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17 April 2021 Venue Huish Park Attendance

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MATCH PREVIEW | Yeovil Town - Boreham Wood

Look ahead to Saturday's National League clash

16 April 2021

After a difficult number of weeks for all at Yeovil Town, Darren Sarll and his side return to National League action on Saturday (12:30pm) to face Boreham Wood.

Since the sad passing of club captain Lee Collins, the Glovers have not taken to the pitch at Huish Park, with Sarll giving himself, alongside his players & staff the time they need to come to terms with the heart-breaking news.

The fixture will kick-off at an earlier time of 12:30pm, to avoid clashing with Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh's funeral.

 

Darren Sarll’s thoughts

Unsurprisingly, this week’s press conference was largely centred around the tragic passing of club captain Collins. When asked about how he and his players are preparing for the game, Sarll spoke about the unity within the ranks at Huish Park ““If one feels like they can’t play or can’t prepare, none of us are going down the tunnel.”

“We have had an attitude that if one doesn’t go, none of us go. That’s been our ethos.”

 

Team News

Our last fixture saw a welcome return to the pitch for Emmanuel Sonupe following a long injury lay-off.

Sarll confirmed in his press conference that Rhys Murphy & Alex Bradley are edging closer to a return, whilst Luke Wilkinson is involved in training once again and could make the squad for the first time since Town faced Weymouth in January.

 

A foot in the opposition camp

Garrard’s Boreham Wood have built a reputation as a tricky National League side, beating League Two Southend in the FA Cup earlier this season.

The star man for the visitors is former Glover Kabongo Tshimanga, who snatched a last gasp equaliser for Luke Garrard’s side when the sides last met at Huish Park.

In last season’s away fixture, Tshimanga was involved in the scoring again, as his second half strike edged a tight game in Hertfordshire.

 

Head-to-head

Saturday’s opponents provided stern opposition for Yeovil last season, drawing and losing to the Wood.

However, the most memorable clash in recent memory came in February as a stunning first half performance secured three points in Hertfordshire.

Rhys Murphy got Town up and running on 12 minutes before Reuben Reid and Josh Neufville scored to build a comfortable advantage. A dubious penalty in the 46th minute handed the Wood a lifeline, and a late free kick added cause of concern, but the Glovers held on at Meadow Park to claim victory.

 

Coverage

The fixture will be streamed on the YTFC Live platform, with commentary provided by Marcus Duncomb alongside former Yeovil midfielder Nick Crittenden.

BBC Somerset and Three Valleys Radio provide radio coverage, alongside text updates on our social media profiles.

 

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MATCH REPORT | Yeovil Town - Boreham Wood

An afternoon to remember for Yeovil Town

17 April 2021

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.

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