Month: September 2020

CARVERY | Sunday 11th October

There’s another opportunity to enjoy a Sunday roast at Huish Park on Sunday 11th October. 

Serving from 12pm to 3pm, children (under 11s) can enjoy a Sunday lunch for £6.95 with adult portions available for £10.95.

Booking is essential – please call 07717007966 to avoid disappointment. 

LOTTERY | Goalden Gamble: Week 12-18 + an update on private members draw winners

Private Members Draw

Reminder: Cash payments are now due, any problems please contact Rob on 07881447673.

MARCH  10 X £100  WINNERS,

NO 47  JUDITH  COX

NO 143 OLIVER DOWDEN

NO 86 RAY HALSON

NO 61 SEAN STILES

NO 52 JOHN BRIDGES

NO 144 JEAN COTTON

NO 102 TIM CREEGAN

NO 119 MRS J GARTELL

NO 101 MR MRS BEECH BEECH  SYNDICATE

NO 59 WILL READ

APRIL 5 X £200  WINNERS ,

N0 17     RHICHARD WHITTINGTON

N0 110   PHIL ORAM

NO 83    STEVE MASTERS

NO 49    TONY ALPIN

NO 90    GILL SYMONS

 

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CLUB STATEMENT | An update from Scott Priestnall

It’s clearly a difficult time for our football club and sector, and I believe it’s important you as supporters are kept informed and understand the situation as it develops.

We as a league are still campaigning for the government to allow supporters into stadiums but it now seems highly unlikely, at least in the short term. I have always been an advocate for government measures to minimise the risk of this virus to human life and nothing has changed my opinion. I do, however, feel very disappointed that the government took the action it did without seeing the outcome of the test events that were run last week. We proved that you can run events in stadiums in a responsible way, with a reduced capacity, while still being able to enjoy a key local community event.

There is no doubt that football matches without supporters is financial unviable, not just at our level but I would think throughout the whole football pyramid. We as a club are no different and without supporters, we will not be able to operate our business. Our lost revenues will be circa £1.3m. To this end, the government have said they will look to provide a financial support package specifically for clubs in the National League System. We eagerly await a proposal, which I know key personnel on the National League board are working hard towards.

I know many of you who have bought season tickets or crowdfunder packages for this coming season will want to know what our next steps are. Whilst we await the government’s final thoughts and potential proposal, we are working on a streaming platform and other ideas, so once we know where we are with government I will liaise with the Supporter’s Alliance group and provide options to you all. I will communicate again to you later this week.

Finally, I would like to again record my thanks for your phenomenal support over the last few months – your backing in all sorts of different ways really does help the club and is a real boost to Darren, Terry and the team. 

Continue to be safe. 

MATCH REPORT | Yeovil Town 2-3 AFC Bournemouth U23

Yeovil Town’s pre-season campaign ended in defeat against AFC Bournemouth U23, but the Glovers produced a spirited performance against the young Cherries.

After falling behind in the first half, goals from Rhys Murphy and Josh Staunton clawed Yeovil back into the game in the second half.

A late red card for Gabby Rogers sealed Town’s fate as AFC Bournemouth capitalised just minutes later, netting an 88th minute winner.  

Darren Sarll opted for a blend of youth and experience in his starting eleven. Ahead of Adam Smith who began between the sticks, Ryan Burke, Lee Collins, Luke Wilkinson and Dan Leadbitter lined up in defence.

The midfield saw starts for Alex John, Matt Worthington, and Lawson D’Ath. In front of them was a three-pronged attack of Gabby Rogers, Rhys Murphy and Courtney Duffus.

The visitors settled into their new surroundings quickly, largely controlling the ball throughout the opening stages.

It didn’t take long for the Cherries to take advantage of their strong start, as Jaidon Anthony fired beyond Smith following a tidy turn to lose his marker.

The visiting youngsters had answers to the majority of Yeovil questions, but it was actually a Bournemouth stalwart who added their second. 34-year old Charlie Daniels looping free-kick from the halfway line evaded Smith’s clutches to double the visitors’ advantage.

The second half saw a change in mentality as Sarll’s side thrust the game onto the young Cherries.

With the first chance of the half, Yeovil halved the deficit in the 49th minute. A stunning through ball from Wilkinson found Murphy clean through on goal who expertly placed beyond the onrushing Bournemouth goalkeeper.

Yeovil levelled on the affair in the 66th minute. A bullet header following D’Ath’s well weighted corner saw the scores level as the game entered its closing stages.

Despite it being a friendly, the game was played with a major competitive edge, which came to the boil in the 83rd minute as Rogers received his marching orders after picking up a second yellow card.

The eleven men of the Cherries were able to take advantage late on as Anthony claimed his second goal of the afternoon in the 88th with an excellent strike from the edge of the box, securing victory for AFC Bournemouth.

 

Yeovil Town: A.Smith (Trialist A); Burke, Collins, Wilkinson (Lee), Leaditter (Heaton); John (Staunton), D’Ath (Dickinson), Worthington; Rogers, Duffus, Murphy (Lloyd)

PREVIEW | Yeovil Town – AFC Bournemouth U23

Yeovil Town’s pre-season campaign reaches its conclusion on Saturday afternoon (3pm) as AFC Bournemouth’s U23’s visit Huish Park.

After back-to-back wins against Dorchester and Bath City, Darren Sarll will hope he can end his season preparations with a victory.

The fixture will be played behind closed doors; however, you can still watch all the action with a free live stream on the club’s YouTube channel.

Team news

In his weekly press conference, Darren Sarll insisted that new signing Ryan Burke would be involved, describing the young full back as a “A brilliant addition and we’ll see a lot of him Saturday.”

Tuesday’s game also saw Rhys Murphy, Matt Worthington and Lee Collins sit out due to injury concerns.

Last time we met

The Glovers last met an AFC Bournemouth side was against the Cherries first team at Huish Park in 2017.

After Keston Davies’ thumping header gave Town the lead, the then Premier League side fought back through a Lys Mousset equaliser. Benik Afobe then struck twice to secure victory for the visitors.  

Yeovil Town U18s clashed with AFC Bournemouth earlier this year. After three quickfire goals from the Cherries, the young Glovers battled hard but ultimately fell to a 3-2 defeat at Alvington.

A foot in the opposition camp

Led by former Bournemouth player Shaun Cooper, the young Cherries have already faced a number of National League sides in pre-season action.

After losing 3-0 to Gary Johnson’s Torquay, Bournemouth bounced back with a convincing 4-0 victory over Aldershot Town.

Goals from Sam Sherring, Keelan O’Connell, Kyle Taylor and Luke Nippard were the difference that afternoon against an experienced Shots side.

Coverage

Darren Sarll’s pre-match thoughts can be viewed on the Yeovil Town YouTube channel. Glovers fans can also enjoy the match in full for free on the channel, for more information click HERE.

INTERVIEW | Darren Sarll delighted to see you all again

With Huish Park given the opportunity to host one of the final test events ahead of new restrictions, Darren Sarll savoured every moment with Yeovil supporters at Huish Park on Tuesday evening.

“It was brilliant, absolutely brilliant. It was nice to have somebody to talk to again!

“I like talking to the fans behind me during the games, otherwise I’ve got to talk to Terry (Skiverton) all the time. It was nice to have that interaction again.

