Month: January 2022

MATCH REPORT | Yeovil Town 1 – 2 Wrexham

Yeovil Town fell to a controversial defeat against Wrexham at Huish Park.

After striking ahead through Tom Knowles in what was a positive first half performance, the visitors turned the game on its head in the second.

A goal from Paul Mullin whilst Dale Gorman was down with a head injury levelled the affair, before a Morgan Williams own goal handed Wrexham the lead, which they held onto to secure victory.

When team news was confirmed, there was a noticeable absentee in the centre of defence, Max Hunt was not in the squad due to a training injury, so Josh Staunton and Williams partnered at centre back.

In the full back roles, Mark Little made his first start at right-back with Jack Robinson on the left. Gorman started deepest in midfield, Jordan Barnett and Matt Worthington started either side of him.

Sonny Blu Lo-Everton and Knowles began in the attacking midfield roles with Charlie Wakefield leading the line on his own.

The Glovers began the brighter, finding routes in behind far more often than the visitors. On 8 minutes, a clipped ball from Gorman sent Knowles through on goal, and after striking the side-netting, the linesman had his flag up for offside, which was a very tight call.

Just two minutes later, Wrexham had a shooting chance. Jordan Davies’ free-kick did not threaten Grant Smith as the Yeovil wall stood tall to force a corner.

With 14 minutes on the clock, Town took the lead. A short-throw in caught Wrexham off guard, Knowles and Gorman combined with the Glovers no.11 hammering the ball beyond Rob Lainton to strike ahead!

From then, the Glovers had the wind in their sails, and just a matter of moments later Knowles had an almost identical effort saved as he drilled an effort on his left-foot on goal.

The front three of Yeovil kept popping up in pockets where they could threaten. A superb piece of skill from Sonny Blu Lo-Everton on the right flank sent his marker and worked room for a cross. The Watford loanee then found Josh Staunton charging in at the back post but he headed over.

As the half grew on, Town would’ve been frustrated not to add a second. With just over five to play in the half, Lainton’s poor clearance fell to Worthington, who sacrificed a shooting chance to find Wakefield, but the forward was off-balance.

The second half saw Wrexham equalise in controversial circumstance. Whilst Gorman was down with a head injury, referee Sunny Gill looked at him, laughed and allowed play to continue against the laws of the game and giving Wrexham time to score. After Mullin put the ball in the back of the net, there was a delay whilst Gorman received his delayed treatment.

Despite the poor officiating, Yeovil did all they could to try and find a way back in front, with a penalty shout on 65 minutes after Worthington was hauled down in the box.

Adding to Yeovil’s already depleted numbers, Staunton was forced off with around 20 minutes to go, with Sarll unsure on the extent of his injury. This forced another defensive reshuffle, with Little in an unfamiliar central role.

With ten to go, Wrexham took the lead after Town failed to clear a cross, the ball was forced back across the six-yard box, spurning off Williams for the goal which ultimately secured a victory.

Despite defeat, it was a performance that Yeovil players can take positives from ahead of a trip to Woking next weekend.

Yeovil Town: Smith; Little, Staunton (Bradley), Williams, Robinson; Gorman, Barnett (Reid), Worthington (Yussuf), Lo-Everton, Knowles; Wakefield

Bookings: Bradley, Williams

Subs not used: Evans, Stephens

TRANSFER | Joe Quigley departs

Yeovil Town can confirm the departure of Joe Quigley to Chesterfield for an undisclosed fee. 

Forward Quigley signed on a free transfer from Dagenham & Redbridge in October 2020 and went on to make 61 appearances for the Glovers, scoring 19 times. 

Chairman Scott Priestnall commented on the departure; “The decision to accept the offer for Joe is one that helps improve our cash resources at a time when our average attendances are much lower than expected, and as a result, we have a shortfall in our budget for this season.

“The ongoing speculation surrounding a takeover is certainly not helping the club recover from the lost revenues from playing last season behind closed doors, and with the exception of the Bournemouth game, attendances have not met pre-pandemic numbers.

“On the point of a potential takeover, I can tell you that no party up to this point has been in a position or is yet in a position to complete a takeover. Although discussions have continued, the club are looking at alternative sources of funding and investment. I shall update you further in due course.”

We would like to thank Joe for his efforts during his time at the club and wish him all the best for the future.

MATCH PREVIEW | Yeovil Town – Wrexham

Yeovil Town will be on the hunt for their first win of the new year as Wrexham visit Huish Park.

After an exit from the FA Trophy last weekend, the Glovers can find confidence in their performance in the return fixture against Saturday’s opponents, winning 2-0 against the Red Dragons.

Since that result, Wrexham have seen a return to form, but will not have played a National League fixture for 20-days so may have some rust to shake off.

Darren Sarll’s thoughts

Speaking in his pre-match press conference, Sarll said, “It’s 11 men versus 11 men, it’s the same every week, we have to put ourselves into battle. Every game is a dogfight, and we’re doing it with different circumstances Wrexham, that’s not Wrexham’s fault and it’s not something to concern ourselves with.

“We have to make sure performance levels are higher than last week, we need to ensure players return to form. There are some still in terrific form, Matt Worthington & Morgan Williams have been really great. There are some that need to come back to it and we’ve addressed that this week.

“These young lads don’t know about form, they don’t know why it comes and goes, they don’t understand it. You sit and talk to Mark (Little), and Reuben (Reid), (Luke) Wilkinson & (Josh) Staunton, they understand how they come in and out of it, where it starts and why it starts. They need your support, reassurance and encouragement, they’re doing fantastically well.”

Team news

Mark Little could be in line for his first competitive start in a Yeovil shirt after making his debut off the bench last weekend.

