Author: Sam Collard

FIXTURE NEWS | Details confirmed for Cheddar

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

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

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

Prices are as follows:

Adult – £6

OAP – £3

Under 12’s – £1

LOTTERY | The 1895 Club

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

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

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

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

LOTTERY | Week 51 results

Weekly Results:

1st Prize £100      Mr Parsons

2nd Prize £ 50      Mrs Framton

3rd Prize £ 25       Mr Brixey

Golden Gamble Results:

1st Prize                £100       No: 349

2nd Prize               £ 50        No: 189

3rd Prize                £ 35        No: 54

TICKETS | ‘Run In’ cards available until Friday

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

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

This means you’ll have access to these fixtures:

Wrexham – 22nd January 

Solihull Moors – 5th February 

Dagenham & Redbridge – 19th February

Grimsby – 12th March

Bromley – 22nd March

Southend – 26th March

Aldershot – 15th April

Stockport – 23rd April 

Wealdstone – 2nd May

Boreham Wood – 7th May

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

Prices for the cards are as follows:

SEATED

ADULT – £160

SENIOR / MILITARY -£130

16-23 – £90

Under 16 – £35

Under 12 – £25

STANDING

ADULT – £120

SENIOR / MILITARY – £100

16-23 – £90

Under 16 – £35

Under 12 – 25

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

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

MATCH REPORT | Yeovil Town 1 – 1 Needham Market

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Bookings: Bradley

Subs not used: Evans

CLUB NEWS | Terry Skiverton to depart Huish Park

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

MATCH PREVIEW | Yeovil Town – Needham Market

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

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

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

Darren Sarll’s thoughts

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

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

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

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

Team news

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

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

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

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

Have we met before?

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


A foot in the opposition camp

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

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

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

Tickets

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

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

To purchase tickets, click HERE.

PRICES

Adult – £10

Concessions – Senior/Military/Young Person – £5

Under 16 – free of charge

TICKETS | Join us in Woking

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

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

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

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

Adult: £20.00

Concession: £15.00

16-22: £12.00

U16: £7.00

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

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

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

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

Keep up the good work, Robbo!

TRANSFER | Dan Moss returns to Millwall

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

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

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

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

MATCH REPORT | Southend United 2 – 1 Yeovil Town

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Bookings: Gorman

Subs not used: Evans, Williams

FIXTURE NEWS | New date for Weymouth clash

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

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

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

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

MATCH PREVIEW | Southend United – Yeovil Town

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

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

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

Darren Sarll’s thoughts

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

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

Team news

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

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

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

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

Have we met before

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

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

A foot in the opposition camp

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

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

Tickets

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

INTERVIEW | Dan Moss looks ahead to Southend clash

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

CLUB NEWS | Chesterfield clash to be televised

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

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

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

MATCH REPORT | Yeovil Town 1 – 3 AFC Bournemouth

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Bookings: Gorman, Worthington, Moss

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

MATCH PREVIEW | Yeovil Town – AFC Bournemouth

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

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

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

Darren Sarll’s thoughts

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

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

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

Team news

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

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

A foot in the opposition camp

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

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

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

Have we met before

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

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

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

Tickets

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

CLUB NEWS | COVID-19 Code of Conduct

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

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

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

COVID-19 SUPPORTER CODE OF CONDUCT

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

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

Symptoms:

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

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

Bags:

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

Face Coverings:

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

Concessions and facilities:

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

Hygiene:

Please make use of the hand sanitiser stations around the stadium

Respiratory etiquette:

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

TICKETS | Kids go free in the FA Trophy

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

For this fixture will only be opening the main stand and home terrace for this fixture. This means we cannot honour all our season ticket reservations, meaning all tickets will be general sale for this fixture.

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

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

To purchase tickets, click HERE.

PRICES

Adult – £10

Concessions – Senior/Military/Young Person – £5

Under 16 – free of charge

TICKETS | Southend United away

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

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

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

Ticket prices:

Adult – £20

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

Junior (9-16) – £10

Child – £5

MATCH PREVIEW | Yeovil Town – Torquay United

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

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

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

Darren Sarll’s thoughts

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

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

Team news

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

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

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

A foot in the opposition camp

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

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

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

Have we met before

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

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

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

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

Thatchers

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

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

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

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

Tickets

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

TRANSFER | Dillon Barnes signs on a short-term loan

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

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

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

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

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

Welcome to Somerset, Dillon.

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

TICKETS | AFC Bournemouth tickets on general sale

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

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

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

PRICES:

SEATED 

ADULT – £20

SENIOR – £18

16-23 – £14

U16 – £5

U12 – £3

TERRACE

ADULT – £18

SENIOR – £16

16-23 – £14

U16 – £5

U12 – £3

MATCH REPORT | Torquay United 3 – 0 Yeovil Town

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Reds: Lo-Everton, Smith (After FT)

Subs not used: Evans, Headley

MATCH PREVIEW | Torquay United – Yeovil Town

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

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

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

Terry Skiverton’s thoughts

Team news

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

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

A foot in the opposition camp

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

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

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

Have we met before

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

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

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

Tickets

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

CLUB NEWS | A Christmas message from Darren Sarll

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

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

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

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

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

Onwards and upwards

DS

FIXTURE NEWS | Weymouth clash postponed

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

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

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

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

Monday 27th – Closed

Tuesday 28th – Closed

Wednesday 29th – 10am-4pm

Thursday 30th – 10am – 4pm 

Friday 31st – 10am -2pm

New Year’s Day – Closed 

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

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

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

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

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

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

LOTTERY | Week 47

The results are in…

Mrs E James       1st Prize                 £100

Miss G Symons  2nd Prize               £50

Mrs D Sams        3rd Prize                £ 25

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

TICKETS | Details confirmed for Bournemouth clash

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

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

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

To head to the online ticket office, click HERE.

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

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

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

PRICES:

SEATED 

ADULT – £20

SENIOR – £18

16-23 – £14

U16 – £5

U12 – £3

TERRACE

ADULT – £18

SENIOR – £16

16-23 – £14

U16 – £5

U12 – £3

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

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

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

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

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

Welcome to Somerset, Jaheim.

MATCH PREVIEW | Yeovil Town – Woking

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

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

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

Darren Sarll’s thoughts

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

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

Team news

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

Have we met before?

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

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

A foot in the opposition camp

Woking Football Club, known as the Cards (from the Cardinal red of the red and white halves), was formed in 1887. Managed by Alan Dowson, he managed Woking to promotion from the National League South at the first attempt in 2018/19, and his side have remained in the National League ever since. 

The star man for the visitors is Max Kretzschmar, having followed Dowson from Hampton & Richmond Borough to Woking, the midfielder has been a mainstay ever since, even becoming involved with the academy coaching department at the club.

Tickets

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

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

To purchase tickets, click HERE.

PRICES

Adult – £10

Concessions – Senior/Military/Young Person – £5

Under 16 – free of charge

CLUB NEWS | Christmas opening hours

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

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

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

Full opening hours:

20th – 10am – 4pm

21st – 10am – 4pm

22nd – 10am – 4pm

23rd – 10am – 4pm

Christmas Eve – 10am – 2pm

Christmas Day – Closed

Boxing Day (Torquay away) – Closed

27th – 10am -2pm

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

29th – Closed

30th – 10am -4pm

New Year’s Eve – 10am – 2pm

CLUB NEWS | Updated COVID-19 guidance at Huish Park

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

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

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

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

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

To order Lateral Flow Tests, click HERE.

CLUB NEWS | Proud week for youngster Haste

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

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

https://twitter.com/ECFA12/status/1471481192084131850
Ollie Haste and his international teammates sing the national anthem

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

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

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

LOTTERY | Week 45-46

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

Week 45:

1st Prize                £100       P Davies

2nd Prize               £50         Mrs Davidge

3rd Prize                £25         Mr Spearpoint

Week 46:

1st Prize   £100    Mrs C Stone

2nd Prize   £50      Mrs S Cox

3rd Prize    £25      Mr C Charles

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

£250   Mrs J Gartell

£250   Mr P Oram

£250   Mr P Sibley

£250   Three Counties Syndicate

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Congratulations Boss!

MATCH REPORT | Yeovil Town 1 – 0 Barnet

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Bookings: Gorman, Williams, Lo-Everton, Bradley

Subs not used: Evans

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

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

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

Ticket details will be issued in due course.

MATCH PREVIEW | Yeovil Town – Barnet

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

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

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

Darren Sarll’s thoughts

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

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

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

Team news

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

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

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

A foot in the opposition camp

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

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

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

Have we met before

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

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

Tickets

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

To buy online, click HERE.

TICKETS | Kids go free for FA Trophy clash

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

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

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

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

To purchase tickets, click HERE.

PRICES

Adult – £10

Concessions – Senior/Military/Young Person – £5

Under 16 – free of charge

TICKETS | Christmas fixtures at Huish Park

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

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

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

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

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

MATCH REPORT | Yeovil Town 1 – 0 Stevenage

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Bookings: Staunton, Wilkinson, Bradley

Subs not used: Evans, Haste

MATCH PREVIEW | Yeovil Town – Stevenage

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

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

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

Darren Sarll’s thoughts

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

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

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

Team news

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

Mark Little, Joe Quigley and Jack Robinson remain unavailable.

A foot in the opposition camp

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

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

Head to head

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

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

Tickets

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

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

MATCH REPORT | Wrexham 0 – 2 Yeovil Town

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Bookings: Moss

Subs not used: Evans, Haste

TICKET NEWS | ‘Run In Season Cards’ now available

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

These tickets will become active from the Wrexham game on the 22nd of January, but can be purchased now in time for Christmas!

This means you’ll have access to these fixtures:

Wrexham – 22nd January

Solihull Moors – 5th February

Dagenham & Redbridge – 19th February

Grimsby – 12th March

Bromley – 22nd March

Southend – 26th March

Aldershot – 15th April

Stockport – 23rd April

Wealdstone – 2nd May

Boreham Wood – 7th May

Prices for the cards are as follows:

SEATED

ADULT – £160

SENIOR / MILITARY -£130

16-23 – £90

Under 16 – £35

Under 12 – £25

STANDING

ADULT – £120

SENIOR / MILITARY – £100

16-23 – £90

Under 16 – £35

Under 12 – 25

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

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

MATCH PREVIEW | Wrexham AFC – Yeovil Town

Yeovil Town will look to extend their unbeaten run on the road against Wrexham on Tuesday evening.

