Category: Match Reports

MATCH REPORT | Yeovil Town 1 – 2 Wrexham

Yeovil Town fell to a controversial defeat against Wrexham at Huish Park.

After striking ahead through Tom Knowles in what was a positive first half performance, the visitors turned the game on its head in the second.

A goal from Paul Mullin whilst Dale Gorman was down with a head injury levelled the affair, before a Morgan Williams own goal handed Wrexham the lead, which they held onto to secure victory.

When team news was confirmed, there was a noticeable absentee in the centre of defence, Max Hunt was not in the squad due to a training injury, so Josh Staunton and Williams partnered at centre back.

In the full back roles, Mark Little made his first start at right-back with Jack Robinson on the left. Gorman started deepest in midfield, Jordan Barnett and Matt Worthington started either side of him.

Sonny Blu Lo-Everton and Knowles began in the attacking midfield roles with Charlie Wakefield leading the line on his own.

The Glovers began the brighter, finding routes in behind far more often than the visitors. On 8 minutes, a clipped ball from Gorman sent Knowles through on goal, and after striking the side-netting, the linesman had his flag up for offside, which was a very tight call.

Just two minutes later, Wrexham had a shooting chance. Jordan Davies’ free-kick did not threaten Grant Smith as the Yeovil wall stood tall to force a corner.

With 14 minutes on the clock, Town took the lead. A short-throw in caught Wrexham off guard, Knowles and Gorman combined with the Glovers no.11 hammering the ball beyond Rob Lainton to strike ahead!

From then, the Glovers had the wind in their sails, and just a matter of moments later Knowles had an almost identical effort saved as he drilled an effort on his left-foot on goal.

The front three of Yeovil kept popping up in pockets where they could threaten. A superb piece of skill from Sonny Blu Lo-Everton on the right flank sent his marker and worked room for a cross. The Watford loanee then found Josh Staunton charging in at the back post but he headed over.

As the half grew on, Town would’ve been frustrated not to add a second. With just over five to play in the half, Lainton’s poor clearance fell to Worthington, who sacrificed a shooting chance to find Wakefield, but the forward was off-balance.

The second half saw Wrexham equalise in controversial circumstance. Whilst Gorman was down with a head injury, referee Sunny Gill looked at him, laughed and allowed play to continue against the laws of the game and giving Wrexham time to score. After Mullin put the ball in the back of the net, there was a delay whilst Gorman received his delayed treatment.

Despite the poor officiating, Yeovil did all they could to try and find a way back in front, with a penalty shout on 65 minutes after Worthington was hauled down in the box.

Adding to Yeovil’s already depleted numbers, Staunton was forced off with around 20 minutes to go, with Sarll unsure on the extent of his injury. This forced another defensive reshuffle, with Little in an unfamiliar central role.

With ten to go, Wrexham took the lead after Town failed to clear a cross, the ball was forced back across the six-yard box, spurning off Williams for the goal which ultimately secured a victory.

Despite defeat, it was a performance that Yeovil players can take positives from ahead of a trip to Woking next weekend.

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

Bookings: Bradley, Williams

Subs not used: Evans, Stephens

MATCH REPORT | Yeovil Town U18’s 4-1 Wimborne Town U18’s

By Matt Partridge

Young Glovers win opening game of 2022 with a 4-1 result against Wimborne Town 

A new-look Yeovil Town U18s took the field at Alvington under the guidance of head coach Matt Percival, who has taken the reins following the departure of Mark Challen in late December. It was a winning start for the home team, with a comfortable 4-1 win over Wimborne Town which sees the Young Glovers take a winning record into the second half of the season.

Setting up with a 4-1-4-1 formation, the home side signalled their intent early with some fine interplay in midfield during an attacking opening spell. The opening goal came in the 12th minute after some good pressing from Benjani Jr presented the ball to Hodges out wide who was able to pick out the advancing John to slam home, 1-0.

In a rare attack, Wimborne had an early opportunity to equalise but a shot from the edge of the box drew a fine low save from the returning Callum Smalley in goal. 

Yeovil continued to dominate possession and Graziano was beginning to dictate play from a deep-lying midfield role. Benjani Jr and Borges combined to set up John, who’s shot was saved at the near post, before Graziano crossed for Borges who shot straight at the keeper when well placed. The pressure told in the 40th minute when Graziano won a free-kick on the edge of the box and duly floated a delivery to the back post where Haste was on hand to send a towering header inside the far post, 2-0. 

To their credit, Wimborne responded well to this setback and grabbed a late first half goal when the young striker struck a low shot past Smalley to make it 2-1.

Yeovil started the second half in positive fashion and grabbed a third goal in the 52nd minute when John, who was impressive throughout down the right flank, beat his man and crossed for Hodges to side-foot home to make it 3-1.

The home side continued to look largely untroubled at the back with Ridout and Haste providing a solid central defensive partnership. Borges, Benajni Jr and Graziano continued to work hard in midfield and put together some fine runs driving Wimborne back, with a decent final ball often the only thing missing from this period of play. John and Bateson then saw shots untrouble the visiting keeper as the match headed into the final quarter.

Percival made a series of changes, giving the whole squad a run out and chance to impress with Hollard coming on for Smalley in goal and Zold, Gould, Goddard and debutant Liu entering the fray. England College player Haste was on-hand, following a corner, to grab his second and Yeovil’s fourth in the 75th minute as the game entered the final stages.  A 4-1 home win was the final score as the Young Glovers secured their 5th league win to kickstart the new year.

Team: 1 – Smalley, 2 – Hunter, 3 – Sutton, 5 – Ridout, 6 – Haste, 7 – John, 8 – Borges, 9 – Hodges, 10 – Benjani Jr, 11 – Bateson, 14 – Graziano © Subs: 12 – Hollard, 15 – Zold, 16 – Gould, 17 – Goddard, 18 – Liu.

Speaking after the game, head coach Matt Percival saw a lot of positives from his young team.

“We’re at the half way point of the season, having now won 5 and lost 4 in the league so it’s about looking to kick on to finish the season strongly.

I thought at times today we looked really good and we’ve been working hard in training at different ways to break teams down depending on how they set-up and whether they’re pressing high or looking to drop off.

