Category: Match Reports

REPORT | Scunthorpe United 2 – 1 Yeovil Town

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Subs not used: Johnson, Craske, Buse.

REPORT | Weston-super-Mare 0-1 Yeovil Town

Yeovil Town’s pre season ended with a 1-0 win against Weston-Super-Mare thanks to a penalty converted by Alex Fisher.

Chris Hargreaves opted to change his side once again with Tom Knowles and Matt Worthington returning to the side after both missing out for the trip to Dorchester. New signing Ben Richards-Everton would also make his debut after signing on a one-year deal following his release from Barnet.

Yeovil started the brighter of the two sides and were rewarded on the ten minute mark when Alex Fisher converted a penalty won by Jamie Reckord who had seen a lot of the ball in the opening stages.

Malachi Linton who caused problems throughout the game was slid through into the right hand channel by Josh Staunton but his effort was well stopped.

The Seagulls grew into the game and created their first chance after some good football down the right hand side, before ex Glover Reuben Reid put his effort straight down Grant Smith’s throat.

They continued to threaten and almost equalised when it was put on a plate for Dayle Grubb whose effort once again was straight at Smith. 

Yeovil started the second half just as they did the first; on top. With the ball falling for Reckord who saw his shot blocked.

The crowd then thought the away side had made it two when Linton once again worked some room for his self, but his effort would only find the side netting not the back of the net.

Tom Knowles, who didn’t see much of the ball throughout, created a great opportunity when he slid through a ball to Trialist A whose cross was almost turned in but to no avail.

In a second half that lacked any real chances, Weston did almost equalise after a nice cross in from the free kick found a head but the flick on would go just over.

Credit to the Seagulls who played some nice football today and gave a great account of themselves.

Next up is the first game of our National League season, away at Scunthorpe for a 17:20 kick off.

By Jacob Jones

REPORT | Dorchester Town 0-0 Yeovil Town

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

By Jacob Jones

REPORT | Yeovil Town 0-2 Plymouth Argyle

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

By Jacob Jones

REPORT | Yeovil Town 1 – 1 Exeter City

Yeovil Town’s pre-season preparations were stepped up a notch as they played out an impressive 1-1 draw against League One outfit Exeter City.

Following Tuesday’s goalless draw against Taunton Town, the Glovers made a step in the right direction, with an improved display against an EFL outfit.

The ever-impressive Tom Knowles found the net for Town in the first half, before Matt Jay equalised for the hosts in a productive afternoon in the sun for both sides.

Chris Hargreaves opted to go for the 5-3-2 formation with Morgan Williams, Max Hunt and captain Josh Staunton as the three central defenders whilst Jamie Reckford and Trialist A were selected as the wing backs.

Sam Perry and Matthew Worthington continued in midfield whilst Alex Fisher’s first game back at Huish Park would be against his former side. He was joined by Malachi Linton & Knowles in the forward positions.

Exeter came the closest in the early stages with Timothee Dieng’s header edging wide of the back post from Jake Caprice’s cross.

But it was Yeovil who took the lead with 20 on the clock, when Knowles intercepted a loose ball from the Grecians defence, before driving through on goal and finishing instinctively with a left footed finish.

Exeter came close once again on the half hour mark when Williams’ clearance fell at the feet of Jack Sparkes, whose curled effort went just wide. 

Exeter did find the equaliser in the 34 minute. After pinball in the box, the ball deflected off Hunt and straight into Jay’s path, who slotted it home from all of two yards.

Following the goal Matt Taylor’s men continued to push on as we approached half-time, but to no avail as the back three of Town stood firm.

An early feature of the second half was the pace of Knowles on the counter, and he brought about the first card when Trialist A pulled him back on the halfway line. 

With chances at a premium, substitute Ollie Hulbert came the closest for Yeovil after trialist E’s looped cross caused havoc in the box, but unfortunately the ball fell kindly to goalkeeper Harry Lee.

Substitutions meant the game ended in a stop-start fashion, undoubtedly a good work out for the team in the heat though.

Next up for Yeovil is a home clash against Plymouth Argyle to look forward to on Saturday at 3pm.

Yeovil Town: Smith; Trialist (Wakefield), Williams, Staunton (Trialist), Hunt, Reckford (Haste), Perry (Stephens), Worthington (Trialist), Knowles (Hulbert), Fisher (Trialist), Linton (Trialist) 

By Jacob Jones

MATCH REPORT | Taunton Town 0 – 0 Yeovil Town

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Subs not used: Benjani Jr

MATCH REPORT | Yeovil Town 4-0 Sherborne Town

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

MATCH REPORT | Altrincham 0 – 1 Yeovil Town

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Bookings: D’Ath

Subs not used: Smith

MATCH REPORT | Yeovil Town 2 – 2 Boreham Wood

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Bookings: Gorman, D’Ath

Subs not used: Bradley, Yussuf

MATCH REPORT | Yeovil Town 0 – 0 Wealdstone

Yeovil Town were held to a goalless draw by ten man Wealdstone at Huish Park.

It was a rather drab affair throughout, with both sides lacking quality to unlock their opposition.

The game did switch in Yeovil’s favour following Alex Dyer’s sending off late in the first half, but ultimately it was not enough as Town who were held at home once again.

With the quick turnaround in fixtures, Charlie Lee made five changes to his Yeovil Town side. Jack Robinson, Ben Barclay, Matt Worthington, Sonny Blu Lo-Everton and Adi Yussuf all returned to the fold, hoping to make an impact in the mid table clash.

In truth, the first half was a largely forgettable affair until the red card, with their being very little chances of note.

Town did put the ball in the back of the net in the 13th minute after Lawson D’Ath’s looping cross was bundled home by Yussuf, but the goal was ruled out for a foul on goalkeeper Sam Howes.

From then, it was the visitors who enjoyed the better of the chances and probably should’ve scored just before the half an hour mark. Clearances on the line from both Luke Wilkinson and Morgan Williams denied almost certain goals for the Stones who fired on goal from within the six-yard box.

However, the momentum flipped after Dyer was given his marching order for a heavy challenge on former Stones loanee Lo-Everton.

With a point to prove, Lo-Everton took the onus on himself to create openings, he drove forward with two minutes of the half remaining and powered an effort just wide of the post following a deflection.

When the half-time interval came, it was at a time where the Glovers wouldn’t have wanted it with Lee’s side building momentum.

It took Town some time to get going again in the second half, with the best chance of the opening 15 minutes actually falling to the depleted visitors. The Stones hit Yeovil on the break as David Sesay got in behind and forced a save from Smith.

Beyond the hour mark is when Lee’s side began to turn the screw, but in truth the Glovers lacked substantial goal threat.

Yeovil’s best chance of the game fell to an unlikely candidate in Middlesbrough loanee Robinson in the 67th minute. Pinball in the box saw the ball drop to Robinson, who turned on the ball and fired narrowly wide with a first-time strike.

If the Glovers were to score, it looked like it needed to be a moment of magic. A trademark Neufville run almost saw that after he escaped his marker, but the loanee’s effort from distance flew over.

In the final ten minutes, Yeovil’s best chance fell to substitute Reuben Reid who worked space inside the box but couldn’t direct his effort beyond the Stones keeper.

That was the best it really got for the Glovers who were held at arms length by a resolute Wealdstone side until the final whistle.

Yeovil Town: Smith; Williams, Wilkinson, Barclay, Robinson; D’Ath, Worthington (Gorman), Lo-Everton (Bradley); Knowles, Neufville, Yussuf (Reid).

Bookings: D’Ath, Gorman, Worthington.

Subs not used: Hunt, Barnett.

MATCH REPORT | FC Halifax Town 1 – 0 Yeovil Town

Yeovil Town fell to a narrow 1-0 defeat against FC Halifax Town at the Shay.

After defending resolutely for 80 minutes against the promotion hopefuls, the Shaymen netted with less than ten minutes remaining.

The Glovers did create chances of their own, but were ultimately left North Yorkshire disappointed.

Charlie Lee opted for an unchanged side from Yeovil Town’s victory against Stockport. This meant Max Hunt remained at the centre of defence despite Ben Barclay’s return to availability.

Similarly to the Stockport game, Yeovil were happy to allow their promotion hopeful hosts to enjoy a lot of the ball. However, Halifax were able to work more routes to goal than the Hatters.

