Month: October 2021

MATCH REPORT | Solihull Moors 0 – 0 Yeovil Town

Yeovil Town were held by Solihull Moors in a heated affair at Damson Park.

After a relatively tame first half, the game burst into life in the second with a red card for both sides. Jordan Cranston was sent off for the hosts for violent conduct after he lashed out at Tom Knowles, but less than ten minutes later, Max Hunt was given his marching orders for a last man foul.

In the closing stages the hosts searched for the lead, but the Glovers were resolute and held firm to earn a hard-fought point on the road.

After a positive showing against Woking, Darren Sarll opted for an unchanged team, with Adi Yussuf leading the line against his former employers.

That meant on the bench there was a return from injury for Alex Bradley who has sat out in recent weeks, whilst Luke Wilkinson who was suggested could be able for the fixture missed out.

Looking to start on the front foot once again, Yeovil were able to enjoy a significant amount of possession throughout the opening five minutes, but struggled to create any clear cut openings.

However, the same could be said for the hosts, who did little to test Grant Smith throughout the first half.

It took 13 minutes for Town to create an opening, Yussuf did excellently after bringing down Moss’ cross, taking the ball under control and pushing it into Jordan Barnett’s path who fired first time and saw his effort fly narrowly over the bar.

Set-pieces were the order of the day for the Moors, and on 20 minutes Neil Ardley’s side had their best chance of the half, as James Ball snuck through the Glovers’ defence and latched on the end of a Cranston’s set-piece, but his header flew over the bar.

After a rather flat period, Town burst into life in the closing stages of the half. With less than five minutes to play, Yussuf tried to bend one from the edge of the area and after the ball to a knick, it dropped sharply, and fell a matter of inches wide.

Deep into first half stoppage time, Yussuf should’ve opened the scoring for Yeovil. Dale Gorman’s corner was floated over the goalkeeper to the former Solihull man who, despite being unmarked, saw his header fly over the bar.

The second half was a far more heated affair, and tempers came to boiling point just after the hour mark. Cranston was given his marching orders by the referee for needlessly lashing out at Knowles whilst the Yeovil no.11 went to take a throw in.

With the numerical advantage, Town looked to make Solihull pay, leading to frustration within the hosts’ camp. James Ball was lucky not to be sent off himself for afters with Gorman.

However, less than ten minutes after Cranston was sent off, it was a level playing field once again as Andy Dallas was fouled by Max Hunt as he burst through on goal.

With eight games in the month of October, the ten men of Yeovil Town looked fatigued, but still managed to head away every ball that came their way.

Feeding off scraps, substitute Joe Quigley almost snatched a winner with ten minutes to go as he worked room for himself in the left channel, drove into the box and forced Ryan Boot into a save.

That was the best it got for Yeovil, who were penned back in their half for the remaining time. Yet, for all the hosts’ possession, they were unable to find a route to goal as the young defence of Dan Moss, Jack Robinson, Josh Staunton & Jordan Barnett dug deep to secure a point on the road for Yeovil.

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

Bookings: Moss, Hunt (RED)

Subs not used: Evans, Stephens,

FIXTURE NEWS | New date for Wrexham

Yeovil Town will travel to Wrexham on the 30th November (7:45pm). 

After being originally stated to play on the opening weekend of the season, the fixture was postponed due to COVID-19 issues within the Yeovil camp.

Ticket details for the rearranged clash will be issued in due course.

INTERVIEW | Jack Robinson savouring opportunities to play in front of supporters

Middlesbrough loanee Jack Robinson is savouring his first team opportunities whilst on loan at Yeovil Town.

Despite training with the Boro first team on a consistent basis, battling for three points week in week out is something the 20-year-old is relishing.

“With Middlesbrough, I was around the first team but I was playing with the U23’s. Coming down here and playing men’s football, it’s different.

“Playing in front of fans, that’s exactly what I wanted to when I came down here. I’m really enjoying it.

“There’s pressure on games here, to play with that, that’s why I’m here.”

Stepping into the National League, the left-back insists the style of play is not much different to what he’s used to under Neil Warnock with his parent club.

“It’s similar to the way Neil Warnock plays, but the physicality of it is different. Obviously there’s a lot of big teams in this league, that’s the main difference.

“The last seven days especially, they’ve been tough on the legs, but I’ve enjoyed it and now we’ve got Saturday to build our momentum.

On Saturday, Yeovil Town will venture to the league’s form side Solihull Moors, but Robinson is confident Town can produce a positive display on the road.

“After the game (against Grimsby), we felt like we played some good stuff, we kept the ball well and into Tuesday’s game we were able to carry that on.

“We got the second goal that we’ve been missing, that was important. It’s something we’ve been saying that before games.

“We’ve been getting the first goal, but that second is the most important one. On Tuesday night, (Tom) Knowles gets that second goal straight after half-time and we went on to win the game.”

You can purchase a Yeovil Town shirt with ‘Robinson 21’ on the back by heading to the online store.

MATCH PREVIEW | Solihull Moors – Yeovil Town

Yeovil Town will be aiming for back-to-back wins as Darren Sarll’s side travel to Solihull Moors.

Last time out, the Glovers enjoyed a successful evening at Huish Park as goals from Charlie Wakefield and Tom Knowles sank Woking.

The hosts come into the game in great form, winning four of their last five games in the National League.

Darren Sarll’s thoughts

Speaking ahead of Saturday’s game, Sarll said; “It’s game against another one of the top seven or eight that are a resourceful club now, buying Andrew Dallas from Cambridge just highlights that point.

“We were close to a couple of Solihull players signing for our football club, but Solihull swooped in and got them from under our nose.

“In all due respect, we’re probably considered the bigger club, but we’re not in terms of resource. We’ve got no flexibility, we’ve got to go there and be what we are.”

Team news

In his press conference, Sarll confirmed Town would be boosted by the return of three injured players. Luke Wilkinson, who has sat out since picking up an injury against Chesterfield, is in line for a return to the substitutes bench alongside Alex Bradley who has endured a similarly long spell on the sidelines.

Watford loanee, who missed out on Tuesday’s victory with a minor knock is also in contention for Saturday’s game.

Morgan Williams, who just celebrated the birth of his first child, remains unavailable with an injury, whilst Reuben Reid and Mark Little are long-term absentees.

A foot in the opposition camp

Solihull Moors have enjoyed a successful start to the National League season, and currently sit in fifth place.

Under management, former Notts County & Wimbledon boss Neal Ardley took the reigns at Damson Park in the summer, and is looking to have another season fighting at the top of the National League after leading the Magpies to the play-off final in his final full season with the club.

Have we met before

Since relegation to the National League, Yeovil Town have endured mixed results at Damson Park.

In Sarll’s first season, Yeovil Town extended their early season winning run with a memorable victory in the midlands, which saw Luke Wilkinson score, and then go in goal after an injury to Liam O’Brien.

However, a second half collapse saw Yeovil fall to a 5-1 defeat in last season’s clash.

Tickets

Tickets MUST be purchased from the Solihull Moors website.

There will not be any sales made in person on the day of the game, but they can be purchased online up until kick-off.

CLUB NEWS | Ben Seymour & Jordan Dyer return to Exeter City

Yeovil Town can confirm that Ben Seymour and Jordan Dyer have returned to Exeter City after the expiry of their loan deals. 

The club would like to thank Seymour & Dyer for their efforts during their loan period.