With some new faces and a change in formation, Percival was pleased with what he saw on the pitch  

“Joshua John was excellent today down the right-hand side, regularly isolating the full back.

Sam Hodges did a great job up front, holding up the ball and linking play and also Jake Graziano played very well in an important deep lying midfield role.

Looking ahead, Yeovil have plenty to play for in the coming weeks.

 “On Wednesday we have a round of 32 knockout-match in the College Cup away at Truro and Penwith College. Then it’s back to league action away at Torquay on Saturday who we’ll also be facing later in the season in the semi-final of the Gary Else cup. In April, competing as Yeovil College, we then have the 7-a-side Nationals to look forward to.

MATCH REPORT | Yeovil Town 1 – 1 Needham Market

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Bookings: Bradley

Subs not used: Evans

MATCH REPORT | Southend United 2 – 1 Yeovil Town

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Bookings: Gorman

Subs not used: Evans, Williams

MATCH REPORT | Yeovil Town 1 – 3 AFC Bournemouth

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Bookings: Gorman, Worthington, Moss

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

MATCH REPORT | Yeovil Town 1-2 Torquay United

By Marcus Duncomb

Yeovil fell to late defeat against Torquay United who completed a late turnaround to take the three points in a tight affair.

After a quiet first-half Jordan Barnett provided a moment of magic in the 66th minute with a 35-yard screamer to give Yeovil the lead.

Torquay equalised in the 75th minute directly from corner through Connor Lemonheigh-Evans who went on to provide the assist for Dan Holman’s 90th minute winner.

Following a comprehensive 3-0 defeat on Boxing Day at Plainmoor, Darren Sarll made four changes to the starting XI. Dillon Barnes made his debut in goal replacing the suspended Grant Smith and the back four comprised of Morgan Williams, Max Hunt, Josh Staunton and Jack Robinson.

Jordan Barnett, Dale Gorman and Matt Worthington made up the midfield trio while Tom Knowles returned to the side to join Charlie Wakefield and Adi Yussuf in the front three.

The first chance of the game went Yeovil’s way in the seventh minute when Knowles hurled a long throw into the box which caused trouble and was just about headed clear by the Torquay defence.

In the twentieth minute, Knowles fired with his left foot from just outside the box. His effort was deflected twice and just managed to be kept out by the legs of Shaun MacDonald.

The first half hour was an unusually quiet affair with Torquay having their first chance of note in the 28th minute when Joe Felix rose highest to head just wide of the post.

After a good spell of possession in Yeovil’s half, Asa Hall sweetly struck a volley from 25 yards out, but the captain’s effort went wide.

Knowles was looking lively for the Glovers in the first half and the winger unleashed a venomous effort from outside the box which went inches over the crossbar.

On the hour mark Joe Quigley, back from injury, laid off a ball to Tom Knowles whose left -footed effort went into the Thatchers stand.

The deadlock was eventually broken in the 66th minute when Jordan Barnett made the roof come off. The ball was bouncing 35 yards out and the midfielder struck it on the half-volley right into the top corner giving MacDonald absolutely no chance.

Yeovil used the momentum to keep going forward and in the 68th minute Sonny Blul Lo-Everton had a low effort smothered by MacDonald.

Barnes had a quiet debut up until the 74th minute when he was called into action to make a brilliant save from what looked like a certain goal from Lemonheigh-Evans. From the resulting corner Lemonheigh-Evans’ delivery went over every player and curled into the back of the net to equalise.

In the 82nd minute substitute Dan Holman had a snapshot from a very tight angle which beat Barnes but trickled past the post as well.

The game was opening up by this point with frequent chances at either end and the rain was absolutely lashing down.

In the 90th minute Lemonheigh-Evans provided for the winner as he scooped the ball over the whole Yeovil defence to Holman who finished expertly to make it 2-1.

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

Subs not used: Evans, Bradley.

MATCH REPORT | Torquay United 3 – 0 Yeovil Town

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Reds: Lo-Everton, Smith (After FT)

Subs not used: Evans, Headley

MATCH REPORT | Yeovil Town 3 – 1 Woking

By Marcus Duncomb

Yeovil completed a turnaround against Woking to progress to the FA Trophy fourth round thanks to late goals from Adi Yussuf and Tom Knowles.

The visitors took the lead in the first half through a nice finish from former Yeovil man Tahvon Campbell.

In a game of few chances, Yeovil turned the game on its head in the final ten minutes with two goals from Yussuf either side of a Knowles header.

Darren Sarll made four changes from the Barnet victory with Max Evans, Reuben Reid and Alex Bradley making their first starts of the season and Jaheim Headley making his Yeovil debut.

The first shot of the game came after seven minutes when Dale Gorman had a shot from distance, but the midfielder’s effort deflected out for a corner.

Max Kretzschmar had a low shot in the eleventh minute which beat Evans but trickled just wide of the far post.

A Woking corner in the 19th minute caused chaos in the Yeovil box with unconvincing efforts to clear the ball ending up hitting the crossbar, but eventually the ball found safety

The Cards took the lead in the 22nd minute after Campbell was released by Tommy Block, and the former Glover finished expertly past Evans.

It was a half of few chances for Yeovil, but Sonny Blu Lo-Everton created something out of nothing in the 44th minute but his shot was well saved.

Gorman attempted a fierce free-kick from a tight angle which forced an outstanding save from Ross to tip it past the post.

Finally, Yeovil’s second-half pressure came to fruition in the 80th minute as substitute Yussuf drove a powerful finish home in front of the Thatchers end to equalise.

Yeovil completed the turnaround in the 87th minute as Lo-Everton ran down the wing and crossed invitingly towards Knowles who headed in for the winner.

Yussuf made sure of the victory with virtually the last kick of the game as Knowles passed to the Tanzanian who was one-on-one with Ross and finished perfectly.

Yeovil Town: Evans; Moss, Wilkinson (Staunton), Hunt, Headley; Bradley (Barnett), Gorman, Worthington; Knowles, Reid (Yussuf), Lo-Everton.

Bookings: Bradley, Wilkinson

Subs not used: Smith, Haste, Wakefield.