With six minutes played, Halifax would count themselves unlucky not to be ahead. Former Glover Matt Warburton fired from distance forcing a parried save from Grant Smith. The ball then dropped kindly to a Jordan Slew, but a heroic block from Morgan Williams kept the score level.

The Shaymen proved intelligent in the attack, finding route in behind, particularly in the wide areas, but when the ball reached the box, the finishing touch was lacking in the first half, particularly from Billy Waters, who spurned a golden chance with 23 minutes on the clock.

Just moments later, Town were denied two penalty claims within the space of a minute. Firstly on Jordan Barnett who was deemed to go down too easily as he possessed the ball on the left. Then, far more blatantly, Reuben Reid was bodychecked as he brought the ball down, but the referee was left unmoved.

The closing stages saw the Glovers really grow into the game, with Yeovil going the closest in the 44th minute. Luton loanee Josh Neufville picked up the ball with 25-years to goal, but with no passes on, he struck the ball beautifully but struck the crossbar.

In comparison to the first half, the second was played at a remarkably slower pace, with neither side really testing the goalkeeper.

Halifax were the side controlling the flow of the game, and it took the 15 minutes to fashion a goalscoring opportunity. After Jerome Slew found Billy Waters who had his effort heroically blocked by Wilkinson.

Despite looking dangerous on the counter, particularly through Neufville, the hosts did start to turn the screw. Waters who was a continued thorn in the Glovers side should’ve done better when he drifted to the back-post and fired on goal with a first time effort with 15 to go.

With 83 minutes on the clock, Halifax struck the winner. Substitute Zak Dearnley was first to react in the box to slot the ball home and sent the Shay into rapturous celebrations.

Yeovil did press in the closing stages, but ultimately it wasn’t meant to be as the Glovers left North Yorkshire empty handed.

Yeovil Town: Smith; Little (Lo-Everton), Hunt, Wilkinson, Williams; Gorman, D’Ath, Barnett, Knowles (Barclay); Neufville, Reid (Yussuf).

Bookings: Barnett, Knowles, Wilkinson, D’Ath.

Subs not used: Robinson, Bradley

MATCH REPORT | Yeovil Town 2 – 1 Stockport County

Charlie Lee secured his first win as Yeovil Town interim manager with a 2-1 win over league leaders Stockport.

A first half strike from Tom Knowles got the Glovers up and running before Josh Neufville scored the first league goal of his loan spell to build a more comfortable lead.

Former Glover Myles Hippolyte set up a nervy end with his 70th minute strike, but a superb defensive display, notably from the returning Max Hunt ensured the three points remained at Huish Park.

With Ben Barclay unable to play against his parent side, Hunt made a return from his long-term injury lay-off.

Neufville also returned to the starting side after being named a substitute against Weymouth.

Stockport’s possession play has earned them a positive reputation this season, and it was on show in the opening stages, as the table toppers dominated the ball. However, despite a large amount of the ball, Grant Smith was largely untested throughout the first half.

This actually suited the Glovers, who have been a counterattacking side all season. Lee’s side were able to break with pace but struggled to get in behind the Stockport defence.

The first chance of the afternoon fell with ten minutes played. Paddy Madden drifted free at the back-post and forced a save from Grant Smith with his header.

It took 33 minutes for Yeovil to test Hinchliffe in the County goal. Luke Wilkinson’s free-kick from the edge of the box was on-targer, but it was a comfortable save for the County no.1.

This really sprung the game into life, as just two minutes later, Yeovil had a golden chance to strike ahead. After being dragged down, Neufville did excellently to get back up and find Reuben Reid who just couldn’t get the ball under control to get a shot off into an open net.

With 40 minutes on the clock, Town found the advantage. Knowles isolated his marker in the right flank and jinxed his way towards goal, and produced an excellent finish from an acute angle.

It was a slim advantage for the Glovers at the break, but one they deserved for the tenacity throughout the half.

At the break, the visitors made a double switch, turning to former Glover Hippolyte who added thrust to the Hatters attack.

However, the changes did little to force any real goalmouth action in the opening stages, with Town looking dangerous on the break once again.

It was a counterattacking move which saw Town add their second with ten minutes of the second half played. Dale Gorman’s outstanding pass with the outside of his boot sent Neufville baring down on goal. The Luton Town loanee produced a cool finish to add Yeovil’s second, something Glovers fans have seen many times on stream, but never in person before now!

After the goal, the visitors had to up the ante to stand any chance of getting anything out the game, but in truth struggled to get their forward players into the game. Madden was cut a frustrated figure throughout as he struggled to find shooting room.

However, the 70th minute, Stockport showed a glimpse at why they are the champions-elect. A wonderful piece of build-up worked the ball around the box, eventually being laid back to Hippolyte who powered the ball home.

Despite wanting to carry their momentum, Stockport were the masters of their own downfall following the goal; firstly from within the stand, with a flare thrown onto the pitch delaying the restart. Then, just one minute after the game kicked off once more, Will Collar was sent off for a dangerously high foot on Gorman.

Even with reduced numbers, Stockport pressed for a way into the game, lumping the ball forward at every opportunity, with Hunt in particular thwarting any Hatters effort.

In truth, this actually suited the Glovers, who were able to stick to their counterattacking gameplan.

The best chance of the closing stages actually fell Yeovil’s way, as Neufville turned the Stockport defence once again, but dragged his effort wide from the edge of the box.

Ultimately 2-1 was how it remained as Lee secured a memorable first win as Yeovil Town’s interim manager.

Yeovil Town; Smith; Little, Wilkinson, Hunt, Williams; Barnett, Gorman, D’Ath (Bradley), Knowles, Neufville; Reid (Yussuf)

Bookings: Knowles, Barnett

Subs not used: Evans, Robinson, Lo-Everton

MATCH REPORT | Weymouth 0 – 0 Yeovil Town

Yeovil Town were held to a goalless draw by Weymouth at the Bob Lucas Stadium on Bank Holiday Monday.

It was a game where neither team really got going creatively, with both goalkeepers seldom tested throughout.

The Glovers did look to turn the screw in the second half, but a killer instinct in front of goal was lacking as Charlie Lee’s side drew for the third time in four National League games.

Interim manager Lee made two changes to the side which was defeated by Aldershot; Lawson D’Ath and Morgan Williams returned to the fold, with Sonny Blu Lo-Everton and Alex Bradley making way. These changes saw Jordan Barnett pushed forward into a midfield role.

Despite a bumper crowd which included 1,250 away supporters, the fixture never caught light in the first half, with neither goalkeeper particularly tested throughout.

Town’s sole shot on target fell to Mark Little who met Dale Gorman’s free-kick, and directed his header goal bound but didn’t have enough power on it to beat Ross Fitzsimons.

At the other end, the Terras did put the ball in the back of the net twice, but both goals were ruled out for offside by the linesman.

The second half saw Town begin with far more vigour, creating a chance from kick-off. Knowles was released down the right channel by Lawson D’Ath, he then drove into the box and forced a save from Fitzsimons with his driven strike.

At the other end, chances did fall for the Terras too, the best for Brad Ash after the ball broke loose in the box, but Grant Smith did excellently to smother his poked effort.

Yeovil’s best chance of the afternoon fell with 15 minutes remaining. Reid played the ball to Barnett who was lurking at the back-post unmarked, however he couldn’t direct his header on target.

In the closing stages, substitutions made an impact for Town as it was one-way traffic. Adi Yussuf did excellently to beat his marker and work room in the box, but his deflected cross narrowly evaded Lo-Everton.

From the resulting corner, Town won a free-kick at the edge of the box, which would be the last kick of the game. Skipper Luke Wilkinson stepped up but he was unable to beat the wall.

As the ball was cleared, the referee blew the final whistle in what was a fiercely contested derby clash.

Yeovil Town: Smith; Little, Wilkinson, Barclay, Williams; Gorman, D’Ath (Lo-Everton), Barnett, Knowles; Wakefield (Neufville), Reid (Yussuf).

Bookings: D’Ath, Barnett

Subs not used: Bradley, Hunt

MATCH REPORT | Yeovil Town 0 – 2 Aldershot Town

Yeovil Town fell to a defeat at home at the hands of Aldershot Town in Charlie Lee’s first home fixture in interim charge.

Despite dominating for vast spells of the game, Yeovil didn’t do enough to test Ethan Ross throughout.

At the other end, Aldershot struck two goals in quick succession in the second half to take the three points back to Hampshire.

