Author: Sam Collard

PREVIEW | Yeovil Town – Wrexham AFC

Yeovil Town’s first home game of the season takes place on Saturday afternoon (3pm) as Wrexham visit Huish Park.

Looking to bounce back from a loss at Scunthorpe last weekend, Yeovil have a tough task in-front of them against the much fancied Welsh side.

The Glovers can take heart from their victory on the road against Wrexham last season.

Chris Hargreaves’ thoughts

In his pre-match press conference, Hargreaves said there were some “new faces” in the building. These were confirmed to be Gime Toure on a permanent deal & Alfie Pond on loan from Exeter.

Team news

Town’s two new additions could be involved against Wrexham.

Hargreaves also referenced a few injuries within the squad but was coy with names.

On the suspension front, the Glovers are all clear!

Around the ground

There’s lots new and exciting at Huish Park for the new season. Firstly in the Alec Stock Lounge between 12:30pm and 1:30pm, there will be 50p off all drinks.

Secondly, we’re pleased to announce the return of the programme, which comes free with a keepsake card.

The club will also be celebrating a ‘community hero’ before kick-off every week. Dave Rooks of Yeovil will be your Local Hero at the Wrexham game – Dave qualifies as a ‘Local Hero’ for having been a Scout Leader with Holy Trinity Scouts in Yeovil for 60 years, providing training and leadership to hundreds of Yeovil boys and girls having been a scout himself since the age of 9. 

A foot in the opposition camp

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

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

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

Have we met before?

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

In the 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, our trip to the Racecourse was an enjoyable one, with Yeovil taking home three points thanks to goals from Josh Staunton & Sonny Blu Lo-Everton. At Huish Park, Wrexham secured a hard-fought 2-1 win.

Tickets

Tickets for Saturday’s game can be purchased from the online ticket office until midday on match day for physical tickets. Print at home can be bought from there until kick-off. 

Following this, they can be purchased in person from the ticket office, however this is subject to a small price increased. We strongly recommend getting to Huish Park early to avoid queues.

TRANSFER | Alfie Pond arrives on loan

Yeovil Town are delighted to announce the loan signing of defender Alfie Pond from Exeter City.

The towering teenager already boasts first team experience, spending time on loan with Tiverton Town last season.

He is a highly thought of graduate from the Grecian’s academy. Described by Exeter City manager Matt Taylor as someone with the potential to become “a serious player.”

Signing until January, Pond goes straight into the squad to bolster Chris Hargreaves’ defensive options.

Pond celebrates after scoring in pre-season.

Commenting on the loan move, Hargreaves said; “Alfie is certainly an exciting prospect, but he’s someone who we believe can make an impact now.

“He’s proven he can make the step up to men’s football whilst at Tiverton, and will become another valuable member of our squad.”

Welcome to Huish Park, Alfie.

PROGRAMME | Brand new Yeovil Town programme

Yeovil Town are delighted to announce our brand new match programme for the 22/23 season.

Responding to your feedback from our earlier questionnaire, we have added new content based upon your recommendations and returned to a physical programme for the new season.

Each programme comes with a collectors card, with the card featuring the player who is our main interview in the programme. The card has space to get the players signature and is another great item for collectors amongst our fans.

The price for the programme remains at £3 and will be available around Huish Park tomorrow!

TRANSFER | Touré becomes our latest addition

Yeovil Town are delighted to announce the signing of 28-year-old forward Gime Touré.

The Frenchman last played at this level in 2019/20 scored 13 goals for Hartlepool United.

During his time with the Pools, he netted twice against Yeovil, once in the FA Cup and once in the National League.

His good form for Hartlepool earned him a move to Carlisle United in League Two, where he spent two seasons.

Goal celebrations for Gime Toure of Hartlepool United during the FA Cup match between Yeovil Town and Hartlepool United on Tuesday 12 November 2019 at Huish Park, Yeovil, Somerset – PHOTO: Cameron Geran/PPAUK

After spending time training with the Glovers this week the Frenchman now signs permanently in Somerset and becomes our new no.10.

Chris Hargreaves “Gime has been training with us all week and has already shown why he can be such a threat at this level.

“He possesses both technical ability and natural athleticism which make him an extremely exciting attacking player.

“He is another strong addition to our squad and will be amongst the group for tomorrow’s match against Wrexham.”

Welcome to Somerset, Gime.

CLUB NEWS | Introducing our ‘community hero’

New at Huish Park for 2022/23, we’ll be running our ‘community hero’ campaign.

Each week, the club will showcase an individual who is deemed a ‘community hero’ for their excellent work for the local area. The individual will place the match ball on a plinth ahead of kick-off.

Dave Rooks of Yeovil will be your Local Hero at the Wrexham game – Dave qualifies as a ‘Local Hero’ for having been a Scout Leader with Holy Trinity Scouts in Yeovil for 60 years, providing training and leadership to hundreds of Yeovil boys and girls having been a scout himself since the age of 9. 

Dave is still continuing his role as an active leader with the cubs and scouts. He has seen some of his scouts earn their Duke of Edinburgh and also Queen scout award  the highest accolade any scout can earn.

His full-time job was that of Optician Technician, working for John Hart’s partners in Prince’s Street, Yeovil. Until recently prior to retiring during the pandemic Dave was a dispensing optician in Bristol.  

Dave’s a life-long Glovers supporter and remembers with affection watching Yeovil at the old Huish ground. He fondly remembers the time he won Penny on the ball taking home £31 all in copper.

He also has had the privilege to play at the old Huish and the new Huish Park. Dave’s favourite player as a boy growing up was goalkeeper, Morris Leather.

Dave is joined here today with his wife Joan for this proud moment.

LOTTERY | Week 28

Here are the winners for week 28:

1st Prize                 £100       Mr Goodfellow

2rd Prize              £ 50        Mrs Palmer

3rd Prize                £ 25        Mrs Murcott

REPORT | Scunthorpe United 2 – 1 Yeovil Town

Chris Hargreaves saw his Yeovil Town fall to a 2-1 defeat at the hands of Scunthorpe United in his first game in charge.

The Glovers were left to rue their poor first half, struggling to find their feet against the newly relegated opposition.

An improved second half saw Jamie Reckord pull a goal back, but ultimately it was Scunthorpe who took three points in our opening day clash.

In his first competitive game as Town manager, Hargreaves opted for a 3-5-2 formation. Grant Smith remained in goal, with Max Hunt, Morgan Williams and Ben Richards-Everton starting in defence.

Charlie Wakefield and Jamie Reckord operated on the flanks, whilst Josh Staunton, Sam Perry and Matt Worthington were in the middle of the park. Summer signings Alex Fisher and Malachi Linton began up front.

It was a frantic start to proceedings in North Lincolnshire, with chances falling for both sides. The most notable fell Yeovil’s way as Reckord dragged a shot wide after an excellent cross from Wakefield.

At the other end, Scunthorpe went close through former Eastleigh man Andrew Boyce, who headed narrowly wide of Smith’s goal with just over 10 minutes gone.

Not learning from their earlier mistakes, Boyce capitalised when he was given a second headed opportunity, opening the scoring with 26 minutes gone.

Growing in confidence, Scunthorpe mounted wave after wave of attack, but Town held firm to keep the deficit at one.

Looking for a route back into the game, Wakefield had the Glovers’ best chance, dragging an effort wide from the right channel after an excellent pass from Linton.

At the break, it would be hard to argue against the fact the hosts deserved their lead, leaving Hargreaves’ men with room to improve in the second half.

The second half saw improvement in the early stages, with Wakefield given more freedom on the right flank, but in truth the Glovers did little to test Marcus Dewhurst in the Scunthorpe goal.

At the other end, Smith had very little to do, until the 60th minute where Jacob Butterfield was given room to drive through the Yeovil half and slam the ball beyond Smith to add their second.

Looking to turn the game on it’s head, Hargreaves made a change in system and personnel, switching to a 4-4-2 and swapping Perry for Sam Pearson.

The Bristol City loanee made an instant impact, looking a real threat down the left wing, and it was on the wing where Town found a lifeline. Some lovely build-up released Reckord for a first time finish to reduce the advantage with just over 15 minutes to go.

With the wind in their sails, the Glovers were well on top and almost equalised after Worthington won the ball high up, but couldn’t find Fisher in the box.

In truth, Scunthorpe’s game management was thoroughly professional throughout the closing stages, frustrating Yeovil and limiting chances until the final whistle.

Next up for Yeovil is our home opener against Wrexham AFC next Saturday at 3pm.

Yeovil Town: Smith; Richards-Everton, Hunt, Williams; Wakefield, Reckord; Staunton, Worthington, Perry (Pearson), Linton, Fisher (Grivosti)

Subs not used: Johnson, Craske, Buse.

CLUB NEWS | An update on shirt pre-orders

Yeovil Town are pleased to confirm that we have now taken stock of our 22/23 kit, which is now being sent out to those that placed pre-orders. 

Under 12 or under 16 season ticket who are entitled to a free shirt can now contact or visit the club store from Monday to claim your shirt.

Although we have initially received enough stock which to cover the majority of pre-orders and season tickets, please be aware that  frustratingly due to a worldwide supply chain issue we do initially have limited numbers of some sizes, but will be receiving more stock in shortly

We would also like to publicly thank supporters for their patience and understanding when it comes to the delivery of our brand new shirts.

On the topic of our first home game, season tickets have now been dispatched. Enclosed with your ticket is a 10% off voucher for the Cow & Apple Restaurant in Yeovil! 

With the season getting underway, we hope you’re as excited as we are! Come on you Glovers!

CLUB NEWS | Squad numbers confirmed for 22/23

Ahead of Yeovil Town’s National League opener against Scunthorpe United on Saturday evening, we can now confirm squad numbers for the new season.

1 – Grant Smith

2 – Morgan Williams

3 – Jamie Reckord

5 – Max Hunt

6 – Ben Richards-Everton

7 – Matt Worthington

8 – Lawson D’Ath

9 – Alex Fisher

12 – Max Evans (on loan at Larkhall AFC)

14 – Malachi Linton

15 – Sam Pearson

16 – Sam Perry

17 – Chiori Johnson

18 – Finley Craske

19 – Charlie Wakefield

20 – Will Buse

21 – Toby Stephens (on loan at Truro City)

22 – Ollie Hulbert

24 – Matt Grivosti

29 – Ollie Haste (on loan at Truro City)

32 – Josh Staunton (captain)

SIGNING | Matty Grivosti heads in on loan

Yeovil Town are delighted to announce the signing of Matty Grivosti on a youth loan deal from Bolton Wanderers.