MATCH REPORT | Yeovil Town 1 – 0 Barnet

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Bookings: Gorman, Williams, Lo-Everton, Bradley

Subs not used: Evans

MATCH REPORT | Yeovil Town 1 – 0 Stevenage

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Bookings: Staunton, Wilkinson, Bradley

Subs not used: Evans, Haste

MATCH REPORT | Wrexham 0 – 2 Yeovil Town

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Bookings: Moss

Subs not used: Evans, Haste

MATCH REPORT | Yeovil Town 1 – 1 Dover Athletic

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Bookings: Yussuf

Subs not used: Evans, Haste

MATCH REPORT | Bromley 1 – 2 Yeovil Town

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Bookings: Moss, Williams

Subs not used: Evans, Haste

MATCH REPORT | Dagenham & Redbridge 0 – 1 Yeovil Town

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Bookings: Gorman, Barnett

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

MATCH REPORT | Yeovil Town U18’s 0-1 Torquay United U18’s

The Young Glovers fall to a narrow 1-0 defeat and suffer injury woes against the Young Gulls in their latest South West Counties Youth League match.

Yeovil returned home for the first time since early October to take on Torquay who sat just a point ahead of them in the league table. Having seen a crop of youngsters line up and perform well for the first team in the midweek Somerset Premier Cup win over Larkhall Athletic, the Young Glovers had to shuffle the side with Borges (ankle injury) and Haste (illness) watching from the side-lines and Deemer and Andrews unavailable. There was also a debut for striker and former academy player Connor Bent.

The game began at a frenetic pace with chances at either end. A Bent header dropped narrowly wide following an excellent cross from Hunter at right back before Lye made a tremendous block at the other end to deny the Gulls striker. After a good spell of attacking football from Yeovil culminated in a Sheppard-Cozens free kick which drifted just wide, it was Torquay who opened the scoring via a contentious penalty decision. Lye went to deal with a cross from the left but saw his waist high footed clearance catch the stooping striker in the head resulting in a booking and coolly converted penalty, 1-0. The striker was clearly caught and had to leave the field of play, but other than opt not to deal with the ball it was hard to see what else the defender could do.

Yeovil arguably fashioned the better chances as the half wore on with a smart break from Benjani Jr. teeing up Bent whose shot went just wide. Skipper Graziano then tried his luck from distance before a Benjani snap shot was punched clear by the visiting keeper. Torquay enjoyed attacking spells of their own and a smart spin and drive from the right side zipped narrowly over. Entering the final minutes of the half, Finlay Skiverton had an initial shot saved before his second effort was deflected behind. The Glovers suffered an injury blow from the resulting corner when midfielder Sheppard-Cozens was forced off with a head injury. Returning striker John took the field in his place and the half ended with another near miss as the impressive Bent went on a driving run down the left, sending in a cross which just evaded the advancing Skiverton.  

Torquay seized the initiative in the early passage of play in the second half, and the Glovers were indebted to a goal-line clearance from Dyer and then a well-timed tackle from Lye as the Gulls burst forward. At around the 60th minute the home side were to suffer a further setback when goalkeeper Smalley made a reflex save from a shot from distance but seemed to inure his knee in the follow up play and had to leave the field. Unable to field a substitute keeper, Lye was forced to go between the sticks and Aidan Skiverton came into central defence in his place.

Head Coach Mark Challen was having to encourage his depleted side from the side lines and would have been encouraged by some resolute defending from his back line. A unit now largely made up of schoolboys put in a positive performance; of particular note was Dyer, who made another outstanding block in the box and Armstrong, a centre back playing left back, who was full of industry and endeavour. 

Yeovil were however struggling to work the keeper at the other end, and their plight was made harder when Graziano was forced off with a calf injury; the skipper was replaced in midfield by McAlastair. Challen made a string of substitutions to try and mix things up as Bateson and Sutton were given valuable minutes on the pitch with Benjani sent further forward and Finlay Skiverton dropping into midfield to try and shore things up and offer something different from a deeper role.  

As the match drew to a close, both teams had gilt edged chances. Torquay’s number 9, who was a handful all morning, went on a marauding run into the box but was finally checked by the Yeovil backline. Yeovil then put together their best attacking move of the match with some nice interplay between Finlay Skiverton and Hunter down the right helping to set up Bent, whose low shot went just wide of the far post. 

Not the result the Young Glovers were hoping for and a growing injury list which will surely test the squad in the weeks to come. 

Team: 1 – Smalley, 2 – Hunter, 3 – Armstrong, 5 – Dyer, 6 – Lye, 7 – Benjani Jr, 8 – Sheppard-Cozens, 9 – F Skiverton, 10 – Bent, 11 – Alden, 14 – Graziano ©   Subs: 15 – John, 16 – A Skiverton, 18 – McAlastair 19 – Bateson and 20 – Sutton.

Next Saturday (20th November) sees a friendly fixture at home against Youth Alliance side, Forest Green Rovers. Check the twitter account @ytfcacademy for further details in due course.

On a side note, there has been plenty to celebrate in recent weeks within the U18s and EDPD set-up. Competing as Yeovil College in the South West Regionals 7-a-side tournament, a team made up of core players from the U18s squad went unbeaten to win the competition and qualify for the College Nationals which will take place in April in Nottingham. Congratulations also to goalkeeper Callum Smalley and left back Oliver Haste who have qualified through the first phase of respective school boy and ECFA trials.  

MATCH REPORT | Yeovil Town 2 – 1 Eastleigh

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Bookings: Barnett, Moss, Wakefield

Subs not used: Evans, Bradley

MATCH REPORT | Yate Town 0 – 5 Yeovil Town

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Subs not used: Evans

MATCH REPORT | Solihull Moors 0 – 0 Yeovil Town

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Bookings: Moss, Hunt (RED)

Subs not used: Evans, Stephens,

MATCH REPORT | Yeovil Town 2 – 0 Woking

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Bookings: Quigley, Barnett, Robinson

Subs not used: Evans, Stephens

MATCH REPORT | Grimsby Town 2 – 0 Yeovil Town

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Bookings: Gorman

Nott used: Evans, Dyer

MATCH REPORT | Weymouth 1 – 1 Yeovil Town

Yeovil Town advanced in the Emirates FA Cup in dramatic fashion after a penalty shootout victory over Weymouth at the Bob Lucas Stadium. 

