Month: January 2021

INTERVIEW | Joe Quigley desperate to kick on after victory over Dover

Joe Quigley paid tribute to Yeovil Town’s performance packed with quality and resilience following their 3-1 win over Dover Athletic at Huish Park.   

The Glovers returned to winning ways in magnificent fashion as a brace from Joe Quigley either side of half time, alongside a late strike from Rhys Murphy rounded off an impressive victory in the National League for Darren Sarll’s side.  

After a disappointing display against Maidenhead United in midweek, the green and whites showed spirit, stretching their fine run to 5 wins in 7 since the turnover of the new year and Quigley was full of praise for Town’s performance on Saturday afternoon.  

“I’m delighted with the brace, but three points were the most important thing for us today, he told BBC Somerset post-match.   

“The three points were the main aim for the team from minute one and I think to bounce back like we did from Wednesday shows the character that we’ve got amongst the squad. 

“I think when you go one goal down and then get an equaliser just before half-time gives everyone a lift, which resulted in us finishing the half strongly. After that I thought we grew and grew in confidence and finished the second half even stronger.  

“I think we have had a big turnround since the new year. Winning five of our last seven games shows the resilience and quality that we’ve got in the squad, and I don’t think many teams will be on this type of form right now.

“The break over the last few weeks hasn’t helped our momentum, but to respond like we did from Wednesday shows just how good we can be as a team

“We’ve just got to kick on from this now and remain focused ahead of our next game. 

MATCH REPORT | Yeovil Town 3 – 1 Dover Athletic

Yeovil Town put in a performance that was matched by the result with a 3-1 victory over Dover Athletic.

Despite falling a goal down, Yeovil’s character shone through with Joe Quigley’s goals either side of the half turning the game on its head.

Substitute Rhys Murphy added the cherry on the top of the cake as the game came to a close to secure a strong victory for Darren Sarll’s Yeovil.

With an injury hit squad, Sarll was forced to rotate his Yeovil Town side.

Adam Smith continued as Yeovil’s mainstay in goal. Michael Kelly made his debut at left back alongside Lee Collins, Max Hunt and Alex Bradley in the defence.

Matt Worthington and Albi Skendi began centrally for Town with Josh Neufville and Tom Knowles marauding down the flanks.

Reuben Reid and Joe Quigley maintained their place in the starting lineup.

As the two sides looked to find their rhythm, it was Dover who settled the fastest, causing early havoc from set plays.

On 13 minutes, this pressure would pay dividends as Ade Azzez turned the ball home from the edge of the six-yard box to claim the lead for the visitors.

The goal did little to spark Yeovil into life who looked largely disjointed in the opening stages.

Similarly, to Dover, Yeovil’s best chances as the half progressed came from set-plays. With Carl Dickinson suspended, the taking duties fell to new signing Kelly.

The most notable chance from a dead ball situation came after Josh Neufville was fouled on the edge of the box in the 38th minute, however Kelly’s drilled effort struck the Dover wall.

As the half drew to a close, it looked as if Dover were going to see the half out, but Yeovil found their goalscoring touch late. A well weighted ball from Bradley found Reid bursting into the area, as he was surrounded by red shirts, the experienced forward flicked the ball into Quigley’s path to level the game.

The second half began in polarising fashion to the first, with the hosts comfortably on top, enjoying a lot of possession in the Dover half.

With what was the Glovers first chance of the half, they had their second of the game through Quigley once again.

Knowles was the bright spark for the green and whites, especially in the second half, thrusting the play forward with his quick dribbling. He went close himself on 67 minutes, but his effort was just wide from the edge of the box.

As legs were tiring, Sarll looked to his bench for fresh impetus, and he got that in abundance from Murphy who scored just twenty seconds after coming onto the pitch, hooking Neufville’s cross into the top corner to extend Town’s advantage.

Murphy continued to cause havoc, after an incisive breakaway, the number nine was hauled down in the box to earn Yeovil a penalty, Quigley stepped up to seal his hat-trick but a fine save from Oliver Webber denied Yeovil’s dangerman.

Despite a late push from the visitors, the Glovers held firm to secure three points at Huish Park.

 

Yeovil Town: A.Smith; Bradley, Collins, Hunt, Kelly; Worthington, Neufville (Warburton), Knowles (Dagnall), Skendi; Reid (Murphy), Quigley

Bookings: Bradley, Collins, Neufville

Subs not used: J.Smith, Evans.

MATCH PREVIEW | Yeovil Town – Dover Athletic

Yeovil Town return to Huish Park after four weeks away as Dover Athletic are the visitors on Saturday afternoon (3pm).

This is the second time the two sides have met this season, after a cup thriller in the FA Cup Fourth Qualifying Round.

After a disappointing night on Wednesday evening with defeat to Maidenhead United, the Glovers will be desperate to make amends on Saturday afternoon.

 

Darren Sarll’s thoughts

Looking ahead to Saturday’s clash, Sarll said; “The manager’s tough (Andy Hessenthaler), he’s an experienced football man and his teams reflect his personality.

“I’ve never had an easy game against a Hessenthaler team. When he was manager at Leyton Orient, they were tough games and so were the ones against his Gillingham team. 

“It will be a tough game, especially off the back of Wednesday night, which I’m disgusted by, we know there needs to be a very good performance tomorrow.”

 

Team news

After limping off on Wednesday evening, Charlie Lee will not be involved on Saturday, Carl Dickinson will also be unavailable due to a suspension meaning new signing Michael Kelly could be in line for his first start for the club. .

Emmanuel Sonupe, Lawson D’Ath and Luke Wilkinson will sit out due to recent injuries. Long term absentee Josh Staunton remains unavailable for selection. 

 

A foot in the opposition camp

Dover have struggled for form this season after financial trouble off the pitch as the season began. 

Sarll is always highly complimentary of Dover manager Hessenthaler’s teams as he prepares to battle with Dover for the fourth time in his Yeovil Town career. 

Arsenal loanee Tom Smith was Dover’s star man when the two sides met in the FA Cup, making numerous saves to earn Dover a penalty shootout. However, the shotstopper has recently returned to the Emirates meaning the Whites will be looking for somebody else to step up when it counts. 