Seymour made six appearances during his time at the club whilst defender Dyer made one appearance on Tuesday evening against Woking. 

We would also like to extend our thanks to Exeter manager Matt Taylor who has been excellent to deal with during the process of the duos loan spell. 

All the best for the future, lads!

MATCH REPORT | Yeovil Town 2 – 0 Woking

Yeovil Town returned to winning ways as the Tom Knowles and Charlie Wakefield show secured victory against Woking.

Starting on the front foot, it took just six minutes for Town to take the lead, with Knowles finding Wakefield at the back post to open the scoring. Returning the favour, Wakefield found Knowles just minutes into the second half who turned the ball home, building a comfortable lead for the hosts.

Despite both sides being blotted with late goals in recent weeks, neither were able to find one in the closing stages as Yeovil held firm, securing a first victory since September.

Darren Sarll opted for two changes to the side that fell to a defeat against Grimsby at Blundell Park. Knowles returned to the fold in an attacking role whilst top scorer Joe Quigley missed out with Adi Yussuf replacing him.

Eager to end a winless run, Town began on the front foot, and had the ball in the back of the net after two minutes. Yussuf rounded the goalkeeper and placed the ball into the back of the net, only for the linesman to have his flag up.

However just three minutes later, the Glovers would have the lead. Jordan Barnett’s throw in released Knowles on the left flank who burst beyond his marker and found Wakefield at the back post to fire Yeovil ahead.

Not resting on their laurels, Town almost added a second through Dale Gorman a matter of moments after the restart but a strong save from Ross at his near post kept the Cards within a goal.

For the next twenty minutes, the visitors began to grow into the game, but did little to trouble Grant Smith, with Ross continuing to be the busier of the two goalkeepers, albeit only dealing with potshots from Gorman.

From the 30th minute, Town came to life once again, imposing themselves on the Woking backline. Almost cutting Woking wide open, Worthington won the ball deep into the Woking half and played through Yussuf maybe a second too late as the visitors were able to block his attempt.

Just a matter of moments later, Yussuf did excellently to hook the ball to Knowles who looked back to his best, he put in a real shift to keep the ball in play, then finding Barnett who forced a strong save from Ross with an from the edge of the box.

With just over five minutes of the half remaining, Knowles’ long-throw was only cleared as far as Dan Moss who saw his first time effort fly narrowly wide.

At the break, Yeovil would’ve been disappointed they were only leading by one, however it didn’t take them long in the second half to double their advantage. After a stellar first half showing, Knowles was able to start the second with a goal that his performance richly deserved. The Glovers no.11 was found in acres of space at the back post by Wakefield, who was able to turn the ball home leading to raptures in the Thatcher’s.

With a two-goal advantage, Yeovil marshalled the game extremely well throughout the second half, limiting the visitors to very little possession in dangerous areas, and creating openings themselves.

Looking to find a third, substitute Quigley evaded some heavy challenges which saw the referee wave advantage, the towering forward was then able to find Worthington who had his effort from the edge of the box blocked with 68 minutes on the clock.

As the game entered it’s closing stages, Sarll’s side were pushed back a little as Woking looked for a route into the game, which they struggled to find.

However, in the final moments, Woking should’ve made it a nervy as Innih Effiong burst beyond the Yeovil defence for the first time all evening, forcing Smith into his only save of the night.

Ultimately it was a return to winning ways in the league as Town, who can go into a trip to Solihull Moors with the wind in their sails.

Yeovil Town: Smith; Moss, Hunt, Staunton, Robinson; Worthington (Dyer), Gorman, Barnett; Knowles (Seymour), Yussuf (Quigley), Wakefield

Bookings: Quigley, Barnett, Robinson

Subs not used: Evans, Stephens

CLUB NEWS | Lewis Simper recalled by Cambridge United

Yeovil Town can confirm that Lewis Simper has been recalled from his loan spell by Cambridge United.

Due to a number of injuries at his parent club, the midfielder now returns to Cambridge with immediate effect.

The club would like to thank Lewis for his efforts during his time in Somerset and wish him all the best for the future. 

TICKETS | Join us against Solihull Moors

Tickets for Yeovil Town’s trip to Solihull Moors this Saturday (31st October, 3pm) are now available.

To purchase your tickets, head to the Solihull Moors website, linked HERE and scroll down to the ‘Away’ tickets.

Full prices:

Adult – £15.00

Concessions – £12.50

U18 – £10.00

U12 – Free

MATCH PREVIEW | Yeovil Town – Woking

Yeovil Town return to Huish Park on Tuesday evening (7:45pm) to face Woking in National League action.

After a 566 mile round trip on Saturday, the Glovers will be relishing home comforts as the Cards come to town.

Woking, despite having lost their last two games, have enjoyed a positive start to the season, sitting in 12th with games in hand on the teams around them.

Darren Sarll’s thoughts

Speaking after Saturday’s defeat to Grimsby, Sarll said; “All of the players have great energy and when they come on they try their absolute best.

“I was really impressed with their motivation and courage to take the ball. I like what (Jack) Robinson and (Jordan) Barnett are doing at the moment, they’re fantastic together.

We’re building, but we know we need to come out all guns blazing Tuesday.”

Team news 

Luke Wilkinson is the Yeovil Town player closest to a return from injury, but he remains unlikely to feature on Tuesday evening.

Morgan Williams, Alex Bradley, Mitch Rose, Reuben Reid and Mark Little are all still unavailable due to injury concerns.

A foot in the opposition camp

Woking Football Club, known as the Cards (from the Cardinal red of the red and white halves), was formed in 1887. Managed by Alan Dowson, he managed Woking to promotion from the National League South at the first attempt in 2018/19, and his side have remained in the National League ever since.

The star man for the visitors is Max Kretzschmar, having followed Dowson from Hampton & Richmond Borough to Woking, the midfielder has been a mainstay ever since, even becoming involved with the academy coaching department at the club.

Have we met before

Since returning to the National League, Yeovil Town hold an unbeaten home record against Dowson’s side.

In Sarll’s first season, the Glovers were the victors on a chilly October night as three first half goals built a comfortable advantage before the visitors pulled one back in the second half.

In last season’s clash at Huish Park, Rhys Murphy netted twice as Town were the 2-1 victors.

Tickets

Tickets can be purchased online from the online ticket office until 4:45pm on match day. They can also be purchased from the ticket office in person, but after 4:45pm are subject to a £3 increase.

MATCH REPORT | Grimsby Town 2 – 0 Yeovil Town

Yeovil Town fell to a defeat in Northeast Lincolnshire as league leaders Grimsby Town were the 2-0 victors at Blundell Park. 

Despite an even share of chances, the hosts were the more clinical, taking the lead from the spot in the first half through Lenell John-Lewis. 

The second half saw Yeovil apply a vast amount of pressure, but to no avail as the hosts were able to put the result beyond doubt in the final moments through John McAtee. 

Darren Sarll named an unchanged team from the Glovers’ FA Cup victory over Weymouth. That meant Grant Smith began in goal, with Dan Moss, Josh Staunton, Max Hunt and Jack Robinson in front of him. 

Jordan Barnett began in a midfield role once again, alongside Dale Gorman and Matt Worthington, whilst Sonny Blu Lo-Everton, Joe Quigley and Charlie Wakefield started as a front three. 

Chances were few and far between in the first half, with neither keeper enduring a busy afternoon. 

