Month: March 2020

STATEMENT | Club Operations Now In Hibernation

As widely reported all our football and non-match day conference activity effectively ceased in early March due to the present exceptional circumstances. Since that time our staff have been unable to work and we have therefore decided that rather than be forced to make widespread redundancies, we will and have furlough all club staff and players to enable us to retain them via the support of the government’s Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme

As a result of this decision, which is in the best interests of the club (including its players and staff), all club activities are now in hibernation although social media and website updates will continue via our volunteer network.

Purchases from the online shop can still be made but obviously will not be processed/dispatched until the furlough period ends.

As soon as matters change, we will issue further updates, but for now we thank all our fans for their ongoing support. We hope that everyone reading this statement stays well and complies with Government advice so that we can all return to normal as soon as possible.

STATEMENT | National League suspended indefinitely

The National League Board met earlier today and has reviewed its prior decision to suspend the competition until at least 3rd April 2020.

In consideration of the very serious and unprecedented national public health emergency caused by the coronavirus, the Board has taken the decision to suspend the National League, National League North and National League South competitions indefinitely.

The National League is currently obtaining specialist legal advice, is consulting regularly with The Football Association and other stakeholders, and is committed to involving its member clubs in a pending decision on how best to conclude the 2019/20 season.

Rest in peace, Tom Burt

Everybody at Yeovil Town Football Club are deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Tom Burt.

Alongside being a dedicated fan, Tom was an active and popular member of both the DSA and Bridport Glovers.

He will be much missed by all at Huish Park and the many Glovers fans who knew him.  

The club extend their deepest condolences to Tom’s family at this difficult time.

SUPPORT YOUR CLUB | Donations link now live!

Yeovil Town fans can now make donations to the club in this tough time, in the form of e-drinks!

Any donations to the club are greatly appreciated and we thank our loyal supporters for their continued support at this tough time.

Donations are available at 3 price ranges, these are:

1 pint Thatcher’s Haze = £2.50 donation

1 pint Thatcher’s Gold = £10 donation

1 Thatcher’s Reserve = £20 donation

Donations can be made by following this link.

PLEASE NOTE – NO DRINKS ARE INCLUDED – this is a donation to Yeovil Town Football Club only.

THATCHERS GOLD-EN MOMENTS | An exclusive interview with Luke Ayling

Luke Ayling was a crucial part of that Glovers side which magnificently marched to the Championship in 2013, and brought to you by Thatcher’s Cider, we spoke with Luke about his Gold-en moments as a Glover.

After spending his entire youth career with Arsenal, first team opportunities were hard to come-by. The full back had a major desire to get a taste of senior football, and after a phone call with Terry Skiverton, Luke ventured to Somerset for a taste of it.

“Moving to Yeovil was huge for me, I came in on a loan spell, which was more of a trial if anything. I spoke to Skivo (Terry Skiverton) and he said to come down for the last three months of the season and see how I like it, how I fit in with the boys and play a few minutes too.

“I think I did alright, I fit in quite well with the lads, and then Terry gave me a two-year deal. I was so pleased, I was 19 at the time, and I needed to play some first team football, so it was a great opportunity for me.

“Skivo was huge for me, he’s the manager that gave me my chance in football. I will always be thankful to him for that, not many managers would have taken me on trial  because I wasn’t as strong or quick as other players, but Terry saw something in me, he took a gamble and I really hope I paid him back with my performances on the pitch.

“He is one of the most important people in my career, giving me a chance and just having him at the club at the time, it worked out well for me.”

In 2012/13, Yeovil Town secured promotion to the Championship for the first time in the club’s history after victory in the League One play-offs.

Luke was a vital member of the squad that season, making 47 appearances in all competitions and starting every game in the season defining play-off run, which he would describe as his Gold-en moment.

“I loved that play-off final, well it was actually that whole play-off run to be honest! The Sheffield United game before that, the home game was the most surreal experience I’ve ever had!

“We came back from their place 1-0 down, but there was no panic at all in our dressing room, which was a weird feeling looking back as we didn’t really play that well up there. But we came back and put on a really great performance, it was a baking hot day, Ed Upson really turned up, scored a goal and set one up.

