Month: April 2021

MATCH PREVIEW | Wealdstone – Yeovil Town

Yeovil Town travel to West London to face Wealdstone F.C. on Saturday afternoon.

After bouncing back against Solihull Moors, Darren Sarll and his side will be hoping for more of the same against the struggling Stones.

For the hosts, it’s been a difficult spell, slipping down the table in recent weeks, losing four games on the spin and conceding 18 goals in the process.

 

Darren Sarll’s thoughts

When asked about Wealdstone’s defensive record, Sarll said, “We need to shoot a lot! I don’t really know what’s coming out of our tunnel so in all honesty the same could be said about us.

“We need to keep our standards high, especially after the spike in performance on Tuesday.

“The players who gave us that spike deserve the recognition and reward for that.”

 

Team News

In his press conference, Sarll confirmed that both Murphy and Wilkinson were out of Saturday’s trip to the Vale.

In better news, both Lawson D’Ath and Alex Bradley are edging closer to a return, with D’Ath slated for a mid-May return to training.

 

A foot in the opposition camp

After promotion from the National League South as champions last season, the Stones’ return to the National League has seen a change at the helm. Manager Dean Brennan resigned from his role and was replaced by his assistant Stuart Maynard in February.

Despite a positive start to the season, financial difficulties hit Saturday’s hosts as they slipped down the table.

The man to look out for at the Vale is Dennon Lewis, the former Love Island contestant was the catalyst for the Stones’ promotion last season earning himself a trial at Charlton Athletic in the Summer. Ultimately remaining at the Vale, the former Watford man has hit six goals this season and will be looking for more on Saturday.

 

Coverage

There will be no social media coverage of Saturday’s fixture due to the unified social media blackout to combat online abuse. There will be a match report on the website and post-match interviews will be uploaded to the club’s YouTube channel. Live updates including team news will be shared via the Yeovil Town match centre. There will also be a short team news piece on the website.

Radio commentary will be provided by Three Valleys Radio & BBC Somerset whilst Wealdstone’s stream can be purchased from HERE.

 

CLUB NEWS | Young Glovers earn their coaching stripes

Yeovil Town academy scholars have been putting their studying into action this week, taking part in the FA Level Two coaching course.

On Tuesday afternoon, members of the U18’s side took to the Huish Park 3G pitch, leading sessions they had planned themselves after much hard work.

 

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Under the watchful eye of former Glover and Watford’s youngest ever goal scorer Gifton Noel-Williams, the young Glovers impressed as they led sessions for other members of the club’s youth ranks.

Setting themselves up for a future in coaching, the academy scholars ticked all the boxes and were a credit to the club throughout the process.

Well done, lads!

CONTRACT | Joe Quigley commits his future to Yeovil Town

Yeovil Town are delighted to confirm that Joe Quigley has signed a new contract at Huish Park, keeping him at the club until June 2023.

Joe, 24, signed for Town in October 2020, and last night scored his first hat-trick in green and white.

As confirmed in Darren Sarll’s post-match interview, the towering forward now looks forward to enjoying an extended spell in Somerset.

Speaking to BBC Somerset following the announcement, Joe said, “There was no doubt that I wanted to stay here. As soon as I spoke with the gaffer about it, I was on board.

“He’s (Sarll) been brilliant here, I absolutely love working with him and I love the lads here too.

“It ultimately comes down to the gaffer working with me, he’s spent a lot of hours with me over the time I’ve been here, it’s something I really appreciate and hopefully I’ll be able to repay him out on the pitch.”

Following the victory over Solihull Moors, Sarll confirmed the former Bournemouth man is in his plans going forward.

“We’re at a good point with Joe, it’s probably as good a time as ever to confirm that he’s with us next year.

“Obviously with the last couple of weeks we didn’t want to release anything disrespectfully.

“Joe is part of my long-term plans, and I thought he was great again tonight (against Solihull Moors).”

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

MATCH REPORT | Yeovil Town – Solihull Moors

Joe Quigley made the headlines as his perfect hat-trick secured a 3-0 victory for Yeovil Town over Solihull Moors.

Looking to avenge Saturday’s defeat, Quigley returned to the side and made an instant impact, opening the scoring, turning home his penalty with a diving header which was initially saved by Ryan Boot.

Adding to his tally in the second half with two stunning finishes with both feet for a night to remember at Huish Park for the Glovers forward.

After a humbling defeat on Saturday, Darren Sarll made four changes as he hunted revenge. Adam Smith remained in goal, whilst Albi Skendi dropped into the defence alongside Michael Kelly, Billy Sass-Davies, and Carl Dickinson. 

The midfield saw a surprising inclusion of Chris Dagnall who started at the tip of the diamond alongside Charlie Lee, Tom Knowles, and Jimmy Smith. Town’s forward line was changed completed as Joe Quigley partnered Luton Town loanee Josh Neufville.

Despite the abundance of changes, it was the visitors that started the brighter, with the first chance coming in the fifth minute. Joe Sbarra had the Moors’ effort but a strong save from A.Smith kept the Glovers level.

It took the fresh faces of Yeovil Town 20 minutes to begin to threaten, firstly with a speculative effort from Knowles which almost played through Dagnall, but some excellent defending from Jordan Cranston ushered the ball into Ryan Boot’s gloves.

After an even opening, Town were offered a golden chance to go in front on 27 minutes as Quigley was fouled in the box earning the Glovers a penalty. Quigley stepped up to take, and after his initial effort was saved, he followed up and headed home the opener.

Quigley almost had a second in as many minutes as his header was cleared off the line following Dickinson’s corner.

The goal bled confidence into the Yeovil players with chances continuing to fall, the best falling to Knowles who hooked his effort from the edge of the box wide on the stroke of half-time.

At the break, the Glovers held a deserved lead, and it didn’t take long for them to double it in the second. Once again, Quigley provided the finishing touch as Dickinson’s inviting cross to the front post was poked home by the towering forward in the 55th minute.

Learning from Saturday’s mistakes, Yeovil excellently held the visitors at arm’s length, restricting them to shots from distance, most notably Callum Maycock’s first time effort on 61 minutes.