The first chance in Yeovil’s favour came in the 12th minute as Staunton, who was forward from an attacking free-kick hooked an effort over from the edge of the box.

With the two sides largely cancelling the other out, it always looked like a mistake could lead to a goal, and that came to fruition in the 19th minute as Smith mistimed his dive to feet, giving away a penalty which John-Lewis converted. 

Not to be deterred, Town continued to plug away, finding success on the left-flank with Wakefield and Barnett combining well, but neither could find a threatening delivery. 

Yeovil had a penalty shout of their own with 24 minutes on the clock, as Milwall loanee Moss burst into the box but the referee remained unmoved. 

As the half entered its dying stages, Yeovil enjoyed the majority of the ball, but couldn’t quite find the final pass, leading to efforts from distance which did little to threaten. 

Despite leading, the hosts started to really test the green and whites’ backline in the second half. On 49 minutes, Smith was forced to make a save as John-Lewis combined with Harry Clifton who had his goalbound effort palmed wide by the Yeovil no.1. 

Down at the other end, Wakefield capitalised on a lapse in concentration, driving into the box and forcing a corner with his dangerous delivery. The resulting corner caused havoc in the Grimsby defensive ranks, despite Max Hunt mistiming his header, the ball dropped dead in the box, but there was no Yeovil player there to touch the ball into the back of the net.

A continued thorn in Yeovil’s side, John-Lewis muscled his way into the box from a throw-in, and after firing from a tight angle his effort hit the side netting.

With just over 20 minutes to go, John-Lewis should have doubled his tally for the afternoon. After Clifton combined well with John McAtee he put the ball on a plate for John-Lewis who somehow missed from three-yards-out.

As the clock ticked on, Yeovil began to force the ball into the Grimsby half. A hopeful pass to Wakefield found the Yeovil no.19 in behind, but a last-ditch challenge stopped him in his tracks.

On 83 minutes, the ball fell kindly to Worthington after Gorman’s pass was blocked, his effort snuck through bodies but flew narrowly wide.

Despite all the Glovers endeavour, it wasn’t until the 85th minute that James McKeown had work to do in net. Gorman arrowed a free-kick on target but he was equal to his efforts. 

With a matter of moments to go, Grimsby doubled their advantage as McAtee had the freedom of the area to pick his spot and secure three points for the league leaders.

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

Bookings: Gorman

Nott used: Evans, Dyer

MATCH PREVIEW | Grimsby Town – Yeovil Town

After advancing in the FA Cup on Tuesday evening, attentions in the Yeovil Town camp turn to National League action with a trip to league leaders Grimsby Town.

Since dropping out the EFL last campaign, Saturday’s hosts have taken the National League in their stride, losing just once in 11 games this season. 

From a Yeovil Town perspective, Darren Sarll will be hoping his side can continue the good feeling after a penalty shootout victory over arch-rivals Weymouth.

Darren Sarll’s thoughts 

Looking ahead to the fixture, Sarll said;

“Whenever my teams in the past have played at Grimsby, I’ve always enjoyed it.

“I’ve won there, I’ve been beaten there. They’re in great form at the moment and they’ll have the crowd with them. 

“Paul’s (Hurst) done a good job getting them off the mark after coming down. I know how difficult that is to pick a club up.

“It’ll be a good experience, probably the biggest crowd some of them have played in front of, and the crowd at Grimsby can be quite vociferous!”

Watch Darren Sarll’s full pre-match press conference.

Team news 

The injury situation largely remains the same for Yeovil, with Morgan Williams, Luke Wilkinson, Alex Bradley, Mitch Rose, Reuben Reid and Mark Little all unavailable.

Wilkinson is the closest to a return, and could be involved next week against Solihull Moors whilst Little and Reid are still on course for December.

Toby Stephens will be unavailable due to family reasons, with all at the club sending our best wishes to him and his family.

A foot in the opposition camp

Climbing to the top of the league, Grimsby Town have produced a number of fine performances this season, key to these victories are forwards John McAtee and Ryan Taylor who both have five goals each. At 33-years-old, Taylor brings a wealth of experience within the EFL alongside his goals whilst McAtee at 22 is maturing into a strong forward for the level. 

In the dugout for the hosts is Paul Hurst, well-known to the Grimsby fans, Hurst is in his second spell as sole manager of the club having originally managed on a joint basis with Rob Scott. During his first spell in charge, Hurst held a very respectable 49.5% win rate with the Mariners before venturing to Shrewsbury, Ipswich and Scunthorpe. 

Have we met before?

Our last trip to Grimsby was a successful one in September 2018 as Yeovil snatched a 1-0 victory over the Mariners as Omari Patrick struck with just over ten minutes remaining.

Later that season as Yeovil’s form took a downturn, Grimsby won the return fixture at Huish Park 3-1.

Tickets

You can still join us in North East Lincolnshire, with tickets available from the hosts’ website linked here. 

Coach travel is available through the Green & White’s supporters club which will depart at 7am. To book contact Paul Hadlow – 07736 044570

MATCH REPORT | Weymouth 1 – 1 Yeovil Town

Yeovil Town advanced in the Emirates FA Cup in dramatic fashion after a penalty shootout victory over Weymouth at the Bob Lucas Stadium. 

In a similar fashion to Saturday’s draw, Yeovil Town took the lead in the first half as Worthington flicked a header beyond a stranded Ross Fitzsimons, before Josh McQuoid levelled the affair.

Despite a late penalty miss, the Glovers were able to dust themselves down and secure a 2-1 victory from the spot.

Darren Sarll made two changes to the side which were held on Saturday afternoon, Sonny Blu Lo-Everton returned to the fold, replacing Tom Knowles in the Glovers’ midfield. In the defence, Jack Robinson returned to the back four, moving Jordan Barnett into a midfield role with Ben Seymour dropping to the bench. 

Looking for more attacking impetus after a frustrating second half in the original fixture, Yeovil began on the front foot. Joe Quigley held the ball up well and dropped it into Barnett’s path, but his first-time strike flew over.

Continuing to create chances, in the sixth minute Dan Moss’ delivery was met by Worthington who couldn’t direct his header on target.

Not making the same mistake twice, the Glovers found a way in front through a Worthington header. After a hectic phase of play which saw Quigley hit the bar, the ball was recycled around the box excellently, eventually being crossed to Worthington who flicked his header beyond Fitzsimons, leading to raptures in the away end.

With the wind in their sails, Yeovil did not rest on their laurels, both Dale Gorman and Barnett fired narrowly wide from the edge of the box minutes after taking the lead.

In the dying stages of the half, Quigley was unlucky not to double Town’s advantage after being poked through by Charlie Wakefield, but his effort was well-saved by Fitzsimons. 

It took until the 50th minute for the hosts to find an effort of note, Brad Ash cut inside at the edge of the box and tamely fired into Smith’s gloves.

Hunting for a second, Yeovil’s first chance of the second half fell after Robinson pounced onto a loose ball and played Wakefield through and after driving to the edge of the Weymouth box, his effort was saved at the second attempt by Fitzsimons.

Wakefield was Town’s bright spark in the opening stages of the second half. The Chelsea academy graduate looked for options around him at the edge of the box and they didn’t come, instead took the onus upon himself as the Glovers’ no.19 fired on goal from 20-yards, but a block thwarted his effort.

