Month: September 2021

TRANSFER | Exeter City duo sign on loan

Yeovil Town are delighted to confirm the loan signing of Ben Seymour and Jordan Dyer on one-month loan deals.

Seymour is an exciting forward who became the first player to be handed the Exeter City no.9 shirt since it was reintroduced in the memory of former Yeovil & Exeter player Adam Stansfield.

The 22-year-old has previously enjoyed a number of prolific loan spells within the non-league circuit, most notably with Bideford and Dorchester where he scored a combined 35 goals in 59 games.

21-year-old Dyer has also spent time out on loan within the non-league pyramid, firstly a short spell with Bideford, which was then followed by a two-season stay at Tiverton Town where he made 41 appearances before the curtailment of the 2019/20 season. In December 2019, he made his Exeter first team debut in a 0-0 draw with Oxford United.

Able to operate in a number of positions across the backline and midfield, Dyer will offer versatility to the Yeovil Town defensive ranks.

The two loanees from St.James Park were involved in Tuesday’s friendly draw with Newport County and will be hoping to be involved in competitive action for Town next week against Maidenhead United. Tickets for that fixture can be purchased from HERE.

Welcome to Yeovil Town, lads!

TICKETS | U18’s in Youth Cup action

The Young Gloves will travel to Cheltenham Saracens on Thursday 30th September (7:45pm) as their FA Youth Cup campaign gets underway.

Taking place at the Big Local Stadium, in St Peters, Cheltenham (GL51 9DX), Glovers supporters can attend for just £2, with U14’s entry for free. Tickets are available to purchase on the gate.

So if you’re missing your football fix with the first team out of action this weekend, why not head to Cheltenham to support our U18’s?

FIXTURE NEWS | New date for Altrincham clash

Yeovil Town’s postponed National League clash with Altrincham at Huish Park will now be played on Tuesday 12th October (7:45pm).

Following COVID-19 issues within the Altrincham camp, the fixture was postponed with Chesterfield visiting Huish Park instead.

Tickets for the fixture will be able to purchase from the ticket office tomorrow.

MATCH REPORT | Yeovil Town U18’s 2-1 Bath City U18’s

The Young Glovers hang on for a 2-1 win over Bath City courtesy of a Mason Alden double in their ‘World Cup’ style opening group match in the Gary Else Memorial Cup.

Yeovil Town U18s took a break from league action at the weekend and entertained an unbeaten Bath City in the cup. With several squad members featuring for the first team in the Somerset Premier Cup in midweek, the mood was buoyant and both teams signalled their intent to play an attacking brand of football from the off.

Following a couple of half chances at either end it was Yeovil who took the lead on around the 15th minute mark when Benjani Jr was able to set-up Mason Alden who sent an audacious chip into the top corner, 1-0. 

The Glovers were playing some exciting football and Benjani Jr pulled a left footed shot narrowly wide following a clever knockdown from Finlay Skiverton. Both teams were using their full backs to good effect and skipper Ollie Haste made a great break and run up the left-hand side before being crowded out at the crucial moment. Many of Bath City’s best chances were coming from dead-ball opportunities, but the young pairing of Max Dyer and Aidan Skiverton held firm under pressure. 

Yeovil continued to press as the half wore on but were soon to be denied the services of striker Skiverton who was withdrawn on around the half hour mark with a serious looking injury. Having scored in midweek on his first team debut, the young striker was clearly disappointed to be leaving the field.

The midfield unit of Jake Graziano, Korey Andrews and recent Portuguese signing Pedro Borges were putting in a dominant first half performance and Yeovil extended their lead shortly before half time when the visiting keeper punched clear under pressure from Borges only to see Alden fire a shot from the edge of the box into the same top corner as his first goal, 2-0.

At the start of the second half Yeovil picked up where they left off and following some fine interplay up the right side with Callum Deemer, Borges was denied by a last-ditch tackle. Alden then had a chance to complete his hat-trick after a good run and pass from Andrews but saw his shot easily saved.

The final 25 minutes saw the expected reaction from Bath City as they pressed for a way back into the tie. Team Manager Mark Challen would have been concerned by the loss of composure and panic amongst the ranks as mistakes started to creep into the home side’s game and the bookings started to rack up. City got a deserved goal back with around twenty minutes to play after Yeovil lost possession in their own half and the striker made no mistake with a crisp finish in off the post, 2-1.

Bath pressed for an equaliser with several free kick opportunities and Smalley was then called into action twice in the final ten minutes, saving smartly at his near post on both occasions. 

The Glovers were able to hold on for the win and will have plenty of positives to take from a commanding first sixty-five minutes; a brace from schoolboy and ex-academy starlet Alden and a confident display from their schoolboy centre back pairing being of particular note.      

The eight South West Youth League teams will form two groups of four as they battle it out for the Gary Else Cup 2021/22. Drawn against Bath City, Bridgwater United and New College Swindon, the Glovers will be hoping to finish in the top two in order to progress to the semi-finals later in the year. 

Yeovil return to league action next Saturday, October 2nd, with a trip to face Swindon Supermarine. 

Any talented Year 11 footballers interested in joining the YTFC Youth Program should contact Team Manager Mark Challen via email at MChallen@YTFC.net

Report by Matt Partridge

MATCH REPORT | Boreham Wood 2 – 1 Yeovil Town

Ten-man Town fell to a defeat in Hertfordshire as Boreham Wood battled back from a goal down to secure a 2-1 victory.

Dale Gorman opened the scoring with his first Yeovil Town goal, delighting the 200+ away support, but it was just downhill from there for the Glovers with Boreham Wood equalising and Adi Yussuf receiving his marching orders.

The second half saw the Glovers enjoy their best chances, but it was the Wood that provided the sucker blow as Josh Rees netted the winner just before the hour mark.

Darren Sarll made two changes to the side which fell to a defeat against Chesterfield, this meant the injured Luke Wilkinson was replaced by Matt Worthington, with Josh Staunton slotting to the centre of defence and captaining the side. Grant Smith began in goal against his former club whilst Jordan Barnett and Dan Moss continued at full back.

