Month: March 2022

TICKETS | Barnet away

Tickets for Yeovil Town’s trip to Barnet (2nd April – 3pm) are now available to purchase from the hosts’ website.

Charlie Lee’s Glovers will be looking to extend a positive run of form and add a fourth win in a row.

Prices:

Adult – £22
Concessions (over 65 and under 21) – £14
Under 17 – £5

Click HERE to purchase yours.

Supporters are able to redeem a ‘Buy one, get one free’ offer, for more information available HERE.

As ever, the G&WSC will be running coaches for supporters wishing to join us in North West London, to book your place, contact Paul Hadlow on 07736044570.

CLUB NEWS | Adam Stansfield memorial game tickets on sale

Tickets for the Yeovil Town legends game in memory of Adam Stansfield (14th May – 2pm KO) are now available from the Yeovil Town online ticket office.

A team of Glovers legends will face off against a team of South-West legends, with funds raised going to the Adam Stansfield Foundation.

The fixture will see the likes of Terry Skiverton, Chris Weale, Kevin Gall and many more favourites who played alongside Stanno return to play at Huish Park once more.

On the same day, Yeovil Town supporters will face Exeter City supporters, with the fixture taking place prior to the Legends game. Tickets for the Legends game include access to this fixture.

Stanno is fondly remembered by both Yeovil and Exeter City fans for his unbelievable contribution to both clubs’ success, so why not join us for a memorable day at Huish Park!

Ticket prices:

Adults – £8.00

Young person (4-16) – £4.00

U4 – free

Family ticket ( 2 adults + 2 children) – £20.00

Player lounge ticket – £15.00

Click HERE to purchase your ticket.

Tickets for the fixture will only be sold in advance, so please purchase yours to avoid missing out.

Hospitality packages for the fixture are also available, to book them please contact ytfcgame@gmail.com

LOTTERY | Week 9

The results are in…

1st Prize                £100       Mrs Brockway

2nd Prize               £ 50        Mr Scully

3rd Prize                £ 25        Mrs Chedzoy

CLUB STATEMENT | Darren Sarll

Yeovil Town can confirm the departure of Darren Sarll with immediate effect. 

Sarll, who has been at the helm since 2019, has accepted an offer from another National League side. 

All at Yeovil Town would like to place on record our thanks to Sarll for all his efforts over his three seasons in charge. We wish him all the best in his future endeavours. 

Charlie Lee will take interim charge of the football club for the foreseeable future. 

We will not be making further comment at this time.

MATCH REPORT | Yeovil Town 2 – 0 Southend United

A superb first half showing from Yeovil Town secured a third win on the bounce with a 2-0 victory over Southend United.

Goals from Reuben Reid and Tom Knowles within the first ten minutes built a comfortable advantage in the early stages.

It could’ve been more for the Glovers, but 2-0 was how it remained, with Yeovil leapfrogging Southend.

Darren Sarll made just one change to the side which beat Bromley. Josh Staunton was handed a well earned rest with captain Luke Wilkinson returning to the fold.

It was a phenomenal start from the Glovers, who blew the visitors away in the opening ten minutes. With just three minutes on the clock, Town gave fans a glimpse of what was to come with Charlie Wakefield gliding in-behind, but he was unable to find his marker.

With the match in tribute to our captain, Lee Collins, it was written in the stars that Yeovil would score in the fourth minute. Reid grabbed his second goal of the season, beating his marker to the ball following Lawson D’Ath’s cross and poking the ball home beyond Steve Arnold.

Less than five minutes later, Knowles added Town’s second. D’Ath’s quick throw-in found Wakefield whose pass gave Knowles the easy task of tapping the ball home.

After a rocky start, the Shrimpers did enjoy spells of possession, but similarly to Tuesday’s victory over Bromley, he remained untested throughout the first half.

In the closing stages of the half, Town should’ve added a third. A brilliant pass from Reid released Knowles who saw his effort headed off the line.

The second half brought more of the same for Yeovil Town, with a number of chances in the opening stages of the half.

Within two minutes, Wilkinson’s flick on was almost met by Reid, but a heroic block denied an almost certain goal.

Moments later, a long-ball was headed clear by Southend, but with Arnold in no mans land, the ball dropped to Wakefield who saw his first time effort fly wide of the empty net.

As the half grew on, Southend looked to grow into the game but did little to test Ted Cann. They were often limited to long shots with former Yeovil trials Callum Powell firing an effort well over the bar.

In the closing stages, the best chances of the half fell to substitute Alex Bradley, who saw his 1v1 effort saved by Steve Arnold.

As the full-time whistle blew, it was a thoroughly deserved victory for the Glovers who now look to extend their run in North West London against Barnet.

Yeovil Town: Cann; Williams, Wilkinson, Barclay, Little; Gorman, D’Ath (Bradley), Worthington; Knowles, Reid (Olomola), Wakefield (Neufville).

Subs not used: Barnett, Staunton.

TRANSFER | Ben Barclay’s loan move extended

Ben Barclay’s loan move from Stockport County has been extended until the end of the season.

The central defender has been a mainstay in the Glovers’ defence since his arrival in Somerset, making 12 National League appearances, scoring once against Dover.

We would like to thank Stockport County for their cooperation in this deal.

Great to have you with us, Ben.

MATCH PREVIEW | Yeovil Town – Southend United

Yeovil Town will look for a third win on the spin on Saturday afternoon (3pm) as Southend United visit Huish Park.

The two sides are separated by just two points in 13th & 12th place respectively, and Town can leapfrog the Shrimpers with a victory.