Charlie Lee made two switches from last week’s trip to King’s Lynn. Jordan Barnett returned to the fold at left-back with Morgan Williams dropped to the bench. Alex Bradley began in place of the suspended Matt Worthington.

The visitors enjoyed an early spell of possession, but it was the Glovers who were making chance. The first fell with six minutes played as Reuben Reid laid the ball into the path of Tom Knowles on the right, he jinxed beyond his marker and slammed an effort against the upright.

Just three minutes later, Knowles turned provider for Reid who found himself with space to shoot at the edge of the box but his effort was wayward.

The half continued in a similar vein, with Town’s best chance falling in the 25th minute. Lo-Everton and Neufville combined brilliantly to release the Watford loanee. He then attempted to dink the ball over Ethan Ross, however the ball dropped wide of the post.

Despite dominating the half, Town didn’t force the issue enough with the score level at the break.

The second half began with added impetus from the Glovers, who had three valid penalty shouts waived away within the first 15 minutes of the half.

Knowles, who was Town’s biggest threat. Just beyond the hour mark he drilled the ball across goal to Lo-Everton who was denied a certain goal through a heroic block.

Against the run of play, Aldershot struck ahead with 65 minutes on the clock. After a foul by Luke Wilkinson, Giles Phillips turned home the deep free-kick to take the lead.

Moments later, Ryan Glover added Aldershot’s second as he turned the ball home at the back-post.

Following the goal, there was a lengthy delay due to a medical emergency in the away section.

In response to the goals, Lee brought on both D’Ath and Wakefield, but they struggled to have the creative impact the interim manager desired.

Despite 12 minutes of injury time, the Glovers were unable to find a way back into the game with the Glovers falling to a defeat.

Yeovil Town: Smith; Barnett, Wilkinson, Barclay, Little (Yussuf), Gorman, Bradley (D’Ath), Lo-Everton, Knowles; Neufville (Wakefield), Reid.

Bookings: Barclay

Subs not used: Hunt, Williams

MATCH REPORT | King’s Lynn Town 2 – 2 Yeovil Town

Ten-man Yeovil Town drew 2-2 with King’s Lynn in a thrilling affair at the Walks.

After Dale Gorman’s penalty gave the Glovers an early lead, the hosts pulled a goal back before Matt Worthington was given his marching orders.

Despite Gold Omotayo striking the Linnets ahead, substitute Charlie Wakefield saved Yeovil’s blushes with a superb strike in stoppage time.

In his second league outing as manager, Charlie Lee made two changes to the side which was held at Barnet. Loanees Sonny Blu Lo-Everton & Josh Neufville were handed starts whilst Lawson D’Ath and Wakefield started on the bench.

The changes were looking to inject some energy in the Yeovil attack, and it worked to perfection just five minutes into the game, a fast counter saw Tom Knowles hauled down in the box, earning an opportunity to strike from the spot.

Gorman, who is yet to miss from the spot in a Yeovil shirt, stepped up and cooly dispatched the opener.

Following the goal, chances didn’t really fall for Yeovil, who were happy to keep the Linnets at arms length.

Fighting for their lives at the bottom of the table, Lynn grew in confidence as the half grew on, forcing saves from Ted Cann.

With 38 minutes on the clock, the hosts equalised through Michael Clunan as he found space in the left channel, cut inside and dinked the ball over the Cann.

Just moments later, Town were dealt a second blow, with Matt Worthington sent off for a lunge, in a similar fashion to his red in the opening game of the season, also against the Linnets.

Reduced to ten-men, the Glovers were clearly a little rattled in the closing stages of the half, and King’s Lynn made them pay, as Gold Omotayo pounced on Cann’s parry to turn the game on it’s head.

The second half saw Yeovil begin with added impetus, but chances weren’t really falling, with the game played in a broken fashion due to numerous injuries and fouls.

However, the game was played on an even playing field for the last twenty minutes as Munashe Sundire recieved his second yellow card of the afternoon after bringing down Josh Neufville as he broke away from him.

This inspired a second wind from the Glovers, who bombarded the Lynn goal with a number of chances.

The best fell to Mark Little in the 80th minute who just couldn’t get the ball out from and released a tame effort.

Looking for fresh legs to run at the tiring Linnets defence, Wakefield and Adi Yussuf were brought on by Lee, and it was Wakefield who proved to be the catalyst.

With just seconds played in stoppage time, Ben Barclay picked out Wakefield on the left-flank, who then cut inside and released a placed effort to level the affair.

Following the goal, it was an end-to-end climax, but neither side could find a way through for the points to be shared in Norfolk.

MATCH REPORT | Barnet 2 – 2 Yeovil Town

Charlie Lee’s interim reign as Yeovil Town manager began with a 2-2 draw on the road against Barnet.

After taking an early lead through Tom Knowles, the hosts pulled a goal back through Ephron Mason-Clark then taking the lead in the second half.

In the dying moments, Reuben Reid netted to earn Town a deserved point, but it really could’ve been more with chances continuing to fall until the final whistle.

The interim boss didn’t see fit to make any changes in the starting 11 from Yeovil Town’s victory over Southend. Sonny Blu Lo-Everton was the only change to the match day squad as he returned to the bench in the place of the injured Josh Staunton.

After two quick fire goals against Southend, the Glovers got off to a fast start once again. Knowles countered from a Barnet free-kick, danced through the Barnet defence and slotted beyond Askew for his third goal in three game in the ninth minute.

With 15 on the clock Yeovil were piling on the pressure, Dale Gorman’s free-kick was met by Luke Wilkinson but his header flew wide.

After riding an initial wave from Yeovil, Barnet looked dangerous going forward and after having two efforts cleared off the line, they scored a leveller with 25 on the clock. Mason-Clark who was a danger throughout, crashed his shot in off the underside of the crossbar.

Following the goal, it took the wind out of Yeovil’s sails a little as Lee’s side struggled to make chances in the closing stages of the half, with the only real test for Jake Askew coming in stoppage time as Charlie Wakefield fired on-target.

The second half started in a similar vein to the first, with Knowles looking like the Glovers’ bright spark. He worked room for himself with five minutes of the half played but blazed his effort over.

Both sides looked threatening with the ball, and with twenty minutes to go, it was Barnet who took advantage. Former King’s Lynn man Adam Marriott struck to put the hosts ahead.

In truth, the goal came in a slight lull for Yeovil, but Marriott’s strike certainly injected life back in the Glovers, throwing bodies forward and continually threatening the Barnet backline.

Substitute Josh Neufville was an instant threat, he drove with the ball and found Reid, who then dropped the ball into Gorman’s path, but the Northern Irishman somehow saw his effort saved.

With less than ten to go, Yeovil levelled the game. After pinball in the box, the ball dropped to Reid who acrobatically volleyed the ball beyond Askew to set up a grandstand finish.

It was end-to-end in the closing stages, with both sides going for the jugular. It was Town who went closest through substitute Sonny Blu Lo-Everton as he struck the post following a great pass from Neufville.

Despite pressure from both sides, 2-2 was how it finished as the spoils were shared in North London.

Yeovil Town: Cann; Little, Wilkinson, Barclay, Williams; Gorman, Worthington, D’Ath (Lo-Everton), Knowles; Wakefield (Neufville), Reid (Olomola)

Bookings: Wakefield, Gorman.

Subs not used: Barnett, Bradley.

MATCH REPORT | Yeovil Town U18’s 0-1 Bath City U18’s

Young Glovers EPDP team suffer narrow loss at home to Bath City in penultimate home fixture in the South West Youth Counties League 

After last weekend’s semi-final cup loss to newly crowned league champions Torquay United, Yeovil returned to Alvington for a home league match up with Bath City. The visitors emerged victorious with a first half penalty settling a closely fought contest to keep the Glovers in sixth position. 

Head Coach Matt Percival was able to welcome Mason Alden back into the midfield and gave Edward Gould a start at full back in place of Josh Sutton. 

The opening ten minutes of a tight affair saw contrasting styles from both teams, with Yeovil seeking to get the ball on the floor and quickly into the feet of striker Sam Hodges whilst the visitors were causing a threat down the wings, although struggling for accuracy with the tricky windy conditions. 

Yeovil were indebted to a fine sliding block from skipper Jake Graziano in the 12th minute as Bath City adapted their game to shorter passes and began to threaten the home goal. The only goal of the game came shortly after when the striker was brought down in the box and Kelsey put away the penalty to make it 1-0. 