In a similar fashion to Saturday’s draw, Yeovil Town took the lead in the first half as Worthington flicked a header beyond a stranded Ross Fitzsimons, before Josh McQuoid levelled the affair.

Despite a late penalty miss, the Glovers were able to dust themselves down and secure a 2-1 victory from the spot.

Darren Sarll made two changes to the side which were held on Saturday afternoon, Sonny Blu Lo-Everton returned to the fold, replacing Tom Knowles in the Glovers’ midfield. In the defence, Jack Robinson returned to the back four, moving Jordan Barnett into a midfield role with Ben Seymour dropping to the bench. 

Looking for more attacking impetus after a frustrating second half in the original fixture, Yeovil began on the front foot. Joe Quigley held the ball up well and dropped it into Barnett’s path, but his first-time strike flew over.

Continuing to create chances, in the sixth minute Dan Moss’ delivery was met by Worthington who couldn’t direct his header on target.

Not making the same mistake twice, the Glovers found a way in front through a Worthington header. After a hectic phase of play which saw Quigley hit the bar, the ball was recycled around the box excellently, eventually being crossed to Worthington who flicked his header beyond Fitzsimons, leading to raptures in the away end.

With the wind in their sails, Yeovil did not rest on their laurels, both Dale Gorman and Barnett fired narrowly wide from the edge of the box minutes after taking the lead.

In the dying stages of the half, Quigley was unlucky not to double Town’s advantage after being poked through by Charlie Wakefield, but his effort was well-saved by Fitzsimons. 

It took until the 50th minute for the hosts to find an effort of note, Brad Ash cut inside at the edge of the box and tamely fired into Smith’s gloves.

Hunting for a second, Yeovil’s first chance of the second half fell after Robinson pounced onto a loose ball and played Wakefield through and after driving to the edge of the Weymouth box, his effort was saved at the second attempt by Fitzsimons.

Wakefield was Town’s bright spark in the opening stages of the second half. The Chelsea academy graduate looked for options around him at the edge of the box and they didn’t come, instead took the onus upon himself as the Glovers’ no.19 fired on goal from 20-yards, but a block thwarted his effort.

Enjoying success behind the Weymouth defence was largely at a premium in the first half, but in the second Town found routes in behind far more often. Lo-Everton broke beyond the Terras’ backline and rounded the goalkeeper, after being ushered wide the Watford loanee then found Quigley who sent an effort goal bound, but once again Weymouth got bodies in front of the Glovers’ effort.

Continuing as the ascendancy throughout the half, Barnett did excellently to dance his way into the box with just over twenty minutes to go, but a heavy touch saw the ball escape his grasp and find Quigley who once again had his effort blocked.

The hosts had done very little to threaten Yeovil throughout, but with fifteen minutes to go they grew into the game. The 78th minute saw a heart in mouth moment for Glovers fans. Thomson burst in behind but a heroic recovery challenge from Josh Staunton held Town’s advantage. 

There was a sense of deja vu with 86 minutes on the clock as Weymouth equaliser, as Ollie Harfield found McQuoid at the back post to head home the leveller.

Despite late set-pieces from both sides, neither could capitalise as the game went to extra time. 

Having made more substitutions, the fresh legs of Weymouth saw them start extra time on the front foot, yet chances didn’t fall their way.

For the third time in two weeks, Yeovil Town were robbed of a seemingly good goal. After Gorman’s corner was met by Quigley at the near-post, his header was at least three-yards over the line, but the referee and linesman remained unmoved. 

With the last attack of the game, the Glovers won a penalty after substitute Adi Yussuf fired an effort on goal which was adjudged to have been blocked with a hand. Quigley stepped up but he had his effort saved by Fitzsimons, meaning the game would be decided by a shootout. 

Not taking chances had been a common theme in this tie, and that continued in the penalty shootout. Despite misses from Ben Seymour and Tom Knowles, Weymouth missed three of their first four penalties whilst Yussuf and Gorman converted to secure a memorable victory for Town.

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

Bookings: Barnett, Smith

Subs not used: Evans, Dyer. 

MATCH REPORT | Yeovil Town 1-1 Weymouth

By Marcus Duncomb

Charlie Wakefield’s early goal was cancelled out by an equaliser right at the death to force a replay at the Bob Lucas Stadium.

Helped by the lively atmosphere, Yeovil went one nil up through a calm Wakefield finish with Weymouth later creating equalising opportunities via Calvin Brooks.

After half time, Weymouth had more of the ball but could not create the decisive chances until Tom Bearwish got a stoppage time equaliser following a long throw.

Darren Sarll made one change from the midweek draw against Altrincham opting for Wakefield to come into the starting XI in place of Adi Yussuf. Wakefield went into a front three joining Ben Seymour and Joe Quigley.

After an extremely lively opening ten minutes without any chances, Wakefield opened the scoring following a quick free kick from Dale Gorman which went over the Weymouth defence and found his teammate with time in the box to slot home.

Weymouth created their best opening in the 28th minute as Brooks found himself one-on-one with Grant Smith from a tight angle, but the former Glover could only find the side netting.

One minute later at the other end of the pitch, the Weymouth defence gave Seymour space to have a speculative shot from outside the box which went deep into the Thatcher’s End.

Ten minutes before half time, Wakefield had a shooting opportunity but selflessly laid it off to Quigley on the edge of the box for a curling effort which was brilliantly headed clear by defender Josef Yarney.

The final chance of the first half went Yeovil’s way as Tom Knowles ran down the right-hand side and created the space to fizz in a dangerous cross which Matt Worthington connected well with, firing just over the bar.

Weymouth started the second half with a good spell of possession, eventually resulting in a driven shot from Shields which was dealt with by Smith in the 52nd minute.

Three minutes later, the visitors created another shooting opportunity, this time through Brad Ash whose low effort was batted away by Smith.

With 20 minutes remaining, Max Hunt flashed a half volley on his left foot following a corner, but it flew over the bar.

Knowles was eager to make things happen for Yeovil and double the advantage. The winger worked his way to the edge of the box in the 78th minute and took the shot on his weak foot which was deflected wide.

