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MATCH REPORT | Yeovil Town 0 – 2 Chesterfield

Yeovil Town were left frustrated at Huish Park as Chesterfield navigated a 2-0 win.

Two first half goals built a comfortable lead for the visiting Spireites, who showed effective game management to see out the fixture.

Not for the want of trying, the Glovers did create a number of opening’s looking for a way back into the game, but ultimately ended the afternoon with nothing to show for it.

For the forth consecutive game, Darren Sarll named an unchanged team, this meant Grant Smith began in goal against his former side, with Jordan Barnett, Luke Wilkinson, Max Hunt and Dan Moss ahead of him.

Josh Staunton and Dale Gorman began at the base of the midfield, with Sonny Blu Lo-Everton in the central role, whilst Tom Knowles and Charlie Wakefield flanked him. Quigley started up front alone.

The opening stages saw an even start from both teams, as they jostled for supremacy. 

There were claims for a handball as Gorman attempted to send the ball into the box but it was blocked by an enrushing Chesterfield player.

On a number of occasions in the first half, Yeovil had some positive spells of play. Winning a free kick just outside the box, but Gorman’s effort was blocked by a Chesterfield arm. 

A few minutes later there was confusion amongst the Yeovil ranks as they thought Staunton had knocked Town ahead. However, the referee had other ideas, judging that Hunt had fouled goalkeeper Scott Loach in the build-up. 

At the other end of the pitch, it was the away side who took full advantage on 19 minutes, after a cruel rebound off the post caught Smith unsighted, the ball bounced off the Yeovil goalkeeper, with his former employers taking the lead via his own goal. 

Attempting to claw their way back into the game, Yeovil had one of their best chances when Quigley was able to get around the keeper but he was caught in two minds. Eventually the ball found Knowles but he saw his effort blocked.

An increasingly frustrating afternoon escalated as club captain Wilkinson limped off with an injury midway through the first half, being replaced by summer signing Morgan Williams.

Chesterfield doubled their lead with ten minutes to go until half time; as Loach’s goal kick somehow found its way through to Kabongo Tshimanga who made no mistake.

Throughout the second half the home side enjoyed lots of possession with the aim of finding a way back into the game. Staunton tried his luck from 30 yards but his effort was tipped over the bar by Loach.

What followed was an onslaught of corners as the Glovers had Chesterfield penned in. Despite six corners in a row, the visitors eventually cleared the danger. 

Late in the day, Knowles, who looked the most threatening, was able to get himself into the Chesterfield half with a driving run but his effort from distanced bounced agonisingly wide.

Ultimately it was a defeat for Town who could take heart from their continued determination to find a way back into the game.

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

Bookings: Williams

Subs not used: Evans, Bradley, Robinson

A big thank you to Daisy Passmore who joined the media team on work experience for this fixture. During the game, Daisy helped write this match report. Great work, Daisy!

MATCH REPORT | Yeovil Town U18s 1 – 3 Bridgwater United

Young Glovers fall to Bridgwater in home opener

Confidence was high in the home camp following last weekend’s 8-0 win over New College Swindon in the season opener. Under sunny skies at Alvington, both teams set about their work in a cagey fashion with attacks limited to probing balls down the flanks. As the half wore on the visitors grew in confidence, creating some half chances and pressing the home defence. After a prolonged spell of pressure Bridgwater saw a shot repelled by a last-ditch tackle from Jonny Lye but finally got the opening goal they deserved when a loose pass-back resulted in the striker placing a cool finish inside the near post, 0-1. 

Jake Graziano, playing in a deep play-maker midfield role, put together some fine runs and saw a shot drift wide as the Young Glovers tried to find their way back into the game. However, as the half drew to a close it was the visitors who nearly added to their lead with a shot that was sliced wide from 5 yards following a corner.

Team Manager Mark Challen would have been disappointed with both the lack of scoring chances and ball retention in the first half and to their credit, the home team began to play with a much higher tempo and sense of attacking purpose at the start of the second period. Substitute Korey Andrews, who was combining well with Callum Deemer, set up a good chance for Darren McAlastair, but the young striker saw his shot fly over.

Bridgwater continued to look dangerous going forward and missed some good chances to increase their lead. Yeovil were then indebted to two fine saves from Callum Smalley, the first following a fierce drive direct from a free kick and then an acrobatic parry following an excellent volley from just inside the box. The visitors grabbed their second at around the 70th minute mark when a low cross from the right was turned in by the advancing striker, 0-2.     

Challen rang the changes during the second half and U16 players Mason Alden, Josh Sutton and Robert Hollard got some valuable minutes on the pitch. Yeovil determinedly pressed for a goal and Graziano saw a low shot saved before setting up a chance for Deemer, now playing as a striker, which drifted wide. The home side got the goal their second half performance deserved when a free-kick from Andrews was swung over to the far post where Lye was on hand to make sure the goal-bound effort went in to make it 1-2 with five minutes to play.

Any sniff of an equaliser was quickly put out when a loose ball was picked up on the right with the striker smashing a low shot past the keeper, 1-3.

Yeovil head to Wimborne Town next Saturday for another 10.30 kick off in the SW Counties Youth League.

Report by Matt Partridge

MATCH REPORT | Stockport County 0 – 3 Yeovil Town

Yeovil Town secured a third victory on the bounce with a 3-0 victory over Stockport County at Edgeley Park.

Charlie Wakefield’s first half goal opened the scoring for the Glovers. The first 45 minutes were a half that Yeovil Town were extremely effective, creating a number of openings and restricting their opposition to few.

The second half saw the Hatters reduced to ten men, with the Glovers capitalising through goals from Joe Quigley and substitute Adi Yussuf for an all round excellent away performance.

In almost polarising fashion to last season, Darren Sarll was able to name an unchanged side for the third game in a row. This meant Grant Smith remained in goal, whilst Dan Moss, Luke Wilkinson, Max Hunt and Jordan Barnett lined up at the back.

The midfield comprised of Dale Gorman and Josh Staunton in the deeper roles, whilst Tom Knowles and Wakefield flanked Sonny Blu Lo-Everton in the no.10 role. Quigley started up front on his own.

The opening stages saw the hosts enjoy a lot of the ball, but lacked any real cutting edge, only really threatening from set-pieces which Luke Wilkinson and Max Hunt were more than equal to.

After weathering the hosts’ spell of possession, Yeovil began to create chances of their own, with Lo-Everton influential to the most incisive attacks. Smart link-up between the Watford loanee and Wakefield released Town’s no.19 into the box but his effort was palmed wide by Hinchliffe.

Looking for a route ahead, the Glovers caused a number of problems from set-pieces, with the hosts relying on heroic clearances from Paddy Madden to ease the pressure.

In the 26th minute, the green and whites’ pressure told with Wakefield netting his first goal for the club. After Quigley battled brilliantly to win the ball, he found Lo-Everton who played a defence splitting pass into the channel for Wakefield to hammer home!

Trying to claw their way back into the game, Stockport thought they had weaved their way into the box for a shooting opportunity, but heroic defending from Hunt put a halt to Madden’s efforts.

The hosts struggled to get to grasps with Lo-Everton in the first half, as the Watford loanee once again sent a dangerous ball into the channel, this time finding Quigley who saw his drilled cross find it’s way to the back-post, but Staunton got too much under his effort, sending the ball over.

At the break Town held a deserved lead, and the hosts certainly had work to do. Looking for a way back into the game, the hosts had their best chance of the game less than a minute after the restart with Alex Reid heading wide after escaping his marker.

Despite Stockport’s best efforts, it would be the Glovers who added a second. After Knowles was fouled in almost identical fashion to the penalty he won against FC Halifax Town, Ash Palmer was given his marching orders and Quigley stepped up to fire his fifth goal of the season.

It should’ve been a sixth goal of the season for Quigley less than ten minutes later. Some intricate passing down the left wing released the towering forward who drove into the box and dragged his effort narrowly wide.

In fairness to Stockport, their efforts to find a route back into the game did not dwindle, with substitute Dunnwald-Turan finding himself clean through on goal, but he placed his effort well wide much to Smith’s relief.

On 79 minutes, former Glover Madden really should’ve pulled a goal back, after he capitalised on a lapse in concentration from Barnett, he found himself one-vs-one with Smith but the Yeovil Town no.1 did excellently to divert his effort.

Late in the day, substitute Yussuf was able to open his Yeovil Town account, latching onto a loose ball and expertly placing the ball beyond Hinchliffe to put the result beyond any doubt.

All in all, it was a memorable afternoon in Greater Manchester, with the Glovers securing a comfortable win against a much-fancied promotion favourite.


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

Bookings: Knowles, Gorman, Smith

Subs not used: Evans, Williams

MATCH REPORT | Yeovil Town 1 – 0 FC Halifax Town

Yeovil Town beat their TV hoodoo with a 1-0 victory over FC Halifax Town at Huish Park.

Joe Quigley’s first half penalty was the difference between the two teams, in a game that Town could’ve won by an even more convincing scoreline

Despite the visitors chasing the game, the Glovers continued to manage the game well to secure a second win of the season.

Darren Sarll kept the same team which beat Aldershot Town on Bank Holiday Monday. That meant Grant Smith began in goal, with Jordan Barnett, Luke Wilkinson, Max Hunt and Dan Moss in front of him.

The midfield saw Dale Gorman and Josh Staunton sitting deepest, with Tom Knowles, Sonny Blu Lo-Everton and Charlie Wakefield in the attacking positions. Quigley began as the lone striker.

Picking up where they left off, it was a positive start to proceedings, with Quigley almost opening the scoring, finding space to shoot from the edge of the box, but his effort was tame.

In the tenth minute, there were vocal calls for a penalty from the Glovers players, most notably Wilkinson but the referee was unmoved.

However, just four minutes later a penalty call went Town’s way, as Knowles was taken down in the area. Quigley stepped up and expertly converted his fourth goal in three National League games.

Town had a third penalty appeal in just twenty minutes of football, as Knowles again felt he had been hauled down in the box after breaking beyond the Halifax defence.

After the flurry of penalty claims, the game rather slowed down, with both sides enjoying long spells of possession but little attacking cutting edge.

It took until the 45th minute for another opening to be carved. Counter attacking with pace, Gorman did excellently to find Wakefield nursing through but his effort was acrobatically cleared.

Starting the second half with attacking intent, it didn’t take long for Town to force a save. Some excellent one-touch football eventually found Gorman with room to cross, he found Quigley who had his header saved by Johnson down to his left.

Following a lack of chances in the first half, the visitors looked to force their way back into the game in the second, going close through Matt Warburton as his free-kick was saved by Smith.

However, that was the best it got from a Halifax perspective, with Town continuing to create the better of the opportunities throughout. Just past the hour mark, Knowles’ long throw reached Wilkinson who fired over via a deflection leading to further vocal encouragement from the Thatchers Stand.

Marshalling the game well, Halifax struggled to create anything clear-cut, with BT Sport’s man of the match Wilkinson and Hunt heading almost every ball away.

In the closing moments, Town had two more opportunities to put the game beyond doubt. Substitute Yussuf and Wakefield combined well in the right channel but the Glovers’ number 23 fired over. Just moments later, Yussuf was involved again after he burst into the penalty area but Johnson was equal to his attempt.

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

Bookings: Gorman, Staunton

Subs not used: Evans, Stephens, Williams

MATCH REPORT | Aldershot Town 1 – 2 Yeovil Town

Joe Quigley’s double secured a first win of the season for Yeovil Town over Aldershot Town.

The Glovers number ten placed a cool finish beyond Mitch Walker to open the scoring, before being pegged back in the second half.

Late in the day, after Wilkinson was hauled down in the box, Quigley stepped up and expertly dispatched to ensure the three points returned to Somerset.

After starting with five at the back on Saturday, Darren Sarll changed shape to adopt a back four. This meant Dan Moss made his full debut at right back, with Jordan Barnett on the opposite flank and in between them was Max Hunt and Luke Wilkinson who captained the side. Grant Smith began in goal.

There was a five man midfield for Town, with Josh Staunton & Dale Gorman holding, whilst Charlie Wakefield, Sonny Blu Lo-Everton and Tom Knowles began further forward. Quigley led the line on his own.

Coming out the traps fast, Sarll’s side fashioned an opening after just two minutes. After an excellent driving run from Quigley, he played the ball into Gorman who later found Wakefield. The former Chelsea man beat his marker but had his effort saved.

Growing into the game, the hosts found routes beyond the Glovers midfield, but struggled to get behind Hunt & Wilkinson.

After opening the scoring on Saturday, Quigley got in on the act once again in the 14th minute. Following an excellent battle for the ball, the Glovers number ten picked up the ball with only one thing on his mind, driving into the box and calmly placing the ball home.

Set-plays proved a threat for Yeovil Town all afternoon, and oner almost paid dividends on the half an hour mark. Barnett’s free-kick from an acute angle was met by Wilkinson who headed onto the bar.

Straight down the other end, Aldershot broke beyond the Town defence but an excellent save denied Agyepong.

A mix-up between Smith and Wilkinson almost sent the hosts clean through on goal again, but thankfully for the green and whites, the ball trickled wide.

In the closing stages of the half, the hosts looked dangerous and this only continued in the second. In the 53rd minute, Andrews got the wrong side of Wilkinson, but he blazed his effort well over the bar.

Looking for a second, Town had a great chance to find it just after the hour mark. Some excellent work from Quigley on the left flank once again as he found Yussuf, his tame effort was blocked but this led to a succession of efforts from the edge of the box, with Gorman eventually firing wide.

After holding firm during a long spell of possession, the hosts eventually levelled in the 71st minute through a wonderful header from Corie Andrews.

The goal seemed to spark the Glovers back into life, winning a penalty with ten minutes, with Wilkinson fouled following Gorman’s expertly weighted cross. Quigley stepped up, sent Walker the wrong way and hammered the green and whites into the lead.

Not sitting back on the advantage, Yeovil had more chances in the closing stages, the first falling to Quigley who really should’ve had a hat-trick, after rounding Walker, he could only find the side netting.

In the final embers of the game, substitute Adi Yussuf had a chance to settle the affair, but his effort was tame following Wakefield’s cross.

Ultimately a one-goal advantage was enough, as Yeovil secured a first victory of the season.

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

Bookings: Staunton, Knowles, Wilkinson, Wakefield, Smith

Subs not used: Evans, Stephens, Williams

MATCH REPORT | Yeovil Town 1-2 King’s Lynn Town

Yeovil Town’s National League season began with a defeat at Huish Park to King’s Lynn Town.

After taking the lead through a stunning effort from Joe Quigley, Matt Worthington’s sending off allowed King’s Lynn room to play freely.

Turning the game on its head, King’s Lynn scored twice in the second half to claim the points.

After a slow start to proceedings, with both sides settling into the game, the first opening came in the 10thminute as former Glover Gold Omotayo headed wide of the mark from Joe Rowley’s cross. 

That chance seemed to spark Yeovil into life, after the visitors failed to clear Gorman’s free kick, the ball fell to Charlie Wakefield who saw his tame effort take a number of deflections before making its way to the Linnets’ goalkeeper.

After an opening stage which could be described as timid, Town’s opener in the 15th minute was far from that, as Quigley fired a sensational effort from 30-yards-out into the top corner to open the scoring.

Looking for a way back into the game, Omotayo found himself in the goalmouth action once again, forcing a superb stop from Grant Smith with a glancing header from the edge of the six-yard-box.

After keeping the visitors at arm’s length throughout, Town’s afternoon became a lot more difficult as Matt Worthington was sent off for going in too strongly in a 50/50 challenge. 

From that point, it was one-way traffic, with Yeovil forced to feed off scraps on the counterattack and set plays. 

The second half did see Town enjoy a good spell of possession in the King’s Lynn half, but this quickly dwindled with the visitors upping the pressure. 

Holding firm, the ten men of Yeovil did well to limit King’s Lynn’s chances, forcing them wide on a number of occasions and winning the majority of headers in the box. 

It took until the 67th minute for Grant Smith to be called into action again, as he palmed an effort from the edge of the box away from Michael Gyasi, the ball then fell kindly for a Linnets’ attacker who was heroically thwarted by Jordan Barnett, who was eventually substituted as a result of his excursion. 

On the 71st minute, the pressure finally told as King’s Lynn levelled the affair, as Ethan Colman’s effort escaped Smith’s gloves and found its way across the line. 

With the wind in their sails, King’s Lynn found a second, as Munashe Sundire capitalised on the green & whites’ failure to clear their lines, poking home at the back post to turn the tide. 

Late in the day, debutant Adi Yussuf thought he had snatched a draw for the Glovers, but his weak footed effort from the edge of the box flew agonisingly wide.  

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

Bookings: Worthington (RED), Knowles, Staunton

Subs not used: Stephens, Evans. 

MATCH REPORT | Yeovil Town 0-1 Stockport County

Yeovil Town FC fell to a frustrating defeat to promotion hopefuls Stockport County at Huish Park. 

The Glovers more than matched their opponents and created plenty of chances in a thrilling encounter but were undone by a first half strike from John Rooney whose effort proved to be the difference between the two sides.

The men in green controlled large periods of the game and produced a number of free-flowing moves but, despite pushing Stockport until the final whistle, they couldn’t find a way past the stubborn County backline.

Darren Sarll made just two changes to the side that started against Altrincham last weekend. 

Adam Smith kept his place in goal, with Alex Bradley occupying the right-back role alongside Carl Dickinson, Billy Sass-Davies, and Michael Kelly in the back four. 

Charlie Lee began in the midfield alongside Chris DagnallLawson D’Ath and Tom Knowles, with Reuben Reid partnering Joe Quigley in attack. 

Yeovil started on the front foot and enjoyed the early proceedings putting the away side under a lot of pressure with Simon Rusk’s side knowing three points would cement their place in the Vanarama National League play-off semi-finals.  

It was the home side though that game closest in the first half, a delightful through ball out to the right-hand side from Lawson D’Ath provided Joe Quigley with a route through on goal, his right-footed effort just whistling wide at the post. 

Soon after that on the run of play, Stockport County broke the deadlock, John Rooney’s deflective strike beat the stretching Adam Smith in goal, putting County into slender lead just before half time. 

However, Yeovil responded instantly, Joe Quickley finding some space inside the box but he was unable to keep his effort down, before Tom Knowles showed a great burst of energy making an attacking run into the box, but after some great trickery, he was unable to gte a shot off against the stonewall defense 

The Glovers started the second half as they ended the first, with Joe Quigley latching onto a magnificent ball from substitute Jimmy Smith. 

After the ball rattled the woodwork, the supporters in Thatcher’s End were sure that it crossed the line, however referee Scott Tallis had other ideas.  

The entertaining nature of the game also continued with Yeovil looking rampant going forward. After a consecutive spell of corners, Tom Knowles broke free down the left-hand side but his low driven cross could only find County captain Liam Hogan who cleared the ball away from danger. 

Chances did fall for the away side, just moments after, Southam-Hales’ crossfield ball found the on-running Tom Walker, before played a neat pull-back to find Rooney on the dge of the box whose half-volley whistled agonizingly above the woodwork. 

Emmanuel Sonupe was introduced for the final 15 minutes, in place of Reuban Reid to try and add that missing spark to the Town’s attack, but they still failed to find the cutting edge in the final third. 

 

Yeovil Town: A.SmithD’Ath, Sass-Davies, Dickinson, Kelly; Lee, Knowles, DagnallBradley Quigley, Reid. 

Bookings: Lee, Dagnall

Subs: Smith, Sonupe, Stephens, Heaton, Evans. 

MATCH REPORT | Altrincham – Yeovil Town

Yeovil Town were defeated by Altrincham in a topsy turvy encounter at Moss Lane.

After trailing 2-0 at half-time, Town battled back to be leading 3-2 in the second half thanks to goals from Emmanuel Sonupe, Joe Quigley & Charlie Lee.

However, the home side made the most of their stronger fitness levels, scoring twice late on to claim the points.

Despite the thrilling nature of the game, the afternoon was marred by a terrible injury for Josh Neufville in the first half, which saw the Luton loanee stretchered off in the first half. 

Darren Sarll made just one change to the side that started against Maidenhead United at Huish Park.

Adam Smith kept his place in goal, with Lawson D’Ath taking up an unfamiliar right back role alongside Carl Dickinson, Billy Sass-Davies, and Michael Kelly in the back four.

Lee began in the midfield alongside Chris Dagnall, Neufville and Tom Knowles.

Reuben Reid returned to the side alongside Quigley.

With nothing to play for in wither camp, both sides looked to be forward thinking, giving the 600 Altrincham fans in attendance something to enjoy.

However, spirits were dampened as Neufville seemingly had his season ended prematurely. After a long delay so the Luton loanee could receive treatment, Neufville was stretchered off, with Sonupe on in his place.  

Chances did fall for Yeovil, just moments after the restart, Kelly’s cross found Quigley who flicked the ball into the six-yard box, narrowly escaping Reid who was charging into the area.

Just moments later, Reid was involved in goalmouth action, hitting both posts after Knowles sent him through.

Hitting the post for the third time in the first 15 minutes, Quigley found shooting room for himself, striking the outside of the upright on the left-hand side of the box.
Despite the forward thinking start from Town, it was Alty that struck first, capitalising on Yeovil’s inability to clear the ball through Connor Kirby in the 17th minute.

Not looking to be disheartened, the Glovers continued to press for an equaliser, with a heroic block from the hosts denying Lee’s diving header.

In the 31st minute, the hosts alost scored a carbon copy of their first goal, but this time the green and whites were eventually able to clear their lines.

Taking the onus upon himself, Lee burst beyond the Altrincham midfield and defence in the 34th minute but once faced with the goal, his left footed effort was tame.

Due to Neufville’s injury, there was a lengthy period of added time, totalling eight minutes, time the hosts made the most of, doubling their advantage through Dan Mooney who glanced his header beyond A.Smith.

At the break, Yeovil only had themselves to blame, with a continued failure to capitalise on several clear-cut chances.

It was always going to take some brilliance to spark the Glovers back into life, and that came in the 56th minute as Sonupe pulled a goal back. After excellent build up between Reid and Dagnall, Sonupe drove into the final third and rolled the ball into the bottom corner.

With the wind in Yeovil’s sails, Sarll’s side hunted for an equaliser, and in the 61st minute they were a matter of inches away from one when Reid played a well-weighted cross to the back post but the ball narrowly escaped Quigley who would have had a tap in.

After the ball narrowly escaped his clutches moments earlier, Quigley made no mistake in 69th minute. With the chance coming seemingly out of nothing, A.Smith found Quigley in acres of space. With the freedom of Moss Lane, the towering forward produced a deft finish to level the scoring.

Just three minutes later, Town had turned the game on its head, as a hobbling Lee produced a bullet header from Dickinson’s free-kick, silencing the vocal 600 supporters inside Moss Lane.

However, in the final ten minutes, those fans would have something to celebrate. Substitute Tom Peers turned the ball home after Altrincham played the ball across the Yeovil box.

The hosts’ winner came in very similar fashion, as Josh Hancock poked the ball home beyond a stranded A.Smith, sealing the points and sending the Moss Lane faithful into raptures.

Ultimately it was defeat for Town in the North-West, but it was difficult not sympathise with the Glovers as they gave everything to get back into the game.

 

 

Yeovil Town: A.Smith; D’Ath, Sass-Davies, Dickinson, Kelly; Lee, Knowles, Dagnall, Neufville (Sonupe); Quigley, Reid (Stephens).

Bookings: Lee, Quigley, D’Ath, Dagnall.

Subs not used: Evans, Heaton.

MATCH REPORT | Yeovil Town – Maidenhead United

Ten-man Yeovil Town battled hard for a draw against Maidenhead United as supporters returned to Huish Park.

Luke Wilkinson received his marching orders in the second half, but it was an evening about the context off the pitch, rather than on it.

The safe return of supporters was a great success, with 1,497 Town faithful returning to Huish Park.

Darren Sarll opted for the 4-3-3 formation which brought success against King’s Lynn Town.

Adam Smith began in goal once again, with Carl Dickinson, Luke Wilkinson, Billy Sass-Davies, and Michael Kelly ahead of him.

Charlie Lee began the deepest of the midfield three, with Chris Dagnall and Lawson D’Ath either side of him. Josh Neufville and Tom Knowles flanked Joe Quigley.

With supporters returning to Huish Park for the first time in 444 days, it was always going to be an emotionally charged evening under the lights. There was hardly a dry eye in the house during the fourth minute’s applause in memory of our captain, Lee Collins.

In terms of chances, the best fell to Yeovil in the first half, the majority to Neufville who proved to be Town’s bright spark in the first half.

Playing his first game in front of the Huish Park faithful, Nefuville struck the bar in the 12th minute after he did excellently to cut onto his right foot.

On the ball, the Luton loanee continually caused the visitors defence problems, drifting beyond two markers in the 38th minute before the ball escaped his grasp.

The green and whites best chance fell in the 40th minute as a cross-field pass found Knowles breaking into the box, but his effort from close quarters was saved by James Holdon.

After the break, Town began brightly once again, winning a succession of corners which frustratingly led to nothing.

In a game that was demanding a piece of individual quality, Lee almost provided that, drifting through the Maidenhead team, only to be denied by a heroic block.

Town’s positivity was dampened in the 62nd minute as Wilkinson was sent off, receiving a second yellow card for seemingly punching the ball into the back of the net.

Despite this, Yeovil still looked for an opened, with the sponsors man of the match Lee striking the crossbar with a stunning effort on the volley.

In terms of chances for Maidenhead, A.Smith was rarely tested, only being called into action in the second half making a double save.

Ultimately, the rather drab result did little to dampen the feeling in the stands, with the Yeovil Town support, vocal and happy to be back where they belong.

 

Yeovil Town: A.Smith; Kelly, Wilkinson, Sass-Davies, Dickinson; Lee, Dagnall, D’Ath; Neufville (Sonupe), Knowles, Quigely

Bookings: Dagnall, Wilkinson (RED)

Subs not used: Evans, Heaton, Stephens, Reid.

MATCH REPORT | Yeovil Town – King’s Lynn Town

Tom Knowles’ quickfire double sank King’s Lynn as Yeovil Town returned to winning ways at Huish Park.

Two first half goals built a comfortable advantage for Town, before the visitors pulled a goal back from the spot.

Late in the day, Emmanuel Sonupe opened his Yeovil Town account, slotting home to secure the points were Yeovil’s

Darren Sarll opted for a return to the 4-3-3 formation. Adam Smith began in goal, whilst Carl Dickinson and Luke Wilkinson returned to the defence alongside Billy Sass-Davies and Michael Kelly. 

Charlie Lee began the deepest of the midfield three alongside Lawson D’Ath who made his first start since a long injury lay-off, whilst Chris Dagnall continued in the midfield role he has thrived in. 

Reuben Reid began as a lone striker with Josh Neufville and Knowles flanking him. 

The switch back to the 4-3-3 payed dividends for Town in the opening stages, dominating the ball in the King’s Lynn half. 

It only took nine minutes for this pressure to tell, as Knowles capitalised on Tai Fleming’s slip, drivining into the box and rounding Theo Richardson to open the scoring. 

It was a three-minute double-salvo for Knowles who added his second of the afternoon in spectacular style. After a fine passing move, the former Cambridge man picked up the ball on the edge of the box and placed the ball into the back of the net. 

The returning Wilkinson almost made it three from one of his trademark free-kick’s but strong goalkeeping from Robinson kept King’s Lynn within two. 

Town’s lead was cut in the 21st minute as Wilkinson left a leg in to give the visitors an opportunity to strike from the spot. Journeyman Simeon Jackson stepped up and finished emphatically. 

With the pitch wet due to a continued downpour, tackles were heavy throughout, causing tempers to boil in the latter stages of the half.

Despite the goal, King’s Lynn hardly looked reinvigorated, struggling to create anything of note, whilst Yeovil had another free-kick saved, this time from Dickinson in first half stoppage time. 

After an action-packed opening to the first half, the second couldn’t have been more different, with the best effort either team could muster was Tyler Denton’s hopeful effort from 40-yards for the visitors.

The first real opening of the half came in the 70th minute after Sonny Carey beat A.Smith with his effort inside the box but Wilkinson was there to keep Town ahead.

As the half went on, Sarll looked for fresh impetus from the bench, namely Sonupe and Joe Quigley. It didn’t take long for the two changes to combine, an excellent exchange between the two freed the wide man to fire home his first goal in green and white.

In fairness to the Linnets, they weren’t disheartened by the late goal, as Michael Gash almost pulled one back for King’s Lynn but his header struck the bar, much to the relief of A.Smith.

Ultimately it was a deserved victory for the green and whites who will be looking forward to the return of the Huish Park faithful on Tuesday evening against Maidenhead.

 

Yeovil Town: A.Smith; Dickinson, Sass-Davies, Dickinson, Kelly; Lee, D’Ath (Stephens), Dagnall; Neufville (Sonupe), Reid (Quigley), Knowles. 

Bookings: Wilkinson, Dickinson. 

Subs not used: Evans

MATCH REPORT | Newport County U18’s – Yeovil Town U18’s

The Young Glovers round off a competitive season in the Merit League Division One with a heavy loss at Newport.

Yeovil travelled to South Wales with another opportunity to provide some valuable experience for their youthful squad. Short of several senior players, Head Coach Mark Challen set up with a back four of Brito, Corrbridge, Guppy and Hunter with Heaton, Constanza and skipper Medrano occupying the midfield. Andrews and Skiverton would play in support of striker Benjani Jr.

The home side dominated possession in the opening spell but the first real chance of the game came in the 15thminute when Andrews and Medrano combined down the left before Brito crossed for Benjani Jr whose shot looped narrowly over.

The opening goal for County came in the 18th minute when a free kick from the left caused confusion in the visitor’s box allowing the striker to nip in and pounce from 5 yards, 1-0.

As the half wore on Newport continued to impress with some fine attacking interplay and added to their lead in the 32nd minute when a slick one-two on the edge of the box resulted in a left foot curler into the bottom corner, 2-0.  

Yeovil finished the half strongly as Benjani Jr and Andrews set up a half chance for Skiverton. Shortly after, Corrbridge saw his header saved and then Heaton tried his luck from distance but his shot sailed narrowly over.

County continued to fashion further chances into the second half and the Glovers were indebted to Pike in goal for making a string of saves.

Into the final twenty minutes and Newport grabbed their third via a cruel deflection off Corrbridge which looped over the helpless Pike, 3-0.

The Yeovil legs were beginning to tire and County’s fourth came via a break down the left and a fine finish into the bottom corner, 4-0.

Newport sealed it in the final ten minutes when a run at the heart of the defence led to a one-two and side foot finish to make it 5-0.

The Young Glovers kept going to the end and Skiverton was unlucky not to get on the scoresheet when he cut inside and saw his shot parried to safety.

 

Team: Pike (GK), Hunter, Guppy, Corrbridge, Brito, Heaton, Medrano ©, Constanza, Andrews, Skiverton and Benjani Jr.

 

After a blistering start to the season, Yeovil couldn’t quite maintain the required form over the course of the campaign. There were encouraging signs, with several U16s making their debuts, and the coaching staff will now take stock as they look towards next season.  

Plymouth Argyle were crowned league champions after a 1-1 draw against Cheltenham.

MATCH REPORT | Aldershot Town – Yeovil Town

Ten-man Yeovil Town fell to a defeat in Hampshire against Aldershot Town.

Chike Kandi’s second half goal opened the scoring for the hosts, before Alex Bradley’s red card made Yeovil’s evening increasingly difficult.

With less than ten minutes to go, Aldershot doubled their advantage through Harry Panayiotou securing a victory for Danny Searle’s side.

As injuries ravaged his squad, Darren Sarll’s side had a rather makeshift look to it. Whilst Adam Smith kept his record of starting every game this season, the defence saw Josh Neufville in an unfamiliar right back role alongside Billy Sass-Davies, Michael Kelly and Charlie Lee, who filled in at the middle of the defence.

The midfield saw returns for Emmanuel Sonupe and Alex Bradley, alongside Chris Dagnall and Tom Knowles. Joe Quigley and Reuben Reid combined up top.

It was an electric start in Hampshire with chances falling to both sides in quick succession.

The first for Town came Sonupe’s way in the sixth minute, after Knowles’ long-throw was marshalled well, Yeovil recycled possession finding Sonupe in shooting range, but his effort was blocked.

Just one minute later, the Glovers found shooting room once again. Following some excellent combination between Knowles and Reid, the Glovers wide man burst through, but had his effort heroically cleared by the hosts’ defence.

At the other end, it was almost a worldie for a host to open the scoring as Panayiotou fired wide of the mark on the volley.

Reid’s combination with those around him proved effective in the opening stages, holding the ball up to work space for Dagnall to burst through, but the 35-year-old had his effort saved by Mitch Walker’s legs.

As the half grew on, Aldershot enjoyed more of the ball in Town’s half, but offered very little in terms of goal mouth action.

At the break, despite Yeovil enjoying the better chances, neither team had done enough to claim the advantage.

In the opening stages of the second half, that opening goal came on 51 minutes, but unfortunately for Sarll’s side it was for Aldershot. A deep cross found Chike Kandi at the back post to bundle the ball past A.Smith.

Just four minutes later, Yeovil’s task became even more difficult as Bradley received his marching orders for a heavy challenge on Panayiotou.

The ten-man of Town did huff and puff but struggled to cope with the energy of Aldershot with the man advantage.

In terms of chances, Yeovil’s best fell to Knowles, who hammered an effort from the edge of the box over during the Glovers best spell of possession.

The hosts doubled their advantage with less than ten minutes to go, as Panayiotou made the most of the bodies Yeovil had thrown forward, smashing the ball beyond A.Smith and putting the game to bed.

Next up for Yeovil is a return to Huish Park to face King’s Lynn.

 

Yeovil Town: A.Smith; Neufville, Sass-Davies, Lee, Kelly; Bradley, Dagnall (Stephens), Knowles, Sonupe (D’Ath); Reid, Quigley.

Bookings: Alex Bradley (RED)

Subs not used: Heaton, Medrano, Evans.

 

MATCH REPORT | Wrexham AFC – Yeovil Town

Yeovil Town fell to a disappointing defeat against Wrexham at the Racecourse Ground.

Three first half goals from the visitors built a comfortable advantage for the North Wales side.

Despite an improved showing in the second half, Wrexham were able to comfortably see out the game. 

Darren Sarll opted for the diamond in midfield for Town once again. A.Smith continued as a mainstay in goal, with Kelly, Dickinson, Skendi and Sass-Davies making up the back four.

Matt Worthington began at the base of the diamond with Josh Neufville, Tom Knowles, and Chris Dagnall ahead of him.

Reuben Reid and Joe Quigley led the line.

The Glovers started slowly, and the hosts were able to capitalise, as on 9 minutes defender Shaun Pearson headed home from a corner to open the scoring.

With an already injury hit squad, Sarll would have felt frustrated to watch both Worthington and Skendi hobbling off in the first half as Town trailed by a goal.

Worthington’s replacement, Hunt was involved in the second goal, as Luke Young’s shot spurned off him for the Red Dragons to build a two-goal advantage.

Two became three in the 30th minute as Jordan Davies bent a free kick over the wall and beyond a helpless A.Smith.

There was a slight improvement from Yeovil in the last fifteen minutes of the first half, but a lack of cutting edge meant Robert Lainton was hardly tested.

The second half was a largely drab affair with the hosts able to largely keep Town at arm’s length.

In terms of chances, Yeovil’s best came just moments after the restart with Neufville firing wide from the edge of the box following some well-worked build up.

Wrexham largely dictated the tempo of the affair, rarely looking to cut the Glovers open, it took until 70 minutes for the North Wales side to test A.Smith again, forcing him into a stunning stop from a corner.

With few positives to take from the afternoon, academy graduate Toby Stephens offered a glimmer for Yeovil fans as he made his debut, playing the final ten minutes of the clash.

Ultimately, Yeovil will return to Somerset disappointed that it was a sub-par first half showing that let them down.

 

Yeovil Town: A.Smith; Sass-Davies, Dickinson, Skendi (Sonupe), Kelly; Worthington (Hunt), Neufville, Knowles (Stephens), Dagnall, Quigley, Reid.

Bookings: Dagnall, Knowles

Subs not used: Evans, Murphy.

MATCH REPORT | Yeovil Town U18 1-1 Cheltenham Town U18

After Cheltenham took the lead from a rebounded penalty, Yeovil salvaged a point through skipper Medrano’s close-range finish. The home side pressed for the three points with a much improved second half performance, but honours were even at Alvington.