A fixture that was originally stated to be played on the opening weekend of the season, the clash in North Wales was pushed back due to COVID-19 infections within the Yeovil camp.

Both sides come into the fixture in good form, with Wrexham having climbed into a play-off spot last weekend with a victory over Bromley.

Darren Sarll’s thoughts

Speaking after Yeovil Town’s draw with Dover, Yeovil Town manager Darren Sarll said; “The great thing about this group is that they learn. It’s all about processes and progression. Today they’ve played in the worst conditions I’ve had here (Huish Park), in two and a half years.

“We didn’t get beaten, and we’ve probably overachieved this month. We shouldn’t be too disappointed, we’ve taken a point, we haven’t lost the game and showed good character second half.”

Team news

Sarll will be without a number of players for Tuesday night’s trip to North Wales. Jack Robinson remains unavailable following an injury he picked up in Town’s victory over Yate. Despite Reuben Reid returning to training, our cup clash with Stevenage has been targeted as his return date by the boss.

Joe Quigley remains unavailable after the knock he took against Dagenham & Redbridge, whilst Mark Little continues his recovery from his long-term injury.

Winger Tom Knowles was unable to continue against Dover, and will be a doubt for Tuesday night.

Have we met before

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

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

Last season, Tuesday’s hosts enjoyed success in the fixture, winning both games against the green and whites.

A foot in the opposition camp

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

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

Despite the big names, Wrexham have not flown to the top of the National League table as expected, currently sitting in 7th place.

Tickets

Tickets for the National League clash must be purchased in advance, purchase yours from HERE.

MATCH REPORT | Yeovil Town 1 – 1 Dover Athletic

Yeovil Town were held to a draw by bottom of the league Dover Athletic at Huish Park.

After the visitors took an early lead, Town struggled to gain a significant foothold on the game.

The second half saw an improvement from the Glovers, and a header by Adi Yussuf with fifteen to play secured a point.

Darren Sarll made just one change to the side which beat Bromley on Tuesday evening. Dale Gorman returned to the side following his suspension, with Sonny Blu Lo-Everton making way for him.

Looking to start fast once again, it was the visiting Dover side that did just that. With the wind in their favour, TJ Bramble’s cross caught Grant Smith off-guard with just two minutes on the clock as he struggled to claim the ball and palmed it into the back of the net.

During the first-half, the Glovers chances were limited to set-pieces, with Dale Gorman forcing a save with his driven effort from 30-yards-out on the 20 minute mark.

The visitors continued to test Town on the break, and required a heroic block from Dan Moss to keep the score within one.

In truth, the visitors deserved their lead at the break, but the second half saw Yeovil turn their pressure up a notch.

Just two minutes into the half, Gorman’s corner caused havoc, and after being hacked off the line once, Wilkinson headed back onto goal and saw his effort headed clear.

In games gone by this season, Yeovil have had great success on the break this season. Just after the hour mark, Knowles & Wakefield combined on a fast breakaway, with that latter wining a corner following his dangerous delivery. From the resulting corner, the ball went wide to Barnett who played in Lo-Everton who forced a save from a tight angle.

As the half grew on, Knowles’ threat increased, his long-throw eventually fell to Staunton who poked his effort wide.

With fifteen minutes to go, Yussuf had the ball in the back of the net after flicking the ball home, however he was just fractionally offside.

Yet, just one minute later, the Glovers found a way to level the affair. Jordan Barnett’s hooked delivery was seemingly flicked on by Yussuf (despite debate from Barnett himself who felt he got the final touch), and the ball found its way into the back of the net.

In the dying embers, Yeovil Town were dealt an injury blow as Knowles was dropped by a Dover player onto his head, and unable to continue.

Despite a late bombardment from the ten-man Glovers, the visitors held firm and ensured the points were shared.

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

Bookings: Yussuf

Subs not used: Evans, Haste

FIXTURE NEWS | Southend confirmed for January trip

Yeovil Town will travel to Southend United after the turn of the year, with a date confirmed for January 11th 2022 (7:45pm).

The original fixture was supposed to be played next weekend, but due to the Glovers’ involvement in the FA Cup, the fixture has now got a new date.

Yeovil have not met Southend since 2017, when an Otis Khan penalty knocked out then League One Southend from the FA Cup.

Ticket details for the fixture will be confirmed in due course.

MATCH PREVIEW | Yeovil Town – Dover Athletic

Yeovil Town return to home comforts on Saturday afternoon as bottom of the table Dover visit Huish Park (3pm).

After back-to-back victories on the road, Town will be full of confidence going into the National League clash.

Dover, despite being winless this campaign, have pushed a number of teams down to the wire this season, and will be hoping to find a way to win in Somerset.

Darren Sarll’s thoughts

Speaking on Friday morning, Sarll said, “My group won’t be complacent, absolutely not. We know exactly where we are, and what we have to do.

We need to ensure that we prepare like we have done, with diligence, with respect to our opponent. I have masses of respect for Andy Hessenthaler (Dover manager), he was a brilliant player. We shared a similar mentor figure in Glenn Roeder.

“You can never take anything easy against one of his teams. He just doesn’t allow it in his character.”

Team news

Speaking this week, Sarll confirmed that top scorer Joe Quigley will be out until at least Christmas after taking a knock to his knee against his former side Dagenham & Redbridge.

However, Town will soon be boosted by the return of Reuben Reid, who is targeting a return against Stevenage.

Mark Little and Mitch Rose remain unavailable due to existing injuries.

On the suspension front, Yeovil Town will have Dale Gorman available once again after sitting out on Tuesday evening against Bromley.

Have we met before

Last season saw the two sides meet twice before Dover had the results expunged, once in the league, and before that in the FA Cup.

The FA Cup clash was a thriller to be remembered, after Yeovil Town built a two goal lead approaching the interval, two quick fire goals in return from Dover saw the sides go into the break level. A second half Joe Quigley header was later cancelled out, and it took heroics from Adam Smith in the shootout to secure passage to the FA Cup first round for the Glovers.

In Dover’s final game before their season came to an end, the Whites travelled to Huish Park and fell to a 3-1 defeat. After taking a first half lead, Quigley pegged them back moments before the interval. The second half saw substitute Rhys Murphy strike along with Quigley who added his second of the afternoon. The towering forward would’ve been disappointed not to leave with the match ball after having a late penalty saved.

A foot in the opposition camp

Sarll has always been highly complimentary of Andy Hessenthaler who untaking the unenviable task of Dover manager, as his side began the season with heavy fines and a -12 points deduction.

Hessenthaler himself, like Sarll had a close relationship with Premier League icon Glenn Roeder who sadly passed earlier this year. He has been in charge of the Whites since 2018, when he replaced Chris Kinnear.

Within the Dover squad, the man to look out for is Ricky Miller, a name notable in non-league circles for his clinical goal record during his first spell at the Crabble. Across two seasons, Miller struck 60 league goals, earning him a move to League One Peterborough in 2017.

After not quite hitting the heights he did with Dover, he returned to Kent this Summer, but is yet to score in the National League this season.

Tickets

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

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

LOTTERY | Week 43

The draw has been made:

1st           £100       Mr & Mrs Ludgate

2nd        £ 50        Mrs Herridge

3rd           £ 25        Mr Boon

CLUB NEWS | Over £2,000 raised from Poppy Shirt sales

After the auction period ended on Wednesday afternoon, we’re delighted to announce that we have raised £2,461 for the Poppy Appeal.

The winners of each shirt will have been contacted by email to arrange collection or delivery of the shirts.

Funds raised will now be donated to the Poppy Appeal, who continue to support the armed forces community with the outstanding engagement they do. For more information on the Poppy Appeal, click HERE.

MATCH REPORT | Bromley 1 – 2 Yeovil Town

Yeovil Town’s unbeaten run continued at the expense of Bromley who just couldn’t match the work ethic of the Glovers in South London.

Two stunning goals from Tom Knowles and Charlie Wakefield will be the ever-lasting memory for Yeovil fans, but it was a heroic performance at the back, with Yeovil seemingly first to every second ball.

Darren Sarll was forced to make one change to the side which beat Dagenham & Redbridge, with Dale Gorman suspended, Sonny Blu Lo-Everton returned to the fold. Joe Quigley was a notable absentee from the substitutes bench.

Looking to make his opportunity count, Lo-Everton had Town’s first effort on goal in the eighth minute. After working the ball around well, the Watford loanee worked room for himself on the edge of the box and fired into Cousins’ gloves.

Surprisingly the Bromley defence often allowed Yeovil room at the edge of the box, and it did not take long for Knowles to capitalise on this. Following excellent pressure from Lo-Everton, former Glover Omar Sowumni lost the ball to Knowles who hammered the ball into the bottom corner from. 20-yards-out.

The goal woke the hosts up, with George Alexander a continued thorn in the Yeovil side. On the half hour mark, he saw the ball fly narrowly wide after getting a knick on Sowumni’s flick on.

With just minutes of the half remaining, the hosts were given a golden opportunity to level from the spot after a push in the box. Cheek stepped up and emphatically placed the ball into the top corner.

Not deflated by the equaliser, Town thrust the game straight back onto Bromley. A long ball from Smith was brought down by Wakefield who found himself with similar space to what Knowles had for the first goal, and just like his opposite winger, he beat Cousins all ends up to give Sarll’s side a deserved lead at the break.

Not sitting on their advantage, Yeovil were the side that looked most likely to score in the early stages of the second half.

Just moments before the hour mark, Luke Wilkinson’s close range free-kick left Cousins stranded, but struck the crossbar, a despite endeavour from Dan Moss and Josh Staunton, the ball eventually bounced wide.

As the game grew on, the hosts began to pile on the pressure, but only forced one save from Grant Smith, who acrobatically clawed the ball out the goal following a Bromley corner.

Ultimately, it was a throughly deserved victory for Yeovil, who ended Bromley’s unbeaten run on their patch.