Enjoying success behind the Weymouth defence was largely at a premium in the first half, but in the second Town found routes in behind far more often. Lo-Everton broke beyond the Terras’ backline and rounded the goalkeeper, after being ushered wide the Watford loanee then found Quigley who sent an effort goal bound, but once again Weymouth got bodies in front of the Glovers’ effort.

Continuing as the ascendancy throughout the half, Barnett did excellently to dance his way into the box with just over twenty minutes to go, but a heavy touch saw the ball escape his grasp and find Quigley who once again had his effort blocked.

The hosts had done very little to threaten Yeovil throughout, but with fifteen minutes to go they grew into the game. The 78th minute saw a heart in mouth moment for Glovers fans. Thomson burst in behind but a heroic recovery challenge from Josh Staunton held Town’s advantage. 

There was a sense of deja vu with 86 minutes on the clock as Weymouth equaliser, as Ollie Harfield found McQuoid at the back post to head home the leveller.

Despite late set-pieces from both sides, neither could capitalise as the game went to extra time. 

Having made more substitutions, the fresh legs of Weymouth saw them start extra time on the front foot, yet chances didn’t fall their way.

For the third time in two weeks, Yeovil Town were robbed of a seemingly good goal. After Gorman’s corner was met by Quigley at the near-post, his header was at least three-yards over the line, but the referee and linesman remained unmoved. 

With the last attack of the game, the Glovers won a penalty after substitute Adi Yussuf fired an effort on goal which was adjudged to have been blocked with a hand. Quigley stepped up but he had his effort saved by Fitzsimons, meaning the game would be decided by a shootout. 

Not taking chances had been a common theme in this tie, and that continued in the penalty shootout. Despite misses from Ben Seymour and Tom Knowles, Weymouth missed three of their first four penalties whilst Yussuf and Gorman converted to secure a memorable victory for Town.

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

Bookings: Barnett, Smith

Subs not used: Evans, Dyer. 

TICKETS | Trip to Grimsby Town

Yeovil Town supporters can purchase tickets for our away trip to Grimsby Town.

Available from the Grimsby website, head to the ‘buy tickets’ section and then scroll down to the Yeovil Town fixture and click, ‘book now,’ or click HERE.

The full prices are as follows. 

Adult £20.00

65 & Over £13.00

18-22 Years £13.00

12-17 Years Unaccompanied £7.00

3-17 Years Accompanied £5.00

Student/Unemployed £13.00

MATCH PREVIEW | Weymouth – Yeovil Town

After last-gasp equaliser on Saturday afternoon, Weymouth were able to force replay against Yeovil Town to be played at the Bob Lucas Stadium on Tuesday evening (7:45pm).

Charlie Wakefield got the Glovers off to a flying start on Saturday afternoon, but after failing to make further chances pay, Weymouth scraped a draw with a last minute equaliser through Tom Bearwish.

The winners of the replay will face a trip to either Dover Athletic or Yate Town on the weekend commencing 6th November.

Darren Sarll’s thoughts

Speaking after Saturday’s draw, Sarll did not hide his frustration at his side’s performance in the second half.

“A game of two halves, we were excellent first half, useless second half.

“We were very aggressive and tenacious first half, we had more than enough chances to go in two or three up, but passive in the second.

“We’re very disappointed in our dressing room, we’ve had a long conversation with them.

Team news 

In his press conference last week, Sarll confirmed that Dion Pereira will not be available after struggling with fatigue. The winger has returned to his parent club Luton for the time being. 

Central defenders Luke Wilkinson and Morgan Williams are edging closer to a recovery but remain unavailable for the game on Tuesday night.

Reuben Reid and Mark Little remain long-term absentees.

A foot in the opposition camp

During their spells in the same division, Yeovil and Weymouth hold a bitter rivalry due to both competitive and geographical factors, with the sides separated by under 30 miles and often competing within the same division.

Manager Brian Stock became manager following the departure of Mark Molesley in the Summer of 2020, this is the ex-AFC Bournemouth player and youth coach’s first senior management role. 

The man to look out for in the visitors camp is Tyler Cordner. Vice-captain at just 22-years-old, Cordner has non-league and Football League experience. After a number of loan spells across the pyramid whilst on the books at Bournemouth, he made Weymouth his permanent home at the start of the season. 

Have we met before

Prior to last season’s victories over the Terras, this cup tie is taking similar shape to our last cup clash with the Terras, after a goalless draw in the first match, the Glovers won the replay 3-1 at Huish Park. Here’s hoping for more of the same on Tuesday night!

The two clubs have met 205 times in their history, Yeovil hold the strongest record in the fixture, with 90 wins. Weymouth have won on 77 occasions and 37 draws.

Tickets

Currently, tickets are available from the Weymouth website linked HERE. Due to high demand, our seated allocation has been extended.

We haven’t received confirmation regarding ticket availability on the day of the game.

TICKETS | Weymouth replay tickets now on sale

Tickets For Yeovil Town’s FA Cup replay against Weymouth are now on sale.

Those wishing to be seated, very few tickets remain, so ensure you purchase in advance to avoid disappointment.

Terrace tickets are also available, but they’re selling fast! Head to the Weymouth website or click HERE to purchase yours.

PRICES

Prices remain the same if seated or standing.

Adult – £16.00

Concession – £11.00

16-19 – £7.00

U16 – £4.00

U7 – 50p

MATCH REPORT | Yeovil Town 1-1 Weymouth

By Marcus Duncomb

Charlie Wakefield’s early goal was cancelled out by an equaliser right at the death to force a replay at the Bob Lucas Stadium.

Helped by the lively atmosphere, Yeovil went one nil up through a calm Wakefield finish with Weymouth later creating equalising opportunities via Calvin Brooks.

After half time, Weymouth had more of the ball but could not create the decisive chances until Tom Bearwish got a stoppage time equaliser following a long throw.

Darren Sarll made one change from the midweek draw against Altrincham opting for Wakefield to come into the starting XI in place of Adi Yussuf. Wakefield went into a front three joining Ben Seymour and Joe Quigley.

After an extremely lively opening ten minutes without any chances, Wakefield opened the scoring following a quick free kick from Dale Gorman which went over the Weymouth defence and found his teammate with time in the box to slot home.

Weymouth created their best opening in the 28th minute as Brooks found himself one-on-one with Grant Smith from a tight angle, but the former Glover could only find the side netting.

One minute later at the other end of the pitch, the Weymouth defence gave Seymour space to have a speculative shot from outside the box which went deep into the Thatcher’s End.

Ten minutes before half time, Wakefield had a shooting opportunity but selflessly laid it off to Quigley on the edge of the box for a curling effort which was brilliantly headed clear by defender Josef Yarney.

The final chance of the first half went Yeovil’s way as Tom Knowles ran down the right-hand side and created the space to fizz in a dangerous cross which Matt Worthington connected well with, firing just over the bar.

Weymouth started the second half with a good spell of possession, eventually resulting in a driven shot from Shields which was dealt with by Smith in the 52nd minute.

Three minutes later, the visitors created another shooting opportunity, this time through Brad Ash whose low effort was batted away by Smith.

With 20 minutes remaining, Max Hunt flashed a half volley on his left foot following a corner, but it flew over the bar.

Knowles was eager to make things happen for Yeovil and double the advantage. The winger worked his way to the edge of the box in the 78th minute and took the shot on his weak foot which was deflected wide.

In the dying minutes, the Terras launched a long throw into the box and substitute Bearwish was there to slide in an agonising equaliser for the visitors to force the match to a replay on Tuesday night.