With the Glovers missing experienced second year graduates Hughes and Lloyd, the home side took some time to settle, and the Robins flew at the home defence with a series of threatening attacking moves. The visitors had a goal chalked off for a foul, before Corrbridge made a great block from the dangerous number nine. Pike was then forced to make an excellent save, pushing the ball round the post. Some nice interplay between Heaton and Medrano down the left lead to a Medrano shot sailing wide but chances were limited, and lone striker Skiverton was struggling for service as the half drew to a close.

Cheltenham continued to press for an opener and a free kick was well saved by Pike before the breakthrough came in the 57th minute. Following a good move down the left, the Robins hit the post and as the ball came out, Andrews committed a foul in the box and a penalty was given. The Cheltenham number nine saw his spot kick saved but was quick to follow up to make it 0-1.

Head Coach Mark Challen looked to re-organise things and deployed Stephens into a more advanced role. The Glovers then put in a vastly improved performance and Guppy saw a header well saved.  Benjani Jr came on for Andrews and not long after, Stephens saw a shot drift narrowly wide. The pressure was mounting however and following a corner and header back across the goal, Medrano found himself in space to stab home the equaliser, 1-1.

An action-packed final quarter saw Pike make an excellent reaction save before Cheltenham were reduced to ten when a player was sent off for impeding a goal kick. Hunter came on for Skiverton in an attacking change as the home side tried to make their extra man count, but it was Cheltenham who nearly stole it until Corrbridge chased back and made a fantastic sliding tackle. In the dying moments Yeovil thought they had the game won but a header from a corner crashed against the post and ran to safety.

 

Team: Pike (GK), Brito, Haste, Corrbridge, Medrano ©, Stephens, Guppy, Constanza, Andrews (Benjani Jr. 60) Heaton, Skiverton (Hunter 80)

 

The Glovers go to Newport on 8th May for their final game in the Merit League 1 with the title now out of reach.

MATCH REPORT | Yeovil Town – FC Halifax Town

Yeovil Town fell to a cruel defeat against FC Halifax Town on Bank Holiday Monday.

A first half penalty claimed the lead for the play-off chasing visitors, but Town will feel hard done by not to leave with something, having multiple seemingly blatant penalty shouts waved away.

Two late goals added shine to a result which ultimately flattered FC Halifax Town.

Darren Sarll made just one change to the Yeovil Town side which beat Wealdstone on Saturday afternoon. 

Adam Smith kept his place in goal, whilst Michael Kelly, Albi Skendi, Billy Sass-Davies, and captain Carl Dickinson started in defence.

After picking up a yellow card on Saturday, Charlie Lee took his total to ten meaning and sat out against the Shaymen. This saw a return of the midfield diamond, comprising of Jimmy Smith, Tom Knowles, Josh Neufville and Chris Dagnall.

Reuben Reid returned to the starting side to partner Joe Quigley. There was also a first squad inclusion for Toby Stephens who started on the bench. 

Despite coming into the game full of confidence, it was difficult for either side to play any resemblance of fluid football due to the intense wind carrying the ball across the Huish Park pitch.

This meant Town were limited to shots from distance in the opening 45 minutes, with Reid going closest with his first-time effort in the 6th minute.

The one-dimension nature of the game was highlighted in Halifax’s opener, after Tom Bradbury sent through Billy Chadwick in the left channel, the forward got the wrong side of Skendi to earn a penalty which Luke Summerfield calmly dispatched.

Despite their lead, Halifax were penned in their half, with little they could do about it due to the ball catching in the wind every time it was cleared forward.

However, this also made Town’s afternoon difficult, with the visitors dropping so deep that routes in behind were almost impossible to find, despite driving runs from the likes of Neufville and Knowles.

At the break it was hard to say who deserved the lead, but Halifax were the ones who held it.

After a poor first half on the footballing front, the second was certainly a better watch, with Town on the hunt for an equaliser.

Just two minutes into the half, Reid smashed an effort against the post from around 25-yards out, setting the tone for the half to come.

Knowles was his typical dangerous self from dead ball situations, going agonisingly close twice in the second half, forcing an excellent stop from Sam Johnson with his second effort.

The ball was just a matter of inches away from Yeovil being level in the 60th minute, as Dagnall failed to turn the ball home after it broke through to him following Quigley’s flicked header.

As the half entered it’s closing stages, Town were denied two seemingly clear-cut penalties, the first on Quigley as he was dragged down in the box following a corner, yet the referee was unmoved.

However, the second decision was by far the worst, as Reid broke beyond his marker, the forward was hauled down with no attempt to win the ball, yet once again the referee waved play on. To add salt to the wound, Halifax then went up the other end to double their advantage through Kieran Green.

In the dying embers of the affair, the visitors added a third as substitute Alex Bradley misjudged his header, sending the ball through to Jake Hyde to complete the visitor’s effective afternoon.

Despite the comfortable score line, the game was far from that for FC Halifax Town, as Yeovil will leave Huish Park scratching their heads as to how they’ve walked away comfortably beaten.

Yeovil Town: A.Smith; Dickinson, Sass-Davies, Skendi (Hunt), Kelly; J.Smith (Bradley), Neufville, Knowles, Dagnall (Sonupe); Quigley, Reid.

Bookings: Skendi, Dickinson, Reid, J.Smith.

Subs not used: Bradley, Hunt, Stephens

MATCH REPORT | Wealdstone – Yeovil Town

Yeovil Town secured a victory on the road for the first time since early March as Darren Sarll’s side beat Wealdstone at Grosvenor Vale.

First half goals from Tom Knowles and Joe Quigley separated the two sides

Darren Sarll named an unchanged side after a comfortable victory over Solihull Moors. That meant, Adam Smith remained in goal, with a back four of Michael Kelly, Billy Sass-Davies, Albi Skendi and Carl Dickinson ahead of him. 

Sticking with the midfield diamond, Charlie Lee started at the base, with Jimmy Smith, Tom Knowles, and Chris Dagnall further forward. 

Luton loanee Josh Neufville partnered hat-trick hero Joe Quigley up front. 

On the bench for Town, there was a return from injury for Alex Bradley, whilst Reuben Reid, Max Hunt, Emmanuel Sonupe and Max Evans all waited in the wings. 

Picking up where they left off against the Moors, it was one-way traffic throughout the first half. With Town’s first chance falling in the second minute as Sass-Davies headed wide from Dickinson’s free-kick.

Just three minutes later, Quigley almost opened the scoring as he burst through the left channel, but a heroic block denied the towering forward.

With both sides occupying the lower reaches of the disciplinary table, it was no surprise to see temper flare, as Lee and former Glover Connor Smith became the first players in the referee’s book.

On fifteen minutes, Town opened the scoring via a rocket from Knowles. As the ball fell to the former Cambridge man at the edge of the box, he released a lethal effort for a deserved opener.

With the wind in Town’s sails, one became two on 23 minutes as Quigley struck for the fourth time in two games, making the most of relentless pressure and pouncing on Kelly’s blocked shot with a cool finish beyond Jake Askew.

In truth, the hosts looked a shell of the side which held Yeovil at Huish Park in October, looking blunt in attack, and weak at the back.

Sarll would’ve been disappointed not to see his side three goals to the good at the break, with Knowles close to doubling his tally after another thunderous strike, this time on the volley flew narrowly wide of Askew’s goal.

The second half saw a much more even affair, with Wealdstone pressing for a route back into the game.

Despite a lack of clear-cut chances for the hosts, Wealdstone did have a penalty shout waved away after Sass-Davies left a leg in on Charlee Hughes.

That being said, Yeovil Town could also feel hard-done-by on the penalty front, with Sass-Davies himself being seemingly fouled in the area.

After a difficult first half, young goalkeeper Askew will be pleased with his second half performance, with two stunning saves in the space of two minutes, denying Sass-Davies and Quigley who got on the end of Dickinson’s corners.

As the half ticked on and legs tired, Neufville and his driving runs grew into the game even more, as he almost combined with substitute Reid but some last ditch defending blocked his effort.

The closing stages saw a welcome return for Alex Bradley in the place of Neufville, taking a midfield position he is yet to play for the Glovers.

Ultimately, Town’s scintillating first half performance was enough to secure a well-earned three points in West London.

 

Yeovil Town: A.Smith; Dickinson, Sass-Davies, Skendi, Kelly; Lee, J.Smith, Knowles (Sonupe), Dagnall, Neufville (Bradley); Quigley (Reid).

Bookings: Lee, Quigley, Dagnall, Skendi. 

Subs not used:  Hunt, Evans.

MATCH REPORT | Yeovil Town – Solihull Moors

Joe Quigley made the headlines as his perfect hat-trick secured a 3-0 victory for Yeovil Town over Solihull Moors.

Looking to avenge Saturday’s defeat, Quigley returned to the side and made an instant impact, opening the scoring, turning home his penalty with a diving header which was initially saved by Ryan Boot.

Adding to his tally in the second half with two stunning finishes with both feet for a night to remember at Huish Park for the Glovers forward.

After a humbling defeat on Saturday, Darren Sarll made four changes as he hunted revenge. Adam Smith remained in goal, whilst Albi Skendi dropped into the defence alongside Michael Kelly, Billy Sass-Davies, and Carl Dickinson. 

The midfield saw a surprising inclusion of Chris Dagnall who started at the tip of the diamond alongside Charlie Lee, Tom Knowles, and Jimmy Smith. Town’s forward line was changed completed as Joe Quigley partnered Luton Town loanee Josh Neufville.

Despite the abundance of changes, it was the visitors that started the brighter, with the first chance coming in the fifth minute. Joe Sbarra had the Moors’ effort but a strong save from A.Smith kept the Glovers level.

It took the fresh faces of Yeovil Town 20 minutes to begin to threaten, firstly with a speculative effort from Knowles which almost played through Dagnall, but some excellent defending from Jordan Cranston ushered the ball into Ryan Boot’s gloves.

After an even opening, Town were offered a golden chance to go in front on 27 minutes as Quigley was fouled in the box earning the Glovers a penalty. Quigley stepped up to take, and after his initial effort was saved, he followed up and headed home the opener.

Quigley almost had a second in as many minutes as his header was cleared off the line following Dickinson’s corner.

The goal bled confidence into the Yeovil players with chances continuing to fall, the best falling to Knowles who hooked his effort from the edge of the box wide on the stroke of half-time.

At the break, the Glovers held a deserved lead, and it didn’t take long for them to double it in the second. Once again, Quigley provided the finishing touch as Dickinson’s inviting cross to the front post was poked home by the towering forward in the 55th minute.

Learning from Saturday’s mistakes, Yeovil excellently held the visitors at arm’s length, restricting them to shots from distance, most notably Callum Maycock’s first time effort on 61 minutes.

Putting the icing on the cake in the 72 minute, Quigley fired home his third goal with a sublime finish on his left foot. After Knowles’ deep free kick was flicked on by Skendi, the Yeovil Town number 19 reacted first to hammer the ball home and complete a memorable night.

Substitutes followed which highlighted Town’s attacking intent, with Emmanuel Sonupe getting some valuable minutes in his road to recovery.

Solihull Moors almost pulled back a late consolation in injury time as former Yeovil man Adam Rooney couldn’t quite get a clean connection on his poked effort and allowing A.Smith to claim easily.

All in all, it was an excellent night for Town, showing real resolve to bounce back and claim victory a comfortable result against a side who had done the same to them just days ago.

Next up for Sarll’s side is a trip to Wealdstone to face Stuart Maynard’s Wealdstone.

 

Yeovil Town: A.Smith; Kelly, Sass-Davies, Skendi, Dickinson; Lee (Worthington), Knowles (Sonupe), J.Smith, Neufville, Dagnall (Murphy); Neufville, Quigley

Subs not used: Reid, Hunt.  

MATCH REPORT | Yeovil Town – Solihull Moors

Yeovil Town were defeated in the Midlands as Solihull Moors were the 5-1 victors at Damson Park.

After the hosts took a first half lead, Murphy levelled the affair early on in the second half.

However, the Glovers were level for all of two minutes as the hosts struck back two minutes later. The hosts didn’t let up, running riot in the closing stages to secure a comfortable victory.

Darren Sarll opted for a return to the diamond formation which has been used to great success since the turn of the year. Adam Smith retained his spot in goal, with Carl Dickinson, Billy Sass-Davies, Luke Wilkinson, and Michael Kelly in an inverted wing-back role. The midfield four consisted of Jimmy Smith, Matt Worthington, Tom Knowles, and Albi Skendi. Rhys Murphy returned to the starting line-up after a full week’s training alongside Reuben Reid.

Although there was little in the game, the hosts started the brighter, claiming first chance of the afternoon as Justin Donawa fired over the bar from the edge of the box.

Knowles has provided the attacking spark for Town in recent weeks, and once again he provided that impetus for the Glovers in the first half. He stole the ball in midfield on 9 minutes. He then drove into the Solihull half with real intent, but the hosts marshalled him well and blocked his effort.

When Knowles wasn’t in the game, long ball was the focus of Town’s attacks, and one almost came off as a hopeful pass found Albi Skendi in the box, he brought the ball down well, but his initial effort was blocked. The ball then fell kindly to Reuben Reid who also couldn’t direct his effort beyond the Solihull defence.

Towering midfielder James Ball came closest to opening the scoring in the opening stages striking the post from around 25-yards out.

As the half grew on, the hosts started enjoying more and more of the ball in the Glovers’ half.

This eventually paid dividends on 25 minutes, as the smallest man in the box Donawa headed home Jordan Cranston’s corner to open the scoring.

Moments following the goal, Town’s afternoon became even more difficult with Wilkinson forced off the pitch with an injury, however Max Hunt was a more than capable replacement for the former Stevenage man.

One almost became two just minutes later, the always-bright Ball drove into the box but a sublime save from A.Smith denied the hosts.

As the half entered its closing stages, the hosts were happy to hold on to the slim advantage they had controlling the midfield until the half time whistle came.

The Glovers needed fresh ideas to break down the Moors, and that came in the form of Josh Neufville as he replaced J.Smith at the interval. 

Since his stunning free-kick against Dagenham, Knowles has established himself as Yeovil’s go-to set-piece taker. He had an opportunity to fire on goal in the opening stages of the second, but his effort didn’t beat the wall.

After some confusion, Yeovil Town did find an equaliser through top scorer Murphy. The ball was played through to Murphy via a deflection who needed no invitation to slot home. However, the linesman had his flag up, but the referee overruled him, and the goal was given.

Town’s lead lasted all of two minutes with the Moors scoring from a set-piece once again. Ben Usher-Shipway’s long throw was flicked on by Kyle Hudlin into the path of Donawa, who lashed home from the edge of the six-yard box for his second of the game.

Just moments later, the hosts added a third through Hudlin. After Cranston’s free kick was cleared, Joe Sbarra clipped the ball back in for Hudlin to head home.

Looking to find a way back into the game, Town switch to a 4-3-3, with Neufville, Murphy and Reid making up the forward positions. The switch in formation stretched the hosts, winning free kicks in dangerous positions. Most notably, Worthington’s delivery caused havoc in the Solihull box. Hunt looked the most likely to get onto it but some last ditch defending saved the Moors.

However, despite Town’s attacking efforts, it was Solihull who found another. Ball worked space for himself within the left channel and drilled an effort beyond A.Smith to put the result beyond doubt.

Solihull didn’t let up in the closing stages, adding a fifth in stoppage time as Donawa completed his hat-trick on the counterattack, putting the icing on a comfortable victory.

The Glovers have the chance to put the result right on Tuesday evening with Solihull travelling to Huish Park.

 

 

Yeovil Town: A.Smith; Kelly, Sass-Davies, Wilkinson (Hunt), Dickinson; J.Smith (Neufville), Knowles (Lee), Worthington, Skendi; Reid, Murphy

Subs not used: Dagnall, Quigley.

 

 

MATCH REPORT | Yeovil Town U18 0-3 Plymouth Argyle U18

Yeovil fail to take first half chances as Argyle hold firm to take a deserved three points.

With both teams looking for the win after respective drawn games at the weekend, you could be forgiven for thinking it might take a little time for this game to get started. Far from it.

Under sunny skies at Alvington, Argyle were quickly into their stride, displaying a familiar high press and intensity giving the home side little time to dwell on the ball. The early goal came in the 12th minute when a cross from the right was headed into the bottom corner, 0-1.

Yeovil will be left to rue key moments in a brief dominant spell during the first half when Andrews created two golden opportunities. The first, an interception and pass, sent Lloyd on his way but the keeper forced him wide and the young striker could only find the side netting. Shortly after, Andrews put Lloyd through on goal once more, but the in-form striker saw his tame shot easily saved.

Argyle continued to play with a confidence and swagger, forcing a flurry of corners and goal threats which the home defence did well to repel. But it was Yeovil who next fashioned a great opportunity when Hughes and Lloyd produced some nice interplay on the right before Hughes sent his drive narrowly wide.

On the half hour mark Dragos Ojog produced an excellent save to keep the visitors at bay with Corrbridge bravely blocking the follow up, before the defensive line took a further hit when Lye was forced to exit the game due to a shoulder injury. Young Brito came on in his place. Talismanic midfielder Stephens tried to wrestle back the initiative for the Glovers, embarking on several trademark driving runs and seeing a chance head over the bar. But as the half drew to a close it was Argyle who extended their lead, when the young striker was allowed to get his head on a cross which rolled into the net, 0-2.

The Young Glovers set out to reduce the deficit early on, but the streetwise defence of Argyle held firm and any Yeovil advances were quickly snuffed out. Argyle, always quick on the counter, got their third on the hour mark when the speedy striker put away his chance following a rebound, 0-3.

During the final quarter Hughes picked up a yellow for a late challenge before Hunter came on for his debut to try and salvage something from the game. Lloyd operating down the channels in the final minutes created a chance for Hunter but the young striker couldn’t find his feet and the chance was gone.  Stephens continued to drive the team forward in search of a consolation goal, but amidst a series of late scuffles, with both sides committed to the cause, Hughes saw red and the visitors closed out the match.

With two games to go in this competitive league Yeovil still have time to turn things around. The next fixture is away to Newport on 8th May. 

MATCH REPORT | Bristol Rovers U18 2-2 Yeovil Town U18

Mark Challen’s U18 side returned to Merit League Division 1 action at the weekend, returning with a point to preserve their unbeaten start to the campaign.  With both sides taking the opportunity to field U16 players and offer them further valuable match experience, it was a competitive contest and one for both coaches to caste an eye over their squads.

The Young Glovers set up with playmakers Hughes and Stephens adopting deep lying roles, allowing Skiverton and Heaton to play up in support of lone front-man Lloyd.

After an early chance and spell of possession for Rovers, their confidence grew and it was no surprise to see them take the lead in the 15th minute.  After the Glovers gave away possession in defence, the ball fell out toward the edge of the box and a fine strike was soon nestling in the net,  1-0. With a few further defensive lapses, Yeovil were lucky not to concede again as they struggled to settle.

At the midway point of the half, the Glovers woke from their slumber and following a great run and pass from Stephens, Lloyd put a good chance just past the post. Heaton was next to try his luck and drew a fine save from the keeper. With Yeovil now firmly in the ascendancy and Lloyd proving to be a menace with his probing runs down the channels, the in-form marksman headed a route one clearance from goal past the onrushing keeper before coolly slotting home to finish, 1-1.

A great team move, which started with Corrbridge at the back and involved Constanza, Stephens and Heaton, nearly resulted in a further goal when Skiverton squared to Haste who saw his shot deflect narrowly wide. As the half drew to a close there was still chance for Lloyd to smash a shot against the post after masterfully taking down a high through ball.

Rovers began the second half as they did the first, in confident fashion and probing for opportunities, but the Young Glovers soon found their stride and after a sustained period of possession Stephens clipped a ball forward from a defensive position which set Lloyd on his way to beat the offside trap and grab his second goal of the game, 1-2. The young striker has now notched 7 goals in 3 games of Merit League football and is clearly in a rich vein of form.

As the half wore on, Challen made some changes with Brito coming on for Lye and slotting into a left back position and Haste moving into a more central defensive role.  Andrews then came on for Skiverton as the match entered its final quarter. There were further chances at either end before Rovers grabbed their equaliser after some uncertainty in the Yeovil defence, 2-2.

Stephens almost snatched a late winner after a mazy run through the defence, but it was not to be and the game ended a tie.

The Young Glovers are back in action midweek with a home game against Plymouth Argyle on 20th April.

MATCH REPORT | Yeovil Town – Boreham Wood

An emotional return to Huish Park for the first time since Lee Collins’ passing saw Yeovil Town secure a hard-fought three points.

If a performance could personify Collins, it would be this one, resilient, determined and ultimately ending up with the victory.

Tom Knowles’ first half strike proved the difference, but he and his teammates knew today was about much more important things than three points.

Darren Sarll adopted a 4-3-3 formation for the fixture. Adam Smith continued his run of playing every minute this season, with Michael Kelly, a returning Luke Wilkinson, Billy Sass-Davies, and Carl Dickinson starting at the back.

Battling it out in the middle of the park was Jimmy Smith, Albi Skendi and Matt Worthington, whilst the front three consisted of Knowles, Josh Neufville and Reuben Reid.

It’s was a slow start to proceedings, with both sides looking to gain a foothold on the game.

The first chance of the afternoon took fifteen minutes to fall, as an excellent drilled cross from Skendi looked destined for Reid but a heroic flick from Tom Champion saved the visitors.

Looking for an attacking spark, Knowles began to provide it, almost finding himself through one-on-one after a deft flick to the ball away from two Wood defenders.

As the half grew on, Town looked the more likely to score, and almost did via a helping hand from Femi Ilesanmi who forced a save from his own goalkeeper.

On 28 minutes, Town’s positive attitude paid dividends. After some build up, Worthington found Skendi who drilled the ball into Knowles’ path to open the scoring. Surrounded by his teammates, it was clear to see just how much this goal meant to all associated with the club, as Knowles raised his hands to the sky as a tribute to our captain.

More efforts followed as Knowles and Worthington fired from distance, but at the break, Town held a slim advantage.

It took a while for the second half to kick into life, with Boreham Wood enjoying a lot of the ball, but struggling to do anything with it.

Those watching would have anticipated a second half bombardment, that in truth did not materialise, with Luke Garrard’s side waiting until 65 minutes for the chasing visitors to even fashion an opening of note, with Tyrone Marsh heading over from the edge of the six-yard box.

Yet, this was as much as A.Smith had to worry about, with the visitor’s long ball football offering very few opportunities for their forward line.

In contrast, Yeovil Town were just happy to run the clock down, making smart fouls and holding the ball when they could to hold onto the three points.

However, the Glovers did have opportunities, with the always bright Knowles flicking Wilkinson’s free kick back into the box and catching the visiting defences at sixes and sevens but eventually they cleared their lines.

On 85 minutes, Boreham Wood did test A.Smith again, as Corey Whitely fired a free kick into the bottom left corner, only for the Yeovil number one to palm the former Ebbsfleet man’s effort wide.

As legs began to tire, Sarll looked to his bench for reinforcement, with Rhys Murphy, Charlie Lee and Joe Quigley coming into the fold and effectively applying Yeovil’s gameplan.

In the end, Yeovil held onto a deserved three points, on an afternoon that will be remembered far more for the context of the game, rather than the game itself.

Sleep tight, Captain.

 

Yeovil Town: A.Smith; Kelly, Wilkinson, Sass-Davies, Dickinson; Smith, Skendi, Worthington; Neufville, Knowles, Reid

Bookings: Worthington, Neufville, Knowles, Kelly.

Subs not used: Dagnall, Hunt.

MATCH REPORT | Positive Performances from U18s at Millfield Tournament

The academy squad headed to Millfield School to partake in a development tournament alongside Forest Green Rovers, MK Dons, Loughborough University and the hosts. Confidence grew as the tournament progressed and Head Coach Mark Challen would have been pleased with the growing optimism within the squad. There was also a chance to introduce new signings Dan Brito and Benjani Jnr and see a welcome return from injury for Adam Heaton.

After a tough first match against Loughborough University resulting with a 3-0 loss, the Young Glovers hit their strides with a combative performance and 1-0 win against Forest Green Rovers before a scintillating performance in a 5-1 victory over Millfield.

In Sunday’s first match against Rovers, Yeovil had to weather an early storm from a well organised and potent opposition who saw an early header flash wide, and a stinging shot smash onto the crossbar. After the break the Young Glovers fashioned a few half chances for Lloyd, before Benjani Jnr stroked home the decisive goal after a fantastic move down the left involving Haste, Medrano and Lloyd and a great headed knockdown from Skiverton, 1-0. Rovers pressed for an equaliser, but some smart saves by Dragos in goal and with a defence well organised by Lye and Corrbridge, they preserved the win.

The final game saw Yeovil go up against Millfield School and a fantastic team performance ensured they finished the day in style. Lloyd scored his first following some fine interplay between Haste and Medrano down the left, 1-0. The Young Glovers were now buzzing, and Heaton and Hughes set up further chances for Lloyd and Benjani Jnr before a great run and cross from Medrano set up Skiverton, who fired confidently past the keeper to make it 2-0. Yeovil were now in full flow and a typical marauding run from Lloyd saw him beat two defenders before clipping a shot inside the post, 3-0.

At the start of the second half Yeovil profited further when Stephens, after initially losing the ball, battled tenaciously to retrieve the situation and thread a sublime pass through to Lloyd who bagged his hat-trick to make it 4-0.  The Young Glovers, playing controlled possession football, scored once more after some great work from Brito down the right set up Lloyd who squared to an advancing Haste, 5-0. To their credit Millfield dug in and snatched a late consolation goal with a header following a cross from the left, 5-1.

The tournament served its purpose well as a very useful development exercise for the squad. With a few regulars unavailable, and Constanza having to sit out the final game after picking up an injury, there were valuable playing minutes for all, including Graziano, Andrews, Skiverton and the new and returning players.

Plenty of positives for Challen to ponder with his evolving and developing squad.

Yeovil return to action in the Merit League on 17th April with a trip to Bristol Rovers.

MATCH REPORT | Yeovil Town – Barnet F.C.

Yeovil Town produced a stunning first half performance to beat Barnet 3-1 at Huish Park.

Bouncing back from Tuesday’s late heartbreak, the Glovers showed real eagerness to put the result behind them, finding an early goal through Tom Knowles.

Further goals followed as Charlie Lee and Josh Neufville got in on the act before the end of the first half to build a comfortable advantage.

Darren Sarll made one change to the side which drew with Notts County on Tuesday. The goalkeeper and defence remained the same as Adam Smith began in goal, with Carl Dickinson, Max Hunt, Albi Skendi and Michael Kelly ahead of him. 

The diamond returned for Town, Lee began at the base of it, with Matt Worthington, Knowles and Neufville further forward. 

Chris Dagnall returned to the fold alongside Reuben Reid who retained his place up front. 

With the visitors occupying bottom spot, Town looked to make their mark on the game quickly.

In the 6th minute, the hosts had their first opening, Dagnall was played through by a misplaced Barnet header but some heroic defending from the Bees denied the experienced forward.

However, it didn’t take long for Yeovil to open the scoring. Breaking with pace, a stunning counterattack was capped off by Knowles’ pile driver from around 25-yards after Nefuville played the ball into his feet on 11 minutes.

Knowles was involved once again as Sarll’s side doubled its advantage. The former Cambridge man sent a deep cross into Reid who headed the ball into Lee’s path as he sent a sumptuous volley into the bottom corner.

 

It was almost three through an unlikely source, as Dickinson had his shot on the turn cleared by the Bees on the line.

The Glovers got the third they deserved on 34 minutes as Luton loanee Neufville capped off a great first half. Nobody could get a touch on Neufville as he danced through the Barnet defence and fired beyond Azaze.

With a comfortable advantage, Sarll looked to marshall through the second half and save the fitness of players after a busy schedule. After playing every game since signing, Reid was replaced by Quigley in the opening stages of the half. 

On 68 minutes, the visitors scored a consolation as Kefalas headed beyond A.Smith to cut the advantage to two. 

Yet, this did little to chip away the Glovers confidence, effectively dominating possession and keeping the Bees at arms length. 

The second half also saw an opportunity to give Emmanuel Sonupe some minutes after a long injury lay-off. 

Ultimately, neither side did much to test either goalkeeper in the closing stages as Town claimed a valuable victory at Huish Park.

 

Yeovil Town: A.Smith; Dickinson, Skendi, Hunt, Kelly; Lee, Worthington, Knowles (J.Smith), Neufville (Sonupe); Reid (Quigley), Dagnall.

Subs not used: Collins, Warburton.

 

MATCH REPORT | Yeovil Town – Notts County

A second half fightback from Notts County saw Yeovil Town draw 2-2 at Huish Park.

First half goals from Jimmy Smith and Reuben Reid built a two-goal cushion for Town.

However, the second half saw the visitors claw their way back into the game, through late goals from Enzio Boldewijn and Rueben Rodrigues.

With his side ravaged by injuries, Darren Sarll altered his system against the Magpies, lining up in a 4-3-3 formation.

A.Smith retained his place in goal, whilst Michael Kelly, Albi Skendi, Max Hunt and Carl Dickinson began at the back.

Town’s deepest midfielder was Charlie Lee, with Matt Worthington and Jimmy Smith either side of him.

Starting with a front three for the first time this season, Josh Neufville, Reuben Reid and Tom Knowles led the attacking line for the Glovers.

As the sole striker, Reid’s found himself playing facing the goal more often than with his back to it. The Glovers number 33 burst beyond the County defence in the 4th minute but his effort was tame and straight into Slocombe’s legs.

Despite enjoying their fair share of the ball, chances were far from clear-cut, with Mark Ellis’ shot in anger the best chance for Neil Ardley’s side in the opening stages.

Ben Turner has spurned Notts County’s best chance of the first half, sending his header way over the bar from the edge of the six-yard box.

On Saturday, Sarll remarked that Notts County were dominant in the middle of the park, but it was Yeovil who ran the show in the first half at Huish Park. Worthington’s tireless work ethic almost earned a goal for Town as he refused to give up on a loose ball, but his blocked shot forced a corner.
From the corner, Town did in fact take the lead on 29 minutes. An excellent delivery from Kelly caused havoc in the box as the ball was flicked on by Lee. Although he may have known little about it, the ball found its way to J.Smith at the back post to turn the ball home.

One quickly became two, with Reid adding Yeovil’s second from the spot in the 36th minute. The system change caught Notts County off guard, Knowles was a continual threat on the right flank, and he was hauled down by Turner after the former Cambridge man got the wrong side of him in the box. After a short delay, Reid stepped up and converted his third goal since returning to Somerset.

At the break, Sarll’s side held a deserved advantage based on their forward-thinking mentality.

The second half, Notts County rang the changes early on in an attempt to get back into the game. This meant it didn’t take long for Town to change things up, adopting a diamond formation once again with Knowles dropping into the midfield and Neufville partnering Reid.

With Notts County throwing players forward, Yeovil looked to break with pace, Neufville had Town’s best chance as he poked the ball beyond Slocombe but his effort trickled narrowly wide.

As the half wore on, the visitors didn’t look like scoring until a moment of magic from Boldewijn who spun on the ball at the edge of the box and hammered his effort into the top corner.

With a goal under their belts, Notts County’s confidence only grew finding an equaliser just eight minutes later as substitute Rodrigues turned the ball in at the back post.

In the closing stages, Yeovil looked dead on their feet, as only the visiting side looking like they were going to score. They almost did in stoppage time as Kyle Wootton somehow missing the target from six yards out.

Ultimately, the Glovers were able to hang on for a point but will be frustrated to let a comfortable advantage slip against a promotion favourite.

 

Yeovil Town: A.Smith; Dickinson, Skendi, Hunt, Kelly; Lee, Worthington (Warburton), J.Smith; Knowles, Neufville, Reid (Quigley).

Bookings: A.Smith.

Subs not used: Evans, Sonupe, Dagnall

MATCH REPORT | Yeovil Town U18’s 2-2 Exeter City U18’s

Alfie Lloyd bagged a brace to secure a hard fought 2 – 2 draw for the Glovers against the Grecians.

Yeovil continued their quest for success in the Merit League as they welcomed Exeter City to Alvington on matchday two.

Riding high after last week’s opening league victory, the Young Glovers, adopting a 4-3-2-1 formation, gained the early initiative when a fine through ball over the top from Stephens was controlled and expertly finished by Lloyd to make it 1-0.

Yeovil’s early play was full of purpose and belief and they were unfortunate not to score a second when Hughes saw a drilled shot palmed to safety by the City keeper. The menacing runs of Aborra and Lloyd were causing havoc in the opposing back line and another shot from Hughes sailed narrowly over.

Exeter City have a famed academy pedigree and began to raise their game as the half wore on. The equaliser came in the 27th minute as striker Hanson buried a cross from the right with a fine hooked volley, 1-1. The goal seemed to rattle the home team and City went ahead just minutes later when Nevile rose highest to head home a free kick to make it 1-2. The final stages of the half saw the Young Glovers dig deep and defend a series of threatening attacking moves to hold off the visitors and gain a welcome break.

Yeovil began the second half much like the first and Medrano, playing in a more advanced role for this game, saw an early header go just over. The Glovers passed up a great opportunity to equalise after an excellent pass from Hughes set Lloyd on his way, but the young striker could only fire over. City sent on replacements as the half wore on but it was Yeovil who snatched an equaliser, Lloyd continuing his fine goalscoring form with a close-range finish following a corner, 2-2.

Head Coach Mark Challen would have been delighted with his team’s response and Stephens, who was displaying a keen knack for turning defence into attack, saw a low shot drift wide as the Glovers chased another goal. Andrews and Skiverton came on for home team but the final 10 minutes of an absorbing match saw Exeter gain the upper hand. In the 84th minute Lye was adjudged to have committed a foul on the edge of the box which gave City a chance to take the lead from the penalty spot. Substitute Cox saw his low drive well saved by Pike and the Glovers breathed a sigh of relief.  Minutes later Exeter thought they had the game won but a rasping shot from deep cannoned of the crossbar, bounced on the line and was cleared to safety. In a frantic finish Aborra and Lloyd combined well once more, but on this occasion the normally lethal Lloyd couldn’t get his shot away.

In what was a great advert for academy football the final score was 2-2.

Next up for Yeovil is a home match versus Plymouth Argyle in the Merit League on April 3rd.

MATCH REPORT | Notts County – Yeovil Town

Yeovil Town suffered defeat on the road at Meadow Lane as Notts County were the 2-0 victors.

Two stunning strikes in the closing stages of each half separated the sides as the hosts managed the game effectively throughout.

For Town, the biggest worry will be the hamstring injury to Rhys Murphy who limped off during the second half.

There were three changes for Yeovil Town following Tuesday’s defeat to Bromley at Huish Park.

Alex Bradley, Charlie Lee and Joe Quigley made way for Tom Knowles, Jimmy Smith and Reuben Reid.

Bradley’s absence forced Josh Neufville into an unfamiliar right back role, alongside him in the defence started Max Hunt, Billy Sass Davies and Carl Dickinson who captained the side, Adam Smith began in goal behind them.

J.Smith returned to the base of the diamond with Knowles and Matt Worthington in the wider roles, Albi Skendi began at the tip of the diamond.

Reid returned to the starting line-up to partner Murphy.

It took both sides a while to get going in the fixture, with very few incisive attacks breaking down either defence throughout the fixture.

The game began in a rather scappy manner in truth, with that characterised by Knowles receiving a yellow card for getting an elbow to the face in the 10th minute.

It took until the 22nd minute for the first real opening of the afternoon, which fell to Notts County’s Jake Reeves. The ball dropped kindly for the Magpies number four at the edge of the box but A.Smith was equal to his effort, palming it over the bar.

Town’s best piece of play came in the 33rd minute; Skendi did excellently to beat two Notts County defenders, he then played the ball into Reid’s path who couldn’t quite get the ball out from under his feet to test Sam Slocombe, an attack which largely showcased the green and whites lack of cutting edge in Nottingham.

Comparatively, Notts seemed to have that extra bit of quality in front of goal which saw the hosts strike ahead on 40 minutes. Reeves’ free-kick from around 35-yards flew into the top corner to leave A.Smith stranded.

At the break, Notts may have felt a fortunate to be ahead with very little in terms of the ebb and flow of the game.

