Month: December 2019

A message from Darren Sarll

A message from Darren Sarll, as he and the club look forward to 2020. 

Like everyone, each year has its peaks and troughs, I’d rather always focus on our positives rather than negatives – that’s the only way to live life!

Here’s to 2020 and a team that’s gives its heart and a soul to a very special football club.

Regardless of material success, the journey is what it’s all about.

On behalf of Scott and I, I want to personally thank all staff and supporters for their welcome to myself and our families. We love Somerset and truly hope for many successful years in the South West.

The experiences post games with the supporters, no matter what lies ahead, will stay with me.

To the players, and especially Terry Skiverton, what a group of men. Enjoy the challenge ahead!

Most importantly to health and happiness to each and every one of you and your loved ones. They are the most important part of life, cherish them the most. We only do, what we do, for them!

To bringing this club back to greatness and enjoying the journey!

Onwards and upwards.

Darren.

PREVIEW | Torquay United – Yeovil Town

Yeovil Town face Torquay for the second time within seven days with a National League clash on New Year’s Day (3pm).

After thumping the Gulls on Boxing Day, Yeovil and Torquay had contrasting weekends, with Town suffering defeat on the road to Sutton, and Torquay beating Woking 4-1 at Plainmoor.

Despite the defeat, Town continued their hot streak in-front of goal, with Rhys Murphy adding his 16th goal of the season and Albi Skendi adding his third, taking the sides total up to 52 goals.

Torquay had lost seven league fixtures in a row prior to their win against the Cards, Gary Johnson will be hoping to exact some revenge after an embarrassing return to Huish Park last week.

 

Head-to-head

I think we all remember fondly and clearly our last meeting with Torquay (because it was only last week!)

Courtney Duffus’ hattrick, alongside goals from Hippolyte, Skendi and Dagnall were the difference as Town showed some festive delight at Huish Park, emphatically winning 6-2.

Prior to Boxing Day, our last competitive meeting with Torquay United came in 2012, during the second round of the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy.  After a frantic 2-2 draw which saw James Hayter net twice, the game would go to penalties which was won 5-4 by Yeovil.

However, our overall record against Torquay is a negative one, with the Devon side claiming 16 victories, Yeovil have 15, and the points have been shared on 12 occasions.

 

Officials

Savvas Yianni will be the referee on New Year’s Day. This will be his eleventh National League match of the season, and second one refereeing Yeovil, previously taking charge of the home victory against AFC Fylde in September.

Yianni will be assisted by Benjamin Williamson and Daniel Flynn, with Devon Campbell acting as the 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

 

Tickets

Full ticketing information can be found HERE! 

 

TICKETS | Torquay United

Tickets for our New Years Day fixture with Torquay United are still available.

Following our 6-2 thumping of the Gulls at Huish Park on Boxing Day, why not support the Glovers on the road as they look to claim another victory over Gary Johnson’s side?

Tickets are available online or from the Torquay United ticket office on match-day.

Torquay have 9 wheelchair spaces available, which can be booked over the phone on 01803 328666.

Fans with a disability that require a carer to accompany them to the game will be charged full price. The carer that accompanies them will receive free entry.

 

Ticket prices (Standing)

Adult – £15.00

Concession – £13.00

U18 – £9.00

U7s and Carers – Free with a paying adult

Bristows Bench Block A:

Adults – £17.00

Concessions – £15.00

Junior – £9.00

Under 7s – Free with a paying adult

REPORT | Sutton United 3-2 Yeovil Town

Yeovil Town’s unbeaten run came to an end at Gander Green Lane as Sutton United ran out the 3-2 victors.

In what was the Glovers third televised fixture this season, it was once again defeat for Town as Harry Beautyman, Ben Goodliffe and David Ajiboye put Yeovil to the sword.

Yeovil would find the back of the net through Rhys Murphy and a lucky Albi Skendi flick, but it was not enough for Town to return to Somerset with any points.

Darren Sarll was forced into one change from the side which thrashed Torquay on Boxing Day.

After picking up an injury in the dominant win, club captain Lee Collins was forced out the side with Remeao Hutton coming in to replace him.

This meant Reading loanee Gabriel Osho moved into the central defender position alongside Luke Wilkinson after occupying the right back position on Thursday.

In a similar manner to our earlier meeting with Sutton, it would be a quiet start to proceedings at Gander Green Lane, with both sides feeling each other out.

As the game grew, Yeovil began to dominate the tempo, it was just that final pass that lacked to create any chance of note.

Yeovil would be made to pay for the lack of that killer pass, as Sutton would take the lead in the 24th minute, Beautyman capped off an excellently executed counterattack to send the hosts in front.

That lead would only last all of two minutes as Murphy would level with his 16th goal of the season. Myles Hippolyte broke into space on the left flank and sent in a cross that Murphy did not give up on for Town to level the scoring.

The goals opened up the game, with both teams sensing blood, and it would be Yeovil who added to their tally.

After Courtney Duffus opened up to shoot from the edge of the box, his drilled effort hit Skendi’s heel, awkwardly looping over Nik Tzanev’s head to put Yeovil in the lead through rather fortunate circumstance.

The hosts would then drag themselves back into the game just three minutes later, as Osho lost his marker, allowing space for Sutton to square the ball across goal and defender Goodliffe to tap the U’s level.

Yeovil would look to bounce back quickly, once again dominating the ball, but could do little to really test Tzanev as the half came to a close following Charlie Lee’s weak headed effort.

The second half began at an electric pace, with Town spurning a golden opportunity to retake the lead. After an excellent pass by Hippolyte sent Duffus clean through on goal, the in-from forward saw his effort strike the post.

The Glovers would be once again made to pay for missed chances as Sutton would reclaim the lead in the 62nd minute. A defensive mix-up allowed Sutton clean through on-goal with Ajiboye adding the finishing touch.

The errors forced Sarll into changes, bringing on Morgan Williams, Chris Dagnall and James Tilley shortly after the goal.

Despite Williams making Yeovil look more secure at the back, the forward changes did little for the Glovers in terms of chances created.

The hosts were efficient in seeing out the game, limiting Town into shots from distance and controlling the tempo of the game.

The final chance of the fixture fell to Lawson D’Ath who spurned an effort over from the edge of the box.

Ultimately it would be Sutton’s day at Gander Green Lane with Yeovil spurning another chance to go top.

 

Sutton United: Tzanev, John, Barden, Goodliffe, Davis, Beautyman, Eastmond, Ajoiboye, Wright (Randall), Milsom, Jarvis (Dundas).

Subs not used: Dudzinski, Bolarinwa, Wyatt.

Yeovil Town: Nelson, Hutton, Wilkinson, Osho (Williams), Dickinson, Lee (Tilley), D’Ath, Hippolyte (Dagnall), Skendi, Murphy, Duffus.

Bookings: Lee, Dickinson.

Subs not used: Worthington, Omotayo, Tilley, Williams, Dagnall.

CLUB NEWS | Mark Robinson joins as new Commercial Manager

Yeovil Town FC are pleased to announce that Mark Robinson has been appointed as Commercial Manager. Mark joins the Glovers after long standing Commercial Manager Dave Linney announced his decision to leave the club at the end of this year.

Mark, who will start in post on 2 January started his career at Carlsberg UK, Northampton. He completed 17 years of service as a Technical Engineer before embarking on a life changing move to Dorset from Kettering, Northants with his wife, Michelle, and two children, Charlotte and Alfie.

He joined Dorchester Town Football Club as General Manager and successfully applied the professional standards obtained from his previous employment to the Non-league football club. During Marks time at Dorchester Town, the club grew year on year off the field, with dramatic increases in sponsorship and use of the conference facility that the stadium offers, as well as being instrumental in the implementation and growth of the new 3G surface at the stadium. All revenue generating streams to support the maintenance of the clubs finances.

During the last 2 years Mark has completed his UEFA B coaching qualification and used his knowledge to develop a footballing pathway to the clubs first team, Dorchester Town Football Club Academy was born, in 2019; this is continuing to prove a success with providing young talented players the opportunity to move along the pathway to the first team.

Mark also developed girls football in Dorchester in conjunction with the national SSE Wildcats programme, successfully generating interest and ensuring 4 teams were entered within the 2019/20 girls league at various age groups.

Mark brings with him his enthusiasm and passion for the game with his professional outlook and hopes to use his experience gained at Dorchester to support and drive growth in the commercial and hospitality sector at Yeovil Town Football Club by introducing new businesses to Huish Park and becoming part of a successful team.

Commenting Mark said “I am excited and honoured to be joining Yeovil Town and hope to support the club in its ambitions to grow both on and off the pitch by providing an outstanding service to all our customers and ensuring that Huish Park is their first choice of venue to support Yeovil Town Football Club get back into the football league where the club belongs”.

Due to a reorganisation of responsibilities at Huish Park, although Mark will be responsible for the majority of Dave Linney’s current tasks, he will not be responsible for the club shop, lottery or match day announcement. Conversely however his role will include managing first floor activities.

