Month: October 2020

MATCH REPORT | Yeovil Town 0-1 Chesterfield

Yeovil Town’s search for a win continued as Chesterfield ran out the 1-0 victors at Huish Park.

In a game of few chances, Tom Denton’s second half strike following an Albi Skendi mistake separated the two sides as frustrations continue for Yeovil.

Darren Sarll opted for a change of system for the Glovers, returning to a back four as injuries limited his options.

Morgan Williams made his second Yeovil Town debut as he lined up in centre back alongside Luke Wilkinson. There was experience on the defensive flanks as Carl Dickinson and Daniel Leadbitter began in the full back roles.

It was an unexpected start in midfield for Ryan Burke, who lined up alongside Charlie Lee, Matt Worthington.

The change of system saw a three-pronged attack for Town, with Albi Skendi, Matt Warburton and Joe Quigley leading the line.

The first half was characterised by its distinct lack of any action for either side.

A sight of goal was a rare sight, with Yeovil’s single chance falling to Warburton, who saw his flicked header fly wide of the mark.

Despite enjoying a lot of the ball, the visitors did very little in terms of chance creation, with the Glovers backline holding firm.

The second half saw both sides roll the dice, with chances beginning to fall.

The post was struck on 50 minutes as Laurence Maguire rose highest from a set-piece, however the defender was adjudged to have run offside.

Straight up the other end, Yeovil tested Kyle Letheren. After a driving run, Warburton found himself with room to shoot on the edge of the box but the Chesterfield shotstopper held the Northampton loanee’s effort.

With the game on a knifedge, it was either going to be individual brilliance or a mistake what separated the two sides, and in this game’s case it was the latter. As Skendi failed to clear his lines, the in-form Denton pounced, hammering an effort beyond A.Smith, claiming the lead on 70 minutes.

The goal sparked Yeovil pressure, and the broken record of a potential penalty continued for Town as substitute Rhys Murphy was seemingly clipped in the box.

Huffing and puffing, the green and whites could not blow down the Chesterfield defensive wall, as the visitors held on for an away victory.  


Yeovil Town: A.Smith; Dickinson, Williams, Wilkinson, Leadbitter; Lee, Burke (Rogers), Worthington (J.Smith); Skendi, Warburton (Murphy), Quigley

Subs not used: Palmer, D’Ath

Bookings: Quigley


Chesterfield: Letheren, Smith Sharman, Evans, Maguire, Buchanan, Weston, Butterfield, Kiwomya, Denton, Tyson.

Subs: Wharton, Denton, Rawson, Mandeville, Hollis

SIGNING | Williams returns to boost the backline

Yeovil Town are delighted to announce the signing of Morgan Williams on loan from Coventry City for one month.

A recognisable face to Glovers fans, the 21-year old enjoyed a short but successful loan spell with the club over the Christmas period last year, where he made an instant impact with a clean sheet on his debut against FC Halifax Town.

Morgan will go straight into the squad for this afternoon’s encounter with Chesterfield, a side he faced for the Glovers during his last spell. That evening Town were the 2-1 victors with the centre back barely putting a foot wrong, with the Spireites’s goal coming in spectacular fashion through Curtis Weston.

Speaking on his latest loan addition, Darren Sarll said; “After Collins and Staunton suffered injury at key times it was evident, we may need another type of ingredient to ensure the team performs better.

“The option was and is still there for several senior out of work players to come into the squad but what I immediately requested Morgan because of his playing traits. He is very different to what we have, and he made a huge impression on us all the last time he was on loan.

“He knows the group, to some extent, and understands what it is to play for Yeovil, the expectations that are placed on the players and the need to win games on a weekly basis.

“It’s great to have him back and I hope he has a great experience with us again.”

Everybody at Yeovil Town is pleased to welcome Morgan back to the club and wish him all the best during his second spell in Somerset.


MATCH PREVIEW | Yeovil Town – Chesterfield

Yeovil Town host Chesterfield FC on Saturday afternoon (3pm) in the National League.  

Darren Sarll will be hoping his side can bounce back following a disappointing home defeat to Sutton United on Tuesday evening.  

The games keep coming thick and fast in this division, with the clash against Chesterfield the fourth fixture in a sequence of six games in just 21 days.   


Team News 

The Glovers are still without attacking forward Courtney Duffus, who is expected to be sidelined for some time while Josh Staunton is the latest to receive treatment from the medical room after he sustained an injury in Tuesday night’s clash at Huish Park.  


A foot in the opposition camp

Chesterfield haven’t made the greatest of starts to the new league season only winning one of their five opening league games with their only win coming against Woking back in early October.  

John Pemberton’s side currently sit in 22nd place within the relegation zone losing all of their other four games against Hartlepool United, Torquay United, Stockport County, and Wealdstone.  

Despite their poor form, they did reach the First Round of the Emirates FA Cup last weekend after 7-6 penalty shoot-out win over fellow National League side Stockport County at Proact Stadium.  


Previous Encounters  

Last time out against the SpireitesYeovil secured a fine 2-1 away victory at the Technique Stadium thanks to first half goals from Myles Hippolyte and Rhys Murphy which gave the Glovers a comfortable lead at the break. 

The second half offered the hosts hope as Curtis Weston smashed in a volley from distance to give Chesterfield a way back into the game, however their much improved second-half performance couldn’t break down an in form Yeovil Town side who moved up to second in the league table following that victory.  


Pre-Match Views 

Carl Dickinson“Looking ahead to the weekend we’ve got to put Tuesday’s result and performance behind us. We’ve got to have the right mindset going into the game and make sure that we do the simple things much better.  

“Saturday is going to be an even bigger game for us as we want to put right the wrongs and show everyone what we are capable of and why we reached the positions we did last season. We owe a massive performance to the gaffer but most importantly the fans.” 



The National League clash will be shown on YTFC Live for £9.99. 

For radio listeners, BBC Somerset and Three Valleys radio will be covering the game alongside social media updates across the YTFC channels. 

INTERVIEW | Carl Dickinson reflects on a difficult evening for Yeovil Town

Carl Dickinson offered an honest assessment of Yeovil Town‘s display in a 2-1 defeat to Sutton United on Tuesday evening. 

Harry Beautyman’s double secured an emphatic away win for the London based side at Huish Park.  

Joe Quigley netted in the first half in an attempt for Darren Sarll’s side to produce a magnificent turn around, but Yeovil fell to their second defeat of the campaign.  

Reflecting on the result, Carl Dickinson told BBC Somerset: “We didn’t do enough it’s as simple as that. We can’t play a first half like we did and give so many people the opportunities we did tonight. We need to do more and it’s as simple as that to be honest.  

“I think we’ve got to give more for each other because the start hasn’t been great and it’s not a true reflection of our quality but tonight, I’m just honestly lost for words, I don’t know what to say on behalf of tonight’s performance.”  

The defender added: “It sounds cliché, but as an experienced player you’ve literally got to keep your head down and ensure that everyone is as positive as they can be around the camp after a defeat and performance like this.  

“There were bits that were decent tonight, but we’ve got to do way more individually, collectively, and we’ve got to be a lot harder to play against if we’re to start picking up some good results. The only way we can affect that is on the training pitch, so we’ve got to make sure everyone is at it and focused for Saturday.”  

With the games coming thick and fast over a busy period, the Glovers return to action this Saturday as Chesterfield make the trip to Huish Park, and Dickinson is eager for a response from him and his team following last night’s performance.  

“We just got move on from this and go into the next training session and work our socks off again for another tough game on Saturday. 

“Looking ahead to the weekend we’ve got to put this behind us and go again. We’ve got to have the right mindset going into the game and make sure that we do the simple things much better.  

“Saturday is going to be an even bigger game for us as we want to put right the wrongs and show everyone what we are capable of and why we reached the positions we did last season. We owe a massive performance to the gaffer but most importantly the fans.” 

MATCH REPORT | Yeovil Town 1-2 Sutton United

Yeovil Town fell to a disappointing defeat on Tuesday evening as Sutton United were the 2-1 victors at Huish Park.

After the visitors took an early lead through Harry Beautyman, a late first half goal from Joe Quigley offered hope for Town after a lacklustre opening 45 minutes.

Beautyman was a consistent danger to the Glovers, firing a second from the penalty spot, securing all three points returned to South London.

With Luke Wilkinson returning from his suspension, Carl Dickinson was the casualty in the Glovers backline as Albi Skendi and Josh Staunton retained their spaces.

Dan Leadbitter and Gabby Rogers started on the flanks, with Lawson D’Ath, Charlie Lee and Matt Warburton in the middle.

After their goalscoring performances on Saturday, Joe Quigley and Rhys Murphy began up top.

Despite a similar side to Saturday, the Glovers began the game in polarising fashion.

Sutton began the game well on top, with Yeovil struggling to find any sort of out ball. It didn’t take long for Yeovil’s pressure to tell, as the tricky Beautyman hammered the visitors in front from the edge of the box on ten minutes.

The goal did little to inspire the Glovers, with the midfield struggling to connect with Murphy and Quigley who were leading the line.