 

Coverage 

Under the current government restrictions, no Yeovil fans are able to attend the fixture, however Glovers fans can watch the game live on the improved YTFC Live for just £9.99 with Three Valleys providing commentary.  Make sure you tune in from around 2:20pm for our pre-match show. 

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

 

FIXTURE NEWS | New kick-off time for Stockport

Yeovil Town’s televised National League clash against Stockport County will now kick-off at 5:30pm. 

This will be our second trip to Edgely Park this season, last facing County in the FA Cup in November. 

In other fixture news, the club yesterday confirmed that our home clash with Solihull Moors will take place on the 27th April at 7pm. 

MATCH REPORT | Maidenhead United 4-2 Yeovil Town

Yeovil Town fell to a disappointing 4-2 away defeat against Maidenhead United on Wednesday evening.

Albi Skendi was the bright spark for Town, scoring twice in what was largely a night to forget for the Glovers.

Despite Yeovil taking the lead, the hosts were good value for their victory, especially in the second half where they largely held Terry Skiverton’s visitors at arm’s length.

With Darren Sarll at home with his family due to a positive COVID-19 test, it was assistant manager Skiverton took the reins for Yeovil Town in Berkshire.

The former Glovers captain opted for Adam Smith in goal, with Alex Bradley, Max Hunt, Charlie Lee and Carl Dickinson in front of him.

The midfield saw a return for Jimmy Smith who had been nursing an injury over the Christmas period. He started alongside Matt Worthington, and Josh Neufville in the middle of the park.

Moving forward, it was a three-pronged attack for Town as Albi Skendi began just behind Joe Quigley and Reuben Reid.

With both sides starved of football over recent weeks, the game was unsurprisingly timid throughout the opening stages.

Unfortunately for Town, makeshift centre back Lee’s evening only lasted 12 minutes as he was replaced Lee Collins due to an injury.

The night did improve for Yeovil as on 19 minutes, Town struck first. Skendi hammered home his third goal in four games from just inside the 18-yard box following J.Smith’s chipped pass.

With the wind in their sails, Town looked for a second, and it almost came on 24 minutes as Dickinson hammered the crossbar with a wayward cross. 

Despite the visitors positive play, Town were caught napping on 31 minutes as Maidenhead equalised. Capitalising on the substitute Collins’ mistake, Danilo Orsi fired the hosts level. 

Neither side had quite done enough to claim the lead in the first half, but the second told a very different story. Maidenhead came out the traps fast as Manny Parry added the hosts’ second on 50 minutes, heading beyond Smith at the back post. 

Two became three for Maidenhead on 70 minutes, as Dan Sparkes fired a spectacular effort beyond A.Smith to double the Magpies advantage.

Yeovil would huff and puff, and ultimately find a way back into the game just four minutes later through the always-bright Skendi, after he met Bradley’s cross and slotted the ball home. 

Although Yeovil pressed hard, the hosts were able to put the game beyond doubt in the 90th minute. After a handball in the box, Orsi slotted home from the spot for his second goal of the evening as the Glovers fell to their first defeat of 2021. 

 

Yeovil Town: A.Smith; Dickinson, Lee (Collins), Hunt, Bradley; Smith, Worthington, Skendi, Neufville (Knowles); Reid, Quigley (Murphy)

Bookings: Skendi, Worthington, A.Smith

Subs not used: Dagnall, Kelly

SIGNING | Max Hunt signs permanently for Yeovil Town

Yeovil Town are delighted to confirm the signing of Max Hunt on a permanent deal from Carlisle United on undisclosed terms.

After a successful short spell on loan, the towering central defender now signs until the end of the 2021/22 season.

During his loan stay, Hunt played four times for the club, winning on three occasions, and keeping two clean sheets alongside Luke Wilkinson at centre back.

Looking back on his career so far, the six-foot-six centre half graduated from the Derby County academy but failed to make a first team appearance for the Rams.

However, Hunt would gain experience in men’s football, with loan spells at Belper Town and eventually Aldershot Town in the National League last season, where he made 22 appearances, scoring once against Yeovil at the EBB Stadium.

Following his first taste of National League football, the Chesterfield born defender moved northbound to Carlisle in the summer but after making six appearances in League Two this season, the defender ventured to Somerset on loan, and now signs permanently for the green and whites.

Town manager Darren Sarll has been vocal about his desire to improve the defence and speaking to BBC Somerset on the addition he said: “The defence has been a real problematic area for us. Max, since his debut where he had a really tough time away at Torquay, has been outstanding.

“Carlisle were wonderful to deal with, Dave Holdsworth and Chris Beech were fantastic with us.

“I see a real future for Max, I don’t think we’ve seen the true extent of the young man’s potential. It was a really easy deal for us to get over the line.

“Max was desperate and keen to play for Yeovil, he loves it here. I think it’s a really good signing, as it’s another one who’s not just with us this year, he’s here next year too which gives us time to develop him, so it’s a really fantastic deal for us.”

 

MATCH PREVIEW | Maidenhead United – Yeovil Town

Yeovil Town head to Maidenhead United on Wednesday evening for our first National League fixture in 22 days. 

Last playing in our derby day victory over Weymouth, Yeovil Town now travel to Berkshire to face the Magpies for the first time since 2019. 

The hosts have just come off the back from a lengthy break themselves, drawing 0-0 to Woking in their first fixture since Boxing Day.  

 

Darren Sarll’s thoughts

Darren Sarll was full of praise for Maidenhead United manager and West Ham legend Alan Devonshire ahead of Wednesday’s fixture. 

“Alan Devonshire is a truly wonderful ex-player, his teams are always set-up to be really robust and get the job done their way.

“It will be very tough, it’s a tough away trip for us. They’ve had a good start to the season and their aren’t too many teams that can match their form in the league right now.” 

 

Team News

Sarll confirmed to BBC Somerset that Luke Wilkinson will be out with an injury but Town have been boosted by the arrival of Michael Kelly. 

The gaffer will not be in the dugout for tonight’s game due after a positive COVID-19 test in his household. 

Rhys Murphy is in line to return after completing a period of self isolation. 

 

A foot in the opposition camp

Maidenhead United currently sit eighth in the National League after a much improved 2020/21 campaign after narrowly surviving the drop last season.