“I thought it was a really good touch from Carl Dickinson, who was captain on the night, he took all the players round everyone who came and applauded them for their attendance, that was a really nice gesture from him and it was very sincere and appreciative of them, coming out and supporting us on that one off evening.”

Tuesday also saw Town secure the signature of Ryan Burke, a 19-year old left back who signs on loan until January 2021, somebody who the gaffer feels can make a real impact during his spell in Somerset.

“We looked at the model we had last year, and Birmingham were brilliant for us as we were for them, we took Remeao (Hutton) in good faith and I think he played more minutes than any other defender last season.

“With Remeao working with Craig Alcock last year, I’ve now looked at Ryan working with Carl (Dickinson) and thought it would be a good fit. He’s already played in the Championship, he’s got good technical ability, strong but not huge, very athletic and a lovely kid.

“He’s from the Republic of Ireland, somewhere I have a strong background in bringing players over to England from so it’s an area I know well, and they produce some really good players and even tougher competitors.

“He’ll be a brilliant addition to us most importantly as the congestion of games is just going to be very tough and it gives us that athletic version of Carl in the most respectful way possible.

“He’s a brilliant addition and we’ll see a lot of him Saturday (vs. AFC Bournemouth).”

You can watch Darren Sarll’s full interview as well as a live stream of Saturday’s game on the Yeovil Town YouTube Channel.

 

CLUB NEWS | AFC Bournemouth friendly to be streamed for free

Yeovil Town supporters can tune in to our behind closed doors friendly against AFC Bournemouth (26th September, 3pm) for free on our YouTube channel.

Catch all the action live from Huish Park, with the stream kicking off at 2:50pm.

Keep an eye out on the club’s social media for links to the live stream once it goes live.

Alternatively, make sure you’re subscribed to the YouTube channel with notifications turned on to receive an alert on your phone once the stream is active.

National League Statement | Update on Commencement of 2020/21 Season

Following a meeting of its Board of Directors this afternoon, the following update is issued on behalf of The National League:

In recognition of the financial uncertainty facing its member clubs, The National League is actively engaged with Government, with the assistance of The Football Association, to secure a critical financial support package, and it is hoped this can be announced very soon.

It is imperative the revenue shortfall caused by the pause to the safe return of spectators is responsibly addressed so each club can operate sustainably over the course of the forthcoming season.

 

 

 

Notes:

The National League has currently set the start date of the 2020/21 season as 3 October, which is when Vanarama National League clubs are due to play their first league match and Vanarama National League North and Vanarama National League South clubs are involved in the Second Qualifying of The FA Cup.

The National League is the FA affiliated governing body for football clubs who play in the fifth and sixth tiers of the English league pyramid system. It comprises 67 professional and semi-professional football clubs organised into 3 divisions: the Vanarama National League, Vanarama National League North and Vanarama National League South.

Rest in peace, Terry McConnon

Everybody at Yeovil Town is deeply saddened to learn of the passing of former player Terry McConnon.

Terry (pictured top row, far right), played for the Glovers across two seasons, scoring 39 goals in 54 appearances in green and white.

The club would like to send our condolences to Terry’s family at this difficult time.

MATCH REPORT | Yeovil Town 3-0 Bath City

In what seems to be the final Glovers game in front of supporters at Huish Park for some time, Yeovil’s defensive duo were amongst the unlikely goalscorers in a 3-0 win over Bath City.

Goals at either side of the half from Josh Staunton and Luke Wilkinson were enough to ensure victory a strong advantage over Jerry Gill’s Romans.

Albi Skendi added the Glovers third adding a more familiar name to the scoresheet.

Darren Sarll opted for a strong team to impress the Glovers faithful in attendance. Adam Smith began between the sticks with Dan Leadbitter, Staunton, Wilkinson and Carl Dickinson in front of him.

After a successful experiment against Dorchester, a midfield five returned for Yeovil with Charlie Lee, Lawson D’Ath, Jack Clarke, Skendi and Jimmy Smith all starting. The lone forward for Yeovil was the towering Courtney Duffus.

Once again, it was the midfield five which began brightly, with D’Ath having multiple efforts from the edge of the box fly narrowly off-target.

The best chance of the opening stages fell to J.Smith in the opening stages as he was picked out in the box by an inch-perfect Dickinson cross. The former Crawley captain did well to adjust his body but couldn’t quite get the power to beat Will Henry in the Bath goal.

The game hit a lull as the 30th minute rolled by, with chances few and far between for either side.

After controlling the majority of the ball but with little cutting edge, Town found a way to strike ahead. D’Ath’s chipped cross was met by an unmarked Skendi who saw his touch fall perfectly for Staunton to hammer home his first goal in green and white!

At the break, Yeovil held a narrowly lead, something that on the ebb and flow of the game was deserved.

The second half saw an electric start, as Wilkinson joined his defensive partner amongst the goals in the 48thminute. Like Staunton’s in the first half, Wilkinson’s effort had just too much power on it for Henry to save as he struck beyond the Bath City goalkeeper from the edge of the box.

Bath went close in the 55th minute as Tom Smith burst on goal, however he was adjudged to be onside after striking the post for the visitors.

Yeovil continued to push to extend the advantage, and in the 68th minute did just that through Skendi. A powerful run saw the midfielder find space to shoot on the edge of the box, emphatically finding the bottom corner with a sublime finish.

Some positive pressure from the Yeovil trialist almost saw Town escape through on goal after Henry’s heavy touch was latched onto, however the substitute’s touch just escaped him as the ball slid out of play.

As substitutes entered the fray the game largely lost its tempo, with chances drying up for both sides.

Ultimately it would be a win for Town, with the Huish Park faithful treated to a strong performance from Darren Sarll’s side.

With an uncertain future ahead, Scott Priestnall will issue a further update this Friday on current club matters.

 

Yeovil Town: A.Smith; Leadbitter (Heaton), Wilkinson, Staunton, Dickinson; Lee (John), J.Smith, D’Ath (Rogers), Clarke, Skendi; Duffus (Trialist).

 

TICKETS | Remaining tickets available for £10

The final tickets for tonight’s friendly clash with Bath can now be purchased for just £10!

The remaining tickets situated in the wings can be purchased for the discounted price from the club’s ticketing portal.

A price drop means more supporters can attend the fixture, showcasing the club’s ability to hold an event in a COVID safe manner.

Club chairman Scott Priestnall will issue a statement on Friday with regards to the near future following recent announcements from the Government.

SIGNING | Ryan Burke signs on loan

Yeovil Town are delighted to confirm the capture of defender Ryan Burke on loan from Birmingham City until January 17th.

Originally from Ireland, Burke played for Crumlin United and later St.Patrick’s Athletic before a successful trial in the ‘Second City’ in 2017.

The full-back has enjoyed a number of successful years within the Blues academy, earning a professional contract and making his first team debut in the Championship last season as a substitute against Stoke City.

Burke signs for the Glovers in the hunt for first team football, and when he heard Town were interested, it was an easy decision for the 19-year old: “I was looking to go out on loan and when I heard Yeovil were interested in me, I was delighted.

“The first thing I thought was I want to get down there right away and just get playing.

“It’s a great club, great stadium, and I hear there’s a great set of fans too so I’m really looking forward to getting started.”