The second half was played in a similar manner to the first, with the Magpies midfield effectively dictating the tempo of the game in their favour.

An already disappointing afternoon became even worse as top scorer Murphy hobbled off with a hamstring injury.

On 78 minutes, the hosts were able to double their advantage in similarly spectacular style, a sublime first time strike from wide-man Jordan Barnett powered the ball through bodies and into the back of the net, essentially killing the game as a contest.

One final chance did fall to Town as the game entered stoppage time, with substitute Chris Dagnall firing into Slocombe’s gloves, but ultimately it was too little, too late with the Glovers falling to a defeat on the road.

 

Yeovil Town: A.Smith; Dickinson (Kelly), Sass-Davies, Hunt, Worthington; J.Smith, Neufville, Knowles (Quigley), Skendi; Reid, Murphy (Dagnall).

Bookings: Knowles

Subs not used: Evans

MATCH REPORT | Yeovil Town – Bromley

Yeovil Town’s seven game winning run at Huish Park came to an end on Tuesday evening as Bromley left Somerset with all three points.

After a quiet first half, the game exploded to life in the second with Michael Cheek opening the scoring for the visitors, with Rhys Murphy then pulling one back in the 63rd minute from the spot.

As the game entered it’s dying stages, it looked as if the game would finish level, but a freak own goal from Reuben Reid caused late heartbreak for Town.  

Darren Sarll opted for two changes from the side which beat Woking at Huish Park.

The goalkeeper and defence remained unchanged with Adam Smith starting in goal, and Carl Dickinson, Max Hunt, Billy Sass-Davies, and Alex Bradley lining up at the back.

Charlie Lee began at the base of the diamond for the second successive game, whilst Matt Worthington returned to the side to start alongside Josh Neufville and Albi Skendi.

Murphy retained his spot upfront after his two-goal performance against Woking whilst Joe Quigley returned to the side.

Town’s attacking change almost made an immediate impact; Some nice close control from Quigley released the forward into a shooting position but his drilled strike was well saved by Mark Cousins.

After Quigley’s effort, the game hit a lull, with the midfield battle taking centre stage as the two sides felt each other out.

It wouldn’t be until the 25th minute before there was another opening. Following a mistimed header from a Bromley defender, the ball broke through to Murphy on the left channel but once again Cousins was equal to Yeovil’s attempt.

Bromley’s best chance of the half fell in the 35th minute, following good work from former Glover Courtney Duffus, the ball dropped kindly for Michael Cheek at the edge of the box but his effort on the bounce flew wide.

As the half continued, both sides lacked the incisive touch to create any clear-cut openings.

The same couldn’t be said about the second half, with Bromley almost opening the scoring just seconds after the restart. A clipped cross allowed Duffus a free header but a acrobatic save from A.Smith kept the score level.

However, on 57 minutes, Bromley did find a way to strike in front. After Cheek strolled through the Town midfield, he played the ball out wide before receiving a cross unmarked in the box to emphatically head home the opener.

Yet, Bromley’s lead only lasted a matter of minutes, with as ex-Yeovil Town player Byron Webster handling Murphy’s initial shot to give the referee no choice but point to the spot.

In his current vein of form, there was no doubt about the end product, as Murphy hammered home the leveller into the top corner.

Following the goal, the green and whites had the wind in their sails, starting to thrust the game onto the Bromley backline, yet it took until the 90th minute for the Glovers to make a clear-cut chance of note again.

Substitute Tom Knowles did excellently to work a yard but Reid couldn’t quite convert at the back post.

Just moments later, an almost identical chance fell to Murphy. Dickinson’s inch perfect cross found the Glovers top scorer in the six-yard box but his header bounced wide of the mark.

In agonising fashion, Yeovil lost the game in the final minute as Reid’s header flew beyond A.Smith and into his own net, for Bromley to take the points back to Hayes Lane.

Yeovil Town: A.Smith; Dickinson, Sass-Davies, Hunt, Bradley; Lee (J.Smith), Worthington (Knowles), Neufville, Skendi; Quigley (Reid), Murphy

Bookings: Dickinson, Lee, Sass-Davies

Subs not used: Dagnall, Kelly.

MATCH REPORT | Yeovil Town – Woking

Yeovil Town’s winning home run was extended to seven games on Saturday afternoon with a 2-1 victory over Woking.

Rhys Murphy’s double was enough for the Glovers to return to winning ways after back-to-back defeats on the road.

The visitors did prove difficult opposition, pulling a goal back in the second half through Max Kretzschmar. However, Town held firm to secure another win at Huish Park.

Following defeat on Tuesday evening, Darren Sarll opted for three changes to his Glovers side. 

Adam Smith retained his place in goal, as Carl Dickinson returned to the defence as he started alongside Max Hunt, Billy Sass-Davies, and Michael Kelly. 

In the midfield, Charlie Lee returned to the base of the diamond, with Josh Neufville also starting after sitting out against Sutton. Tom Knowles and Albi Skendi also started in the midfield. 

Reuben Reid and Rhys Murphy led the line. 

The visiting Cards settled the quickest, creating a chance in the fourth minute as Kyran Lofthouse drifted through the Yeovil defence and forced a save from Adam Smith.

It took Town time to find their feet in the fixture, with Woking thrusting the play onto the youthful Glovers defence, but this did not pay dividends as Hunt and Sass-Davies stood firm.

Following a slow start, the Glovers finally started to find their rhythm after 20 minutes. After Reuben Reid worked space for himself on the edge of the box, he waited for Josh Neufville’s run but the Luton loanee’s drilled effort did little to test Craig Ross.

On 31 minutes, Murphy netted his first of the afternoon. A piece of individual brilliance from Neufville saw him expertly beat three defenders, the ball then broke free for Murphy who refused to give up on the chance, breaking beyond the Woking defence and placing an effort beyond Ross.

As the half progressed following the goal, Yeovil looked the more likely to score enjoying a large amount of the ball in the Woking half, yet clear cut chances did not continue, with the Glovers holding a slim advantage at the break. 

Much like the first half, Woking settled quickest in the second, winning four corners in quick succession which Sass-Davies and Lee did well to clear.

After some resolute defending at one end, the Glovers got their just rewards at the other. With Knowles winning a free-kick at a tight angle, the ball was played to the near-post for Murphy to add a sublime finish with his backheel to double Town’s advantage in the 58th minute.

However, it did not take long for Town to be pegged back. A deep cross into the box found Kretzschmar in acres of space for the former Wycombe man to head home and cut the deficit.

Despite, conceding Town did not sit back and invite pressure, and looked to catch the visitors out as they threw bodies forward.

Murphy attempted to audaciously complete his hattrick on 85 minutes with a volleyed effort from the edge of the box which flew over.

Even though the visitors were chasing the game, the best chance of the closing stages fell to Town, as the Glovers pounced quickly through Skendi. Despite running into bodies, the Albanian managed to find Knowles who forced an acrobatic save from Ross.

Ultimately Murphy’s double was enough for Yeovil Town to return to winning ways ahead of Tuesday’s clash with Bromley.

 

 

 

Yeovil Town: A.Smith; Bradley (Worthington), Sass-Davies, Hunt, Dickinson; Lee, Neufville, Knowles, Skendi; Murphy (Quigley), Reid (Dagnall)

Bookings: Bradley, Reid, Lee.

Subs: Kelly, J.Smith,

MATCH REPORT | Sutton United – Yeovil Town

Reben Reid’s first Yeovil goal from open play was not enough for Town to avoid defeat at Gander Green Lane.

After Sutton struck ahead in the first half through Issac Olaofe who cooly slotted beyond Adam Smith, the Glovers put on an improved second half performance, claiming a goal back through Reid’s placed finish.

However, the second half improvement was not enough as Harry Beautyman scored against the Glovers once again to ensure the U’s claimed three points.

Despite defeat on Saturday, changes were kept to a minimum for Town’s trip to the capital.

The back four and goalkeeper remained the same, with A.Smith starting between the sticks and Alex Bradley, Billy Sass-Davies, Max Hunt and Michael Kelly in front of him.

Yeovil’s sole change came in the midfield as Matt Worthington replaced Josh Neufville, Jimmy Smith, Tom Knowles and Albi Skendi also started in the middle.

Rhys Murphy and Reid led the line once again.

The first half was played in a competitive manner, with both sides vying for the advantage.

Sutton United went close to finding it just two minutes in as David Ajiboye had the first effort of the evening, forcing a save from A.Smith on the right channel.

Just two minutes later, Town would go close too. After Skendi battled well on the right flank and played the ball into Worthington’s path, the Glovers midfielder had his driven effort saved.

Skendi was the most dangerous Town player in the opening stages. The towering midfielder drilled the ball across goal, but Reid couldn’t quite get a touch for what would’ve been a certain goal.

As the half progressed, the hosts began to improve, forcing Hunt into a goal line clearance as Beautyman headed on goal.

On 32 minutes, the hosts did strike ahead. Taking advantage of a mishap at the back between Hunt and A.Smith, Olaofe was clean through on goal to slot home the opener.

The goal knocked the stuffing out of the green and whites, with Sutton happy to sit back and see the half out with the lead.

With just a one goal advantage, Sutton were thrust onto the backfoot almost instantly in the second half. Knowles’ free-kick from around 35-yards was the Glovers best chance of the opening exchanges, forced a fingertip save from Bouzanis.

Ten minutes into the half, Darren Sarll’s side found the leveller. After Skendi turned his marker, he found Worthington bursting down the right flank. The Glovers number 7 then drilled the ball across the box for Reid to place the ball home.

With the wind in Town’s sails, chances continued to fall. Skendi was once again the architect as his cross failed find anybody at the back-post after leaving Bouzanis stranded.

However, the momentum shift in Yeovil’s was halted as Worthington came off with an injury in the 68th minute.

Chances did continue to fall for Yeovil, but they were fewer and far between with Worthington’s replacement Josh Neufville finding Reid in the box but the earlier goalscorer got too much under his header as it looped over the bar.

On 82 minutes, the hosts caught the Glovers defence napping as Beautyman once again scored against Town to restore the hosts’ advantage.

In the closing stages, the visiting greens huffed and puffed, but ultimately did little to test Bouzanis as Sutton United climbed to the top of the National League.

Yeovil Town: A.Smith; Bradley, Sass-Davies, Hunt, Kelly; J.Smith, Worthington (Neufville), Knowles (Dagnall), Skendi; Murphy (Quigley), Reid. 

MATCH REPORT | Chesterfield – Yeovil Town

Yeovil Town fell to a 3-0 defeat in Derbyshire against Chesterfield.

Despite three wins on the spin, Yeovil’s good form was not replicated at the Technique Stadium, with Town struggling to create any chances of note, in what was ultimately a frustrating afternoon for the Glovers.

After Tuesday’s emphatic victory over Barnet, Darren Sarll opted for more of the same with an unchanged line-up. This meant Adam Smith began in goal, with Michael Kelly, Max Hunt, Billy Sass-Davies and Alex Bradley in defence.

Jimmy Smith on his 500th career appearance began at the base of the diamond, with Tom Knowles and Josh Neufville in the wider roles. Albi Skendi kept his position at the tip of the diamond.

Rhys Murphy and Reuben Reid once again combined up front.

Following a thrilling start on Tuesday night, the first half at the Technique Stadium couldn’t be further from that, with chances few and far between.

When opportunities did come, they were largely in the form of half chances, the first falling to Hunt who couldn’t direct his header following Kelly’s corner on target.

In truth, Yeovil struggled to get Murphy and Reid into the game throughout, with the forwards best chances coming from outside the box, when marked or off balance.

As the half progressed, Chesterfield became the more incisive of the two sides, with former Glover Tom Whelan a creative threat.

Whelan created a great chance for Jack McCourt on 23 minutes but A.Smith reacted well to turn his strike from the right channel over the bar.

With the half in its dying embers, the hosts would have the only clear-cut chance of the half, after Curtis Weston’s effort from distance was saved, Akwasi Asante pounced but turned his effort over the Yeovil goal.

Whoever scored first were likely to go on and win this one after a tight first half, and Chesterfield did that almost instantly in the second. With 47 minutes on the clock, Asante pounced on a lapse in concentration in the Yeovil defence to round A.Smith and take the lead.

This ultimately gave Chesterfield free reign to dictate the tempo, and whilst Yeovil tried to counter, the three central defenders of the hosts held firm.

Chesterfield struck again with 68 minutes gone. The always-bright Whelan came back to haunt the Glovers with his deflected effort from the edge of the box leaving A.Smith stranded.

Two became three on 77 minutes, with McCourt making up for his earlier miss. He emphatically hammered home despite Kelly’s best efforts on the line to complete a professional second half performance for James Rowe’s side.

Next up for Yeovil is a trip to high-flying Sutton United.

 

 

Yeovil Town: A.Smith; Kelly, Hunt, Sass-Davies, Bradley; J.Smith (Lee), Knowles, Neufville (Worthington), Skendi; Murphy, Reid (Quigley).

 

Subs not used: Dickinson, Dagnall

MATCH REPORT | Barnet – Yeovil Town

Yeovil Town made it three wins in a row in spectacular style with a 1-4 victory over ten-man Barnet.

Two goals in two minutes from Jimmy Smith and Billy Sass-Davies built a comfortable advantage for Town before J.J. Hooper fired a stunning effort beyond Adam Smith to make a game of it.

After Tomi Adeloyi was sent off, it was one-way traffic throughout, with Rhys Murphy and Josh Neufville joining the scoring in the second half.

With games coming thick and fast, Darren Sarll made two changes to his Yeovil Town side.

Adam Smith remained in goal, but Michael Kelly returned to the defence alongside Sass-Davies, Max Hunt and Alex Bradley.

The other change came in the midfield as Tom Knowles returned to the fold after his last-minute winner against Dagenham & Redbridge. He was joined by J.Smith, Neufville and Albi Skendi.

Reuben Reid and Murphy started up front once again.

Like most games in recent weeks, the Glovers came out the traps fast as Skendi found shooting room on the edge of the box in the first minute, but his effort was well-saved by Scott Loach.

Just minutes later, J.Smith fired an effort on the half volley from around 25-yards, but his shot flew narrowly over the bar.

However, it wouldn’t take long for J.Smith to make amends for his miss, opening the scoring on 11 minutes. After Reid’s initial effort was saved, Yeovil’s number ten reacted first to hammer the ball home.

One quickly became two as on 13 minutes. Sass-Davies scored his first goal for the Green and Whites, heading home from Michael Kelly’s corner to double the advantage.

Barnet did pull one back via a spectacular effort from J.J. Hooper who fired a volley on the turn beyond A.Smith to complete a frantic opening fifteen minutes.

In the 33rd minute, the game’s dynamic took a major shift as Adeloye was sent off for dissent after blocking Kelly’s free kick.

In what was a professional performance, Yeovil didn’t rush chances, and held onto the ball whilst Barnet sat off to keep shape.

After the half-time break was when Town made the extra man pay, making chance after chance from the off.

Both Skendi and Neufville went close after great individual runs, but it took a typical poacher finish from Murphy following Bradley’s free kick to add the Glovers third of the night.    

The game became a training exercise in the second half, with Bradley often enjoying the freedom of the Hive down the green and white’s right flank.

However, Town’s fourth came from the left, after great endeavour from substitute Chris Dagnall, Neufville was found free on the left flank to beautifully finish beyond Loach and cap off a successful night in London for Yeovil.

 

Yeovil Town: A.Smith; Bradley, Hunt, Sass-Davies, Kelly; J.Smith, Neufville (Lee), Knowles, Skendi (Quigley); Murphy, Reid (Dagnall).

Bookings: Neufville, Bradley.

Subs not used: Dickinson, Worthington.

MATCH REPORT | Yeovil Town U18’s 0-4 Plymouth Argyle U18’s

Young Glovers round off their South West Alliance League campaign with a home defeat against the Pilgrims.

Following a tough 3-2 loss to leaders Oxford in midweek, the Young Glovers returned home to face local rivals Plymouth. Setting up with a 4 – 3 – 1 – 2 formation, Yeovil were instantly up against it with the Plymouth striker seeing his goalbound shot expertly beaten out by Smalley in the first five minutes.

Deprived of suspended captain Medrano, Yeovil struggled to contain the pacy Argyle front line and fell behind on 15 minutes when a dubious looking penalty was coolly dispatched to make it 0 – 1.

The Pilgrims continued to press high up the pitch giving the Glovers little time to play on the ball and a deserved second goal came in the 20th minute courtesy of a fast break down the right. Smalley saved the initial shot from close range but the follow up was smashed home to make it 0 – 2.  

Yeovil did create some half chances in attack; Constanza shooting over from 15 yards and Hughes seeing a chip palmed wide for a corner, but it was Argyle who nearly extended their lead when a fine shot from 20 yards smashed against the post in the 40th minute. Hughes saw a stinging shot well saved, but the half finished with a comfortable lead for Argyle.

Head Coach Mark Challen made a change to start the second half with Crane moving up front to replace Shock, but it was Plymouth who had the best of the early exchanges and Guppy was called upon to make a fine block. Aborra and Guppy were combining well and created a couple of useful openings; Guppy seeing a shot blocked and then Aborra taking on defenders with a mazy run before seeing his shot drift wide.

The Glovers best opportunity came in the 65th minute when Crane chased down a pass but couldn’t keep his feet as the keeper spilled the ball in the collision; shouts for a possible penalty came to nothing. Constanza and Andrews were working hard in midfield as Yeovil dug in and put up a second half fight. In the 70th minute Skiverton came on for the tireless Stephen and Hughes dropped back into a holding midfield role.

The final ten minutes saw a flurry of substitutions from both sides, but it was Plymouth who extended their lead in the 83rd minute when a deft flick crept in at the far post, 0 – 3. Substitutes Lye and Crane had chances to reduce the arrears, but it was Argyle who fashioned the final goal after a well worked move to make the score 0-4 at the whistle.    

 

Next up a midweek cup game at Exeter.

The South West Alliance League then splits into a restructured Merit League. More details to follow.

MATCH REPORT | Yeovil Town – Dagenham & Redbridge

Late heroics from Tom Knowles secured victory for Yeovil Town against Dagenham & Redbridge at Huish Park.

In what was Yeovil’s sixth home win in a row, the Glovers were good value for their victory, but Dagenham can feel hard-done-by not to leave with something, striking the bar in the second half.

It was an open game throughout, and a goal seemed inevitable, with Knowles’ stoppage time free kick ultimately separating the two sides come full-time.

After a memorable victory 3-1 over Weymouth in midweek, Darren Sarll opted for the same side which secured three points at Huish Park.

Adam Smith began in goal, with Alex Bradley, Max Hunt, Billy Sass-Davies and Carl Dickinson in defence.

The midfield diamond saw Jimmy Smith continue the deeper role. Josh Neufville and Matt Worthington continued in the wider roles with Albi Skendi at the tip of the diamond.

Once again, Reuben Reid and Rhys Murphy combined up front.

With Yeovil in such good form at Huish Park, the visiting Daggers knew they needed a fast start to get something out of the game, and they did just that, thrusting the ball into the Yeovil half.

It took seven minutes for Dagenham to test A.Smith, after the ball dropped kindly to Paul McCallum, somehow Smith got across to block the former Barnet forward’s effort.

Despite the visiting Daggers’ positive start, chances started to fall for Town as Sarll’s side settled into the game. After some patient build-up between Murphy and Skendi, the towering Albanian eventually found Worthington in the box, but his right-footed effort was well saved by Elliot Justham.

Yet, warning signs continued at the back for the Glovers, with Worthington forced into a goal line clearance on 17 minutes.

This didn’t stop Town flying forward, with the best opportunity of the half falling in the 21st minute. This came in the form of three great chances in quick succession! After Murphy’s effort was saved, Bradley followed in but once again he had his effort saved. The ball then dropped to Reid, but the forward was off-balance and couldn’t direct his effort on target.

As the half progressed, both Murphy and Neufville went close, but once again Justham was equal to their efforts, as the Dagenham backline stood firm.

The visitors defending was bordering on heroic on the 33rd minute as Elliot Johnson denied an almost certain goal with Murphy lining up a first-time effort from around 15-yards out.

At the break, both sides would have felt they had done enough to score, yet it was scoreless as both teams ventured down the tunnel.

The second half began in polarising fashion to the first, with Yeovil this time in the ascendancy.

A trademark Neufville run created Yeovil’s best chance in the opening stages of the second, as he dragged an effort across goal after beating two players on his way into the box.

Yeovil’s pressure did little to dishearten Dagenham, who began to enjoy a lot more of the ball as the grew into the half.

Matt Robinson would have been left thinking, what more did he need to do, as his header came crashing off the crossbar when he was left unmarked at the back-post.

As the game entered its closing stages, it was Yeovil who were turning the screw, Reid forced another brilliant save from Justham as his effort took two deflections on the way to the Daggers goalkeeper.

With stoppage time looming, Yeovil were handed a golden opportunity to take the lead, after Callum Reynold hauled down Reid at the edge of the box and was given his marching orders.

It was always going to take something special to beat Justham in this sort of form, and substitute Knowles provided just that, hammering a free kick beyond the visiting goalkeeper to claim all three points at the death.  

 

 

Yeovil Town: A.Smith; Bradley, Hunt, Sass-Davies, Dickinson (Kelly); J.Smith, Neufville, Worthington (Knowles), Skendi; Murphy (Quigley), Reid.

Bookings: J.Smith, Murphy

Subs: Dagnall, Lee.

MATCH REPORT | Yeovil Town – Weymouth

Rhys Murphy stole the show as Yeovil Town completed the double over Weymouth at Huish Park.

After taking an early lead through Murphy, Yeovil were penned back by Weymouth as they struck against the run of play.

Coming out the traps in the second half, Murphy scored twice more to complete a memorable night for the Yeovil Town number nine.

Darren Sarll kept the diamond formation that has helped the Glovers improve their form in recent weeks.

Adam Smith began in goal, with Alex Bradley, Max Hunt, Billy Sass-Davies and Carl Dickinson starting at the back.

The midfield diamond comprised of Jimmy Smith at the base, Josh Neufville and Matt Worthington in the wide positions and Albi Skendi at the tip. Murphy and Reuben Reid combined up front.

Murphy has had an instant impact in his last two appearances at Huish Park, and he managed more of the same when starting against the Terras. After Neufville’s cross was spilled by Ethan Ross in the second minute, under pressure from Reid, Murphy needed no invitation to strike Town ahead from close range.  

The advantage could have been extended in the early stages on multiple occasions, with the best chance falling to Skendi on 17 minutes as he burst beyond the Weymouth defence, but this time Ross was able to turn the ball wide.

Against the run of play, Weymouth equalised in the 23rd minutes as Jacob Mensah turned home a free kick to turn the game into a contest.

After scoring, the visitors sparked into life, enjoying the better of the chances as Jordan Ngalo forced a great save from A.Smith after drilling an effort into the bottom corner.

Yet, as the half progressed, Yeovil steadied the ship, with the game finely in the balance at half-time.

The second half saw the Glovers come out the traps fast once again, forcing the game onto the young backline. Ultimately this pressure would pay dividends in the 53rd minute, after Reid’s initial header was saved, Murphy pounced turning the ball home to regain the advantage.

The Arsenal academy graduate wasn’t done there either, with 82 minutes on the clock he completed his hattrick. After missing a 1v1 moments earlier, he was played through by substitute Tom Knowles. The Yeovil forward didn’t need second invitation to shoot and hammer an effort off the post to become the first Yeovil player since Brian Grey to score three times in the derby.

Yeovil Town: A.Smith; Bradley, Hunt, Sass-Davies, Dickinson; J.Smith, Worthington, Neufville (Knowles), Skendi; Murphy (Quigley), Reid (Dagnall).

Bookings: J.Smith

Subs: Kelly, Lee.

 

 

MATCH REPORT | Yeovil Town U18’s 2 – 1 Swindon Town U18’s

The U18 squad hosted Swindon at a wet and blustery Somerton in search of a positive result after recent impressive performances.

Continuing to adapt to a new diamond system under Head Coach Mark Challen, the Glovers were quick off the blocks earning an early penalty for a clumsy challenge. Lloyd saw his spot kick saved but Haste was on hand to stab the ball home for a 1 – 0 advantage.

Yeovil continued to impress and dictate with Hughes instrumental in a new deep-lying midfield role. Indeed, the Glovers doubled their lead after 25 minutes when Constanza played a smart pass through to Lloyd who saw his initial shot saved before calmy curling in from an acute angle to make it 2 – 0.

The home side could have put themselves further ahead, but Lloyd put an effort just wide and then Stephens saw a turn and shot sail over before seeing a later effort smash off the crossbar.

A smart volley from the edge of the box narrowly missed as Swindon pressed for a foothold in the game but the defensive unit held firm and a fantastic block from Corrbridge brought an end to an impressive half.

Swindon started the second half on the front foot, but the Glovers were able to repel any danger in the opening exchanges. The game entered a sloppy period for both sides with possession given away cheaply before Challen opted for a couple of attacking changes. Aborra and Shock entered the fray, but it was Swindon who began to control matters; some good interplay and a shot just wide before an excellent save from Smalley from close range.

Bright entered the game to help shore up the defence, but the Glovers were now struggling to contain the visitors. The Glovers picked up a couple of bookings for dissent and delaying a free kick and had a lucky escape when the young Swindon sub saw a header fly narrowly over from a promising position.    

With less than 5 minutes remaining, Swindon scored the goal that their second half performance deserved to make it 2-1. In the ensuing melee to restart the match, Swindon had two players sent off and the Glovers received two yellows, but it was the home team who hung on for the 2 – 1 victory.

Next up a midweek trip to Oxford, before a final South West League home match versus Plymouth Argyle on the 27thFebruary.

MATCH REPORT | Hartlepool United – Yeovil Town

Yeovil Town suffered a late sucker punch as Hartlepool United won 2-1 at Victoria Park.

After a quiet first half, the game burst into life in the second as Tom Knowles scored a stunning goal from 30-yards out.

However, Hartlepool fought back scoring twice, the second coming in stoppage time to complete a late turnaround.  

Darren Sarll was forced into one change from Tuesday’s win over Boreham Wood. Despite expecting to be fit, Billy Sass-Davies missed out with Matt Worthington came into the team in his place. 

This meant the Glovers began as follows; with Adam Smith in goal, and a back four of Carl Dickinson, Max Hunt, Albi Skendi and Alex Bradley. 

The midfield diamond comprised of Jimmy Smith at the base, Worthington and Neufville in the wide positions and Knowles at the tip. 

After their goal scoring performances against the Wood, Rhys Murphy and Reuben Reid starting up front for Yeovil. 

Typically, of two competitive sides, the fixture began in quite a tense fashion, with a real battle in the midfield for supremacy.

The first opening of the afternoon fell to the hosts on four minutes, as Luke Armstrong picked up the ball in the box, it caused havoc amongst the Yeovil defenders, with midfielder Knowles eventually forced to clear from within the six-yard box.

Following the early scare, Yeovil began to find their rhythm, the channels were a profitable route behind the Hartlepool defence.

Following an effective short goal kick routine, Hunt quite brilliantly found Neufville bursting down the left hand side, the Luton loanee then played a well-weighted pass into Murphy’s path. With Murphy picking the ball up on the edge of the box, it allowed the hosts’ defence to adjust and block the Glovers’ number 9’s first shot, but Reid was proactive, snatching a chance himself which was also heroically blocked. Eventually, the ball fell to Murphy once again who had his effort well saved by Harry Killip in goal for Hartlepool.

With that, Yeovil were in the ascendancy, controlling much of the ball in the Hartlepool half, yet in terms of chances, very little fell as the hosts 3 at the back formation put a strong wall for the visiting green and whites to break down.

As the half came to a close, Hartlepool looked the brighter of the two sides, but like Yeovil, did little to test A.Smith in goal, as efforts from the edge of the box were blocked by the likes of Hunt and Bradley.

At the break, neither side had really done enough to stamp their authority on the game to take the advantage.

The second half saw the game burst into life, and that was largely thanks to a stunning opening goal which came on the 54th minute. After A.Smith punted the ball up field, Reid dropped the ball into Knowles’ path who kept the ball under control and hammered the ball into the top corner from 30-yards out.

Knowles’ confidence only grew, and Town were seemingly denied a penalty on 61 minutes as the pacey midfielder was hacked down inside the box, yet the referee instead gave a corner.

As the half grew on, so did Hartlepool, largely thanks to a change of system which saw the hosts adopt a back four.

The extra body in attack ultimately paid dividends on 72 minutes, as Luke Armstrong capitalised on A.Smith mishandling to level the affair.

In the closing stages, Town seemingly looked like they were going to hold on, but the Pools had other ideas, countering a Yeovil free-kick, Hartlepool attacked down the flanks, with Gavan Holohan eventually turning the ball in at the back post to claim all three points.

 

Yeovil Town: A.Smith; Dickinson, Hunt, Skendi, Bradley; J.Smith (Dagnall), Worthington, Neufville, Knowles (Warburton); Reid, Murphy (Quigley).

Subs not used: Evans, Kelly.

MATCH REPORT | Boreham Wood – Yeovil Town

Yeovil Town secured back-to-back wins on Tuesday evening with a victory over Boreham Wood at Meadow Park. 

Three first half goals through Rhys Murphy, Reuben Reid and Josh Neufville built a comfortable lead for Town, but the hosts still had a part to play in this affair.

Coming out for the second half with real belief, Luke Garrard’s side struck twice but it was not enough to turn the game around for the South Hertfordshire side.

Darren Sarll made one change to the side which beat Altrincham at Huish Park on Saturday. After his goal from the substitutes’ bench, Rhys Murphy returned to the forward line to partner Reuben Reid. 

The rest of the team comprised of Adam Smith in goal, with Carl Dickinson, Max Hunt, Billy Sass-Davies and Alex Bradley starting in defence. 

It was a midfield diamond once again, as Jimmy Smith began deepest, with Josh Neufville and Tom Knowles adding width and pace to the side. Albi Skendi started in his regular position at the tip of the midfield diamond. 

The visiting Glovers began with real intent and enjoyed a lot of pressure down the left flank, with Murphy and Neufville drifting into the position to find themselves in acres of space.

It was through that left hand side where Yeovil would make the best chance of the opening ten minutes as Reid played the ball across goal to find Skendi but some last ditch defending denied the Albanian his sixth goal of the season.

However, it wouldn’t be long before the Glovers struck ahead, as Murphy scored a sublime goal on 15 minutes. After turning the Wood defence inside and out, the Yeovil number nine found himself through on goal and fired beyond Nathan Ashmore to claim the lead.

The goal did spark some life into Boreham Wood, with Kabongo Tshimanga firing wide on 30 minutes, but Sarll’s side did well to marshal the hosts throughout their periods with the ball.

When Yeovil attacked, it was with pace and vigour, eventually winning a penalty following Neufville’s driven run into the area. Reid stepped up and emphatically hammered home his first goal in green and white since returning to Somerset.

As the half entered its closing stages, the left flank would prove deadly once again as Neufville found the back of the net himself. Cutting in onto his right on 41 minutes, the Luton loanee fired an effort on goal, and with the help of a deflection, gave Yeovil a three-goal advantage.

The second half was played in polarising fashion to the first, with the hosts bringing the game to Yeovil.

Garrard’s side got off to the best possible start, after winning a penalty, former Glover Tshimanga stepped up and converted from the spot to reduce the deficit.

After the goal, the game largely became a midfield battle, with heavy challenges flying in from both sides. Such was the nature of the game that Sass-Davies was forced off through an injury, with Skendi moving into the defence to cover for his absence.

As the minutes ticked on, nerves began to build for fans watching at home as Boreham Wood enjoyed longer spells of possession.

The hosts’ pressure eventually told once again on 78 minutes as Gus Mufuta fired a free kick into the top corner to set up a grandstand finish at Meadow Park.

On 86 minutes, the hosts were a matter of inches away from a miraculous comeback, after Tshimanaga struck the crossbar, all Femi Ilesanmi had to do was hit the target, but he spurned his effort over the bar.

With the minutes ticking away, Yeovil became more assured in possession, limiting the hosts to long ball football as it became last chance saloon.

Ultimately, Yeovil’s stunning first half performance was enough to secure back-to-back victories ahead of a trip to title challengers Hartlepool United.

 

Yeovil Town: A.Smith; Dickinson, Sass-Davies (Dagnall), Hunt, Bradley; J.Smith, Knowles, Neufville (Worthington), Skendi; Reid (Quigley), Murphy.

Bookings: Neufville. Knowles, Dickinson, Murphy, Skendi, A.Smith

Subs not used: Kelly, Warburton

MATCH REPORT | Yeovil Town – Altrincham

Yeovil Town bounced back from two consecutive defeats with a 2-0 victory over Altrincham at Huish Park

After a rather flat first half where Yeovil thought they took the lead through Joe Quigley, they eventually did in the second as substitute Rhys Murphy fired an effort into the bottom corner.

Not resting on their laurels on a cold afternoon in Somerset, Chris Dagnall added a second ten minutes from time to cap off what was a strong showing from Darren Sarll’s side.

Following defeat on Tuesday evening, Sarll made four changes to his side. Adam Smith remained in goal, but there was a return for Carl Dickinson, who captained the side in Lee Collins’ absence. Max Hunt and Billy Sass-Davies began in the middle with Alex Bradley in the right full back spot. 

Jimmy Smith returned to the side in a holding role, with Josh Neufville, Tom Knowles and Albi Skendi ahead of him. Reuben Reid and Joe Quigley led the line. 

It was a cagey opening, with both sides struggling to stamp any real authority on the fixture.

Set pieces provided the best openings, but neither keeper was tested, the first real sight of goal came when Ryan Colclough hammered his free-kick narrowly over A.Smith’s bar.

Yeovil’s first opportunity came on 28 minutes, after Dickinson’s corner caused havoc in the box, the visitors scrambled to clear, with Anthony Thompson eventually punching the ball wide.

After what was a rather drab first half, Quigley thought he had snatched the opener with just two minutes of the half remaining. A brilliant cross from Knowles on the right flank excellently found Quigley but he was adjudged to have pushed his marker as he powered the ball home.

The second half saw Yeovil begin to pick up the pace, and it didn’t take long or this to lead to chances either, with Knowles again involved, firing an effort over the bar after he capitalised on Thompson’s wayward clearance.

As the half progressed, Sarll looked to his bench for fresh impetus, with Rhys Murphy taking to the pitch on 57 minutes.

It wasn’t quite a 20-second impact like he managed against Dover, but Murphy only needed four minutes to make his presence known. After Dickinson drilled the ball into his feet, Murphy produced an excellent first touch to beat his marker and then finished excellently with a clean strike on his left foot to open the scoring.

With confidence on the rise, chances continued to fall. The always bright Knowles fired a stinging shot into Thompson’s gloves after an excellent run from Skendi just moments after the goal.

Searching for a second, Sarll made another attacking change, this time bringing on Dagnall, who only needed seven minutes to open his account for the season. After continually pressing the Altrincham backline, Skendi refused to let the attack go to waste, finding Bradley bursting through the right channel. The young full-back then played a deft cross with pinpoint accuracy to find Dagnall for the easiest of finishes at the back post nine minutes from time.

The green and whites remained forward thinking throughout the dying embers, almost adding a third through former Altrincham man Sass-Davies who had his header cleared off the line.

Ultimately, it would remain a two-goal cushion as Town battled for a richly deserved victory on a cold afternoon at Huish Park.

 

Yeovil Town: A.Smith; Bradley, Hunt, Sass-Davies, Dickinson; J.Smith (Warburton), Neufville, Knowles, Skendi; Quigley (Murphy), Reid (Dagnall).

Bookings: Neufville, Dickinson, Bradley, Knowles

Subs not used: Evans, Kelly

MATCH REPORT | Eastleigh FC – Yeovil Town

Yeovil Town fell to defeat in Hampshire as Eastleigh won 1-0 at the Silverlake Stadium.

After a largely positive first half where Yeovil failed to take their chances, Eastleigh took the one that fell to them as Ryan Hill tucked home the only goal of the game.

Creating little of note in the second, the hosts were able to control the affair and see out a victory.

With numbers at the back dwindled, some last-minute recruitment allowed Darren Sarll to play a defence back four of players comfortable in their position. Crewe loanee Billy Sass-Davies made his debut at centre back, as he partnered Max Hunt for a youthful pairing in the middle. The theme of youth continued on the flanks continued as Alex Bradley and Michael Kelly began in the full-back roles. Adam Smith retained his place in goal.

