Category: Interviews

INTERVIEW | Sarll rates first-half performance amongst his best

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

INTERVIEW | Tom Knowles confident more goals will come

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

INTERVIEW | Sarll delighted with performance levels in FA Cup victory

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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INTERVIEW | Worthington enjoying added responsibility

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

INTERVIEW | Dale Gorman looking to write FA Cup history

For the first time in just under 22 years, Yeovil Town play Weymouth in front of supporters at Huish Park on Saturday afternoon.

When the two sides met in FA Trophy action in November 1999, Yeovil Town midfielder Dale Gorman would’ve been just three-years-old, however the Northern Irish midfielder insists he and his teammates understand the importance of Saturday’s cup tie.

“It’s a big derby. I’m aware we haven’t played Weymouth in front of fans for a long time.

“The FA Cup is a chance as a footballer to create a bit of history. Who know’s what can happen, we might have a nice run in the FA Cup! It gives us something to look forward to.

“A Cup is a Cup, but Saturday is a big one and we’ll be hoping to get into the next round.”

Occasions as a player don’t come much bigger than a derby in the FA Cup, Gorman and his teammates will be looking to rise to the occasion on Saturday afternoon.

“As a player, no matter what you know about the derby, it’s important that you present yourself well for it.

“Weymouth will come here Saturday looking to win, it doesn’t matter what sort of form they’re in.

“We’ll be at it, and so will they. There’s nobody down in our changing room that isn’t looking forward to Saturday.”

“The fans are important for us on Saturday, we’ll be looking to them to get right behind us. Hopefully we can put on a show for them on Saturday and get one over on Weymouth.”

INTERVIEW | Hunt’s hard-work coming to fruition

Max Hunt has said his hard work on the training pitch is now coming to fruition on match days after a positive start to the 2021/22 season.

Despite a frustrating defeat on the opening day, Yeovil Town have bounced back with two wins on the spin against Hunt’s former side Aldershot Town and FC Halifax Town.

Most recently, Hunt and his teammates put together a resolute defensive display against Halifax, keeping a clean sheet and ending the Glovers’ BT Sport hoodoo with Joe Quigley’s first half penalty the difference.

Hunt himself has worked hard on his game since signing in Somerset in January 2021, he reflected on the work he’s put in so far ahead of Yeovil Town’s trip to Stockport.

“I’m very pleased, I’ve had to do some hard work, last season included,” said the 6-foot-6 defender.

I think how hard we as a group have worked and what Darren and Terry have done that is a testament to how we’ve started. 

“For bigger players like myself and defenders especially, footwork is especially important. Spending time on that, alongside positional work is key.”

Last season, Town struggled for consistency in the back line, due to suspension and injury, Hunt himself suffered a fractured cheekbone against Wrexham. However, this season has seen a more consistent defence, with the 22-year-old potentially in line to partner Luke Wilkinson in a back four for the third successive game on Saturday. 

“Last season there were a lot of different parters playing in the back four for a lot of different reasons. 

“Whenever I’ve played with Wilko (Luke Wilkinson), we have a good relationship. On the pitch it’s meant we’ve got good results so long may it continue.

“We’re confident in ourselves, and we get that from what we see in training everyday.

“We’ve got Quigley up top who is scoring goals at the minute and we’re keeping them out as a team. I think everything is starting to click and hopefully we can go there Saturday and get a positive result.”

The towering defender has had to wait for the opportunity to show the Glovers faithful what he could do in person due to fixtures being played behind closed doors. Now with fans back in the ground, Hunt is relishing the opportunity to prove his worth.

“It’s been brilliant, when fans were back towards the end of last season I was injured, so I didn’t get a chance to play in front of them.

“This season has been my first opportunity to play in front of them. It’s games like last Saturday (against Halifax) where we’re digging in and holding on. 

“When we get the result and we can celebrate with the home end, they’re the moments that we work hard for.”

INTERVIEW | Sarll offers injury update

Darren Sarll offered an injury update on his squad ahead of Saturday’s National League clash with Stockport.

The boss has been without full-back Jack Robinson after he picked up an injury in one of his first training session, whilst other members of the squad are carrying minor knocks. 

Speaking in his latest press conference, Sarll confirmed that the Boro loanee would return to training on Monday. 

“I think Jack will be available for the following week. He’s still at Middlesbrough at the minute and we’re expecting him back here on Monday,” confirmed Sarll. 

“Dale Gorman and Tom Knowles have got a couple of niggles from the three games in a short space of time. We’ll have to leave them as late as possible. 

“I wouldn’t have thought either of them would train today, or even tomorrow but that’s okay. We’ll just have to look at some changes, wether that’s alternatives or a shape change and carry on preparing as best we can.”

“I’m a believer that you take your best eleven individuals and put them in the best shape possible. The biggest issue with the King’s Lynn game was we hadn’t had (Daniel) Moss train with us, but apart from putting Matthew (Worthington) in a square hole, we’ve tried to put round pegs in round holes.”

Speaking on the players that are available to go this weekend, Sarll was looking for his side to continue to find balance in their play. 

“It’s about having a balance (between defence and attack), we don’t believe in the view that you have to play one way at home, one away. You have your way and you stick to your way.

“We have to try and maximise the usage of each individual. We think we’re getting there, obviously injury or suspension can tear that thinking up, but I just stay open minded to it.

“At the moment, there’s a nice balance between our defensive play and our attacking play, and I think that’s down to the athleticism that we’ve brought to the football club, because when we do attack it’s at an upbeat pace. 

“Everybody likes to see speed and when you see Wakefield, or even Quigley who isn’t a slouch for a tall man, and because they run at such a rate, it gives people a lift.”

Tickets for Saturday’s game are still available from the Stockport County ticket office website, linked HERE.

INTERVIEW | Charlie Wakefield blown away by Huish Park atmosphere

Yeovil Town midfielder Charlie Wakefield got to celebrate a victory at Huish Park for the first time on Saturday evening, as the Glovers were the 1-0 victors over FC Halifax Town.

Following the game, the players and managers spent time taking in the result, celebrating with the fans in what was hard-fought victory.

Speaking to BBC Somerset’s Sheridan Robins, Wakefield was blown away by the Huish Park atmosphere; “It was a bit like Monday (vs. Aldershot)” said the Chelsea academy graduate. “We had to dig deep, it was an unbelievable atmosphere, same with the away fans on Monday and we’ve managed to win again.

“That’s our third game in a row where we’ve come into half-time 1-0 up, with the first game of the season we let it slip, which was always going to be a bit more difficult after we lost a man. We’ve shown the character we have to win the past two games and bounce back.

“I always feel like we enjoy these (tight games), more than a 4-0 or a 5-0 because you have to dig real deep and when the final whistle blows, and you see the fans celebrating, it’s some atmosphere.”

Coming in with a reputation as a flair player, Wakefield has worked hard to adapt his game for the good of the team, something that is certainly bearing fruit for Darren Sarll’s side.

“Usually I’m running with the ball more as I’m a direct player, but I’ve been working really hard for the team and I’m really enjoying that too.

“I want to work hard, I want to be someone that puts a shift in for the boys and for the club. We’ve got to keep doing what we’re doing, it’s only three games into the season.

“We know not to get too excited, but we enjoy it at the same time. It’s the first home win of the season so right now I’m delighted.”

INTERVIEW | Morgan Williams speaks after signing for Yeovil Town

On Monday evening, Yeovil Town confirmed the signature of Morgan Williams on a two-year contract.

The defender well-known to Glovers fans following two loan spells, was excited to get started after putting pen to paper.

Speaking to ytfc.net, the 21-year-old said, “I’m really excited to get started here, it’s a fresh start and I want to leave my mark on the club.

“The main aspiration in my time here is to get promotion to League Two. First of all, I need to knuckle down in pre-season, get some game time in and then push on.

“I’m massively excited to play in front of the fans again, obviously it’s been a difficult time the last year or so, but I can’t wait to see them in pre-season and onwards.”

Speaking on social media, the former Coventry man couldn’t hide his delight at returning to Huish Park, tweeting;

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New Chapter! Really happy to have signed @YTFC , Can’t wait to get started #ytfc 

— Morgan (@MWilliams_377) June 14, 2021

The Huish Park faithful were equally excited to see Morgan return to Somerset, with one posting; “Welcome back Morgan, great signing!” 

Announced at the same time as Boris Johnson delayed lockdown easing, some fans preferred this announcement to the PM’s, with another sharing on twitter; “Of all the announcements at 6 o’clock today, this one is miles better than Boris’.”

 

INTERVIEW | Carl Dickinson prepares for an emotional farewell

Yeovil Town FC will bid a fond and emotional farewell to defender Carl Dickinson when Stockport County make the trip to Huish Park on Saturday afternoon. 

Treasured by Glovers fans for the last three years, Dickinson will feature for the final time in a Yeovil shirt during the Vanarama National League encounter. 

Having made 103 appearances in green and white, many of those as captain, ‘Dicko’ will leave Huish Park a player that fans remember fondly for his passion and commitment. 

Now, the 34-year-old will be moving on to new pastures, becoming player-manager of Hanley Town 

Reflecting on his career, he told www.ytfc.netI loved every minute here. 

The first year was quite tough from so many points of view, which resulted in me questioning a lot of things. Then the gaffer [Darren Sarll] came in and seemed to revitalise me and give me a whole new love of football again. I thoroughly enjoyed the first year under the gaffer, to get so close and to be achieve something that would have been fantastic, was a great feeling. 

I think the biggest thing for me was feeling part of something again. The first year in particular, the togetherness that we had especially after being relegated from the Football League, finding that bond again between the players and the fans was massive – something that I will remember endlessly.

“I’m going to miss the boys the most. I’m lucky in a way that I’m going straight into an environment that I know already, but I’m just going to miss walking into the place every day. I always loved training and having the odd banter, so those are the bits I’m going to miss the most.”

Despite tomorrow afternoon being his final game as a professional footballer, the Yeovil Town faithful will be in attendance at Huish Park, and Dickinson is looking forward to marking his final farewell with the fans.  

“When we played Maidenhead the other week, there was just noise everywhere. Just the little bit of just coming out to warm-up, the fans are everything. You ask any player who’s at any level, having fans makes huge difference as it gives yourself such a lift. I’ve missed it this year and it definitely has not been the same without them so I can’t wait to see them at Huish Park again on Saturday.  

I think the fans were a massive part of our success last season under the gaffer, and I think would have made a difference this year if we had them in attendance.  

“Saturday will be a very special occasion. My family don’t come down here very often, so to walk out with my boy and my little girl, and having my family there in attendance, will be a nice feeling. 

On the flipsidewe’ve still got a job to do, I want to win and finish on a high, but to have my family there for my last time as a professional is something that I’m really looking forward too.  

It’s been a hell of a journey, but I’ve loved every single minute of my career. “ 

INTERVIEW | Emmanuel Sonupe reflects on defeat at Moss Lane

Emmanuel Sonupe praised Yeovil Town’s character as the injury ravaged Glovers fell just short against Altrincham on Saturday afternoon.

With ten first team players unavailable for selection, Town battled back from two goals down to lead in the second half, before two late goals from the hosts caused late heartbreak for Sonupe and his teammates.

“The character the boys showed today was unreal,” he told BBC Somerset. “If you look at the positions some of the boys are playing in and their condition too, everyone has had to dig in.

“To come back from 2-0 down and almost nick it, I think the character was great from all of us.”

Igniting Town’s comeback, the Tottenham academy graduate scored the green and white’s opener, a goal which was Sonupe’s second in three games.

“The gaffer (Darren Sarll) said at half time, get the next one and we’re back in it and we all believed that. Once we scored that goal, we knew we could do something with this game.

“On a personal note, that’s what I want to do, I want to score and help the team.”

Ultimately, despite a spirited second half, Altrincham were able to land a late two-punch knockout on the Glovers, as Josh Hancock poked the ball beyond Adam Smith in the 92nd minute to claim three points.

“It just feels like this has been our luck at a lot of times this season. We’ve come back, shown great character to get it to 2-3, but then that last fifteen minutes cost us.

“We’ve put a lot in there today, and now we’ll be looking to put this right in our last game.”

Yeovil will host Stockport County on the final day of the National League season, with tickets available from HERE.   

INTERVIEW | Darren Sarll says squad is ‘looking bare’ ahead of Altrincham trip

Darren Sarll offered an update on the fitness of his squad as numbers are down to the bare bones for Yeovil Town’s trip to Altrincham.

Following Luke Wilkinson’s red card and continued injury issues, Town will be without several key men on Saturday afternoon.

Speaking to BBC Somerset, Sarll said “The squad is looking bare, we’ve taken a step backwards because of Luke’s (Wilkinson) suspension. I don’t think there will be anyone back fit.

“I was hoping to have Alex John back fit and getting him some games because he’s a brilliant kid and deserves some games, but unfortunately I don’t think he’ll make it along with (Matt) Worthington,” said Sarll. “Charlie (Lee) is walking like he’s got glass in his shoe at the minute, he’s fragile and (Rhys) Murphy is nowhere near so we’re very short again.”

Looking ahead to the fixture at the weekend, the Yeovil manager demanded continued high performance levels after a positive showing against Maidenhead United.

“I want very similar performance levels to Tuesday,” insisted Sarll. “Since we started playing again after Lee’s passing, we’ve given it everything, absolutely everything which is a testament to them.

“It can be difficult looking at other teams now because you don’t understand their motivation levels.

“I can only speak for my own and my lads have been very motivated and kept a good attitude throughout and sometimes that’s not been good enough to play well and win, and other times it has been.

“If we can replicate our performance on Tuesday night from Saturday, that’s all I can ask for. They’re still getting paid so why should they perform any less than that.”

Live streaming passes for the green and white’s trip to Altrincham can be purchased HERE.

  

INTERVIEW | Tom Knowles thrilled with victory over King’s Lynn

Midfielder Tom Knowles was thrilled to return to winning ways after Yeovil Town secured a well-earned 3-1 victory over Kings Lynn Town at Huish Park. 

A brace from Tom Knowles before half time, alongside a late strike from Emmanuel Sonupe rounded off an impressive victory in the National League for Darren Sarll’s side.   

After a disappointing display against Aldershot Town last time outstretching their run to three defeats in threethe green and whites showed great spirit and character to bounce back and Knowles was full of praise for Town’s performance on Saturday afternoon.   

“It’s always good to get the goal, but the three points is the most important thing, “he told BBC Somerset post-match. “It’s why we play the game, to win games of football. 

“The first goal I think Reubs [Reuban Reid] and Josh [Josh Neufville] set real good press and I was right behind them, and luckily they found me instead of the defender. As for the second goal, it’s something that I like to do, get on the half-turn and shoot from further out and score good goals. 

It’s been a tough spell for us recently and things like this happen in football unfortunately. It’s all about how you bounce back from that and go on to the next one, and we’ve been fortunate to have had a lot of games to do that.

“It hasn’t gone our way the last couple of games, but we’ve been working hard and luckily everything’s paid off today. 

Yeovil have a huge boost ahead of Tuesday’s game as it marks the return of home supporters and Knowles is excited of the prospect and thinks they will have an immediate impact on him and his side’s motivation.   

“I’m absolutely buzzingI’ve heard really good things from lads, so I can’t wait to get out there. 

“This [Huish Park] has been our fortress this season, so to have them back will be like having another man on the pitch. 

Hopefully, they’ll get behind us once again and we can reward them with another victory. 

Everything that we do for the club is for the fans. They pay their hard-earned money to watch us week-in-week out and that’s what we get paid to do – put in performances like that and get the three points which is the most important thing for the fans and the football club. 

“If we can get a win in front of the fans on Tuesday, it would be something really special.” 

 

INTERVIEW | Darren Sarll anticipates tough test

Yeovil Town manager Darren Sarll says he and his side are anticipating a tough test when King’s Lynn Town visit Huish Park this weekend. 

After three defeats on the spin for the Glovers, they will be looking to reignite their good fortunates as Ian Culverhouse’s side pose another obstacle in the way of the green and whites. 

Following a difficult few weeks for Town, Sarll has urged his players to finish the season on the front foot as the National league season edges ever closer to its conclusion. 

“Every game for us is tough at the minute,“ he said. “King’s Lynn are a team who are playing with ridiculous freedom at the moment. Since they came up, obviously their main goal was to regain their league status. Now, that they’ve done that, they’re playing with a lot of freedom at the minute, which translates into some very good football at times. 

“A good game for us is winning and playing good football. For me, my focus is sorely on ourselves rather than what King’s Lynn foresee winning.  

“Winning, losing, relegation or not, I still want to finish the season strongly. We’ve got three home games out of four and I really want to inject some energy into the players and the football club. We’ve all suffered this season, and now is the time to start being that little bit brighter. “ 

Despite big injury hits, suspensions and off the field matters, Sarll has credited his players’ mental strength and insists that they have put maximal effort in every game they’ve played in over the last couple of weeks. 

“Due to our lack of options and availability, it has really stretched us mentally and has shattered us in a way. Personally, I still don’t know how the players have come through this period. Mentally, I’m all over the place, so for the players to play 90 minutes week in week out must be very draining.  

“The last couple of games, the players have given everything. The way they’ve performed mentally throughout this period has been unbelievable and I take my hat off to them.  

“Of course, the results haven’t been very good of late, but I’m still very proud of how the group have conducted themselves and how much they’ve really pushed themselves. “ 

 

INTERVIEW | Terry Skiverton insists Town will keep fighting

Terry Skiverton spoke candidly to the local media ahead of Yeovil Town’s trip to Wrexham on Thursday afternoon.

After an extremely difficult period for all associated with the football club following Lee Collins’ funeral, Skiverton spoke openly about the impact on the squad.

“We had two really good performances and wins, to then come up short in the game on Monday against Halifax, we were very flat after that,” said the former Skipper.

“It was such a quick week where we had Lee’s funeral that was such a big psychological step for the players to put stuff behind them, but it’s still in the forefront of our minds.

“All we can keep doing is making sure we turn up every day, every time we’re feeling down, we are encouraged to share our feeling with member of staff and each other.

“One thing we’ve got to do, with everyone from the manager to the players is to make sure we’re not flat, and we’ve got our energy for the match days, we’ve still got to push and play for our supporters who are right behind us.”

Speaking about on the pitch matters, the assistant manager reiterated that the Yeovil Town squad will keep fighting to the final fixture of the season.

