Month: February 2022

MATCH REPORT | Yeovil Town U18’s 1-1 Swindon Supermarine U18’s

Yeovil Town U18’s were held to a 1-1 draw at home by Swindon who finished the match with 9 men 

The U18s took on Swindon Supermarine at the weekend knowing that a win would take them above their counterparts to 4th in the South West Counties Youth League. Despite the visitors being down to 9 men late in the game, it wasn’t to be and the Glovers will see this as two points squandered with only 4 league matches left to play. 

Head coach Matt Percival sent out a changed team from the previous week, with Aidan Skiverton returning to centre-back in place of the absent Max Dyer. Josh John returned to the starting line-up with Kory Retallick missing through injury. 

Under bright skies but blustery conditions, the Young Glovers were slow out of the blocks and conceded within 2 minutes when caught in possession in defence. The striker was then able to slot the ball past Callum Smalley in goal to make it 0-1. The home side nearly suffered a further setback and Skiverton was forced to make a goal-line clearance following a short pass back. 

With a lead to protect Swindon were able to keep Yeovil at bay during the opening 30 minutes, restricting the home side to half chances with Mason Hunter shooting wide from distance, Finlay Ridout seeing a header drift wide of goal and Charlie Bateson and Joshua John making some penetrating runs down the wings but seeing any opportunities snuffed out. The visitors were compact and well-organised in defence but looking a threat on the counter-attack as the half drew to a close. 

Swindon began the second half as they finished the first and Yeovil were indebted to a fine save from Smalley in the 55th minute who stood up strong to block a shot from the advancing striker. This warning seemed to sting the Glovers into action and they created their best chance of the match to date when, in the 60th minute, a pass from Hunter fell to John who was free on the right but saw his shot sail over from 12 yards

The home side were beginning to get a grip of the game in the midfield and got their equaliser in the 70th minute when Benjani Jr won possession 30 yards out and drove toward goal. Having seen his initial shot saved, the youngster continued his run and was in the right place to fire home the rebound, 1-1. 

Percival sent on Rio Mapletoft for Bateson for the final twenty minutes as the Young Glovers went after the win. A second goal nearly came following their best move of the game; Skiverton confidently brought the ball out of defence and the midfield worked the ball up the left before John saw his close-range effort blocked by the keeper. Shortly after, a delicious ball from the right by Jake Graziano was swung over to the back post but Mapletoft couldn’t apply the final touch. 

With twelve minutes to go, Swindon lost their striker to injury and were down to ten men with no available subs to bring on. Tamas Zold came on for John, Edward Gould came on for Josh Sutton and Bateson returned to the fray in place of Sam Hodges as Yeovil sought that elusive winner. Their chances seemed to improve in the 83rd minute when Bateson was through on goal but hauled down by the last defender. A subsequent red card put Swindon down to 9 men but the free kick came to nothing. Despite the pressure, Swindon held firm for the final minutes to grind out the draw that keeps them 4th in the league, one place above Yeovil. 

The team now switch their attention to a semi-final tie in the Gary Else Cup on Saturday 4th March when they travel to high-flying Torquay United.

Team: 1 – Callum Smalley, 2 – Callum Deemer, 3 – Josh Sutton, 5 – Finlay Ridout, 6 – Aidan Skiverton, 7 – John John, 8 – Mason Hunter, 9 – Sam Hodges, 10 – Benjani Jr Mwaruwari, 11 – Charlie Bateson, 14 – Jake Graziano © Subs: 15 – Tamas Zold, 16 – Rio Mapletoft and 17 Edward Gould

LOTTERY | Week 5

The results are in…

1st Prize                £100       Mr Clothier

2nd Prize               £ 50        Mrs Brockway

3rd Prize                £ 25        Mr Alford

MATCH REPORT | Chesterfield – Yeovil Town

Yeovil Town fell to a cruel 1-0 defeat to Chesterfield at the Technique Stadium.

Despite creating the better chances throughout, a wonderstrike from Jim Kellerman was the difference between two evenly matched teams.

The Glovers huffed and puffed until the end, but the hosts hung on for a narrow victory.

Darren Sarll made three changes to the side that was held by Maidenhead. Jordan Barnett & Matt Worthington returned to the midfield in the place of Lawson D’Ath & Alex Bradley, whilst Olufela Olomola missed out entirely with Adi Yussuf returning to the side against his former club.

Yeovil were firmly on top in the opening stages of the game, and it only took six minutes for a chance to fall. Charlie Wakefield lobbed Scott Loach with his header, but as it trickled towards goal, Knowles was beaten to the ball by a Chesterfield defender.

With 15 minutes on the clock, the Glovers really should’ve been in front. Jordan Barnett’s delivery was met brilliantly by Luke Wilkinson who saw his effort somehow saved by Scott Loach!

It took until the 23rd minute for Chesterfield to create an opening for themselves. Laurence Maguire’s header was well saved by former Chesterfield player Grant Smith.

Following the chance, the hosts grew into the game more, but did little in terms of goal threat.

At the other end, Knowles was a continued thorn in the Chesterfield side, hammering the crossbar in the 44th minute after an effort from the right-channel.

Completely against the run of play, the hosts found a way in front via a spectacular strike from Jim Kellerman from around 25-yards which left Smith stranded.

After a bright and dominant start to the first half, the same couldn’t be said about the second, with the hosts enjoying a lot of the ball, but doing very little with it.

It took until the hour mark for Yeovil to go close again. After a foul on Wakefield, captain Wilkinson stepped up for the free-kick 20-yards from goal and fired narrowly wide.

Yeovil’s best chance to equalise fell to Adi Yussuf who really should’ve levelled the scoring as the ball dropped to him inside the six-yard box following a long-throw.

Despite pressure from the Glovers and a number of attacking changes, it wasn’t to be for the Glovers who fell to a defeat in Derbyshire.

Yeovil Town: Smith; Williams, Wilkinson, Barclay, Little; Staunton, Worthington (D’Ath), Barnett (Lo-Everton); Knowles, Wakefield, Yussuf (Reid)

Bookings: Barclay

Subs not used: Evans, Bradley

TRANSFER | Ben Barclay’s loan extended

Yeovil Town can confirm that Ben Barclay’s loan deal from Stockport County has been extended for a further month.

The central defender has started every game of his initial loan spell, keeping three clean sheets in the process.

Following Tuesday’s draw with Maidenhead, Sarll confirmed his intention for Barclay to stay at Huish Park, “Ben wants to stay, he’s been fantastic for us, we’ve conceded just three goals in his six games.

“He’s a very good player, and when we first got him, it was nice to sign a lad who knew his job and we weren’t starting from scratch.

“He’s part of strong core, with the goalkeeper, the back four and Josh (Staunton), and he’s made a huge impression on us.”

