Month: May 2022

CLUB NEWS | Hargreaves meets Memory Lane café group

Yeovil Town manager Chris Hargreaves has this week met with our memory lane café group.

The group consists of dementia patients and their carers, who come into Huish Park and engage in activities with club staff.

This week, first team manager Hargreaves joined the group as they toured the facilities at Huish Park.

Commenting commercial manager, Mark Robinson added; “The group offers an amazing opportunity for the Club to help lighten the strain for those living with dementia.

“Those two hours every fortnight firstly give the individual something to look forward too, but it also gives carers the opportunity to find a support network and time to relax.

“It’s amazing to see everyone brighten up and engage with the staff and Chris.”

We would like to thank Julie Woan and all at the Alzheimers Society South West for their support across the café group.

FIXTURE NEWS | Two further friendlies confirmed

Yeovil Town have added two friendlies to our pre-season schedule with trips to Dorchester Town & Weston-Super-Mare on the horizon.

The Glovers will firstly travel to Dorchester on Tuesday 26th July for a 7pm kick-off at the Avenue Stadium.

Then on Saturday 30th July, Chris Hargreaves’ will face a trip to the seaside to face Weston-Super-Mare at the Optima Stadium (3pm KO).

Ticket details for these fixtures will be confirmed in due course.

Updated schedule:

Taunton Town – Cygnet Health Stadium – 12th July – 7:45pm

Exeter City – Huish Park – 16th July – 3pm

Plymouth Argyle – Huish Park – 23rd July – 3pm

Dorchester Town- Avenue Stadium – 26th July – 7pm

Weston-Super-Mare – Optima Stadium – 30th July – 3pm

CLUB NEWS | Stuart Robins appointed to the Yeovil Town board

Yeovil Town are delighted to announce the appointment of life-long supporter and businessman Stuart Robins to the Club’s board.  

With a strong background in business, specifically Telecommunications, Robins arrives as the first appointment of a new board of directors at Huish Park.  

Born in Yeovil, Robins was educated at Bucklers Mead Secondary Modern School and worked for Post Office Telecommunications (now BT) after leaving school.  

Following this, he worked for various Telecom Companies in Australia from 1980 through to 1992. His final role in Australia was as Managing Director of a joint venture between a UK company called Systems Reliability and Telecom Australia, and following a merger, returned to the UK in 1992 with Systems Reliability.  

Systems Reliability was then acquired by a publicly listed Canadian company, TSB International in 1995 and was transferred to Toronto, Canada, this was where Robins was appointed President & CEO. In 1999, Robins returned to the UK and two years later executed a management buyout with his business partner of what was the European arm of TSB International.  

This business was rebranded to the Nu Holdings Group, and soon became the largest European Distributor of IT products from a major US Technology Corporation. In 2019, Nu Holdings was successfully divested to a Texas based competitor. 

A true Glovers fan at heart, our new Director started watching Yeovil at the age of 10 when taken by his parents to the old Huish. He comes from a long line family of Yeovil fans, and these include Gerry Lock, the former Yeovil Town chairman who was Robins’ uncle. 

At age 16, Robins trained with Yeovil Town for 12 months, to try and develop a football career under the late Stan Harland; unfortunately, unable to make the playing grade at the club, he continued to play on semi-professionally for Ilminster Town and then for various clubs in Australia, but never lost passion for Yeovil Town.  

While in Australia, his mother would send press cuttings from the Western Gazette every week so that he never lost touch with the Glovers.  

Speaking after his appointment was confirmed, Robins said; “I am incredibly proud and honoured to be given this opportunity to help further develop Yeovil Town for all our supporters.  

“I have been a regular attendee of games both home and away since returning from Canada in 1999 and season ticket holder over the last 15 years.  

“I have significant experience in growing and developing successful businesses in both the private and public sector, both at home and overseas and I want to use that experience to help provide the resources necessary for Chris Hargreaves to return us to the Football League as soon as we can, and in a sustainable way.  

“I have a lot to learn about the football business and I’m really looking forward to doing that and working with everyone at Huish Park.” 

Chairman Scott Priestnall added, “Bringing Stuart into the club can only be a positive move for us. Not only is he a lifelong supporter of the club, but he brings with him a wealth of business experience.  

“When I said I wanted to formulate a board that could bring about a shared vision for the club’s future, I could not have wished for any one more passionate and dedicated to see the club succeed as Stuart.  

“Stuart becomes both a director and shareholder of the football club”. 

Welcome to the club, Stuart.  

FIXTURE NEWS | Taunton Town

Yeovil Town will travel to Taunton Town in our first away friendly.

The Glovers will open their pre-season fixture schedule in Taunton on Tues 12th July (7:45pm), who recently secured promotion to the National League South after winning the Southern Premier Division.

There are further friendlies to be confirmed, so keep an eye on our channels for full details in the near future.

Schedule so far:

Taunton Town – Cygnet Health Stadium – 12th July – 7:45pm

Exeter City – Huish Park – 16th July – 3pm

Plymouth Argyle – Huish Park – 23rd July – 3pm

CONTRACT | Tom Knowles contract trigger exercised

Yeovil Town can confirm that Tom Knowles will remain at the Club for the 2022/23 season after having his contract extension trigger exercised.

