Month: December 2020

COMMERCIAL | Yeovil Town Football Club teams up with hygiene product manufacturer

Yeovil Town Football Club is proud to announce a new sponsorship with leading hygiene products manufacturer Zidac Laboratories. The sponsorship will see Zidac’s logo feature on the club’s shorts for the 2020/21 National League season.

Following the events of this year, the club has placed a strong emphasis on hygiene and cleanliness, with Zidac supplying hand santiser and disinfectant products to be used by players and staff around the stadium facility.

Zidac, which was first established in 2017 as a manufacturer of personal care products, recently released a hospital grade hand sanitiser designed to meet the growing demand for high-performance products to help in the fight against Covid-19. 

Mark Robinson at Yeovil Town Football Club said;

“As a club we’re grateful to be able to continue to operate while keeping staff, players and visitors safe here at Huish Park. With help from Zidac, we’ve been able to provide products around the stadium so that once our doors are open to fans, everyone can stay protected from the transmission of Covid 19.

“The sponsorship more than anything means we can keep good hygiene practises front of mind, across the site from all staff through to the players. As a club we are prepared and committed to give our fans a safe environment to return to watch Yeovil Town FC when the government allow.”

Andy Whiting, Sales Director at Zidac Laboratories said:

“It’s very reassuring to see that clubs such as Yeovil Town are taking a proactive approach to keeping its staff and players safe.

“Understandly football fans are keen to experience some normality and see their team perform in person on the stands. By providing hand sanitser throughout the stadium and raising awareness through the sponsorship, when the time comes, we can help the club and its fans stay safe through these uncertain times.”

For more information, please visit www.zidac.co.uk.

FIXTURE NEWS | Boreham Wood

Yeovil Town will travel to Meadow Park to face Boreham Wood on Tuesday 16th February.

With an FA Cup Third Round tie against Millwall on the horizon for the hosts, we have arranged a late winter midweek trip to South Hertfordshire. 

Darren Sarll’s Glovers are yet to meet the Wood this season after our FA Trophy tie was cancelled due to COVID reasons. 

INTERVIEW | Darren Sarll reflects on Aldershot victory

Darren Sarll was pleased with his side’s performance as they secured a comfortable 3-0 victory against Aldershot Town. 

After a ponderous defeat to Torquay United on Boxing Day, the Glovers responded brilliantly, sealing a much-needed win in the National League thanks to a brace from Courtney Duffus, and a late strike from Albi Skendi at Huish Park. 

Speaking to BBC Somerset post-match, he said: “Today what I wanted to eradicate was that doubt within the side. After making a lot of changes, I thought we needed that extra bit of experience, bringing in players who understood their roles and responsibilities a bit more, which I thought paid off in end. 

It hasn’t been a very pleasant period for us as everyone knows but winning two of our last three games is something to get behind. It’s a clean sheet, 3 good goals and we’ve kind of said sorry for that performance just 48 hours ago. 

We’ve now got a big chance to take revenge on that in the return fixture this weekend, which now after today I’m very confident about and much looking forward too.”  

Courtney Duffus returned to the side and took off where he left adding more goals to his tally this season, finishing well past Brad James on both occasions, and Sarll was left delighted to his forward back and firing in a green and white shirt once again.  

He’s still not fully fit after his isolation period, but it was great to see him back out there today. I thought both him and Joe were very dominant, and it was important to see that their mentality sort of matched their physical stature which I haven’t seen enough this season. 

Courtney, Quickley, and Skendi are all individuals that I try and base the team around, so I was really pleased with their performances today. We know where we are and are disappointed in our recent performances because we know we’ve got that quality and spirit within the group. Some people may disagree on that which is understandable, but we’ve got a real good togetherness and it was great to see that come back into fruition today.”  

FIXTURE NEWS | Maidenhead United

Yeovil Town’s National League clash with Maidenhead United will now be played on Saturday 16th January 2021. 

With both sides having a clear weekend, the fixture has been moved from its originally stated midweek date to ease fixture congestion for both clubs ahead of a busy schedule throughout 2021. 

MATCH REPORT | Yeovil Town 3 – 0 Aldershot Town

Yeovil Town’s 2020 came to an end with a comfortable victory over Aldershot Town at Huish Park.

Eager to right the wrongs of Saturday’s defeat to Torquay, Yeovil began fast, scoring early through Courtney Duffus.

It was more of the same throughout the second half as Duffus doubled his tally and Albi Skendi added a late third to secure three points for Town.

After a humbling defeat on Boxing Day, Darren Sarll opted for four changes to his Yeovil Town side.

Adam Smith remained in goal for Town, but there was a return for Luke Wilkinson to the defence following his suspension. Carl Dickinson captained the side, with Max Hunt and Gabe Osho keeping their place to complete the back four.

It was a diamond in midfield for Yeovil, with Charlie Lee at the base, Matt Worthington and Lawson D’Ath in front of him and Skendi furthest forward. Duffus returned to the side to partner Joe Quigley up-front.

The change in the forward line led to a bright start for Town, with Duffus causing major problems for the Shots backline. On seven minutes, the Glovers number 14 forced a corner after a driving run.

Duffus was clearly in the mood for this one, and it didn’t take him long for him to find the back of the net. Following Quigley’s deft flick on, Duffus turned the ball home, on the volley to claim the lead on 14 minutes.

It was almost two in spectacular style on 22 minutes, following some pinball football, Duffus found the ball under his feet but a smart backheel caught Aldershot defence largely unaware, but a late heroic block saved their blushes.

In truth, Aldershot offered very little in terms of goal threat throughout the first half, only forcing one save from Smith as he turned Fowler’s effort wide of the post.