The midfield saw a return from injury for Charlie Lee, he played alongside Matt Worthington, Josh Neufville and Albi Skendi in the midfield roles. Rhys Murphy partnered Reuben Reid to lead the line.

It was a relatively slow start from both sides, yet Yeovil created the better of the opportunities in the opening stages with January’s National League Player of the Month Skendi firing wide from the edge of the box.

Just minutes later, Reid also went close after he worked some space for himself inside the box, but the hosts did well to turn the ball wide.

The Spitfires were dangerous on the break, and caught Yeovil napping on 30 minutes as Sam Smart pounced on Kelly’s indecisiveness but fired wide from an acute angle.

Straight up the other end, Yeovil felt hard done by, with Skendi finding Murphy in the box, the Glovers number nine was seemingly hauled down as he tried to get a shot off, but the referee was left unmoved, allowing play to continue.

As the half-time break approached, Eastleigh took the lead, as former Hampton & Richmond Borough man Hill fired a driven effort beyond A.Smith into the bottom corner.

At the break, Darren Sarll was given his marching orders by the referee, it was unclear as to why this had happened at the time, but in his post-match interview, Sarll confirmed he was sent off for saying “you owe us a penalty now.”

The late first half goal seemingly knocked the stuffing out of Yeovil for the second half, with chances few and far between.

The substitutions attacking substitutions Matt Warburton, Joe Quigley and Chris Dagnall did thrust Yeovil further forward, but did little to find any real cutting edge.

In terms of chances, the best fell to Eastleigh on 89 minutes as Joe Tomlinson’s free-kick forced a save from A.Smith.

Ultimately it was another frustrating night for Yeovil, falling to back-to-back defeats for the first time in 2021.

 

Yeovil Town: A.Smith; Bradley (Warburton), Hunt, Sass-Davies, Kelly; Lee (Dagnall), Worthington, Neufville, Skendi; Murphy, Reid (Quigley).

Bookings: Worthington

Subs not used: Dickinson, Knowles.

MATCH REPORT | Stockport County 1 – 0 Yeovil Town

Yeovil Town suffered another defeat in front of the TV cameras as Stockport County were the 1-0 victors as Edgeley Park.

Alex Reid’s first half goal capitalised on Yeovil’s slow start to earn the lead.

Improvement came in the second half as experience came to the fold, but ultimately it did little to change the score as the Glovers were defeated.

Darren Sarll opted for an unchanged eleven after a positive performance against Dover last weekend.

Adam Smith began in goal, with Alex Bradley, Max Hunt, Lee Collins and Michael Kelly starting in defence. 

In the midfield, Yeovil’s diamond comprised of Matt Worthington, Tom Knowles, Josh Neufville and Albi Skendi. Leading the line for Town was Reuben Reid and Joe Quigley. 

Despite playing with real vigour last weekend, the first half distinctly lacked that for Yeovil Town, with Stockport much the better team.

The hosts were able to win a vast amount of the second balls, penning the Glovers into their own half.

Stockport’s pressure would pay dividends on 23 minutes, as Reid capitalised on Collins’ weak header to open the scoring.

The goal did click Yeovil up a gear somewhat, with Kelly forcing a save just one minute later as he fired first time from the edge of the area.

It took until stoppage time for the green and whites to test Ben Hinchcliffe again, with full-back Bradley sending a driven effort goalbound, but another strong hand kept the Hatters ahead.

After a poor first half, Sarll’s side came out with intent in the second, with Skendi firing over on 49 minutes after pressure from Neufville won the ball back.

The right-hand side was Yeovil’s best attacking output, as Neufville continually had the beating of his marker, however when his best effort came in the 66th minute, Hinchcliffe was more than equal to it.

As the half rolled on, the Glovers’s chances became few and far between as frustrations began to grow.

In the dying moments, these frustrations hit boiling point as Collins’s cynical foul left the referee with no choice but to give the Yeovil captain his marching orders, effectively killing the game as a contest.

Yeovil Town: A.Smith; Kelly, Hunt, Collins (SENT OFF), Bradley (Dagnall); Worthington, Knowles (Warburton), Neufville, Skendi; Reid, Quigley (Murphy).

Bookings: Knowles, Bradley, Kelly, Worthington, Collins (RED)

Subs not used: Dickinson, Smith

MATCH REPORT | Yeovil Town 3 – 1 Dover Athletic

Yeovil Town put in a performance that was matched by the result with a 3-1 victory over Dover Athletic.

Despite falling a goal down, Yeovil’s character shone through with Joe Quigley’s goals either side of the half turning the game on its head.

Substitute Rhys Murphy added the cherry on the top of the cake as the game came to a close to secure a strong victory for Darren Sarll’s Yeovil.

With an injury hit squad, Sarll was forced to rotate his Yeovil Town side.

Adam Smith continued as Yeovil’s mainstay in goal. Michael Kelly made his debut at left back alongside Lee Collins, Max Hunt and Alex Bradley in the defence.

Matt Worthington and Albi Skendi began centrally for Town with Josh Neufville and Tom Knowles marauding down the flanks.

Reuben Reid and Joe Quigley maintained their place in the starting lineup.

As the two sides looked to find their rhythm, it was Dover who settled the fastest, causing early havoc from set plays.

On 13 minutes, this pressure would pay dividends as Ade Azzez turned the ball home from the edge of the six-yard box to claim the lead for the visitors.

The goal did little to spark Yeovil into life who looked largely disjointed in the opening stages.

Similarly, to Dover, Yeovil’s best chances as the half progressed came from set-plays. With Carl Dickinson suspended, the taking duties fell to new signing Kelly.

The most notable chance from a dead ball situation came after Josh Neufville was fouled on the edge of the box in the 38th minute, however Kelly’s drilled effort struck the Dover wall.

As the half drew to a close, it looked as if Dover were going to see the half out, but Yeovil found their goalscoring touch late. A well weighted ball from Bradley found Reid bursting into the area, as he was surrounded by red shirts, the experienced forward flicked the ball into Quigley’s path to level the game.

The second half began in polarising fashion to the first, with the hosts comfortably on top, enjoying a lot of possession in the Dover half.

With what was the Glovers first chance of the half, they had their second of the game through Quigley once again.

Knowles was the bright spark for the green and whites, especially in the second half, thrusting the play forward with his quick dribbling. He went close himself on 67 minutes, but his effort was just wide from the edge of the box.

As legs were tiring, Sarll looked to his bench for fresh impetus, and he got that in abundance from Murphy who scored just twenty seconds after coming onto the pitch, hooking Neufville’s cross into the top corner to extend Town’s advantage.

Murphy continued to cause havoc, after an incisive breakaway, the number nine was hauled down in the box to earn Yeovil a penalty, Quigley stepped up to seal his hat-trick but a fine save from Oliver Webber denied Yeovil’s dangerman.

Despite a late push from the visitors, the Glovers held firm to secure three points at Huish Park.

 

Yeovil Town: A.Smith; Bradley, Collins, Hunt, Kelly; Worthington, Neufville (Warburton), Knowles (Dagnall), Skendi; Reid (Murphy), Quigley

Bookings: Bradley, Collins, Neufville

Subs not used: J.Smith, Evans.

MATCH REPORT | Maidenhead United 4-2 Yeovil Town

Yeovil Town fell to a disappointing 4-2 away defeat against Maidenhead United on Wednesday evening.

Albi Skendi was the bright spark for Town, scoring twice in what was largely a night to forget for the Glovers.

Despite Yeovil taking the lead, the hosts were good value for their victory, especially in the second half where they largely held Terry Skiverton’s visitors at arm’s length.

With Darren Sarll at home with his family due to a positive COVID-19 test, it was assistant manager Skiverton took the reins for Yeovil Town in Berkshire.

The former Glovers captain opted for Adam Smith in goal, with Alex Bradley, Max Hunt, Charlie Lee and Carl Dickinson in front of him.

The midfield saw a return for Jimmy Smith who had been nursing an injury over the Christmas period. He started alongside Matt Worthington, and Josh Neufville in the middle of the park.

Moving forward, it was a three-pronged attack for Town as Albi Skendi began just behind Joe Quigley and Reuben Reid.

With both sides starved of football over recent weeks, the game was unsurprisingly timid throughout the opening stages.

Unfortunately for Town, makeshift centre back Lee’s evening only lasted 12 minutes as he was replaced Lee Collins due to an injury.

The night did improve for Yeovil as on 19 minutes, Town struck first. Skendi hammered home his third goal in four games from just inside the 18-yard box following J.Smith’s chipped pass.

With the wind in their sails, Town looked for a second, and it almost came on 24 minutes as Dickinson hammered the crossbar with a wayward cross. 

Despite the visitors positive play, Town were caught napping on 31 minutes as Maidenhead equalised. Capitalising on the substitute Collins’ mistake, Danilo Orsi fired the hosts level. 

Neither side had quite done enough to claim the lead in the first half, but the second told a very different story. Maidenhead came out the traps fast as Manny Parry added the hosts’ second on 50 minutes, heading beyond Smith at the back post. 

Two became three for Maidenhead on 70 minutes, as Dan Sparkes fired a spectacular effort beyond A.Smith to double the Magpies advantage.

Yeovil would huff and puff, and ultimately find a way back into the game just four minutes later through the always-bright Skendi, after he met Bradley’s cross and slotted the ball home. 

Although Yeovil pressed hard, the hosts were able to put the game beyond doubt in the 90th minute. After a handball in the box, Orsi slotted home from the spot for his second goal of the evening as the Glovers fell to their first defeat of 2021. 

 

Yeovil Town: A.Smith; Dickinson, Lee (Collins), Hunt, Bradley; Smith, Worthington, Skendi, Neufville (Knowles); Reid, Quigley (Murphy)

Bookings: Skendi, Worthington, A.Smith

Subs not used: Dagnall, Kelly

MATCH REPORT | Weymouth – Yeovil Town

Yeovil Town produced a big performance to match the occasion, to win the first derby with Weymouth of the 21st Century.

Goals from Josh Neufville and Albi Skendi built a comfortable half-time advantage for the Glovers.

Joe Quigley secured the three points with an emphatic victory as the game entered stoppage time.

Darren Sarll made two changes to the side which secured victory against Torquay United.

There was a debut for Reuben Reid who led the line alongside Joe Quigley who returned from suspension.

The rest of the side was unchanged, Adam Smith began in goal with Carl Dickinson, Luke Wilkinson, Max Hunt and Alex Bradley completing the defence.

The midfield comprised of a flat four, Lawson D’Ath, Matt Worthington operated centrally with Albi Skendi and Josh Neufville playing slightly wider.

Yeovil came out the traps fast, and the debutant Reid thought he made an instant impact after he headed home a powerful effort following Skendi’s cross. However, much to the bemusement of all in attendance, the goal was chalked off by the referee.

This did little to dishearten the green and whites, who played with real spirit in the opening exchanges.

The forward-thinking mentality didn’t take long to pay dividends, as Luton loanee Neufville netted the opener on 14 minutes. After a great passing move, Neufville found himself driving to the edge of the box, eventually releasing an effort into the bottom corner, leaving the goalkeeper stranded.

With the wind in their sails, Town added a second through Skendi on 19 minutes. As the ball dropped kindly on the edge of the area, the towering Albanian released a drilled effort on the bounce to double Yeovil’s advantage.  

In truth, the hosts did very little to make a game of it in the first half, with wave after wave of Yeovil attacks terrorizing the Terras’ backline.

As the half went on, Yeovil’s best chance to extend fell on 38 minutes when Reid was played through but couldn’t quite find the finish.

The half-time whistle would have been a more welcome sound for the Weymouth players who had played with their own half throughout.

During the second half, the visiting Glovers did well to keep Weymouth at arm’s length, restricting the hosts to half-hearted penalty shouts.

With fresh legs needed, Town added Chris Dagnall to the forward line replacing Reid who had looked lively on his debut.

It didn’t take long for the 34-year-old to find himself involved either. Breaking away from the Weymouth defence, Dagnall was hauled in the box earning the green and whites an opportunity to seal the points from the spot. Quigley emphatically converted to ensure Town were the first derby day winners of the 21st century.

 

Yeovil Town: A.Smith; Dickinson, Wilkinson, Hunt, Bradley; D’Ath, Worthington, Skendi (Sonupe), Neufville (Knowles); Quigley, Reid (Dagnall).

Subs: Palmer, Warburton, Dagnall, Knowles, Sonupe  

MATCH REPORT | Yeovil Town – Torquay United

Yeovil Town completed a late turnaround against Torquay United to get 2021 off to a flyer with a 2-1 victory.

Following a tight first half, the league leaders took the lead through Aaron Nemane early on in the second.

However, the Glovers never say die attitude shone through as goals from Josh Neufville and Luke Wilkinson in the last ten minutes saw the Glovers heroically claim all three points against the Gulls.

Darren Sarll was forced into two changes to the side that beat Aldershot on Monday afternoon. Adam Smith remained in goal, but it was a return for Alex Bradley who replaced Gabe Osho at right back who has been recalled by Luton. Max Hunt and Luke Wilkinson began in the middle with Carl Dickinson left back.

The midfield compromised of the same diamond from Monday, with Charlie Lee at the base, Matt Worthington and Lawson D’Ath ahead of him but just behind Albi Skendi.

After an impressive cameo, Josh Neufville replaced the suspended Joe Quigley to partner Courtney Duffus.

The first half was cagey throughout, with neither side showing their hand during the opening stages.

Wilkinson had Town’s first shot on target in the 13th minute after he connected with Dickinson’s cross, but his header fell straight into Covolan’s gloves.

Largely, both teams were restricted to sighters, with the most notable for Town falling to Duffus on 24 minutes as he fired an effort on goal that Covolan was once again equal to.

Town looked most threatening from set-plays, and Wilkinson went agonisingly close on the verge of the break as he sent an effort crashing off the crossbar.

The second half saw Torquay open with intent and open the scoring on 47 minutes with an incisive breakaway. Slicing apart the Glovers midfield, Nemane was sent clean through on goal and calmly slotted beyond Smith with their first clear cut chance of the afternoon.

After the goal, the visitors rarely threatened and looked to maintain what they had.

The 54th minute left a sour taste in the mouth for the green and whites, midfielder Lee looked to be in some serious pain as he hobbled off to be replaced by Emmanuel Sonupe.

With fresh legs injected into the midfield, Sarll’s side began to play with more impetus, and were seemingly denied a penalty on 58 minutes as the always-bright Neufville was hauled down in the box.

Despite being denied by the referee, the decision did little to dishearten Neufville, bursting beyond the Torquay defence again on 77 minutes but he mishit his effort, sending the ball just wide of Covolan’s goal.

Eventually, it was third time lucky for Neufville as he clawed Town back into the game. After Torquay failed to clear their lines, the ball dropped to the Luton loanee who deftly placed the ball into the top corner and claw the greens level.

After levelling the affair, Yeovil smelt blood, continually harassing the Torquay backline and creating chances.

As the game entered stoppage time, the turnaround was completed. An emphatic Wilkinson header at the back post from Dickinson’s corner sent Yeovil into a deserving lead.

With lead secured, Yeovil weren’t done yet, as both Albi Skendi and Tom Knowles had chances in stoppage time to add a third for Town, but the visitors did well to usher both wide.

Ultimately, Yeovil Town began 2021 just as they started 2020, with a dramatic victory over Torquay United. Next up for Sarll’s side is a trip to archrivals Weymouth.

 

Yeovil Town: A.Smith; Bradley, Wilkinson, Hunt, Dickinson; Lee (Sonupe), Worthington (Knowles), D’Ath, Skendi; Duffus (Warburton), Neufville

Bookings: Neufville, D’Ath

Subs: Dagnall, Palmer

MATCH REPORT | Yeovil Town 3 – 0 Aldershot Town

Yeovil Town’s 2020 came to an end with a comfortable victory over Aldershot Town at Huish Park.

Eager to right the wrongs of Saturday’s defeat to Torquay, Yeovil began fast, scoring early through Courtney Duffus.

It was more of the same throughout the second half as Duffus doubled his tally and Albi Skendi added a late third to secure three points for Town.

After a humbling defeat on Boxing Day, Darren Sarll opted for four changes to his Yeovil Town side.

Adam Smith remained in goal for Town, but there was a return for Luke Wilkinson to the defence following his suspension. Carl Dickinson captained the side, with Max Hunt and Gabe Osho keeping their place to complete the back four.

It was a diamond in midfield for Yeovil, with Charlie Lee at the base, Matt Worthington and Lawson D’Ath in front of him and Skendi furthest forward. Duffus returned to the side to partner Joe Quigley up-front.

The change in the forward line led to a bright start for Town, with Duffus causing major problems for the Shots backline. On seven minutes, the Glovers number 14 forced a corner after a driving run.

Duffus was clearly in the mood for this one, and it didn’t take him long for him to find the back of the net. Following Quigley’s deft flick on, Duffus turned the ball home, on the volley to claim the lead on 14 minutes.

It was almost two in spectacular style on 22 minutes, following some pinball football, Duffus found the ball under his feet but a smart backheel caught Aldershot defence largely unaware, but a late heroic block saved their blushes.

In truth, Aldershot offered very little in terms of goal threat throughout the first half, only forcing one save from Smith as he turned Fowler’s effort wide of the post.

Yeovil ended the half the brighter of the two sides, with Wilkinson almost sending one of his trademark free-kick’s into the top corner but it flew just inches over.

At the break, Town held a deserved lead, largely holding the visitors at arm’s length and dictating the play.

The second half saw the Shots become more adventurous, forcing a goal line clearance from Max Hunt as Harrison Panayiotou struggled to turn the ball into the Yeovil net.

Largely though, Town’s defence stood firm, taking the pace out of the game and nullifying the visitors attacking threat. This allowed the Glovers full-backs opportunity to take the onus on the game, with Dickinson and Osho venturing forward and taking the onus of the game.

With games coming at such a fast pace, fresh legs were vital for both sides, but it was Yeovil’s substitutions who proved more effective as Josh Neufville became a continued thorn in the Aldershot side.

The tricky Luton loanee won the free-kick which ultimately led to Yeovil’s second goal of the afternoon on 78 minutes. A smart routine found Duffus free on the right-hand side of the box, with time to drill an effort beyond Brad James to put Yeovil’s first three home points within touching distance.

The task became a lot easier with the visitors reduced to ten on 86 minutes as Jermaine Anderson was shown his second yellow card.

Sarll’s men capitalised quickly with another well-worked set-piece. Dickinson found Quigley at the back-post, the towering striker cushioned a header into the unmarked Skendi’s path for the Albanian to put the result beyond doubt.

The only blemish against Yeovil’s performance came in stoppage time as Quigley was given his marching orders for a second yellow card.

Ultimately, after a disappointing Boxing Day, Glovers fans got the response they wanted a hard-fought comfortable win to secure a first home league victory of the season.

 

 

 

Yeovil Town: A.Smith; Dickinson, Wilkinson, Hunt, Osho; Lee (Neufville), Worthington (Knowles), D’Ath, Skendi; Duffus (Sonupe), Quigley

Bookings: D’Ath, Quigley RED, Worthington

Subs: Warburton, Dagnall.

MATCH REPORT | Torquay United – Yeovil Town

Yeovil Town produced a disappointing performance on Boxing Day with a 6-1 defeat to Torquay United.

The game was largely over as a contest after twenty minutes with goals from Armani Little, Danny Wright and Connor Lemonheigh-Evans building a comfortable lead for the hosts.

Despite a second half consolation through Albi Skendi, Torquay would continue to dominate to claim a deserved victory at Plainmoor.

After 18 days away from action, Darren Sarll made just two changes to his Glovers side.

Adam Smith held his number one spot, but there was a change in front of him as Max Hunt made his debut at centre back alongside Gabriel Osho. Dan Leadbitter and Carl Dickinson began at full back.

The midfield was unchanged from Town’s victory over Bromley, with Charlie Lee, Albi Skendi, Matt Warburton and Emmanuel Sonupe all starting.

Chris Dagnall returned to the starting side alongside Joe Quigley.

Yeovil did very little to inspire the supporters watching from home in the first half, falling behind after just five minutes with Armani Little striking home a free kick from the edge of the box.

The hosts lightning start continued as on nine minutes Ben Whitfield found Wright with the freedom of the box to turn home a second.

Things went from bad to worse on 20 minutes as former Bristol City man Lemonheigh-Evans headed home a third for the Gulls.

With his side second best in almost every department, Sarll turned to the bench in the search for firepower as Warburton was replaced by Courtney Duffus.

The attacking switch did little to spark an attacking fire for Town, with Torquay adding a fourth just two minutes later on 37 minutes through Aaron Nemane who capitalised on A.Smith’s lapse of concentration.

The second half saw Yeovil enjoy their single spell of positivity, on 47 minutes, Quigley powered through on goal but could only find the upright. Just moments later, Yeovil did earn a consolation as Skendi bundled the ball home.

Just as Yeovil looked to be mounting some pressure, Torquay restored their four-goal advantage with Lemonheigh-Evans added his second of the afternoon with a calm finish beyond A.Smith.

Ultimately, it was an afternoon where Yeovil just didn’t turn up, with Gary Johnson’s Torquay adding the cherry on top of the cake on 83 minutes through captain Kyle Cameron who flicked a header beyond Smith to extend the Gulls’ advantage.

With games coming thick and fast, Yeovil will have to dust themselves down quickly with Aldershot Town visiting Huish Park on Monday afternoon.

 

Yeovil Town: A.Smith; Leadbitter, Osho, Hunt, Dickinson; Lee (D’Ath), Skendi, Warburton (Duffus), Sonupe; Quigley, Dagnall (Knowles)

Bookings: Lee, Dickinson, Sonupe, Leadbitter  

Subs not used: Worthington, Palmer.

 

Torquay United: MacDonald, Cameron, Warren, Lemonheigh-Evans, Wright, Little, Randell, Sherring, Moxey, Nemane, Whitfield.

Subs: Kerr, Andrews, Buse, Covolan, Umerah.

MATCH REPORT | Bromley 1 – 2 Yeovil Town

Yeovil Town secured their first National League victory of the season, beating Bromley 2-1 at Hayes Lane. 

First half goals from Rhys Murphy and Joe Quigley separated the two sides at the break, with Yeovil holding a deserved advantage.

The hosts came out the traps with real intent in the second half, and did find a goal through the threatening Michael Cheek. However, this was just a consolation as Yeovil secured three points. 

With a weeks break, Darren Sarll will have enjoyed getting some extra drills in with his players in the build up to the match. 

Adam Smith, an ever present for Town this season, began in goal, with Carl Dickinson, Gabriel Osho, Luke Wilkinson and the returning Daniel Leadbitter lining up as a back four. 

In the middle of the park, Charlie Lee began at the base of the midfield with Albi Skendi, Matt Warburton and Emmanuel Sonupe ahead of him.

The partnership which began our FA Cup victory against Bromley started once more as Rhys Murphy and Joe Quigley led the line. 

With fresh legs, Yeovil began brightly with Leadbitter and Sonupe enjoying success on the flanks, eventually leading to a succession of corners for Town.

Such a positive start has been a rarity of late for the Glovers this season, and Sarll’s side made sure it counted on 8 minutes. Warburton’s corner caused havoc in the Bromley box, eventually the ball fell to Murphy at the back-post who turned home the opener in front of The Glyn Beverly Stand.

As Yeovil looked strong from deadballs, the hosts tried their arm from set pieces too. Going close on 18 minutes, a deep free-kick from Reeco Hackett-Fairchild found Jack Holland but he couldn’t direct his effort on target. 

Set-piece routines were clearly on the agenda during the week of training as a smart free-kick from Warburton almost added a second for Town. The Northampton loanee quickly fired an effort to Mark Cousins’ near post, forcing the Bromley man to produce an excellent stop. 

After an eventful afternoon last time the sides met, Cheek thought he had levelled the scoring on 35 minutes but his back-post header hit the side-netting.

On the stroke of half-time Yeovil added a second through Quigley. Once again from a set-piece, Dickinson’s cross was met emphatically by the towering striker to double the Glovers advantage against his former club.  

Bromley had to come out fighting in the second half to find a way back into the game, which they almost found on 54 minutes as Hackett-Fairchild’s effort was kindly deflected into the six-yard box with Cheek lurking, eventually the ball was ushered wide by Osho much to A.Smith’s relief.

The hosts positive mindset eventually paid dividends on 70 minutes as Cheek cut the deficit. A deep cross found the forward at the back-post who flicked the ball beyond A.Smith.

Despite conceading, Yeovil’s forward play wasn’t discouraged as substitute Tom Knowles burst forward but had his goal-bound effort from the edge of the box deflected wide. 

In the dying moments, the best chance actually fell to Yeovil who found Courtney Duffus baring down on goal however his effort was well saved by Cousins. 

In the end, Yeovil Town held onto well deserved victory, claiming three points for the first time this season.

Next up for Yeovil, fans return to Huish Park as Notts County are the visitors on Saturday afternoon.

 

 

Yeovil Town: A.Smith; Dickinson, Wilkinson, Osho, Leadbitter; Lee, Skendi, Warburton (Neufville), Sonupe (Knowles); Murphy (Duffus), Quigley

Bookings: Wilkinson

Subs not used: Worthington,Dagnall

REPORT | Yeovil Town 1 – 3 Eastleigh

Yeovil Town’s search for a first league win continued as Eastleigh were the 3-1 victors at Huish Park.

Two first half goals from Ben Strevens’ side built a comfortable advantage which was only added to in the second.

Joe Quigley did find a goal in the second half as he bundled the ball home following a corner, but that did little to inspire a comeback as Yeovil fell to another defeat.

After adopting a 4-3-3 formation in the FA Cup, Darren Sarll opted for more of the same on Tuesday evening. Adam Smith began in goal, with Gabe Osho, Josh Staunton, Luke Wilkinson and Carl Dickinson making up the back four.

The midfield three was unchanged as Charlie Lee began alongside Albi Skendi and Matt Warburton.

The attacking three saw a debut for Tom Knowles on the right flank with Chris Dagnall and Courtney Duffus alongside him.

Despite defensive reinforcements, struggles at the back continued as it took just seven minutes for the visitors to open the scoring. Driving down the Yeovil left, Tyrone Barnett was given the freedom of the Yeovil penalty area to poke home the opener.

The goal did spark Yeovil into life, but the visitors did well to keep Town at arm’s length, with the majority of chances coming from the edge of the box through the bright Warburton and Knowles.

Yeovil’s best chance of the half fell on 21 minutes, a hopeful flick from Warburton fell perfectly into Dagnall’s path who powered beyond the Yeovil backline but couldn’t quite beat Joe McDonnell.

As Yeovil were unable to take their chances, fortunes were the opposite for Eastleigh who doubled their lead on 32 minutes. A defensive mix-up allowed Ben House to bare down on goal, and as A.Smith charged out he collided with the forward giving away a penalty which Joe Tomlinson effectively dispatched.

Throughout the first half, Town showed endeavour but lacked the cutting edge which Eastleigh certainly possessed.

The second half saw the Glovers increase the pace, with Lee forcing a save just one minute after powering a header on goal.

However, as the half progressed, Town seemingly lost their bite once again as Eastleigh added third. After Staunton was caught in possession, the deadly House pounced once again and emphatically fired beyond A.Smith to extend the visitors advantage.

Becoming Town’s top scorer for the season, Joe Quigley bundled home what turned out to be a consolation goal for Yeovil on 67 minutes following a corner.

Chances did fall for Town in the closing stages, but the Eastleigh defence was organised enough to limit Town to pot-shots, with Lee the only player to force a save on 81 minutes.

Late pressure saw Warburton force a heroic block but ultimately it wasn’t to be as the Glovers fell to another National League defeat.  

 

Yeovil Town: A.Smith; Dickinson, Wilkinson, Staunton (Leadbitter), Oso; Lee, Skendi, Warburton; Knowles (Murphy), Duffus, Dagnall (Quigley).

Bookings: A.Smith, Quigley

Subs not used: Palmer, Rogers

 

 

MATCH REPORT | Stockport County 3-2 Yeovil Town

Yeovil Town’s FA Cup journey came to an end on Sunday afternoon after a 3-2 extra time defeat to Stockport County.

After taking the lead twice through Matt Warburton and Luke Wilkinson, Yeovil produced an improved display from last week’s outing against Hartlepool United. 

Ultimately the hosts continually battled back, eventually netting the winner in extra time through Connor Jennings. 

Darren Sarll rang the changes from the Hartlepool defeat, with five changes to the Glover starting 11.

Adam Smith held his place in goal, but there were returns for both Carl Dickinson and Josh Staunton in the back four alongside Luke Wilkinson and Alex Bradley.

Charlie Lee returned to the side following a suspension, in a midfield three with Matt Warburton and Albi Skendi.

Sarll opted for a three-pronged attack with the returning Chris Dagnall joining Courtney Duffus and Joe Quigley up front.

That change in attack would come into great effect just one minute in, an quick breakaway via Quigley dropped the ball to the feet of Warburton who drilled an effort on goal which flew beyond Ben Hinchcliffe via a deflection.

The goal forced Stockport to come out fast, which they did lofting the ball into the box on multiple occasions but doing little to really A.Smith in the Yeovil net.

New signing Dagnall should have put Town two-up on 15 minutes with the ball dropping kindly to him on the edge of the six-yard box, a strong hand from Hinchcliffe denied the Glover number 34. 

Stockport continued to attack with width but little cutting edge with Town enjoying the better openings, vocal hand ball shouts from Lee and Warburton were waved away by the referee, much to the Stockport defence’s relief. 

Despite enjoying a positive half, the game always felt like it was on a knife-edge with Stockport finding the leveller on the stroke of half-time. Following a foul by Lee on Ryan Croasdale, Rooney stepped up and comfortabley dispatched to level the tie.

At the break, Yeovil were the more disappointed of the two sides to be going into the half level. 

The hosts bright end to the first half continued into the second, with Jim Gannon’s side looking increasingly threatening, but like the first half possession rarely turned into chances.

Stockport’s sole chance of the early period of the second half fell to Adam Thomas who saw his stinging shot well saved by A.Smith

Looking increasingly threatening on the break, Yeovil found a way infront once again this time through Wilkinson on 70 minutes. After Warburton’s deep corner made it to the back post, the former Luton man emphatically headed home to restore the advantage.

The goal did little to dampen Stockport’s spirits, as the hosts pulled one back just moments later on 75 minutes. Rooney’s deep free-kick was lofted to the back post where a queue of Stockport players were waiting, with Ash Palmer the most active to scramble home the leveller.

After vocal claims for a penalty in the first half, one finally came Town’s way as Quigley was hacked down inside the box. Earlier goalscorer Wilkinson stepped up to take bugt Hinchcliffe produced a fine save down to his left to keep the game level.

Despite late pressure, Yeovil could do little to make amends for the penalty miss as extra time loomed.

Extra time saw the game really turn in Stockport’s favour following a three week break between fixtures. The hosts made this advantage count on 101 minutes as Jennings leaped higher than his marker to head home what turned out to be the winner.

Following the goal, the fresh legs of Gabby Rogers made Town’s best opening as he burst through on goal, but ultimately did little to test Hinchcliffe. 

After a long battle, Town’s Cup journey came to an end.

It’s a quick turnaround for Yeovil with Eastleigh visiting Huish Park on Tuesday night. 

 

 

 

Yeovil Town: A.Smith; Dickinson, Staunton, Wilkinson, Bradley (Leadbitter); Lee, Skendi, Warburton (J.Smith); Quigley, Duffus (Rogers), Dagnall (Murphy). 

Bookings: Bradley, Wilkinson

Subs not used: Palmer, Murphy, Burke, John, Rogers, J.Smith

MATCH REPORT | Yeovil Town 1-3 Hartlepool United

Yeovil Town fell to a disappointing defeat at Huish Park as Hartlepool United were the 3-1 victors in Saturday’s National League clash.

Three first half strikes from the visitors built a comfortable advantage for Dave Challinor’s side.

Joe Quigley snatched a lifeline for Town in the dying embers of the first half, but ultimately Town did very little in the search for three points.

It was a youthful looking backline, with Ryan Burke, Morgan Williams, Alex Bradley lining up in defence with Luke Wilkinson offered some experience within the ranks. Adam Smith began in goal.

With Charlie Lee suspended, D’Ath and Albi Skendi were the deeper players in the midfield with Jimmy Smith and Matt Warburton the more attacking options.

There was a new man with the armband as Rhys Murphy captained Town for the first time, he led the line alongside Joe Quigley.

With an attacking line-up on paper, Yeovil did very little to threaten, as Hartlepool set the pace throughout the first half.

It didn’t take long for Hartlepool to strike in front too, with just two minutes on the clock Luke Molynuex turned the ball in at the back post, showing a sign of things to come.

Chances continued to fall for the Pools with Rhys Oates missing two chances in a similar vein from the edge of the six-yard box.

The Glovers best opportunities largely came from pot-shots, with J.Smith firing from the edge of the box but his effort was wide of the mark.

As pressure continued to mount, the Pools eventually added a second on 37 minutes through Gavin Holohan who calmly placed an effort beyond A.Smith.

With the wind in their sails, Hartlepool extended their advantage on 42 minutes and it was the pick of the bunch. A brilliant turn from Tyler Magloire left the Yeovil defence stranded, the Hartlepool forward then had little to do as he slotted home the visitors third.

As the half came to a close, Quigley offered Town a lifeline in stoppage time. After driving into the box, the Glovers number 19 bundled the ball home to cut the deficit.

Following a frantic first half, the game was played in polarising fashion in the second, with the visitors protecting what they had.

With a more defensive outlook from the Pools, the second half saw improvement from the Glovers.

J.Smith thought he was going to cut the deficit to one on 62 minutes but a heroic block denied the experienced midfielder what would have been a certain goal.

For all Town’s pressure, the visitors had the best chance of the second half as earlier goalscorer Holohan dragged an effort wide from the edge of the six-yard box.  

In an afternoon with few positives, Darren Sarll was able to offer a debut to 17-year-old Alfie Lloyd in the hopes of finding an equaliser.

Ultimately that equaliser wasn’t to be as Yeovil fell to a defeat.

MATCH REPORT | Woking 1-1 Yeovil Town

Yeovil Town were held as Woking grabbed a last gasp equaliser at Kingfield.

Following Matt Warburton’s first half goal, Josh Davison snatched victory out of Yeovil’s clutches.

The Glovers would have felt disappointed leaving Surrey, after missing a spot kick and having a goal ruled out for offside in the second half.

It was an unchanged side for Yeovil for the first time this season.

Adam Smith began between the sticks, with Carl Dickinson, Luke Wilkinson, Morgan Williams, and Alex Bradley in front of him.

The Glovers began with a midfield diamond, with Charlie Lee holding and Lawson D’Ath, Albi Skendi and Matt Warbuton interchanging ahead of him.

The front two had a familiar look about it with Rhys Murphy and Joe Quigley leading the line.

Darren Sarll would have hope a familiar eleven would see his side click into gear quickly, but this did not materialise with a cagey opening to the affair.

Set pieces were an avenue both teams explored, with the best chances of the first half coming from dead ball situations.

The Yeovil defence were largely able to hold firm, not allowing the Cards to show their attacking hand from open play.

In the early stages, the Glovers were only able to fashion one opening. A deep free kick from Warburton was met by Lee at the back post but his first-time effort was well saved by Craig Ross.

With the conditions wet and windy, any ball in and around the box caused a worry for both defences. Woking’s best effort of the half came from just that as Max Kretzschmar met Charlie Cooper’s cross, but his headed effort was easily stopped by A.Smith.

Set-pieces were the theme of the half, and it was only right that Yeovil took the lead from one on 44 minutes. A well worked ball down the line, stretched Woking, the ball eventually fell to Warburton on the edge of the box and his well-placed finish left Ross stranded.

Despite a cagey opening 45 minutes, Yeovil held a hard-earned lead as the game reached the midway point.

The second half was the polar opposite of the first, with Woking working hard to cut the deficit, something they almost did in the 52nd minute. Following Williams heavy challenge on Kretzschmar in the box, the referee pointed to the spot with the midfielder instantly claiming the ball to take the penalty, however the usually prolific midfielder spurned his effort, striking the post from 12-yards. 