For the visitors, after a positive start to the year, Kevin Maher’s side have suffered two defeats in their last three games, and will be looking to bounce back and reinvigorate their final stretch of the season.

Darren Sarll’s thoughts

Speaking ahead of the fixture, Sarll said; “I think Kevin’s (Maher) has been brilliant. We know each other very well, he’s a terrific competitive guy.

“He was a very good player, tough as anything. You’re determined by you’re recruitment, and what he’s done well with is the second batch of recruitment.

“The team Southend are playing now is nothing like the team that started the season.”

Team news

Max Hunt remains on-target for a mid-April return after his training injury earlier this year. That means Ben Barclay’s loan is to be extended, with Sarll confirming it should be completed on Friday.

Glovers no.1 Grant Smith is also unavailable due to his groin injury, whilst Adi Yussuf remains on international duty with Tanzania.

Toby Stephens’ loan deal with Barnstaple Town was extended until the end of the season so he’ll line-up for the Devon outfit on Saturday afternoon.

Middlesbrough loanee Jack Robinson is also unavailable due to an injury reoccurrence.

Have we met before?

The two sides met in National League action in January, a matter of days after the Glovers’ FA Cup clash with AFC Bournemouth. Southend were the 2-1 victors that evening, with Reuben Reid grabbing Town’s goal.

Prior to the earlier encounter, the two sides had 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. This was the last meeting between the two sides at Huish Park with Matt Worthington the only current member of the squad involved that day.

A foot in the opposition camp

Many Yeovil Town supporters would’ve been keeping an eye on Southend United after they signed former Glovers forward Rhys Murphy in the Summer. However, he is unlikely to line-up at Huish Park after an injury he sustained in the reverse fixture in January.

After a superb run at the start of the year, Southend have suffered two defeats in their last three games, most recently at the hands of Maidenhead United.

What’s on at Huish Park?

This Saturday is a busy day at Huish Park, with the fixture falling closest to the anniversary of the passing of Lee Collins, Saturday’s game will be held in tribute to the Skipper. For more information, click HERE.

In the Alec Stock Lounge, we will be hosting our second ‘Memory Lanes’ Q&A, with Mickey Engwell. For more information on this event, 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. It’s looking like it will be a gorgeous day in Yeovil, so why not join us in the sun?

CLUB NEWS | Mickey Engwell Q&A

The next ‘Memory Lanes’ Q&A is with Mickey Engwell. It’s taking place this Saturday before the Southend game.

Similarly to the Jamie McAllister Q&A, this will take place in the Alec Stock Lounge at approx 1:30pm.

Mickey began his career at Southend United, progressing through the club’s academy, making nine Football League appearances for the club, scoring three times before moving onto Crewe Alexandra in 1986. At Crewe, Mickey made two league appearances, departing the club at the end of the season, subsequently signing for Chelmsford City.

Following his spell at Chelmsford, Micket played for Barking, Harrow Borough, Enfield and Grays Athletic, before signing for Yeovil in 1995, reuniting with former Enfield manager Graham Roberts.

At his time with the club, Mickey made 114 appearances in all competitions over the course of his three seasons with us, helping the club win the ICIS league and promotion back to the Conference in the 1997-98 season.

At his time with the Glovers, Mickey established himself as a crowd favourite with his never say die attitude and his commitment to the club. For the 8000 plus who were there that memorable night against Enfield in March 1997, and the 2000 locked out, no one will ever forget his goal after four minutes to send Huish Park wild. And Mickey, we know it was a shot not a cross! 

At his time with us over three seasons, Mickey played 114 times for The Glovers, scoring 5 goals. Leaving us in March 1998. When Mickey signed for Chesham United, his qualities as an attacking full back were missed. 

Still when we think back to that ICIS winning team as fans, one name will always be mentioned, that of Mickey Engwell.

To submit your questions, please email our host Ian – Ian.welch15@btinternet.com.

CLUB NEWS | Southend fixture in tribute to Lee Collins

This Saturday’s fixture against Southend United will be held in tribute to our captain Lee Collins.

Almost one-year after Lee’s tragic passing, Saturday’s game is the closest home fixture to the anniversary of our loss of Lee.

For the fixture, we are delighted to welcome Lee’s family to Huish Park, with his three daughters; Amelia, Laila, and Charlie-Mae taking up mascot duties. Lee’s family are forever part of the Yeovil Town family and we know you’ll give them a warm reception once more.

As ever, we ask supporters in the Thatchers Stand to hold aloft the Lee Collins banner as the players enter the pitch.

Tributes to Lee will be paid before kick-off, so we ask supporters to be in their seats around 15 minutes before kick-off so you can join us in celebrating his life.

Tickets for the fixture remain available, click HERE to purchase yours.

CLUB NEWS | Adi Yussuf earns fourth Tanzania cap

Adi Yussuf enjoyed a successful return to the Tanzania squad on Wednesday afternoon with a 3-1 win against the Central African Republic.

The Glovers forward started for the Taifa Stars at the 60,000 seater Benjamin Mkapa Stadium. This was his fourth cap for his nation and his first since 2019.

Tanzania struck ahead in the first half through 18-year-old Beitar Tel Aviv star Novatus Miroshi. In the second half, they added to their tally with former Aston Villa man Mbwana Samatta getting in on the act. The visitors pulled a goal back from the penalty spot before George Mpole added a third. 

Next up for Tanzania is a friendly against Botswana which will be played at the same time the Glovers host Southend.

MATCH REPORT | Yeovil Town 2 – 1 Bromley

Yeovil Town made it two wins on the bounce with a 2-1 victory over Bromley at Huish Park.