Yeovil ended the half the brighter of the two sides, with Wilkinson almost sending one of his trademark free-kick’s into the top corner but it flew just inches over.

At the break, Town held a deserved lead, largely holding the visitors at arm’s length and dictating the play.

The second half saw the Shots become more adventurous, forcing a goal line clearance from Max Hunt as Harrison Panayiotou struggled to turn the ball into the Yeovil net.

Largely though, Town’s defence stood firm, taking the pace out of the game and nullifying the visitors attacking threat. This allowed the Glovers full-backs opportunity to take the onus on the game, with Dickinson and Osho venturing forward and taking the onus of the game.

With games coming at such a fast pace, fresh legs were vital for both sides, but it was Yeovil’s substitutions who proved more effective as Josh Neufville became a continued thorn in the Aldershot side.

The tricky Luton loanee won the free-kick which ultimately led to Yeovil’s second goal of the afternoon on 78 minutes. A smart routine found Duffus free on the right-hand side of the box, with time to drill an effort beyond Brad James to put Yeovil’s first three home points within touching distance.

The task became a lot easier with the visitors reduced to ten on 86 minutes as Jermaine Anderson was shown his second yellow card.

Sarll’s men capitalised quickly with another well-worked set-piece. Dickinson found Quigley at the back-post, the towering striker cushioned a header into the unmarked Skendi’s path for the Albanian to put the result beyond doubt.

The only blemish against Yeovil’s performance came in stoppage time as Quigley was given his marching orders for a second yellow card.

Ultimately, after a disappointing Boxing Day, Glovers fans got the response they wanted a hard-fought comfortable win to secure a first home league victory of the season.

 

 

 

Yeovil Town: A.Smith; Dickinson, Wilkinson, Hunt, Osho; Lee (Neufville), Worthington (Knowles), D’Ath, Skendi; Duffus (Sonupe), Quigley

Bookings: D’Ath, Quigley RED, Worthington

Subs: Warburton, Dagnall.

MATCH PREVIEW | Yeovil Town – Aldershot Town

Yeovil Town return to National League action in quick succession, hosting Aldershot Town at Huish Park tomorrow afternoon (3pm) 

After suffering a 6-1 defeat against Torquay United on Boxing DayDarren Sarll and his side will be eager to put right the wrongs following a difficult afternoon at Plainmoor. 

Last season, the Glovers fell to a home draw for a second successive game as Aldershot held the green & whites to a 2-2 score line back in November of 2019. After trailing twice, goals from Albi Skendi and Rhys Murphy clawed Yeovil back into the game for a share of the spoils. 

Darren Sarlls thoughts 

Speaking after the defeat against the National League leaders on Saturday, Sarll told BBC Somerset post-match that all attentions now turn quickly to tomorrows encounter at Huish Park. 

“We’ve now got to try and piece together the unit following today’s result, he said.  

“We also need to try to take away the indecision, the caution, anxiety and all the other stuff that comes with a defeat and most importantly be ready for what is going to be another tough game on Monday.  

“We’ve just got to keep our heads down, work even harder and hopefully we can get those wins and results that we have been looking for all season.”

Team News 

The Glovers are provided with a big boost ahead of Monday’s game as central defender Luke Wilkinson will return to the squad following his suspension, however Josh Staunton is still highly likely to be sidelined with his injury which he sustained against Eastleigh earlier on in the month. 

A foot in the opposition 

It was a belated Christmas present for the Shots on Boxing Day as a strike from Harrison Panayiotou and a brace from Jermaine Anderson gave Aldershot Town a superb win against fierce rivals Woking in the National League at the EBB Stadium. 

The win moved Danny Searle’s side up into 16th place and placed them into distant sight of the play-offs with only a four-point gap separating themselves and fifth placed Bromley.  

In a competitive 2020/21 season, a win for Aldershot tomorrow would see them leapfrog into the top half of the National League table in search of securing top half finish and beyond, whilst being in the center of a well-congested fixture schedule.  

Coverage  

Under the current government restrictions, no Yeovil fans are able to attend the fixture, however Glovers fans can watch the game live on YTFC Live for just £9.99.  

BBC Somerset will provide live audio commentary as usual along with social media updates available across the Yeovil Town channels. 

 

MATCH REPORT | Torquay United – Yeovil Town

Yeovil Town produced a disappointing performance on Boxing Day with a 6-1 defeat to Torquay United.

The game was largely over as a contest after twenty minutes with goals from Armani Little, Danny Wright and Connor Lemonheigh-Evans building a comfortable lead for the hosts.

Despite a second half consolation through Albi Skendi, Torquay would continue to dominate to claim a deserved victory at Plainmoor.

After 18 days away from action, Darren Sarll made just two changes to his Glovers side.

Adam Smith held his number one spot, but there was a change in front of him as Max Hunt made his debut at centre back alongside Gabriel Osho. Dan Leadbitter and Carl Dickinson began at full back.

The midfield was unchanged from Town’s victory over Bromley, with Charlie Lee, Albi Skendi, Matt Warburton and Emmanuel Sonupe all starting.

Chris Dagnall returned to the starting side alongside Joe Quigley.

Yeovil did very little to inspire the supporters watching from home in the first half, falling behind after just five minutes with Armani Little striking home a free kick from the edge of the box.

The hosts lightning start continued as on nine minutes Ben Whitfield found Wright with the freedom of the box to turn home a second.

Things went from bad to worse on 20 minutes as former Bristol City man Lemonheigh-Evans headed home a third for the Gulls.