Much of this success is down to Sam Barratt, who is the league’s second top scorer, averaging 0.78 goals per 90.

Another man to look out for is full back George Wells. A summer signing from Slough Town, Wells possesses a deadly cross which can unlock any defence. 

Manager Devonshire will no doubt be delighted with the impact of his new signings this year. Devonshire is a well-known name to football fans, enjoying a sucessful playing career at West Ham United before settling in Maidenhead.

 

The form

Over the last five games, Yeovil have turned a corner, picking up 12 points from the 15 available.

The pick of Town’s victories came against Weymouth, comfortably beating the local rivals 3-0 thanks to goals from Josh Neufville, Albi Skendi and Joe Quigley.

Maidenhead have two wins, two losses and one draw from their last five games.

Most recently, the Magpies were held to a 0-0 draw on the road by Woking. 

 

Coverage 

BBC Somerset and Three Valleys Radio will be providing radio commentary of the fixture. 

The match will be streamed by Maidenhead United with passes available HERE. 

CLUB NEWS | Terry Skiverton to take charge of Maidenhead clash

Yeovil Town assistant manager Terry Skiverton will be managing the team in tonight’s game against Maidenhead United.

Following Darren Sarll’s positive test which meant the club went into isolation, the gaffer will be at home with his family this evening due to another positive test in his household.

Speaking to BBC Somerset on Tuesday afternoon, Sarll said: 

“I won’t be at the game (against Maidenhead), my wife has unfortunately picked it up as well. I’ve got a duty to my kids to look after them whilst she’s recovering. 

“I’ll still be watching and connected to Terry in the dugout over the phone, so hopefully I’ll be able to have some sort of impact.

“They’re all more than capable of getting through a game without me there. Terry has over 150 games as manager in League One so I’m sure he can do a National League game on his own without me bombarding his eardrums too often.”

Continuing, Sarll spoke about the impact COVID had on him and reiterated the importance of doing all you can to stay safe in these tough times. 

“I’ve got to say, and I don’t want to sound like I’m going over the top here, but it was probably the worst seven days of my life.

“It really hit me quite hard, it’s not been a very nice time at all, but I do feel a lot better now.

“I do still feel tired and aching a lot, and I’m sure people who have had it will empathise, but the worst has left me. I’m just kind of in that after effects stage now, but it’s not very nice.

“Anybody who can hear this, any precautions you can take, please do so for yourself and your family, because I didn’t have a particularly good time with it.”

 

  

SIGNING | Michael Kelly signs on loan

Yeovil Town are delighted to confirm the loan signing of Michael Kelly from Bristol Rovers.

The 23-year old left-back signs in Somerset until the end of the 2020/21 National League season. 

Born in Scotland, Kelly played for Aberdeen’s academy before moving south of the border to represent Leicester City, but later departed the Foxes in 2016. 

A short spell back in Scotland followed as Kelly represented Hurlford United. 

After a successful trial period, Kelly signed for Bristol Rovers in 2017, and has made 46 appearances in all competitions for the Gas. 

This will be Kelly’s second spell in the National League system, having previously enjoyed a short spell on loan at Bath City in 2017/18.

Everybody at Yeovil Town is delighted to welcome Michael to the club and wish him all the best during his spell in Somerset. 

FIXTURE NEWS | Stockport County clash live on BT Sport

Yeovil Town’s trip to Stockport County (6th Feb) will be televised live on BT Sport. 

This will be second fixture covered by BT Sport this season, and will now kick-off at 5:20pm.

The last time we played in front of the BT Sport cameras, Darren Sarll’s side were held to a 2-2 draw by King’s Lynn Town on the opening day of the season. 

Last meeting Stockport in the FA Cup in November, that fixture was also a televised affair on the BBC Digital Platforms, with Stockport firing home an extra time winner to book a clash with West Ham United.

NEW DATE | Notts County

Yeovil Town will host Notts County at Huish Park on the 23rd March at 7:45pm.

The rearranged National League fixture will see the Glovers face a double header  against Notts in March, first playing at Meadow Lane on the 20th and just days later at Huish Park on the 23rd. 

This will be the first time the two sides meet in league action since August 2019, Yeovil came out on top that afternoon with a 3-1 victory thanks to goals from Courtney Duffus, Luke Wilkinson and Myles Hippolyte.  

NATIONAL LEAGUE STATEMENT | Two-Week Suspension to National League North and South Season

The National League has issued the following statement as the North/South divisions are now suspended.

Following the review of the feedback from Clubs in connection to the recent Clubs meeting, a Board meeting this morning decided to halt the participation in the North/South Divisions for a two-week period, effective immediately.

As a result, tomorrow’s games are formally postponed. National League fixtures will continue to be fulfilled. 

COMMERCIAL | Sponsorship opportunities at Huish Park

With our first-team fixtures being streamed directly into supporters’ homes all over the country – and beyond – there has never been a better time to get your business involved at Yeovil Town Football Club.

Our livestreaming service has already proved hugely popular with home and away fans alike, and the club are now pleased to reveal its fantastic new match sponsorship packages, which will ensure that your business gets the exposure it deserves.

In addition to this, sponsoring a match at Huish Park will also see your business acknowledged across the club’s media accounts in the lead up to the game, as well as being in featured in the post-match report on the club’s website following the final whistle.

With a full page advert in the club’s popular online matchday magazine also included, you can be guaranteed that your partnership with The Glovers will put your business right at the forefront of both the home and away supporters on a matchday.

Match Sponsorship

Our Match Sponsorship packages for our home fixtures during  2021 include the following benefits:

•Signed First team shirt and a bottle of Thatcher’s Reserve as a memento for sponsoring our fixture
•Full page advert in our online matchday magazine – giving direct access into the homes of hundreds of home & away UK-based supporters every fixture.
•Thank You message from the club on our social media channels on matchday, ensuring that supporters acknowledge the part your business is playing towards the club’s success.
•Your company name / logo will also feature in the website’s match report – An essential read for supporters following an afternoon of excitement at Huish Park.
•A matchday ticket voucher for six to be redeemed once fans can return to Huish Park.