“With the group we’ve got and the manager we’ve got, we don’t sack anything off. We need to make sure we go and put a performance in.

“Our supporters want to see hard work, determination and character. They want to see us defending well and scoring goals.

“That’s what we’re holding onto at the moment, making sure that every day we are giving our best, because first of all it’s what Lee would’ve wanted, and second we’re fighting four ourselves and our families.

“There’s a lot of people which are out of contract, we need to make sure that we are fighting for our futures as well.”

INTERVIEW | Darren Sarll reflects on Solihull defeat

Darren Sarll bemoaned a disappointing performance after his Yeovil Town side suffered a 5-1 defeat away at Solihull Moors.  

Justin Donawa opened the scoring for the home side early on before Rhys Murphy equalised shortly after half time. 

However, minutes later, Solihull took full of advantage of Town’s sloppiness re-taking the lead in the 58th minute. Soon after that, Mark Yates’ side run rampant, sealing the victory in fine fashion as Donawa got his hat-trick and Solihull’s fifth. 

 “I thought we looked really mentally tired today, “he told BBC Somerset, post-match. “If you look at our decision making, force or even energy, I think we looked really fatigued mentally and it can’t be down to our physicality as we’ve had a clear week of playing. 

“Mentally, there’s probably a real good reason for that, but four of their five goals were from set-pieces. This is the National League – any league – the Championship – and we’ve just got to control the box much better aerially. I thought we were very poor of that, and the two-center backs know my feelings on that.  

“I I could see that in the first-half when we played out from the back into Knowlesy [Tom Knowles] by how safe and cautious his touch was. What I found out about this team especially after our injury crisis, is that I think we have a personality weakness. A character weakness, a lack of resilience weakness more so from the younger ones, but they’re developing that in on our shift which wasn’t good enough today. 

“From now on in, we’ve got to try and develop that mentality in a way. We got well and truly beaten up today and the type of person I think I am and the character that I am, that will become unforgivable. It’s unforgivable because of the trauma that we’ve been through recently, but there’s nothing to be scared of when it comes to playing a game of football. 

“Full credit to Solihull who left a mark on us tonight. We need to respond now, but we shouldn’t have to responding to games if we want to be up there. We need to it right the first-time round.  

“We’ve got to be much more tough and resilient and that’s certainly what we had last year when we came here. We had a little moment in the tunnel with Solihull and this team was the ‘tough’ team, the resilient team, the hardened team, but today we looked weak, young and need to better if we’re going to come out on top in games.”

INTERVIEW | Darren Sarll looks ahead to Solihull trip

Darren Sarll caught up with the local media ahead of this weekend’s trip to Solihull Moors. 

After victory against Boreham Wood, Sarll has said nobody is getting too carried away and taking it one day at a time after a difficult period for all at the football club. 

“Our target is to just get through today’s training session. We haven’t moved on too far ahead, when you play the first game the assumption is that everybody is alright. We all know that the smallest part of the iceberg it what is on top of the surface. We’ve got to continue to take it day by day. 

“You can only develop resilience in people through adversity” said Sarll, “And when the players go out there and play the game like they did on Saturday, that increases and enhances their resilience as a character. It was the most difficult game I’ve ever done so I’m sure that will be the same for me too.” 

 

INTERVIEW | Yeovil Town players were ‘incredible’ says Sarll

An emotional Darren Sarll reflected on a winning afternoon following victory over Boreham Wood, but to him and all associated to Yeovil Town, it was more than three points.

Playing for the first time since the tragic passing of club captain Lee Collins, Sarll spoke to the BBC about the poignant game at Huish Park.

“They (the players) were incredible, everyone knows how tough it’s been. It’s ironic really, one of our only clean sheets of the season came today, for Lee and for Glenn Roeder with West Ham vs. Newcastle today.

“Lee & Glenn would have shaken their heads at some of our passing, but they really are a brilliant group! They stuck together, and even the impact of the subs when they came on.

“I thought Murphy’s impact was brilliant, as was Joe (Quigley) and who else do you want on the pitch to defend long balls than Charlie Lee.”

In his pre-match press conference, Sarll said he wouldn’t need to make a team talk, but on the day his views on this changed.

“I actually spoke quite a lot, I tried to keep them focused on the game because we’re at work now, we’re not robots of course, but we’re at work and we want to win.

“I told them that Lee and I both came here to win games and that’s what we did.”

Saturday’s opponents showed a touch of class, handing over a wreath of flowers to Carl Dickinson ahead of kick-off, and handling the sensitive occasion with respect and dignity.

“I thought Boreham Wood’s class on the day was amazing, I’ve known Luke (Garrard) for a long time, handing over the wreath before the game, and just the way they conducted themselves was excellent.

“We’ve had some good old battles Luke and I, and their respect for the occasion was top class.”

INTERVIEW | Glovers “cannot dwell” on defeat says Darren Sarll

Darren Sarll says that the Glovers cannot dwell on the disappointing defeat against Bromley in midweek and must be ready to ‘attack’ the next game, despite their seven game winning run at Huish Park coming to an end. 

After a quiet first half, the National League clash made its breakthrough in the second half after Michael Cheek opened the scoring for the visitors, before Rhys Murphy equalised in the 63rd minute.  

It looked like the game was going to be a share of the spoils, but a freak late own goal from Reuban Reid shattered Town’s hopes of securing an important point in Somerset and having the chance to move ever closer to the foot of the play-off places.  

Reflecting on the result, Sarll told BBC Somerset: “It’s a tough one to take. I thought we were the better side initially when we had the impact of Knowles and Reid, but to concede right at the end and with a freak goal like it was, was really tough to take. 

Unfortunately, these things happen, but I always look at the positive side of this group, I always enjoy watching this side grow. I thought we performed well tonight and moved the ball around them quite well.  

I think this group has real promise and it’s still a long way to go yet. I said to the players beforehand not to worry about the talk, about the play-offs, about our league position, just concentrate on having really high performances and the results will take care of themselves.  

It’s a tight league at the moment but it’s all about taking the opportunities when they come around to the push up the table. Tonight, was probably the youngest team that I’ve ever put out and I’m really excited about the group going forward. I think they are very close to jumping over that last hurdle and I really believe that. It’s just a case of building as much momentum as possible going forward.”   

With the games coming thick and fast over a busy period, the Glovers return to action this Saturday as Notts County make the trip to Huish Park, and Sarll is eager to return to winning ways this weekend.

We’ve got to take the positives from this game now and go and attack the next. 

We’ve got some real big games coming up and the schedule is relentless, so we’ve got to make sure that we’re ready for those games

“Every game in this league is big but they’re even bigger come the business end of the season.”

INTERVIEW | Darren Sarll delighted with derby day win

Darren Sarll was left delighted that his side were the winners of the second consecutive derby between Yeovil Town and Weymouth since 1999. 

A hat-trick from Rhys Murphy unfolded a new page in the history books as his stunning goals sealed an emphatic win over the Glovers’ archrivals at Huish Park 

Speaking to BBC Somerset post-match, Sarll said: “It was a very good evening all round for us and I’m absolutely delighted with the result. I thought the players had great attitude, and full credit to Rhys [Murphy] who got his deserved hat-trick. 

“I think you could see even from home that we could have scored a lot more and could have been four up at half-time. I thought we were brilliant during first 15-20 minutes in particular and I think we had a spell where we regained our composure in the second half.  

We’re going to have moments like that as we’re a very young squad but like I said I thought we were fantastic in the early parts of the game, played some incredible one and two touch football, were very clever in our play, showed some great energy and now we’ve just got to try and stretch those periods out.  

There was a lot of frustration in the changing room after the game actually as we didn’t score and dominate the game more. I get that, but like I keep saying we’re a young squad and those young players will need that reassurance from time to time but I thought everyone’s attitude and application was spot on tonight.”

He continued: “I always back my side after 60 minutes as I think if we’re still in the game after that period then we can go on to do something in the game as we know of the quality that we’ve got. There were some excellent performances out on the pitch tonight especially Adam Smith, who I thought was excellent when called on.

I thought it was a real good performance and a big win over a huge rival. I’m always apprehensive before these games because we all know as a manager what can come out on the other side of the camera if you don’t win these crucial games. 

We spoke to the players before the game about the feeling at Plainmoor that we had on Boxing Day, and we spoke to them about having that self-motivation in a game as big as this because we tonight we played for the whole town not the football club, the whole town because I know how much this victory will mean to the people of Yeovil.”

He finished: “It was a massive win and I love winning derby games. I’m just gutted that the fans weren’t here tonight because the Thatcher’s End would have erupted, however we all know that we’ve got to be patient until we can share those memorial times again.”

INTERVIEW | Hartlepool defeat a difficult one to take for Darren Sarll

Yeovil Town suffered a late sucker punch as Hartlepool United won 2-1 at Victoria Park in dying embers. Manager Darren Sarll admitted it was a “big blow” for his side after their good recent spell of form.  

A magnificent strike from Tom Knowles in the second-half gave Sarll’s side the lead, but a goal from Luke Armstrong and a late strike from Gavin Holohan in stoppage time shattered Town’s hopes of picking up a big away point at one of the promotion hopefuls in the National League. 

Speaking to BBC Somerset after the game, he said: “The winning goal was obviously a massive sucker punch and a big blow for us. A point would have been brilliant result in a game which I thought we performed quite well in again.  

“I thought we played particularly well in the first-half, but with four minutes of play to go the decisions we made we absolutely hideous and ultimately cost us the game in the end.

“A point away from a side as good as Hartlepool would have really stitched things together nicely in terms of our form and momentum, and it would have meant going into Tuesday’s game a little more upbeat and positive. 

It was a difficult one to take especially when we’ve dominated a team for 60 minutes, who have been sitting comfortably in the play-off positions for the majority of the season. However, we’ve got to take full responsibly for our mistakes and try and move on from this now. 

The frustrating thing looking back is that it was a 700-mile road trip for nothing. I don’t want to take that away from Tom Knowles because his strike was absolutely magnificent as it was his first goal for Yeovil and also the team’s efforts, but as everyone knows in this game it’s all about the winningthe points, the promotions and of course the trophies. Again, I don’t want to take anything away from our performance but in my eyes a victory will always surpass an individual or team performance.”

With Saturday’s defeat at Victoria Park marking the half-way stage of the National League season for the Glovers, Sarll is hoping that his side can but a big run of games together in hope of making a late swoop for the play-offs. 

Looking back the first half of season has obviously been really poor there’s no doubt about that.” He added. “The first quarter of it was as bad as we’ve ever hoped, and I think the second quarter has showed some real promise and the growth of the team.  

We’ve got to try and build some momentum going forward now. We can’t go anywhere or even if we’re home and throw away the opportunities that we did today at any point. All we have to do over the course of the season is perform consistently because it’s a marathon not a sprint as we start to pall points. If we do stop palling points, then we’ll be ok but if we don’t gain that momentum and only win a couple – draw a few – lose a few – then we’re just going to flout in mid-table. 

“I don’t want that, I still want the second-half of the season to be a real positive one and I still think that we can get in there if we put our minds to it.”  

INTERVIEW | Yeovil Town manager Darren Sarll looking to keep momentum building

Yeovil Town manager Darren Sarll hopes to keep his side’s momentum building as the Glovers head to Hartlepool United on Saturday afternoon. 

After to back-back victories against Altrincham and Boreham Wood in the National League, Sarll believes that his side are back to their best and hopes to extend the good fortune when they make the long trip to Victoria Park on the weekend. 

Speaking during his pre-match press conference, he said: “I think we are back hitting good form again. When you look back at the last two games prior to the wins, I thought they were very close games and we done well in them, so we’ve hit a good bit of form recently. The two wins have been really good for us, and we’ve played some great football at times.  

What I’ve liked about our performances especially in midweek was that everyone wanted to get on the ball and play. There was a lot of believe amongst the players which was great to see.  

Over the past few games, we’ve looked good up until the 60th minute mark. After that you can see we have those periods where we can’t quite maintain those standards, but I’ve been really pleased with our performances over the last couple of weeks and hopefully we can build on that.  

It’s a new team and a very young one too so you can expect us to drop our standards from time to time but based on our performance on Tuesday night I believe we are getting closer and closer to reaching that level of consistency.” 

He continued: “I think we’ve moved up seven or eight places over the last couple of weeks – a couple of wins – a couple of draws – and a few loses which shows that we are a progressing side. The good thing is that we are climbing up the table gradually and are full of confidence at the moment. 

Three first-half goals from the trio strike force of Rhys Murphy, Reuben Reid and Josh Neufville all but assured that Town left Meadow Park with all three points on Tuesday evening, and the boss has been particularly impressed with his sides attacking display over the past few games. 

I think our strike force has been fantastic in the last couple of games. The great thing about our attacking players is that they are all very different, are in different stages of their career and offer a variety of different aspects to the team.  

One player who doesn’t receive the credit he deserves often enough is Chris DagnallNo one has a bigger influence on our play than him. He is a brilliant professional footballer and is a serious character amongst the dressing room.  

Reuben on the other hand has been brilliant since he came in and has really shown his leadership skills. He needed that goal on Tuesday and hopefully he can thrive off that and both score and contribute to more in the coming games. He gives players such a wonderful platform to work off and has been one of the best players that I have worked with in terms of his build up play, his ability to hold off players and his overall quality in front of goal. 

“Hopefully they can all continue their good form and help drive the team up the table in the coming weeks.”

INTERVIEW | Darren Sarll pleased with ‘wonderful’ performance

Yeovil Town manager Darren Sarll paid tribute to his side’s ‘wonderful’ performance after their 3-2 victory over Boreham Wood in the National League. 

First-half goals from Rhys Murphy, Reuben Reid and Josh Neufville at Meadow Park secured a three-goal advantage for the Glovers at the break, before surviving a scare late on after two goals from Luke Garrard’s side reduced the score line.  

The result represented an impressive response to Town’s recent outing in the National League against Eastleigh a week ago and secured back-to-back victories for the side from Huish Park in their serge to move up the table.  

Speaking to BBC Somerset after the game, Sarll said: “I thought the first-half performance from us was absolutely wonderful. 

I thought we played with such energy, freedom and fearlessness all night and thoroughly deserved the win in the end. 

I think Max Hunt set the tone showing his composure early on in the game, which gave the players the confidence and believe that they were here to play tonight and showcase their qualities. 

We wanted to really pass it around tonight because we knew if we tried to go toe-to-toe with a very animated Boreham Wood side then we would be in for a very difficult evening. 

It was a bit nervy in the second-half as expected, but to be honest, I don’t think they really troubled us through the two goals.  

They scored a very good free-kick and the referee who I must say owned up to his mistake after the game cost us the other goal. Apart from that I don’t think they really played through us at any point.”  

Murphy returned to the side for the first time in a number of weeksafter showing some great form coming off from the bench and Sarll was full of praise for his forward and the rest of his attacking force. 

“Murph [Rhys Murphy] is looking sharper and sharper each week and thoroughly deserved his place in the starting line-up tonight. He usually does things in flurries, and now he’s showing signs that he’s coming back into really strong form. 

It’s the fittest I’ve seen Rhys since I first arrived at the club 20 months ago and I think he just thrives off the intelligence of Reid, Quigley and Dagnall 

I thought our attacking force was brilliant tonight. I could see Reuben needed a goal after the bits of pressure that have been laid on him recently, so he stood up and took that moment composedly.  

“And obviously Neufville’s goal was truly down to his athleticism and quality. Between his goal and winning the penalty for us – he had a great night at the office.  

“We’ve got to move on from this now and re-focus ahead of another tough game against Hartlepool United on the weekend.”

INTERVIEW | Darren Sarll reflects on Stockport defeat

Yeovil Town manager Darren Sarll said his side must take the positives from their defeat to Stockport County on Saturday evening. 

The Glovers fine run of form came to end at Edgeley Park after Alex Reid’s first half strike was enough to see Simon Rusk clinch his first home victory in charge of Stockport, in front of BT Sport TV cameras.  

Despite a much-improved second-half performance, the green and whites failed to find their cutting edge in the final third.

Speaking to www.ytfc.net  post-match, he said: “I thought we started very slow today and were very physically dominated in the first-half.  

I think we looked like a young team playing against well-established group of players, and the goal was another mistake from us which has been a main contributing factor all season. 

The game in my eyes was a very competitive one and one that deserved a much classier goal given the approach from both teams.” 

He continued: “I thought in the second-half we much better physically. I thought we dominated large proportions of territory and it was a shame that we couldn’t find that bit of quality in front of goal. 

On a positive note, I thought the players attitude was spot on throughout the game and I thought they tried their hardest to get the win which was a pleasing thing to see.”

A trip to in-form Eastleigh is up next on the horizon for Yeovil Town and Sarll is eager to see a positive reaction from his side.  

I think Tuesday is a great game for us to put things right, he added.  

I had no quarm or doubt about the players attitude and enthusiasm today, but i felt we lacked that bit of composure and experience especially in the first-half. 

We’ve just got to move on from this now and ensure that we are well prepared for another tough test on Tuesday.  

INTERVIEW | Reuben Reid frustrated by defeat to Stockport County

Reuben Reid was left disappointed by his side’s performance in their 1-0 defeat at Stockport County, but believes that his team are eager to rediscover their consistency 

The Glovers‘ fine run in the National League took a blow at Edgeley Park on Saturday night and Reid admitted that he was frustrated that he and his teammates were unable to build on a good weeks worth of preparation.  

He told www.ytfc.net: “It was a very disappointing evening for us. After a good week of preparation, we came into the game with high spirits and a lot of optimism but unfortunately, I didn’t see the side that trained all week perform out on the pitch today.  

The first 45 minutes was probably the worst it got, and one of worst since my early days in football, so all in all it was a very disappointing first-half performance. 

In the second half however, I thought we came out and showed a great reaction. There was a still few things missing in the second-half, little pieces of play that were nearly finished off but seem to peter out all the time. 

The league position shows that this type of thing has been a recurring theme all season, but not to get too down beat since I first arrived here, the two performances against Weymouth and Dover have showed me that there is a lot of potential in the group and it’s only a matter of time before we rediscover that consistency.” 

The Glovers entered the game on weekend on the back of winning five of their last seven games, and Reid insists that his side have a great opportunity to put right the wrongs and create a new spark of momentum when their visit Eastleigh at the Sliverlake Stadium in midweek.  

The silver lining thing in this league is that the games come thick and fast and on Tuesday we will be looking to put things right. It’s going to be another tough game for us, but one that I’m we will all be up for. 

