Month: November 2020

TRANSFER | Tom Knowles signs for Yeovil Town

Yeovil Town are delighted to confirm the signing of attacking midfielder Tom Knowles from Cambridge United. 

The 22-year old year old arrives from The U’s on undisclosed terms until the end of next season.

Knowles began his career at Cambridge, and after graduating from his hometown club’s academy in 2017, has played a handful of games for the League Two side, scoring a late free-kick against Morecambe in April 2019 and netting this season against Fulham U23’s.

Already enjoying seven loan spells inside the National League pyramid, Knowles knows the non-league game well, including a 14 goal season across two loan spells at Cambridge City & St. Ives Town. 

Last season, Knowles received much praise during a successful spell on loan at Chelmsford City in the National League South, where he scored five times in 24 appearances, including the winner against eventual league champions Wealdstone F.C.

Knowles now signs in Somerset, looking to play National League football for the first time in his career. 

All at Yeovil Town welcome Tom to the club and wish him all the best during his time in green and white.

MATCH REPORT | Stockport County 3-2 Yeovil Town

Yeovil Town’s FA Cup journey came to an end on Sunday afternoon after a 3-2 extra time defeat to Stockport County.

After taking the lead twice through Matt Warburton and Luke Wilkinson, Yeovil produced an improved display from last week’s outing against Hartlepool United. 

Ultimately the hosts continually battled back, eventually netting the winner in extra time through Connor Jennings. 

Darren Sarll rang the changes from the Hartlepool defeat, with five changes to the Glover starting 11.

Adam Smith held his place in goal, but there were returns for both Carl Dickinson and Josh Staunton in the back four alongside Luke Wilkinson and Alex Bradley.

Charlie Lee returned to the side following a suspension, in a midfield three with Matt Warburton and Albi Skendi.

Sarll opted for a three-pronged attack with the returning Chris Dagnall joining Courtney Duffus and Joe Quigley up front.

That change in attack would come into great effect just one minute in, an quick breakaway via Quigley dropped the ball to the feet of Warburton who drilled an effort on goal which flew beyond Ben Hinchcliffe via a deflection.

The goal forced Stockport to come out fast, which they did lofting the ball into the box on multiple occasions but doing little to really A.Smith in the Yeovil net.

New signing Dagnall should have put Town two-up on 15 minutes with the ball dropping kindly to him on the edge of the six-yard box, a strong hand from Hinchcliffe denied the Glover number 34. 

Stockport continued to attack with width but little cutting edge with Town enjoying the better openings, vocal hand ball shouts from Lee and Warburton were waved away by the referee, much to the Stockport defence’s relief. 

Despite enjoying a positive half, the game always felt like it was on a knife-edge with Stockport finding the leveller on the stroke of half-time. Following a foul by Lee on Ryan Croasdale, Rooney stepped up and comfortabley dispatched to level the tie.

At the break, Yeovil were the more disappointed of the two sides to be going into the half level. 

The hosts bright end to the first half continued into the second, with Jim Gannon’s side looking increasingly threatening, but like the first half possession rarely turned into chances.

Stockport’s sole chance of the early period of the second half fell to Adam Thomas who saw his stinging shot well saved by A.Smith

Looking increasingly threatening on the break, Yeovil found a way infront once again this time through Wilkinson on 70 minutes. After Warburton’s deep corner made it to the back post, the former Luton man emphatically headed home to restore the advantage.

The goal did little to dampen Stockport’s spirits, as the hosts pulled one back just moments later on 75 minutes. Rooney’s deep free-kick was lofted to the back post where a queue of Stockport players were waiting, with Ash Palmer the most active to scramble home the leveller.

After vocal claims for a penalty in the first half, one finally came Town’s way as Quigley was hacked down inside the box. Earlier goalscorer Wilkinson stepped up to take bugt Hinchcliffe produced a fine save down to his left to keep the game level.

Despite late pressure, Yeovil could do little to make amends for the penalty miss as extra time loomed.

Extra time saw the game really turn in Stockport’s favour following a three week break between fixtures. The hosts made this advantage count on 101 minutes as Jennings leaped higher than his marker to head home what turned out to be the winner.

Following the goal, the fresh legs of Gabby Rogers made Town’s best opening as he burst through on goal, but ultimately did little to test Hinchcliffe. 

After a long battle, Town’s Cup journey came to an end.

It’s a quick turnaround for Yeovil with Eastleigh visiting Huish Park on Tuesday night. 

 

 

 

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

Bookings: Bradley, Wilkinson

Subs not used: Palmer, Murphy, Burke, John, Rogers, J.Smith

PREVIEW | Stockport County – Yeovil Town

Yeovil Town will look to secure a spot on the Emirates FA Cup Third Round on Sunday afternoon as Darren Sarll’s side travel to Stockport County. 

After defeating National League opposition twice already, Town will now look to potentially secure top-flight opposition in the third round with a victory at Edgeley Park.

This will be the hosts first fixture in over three weeks following a COVID-19 outbreak amongst the Stockport County camp.

Darren Sarll’s thoughts

In his weekly press conference, the gaffer was more hungry for victory than ever, when speaking to BBC Somerset he said; “Any win could get us going, we just need to concentrate on the next game. The change of competition does psychologically take you away from your league programme.

We need to concentrate on ourselves, December is going to be a really important month for us, so it’s going into that with as much momentum as possible.

“Unfortunately, we’ve got the short turnaround for Tuesday and a vast amount of injuries but mainly it’s just a shame we can’t play here on Wednesday too with our supporters.”

 

Injury news

Sarll confirmed that defensive pairing Luke Wilkinson and Lee Collins are doubts for the FA Cup tie, however there was some positive news as Josh Staunton could be in line for a return being described to have a “50/50” chance of playing. 

 

A foot in the opposition camp

Stockport County were widely tipped as favourites to secure promotion from the National League following vast investment into the squad. Managed by the experienced Jim Gannon, a firm favourite amongst the Hatters following a number of successful spells at the club.

The star man on the pitch for Stockport is summer addition John Rooney. After winning promotion with Barrow last season, the brother of Manchester United legend Wayne Rooney didn’t hang around for EFL action, instead moving to Stockport to lead another promotion charge in the National League.

