Month: December 2021

CLUB NEWS | Sonny Blu Lo-Everton red card rescinded on appeal

Yeovil Town can confirm that after an appeal, Sonny Blu Lo-Everton’s red card against Torquay United has been rescinded.

The Watford loanee had been given his marching orders in the second half of the Glovers’ trip to Plainmoor.

This means he will now be available for this weekend’s National League clash at Huish Park, once again against Torquay United.

TRANSFER | Dillon Barnes signs on a short-term loan

Yeovil Town are delighted to announce the signing of Dillon Barnes on a short-term loan deal from Queens Park Rangers.

The 25-year-old signs as the club have depleted numbers in the goalkeeper position, due to Grant Smith’s two-match suspension.

Arriving with Football League experience, Barnes has made 25 apps within the EFL in both League One & Two for Burton Albion and Colchester United. Last season, he spent a short spell in the Scottish Premiership with Hibernian, where made eight appearances in all competitions.

Earlier this year, Barnes made his full international debut for Jamaica, starting in a narrow 1-0 defeat to Costa Rica in the CONCACAF Gold Cup.

Yet to play this season, Barnes will be hoping to hit the ground running, with the loanee available for the match-day squad against Torquay United tomorrow afternoon.

Welcome to Somerset, Dillon.

To purchase your ticket to see Dillon in action, click HERE.

TICKETS | AFC Bournemouth tickets on general sale

Tickets for Yeovil Town’s FA Cup Third Round clash with Championship high-fliers AFC Bournemouth are now on general sale.

Taking place on Saturday January 8th (5:45pm), Darren Sarll and his young side will be hoping to upset the odds against Scott Parker’s Cherries.

To purchase your ticket, click HERE or call the ticket office 01935 847888.

PRICES:

SEATED 

ADULT – £20

SENIOR – £18

16-23 – £14

U16 – £5

U12 – £3

TERRACE

ADULT – £18

SENIOR – £16

16-23 – £14

U16 – £5

U12 – £3

MATCH REPORT | Torquay United 3 – 0 Yeovil Town

A second half collapse from saw Yeovil Town fall to a 3-0 defeat on Boxing Day Torquay United.

After a rather even first 45 minutes, Sonny Blu Lo-Everton was given his marching orders which saw the tide turn in the Gulls’ favour.

Three goals from the home side followed, as Yeovil’s unbeaten streak came to an end.

After a victory against Woking in the FA Trophy, Darren Sarll returned to the side which beat Barnet in Town’s last National League match. This meant Grant Smith started in goal, with Dan Moss, Luke Wilkinson, Max Hunt & Morgan Williams ahead of him.

Josh Staunton, Dale Gorman and Matt Worthington began as our familiar midfield three, with Sonny Blu Lo-Everton, Charlie Wakefield and Adi Yussuf leading the line.

Recent clashes with Torquay have proved intense affairs, and this was no different, with a number of heavy challenges flying in from the off.

Despite the heavy challenges, chances were at a premium. Torquay did enjoy a lot of the ball, but the first chance of the game fell Yeovil’s way, as Wakefield fired from the edge of the box, forcing a save from Shaun MacDonald.

At the other end, Lapslie had Torquay’s first chance, firing from the edge of the box but the angle proved too difficult to force a save from Smith.

On the 30 minute mark, Yeovil produced the best chance of the half, with Worthington digging a cross from under his feet to find Yussuf who did well to adjust his body but saw his header fly just wide of the post.

The closing stages of the half saw the Gulls press deep into the Yeovil half, winning a number of attacking set-pieces, but at the break, Smith had been left largely untested.

In the early stages of the second half, Yeovil began the brighter of the two sides, and should’ve scored on 48 minutes. Gorman’s corner was met by Williams who did excellently to head back across goal, however the follow-ups from both Yussuf and Wilkinson did little to threaten Torquay.

On the hour mark, Town were the masters of their own downfall as Lo-Everton was sent off for afters with George Lapslie, and it only took two minutes for Torquay to make their man advantage count. Despite an allure of offside, Ben Wynter poked the ball home to open the scoring.

It should’ve been a matter of keeping their heads for the Yeovil side, but frustratingly that wasn’t the case as Moss picked up a yellow card which will see him suspended for the return fixture.

With twenty to go, Jack Sparke’s shot took a fatal deflection off an unfortunate Williams to double Torquay’s advantage.

Despite some poor decision making, Yeovil did look for more opportunities, with Worthington spurning a one-on-one chance that he was gifted by MacDonald as the game entered its final 15 minutes.

In the closing stages, Joe Lewis added a third to compile a miserable day at the office for Yeovil Town.

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

Bookings: Yussuf, Worthington, Moss, Wilkinson, Gorman.

Reds: Lo-Everton, Smith (After FT)

Subs not used: Evans, Headley

MATCH PREVIEW | Torquay United – Yeovil Town

The Glovers return to National League action on Boxing Day (3pm) with a trip to Plainmoor to face Torquay United.

In fine form, Darren Sarll’s side are joint top of the National League form table and haven’t lost a league fixture since travelling to Grimsby in October. Now sitting just four points outside the play-off places with games in hand on the teams around them, the green and whites will be hoping to utilise the busy Christmas schedule to continue climbing the table.