“With the fans being on the pitch after, it was the first-time I’d really done something in my career. Obviously, the final was brilliant, but that home tie against Sheffield United was massive!”

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To be involved in Yeovil’s most successful Football League side clearly means a lot to Luke, with the group of players possessing such a close bond, the success clearly highlights the club’s motto; ‘Achieve by Unity.’

“We had a real tightknit squad; we spent a lot of time together as there really isn’t much to do in Yeovil. Which at other clubs you don’t really get as some people live in the city, some might move out or are with families.

“Down at Yeovil, it was all young lads who lived within ten minutes of each other, so it was a fun place to come into training. Dan the Kit Man who is still at the club now, he was a massive part of our dressing room, he kept people smiling all the time.

 “It was just a really great period to be involved in.”

It took some time for Luke to net his first goal for Yeovil, but when it came, it arrived in spectacular style as he found the top corner against Birmingham in the League Cup.

In recent weeks for Leeds, the full-back scored a wonderful goal against Birmingham again as the Whites stepped up their promotion charge.

“The goal for Yeovil, I just swung at it! I hadn’t scored at that point; it had really been a wait. I didn’t really know what I was doing. It was in extra time; I was knackered I just swung at it and somehow it went in!

“My celebration said everything you need to know about it, I didn’t know what to do! I just ran to the middle of the pitch with my arms up then Sam Foley stopped me.”

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Throughout his career, Luke has crossed paths with some great managers, and is currently working with Marcelo Bielsa at Leeds United, someone Pep Guardiola has described as ‘the best coach in the world.’

In his most successful spell with the Glovers, Luke played under Gary Johnson, someone from a vastly different background to Bielsa.

“I don’t think there is anybody quite like him (Bielsa). You can hear what Pep (Guardiola) and other great managers have said about him.

“But then Gary (Johnson) he had a great period at Yeovil with us. We didn’t always see eye-to-eye, but he always found a way to get the best out of me.

“He always kept me on my toes, and we had a really good spell working together. It is a brilliantly time in my career and I’m sure it’s the same for him.

“He made me a better player, he made me run more, always on the side-lines shouting ‘RUN, RUN, RUN!’ and I’d think ‘Bloody hell, I’m knackered!’ He would keep shouting it all game and he definitely improved me in that side of the game.

“So, I really thank him for the work that he did with us, to give us our chance in the Championship, for what I have gone on to do, that was really the start of it.”

Whilst playing in the Arsenal academy, Luke struck up a friendship with current Town forward Rhys Murphy.

Despite both moving on to pastures new, the pair remain friends.

“I’m very close with Murph, he’s my best friend. He’s a godparent to my children and will be best man at my wedding this year. I still speak to him every day.

“I’ve always had an eye on Yeovil’s results ever since I left, I’m a Yeovil fan now, I’ve said that in a few pieces before. They’re always the first team I look at when I come in from games. With my best mate there now, there’s obviously a bit more on it personally for me.    

“He (Murphy), started really well this year, but got unlucky with the injuries he’s picked up now but from playing with Murph in the past, whenever he’s picked up inuries he has always worked hard to get back to where he wants to be. I’ve got no doubt he will come back flying.”

This exclusive interview was kindly brought to you by Thatcher’s Cider. For more information on their latest beverages, including Thatcher’s Zero, click HERE.
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UPDATE | Club Shop and Offices temporarily closed to visitors.

In view of the latest government requirements, the club office, ticket office and shop operations are now temporarily closed to visitors until the guidance from government changes.

Club Shop, Ticket Office and General Office

Although these are all now closed to visitors, fans can place shop orders in the usual manner online (in fact we encourage this to help support the club) via http://www.ytfc-shop.co.uk/  but please be aware that orders received at the present time will only be fulfilled when shop staff are able to return to work at Huish Park.

Queries on shop operations should be directed to info@ytfc.net

Ticketing

All of our National League games have currently been postponed, not cancelled.  For supporters with tickets to any of the remaining fixtures we would encourage them to hold onto their ticket and wait for the date of the rearranged fixture to be announced before considering requesting a refund.