Yeovil Town: Smith; Moss, Hunt, Staunton, Barnett; Gorman, Worthington, Knowles (Robinson); Wakefield, Seymour, Quigley.

Bookings: Gorman, Barnett

Subs not used: Evans, Lo-Everton, Simper, Stephens, Robinson, Yussuf, Dyer

INTERVIEW | Dale Gorman looking to write FA Cup history

For the first time in just under 22 years, Yeovil Town play Weymouth in front of supporters at Huish Park on Saturday afternoon.

When the two sides met in FA Trophy action in November 1999, Yeovil Town midfielder Dale Gorman would’ve been just three-years-old, however the Northern Irish midfielder insists he and his teammates understand the importance of Saturday’s cup tie.

“It’s a big derby. I’m aware we haven’t played Weymouth in front of fans for a long time.

“The FA Cup is a chance as a footballer to create a bit of history. Who know’s what can happen, we might have a nice run in the FA Cup! It gives us something to look forward to.

“A Cup is a Cup, but Saturday is a big one and we’ll be hoping to get into the next round.”

Occasions as a player don’t come much bigger than a derby in the FA Cup, Gorman and his teammates will be looking to rise to the occasion on Saturday afternoon.

“As a player, no matter what you know about the derby, it’s important that you present yourself well for it.

“Weymouth will come here Saturday looking to win, it doesn’t matter what sort of form they’re in.

“We’ll be at it, and so will they. There’s nobody down in our changing room that isn’t looking forward to Saturday.”

“The fans are important for us on Saturday, we’ll be looking to them to get right behind us. Hopefully we can put on a show for them on Saturday and get one over on Weymouth.”

MATCH PREVIEW | Yeovil Town – Weymouth

A game that needs no introduction, on Saturday afternoon (3pm), Yeovil Town host bitter-rivals Weymouth in front of fans in competitive action for the first time in just under 22 years.

Although both sides have struggled for form as late, that’s something that goes out the window for this hotly-anticipated cup-tie.

Darren Sarll will be hoping his side can replicate last season’s memorable victories over the Terras, after the Glovers did the double over their rivals.

Darren Sarll’s thoughts

Looking ahead to the fixture in his pre-match press conference, Sarll said; “It’s a really good game for the players to experience.

“The FA Cup makes it feel even more glamourous. It will be a very tough game, they’ve made some massive improvements since last season.

“In terms of resources, it’s the closest the two clubs have been so it could be the tightest game with Weymouth in a long-time.”

Watch the full interview:

Team news

In his press conference, Sarll confirmed that Dion Pereira will not be available after struggling with fatigue. The winger has returned to his parent club Luton for the time being.

Central defenders Luke Wilkinson and Morgan Williams are edging closer to a recovery but remain unavailable for Saturday’s game.

Reuben Reid and Mark Little remain long-term absentees.


A foot in the opposition camp

Weymouth were founded in 1890, 131 years ago. The club are nicknamed ‘The Terras’ due to their terracotta strip, the team won the Dorset Junior Cup for the first three seasons, becoming a senior club as the team rose in stature.

During their spells in the same division, Yeovil and Weymouth hold a bitter rivalry due to both competitive and geographical factors, with the sides separated by under 30 miles.

Manager Brian Stock became manager following the departure of Mark Molesley in the Summer of 2020, this is the ex-AFC Bournemouth player and youth coach’s first senior management role.

The man to look out for in the visitors camp is Tyler Cordner. Vice-captain at just 22-years-old, Cordner has non-league and Football League experience. After a number of loan spells across the pyramid whilst on the books at Bournemouth, he made Weymouth his permanent home at the start of the season. 

Have we met before

Yeovil Town and Weymouth have met a total of 205 times in their history, Yeovil hold the strongest record in the fixture, with 90 wins. Weymouth have won on 77 occasions and 36 draws.

The most recent win for Town came in February 2021, a Rhys Murphy hat trick sank the Terras in National League action as Town completed there double.

Prior to last season, the derby was last played in 1999 as Weymouth took Yeovil to a replay after a 0-0 draw at the Bob Lucas Stadium. In the return fixture the Glovers won 2-1 at Huish Park.

Tickets

This is an ALL TICKET fixture, you must purchase in advance by visiting the club shop, buying online, or by calling the ticket office (01935 847888).

CLUB NEWS | Lottery ticket volunteers

Yeovil Town are searching for a number of volunteers to sell lottery tickets on a match day at Huish Park.

The role includes free entry to Huish Park, so why not come and join the lottery team?

To apply for the roles, please email James – JHillier@ytfc.net.

MATCH REPORT | Yeovil Town 1 – 1 Altrincham

Joe Quigley’s second half strike was not enough for Yeovil Town as they drew to Altrincham at Huish Park.

After a goalless first half which saw Altrincham goalkeeper Anthony Thompson replaced by outfielder Connor Hampson, the Glovers struck ahead through Quigley just before the hour mark as he turned the ball beyond the makeshift goalkeeper.

Less than ten minutes later, the visitors levelled through former Glover A Jay Leitch-Smith. Adding salt into the wounds, the Glovers would have two goals not given after the ball seemingly crossed the line after dangerous corners.

After a lack of attacking threat against Notts County, Darren Sarll looked to add some attacking impetus against the Robins. Grant Smith began in goal, whilst forward-thinking full-back Jordan Barnett started at the left side of defence. Max Hunt partnered Josh Staunton in the centre back roles whilst Dan Moss started at right-back.

Dale Gorman and Matt Worthington started once again in central midfield, whilst there was an increase in attacking numbers, with Tom Knowles, Adi Yussuf, Quigley and Ben Seymour all starting, looking to break the Glovers’ goal drought.

After waiting almost 80 minutes for an opening on Saturday, Town waiting just one on Tuesday evening. Yussuf and Quigley combined outside the box but the Glovers no.10 got too much under his effort, sending the ball flying over the bar.

In the opening stages, Knowles’ throw ins caused havoc for the Alty defence, his throw in the third minute was only cleared as far as Gorman, his header found Yussuf who forced a save from Thompson.

Looking to mix things up, Knowles went short with his throw in less than five minutes later, combining with Gorman as the wide-man sent a deep delivery into the box. The cross was met by Yussuf who flicked the ball into Quigley but he hooked his effort over the bar.

In the 8th minute, Yeovil were a whisker away from the lead as the ball fell to Knowles 25-yards from goal who hammered an effort narrowly wide.

After an extended break in play, Altrincham were forced into a change between the sticks as Thompson was replaced by left-back Hampson as the visitors had no goalkeeper on the bench.

Looking to take advantage, Town flooded the box on set-plays, and it almost paid off on 18 minutes as ball dropped to Yussuf in the box but a superb save from the stand-in goalkeeper kept the game level.

With the three forwards operating in central roles, the width came from the full-backs for Yeovil. Moss beat his marker on the right flank and found Yussuf, but after his initial effort was blocked, Altrincham were able to clear their lines.

On the verge of half-time, Town had their best chance to open the scoring. Barnett’s in-swinging corner was met by Staunton who was unmarked, but he couldn’t quite direct his header on-target.

Starting the second half with intent, Yeovil forced an opening in the first minute, as Worthington hammered an effort from the edge of the box, forcing a corner.