 

Coverage

Glovers fans will be able to tune in for free on the BBC Red Button and iPlayer. Live match commentary will also be provided by BBC Radio Somerset. 

TRANSFER | Town swoop for Sonupe

Yeovil Town are delighted to confirm the signing of winger Emmanuel Sonupe.

The 24-year old arrives on a free transfer following a two year spell at Stevenage where he made 41 Football League appearances, scoring four times.

Signing until the end of the current season, Sonupe now ventures to Somerset, looking to offer a new creative option for the Glovers.  

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A Tottenham Hotspur academy graduate, Sonupe never appeared for the Lilywhite’s first team, and moved onto Northampton Town in 2016 following a brief loan spell north of the border at St.Mirren. 

First team football was hard to come by at the Sixfields Stadium so an initial loan move to Kidderminster Harriers became permanent, with the former England youth international netting 15 times in his first full season with the club. 

After two years at Stevenage, Sonupe will now play National League football for the first time in his career. 

All at Yeovil Town welcome Emmanuel to the club and wish him all the best during his time in green and white.

TRANSFER | Dagnall returns to boost the forward line

Yeovil Town are delighted to confirm the signing of Chris Dagnall until the end of the 2020/21 season. 

A familiar face to Yeovil fans, the forward joined the Glovers last October, making his debut against Woking in a 3-1 win at Huish Park. 

The 34-yard old netted his first two goals in Green and White against Haringey Borough in the FA Cup, and also found the net against Torquay United and Welling United during his first spell in green and white.

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After being present at training over the last week, Dagnall now puts pen to paper, looking to add a new dynamic to Darren Sarll’s forward line ahead of a busy winter schedule for Town, starting on Sunday against Stockport County.

Everybody at Yeovil Town would like to wish Chris a warm welcome back to Huish Park and all the best for the upcoming season. 

STATEMENT | An update from Glenn Collis

Over the past 12 months, both Scott Priestnall and I have been actively engaged with opportunities to develop Yeovil Town F.C.  In March, a month after joining the club’s board we hit with these new unprecedented times, and due to COVID-19, our commercial funding avenues and business alignments were shaken to the core.

During the last nine months, since being forced to close the gates to Huish Park, we have gratefully welcomed the financial support offered to all clubs throughout the National League as well as the fantastic sums raised by our loyal fans through the crowdfunding activities, streaming services, sponsorship opportunities and initiatives such as ‘Face in the Crowd’. Unfortunately, the allotted amount provided to us and the fundraising efforts do not cover the financial requirements to enable our club to operate sustainably as per our forecasts for the 2020/21 season.

With this, we are currently exploring several options, one of which is the potential discussion with SSDC to establish a long-term plan to financially sustain the future of Yeovil Town Football Club for generations under Scott’s leadership.  We also have other options that are being discussed, reviewed, and evaluated to ensure that whatever the final outcome, it is with the best interests of the club and its supporters, ensuring football continues to be played by YTFC at Huish Park.

The SSDC opportunity, would come with a 12 month ‘Rent Break’, along with a ‘Buy Back’ option that can be activated by the club and allows us a 30-year lease ensuring that we have the appropriate time in place for recovery from the hardship that has been caused this year.

Please be assured, no decisions have been made to how this process shall move forward, and we welcome interaction with supporters via the associated groups and the Supporters Trust to ensure that there is complete transparency from within.

This is an opportunity to reinvest into the club and push forward.  The ‘Buy Back’ option will enable the ownership of the club to regain control of the Stadium when the position to do so is available.

This club is the lifeblood of the community, for me, the YTFC Board are caretakers of the club for you, the fans, and I fully understand and appreciate that this is a concerning time.  I for one have not only become someone with a vested interest in the club’s day to day business, but also personally as a fan, a parent whose children love the club, and as someone who actively cares and supports interaction with the community as a whole.

More details will be forthcoming from Scott over the coming days, but please be assured that this is far from completed and we aim to be as transparent with you as possible through the process, and everything being discussed is done so with the club’s longevity and best interests only.

CLUB NEWS | Yeovil Town FC explore deal with South Somerset District Council for the stadium and land at Huish Park.

Yeovil Town FC explore deal with South Somerset District Council for the stadium and land at Huish Park. 

The potential deal will see South Somerset District Council buy Huish Park freehold land including stadium as well as the long leasehold parcel of land to the East of the site.  Subsequently, the leasehold land will become freehold and the whole site will be leased back to YTFC, with all charges and restrictive covenants being removed. The club will also have an option to buy back the entire site.

The deal will allow YTFC to raise funds to steer the club out of the current distressed financial position caused by the Covid-19 pandemic whilst retaining control of its assets.  Chairman Scott Priestnall said “I am confident that this is the most prudent deal for the club and it’s longevity.  To date, we have had numerous bids for our land but we have not yet found an opportunity that gives the club the best possible future.  It has been a very difficult year for everyone and businesses across the UK have been affected by the COVID pandemic. In spite of this we have still been developing the infrastructure of our club whilst under severe financial pressures and I thank everyone at SSDC for their involvement so far. As mentioned previously, the club undertook a restructure last year and is now set up effectively to operate at The National League level, whilst still giving us the best possible chance of success on the pitch.  Without the Covid-19 pandemic hitting late into last season, the club would have gone into the new season with a realistic breakeven model and a competitive playing budget.  As a result of Government restrictions, discussions began with local authorities and the safety advisory group regarding reduced stadium capacity due to social distancing supporters.  At the capacity being discussed, our budget would have been short by circa £150k for the season.  We then ran a very successful test event, however, prior to the start of our season the Government decided that games would have to be played without supporters. 

It was then confirmed by the DCMS that the National League System would be financially supported and as a result The National League CEO Michael Tattersall wrote to all clubs stating that clubs would be compensated for Essential Lost Revenue. So on this basis the 66 clubs in the National League system started the season. 

I am grateful to the Government, Camelot and the FA for their support and also the personnel at The National League for working tirelessly and efficiently in getting funds to clubs. 

Having said the above, in my capacity as both a National League Board Director and a National League Club Chairman, it is my opinion that many clubs in the National League system have not been compensated for their Essential Lost Revenue.

As a result, like many other clubs in the National League System, with the current distribution model of funds received from Camelot, Yeovil Town FC will be in deficit every month over the course of the season.