With bodies forward, Yeovil relied on the counter for their attacking outlet and actually had the ball in the back of the net on 65 minutes. After Warburton’s initial effort was saved, Murphy pounced, turning the ball home but the linesman had his flag raised, ending Yeovil celebrations prematurely.

The disallowed goal did little to dampen Town’s fire and after a flurry of chances, earned a chance to score from the spot after Warburton was fouled in the area. Murphy stepped up to take but his effort was tame and easily saved by Ross.

As the half progressed, Woking grew more and more into the game, with Josh Davison forcing a stunning stop from A.Smith on 81 minutes as he bared down on goal.

It was second time lucky for the Woking number 25 as he snatched a point in the dying moments. Following a mix-up at the back, Davison pounced and placed the ball beyond A.Smith.

Not to be discouraged, Yeovil had one final roll of the dice, and would have felt frustrated with Albi Skendi hauled down in the box with the referee unmoved.

At full-time, Yeovil were visibly frustrated as the search for a first National League victory continues.

 

 

 

 

 

Yeovil Town: A.Smith; Bradley, Williams, Wilkinson, Dickinson; Lee, D’Ath, Warburton, Skendi; Quigley Murphy.

Subs not used: Burke, Worthington, J.Smith, Rogers, Palmer

 

Woking: Ross, Cook, Casey, Cooper, Shotton, Ferdinand, Kretzschmar, Spasov, Lofthouse, Dempsey, Davison

Subs: Gerring, Tarpey, Jarvis, Collier, Wareham

MATCH REPORT | Bromley 0 – 1 Yeovil Town

Yeovil Town enjoyed another thrilling afternoon in the Emirates FA Cup, with a last-minute winner against Bromley FC.

Gabby Rogers netted his first professional goal with the last kick of extra time to secure passage to the second round for the Glovers.

In what was a valiant performance, Yeovil thoroughly deserved their victory after a strong attacking showing.

There was a debut for Town in the backline as Lincoln City loanee Alex Bradley started at right back. Luke Wilkinson, Morgan Williams and Carl Dickinson also began at the back for Town, with Adam Smith manning the sticks behind them.

Darren Sarll opted for a midfield four, as Charlie Lee, Lawson D’Ath, Albi Skendi and Matt Warburton began in the engine room.

There was a return to a striking parentship as Rhys Murphy returned to the eleven, starting alongside Joe Quigley.

A.Smith was called into action early on as Michael Cheek’s header tested the Northampton loanee, despite being in an offside position, A.Smith was none the wiser, producing a superb stop to deny the Bromley number nine.

As the half grew on, so did Yeovil’s confidence, knocking the ball about the Bromley half with real impetus.

This forward-thinking attitude did lead to chances, the first falling to the towering Quigley who hammered the ball into Mark Cousins palms.

Bromley’s backline largely did well to marshal the Glovers from open play, but some individual brilliance from Murphy almost claimed the lead. Flicking the ball over one defender and knocking it past another, Murphy fired his effort over the bar.

Set-pieces proved a valuable weapon in the Yeovil arsenal. Dickinson’s floated ball found Lee’s trademark back-post run, but heroic defending from the hosts denied Lee’s leap.

With the chances his side had, Sarll would have felt disappointed to be level at the break, but he has a simple half-time team talk, more of the same.

The same was what he got too, with Yeovil going agonisingly close again on 48 minutes. With the ball falling nicely onto his chest, Warburton fired from around 25-yards on the half volley, beating Cousins but denied by the upright.

With Bromley second best throughout, their afternoon got a lot more difficult as Harry Forster was sent off for a needless heavy challenge on Luke Wilkinson on 68 minutes.

Strangely, following the red card, Bromley enjoyed their best spell, with a succession of chances for the talisman Cheek. The first fell following a corner with the ball falling kindly just 12-yards out but the ex-Ebbsfleet man fired over.

As both sides pushing to avoid extra time, Yeovil were caught with bodies forward and Cheek pounced, dribbling beyond Williams but fluffing his lines once again, spurning the best chance of the game.

Efforts from distance became the norm in stoppage time, with Wilkinson and Warburton both trying their luck to no avail.

Extra time saw the hosts grow into the game, with Cheek’s best chance falling just moments into the final thirty. Rounding A.Smith, the forward looked like he’d finally opened his account but a last-ditch block from Williams kept the Gloves alive.

As legs began to tire, the game started to get bogged down by set pieces, but ultimately it was a set piece that separated the sides. Following a corner where Town threw all their bodies forward, the ball fell to the 19-year old Rogers who fired on the volley to score his first senior goal and win it at the death.

 

 

 

Yeovil Town: A.Smith; Bradley, Wilkinson, Williams, Dickinson; Lee, D’Ath (Rogers), Skendi, Warbuton (J.Smith); Murphy, Quigley

Bookings: Quigley, Williams

Subs not used: Palmer, Clarke, Burke,

 

Bromley: Cousins, Kizzi, Bush, Roberts, Kyprianou, Trotter, Raymond, Williamson, Hackett, Forster, Cheek.

 

Subs: Najia, Bingham, Holland, Alabi, Purrington, Arthurs, L’Ghoul.

 

MATCH REPORT | Yeovil Town 0-1 Chesterfield

Yeovil Town’s search for a win continued as Chesterfield ran out the 1-0 victors at Huish Park.

In a game of few chances, Tom Denton’s second half strike following an Albi Skendi mistake separated the two sides as frustrations continue for Yeovil.

Darren Sarll opted for a change of system for the Glovers, returning to a back four as injuries limited his options.

Morgan Williams made his second Yeovil Town debut as he lined up in centre back alongside Luke Wilkinson. There was experience on the defensive flanks as Carl Dickinson and Daniel Leadbitter began in the full back roles.

It was an unexpected start in midfield for Ryan Burke, who lined up alongside Charlie Lee, Matt Worthington.

The change of system saw a three-pronged attack for Town, with Albi Skendi, Matt Warburton and Joe Quigley leading the line.

The first half was characterised by its distinct lack of any action for either side.

A sight of goal was a rare sight, with Yeovil’s single chance falling to Warburton, who saw his flicked header fly wide of the mark.

Despite enjoying a lot of the ball, the visitors did very little in terms of chance creation, with the Glovers backline holding firm.

The second half saw both sides roll the dice, with chances beginning to fall.

The post was struck on 50 minutes as Laurence Maguire rose highest from a set-piece, however the defender was adjudged to have run offside.

Straight up the other end, Yeovil tested Kyle Letheren. After a driving run, Warburton found himself with room to shoot on the edge of the box but the Chesterfield shotstopper held the Northampton loanee’s effort.

With the game on a knifedge, it was either going to be individual brilliance or a mistake what separated the two sides, and in this game’s case it was the latter. As Skendi failed to clear his lines, the in-form Denton pounced, hammering an effort beyond A.Smith, claiming the lead on 70 minutes.

The goal sparked Yeovil pressure, and the broken record of a potential penalty continued for Town as substitute Rhys Murphy was seemingly clipped in the box.

Huffing and puffing, the green and whites could not blow down the Chesterfield defensive wall, as the visitors held on for an away victory.  

 

Yeovil Town: A.Smith; Dickinson, Williams, Wilkinson, Leadbitter; Lee, Burke (Rogers), Worthington (J.Smith); Skendi, Warburton (Murphy), Quigley

Subs not used: Palmer, D’Ath

Bookings: Quigley

 

Chesterfield: Letheren, Smith Sharman, Evans, Maguire, Buchanan, Weston, Butterfield, Kiwomya, Denton, Tyson.

Subs: Wharton, Denton, Rawson, Mandeville, Hollis

MATCH REPORT | Yeovil Town 1-2 Sutton United

Yeovil Town fell to a disappointing defeat on Tuesday evening as Sutton United were the 2-1 victors at Huish Park.

After the visitors took an early lead through Harry Beautyman, a late first half goal from Joe Quigley offered hope for Town after a lacklustre opening 45 minutes.

Beautyman was a consistent danger to the Glovers, firing a second from the penalty spot, securing all three points returned to South London.

With Luke Wilkinson returning from his suspension, Carl Dickinson was the casualty in the Glovers backline as Albi Skendi and Josh Staunton retained their spaces.

Dan Leadbitter and Gabby Rogers started on the flanks, with Lawson D’Ath, Charlie Lee and Matt Warburton in the middle.

After their goalscoring performances on Saturday, Joe Quigley and Rhys Murphy began up top.

Despite a similar side to Saturday, the Glovers began the game in polarising fashion.

Sutton began the game well on top, with Yeovil struggling to find any sort of out ball. It didn’t take long for Yeovil’s pressure to tell, as the tricky Beautyman hammered the visitors in front from the edge of the box on ten minutes.

The goal did little to inspire the Glovers, with the midfield struggling to connect with Murphy and Quigley who were leading the line.

After a poor start, Darren Sarll would have felt nothing was going his way as Josh Staunton fell awkwardly leading to him being replaced by Carl Dickinson in Yeovil’s back three.

With what was seemingly the Glovers first chance of the evening, Town would snatch and equaliser with half-time looming. A free-kick played into Lee’s path eventually found Quigley who acrobatically finished from around 12-yards to level the affair in added time.

Sutton must have felt hard-done-by to be behind at the break, and Matt Gray’s side came out for the second half with a vengeance.

That fire in the Sutton belly soon forced a penalty as Wilkinson was adjudged to have fouled as Sutton broke away. The always bright Beautyman stepped up and comfortably dispatched.  

Despite trailing, the goal did spark Town into life, enjoying a lot of the ball in the second half.

With referee’s a constant talking point, this man in the middle did little to keep himself out of the Glovers’ supporters’ mouths, denying two vocal penalty shouts from Yeovil. The first came following Rogers corner which caused pinball football in the box, eventually seeing the ball seemingly handled by a Sutton defender.

The second came as Murphy tried to turn home Quigley’s initial effort, but felt he was hauled down as he bared down on goal for what would have been a tap-in.

Sutton did well to break up the play as the game came to a close, playing a deep line and effectively dealing with the majority of what Town threw at them.

With bodies forward, Town did little to test Bouzanis in the Sutton net as the U’s held firm for their victory.

 

Yeovil Town: A.Smith; Staunton (Dickinson), Skendi, Wilkinson; Leadbitter, Rogers, Lee (Clarke), Warburton (J.Smith), D’Ath; Murphy, Quigley.

Subs not used: Burke, Palmer.

 

MATCH REPORT | Yeovil Town U18 2-5 Cheltenham Town

A brace for Hughes but Glovers fall to another league defeat against Cheltenham

Following a narrow FA Youth Cup defeat in midweek, the U18’s returned to league action against Cheltenham still seeking their first league points of the season.

Amidst wet and blustery conditions, Cheltenham took the early lead when a cross shot was stabbed home from 5 yards by the visiting striker. Yeovil regrouped and were unlucky to see a goal by Omba ruled out for a foul on the goalkeeper following a corner. On 22 minutes, and after a spell of pressure, Cheltenham extended their lead from a corner with a towering header from the visiting centre back. The home side suffered a further setback from a set piece when a near post header made it 0-3.

Yeovil dug deep and managed to grab a penalty in the 30th minute after Aborra was bundled to the floor. Just as he did the week before, Hughes dispatched the penalty and Yeovil could sense a comeback on the cards, 1-3.  The home side were beginning to string some passes together and Lloyd had a great chance to further reduce the arrears but the keeper made a great save from his stinging shot.  However, Cheltenham gave a reminder of their attacking strength when hitting the post with successive shots as the half drew to a close.

Team Manager Mark Challen sent Haste on for Lloyd to start the second half and the young striker was quick into the action seeing a goal-bound shot expertly blocked in defence. Medrano saw his header sail just over from the resulting corner as the home side continued to press. As the conditions continued to play a part, Shock saw red for what the referee deemed was a dangerous tackle, and the Young Glovers were now very much facing an uphill task. 

To their credit the home side never gave up and on 70 minutes, following a great run down the right from Aborra, Hughes grabbed his second of the day with a smart finish into the corner to make the score 2-3. Cheltenham made some changes as the half wore on and this paid dividends with what proved to be the decisive goal in the 80th minute. Following a neat one-two down the left, one of the substitute players finished smartly into the bottom corner leaving the score at 2-4. Understandably, this seemed to knock the stuffing out of the home side and Cheltenham got their 5th in the dying moments after a strong run through midfield. 

 

GLOVERS U18: Nasta, Graziano, Callow, Famy (Crane 82), Omba, Medrano (C), Aborra, Guppy, Lloyd (Haste 45), Hughes, Shock.

Yeovil will be away to face Swindon Town next Saturday 31st October.

MATCH REPORT | Yeovil Town 3-3 Dover Athletic

Yeovil Town were involved in an enthralling FA Cup tie at Huish Park drawing 3-3 with Dover in normal time.

The Glovers were able to triumph from the spot after Adam Smith made the decisive stop following thirteen penalties between the two sides.

Prior to the shootout, the 90 minutes beforehand were just as hectic with Rhys Murphy netting a double in the first half and Joe Quigley heading home his first Yeovil goal in the second.

Darren Sarll opted to continue with his 3-5-2 system which produced improved performances in the National League.

With Luke Wilkinson suspended and Lee Collins injured, Albi Skendi, Josh Staunton and Carl Dickinson lined up as a back three.

After a number of bright performances, Gabby Rogers began at left wing back, Dan Leadbitter began on the right.

Returning from injury, Lawson D’Ath began in the middle of the park alongside Charlie Lee and Matt Warburton.

Yeovil Town’s goalscorers combined up top as Murphy and Quigley led the line.

The manic cup tie began with Town on top pressing the Whites shaky defence deep. As Yeovil enjoyed a lot of the ball, Dover began sitting more and more deep.

Finding space to run in abundance, Murphy capitalised, driving to the edge of the box and firing home on his left foot claiming an early lead for Town on nine minutes.

With the wind in their sails, Town were relentless, with Quigley and D’Ath both testing Tom Smith between the sticks for Dover as the half progressed.

Yeovil claimed a thoroughly deserved second for Yeovil on 31 minutes, after a corner caused chaos in the Dover box, Murphy pounced and tucked home his second of the afternoon.

Despite Yeovil dominance, cracks began to show in the backline with Dover finding space on the flanks. Ultimately, the visitors would find a way back into the game, with two goals in quick succession.

Summer signing Louis Collins struck twice for the East Kent side, both in similar fashion. Drifting towards the backpost Collins tucked home Josh Passley’s cross on 40 minutes to make a game of it.

Not learning from their earlier mistake, Collins stung the green and whites again, turning the ball home and delivering a sucker punch for Town with the half time whistle looming.

After a disappointing end to the first half, Yeovil began the second with real intent, carving Dover open with Quigley being once again denied by Arsenal loanee T.Smith.  

It didn’t take long for Quigley to put that chance behind him as he was able to get the better of the Dover shotstopper on 48 minutes. A sublime cross from Leadbitter was met by Quigley to head home his first goal for the Glovers on his home debut.

The goal did little to put out Dover’s fire, as the visitors bounced back with a number of chances on the break, Collins who would’ve been hopeful for a hat-trick had an effort saved by A.Smith at the near post.

Dover’s counter-attack game plan worked to perfecting on 63 minutes, as T.J. Bramble poked home to level the tie once again.

Set-pieces became an increasing threat for Sarll’s side as the game entered its closing stages, with Staunton going close twice in the space of a minute, heading onto the bar and dragging an effort just wide of the mark.

Rogers, who stretched Dover on a number of occasions, had his best effort from around 25-yards saved by T.Smith.

In the closing stages, Dover were more adventurous creating an end to end affair, but clear-cut chances failed to fall for Yeovil and Dover in the final moments.

The referee’s whistle was not a welcome sound to either side, as the lottery of penalty shootout was to decide the FA Cup tie.

Despite T.Smith being the star of the show for the visitors, it was his namesake in the Yeovil goal who was the match-winner. The former Leicester City man denied Wratten from the spot and secured Yeovil’s name would be in Monday’s draw.

 

Yeovil Town: A.Smith; Dickinson, Skendi, Staunton; Rogers (Burke), Leadbitter, Lee (J.Smith), D’Ath (Worthington), Warbuton; Murphy, Quigley

Subs not used: Clarke, Palmer, Lloyd

 

MATCH REPORT Yeovil Town U18’s 1-5 AFC Bournemouth

Yeovil Town U18’s welcomed table topping AFC Bournemouth U18’s to Alvington in search of a much needed first win of the season.

The visitors set the tone early with some fine interplay and attacking football, sounding a warning of what was to come with an early goal disallowed for offside.  Glovers keeper Nasta made a fantastic acrobatic save on 15 minutes as the one-way traffic continued.

The opening goal came in the 25th minute, following excellent distribution and a slick move down the left, with a side footed finish from Burchall 0-1.

Minutes from the restart Yeovil fell further behind as Bournemouth attacked through the middle allowing Pollock to slot the ball home 0-2.  The Cherries were spraying passes at will and Nesta was called upon to make another excellent save to keep the score down.

Yeovil’s plight got harder when Famy was forced off injured in the 33rd minute with Shock coming on in replacement.

Following a brief spell of Yeovil pressure and a half chance for Shock who was blocked on the edge of the box, Bournemouth broke at pace and a fierce shot from Adams and resulting deflection gave the keeper no chance with a 0-3 scoreline at the break.

Yeovil began the second half in feisty fashion seeing two early bookings for Aborra and Medrano as they sought to put Bournemouth off their stride. The Cherries continued to press, and it took a brave save by Nasta at the feet of Pollock to keep it at 0-3.

Bournemouth began to shake things up, making a series of changes on the hour mark. It was not long after that the Glovers got an opportunity for a foothold in the game when the tireless Lloyd was cynically pulled down in the box with Hughes confidently dispatching the resulting penalty, 1-3.

Buoyed on by the goal, Lloyd made a driving run toward goal and saw his shot well saved by the keeper. The midfield began to press and assert themselves more into the game as Lloyd and Stock combined to fashion another half chance.

As the game entered the final 10 minutes inevitably it was the Cherries who pressed home their advantage; Adams on hand to side foot home after an initial shot from Burgess was parried 1-4. In the dying moments Burchall ran at the heart of the home defence and fired his shot into the net to make it a final score of 1-5. 

Bournemouth are clearly the team to beat in the Youth Alliance South West Division and Yeovil will be hoping to make up ground when they entertain Cheltenham at home on 24th October.

However, you can support the Young Glovers in their next fixture as they face Wimborne Town in FA Youth Cup action at Huish Park on Tuesday evening, with tickets available here.

 

GLOVERS U18: Nesta, Guppy, Callow, Famy (Shock 33), Omba, Medrano, Aborra, Graziano, Hughes, Andrews, Lloyd

MATCH REPORT | Dagenham & Redbridge 0-0 Yeovil Town

Ten-man Yeovil Town battled hard for a point against Dagenham & Redbridge on Saturday afternoon as the Glovers drew 0-0 at Victoria Road.

After a positive first half performance, Luke Wilkinson was given his marching orders in the second half.

Despite being a man down, the Glovers held their own to earn a share of the spoils at Victoria Road.

After switching to a 3-5-2 against Halifax, Darren Sarll opted for more of the same with just two changes to the side which started in Yorkshire.

Adam Smith kept his place between the sticks after a strong start to the season, with Wilkinson, Lee Collins and Josh Staunton ahead of him.

The flanks saw starts for Dan Leadbitter and Gabby Rogers who earnt his first start of the season following a successful cameo against The Shaymen. Charlie Lee, Albi Skendi and Matt Warburton also began in the midfield.

After Courtney Duffus picked up a knock, Joe Quigley started his first game for the Glovers against his former side alongside Rhys Murphy.

The opening stages were an even contest, with chances falling to both sides within five minutes, Sam Deering fired wide with a first-time effort from the hosts but the better of the chances fell to Charlie Lee who had his effort saved by Elliot Justham from around 15-yards out.

As the half progressed, so did Yeovil as Sarll’s side began to apply significant pressure on the Daggers backline.

Murphy thought he had opened the scoring in the 32nd minute, after expertly beating the offside trap, his effort struck the post and agonisingly dropped the wrong side of the line for Dagenham to clear.

The Glovers were dealt a defensive blow as the half entered its closing stages, after captain Collins went down off the ball, he was replaced by Carl Dickinson in the 37th minute.

After being denied by the post, the crossbar denied Town in the 40th minute as Wilkinson hammered a trademark free-kick onto the bar from around 35-yards out.

The second half saw Yeovil begin at the same pace, with Lee firing an effort over the bar in the 46th minute.

The Glovers were dealt another defensive sucker punch in the 60th minute, with Wilkinson given his marching orders for a last-man foul on the pacey Darren McQueen.

Despite the man disadvantage, chances continued to fall for Town, with the always bright Rogers firing over in the 65th minute.

The red card did take the sting out of Yeovil’s continued waves of attacks, largely being limited to the counter attack. Leadbitter should have done better with Yeovil’s best chance on the break, failing to find Murphy as he bared down on goal.

With Skendi and Staunton forming a makeshift central defensive pairing, the ten-man Glovers held firm and secured the green and whites’ first clean sheet of the season.

 

 

Yeovil Town: A.Smith; Wilkinson, Staunton, Collins (Dickinson); Leadbitter, Rogers (Worthington), Lee, Skendi, Warburton; Murphy (J.Smith), Quigley

Subs not used: Burke, Clarke.

 

D&R: Justham; Johnson, Croll, Clark, Deering, Brundle, Balanta, Eleftheriou, McQueen, Brown, Adams.

Subs: Robinson, Saunders, Wright, Brissett.

MATCH REPORT | FC Halifax Town 1-1 Yeovil Town

Yeovil Town were held for their third draw of the season at The Shay, with 1-1 draw with Halifax on Tuesday evening.

After the hosts opened the scoring on the break in the first half, Courtney Duffus grabbed an equaliser for Town in the second half.

The Glovers huffed and puffed throughout, but couldn’t quite claim the advantage, with the Yorkshire based side holding out for a point.

Darren Sarll opted for a change of system for Yeovil, starting with a back three for the first time this season. Josh Staunton, Lee Collins and Luke Wilkinson all began at centre back, with Ryan Burke and Dan Leadbitter pushed further forward as wing backs.

There was a midfield three which included Charlie Lee, Albi Skendi and Matt Warburton with Rhys Murphy and Courtney Duffus leading the line.

The change of system meant Yeovil began brightly, pressing from out wide forcing the Shaymen deep into their own half, but clear-cut chances were few and far between.

The Glovers positive outlook meant a number of bodies were committed forward, leaving the back three exposed. Pete Wild’s side capitalised on the break, claiming the lead in the 6th minute. An incisive breakaway down the Halifax left found Jeff King at the back post to poke home.

After many a conversation about National League referees over the course of the opening fixtures, they continued to be a talking point as Murphy was seemingly denied a penalty after being held in the box.

Despite enjoying the majority of the ball, Yeovil lacked cutting edge throughout the first half, with Halifax deploying an effective counterattack on a number of occasions.

The hosts almost added a second as the half entered its closing stages, as the ball fell to former Glover Gold Omotayo in the box, the Swiss couldn’t quite get the ball out of his feet to pull the trigger.

Following a positive first half, Sarll would have been happy with his side’s overall performance, but thew lack of cutting edge saw the Yeovil boss make an attacking change with Gabby Rogers replacing Birmingham loanee Burke.  

The second half saw added cutting edge for Town, with chances coming in quick succession, firstly for Skendi and Murphy who both struggled to beat Sam Johnson in the Halifax net.

Yeovil finally levelled in the 54th minute, after some pressure from Murphy, the Halifax defenders failed to commit allowing Duffus to burst through and dink the ball beyond Johnson to level the clash.

Duffus’ equaliser saw the game open up, with chances continuing to fall at both ends, the best for Town falling to Lee and Warburton in quick succession, after the formers effort was saved, Northampton loanee Warbuton couldn’t quite turn the ball home.

Chances fell for Halifax too, with A.Smith producing an excellent stop to deny Gevaro Nepomuceno’s goalbound free-kick.

Ultimately, it wasn’t to be for the Glovers who now look to build on an imporved performance away to Dagenham and Redbridge on Saturday.,

 

 

Yeovil Town: A.Smith; Leadbitter, Staunton, Collins, Wilkinson, Burke (Rogers); Lee, Skendi, Warburton; Duffus, Murphy (Quigley)

Subs not used: Dickinson, Smith, Worthington.

 

MATCH REPORT | Yeovil Town 2-2 Wealdstone

Yeovil Town and Wealdstone enjoyed a thrilling 2-2 draw on Tuesday night at Huish Park. 

After the visitors struck ahead in the first half, goals from Rhys Murphy and Charlie Lee turned the game on its head.

However, there was one final twist in the tale as Michael Phillips struck an equaliser for the National League South champions.

Darren Sarll opted for a change of system following Saturday evening’s draw with King’s Lynn.

Adam Smith kept his place in goal, but Josh Staunton dropped into the defence in the place of Lee Collins. Luke Wilkinson, Dan Leadbitter, and captain on the night Carl Dickinson completed the defence.

The midfield comprised of five players, with Charlie Lee, Matt Worthington, Jack Clarke, Lawson D’Ath and Jimmy Smith all starting.

Courtney Duffus led the line as a lone striker, and he found himself isolated throughout the first period.

Despite an even opening first exchanges, the Glovers were limited to shots from distance, with Duffus testing Isted from the edge of the box being the only effort of note.

The visitors found the advantage in the 25th minute, after Charlie Lee was adjudged to have handled the ball in the box, veteran Moses Emmanuel converted from the spot.

The goal inspired the hosts, continually pressing the Glovers backline, especially down their right-hand side through Michee Efete.

Yeovil held firm and had their best chance to level on the verge of half-time as Wilkinson’s free kick flew narrowly over the bar.

Sarll needed a reaction from his team after the break, and he got just that through Murphy, netting after just 26 seconds in the second half. After J.Smith’s initial effort was saved by Isted, the Yeovil number nine was the quickest off the mark to turn the ball home.

The Glovers were electric following the goal, pressing every loose ball and bringing the game onto the Stones.

This pressure would pay off in the 60th minute, Dickinson’s well-weighted corner was met by the leaping Lee who rose highest to head home for the Glovers.

Just as Yeovil turned the game around after the break, the Stones came out all guns blazing following the goal, and they would find a leveller in the 74th minute through Michael Phillips.

The Stones should have added a third in the 80th minute, despite a foul on Lee in the build-up, the ball fell to Dennon Lewis who had an open goal to fire in but somehow blazed the ball over.

Yeovil almost added a third as Duffus’ header was flicked into the path of Worthington, but the ball just escaped him as Wealdstone cleared.

As the game came to its conclusion, neither side did enough to snatch a winner as Yeovil now look to Wrexham on Saturday for their first win.

  

 

 

Yeovil Town: A.Smith; Leadbitter, Wilkinson, Staunton, Dickinson; Lee, Worthington, Clarke (Rogers), D’Ath (Murphy), Smith (Collins); Duffus

 

Subs: Palmer, Burke, Collins, Rogers, Murphy

MATCH REPORT | King’s Lynn Town 2-2 Yeovil Town

Yeovil Town opened the 2020/21 season with a 2-2 draw with King’s Lynn Town in Norfolk.

Second half strikes from Luke Wilkinson and Courtney Duffus were not enough for Yeovil as the visitors continually pegged Town back in controversial circumstance.

Calls for both handball and offside were waived away by the match officials and ultimately saw the hosts snatch a draw.

As his second season as Yeovil manager began, Darren Sarll went with a side full of experience, especially in defence with Adam Smith, Dan Leadbitter, Lee Collins and Carl Dickinson all starting.

The midfield four comprised of Charlie Lee, Josh Staunton, Matt Worthington and Jack Clarke, with Rhys Murphy and Courtney Duffus combining up top.

The hosts began the brighter of the two sides, but the experienced Glovers back line held strong largely limiting the Linnets to efforts from set-pieces and outside the box.

The best chance of the first half fell to Murphy in the 19th minute, after being sent through on goal, it looked almost certain last year’s top scorer would open his account for the year but the number nine fluffed his lines at the final moment.

King’s Lynn best chance actually came through a Yeovil player as Wilkinson’s clearance flew narrowly over Adam Smith’s goal.

As a rather drab first half came to a close, Murphy had one more chance to open his account, but his first-timed effort was easily collected by Alexander Street.

With the first half being defined as drab the second half was far from that as Yeovil lead within two minutes.

A brilliant free kick from Carl Dickinson was met by Wilkinson who made no mistake by powering his header home.

Just moments later a set-piece would prove dangerous as Dickinson’s free kick could only force a corner.

King’s Lynn’s substitutions changed the complexion of the game, and it would prove effective in the 77thminute. Despite a handball in the build-up Dale Southwell tapped home the leveller in controversial circumstance.

Duffus would have thought he had snatched it for the Greens in the 81st minute as he hammered home Yeovil’s second following a sublime pass from Lawson D’Ath.

But it wasn’t victory for Yeovil as Adam Marriott levelled for King’s Lynn in the 87th minute, poking home at the near post to earn the Linnets a share of the points.

There no time for the Glovers to rest on their laurels as the games come thick and fast with Wealdstone visiting Huish Park on Tuesday night.

 

Yeovil Town: A.Smith; Leadbitter, Collins, Wilkinson, Dickinson; Lee (Burke), Staunton, Worthington (D’Ath), Clarke (Smith); Duffus, Murphy

Subs: Palmer, Burke, D’Ath, J.Smith, Rogers

 

King’s Lynn: Street, Jones, Brown, Smith, McCauley, Richards, Jarvis, Kelly, King, Southwell, Power.

Subs: Mair, Marriott, Barrows, Hawkins, Carey.

MATCH REPORT | Yeovil Town 2-3 AFC Bournemouth U23

Yeovil Town’s pre-season campaign ended in defeat against AFC Bournemouth U23, but the Glovers produced a spirited performance against the young Cherries.

After falling behind in the first half, goals from Rhys Murphy and Josh Staunton clawed Yeovil back into the game in the second half.

A late red card for Gabby Rogers sealed Town’s fate as AFC Bournemouth capitalised just minutes later, netting an 88th minute winner.  

Darren Sarll opted for a blend of youth and experience in his starting eleven. Ahead of Adam Smith who began between the sticks, Ryan Burke, Lee Collins, Luke Wilkinson and Dan Leadbitter lined up in defence.

The midfield saw starts for Alex John, Matt Worthington, and Lawson D’Ath. In front of them was a three-pronged attack of Gabby Rogers, Rhys Murphy and Courtney Duffus.

The visitors settled into their new surroundings quickly, largely controlling the ball throughout the opening stages.

It didn’t take long for the Cherries to take advantage of their strong start, as Jaidon Anthony fired beyond Smith following a tidy turn to lose his marker.

The visiting youngsters had answers to the majority of Yeovil questions, but it was actually a Bournemouth stalwart who added their second. 34-year old Charlie Daniels looping free-kick from the halfway line evaded Smith’s clutches to double the visitors’ advantage.

The second half saw a change in mentality as Sarll’s side thrust the game onto the young Cherries.

With the first chance of the half, Yeovil halved the deficit in the 49th minute. A stunning through ball from Wilkinson found Murphy clean through on goal who expertly placed beyond the onrushing Bournemouth goalkeeper.

Yeovil levelled on the affair in the 66th minute. A bullet header following D’Ath’s well weighted corner saw the scores level as the game entered its closing stages.

Despite it being a friendly, the game was played with a major competitive edge, which came to the boil in the 83rd minute as Rogers received his marching orders after picking up a second yellow card.

The eleven men of the Cherries were able to take advantage late on as Anthony claimed his second goal of the afternoon in the 88th with an excellent strike from the edge of the box, securing victory for AFC Bournemouth.

 

Yeovil Town: A.Smith (Trialist A); Burke, Collins, Wilkinson (Lee), Leaditter (Heaton); John (Staunton), D’Ath (Dickinson), Worthington; Rogers, Duffus, Murphy (Lloyd)

MATCH REPORT | Yeovil Town 3-0 Bath City

In what seems to be the final Glovers game in front of supporters at Huish Park for some time, Yeovil’s defensive duo were amongst the unlikely goalscorers in a 3-0 win over Bath City.

Goals at either side of the half from Josh Staunton and Luke Wilkinson were enough to ensure victory a strong advantage over Jerry Gill’s Romans.

Albi Skendi added the Glovers third adding a more familiar name to the scoresheet.

Darren Sarll opted for a strong team to impress the Glovers faithful in attendance. Adam Smith began between the sticks with Dan Leadbitter, Staunton, Wilkinson and Carl Dickinson in front of him.

After a successful experiment against Dorchester, a midfield five returned for Yeovil with Charlie Lee, Lawson D’Ath, Jack Clarke, Skendi and Jimmy Smith all starting. The lone forward for Yeovil was the towering Courtney Duffus.

Once again, it was the midfield five which began brightly, with D’Ath having multiple efforts from the edge of the box fly narrowly off-target.

The best chance of the opening stages fell to J.Smith in the opening stages as he was picked out in the box by an inch-perfect Dickinson cross. The former Crawley captain did well to adjust his body but couldn’t quite get the power to beat Will Henry in the Bath goal.

The game hit a lull as the 30th minute rolled by, with chances few and far between for either side.

After controlling the majority of the ball but with little cutting edge, Town found a way to strike ahead. D’Ath’s chipped cross was met by an unmarked Skendi who saw his touch fall perfectly for Staunton to hammer home his first goal in green and white!

At the break, Yeovil held a narrowly lead, something that on the ebb and flow of the game was deserved.

The second half saw an electric start, as Wilkinson joined his defensive partner amongst the goals in the 48thminute. Like Staunton’s in the first half, Wilkinson’s effort had just too much power on it for Henry to save as he struck beyond the Bath City goalkeeper from the edge of the box.

Bath went close in the 55th minute as Tom Smith burst on goal, however he was adjudged to be onside after striking the post for the visitors.

Yeovil continued to push to extend the advantage, and in the 68th minute did just that through Skendi. A powerful run saw the midfielder find space to shoot on the edge of the box, emphatically finding the bottom corner with a sublime finish.

Some positive pressure from the Yeovil trialist almost saw Town escape through on goal after Henry’s heavy touch was latched onto, however the substitute’s touch just escaped him as the ball slid out of play.

As substitutes entered the fray the game largely lost its tempo, with chances drying up for both sides.

Ultimately it would be a win for Town, with the Huish Park faithful treated to a strong performance from Darren Sarll’s side.

With an uncertain future ahead, Scott Priestnall will issue a further update this Friday on current club matters.

 

Yeovil Town: A.Smith; Leadbitter (Heaton), Wilkinson, Staunton, Dickinson; Lee (John), J.Smith, D’Ath (Rogers), Clarke, Skendi; Duffus (Trialist).

 

MATCH REPORT | Dorchester Town 0-2 Yeovil Town

Yeovil Town secured their second pre-season victory with a 0-2 win over Dorchester Town.

Jakc Clarke’s second half strike saw the Glovers claim the lead in what was a controlled first half performance.

The second half saw more of the same with the green and whites on top throughout. Carl Dickinson would save the best until last with a sublime 30-yard free-kick to secure a second pre-season victory for Yeovil.

Darren Sarll opted for a different system for the Glovers, operating with a lone striker for the first time this pre-season. Rhys Murphy led the line on his own, with Jimmy Smith and Albi Skendi sitting just behind him.

The midfield was completed by Charlie Lee, Clarke and Lawson D’Ath. The defence saw starts for Dan Leadbitter, Luke Wilkinson, Josh Staunton and Carl Dickinson with Trialist A between the sticks behind them.

With Murphy alone up top, it was the runs of J.Smith and Skendi behind him which were a continually an thorn in the Dorchester side. After winning a corner following a deflected J.Smith cross, Town were seemingly denied a penalty in the 5th minute as Staunton was hauled down inside the box.

The Glovers continued to look the stronger of the two sides, with Wilkinson going close with a header just moments later.

The hosts offered very little in terms of attacking prowess in the first period but forced a goal line clearance from Murphy as the ball looped over Trialist A’s head following corner.

Leadbitter was denied his first Glovers goal by a matter of inches in the 35th minute as his first-time effort at the back post smashed against the cross bar.

Eventually, the green and whites found a way through thanks to an excellent first-time effort from Aston Villa loanee Clarke. After Murphy’s initial effort was blocked on its way to goal, the ball trickled to the edge of the box where Clarke was waiting to emphatically place Yeovil ahead.