Opponents Torquay United came into the fixture as the league leaders last season, but this time round they sit in 16th place, but will be eager to get their season back on track in this West Country clash.

Terry Skiverton’s thoughts

Team news

Morgan Williams could return to the fold after he tested positive for COVID-19 prior to Town’s FA Trophy clash with Woking.

Mark Little had targeted the Christmas period as his return to the side, and with the full-back in training once again, he could be named in the squad against the Gulls. Joe Quigley remains unavailable alongside Jack Robinson who continues to recover with his parent club Middlesbrough.

A foot in the opposition camp

After an FA Trophy exit last weekend to Tonbridge Angels, Gary Johnson and his Torquay side will be desperate to put that right, starting with Sunday’s clash with Yeovil.

Falling just short of promotion in the play-off final last season, it’s been a different story this year for the Gulls, who lost a number of key individuals in the Summer.

Attacking options have been boosted with the return to fitness of forward Danny Wright, who will be aiming to pick up where he left off last season.

Have we met before

Since dropping into the National League, clashes with Torquay have produced some memorable affairs.

In Sarll’s first season in charge, the Glovers completed a double over the Gulls, with a 6-2 win at Huish Park followed up by a 2-0 victory at Plainmoor.

Last season’s trip to Plainmoor was less successful for the Glovers, where Town were on the wrong end of a 6-1 thrashing, however just a matter of days later, Yeovil were able to upset the then league leaders with a 2-1 win at Huish Park.

Tickets

There will be NO ticket sales made on the day for this fixture, they must be purchased in advance from the Torquay United website by midnight on Christmas Day.

CLUB NEWS | A Christmas message from Darren Sarll

Merry Christmas everyone! I hope you have a wonderful day with your families and friends. Today of all days we should be grateful for, with an unpredictable climate out there the chance to spend time with those you cherish the most takes on even greater importance. 

We of course have a huge game tomorrow and we have to all remain professional to ensure performances can reflect that mindset and discipline. However, we should not deny anyone – professional footballer or not – the chance to relax and unwind even if it’s momentary with their families. 

We all know the importance of every three points and how hard it is to earn but also these games have been entertaining for each club to say the least and we have to attack it with the same gusto as I believe we have all season. Yes, I know the cynics will say we haven’t, but believe you me those challenging months are the foundations that allow any team to turn left or RIGHT! This group of young people have reinvigorated the club, you the supporters and myself. I am grateful for them and their commitment to our wonderful club. Even if ‘to you’ the future can seem uncertain we can all enjoy the moment we are in and enjoy the collaborative way we’ve all won together recently. And I do mean it when I refer to it being a collaborative effort. Your effort has also created an energy and anticipation that we now are thriving off and if it wasn’t for you we would not have progressed as quickly. The support away from home – Tuesday nights at Bromley and Wrexham to name just a couple – has been amazing and those efforts again were rewarded both on and off the pitch. Thank you again. 

Please do not forget how lucky we are to interact again! Last season without supporters was the worst, soulless and unemotional. It also made anything make sense from watching it on stream. To have everyone back has been the highlight of the season and will do so for me anyway until the last game. 

In closing, have a great day, spend time with those you love and do not take for granted the riches that are afforded to us. Please stay safe tomorrow, sing as loud as possible, make it a home game for Yeovil and stay with us through the marathon that is a football season.

Onwards and upwards

DS

FIXTURE NEWS | Weymouth clash postponed

Due to a number of positive COVID-19 tests within the Weymouth camp, our fixture on the 28th December has been postponed.

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

Tickets purchased will remain valid for the rearranged game. If a supporters cannot attend the fixture, the tickets can be exchanged or refunded. Please contact the ticket office via email (ticketoffice@ytfc.net) to claim your refund.

Due to the postponement, Huish Park’s opening hours have been altered: 

Monday 27th – Closed

Tuesday 28th – Closed

Wednesday 29th – 10am-4pm

Thursday 30th – 10am – 4pm 

Friday 31st – 10am -2pm

New Year’s Day – Closed 

FIXTURE NEWS | FA Cup clash to be shown on Red Button

Yeovil Town’s Emirates FA Cup Third Round clash with AFC Bournemouth will now be shown live on the BBC Red Button.

This means the fixture will now kick-off at 5:45pm and with no replays in the FA Cup Third Round, this tie will be settled on the night.

Further details on the BBC’s coverage will be issued in due course.

Season ticket holders can purchase their tickets already, for more info, click HERE.

Tickets for this fixture will go on general sale on the 29th December. Those who have already purchased tickets which say the kick-off time is 5:30pm remain valid.

LOTTERY | Week 47

The results are in…

Mrs E James       1st Prize                 £100

Miss G Symons  2nd Prize               £50

Mrs D Sams        3rd Prize                £ 25

The Golden Gamble 3rd Prize was not claimed on Saturday.  Ticket No: 290 has won £25

TICKETS | Details confirmed for Bournemouth clash

Ticket details for Yeovil Town’s FA Cup Third Round clash with AFC Bournemouth (8th Jan, 5:30pm) can now be confirmed.

Season ticket holders are now able to purchase their ticket online. Any season ticket holder can purchase one additional ticket alongside their own.