PREVIEW | Sutton United – Yeovil Town

Yeovil Town return to league action with only one day’s rest, travelling to Sutton United on Saturday (12:30pm).

With the game being televised on BT Sport, Darren Sarll will be hoping it will be third time lucky, after losing twice in front of the cameras so far this season. 

The Glovers could not come into this game feeling any better, following a 6-2 dismantling of Torquay United on Boxing Day.

Yeovil striker Courtney Duffus will he hoping to continue his scintillating form, scoring nine goals in his last five games, including a hat-trick against Torquay, Duffus is the league’s form player, closing Town on Rhys Murphy’s top scorer tally of 15.

Sutton United have also found form of late, most recently winning on Boxing Day as the U’s put Woking to the sword at Kingfield, securing a 2-0 victory.

Head-to-head

When the sides met at Huish Park in September, it was the Glovers who came out on top. Tom Bradbury’s first competitive goal for the club was the difference, in a game that was the second victory of our seven game winning run.

Before September’s fixture, we hadn’t met the U’s since 1999 when a Ben Smith strike was enough for Town to head back to Somerset with all three points.

Overall, our record against Sutton is a positive one, winning on eight occasions, losing six, and drawing three times. 

Officials 

Adrian Quelch will be the man in the middle at Gander Green Lane.

Quelch will be assisted by Christopher Myatt and Shaun Farrer with Sunny gill acting as the 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

 

Tickets 

Full ticketing information can be found HERE! 

CLUB NEWS | Chesterfield clash selected for BT Sport coverage

Yeovil Town’s National League match against Chesterfield at Huish Park (Feb 15th) will now be televised by BT Sport.

Due to this, the game will now kick-off at a later time; 17:20.

Ahead of this, Town will have televised action tomorrow afternoon as we face Sutton United at 12:30pm.

Including Sutton, this will be Town’s fourth appearence on BT Sport this season.

WATCH | Darren Sarll delighted with the ‘energy’ in the squad

Yeovil Manager Darren Sarll was left delighted that his side produced a convincing display on Boxing Day against Torquay.

Scoring six against a local rival, managed by former Glover Gary Johnson, was surely sweet for Sarll, but the Gaffer was most pleased with our performance.

Speaking to YTTV, the Boss said;

“We played with real aggression, a great energy and enthusiasm. We still have that even though we are organised and structurally sound.

“It’s testament to the coaching staff, that they don’t overcoach the players, because when you do that you lose that instinct and intuition that players have.

“I thought there was a lot of good instinctive play out there, and the competence of the individual performance was very high.”   

REPORT | Yeovil Town 6-2 Torquay United

Courtney Duffus’ superb hat-trick fired Yeovil Town to a six-goal victory over Torquay United.

Duffus struck once in the first half and twice in the second alongside Albi Skendi, Myles Hippolyte and Chris Dagnall.

Gary Johnson did not get the dream return he was looking for. Despite this, Asa Hall and Ben Whitfield both struck consolations to take a little shine from the free scoring Glovers performance.

Darren Sarll made one change to his side which drew against AFC Fylde last Saturday.

There was a return for club captain Lee Collins, who could only make the bench, then a twenty-minute cameo in Lancashire.

The meant that the Gaffer had decided to go with two out-and-out strikers in Rhys Murphy and Courtney Duffus with Skendi sitting just in behind.

It was a tactical switch which worked to perfection, as Yeovil would lead within three minutes. A brilliant Skendi run saw the Albanian with space to slide the ball across to Hippolyte to slam Yeovil ahead.

Skendi wasn’t done there, scoring himself just three minutes later, heading home Lawson D’Ath’s corner, causing an eruption in the Thatcher’s Gold Stand.

Yeovil’s dominance continued, with a third being added in the 15th minute. Goalscorer Hippolyte turned creator as his cross was met by Duffus at the back-post to continue his red-hot scoring form.

It was all one-way traffic, with Yeovil continually bombarding the Torquay defence, but it would be the visitors who scored next, with Asa Hall turning the ball in following a well-struck free kick.

Despite pulling one back, the chances continued to fall Yeovil’s way, with Charlie Lee having an effort cleared off the line and Wilkinson powering an effort wide of Shaun MacDonald’s goal.

It should have been four just before half time as Duffus spurned a sitter, after an excellent run by Murphy.

At the break, Yeovil held deserved dominant lead, and would continue to extend that in the second half.

Murphy could have had his name on the scoresheet in the 60th minute as he fired straight at MacDonald, once again after some brilliant work by Skendi.

Just seconds later, it would instead be Duffus who added his second of the afternoon. Another wonderful Skendi run meant all Duffus had to do was put his effort on target for Yeovil to have their fourth.

A fifth would be on the way in the 72nd minute as Dagnall netted his first league goal for the green and white. After being sent through by Duffus, the former-Bury man showed his class, calmly slotting past MacDonald.

Dagnall should have added his second ten minutes later as he selfishly drove through the Gulls defence, but his effort ballooned over the bar.

After a spectacular performance, Duffus got his duly deserved third, in similar fashion to his second, expertly poaching inside the six-yard box.

Torquay would add a consolation in stoppage time, as Ben Whitefield fired beyond Stuart Nelson, but ultimately, Boxing Day was Yeovil’s day, with a stunning victory.

 

Yeovil Town: Nelson, Dickinson, Collins (Hutton), Wilkinson, Osho; Lee, Hippolyte Tilley), D’Ath, Skendi; Murphy (Dagnall), Duffus.

Bookings: Hippolyte, Osho, D’Ath, Skendi.

Subs not used: Omotayo, Worthington.

 

Torquay United: Macdonald, Wynter, Cameron, Hall, Andrews, Buse, Evans, Cundy, James, Lewington, Whitfield.

 

Subs: Lewis, Keating, Kalala, Covolan, Nemane.

PREVIEW | Yeovil Town – Torquay United

Yeovil Town return to Huish Park on Boxing Day (3pm) as former manager Gary Johnson’s Torquay United are the visitors.

In front of a packed-out Huish Park, Darren Sarll’s side will be hoping to extend the unbeaten run to eight consecutive games, last losing to Dover in November.

Last time out for Yeovil, the Glovers drew with AFC Fylde, a quickfire Courtney Duffus double spared the green and whites blushes after going 2-0 down to the current FA Trophy holders.

Torquay have found themselves in indifferent form of late; after a comprehensive 5-1 victory over Aldershot in the FA Trophy, Johnson’s side were thrashed at Plainmoor by strugglers Chesterfield with Bristol City loanee Saikou Janneh sent off and suspended for our meeting.

Head-to-head

Our last competitive meeting with Torquay United came in 2012, during the second round of the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy.  After a frantic 2-2 draw which saw James Hayter net twice, the game would go to penalties which was won 5-4 by Yeovil.

Most recently, the sides would meet in a friendly in 2015 which Town would come out the 2-1 victors in front of 800 fans at Plainmoor.

However, our overall record against Torquay is a negative one, with the Devon side claiming 16 victories, Yeovil have 14, and the points have been shared on 12 occasions.

Stats (supplied by the National League, in partnership with LV Bet)

Second-place Yeovil are undefeated in six league games, – scoring an average of two goals a game in that run.

Torquay have lost their last six games. It is their worst run for more than three years.

It’s not just Glovers top scorer Rhys Murphy in form – attacker Courtney Duffus has scored four goals in his last three National League matches.

Officials

Sam Allison will be the man in the middle on Boxing Day. This will be his third Yeovil match of the season, previously taking charge of the home draws with Stockport County and Aldershot Town.

He will be assisted by Marcus Carmichael and Richard Walker with Niall Clinton acting as the 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

Tickets  

Tickets can be purchased online until 12pm on match-day.

Following this they should be purchased from the ticket office on match-day.

 

TICKETS | Torquay United

Gary Johnson returns to Huish Park on Boxing Day (3pm) as his Torquay United side are the visitors.

Tickets can be purchased from the Yeovil Town online ticketing portal HERE.

They can also be purchased from the club shop/ticket office on Christmas Eve but fans are advised that due to reduced opening hours, fans should buy online. 

 

TICKET PRICES

 

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

TICKETS | Hampton & Richmond Borough

Tickets for our FA Trophy clash with Hampton & Richmond Borough (3pm 11th January) are now available.

Huish Park will be operating with a reduced capacity for this fixture due to decreased demand in the previous round.

Just the Thatcher’s Gold & Main Stand will be open for this fixture, and due to the ground restrictions there will be no season ticket reservations. 

Home fans looking to purchase tickets should do so via this LINK, by visiting the club shop (non-match-day) or the ticket office on the day of the game.

Away fans looking to buy tickets should call the ticket office as there is only home ticketing available online. – 01935 847 888 

Prices will remain the same from the previous fixture with Welling United.

