Category: Match Preview

MATCH PREVIEW | Boreham Wood – Yeovil Town

Yeovil Town return to National League action on Saturday as Boreham Wood pose the latest opposition for Darren Sarll’s side.

Following defeat on Saturday against Chesterfield, a rotated Yeovil team were able to comfortably beat Bridgwater United 4-1 in county cup action in midweek. With more minutes in legs, a number of Wednesday’s team will have hoped to make a lasting impression ahead of Saturday’s league fixture.

For the hosts, their unbeaten start came to an end last weekend as Solihull Moors were the 3-1 victors at Damson Park.

Darren Sarll’s thoughts

Speaking ahead of the fixture, Darren Sarll said;

“I don’t think I said this at the time, but the last time we saw Luke (Garrard) and Boreham Wood, was the first game back after Lee (Collins) died. I thought they conducted themselves in a fantastically respectful fashion.

“I’m not sure if I ever thanked them, and if I haven’t, I thank them from the bottom of my heart because that was the toughest day.

“He (Luke Garrard) is a good coach, he recruits well, his sides are always competitive, they’re always tight and compact games.

“Luke and I are probably quite similar characters on the touchline, quite vocal and animated. If we approach the game the same way as we did last afternoon, we’re in for a bad afternoon.”

Team News

In his weekly press conference Sarll confirmed that club captain Luke Wilkinson will miss out due to an injury he sustained against Chesterfield on Saturday.

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Lewis Simper also will not be involved due to an injury, but the Cambridge United loanee will return to training next week.

Jack Robinson could be in line for his first National League start of the season after he returned to the club after a short period of rehabilitation with his parent club Middlesbrough.

A foot in the opposition camp

Managed by former AFC Wimbledon player Luke Garrard since 2015, Garrard was the youngest manager in English football’s top five divisions when he was first appointed. Since then Garrard has led the Wood to multiple play-off finishes but has been unable to get the club over the line.

Following the transfer of star striker Kabongo Tshimanga, this summer has been one of change for Boreham Wood, with the experienced Scott Boden coming in to replace him. A very different mould of forward, the towering Boden has a prolific record at National League level, netting 23 times in 62 games for previous club Chesterfield.

Have we met before

Since returning to the National League, Town have endured mixed fortunes against the Wood. The Glovers were winless during 19/20 after a draw at Huish Park and a defeat at Meadow Park, however the 20/21 season brought success, as the Glovers did the double over Garrard’s side.

Ticket details

Tickets can still be purchased from Boreham Wood’s website, linked HERE.

MATCH PREVIEW | Yeovil Town – Chesterfield

Yeovil Town will look for a fourth consecutive victory on Saturday as Chesterfield visit Huish Park (3pm).

With both sides originally stated to play other opponents this weekend, COVID outbreaks with our original opposition have seen the game pushed forward to ensure both sides can compete in league action.

This means two sides who have started the season in fine form will go head-to-head, with Chesterfield unbeaten and the Glovers on a fine stretch after winning three games on the bounce.

Darren Sarll’s thoughts

Yeovil Town boss Darren Sarll is eager for his players to focus on what is in-front of them rather than get too carried away with a strong run of form, speaking to the press in his pre-match press conference, he said;

“We have to look at the season with ‘runs of one,’ there’s no other way to be with young people.

“They need to keep focused on what is happening now, not what’s happening in January, February or March. Not where the play-off final is, because we don’t care, all we care about is what’s happening right now.

“What is happening right now is that we won the last game, that’s it. The games before that are absolutely in the rear view mirror now.

“We have to look at the Chesterfield game as our world, and keep our players at fit as possible because the only way that we can win is if the team is at its best.”

Watch Darren Sarll’s full interview below:

Team news

Yeovil Town will be boosted by the return of Matt Worthington who will be available after his straight red card against King’s Lynn Town saw him suspended for Town’s last three fixtures.

Also returning is Jack Robinson who took a knock in his second training session with the club, after a short spell of recovery at his parent club Middlesbrough, the defender has returned to Somerset looking for his first minutes in Green & White.

A foot in the opposition camp

Managed by James Rowe, he has inspired a rejuvenated side to 26 wins in 43 games since he took over in November 2020. This season has been one of success so far, starting the campaign with four wins and two draws.

The catalyst for the strong form could be the signing of striker Kabongo Tshimanga from Boreham Wood. The former Glovers loanee has adapted to life in Derbyshire excellently and comes into the game following a hat trick in midweek against Barnet.

Have we met before?

Our first ever meeting with Chesterfield came in an FA Cup third round clash in 1950, where Yeovil were defeated 3-1 at Chesterfield’s old ground, Saltergate.