To claim yours, please do so by logging in on the ticket page with the email linked to your season ticket account. Instructions to do so are as follows: Login at the top right corner of the screen, following this, select ‘My Tickets.’ You will then be given an option to Renew/Make Payments which will then open Bournemouth tickets for purchase.

To head to the online ticket office, click HERE.

Alternatively, you can call the ticket office on 01935 847 888 to purchase your ticket or visit the club shop, however we urge supporters to buy online where possible. 

Season Ticket holders will have until 2pm on Christmas Eve to claim their ticket for the fixture. Following this, a general sale online from the 29th December, will take place. Once again we ask that you buy online where possible. 

Unfortunately Block N and M will initially be off sale – this is to allow us some contingency space should we need to apply COVID-19 measures. If you have a season ticket in either of these blocks, please call us to discuss your options.

PRICES:

SEATED 

ADULT – £20

SENIOR – £18

16-23 – £14

U16 – £5

U12 – £3

TERRACE

ADULT – £18

SENIOR – £16

16-23 – £14

U16 – £5

U12 – £3

MATCH REPORT | Yeovil Town 3 – 1 Woking

By Marcus Duncomb

Yeovil completed a turnaround against Woking to progress to the FA Trophy fourth round thanks to late goals from Adi Yussuf and Tom Knowles.

The visitors took the lead in the first half through a nice finish from former Yeovil man Tahvon Campbell.

In a game of few chances, Yeovil turned the game on its head in the final ten minutes with two goals from Yussuf either side of a Knowles header.

Darren Sarll made four changes from the Barnet victory with Max Evans, Reuben Reid and Alex Bradley making their first starts of the season and Jaheim Headley making his Yeovil debut.

The first shot of the game came after seven minutes when Dale Gorman had a shot from distance, but the midfielder’s effort deflected out for a corner.

Max Kretzschmar had a low shot in the eleventh minute which beat Evans but trickled just wide of the far post.

A Woking corner in the 19th minute caused chaos in the Yeovil box with unconvincing efforts to clear the ball ending up hitting the crossbar, but eventually the ball found safety

The Cards took the lead in the 22nd minute after Campbell was released by Tommy Block, and the former Glover finished expertly past Evans.

It was a half of few chances for Yeovil, but Sonny Blu Lo-Everton created something out of nothing in the 44th minute but his shot was well saved.

Gorman attempted a fierce free-kick from a tight angle which forced an outstanding save from Ross to tip it past the post.

Finally, Yeovil’s second-half pressure came to fruition in the 80th minute as substitute Yussuf drove a powerful finish home in front of the Thatchers end to equalise.

Yeovil completed the turnaround in the 87th minute as Lo-Everton ran down the wing and crossed invitingly towards Knowles who headed in for the winner.

Yussuf made sure of the victory with virtually the last kick of the game as Knowles passed to the Tanzanian who was one-on-one with Ross and finished perfectly.

Yeovil Town: Evans; Moss, Wilkinson (Staunton), Hunt, Headley; Bradley (Barnett), Gorman, Worthington; Knowles, Reid (Yussuf), Lo-Everton.

Bookings: Bradley, Wilkinson

Subs not used: Smith, Haste, Wakefield.

SIGNING | Headley heads to Somerset on a short-term loan

Yeovil Town are delighted to announce the signing of Jaheim Headley on a short-term loan.

Signing from Huddersfield, this will be the 20-year-old’s first loan spell since the 19/20 season, where he spent a spell at Hyde United along with Bradford Park Avenue.

Headley is a versatile player, more comfortable on the left-side, having played in both midfield and defensive roles.

The youngster played for Huddersfield B on Monday evening in a 3-1 victory over Birmingham City in the Premier League Cup, and will be available for Yeovil Town’s FA Trophy clash this afternoon.

Welcome to Somerset, Jaheim.

MATCH PREVIEW | Yeovil Town – Woking

Yeovil Town will play their first FA Trophy game in almost two years as Woking visit Huish Park on Saturday afternoon.

After pulling out of the competition last year due to COVID infections within the Yeovil camp, Darren Sarll will be hoping his side can continue their stunning unbeaten run.

The hosts will be coming into the game with a point to prove, after a positive start to the season, Woking have hit a sticky patch of form and will be looking for the Trophy to reignite their campaign.

Darren Sarll’s thoughts

Speaking ahead of the fixture, he said: “Terry (Skiverton) will speak about it (Yeovil’s connection to the FA Trophy) before the game tomorrow, like he’s done so previously when we’ve had something come up which the club has a tradition in.

“I’m sure players like (Dan) Moss, Jordan (Barnett), (Morgan) Williams, (Dale) Gorman, all the young lads who have recently joined, they’re not going to understand the FA Trophy was the first major trophy the club won. What they do understand is we’ve found a process of winning and it’s very important we keep that going.”

Team news

Jordan Barnett is likely to be involved once again after a lay-off with illness. With COVID-19 wreaking havoc for a number of teams, Yeovil will have Morgan Williams isolating following a positive test.

Have we met before?

This will be our second clash with the Cards this season, having already met in the National League in October. That result went in the Glovers’ favour as goals from Tom Knowles and Charlie Wakefield secured a 2-0 victory.