Great to have you with us, Ben!

INTERVIEW | Sarll updates on Olomola injury

Yeovil Town are unlikely to have Olufela Olomola to call upon on Saturday evening according to Darren Sarll.

The forward, who recently signed on loan from Hartlepool, was forced off with a knock in the Glovers’ draw with Maidenhead earlier this week.

When asked about the forward’s condition, the boss said; “Fela’s been great for us, he just needs that resilience through games to regain his fitness. This was shown the other night when we had to bring him off.

“I don’t think he’ll make Saturday, but that will be beneficial for him, in the same way we’ve worked with Lawson (D’Ath), it will be beneficial in the long-run.”

It’s been a bright start to life on the pitch for Olomola since returning to Somerset, as he struck his first goal of his loan spell against Maidenhead.

However, with his recent lack of game-time at parent club Hartlepool, Sarll believes his no.10 needs to build-up his game-time.

“He hasn’t played consistently for three years, I don’t think he’s played more than 15 games in a season for that period.

“We need to make sure that he’s built to be resilient and robust and can carry on throughout the rest of the season for us.”

MATCH PREVIEW | Chesterfield – Yeovil Town

Yeovil Town are on the road once again this weekend with a trip to Derbyshire to face Chesterfield.

Following Tuesday’s draw with Maidenhead, Yeovil made it just one defeat in their last six games, but with just one win across the period too, manager Darren Sarll described his side as being on a ‘knife-edge’ going into the game.

The fixture will kick-off at the later time of 5:20pm, due to it being selected for television coverage on BT Sport.

Darren Sarll’s thoughts

Speaking in his pre-match press conference, Sarll said; “The fact we’re always in games at the moment is good for us. When you look at our longest winning run this year, we’ve always had to play a mix of players.

“We’ve played a left-back in midfield most of the year in Jordan Barnett and he’s been a revelation.

“At the moment we’re one loss in six, but we’re only one win in six. We’re on a fine knife-edge now and we can tip one way or the other.

“With how this group of players has come together, despite their age and the big turn around in the summer, I’ve got nothing but admiration for the group.”

Team news

In his pre-match press conference, Sarll suggested it was ‘unlikely’ that Olufela Olomola would be included in his squad due to an injury he sustained against Maidenhead United on Tuesday evening. That could open the door for Adi Yussuf, Reuben Reid or Sonny Blu Lo-Everton to return to the forward line.

Max Hunt remains sidelined for this fixture, but Darren Sarll confirmed in his post-match press conference that the club are working to extend Ben Barclay’s loan deal.

Dale Gorman will serve the final game of his suspension on Saturday.

A foot in the opposition camp

Paul Cook has had a hero’s welcome back to Chesterfield since his unveiling as manager, but it’s not been an ideal start for him. The 55-year-old has seen two defeats and a draw away to Weymouth in his first three fixtures, alongside an injury to star man Kabongo Tshimanga to add salt to the wounds.

Even without Tshimanga, the hosts do boast fire-power, with one forward Glovers fans know well likely to lead the line. Joe Quigley who signed for the Derbyshire outfit last month for an undisclosed fee, is yet to score for Chesterfield, but has six National League goals to his name whilst playing For Yeovil this season.

Have we met before?

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

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

It was a similar story when the two sides met in September, where Town fell to a 2-0 defeat at Huish Park.

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

Tickets

Our hosts advise to purchase from their website, linked HERE. Tickets purchased on match day are subject to a £1 increase, and will be taken from online sale one hour before kick-off. 

Yeovil Town supporters should purchase tickets in ‘Block N3’.

Those who wish to book travel by supporters coach, can do so by contacting Paul Hadlow of the Green & White’s Supporters Club – 07736044570

Ticket prices: Adults £18, Concessions 65+ £14, 17-21 £11 Under 16 £7  U7 £5

CLUB NEWS | National Lottery Football Weekend

National Lottery players across the country, including those from Somerset are being given the chance to watch their local football teams for free as a thank you for the over £12.5 million of National Lottery funding which helped these community clubs survive when the Covid pandemic struck and football at this level effectively shut down.

The National Lottery Football Weekends campaign will makeover 100,000 tickets available on a ‘Buy One Get One Free’ basis for National Lottery players for selected matches in March and April, including at Yeovil Town. It aims to get people out to watch and really get behind their local team, perhaps for the first time, and experience the vital role these clubs play as part of their local community.

Thanks to National Lottery players, during the height of the Covid crisis a total support package of over £12.5 million from The National Lottery was made available and proved vital for many local clubs across England,Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, including [insert club] to survive the loss of essential matchday revenue as football shut down. The National Lottery Football Weekends is to thank National Lottery players for stepping up when they were needed the most. The special ‘Buy One Get One Free’ ticket offer will be available to National Lottery players for a game at one of the 231 participating clubs in England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland.* The ticket offer will apply to the Southend home match, taking place on 26th March.

The campaign will be delivered in partnership with the Vanarama National League, The FA (Football Association), The Scottish FA (Scottish Football Association),FAW (Football Association of Wales) and NIFA (Northern Ireland Football Association) and is also backed by well-known ex-footballers Ally McCoist and Karen Carney.

Former Scottish international and National Lottery Football Weekends Ambassador McCoist said:

“In nearly every corner of the country you will find a football club which does much more than just kick a ball around on a Saturday afternoon. These clubs make a difference to so many in their community and they suffered perhaps more than any other part of our game during the pandemic. The support of National Lottery players has been crucial in helping them survive and now you can support them again, but this time from the terraces.”

To find out more about The National Lottery Football Weekends and to find your nearest match visit www.thenationallotteryfootballweekends.co.uk. 

Each club will be responsible for distributing tickets for its home match and details on how to claim will be available from each club. Terms and conditions apply.

The money for this campaign, as well as the initiatives with the various FAs and leagues across the UK during Covid came from a National Lottery promotional fund, it was not funded by money allocated for National Lottery Good Causes or by Camelot.

The National Lottery is also working alongside Non-League Day, a campaign set up in 2010 to encourage supporters of clubs playing at the highest levels of the game to support their smaller local or non-league club and sample the unique matchday experience of football at local level.

The National Lottery has always played a vital role in supporting elite, community and grassroot sport in the UK. Including football, The National Lottery has invested more than £5.7 billion into grassroots sport since it was established in 1994. In the last year nearly £395 million was given to grassroots and elite sport good causes, funding everything from facilities to playing fields and creating opportunities for everyone to get active and improve their lives through sport. 

There are other opportunities for National Lottery players in March. The National Lottery Open Week takes place between 19th-27thMarch to say thank you for the more than £30 million raised every week by National Lottery players.