An early goal from Lawson D’Ath opened the scoring for the Glovers but Bromley pulled a goal back against the run of play.

After an extended spell of pressure, Tom Knowles restored Town’s lead to secure a National League victory at Huish Park.

Darren Sarll made two changes to the Town side which beat Dover Athletic. D’Ath returned to the fold in the place of Jordan Barnett whilst Reuben Reid replaced Adi Yussuf who is currently on international duty. There was also a switch of system for the Glovers back to the diamond midfield.

The change of system seemed to work to perfection, with the Glovers well on-top throughout the first half. It took three minutes for a chance to fall Yeovil’s way. Matt Worthington won the ball high-up and drove into the Bromley half, he then found Reuben Reid who forced a corner with his powerful strike from the edge of the box.

In the 10th minute, Yeovil worked a chance again. A lofted ball down the line released Charlie Wakefield who placed the ball into D’Ath’s path, he set himself well but couldn’t find a finish.

Just one minute later, D’Ath made no mistake to open the scoring. An excellent ball across the box from Knowles gave D’Ath an easy task to poke home the opener.

Yeovil looked the only side likely to score in the first half, and continued applying the pressure. A superb pass from Gorman minutes after the goal found Reid with his back to goal, he turned and forced a strong save from the Bromley keeper.

On his return to the side, Reid looked bright. Great footwork from Reid him worked room in the right channel to provide a dangerous cross with twenty on the clock, but he couldn’t find a Yeovil body with his driven ball.

Having been rested previously against Grimsby, the Glovers seemed to reap the rewards of a revitalised Knowles. The Glovers no.11 took on half the Bromley team and fired a rocket from around 30-yards which flew inches wide.

Completely against the run of play, Bromley equalised in the 25th minute as George Alexander capitalised on Cann’s misjudgement.

This did little to dishearten Town, the bright Reid burst in behind following a pass from Wakefield but his effort was saved once again by Balcombe.

With five minutes of the half remaining, Cann made up for his earlier error, producing a superb stop to deny Alexander as he burst through on goal.

At the break, the Glovers would’ve been the more frustrated of the two sides having created far more chances.

The second half took a little longer for the Glovers to click into gear, but they were the side in the ascendancy once again.

On the hour mark excellent combination between Reid and Wakefield got the duo in behind, Reid then laid the ball back to Gorman who fired over.

Moments later, a superb spell of pressure for Town ended with Staunton forcing a fingertip save from Balcombe.

With twenty to go, Josh Neufville made his return to Huish Park for the first time in ten months, and made an instant impact. In a similar fashion to last season, Neufville found Knowles rushing into the box to restore the Glovers’ lead in the fixture.

Just five minutes later, Knowles won Town a free-kick on the edge of the box, but most in attendance were shocked that he didn’t give a penalty with the goalscorer inside the box when he was fouled.

In the last ten minutes, Bromley upped the pressure, but a number of clearances from substitute skipper Luke Wilkinson ensured the Glovers were the victors at Huish Park.

Yeovil Town: Cann; Little, Barclay, Staunton (Wilkinson), Williams; Staunton, Gorman, D’Ath (Neufville), Knowles; Wakefield (Olomola), Reid

Bookings: Knowles, Gorman, Worthington

Subs not used: Bradley, Barnett.


CLUB NEWS | Adi Yussuf called up to Tanzania squad

Yeovil Town forward Adi Yussuf has been selected for the Tanzanian international squad for their upcoming fixtures.

The Taifa Stars take on the Central African Republic on Wednesday March 23rd, Botswana on Saturday 26th March, before a showdown with Sudan on Tuesday 29th March.

The Glovers no.23’s call-up means he will be unavailable for upcoming National League fixtures against Bromley & Southend.

Yussuf was first called up for international duty in 2015, but didn’t make his debut until 2019. He has a total of three caps for his country.

Congratulations Adi!

MATCH PREVIEW | Yeovil Town – Bromley

Yeovil Town are back at Huish Park tomorrow evening (7:45pm), facing Bromley in National League action.

Last time out, the Glovers returned to winning ways against Dover, and will now be hoping to carry momentum into the clash with the Ravens.

In recent weeks, the visitors haven’t been able to pack the punch they possessed in the first half of the season, having not won in the National League since late January.

Darren Sarll’s thoughts

Speaking following victory over Dover, Sarll said; “We’ve still got so much to do with our forward play, our goals came from (Ben) Barclay and (Dale) Gorman. It is pleasing for goals to come from set-plays as our deliveries deserve goals.

“I was astounded by there physical performance of our players, I thought they were magnificent.”

Team news

Luke Wilkinson was a notable absentee last Saturday afternoon and Tuesday’s game could come just too soon for the skipper.

Grant Smith missed out against Dover due to a groin injury, so Ted Cann looks likely to start at Huish Park.

Despite returning to training on grass last week, Max Hunt will sit out against the Ravens.

A foot in the opposition camp

It’s been a difficult 2022 for Bromley on a National League front, with the Ravens winless since January. However, Andy Woodman’s side are just one win away from Wembley after reaching the FA Trophy semi-final.

In the centre of the Ravens’ defence stand two familiar faces, Omar Sowunmi and Byron Webster are both formerly of Yeovil Town. Webster is fondly remembered at Huish Park for his role in the Glovers’ promotion to the Championship.

Have we met before?