Any ticketing enquires should be made to info@ytfc.net  

 

Lottery and Private Members Club

Fans can still support our lottery and private members draws as both can be paid via standing order. Home visits relating to the lottery are now suspended but the draws continue as many members have opted to pay several weeks in advance or play via standing order.  

To join our lottery or Private Members Draw via standing order please go to: https://www.ytfc.net/commercial/lottery/ or https://www.ytfc.net/commercial/private-members-club/

 

Academy and Yeovil Town Community Sports Trust

Both of these sections of the club are currently suspended but will return to normal operations when appropriate.

 

Club Contacts:

General enquiries, Shop and Ticketing: info@ytfc.net

Commercial: mrobinson@ytfc.net or 07468 905394

Stadium: jhillier@ytfc.net or 07779 261814

Lottery: lottery@ytfc.net

 

The club would like to thank all fans for their support, and we hope you and your families stay safe and well. We look forward to welcoming you all back to Huish Park when circumstances allow.

Yeovil Town Chairman Scott Priestnall provides an update for supporters

Yeovil Town Chairman Scott Priestnall has provided an update for supporter’s following the postponement of all fixtures due to the spread of COVID-19. 

Commenting via a video message on twitter, the Chairman said;

“I want to give all the supporters and community and update on the situation at the football club. Firstly, let me give my best wishes to you and your families in what are very challenging times. I hope your family and friends remain healthy and safe. 

“Like most clubs and businesses, we are in a very precarious position with very little income coming into the football club, with creditors building up. I ensured that our staff and players were paid their full salaries last week as we continue to build a plan through this.

“As part of that plan, I have asked our players and staff to take a 50% deferral in wages and I have been truly humbled by their response. You all know the special group of people we have around this place and it has really shown in extraordinary times.

“We of course are working hard to ensure the clubs survival, we have had positive conversations with our suppliers, we thank them for their support and patience.

“We have received business rates and relief; we are also currently looking into the Government’s job retentions scheme for our staff and players.

“Last week, all clubs submitted their financial impact report that this situation has had. We now await to hear back from that with regards to the FA and Government action along with potentially Premier League action.

“You will have seen in the press recently, I have pleaded out to the Premier League to help the Non-League game through this, as it will no doubt have some catastrophic effects right through the pyramid.

“It’s a shame that our community work for this season has been cut short, I am proud of the work we were doing, particularly in primary schools and their families to create the next generation of Yeovil Town supporters and potentially players. We did however get the T-Shirts out which was great, and we look to continue that campaign when we are back up and running.

“Now I throw this over to you guys, if you have any unanswered questions about our status or any income ideas during this difficult time, then please get in touch with us on social media or via email.”

The full contact details for club personnel can be found HERE.

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Club Shop and Offices temporarily closed to visitors.

In view of the latest government requirements, the club office and shop operations are now temporarily closed to visitors until the guidance from government changes.

Advice regarding how to direct office and shop enquiries during this temporary period will follow later today.

The club would like to thank the fans for their support.

#YTFCRewind | Yeovil Town 1-0 Eastleigh

Today would have been game day against Eastleigh. Instead, we’ll be kicking off #YTFCRewind and revisiting our clash at Huish Park in August!

Match Report:

The Glovers marked their first home match of the season with a tightly contested 1-0 win over Eastleigh at Huish Park.

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.

NEWS | Revised opening hours from Monday

In line with government advice on the current situation and the suspension of the football, starting from Monday 23 March 2020 the majority of club staff will be working from home until further notice.

Internet transactions will continue as normal, however the club shop and office opening hours will be revised to: 10am to 2pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays only. Ticket office operations are suspended until the National League issue a further update on completing our league programme.

Academy operations are completely suspended at this time and Yeovil Town Community Sports Trust personnel based at Huish Park will be working from home.

Normal club hours of operation will be restored when matters return to normal and we thank all our fans for their co-operation in this matter.

STATEMENT | National League Suspended

At its Board Meeting on Friday, The National League decided to use its best endeavours to keep its season going in the face of unprecedented adversity.