The exciting attacker, made his breakthrough in the game last season for Warrington Town, following nine goals in 21 league starts, he earned himself a permanent switch to Bolton.

Confident in all of the forward positions, the 19-year-old spent much of last season on the left flank, but is confident across the forward line.

The youngster will already be familiar with Ollie Haste, who he played alongside for England Colleges, The forward lead the line for the England youth side, scoring on multiple occasions.

Looking to continue his strong form from last season, Grivosti ventures to Somerset and goes straight into the squad for our trip to Scunthorpe, pending clearances.

Manager Chris Hargreaves said; “Matt arrives as an exciting addition to our group. He’s shown a real maturity in front of goal at such a young age.

“He is an individual who is already battle-hardened, from competing and thriving within the Northern Premier League at such a young age, that is a huge testament to him. He has all the attributes to make a big impact here.

Welcome to Somerset, Matty!

SIGNING | Will Buse arrives on loan whilst Evans departs

Yeovil Town can confirm the signing of Will Buse on a season long loan from Bristol City.

Buse, who was born and raised in Yeovil, arrives to bolster the goalkeeping department at Huish Park. Already boasting experience within the non-league ranks, Buse has enjoyed spells at Dorchester and Taunton, winning promotion from the Southern League with the Peacocks.

The arrival of Buse makes way for Max Evans to depart on loan to Larkhall AFC, gaining valuable first team experience within the Southern League.

Max Evans will enjoy a temporary spell with Bath based Larkhall.

Commenting on the double switch, manager Chris Hargreaves added; “Both these loans are crucial for the development of each individual. 

“Firstly with Max, he is at a stage where he needs to be out there playing games on a consistent basis. He can only learn so much on the training pitch, so this loan is the next stage in his development. 

“We all think very highly of Max and know he will return an even better player.

“Obviously with Max departing, there is a need for another goalkeeper in the squad. Will arrives as the perfect candidate to bolster the goalkeeping department.

“As a local lad, his connection to the club was a huge draw, but more importantly, he is a very good goalkeeper as those who watched our friendly against Taunton saw.

“He is strong competition for Grant Smith and will go into the squad for Saturday’s game.”

Good luck, lads!

CLUB NEWS | Duo depart on loan

Yeovil Town youngsters Toby Stephens and Ollie Haste have signed on loan with Truro City on short-term deals.

Looking to gain valuable experience in the men’s game, the academy graduates venture to the Southern Premier side which play their fixtures in Plymouth.

This will be Toby’s third loan spell away from the club, after a short-term spells at both Hemel Hempstead and Barnstaple Town last season.

Ollie played alongside Toby at Barnstaple last season too, he signed for the Devon outfit on a dual registration during the closing weeks of the season.

Ollie Haste of Yeovil Town during the Yeovil Town Photocall at Huish Park on 2 August, 2022 in Yeovil, England (Photo by Tom Sandberg/PPAUK)

The youngsters starred Truro last weekend on a trial basis, and will now start the season with the White Tigers.

Manager Chris Hargreaves commented; “Toby and Ollie are both young lads we think very highly of, who need consistent minutes to improve.

“The step up from U18’s into the National League is never easy, so having a loan move with a fantastic club like Truro will help them bridge that gap and see them return as better players.”

Good luck, lads!

PREVIEW | Scunthorpe United – Yeovil Town

Yeovil Town travel to Scunthorpe United for an opening day clash against the newly relegated opposition (5:20pm, Saturday).

After spending the last few years working as a pundit for BT Sport, Chris Hargreaves will be the man in the dugout as the TV cameras are shone on his Yeovil Town team.

Looking to start the season on the right foot, the Glovers are looking for their first opening day victory since relegation to the National League.

Chris Hargreaves’ thoughts

Reflecting on the final week of pre-season; “It’s been really good, I said to the lads at the start of the week, this is the best week in football building up to the new season.

“There’s a lot of excitement and competition for places with the boys, so the dynamic does change a little bit. It’s been really good though, they’re a fantastic set of lads and I really enjoy working with them.”

Team news

The Glovers will certainly be without Tom Knowles following his departure to Walsall on Thursday evening.

Lawson D’Ath will be hopeful of being involved, after his minutes have been carefully managed in pre-season.

In this pre-match press conference, the boss mentioned there were a few players struggling with injury issues, but did not name any players specifically.

A foot in the opposition camp

After relegation from the Football League last season, Scunthorpe manager Keith Hill is looking to rebuild his squad.

The most notable signing so far is the addition of Eastleigh skipper Andrew Boyce. The experienced centre half adds much needed National League knowhow to the Scunthorpe United ranks.

Have we met before?

This will be the first meeting between the two sides since the 14/15 season. There was nothing to separate the two sides that season, with both games ending 1-1.

Town’s last victory on the road at Scunthorpe came in 2012, with a 4-0 victory thanks to a double from Gozie Ugwu, alongside goals from Reuben Reid & Keanu Marsh Brown.

It’s been over ten years since our last defeat to the Iron, coming in September 2011.

Tickets

Tickets for the fixture can be purchased both on the day or in advance, for more ticket info click HERE.

TRANSFER | Finley Craske signs on loan for the season

Yeovil Town are delighted to announce the signing of Finley Craske on a youth loan agreement from Plymouth Argyle until the end of the season.

A highly thought of academy graduate, he made his EFL debut on the final game of the 2020/21 League One season, as a second half substitute against Gillingham.

The 19-year-old, who is comfortable in both the defence and midfield, has starred in multiple games for the Pilgrims this pre-season, including a cameo appearance off the bench against the Glovers.

Last season, our latest addition spent time on loan with Plymouth Parkway, helping them to promotion, reaching the Southern League Premier Division.

After joining the academy at Home Park at just seven years old, he has worked his way through the youth ranks, signing his first professional deal with the Pilgrims in June.

Now looking to further his development, he heads to Somerset hoping for a taste of National League action.

Commenting after his loan switch was confirmed, Craske said, “It feels really good to be here. I can’t wait to get going.”

Manager Chris Hargreaves added, “Finley is another positive addition to the squad. He is someone who is highly thought of at Plymouth.

“He’s a young player, who is eager to learn and make the most of his time here, not just for himself, but for Yeovil too.

“He can play in multiple positions and his versatility will add to what we already have.”

Welcome to Huish Park, Finley.

CLUB NEWS | Beamback confirmed for Scunthorpe United clash

Yeovil Town are pleased to confirm we will be opening the Alec Stock Lounge for our televised fixture against Scunthorpe United.

The Glovers face a 536-mile round trip for the fixture, so if it’s not something you are able to do, you can now support Town from Huish Park instead!

We’ll be opening up at 3pm, so watch the scores roll in on Soccer Saturday before our opening day clash.

So why not join us and many other Glovers fans in supporting Chris Hargreaves team from afar at Huish Park next weekend?

PREVIEW | Weston-super-Mare – Yeovil Town

Yeovil Town’s pre-season campaign comes to a close with a trip to the seaside to face Weston-super-Mare on Saturday afternoon (3pm).

After a draw with Dorchester Town on Tuesday, manager Chris Hargreaves will be hoping his side can sign off the friendly campaign with a victory on the road.

With two new signings entering the squad since Tuesday’s game, Saturday’s final friendly sets up an exciting end to our pre-season schedule.

Chris Hargreaves’ thoughts

Reflecting on Yeovil Town’s draw with Dorchester Town, Hargreaves said his sides biggest takeaway from the evening was building fitness. “It’s a fitness thing to me. We’re looking towards Saturday as them (fighting to) keeping their shirt for the first game game of the season.

“I did make a fair few changes (against Dorchester) and it doesn’t help the balance of the side. So it is still about fitness.”

Squad news

Sam Pearson and Ben Richards-Everton could both make their Yeovil Town debut against the Seagulls on Saturday afternoon.

Matt Worthington returns from his one match suspension for his red card against Plymouth Argyle.

Chiori Johnson and Tom Knowles were both rested for minor knocks, so could both be involved in North Somerset.

A foot in the opposition camp

Following last season’s play-off defeat, the Seagulls are hungry for success this season.

After relegation from the National League South in 2019, Weston have remained in the Southern Premier Division ever since.

Their recruitment this summer has turned a lot of heads, with former Glover, Reuben Reid now lining up in North Somerset.

Have we met before?

Trips to Weston have become a regular feature of Town’s pre-season campaign in recent seasons.

Last season, the Glovers were held to a 1-1 draw, with Tom Knowles scoring from distance in the second half.

Tickets

Gates will open on the day at 1:30pm. Tickets will be available to purchase on the turnstiles.

Ticket prices:

Adult – £9.00
Concession – £6.00
Under 16 – £2.50
Family (2x Adult & up to 2x U16) – £17.00
Under 8 – FREE

To purchase your tickets, click HERE.

TRANSFER | Ben Richards-Everton signs for the season

Yeovil Town are delighted to announce the signing of Ben Richards-Everton on a one-year deal following his departure from Barnet.

The defender, who stands at a towering 6 foot 5 inches, bolsters Chris Hargreaves’ options at centre back.

A product of the non-league system, the 30-year-old spent his early years playing across the pyramid, for the likes of Romulus, Cradley Town & Hinckley United.

He first played in the then Conference Premier (now National League), during 2013/14 with Tamworth. He made 42 appearances in all competitions that season, scoring three times.

His good form for Tamworth earned him a move north of the border, joining Patrick Thistle in the Scottish Premiership, before a short loan spell at Airdrieonians. A two season spell at Dunfermline Athletic followed before a return to England with Accrington Stanley.

He then remained in the Football League with Bradford City for 18 months, departing for Barnet in January 2021.

The towering defender now heads to Somerset ahead of the 22/23 season.

Speaking to YTFC.net after his contract was signed, Ben said; “I’m delighted to get the deal over the line and have it sorted. I’m really looking forward to the season.

“It’s been amazing (so far), the gaffer’s assembled a good team here. We’ve got a good group of lads who I’m really looking forward to working with.”

Commenting on Ben’s arrival, Hargreaves said; “Ben arrives with a vast amount of League and National League experience. He has been part of promotion winning sides and wanted to join the club.

“He is a real physical presence and becomes another valuable asset within our changing room.

“He’s been working hard to keep fit all summer and will be amongst the squad tomorrow afternoon.”

Welcome to Huish Park, Ben.