With his side second best in almost every department, Sarll turned to the bench in the search for firepower as Warburton was replaced by Courtney Duffus.

The attacking switch did little to spark an attacking fire for Town, with Torquay adding a fourth just two minutes later on 37 minutes through Aaron Nemane who capitalised on A.Smith’s lapse of concentration.

The second half saw Yeovil enjoy their single spell of positivity, on 47 minutes, Quigley powered through on goal but could only find the upright. Just moments later, Yeovil did earn a consolation as Skendi bundled the ball home.

Just as Yeovil looked to be mounting some pressure, Torquay restored their four-goal advantage with Lemonheigh-Evans added his second of the afternoon with a calm finish beyond A.Smith.

Ultimately, it was an afternoon where Yeovil just didn’t turn up, with Gary Johnson’s Torquay adding the cherry on top of the cake on 83 minutes through captain Kyle Cameron who flicked a header beyond Smith to extend the Gulls’ advantage.

With games coming thick and fast, Yeovil will have to dust themselves down quickly with Aldershot Town visiting Huish Park on Monday afternoon.

 

Yeovil Town: A.Smith; Leadbitter, Osho, Hunt, Dickinson; Lee (D’Ath), Skendi, Warburton (Duffus), Sonupe; Quigley, Dagnall (Knowles)

Bookings: Lee, Dickinson, Sonupe, Leadbitter  

Subs not used: Worthington, Palmer.

 

Torquay United: MacDonald, Cameron, Warren, Lemonheigh-Evans, Wright, Little, Randell, Sherring, Moxey, Nemane, Whitfield.

Subs: Kerr, Andrews, Buse, Covolan, Umerah.

SIGNING | Max Hunt signs on loan

Yeovil Town are delighted to announce the loan signing of central defender Max Hunt on a one-month deal.

Standing at six foot, six inches inches tall, the towering Carlisle United loanee signs to bolster the backline ahead of the busy Christmas schedule.

A Derby County academy graduate, Hunt has experience at National League levels, enjoying a stint on loan at Aldershot Town in 2019, making 21 league appearances.

Following his first taste of mens football, the Chesterfield born defender moved northbound to Carlisle in the summer and after already making six appearances in League Two this season, now signs for the short term in Somerset with the look to gain more first team experience.

Looking to make an instant impact, Max will be available for this afternoon’s clash with Torquay United.

Everyone at Yeovil Town wishes Max a warm welcome to the club and hope he enjoys his time at Huish Park.

 

PREVIEW | Torquay United – Yeovil Town

Yeovil Town return to action for the first time in 18 days as Darren Sarll’s side visit Plainmoor on Boxing Day. 

After enjoying a successful festive period against the Gulls last season, scoring eight goals across two fixtures, Sarll will be hoping for more fo the same this time round.

Torquay, who are managed by Yeovil Town legend Gary Johnson, currently lead the National League after a strong start but have dropped points in their last two league games. 

Darren Sarll’s thoughts 

Speaking ahead of Tuesday’s cancelled FA Trophy clash about the Glovers recent training in lockdown, Sarll said; I never subscribed to the full principles of the first lockdown period with the use of zoom meetings, but we thought as a squad it was important that we used that method to try to keep the same fitness levels up and better them ahead of a mad Christmas period.  

“We were with the players every day, giving them home-workouts to complete, tough home workouts may I add, so that was a way in which we could keep on top of the players instead of being on the training field all week.  

“We tried to keep that bond within the group especially with the new players as we wanted to ensure that they continued their integration with the team, so it was a lot to do over the period but routine that kept us all focused and motivated throughout.”

Team news

The Glovers will be without central defender Luke Wilkinson on Saturday afternoon due to a suspension. Josh Staunton is also a likely absentee due to after picking up an injury against Eastleigh at the start of the month. 

A foot in the opposition camp

The hosts will have an extremely familiar face to Glovers fans in the dug out with Johnson at the helm. Having already led the Gulls to promotion from the National league South in 2018/19, Johnson is going for his second in Devon, attempting to guide the Gulls back to the Football League.

After loosing their talisman Jamie Reid to Mansfield in the Summer, Johnson turned to Daniel Wright who was in the Cheltenham side that guided the London-born manager to his second National League title.

The Gulls also boast a familiar face on the pitch through former Glovers loanee Ben Whitfield. 

Coverage

Under government restrictions, no Yeovil fans are able to attend the fixture, however there is a live stream available, linked HERE. 

BBC Somerset will provide live audio commentary with social media updates available across the Yeovil Town channels.

INTERVIEW | Darren Sarll is looking to maintain momentum

Darren Sarll is hoping that his side can maintain their winning momentum this weekendafter sealing their first National League win of the season last time out against Bromley.  

Goals from Rhys Murphy and Joe Quigley ensured that the Glovers sealed an important 3 points at Hayes Lane, where they will now be looking to build a worthy run as they enter a well-congested festive period. 

The green and whites return to action following a period of self-isolation after a positive COVID-19 test within the Yeovil Town squad, however, Sarll insists that his squad have been hard at work to prepare themselves in the best possible way for this game during the self-isolation period.  

“We were back in training last Saturday, but we’ve been in contact with players for the full isolation period, he said.  

I never subscribed to the full principles of the first lockdown period with the use of zoom meetings, but we thought as a squad it was important that we used that method to try to keep the same fitness levels up and better them ahead of a mad Christmas period.  

“We were with the players every day, giving them home-workouts to complete, tough home workouts may I add, so that was a way in which we could keep on top of the players instead of being on the training field all week.  

“We tried to keep that bond within the group especially with the new players as we wanted to ensure that they continued their integration with the team, so it was a lot to do over the period but routine that kept us all focused and motivated throughout.”