Prior to 2019, the two clubs had only ever met in league action within the EFL. Last season, the Glovers endured a turbulent time against Saturday’s visitors, losing both games.

In Darren Sarll’s first season, the Glovers faired much better, winning the sole fixture between the two sides at the Technique Stadium 2-1 thanks to goals from Myles Hippolyte and Rhys Murphy.

Ticket news

Tickets are available from the ticket office website, or by visiting the ticket office on match day. Tickets purchased after midday on match day are subject to a £3 increase, so beat the rush and buy in advance.

To purchase from the club website, click HERE.

MATCH PREVIEW | Stockport County – Yeovil Town

Yeovil Town travel to Edgeley Park this Saturday (3pm) to face Stockport County in National League action.

After back-to-back wins, Darren Sarll’s side will enter the fixture full of confidence with ambitions to build on a positive start to the season.

Despite heavy investment, Saturday’s hosts have endured a slower start than many pundits expected, with one win in four games and just two goals scored.

Darren Sarll’s thoughts 

With two wins on the bounce, the moment of celebration with the fans with still fresh in Sarll’s mind, something he reflected on in his press conference.

“When I’m now recruiting players, I play them the videos, after Solihull, Aldershot. Ask Jordan Barnett how he felt after the game.

“It is a special moment, and I still get really excited by it. It’s starting to happen all round the ground at Huish Park rather than just the Thatcher’s and that’s brilliant.

“It gives players great confidence and it also gives them an organic motivation to win. Motivation is the hardest thing for a manager to find over ten months because it’s day in day out and you can only tell stories once to lift and inspire them. 

“When you have that connection with supporters, you know if you really put yourself on the line here today and we get a win, we’re going to get two, three minutes of that euphoria.”

Team news

Yeovil Town will be without Matt Worthington who serves the final match of his suspension after his opening day red card against King’s Lynn. 

Jack Robinson remains unavailable but will return to the club on Monday after recovering from injury with his parent club, Middlesbrough. 

In his press conference, Sarll named Dale Gorman and Tom Knowles as injury doubts but they could still be involved come match day. 

Long-term absentees Mark Little and Reuben Reid are continuing their recovery process.

A foot in the opposition camp

When looking in the Stockport squad, one name sticks out to Yeovil fans in particular, Paddy Madden. 

The Glovers’ promotion hero joined the Hatters in the latter stage of last season in a deal reportedly worth over £200,000. A name synonymous with Yeovil Town’s promotion to the Championship, Madden will be looking for another promotion this season at Edgeley Park.

There’s an unfamiliar face in the dugout for the hosts in Simon Rusk, after parting ways with Jim Gannon during the 20/21 season, the former Brighton youth coach stepped up into men’s management for the first time last season. Rusk now hopes to send Stockport up in his first full season in first team management.

Have we met before 

Meetings with Stockport have proved a challenge for Yeovil Town since returning to the National League, with the club winless against the Hatters.

In August 2019, during Sarll’s first season, Town were denied three points with Stockport scoring a late equaliser after Courtney Duffus had put the Glovers in front. 

Since then, Yeovil have only tasted defeat, with three meetings last season, the first in the FA Cup which saw Stockport claim an injury time winner. Two 1-0 wins in the league secured a clean sweep of victories for the Hatters.

Ticket news

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

MATCH PREVIEW | Yeovil Town – FC Halifax Town

On Saturday evening, Yeovil Town return to Huish Park to face FC Halifax Town on BT Sport (17:15).

Darren Sarll’s side will be looking to continue the winning formula which saw the Glovers earn their first win of the season on Bank Holiday Monday.

With two wins from their first three games, Saturday’s visitors Halifax will be hoping to maintain their play-off place live in front of the TV cameras.

Darren Sarll’s thoughts

Looking ahead to Saturday’s game, Sarll said; “We’ve had some good games (with Halifax), very tactical, he’s very tactically minded, Pete (Wild). They seem to want to bully their way through the season.

“I think we’ve won a couple, drawn one, and well and truly beaten here after Reuben Reid got bullied in the box and we didn’t get a penalty.”

Team news

Speaking in his press conference, Darren Sarll confirmed that Alex Bradley was closest to a return of the group of players on the sidelines; “I would like to think that Alex Bradley will be back in contention on Saturday after injury (long-COVID), it depends how late we can get him back in to training.

Despite Bradley being close to a return, Town will still likely be without loanees Lewis Simper and Jack Robinson.

Matt Worthington will serve the second match of his suspension after a straight red card against King’s Lynn Town.

Long-term absentees Mark Little and Reuben Reid remain unavailable.

A foot in the opposition camp

After two wins from their first three games, the Shaymen currently sit in a play-off place, albeit very early days in the season.