TRAVEL | Green & Whites travel to Scunthorpe

Travel plans have now been set for our upcoming away trip to Scunthorpe United on Saturday 6th August. Details are as follows:

Coach Leaves Huish Park at 9:30AM
Match Kick Off: 5:20PM

Prices for this trip are as below.

Adult Members: £34
Member Concession: £32

Non-Members: £37
Non-Member Concession: £35

To place your booking on the coach contact Paul Hadlow on 07736 044570. Please only call him on this number after 6.00PM. You can also reach him at paulhadlow@outlook.com. Please remember to make it clear which match you are booking for and that you give your full name and the names of people that are coming with you. Please also leave a contact telephone number as well. You may be asked to pay a £5 deposit to reserve your seat.

TRANSFER | Sam Pearson is our latest loan addition

Yeovil Town are delighted to announce the signing of Sam Pearson on loan from Bristol City on an initial one-month deal.

The exciting attacker is a product of the Bristol City academy, having started his youth career at the club in 2016.

He made his debut for the Robins in March 2021, and has made a total of five apps in the Championship.

Last season, he spent a short loan spell at Inverness Caledonian Thistle in the Scottish Championship. He played eight times north of the border, scoring once.

A Wales U21 international, Pearson has made 11 apps for his nation, finding the back of the net against Bulgaria.

I’m delighted to be here,” said the 20-year-old.“I got a text the other week about coming here, now it’s about trying to play in as many games as I can and helping the team progress.

“The first time I spoke to the manager was yesterday, he called me when I was having my haircut! He sounds nice and willing to help me progress, so that’s why I’m here!”

Manager Chris Hargreaves added, “Sam is an exciting young player who adds a new element to our squad.

“He comes from a strong background at Bristol City and already has first team experience under his belt.”

Welcome to Somerset, Sam.

REPORT | Dorchester Town 0-0 Yeovil Town

Yeovil Town’s trip to Dorchester ended in a goalless draw after big chances fell for both Alex Fisher and Max Hunt either side of half time.

Following Matthew Worthington’s red card against Plymouth, Chris Hargreaves would have to shake up his side and brought in Trialist A to play alongside Sam Perry in midfield. Lawson D’Ath made a welcome return to the side in place of Tom Knowles who was given a rest for a minor injury issue. Meanwhile, Charlie Wakefield would fill in at right wing back for Chiori Johnson who was suffering with a slight knock.

Yeovil started the stronger of the two sides and came closest when a long ball was pulled back by Jamie Reckord for Alex Fisher whose volley deflected just wide for a corner.

The Magpies defence continually struggled to deal with corners from the away side with Josh Staunton an Hunt both going close.

Another chance fell to the Glovers after Malachi Linton won the ball back high up the pitch but his right footed effort was stopped by a mix of the Dorchester defender and keeper.

Even with all the pressure from Yeovil, the home side stayed strong and managed to keep it level going into half time.

The second half started in similar fashion with a cross from the Trialist A well met by Fisher whose header; had the keeper beaten but went just wide of the post.

On a day where the defence was rarely challenged, a long searching ball from the Dorchester side caused serious problems for Staunton as the attacker managed to get round him before putting his effort just wide of Grant Smith’s post.

18-year-old Harry Dillon put in a superb performance in goal for the home side and this was more than emphasised by his point blank save in the second half from Fisher, who must have thought he’d given Yeovil the lead.

The game died out towards the end of the second half with The Glovers limited to long range opportunities at a maximum.

Next up is another away trip to Weston Super Mare on Saturday for a 3pm kick off.

Yeovil Town: Smith; Wakefield(Trialist), Williams, Staunton, Hunt(Trialist), Reckford, Perry, Trialist, D’Ath(Hulbert), Fisher(Stephens), Linton (Trialist)

By Jacob Jones

CLUB NEWS | Phil Osborn joins as goalkeeping coach

Yeovil Town are delighted to welcome Phil Osborn to our coaching staff as our first team goalkeeping coach.

Osborn began his coaching career as part of Plymouth’s academy, where he worked for 18 months before moving across Devon to join Torquay United.

During his time at Plainmoor, Osborn was part of the coaching team which guided Torquay from the National League South to the National League promotion final, with his goalkeeper Lucas Covolan even scoring in that game.

After parting ways with the Gulls at the start of last season, Osborn worked with Tiverton Town as their first team goalkeeping coach.

Osborn now ventures to Somerset, as a member of the new-look Yeovil Town coaching staff!

Commenting after his arrival was confirmed, Osborn said; “I’m over the moon and very excited to join the club.

“After talking to the management and already knowing the rich history of the club, it was an absolute no brainer to take the opportunity and be involved in the new chapter.”

Welcome to Huish Park, Phil!

PREVIEW | Dorchester Town – Yeovil Town

Yeovil Town’s pre-season preparations continue with a trip to Dorset to face Dorchester Town on Tuesday evening.

After a combative performance against League One side Plymouth, the onus will be on Chris Hargreaves’ side to set the tempo.

Kick-off is at the earlier time of 7pm, so please ensure you leave with plenty of time to get to the Avenue Stadium.

Chris Hargreaves’ thoughts

Looking ahead to the fixture, Hargreaves said; “They‘ve used a lot of energy today (against Plymouth), but that’s what happens during the season. They’ll be coming back from a long journey in the main and then having to prepare again and do it right.

“It’s a different focus for us on a different surface. We have to make sure we recover properly because we put in an absolute shift, there’s no doubt about it.”

Team news

Lawson D’Ath was warming up with his teammates before Saturday’s game against Plymouth, but wasn’t quite fit enough to make a cameo appearance from the bench. In his post-match interview, Hargreaves noted the midfielder was around ‘one week’ away, so it’s unlikely he’ll be seen on the pitch at the Avenue Stadium.

After his red card, Matt Worthington will not be available, but rest assured, he’ll be able to play against Scunthorpe when the National League kicks off.

With Tuesday’s game being the first Saturday/Tuesday turnaround, we could see some rotation to manage the players’ minutes before the National League kick-off.

A foot in the opposition camp

It was a difficult start to pre-season for Dorchester, who fell to defeats in the first two pre-season games against AFC Portchester and Sholing.

Growing in confidence, Dorchester were the victors in their most recent game, beating Wessex League Premier side Hamworthy United, 3-1 at the Avenue.

The fixture against the Glovers is going to be a step up for Dorchester, with assistant manager James Wood commenting; “It’s going to be intense, they are a high quality outfit and we realise we are going to have long periods without the ball.

Have we met before?

A trip to Dorchester Town has been a regular fixture of our pre-season schedule for a number of years. Although, last season there Glovers did not travel to the Avenue.

Our most recent trip came in 2020, as goals from then Aston Villa loanee Jack Clarke and Carl Dickinson scored for Yeovil.

Some fans may remember the club spent a short period playing home games at the Avenue Stadium. This was due to work on the Huish Park pitch and it not being ready for the start of the league season.

Tickets

Tickets purchased in advance from the Dorchester website save £1 than those purchased at the turnstile on the night. To purchase yours click HERE.

Advance Prices

Adults: £6.00
Concessions: £4.00
16-18 years: £2.00
Under-16s: £1.00

REPORT | Yeovil Town 0-2 Plymouth Argyle

Yeovil Town suffered their first defeat of pre-season in a fiercely contested game against  League One opposition Plymouth Argyle.

Matthew Worthington saw red after an altercation with Bali Mumba, following two early second half goals from the Pilgrims which took the game away from Yeovil.

After last week’s 1-1 draw with Exeter City, Yeovil Town remained unchanged with new signing Chiori Johnson making his first official start for the club at right wing back. But the big news of the day was the return of Lawson D’Ath on the bench, who has missed most of pre-season through injury.

Plymouth started the better of the two sides, knocking the ball around neatly without finding any clear openings.

But it was Yeovil who came the closest early on, when Tom Knowles fiercely struck shot from 30 yards out went just wide of Callum Burton’s post on the ten-minute mark.

As the half progressed, Plymouth began to assert themselves and created a huge chance when the ball found its way to striker Ryan Hardie who saw his shot superbly blocked by Max Hunt when he looked destined to score.

A flurry of chances followed for the away side, but Grant Smith and his defence kept them out to cap off a good first half showing.

Their control was eventually rewarded though, when early in the second half Danny Mayor got in behind the Glovers defence before putting it on a plate for Hardie who couldn’t miss.

Yeovil came straight back at them and created an opportunity when Malachi Linton latched onto a loose ball before firing just over the bar.

Unfortunately though it was Plymouth who would add a second on the hour mark as Gillepshey’s powerful strike was palmed by Grant Smith straight to Finn Azaz who placed it into an empty net.

Ollie Hulbert off the bench had a great chance to pull one back as he was sent down the left channel but could only fire across the face of Callum Burton’s goal.

All of a sudden, tensions boiled over following a challenge from Worthington on Mumba, with the latter taking real offence. Players from both teams ran to the scene, before referee; Daniel Lamport produced a red card for the two original offenders.

The game died out with no real chances to report for either side, but a good run out against strong opposition once again for Chris Hargreaves and his team.

​Next up for Yeovil is an away trip to Dorchester Town on Tuesday 26th July, for a 7pm kick off.

Yeovil Town: Smith; Johnson (Trialist), Williams, Staunton, Hunt, Reckord (Trilaist), Perry (Trialist), Worthington, Knowles (Stephens), Fisher (Hulbert), Linton (Wakefield).

By Jacob Jones

TICKETS | Scunthorpe United (A)

Yeovil Town supporters can now purchase tickets for our opening day trip to Scunthorpe United on August 6th (5:20pm).

This will be the Glovers’ first trip to Glanford Park since 2015, where Town were held to a 1-1 draw.

Tickets are available from the hosts’ website, linked HERE. Please ensure you select the correct area when purchasing tickets, ‘AMS 104-125’.

Prices:

Adult – £22

Senior, student, 18-21 – £15.00

U18 – £6

U12 (with an accompanying adult) – free

As ever, the Green & Whites will be organising a coach to Scunthorpe. The final details for this are still be confirmed, we will share them in the near future.

PREVIEW | Yeovil Town – Plymouth Argyle

Yeovil Town’s pre-season preparations ramp up with a clash against Plymouth Argyle on Saturday afternoon (3pm).

After back-to-back draws but positive showings, Chris Hargreaves is on the hunt for his first win at the helm.

The Pilgrims, who narrowly missed out on the League One play-offs last season, will be the Glovers’ most stern test of the pre-season campaign so far.

Chris Hargreaves’ thoughts

Speaking ahead of the fixture, the boss said; “(They’re) a very good side. I watched them against Torquay on Tuesday evening, they managed to come out 5-0 winners. Both teams were good sides, but Plymouth were strong.