Sarll’s side had a National League fixture and an FA Trophy fixture both scheduled before the positive Coronavirus case occurred, but the gaffer believes that his side will still have huge momentum going into the game this weekend despite the long break.  

“I don’t think that momentum ends from the last game. You always take that momentum from the last game into the next game regardless of the period in between and I’ve always been a believer of that.  

“In some ways this period can be seen as a benefit to us as it’s given us time to rest some of the players who have been heavenly overloaded up to this point and has also gave us much more time to prepare for this fixture and reflect on our previous performances 

In our last performance we were very good from recovering from minor errors and we were very strong and determined to winWe were very professional on that occasion too and I was pleased with the winning attitude of the players, their work ethic, and organisation which resulted in some very good individual performances. Hopefully, we can continue that on Saturday.”

GAME ON | Torquay United – Yeovil Town

Following two Yeovil Town players showing symptoms of COVID-19, we can now confirm that these tests were returned to the club as negative. 

This means that Saturday’s Boxing Day trip to Torquay United and the fixtures following will now go ahead as planned. 

Streaming passes for Saturday’s match can be purchased from HERE.

STATEMENT | Yeovil placed under tier three restrictions

Following the recent Government announcement that Somerset will be placed under tier 3 restrictions, Yeovil Town will continue to play home fixtures behind closed doors. 

Unfortunately, this means we will be unable to welcome the Green Army back to Huish Park for our fixtures against Aldershot Town and Torquay United.

If you have bought tickets for any of these fixtures, including the previously postponed Notts County fixture, the value will be credited to your ticketing account for any future purchases. If supporters do require a refund, we will be able to process these when staff are back in Huish Park after Christmas.

Yeovil Town would like to wish supporters a Merry Christmas and look forward to welcoming you back to Huish Park when it’s safe to do so. 

GAME OFF | Rearranged Boreham Wood tie

Yeovil Town can confirm that in line with COVID-19 safety procedures, tonight’s game against Boreham Wood has been cancelled. 

Following two individuals showing symptoms of COVID-19 yesterday, they have been tested but the club have not received the results in time to fulfil this fixture.

Unfortunately, as we will not be able to fulfil the fixture, Yeovil Town will be removed from the competition.

GAME OFF | Boreham Wood

Yeovil Town can confirm that in line with COVID-19 safety procedures, tonight’s game against Boreham Wood has been postponed. 

Due to two individuals showing symptoms of COVID-19, they are currently being tested and if results return negative, the fixture will be played tomorrow evening at 7:45pm.

However, if we do not receive the results in time, unfortunately we will not be able to fulfill the fixture and will be removed from the competition. In the case that either player tests positive, we will once again enter another period of self isolation. 

Yeovil Town will issue a further statement in due course.

MATCH PREVIEW | Boreham Wood – Yeovil Town

Yeovil Town return to action following an enforced break to face Boreham Wood on Tuesday evening in FA Trophy action. 

Last time out, the Glovers secured a first league victory over Bromley in South London but attentions now turn to their first taste Trophy this season in Hertfordshire. 

The winners of this tie will go on to host Torquay United at home. 

Darren Sarll’s thoughts

The gaffer was delighted to be back to Huish Park after ten days of Zoom training, he said: “We were back in training on Saturday, but we’ve been in contact with players for the full isolation period.

“I never subscribed to the full principles of the first lockdown period with the use of zoom meeting, but we thought as a squad it was important that we used that method to try to keep the same fitness levels up and better them ahead of a mad Christmas period.”  

A foot in the opposition camp

Luke Garrard’s Boreham Wood have built a reputation as a tricky National League side. Already toppling Football League Southend in the FA Cup to secure a tie with Millwall, Garrard’s men certainly know what it takes to win in a knockout clash. 

The star man is a recognisable face, Kabongo Tshimanga who leads the line for the Wood, spent a spell on loan in Green and White in 2017, but didn’t make a competitive appearance. 

Injury news

Despite a ten day break, Darren Sarll has confirmed there will be no new faces back from injury meaning the likes of Lee Collins and Josh Staunton remain unavailable. 

Coverage

Boreham Wood will be live streaming the fixture, linked HERE. 

There will be NO radio coverage by BBC Somerset due to allocation restrictions in Tier Four. 

Yeovil Town will provide updates via our social media channels. 

CLUB NEWS | Call for COVID Volunteers

Yeovil Town are searching for ‘COVID Volunteers’ to assist with match day operations at Huish Park on Bank Holiday Monday.

With fans returning to Huish Park as Yeovil host Aldershot in National League action, the club call to supporters to play an important voluntary role for the fixture.

Volunteers will be completing tasks such as taking the temperature of spectators on entry and monitoring the toilet queues. 

To take up a role as a ‘COVID Volunteer’ email James Hillier – JHillier@ytfc.net

FIXTURE NEWS | New date for Notts County

Yeovil Town can now confirm that our postponed fixture with Notts County will now take place on Tuesday 19th January at 19:45. 

Tickets from the original fixture remain valid, with refund information issued soon for those that cannot make it to the rearranged fixture. 

CLUB NEWS | Christmas opening hours

Throughout the Christmas period, Yeovil Town will be operating reduced opening hours at Huish Park, starting next week.

From Monday (21st) to Wednesday (23rd) the club will be open from 10am-4pm and then closed on Christmas Eve. Please ensure all click and collect orders are collected ahead of the 23rd to avoid any disappointment.

After Christmas, the club will be open on the 29th and 30th from 10am-4pm and then New Year’s Eve until 12pm. 