Open Week unlocks free entry and exclusive discounts for National Lottery players at a range of participating venues including galleries, museums, gardens, historic castles and sports stadiums. Full Ts&Cs apply and are available at: https://www.lotterygoodcauses.org.uk/projects/national-lottery-open-week

TICKETS | Chesterfield away

Tickets for Yeovil Town’s trip to Chesterfield this Saturday (5:20pm) can now be purchased.

Our hosts advise to purchase from their website, linked HERE. Tickets purchased on match day are subject to a £1 increase, and will be taken from online sale one hour before kick-off.

Yeovil Town supporters should purchase tickets in ‘Block N3’.

Those who wish to book travel by supporters coach, can do so by contacting Paul Hadlow of the Green & White’s Supporters Club – 07736044570

Ticket prices: Adults £18, Concessions 65+ £14, 17-21 £11 Under 16 £7  U7 £5

CLUB NEWS | Celebrate International Women’s Day at Yeovil Town

Yeovil Town & #HerGameToo are delighted to announce our first International Women’s Day event at Huish Park.

Taking place at our fixture on the 12th March against Grimsby, we will firstly be offering discounted tickets for local female football teams, in the local area. We are in the process of contacting a number of teams, but if we haven’t been in touch already, please drop us an email on info@ytfc.net, and we’ll be happy to extend the offer to your Women’s/Girl’s team.

Leading up to and on the match-day, we’ll be championing some of the great work Women do for our football club, and how Women can achieve fruitful careers in the football industry, whether that be on or off the pitch.

The team at #HerGameToo will kindly be providing us with information flyers to highlight some of the excellent work they do stamping sexism out of football.

There’s lots more work going on behind the scenes for this fixture, so keep an eye out on our channels and we’ll keep you updated!

MATCH REPORT | Maidenhead United 1 – 1 Yeovil Town

It was an evening of what might’ve been for Yeovil Town, as they were held by Maidenhead United at York Road.

Despite Olufela Olomola opening the scoring with his first goal of his third loan spell, the talking point will be the officials, who ruled out Reuben Reid’s late goal for offside.

However, on the balance of play, a point can be seen as a fair result, with the hosts enjoying vast spells of pressure, especially in the second half.

There were just two changes from the Glovers’ last National League outing ten days ago. Alex Bradley made his first league start of the season in the place of a suspended Dale Gorman, with Lawson D’Ath also making his first start replacing Jordan Barnett.

It was an eventful start, with both sides having a goal ruled out within the opening quarter of an hour, as they pushed for the opener. Town were a first to have a goal ruled out, as Luke Wilkinson saw his header chalked off for a foul.

A matter of moments later, Maidenhead midfielder Remy Clerima headed the ball in the back of the net but he was adjudged to be offside.

However with 18 minutes on the clock, Town would find an opener. A superb strike for Olomola on his left foot gave Maidenhead goalkeeper Dan Gyollai no chance as the ball powered beyond him and nestled into the bottom corner.

Maidenhead weren’t deflated by the equaliser and almost found a leveller in the 24th minute. After Kane Ferdinand’s free-kick cannoned off the bar, the hosts followed it up but a spectacular clearance from Stockport loanee Ben Barclay quelled their efforts.

As the half grew on, both sides enjoyed spells of pressure, but it was Maidenhead who scored the second goal of the evening in the dying embers of the half. Ferdinand rose highest following a long-throw in and saw his header squirm beyond Grant Smith.

On the balance of play an even scoreline at the interval was a fair reflection, but the Glovers would have been frustrated not to have been able to hang on to their advantage until the break.

The second half opened with a far more tense affair, with neither side eager to give up too much territory with the scores level.

An injury to earlier goalscorer Olomola altered the Glovers attacking prowess for a vast spell of the second half, as Town struggled to get his replacement Reuben Reid into the game.

It took until the 63rd minute for a clear cut chance of the half to fall for either side, and it went the way of the hosts who forced a strong hand from Smith as he denied Dan Sparkes’ effort at the edge of the box.

Town’s first sight of goal of the second half fell with ten minutes remained, after a stinging free-kick from Knowles was frustratingly fired straight into the Maidenhead wall. However, just a minute later he found room for a shot at the edge of the box but failed to find the target.

Late in the day, Yeovil could feel aggrieved not to get a second, as substitute Reid bundled the ball into the back of the net, only to have the goal ruled out for offside, much to the dismay of all in green behind the goal.

On the balance of play, it can be said a point was a fair result as Town look ahead to a trip to Chesterfield.

MATCH PREVIEW | Maidenhead United – Yeovil Town

Yeovil Town return to National League action for the first time in ten days with a trip to Maidenhead United on Tuesday evening (7:45pm).

The Glovers were without a league game on Saturday due to safety concerns following Storm Eunice.

Meanwhile, Tuesday’s hosts recorded a memorable victory in front of the TV cameras at York Road, with a 2-0 victory over FA Cup giant-killers Boreham Wood.

Darren Sarll’s thoughts

The boss hasn’t faced the press since Friday’s pre-match press conference for the postponed National League match against Dagenham & Redbridge.

“We’ve got to be better at home, but I think we’ve been from home. In general, some of our results away from home have been fabulous.”

Team news

Speaking ahead of the postponed Dagenham & Redbridge match, Sarll confirmed that Town would have certainly be without Max Hunt who picked up a training injury last month. 

Jack Robinson, who picked up a minor knock against Wealdstone and was a doubt but that situation may have changed in time for Tuesday’s trip to Berkshire. On the suspension front, Dale Gorman serves the first match of his two game ban after picking up his tenth yellow.

Tuesday’s match is the last of Ben Barclay’s initial loan period, but last week Sarll expressed his desire to keep the Stockport man around for an extended period.

A foot in the opposition camp

It’s been a rather perplexing season for Maidenhead United, who possess the record of five wins out of the seven games they’ve played at home against the top seven, but when it comes to teams in the bottom half they have won just two games against them all season.

The mixed bag of results leaves the Magpies in 20th place, but they will be boosted by their victory over high-flying Boreham Wood on Saturday evening, live on BT Sport.

Have we met before?

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

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

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

Earlier this campaign, the Glovers were held to a goalless draw by the Magpies.

Tickets

Tickets can be purchased from the hosts’ website, by clicking HERE, or from the ground on the day. Supporters are encouraged to purchase tickets in advance to avoid queues. 

Those who wish to book travel by supporters coach, can do so by contacting Paul Hadlow of the Green & White’s Supporters Club – 07736044570

Ticket prices:
Adults – £18.00

Concessions (65+, Jobseekers allowance, Student) – £12.00

U16 – £6.00

LOTTERY | Week 4

The results are in…

1st Prize  – £100     Mr Rowland

2nd Prize – £50      Mrs Robus

3rd Prize – £25       Mrs Frampton

TICKETS | Notts County away

Ticket details for Yeovil Town’s trip to Notts County can now be confirmed.