Fixtures against the Ravens are typically dramatic affairs. In Darren Sarll’s first season, the Glovers claimed four points from the two games between the sides, Town’s win came in September 2019 at Huish Park, goals from Charlie Lee, Jimmy Smith and an own goal extended a winning run to seven games. Just two months later, a stoppage time Rhys Murphy goal secured a point for the Glovers at Hayes Lane.

Last season saw three fixtures between the two sides, with the Glovers winning two of them. In November 2020, a Gabby Rogers strike in extra time secured passage to the FA Cup Second Round. Just one month later, Sarll’s side travelled to Hayes Lane once again and secured their first National League win of the season.

Earlier this season, wonder strikes from Tom Knowles and Charlie Wakefield ensured Yeovil returned to Somerset with three points.

Tickets

Tickets remain available online until 4:45pm on Tuesday and from the ticket office until kick-off although subject to a surcharge after 4:45pm.

LOTTERY | Week 8

The results are in…

1st Prize                £100       Mr Walls

2nd Prize             £ 50        Mr Wescott

3rd Prize                £ 25        Mrs Harvey

MATCH REPORT | Dover Athletic 0 – 2 Yeovil Town

Yeovil Town returned to winning ways with a 2-0 victory over Dover Athletic at the Crabble.

Goals in either half from Ben Barclay and Dale Gorman was enough to secure three points on the road for Town.

The Glovers’ victory result confirmed Dover’s somewhat inevitable fate as they were relegated to the National League South.

Darren Sarll made four changes to the Yeovil Town’s side which fell to a defeat at Grimsby. Ted Cann made his second debut for the club, with Grant Smith left out due to a groin injury. Morgan Williams began at left-back and Mark Little started on the right-hand side. Josh Staunton began in central defence alongside Ben Barclay.

Jordan Barnett returned to the Glovers’ midfield alongside Matt Worthington and Dale Gorman. Charlie Wakefield and Tom Knowles flanked Adi Yussuf in attack.

It was two of Sarll’s changes that combined for Yeovil’s first chance in the fourth minute, Yussuf excellently found Knowles on the right flank, he then cut inside but scuffed his strike from the edge of the box.

Knowles, who looked a threat throughout, saw his long-throw met by Staunton at the near post but he failed to beat the Adam Parkes with his header.

With 19 minutes on the clock, Yeovil would strike ahead. Barnett’s deep delivery was met by Stockport loanee Barclay who took the ball in his stride and produced a deft finish to place the ball into the top right corner.

Dover did look to bounce back and despite number of balls into the box, did very little to test Cann on his second Yeovil debut.

In the closing stages of the half, the Glovers finished on the front foot. A phenomenal 90-yard pass from Cann released Knowles on the right flank, but he saw his effort blocked from an acute angle.

The second half saw the hosts begin on the front foot, looking for a route back into the game, but in truth never really threatened the Town goal.

Ten minutes into the half, Yeovil doubled their lead and knocked the stuffing out the Whites. A thunderous free-kick from Gorman flew into the top right corner, leaving Parkes in the Dover net with no chance.

Moments after the second goal, Barnett tried a speculative effort to find a third, but Parkes’ blushes were spared as the ball flew harmlessly over.

With 67 minutes on the clock, Yeovil almost added a third. After the ball bounced up kindly in the box, Wakefield and Knowles both fired on goal, but heroic blocks from the Dover defenders denied the Glovers forwards.

Straight up the other end, Dover thought they’d pulled a goal back, but thankfully for Town, the linesman had his flag raised for offside.

As the game grew old, it gave Sarll the opportunity to reintroduce Josh Neufville to the Yeovil supporters after he signed for his second loan spell on Friday.

Credit to Dover, they kept pushing for a route back into the game until the final whistle, but Yeovil held firm for a second victory of 2022.

Cann; Williams, Barclay, Staunton; Little; Gorman, Barnett, Worthington; Knowles (Olomola), Wakefield (Neufville), Yussuf (Reid)

Bookings: Worthington

Subs not used: Bradley, D’Ath.

TRANSFER | Josh Neufville returns for loan spell

Yeovil Town are delighted to announce the loan return of Josh Neufville until the end of the season.

Neufville is already a popular figure around Huish Park following a successful loan spell in 20/21 where the midfielder netted five goals in 30 National League appearances.

However, the Luton Town youngster saw his loan spell with the Glovers end prematurely after suffering a ankle break against Altrincham in May 2021. After spending much of this season recovering, Josh returned to training with Luton earlier this year, making the substitutes bench for the Hatters’ FA Cup tie with Cambridge.

Since his return, Neufville has played three games in development football and now returns to the men’s game, hungry to pick up where he left off last time out.

The 20-year-old will wear the no.30 shirt during his second spell with the club and goes straight into the squad for tomorrow’s trip to Dover.

Welcome back to Somerset, Josh.

MATCH PREVIEW | Dover Athletic – Yeovil Town

Yeovil Town are back on the road this Saturday (3pm) with a trip to bottom of the league Dover Athletic.

After back-to-back defeats, Darren Sarll will be hoping his side can bounce back in South East Kent.

There have been well reported struggles in the hosts’ camp due to sanctions imposed against them including a points deduction, the Whites are now playing for pride ahead of their inevitable relegation from the National League.

Darren Sarll’s thoughts

The boss caught up with the local media on Friday morning; “It’s about getting a nice balance, we’re nice and calm, it’s been calm around the ground this week.

“We’re in no need for an overreaction, we carry on working hard with the aim of finishing the season as strongly as possible.”

Team news

Max Hunt remains Yeovil Town’s only long-term absentee. Despite a hernia, Josh Staunton will be available on Saturday.