On Friday lunchtime, Sonny Blu Lo-Everton’s loan extension was confirmed meaning he will remain at Huish Park until the end of the season.

Charlie Wakefield returned to training this week after a minor injury ruled him out in the FA Trophy. Another absentee who could return is club captain Luke Wilkinson who limped off against Southend United on the 11th January.

Have we met before?

Since dropping back into the National League, Yeovil Town have endured mixed fortunes against the Red Dragons. 

In Sarll’s first season, the two sides played out a memorable 3-3 draw, with Rhys Murphy hitting a hat-trick. In February 2020, the Glovers final home fixture before the COVID-19 lockdown, Yeovil were the 3-0 victors. 

Last season, Saturday’s opposition enjoyed success in the fixture, winning both games against the green and whites. However, our trip to the Racecourse this season was a different story, with Yeovil taking home three points thanks to goals from Josh Staunton & Lo-Everton.

A foot in the opposition camp

Wrexham have been the most widely spoken about team in the National League this season, and it hasn’t been for what’s happened on the pitch. The club are now owned by Hollywood stars Ryan Reynolds and Rob McElhenney. 

The investment from the big names has seen big changes at the Racecourse Ground, with players such as Ben Tozer and Paul Mullin dropping down the divisions to play National League football.

In the dug-out, Phil Parkinson, who previously led Bradford to a League Cup final stepped into the role in the summer and will be hoping to add another promotion to his CV this season.

Tickets

Tickets for Saturday’s game can be purchased from the online ticket office until midday on match day. 

Following this, they can be purchased in person from the ticket office, however this is subject to a small price increase.

TRANSFER | Lo-Everton loan extended

Yeovil Town are delighted to confirm that Sonny Blu Lo-Everton will remain on loan until the end of the season.

The attacking midfielder, who signed on loan from Watford in August 2021, has played 19 times in National League action, finding the back of the net against Wrexham in November.

In cup competitions, Lo-Everton has struck three times, once in the FA Cup against Yate Town alongside goals in both Town’s Somerset Premier Cup fixtures.

Commenting after his signature was secured, the 20-year-old said, “I’m very pleased to have signed for the rest of the season, I feel there is more to my game to come, and I’m privileged to be able to have more of an opportunity to showcase it in-front of our fans.

I’ve really enjoyed my time at Yeovil so far, the boys and the gaffer (Darren Sarll) have been great to work with and it’s exciting as there is still so much more we can bring as a team.

“I’m hoping to achieve more wins, we thrive off momentum, so if we take every game as it comes, we can succeed together as a team.”

Welcome back, Sonny!

FIXTURE NEWS | Details confirmed for Cheddar

Details for Yeovil Town’s Somerset Premier Cup clash against Cheddar on 15th February (7:45pm) can now be confirmed.

Tickets will be not be sold in advance and can only be purchased at the gate.

The Glovers have won twice in the competition so far, beating Bridgwater United 4-1 at Huish Park before a 2-0 victory against Larkhall Athletic.

Prices are as follows:

Adult – £6

OAP – £3

Under 12’s – £1

LOTTERY | The 1895 Club

Yeovil Town can unveil our brand new exclusive lottery, ‘The 1895 Club.’

Formerly the private members club, the latest rebranded lottery allows members to be in with a chance to win up to £1,000 in cash prizes every month.

With membership capped at just 200 members, all who enter stand a strong chance of winning a big money prize!

To register your interest, please complete the form linked HERE.

LOTTERY | Week 51 results

Weekly Results:

1st Prize £100      Mr Parsons

2nd Prize £ 50      Mrs Framton

3rd Prize £ 25       Mr Brixey

Golden Gamble Results:

1st Prize                £100       No: 349

2nd Prize               £ 50        No: 189

3rd Prize                £ 35        No: 54

TICKETS | ‘Run In’ cards available until Friday

‘Run In’ cards, which give access to the final ten home games of the season are now available to purchase from Huish Park.

These tickets will become active from the Wrexham game this Saturday!

This means you’ll have access to these fixtures:

Wrexham – 22nd January 

Solihull Moors – 5th February 

Dagenham & Redbridge – 19th February

Grimsby – 12th March

Bromley – 22nd March

Southend – 26th March

Aldershot – 15th April

Stockport – 23rd April 

Wealdstone – 2nd May

Boreham Wood – 7th May

This card however does not include access to the rearranged home fixture with Weymouth on the 1st Feb.

Prices for the cards are as follows:

SEATED

ADULT – £160

SENIOR / MILITARY -£130

16-23 – £90

Under 16 – £35

Under 12 – £25

STANDING

ADULT – £120

SENIOR / MILITARY – £100

16-23 – £90

Under 16 – £35

Under 12 – 25

To purchase a ‘Run In’ card, supporters will need to call 01935 847 888 or come in to the club shop (10am-4pm weekdays). These will not be sold on match days due to increased demand in the club shop and ticket office. The Cards will remain on sale until close of play this Friday.

Adult supporters can save up to £50 in purchasing this package, so why wait? Purchase yours from Huish Park now!

MATCH REPORT | Yeovil Town U18’s 4-1 Wimborne Town U18’s

By Matt Partridge

Young Glovers win opening game of 2022 with a 4-1 result against Wimborne Town 

A new-look Yeovil Town U18s took the field at Alvington under the guidance of head coach Matt Percival, who has taken the reins following the departure of Mark Challen in late December. It was a winning start for the home team, with a comfortable 4-1 win over Wimborne Town which sees the Young Glovers take a winning record into the second half of the season.