At the midway point of the half, home keeper Rob Hollard made a fine finger tip save to keep the score down as the home side struggled to find their rhythm. 

As the half drew to a close Graziano put in a great pass for winger Charlie Bateson to chase and nearly reach and both Bateson and Alden began to probe with some purposeful runs to give hope for the second half. 

Yeovil made a bright start to the second period with right back Callum Deemer making a great driving run into the box to showcase his athleticism and the team’s desire to put in an improved display. Percival sent on subs Benjani Jr for Hodges up front and Joshua John for Alden on the right and the chances began to come for the home side. After a throw-in and flick on, Benjani Jr was gifted an early chance but couldn’t keep his header down. Soon after, Aidan Skiverton had a great opportunity to force an equaliser from a corner but saw his header sail just over from 10 yards out. 

As we headed into the final ten minutes, John was unable to take a great pass from Bateson in his stride as he bore down on goal, and it felt the goal they probably deserved was going elude them. In the latter stages Sutton came on to replace Deemer at right back and Rio Mapletoft on the right for Alden but Bath City held on for the win to remain a place above Yeovil in the league. 

The Young Glovers travel to Torquay United next week before finishing the season with a home fixture against New College Swindon on April 9th. 

Team: 1 – Rob Hollard, 2 – Callum Deemer, 5 – Finlay Ridout, 6 – Aidan Skiverton, 7 – Mason Alden, 8 – Mason Hunter, 9 – Sam Hodges, 10 – Max Dyer, 11 – Charlie Bateson, 14 – Jake Graziano © and 18 – Edward Gould. Subs: 3 – Josh Sutton, 15 – Rio Mapletoft, 17 – Joshua John and 20 – Benjani Jr Mwaruwari

MATCH REPORT | Yeovil Town 2 – 0 Southend United

A superb first half showing from Yeovil Town secured a third win on the bounce with a 2-0 victory over Southend United.

Goals from Reuben Reid and Tom Knowles within the first ten minutes built a comfortable advantage in the early stages.

It could’ve been more for the Glovers, but 2-0 was how it remained, with Yeovil leapfrogging Southend.

Darren Sarll made just one change to the side which beat Bromley. Josh Staunton was handed a well earned rest with captain Luke Wilkinson returning to the fold.

It was a phenomenal start from the Glovers, who blew the visitors away in the opening ten minutes. With just three minutes on the clock, Town gave fans a glimpse of what was to come with Charlie Wakefield gliding in-behind, but he was unable to find his marker.

With the match in tribute to our captain, Lee Collins, it was written in the stars that Yeovil would score in the fourth minute. Reid grabbed his second goal of the season, beating his marker to the ball following Lawson D’Ath’s cross and poking the ball home beyond Steve Arnold.

Less than five minutes later, Knowles added Town’s second. D’Ath’s quick throw-in found Wakefield whose pass gave Knowles the easy task of tapping the ball home.

After a rocky start, the Shrimpers did enjoy spells of possession, but similarly to Tuesday’s victory over Bromley, he remained untested throughout the first half.

In the closing stages of the half, Town should’ve added a third. A brilliant pass from Reid released Knowles who saw his effort headed off the line.

The second half brought more of the same for Yeovil Town, with a number of chances in the opening stages of the half.

Within two minutes, Wilkinson’s flick on was almost met by Reid, but a heroic block denied an almost certain goal.

Moments later, a long-ball was headed clear by Southend, but with Arnold in no mans land, the ball dropped to Wakefield who saw his first time effort fly wide of the empty net.

As the half grew on, Southend looked to grow into the game but did little to test Ted Cann. They were often limited to long shots with former Yeovil trials Callum Powell firing an effort well over the bar.

In the closing stages, the best chances of the half fell to substitute Alex Bradley, who saw his 1v1 effort saved by Steve Arnold.

As the full-time whistle blew, it was a thoroughly deserved victory for the Glovers who now look to extend their run in North West London against Barnet.

Yeovil Town: Cann; Williams, Wilkinson, Barclay, Little; Gorman, D’Ath (Bradley), Worthington; Knowles, Reid (Olomola), Wakefield (Neufville).

Subs not used: Barnett, Staunton.

MATCH REPORT | Yeovil Town 2 – 1 Bromley

Yeovil Town made it two wins on the bounce with a 2-1 victory over Bromley at Huish Park.

An early goal from Lawson D’Ath opened the scoring for the Glovers but Bromley pulled a goal back against the run of play.

After an extended spell of pressure, Tom Knowles restored Town’s lead to secure a National League victory at Huish Park.

Darren Sarll made two changes to the Town side which beat Dover Athletic. D’Ath returned to the fold in the place of Jordan Barnett whilst Reuben Reid replaced Adi Yussuf who is currently on international duty. There was also a switch of system for the Glovers back to the diamond midfield.

The change of system seemed to work to perfection, with the Glovers well on-top throughout the first half. It took three minutes for a chance to fall Yeovil’s way. Matt Worthington won the ball high-up and drove into the Bromley half, he then found Reuben Reid who forced a corner with his powerful strike from the edge of the box.

In the 10th minute, Yeovil worked a chance again. A lofted ball down the line released Charlie Wakefield who placed the ball into D’Ath’s path, he set himself well but couldn’t find a finish.

Just one minute later, D’Ath made no mistake to open the scoring. An excellent ball across the box from Knowles gave D’Ath an easy task to poke home the opener.

Yeovil looked the only side likely to score in the first half, and continued applying the pressure. A superb pass from Gorman minutes after the goal found Reid with his back to goal, he turned and forced a strong save from the Bromley keeper.

On his return to the side, Reid looked bright. Great footwork from Reid him worked room in the right channel to provide a dangerous cross with twenty on the clock, but he couldn’t find a Yeovil body with his driven ball.

Having been rested previously against Grimsby, the Glovers seemed to reap the rewards of a revitalised Knowles. The Glovers no.11 took on half the Bromley team and fired a rocket from around 30-yards which flew inches wide.

Completely against the run of play, Bromley equalised in the 25th minute as George Alexander capitalised on Cann’s misjudgement.

This did little to dishearten Town, the bright Reid burst in behind following a pass from Wakefield but his effort was saved once again by Balcombe.

With five minutes of the half remaining, Cann made up for his earlier error, producing a superb stop to deny Alexander as he burst through on goal.

At the break, the Glovers would’ve been the more frustrated of the two sides having created far more chances.

The second half took a little longer for the Glovers to click into gear, but they were the side in the ascendancy once again.

On the hour mark excellent combination between Reid and Wakefield got the duo in behind, Reid then laid the ball back to Gorman who fired over.

Moments later, a superb spell of pressure for Town ended with Staunton forcing a fingertip save from Balcombe.

With twenty to go, Josh Neufville made his return to Huish Park for the first time in ten months, and made an instant impact. In a similar fashion to last season, Neufville found Knowles rushing into the box to restore the Glovers’ lead in the fixture.

Just five minutes later, Knowles won Town a free-kick on the edge of the box, but most in attendance were shocked that he didn’t give a penalty with the goalscorer inside the box when he was fouled.

In the last ten minutes, Bromley upped the pressure, but a number of clearances from substitute skipper Luke Wilkinson ensured the Glovers were the victors at Huish Park.

Yeovil Town: Cann; Little, Barclay, Staunton (Wilkinson), Williams; Staunton, Gorman, D’Ath (Neufville), Knowles; Wakefield (Olomola), Reid

Bookings: Knowles, Gorman, Worthington

Subs not used: Bradley, Barnett.


MATCH REPORT | Dover Athletic 0 – 2 Yeovil Town

Yeovil Town returned to winning ways with a 2-0 victory over Dover Athletic at the Crabble.

Goals in either half from Ben Barclay and Dale Gorman was enough to secure three points on the road for Town.

The Glovers’ victory result confirmed Dover’s somewhat inevitable fate as they were relegated to the National League South.

Darren Sarll made four changes to the Yeovil Town’s side which fell to a defeat at Grimsby. Ted Cann made his second debut for the club, with Grant Smith left out due to a groin injury. Morgan Williams began at left-back and Mark Little started on the right-hand side. Josh Staunton began in central defence alongside Ben Barclay.

Jordan Barnett returned to the Glovers’ midfield alongside Matt Worthington and Dale Gorman. Charlie Wakefield and Tom Knowles flanked Adi Yussuf in attack.