In the centre of the park, Worthington partnered Gorman, with Tom Knowles and Charlie Wakefield flanking them. Yussuf replaced Sonny Blu Lo-Everton in the starting team, joining Joe Quigley up front.

The opening stages saw both sides look to settle, with Boreham Wood enjoying the longer spells of possession, but despite a lot of the ball, it was Yeovil that had the better openings.

Looking smart from set-plays, Barnett clipped the ball into Knowles’ feet in the tenth minute and he fired a trademark right-footed effort on goal but it took a number of deflections before flying wide.

In the 12th minute, the hosts forced an excellent reaction save from their former no.1 Smith. After the ball dropped kindly at the back post, Scott Boden was waiting but he couldn’t beat Smith. Moments later, Josh Staunton put in a heroic block from point-blank range to keep Town level.

Just three minutes later, the Glovers took the lead directly from a Gorman free-kick. Catching Nathan Ashmore off-guard, the Northern Irishman fired a driven effort which the Wood shotstopper struggled to claim and rifled into the back of the net.

The goal sparked Boreham Wood into life, as they looked to claw their way back into the game, sending a number of deliveries into the box which Smith was able to punch away from danger.

On 25 minutes, the hosts found a way back into the game as Smith didn’t get the connection he wanted on his punch, and as the Town backline tried to clear their lines, the ball flew into the roof of the net.

Set-pieces were largely the chosen attacking route for both sides, but the Glovers did create a chance from open play just before the half an hour mark, Quigley and Yussuf combined well with the latter picking up the ball inside the box but the Glovers no.23 had his effort blocked.

Yeovil Town were the architects of their own downfall, as Yussuf was sent-off for two largely needless yellow cards in the space of five minutes, creating an uphill task to earn a share of the spoils in Hertfordshire.

The Glovers were able to marshal their way through the end of the first half effectively, and in fact began the second half as the side in the ascendancy with Knowles going close on 57 minutes after he danced through the Boreham Wood defence, sending two defenders flying in the wrong direction, but his effort flew narrowly wide.

A real sucker punch, the hosts went up the other end and scored as Josh Rees poked the ball home after the ball was prodded down to him on the line.

Yeovil pushed for an equaliser right to the death, and on a number of occasions were extremely unlucky not to find one.

Knowles was the Glovers’ bright spark in the second half, he did excellently again in the 65th minute, cutting onto his weaker left foot but hammered an effort onto the outside of the post.

There was anguish expressed across the faces of all in Yeovil green on 70 minutes. After fantastic work from Quigley saw the no.10 burst through on-goal, he had his initial effort saved but the ball came back to his feet, he then squared the ball across goal looking for Knowles however the ball narrowly evaded him.

Town enjoyed more of the ball in the closing stages, but a clear cut chance wouldn’t fall until stoppage time as Ashmore produced a heroic save. After Gorman’s initial effort was saved, Quigley connected with the rebound but an excellent reaction stop from Ashmore kept the hosts ahead.

In the dying embers, Knowles tried his luck from distance with a stinging effort, but once again Ashmore was the villain from a Yeovil perspective, stooping the ball on its way to goal.

Yeovil Town will have to wait just over a week to right this wrong, with Maidenhead United visiting Huish Park on the 5th October.

Yeovil Town: Smith; Moss, Staunton, Hunt, Barnett (Robinson); Gorman, Worthington (Lo-Everton), Knowles, Wakefield (Rose); Quigley, Yussuf.

Bookings: Yussuf (Sent off, 2nd Yellow)

Subs not used: Evans, Bradley

TRANSFER | Versatile Rose signs for Yeovil Town

Yeovil Town are delighted to confirm the signing of midfielder Mitch Rose.

The versatile Rose has mainly enjoyed spells as a holding midfielder throughout his career, but has also spent time playing at the centre of defence and full-back.

Coming through the ranks at Rotherham United in 2010, this was where Rose first met current Town boss Darren Sarll, who helped our latest addition progress as a scholar.

Our new no.16 has experience in the Football League, having later plied his trade for Mansfield Town, Newport County, Grimsby Town.

A penalty specialist, Rose scored from the spot in April 2018 to confirm Grimsby’s EFL survival against Chesterfield.

More recently, Rose spent two seasons with Notts County, where he helped the Magpies to the National League Promotion Final in the 19/20 season.

The 27-year-old now ventures to Somerset in the hope of going one better with Yeovil Town.

Speaking to ytfc.net after signing, Rose said; “It seems so surreal to me! When I spoke to Darren Sarll earlier in the week, it was seeming like it wasn’t going to happen yet.

“I got the text on Wednesday that he wanted me in to train tomorrow, I don’t think I’ve had time to process it all.

“I can’t wait to get that feeling back again, the nervous energy of preparing for a game, being amongst the lads as a group and hopefully getting three points.”

Welcome to Huish Park, Mitch!

CLUB NEWS | EPDP Success in County Cup clash

It was a proud night for the Yeovil Town Elite Player Development Programme on Wednesday as three members of the scheme in partnership with Yeovil College were involved in first team action.

Ollie Haste, who had been previously named on the bench in pre-season, enjoyed his first start for the club, completing 90 minutes and earning praise from first team manager Darren Sarll in his weekly press conference.

Speaking on Thursday afternoon, the boss said, “I was really pleased with the boys who came out of the college programme. Ollie Haste I thought was magnificent, talk about standing up to the opportunity.

In terms of the experience I was able to give him, he will remember that for the rest of his life and the same with young Jake Graziano, they coped brilliantly.

The wide-man had an effort cleared off the line in the second half and proved to be a thorn in the Bridgwater United side throughout the game.

Graziano, who was also mentioned by Sarll, is another member of the scheme also started for Town, starting on the right hand side of a young defence which was able to keep Bridgwater at arms-length for the majority of the cup tie.

Late in the day, with the game beyond doubt, Sarll said he wanted to give the young players on the bench a moment to remember, bringing on a third EPDP product in Corey Andrews (pictured).