Your business will also benefit from a strong presence throughout our live coverage of the match, on YTTV to include:

•Your company / logo appearing on holding screens in-between the action
•Your business will receive regular mentions throughout the game
•You will be given the opportunity to select the club’s Man of the Match
•During the broadcast, you will also have the chance to make an impact with supporters, with your businesses’ own commercial being streamed straight into the homes of the watching supporters.
 

Ball Sponsorship

Our Match Ball Sponsorship packages for our home fixtures during  2021 include the following benefits:

•First team signed Ball as memento of sponsoring our match ball.
•Full page advert in our online matchday magazine – giving direct access into the homes of hundreds of home & away UK-based supporters every fixture.
•Thank You message from the club on our social media channels on matchday, ensuring that supporters acknowledge the part your business is playing towards the club’s success.

Your business will also benefit from a strong presence throughout our live coverage of the match, on YTTV to include:

•Your company / logo appearing on holding screens in-between the action
•Your business will receive regular mentions throughout the game
•A pair of matchday ticket voucher to be redeemed once fans can return to Huish Park.

 

Live Stream ads

The enhanced live match day broadcast features bring with them an excellent opportunity for club sponsors and partners to show their support in a unique way, to what is a high volume of fans and families who will be tuned it to watch the Glovers.

These new opportunities include

• Branded slates and tiles which will appear prominently pre and post-match.
• Unique slots for businesses, companies or individuals to position their logo.
•A fantastic development, which allows club partners to run a 15 to 30 second video advert which will appear loud and proud during our commercial breaks.
•Club partner / sponsor branding can also be scheduled to appear four times each half – as part of a 30 second rotation – prominently at the top of the screen, adjacent to the current score and time segment.
•A pair of matchday ticket voucher to be redeemed once fans can return to Huish Park.
•Secondary advertising with in our online matchday programme
 

To discuss these exciting opportunities further, please contact our Commercial Manager, Mark Robinson – mrobinson@ytfc.net or call 07742 419 467

NEW DATE | Maidenhead

Yeovil Town will now travel to Maidenhead United on Wednesday 27th January (7:45pm).

After last week’s original fixture was postponed due to a positive COVID-19 test within the Yeovil camp, Darren Sarll’s side will now travel to Berkshire next week.

This will be the Glovers’ first trip to York Road since returning to Non-League football, as last season’s fixture was not played due to the impact of COVID-19.

NATIONAL LEAGUE STATEMENT | Winter Rescue Package

The National League has held meetings with Member Clubs today to discuss further information regarding the Government’s Winter Survival Package.

A presentation was given to Member Clubs at today’s meetings to assess various options. The National League wishes to place on record its gratitude for the approach of Member Clubs at each meeting.

Interim General Manager of The National League, Mark Ives, has requested each Member Club to provide views on three points:

  1.  The operation of a Club Loan process.
  2.  The operation of a National League Loan.
  3.  A suspension to The National League 2020/21 season.

The purpose of feedback is to assist the Board in understanding views of all 66 Clubs. The Board will be meeting before the end of the week.

COMMERCIAL | Private Members Draw

The results of Yeovil Town’s 2020 Private Members Draw are in. 

To view the results, click the link HERE. 

You may notice that the results for December 2020 are missing, this draw will be made when we can host our next home fixture.

For more information on the Private Members Club where you can win up to £1,000, follow this LINK. 

FIXTURE NEWS | Notts County & Solihull Moors postponed

Yeovil Town can confirm that our upcoming games against Notts County and Solihull Moors have been postponed. 

This is due to a positive COVID-19 case within the Yeovil camp. The club has now entered an isolation period which will end on Monday 25th January.

All associated with Yeovil Town would like to wish the individual a speedy recovery.  

NEW DATE | Barnet

Yeovil Town will now travel to Barnet on 2nd March (7:45 K.O).

After Tuesday’s trip to The Hive was postponed due to a coronavirus outbreak in the hosts’ camp, we will now travel to North West London in early Spring.

Yeovil are yet to meet the Bees this season, last facing off in the Play-Off eliminator in July 2020. 

TICKET NEWS | An update for season ticket holders

With the current COVID 19 restrictions in place, it unfortunately does not look likely that we will be able to welcome fans back into Huish Park in January or February.

With this in mind, we would like to set out the continued options for you as a season ticket holder the next part of this season.

Please read the following options that are available to you:


I previously opted for Streaming access to games. 

If you have previously opted to watch our matches via the Live Streaming service and wish to continue to do so, then you don’t need to do a thing.

Your account will continue to have access to all of our Home League fixtures and now with improved coverage from Outspoken Projects. New features will include pre/post match content, extra camera angles, improved picture quality and live action replays.

If you no longer wish to take advantage of this streaming coverage and would prefer a refund on the next 6 games or a full refund on all outstanding games please email – ticketoffice@ytfc.net. (Please note when opting for a full refund, as you would expect you would lose your priority window for buying tickets for games when supporters return.)

I opted for a refund on the first eight games but would now like to opt for access to the streaming coverage.

If you previously opted for a partial refund but now want to use the value of your season ticket against the live streaming service please email: ticketoffice@ytfc.net and request this. We will provide you with an Access Code to use on the streaming site for future games.

I previously opted for a partial refund and would like to request the next 6 games be refunded or request a full refund.

To request a partial or full refund on the outstanding value of your season ticket please email ticket office@ytfc.net with your request. ( if you request a full refund as you would expect you would lose your priority window for buying tickets for games when supporters return.)

With Staff currently working away from the ground as much as possible, requests for refunds will be processed as soon as is possible for us to do so.

Our thanks as always for your continued support of the club and we hope to see you back at Huish Park later in the season.

MATCH OFF | Maidenhead United – Yeovil Town

Tomorrow afternoon’s trip to Maidenhead United has been postponed.

This is due to coronavirus concerns within the Yeovil camp. A new date for the fixture will be arranged in due course. 

As it stands, Tuesday’s match against Notts County is set to go ahead as planned. 

MATCH PREVIEW | Maidenhead United – Yeovil Town

Yeovil Town travel to York Road to face Maidenhead on Saturday afternoon. 

After an 11 day break, Darren Sarll’s side will be raring to go on Saturday afternoon.