Managed by former Oldham boss Pete Wild, the 36-year-old is entering his third season at the helm. Within his ranks are two former Yeovil Town players. Defender Tom Bradbury was a member of Yeovil Town’s 19/20 side which finished fourth place in the league. Not a first-choice defender, Tom struggled to get minutes in the first team due to the form of Luke Wilkinson and Lee Collins. 

Yeovil Town fans won’t need to look long into the history books for Matt Warburton. Signing on loan from Northampton, Warburton went straight into the team but unfortunately goals were hard to come by for the attacker. However, he did manage a memorable strike against Woking in a 1-1 at Kingfield. Warburton departed in April 2021. 

Have we met before

Since returning to the National League, Town have endured mixed fortunes against the West Yorkshire based outfit. In Sarll’s first season, the Glovers won home and away against the Shayman, securing 2-0 wins in both fixtures.

Last season saw the Glovers frustrated by Wild’s side, being held to a 1-1 draw at the Shay, then being dispatched 0-3 at Huish Park late in the season.

Coverage

Saturday’s game will be televised live on BT Sport 1, with coverage starting from 5pm. After a frustrating run of results on TV, the green and whites will be looking to turn the tide on Saturday evening.

Ticket news

Tickets can be purchased for the fixture from the Yeovil Town ticket office website or by calling 01935 847888, click HERE for more information. 

MATCH PREVIEW | Aldershot Town – Yeovil Town

Yeovil Town will look to bounce back from an opening day defeat to King’s Lynn when they travel to Hampshire to face Aldershot Town on Bank Holiday Monday (3pm).

The clash with the Shots will be the Glovers first competitive away day of the season, and the first with the travelling green army behind them since March 2020.

Aldershot come into the game following back-to-back defeats and will be looking to secure their first points of the season in-front of their own supporters.

Darren Sarll’s thoughts

Speaking after Saturday’s defeat, Darren Sarll looked ahead to Monday’s game; “The difficulty for us is going straight into the season the three weeks after not playing games.

“Sonny (Blu Lo-Everton), may need to be fast-tracked, we’ve only got one day to get it right.

“We’ve definitely got to move the ball better and find some more attacking impetus on Monday.”

Team News

Long-term absentees Mark Little and Reuben Reid will certainly be unavailable, whilst Alex Bradley continues his recovery from the long-term effects of COVID-19.

Jordan Barnett hobbled off in the second half in Saturday’s defeat, but in his post-match interview, Sarll confirmed this was a precaution to ensure he’s available for Monday’s game.

A foot in the opposition camp

It’s been a difficult start to the season with games against two promotion hopefuls in their first two games. The opening day saw the Shots fall to a defeat against Chesterfield, losing 0-2 at home and this was followed up with a narrow 1-0 defeat to Boreham Wood.

This means manager Danny Searle will be looking from a reaction from his players to earn their first points of the season.

Struggling for goals, the Shots lost their star forward Harry Panayiotou in the summer as he moved north of the border to join Livingston in the Scottish Premiership.

This means forward Mohamed Bettamer will be looking to add some more goals to his tally after firing six times in 25 games last season.

Have we met before

Last season’s clashes with Aldershot Town were two polarising affairs from a Yeovil Town perspective. The first fixture came in December 2020 as the Glovers bounced back from a defeat at Torquay United to beat the Shots 3-0 at Huish Park.

Late in the season, the an injury-hit Glovers side travelled to Hampshire and were defeated 2-0.

Tickets

Tickets for Monday’s fixture must be purchased from the Aldershot Town website. They cannot be purchased at the ground on the day, however sales will continue on the Aldershot Town website until kick-off.

For more information, click HERE.

MATCH PREVIEW | Yeovil Town – King’s Lynn Town

Yeovil Town’s 2021/22 season finally gets underway on Saturday afternoon (3pm) as King’s Lynn Town visit Huish Park.

After last weekend’s fixture with Wrexham was postponed, Town will begin their campaign in-front of Yeovil supporters at Huish Park for the first time since returning to the National League.

A reverse of last season’s opener, King’s Lynn will be hoping for a similar performance after a valiant fight saw them secure a point in their first ever National League game.

For Darren Sarll’s side, the Glovers will be aiming to start their campaign on a positive note, with a number of new signings looking to make their name in a Yeovil Town shirt.

Darren Sarll’s thoughts

Looking ahead to the new season, Darren Sarll only had one thing on his mind when asked what would make a successful season, “Promotion, definitely. It doesn’t mater how many years we stay out the EFL, that is still the aim. I still want to win every week, I want to go to Stockport & Wrexham and take them on.”