In the coming weeks, the EPDP programme will be holding trials for the next academic year, for more information on the programme and the trials, click HERE.

MATCH PREVIEW | Boreham Wood – Yeovil Town

Yeovil Town return to National League action on Saturday as Boreham Wood pose the latest opposition for Darren Sarll’s side.

Following defeat on Saturday against Chesterfield, a rotated Yeovil team were able to comfortably beat Bridgwater United 4-1 in county cup action in midweek. With more minutes in legs, a number of Wednesday’s team will have hoped to make a lasting impression ahead of Saturday’s league fixture.

For the hosts, their unbeaten start came to an end last weekend as Solihull Moors were the 3-1 victors at Damson Park.

Darren Sarll’s thoughts

Speaking ahead of the fixture, Darren Sarll said;

“I don’t think I said this at the time, but the last time we saw Luke (Garrard) and Boreham Wood, was the first game back after Lee (Collins) died. I thought they conducted themselves in a fantastically respectful fashion.

“I’m not sure if I ever thanked them, and if I haven’t, I thank them from the bottom of my heart because that was the toughest day.

“He (Luke Garrard) is a good coach, he recruits well, his sides are always competitive, they’re always tight and compact games.

“Luke and I are probably quite similar characters on the touchline, quite vocal and animated. If we approach the game the same way as we did last afternoon, we’re in for a bad afternoon.”

Team News

In his weekly press conference Sarll confirmed that club captain Luke Wilkinson will miss out due to an injury he sustained against Chesterfield on Saturday.

(Photo by Tom Sandberg/PPAUK)

Lewis Simper also will not be involved due to an injury, but the Cambridge United loanee will return to training next week.

Jack Robinson could be in line for his first National League start of the season after he returned to the club after a short period of rehabilitation with his parent club Middlesbrough.

A foot in the opposition camp

Managed by former AFC Wimbledon player Luke Garrard since 2015, Garrard was the youngest manager in English football’s top five divisions when he was first appointed. Since then Garrard has led the Wood to multiple play-off finishes but has been unable to get the club over the line.

Following the transfer of star striker Kabongo Tshimanga, this summer has been one of change for Boreham Wood, with the experienced Scott Boden coming in to replace him. A very different mould of forward, the towering Boden has a prolific record at National League level, netting 23 times in 62 games for previous club Chesterfield.

Have we met before

Since returning to the National League, Town have endured mixed fortunes against the Wood. The Glovers were winless during 19/20 after a draw at Huish Park and a defeat at Meadow Park, however the 20/21 season brought success, as the Glovers did the double over Garrard’s side.

Ticket details

Tickets can still be purchased from Boreham Wood’s website, linked HERE.

MATCH REPORT | Yeovil Town 4-1 Bridgwater Town

Finlay Skiverton capped off a successful evening in the Somerset Premier Cup as Yeovil Town were the 4-1 victors at Huish Park.

Despite going a goal down with one minute on the clock, Town bounced back through Morgan Williams’ first goal in green and white.

The second half saw the floodgates open with Sonny Blu Lo-Everton, Adi Yussuf and Skiverton building a comfortable advantage with the Glovers duly deserved.

As expected by many, Darren Sarll made nine changes to the side which was defeated by Chesterfield in National League action. Max Evans was given his first start in goal, whilst Max Hunt, who captained the side, retained his place partnering Williams at the centre of the defence. Jack Robinson made the first start of his loan move at left back with Yeovil Town Elite Player Development Programme student Jake Graziano starting at right back for his debut.

Toby Stephens and Matt Worthington combined in the midfield pivot, with SLo-Everton ahead of them in the no.10 role. EPDP student Oliver Haste made his debut on the right flank whilst Alex Bradley made his first Yeovil start on the right of midfield. Yussuf started up front after his lively cameo on Saturday.

Bridgwater caught Town off guard in the first minute to claim the lead with a free-kick from around 30-yards catching Evans off guard to open the scoring.

That was the best it got for the visitors, who were then relentlessly pressed by a youthful looking Glovers side.

On 28 minutes, Town’s pressure told as Hunt found himself deep into the Bridgwater half, Yussuf met his cross which cannoned off the crossbar, with Williams reacting first to turn the ball home.

Just before the break, Yeovil should’ve had a second, after Bradley’s free-kick was met by Hunt but an acrobatic block denied him a first goal in green and white.

After the interval, Town came out with real conviction looking to take the lead, and they should’ve done in the 62nd minute as Lo-Everton burst through on goal, however his effort was saved by Jake Viney.

Making up for his earlier miss, Lo-Everton made no mistake just two minutes later, this time on the opposite flank, the Watford loanee made his mark on the game with a cool finish to put Yeovil in front.

EPDP student Haste thought he had added a third just beyond the 70th minute mark, but his placed effort was cleared off the line by Bridgwater.

The 74th minute brought a special substitution, as F.Skiverton, son of club legend Terry Skiverton, was brought on for his Yeovil Town debut.

Yussuf added a third with just over ten minutes of the cup tie remaining, as he hammered the ball into the top corner following Robinson’s well-weighted pass.

In the dying embers of the game, Skiverton made his presence known on the fixture, scoring on his debut with a well-taken finish to put the result beyond any doubt.

Yeovil Town: Evans; Graziano (Skiverton), Hunt (Borges), Williams, Robinson; Stephens, Worthington, Lo-Everton, Haste, Bradley; Yussuf (Andrews).

Bookings: Stephens

Subs not used: Smalley, Lye.

CLUB NEWS | More trials arranged for Elite Player Development Programme in partnership with Yeovil College

Yeovil Town FC are pleased to confirm that another set of trials will be taking place for our Elite Player Development Programme. 

The programme which is jointly offered by Yeovil Town FC and Yeovil College is an exciting opportunity for Year 12 and 13 BTEC students to continue their full-time education within a professional football environment. 

The Football programme training is based at Huish Park with games across the South West, and studies based at Yeovil College offer BTEC Level 2 & 3 options, retakes of GCSEs and opportunities for additional coaching qualifications alongside the BTEC programme. 