Everyone at Yeovil Town Football Club wishes Ryan all the best during his spell in Somerset.

TICKETS | Bath City test event

Yeovil Town can now confirm ticketing arrangements for our upcoming test event friendly against Bath City at Huish Park.

With the fixture being a test event, it is vital that all supporters adhere to the social distancing rules in place, if the event is a success, this ultimately leads to the widespread return of supporters across the National League ahead of the 2020/21 season.

All supporters must wear a facemask at all times whilst on the Huish Park premises. The full health and safety requirements for the fixture can be found HERE. Supporters must familiarise themselves with this information before attending the fixture.

All tickets for the fixture must be pre-purchased by supporters from the club’s online ticketing portal on a first come, first served basis, linked HERE. Once purchased, supporters will receive a confirmation email, once this is received please email info@ytfc.net with the names of all attending in your party. This information will be used to comply with the ‘track and trace’ guidelines.

Purchases of multiple tickets in one order must be within the same supporter bubble.

Both the Main Stand and Thatcher’s Stand will be open to home supporters, with no away supporters permitted for this fixture.

Tickets are available for collection only and can be collected from Huish Park at 2pm or later on match day. Yeovil fans are encouraged to collect tickets at the earliest convenience to ease the rush and ensure social distancing measures are in place throughout.

CLUB NEWS | Yeovil Town fans to return to Huish Park

Yeovil Town F.C. are delighted to confirm that our friendly against Bath City will now be played in front of 1,000 fans at Huish Park.

In order to complete thorough preparations, the match will now be played on Tuesday 22nd September, kicking off at 7:45pm.

For fans to be able to attend National League fixtures from October 3rd onwards, it is vital that social distancing measures are in place and are strictly followed by all fans in attendance on Tuesday evening.

News on how you can purchase tickets for the fixture will be issued shortly.

 

Please note events are limited to up to 1,000 fans and will be staged in accordance with government and Sports Ground Safety Authority guidance on social distancing, and subject to local safety advisory group approval.

MATCH REPORT | Dorchester Town 0-2 Yeovil Town

Yeovil Town secured their second pre-season victory with a 0-2 win over Dorchester Town.

Jakc Clarke’s second half strike saw the Glovers claim the lead in what was a controlled first half performance.

The second half saw more of the same with the green and whites on top throughout. Carl Dickinson would save the best until last with a sublime 30-yard free-kick to secure a second pre-season victory for Yeovil.

Darren Sarll opted for a different system for the Glovers, operating with a lone striker for the first time this pre-season. Rhys Murphy led the line on his own, with Jimmy Smith and Albi Skendi sitting just behind him.

The midfield was completed by Charlie Lee, Clarke and Lawson D’Ath. The defence saw starts for Dan Leadbitter, Luke Wilkinson, Josh Staunton and Carl Dickinson with Trialist A between the sticks behind them.

With Murphy alone up top, it was the runs of J.Smith and Skendi behind him which were a continually an thorn in the Dorchester side. After winning a corner following a deflected J.Smith cross, Town were seemingly denied a penalty in the 5th minute as Staunton was hauled down inside the box.

The Glovers continued to look the stronger of the two sides, with Wilkinson going close with a header just moments later.

The hosts offered very little in terms of attacking prowess in the first period but forced a goal line clearance from Murphy as the ball looped over Trialist A’s head following corner.

Leadbitter was denied his first Glovers goal by a matter of inches in the 35th minute as his first-time effort at the back post smashed against the cross bar.

Eventually, the green and whites found a way through thanks to an excellent first-time effort from Aston Villa loanee Clarke. After Murphy’s initial effort was blocked on its way to goal, the ball trickled to the edge of the box where Clarke was waiting to emphatically place Yeovil ahead.

The second half saw Yeovil continue to mount even more pressure on the hosts backline. D’Ath went closest in the opening stages with a first-time effort which flew narrowly wide.

When Sarll made substitutions, it saw a change of system with the Glovers opting for a 3-5-2 formation with Courtney Duffus and Trialist B leading the line-up top.

Trialist B almost made an instant impact, after some excellent one-touch passing, the forward was freed through on goal but an excellent save kept Dorchester within touching distance of the Glovers.

As substitutes continued, the flow was largely taken out the game with players attempting to find their rhythm within the game.

The hosts had one final foray forward in them as the game began to enter the closing stages, a ball to the back post was met by Harry Hodges but somehow Trialist A kept out what looked like a certain goal.

It was Carl Dickinson who secured the second pre-season victory for Town in the 90th minute, a stunning free-kick from 30-yards out left the Dorchester goalkeeper stranded and capped off a strong evening’s work for Sarll’s side. 

Next up for Yeovil is a trip to Twerton Park to face Bath City this Saturday (3pm).

 

Yeovil Town: Trialist A; Leadbitter (Trialist B), Staunton, Wilkinson, Dickinson; Lee (Worthington), Clarke, D’Ath (Rogers), Smith, Skendi (John); Murphy (Duffus)

NATIONAL LEAGUE STATEMENT | Safe Return of Spectators to Football Matches

The Chairman of the National League, Brian Barwick, has today written to The Rt Hon Oliver Dowden CBE MP, Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport to ask the Government to carefully consider how its pending decision on the return of fans to football grounds will affect its clubs, their employees, and local communities.

The National League has also asked the Government for permission to commence the new season on 3 October with fans in attendance with social distancing and other Covid secure measures in place.

Since the onset of the pandemic, the National League has closely adhered to Government policy and fully recognises the overwhelming necessity to protect people’s health and well- being. Following the Prime Minister’s announcement on 17 July that Government intended to bring back audiences in stadia from October each club has started to prepare for the 2020- 21 season. The National League has set the start date as 3 October, which is when 24 clubs would be due to play their first league match and a further 43 clubs are involved FA Cup ties.

In readiness for the safe return of spectators, National League clubs have calculated their ground’s new socially-distanced capacity. Whilst crowds could be accommodated up to a level of 20-30% of each stadium’s normal capacity in accordance with the Sports Grounds Safety Authority guidance, the National League has asked the Government to allow up to 1,000 spectators in all grounds from October as a temporary solution that is validated by the Government’s approved pilot events conducted in September.

Brian Barwick commented, “The National League restart depends upon crowds being allowed back in stadiums as live attendance is our clubs’ largest source of income. The Government urgently needs to set out a credible pathway for the safe return of supporters, and to ensure our football clubs can continue to function, and to perform their significant role in the sporting life of the country. We are proud to be a national competition with strong local connections.”

 

MATCH PREVIEW | Dorchester Town – Yeovil Town

Yeovil Town take the short trip southbound to the Avenue Stadium to face Dorchester Town F.C. (7pm KO)

For the third consecutive pre-season, the Glovers will face the Magpies in friendly action.

With the remaining friendly fixtures taking place behind closed doors, tonight’s friendly will be the final opportunity for Yeovil fans to support the green and whites in person.

Last time we met

Last year’spre-season saw a 1-1 draw between the two sides in the early weeks of Sarll’s tenure as Yeovil manager.

Then trialist Myles Hippolyte won and took the penalty which secured a draw for the travelling Glovers.

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Injury news

After missing out last week against Taunton, Darren Sarll will be hopeful to see the return of a number of first team stars.