Testing the makeshift goalkeeper would’ve been on the agenda at the break, with the Glovers capitalising in the 57th minute through Quigley. Gorman sent a stinging free-kick on target which Hampson spilled, only for Quigley to turn the ball home.

However, just seven minutes later Yeovil Town were dealt a sucker-punch as Leitch-Smith capitalised on a lapse in concentration to poke the ball beyond Smith.

Looking for a route back into the game. A corner caused havoc in the Altrincham box, and after a cluster of bodies attempted to put the ball in the back of the net and claims from multiple Yeovil players and fans that the ball crossed, the visitors ushered the ball wide.

Just four minutes later, Gorman’s corner found Hunt who drilled an effort on goal but a heroic block kept the game level.

With five minutes to go, Staunton thought he’d headed Town ahead, as the ball seemingly dropped over the line once again, but the referee was unmoved.

Ultimately it was a draw for Town who will be looking to bounce back in a huge FA Cup clash with Weymouth.

Yeovil Town: Smith; Moss (Bradley), Hunt, Staunton, Barnett; Gorman, Worthington (Robinson), Knowles (Wakefield); Quigley, Yussuf, Seymour.

Subs not used: Evans, Lo-Everton

MATCH REPORT | Yeovil Town U18’s 2-1 Mangotsfield Town U18’s

Young Glovers produce an outstanding performance to upset the unbeaten defending champions Mangotsfield United with a 2-1 win at Alvington

After a difficult spell, which saw them exit the FA Youth Cup and suffer a disappointing loss to Swindon Supermarine in the league, the U18s were keen to roll up their sleeves and get back to work on the pitch.  With many from the squad involved in the 5-2 victory over South Devon College in the College Cup match on October 6th, focus now fell on a visit from high-flying Mangotsfield United in the league.

The Young Glovers were able to welcome back Armstrong and Skiverton after recent injury and gave a debut to new signing Jack Sheppard in the centre of midfield.

The first real chance of the game fell to Mangotsfield after a cross from the right led to a shot which was comfortably saved by Smalley. Yeovil were growing into the game and on 15 minutes Haste made a bursting run up the left, playing a nice one-two with Andrews before being fouled in the box. Benjani Jr stepped up to take the penalty, looking to add to his midweek brace, but saw his effort well saved. A pivotal moment which could have seen heads drop proved something of a catalyst as Yeovil pressed forward creating a host of chances; Borges setting up Deemer whose shot was saved at the near post, a delightful flick pass from Graziano presenting an opportunity for Borges and an effort following a corner which rebounded off the crossbar. 

In the midst of this the Young Glovers were forced into a change with Armstrong being forced off after a collision and being replaced by Dyer at the back. As the half drew to a close, the home side were indebted to a fine block from Graziano on the edge of the box as Mangotsfield threatened.

Yeovil were quick to get on the front foot early in the second half and saw a free kick from Andrews narrowly escape a final touch from Haste. Deemer then charged forward up the right and presented Borges with a great chance but the resulting shot was saved by the outstretched leg of the visiting keeper. The Young Glovers persisted with a high tempo passing and pressing game and got a deserved opening goal when Lye headed on from a corner and Benjani Jr. nipped in to stab the ball home, 1-0.

The visitors gathered themselves and put in a sustained spell of pressure winning several corners and then forcing Smalley into an outstanding save to help preserve the lead. Hodges came on for Borges in support of Skiverton up front and Yeovil continued to rack up the chances with another great run and shot from Haste which was saved down low and a shot from distance from Sheppard which sailed over.

In the 80th minute Yeovil grabbed their second goal after a corner from Andrews fell to Skiverton who smashed the ball home from 10 yards, 2-0. 

Mangotsfield pressed for a way back into the game, but Yeovil were still the team on top with Haste and Graziano combining to set-up a good chance for Benjani and then Skiverton flicking on for Hodges whose shot was easily saved. The home side sent on Hunter for Deemer in the closing minutes before Mangotsfield grabbed a late consolation goal with a good finish after the ball broke loose, 2-1.

The Young Glovers kept their heads in a frantic finish and secured a well-deserved and pleasing victory. 

Team: Smalley (GK), Deemer, Haste, Armstrong, Lye, Andrews, Graziano ©, Sheppard, Benjani Jr, Borges and Skiverton. Subs: Hollard, Hodges, Hunter and Dyer

After a performance that combined penetrating fast-paced football with a combative desire to battle in all areas of the pitch, Manager Mark Challen was quick to reflect on both the match and the merits of the Elite Player Development Programme: “We’re very pleased with the performance and the reaction after a difficult week. We’ve got schoolboys and players new to the system stepping up, and part of the success of the programme is about developing good character amongst the players. 

“It’s a bit of a hybrid model as we’re preparing the schoolboys for next year when they’ll be studying and training with us every day and continuing to develop the first-year students who we’ve been tracking since our academy days and the second-year players who were part of last season’s Youth Alliance campaign. 

“We are also always on the lookout for players with game-craft and who can deal well with pressurised situations, and it was a very pleasing debut today for Jack Sheppard who we’ve been tracking for a short period”.  

Next up: Yeovil travel to face established Youth Alliance side AFC Bournemouth in a friendly on October 16th.

Report by Matt Partridge

MATCH PREVIEW | Yeovil Town – Altrincham

Yeovil Town will look to bounce back from Saturday’s disappointing result as Altrincham visit Huish Park (7:45pm).

After a defeat at home to Notts County, Darren Sarll and his players will be desperate to right the wrongs from Saturday and start climbing the National League table once again.

Since turning full-time in the summer, Altrincham have enjoyed a positive start to the season, currently sitting in 8th place, most recently beating Maidenhead United 2-0 at Moss Lane.

Darren Sarll’s thoughts

Speaking after Saturday’s defeat to Notts County, Sarll said; “We deserved that (negative) reaction from the supporters, we’ve brought the onto ourselves with a lack of bravery in possession. These young lads will have to get through it.

“It was just so weak, in possession we’ve been trying to add an extra pass, but we may have to change that.”

Watch the full interview below:

Team news

In his post-match interview, Sarll hinted at changes to his side, “We are going to have to open the door for other opportunities which come in the squad depth.”

In terms of injury news, Luke Wilkinson, Morgan Williams, Reuben Reid and Mark Little remain absent for this fixture.

A foot in the opposition camp

Altrincham FC are a club steeped into non-league history. Based just outside the city of Manchester, Alty are one of the most recognisable non-league clubs in the country.

Josh Hancock is the star man for today’s visitors. Born in Crewe in 1990, he began his career at Nantwich in their youth team, before spells at Winsford United and Witton Albion, he joined Altrincham in July 2017. The no.10 has since made a combined total of 159 league and cup appearances for Alty- scoring 66 goals in the process. He famously scored against Portsmouth in the FA Cup last season at Fratton Park, which has since led him to be tipped an Altrincham legend by manager Phil Parkinson.

Have we met before

Last season’s encounters with Altrincham saw mixed results for Yeovil Town. At home, the Glovers continued their excellent start to 2021 with a victory thanks to goals from Chris Dagnall and Rhys Murphy.

Our trip to Moss Lane saw a topsy-turvy clash which finished 4-3 go in Altrincham’s favour, however it was a serious injury to Josh Neufville which took the headlines from a Yeovil perspective.

Tickets

Tickets can be purchased online from the online ticket office until 4:45pm on match day. They can also be purchased from the ticket office in person, but after 4:45pm are subject to a £3 increase.