All upcoming trials will take place with the latest social distancing measures enforced, ensuring all applicants and club staff are operating within a safe environment.

Our next set of trials will take place on the following dates:  25th, 26th, 27th and 28th October, 1:30PM-3:30PM, @ the Huish Park 3G pitch.

  First team manager Darren Sarll has given the scheme his personal backing, commenting when the scheme was launched, “At 16 I got the biggest knock back of my life. Within days I agreed to partake in the very same scheme, and I found my calling and future trade, in coaching. 

“This scheme gave me the platform to qualify, train every day and practices my trade as a coach. I have overseen many of these programmes since and have ex-students who are now working as a Physio, Head of Analysis, Heads of Coaching and most importantly players who all live in the EFL and Premier League. 

“These are wonderful programmes that I am looking to build at Yeovil Town FC to ensure we give focused, young, determined people the best possible chance to achieve their life goals. I want this football club in partnership with Yeovil College to be the hub of creating really positive futures for this community and Somerset area.” 

To book yourself onto a trial, click HERE.

LOTTERY | Week 34

The results are in…

1ST   MRS             PAYNE  ,                          YEOVIL,                        WINNING NUMBER   AJ3613,                   WINNING      £100,

2ND  MRS   W A  DUFFILL,                          SOUTH PETHERTON,   WINNING  NUMBER  AG3022,                 WINNING      £50,

3RD  MR    COLIN LAW,                              YEOVIL,                         WINNING   NUMBER   AH0968,                 WINNING    £25,

Birthday draw was won by MR JOHN LUDGATE who wins two tickets for a league fixture of his choice.

MATCH REPORT | Yeovil Town 0 – 2 Chesterfield

Yeovil Town were left frustrated at Huish Park as Chesterfield navigated a 2-0 win.

Two first half goals built a comfortable lead for the visiting Spireites, who showed effective game management to see out the fixture.

Not for the want of trying, the Glovers did create a number of opening’s looking for a way back into the game, but ultimately ended the afternoon with nothing to show for it.

For the forth consecutive game, Darren Sarll named an unchanged team, this meant Grant Smith began in goal against his former side, with Jordan Barnett, Luke Wilkinson, Max Hunt and Dan Moss ahead of him.

Josh Staunton and Dale Gorman began at the base of the midfield, with Sonny Blu Lo-Everton in the central role, whilst Tom Knowles and Charlie Wakefield flanked him. Quigley started up front alone.

The opening stages saw an even start from both teams, as they jostled for supremacy. 

There were claims for a handball as Gorman attempted to send the ball into the box but it was blocked by an enrushing Chesterfield player.

On a number of occasions in the first half, Yeovil had some positive spells of play. Winning a free kick just outside the box, but Gorman’s effort was blocked by a Chesterfield arm. 

A few minutes later there was confusion amongst the Yeovil ranks as they thought Staunton had knocked Town ahead. However, the referee had other ideas, judging that Hunt had fouled goalkeeper Scott Loach in the build-up. 

At the other end of the pitch, it was the away side who took full advantage on 19 minutes, after a cruel rebound off the post caught Smith unsighted, the ball bounced off the Yeovil goalkeeper, with his former employers taking the lead via his own goal. 

Attempting to claw their way back into the game, Yeovil had one of their best chances when Quigley was able to get around the keeper but he was caught in two minds. Eventually the ball found Knowles but he saw his effort blocked.

An increasingly frustrating afternoon escalated as club captain Wilkinson limped off with an injury midway through the first half, being replaced by summer signing Morgan Williams.

Chesterfield doubled their lead with ten minutes to go until half time; as Loach’s goal kick somehow found its way through to Kabongo Tshimanga who made no mistake.

Throughout the second half the home side enjoyed lots of possession with the aim of finding a way back into the game. Staunton tried his luck from 30 yards but his effort was tipped over the bar by Loach.

What followed was an onslaught of corners as the Glovers had Chesterfield penned in. Despite six corners in a row, the visitors eventually cleared the danger. 

Late in the day, Knowles, who looked the most threatening, was able to get himself into the Chesterfield half with a driving run but his effort from distanced bounced agonisingly wide.

Ultimately it was a defeat for Town who could take heart from their continued determination to find a way back into the game.

Yeovil Town: Smith; Barnett, Wilkinson (Williams), Hunt, Moss; Gorman, Staunton, Lo-Everton (Yussuf), Knowles, Wakefield; Quigley

Bookings: Williams

Subs not used: Evans, Bradley, Robinson

A big thank you to Daisy Passmore who joined the media team on work experience for this fixture. During the game, Daisy helped write this match report. Great work, Daisy!

MATCH PREVIEW | Yeovil Town – Chesterfield

Yeovil Town will look for a fourth consecutive victory on Saturday as Chesterfield visit Huish Park (3pm).

With both sides originally stated to play other opponents this weekend, COVID outbreaks with our original opposition have seen the game pushed forward to ensure both sides can compete in league action.

This means two sides who have started the season in fine form will go head-to-head, with Chesterfield unbeaten and the Glovers on a fine stretch after winning three games on the bounce.

Darren Sarll’s thoughts

Yeovil Town boss Darren Sarll is eager for his players to focus on what is in-front of them rather than get too carried away with a strong run of form, speaking to the press in his pre-match press conference, he said;

“We have to look at the season with ‘runs of one,’ there’s no other way to be with young people.

“They need to keep focused on what is happening now, not what’s happening in January, February or March. Not where the play-off final is, because we don’t care, all we care about is what’s happening right now.

“What is happening right now is that we won the last game, that’s it. The games before that are absolutely in the rear view mirror now.

“We have to look at the Chesterfield game as our world, and keep our players at fit as possible because the only way that we can win is if the team is at its best.”

Watch Darren Sarll’s full interview below:

Team news

Yeovil Town will be boosted by the return of Matt Worthington who will be available after his straight red card against King’s Lynn Town saw him suspended for Town’s last three fixtures.