We have taken our allocation to tickets sell for the fixture in advance, these are available to buy on our website or from the ticket office.

Ticket prices:

Adults – £20

65+ – £14

U22 – £14

U18 – £7

U16 -£5

U12 – £1

U7 – FOC with accompanying over 18

Tickets for the fixture will be sold on the day, but prices will be subject to £2 surcharge (apart from U12 and U7 tickets).

Any disabled supporters will pay for their relevant age bracket, with a carer ticket free of charge.

For disabled tickets call the office on 01935 847888. For disabled parking contact Alice Kelk on alice.kelk@nottscounty.co.uk

Those who wish to book travel by supporters coach, can do so by contacting Paul Hadlow of the Green & White’s Supporters Club – 07736044570

MATCH OFF | Dagenham & Redbridge

Yeovil Town can confirm that tomorrow’s fixture against Dagenham & Redbridge has been postponed.

This is due to the adverse weather conditions forecasted to continue into tomorrow afternoon. The safety of all in attendance is at the utmost importance to us, therefore we have had to make the difficult decision to postpone the fixture. We apologise for any inconvenience caused.

Further information regarding a rearranged date will be issued in due course.

Tickets purchased for the fixture will remain valid for the rearranged date, those who cannot attend can contact info@ytfc.net to claim a refund.

MATCH PREVIEW | Yeovil Town – Dagenham & Redbridge

Yeovil Town return to National League action as Dagenham & Redbridge visit Huish Park this Saturday (3pm).

The Glovers, off the back of a Somerset Premier Cup victory, will be hoping to improve league form having won just once in the last five games.

Dagenham, who currently sit in tenth, are five points ahead of Town and Sarll will be hoping his side can cut that deficit on Saturday.

Darren Sarll’s thoughts

The return of Charlie Lee as assistant manager was an overriding talking point in this week’s pre-match press conference. On Lee’s return, Sarll said, “I thought it was important that they ideal candidate fit one of two specific things. It was either someone who knew the role, or someone who knew me. I felt if they didn’t have either of those two things, I thought it might take too much of my time to work with them, especially with just three and a half months left of the season.

“Working back from that, it’s very difficult to get an experienced assistant manager, so that meant it was important to get someone that knew me and my tendencies and behaviours because I know I’m not the easiest person to work with.

“Nobody know me better than Charlie. Let’s make no bones about it, Charlie was one of the toughest players I’ve ever managed, in terms of his character and how spikey he can be. I wanted that impact in the dressing room, he doesn’t suffer fools.”

Team news

In his pre-match press conference, Sarll confirmed that Town will certainly be without Max Hunt who picked up a training injury last month.

Jack Robinson, who picked up a minor knock against Wealdstone is a doubt, whilst Dale Gorman serves the first match of his two game suspension.

Have we met before?

Earlier this season, Yeovil Town were the victors in a tight 1-0 victory at the Chigwell Construction Stadium. In fact, the Glovers have lost just once to Dagenham since relegation to the National League.

That loss came early in 19/20 where the Daggers were the victors in a topsy turvy 3-2 fixture on a boiling hot August day!

Last season, Yeovil claimed four points off Daryl McMahon’s side, drawing 0-0 away before a last minute Tom Knowles free-kick secured a victory at Huish Park.

A foot in the opposition camp

The star man for the visitors is Paul McCallum, a forward with a history of finding the back of the net in the National League, despite injury issues this season, he has struck 8 goals in 21 games in all competitions. When at Barnet, McCallum scored against Town to knock us out of the play-offs in 2019/20.

However, earlier this season it was McCallum’s own-goal that secured three points for Town.

The visitors are likely to be without familiar face Angelo Balanta, who made a handful of appearances in Yeovil Town’s League One play-off winning season.

What’s on at Huish Park

This Saturday, we’ll be hosting our first ‘Memory Lanes’ event in the Alec Stock Lounge. Former Glovers full-back Micky Engwell will be taking part in a supporters Q&A. For more information, click HERE.

Tickets

Tickets remain available online until midday on Saturday, and from the ticket office until kick-off although subject to a surcharge after midday.

CLUB NEWS | Charlie Lee returns as assistant manager

Yeovil Town are delighted to announce that Charlie Lee has been appointed as our first team assistant manager.

Lee, who spent two seasons playing for the Glovers, now ventures into his first full-time coaching role after retiring from playing in December 2021.

The midfielder began his playing career in the Tottenham Hotspur academy and enjoyed a successful career within the EFL and later National League. A promotion specialist, Lee was promoted on five occasions, with Peterborough, Gillingham, and Leyton Orient.

Lee arrives with coaching experience under his belt at youth level, having passed on his expertise within the academies at Leyton Orient and Stevenage.

Speaking on his first day, Lee said,“I’m really excited about it. It’s a great opportunity for me and I’m really looking forward to it.

“I’m going to learn so much, obviously there is a lot for me to learn. I’m new to the role but there’s a lot of things I know I can bring, whether that be day-to-day, with the team or away from the team. I’ll bring a lot of energy.

“I’ve been in football for a long-time, I’ve helped out before with things that the coaches are normally involved in, even when I was here as a player. For that to be my focus, it’s really exciting and I can’t wait for the game on Saturday.”

Manager Darren Sarll commented,“I think the appointment of Charlie highlights so many wonderful things about the Football Club. Firstly, Charlie was desperate to come back and work for me and really try and impact the players with his experience, winning mentality and character.

“Secondly, it goes to show how much he loves and has connected with this Football Club. This was a 3-minute conversation and we had an agreement, I think that says it all about the man and his willingness to make a difference.

“Sure, there are certain aspects of the role he’ll have to learn, but who knows winning better than Charlie? Not many. He’ll be an excellent foil for me and a perfect bridge to a young changing room, his enthusiasm will help me continue the path this team is on. I am truly delighted he is back where he belongs.”

Welcome back, Charlie!

CLUB NEWS | More EPDP success in the Somerset Premier Cup

Yeovil Town advanced in the Somerset Premier Cup last night with a 2-0 victory over Cheddar AFC, with no less than four Elite Player Development Programme students involved in the side.

The match saw starts for both Mason Hunter and Finlay Ridout who began as part of the Glovers’ back four alongside Jordan Barnett & Morgan Williams. Both youngsters completed 90 minutes on their first team debut, and kept the Cheddar forward line quiet throughout the fixture.

Late on, the game saw substitutes appearances for Sam Hodges and Benjani Jr, who were both making their first team debuts.

Benjani Jr warms-up against Cheddar

This isn’t the first involvement for EPDP students in the competition, with the likes of Ollie Haste, Jake Graziano and Corey Andrews all starring in previous rounds of the competition.