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

Bookings: Moss, Williams

Subs not used: Evans, Haste

CLUB NEWS | Poppy Shirt bid update (23rd November)

The latest round of bids are in for the Yeovil Town poppy shirts. 

Currently the highest bid for each shirt is as follows:

Smith £100

Barnett £150

Hunt £80

Wilkinson £250

Worthington £80

Gorman £75

Quigley £100

Knowles £125

Williams£80

Bradley £50

Lo-Everton £75

Wakefield £200

Moss £90

Yussuf £120

Staunton £150

Framed shirt £300

Bidding will close tomorrow at midday, to place a bid for one of these shirts, please email info@ytfc.net with the name and number of players shirt they wish to purchase alongside the bid amount. 

There are no bids on Evans’ shirt, we also now have shirts printed for Toby Stephens and Jack Robinson available to bid on.

LOAN WATCH | Toby Stephens makes Hemel debut

After signing on loan on Friday afternoon, Toby Stephens was sent straight into action a day later for Hemel Hempstead.

In a home clash against top of the league Dartford, Hemel who are managed by former Glovers youth coach Mark Jones, fell to a narrow 3-2 defeat. A Tyrique Hyde double and Ade Azzez spot kick was the difference as the 17th placed Tudors pushed the high-flyers all the way.

The Yeovil youngster played for 77 minutes on his debut before being substituted. Stephens will have another opportunity to impress next Saturday as Hemel host Stourbridge in FA Trophy action.

Onto the next one, Toby!

MATCH PREVIEW | Bromley – Yeovil Town

Yeovil Town will look to extend their unbeaten run with a trip to Hayes Lane to face Bromley on Tuesday evening (7:45pm).

After a victory on Saturday against Dagenham & Redbridge, the Glovers have to now face another in-form team from the capital.

Bromley, managed by Andy Woodman, are unbeaten in the National League since September and currently sit in fourth place, with a game in hand on the teams around them.

Darren Sarll thoughts

Speaking after Saturday’s victory over Dagenham, Sarll said, “They’ve got a real togetherness and tightness in their relationships (the players).

“It does help that they’re all pretty much 21-24 years old. The senior players are really leading them well at the minute.

“While we were doing well, to get (Luke) Wilkinson back is a boost, and to hopefully have Reuben (Reid) back training with us on Monday, it will be another massive boost to us.”

Team news

In last week’s press conference, Sarll said he was hopeful that Reuben Reid will return to training on Monday, however Tuesday night’s game may come too soon for a place in the match day squad.

The Glovers will certainly be without Dale Gorman who picked up a suspension for his fifth National League yellow card of the season.

Have we met before?

Recent trips to Hayes Lane have brought happy memories for Yeovil Town fans. Since dropping back into the National League, Yeovil Town are unbeaten on the road against Bromley.

In Darren Sarll’s first season, a late Rhys Murphy goal secured a point for the Glovers in November 2019.

Last season saw Town travel to Hayes Lane on two occasions, the first came in the FA Cup as Gabby Rogers extra time strike secured passage to the FA Cup second round.

In December 2020, the Glovers secured their first National League win of the season against Bromley as both Murphy and Joe Quigley struck in first half.

A foot in the opposition camp

After an almost ten year association with the club, Bromley parted ways with Neil Smith in early 2021, he was replaced by former Arsenal and Newcastle goalkeeping coach Andy Woodman.

Under his stewardship, he has seen Bromley climb to fourth in the National League, and could go within a point of top spot if they win their game in hand.

In the centre of the Raven’s defence stand two familiar faces, Omar Sowumni and Byron Webster are both formerly of Yeovil Town. Webster is unavailable due to suspension, but Sowumni will be desperate to prove a point against his former employers.

Tickets

Tickets for Tuesday night’s game MUST be purchased in advance. For more information and to purchase, head to the Bromley ticketing website linked HERE.

INTERVIEW | Sarll rates first-half performance amongst his best

Darren Sarll has said he felt Yeovil Town’s first half performance against Dagenham & Redbridge was one of the best during his tenure at the club. 

Despite waiting almost 45 minutes for the opening goal, Sarll’s side controlled proceedings throughout, holding firm when the Daggers attacked, and creating a number of chances at the other end. 

Speaking following the conclusion of the game, the boss said, “I thought first half in particular, we were really good. That first half performance is right up there with the best in my time here, that’s how good I thought we were. 

“I thought (Charlie) Wakefield was really threatening, (Tom) Knowles and Adi (Yussuf) cause chaos, absolute chaos. 

“We look controlled and settled at the moment, which is nice. We come in with their sending off, and it becomes really horrible and uncomfortable to watch when you don’t finish games off.” 

The hosts were reduced to ten men just before the break as Elliott Johnson received his marching orders for a heavy challenge on Dan Moss, and despite a man advantage, the Glovers we unable to extend their lead in the second half, with the hosts cranking up the pressure in the closing stages.

You can really see what type of side we are, because when we play against ten men, we struggle to retain the ball, we need those periods to be a little bit longer. When you’re in the lead, what that will do is take the sting out the game. It means you can breathe, get control, get territory, those things are really important.

“I must say though, I thought Jordan Barnett & (Dan) Moss at full-back were our best players by a mile. Their defending 1v1, against some good players, whilst being isolated, it was magnificent.”

It’s straight back to business for the Glovers, with another trip within the M25 on the horizon against in-form Bromley at Hayes Lane. 

MATCH REPORT | Dagenham & Redbridge 0 – 1 Yeovil Town

Yeovil Town held firm to secure a tight victory on the road against Dagenham & Redbridge.

Paul McCallum’s first half stoppage time own goal was the difference for the Glovers, but Yeovil utterly deserved their lead.

Despite being reduced to ten men, Dagenham threw the kitchen sink at Town, but the backline held firm to keep a clean sheet against the league’s top scorers at home.

Darren Sarll opted for an unchanged eleven after a victory against Eastleigh last time out. This meant skipper Luke Wilkinson and Josh Staunton lined up against their former side. However, Joe Quigley who is also formerly a Dagger had to settle for a substitutes birth with Adi Yussuf leading the line.

Picking up where they left against Eastleigh, Town began on the front foot, Charlie Wakefield burst behind the Daggers’ defence, and after being bundled down in the area, the referee remained unmoved.

Continuing on the front foot, after a misjudged header from a Dagenham defender, Wakefield was clean through but his effort only found Elliot Justham’s gloves.

The hosts grew into the game, but in truth did little to offer goal threat, being restricted to headers from set-pieces.

In the closing stages of the half, Yeovil Town ended in the ascendency and got their just rewards. Tom Knowles’ long-throw evaded everyone and as Paul McCallum adjusted to clear, he flicked the ball beyond Justham to give Town the lead.

With just seconds to go in half, Elliott Johnson received his marching orders for a heavy challenge on Knowles.

The second half saw Town start brightly once again. An incisive breakaway in the 52nd minute freed Knowles who forced a corner with his driven effort.

Ten minutes later, Wakefield found his opposite winger Knowles who hammered an effort goalbound, forcing a save from Justham.

As the half grew on, Dagenham began chasing the game. In the 73rd minute, McCallum found room and rose highest at the back post, but his header did little to trouble Grant Smith.

However, despite lumping the ball into the box on every occasion, Grant Smith was rarely tested with Max Hunt and Luke Wilkinson heading almost every ball out of the box.

It was that defensive resilience that saw the Glovers through to a hard-fought victory on the road.

Yeovil Town: Smith; Moss, Wilkinson, Hunt, Barnett; Staunton, Worthington, Gorman; Knowles, Wakefield, Yussuf.

Bookings: Gorman, Barnett

Subs not used: Evans, Bradley, Williams, Quigley, Lo-Everton

TRANSFER | Toby Stephens departs on a short-term loan deal

Yeovil Town youngster Toby Stephens has joined National League South side Hemel Hempstead on a one-month loan deal.

A graduate of the Yeovil Town academy, Toby Stephens has travelled with the squad for the majority of fixtures this season, but has been limited to a limited amount of substitute appearances and Somerset Premier Cup starts.

The 18-year-old will now join the National League South side on a temporary basis, hoping for a consistent run of first team football.

Commenting on the youngsters loan departure, first team manager Darren Sarll said, “Despite our small squad size, I believe it’s fundamental for Toby’s development, that the young man gets some minutes within a first team environment.

“He’s going to be playing one league below us, so it’s a good standard and learning experience for him which we will both reap the rewards from.”

Good luck, Toby!

CLUB NEWS | Poppy Shirt bid update (19th November)

The first round of bids are in for the Yeovil Town poppy shirts.

Currently the highest bid for each shirt is as follows:

Smith – £80

Moss – £55

Barnett – £150

Wilkinson – £250

Staunton £150

Williams – £80

Gorman – £75

Knowles £125

Wakefield – £200

Quigley – £100

Yussuf – £103

Framed signed shirt – £100

All other waiting for opening bid of £50

These are: Max Hunt, Matt Worthington, Sonny Blu Lo-Everton, Max Evans and Alex Bradley.

To place a bid for one of these shirts, please email info@ytfc.net with the name and number of players shirt they wish to purchase alongside the bid amount.

The auction will close on Wednesday, 24th November at midday.

TICKETS | Boxing Day trip to Torquay United

Tickets Yeovil Town’s trip to Torquay United are now available.

All tickets for the festive fixture must be purchased in advance, with no tickets available via the turnstiles on a match day.

To purchase your tickets for the clash, click HERE.

Ticket prices:

Standing:

Adult: £16.00

Concessions: £14.00

U18’s: £10.00

U7’s: free

Seated:

Adult: £18.00

Concessions: £16.00

U18’s: £10.00

U7’s: free

TICKETS | Secure your seat for Wrexham away

Tickets for Yeovil Town’s trip to Wrexham are now available to purchase from our online ticket office.

These tickets MUST be purchased in advance as there will be NO sales made on the day of the game.

To purchase your tickets, click HERE.

Ticket prices:

Adult – £20.00

Senior/U21 – £15.00

U18 – £8.00

U11 – £5.00

PREVIEW | Dagenham & Redbridge – Yeovil Town

Yeovil Town will be hoping to continue their strong vein of form with a trip to Dagenham & Redbridge this Saturday (3pm).