It was two of Sarll’s changes that combined for Yeovil’s first chance in the fourth minute, Yussuf excellently found Knowles on the right flank, he then cut inside but scuffed his strike from the edge of the box.

Knowles, who looked a threat throughout, saw his long-throw met by Staunton at the near post but he failed to beat the Adam Parkes with his header.

With 19 minutes on the clock, Yeovil would strike ahead. Barnett’s deep delivery was met by Stockport loanee Barclay who took the ball in his stride and produced a deft finish to place the ball into the top right corner.

Dover did look to bounce back and despite number of balls into the box, did very little to test Cann on his second Yeovil debut.

In the closing stages of the half, the Glovers finished on the front foot. A phenomenal 90-yard pass from Cann released Knowles on the right flank, but he saw his effort blocked from an acute angle.

The second half saw the hosts begin on the front foot, looking for a route back into the game, but in truth never really threatened the Town goal.

Ten minutes into the half, Yeovil doubled their lead and knocked the stuffing out the Whites. A thunderous free-kick from Gorman flew into the top right corner, leaving Parkes in the Dover net with no chance.

Moments after the second goal, Barnett tried a speculative effort to find a third, but Parkes’ blushes were spared as the ball flew harmlessly over.

With 67 minutes on the clock, Yeovil almost added a third. After the ball bounced up kindly in the box, Wakefield and Knowles both fired on goal, but heroic blocks from the Dover defenders denied the Glovers forwards.

Straight up the other end, Dover thought they’d pulled a goal back, but thankfully for Town, the linesman had his flag raised for offside.

As the game grew old, it gave Sarll the opportunity to reintroduce Josh Neufville to the Yeovil supporters after he signed for his second loan spell on Friday.

Credit to Dover, they kept pushing for a route back into the game until the final whistle, but Yeovil held firm for a second victory of 2022.

Cann; Williams, Barclay, Staunton; Little; Gorman, Barnett, Worthington; Knowles (Olomola), Wakefield (Neufville), Yussuf (Reid)

Bookings: Worthington

Subs not used: Bradley, D’Ath.

MATCH REPORT | Yeovil Town 0 – 2 Grimsby

Yeovil Town fell to a second straight defeat at the hands of Grimsby Town on Saturday afternoon.

Goals in either half separated the two sides, but it was an improved performance from the Glovers who will be frustrated at the manner of the defeat.

With goals hard to come by, Town did continue to create right until the death, but it wasn’t to be for Darren Sarll’s side.

Darren Sarll made three changes to the side which was defeated by Dagenham & Redbridge. Grant Smith remained in goal, but Mark Little returned to the back four, he was alongside skipper Luke Wilkinson, Ben Barclay and Morgan Williams.

Both Lawson D’Ath and Matt Worthington returned to the midfield as Town reverted to the diamond system. Josh Staunton began at the base, with Dale Gorman further in front of him.

Charlie Wakefield partnered Oluefela Olomola in attack.

The game started in polarising fashion to the midweek defeat against Dagenham & Redbridge, with Town the early aggressors. Wakefield forced a save from an acute angle in the first minute after being released in the right flank.

However, in the tenth minute, the Glovers were made to rue their bright start as Grimsby took the lead through the retiring Sean Scannell with ten minutes on the clock.

This didn’t dishearten Yeovil, who enjoyed far more of the ball than Grimsby, but like weeks gone by, struggled to find any openings.

Set-pieces were a continued threat for Sarll’s side, and that’s where their best change came from in the 40th minute. Ben Barclay drifted to the back-post but saw his glancing header crash against the post.

It was a similar story in the second half, as Town once again enjoyed a lot of the ball, but just didn’t do enough with it.

With 57 minutes on the clock, Grimsby landed the killer blow through Manu Dieseruvwe who turned home a corner at the back post.

Adding salt to the wounds, club captain Luke Wilkinson was forced off with twenty to play, and will now be a doubt for the Glovers’ upcoming fixtures.

Not lying down, Yeovil did look to find a way back into the game, with Jordan Barnett going closest, seeing his effort blocked on the line in injury time.

Ultimately it wasn’t to be for Yeovil who turn their attentions to bottom of the league Dover.

Yeovil Town: Smith; Little, Barclay, Wilkinson (Barnett), Williams; Staunton, Gorman (Lo-Everton), Worthington, D’Ath (Knowles); Olomola, Wakefield

Subs not used: Yussuf, Bradley

MATCH REPORT | Yeovil Town 0 – 3 Dagenham & Redbridge

Yeovil Town fell to a disappointing 3-0 defeat against Dagenham & Redbridge at Huish Park.

A first half double from Paul McCallum all but killed the game in the first twenty minutes.

With the Glovers having failed to score twice in a single match in 2022, the uphill task for Town was clear. Despite starting the second half on the front foot, Junior Morias added a third to secure the points for Dagenham.

After a short injury lay-off, Olufela Olomola returned to the starting side, this saw Mark Little drop to the bench and Jordan Barnett replacing him in the back four.

The visiting Daggers began on top, and it only took them three minutes to force a save. Myles Weston found space in the left flank, but a combination of a Morgan Williams block and Grant Smith save forced the ball wide.

Just two minutes later, Dagenham did find a goal. A searching delivery caught the Yeovil defence napping and McCallum made no mistake, poking the ball beyond Grant Smith.

Goals have been at a premium for the Glovers this season, and it was clear to see why in the first half, with Elliot Justham remaining untested.

If Darren Sarll’s side were to have hope of snatching anything, they’d need to cut out mistakes, but this just wasn’t the case with a Smith error leading to Dagenham’s second. The Glovers’ no.1 free-kick fell straight to McCallum who placed the ball into an empty net.

As the half grew on, Yeovil did grow into the game, Dale Gorman provided more thrust to any flurry forward, but he struggled to find the isolated forward line.

The second half did see more adventure from Yeovil Town, but frustratingly Justham remained untested between Dagenham’s second and third goals.

That third goal came with 63 minutes on the clock, as Morias spun in behind, beat Ben Barclay for pace and slotted calmly beyond Smith.

With the game dead and buried, Dagenham did well to manage their way through the evening, holding firm at the back and enjoying vast spells of possession.

In the closing stages, Yeovil did look for a consolation. Substitute Adi Yussuf fired wide from an acute angle, but that was the best it got for Town, who will look to bounce back on Saturday against Grimsby.

Yeovil Town: Smith; Williams, Wilkinson, Barclay, Barnett; Staunton (Worthington), Gorman, Bradley (D’Ath); Knowles, Wakefield, Olomola (Yussuf)

Bookings: Barnett

Subs not used: Little, Reid.

MATCH REPORT | Notts County 1 – 1 Yeovil Town

Yeovil Town were dealt late heartbreak as a stoppage time equaliser denied the Glovers a second win of 2022.

Alex Bradley’s second half strike from distance looked like it would be the difference between the two sides, but after a spell of late pressure from the hosts, the Glovers let their lead slip.

Late chances fell for the Glovers, but it wasn’t to be as the points were shared at Meadow Lane.

Darren Sarll made just two changes to the side which was defeated by Chesterfield. Dale Gorman returned from suspension replacing Matt Worthington, whilst Adi Yussuf dropped out with Adi Yussuf taking his place in the eleven. This saw Jordan Barnett begin in an unfamiliar advanced role.

The hosts were the side in the ascendency for much of the first half, and in truth probably should’ve lead at the break with the quality of chance they created. The best of those fell to Ruben Rodrigues who saw his free header sail well wide of Grant Smith’s goal.

For Yeovil, the hosts did well to restrict to counter attacks, which became far more regular once Notts County skipper Kyle Cameron was forced off with an injury.

It took until the 41st minute for Town to force a save from Vitezslav Jaros, after Wakefield was fouled whilst baring down on goal, Dale Gorman absolutely leathered his 35-yard free-kick towards goal but strong hands from the Notts keeper saw him claim the ball.

However, in the second half, it took just one minute for Yeovil to make a chance, and when it came, they took it. After a defensive mix-up caught Jaros off his line, Bradley needed no initiation to fire on goal, finding the top corner and opening the scoring.

Despite the hosts chasing the game, the better chances continued to fall, Barnett struck the bar with his corner kick, with Wilkinson unable to divert a number of efforts goal bound.