Putting the icing on the cake in the 72 minute, Quigley fired home his third goal with a sublime finish on his left foot. After Knowles’ deep free kick was flicked on by Skendi, the Yeovil Town number 19 reacted first to hammer the ball home and complete a memorable night.

Substitutes followed which highlighted Town’s attacking intent, with Emmanuel Sonupe getting some valuable minutes in his road to recovery.

Solihull Moors almost pulled back a late consolation in injury time as former Yeovil man Adam Rooney couldn’t quite get a clean connection on his poked effort and allowing A.Smith to claim easily.

All in all, it was an excellent night for Town, showing real resolve to bounce back and claim victory a comfortable result against a side who had done the same to them just days ago.

Next up for Sarll’s side is a trip to Wealdstone to face Stuart Maynard’s Wealdstone.

 

Yeovil Town: A.Smith; Kelly, Sass-Davies, Skendi, Dickinson; Lee (Worthington), Knowles (Sonupe), J.Smith, Neufville, Dagnall (Murphy); Neufville, Quigley

Subs not used: Reid, Hunt.  

MATCH PREVIEW | Yeovil Town – Solihull Moors

Yeovil Town will look to exact some revenge on Tuesday evening (7pm) as Solihull Moors visit Huish Park.

After a humbling 5-1 defeat on Saturday afternoon, Darren Sarll and his squad have the opportunity to right Saturday’s wrong with a strong performance against the Moors.

Saturday’s defeat saw Town drop to 16th place in the league, just three points behind our opponents Solihull who sit in 15th.

 

Darren Sarll’s thoughts

Speaking following Saturday’s defeat, Sarll said, ““I thought we looked really mentally tired today, “he told BBC Somerset, post-match. “If you look at our decision making, force or even energy, I think we looked really fatigued mentally and it can’t be down to our physicality as we’ve had a clear week of playing.

“Mentally, there’s probably a real good reason for that, but four of their five goals were from set-pieces. This is the National League – any league – the Championship – and we’ve just got to control the box much better aerially. I thought we were very poor of that, and the two centre backs know my feelings on that.” 

 

Team news

Luke Wilkinson limped off in the first half on Saturday after injuring his calf and could sit out at Huish Park.

Long-term absentees Josh Staunton and Lawson D’Ath also remain unavailable for Tuesday’s game.

 

Head-to-head

Saturday’s defeat was Town’s first to the Moors since relegation to the National League.

Last season’s clash at Huish Park wasn’t one for the history books, with a 0-0 draw in January 2020.

A more memorable encounter came in September 2019 as Luke Wilkinson stole the show, scoring the only goal of the game alongside playing the last 10 minutes in goal due to an injury to Liam O’Brien.

 

A foot in the opposition camp

The star man for the visitors is goalkeeper Ryan Boot, the 26-year-old goalkeeper turned professional in April 2013 when at Port Vale, having initially been an academy player at Stoke City. In a five-year career at Vale Park, he made 28 appearances and had various loan spells at Worcester City, Newcastle Town, and Macclesfield.

He joined the Moors in the summer of 2018 after being released from Vale upon the expiry of his contract. The number one went on to play in every minute of every National League game in his first season and kept 20 clean sheets.

After enjoying another successful season in the West Midlands prior to the suspension of the league, he earnt himself a new contract with the club last July. He has proved his worth between the sticks again this season, registering 12 clean sheets and amassing 33 National League appearances to date.

 

Coverage

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

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

INTERVIEW | Darren Sarll reflects on Solihull defeat

Darren Sarll bemoaned a disappointing performance after his Yeovil Town side suffered a 5-1 defeat away at Solihull Moors.  

Justin Donawa opened the scoring for the home side early on before Rhys Murphy equalised shortly after half time. 

However, minutes later, Solihull took full of advantage of Town’s sloppiness re-taking the lead in the 58th minute. Soon after that, Mark Yates’ side run rampant, sealing the victory in fine fashion as Donawa got his hat-trick and Solihull’s fifth. 

 “I thought we looked really mentally tired today, “he told BBC Somerset, post-match. “If you look at our decision making, force or even energy, I think we looked really fatigued mentally and it can’t be down to our physicality as we’ve had a clear week of playing. 

“Mentally, there’s probably a real good reason for that, but four of their five goals were from set-pieces. This is the National League – any league – the Championship – and we’ve just got to control the box much better aerially. I thought we were very poor of that, and the two-center backs know my feelings on that.  

“I I could see that in the first-half when we played out from the back into Knowlesy [Tom Knowles] by how safe and cautious his touch was. What I found out about this team especially after our injury crisis, is that I think we have a personality weakness. A character weakness, a lack of resilience weakness more so from the younger ones, but they’re developing that in on our shift which wasn’t good enough today. 

“From now on in, we’ve got to try and develop that mentality in a way. We got well and truly beaten up today and the type of person I think I am and the character that I am, that will become unforgivable. It’s unforgivable because of the trauma that we’ve been through recently, but there’s nothing to be scared of when it comes to playing a game of football. 

“Full credit to Solihull who left a mark on us tonight. We need to respond now, but we shouldn’t have to responding to games if we want to be up there. We need to it right the first-time round.  

“We’ve got to be much more tough and resilient and that’s certainly what we had last year when we came here. We had a little moment in the tunnel with Solihull and this team was the ‘tough’ team, the resilient team, the hardened team, but today we looked weak, young and need to better if we’re going to come out on top in games.”

CLUB NEWS | English football announces social media boycott

In line with the rest of English Football, Yeovil Town can confirm it will partake in the social media blackout with the support of the National League board. 

From 15.00 on Friday 30 April to 23.59 on Monday 3 May, there will be nothing posted across the Yeovil Town social media channels. 

 

The full statement reads:

The FA, Premier League, EFL, FA Women’s Super League, FA Women’s Championship, PFA, LMA, PGMOL, Kick It Out and the FSA will unite for a social media boycott from 15.00 on Friday 30 April to 23.59 on Monday 3 May, in response to the ongoing and sustained discriminatory abuse received online by players and many others connected to football.