Since his arrival in November 2020, the winger has become a fan favourite amongst Glovers fans, netting 18 times in 82 games across all competitions.

Last season saw Knowles hit double figures for the first time in his professional career, scoring on 11 occasions and finishing as the Club’s top scorer.

His performances in-front of goal and all-round exciting play earned the 23-year-old the Yeovil Town player of the season award.

Knowles now joins Grant Smith, Josh Staunton, Max Hunt, Morgan Williams & Toby Stephens who remain under contract with the Club next season.

Great to have you with us, Tom!

CONTRACT | Max Hunt remains a Glover

Yeovil Town are delighted to confirm that Max Hunt remains a Glover for the 22/23 season.

The central defender, who signed from Carlisle United in January 2021 after an initial loan spell, has made 52 appearances across all competitions for the Glovers.

This past season, Hunt has become a mainstay in the Yeovil Town defence, and recently produced a man of the match performance against league champions Stockport County in his first game back after returning from injury.

Despite the aforementioned injury side-lining Hunt for a number of months, he still made 33 appearances for Town, as the Glovers boasted the fifth best defensive record in the National League.

Hunt now bolsters Yeovil’s contracted defensive unit of Grant Smith, Morgan Williams & Josh Staunton. 

It’s great to have you with us, Hunty!

CONTRACT | Grant Smith contract triggered

Yeovil Town can announce that Grant Smith has had his contract extension triggered, meaning he will be at Huish Park for the 22/23 season.

Smith has been the Glovers’ no.1 since his arrival in the summer of 2021 and was part of the defence that conceded just 46 goals last season, the fifth best in the National League.

In total, Smith played 37 league games last season and kept 13 clean sheets in the National League, with another two coming in the FA Cup against League Two side Stevenage and Yate Town.

Commenting after confirmation, the shotstopper said; :“I’m delighted to be on board for another year, I’m really looking forward to the season ahead and hopefully we can improve on last season.

Personally, I think I have done well since I arrived, but I feel there’s definitely a lot more to come from me next season!

“The conversations with Chris Hargreaves have been really positive, I’m really looking forward to working with him next season.”

It’s great to have you on board, Grant!

CONTRACT | Toby Stephens contract trigger exercised

Yeovil Town youngster Toby Stephens has had his contract extension triggered for the 22/23 season.

Stephens, who spent much of last season out on loan, firstly with Hemel Hempstead and then Barnstaple Town, is a graduate of the Yeovil Town academy.

In total, Stephens has made six league appearances for the Glovers and featured heavily in the County Cup side which went on to win the Somerset Premier Cup.

Stephens also made an appearance for Town in the FA Cup last season, starring against Yate Town in a 5-0 victory.

The youngster, who is still only eighteen, will be hoping to kick-on next season and get some more valuable first team minutes.

See you soon, Toby!

FIXTURE NEWS | Huish Park friendlies confirmed

We’re pleased to be able to confirm our first home friendlies for the 22/23 season.

Yeovil Town will face Devon’s League One sides in July, hosting Exeter and Plymouth Argyle.

Exeter will be Chris Hargreaves’ first home opponent as Yeovil Town manager on Sat 16th July at 3pm.

A week later, (23rd July) Argyle will visit Huish Park, with the game once again starting at 3pm.

Ticket news and further pre-season games will be confirmed in due course.

Schedule so far:

Exeter City – Huish Park – 16th July – 3pm

Plymouth Argyle – Huish Park – 23rd July – 3pm

CLUB NEWS | Final EPDP taster session of the academic year

Yeovil Town will be hosting our final EPDP taster session on Tuesday 31st May, at 7pm – 9pm.

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. 

Recent successes have seen players such as Ollie Haste start for the England College side, along with appearances in the Yeovil Town first team squad, making his National League debut against Altrincham. We have more exciting news about Ollie coming soon!

A number of current EPDP players have also starred in Yeovil Town’s Somerset Premier Cup win, with then interim manager Charlie Lee full of praise for the youngsters, describing their performances as ‘superb’.

The programme has also won the local college league and helped South West colleges win the National Cup in Nottingham.

This course is not just for those looking for routes into playing professionally, the course opens doors across the football industry, with the course helping those looking to go into sports science, physiotherapy and coaching at University and beyond.

This taster session will take place 31st May, starting at 7pm and ending at 9pm at the Huish Park 3G pitch and is open to all existing Year 10 and 11 students.

Click HERE to register your interest.

CLUB NEWS | Josh Staunton extends his stay at Huish Park

Yeovil Town are delighted to confirm that Josh Staunton has extended his contract at the Club.

Signing a two-year deal, the midfielder is the first player to re-sign following the arrival of new manager Chris Hargreaves.

Staunton, who had his first season in Somerset majorly disrupted by injury, has bounced back excellently this term, making 33 appearances in the National League, and even managing the side on the last game of the season against Altrincham.

The 26 year-old also netted a memorable first time effort in the Glovers’ 2-0 away win against Wrexham in November 2021.

His commitment and determination has endeared himself to the Huish Park faithful, becoming a real fan favourite amongst the terraces.