The second half saw Yeovil continue to mount even more pressure on the hosts backline. D’Ath went closest in the opening stages with a first-time effort which flew narrowly wide.

When Sarll made substitutions, it saw a change of system with the Glovers opting for a 3-5-2 formation with Courtney Duffus and Trialist B leading the line-up top.

Trialist B almost made an instant impact, after some excellent one-touch passing, the forward was freed through on goal but an excellent save kept Dorchester within touching distance of the Glovers.

As substitutes continued, the flow was largely taken out the game with players attempting to find their rhythm within the game.

The hosts had one final foray forward in them as the game began to enter the closing stages, a ball to the back post was met by Harry Hodges but somehow Trialist A kept out what looked like a certain goal.

It was Carl Dickinson who secured the second pre-season victory for Town in the 90th minute, a stunning free-kick from 30-yards out left the Dorchester goalkeeper stranded and capped off a strong evening’s work for Sarll’s side. 

Next up for Yeovil is a trip to Twerton Park to face Bath City this Saturday (3pm).

 

Yeovil Town: Trialist A; Leadbitter (Trialist B), Staunton, Wilkinson, Dickinson; Lee (Worthington), Clarke, D’Ath (Rogers), Smith, Skendi (John); Murphy (Duffus)

MATCH REPORT | Taunton Town 2-1 Yeovil Town

Yeovil Town fell to pre-season defeat as Taunton Town were the 2-1 victors at the Cygnet Health Stadium.

The hosts would take a two-goal lead through goals from Nick Grimes and Gethyn Hill either side of the half.

Luke Wilkinson’s second half goal only turned out to be consolation in a game which was a strong test for Town.

Darren Sarll would adopt a familiar looking starting line-up.

The defence featured the return of Wilkinson who took a knock against Frome. Wilkinson was partnered by Josh Staunton with Carl Dickinson and Alex John either side. Adam Smith began the game between the sticks.

The midfield saw a return for Charlie Lee, with Matt Worthington, Albi Skendi and Gabby Rogers in front of him.

The attack featured last season’s first choice front two of Rhys Murphy and Courtney Duffus.

Murphy almost made an instant impact as a chance fell to him just one minute into the game. After a great drag back from Rogers, the ball came just too early for the last season’s top scorer who fluffed his lines.

The hosts grew into the game, with chances beginning to fall to them. Taunton almost scored the opening goal in wonderful fashion as Ross Staley fired a volley from 30-yards which flew narrowly wide.

Rogers looked bright on the ball for Town but at times lacked final product, most notably when he couldn’t beat Lloyd Irish from the edge of the box in the 21st minute.

Set-pieces were where Taunton looked most threatening, and they made one pay in the 28th minute as club captain Grimes headed home from a corner.

Yeovil pushed for an equaliser as the half came to a close, but at the break the Glovers would trail.

The first minute of the second half saw Town claim an opportunity from the spot, as Duffus was dragged down inside the box, Murphy stepped up to take the penalty but had his effort saved spectacularly by Irish, tipping the ball onto the post.

Despite Yeovil pressure, the hosts were clinical on the break and added a second in the 56th minute. After an initial save from A.Smith, Gethyn Hill was quick on his feet, beating the Yeovil defence to the ball and heading home the rebound

Yeovil’s heads didn’t drop and did attempt to fight back, and the Glovers eventually score in the 78th minute. Worthington’s well-weighted corner was met by Wilkinson at the back post who expertly headed home with a diving effort for an enthralling final ten minutes.

Following the goal, Sarll would make a number of changes with Dickinson, Wilkinson, Murphy and Duffus replaced by a number of our players partaking in our Elite Player Development Programme.

The young Glovers pushed hard, forcing the ball within the Taunton Town half on a number of occasions.

Ultimately, that pressure wouldn’t be enough as the friendly ended in defeat. Next up for Town is a trip to Dorchester on 15th of September (7:00pm).

MATCH REPORT | Weston-super-Mare 2-2 Yeovil Town

Yeovil Town learnt a lot from their trip to the seaside with a 2-2 draw with Weston-super-Mare.

The hosts would make things difficult for Town in the first half, but the second half saw the game burst into life.

Goals from Courtney Duffus and a trialist were ultimately not enough to secure Darren Sarll’s second pre-season victory as the hosts would continually peg the travelling Glovers back.

Sarll opted with a strong line-up to face the Seagulls, with Adam Smith between the sticks, Carl Dickinson, Alex John, Josh Staunton and Dan Leadbitter in front of him.

The midfield boasted some of the Glovers brightest creative talents with Jack Clarke, Albi Skendi, Lawson D’Ath and Jimmy Smith providing the creative spark for Rhys Murphy and Courtney Duffus.

Yeovil would largely dominate the first 45 minutes, with a number of chances falling to the visiting Glovers.

The first fell to Duffus who made space for himself in the middle, but Murphy’s cross narrowly escaped him.

An even better chance would fall to Skendi just minutes later as the powerful midfielder saw the ball drop kindly over his shoulder, but his half-volleyed effort was dragged wide.

The hosts would have chances, but they were few and far between in the first half and largely came from Yeovil mistakes. After D’Ath was caught in possession, Weston would counter but an excellent goal line clearance from Alex John denied the host.

Yeovil would close the half with another great chance, this time it would be J.Smith who saw his effort fly narrowly wide after an excellent cross from Clarke.

Unlike the other pre-season fixtures, the break would see few changes, with Matt Worthington replacing Dan Leadbitter.

Yeovil would find their goalscoring touch just one minute into the second half, as Duffus fired the Glovers into the lead. After receiving the ball with his back to goal, the towering forward turned excellently and fired into the bottom corner, leaving goalkeeper Luke Purnell stranded.

Just five minutes later, the hosts would equalise, after a stunning shot from a Weston midfielder struck the post, Ben Griffith was there to turn in the rebound.

The goal saw changes, with a number of trialists and academy products taking to the pitch for Yeovil.

The second half really saw the game burst into life as in the 66th minute there would be a second goal for Town. After a driving run, a trialist found space on the edge of the box and hammered the ball beyond the scrambling Purnell.

The hosts were not done yet, winning a penalty in the 73rd minute which would be converted by former Forest Green Rovers man Dayle Grubb.

It was end-to-end in the closing moments, but clear-cut chances were a rare occasion with the friendly ending level.

Next up for Yeovil is a trip to Taunton Town on Friday night.

MATCH REPORT | Frome Town 1-2 Yeovil Town

Yeovil town claimed a comeback victory with a 1-2 win over Frome Town.

Second half goals from Albi Skendi and Carl Dickinson cancelled out the hosts’ stunning first half effort for a first victory of pre-season.

After confirming his signature that day, Darren Sarll gave a first start to loanee Daniel Leadbitter at right back. Josh Staunton, Lee Collins and two trialists completed the back five with a trialist between the sticks behind them.

The Town midfield featured Lawson D’Ath as he stepped up his injury recovery, alongside Jimmy Smith, Gabriel Rogers. Courtney Duffus lead the line alongside a trialist.

Yeovil Town began on top, forcing the play and dominating the ball in the middle of the park. It was almost an early lead too as a brilliant clipped pass from Rogers in the second minute was met by D’Ath but his effort on the half-volley was the wrong side of the post.

Just eight minutes later, the Glovers would come close again, an acrobatic effort from J.Smith, who donned the number 10 shirt for the first time, was parried into the path of Duffus who forced an excellent save from the Frome number one.

Against the run of play, the hosts would pull ahead with a stunning strike from the edge of the box.

This wouldn’t knock the wind out of green and white sails, as Yeovil kept pushing with a number of attempts from J.Smith and D’Ath blocked by the Frome backline.

Like at Stratford, the second half brought a major overhaul, with a completely different eleven to the side that started.

Adam Smith returned between the sticks, with Dickinson, Luke Wilkinson, Alex John and a trialist ahead of them.

The midfield comprised of Jack Clarke, Matt Worthington, Charlie Lee, Skendi and a trialist.

Rhys Murphy lead the line on his own.

The second half saw the Glovers pile on the pressure, with chance after chance falling to the visiting Green and Whites.

Murphy would be involved in a number of them, the best being set up by the midfield trialist who expertly dragged the ball into his path.

Yeovil would eventually level through recently crowned ‘Supporters Player of the Year’ Albi Skendi. The powerful midfielder drove beyond the Frome midfield and hammered the ball into the roof of the Frome net.

The final minutes saw added impetus, and it would eventually lead to a goal in bizarre fashion. A Dickinson cross took a heavy deflection which saw it sail above the Frome Town goalkeeper, awarding Town a deserved lead.

The game would be played on the edge in the last ten minutes, with a number of cynical challenges put in by the hosts as they were left chasing shadows.

Ultimately, it would victory for Town, who now look ahead to a trip to Weston-Super-Mare next week.

MATCH REPORT | Stratford Town 3-0 Yeovil Town

After 174 days of waiting, Glovers fans finally caught a glimpse of their side as Yeovil fell to a 3-0 defeat against Stratford Town.

Three second half goals saw the Warwickshire based outfit claim victory in a game where fitness levels and avoiding injury were the main objective for Yeovil.

 It was largely a game of ‘guess the trialist’ in the first half for Town fans as no less than four started for the Glovers.

Familiar faces amongst the 11 included Luke Wilkinson, Lawson D’Ath, Matt Worthington and Carl Dickinson.

There were also starts for new additions Adam Smith and Jack Clarke with academy product Gabby Rogers also starting on the right flank.

The first half was typical of many pre-season friendlies gone by, with players going through the motions and chances few and far between.

Yeovil’s brightest spark would be Rogers, who continually made himself a thorn in the Stratford side with intricate passing a deft touches to beat his man on a number of occasions.

However, it would be the hosts to fire closest in the first half as Lewis Wilson smashed an effort into the side netting after catching Dickinson out in his own half.

It would be Dickinson to have Yeovil’s best chance of the half, a well-hit free kick left Ty Belford in the Stratford goal scrambling, but he did enough to get a fingertip to it.

The second half saw seven changes to the Yeovil team, as Rhys Murphy, Courtney Duffus, Jimmy Smith, Lee Collins, Alex John, Josh Staunton and a trialist entered the fray.

The second half also saw a change in tempo, with both sides looking more ferocious in attack.

Yeovil would find the back of the net through Murphy as he poked home after Duffus’ effort was saved, however last season’s top scorer was adjudged to be offside and the goal was chalked off.

After a number of defensive adjustments, Yeovil were caught out with three quick fire goals by the hosts.

The first came through Will Grocott in the 67th minute who was able to find space at the back post for the easiest of finishes.

Stratford’s second came in the 72nd minute in very similar fashion as this time Joe Curtis escaped his marker and poked home.

The third and final goal of the afternoon came via Grocott again as he converted from the spot following a handball in the box.

Yeovil will now look ahead to next week’s friendly on Friday night against Frome Town.

MATCH REPORT | Yeovil Town 0-2 Barnet

Yeovil Town’s season came to an end as Barnet were the victors in the play-off eliminator at Huish Park.

Barnet were able to weather a Glovers storm to complete a smash and grab victory through goals from Paul McCallum and Mauro Vilhete.

The enforced break allowed Darren Sarll to have an almost fully fit squad to choose from.

Lawson D’Ath was the only casualty due to fitness with 20-goal Rhys Murphy returning to the fold, bolstering the strike force and partnering Courtney Duffus up top.

In the middle of the park, Sarll opted for his usual diamond four formation which saw Charlie Lee, Matt Worthington, Myles Hippolyte and Albi Skendi.

The back-four took a familiar look with Remeao Hutton, Lee Collins, Luke Wilkinson and Carl Dickinson holding the fort with the experienced Stuart Nelson behind them.

The Glovers would a start strong dominating the ball until the drinks break, creating a number of half-chances. The best of these would fall to Duffus, after some great wing-play from Hippolyte, he found space for a cross which found Duffus, however the forward couldn’t quite get the connection he wanted.

A stunning individual run from Worthington almost saw the Glovers sneak ahead but his outside of the foot shot was hooked just wide.

Following the drinks break chances were few and far between, but robust challenges were aplenty. Barnet were in fact lucky to end the half with ten-men on the field as captain James Dunne came flying into Hippolyte on the half-way line.

At the break, the scores were level, but there were positives to take from the first half performance.

The second half brought added impetus, with Wilkinson striking the bar just a minute in! Following Lee’s corner to the near post, the towering centre back’s header smashed the crossbar.

Just minutes following, Duffus would make a chance for himself as he drove into the box but ultimately misfired.

Completely against the run of play, the visitors would strike first as the prolific McCallum finished beyond Nelson with the help of a kind deflection.

Frustrations would continue to grow as substitute Jimmy Smith seemingly put Yeovil level, yet the linesman and referee remained unmoved, allowing play to continue.

Yeovil would continue to huff and puff, with the likes of Hippolyte, Duffus and Lee all continuing to pile on the pressure in creating half-chances.

In the 85th minute, Barnet’s smash and grab job was completed as the ball fell kindly onto Mauro Vilhete head as he bundled the ball over the line.

Ultimately it wasn’t to be for Town, but this season has put Yeovil Town back on track.

Thank you for your support this season, we hope to see you soon.

 

Yeovil Town: Nelson; Dickinson, Collins, Wilkinson, Hutton; Lee, Hippolyte, Worthington, Skendi; Murphy, Duffus

Subs: Alcock, J.Smith, Cooper, Richards, A.Smith, Dagnall.

REPORT | Dover Athletic 0-1 Yeovil Town

Yeovil Town secured back-to-back league wins for the first time in 2020 after a 1-0 win over Dover.

Marc Richards’ stunning second half strike was enough to separate the two sides, in a game which was largely controlled by the Glovers.

Keeping the hosts at arms length for the entire 90 minutes, Darren Sarll will no doubt be delighted with the three points, and the clean sheet to go alongside it. 

Sarll only made a single change, and it was forced upon him.

With Liam O’Brien’s injury, his replacement between the sticks was Stuart Nelson.

This meant new loan signing Adam Smith would only be named on the bench. 

There was one other change to the overall Glovers squad, with Gabby Rogers dropping off the bench for Tom Bradbury to replace him. 

The opening stages saw two sides battling for dominance, with Yeovil just shading the opening 45 minutes. 

The green and whites best chance fell to Jimmy Smith who escaped his marker and met Remeao Hutton’s well-weighted cross at the back post only for Lee Worgan to save his effort. 

It was often the case where the ball narrowly escaped a Yeovil runner, with Marc Richards often just a matter of inches from connecting.

For the hosts, chances were few and far between, the best being Nassim L’Ghoul’s free-kick which caused no discomfort for Stuart Nelson as it harmlessly flew wide.

However, the Whites would have a penalty shout waved away. With Effiong breaking into the box, Luke Wilkinson produced a stunning last ditch challenge to win the ball, much to the Dover fans dismay. 

After a rather underwhelming first half, it wouldn’t take long for the second to burst into life, with a goal in under two minutes.

After the ball was played back to M.Richards in space, the forward wasted no time in shooting first time, catching Worgan off guard, and finding the top corner spectacularly! 

The Glovers continued to pile on the pressure, almost adding after the ball fell to Skendi on the edge of the box in the 56th minute but as the ball took a bobble he fired over the bar.

The bar would deny Town a second, after a stunning cross from M.Richards, the ball found J.Smith at the back post, his effort was saved but the ball fell to Duffus who smashed his header against the bar and couldn’t direct his follow up on goal.

Dover had to do something to get something out of the game, and manager Andy Hessenthaler made changes in an attempt in doing so. Changing his system by substituting his wide players put the hosts on top.

These changes did work in Dover’s favour, but they did very little in terms of making clear-cut chances. The best would be a half-chance which fell to substitute Adeoye Yussuf at the back-post who fired straight at Nelson. 

Ultimately, Town were able to see the game out and bring a deserved three points back to Somerset.

 

Yeovil Town: Nelson; Hutton, Collins, Wilkinson, Dickinson; Lee, Worthington (Bradbury), Skendi, J.Smith (Cooper); M.Richards (Dagnall), Duffus.

Bookings: Hutton.

Subs not used: A.Smith, C.Richards.

 

Dover: Worgan, Passley, Taylor, Lokko, Havilland, Effiong, L’Ghoiul, Minns, Modeste, Gobern, Poleon.

Bookings: Taylor

Subs: Reason, Yusuff, Rooney, Rigg, Simpson.

REPORT | Yeovil Town 3-0 Wrexham AFC

Yeovil Town’s endless run came to an end as the Red Dragons of Wrexham were slain 3-0.

A bizarre goal by Courtney Duffus, a simply stunning Luke Wilkinson free-kick and an Albi Skendi tap-in saw the green and whites claim a comfortable advantage.

In what was a brilliant team performance, the Glovers look to have got their swagger back, claiming three points in the league for just the second time in 2020.

Darren Sarll made four change to the side which narrowly lost to Boreham Wood last time out. 

The injured Rhys Murphy dropped out the side in the place of Marc Richards. 

Remeao Hutton returned to the right flank and Jimmy Smith began the game in a wide midfield role. 

There was a change between the sticks for Town as Liam O’Brien replaced Stuart Nelson.

The shotstopper was quickly called into action as the ball dropped kindly at the edge of the box to Luke Young but O’Brien was equal to his effort. 

O’Brien would continue to be involved in the thick of the game, but in unwanted circumstances as he fell to the ground unchallenged and stretchered off, with Nelson taking his place.

Yeovil would enjoy great success attacking down the flanks, especially through the returning Hutton. On numerous occasions the Birmingham loanee found space to cross but the ball would just escape his target. 

The Glovers would have the ball in the back of the net in the 28th minute, but it would be quickly disallowed as Wilkinson won his header by impeding Robert Lainton in the Wrexham goal.

Wilkinson would go close just six minutes later as he drifted to the back post from a corner and found himself unmarked but his side-footed effort hit the wrong side of the net.

Wrexham’s best chances largely came from Yeovil’s mistakes, and they didn’t come around often. In the 39th minute however, Hutton was caught in possession by Jordan Ponticelli but the Coventry loanee couldn’t capitalise as Nelson produced a stunning stop with his feet.

Yeovil would eventually take the lead in the 43rd minute, but in extremely bizarre circumstance. The Wrexham goalkeeper dropped the ball at Duffus’ feet whilst he was complaining to the referee, but the referee was unmoved and Duffus placed the ball into the empty net.

As the half came to a close, the green and whites thoroughly deserved their lead, despite the unusual circumstance it came through.

The second half adopted a similar tempo, with Town on top and creating chances. The first came in the 51st minute as Carl Dickinson almost scored directly from a corner, forcing a save from Lainton.

Yeovil’s second would come in a much more spectacular fashion. Wilkinson who had looked bright all afternoon stepped up for a free-kick from 30-yards out and hammered the ball beyond Lainton to double the Glovers advantage. 

Chances would continue to fall as the ball dropped to Duffus at the edge of the six-yard box after a brilliant counter attack, spearheaded by the sponsors ‘Man of the Match’ Worthington.

With the last kick of the game, Skendi would add a third, after the ball struck the post following Duffus’ initial effort, Skendi had the easiest of finishes to put the icing on the cake for the Glovers. 

 

Yeovil Town: O’Brien (Nelson); Hutton, Collins, Wilkinson, Dickinson; Lee (Cooper), Skendi, Smith, Worthington; Duffus, Richards (Dagnall).

Subs not used: Richards, Rogers.

 

Wrexham: Lainton, Pearson, Lawlor, Young, Ponticelli, Garratt, Kennedy, Thompson, Harris, Jarvis, Kellior-Dunn. 

Subs: Dibble, Oswell, Rutherford, Barker, Wright.

REPORT | Boreham Wood 1-0 Yeovil Town

Yeovil Town fell to a third successive defeat this afternoon as Boreham Wood won a tight affair at Meadow Park. 

Former Glover Kabongo Tshimanga netted the only goal of the afternoon as the forward took advantage of a fast breakaway.

Despite claims of a foul in the build up, the referee was left unmoved as Town ultimately suffered a defeat in South Hertfordshire. 

It was four changes for Town following an almost two week break between fixtures. 

Craig Alcock returned to the fold as Darren Sarll opted for an experienced defence. 

There was also a return for club captain Lee Collins who was injured for the previous defeat in Yorkshire. 

Matt Worthington joined Albi Skendi and Charlie Lee in the dynamic Yeovil midfield.

There was also a return for Chris Dagnall who completed the three pronged attack alongside Rhys Murphy and Courtney Duffus. 

Despite largely controlling the ball throughout the first half, chances were few and far between for the Glovers, but the same could be said for our hosts too. 

The returning Dagnall started brightly, bursting into the box on the 12th minute but a last ditch tackle denied him a shooting opportunity.

The best chance of the half would fall to Boreham Wood in the 17h minute as Piero Mingoia’s effort deflected off Kane Smith’s back and looped narrowly over. 

The Wood looked largely one-dimensional in the first half, with the ball continually hit to Sorba Thomas who had been kept quiet by Alcock all afternoon.

Town’s best chance of the half would fall to Luke Wilkinson who saw his header skew wide of the mark following Charlie Lee’s well-hit cross.

As the half came to a close, it was disappointing news on the injury front as Murphy limped off with Jimmy Smith coming on in his place at the break. 

The second half began like the first, two sides battling for supremacy but a lack of clear cut chances.

Boreham Wood would enjoy a lot of the ball in the opening minutes of the second half but all there was to write home about was a half-hearted penalty appeal for handball. 

Following on from this the Glovers would be the team on top, with Dagnall firing narrowly wide with a half volley in the 61st minute.

It was only going to take one goal to win this one, and that goal came for Boreham Wood. Despite Duffus seemingly being hacked down in the build up, the hosts broke quickly finding Tshimanga who poked home the only goal of the afternoon. 

Yeovil would huff and puff in the closing stages, testing Ashmore on a couple of occasions, most notabley through a Wilkinson free-kick.

Ultimatley it was only through efforts from distance that tested the Wood’s shotstopper, leading to another disappointing defeat for Town.

 

 

Boreham Wood: Ashmore, Ilesanmi, Ricketts, Champion, Mingoia (Rhead), McDonnell, Tshimanga, Marsh, Fyfield, Thomas, Smith. 

Bookings: Smith 

Subs: Smith, Stephens, Yussuf, May

 

Yeovil Town: Nelson, Dickinson, Collins, Wilkinson, Alcock (Hutton), Lee, Skendi, Worthington (M.Richards), Murphy (J.Smith), Dagnall, Duffus

Bookings: Lee, Dagnall, Sarll.

Subs: Bradbury, O’Brien.

 

REPORT | Harrogate Town 3-0 Yeovil Town

Yeovil Town slumped to a second successive defeat on Tuesday evening as Harrogate were the 3-0 victors in a National League clash.

A double from George Thomson and Jack Diamond’s early second half goal ensured that the hosts enjoyed a comfortable night in Yorkshire.

Yeovil’s night went from bad to worse in the final minute as Myles Hippolyte was sent off for a late and heavy tackle.

There was a debutant for Town as Darren Sarll made five changes to the side which fell out of the FA Trophy.

Swansea loanee Brandon Cooper made his first start in the space of Lee Collins, as Darren Sarll opted for a return to four at the back.

This meant Carl Dickinson was deployed in a more familiar left back role, with Myles Hippolyte replacing Caleb Richards.

Recent absentee Stuart Nelson returned to start between the sticks replacing Liam O’Brien.

The forward line offered up our top scoring partnership with a return for Rhys Murphy and Courtney Duffus.

The conditions played a major part in the first half, with the Glovers largely unable to go long from any goal kicks with the powerful wind against them.

However, Yeovil would still have chances in the opening stages, the best falling to Remeao Hutton who had his effort blocked on its way to goal from a tight angle.

With the wind in their favour, the hosts were able to largely dictate possession during the first half, but it would take a while for them to do anything significant with it.

The 25th minute saw the Sulphites have their first clear-cut sight of goal as the ball was cut back to centre back Connor Hall who hammered a typical defender’s finish over the bar.

Just two minutes later, the hosts would find themselves clean through on goal as Jack Muldoon beat Yeovil’s offside trap, but he fired into the side-netting.

Harrogate would eventually find a way through in the 43rd minute as Jon Stead pushed debutant the Cooper aside and then lay the ball to the back post to find Thomson in space to offer the hosts the advantage.

It wouldn’t take long after the half time break for Harrogate to add their second.  The 51st minute saw Sunderland loanee Diamond break through and place an effort beyond Stuart Nelson.

The goal forced the Green and Whites to apply some pressure, and it would almost lead to some instant success as J.Smith’s header was heroically cleared off the line by a Harrogate defender.

Despite attacking substitutions, Harrogate would add a third in the 73rd minute. Following Lloyd Kelly’s driven effort, earlier goal scorer Thomson was able to turn the ball home.

The Glovers would chase a consolation during the closing stages, with Murphy going closest in the 85th minute.

The final action of the game saw Hippolyte sent off for a reckless challenge, capping off a disappointing evening.

 

 

 

Yeovil Town: Nelson; Hutton (Alcock), Wilkinson, Cooper, Dickinson; Lee, Hippolyte, Skendi, J.Smith (Dagnall); Murphy, Duffus (Richards).

Booked: Hutton, Hippolyte (Red)

Subs not used: Worthington, O’Brien.

 

Harrogate Town: Belshaw, Fallowfield, Falkingham, Burrell, Thomson, Stead, Kerry, Muldoon, Hall, W.Smith, Diamond.

 

Subs: Harratt, Bradley, G.Smith, Cracknell, Kiernan.

Yeovil Town slumped to a second successive defeat on Tuesday evening as Harrogate were the 3-0 victors in a National League clash.

 

A double from George Thomson and Jack Diamond’s early second half goal ensured that the hosts enjoyed a comfortable night in Yorkshire.

 

Yeovil’s night went from bad to worse in the final minute as Myles Hippolyte was sent off for a late and heavy tackle.

 

There was a debutant for Town as Darren Sarll made five changes to the side which fell out of the FA Trophy.

 

Swansea loanee Brandon Cooper made his first start in the space of Lee Collins, as Darren Sarll opted for a return to four at the back.

 

This meant Carl Dickinson was deployed in a more familiar left back role, with Myles Hippolyte replacing Caleb Richards.

 

Recent absentee Stuart Nelson returned to start between the sticks replacing Liam O’Brien.

 

The forward line offered up our top scoring partnership with a return for Rhys Murphy and Courtney Duffus.

 

The conditions played a major part in the first half, with the Glovers largely unable to go long from any goal kicks with the powerful wind against them.

 

However, Yeovil would still have chances in the opening stages, the best falling to Remeao Hutton who had his effort blocked on its way to goal from a tight angle.

 

With the wind in their favour, the hosts were able to largely dictate possession during the first half, but it would take a while for them to do anything significant with it.

 

The 25th minute saw the Sulphites have their first clear-cut sight of goal as the ball was cut back to centre back Connor Hall who hammered a typical defender’s finish over the bar.

 

Just two minutes later, the hosts would find themselves clean through on goal as Jack Muldoon beat Yeovil’s offside trap, but he fired into the side-netting.

 

Harrogate would eventually find a way through in the 43rd minute as Jon Stead pushed debutant the Cooper aside and then lay the ball to the back post to find Thomson in space to offer the hosts the advantage.

 

It wouldn’t take long after the half time break for Harrogate to add their second.  The 51st minute saw Sunderland loanee Diamond break through and place an effort beyond Stuart Nelson.

 

The goal forced the Green and Whites to apply some pressure, and it would almost lead to some instant success as J.Smith’s header was heroically cleared off the line by a Harrogate defender.

 

Despite attacking substitutions, Harrogate would add a third in the 73rd minute. Following Lloyd Kelly’s driven effort, earlier goal scorer Thomson was able to turn the ball home.

 

The Glovers would chase a consolation during the closing stages, with Murphy going closest in the 85th minute.

 

The final action of the game saw Hippolyte sent off for a reckless challenge, capping off a disappointing evening.

 

 

 

Yeovil Town: Nelson; Hutton (Alcock), Wilkinson, Cooper, Dickinson; Lee, Hippolyte, Skendi, J.Smith (Dagnall); Murphy, Duffus (Richards).

Booked: Hutton, Hippolyte (Red)

Subs not used: Worthington, O’Brien.

 

Harrogate Town: Belshaw, Fallowfield, Falkingham, Burrell, Thomson, Stead, Kerry, Muldoon, Hall, W.Smith, Diamond.

 

Subs: Harratt, Bradley, G.Smith, Cracknell, Kiernan.

REPORT | Yeovil Town 1-2 Notts County

Notts County were able to frustrate the life out of Yeovil Town as they dumped Town out of the FA Trophy.

Courtney Duffus’ strike was not enough to cancel out Connell Rawlinson and Scott Wootton’s efforts on either side of the half.

Despite finishing the game with nine-men due to an injury to Damien McCrory and a red card for Wes Thomas, the visitors were able to cling on for dear life and secure passage to the next round of the FA Trophy.

Darren Sarll opted to make four changes to the side held by Chorley last time out.

It was a debut for Norwich City loanee Caleb Richards who started on the left flank. The opposite flank saw a return for Remeao Hutton.

Albi Skendi lined up in the midfield with Chris Dagnall returning to the forward line, partnering Marc Richards.

It was an end-to-end affair in the first half, with chances falling for both sides throughout the first half.

It would only take until the second minute for Yeovil to have their first sight of goal, a brilliant cross from Hutton found Dagnall in space to head on goal, however Joe McDonnell was equal to his efforts.

The opening goal of the game would come in the seventh minute as Rawlinson heads the visitors ahead. After Town failed to clear, the ball fell to Rawlinson at the back-post to head the Magpies ahead, despite Wilkinson’s best efforts to clear on the line.

Following the goal, it would be Town applying the pressure, going close just one minute later as an excellent Hutton cross found Jimmy Smith flicking a header towards the charging Marc Richards, but he couldn’t quite connect.

Liam O’Brien would be forced into a save in the 12th minute as Kristan Dennis burst beyond the Glovers defence and fired on goal.

However, chances would continue to fall for Town, with Charlie Lee and C.Richards both firing over the bar within the space of a minute.

M.Richards would go agonisingly close once again as Smith was found rampaging into the box by Dagnall, however Smith’s cross-cum-shot across the face of goal escaped the 37-year old forward.

The referee was thrust into the thick of the action as Wes Thomas tussled with Wilkinson causing the Yeovil defender to fall to the floor. Thomas was adjudged to have committed violent conduct and was given his marching orders.

The sending off thrust the Green and Whites even further forward, constantly pressuring the Magpies defence until the half-time break.

Notts County set up to frustrate in the second half, with very rare flurries forward.

Yeovil would dominate the ball, but the Magpies would limit the 11-men to shots from distance.

In what was the visitors first chance of the half, they would extend their advantage as substitute Kyle Wootton fired against the crossbar and getting a stroke of luck with the ball bouncing just over the line.

Attacking substitutions worked almost instantly for Darren Sarll as Courtney Duffus scored with what must have been his first touch. A brilliant turn after Skendi’s cross saw Duffus fire beyond McDonnell to breathe life into the game.

Town continued to press on, with the likes of Murphy and Smith going close during the closing stages, but it wasn’t to be as Yeovil fell out of the FA Trophy.

 

Yeovil Town: O’Brien; Dickinson, Collins (Duffus), Wilkinson; Hutton, C.Richards (Hippolyte), Lee, Skendi; Smith, Dagnall (Murphy), M.Richards

Bookings: Wilkinson, Lee.

Subs not used: Worthington, Alcock, Cooper, Nelson

 

Notts County: McDonenell, McCrory, Thomas, Denniss. Rawlinson, Kelly-Evans, Crawford, Osborn, Lacey, Shields.

Subs: Rose, Boldewijn, Wootton, Brindley Kean, Betts.

REPORT | Yeovil Town 1-1 Chorley

Yeovil Town could not overcome ten-man Chorley as the Glovers drew 1-1 with the league’s bottom side.

Conceding on the stroke of half time through Connor Hall, who was later sent off, offered the Magpies the advantage.

It would take 88 minutes for Yeovil to find a way back into the game, with Marc Richards turning the ball beyond Matt Urwin.

Ultimately, it was too little too late as Yeovil slipped to fourth in the National League.

Darren Sarll made four changes from our defeat against Woking.

Marc Richards returned to the forward line, with Liam O’Brien making his first league start since signing until the end of the season.

Craig Alcock would feature at right back, and Matt Worthington, who captained the County Cup side, also returning to the fold.

The changes would have a positive effect, with Town playing some nice football in Chorley’s half throughout the opening stages.

However, Yeovil’s fist chance would come from a Chorley mistake. Anthony Meppen-Walters misplaced pass found Rhys Murphy bombing into the box, but his chipped effort went narrowly over the bar.

Town would continue to pile on the pressure with M.Richards forcing a stop from Urwin in the 18th minute, following a well-placed cross from Myles Hippolyte.  

The Glovers would have a penalty shout waved away by the referee just minutes later as Murphy was seemingly tripped, but the referee was left unmoved.

Murphy would once again be involved in Yeovil’s attacking play, firing over in the 30th minute from just inside the box.

Continuing to mount pressure, Murphy would once again be tripped inside the box, but the referee would in fact give a free kick to Chorley, booking Murphy for simulation.

Completely against the run of play, it would be Chorley who in fact took the lead. A lapse in concentration allowed Hall through on goal to deftly place an effort past the returning O’Brien.

The second half saw Town turn on the pressure, hitting the crossbar just four minutes into the half through Dickinson’s free-kick.

Despite controlling the ball for large spells, the Green and Whites were restricted to efforts from distance, which Urwin was largely equal to.

The referee would offer Yeovil some hope, giving earlier goal scorer Hall his marching orders after picking up a second yellow card.

With the visitors down to ten, the Glovers had to flurry forward. However, this would be a stern test with Chorley setting up with six defenders.

It would take Yeovil until the 88th minute to break this backline down, with the ball bouncing dangerously in the box, after what seemed like an age, Richards eventually turned the ball home to offer the Glovers hope of snatching a winner.

That winner almost came, through Richards in stoppage time. The earlier goal scorer’s flicked header flew agonisingly wide of the post as the referee blew the final whistle just seconds later.

 

Yeovil Town: O’Brien; Alcock, Collins, Wilkinson, Alcock (Skendi); Lee, Hippolyte, Worthington (Duffus), Smith (Dagnall), Murphy, M.Richards.

Bookings: Hippolyte, Murphy.

Subs not used: Cann, C.Richards,

 

Chorley: Urwin, Challoner, Ross, Kay, Meppen-Walters, Duxbury, Cottrell, O’Keefe (Baines), Smith, Newby, Hall.

Bookings: Duxbury, O’Keefe, Hall (Red), Urwin.

Subs not used: Nortey, Newby, Holroyd, Blakemen.

MATCH REPORT | Woking 1-0 Yeovil Town

Yeovil Town fell to a disappointing 1-0 defeat against Woking at the Kingfield Stadium.

Former Glover Shaun Donnellan netted the only goal of the game in the 21st minute, as Town never really got going in Surrey.

Yeovil did show some promise in the second half but did little to test Craig Ross in the Woking net, ultimately falling to the first defeat of 2020.

Darren Sarll made just two changes to the side which drew to Hartlepool United at Huish Park.

Courtney Duffus returned to the fold after a short injury lay-off, replacing new signing Marc Richards.

Jimmy Smith made his first start since extending his loan spell, he replaced Matt Worthington in the starting side.

The first half offered a similar tale to most weeks, with a succession of questionable refereeing decisions. Seemingly clear decisions such as corners and throw in refused to go in Yeovil’s way, leading to frustration within the green and white ranks.

Despite this, Town never really got going in the first half, playing with an uncharacteristic lack of aggression at times, with the hosts dominating the midfield battle.

The Cards would make their physical presence pay, taking the lead in the 21st minute through Donnellan. The Yeovil defence would step of the Woking full back, allowing the former Glover space to place his effort beyond Ted Cann.

As the half continued, clear cut chances didn’t fall for either team, however on the stroke of half-time, the referee was involved in a controversial decision once again. Allowing play to continue beyond the designated additional time, Myles Hippolyte launched a dangerous throw in into the box, with the ball falling to Murphy, the forward was hauled down leaving the referee unmoved and blowing the half time whistle with the ball inside the six-yard box.

The second half saw Town’s aggression increase, with Skendi moving into a much more advanced role.