“They’re still bedding players in and wanting to recruit more, but they’re a good side and football club so it’s a good test for us.

“That’s where this Club wants to be, there’s no hiding away from it. The fans want to see us back in those leagues and so do we.”

Team news

Charlie Wakefield and Ollie Hulbert both made a welcome return against Exeter City, whilst Lawson D’Ath remained sidelined. He’s on the road to recovery and will be back in the match day squad soon.

A foot in the opposition camp

After the Pilgrims fell just short of their promotion aspirations last season, Steve Schumacher and his side will be gearing up for another push next season.

The star man for the Devon outfit is Mike Cooper. The youngster between the sticks has attracted a lot of attention from league’s above after making the no.1 shirt his own at just 22-years-old.

Also within the Plymouth camp is a man who needs no introduction to Yeovil fans, Joe Edwards. The Plymouth skipper was a member of Yeovil Town’s 12/13 promotion winning side and now stars in a versatile role at Home Park.

Have we met before?

Meetings with Plymouth date back to 1928, as the Glovers lost 4-1 in an FA Cup clash. The next meeting came in 1972 in FA Cup action once again, with Plymouth the victors that afternoon.

The two sides did not meet again in competitive action until 2004, and Yeovil faired much better, beating the Pilgrims 3-2 in the League Cup thanks to a hat trick from Lee Johnson.

Most recently, the two sides met in the EFL Trophy in 2017, goals from Sam Surridge and Tom James proved the difference with Yeovil winning 2-1 at Huish Park.

Shirt news

For this weekend’s game, our brand new away strip will be worn due to Plymouth only having green shirts available to use at this time.

Tickets

Tickets are available online until midday on match day and in person from the club ticket office until kick off.

CLUB NEWS | Club partners with JNC Travel for supporter & player travel

Yeovil Town are delighted to announce that we have partnered with JNC Travel as our travel partner ahead of the 22/23 National League season. 

JNC, a Yeovil based travel firm, will provide high-quality travel for both our players & staff alongside the Green & Whites’ supporters coaches. 

There’s no short journey from Yeovil, and we’re very pleased to have JNC on board for the season to make these trips a lot more comfortable.

Commenting Jamie Coleman from JNC said; “I’m really pleased to be partnering with the Club this season. As a fan, this is a proud moment for the business.

“We will provide high-quality travel for players, staff and fans. We look forward to meeting you all.””

The Green & Whites’ supporters club, who have previously travelled with Ridler’s for a number of years, expressed their gratitude to Ridler’s and their excitement to work with JNC. 

A spokesman commented, “The Green & Whites have made a new signing this week. This year we will be using local company JNC Travel, ran by Yeovil fan Jamie Coleman. We’d firstly like to thank Jamie and his team for the warm welcome.

“In addition, would also like to thank all at Ridler’s for 20 years of great service. Ridler’s famously helped us organise 97 coaches to Wembley in the play-offs. We wish them every success in the future and hope to see them again soon.”

TICKETS | Wrexham tickets now available

Tickets for our first home fixture at Huish Park against Wrexham AFC are now available from the online ticket office and club shop.

The clash against the North Wales outfit will be Chris Hargreaves’ first competitive fixture at Huish Park, a week after the opening day clash against Scunthorpe United.

To purchase your tickets online, click HERE, or visit the club shop from 10am-4pm on a weekday.

You may notice when going to purchase tickets, we now have access to e-tickets for home supporters. On the ticketing system, these are named ‘print at home’ tickets. After the ticket is purchased confirmation email will be sent with a click through to a QR code that can be scanned at turnstiles on your phone. Alternatively there is a click through on the email that will open a low ink print version that can be printed out and presented at the turnstile.

Supporters who purchase a ‘print at home’ ticket do not require a physical paper ticket.

This also now means tickets can be bought online until kick-off at the reduced price, however tickets bought in person after midday, will be subject to a small surcharge.

Paper tickets do still remain available for both delivery and collection, however delivery of tickets will now cost £1. However, to skip the match day queues and delivery costs, the ‘print at home’ tickets are a brand new alternative!

Prices:

LOTTERY | Week 25

The results are in…

1st Prize                £100       Mrs Wolfenden

2nd Prize               £ 50        Mrs Taylor

3rd Prize                £ 25        Mr Beer

SIGNING | Chiori Johnson is our latest summer signing

Yeovil Town are delighted to announce the signing of Chiori Johnson on a one-year-deal.

The 24-year-old has spent the last few weeks on trial with the Glovers, starting in the pre-season friendlies against Taunton Town and Exeter City.

An Arsenal academy graduate, the full back joined the Gunners when he was 8-years-old, and signed a professional deal in 2015. In 2018, he left his boyhood side to join Bolton Wanderers for a season long stay.

Heading back down South, Johnson ventured to Welling in November 2019 and spent one and a half seasons with the National League South side.

His performances for the Wings caught the eye of former Yeovil manager Gary Johnson at Torquay United, who secured his signature at the start of last season.

After a one season stay in Devon, Chiori now crosses the border to Somerset to sign for Yeovil Town.

Commenting Yeovil manager, Chris Hargreaves said; “Chiori has really stood out and impressed us during his time on trial.

“He boasts a strong background, having spent such a long period of time at an elite club like Arsenal, it has given him a great grounding.

“Having spent the last few weeks with the squad, he is ready to hit the ground running and I’m really pleased to have him on board.”

PREVIEW | Yeovil Town – Exeter City

Yeovil Town will return to Huish Park for the first time this pre-season on Saturday (3pm) as League One side Exeter City provide friendly opposition.

Chris Hargreaves will be looking to get some more vital minutes into his side as he manages his first game at Huish Park.

After a goalless draw on Tuesday evening against Taunton Town, Hargreaves has added extra firepower to his Town side with the signing of Alex Fisher.

Team news

Fisher could play for the first time since his return to Huish Park was confirmed on Thursday evening.

After missing out against Taunton through injury, we could get our first pre-season glimpse at Ollie Hulbert, Lawson D’Ath and Charlie Wakefield.

Speaking post-match, Hargreaves confirmed a number of trialists would be invited back after appearing against the Peacocks, so expect some unfamiliar faces!

A foot in the opposition camp

Like our opponents on Tuesday, Exeter are riding a promotion high. Last season, the Grecians secured a spot in League One with a second placed finish in League Two.

This has meant much of the squad has been retained, with star forward Matt Jay the man to look out for in the opposition camp.

Have we met before

During Town’s stay in the EFL, the two West Country sides locked horns on a number of occasions, most recently on Boxing Day in 2018 where Exeter were the 2-1 victors.

Town’s last win came in December 2017, with a 3-1 victory at Huish Park, where a certain Matt Worthington starting for Yeovil that day.

The first meeting between the two sides dates back to 1934, where Yeovil were the 4-1 victors in the FA Cup.

Tickets

Ticket prices

  • Adult – £12
  • Senior/ Military / U23 – £6
  • Disabled – £6  – for disabled tickets please call the on 01935 847 888
  • Under 16 – £1 ( please note Under 12s should be accompanied by an adult over 18 )

Tickets can be purchased online here, but are also available on the day.

Yeovil Town supporters will be able to purchase tickets in the main stand, with opposition fans in the Screwfix, subject to demand we will open the Thatchers Stand.

SIGNING | Yeovil reel in Fisher for second spell

Yeovil Town are delighted to announce the signing of forward Alex Fisher on a two-year deal.

Fisher, who is already a familiar face at Huish Park, spent 18 months as a Glover, where he scored 14 goals in all competitions.

Since departing in 2019, the 32-year old spent two seasons at Exeter City before joining Newport County at the start of last season.

The towering forward arrives with an abundance of experience, having played across Europe in Spain, Italy, Belgium & Scotland, alongside 115 apps in the Football League.

Commenting first team manager Chris Hargreaves said; “Alex has chosen to play for Yeovil Town over several League and National League clubs, which shows a great desire and attitude.

“Alex adds aerial ability and physicality in the final third, and wants to score goals for this club.

“He has a wealth of experience in the Football League and has the right character to help the younger boys in the squad.”

We’ll have a full interview with Alex available later this week.

Welcome back to the Club, Alex.

CLUB NEWS | 22/23 away kit launched

Yeovil Town are delighted to launch our 22/23 away shirt, manufactured by Hummel.

The shirt dons a bright pink & purple striped design, similar to the home shirt launched last month.

We would like to thank club sponsors, Bullets Sports Bar, for their support in our launch video. Morgan Williams, Charlie Wakefield and Tom Knowles were able to enjoy games of pool, darts and skittles whilst wearing the new shirt alongside Bullets staff.

The first team will wear the shirt for the first time against Dorchester on Tuesday 26th July.

You can pre-order your shirt now by heading to our online store, linked HERE.

COMMERCIAL | Fitogether joins as official club partner

Yeovil Town are delighted to welcome Fitogether as our latest official club partner.

FitTogether produce player tracking GPS systems, which are no.1 ranked in the FIFA quality test since 2019.

This season, the Glovers will wear Fitogether’s elite level tracking technology, enabling the club’s coaching staff to have greater knowledge of players individual statistics.

Lead sport scientist, Scott Wickens, who will be utilising Fitogether’s equipment extensively, commented; “I’m really pleased to have Fitogether on board as an official partner.

“FitTogether are world leaders in their field, their equipment will provide valuable insight and statistics that can help us get the best out of every player at the football club.

“More than ever, sport has become about fine margins, so finding that extra 1% through FitTogether’s equipment could make a real difference.”

For more information on Fitogether, click HERE.

MATCH REPORT | Taunton Town 0 – 0 Yeovil Town

Yeovil Town were held to a goalless draw by Taunton Town in the second game of pre-season on Tuesday evening.

After a convincing win against Sherborne, the Glovers were frustrated by Taunton who more than held their own in the county town.

Ultimately, it was a night that few would remember, with chances few and far between throughout.

After being the National League’s most fouled player last season, Knowles picked up where he left off, winning Town a free-kick 35-yards from goal with two minutes on the clock. It was Knowles who stepped up and had the Glovers’ first sight of goal, firing well over the bar.

Five minutes later, Sam Perry, who had signed that day, had his first shot in Green & White, sending a first-time effort wide of goal from the edge of the box.

At the other end, Taunton proved no pushovers going close following a well worked set play routine.

Will Buse, who put in a strong performance in the Taunton net, was first called to action with 18 minutes on the clock, with a trialist sending an effort on target.