Having not travelled to Berkshire during the last campaign due to a shortened season, this will be the club’s first trip to York Road since returning to the National League.

 

Team news

Yeovil Town will be without long term absentee Josh Staunton who suffered a season ending knee injury against Eastleigh. 

However, forward Rhys Murphy could return to the side after completing his isolation period.

 

A foot in the opposition camp

Maidenhead United currently sit eighth in the National League after a much improved 2020/21 campaign after narrowly surviving the drop last season.

Much of this success is down to National League top scorer Sam Barratt, who has nine goals, averaging one every 107 minutes.

Another man to look out for is full back George Wells. A summer signing from Slough Town, Wells possesses a deadly cross which can unlock any defence. 

Manager Alan Devonshire will no doubt be delighted with the impact of his new signings this year. Devonshire is a well-known name to football fans, enjoying a sucessful playing career at West Ham United before settling in Maidenhead for a long spell in Berkshire. 

 

The form

Over the last five games, Yeovil have turned a corner, picking up 12 points from the 15 available.

The pick of Town’s victories came against Weymouth, comfortably beating the local rivals 3-0 thanks to goals from Josh Neufville, Albi Skendi and Joe Quigley.

Maidenhead have two wins and three losses from their last five games.

Most recently, the Magpies put Wealdstone to the sword with a 4-0 home victory on Boxing Day.

 

Coverage 

BBC Somerset will be providing radio commentary of the fixture. 

The match will be streamed by Maidenhead United, linked HERE. 

TRANSFER | Courtney Duffus departs Huish Park

Yeovil Town can confirm the sale of Courtney Duffus for an undisclosed fee. 

The 25-year old forward made 63 appearances in green and white, scoring 21 times. 

Commenting Scott Priestnall said: “Reuben Reid was our top target this season and with a wealth of experienced strikers at the club it was clear one had to go out.

“With Courtney’s contract expiring in the summer, his agent made it clear to me he would not sign a new deal in the summer and expressed his desire to leave in this window. After entertaining bids over the last few days we got the best deal for the club.”

Everybody at the club would like to thank Courtney for his service and wish him all the best in the future.

SIGNING | Alex Bradley signs permanently in Somerset

Yeovil Town are delighted to announce the signing of Alex Bradley on a permanent deal. 

Signing an 18-month contract, Bradley makes his stay in Somerset permanent after his loan spell from Lincoln City expired earlier this month.

The versatile full-back made his debut for Town in the dramatic FA Cup victory over Bromley in early November, but an injury issue meant he missed some minutes early on in his loan spell. 

Bradley’s return to the side has coincided with Town’s up-turn in form, starring in victories over Torquay United and fierce rivals Weymouth. 

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Looking back on his career so far, Bradley is graduate of the West Bromwich Albion academy, but moved on from the Midlands club in 2019, signing for the Imps in the summer transfer window, following loan spells at Havant & Waterlooville & Burton Albion. 

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

The right sided defender already has 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.

Speaking to ytfc.net after signing, our latest addition said; “It feels great to have signed here permanently and to finally be settled. It’s a great club with big history and has very good management, squad and fans. I am very pleased to be a Yeovil player. 

“My ambitions for the rest of the season are to play as many games as I can to the best of my ability and to help the team achieve what we are all capable of.

“To reach the play off spots is doable and it’s up to us as a squad to make that happen. I hope we can have a very successful remainder of the campaign and get this club back to where it belongs.”

Everybody at Yeovil Town is delighted to welcome Alex back to the club and wish him all the best during his time here. 

SIGNING | Neufville signs for the season

Yeovil Town are delighted to confirm the signing of Joshua Neufville on loan from Luton Town until the end of the season.

Following a successful month long spell through December and early January, Neufville returns after making a lasting impact in his short time at Huish Park. 

Neufville has found his scoring touch in Somerset, scoring his first two professional goals in his first two starts for the club against Torquay and fierce rivals Weymouth, which became the first goal scored in a fixture between the two clubs in over 20 years.

It’s not just goals Neufville has contributed either, his quick feet have caused nightmares for defenders across the National League, most notably winning the free-kick which led to Town’s second goal against Aldershot Town.   

Now extending until the end of the season, the pacy forward will be looking to pick up where he left off, starting with Tuesday’s trip to Barnet. 

Everybody at Yeovil Town is delighted to welcome Josh back to Huish Park and wish him all the best during his time here. 

 

CLUB NEWS | Brand new streaming production

Yeovil Town are delighted to announce our brand new streaming production.

With the technical support of Outspoken Projects, fans can now expect a much improved service for all of our upcoming home fixtures.

We’ve taken onboard your feedback from previous fixtures, and with the government guidance of an extended period of behind closed doors fixtures, we as a club have invested considerably into our current service to give you, the fans, the feeling of being closer to the action and feeling part of our future match days. In light of this, from the Notts County clash at Huish Park, fans can expect:

Pre/Post Match content e.g. exclusive interviews, match preview content and much more!
Extra camera angle, to get up close and personal with the action from the comfort of your own home.
Live action replays, to ensure you don’t miss any of the action.
Fantastic commercial opportunities to advertise your business pre-match, during the match and post match.
Opportunities for everyone to get involved should you wish to promote family birthdays or special occasions during the live stream.

The best way to highlight our improvements is to show you! The above video showcases the step up that our live broadcast will make, with the team at Outspoken providing some test shots from our match against Torquay United earlier this month.

All tickets purchased, whether that be a season pass or an exchanged season ticket remain valid for our new streaming production. We ask all our fans to sample this for themselves to see the improvements that have been made and hope everyone will continue to support this service until a time when we can all safely return to Huish Park and support Darren and the team.

Everybody at Yeovil Town is looking forward to showing you our brand new and improved production later this month.

INTERVIEW | Reuben Reid reflects on a manic first week back at Huish Park

Reuban Reid is looking to bring a positive mindset to Yeovil Town in his second stint at Huish Park.  

Re-joining the club on Tuesday, Reid is hoping that his experience can help the Glovers maintain their current form in the National League, with the side stretching their run to three consecutive victories with a win against Weymouth in midweek.  