“We’ve got a great chance to re-create some momentum again and hopefully we can do that. 

 “The main thing between now and then is that we focus on our recovery as everyone will be needed on Tuesday and over the coming weeks. In such a busy schedule it’s important that we have as many bodies as possible in order for is to have a successful few weeks.”  

INTERVIEW | Joe Quigley desperate to kick on after victory over Dover

Joe Quigley paid tribute to Yeovil Town’s performance packed with quality and resilience following their 3-1 win over Dover Athletic at Huish Park.   

The Glovers returned to winning ways in magnificent fashion as a brace from Joe Quigley either side of half time, alongside a late strike from Rhys Murphy rounded off an impressive victory in the National League for Darren Sarll’s side.  

After a disappointing display against Maidenhead United in midweek, the green and whites showed spirit, stretching their fine run to 5 wins in 7 since the turnover of the new year and Quigley was full of praise for Town’s performance on Saturday afternoon.  

“I’m delighted with the brace, but three points were the most important thing for us today, he told BBC Somerset post-match.   

“The three points were the main aim for the team from minute one and I think to bounce back like we did from Wednesday shows the character that we’ve got amongst the squad. 

“I think when you go one goal down and then get an equaliser just before half-time gives everyone a lift, which resulted in us finishing the half strongly. After that I thought we grew and grew in confidence and finished the second half even stronger.  

“I think we have had a big turnround since the new year. Winning five of our last seven games shows the resilience and quality that we’ve got in the squad, and I don’t think many teams will be on this type of form right now.

“The break over the last few weeks hasn’t helped our momentum, but to respond like we did from Wednesday shows just how good we can be as a team

“We’ve just got to kick on from this now and remain focused ahead of our next game. 

INTERVIEW | Reuben Reid reflects on a manic first week back at Huish Park

Reuban Reid is looking to bring a positive mindset to Yeovil Town in his second stint at Huish Park.  

Re-joining the club on Tuesday, Reid is hoping that his experience can help the Glovers maintain their current form in the National League, with the side stretching their run to three consecutive victories with a win against Weymouth in midweek.  

Speaking to ytfc.net, yesterday afternoon, he said: “It’s been a bit of a surreal week to be honest. Signing a couple of hours before kick-off on Tuesday, then being told that I was in the starting line-up was a shock at the time but overall good experience.  

We obviously had a great win in midweek which was good, and it will give us a lot of confidence going forward, but for myself personally I’ve had another good session today, and a good week so I’m feeling very good so far.” 

He continued: “My ambitions are simple to win as many games as possible and see where it takes us. We all know where we are in the league table, so we need to keeping working hard and add to this run that we have been going on. That way hopefully we can start pushing up the table and who knows what can happen come the end of it.  

“As a new signing, especially after the first week I can’t say exactly what we need and don’t need to do but as a team we’ve just got to make sure that we prepare ourselves in the best possible way for each game, to try and get three points.  

“Going on a run like we have reunites that energy amongst the club and generates positivity, and it’s surprising where that can take you. My message to the fans is keep supporting the club through social media and spread as much positivity as possible. That way Yeovil Town will be back doing what Yeovil Town does best.”  

INTERVIEW | Sarll delighted with derby victory

Darren Sarll was left delighted that his side were the winners of the first competitive derby between Yeovil Town and Weymouth since 1999.

First half goals from Josh Neufville, Albi Skendi and a late penalty from Joe Quigley ensured Town took three points from their trip to the seaside.

Reacting to the Glovers’ complete performance, Sarll said; “I thought the first 35 minutes was as good as I’ve seen us, we had great intensity, a good attitude, and a very competitive edge.

“I thought we were very good, very dominant, that’s two games in a row for Adam (Smith) where he’s not had a shot to save. It was nice to name the same back four again, and you can see the benefit of that consistency with a rare clean sheet.

“We started very quick tonight; we were very focused. It’s easy to motivate players who have been humiliated, when you’re playing against the humiliator, it’s a different thing for a game like this, when some players may not know about the Weymouth vs. Yeovil rivalry, which is why Terry (Skiverton) did the team talk tonight. He obviously has that history; he did a great job at making sure the players knew they were responsible for a hell of a lot tonight.”  

He continued to note the importance of earning the supporters backing; “We know we’ve got to earn their credit back, and we’re prepared and willing to do that by fighting and digging deep. It’s always been part of my character to role my sleeves up and we’re showing that at the moment.

“It’s nice to say for the first time this season, we’re in a strong vein of form, we’ve picked up some good wins across the last five games apart from the disappointed away to Torquay, but we’re getting there, and we were terrific tonight.”

Commenting on individual performances, the gaffer was left particularly pleased with the showing of Matt Worthington; “I thought he was incredible, absolutely incredible. Him and (Josh) Neufville in the first half were sensational.

“It wasn’t just their possession game, but out of possession too, I thought ‘Worthy’ was just scintillating, his reading of the game, his intercepting passes, the way he got us on the attack, with really good and difficult passes after winning it.

“I just thought he was really good, it’s lovely to have him back in that kind of form.”

INTERVIEW | Luke Wilkinson reflects on a match-winning performance

Yeovil Town defender Luke Wilkinson was delighted to be the match-winner in The Glovers‘ 2-1 victory over Torquay United at Huish Park. 

Wilkinson’s 91st minute header was enough to see Yeovil claim an outstanding three points over the National League leaders and the central defender admitted he was thrilled with this victory in particular. 

Speaking to www.ytfc.net, post-match, he said: “I had a good feeling about the corner to be honest. It was a great whipped ball in from Dicko [Carl Dickinson] and I managed to get my head on it, and I was just buzzing to see it go in.  

Of course, it’s nice to get a goal as center half but more importantly it was about getting the three points today.  

It was a massive win for us especially for what happened on Boxing DayWe know we haven’t started the season the way wanted too but as a team we are really trying to turn things around. 

I think you can see from our performance on Monday against Aldershot, and the way we responded today shows that the boys never stop and work so hard for the club and the fans. 

We didn’t get going at all last week against them and the ones that played certainly know that. However, we’ve showed a great reaction in the last two games and that was the Yeovil Town that we were all used to seeing last season. That character, fight, and determination.  

He finished: “It’s going to be another tough game for us on Tuesday. A derby today and then another one in midweek against Weymouth. We’ve got to make sure that we recover well and ensure that we’re all raring to go once again.”  

 

INTERVIEW | Darren Sarll looking to build momentum

Yeovil Town manager Darren Sarll hopes that his side’s second National League win of the season in midweek can give his side a lift as they host Torquay United on Saturday afternoon.  

A brace from Courtney Duffusand a late strike from Albi Skendi ensured that the Glovers secured an important home win against Aldershot Town on Monday and Sarll hopes it gives the team huge confidence going into Saturday’s clash at Huish Park as they face the league’s early pacesetters.  

After the disappointment of their defeat against Torquay United on Boxing Day, the green & whites will be looking to prove themselves this time around, producing a much better performance against the side from Plainmoor 

Speaking during his pre-match press conference, he said: “We responded well from that horror show last week against Torquay with a good result on Monday.   

“We responded the way the group should have respond. I always back my group because they are a brilliant bunch and I love spending time with them.

This team are an incredibly proud group and said that to the players on Monday. The one thing that the defeat on Boxing Day dented apart from the result was our pride but it was great to restore that this week, and it will give us a lot of confidence going into Saturday  

“I thought we played alright on Monday and there’s so much more we can do but until we get that consistency with injuries, especially with the back four then sadly we are going to see more inconsistency in our performances.”   

He continued: “Naturally, you’ll want revenge from what happened last week because we’re all footballers who care about their football and their work, so hopefully we can prove ourselves this time around and consolidate a much better result this weekend. 

We were very disappointed with ourselves last Saturday and that was the underlying figure on Sunday. We had a brief chat amongst the squad and reflected on the performancewhich resulted in us having a really good look at ourselves.  

On a whole, I thought we responded well and showed a much more committed performance. Monday proved to us all that we still have that quality and performance in our locker, so hopefully, we can take that momentum if you like into Saturday.”

INTERVIEW | Darren Sarll reflects on Aldershot victory

Darren Sarll was pleased with his side’s performance as they secured a comfortable 3-0 victory against Aldershot Town. 

After a ponderous defeat to Torquay United on Boxing Day, the Glovers responded brilliantly, sealing a much-needed win in the National League thanks to a brace from Courtney Duffus, and a late strike from Albi Skendi at Huish Park. 

Speaking to BBC Somerset post-match, he said: “Today what I wanted to eradicate was that doubt within the side. After making a lot of changes, I thought we needed that extra bit of experience, bringing in players who understood their roles and responsibilities a bit more, which I thought paid off in end. 

It hasn’t been a very pleasant period for us as everyone knows but winning two of our last three games is something to get behind. It’s a clean sheet, 3 good goals and we’ve kind of said sorry for that performance just 48 hours ago. 

We’ve now got a big chance to take revenge on that in the return fixture this weekend, which now after today I’m very confident about and much looking forward too.”  

Courtney Duffus returned to the side and took off where he left adding more goals to his tally this season, finishing well past Brad James on both occasions, and Sarll was left delighted to his forward back and firing in a green and white shirt once again.  

He’s still not fully fit after his isolation period, but it was great to see him back out there today. I thought both him and Joe were very dominant, and it was important to see that their mentality sort of matched their physical stature which I haven’t seen enough this season. 

Courtney, Quickley, and Skendi are all individuals that I try and base the team around, so I was really pleased with their performances today. We know where we are and are disappointed in our recent performances because we know we’ve got that quality and spirit within the group. Some people may disagree on that which is understandable, but we’ve got a real good togetherness and it was great to see that come back into fruition today.”  

INTERVIEW | Darren Sarll is looking to maintain momentum

Darren Sarll is hoping that his side can maintain their winning momentum this weekendafter sealing their first National League win of the season last time out against Bromley.  

Goals from Rhys Murphy and Joe Quigley ensured that the Glovers sealed an important 3 points at Hayes Lane, where they will now be looking to build a worthy run as they enter a well-congested festive period. 

The green and whites return to action following a period of self-isolation after a positive COVID-19 test within the Yeovil Town squad, however, Sarll insists that his squad have been hard at work to prepare themselves in the best possible way for this game during the self-isolation period.  

“We were back in training last Saturday, but we’ve been in contact with players for the full isolation period, he said.  

I never subscribed to the full principles of the first lockdown period with the use of zoom meetings, but we thought as a squad it was important that we used that method to try to keep the same fitness levels up and better them ahead of a mad Christmas period.  

“We were with the players every day, giving them home-workouts to complete, tough home workouts may I add, so that was a way in which we could keep on top of the players instead of being on the training field all week.  

“We tried to keep that bond within the group especially with the new players as we wanted to ensure that they continued their integration with the team, so it was a lot to do over the period but routine that kept us all focused and motivated throughout.”

Sarll’s side had a National League fixture and an FA Trophy fixture both scheduled before the positive Coronavirus case occurred, but the gaffer believes that his side will still have huge momentum going into the game this weekend despite the long break.  

“I don’t think that momentum ends from the last game. You always take that momentum from the last game into the next game regardless of the period in between and I’ve always been a believer of that.  

“In some ways this period can be seen as a benefit to us as it’s given us time to rest some of the players who have been heavenly overloaded up to this point and has also gave us much more time to prepare for this fixture and reflect on our previous performances 

In our last performance we were very good from recovering from minor errors and we were very strong and determined to winWe were very professional on that occasion too and I was pleased with the winning attitude of the players, their work ethic, and organisation which resulted in some very good individual performances. Hopefully, we can continue that on Saturday.”

INTERVIEW | Darren Sarll reflects on Yeovil Town’s first National League victory of 20/21

Darren Sarll was left delighted after his side secured their first National League win of the season, defeating Bromley 2-1 at Hayes Lane. 

First half goals from Rhys Murphy and Joe Quigley ensured that the Glovers sealed an important 3 points ahead of busy festive period.  

On his side’s performance 

“I thought we deserved the win tonight, first half we were very good and in the second half for us, it was all about maintaining our shape and focus because a team of Bromley’s calibre will always put you under a lot of pressure which I thought we dealt with tonight. 

“To be honest, I thought we managed the game well throughout, and defensively we were solid. When you haven’t one for a while it can effect you and sometimes believe it or not you can forget how to win football games but I’m sure those traits will come back the more we win games this season. 

“The header they had was I think their only attempt on target so to come to Bromley who let’s not forget are fifth in the league table and get a win was brilliant.”  

On Yeovil Town’s attacking display… 

“I thought our front two were brilliant tonight. They worked as a unit, they never played in isolation and always played together and for each other which was great to see from the side. 

“I’ve seen that a lot from Quigley since he arrived here but tonight, Murphy in particular, I was so pleased for him when that ball went in because he works so hard on/off the pitch.

“He likes that end as well I think he scored in that corner last time we came here in the league. The two of them worked very hard tonight and I was happy to see their hard work pay off.”  

On the performance of Gabriel Osho…

“Tonight, if I’m right in saying was only his second game since his Championship season finished at Reading so it’s been a long time for him. 

“He has been terrific, he has a lovely persona about him and when he comes in, he lights up the dressing room. When he left us last time he went to Reading and played the last ten games for their first team in the Championship, and you don’t do that if you’re not half-decent, so he has been a real good asset to us this season.” 

Going forward for Town… 

“It relieves a lot especially for myself because I can’t sleep when we lose games because I’m a winner and I always want the team to do well and succeed. 

“This win means that we can relieve ourselves of that drain, drag, and the chain around our ankles however you want to put it. We’ve got to push on from this and take huge confidence going into Saturday.” 

INTERVIEW | “Big moments decide games” – Darren Sarll

Darren Sarll was left delighted after his side secured a place in the Second Round of the Emirates FA Cup after an away victory against Bromley at Hayes Lane.  

The magic of the cup returned for the Glovers as Gabby Rogers netted his first professional goal with a last gasp strike during extra-time, securing the win over the South East London side. 

In what was a dominant performance for Yeovil, latest recruit Alex Bradley made his debut at right-back following his loan move from Lincoln City in the week, whilst Morgan Williams made his second consecutive start.  

“I thought we played really well today, the only thing I was disappointed with was the performance during extra-time,” Sarll told BBC Somerset post-match. 

“I think in games like these I’ve always been a firm believer that big moments decide big games and I think Morgan Williams’ block was as important as Gabby’s goal as they were the deciding factors for us today.  

“What I was pleased about was that the players looked fit, were very organised, and for the normal duration of the game played some great football which was a big positive.  

“I think all good runs and teams always start with gritty wins to begin with and hopefully today is the start of that for us. I had a lot more belief in the boys today as we looked a lot more like the normal Yeovil that we were all used too. The players worked really hard this week in training and thoroughly deserved nothing but a win today. 

“As a team we’re always going to make mistakes because that’s the nature of football, but I thought we looked a lot of more like ourselves which was good to see.” 

He finished: We’ve now got to try and push that standard through in order to make some sort of mark in the league. We know where we are, but I was extremely impressed with how brave and brilliant the lads were in terms of their self-confidence, people taking the right touches, making the right movement and for a team who has only won one game this season which was in this competition.”

INTERVIEW | Darren Sarll reflects on Chesterfield defeat

Darren Sarll was left frustrated that the same mistakes ultimately cost Yeovil Town as they suffered defeat against Chesterfield FC at Huish Park. 

The Glovers fell behind in the 70th minute as Tom Denton finished well past Adam Smith securing a much-needed min for the Spireites but also adding to the home sides frustration.  

There were positives to take however for Yeovil as loan signing Morgan Williams produced a strong showing a centre back in only his second start since his last loan spell with the club back in 2019.  

Speaking after the game, Sarll said: “Ironically, I said to Terry (Skiverton) about three minutes before the goal that the game would be decided by a mistake. I didn’t think either side would have conceded from set pieces just thought it would be down to an individual error and unfortunately for us it’s gone against us today 

“We’ve obviously made a big individual error which sadly has been the theme of the week and these individual errors are costing us massively this season.”

He continued: “Aside from that I thought we were really competitive, the players worked hard, and I thought we were a lot more aggressive in our play compared to Tuesday so that was good to see.  

“It’s obviously frustrating when you gift a pass to inform forward around 20 yards out whose obviously ultimately won the game for them, so it doesn’t matter how good or bad a performance it was it means nothing as you’ve taken nothing away from the game.  

“Regarding the error I never put it down to the individual and that’s what we and I am about. We are one big team, and we try to be as cohesive as possible as a group. Over these 10 month seasons these mistakes occur and unfortunately for us it’s happened within the first seven games which is why we are still searching for our first win.”  

He finished: “I’m still positive that we will overcome this period, certain if I’m honest and before we know it, we’ll be hitting the ground running again. Once again, we’ve got to put this result behind us and go again next week.”  

INTERVIEW | Carl Dickinson reflects on a difficult evening for Yeovil Town

Carl Dickinson offered an honest assessment of Yeovil Town‘s display in a 2-1 defeat to Sutton United on Tuesday evening. 

Harry Beautyman’s double secured an emphatic away win for the London based side at Huish Park.  

Joe Quigley netted in the first half in an attempt for Darren Sarll’s side to produce a magnificent turn around, but Yeovil fell to their second defeat of the campaign.  

Reflecting on the result, Carl Dickinson told BBC Somerset: “We didn’t do enough it’s as simple as that. We can’t play a first half like we did and give so many people the opportunities we did tonight. We need to do more and it’s as simple as that to be honest.  

“I think we’ve got to give more for each other because the start hasn’t been great and it’s not a true reflection of our quality but tonight, I’m just honestly lost for words, I don’t know what to say on behalf of tonight’s performance.”  

The defender added: “It sounds cliché, but as an experienced player you’ve literally got to keep your head down and ensure that everyone is as positive as they can be around the camp after a defeat and performance like this.  

“There were bits that were decent tonight, but we’ve got to do way more individually, collectively, and we’ve got to be a lot harder to play against if we’re to start picking up some good results. The only way we can affect that is on the training pitch, so we’ve got to make sure everyone is at it and focused for Saturday.”  

With the games coming thick and fast over a busy period, the Glovers return to action this Saturday as Chesterfield make the trip to Huish Park, and Dickinson is eager for a response from him and his team following last night’s performance.  

“We just got move on from this and go into the next training session and work our socks off again for another tough game on Saturday. 