Taunton’s best chance of the first half fell to David Simms-Burgess. After Grant Smith parried a free-kick away, the former Yate man pounced but Max Hunt was there to clear.

With 34 minutes on the clock, Hunt met Knowles’ free-kick, the ball looked destined for the net, but a superb save from Will Buse kept the score level.

In the final moments of the half, strong penalty claims from Town were waved away, but the Glovers didn’t drop their heads, recycling the ball to Knowles who saw his effort from the edge of the box fly narrowly over.

Starting on the front foot in the second half, the Glovers secured an opportunity from the spot with 52 minutes played. Knowles stepped up, but continuing his strong form, Buse was equal to his effort.

In truth the second half struggled to find any flow, with a number of trialists introduced looking to earn themselves a contract at Huish Park. Also introduced was youngsters Ollie Haste and Toby Stephens.

This saw chances dry up, as the game came to a close in a stop-start fashion.

Next up for the Glovers is a home clash against Exeter City on Saturday afternoon (3pm).

Yeovil Town: Smith (Evans); Trialist (Stephens), Williams (Haste), Staunton (Trialist), Hunt (Trialist), Reckord (Trialist); Perry (Trialist), Worthington (Trialist); Knowles (Trialist), Trialist (Trialist), Linton (Trialist)

Subs not used: Benjani Jr

SIGNING | Sam Perry signs on loan for the season

Yeovil Town are delighted to announce the signing of highly-rated youngster Sam Perry on loan from Walsall until the end of the season.

The 20-year-old already has 41 senior appearances for his hometown club after joining from Aston Villa’s academy in 2019.

After breaking into the first team during the Bank’s Stadium 20/21 season, the midfielder made his presence known early on, scoring against Bolton Wanderers in what was just his fifth EFL appearance.

Looking to cut his teeth in the National League, Perry now ventures to Somerset looking to make an impact in non-league’s top flight.

Commenting first team manager Chris Hargreaves said; “Sam is a determined young player who arrives hungry to succeed at Yeovil Town.

“He made 25 appearances at a League Two club last year and will add to the quality already in the building. He will go straight into the squad for tonight’s game against Taunton Town.”

Welcome to Huish Park, Sam!

MATCH PREVIEW | Taunton Town – Yeovil Town

Yeovil Town’s pre-season preparations kick-off in front of supporters with a trip to Southern League champions Taunton Town on Tuesday evening (7:45pm).

This will be a first opportunity for Glovers fans to watch Chris Hargreaves’ side after his appointment in May.

It will also be the first time the likes of Ollie Hulbert, Malachi Linton and Jamie Reckord will get to meet the travelling Town fans.

Team news

During Friday’s behind closed doors friendly against Sherborne, Hargreaves was not afraid to make a number of changes throughout to get a full glimpse of his squad.

With two trialists on the scoresheet last time out, we could see a few of them involved once again on Tuesday evening.

A foot in the opposition camp

There’s feel good factor around Taunton Town right now, and for good reason too! The Peacocks are coming off the back of a historic promotion from the Southern League to reach the National League South.

After retaining much of their promotion winning squad, the Peacocks will be hoping they can carry their strong form into this campaign.

Most recently, they fell to a narrow defeat against League One side Exeter City.

Have we met before?

Our most recent meeting came last pre-season, as Tom Knowles struck in the closing stages to secure a 1-0 win for the Glovers in the county town.

Tickets

Tickets for the fixture are available on the gate, via both cash or card. They are priced at £12 for Adults, £10 for Concessions and £5 for Juniors (14-17 years).

Children aged 13 and under are free on condition they are accompanied by an adult. Unaccompanied Under 14’s will not be admitted.

MATCH REPORT | Yeovil Town 4-0 Sherborne Town

Yeovil Town enjoyed a winning start to their pre-season schedule, with a 4-0 victory against Sherborne Town in a behind closed doors friendly.

Played at Yeovil’s Alvington training ground, Chris Hargreaves would have been satisfied with what he saw, as his side produced a dominating display against the Western League champions.

Goals from Malachi Linton, Ollie Haste and two trialists proved the difference on a sweltering evening in Somerset.

Starting on the front foot with a long spell of possession, the Glovers’ first chance fell to Ollie Hulbert who didn’t get a clean strike on his effort leading to an easy save for the Sherborne goalkeeper.

Just minutes later, Yeovil struck ahead. Linton netted his first goal in green & white, winning a penalty and converting from the spot.

After a change of shape, chances continued to fall. Hulbert, looking to make up for his earlier miss, worked room into the box and elected to go alone but once again, the Sherborne stopper was equal to his effort.

The change of shape saw some changes in personnel too, with a substitute trialist adding Town’s second, following up on the goalkeeper and poking the ball between his legs.

The second half brought more Yeovil pressure, with a younger looking eleven. A trialist extended the Glovers’ advantage, placing a superb effort into the top corner from the edge of the box.

Growing in confidence, Haste netted his first goal for the Yeovil men’s team. After being sent through by a trialist, Haste hammered the ball home to add more shine to the scoreline.

After netting his first goal in green & white, Haste nearly had a second with less than fifteen to go. The youngster worked room for himself after driving to the edge of the box with the ball but dragged his effort wide.

4-0 was how it finished, with the Glovers full of confidence ahead of a trip to Taunton Town next Tuesday.

We’d like to place on record our thanks to Sherborne for their assistance in arranging the fixture.

FIXTURE NEWS | Opening day clash picked for BT Sport coverage

Yeovil Town’s opening day fixture against Scunthorpe United has been picked for television coverage on BT Sport.

The trip to Glanford Park will be Chris Hargreaves’ first competitive fixture in charge of the Glovers, on the channel he worked as a pundit for a number of years.

Last season, Yeovil enjoyed some great success on the television beating FC Halifax Town in early September before a memorable FA Cup victory against Stevenage on BBC Two.

As the fixture has been picked for television coverage, this means the kick-off time will now be at a later time of 5:20pm.

CLUB NEWS | John Jewers funeral

Funeral details for well-known Yeovil Town fan and staff member John Jewers have now been confirmed.

The funeral will be held on Wednesday 27th July (2pm) at Yeovil Crematorium – all are welcome.

John’s family and friends remain in our thoughts at this difficult time.

Any donations should be sent to Leukaemia UK or Dementia UK.

FIXTURE NEWS | National League schedule confirmed

The full schedule for Yeovil Town’s 22/23 National League campaign has been confirmed. 

Chris Hargreaves’ first competitive fixture in charge of the Glovers will take place on the 6th August (3pm), as Yeovil travel to National League newcomers Scunthorpe United.

Glovers fans will be left waiting until the second week of the season for a home game, hosting Wrexham at Huish Park on the 13th August (3pm). 

Our annual Christmas fixtures against Torquay return once again, with the Yeovil travelling to Plainmoor on Boxing Day, before facing the Gulls at Huish Park on New Year’s Day. 

The regular league season comes to a close for Yeovil on the road to Boreham Wood. 

Want to join us every step of the way at Huish Park? Purchase your season tickets now by clicking HERE.

The full schedule can be read below:

SCUNTHORPE (A) – 6th Aug – 3pm

WREXHAM (H) – 13th Aug – 3pm

BARNET (H) – 16th Aug – 7:45pm

ALTRINCHAM (A) – 20th Aug – 3pm

DAG & RED (H) – 27th Aug – 3pm

WEALDSTONE (A) – 29th Aug – 3pm

YORK (H) – 3rd Sept – 3pm

WOKING (A) – 10th Sept – 3pm

EASTLEIGH (A) – 13th Sept – 7:45pm

CHESTERFIELD (H) – 17th Sept – 3pm

B’WOOD (H) – 24th Sept – 3pm

SOUTHEND (A) 1st Oct – 3pm

DORKING (A) – 4th Oct – 7:45pm

SOLIHULL (H) – 8th Oct – 3pm

OLDHAM (A) – 22nd Oct – 3pm

ALDERSHOT (H)- 25th Oct – 7:45pm

MAIDSTONE (A) – 29th Oct – 3pm

MAIDENHEAD (H) -8th Nov – 7:45pm

GATESHEAD (H) – 12th Nov – 3pm

NOTTS C’ (A) – 19th Nov – 3pm

HALIFAX (H) – 26th Nov – 3pm

BROMLEY (A) – 3rd Dec – 3pm

SCUNTHORPE (H) – 10th Dec – 3pm

BARNET (A) – 13th Dec – 7:45pm

TORQUAY (A)- 26th Dec – 3pm

TORQUAY (H) – 1st Jan – 3pm

WREXHAM (A) – 7th Jan – 3pm

ALTRINCHAM (H) – 21st Jan – 3pm

WEALDSTONE (H) – 24th Jan – 7:45pm

DAG & RED (A) – 28th Jan – 3pm

MAIDSTONE (H) – 4th Feb – 3pm

GATESHEAD (A) – 11th Feb – 3pm

NOTTS C’ (H) – 18th Feb – 3pm

MAIDENHEAD (A) – 21st Feb – 7:45pm

YORK (A) – 25th Feb – 3pm

WOKING (H) – 4th Mar – 3pm

EASTLEIGH (H) – 7th Mar – 7:45pm

CHESTERFIELD (A) – 11th Mar – 3pm

HALIFAX (A) – 18th Mar – 3pm

BROMLEY (H) – 25th Mar – 3pm

SOUTHEND (H) – 1st Apr – 3pm

ALDERSHOT (A) – 7th Apr – 3pm

DORKING (H) – 10th Apr – 3pm

SOLIHULL (A) – 15th Apr – 3pm

OLDHAM (H) – 22nd Apr – 3pm

B’WOOD  (A) – 29th Apr – 3pm

*All times & dates subject to change.

INTERVIEW | Chris Hargreaves chats pre-season preparation

With the first week of pre-season ticked off, Yeovil Town manager Chris Hargreaves has been impressed with his team’s return to the training pitch.

As the players build their fitness, Hargreaves has been impressed with his new side’s attitude as they embark on their first pre-season under the 50-year-old.

“It’s been really good,” said Hargreaves. “They’ve arrived back in the building fit, which is what we wanted. They’re a really good group so we’re delighted at the moment.

“They’ve certainly done plenty of running, but they will have done before they even came back in. All footballers do now as it’s so critical to your performance to have good fitness levels.

“I’ve been impressed with it, it’s been good for me, Marcus (Stewart) and Toddy (Chris Todd) to see the lads perform. We look forward to the next few weeks as there’s a lot of work to be done.