Since returning to the National League, Sarll’s side actually hold an unbeaten home record against the Cards, winning all three meetings between the two sides.

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.

Tickets

It’s a discounted day for the whole family on Saturday, with U16’s entry FREE!

As with the 19/20 season FA Trophy fixtures, we will only be opening the main stand and home terrace for this fixture. This means we cannot honour all our season ticket reservations, meaning all tickets are general sale for this fixture.

To purchase tickets, click HERE.

PRICES

Adult – £10

Concessions – Senior/Military/Young Person – £5

Under 16 – free of charge

CLUB NEWS | Christmas opening hours

Huish Park will be operating reduced opening hours throughout the Christmas period.

With both home fixtures against Torquay & Weymouth all ticket, fans are encouraged to purchase online to avoid missing out due to Huish Park’s closure.

To purchase tickets from Huish Park on a non-matchday, please head to the club shop.

Full opening hours:

20th – 10am – 4pm

21st – 10am – 4pm

22nd – 10am – 4pm

23rd – 10am – 4pm

Christmas Eve – 10am – 2pm

Christmas Day – Closed

Boxing Day (Torquay away) – Closed

27th – 10am -2pm

28th (vs Weymouth @ Huish Park) – 10am – 3pm (kick-off)

29th – Closed

30th – 10am -4pm

New Year’s Eve – 10am – 2pm

CLUB NEWS | Updated COVID-19 guidance at Huish Park

Following recent government announcements, Yeovil Town can confirm our up-to-date COVID-19 guidance.

Although not a requirement, Yeovil Town strongly advise supporters to take a Lateral Flow Test around 24 hours prior to the fixture. 

When in the indoor areas at Huish Park, it is now a requirement that a mask must be worn, unless exempt or sat at a table. In outdoor areas, it is the supporters discretion whether they wear a mask.

If you have any symptoms of Coronavirus, do NOT travel to Huish Park on a match day and please instead take a PCR test. 

Our aim is to make Huish Park a safe environment for all as we look forward to welcoming you for our busy Christmas schedule.

To order Lateral Flow Tests, click HERE.

CLUB NEWS | Proud week for youngster Haste

It’s been a proud week for Yeovil Town youngster Ollie Haste as he made his England Colleges debut on Thursday afternoon.

Haste and his international teammates were held to a 3-3 draw against the Independent Schools Team. 

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Ollie Haste and his international teammates sing the national anthem

The left-sided player has been involved in a number of first team squads in recent weeks, and has now had his hard work rewarded within the England set-up. 

Along with his involvement in the match day squad, Haste has spent a lot of time with the Yeovil Town first team in recent months, training on many an occasion and starting in both of the Glovers’ Somerset Premier Cup fixtures. 

Very well deserved, Ollie! Keep up the good work.

LOTTERY | Week 45-46

The results are in for Week 45 & 46 of the lottery.

Week 45:

1st Prize                £100       P Davies

2nd Prize               £50         Mrs Davidge

3rd Prize                £25         Mr Spearpoint

Week 46:

1st Prize   £100    Mrs C Stone

2nd Prize   £50      Mrs S Cox

3rd Prize    £25      Mr C Charles

November’s 1895 Club – Private Member’s Draw:

£250   Mrs J Gartell

£250   Mr P Oram

£250   Mr P Sibley

£250   Three Counties Syndicate

As an aside, two prizes were not claimed from Saturday’s Golden Gamble draw (vs. Barnet).

The tickets that were not claimed are  No. 248 (£80) and No. 58 (£50).

CLUB NEWS | Darren Sarll wins November’s manager of the month

Yeovil Town manager Darren Sarll has been named the National League’s manager of the month for November 2021.

In what was an extremely successful month for the Glovers, Sarll’s young side went unbeaten in the league, whilst advancing in the FA Cup with a 5-0 victory over Yate Town.

There were many memorable moments across the month, most notably the wins on the road, firstly against Dagenham & Redbridge where Town secured a 0-1 victory against a side which sat in the play-offs at the time.

Then came a trip to Bromley, who at the time held the longest unbeaten run in the National League, however goals from Tom Knowles and Charlie Wakefield put a stop to that as Sarll’s side were the 1-2 victors at Hayes Lane.

Despite some early season struggles at home, this didn’t continue as Town picked up four points from the six available at Huish Park.

To cap off a stellar month, a make-shift Yeovil side travelled to Wrexham and upset the league’s big spenders with a 0-2 victory at the Racecourse Ground.

Since November came to a close, Yeovil’s form hasn’t declined, with back-to-back victories at Huish Park, firstly in the FA Cup as Sarll beat his former side Stevenage before a victory over Barnet ensured Town went ten games unbeaten (11 if you count the Somerset Premier Cup!)

Congratulations Boss!

MATCH REPORT | Yeovil Town 1 – 0 Barnet

Yeovil Town’s unbeaten run was extended to ten games as Adi Yussuf’s early header proved to be the deciding factor.

Taking the lead with less than ten minutes played, the Glovers thoroughly deserved their three points, effectively keeping an in-form Barnet side at arms-length.

In the closing stages, the visitors made Town’s afternoon an easier one, being reduced to ten-men for a routine victory in South Somerset.