In my role as a Director of the National League I have challenged my colleagues on behalf of YTFC and other clubs affected, to change and correct the distribution model and am pleased that the League will be appointing an independent committee to review the model.  

We have also now heard that supporters can return to stadiums following the end of the lockdown.  This is an important step to returning morale to the nation and atmospheres into sport but unfortunately the financial damage has already been done. 

The start of the season accounts for the majority of a sporting clubs commercial revenue, such as stand and stadium sponsorship, shirt sponsorship, annual hospitality packages and the advertising boards around the ground.

The return of supporters allows us to start to gain revenues from match days but we will not expect these levels to be on par with pre-covid times. Ironically, the Government making this decision potentially worsens our financial position.

In order to avoid serious financial distress in the coming months our club has to take action.  With this in mind I ask supporters, the local community and local councillors to support the proposal by SSDC to purchase Huish Park and lease it back to the club with an option to buy it back. 

A solution that gives the football club and its supporters the future it deserves. 

Those reading this may or may not be aware that Yeovil Town Supporters Society Ltd operated as The Glover’s Trust have a right to bid as part of the site being an asset of community value.  If a right to bid is registered, this gives them six months to make a formal offer.  We only have to consider the offer although we are under no obligation to accept it. Simply put, we cannot wait six months to complete a deal with SSDC given our current financial position.  I have spoken to both the Glover’s Trust board and The Supporters Alliance Chairman, Rich Rendell, to explain why this is in the best interests of the club and that it is not just simply a case of selling the stadium and land.  If this was the case, we would have put the land up for sale by now and accepted the highest bid.  This has not been done because it was not in the best interests of the club.  The club deserves the best possible future.  As supporters and a community you have made me very welcome as an owner and chairman of this club and I ask you to support this proposal. Should anyone have concerns, rather than register them with the council can I ask you to email chairman@ytfc.net and I will make myself available by setting up various live Q&A sessions to answer those concerns.”

CLUB NEWS | Date confirmed for Weymouth away

Our much anticipated National League clash with Weymouth at the Bob Lucas Stadium will now take place on Tuesday 5th January 2021.

Following last week’s postponement due to a COVID outbreak within the Weymouth camp, we can now confirm that the local derby will now take place at the start of the new year. 

The clash at the Bob Lucas will be the first competitive meeting between the two sides since November 1999, where the Glovers were the 2-1 victors in the FA Trophy thanks to goals from Warren Patmore and Paul Tisdale. 

 

CLUB STATEMENT | COVID-19

In light of recent speculation, Yeovil Town can confirm that club chairman Scott Priestnall has been recovering from COVID-19 over the last two weeks. 

While The Glovers chairman has been in contact with key members at the club remotely, he has not been in close contact with any players or staff in recent weeks, meaning no Yeovil Town employees have been forced into self-isolation measures.

Scott has suffered largely minor symptoms of the virus, while other family members have had more severe symptoms, all are on track to make a full recovery. 

Everybody at the club wishes Scott a full recovery and hope to see him back at Huish Park soon.

MATCH REPORT | Yeovil Town 1-3 Hartlepool United

Yeovil Town fell to a disappointing defeat at Huish Park as Hartlepool United were the 3-1 victors in Saturday’s National League clash.

Three first half strikes from the visitors built a comfortable advantage for Dave Challinor’s side.

Joe Quigley snatched a lifeline for Town in the dying embers of the first half, but ultimately Town did very little in the search for three points.

It was a youthful looking backline, with Ryan Burke, Morgan Williams, Alex Bradley lining up in defence with Luke Wilkinson offered some experience within the ranks. Adam Smith began in goal.

With Charlie Lee suspended, D’Ath and Albi Skendi were the deeper players in the midfield with Jimmy Smith and Matt Warburton the more attacking options.

There was a new man with the armband as Rhys Murphy captained Town for the first time, he led the line alongside Joe Quigley.

With an attacking line-up on paper, Yeovil did very little to threaten, as Hartlepool set the pace throughout the first half.

It didn’t take long for Hartlepool to strike in front too, with just two minutes on the clock Luke Molynuex turned the ball in at the back post, showing a sign of things to come.

Chances continued to fall for the Pools with Rhys Oates missing two chances in a similar vein from the edge of the six-yard box.

The Glovers best opportunities largely came from pot-shots, with J.Smith firing from the edge of the box but his effort was wide of the mark.

As pressure continued to mount, the Pools eventually added a second on 37 minutes through Gavin Holohan who calmly placed an effort beyond A.Smith.

With the wind in their sails, Hartlepool extended their advantage on 42 minutes and it was the pick of the bunch. A brilliant turn from Tyler Magloire left the Yeovil defence stranded, the Hartlepool forward then had little to do as he slotted home the visitors third.

As the half came to a close, Quigley offered Town a lifeline in stoppage time. After driving into the box, the Glovers number 19 bundled the ball home to cut the deficit.

Following a frantic first half, the game was played in polarising fashion in the second, with the visitors protecting what they had.

With a more defensive outlook from the Pools, the second half saw improvement from the Glovers.

J.Smith thought he was going to cut the deficit to one on 62 minutes but a heroic block denied the experienced midfielder what would have been a certain goal.

For all Town’s pressure, the visitors had the best chance of the second half as earlier goalscorer Holohan dragged an effort wide from the edge of the six-yard box.  

In an afternoon with few positives, Darren Sarll was able to offer a debut to 17-year-old Alfie Lloyd in the hopes of finding an equaliser.

Ultimately that equaliser wasn’t to be as Yeovil fell to a defeat.

VACANCY | Chartered Physiotherapist

Yeovil Town FC are looking to recruit a self-motivated, committed, confident and knowledgeable individual to join Yeovil Town Football Club in the full-time position of Physiotherapist to lead the Medical and Sports Science Department.

To view the full job description click HERE.

The application form for this role is available HERE.

Please E-mail or post a copy of your CV and application form to the HR Department for the attention of

James Hillier: recruitment@ytfc.net

By post: Huish Park, Lufton Way, Yeovil, Somerset, BA22 8YF 

The closing date for all applications is 5pm 20th December 2020

PREVIEW | Yeovil Town – Hartlepool United

Yeovil Town host Hartlepool United in the National League on Saturday afternoon at Huish Park (3pm). 