 

This has been scheduled to take place across a full fixture programme in the men’s and women’s professional game and will see clubs across the Premier League, EFL, WSL and Women’s Championship switch off their Facebook, Twitter and Instagram accounts.

 

As a collective, the game recognises the considerable reach and value of social media to our sport. The connectivity and access to supporters who are at the heart of football remains vital.

 

However, the boycott shows English football coming together to emphasise that social media companies must do more to eradicate online hate, while highlighting the importance of educating people in the ongoing fight against discrimination.

 

In our letter of February 2021, English football outlined its requests of social media companies, urging filtering, blocking and swift takedowns of offensive posts, an improved verification process and re-registration prevention, plus active assistance for law enforcement agencies to identify and prosecute originators of illegal content. While some progress has been made, we reiterate those requests today in an effort to stem the relentless flow of discriminatory messages and ensure that there are real-life consequences for purveyors of online abuse across all platforms.

 

Boycott action from football in isolation will, of course, not eradicate the scourge of online discriminatory abuse, but it will demonstrate that the game is willing to take voluntary and proactive steps in this continued fight.

 

Finally, while football takes a stand, we urge the UK Government to ensure its Online Safety Bill will bring in strong legislation to make social media companies more accountable for what happens on their platforms, as discussed at the DCMS Online Abuse roundtable earlier this week.

 

Edleen John, The FA’s Director of International Relations, Corporate Affairs and Co-Partner for Equality, Diversity and Inclusion, said:  “It’s simply unacceptable that people across English football and society more broadly continue to be subjected to discriminatory abuse online on a daily basis, with no real-world consequences for perpetrators. This needs to change quickly, and we continue to urge social media companies to act now to address this. We will not stop talking about this issue and will continue to work with government in ensuring that the Online Safety Bill gives sufficient regulatory and supervisory powers to Ofcom. Social media companies need to be held accountable if they continue to fall short of their moral and social responsibilities to address this endemic problem.

 

“We have recently seen how powerful it can be when everybody is united for the good of the English game. We are calling on organisations and individuals across the game to join us in a temporary boycott of these social media platforms, to show solidarity and unite in the message that English football will not tolerate discrimination in any form.”

 

Premier League Chief Executive Richard Masters said: “Racist behaviour of any form is unacceptable and the appalling abuse we are seeing players receive on social media platforms cannot be allowed to continue.

 

“The Premier League and our clubs stand alongside football in staging this boycott to highlight the urgent need for social media companies to do more in eliminating racial hatred. We will not stop challenging social media companies and want to see significant improvements in their policies and processes to tackle online discriminatory abuse on their platforms.

 

“Football is a diverse sport, which brings together communities and cultures from all backgrounds and this diversity makes the competition stronger. No Room For Racism represents all the work we do to promote equality, diversity and inclusion and tackling discrimination.”

 

Trevor Birch, Chief Executive of the EFL said: “EFL clubs have expressed a clear desire to take a united stand against abhorrent racist, discriminatory, and threatening abuse on social media platforms which we fully support alongside the rest of the football family.  

 

“While we recognise the value and role social media plays in our game, online abuse will not be tolerated and we will continue to strongly pursue all avenues open to us to affect change.

 

“The boycott is only part of the work being undertaken in this area but further highlights the need for social media companies to take additional responsibility for the inappropriate and unwelcome behaviour that appears on their platforms.  

 

Simone Pound, Director of EDI at the PFA said: “Social media channels represent an extension of the working environment for professional footballers, and as the players’ union, we are committed to finding solutions that better protect our membership and the wider community from online abuse.

 

“As part of our work to address this issue, which started with the 24-hour #Enough boycott of social media channels, the PFA has been pushing for collaboration between the platforms, the game, the Government, police and CPS to find solutions and protect players from the abuse they face daily.

 

“In 2021, with a collective voice, we can hold social media companies to account and send a powerful message to a global audience – abusive behaviour is unacceptable.”

 

Sanjay Bhandari, Kick It Out Chair, said: “Social media is now sadly a regular vessel for toxic abuse. This boycott signifies our collective anger at the damage this causes to the people who play, watch and work in the game. By removing ourselves from the platforms, we are making a symbolic gesture to those with power. We need you to act. We need you to create change.

 

“We need social media companies to make their platforms a hostile environment for trolls rather than for the football family. We need the Government to hold its nerve and keep its promises to regulate. The Online Safety Bill could be a game changer and we aim to help make that happen. There should be no space for hate and everyone can play their part. If you watch, work in or love the game, join in.” 

 

Richard Bevan, Chief Executive at the LMA said: “The LMA fully supports the social media boycott across the professional game.   A unified silence will send a loud and powerful message to those that perpetrate online abuse that their actions will no longer be tolerated, and to the social media companies that they have a responsibility to do everything in their power to eradicate online hate. 

 

“We also urge Government to understand the significance of this collective action and to ensure that its Online Safety Bill delivers appropriately strong legislation.”

 

Kevin Miles, Chief Executive of the Football Supporters’ Association said: “The Football Supporters’ Association is fully behind the game’s efforts to stamp out online hate and discrimination and will join next weekend’s social media boycott. Much media attention has rightly focused on the vile abuse aimed at players, managers and journalists in the men’s and women’s game and we see that aimed at fans groups too. It has to stop.

 

“Many of our most active fan groups tell us that they have received disgusting abuse when they are doing nothing more than trying to represent their supporter base. It’s a threat to the very existence of supporter organisations who are run by volunteers in their spare time. As fans we stand with players, managers, referees and all in the game in calling for the social media companies to step up.”

MATCH REPORT | Yeovil Town – Solihull Moors

Yeovil Town were defeated in the Midlands as Solihull Moors were the 5-1 victors at Damson Park.

After the hosts took a first half lead, Murphy levelled the affair early on in the second half.

However, the Glovers were level for all of two minutes as the hosts struck back two minutes later. The hosts didn’t let up, running riot in the closing stages to secure a comfortable victory.