Darren Sarll named an unchanged side following victory over Stevenage. This meant Grant Smith retained his place in goal, with Dan Moss, Luke Wilkinson, Max Hunt & Morgan Williams ahead of him. The midfield three consisted of Dale Gorman, Matt Worthington and Josh Staunton, whilst Sonny Blu Lo-Everton, Charlie Wakefield and Yussuf combined in the forward roles.

Gorman’s deliveries proved to be an extremely useful asset in the first half, leading to a number of attacking chances. With just five minutes on the clock, Gorman’s delivery was met by Adi Yussuf who saw his half-volley palmed onto the crossbar by Aston Oxborough.

Just shy of the tenth minute mark, the Glovers’ positive start was rewarded with a goal. Gorman’s cross on his weaker left-foot was met by Yussuf who headed beyond Oxborough to open the scoring.

Following the goal, the game became very stop, start. A number of fouls in the middle of the pitch disrupting the flow of the game.

It took until the 37th minute for another chance to fall Town’s way. Once again Gorman posed a threat, as his free-kick delivery was met by Yussuf who saw his header fly wide.

As the second half got underway, it began in a similar vein to how the first finished, with chances few and far between. The referee found himself in the centre of the action, letting a number of heavy challenges by Reiss Greenridge go without punishment, much to the frustration of the Yeovil supporters and Yussuf who had been on the receiving end of them.

Despite the visitors needing a leveller, Town looked most likely to extend their advantage. Watford loanee Lo-Everton went close with 70 minutes on the clock. With no support, he drove into the box alone but could only find the side netting with his strike.

Hunt will feel he should’ve added a second for the Glovers, he was found free at the back-post by Gorman but he headed straight into Oxborough’s gloves.

In the closing stages, the Bees, who in truth had little sting throughout the majority of the game, did begin to pose a threat. In the 84th minute, Rob Hall’s set-piece into the box before it found Richards-Everton whose goalbound effort was blocked by Staunton.

With a matter of minutes to go, Barnet were reduced to ten. An off-the-ball incident between Gorman and Ephron Mason-Clark saw the latter receive his marching orders, along with yellow cards for the entire coaching staff for the visitors.

This meant the closing stages could be played in Yeovil’s favour, as the Glovers moved to within two points of the play-off spots.

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

Bookings: Gorman, Williams, Lo-Everton, Bradley

Subs not used: Evans

FIXTURE NEWS | FA Cup clash moved to an evening kick-off

Yeovil Town’s FA Cup third round clash with AFC Bournemouth will now kick-off at the later time of 5:30pm.

After a victory under the lights over Stevenage in our last FA Cup clash, Darren Sarll will be hoping for more of the same when the Championship promotion hopefuls come to town.

Ticket details will be issued in due course.

MATCH PREVIEW | Yeovil Town – Barnet

Yeovil Town return to league action on Saturday afternoon (3pm) as Barnet visit Huish Park.

There’s a real feel-good factor amongst the squad after last weekend’s FA Cup victory, with the Glovers now looking to extend their unbeaten run in the National League.

The visitors Barnet come into the fixture in strong form themselves, winning their last three fixtures on the bounce, and most recently boasted an impressive 3-0 victory over Maidenhead United.

Darren Sarll’s thoughts

Speaking in his pre-match press conference, Sarll said: “We concentrate on what we can effect. What we do is work hard every day, try and send the players out in the best shape, mentally and physically.

“I think when you focus your mind to those things, there is clarity, so I think we’re doing a great job.

“We’re punching so far above our weight, we’re just trying to continue it another game on Saturday. It’s been very enjoyable of late.”

Team news

Despite picking up his fifth yellow card of the season against Stevenage, Josh Staunton will be available with FA Cup yellow cards not carrying over to league action.

Reuben Reid will be hoping for more minutes after he made his long-awaited return to the side against Stevenage, coming on as a substitute in the closing stages.

Jack Robinson remains injured but could be in line for a return in the coming weeks, alongside Mark Little who has stepped up his recovery process.

A foot in the opposition camp

Barnet come into the fixture a rejuvenated side under the management of Dean Brennan, the Bees have lost just once in their last six fixtures, winning the remaining five.

Former Wealdstone boss Brennan was initially appointed as ‘Head of Football,’ but after Harry Kewell was dismissed earlier this season, he has stepped into the role to great effect.

Between the sticks for the visitors is a man Brennan knew before his time at Barnet, Aston Oxborough was Brennan’s no.1 at Wealdstone as his side were National League South champions during the 2019/20 season. On loan from Norwich, Oxborough is tipped to have a bright future in the game, and experience in the National League will only help his cause.

Have we met before

Since returning to the National League, Yeovil and Barnet have played out some memorable occasions, the stand-out of those being the 19/20 play-off eliminator at Huish Park, in which Barnet snatched a victory over the Glovers.

Last season, Town completed the double over Barnet, winning 3-1 at Huish Park alongside a 1-4 victory on the road at the Hive.

Tickets

Tickets can be purchased online until midday on match day, following this they can be bought in-person from the ticket office. However, these tickets bought after midday are subject to a small increase in price.

To buy online, click HERE.