Holding the best defensive record on the road in the National League this season (5 goals conceded), the Glovers face the side which has scored the most goals at home in Dagenham (22 scored).

For the hosts, confidence will be sky high following a 4-1 thrashing of Maidenhead United, where former Yeovil player Angelo Balanta struck a hat-trick.

Darren Sarll’s thoughts

Speaking in his pre-match press conference, Sarll said; “You never know what way games are going to turn in these divisions. All the way up into the Championship, we all say the same thing, you can never really forecast the performance levels.

” They (Dagenham), have done very well this year. Last year, I think I backed them quite heavily, but Daryl (McMahon) had quite a lot of problems with injuries, but they finished strong. So it will be a tough game.”

Team news

The only injury doubts for Saturday’s game are Reuben Reid, Mitch Rose and Mark Little.

Reid is the closest to a return, with Sarll confirming he is likely to return to first team training on Monday.

Matt Worthington, Charlie Wakefield and Tom Knowles were all substituted against Eastleigh with slight knocks but all are okay for Saturday’s game.

A foot in the opposition camp

Dagenham have been boosted by the return of star striker Paul McCallum who needs no introduction to non-league football fans. After a five-game suspension for a sending off against Wealdstone, McCallum will be chomping at the bit to be involved.

Managed by Daryl McMahon, who has already tasted one promotion within the non-league pyramid, leading Ebbsfleet United to a National League South play-off victory in 2017.

Have we met before

In last season’s encounters with the Daggers, Yeovil Town were unbeaten in the two fixtures between the sides.

An early season clash in East London saw Luke Wilkinson sent off against his former club and his defensive partner Lee Collins forced off with an injury, so a valiant effort from Albi Skendi and Josh Staunton at the back saw Yeovil earn a point on the road.

After over 180 minutes of waiting for a goal between the two sides, the February encounter at Huish Park saw Tom Knowles wrap a last minute free-kick into the top corner to secure three points for Yeovil Town.

Tickets

Tickets for Yeovil Town’s game against Dagenham & Redbridge tomorrow afternoon are only available to purchase advance. There will be no ticket sales on the day of the game.

To purchase your tickets, click HERE.

NATIONAL LEAGUE | Premier League New Funding

The following statement has been issued by the National League, not by Yeovil Town F.C:

The National League Board is delighted to receive news from the Premier League of fresh Covid Impact Funding to assist all our member Clubs.

This additional funding forms part of the Exclusion Order agreement with Government relating to the three-year renewal of the Premier League’s UK live and non-live broadcast rights. 

The League will receive an additional £5m funding over the next four seasons; with £2m this season in recognition of the extra pressure on Clubs due to the pandemic with an additional £1m for each of the following 3 seasons. This is totally new funding and as stated, arises from the agreement referred to in the previous paragraph.

The National League Board has met to consider the immediate distribution of this additional £2m funding and decided that this should be divided as 50% to Step 1 and 50% to Step 2.

National League Chairman Jack Pearce said: “The National League has been in regular discussion with the Premier League and other football organisations to discuss funding throughout the game.  This latest announcement is brilliant news for National League clubs for which we, as a Competition, are extremely grateful. 

“We welcome this new funding which comes after the Premier League assisted with the provision of valuable financial support during the pandemic that was crucial to the livelihood of clubs. The impact of COVID-19 was particularly severe at our level of the game and this new commitment is a timely boost which will aid clubs in their recovery and enable them to plan for the future.”

The NL Board are extremely grateful to our Chairman Jack Pearce for his assistance with the decision makers to obtain much need support for our members club

TICKETS | FA Cup clash tickets confirmed

We are delighted to confirm that we will be offering tickets at a discounted rate for our FA Cup clash with Stevenage on the 4th December (5:30pm).

Tickets will be available for a flat price across all areas, no matter if seated or standing.

Season ticket holders will have their seats held until close of play Monday 29th, following this they will be made available on general sale.

Similarly to the previous FA Cup fixture against Weymouth, season ticket holders can claim their ticket by logging into their account on our ticketing site at the top right corner of the page, please ensure you use the email registered to your season ticket.

The club advise supporters to purchase online where possible. If you wish to purchase in person, please visit the club shop during the week.

Ticket prices:

Adults – £12

Seniors/ Miltary / 16-23 – £6

Under 16s – £2

FIXTURE NEWS | FA Cup opponents confirmed

Yeovil Town’s FA Cup opponents were confirmed last night as League Two side Stevenage overcame MK Dons to secure passage to the second round.

A Luke Norris penalty deep into extra time ensured Darren Sarll’s former side would travel to Huish Park on the 4th December.

The FA Cup second round clash will be televised live on BBC Two & iPlayer, this means kick-off will be at the later time of 5:30pm.

We will be offering discounted ticket rates for this fixture, these will be confirmed once tickets are on sale.

CLUB NEWS | Poppy shirts now open to bids

Proudly in partnership with the Royal British Legion, Yeovil Town will be auctioning match-worn shirts from Saturday’s victory over Eastleigh.

For the fixture, Darren Sarll’s squad each wore shirts with the RBL poppy embroidered on the front.

The match-worn shirts are now available to bid for with all proceeds going to the Poppy Appeal.

Alongside the match-worn shirts, there’s a framed shirt, signed by the first team squad open for bidding. 

Fans can bid by emailing info@ytfc.net, with the name and number of players shirt they wish to purchase alongside the bid amount. 

Bids must start at £50 per shirt and P&P will be extra should you require it.

We will issue updates on our website across the auction period with updates on the highest bid. The auction will close on Wednesday, 24th November at midday.

Good luck!

The shirts available: 

  • Framed shirt signed by the entire first team squad

Starting XI 

1. Grant Smith 

22. Dan Moss 

6. Luke Wilkinson 

5. Max Hunt 

3. Jordan Barnett 

32. Josh Staunton 

8. Dale Gorman 

7. Matthew Worthington 

19. Charlie Wakefield  

11. Tom Knowles  

23. Adi Yussuf 

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Used subs 

10. Joe Quigley 

13. Morgan Williams 

15. Sonny Blu Lo-Everton 

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Unused subs 

12. Max Evans 

14. Alex Bradley 

LOTTERY | Week 42

The results are in…

1st Prize    £100   Mr Ridgewell

2nd Prize    £50     Mr Wescott

3rd Prize     £25     Mrs Pitman

Private members for October 2021

10 x £100   

Mr Sibley

Mrs Custard

Mr Wrixon

Mr Horobin

Mr Abbott

Mr & Mrs Hotham

Three Counties Syndicate

Mr Parry

Mrs Spurway

Mr Rogers

INJURY NEWS | Jack Robinson out for 4-6 weeks

Yeovil Town will be without Middlesbrough loanee Jack Robinson for four to six weeks due to an injury sustained in our FA Cup clash with Yate.

Since signing on loan, the 20-year-old has made 11 apps in all competitions, and scored in the fixture against Yate which saw him pick up an injury.

Speaking after Saturday’s victory, Yeovil Town manager Darren Sarll confirmed the extent of the injury; “Unfortunately last week Jack Robinson caught a cross on the end of his toes and opened his ligaments up.

“I would have thought he’d be at least four to six weeks away. He’s been brilliant for us, obviously we wish him a speedy recovery as we’d like him back.”

The Glovers’ hard-fought victory over Eastleigh saw a number of players pick up war wounds, meaning Sarll was forced into a number of substitutions.

“All of them (the substituted players), were injuries. Charlie Wakefield came off after he was struggling with a dead leg at half-time. He did try to carry on, but when a player is running like he’s got a stone in their shoe, it’s normally a sore one.

“Matthew (Worthington) was the same, Knowlesy (Tom Knowles) was similar too, he’d just been down injured, so we whipped him off.

“I thought those three were excellent. Wakefield has been an outstanding signing.

MATCH REPORT | Yeovil Town 2 – 1 Eastleigh

Yeovil Town secured back-to-back National League victories at Huish Park with a 2-1 win over Eastleigh.

Tom Knowles second goal in as many games at Huish Park got Town up and running, before Eastleigh pegged Darren Sarll’s side back in the second half.

However, with 77 minutes on the clock, Yussuf hammered an effort into the top corner to ensure Yeovil secured all three points.

Sarll opted for two changes to the Yeovil Town side which beat Yate Town to advance in the Emirates FA Cup. Skipper Luke Wilkinson returned to the starting side after a long injury lay-off, he was partnered by Max Hunt who returned from suspension.

This meant Josh Staunton was able to return the midfield role he performed so well in during the early weeks of the season.

Looking to pick up where they left off, Town began the brighter of the two sides. Adi Yussuf won a free-kick in a wide area, which was delivered into the box by Jordan Barnett who almost found Luke Wilkinson charging into the box.

The opening ten minutes saw the green and whites enjoy a vast threat from Barnett’s deliveries. Following his cleared corner, the Glovers’ no. 3 hooked the ball back into the box but Staunton could not direct his headed effort on target.

On the right flank, Yeovil enjoyed similar success. Gorman’s corner caused havoc in the Eastleigh box, eventually falling to Dan Moss who forced a heroic block from an Eastleigh defender.

In the 23rd minute, a golden chance fell for Eastleigh. The visitors beat the offside trap and played the ball across goal, but somehow Tyrone Barnett could not get a touch to turn the ball beyond Grant Smith.

Knowles had to grow into the game from an attacking perspective, and forced a save from Joe McDonnell at the half an hour mark after receiving the ball from Charlie Wakefield at the edge of the box.

With just minutes to go in the half, Knowles was found in acres of space following a brilliant pass from the retuning Wilkinson. He needed no invitation to shoot and found the top corner to earn Town a deserved lead going into the break.

The opening stages of the second half saw neither side take the game by the scruff of the neck, with both sides enjoying their fair share of the ball.

A good delivery from former Glover Tom Whelan created the first chance of the half just before the hour mark, he found T.Barnett at the back post who spurned his header.

It took until the 61st minute for Yeovil to create an opening in the second half, after the ball bounced awkwardly for Yussuf, he did well to get the ball out of his feet and strike, forcing McDonnell to save down to his right.

With 69 minutes on the clock, Eastleigh levelled the affair as Harry Pritchard bundled the ball home at the far post.