Adults – £12

Seniors (65+) – £6

16-23 – £6

Armed forces – £6

Under 16 – FOC

 

MATCH REPORT | AFC Fylde 2-2 Yeovil Town

Courtney Duffus’ quickfire double was enough to snatch a point away to AFC Fylde.

After conceding a freak own-goal and being caught on the counter by Mark Bradley, Duffus stepped up and scored twice in a minute to snatch a point.

After heavily rotating the side in the FA Trophy, Darren Sarll returned to a more familiar set-up.

Long-term injury absence, Luke Wilkinson returned to the side for the first time since the draw with Wrexham where he limped off in the first half.

Matt Worthington and James Tilley dropped out of the midfield as Charlie Lee returned to the midfield with top scorer Rhys Murphy back spearheading the attack.

Both sides began proceedings at a slow pace, feeling the other out and limiting the chances to pot shots from distance.

As the game grew, so did the number of chances, the first falling to Duffus who had found a way in behind following some great two-touch football, but he couldn’t direct his effort on target.  

Just minutes later, Stuart Nelson was called upon to make a spectacular save! After the Yeovil backline couldn’t clear their lines, Matty Kosylo hammered an effort goal bound but some brilliant goalkeeping from Yeovil’s number one kept scores level.

Despite the hosts enjoying a lot of the ball, Yeovil would have the better of the chances as Duffus again went close, this time with a header, and minutes following Charlie Lee with an effort from distance

Yeovil were made to pay for missing chances as the Glovers conceded a freak goal in the 34th minute. With the ball flying around the box, the ball smashed against Myles Hippolyte who saw the ball fly past Nelson to give the hosts the lead.

The goal knocked the stuffing out of Yeovil for the closing period, as Town looked to see the half out by staying within arms-reach of the hosts.

Yeovil began the second half brightly, with Hippolyte and Chris Dagnall both creating shooting opportunities for themselves but neither caused any significant goal-threat.

Tempers came to a boil out of nowhere as Carl Dickinson and Kosylo were involved in a scuffle which ended with both players booked.

Yeovil continued to be the side applying the pressure, but a clear-cut chance just wouldn’t fall.

Despite Yeovil’s pressure it would be Fylde who scored the second, catching the green and whites with too many men forward as Bradley fired past Nelson to double the Coasters lead.

The second goal kicked Yeovil up a gear, with Gabe Osho moved to right back, the Reading loanee put in an expertly weighted cross which was met by Duffus to give Town a lifeline.

Just one-minute later, Duffus would have his second of the afternoon. After a misplaced pass from Hornby, the Glovers forward capitalised, calmly slotting home to drag Yeovil level.

The closing minutes saw both sides try to claim that all-important winning goal, but neither could get it as the points were shared.

 

AFC Fylde: Hornby, Byrne, Whitmore, Kosylo, Croasdale (Willoughby), Rowe, Philliskirk, Burke, Bradley, Taylor, Yeates (Craigen).

Bookings: Kosylo

Subs not used:  Lavercombe, Jameson, Haughton.

 

Yeovil Town: Nelson; Skendi, Osho, Wilkinson, Dickinson; Lee (Worthington), Hippolyte (Tilley), D’Ath (Collins); Dagnall, Duffus, Murphy

Bookings: Dickinson, D’Ath, Wilkinson.

Subs not used: Hutton, Williams.

INTERVIEW | Tom Bradbury pleased to be within such a ‘competitive’ squad

Summer signing Tom Bradbury has enjoyed his start to life in Yeovil, despite there being stern competition within the defensive ranks.

After signing a one-year deal at Huish Park in July, Bradbury has like many, enjoyed a versatile role playing at both centre back and left back in his short time in Somerset.

Speaking on his time and the competition within the squad, the former Dundee F.C. man said:

“I’m on around 20 games now, I’m really enjoying it (playing), there’s big competition for places now. Moving forward I’m going to have to train well and earn a run in the team. If that doesn’t come, I’ll keep training hard and bide my time.

“There’s a lot of competition for the centre back spots, if you’re in a title winning team, then you’ve got to have competition, so everyone tries harder and trains harder.

“Ultimately it can only be better for the team and increase the standard of our play, I don’t ever want to feel relaxed and feel like I have a spot in the team, you’ve got to earn it.

“At this level, we need to make sure we go places and do certain things this year. Having good depth in numbers to combat the few injuries we’ve had recently, but when we’re all fit, it’s all about who is training well, and playing well. Then it’s for the rest of us to support the rest of the lads who are playing.”

As the Glovers went through a mass overhaul in the Summer, Bradbury was one of the first players to come in after impressing manager Darren Sarll whilst on trial with the club.

Now having six months to settle, the defender also spoke on his start to life in Somerset:

“I’ve loved it so far, they’re a great bunch of lads (the players). I feel lucky to wake up every day with my job as a footballer.

“Yeovil isn’t the biggest, but I’ve found stuff to do on my downtime; I like to go to the cinema or use the bowling alleys so I’m enjoying my time here so far.

“I’m living with (Lee) Collins, Albi (Skendi) and Lawson, but on the odd days off I travel home. We all get on well, we usually settle down and watch a film in the evenings and let the time pass.”

“I wouldn’t say it’s too tidy right now, I keep my room clean, but we’ve got a little running joke that I don’t leave my room because the rest of the house isn’t great, but in all seriousness, we do our best!”

PREVIEW | AFC Fylde – Yeovil Town

Yeovil Town travel to Lancashire to face AFC Fylde on Saturday (3pm) for the start of the festive fixtures.

After an unbeaten run of six games, Yeovil will be looking to close the gap on league leaders Barrow with a win at the Mill Farm Sports Complex.

The hosts have surprised many by scrapping it out at the lower end of the table this season. The current FA Trophy holders were a promotion favourite for many, but have not seen last season’s form replicated, instead they are sitting in 18th place.

Forward Danny Rowe will be seen as a danger man for Fylde. Despite not hitting the heights of his red-hot form last year, Rowe has hit six league goals this season, and netted last weekend in the FA Trophy against Curzon Ashton.

Head-to-head

Earlier this season, Yeovil Town beat AFC Fylde 3-2 in Somerset, thanks to goals from Rhys Murphy, Myles Hippolyte and a Jimmy Smith debut goal.

Before the clash at Huish Park earlier this season, the two sides had never met due to AFC Fylde’s recent surge through the non-league pyramid to reach the National League.

Officials

Elliott Swallow will be the man in the middle on Saturday afternoon. Last time out, Swallow took charge of Wrexham vs. Solihull Moors where the official was forced to show 11 yellow cards! 

Swallow will be assisted by Alan Hull and Robert Wainwright with Oliver Nolan acting as the fourth official. 

Coverage

The pre-match thoughts of Tom Bradbury and Darren Sarll are available on YTTV now.

On match day, 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

 

Tickets

Tickets are available to purchase from AFC Fylde’s website available HERE or on the day.

It is advised that fans purchase in advance to avoid any potential delays.

There is free parking available at AFC Fylde’s Mill Farm stadium, but this usually fills up, following this there is an overflow car park available for £5 per car.

Ticket prices

SEATED: £18.00 – Adult

£10.00 – U16

STANDING: £14.00 – Adult

£5.00 – U16

 

Full away supporters information can be found HERE.

TICKETS | Support Yeovil Town at AFC Fylde to start the Festive schedule

Yeovil Town will travel to AFC Fylde on Saturday (3pm), with tickets now available.

Tickets are available to purchase from AFC Fylde’s website available HERE or on the day.

It is advised that fans purchase in advance to avoid any potential delays.

There is free parking available at AFC Fylde’s Mill Farm stadium, but this usually fills up, following this there is an overflow car park available for £5 per car.

Ticket prices

SEATED: £18.00 – Adult

£10.00 – U16

STANDING: £14.00 – Adult

£5.00 – U16

 

Getting to Mill Farm

Mill Farm Stadium is situated in Wesham, Lancashire, and is a fifteen-minute walk from Kirkham & Wesham train station.

The train station is well linked, with Blackpool and Preston both short train journeys apart.

If travelling by car, the Stadium is a short drive from Junction 3 on the M55, head Southbound towards Wesham, the Stadium is on your right. 

 

Full away supporters information can be found HERE.

Vanarama’s Fanarama! Yeovil’s season so far, the year that was and what 2020 has to offer!

Super supporter Sheridan Robins offers league sponsors Vanarama her take on 2019 and explains how she first fell in love with the club 

So we’re at the half-way stage – sum up the season for us so far:

“It has been a really enjoyable season to be a fan so far. We have played some excellent passing football and scored a lot of goals.

“The feel-good factor at Huish Park has well and truly returned thanks to Darren Sarll and his recruitment.

“The atmosphere makes you want to attend every game and that is something which has been missing over the past few years. The fans are right behind the lads because the effort is there.”

A battle for promotion wasn’t predicted by everyone, that’s fair to say. Can you stay up there? 