Commenting after his signature was secured, Staunton said, “I’m delighted that it’s confirmed that I’m staying here.

“I came here to start something, unfortunately we haven’t done it in the last two years, but I’m excited to continue being part of the journey.

A full interview with Josh is available on our YouTube channel, linked HERE.

Manager Hargreaves also added, “I’m delighted that Josh has committed his future to the football club.

“Josh has established himself as a real leader during his spell here and shown great quality whilst on the pitch.

“I’m looking forward to working with him and send my congratulations to both him and his family.”

CLUB STATEMENT | Sale & lease back for stadium & land at Huish Park

After more than a year of discussions, South Somerset District Council and Yeovil Town FC have concluded a sale and lease back deal for the stadium and land at Huish Park. 

Yeovil Town Chairman, Scott Priestnall commented: “The deal provides valuable funds to the Club, in what has been a very difficult period financially and operationally. We utilised all government schemes available to us during the pandemic, but unfortunately those funds did not meet our ongoing cash requirement, never mind allow us to grow.  

“When I first came into the Club, I saw the opportunity to grow this already amazing Club into an organisation off the pitch that could provide revenues all week, not just on match days. While I had very positive conversations with local planning, developers and funding partners, the pandemic delayed our options to grow, at the same time causing huge financial difficulties to our ongoing operations.   

“There is and has always been a massive opportunity to develop the club’s infrastructure, but over the last 30 years the custodians of this Club have never been able to put a plan together that works for all related parties.   

“I believe, thanks to the hard work and vision of our MP, local councillors, and officers of SSDC, we are now in a position to not only sustain this Club financially but also move forward with a viable plan to grow our infrastructure off the pitch, to help with gaining future success on the pitch. 

“The funds will help pay for costs incurred during the pandemic such as deferred payments with some of our key partners and deferred salaries to our incredible staff and players who accepted a reduction in wages during lockdown when the Club could not operate.   

“I thank each and every one of them for their commitment and patience to allow us to get to where we are now. 

“SSDC have showed fantastic commitment to this football club and special thanks should be given for their understanding and patience over the last year while the Club explored all other possibilities for investment, including the potential takeover that has dominated the Club for the past nine months. 

“In addition, the funds will also allow us to engage contractors and consultants to put forward a planning application for the site as well as allowing us to sensibly invest in required maintenance work and our playing squad.  Fundamentally, it has also allowed us to negotiate and remove the well-publicised restrictive covenants held over the site since the football club made Huish Park its home. 

Moving Forward: 

“As I stated at my open discussion in the Alec Stock Lounge before the Stockport game and to the Supporters Alliance three weeks ago and again at a meeting on Wednesday, I have been talking to various individuals to form a new board for the upcoming season.  

“I am pleased to say that I will be announcing appointments over the next week or two. The new board will have a combination of specialist football operations, a voice for supporters and a wealth of experience in business, that will come together and help shape the future of Yeovil Town. 

“Our new first team manager, Chris Hargreaves, has also been announced and is in discussion with members of our existing squad, as well as potential targets, while his backroom staff will be announced over the coming weeks. 

“I do appreciate that it has been a frustrating time for supporters this season with so much uncertainty. I acknowledge that mistakes have been made.  

“My aim for the upcoming season is that as supporters you have clarity on our plans. That starts with the manager, then with player signings and his backroom staff. Then over the next year you see progress and see sight of our long-term vision for Huish Park. 

“It has been a difficult time for everyone involved in the Club, there is no doubt about that, and there will be those that will put a negative spin on this deal, but this project is an exciting prospect and gives the Club a clear route for growth for the first time in its life at Huish Park. Providing future additional revenues that will give us competitive advantages down the line.  

“It’s important that we come together and work together to ensure a successful future for YTFC, and with the new board, continue to provide clarity on the Clubs’ operations.” 

Following the completion of the deal Council Leader Val Keitch added: “This is a significant deal, and it is certainly not a decision we have taken lightly. However, we strongly believe it is in the best interests of South Somerset and its communities. 

“YTFC is the only professional football club in Somerset, and it makes a significant contribution to both the local economy and more widely in terms of community, education, and local civic pride. 

“This includes the community impact of the club’s charity, the Yeovil Town Community Sports Trust, which strives to make a positive difference for all through sport and learning for thousands of local people through its work with local schools and its own Soccer Schools.” 

INTERVIEW | Chris Hargreaves eager to continue player development at Yeovil Town

Yeovil Town confirmed the appointment of Chris Hargreaves as manager on Wednesday morning.

The 50-year-old arrived just days after Yeovil Town’s National League season came to an end with a victory at Altrincham, and he has got straight to work, watching back games & speaking to the current squad.

“I’ve either in person, or on my laptop watched the last 10 to 12 games, so I’ve got a fair idea (of the players)“, said the boss.

“I’ve met all of them either individually for a chat or over the phone. They’re a fantastic group of lads, I know people say that about most groups of players but the genuinely are.

“I hope we can work together with them and improve some of the younger players because that’s what my background has been in player development.

“I’m looking forward to getting the group of players together.”