“Looking ahead to the weekend we’ve got to put this behind us and go again. We’ve got to have the right mindset going into the game and make sure that we do the simple things much better.  

“Saturday is going to be an even bigger game for us as we want to put right the wrongs and show everyone what we are capable of and why we reached the positions we did last season. We owe a massive performance to the gaffer but most importantly the fans.” 

INTERVIEW | “I love the romance of this competition” – Darren Sarll

Darren Sarll discussed a number of topics during his pre-match press conference ahead of this weekend’s Emirates FA Cup clash with Dover Athletic. 

The Glovers kick off their FA Cup campaign on Saturday afternoon at Huish Park as the oldest domestic cup competition in world football returns to the calendar 

With Yeovil entering the Fourth Qualifying Round stage this season, Sarll has outlined his ambition and love for the competition and much more.  

Read on for his thoughts on the game… 

On how far Yeovil can go in the FA Cup this season… 

“Obviously, every team wants to draw the biggest teams and go as far as possible in the competition, but I think if we maintain the performances that I’ve seen over the last couple of games then I can’t see why not we can challenge that. 

“The more we’ve gone this season we’ve looked like a new side in terms of the structure and signings we’ve made. We are striving each week to be the best team possible. We’ve just carried on plodding away and we have certainly worked really hard this week in order to have a positive outcome on Saturday.

“We’ve had a really good week of training with some parts of week focusing on recovery and the rest on intense training over short periods of time. I‘just really looking forward to the game and got lots of belief that we can perform the same as we have in previous games or even better.”  

On his love for the competition… 

“I love the FA CupI’ve had the pleasure of growing up knowing how much the cup means to teams, players and managers and also knowing that FA Cup final day is the biggest day in the football calendar.

I love the romance of the competition, the drama and everything else that comes with the magic of the cup. I’ve always cherished the memories I’ve had myself in the Cup and have always been proud to lead a team in such a historic competition.”  

On his opponents Dover Athletic… 

“Any side that is managed by Andy Hessenthaler is going to see life a certain way and they will be very competitive as they always are. We don’t write anyone off, I don’t write any team off because of their form or look at where they are based in the table, I’m always expecting a tough game. 

“We’ll take our necessary preparation to try and be at our very best and hopefully with the right care, focus and intensity we will be good enough to beat most teams not just Dover. I’ll take the same attitude into Saturday whether that would be against Dover or Stockport at the other end of the league.

“They are very tough games and this weekend we know exactly what we’re in for and how hard a test it’s going to be.”  

INTERVIEW | Rhys Murphy pleased with overall performance

Yeovil Town departed Victoria Road disappointed not to be leaving with three points, but pleased with the level of their performance, according to forward Rhys Murphy. 

In a game that offered several opportunities for the Glovers with Murphy and Luke Wilkinson both hitting the woodwork, Darren Sarll’s side failed to find their cutting edge and composure in front of goal.  

Despite being down to ten-men for large proportions of the second half after Wilkinson was dismissed by referee Daniel Middleton after a last man challenge on the on-running McQueen, Yeovil held on for their fourth draw of the National League season.  

“I think on reflection, the performance warranted a lot more however, it’s easy to say that because you’ve got to back good performances up with good results, Murphy told BBC Somerset post-match.

“The fact that we’ve come away from home again and for half hour played with 10 men we’ve come off hugely disappointed not to take all three points so there’s many positives to take from this performance. 

“We have to keep working, it was a tough one to take today as we wanted to win, and possible should have won the game but unfortunately, we didn’t take our chances.  

“On the positive side the performance was strong again and we’ve created chances which is always a good thing, and, on another day, they probably go in.  

“We’ve just got to keep working hard each week and eventually the luck will turn and hopefully the results will also turn in our favor.” 

INTERVIEW | Darren Sarll anticipates a tough trip to Victoria Road

Yeovil Town head to the capital tomorrow afternoon (3pm) to take on Dagenham & Redbridge in search of their first win of the 2020/21 National League Season.

Darren Sarll’s side enter the game on the back of an away draw at Halifax Town on Tuesday evening, however he is under no illusions that tomorrow’s game is going to be an easy test for the Glovers.  

It’s going to be a tough game, when you look at Dagenham before the season started, they recruited heavily with very established players at a significant cost. They’ve assembled well so it’s going to be a difficult test for us. 

“Last season, we obviously only played them the once, but I thought it was real tough game and we arguably signed their best player on the back of that performance (Quigley) 

We played well in midweek and learnt a lot of lessons from it. Hopefully we can learn from those going into the weekend and put in an even better performance in.” 

Joe Quigley made his debut during midweek and Sarll has expressed his importance on getting the best out of his latest signing. 

Joe is a great player and if he provides us with goals then he will be a good asset 

“He is a player I’ve always admired and hoped that one day I could work with him so to have him at the club is great.  

“It was nice to get Joe on the pitch on Tuesday to express his qualities.  

He’s got different qualities to us and has been through a difficult time recently but I as a manager have always prided myself on working with lads who need another chance or that extra bit of motivation so I’m looking forward to getting the most out of Joe this season.”   

 

Glovers fans can watch Saturday’s clash on Dagenham’s wbsite linked HERE.

INTERVIEW | Warburton reflects on Halifax draw

Matt Warburton believes Yeovil Town’s first win of the season is just around the corner after the Glovers were held from home against FC Halifax Town.  

An early goal from the hosts Jeff King was cancelled out by a second-half strike from Courtney Duffus, in an entertaining game at the Shay Stadium.  

Town are still searching for their first win of the National League season after three draws and one loss from the opening four games. Warburton was left frustrated not to take all three points from Tuesday night’s affair despite a dominant Glovers performance 

“It was a disappointing eveningeveryone’s gone into the dressing room disappointed not to take all three points, said the forward.  

“For large portions of the game we dominated the ball, but we didn’t just have that cutting edge to finish them off tonight.

“To be honest I’m disappointed personally as I felt I should have scored about 10 minutes before the end, but in fairness the goalkeeper has made a great save. 

“It was just frustrating coming in knowing that we should have taken all 3 points.”  

The draw still leaves the Glovers in the bottom half of the table, but Warburton believes that if he and his players can maintain their good performance again then a win won’t be far away  

“I wasn’t involved in the first couple of games, but I can see that we are getting stronger as a group, he added.  

The gaffer was delighted with the performance and he was coming out with the mentality that we had won the game rather than drawing it. 

It’s a tough place to come, and I think tonight was full testament to the group and credit to the lads who put a great shift in.

Like I said earlier coming into the dressing room after game, everyone was disappointed and gutted that we didn’t win the game which just shows how high the lads set their standards.  

 “We know we are capable of much more and that win should be right around the corner.”

INTERVIEW | Darren Sarll delighted to see you all again

With Huish Park given the opportunity to host one of the final test events ahead of new restrictions, Darren Sarll savoured every moment with Yeovil supporters at Huish Park on Tuesday evening.

“It was brilliant, absolutely brilliant. It was nice to have somebody to talk to again!

“I like talking to the fans behind me during the games, otherwise I’ve got to talk to Terry (Skiverton) all the time. It was nice to have that interaction again.

“I thought it was a really good touch from Carl Dickinson, who was captain on the night, he took all the players round everyone who came and applauded them for their attendance, that was a really nice gesture from him and it was very sincere and appreciative of them, coming out and supporting us on that one off evening.”

Tuesday also saw Town secure the signature of Ryan Burke, a 19-year old left back who signs on loan until January 2021, somebody who the gaffer feels can make a real impact during his spell in Somerset.

“We looked at the model we had last year, and Birmingham were brilliant for us as we were for them, we took Remeao (Hutton) in good faith and I think he played more minutes than any other defender last season.

“With Remeao working with Craig Alcock last year, I’ve now looked at Ryan working with Carl (Dickinson) and thought it would be a good fit. He’s already played in the Championship, he’s got good technical ability, strong but not huge, very athletic and a lovely kid.

“He’s from the Republic of Ireland, somewhere I have a strong background in bringing players over to England from so it’s an area I know well, and they produce some really good players and even tougher competitors.

“He’ll be a brilliant addition to us most importantly as the congestion of games is just going to be very tough and it gives us that athletic version of Carl in the most respectful way possible.

“He’s a brilliant addition and we’ll see a lot of him Saturday (vs. AFC Bournemouth).”

You can watch Darren Sarll’s full interview as well as a live stream of Saturday’s game on the Yeovil Town YouTube Channel.

 

INTERVIEW | Darren Sarll relishing play-off opportunity

Darren Sarll hosted his first press conference in over 100 days as his side prepare to host Barnet in play-off action this Saturday (18th).

In the unique circumstances, promotion back to the Football League now takes the form of a three-game shootout with a final being held at Wembley Stadium.

With just a matter of weeks training under their belts, the gaffer spoke on his preparation for the big day against Barnet; “Coming back was nice, it was good to see the players as there is a very strong bond in our dressing room.

“They’re very big in terms of characters and in the first week it was absolutely carnage! Everyone had three months of banter to get off their chest before they really settled down.

“It has been really enjoyable, mainly because we are preparing for such a big game and we’ve come so far. We obviously wanted to be put in a position where we could finish our journey and now, we’ve got what we have asked for so we’re trying to prepare as best we can.”

The stakes couldn’t be any higher in what will be an emotional occasion and the gaffer didn’t shy away from the importance of the fixture.

“If you isolate it to just Yeovil, it’s a huge game for us. If you look at the conclusions to seasons this club has had in recent years, its been a nice reprieve for supporters not to have that drama where you’re looking over your shoulder hoping people don’t win.

“I think it is disappointing fans can’t be in the ground for them and us. It’s nice to be able to give them something back.

“When I look back to the expectations when I joined, we had eight players in the dressing room, four of which were 18, play-offs were not an expectation. The only thing on my mind when I joined last year was getting a squad together and being competitive and win a few games. All I really wanted to do was to give supporters a winning season, not have the relegation drama and build some foundations from there.

“So for us to be in this position is beyond what we expected and I think if the supporters were honest it’s beyond what they expected too.”

INTERVIEW | Darren Sarll starts his play-off preparations

Darren Sarll is delighted to be back in the thick of things as Yeovil Town step up their play-off preparations ahead of the eliminator clash against Barnet.

With the world put to a standstill, the Glovers were left to wait three months to find out their fate after flirting with promotion contention all season, and in June it was finally confirmed play-off football would return to Huish Park.

Speaking to YTTV as his side returned to training, the gaffer said; “It’s nice to see everyone, it’s a good group to be with, they always make things quite interesting and entertaining this set of players, so it’s been good. Nice to get out the house!

“I’m not one for Zoom calls and things, it’s not really my style, they’re grown men so if they needed me, they could contact me whenever they needed a question answering or an update.”

With his side not having played since victory over Dover in March, the clash with Barnet is a unique circumstance with such a long period of time building up to it.

Speaking on the preparation, Sarll said; “We’ve just got to get back to training. You can do all the road running in the world, but nothing replicates playing football. When you come back, you have to work through the protocols and safety procedures that the government has put in place for elite sport, the Premier League, the EFL have had to follow it and now us.

“It doesn’t matter how many road runs you’ve done or how many times Jimmy Smith has posted his 5k times on Instagram, it’s not about that. As soon as the balls come out your body is tested and moved in completely different ways.

“We’ve just tried to get back into having the ball, running with a ball and any sort of twisting and turning because that’s the one thing they’ve not had, and we prepare as we have to. The good thing for us is we have played largely the same system, utilising a similar formation and strategy for the majority of the season. So, it’s just reminders and getting going!”

 

 

THATCHERS GOLD-EN MOMENTS | An exclusive interview with Luke Ayling

Luke Ayling was a crucial part of that Glovers side which magnificently marched to the Championship in 2013, and brought to you by Thatcher’s Cider, we spoke with Luke about his Gold-en moments as a Glover.

After spending his entire youth career with Arsenal, first team opportunities were hard to come-by. The full back had a major desire to get a taste of senior football, and after a phone call with Terry Skiverton, Luke ventured to Somerset for a taste of it.

“Moving to Yeovil was huge for me, I came in on a loan spell, which was more of a trial if anything. I spoke to Skivo (Terry Skiverton) and he said to come down for the last three months of the season and see how I like it, how I fit in with the boys and play a few minutes too.

“I think I did alright, I fit in quite well with the lads, and then Terry gave me a two-year deal. I was so pleased, I was 19 at the time, and I needed to play some first team football, so it was a great opportunity for me.

“Skivo was huge for me, he’s the manager that gave me my chance in football. I will always be thankful to him for that, not many managers would have taken me on trial  because I wasn’t as strong or quick as other players, but Terry saw something in me, he took a gamble and I really hope I paid him back with my performances on the pitch.

“He is one of the most important people in my career, giving me a chance and just having him at the club at the time, it worked out well for me.”

In 2012/13, Yeovil Town secured promotion to the Championship for the first time in the club’s history after victory in the League One play-offs.

Luke was a vital member of the squad that season, making 47 appearances in all competitions and starting every game in the season defining play-off run, which he would describe as his Gold-en moment.

“I loved that play-off final, well it was actually that whole play-off run to be honest! The Sheffield United game before that, the home game was the most surreal experience I’ve ever had!

“We came back from their place 1-0 down, but there was no panic at all in our dressing room, which was a weird feeling looking back as we didn’t really play that well up there. But we came back and put on a really great performance, it was a baking hot day, Ed Upson really turned up, scored a goal and set one up.

“With the fans being on the pitch after, it was the first-time I’d really done something in my career. Obviously, the final was brilliant, but that home tie against Sheffield United was massive!”

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To be involved in Yeovil’s most successful Football League side clearly means a lot to Luke, with the group of players possessing such a close bond, the success clearly highlights the club’s motto; ‘Achieve by Unity.’

“We had a real tightknit squad; we spent a lot of time together as there really isn’t much to do in Yeovil. Which at other clubs you don’t really get as some people live in the city, some might move out or are with families.

“Down at Yeovil, it was all young lads who lived within ten minutes of each other, so it was a fun place to come into training. Dan the Kit Man who is still at the club now, he was a massive part of our dressing room, he kept people smiling all the time.

 “It was just a really great period to be involved in.”

It took some time for Luke to net his first goal for Yeovil, but when it came, it arrived in spectacular style as he found the top corner against Birmingham in the League Cup.

In recent weeks for Leeds, the full-back scored a wonderful goal against Birmingham again as the Whites stepped up their promotion charge.

“The goal for Yeovil, I just swung at it! I hadn’t scored at that point; it had really been a wait. I didn’t really know what I was doing. It was in extra time; I was knackered I just swung at it and somehow it went in!

“My celebration said everything you need to know about it, I didn’t know what to do! I just ran to the middle of the pitch with my arms up then Sam Foley stopped me.”

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Throughout his career, Luke has crossed paths with some great managers, and is currently working with Marcelo Bielsa at Leeds United, someone Pep Guardiola has described as ‘the best coach in the world.’

In his most successful spell with the Glovers, Luke played under Gary Johnson, someone from a vastly different background to Bielsa.

“I don’t think there is anybody quite like him (Bielsa). You can hear what Pep (Guardiola) and other great managers have said about him.

“But then Gary (Johnson) he had a great period at Yeovil with us. We didn’t always see eye-to-eye, but he always found a way to get the best out of me.

“He always kept me on my toes, and we had a really good spell working together. It is a brilliantly time in my career and I’m sure it’s the same for him.

“He made me a better player, he made me run more, always on the side-lines shouting ‘RUN, RUN, RUN!’ and I’d think ‘Bloody hell, I’m knackered!’ He would keep shouting it all game and he definitely improved me in that side of the game.

“So, I really thank him for the work that he did with us, to give us our chance in the Championship, for what I have gone on to do, that was really the start of it.”

Whilst playing in the Arsenal academy, Luke struck up a friendship with current Town forward Rhys Murphy.

Despite both moving on to pastures new, the pair remain friends.

“I’m very close with Murph, he’s my best friend. He’s a godparent to my children and will be best man at my wedding this year. I still speak to him every day.

“I’ve always had an eye on Yeovil’s results ever since I left, I’m a Yeovil fan now, I’ve said that in a few pieces before. They’re always the first team I look at when I come in from games. With my best mate there now, there’s obviously a bit more on it personally for me.    

“He (Murphy), started really well this year, but got unlucky with the injuries he’s picked up now but from playing with Murph in the past, whenever he’s picked up inuries he has always worked hard to get back to where he wants to be. I’ve got no doubt he will come back flying.”

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INTERVIEW | Darren Sarll pleased with second half showing

Darren Sarll was left delighted by his Yeovil Town players after a strong showing against Dover.

A brilliant second half performance ignited by Marc Richards stunning strike secured Yeovil’s second win on the bounce. 

Speaking following the game, the Gaffer said;

“I thought we were absolutely terrific, in the second half especially!

“First half we were solid, we had good territory but we didn’t have the momentum as it wasn’t wave after wave of attacks.

“In that second half, there was a good 25 minutes where everything we touched just looked like that second goal was gonna come. 

“At the time I thought we needed that second goal, but looking back (Stuart) Nelson has had no save to make all afternoon.

“To win 1-0 with that type of performance, that commitment, that power, that’s what you want this time of year.”

The two sides were separated by a goal of real quality, as new forward addition Richards hammered the ball into the Dover goal in the 47th minute. 

“He’s got good quality Marc (Richards). You just need to make sure the ball is at him, rather than over him or around him. He’s got good quality and he compliments Courtney in a mentor type way, but also their traits are very different.

“What a finish, what a composed finish. On the inside of his foot, on the half-volley on a bobbly surface, it really was some finish.

“We should have had so many more, if that were 3-0 to us, it wouldn’t have been a harsh scoreline.”

INTERVIEW | ‘We keep pushing on’ says Skendi

Albi Skendi is delighted that Yeovil Town are finding form once again.

After a tough start to 2020, the Glovers have won back-to-back league games for the first time in the new decade, and the Albanian insists that he and his teammates are back to their best. 

“It feels amazing, especially after the last two months. We’ve found our way again. Even at Boreham Wood we didn’t get the result we wanted but we set a standard. 

“We wanted to follow it on from there, and the second win is always harder than the first and now we’re just on a roll and I think this is it, we’re at the most important stage of the season.

“We had three or four clear chances to score (in the second half), and I had one myself.

“We’ve got a few bad injuries, but it doesn’t look like it, we keep pushing on!