In the dying minutes, the Terras launched a long throw into the box and substitute Bearwish was there to slide in an agonising equaliser for the visitors to force the match to a replay on Tuesday night.

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

Bookings: Gorman, Barnett

Subs not used: Evans, Lo-Everton, Simper, Stephens, Robinson, Yussuf, Dyer

MATCH REPORT | Yeovil Town 1 – 1 Altrincham

Joe Quigley’s second half strike was not enough for Yeovil Town as they drew to Altrincham at Huish Park.

After a goalless first half which saw Altrincham goalkeeper Anthony Thompson replaced by outfielder Connor Hampson, the Glovers struck ahead through Quigley just before the hour mark as he turned the ball beyond the makeshift goalkeeper.

Less than ten minutes later, the visitors levelled through former Glover A Jay Leitch-Smith. Adding salt into the wounds, the Glovers would have two goals not given after the ball seemingly crossed the line after dangerous corners.

After a lack of attacking threat against Notts County, Darren Sarll looked to add some attacking impetus against the Robins. Grant Smith began in goal, whilst forward-thinking full-back Jordan Barnett started at the left side of defence. Max Hunt partnered Josh Staunton in the centre back roles whilst Dan Moss started at right-back.

Dale Gorman and Matt Worthington started once again in central midfield, whilst there was an increase in attacking numbers, with Tom Knowles, Adi Yussuf, Quigley and Ben Seymour all starting, looking to break the Glovers’ goal drought.

After waiting almost 80 minutes for an opening on Saturday, Town waiting just one on Tuesday evening. Yussuf and Quigley combined outside the box but the Glovers no.10 got too much under his effort, sending the ball flying over the bar.

In the opening stages, Knowles’ throw ins caused havoc for the Alty defence, his throw in the third minute was only cleared as far as Gorman, his header found Yussuf who forced a save from Thompson.

Looking to mix things up, Knowles went short with his throw in less than five minutes later, combining with Gorman as the wide-man sent a deep delivery into the box. The cross was met by Yussuf who flicked the ball into Quigley but he hooked his effort over the bar.

In the 8th minute, Yeovil were a whisker away from the lead as the ball fell to Knowles 25-yards from goal who hammered an effort narrowly wide.

After an extended break in play, Altrincham were forced into a change between the sticks as Thompson was replaced by left-back Hampson as the visitors had no goalkeeper on the bench.

Looking to take advantage, Town flooded the box on set-plays, and it almost paid off on 18 minutes as ball dropped to Yussuf in the box but a superb save from the stand-in goalkeeper kept the game level.

With the three forwards operating in central roles, the width came from the full-backs for Yeovil. Moss beat his marker on the right flank and found Yussuf, but after his initial effort was blocked, Altrincham were able to clear their lines.

On the verge of half-time, Town had their best chance to open the scoring. Barnett’s in-swinging corner was met by Staunton who was unmarked, but he couldn’t quite direct his header on-target.

Starting the second half with intent, Yeovil forced an opening in the first minute, as Worthington hammered an effort from the edge of the box, forcing a corner.

Testing the makeshift goalkeeper would’ve been on the agenda at the break, with the Glovers capitalising in the 57th minute through Quigley. Gorman sent a stinging free-kick on target which Hampson spilled, only for Quigley to turn the ball home.

However, just seven minutes later Yeovil Town were dealt a sucker-punch as Leitch-Smith capitalised on a lapse in concentration to poke the ball beyond Smith.

Looking for a route back into the game. A corner caused havoc in the Altrincham box, and after a cluster of bodies attempted to put the ball in the back of the net and claims from multiple Yeovil players and fans that the ball crossed, the visitors ushered the ball wide.

Just four minutes later, Gorman’s corner found Hunt who drilled an effort on goal but a heroic block kept the game level.

With five minutes to go, Staunton thought he’d headed Town ahead, as the ball seemingly dropped over the line once again, but the referee was unmoved.

Ultimately it was a draw for Town who will be looking to bounce back in a huge FA Cup clash with Weymouth.

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

Subs not used: Evans, Lo-Everton

MATCH REPORT | Yeovil Town U18’s 2-1 Mangotsfield Town U18’s

Young Glovers produce an outstanding performance to upset the unbeaten defending champions Mangotsfield United with a 2-1 win at Alvington

After a difficult spell, which saw them exit the FA Youth Cup and suffer a disappointing loss to Swindon Supermarine in the league, the U18s were keen to roll up their sleeves and get back to work on the pitch.  With many from the squad involved in the 5-2 victory over South Devon College in the College Cup match on October 6th, focus now fell on a visit from high-flying Mangotsfield United in the league.

The Young Glovers were able to welcome back Armstrong and Skiverton after recent injury and gave a debut to new signing Jack Sheppard in the centre of midfield.

The first real chance of the game fell to Mangotsfield after a cross from the right led to a shot which was comfortably saved by Smalley. Yeovil were growing into the game and on 15 minutes Haste made a bursting run up the left, playing a nice one-two with Andrews before being fouled in the box. Benjani Jr stepped up to take the penalty, looking to add to his midweek brace, but saw his effort well saved. A pivotal moment which could have seen heads drop proved something of a catalyst as Yeovil pressed forward creating a host of chances; Borges setting up Deemer whose shot was saved at the near post, a delightful flick pass from Graziano presenting an opportunity for Borges and an effort following a corner which rebounded off the crossbar. 

In the midst of this the Young Glovers were forced into a change with Armstrong being forced off after a collision and being replaced by Dyer at the back. As the half drew to a close, the home side were indebted to a fine block from Graziano on the edge of the box as Mangotsfield threatened.

Yeovil were quick to get on the front foot early in the second half and saw a free kick from Andrews narrowly escape a final touch from Haste. Deemer then charged forward up the right and presented Borges with a great chance but the resulting shot was saved by the outstretched leg of the visiting keeper. The Young Glovers persisted with a high tempo passing and pressing game and got a deserved opening goal when Lye headed on from a corner and Benjani Jr. nipped in to stab the ball home, 1-0.