The Glovers come into the game off the back of a 1-1 draw with Woking F.C. last Saturday, a late strike from Josh Davison denying Sarll’s side all three points in Surrey. 

Darren Sarll’s thoughts 

Looking ahead of this week’s fixtureSarll said: “It will be a tough one, we haven’t beaten them in the three games we played against them. They have three former apprentices of mine so I know some of them well. We have a great group of players though so I’m fully behind them.”  

On the form of Matt Warburton: “He’s playing really well Matty. He’s a very intelligent footballer, he came out of teaching to be a pro footballer at 26 years old. He really thrives on that analysis of his opponent, he’s a real football man.” 

 

Team News 

Speaking within his pre-match press conference yesterday afternoon, the boss said that his side are in a much better position with injuries than earlier in week before Tuesday night’s scheduled fixture with Weymouth was postponed due to COVID-19 concerns.  

Despite the animosity earlier in the week, Sarll confirmed that his side’s injury concerns are not vast ahead of tomorrow’s game, with Carl Dickinson the only individual to miss this weeks training through a slight knock and is set to receive a late fitness test tomorrow morning 

 

A foot in the opposition camp 

Hartlepool United, have enjoyed a successful start to their National League campaignDave Challinor’s side have only lost two of their opening eight league games resulting in three wins and three draws against the likes of EastleighAltrincham and Bromley. 

However, in their last National League fixture, Pool fell short to a 1-0 home defeat to newly bought Wrexham after a long-distance strike from Elliott Durrel in the 55th minute gave the men from the Racecourse all three points at Victoria Park.  

 

Previous meetings 

Last time out against this weekend’s visitors it resulted in a tense affair at Huish Park in a 2-2 draw in the National League back in January with Rhys Murphy’s controversial sending off dominating the story of the game. 

Scoring twice through Matt Worthington and Charlie Lee before the sending off of Rhys Murphy, Town felt hard done by to draw the game after looking comfortable beforehand. 

Goals from Peter Kioso and Gus Mufuta ensured that Pool took home a share of the spoils and added to the frustration of the Glovers in their push for automatic promotion.  

 

Coverage 

The National League clash will be shown on YTFC Live for £9.99. We’ve taken on your feedback and moved the camera to ensure an unobstructed view of the National League clash.  

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

CLUB NEWS | Online Shop Now Open

Yeovil Town are delighted to open our brand new online store. 

Linked HEREorders can now be placed for delivery or click and collect (from Thursday).

With this season’s Macron shirts, training wear, face masks and much more available, head over to the website to pick up the latest Yeovil Town merchandise. 

Those who have ordered a shirt from our crowdfunder page can also collect their shirts from Thursday onwards, if collecting, please wait outside the club shop, wear a face mask and respect social distancing rules.

Due to lockdown measures, orders cannot be placed in person and must be made online.  

CLUB NEWS | Stockport County clash televised on BBC Digital Platforms

Yeovil Town’s FA Cup second round tie with Stockport County will now take place on Sunday 29th November, live on the BBC Digital Platforms for free!

Kicking off at 1:30pm, Glovers fans will be able to enjoy live coverage of the all National League clash on the BBC Sport website alongside the BBC Sport app. 

After two dramatic victories in the FA Cup already this season, with Gabby Rogers most recently firing Town to victory in the last minute against Bromley, Darren Sarll will be hoping to see his side advance to the third round, with the potential of a Premier League opponent on the horizon. 

MATCH REPORT | Woking 1-1 Yeovil Town

Yeovil Town were held as Woking grabbed a last gasp equaliser at Kingfield.

Following Matt Warburton’s first half goal, Josh Davison snatched victory out of Yeovil’s clutches.

The Glovers would have felt disappointed leaving Surrey, after missing a spot kick and having a goal ruled out for offside in the second half.

It was an unchanged side for Yeovil for the first time this season.

Adam Smith began between the sticks, with Carl Dickinson, Luke Wilkinson, Morgan Williams, and Alex Bradley in front of him.

The Glovers began with a midfield diamond, with Charlie Lee holding and Lawson D’Ath, Albi Skendi and Matt Warbuton interchanging ahead of him.

The front two had a familiar look about it with Rhys Murphy and Joe Quigley leading the line.

Darren Sarll would have hope a familiar eleven would see his side click into gear quickly, but this did not materialise with a cagey opening to the affair.

Set pieces were an avenue both teams explored, with the best chances of the first half coming from dead ball situations.

The Yeovil defence were largely able to hold firm, not allowing the Cards to show their attacking hand from open play.

In the early stages, the Glovers were only able to fashion one opening. A deep free kick from Warburton was met by Lee at the back post but his first-time effort was well saved by Craig Ross.

With the conditions wet and windy, any ball in and around the box caused a worry for both defences. Woking’s best effort of the half came from just that as Max Kretzschmar met Charlie Cooper’s cross, but his headed effort was easily stopped by A.Smith.

Set-pieces were the theme of the half, and it was only right that Yeovil took the lead from one on 44 minutes. A well worked ball down the line, stretched Woking, the ball eventually fell to Warburton on the edge of the box and his well-placed finish left Ross stranded.

Despite a cagey opening 45 minutes, Yeovil held a hard-earned lead as the game reached the midway point.

The second half was the polar opposite of the first, with Woking working hard to cut the deficit, something they almost did in the 52nd minute. Following Williams heavy challenge on Kretzschmar in the box, the referee pointed to the spot with the midfielder instantly claiming the ball to take the penalty, however the usually prolific midfielder spurned his effort, striking the post from 12-yards. 

With bodies forward, Yeovil relied on the counter for their attacking outlet and actually had the ball in the back of the net on 65 minutes. After Warburton’s initial effort was saved, Murphy pounced, turning the ball home but the linesman had his flag raised, ending Yeovil celebrations prematurely.

The disallowed goal did little to dampen Town’s fire and after a flurry of chances, earned a chance to score from the spot after Warburton was fouled in the area. Murphy stepped up to take but his effort was tame and easily saved by Ross.

As the half progressed, Woking grew more and more into the game, with Josh Davison forcing a stunning stop from A.Smith on 81 minutes as he bared down on goal.

It was second time lucky for the Woking number 25 as he snatched a point in the dying moments. Following a mix-up at the back, Davison pounced and placed the ball beyond A.Smith.