“It feels like we’re on that seven game winning run again, in the changing room, training, we’ve got that spirit and that’s what you need.”

Marc Richards took the headlines with his stunning strike which separated the two sides, and Skendi was full of praise for Darren Sarll’s latest forward addition.

“He’s absolutely shanked it into the top corner, it was a good goal, he’s a great player so that’s what we should expect from him! 

“(Rhys) Murphy and Courtney (Duffus) are very similar, so the fact that Rico (Marc Richards) come in and he has a completely different game, he can hold it up, flick it on and good movement too. 

“It allows Courtney or Murphy to make their own space and that’s where they’re at their most powerful, running in behind and causing trouble.”

INTERVIEW | ‘We’ve worked hard’ says Sarll

Without a game for over a week Darren Sarll has been able to work extensively with his players ahead of Yeovil’s trip to Boreham Wood on Saturday (3pm).

Following a disappointing trip to Harrogate, the Gaffer gave an honest assessment of the tough spell of training his players have had.

Speaking to YTTV, Sarll said;

“Nobody was happy about the game at Harrogate, so the natural thing was to work with the individuals within. Sometimes the best thing is a size nine up the backside, sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn’t.

“Utilising my experiences and the tools I have at my disposal, we’ve worked hard. We looked at that 3-5-2 system that we have been playing, we worked on that to give us a different dimension to the way we play. A lot of the teams in our division seem to play that system too.

“Very rarely have I gone one season where I’ve been able to play one system, even in development football.

“You have to constantly keep people stimulated and invigorated. The posh word for it is tactical periodisation. We just always want the players to have something new to work with and have more than one way of playing because you always have to adapt over the course of a season.

“Mainly we’ve been utilising the time we’ve had. They’ve had to work very, very hard, and rightly so.”

Looking ahead to Saturday, the Gaffer is looking forward to getting back into action as the Glovers travel to South Hertfordshire for a promotion clash.

 “I’m not surprised they’re doing well. Their resources are similar to ours; we operate within the same market. They outbid us for a player that will be available to them on Saturday.

“I like their manager (Luke Garrard), I think he’s a smashing guy and when they came to us, I thought they played well in the second half, and we were better in the first.

“The best thing about Boreham Wood is you get to play on the most beautiful pitch, it’s a lovely surface and definitely one that will suit us and our way of playing.  

“I don’t really see where teams are in the table, you’ve just got to go an attack everyone. I just see that there is three points there on offer, how quickly can we take the points that are available to us, that’s all this part of the season is.

“It will be a tough game, if they’re on great form brilliant, if not it will still be a tough game as they all are!”

INTERVIEW | Opposition need to be ‘petrified’ of coming to Huish Park says Darren Sarll

Following Yeovil Town’s draw with Chorley, Darren Sarll spoke about building a fear factor at Huish Park.

It took the Glovers 88 minutes to salvage a point against the league’s bottom side, and Sarll was left wanting a lot more from his side.

Speaking to YTTV, the Gaffer said;

“I’m not frustrated. I think about football quite simply, I like to keep the ball, but if there is no teeth at the end of the sequence it’s pointless. We might as well keep our shape and be really rigid and force the game.

“I was furious at half-time with the way waste at the end of the passage, I was furious with the lack of intent to cross when we got into wide positions, and I was furious with the lack of team ethic to win the ball back quicker.  

“Second half, we put them under quite a lot of pressure, but with that last ten minutes, we need to make it like that from the start. People need to come here (Huish Park) and be petrified at what is thrown at them.”

The Gaffer was also honest when it came to the wider context of the game, stating his side have a tough week of training ahead;

“On another day, if we are in better form, we can win this game by five or six, especially with the chances we had in the second half.

“Some of the play, and the form that some of the players are showing at the minute is very concerning.

“This is where you see the true quality in a person’s character, and if they’re men, they will roll their sleeves up and get through it to regain that form.

“We have a lot of work to do next week, I’ll make no bones about it.”

INTERVIEW | Darren Sarll delighted with his side’s consistency

With the games coming thick and fast, Yeovil manager Darren Sarll has been delighted with his sides ability to pick up results.

With the Glovers sitting in third, Sarll’s men have picked up just 8 losses, and by contrast won on fifteen occasions.

Speaking to YTTV about his side’s consistency, the Gaffer said;

“We have only incurred eight losses in the season so far, and three of those in August. I’d like to think we are one of the consistent sides.

“What gives me great encouragement is the goalkeeper is playing well, another one through the door, and Nels (Stuart Nelson) working hard to get back, alongside four very fabulous forwards.

“Whatever two of the four that play will give us real strength and real quality. Having Murph (Rhys Murphy) available will give him an extra motivation to right his wrongs. I know he was unfortunate, but he will feel, because he is a decent lad, like he owes us one. A highly motivated Murphy, is a threat to anyone.”

Looking ahead, the Glovers travel to the Kingfield Stadium to face Alan Dowson’s Woking.

Speaking on the upcoming game, the Gaffer said;

“They’re all tough, no matter where you go, what their position is, what their form is, especially when they have good people in charge.

“They played Tuesday night in a county cup game where he was able to rest a few and play those that he felt needed to play.

“At the moment, I think playing away from home suits us. The quality of pitch away is a better standard, so it allows us to play better football, but there is still fifteen really tough games to go.”

WATCH | Darren Sarll delighted with the ‘energy’ in the squad

Yeovil Manager Darren Sarll was left delighted that his side produced a convincing display on Boxing Day against Torquay.

Scoring six against a local rival, managed by former Glover Gary Johnson, was surely sweet for Sarll, but the Gaffer was most pleased with our performance.

Speaking to YTTV, the Boss said;

“We played with real aggression, a great energy and enthusiasm. We still have that even though we are organised and structurally sound.

“It’s testament to the coaching staff, that they don’t overcoach the players, because when you do that you lose that instinct and intuition that players have.

“I thought there was a lot of good instinctive play out there, and the competence of the individual performance was very high.”   

INTERVIEW | Tom Bradbury pleased to be within such a ‘competitive’ squad

Summer signing Tom Bradbury has enjoyed his start to life in Yeovil, despite there being stern competition within the defensive ranks.

After signing a one-year deal at Huish Park in July, Bradbury has like many, enjoyed a versatile role playing at both centre back and left back in his short time in Somerset.

Speaking on his time and the competition within the squad, the former Dundee F.C. man said:

“I’m on around 20 games now, I’m really enjoying it (playing), there’s big competition for places now. Moving forward I’m going to have to train well and earn a run in the team. If that doesn’t come, I’ll keep training hard and bide my time.

“There’s a lot of competition for the centre back spots, if you’re in a title winning team, then you’ve got to have competition, so everyone tries harder and trains harder.

“Ultimately it can only be better for the team and increase the standard of our play, I don’t ever want to feel relaxed and feel like I have a spot in the team, you’ve got to earn it.

“At this level, we need to make sure we go places and do certain things this year. Having good depth in numbers to combat the few injuries we’ve had recently, but when we’re all fit, it’s all about who is training well, and playing well. Then it’s for the rest of us to support the rest of the lads who are playing.”

As the Glovers went through a mass overhaul in the Summer, Bradbury was one of the first players to come in after impressing manager Darren Sarll whilst on trial with the club.

Now having six months to settle, the defender also spoke on his start to life in Somerset:

“I’ve loved it so far, they’re a great bunch of lads (the players). I feel lucky to wake up every day with my job as a footballer.

“Yeovil isn’t the biggest, but I’ve found stuff to do on my downtime; I like to go to the cinema or use the bowling alleys so I’m enjoying my time here so far.

“I’m living with (Lee) Collins, Albi (Skendi) and Lawson, but on the odd days off I travel home. We all get on well, we usually settle down and watch a film in the evenings and let the time pass.”

“I wouldn’t say it’s too tidy right now, I keep my room clean, but we’ve got a little running joke that I don’t leave my room because the rest of the house isn’t great, but in all seriousness, we do our best!”

INTERVIEW | Sarll ‘motivated’ by the thought of Wembley

Yeovil Town’s Buildabase FA Trophy campaign kicks-off on Saturday (3pm) as Welling visit Huish Park.

In what will be Darren Sarll’s first game as a manager in this competition, the Gaffer is hoping for some great success in it this season.

Speaking to YTTV ahead of the tie, Sarll said;

“It’s my first participation in this competition since I played which was years ago.

“However, I’m reminded constantly by a certain Terry Skiverton about the past experiences this club has in the competition.

“Any competition that finishes with a date at Wembley is something to be motivated by.

“We just want to win football matches. Wembley is a long way away and the most important front is the league because it has such a large part to play in the short-term future of the football club.

“We’re chasing that promotion, so I need to be mindful of that, but we need to put out a team that is not only capable of winning but also ready for Fylde next weekend.”

Traditionally cup competitions offer managers an opportunity to test out other members of the playing squad.

However, Sarll insists he will only give opportunity to players that deserve it.

“We’re not necessarily going to make a lot of changes. If its warranted, especially when I look at players like Worthington, he only missed out because of an illness.

“Tilley too, he has been very unfortunate of late, so it offers a good chance to get them back out.

“They are both absolutely brilliant players for us, and they have an absolutely massive part to play in the second half of this season.”

INTERVIEW | Skendi loving life in Green and White

The ever-versatile Albi Skendi has enjoyed an exhilarating start to life as a Yeovil Town player.

From being deployed at centre half, full back, and almost every spot in the midfield, Skendi has implemented himself as a vital member of the Yeovil Town squad.

Most recently, the summer signing from Stratford Town has found himself playing right back, with Town unbeaten since he took the starting position.

Speaking to YTTV about his unique role in the squad, Skendi said:

“I’ve become the James Milner of the National League! In all seriousness, I’m very pleased.

“I just want to keep going, I’m happy playing anywhere. I’ll go and do a job anywhere really; I just enjoy being out there.

“Right back has been good; I’ve really enjoyed it. I just need consistent games and I feel like I can fill in anywhere.

“I think I only need to play up front now, that would top it all off. 90 minutes up front then I’ve covered everywhere!”

Looking ahead, Town face their first FA Trophy game of the season as Welling United visit Huish Park on Saturday.

However, will not be Skendi’s first appearance in the competition, featuring last year for Stratford Town.

“Last year I played against AFC Fylde. It was a decent experience, this year now the team is a lot better and there’s a bigger expectation to win it.

“I’ve never massively been involved in many cup competitions, last year we were expected to lose so the game was our cup final, so we went there to enjoy it.

“This year is different; we need to try and win it. We’ve got a big team and everyone’s good enough, so we need to be as strong as we can be.”

WATCH | Darren Sarll praises ‘magnificent’ players

Darren Sarll was delighted with every single one of his players after a hard-fought victory over FC Halifax Town.

After being reduced to ten-men just seven minutes into the game due to Gold Omotayo being sent off, Town bounced back with Courtney Duffus finding the net in both halves to secure the first victory at Huish Park since October.

Speaking to YTTV, the Gaffer said;

“It’s one of those games during most seasons, I’d like to think where character and human quality really shone through. Some of those players played twice themselves.

“They really were magnificent, we’ll forget about the decision. The players got themselves organised, back into the game and we may have actually played better with ten-men.

“They were absolutely great; I was delighted for the two new lads (Morgan Williams and Gabriel Osho). I’m also delighted that (Stuart) Nelson made that massive save at 1-0, after he’s been getting some criticism which is absolute nonsense because he’s a top goalkeeper.

“I was obviously delighted for Courtney (Duffus) to score two goals. When he’s at his best he’s in that bullish fashion and he was definitely in the vein today.”

WATCH | Darren Sarll pleased with ‘deserved’ point.

In what was an eventful afternoon at Hayes Lane, Darren Sarll saw his side gain a point against Bromley.

A sending off apiece and a 97th minute leveller through Rhys Murphy meant Yeovil Town moved up to fourth in the National League.

Speaking to YTTV on the action-packed afternoon, the Gaffer said;

“The sending’s off changed the game. It becomes a bit of a joust, but I thought we played okay.

“What they’re good at, they’re very conditioned at doing what they do and we’re still developing that.

“For the goal, we moved the ball about five or six times which really pleased me. Lawson (D’Ath) is very good at that.

“We kept working the ball and Gold (Omotayo), I was delighted for him as he’s worked so hard on that side of his game. Gold is a massive part of the goal. 90% of that goal is him. Murphy is that kid when you were growing up that stood on the goal line but took all the plaudits.

“I think we deserved it on play. It looked a soft penalty, but I am 80-yards away. For our sending off it looked to me that the forward was offside anyway. I’ll check that again though.”

The Gaffer has made no secret of his attempts to secure the signing of a defender this week.

Despite his efforts, nothing came to fruition ahead of Saturday’s game.

“I tried all day Wednesday and Thursday. I didn’t coach the backend of the week which is unheard of for me. It’s probably the first time in twenty years.

“I spent all sessions, day and night on the phone. We were very close. We did agree terms with a Football League club but it wasn’t profitable enough for the individual concerned.

“We will keep going and keep trying. I just thought that the character and energy of the young players today, like Albi Skendi, he knows he has more in him now.

“Tom Bradbury, I thought was one million times better, maybe a little too abrasive giving away a few too many free kicks, but at least he was in there. I’d rather he gives away free kicks than step back.

“Hippolyte, I thought was great again, Murphy, I thought he was quiet, but he’s just got that quality.”

 

 

WATCH | Stuart Nelson thanks ‘unbelievable’ fans

Stuart Nelson was blown away by the travelling fans support on Saturday as Town drew 1-1 with Bromley thanks to Rhys Murphy’s late leveller.

The goalkeeper made a vital stop as Frankie Raymond burst through when the Glovers were trailing the Ravens.

Speaking to YTTV on the dramatic afternoon, Nelson said;

“Nothing changes for me. I love this football club; I give my all for this football club. I train as hard as I can, I look after myself off the pitch so all I’m focused on is doing everything I can for this club.

“Days like today, when I can make a save at a vital time, that’s what it’s about. I’m doing it for the team, for this club and most importantly those supporters who have travelled all the way up from Somerset.

“The crowd we had today, they were unbelievable. They didn’t stop singing the whole game, even when we went 1-0 down and down to ten men. It gives me goose bumps thinking how good they were.

“Our performances, we do it for the club, and for the fans because without them we have no club.”

With a number of key players out with injuries, Nelson’s experience has become even more vital as the season has pressed on.

“The way I take to things is to give my best when nobody is looking. One day, someone will be looking, and I will have to lead by example.

“That is the way I conduct myself on and off the pitch, doing the right things, encouraging the right people – and telling people if it’s not right at times.

“I enjoy that responsibility. Today is no different, in an ideal world it would not all fall to me and we’d have the experienced group back and out on that pitch, but when it’s not to be I’m happy to step up into that role and thrive on it.”

WATCH | Darren Sarll on learning from previous National League encounters

Ahead of facing Bromley from the second time this season, Darren Sarll spoke on utilising hindsight in the promotion clash.

Speaking to YTTV, the Gaffer said;

“What I like about this stage of the season is that we’re playing teams for the second time. Being retrospective and working with hindsight, is a really important, and something that not enough people use.

“We should have learnt from our experiences against all the teams we have played. It’s only Torquay and Chesterfield who we haven’t played.

“We’re learning all the time against our opponents and that give you more of a foundation as a coach, of where you can turn to in terms of your preparation.

“Bromley have been really consistent this season and league tables don’t lie. After twenty odd games, league tables are pretty solid indicators of where your team is at.”

Following Tuesday’s draw against Aldershot, Sarll spoke briefly on attempts to bring in a signing, offering an update the Gaffer said;

“We tried really hard yesterday. We started moving and opening some doors, so I’m just waiting on some final calls back now.

“We have four or five plates spinning of various different ages and leagues. We’re waiting for the plates to fall and catch one as they all smash.

“The phone has been attached to my head for the last 48 hours really and it’s something we’re working really hard to try and do.”

WATCH | Lawson D’Ath focused on Yeovil Town performances

Yeovil Town midfielder Lawson D’Ath says the squad are ‘focused’ on themselves ahead of the promotion clash with Bromley on Saturday (3pm).

After victory against the Ravens at Huish Park earlier in the season, D’Ath and his teammates are determined to repeat the act this weekend.

Speaking to YTTV, the midfielder said;

“Every game is different, some weeks teams turn up and they can be good, some weeks not so much. So, we’ll just take it one game at a time and when the game starts, we can go from there.

“We don’t concentrate on who we’re facing, it’s all about concentrating on ourselves at this time of the year.

“All we do is look to the next game – we’re not thinking, two, three, four games ahead. It’s all about ourselves, and if we’re picking points up, that is all that matters.

“The rest of the table obviously takes care of itself, when you get to later on in the season you might start having a look. Bromley have every right to be up there with us if they’re getting results.”

Bromley’s home ground; Hayes Lane has an artificial surface but D’Ath insists this will make no difference to how the Glovers prepare.

“It’s similar to what we’re used to. I’ve grown up playing on 3G pitches all my life.

“I’m used to the conditions, so it won’t make a massive difference.”

WATCH | Tactical change ‘made us better’ says Sarll

Darren Sarll says his side were caught unexpected as Aldershot began in an unfamiliar formation on Tuesday night.

Ethan Chislett’s early penalty sparked Yeovil back into life as Albi Skendi hooked Sarll’s side level.

The visitors would take the lead again through Jack Powell’s free kick, but Yeovil fought back again as Courtney Duffus won a penalty which was expertly converted by Rhys Murphy.

Speaking to YTTV, the Gaffer said;

“I thought we were very, very toothless first half. The fact they didn’t play the shape we thought they were going to play, nullified the one we played on Saturday, but once we changed that I thought we were better”

“We were very delicate, the pitch didn’t really help us pass it, so it became really scratchy and ugly,”

“I said to the players that they need to go out and have belief, you must have belief in what you do, how you will defend or attack, head it or tackle. 50% had not enough belief at all.”

 

The Vanarama Big Interview: Darren Sarll’s unusual journey, and the club’s next chapter

Darren Sarll was pottering around the pitch for St Albans City nearly 15 years ago and it suddenly hit him.

Young, up and coming and with ambition – usually it’s that point you are still dreaming of a Football League future.

The Glovers manager was, but not with his boots on.

“I was a central midfielder, not a bad one but not a great one either,” he said.

“I was alright with the ball but I never moved past the half-way line! I was that type of player, and the Conference South suited me.