In the closing stages, the hosts began to apply pressure on Grant Smith’s goal, and it told in stoppage time. Former Glover Alex Lacey found room in the box to head home and secure a late point for Notts County.

Yeovil Town: Smith; Little, Wilkinson, Barclay, Williams; Staunton, Gorman, Bradley (Worthington); Barnett (D’Ath), Knowles (Reid), Wakefield.

Bookings: Bradley, Williams.
Subs not used: Lo-Everton, Yussuf.

MATCH REPORT | Yeovil Town U18’s 1-1 Swindon Supermarine U18’s

Yeovil Town U18’s were held to a 1-1 draw at home by Swindon who finished the match with 9 men 

The U18s took on Swindon Supermarine at the weekend knowing that a win would take them above their counterparts to 4th in the South West Counties Youth League. Despite the visitors being down to 9 men late in the game, it wasn’t to be and the Glovers will see this as two points squandered with only 4 league matches left to play. 

Head coach Matt Percival sent out a changed team from the previous week, with Aidan Skiverton returning to centre-back in place of the absent Max Dyer. Josh John returned to the starting line-up with Kory Retallick missing through injury. 

Under bright skies but blustery conditions, the Young Glovers were slow out of the blocks and conceded within 2 minutes when caught in possession in defence. The striker was then able to slot the ball past Callum Smalley in goal to make it 0-1. The home side nearly suffered a further setback and Skiverton was forced to make a goal-line clearance following a short pass back. 

With a lead to protect Swindon were able to keep Yeovil at bay during the opening 30 minutes, restricting the home side to half chances with Mason Hunter shooting wide from distance, Finlay Ridout seeing a header drift wide of goal and Charlie Bateson and Joshua John making some penetrating runs down the wings but seeing any opportunities snuffed out. The visitors were compact and well-organised in defence but looking a threat on the counter-attack as the half drew to a close. 

Swindon began the second half as they finished the first and Yeovil were indebted to a fine save from Smalley in the 55th minute who stood up strong to block a shot from the advancing striker. This warning seemed to sting the Glovers into action and they created their best chance of the match to date when, in the 60th minute, a pass from Hunter fell to John who was free on the right but saw his shot sail over from 12 yards

The home side were beginning to get a grip of the game in the midfield and got their equaliser in the 70th minute when Benjani Jr won possession 30 yards out and drove toward goal. Having seen his initial shot saved, the youngster continued his run and was in the right place to fire home the rebound, 1-1. 

Percival sent on Rio Mapletoft for Bateson for the final twenty minutes as the Young Glovers went after the win. A second goal nearly came following their best move of the game; Skiverton confidently brought the ball out of defence and the midfield worked the ball up the left before John saw his close-range effort blocked by the keeper. Shortly after, a delicious ball from the right by Jake Graziano was swung over to the back post but Mapletoft couldn’t apply the final touch. 

With twelve minutes to go, Swindon lost their striker to injury and were down to ten men with no available subs to bring on. Tamas Zold came on for John, Edward Gould came on for Josh Sutton and Bateson returned to the fray in place of Sam Hodges as Yeovil sought that elusive winner. Their chances seemed to improve in the 83rd minute when Bateson was through on goal but hauled down by the last defender. A subsequent red card put Swindon down to 9 men but the free kick came to nothing. Despite the pressure, Swindon held firm for the final minutes to grind out the draw that keeps them 4th in the league, one place above Yeovil. 

The team now switch their attention to a semi-final tie in the Gary Else Cup on Saturday 4th March when they travel to high-flying Torquay United.

Team: 1 – Callum Smalley, 2 – Callum Deemer, 3 – Josh Sutton, 5 – Finlay Ridout, 6 – Aidan Skiverton, 7 – John John, 8 – Mason Hunter, 9 – Sam Hodges, 10 – Benjani Jr Mwaruwari, 11 – Charlie Bateson, 14 – Jake Graziano © Subs: 15 – Tamas Zold, 16 – Rio Mapletoft and 17 Edward Gould

MATCH REPORT | Chesterfield – Yeovil Town

Yeovil Town fell to a cruel 1-0 defeat to Chesterfield at the Technique Stadium.

Despite creating the better chances throughout, a wonderstrike from Jim Kellerman was the difference between two evenly matched teams.

The Glovers huffed and puffed until the end, but the hosts hung on for a narrow victory.

Darren Sarll made three changes to the side that was held by Maidenhead. Jordan Barnett & Matt Worthington returned to the midfield in the place of Lawson D’Ath & Alex Bradley, whilst Olufela Olomola missed out entirely with Adi Yussuf returning to the side against his former club.

Yeovil were firmly on top in the opening stages of the game, and it only took six minutes for a chance to fall. Charlie Wakefield lobbed Scott Loach with his header, but as it trickled towards goal, Knowles was beaten to the ball by a Chesterfield defender.

With 15 minutes on the clock, the Glovers really should’ve been in front. Jordan Barnett’s delivery was met brilliantly by Luke Wilkinson who saw his effort somehow saved by Scott Loach!

It took until the 23rd minute for Chesterfield to create an opening for themselves. Laurence Maguire’s header was well saved by former Chesterfield player Grant Smith.

Following the chance, the hosts grew into the game more, but did little in terms of goal threat.

At the other end, Knowles was a continued thorn in the Chesterfield side, hammering the crossbar in the 44th minute after an effort from the right-channel.

Completely against the run of play, the hosts found a way in front via a spectacular strike from Jim Kellerman from around 25-yards which left Smith stranded.

After a bright and dominant start to the first half, the same couldn’t be said about the second, with the hosts enjoying a lot of the ball, but doing very little with it.

It took until the hour mark for Yeovil to go close again. After a foul on Wakefield, captain Wilkinson stepped up for the free-kick 20-yards from goal and fired narrowly wide.

Yeovil’s best chance to equalise fell to Adi Yussuf who really should’ve levelled the scoring as the ball dropped to him inside the six-yard box following a long-throw.

Despite pressure from the Glovers and a number of attacking changes, it wasn’t to be for the Glovers who fell to a defeat in Derbyshire.

Yeovil Town: Smith; Williams, Wilkinson, Barclay, Little; Staunton, Worthington (D’Ath), Barnett (Lo-Everton); Knowles, Wakefield, Yussuf (Reid)

Bookings: Barclay

Subs not used: Evans, Bradley

MATCH REPORT | Maidenhead United 1 – 1 Yeovil Town

It was an evening of what might’ve been for Yeovil Town, as they were held by Maidenhead United at York Road.

Despite Olufela Olomola opening the scoring with his first goal of his third loan spell, the talking point will be the officials, who ruled out Reuben Reid’s late goal for offside.

However, on the balance of play, a point can be seen as a fair result, with the hosts enjoying vast spells of pressure, especially in the second half.

There were just two changes from the Glovers’ last National League outing ten days ago. Alex Bradley made his first league start of the season in the place of a suspended Dale Gorman, with Lawson D’Ath also making his first start replacing Jordan Barnett.

It was an eventful start, with both sides having a goal ruled out within the opening quarter of an hour, as they pushed for the opener. Town were a first to have a goal ruled out, as Luke Wilkinson saw his header chalked off for a foul.

A matter of moments later, Maidenhead midfielder Remy Clerima headed the ball in the back of the net but he was adjudged to be offside.

However with 18 minutes on the clock, Town would find an opener. A superb strike for Olomola on his left foot gave Maidenhead goalkeeper Dan Gyollai no chance as the ball powered beyond him and nestled into the bottom corner.

Maidenhead weren’t deflated by the equaliser and almost found a leveller in the 24th minute. After Kane Ferdinand’s free-kick cannoned off the bar, the hosts followed it up but a spectacular clearance from Stockport loanee Ben Barclay quelled their efforts.

As the half grew on, both sides enjoyed spells of pressure, but it was Maidenhead who scored the second goal of the evening in the dying embers of the half. Ferdinand rose highest following a long-throw in and saw his header squirm beyond Grant Smith.

On the balance of play an even scoreline at the interval was a fair reflection, but the Glovers would have been frustrated not to have been able to hang on to their advantage until the break.

The second half opened with a far more tense affair, with neither side eager to give up too much territory with the scores level.

An injury to earlier goalscorer Olomola altered the Glovers attacking prowess for a vast spell of the second half, as Town struggled to get his replacement Reuben Reid into the game.