Luke Wilkinson and Dale Gorman are both doubts whilst Jack Robinson has suffered another injury setback.

New addition Ted Cann will be available for selection after returning for his second spell on loan. His addition offers the chance for Grant Smith to rest after playing through a groin injury in recent weeks.

Have we met before?

Our last trip to the Crabble came over two years ago, despite the two sides playing in the same league the entire time.

Last season, Dover ended their season early due to financial constraints which saw their results expunged. This happened before the Glovers’ scheduled trip to South East Kent.

In Town’s one trip since returning to the National League, the club were the 1-0 victors in March 202 thanks to a Marc Richards wonder strike in the second half.

Earlier this season, the Whites frustrated Town to claim a 1-1 draw at Huish Park.

A foot in the opposition camp

It felt almost inevitable the Dover Athletic would face the drop this season, even before a ball was kicked. The Whites have faced a 12-point deduction and significant fines which has left little room to manoeuvre at the Crabble.

The man to look out for in the Dover camp is Alfie Pavey. The forward made his return ahead of the reverse fixture at Huish Park in November and has netted five goals in 16 appearances so far this season.

Tickets

Tickets for the fixture will be available on the gate, more information is available HERE.

TRANSFER | Ted Cann returns for short-term loan spell

Yeovil Town are delighted to announce the loan signing of Ted Cann on loan from West Bromwich Albion on a short-term deal.

This will be Cann’s second spell on loan with the Glovers, having spent a month in Somerset during January 2020. The shotstopper made two league starts and one FA Trophy start in his first short-term stay.

Since his last spell at Huish Park, Cann has spent time on loan at AFC Telford United where he made four appearances in the National League North.

Whilst at West Bromwich Albion, the 21-year-old has been a mainstay in the Baggies’ Premier League 2 side.

During his second spell at Huish Park, Cann will wear the no.18 shirt and will be available for selection against Dover.

Welcome back to Somerset, Ted!

TICKETS | Weymouth away

Tickets for Yeovil Town’s derby day trip to Weymouth (18th April) are now available.

Although stated as 1pm on the hosts’ website, this time is yet to be confirmed between the club’s and the local police, we will update on this in due course.

There is a limited number of seated tickets available, and we strongly recommend purchasing well in advance for seated tickets due to them selling out last time out.

Tickets will come off sale at midnight on the 17th April, and there will be no sales made on the day of the game.

Prices:

Adults – £16
Concessions (Over-65s, Armed Forces, Dorset Carers Card) – £11.
Students (Under-19s) in full-time education with photo ID – £7.
Under-16s – £4
Under-7s – 50p

To purchase tickets, click HERE.

LOTTERY | Week 7

Weekly Lot Week 7 Winners:

1st Prize                £100       Mrs Sams

2nd Prize               £50         Mrs Frapple

3rd Prize                £25         Mrs James

1895 Members Draw for February:

Mr D Parry          £250

Mr M Stone        £250

Mr S Quale          £250

Mr A Skirton       £250

TICKETS | Dover Athletic

Yeovil Town are back on the road this Saturday (19/03 – 3pm) with a trip to bottom of the league Dover Athletic.

Tickets for this fixture will be available on the gate, with the pricing as follows:

Adults – £18.00

Over 60 – £15.00

U18’s – £9.00

The Green and White’s supporters club will once again be running coach travel for this fixture, to book contact Paul Hadlow – 07736044570

MATCH REPORT | Yeovil Town 0 – 2 Grimsby

Yeovil Town fell to a second straight defeat at the hands of Grimsby Town on Saturday afternoon.

Goals in either half separated the two sides, but it was an improved performance from the Glovers who will be frustrated at the manner of the defeat.

With goals hard to come by, Town did continue to create right until the death, but it wasn’t to be for Darren Sarll’s side.

Darren Sarll made three changes to the side which was defeated by Dagenham & Redbridge. Grant Smith remained in goal, but Mark Little returned to the back four, he was alongside skipper Luke Wilkinson, Ben Barclay and Morgan Williams.

Both Lawson D’Ath and Matt Worthington returned to the midfield as Town reverted to the diamond system. Josh Staunton began at the base, with Dale Gorman further in front of him.

Charlie Wakefield partnered Oluefela Olomola in attack.

The game started in polarising fashion to the midweek defeat against Dagenham & Redbridge, with Town the early aggressors. Wakefield forced a save from an acute angle in the first minute after being released in the right flank.

However, in the tenth minute, the Glovers were made to rue their bright start as Grimsby took the lead through the retiring Sean Scannell with ten minutes on the clock.

This didn’t dishearten Yeovil, who enjoyed far more of the ball than Grimsby, but like weeks gone by, struggled to find any openings.

Set-pieces were a continued threat for Sarll’s side, and that’s where their best change came from in the 40th minute. Ben Barclay drifted to the back-post but saw his glancing header crash against the post.

It was a similar story in the second half, as Town once again enjoyed a lot of the ball, but just didn’t do enough with it.

With 57 minutes on the clock, Grimsby landed the killer blow through Manu Dieseruvwe who turned home a corner at the back post.

Adding salt to the wounds, club captain Luke Wilkinson was forced off with twenty to play, and will now be a doubt for the Glovers’ upcoming fixtures.

Not lying down, Yeovil did look to find a way back into the game, with Jordan Barnett going closest, seeing his effort blocked on the line in injury time.

Ultimately it wasn’t to be for Yeovil who turn their attentions to bottom of the league Dover.