Setting up with a 4-1-4-1 formation, the home side signalled their intent early with some fine interplay in midfield during an attacking opening spell. The opening goal came in the 12th minute after some good pressing from Benjani Jr presented the ball to Hodges out wide who was able to pick out the advancing John to slam home, 1-0.

In a rare attack, Wimborne had an early opportunity to equalise but a shot from the edge of the box drew a fine low save from the returning Callum Smalley in goal. 

Yeovil continued to dominate possession and Graziano was beginning to dictate play from a deep-lying midfield role. Benjani Jr and Borges combined to set up John, who’s shot was saved at the near post, before Graziano crossed for Borges who shot straight at the keeper when well placed. The pressure told in the 40th minute when Graziano won a free-kick on the edge of the box and duly floated a delivery to the back post where Haste was on hand to send a towering header inside the far post, 2-0. 

To their credit, Wimborne responded well to this setback and grabbed a late first half goal when the young striker struck a low shot past Smalley to make it 2-1.

Yeovil started the second half in positive fashion and grabbed a third goal in the 52nd minute when John, who was impressive throughout down the right flank, beat his man and crossed for Hodges to side-foot home to make it 3-1.

The home side continued to look largely untroubled at the back with Ridout and Haste providing a solid central defensive partnership. Borges, Benajni Jr and Graziano continued to work hard in midfield and put together some fine runs driving Wimborne back, with a decent final ball often the only thing missing from this period of play. John and Bateson then saw shots untrouble the visiting keeper as the match headed into the final quarter.

Percival made a series of changes, giving the whole squad a run out and chance to impress with Hollard coming on for Smalley in goal and Zold, Gould, Goddard and debutant Liu entering the fray. England College player Haste was on-hand, following a corner, to grab his second and Yeovil’s fourth in the 75th minute as the game entered the final stages.  A 4-1 home win was the final score as the Young Glovers secured their 5th league win to kickstart the new year.

Team: 1 – Smalley, 2 – Hunter, 3 – Sutton, 5 – Ridout, 6 – Haste, 7 – John, 8 – Borges, 9 – Hodges, 10 – Benjani Jr, 11 – Bateson, 14 – Graziano © Subs: 12 – Hollard, 15 – Zold, 16 – Gould, 17 – Goddard, 18 – Liu.

Speaking after the game, head coach Matt Percival saw a lot of positives from his young team.

“We’re at the half way point of the season, having now won 5 and lost 4 in the league so it’s about looking to kick on to finish the season strongly.

I thought at times today we looked really good and we’ve been working hard in training at different ways to break teams down depending on how they set-up and whether they’re pressing high or looking to drop off.

With some new faces and a change in formation, Percival was pleased with what he saw on the pitch  

“Joshua John was excellent today down the right-hand side, regularly isolating the full back.

Sam Hodges did a great job up front, holding up the ball and linking play and also Jake Graziano played very well in an important deep lying midfield role.

Looking ahead, Yeovil have plenty to play for in the coming weeks.

 “On Wednesday we have a round of 32 knockout-match in the College Cup away at Truro and Penwith College. Then it’s back to league action away at Torquay on Saturday who we’ll also be facing later in the season in the semi-final of the Gary Else cup. In April, competing as Yeovil College, we then have the 7-a-side Nationals to look forward to.

MATCH REPORT | Yeovil Town 1 – 1 Needham Market

Yeovil Town exited the FA Trophy on penalties to Southern League Needham Market.

After taking the lead through Morgan Williams, they were never able to build on it, with Needham striking level on the stroke of half-time.

As neither side could find a winner, the Marketmen’s no.1 Marcus Garnham was the hero, saving the decisive penalty to send the visitors through.

Darren Sarll named a strong side as he looked to bounce back from defeat against Southend United. Grant Smith remained in goal, with Williams, Max Hunt, Josh Staunton and Jack Robinson in front of him.

The midfield saw Dale Gorman at the base of the diamond, with Matt Worthington and Jordan Barnett flanking him. Sonny Blu Lo-Everton started in the hold behind Reuben Reid and Adi Yussuf.

The Glovers came close to opening the scoring with 11 minutes on the clock, Hunt was inches away from his first Yeovil goal, sending his header from Jordan Barnett’s corner narrowly wide.

A matter of minutes later, wayward pass from the Needham goalkeeper fell straight to Sonny Blu Lo-Everton who fired first-time from around 40-yards out but couldn’t hit the target.

On the half an hour mark, Town found a way through, an excellent lay-off by Yussuf gave Williams shooting room to open his Yeovil Town account!

With a matter of seconds to play in the first half, the visitors levelled through Ben Fowkes who pounced on Town’s failure to clear a deep free-kick.

At the break, Yeovil could be frustrated with themselves to not be in front, but failed to really test Garnham throughout the second half.

Most chances that fell Yeovil’s way weren’t taken, with the best falling to earlier goalscorer Williams who saw his goal bound effort blocked by his teammate Yussuf!

As the half grew on, the Glovers were continually frustrated, and the visitors looked tidy on the counter attack, forcing a superb save from Smith in stoppage time.

After tasting penalty success earlier this season against Weymouth, it wasn’t to be on this occasion, as Yeovil missed multiple match point situations and crashed out the FA Trophy in the Fourth Round.

Yeovil Town: Smith; Williams, Staunton, Hunt (Little), Robinson; Gorman, Barnett, Worthington (Bradley), Lo-Everton; Reid, Yussuf (Knowles)

Bookings: Bradley

Subs not used: Evans

CLUB NEWS | Terry Skiverton to depart Huish Park

Yeovil Town can confirm the departure of assistant manager and club legend Terry Skiverton. 