“On paper, I think we have the strongest squad in the league. But there are strong teams up there at the top.

“One thing I will say, is we have the best striker in the league by far. Rhys Murphy could be the difference between getting promoted and not getting promoted. “

Darren Sarll has come in and re-connected the fans and the players. How much credit is he due?

“A huge amount. He came into a broken club with a broken fan base. He has instilled a passion and a winning mentality and has also made us enjoy Non-League.

“There has been no sulking about where we are, there has only been excitement about what we want to achieve. That has meant the fans have bought into it and are enjoying the National League.” 

What will 2020 bring for the club?

“Promotion, I hope. But, more than that I hope to see more exciting football matches and electric atmospheres.

“To return to the Football League at the first time of asking has always been the dream and I don’t think any of us thought that would be the case with how far we had slipped in terms of our losing mentality.”

Your player of the season so far?

“Myles Hippolyte.

“Murphy has been outstanding going forward but the creator of almost all of our good play is midfield maestro Myles.

“His movement and his pace is too much for National League defenders to handle and should Murphy miss out on the golden boot, I would expect him to get player of the season.”

So what has been Yeovil’s high point? 

“I think the best moment has been the victory away at Solihull. That match had everything. Luke Wilkinson scored the winner and ended heroically in goal.

“He made a match-winning save in the final minute and it is at that point, I realised just how good this team is and just how close they are!” 

Everyone loves a good away day! What one sticks out as your favourite and why?

Bromley away was quite something. We did not play our best and Bromley are up there with us but somehow we managed to secure a point with a 97th minute equaliser. Hundreds of Yeovil fans were sent into euphoria and suddenly the abject performance was forgotten. 

Why did you first start following the club and how did you first get involved?

“Yeovil Town is in the family. My great uncle Gerry Lock was chairman and my Great Nan’s ashes have been scattered on the pitch.

“My Dad and Grandma took me to my first match when I was 15 and I haven’t looked back since. We bleed green and white and Dad and I still have season tickets.”

What makes Yeovil so unique and so special to you? 

“It is a family club which puts the badge above anything else. It is a big part of all the fans’ lives and I can’t imagine not going to Huish Park every week.”

Tough one to end with….what’s your favourite memory of Huish Park?

“It has to be the Play-Off Semi-Final Second Leg against Sheffield United in 2013. 1-0 down from the first leg and scored goals after five minutes and 85 minutes.

“We played so well and thoroughly deserved our place at Wembley. The celebrations at full time were so special and I was right next to where the players were. What a season and what a team!!”

CLUB NEWS | Shop/Office Christmas Opening Hours

Huish Park will be operating altered opening hours during the busy Christmas schedule.

These hours are:

  • 24th December: Office/Shop closes at 13:00.
  • 25th December: Office/Shop closed
  • 26th December: Match-day opening hours.
  • 27th December: Office/Shop closed.
  • 30th December: Normal (10-4)
  • 31st December: Office/Shop closes at 13:00
  • 1st January: Office/Shop closed.
  • Returns to normal opening hours from 2nd Jan.

Everyone at Yeovil Town wishes all supporters a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

TICKETS | Sutton United away

Tickets are now available for our trip to Sutton United on the 28th December (12:30pm).

Due to the match being televised, the game will take place at an earlier time. 

Tickets are available from Sutton’s online portal HERE.

If supporters want seats they have to upgrade on day for £3 first on a first come first served basis.

Online Prices:
Adult £15 (£18 seated)
Concession £8 (£11 seated)
Juniors (11-18) £4 (£7 seated)
Under-11s FREE

Cash Admission:
Adult £17
Concession £10
Juniors (11-18) £5
Under-11s FREE

On-the-day transfer to a seat in the stand is available first-come, first-served for £3 extra.

CLUB NEWS | YTFC Legends vs South West XI

“NOT ALL LEGENDS ARE PLAYERS”

This game is bringing back Yeovil Town legends to celebrate the life of the Clubs former striker Adam Stansfield, as well as in the memory of some of the well-known faces around the club who have made a huge impact on YTFC and passed in recently time, namely but not exclusively Martin Baker, Mo O’Donnell, Bruce James, Tony Trott, Clive Gibbs, Ron Harding, Fred Lewis, Alan Skirton plus many more that have shown their commitment to this great football club.

After many years of deliberation of wanting to get the Conference winning team back for one more game, the decision was made by former player Kevin Gall to reach out to the club and make this happen.

Mike Cairncross and a group of fans have been doing incredible work over the last few years in support of the Adam Stansfield Foundation and with the YTFC v. ECFC fans game taking part on Huish Park pitch in 2020, held in memory of Adam Stansfield 10 year anniversary and subsequently we wanted to create a huge event for the club, the town of Yeovil and the whole South West.

The support in such a short time from the club and former team mates has been incredible. Watch this space for further announcements on the event and players that will be joining us to celebrate Adams life.

All are welcome, and there will be something for every generation to come and celebrate the lives of so many good people who are sadly not with us anymore and raise awareness of the amazing work people are doing.

Yeovil Town FC, Huish Park, May 17th 2020 (Game will be moved to the 16th May 2020 if Yeovil make the FA Trophy final).

Any sponsors looking to get involved in this great event, please contact ytfcgame@gmail.com

All proceedings from this event will be donated to the Adam Stansfield Foundation.

MATCH REPORT | Yeovil Town U18’s 2-3 AFC Bournemouth U18’s

The Yeovil Town U18’s fell to defeat against Premier League AFC Bournemouth despite a strong fight-back through Alfie Lloyd’s double.

The young Glovers welcomed table topping AFC Bournemouth to Alvington as they sought to build on their fine run of form and 4 straight wins.

AFC Bournemouth were quick off the blocks racing to a 3 -0 lead within the first 20 minutes. Adapting quickly to the blustery conditions, the visitors forward line proved clinical in front of goal as a rout threatened.

To the hosts credit, Yeovil refused to let their heads down and began to establish possession in the key midfield areas. On 30 minutes a stinging shot from Dan Neild drew a fine save from the visiting keeper as the home side threatened.

The breakthrough came in the 41st minute following a well delivered corner which was spilled by the keeper only for Lloyd to stab in the loose ball to reduce the arrears, 1-3.

As half time approached the young Glovers continued to press forward and, after an initial shot from Ben Hughes, Lloyd reacted quickest to the rebound and calmly slotted his second past the keeper to make it 2-3 at the break.

The second half started in a cagey fashion as both teams pressed for that crucial next goal. As the half wore on, substitutions were sent on in an attempt to seize the initiative.

A brave block from Tai Fleming at centre half led to a brief stoppage as the young Glovers held firm at the back in the face of a lively Bournemouth attack.

The tackles continued to fly in as the hosts sensed they could get something from the game and as the match entered the final stages Yeovil continued to press down the wings but couldn’t create that final opportunity. 

As the final whistle sounded the hosts left the field knowing they had very much held their own against their high-flying opponents and can take heart in their response to the opening setback. 

The young Glovers continue their quest for a top 6 finish with a visit to Portsmouth on Saturday. 

Christmas Appeal Boosted by Town Centre Shop to help the cheer to those in need.

The club’s drive to help provide basic foods and comforts to those in need this Christmas has taken a major step forward thanks to the Quedam Centre, Yeovil.

The campaign, which is being driven in partnership with the club’s charitable arm, Yeovil Town Community Sports Trust, had been looking for a unit in the Town Centre and the Quedam Centre have very kindly come forward and donated the former Orange unit (opposite Primark) for the campaign to use this week – from Monday to Thursday, including late night shopping on Thursday evening.

The project is being driven by one of the club’s new owners Errol Pope who is working closely with Club Padre Jim Pearce and Yeovil Town Community Sports Trust Manager Sara Bradley.

Mr Pope both expressed his thanks to the Quedam and explained how the unit would be used when he said “Projects like this depend on generous giving and the Quedam deserve great thanks for providing us with this unit. I would also like to thank Howards Peugeot for the use of their van to enable us to transfer items to and from the unit. Our aim in the unit this week is to spread Christmas cheer and festivities and invite community interaction over a glass of non-alcoholic mulled wine and a nibble of specially made mince pies. We will have Christmas stockings for the little ones plus games and activities for them to enjoy whilst adults can rest their weary feet lounging in the Nativity corner. For families finding it hard this Christmas we have some brand-new leather school shoes and self-filter water bottles – all available for a modest donation. We welcome all visitors to the unit so please come and see us even if you just want a chat”.

This news of the unit comes after the appeal concluded a very successful first phase of the campaign where fans were urged to donate to the Lord’s Larder by dropping off non-perishable groceries at the club shop. This first phase ended on Saturday and saw a very impressive collection of donations.

The club would like to record it thanks to everyone who has donated so generously to the campaign.