Not to be discouraged, Yeovil had one final roll of the dice, and would have felt frustrated with Albi Skendi hauled down in the box with the referee unmoved.

At full-time, Yeovil were visibly frustrated as the search for a first National League victory continues.

 

 

 

 

 

Yeovil Town: A.Smith; Bradley, Williams, Wilkinson, Dickinson; Lee, D’Ath, Warburton, Skendi; Quigley Murphy.

Subs not used: Burke, Worthington, J.Smith, Rogers, Palmer

 

Woking: Ross, Cook, Casey, Cooper, Shotton, Ferdinand, Kretzschmar, Spasov, Lofthouse, Dempsey, Davison

Subs: Gerring, Tarpey, Jarvis, Collier, Wareham

PREVIEW | Woking F.C. vs. Yeovil Town

Yeovil Town travel to the Kingfield Stadium to face Woking F.C. on Saturday afternoon (3pm).

The Glovers will be full of confidence after a dramatic victory on the road against Bromley, which secured a ticket to the FA Cup second round.

Focusing back on league action, Darren Sarll’s side will be hoping Saturday brings more success with Town looking for their first league win of the season.

 

Darren Sarll’s thoughts

Reflecting on last week’s victory, Sarll hopes his side can replicate similar performance levels against Woking.

“If you take away the win and just look at the performance, I thought it was really great, we played so well. Someone told me that in the end we had 27 shots, the performance was pretty conclusive in terms of the levels we reached.

“I know we left it late, but we showed again some good play, and similar properties and values to what my team has come to be known for.

“The other thing I took from that, I was absolutely delighted for Gabby (Rogers), I’ve got a long background in development and it’s still such a great moment for everyone at the club when a graduate scores the winner in the last minute of an FA Cup tie.”

 

Injury news

The boss described his group as a “wounded bunch” after an arduous afternoon in the FA Cup.

Recent loan signings Morgan Williams and Alex Bradley are in a race for fitness after completing 120 minutes against Bromley last weekend.

Long term absentees Lee Collins and Courtney Duffus remain doubts with both yet to return to training.

In better news, Matt Worthington looks set to return to the fold after recovering from an injury which saw him sit out of the FA Cup thriller.

 

A foot in the opposition camp

Woking, despite still being part time, have enjoyed a successful return to the National League. After promotion in 2018/19, Alan Dowson’s side were play-off contenders in their first season back in non-league’s topflight, finishing 10th with a PPG of 1.45.

Despite boasting former Premier League player Matt Jarvis, the Cards star man this season has been Max Kretzschmar, after initially working with Dowson at Hampton & Richmond, the attacking midfielder moved to Kingfield with his manager in 2018, scoring 17 league goals since.

 

Coverage

The match will be streamed on Woking’s website, linked HERE.

Radio commentary for the fixture will be provided by BBC Radio Somerset.

CONTRACT | Toby Stephens signs first professional deal with Yeovil Town

Yeovil Town are delighted to confirm the signing of 17-year old Toby Stephens, on his first professional deal for the next two seasons.

After spending time within the club’s academy, moving up the the Yeovil Town U18’s last season, Stephens now makes his next step in progressing to first team football. 

A hard-working midfielder by trade, Stephens will be looking to learn from the experience within the ranks amongst the first team squad. 

Speaking to the club’s media team after signing, Stephens said; “I’m very happy, I’ve been coming here a lot watching Yeovil from a young age, and I was delighted to hear the news when it was over the line. 

“My Dad was really happy for me, there’s a lot of credit he deserves too.”

Academy Manager Terry Skiverton also spoke on his delight to secure the young midfielder’s signature; “Toby played with the U18’s all last season where he was playing a year up, something he really excelled in. 

“He was one of the players, that to the manager and I, stood out. For us, it was a no brainer to give him this opportunity. 

“Already, Toby has first team experience, especially in training, so we thought it was right that the next step was to put him on a pro contract.”

Everybody at Yeovil Town wishes Toby all the best during his time in green and white. 

Rest in peace, Ray Clark

Everybody at Yeovil Town Football Club is deeply saddened to learn of the passing of supporter Ray Clark.
 
Ray supported Yeovil for many years alongside wife Joy. On their wedding day, 4 January 1958, the couple missed the train to London for their honeymoon as they waited for confirmation of the football result, with Yeovil playing away to Fulham in the FA Cup. Having caught a later train and eventually arrived into Waterloo Station just before midnight, they unexpectedly ran into all the Yeovil fans who were just heading home following a 4-0 loss at Craven Cottage.
 
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Both attended the first match at the new Huish Park in 1990. For many years, they were regular season ticket holders in the Screwfix Stand and would always sit in their favourite seats in Block M, Row N, forming strong friendships with fellow fans. They braved all weathers until Ray’s poor health meant listening from armchairs at home. Their joint enthusiasm encouraged the grandchildren to become supporters. Ray was a keen woodworker and even designed YTFC-themed gifts for family and friends. He will be sadly missed by wife Joy and the whole family.
 
All associated with Yeovil Town would like to pass on our condolences to Ray’s family and friends in this difficult time.

FA CUP | Second Round Draw

The Glovers will find out their FA Cup Second Round opponents in tonight’s draw. 

The draw will be shown live on BT Sport, as well as the Emirates FA Cup social media feeds and YouTube, starting at 7:10pm.

Darren Sarll’s side will be ball number 16 in tonight’s draw, following Gabby Rogers’ dramatic late winner against Bromley.

The second round proper will be held across the weekend of 27 to 30 November.

Full draw numbers:

1 Newport County

2 Havant & Waterlooville
3 Mansfield Town
4 Crewe Alexandra 
5 Peterborough United 
6 Exeter City
7 Bradford City 
8 Bristol Rovers
9 Stockport County
10 Darlington
11 Barnet
12 Chorley 
13 Tranmere Rovers
14 Oxford City or Northampton Town 
15 Morecambe 
16 Yeovil Town
17 Crawley Town 
18 Blackpool 
19 Cheltenham Town  
20 Stevenage
21 Harrogate Town
22 Gillingham   
23 Plymouth Argyle
24 Carlisle United 
25 Doncaster Rovers 
26 Salford City
27 Solihull Moors 
28 Hull City
29 Marine
30 Barrow or AFC Wimbledon
31 Dagenham & Redbridge
32 Shrewsbury Town
33 Brackley Town
34 Milton Keynes Dons 
35 Oldham Athletic 
36 Boreham Wood
37 Portsmouth
38 King’s Lynn Town
39 Lincoln City
40 Canvey Island

INTERVIEW | “Big moments decide games” – Darren Sarll

Darren Sarll was left delighted after his side secured a place in the Second Round of the Emirates FA Cup after an away victory against Bromley at Hayes Lane.  