‘Skivo’ joined the football club in 1999 as a player and made a total of 382 appearances. During his playing days, the central defender led the team as captain to an FA Trophy victory in 2002, alongside promotion from the Conference and League Two. 

As the club climbed the football pyramid, Skiverton remained an instrumental figure, even being named in the PFA’s League One team of the season in the 2006/07 season. 

In 2009, Skiverton took the role of manager at the football club for the first time, and continued to be a registered player before relinquishing his playing duties in May 2010.

As manager, Skiverton kept the Glovers competitive in League One for a number of years before stepping aside to join Gary Johnson’s coaching team when he returned to the club. This proved to be an extremely successful spell for the club, as it secured promotion to the Championship for the first time in our existence. 

After Johnson’s departure, Skivo spent a short time as caretaker manager once again before becoming Darren Way’s assistant until 2018. 

In 2019, Skiverton became academy manager, and during this time he has seen his son Fin make his debut for the club. 

When Darren Sarll was appointed manager, Skiverton was the first person he phoned, with the former captain stepping into first team coaching once again, whilst continuing his role as the academy manager. 

Chairman Scott Priestnall commented, “I’d like to thank Terry for everything he has done for Yeovil Town. He is undoubtedly a club legend, both for his service on and off the pitch. He will always be welcome at Huish Park.”

Skiverton, departs as he moves into a new role in the Football League. All at Yeovil Town would like to extend our gratitude to Terry for his stellar service to the football club, and wish him all the best in his new role. 

MATCH PREVIEW | Yeovil Town – Needham Market

Yeovil Town continue their FA Trophy campaign on Saturday afternoon (3pm) as Needham Market visit Huish Park.

Winless in 2022, Darren Sarll is desperate for his side to taste that winning feeling once again, so expect a strong line-up from the Glovers.

Needham Market have already toppled one National League side (Wealdstone) to reach the Fourth Round, and will be looking to add another scalp to their list in what has been billed as the biggest game in their history.

Darren Sarll’s thoughts

Speaking remotely due to a family funeral, Sarll spoke on the need to return to winning ways for Yeovil Town.

“This moment it’s even bigger for us. Like I said on Tuesday, I might’ve been tempted in the past to give players minutes to keep them motivated but it’s more important we get back to winning ways.

“We need to experience winning again and see what that looks like. Just because you play a different team, it doesn’t mean it will come any easier.

We need to give ourselves the best chance of winning the game. There still might be a couple of tweaks and changes, especially after (Luke) Wilkinson was taken off the other night.”

Team news

Sarll has insisted that he will name a strong line-up in the FA Trophy, but kept coy on who will be starting. When pressed for who will be starting between the sticks, the boss refused to confirm whether it would be Grant Smith or Max Evans that would don the Gloves.

After being substituted on Tuesday evening, Luke Wilkinson will not play a part, with Sarll expecting a six-week lay-off for the defender.

Mark Little could be in line for his first minutes of the season following the departure of Millwall loanee Dan Moss.

Joe Quigley and Reuben Reid enjoyed a successful cameo on Tuesday evening against Southend, with Reid bagging a consolation goal. They could both be involved from the start on Saturday.

Have we met before?

No, we haven’t! This is the first time the Glovers have met the Marketmen in their history!


A foot in the opposition camp

Despite operating at the lower end of the football pyramid, Needham Market have a well-known face in the dugout, in former Northern Ireland international Kevin Horlock.

His side have already beaten National League opposition this season, turning over Wealdstone in the last round with a 2-1 victory.

Many in the Needham camp have not hidden from the magnitude of the fixture, stating that it’s the biggest in the football club’s history. This year is the club’s record run in the FA Trophy and will be hoping to cause a shock and extend that record even further.

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

TICKETS | Join us in Woking

Yeovil Town will travel to Woking on the 29th January (3pm) to face the Cardinals in National League action.

This will be the third time the two sides have met this season, with the Glovers winning on both occasions. However, Yeovil are yet to taste victory at Kingfield since relegation to the National League.

This fixture has no reserved seating, so Glovers fans are encouraged to arrive early for seating in the Seymours Community Stand. To purchase your tickets, click HERE.

This fixture is subject to Woking’s Cat A Prices:

Adult: £20.00

Concession: £15.00

16-22: £12.00

U16: £7.00

TRANSFER | Jack Robinson loan extended until the end of the season

Yeovil Town are delighted to confirm the extension of Jack Robinson’s loan deal until the end of the season.

The Middlesbrough has played 13 times for the Glovers this season, and netted his first professional goal in Yeovil colours, scoring the opener against Yate Town.

A versatile defender, Robinson has played both at left-back and central defence for Yeovil this campaign with a stand-out performance coming at Solihull Moors where the 20-year-old stepped into the centre of defence following Max Hunt’s sending off and produced an excellent defensive display.

Keep up the good work, Robbo!

TRANSFER | Dan Moss returns to Millwall

Yeovil Town can confirm that Dan Moss’ loan spell at the club has come to an end.

The defender became a fan’s favourite during his temporary move, being voted the Anytime Fitness player of the month for December. 

Speaking in his post-match press conference, Darren Sarll confirmed that Moss would be venturing to pastures new during the January transfer window. 

The club would like to place on record its thanks to both Dan and Millwall Football Club and wish him all the best for the future!

MATCH REPORT | Southend United 2 – 1 Yeovil Town

Yeovil Town fell to a disappointing 2-1 defeat at Southend United on Tuesday evening.

Goals in both halves built a comfortable lead for the Blues, with Reuben Reid pulling a goal back in stoppage time.

The result means Yeovil Town are still winless since the turn of the year, falling to four defeats on the bounce.