REPORT | Yeovil Town 3-1 Welling United

Yeovil Town advanced to the second round of the FA Trophy with a comfortable 3-1 victory over Welling United at Huish Park.

A Courtney Duffus double and Chris Dagnall header was enough for Yeovil to put their name in the hat for the next round.

The visitors would get a consolation through their captain Robert Swaine as he headed home from a corner.

Darren Sarll rotated his side ahead of the busy Christmas schedule.

Tom Bradbury and Remeao Hutton returned to the defence with Carl Dickinson dropping to the substitutes bench and Albi Skendi being pushed into the midfield.

The midfield had further changes as Matt Worthington and James Tilley also returned to the side.

On his return, Tilley looked bright early on, creating a chance for himself in the 8th minute as his effort from distance struck then crossbar.

Just minutes later Tilley would be the creator as he slipped through Dagnall who saw his poked effort fly just wide of the goal.

Despite being on-top all half, it would take until the 30th minute for Town to take the lead. After Hutton’s cross was flapped at by Daniel Wilks in the Welling net, the ball hit Duffus sending the ball into the back of the net.

Yeovil continued to control the ball for the remainder of the half, but chances remained at a premium.

This would change in the opening stages of the second as the Glovers would strike in the 47th minute.

A brilliant corner by Lawson D’Ath was met by Dagnall for his first goal at Huish Park for the green and whites.

It wouldn’t take long for a third to be added as Duffus added his second goal of the game. After a driven run into the penalty box, the former Everton man slammed home to put the game beyond doubt in the 53rd minute.

In a rare flurry forward, the Wings would force a goal line clearance from Worthington. After Stuart Nelson denied Bradley Goldberg, mayhem ensued in the box with Worthington eventually clearing his lines.

Tilley continued his bright afternoon, almost scoring a wonderful half-volley from 30-yards out but his effort struck the roof of the net.

Yeovil continued to be in the ascendency as the game came to a close, but a fourth goal just wouldn’t come with Tilley again being denied.

The visitors would get a late consolation as Welling captain Swaine headed home from a corner to give the travelling Wings fans something to celebrate.

After being announced as sponsors man of the match, Skendi almost topped off his afternoon with a free header which flew over the bar.

Ultimately it would be victory for Town who extend the winning run to three consecutive games and go into Monday’s draw as a team to avoid.

Yeovil Town: Nelson; Bradbury, Osho, Williams, Hutton; Skendi, D’Ath, Worthington, Tilley; Duffus, Dagnall (McCoy).

Bookings: D’Ath

Subs not used: Dickinson, Murphy, Hippolyte, Rogers, Lee.

 

Welling: Wilks, Johnson (Ling), Anderson, Dymond, Swaine, Okosieme, Emmanuel, Agyemang, Henry, Goldberg, Cook.

Bookings:

Subs not used: Copeland, McCallum, Widdrington, Cosgrave, Coombes, Green.

TICKETS | Kids go FREE TOMORROW

Juniors can support the Glovers for free tomorrow (3pm) as Yeovil Town host Welling United in the FA Trophy.

This fixture offers reduced pricing for all ages, offering fans another great opportunity to support the Green and Whites this season for a much lower cost.

Tickets for Buildbase FA Trophy round one tie are now on sale available online, by calling the ticket office (01935 847888) or visiting the Club Shop.

Prices as follows:

Adults – £12

Senior/Military/Young person – £6

Under 16s – Free of Charge (but will require the collection a ticket, available either online or from the ticket office.)

Premium seating – £15

MATCH-DAY | Catering improvements prove popular.

Some of the club’s recent trial changes to the matchday catering offer have proved so popular they are to become long-term fixtures at Huish Park.

The new ‘Only Food and Sauces’ burger ban situated behind the Thatcher’s Stand proved to be a huge success at last Saturday’s game, with Glovers fans enjoying an improved range of burger bar options.

Accessible to all home fans before the game and the Thatcher’s stand at half time, this new offer replaces the club’s own burger bar and in view of last Saturday’s success will be a regular feature at home games going forward.

Mulled Cider will continue to be on sale in the marquee over the festive period and the club will also continue to offer baked potatoes and improved hot dog rolls via the tea bars

On the first floor, the popularity of the Alec Stock lounge has continued to grow as all home fans can access the lounge (as well as the marquee) before/after the game and at halftime (although halftime access is limited to main stand ticket holders for practical reasons).

The food offer in the Alec Stock lounge will also continue to include Pasties as well as Pork rolls at half time, in addition to the popular carvery offer before the game.

Tickets for tomorrow’s game are available at a discount, with Kids able to attend for FREE!

Full ticketing information is available HERE.

PREVIEW | Yeovil Town – Welling United

Yeovil Town host Welling United at Huish Park on Saturday (3:00pm), in the Buildbase FA Trophy First round.

After a midweek win against Chesterfield, the Glovers put the league campaign to one side as Yeovil play their first FA Trophy game since the quarter final in 2003.

Town’s only success in the competition came in 2-0 victory over Stevenage in 2002. Goals from Carl Alford and Adam Stansfield were enough for a Yeovil side captained by Terry Skiverton in front of 18,000 at Villa Park.

Visitors Welling have never won the competition and currently sit in 14th place in the Vanarama National League South.

The Wing’s defeated St Albans City 3-1 to reach the First round.

Head-to-Head

This will be the sides first meeting since 2000 where a 1-1 draw was played out at Huish Park. This will be the first time these sides have met in the FA Trophy.

The first encounter between the two sides came back in 1988 losing 1-0 at Park View Road.

The sides have played a total of 23 games, Yeovil winning 12, losing 8 and drawing 3.

Officials

Lee Collins (not our captain!) will be the man in the middle on Saturday, after refereeing Town on Tuesday night against Chesterfield.

The linesmen will be Adam Ricketts and Harrison Blair with Alan Berrow acting as the fourth official.

Coverage

The pre-match thoughts of Darren Sarll and Albi Skendi are available for viewing on YTTV now.

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. This will then be followed by post-match interviews with the manager and a member of the playing staff.

Follow our official social media channels:

Twitter – @YTFC

Facebook – YTFCOfficial

Instagram – @ytfcofficial

 

Tickets

There is a number of discounts available at Huish Park on Saturday, with Juniors able to attend for free!

Full pricing:

Adults – £12

Senior/Military/Young person – £6

Under 16s – Free of Charge (but will require the collection a ticket, available either online or from the ticket office.)

Premium seating – £15

INTERVIEW | Sarll ‘motivated’ by the thought of Wembley

Yeovil Town’s Buildabase FA Trophy campaign kicks-off on Saturday (3pm) as Welling visit Huish Park.

In what will be Darren Sarll’s first game as a manager in this competition, the Gaffer is hoping for some great success in it this season.

Speaking to YTTV ahead of the tie, Sarll said;

“It’s my first participation in this competition since I played which was years ago.

“However, I’m reminded constantly by a certain Terry Skiverton about the past experiences this club has in the competition.

“Any competition that finishes with a date at Wembley is something to be motivated by.

“We just want to win football matches. Wembley is a long way away and the most important front is the league because it has such a large part to play in the short-term future of the football club.

“We’re chasing that promotion, so I need to be mindful of that, but we need to put out a team that is not only capable of winning but also ready for Fylde next weekend.”

Traditionally cup competitions offer managers an opportunity to test out other members of the playing squad.

However, Sarll insists he will only give opportunity to players that deserve it.

“We’re not necessarily going to make a lot of changes. If its warranted, especially when I look at players like Worthington, he only missed out because of an illness.

“Tilley too, he has been very unfortunate of late, so it offers a good chance to get them back out.

“They are both absolutely brilliant players for us, and they have an absolutely massive part to play in the second half of this season.”

INTERVIEW | Skendi loving life in Green and White

The ever-versatile Albi Skendi has enjoyed an exhilarating start to life as a Yeovil Town player.

From being deployed at centre half, full back, and almost every spot in the midfield, Skendi has implemented himself as a vital member of the Yeovil Town squad.

Most recently, the summer signing from Stratford Town has found himself playing right back, with Town unbeaten since he took the starting position.

Speaking to YTTV about his unique role in the squad, Skendi said:

“I’ve become the James Milner of the National League! In all seriousness, I’m very pleased.

“I just want to keep going, I’m happy playing anywhere. I’ll go and do a job anywhere really; I just enjoy being out there.

“Right back has been good; I’ve really enjoyed it. I just need consistent games and I feel like I can fill in anywhere.

“I think I only need to play up front now, that would top it all off. 90 minutes up front then I’ve covered everywhere!”

Looking ahead, Town face their first FA Trophy game of the season as Welling United visit Huish Park on Saturday.

However, will not be Skendi’s first appearance in the competition, featuring last year for Stratford Town.

“Last year I played against AFC Fylde. It was a decent experience, this year now the team is a lot better and there’s a bigger expectation to win it.

“I’ve never massively been involved in many cup competitions, last year we were expected to lose so the game was our cup final, so we went there to enjoy it.