Speaking to ytfc.net, yesterday afternoon, he said: “It’s been a bit of a surreal week to be honest. Signing a couple of hours before kick-off on Tuesday, then being told that I was in the starting line-up was a shock at the time but overall good experience.  

We obviously had a great win in midweek which was good, and it will give us a lot of confidence going forward, but for myself personally I’ve had another good session today, and a good week so I’m feeling very good so far.” 

He continued: “My ambitions are simple to win as many games as possible and see where it takes us. We all know where we are in the league table, so we need to keeping working hard and add to this run that we have been going on. That way hopefully we can start pushing up the table and who knows what can happen come the end of it.  

“As a new signing, especially after the first week I can’t say exactly what we need and don’t need to do but as a team we’ve just got to make sure that we prepare ourselves in the best possible way for each game, to try and get three points.  

“Going on a run like we have reunites that energy amongst the club and generates positivity, and it’s surprising where that can take you. My message to the fans is keep supporting the club through social media and spread as much positivity as possible. That way Yeovil Town will be back doing what Yeovil Town does best.”  

INTERVIEW | Sarll delighted with derby victory

Darren Sarll was left delighted that his side were the winners of the first competitive derby between Yeovil Town and Weymouth since 1999.

First half goals from Josh Neufville, Albi Skendi and a late penalty from Joe Quigley ensured Town took three points from their trip to the seaside.

Reacting to the Glovers’ complete performance, Sarll said; “I thought the first 35 minutes was as good as I’ve seen us, we had great intensity, a good attitude, and a very competitive edge.

“I thought we were very good, very dominant, that’s two games in a row for Adam (Smith) where he’s not had a shot to save. It was nice to name the same back four again, and you can see the benefit of that consistency with a rare clean sheet.

“We started very quick tonight; we were very focused. It’s easy to motivate players who have been humiliated, when you’re playing against the humiliator, it’s a different thing for a game like this, when some players may not know about the Weymouth vs. Yeovil rivalry, which is why Terry (Skiverton) did the team talk tonight. He obviously has that history; he did a great job at making sure the players knew they were responsible for a hell of a lot tonight.”  

He continued to note the importance of earning the supporters backing; “We know we’ve got to earn their credit back, and we’re prepared and willing to do that by fighting and digging deep. It’s always been part of my character to role my sleeves up and we’re showing that at the moment.

“It’s nice to say for the first time this season, we’re in a strong vein of form, we’ve picked up some good wins across the last five games apart from the disappointed away to Torquay, but we’re getting there, and we were terrific tonight.”

Commenting on individual performances, the gaffer was left particularly pleased with the showing of Matt Worthington; “I thought he was incredible, absolutely incredible. Him and (Josh) Neufville in the first half were sensational.

“It wasn’t just their possession game, but out of possession too, I thought ‘Worthy’ was just scintillating, his reading of the game, his intercepting passes, the way he got us on the attack, with really good and difficult passes after winning it.

“I just thought he was really good, it’s lovely to have him back in that kind of form.”

MATCH REPORT | Weymouth – Yeovil Town

Yeovil Town produced a big performance to match the occasion, to win the first derby with Weymouth of the 21st Century.

Goals from Josh Neufville and Albi Skendi built a comfortable half-time advantage for the Glovers.

Joe Quigley secured the three points with an emphatic victory as the game entered stoppage time.

Darren Sarll made two changes to the side which secured victory against Torquay United.

There was a debut for Reuben Reid who led the line alongside Joe Quigley who returned from suspension.

The rest of the side was unchanged, Adam Smith began in goal with Carl Dickinson, Luke Wilkinson, Max Hunt and Alex Bradley completing the defence.

The midfield comprised of a flat four, Lawson D’Ath, Matt Worthington operated centrally with Albi Skendi and Josh Neufville playing slightly wider.

Yeovil came out the traps fast, and the debutant Reid thought he made an instant impact after he headed home a powerful effort following Skendi’s cross. However, much to the bemusement of all in attendance, the goal was chalked off by the referee.

This did little to dishearten the green and whites, who played with real spirit in the opening exchanges.

The forward-thinking mentality didn’t take long to pay dividends, as Luton loanee Neufville netted the opener on 14 minutes. After a great passing move, Neufville found himself driving to the edge of the box, eventually releasing an effort into the bottom corner, leaving the goalkeeper stranded.

With the wind in their sails, Town added a second through Skendi on 19 minutes. As the ball dropped kindly on the edge of the area, the towering Albanian released a drilled effort on the bounce to double Yeovil’s advantage.  

In truth, the hosts did very little to make a game of it in the first half, with wave after wave of Yeovil attacks terrorizing the Terras’ backline.

As the half went on, Yeovil’s best chance to extend fell on 38 minutes when Reid was played through but couldn’t quite find the finish.

The half-time whistle would have been a more welcome sound for the Weymouth players who had played with their own half throughout.

During the second half, the visiting Glovers did well to keep Weymouth at arm’s length, restricting the hosts to half-hearted penalty shouts.

With fresh legs needed, Town added Chris Dagnall to the forward line replacing Reid who had looked lively on his debut.

It didn’t take long for the 34-year-old to find himself involved either. Breaking away from the Weymouth defence, Dagnall was hauled in the box earning the green and whites an opportunity to seal the points from the spot. Quigley emphatically converted to ensure Town were the first derby day winners of the 21st century.

 

Yeovil Town: A.Smith; Dickinson, Wilkinson, Hunt, Bradley; D’Ath, Worthington, Skendi (Sonupe), Neufville (Knowles); Quigley, Reid (Dagnall).

Subs: Palmer, Warburton, Dagnall, Knowles, Sonupe  

SIGNING | Reuben Reid returns to Huish Park

Yeovil Town are delighted to confirm the signing of Reuben Reid until the end of the season.

Signing for his second stint in Green & White, Reid was part of the 12/13 League One play-off winning squad, netting six times in all competitions that season before a loan spell to Plymouth. 

Spending the majority of his career in the South West, the 32-year old forward has enjoyed stints at Plymouth, Forest Green Rovers, Torquay United, Exeter and most recently Cheltenham Town.

Now stepping into the National League for the second time in his career, Reid will be hoping for more success in the South-West. 