After what was a tiring performance on Saturday against Bournemouth, Darren Sarll made four changes to his FA Cup eleven. Grant Smith, having served his suspension, started in goal, Jordan Barnett returned to his familiar left-back role, with Morgan Williams missing out.

Sonny Blu Lo-Everton replaced Matt Worthington who sat out due to illness, whilst Adi Yussuf returned to lead the line.

Starting fast has been something Town have become effective at this campaign, but that wasn’t the case at Roots Hall, with the hosts dictating play throughout the first half.

Although it took a while for chances to fall, the Blues took them when they did as Jason Demitrou opened the scoring on the half an hour mark, with the Southend captains shot deflecting off Jordan Barnett and looping into the top corner.

The 80 travelling supporters had to wait 35 minutes to see the Glovers test Steve Arnold in goal for Southend, but when Yussuf forced a strong save from him, he was adjudged to be offside by the officials.

At the break, the hosts held a deserved lead, and continued to look for a second in the opening stages of the second half.

Despite attacking changes from Yeovil a matter of moments earlier, Southend added a second through Tom Clifford who poked home almost on the goal-line.

With substitutes Joe Quigley and Reid on the pitch, the Glovers did finally have an outlet, but it took until the final fifteen minutes for them to be utilised effectively.

In the 85th minute, Yeovil thought they had pulled one back through Max Hunt, but a handball in the build-up to his effort saw the goal ruled out.

However, a matter of moments before stoppage time, Reid handed Town a lifeline as he reacted first to Arnold’s save to poke the ball home and set-up a grandstand finish.

This exciting finish was played with Yeovil down to ten as Luke Wilkinson limped off in the moments following the goal, with Darren Sarll commenting post-match that he expects the defender to be out for six weeks.

In the dying embers, the green and whites launched the ball into the box on multiple occasions looking for Quigley and Reid, but ultimately the Shrimpers stood firm to earn a three points that on the balance of play they deserved.

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

Bookings: Gorman

Subs not used: Evans, Williams

FIXTURE NEWS | New date for Weymouth clash

There’s a new date for Yeovil Town’s derby day clash with Weymouth, with the National League clash taking place at Huish Park on February 1st (7:45pm).

The initial fixture, which was due to be played in the festive period, was postponed COVID-19 cases within the Terras’ camp.

This will be the third time the old-rivals have faced off this season, after an enthralling FA Cup Fourth Round Qualifying tie which saw Yeovil through on penalties.

Tickets purchased for the initial fixture will remain valid, with them returning to sale on the website & ticket office promptly. Those who can no longer attend should contact the ticket office, (01935 847888 – TicketOffice@ytfc.net) to obtain a refund.

MATCH PREVIEW | Southend United – Yeovil Town

It’s a return to National League action for Yeovil Town on Tuesday evening (7:45pm) with a trip to Southend United.

Town will travel to Essex with a point to prove. The Glovers who are yet to win in 2022, will be hoping to pick up three points against the Blues, who themselves have seen an upturn in form in recent weeks.

Last time out, Southend beat Weymouth 1-0 on the road and will be looking to build on a positive start to the new year.

Darren Sarll’s thoughts

Speaking after Yeovil’s FA Cup exit, the boss said, “All the glamour is over now. The cameras that are not normally here, they won’t be back. It’s important we get back to being gritty, earning three points, taking draws away.

“It’s time now to get back to the reality of what the fifth division in English Football looks like. Tuesday will be tough because Southend are a well supported club with a bigger resource than us.”

Team news

Despite a COVID-19 scare, Yeovil Town were able to name an almost full compliment in the FA Cup against AFC Bournemouth.

Mark Little was a noticeable absentee from the bench as his long-awaited return seems to be delayed another week.

Joe Quigley marked his first start after injury with a goal against the Cherries and will be vying for another start in Essex.

There could be a return for Grant Smith who has now served his two-game suspension for his red card against Torquay United.

Have we met before

The two sides have not met since 2017 in the First Round of the Emirates FA Cup. Southend, who were a League One club at the time were knocked out by League Two Yeovil through an Otis Khan penalty.

Trips to Southend have been largely successful in the past for the Glovers, across nine games, Yeovil have only lost twice, drew on three occasions and won the other four.

A foot in the opposition camp

Now under the stewardship of Kevin Maher, Southend’s fortunes have improved climbing out of the drop zone. Maher himself, is a Southend United favourite, making over 450 apps for the Blues. Some Yeovil fans may remember him getting sent off at Huish Park in a top of the table clash in 2004/05.

A name that needs no introduction to Yeovil fans within the Southend ranks is Rhys Murphy. The forward joined Southend on a free transfer in the summer after two seasons with Yeovil where he scored 34 goals in 65 games. This season he’s found the back of the net nine times and will be hoping for one against his former employers.

Tickets

Tickets for the fixture will only be available on the day, for more information, click HERE.

INTERVIEW | Dan Moss looks ahead to Southend clash

Yeovil Town’s loanee defender Dan Moss has said he feels grown as a player since signing in Somerset from Millwall. 

Speaking to BBC Somerset, the full-back highlighted a growth in confidence since joining the Glovers.

“I feel so much more confident as a player, that’s down to Yeovil,” said the 21-year-old. “It’s given me the opportunity to play first team football and I can only thank the gaffer and Terry (Skiverton for that.

“The games in a first team environment, it’s just given me confidence more than anything. My whole game in general has improved whilst I’ve been here.”

After exiting the FA Cup on Saturday evening, Yeovil Town’s focus now turns to Southend United in National League action. The Blues have endured a difficult start to life in the fifth division, but as Moss knows no game can be taken lightly in this league.