Lawson D’Ath, Lee Collins and Dan Leadbitter all sat out against the Peacocks with Luke Wilkinson making a return at the Cygnet Health Stadium after taking a small knock against Frome Town.

 

A foot in the opposition camp

After struggling for the majority of the 2019/20 season, Dorchester Town were one of the few non-league clubs relieved the season was abandoned.

Sitting bottom for large portions of the season, the Magpies will remain in the Southern League despite being bottom when the season was ended due to the impacts of COVID-19.

Manager Leigh Robinson will be hopeful he can turn things around with the league season a matter of days away, beginning against our previous friendly opponents Weston-super-Mare this Saturday.

 

Tickets

Tickets must be pre-purchased for this fixture. There will be no ticket sales made on the door. Tickets can be purchased from HERE.

MATCH REPORT | Taunton Town 2-1 Yeovil Town

Yeovil Town fell to pre-season defeat as Taunton Town were the 2-1 victors at the Cygnet Health Stadium.

The hosts would take a two-goal lead through goals from Nick Grimes and Gethyn Hill either side of the half.

Luke Wilkinson’s second half goal only turned out to be consolation in a game which was a strong test for Town.

Darren Sarll would adopt a familiar looking starting line-up.

The defence featured the return of Wilkinson who took a knock against Frome. Wilkinson was partnered by Josh Staunton with Carl Dickinson and Alex John either side. Adam Smith began the game between the sticks.

The midfield saw a return for Charlie Lee, with Matt Worthington, Albi Skendi and Gabby Rogers in front of him.

The attack featured last season’s first choice front two of Rhys Murphy and Courtney Duffus.

Murphy almost made an instant impact as a chance fell to him just one minute into the game. After a great drag back from Rogers, the ball came just too early for the last season’s top scorer who fluffed his lines.

The hosts grew into the game, with chances beginning to fall to them. Taunton almost scored the opening goal in wonderful fashion as Ross Staley fired a volley from 30-yards which flew narrowly wide.

Rogers looked bright on the ball for Town but at times lacked final product, most notably when he couldn’t beat Lloyd Irish from the edge of the box in the 21st minute.

Set-pieces were where Taunton looked most threatening, and they made one pay in the 28th minute as club captain Grimes headed home from a corner.

Yeovil pushed for an equaliser as the half came to a close, but at the break the Glovers would trail.

The first minute of the second half saw Town claim an opportunity from the spot, as Duffus was dragged down inside the box, Murphy stepped up to take the penalty but had his effort saved spectacularly by Irish, tipping the ball onto the post.

Despite Yeovil pressure, the hosts were clinical on the break and added a second in the 56th minute. After an initial save from A.Smith, Gethyn Hill was quick on his feet, beating the Yeovil defence to the ball and heading home the rebound

Yeovil’s heads didn’t drop and did attempt to fight back, and the Glovers eventually score in the 78th minute. Worthington’s well-weighted corner was met by Wilkinson at the back post who expertly headed home with a diving effort for an enthralling final ten minutes.

Following the goal, Sarll would make a number of changes with Dickinson, Wilkinson, Murphy and Duffus replaced by a number of our players partaking in our Elite Player Development Programme.

The young Glovers pushed hard, forcing the ball within the Taunton Town half on a number of occasions.

Ultimately, that pressure wouldn’t be enough as the friendly ended in defeat. Next up for Town is a trip to Dorchester on 15th of September (7:00pm).

CLUB NEWS | Opening Day clash to be televised

Yeovil Town will kick-off the National League season in front BT Sport’s cameras, showcasing our opening day clash with Kings Lynn Town.

Kicking off at 5:20pm, supporters can watch the clash at the Walks Stadium from the comfort of their own home, live on BT Sport.

Full National League statement:

The National League and BT Sport are delighted to announce no fewer than 14 live matches as we gear up for the return of football in little over three weeks’ time.

Following the release of the 2020-21 fixtures on Tuesday, BT Sport have confirmed their selections for the first three months of the new campaign, with every team appearing on BT Sport.

BT Sport are once again fully committed to their incredible coverage of the Vanarama National League with the season’s first month seeing six exclusively live matches.

Their seventh year bringing the action to life begins with one of the league’s new boys on the opening day.

King’s Lynn Town and Yeovil Town raise the curtain on October 3 and the match at The Walks gets underway at 5.20pm.

Four days later it’s Meadow Lane as National League North play-off winners Altrincham head to Notts County kicking off at 7.45pm.

The games in the first four weeks come thick and fast. On Saturday October 10, it’s Aldershot Town’s turn to host a televised clash as returning Macclesfield Town fall under the camera’s gaze.

Wrexham vs Maidenhead United follows just two days later – the Monday night action comes from the Racecourse, before a big one between promotion hopefuls as Chesterfield and Stockport County do battle on Saturday October 17.

The month concludes with Torquay United’s visit to Hartlepool United.

November starts with Notts County facing Stockport County, before a first ever trip to Weymouth for a league match for BT Sport with Wrexham arriving in Dorset.

Wealdstone are in the spotlight on Saturday November 21 for their derby with Sutton United, with December starting at Weymouth with FC Halifax Town’s visit.

Solihull Moors v Bromley is the selected game a week later, with Dover Athletic and Dagenham & Redbridge offering a festive fix on Boxing Day.

The final game of 2020 is Woking’s home fixture with Eastleigh on December 28, followed by the New Year beginning at Barnet as Boreham Wood make the short trip to the Hive on January 2.

Live BT Sport match selections (kick-off time):

Saturday October 3 King’s Lynn Town v Yeovil Town (17:20)

Wednesday October 7 Notts County v Altrincham (19:45)

Saturday October 10 Aldershot Town v Macclesfield Town (17:20)

Monday October 12 Wrexham v Maidenhead United (19:45)

Saturday October 17 Chesterfield v Stockport County (17:20)

Saturday October 31 Hartlepool United v Torquay United (17:20)

Tuesday November 10 Notts County v Stockport County (19:45)

Saturday November 14 Weymouth v Wrexham (17:20)

Saturday November 21 Wealdstone v Sutton United (17:20)

Saturday December 5 Weymouth v FC Halifax Town (17:20)

Saturday December 12 Solihull Moors v Bromley (17:20)

Saturday December 26 Dover Athletic v Dagenham & Redbridge (17:20)

Monday December 28 Woking v Eastleigh (TBC)

Saturday January 2 Barnet v Boreham Wood (17:20)

PREVIEW | Taunton Town – Yeovil Town

Yeovil Town will make the trip along the A303 to the Cygnet Health Care Stadium to face Taunton Town.

This will be the second consecutive year with a pre-season meeting between the two clubs. Last year’s clash saw Rhys Murphy score twice in a 2-0 win over The Peacocks.

After a 2-2 draw with Weston-super-Mare on Tuesday evening, Darren Sarll will be looking to build more match fitness in the Glovers second game in four days.

Kick-off time

The game will now kick-off at 7:30pm, 30 minutes later than originally reported.

Darren Sarll’s thoughts

Since the players returned for pre-season, two have really stood out to Sarll which he singled out in his weekly press conference.

Recent addition Jack Clarke, on loan from Aston Villa received significant praise from the gaffer: “I think Jack Clarke has been wonderful. I really enjoy watching him play, in the same way I used to enjoy watching (James) Tilley play.