Most recently, Hargreaves held the role as academy manager at Bristol Rovers, but he held many roles across the football department at the Gas, which puts him in good stead for his first jump into first team management in seven years.

“I’ve been in three roles at Rovers, so I saw all the types of players you work with, whether that the U23’s, the first team as assistant manager or younger as the academy manager.

“The plan at clubs has to be sustainable, to try and bring up players or improve players that you get in, either successful for us or financially viable.

“Player development is a big thing, it’s something I really enjoy, but at the end of the day it has to be the right character that comes through.”

Photo: Tom Sandberg/PPAUK

Despite massive budgets at the higher end of the table, Yeovil Town have had strong record against those sides. The grit and determination shown by the existing group of players has meant a strong connection between the players & fans has grown, something Hargreaves is keen to encourage.

“There’s massive expectations at clubs across the league, largely due to the budgets they’ve got. We’ve seen that this season with clubs buying players for £300,000 and rumoured wages.

“I can’t affect any of that, I can only affect this group of players, because one thing is for sure, I want the players to give it absolutely everything so there’s that connection that’s already there continues.”

You can watch Chris’ full press conference below.

CLUB NEWS | Chris Hargreaves announced as manager

Yeovil Town are delighted to announce that Chris Hargreaves has signed as our first team manager.

Signing a two-year deal, Hargreaves arrives with a strong coaching pedigree, holding a UEFA PRO Licence and fifteen years experience in coaching roles.

Beginning his coaching career at Exeter City, our new manager played a vital role within the youth set-up, helping develop the likes of Ollie Watkins, Matt Grimes and Matt Jay, igniting his strong reputation for developing players.

In 2011, he moved to Dorset to join Eddie Howe’s coaching department at AFC Bournemouth. As a first team coach, the Cherries won promotion to the Championship. During his spell on the South Coast, he helped nurture the likes of Harry Cornick and Jayden Stockley, whilst being on the coaching team working with players such as Matt Ritchie, Steve Cook, Charlie Daniels, and Ryan Fraser.

Hargreaves also boasts management experience within the National League, taking the reins at Torquay United in 2014. During his spell, Hargreaves led the Gulls to the FA Trophy semi-final and recruited a number of gems from the lower leagues who went on to play in the Football League such as Angus MacDonald, as well as giving debuts to a number of young, up and coming players, such as Baily Cargill and Aiden O’Brien.

Following this, Hargreaves spent a number of years at Bristol Rovers in a variety of roles. Firstly as chief scout, as the Club were promoted to League One. He then moved onto a role within the Development Squad, helping them win the Central League and earning seven players their first team debut.

The success with the development squad saw him given the role as assistant manager, taking over when the side were four points adrift of safety. By the end of the season, an upturn in form saw the Gas finish in 15th.

Since 2019, he has been the academy manager at Rovers, working with the U18’s & U23’s on a daily basis. Successes include selling two graduates to Premier League sides for record fees, alongside moving a number of players, including Alfie Kilgour and Luca Hoole, into the first team picture.

In his playing days, Hargreaves made over 650 appearances in the professional game and was a promotion specialist in the National League. Firstly with Torquay, whom he captained to a play-off final victory at Wembley and then with Oxford United just 12 months later. In total, he earned five promotions throughout his career and wore the captains armband at three clubs.

Some may also recognise Hargreaves for his regular appearances as a pundit on BT Sport, covering National League & FA Cup fixtures.

Speaking to ytfc.net, our new manager said; “It feels fantastic to be here. I’m delighted to be at such a brilliant football club.

“Yeovil Town has an immense fan base and a great history, I’m really looking forward to the challenge.”

A full interview with Chris is available on our YouTube channel, linked HERE.

Welcome to Somerset, Chris!

Images: PPAUK

LOTTERY | Week 16

Here are the weekly lottery winners for week 16:

1st Prize                £100       Mr Martin

2nd Prize               £ 50        Mr Judd

3rd Prize                £ 25        Mrs Broe

MATCH REPORT | Altrincham 0 – 1 Yeovil Town

Josh Staunton led an injury-ravaged Yeovil Town side to a final day victory, beating Altrincham 1-0 at Moss Lane.

The only goal of the game came through Tom Knowles, who netted with a quarter of an hour gone.

Altrincham did look for a route back into the game, pushing until the final whistle, but a dogged defensive display was enough to sign off with a victory.

Staunton inherited a stretched squad for his one-game interim spell at the Club. This meant Max Evans began in goal, making his league debut, with Jordan Barnett, Jack Robinson, Morgan Williams & Mark Little starting in defence.

Lawson D’Ath and Alex Bradley anchored the midfield whilst Sonny Blu Lo-Everton began in a creative role behind the forwards. It was then a front three of Charlie Wakefield, Knowles & Reuben Reid that started.

The opening stages saw the hosts enjoy the vast majority of the ball, knocking the ball about nicely but hardly testing Evans on his National League debut.

In terms of openings for Altrincham, the closest came from crosses, which were expertly dealt with by Williams and Barnett.

At the other end, Yeovil began to grow in confidence, especially when Watford loanee Lo-Everton began to get control on the ball.