Any queries, please aboid coming on site where possible and call/email the club instead. The relevant contact details are available from this LINK. 

Everybody at Yeovil Town would like to wish supporters a very Merry Christmas.

 

TICKETS | Christmas double header

Following confirmation of Yeovil’s tier 2 status, Yeovil Town can now confirm ticketing details for our upcoming fixtures against Aldershot Town (28th Dec) and Torquay United (2nd Jan). 

Tickets will go on sale from Friday 18th December at 9am, on the club’s online ticket service linked HERE.  Supporters are strongly encouraged to purchase online, please only call the ticket office if you require disability/accessibility arrangements or are unable to purchase a ticket online. 

When purchasing a ticket, you agree to follow the supporters code of conduct, attached HERE. If you live in a tier 3 area, please do not purchase a ticket and travel to Huish Park for any fixtures. 

All tickets will be left for collection to avoid any Christmas post delays, Yeovil Town asks where possible for supporters to collect prior to match day. If collecting on match day, you will have a designated pick-up point for your ticket close to the stand your ticket is situated in. 

FIXTURE NEWS | New date for FA Trophy tie

Yeovil Town can confirm that our FA Trophy tie with Boreham Wood will now be played on Tuesday 22nd December (7:45pm). 

With the initial fixture postponed due to a positive case of COVID-19 within the Yeovil camp, Darren Sarll’s side will now kick off their FA Trophy campaign under the lights at Meadow Park. 

As London & South Hertfordshire area is moving into Tier 3 restrictions, this fixture will be played behind closed doors, with no fans in attendance from either side. 

STATEMENT | Fixtures postponed due to positive COVID-19 test

Following a comprehensive testing programme, Yeovil Town have returned a positive test of COVID-19.

In line with government guidelines, Yeovil Town’s fixture with Notts County will now be postponed with the club entering a period of self-isolation. 

Yeovil Town will issue an update on a rearranged date and ticketing details in due course. Streaming refunds are currently being processed but may take a few working days to appear in your bank account.

The club would like to wish the individual a speedy recovery. 

CLUB NEWS | Arrival times

With fans returning to Huish Park on Saturday afternoon, the match day experience will be different for all in attendance with allocated arrival times for each stand. 

Arrival times for each stand and zone are highlighted in the graph below:

 

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Please note, all gates will close 10 minutes prior to kick-off, please ensure you arrive on time to avoid being denied entry to the Stadium. When travelling to the Stadium, only travel with those in your bubble, walking and cycling to Huish Park is encouraged. 

For the safety of all in attendance, supporters must read the code of conduct before attending the fixture on Saturday. 

Tickets must also be purchased in advance, they are available from the Online Ticket Office and will be on sale until Friday evening. The club strongly advise supporters to pick up their tickets in advance, Huish Park will be operating extended opening hours on Friday (closing at 7pm, to accomodate for extra collections). If supporters need to collect their tickets on Saturday, the club ask if they are collected as early as possible, with the club open from 9am. 

 

CLUB NEWS | Call for COVID Volunteers

Yeovil Town are searching for ‘COVID Volunteers’ to assist with match day operations at Huish Park on Saturday afternoon.

With fans returning to Huish Park as Yeovil host Notts County in National League action, the club call to supporters to play an important voluntary role for the fixture.

Volunteers will be completing tasks such as taking the temperature of spectators on entry and monitoring the toilet queues. 

To take up a role as a ‘COVID Volunteer’ email James Hillier – JHillier@ytfc.net

INTERVIEW | Darren Sarll reflects on Yeovil Town’s first National League victory of 20/21

Darren Sarll was left delighted after his side secured their first National League win of the season, defeating Bromley 2-1 at Hayes Lane. 

First half goals from Rhys Murphy and Joe Quigley ensured that the Glovers sealed an important 3 points ahead of busy festive period.  

On his side’s performance 

“I thought we deserved the win tonight, first half we were very good and in the second half for us, it was all about maintaining our shape and focus because a team of Bromley’s calibre will always put you under a lot of pressure which I thought we dealt with tonight. 

“To be honest, I thought we managed the game well throughout, and defensively we were solid. When you haven’t one for a while it can effect you and sometimes believe it or not you can forget how to win football games but I’m sure those traits will come back the more we win games this season. 

“The header they had was I think their only attempt on target so to come to Bromley who let’s not forget are fifth in the league table and get a win was brilliant.”  

On Yeovil Town’s attacking display… 

“I thought our front two were brilliant tonight. They worked as a unit, they never played in isolation and always played together and for each other which was great to see from the side. 

“I’ve seen that a lot from Quigley since he arrived here but tonight, Murphy in particular, I was so pleased for him when that ball went in because he works so hard on/off the pitch.

“He likes that end as well I think he scored in that corner last time we came here in the league. The two of them worked very hard tonight and I was happy to see their hard work pay off.”  

On the performance of Gabriel Osho…

“Tonight, if I’m right in saying was only his second game since his Championship season finished at Reading so it’s been a long time for him. 

“He has been terrific, he has a lovely persona about him and when he comes in, he lights up the dressing room. When he left us last time he went to Reading and played the last ten games for their first team in the Championship, and you don’t do that if you’re not half-decent, so he has been a real good asset to us this season.” 

Going forward for Town… 

“It relieves a lot especially for myself because I can’t sleep when we lose games because I’m a winner and I always want the team to do well and succeed. 

“This win means that we can relieve ourselves of that drain, drag, and the chain around our ankles however you want to put it. We’ve got to push on from this and take huge confidence going into Saturday.” 