“This year is different; we need to try and win it. We’ve got a big team and everyone’s good enough, so we need to be as strong as we can be.”

TICKETS | Kids go FREE this Saturday

Juniors can support the Glovers for free this Saturday (3pm) as Yeovil Town host Welling United in the FA Trophy.

This fixture offers reduced pricing for all ages, offering fans another great opportunity to support the Green and Whites this season for a much lower cost.

Tickets for Buildbase FA Trophy round one tie are now on sale available online, by calling the ticket office (01935 847888) or visiting the Club Shop.

Prices as follows:

Adults – £12

Senior/Military/Young person – £6

Under 16s – Free of Charge (but will require the collection a ticket, available either online or from the ticket office.)

Premium seating – £15

TICKETS | Torquay United away

Yeovil Town travel to Plainmoor on New Year’s Day (3pm) for our second National League encounter with Gary Johnson’s Torquay United over the Christmas Period.

Tickets are now available to purchase form Torquay’s online ticketing portal.

With limited seated tickets available (Bristow’s Bench: Block A), Yeovil fans are asked to by terrace tickets if they are able to stand for the prolonged period of time due to the limited tickets available.

Tickets can be purchased online, or alternatively over the phone on 01803 328666. Please note that postal orders will incur an additional charge of £3 (sent via recorded delivery).

Tickets will be available for purchase online until 9am on 31st December (subject to availability). Any remaining tickets will then be made available over the phone on 01803 328666, or via the turnstiles on the day of the game.

Torquay have 9 wheelchair spaces available, which can be booked over the phone on 01803 328666.

Fans with a disability that require a carer to accompany them to the game will be charged full price. The carer that accompanies them will receive free entry.

Prices are as follows:

Wollens Away Terrace:

Adults – £15

Concessions – £13

Junior – £9

Under 7s – Free with a paying adult

Bristows Bench Block A:

Adults – £17

Concessions – £15

Junior – £9

Under 7s – Free with a paying adult

 

Please Note: Concession tickets are for fans 65-years old or above and for NUS card holders.

REPORT | Chesterfield 1-2 Yeovil Town

Yeovil Town won for the second National League match in a row as Chesterfield were beaten 2-1 at the Proact Stadium.

First half goals from Myles Hippolyte and Rhys Murphy gave Town a comfortable lead at the break.

The second half offered the hosts hope as Curtis Weston smashed in a volley from distance to give Chesterfield a way back into the game.

But this second half improvement was not enough as the Glovers moved up to second in the National League.

Darren Sarll made one change to the side which beat Halifax Town at Huish Park on Saturday.

With Gold Omotayo suspended, Murphy returned to the fold following the birth of his second child.

Choosing to start with three forwards once again, Sarll would have been hoping for an exciting, attacking performance from his side.

Excitement was what he got too, it would take just 90 seconds for the green and whites to take the lead.

After some great hold up play from Chris Dagnall, the former Bury forward found Hippolyte as the midfielder struck Yeovil into the lead.

It wouldn’t take too long for the lead to be doubled. Just 24 minutes in, Murphy was taken down by Anthony Gerrard, the forward then stepped up and converted from the spot for his fifteenth goal of the season.

Yeovil would continue the push for goals, forcing Chesterfield goalkeeper Luken Coddington into a double save as Courtney Duffus and Hippolyte had efforts saved.

The second half saw the hosts come out looking for a route back into the game.

On 60 minutes, they would have that as Curtis Weston hammered a volley past Stuart Nelson from 20 yards following a corner to give Chesterfield hope.

But as quickly as hopes were raised, they were dashed with goalkeeper Coddington being stretchered off, leaving Chesterfield with ten-men and centre-back Will Evans taking up the role between the sticks.

Despite this, Yeovil did little to test the makeshift goalkeeper, leaving him to largely deal with crosses.

Town would have a penalty shout waved away by the referee as Hippolyte was seemingly tripped inside the box.

Despite Chesterfield enjoying a lot of the ball in the nine minutes of additional time, a goal would not come for the depleted Spireites as Yeovil claimed all three points in Derbyshire.

 

Chesterfield: Coddington; Tootle (Buchanan), Evans, Gerrard, Hollis, Sheridan; Maguire, Weston, Nepomuceno (McGlashan); Fondop, Boden (Denton).

Bookings: Buchanan.

Subs not used: Jalal,Shaw.

 

Yeovil Town: Nelson; Skendi, Osho, Williams, Dickinson; Lee, Hippolyte, D’Ath (Tilley); Murphy (Worthington), Dagnall (Bradbury), Duffus.

Bookings: Williams, Murphy, Hippolyte, Lee.

Subs not used: Hutton, Whelan.

PREVIEW | Chesterfield – Yeovil Town

Yeovil Town travel to Chesterfield on Tuesday evening (7:45pm), for the first League meeting outside the Football League.

With ten-man Town returning to winning ways on Saturday after beating Halifax, Tuesday’s rearranged clash offers a chance to climb up to second place with a win.

Hosts Chesterfield have surprised many with their form this season, despite being tipped by many for promotion, they sit in 23rd place, only ahead of bottom-placed Chorley on goal difference.

Darren Sarll will have more players to choose from at the Protact Stadium with the likes of Remeao Hutton and Tom Bradbury returning from suspension.

Head-to-head

This will be the first league meeting between the two sides taking place outside the Football League.

Our last trip to the Protact Stadium in September 2017 was an enjoyable one. Goals from Olufela Olomola, Otis Khan and James Bailey were enough for a 2-3 victory, and to take the three points back to Somerset.

The first ever meeting with Chesterfield came in an FA Cup third round clash in 1950, where Yeovil were defeated 3-1 at Chesterfield’s old ground, Saltergate.

Officials

Lee Collins (not our captain!) will be the man in the middle on Tuesday night. This will be his second Yeovil game this season having previously taken charge of our trip to Aldershot.

The linesmen will be Adam Ricketts and Harrison Blair with Stacey Pearson acting as the 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. Due to volunteer unavailability, we cannot promise any post-match interviews for this fixture.

Follow our official social media channels:

Twitter – @YTFC

Facebook – YTFCOfficial

Instagram – @ytfcofficial

 

Ticket news

Full Prices are as follows:

Adults – £18

Senior 65+ – £14

17-21, Student & Armed forces (with valid ID) – £11

16 and Under – £1

All prices increase by £1 on the day

Tickets can be purchased in advance from the ticket office or from the club’s online ticketing portal.

WATCH | Darren Sarll praises ‘magnificent’ players

Darren Sarll was delighted with every single one of his players after a hard-fought victory over FC Halifax Town.

After being reduced to ten-men just seven minutes into the game due to Gold Omotayo being sent off, Town bounced back with Courtney Duffus finding the net in both halves to secure the first victory at Huish Park since October.

Speaking to YTTV, the Gaffer said;

“It’s one of those games during most seasons, I’d like to think where character and human quality really shone through. Some of those players played twice themselves.

“They really were magnificent, we’ll forget about the decision. The players got themselves organised, back into the game and we may have actually played better with ten-men.

“They were absolutely great; I was delighted for the two new lads (Morgan Williams and Gabriel Osho). I’m also delighted that (Stuart) Nelson made that massive save at 1-0, after he’s been getting some criticism which is absolute nonsense because he’s a top goalkeeper.

“I was obviously delighted for Courtney (Duffus) to score two goals. When he’s at his best he’s in that bullish fashion and he was definitely in the vein today.”

REPORT | Yeovil Town 2-0 FC Halifax Town

Ten-man Yeovil Town battled to a deserved 2-0 victory over FC Halifax Town.

Courtney Duffus’ double was enough to ensure Town returned to winning ways at Huish Park.

After Gold Omotayo’s early red card Glovers fans would have been forgiven for fearing the worst

However, the resilient green and whites would come out the victors with a memorable team performance.

Darren Sarll was forced into a number of changes due to suspensions and injuries ravaging his squad.

Following their loan signing, Morgan Williams and Gabriel Osho partnered each other at centre back, with Carl Dickinson returning to captain the side.

There also were returns for Chris Dagnall and Omotayo in the forward line as Jimmy Smith picked up an injury and Rhys Murphy being unable to attend due to personal matters.

Omotayo’s return to the side only lasted seven minutes as the tall forward was sent off for an alleged stamp on Jeff King.

The sending off didn’t dishearten the Glovers as chances continued to fall. Duffus went close in the 15th minute after some great work from Myles Hippolyte, the striker’s first time skewed wide of the mark.

Halifax did apply some pressure but couldn’t fashion anything clear cut as Town’s new centre half partnership Osho and Williams stood strong.

Charlie Lee also went close for Yeovil, after a well worked set-piece routine, the midfielder’s effort fell straight into Sam Johnson’s gloves.