Next Tuesday & Friday, the club are hosting two trials for next year’s programme, to sign up, click HERE.

TICKETS | Maidenhead United away

Yeovil Town will travel to Maidenhead United on Tuesday 22nd February (7:45pm KO) and ticket details for this fixture can now be confirmed.

Tickets can be purchased from the hosts’ website, by clicking HERE, or from the ground on the day. Supporters are encouraged to purchase tickets in advance to avoid queues.

Those who wish to book travel by supporters coach, can do so by contacting Paul Hadlow of the Green & White’s Supporters Club – 07736044570

Ticket prices:
Adults – £18.00

Concessions (65+, Jobseekers allowance, Student) – £12.00

U16 – £6.00

TICKETS | Updated ticketing details for Cheddar match

Following the switch to Huish Park, we are now able to confirm ticket details for tonight’s (7:45pm) Somerset Premier Cup match against Cheddar.

Tickets prices will be: Adult – £6, OAP/Armed forces – £3, Under 12’s – £1.

These are available from our online ticket office until 18:30, but will also be available until kick-off from the ticket office in-person.

Just the main stand is open for this evening’s game, those wishing to sit in the allocated away section should purchase their tickets in-person.

The Alec Stock Lounge will be open prior to the game and at half-time.

MATCH REPORT | Yeovil Town U18’s 7-0 Paulton Rovers

Young Glovers EPDP squad dominated Paulton Rovers with a 7-0 victory at Alvington in the South West Counties Youth League 

The U18s returned to league action on Saturday, looking to remain unbeaten in 2022. Buoyed by a dramatic penalty shoot-out win in the National College Cup in midweek, the Young Glovers put in a commanding performance to see off Paulton Rovers in comprehensive fashion and climb to 5th in the table. 

Head Coach Matt Percival was able to rotate the squad, welcoming back Max Dyer to slot in at centre back alongside Finlay Ridout. There was also a first home league start for Kory Retallick in midfield and Charlie Bateson was preferred to Joshua John in a very attack-minded line-up. 

Yeovil began on the front foot and rarely let-up throughout. A great run and piece of skill from Benjani Jr set up Sam Hodges, who let fly from 20 yards only to see his shot cannon of the crossbar. The opening half hour saw Benjani Jr in the thick of the action, having a goal ruled out for offside before seeing his own shot from distance smash against the bar. He got his just rewards shortly after, when Mason Hunter played him in to coolly clip it past the keeper for a 1-0 lead. 

Jake Graziano and Retallick were snapping into tackles and orchestrating play from midfield as Yeovil continued to turn the screw with a series of probing attacks. Skipper Graziano saw a free kick well saved and then had a low shot fizz narrowly wide following a well-worked short corner routine. Shortly before half time the home side grabbed a second when Benjani Jr set up Hodges for a smart finish to make it 2-0 at the break. 

Yeovil came out early in the second half seeking to press home their advantage, but were guilty of being over-elaborate at times and wasteful in front of goal with Hunter spurning a great chance in the 55th minute when his rising shot blazed over. Percival sent on John for Retallick, looking to regain the attacking impetus, and the move kick-started a flurry of goals. Hunter grabbed a third with a calm finish after 60 minutes and then John made it 4-0 with a strong run and clinical strike into the top corner. 

With the result now out of the question, Percival made further changes for the final 20 minutes. Robert Hollard came on in goal to replace Callum Smalley and Tamas Zold replaced Bateson. Benjani Jr, whose determined runs and attacking play were a menace throughout, grabbed his second goal with a low finish to make it 5-0. 

Rio Mapletoft came on for Josh Sutton at left back as the game entered the final quarter. The goals kept coming as John cut in from the right to send a low shot into the bottom corner and then Mapletoft found himself free to slot home and seal a 7-0 win against a beleaguered Rovers defence. 

The U18s will now switch their attention to possible inclusions in the upcoming Somerset Cup Quarter Final tie against Cheddar followed up by a tricky home league match against Bath City on Saturday. 

Team: 1 – Callum Smalley, 2 – Callum Deemer, 3 – Josh Sutton, 5 – Finlay Ridout, 8 – Mason Hunter, 9 – Sam Hodges, 10 – Max Dyer, 11 – Benjani Junior Mwaruwari, 14 – Jake Graziano © 16 – Kory Retallick, 18 – Charlie Bateson Subs: 12 – Robert Hollard, 7 – Joshua John, 15 – Tamas Zold and 17 Rio Mapletoft

by Matt Partridge.

CLUB NEWS | EPDP Trials to take place

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

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

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

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

Our next set of trials will take place on the following dates:  22nd & 25th Feb – 1-3pm on the Huish Park 3G pitch.

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

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

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

To book yourself onto a trial, click HERE.

For more information from Yeovil College, click HERE.

MATCH REPORT | Eastleigh 0 – 0 Yeovil Town

Yeovil Town were held to a goalless draw by Eastleigh at the Silverlake Stadium.

Despite enjoying much of the ball, the Glovers struggled to create enough openings to score what would’ve been the winning goal.

On the balance of play, both sides will likely look back on a point as a fair result.

Darren Sarll made three changes to the side that fell to a defeat at Wealdstone. Grant Smith remained in goal, with Mark Little returning to the defence alongside Luke Wilkinson, Ben Barclay and Morgan Williams.

Jordan Barnett made his return to the starting side in the midfield alongside Dale Gorman and Josh Staunton. Tom Knowles and Charlie Wakefield began in the wide positions.

Leading the line was Olufela Olomola, who was making his third Yeovil Town debut.

The first half saw Yeovil enjoy a vast amount of the ball, but a similar tale to much of the season so far, struggled to find a way to utilise it.

Chances largely fell out of individuals decision to take the onus upon the game, with Knowles forcing the save of the half from McDonnell in the 10th minute after firing from the edge of the box.

The hosts cut increasingly frustrated figures, as they continued to attempt to hit Town on the counter, only to be called offside on a number of occasions.

With neither side really threatening, it took until first half stoppage time for the only clear cut chance of the half to fall. After Eastleigh failed to clear their lines, Gorman pounced and found Olomola who hammered his strike over the bar.

It was more of the same in the second half as chances continued to be at a premium, despite the hosts claiming back some of the possession.

Glovers supporters were left waiting until the 67th minute to see their side create another a clear sight of goal. Gorman’s corner was sent to the far post and met by the skipper who headed back across goal to Barclay who saw his header strike the bar.

With ten minutes to go, the game burst into life, an excellent counter attack spearheaded by Wakefield saw the no.19 force a save from McDonnell. In the aftermath, Ryan Hill punched Knowles and somehow escaped punishment with a yellow card after five minutes of discussions.