TICKETS | Supporters information for Notts County

Yeovil Town are delighted to confirm ticketing/supporter information ahead of Saturday’s return to Huish Park. 

Firstly, the club would like to thank Devon Somerset and Torbay Trading Standards, the lead authority for our Safety Advisory Group, as well as all the SAG members for their support and guidance over the recent weeks as we stepped up our preparations.

Purchasing of tickets ; 

You may ONLY purchase tickets in groups if this is people you live with or within your support bubble.  

If you live in a tier 3 area unfortunately you will NOT be able to attend the fixture. 

Season Ticket Holders will be receiving paper tickets for the next three games in the post prior to the Notts County fixture. Sets of tickets will be sent out for upcoming fixtures following this so you have your tickets in advance of the fixtures.

Supporters can go online and purchase tickets from midday on Wednesday, the ticket office will not be open for walk up ticket purchases, but can be emailed if you require any guidance, as we are operating on limited staff, please only call the ticket office if you do not have access to the online ticket office. Once live, tickets will be available from HERE. 

Tickets in the terraces will be available for purchase and have been split into three zones each, it is vital that you remain within your purchased zone at all times, a plan of the zones is attached. Tickets in the Main and Screwfix stands have also been made available. Due to social distancing we have made single, double space available and a limited number of larger groups of seats.  You will need to select a space that suits the amount of tickets you require. If you have specific seating requirement or accessibility needs then please email the ticket office but please be aware we have limited availability in all areas, please also note that you must sit in your allocated seat only.

We will also not be able to accommodate extra seats next to  season ticket seats as these have been plotted in with social distancing applied.

If there is not enough time to post your tickets they will be available to collect from a designated collection point close to your entrance gate. Please follow signage on the day. If you are able to collect your tickets in advance of matchday they will be available to collect from main reception 10am-4pm

The clubs code of conduct that is attached must be adhered to at all times and should be read and understood prior to purchasing a ticket, it is vital that the code of conduct is followed as failure to do so may result in your removal from the stadium and may lead to a reduction in capacity of the stadium for future fixtures.

A daily bulletin will be produced with further details ahead of the fixture.

MATCH REPORT | Bromley 1 – 2 Yeovil Town

Yeovil Town secured their first National League victory of the season, beating Bromley 2-1 at Hayes Lane. 

First half goals from Rhys Murphy and Joe Quigley separated the two sides at the break, with Yeovil holding a deserved advantage.

The hosts came out the traps with real intent in the second half, and did find a goal through the threatening Michael Cheek. However, this was just a consolation as Yeovil secured three points. 

With a weeks break, Darren Sarll will have enjoyed getting some extra drills in with his players in the build up to the match. 

Adam Smith, an ever present for Town this season, began in goal, with Carl Dickinson, Gabriel Osho, Luke Wilkinson and the returning Daniel Leadbitter lining up as a back four. 

In the middle of the park, Charlie Lee began at the base of the midfield with Albi Skendi, Matt Warburton and Emmanuel Sonupe ahead of him.

The partnership which began our FA Cup victory against Bromley started once more as Rhys Murphy and Joe Quigley led the line. 

With fresh legs, Yeovil began brightly with Leadbitter and Sonupe enjoying success on the flanks, eventually leading to a succession of corners for Town.

Such a positive start has been a rarity of late for the Glovers this season, and Sarll’s side made sure it counted on 8 minutes. Warburton’s corner caused havoc in the Bromley box, eventually the ball fell to Murphy at the back-post who turned home the opener in front of The Glyn Beverly Stand.

As Yeovil looked strong from deadballs, the hosts tried their arm from set pieces too. Going close on 18 minutes, a deep free-kick from Reeco Hackett-Fairchild found Jack Holland but he couldn’t direct his effort on target. 

Set-piece routines were clearly on the agenda during the week of training as a smart free-kick from Warburton almost added a second for Town. The Northampton loanee quickly fired an effort to Mark Cousins’ near post, forcing the Bromley man to produce an excellent stop. 

After an eventful afternoon last time the sides met, Cheek thought he had levelled the scoring on 35 minutes but his back-post header hit the side-netting.

On the stroke of half-time Yeovil added a second through Quigley. Once again from a set-piece, Dickinson’s cross was met emphatically by the towering striker to double the Glovers advantage against his former club.  

Bromley had to come out fighting in the second half to find a way back into the game, which they almost found on 54 minutes as Hackett-Fairchild’s effort was kindly deflected into the six-yard box with Cheek lurking, eventually the ball was ushered wide by Osho much to A.Smith’s relief.

The hosts positive mindset eventually paid dividends on 70 minutes as Cheek cut the deficit. A deep cross found the forward at the back-post who flicked the ball beyond A.Smith.

Despite conceading, Yeovil’s forward play wasn’t discouraged as substitute Tom Knowles burst forward but had his goal-bound effort from the edge of the box deflected wide. 

In the dying moments, the best chance actually fell to Yeovil who found Courtney Duffus baring down on goal however his effort was well saved by Cousins. 

In the end, Yeovil Town held onto well deserved victory, claiming three points for the first time this season.

Next up for Yeovil, fans return to Huish Park as Notts County are the visitors on Saturday afternoon.

 

 

Yeovil Town: A.Smith; Dickinson, Wilkinson, Osho, Leadbitter; Lee, Skendi, Warburton (Neufville), Sonupe (Knowles); Murphy (Duffus), Quigley

Bookings: Wilkinson

Subs not used: Worthington,Dagnall

CLUB NEWS | Volunteer Press Officer wins National League award

Yeovil Town’s volunteer press officer Sam Collard has won the National League’s volunteer of the month award for November. 