Darren Sarll opted for a return to the diamond formation which has been used to great success since the turn of the year. Adam Smith retained his spot in goal, with Carl Dickinson, Billy Sass-Davies, Luke Wilkinson, and Michael Kelly in an inverted wing-back role. The midfield four consisted of Jimmy Smith, Matt Worthington, Tom Knowles, and Albi Skendi. Rhys Murphy returned to the starting line-up after a full week’s training alongside Reuben Reid.

Although there was little in the game, the hosts started the brighter, claiming first chance of the afternoon as Justin Donawa fired over the bar from the edge of the box.

Knowles has provided the attacking spark for Town in recent weeks, and once again he provided that impetus for the Glovers in the first half. He stole the ball in midfield on 9 minutes. He then drove into the Solihull half with real intent, but the hosts marshalled him well and blocked his effort.

When Knowles wasn’t in the game, long ball was the focus of Town’s attacks, and one almost came off as a hopeful pass found Albi Skendi in the box, he brought the ball down well, but his initial effort was blocked. The ball then fell kindly to Reuben Reid who also couldn’t direct his effort beyond the Solihull defence.

Towering midfielder James Ball came closest to opening the scoring in the opening stages striking the post from around 25-yards out.

As the half grew on, the hosts started enjoying more and more of the ball in the Glovers’ half.

This eventually paid dividends on 25 minutes, as the smallest man in the box Donawa headed home Jordan Cranston’s corner to open the scoring.

Moments following the goal, Town’s afternoon became even more difficult with Wilkinson forced off the pitch with an injury, however Max Hunt was a more than capable replacement for the former Stevenage man.

One almost became two just minutes later, the always-bright Ball drove into the box but a sublime save from A.Smith denied the hosts.

As the half entered its closing stages, the hosts were happy to hold on to the slim advantage they had controlling the midfield until the half time whistle came.

The Glovers needed fresh ideas to break down the Moors, and that came in the form of Josh Neufville as he replaced J.Smith at the interval. 

Since his stunning free-kick against Dagenham, Knowles has established himself as Yeovil’s go-to set-piece taker. He had an opportunity to fire on goal in the opening stages of the second, but his effort didn’t beat the wall.

After some confusion, Yeovil Town did find an equaliser through top scorer Murphy. The ball was played through to Murphy via a deflection who needed no invitation to slot home. However, the linesman had his flag up, but the referee overruled him, and the goal was given.

Town’s lead lasted all of two minutes with the Moors scoring from a set-piece once again. Ben Usher-Shipway’s long throw was flicked on by Kyle Hudlin into the path of Donawa, who lashed home from the edge of the six-yard box for his second of the game.

Just moments later, the hosts added a third through Hudlin. After Cranston’s free kick was cleared, Joe Sbarra clipped the ball back in for Hudlin to head home.

Looking to find a way back into the game, Town switch to a 4-3-3, with Neufville, Murphy and Reid making up the forward positions. The switch in formation stretched the hosts, winning free kicks in dangerous positions. Most notably, Worthington’s delivery caused havoc in the Solihull box. Hunt looked the most likely to get onto it but some last ditch defending saved the Moors.

However, despite Town’s attacking efforts, it was Solihull who found another. Ball worked space for himself within the left channel and drilled an effort beyond A.Smith to put the result beyond doubt.

Solihull didn’t let up in the closing stages, adding a fifth in stoppage time as Donawa completed his hat-trick on the counterattack, putting the icing on a comfortable victory.

The Glovers have the chance to put the result right on Tuesday evening with Solihull travelling to Huish Park.

 

 

Yeovil Town: A.Smith; Kelly, Sass-Davies, Wilkinson (Hunt), Dickinson; J.Smith (Neufville), Knowles (Lee), Worthington, Skendi; Reid, Murphy

Subs not used: Dagnall, Quigley.

 

 

INTERVIEW | Darren Sarll looks ahead to Solihull trip

Darren Sarll caught up with the local media ahead of this weekend’s trip to Solihull Moors. 

After victory against Boreham Wood, Sarll has said nobody is getting too carried away and taking it one day at a time after a difficult period for all at the football club. 

“Our target is to just get through today’s training session. We haven’t moved on too far ahead, when you play the first game the assumption is that everybody is alright. We all know that the smallest part of the iceberg it what is on top of the surface. We’ve got to continue to take it day by day. 

“You can only develop resilience in people through adversity” said Sarll, “And when the players go out there and play the game like they did on Saturday, that increases and enhances their resilience as a character. It was the most difficult game I’ve ever done so I’m sure that will be the same for me too.” 

 

MATCH PREVIEW | Yeovil Town – Solihull Moors

Yeovil Town travel to Solihull Moors on Saturday afternoon for the first time since September 2019.

After a hard-fought victory over Boreham Wood last weekend, the Glovers will look to extend a winning run to three games. 

Saturday’s hosts were defeated last time out against Dagenham & Redbridge and will be looking to bounce back against the Glovers.

 

Darren Sarll’s thoughts

Going into back-to-back fixtures against Solihull, the boss said:

“You always try and use the first fixture retrospectively so you can see where you can be better, we did that well against Notts County in the second game. You only work that hard when you’ve been beat in the first one though as you’re trying to find another way to win.

“At this time of the season it becomes very difficult as motivation levels differ depending on where the club is in the table.

“Largely it’s just about how you find yourself against the group of players you’re playing against on the day.”

 

Team News

Billy Sass-Davies has had his rolling loan contract extended until May meaning he can line-up for the Glovers against the Moors.

On the injury front, Sarll confirmed that Town came out of Saturday’s game with no fresh injuries. This has meant that Rhys Murphy has been able to complete a full week of training.

Alex Bradley is building his way back up to fitness slowly to avoid the reoccurrence of a previous injury.

 

A foot in the opposition camp

It’s been an indifferent season for the Moors, who despite play-off ambitions sit in a midtable position.

Managed on an interim basis by Mark Yates during his second spell at the club whilst his season as Stourbridge is suspended. Yates had very little time to get to grips at Stourbridge as just a month after being hired in February 2020, the country was placed into lockdown.

Now with the Moors once again, Yates is looking to steady the ship ahead of a new manager taking the reins next season.