After a poor start, Darren Sarll would have felt nothing was going his way as Josh Staunton fell awkwardly leading to him being replaced by Carl Dickinson in Yeovil’s back three.

With what was seemingly the Glovers first chance of the evening, Town would snatch and equaliser with half-time looming. A free-kick played into Lee’s path eventually found Quigley who acrobatically finished from around 12-yards to level the affair in added time.

Sutton must have felt hard-done-by to be behind at the break, and Matt Gray’s side came out for the second half with a vengeance.

That fire in the Sutton belly soon forced a penalty as Wilkinson was adjudged to have fouled as Sutton broke away. The always bright Beautyman stepped up and comfortably dispatched.  

Despite trailing, the goal did spark Town into life, enjoying a lot of the ball in the second half.

With referee’s a constant talking point, this man in the middle did little to keep himself out of the Glovers’ supporters’ mouths, denying two vocal penalty shouts from Yeovil. The first came following Rogers corner which caused pinball football in the box, eventually seeing the ball seemingly handled by a Sutton defender.

The second came as Murphy tried to turn home Quigley’s initial effort, but felt he was hauled down as he bared down on goal for what would have been a tap-in.

Sutton did well to break up the play as the game came to a close, playing a deep line and effectively dealing with the majority of what Town threw at them.

With bodies forward, Town did little to test Bouzanis in the Sutton net as the U’s held firm for their victory.


Yeovil Town: A.Smith; Staunton (Dickinson), Skendi, Wilkinson; Leadbitter, Rogers, Lee (Clarke), Warburton (J.Smith), D’Ath; Murphy, Quigley.

Subs not used: Burke, Palmer.


MATCH PREVIEW | Yeovil Town – Sutton United

Yeovil Town host Sutton United on Tuesday evening (7:45pm) as the Glover return to National League action.

Darren Sarll will be hoping his side will be still riding the high of Saturday’s shootout victory following an enthralling 3-3 draw with Dover Athletic.

Sutton United have enjoyed a positive start to the 2020/21 season as the U’s currently sit in a play-off position after three victories from four games.


Injury news

The Glovers will likely be without Lee Collins who once again sat out on Saturday afternoon following a knock against Dagenham & Redbridge. Courtney Duffus also remains unavailable with a shoulder injury.

Saturday’s FA Cup clash saw the return of Lawson D’Ath, with Luke Wilkinson available to return to league action on Tuesday evening after serving his suspension.


A foot in the opposition camp

After three wins from four games so far this season, Matt Gray’s men will be looking to build on this during their trip to Somerset. The U’s already have wins over Maidenhead, Aldershot, and Weymouth all under their belt, but back-to-back defeats have seen Sutton knocked out of the FA Cup.

The dangerman for Sutton is creative midfielder Harry Beautyman. The focal point of all Sutton attacks, he was a thorn in the Glovers side at Gander Green Lane in December. The midfielder will be familiar to Sarll, having worked together briefly at Stevenage.



The National League clash will be shown on YTFC Live for £9.99.

For radio listeners, BBC Somerset and Three Valleys radio will be covering the game alongside social media updates across the YTFC channels.

CLUB NEWS | Glovers Trust to fund second day of free meals

Thanks to funding from the Glovers Trust, Yeovil Town will now be hosting two days of free meals for Children. 

This Wednesday, there will be a Brunch Club from 10:30am-1pm.

Nick’s Fruit and Veg will also be on site offering food to those that are in need. 

On Thursday, Yeovil will also have free school meals available, with more information HERE.

CLUB NEWS | Confirmation of refund for Saturday’s stream

Following a backend issue which meant match footage was not available on Sportsradar’s platform in the opening stages of Saturday’s FA Cup game, anybody who purchased a match pass will receive a full refund. 

Those who have purchased the season pass will also receive £5 as a goodwill gesture. These refunds will be processed shortly.

The club would like to apologise for any inconvenience caused by the disruption on Saturday afternoon. Yeovil Town is committed to building a live streaming service which offers coverage of the highest standard for our home fixtures.

CLUB NEWS | FA Cup First Round draw

Yeovil Town will find out their Emirates FA Cup First Round opponents this evening, with the draw taking place ahead of tonight’s televised Fourth Qualifying Round clash between Bishop’s Stortford and St. Albans City. 

Glovers fans will be able to watch the draw on BT Sport or on the @EmiratesFACup twitter feed where the draw will be live streamed from around 7:10pm. 

The first round will see Football League sides from League One and Two, but Darren Sarll isn’t fussed about who he draws, just “as long as it’s at home!”

Yeovil Town have been assigned ball number 77 for this evening’s draw.


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MATCH REPORT | Yeovil Town U18 2-5 Cheltenham Town

A brace for Hughes but Glovers fall to another league defeat against Cheltenham

Following a narrow FA Youth Cup defeat in midweek, the U18’s returned to league action against Cheltenham still seeking their first league points of the season.

Amidst wet and blustery conditions, Cheltenham took the early lead when a cross shot was stabbed home from 5 yards by the visiting striker. Yeovil regrouped and were unlucky to see a goal by Omba ruled out for a foul on the goalkeeper following a corner. On 22 minutes, and after a spell of pressure, Cheltenham extended their lead from a corner with a towering header from the visiting centre back. The home side suffered a further setback from a set piece when a near post header made it 0-3.

Yeovil dug deep and managed to grab a penalty in the 30th minute after Aborra was bundled to the floor. Just as he did the week before, Hughes dispatched the penalty and Yeovil could sense a comeback on the cards, 1-3.  The home side were beginning to string some passes together and Lloyd had a great chance to further reduce the arrears but the keeper made a great save from his stinging shot.  However, Cheltenham gave a reminder of their attacking strength when hitting the post with successive shots as the half drew to a close.

Team Manager Mark Challen sent Haste on for Lloyd to start the second half and the young striker was quick into the action seeing a goal-bound shot expertly blocked in defence. Medrano saw his header sail just over from the resulting corner as the home side continued to press. As the conditions continued to play a part, Shock saw red for what the referee deemed was a dangerous tackle, and the Young Glovers were now very much facing an uphill task. 

To their credit the home side never gave up and on 70 minutes, following a great run down the right from Aborra, Hughes grabbed his second of the day with a smart finish into the corner to make the score 2-3. Cheltenham made some changes as the half wore on and this paid dividends with what proved to be the decisive goal in the 80th minute. Following a neat one-two down the left, one of the substitute players finished smartly into the bottom corner leaving the score at 2-4. Understandably, this seemed to knock the stuffing out of the home side and Cheltenham got their 5th in the dying moments after a strong run through midfield. 


GLOVERS U18: Nasta, Graziano, Callow, Famy (Crane 82), Omba, Medrano (C), Aborra, Guppy, Lloyd (Haste 45), Hughes, Shock.

Yeovil will be away to face Swindon Town next Saturday 31st October.

CLUB NEWS | Martin Baker: Glovers Trust Terrace unveiled

This afternoon Yeovil Town were delighted to unveil the ‘Martin Baker: Glovers Trust Terrace,’ in honour of the late Martin Baker.

After raising vital funds for the club during our Crowdfunder campaign this year, the Glovers Trust came together and raised over £5,000 to name the stand after Martin.

With Glovers Trust sponsoring our FA Cup clash with Dover, the club would like to thank the trust for its continued support, especially in these uncertain times.

In a statement, the Glovers Trust said;

“To all those who used the Ciderspace website Martin Baker was known as the person who brought every scrap of YTFC information to the fans.  His explanations, of often complex situations, were easily understood by all of us who regularly logged in. They were tempered with a quick wit and when required the precision of a surgeon’s scalpel. Nothing escaped his gaze and whether or not you had ever met him you felt he was a great friend.

“The Glovers Trust are proud to be able to sponsor the Away End in Martin’s name. From the inception of the Trust Martin was a true believer in its cause. He was one of six fans who attended the London offices of Supporters Direct in 2015 and pitched the case for setting up a Supporters Trust. He understood the need for an independent voice for supporters, the desire to have a say in how the Club that generations of fans had supported.

“On many occasions in the following years he gave the Trust guidance, support and knowledge which was used to attempt to persuade those in charge to listen to the fan’s grievances and points of view.  If Badger were here today it is more than likely he would point to the support that fans have given over the pandemic period as an example of how Club and fans should work together. He would urge fans to see that it was more important than ever to have a strong Trust, able to continue the encouraging dialogue that has developed with the present ownership. He would be looking ahead to greater cooperation and representation for all involved in this, our Club.

“It is believed that Martin Baker is the very first supporter to have received this important recognition of a named stand in the 125-year history of YTFC. How fitting that he should be number one.

“Martin Baker is sorely missed by many but will be forgotten by none.”

MATCH REPORT | Yeovil Town 3-3 Dover Athletic

Yeovil Town were involved in an enthralling FA Cup tie at Huish Park drawing 3-3 with Dover in normal time.

The Glovers were able to triumph from the spot after Adam Smith made the decisive stop following thirteen penalties between the two sides.