TICKETS | Kids go free for FA Trophy clash

Yeovil Town’s FA Trophy campaign will get underway at Huish Park on the 18th December (3pm), with U16’s entry FREE!

As with the 19/20 season FA Trophy fixtures, we will only be opening the main stand and home terrace for this fixture. This means we cannot honour all our season ticket reservations, meaning all tickets will be general sale for this fixture.

Woking supporters purchasing online must click Block P in the Screwfix Stand, however the actual tickets will be allocated within Block A of the Main Stand.

Why not join us at Huish Park with a family of four able to attend for just £20!

To purchase tickets, click HERE.

PRICES

Adult – £10

Concessions – Senior/Military/Young Person – £5

Under 16 – free of charge

TICKETS | Christmas fixtures at Huish Park

Ticket details can be confirmed for the Glovers’ National League fixtures at Huish Park.

Following a trip to Plainmoor on Boxing Day, local rivalries are reignited at Huish Park, with both Weymouth and Torquay travelling to South Somerset in the space of a week.

The first of the two clashes is against old-rivals Weymouth on the 28th December, with a 3pm kick-off.

Just a matter of days later on Sunday 2nd January, the Glovers will host Gary Johnson’s Torquay United.

Both of these fixtures will be ALL TICKET, with tickets available to purchase online now.

CLUB NEWS | An update from the Chairman

There has been much speculation of late regarding the ownership of the club and a potential sale being connected to my lack of attendances at games. Most of what has been written across social media is nothing more than rumours and game playing.  My absence from games over the last couple of months has been down to illness and then personal reasons, which some supporters discovered and have sent their congratulations, so thank you.  As I have said many times, I have had no interest in selling this football club, I believe myself and my team have done a fantastic job in keeping this football club alive in seriously difficult times.  I’m also proud of our recruitment this season and our progress with a young dynamic set of players who have shown enthusiasm, determination and passion for the shirt.  With our supporters behind them, and a return of our more experienced players, we have a real chance of making the playoffs this season, even in the adversity of what is a seriously competitive league this season.

Regarding the ownership of the club and the circus a minority of supporters and certain supporters groups have made of a potential sale of the club, is very concerning and clearly impacting our attendances and financial viability, in what is already a hugely challenging year financially.  

I bought this football club, not because I was a supporter or because I’m from the area, but because I am passionate about football, I love the game and I saw an opportunity to build something great, a legacy project, something for the next generation.  I have fallen for this club and the people of the town and community.  I am a Glover and if any of you have seen me, I’m nervous at games and passion in my support. I want the club to succeed and I have ensured there has been huge investment behind that passion.

Selling this club has never been my desire and I find it incredible that the Glovers Trust, that has no shareholdings or that doesn’t do any real good for the club, or any positive activities, that sole purpose is to hold whoever is the clubs owner to account, regardless of the economic situation, who has the audacity to effectively place the club up for sale and hold interviews with perspective buyers, would publicly push one particular consortium consistently for numerous months, without knowing their financial capabilities or current ability to conclude a deal?

Then the Glovers Trust post over the weekend that at the emergency Supporter’s Alliance Meeting, I stated “I would no longer financially support the club and that the club were surviving on the FA Cup monies.”  This is yet another incorrect statement from the Glovers Trust, that they have done numerous times over the past year, as they look to force through their own agenda.  I actually stated as part of a larger conversation, why would I invest my family and children’s money somewhere I’m not wanted? I never said I would withdraw my support, simply looking for supporters groups to help with decreasing attendances and increasing negativity growing.  Not only I have been mis-quoted, but once the Alliance meeting notes are presented you will not also see this mis-representation but also how the Glovers Trust misled the rest of the Supporters Alliance Group at a previous meeting in telling them it had been myself holding up a possible sale, in order to get support for their preferred bidder, when in fact I agreed deals with both parties many months ago and it is both groups who have failed to complete a deal. 

For absolute clarity, I have today given both parties this week to conclude a deal.  Should they both fail to conclude on a deal I will continue to be the owner of this great football club with the supporters on board that want to continue with my tenure.  I will go back to my plans for building a better Yeovil Town FC, utilising our infrastructure to be better on and off the field. This will not include over-spending on players and bring about further financial insecurity but working towards a financially sustainable position, which at present we are nowhere near achieving but will give Darren every pound possible to have a competitive squad. I will present to supporter’s a long-term vision and plan to improve this club for future generations. 

On a personal level, the social media criticism towards myself is bitterly disappointing, but everyone is entitled to their own opinion.  This club is only here today because of the funds invested into the club and the deep restructuring that has taken place, after years of mis-management and ever reducing revenues after multiple relegations.  There has been criticism of my decision to take funds from Sport England, which without those funds the club would not be here today. We took this step as many other National League Systems clubs’ did, as a result of the government’s U-turn on their position towards grants, which were originally given to get the season started. No other clubs that took Sport England loans seem to have received the amount of negativity a minority of our supporters have shown towards this club and myself.

To clear other matters up, it has been noted that some supporters have picked up on changes to company accounts, where they now believe the recent amendments are about myself levying the club with more debt, yet the actual reason for the changes is to write off more than £1m (one million pounds) of shareholder loans across Yeovil Football & Athletic Club (The) Limited and Yeovil Town Holdings Limited, this will become apparent when the changes take effect in company’s accounts, therefore reducing the clubs debts, something you would think supporters would be happy with but yet again there is a minority breeding negativity.  