With a week to go until Town’s first friendly, Hargreaves has challenged his players to be hungry for starts in a Yeovil Town shirt.

“Fitness is obviously the big thing, but also getting strong and understanding what they’re like as a group and individuals and learning what we can get out of them.

“As a player, when it gets close to the time (for games), you want to get in the team, so already I want to see people who want to get in the team.”

Last week, the Glovers confirmed the signing of Jamie Reckord, but Hargreaves still has targets in mind ahead of the season kicking off.

“It’s 24/7, as it is with most managers. I’ve spoken to a lot of people and we’ll come to a decision which is right for the football club. I keep saying it, and I mean it, it has to be right for the football club going forward.

“There’s been some really positive discussions in the last 24/48 hours, I’ve spoken to a lot of people, and if they want to come and play for the football club, they’re coming in, if they don’t they’re not.”

TRANSFER | Jamie Reckord bolsters the back four

Yeovil Town are delighted to announce the signing of Jamie Reckord on a one-year deal with an option of an additional year following his departure from Boreham Wood.

Proven at National League level, the 30-year-old previously starred for Solihull Moors and Wrexham, before spending the second half of last season at Boreham Wood. 

During his time with Solihull Moors, Reckord was part of the squd which finished 2nd in the National League and reached the Second Round of the Emirates FA Cup.

Reckord also boasts experience within the EFL, playing for the likes of Northampton Town, Scunthorpe United, Coventry City, Plymouth Argyle and Swindon Town whilst on loan from Wolverhampton Wanderers. He then joined Oldham on a permanent deal following his departure from Wolves.

Now arriving in Somerset, Reckord becomes the first defensive signing and third signing overall of Chris Hargreaves’ reign as Yeovil Town boss. Commenting on the signing, Hargreaves said; “Jamie comes in with a good amount of experience, especially within sides competing at the top end of the National League

“He’s a natural left-sided player, who brings balance to the squad and is capable of playing in several positions.”

We’ll have a full interview with Jamie available on our YouTube channel next week.

Welcome to Huish Park, Jamie.

TICKETS | Exeter City & Plymouth tickets

Ticket details have been confirmed for our friendly clashes with Exeter City on Saturday July 16 (3pm) and Plymouth 23rd July 3pm.

These fixtures against League One opposition will be the only chance to watch the Glovers at Huish Park before the National League season kicks off.

Tickets for the friendlies go on sale online from midday on Friday 1 July. 

Yeovil Town supporters will be able to purchase tickets in the main stand, with opposition fans in the Screwfix, subject to demand we will open the Thatchers Stand.

Ticket price

  • Adult – £12
  • Senior/ Military / U23 – £6
  • Disabled – £6  – for disabled tickets please call the on 01935 847 888
  • Under 16 – £1 ( please note Under 12s should be accompanied by an adult over 18 )

Tickets can be purchased online here, but are also available on the day.

CLUB NEWS | Rest in peace, John Jewers

All at Yeovil Town are deeply saddened to hear of the passing of long-serving employee John Jewers.

John worked in the club’s lottery department for over 25 years and became a well-known figure around Huish Park.

Dave Linney, associate director, former commercial manager and player commented, “All associated with the club are deeply saddened by the news of John’s passing. He worked tirelessly for the Club for a number of years. Our thoughts are with his family and friends.”

Rest in peace, John.

CLUB NEWS | Pittards become our back of shirt & sleeve sponsor

Yeovil Town are delighted to welcome Pittards – ‘the original Glovers’, as our back of shirt & sleeve sponsor.

Pittards are a business deep rooted into the history of Yeovil, having been founded to service 20,000 local glover makers back in 1826, Pittards story is steeped in pride and significance as a pillar within Yeovil and Somerset. The town became synonymous with the glove manufacturing trade, something that still holds true to this day.

The connection between Pittards and the club is strong too, with Charles Wreford Pittard, playing in goal for Yeovil Casuals in 1896, a previous guise of Yeovil Town.

As part of our kit launch, Josh Staunton visited Pittards and was taught some of the techniques used across the Pittards factory to create their high quality products.

Mark Robinson, commercial manager of Yeovil Town said; “Pittards are a worldwide name, as Somerset’s premier football club, we are honoured to be building a partnership with such a prestigious local organisation, with generations of employees associated with the local area and fans of Yeovil Town Football Club.

Our aspiration is to forge a strong relationship and connection between Yeovil Town and Pittards. One that both organisations and their staff are proud to not only be associated with, but importantly feel a strong part of its fabric from the factory in Yeovil across to impacting the lives of their staff in their factories in Ethiopia

Reg Hankey, CEO of Pittards commented, “Pittards has been part of Yeovil since 1826, first as manufacturer for the glove trade, now as a maker of high performance leathers that are exported to major sporting brands around the world.

The reason that so many international companies want to use leather made in Yeovil? It’s down to innovation and the passion of our people – much like following football.

Generations of the same families from have been involved in the Pittards ‘team’ through the years and now as we approach our 200th anniversary it seems only natural that the ‘glovers’ come together with the ‘Glovers’ both on and off the pitch.”

To celebrate the partnership, Yeovil Town have donated unused kit to the Saris Addis Sefir, a football team in Ethiopia. Tsedenia Mekbib, MD Pittards Ethiopia added; “Having support from YTFC means a great deal to Saris Addis Sefir football team.

This young team has a great potential and is filled with a huge determination. The support of YTFC only adds to their motivation and they are very grateful to the ongoing commitment from Pittards who have seen them develop and grow over the past four years.”

CLUB NEWS | 22/23 home shirt unveiled

We are delighted to unveil our brand new home shirt for the 22/23 National League season, manufactured by Hummel.

The Glovers will wear a striped home shirt for the first time since the 1994/95 season, a design that the club has worn on many occasions throughout history, dating back to 1895.

This season, the shirt will be matched with green socks & shorts, something that has become extremely popular amongst supporters in recent seasons when worn on the road.

Jurassic Fibre remain the clubs front of shirt & principle sponsor, whilst we are delighted to welcome Pittards, the original Glovers, as our back of shirt & sleeve sponsor. A full release on our partnership can be read HERE.

Defender Morgan Williams models the new shirt.

Embracing what makes Yeovil special, Josh Staunton visited two of the town’s biggest employers as part of the shirt launch; visiting Pittards and learning about their history and importance to the town.

Our no.32 also spent time at Leonardo’s – the home of British helicopters and Yeovil’s biggest employers. Staunton was treated to a flight over Yeovil with the pilots giving an areal view of Huish Park.

A full video of the launch can be viewed below:

Delivery of the shirts is expected in the coming weeks, with pre-orders of the shirt available from our club shop website now, linked HERE.

SIGNING | Malachi Linton boosts Glovers’ strike force

Yeovil Town are delighted to announce the signing of Malachi Linton on a two-year-deal following his departure from Wycombe Wanderers.

The 21-year-old joins off the back of a successful loan spell with King’s Lynn Town, where he struck eight goals in 20 National League starts.

Originally hailing from Ipswich, the forward began his career in the Tractor Boys’ academy, before departing for Crewe Alexandra to play for their U18’s side.

He then spent time with Lowestoft Town, scoring 13 goals in a short spell which caught the eye of Wycombe Wanderers.

A short loan spell with fellow Berkshire side Slough Town followed in the 2020/21 season before venturing to the Linnets for his successful temporary spell in the National League.

Commenting after signing his contract, Malachi said; “I’m excited. Yeovil is a big club with a good core of players and staff. I’m looking forward to coming in and adding to that.

“The manager has been a big pulling factor. We’ve had some good conversations. We share similar traits, but the main one being ambition. I’ve played here before, I’ve seen what it’s like, I simply couldn’t refuse.

“I can’t wait to meet up with the boys and get on the pitch.”

Manager Chris Hargreaves added; “Malachi is a player all of the coaching staff have seen. His goal record for games played at his age in this league is very good.

He’s a player with an excellent attitude and is someone who is hungry to succeed. He arrives with a strong recommendation from Wycombe manager Gareth Ainsworth. I think he will be an excellent addition to the squad, and I look forward to working with him.”

Don’t miss a minute of Malachi’s debut season at Huish Park, with season tickets now available – click HERE for more information.

TRANSFER | Ollie Hulbert begins Chris Hargreaves’ transfer business

Yeovil Town are delighted to announce the signing of Ollie Hulbert on a free transfer.

After departing Bristol Rovers at the end of last season, Hulbert signs a one-year deal with an option of an extra year and will work with his former Rovers coach, Chris Hargreaves at Yeovil Town.

A versatile forward, the 19-year-old played up front and on the wing last season, during his loan spells at Gloucester City and Hereford. Throughout his time in the National League North, Hulbert struck nine goals in 32 games.

The season prior, Hulbert enjoyed a loan spell in the Cymru Premier with Cardiff Metropolitan University, where he scored 14 goals in 23 games.

Commenting after his arrival was confirmed, Hulbert said; “I’m absolutely buzzing. It’s a move that’s been in the works for a little while, now that it’s all signed, I just can’t wait to start!”

Manager Hargreaves added; “Ollie is a young player with potential who is now ready to kick on. He will be a welcome addition to our squad.

“I know him well from our time at Rovers and look forward to working with him again.”

Welcome to Somerset, Ollie.

VACANCY | Hospitality assistants

We are recruiting for hospitality assistants to come and join us on a matchday at Huish Park.

Yeovil Town are looking to recruit more individuals to our hospitality team. We are looking for committed and enthusiastic candidates to play a vital role in the match day experience at Huish Park. 

Hospitality assistants will be able to work in a number of roles, with duties including, but not limited to:

  • Welcoming and serving guests
  • A care for fan satisfaction, aiming to deliver the optimal match day experience
  • Serving guests in a friendly, welcoming and efficient manner while maintaining a clean and safe work environment
  • Help answer questions and work with your line manager if any issues may arise
  • Clean up after the event and wash up any cutlery
  • Working behind the bar in the hospitality lounges (18+ applicants will only be able to work this role)
  • Working in the tea bars

What we need from you:

  • Efficient communication and customer service skills
  • A strong desire to work as part of a team to deliver an enjoyable matchday.
  • Have the right to live and work in the UK
  • Experience is favourable but a can-do attitude is much more important!

General Information

Hours are variable due to alternating kick-off times. For a 3pm KO you should expect a 12pm until 6pm. 

For an evening kick-off, it will be approximately a 5pm start and finish at 9pm. 