“Problem was I was playing on the edge, and sometimes it wasn’t great for me. So I started to think more about the future even at that stage.

“I wanted to go into coaching, I knew that from an early stage. But playing twice a week and all the training, alongside my job, it was hard to find the time.

“I was starting to try and put my views across and it probably wasn’t what the club’s manager wanted! I couldn’t be that know-it-all young player who wouldn’t be quiet.

“I didn’t want to be average at two things, so I decided to try and become good at one. It wasn’t an easy call to give up playing on Saturdays, but I knew I had to if I wanted to take my coaching further.

“It was a conscious decision to stop playing. I fell into love with coaching and I think because I went in early with it, I have used these ten years to get a head start.”

He’s 36, one of the youngest managers on the circuit.

Falling into it at Stevenage at the age of 32 – an EFL baby with many of his players older – there was still so much to learn.

“I was head of youth for three years and I knew everyone at the club – from the chairman to the ladies who worked behind the tea bars on matchdays,” he adds.

“The club were in trouble down the bottom. Let me tell you, there is so much pressure in that situation.

“You didn’t want to be the person to cost people their jobs by getting relegated. But I learned so much at a young age.

“Now I’m trying to take that experience into the job at Yeovil and so far I’m loving every minute of it.”

Being in contention when the bookies weren’t expecting it hasn’t totally surprised Sarll.

“I’m just a normal guy, but I do like to think I add some authenticity to it all,” he adds. 

“When I was at Stevenage, maybe I couldn’t be myself because of the pressure involved in keeping a club in the EFL.

“Now, I’m more me. I laugh when I want to, and I criticise when I want to. I can be more myself and bring that to the job. Hopefully that has helped, especially with the players who let me tell you are a wonderful group.

“Being where we are in the table is nice but do you know the best thing is? The team have totally re-connected with the public.

“There wasn’t really a relationship there last season but now I think that’s all changed. Winning helps of course, but so does personality and performance. They want a committed team and that’s what we’ve seen.”

 

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WATCH | Darren Sarll praises ‘breath-taking’ Yeovil Town fans.

Darren Sarll was quick to heap on the praise for the travelling Yeovil Town supporters following our enthralling 3-3 draw with Wrexham.

Speaking to YTTV in North Wales, the Gaffer said;

“First of all, there has been some moments I’ve had here already, Solihull away, the first win at home against Eastleigh, but this one the fans afterwards, wow! They took my breath away.”

“They were so strong with us, that is our core, they’re our proper supporters.”

“I’m pleased for them more than anyone that we gave them something to watch and a point to take home too.”

As a manager, the topsy-turvy nature of the National League clash was even more of an agonising experience.

“It was horrendous (for a manger), horrible, evil. It was like I’d done something wrong in a previous life!”

“We’ve been poor at times when it comes to taking things away from games, and today it was hell on Earth at times, at one point in the last minute I put my head inside my coat and hoped it would stop.”

“There is a good 50% of that dressing room who is disappointed with how they played. Then you can go to Murphy and he’s bouncing around. So, it’s a real mixture of emotions.”

WATCH | Rhys Murphy frustrated not to claim three points

Rhys Murphy produced a stellar goalscoring display as Yeovil Town drew 3-3 with Wrexham in North-Wales. 

Despite netting a hat-trick Murphy left the Racecourse Ground feeling disappointed with the result.

Speaking to YTTV, the striker said:

“I enjoy scoring goals, but I’m gutted with the chances missed; the one in the first half which I put over the bar after the cross from (James) Tilley, I just couldn’t get on top of it.”

“I’ve come off with mixed emotions, but the overriding one was how we’ve let the game slip and only got a point. That was the main feeling going into the dressing room.” 

“We’ve just spoke, you come away from home and you get a point, then there’s plenty of positives to take.”

“So yeah, it was mixed emotions following this game, but I am happy to be scoring goals.”

WATCH | Jimmy Smith delighted with his start in Somerset.

Jimmy Smith has enjoyed his electric start to life as a Yeovil Town player, after scoring five goals in ten league appearances.

The midfielder, despite his red-hot form, remains focused at the task at hand; pushing the green and whites up the table!

Speaking to YTTV, the Crawley-loanee said;

“It’s not just about me, it’s about the team. Whether I score or not, the main thing is the three points, to make sure we are pushing up this table.”

“I do look to go into every game trying to score. I’d hope that, come January that I will be in double figures. So, I’ve just got to keep working hard to do that.”

“We can go as far as we want this season. Whenever any opposition comes to Huish Park, it’s exciting for them, they want one over on us. Teams will sit back, and it’s our job to break them down.”

WATCH | Darren Sarll looking forward to facing ‘iconic’ Wrexham

Darren Sarll says he has been looking forward to our trip to the Racecourse Ground since he took over.

Speaking to YTTV, Sarll said;

“It’s a real football club, a real traditional football club. It’s got good history and good stature as well as a big ground, which gets tremendous support – like we do.”

“It’s one of those games I earmarked when I joined the club. It’s nice to know going into it we’re in good form over the last fifteen games.”

“It sets up to be a good game for us. It’s a big pitch, lots of room which will be a big physical drain.”

“I like playing away at the minute. Some of the away performances have been really terrific and I’m really looking forward to going to one of the iconic grounds in our division.”

 

 

Getting to know | Louis Jones

Darren Sarll added to Yeovil’s goalkeeping ranks this week with the signing of Louis Jones on loan from Doncaster Rovers until January.

Jones comes into a vastly experienced Yeovil squad, hoping to learn from the likes of Stuart Nelson, and goalkeeping coach Darren Behcet, who spoke highly of the addition;

“We are delighted to welcome Louis to the club. Louis comes highly recommended from Doncaster.”

“After speaking with Paul Gerrard (Doncaster’s goalkeeping coach) we knew Louis was the right man to strengthen our goalkeeping department along with playing squad.”

The highly rated young goalkeeper joins the Glovers for what will be his fifth loan spell, something which Behcet thinks will be crucial to his development;

“Louis is in an important stage of his career and joining such an experienced squad will benefit him hugely in the long run.”

“I also believe with Louis working alongside Stuart Nelson on a day to day basis and seeing how such an experienced goalkeeper who has played over 500 league games pushes himself can only be good for Louis to model himself around.”

In just a matter of days with the squad, Behcet already feels the decision to bring Jones in has been vindicated.

 “I believe adding Louis to our squad at this busy time of the season obviously strengthens us as it’s been top of our agenda for some time to bring in the right character to add into our dressing room.”

“Louis has already shown why he is rated highly at Doncaster and having him compete with Stuart Nelson will only benefit everybody involved with our club.”

WATCH | Darren Sarll on Louis Jones

The Glovers added a Glovemen to their ranks today with the signing on Louis Jones from Doncaster Rovers on loan.

Speaking on the signing Darren Sarll said; He’s a goalkeeper, and we only had one.”

“Very kindly Doncaster agreed to let us have him in for training for a week, and I thought he did very well.”

“He’s acquitted himself very well, he’s got really good character.”

“We needed cover, I know we make a joke about Luke (Wilkinson), but we do need some support for Nelson.”

WATCH | Stuart Nelson thankful for fans support

After a disappointing defeat in the FA Cup, Stuart Nelson thought the fans were the ‘one positive.’

Speaking to YTTV, the goalkeeper said; “The supporters were brilliant for the whole game, they stayed until the very end.”

“It’s often when you’re on the end of a not so favourable score line, you look in the stand and there is nobody left.  I didn’t see anybody leaving before the end.”

“Everybody stayed with us right to the end. They know what this teams about and what we’re trying to do this season.”

INTERVIEW | Darren Sarll disappointed with ‘lack of focus’

Yeovil Town manager Darren Sarll was disappointed to see his side knocked out of the FA Cup by Hartlepool United on Tuesday night.

Following a 1-4 defeat at Huish Park, Sarll spoke with YTTV.

After making a strong start through Lawson D’Ath’s second minute strike, the visitors struck four times which the gaffer described as “horrendous.”

Sarll attributed Hartlepool’s two first half goals to a “lack of focus” from his defenders.

The former Stevenage-man will be hoping for a response from his players in Saturday’s televised clash with Dover.

WATCH | We’re ahead of schedule – Terry Skiverton

Terry Skiverton is delighted with the progress made under Darren Sarll and Scott Priestnall.

Skiverton, who has been associated with Yeovil Town as a player and staff since 1999, is pleased that the pieces are falling into place.

Speaking to YTTV, the academy manager said;

“I think the club had bottomed out, but with the manager coming in and the recruitment process, the club has gone as far as needs to go to springboard itself into competing again.”

“We’re ahead of schedule in that process. When the manager first walked in, there was an empty room downstairs, with an empty roster of players and no staff.”

“Everybody was looking at Yeovil to say there’s massive holes around the football club that needed filling. The manager and owner have done that, diligently, carefully and very considered.”

“The characters that have been bought in, not just on the playing front but the people who are helping us within the background, with recruitment and other avenues to move forward.”

“There is now a real clarity and focus for how the club wants to run going forward.”

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Throughout his long-term involvement with the club, Skiverton has many fond memories of the FA Cup, and is hoping for more this year;

“Getting to the first round was normally an achievement, the manager and I as players had to play a lot of the qualifying rounds.”

“We don’t think of it just as money, I’ve had some wonderfully journeys in the FA Cup, Manchester United just recently, and as a player too facing Liverpool.”

“We played Blackpool and Bolton too, the club was known as the giant killers.”

“For us it’s an important game, we’re playing the best cup competition in the world and we’re looking forward to getting out there and putting on a performance.”

 

WATCH | Gold Omotayo desperate to set the record straight

Gold Omotayo is eager to right last month’s wrong as Yeovil Town face Hartlepool this Saturday (3pm).

After a last-gasp winner through Jason Kennedy, the Pools ended the Glovers winning run.

When speaking to YTTV, the tall forward spoke of his desire to set the record straight;

“When I came in, we won seven on the bounce, then lost against this weekend’s opponents Hartlepool, but I think we’ve got a good chance to prove ourselves.”

“The fact we lost the previous game, it makes it easier to motivate ourselves. You’re always motivated when it comes to the FA Cup, but I think it’s a good chance to show that we are the better team.”

“It was a close game last time, we thought we had something when Rhys (Murphy) scored the equaliser. We then conceded a late, late goal, but we’re prepared for Saturday and can’t wait.

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After beating Haringey Borough in the last round, the green and whites were drawn at home for Huish Park’s first cup tie of the season.

Every football fan holds the FA Cup in a special place, and Omotayo is no different;

“The FA Cup is a special competition, it’s the biggest in England. We want to do well in it, and we’ve got a great opportunity on Saturday.”

“I’ve actually played against Liverpool before, but that was only a friendly. We want to go as far as we can, and if we get one of the big teams, we will be very happy.”

INTERVIEW | Darren Sarll & Scott Priestnall give an update on club matters

Darren Sarll and Scott Priestnall spoke with BBC Somerset to offer an update on all club matters.

Giving supporters information on Huish Park, the current squad and settling into Yeovil Town, the interview offers great clarity for Glovers fans going forward.

New Chairman, Scott Priestnall was honest about the task at hand; “It’s not gone as expected, it’s been a tough task. It’s a supporter base with high expectations, and after a few bad years, there is a lot of work to be done.”

Gaffer, Darren Sarll has been delighted with what has been achieved on the pitch; “It’s unprecedented what we have achieved in terms of recruitment. We’ve acted very quickly at times and because of that we’ve been able to get everyone I wanted to get, and we’ve done that within our means which is the most impoartant thing.”

 

 

INTERVIEW | Darren Sarll pleased to return to home comforts

Yeovil Town return to Huish Park after three games away this Saturday (3pm) to face Boreham Wood.

In what has been an eventful few weeks for the green and whites, Darren Sarll is just pleased to return home.

Speaking to YTTV, the Gaffer said; “It feels like it has been quite a bit of time away. A lot has happened so it will be nice to be back home, and not to be travelling eight hours north.

“I’m sure the supporters will feel the same, there’s no chance the coach can break down when we play at home so I’m sure everybody is delighted.”

“I know their manager (Luke Garrard) very well, I played against him in cup competitions when I was at Stevenage. I’ve known him for years; I may have even played against him at some stage. He’s a winner, they will be very competitive and well coached.”

After scoring twice on Tuesday, Chris Dagnall staked a claim for a starting spot in the Glovers talented forward line.

With Rhys Murph continually finding the back of the net, and the likes of Courtney Duffus returning from injury, competition for places up front is high.  

“Saturday to Saturday, he’s (Chris Dagnall) ready. Chris had a strong pre-season, training every day and playing pre-season games.”

“He has a base which is very important, but then had a prolonged break. So, we’re catching up following that foundation he gained during the Summer.”

“That’s why I looked after him last weekend against Chorley. I had in mind the two games the following week, I knew Courtney Duffus couldn’t play on the artificial surface and Chris was on the other side of that, I managed it well.

“Normally when you plan as a manager, all of your best laid plans never come to fruition. We planned to give Jimmy Smith and Rhys Murphy a bit of breather so they can be as fresh as possible for Saturday.”

“Matt (Worthington) sat out too for the same reason, for a lesser extent though because he’s a bit younger and incredibly fit. I just wanted them to have the chance to breathe again. I think it’s only the second time Worthington has appeared as a substitute; he just covers such ground for us.”

“The fact Chris came in and scored two, it was in terms of planning and application it came off. None of them were particularly pleased they weren’t playing but I felt I had to step in a pull them out.”

INTERVIEW | Charlie Lee praises hardworking teammates

Charlie Lee has been left feeling delighted with the hard work his fellow teammates have put in this season.

Since joining, Lee has seen the green and whites rise up the league into the play-off spots.

Speaking to YTTV on the strong start, the midfielder said;

“I think it’s going better than we all expected. I went through something similar when I joined Leyton Orient, it normally takes a while, but the manager and staff deserve a lot of credit for how they have got us working together.”

“We’re really pleased of where we are at this time of the season, we had expected to do our best work in the second half of the season so if this carries on, we will be in a good position.”

“I wouldn’t think many teams work harder than us on the training ground, and around the place in general. You get out what you put in, and we’re putting in a lot of work at the minute.”

Lee was forced to sit out in our last league outing against Chorley due to suspension, but the depth within the ranks shone through as Town ran out 1-2 winners.

“We had a few boys who hadn’t played as many games come into the team, with Luke (Wilkinson) and I both being suspended.”

“It’s a squad game, everyone is going to be useful this season, especially over the next few months when the games come think and fast, the boys will be ready.

On Saturday, the Glovers return to Huish Park to face 17/18 play-off finalists Boreham Wood.

“I’ve played against them many times and there’s a lot of familiar faces there. We’re really confident when we play at home and hopefully, we can get the three points.”

“We’ve got three home games on the trot now, and the whole squad is really looking forward to it.”

INTERVIEW | D’Ath relishing new role following his Huish Park return

Since re-joining Yeovil Town in the Summer, Lawson D’Ath has been a vital member of the Glovers dominant midfield.

Despite playing a slightly deeper role to his previous stint at club, D’Ath has felt comfortable right away.

Speaking to YTTV, the former Northampton Town man said:

“The manager rang me up in the summer, I didn’t have a club at the time, but I was training with Swindon Town. They didn’t make an offer to me, but the opportunity here came I up and I jumped at the chance.”

“I’m really enjoying it here; I just want to carry on playing. The position I play now is a bit different to when I was younger. I played further forward at the start of the season, but now I have dropped back and feel more comfortable in that role.”

“I now get to do the defensive side of the game, alongside the attacking side. I always want to score goals, but ultimately I just want us to win, and if I play well that’s a bonus.”

D’Ath has fond memories of his first spell with the green and whites and credits the loan as the time he grew into a man.

“I scored my first professional goal at Huish Park; it was against Colchester and we won 2-1.”

“When I first moved here, I was only 19, and it was my first time away on loan. It was difficult at first as I had never moved so far away from home before. I’m from Oxford but was playing for Reading at the time.”

“Moving away at that age, it helped me grow up a lot. I grew into a man, living so far away that you can’t just pop home when you want. Then playing men’s football, it was a massive learning curve for me, especially with the players in that dressing room at the time alongside Gary Johnson.”

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INTERVIEW | Sarll keen for a good performance in ‘special’ FA Cup

Yeovil Town kick off their FA Cup campaign on Saturday (3pm) with a trip to North London to face Haringey Borough.

Sarll couldn’t hide his admiration for the competition steeped in history, when speaking to YTTV he said:

“I very much enjoy the FA Cup, like everyone does. It’s part of the culture of this country, it is a really special competition.”

“I’ve been very fortunate, I’ve had some really good days in it, but I’ve also had a hiding from teams that shouldn’t beat my teams!”

“Every team goes through that, and that is what drives the love affair we all have with the competition.”

“For Yeovil, it’s important for numerous reasons, the most important thing is we keep winning games, and keep that positive ratio we have at the moment.”

Haringey have a great recent history in the competition. The hosts enjoyed a brilliant run last season, facing AFC Wimbledon live on the BBC, narrowly losing 0-1 at Coles Park Stadium.

“Last year they had a great run, especially with the tie that they had (AFC Wimbledon). Really good luck to them, I’m an ex non-league player so I know exactly what it feels like.”

“I’ve managed lots of FA Cup games too where my team has been the underdog. We’ll just go and try and play really well. We need to take care of the task at hand and be very professional, as the squad has always been since I came in.”

“It’s more important to me that we just carry on winning more than we lose.”

INTERVIEW | Sarll disappointed with lack of purpose

Yeovil’s winning streak came to an end at the hands of Hartlepool United at Victoria Park on Saturday.

After Rhys Murphy had cancelled out Gime Toure’s strike in stoppage time, Jason Kennedy netted just one minute later to secure three points for the Pools.

Following a disappointing afternoon in the North-East, Sarll told YTTV“I thought we lacked real purpose in everything we did. There was no real intent.”

“I thought we got into lots and lots of positions in both boxes, where we had maybe one more stage or phase of the play to go, such as going past someone, getting around someone, finding one more pass or something like that to finish.”

“We had lots of three-v-threes, four-v-fours and those types of moments. We never ever did enough, nowhere near enough in the conviction of those scenarios and incidents.”

“I thought it was the same at the other end. There were too many last gasp moments for us defensively, and too many moments where Luke Wilkinson probably made a brilliant block, or Lee Collins timed a really good interception, or Charlie Lee or whoever.”