Everyone at Yeovil Town would like to wish a warm welcome to Rueben and wish him all the best during his second spell in Somerset.

MATCH PREVIEW | Weymouth – Yeovil Town

Yeovil Town travel to fierce rivals Weymouth on Tuesday evening (7:45pm) for the first competitive meeting between the two sides since November 1999.

Coming into the highly anticipated clash, Yeovil have secured back-to-back wins in the National League for the first time this season, overcoming top-of-the-table Torquay United with a heroic late turnaround thanks to goals from Josh Neufville and Luke Wilkinson.

Despite Torquay being somewhat local rivals, the magnitude of Saturday’s clash is dwarfed in comparison by Tuesday’s derby with the Terras.

 

Darren Sarll’s thoughts

Speaking to ytfc.net following the victory over Torquay, Darren Sarll spoke on his approach to Tuesday’s derby; “We’ll approach it with the same attitude, because I think that is us. It’s taken a while to ignite it again.

“What I’ve liked recently, is that the players, especially the ones we had here last year have suddenly stood up and got themselves back into form; Matt Worthington immense again, an incredible performance (against Torquay), who by his own admission hasn’t hit form. Lawson (D’Ath) was huge again, (Albi) Skendi, huge again, and I think it gives us all hope that we can bring this round.  

 

Head-to-head

Last meeting in FA Trophy action in 1999, Weymouth took Yeovil to a replay, following a 0-0 draw at the Bob Lucas Stadium, the clash at Huish Park was a different story with a victory for Yeovil.

We most recently met Weymouth in league action in January 1989 in the old Vauxhall Conference, that afternoon the green and whites ran out the 0-2 victors away from home.

A memorable clash for many Yeovil fans came in the 1987/88 season where Town inflicted Weymouth’s first home defeat in their then new ground. The cup tie saw Yeovil come in as the underdogs as Weymouth were competing in a higher division at the time, yet it was the Glovers who advanced to the FA Cup first round following a 1-3 victory on the South Coast. Yeovil eventually made it to the FA Cup Third Round that season, a 3-0 defeat to Queens Park Rangers ending a heroic run of nine games which started in the first qualifying round.

Looking back over the 203 fixtures between the two sides, Yeovil have the more positive record, winning on 88 occasions, drawing 36 times and losing 77, however the goal difference between the two sides is a little tighter, with just an eight-goal swing, with Yeovil netting 318 to Weymouth’s 310.

 

A foot in the opposition camp

It’s been a mixed season for Weymouth so far as they sit in the drop zone at the time of writing.

Despite wins over the likes of Stockport County and King’s Lynn, Tuesday’s hosts have struggled to pick up points in tight games, losing by a one-goal margin on eight occasions this season.

Following the departure of Mark Molesley in the Summer, ex-AFC Bournemouth player and youth coach Brian Stock took the reins for his first senior management role. In his playing career, Stock managed three Wales caps and played Championship football for Doncaster Rovers and Burnley, eventually hanging up his boots after a spell at Havant & Waterlooville.

Many Yeovil fans would have expected to see a familiar face in Tom Whelan, but the ex-Glovers and Sailsbury midfielder left Weymouth to join Chesterfield last month. There will be a familiar face in the Weymouth ranks in the form of Alefe Santos who signed for Stock’s side in the Summer.

 

Coverage

With the game played behind closed doors, Yeovil Town fans can tune into Weymouth’s live streaming coverage, linked HERE.

Radio commentary will also be provided by both BBC Somerset and Three Valleys radio.

The Yeovil Town social media channels will offer text updates with a match report and interviews following after full-time.

CLUB NEWS | Reduced opening hours

Huish Park will be operating reduced opening hours from next week due to Tier 4 restrictions. 

The Club Shop will be open for deliveries and click and collect orders only, and will only operate on a Tuesday and Thursday (10-4pm). Deliveries will also only be sent on Tuesday and Thursday due to the club operating with reduced staff. 

However, club’s phone lines will remain operational throughout the week, all enquires must be made by the phone lines or by contacting the club via email. The club reception will not be open for supporters to visit at this time. 

All at Yeovil Town look forward to welcoming you back to Huish Park when it is safe to do so.

INTERVIEW | Luke Wilkinson reflects on a match-winning performance

Yeovil Town defender Luke Wilkinson was delighted to be the match-winner in The Glovers‘ 2-1 victory over Torquay United at Huish Park. 

Wilkinson’s 91st minute header was enough to see Yeovil claim an outstanding three points over the National League leaders and the central defender admitted he was thrilled with this victory in particular. 

Speaking to www.ytfc.net, post-match, he said: “I had a good feeling about the corner to be honest. It was a great whipped ball in from Dicko [Carl Dickinson] and I managed to get my head on it, and I was just buzzing to see it go in.  

Of course, it’s nice to get a goal as center half but more importantly it was about getting the three points today.  

It was a massive win for us especially for what happened on Boxing DayWe know we haven’t started the season the way wanted too but as a team we are really trying to turn things around. 

I think you can see from our performance on Monday against Aldershot, and the way we responded today shows that the boys never stop and work so hard for the club and the fans. 

We didn’t get going at all last week against them and the ones that played certainly know that. However, we’ve showed a great reaction in the last two games and that was the Yeovil Town that we were all used to seeing last season. That character, fight, and determination.  

He finished: “It’s going to be another tough game for us on Tuesday. A derby today and then another one in midweek against Weymouth. We’ve got to make sure that we recover well and ensure that we’re all raring to go once again.”  

 

MATCH REPORT | Yeovil Town – Torquay United

Yeovil Town completed a late turnaround against Torquay United to get 2021 off to a flyer with a 2-1 victory.

Following a tight first half, the league leaders took the lead through Aaron Nemane early on in the second.

However, the Glovers never say die attitude shone through as goals from Josh Neufville and Luke Wilkinson in the last ten minutes saw the Glovers heroically claim all three points against the Gulls.

Darren Sarll was forced into two changes to the side that beat Aldershot on Monday afternoon. Adam Smith remained in goal, but it was a return for Alex Bradley who replaced Gabe Osho at right back who has been recalled by Luton. Max Hunt and Luke Wilkinson began in the middle with Carl Dickinson left back.