With a quarter of an hour gone, Yeovil found a way in front. Lo-Everton, who had been the Glovers’ bright spark, sent Knowles through on the right flank, he cut back inside and powered the ball beyond Tony Thompson in the Altrincham net.

Staunton was managing an already stretched squad, but his task became a little harder when Wakefield picked up an injury and was unable to continue. Adi Yussuf took his place.

In the closing stages of the half, Altrincham pushed but Evans remained untested.

The second half began in a more topsy-turvey fashion, with Yussuf clearly frustrated not to double Town’s advantage after being sent through by Lo-Everton with 50 minutes on the clock.

At the other end, Altrincham continued to put pressure on the Yeovil goal, with Evans forced into his first real save on 56 minutes after the ball was sent to the back-post after a corner.

As the half grew on, it was played in Alty’s favour far more. In the 71st minute, after Little lost the ball, Pringle pounced and played the ball to Josh Hancock who had his effort saved by Evans.

Looking to add a second, Yussuf and Lo-Everton both went close in quick succession but saw their efforts fly over the bar.

In the final ten minutes, Evans was made to earn his first clean sheet, making a number of solid saves.

Staunton was forced to bring himself on with five minutes to go due to an injury to Bradley, before Ollie Haste made his Yeovil Town debut in stoppage time.

Ultimately, Yeovil Town managed the game excellently to claim three points for the final time this campaign, and in turn made Josh Staunton the youngest ever manager to win a National League game.

Yeovil Town: Evans; Little, Williams, Robinson, Barnett; D’Ath, Bradley (Staunton), Lo-Everton (Haste); Wakefield (Yussuf), Knowles, Reid.

Bookings: D’Ath

Subs not used: Smith

MATCH PREVIEW | Altrincham – Yeovil Town

Yeovil Town’s season comes to a close with a trip to Altrincham on Sunday afternoon (3pm).

Josh Staunton will take charge of the final day fixture, before the appointment of a new manager next week.

The match could see Yeovil Town finish as high as 12th following a topsy-turvery campaign.

Josh Staunton’s thoughts

Speaking ahead of the fixture, Staunton said; “I didn’t expect to be in this position, especially before speaking to Charlie (Lee) and subsequently the chairman, but it’s the way this season has been really.

“We’ve just got to give it our best going into Sunday, there’s not really to much to say other than that.:

Team news
In his pre-match press conference, Staunton said that club captain Luke Wilkinson was suffering with illness.

Max Hunt suffered an injury against Bath in the Somerset Premier Cup final and will sit out on the final day.

A foot in the opposition camp

This weekend’s game signals the end of Altrincham’s time as a part-time club, as from next season the club will be operating full time.

This means a number of players will be departing, including no.1 Tony Thompson.

Phil Parkinson, who led the club to promotion from the National League North, remains in charge and will be hoping to kick on with a full-time squad next season.

Have we met before?

Since their promotion to the National League last season, the Glovers have endured mixed fortunes against Alty.

Last season both teams earned themselves three points at their own ground, with Yeovil winning 2-0 at Huish Park thanks to goals from Rhys Murphy and Chris Dagnall.

This season, Town were held to a frustrating 0-0 draw by Alty.

Tickets

Ticket information is available HERE.

CLUB NEWS | Josh Neufville returns to Luton

Yeovil Town can confirm that Josh Neufville has been recalled by Luton Town with immediate effect.

Neufville, who returned for his second loan spell in March, has been recalled due to reduced numbers in the Luton squad as they continue their play-off campaign.

The forward netted once for the Glovers during his second stint, the winner against league leaders Stockport County.

Everyone at Yeovil Town would like to wish Josh all the best and thank him for his contribution during both his loan spells in Somerset. We’d also like to wish Luton, who are managed by former Glover Nathan Jones, all the best during their play-off campaign.

CLUB NEWS | U18 team friendlies

Yeovil Town are looking for a number of friendlies in August for our U18’s side.

Due to the size of our EPDP programme, the club are looking for a number of opponents of a mixed standard, from scholarship programmes to grassroots sides.

The club can host or travel to any proposed friendly fixtures.

If interested, contact U18’s manager Matt Percival via email – MPercival@ytfc.net

CLUB STATEMENT | Charlie Lee departs as interim manager

Yeovil Town can confirm the departure of Charlie Lee as our interim manager with immediate effect.

Charlie departs following the appointment of a new manager and his decision to not continue as part of our coaching staff.

All at Yeovil Town would like to thank Charlie for his efforts and commitment during his spell as both assistant manager and interim manager.

The new manager will be announced next week with a press conference to follow.

Josh Staunton will take charge of Sunday’s final National League fixture against Altrincham, assisted by club captain Luke Wilkinson and lead sport scientist Scott Wickens.

MATCH PREVIEW | Yeovil Town – Bath City

It’s cup final action for Yeovil Town this evening as Bath City visit Huish Park for the culmination of this season’s Somerset Premier Cup.

It’s been a successful campaign for the Glovers so far, who have hit thirteen goals in the county cup this season and conceded just once.

For Bath, a victory in the county cup could add shine to the Romans’ season after a difficult season in the National League South.