MATCH REPORT | Yeovil Town 0 – 2 Notts County

Yeovil Town were left frustrated once again as Notts County were the 2-0 victors at Huish Park.

Goals in either half from Ruben Rodrigues were enough against a Yeovil side that struggled to create clear-cut opportunities all afternoon.

Darren Sarll made three changes to the side that drew with Maidenhead United on Tuesday evening. However, the rearguard remained unchanged as Grant Smith remained in goal, whilst Dan Moss, Max Hunt, Josh Staunton and Jack Robinson lined up in the back four.

Looking for energy in the middle of the park, Matt Worthington was brought in to do just that alongside Dale Gorman. There was a debut for Luton Town loanee Dion Periera on the right flank and Tom Knowles began on the left. Sonny Blu Lo-Everton returned to the side to partner Joe Quigley.

The returning Lo-Everton has Town’s first chance of the half on 12 minutes. The Watford loanee latched onto a loose ball and drove into the Notts County half, but had his effort from distance blocked.

Notts County took the lead in the 17th minute, after the Yeovil midfield sat off, Ruben Rodrigues danced through the side and saw his deflected effort squirm beyond Grant Smith.

Looking for a route back into the game, a dangerous cross from Dale Gorman in the 21st minute was met by Joe Quigley and after a number of deflections was claimed by Anthony Patterson.

The visitors were extremely dangerous on the counter attack in the first half, constantly looking for Aaron Nemane on the left flank. He went close on 25 minutes, pouncing on Smith’s parry but a heroic block from Staunton kept the green and whites within a goal.

In truth, chances were few and far between for Yeovil, one of the better fell after Pereira took the onus upon himself to cut the visitors open, combining well with Quigley before being hauled down in the box. The Glovers’ no.10 then latched onto the loose ball but couldn’t direct an effort beyond Patterson.

On 42 minutes, Rodrigues got away with one after clipping Moss, he then broke into the Yeovil area but seemed caught in two minds as the ball escaped his grasp.

The final change of the half fell Town’s way in stoppage time. A pinpoint delivery from Moss was flicked on by Lo-Everton to Quigley, he then pushed the ball out his feet but couldn’t get a clean connection on his effort.

The second half started with Yeovil enjoying a lot of the ball, but the hosts were able to hit on the break, with Rodrigues almost scoring a carbon copy of his opener in the 49th minute, this time he was only able to find the away terrace.

Chances were at a premium for both sides, with the next falling with an hour on the clock. Callum Roberts was found breaking in behind on the right-wing, but his first time effort flew wide of Smith’s post.

It took 75 minutes for a chance of real quality to fall Town’s way. After Charlie Wakefield beat three Notts defenders, Ben Seymour broke into the right channel and fired an effort on goal, this was punched into Pereira’s path by Patterson but the Luton loanee used his hand to get the ball under control.

As Yeovil were starting to build up steam, the hosts provided a sucker-punch on 80 minutes as Rodrigues headed home his second goal of the game, extending the visitors advantage.

Despite late chances falling the way of substitutes Seymour and Wakefield, it was ultimately a comfortable afternoon for Notts County who ensured Yeovil Town’s winless run would be extended to four games.

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

Bookings: Robinson

Subs not used: Barnett, Yussuf

TRANSFER | Dion Pereira signs on a short-term loan deal

Yeovil Town are delighted to confirm that Dion Pereira has joined on a short-term loan deal from Luton Town.

The 22-year-old winger signs to boost Darren Sarll’s attacking options. Pereira is a familiar face to Sarll, having briefly worked together whilst at Watford.

A tricky wide-man by trade, Pereira has had a unique journey in the game so far. The Watford native spent his formative years in football within the Hornets’ academy, progressing to the first team and playing twice in the Premier League.

Dion Pereira of Watford warms up during the Premier League match between Chelsea and Watford played at Stamford Bridge, London on 15th May 2017 Football – Premier League 2016/17 Chelsea v Watford Stamford Bridge, Fulham Rd, London, United Kingdom – 15 May 2017

In 2019, at just 19-years-old, Pereira ventured stateside to sign for Atlanta United in Major League Soccer. He made 21 appearances in all competitions as the Five Stripes won the US Open Cup.

Pereira spent just one year in Atlanta before returning to home pastures to join Nathan Jones’ Luton Town. During 2020/21 the winger became a key figure in the Hatters U23’s side and made one Championship appearance against Queens Park Rangers.

Now stepping into the mens game for an extended period, Pereira will be looking to follow the success of Josh Neufville, who enjoyed a terrific loan spell from Luton last season.

Welcome to Somerset, Dion.

MATCH PREVIEW | Yeovil Town – Notts County

Yeovil Town’s run of four home fixtures in 11 days continues on Saturday as Notts County visit Huish Park.

Following a goalless draw on Tuesday night against Maidenhead United, the Glovers will be aiming to entertain the Huish Park crowd a little more against Notts County.

The visitors have suffered three defeats in their last three games, but still sit tenth in a tight National League table.

Darren Sarll’s thoughts

Speaking ahead of Saturday’s game, Sarll said; “We’ve played less games than anybody. We enjoy playing anyone, no matter whether that’s home or away.

“Our experiences this season, mainly due to the Stockport win have been better than those at home so far.

“We were so good at Stockport that it may have judged expectations higher than it maybe needed to be, but that being said, the attitude of the team all of the games, apart from the first half against Chesterfield, has been good.”

Team news

After his one match suspension following his sending off against Boreham Wood, Adi Yussuf will be available for selection on Saturday afternoon.

Exeter City loanee Ben Seymour got his first taste of action on Tuesday evening, and will be looking for more minutes in green & white against Notts County.

Sarll confirmed in his press conference that Reuben Reid and Mark Little are still expected to return in December, whilst Morgan Williams is the closest of the defensive contingent to return after an injury against Bridgwater United.

Club captain Luke Wilkinson remains unavailable, but could return before the end of the month according to Sarll.

A foot in the opposition camp

Founded in 1862, Notts County are the oldest professional association football club in the world (although this is something recently contended by Crystal Palace) and predate the Football Association itself.

The man in the dugout for Notts County is Ian Burchnall. Never a professional, Burchnall studied at the University of Leeds, later taking a role within the Leeds United academy. This is where Burchnall met Graham Potter, this would lead to his break in management as Burchnall replaced Potter as Ostursunds manager whilst Potter ventured to Wales to become Swansea City manager. After two years at the helm with OFK, Burchnall joined Notts County. 

When the teams are announced, the name to look out for within the County squad is Reuben Rodrigues, the Portuguese winger has adapted well to life in English football. Winning the league’s Player of the Month award for May 2021.

Have we met before?

Notts County were a regular opponent for Yeovil Town in the Football League, with the sides dropping into the National League in the same season.

Since then, the two sides have a fairly even record in the National League against each other, with one win a piece and a draw at Huish Park last season.

Yeovil’s victory came in Darren Sarll’s first season as manager, with Town running out the 3-1 winners a Huish Park.

Tickets

Tickets can be purchased from the Yeovil Town ticket office website until midday on match day. Following this, tickets can be purchased in person from the ticket office.

TICKETS | Details confirmed for Weymouth FA Cup clash

Ticket details for Yeovil Town’s highly-anticipated FA Cup clash with Weymouth at Huish Park can now be confirmed. 

This fixture will be an ALL TICKET game, meaning fans must purchase in advance, there will be NO ticket sales made on the day.