I keep getting called an asset stripper, when I have done this, what exactly have I asset stripped, what has been sold during my three seasons for that matter?

I get called a property developer, what property have I ever built, I’m an ex-music agent that went into nightclubs and F&B businesses.

I keep getting told I’m destroying this club, in what way? Who else has brought the club through the most difficult of times, not only its own history but one of society’s most difficult times?

Misleading supporters to not attend games, or assist with campaigns to get the current owner to sell based on lies, or sending threats to my family members is not going to convince me to buy another striker or increase the squad depth or sell to someone who doesn’t have funds to complete a deal.  All it does is helps destroys the club you love, reduces our financial capabilities and keeps us from progressing.  For every 1000 people that does not come to watch a home game, it reduces our budget by around £20,000.  The message to the Supporter’s Alliance was not one of myself not supporting the club, it was one that this club cannot operate as it does with 2,000 people attending home games.  We would once again need to restructure on and off the field.  Our budget is based on 3,000 people and if we don’t achieve that the budget is short of what cash it needs.  When we achieve in advance of 3,000, as we have regularly in the past, it gives us the opportunity to invest in the squad, with additional players to compete for a vital top 7 place, as we have previously done with Marc Richards, Chris Dagnall and Jimmy Smith.

I understand there has been a desire from supporters groups and some supporters for myself to give clarity on the position before now, and any progression of a potential deal but I wanted to give the consortiums every opportunity to stand firm on assurances given and conclude a deal. 

I have always done what I felt was in the best interest of this club and will continue to do so. I will update you all in due course of any developments.  In the meantime, it is more important than ever, with the fantastic run of results, that everyone gets united behind Darren and our team for this weekend’s game and the busy Christmas period to come.  It has been said before, but this club is nothing without its amazing supporters and our team needs you now.

Continue to stay safe.

MATCH REPORT | Yeovil Town 1 – 0 Stevenage

Yeovil Town completed another Football League scalp with a victory over Stevenage to secure passage to the Emirates FA Cup Third Round.

Charlie Wakefield’s second half strike was the difference, as the Glovers became all time non-league greats in the FA Cup, adding a record breaking 21st victory against EFL opposition.

It was a victory that the home crowd duly deserved too, who got behind their team from first minute to last.

Following Tuesday’s win over Wrexham, changes were limited. Skipper Luke Wilkinson returned the fold in the place of Jordan Barnett who missed out on the match day squad entirely due to illness. Reuben Reid made the bench for the first time this season whilst Tom Knowles also recovered in time for a spot with the substitutes.

Despite being a league below, Yeovil Town started the game the brighter of the two sides, creating the better openings. With less than a minute played, Dale Gorman, who played like he had a real point to prove, worked room at the edge of the box for a shot and fired narrowly wide.

Just moments later, Charlie Wakefield broke behind the Stevenage defence and looked for Adi Yussuf who saw the ball intercepted at the last moment.

With seven minutes on the clock, two former Stevenage men combined for the Glovers. Gorman’s free-kick was met by Wilkinson who saw his header fly wide.

As the half grew on, so did Stevenage’s confidence as they began to create chances. A quarter of an hour into the cup-tie, Grant Smith was called into his first save, halting Jake Reeves’ free-kick.

Tests continued to come G.Smith’s way, but in truth, they were rarely challenging, with the Yeovil backline marshalling Stevenage very well.

Beyond the half an hour mark, chances started falling the way of the home side once again. Josh Staunton went closest to finding an opener, as his first time effort flew a whisker wide of the post.

After an even affair, the scoreline was a fair reflection of the performances of the two sides, but the second half was a different story.

Coming out with a point to prove, it took just six minutes into the second half for Yeovil to open the scoring. After Matt Worthington pounced on Adam Smith’s loose pass, he flicked the ball onto Yussuf, who played a delicate flick to Lo-Everton, the Watford loanee then danced into the final third and found Wakefield bearing down on goal to open the scoring with a powerful finish into the bottom corner.

Now having something to protect, the Town backline defended heroically throughout. The sponsors man-of-the-match Dan Moss truly deserved that award, with a heroic block at the back post denying a certain goal, and just minutes later, G.Smith denied Jamie Reid as he burst through one-on-one.

During the closing minutes, Yeovil fans were treated to the return of Reid, who got involved in the action almost instantly. Holding the ball up excellently, he laid the ball off to Gorman who found Wakefield in the right-channel, he then looked for Reid in the box but the ball narrowly escaped his grasp.

As stoppage time rolled around, G.Smith was largely untroubled as the noise inside Huish Park grew louder, culminating at full-time to wild celebrations as Yeovil Town ensured their name will be in Monday night’s draw.

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

Bookings: Staunton, Wilkinson, Bradley

Subs not used: Evans, Haste

MATCH PREVIEW | Yeovil Town – Stevenage

Darren Sarll will face his former club Stevenage on Saturday evening (5:30pm) as Yeovil Town hunt for a place in the Emirates FA Cup Third Round for the first time since 2018.