“When you come into a new league like they have, you’ve got to adjust to it. Recently they’ve got a couple good results so it looks like they’ve come to terms with it.

“It’ll be a good game, for ourselves we’re looking to push on and keep trying to pick up points where we can.

“We take each game one at a time and it’s another three points to potentially pick up in what is a very long season.”

After a stellar run of form in the latter part of 2021, the Glovers fell to back-to-back defeats against Torquay over the festive period, something Moss and his teammates are keen to put behind them.

“We speak about this quite a lot, it’s just runs of one for us. We take one game at a time and hopefully get three points.

“We don’t look at it as a long run of games, it’s just one at a time. There was disappointment with the results against Torquay, but we’ve got to move on from it now. It’s in the past, we have another game on Tuesday then after that we’ll reassess and go into the next game.”

CLUB NEWS | Chesterfield clash to be televised

Yeovil Town’s National League trip to Chesterfield on the 26th February has been selected for coverage on BT Sport.

This means the fixture has been moved to a later kick-off time of 5:20pm.

After a defeat to the Spireites in September, Darren Sarll’s side will be hungry to set the record straight in front of the BT Sport cameras.

MATCH REPORT | Yeovil Town 1 – 3 AFC Bournemouth

Yeovil Town’s FA Cup campaign came to an end at the hands of Championship side AFC Bournemouth.

After building a two goal lead before the break, Joe Quigley levelled the affair against his former club to set-up an exciting second half.

Despite pressing for a leveller, it was the visitors who added to their tally, securing passage to the Fourth Round.

In the opening stages, the visiting Cherries endured a physical opening to the tie, with Yeovil diving in with a number of heavy tackles, earning the Glovers two yellow cards for Gorman and Worthington.

It was Yeovil who had the first effort of the game, as Dale Gorman soured a free-kick into the away terrace.

Just shy of the twenty minute mark, the visitors quality showed. An excellent cross-field pass from Chris Mepham released Emiliano Marcondes who beat the offside trap and placed the ball beyond Barnes.

A matter of minutes later, Bournemouth almost added a second. Jaidon Anthony’s cross caught Barnes off guard, striking the post and bouncing out into the box awkwardly.

Yeovil huffed and puffed throughout, but did little to test Nyland in truth, with the Cherries standing firm to halt any flurries forward.

With just three minutes of the half remaining, Mepham and Marcondes combined once again with the latter adding his second of the game with a calm finish.

Looking for a glimmer of hope in the opening stages of the second half, the Glovers got just that as Knowles forced Nyland into an error, sending the ball into Quigley’s path to fire into an empty net.

With the wind in their sails and Huish Park in fine voice, Yeovil kept pushing, but the resolute Championship side stood firm to the Glovers’ attempts.

Ultimately, it was the sheer quality of the visitors that made the difference, with Marcondes netting a hat-trick with just over 20 minutes remaining, pouncing on Barnes’ initial save to restore a two-goal advantage.

To their credit, Yeovil kept pushing until the final whistle, with a number of attacking changes as Reuben Reid and Adi Yussuf joined the forward line. It was those two that had Town’s best chance in stoppage time, with Yussuf finding Reid who saw his effort blocked on the line by Brennan Camp.

This would be the last action of the game, as Yeovil were knocked out the FA Cup with their heads held high.

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

Bookings: Gorman, Worthington, Moss

Subs not used: Evans, Stephens, Bradley, Headley, Robinson,

MATCH PREVIEW | Yeovil Town – AFC Bournemouth

Yeovil Town’s FA Cup journey continues as Championship outfit AFC Bournemouth visit Huish Park on Saturday evening (5:45pm).

It’s been a campaign to remember so far in the cup for the Glovers, with a dramatic shootout victory over local rivals Weymouth, followed up by a thumping off Yate Town, and capped off by another Football League scalp with a 1-0 victory over Stevenage.

AFC Bournemouth pose the Glovers’ toughest challenge yet, sitting top of the Championship and boasting the likes of Premier League winner Gary Cahill within their ranks. Saturday’s clash sets up to be another cup classic!

Darren Sarll’s thoughts

Speaking ahead of the fixture, Sarll said: “They’re a very good side, they’ve got some excellent players, with a mix of both young and experienced.

“It’s been enjoyable watching their footage this week. I always think there are teams that look coached, and Bournemouth are definitely a well coached team.

“Scott (Parker) seems to have thrown a lot of the young players in who have come through the football club and they’re rewarding him with excellent performances.”

Team news

In his pre-match press conference, despite not going into specifics, Sarll confirmed Yeovil had a number of positive COVID-19 cases this week.

Other injuries included Matt Worthington & Morgan Williams after being substituted against Torquay, but both are in contention to play this weekend.

A foot in the opposition camp

Since taking the reins in the summer, former England International Scott Parker has ignited a promotion charge on the South-Coast. The Cherries sit top of the Championship as they look to return to the Premier League at the second time of asking.

However, this FA Cup fixture comes in the midst of a COVID outbreak for Bournemouth, with their game on Monday against Peterborough postponed.

It is also likely that a number of star men, including Chelsea academy graduate Dominic Solanke will be rested for this cup tie.

Have we met before

During Yeovil’s stay in the Football League, AFC Bournemouth proved regular opponents, with the Glovers drawing 1-1 in our last meeting at Huish Park.

Delving deeper into the history books, AFC Bournemouth, then known as Bournemouth & Boscombe, were Yeovil’s first ever giant killing in 1924! In front a 5,000 strong crowd, the Football League Cherries were no match, with Town flying to a 3-0 lead within 13 minutes.

The visitors did fight back, netting just before the break to create a tense second period. Despite an onslaught from the South Coast side, Bournemouth only found the back of the net once in the second half as the Glovers advanced in the Cup.