To apply, please fill out the attached form below and either drop it to Huish Park or email recruitment@ytfc.net

VACANCY | Match Day Stewards

We are recruiting for matchday stewards to come and join us on a matchday at Huish Park.

Yeovil Town are looking to recruit more individuals to our stewarding team. We are looking for committed and enthusiastic candidates to play a vital role in the match day experience at Huish Park. 

Main Duties   

  • To attend all pre-match briefings.
  • Carry out pre-event safety checks.
  • Attend all training required by the club.
  • Implement the Ground Regulations. 
  • Ensure a safe environment 
  • Controlling or directing people who are entering or leaving the ground, to do so in a safe manner.
  • Help create a positive match day experience 
  • Welcoming and friendly to supporters
  • Recognising potential issues 
  • Staffing entrances exits and other strategic points to, from and within the stadium.
  • Ensuring and maintaining that all safe exit routes remain clear during the progress of the specified activity.
  • Undertaking specific duties in an emergency, or as otherwise directed by the Safety Officer.
  • Assisting in the safe operation of the ground, not to view the activity taking place; and understanding their general responsibilities towards the Health & Safety, including any specific Covid-19 measures that may be in place. 
  • Assisting to ensure safeguarding of all persons present, including vulnerable adults, children and themselves.
  • Checking accreditation in restricted areas and ensuring only those authorised to do so have access.
  • Ensure a full report of any incidents is accurately completed before finishing duty.
  • Acquire a good knowledge of stadium layout.
  • To be the first point of call for any incidents or issues in the stadium.
  • Obligation to adhere to the club’s health and safety policy and procedures. 
  • As a member of staff to ensure in all matters you follow and actively promote the club’s equality policies and practices to ensure a welcoming, safe and inclusive. environment for everyone engaged with the club.

Key Competencies

  • Possess or be willing to undertake NVQ Level 2 in Spectator Safety, such training to be provided by the club.
  • Excellent customer service and communication skills, including a calm approach to difficult situations.
  • A strong desire to work as part of a team to deliver a safe and enjoyable matchday.

General Information

  • Please note you may be required to complete a DBS check for this role.
  • This role is on a casual worker contract basis and will be renewed seasonally.
  • Shifts are normally 5 hours on a match day, with 3 hours of reporting duty and 2 hours for the duration of the match.
  • Report time for a 15:00 kick off will be 12:00. 
  • Finish time for a 15:00 kick off is between 17:00 and 17:15.
  • Report time for a 19:45 kick off is normally 16:45. 
  • Finish time for a 19:45 kick off is normally between 21:45 and 22:00.

To apply, please fill out the attached form below and either drop it to Huish Park or email recruitment@ytfc.net

LOTTERY | Week 20 & 21

The results are in…

Week 20:

1st Prize                 £100       Mr Cookman

2nd Prize               £ 50        Mr Sibley

3rd Prize                £ 25        Mr Shooter

Week 21:

1st Prize                £100       Mrs Chedzoy

2nd Prize               £ 50        Ms Jeanes

3rd Prize                £ 25        Mr Twist

CLUB NEWS | Charlie Wakefield signs for 22/23

Yeovil Town are delighted to announce that Charlie Wakefield has extended his contract with the Club for the 2022/23 season.

Wakefield, who signed in 2021, became a fan favourite during his first campaign in Green & White, netting eight goals in all competitions.

He became accustomed to scoring important goals for the Glovers, including openers against Stockport County & Weymouth, alongside the only goal of the game in our FA Cup Second Round clash against Stevenage.

In total, the silky winger made 46 appearances in all competitions last season, more than he has made for any other club.

Commenting after his signature was secured, the 24-year-old said; “I’m really excited to be staying at Yeovil.

“I’m looking forward to getting back with the boys and working under the new gaffer.

“See you back at Huish Park, Glovers fans!”

Manager Chris Hargreaves added, “It’s great news that Charlie has decided to extend his contract with the Club, adding to the already strong core of existing players.

“He’s a player we were very eager to keep hold of, he proved himself at the level last season and he can kick-on again next season.

Charlie is the sort of player that gets fans excited in the stands, I’m looking forward to working with him!

CLUB NEWS | All the key dates from the National League AGM

Last weekend, the National League hosted its AGM, where a lot of key dates were confirmed for next season.

Firstly, National League fixtures will be released on Wednesday 6th July, with the league season kicking off exactly one month later on the 6th August.

The annual Christmas schedule will see the Glovers play on Boxing Day and New Year’s Day.

The regular league season will come to a close on the 29th April, with the play-offs getting underway straight away the following midweek. The first eliminator will take place between 5th & 6th on Tuesday 2nd May, with 4th against 7th taking place on Wednesday 3rd May.

On Sunday 7th May, it’s a double header of semi-finals, as 2nd & 3rd place host the eliminator winners, all leading up to the promotion final on the 13th May, with the venue to be confirmed.

We can’t wait to see you all next season, and you can secure your ticket to all our home league fixtures now by purchasing a season ticket. Click HERE for more information.

CLUB NEWS | 2021/22 EPDP round-up

As the season has come to a close, it offers time to reflect on the many successes the club has enjoyed over the last twelve months.

This season has been the first that our Elite Player Development Programme, in partnership with Yeovil College, has consisted as the club’s sole youth system. With the final academy scholars departing 12 months ago, the system has been the sole focus, and has thrived in the spotlight, and numbers are only expected to grow over the next year.

The most high-profile success of the programme has been Ollie Haste signing his first professional deal with the Club. Haste, who captained the U18’s side, made his first starts in the Somerset Premier Cup and made a real impression, being named in the match day squad on a number of occasions. Haste’s strong form also earned him a call-up to the England College’s side, coached by our new assistant manager Chris Todd.

Late in the season saw Haste given his opportunity to impress in the National League, coming on as a substitute in our final day win against Altrincham.

However on a team-wide perspective, the performances as a whole have been excellent. Earlier this year, the U18’s travelled to Nottingham to compete in the AOC National 7-a-side football tournament, representing the South West, where they came home as Champions!

The positives don’t stop there, in our first season in the competition, our youngsters won the College League (ECFA), and secured promotion.

In our Saturday league (South West Counties League), the U18’s finished in mid table, but with it being the side’s first season in the competition, will be more determined than ever to climb the table next season.

In cup action, the U18’s reached the quarter finals of the College knockout cup, a national competition, where they were narrowly knocked out on in a penalty shootout. Whilst also reaching the semi final of the Gary Else Cup, (the South West Counties League Cup).

Benjani Jr warms up during SPC game against Cheddar

The Somerset Premier Cup saw many of the youngsters make themselves known to Glovers supporters, with involvements for Haste, Korey Andrews, Fin Ridout, Jake Graziano, Benjani Jr, Mason Hunter, Sam Hodges, Callum Deemer with a number more in the match day squad, warming up with the first team squad. Andrews even found the net, scoring against Odd Down in the semi-final.

Academically, the programme saw many students hit a Distinction* grade (equivalent to an A*), with some securing offers from universities such as Liverpool John Moors & Exeter College following their departure from the programme.

Reflecting on the season, Lead EPDP coach and U18’s manager Matt Percival said;

“With this being the first year that the programme was operating as our sole youth system, on the whole, it was successful, both with team and individual successes.

“Next year we’ll be playing in a higher college league and having played our first full season in the South West Counties League, we’ll be better equipped going forward in those fixtures.

“I feel the programme is going from strength to strength, after a record intake last year, we’re projected to break that record once again. It’s not too late to apply either, head to the college website for more information.

“We’ll be back for pre-season in August, with some friendlies to be announced soon. It would be great to see some fans there!”

TICKETS | Price freeze on season tickets

Yeovil Town are delighted to confirm a season ticket PRICE FREEZE for the 2022/23 season. 

With the National League back to a full complement of teams, this actually works out as even better value for money, with SEVEN free fixtures in the seated areas and EIGHT in the terrace!  

Season ticket holders also receive priority seats and tickets for cup matches or similar events at Huish Park.

Further benefits for season ticket holders include exclusive discounts in the club shop and a free 22/23 shirt with children’s tickets (U16 & U12).  

Tickets are on sale now, so act fast and secure yours!

Full price table:

How to buy:

Renewals:

Renewals for existing season tickets are now live and available to purchase from within your ticketing account, please visit the link HERE, and login with your account details from the drop down menu (click the three lines to access), from there you will see “2022/23 season ticket” available for purchase.

Those wishing to keep their seat will have theirs held until 18th July and following this, all seats will be available for general sale*. 

New season ticket holders:

For those that are purchasing a season ticket for the first time, tickets are on sale now. These can be purchased either online, by calling the ticket office (01935 847888) or from the club shop.

Finance:

Tickets can also be purchased through finance, those that wish to should fill out our season ticket application form, linked below, and return it before payment so their seat can be reserved. For further assistance on this, please call the ticket office or visit the club shop.

Season ticket application form:

Match tickets

This season, we’ll be bringing a whole new system when it comes to match tickets, with e-tickets and loyalty point systems being introduced. We’ll release further information on this in due course.

Further questions?

Should you have any issues, please do not hesitate to get in touch with our ticket office team who will be on hand to help. Either via email: ticketoffice@ytfc.net, calling: 01935 847888, or by visiting the club shop.

*Season tickets bought in the Screwfix Stand could be subject to be moved into an equivalent seat in the Main Stand, similarly to what has occurred during last season, in line with terms & conditions.

CLUB NEWS | Marcus Stewart joins as head of player development

Yeovil Town are delighted to announce that Marcus Stewart has joined our coaching staff as head of player development for the 2022/23 season.

The former forward, who needs no introduction to Glovers fans, becomes the second appointment to Chris Hargreaves’ backroom staff.

Stewart is fondly remembered for his goal scoring exploits in a green & white shirt, most notably scoring against Nottingham Forest in the League One play-offs as Town secured passage to Wembley.

Stewart in his playing days for the Glovers

During the later years of his playing career, Stewart held first team coaching roles at Exeter City, eventually working as a full-time coach following his retirement in 2011.

One year later, he joined hometown club Bristol Rovers as a development coach, but quickly became assistant manager within a year of his arrival.

He held the role as assistant when the Gas were promoted from the National League in the 14/15 season, followed by a second successive promotion into League One the next season. Departing in 2018, Stewart joined Walsall as assistant alongside former Rovers manager Darrell Clarke.

Commenting after his arrival was confirmed, Stewart said; “When Chris called me, this just felt like the right thing to do, I’ve been here before and I feel like I can help him.

“I’m here to do my best, like I did before. This is a club I’m fond of, it’s a club that’s local to me and where I have had a good relationship with the fans.”