In what was a outstanding team performance, Duffus finished off a brilliant team goal. After a driving run from Hippolyte, the midfielder then played the ball to Dagnall in the box, the former Bury man then beautifully found Duffus with a well-weighted cross, for the striker to head the green and whites into the lead.

The lead could have been doubled just minutes later as Lawson D’Ath played through Dagnall with a lofted pass, but his half-volley was placed narrowly wide.

At the break, Yeovil held a deserved lead, despite being a man down.

The visitors began the second half on-top, forcing the play onto the Yeovil backline but struggling to create anything clear-cut.

The Shaymen thought they had found a way in behind in the 53rd minute but a stunning challenge from Osho put an end to the attack.

Tempers came to a boil as the game became more of a battle, leading to a member of Halifax’s coaching staff being booked.

Despite late pressure from the visitors, it would be Yeovil who scored the second and final goal of the game. With everyone forward, Duffus capitalised on the lack of numbers defending, calmly slotting past Sam Johnson to secure a vital win.

Victory takes the green and whites up to third in the National League, chasing Barrow and Bromley in the places above them.

Yeovil Town: Nelson; Dickinson, Osho, Williams, Skendi; Lee, D’Ath, Hippolyte; Dagnall, Omotayo (Sent off- straight red), Duffus (Worthington).

Bookings: Lee, Nelson.

Subs not used: Rogers, Tilley, Ojo

 

Halifax Town: Johnson, Allen, Brown, Duckworth, Hanson, J.King (Williams), Nolan (McCoulsky), Staunton, Cooper, McAlinden (Redshaw), Sho-Silva.

Bookings: King, Staunton.

Subs not used: Appleyard,C.King, Williams.

SIGNINGS | Williams and Osho boost the backline

Yeovil Town have secured the signatures of Morgan Williams and Gabriel Osho on a month-long loan. 

Darren Sarll has been vocal about his desire to sign some extra numbers for his defence, and the two new additions offer exactly that. 

The latest arrivals join from Football League sides and go straight into the squad for Saturday’s game.

Osho, who signs from Reading, spoke to YTTV following his arrival;

“I’m delighted to be here, it’s a big club for this league. When I heard the opportunity to come in on loan for a month, I jumped at it.

“I’m a centre back who has been at Reading since I was eight years old. I have come up all the way through the ranks and played three times for the first team.”

Our second addition, Williams signs from League One side Coventry, speaking on his arrival the defender said;

“It feels amazing being able to have the opportunity to come and play for Yeovil.

“It’s my first loan spell & I have to say I’m lucky to have been offered to come here but what I want to learn how the real men’s game is played and gain more experience in men’s football.

“I think I can make a big impact; it would be great to help the boys get closer to promotion.

“I have played for the Coventry first team, these games helped me massive in becoming the player I am today. These matches me a taste and the knowledge of how sharp and strong the players are that are playing in that league

“Yeovil are a massive club, so I’m very excited to get out there and hopefully get the three points against Halifax.”

PREVIEW | Yeovil Town – FC Halifax Town

After a dramatic draw on the road against Bromley, Darren Sarll’s side look to return to winning ways as FC Halifax Town visit Huish Park on Saturday (3pm).

Following Rhys Murphy’s last gasp equaliser at Hayes Lane, the Glovers now sit in fourth, with Rhys Murphy sitting top of the scoring charts.

The Shaymen have been on a similar run to Yeovil as of late, drawing their last three games and without a win in four, this fixture offers great opportunity for both sides to turn their fortunes.

Looking for a first victory in five matches, Sarll will likely be relieved to see the return of defender Carl Dickinson who has been out with injury for a month.  

Head-to-head

Saturday’s clash will be the second meeting between the two sides this season. In August, Town comfortably dispatched the then top of the league Halifax by 0-2 thanks to a Gold Omotayo double.

Before this season, the two sides had not faced each other since the Glovers earned promotion to the Football League in 2003.

In the last clash at Huish Park, Town would be the 3-0 victors thanks to goals from Gavin Williams and a Nick Crittenden double.

Officials

The man in the middle this weekend will be Gary Parsons. This will be his second Glovers match of the season, previously taking charge of our victory away to Aldershot Town.

Parsons will be assisted by Shaun Barry and Robin Cox, with James Robinson acting as the fourth official.

Coverage

The pre-match thoughts of Carl Dickinson and goalkeeping coach Darren Behcet can be viewed now 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

CHARITY | Yeovil Town FC is looking to bring some Christmas cheer to those in need.

Along with its charitable arm, Yeovil Town Community Sports Trust, in the run up to Christmas the Glovers are working with the Lord’s Larder to help provide basic foods and comforts to those in need this Christmas.

The Lord’s Larder Food Bank is a local ‘bank’ of non-perishable food operated by volunteers from churches in and around Yeovil.

The club will launch its campaign tomorrow, Saturday 7 December when the Glovers take on FC Halifax Town. At that game and until 5.30pm on Saturday 14 December (the date the Glovers host Welling United in Buildbase FA Trophy) the club is asking fans to donate non-perishable items via a drop off point the club shop at Huish Park.

The project is being driven by one of the club’s new owners Errol Pope who is working closely with Club Padre Jim Pearce and Yeovil Town Community Sports Trust Manager Sara Bradley.

The club is also hoping to greatly magnify the impact of the project by having a unit in the Town Centre from 16 to 19 December. This will be both the centre point for donations and a hub to distribute items to homeless persons.

Discussions with a Town Centre landlord are close to making this option a reality and the club hope to announce more on this subject next week.

Commenting Mr Pope said “We would like to sincerely and earnestly thank you all for your willing hearts to give to this cause and your very generous donations whether they are of time, help, goodies or monetary – because of your hearts to give, so many people will be impacted and touched, so many lives will be helped and saved – from the youngest to the eldest. There is a principle that underpins success – ‘Give and it shall come back to you – in good measure and running over’. We expect you to experience this in abundance. Thank you”

Food needs to have a best before date beyond Christmas if they are to include it in a festive parcel. Items needed for Christmas Parcels distributed via the Lord’s Larder are:

  • Christmas puddings
  • Slabs of Christmas cake
  • Chocolate Yule Log
  • Mince pies (in date for Christmas)
  • Tins and packets of Custard
  • Chocolate Biscuits Fingers
  • Jars of Coffee
  • Drinking Chocolate
  • Tins of Ham
  • Tins Salmon
  • Tins of Fruit
  • Trifle mixes
  • Meringue nests
  • Peanuts / Nuts
  • Cheese Biscuits
  • Cake & Cake Slices (in date for Christmas)
  • Sweets
  • Bars of Chocolate
  • Chocolate Coins
  • Christmas Cards

CLUB NEWS | More match-day catering improvement introduced this Saturday

As part of the new club owners drive to improve matchday food and beverage options, a number of changes are being introduced.

Starting this Saturday ‘Only Food and Sauces’ will be situated behind the Thatchers Stand offering Glovers fans an improved range of burger bar options. Accessible to all home fans before the game and the Thatchers stand at half time, this new offer replaces the club’s own burger bar.

Speaking on behalf of Only Food and Sauces, Sharon Hartley said “We look forward to working with YTFC and providing this service to fans, with a quick and quality fresh cooked service”

Other food and beverage improvements starting this Saturday, will be the introduction of Mulled Wine in the marquee over the festive period and the food range being increased in the Alec Stock lounge to include Pasties as well as Pork rolls at half time, in addition to the popular carvery offer before the game.

The club will also continue to offer baked potatoes and improved hot dog rolls via the tea bars and it remains the case that all home fans can access the Alec Stock lounge (as well as the marquee) before/after the game and at halftime (although halftime access  is limited to main stand ticket holders for practical reasons).

Fans using the first floor have more good news as after feedback from the Supporters Alliance the cost of the draft beers/ciders that are served both in the marquee and first floor will be equalised to eliminate a price difference over recent years. This price differential has meant that some draft beers were more expensive to buy on the first floor than they were in the marquee.

Commenting on these changes David Mills, club Chief Operating Officer, said “Our stated aim is to try something new regarding catering at every home game this season and these changes, especially the burger bar offer, should significantly improve the food and beverage options. This is an area where we know the club still has plenty of room to improve on so we will continue to change things around and improve the options as the season progresses”.

Tickets for Saturday’s game with FC Halifax Town are still available. Last time out we comfortably dispatched of the Shaymen thanks to Gold Omotayo’s double.

Make sure you’re at Huish Park to support our promotion push.

For tickets click, HERE 

TICKETS | Chesterfield Update

Tickets are still available for our rearranged trip to Chesterfield on 10th December (7:45pm).

There has also been a reduced price offered on all Junior tickets for this game, available for £1 if purchased in advance (£2 on the day).

Support the green and whites on the road as the promotion battle continues!

Full Prices are as follows:

Adults – £18

Senior 65+ – £14

17-21, Student & Armed forces (with valid ID) – £11

16 and Under – £1 

All prices increase by £1 on the day

 

Tickets can be purchased in advance from the ticket office or from the club’s online ticketing portal.