“I think he’s been really stand out. For the last 30 minutes against Weston, I played him left side of a back three, when I told him he looked at me strangely but two minutes later he’s winning a header over a 6-foot 2 centre forward and heading it over the midfield.

“I thought it was really wonderful, it was a testament to him. All little things like that, they’re all little tests from the manager, you’ll always push and pull people to see how they react, and I think Jack has been first class.”

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That wasn’t all for the praise from the gaffer, with midfielder Matt Worthington also receiving positive comments; “Worthington looks like he’s going to be a very strong player for us this season.

“His body shape is changing; he’s becoming stronger and more mature. His aggression levels are higher than I’ve ever seen. From taking over a flicky midfield player who passed it backwards and sideways more than he did forwards, he’s now really driving into the box and winning the ball back high up the pitch.

“He’s becoming a really big part of our plans this season and I’m really pleased with that.”

Squad news

In his press conference, Sarll also confirmed some injury news within the Yeovil squad.

“Lawson (D’Ath) has a bit of tightness in his groin so we’ll be cautious with him, the same way we were with Lee Collins against Weston.

“The only other one is actually Collins who has some bruising on his ribs so we’re once again being careful with him.”

A foot in the opposition camp

Rob Dray’s Southern League Premier outfit were locked into a play-off race when their season was abandoned due to COVID-19.

This summer has seen the significant departure of star striker Rocky Neale to promotion rivals Truro City.

Incomings for the Peacocks include the experienced Jake Mawford and forward Owen Howe from Sailsbury City.

 

 

TICKETS | Season Tickets are now available for renewal

Yeovil Town are delighted to confirm that season tickets for the 2020/21 season are now available for renewal to existing season ticket holders.

The club would like to thank the supporters for their patience and eagerness to help the club throughout what is a difficult time for us all, whether that be the Crowdfunder campaign or a virtual pint, thank you.

There are a variety of ways in which you can renew your season ticket for the upcoming National League season.

How to buy

Existing season ticket holders can renew their tickets from Friday 11th September in one of the following ways

Download and return the form – print and complete the renewal form including details of other season ticket holders you are able to group together with under the current government advice on social and family bubbles. To help us reduce social contact between supporters we ask the where possible you please return the completed form by post or put the completed form through the letterbox by reception doors at the club for us to process.

By phone. Please call on 01935 847 888 to renew over the phone. Please be aware we are currently operating on a reduced office staff at Huish Park and as such phone lines may initially be busy, so we ask for your patience when calling. If you have any queries then if possible it would assist us if you could email ticketoffice@ytfc.net rather than call.

In person – if coming to Huish Park to renew your season ticket we ask that you follow the social distancing measures in place while queuing. It would assist us if where possible you could complete the renewal form with information of others you can attend with. If there are large queues to help keep social distancing it would assist us if you could just deposit the completed form through the letterbox by reception doors.

ONLINE– unfortunately due to technical difficulties with how we are setting the season up, it won’t be possible to renew you season ticket online. We ask that where possible you complete and return the renewal form or use the above methods to renew.

Ticket office

The ticket office opening hours are as follows:

Monday – Friday 10-4pm

This week only – Saturday 12th: 10-2pm

 

FAQs

Can I have my seat?

We will renew your season ticket on the same details as last season however once the renewal phase of sales is over, we will then have to arrange season tickets in the stadium in accordance with social distancing guidance and based on the groupings of supporters in social/family bubbles. For the vast majority of supporters this will unfortunately mean moving their existing ticket details to some degree. Will try to keep any movement as close to your original position and will give priority to supporters with disabilities or additional access requirements.  The original details of your season ticket will be kept on record and as soon as capacities in the ground return to normal we will strive to get season ticket holders back to their original place. We understand the attachment many supporters have to specific seats in the ground, but it will be necessary to ask all supporters for their co-operation in this matter to help us allow as many supporters to return to Huish Park as we can.

How can I add people to my bubble?

On the season ticket renewal form, you can add the names of any existing season ticket supporters you would like to be in a bubble with. 

What Priorities Apply to Season Ticket Sales?

Sales will initially be restricted to renewals of existing season tickets, only for the first two weeks of sales.

After the second week we will then pause sales whilst we contact supporters about any required amendments to seat positions. 

Once the number of renewals has been determined and we have established how all existing season ticket holders can be grouped we will then be able to determine the capacity available for general sale by the third week of sales and will open to new season ticket purchases if there is available capacity under the Local authorities current guidance.

Supporters should note that all sales are subject to the latest government COVID-19 guidance and that we may be required to change arrangements in line with any new guidance if issued.

How much are season tickets this year?

Early bird:

This year, for seated season ticket holders the early bird season ticket value works out at £13 a game (A saving of SEVEN free games).

Supporters who like to keep Huish park rocking in the Thatchers Gold Stand can enjoy the early bird price of just £10 a match (the value of EIGHT free games).

Full prices:

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And finally, a message to Yeovil Town supporters from Chairman Scott Priestnall

The club once again would like to thank all season tickets holders for their continued support, especially as almost all supporters so far have donated the remaining games from last season. Your help along with the amazing success of the crowdfunder and financial support from our chairman means the club has been able to come through the extremely difficult lockdown period and is ready for the new season. You really have shown a togetherness and community spirit matched by no other. When times allow, we will be thanking everyone who has been involved with events with the directors, management and players. 

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Scott Priestnall said of your continued commitment to the club:

“I have been extremely proud to be your chairman over this last year and non-more-so than how our amazing supporters and community have come together in difficult times. It’s been a strain on everyone across the whole country and the club really wouldn’t be in the position it is now without your help.

“I like to think that I’ve listened to supporters over the last year, acted in the right way and made decisions for the benefit of the club. Making you as supporters the centre of this club and the club itself centre of this community is so important to me. I thank you all personally for all your financial help and support and I look forward to seeing you all soon at an actual football game! Continue to be safe and I hope you and families are well.”

Scott would also like the club to confirm how your season tickets, ticket bundles, general tickets donated and crowdfunder monies have been spent so far:

Costs to become COVID compliant, not including testing – £11,500

Pitch renovation cost – £7,600

Payments to staff including staff not on furlough – £26,000

Payments for utilities and running costs incurred as a result of the early end to the season and lack of operations during the lockdown period – £12,000

Payments to the club’s creditors since the season ended prematurely – £68,000

Once again, many thanks to those who donated to the crowdfunder and did not request ticket refunds whilst we had no trading income, which made paying these costs possible. 

Should you have any queries regarding last season’s tickets please contact the ticket office via email

If you have ideas on how you or the community can help the club further please email info@ytfc.net.

TICKETS | Dorchester Town

Tickets for Yeovil Town’s trip to Dorchester on the 15th September (7pm) are now available for purchase. 

Adult tickets are available for £10.00 with concessions (OAP, Student, Child) available for £5.00. 

To purchase your tickets, click HERE.

CLUB NEWS | Enjoy a Sunday roast at Huish Park

There’s another opportunity to enjoy a Sunday roast at Huish Park on Sunday 27th September. 

Serving from 12pm to 3pm, children (under 11s) can enjoy a Sunday lunch for £6.95 with adult portions available for £10.95.

Booking is essential – please call 07717007966 to avoid disappointment. 