 

Head-to-head

Since relegation to the National League, the Glovers are yet to lose to Solihull Moors. The most memorable encounter came in September 2019 as Luke Wilkinson stole the show, scoring the only goal of the game alongside playing the last 10 minutes in goal due to an injury to Liam O’Brien.

Our meeting in the FA Cup during the 2016/17 holds less fond memories as Solihull shocked the Football League Gloves on penalties.

 

Coverage

Solihull Moors will be live streaming the fixture, with passes available from HERE.

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

CLUB NEWS | Beamback planned for Altrincham game

Yeovil Town are pleased to announce plans for our beamback afternoons to return to Huish Park in May. 

Once goverment restrictions allow, we will be streaming our away fixtures at Huish Park with plans set for our trip to Altrincham on the 22nd May. The ground will open at 12:30pm with food such as Hotdogs, Burgers, and Chips served. 

To book, please call: 07717007966

MATCH REPORT | Yeovil Town U18 0-3 Plymouth Argyle U18

Yeovil fail to take first half chances as Argyle hold firm to take a deserved three points.

With both teams looking for the win after respective drawn games at the weekend, you could be forgiven for thinking it might take a little time for this game to get started. Far from it.

Under sunny skies at Alvington, Argyle were quickly into their stride, displaying a familiar high press and intensity giving the home side little time to dwell on the ball. The early goal came in the 12th minute when a cross from the right was headed into the bottom corner, 0-1.

Yeovil will be left to rue key moments in a brief dominant spell during the first half when Andrews created two golden opportunities. The first, an interception and pass, sent Lloyd on his way but the keeper forced him wide and the young striker could only find the side netting. Shortly after, Andrews put Lloyd through on goal once more, but the in-form striker saw his tame shot easily saved.

Argyle continued to play with a confidence and swagger, forcing a flurry of corners and goal threats which the home defence did well to repel. But it was Yeovil who next fashioned a great opportunity when Hughes and Lloyd produced some nice interplay on the right before Hughes sent his drive narrowly wide.

On the half hour mark Dragos Ojog produced an excellent save to keep the visitors at bay with Corrbridge bravely blocking the follow up, before the defensive line took a further hit when Lye was forced to exit the game due to a shoulder injury. Young Brito came on in his place. Talismanic midfielder Stephens tried to wrestle back the initiative for the Glovers, embarking on several trademark driving runs and seeing a chance head over the bar. But as the half drew to a close it was Argyle who extended their lead, when the young striker was allowed to get his head on a cross which rolled into the net, 0-2.

The Young Glovers set out to reduce the deficit early on, but the streetwise defence of Argyle held firm and any Yeovil advances were quickly snuffed out. Argyle, always quick on the counter, got their third on the hour mark when the speedy striker put away his chance following a rebound, 0-3.

During the final quarter Hughes picked up a yellow for a late challenge before Hunter came on for his debut to try and salvage something from the game. Lloyd operating down the channels in the final minutes created a chance for Hunter but the young striker couldn’t find his feet and the chance was gone.  Stephens continued to drive the team forward in search of a consolation goal, but amidst a series of late scuffles, with both sides committed to the cause, Hughes saw red and the visitors closed out the match.

With two games to go in this competitive league Yeovil still have time to turn things around. The next fixture is away to Newport on 8th May. 

MATCH REPORT | Bristol Rovers U18 2-2 Yeovil Town U18

Mark Challen’s U18 side returned to Merit League Division 1 action at the weekend, returning with a point to preserve their unbeaten start to the campaign.  With both sides taking the opportunity to field U16 players and offer them further valuable match experience, it was a competitive contest and one for both coaches to caste an eye over their squads.

The Young Glovers set up with playmakers Hughes and Stephens adopting deep lying roles, allowing Skiverton and Heaton to play up in support of lone front-man Lloyd.

After an early chance and spell of possession for Rovers, their confidence grew and it was no surprise to see them take the lead in the 15th minute.  After the Glovers gave away possession in defence, the ball fell out toward the edge of the box and a fine strike was soon nestling in the net,  1-0. With a few further defensive lapses, Yeovil were lucky not to concede again as they struggled to settle.

At the midway point of the half, the Glovers woke from their slumber and following a great run and pass from Stephens, Lloyd put a good chance just past the post. Heaton was next to try his luck and drew a fine save from the keeper. With Yeovil now firmly in the ascendancy and Lloyd proving to be a menace with his probing runs down the channels, the in-form marksman headed a route one clearance from goal past the onrushing keeper before coolly slotting home to finish, 1-1.

A great team move, which started with Corrbridge at the back and involved Constanza, Stephens and Heaton, nearly resulted in a further goal when Skiverton squared to Haste who saw his shot deflect narrowly wide. As the half drew to a close there was still chance for Lloyd to smash a shot against the post after masterfully taking down a high through ball.

Rovers began the second half as they did the first, in confident fashion and probing for opportunities, but the Young Glovers soon found their stride and after a sustained period of possession Stephens clipped a ball forward from a defensive position which set Lloyd on his way to beat the offside trap and grab his second goal of the game, 1-2. The young striker has now notched 7 goals in 3 games of Merit League football and is clearly in a rich vein of form.

As the half wore on, Challen made some changes with Brito coming on for Lye and slotting into a left back position and Haste moving into a more central defensive role.  Andrews then came on for Skiverton as the match entered its final quarter. There were further chances at either end before Rovers grabbed their equaliser after some uncertainty in the Yeovil defence, 2-2.

Stephens almost snatched a late winner after a mazy run through the defence, but it was not to be and the game ended a tie.

The Young Glovers are back in action midweek with a home game against Plymouth Argyle on 20th April.

INTERVIEW | Yeovil Town players were ‘incredible’ says Sarll

An emotional Darren Sarll reflected on a winning afternoon following victory over Boreham Wood, but to him and all associated to Yeovil Town, it was more than three points.

Playing for the first time since the tragic passing of club captain Lee Collins, Sarll spoke to the BBC about the poignant game at Huish Park.

“They (the players) were incredible, everyone knows how tough it’s been. It’s ironic really, one of our only clean sheets of the season came today, for Lee and for Glenn Roeder with West Ham vs. Newcastle today.