The visitors gathered themselves and put in a sustained spell of pressure winning several corners and then forcing Smalley into an outstanding save to help preserve the lead. Hodges came on for Borges in support of Skiverton up front and Yeovil continued to rack up the chances with another great run and shot from Haste which was saved down low and a shot from distance from Sheppard which sailed over.

In the 80th minute Yeovil grabbed their second goal after a corner from Andrews fell to Skiverton who smashed the ball home from 10 yards, 2-0. 

Mangotsfield pressed for a way back into the game, but Yeovil were still the team on top with Haste and Graziano combining to set-up a good chance for Benjani and then Skiverton flicking on for Hodges whose shot was easily saved. The home side sent on Hunter for Deemer in the closing minutes before Mangotsfield grabbed a late consolation goal with a good finish after the ball broke loose, 2-1.

The Young Glovers kept their heads in a frantic finish and secured a well-deserved and pleasing victory. 

Team: Smalley (GK), Deemer, Haste, Armstrong, Lye, Andrews, Graziano ©, Sheppard, Benjani Jr, Borges and Skiverton. Subs: Hollard, Hodges, Hunter and Dyer

After a performance that combined penetrating fast-paced football with a combative desire to battle in all areas of the pitch, Manager Mark Challen was quick to reflect on both the match and the merits of the Elite Player Development Programme: “We’re very pleased with the performance and the reaction after a difficult week. We’ve got schoolboys and players new to the system stepping up, and part of the success of the programme is about developing good character amongst the players. 

“It’s a bit of a hybrid model as we’re preparing the schoolboys for next year when they’ll be studying and training with us every day and continuing to develop the first-year students who we’ve been tracking since our academy days and the second-year players who were part of last season’s Youth Alliance campaign. 

“We are also always on the lookout for players with game-craft and who can deal well with pressurised situations, and it was a very pleasing debut today for Jack Sheppard who we’ve been tracking for a short period”.  

Next up: Yeovil travel to face established Youth Alliance side AFC Bournemouth in a friendly on October 16th.

Report by Matt Partridge

MATCH REPORT | Yeovil Town 0 – 2 Notts County

Yeovil Town were left frustrated once again as Notts County were the 2-0 victors at Huish Park.

Goals in either half from Ruben Rodrigues were enough against a Yeovil side that struggled to create clear-cut opportunities all afternoon.

Darren Sarll made three changes to the side that drew with Maidenhead United on Tuesday evening. However, the rearguard remained unchanged as Grant Smith remained in goal, whilst Dan Moss, Max Hunt, Josh Staunton and Jack Robinson lined up in the back four.

Looking for energy in the middle of the park, Matt Worthington was brought in to do just that alongside Dale Gorman. There was a debut for Luton Town loanee Dion Periera on the right flank and Tom Knowles began on the left. Sonny Blu Lo-Everton returned to the side to partner Joe Quigley.

The returning Lo-Everton has Town’s first chance of the half on 12 minutes. The Watford loanee latched onto a loose ball and drove into the Notts County half, but had his effort from distance blocked.

Notts County took the lead in the 17th minute, after the Yeovil midfield sat off, Ruben Rodrigues danced through the side and saw his deflected effort squirm beyond Grant Smith.

Looking for a route back into the game, a dangerous cross from Dale Gorman in the 21st minute was met by Joe Quigley and after a number of deflections was claimed by Anthony Patterson.

The visitors were extremely dangerous on the counter attack in the first half, constantly looking for Aaron Nemane on the left flank. He went close on 25 minutes, pouncing on Smith’s parry but a heroic block from Staunton kept the green and whites within a goal.

In truth, chances were few and far between for Yeovil, one of the better fell after Pereira took the onus upon himself to cut the visitors open, combining well with Quigley before being hauled down in the box. The Glovers’ no.10 then latched onto the loose ball but couldn’t direct an effort beyond Patterson.

On 42 minutes, Rodrigues got away with one after clipping Moss, he then broke into the Yeovil area but seemed caught in two minds as the ball escaped his grasp.

The final change of the half fell Town’s way in stoppage time. A pinpoint delivery from Moss was flicked on by Lo-Everton to Quigley, he then pushed the ball out his feet but couldn’t get a clean connection on his effort.

The second half started with Yeovil enjoying a lot of the ball, but the hosts were able to hit on the break, with Rodrigues almost scoring a carbon copy of his opener in the 49th minute, this time he was only able to find the away terrace.

Chances were at a premium for both sides, with the next falling with an hour on the clock. Callum Roberts was found breaking in behind on the right-wing, but his first time effort flew wide of Smith’s post.

It took 75 minutes for a chance of real quality to fall Town’s way. After Charlie Wakefield beat three Notts defenders, Ben Seymour broke into the right channel and fired an effort on goal, this was punched into Pereira’s path by Patterson but the Luton loanee used his hand to get the ball under control.

As Yeovil were starting to build up steam, the hosts provided a sucker-punch on 80 minutes as Rodrigues headed home his second goal of the game, extending the visitors advantage.

Despite late chances falling the way of substitutes Seymour and Wakefield, it was ultimately a comfortable afternoon for Notts County who ensured Yeovil Town’s winless run would be extended to four games.

Yeovil Town: Smith; Robinson, Moss, Hunt, Staunton, Robinson; Gorman (Rose), Worthington, Knowles (Wakefield), Pereira; Lo-Everton (Seymour), Quigley.

Bookings: Robinson

Subs not used: Barnett, Yussuf

MATCH REPORT | Yeovil Town 0 – 0 Maidenhead United

Yeovil Town were held to a goalless draw at Huish Park by ten-man Maidenhead United.

The hosts did enjoy the better of the chances in both the first and second half, but struggled to make them pay.

With less than twenty to go, the visitors were reduced to ten after Jay Mingi received a second yellow card, although the Glovers did look for the killer blow, the Magpies held firm to earn a point.

With ten days between games, Darren Sarll was able to get some much needed rest to his starting side. Grant Smith continued in goal, whilst Jack Robinson made his first league start for the club at left-back. The remainder of the back four remained unchanged with Josh Staunton, Max Hunt and Dan Moss all starting.