However, this lead lasted less than ten minutes, with Yeovil scoring again in spectacular fashion. Substitute Quigley flicked the ball into Yussuf’s path who hammered the ball into the top corner on the half-volley to restore the Glovers’ advantage.

In the closing stages, the visitors threw bodies forward looking to salvage a point, but Yeovil stood firm, with a number of heroic blocks, most notably from Morgan Williams ensured the three points were to remain at Huish Park.

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

Bookings: Barnett, Moss, Wakefield

Subs not used: Evans, Bradley

INTERVIEW | Tom Knowles confident more goals will come

Yeovil Town wideman Tom Knowles has been pleased to see he and his teammates share the goalscoring responsibility in recent weeks.

During last weekend’s five goal haul against Yate Town, the Glovers found five different goalscorers, with Knowles himself going close to adding one for himself at the end of the first half.

Speaking ahead of Saturday’s return to National League action, Knowles said; “I think certainly in the first part of the season we were reliant on (Joe) Quigley to score the goals.

“I’ve finally chipped in with one (against Woking), Chaz (Charlie Wakefield) has a few now, the more we can spread the goals out the better because we’re not just reliant on one person, everyone can chip in and make sure we’re winning games.

Despite not finding the back of the net against Yate, Knowles has found his scoring touch which evaded him in the early weeks.

The Glovers no.11 has admitted the early season was a frustrating time for him as he awaited his first goal of the campaign, however Knowles affirmed that he’s confident his return in front of goal will only improve.

“I’m quite critical of myself, and obviously last year I had a good return at the end of the season, I wanted to keep that going this season but I haven’t scored as many as I would’ve liked.

“It’s one of those things you go through as a footballer, I don’t come out of every game thinking ‘if I haven’t scored I’ve played badly,’ but obviously it’s always nice to get goals as an attacker.

I was a little frustrated with myself, but now I just need to get more consistent with my performances and the goals will come.”

To purchase a Tom Knowles, no. 11 shirt, head to the Yeovil Town online store.

MATCH PREVIEW | Yeovil Town – Eastleigh

After securing passage in both the FA Cup and Somerset Premier Cup, Yeovil Town return to National League action on Saturday afternoon (3pm) with Eastleigh providing the opposition.

The Glovers, who come into the fixture in a positive vein of form, will be looking to leapfrog Eastleigh, who sit just three points ahead with a similar goal difference.

Saturday’s visitors have struggled on their travels this season, picking up just one win in their six away trips. Ben Strevens will be hoping he can turn around this form and apply pressure on the play-off places.

Darren Sarll’s thoughts

Speaking in his press conference on Thursday afternoon, Sarll said; “We’re in good form, it’s as good as the first four games of the season. The players are playing very well.

“For me, it’s about trying to get as many players in form as possible. Right now, Matt Worthington is playing his best football for me in the last two and a half years.

(Dale) Gorman and (Josh) Staunton, have been excellent. Moss is definitely developing, especially the attacking part of his game.

“(Charlie) Wakefield and (Tom) Knowles are a threat, Adi (Yussuf) has been a real handful so we’re in good form.”

Team news

Luke Wilkinson & Morgan Williams have returned to boost Darren Sarll’s defensive options. This could see Josh Staunton move to his more familiar role in the middle of midfield.

Also boosting the backline is Max Hunt, who sat out against Yate due to the suspension that he picked up for his red card against Solihull Moors.

For the first time this season due to injury, Alex Bradley was able to play 90 minutes in the Somerset Premier Cup, he’ll be hoping to make an impact on Saturday afternoon.

In terms of the forward line, Reuben Reid is a matter of weeks away from a return after his long-term injury lay-off.

A foot in the opposition camp

Saturday’s visitors have endured a mixed start to the season, despite a strong home record, their form on the road has held the Spitfires back. Picking up just four points from six games, Eastleigh will be hoping their away form picks up at Huish Park.

The man who will be looking to mastermind a return to form is Ben Strevens, a former Eastleigh player who turned manager in 2018 after a spell as interim & assistant. Since 2018, he has led the Hampshire side to a play-off finish, however his side were not able to reach the final.

Former Glover Tom Whelan is the man to look out for in the Eastleigh camp. A dead ball specialist, Whelan will have a point to prove against his former side.

Have we met before

Town’s most memorable encounter with Eastleigh in recent years came in Sarll’s first competitive home game in charge. Courtney Duffus’ second minute strike was the difference as the boss secured his first three points in Somerset.

Last season proved more difficult, as Eastleigh did the double over the Glovers. A 3-0 defeat at Huish Park which saw Staunton suffer a season ending injury was followed up by a narrow 1-0 defeat at the Silverlake Stadium on a cold Tuesday evening.

Tickets

Tickets can be purchased from the Yeovil Town ticket office website until midday on match day. Following this, tickets can be purchased in person from the ticket office.

TICKETS | Larkhall Athletic

Tickets for our Somerset Premier Cup clash with Larkhall Athletic will be available on the gate at Plain Ham (7:45pm, Weds 10th Nov).

This is Town’s second taste of county cup action this season, after comfortably defeating Bridgwater United in the first round.

A number of Yeovil Town’s first team players will be involved on Wednesday evening alongside some young talents, so why not join us in Larkhall?

Ticket prices:

Adults- £7

Concessions – £5

Accompanied under 16s – free

FIXTURE NEWS | Stevenage or MK Dons to visit Huish Park

Yeovil Town’s FA Cup second round opponents have been confirmed as either Stevenage or MK Dons.

The tie will take place at Huish Park on the weekend commencing 3rd December 2021.

If Stevenage were to advance, Darren Sarll would be coming up against his former side for the first time in his Yeovil Town career.

Whilst if MK Dons were the victors in next week’s replay, they would provide a stern test, with the Buckinghamshire side currently vying for promotion to the Championship, sitting 7th in League One.

Ticket details and a date for this fixture will be confirmed in due course.

LOTTERY | Week 41

The results are in for this week’s lottery:

1st Prize                 £100       Mrs Shale

2nd Prize             £50         Mr R Higgins

3rd Prize                £25         Mr M Legg

There were no birthday winners!

Good luck next week!

INTERVIEW | Sarll delighted with performance levels in FA Cup victory

Darren Sarll was left delighted after his side secured a place in the Second Round of the Emirates FA Cup, after an away victory against Yate Town at Lodge Road.  

The magic of the cup returned for the Glovers as they netted five against the Southern League Premier South side, sealing passage into the next round of the world oldest domestic cup competition. 

A debut goal from Sonny Blu Lo-Everton, along with strikes from Jack Robinson, Charlie Wakefield, Dale Gorman and Adi Yussuf sealed a resounding victory for the Yeovil in South Gloucestershire. 

Speaking to BBC Somerset post-match, Sarll said: “I think it was probably a little bit more than just professionalism for their performance today, I thought their levels were very high throughout.  

“Their training this week has been on like a whole new level really and I think we’re starting to find a little bit of momentum now.  

“Some of the performances were excellent. I thought we dealt with the ball on quite difficult pitch really well and for the way Gorman controlled these techniques for the first goal was just excellent.  

“Today, we started so fast, so athletically and so intense, It was really pleasing to see. We’ve got a very small set of unique skills in our team – some of them are very good athletically and we have to play at speed because they’re fast and there’s no point us being fast and playing slowly.“ 

With the win yesterday afternoon, Town now find themselves one win away from round three in the competition, something that the club haven’t achieved since 2018, eventually earning a tie with Manchester United visited Huish Park. 

But Sarll believes that his side must take it game by game before thinking too far ahead. 

“It’s been a few years now since we’ve been in Round 3, so we will have to wait and see who comes out of the hat on Monday, “he added. 

 “The most important thing with this team and I keep saying it over and over again is process, progress and time, and I just feel like we’re starting to really hit some form.“ 

By Mackenzie Thomas

MATCH REPORT | Yate Town 0 – 5 Yeovil Town

Yeovil Town produced a five star display against Yate Town to secure passage to the second round of the Emirates FA Cup.

First half goals from Jack Robinson, Charlie Wakefield and Dale Gorman built a comfortable advantage as the Glovers shot out the traps in the first half.

Not resting on their laurels, Adi Yussuf and Sonny Blu Lo-Everton got in on the act in the second half to complete a stunning performance in the cup.

Darren Sarll made one change from the side that drew with Solihull Moors, and that was enforced onto him. With Max Hunt suspended, Morgan Williams returned from injury to take his place.

On the bench, there was a welcome return for skipper Luke Wilkinson who has sat out since the Glovers’ defeat to Chesterfield in September.

Starting on the front foot, it did not take long for Yeovil to find a way in front. Jordan Barnett’s drilled delivery from a corner on seven minutes found Worthington at the edge of the box, and with the help of a number of deflections saw his shot find Robinson to poke the ball into back of the net.

With less than 15 minutes played, the Glovers added to their advantage with a piece of individual brilliance from Wakefield. After shimmying one way, and then the over, the former Chelsea man found a pinpoint finish to double the lead.

The ball spent the majority of it’s time in the Yate half, with wave after wave of Yeovil attack bombarding the semi-professional outfit’s backline.

At the half an hour mark, Yeovil added a third from the penalty spot after Worthington was fouled in the area. Gorman stepped up and sent the goalkeeper the wrong way for his second Yeovil Town goal.

In the dying stages of the half, the hosts’ thought they had found a way back into the game, however a rather blatant handball to push the ball into the net left the referee with no choice but to rule the goal out.

Going into the break as comfortable leaders was the least that the Glovers deserved, and this advantage was only added to in the second half.

Adi Yussuf will be sleeping soundly tonight after his flicked finish caught out Yate goalkeeper Andy Hannah to add Town’s fourth of the afternoon a matter of minutes after the break.

Using his squad to his advantage Sarll rang the changes in the second half, with a return for Wilkinson who replaced Williams with 50 minutes on the clock.

However, this was not his most effective change, that was Sonny Blu Lo-Everton who notched Town’s fifth and final goal of the cup tie with an hour gone. The Watford loanee made room for himself, dropped his shoulder and bent the ball into the bottom corner.