However, with the current coronavirus (COVID-19) reaching global pandemic levels it has to accept that the situation is now out of its own control.

In the knowledge of the government measures now announced including not to support sporting events with emergency services workers it is clearly not practical for its fixtures to be fulfilled in the immediate future.

In those circumstances and in line with The Football Association and the Professional Game, at a Board Meeting today, The National League has decided that its competition is now suspended until at least 3rd April 2020.

The National League will continue to monitor the situation, but trusts that its loyal clubs, fans, players, officials, staff, volunteers and sponsors will accept that it has had no other choice but to reach this decision

It wishes everybody connected with the competition and indeed the whole country a safe passage through these turbulent times.

MATCH OFF | Barnet fixture postponed

Our Vanarama National League fixture against Barnet, has been postponed.

This is due to members of Barnet’s staff taking self-isolation measures after showing symptoms of COVID-19.

Further information regarding issues such as ticket refunds will follow later today.

PREVIEW | Yeovil Town – Barnet

Yeovil Town will be looking to continue their winning form as Barnet visit Huish Park.

After two wins on the bounce, scoring four times and keeping two clean sheets, Darren Sarll’s side will be full of confidence going head-to-head with a fellow promotion candidate.

With a number of games in hand, Barnet could well sneak into a play-off place, despite sitting in midtable for the majority of this campaign, especially with the recent signing of proven goalscorer Paul McCallum.

Yeovil have what Sarll described as ‘like a new signing’ of their own though, with Myles Hippolyte retuning from his three-game suspension.

 

Head-to-head

When the two sides met on the opening day of the season it was a tight affair, Town were however on the wrong end of a 1-0 scoreline with Simeon Akinola scoring the only goal of the game from the penalty spot.

A memorable encounter came in 2016 where Town were 3-1 down Barnet, however returned home with all three points after a dramatic comeback 4-3 win thanks to Harry Cornick’s late goal.

 

Officials

Samuel Barrott will be the man in the middle on Saturday afternoon.

The linesmen will be Andrew Genders and Kenwyn Hughes with Richard Walker as the fourth official.

 

Coverage

The pre-match thoughts of Darren Sarll and Carl Dickinson can be found on YTTV.

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

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 on sale through until kick-off with advanced prices available until three hours before kick-off both online and via the ticket office (opening at 11AM). Advanced purchase is advised to avoid expected matchday queues. 

Tickets can be bought online from here!

 

 

 

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National League Fixtures to proceed this weekend

Following a Board meeting held today, the National League has decided to allow matches in its three divisions to proceed as planned this weekend.

The National League will keep the operation of its competition under constant and diligent review, and will remain in compliance with government advice at all times.

The Football Association has offered its guidance, and made it clear the decision to continue or to suspend a competition is a matter for each league to make.

The National League places the welfare and well-being of all those involved in and connected to its competition as the highest priority.

All Clubs and supporters are encouraged to stay up to date with the  latest public health advice, which is available HERE.

FANS | Support the Glovers from Huish Park this March

With three home games this March, starting on Saturday against Barnet, we need YOUR help more than ever in this promotion chase!

Whether you’re singing in the Thatcher’s or enjoying a commercial opportunity, show your support for the Glovers at Huish Park.

Fliers are available to download in a .pdf or by saving the below image. 

 

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INTERVIEW | Darren Sarll pleased with second half showing

Darren Sarll was left delighted by his Yeovil Town players after a strong showing against Dover.

A brilliant second half performance ignited by Marc Richards stunning strike secured Yeovil’s second win on the bounce. 

Speaking following the game, the Gaffer said;

“I thought we were absolutely terrific, in the second half especially!

“First half we were solid, we had good territory but we didn’t have the momentum as it wasn’t wave after wave of attacks.

“In that second half, there was a good 25 minutes where everything we touched just looked like that second goal was gonna come. 

“At the time I thought we needed that second goal, but looking back (Stuart) Nelson has had no save to make all afternoon.

“To win 1-0 with that type of performance, that commitment, that power, that’s what you want this time of year.”