Prior to the shootout, the 90 minutes beforehand were just as hectic with Rhys Murphy netting a double in the first half and Joe Quigley heading home his first Yeovil goal in the second.

Darren Sarll opted to continue with his 3-5-2 system which produced improved performances in the National League.

With Luke Wilkinson suspended and Lee Collins injured, Albi Skendi, Josh Staunton and Carl Dickinson lined up as a back three.

After a number of bright performances, Gabby Rogers began at left wing back, Dan Leadbitter began on the right.

Returning from injury, Lawson D’Ath began in the middle of the park alongside Charlie Lee and Matt Warburton.

Yeovil Town’s goalscorers combined up top as Murphy and Quigley led the line.

The manic cup tie began with Town on top pressing the Whites shaky defence deep. As Yeovil enjoyed a lot of the ball, Dover began sitting more and more deep.

Finding space to run in abundance, Murphy capitalised, driving to the edge of the box and firing home on his left foot claiming an early lead for Town on nine minutes.

With the wind in their sails, Town were relentless, with Quigley and D’Ath both testing Tom Smith between the sticks for Dover as the half progressed.

Yeovil claimed a thoroughly deserved second for Yeovil on 31 minutes, after a corner caused chaos in the Dover box, Murphy pounced and tucked home his second of the afternoon.

Despite Yeovil dominance, cracks began to show in the backline with Dover finding space on the flanks. Ultimately, the visitors would find a way back into the game, with two goals in quick succession.

Summer signing Louis Collins struck twice for the East Kent side, both in similar fashion. Drifting towards the backpost Collins tucked home Josh Passley’s cross on 40 minutes to make a game of it.

Not learning from their earlier mistake, Collins stung the green and whites again, turning the ball home and delivering a sucker punch for Town with the half time whistle looming.

After a disappointing end to the first half, Yeovil began the second with real intent, carving Dover open with Quigley being once again denied by Arsenal loanee T.Smith.  

It didn’t take long for Quigley to put that chance behind him as he was able to get the better of the Dover shotstopper on 48 minutes. A sublime cross from Leadbitter was met by Quigley to head home his first goal for the Glovers on his home debut.

The goal did little to put out Dover’s fire, as the visitors bounced back with a number of chances on the break, Collins who would’ve been hopeful for a hat-trick had an effort saved by A.Smith at the near post.

Dover’s counter-attack game plan worked to perfecting on 63 minutes, as T.J. Bramble poked home to level the tie once again.

Set-pieces became an increasing threat for Sarll’s side as the game entered its closing stages, with Staunton going close twice in the space of a minute, heading onto the bar and dragging an effort just wide of the mark.

Rogers, who stretched Dover on a number of occasions, had his best effort from around 25-yards saved by T.Smith.

In the closing stages, Dover were more adventurous creating an end to end affair, but clear-cut chances failed to fall for Yeovil and Dover in the final moments.

The referee’s whistle was not a welcome sound to either side, as the lottery of penalty shootout was to decide the FA Cup tie.

Despite T.Smith being the star of the show for the visitors, it was his namesake in the Yeovil goal who was the match-winner. The former Leicester City man denied Wratten from the spot and secured Yeovil’s name would be in Monday’s draw.


Yeovil Town: A.Smith; Dickinson, Skendi, Staunton; Rogers (Burke), Leadbitter, Lee (J.Smith), D’Ath (Worthington), Warbuton; Murphy, Quigley

Subs not used: Clarke, Palmer, Lloyd


CLUB NEWS | #EndChildFoodPoverty

Following the excellent work of Marcus Rashford MBE, Yeovil Town stand with the Manchester United forward’s clear message that no child should go hungry.

Next Thursday (29th October), Yeovil Town will be serving meals for children who receive free school meals between 12-2pm.

The meals will be served at the club’s Huish Park Stadium in the Alec Stock Lounge. There’s no need to book, just arrive at the ground and the club will be happy to help! 

Meals include: Sausage, Mash, Chips, Peas/Beans.

Fish Fingers, Chips, Peas/Beans.

Chicken Nuggets, Chips, Peas/Beans.

Alongside a drink and a piece of fruit.

We will also be providing both gluten free and vegetarian options with infromation on these available upon arrival.

As a club deeply embedded into its community, the club has a responsibility to help wherever it possibly can, and the campaign to #EndChildFoodPoverty is the perfect example of this.

MATCH PREVIEW | Yeovil Town – Dover Athletic

Yeovil Town kick off their 2020/21 FA Cup campaign on Saturday afternoon (3pm) as Dover Athletic visit Huish Park.

Darren Sarll will be looking to secure his side’s first win of the season, in a competition he holds dear to his heart.

The visitors after a troubling Summer, have endured a mixed start to their season. Despite upsetting Notts County thanks to a late winner at the Crabble on the opening weekend of the season, Andy Hessenthaler’s side have fallen to four consecutive defeats, conceding 14 goals in the process.


Darren Sarll’s thoughts

Despite the visitor’s poor start to the season, the Boss is expecting a tough afternoon at Huish Park, where his side will have to be at their very best to win.

“Any side that is managed by Andy Hessenthaler is going to see life a certain way and they will be very competitive as they always are. We don’t write anyone off, I don’t write any team off because of their form or look at where they are based in the table, I’m always expecting a tough game.

“We’ll take our necessary preparation to try and be at our very best and hopefully with the right care, focus and intensity we will be good enough to beat most teams not just Dover. I’ll take the same attitude into Saturday whether that would be against Dover or Stockport at the other end of the league. They are very tough games and this weekend we know exactly what we’re in for and how hard a test it’s going to be.”


Injury news

In his press conference, Sarll confirmed that Courtney Duffus remains unavailable for “at least five weeks.” The Glovers top scorer this season sustained a shoulder injury in our draw against FC Halifax Town.

In the defence, Yeovil will look different with Lee Collins being “unlikely” to start after being substituted in the first half against Dagenham after taking a knock. Luke Wilkinson is suspended following his red card at Victoria Road.


A foot in the opposition camp

After financial problems struck the Whites in the Summer, there was a mass exodus in East Kent, with the likes of Nassim L’Ghoul and Innih Effiong moving on from the Crabble.

Recent signings have seen Hessenthaler dip into the loan market, bringing in goalkeeper Tom Smith from Arsenal and defender Bayli Spencer-Adams from Watford, who has already got two first team apps under his belt for the Hornets.



Live streaming details for Saturday’s match are available from HERE.

Live radio commentary will be provided by BBC Somerset and Three Valleys Radio alongside social media updates on the Yeovil Town channels.

LIVE STREAMING | Introducing YTFC Live

Introducing YTFC Live – watch the Glovers home fixtures live on Yeovil Town’s brand new streaming platform.

In partnership with Sportradar, Yeovil Town are delighted to confirm streaming details for this weekend’s game, and all upcoming home fixtures.

From Saturday’s FA Cup clash against Dover, Glovers fans can enjoy full match coverage, with match graphics and live commentary on our brand new platform. 

Fixtures will be available via PPV (pay-per view) for £9.99. To purchase your tickets, click the link HERE.

Season ticket holders who opted to swap their tickets for a streaming pass will receive an email with details on how they can access the fixtures online today.

Yeovil Town’s live streaming platform can be accessed by clicking HERE, or by clicking YTTV on the menu bar at the top of the page. 

INTERVIEW | “I love the romance of this competition” – Darren Sarll

Darren Sarll discussed a number of topics during his pre-match press conference ahead of this weekend’s Emirates FA Cup clash with Dover Athletic. 

The Glovers kick off their FA Cup campaign on Saturday afternoon at Huish Park as the oldest domestic cup competition in world football returns to the calendar 

With Yeovil entering the Fourth Qualifying Round stage this season, Sarll has outlined his ambition and love for the competition and much more.  

Read on for his thoughts on the game… 

On how far Yeovil can go in the FA Cup this season… 

“Obviously, every team wants to draw the biggest teams and go as far as possible in the competition, but I think if we maintain the performances that I’ve seen over the last couple of games then I can’t see why not we can challenge that. 

“The more we’ve gone this season we’ve looked like a new side in terms of the structure and signings we’ve made. We are striving each week to be the best team possible. We’ve just carried on plodding away and we have certainly worked really hard this week in order to have a positive outcome on Saturday.

“We’ve had a really good week of training with some parts of week focusing on recovery and the rest on intense training over short periods of time. I‘just really looking forward to the game and got lots of belief that we can perform the same as we have in previous games or even better.”  

On his love for the competition… 

“I love the FA CupI’ve had the pleasure of growing up knowing how much the cup means to teams, players and managers and also knowing that FA Cup final day is the biggest day in the football calendar.

I love the romance of the competition, the drama and everything else that comes with the magic of the cup. I’ve always cherished the memories I’ve had myself in the Cup and have always been proud to lead a team in such a historic competition.”  

On his opponents Dover Athletic… 

“Any side that is managed by Andy Hessenthaler is going to see life a certain way and they will be very competitive as they always are. We don’t write anyone off, I don’t write any team off because of their form or look at where they are based in the table, I’m always expecting a tough game. 