Also returning is Jack Robinson who took a knock in his second training session with the club, after a short spell of recovery at his parent club Middlesbrough, the defender has returned to Somerset looking for his first minutes in Green & White.

A foot in the opposition camp

Managed by James Rowe, he has inspired a rejuvenated side to 26 wins in 43 games since he took over in November 2020. This season has been one of success so far, starting the campaign with four wins and two draws.

The catalyst for the strong form could be the signing of striker Kabongo Tshimanga from Boreham Wood. The former Glovers loanee has adapted to life in Derbyshire excellently and comes into the game following a hat trick in midweek against Barnet.

Have we met before?

Our first ever meeting with Chesterfield came in an FA Cup third round clash in 1950, where Yeovil were defeated 3-1 at Chesterfield’s old ground, Saltergate.

Prior to 2019, the two clubs had only ever met in league action within the EFL. Last season, the Glovers endured a turbulent time against Saturday’s visitors, losing both games.

In Darren Sarll’s first season, the Glovers faired much better, winning the sole fixture between the two sides at the Technique Stadium 2-1 thanks to goals from Myles Hippolyte and Rhys Murphy.

Ticket news

Tickets are available from the ticket office website, or by visiting the ticket office on match day. Tickets purchased after midday on match day are subject to a £3 increase, so beat the rush and buy in advance.

To purchase from the club website, click HERE.

TICKETS | Somerset Premier Cup tie with Bridgwater United

Ticketing details for Yeovil Town’s Somerset Premier Cup tie with Bridgwater United on Wednesday 22nd September (7:45pm) can now be confirmed.

It’s a cheap night out under the lights at Huish Park, with tickets costing just £5 for Adults/Senior/Young Persons and just £1 for Under 16’s.

To purchase your tickets, click the link HERE.

FIXTURE NEWS | Glovers to face Chesterfield this weekend

Yeovil Town will host Chesterfield at Huish Park this Saturday at 3pm after the previously arranged fixture with Altrincham has been postponed due to COVID issues in the Altrincham camp.

This means that the Yeovil Town’s trip to Chesterfield, which was originally to be played on the 2nd October has been pushed back to a later date and will now be played on the 26th February.

Tickets purchased for the fixture against Altrincham remain valid for Saturday’s game. Altrincham supporters who wish to request a refund should contact the Yeovil Town ticket office via email – ticketoffice@ytfc.net

You can secure your ticket for the fixture by clicking HERE.

CLUB NEWS | Altrincham game postponed

Due to a number of COVID-19 cases within the Altrincham squad, Saturday’s game at Huish Park has been postponed.

The club are in communication with another National League side to arrange a replacement fixture, with details confirmed in due course.

We would like to extend our best wishes to those affected in the Altrincham camp.

MATCH REPORT | Yeovil Town U18s 1 – 3 Bridgwater United

Young Glovers fall to Bridgwater in home opener

Confidence was high in the home camp following last weekend’s 8-0 win over New College Swindon in the season opener. Under sunny skies at Alvington, both teams set about their work in a cagey fashion with attacks limited to probing balls down the flanks. As the half wore on the visitors grew in confidence, creating some half chances and pressing the home defence. After a prolonged spell of pressure Bridgwater saw a shot repelled by a last-ditch tackle from Jonny Lye but finally got the opening goal they deserved when a loose pass-back resulted in the striker placing a cool finish inside the near post, 0-1. 

Jake Graziano, playing in a deep play-maker midfield role, put together some fine runs and saw a shot drift wide as the Young Glovers tried to find their way back into the game. However, as the half drew to a close it was the visitors who nearly added to their lead with a shot that was sliced wide from 5 yards following a corner.

Team Manager Mark Challen would have been disappointed with both the lack of scoring chances and ball retention in the first half and to their credit, the home team began to play with a much higher tempo and sense of attacking purpose at the start of the second period. Substitute Korey Andrews, who was combining well with Callum Deemer, set up a good chance for Darren McAlastair, but the young striker saw his shot fly over.

Bridgwater continued to look dangerous going forward and missed some good chances to increase their lead. Yeovil were then indebted to two fine saves from Callum Smalley, the first following a fierce drive direct from a free kick and then an acrobatic parry following an excellent volley from just inside the box. The visitors grabbed their second at around the 70th minute mark when a low cross from the right was turned in by the advancing striker, 0-2.     

Challen rang the changes during the second half and U16 players Mason Alden, Josh Sutton and Robert Hollard got some valuable minutes on the pitch. Yeovil determinedly pressed for a goal and Graziano saw a low shot saved before setting up a chance for Deemer, now playing as a striker, which drifted wide. The home side got the goal their second half performance deserved when a free-kick from Andrews was swung over to the far post where Lye was on hand to make sure the goal-bound effort went in to make it 1-2 with five minutes to play.

Any sniff of an equaliser was quickly put out when a loose ball was picked up on the right with the striker smashing a low shot past the keeper, 1-3.

Yeovil head to Wimborne Town next Saturday for another 10.30 kick off in the SW Counties Youth League.

Report by Matt Partridge

MATCH REPORT | Stockport County 0 – 3 Yeovil Town

Yeovil Town secured a third victory on the bounce with a 3-0 victory over Stockport County at Edgeley Park.

Charlie Wakefield’s first half goal opened the scoring for the Glovers. The first 45 minutes were a half that Yeovil Town were extremely effective, creating a number of openings and restricting their opposition to few.

The second half saw the Hatters reduced to ten men, with the Glovers capitalising through goals from Joe Quigley and substitute Adi Yussuf for an all round excellent away performance.

In almost polarising fashion to last season, Darren Sarll was able to name an unchanged side for the third game in a row. This meant Grant Smith remained in goal, whilst Dan Moss, Luke Wilkinson, Max Hunt and Jordan Barnett lined up at the back.

The midfield comprised of Dale Gorman and Josh Staunton in the deeper roles, whilst Tom Knowles and Wakefield flanked Sonny Blu Lo-Everton in the no.10 role. Quigley started up front on his own.

The opening stages saw the hosts enjoy a lot of the ball, but lacked any real cutting edge, only really threatening from set-pieces which Luke Wilkinson and Max Hunt were more than equal to.