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

Subs not used: Yussuf, Bradley

CLUB NEWS | Darren’s programme notes vs. Grimsby

Due to a temporary print deadline, we weren’t able to get Darren Sarll’s programme notes in the printed copy of this weekend’s programme, however it can be read for free below.

This week’s full programme includes a feature on International Women’s Day/#HerGameToo, the low-down on Grimsby and much more!

You can purchase the full programme for £3 from Huish Park this afternoon!

Good afternoon and welcome to Paul, his team & staff and all in attendance at Huish Park                              

We go into this game off the back of some of the best and most focused training we’ve had all season, the players have responded – as always – very weel to what was a really poor performance Tuesday night and they are ready to fly out of the traps.

Sure, some looked tired, some looked off the pace but this was something I had predicted and tried to solve a few weeks back. We’ve played at such a tempo this season and this was always in the back of my mind that the lack of seasoned players would eventually take its toll. Let’s take Charlie Wakefield, a magnificent performer for us all year and one of the first names on the team sheet. However, Charlie has played a thousand more minutes this season than in the last five years… combined. He has put his body very much of the line each and every week and through this commitment he has really turned his career round.

That’s been the highlight right? A young group showing individual and collective desire and ambition to be better, play higher and achieve success. There were some strong words exchanged Tuesday night between the group as Charlie and I watched on. They definitely care deeply for this Football Club.

Paul and his Grimsby team know too well the struggle that exists in this division and we will face a team well prepared for the battle ahead. We’ve done out best to recharge the batteries whilst resetting our goals and objectives and I am positive that the response will be strong and very assertive. It’s been a tough season and these last months will be what we can make of it and try we shall. 

This team has a really wonderful long term feel to it and I hope we can build on its young, exciting foundations for seasons to come. There’s a winning team there I am 100% sure of it. After seeing promotions up close the attitude is very similar, the physical capabilities are there, now it’s the substance and resilience through learning that takes us another stride forward.

Thanks again in advance for your wonderful support. Nothing more excites us than sharing wins with you and we will do our best to share another today.

Onwards and upwards,

DS

MATCH PREVIEW | Yeovil Town – Grimsby Town

Yeovil Town will look to bounce back as Grimsby visit Huish Park on Saturday afternoon (3pm).

Last time out, the Glovers fell to a disappointing defeat at the hands of Dagenham and Redbridge, and this weekend’s task is another tough one, with Grimsby sitting in 8th place, just outside the play-off spots.

The visitors have been in a rich vein of form of late, but saw their six match unbeaten run come to an end at the hands of Southend on Tuesday evening.

Darren Sarll’s thoughts

Speaking ahead of Saturday’s game, Sarll said, “They’re a good side, they’re managed by an ex-EFL manager in Paul (Hurst), who is a very experienced chap.

“They’ve got a big squad but have had some injuries, Paul has spoken about having Ryan Taylor and Jordan Maguire-Drew back, they’re Football League players.

“Now Paul has his hands around it, I’m sure Paul thinks the side has now would still be in the Football League.”

Team news

Speaking pre-match, Sarll confirmed that Mark Little will be back in the starting side after sitting out on Tuesday evening. However, Max Hunt is not yet ready for a return to playing.

The boss hinted that Luke Wilkinson could be due a rest and Sonny Blu Lo-Everton is close to returning after recovering from illness.

A foot in the opposition camp

After a tough end to 2021, the Mariners have began 2022 in fine form. Despite a defeat last time out, the Mariners have won seven games since the turn of the year.

A key catalyst to Grimsby’s success is John McAtee, the former Scunthorpe forward has struck 11 league goals this campaign and netted against the Glovers last time out.

Have we met before?

When the two sides met earlier this season, Grimsby were the 2-0 victors at Blundell Park.

The Glovers’ last win in the fixture came in September 2018. Yeovil snatched a 1-0 victory over the Mariners as Omari Patrick struck with just over ten minutes remaining.

Our last victory at Huish Park came earlier that year in January 2018. Town won 3-0 on a cold Tuesday evening with Grimsby reduced to nine men.

What’s on at Huish Park

This Saturday, we’ll be hosting our first ‘Memory Lanes’ event in the Alec Stock Lounge. Joining us this week is promotion winning skipper Jamie McAllister. The event will start at approximately 1pm.

We’ll also be celebrating International Women’s Day at this weekend’s fixture, we’ll have fliers from #HerGameToo available along with a dedicated feature in this week’s programme.

At half-time, a number of local girls teams will be out on the Huish Park pitch so make sure you keep an eye out for them!

Tickets

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

MATCH REPORT | Yeovil Town 0 – 3 Dagenham & Redbridge

Yeovil Town fell to a disappointing 3-0 defeat against Dagenham & Redbridge at Huish Park.

A first half double from Paul McCallum all but killed the game in the first twenty minutes.

With the Glovers having failed to score twice in a single match in 2022, the uphill task for Town was clear. Despite starting the second half on the front foot, Junior Morias added a third to secure the points for Dagenham.

After a short injury lay-off, Olufela Olomola returned to the starting side, this saw Mark Little drop to the bench and Jordan Barnett replacing him in the back four.

The visiting Daggers began on top, and it only took them three minutes to force a save. Myles Weston found space in the left flank, but a combination of a Morgan Williams block and Grant Smith save forced the ball wide.

Just two minutes later, Dagenham did find a goal. A searching delivery caught the Yeovil defence napping and McCallum made no mistake, poking the ball beyond Grant Smith.

Goals have been at a premium for the Glovers this season, and it was clear to see why in the first half, with Elliot Justham remaining untested.