The magic of the cup returned for the Glovers as Gabby Rogers netted his first professional goal with a last gasp strike during extra-time, securing the win over the South East London side. 

In what was a dominant performance for Yeovil, latest recruit Alex Bradley made his debut at right-back following his loan move from Lincoln City in the week, whilst Morgan Williams made his second consecutive start.  

“I thought we played really well today, the only thing I was disappointed with was the performance during extra-time,” Sarll told BBC Somerset post-match. 

“I think in games like these I’ve always been a firm believer that big moments decide big games and I think Morgan Williams’ block was as important as Gabby’s goal as they were the deciding factors for us today.  

“What I was pleased about was that the players looked fit, were very organised, and for the normal duration of the game played some great football which was a big positive.  

“I think all good runs and teams always start with gritty wins to begin with and hopefully today is the start of that for us. I had a lot more belief in the boys today as we looked a lot more like the normal Yeovil that we were all used too. The players worked really hard this week in training and thoroughly deserved nothing but a win today. 

“As a team we’re always going to make mistakes because that’s the nature of football, but I thought we looked a lot of more like ourselves which was good to see.” 

He finished: We’ve now got to try and push that standard through in order to make some sort of mark in the league. We know where we are, but I was extremely impressed with how brave and brilliant the lads were in terms of their self-confidence, people taking the right touches, making the right movement and for a team who has only won one game this season which was in this competition.”

MATCH REPORT | Bromley 0 – 1 Yeovil Town

Yeovil Town enjoyed another thrilling afternoon in the Emirates FA Cup, with a last-minute winner against Bromley FC.

Gabby Rogers netted his first professional goal with the last kick of extra time to secure passage to the second round for the Glovers.

In what was a valiant performance, Yeovil thoroughly deserved their victory after a strong attacking showing.

There was a debut for Town in the backline as Lincoln City loanee Alex Bradley started at right back. Luke Wilkinson, Morgan Williams and Carl Dickinson also began at the back for Town, with Adam Smith manning the sticks behind them.

Darren Sarll opted for a midfield four, as Charlie Lee, Lawson D’Ath, Albi Skendi and Matt Warburton began in the engine room.

There was a return to a striking parentship as Rhys Murphy returned to the eleven, starting alongside Joe Quigley.

A.Smith was called into action early on as Michael Cheek’s header tested the Northampton loanee, despite being in an offside position, A.Smith was none the wiser, producing a superb stop to deny the Bromley number nine.

As the half grew on, so did Yeovil’s confidence, knocking the ball about the Bromley half with real impetus.

This forward-thinking attitude did lead to chances, the first falling to the towering Quigley who hammered the ball into Mark Cousins palms.

Bromley’s backline largely did well to marshal the Glovers from open play, but some individual brilliance from Murphy almost claimed the lead. Flicking the ball over one defender and knocking it past another, Murphy fired his effort over the bar.

Set-pieces proved a valuable weapon in the Yeovil arsenal. Dickinson’s floated ball found Lee’s trademark back-post run, but heroic defending from the hosts denied Lee’s leap.

With the chances his side had, Sarll would have felt disappointed to be level at the break, but he has a simple half-time team talk, more of the same.

The same was what he got too, with Yeovil going agonisingly close again on 48 minutes. With the ball falling nicely onto his chest, Warburton fired from around 25-yards on the half volley, beating Cousins but denied by the upright.

With Bromley second best throughout, their afternoon got a lot more difficult as Harry Forster was sent off for a needless heavy challenge on Luke Wilkinson on 68 minutes.

Strangely, following the red card, Bromley enjoyed their best spell, with a succession of chances for the talisman Cheek. The first fell following a corner with the ball falling kindly just 12-yards out but the ex-Ebbsfleet man fired over.

As both sides pushing to avoid extra time, Yeovil were caught with bodies forward and Cheek pounced, dribbling beyond Williams but fluffing his lines once again, spurning the best chance of the game.

Efforts from distance became the norm in stoppage time, with Wilkinson and Warburton both trying their luck to no avail.

Extra time saw the hosts grow into the game, with Cheek’s best chance falling just moments into the final thirty. Rounding A.Smith, the forward looked like he’d finally opened his account but a last-ditch block from Williams kept the Gloves alive.

As legs began to tire, the game started to get bogged down by set pieces, but ultimately it was a set piece that separated the sides. Following a corner where Town threw all their bodies forward, the ball fell to the 19-year old Rogers who fired on the volley to score his first senior goal and win it at the death.

 

 

 

Yeovil Town: A.Smith; Bradley, Wilkinson, Williams, Dickinson; Lee, D’Ath (Rogers), Skendi, Warbuton (J.Smith); Murphy, Quigley

Bookings: Quigley, Williams

Subs not used: Palmer, Clarke, Burke,

 

Bromley: Cousins, Kizzi, Bush, Roberts, Kyprianou, Trotter, Raymond, Williamson, Hackett, Forster, Cheek.

 

Subs: Najia, Bingham, Holland, Alabi, Purrington, Arthurs, L’Ghoul.

 

LOTTERY | Private Members Draw

Please find below the winners of September’s private members draw, the winners all recieve £100.

75  Norman Margerson,

36  Mr & Mrs Nicholson,

29 Mr Sean Stiles,

50 Mr David Abbott,

82 Mr & Mrs Beech

123 Mr John Attwood,

143  Mr Oliver Dowden,

86  Mr Ray Halson,

75  Mr Anthony Mattravers,

9    Mr Alan Ball

 

Due to furlough arrangements, October and November’s draw has been delayed and will be conducted when possible. 

MATCH PREVIEW | Bromley FC – Yeovil Town

Yeovil Town’s Emirates FA Cup adventure continues with a trip to Hayes Lane on Saturday afternoon (3pm) to face Bromley F.C.