“Lee & Glenn would have shaken their heads at some of our passing, but they really are a brilliant group! They stuck together, and even the impact of the subs when they came on.

“I thought Murphy’s impact was brilliant, as was Joe (Quigley) and who else do you want on the pitch to defend long balls than Charlie Lee.”

In his pre-match press conference, Sarll said he wouldn’t need to make a team talk, but on the day his views on this changed.

“I actually spoke quite a lot, I tried to keep them focused on the game because we’re at work now, we’re not robots of course, but we’re at work and we want to win.

“I told them that Lee and I both came here to win games and that’s what we did.”

Saturday’s opponents showed a touch of class, handing over a wreath of flowers to Carl Dickinson ahead of kick-off, and handling the sensitive occasion with respect and dignity.

“I thought Boreham Wood’s class on the day was amazing, I’ve known Luke (Garrard) for a long time, handing over the wreath before the game, and just the way they conducted themselves was excellent.

“We’ve had some good old battles Luke and I, and their respect for the occasion was top class.”

LOTTERY | Week 12

The results are in…

 

1ST       MRS    P    CHEDZOY       WINNING NUMBER  AI3443,     WINNING  £100      DRAYTON,

 

2ND      MRS    L     LAKER,             WINNING   NUMBER  AF6057   WINNING £50,        STREET,

 

3RD      MR            PELHAM,        WINNING    NUMBER  AH5911   WINNING £25,        WARMINSTER,

 

 

 

 

PRIVATE MEMBERS DRAW FOR MARCH  5 WINNERS EACH WINNING £200  EACH,

 

`MR ROBERT HANN     NUMBER  128,

 

MR  NIGEL   EVANS     NUMBER  60,

 

MR STEVE  MASTERS   NUMBER  83,

 

MR MIKE KUNZ            NUMBER  11,

 

MR & MRS DAVE BATTEN  NUMBER  57,

MATCH REPORT | Yeovil Town – Boreham Wood

An emotional return to Huish Park for the first time since Lee Collins’ passing saw Yeovil Town secure a hard-fought three points.

If a performance could personify Collins, it would be this one, resilient, determined and ultimately ending up with the victory.

Tom Knowles’ first half strike proved the difference, but he and his teammates knew today was about much more important things than three points.

Darren Sarll adopted a 4-3-3 formation for the fixture. Adam Smith continued his run of playing every minute this season, with Michael Kelly, a returning Luke Wilkinson, Billy Sass-Davies, and Carl Dickinson starting at the back.

Battling it out in the middle of the park was Jimmy Smith, Albi Skendi and Matt Worthington, whilst the front three consisted of Knowles, Josh Neufville and Reuben Reid.

It’s was a slow start to proceedings, with both sides looking to gain a foothold on the game.

The first chance of the afternoon took fifteen minutes to fall, as an excellent drilled cross from Skendi looked destined for Reid but a heroic flick from Tom Champion saved the visitors.

Looking for an attacking spark, Knowles began to provide it, almost finding himself through one-on-one after a deft flick to the ball away from two Wood defenders.

As the half grew on, Town looked the more likely to score, and almost did via a helping hand from Femi Ilesanmi who forced a save from his own goalkeeper.

On 28 minutes, Town’s positive attitude paid dividends. After some build up, Worthington found Skendi who drilled the ball into Knowles’ path to open the scoring. Surrounded by his teammates, it was clear to see just how much this goal meant to all associated with the club, as Knowles raised his hands to the sky as a tribute to our captain.

More efforts followed as Knowles and Worthington fired from distance, but at the break, Town held a slim advantage.

It took a while for the second half to kick into life, with Boreham Wood enjoying a lot of the ball, but struggling to do anything with it.

Those watching would have anticipated a second half bombardment, that in truth did not materialise, with Luke Garrard’s side waiting until 65 minutes for the chasing visitors to even fashion an opening of note, with Tyrone Marsh heading over from the edge of the six-yard box.

Yet, this was as much as A.Smith had to worry about, with the visitor’s long ball football offering very few opportunities for their forward line.

In contrast, Yeovil Town were just happy to run the clock down, making smart fouls and holding the ball when they could to hold onto the three points.

However, the Glovers did have opportunities, with the always bright Knowles flicking Wilkinson’s free kick back into the box and catching the visiting defences at sixes and sevens but eventually they cleared their lines.

On 85 minutes, Boreham Wood did test A.Smith again, as Corey Whitely fired a free kick into the bottom left corner, only for the Yeovil number one to palm the former Ebbsfleet man’s effort wide.

As legs began to tire, Sarll looked to his bench for reinforcement, with Rhys Murphy, Charlie Lee and Joe Quigley coming into the fold and effectively applying Yeovil’s gameplan.

In the end, Yeovil held onto a deserved three points, on an afternoon that will be remembered far more for the context of the game, rather than the game itself.

Sleep tight, Captain.

 

Yeovil Town: A.Smith; Kelly, Wilkinson, Sass-Davies, Dickinson; Smith, Skendi, Worthington; Neufville, Knowles, Reid

Bookings: Worthington, Neufville, Knowles, Kelly.

Subs not used: Dagnall, Hunt.

MATCH PREVIEW | Yeovil Town – Boreham Wood

After a difficult number of weeks for all at Yeovil Town, Darren Sarll and his side return to National League action on Saturday (12:30pm) to face Boreham Wood.

Since the sad passing of club captain Lee Collins, the Glovers have not taken to the pitch at Huish Park, with Sarll giving himself, alongside his players & staff the time they need to come to terms with the heart-breaking news.

The fixture will kick-off at an earlier time of 12:30pm, to avoid clashing with Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh’s funeral.

 

Darren Sarll’s thoughts

Unsurprisingly, this week’s press conference was largely centred around the tragic passing of club captain Collins. When asked about how he and his players are preparing for the game, Sarll spoke about the unity within the ranks at Huish Park ““If one feels like they can’t play or can’t prepare, none of us are going down the tunnel.”

“We have had an attitude that if one doesn’t go, none of us go. That’s been our ethos.”

 

Team News

Our last fixture saw a welcome return to the pitch for Emmanuel Sonupe following a long injury lay-off.