The two sides were separated by a goal of real quality, as new forward addition Richards hammered the ball into the Dover goal in the 47th minute. 

“He’s got good quality Marc (Richards). You just need to make sure the ball is at him, rather than over him or around him. He’s got good quality and he compliments Courtney in a mentor type way, but also their traits are very different.

“What a finish, what a composed finish. On the inside of his foot, on the half-volley on a bobbly surface, it really was some finish.

“We should have had so many more, if that were 3-0 to us, it wouldn’t have been a harsh scoreline.”

INTERVIEW | ‘We keep pushing on’ says Skendi

Albi Skendi is delighted that Yeovil Town are finding form once again.

After a tough start to 2020, the Glovers have won back-to-back league games for the first time in the new decade, and the Albanian insists that he and his teammates are back to their best. 

“It feels amazing, especially after the last two months. We’ve found our way again. Even at Boreham Wood we didn’t get the result we wanted but we set a standard. 

“We wanted to follow it on from there, and the second win is always harder than the first and now we’re just on a roll and I think this is it, we’re at the most important stage of the season.

“We had three or four clear chances to score (in the second half), and I had one myself.

“We’ve got a few bad injuries, but it doesn’t look like it, we keep pushing on!

“It feels like we’re on that seven game winning run again, in the changing room, training, we’ve got that spirit and that’s what you need.”

Marc Richards took the headlines with his stunning strike which separated the two sides, and Skendi was full of praise for Darren Sarll’s latest forward addition.

“He’s absolutely shanked it into the top corner, it was a good goal, he’s a great player so that’s what we should expect from him! 

“(Rhys) Murphy and Courtney (Duffus) are very similar, so the fact that Rico (Marc Richards) come in and he has a completely different game, he can hold it up, flick it on and good movement too. 

“It allows Courtney or Murphy to make their own space and that’s where they’re at their most powerful, running in behind and causing trouble.”

STATEMENT | Jon Goddard-Watts

All at Yeovil Town FC are deeply saddened to learn that Mr Jon Goddard-Watts had passed away.

Mr Goddard-Watts made a huge impact for the better at the Huish Park during his time as a Director and then owner of the club – the latter heralding the club’s promotion to the Football League in 2002-3.

The club has not previously commented on this sad news and kept this statement brief in accordance with the wishes of the Goodard-Watts family who want Jon’s passing to be respected as a private family matter.

It goes without saying however that all at Yeovil Town FC extend their deepest condolence to Jon’s family and salute the huge contribution he made to our club.

REPORT | Dover Athletic 0-1 Yeovil Town

Yeovil Town secured back-to-back league wins for the first time in 2020 after a 1-0 win over Dover.

Marc Richards’ stunning second half strike was enough to separate the two sides, in a game which was largely controlled by the Glovers.

Keeping the hosts at arms length for the entire 90 minutes, Darren Sarll will no doubt be delighted with the three points, and the clean sheet to go alongside it. 

Sarll only made a single change, and it was forced upon him.

With Liam O’Brien’s injury, his replacement between the sticks was Stuart Nelson.

This meant new loan signing Adam Smith would only be named on the bench. 

There was one other change to the overall Glovers squad, with Gabby Rogers dropping off the bench for Tom Bradbury to replace him. 

The opening stages saw two sides battling for dominance, with Yeovil just shading the opening 45 minutes. 

The green and whites best chance fell to Jimmy Smith who escaped his marker and met Remeao Hutton’s well-weighted cross at the back post only for Lee Worgan to save his effort. 

It was often the case where the ball narrowly escaped a Yeovil runner, with Marc Richards often just a matter of inches from connecting.

For the hosts, chances were few and far between, the best being Nassim L’Ghoul’s free-kick which caused no discomfort for Stuart Nelson as it harmlessly flew wide.

However, the Whites would have a penalty shout waved away. With Effiong breaking into the box, Luke Wilkinson produced a stunning last ditch challenge to win the ball, much to the Dover fans dismay. 

After a rather underwhelming first half, it wouldn’t take long for the second to burst into life, with a goal in under two minutes.