The midfield compromised of the same diamond from Monday, with Charlie Lee at the base, Matt Worthington and Lawson D’Ath ahead of him but just behind Albi Skendi.

After an impressive cameo, Josh Neufville replaced the suspended Joe Quigley to partner Courtney Duffus.

The first half was cagey throughout, with neither side showing their hand during the opening stages.

Wilkinson had Town’s first shot on target in the 13th minute after he connected with Dickinson’s cross, but his header fell straight into Covolan’s gloves.

Largely, both teams were restricted to sighters, with the most notable for Town falling to Duffus on 24 minutes as he fired an effort on goal that Covolan was once again equal to.

Town looked most threatening from set-plays, and Wilkinson went agonisingly close on the verge of the break as he sent an effort crashing off the crossbar.

The second half saw Torquay open with intent and open the scoring on 47 minutes with an incisive breakaway. Slicing apart the Glovers midfield, Nemane was sent clean through on goal and calmly slotted beyond Smith with their first clear cut chance of the afternoon.

After the goal, the visitors rarely threatened and looked to maintain what they had.

The 54th minute left a sour taste in the mouth for the green and whites, midfielder Lee looked to be in some serious pain as he hobbled off to be replaced by Emmanuel Sonupe.

With fresh legs injected into the midfield, Sarll’s side began to play with more impetus, and were seemingly denied a penalty on 58 minutes as the always-bright Neufville was hauled down in the box.

Despite being denied by the referee, the decision did little to dishearten Neufville, bursting beyond the Torquay defence again on 77 minutes but he mishit his effort, sending the ball just wide of Covolan’s goal.

Eventually, it was third time lucky for Neufville as he clawed Town back into the game. After Torquay failed to clear their lines, the ball dropped to the Luton loanee who deftly placed the ball into the top corner and claw the greens level.

After levelling the affair, Yeovil smelt blood, continually harassing the Torquay backline and creating chances.

As the game entered stoppage time, the turnaround was completed. An emphatic Wilkinson header at the back post from Dickinson’s corner sent Yeovil into a deserving lead.

With lead secured, Yeovil weren’t done yet, as both Albi Skendi and Tom Knowles had chances in stoppage time to add a third for Town, but the visitors did well to usher both wide.

Ultimately, Yeovil Town began 2021 just as they started 2020, with a dramatic victory over Torquay United. Next up for Sarll’s side is a trip to archrivals Weymouth.

 

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

Bookings: Neufville, D’Ath

Subs: Dagnall, Palmer

INTERVIEW | Darren Sarll looking to build momentum

Yeovil Town manager Darren Sarll hopes that his side’s second National League win of the season in midweek can give his side a lift as they host Torquay United on Saturday afternoon.  

A brace from Courtney Duffusand a late strike from Albi Skendi ensured that the Glovers secured an important home win against Aldershot Town on Monday and Sarll hopes it gives the team huge confidence going into Saturday’s clash at Huish Park as they face the league’s early pacesetters.  

After the disappointment of their defeat against Torquay United on Boxing Day, the green & whites will be looking to prove themselves this time around, producing a much better performance against the side from Plainmoor 

Speaking during his pre-match press conference, he said: “We responded well from that horror show last week against Torquay with a good result on Monday.   

“We responded the way the group should have respond. I always back my group because they are a brilliant bunch and I love spending time with them.

This team are an incredibly proud group and said that to the players on Monday. The one thing that the defeat on Boxing Day dented apart from the result was our pride but it was great to restore that this week, and it will give us a lot of confidence going into Saturday  

“I thought we played alright on Monday and there’s so much more we can do but until we get that consistency with injuries, especially with the back four then sadly we are going to see more inconsistency in our performances.”   

He continued: “Naturally, you’ll want revenge from what happened last week because we’re all footballers who care about their football and their work, so hopefully we can prove ourselves this time around and consolidate a much better result this weekend. 

We were very disappointed with ourselves last Saturday and that was the underlying figure on Sunday. We had a brief chat amongst the squad and reflected on the performancewhich resulted in us having a really good look at ourselves.  

On a whole, I thought we responded well and showed a much more committed performance. Monday proved to us all that we still have that quality and performance in our locker, so hopefully, we can take that momentum if you like into Saturday.”

MATCH PREVIEW | Yeovil Town – Torquay United

Yeovil Town return to National League action this weekend as Gary Johnson’s Torquay United are the visitors to Huish Park.  

After suffering a 6-1 defeat against The Gulls on Boxing Day, Darren Sarll and his side will be eager to exact revenge on the side from Plainmoor, in hope of securing their third National League win of the season.

With the Glovers responding briliantly from that defeat and comfortably dispatching Aldershot Town on Monday, confidence will be high going into the game as the green and whites will look to put 2020 behind them, whilst entering a new year full of new challenges 

Darren Sarll’s thoughts 

Speaking during his pre-match press conference, he said: “We responded well from that horror show last week against Torquay with a good result on Monday.  

We responded the way the group should have respond. I always back my group because they are a brilliant bunch and I love spending time with them. 

The boys are usually good from reacting from situations like these which is good to see. I thought we played alright on Monday and there’s so much more we can do but until we get that consistency with injuries, especially with the back four then sadly we are going to see more inconsistency in our performances 

Naturally, you’ll want revenge from what happened last week because we’re all footballers who care about their football and their work, so hopefully we can prove ourselves this time around and consolidate a much better result.” 

Team News 

It’s more of the same injury news for Town in 2021 as Josh Staunton is still likely to be sidelined as a result of his injury in early December, whilst Sarll and his team are awaiting further news on their most recent absentee Rhys Murphy.  

A foot in the opposition camp 

The visitors have had a strong start to the 2020/21 season, sitting comfortably at the top of the National League table with an eleven-point advantage.  

Following their victory over Darren Sarll’s side on Boxing Day, Torquay recorded a 4-3 away win against newly promoted Weymouth at the Bob Lucas Stadium in midweek. Goals from Connor Lemonheigh-Evans, Asa Hall, Aaron Nemane, and Josh Umerah ensured that Gary Johnson’s men maintained their fine form in the National League this campaign.  

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 with Three Valleys providing commentary.   

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