Welcome back, Marcus.

CLUB NEWS | Chris Todd appointed assistant manager

Yeovil Town are delighted to announce the appointment of Chris Todd as assistant manager.

Todd, who was a former teammate of Chris Hargreaves at Torquay United, joins having managed the Gulls’ U18’s side since 2019, whilst also working within the first team set up. Last season, his U18’s side won the South West Counties Youth League & the Gary Else Cup.

The 40-year-old Welshman also possesses management experience within the National League, leading Eastleigh to a seventh-place finish in the 2015/16 season. His most recent role in first team management was at Gloucester City during the 2018/19 season.

As a player, Todd began his career with hometown club Swansea City and played 43 times for them, a move into the West Country then followed, to play for Exeter City, where he made 154 league apps.

He then moved across Devon to line-up for Torquay United, where he tasted promotion to the Football League in 2008/09. A number of loan spells followed within the National League, playing for the likes of Forest Green Rovers, Newport County, Hereford & Salisbury.

Eventually, Eastleigh became his permanent home in 2012, becoming their player manager just three years later.

Commenting after his arrival was confirmed; “I’m very excited. It’s a new challenge and when I spoke to Chris, we had a good conversation. We discussed the future of the football club and I wanted to be a part of that.

“I hope the fans are excited about the new journey that we’re on together. I will give 110% daily, as I know Chris will and the rest of the background staff.

“This is a good group and we’re trying to make them successful, if they’re successful the Club is successful and it’s a good moment for everyone.”

Welcome to Somerset, Chris.

CLUB NEWS | Rest in peace, Patrick Billett

Yeovil Town are deeply saddened to learn of the passing of supporter Patrick Billett.

Patrick, who was fondly nicknamed, “the mad bell-ringer,” became well known for ringing his bell every time Yeovil found the back of the net. Each season Patrick bought a Yeovil Town shirt and had “PAT THE MAD BELL-RINGER” emblazoned across the back of it.

We would like to extend our condolences to Patrick’s family and friends at this difficult time.

CONTRACT | Matt Worthington extends his stay

Yeovil Town are delighted to announce that Matthew Worthington has extended his Yeovil Town contract for the 2022/23 season.

Worthington’s new contract furthers his time as the club’s longest serving player, having signed for the Glovers in January 2019.

Last season, he became the latest player to make 100 appearances for Yeovil Town, with his total figure now standing at 139. The 24-year-old established himself as a regular fixture in the Glovers’ starting 11 during the last campaign, making 41 appearances in all competitions, the most he has made in a single season.

He did no harm to his reputation scoring the opener against Weymouth in an FA Cup replay at the Bob Lucas Stadium in October.

Commenting after his stay was confirmed, the midfielder said; “I’m delighted to sign a new deal to stay at this club once again.

“We’ve got a few weeks to go, but I’m already looking forward to getting back out there with the lads and doing all we can for the fans.”

Manager Chris Hargreaves also added, “It’s brilliant that Matt has agreed to sign for us. He is a player I feel the fans identify to and relate with.

“He had offers elsewhere, but it was Matt’s passion for the football club that drove this move, I’m really delighted he’ll be with us next season.”

It’s great you’re still with us, Matt!

TICKETS | Weston-Super-Mare friendly

Tickets for Yeovil Town’s friendly trip to Weston-Super-Mare (30th July – 3pm) can now be purchased from the Seagulls’ website.

Gates will open on the day at 1:30pm. Tickets will also be available to purchase on the turnstiles.

This will be the Glovers’ final pre-season before the beginning of the National League season.

Ticket prices:

Adult – £9.00
Concession – £6.00
Under 16 – £2.50
Family (2x Adult & up to 2x U16) – £17.00
Under 8 – FREE

To purchase your tickets, click HERE.

CONTRACT | Max Evans extends his stay in Somerset

Yeovil Town are delighted to confirm that Max Evans has extended his contract with the Club until the end of the 2022/23 season.

The 20-year-old signs just weeks after he made his National League debut against Altrincham, where he kept a clean sheet and made a string of saves to help earn the Glovers three points in Greater Manchester.

Evans has also enjoyed starts for the Glovers in the FA Trophy and the Somerset Premier Cup.

Previously, Evans has spent time on loan at Frome, where he gained valuable first team experience.

Now looking to further his development in Somerset, Evans remains at Huish Park ahead of the new campaign.

Commenting after his signature was secured, Evans said; “I’m delighted to have signed for another year at the Club.

“I had a taste of playing in the National League last year and can hopefully experience that again with this amazing club!”

It’s great to have you with us, Max!

LOTTERY | Week 17, 18, & 19

Here are the results for Week 17:

1st Prize   £100 Mrs Watson

2nd Prize  £ 50  Mrs George

3rd Prize £ 25  Ms Jeanes

Week 18:

1st Prize £100  Mrs King

2nd Prize £50   Mrs Deakins

3rd Prize £25    Mrs Hewitt

Week 19:

1st Prize  £100   Mr Sibley

2nd Prize  £50    Mrs Stone

3rd Prize   £25    Mr & Mrs Ludgate

CLUB NEWS | Released/retained list

Yeovil Town can now announce our retained/released list at the end of the 21/22 season.

All at Yeovil Town would firstly like to place on record our thanks to the players departing the club. We thank them for their efforts and wish them every success in the future.

Players released :

Reuben Reid 

Mark Little 

Adi Yussuf 

Alex Bradley 

Jordan Barnett

Remaining under contract or contract extension triggered:

Tom Knowles 

Grant Smith 

Max Evans 

Morgan Williams 

Max Hunt 

Offered and accepted:

Josh Staunton 

Ollie Haste 

Toby Stephens 

Lawson D’Ath

Contracts have been offered to:

Matt Worthington 

Charlie Wakefield 

Dale Gorman (rejected and will be departing the club)

Returned to parent clubs:

Ben Barclay 

Sonny Blu Lo-Everton 

Josh Neufville

CONTRACT | Ollie Haste signs professional terms

Yeovil Town are delighted to announce Ollie Haste has agreed professional terms with the club. 

The left-sided player has impressed many with his performances last season, firstly for the Yeovil Town U18’s, who he led as captain to National 7-a-side victory for South West Colleges, but also in Men’s football for Barnstaple Town and Yeovil Town, specifically in the Somerset Premier Cup. 

In the final National League game of the season, Haste made his professional debut as a late substitute against Altrincham as the Glovers signed off with a victory. 

His performances last season also earned him a number of call-ups to the England College side.

In signing his pro-terms, Haste has become the first graduate of our Elite Player Development Programme to sign professional terms with the Club. 

Many congratulations, Ollie.

CONTRACT | Lawson D’Ath remains a Glover

Yeovil Town are delighted to announce that Lawson D’Ath has extended his contract and will remain a Glover for the 2022/23 National League season. 

Lawson was one of the feel-good stories of last season, returning from a long-term injury lay-off in January and making 17 National League appearances. 

Last season also saw the creative midfielder net his first National League goal in green & white, opening the scoring in a victory over Bromley in March. 

Agreeing to an extra year, Lawson will now enter his fourth consecutive season as a Yeovil Town player. 

Commenting after his signing the dotted line, Lawson said; “I’m absolutely buzzing to be staying here! I’ve absolutely loved my time here so far and I really feel at home in Yeovil.

It’s the start of a new chapter here and I can’t wait to get started!”

Manager Chris Hargreaves added; “I’m delighted that Lawson has agreed to stay at Yeovil and I’m excited to work with him.

Last season, he showed terrific determination to get through his injury. He is a player of real quality and is another experienced head in the changing room.”

Great to have you with us, Lawson!

CLUB NEWS | Hargreaves meets Memory Lane café group

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

FIXTURE NEWS | Two further friendlies confirmed

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

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

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

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

Updated schedule:

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

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

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

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

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

CLUB NEWS | Stuart Robins appointed to the Yeovil Town board

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Welcome to the club, Stuart.  

FIXTURE NEWS | Taunton Town

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

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

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

Schedule so far:

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

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

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

CONTRACT | Tom Knowles contract trigger exercised

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

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

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

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

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

Great to have you with us, Tom!

CONTRACT | Max Hunt remains a Glover

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

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

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

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

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

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

CONTRACT | Grant Smith contract triggered

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

CONTRACT | Toby Stephens contract trigger exercised

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

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

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

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

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

See you soon, Toby!

FIXTURE NEWS | Huish Park friendlies confirmed

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

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

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

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

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

Schedule so far:

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

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

CLUB NEWS | Final EPDP taster session of the academic year

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Click HERE to register your interest.

CLUB NEWS | Josh Staunton extends his stay at Huish Park

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Moving Forward: 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Photo: Tom Sandberg/PPAUK

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

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

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

You can watch Chris’ full press conference below.

CLUB NEWS | Chris Hargreaves announced as manager

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Welcome to Somerset, Chris!

Images: PPAUK

LOTTERY | Week 16

Here are the weekly lottery winners for week 16:

1st Prize                £100       Mr Martin

2nd Prize               £ 50        Mr Judd

3rd Prize                £ 25        Mrs Broe

MATCH REPORT | Altrincham 0 – 1 Yeovil Town

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Bookings: D’Ath

Subs not used: Smith

MATCH PREVIEW | Altrincham – Yeovil Town

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

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

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

Josh Staunton’s thoughts

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

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

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

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

A foot in the opposition camp

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

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

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

Have we met before?

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

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

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

Tickets

Ticket information is available HERE.

CLUB NEWS | Josh Neufville returns to Luton

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

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

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

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

CLUB NEWS | U18 team friendlies

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

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

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

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

CLUB STATEMENT | Charlie Lee departs as interim manager

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

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

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

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

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

MATCH PREVIEW | Yeovil Town – Bath City

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

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

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

Charlie Lee’s thoughts

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

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

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

Team news

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

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

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

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

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

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

A foot in the opposition camp

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

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

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

Tickets

For full ticket information, click HERE.

TICKETS | Altrincham away

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

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

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

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

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

TICKETS | Somerset Premier Cup final

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

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

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

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

Tickets will also be available to purchase on the night. 

Ticket prices:

Adults – £7

65+ and Students – £4

U16 – £1

To purchase online, click HERE.

MATCH REPORT | Yeovil Town 2 – 2 Boreham Wood

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Bookings: Gorman, D’Ath

Subs not used: Bradley, Yussuf

VIRTUAL PROGRAMME | Boreham Wood

This afternoon’s virtual programme is now available. 

In this week’s addition:

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

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