing all the problems for both sides, it was Akinola who had the last act of the half when his looping strike from 18 yards came back off the bar to round off an entertaining and end-to-end start to the 2019/20 Vanarama National League campaign.

Maintaining the high intensity straight from the restart, Akinola was quick to try and finally open his tally for the season. 

Dan Sparkes’ cross looked to have given the striker a tap in but for Nelson to spread himself and brilliantly block the volley from a matter of yards.

With Yeovil’s number one doing his job, the Glovers’ final line of defence was finally breached just past the hour mark. 

After Collins tripped Akinola in the box to concede a penalty, the Barnet number 14 made no mistake from 12 yards to finally come out on top in his duel with Nelson.

Now with the lead, the Bees understandably took the sting out of the encounter as the green and whites struggled to enjoy the territory and pressure they did in the first half.

Unable to test Loach from open play as they did in the opening 45 minutes, the visitors almost drew level from a free-kick.

Lining up 25 yards out, Murphy looked to curl a strike into the bottom corner but was denied by a full-stretch home ‘keeper to maintain Barnet’s lead.

In a game only separated by a defensive mistake which resulted in a penalty, Skendi closed out the match as an additional striker in a final roll of the dice but a dramatic finish wasn’t to come as the Bees claimed all three points.

Barnet: Loach; Alexander, Santos, Reynolds, Tutonda; Dunne, H. Taylor, J. Taylor; Elito (Mason-Clark 85′), Akinola (Coulthirst 73′), Sparkes.
Bookings:
Subs not used: Matrevics, Adams, Barham.

Yeovil Town: Nelson; Skendi, Collins, Bradbury; Alcock, Whelan, D’Ath, Worthington, Hutton (Shako 80′); Murphy, Hippolyte (Seager 46′).
Bookings: Collins 60′, D’Ath 78′.
Subs not used: Driscoll, Ojo, McCoy. 

SIGNING | D’Ath returns

Back at Huish Park seven years after originally joining on loan, the 26-year-old signs a two-year deal after a successful period away from Somerset. 

Having made his EFL debut in green and white in 2012, the versatile midfielder has gone on to win promotion at all three of his last clubs. 

League Two titles were lifted at Northampton and Luton where he made over 100 appearances at both clubs combined, before making it a trio of promotions at MK Dons last season as they secured a return to League One.

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D’Ath will now look to add to the 14 appearances made under Terry Skiverton whilst on loan from Reading, taking the number eight jersey. 

Reinforcing the middle of the park, manager Darren Sarll said: “Lawson is a player like Rhys Murphy and Lee Collins that I’ve tried to sign on numerous occasions before. The facts speak for themselves that he has three promotions in the last four years and we have capitalised, I believe, on a huge error by league clubs that they have not secured this serial winner.

“Winning comes in many forms and Lawson’s is very evidently his winning mentality, along with his intelligence and creativity. I think Lawson can be a show stopper for the club and he can claim more personal and collective success with us.”

STATEMENT | Change of ownership takes significant steps forward

Over the last 10 days, two key parts of the process have taken place – the new ownership meeting the National League and passing the FA Owners’ and Directors’ test.

The final step is completing the required share purchase agreement and subsequent formal approval of the change of ownership by the National League.

This positive news has been complemented by the successful completion of two key commercial contracts – which includes a new main sponsorship deal with Jones Building Group.

In addition, although season ticket sales will continue for several more days, sales are already substantially over 1,000 and final season ticket numbers could be similar to last season’s levels.

Commenting Scott Priestnall said: “Both I and the existing owners are very keen to see the legal process completed as soon as possible and a meeting with them this week helped clarify a number of key issues.

“I am very much looking forward to seeing the first league game at Barnet today and have been very encouraged by the news that so many Yeovil fans are travelling to back Darren and the team.”

COMMERCIAL | Jones Building Group extend support as main sponsor

Proudly supporting their local community, Jones Building Group has been heavily involved at Yeovil Town for more than a decade, namely being the main sponsors between 2009-12 and 2015 to present day.

Previous to that, the Group was youth team sponsor for a number of seasons as well as occupying one of the executive suites at Huish Park throughout this period.

Commercial Manager Dave Linney said: “We are very grateful for the tremendous loyalty to our club by Jones Building Group and would like to thank Dave Jones & Mark Porter for their continued support. Commercial partners are the lifeblood of any sporting organisation these days and we are only too pleased to have the backing of Jones Building Group as we embark on our journey to regain EFL status.

“We are under no illusion that this will not be an easy process, however, with the commitment of sponsors, advertisers and supporters this will set us on our way to achieve the success we all want.”

Mark Porter, Managing Director at Jones commented: “Every supporter out there knows how difficult it was to see our club relegated and this sponsorship is a sign of our commitment to see a return to the Football League.

“I am pleased that both the existing and potential new owners have agreed to accept our support to the club for a further year. We look forward to seeing a successful season on and off the pitch.” 

SIGNING | Loan duo arrive from Birmingham

The pair played in the final pre-season friendly against Bristol City under-23s last weekend and will now be available for Saturday’s Vanarama National League opener at Barnet.

Defender Hutton, 20, arrives in Somerset having signed a new two-year deal at St Andrew’s in May having starred for the under-23s in their PDL 2 campaign.

Starting his career in the Midlands with Walsall, the attacking full-back made a name for himself at Hednesford Town to earn a second shot at professional football with the Blues.

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In similar fashion to Hutton, winger McCoy joins the green and whites having penned a new one-year deal with his parent club this summer. 

Also featuring for the development squad, the 21-year-old was instrumental in helping reach the PDL North runners-up spot and the final of the National Play-Offs during his 31 appearances in 2018/19.

Picked up by Birmingham from Beaconsfield in the Southern League, McCoy now arrives for a second taste of non-league football.

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Adding his two latest recruits, manager Darren Sarll commented: “The pair have real quality and add substance to our currently small squad. A key element in their arrival is utilising my background in transforming young players into senior players. 

“With that, I have to thank Birmingham City – and in particular Kristjaan Speakman, Stuart English and Chris Curtis – for entrusting me with their young people in the next stage of development.”

NEWS | Squad numbers confirmed for 2019/20

Kicking off at Barnet on Saturday, eight of the players who were under contract last season have switched numbers including Matt Worthington who moves one digit down to take the number seven shirt.

Craig Alcock takes the number two shirt worn during his first spell at the club, Courtney Duffus moves to 14, Ryan Seager to 15 whilst the four first-year pros all switch from 2018/19.

Goalkeeper Stuart Nelson retains the number one jersey along with Carl Dickinson (3) who stays the same, whilst fellow defenders and new arrivals Lee Collins and Tom Bradbury take four and 19 respectively. 

In attack, Rhys Murphy takes the traditional number nine with Myles Hippolyte boasting 11.

Squad numbers 2019/20

1 Stuart Nelson
2 Craig Alcock
3 Carl Dickinson
4 Lee Collins
5
6 Luke Wilkinson
7 Matt Worthington

9 Rhys Murphy
11 Myles Hippolyte
12
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14 Courtney Duffus
15 Ryan Seager
16 Gabby Rogers
17 Daniel Ojo
18 Albi Skendi
19 Tom Bradbury
20 Alex John
21 Nestor Shako
22
23 Tom Whelan
24
25 Liam Driscoll