Tickets

Due to police request, tickets will only be available until midday on match-day. The ticket office will be open from 10am for any in-person purchases, whilst online sales can be made by clicking HERE.

CLUB NEWS | COVID-19 Code of Conduct

With Omicron cases rising, Yeovil Town would like to remind supporters of our code of conduct, to ensure a safe environment for all when attending fixtures.

It is essential that you fully understand and agree to the following code of conduct when attending fixtures at Huish Park. 

Please remember that any breach of this Covid-19 Spectator Code of Conduct may result in you being removed from the stadium. Ejection from the stadium could lead to additional sanctions which could result in you having your season ticket or club membership suspended, withdrawn and/or may result in a significant ban from attending future matches at the stadium.

COVID-19 SUPPORTER CODE OF CONDUCT

Please be aware that this code is subject to any changes in Government legislation and football authority guidelines. 

In order to assist our staff and stewards, and to help protect you and your fellow spectators, you are kindly requested to follow these guidelines:

Symptoms:

If you have any of the following symptoms, please do not travel to the stadium;

  • a high temperature – this means you feel hot to touch on your chest or back (you do not need to measure your temperature)
  • a new, continuous cough – this means coughing a lot for more for an hour or 3 or more coughing episodes in 24 hours (if you usually have a cough, it may be worse than usual)
  • a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste – this means you’ve noticed you cannot smell or taste anything, or things smell or taste different to normal

Bags:

Please keep the number of bags at a minimum to speed up entry time, please only bring them where essential. 

Face Coverings:

Face coverings must be worn at all times within enclosed areas of the stadium e.g. first floor hospitality areas. Wearing of face coverings within the stadium external seating/stadium areas are worn at personal discretion. 

Concessions and facilities:

Our concession facilities are open for this fixture. Bars and catering outlets are open outside the home and away terraces as well as the refreshment outlets within the stadium.

Hygiene:

Please make use of the hand sanitiser stations around the stadium

Respiratory etiquette:

  • Always cover your mouth if needing to cough or sneeze. 
  • Avoid hugs, high-fives and any close contact with people who are not within your social bubble.  
  • Follow NHS health guidelines e.g. when coughing or sneezing cover your mouth or use the crook of your elbow

TICKETS | Kids go free in the FA Trophy

As with our last FA Trophy game, tickets for our FA Trophy clash with Needham Market will also be available to supporters at a discounted rate!

For this fixture 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.

Needham Market 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 | Southend United away

Yeovil Town face a midweek trip to Southend United on 11th January.

There’s no need to buy in advance for our trip to Roots Hall, with tickets available from the Southend ticket office on the day of the game.

The Green & White’s Supporters Club will be running travel for supporters, to book your place, contact Paul Hadlow on 07736 044570 .

Ticket prices:

Adult – £20

Senior (60+), Young adult (17-22), Emergency services, Student, Disabled – £15

Junior (9-16) – £10

Child – £5

MATCH REPORT | Yeovil Town 1-2 Torquay United

By Marcus Duncomb

Yeovil fell to late defeat against Torquay United who completed a late turnaround to take the three points in a tight affair.

After a quiet first-half Jordan Barnett provided a moment of magic in the 66th minute with a 35-yard screamer to give Yeovil the lead.

Torquay equalised in the 75th minute directly from corner through Connor Lemonheigh-Evans who went on to provide the assist for Dan Holman’s 90th minute winner.

Following a comprehensive 3-0 defeat on Boxing Day at Plainmoor, Darren Sarll made four changes to the starting XI. Dillon Barnes made his debut in goal replacing the suspended Grant Smith and the back four comprised of Morgan Williams, Max Hunt, Josh Staunton and Jack Robinson.

Jordan Barnett, Dale Gorman and Matt Worthington made up the midfield trio while Tom Knowles returned to the side to join Charlie Wakefield and Adi Yussuf in the front three.

The first chance of the game went Yeovil’s way in the seventh minute when Knowles hurled a long throw into the box which caused trouble and was just about headed clear by the Torquay defence.

In the twentieth minute, Knowles fired with his left foot from just outside the box. His effort was deflected twice and just managed to be kept out by the legs of Shaun MacDonald.

The first half hour was an unusually quiet affair with Torquay having their first chance of note in the 28th minute when Joe Felix rose highest to head just wide of the post.

After a good spell of possession in Yeovil’s half, Asa Hall sweetly struck a volley from 25 yards out, but the captain’s effort went wide.

Knowles was looking lively for the Glovers in the first half and the winger unleashed a venomous effort from outside the box which went inches over the crossbar.

On the hour mark Joe Quigley, back from injury, laid off a ball to Tom Knowles whose left -footed effort went into the Thatchers stand.

The deadlock was eventually broken in the 66th minute when Jordan Barnett made the roof come off. The ball was bouncing 35 yards out and the midfielder struck it on the half-volley right into the top corner giving MacDonald absolutely no chance.

Yeovil used the momentum to keep going forward and in the 68th minute Sonny Blul Lo-Everton had a low effort smothered by MacDonald.

Barnes had a quiet debut up until the 74th minute when he was called into action to make a brilliant save from what looked like a certain goal from Lemonheigh-Evans. From the resulting corner Lemonheigh-Evans’ delivery went over every player and curled into the back of the net to equalise.

In the 82nd minute substitute Dan Holman had a snapshot from a very tight angle which beat Barnes but trickled past the post as well.

The game was opening up by this point with frequent chances at either end and the rain was absolutely lashing down.

In the 90th minute Lemonheigh-Evans provided for the winner as he scooped the ball over the whole Yeovil defence to Holman who finished expertly to make it 2-1.