Charlie Lee’s thoughts

Speaking to BBC Somerset’s Sheridan Robins following last weekend’s draw with Boreham Wood, Lee said; “Tuesday night will be a great night for the fans, the whole squad will be here.

“The players will be mingling with the fans, so we’ll make sure it’s a good evening.

“It’s been a long time since Yeovil won this cup so we’re looking forward to hopefully bringing it home.”

Team news

Yeovil Town fans should expect a strong side for this evening’s Somerset Premier Cup clash.

Commenting on his potential selection, Lee said; “It will be a full strength team. It will be the team I would select if it was a league game.

“There might be rotation due to tiredness, we’ll see how the group recovers, but the whole squad will be here.”

Josh Staunton has returned to full training and could be in line for his first involvement since March 22nd.

Sonny Blu Lo-Everton will be hoping for a start, having netted three times in the competition already, the Watford loanee could be the Somerset Premier Cup’s joint top scorer if he nets this evening.

Lee’s comments hint that there may not be inclusions for members of the Yeovil Town U18’s who have starred excellently throughout the tournament.

A foot in the opposition camp

It’s been a difficult first full season back after lockdown for Bath City. In their previous full season, Jerry Gill’s Romans had featured in the National League South play-offs, but this season has seen Bath languish in the bottom half of the table.

Although surviving with a number of games to go, Bath fans will be disappointed with how the season has turned out and will be hoping some local silverware can add some shine to their season.

The man to look out for in the Bath City camp is Cody Cooke. The former St. Mirren man has been on fire for the Romans since returning south of the border, netting 20 goals in 47 games in all competitions. As it stands, he is top scorer in the Premier Cup with four goals in four games.

Tickets

For full ticket information, click HERE.

TICKETS | Altrincham away

Yeovil Town supporters can purchase tickets to our final game of the season against Altrincham (Sun May 15th – 3pm).

Tickets are available online, linked HERE, or can be purchased on the day.

Supporters will be situated in the Chequers Away Stand, entry is via Turnstiles 1-4.

Ticket Prices:
Adults £17.00
Concessions £14.00 (Over 65, Students and NHS Workers) Junior £6.00 (12 to 18 Years)
Child £2.00 (U12)
Proof of age and Student Cards could well be requested.

Travel will be organised by the Green & White supporters coach as ever, to book your place, contact Paul Hadlow (after 6pm) – 07736044570.

TICKETS | Somerset Premier Cup final

Huish Park will host the Somerset Premier Cup final on Tuesday evening in Yeovil Town’s final home fixture of the season against rivals Bath City.

Only the main stand will be open for this fixture, with further stands opening subject to demand.

With the fixture technically being played at a neutral venue, Bath & Yeovil supporters will share the main stand,. 

Yeovil Town supporters should purchase tickets in Block E, F, G, & GG. Bath supporters should select the away section in the Screwfix Stand on the online ticketing system, but tickets will be allocated in Block C, B, A, & AA.

Tickets will also be available to purchase on the night. 

Ticket prices:

Adults – £7

65+ and Students – £4

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MATCH REPORT | Yeovil Town 2 – 2 Boreham Wood

Yeovil Town completed a second half comeback to draw 2-2 with Boreham Wood.

Despite little to play for within both camps, both sides put on a spectacle at Huish Park, with the visitors taking a two-goal lead into the break.

However, looking to end their league season at home on a positive note, goals from Morgan Williams and club captain Luke Wilkinson secured a well-earned point at home.

Charlie Lee switched system, looking for an injection of pace up front. Yeovil began with a 3-5-2 formation, starting with Grant Smith in goal and a back three of Mark Little, Max Hunt and Wilkinson. At wing back began Jack Robinson & Williams.

The midfield was anchored by Dale Gorman, Matt Worthington and Lawson D’Ath, whilst Tom Knowles and Josh Neufville lead the line.

Despite enjoying possession in the early stages, the Glovers struggled to get their front men in the game, with Knowles and Neufville both isolated up front. This allowed the visitors to hit the Glovers on the counter effectively, something that paid dividends early on.

With just 11 minutes on the clock, Boreham Wood struck ahead as Tyrone Marsh tucked the ball home in front of the Thatchers Gold Stand.

This didn’t dismay the Glovers, who were gifted a golden opportunity to level from the spot. Gorman stepped up to take, but in truth it was a poor penalty which was easily stopped by Nathan Ashmore.

To add salt to the wounds, ten minutes later the Wood added a second on the break. Dennon Lewis tucked away the visitors second after Gorman had the ball nicked from his toes.

Despite pressing and looking for routes in behind, Ashmore wasn’t tested too often in the first half as the Glovers had an uphill task in the second half.

However, the second half was much brighter from the Glovers, with their attacking play showing much more cutting edge. This allowed both Neufville and Knowles to enjoy more freedom in the channels, with the latter cutting in successfully on a number of occasions, only to have his efforts thwarted by Ashmore or defensive blocks.

However, 58 minutes on the clock, Yeovil found the route back into the game they deserved. Knowles’ long-throw was attacked excellently by Williams who forced the ball into the back of the net.

Buoyed by the goal, the Thatcher’s Stand roared the Glovers on as it became wave after wave of Yeovil attack, and on the 64th minute, after cutting inside once again Knowles earned Yeovil a free-kick in shooting range.

