7th January 2024

It was a goal fest at Gasson’s Lane as Yeovil Town U18s romped to a 5-1 win over Brimscombe & Thrupp U18s in their return to South West Counties Youth Football. Goals from Corey Koerner, Nans Nanev, Krystian Woods, George Geraghty and an own goal saw them climb to 6th in the table.

Yeovil Town U18s started the calendar year off with a convincing win to brush away the cobwebs after a string of postponed games prior to the Christmas break. Under blue skies at Somerton FC, the Young Glovers comprised two U16 players and nine 1st Year EPDP students and put on a commanding performance against their opposition from Gloucestershire.

Under 16 centre back Blake Watts lined up alongside Josh Ansell in defence for his league debut and versatile skipper Corey Koerner spearheaded the attack with Bobby Hilton. 

After an early Brimscombe free kick was well tipped over by Louis Parker and a string of probing runs from midfield pivot Nans Nanev nearly unlocked a chance for the home side, the game came to life in the 17th minute when Krystian Woods sent over a cross from the right for Koerner to head home to make it 1-0.

The early goal seemed to calm the home team who went on to have a dominant 20-minute spell. A lovely defensive move led to another chance for Koerner but the striker saw his low shot saved. Shortly after it was 2-0 when a fine run and cross from Sam Richards down the left fell to the feet of Nanev on the edge of the box who steadied himself and fired home.

Hilton and Woods spurned two further chances in an impressive period of play before the visitors struck back when the striker pounced on a mistake in defence and strode on to clip the ball past Parker to make it 2-1.

As the half entered its closing minutes, Hilton powered down the right and sent in a cross leading to a mix up between the keeper and defender, who inadvertently made it 3-1 with an own goal.

The Young Glovers started the second half with two half chances from Koerner which sailed wide before manager Matt Percival rang the changes and sent on Jacob Brewer for Fin Haste at right wing back. Shortly after, Koerner was forced to leave the field after a heavy tackle and 16 year old striker George Geraghty joined the action. 

Midway through the half the home side won a penalty after a handball in the area. Krystian Woods stepped up to calmly slot the spot kick home to make it 4-1.

Reece Strawbridge and Joe Crisp came on for the Glovers who went on to finish the game strongly; a chance for Geraghty was well saved, a cracking shot from distance from Strawbridge superbly tipped over and a header from the returning Koerner struck the post.

Yeovil Town made it 5-1 at the death when a wonderful piece of skill and control from Koerner set up debutant Geraghty for a deserved goal that rounded of an eye-catching teamperformance.