After weathering the hosts’ spell of possession, Yeovil began to create chances of their own, with Lo-Everton influential to the most incisive attacks. Smart link-up between the Watford loanee and Wakefield released Town’s no.19 into the box but his effort was palmed wide by Hinchliffe.

Looking for a route ahead, the Glovers caused a number of problems from set-pieces, with the hosts relying on heroic clearances from Paddy Madden to ease the pressure.

In the 26th minute, the green and whites’ pressure told with Wakefield netting his first goal for the club. After Quigley battled brilliantly to win the ball, he found Lo-Everton who played a defence splitting pass into the channel for Wakefield to hammer home!

Trying to claw their way back into the game, Stockport thought they had weaved their way into the box for a shooting opportunity, but heroic defending from Hunt put a halt to Madden’s efforts.

The hosts struggled to get to grasps with Lo-Everton in the first half, as the Watford loanee once again sent a dangerous ball into the channel, this time finding Quigley who saw his drilled cross find it’s way to the back-post, but Staunton got too much under his effort, sending the ball over.

At the break Town held a deserved lead, and the hosts certainly had work to do. Looking for a way back into the game, the hosts had their best chance of the game less than a minute after the restart with Alex Reid heading wide after escaping his marker.

Despite Stockport’s best efforts, it would be the Glovers who added a second. After Knowles was fouled in almost identical fashion to the penalty he won against FC Halifax Town, Ash Palmer was given his marching orders and Quigley stepped up to fire his fifth goal of the season.

It should’ve been a sixth goal of the season for Quigley less than ten minutes later. Some intricate passing down the left wing released the towering forward who drove into the box and dragged his effort narrowly wide.

In fairness to Stockport, their efforts to find a route back into the game did not dwindle, with substitute Dunnwald-Turan finding himself clean through on goal, but he placed his effort well wide much to Smith’s relief.

On 79 minutes, former Glover Madden really should’ve pulled a goal back, after he capitalised on a lapse in concentration from Barnett, he found himself one-vs-one with Smith but the Yeovil Town no.1 did excellently to divert his effort.

Late in the day, substitute Yussuf was able to open his Yeovil Town account, latching onto a loose ball and expertly placing the ball beyond Hinchliffe to put the result beyond any doubt.

All in all, it was a memorable afternoon in Greater Manchester, with the Glovers securing a comfortable win against a much-fancied promotion favourite.


Yeovil Town: Smith; Moss, Wilkinson, Hunt, Barnett; Staunton, Gorman, Lo-Everton (Yussuf), Wakefield (Stephens), Knowles (Bradley); Quigley

Bookings: Knowles, Gorman, Smith

Subs not used: Evans, Williams

INTERVIEW | Hunt’s hard-work coming to fruition

Max Hunt has said his hard work on the training pitch is now coming to fruition on match days after a positive start to the 2021/22 season.

Despite a frustrating defeat on the opening day, Yeovil Town have bounced back with two wins on the spin against Hunt’s former side Aldershot Town and FC Halifax Town.

Most recently, Hunt and his teammates put together a resolute defensive display against Halifax, keeping a clean sheet and ending the Glovers’ BT Sport hoodoo with Joe Quigley’s first half penalty the difference.

Hunt himself has worked hard on his game since signing in Somerset in January 2021, he reflected on the work he’s put in so far ahead of Yeovil Town’s trip to Stockport.

“I’m very pleased, I’ve had to do some hard work, last season included,” said the 6-foot-6 defender.

I think how hard we as a group have worked and what Darren and Terry have done that is a testament to how we’ve started. 

“For bigger players like myself and defenders especially, footwork is especially important. Spending time on that, alongside positional work is key.”

Last season, Town struggled for consistency in the back line, due to suspension and injury, Hunt himself suffered a fractured cheekbone against Wrexham. However, this season has seen a more consistent defence, with the 22-year-old potentially in line to partner Luke Wilkinson in a back four for the third successive game on Saturday. 

“Last season there were a lot of different parters playing in the back four for a lot of different reasons. 

“Whenever I’ve played with Wilko (Luke Wilkinson), we have a good relationship. On the pitch it’s meant we’ve got good results so long may it continue.

“We’re confident in ourselves, and we get that from what we see in training everyday.

“We’ve got Quigley up top who is scoring goals at the minute and we’re keeping them out as a team. I think everything is starting to click and hopefully we can go there Saturday and get a positive result.”

The towering defender has had to wait for the opportunity to show the Glovers faithful what he could do in person due to fixtures being played behind closed doors. Now with fans back in the ground, Hunt is relishing the opportunity to prove his worth.

“It’s been brilliant, when fans were back towards the end of last season I was injured, so I didn’t get a chance to play in front of them.

“This season has been my first opportunity to play in front of them. It’s games like last Saturday (against Halifax) where we’re digging in and holding on. 

“When we get the result and we can celebrate with the home end, they’re the moments that we work hard for.”

MATCH PREVIEW | Stockport County – Yeovil Town

Yeovil Town travel to Edgeley Park this Saturday (3pm) to face Stockport County in National League action.

After back-to-back wins, Darren Sarll’s side will enter the fixture full of confidence with ambitions to build on a positive start to the season.

Despite heavy investment, Saturday’s hosts have endured a slower start than many pundits expected, with one win in four games and just two goals scored.

Darren Sarll’s thoughts 

With two wins on the bounce, the moment of celebration with the fans with still fresh in Sarll’s mind, something he reflected on in his press conference.

“When I’m now recruiting players, I play them the videos, after Solihull, Aldershot. Ask Jordan Barnett how he felt after the game.

“It is a special moment, and I still get really excited by it. It’s starting to happen all round the ground at Huish Park rather than just the Thatcher’s and that’s brilliant.

“It gives players great confidence and it also gives them an organic motivation to win. Motivation is the hardest thing for a manager to find over ten months because it’s day in day out and you can only tell stories once to lift and inspire them. 