Still looking to bolster the squad, Sarll discussed the potential to recruit “I would still like to bring in a couple more, we have a couple of options at the moment that Scott (Priestnall) and I are discussing.
“If they come off before the weekend then great, but if they don’t we will do what we can and put out what is available to us.

Team news

Speaking in his first press conference of the season, Sarll confirmed a number of absentees for this weekend’s opener. Mark Little & Reuben Reid are long-term injury concerns, with the two stated to return around Christmas.

On the short term, Alex Bradley will be out of contention as he struggles with the long-term effects of COVID-19, whilst Cambridge loanee Lewis Simper is also unavailable.

New signing Adi Yussuf has a few less minutes in his legs in comparison to his teammates, but is still likely to be involved in some capacity at the weekend.

A foot in the opposition camp

There will be a familiar face leading the line for the Linnets; former Glovers forward Gold Omotayo signed for King’s Lynn in the summer, and will be hoping to leave an impression on his return to Huish Park.

The man in the dugout for King’s Lynn is Ian Culverhouse. In 2017 Culverhouse was appointed manager of the then Southern League Premier Division club. He led the Linnets to a second-place finish, after which they lost in the play-off final. He subsequently left King’s Lynn and was named manager of Grantham Town at the end of May 2018. However, after resigning as Grantham manager in October 2018, he returned to King’s Lynn as manager on 1 November that year.

They clinched the runners up spot on the final day of the season before winning the play-offs and Super play-offs to earn themselves a place

in the National League North for the 2019/20 season. Despite being relegation favourites and suffering a 3-0 defeat to Guiseley on the opening day of the season; Culverhouse and his team defied the odds and found themselves embroiled in a promotion battle with York City. When the season was suspended in March 2020 due to the COVID-19 outbreak; King’s Lynn were in 2nd position, two points behind York but crucially had two games in hand. Following much deliberation by the National League and Football Association, the League was finally settled on a points-per- game calculation, crowning King’s Lynn as Champions and securing them and Culverhouse a second successive promotion.

Have we met before

Our first meeting with the Linnets came on the opening weekend of last season, as the Glovers travelled eastbound to face Culverhouse’s side live on BT Sport. Despite leading twice through Luke Wilkinson & Courtney Duffus, Town were pegged back by the hosts in their first National League game, drawing 2-2.

It was a far more successful afternoon for Town second time round, as a quick-fire Tom Knowles double and a late Emmanuel Sonupe strike secured a 3-1 victory at Huish Park in May.

Ticket news

Tickets can be purchased for the fixture from the Yeovil Town ticket office website, click HERE for more information.

They can also be purchased in-person on match-day from 10am, but there will be a price increase from midday.

MATCH PREVIEW | Yeovil Town – Forest Green Rovers

Yeovil Town’s pre-season campaign continues with a clash against Forest Green Rovers (3pm).

In what is the first pre-season friendly at Huish Park, Darren Sarll’s side will be hoping to continue their winning start to pre-season against Football League opposition.

The visitors, after falling in the League Two play-offs, are vying for promotion to League One once again, and play their final pre-season friendly on Saturday, a week before their season begins against newly promoted Sutton United.

Darren Sarll’s thoughts

Speaking after last Saturday’s victory over Stratford Town, Darren Sarll said; ““We need to get the flow right between (Dale) Gorman and (Josh) Staunton but Gorman, I like it when he takes responsibility and even in those moments where you think we may lose control of the mental and physical dominance of it, I just think that Gorman almost brings power back into your ranks, so I thought he was very influential at that.

“(Charlie) Wakefield again I thought was good, he’s had a good couple of weeks, and we need to build him, he had a long period of his young career out with injury, but I thought he showed some really good physical attributes, putting in a brilliant cross for Joe (Quigley).

“Lewis Simper’s got good quality, you can see the way he feels the ball and shapes the ball and spins it off the sides of his feet, I thought he was good.”

A foot in the opposition camp

It’s been a summer of change at the New Lawn, with head coach Rob Edwards taking the helm following Mark Cooper’s departure.

The change has brought about opportunities for the likes of Matty Stevens, who has impressed in recent friendlies, scoring four times, most recently against Swansea City.

Previous meetings

Saturday’s fixture is the first time the Glovers have met Forest Green outside the EFL since 2003.

Yeovil Town were the victors that day, winning 1-0 with Kirk Jackson netting the game’s solitary goal.

Kit news

Yeovil Town will be wearing the brand-new Hummel shirt, launched on Wednesday evening.

Fans will be able to pre-order the shirt in the coming days.

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Ticket news

It’s a day for the whole family on Saturday afternoon, as kids go free for all of our home friendlies!

Tickets are available online and on the matchday from the ticket office. Supporters are encouraged to purchase their tickets ahead of the game to avoid any delays.

To purchase your tickets, click HERE.