It would not take long for Skendi to be involved, profiting from Hippolyte’s long throw but dragging his effort wide of the mark.

The Albanian would continue to cause havoc for the Cards, drawing fouls regularly, leading to shooting opportunities. The best would be for Luke Wilkinson who forced Craig Ross into a save from 30-yards out.

However, as the half grew, Town became increasingly frustrated with chances not falling their way.

The best would fall to substitute Marc Richards as his seemingly goal-bound effort smashed into a Woking defender’s face.

Ultimately, it was Town’s final ball that lacked, with much of the game being played in the midfield, frustrating the likes of Murphy and Jimmy Smith.

The best chance of the half would actually fall to the hosts as a quick break found Godfrey Poku in space, but his effort was cleared off the line by Luke Wilkinson.

This would be the game’s final clear-cut chance, as the green and whites fell to a disappointing defeat.

 

 

Woking: Ross, Casey, Parry, Diarra,Tarpey, Ferdinand, Hyde, Poku, Donnellan, Harris, Neufville.

Bookings: Poku, Hyde

Subs: Howes, Gerring, Kretzschmar, Collier, Wall.

 

Yeovil Town: Cann; Dickinson, Collins, Wilkinson, Hutton (Worthington); Lee, Hippolyte (Dagnall), Smith, Skendi; Duffus (Richards), Murphy.

Bookings: Worthington.

Subs not used: O’Brien, Bradbury  

MATCH REPORT | Yeovil Town 2-2 Hartlepool United

Rhys Murphy’s controversial sending off dominates the story of the game as Yeovil drew 2-2 with Hartlepool.

Scoring twice before the sending off through Matt Worthington and Charlie Lee, Town will feel hard done by to draw after looking comfortable beforehand.

With promotion rivals playing each other, this could be seen as a missed opportunity for Yeovil to gain ground on those around them.

Darren Sarll made three changes to the side which thumped Hampton & Richmond in the FA Trophy.

New signing Marc Richards went straight into the starting 11 as Courtney Duffus had a slight injury issue.

Charlie Lee and Remeao Hutton also returned from short injury lay-offs and went straight into the 11.

The returning Lee would see a lot of the ball during the first half, despite a slow start in terms of chances, you could tell the midfielder was keen to make an impact.

He almost did spectacularly in the 20th minute as the ball bounced up nicely 30-yards out, Lee stuck a half volley which deflected narrowly wide.

Just three minutes later Town would take the lead through Worthington. Some brilliant work from Rhys Murphy created space to drag the ball across the goalmouth for Worthington to poke home.

However, this lead would last just three minutes as full-back Peter Kioso found space at the back post to head the Pools level.

The goal did not dishearten Yeovil, as chances continued to fall with Murphy firing over from the edge of the box.

Town would reclaim the lead through the bright Lee. With the ball bouncing in the area, Hartlepool blocked three attempts on goal within the six-yard box before eventually Lee poked the Glovers ahead leading to an eruption in the Thatcher’s Gold Stand.

Yeovil deserved their slim lead at the break, with Town largely controlling most of the first half.

The visitors began the second half on the front foot, with Albi Skendi producing an excellent clearance to deny a goalscoring opportunity.

The Glovers afternoon took a turn for the worse in the 54th minute as Murphy was harshly given his marching orders for seemingly colliding with Myles Anderson with no violent intent.

The visitors would make use of their man advantage, restricting the green and whites to counter attacks.

Eventually, the Pools would make their numerical advantage pay as Gus Mufuta headed Nicky Featherstone’s cross beyond Cann to level the affair.

As Town chased the game, there would be a return for Jimmy Smith as he replaced Charlie Lee for the closing stages.

Hartlepool would have the best chance to claim victory as the ball fell kindly to substitute Luke Molyneux, but his effort flew over.

Despite sharing the points, Sarll’s men would feel hard done by, largely due to the nature of Murphy’s sending off.

 

Yeovil Town: Cann; Dickinson, Collins, WIkinson, Hutton; Lee (Smith), Worthington, Hippolyte, Skendi; Richards (Duffus), Murphy.

Bookings: Collins, Murphy (RED)

Subs not used: Rogers, Behcet, Bradbury.

 

Hartlepool United: Beeney, kioso, Kitching, Donalson, Featherstone, Holohan, Mafuta, Liddle, Anderson, Shelton, Keena.

Bookings: Featherstone

Subs: Muir, Cunningham, Moluneux, Kennedy, Killip.

REPORT | Yeovil Town 4-0 Hampton & Richmond Borough

Rhys Murphy’s hat-trick ensured Yeovil advanced into the third round of the FA Trophy with a 4-0 victory over Hampton & Richmond Borough.

In an afternoon which the Glovers largely dominated, it’s Murphy that takes the headlines with three very well taken goals.

Tom Bradbury also got in on the act, adding a fourth on his return to the starting 11.

It was a change of system for Darren Sarll’s side as the Gaffer adopted a three at the back formation.

Bradbury returned to the side to partner Lee Collins and Luke Wilkinson in the defence.

There was also a return for Matt Worthington as he adopted an unfamiliar right-sided role.

It took a while for the green and whites to find their rhythm, with chances at a premium for both sides.

It would take 17 minutes for the first real clear-cut chance to fall for either side. After Wilkinson had his initial volleyed effort saved, Albi Skendi looked certain to score but spurned his effort wide.

After Skendi’s chance, the game hit a lull once again, with the two sides cancelling each other out.

The game would begin slowly turning in Yeovil’s favour, as Bradbury would go close in the 32nd minute.  The returning defender rose highest from a corner but had his effort turned wide.

Yeovil would eventually take the lead in the 38th minute. A determined run from Skendi released Murphy as he fired Yeovil into the lead with a powerful finish.

Skendi would be involved once again as he fired just wide as the ball fell to him in the box.

At the break, Yeovil held a deserved, but narrow lead.

That lead would not be narrow for long as the Glovers would add a second just 90-seconds into the second half. A quickly taken free-kick freed Courtney Duffus whom put the ball on a plate for Murphy who added his and Yeovil’s second.

Murphy’s third would come in the 62nd minute, and it was the best of the bunch. The striker hit a stunning free kick which flew straight into the top corner as Town built an unassailable lead.

Yeovil’s fourth would come through defender Bradbury, after Worthington’s corner evaded Dan Lincoln in the Hampton net, Bradbury was able to turn the ball home.

The visitors would flurry forward in the 82nd minute and strike the crossbar!  Shaun McAuley’s curled effort left Cann stranded but his effort just didn’t dip enough to go in.

As the game came to a close, we would see a Yeovil Town debut as Declan Rose replaced Carl Dickinson during the closing stages.

 

Yeovil Town: Cann, Dickinson (Rose), Bradbury, Collins, Wilkinson, Worthington; Hippolyte, Skendi, Tilley, Duffus (Omotayo), Murphy (Rogers).

Bookings: Wilkinson.

Subs not used: Behcet.

Hampton & Richmond: Lincoln, Young, Farrell, Inman, Wassmer, Cox, Deadfield, Ahmidi, Orsi-Dadomo, Hill, Donaldson.

Subs: Brown, Brigg, McAuley, Hope, Rodney, Gray, Ruddick.

MATCH REPORT | Yeovil Town 0-0 Solihull Moors

Yeovil were left feeling frustrated at Huish Park after a goalless draw with Solihull Moors.

A game characterised by a distinct lack of chances. Solihull came to Somerset to ‘do a job’ on the high-flying Glovers, something they succeeded in.

Darren Sarll made two changes to the side which won at Plainmoor on New Year’s Day.

Lawson D’Ath and Rhys Murphy returned to the fold after being given the opportunity to rest during our trip to the English Riveria.

This meant the suspended Chris Dagnall and Myles Hippolyte dropped out the side.

The visitors started proceedings the brightest, fashioning a chance just two mioutes into the game as Lee Vaughan broke through on goal but placed his effort wide of the mark.

The pace would be taken out of the game, just six minutes in as Yeovil were forced into a change. Lawson D’Ath limped off and was replaced by Myles Hippolyte.

Chances were few and far between for both sides, with the best falling to James Tilley who had his drilled effort saved by Ryan Boot.

The second half had a delayed start due to floodlight failure at Huish Park. Great work from the fire brigade and electricians ensured the game would be played, albeit 25 minutes delayed.

The second half was played at a similar pace, with chances still at a premium.

Solihull would miss a great chance through Jake Beesley as he attempted to round Stuart Nelson to no avail.

James Ball also went close after a great knock-down, but his effort flew over the bar after volleying from the edge of the box.

Following this the tide turned in Yeovil’s favour, with the visitors more interested in suffocating the life out of the game.

Chances would fall to Courtney Duffus and substitute Gold Omotayo, but neither had a clear sight of goal, seeing their efforts fly wayward.

However once again Yeovil were forced into a change with injury concern as Charlie Lee hobbled off the pitch.

Yeovil were left incensed in the 79th minute as Duffus was clearly hauled down in the box, but the referee was left unmoved.

The final chance of the game would fall to Town, but once again it was not a clear-cut attempt. After Skendi weaved through the Moors backline, he sent a ball into the box which Murphy couldn’t quite connect with.

As the final whistle blew, Solihull would be the more pleased of the two sides, with their game plan working, almost to perfection.

 

Yeovil Town: Nelson; Alcock, Collins, Wilkinson, Dickinson; Lee (Omotayo), D’Ath (Hippolyte), Tilley (Worthington), Skendi; Murphy, Duffus.

Bookings: Wilkinson.

Subs not used: Hutton, Osho.

 

Solihull Moors: Boot, Williams, Storer, Gudger, McCallum (Wright), Carline, Gunninng, Vaughan, Howe, Ball, Beesley.

Bookings: Howe, Storer, Wright.

Subs: Reckord, Osbourne, Hawkridge, Blissett, Wright.

MATCH REPORT | Torquay United 0 – 2 Yeovil Town

Ten-man Yeovil Town battled to a 2-0 victory over Gary Johnson’s Torquay United at a hostile Plainmoor on New Year’s Day.

Despite playing with ten men for 80 minutes after Chris Dagnall’s red card, Yeovil controlled the game, scoring through Courtney Duffus and substitute Rhys Murphy.

Torquay would have a man sent off themselves as the game came to its conclusion, with Jean-Yves Koue Niate recieveing a second yellow card for a cynical drag on Murphy.

Darren Sarll made four changes to the side which lost against Sutton United last weekend.

Captain Lee Collins and Craig Alcock both returned from injury to add some experience to the Yeovil backline.

Dagnall joined Duffus up-front as Murphy recovered from a minor illness prior to the game.

Brighton loanee James Tilley also returned to the side, giving Lawson D’Ath a well-deserved rest.

With it only being a short trip for the Yeovil faithful, the atmosphere was electric inside Plainmoor.

The game would explode into life almost instantly, with a red card and goal within 15 minutes.

The red card would come first at just ten minutes in, after Charlie Lee had his headed effort saved by Lucas Covolan, there was afters between the goalkeeper and Dagnall which saw the latter given his marching orders.

However, this did not dishearten Town taking the lead just five minutes later. The returning Alcock was involved as his headed pass was met by Duffus who hammered home his 14th goal of the season.

Despite having a man advantage, Torquay struggled to create any chances of note to really test Stuart Nelson.

Yeovil still had opportunities as the half continues, the best being a Carl Dickinson free kick which flew a whisker over the bar.

The best chance for the hosts during the first half would fall to Niate who had his effort stopped by Nelson as his near post.

The second half saw the Glovers start brighter, with Albi Skendi continually causing havoc for the Torquay defenders.

As the half progressed, the numerical advantage would begin to tell as chances would fall for the Gulls.

Jamie Reid would miss a golden chance in the 59th minute as he dragged his first-time effort from inside the box wide.

The Glovers would be forced into some heroic defending as Alcock produced a stunning block to deny Asa Hall’s seemingly clear sight at goal.

The sides would be put on an even playing field in the 80th minute as Niate needlessly tussled with Murphy, dragging the substitute down for his second yellow card of the afternoon.

After claiming crosses all afternoon, Nelson produced one of the saves of the season in the 90th minute. As Lloyd James fired from the edge of the box, the Yeovil number one somehow got a finger to his effort, keeping Town ahead.

The battling performance would be capped off in the final minute as Murphy added his 17th goal of the season.

A fast breakaway caught Torquay with too many men forward. The ever-dangerous Skendi found Murphy as he delicately chipped the ball over Covolan to ensure the three points returned to Somerset.

 

Torquay: Covolan, Cameron, Niate, Lewis (James), Keating, Hall (Lewington), Evans, Reid, Cundy, Nemane (Andrews), Whitfield.

Bookings: Niate (RED) Lewis, Hall, Evans, Lewington.

Subs not used: Collings, Koszela

 

Yeovil Town: Nelson; Alcock (Osho), Collins, Wilkinson, Dickinson; Lee, Hippolyte (Worthington), Tilley, Skendi; Duffus (Murphy), Dagnall.

Bookings: Dagnall (RED), Alcock, Hippolyte, Wilkinson.

Subs not used: D’Ath, Hutton.

REPORT | Sutton United 3-2 Yeovil Town

Yeovil Town’s unbeaten run came to an end at Gander Green Lane as Sutton United ran out the 3-2 victors.

In what was the Glovers third televised fixture this season, it was once again defeat for Town as Harry Beautyman, Ben Goodliffe and David Ajiboye put Yeovil to the sword.

Yeovil would find the back of the net through Rhys Murphy and a lucky Albi Skendi flick, but it was not enough for Town to return to Somerset with any points.

Darren Sarll was forced into one change from the side which thrashed Torquay on Boxing Day.

After picking up an injury in the dominant win, club captain Lee Collins was forced out the side with Remeao Hutton coming in to replace him.

This meant Reading loanee Gabriel Osho moved into the central defender position alongside Luke Wilkinson after occupying the right back position on Thursday.

In a similar manner to our earlier meeting with Sutton, it would be a quiet start to proceedings at Gander Green Lane, with both sides feeling each other out.

As the game grew, Yeovil began to dominate the tempo, it was just that final pass that lacked to create any chance of note.

Yeovil would be made to pay for the lack of that killer pass, as Sutton would take the lead in the 24th minute, Beautyman capped off an excellently executed counterattack to send the hosts in front.

That lead would only last all of two minutes as Murphy would level with his 16th goal of the season. Myles Hippolyte broke into space on the left flank and sent in a cross that Murphy did not give up on for Town to level the scoring.

The goals opened up the game, with both teams sensing blood, and it would be Yeovil who added to their tally.

After Courtney Duffus opened up to shoot from the edge of the box, his drilled effort hit Skendi’s heel, awkwardly looping over Nik Tzanev’s head to put Yeovil in the lead through rather fortunate circumstance.

The hosts would then drag themselves back into the game just three minutes later, as Osho lost his marker, allowing space for Sutton to square the ball across goal and defender Goodliffe to tap the U’s level.

Yeovil would look to bounce back quickly, once again dominating the ball, but could do little to really test Tzanev as the half came to a close following Charlie Lee’s weak headed effort.

The second half began at an electric pace, with Town spurning a golden opportunity to retake the lead. After an excellent pass by Hippolyte sent Duffus clean through on goal, the in-from forward saw his effort strike the post.

The Glovers would be once again made to pay for missed chances as Sutton would reclaim the lead in the 62nd minute. A defensive mix-up allowed Sutton clean through on-goal with Ajiboye adding the finishing touch.

The errors forced Sarll into changes, bringing on Morgan Williams, Chris Dagnall and James Tilley shortly after the goal.

Despite Williams making Yeovil look more secure at the back, the forward changes did little for the Glovers in terms of chances created.

The hosts were efficient in seeing out the game, limiting Town into shots from distance and controlling the tempo of the game.

The final chance of the fixture fell to Lawson D’Ath who spurned an effort over from the edge of the box.

Ultimately it would be Sutton’s day at Gander Green Lane with Yeovil spurning another chance to go top.

 

Sutton United: Tzanev, John, Barden, Goodliffe, Davis, Beautyman, Eastmond, Ajoiboye, Wright (Randall), Milsom, Jarvis (Dundas).

Subs not used: Dudzinski, Bolarinwa, Wyatt.

Yeovil Town: Nelson, Hutton, Wilkinson, Osho (Williams), Dickinson, Lee (Tilley), D’Ath, Hippolyte (Dagnall), Skendi, Murphy, Duffus.

Bookings: Lee, Dickinson.

Subs not used: Worthington, Omotayo, Tilley, Williams, Dagnall.

REPORT | Yeovil Town 6-2 Torquay United

Courtney Duffus’ superb hat-trick fired Yeovil Town to a six-goal victory over Torquay United.

Duffus struck once in the first half and twice in the second alongside Albi Skendi, Myles Hippolyte and Chris Dagnall.

Gary Johnson did not get the dream return he was looking for. Despite this, Asa Hall and Ben Whitfield both struck consolations to take a little shine from the free scoring Glovers performance.

Darren Sarll made one change to his side which drew against AFC Fylde last Saturday.

There was a return for club captain Lee Collins, who could only make the bench, then a twenty-minute cameo in Lancashire.

The meant that the Gaffer had decided to go with two out-and-out strikers in Rhys Murphy and Courtney Duffus with Skendi sitting just in behind.

It was a tactical switch which worked to perfection, as Yeovil would lead within three minutes. A brilliant Skendi run saw the Albanian with space to slide the ball across to Hippolyte to slam Yeovil ahead.

Skendi wasn’t done there, scoring himself just three minutes later, heading home Lawson D’Ath’s corner, causing an eruption in the Thatcher’s Gold Stand.

Yeovil’s dominance continued, with a third being added in the 15th minute. Goalscorer Hippolyte turned creator as his cross was met by Duffus at the back-post to continue his red-hot scoring form.

It was all one-way traffic, with Yeovil continually bombarding the Torquay defence, but it would be the visitors who scored next, with Asa Hall turning the ball in following a well-struck free kick.

Despite pulling one back, the chances continued to fall Yeovil’s way, with Charlie Lee having an effort cleared off the line and Wilkinson powering an effort wide of Shaun MacDonald’s goal.

It should have been four just before half time as Duffus spurned a sitter, after an excellent run by Murphy.

At the break, Yeovil held deserved dominant lead, and would continue to extend that in the second half.

Murphy could have had his name on the scoresheet in the 60th minute as he fired straight at MacDonald, once again after some brilliant work by Skendi.

Just seconds later, it would instead be Duffus who added his second of the afternoon. Another wonderful Skendi run meant all Duffus had to do was put his effort on target for Yeovil to have their fourth.

A fifth would be on the way in the 72nd minute as Dagnall netted his first league goal for the green and white. After being sent through by Duffus, the former-Bury man showed his class, calmly slotting past MacDonald.

Dagnall should have added his second ten minutes later as he selfishly drove through the Gulls defence, but his effort ballooned over the bar.

After a spectacular performance, Duffus got his duly deserved third, in similar fashion to his second, expertly poaching inside the six-yard box.

Torquay would add a consolation in stoppage time, as Ben Whitefield fired beyond Stuart Nelson, but ultimately, Boxing Day was Yeovil’s day, with a stunning victory.

 

Yeovil Town: Nelson, Dickinson, Collins (Hutton), Wilkinson, Osho; Lee, Hippolyte Tilley), D’Ath, Skendi; Murphy (Dagnall), Duffus.

Bookings: Hippolyte, Osho, D’Ath, Skendi.

Subs not used: Omotayo, Worthington.

 

Torquay United: Macdonald, Wynter, Cameron, Hall, Andrews, Buse, Evans, Cundy, James, Lewington, Whitfield.

 

Subs: Lewis, Keating, Kalala, Covolan, Nemane.

MATCH REPORT | AFC Fylde 2-2 Yeovil Town

Courtney Duffus’ quickfire double was enough to snatch a point away to AFC Fylde.

After conceding a freak own-goal and being caught on the counter by Mark Bradley, Duffus stepped up and scored twice in a minute to snatch a point.

After heavily rotating the side in the FA Trophy, Darren Sarll returned to a more familiar set-up.

Long-term injury absence, Luke Wilkinson returned to the side for the first time since the draw with Wrexham where he limped off in the first half.

Matt Worthington and James Tilley dropped out of the midfield as Charlie Lee returned to the midfield with top scorer Rhys Murphy back spearheading the attack.

Both sides began proceedings at a slow pace, feeling the other out and limiting the chances to pot shots from distance.

As the game grew, so did the number of chances, the first falling to Duffus who had found a way in behind following some great two-touch football, but he couldn’t direct his effort on target.  

Just minutes later, Stuart Nelson was called upon to make a spectacular save! After the Yeovil backline couldn’t clear their lines, Matty Kosylo hammered an effort goal bound but some brilliant goalkeeping from Yeovil’s number one kept scores level.

Despite the hosts enjoying a lot of the ball, Yeovil would have the better of the chances as Duffus again went close, this time with a header, and minutes following Charlie Lee with an effort from distance

Yeovil were made to pay for missing chances as the Glovers conceded a freak goal in the 34th minute. With the ball flying around the box, the ball smashed against Myles Hippolyte who saw the ball fly past Nelson to give the hosts the lead.

The goal knocked the stuffing out of Yeovil for the closing period, as Town looked to see the half out by staying within arms-reach of the hosts.

Yeovil began the second half brightly, with Hippolyte and Chris Dagnall both creating shooting opportunities for themselves but neither caused any significant goal-threat.

Tempers came to a boil out of nowhere as Carl Dickinson and Kosylo were involved in a scuffle which ended with both players booked.

Yeovil continued to be the side applying the pressure, but a clear-cut chance just wouldn’t fall.

Despite Yeovil’s pressure it would be Fylde who scored the second, catching the green and whites with too many men forward as Bradley fired past Nelson to double the Coasters lead.

The second goal kicked Yeovil up a gear, with Gabe Osho moved to right back, the Reading loanee put in an expertly weighted cross which was met by Duffus to give Town a lifeline.

Just one-minute later, Duffus would have his second of the afternoon. After a misplaced pass from Hornby, the Glovers forward capitalised, calmly slotting home to drag Yeovil level.

The closing minutes saw both sides try to claim that all-important winning goal, but neither could get it as the points were shared.

 

AFC Fylde: Hornby, Byrne, Whitmore, Kosylo, Croasdale (Willoughby), Rowe, Philliskirk, Burke, Bradley, Taylor, Yeates (Craigen).

Bookings: Kosylo

Subs not used:  Lavercombe, Jameson, Haughton.

 

Yeovil Town: Nelson; Skendi, Osho, Wilkinson, Dickinson; Lee (Worthington), Hippolyte (Tilley), D’Ath (Collins); Dagnall, Duffus, Murphy

Bookings: Dickinson, D’Ath, Wilkinson.

Subs not used: Hutton, Williams.

MATCH REPORT | Yeovil Town U18’s 2-3 AFC Bournemouth U18’s

The Yeovil Town U18’s fell to defeat against Premier League AFC Bournemouth despite a strong fight-back through Alfie Lloyd’s double.

The young Glovers welcomed table topping AFC Bournemouth to Alvington as they sought to build on their fine run of form and 4 straight wins.

AFC Bournemouth were quick off the blocks racing to a 3 -0 lead within the first 20 minutes. Adapting quickly to the blustery conditions, the visitors forward line proved clinical in front of goal as a rout threatened.

To the hosts credit, Yeovil refused to let their heads down and began to establish possession in the key midfield areas. On 30 minutes a stinging shot from Dan Neild drew a fine save from the visiting keeper as the home side threatened.

The breakthrough came in the 41st minute following a well delivered corner which was spilled by the keeper only for Lloyd to stab in the loose ball to reduce the arrears, 1-3.

As half time approached the young Glovers continued to press forward and, after an initial shot from Ben Hughes, Lloyd reacted quickest to the rebound and calmly slotted his second past the keeper to make it 2-3 at the break.

The second half started in a cagey fashion as both teams pressed for that crucial next goal. As the half wore on, substitutions were sent on in an attempt to seize the initiative.

A brave block from Tai Fleming at centre half led to a brief stoppage as the young Glovers held firm at the back in the face of a lively Bournemouth attack.

The tackles continued to fly in as the hosts sensed they could get something from the game and as the match entered the final stages Yeovil continued to press down the wings but couldn’t create that final opportunity. 

As the final whistle sounded the hosts left the field knowing they had very much held their own against their high-flying opponents and can take heart in their response to the opening setback. 

The young Glovers continue their quest for a top 6 finish with a visit to Portsmouth on Saturday. 

REPORT | Yeovil Town 3-1 Welling United

Yeovil Town advanced to the second round of the FA Trophy with a comfortable 3-1 victory over Welling United at Huish Park.

A Courtney Duffus double and Chris Dagnall header was enough for Yeovil to put their name in the hat for the next round.

The visitors would get a consolation through their captain Robert Swaine as he headed home from a corner.

Darren Sarll rotated his side ahead of the busy Christmas schedule.

Tom Bradbury and Remeao Hutton returned to the defence with Carl Dickinson dropping to the substitutes bench and Albi Skendi being pushed into the midfield.

The midfield had further changes as Matt Worthington and James Tilley also returned to the side.

On his return, Tilley looked bright early on, creating a chance for himself in the 8th minute as his effort from distance struck then crossbar.

Just minutes later Tilley would be the creator as he slipped through Dagnall who saw his poked effort fly just wide of the goal.

Despite being on-top all half, it would take until the 30th minute for Town to take the lead. After Hutton’s cross was flapped at by Daniel Wilks in the Welling net, the ball hit Duffus sending the ball into the back of the net.

Yeovil continued to control the ball for the remainder of the half, but chances remained at a premium.

This would change in the opening stages of the second as the Glovers would strike in the 47th minute.

A brilliant corner by Lawson D’Ath was met by Dagnall for his first goal at Huish Park for the green and whites.

It wouldn’t take long for a third to be added as Duffus added his second goal of the game. After a driven run into the penalty box, the former Everton man slammed home to put the game beyond doubt in the 53rd minute.

In a rare flurry forward, the Wings would force a goal line clearance from Worthington. After Stuart Nelson denied Bradley Goldberg, mayhem ensued in the box with Worthington eventually clearing his lines.

Tilley continued his bright afternoon, almost scoring a wonderful half-volley from 30-yards out but his effort struck the roof of the net.

Yeovil continued to be in the ascendency as the game came to a close, but a fourth goal just wouldn’t come with Tilley again being denied.

The visitors would get a late consolation as Welling captain Swaine headed home from a corner to give the travelling Wings fans something to celebrate.

After being announced as sponsors man of the match, Skendi almost topped off his afternoon with a free header which flew over the bar.

Ultimately it would be victory for Town who extend the winning run to three consecutive games and go into Monday’s draw as a team to avoid.

Yeovil Town: Nelson; Bradbury, Osho, Williams, Hutton; Skendi, D’Ath, Worthington, Tilley; Duffus, Dagnall (McCoy).

Bookings: D’Ath

Subs not used: Dickinson, Murphy, Hippolyte, Rogers, Lee.

 

Welling: Wilks, Johnson (Ling), Anderson, Dymond, Swaine, Okosieme, Emmanuel, Agyemang, Henry, Goldberg, Cook.

Bookings:

Subs not used: Copeland, McCallum, Widdrington, Cosgrave, Coombes, Green.

REPORT | Chesterfield 1-2 Yeovil Town

Yeovil Town won for the second National League match in a row as Chesterfield were beaten 2-1 at the Proact Stadium.

First half goals from Myles Hippolyte and Rhys Murphy gave Town a comfortable lead at the break.

The second half offered the hosts hope as Curtis Weston smashed in a volley from distance to give Chesterfield a way back into the game.

But this second half improvement was not enough as the Glovers moved up to second in the National League.

Darren Sarll made one change to the side which beat Halifax Town at Huish Park on Saturday.

With Gold Omotayo suspended, Murphy returned to the fold following the birth of his second child.

Choosing to start with three forwards once again, Sarll would have been hoping for an exciting, attacking performance from his side.

Excitement was what he got too, it would take just 90 seconds for the green and whites to take the lead.

After some great hold up play from Chris Dagnall, the former Bury forward found Hippolyte as the midfielder struck Yeovil into the lead.

It wouldn’t take too long for the lead to be doubled. Just 24 minutes in, Murphy was taken down by Anthony Gerrard, the forward then stepped up and converted from the spot for his fifteenth goal of the season.

Yeovil would continue the push for goals, forcing Chesterfield goalkeeper Luken Coddington into a double save as Courtney Duffus and Hippolyte had efforts saved.

The second half saw the hosts come out looking for a route back into the game.

On 60 minutes, they would have that as Curtis Weston hammered a volley past Stuart Nelson from 20 yards following a corner to give Chesterfield hope.

But as quickly as hopes were raised, they were dashed with goalkeeper Coddington being stretchered off, leaving Chesterfield with ten-men and centre-back Will Evans taking up the role between the sticks.

Despite this, Yeovil did little to test the makeshift goalkeeper, leaving him to largely deal with crosses.

Town would have a penalty shout waved away by the referee as Hippolyte was seemingly tripped inside the box.

Despite Chesterfield enjoying a lot of the ball in the nine minutes of additional time, a goal would not come for the depleted Spireites as Yeovil claimed all three points in Derbyshire.

 

Chesterfield: Coddington; Tootle (Buchanan), Evans, Gerrard, Hollis, Sheridan; Maguire, Weston, Nepomuceno (McGlashan); Fondop, Boden (Denton).

Bookings: Buchanan.

Subs not used: Jalal,Shaw.

 

Yeovil Town: Nelson; Skendi, Osho, Williams, Dickinson; Lee, Hippolyte, D’Ath (Tilley); Murphy (Worthington), Dagnall (Bradbury), Duffus.

Bookings: Williams, Murphy, Hippolyte, Lee.

Subs not used: Hutton, Whelan.

REPORT | Yeovil Town 2-0 FC Halifax Town

Ten-man Yeovil Town battled to a deserved 2-0 victory over FC Halifax Town.

Courtney Duffus’ double was enough to ensure Town returned to winning ways at Huish Park.

After Gold Omotayo’s early red card Glovers fans would have been forgiven for fearing the worst

However, the resilient green and whites would come out the victors with a memorable team performance.

Darren Sarll was forced into a number of changes due to suspensions and injuries ravaging his squad.

Following their loan signing, Morgan Williams and Gabriel Osho partnered each other at centre back, with Carl Dickinson returning to captain the side.

There also were returns for Chris Dagnall and Omotayo in the forward line as Jimmy Smith picked up an injury and Rhys Murphy being unable to attend due to personal matters.

Omotayo’s return to the side only lasted seven minutes as the tall forward was sent off for an alleged stamp on Jeff King.

The sending off didn’t dishearten the Glovers as chances continued to fall. Duffus went close in the 15th minute after some great work from Myles Hippolyte, the striker’s first time skewed wide of the mark.

Halifax did apply some pressure but couldn’t fashion anything clear cut as Town’s new centre half partnership Osho and Williams stood strong.

Charlie Lee also went close for Yeovil, after a well worked set-piece routine, the midfielder’s effort fell straight into Sam Johnson’s gloves.

In what was a outstanding team performance, Duffus finished off a brilliant team goal. After a driving run from Hippolyte, the midfielder then played the ball to Dagnall in the box, the former Bury man then beautifully found Duffus with a well-weighted cross, for the striker to head the green and whites into the lead.

The lead could have been doubled just minutes later as Lawson D’Ath played through Dagnall with a lofted pass, but his half-volley was placed narrowly wide.

At the break, Yeovil held a deserved lead, despite being a man down.

The visitors began the second half on-top, forcing the play onto the Yeovil backline but struggling to create anything clear-cut.

The Shaymen thought they had found a way in behind in the 53rd minute but a stunning challenge from Osho put an end to the attack.

Tempers came to a boil as the game became more of a battle, leading to a member of Halifax’s coaching staff being booked.

Despite late pressure from the visitors, it would be Yeovil who scored the second and final goal of the game. With everyone forward, Duffus capitalised on the lack of numbers defending, calmly slotting past Sam Johnson to secure a vital win.

Victory takes the green and whites up to third in the National League, chasing Barrow and Bromley in the places above them.

Yeovil Town: Nelson; Dickinson, Osho, Williams, Skendi; Lee, D’Ath, Hippolyte; Dagnall, Omotayo (Sent off- straight red), Duffus (Worthington).

Bookings: Lee, Nelson.

Subs not used: Rogers, Tilley, Ojo

 

Halifax Town: Johnson, Allen, Brown, Duckworth, Hanson, J.King (Williams), Nolan (McCoulsky), Staunton, Cooper, McAlinden (Redshaw), Sho-Silva.

Bookings: King, Staunton.

Subs not used: Appleyard,C.King, Williams.

REPORT | Bromley 1-1 Yeovil Town

Late drama at Hayes Lane sees Yeovil Town share the points against promotion rivals Bromley.

Rhys Murphy’s late leveller cancelled out Frankie Raymond’s earlier penalty for a dramatic ending in stoppage time.

Both sides reduced to ten men in the first half, due to Lee Collins and Chris Bush red cards. Neither side were able to come out on top in what was a hard fought battle at Hayes Lane.

Darren Sarll made one change to the side which was held by Aldershot on Tuesday evening.

Courtney Duffus returned to the fold in the place of James Tilley as Sarll decided to go with two up-front.

The physical presence of the forwards saw Town enjoy a bright opening to proceedings, with Jimmy Smith firing over with the first chance of the game just four minutes in.

The hosts would grow into the game, utilising the wide areas through counterattacks creating a number of chances.

The best would fall to Ben Williamson at the back-post, but he couldn’t quite get a clean connection.

The game would burst into life as the half came to a close with two red cards in the space of five minutes. The first would go to Yeovil captain Collins after halting a goalscoring opportunity, around 25-yards from goal.

The second red would make it ten a side as Courtney Duffus nicked the ball from Bush’s feet, the Bromley centre-back reacted by pulling back the Yeovil forward with the referee then sending him for an early bath.

An eventful first half only lacked goals as the two sides went into the break level.

The second half began with the hosts on top, controlling possession but not making any chances.

The game was always going to be decided by individuals with both sides cancelling each other out tactically, and it was Albi Skendi’s late challenge that gave away a penalty which turned the tide. Raymond expertly dispatched from the spot to put Bromley ahead.

The hosts continued their pressure following the goal, and Stuart Nelson was forced into a superb stop, as the goal scorer Raymond broke past the Yeovil defence.

As time ticked on, Yeovil dominated the ball, but couldn’t make a clear-cut goalscoring chance.

Largely limited to shots from distance, Town struggled to break down the resilient Ravens.

It wouldn’t be until stoppage time that the Glovers would have a chance, and it would be taken. Charlie Lee’s diagonal ball found Gold Omotayo, whose flicked goal bound header fell to Murphy on the goal line for the green and whites to salvage a draw.

 

Bromley: Huddart, Wood, Holland, Coulson, Raymond, Cheek, Bingham, Bush, Williamson, Rees, Edmonds-Green.

Bookings: Bush (Red), Raymond

Subs not used: Najia, Mekki, Dunne, Klass, Henry.

 

Yeovil Town: Nelson; Hutton, Collins, Skendi, Bradbury; Lee, Hippolyte, D’Ath, Smith; Duffus, Murphy.

Bookings: Collins (Red), Murphy, Hutton.

Subs not used: Jones, Worthington, Tilley, Dagnall, Omotayo.

REPORT | Yeovil Town 2 – 2 Aldershot

Yeovil Town drew for a second successive game as Aldershot held the Glovers to a 2-2 draw.

After trailing twice, goals from Albi Skendi and Rhys Murphy clawed Yeovil back into the game for a share of the spoils.

The result leaves Yeovil in sixth in the National League, but still four points off top spot.

Darren Sarll made one change to his side which drew with Wrexham at the Racecourse Ground.

The ever-versatile Skendi returned to the side in the place of Luke Wilkinson who was forced off the field in North Wales.

The game began at a slow pace, with neither side gaining a significant foothold on the game.

Both sides seemed to cancel each other out, and with chances at a premium it was always going to take something special or a mistake to break the deadlock; and it was a combination of both which did that.

A brilliant run by Jack Powell led to him being taken down by James Tilley in the penalty area leaving the referee no choice but to award the Hampshire side an opportunity from the spot. The penalty was expertly converted by Ethan Chislett who sent Stuart Nelson the wrong way to give Aldershot the lead.

The goal forced Yeovil to come out and force the play, with Town dominating the ball in the Aldershot half.