“When you have that connection with supporters, you know if you really put yourself on the line here today and we get a win, we’re going to get two, three minutes of that euphoria.”

Team news

Yeovil Town will be without Matt Worthington who serves the final match of his suspension after his opening day red card against King’s Lynn. 

Jack Robinson remains unavailable but will return to the club on Monday after recovering from injury with his parent club, Middlesbrough. 

In his press conference, Sarll named Dale Gorman and Tom Knowles as injury doubts but they could still be involved come match day. 

Long-term absentees Mark Little and Reuben Reid are continuing their recovery process.

A foot in the opposition camp

When looking in the Stockport squad, one name sticks out to Yeovil fans in particular, Paddy Madden. 

The Glovers’ promotion hero joined the Hatters in the latter stage of last season in a deal reportedly worth over £200,000. A name synonymous with Yeovil Town’s promotion to the Championship, Madden will be looking for another promotion this season at Edgeley Park.

There’s an unfamiliar face in the dugout for the hosts in Simon Rusk, after parting ways with Jim Gannon during the 20/21 season, the former Brighton youth coach stepped up into men’s management for the first time last season. Rusk now hopes to send Stockport up in his first full season in first team management.

Have we met before 

Meetings with Stockport have proved a challenge for Yeovil Town since returning to the National League, with the club winless against the Hatters.

In August 2019, during Sarll’s first season, Town were denied three points with Stockport scoring a late equaliser after Courtney Duffus had put the Glovers in front. 

Since then, Yeovil have only tasted defeat, with three meetings last season, the first in the FA Cup which saw Stockport claim an injury time winner. Two 1-0 wins in the league secured a clean sweep of victories for the Hatters.

Ticket news

Tickets for Saturday’s game are still available from the Stockport County ticket office website, linked HERE.

INTERVIEW | Sarll offers injury update

Darren Sarll offered an injury update on his squad ahead of Saturday’s National League clash with Stockport.

The boss has been without full-back Jack Robinson after he picked up an injury in one of his first training session, whilst other members of the squad are carrying minor knocks. 

Speaking in his latest press conference, Sarll confirmed that the Boro loanee would return to training on Monday. 

“I think Jack will be available for the following week. He’s still at Middlesbrough at the minute and we’re expecting him back here on Monday,” confirmed Sarll. 

“Dale Gorman and Tom Knowles have got a couple of niggles from the three games in a short space of time. We’ll have to leave them as late as possible. 

“I wouldn’t have thought either of them would train today, or even tomorrow but that’s okay. We’ll just have to look at some changes, wether that’s alternatives or a shape change and carry on preparing as best we can.”

“I’m a believer that you take your best eleven individuals and put them in the best shape possible. The biggest issue with the King’s Lynn game was we hadn’t had (Daniel) Moss train with us, but apart from putting Matthew (Worthington) in a square hole, we’ve tried to put round pegs in round holes.”

Speaking on the players that are available to go this weekend, Sarll was looking for his side to continue to find balance in their play. 

“It’s about having a balance (between defence and attack), we don’t believe in the view that you have to play one way at home, one away. You have your way and you stick to your way.

“We have to try and maximise the usage of each individual. We think we’re getting there, obviously injury or suspension can tear that thinking up, but I just stay open minded to it.

“At the moment, there’s a nice balance between our defensive play and our attacking play, and I think that’s down to the athleticism that we’ve brought to the football club, because when we do attack it’s at an upbeat pace. 

“Everybody likes to see speed and when you see Wakefield, or even Quigley who isn’t a slouch for a tall man, and because they run at such a rate, it gives people a lift.”

Tickets for Saturday’s game are still available from the Stockport County ticket office website, linked HERE.

TICKETS | Support Town on the road against Boreham Wood

Tickets for Yeovil Town’s trip to Boreham Wood (Sept 25th, 3pm) are now available to purchase.

Our last trip to the Wood was a memorable evening for Town, albeit behind closed doors. An electric first half performance with three goals built a comfortable lead, however our hosts battled back for a nailbiting finish, with the game ending 3-2 in the Glovers’ favour.

To purchase your tickets from the Boreham Wood website, click HERE

The prices are as follows:

Adult: £20

OAP: £18

U16: £12

U12: £6

Travel news from the Green & Whites’ supporters group will be confirmed in due course.

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INTERVIEW | Charlie Wakefield blown away by Huish Park atmosphere

Yeovil Town midfielder Charlie Wakefield got to celebrate a victory at Huish Park for the first time on Saturday evening, as the Glovers were the 1-0 victors over FC Halifax Town.

Following the game, the players and managers spent time taking in the result, celebrating with the fans in what was hard-fought victory.

Speaking to BBC Somerset’s Sheridan Robins, Wakefield was blown away by the Huish Park atmosphere; “It was a bit like Monday (vs. Aldershot)” said the Chelsea academy graduate. “We had to dig deep, it was an unbelievable atmosphere, same with the away fans on Monday and we’ve managed to win again.

“That’s our third game in a row where we’ve come into half-time 1-0 up, with the first game of the season we let it slip, which was always going to be a bit more difficult after we lost a man. We’ve shown the character we have to win the past two games and bounce back.

“I always feel like we enjoy these (tight games), more than a 4-0 or a 5-0 because you have to dig real deep and when the final whistle blows, and you see the fans celebrating, it’s some atmosphere.”

Coming in with a reputation as a flair player, Wakefield has worked hard to adapt his game for the good of the team, something that is certainly bearing fruit for Darren Sarll’s side.

“Usually I’m running with the ball more as I’m a direct player, but I’ve been working really hard for the team and I’m really enjoying that too.

“I want to work hard, I want to be someone that puts a shift in for the boys and for the club. We’ve got to keep doing what we’re doing, it’s only three games into the season.

“We know not to get too excited, but we enjoy it at the same time. It’s the first home win of the season so right now I’m delighted.”

MATCH REPORT | Yeovil Town 1 – 0 FC Halifax Town

Yeovil Town beat their TV hoodoo with a 1-0 victory over FC Halifax Town at Huish Park.