Eastleigh looked most likely to grab a winner in the dying embers of the game, but Smith remained untested, with Town holding on for a point on the road.

Yeovil Town: Smith; Little, Wilkinson, Barclay, Williams; Staunton, Gorman, Barnett (Yussuf); Knowles (Bradley), Olomola (Lo-Everton), Wakefield

Bookings: Gorman, Knowles

Subs not used: Reid, Evans

TRANSFER | Olomola returns for a loan spell

Yeovil Town are delighted to announce the loan signing of Olufela Olomola from Hartlepool United until the end of the season.

‘Fela’ is a well-known face to Yeovil Town supporters, enjoying two loan spells at the club during the 17/18 and 18/19 seasons.

Since last spell at Yeovil, Olomola has had a successful loan spell at Carlisle United from Scunthorpe, where he struck five goals in League Two.

At the start of this season, he signed for National League promotion finalist winners Hartlepool on a permanent basis and has made nine appearances in League Two this season.

Speaking after his signature was confirmed, he said; “I’m happy. I’m delighted the deals been done and I can’t wait to get going.

“Darren Sarll was very enthusiastic about getting me down here. I want to make an impact on the team, help climb up the table and get some wins.”

The forward will wear the no.10 shirt during his time at the club, and goes straight into the match day squad for tomorrow’s game against Eastleigh.

MATCH PREVIEW | Eastleigh – Yeovil Town

Yeovil Town will travel to Eastleigh on Saturday afternoon (3pm) looking to bounce back from a disappointing defeat on Tuesday evening.

After a three game unbeaten streak, the Glovers came unstuck in West London against Wealdstone but will be hoping to right that wrong in front of a healthy travelling contingent in Hampshire.

It’s been a difficult few weeks in the hosts’ camp, picking up just two points across their last five games coinciding with the departure of long-serving manager Ben Strevens.

Darren Sarll’s thoughts

Speaking ahead of the game, Sarll said; “We’ve got lots of areas we need to address ourselves and lots to do on the coaching pitch.

“However, these are elements we already know, this is a developmental group but the issue with Tuesday night, it didn’t give me evidence to say they’re getting better because the performance was a regression.

“Training yesterday though was excellent. It’s not just the players, when you lose or play badly, the manager has a huge part to play in that as well.”

Team news

After sitting out on Tuesday evening with minor injuries, both Mark Little and Lawson D’Ath could be in line for a return against Eastleigh.

Jordan Barnett, who limped off with an injury against Solihull is looking likely for a return after returning to training.

The boss also mentioned that he was busy in the transfer market and hoped a new arrival would be in before the fixture so keep your eyes peeled!

A foot in the opposition camp

It’s been a hectic few weeks in Hampshire, with Eastleigh sacking club legend Ben Strevens from his management role. At the time of writing, the club are yet to find a replacement for him, with Jason Bristol in temporary charge of the club.

The most familiar face in the Eastleigh ranks is Michael Kelly, who spent the second half of last season on loan at Yeovil Town, he made 20 National League apps during his time in Somerset. Another former Glover amongst the hosts’ squad is Tom Whelan, the Liverpudlian midfielder signed for Yeovil in 2019 but struggled to hold down a first team place, leading to loan spells at Chippenham and Weymouth, the latter who he eventually joined on a permanent basis.

Have we met before?

Yeovil Town have endured a mixed record against the Spitfires since relegation to the National League, with two wins and two defeats.

Eastleigh were the opponents in Darren Sarll’s first victory as Yeovil Town manager way back in August 2019. Due to COVID-19’s curtailment of the 19/20 season, the two sides did not meet again until December 2020, which saw Eastleigh claim their first victory over the Glovers. In February 2021, the Spitfires claimed their second as Ryan Hill grabbed the only goal of the game at the Silverlake Stadium.

This season, Yeovil Town were the 2-1 victors at Huish Park thanks to goals from Tom Knowles and Adi Yussuf.

Tickets

Tickets can be purchased from the Spitfires’ website, linked HERE.

Those who wish to book travel by supporters coach, can do so by contacting Paul Hadlow of the Green & White’s Supporters Club – 07736044570

You can purchase tickets on the day from the Eastleigh ticket office, but they do advise to purchase in a advance to avoid queues. 

Ticket prices:

Adult – £15.00

Concessions – £10.00

Student (17-21) – £7.00

Junior (12-16) – £2.00

U11 – free

CLUB NEWS | Send in your questions for ‘Memory Lanes’ Q&A

As first advertised last week, Yeovil Town will be hosting a number of Q&A’s with former players, sponsored by Lanes Hotel.

Questions can now be sent in to our host, Paul Thorpe via email – Thorpy1955@gmail.com.

The first Q&A, with Micky Engwell will take place ahead of Yeovil Town’s National League clash with Dagenham & Redbridge on 19th February in the Alec Stock Lounge. Doors will open from approx 12:30pm and spaces will be on a first come, first served basis.

Full list –

19th Feb – Dagenham – Micky Engwell

12th March – Grimsby – Martyn Grimshaw 

26th March – Southend – tbc

15th April – Aldershot – tbc

23rd April – Stockport – Dean Birkby

2nd May – Wealdstone – Andy Lindegaard

7th May – Boreham Wood – Jeff Sherwood 

MATCH REPORT | Wealdstone 2 – 1 Yeovil Town

Yeovil Town fell to a disappointing defeat at the hands of Wealdstone in West London.

The hosts built a comfortable two goal lead in the first half, with two quick fire goals at the end of the half.

Dale Gorman pulled a goal back from the penalty spot, but it just wasn’t enough for Yeovil who were largely second best all evening.

Darren Sarll made two changes to the starting side from Saturday’s draw, Jack Robinson returned to his left back role whilst Reuben Reid made his first National League start of the season.

This meant both Jordan Barnett and Mark Little missed out entirely with injury. Lawson D’Ath, after his extended pitch time against Solihull also didn’t make the trip.

The game began with chances falling for both sides, firstly the hosts’ way. Ira Jackson found room at the edge of the box after jinxing through the Glovers midfield, he then drove an effort on goal forced a save from Grant Smith.

At the other end, some excellent hold-up play from Reuben Reid forced goalkeeper Stones George Wickens to close him down. He then laid the ball into Josh Staunton’s path who had his shot blocked.

The better chances of the opening stages fell to the hosts. Grant Smith’s tame goal kick fell to Josh Umerah, he then drove to goal but a heroic block from Williams denied him.

With 21 minutes on the clock, Yeovil thought they had taken the lead. Gorman’s wide free-kick delivery was met by Staunton who fired the ball into the top corner but was adjudged to be offside.