TICKETS | AFC Fylde Away

Yeovil Town will travel to AFC Fylde on Saturday 21st December (3pm), with tickets now available.

Tickets are available to purchase from AFC Fylde’s website available HERE or on the day.

It is advised that fans purchase in advance to avoid any potential delays.

There is free parking available at AFC Fylde’s Mill Farm stadium, but this usually fills up, following this there is an overflow car park available for £5 per car.

 

Ticket prices

SEATED: £18.00 – Adult

£10.00 – U16

STANDING: £14.00 – Adult

£5.00 – U16

 

Getting to Mill Farm

Mill Farm Stadium is situated in Wesham, Lancashire, and is a fifteen-minute walk from Kirkham & Wesham train station.

The train station is well linked, with Blackpool and Preston both short train journeys apart.

If travelling by car, the Stadium is a short drive from Junction 3 on the M55, head Southbound towards Wesham, the Stadium is on your right. 

 

Full away supporters information can be found HERE.

VACANCY | Huish Park Cook

Role Summary

We are looking for cooks to join our friendly and well-established team.

Working flexible hours including evenings and weekends including all YTFC home fixtures, dates available HERE 

The job will involve preparing dishes for up to 100 people including a carvery function. Experience in banqueting, events, carvery and snack menus is preferable but not essential.

Own transport would be advantageous due to sometimes unsociable hours.

Other Information

Hours of Work: We are seeking two part time cooks to work up to 40 hours per week combined, however subject to the candidates interviewed, we may appoint one full time cook.

Hourly rate: £10

To apply

To apply, please email or post a copy of your CV along with a covering letter to the HR Department at recruitment@ytfc.net or by post to: Huish Park, Lufton Way, Yeovil, Somerset, BA22 8YF. The closing date for applications is 5pm on Friday 13th December.

 

VACANCY | Skilled Groundsman required

A skilled Grounds Person is required with proven experience to prepare and maintain the Stadium pitch, and other grounds duties at Yeovil Town Football Club, to at least a National League standard.

Requirements:

  • NVQ in sports turf management.
  • Experience in maintain playing surfaces.
  • Salary according to age/experience/qualifications.

Applications made by email should be made to recruitment@ytfc.net or by post, Yeovil Town Football Club, Huish Park Stadium, Lufton Way, Yeovil, Somerset, BA22 8YF

The closing for applications is Thursday 19th December 2019.

WATCH | Darren Sarll pleased with ‘deserved’ point.

In what was an eventful afternoon at Hayes Lane, Darren Sarll saw his side gain a point against Bromley.

A sending off apiece and a 97th minute leveller through Rhys Murphy meant Yeovil Town moved up to fourth in the National League.

Speaking to YTTV on the action-packed afternoon, the Gaffer said;

“The sending’s off changed the game. It becomes a bit of a joust, but I thought we played okay.

“What they’re good at, they’re very conditioned at doing what they do and we’re still developing that.

“For the goal, we moved the ball about five or six times which really pleased me. Lawson (D’Ath) is very good at that.

“We kept working the ball and Gold (Omotayo), I was delighted for him as he’s worked so hard on that side of his game. Gold is a massive part of the goal. 90% of that goal is him. Murphy is that kid when you were growing up that stood on the goal line but took all the plaudits.

“I think we deserved it on play. It looked a soft penalty, but I am 80-yards away. For our sending off it looked to me that the forward was offside anyway. I’ll check that again though.”

The Gaffer has made no secret of his attempts to secure the signing of a defender this week.

Despite his efforts, nothing came to fruition ahead of Saturday’s game.

“I tried all day Wednesday and Thursday. I didn’t coach the backend of the week which is unheard of for me. It’s probably the first time in twenty years.

“I spent all sessions, day and night on the phone. We were very close. We did agree terms with a Football League club but it wasn’t profitable enough for the individual concerned.

“We will keep going and keep trying. I just thought that the character and energy of the young players today, like Albi Skendi, he knows he has more in him now.

“Tom Bradbury, I thought was one million times better, maybe a little too abrasive giving away a few too many free kicks, but at least he was in there. I’d rather he gives away free kicks than step back.

“Hippolyte, I thought was great again, Murphy, I thought he was quiet, but he’s just got that quality.”

 

 

WATCH | Stuart Nelson thanks ‘unbelievable’ fans

Stuart Nelson was blown away by the travelling fans support on Saturday as Town drew 1-1 with Bromley thanks to Rhys Murphy’s late leveller.

The goalkeeper made a vital stop as Frankie Raymond burst through when the Glovers were trailing the Ravens.

Speaking to YTTV on the dramatic afternoon, Nelson said;

“Nothing changes for me. I love this football club; I give my all for this football club. I train as hard as I can, I look after myself off the pitch so all I’m focused on is doing everything I can for this club.

“Days like today, when I can make a save at a vital time, that’s what it’s about. I’m doing it for the team, for this club and most importantly those supporters who have travelled all the way up from Somerset.

“The crowd we had today, they were unbelievable. They didn’t stop singing the whole game, even when we went 1-0 down and down to ten men. It gives me goose bumps thinking how good they were.

“Our performances, we do it for the club, and for the fans because without them we have no club.”

With a number of key players out with injuries, Nelson’s experience has become even more vital as the season has pressed on.

“The way I take to things is to give my best when nobody is looking. One day, someone will be looking, and I will have to lead by example.

“That is the way I conduct myself on and off the pitch, doing the right things, encouraging the right people – and telling people if it’s not right at times.

“I enjoy that responsibility. Today is no different, in an ideal world it would not all fall to me and we’d have the experienced group back and out on that pitch, but when it’s not to be I’m happy to step up into that role and thrive on it.”

TICKETS | Kids go FREE for Welling clash

Juniors can support the Glovers for free later this month (14th December, 3pm) as Yeovil Town host Welling United in the FA Trophy.

Tickets for Buildbase FA Trophy round one tie are now on sale. Season Ticket Holders will have their seats reserved until 5pm on Wednesday 11th December after which point all seats will go on general sale.

Season ticket holders can claim their seats by clicking HERE or by following the ‘Season ticket holder login’ tab on the ticketing drop down on the main site.

All other tickets are now on general sale, available online or from the ticket office (01935 847888)

This fixture offers reduced pricing for all ages, offering fans another great opportunity to support the Green and Whites this season for a much lower cost.

Prices as follows:

Adults – £12

Senior/Military/Young person – £6

Under 16s – Free of Charge (but will require the collection a ticket, available either online or from the ticket office.)

Premium seating – £15

Yeovil Town FC is looking to bring some Christmas cheer to those in need.

Along with its charitable arm, Yeovil Town Community Sports Trust, in the run up to Christmas the Glovers are working with the Lord’s Larder to help provide basic foods and comforts to those in need this Christmas.

The Lord’s Larder Food Bank is a local ‘bank’ of non-perishable food operated by volunteers from churches in and around Yeovil.

The club will launch its campaign on Saturday 7 December when the Glovers take on FC Halifax Town. At that game and until 5.30pm on Saturday 14 December (the date the Glovers host Welling United in Buildbase FA Trophy) the club is asking fans to donate non-perishable items via a drop off point the club shop at Huish Park.

The project is being driven by one of the club’s new owners Errol Pope who is working closely with Club Padre Jim Pearce and Yeovil Town Community Sports Trust Manager Sara Bradley.

The club is also hoping to greatly magnify the impact of its project by having a unit in the Town Centre until 19 December which can be both as a centre point for donations and a hub to distribute items to homeless persons.

Commenting Mr Pope said;

We would like to sincerely and earnestly thank you all for your willing hearts to give to this cause and your very generous donations whether they are of time, help, goodies or monetary – because of your hearts to give, so many people will be impacted and touched, so many lives will be helped and saved – from the youngest to the eldest.

“There is a principle that underpins success – ‘Give and it shall come back to you – in good measure and running over’. We expect you to experience this in abundance. Thank you”

Anyone wishing to offer Town Centre premises for the project should contact the Club Chief Operating Officer, David Mills via 01935 847888 or via dmills@ytfc.net

Food needs to have a best before date beyond Christmas if they are to include it in a festive parcel. Items needed for Christmas Parcels distributed via the Lord’s Larder are:

  • Christmas puddings
  • Slabs of Christmas cake
  • Chocolate Yule Log
  • Mince pies (in date for Christmas)
  • Tins and packets of Custard
  • Chocolate Biscuits Fingers
  • Jars of Coffee
  • Drinking Chocolate
  • Tins of Ham
  • Tins Salmon
  • Tins of Fruit
  • Trifle mixes
  • Meringue nests
  • Peanuts / Nuts
  • Cheese Biscuits
  • Cake & Cake Slices (in date for Christmas)
  • Sweets
  • Bars of Chocolate
  • Chocolate Coins
  • Christmas Cards