27th January 2024

The Young Glovers hit four to sink their visitors from Poole as goals from Corey Koerner, Bobby Hilton, Sean Hart and Joe Crisp secure a third home win of the season.

Yeovil Town U18s put up an impressive performance to sweep aside Hamworthy United U18s and move back up to 6thin the South West Counties Youth League.

Under cloudy skies at Somerton the home side lined up in a familiar 3-5-2 formation with Aidan Skiverton returning at centre back to take over from the absent Josh Ansell. Reece Strawbridge started in a holding midfield position in the absence of injured regulars Nans Nanev and Sol Padmore.

Strawbridge sent an early shot from distance just over before Hamworthy broke up the other end and saw a fine strike with the outside of his boot from the midfielder which smashed against the crossbar.  Moments later Hilton was put through down the right but saw his shot well saved in a one-on-one opportunity that went begging as the game started at a frenetic pace.

The Young Glovers continued to ask questions in the opening spell with Leyton Westlake and Jacob Brewer combining well down the right to fashion a number of half chances.  Skipper Koerner then saw a free kick bend narrowly wide and Westlake was unable to capitalise on a  defensive slip as the home pressure continued.

With five minutes remaining until half time, Lous Parker in goal sent a long clearance up the middle which was cleverly flicked on and the onrushing Koerner kept his cool and chipped the keeper from 25 yards to give Yeovil a 1-0 lead at the break.

The Young Glovers went straight at their opponents after the break and Hilton had a great chance to extend the lead but saw his shot sail over.  Hamworthy then spurned a chance of their own when a break down the right led to a powerful shot drifting just wide of goal.

On around the 60th minute, Hilton broke quickly down the left and beat three men before advancing into the box and steering his shot inside the near post for a 2-0 lead.

Manager Matt Percival then made some attacking changes sending George Geraghty on for Hilton and debutant Sean Hart, recently picked up from Exeter City’s academy, for Westlake.

Yeovil continued to control matters in the midfield with the impressive Joe Beckey putting in a commanding shift in the engine room before making way for Joe Crisp with Alec Thomas coming on at left wing back for Sam Richards.

The home side spurned two further chances with Hart seeing a curling shot saved and Skiverton heading wide from a corner.  But a deserved third goal came in the 75th minute when Hart beat the offside trap and drove in from the right before lashing a shot under the keeper to make it 3-0.

In the closing minutes Strawbridge saw another shot from distance sail narrowly over before Crisp wrapped things up with a smart shot on the turn after a probing run and cross from Hart down the right, 4-0.

Percival will be pleased with a clean sheet and solid defensive showing from Fin Haste, Blake Watts and Skiverton at the back and a dangerous looking attacking unit that scored at will.

Yeovil head to Gloucestershire to face Brimscombe at Thrupp on February 3rd in their next Counties Youth match.