As the half grew on, chances began to dry up for the Glovers, but the hosts found a second wind at the end of the half. Two quick fire goals, the first from Umerah who poked the ball home, and just three minutes later through Nikola Taveres who reacted fastest from the corner.

A shellshocked Yeovil needed the break to rejuvenate their performance, but in truth, that spark never really came in the second half either, with Wickens largely untested.

Gorman’s penalty chance came largely out of nothing as he was fouled just at the edge of the box, but afterwards the Glovers struggled to find a way in behind the Stones’ defence.

It was actually Wealdstone who had the better chances late on, with substitute Rhys Browne firing narrowly wide with minutes to go.

The result leaves Town in 12th place, with a trip to Eastleigh on Saturday to make amends.

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

Bookings: Williams, Wilkinson

Subs not used: Evans, Stephens

MATCH PREVIEW | Wealdstone – Yeovil Town

Yeovil Town supporters will travel to Wealdstone FC for the first time since 1989 on Tuesday evening (7:45pm).

Unbeaten in their last three games, albeit with two draws Yeovil Town will look to turn those draws into a victory in Ruislip against Stuart Maynard’s Stones.

It’s been a case of second season syndrome Wealdstone, after a positive start to life in the National League, Wealdstone sit in 20th place, but eight points clear of the drop zone with two games in hand.

Darren Sarll’s thoughts

Speaking after last weekend’s draw with Solihull Moors, Sarll said; “We’re back on a mini-run now, we can go there with a lot of confidence having only conceded one goal in three games, I know we’ve only scored one goal in those games.

“Defensively, we’ve given ourselves a really strong foundation to move forward again, and the players will come out of this with the belief they can defend and keep clean sheets.

“That builds confidence through the team, because it then knows it only needs one or two chances to win a game.”

Team news

Yeovil Town were boosted by the early return of Josh Staunton on Saturday afternoon, who was originally stated to be back for the Wealdstone match.

In his post-match interview, Sarll noted that there might be three or four injury concerns following the Solihull Moors match, including Jordan Barnett who was forced into a substitution first half.

Barnett’s replacement was Lawson D’Ath who will be unlikely to start in West London after just returning from a long-term lay-off.

Have we met before?

This will be our first National League clash of the season against the Stones. Sarll will be hoping for a similar showing to last season’s trip to the Vale, the Glovers were the 2-0 victors in May 2021, with Tom Knowles and Joe Quigley on the scoresheet.

Earlier last season, the two sides met at Huish Park and played out a 2-2 draw, with a certain Charlie Wakefield starting for Wealdstone that night.

Prior to last season, the last meeting came in 1989 where Yeovil were the 4-1 victors.

A foot in the opposition camp

This season has seen many departures from the Stones, and none more influential than Connor Stevens who signed for Boreham Wood last week, and started in their FA Cup victory over Bournemouth.

Many of the side who won the National League South in 2020 are no longer at the club, with star men such as Michee Efete, Dennon Lewis and Jacob Mendy all moving on in the last 12 months.

This has seen the arrival of many new faces, including former Glover Rhys Browne, who has one National League goal to his name this season.

Tickets

Tickets For Yeovil Town’s trip to Wealdstone can be purchased from the hosts’ website or from the ground. 

To purchase your tickets, click HERE.

Prices:

Adult – £15.00

Concession – £10.00

18-23 – £8.00

U18 – £5.00

U14 – free

LOTTERY | Week 2 results

The 1895 Private Members Draw winners for January 2022  (£200 each) are:

J Barnard

A Martin

M Wrixon

J Fry

A Everest

Golden Gamble Winners 

1st Prize                £150       461

2nd Prize               £ 70        184 (not claimed)

3rd Prize                £ 45        513

Weekly Lottery Winners Week 2

1st Prize    £100     J Bartlett

2nd Prize    £50      Mrs Chorley

3rd Prize     £25      Mr P Sibley

TICKETS | Eastleigh away

Tickets details for Yeovil Town’s trip to Eastleigh (Sat 12th Feb – 3pm) can now be confirmed.

The tickets can be purchased from the Spitfires’ website, linked HERE.

Those who wish to book travel by supporters coach, can do so by contacting Paul Hadlow of the Green & White’s Supporters Club – 07736044570

You can purchase tickets on the day from the Eastleigh ticket office, but they do advise to purchase in a advance to avoid queues.

Ticket prices:

Adult – £15.00

Concessions – £10.00

Student (17-21) – £7.00

Junior (12-16) – £2.00

U11 – free

MATCH REPORT | Yeovil Town 0 – 0 Solihull Moors

Yeovil Town were held to a scoreless draw at Huish Park by in-form Solihull Moors on Saturday afternoon.

In what was a relatively tame affair, neither side found the attacking touch to make their chances pay.

On the balance of play, neither side could really feel aggrieved at the draw, which was the second between the two sides this season.

The first half was played in a timid fashion, with chances at a premium for both sides. The visitors enjoyed a vast amount of the ball, but rarely tested Grant Smith.

The Glovers no.1 was forced into just one save in the first half, as he stood tall when Callum Maycock found room to poke an effort in his direction from a tight angle.

Frustratingly for Darren Sarll, he was forced into an early change as Jordan Barnett was unable to shake off an injury and had to be replaced by Lawson D’Ath.

Despite the Moors’ control of possession, it was Town who had the best chance of the half. Tom Knowles found Charlie Wakefield who beat the offside trap for a one-on-one but he almost had too much time to think about his strike as he failed to beat Ryan Boot.

The second half was a far more entertaining affair, with both sides far more adventurous in possession. Its early stages saw Town work the ball round the Solihull defence eventually finding Knowles on the edge of the box who turned quickly and shot but fired straight into Boot’s gloves.

Ten minutes into the half, Matt Worthington found Knowles darting into the right-hand side box, he beat two defenders and forced a corner with his poked effort, which ultimately led to nothing.

However, the best chance of the opening stages of the second half fell to Solihull. Danny Newton, who played under Sarll at Stevenage, escaped the Yeovil backline and rounded Smith, but fortunately for the Glovers, his effort hit the side-netting.

As the half grew on, chances came and went for both sides, with the best falling to Knowles with just under ten to play. The winger was found by an off-balance Wakefield but he couldn’t direct his first-time effort on target.

Late in the day, Solihull were reduced to ten after Jordan Cranston received his second yellow card, but it was too late to really influence proceedings.

Yeovil Town: Smith; Little (Robinson), Wilkinson, Barclay, Williams; Staunton, Gorman, Barnett (D’Ath), Worthington (Reid); Knowles, Wakefield.

Subs not used: Lo-Everton, Yussuf

CLUB STATEMENT | Anti-social behaviour

In recent weeks, the Club have become aware of an increase in anti-social behaviour by a small minority Yeovil Town supporters at home and away fixtures.