This pressure would tell after Myles Hippolyte’s long throw caused havoc in the Shots box, the ball then fell to Skendi who expertly hooked the green and whites level.

With the sides level the half came to a close in a similar vein as it opened, with a distinct lack of opportunities.

The visitors began the second half with much more intent.

This intent would pay dividends as Powell gave the visitors the lead. The midfielder hammered home a free-kick from 35-yards which left Yeovil stopper Stuart Nelson stranded.

The goal forced Sarll to act, making positive substitutions bringing on both Courtney Duffus and Chris Dagnall to partner Murphy.

The substitutions would lead to chances, the first falling to Jimmy Smith who had his driven effort from 20-yards saved by Mitch Walker.

Town would win a penalty just minutes later after the substitute Duffus was fouled in the box, red-hot Murphy stepped up and converted from the spot to level the scoring.

The Glovers would be the ones applying the pressure throughout the closing stages, but a clear-cut chance would not come to fruition.

Despite the ball being continually forced into the Shots box, the Hampshire side held out for a hard-fought draw in South Somerset.

 

 

Yeovil Town:Nelson, Collins, Bradbury, Skendi, Hutton, Tilley (Dagnall), Lee, D’Ath (Duffus), Smith, Hippolyte, Murphy.

Booked: Bradbury

Subs not used: Worthington, Omotayo, Jones, Dagnall.

 

Aldershot:Walker, Kinsella, Rance, Anderson, Shields (Lyons-Foster), Whittingham (Santos), Finney, Bettamer (Panayiotou), Chislett, Hunt, Powell.

Booked: Whittingham, Anderson

Subs not used: Rowe, Mullings.

REPORT | Wrexham AFC 3 – 3 Yeovil Town

Rhys Murphy’s hat trick was not enough as Yeovil Town drew 3-3 with Wrexham in an exciting encounter in North Wales.

Town took an early lead, but the hosts continued to peg back the Glovers through goals from Akil Wright, Rutherford and Bobby Grant to share the points.

Darren Sarll made two changes to the side which fell to defeat against Dover.

Luke Wilkinson returned to the side following his suspension, and James Tilley also came into the starting 11 as Sarll looked for a reaction from his forward line.

Sarll got the reaction from his side that he was looking for almost instantly, as Murphy fired Town into the lead. After a brilliant cross from Myles Hippolyte, the ball fell to Jimmy Smith who expertly dropped the ball into Murphy’s feet for an early lead.

The goal sparked the hosts into life, mounting serious pressure on Stuart Nelson’s goal.  Some heroic defending from Wilkinson denied the North-Wales side a leveller after Grant had found a way round Nelson. 

Wrexham would level the score in the 22nd minute through Wright. After some excellent work from Ben Tollitt, the forward played the ball across goal to Wright who comfortably levelled.

Wilkinson’s afternoon was cut short after the defender pulled up after defending a set-piece, Albi Skendi came on to replace him.

It was always going to take something special for Yeovil to claim the lead once again, and a brilliant pass from the substitute Skendi did just that. The versatile defender expertly played through Smith who once again combined with Murphy who bagged his second of the afternoon.

Not trying to be outdone, Wrexham scored an even more stunning goal just minutes later. Paul Rutherford fired from 30-yards out, leaving Nelson stranded and levelled the scoring.

After an electric first half, the two sides found themselves level at the break.

The second half began with the same intensity, and it didn’t take long for a goal, as the hosts found a way in front through Grant’s poked finish.

Yeovil had to react, and they did, forcing the play inside the Wrexham half.

This forcefulness would pay dividends in the 66thminute as Murphy capitalised upon Shaun Pearson’s mishit clearance to finish beyond Rob Lainton and complete his hat trick.

Neither side was willing to settle for a draw, Sarll made attacking changes bringing on the likes of Courtney Duffus and Chris Dagnall.

Duffus would almost make an instant impact as he caught Lainton off his line, only for the hosts to clear.

Wrexham would have the best chance to win it in stoppage time as earlier goalscorer Grant spurned an excellent chance inside the box.

Ultimately, neither side showed enough to win the game with the points shared at the Racecourse Ground.

 

Wrexham: Lainton, Pearson, Lawlor, Summerfield, Young, Tollitt (Patrick), Grant, Carrington, Rutherford, Reid (Reid), Wright.

Bookings: Rutherford, Pearson

Subs not used: Dibble, Redmond, Harris.

 

Yeovil Town: Nelson; Bradbury, Wilkinson (Skendi), Collins, Hutton (Dagnall); Lee, Tilley, D’Ath, Smith (Duffus), Hippolyte, Tilley; Murphy.

Bookings: Murphy

Subs not used: Jones, Omotayo, Duffus, Skendi, Dagnall

 

 

 

 

REPORT | Yeovil Town 0 – 1 Dover Athletic

Yeovil Town sunk to a narrow 0-1 defeat at Huish Park at the hands of Dover Athletic.

Defender Scott Doe netted the only goal of the game, poking the ball beyond Stuart Nelson after an expertly weighted cross.

Victory would have meant the green and whites topped the National League, instead Yeovil sit fifth with a game in hand on the teams around them.

Darren Sarll made two changes to the side which was dumped out of the FA Cup by Hartlepool on Tuesday. One was forced upon him, after Luke Wilkinson’s sending off, Tom Bradbury returned to the fold. 

The second change came in the forward department, Chris Dagnall dropped to the bench with Gold Omotayo his replacement, looking to make an impact.

It would be Omotayo’s strike partner, Rhys Murphy who provided the early trouble for Dover. The forward regularly found routes in behind during the opening stages but struggled to fashion anything clear-cut.

The Glovers largely dominated the first half, with Murphy the continual dangerman, going closest with a looping header which was cleared off the line.

Town would have the ball in the back of the net leading to an eruption from the Thatcher’s Stand, however this was short-lived as the referee ruled the goal out for offside.

The best chance of the half fell to the returning Bradbury who couldn’t quite direct his header on target following Lawson D’Ath’s corner.

The second half bought a role-reversal with Dover the team on top. Forcing Nelson into a number of saves. The visitors’ pressure would tell as Doe broke the offside trap and poked his side ahead.

The goal sparked Town back into life, forcing the game onto the Dover backline.

A number of long-balls caused trouble for the Dover defenders, but still a clear-cut chance was lacking.

Positive substitutions from Sarll led to a number of chances, with James Tilley testing Yusuf Mersin with powerful efforts from the edge of the box.

It would be Dover who went closest in the closing stages, striking the bar with minutes to go.

Ultimately, Yeovil Town could not fashion any goalscoring opportunities in the closing stages, stumbling to a second successive defeat at Huish Park.

 

Yeovil Town: Nelson; Hippolyte, Collins, Bradbury, Hutton; Lee, Worthington (Tilley), D’Ath, Smith (Duffus); Omotayo, Murphy (Dagnall).

Bookings:

Subs not used: Jones (GK), Skendi.

 

Dover Athletic: Mersin, Taylor, Doe, Woods, Effiong, L’Ghoul , Munns, Rooney, Gobern, Rigg, Simpson.

Bookings: Gobern.

Subs: Worgan, Cumberbatch, Bedford, Ratti, Jeffery.

REPORT | Yeovil Town 1-4 Hartlepool United

Yeovil Town’s FA Cup run is over following a 4-1 home defeat to Hartlepool United.

Lawson D’Ath gave Yeovil an early lead, but Luke James and Gavan Holohan put Pools 2-1 ahead by half-time. Nickie Kabamba and Gime Toure scored after the break, while Luke Wilkinson was sent off for Town

This was, of course, a rearranged fixture after the original scheduled meeting between the two sides was postponed due to a waterlogged pitch at Huish Park.

So for the second time in four days Hartlepool made the 325-mile journey down to South Somerset and left with a second round tie against either Cambridge United or Exeter City.

Darren Sarll made one change to the side that drew 1-1 with Boreham Wood in the National League last time out, with Matt Worthington coming in for Albi Skendi.

And his team came flying out of the traps and could have scored even earlier than the third minute. A quick free-kick from Myles Hippolyte caught the visitors napping, but although Chris Dagnall was on the same wavelength the striker was marginally offside.

Yet Town didn’t have to wait long for that first goal as a Remeao Hutton cross was cleared only as far as D’Ath, who shifted the ball onto his right foot and fired it into the bottom corner.

That lead lasted only three-and-a-half minutes when a Hippolyte clearance rebounded into the path of James and he struck it past Stuart Nelson via the inside of the post.

Back came Yeovil, who twice went close through Rhys Murphy and Jimmy Smith. The first came when D’Ath spotted a run in behind by Smith and his quick cross was side-footed just wide by Murphy. Then the attacking midfielder almost scored himself when he headed a Hippolyte cross goalwards, only for Ben Killip to deny him at full stretch.

The visitors went ahead for the first time in the game when a ball over the top picked out James, who turned provider as he teed up Holohan to score their second.

Killip still had more work to do to deny the Glovers before the first half was done, this time when D’Ath stole the ball just outside the Pools area and played in Murphy and his fiercely struck shot needed two strong hands to stop it going in.

Yeovil looked to have as much of an impact at the beginning of the second half as they did in the first and Murphy went close with a well executed volley just over the bar.

But Hartlepool scored their third in the 59th minute when a Peter Kioso cross found Kabamba unmarked in the six-yard box and after wasting two good chances earlier, made no mistake with his header this time.

Town’s night got even worse when Wilkinson was shown a second yellow card for a foul on James.

With ten men the Glovers rallied and went extremely close to pegging a goal back when Murphy drilled the ball into the six-yard box, but substitute Courtney Duffus lifted it over the bar.

Pools killed the game off late on when shortly after coming off the bench, Toure was brought down in the area by Nelson and picked himself up to score the penalty.

 

Yeovil Town: Nelson; Hutton, Wilkinson, Collins, Hippolyte; Lee, Worthington (Tilley), D’Ath, Smith (Omotayo); Dagnall (Duffus), Murphy.

Subs not used: Skendi, Bradbury, McCoy, Rogers.

 

Hartlepool United: Killip; Kioso, Raynes, Kerr, Kitching (Richardson); Featherstone, Mafuta, Holohan (Williams); James, Kabama (Toure), Donaldson.

Subs not used: Muir, Hakes, Kennedy, Cunningham.

 

REPORT | Yeovil Town 1 – 1 Boreham Wood

Yeovil Town conceded a late leveller to draw 1-1 against Boreham Wood at Huish Park.

Jimmy Smith opened the scoring for Town but former Glover Kabongo Tshimanga leveled in stoppage time.

The green and whites will leave Huish Park feeling largely disappointed, after leading for 83 minutes,

Darren Sarll made two changes to the side which convincingly beat Haringey Borough on Tuesday night.

Smith and Rhys Murphy returned to the side in the place of Gold Omotayo and James Tilley.

After netting twice on Tuesday, Chris Dagnall made his first league start for the green and whites.

The Glovers would start fast, and find the back of the net just seven minutes in. 

After a cross flew across the face of goal and hit the corner flag, Dagnall kept the attack alive finding Smith free in the box to volley the green and whites ahead. 

Smith would have the ball in the net again just minutes later, but his effort was ruled out for a foul on Boreham Wood goalkeeper, Nathan Ashmore.

Yeovil kept the visitors at arms-length but struggled to create anything significant in terms of chances for the remainder of the half.

The closest the Glovers would come to extending the lead would be following a Lawson D’Ath corner. His delivery caused havoc in the Boreham Wood penalty area, but Dagnall couldn’t quite get a shot away as the Wood cleared their lines.

Boreham Wood would be frustrated all half, being forced into shots from distance which provided no threat to Stuart Nelson’s goal.

At the break Town deserved the lead but held a slim advantage.

The visitors would have a penalty shout waved away in the opening minutes. Kabongo Tshimanga looked to have been tripped but the referee instructed the former Glover to get back to his feet. 

Boreham Wood would look for a leveller and went close through Sorba Thomas. After Town failed to clear their lines, the forward pounced and fired just wide.

After the Wood’s bright start, Yeovil grew back into the game as Albi Skendi expertly found Smith in space in the box, but the earlier goalscorer couldn’t quite direct his effort on target.

The green and whites would attempt to gain a foothold as the game entered it’s closing stages.

Murphy was the first to go close as his half-volley from inside the box flew over the bar.

Just one minute later, substitute James Tilley would fire on goal. The Brighton loanee pounced on the ball and fired from the edge of the box forcing Ashmore into a save. 

The resulting corner would see another great chance come to nothing as Skendi headed narrowly wide. 

Boreham Wood had to pile on the pressure in the closing stages going close from a number of set-pieces but the visitors never looked like testing Stuart Nelson in the Yeovil net.

Despite missing a number of chances, the visitors would finally find a way through in stoppage time as Tshimanga fired from the edge of the box to earn the Wood a share of the points. 

 

Yeovil Town: Nelson; Hippolyte, Collins, Wilkinson, Hutton; Lee, Skendi,  D’Ath (Tilley), Smith (Worthington); Dagnall (Duffus), Murphy.

Subs not used: Bradbury, Duffus, Omotayo.

 

Boreham Wood: Ashmore; Woodards (Shaibu), Ilesanmi, Ricketts, Champion, Stephens, Tshimnaga, Murtagh, Marsh, Thomas, Smith.

Subs not used: Mingoia, McDonnell, Shakes, Thompson.

 

 

REPORT | Haringey Borough 0 – 3 Yeovil Town

Yeovil Town let their football do the talking with an 0-3 emphatic victory over Haringey Borough.

Despite stories outside the players control surrounding the game, Town produced a confident performance under the floodlights in North London.

A Chris Dagnall double and Luke Wilkinson header were enough to put the hosts to the sword and book the Glovers a place in the first round.

Darren Sarll made five changes to the side which snatched a late win against Chorley last weekend.

Charlie Lee and Wilkinson returned to the side following suspension.

Saturday’s substitutes Dagnall, Gold Omotayo and James Tilley all returned to the starting 11 after making a positive impact in their short time on the pitch.

The first half was characterised by a distinct lack of chances. The Glovers largely controlled the tempo, but the final pass just wasn’t there.

Dagnall had a number of chances to get on the end of crosses, but the former Leyton Orient forward couldn’t quite get a touch.

Tilley looked bright once again after registering an assist on Saturday, the attacking midfielder went close with a speculative effort from distance in the 14thminute.

The visitors would have the first clear sight of goal as Jorge Djassi Sambu had his effort expertly tipped over by Stuart Nelson.

Despite the lack of chances, the green and whites would find a way to go in front, albeit through a far from attractive effort in the 31stminute.

A goalmouth scramble saw the ball fall to Omotayo, the forward couldn’t get a shot away but Lawson D’Ath then powered through at the near post and fired on goal, his effort was then turned in by Dagnall for his first goal for Town.

At the break, Yeovil held a deserved lead.

Haringey should have levelled just minutes into the second half. A great counterattack caught Yeovil out with Froxylias played clean through on goal on the right flank, but a great stop from Nelson denied the hosts wide man.

A driving run from Hippolyte won a free kick for Yeovil. An unlikely candidate in Wilkinson stepped up and saw his effort fly just narrowly wide.

Just minutes after his free kick, Wilkinson would double the Glovers lead in the 56thminute. After Pajetat was caught in no man’s land, the defender rose highest and emphatically headed home from a corner.

It would be three moments later as Dagnall netted his second of the evening in the 60thminute. After Pajetat failed to deal with a cross, the Yeovil forward made no mistake in capitalising on his error and put the result beyond doubt.

Haringey would continue to test Yeovil, going closest through Coby Rowe who had a free kick expertly saved by Nelson, but the hosts could not break down the Somerset side.

Ultimately, it was Yeovil’s quality and experience that told as Town booked a date with fellow National League side Hartlepool at Huish Park.  

 

 

Haringey Borough: Pajetat, Kisitu, Demetriou, Stone (Durojaiye), Rowe, Froxylias (Akinola), Aresti, Ademiluyi Sambu, McDonald (Onokwai).

Booked: Stone, Onokwai.

Subs not used: Mitchell, Solomou, Panagiotou

 

Yeovil Town: Nelson, Hutton, Collins (Bradbury), Wilkinson, Hippolyte, Lee, D’Ath, Tilley (Worthington), Skendi, Dagnall, Omotayo (McCoy).

Booked: Tilley.

Subs not used: Smith, Murphy, Arnold.

REPORT | Chorley 1-2 Yeovil Town

Late heroics from Rhys Murphy spared Yeovil Town’s blushes as the Glovers battled to a 2-1 victory.

After taking a first half lead through Matt Worthington, the hosts would equalise in the second half to make a real game of it.

Murphy would leave it late to strike Yeovil in front, heading home to secure all three points.

Darren Sarll made four changes to the side that faced Haringey Borough last weekend.

It was a return for Courtney Duffus, who was unavailable last weekend due to the artificial pitch.

Suspensions for Charlie Lee and Luke Wilkinson offered opportunities for Albi Skendi and Tom Bradbury to start in their preferred positions.

Remeao Hutton started in the place of Craig Alcock after replacing the full-back last weekend during the first half. Myles Hippolyte also returned to the side in an unfamiliar full-back role.

Yeovil began the game on the front foot, stroking the ball around nicely, dominating the tempo of the game.

It would not take long for the Glovers to strike ahead, after a determined run from Murphy, the forward laid the ball off into the path of Worthington to fire into the bottom corner in the 7thminute.

The hosts struggled to create any chances of note with the green and whites back-line resolute despite the suspension of Wilkinson.

Despite a lot of the ball, Town struggled to create any more clear-cut opportunities, the best falling to Jimmy Smith who saw his header strike the bar twice.

At the break the Glovers held a deserved lead.

The Magpies began to grow into the game during the early stages of the second half, but still struggled to get beyond the green and whites backline.

It would take until the 70th minute for Chorley to finally break through. A goal-mouth scramble saw the ball drop to Ntumba Massanka who poked the hosts level.

Yeovil looked to bounce back as substitute Gold Omotayo found Smith charging into the box, but his effort was tame.

After a brilliant James Tilley free kick, the Glovers would have the ball in the back of the net, but the smiles were soon wiped from Yeovil faces as Tom Bradbury was adjudged to be offside.

The 86th minute would see late heroics from Murphy. After Tilley’s outstanding cross, the forward headed his ninth goal of the season to ensure the three points would return to Somerset.

 

Yeovil Town: Nelson; Hutton, Bradbury, Collins, Hippolyte; Skendi, Worthington (Tilley), D’Ath, Smith (Dagnall); Duffus (Omotayo), Murphy.

Bookings: Smith, Duffus.

Subs not used: McCoy, Arnold.

 

REPORT | Yeovil Town 1 – 2 Harrogate Town

Yeovil Town fell to a disappointing defeat to 1-2 Harrogate Town at Huish Park.

The Glovers had the opportunity to go top with a point, but goals from Brendan Kiernan and Jack Muldoon leaves Town in third place.

Rhys Murphy would slam home a consolation in stoppage time but it was not enough for the green and whites.

Darren Sarll made two changes to the side which comfortably dispatched Woking on Tuesday night.

Tom Bradbury returned to the side in the place of Carl Dickinson, seemingly due to an injury. 

Myles Hippolyte also returned to the side after being rested on Tuesday, replacing James Tilley who was not in the squad. 

Despite a slow start, the Glovers had the better chances of the opening minutes. Jimmy Smith would have Yeovil’s first effort, hooking his effort wide following Hutton’s cross.

The green and whites would go close as the ball fell to Duffus in the 22nd minute as the striker escaped his marker and fired into the side-netting.

Following this, the visitors largely controlled the tempo, holding onto the ball for long periods but rarely creating anything of significance. 

Jack Diamond would have Harrogate’s best chance from a free-kick 25-yards from goal, but the midfielder ballooned his effort over the bar.

The closing period of the first half offered two great chances for the Glovers. The first fell to Myles Hippolyte who dragged his effort wide from the edge of the box.

Just minutes later, Duffus would go inches from taking the lead. After poking the ball beyond the enrushing Harrogate goalkeeper, some heroic defending from the visitors saw the ball cleared off the line and away to safety.

After an even affair, the score was level at the break.

The green and whites came out of the second half with real intent, and went close just minutes into the half as J.Smith had his effort cleared off the line.

Yeovil began to turn the screw as the half progressed, continually finding routes in-behind the visitors defence. However, the Glovers rarely tested James Belshaw thanks to last-ditch defending from Harrogate. 

Despite the Glovers continual pressure, the visitors would strike ahead. Kiernan’s effort from the edge of the box found its way through bodies nestled into the bottom corner.

The visitors would add a second in the 79th minute. After a defensive mishap, Muldoon was sent through on goal and made no mistake, gibing Harrogate a two-goal cushion.

Murphy would offer Town a life-line, volleying home in stoppage time after J.Smith’s initial effort was blocked.

Ultimately, the Glovers found the net just too late as Harrogate ran out the victors.

 

Yeovil Town: A.Smith; Collins, Bradbury, Wilkinson, Hutton (Dagnall); Lee, Worthington (Skendi), Hippolyte, J.Smith; Murphy, Duffus (Omotayo).

Bookings: Wilkinson, Lee

Subs not used: D’Ath, Alcock.

 

Harrogate Town: Belshaw; Fallowfield, W.Smith, Hall, G.Smith; Falkingham, Burrell, Diamond (Thomson) , Kiernan; Beck, Muldoon (Stead).

Bookings:

Subs not used: Stead, Cracknell, Bradley, Emmett.

 

REPORT | Yeovil Town 3 – 1 Woking

A stunning close to the first half sees Yeovil Town return to winning ways with a 3-1 victory over Woking.

Rhys Murphy’s double and a cool Jimmy Smith finish were enough to secure victory under the floodlights at Huish Park.

Woking looked to find a way back into the game in the second half, with Ibrahim Meite scoring an unstoppable effort from distance, but it only proved to be a consolation for the Cards.

After the loss to Hartlepool, Sarll rotated his side making three changes.

Courtney Duffus returned from injury and replaced Gold Omotayo up-front.

The Gaffer also made two changes to his midfield as Matt Worthington and James Tilley made a return to the the starting eleven. 

New signing Chris Dagnall was named amongst the substitutes and made a second half cameo.

Yeovil made a bright start to the match, fashioning a shooting opportunity within the opening minute.

Matt Worthington’s first time cross fell perfectly for Jimmy Smith but the midfielder could not beat Craig Ross with his headed effort. 

The visitors would have a number of half-chances, the best being Dave Tarpey’s effort from the edge of the box which forced a save from Adam Smith.

The Glovers would take the lead in the 13th minute as Rhys Murphy emphatically headed home. A great delivery from Duffus was met by Tilley at the back-post, the Brighton-loanee then hooked the ball into the danger area to find Murphy with space to head home his sixth goal of the season.

Chances largely dried up after the goal, with neither side creating anything clear-cut. 

It would not be until the 41st minute for either side to fashion another opportunity.

Duffus showed great strength as the towering forward held off his marker and turned him inside-out to win a penalty for Town.

Earlier goalscorer Murphy stepped up to take the penalty, but had his initial effort saved. However, the forward reacted quickest to turn in the rebound and give the Glovers a two goal cushion. 

The green and whites were not done there, adding a third on the stroke of half time. Murphy was again involved as the striker played the ball across goal into the path of J.Smith. The midfielder then had an easy task, placing his effort on target and giving Yeovil a commanding lead.

After a fantastic final five minutes the Glovers held a strong lead at the break.

Murphy header would go close to adding his third in the 46th minute. Dickinson played a perfectly-weighted cross to the front post for Murphy to head on, but the striker had his flicked header saved.

The second half was played in a similar vein to the first, with chances few and far between.

It was always going to take something spectacular to spark the game back into life, and Meite obliged in the 68th minute with a stunning effort from distance leaving A.Smith stranded.

Woking looked to add their second just minutes later, Moussa Diarra went close with a header which  flew across the face of goal.

After coming on at half-time, Meite made a real impact for Woking, attempting to grab the game by the scruff of the neck. The Woking forward fired narrowly wide in the 82nd minute.

Town almost added a fourth as the game entered the closing stages. The ball fell nicely to Albi Skendi who was unmarked in the area, the midfielder’s effort was on-target but it was cleared off the line.

Despite pressure late on, Woking could not fashion another goalscoring opportunity, meaning Yeovil returned to winning ways.

Yeovil Town: Smith; Dickinson, Collins, Wilkinson, Hutton; Lee, Worthington, Tilley (D’Ath), Smith (Skendi); Duffus (Dagnall), Murphy.

Bookings: Hutton.

Subs not used: Bradbury, Omotayo. 

 

Woking: Ross; Casey, Cook, Diarra, Gerring (Meite), Parry; Ferdinand, Poku (Kretzschamar) , Donenellan; Tarpey, Loza (Hodges). 

Bookings: Meite

Subs not used: Howes, Collier.

 

 

 

MATCH REPORT | Hartlepool United 2 – 1 Yeovil Town

Yeovil Town fell to a late defeat as Hartlepool end winning run.

Despite pulling level in the 90th minute, the hosts scored just a minute later to secure three points.

Gime Toure scored the opening goal of the game in the second minute of the second half after the ball bounced around the penalty area. 

Late pressure from the Glovers saw Rhys Murphy level in the 90th minute, but in the dying embers Jason Kennedy netted the winner. 

Darren Sarll made two changes to the side which beat Bromley at Huish Park.   

Craig Alcock was replaced by Remeao Hutton after the full-back took a knock in training. 

Lawson D’Ath replaced Matt Worthington in the midfield as the gaffer made a tactical tweak. 

A doubt after being substituted early on against Bromley, Murphy did start against Hartlepool.

The hosts began the game on the front foot, with Gime Toure looking bright throughout the early stages. 

Toure would have his first shooting chance of the game in the eighth minute as he burst beyond the Yeovil defence but fired just wide of the mark.

Just minutes later, Town would fashion their first shooting opportunity of the afternoon. A fast breakway found Jimmy Smith in space to shoot but the midfielder balooned his effort over the bar. 

Toure would continue his bright start in the 12th minute. After some nice footwork, the forward attempted to chip Adam Smith in the Yeovil goal, but to no avail. 

As the green and whites struggled to create anything clear-cut, the hosts had a succession of guilt-edge opportunities. 

The first fell to Fraser Kerr, after a well worked corner, the defender couldn’t quite connect with the delivery as the ball dropped agonisingly wide. 

Just minutes later, Pools captain Ryan Donladson burst down the left-wing and drilled a cross into the path of Luke James but he couldn’t meet the delivery. 

As the half came to a close, Yeovil finally began to find routes on goal. 

Murphy would have the green and whites best opportunity of the half. The striker spear-headed a Yeovil counter and broke beyond the hosts back-line. However, a heavy touch took the ball away from him and into Ben Killip’s gloves. 

After a half of few clear-cut chances, the teams went into the break level. 

Just one minute into the second half, Hartlepool would break the deadlock. 

After Smith saved an initial effort, the ball bounced around the box, only to be turned in by the ever-dangerous Toure.

The Pools continued to look dangerous after scoring. They would go close in the 54th minute as Peter Kioso’s cross was met by Donaldson in acreas of space, however the wide-man headed over. 

Charlie Lee would attempt to grab the game by the scruff of the neck in the 60th minute. A mazy run saw the midfielder skip beyond the Hartlepool en-rushing midfield but he cannot fire on target. 

The efforts from distance would continue as Brighton loanee James Tilley fired into the gloves of Killip in the 69th minute.

Frustration would continue for Town as Collins combined with his defensive partner Wilkinson. A cross to the back post was met by the centre half but Wilkinson headed into the side-netting. 

Rhys Murphy would level for the Glovers, emphatically firing home from inside the box after James Tilley’s cross.

The hosts would find a winner in the 92nd minute. Jason Kennedy found space at the back-post and fired past Adam Smith to secure all three points for the hosts. 

 

Hartlepool United: Killip; Kioso, Kerr, Raynes, Richardson, Kitching, Mafuta, Kennedy, Donaldson, James (Featherstone), Toure (Kabamba).

Subs not used: Hawkes, Holohan, Cunningham.

 

Yeovil Town: Smith; Dickinson, Collins, Wilkinson, Hutton; Lee, D’Ath (Skendi), Hippolyte (Tilley), Smith; Murphy, Omotayo (McCoy).

Bookings: Tilley, Dickinson. 

Subs not used: Bradbury, McCoy,  Worthington.

MATCH REPORT | Yeovil Town 3 – 1 Bromley

In a fiery affair between two sides battling for promotion, Yeovil Town came out on top thanks to Jimmy Smith, Charlie Lee and a calamitous own-goal. 

Bromley would play almost the entire match with defender Chris Bush in goal after Mark Cousins was injured in a collision with Rhys Murphy.

In a game filled to the brim with talking points, the Glovers would claim the three points to extend the club’s winning run to seven. 

Darren Sarll made one change from the side that beat Aldershot on Tuesday night.

Midfielder Lee returned to the side after a overcoming a back injury, replacing Albi Skendi at the base of Yeovil’s diamond.     

The game began with a lengthy delay, Murphy and Bromley goalkeeper Cousins collided after chasing a loose ball. Both players were seemingly knocked out and both sides were forced into a change. Murphy was replaced by Lawson D’Ath and due to the Ravens not having a substitute goalkeeper Cousins was replaced by Chris Bush in the net.

After a 17 minute stoppage, play resumed with Cousins stretchered off the pitch and Murphy walking down the tunnel to be examined by the physio.

The visitors would take the lead with the first chance of the game in the 19th minute, after Alfie Doughty’s floated cross was the flicked across goal by Joe Kizzi, the ball fell into the path of Michael Cheek to slot home the opener. 

Doughty’s bright start continued as he burst beyond Craig Alcock and made his way one on one with Adam Smith. However, the Yeovil goalkeeper stood tall and denied Bromley their second of the afternoon.

The green and whites would equalise in the third minute of the 19 added on for stoppage time. Some great work from D’Ath sent his marker flying, the midfielder then sent in an inch-perfect delivery which was met by J. Smith to emphatically head home. 

Lee would go close just minutes later, after his long-throw was cleared by the Bromley back-line, the midfielder followed up and fired first time but his effort went narrowly over the bar. 

Earlier goalscorer Cheek spurned a great chance as the half came to a close, after a cross from Doughty, the forward connected with a diving header but his effort flew over the bar.

Half-time brought some much needed respite after a fiery affair, which the referee had struggled to control.

The second half began with Yeovil on the front foot. Hippolyte looked a bright spark after the restart, continually driving beyond his marker on the right flank.

Following a cleared corner, full-back Kizzi would go close for the visitors in the 57th minute as he lost his marker at the back post and headed into the side-netting. 

Omotayo spurned a great opportunity in the 66th minute, after some intricate passing, Alcock found himself in space to cross. The full-back found Omotayo excellently but the tall forward headed his effort straight into the gloves of Bush. 

Yeovil would take the lead thanks to a dreadful error by Bromley captain, Marc-Anthony Okoye. After Alcock’s cross, being put under pressure by Omotayo, the defender panicked and sent the ball through the legs of Bush.

The Glovers would add a third in spectacular fashion. Wilkinson floated a ball into the path of Lee who lobbed the goalkeeper with a wonderful looping header to put the result beyond doubt. 

In a unique turn of events, the referee sent off a Yeovil ballboy due to claims of time-wasting. 

The game would finally have a quiet spell in the final moments as Yeovil battled hard to claim all three points.

 

Yeovil Town: A.Smith; Alcock, Collins, Wilkinson, Dickinson; Lee, Worthington (Tilley), Hippolyte, J.Smith (Skendi); Murphy (D’Ath), Omotayo.

Bookings: Lee, Worthington, Omotayo, Wilkinson.

Subs not used: Bradbury, Hutton.

 

Bromley: Cousins (Holland); Kizzi, Wood, Anthony Okoye, Coulson (McCoulsky), Cheek, Bingham, Bush, Hackett-Fairchild, Rees, Doughty (Clifton).

Bookings: Bush, Kizzi.

Subs not used:  Mekki, Klass.

 

REPORT | Aldershot Town 1-3 Yeovil Town

Yeovil Town extened their winning run to six consecutive games against Aldershot Town thanks to goals from Jimmy Smith, Myles Hippolyte and Rhys Murphy.

Victory in Hampshire meant the green and whites continued the club’s best run of form since February 2013.

Despite the visitors pulling level through Max Hunt, the Glovers resilient character shone through to ensure three points would be returning back down the A303 to Huish Park.

Darren Sarll was forced into two changes from the side which beat Solihull Moors on Saturday.

Due to an injury which forced centre-back Luke Wilkinson in goal against Solihull, Liam O’Brien was replaced by new signing Adam Smith on-loan from Forest Green Rovers.

Sarll’s second change was in the midfield as former Leyton Orient man Charlie Lee was replaced by Albi Skendi at the base of the Glover’s diamond. 

After a foul on Smith, the Glovers had their first shooting chance in the third minute. Carl Dickinson took the free-kick from 25-yards out but it sailed well over the bar.

Yeovil would take the lead with the second shot of the game just four minutes later. After a handball shout was waved away by the referee, the Aldershot back-line stopped in their tracks as Hippolyte burst through and put the green and whites ahead.

The hosts would have their first attempt of significance in the 11th minute. Following Connor Shield’s cross being cleared by the Yeovil defence, Jack Powell lashed a speculative effort over the bar.

Town could have made it two goals within the first 15 minutes, a fast counter attack cut through the Aldershot defence as Hippolyte sent through Gold Omotayo, the ball then fell to the feet of Murphy who could not direct his effort into the back of the net.

Aldershot’s threat in the opening stages of the game largely consisted from efforts from distance. Ethan Chislett had the the best effort as his shot deflected just wide for a corner. 

Aldershot would equalise from the resulting corner as defender Max Hunt towered above the Yeovil defense and emphatically head home the leveller. 

Following Aldershot’s equaliser, the game was finely in the balance as neither side could gain a significant strangehold. 

It wouldn’t be until the 35th minute for there to be another sight of goal. After some intricate football, Matt Worthington found space for a cross on the right-wing, his delivery was met by  Murphy but the forward’s header looped over the bar. 

Yeovil’s lead would be restored in the 38th minute, some quick passing between Worthington and Hippolyte freed J.Smith allowing the midfielder to slot home his second Glovers goal in front of the travelling fans. 

The last chance of the half fell to the hosts as attacking midfielder Chislett, who had been a thorn in the Yeovil side all half, powered to the edge of the box and shot, only to have his effort blocked. 

Despite the lead at the break, the hosts had looked threatening on a number of occasions in the first half leaving the National League clash on a knife-edge.

It should have been three in the opening minutes of the second half, a wonderful clipped pass from Skendi, was flicked on by J.Smith into the path of Omotayo who had acres of space inside the box. The Swiss striker did not realise the time and space he had meaning he rushed his effort, firing the ball wide of the mark.

The Glovers evening trip to Hampshire would get even better as Murphy added a third with a wonderful individual effort from a tight angle. After recieving the ball from Worthington in the right channel, the attacker twisted and turned and sent a looping effort into the back of the net.

Yeovil could have added a fourth in the 64th minute, after a mix-up in the Aldershot back-line, Murphy was sent pacing through on goal, the forward had his initial effort saved, then J.Smith burst onto the ball and attempted to round Mitch Walker in the Aldershot net but to no avail.

The hosts had an almost identical chance just one minute later as Lee Collins had the ball taken from his feet by Panayiotou, but the forward had his effort blocked. 

The hosts continued to push throughout the closing stages but struggled to fashion any clear cut opportunities of note.

The best chace of the final ten minutes actually fell to Yeovil as substitute James Tilley burst past the Aldershot midfield and fired from distance, only for his effort to loop just over the bar. 

Ultimately, Sarll’s men were able to shut up shop throughout the dying embers to secure another three points for the green and whites.

Aldershot Town: Walker; Kinsella, Lyons-Foster, Fowler, Hunt; Santos (Mullings), Panayiotou, Chislett, Eyoma (Fletcher), Powell; Shields (Berkeley-Agyepong).

Subs not used: Tinkler, Whittingham.

 

Yeovil Town: A.Smith; Alcock, Dickinson, Collins, Wilkinson; Skendi, Worthington (D’Ath), Hippolyte, J.Smith (Tilley); Omotayo, Murphy (McCoy).

Bookings: Hippolyte, Smith

Subs not used: Bradbury, Hutton, McCoy.