It took until the 63rd minute for a clear cut chance of the half to fall for either side, and it went the way of the hosts who forced a strong hand from Smith as he denied Dan Sparkes’ effort at the edge of the box.

Town’s first sight of goal of the second half fell with ten minutes remained, after a stinging free-kick from Knowles was frustratingly fired straight into the Maidenhead wall. However, just a minute later he found room for a shot at the edge of the box but failed to find the target.

Late in the day, Yeovil could feel aggrieved not to get a second, as substitute Reid bundled the ball into the back of the net, only to have the goal ruled out for offside, much to the dismay of all in green behind the goal.

On the balance of play, it can be said a point was a fair result as Town look ahead to a trip to Chesterfield.

MATCH REPORT | Yeovil Town U18’s 7-0 Paulton Rovers

Young Glovers EPDP squad dominated Paulton Rovers with a 7-0 victory at Alvington in the South West Counties Youth League 

The U18s returned to league action on Saturday, looking to remain unbeaten in 2022. Buoyed by a dramatic penalty shoot-out win in the National College Cup in midweek, the Young Glovers put in a commanding performance to see off Paulton Rovers in comprehensive fashion and climb to 5th in the table. 

Head Coach Matt Percival was able to rotate the squad, welcoming back Max Dyer to slot in at centre back alongside Finlay Ridout. There was also a first home league start for Kory Retallick in midfield and Charlie Bateson was preferred to Joshua John in a very attack-minded line-up. 

Yeovil began on the front foot and rarely let-up throughout. A great run and piece of skill from Benjani Jr set up Sam Hodges, who let fly from 20 yards only to see his shot cannon of the crossbar. The opening half hour saw Benjani Jr in the thick of the action, having a goal ruled out for offside before seeing his own shot from distance smash against the bar. He got his just rewards shortly after, when Mason Hunter played him in to coolly clip it past the keeper for a 1-0 lead. 

Jake Graziano and Retallick were snapping into tackles and orchestrating play from midfield as Yeovil continued to turn the screw with a series of probing attacks. Skipper Graziano saw a free kick well saved and then had a low shot fizz narrowly wide following a well-worked short corner routine. Shortly before half time the home side grabbed a second when Benjani Jr set up Hodges for a smart finish to make it 2-0 at the break. 

Yeovil came out early in the second half seeking to press home their advantage, but were guilty of being over-elaborate at times and wasteful in front of goal with Hunter spurning a great chance in the 55th minute when his rising shot blazed over. Percival sent on John for Retallick, looking to regain the attacking impetus, and the move kick-started a flurry of goals. Hunter grabbed a third with a calm finish after 60 minutes and then John made it 4-0 with a strong run and clinical strike into the top corner. 

With the result now out of the question, Percival made further changes for the final 20 minutes. Robert Hollard came on in goal to replace Callum Smalley and Tamas Zold replaced Bateson. Benjani Jr, whose determined runs and attacking play were a menace throughout, grabbed his second goal with a low finish to make it 5-0. 

Rio Mapletoft came on for Josh Sutton at left back as the game entered the final quarter. The goals kept coming as John cut in from the right to send a low shot into the bottom corner and then Mapletoft found himself free to slot home and seal a 7-0 win against a beleaguered Rovers defence. 

The U18s will now switch their attention to possible inclusions in the upcoming Somerset Cup Quarter Final tie against Cheddar followed up by a tricky home league match against Bath City on Saturday. 

Team: 1 – Callum Smalley, 2 – Callum Deemer, 3 – Josh Sutton, 5 – Finlay Ridout, 8 – Mason Hunter, 9 – Sam Hodges, 10 – Max Dyer, 11 – Benjani Junior Mwaruwari, 14 – Jake Graziano © 16 – Kory Retallick, 18 – Charlie Bateson Subs: 12 – Robert Hollard, 7 – Joshua John, 15 – Tamas Zold and 17 Rio Mapletoft

by Matt Partridge.

MATCH REPORT | Eastleigh 0 – 0 Yeovil Town

Yeovil Town were held to a goalless draw by Eastleigh at the Silverlake Stadium.

Despite enjoying much of the ball, the Glovers struggled to create enough openings to score what would’ve been the winning goal.

On the balance of play, both sides will likely look back on a point as a fair result.

Darren Sarll made three changes to the side that fell to a defeat at Wealdstone. Grant Smith remained in goal, with Mark Little returning to the defence alongside Luke Wilkinson, Ben Barclay and Morgan Williams.

Jordan Barnett made his return to the starting side in the midfield alongside Dale Gorman and Josh Staunton. Tom Knowles and Charlie Wakefield began in the wide positions.

Leading the line was Olufela Olomola, who was making his third Yeovil Town debut.

The first half saw Yeovil enjoy a vast amount of the ball, but a similar tale to much of the season so far, struggled to find a way to utilise it.

Chances largely fell out of individuals decision to take the onus upon the game, with Knowles forcing the save of the half from McDonnell in the 10th minute after firing from the edge of the box.

The hosts cut increasingly frustrated figures, as they continued to attempt to hit Town on the counter, only to be called offside on a number of occasions.

With neither side really threatening, it took until first half stoppage time for the only clear cut chance of the half to fall. After Eastleigh failed to clear their lines, Gorman pounced and found Olomola who hammered his strike over the bar.

It was more of the same in the second half as chances continued to be at a premium, despite the hosts claiming back some of the possession.

Glovers supporters were left waiting until the 67th minute to see their side create another a clear sight of goal. Gorman’s corner was sent to the far post and met by the skipper who headed back across goal to Barclay who saw his header strike the bar.

With ten minutes to go, the game burst into life, an excellent counter attack spearheaded by Wakefield saw the no.19 force a save from McDonnell. In the aftermath, Ryan Hill punched Knowles and somehow escaped punishment with a yellow card after five minutes of discussions.

Eastleigh looked most likely to grab a winner in the dying embers of the game, but Smith remained untested, with Town holding on for a point on the road.

Yeovil Town: Smith; Little, Wilkinson, Barclay, Williams; Staunton, Gorman, Barnett (Yussuf); Knowles (Bradley), Olomola (Lo-Everton), Wakefield

Bookings: Gorman, Knowles

Subs not used: Reid, Evans

MATCH REPORT | Wealdstone 2 – 1 Yeovil Town

Yeovil Town fell to a disappointing defeat at the hands of Wealdstone in West London.

The hosts built a comfortable two goal lead in the first half, with two quick fire goals at the end of the half.

Dale Gorman pulled a goal back from the penalty spot, but it just wasn’t enough for Yeovil who were largely second best all evening.

Darren Sarll made two changes to the starting side from Saturday’s draw, Jack Robinson returned to his left back role whilst Reuben Reid made his first National League start of the season.

This meant both Jordan Barnett and Mark Little missed out entirely with injury. Lawson D’Ath, after his extended pitch time against Solihull also didn’t make the trip.

The game began with chances falling for both sides, firstly the hosts’ way. Ira Jackson found room at the edge of the box after jinxing through the Glovers midfield, he then drove an effort on goal forced a save from Grant Smith.

At the other end, some excellent hold-up play from Reuben Reid forced goalkeeper Stones George Wickens to close him down. He then laid the ball into Josh Staunton’s path who had his shot blocked.

The better chances of the opening stages fell to the hosts. Grant Smith’s tame goal kick fell to Josh Umerah, he then drove to goal but a heroic block from Williams denied him.

With 21 minutes on the clock, Yeovil thought they had taken the lead. Gorman’s wide free-kick delivery was met by Staunton who fired the ball into the top corner but was adjudged to be offside.

As the half grew on, chances began to dry up for the Glovers, but the hosts found a second wind at the end of the half. Two quick fire goals, the first from Umerah who poked the ball home, and just three minutes later through Nikola Taveres who reacted fastest from the corner.

A shellshocked Yeovil needed the break to rejuvenate their performance, but in truth, that spark never really came in the second half either, with Wickens largely untested.

Gorman’s penalty chance came largely out of nothing as he was fouled just at the edge of the box, but afterwards the Glovers struggled to find a way in behind the Stones’ defence.

It was actually Wealdstone who had the better chances late on, with substitute Rhys Browne firing narrowly wide with minutes to go.

The result leaves Town in 12th place, with a trip to Eastleigh on Saturday to make amends.

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

Bookings: Williams, Wilkinson

Subs not used: Evans, Stephens

MATCH REPORT | Yeovil Town 0 – 0 Solihull Moors

Yeovil Town were held to a scoreless draw at Huish Park by in-form Solihull Moors on Saturday afternoon.

