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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. 

FIXTURE NEWS | Glovers to face Chesterfield this weekend

Yeovil Town will host Chesterfield at Huish Park this Saturday at 3pm after the previously arranged fixture with Altrincham has been postponed due to COVID issues in the Altrincham camp.

This means that the Yeovil Town’s trip to Chesterfield, which was originally to be played on the 2nd October has been pushed back to a later date and will now be played on the 26th February.

Tickets purchased for the fixture against Altrincham remain valid for Saturday’s game. Altrincham supporters who wish to request a refund should contact the Yeovil Town ticket office via email – ticketoffice@ytfc.net

You can secure your ticket for the fixture by clicking HERE.

MATCH PREVIEW | Yeovil Town – King’s Lynn Town

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

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

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

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

Darren Sarll’s thoughts

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

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

Team news

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

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

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

A foot in the opposition camp

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

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

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

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

Have we met before

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

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

Ticket news

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

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

CLUB NEWS | 2021/22 away shirt launched

Introducing the new 2021/22 Yeovil Town away shirt.

Designed in collaboration with Hummel, Yeovil Town will don a white away shirt for the second season running, paired with green socks and shorts.

The shirt which will be worn on the road this season, will be available to purchase from tomorrow, both in-store and online.

View the gallery below of Tom Knowles, Joe Quigley & Dale Gorman modelling the latest kit.