Season ticket holders will have first refusal of their seat at Huish Park, to claim your spot, follow the below instructions.

Head to the Yeovil Town ticketing portal, linked HERE and log into your account, by pressing the Menu icon in the top right corner.

Once logged in, select ‘My Tickets’ from the Menu icon.

Following this, click ‘Renew/Make payments’, within this section you will be able to select your existing seat and pay.

Season ticket holders will have their seat reserved until 5pm on Wednesday.

General admission tickets can also be purchased from the ticketing portal, please click HERE to do so.

When purchasing tickets for this fixture, we ask that supporters avoid doing so from 2pm on Saturday (vs. Notts County) and 6pm on Tuesday (vs. Altrincham) so the ticket office can prioritise sales for the fixtures taking place on those days.

If you encounter any issues you can visit the club shop, or email/phone the ticket office – ticketoffice@ytfc.net – 01935 847888 

The ticket prices for the fixture are as below:

Seated Home and Away fans

Premium Seating – £24

Adult – £19

Senior / Armed Forces – £17

Young Person 16-23 – £12

Under 16 –  £5

Under 12 – £3

Home Terrace

Adult – £16

Senior / Armed Forces £13

Young Person 16-23 – £12

Under 16 –  £5

Under 12 – £3

Away  Terrace

Adult – £14

Senior / Armed Forces – £11

Young Person 16-23 – £10

Under 16 –  £5

Under 12 – £3

MATCH REPORT | Yeovil Town 0 – 0 Maidenhead United

Yeovil Town were held to a goalless draw at Huish Park by ten-man Maidenhead United.

The hosts did enjoy the better of the chances in both the first and second half, but struggled to make them pay.

With less than twenty to go, the visitors were reduced to ten after Jay Mingi received a second yellow card, although the Glovers did look for the killer blow, the Magpies held firm to earn a point.

With ten days between games, Darren Sarll was able to get some much needed rest to his starting side. Grant Smith continued in goal, whilst Jack Robinson made his first league start for the club at left-back. The remainder of the back four remained unchanged with Josh Staunton, Max Hunt and Dan Moss all starting.

There was a full debut for Mitch Rose after his cameo against Boreham Wood, he partnered Dale Gorman in the middle of the park. In the wide areas, both Charlie Wakefield and Tom Knowles retained their place. Leading the line for the Glovers, Ben Seymour made the first start of his loan move, partnering Joe Quigley.

The first chance of the evening has fell Town’s way as Tom Knowles latched onto a loose pass, he found Ben Seymour on the left flank, but his driven cross was well claimed by Rhys Lovett.

Growing into the game, the visitors enjoyed a strong spell of possession after the tenth minute mark, but did very little to threaten Smith’s goal.

It took just short of half an hour for the green and whites to really find their feet, with Knowles going agonisingly close. After some excellent link-up play with Gorman, the Glovers’ no.11 hammered a left-footed effort on goal which flew into the side-netting.

Yeovil Town were the side in the ascendancy in the final stages of the first half. Gorman’s deliveries had caused a lot of problems for the Magpies and almost paid dividends with Quigley heading narrowly wide in the 44th minute.

With the final kick of the half, Exeter City loanee Seymour forced a save from Lovett, latching onto Gorman’s drilled pass and firing into the Maidenhead shotstopper’s gloves.

The second half started in a similar manner to the first, with Maidenhead enjoying a lot of the ball but chances few and far between.

Almost providing a helping hand to Yeovil, the visitors almost netted an own-goal on 57 minutes. Gorman’s delivery once agains caused problems and was flicked on by a Maidenhead player forcing a strong save from Lovett.

In truth, Glovers top scorer Quigley was largely feeding off scraps throughout. Quigley had the ball with his back to goal, he turned well but had his effort blocked, taking the sting out the ball for Lovett to easily claim.

On 72 minutes, Mengi received his marching orders after a cynical foul on Tom Knowles earned the Portsmouth loanee a second yellow card. Town dominated the ball from this point, but still struggled to create anything clear-cut.

With just over ten to go, Wakefield took the onus upon himself to get something from the game. The former Chelsea man did excellently to beat three Maidenhead players, he then looked for Knowles who saw his first touch escape him whilst baring down on goal.

In the dying embers, Yeovil huffed and puffed but ultimately couldn’t break Maidenhead down as the Magpies returned to Berkshire with a point.

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

Bookings: Staunton, Knowles

Subs not used: Evans, Worthington

MATCH PREVIEW | Yeovil Town – Maidenhead United

After 10 days out of action, Yeovil Town return to the pitch to face Maidenhead United at Huish Park on Tuesday evening (7:45pm).

Darren Sarll’s side will be looking to bounce back after two consecutive National League defeats against Chesterfield and Boreham Wood.

Tuesday’s visitors are winless in their last six fixtures, last picking up three points against Dover Athletic in August, however they are yet to lose to the Glovers since Town returned to the National League.

Darren Sarll’s thoughts

Speaking after Yeovil Town’s defeat to Boreham Wood, Sarll said;

“We’ve got a chance to go back on the training pitch, there wasn’t an awful lot about our organisation that has been critically wrong.

“We missed a plethora of chances, especially in the second half (against Boreham Wood) and that means we’ve got to be better. If we don’t start scoring more goals, that’s just going to add pressure to the defence.

Team news

Lewis Simper could be in with a chance to make his first competitive appearance for Yeovil Town after returning from a period of recovery with his parent club Cambridge United.

Yeovil Town player Lewis Simper during the warm up before the pre-season friendly match between Stratford Town and Yeovil Town at Knights Lane, Stratford On Avon on July 24th – PHOTO: Steve Bond/PPAUK

Last Thursday, the Glovers announced the signing of Exeter City duo Jordan Dyer & Ben Seymour on loan, the two of them will be vying for their first starts in Somerset.

After hobbling off against Chesterfield last month, Luke Wilkinson is unlikely to return to central defence. Morgan Williams also remains an injury doubt after missing out against Boreham Wood.

A foot in the opposition camp

Our visitors Maidenhead United were founded in 1870, and have called York Road their home since 1871, making it the ‘oldest senior football ground used consistently by the same club.’ In that time, the dimensions of the pitch have changed, switching it 90 degrees but all within the same site.

Manager Alan Devonshire returned to York Road in May 2015 for his second spell as United manager, leading to great success, winning the Vanarama National League South and Berks and Bucks Senior Cup in 2017. Led the Magpies to a top half finish in their inaugural Vanarama National League season in 2018, winning the April Manager of the month award. As a player Alan was a much-loved midfielder at West Ham United where he made over 400 appearances including the famous 1980 FA Cup Final win.

The star man for the visitors is full-back George Wells. Full-back Wells signed in the summer of 2020, making the short trip over the county line from Slough. George was a member of the Rebels team that made it to the National League South play offs in his final, having been supporters’ player of the year in 2018. Also has experience with Kingstonian and Hampton.

Have we met before?

Since returning to the National League, the Glovers have endured a difficult time against Maidenhead United, with zero wins in three games.

During the 19/20 season, the two sides played just once before COVID-19 curtailed the season, with Maidenhead United snatching a 2-1 victory at Huish Park.

Last season, Town fell to a defeat at York Road, and picked up a point in the Glovers’ penultimate fixture at Huish Park last season.

Tickets

Tickets for the fixture are available to purchase in person from the ticket office & online.