In what was a relatively tame affair, neither side found the attacking touch to make their chances pay.

On the balance of play, neither side could really feel aggrieved at the draw, which was the second between the two sides this season.

The first half was played in a timid fashion, with chances at a premium for both sides. The visitors enjoyed a vast amount of the ball, but rarely tested Grant Smith.

The Glovers no.1 was forced into just one save in the first half, as he stood tall when Callum Maycock found room to poke an effort in his direction from a tight angle.

Frustratingly for Darren Sarll, he was forced into an early change as Jordan Barnett was unable to shake off an injury and had to be replaced by Lawson D’Ath.

Despite the Moors’ control of possession, it was Town who had the best chance of the half. Tom Knowles found Charlie Wakefield who beat the offside trap for a one-on-one but he almost had too much time to think about his strike as he failed to beat Ryan Boot.

The second half was a far more entertaining affair, with both sides far more adventurous in possession. Its early stages saw Town work the ball round the Solihull defence eventually finding Knowles on the edge of the box who turned quickly and shot but fired straight into Boot’s gloves.

Ten minutes into the half, Matt Worthington found Knowles darting into the right-hand side box, he beat two defenders and forced a corner with his poked effort, which ultimately led to nothing.

However, the best chance of the opening stages of the second half fell to Solihull. Danny Newton, who played under Sarll at Stevenage, escaped the Yeovil backline and rounded Smith, but fortunately for the Glovers, his effort hit the side-netting.

As the half grew on, chances came and went for both sides, with the best falling to Knowles with just under ten to play. The winger was found by an off-balance Wakefield but he couldn’t direct his first-time effort on target.

Late in the day, Solihull were reduced to ten after Jordan Cranston received his second yellow card, but it was too late to really influence proceedings.

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

Subs not used: Lo-Everton, Yussuf

MATCH REPORT | Yeovil Town 1 – 1 Weymouth

Yeovil Town were held by Weymouth once again after an entertaining derby day clash at Huish Park.

After a poor first half where the visitors opened the scoring through Sean Shields, the Glovers came out in the second half with a point to prove.

Adi Yussuf forced an own-goal with less than ten minutes played in the second half, but Darren Sarll’s side lacked that final killer touch when chasing a winner.

There were just two changes to the side that beat Woking last weekend, both of which were enforced. With Tom Knowles and Mark Little suspended, Jack Robinson and Yussuf returned to the fold.

Starting fast has been a feature of Yeovil’s game this season, but their start was quite the opposite, with Weymouth taking the lead with four minutes on the clock. Sonny Blu Lo-Everton was caught napping, with the visitors pouncing on his loose pass and finding Shields at the back post to take the lead.

In truth, Weymouth looked the more likely to score the second goal of the game, as it took until the 21st minute For Yeovil to fashion their first opening. Lo-Everton, eager to atone for his earlier error, found Charlie Wakefield in acres of space who shot from the edge of the box and forced a corner.

Wakefield was Town’s sole route to goal in the first half, but the ball in behind for him did not come often enough, and when it did, it was almost always wayward.

At the break, it was clear Yeovil had much to improve. Sarll looked to his bench for an impact as Reuben Reid replaced Lo-Everton.

It took just three minutes for Reid to make himself a handful, meeting Jordan Barnett’s dangerous corner but saw his header hit the roof of the net.

However, with 52 minutes on the clock, Yeovil found the leveller their start to the second half deserved. Barnett, who had pushed further forward following the interval, dropped the ball back for Yussuf who saw his effort take a heavy deflection off Tyler Corner to level the game.

The goal rejuvenated the Glovers, and with a noise Thatcher’s Stand willing them on, they looked the far more likely side to score. Yet, chances came and went for Town and the next best opening actually fell Weymouth’s way, with Grant Smith forced into a save from earlier goalscorer Shield’s as he found himself unmarked six-yards from goal.

Straight back down the other end, the threatening Wakefield burst in behind and put the ball just wide of Fitzsimmon’s goal.

As the game grew on, Sarll looked to his bench once again, which saw the welcome return of Lawson D’Ath from a long injury lay-off. He looked sharp, beating Weymouth players on a number of occasions and offered a creative edge that was previously lacking.

However, clear-cut chances still didn’t fall, forcing Town into efforts from distance, most notably from Morgan Williams who forced a save from Fitzsimmons.

In the dying moments, Weymouth were reduced to ten as Omar Mussa received his second yellow card of the game. There were only a matter of second remaining following this, yet Town found time for one more chance. Following pinball in the box, the ball fell to Yussuf who couldn’t quite get a clean connection on his effort to condemn Yeovil to another 1-1 draw with the fierce rivals.

Yeovil Town: Smith; Robinson, Wilkinson, Barclay, Williams; Gorman, Worthington (D’Ath), Barnett (Bradley); Lo-Everton (Reid), Wakefield, Yussuf

Bookings: Worthington, Wilkinson, Robinson

Subs not used: Evans, Stephens

MATCH REPORT | Woking 0 – 1 Yeovil Town

Ten-man Yeovil Town secured a first victory of 2022 as Charlie Wakefield’s early goal was enough for three points against Woking.

After taking the lead in the 15th minute, Yeovil did excellently to hold firm against a physical Woking side, despite having reduced numbers following Mark Little’s second yellow card.

Despite not creating too much in the way of chances with reduced numbers, the heroic defending from the men in Green was enough for the Glovers to deserve three points from the fixture.

After a frustrating defeat against Wrexham last time out, Darren Sarll made two changes, as he looked to find a winning formula once again. Grant Smith remained in goal, but the defence saw a return for skipper Luke Wilkinson and a debut for Ben Barclay. Morgan Williams began at left-back, with a view to defend the Cards’ physical attributes, whilst Little remained at right-back.

Dale Gorman began at the base of the midfield, with Jordan Barnett and Matt Worthington either side of him. Sonny Blu Lo-Everton and Tom Knowles began in the wider attacking positions and Wakefield led the line on his own.

As expected with the size of the Woking side, they began looking to utilise their physical presence from set-pieces, but did little to test Smith.

At the other end, Yeovil looked to find a way in behind on the counter attack. In the 8th minute, Worthington pounced onto a loose ball and found Sonny Blu Lo-Everton. The Watford loanee then cut onto his right foot but saw his strike blocked.

On the fifteen minute mark, the Glovers’ counterattacking play paid dividends. After Williams picked up the ball in his own half, he lofted the ball over Woking captain Joe McNerney’s head to find Wakefield in space to drive towards goal. With just the goalkeeper to beat, Wakefield made no mistake to open the scoring.

The goal only boosted Town’s confidence, with efforts continually coming Mark Smith’s way, most notably from Knowles and Barnett.

As the half grew on, the game grew disjointed with a number of set-plays which led to very little for either side. Frustratingly for the Glovers, Knowles received a yellow card for taking too long to take one of these set-pieces, meaning he will sit out on Tuesday against Weymouth.

At the break, Woking made a number of changes, with Tarryn Allarakhia and Josh Casey joining the action, and this improved the hosts’ fortunes who enjoyed a lot more of the ball in the second half.

Just before the hour mark, the Cards worked a way in behind through former Glover Jamar Loza but Smith was equal to his effort.

Looking to hold onto a slim lead, this became much more difficult with Mark Little sent off for his second booking of the afternoon in the 62nd minute.

This upped Woking’s intensity, as they threw bodies forward in the hope of finding a route back into the game.

Sponsors man of the match Rohan Ince was a continued threat, cutting in from the left flank at every opportunity, but at the end of every one of his shots was a Yeovil body to turn the ball wide for a corner.

With the physical attributes within the Woking squad, manager Alan Dowson will be feeling disappointed his side did not test Smith often enough, with balls bouncing well over when met by a Woking player on multiple occasions.

Ultimately, it was excellent game management from Town who saw out the closing stages with the ball in Woking’s half, going into Tuesday’s derby against Weymouth with that winning feeling once more.

Yeovil Town: Smith; Williams, Wilkinson, Barclay, Little (sent off); Barnett (Bradley), Gorman, Worthington; Lo-Everton (Robinson), Knowles (Yussuf); Wakefield.

Bookings: Knowles, Little, Barclay, Wilkinson

Subs not used: D’Ath, Reid

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.