Skipper Wilkinson, who was yet to score this season, stepped up to the dead ball and hammered the ball into the bottom corner to complete a six minute turnaround.

As the game grew on, it only looked like one team was ever going to win the game and that was Yeovil, but in credit to Boreham Wood, Luke Garrard’s side defended excellently and began to thwart the efforts of the always dangerous Knowles.

When the final whistle blew, the Yeovil fans in attendance were duly appreciative of the efforts of the players, not just for those 90 minutes, but across the entire league season.

Next up for the Glovers is a busy week which begins with a Somerset Premier Cup final on Tuesday against Bath, before a final league trip to Altincham to end the season.

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

Bookings: Gorman, D’Ath

Subs not used: Bradley, Yussuf

VIRTUAL PROGRAMME | Boreham Wood

This afternoon’s virtual programme is now available. 

In this week’s addition:

  • Tom Knowles on his throw on exploits
  • Charlie Lee’s last programme notes of the season
  • Where are they now feature on Kevin Dawson
  • A look back on last season’s five-goal thriller at Meadow Park

To view, click HERE.

MATCH PREVIEW | Yeovil Town – Boreham Wood

Yeovil Town host Boreham Wood in our final home National League fixture of the season on Saturday afternoon (3pm).

Charlie Lee will be hoping his side can leave home supporters with something to savour as the league season draws to a close at Huish Park.

Despite strong early season form, the Wood find themselves in a similar position to the Glovers with little stakes on the pitch when it comes to promotion and relegation.

Charlie Lee’s thoughts

Speaking in his pre-match press conference, Lee said; “I think they had a bit of a lull after the FA Cup run, they’ll know that.

“Right now, they’re in good form, they’ve had a couple of good results, so they’ll be a tough opponent.

“They know how to win games, so we better be ready for them.”

Team news

This week, Charlie Wakefield returned to training after struggling with illness for a number of weeks.

Josh Staunton has also been involved in training following his operation.

A foot in the opposition camp

After a stunning FA Cup run which saw the Wood reach the Fifth Round to face Premier League strugglers Everton, Boreham Wood have endured a tricky patch which has seem them drop out of the promotion picture.

However, recent form has been positive picking up four points against the top two, with a victory over Stockport at Edgeley Park before a 1-1 draw with Wrexham at Meadow Park.

Dennon Lewis is the man to look out for in the visiting camp. After a difficult start to life at Meadow Park which saw him only play a bit-part role, the former Love Island contestant has stepped up in recent weeks, scoring the opener against Stockport County.

Have we met before?

Yeovil have endured mix results against the Wood since dropping into the National League.

In our first season back at the level, Town claimed just one point from the fixtures, drawing 1-1 at Huish Park.

Last season, the Glovers faired much better completing the double over Garrard’s side, including a win in Town’s first game following the tragic passing of Lee Collins.

This season, Dale Gorman’s goal wasn’t enough as ten-man Yeovil fell to a 2-1 defeat at Meadow Park.

What’s on at Huish Park

Jeff Sherwood is the latest former Glover to partake in a ‘Memory Lanes’ Q&A session. Click HERE for more information.

Tickets

Tickets remain available online until midday on Saturday, and from the ticket office until kick-off although subject to a surcharge after midday. Why not spend your afternoon watching Glovers’ final National League game at Huish Park this season?

CLUB NEWS | Jeff Sherwood Q&A

Yeovil Town are delighted to welcome back former Glover Jeff Sherwood for the latest ‘Memory Lanes’ Q&A.

Jeff made an impressive 286 appearances for Yeovil Town across two spells, where he scored on six occasions.

For many Yeovil fans, one performance of Jeff’s stands out from others. Cambridge United away in the FA Cup Second Round in 1987. Jeff was an absolute rock that day and the one-nil victory was just as much because of his defensive work as Andy Wallace’s goal.

As ever, we’ll be getting underway at around 1pm in the Alec Stock Lounge, with Ian hosting once again. You can send him your questions via email – Ian.welch15@btinternet.com.

CLUB NEWS | Charlie Lee joins Get Pedalling cyclists

Yeovil Town manager Charlie Lee has joined up with the Get Pedalling cyclists who are cycling from Huish Park to a number of Lee Collins’ former clubs in support of ‘Mind’.

Lee, who played with Collins across his two seasons as a player at Yeovil Town is joining the cyclists on the route from Mansfield Town to Port Vale, which is the day of the ride with the most hills!

The interim boss will head back to Somerset this evening ready for training tomorrow afternoon, whilst the rest of the cyclists will arrive back at Huish Park on Saturday morning ahead of our final home fixture of the season against Boreham Wood.

For more information on the ride, head to the Get Pedalling twitter page.

MATCH REPORT | Yeovil Town 0 – 0 Wealdstone

Yeovil Town were held to a goalless draw by ten man Wealdstone at Huish Park.

It was a rather drab affair throughout, with both sides lacking quality to unlock their opposition.

The game did switch in Yeovil’s favour following Alex Dyer’s sending off late in the first half, but ultimately it was not enough as Town who were held at home once again.