MATCH REPORT | Weston-super-Mare 2-2 Yeovil Town

Yeovil Town learnt a lot from their trip to the seaside with a 2-2 draw with Weston-super-Mare.

The hosts would make things difficult for Town in the first half, but the second half saw the game burst into life.

Goals from Courtney Duffus and a trialist were ultimately not enough to secure Darren Sarll’s second pre-season victory as the hosts would continually peg the travelling Glovers back.

Sarll opted with a strong line-up to face the Seagulls, with Adam Smith between the sticks, Carl Dickinson, Alex John, Josh Staunton and Dan Leadbitter in front of him.

The midfield boasted some of the Glovers brightest creative talents with Jack Clarke, Albi Skendi, Lawson D’Ath and Jimmy Smith providing the creative spark for Rhys Murphy and Courtney Duffus.

Yeovil would largely dominate the first 45 minutes, with a number of chances falling to the visiting Glovers.

The first fell to Duffus who made space for himself in the middle, but Murphy’s cross narrowly escaped him.

An even better chance would fall to Skendi just minutes later as the powerful midfielder saw the ball drop kindly over his shoulder, but his half-volleyed effort was dragged wide.

The hosts would have chances, but they were few and far between in the first half and largely came from Yeovil mistakes. After D’Ath was caught in possession, Weston would counter but an excellent goal line clearance from Alex John denied the host.

Yeovil would close the half with another great chance, this time it would be J.Smith who saw his effort fly narrowly wide after an excellent cross from Clarke.

Unlike the other pre-season fixtures, the break would see few changes, with Matt Worthington replacing Dan Leadbitter.

Yeovil would find their goalscoring touch just one minute into the second half, as Duffus fired the Glovers into the lead. After receiving the ball with his back to goal, the towering forward turned excellently and fired into the bottom corner, leaving goalkeeper Luke Purnell stranded.

Just five minutes later, the hosts would equalise, after a stunning shot from a Weston midfielder struck the post, Ben Griffith was there to turn in the rebound.

The goal saw changes, with a number of trialists and academy products taking to the pitch for Yeovil.

The second half really saw the game burst into life as in the 66th minute there would be a second goal for Town. After a driving run, a trialist found space on the edge of the box and hammered the ball beyond the scrambling Purnell.

The hosts were not done yet, winning a penalty in the 73rd minute which would be converted by former Forest Green Rovers man Dayle Grubb.

It was end-to-end in the closing moments, but clear-cut chances were a rare occasion with the friendly ending level.

Next up for Yeovil is a trip to Taunton Town on Friday night.

FIXTURE NEWS | Final friendly confirmed

Yeovil Town’s pre-season schedule is complete as we face AFC Bournemouth’s U23s on the 26thSeptember.

Taking place at Huish Park at 3pm, the friendly offers Darren Sarll one final opportunity to assess his squad ahead of the trip to Kings Lynn.

As it stands, this fixture will be behind closed doors, please do not enter the Huish Park premises that day to ensure everybody is safe.

FIXTURE NEWS | National League fixtures confirmed

Yeovil Town’s National League fixtures for the 2020/21 season have been released, and it’s a mammoth away day to kick things off.

The Glovers will travel to Norfolk to face newly promoted Kings Lynn Town on Saturday 3rd October, with Huish Park hosting its first game just days later on Tuesday 6th October as Dean Brennan’s Wealdstone are the visitors.

The weeks following see Wrexham, Sutton and Chesterfield all visit Huish Park with trips to Dagenham & Redbridge and Halifax Town all on the horizon in October.

The game everybody is looking out for takes centre stage in November as Yeovil travel to the Bob Lucas Stadium to face Weymouth on Tuesday 17th November, with the return fixture taking place at Huish Park on the 23rd of February.

For the festive period, we once again face Gary Johnson’s Torquay United. On the 26th we travel to Plainmoor with the Gulls visiting Huish Park on the 2nd of January. Sandwiched in the middle of the two Torquay games is a clash with Aldershot at Huish Park on the 28th December.

To complete the campaign, Darren Sarll’s side will welcome Stockport County to Huish Park on the 29th May.

 

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Yeovil Town’s National League Fixtures:

3RD OCT- Kings Lynn (a)

6TH OCT- Wealdstone (h)

10TH OCT- Wrexham (h)

13TH OCT- Halifax (a)

17TH OCT-Dagenham & Redbridge (a)

27TH OCT- Sutton (h)

31ST OCT- Chesterfield (h)

14TH NOV- Woking (a)

17TH NOV- Weymouth (a)

21ST NOV- Hartlepool (h)

28TH NOV- Barnet (a)

1ST DEC- Eastleigh (h)

5TH DEC- Macclesfield (a)

8TH DEC- Bromley (a)

12TH DEC- Nots County (h)

26TH DEC- Torquay (a)

28TH DEC- Aldershot (h)

2ND JAN- Torquay (h)

9TH JAN- Boreham Wood (a)

23RD JAN- Solihull (h)

26TH JAN- Maidenhead (a)

30TH JAN- Dover (h)

6TH FEB- Stockport (a)

9TH FEB- Eastleigh (a)

13TH FEB- Altrincham (h)

20TH FEB- Hartlepool (a)

23RD FEB- Weymouth (h)

27TH FEB- Dagenham & Redbridge (h)

6TH MAR-Chesterfield (a)

9TH MAR- Sutton (a)

13TH MAR- Woking (h)

16TH MAR- Bromley (h)

20TH MAR- Notts County (a)

27TH MAR- Barnet (h)

2ND APR- Altrincham (a)

5TH APR- Macclesfield (h)

10TH APR- Aldershot (a)

13TH APR- Maidenhead (h)

17TH APR-Boreham Wood (h)

24TH APR- Solihull (a)

1ST MAY- Wealdstone (a)

3RD MAY- Halifax (h)

8TH MAY- Wrexham (a)

15TH MAY- Kings Lynn (h)

22ND MAY- Dover (a)

29TH MAY- Stockport (h)

 

All fixtures are subject to change.

PREVIEW | Weston-super-Mare – Yeovil Town

Yeovil Town’s pre-season preparations continue with a trip to the seaside to face Weston-super-Mare.

After a 1-2 victory over Frome on Friday night thanks to goals from Albi Skendi and Carl Dickinson, the green and white players will be looking for their second win of the pre-season campaign.

Darren Sarll’s thoughts

Speaking after his side’s victory Frome, the gaffer was pleased with the progress made physically, something he will be looking for more of against Weston.

“I thought physically we looked a lot better. With the extra week of training, you can really see the difference in our performances physically.

“There were times in the first half where we played far too innocently and naïvely for a shape we know well, second half we were a lot better tactically.

“Physically both halves I was ultimately very pleased.”

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Squad news

Yeovil could be without Luke Wilkinson who took a knock during Friday’s pre-season encounter, speaking after the game Sarll said: “The unfortunate part of pre-season is injuries and I think Wilkinson picked up an injury.

“We won’t know much about it until Monday but any sort of injury to Luke is a worrying time when you’re the manager.”

A foot in the opposition camp

Southern League Premier outfit Weston-super-Mare have enjoyed a busy summer after their return to Step 3 of the National League pyramid was cut short due to COVID-19.

High-profile additions include the return of Dayle Grubb who signed a four-year contract after falling out of favour and leaving Forest Green Rovers earlier this year.