 Last time out in the cup, the Glovers were involved in a thrilling affair, drawing 3-3 in normal time with Dover, toppling the Whites 7-6 on penalties.

Darren Sarll will be hoping for a less stressful afternoon as he plots the Glovers route to the second round.

Team News

The injury picture remains the same for the Glovers, with key figures such as Josh Staunton, Lee Collins and Courtney Duffus still out of the side.

Sarll did however confirm Duffus’ road to recovery is going well, but Saturday’s FA Cup clash is just too soon for the number 14.

 

A foot in the opposition camp

What’s their story?

Bromley were established in 1892, initially playing in the South London League, before becoming founder members of the Southern Football League in 1894.

Currently this campaign is the Ravens sixth season within the fifth tier of English football after achieving promotion from the Conference South in 2015. 

They finished in the 13th place last season with 52 points, eight points below the play-off places. However, this term they will be looking to go one further by cementing a play-off spot for the first in the club’s history. 

 

How’s their form?

The Ravens come into the game after suffering a 2-1 home defeat to inform Eastleigh after a brace from Ben House sealed an important victory for the Spitfires in their push for promotion. 

Their last five games however have resulted in two wins against Dover Athletic and Weymouth and a draw against Hartlepool United at Victoria Park.

Bromley saw off fellow National league side Sutton United in the previous round of the Emirates FA Cup after a 1-0 away victory despite being reduced to ten men towards the latter stages of the game after Byron Webster was shown a red card by the referee. 

 

Who’s the manager?

Neil Smith began his managerial career with Woking back in March 2007 taking the role of joint caretaker manager alongside Graham Baker, following the departure of Glenn Cockerill, helping the club to stay in the Conference National. 

He joined Bromley in February 2016, where Smith originally took over the role on an interim basis. On 4th April, after a successful run of games, Smith signed a two-year contract to become the club’s new first-team manager.

 

Who’s the captain?

Fan favourite Jack Holland started his footballing career with Bromley Youth Section before being scouted by Crystal Palace, where he went on to spend four years with the Eagles.

Holland returned to Bromley permanently in 2013 and since then has gone on to make over 200 appearances for the club. 

The defender is also an England C International after representing his country in a 4-3 defeat against Slovakia U21’s back in June 2016 at the Sutton United’s Gander Green Lane.

 

Who are the key men? 

Michael Cheek – The 27-year-old striker is a seasoned performer at National League level, having made his name at Heybridge Swifts, before moving on to Chelmsford City. After a successful one and a half season spell with the Clarets, which saw him score 35 goals in 66 appearances, he made the move to Braintree Town. Cheek remained with the Iron for two seasons, scoring 42 goals in 98 games. He has currently scored four goals within the first six games in search of producing another landmark this campaign for Bromley.

James Alabi – The former Leyton Orient man has plenty of National League experience with the Os, as well as Forest Green Rovers, Grimsby Town, Tranmere Rovers, Chester, Eastleigh and Dover Athletic. The 25-year-old powerhouse striker started his career in the youth ranks of Stoke City, before joining Celtic’s academy. Following a season in Scotland, he returned to Stoke and signed his first professional contract with the Potters in 2013.

Bryon Webster – A face recognisable to many a Yeovil supporter, Webster was a key member of the Glovers promotion campaign to the Championship in 2013. Now plying his trade in the National League, Webster is a start centre back for Neil Smith’s side.

 

Previous encounters

Last season saw two thrilling encounters with Neil Smith’s side. The first at Huish Park was Scott Priestnall’s first home game as Chairman of the club, and it was a thriller. After a twenty-minute injury delay which forced Bromley defender Chris Bush in goal, the visitors took the lead through the talismanic Cheek. Ultimately, the Glovers would fight back with Jimmy Smith and Charlie Lee heading home and an own goal securing a 3-1 victory against the then unbeaten Ravens.

Our last trip to Hayes Lane was also action packed, two first half red cards saw the game played on a knife edge but after Albi Skendi gave away a second half penalty, the Ravens thought they had done enough to secure three points. However, Rhys Murphy stepped up when he was needed most, poking up a dramatic equaliser with the last kick of the game.

 

Coverage

Bromley FC will be streaming the fixture live on their website, to purchase a streaming pass, click HERE.

BBC Somerset will also be providing audio commentary with text updates on the #YTFC channels.

TRANSFER | Alex Bradley signs on loan

Yeovil Town are delighted to confirm the loan signing of Alex Bradley from Lincoln City until January 10th 2021.

The 21-year old arrives at Huish Park with National League promotion pedigree under his belt, having made 23 appearances for Harrogate Town last season as the Sulphurites won the delayed National League play-offs.

A graduate of the West Bromwich Albion academy, Bradley moved on from the Baggies in 2019 signing for the Imps in the summer transfer window, following loan spells at Havant & Waterlooville & Burton Albion. 

Bradley, despite being born in Worcester has youth international experience with Finland, playing in the 2018 UEFA U19 Championships for his Mother’s birth nation.

Speaking on his latest addition, Darren Sarll said; “Firstly, Lincoln were great to deal with and we thank them for allowing us to have Alex for the foreseeable future. Terry and I watched Alex last year for Harrogate and were always impressed and that was backed by the number of our football confidents that recommended Alex to us. 

“Alex has a power and energy that is vital to the way we play, he adds real depth to the right side of our defence and midfield and I have been really pleased with his character in the first few days. He’s another player that comes off of a winning experience last season and I am really looking forward to seeing him play for us.”

Everyone at Yeovil Town wish a warm welcome to Alex and wish him all the best during his time in green and white. 

VACANCY | Academy Physiotherapist

YEOVIL TOWN FOOTBALL CLUB ACADEMY PHYSIOTHERAPIST

Yeovil Town FC are looking to recruit a self-motivated, committed, confident and knowledgeable individual to join the growing Academy Football Department in the full-time position of Physiotherapist to lead the Academy Sports Science and Medical Department, working primarily within the Professional Development Phase.

Role

The successful applicant will be required to take the lead role in the Academy’s Sports Science and Medicine Department. Main duties will include being responsible for the daily medical support and welfare of the Under 18 age group.