There was a full debut for Mitch Rose after his cameo against Boreham Wood, he partnered Dale Gorman in the middle of the park. In the wide areas, both Charlie Wakefield and Tom Knowles retained their place. Leading the line for the Glovers, Ben Seymour made the first start of his loan move, partnering Joe Quigley.

The first chance of the evening has fell Town’s way as Tom Knowles latched onto a loose pass, he found Ben Seymour on the left flank, but his driven cross was well claimed by Rhys Lovett.

Growing into the game, the visitors enjoyed a strong spell of possession after the tenth minute mark, but did very little to threaten Smith’s goal.

It took just short of half an hour for the green and whites to really find their feet, with Knowles going agonisingly close. After some excellent link-up play with Gorman, the Glovers’ no.11 hammered a left-footed effort on goal which flew into the side-netting.

Yeovil Town were the side in the ascendancy in the final stages of the first half. Gorman’s deliveries had caused a lot of problems for the Magpies and almost paid dividends with Quigley heading narrowly wide in the 44th minute.

With the final kick of the half, Exeter City loanee Seymour forced a save from Lovett, latching onto Gorman’s drilled pass and firing into the Maidenhead shotstopper’s gloves.

The second half started in a similar manner to the first, with Maidenhead enjoying a lot of the ball but chances few and far between.

Almost providing a helping hand to Yeovil, the visitors almost netted an own-goal on 57 minutes. Gorman’s delivery once agains caused problems and was flicked on by a Maidenhead player forcing a strong save from Lovett.

In truth, Glovers top scorer Quigley was largely feeding off scraps throughout. Quigley had the ball with his back to goal, he turned well but had his effort blocked, taking the sting out the ball for Lovett to easily claim.

On 72 minutes, Mengi received his marching orders after a cynical foul on Tom Knowles earned the Portsmouth loanee a second yellow card. Town dominated the ball from this point, but still struggled to create anything clear-cut.

With just over ten to go, Wakefield took the onus upon himself to get something from the game. The former Chelsea man did excellently to beat three Maidenhead players, he then looked for Knowles who saw his first touch escape him whilst baring down on goal.

In the dying embers, Yeovil huffed and puffed but ultimately couldn’t break Maidenhead down as the Magpies returned to Berkshire with a point.

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

Bookings: Staunton, Knowles

Subs not used: Evans, Worthington

MATCH REPORT | Yeovil Town U18’s 2-1 Bath City U18’s

The Young Glovers hang on for a 2-1 win over Bath City courtesy of a Mason Alden double in their ‘World Cup’ style opening group match in the Gary Else Memorial Cup.

Yeovil Town U18s took a break from league action at the weekend and entertained an unbeaten Bath City in the cup. With several squad members featuring for the first team in the Somerset Premier Cup in midweek, the mood was buoyant and both teams signalled their intent to play an attacking brand of football from the off.

Following a couple of half chances at either end it was Yeovil who took the lead on around the 15th minute mark when Benjani Jr was able to set-up Mason Alden who sent an audacious chip into the top corner, 1-0. 

The Glovers were playing some exciting football and Benjani Jr pulled a left footed shot narrowly wide following a clever knockdown from Finlay Skiverton. Both teams were using their full backs to good effect and skipper Ollie Haste made a great break and run up the left-hand side before being crowded out at the crucial moment. Many of Bath City’s best chances were coming from dead-ball opportunities, but the young pairing of Max Dyer and Aidan Skiverton held firm under pressure. 

Yeovil continued to press as the half wore on but were soon to be denied the services of striker Skiverton who was withdrawn on around the half hour mark with a serious looking injury. Having scored in midweek on his first team debut, the young striker was clearly disappointed to be leaving the field.

The midfield unit of Jake Graziano, Korey Andrews and recent Portuguese signing Pedro Borges were putting in a dominant first half performance and Yeovil extended their lead shortly before half time when the visiting keeper punched clear under pressure from Borges only to see Alden fire a shot from the edge of the box into the same top corner as his first goal, 2-0.

At the start of the second half Yeovil picked up where they left off and following some fine interplay up the right side with Callum Deemer, Borges was denied by a last-ditch tackle. Alden then had a chance to complete his hat-trick after a good run and pass from Andrews but saw his shot easily saved.

The final 25 minutes saw the expected reaction from Bath City as they pressed for a way back into the tie. Team Manager Mark Challen would have been concerned by the loss of composure and panic amongst the ranks as mistakes started to creep into the home side’s game and the bookings started to rack up. City got a deserved goal back with around twenty minutes to play after Yeovil lost possession in their own half and the striker made no mistake with a crisp finish in off the post, 2-1.

Bath pressed for an equaliser with several free kick opportunities and Smalley was then called into action twice in the final ten minutes, saving smartly at his near post on both occasions. 

The Glovers were able to hold on for the win and will have plenty of positives to take from a commanding first sixty-five minutes; a brace from schoolboy and ex-academy starlet Alden and a confident display from their schoolboy centre back pairing being of particular note.      

The eight South West Youth League teams will form two groups of four as they battle it out for the Gary Else Cup 2021/22. Drawn against Bath City, Bridgwater United and New College Swindon, the Glovers will be hoping to finish in the top two in order to progress to the semi-finals later in the year. 

Yeovil return to league action next Saturday, October 2nd, with a trip to face Swindon Supermarine. 

Any talented Year 11 footballers interested in joining the YTFC Youth Program should contact Team Manager Mark Challen via email at MChallen@YTFC.net

Report by Matt Partridge

MATCH REPORT | Boreham Wood 2 – 1 Yeovil Town

Ten-man Town fell to a defeat in Hertfordshire as Boreham Wood battled back from a goal down to secure a 2-1 victory.

Dale Gorman opened the scoring with his first Yeovil Town goal, delighting the 200+ away support, but it was just downhill from there for the Glovers with Boreham Wood equalising and Adi Yussuf receiving his marching orders.

The second half saw the Glovers enjoy their best chances, but it was the Wood that provided the sucker blow as Josh Rees netted the winner just before the hour mark.

Darren Sarll made two changes to the side which fell to a defeat against Chesterfield, this meant the injured Luke Wilkinson was replaced by Matt Worthington, with Josh Staunton slotting to the centre of defence and captaining the side. Grant Smith began in goal against his former club whilst Jordan Barnett and Dan Moss continued at full back.