There has been an increase in wholly unacceptable language and chanting by this minority of supporters, something the football club strongly condemns. In recent months, there has also been an increase in pyrotechnics which we remind supporters are banned from all football stadia.   

As a football club, we want Huish Park to be a welcoming environment for all and will work hard to ensure incidents like this do not happen again. 

We would also like to thank the vast majority of fans who continue to showcase the football club in a positive light, both at Huish Park and when travelling to away grounds. 

MATCH PREVIEW | Yeovil Town – Solihull Moors

Yeovil Town will look to return to winning ways as Solihull Moors visit Huish Park on Saturday afternoon (3pm).

Off the back of a disappointing draw with bitter rivals Weymouth, the Glovers have a point to prove against a Solihull side with similar play-off ambitions.

In recent weeks, Solihull have been one of the National League’s form sides, winning all of their last four fixtures.

Darren Sarll’s thoughts

Speaking in his pre-match press conference, Sarll said; “Both of their forwards (Newton & Dallas), we wanted in the Summer. Danny Newton I had him at Stevenage, we got him from Telford.

“I know Danny very well, I spoke to him and he was a player we would’ve very much liked to have here to compliment our group. Andrew Dallas is somebody they acquired from Cambridge for a fee which was not in our capabilities.

“They’re two very good centre forwards, I don’t know Andrew personally, but I do Danny and he’s a great guy.”

Team news

After sitting out due to suspension against the Terras, Mark Little and Tom Knowles can both return to the fold on Saturday afternoon.

Josh Staunton remains an injury doubt but will be assessed on Friday afternoon as to whether he can be involved in some capacity whilst Max Hunt remains a long-term absentee.

Have we met before?

Since relegation to the National League, Yeovil Town have endured mixed results against the Moors.

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

Last season, a second half collapse saw Yeovil fall to a 5-1 defeat, but it right just days later with a 3-0 victory at Huish Park.

Earlier this season, the two sides could not be separated in a 0-0 draw at Damson Park.

A foot in the opposition camp

Solihull Moors have been in red-hot form in recent weeks, especially star striker Andy Dallas. In his last three games, the former Cambridge United man has hit eight goals, including a five goal haul against Dover Athletic.

The Moors have won all of their last four games, hitting five goals on two occasions, so will be full of confidence on Saturday afternoon.

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.

TICKETS | Trip to Wealdstone

Tickets For Yeovil Town’s trip to Wealdstone can be purchased from the hosts’ website.

The Glovers will travel to Wealdstone for the rearranged clash on Tuesday 8th February, with the match kicking off at 7:45pm.

To purchase your tickets, click HERE.

Prices:

Adult – £15.00

Concession – £10.00

18-23 – £8.00

U18 – £5.00

U14 – free

CLUB NEWS | Meet club legends on upcoming match days

Yeovil Town are delighted to announce that we will be welcoming back a number of club legends on upcoming match days at Huish Park for ‘Memory Lanes Q&A’ – sponsored by Lanes Hotel.

Starting from our National League clash with Dagenham, a number of former players will be hosted in the Alec Stock Lounge, and taking part in supporter Q&A’s pre-match.

There’s no need to book for these events, with entry free to the Alec Stock Lounge. We encourage supporters to arrive early to avoid missing out.

Full list:

19th Feb – Dagenham – Mickey Engwell

12th March – Grimsby – Martyn Grimshaw 

26th March – Southend – tbc

15th April – Aldershot – tbc

23rd April – Stockport – Dean Birkby

2nd May – Wealdstone – Andy Lindegaard

7th May – Boreham Wood – Jeff Sherwood 

MATCH REPORT | Yeovil Town 1 – 1 Weymouth

Yeovil Town were held by Weymouth once again after an entertaining derby day clash at Huish Park.

After a poor first half where the visitors opened the scoring through Sean Shields, the Glovers came out in the second half with a point to prove.

Adi Yussuf forced an own-goal with less than ten minutes played in the second half, but Darren Sarll’s side lacked that final killer touch when chasing a winner.

There were just two changes to the side that beat Woking last weekend, both of which were enforced. With Tom Knowles and Mark Little suspended, Jack Robinson and Yussuf returned to the fold.

Starting fast has been a feature of Yeovil’s game this season, but their start was quite the opposite, with Weymouth taking the lead with four minutes on the clock. Sonny Blu Lo-Everton was caught napping, with the visitors pouncing on his loose pass and finding Shields at the back post to take the lead.

In truth, Weymouth looked the more likely to score the second goal of the game, as it took until the 21st minute For Yeovil to fashion their first opening. Lo-Everton, eager to atone for his earlier error, found Charlie Wakefield in acres of space who shot from the edge of the box and forced a corner.

Wakefield was Town’s sole route to goal in the first half, but the ball in behind for him did not come often enough, and when it did, it was almost always wayward.

At the break, it was clear Yeovil had much to improve. Sarll looked to his bench for an impact as Reuben Reid replaced Lo-Everton.

It took just three minutes for Reid to make himself a handful, meeting Jordan Barnett’s dangerous corner but saw his header hit the roof of the net.

However, with 52 minutes on the clock, Yeovil found the leveller their start to the second half deserved. Barnett, who had pushed further forward following the interval, dropped the ball back for Yussuf who saw his effort take a heavy deflection off Tyler Corner to level the game.

The goal rejuvenated the Glovers, and with a noise Thatcher’s Stand willing them on, they looked the far more likely side to score. Yet, chances came and went for Town and the next best opening actually fell Weymouth’s way, with Grant Smith forced into a save from earlier goalscorer Shield’s as he found himself unmarked six-yards from goal.

Straight back down the other end, the threatening Wakefield burst in behind and put the ball just wide of Fitzsimmon’s goal.

As the game grew on, Sarll looked to his bench once again, which saw the welcome return of Lawson D’Ath from a long injury lay-off. He looked sharp, beating Weymouth players on a number of occasions and offered a creative edge that was previously lacking.

However, clear-cut chances still didn’t fall, forcing Town into efforts from distance, most notably from Morgan Williams who forced a save from Fitzsimmons.

In the dying moments, Weymouth were reduced to ten as Omar Mussa received his second yellow card of the game. There were only a matter of second remaining following this, yet Town found time for one more chance. Following pinball in the box, the ball fell to Yussuf who couldn’t quite get a clean connection on his effort to condemn Yeovil to another 1-1 draw with the fierce rivals.

Yeovil Town: Smith; Robinson, Wilkinson, Barclay, Williams; Gorman, Worthington (D’Ath), Barnett (Bradley); Lo-Everton (Reid), Wakefield, Yussuf

Bookings: Worthington, Wilkinson, Robinson

Subs not used: Evans, Stephens