After the ball was played back to M.Richards in space, the forward wasted no time in shooting first time, catching Worgan off guard, and finding the top corner spectacularly! 

The Glovers continued to pile on the pressure, almost adding after the ball fell to Skendi on the edge of the box in the 56th minute but as the ball took a bobble he fired over the bar.

The bar would deny Town a second, after a stunning cross from M.Richards, the ball found J.Smith at the back post, his effort was saved but the ball fell to Duffus who smashed his header against the bar and couldn’t direct his follow up on goal.

Dover had to do something to get something out of the game, and manager Andy Hessenthaler made changes in an attempt in doing so. Changing his system by substituting his wide players put the hosts on top.

These changes did work in Dover’s favour, but they did very little in terms of making clear-cut chances. The best would be a half-chance which fell to substitute Adeoye Yussuf at the back-post who fired straight at Nelson. 

Ultimately, Town were able to see the game out and bring a deserved three points back to Somerset.

 

Yeovil Town: Nelson; Hutton, Collins, Wilkinson, Dickinson; Lee, Worthington (Bradbury), Skendi, J.Smith (Cooper); M.Richards (Dagnall), Duffus.

Bookings: Hutton.

Subs not used: A.Smith, C.Richards.

 

Dover: Worgan, Passley, Taylor, Lokko, Havilland, Effiong, L’Ghoiul, Minns, Modeste, Gobern, Poleon.

Bookings: Taylor

Subs: Reason, Yusuff, Rooney, Rigg, Simpson.

SIGNING | Shotstopper Smith returns

Goalkeeper Adam Smith has signed from Forest Green Rovers on loan until the end of the season.

Having initially joined Yeovil in September, Smith made five appearances for the green and white.

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The 27-year old goalkeeper then returned to his parent club in Gloucestershire making 10 appearances, the last coming in January against Salford City. 

Resigning due to a season ending injury for Liam O’Brien, Smith adds some extra depth to our goalkeeping department once again and is back in the squad for tomorrow’s clash with Dover Athletic.

Welcome back to Somerset, Adam! 

NATIONAL LEAGUE STATEMENT | Coronavirus (COVID-19)

The National League has received communication from The Football Association in connection to the government’s response to the Coronavirus (COVID-19).

In light of the government’s campaign, and as a precaution, pre-match ‘fair play’ handshakes between players and match officials will not take place in The National League until further notice.

Similarly, customary handshakes between captains and match officials ahead of kick-off will not be required.

As you will no doubt already be aware there is currently a public information campaign, which advises people to:

  *   Wash your hands with soap and water often – do this for at least 20 seconds
  *   Always wash your hands when you get home or into work
  *   Use hand sanitiser gel if soap and water are not available
  *   Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when you cough or sneeze
  *   Put used tissues in the bin straight away and wash your hands afterwards
  *   Try to avoid close contact with people who are unwell
  *   Not to touch your eyes, nose or mouth if your hands are not clean

All Clubs and supporters are encouraged to stay up to date on the government’s latest advice on how to avoid catching or spreading the virus, which is available HERE.

PREVIEW | Dover Athletic – Yeovil Town

Yeovil Town travel to Dover this Saturday (3pm), looking for back-to-back league wins for the first time in 2020.

After a strong performance against Wrexham at Huish Park last time out, Darren Sarll’s men will be desperate to get a run of results going with the promotion race finely in the balance.

Dover, who currently sit in tenth, are just four points behind Yeovil, showcasing just how tight this chase for promotion is. Most recently, the Whites fell to a 3-0 defeat against Solihull Moors.

 

Head-to-head

We have previously met this weekend’s hosts on 37 occasions, earlier this season in November, the Glovers fell to a tight 1-0 defeat at Huish Park with now-Romford centre back Scott Doe netting the only goal of the game.

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Prior to November’s clash, the most recent meeting with Dover came in 2002 where Yeovil ran out 2-0 winners thanks to goals from Adam Stansfield and Carl Alford.

A memorable Southern League clash between the two sides came in April 1976 where the Glovers convincingly dispatched of Dover with 5-1 victory.