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The Seagulls also boast Scott Laird amongst their ranks, the player/assistant previously enjoyed spells with Stevenage and Preston North End before linking up with Weston-super-Mare manager Scott Bartlett to join his coaching staff.

Tickets

Tickets for the fixture are still available but must be purchased in advance.

To purchase tickets, click HERE.  

TICKETS | Taunton Town

Tickets for Yeovil Town’s friendly against Taunton Town are now available. 

All tickets must be purchased from Taunton Town’s eventbrite page, with each ticket bought individually in the name of the attendee, assisting in ‘Track & Trace’ guidelines. 

Prices for the friendly are as follows:

U18 – £5.14 (plus fees)

Concessions – £7.59 (plus fees)

Adult – £10.20 (plus fees)

To purchase your tickets, click HERE. 

MATCH REPORT | Frome Town 1-2 Yeovil Town

Yeovil town claimed a comeback victory with a 1-2 win over Frome Town.

Second half goals from Albi Skendi and Carl Dickinson cancelled out the hosts’ stunning first half effort for a first victory of pre-season.

After confirming his signature that day, Darren Sarll gave a first start to loanee Daniel Leadbitter at right back. Josh Staunton, Lee Collins and two trialists completed the back five with a trialist between the sticks behind them.

The Town midfield featured Lawson D’Ath as he stepped up his injury recovery, alongside Jimmy Smith, Gabriel Rogers. Courtney Duffus lead the line alongside a trialist.

Yeovil Town began on top, forcing the play and dominating the ball in the middle of the park. It was almost an early lead too as a brilliant clipped pass from Rogers in the second minute was met by D’Ath but his effort on the half-volley was the wrong side of the post.

Just eight minutes later, the Glovers would come close again, an acrobatic effort from J.Smith, who donned the number 10 shirt for the first time, was parried into the path of Duffus who forced an excellent save from the Frome number one.

Against the run of play, the hosts would pull ahead with a stunning strike from the edge of the box.

This wouldn’t knock the wind out of green and white sails, as Yeovil kept pushing with a number of attempts from J.Smith and D’Ath blocked by the Frome backline.

Like at Stratford, the second half brought a major overhaul, with a completely different eleven to the side that started.

Adam Smith returned between the sticks, with Dickinson, Luke Wilkinson, Alex John and a trialist ahead of them.

The midfield comprised of Jack Clarke, Matt Worthington, Charlie Lee, Skendi and a trialist.

Rhys Murphy lead the line on his own.

The second half saw the Glovers pile on the pressure, with chance after chance falling to the visiting Green and Whites.

Murphy would be involved in a number of them, the best being set up by the midfield trialist who expertly dragged the ball into his path.

Yeovil would eventually level through recently crowned ‘Supporters Player of the Year’ Albi Skendi. The powerful midfielder drove beyond the Frome midfield and hammered the ball into the roof of the Frome net.

The final minutes saw added impetus, and it would eventually lead to a goal in bizarre fashion. A Dickinson cross took a heavy deflection which saw it sail above the Frome Town goalkeeper, awarding Town a deserved lead.

The game would be played on the edge in the last ten minutes, with a number of cynical challenges put in by the hosts as they were left chasing shadows.

Ultimately, it would victory for Town, who now look ahead to a trip to Weston-Super-Mare next week.

TRANSFER | Leadbitter signs on loan

Yeovil Town are delighted to confirm the signing of Daniel Leadbitter on loan from Newport County until the end of the season.

The right-back who has vast experience within the EFL with Bristol Rovers and Torquay, arrives to bolster Town’s defensive options.

Graduating from Newcastle’s academy in 2011, Leadbitter ventured southbound in the hunt for first team football, signing for Torquay United whilst the club were in League Two.

More recently, Leadbitter signed for Bristol Rovers in the 2014/15 season as the club bounced back to the Football League at the first time of asking.

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Speaking after confirming his signature with the club, Daniel said “It’s really good to be here. Coming in and meeting the lads, seeing the atmosphere in the changing room, it seems really positive and that there’s a good group of lads here.”

The new loanee was already familiar with the club, being friends with Adam Smith who gave a glowing report; “He (Adam) raves about the place, he loves coming to work every day, well he doesn’t see it as work, none of us do.

“He loves coming here, and that sold it to me.”

Everybody at Yeovil Town would like to wish Leadbitter all the best during his time in Somerset.

PREVIEW | Frome Town – Yeovil Town

Darren Sarll’s Yeovil Town side will travel to Frome for their second pre-season friendly of the 2020/21 season.

The evening kick-off is another chance for Glovers players to gain fitness as preparations continue for our second season in the National League.

It’s a short trip for the Green and Whites as Frome Town are the opponents, part of Sarll’s localised pre-season plans.

Darren Sarll’s pre-match thoughts

For Sarll, pre-season is not about results, rather building towards the first competitive fixture for the season.

Speaking in his weekly presser, the Gaffer said; “You can win loads, or you can win none, it never gives an insight in to what we’re going to do.

“I’ve had pre-season’s where I’ve won every game, I remember one year at Stevenage we beat Brighton, who had (Shane) Duffy, (Lewis) Dunk, (Glenn) Murray and (Anthony) Knockaert and then didn’t win a game until the end of August.

“The success of pre-season is not in the score, it’s in fitness and the capability to hit the first game.”

Squad news

There’s a chance we could see a return for both Charlie Lee and Albi Skendi after they missed out against Stratford Town last weekend due to injury.

Sarll will once again try to avoid any injuries which he describes as “the biggest success of pre-season.”

Last time we met

We last met Frome in a pre-season friendly in July 2017. Goals from defender Nathan Smith and a late Rhys Browne strike were enough as Yeovil were the 1-2 victors on the night.

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Tickets

Tickets for this fixture are now SOLD OUT. Please do not travel without a ticket.

NEW CONTRACT | Collins & Wilkinson lead by example

Yeovil Town’s defensive partnership Lee Collins and Luke Wilkinson are building from the back in more ways than one, signing contract extensions for an extra year with no additional financial incentives, protecting your clubs’ future.

Collins and Wilkinson both enjoyed successful debut seasons for the Glovers with Wilkinson even featuring the Non-League Paper’s team of the season.

These extensions highlight the club’s the club’s motto; ‘Achieve by Unity’ more than ever, with the foundations of any team being the central defensive pairing, their example showcases what this crop of players feels about Yeovil Town F.C.

Desperate to remain at the club and lead this club back into the Football League, both defenders committed to the club with no additional financial incentives.

Club captain Collins, settled into his role as the prevailing voice amongst players in the dressing room expertly, producing commanding performances on a weekly basis.

On leading by example, Collins said: “I love being captain, it doesn’t make me any different to the rest of the boys, I’ve just have to maintain standards 24/7.

“I’ve been captain at my last four, maybe five clubs so it’s not new to me, I know what comes with this responsibility. There’s a lot of leaders in that dressing room alongside me so I’m not alone.”

There were many stand-out moments for the Glovers last season, and nobody was more involved in them than Luke Wilkinson. From donning the goalkeeper gloves at Solihull away, to scoring a sumptuous free kick against Wrexham at Huish Park.

On the importance of his starting defenders, manager Darren Sarll said; “They’re the bedrock of our football team. They’re two hugely important players.