Taking the role in September 2019, Sam has balanced his role with Yeovil Town alongside his University studies at UCFB Wembley. 

Keeping him very busy, Sam produces all the content across the club’s social media, writes content for the website, and arranges press conferences plus much more!

Sam has been one of the lucky few to have been able to attend Yeovil Town’s fixtures this season, reporting on the fixtures for those who are unable to attend. 

Commercial manager Mark Robinson, who nominated Sam for the award said; 

“Sam has been instrumental in keeping fans up to date in very challenging circumstances, he has been instrumental in getting the live streaming of games up and running and constantly working on ways to enhance the viewer’s experience.

“Sam works hard on engaging and promoting ways we, as a club, can support the community during these difficult times, particularly with his focus on the ‘Football against child poverty’ campaign and providing free meals to our young supporters and children of Yeovil Town.

“Sam thoroughly deserves this recognition and we are exceptionally proud that he provides so much support to Yeovil Town Football Club, especially whilst continuing to study for his final year at university. Thank-you Sam”

MATCH PREVIEW | Bromley F.C. – Yeovil Town

Yeovil Town return to National League action on Tuesday to face Bromley FC.

After sitting out on Saturday, Yeovil will be feeling fresh and ready when they travel to South London. 

The hosts will be out for revenge as the Glovers dumped Bromley out the FA Cup in early November thanks to Gabby Rogers last gasp strike. 

Darren Sarll’s thoughts

Speaking to the media ahead of Tuesday’s clash, Darren Sarll reflected on Yeovil’s challenging start to the season; “We keep feeling like we’re getting to a point where we’re going forward, then the injuries just absolutely kill us. 

“What we originally thought was the right shape for the players we had available, is not the right shape for another group of players. 

“It’s always trying to fit the right players into the right shape and mould that we have available.” 

 

Team news

In his press conference, Sarll confirmed that Josh Staunton will once again be set for a spell on the sidelines after picking up an injury against Eastleigh. 

Long-term absentee Lee Collins remains a doubt and loanee Alex Bradley is also unavailable for Tuesday evening’s match. 

A foot in the opposition camp

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

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.

Michael Cheek is the star man for Bromley. 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. 

Coverage

Bromley will be streaming the game from their website, linked HERE. 

Radio coverage for the fixture is also available 

Yeovil fans are reminded away fans are NOT allowed for this fixture. Please do not travel to Hayes Lane on Tuesday evening. 

CLUB STATEMENT | Return of spectators

Following the government announcement regarding the return of supporters to stadiums the club has been working hard to agree the necessary plans for the safe return of spectators.

A meeting is being held on Tuesday 8th December to discuss the plans with the Certifying Authority and other partners on the clubs Safety Advisory Group and the Director of Public Health will be kept informed . The club has also been working closely with the National League in respect of the planning process.

Subject to the necessary approvals the club intends to commence selling ticket from Tuesday evening via the club website for the YTFC v Notts County fixture on 12th December at 3pm.

It is the clubs primary objective to ensure the return of supporters done so in the safest way possible. 

CLUB STATEMENT | Errol Pope

Yeovil Town can confirm that Club Director Errol Pope has resigned from his position on the YTH and YFAC boards.

Resigning with immediate effect, Pope stated; “As a consequence of the current global pandemic and its devastating impact, this decision has been taken with a heart laden with regret.

“I am saddened that these unprecedented circumstances of uncertainty and plight have prohibited my plans and contributions to the Club, in the way and of the magnitude, I had hoped.”

Yeovil Town wish Errol all the best in his future endeavours.

SSDC STATEMENT | Proposed deal which will see South Somerset District Council purchase Yeovil Town Football Club property is approved

Proposed deal which will see South Somerset District Council purchase Yeovil Town Football Club property is approved

A proposal which will see South Somerset District Council purchase and lease back property owned by Yeovil Town Football Club including Huish Park has been approved.

Councillors on SSDC’s District Executive committee met today (3 December) to consider the investment as part of a proposal to not only ease financial pressures on the club but also to benefit communities across the district.

The club’s short-term financial concerns have been caused by the Coronavirus pandemic, with crowds prevented since March from attending National League matches for public safety and now continuing to be limited by COVID-19 restrictions.

The proposal will also give YTFC the option to buy back the land the club occupies in the future when its financial outlook has improved.

Council Leader Val Keitch said: “The decision to approve this proposal was made today following a detailed and thorough debate which was quite right given its importance.

“We have agreed to make an investment that will not only benefit a football club which has such an important role to play in our community but one which will also benefit our residents.

“It is our responsibility to ensure we offer any support where we can to businesses big and small, which we have done before and throughout this pandemic, and we will continue to do so.”

John Clark, Portfolio Holder for Commercial Strategy added: “This commercial investment has been analysed with the same rigour as all our commercial investments, and meets the Council’s requirements for return on investment at an acceptable level of risk.”

Approval of the proposal was welcomed by YTFC chairman Scott Priestnall who said:I would like to thank the officers at SSDC for their time and effort in putting together the proposal to buy the stadium and land at Huish Park.

“Being a chairman and owner of a football club is very different to operating other businesses and as a custodian of this fantastic club, I feel it is my duty to not only ensure its survival during these difficult times but also to give it the future the community and the supporters deserve.

“I would finally like to thank local Councillors for their time and support today, and I look forward to moving forward with SSDC and working with our supporters’ groups to deliver the best possible future for Yeovil Town Football Club.”

 

REPORT | Yeovil Town 1 – 3 Eastleigh

Yeovil Town’s search for a first league win continued as Eastleigh were the 3-1 victors at Huish Park.