The Glovers, who come into the fixture unbeaten since 23rd October, will be hoping to add another Football League scalp to their record, and become the FA Cup’s all-time giant killers (most victories for a non-league side against an EFL club).

Our visitors Stevenage will be hoping to spoil the occasion, with manager Paul Tisdale taking charge for the first time.

Darren Sarll’s thoughts

Speaking ahead of the fixture, Sarll said: “It’s been a strange week because of the rearranged game on Tuesday, it’s meant we’ve not had time to process tomorrow.

“We came in on Wednesday largely for recovery and had the day off on Thursday. Today (Friday) is the first day we’ve had to think about it.

“It’s a good game, it’s another exciting one, I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t looking forward to facing Stevenage.”

Team news

Tom Knowles may return to the fold on Saturday evening after being forced off against Dover with a head injury. The FA Cup clash may also see the long-awaited return of Reuben Reid to the Yeovil Town team for the first time since pre-season.

Mark Little, Joe Quigley and Jack Robinson remain unavailable.

A foot in the opposition camp

It’s been a busy week in the Stevenage camp as Paul Tisdale started his reign as manager. A name familiar to Yeovil fans, Tisdale spent a short spell playing at Huish Park during the 1999/00 season. The most notable work in his managerial CV is the 12 years he spent at fellow West Country outfit Exeter City, where he won promotion from both the Conference and League Two.

Within the playing ranks, there’s a recognisable face in Adam Smith. The Stevenage goalkeeper was Yeovil Town’s no.1 last season whilst on loan from Forest Green Rovers, and will be eager to impress at his old stomping ground.

Head to head

The most memorable clash for Yeovil fans against Stevenage came in the 2002 FA Trophy final, as the Glovers secured a 2-0 victory thanks to goals from Carl Alford and the late Adam Stansfield.

Saturday night’s clash won’t be the first time the two sides have met in the FA Cup second round, during the 15/16 season, Ben Tozer netted the only goal at Huish Park.

Tickets

Tickets for the fixture are available at a discounted rate in comparison to our league matches, with kids tickets available at just £2! Tickets can be purchased online HERE until three hours prior to kick off

Alternatively tickets purchased on match day can be bought from 11am at Huish Park.

MATCH REPORT | Wrexham 0 – 2 Yeovil Town

Yeovil Town extended their unbeaten run to eight games with a victory over ten man Wrexham at the Racecourse Ground.

Second half strikes from Josh Staunton & Sonny Blu Lo-Everton ensured the green and whites secured a victory, in which every player gave their all for.

Although the hosts were unbeaten at their home ground this season, the Glovers thoroughly deserved their three points, creating the better openings even when the two sides held even numbers.

Darren Sarll was forced into two changes to the side which was held at Huish Park. After an illness overnight, skipper Luke Wilkinson was not risked in the starting 11, whilst Tom Knowles dropped out after being forced off late on against Dover. In their place came Morgan Williams and Lo-Everton.

Unsurprisingly, the hosts enjoyed a lot of the ball, but this largely worked in Town’s favour in the first half, who were able to sneak in between the lines, forcing corners and set-pieces on a number of occasions.

However, those in attendance were left waiting for an opening. It took until the half an hour mark for the Glovers to find a way behind the experienced Wrexham, defence. Former Wrexham man Adi Yussuf and Charlie Wakefield combined well with the latter breaking into the right-channel, but when he was faced with the goal, he fired into Lainton’s gloves.

With ten minutes to go, the half’s main talking point came as Liam McAlinden was given his marching order for an elbow on Dan Moss, much to the frustration of the 8,000 strong crowd inside the Racecourse.

The final ten minutes saw the green and whites find more pockets of space, but largely proved ineffective in finding a route to goal.

At the other end, Wrexham felt they had a shout for a penalty, as star signing Paul Mullin and Moss came together in the box, but the referee was unmoved.

When the referee blew his whistle for half time, neither side had really done enough to claim the lead.

However, the second half saw Yeovil look to utilise their man advantage, stamping their authority on the early proceedings. Ten minutes into the half, Wakefield almost bent one into the top corner after being found by Lo-Everton on the left flank.

With 64 minutes on the clock, the Glovers struck ahead. After Barnett’s initial free-kick was cleared, he whipped the ball back into the box where an unmarked Staunton sent a stinging effort on-goal to hand Yeovil the lead.

Looking for a route back into the game, Wrexham started to build up sustained pressure, with former Glover Ben Tozer posing a threat from his long-throws. However, Grant Smith in the Yeovil net was rarely tested, with the entire Yeovil defence heading away every ball that went into the box.

As the game entered its closing stages, Yeovil Town put the game beyond doubt. An excellent cross from substitute Alex Bradley found its way to Max Hunt at the back post, after his initial effort was saved, the ball dropped to Wakefield who saw his effort blocked. As the ball broke loose, it bounced straight to Lo-Everton who hammered the ball home sending the 102 travelling fans in attendance into raptures.

2-0 was how it would finish, as a deflated Wrexham side continued to pose little threat to a resolute Glovers side. Next up for Yeovil is FA Cup action at Huish Park.

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

Bookings: Moss

Subs not used: Evans, Haste