“We’ll take our necessary preparation to try and be at our very best and hopefully with the right care, focus and intensity we will be good enough to beat most teams not just Dover. I’ll take the same attitude into Saturday whether that would be against Dover or Stockport at the other end of the league.

“They are very tough games and this weekend we know exactly what we’re in for and how hard a test it’s going to be.”  

STEAK NIGHT | Thursday 29th October

Huish Park will be hosting its first Steak Night on Thursday 29th October.

Enjoy 2 Steaks and a bottle of Wine for just £28.50 in the Alec Stock Lounge. 

Bookings can be taken from as early as 6pm with the latest tables available at 8:30pm. 

Booking for this event essential – please call 07717007966.

CHRISTMAS MENU | Bookings now being taken

This year, we’ll be keeping our Christmas Menu traditional, with a number of festive favourites available.  

With us operating in a unique climate, things will operate slightly differently this year. 

The Christmas menu will be offered from Wednesday 4th December and will continue until January 2021. This will allow more people to enjoy our festive menu whilst we have limited space due to COVID-19 safety measures. 

We can accept large booking however, these bookings will be split into tables of six with no mingling between tables. 

Bookings must leave a deposit of £10pp, with pre-orders made at least one week prior to your reservation. 

All reservations will be made between 6:30pm-7:30pm due to the enforced 10pm closing time (subject to change in restrictions).


Full menu:

To start:

Carrot + Corriander Soup s/w Warm Roll and Butter

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ACADEMY | Youth Team & EPDP Open Trials

Do you want the chance to represent Yeovil Town FC U18’s in the South West Youth Alliance League? 
The club will be hosting a number of open trials this half term (26th, 27th, 30th October, 09:00 – 11:00). 
For more details on how you can sign up, please contact Mark Challen via email:
After a succesful intake this year, Yeovil Town’s EPDP is looking ahead to the 2020/21 season.
Open trials will also take place for the college programme this half term (26th, 27th, 30th October, 12:00 – 14:00) 
For more details, please contact Mark Challen via email:
For more information the EPDP in partnership with Yeovil College, click here. 

MATCH REPORT Yeovil Town U18’s 1-5 AFC Bournemouth

Yeovil Town U18’s welcomed table topping AFC Bournemouth U18’s to Alvington in search of a much needed first win of the season.

The visitors set the tone early with some fine interplay and attacking football, sounding a warning of what was to come with an early goal disallowed for offside.  Glovers keeper Nasta made a fantastic acrobatic save on 15 minutes as the one-way traffic continued.

The opening goal came in the 25th minute, following excellent distribution and a slick move down the left, with a side footed finish from Burchall 0-1.

Minutes from the restart Yeovil fell further behind as Bournemouth attacked through the middle allowing Pollock to slot the ball home 0-2.  The Cherries were spraying passes at will and Nesta was called upon to make another excellent save to keep the score down.

Yeovil’s plight got harder when Famy was forced off injured in the 33rd minute with Shock coming on in replacement.

Following a brief spell of Yeovil pressure and a half chance for Shock who was blocked on the edge of the box, Bournemouth broke at pace and a fierce shot from Adams and resulting deflection gave the keeper no chance with a 0-3 scoreline at the break.

Yeovil began the second half in feisty fashion seeing two early bookings for Aborra and Medrano as they sought to put Bournemouth off their stride. The Cherries continued to press, and it took a brave save by Nasta at the feet of Pollock to keep it at 0-3.

Bournemouth began to shake things up, making a series of changes on the hour mark. It was not long after that the Glovers got an opportunity for a foothold in the game when the tireless Lloyd was cynically pulled down in the box with Hughes confidently dispatching the resulting penalty, 1-3.

Buoyed on by the goal, Lloyd made a driving run toward goal and saw his shot well saved by the keeper. The midfield began to press and assert themselves more into the game as Lloyd and Stock combined to fashion another half chance.

As the game entered the final 10 minutes inevitably it was the Cherries who pressed home their advantage; Adams on hand to side foot home after an initial shot from Burgess was parried 1-4. In the dying moments Burchall ran at the heart of the home defence and fired his shot into the net to make it a final score of 1-5. 

Bournemouth are clearly the team to beat in the Youth Alliance South West Division and Yeovil will be hoping to make up ground when they entertain Cheltenham at home on 24th October.

However, you can support the Young Glovers in their next fixture as they face Wimborne Town in FA Youth Cup action at Huish Park on Tuesday evening, with tickets available here.


GLOVERS U18: Nesta, Guppy, Callow, Famy (Shock 33), Omba, Medrano, Aborra, Graziano, Hughes, Andrews, Lloyd

INTERVIEW | Rhys Murphy pleased with overall performance

Yeovil Town departed Victoria Road disappointed not to be leaving with three points, but pleased with the level of their performance, according to forward Rhys Murphy. 

In a game that offered several opportunities for the Glovers with Murphy and Luke Wilkinson both hitting the woodwork, Darren Sarll’s side failed to find their cutting edge and composure in front of goal.  

Despite being down to ten-men for large proportions of the second half after Wilkinson was dismissed by referee Daniel Middleton after a last man challenge on the on-running McQueen, Yeovil held on for their fourth draw of the National League season.  

“I think on reflection, the performance warranted a lot more however, it’s easy to say that because you’ve got to back good performances up with good results, Murphy told BBC Somerset post-match.

“The fact that we’ve come away from home again and for half hour played with 10 men we’ve come off hugely disappointed not to take all three points so there’s many positives to take from this performance. 

“We have to keep working, it was a tough one to take today as we wanted to win, and possible should have won the game but unfortunately, we didn’t take our chances.  

“On the positive side the performance was strong again and we’ve created chances which is always a good thing, and, on another day, they probably go in.  

“We’ve just got to keep working hard each week and eventually the luck will turn and hopefully the results will also turn in our favor.” 

MATCH REPORT | Dagenham & Redbridge 0-0 Yeovil Town

Ten-man Yeovil Town battled hard for a point against Dagenham & Redbridge on Saturday afternoon as the Glovers drew 0-0 at Victoria Road.

After a positive first half performance, Luke Wilkinson was given his marching orders in the second half.

Despite being a man down, the Glovers held their own to earn a share of the spoils at Victoria Road.

After switching to a 3-5-2 against Halifax, Darren Sarll opted for more of the same with just two changes to the side which started in Yorkshire.

Adam Smith kept his place between the sticks after a strong start to the season, with Wilkinson, Lee Collins and Josh Staunton ahead of him.

The flanks saw starts for Dan Leadbitter and Gabby Rogers who earnt his first start of the season following a successful cameo against The Shaymen. Charlie Lee, Albi Skendi and Matt Warburton also began in the midfield.

After Courtney Duffus picked up a knock, Joe Quigley started his first game for the Glovers against his former side alongside Rhys Murphy.

The opening stages were an even contest, with chances falling to both sides within five minutes, Sam Deering fired wide with a first-time effort from the hosts but the better of the chances fell to Charlie Lee who had his effort saved by Elliot Justham from around 15-yards out.

As the half progressed, so did Yeovil as Sarll’s side began to apply significant pressure on the Daggers backline.

Murphy thought he had opened the scoring in the 32nd minute, after expertly beating the offside trap, his effort struck the post and agonisingly dropped the wrong side of the line for Dagenham to clear.

The Glovers were dealt a defensive blow as the half entered its closing stages, after captain Collins went down off the ball, he was replaced by Carl Dickinson in the 37th minute.

After being denied by the post, the crossbar denied Town in the 40th minute as Wilkinson hammered a trademark free-kick onto the bar from around 35-yards out.

The second half saw Yeovil begin at the same pace, with Lee firing an effort over the bar in the 46th minute.

The Glovers were dealt another defensive sucker punch in the 60th minute, with Wilkinson given his marching orders for a last-man foul on the pacey Darren McQueen.

Despite the man disadvantage, chances continued to fall for Town, with the always bright Rogers firing over in the 65th minute.

The red card did take the sting out of Yeovil’s continued waves of attacks, largely being limited to the counter attack. Leadbitter should have done better with Yeovil’s best chance on the break, failing to find Murphy as he bared down on goal.

With Skendi and Staunton forming a makeshift central defensive pairing, the ten-man Glovers held firm and secured the green and whites’ first clean sheet of the season.



Yeovil Town: A.Smith; Wilkinson, Staunton, Collins (Dickinson); Leadbitter, Rogers (Worthington), Lee, Skendi, Warburton; Murphy (J.Smith), Quigley

Subs not used: Burke, Clarke.


D&R: Justham; Johnson, Croll, Clark, Deering, Brundle, Balanta, Eleftheriou, McQueen, Brown, Adams.

Subs: Robinson, Saunders, Wright, Brissett.

INTERVIEW | Darren Sarll anticipates a tough trip to Victoria Road

Yeovil Town head to the capital tomorrow afternoon (3pm) to take on Dagenham & Redbridge in search of their first win of the 2020/21 National League Season.