Two first half goals from Ben Strevens’ side built a comfortable advantage which was only added to in the second.

Joe Quigley did find a goal in the second half as he bundled the ball home following a corner, but that did little to inspire a comeback as Yeovil fell to another defeat.

After adopting a 4-3-3 formation in the FA Cup, Darren Sarll opted for more of the same on Tuesday evening. Adam Smith began in goal, with Gabe Osho, Josh Staunton, Luke Wilkinson and Carl Dickinson making up the back four.

The midfield three was unchanged as Charlie Lee began alongside Albi Skendi and Matt Warburton.

The attacking three saw a debut for Tom Knowles on the right flank with Chris Dagnall and Courtney Duffus alongside him.

Despite defensive reinforcements, struggles at the back continued as it took just seven minutes for the visitors to open the scoring. Driving down the Yeovil left, Tyrone Barnett was given the freedom of the Yeovil penalty area to poke home the opener.

The goal did spark Yeovil into life, but the visitors did well to keep Town at arm’s length, with the majority of chances coming from the edge of the box through the bright Warburton and Knowles.

Yeovil’s best chance of the half fell on 21 minutes, a hopeful flick from Warburton fell perfectly into Dagnall’s path who powered beyond the Yeovil backline but couldn’t quite beat Joe McDonnell.

As Yeovil were unable to take their chances, fortunes were the opposite for Eastleigh who doubled their lead on 32 minutes. A defensive mix-up allowed Ben House to bare down on goal, and as A.Smith charged out he collided with the forward giving away a penalty which Joe Tomlinson effectively dispatched.

Throughout the first half, Town showed endeavour but lacked the cutting edge which Eastleigh certainly possessed.

The second half saw the Glovers increase the pace, with Lee forcing a save just one minute after powering a header on goal.

However, as the half progressed, Town seemingly lost their bite once again as Eastleigh added third. After Staunton was caught in possession, the deadly House pounced once again and emphatically fired beyond A.Smith to extend the visitors advantage.

Becoming Town’s top scorer for the season, Joe Quigley bundled home what turned out to be a consolation goal for Yeovil on 67 minutes following a corner.

Chances did fall for Town in the closing stages, but the Eastleigh defence was organised enough to limit Town to pot-shots, with Lee the only player to force a save on 81 minutes.

Late pressure saw Warburton force a heroic block but ultimately it wasn’t to be as the Glovers fell to another National League defeat.  

 

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

Bookings: A.Smith, Quigley

Subs not used: Palmer, Rogers

 

 

TRANSFER | Luton duo join on loan

Yeovil Town are delighted to confirm the loan signing of Josh Neufville and Gabriel Osho until the 9th January 2021. 

Darren Sarll has been vocal for his desire for extra bodies, confirming the club were in negotiations with “one or two” after Sunday’s FA Cup tie.

The two latest arrivals join from Championship side Luton, managed by former Glover, Nathan Jones. Defender Osho is a familiar face to Glovers fans after a short spell with the club last season on loan from Reading, making six appearances and keeping a clean sheet on his debut against FC Halifax Town. 

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Forward Neufville will be enjoying his third loan spell in the National League, after short spells at Solihull Moors and Woking during 2019/20, with the loanee starring in the Cards 1-0 victory over Yeovil in January.

All at Yeovil Town welcome Josh & Gabe to the club and wish them all the best during their time in green and white.

FIXTURE NEWS | New date for Barnet

After being postponed due to Town’s involvement in the FA Cup Second Round, our trip to Barnet will now be played on January 12th 2021. 

Meeting for the first time since July’s play-off clash, January’s midweek game is set up to be an enthralling affair.

Further details for the fixture will be confirmed in due course. 

MATCH PREVIEW | Yeovil Town – Eastleigh

Yeovil Town will look to bounce back from Sunday’s FA Cup exit as Eastleigh F.C. visit Huish Park on Tuesday evening (7:45pm).

Returning to league action after 120 minutes of football on Sunday afternoon, Tuesday’s clash will be a real test of fitness for Darren Sarll’s side. 

Last season, the Glovers secured their first league win of the season against Eastleigh, here’s hoping history repeats itself tonight.

 

Darren Sarll’s thoughts

The gaffer was ultimately left feeling disappointed that the game was not moved to Wednesday for the sake of the supporters, speaking after the Stockport game, Sarll said; “If you put that scenario to any manager, where the team you’re playing play on the Sunday, and then you play them on the Tuesday, you’ll always go with that.

“My particular grievance with playing the game Tuesday is that we had a chance to get fans back into the ground. 

“We have all harped on about doing the right thing for the industry and the minute we’ve got the chance to show our qualities and values, they don’t. It seems we’ve become inclusive once more to our own situations, I think it’s really poor.”

 

Injury news

Following Sunday’s arduous tie, Sarll did not confirm any injury issues, but it is likely Town will have some walking wounded within the ranks come Tuesday evening. The Glovers will be boosted by the signing of attacking midfielder/winger Tom Knowles. 

 

A foot in the opposition camp

Since taking charge in 2018, Ben Strevens has sustained the Spitfires in the National League and even mounted a play-off push in 2018/19.

This season, the goals of October’s ‘Player of the Month’ Ben House have fired Eastleigh up to 11th, with five games in hand on some of the teams around them.

After some solid recruitment in the Summer including former Yeovil trialist Tom Blair, the Spitfires will provide stern opposition for Town at Huish Park. 

 

Coverage 

The fixture can be watched on YTFC Live for £9.99. 

Radio coverage is also available from Three Valleys and BBC Somerset.