If Darren Sarll’s side were to have hope of snatching anything, they’d need to cut out mistakes, but this just wasn’t the case with a Smith error leading to Dagenham’s second. The Glovers’ no.1 free-kick fell straight to McCallum who placed the ball into an empty net.

As the half grew on, Yeovil did grow into the game, Dale Gorman provided more thrust to any flurry forward, but he struggled to find the isolated forward line.

The second half did see more adventure from Yeovil Town, but frustratingly Justham remained untested between Dagenham’s second and third goals.

That third goal came with 63 minutes on the clock, as Morias spun in behind, beat Ben Barclay for pace and slotted calmly beyond Smith.

With the game dead and buried, Dagenham did well to manage their way through the evening, holding firm at the back and enjoying vast spells of possession.

In the closing stages, Yeovil did look for a consolation. Substitute Adi Yussuf fired wide from an acute angle, but that was the best it got for Town, who will look to bounce back on Saturday against Grimsby.

Yeovil Town: Smith; Williams, Wilkinson, Barclay, Barnett; Staunton (Worthington), Gorman, Bradley (D’Ath); Knowles, Wakefield, Olomola (Yussuf)

Bookings: Barnett

Subs not used: Little, Reid.

MATCH PREVIEW | Yeovil Town – Dagenham & Redbridge

Yeovil Town return to home comforts on Tuesday evening to face Dagenham & Redbridge (7:45pm).

Last time out, Darren Sarll’s side produced a positive performance on the road against Notts County, drawing 1-1 at Meadow Lane. Despite the hosts’ last minute leveller, the Glovers had lots of positives to take from the battling performance in Nottinghamshire.

Having been initially stated to play this fixture in mid February, Yeovil have not played in front of the Huish Park crowd since the 5th February.

Darren Sarll’s thoughts

Speaking after Town’s draw with Notts County, Sarll said, “If we can take learning from today, this team can be so good. I absolutely love working with them.

“I hope people can see their progress because they are fighting for dear life. Once we break the ceiling of two goals in a game, I think we’ll unleash other attributes that we haven’t even seen yet. We’re pushing for that.

Team news

It seems as if Yeovil got through Saturday’s trip to Notts County largely unscathed which is a rare feature this season.

In his post-match interview following Notts County, Sarll hinted that Olufela OIomola could be in line for a return on Tuesday evening.

Max Hunt remains a long-term absentee.

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 11 goals in 24 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.

Tickets

Tickets remain available online until 4:45pm on Tuesday and from the ticket office until kick-off although subject to a surcharge after 4:45pm.

LOTTERY | Week 6

The results are in…

1st Prize                £100       Mr Goodfellow

2nd Prize               £ 50        Mrs Hillier

3rd Prize                £ 25        Mrs Faragher

MATCH REPORT | Notts County 1 – 1 Yeovil Town

Yeovil Town were dealt late heartbreak as a stoppage time equaliser denied the Glovers a second win of 2022.

Alex Bradley’s second half strike from distance looked like it would be the difference between the two sides, but after a spell of late pressure from the hosts, the Glovers let their lead slip.

Late chances fell for the Glovers, but it wasn’t to be as the points were shared at Meadow Lane.

Darren Sarll made just two changes to the side which was defeated by Chesterfield. Dale Gorman returned from suspension replacing Matt Worthington, whilst Adi Yussuf dropped out with Adi Yussuf taking his place in the eleven. This saw Jordan Barnett begin in an unfamiliar advanced role.

The hosts were the side in the ascendency for much of the first half, and in truth probably should’ve lead at the break with the quality of chance they created. The best of those fell to Ruben Rodrigues who saw his free header sail well wide of Grant Smith’s goal.

For Yeovil, the hosts did well to restrict to counter attacks, which became far more regular once Notts County skipper Kyle Cameron was forced off with an injury.

It took until the 41st minute for Town to force a save from Vitezslav Jaros, after Wakefield was fouled whilst baring down on goal, Dale Gorman absolutely leathered his 35-yard free-kick towards goal but strong hands from the Notts keeper saw him claim the ball.

However, in the second half, it took just one minute for Yeovil to make a chance, and when it came, they took it. After a defensive mix-up caught Jaros off his line, Bradley needed no initiation to fire on goal, finding the top corner and opening the scoring.

Despite the hosts chasing the game, the better chances continued to fall, Barnett struck the bar with his corner kick, with Wilkinson unable to divert a number of efforts goal bound.

In the closing stages, the hosts began to apply pressure on Grant Smith’s goal, and it told in stoppage time. Former Glover Alex Lacey found room in the box to head home and secure a late point for Notts County.

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

Bookings: Bradley, Williams.
Subs not used: Lo-Everton, Yussuf.

MATCH PREVIEW | Notts County – Yeovil Town

Yeovil Town are on the road once again to face Notts County in National League action.

After a frustrating defeat against Chesterfield last time out, a game in which the Glovers performed well but just lacked that finishing touch, Darren Sarll will be hoping his side can make the most of their opportunities at Meadow Lane.

The hosts also come off the back of a defeat to Chesterfield and will be hoping to bounce back on Saturday afternoon (3pm).

Darren Sarll’s thoughts

Speaking ahead of the fixture, Sarll said; “It will be a good game. They’re a traditional club who obviously came down with us.

“They’re a very well resourced and assembled squad. Ian (Burchnall) has been in for a year now and will know about his players and the division.

“They’re a team that plays with big distances between units and individuals, it’s a big pitch so it will be a tough game.”

Team news

The Yeovil Town midfield will be boosted by the return of Dale Gorman after his two-game suspension for picking up his tenth National League yellow card of the season.