Darren Sarll’s side enter the game on the back of an away draw at Halifax Town on Tuesday evening, however he is under no illusions that tomorrow’s game is going to be an easy test for the Glovers.  

It’s going to be a tough game, when you look at Dagenham before the season started, they recruited heavily with very established players at a significant cost. They’ve assembled well so it’s going to be a difficult test for us. 

“Last season, we obviously only played them the once, but I thought it was real tough game and we arguably signed their best player on the back of that performance (Quigley) 

We played well in midweek and learnt a lot of lessons from it. Hopefully we can learn from those going into the weekend and put in an even better performance in.” 

Joe Quigley made his debut during midweek and Sarll has expressed his importance on getting the best out of his latest signing. 

Joe is a great player and if he provides us with goals then he will be a good asset 

“He is a player I’ve always admired and hoped that one day I could work with him so to have him at the club is great.  

“It was nice to get Joe on the pitch on Tuesday to express his qualities.  

He’s got different qualities to us and has been through a difficult time recently but I as a manager have always prided myself on working with lads who need another chance or that extra bit of motivation so I’m looking forward to getting the most out of Joe this season.”   


Glovers fans can watch Saturday’s clash on Dagenham’s wbsite linked HERE.

TICKETS | U18s to play at Huish Park in FA Youth Cup action

Support the Yeovil Town U18s at Huish Park next Tuesday evening (7:30pm) as they face Wimborne Town in the FA Youth Cup.

All tickets must be purchased in advance with no tickets on sale on the evening of the game. 

Tickets will go off sale at midday on Tuesday – to purchase your tickets click HERE. 

Food will be served in the Alec Stock Lounge from 5pm, to book a table please call – 07717007966 

MATCH PREVIEW | Dagenham & Redbridge – Yeovil Town

The Glovers will look to build on Tuesday evening’s improved performance against FC Halifax Town with a trip to Dagenham & Redbridge on Saturday afternoon (3pm).

Darren Sarll opted for a change of system against The Shaymen which saw a number of chances fall to the Glovers throughout.

The Daggers have struggled in opening weeks, despite strong Summer recruitment which led to many tipping them as promotion, Daryl McMahon’s side have only scored twice in the National League this season.  

New signing Joe Quigley will be hoping to prove a point after joining Yeovil from Dagenham on Tuesday afternoon.


Darren Sarll’s thoughts

Reflecting on Tuesday night’s clash, the boss felt his side were good value despite not securing three points against Pete Wild’s side; “I certainly enjoyed watching it more than I have in our previous three games. I thought we dominated the game and would have been worthy winners if we had taken a couple of our good chances.

“I saw some really good things in the side, and I was very pleased with the performance,” Sarll noted.

“I don’t think there’s a part of the season ever, no matter what team you are, where you don’t have spells of really great and not so great, it’s just part of the season, it’s the rollercoaster of what a season is.

“It will be even more of a rollercoaster for supporters this year, because they’re not in the ground, they don’t get to feel the performance, the vibe and the spirit, so it will be an even more tortuous experience for them this year.”


Injury news

In his weekly press conference, Sarll confirmed that both Rhys Murphy and Courtney Duffus are “50/50” for Saturday’s fixture.

The boss also stated that after sitting out on Tuesday, Lawson D’Ath remains a doubt for the clash in East London.


A foot in the opposition camp

Managed by former Ebbsfleet United and Macclesfield boss Daryl McMahon, the Daggers have high hopes of promotion this season, investing heavily with signings such as the prolific Paul McCallum and the experienced Dean Rance, who McMahon worked with at Ebbsfleet.

McCallum, who netted against the Glovers for Barnet in last season’s play-off eliminator is in fact a doubt for Saturday as McMahon revealed the forward could be out for a “lengthy period” in a recent interview.

Recent results for Dagenham have been mixed, with one win and three losses in the league so far, the sole win came in front of the BT Sport cameras with the Daggers beating Wealdstone 1-0 last weekend thanks to an Angelo Balanta header.



Live streaming coverage will be available via Dagenham’s streaming service, linked HERE.

Radio commentary will be provided by BBC Somerset with text updates on the Yeovil Town social media feeds.  



CARVERY | Sunday 25th October

There’s another opportunity to enjoy a Sunday roast at Huish Park on Sunday 25th 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. 


INTERVIEW | Warburton reflects on Halifax draw

Matt Warburton believes Yeovil Town’s first win of the season is just around the corner after the Glovers were held from home against FC Halifax Town.  

An early goal from the hosts Jeff King was cancelled out by a second-half strike from Courtney Duffus, in an entertaining game at the Shay Stadium.  

Town are still searching for their first win of the National League season after three draws and one loss from the opening four games. Warburton was left frustrated not to take all three points from Tuesday night’s affair despite a dominant Glovers performance 

“It was a disappointing eveningeveryone’s gone into the dressing room disappointed not to take all three points, said the forward.  

“For large portions of the game we dominated the ball, but we didn’t just have that cutting edge to finish them off tonight.

“To be honest I’m disappointed personally as I felt I should have scored about 10 minutes before the end, but in fairness the goalkeeper has made a great save. 

“It was just frustrating coming in knowing that we should have taken all 3 points.”  

The draw still leaves the Glovers in the bottom half of the table, but Warburton believes that if he and his players can maintain their good performance again then a win won’t be far away  

“I wasn’t involved in the first couple of games, but I can see that we are getting stronger as a group, he added.  

The gaffer was delighted with the performance and he was coming out with the mentality that we had won the game rather than drawing it. 

It’s a tough place to come, and I think tonight was full testament to the group and credit to the lads who put a great shift in.

Like I said earlier coming into the dressing room after game, everyone was disappointed and gutted that we didn’t win the game which just shows how high the lads set their standards.  

 “We know we are capable of much more and that win should be right around the corner.”

MATCH REPORT | FC Halifax Town 1-1 Yeovil Town

Yeovil Town were held for their third draw of the season at The Shay, with 1-1 draw with Halifax on Tuesday evening.

After the hosts opened the scoring on the break in the first half, Courtney Duffus grabbed an equaliser for Town in the second half.

The Glovers huffed and puffed throughout, but couldn’t quite claim the advantage, with the Yorkshire based side holding out for a point.

Darren Sarll opted for a change of system for Yeovil, starting with a back three for the first time this season. Josh Staunton, Lee Collins and Luke Wilkinson all began at centre back, with Ryan Burke and Dan Leadbitter pushed further forward as wing backs.

There was a midfield three which included Charlie Lee, Albi Skendi and Matt Warburton with Rhys Murphy and Courtney Duffus leading the line.

The change of system meant Yeovil began brightly, pressing from out wide forcing the Shaymen deep into their own half, but clear-cut chances were few and far between.

The Glovers positive outlook meant a number of bodies were committed forward, leaving the back three exposed. Pete Wild’s side capitalised on the break, claiming the lead in the 6th minute. An incisive breakaway down the Halifax left found Jeff King at the back post to poke home.

After many a conversation about National League referees over the course of the opening fixtures, they continued to be a talking point as Murphy was seemingly denied a penalty after being held in the box.

Despite enjoying the majority of the ball, Yeovil lacked cutting edge throughout the first half, with Halifax deploying an effective counterattack on a number of occasions.

The hosts almost added a second as the half entered its closing stages, as the ball fell to former Glover Gold Omotayo in the box, the Swiss couldn’t quite get the ball out of his feet to pull the trigger.

Following a positive first half, Sarll would have been happy with his side’s overall performance, but thew lack of cutting edge saw the Yeovil boss make an attacking change with Gabby Rogers replacing Birmingham loanee Burke.  

The second half saw added cutting edge for Town, with chances coming in quick succession, firstly for Skendi and Murphy who both struggled to beat Sam Johnson in the Halifax net.

Yeovil finally levelled in the 54th minute, after some pressure from Murphy, the Halifax defenders failed to commit allowing Duffus to burst through and dink the ball beyond Johnson to level the clash.

Duffus’ equaliser saw the game open up, with chances continuing to fall at both ends, the best for Town falling to Lee and Warburton in quick succession, after the formers effort was saved, Northampton loanee Warbuton couldn’t quite turn the ball home.

Chances fell for Halifax too, with A.Smith producing an excellent stop to deny Gevaro Nepomuceno’s goalbound free-kick.

Ultimately, it wasn’t to be for the Glovers who now look to build on an imporved performance away to Dagenham and Redbridge on Saturday.,



Yeovil Town: A.Smith; Leadbitter, Staunton, Collins, Wilkinson, Burke (Rogers); Lee, Skendi, Warburton; Duffus, Murphy (Quigley)

Subs not used: Dickinson, Smith, Worthington.


SIGNING | Joe Quigley signs for the Glovers

Yeovil Town are delighted to confirm the signing of Joe Quigley on a free transfer from Dagenham & Redbridge for the upcoming season.

After netting a brace against the Glovers last August, the towering forward will now line up in Green and White, with a trip to his former employers on the horizon next weekend.