 

Responsibilities 

  • To maintain an accurate and comprehensive database of work with Academy players on the club’s PMA system, including current medical status, notes and recordings of rehabilitation or gym sessions.
  • Provide feedback in a timely manner on injured players to the full time PDP staff.
  • The appropriate examination, assessment and treatment of Academy players when required, including the referral (when needed) to internal and external medical professionals.
  • Pitch side cover for the Under 18’s games programme
  • Where appropriate, assist with the Academy Sports Scientist in the delivery of body fat testing, joint screening for the Pro Development Phase
  • Overseeing the development and implementing prehab and rehab programmes for all PDP Players
  • Updating the Academy Emergency Action Plan in line with EPPP requirements.
  • Work & communicate with other support staff and services, including doctors/sports scientists/part time staff, providing an integrated approach to performance enhancement. 
  • Leading the Sport Science and Medicine Department’s CPD Programme for all department staff
  • Work closely with the First Team medical staff to provide medical care for Academy players and where appropriate, assist the First Team medical staff in the support of First Team players

The successful candidate will hold the following Qualifications:

  • Bsc (Hons) Physiotherapy
  • CSP & HCPC Registered

Desirable qualifications:  

  • FA Level 4 Intermediate Trauma Medical Management in Football (ITMMiF)

Formerly Intermediate First Aid for Sport (IFAS) 

  • FA Level 5 Advanced Trauma Medical Management in Football (ATMMiF) –

Formerly Advanced Resuscitation and Emergency Aid (AREA) 

  • Experience of Pitch Side management of injuries

Personal Requirements:

  • Must always be able to adhere to confidentiality and data protection procedures  
  • Ability to communicate appropriately with all ages
  • always Represent the Academy and maintain professional standards
  • Applicants must be eligible to live and work in the United Kingdom

Place of work

       Huish Park Lufton Way Somerset BA22 8YF       

Hours of work & remuneration

  • 40 hours per week.
  • Flexibility in this post will be required to meet the needs of the post.
  • This will include working on Saturdays.

Safeguarding & general statement

YTFC is committed to safeguarding the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to endorse this commitment.

This post requires Enhanced Criminal Records Checks and may include checks against the Barred Lists, as such it is exempt from Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (1974). Therefore, all convictions including spent convictions that have not been subject to filtering by the DBS should be declared. 

Relevant information and/or documents will be distributed as part of the recruitment process.

This Role is subject to full enhanced DBS check.

All applicants for this position follow the working EPPP guidelines and must hold the criteria stated in the Job Description.                                                                                                                                                                                  

YTFC are an equal opportunity employer and is determined to ensure that no applicant or employee receives less favourable treatment on the grounds of gender, age, disability, religion, belief, sexual orientation, marital status, or race, or is disadvantaged by conditions or requirements which cannot be shown to be justifiable.

Our Recruitment and Selection Policy, Code of Conduct, Diversity & Equality Policy, Equal Opportunities Policy and Right to work in UK Policy are available to all applicants on request.

 

HOW TO APPLY

Please E-mail or post a copy of your CV and application form to the HR Department for the attention of

James Hillier:

recruitment@ytfc.net

By post

Huish Park, Lufton Way, Yeovil, Somerset, BA22 8YF

The closing date for all applications is 5pm 29th November 2020

INTERVIEW | Darren Sarll reflects on Chesterfield defeat

Darren Sarll was left frustrated that the same mistakes ultimately cost Yeovil Town as they suffered defeat against Chesterfield FC at Huish Park. 

The Glovers fell behind in the 70th minute as Tom Denton finished well past Adam Smith securing a much-needed min for the Spireites but also adding to the home sides frustration.  

There were positives to take however for Yeovil as loan signing Morgan Williams produced a strong showing a centre back in only his second start since his last loan spell with the club back in 2019.  

Speaking after the game, Sarll said: “Ironically, I said to Terry (Skiverton) about three minutes before the goal that the game would be decided by a mistake. I didn’t think either side would have conceded from set pieces just thought it would be down to an individual error and unfortunately for us it’s gone against us today 

“We’ve obviously made a big individual error which sadly has been the theme of the week and these individual errors are costing us massively this season.”

He continued: “Aside from that I thought we were really competitive, the players worked hard, and I thought we were a lot more aggressive in our play compared to Tuesday so that was good to see.  

“It’s obviously frustrating when you gift a pass to inform forward around 20 yards out whose obviously ultimately won the game for them, so it doesn’t matter how good or bad a performance it was it means nothing as you’ve taken nothing away from the game.  

“Regarding the error I never put it down to the individual and that’s what we and I am about. We are one big team, and we try to be as cohesive as possible as a group. Over these 10 month seasons these mistakes occur and unfortunately for us it’s happened within the first seven games which is why we are still searching for our first win.”  

He finished: “I’m still positive that we will overcome this period, certain if I’m honest and before we know it, we’ll be hitting the ground running again. Once again, we’ve got to put this result behind us and go again next week.”  

Yeovil Town thanks National Lottery players for their support

Yeovil Town would like to thank National Lottery players for their support during these challenging times. We’re grateful to benefit from a share of the £10M of funding that has been announced for 66 National League clubs as part of a unique partnership between the National League and The National Lottery which will ensure that this season can continue.

The partnership with The National Lottery will benefit all clubs in the fifth and six tiers of English football, so that they can continue to play behind closed doors after the return of fans was paused due to rising infection rates. As a thank you, National Lottery players, who make a difference every time they buy a ticket, will also get a range of benefits – including free tickets once stadia are safe to reopen, grassroots football opportunities and VIP experiences at Wembley Stadium.

Nigel Railton, Chief Executive of National Lottery operator Camelot, said: “The National Lottery and its players have been making a huge difference to communities

across the country for the past 26 years, so we’re delighted to be working with the National League to protect these all-important clubs and help them continue the vital work they carry out locally. They do a fantastic job and I can’t wait to cheer on my local National League side when fans are allowed to return.”

CURRY NIGHT | Wednesday 4th November

On Wednesday evening, Yeovil Town will be hosting a curry night at Huish Park in the Alec Stock Lounge. 

The menu includes a choice of:

  • Beef Madras
  • Chicken Jalfrezi
  • Chicken Korma

All meals are served with Rice, Naan Bread, Poppa Doms and Mango Chutney. 

Two people can book a table for just £20.00, with seats available between 6pm-8:30pm! To reserve your table please call 07717007966.