Sarll confirmed in his press conference that Rhys Murphy & Alex Bradley are edging closer to a return, whilst Luke Wilkinson is involved in training once again and could make the squad for the first time since Town faced Weymouth in January.

 

A foot in the opposition camp

Garrard’s Boreham Wood have built a reputation as a tricky National League side, beating League Two Southend in the FA Cup earlier this season.

The star man for the visitors is former Glover Kabongo Tshimanga, who snatched a last gasp equaliser for Luke Garrard’s side when the sides last met at Huish Park.

In last season’s away fixture, Tshimanga was involved in the scoring again, as his second half strike edged a tight game in Hertfordshire.

 

Head-to-head

Saturday’s opponents provided stern opposition for Yeovil last season, drawing and losing to the Wood.

However, the most memorable clash in recent memory came in February as a stunning first half performance secured three points in Hertfordshire.

Rhys Murphy got Town up and running on 12 minutes before Reuben Reid and Josh Neufville scored to build a comfortable advantage. A dubious penalty in the 46th minute handed the Wood a lifeline, and a late free kick added cause of concern, but the Glovers held on at Meadow Park to claim victory.

 

Coverage

The fixture will be streamed on the YTFC Live platform, with commentary provided by Marcus Duncomb alongside former Yeovil midfielder Nick Crittenden.

BBC Somerset and Three Valleys Radio provide radio coverage, alongside text updates on our social media profiles.

 

A moment to remember our captain

On Thursday afternoon, players, staff and the family of Lee Collins took a moment to remember our captain. 

Instead of holding a minutes silence on Saturday afternoon, the club opted to remember Lee together with a two minutes applause with flowers and his shirts laid in the centre circle. 

To watch the applause, the video is available above.

FIXTURE NEWS | Maidenhead United

Yeovil Town’s National League clash with Maidenhead United will now take place on Tuesday 18th May. 

Kicking off at 7:45pm, Alan Devonshire’s side head to Huish Park for the first time since August 2019. 

In line with the Government’s lockdown roadmap, we are aware of the potential for spectators attending this fixture. We are awaiting further guidance from the National League and will issue further details in due course. 

FIXTURE NEWS | Earlier kick-off for Boreham Wood

As a mark of respect, National League matches scheduled for 3pm on Saturday 17 April will be moved to 12:30pm kick-off to avoid a clash with the funeral of HRH The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh.

This means that Yeovil Town’s match with Boreham Wood this Saturday will begin at the earlier time. 

Streaming details for the fixture will be issued in due course.

LOTTERY | Week 11

The results are in…

1ST        MR CLIVE CHARLES         YEOVIL,         WINNING      £100 ,

2ND     MR         WHATMORE       YEOVIL,          WINNING    £50,

3RD    MRS   LORNA BROWNE    BRIDPORT     WINNING    £25

MATCH REPORT | Positive Performances from U18s at Millfield Tournament

The academy squad headed to Millfield School to partake in a development tournament alongside Forest Green Rovers, MK Dons, Loughborough University and the hosts. Confidence grew as the tournament progressed and Head Coach Mark Challen would have been pleased with the growing optimism within the squad. There was also a chance to introduce new signings Dan Brito and Benjani Jnr and see a welcome return from injury for Adam Heaton.

After a tough first match against Loughborough University resulting with a 3-0 loss, the Young Glovers hit their strides with a combative performance and 1-0 win against Forest Green Rovers before a scintillating performance in a 5-1 victory over Millfield.

In Sunday’s first match against Rovers, Yeovil had to weather an early storm from a well organised and potent opposition who saw an early header flash wide, and a stinging shot smash onto the crossbar. After the break the Young Glovers fashioned a few half chances for Lloyd, before Benjani Jnr stroked home the decisive goal after a fantastic move down the left involving Haste, Medrano and Lloyd and a great headed knockdown from Skiverton, 1-0. Rovers pressed for an equaliser, but some smart saves by Dragos in goal and with a defence well organised by Lye and Corrbridge, they preserved the win.

The final game saw Yeovil go up against Millfield School and a fantastic team performance ensured they finished the day in style. Lloyd scored his first following some fine interplay between Haste and Medrano down the left, 1-0. The Young Glovers were now buzzing, and Heaton and Hughes set up further chances for Lloyd and Benjani Jnr before a great run and cross from Medrano set up Skiverton, who fired confidently past the keeper to make it 2-0. Yeovil were now in full flow and a typical marauding run from Lloyd saw him beat two defenders before clipping a shot inside the post, 3-0.

At the start of the second half Yeovil profited further when Stephens, after initially losing the ball, battled tenaciously to retrieve the situation and thread a sublime pass through to Lloyd who bagged his hat-trick to make it 4-0.  The Young Glovers, playing controlled possession football, scored once more after some great work from Brito down the right set up Lloyd who squared to an advancing Haste, 5-0. To their credit Millfield dug in and snatched a late consolation goal with a header following a cross from the left, 5-1.

The tournament served its purpose well as a very useful development exercise for the squad. With a few regulars unavailable, and Constanza having to sit out the final game after picking up an injury, there were valuable playing minutes for all, including Graziano, Andrews, Skiverton and the new and returning players.

Plenty of positives for Challen to ponder with his evolving and developing squad.

Yeovil return to action in the Merit League on 17th April with a trip to Bristol Rovers.

CLUB NEWS | Club Shop reopened

In line with the Government’s COVID-19 roadmap, we are delighted to reopen our Club Shop for visitors. 

Supporters can now visit the Club Shop at Huish Park to purchase all the latest Yeovil Town clothing, gifts and much more!

To keep everyone safe, supporters are reminded to wear a face mask when visiting Huish Park and remain at a safe social distance at all times. 

If you can’t make it to Huish Park, our online store remains open, linked HERE.

 

The opening hours are as follows:

Monday – Friday – 10am – 4pm

GAME OFF | Maidenhead United

Following discussions with all relevant parties, we can confirm that next Tuesday’s National League match against Maidenhead United has been postponed.

A new date for the fixture will be confirmed in due course.