The 23-year old began his career in the Bournemouth academy, but after a number of loan spells across seven different clubs, Quigley decided to settle within the National League on a permanent basis signing for Maidstone United in 2018/19.

His stay in Kent was short lived, moving onto Bromley that same season, with a brief loan spell in the National League South with Eastbourne Borough, where he scored three goals in five games.


Most recently, the former Irish U21 international spent the entirety of 2019/20 with Dagenham & Redbridge scoring five goals before the league season was cut short due to the Coronavirus pandemic.

Our new number 19 walks straight into Darren Sarll’s squad boosting the forward line in preparation for our midweek clash with Halifax.

Everyone at Yeovil Town would like to wish a warm welcome to Joe and hope he enjoys his time at Huish Park.

PREVIEW | Halifax Town – Yeovil Town

The Glovers travel northbound to face FC Halifax Town at The Shay on Tuesday night (7:45pm).

After defeat to Wrexham on Saturday, Darren Sarll will be desperate to put things right against The Shaymen after doing the double over Pete Wild’s side last season.

With the game being played behind closed doors, the match will be streamed on the Halifax Town website, with passes available for £9.99.


Darren Sarll’s thoughts

Speaking after the defeat to Wrexham, Darren Sarll spoke about his sides start to the National League season; “You go through periods in the season that you never know when they come, where it feels like the world is against you every decision and little things like that. I think we’re in that moment now.

“I feel it in the players when they come out, I feel an anxious energy because of how badly they want to get that first win under their belts.

“I’m seeing some performances from some individuals that are very conflicting from what we saw over the last twelve months, and because they’re such great lads with good character, that’s the only logical explanation for it.”


Injury news

After returning from injury on Saturday to face Wrexham, Albi Skendi will be hoping to remain in the fold on Tuesday evening.

Alex John remains a doubt following an injury he sustained in our final pre-season friendly against AFC Bournemouth.


A foot in the opposition camp

There are a number of familiar faces in the Halifax side, with Tom Bradbury and Gold Omotayo now lining up for The Shaymen after leaving the club at the end of last season.

Omotayo enjoyed two eventful outings against Halifax last time out, netting his only two goals for the club in the clash at The Shay, and then being sent off after nine minutes at Huish Park.

The man in the dugout for Halifax is Pete Wild, the former Oldham manager who led the club to victory over Fulham in the FA Cup has enjoyed a successful year at the helm in the National League, guiding his side to the play offs last time out.



Live streaming coverage is available on the Halifax Town website.

There is also radio coverage on Three Valleys Radio and BBC Somerset.

MATCH REPORT | Yeovil Town 0-1 Wrexham AFC

Yeovil Town fell to their first defeat of the National League season against Wrexham at Huish Park.

Kwame Thomas netted the only goal of the afternoon in the opening ten minutes.

Yeovil did look better in the second half, but ultimately the pressure was to no avail as the Red Dragons clung on to claim all three points.

Darren Sarll opted for four changes to the starting line-up, but his defence took a familiar look in Adam Smith, Carl Dickinson, Lee Collins, Luke Wilkinson and Dan Leadbitter.

The midfield and forward line saw the most notable changes, with Albi Skendi and Rhys Murphy returning to the starting line-up and loan signing Matt Warburton making his debut.

The opening stages saw the visitors press with great energy, forcing Adam Smith into a save in the 4th minute as Reece Hall-Johnson fired from the edge of the box.

This energy proved just too much for Yeovil in the 11th minute as Wrexham took the lead. After Yeovil seemingly won the ball through Dickinson, the visitors pressed and won the ball back almost instantly as Jay Harris pounced and found Thomas at the back post, firing the North Wales outfit ahead.

The visitors dominated the game throughout the opening stages, with Yeovil creating very little of note.

The closest Town came to a chance in the opening 45 minutes was a penalty shout, Matt Warburton was hauled down in the box but the referee waved his claims away.

The second half, like previous fixtures saw added impetus for Sarll’s side but still a lack of cutting edge.

Matt Worthington did go close in the 60th minute as his strike flew narrowly over Lainton’s goal.

As Yeovil pushed, the visitors continued to frustrate, and actually create chances of their own on the break as substitute Jordan Ponticelli was eventually smothered by A.Smith as he broke through one-on-one.

The best chance of the afternoon came as Yeovil had one last throw of the dice. Hopeful balls into the box caused havoc in the Wrexham area, but as Duffus dragged the ball into Murphy’s path, a heroic block denied the Glover number nine and secure all three points for the travelling Welshmen.


Yeovil Town: A.Smith; Leadbitter, Collins, Wilkinson, Dickinson (Burke); Lee, Worthington (Rogers), Skendi, J.Smith (Duffus); Warburton, Murphy

Subs: Burke, Staunton, Rogers, D’Ath, Duffus.


Wrexham: Lainton; Hall-Johnson, Vassell, Kelleher, Reckord, Davies, Harris, Young, Rutherford, Thomas, Jeffery

Subs: Dibble, Carrington, Durrell, Jarvis, Ponticelli.

MATCH PREVIEW | Yeovil Town vs. Wrexham

After back to back draws, Yeovil Town now face a stern test in Wrexham as the Red Dragons visit Huish Park this Saturday (3pm).

We last met in our final home fixture pre-lockdown, Darren Sarll will be hoping for more of the same as the Glovers were the 3-0 victors that afternoon, thanks to goals from Courtney Duffus, Luke Wilkinson and Albi Skendi.

Wrexham have had a mixed start to the campaign, with a win over Boreham Wood and a defeat to Solihull Moors on Tuesday night.


Darren Sarll’s thoughts

The gaffer made his praise of Wrexham no secret in his pre-match press conference on Thursday afternoon, speaking via Zoom he said:

“Last year, I remember in my pre-match press conferences before the games last year I said Wrexham were one of the games where you’re playing against a real, proper football club.

“It was one of the games last year that coming into the league for the first time in my career that I was very much looking forward too, and I think the same again.

“They’re a good side and a good club, it will be a very tough game. They’ve played well in their first two games, and we know if our current performance levels are to be replicated, we’ll probably get beat.


Injury news

Darren Sarll described his players as “tight and tired” after Tuesday night’s draw with Wealdstone.

Skendi, who has sat out of Yeovil’s opening fixtures remains a doubt, with Dan Leadbitter, Matt Worthington, Courtney Duffus and Lawson D’Ath all sustaining minor concerns which could see them miss Saturday’s game.


New faces

This week, Yeovil added a new face to the forward ranks, signing Matt Warburton on loan from Northampton Town for the upcoming season.

The forward has previous in non-league, playing for Curzon Ashton, Stockport County and Salford City in the National League North.


A foot in the opposition camp

After making international headlines following news of potential investment from ‘Deadpool’ star Ryan Reynolds and ‘It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia’ creator Rob McElhenney, the Red Dragons have had a mixed start to the 2020/21 season. After a 2-1 victory over Boreham Wood at the Racecourse Ground, the Welsh side travelled southbound to Solihull Moors and fell to a 1-0 defeat.

The man to look out for in dead ball situations is Luke Young. The former Torquay United & Plymouth Argyle man has struck eight goals in a Wrexham shirt, most recently a sublime free kick in their opening clash with Luke Garrard’s Boreham Wood.

After taking charge for his second stint at the club in 2019, Dean Keates has turned Wrexham around. After struggling near the bottom in 19/20, Keates has lifted expectations with strong recruitment in pre-season.



Free live coverage of the match is available on our YouTube channel, with more information linked HERE.

For radio listeners, BBC Somerset and Three Valleys Radio will also be talking you through the action.

As ever, the Yeovil Town social media platforms will keep you up to date with the action.


WATCH LIVE & FREE | Yeovil Town vs. Wrexham

After thousands of you tuned in for Yeovil Town vs. Wealdstone, we are delighted to confirm streaming details for tomorrow’s National League clash with Wrexham.

Glovers fans can enjoy full-match coverage live and free on the Yeovil Town YouTube channel.

The stream will go live at around 2:50pm with match commentator Marcus Duncomb and co-commentator James Kelly previewing the action at Huish Park. 

SIGNING | Matt Warburton signs for the season

Yeovil Town are delighted to confirm the loan signing of Matt Warburton on loan from Northampton Town until the end of the season.

Having already scored twice for the Cobblers this season, the 28-year old now ventures to Somerset, looking for a consistent run of first team football.

The attacker is no stranger to the non-league circuit, playing for Curzon Ashton, Salford City and Stockport County in the National League North.

The 2018-19 season saw Warburton secure promotion to the National League with Stockport County as the Hatters won the National League North. Warburton netted 18 league goals in the process, and hit 25 in all competitions, averaging just shy of a goal every other game.

However, he would not stay in Stockport to enjoy National League football, stepping up to the EFL for the first time in his career signing for Northampton Town. His time in Northampton saw Warburton win the League Two play-offs, beating Exeter City in the final.

Speaking to the Yeovil Town media team after signing, Warburton said; “I’m excited to be here, it’s a great footballing club and once I knew there was interest from the manager, he sold the club to me and I want to be a part of it and get this team promoted.