Joe Quigley’s first half penalty was the difference between the two teams, in a game that Town could’ve won by an even more convincing scoreline

Despite the visitors chasing the game, the Glovers continued to manage the game well to secure a second win of the season.

Darren Sarll kept the same team which beat Aldershot Town on Bank Holiday Monday. That meant Grant Smith began in goal, with Jordan Barnett, Luke Wilkinson, Max Hunt and Dan Moss in front of him.

The midfield saw Dale Gorman and Josh Staunton sitting deepest, with Tom Knowles, Sonny Blu Lo-Everton and Charlie Wakefield in the attacking positions. Quigley began as the lone striker.

Picking up where they left off, it was a positive start to proceedings, with Quigley almost opening the scoring, finding space to shoot from the edge of the box, but his effort was tame.

In the tenth minute, there were vocal calls for a penalty from the Glovers players, most notably Wilkinson but the referee was unmoved.

However, just four minutes later a penalty call went Town’s way, as Knowles was taken down in the area. Quigley stepped up and expertly converted his fourth goal in three National League games.

Town had a third penalty appeal in just twenty minutes of football, as Knowles again felt he had been hauled down in the box after breaking beyond the Halifax defence.

After the flurry of penalty claims, the game rather slowed down, with both sides enjoying long spells of possession but little attacking cutting edge.

It took until the 45th minute for another opening to be carved. Counter attacking with pace, Gorman did excellently to find Wakefield nursing through but his effort was acrobatically cleared.

Starting the second half with attacking intent, it didn’t take long for Town to force a save. Some excellent one-touch football eventually found Gorman with room to cross, he found Quigley who had his header saved by Johnson down to his left.

Following a lack of chances in the first half, the visitors looked to force their way back into the game in the second, going close through Matt Warburton as his free-kick was saved by Smith.

However, that was the best it got from a Halifax perspective, with Town continuing to create the better of the opportunities throughout. Just past the hour mark, Knowles’ long throw reached Wilkinson who fired over via a deflection leading to further vocal encouragement from the Thatchers Stand.

Marshalling the game well, Halifax struggled to create anything clear-cut, with BT Sport’s man of the match Wilkinson and Hunt heading almost every ball away.

In the closing moments, Town had two more opportunities to put the game beyond doubt. Substitute Yussuf and Wakefield combined well in the right channel but the Glovers’ number 23 fired over. Just moments later, Yussuf was involved again after he burst into the penalty area but Johnson was equal to his attempt.

Yeovil Town: Smith; Barnett, Hunt, Wilkinson, Moss; Gorman, Staunton; Knowles (Bradley), Lo-Everton (Yussuf), Wakefield; Quigley

Bookings: Gorman, Staunton

Subs not used: Evans, Stephens, Williams

MATCH PREVIEW | Yeovil Town – FC Halifax Town

On Saturday evening, Yeovil Town return to Huish Park to face FC Halifax Town on BT Sport (17:15).

Darren Sarll’s side will be looking to continue the winning formula which saw the Glovers earn their first win of the season on Bank Holiday Monday.

With two wins from their first three games, Saturday’s visitors Halifax will be hoping to maintain their play-off place live in front of the TV cameras.

Darren Sarll’s thoughts

Looking ahead to Saturday’s game, Sarll said; “We’ve had some good games (with Halifax), very tactical, he’s very tactically minded, Pete (Wild). They seem to want to bully their way through the season.

“I think we’ve won a couple, drawn one, and well and truly beaten here after Reuben Reid got bullied in the box and we didn’t get a penalty.”

Team news

Speaking in his press conference, Darren Sarll confirmed that Alex Bradley was closest to a return of the group of players on the sidelines; “I would like to think that Alex Bradley will be back in contention on Saturday after injury (long-COVID), it depends how late we can get him back in to training.

Despite Bradley being close to a return, Town will still likely be without loanees Lewis Simper and Jack Robinson.

Matt Worthington will serve the second match of his suspension after a straight red card against King’s Lynn Town.

Long-term absentees Mark Little and Reuben Reid remain unavailable.

A foot in the opposition camp

After two wins from their first three games, the Shaymen currently sit in a play-off place, albeit very early days in the season.

Managed by former Oldham boss Pete Wild, the 36-year-old is entering his third season at the helm. Within his ranks are two former Yeovil Town players. Defender Tom Bradbury was a member of Yeovil Town’s 19/20 side which finished fourth place in the league. Not a first-choice defender, Tom struggled to get minutes in the first team due to the form of Luke Wilkinson and Lee Collins. 

Yeovil Town fans won’t need to look long into the history books for Matt Warburton. Signing on loan from Northampton, Warburton went straight into the team but unfortunately goals were hard to come by for the attacker. However, he did manage a memorable strike against Woking in a 1-1 at Kingfield. Warburton departed in April 2021. 

Have we met before

Since returning to the National League, Town have endured mixed fortunes against the West Yorkshire based outfit. In Sarll’s first season, the Glovers won home and away against the Shayman, securing 2-0 wins in both fixtures.

Last season saw the Glovers frustrated by Wild’s side, being held to a 1-1 draw at the Shay, then being dispatched 0-3 at Huish Park late in the season.

Coverage

Saturday’s game will be televised live on BT Sport 1, with coverage starting from 5pm. After a frustrating run of results on TV, the green and whites will be looking to turn the tide on Saturday evening.

Ticket news

Tickets can be purchased for the fixture from the Yeovil Town ticket office website or by calling 01935 847888, click HERE for more information. 

TICKETS | Join the Glovers on the road in Stockport

Tickets and away travel information is now available for Yeovil Town’s trip to Stockport County on September 11th.

Tickets for the fixture can be purchased from the Stockport County online ticket office, linked HERE.

Full prices:

Adults (18+)£18
Students£12
Age 65+£12
Disabled Fans£12
6-17 Year Olds£5
5 Years and underFREE

Coach travel information has also been confirmed by the Green & Whites supporters club.

Departure: 7:30am.

Adults members£31
Concession members £29
Non members+£2 increase

To book, contact Paul – 07736044570