In his pre-match press conference, Sarll confirmed that Olufela Olomola had returned to training, but Tom Knowles and Grant Smith hadn’t trained all week and would require a late call to make his match day squad.

Max Hunt remains sidelined after his training injury in January.

A foot in the opposition camp

Notts County are one of many clubs in the National League with promotion ambitions this season, and currently occupy the final play-off place. After a defeat last time out to promotion rivals Chesterfield, County will be needing a win to mount pressure on the teams around them. Prior to Tuesday’s defeat, the Magpies were on a five game unbeaten run, which included a 6-1 mauling of Barnet.

The star man for Saturday’s hosts is Ruben Rodrigues, who found the back of the net twice the last time the two sides met.

Have we met before?

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

Since then, County possess the slightly stronger record in the National League against each other, with two wins under their belt. Yeovil’s sole victory came in Darren Sarll’s first season as manager, with Town running out the 3-1 winners a Huish Park. 

Last season, the Magpies staged a heroic fight back at Huish Park, clawing themselves back into the game from 2-0 down to secure a late point.

Tickets

Tickets will be available on the day from the Notts County ticket office.

Ticket prices:

Adults – £22

65+ – £16

U22 – £16

U18 – £9

U16 -£7

U12 – £1

U7 – FOC with accompanying over 18

COMMUNITY | To celebrate World Book Day, Yeovil Town distribute 300 free books and vouchers to local primary schools

Yeovil Town have given 300 free, brand-new books and 50 WHSmith vouchers to five primary schools in their local area to support young readers as part of an exciting partnership between Premier League Primary Stars and the National Literacy Trust to celebrate World Book Day on 3 March 2022. 

The partnership has enabled 27,000 free books to be distributed to schools across England and Wales via 81 professional football club community organisations delivering the Premier League Primary Stars education programme. 

National Literacy Trust research found that children who own their own books are nearly three times more likely to enjoy reading. Lockdowns have made it difficult for children to access physical books because of school and public library closures, so getting copies of books into the hands of children is more vital than ever. 

Since the launch of the Premier League Primary Stars education programme in 2016, the Premier League has distributed 152,000 free books to schoolchildren. 

Sara Bradley from Yeovil Town Community Sports Trust said: “We are thrilled to be able to support this year’s World Book Day, by delivering free books and vouchers to local primary schools within our community. 

“1 in 4 children (aged 8-11) say that the book they ‘bought’ with their World Book Day token was the first book they had ever owned; increasing to 3 in 10 children who receive free school meals. 

“We know that school closures due to COVID-19 are expected to reverse the progress made to narrow the attainment gap in the last decade, so there’s never been a more important time to support children’s literacy and learning.”

To further support pupils on World Book Day at 10.30am, the National Literacy Trust will host a fun filled Premier League Primary Stars live event, featuring the authors of Football School (one of last year’s World Book Day titles), Alex Bellos and Ben Lyttleton. 

The 30-minute event – The Great Big 2022 World Book Day Footy & Booky Quiz – will be hosted by sports presenter Kelly Somers and will include a special round of questions set by players from the Premier League, the EFL and the Women’s Super League. 

What’s more, the brilliant Football School: Terrific Teams, written by Alex Bellos and Ben Lyttleton will be available to read online for free from the National Literacy Trust’s Words for Life website thanks to publisher Walker Books. 

Teachers can also access an exciting Premier League Primary Stars World Book Day football-themed challenge with the duo via this page too. 

Jim Sells, Sport and Literacy Programme Manager at the National Literacy Trust said: “World Book Day celebrates the power and joy of reading. We know that children who have books at home do better in school, so we are delighted to be able to distribute such an incredible number of books and vouchers to schools across the country with the help of the community organisations at 81 brilliant football clubs. 

“For this year’s World Book Day, we are challenging as many pupils as possible to join their local library, gaining a lifelong access to books and reading for free! I’d like to thank our partners at World Book Day, WHSmith and Walker Books for making this possible.

“I’m also very excited about the live event with Kelly Somers, Ben Lyttleton and Alex Bellos, three brilliantly energetic personalities who inspire children to get into reading through their love of football.”

To download a free copy of Football School: Terrific Teams and to access football-themed activities visit: wordsforlife.org.uk/premierleague

CLUB NEWS | Jamie McAllister to take part in ‘Memory Lanes’ Q&A

Yeovil Town promotion hero Jamie McAllister will be taking part in our brand new ‘Memory Lanes’ match day Q&A in the Alec Stock Lounge ahead of Yeovil Town’s fixture against Grimsby.

The former Glovers Skipper will be joining match day announcer Ian Welch at approximately 1pm to field your questions about his time at the club and his career in football which includes International experience with Scotland and coaching at Bristol City & Sunderland.

McAllister is fondly remembered in Somerset for his part in Yeovil Town’s promotion to the Championship, where he held aloft the play-off final trophy at Wembley after a victory against Brentford.

We would like to thank the supporters who helped arrange this event and have shown their support for the Q&A events.

To submit your questions, please email our host Ian – Ian.welch15@btinternet.com.

FIXTURE NEWS | New date for Dagenham

We can confirm that our previously postponed National League match against Dagenham & Redbridge will now be played on Tuesday 8th March (7:45pm).

Tickets purchased for the original fixture will remain valid, those that can no longer attend should contact info@ytfc.net to claim a refund.

Those who wish to purchase tickets, they will be available to purchase from our online ticket office shortly. Supporters can also purchase in person from the Huish Park club shop (10am-4pm).