In the centre of the park, Worthington partnered Gorman, with Tom Knowles and Charlie Wakefield flanking them. Yussuf replaced Sonny Blu Lo-Everton in the starting team, joining Joe Quigley up front.

The opening stages saw both sides look to settle, with Boreham Wood enjoying the longer spells of possession, but despite a lot of the ball, it was Yeovil that had the better openings.

Looking smart from set-plays, Barnett clipped the ball into Knowles’ feet in the tenth minute and he fired a trademark right-footed effort on goal but it took a number of deflections before flying wide.

In the 12th minute, the hosts forced an excellent reaction save from their former no.1 Smith. After the ball dropped kindly at the back post, Scott Boden was waiting but he couldn’t beat Smith. Moments later, Josh Staunton put in a heroic block from point-blank range to keep Town level.

Just three minutes later, the Glovers took the lead directly from a Gorman free-kick. Catching Nathan Ashmore off-guard, the Northern Irishman fired a driven effort which the Wood shotstopper struggled to claim and rifled into the back of the net.

The goal sparked Boreham Wood into life, as they looked to claw their way back into the game, sending a number of deliveries into the box which Smith was able to punch away from danger.

On 25 minutes, the hosts found a way back into the game as Smith didn’t get the connection he wanted on his punch, and as the Town backline tried to clear their lines, the ball flew into the roof of the net.

Set-pieces were largely the chosen attacking route for both sides, but the Glovers did create a chance from open play just before the half an hour mark, Quigley and Yussuf combined well with the latter picking up the ball inside the box but the Glovers no.23 had his effort blocked.

Yeovil Town were the architects of their own downfall, as Yussuf was sent-off for two largely needless yellow cards in the space of five minutes, creating an uphill task to earn a share of the spoils in Hertfordshire.

The Glovers were able to marshal their way through the end of the first half effectively, and in fact began the second half as the side in the ascendancy with Knowles going close on 57 minutes after he danced through the Boreham Wood defence, sending two defenders flying in the wrong direction, but his effort flew narrowly wide.

A real sucker punch, the hosts went up the other end and scored as Josh Rees poked the ball home after the ball was prodded down to him on the line.

Yeovil pushed for an equaliser right to the death, and on a number of occasions were extremely unlucky not to find one.

Knowles was the Glovers’ bright spark in the second half, he did excellently again in the 65th minute, cutting onto his weaker left foot but hammered an effort onto the outside of the post.

There was anguish expressed across the faces of all in Yeovil green on 70 minutes. After fantastic work from Quigley saw the no.10 burst through on-goal, he had his initial effort saved but the ball came back to his feet, he then squared the ball across goal looking for Knowles however the ball narrowly evaded him.

Town enjoyed more of the ball in the closing stages, but a clear cut chance wouldn’t fall until stoppage time as Ashmore produced a heroic save. After Gorman’s initial effort was saved, Quigley connected with the rebound but an excellent reaction stop from Ashmore kept the hosts ahead.

In the dying embers, Knowles tried his luck from distance with a stinging effort, but once again Ashmore was the villain from a Yeovil perspective, stooping the ball on its way to goal.

Yeovil Town will have to wait just over a week to right this wrong, with Maidenhead United visiting Huish Park on the 5th October.

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

Bookings: Yussuf (Sent off, 2nd Yellow)

Subs not used: Evans, Bradley

MATCH REPORT | Yeovil Town 4-1 Bridgwater Town

Finlay Skiverton capped off a successful evening in the Somerset Premier Cup as Yeovil Town were the 4-1 victors at Huish Park.

Despite going a goal down with one minute on the clock, Town bounced back through Morgan Williams’ first goal in green and white.

The second half saw the floodgates open with Sonny Blu Lo-Everton, Adi Yussuf and Skiverton building a comfortable advantage with the Glovers duly deserved.

As expected by many, Darren Sarll made nine changes to the side which was defeated by Chesterfield in National League action. Max Evans was given his first start in goal, whilst Max Hunt, who captained the side, retained his place partnering Williams at the centre of the defence. Jack Robinson made the first start of his loan move at left back with Yeovil Town Elite Player Development Programme student Jake Graziano starting at right back for his debut.

Toby Stephens and Matt Worthington combined in the midfield pivot, with SLo-Everton ahead of them in the no.10 role. EPDP student Oliver Haste made his debut on the right flank whilst Alex Bradley made his first Yeovil start on the right of midfield. Yussuf started up front after his lively cameo on Saturday.

Bridgwater caught Town off guard in the first minute to claim the lead with a free-kick from around 30-yards catching Evans off guard to open the scoring.

That was the best it got for the visitors, who were then relentlessly pressed by a youthful looking Glovers side.

On 28 minutes, Town’s pressure told as Hunt found himself deep into the Bridgwater half, Yussuf met his cross which cannoned off the crossbar, with Williams reacting first to turn the ball home.

Just before the break, Yeovil should’ve had a second, after Bradley’s free-kick was met by Hunt but an acrobatic block denied him a first goal in green and white.

After the interval, Town came out with real conviction looking to take the lead, and they should’ve done in the 62nd minute as Lo-Everton burst through on goal, however his effort was saved by Jake Viney.

Making up for his earlier miss, Lo-Everton made no mistake just two minutes later, this time on the opposite flank, the Watford loanee made his mark on the game with a cool finish to put Yeovil in front.

EPDP student Haste thought he had added a third just beyond the 70th minute mark, but his placed effort was cleared off the line by Bridgwater.

The 74th minute brought a special substitution, as F.Skiverton, son of club legend Terry Skiverton, was brought on for his Yeovil Town debut.

Yussuf added a third with just over ten minutes of the cup tie remaining, as he hammered the ball into the top corner following Robinson’s well-weighted pass.

In the dying embers of the game, Skiverton made his presence known on the fixture, scoring on his debut with a well-taken finish to put the result beyond any doubt.

Yeovil Town: Evans; Graziano (Skiverton), Hunt (Borges), Williams, Robinson; Stephens, Worthington, Lo-Everton, Haste, Bradley; Yussuf (Andrews).

Bookings: Stephens

Subs not used: Smalley, Lye.

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.