In the closing stages, Yate became a bit more adventurous, looking to strike a consolation goal, but in truth they did little to test a Yeovil Town side who can look forward to Monday night’s FA Cup draw.

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

Subs not used: Evans

TICKETS | Details confirmed for Dagenham and Bromley clashes

Tickets details for Yeovil Town’s double header in the capital have been confirmed.

On the 20th November, the Glovers head to the Chigwell Community Stadium to face Dagenham & Redbridge, tickets can be purchased by clicking HERE, and scrolling down to the ‘away fans.’

Prices:

Adult – £21.00

Concession – £15.00  

Junior (10-16 years) – £12.00  

Under 10 – £2.00

Just a matter of days later, the Glovers face a midweek trip to South London for a clash with Bromley. Tickets for this game can be purchased by clicking HERE.

All tickets purchased in the away end are for the standing section, however Bromley have a limited number of seats available in the South Stand, should any fan require a seat, supporters are encouraged to speak to one of the stewards on match day who will escort them to one.

Prices:

Adult – £20.00

Concessions – £15.00

Young Person (12-18 years old) – £7.00

Under 12 – £5.00

MATCH PREVIEW | Yate Town – Yeovil Town

After a dramatic affair in the last round against Weymouth, Yeovil Town will be hoping for a more straightforward clash when they meet Yate Town on Saturday afternoon (3pm).

Yate, who play in the Southern Premier Division (two below the National League), will provide a tough test in this first round clash, having already beaten National League opposition in the last round.

The Glovers, who come off the back of their first clear midweek in over a month, will be rejuvenated after picking up four points from Woking and Solihull Moors in their last two National League fixtures.

Darren Sarll’s thoughts

Yeovil Town manager Darren Sarll insisted there was no room for complacency from his side who come into the tie as heavy favourites. Speaking in his weekly press conference, he said;

“They (Yate) are obviously in a rich vein of form, you can’t deny momentum at whatever level and they’ve got qualities.

“It will be very important that we share our qualities with everybody there on Saturday. We need to ensure we’re robust, professional, very committed and get the job done.”

Team news

Yeovil Town are likely to be boosted by the return of one of Luke Wilkinson or Morgan Williams who have recovered from long-term injury lay-offs. This coincides nicely with the suspension of Max Hunt who received his marching orders last weekend against Solihull Moors for a last man challenge.

In his press conference, Sarll confirmed the positive news that forward Reuben Reid is ahead of schedule in his recovery, and will potentially be seen in a Yeovil Town shirt by the end of the month.

Mitch Rose and Mark Little remain unavailable due to their injuries.

A foot in the opposition camp

Coming off the back of a 5-2 victory over Sailsbury, the Yate Town squad will be full of confidence when they face Yeovil Town on Saturday. The star of the show against Sailsbury was Dave Sims-Burgess who netted twice for Paul Michael’s side. Speaking after the game, Michael said his side have a “free hit” against the Glovers in the tie.

Route to the tie

Yate Town, who started their journey in the first qualifying round have had to win four fixtures to reach this stage. Their first victory came just down the road from Yeovil, at the Avenue Stadium with a 1-3 victory over Dorchester.

It was plain sailing from there for the Bluebells, with back-to-back clean sheets, in victories over Gosport Borough and Redhill.

In the last round, Yate met the National League’s bottom side Dover Athletic, and after a 1-1 draw at the Crabble and a postponed replay due to floodlight failure, Saturday’s hosts upset the odds, beating the Whites 1-0 at Lodge Road to setup a meeting with Yeovil Town.

Tickets

This fixture is SOLD OUT and will be played in front of a capacity crowd of 1,600. There will be no ticket sales made on the day and this fixture will not be streamed. For those in attendance, the turnstiles open at 12.30pm. Yeovil Town supporters must enter through the Iron Acton end.

INTERVIEW | Worthington enjoying added responsibility

Yeovil Town midfielder Matt Worthington became the club’s longest serving player at just 23-years-old during the summer when he opted to extend his contract with the club.

Having also recently hit 100 appearances for the Glovers, the no.7 has been taking the onus upon himself to step up and help the new faces around Huish Park settle in to the area.

Speaking about his added responsibility, Worthington said; “I think I do, definitely a little bit more this year, I’m the longest serving player here now. The new lads have come in and have done really well.

“As soon as you play your first game here, you realise how much it means to the fans,” added the midfielder, “so I don’t have to do too much.

“Obviously I’m still young myself, I’m only 23, but with the experience of the games I’ve played, I can help the young lads on the way, so it’s something I want to bring to my game.”

In total, Worthington has played in five different campaigns for Yeovil Town, across a loan and eventually permanent spell with the club.

Playing in the current side now, Worthington insists he and his teammates are hungry for success despite the youthful look to the side.

“I think it’s very different from last year, obviously now we’ve got a lot more youth compared to then and the year before.

“We’ve got a lot of young and hungry players. It’s totally different now, the way we play is more energetic. We’re pressing well and in recent weeks we’ve played some nice football.

It’s very different now, but the squad looks really good!

TRANSFER | Moss loan extended until January

Yeovil Town can confirm that Dan Moss’ loan deal from Millwall has been extended until January 24th 2022.

The young defender has been a mainstay in the Yeovil Town defence so far this season, involved in every game and starting on 13 occasions.

After making the right-back position his own, the Millwall loanee has been a key component in a Yeovil Town side which boasts the third best defence in the National League.

In agreement with Millwall, Moss is able to play for the club in FA Cup action, and will be available for Saturday’s trip to Yate.

Great to have you back, Dan!

LOTTERY | Week 37-40

Week 37

1st           £100       Mrs Farrant        AF6650

2nd          £50         Mr Masters        AH2240

3rd           £25         Mr Pember         AJ0961

Birthday draw not won

Week 38

1st           £100       Mrs Whatmore AI3243

2nd          £50         Mr Back                AH3505

3rd           £25         Mr Fowler           AJ8603

Birthday draw not won

Week 39

1st           £100     Mrs H Laimbeer    AI5932

2nd          £50       Mr Pelham             AH9036

3rd           £25      Mrs B Herridge      AI0513

Birthday draw not won

Week 40

1st         £100    Mr I Fowler              AJ5084

2nd          £50      Mr P Watson           AI4602

3rd           £25     Mrs L Coker             AI3602

Birthday draw not won

TICKETS | All the details for Yate away

Tickets for Yeovil Town’s trip to Yate will be available for purchase exclusively to season ticket holders from 10am today. 

Sales will be made only in person or over the phone (01935 847888). This is to allow as many people a fair chance to buy. 

Season ticket holders are only able to purchase one ticket per account for the fixture.

Ticket prices:

Adults – £13

Concessions/U18 – £10

MATCH REPORT | Solihull Moors 0 – 0 Yeovil Town

Yeovil Town were held by Solihull Moors in a heated affair at Damson Park.

After a relatively tame first half, the game burst into life in the second with a red card for both sides. Jordan Cranston was sent off for the hosts for violent conduct after he lashed out at Tom Knowles, but less than ten minutes later, Max Hunt was given his marching orders for a last man foul.

In the closing stages the hosts searched for the lead, but the Glovers were resolute and held firm to earn a hard-fought point on the road.

After a positive showing against Woking, Darren Sarll opted for an unchanged team, with Adi Yussuf leading the line against his former employers.

That meant on the bench there was a return from injury for Alex Bradley who has sat out in recent weeks, whilst Luke Wilkinson who was suggested could be able for the fixture missed out.

Looking to start on the front foot once again, Yeovil were able to enjoy a significant amount of possession throughout the opening five minutes, but struggled to create any clear cut openings.

However, the same could be said for the hosts, who did little to test Grant Smith throughout the first half.

It took 13 minutes for Town to create an opening, Yussuf did excellently after bringing down Moss’ cross, taking the ball under control and pushing it into Jordan Barnett’s path who fired first time and saw his effort fly narrowly over the bar.

Set-pieces were the order of the day for the Moors, and on 20 minutes Neil Ardley’s side had their best chance of the half, as James Ball snuck through the Glovers’ defence and latched on the end of a Cranston’s set-piece, but his header flew over the bar.

After a rather flat period, Town burst into life in the closing stages of the half. With less than five minutes to play, Yussuf tried to bend one from the edge of the area and after the ball to a knick, it dropped sharply, and fell a matter of inches wide.

Deep into first half stoppage time, Yussuf should’ve opened the scoring for Yeovil. Dale Gorman’s corner was floated over the goalkeeper to the former Solihull man who, despite being unmarked, saw his header fly over the bar.

The second half was a far more heated affair, and tempers came to boiling point just after the hour mark. Cranston was given his marching orders by the referee for needlessly lashing out at Knowles whilst the Yeovil no.11 went to take a throw in.

With the numerical advantage, Town looked to make Solihull pay, leading to frustration within the hosts’ camp. James Ball was lucky not to be sent off himself for afters with Gorman.

However, less than ten minutes after Cranston was sent off, it was a level playing field once again as Andy Dallas was fouled by Max Hunt as he burst through on goal.

With eight games in the month of October, the ten men of Yeovil Town looked fatigued, but still managed to head away every ball that came their way.

Feeding off scraps, substitute Joe Quigley almost snatched a winner with ten minutes to go as he worked room for himself in the left channel, drove into the box and forced Ryan Boot into a save.

That was the best it got for Yeovil, who were penned back in their half for the remaining time. Yet, for all the hosts’ possession, they were unable to find a route to goal as the young defence of Dan Moss, Jack Robinson, Josh Staunton & Jordan Barnett dug deep to secure a point on the road for Yeovil.

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

Bookings: Moss, Hunt (RED)

Subs not used: Evans, Stephens,

FIXTURE NEWS | New date for Wrexham

Yeovil Town will travel to Wrexham on the 30th November (7:45pm). 

After being originally stated to play on the opening weekend of the season, the fixture was postponed due to COVID-19 issues within the Yeovil camp.

Ticket details for the rearranged clash will be issued in due course.

INTERVIEW | Jack Robinson savouring opportunities to play in front of supporters

Middlesbrough loanee Jack Robinson is savouring his first team opportunities whilst on loan at Yeovil Town.

Despite training with the Boro first team on a consistent basis, battling for three points week in week out is something the 20-year-old is relishing.