“I don’t know too much, but everybody I’ve spoken to has said it’s a well ran club and positive about the style they play. It’s a great opportunity for me.”

Everybody at Yeovil Town wishes Matt all the best during his stay in Somerset.

MATCH REPORT | Yeovil Town 2-2 Wealdstone

Yeovil Town and Wealdstone enjoyed a thrilling 2-2 draw on Tuesday night at Huish Park. 

After the visitors struck ahead in the first half, goals from Rhys Murphy and Charlie Lee turned the game on its head.

However, there was one final twist in the tale as Michael Phillips struck an equaliser for the National League South champions.

Darren Sarll opted for a change of system following Saturday evening’s draw with King’s Lynn.

Adam Smith kept his place in goal, but Josh Staunton dropped into the defence in the place of Lee Collins. Luke Wilkinson, Dan Leadbitter, and captain on the night Carl Dickinson completed the defence.

The midfield comprised of five players, with Charlie Lee, Matt Worthington, Jack Clarke, Lawson D’Ath and Jimmy Smith all starting.

Courtney Duffus led the line as a lone striker, and he found himself isolated throughout the first period.

Despite an even opening first exchanges, the Glovers were limited to shots from distance, with Duffus testing Isted from the edge of the box being the only effort of note.

The visitors found the advantage in the 25th minute, after Charlie Lee was adjudged to have handled the ball in the box, veteran Moses Emmanuel converted from the spot.

The goal inspired the hosts, continually pressing the Glovers backline, especially down their right-hand side through Michee Efete.

Yeovil held firm and had their best chance to level on the verge of half-time as Wilkinson’s free kick flew narrowly over the bar.

Sarll needed a reaction from his team after the break, and he got just that through Murphy, netting after just 26 seconds in the second half. After J.Smith’s initial effort was saved by Isted, the Yeovil number nine was the quickest off the mark to turn the ball home.

The Glovers were electric following the goal, pressing every loose ball and bringing the game onto the Stones.

This pressure would pay off in the 60th minute, Dickinson’s well-weighted corner was met by the leaping Lee who rose highest to head home for the Glovers.

Just as Yeovil turned the game around after the break, the Stones came out all guns blazing following the goal, and they would find a leveller in the 74th minute through Michael Phillips.

The Stones should have added a third in the 80th minute, despite a foul on Lee in the build-up, the ball fell to Dennon Lewis who had an open goal to fire in but somehow blazed the ball over.

Yeovil almost added a third as Duffus’ header was flicked into the path of Worthington, but the ball just escaped him as Wealdstone cleared.

As the game came to its conclusion, neither side did enough to snatch a winner as Yeovil now look to Wrexham on Saturday for their first win.




Yeovil Town: A.Smith; Leadbitter, Wilkinson, Staunton, Dickinson; Lee, Worthington, Clarke (Rogers), D’Ath (Murphy), Smith (Collins); Duffus


Subs: Palmer, Burke, Collins, Rogers, Murphy

MATCH PREVIEW | Yeovil Town – Wealdstone F.C.

Huish Park hosts a competitive fixture for the first time since July as Wealdstone are the visitors on Tuesday evening (7:45pm).

Despite the National League kicking off on Saturday, this will be the Stones’ first fixture after their clash with Chesterfield was postponed due to a waterlogged pitch. 

The Glovers will be looking to claim three points for the first time this season after opening with a hard-fought draw with King’s Lynn on Saturday evening.


Darren Sarll’s thoughts

Following Saturday’s 2-2 draw with King’s Lynn, Darren Sarll spoke briefly on the prospect of facing Wealdstone.

“It’s not just about dusting ourselves down, it’s about reattaching muscles to bones and ligaments.

“It will be an intense period leading up to the game on Tuesday night.”


Injury news

After sitting out on Saturday Darren Sarll confirmed in his post-match interview that Albi Skendi remains a doubt for the clash with Wealdstone.


A foot in the opposition camp

After being awarded the National League South title by PPG, Dean Brennan will be looking to keep his Stones rolling in the National League. After the departure of key man and former Glover Billy Clifford, it will be up to new signing Kundai Benyu to fill the void left by Clifford.

There are a number of former Glovers in the Wealdstone squad with Adel Gafati and Connor Smith all signed to the North West London side. The key man for the visitors is Dennon Lewis, despite interest from the Football League, the wide man has committed his future to Wealdstone and will be looking to pick up where he left off after 11 league goals in 19/20.



The fixture will be streamed LIVE AND FREE on the Yeovil Town YouTube Channel. Coverage will begin at around 7:40pm with commentator Marcus Duncomb previewing the action.

Radio listeners have the choice of Three Valleys Radio and BBC Somerset.

WATCH LIVE & FREE | Yeovil Town vs. Wealdstone F.C.

As announced in Scott Priestnall’s update last week, Yeovil Town are delighted to confirm streaming details for tomorrow’s National League clash with Wealdstone.

Glovers fans can enjoy full-match coverage live and free on the Yeovil Town YouTube channel.

After taking on board your feedback from our trial run during the AFC Bournemouth friendly, we are delighted to confirm that we will have live commentary and score graphics available throughout. 

The stream will go live at around 7:40pm with match commentator Marcus Duncomb previewing the action at Huish Park. 


MATCH REPORT | King’s Lynn Town 2-2 Yeovil Town

Yeovil Town opened the 2020/21 season with a 2-2 draw with King’s Lynn Town in Norfolk.

Second half strikes from Luke Wilkinson and Courtney Duffus were not enough for Yeovil as the visitors continually pegged Town back in controversial circumstance.

Calls for both handball and offside were waived away by the match officials and ultimately saw the hosts snatch a draw.

As his second season as Yeovil manager began, Darren Sarll went with a side full of experience, especially in defence with Adam Smith, Dan Leadbitter, Lee Collins and Carl Dickinson all starting.

The midfield four comprised of Charlie Lee, Josh Staunton, Matt Worthington and Jack Clarke, with Rhys Murphy and Courtney Duffus combining up top.

The hosts began the brighter of the two sides, but the experienced Glovers back line held strong largely limiting the Linnets to efforts from set-pieces and outside the box.

The best chance of the first half fell to Murphy in the 19th minute, after being sent through on goal, it looked almost certain last year’s top scorer would open his account for the year but the number nine fluffed his lines at the final moment.

King’s Lynn best chance actually came through a Yeovil player as Wilkinson’s clearance flew narrowly over Adam Smith’s goal.

As a rather drab first half came to a close, Murphy had one more chance to open his account, but his first-timed effort was easily collected by Alexander Street.

With the first half being defined as drab the second half was far from that as Yeovil lead within two minutes.

A brilliant free kick from Carl Dickinson was met by Wilkinson who made no mistake by powering his header home.

Just moments later a set-piece would prove dangerous as Dickinson’s free kick could only force a corner.

King’s Lynn’s substitutions changed the complexion of the game, and it would prove effective in the 77thminute. Despite a handball in the build-up Dale Southwell tapped home the leveller in controversial circumstance.

Duffus would have thought he had snatched it for the Greens in the 81st minute as he hammered home Yeovil’s second following a sublime pass from Lawson D’Ath.

But it wasn’t victory for Yeovil as Adam Marriott levelled for King’s Lynn in the 87th minute, poking home at the near post to earn the Linnets a share of the points.

There no time for the Glovers to rest on their laurels as the games come thick and fast with Wealdstone visiting Huish Park on Tuesday night.


Yeovil Town: A.Smith; Leadbitter, Collins, Wilkinson, Dickinson; Lee (Burke), Staunton, Worthington (D’Ath), Clarke (Smith); Duffus, Murphy

Subs: Palmer, Burke, D’Ath, J.Smith, Rogers


King’s Lynn: Street, Jones, Brown, Smith, McCauley, Richards, Jarvis, Kelly, King, Southwell, Power.

Subs: Mair, Marriott, Barrows, Hawkins, Carey.

STATEMENT | Club Update from Scott Priestnall

The club is delighted to be able to update our fans on the latest developments off the field.

Club Chairman Scott Priestnall praised the Green and White Army when he said ”Firstly, I would like to say thank you to all our fans and particularly our season ticket holders who have been waiting to for an update on our situation.

I am pleased to announce that the government are going to support us financially for the first 3 months of the season due to use being unable to play games with supporters at games.  This position will be reviewed in 3 months, funding thereafter will be subject to a review, which we believe is to allow for the possibility of crowds being allowed back into stadiums on some basis as the season progresses.

The financial package to National League clubs is worth £10m over the next 3 months and although we await to see how much our allocation will be I do not expect it to cover our estimated losses (incurred in playing behind closed doors).  I am however, extremely grateful to the National League board, the FA, Marcus Fysh MP, Alex Parmley and South Somerset District Council for their help and hard work behind the scenes to enable us to start the season.

I am bitterly disappointed that supporters will not be at our games for the start of the season but I want to make sure everyone knows that we are working furiously to ensure that our supporters and community not only come along with us on this season’s journey but also that you are able to enjoy it. Darren, Terry and the team will start the season tomorrow knowing whether you are physically at the game or not we have a first class set of fans for whom we are all determined to do the best for this season.