“Then on the flip side of that, Murphy probably should have had a penalty, Luke Wilkinson at the back post headed it over, rather than down and in like he’s been doing for countless weeks. Gold Omotayo heads it in from six yards in the first half.”

“There were so many of those ifs, buts and maybes, where sometimes you look at it and you think if we played until next October would we still score playing this way?” 

Defeat means the Glovers hot streak of seven wins comes to an end, but Sarll had been warning green and white fans that a performance like this was inevitable.

“I think there was always going to be an afternoon where our standards weren’t good enough, and the opposition standards were a lot higher – and that would see us lose.”

“It was still a very very close game; let’s be honest. It’s not been a whitewash in any shape or form.”

“Whilst their performance levels were probably higher than they’ve been this year, our performance was lower than what we’ve come to expect.”

“I think when you get the two variables one is that low and one is that high – that is obviously when you lose games.”

 “I thought at 1-1, we’d applied enough pressure in the second half to at least have a go at it. We then got to that 1-1, but then it was absolutely scandalous to let that second goal go in, with minutes left.”

INTERVIEW | ‘Frustrating day all round’ – Murphy

Yeovil Town’s unbeaten run came to an end on Saturday after a frustrating afternoon in Hartlepool. 

Despite Rhys Murphy bagging an an equaliser in the 90th minute, the match didn’t stay level for long with the hosts claiming the victory just a minute later through Jason Kennedy. 

Speaking to YTTV, goalscorer Murphy wasn’t happy with the team’s performance:

‘It is incredibly frustrating, you think you’ve got a point, it’s a tough place to come, long journey and then to give them the game like that it’s very frustrating.’

‘It’s been a really frustrating day all round, we didn’t perform how we come to expect. We’ve all worked really hard to set a standard at this club, a really, really good standard and we dipped below that today.’

Despite losing their seven game unbeaten run, Murphy thanked all the fans and wants them to stay optimistic.

‘That’s what I want to be doing, as a striker, I want to be scoring goals in front of the fans – who’ve made an incredible effort to come all this way. We really appreciate all the fans, they have been fantastic with us this season, both home and away. 

‘We all appreciate the time, the effort, the money they’re spending to come and see us. They’re a noisy bunch and we really do appreciate them coming, so it’s nice to give something back to them. 

‘But to then go and give the game away like that in front of them, it’s disappointing. But, we go again, we take the positives from today, because there were some and we also focus on the negatives. 

The Glovers now face Woking on Tuesday night in the National League, Murphy said it’ll be a tough game for the team:

‘It’ll be another tough game, we’ll be battling for ninety plus minutes. They’ve had a good start to the season, flying high from last season and scoring lots of goals, I believe.’

‘Today was frustrating as we’re on a good run and everyone is riding high, but these things happen and you know it’s not going to last forever, but we’ll dust ourselves down and go again.’

‘Hopefully it’ll be the kick up the backside that we need to make sure nobody thinks we’re above our station and we’ll be working as hard as we can to make sure we’re back on track for Woking.’

INTERVIEW | Sarll grateful for fan support

Darren Sarll’s Yeovil Town extended the club’s winning run to seven after an eventful 3-1 victory over Bromley on Saturday. 

The meeting with the side sitting at the top of the National League table bought a bumper crowd to Huish Park.

3,960 fans crammed into the green and whites’ home to witness a battling victory over the previously unbeaten Ravens.

Speaking to YTTV on the special moments with the fans, the gaffer said:

“Let’s get behind Scott (Priestnall), let’s get behind me and my lads. You can see how much it means to them. 

“They love that moment at the end. Even before the game I heard them singing that song in the dressing room, that song’s driving me mad now!

“We’ll always make sure that the outcome is thought of last, and in that moment, when you’ve actually won the game, you can celebrate with such a great group of fans.”

The Glovers came out on top, through goals from Charlie Lee, Jimmy Smith and a Marc-Anthony Okoye own goal.

Despite the hard-fought victory, Sarll feels his side can still play much better.

“For the first 15 minutes of the game, regardless of the stoppage, I thought we were awful, really sloppy. We lacked focus, concentration, vigour.

“When we went 1-0 down, I thought we deserved to be 1-0 down. However, once we got the lead at 2-1, I thought that the play was us.

“During the first 15 minutes today, we showed a real lack of focus and I think that’s the responsibility of the manager. Trust me they won’t be able to produce that rubbish again.

“We’re going to make sure that we re-address our performance levels and while we concentrate on our journey, and the bits you have to do to win.”

The clash with the Ravens began with a lengthy delay as Rhys Murphy and Mark Cousins collided on the edge of the box with both players seemingly knocked-out and later substituted.

‘’Rhys (Murphy) is fine, I’m not sure on (Mark) Cousins but everyone at Yeovil sends their best wishes to him to make a speedy recovery, I hope it’s not too long. 

‘’It’s one of those things in football, it’s a competitive game and a contact sport, unfortunately we all put ourselves at risk when we step out there.’’

Since Sarll spoke with YTTV, Bromley have confirmed that Cousins travelled back to Greater London with his teammates.

INTERVIEW | Dickinson’s delight with second half showing

Carl Dickinson helped extend Yeovil Town’s winning streak to seven games after beating top of the league Bromley on Saturday.

The full-back proved to be an influential figure, providing an assist from a free kick, for Charlie Lee’s goal to make it 3-1.

Dickinson has been key for the Glovers throughout the winning run, the defender has started and played 90 minutes in all of the seven wins, starting the run with a win against former club Notts County. 

Speaking to YTTV, after the win against top of the table Bromley, Dickinson said:

“We got dragged into a bit of sloppiness really. We didn’t really get into our game.

“I thought we came out as a different team in the second half, right on the front foot again.

“There was a bit of luck with the second goal, but you need that sometimes. After that there was only going to be one winner – I thought that in the second half we were different class.”

The last time that Yeovil Town won seven games in a row was in the 2012/13 season – the season that saw the green and whites promoted to the Championship.

With more tough games coming up for Darren Sarll’s team, Dickinson has waved away the possibility of complacency.

“We want to keep this feeling going, it’s an unbelievable feeling so we don’t want to let go of it.  

“We’re under no illusions what this league is going to be like. If you don’t battle, you’re going to come unstuck.

“We know at times that it isn’t going to look pretty, and we are going to have to dig in.

“Over the past seven games you’ve seen us dig in, with our quality alongside that, we’re always going to have a chance in games.

“When everyone is fit, its one hell of a squad, especially for a non-league team.

“We’re doing well at the minute, we’re working our socks off for each other, and that’s how it should be.”

INTERVIEW | Sarll hungry for more victories

The Glovers boss has led his side to six consecutive victories in recent weeks, the club’s best run of form since February 2013.

Sitting top of the form table, the green and whites will now face an unbeaten Ravens side.

However, the gaffer is not resting on his laurels, when speaking to YTTV he said:

“I just want to win Saturday. We’ve had some good results recently; my thirst and hunger are to try and recreate that as much as possible. I just like winning, I like the moment you get with the supporters after we’ve won.

“I’d like 3,000 or 4,000 people to come to Huish Park and share that with us on Saturday.

“Things are on the up at the moment. Football is such a momentary industry, but right here right now, things are going okay. We’re winning games which promotes positivity and gives everyone a pat on the back.

“I know how short this feeling can be. I’ve seen all sides of it, I just enjoy it when it happens and hope I can keep the good feeling happening.

“My only interest over the next few days is to keep high standards and to create a high-performance culture. We need that to keep the momentum and keep winning.”

Saturday’s visitors Bromley sit at the top of the National League and are the only remaining unbeaten side.

Despite not being tipped by many to be this high up in the table at this stage, Sarll is not surprised by the Ravens form.

“I’m not surprised, they’ve not lost so they’re always going to be towards the top. We’ve moved up the table recently because we’ve won games so that’s where we are.

“It’s another game, it’s a good game especially as it meets the moment where Scott (Priestnall) takes his first game as owner at Huish Park and that Bromley are top.

“It all adds to the moment and occasion. However, it’s still 11 vs 11, one ball and two goals.”

INTERVIEW | ‘Feel good factor is back’ – Alcock

With the green and whites on an excellent run of form, Alcock and his teammates return to Huish Park to face Bromley on Saturday (3pm) after six consecutive wins.

Having suffered relegation with the club last season the defender is happy with the season’s progress so far.

Speaking to YTTV on the Glovers’ recent success, he said: “It’s a good place to be at the minute, that’s a testament to the gaffer (Darren Sarll) and the players he’s bought in. It’s still early days at the minute though but we want to keep the run going on Saturday.

“It was always going to take time to bed in, especially with the change in ownership. I think the whole culture of the club has changed. Darren has brought a real togetherness, from the chef, right the way through to the top.

“It was obviously tough last year, but it’s a new season now and sometimes you need to take a step back to go two steps forward. There’s a really good mentality around now though, the feel-good factor is back.”

Yeovil host top of the table Bromley on Saturday, in a clash between the two in-form National League sides.

The Ravens, who are currently unbeaten, will stay top of the league even if they lose, however victory on Saturday for Town will bridge that gap to just one point.

“It’s a great game for us, we don’t want to be complacent but we’re on a good run of form, as they are.

“I know they haven’t been beaten yet but there’s a first time for everything and hopefully that can come Saturday.

“We are fully ready for the big test they (Bromley) offer. We want to go out there and put on a good performance for the fans.”

INTERVIEW | Sarll hails ‘fabulous’ victory

The green and whites picked up maximum points on the road at Solihull despite finishing with 10-men and match winner Luke Wilkinson in goal after Liam O’Brien suffered an injury.

Battling to protect their one-goal lead, the Glovers did just that to secure a fifth straight win for the first time since February 2013.

After seeing off a resolute Moors outfit, Sarll was full of praise for his side. Speaking to YTTV he said:

“They (Solihull) really try for Tim (Flowers) and Gary (Whild), they want to tackle, and they’re committed. You can see in the exchanges, physical and verbal, it’s clear how much they wanted to win.

“If I’m talking about a club in transition, the foundation of that organisation is the quality of people we have. There are some really good lads in that changing room, and this is the first time in my career that I know win or lose, they’re going to try.

“They’ve done fabulously well in recent weeks and to go five wins on the bounce is really strong stuff.”

The victory looked in jeopardy when O’Brien limped off with no replacement goalkeeper available, forcing Wilkinson to play the 10 minutes of stoppage time between the sticks. 

However, having done it before, Sarll was not surprised to see his defender don the gloves.

“Charlie (Lee) and Luke (Wilkinson) have a fight over this goalkeeping role, as everyone knows we’ve been a little bit unfortunate with goalkeepers in terms of their availability.

“I thought Liam O’Brien played really well today despite being poorly. It was touch and go to whether he’d play in the first place.

“Luke and Charlie actually like going in goal, I had the same problem at Stevenage and they actually enjoy and relish the hurrah around it.

“I’ve known Wilkinson for a few years now, from when he was 26 years old to now, he’s a completely different beast.

“I think every player has a club, and with him being a Somerset boy, I think Yeovil is his club and he’s playing fantastically well for it.”

INTERVIEW | Match winner Wilko praises the team

After netting the only goal of the game just before the hour-mark, Wilkinson was forced to put on a pair of gloves and go in goal as Liam O’Brien could no longer continue in the ten minutes of stoppage time.

Having already suffered a broken nose from an earlier incident, the makeshift shot-stopper pulled off a magnificent save late on to ensure the three points headed back to Somerset. 

Speaking to YTTV, Wilkinson said: “It happened in slow motion for me. I tried to get across to it as quickly as possible and luckily it hit the post and I’ve clawed it out for a corner.

“I’m one of those who will always put their hands up if that sort of thing happens, thankfully today it’s paid off for us.

“You’re not going to go through the season without getting knocks, bruises and cuts and if we win I’ll take them every week. It’s just the sort of person I am.”

Involved at both ends of the pitch, the former Stevenage defender hammered home what would be the winning goal for the green and whites in the 58th minute.

The hard-earned victory marked the first time since 2013 that five straight league wins have been recorded, but Wilkinson insists there is still room for improvement.

“I thought Gold (Omotayo) was going to score, but the keeper made a good save and it fell nicely for me and thankfully it went in the back of the net.

“It was obviously a nice feeling to get the winning goal, but the main thing is the three points. It doesn’t matter who scored.

“I don’t think today it was really a great game on our part, but we’ve come away with a win that’s the most pleasing thing. We’ve not played unbelievably, but we still have three points.

“We’ve taken five wins on the bounce now so all we’re looking to do now is carry that on.”

INTERVIEW | Skiverton pleased with progress so far

The green and whites have risen up to fourth in the table after four consecutive wins – their best run of form since March 2015. 

Next up is a trip to Solihull Moors on Saturday (3pm) for a first-ever league meeting between the two sides. 

Previewing the trip, Skiverton told YTTV: “The club has gone as low as it needed to go to catch its breath and rebuild. A new manager has come in with different ideas and learned from the mistakes of the past. The recruitment has been largely experienced players.

“There’s a different feel and culture created for this level. In the past it’s largely been about younger players and developing them. The manager has come in and said the club have got to start pushing, we need players who have played at this level and above, then the younger ones can come through when the club is in a good position.

“It’s been a different module; it’s surprised me how quickly it has been implemented. The manager always said it would take a couple of months to build a team to the way of his liking, but we seem to almost be there ahead of time.”

Sarll’s side are the only team in the division to have won four games on the bounce so far in 2019/20 and will now face a Solihull side who finished second in the division last season. 

Anticipating a tough test, Skiverton revealed the focus of the pre-match preparation.

“It will be a stern test and they’re a strong team. They had a fantastic season last year and we’re mindful of that, but the way that the manager works, it’s 80/90% what we’re doing and then he’ll maybe open the door and show 10% of what they do.

“He’s really focused on getting us right as a football club and a team and we then go away to Solihull and we make them change.

“So for us, it’s been a really positive working week and one the manager wants to keep going. With the characters we’ve got in the changing room complacency won’t be an issue and they want to go for five in a row.”

INTERVIEW | Murphy looking to continue winning form

With the green and whites on an excellent run of form, Murphy and his teammates will be looking to make it five wins on the bounce at Damson Park.

Speaking to YTTV ahead of Saturday’s National League clash, the striker said: “I don’t think I’ve ever played them before. I know they had a strong season last year and they’ve recruited well in the summer. They’re looking to be there up with us at the end of the season.

“We’ve been working tirelessly in training and we’re in a great place at the moment, but we can’t take our foot off the pedal or that quickly turns. We need to keep working hard and looking at each game individually.

“I know it’s that cliché, but you take every game as it comes, and I know every game is a hard game. We’ll do our homework on them, but the main focus will be on ourselves, we’re on a good run of form and we want to continue that.

“Everybody is happy at the moment, there’s competition for places so we’re in a really good place.”

Despite sitting out on a number of occasions through injury, the striker has notched three goals in seven appearances for Town.

However, the former Chelmsford City man is hungry for even more goals as he begins to settle to life in Somerset.

“I haven’t scored as many as I would have liked to so far. Pre-season I was scoring goals and I’ve scored a few in the league, but I would have liked more. Obviously, like any striker, I want to score goals and contribute, but as we showed against Fylde, we had three different goal scorers, so we have threats all over the pitch.

“I’ve definitely had far too many loans and not settled anywhere yet. Since I’ve come here, I’ve found that the managers and players have been great with me, so I’ve settled nicely. It’s too early to say it feels like home but it’s definitely a place I can see myself playing week-in, week-out for a long time.

“The fans have been terrific, home and away they make a lot of noise and have travelled fantastically. You want to play football on a Saturday in front of people that want to watch you play so I’m really enjoying it and hopefully we can continue our form.”

INTERVIEW | Sarll enjoys winning feeling again

First-half goals from Rhys Murphy and Myles Hippolyte alongside a debut goal from substitute Jimmy Smith secured the green and whites all three points.

Sitting top of the form table for the last six games and now up to fourth in the National League, Town’s boss told YTTV:

“When I woke up this morning all I wanted to do was win the game, whether it’s pretty, nice, entertaining or not, I don’t care I just want to win.

“I absolutely love winning games, sometimes if your individual or the team’s performance isn’t great you lose the joy of winning the game, but you should never lose the joy of winning.

“After the final whistle, you saw 20 players out of the 22 slumped. Both teams deserve a lot of credit, they put a lot of energy and emotion into that today. We aren’t here for anything else but to win games.”

Victory against Fylde leaves the Glovers on their best run of form since March 2016 after picking up four wins on the bounce.

With a strong squad to pick from, Sarll is delighted with his side’s development.

“I thought last week (against Halifax Town) we were brilliant. I was delighted with the way we played.

“What I liked was that Thursday and Friday was the best we’ve trained so far; fitness levels are going to have to improve to reach the demands that our training needs now.

“I didn’t even use Lawson (D’Ath), Craig Alcock, Tom Whelan, Olly McCoy, they’ve all done brilliantly yet some of them didn’t even make the bench. So, there’s a great feeling amongst the squad right now.

“In patches of the first-half, I thought we were brilliant. Some of it was scintillating with some great aggression. It just would have been nice to get that third goal before half-time and see the game out.”

INTERVIEW | Smith happy to contribute on debut

Signing on loan from Crawley at the start of the week, Smith was introduced on the hour-mark and took just 17 minutes to open his account in green and white. 

Netting what proved to be the winner, the Glovers secured their fourth win in a row.

Delighted to make an impact, the new signing told YTTV: “I was pleased to be able to contribute and get a goal. The most important thing though was to win again, and that’s what we did.

“I wanted to come on and make an impact. Fylde changed their shape in the second half which helped them.

“The lads dug deep and put their bodies on the line. It was a team performance for that win.”

Known for his goal-scoring habits from midfield, Smith gave the Huish Park faithful a glimpse of his abilities as he smashed home the winning goal following some great work from Albi Skendi.

Reliving that moment, he said: “I want to get forward and contribute to the game. Getting a goal on my first outing, I’m very pleased but even if I didn’t score the main thing is that we got three points.

“Albi (Skendi) was on the front foot, being aggressive. He won the ball back and I was screaming at him on his left, I’m thankful that he passed it to me.

“I was able to have a good touch in my stride, I think Gold (Omotayo) was calling for it in the box but I hit it clean across goal and it went in.

“We said we wanted to start sharp and put them under pressure, and we got the early goals. We could have had maybe a few more.