Yeovil Town: Barnes; Williams (Reid), Hunt, Staunton, Robinson; Barnett, Gorman, Worthington (Lo-Everton); Knowles, Yussuf (Quigley), Wakefield.

Subs not used: Evans, Bradley.

MATCH PREVIEW | Yeovil Town – Torquay United

After a frustrating outing against Torquay United last weekend, Yeovil Town will be desperate for revenge when Gary Johnson’s side visit Huish Park on Sunday afternoon.

Looking to start the new year on the right-foot, the game draws parallels to the start of last year where the Glovers bounced back from a disappointing loss at Plainmoor with a dramatic victory over the Gulls in South Somerset.

However, the game doesn’t come without its selection headaches, with Darren Sarll without a number of key men due to injury and suspension.

Darren Sarll’s thoughts

Speaking ahead of the fixture on Friday afternoon, Sarll said, “It’s been as good as it always is (training), they’re a fantastic training group. When I look at their work Monday to Friday, I don’t think there’s been a week whether good form or bad form where I’ve looked ahead to a game and thought, ‘that’s a poor week’s training.’

“I think on our first day back in, there was a bit of disappointment around the place from the result, that spiked it so we actually had to calm them down. I think that’s a good sign, you want people to react aggressively and assertively when they face defeat, and it was certainly like that first day back.

Team news

In terms of injuries, Yeovil are in good shape after a difficult start to the season on that front. Both Joe Quigley and Mark Little have been back in training, with Little in contention for a place in the squad for the first time this season.

Jack Robinson was also involved with the travelling squad last weekend after a period of recovery at Middlesbrough, he’ll be hoping for an opportunity to impress this weekend.

Despite his red card, Sonny Blu Lo-Everton will be available for Town after a successful appeal, but Sarll will be without Dan Moss (one-match ban) & Grant Smith (two-match ban).

A foot in the opposition camp

Yeovil aren’t the only team with suspension headaches, with Torquay possessing some of their own, top scorer Amarni Little will be unavailable for Sunday’s trip to Huish Park.

However, the Gulls have been boosted by the return of Sinclair Armstrong and Joe Felix who were self isolating for the Boxing Day clash.

As Yeovil sat out on the 28th due to a number of COVID cases in the Weymouth camp, Torquay travelled to Eastleigh and slipped to a 2-1 defeat.

Have we met before

You don’t need to look long into the history book’s for our last meeting with the Gulls, as Town were defeated 3-0 on Boxing Day at Plainmoor.

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.

Thatchers

Yeovil Town club partners Thatchers Cider will be providing 500 free pints of cider for Yeovil Town supporters who attend Sunday’s game.

Offering some New Year’s cheer for Yeovil Town fans, the first 500 people to show their ‘Adult’ ticket in the Alec Stock Lounge or the Thatchers Stand bar will receive a free pint. 

This offer will be limited to one per person and only available to 18+. 

The club would like to thank Thatchers, a long standing partner of the club for their generous offer and continued support for the football club.

Tickets

Tickets must be bought online by midnight on New Year’s Day. There will be no ticket sales made on the day of the game.

INTERVIEW | Luke Wilkinson looking for a positive start to 2022

Club captain Luke Wilkinson has set his sights on a winning start to 2022 as Yeovil Town entertain Torquay United at Huish Park this weekend.  

After the 1-0 defeat against The Gulls just over a week ago, the Glovers will look to put things right when Gary Johnson’s side make the trip to Somerset on Sunday afternoon.  

Town saw their unbeaten run come to an end against Torquay United on Boxing Day. Despite that defeat, it has still been a productive few weeks for Darren Sarll’s side and Wilkinson says they will be looking to build on that upturn in form against the side from Plainmoor.  

“We were very disappointed with the result last week,“ said the Glovers’ no.6 during his pre-match press conference. 

“It wasn’t how we usually perform and I think that we came away from our standards a little bit, but sometimes these things happen in football.  

“Especially after the back of a loss you definitely want to get a positive result. All we are focused on now is getting a positive result and kicking on again. 

“In my first two years here, we were quite good when we went down to ten men. On Sunday, we didn’t handle it very well. We’re fully concentrated on the next game now.” 

With Monday’s game postponed against Weymouth due to COVID-19 cases in the Terras squad, it has allowed the team to complete a full week of training in preparation for Sunday’s game.  

And with over half of the league campaign still to be played and the squad aware of the necessity to reach the Vanarama National League play-offs, Wilkinson and his team are confident that they can get back to winning ways. 

“Obviously the Weymouth game was off, but it’s given us the opportunity to train all week. We’ll train again today and go in full of confidence,“ he added.  

“We’ve got a good group, a small group but a good group. We’re always working hard, and we fancy our chances against anybody in this league.

“This team is built on working hard and winning our battles. Training has been intense and we’re looking forward to getting back out at Huish Park.

“It’s going to be another tough game. I thought Torquay played pretty well the other day and we were a little bit off it. However, we’re confident that we can get the three points this time around with the fans behind us.“

By Mackenzie Thomas

COMMERCIAL | Thatchers provide New Year’s cheer with 500 free pints for Torquay United clash

Yeovil Town club partners Thatchers Cider will be providing 500 free pints of cider for Yeovil Town supporters who attend Sunday’s game.

Offering some New Year’s cheer for Yeovil Town fans, the first 500 people to show their ‘Adult’ ticket in the Alec Stock Lounge or the Thatchers Stand bar will receive a free pint.

This offer will be limited to one per person and only available to 18+.

The club would like to thank Thatchers, a long standing partner of the club for their generous offer and continued support for the football club.