“The real pride for me as their employer is that they wanted to be here, especially as there’s no financial gain in that extension. They just wanted to spend more time at Yeovil, that is unbelievably rare in this day and age.

“As long as their performances stay up there, they’re going to be the heartbeat of this football team.”  

Collins, who began his career in the Wolves academy, has achieved one promotion in his career with Hereford in 2008 and will be vying for his second with Yeovil in the upcoming National League season.

It’s a similar story for Wilkinson whose sole promotion was in the division below with Dartford in 2012, on the thought of leading Yeovil to promotion the central defender stated it would be the ‘highlight of his football career.’

Yeovil Town are delighted that both Collins and Wilkinson have extended their deals with the club and wish the all the best during their extended tenure in Somerset.

CLUB NEWS | Priestnall Appointed to National League Board

Yeovil Town Chairman Scott Priestnall has joined the Board of the National League, after his nomination was confirmed at last week’s League AGM.

Scott who was nominated for the position by two existing Directors of the league, has been a high-profile advocate for innovation in League operations and his confirmation as a Director is being interpreted as a very proactive step.

Commenting Scott said “I am very honoured to have been nominated and I look forward to working with the board to help drive the league commercially and aid clubs through this season after what has been a difficult time for everyone.”

Scott took part in his first full Board meeting this week.

SEASON TICKETS | Further information on Season Ticket sales

Yeovil Town are pleased to confirm the 2020/21 Season Ticket details as we prepare to welcome the loyal Green Army to Huish Park once again.

The club has been helped immensely in its planning for reduced capacity games at the start of next season by the incredible response to our recent season ticket holder survey, which saw over 600 responses. From those responses it was clear that the vast majority of the Green and White army just want to see their Glovers back in action and are prepared to be flexible on items like exact seating locations etc.

Thanks to your support and help we can now answer all your season ticket FAQs! 

 

What will the reduced capacity of Huish Park be?

Until advised by the authorities we cannot confirm this figure, so for the time being season ticket sales will be capped at 1,500 (although we anticipate our reduced capacity will be higher than this figure).

 

How can the club and fans work together to maximise the number of fans who can watch games at Huish Park?

A shared responsibility will be the key to allowing the return of supporters under step five of the Governments plan for the return of live sport. Further guidance will be provided to supporters when it becomes available.

It will be vital that supporters work with the club to ensure their safety and the continuation of supporters being allowed to attend matches.  A new spectators code of conduct will be produced to provide supporters with basic information they will need in order to return to Huish Park.

Working within the current COVID 19 guidance will mean initially that we are unable to guarantee existing season ticket holders the same places inside the ground as they are used to. We understand the importance and history attached for many supporters to certain seats or areas of the ground and it is very much our intention to return season ticket holders to their preferred spaces as soon as COVID 19 guidance allows us to. However, getting people back to Huish Park will require the help and understanding of our amazing supporters and require us to move many to different areas than they have previously been used to. We will also ask that where it is possible, supporters sit or stand with Family members or group themselves with members of a social bubble. This help from season ticket holders will be vital if we are to return as many people to Huish Park for the 2020-21 season

 

How will tickets go on sale?

We will ask existing supporters to renew their season tickets based upon the same details as last year. At renewal stage you will also be asked to confirm any existing season ticket holders that you could sit or stand next to as part of a family or social bubble or whether you will attend games on your own.

Once the renewal period closes we will then work to place you as close to your original ticket details as we can within the adjustments for social distancing Please note that while we endeavour to get every supporter as close as we can to their original place, there will inevitably need to be movement and it is likely that there may need to be an adjustment to your current ticket details. Where a season ticket needs to be moved in accordance with Social Distancing rules, we will aim firstly to move to a seat within the same Block. If this is not possible then we will try our hardest to move your ticket no further than one Block away from the original position. Once we have allocated these positions, we will then contact all supporters to confirm their allocated seat/stand.

All renewals will be available to purchase online and we ask that supporters renew through the website where possible as the ticket office is currently running on reduced staff.

In line with our child welfare policy we will now require all under 12’s to be accompanied by an adult. A new under 12 ticket categories is now available and will only be sold with an accompanying adult/senior ticket. In any incidence of an existing season ticket holder being under 12 and requiring an accompanying adult please contact the ticket office (info@ytfc.net) for further details.

 

What Priorities Apply to Season Ticket Sales?

Sales will initially be restricted to renewals of existing season tickets only for the first two weeks of.

After the second week we will then pause sales whilst we contact supporters about any required amendments to seat positions.  

Once the number of renewals has been determined and we have established how all existing season ticket holders can be grouped we will then be able to determine the capacity available for general sale by the third week of sales and will open to new season ticket purchases if there is available capacity under the Local authorities current guidance.

Supporters should note that all sales are subject to the latest government COVID-19 guidance and that we maybe required to change arrangements in line with any new guidance if issued.

 

When will season tickets go on sale?

Season tickets will be available from next week. 

 

What is the season ticket pricing?

Early bird

This year, for seated season ticket holders the early bird season ticket value works out at £13 a game (A saving of SEVEN free games).

Supporters who like to keep Huish park rocking in the Thatchers Gold Stand can enjoy the early bird price of just £10 a match (the value of EIGHT free games).

Full prices:

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NB see separate section below regarding important information on individual match tickets for reduced capacity games.

 

What season ticket holder bonuses are there this season?

The Yeovil Town season ticket is not just access to the National League action, it’s much more than that!

  • The latest strip: Every kids season ticket (U16, U12) comes with the latest Yeovil Town shirt!
  • Instalment pay: Following feedback from the Supporters Alliance, we are setting up a facility with a financial partner for fans who wish to pay in instalments.
  • Priority booking: Early access to cup and play-off match tickets.
  • Money off: Season Ticket holders will enjoy 10% off in the club shop.

Am I guaranteed to get my usual spot at Huish Park?

Due to the social distancing that will likely be required at early games, we cannot guarantee that season ticket holders will have their normal seat in the Screwfix or Main Stand, however we will endeavour to ensure as many supporters as possible are in their usual seats.

We are very grateful for fans understanding on this point.

 

Will single game tickets be available for reduced capacity games?

We cannot guarantee this at the moment as this depends on the total amount of season tickets sold and the reduced capacity applied to the ground. If they are available for individual games during the reduced capacity period, it is highly like that the club will have to either limit the number of concession match day tickets sold or apply higher prices for some price bands.

Key Dates Confirmed For Vanarama National League Season 2020/21

The new Vanarama National League season is edging ever closer.

With the excitement starting to build we are delighted to announce the key dates for your diary.

This year’s highly anticipated fixture release will be on Tuesday 8th September at 1pm.

The season begins in just over a months’ time. The National League clubs will get things underway on Saturday 3rd October.

National League North and South sides will be in FA Cup action that day – and their battle for points kicks off with a midweek programme days later. Because of the later than usual start, the league season will conclude on Saturday 29th May.

The play-offs for each division will take place over the first three weekends of June. The festive period is always crucial to supporters and there will of course be a full Boxing Day offering on Saturday 26th December.
Games will also be scheduled for Monday 28th December, with the first match of 2021 pencilled in for Saturday 2ndJanuary.

Round dates for the FA Cup and FA Trophy can be found at: www.thefa.com