“With Middlesbrough, I was around the first team but I was playing with the U23’s. Coming down here and playing men’s football, it’s different.

“Playing in front of fans, that’s exactly what I wanted to when I came down here. I’m really enjoying it.

“There’s pressure on games here, to play with that, that’s why I’m here.”

Stepping into the National League, the left-back insists the style of play is not much different to what he’s used to under Neil Warnock with his parent club.

“It’s similar to the way Neil Warnock plays, but the physicality of it is different. Obviously there’s a lot of big teams in this league, that’s the main difference.

“The last seven days especially, they’ve been tough on the legs, but I’ve enjoyed it and now we’ve got Saturday to build our momentum.

On Saturday, Yeovil Town will venture to the league’s form side Solihull Moors, but Robinson is confident Town can produce a positive display on the road.

“After the game (against Grimsby), we felt like we played some good stuff, we kept the ball well and into Tuesday’s game we were able to carry that on.

“We got the second goal that we’ve been missing, that was important. It’s something we’ve been saying that before games.

“We’ve been getting the first goal, but that second is the most important one. On Tuesday night, (Tom) Knowles gets that second goal straight after half-time and we went on to win the game.”

You can purchase a Yeovil Town shirt with ‘Robinson 21’ on the back by heading to the online store.

MATCH PREVIEW | Solihull Moors – Yeovil Town

Yeovil Town will be aiming for back-to-back wins as Darren Sarll’s side travel to Solihull Moors.

Last time out, the Glovers enjoyed a successful evening at Huish Park as goals from Charlie Wakefield and Tom Knowles sank Woking.

The hosts come into the game in great form, winning four of their last five games in the National League.

Darren Sarll’s thoughts

Speaking ahead of Saturday’s game, Sarll said; “It’s game against another one of the top seven or eight that are a resourceful club now, buying Andrew Dallas from Cambridge just highlights that point.

“We were close to a couple of Solihull players signing for our football club, but Solihull swooped in and got them from under our nose.

“In all due respect, we’re probably considered the bigger club, but we’re not in terms of resource. We’ve got no flexibility, we’ve got to go there and be what we are.”

Team news

In his press conference, Sarll confirmed Town would be boosted by the return of three injured players. Luke Wilkinson, who has sat out since picking up an injury against Chesterfield, is in line for a return to the substitutes bench alongside Alex Bradley who has endured a similarly long spell on the sidelines.

Watford loanee, who missed out on Tuesday’s victory with a minor knock is also in contention for Saturday’s game.

Morgan Williams, who just celebrated the birth of his first child, remains unavailable with an injury, whilst Reuben Reid and Mark Little are long-term absentees.

A foot in the opposition camp

Solihull Moors have enjoyed a successful start to the National League season, and currently sit in fifth place.

Under management, former Notts County & Wimbledon boss Neal Ardley took the reigns at Damson Park in the summer, and is looking to have another season fighting at the top of the National League after leading the Magpies to the play-off final in his final full season with the club.

Have we met before

Since relegation to the National League, Yeovil Town have endured mixed results at Damson Park.

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

However, a second half collapse saw Yeovil fall to a 5-1 defeat in last season’s clash.

Tickets

Tickets MUST be purchased from the Solihull Moors website.

There will not be any sales made in person on the day of the game, but they can be purchased online up until kick-off.

CLUB NEWS | Ben Seymour & Jordan Dyer return to Exeter City

Yeovil Town can confirm that Ben Seymour and Jordan Dyer have returned to Exeter City after the expiry of their loan deals. 

The club would like to thank Seymour & Dyer for their efforts during their loan period.

Seymour made six appearances during his time at the club whilst defender Dyer made one appearance on Tuesday evening against Woking. 

We would also like to extend our thanks to Exeter manager Matt Taylor who has been excellent to deal with during the process of the duos loan spell. 

All the best for the future, lads!

MATCH REPORT | Yeovil Town 2 – 0 Woking

Yeovil Town returned to winning ways as the Tom Knowles and Charlie Wakefield show secured victory against Woking.

Starting on the front foot, it took just six minutes for Town to take the lead, with Knowles finding Wakefield at the back post to open the scoring. Returning the favour, Wakefield found Knowles just minutes into the second half who turned the ball home, building a comfortable lead for the hosts.

Despite both sides being blotted with late goals in recent weeks, neither were able to find one in the closing stages as Yeovil held firm, securing a first victory since September.

Darren Sarll opted for two changes to the side that fell to a defeat against Grimsby at Blundell Park. Knowles returned to the fold in an attacking role whilst top scorer Joe Quigley missed out with Adi Yussuf replacing him.

Eager to end a winless run, Town began on the front foot, and had the ball in the back of the net after two minutes. Yussuf rounded the goalkeeper and placed the ball into the back of the net, only for the linesman to have his flag up.

However just three minutes later, the Glovers would have the lead. Jordan Barnett’s throw in released Knowles on the left flank who burst beyond his marker and found Wakefield at the back post to fire Yeovil ahead.

Not resting on their laurels, Town almost added a second through Dale Gorman a matter of moments after the restart but a strong save from Ross at his near post kept the Cards within a goal.

For the next twenty minutes, the visitors began to grow into the game, but did little to trouble Grant Smith, with Ross continuing to be the busier of the two goalkeepers, albeit only dealing with potshots from Gorman.

From the 30th minute, Town came to life once again, imposing themselves on the Woking backline. Almost cutting Woking wide open, Worthington won the ball deep into the Woking half and played through Yussuf maybe a second too late as the visitors were able to block his attempt.

Just a matter of moments later, Yussuf did excellently to hook the ball to Knowles who looked back to his best, he put in a real shift to keep the ball in play, then finding Barnett who forced a strong save from Ross with an from the edge of the box.

With just over five minutes of the half remaining, Knowles’ long-throw was only cleared as far as Dan Moss who saw his first time effort fly narrowly wide.

At the break, Yeovil would’ve been disappointed they were only leading by one, however it didn’t take them long in the second half to double their advantage. After a stellar first half showing, Knowles was able to start the second with a goal that his performance richly deserved. The Glovers no.11 was found in acres of space at the back post by Wakefield, who was able to turn the ball home leading to raptures in the Thatcher’s.

With a two-goal advantage, Yeovil marshalled the game extremely well throughout the second half, limiting the visitors to very little possession in dangerous areas, and creating openings themselves.

Looking to find a third, substitute Quigley evaded some heavy challenges which saw the referee wave advantage, the towering forward was then able to find Worthington who had his effort from the edge of the box blocked with 68 minutes on the clock.

As the game entered it’s closing stages, Sarll’s side were pushed back a little as Woking looked for a route into the game, which they struggled to find.

However, in the final moments, Woking should’ve made it a nervy as Innih Effiong burst beyond the Yeovil defence for the first time all evening, forcing Smith into his only save of the night.

Ultimately it was a return to winning ways in the league as Town, who can go into a trip to Solihull Moors with the wind in their sails.

Yeovil Town: Smith; Moss, Hunt, Staunton, Robinson; Worthington (Dyer), Gorman, Barnett; Knowles (Seymour), Yussuf (Quigley), Wakefield

Bookings: Quigley, Barnett, Robinson

Subs not used: Evans, Stephens

CLUB NEWS | Lewis Simper recalled by Cambridge United

Yeovil Town can confirm that Lewis Simper has been recalled from his loan spell by Cambridge United.

Due to a number of injuries at his parent club, the midfielder now returns to Cambridge with immediate effect.

The club would like to thank Lewis for his efforts during his time in Somerset and wish him all the best for the future. 

TICKETS | Join us against Solihull Moors

Tickets for Yeovil Town’s trip to Solihull Moors this Saturday (31st October, 3pm) are now available.

To purchase your tickets, head to the Solihull Moors website, linked HERE and scroll down to the ‘Away’ tickets.

Full prices:

Adult – £15.00

Concessions – £12.50

U18 – £10.00

U12 – Free

MATCH PREVIEW | Yeovil Town – Woking

Yeovil Town return to Huish Park on Tuesday evening (7:45pm) to face Woking in National League action.

After a 566 mile round trip on Saturday, the Glovers will be relishing home comforts as the Cards come to town.

Woking, despite having lost their last two games, have enjoyed a positive start to the season, sitting in 12th with games in hand on the teams around them.

Darren Sarll’s thoughts

Speaking after Saturday’s defeat to Grimsby, Sarll said; “All of the players have great energy and when they come on they try their absolute best.

“I was really impressed with their motivation and courage to take the ball. I like what (Jack) Robinson and (Jordan) Barnett are doing at the moment, they’re fantastic together.

We’re building, but we know we need to come out all guns blazing Tuesday.”

Team news 

Luke Wilkinson is the Yeovil Town player closest to a return from injury, but he remains unlikely to feature on Tuesday evening.

Morgan Williams, Alex Bradley, Mitch Rose, Reuben Reid and Mark Little are all still unavailable due to injury concerns.

A foot in the opposition camp

Woking Football Club, known as the Cards (from the Cardinal red of the red and white halves), was formed in 1887. Managed by Alan Dowson, he managed Woking to promotion from the National League South at the first attempt in 2018/19, and his side have remained in the National League ever since.

The star man for the visitors is Max Kretzschmar, having followed Dowson from Hampton & Richmond Borough to Woking, the midfielder has been a mainstay ever since, even becoming involved with the academy coaching department at the club.

Have we met before

Since returning to the National League, Yeovil Town hold an unbeaten home record against Dowson’s side.

In Sarll’s first season, the Glovers were the victors on a chilly October night as three first half goals built a comfortable advantage before the visitors pulled one back in the second half.

In last season’s clash at Huish Park, Rhys Murphy netted twice as Town were the 2-1 victors.

Tickets

Tickets can be purchased online from the online ticket office until 4:45pm on match day. They can also be purchased from the ticket office in person, but after 4:45pm are subject to a £3 increase.

MATCH REPORT | Grimsby Town 2 – 0 Yeovil Town

Yeovil Town fell to a defeat in Northeast Lincolnshire as league leaders Grimsby Town were the 2-0 victors at Blundell Park. 

Despite an even share of chances, the hosts were the more clinical, taking the lead from the spot in the first half through Lenell John-Lewis. 

