8th February 2022

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