Overall, Town hold a positive record over the Whites, with 14 victories, 13 draws and 10 losses, scoring 51 goals in the process.

 

Officials

Gareth Rhodes will be the man in the middle on Saturday afternoon, in what will be his first Yeovil match of the season. In the 11 National League matches Rhodes has refereed so far, he has shown 36 yellow cards and two red cards.

Michael Chard and Damith Bandara will be running the line and Simon Finnigan will be fourth official.

 

Coverage

The pre-match thoughts of Courtney Duffus and Darren Sarll can be found on YTTV and the Yeovil Town YouTube channel.

On match day, minute-by-minute updates will be provided on YTFC’s official Twitter account.

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

There will be NO advanced sales for this fixture, instead all sales will be completed on the turnstiles.

Admission prices are as follows;

Adults – £18

Over 60 – £15

Under 18 – £9

Under 11 – free (with an accompanying adult)

MATCH INFORMATION | Dover away

All the information ahead of Saturday’s match, including ticketing!

There will be NO advanced sales for this fixture, instead all sales will be completed on the turnstiles.

Support the Green and Whites on the road as the promotion push continues!

Admission prices are as follows;

Adults – £18

Over 60 – £15

Under 18 – £9

Under 11 – free (with an accompanying adult)

 

Getting there:

By Car:

There is no parking for supporters within the ground, although parking is available in the rugby ground, which is just inside the main entrance – stewards will direct you.

From outside of Kent, find your way to the M25, then take the M2/A2 (following the signs to Canterbury, then from Canterbury follow signs to Dover) as far as the Whitfield roundabout (there is a McDonald’s Drive-Thru on the left).

Take the fourth exit at this roundabout, down Whitfield Hill. At the bottom of the hill turn left at the roundabout and follow this road until the first set of traffic lights. At the lights turn right (180 degrees down the hill) and follow the road under the railway bridge, the ground is a little further up the road on the left.

If you have to take the M20/A20 leave the A20 in Folkestone (the exit immediately after the tunnel through the hill) and travel through the Alkham Valley (turn left at the roundabout at the end of the slip-road and then left again, following the signs for Alkham) which will eventually take you near Kearsney train station (turn right into Lower Road just before the railway bridge, before you get to the station).

By train:

The main railway station in Dover is Dover Priory which is approximately 2 miles from Crabble. The closest station to Crabble is Kearsney which is about a 10-15 minute walk from the ground.

Kearsney is the last stop before Dover Priory on the line from London Victoria (via Canterbury). Some trains on this line do not stop between Canterbury East and Dover Priory so if you are planning on getting off at Kearsney make sure that the train you are travelling on is a stopping service.

If you are travelling on the line from London Charring Cross (via Ashford) the train will not pass through Kearsney so you will have to stop at Dover Priory, near the town centre.

If you get off at Kearsney, turn right as you leave the station, go under the railway bridge and then take the first road on the left (Lower Road). Follow Lower Road all the way along, past a pond on your right and Crabble Corn Mill on your left. At the end you will see the Cricketers pub on the other side of the road. Turn right and you should see the entrance to the ground.If you get off at Dover Priory it is probably best to get a bus or taxi to the ground as it is a long walk

 

CARVERY | Enjoy your Sunday dinner at Huish Park

Sunday Carvery returns to Huish Park this Sunday.

Once again, you can enjoy your Sunday dinner in the Alec Stock lounge with views of the Huish Park pitch. 

Carvery will be served from 12pm-3pm, with those interested advised to book in advance. 

 

Prices for the two course carvery are as follows:

Adults: £13.50

Children (11 and under): £6.50

The club will also be running a special Mothering Sunday carvery, please book now to avoid disappointment. 

To make a booking, please call 07395909713.

NEWS | Chesterfield clash to be televised

Yeovil Town’s rearranged clash with Chesterfield (24th March, 7:45pm) will be shown on BT Sport. 

After the fixture was postponed, our midweek clash will now be showcased live to a National audience. 

In the previous fixture with Chesterfield, the Glovers put on a strong performance on a cold, December night, with Rhys Murphy and Myles Hippolyte both finding the back of the net.