I am aware fans have been waiting for an update on variety of matters so hopefully the update in this club story will answer most of the FAQs”


Answers to Frequently asked questions

The club can now confirm the options supporters now have in relation to season tickets and Crowdfunder packages as well as details of our new streaming service, this season’s kit and online shop for this coming season:

Season Tickets

This club would be nothing without its dedicated season ticket holders who came along and bought tickets knowing there was still a chance that they would not be able to see live football. If you have bought a 2020/21 season ticket, the  options that are now available to you are as follows (based on the fact that at present we know that supporters will definitely miss the first 8 homes game at Huish Park):

Option 1 – You can exchange your first 8 home games for a free streaming pass for those games. You will then be the first in the stadium when we return for games.  If we restart with a limited capacity, you will have priority in returning for the remaining games at Huish Park.

Option 2 – You can be provided with a refund of 34.7%, equivalent to the first 8 games and keep the remaining in your season ticket and if we restart with a limited capacity, you will have priority in returning for the remaining games at Huish Park.  You can then buy streaming passes for matches on a game by game basis.

Kids season tickets include a free YTFC shirt, so the refund element will be adjusted so your child still receives the football shirt.

Option 3 – You can have a full refund on your season ticket. Obviously if you request option 3 as you would expect you would lose your priority window for buying tickets for games when supporters return etc

We will a make a form available online and from the ticket office at Huish Park to be filled out for all refunds.  Refund will be processed when the promised government funding is received, and I do expect all refunds to be received by you within 30 days.

UPDATE 5th OCTOBER: The season ticket form can be found HERE. 


If you bought items that related to match day tickets or sponsorship they will be transferred to next season (2021/22).  All other items bought in the Crowdfunder will start to be processed in the coming weeks as we begin to receive stock.

The Crowdfunder was a huge show of your support and commitment to this football club and it will never be forgotten.


New Streaming Service:

We successfully trialled a streaming service for the final preseason friendly free of charge with some success.  Both the Wealdstone and Wrexham fixtures will be produced to include added features from the friendly match to include live commentary whilst you’re watching the match, a live scoreboard on display to give you that high-quality broadcast feel, and our sponsors and partners will pop-up during the match. 

From the Sutton United home fixture, we will have a state-of-the-art camera installed that features artificial intelligence ball-tracking technology. This camera is situated on the half-way line for the best seat in the house and uses four lenses to make sure every inch of the pitch is covered. 

The stream will be available in HD 1080p resolution for a crisp picture and can be viewed on your computer, smartphone, or tablet. We have teamed up with two very experienced providers to bring you a service that your support deserves and is second to none. These being – Sportradar and Pixellot.

Following the success of Sportradar’s streaming platform, through which fans could watch the 2019/20 National League Play-Offs, they were the obvious choice to enable fans to subscribe and watch matches for this coming season whilst restrictions remain in place on attending matches in person. 

All video production for the streaming platform will be provided by Pixellot, using their automatic cameras. Pixellot’s technology, which uses artificial intelligence to track the action will also be used in the SPFL this upcoming season. 

We will be offering a Match day ticket to all supporters at the price of £9.99 per match.


First Team Kit:

As a result of the delay in the restart of the National League season and fan feedback regarding the proposed home kit for this season we have made the decision to adopt the  Macron supplied shirt worn in the playoff game with  Barnet as our first team home shirt this season.  It proved extremely popular at the time (with fans snapping up the shirts available in short order) and we hope that our decision to rethink our first team shirt for this season is well received as it is genuinely a case of us listening and responding to fan feedback. We also look forward to working with Macron for this coming season with more details to follow separately.


Front of Shirt Sponsor

You may remember that we told you a couple of months ago that we had a new front of shirt sponsor.  Due to financial issues that sponsor will not be taking up that opportunity, however we are in the final stages of agreeing a new sponsor now we have had confirmation of the restart of the National League season.

Tomorrow’s shirt for our opening game live on BT Sport will have the Adam Stansfield Foundation logo AS9 upon the front of the shirt. The foundation was set up following Adams passing in August 2010, following a short battle with bowl cancer. Its aim is to help give young people the unique opportunity to develop life skills, through the power of football and assist them in their goals of living the dream whilst raising awareness of illnesses caused by bowel cancer.

We were due to host the legends fixture back in May but were unable due to the pandemic outbreak, we hope this gesture of support to the charity goes some way to raising the awareness of the foundation on what is the 10th anniversary of Adams passing.



This has rightly been a hot topic for supporters over the last couple of months.  However, the delay in starting the season etc has meant our plans to create a new physical and online shop in partnership with Hummel have been deferred. We can confirm however that we have a new online shop being built and we hope that will be launched in the next 10 days. Details of the opening times for the club shop at Huish Park will also be announced at the same time.


Staffing situation

Although we are fully geared up for the season it remains the case that some club staff remain on part time or full-time furlough due to the situation with fans not being allowed to be present at games.

Fans will have recently also have seen that Darren Behcet left his role as Goalkeeping Coach to take up a similar role in League One. We would like to take this opportunity to thank Darren for his sterling service to the club and we wish him all the very best for the future.


And finally….

Commenting on these changes and the loyalty of Yeovil fans, Scott had this closing message when he said “2020 has been a year of massive changes and our fans have been first class about every adaption we have had to make. A club is nothing without its fans and I sincerely hope my policy of open communication on all of the above matters helps show you how much we appreciate every fan’s fantastic support and adaptability in these difficult times.

Because of the genuine partnership between the club and fans over the last six months, tomorrow we can look forward to seeing the season finally start. Thank you for your support and I hope you all enjoy the game tomorrow.

Best Regards


NATIONAL LEAGUE STATEMENT | Commencement of 2020/21 season

Further to a meeting of its Board of Directors earlier today, the following update is issued on behalf of The National League:

In recent weeks, The National League and The Football Association have been engaged with Government to address the revenue shortfall expected by member clubs caused by the pause to the safe return of spectators.

The National League has now received confirmation of significant financial grant-aid support from the Government to compensate clubs for essential revenue lost from fans not returning in October, and has communicated with its member clubs to provide reassurance ahead of the season start.

The 2020/21 National League season will now commence on 3 October as planned with clubs playing ‘behind closed doors’ in compliance with the elite sport protocols.


PREVIEW | King’s Lynn Town – Yeovil Town

After months of waiting, Yeovil Town’s National League campaign finally kicks off with a trip to Norfolk to face King’s Lynn Town (5:30pm KO).

With fans unable to attend in person due to COVID restrictions, the fixture will be the first National League game broadcast live on BT Sport this season.

The Linnets, who were awarded the National League North title last season via PPG, will be full of confidence after back-to-back promotions.

Darren Sarll’s pre-match thoughts

The gaffer was delighted to be working towards a competitive league fixture for the first time since March, speaking in his press conference he said; “It’s been very strange, difficult and quite confusing at times. It’s nice to get going properly again.

“Even the preparation within the week, we’re preparing for an opponent now and potentially a reward.

“It’s time to start getting stressed and very angry again.”

Injury news

In his press conference, Darren Sarll confirmed that both Charlie Lee and Albi Skendi are injury doubts for the fixture.

The gaffer also noted Alex John is unlikely to travel after sustaining an injury in our final pre-season fixture vs. AFC Bournemouth U23’s.

A foot in the opposition camp

After back-to-back promotions the Linnets now find themselves in the top tier of non-league football under the management of Ian Culverhouse. Following a successful playing career in East Anglia, plying his trade for Norwich City, retirement from playing saw the King’s Lynn manager return to Norfolk for his first full-time managerial appointment. Prior to that Culverhouse had been assistant at Premier League side Aston Villa.

Adam Marriott is the danger man for the Linnets, after 52 goals in 64 league games, the forward now returns to the premier divison of noin-league football for the first time since 2017.


Glovers fans will be able to watch the game live on BT Sport One. Coverage will begin at 5:15pm as Yeovil will look to end a winless run in front of the TV cameras.

Radio listeners have the choice of Three Valleys Radio or BBC Somerset.


TRANSFER | Town swoop for goalkeeper Palmer

Yeovil Town are delighted to confirm the signing of Harry Palmer for the upcoming season.

The shotstopper, who has enjoyed a number of outings for the Glovers in pre-season, now signs on in Somerset for our National League campaign.

Palmer has worked his way through the ranks in non-league, mainly playing in the South-East of England, turning out for Ebbsfleet United last season, with stints at Dorking, Canvey Island, Lewes and Haringey Borough beforehand.

The 25-year old now arrives in Somerset to provide competition within the goalkeeping department.


Speaking after securing Harry’s signature, manager Darren Sarll said:

“Harry’s determination and willingness throughout his period on trial made it impossible not to try and work something out for him to stay here.

“He has come in and fit perfectly within a group of characters which aren’t always the easiest to settle around, I’m delighted to have him here.”

Everyone at Yeovil Town would like to wish Harry all the best during his time at Huish Park.