FIXTURE NEWS | Dates confirmed for postponed fixtures

Following the postponements of our trips to Altrincham & Aldershot, new dates for the fixtures can now be confirmed.

The first of the rearranged games comes in Hampshire on Tuesday 11th May as the Glovers face Aldershot. Kicking off at 7pm, Darren Sarll will be hoping to recreate some of the midweek magic from our last trip to face the Shots.

With both sides having a free Saturday, the Glovers will then travel to Altrincham for our penultimate game of the season on 22nd May.  

Live streaming details for the fixtures will be issued in due course.

NATIONAL LEAGUE | Brian Barwick to step down as Chairman

The National League chairman Brian Barwick has notified the Board he will be stepping down from his position at the end of the 2020/21 season.

Barwick, 66, has enjoyed a long and distinguished career, spanning over 40 years, with senior roles in both major sports broadcasting organisations and high-profile sports governing bodies.

In December, the former Football Association chief executive was awarded an OBE in the New Year Honours List for services to sport and broadcasting.

The Chairman stated, “After careful consideration I formally told the National League Board in February that I intended to step down at the end of the 2020/21 season.

“I think it is the right time to relinquish the role – and give somebody else the great privilege of leading the organisation.

“Since 2015, I believe the competition has continued to grow in stature and profile, sent strong clubs up into the EFL and built up a formidable and loyal set of commercial and broadcast partnerships.

“Our 66 clubs remain the life-blood of our competition and a vital part of their local communities – and that’s what makes our League so special.

“I also acknowledge just how tough it has been for many of our clubs over the past twelve months facing the unprecedented challenges brought on by the Covid pandemic.

“In closing, I would like to thank my National League Board colleagues, the League’s executive, our commercial partners, the wider football family and, most importantly, our member clubs for their warm welcomes and support over the past six years.

“I will continue to commit myself to the well-being of the National League until the end of the season.

“And, of course, I wish my successor as Chair and everybody connected with the National League my very best wishes for a brilliant future.”

National League vice-chairman Jack Pearce said: “Brian’s appointment signified a change of direction by The National League in 2015 for the benefit of the competition.

“Whilst it would be easy to reflect on what has been a very challenging year for football, not only The National League, the progression of the competition over this six-year period has been greater than we could have expected.

“The Chairman has been influential in our long-term commercial partnerships with Vanarama and BT Sport, with the three-year extensions on enhanced terms this season providing security for member clubs. We have also seen an increased level of professionalism, both on and off the pitch at clubs, since Brian’s appointment.      

“Brian’s remarkable work ethic and trust in others have made him an invaluable colleague and a person I consider to be a wonderful friend.”

General Manager Mark Ives also added: “Brian has worked tirelessly for the benefit of the League and his vast experience across the game and the media has been a tremendous benefit to the League and its member clubs.

“I have had the privilege now of working with Brian on two separate occasions during my career, and his knowledge and determination has been exceptional.  We are all grateful for his support over the years.”

LOTTERY | Week 10

This week’s results are as follows:

 

1ST   MR J E VICKERS     WINNING NUMBER    AF3578       WINNING £100        FROM    CREWKERNE,

 

2ND  MR K MITCHELL    WINNING NUMBER   AI8731         WINNING  £50          FROM   LANGPORT,

 

3RD MR D HARVEY        WINNING NUMBER   AG4206        WINNING £25          FROM SOUTH PETHERTON,

 

 

BIRTHDAY DRAW WAS NOT WON     26/02/1974

A message from the Manager

Nothing in life can prepare you for what has happened in the last week. The sadness that has consumed all of us at Huish Park has been overwhelming – each of us attempting to cope in our own different ways. In the depths of this darkness though I think is it important to acknowledge just how many people have messaged, called and paid their respects to the man we called captain. On behalf of all the players and the management team we cannot thank you enough. The support and love you have offered, once again, demonstrates the power of football and the family it creates.

The ground has been flooded with flowers, scarves, shirts and messages paying respects to Lee. Seeing this visible representation of our shared love for Lee grow day by day, has brought me great comfort. Huish Park is where I spent the majority of my time with Lee, and at the moment this is where I feel his sudden loss most intensely. But this is also where I’ll always feel closest to him. So, sharing this space with so many moving tributes from the fans helps all of us here feel slightly less alone in our grief and for that we are deeply grateful. 

In respect to Lee’s teammates, they are all dealing with his loss in their own individual way, and we will do all we can to support them through this immensely challenging time. One of Lee’s teammates recently described Lee as “our glue” and I take great comfort in thinking of him in that way. What better tribute could there be to our captain than that – through his immense skill as a leader he brought the changing room together and when necessary, kept it in line! Even now as we process his loss, we are united again through Lee with our fans and with his family. Once again, he is “our glue”. 

I would like to take the chance to thank the National League and all the clubs that have held a minute’s silence in Lee’s honour over the last week. It is obvious that Lee had a huge effect on everyone he came across and all the wonderful football clubs he represented. We are very grateful for the love and support.

As you would expect Lee’s wonderful family are rallying round each other and learning how to cope and move forward in their new reality. I would ask that we continue to respect their privacy at this difficult time and allow them the space they need. But I would like them to know that the YTFC family is and will be here for you whenever you need it. We take care of our own here and Lee was and will always be one of our own. 

Lastly, to Lee. I want to thank him for his unwavering trust and loyalty over the last 20 months. To say we were close is an understatement, he was and is ‘MY GUY’. I will remember his strength of character, his undeniable playing ability and his will to win. It will always make me smile when I reminisce about our times together behind the scenes at Huish Park and I know all those that shared a changing room with him will understand this sentiment and feel the same. He was one of a kind and I will miss him greatly.

Lee and I came here to win, to achieve and create the most wonderful lasting memories, and that is what we are going to do, with our #4 always by our side.

Gaffer

Rest in peace, Lee Collins

All at Yeovil Town Football Club are mourning the loss of club captain Lee Collins.  

Lee sadly passed away yesterday and our thoughts and prayers go out to his family and friends. 

We ask everyone to respect the family’s privacy at this time.

The club will make no further comment at this time.

Our game with Altrincham tomorrow has been postponed.