With the quick turnaround in fixtures, Charlie Lee made five changes to his Yeovil Town side. Jack Robinson, Ben Barclay, Matt Worthington, Sonny Blu Lo-Everton and Adi Yussuf all returned to the fold, hoping to make an impact in the mid table clash.

In truth, the first half was a largely forgettable affair until the red card, with their being very little chances of note.

Town did put the ball in the back of the net in the 13th minute after Lawson D’Ath’s looping cross was bundled home by Yussuf, but the goal was ruled out for a foul on goalkeeper Sam Howes.

From then, it was the visitors who enjoyed the better of the chances and probably should’ve scored just before the half an hour mark. Clearances on the line from both Luke Wilkinson and Morgan Williams denied almost certain goals for the Stones who fired on goal from within the six-yard box.

However, the momentum flipped after Dyer was given his marching order for a heavy challenge on former Stones loanee Lo-Everton.

With a point to prove, Lo-Everton took the onus on himself to create openings, he drove forward with two minutes of the half remaining and powered an effort just wide of the post following a deflection.

When the half-time interval came, it was at a time where the Glovers wouldn’t have wanted it with Lee’s side building momentum.

It took Town some time to get going again in the second half, with the best chance of the opening 15 minutes actually falling to the depleted visitors. The Stones hit Yeovil on the break as David Sesay got in behind and forced a save from Smith.

Beyond the hour mark is when Lee’s side began to turn the screw, but in truth the Glovers lacked substantial goal threat.

Yeovil’s best chance of the game fell to an unlikely candidate in Middlesbrough loanee Robinson in the 67th minute. Pinball in the box saw the ball drop to Robinson, who turned on the ball and fired narrowly wide with a first-time strike.

If the Glovers were to score, it looked like it needed to be a moment of magic. A trademark Neufville run almost saw that after he escaped his marker, but the loanee’s effort from distance flew over.

In the final ten minutes, Yeovil’s best chance fell to substitute Reuben Reid who worked space inside the box but couldn’t direct his effort beyond the Stones keeper.

That was the best it really got for the Glovers who were held at arms length by a resolute Wealdstone side until the final whistle.

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

Bookings: D’Ath, Gorman, Worthington.

Subs not used: Hunt, Barnett.

VIRTUAL PROGRAMME | Wealdstone

This afternoon’s virtual programme is now available.

In this week’s addition:

  • Charlie Lee’s programme notes including his thoughts on Saturday’s game and a thank you to supporters.
  • Lawson D’Ath on the club’s strong form against the league’s top sides.
  • The low-down on Wealdstone.
  • Where are they now feature on Jed Steer.

And much more!

To view the programme, click HERE.

MATCH PREVIEW | Yeovil Town – Wealdstone

Yeovil Town return to Huish Park on Bank Holiday Monday with a National League clash against Wealdstone.

After a narrow defeat on the road to play-off hopefuls Halifax, the Glovers will look to bounce back against another side mid-table in the Stones.

Not lacking motivation, Charlie Lee’s side will be hungry to exact some revenge after a frustrating defeat earlier in the season against the North West London outfit.

Charlie Lee’s thoughts

Speaking about the fixtures in quick succession, Lee said; “There’s a reason why it’s Saturday, Monday, I haven’t worked it out, maybe there is a good reason for it and somebody will tell me one day.

“I just have to help the players prepare and make sure they’re ready for it. They’ll do what they always do and get themselves out there.

“We have a few injuries from today (against Halifax), we’ll assess them and see how they are (for the game).”

Team news

Glovers fans should expect some rotation to Lee’s side with such a quick turnaround in fixtures.

Charlie Wakefield remained on the sidelines with illness in Halifax, but should he recover in time, the forward could return on Monday afternoon.

A foot in the opposition camp

Wealdstone have surprised many be avoiding the relegation conversation almost all-together this season. This is a credit to manager Stuart Maynard who as assembled a competitive squad on a part-time budget.

This Wealdstone squad includes a familiar face in Rhys Browne, who played for the Glovers in League Two under Darren Way.

In front of goal, the Stones have relied on the form of former Torquay United forward Josh Umerah. After netting just once in the league for the Gulls, Umerah has settled in perfectly at the Vale this season, finding the back of the net 15 times.

Have we met before?

Since their promotion to the National League after 32-years away, the two sides have met three times, with both sides winning once and one draw.

The first game last season was a thrilling 2-2 draw at Huish Park, with current interim manager Charlie Lee on the scoresheet and current Yeovil winger Charlie Wakefield starting for the Stones. Later that season, the Glovers were the 2-0 victors at the Vale, with a certain Sonny Blu Lo-Everton starting for Wealdstone that day.

Earlier this season, the Glovers fell to a 2-1 defeat at the Vale.

What’s on at Huish Park?

Local Yeovil Town favourite Andy Lindegaard will be joining us for the latest ‘Memory Lanes’ Q&A. For more information and to submit your questions, click HERE.

Tickets

Tickets remain available online until midday on Monday, and from the ticket office until kick-off although subject to a surcharge after midday. Why not spend your afternoon watching Charlie Lee’s Glovers at Huish Park?