The second half saw Yeovil apply a vast amount of pressure, but to no avail as the hosts were able to put the result beyond doubt in the final moments through John McAtee. 

Darren Sarll named an unchanged team from the Glovers’ FA Cup victory over Weymouth. That meant Grant Smith began in goal, with Dan Moss, Josh Staunton, Max Hunt and Jack Robinson in front of him. 

Jordan Barnett began in a midfield role once again, alongside Dale Gorman and Matt Worthington, whilst Sonny Blu Lo-Everton, Joe Quigley and Charlie Wakefield started as a front three. 

Chances were few and far between in the first half, with neither keeper enduring a busy afternoon. 

The first chance in Yeovil’s favour came in the 12th minute as Staunton, who was forward from an attacking free-kick hooked an effort over from the edge of the box.

With the two sides largely cancelling the other out, it always looked like a mistake could lead to a goal, and that came to fruition in the 19th minute as Smith mistimed his dive to feet, giving away a penalty which John-Lewis converted. 

Not to be deterred, Town continued to plug away, finding success on the left-flank with Wakefield and Barnett combining well, but neither could find a threatening delivery. 

Yeovil had a penalty shout of their own with 24 minutes on the clock, as Milwall loanee Moss burst into the box but the referee remained unmoved. 

As the half entered its dying stages, Yeovil enjoyed the majority of the ball, but couldn’t quite find the final pass, leading to efforts from distance which did little to threaten. 

Despite leading, the hosts started to really test the green and whites’ backline in the second half. On 49 minutes, Smith was forced to make a save as John-Lewis combined with Harry Clifton who had his goalbound effort palmed wide by the Yeovil no.1. 

Down at the other end, Wakefield capitalised on a lapse in concentration, driving into the box and forcing a corner with his dangerous delivery. The resulting corner caused havoc in the Grimsby defensive ranks, despite Max Hunt mistiming his header, the ball dropped dead in the box, but there was no Yeovil player there to touch the ball into the back of the net.

A continued thorn in Yeovil’s side, John-Lewis muscled his way into the box from a throw-in, and after firing from a tight angle his effort hit the side netting.

With just over 20 minutes to go, John-Lewis should have doubled his tally for the afternoon. After Clifton combined well with John McAtee he put the ball on a plate for John-Lewis who somehow missed from three-yards-out.

As the clock ticked on, Yeovil began to force the ball into the Grimsby half. A hopeful pass to Wakefield found the Yeovil no.19 in behind, but a last-ditch challenge stopped him in his tracks.

On 83 minutes, the ball fell kindly to Worthington after Gorman’s pass was blocked, his effort snuck through bodies but flew narrowly wide.

Despite all the Glovers endeavour, it wasn’t until the 85th minute that James McKeown had work to do in net. Gorman arrowed a free-kick on target but he was equal to his efforts. 

With a matter of moments to go, Grimsby doubled their advantage as McAtee had the freedom of the area to pick his spot and secure three points for the league leaders.

Yeovil Town: Smith; Moss, Hunt, Staunton; Robinson; Gorman, Worthington, Barnett (Simper), Lo-Everton (Knowles), Quigley (Yussuf), Wakefield 

Bookings: Gorman

Nott used: Evans, Dyer

MATCH PREVIEW | Grimsby Town – Yeovil Town

After advancing in the FA Cup on Tuesday evening, attentions in the Yeovil Town camp turn to National League action with a trip to league leaders Grimsby Town.

Since dropping out the EFL last campaign, Saturday’s hosts have taken the National League in their stride, losing just once in 11 games this season. 

From a Yeovil Town perspective, Darren Sarll will be hoping his side can continue the good feeling after a penalty shootout victory over arch-rivals Weymouth.

Darren Sarll’s thoughts 

Looking ahead to the fixture, Sarll said;

“Whenever my teams in the past have played at Grimsby, I’ve always enjoyed it.

“I’ve won there, I’ve been beaten there. They’re in great form at the moment and they’ll have the crowd with them. 

“Paul’s (Hurst) done a good job getting them off the mark after coming down. I know how difficult that is to pick a club up.

“It’ll be a good experience, probably the biggest crowd some of them have played in front of, and the crowd at Grimsby can be quite vociferous!”

Watch Darren Sarll’s full pre-match press conference.

Team news 

The injury situation largely remains the same for Yeovil, with Morgan Williams, Luke Wilkinson, Alex Bradley, Mitch Rose, Reuben Reid and Mark Little all unavailable.

Wilkinson is the closest to a return, and could be involved next week against Solihull Moors whilst Little and Reid are still on course for December.

Toby Stephens will be unavailable due to family reasons, with all at the club sending our best wishes to him and his family.

A foot in the opposition camp

Climbing to the top of the league, Grimsby Town have produced a number of fine performances this season, key to these victories are forwards John McAtee and Ryan Taylor who both have five goals each. At 33-years-old, Taylor brings a wealth of experience within the EFL alongside his goals whilst McAtee at 22 is maturing into a strong forward for the level. 

In the dugout for the hosts is Paul Hurst, well-known to the Grimsby fans, Hurst is in his second spell as sole manager of the club having originally managed on a joint basis with Rob Scott. During his first spell in charge, Hurst held a very respectable 49.5% win rate with the Mariners before venturing to Shrewsbury, Ipswich and Scunthorpe. 

Have we met before?

Our last trip to Grimsby was a successful one in September 2018 as Yeovil snatched a 1-0 victory over the Mariners as Omari Patrick struck with just over ten minutes remaining.

Later that season as Yeovil’s form took a downturn, Grimsby won the return fixture at Huish Park 3-1.

Tickets

You can still join us in North East Lincolnshire, with tickets available from the hosts’ website linked here. 

Coach travel is available through the Green & White’s supporters club which will depart at 7am. To book contact Paul Hadlow – 07736 044570

MATCH REPORT | Weymouth 1 – 1 Yeovil Town

Yeovil Town advanced in the Emirates FA Cup in dramatic fashion after a penalty shootout victory over Weymouth at the Bob Lucas Stadium. 

In a similar fashion to Saturday’s draw, Yeovil Town took the lead in the first half as Worthington flicked a header beyond a stranded Ross Fitzsimons, before Josh McQuoid levelled the affair.

Despite a late penalty miss, the Glovers were able to dust themselves down and secure a 2-1 victory from the spot.

Darren Sarll made two changes to the side which were held on Saturday afternoon, Sonny Blu Lo-Everton returned to the fold, replacing Tom Knowles in the Glovers’ midfield. In the defence, Jack Robinson returned to the back four, moving Jordan Barnett into a midfield role with Ben Seymour dropping to the bench. 

Looking for more attacking impetus after a frustrating second half in the original fixture, Yeovil began on the front foot. Joe Quigley held the ball up well and dropped it into Barnett’s path, but his first-time strike flew over.

Continuing to create chances, in the sixth minute Dan Moss’ delivery was met by Worthington who couldn’t direct his header on target.

Not making the same mistake twice, the Glovers found a way in front through a Worthington header. After a hectic phase of play which saw Quigley hit the bar, the ball was recycled around the box excellently, eventually being crossed to Worthington who flicked his header beyond Fitzsimons, leading to raptures in the away end.

With the wind in their sails, Yeovil did not rest on their laurels, both Dale Gorman and Barnett fired narrowly wide from the edge of the box minutes after taking the lead.

In the dying stages of the half, Quigley was unlucky not to double Town’s advantage after being poked through by Charlie Wakefield, but his effort was well-saved by Fitzsimons. 

It took until the 50th minute for the hosts to find an effort of note, Brad Ash cut inside at the edge of the box and tamely fired into Smith’s gloves.

Hunting for a second, Yeovil’s first chance of the second half fell after Robinson pounced onto a loose ball and played Wakefield through and after driving to the edge of the Weymouth box, his effort was saved at the second attempt by Fitzsimons.

Wakefield was Town’s bright spark in the opening stages of the second half. The Chelsea academy graduate looked for options around him at the edge of the box and they didn’t come, instead took the onus upon himself as the Glovers’ no.19 fired on goal from 20-yards, but a block thwarted his effort.

Enjoying success behind the Weymouth defence was largely at a premium in the first half, but in the second Town found routes in behind far more often. Lo-Everton broke beyond the Terras’ backline and rounded the goalkeeper, after being ushered wide the Watford loanee then found Quigley who sent an effort goal bound, but once again Weymouth got bodies in front of the Glovers’ effort.

Continuing as the ascendancy throughout the half, Barnett did excellently to dance his way into the box with just over twenty minutes to go, but a heavy touch saw the ball escape his grasp and find Quigley who once again had his effort blocked.

The hosts had done very little to threaten Yeovil throughout, but with fifteen minutes to go they grew into the game. The 78th minute saw a heart in mouth moment for Glovers fans. Thomson burst in behind but a heroic recovery challenge from Josh Staunton held Town’s advantage. 

There was a sense of deja vu with 86 minutes on the clock as Weymouth equaliser, as Ollie Harfield found McQuoid at the back post to head home the leveller.

Despite late set-pieces from both sides, neither could capitalise as the game went to extra time. 

Having made more substitutions, the fresh legs of Weymouth saw them start extra time on the front foot, yet chances didn’t fall their way.

For the third time in two weeks, Yeovil Town were robbed of a seemingly good goal. After Gorman’s corner was met by Quigley at the near-post, his header was at least three-yards over the line, but the referee and linesman remained unmoved. 

With the last attack of the game, the Glovers won a penalty after substitute Adi Yussuf fired an effort on goal which was adjudged to have been blocked with a hand. Quigley stepped up but he had his effort saved by Fitzsimons, meaning the game would be decided by a shootout. 

Not taking chances had been a common theme in this tie, and that continued in the penalty shootout. Despite misses from Ben Seymour and Tom Knowles, Weymouth missed three of their first four penalties whilst Yussuf and Gorman converted to secure a memorable victory for Town.

Yeovil Town: Smith; Robinson, Hunt, Staunton, Moss; Gorman, Worthington (Simper), Barnett (Knowles); Lo-Everton (Seymour), Quigley, Wakefield (Yussuf)

Bookings: Barnett, Smith

Subs not used: Evans, Dyer.