“We needed the third goal really, so we need to learn to be ruthless. We got the win though, so we need to move on now.”

INTERVIEW | Sarll ready to ‘attack’ Saturday after a successful week

After three wins on the bounce the Glovers have shot up the table, seeing off Notts County, Sutton United and FC Halifax Town in succession. 

However, the gaffer is paying no attention to this rise when speaking to YTTV.

“I’m still yet to look at a league table or a form table, I just want to win on Saturday. When you break down football, all that’s really important is the next game and moving on from that as quickly as possible whether we’re in a state of elation or deflated.

“It’s not often over the past few years we’ve had seven days like we have just had. Over the course of a season, seven days is only a small part of it. All we’ve got to do is attack Saturday like we did to Notts County after losing three.

“I think this is the first time since I’ve been here that I can see some form from individuals. I can see it from (Myles) Hippolyte, (Matt) Worthington and (Luke) Wilkinson. (Carl) Dickinson too, after playing six games, he’s getting better and better every week.

“I think I can see little patches of form coming, but everyone has to be in form if you want to be promoted. You need to have a season where they’re more in form than out of form.

“I think whether they’re in form or not, (Charlie) Lee, Wilkinson and Dickinson are all important. Not just because they’re the senior players but because of their character. What they give in the changing room, Monday to Friday, they’re brilliant people to be around.”

Ahead of Saturday’s clash with Fylde, Sarll has added to his squad with the loan signing of Jimmy Smith from Crawley Town.

“He has potential to start this weekend, he’s a very good player. I worked with him briefly when I was in the academy at Stevenage. He went on to captain that team in League One.

“Whenever I managed against him, he was the focal point. I always felt if you could nullify Jimmy Smith you would come out favourably.

“He’s a great character, who is a great age and in good condition. He’s not at our standards yet in terms of condition.

“My first thought when I was told of his availability was, ‘we can’t, no chance, we can’t afford him, we wouldn’t want to come. Within ten minutes I found out we could, and we got it done quite quickly.

“It adds to our quality, our leadership and our character. Hopefully, between now and January, he’ll be a massive player for us.”

INTERVIEW | ‘I’ve fallen in love with Football again’ – Luke Wilkinson

Reunited with former manager Darren Sarll and returning to his Somerset roots, the central defender has made a strong start to his Yeovil career.

Missing most of pre-season and the early weeks of the campaign with a calf injury, Wilkinson has featured in the last four outings and has been an integral part of recording three straight wins. 

Speaking to YTTV, the 28-year-old said: “I’ve fallen in love with football again really. It’s great being here, Somerset is where I call home.

“After a little blip against Dagenham in my first game back, since then it seems to have all gone to plan. It’s not all down to me though, the team have been great every single game and I think the fans have appreciated that.

“Back-to-back clean sheets are more pleasing than anything. If we keep a clean sheet, we’re going to come away with at least a point or even three, and we think we’re more than likely to get all three.

“A lot of new players have come in this summer, so it was always going to take time to click but I think the work ethic is the biggest change and that is why we’re getting our results.”

Yeovil return to Huish Park this Saturday (3pm) to face last season’s play-off finalists and FA Trophy winners AFC Fylde.

The visitors’ early season form has been below expectations, but the Glovers defender still expects a tough task in what will be the first-ever meeting between the two sides.

“I don’t think we can look too much into their form, they had a really good season last year,” Wilkinson said. “They’ve got some good players in their team but if we concentrate on ourselves, we can certainly pick up three points, especially at home.

“Morale has been very good this week, after three wins in a row its always going to be up. Now we want to keep that run going and who knows where we will end up this season.

“You want teams to not like coming here. We want teams to thank that they’re in for a tough game. We want to win every game at Huish Park.”

INTERVIEW | Sarll hails team performance

A brace from Gold Omotayo recorded a 2-0 win at the Shay, ending the hosts’ 100% record at home and knocking them off of top spot in the National League. 

For the Glovers, victory in Yorkshire confirmed three consecutive wins for the first time since last September as the resurgence under Sarll’s tenure continues. 

Rising up into the play-off spots, the Town boss told YTTV: “I thought we were good. I thought it was a good performance. I thought we got better and better in the game.

“In the first-half I thought we could have been five or six up probably with the amount of good chances, and the amount of saves that the goalkeeper had to make. It was excellent in the first half.

“Then in the second-half I just thought we showed a lot more control and a lot more composure. We looked as though we had some good organisation in our shape, and I just felt it was only a matter of time before we got that second goal and extended the lead, and again we probably could have had two or three more in the second half.”

Omotayo’s first goals for the club confirmed three wins in a week for the green and whites. 

But Sarll was left most impressed with a midfield duo who received his praise after full-time: 

“I think that what is starting to show, especially with the creative players, is the aggression that is coming out of their play. Matt Worthington and Myles Hippolyte were not only good in possession, but they won the ball back and they covered some ground.

“No-one gets a minute’s composure or a minute to relax when they’re pressing you. I thought they were our best two players by a mile. They’re showing good aggression and if they’re going to play for me, they’re going to have to that aggression.

“I thought James Tilley when he came on, he showed that same aggression, and he continued in the right sort of vein.”

INTERVIEW | ‘It’s just the beginning’ – Omotayo

Goals either side of half-time from the Swiss inflicted a first home defeat on the Shaymen, whilst recording a third straight win for the green and whites.

Soaring up to sixth in the National League table, Omotayo told YTTV at full-time: “I’m over the moon to get off the mark and to be able to do that with a brace is crazy, and sit hows what kind of group we have and I think we can get far this season.

“I’ve fallen in love with football again at this club, and to say that after just two games is not just because I’m saying that, it’s because the lads have been brilliant to me and I’ve had a warm welcome from everyone at Yeovil.

“It just shows that if you work hard you can achieve anything, but it’s just the beginning and it’s just another three points on the road.”

Firing home the opener after just five minutes after following in on Myles Hippolyte’s shot that cannoned back off the post, Omotayo made sure of the win with a little over 20 minutes remaining by firing in a loose ball inside the box. 

Denied a hat-trick by goalkeeper Sam Johnson in stoppage time, the 25-year-old was still left elated. 

“(For the first goal) I saw the defender take his time so I thought ‘I’m going to press him’ and was fortunate and then hit it with the lefty and it went in! I try to train both of my feet and I was confident to take the shot and happy that it went in.

“Last week I got a good connection to it but the defender was there and this week, the connection wasn’t the best but it went in, so I’m just happy we got the three points, the lads have been brilliant but unfortunate I didn’t get the hat-trick but I’ll get there.

“He (Johnson) was brilliant all game but I was surprised myself that I got into that position when the defender gave the ball away there. The goalkeeper made it hard for me and stood tall and although I got a good connection to it, it was a good save but I’m happy though.”

INTERVIEW | Sarll pleased with mood in the camp

After suffering three defeats in a row, the Glovers have bounced back excellently, ultimately leading Sarll to notice a change in the mood around the camp.

Speaking to YTTV, the gaffer said: “Back-to-back wins offer a change of environment, winning gives us a chance to rest. Those wonderful two or three hours after a game you can give yourself a pat on the back but that eventually subsides. It does offer players that reassurance that we’re doing the right thing which encourages them.

“The quality of the character of senior players, they naturally know where they need to be, so (Charlie) Lee and (Luke) Wilkinson won’t let people take their foot off the gas because of their natural hunger and what they’ve seen throughout their careers.

“Before we played Notts County, on the Friday and Saturday (Carl) Dickinson said, ‘we have to come out all guns blazing, heavy, aggressive and in your face.’ It’s nice when you’ve got senior players who can support the motivating aspect of coaching and have the experience to already know what’s coming.”

The Green and whites leave Huish Park after consecutive home games and travel northbound to The Shay to face FC Halifax Town on Saturday (3pm).

The hosts currently sit in first place in the National League on 22 points and are unbeaten in their last five games, winning four of them.

“League tables don’t lie,” Sarll said. “They give a reflection on form, especially at this stage of the season. They can show the team’s ability to win and their winning mentality.

“They’ve started really well, but you need to play everybody at some point. It could be next week we play AFC Fylde they’re sitting at the top of the table and we’re saying the same thing all over again.

“We’ll go to Halifax, we’ll do our very best and it’s another opportunity for me to learn about our players. I’ll be able to see their capabilities, and their ability to be flexible and adaptable in every situation once again.”

INTERVIEW | Hippolyte ‘focused’ on main goal

The versatile forward spent pre-season as a trialist with the club before putting pen to paper and signing a one-year deal.

Scoring his first goal for the Glovers in the 3-1 win over Notts County last weekend, the 24-year-old is cautiously optimistic about the team’s prospects. 

“The squad feels settled,” he told YTTV. “I think we could have performed a bit better so far, but we’ve bonded together well. The atmosphere around the dressing room is good and we’ve all bonded together.

“Sometimes things click into place straight away, sometimes it takes time to gel. To understand the runs of players its always going to take a few games. With a whole new set of boys, it’s never going to be something that comes together straight away.

“After winning two games on the bounce it looks like we’re on our way there, but we need to make sure everybody is focused and concentrating on going forward and achieving the end goal.”

Consecutive wins has lifted Darren Sarll’s side to ninth in the National League table ahead of Saturday’s trip to table toppers FC Halifax Town.

Heading to the Shay full of confidence, the attacker is not willing to rest on his laurels and is instead desperate to kickstart the green and whites’ journey back to the Football League.

“Personally for me, I want to get this club back into league football. I haven’t played league football in England yet. Overall as a club, it’s what the manager wants, it’s the same, we all want to get promoted.

“Hopefully when we look back at the season we aren’t left feeling we’ve dropped points in certain fixtures, hopefully we can instead look forward with what we learned from them and the games where it didn’t look like we’d get a win or a draw but we came back with something.

“Hopefully we can go on a run now, climb up the table and hopefully be in a good spot by Christmas.”

INTERVIEW | Debutants impress Sarll

The green and whites secured three points thanks to Tom Bradbury’s second-half strike earning a 1-0 victory.

Adding to his squad on Monday with the signings of Liam O’Brien and James Tilley, both made their first appearances for the club under the lights. 

Fitting seamlessly into the side, Sarll was left impressed by his newest additions: “I wanted to bring him (Liam O’Brien) in as a strategy. I don’t have the luxury of a decision in the centre forward position, but I do in goal. I think Marcin (Brzozowski) has been excellent with us and I hope he stays until the end of the season.

“I wanted to use the attributes of O’Brien tonight which you could see with our distribution. He’s got a real presence and I thought it was important we had a real dominant talker behind the back four. It was a good decision to bring him in tonight as he’s had a key save in the first half and made a huge contribution to the outcome of the game.

“You haven’t seen anything yet with him (James Tilley). I want him to become braver, so he always has the ball at his feet. If he doesn’t, we cannot utilise his attributes to their best.

“I thought he came on and showed real courage and that’s something the coaching staff will have to be careful with, to continue that belief and encouragement to get on the ball.”

Sarll picked a young side to start against the U’s with the likes of Gabby Rogers making his first competitive start for the club this season.

A decision he felt was vindicated with the result when speaking to YTTV: “I thought it was important for our young players. I picked a very young team tonight who kept plugging away. I’m delighted with the win.

“It was nice to have a clean sheet, I thought Liam O’Brien made a terrific save in the first half but apart from that I thought he was untested.

“Matt Gray (Sutton manager) is terrific, they run for him and they’re going to pick up points. I thought it was a big hurdle to overcome as are teams treating Yeovil like a big away day.

“It was important we kept our concentration. It could have been 4-0 in the first fifteen minutes so I’m glad we didn’t lose concentration throughout.”

INTERVIEW | ‘At home we expect to win’ – Lee

Tom Bradbury’s first goal for the club was enough to earn a second successive home win, lifting the green and whites to ninth in the National League table.

With Lee linking up with the Somerset outfit weeks into the campaign, the midfielder has made a real impact in his short time at Huish Park.

Speaking to YTTV, Lee said: “At home we expect to win every game, we need to go into it thinking this is our house and we’ve got to win.

“We know there will be games that it will be tough to play how we want to. We dug in tonight and defended brilliantly. The boys at the back were brilliant. We wouldn’t have let a goal in if there were two games tonight.

“You’re going to get a lot of goals from set-pieces with the aerial threat we possess. We are expected to score loads. At the start of the season we probably hadn’t scored enough but since I’ve come in, we haven’t stopped winning and making set-pieces count.”

The new-look Glovers squad added two new faces in Liam O’Brien and James Tilley this week, with both players involved against the U’s.

Tuesday’s clash also offered Gabby Rogers his first opportunity to start for Town this season, leaving Lee full of praise for his fresh-faced teammates.

“You need your subs to come on and make an impact and (James) Tilley did brilliantly. It would be very different from what he has played before, but he had a right go.

“Gabby (Rogers) has come in, someone with only a few appearances and looked strong and a clean sheet for the goalkeeper (Liam O’Brien), he’ll be buzzing. We can’t let everyone get too high though, we need to go again and get the result Saturday (vs. Halfiax Town).”

INTERVIEW | Glovers showed ‘real aggression’ says Sarll

After three consecutive defeats, goals from Courtney Duffus, Luke Wilkinson and Myles Hippolyte secured three points for the Glovers.

Upon reflection, Sarll felt that it was his side’s aggression that made the difference in Somerset.

Speaking to YTTV, Town’s boss said: “It was nice to see aggression in the players who do not normally exude aggressive traits. I’ve been working really hard with Lawson (D’Ath), Matt (Worthington) and Myles (Hippolyte) and I thought all three of them showed real aggression.

“Courtney (Duffus) terrorised them all game. Imagine coming up against him and Gold (Omotayo). The thing I’m most pleased about Courtney’s development is his aggression. He is using every muscle in his body to his advantage.

“I have high standards and I don’t like losing, the fans have been so supportive despite those three defeats. I set a lot of pressure on myself and the players too. They were magnificent.

“All those wonderful things we saw against Eastleigh were on show again and we were good quality. It was about time we scored from a set-piece, with our power.”

Depleted numbers meant a change in system as the green and whites lined up with four at the back.

However, the unfamiliar formation seemed to work a trick as the hosts were largely able to keep the visitors at arm’s length.

“I like to keep things simple; I like to play with five defenders, but we didn’t have five available, so we played with four. On Tuesday, if we have five available, we might return to our more familiar shape.

“Once we digest what has happened we’ll decide what the best shape is to play against Sutton but they’re all decisions we can make once you’ve had time to sleep on it and the emotions to settle.”

INTERVIEW | A ‘dream start’ for Wilkinson

After struggling with injury across much of pre-season and missing the opening six matches of the campaign, the defender has returned to the fold and made a real impact.

Completing 90 minutes in the last two matches, the 28-year-old played a pivotal role in securing all three points for the green and whites at Huish Park.

Speaking to YTTV, the defender said: “It’s a dream start. It was my full home debut and a great feeling to get three points.

“I’m delighted with the goal. If I can chip in with a few goals that would be perfect, but the three points is always the main thing alongside a good performance.

“Charlie (Lee) set me up quite a few times like that at Stevenage. Everyone underestimates him because he’s a small guy, but he can get up really well and I’m lucky the ball fell to me.”

The victory ended a run of three straight defeats for Darren Sarll’s side and gets things back on track.

Despite the squad being filled with new faces, Wilkinson being one of them, the defender highlighted the cohesion and work rate within the squad.

“We’re a new group of lads and it’s going to take us time to all gel together. We work tirelessly on the training pitch because we want to do as well as we can for this football club.

“We had to dig in at times, they’re not a bad team at all. We showed that fight that the fans want to see and that’s exactly what the manager asks of us.”

INTERVIEW | Sarll highlights importance of fitness

With a number of players struggling for fitness after the gruelling schedule, the gaffer knows his side need to be fit if ambitions are to be realised.

Speaking to YTTV he said: “As expected when you’ve only won two in seven, you’re going to feel disappointed. I don’t feel like it wasn’t potentially on the cards. For us to be a competitive, promotion-worthy force – we’re going to need our best players fit.

“We know that’s tough so to minimise those spells is going to be really important, we’re still looking for a full-time physio and sports science was cut and we’re trying to get around that with the old-fashioned tactic of roll your sleeves up and get on with it.

“What we can manage is the players’ workload on the training pitch, what we can’t manage is the number of games they play. We have just played Saturday then Monday and have come out wounded, again.”

Despite the hectic fixture list taking its toll on the squad, the number of games has given Sarll the opportunity to assess his players.

“The best thing about the first seven games is that we’ve seen evidence of a really good team. However, we have also seen the issues of a lack of numbers in the group as a whole, but these first seven games have allowed us to adapt, learn different shapes, and positions.

“I’m still learning things about these players, even in training today (Thursday), how the group to adapt to the different scenarios that we’ve got to deal with.

“There will be times in the season where everyone is fit, and we’ll have that for 15-20 games, and we will sail through them no problem. In this division, I think we’ve all seen the craziness of some of the results, out of nowhere.

“In what is the first time for me as a National League manager, I think good runs of form, those peaks and troughs can come at any time this season.”

INTERVIEW | ‘Results will come’ – Worthington

After going unbeaten in three games, fortunes have switched for the Glovers leading to three consecutive defeats.

Speaking to YTTV, the midfielder said: “I know we’re coming off the back of three losses, but I don’t think we’ve played badly, we’ve played well.

“We had a lot of chances on Monday (vs. Dagenham & Redbridge) so if we stay positive the results will come. We have had a few honest discussions on what needs to improve and defending as a team, stopping crosses coming into our box and dealing with the aerial presence of players in this league.

“I think attacking wise we need to be better, on Monday we were much better at it. Personally, for me, I think I need to make more chances, as attacking players we need to create and if we can do that, I think we will be alright.”

The green and whites host Notts County on Saturday (3pm) with the hosts hoping for a return to winning ways. 

After coming down with the Magpies from the EFL last season, Worthington is anticipating an entertaining game.

“Last weekend and Monday were frustrating but it’s an opportunity for us, to be back at home and put things right.

“Obviously they’re in a similar position to us, dropping out of the league last season, it will be a difficult game.

“Everyone’s got different players now, for Yeovil it’s pretty much a whole new squad and it’s the same for them so we’re not going to know too much about them. Obviously, we will do our homework and see what their strengths and weaknesses are.

“Hopefully it will be a good one for the supporters to watch, I’m looking forward to it.”