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26 December 2020 Venue Plainmoor Attendance

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PREVIEW | Torquay United - Yeovil Town

Look ahead to our Boxing Day trip to Plainmoor

25 December 2020

Yeovil Town return to action for the first time in 18 days as Darren Sarll’s side visit Plainmoor on Boxing Day. 

After enjoying a successful festive period against the Gulls last season, scoring eight goals across two fixtures, Sarll will be hoping for more fo the same this time round.

Torquay, who are managed by Yeovil Town legend Gary Johnson, currently lead the National League after a strong start but have dropped points in their last two league games. 

Darren Sarll's thoughts 

Speaking ahead of Tuesday's cancelled FA Trophy clash about the Glovers recent training in lockdown, Sarll said; I never subscribed to the full principles of the first lockdown period with the use of zoom meetings, but we thought as a squad it was important that we used that method to try to keep the same fitness levels up and better them ahead of a mad Christmas period.  

“We were with the players every day, giving them home-workouts to complete, tough home workouts may I add, so that was a way in which we could keep on top of the players instead of being on the training field all week.  

“We tried to keep that bond within the group especially with the new players as we wanted to ensure that they continued their integration with the team, so it was a lot to do over the period but routine that kept us all focused and motivated throughout."

Team news

The Glovers will be without central defender Luke Wilkinson on Saturday afternoon due to a suspension. Josh Staunton is also a likely absentee due to after picking up an injury against Eastleigh at the start of the month. 

A foot in the opposition camp

The hosts will have an extremely familiar face to Glovers fans in the dug out with Johnson at the helm. Having already led the Gulls to promotion from the National league South in 2018/19, Johnson is going for his second in Devon, attempting to guide the Gulls back to the Football League.

After loosing their talisman Jamie Reid to Mansfield in the Summer, Johnson turned to Daniel Wright who was in the Cheltenham side that guided the London-born manager to his second National League title.

The Gulls also boast a familiar face on the pitch through former Glovers loanee Ben Whitfield. 

Coverage

Under government restrictions, no Yeovil fans are able to attend the fixture, however there is a live stream available, linked HERE. 

BBC Somerset will provide live audio commentary with social media updates available across the Yeovil Town channels.

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MATCH REPORT | Torquay United - Yeovil Town

26 December 2020

Yeovil Town produced a disappointing performance on Boxing Day with a 6-1 defeat to Torquay United.

The game was largely over as a contest after twenty minutes with goals from Armani Little, Danny Wright and Connor Lemonheigh-Evans building a comfortable lead for the hosts.

Despite a second half consolation through Albi Skendi, Torquay would continue to dominate to claim a deserved victory at Plainmoor.

After 18 days away from action, Darren Sarll made just two changes to his Glovers side.

Adam Smith held his number one spot, but there was a change in front of him as Max Hunt made his debut at centre back alongside Gabriel Osho. Dan Leadbitter and Carl Dickinson began at full back.

The midfield was unchanged from Town’s victory over Bromley, with Charlie Lee, Albi Skendi, Matt Warburton and Emmanuel Sonupe all starting.

Chris Dagnall returned to the starting side alongside Joe Quigley.

Yeovil did very little to inspire the supporters watching from home in the first half, falling behind after just five minutes with Armani Little striking home a free kick from the edge of the box.

The hosts lightning start continued as on nine minutes Ben Whitfield found Wright with the freedom of the box to turn home a second.

Things went from bad to worse on 20 minutes as former Bristol City man Lemonheigh-Evans headed home a third for the Gulls.

With his side second best in almost every department, Sarll turned to the bench in the search for firepower as Warburton was replaced by Courtney Duffus.

The attacking switch did little to spark an attacking fire for Town, with Torquay adding a fourth just two minutes later on 37 minutes through Aaron Nemane who capitalised on A.Smith’s lapse of concentration.

The second half saw Yeovil enjoy their single spell of positivity, on 47 minutes, Quigley powered through on goal but could only find the upright. Just moments later, Yeovil did earn a consolation as Skendi bundled the ball home.

Just as Yeovil looked to be mounting some pressure, Torquay restored their four-goal advantage with Lemonheigh-Evans added his second of the afternoon with a calm finish beyond A.Smith.

Ultimately, it was an afternoon where Yeovil just didn’t turn up, with Gary Johnson’s Torquay adding the cherry on top of the cake on 83 minutes through captain Kyle Cameron who flicked a header beyond Smith to extend the Gulls' advantage.

With games coming thick and fast, Yeovil will have to dust themselves down quickly with Aldershot Town visiting Huish Park on Monday afternoon.

 

Yeovil Town: A.Smith; Leadbitter, Osho, Hunt, Dickinson; Lee (D’Ath), Skendi, Warburton (Duffus), Sonupe; Quigley, Dagnall (Knowles)

Bookings: Lee, Dickinson, Sonupe, Leadbitter  

Subs not used: Worthington, Palmer.

 

Torquay United: MacDonald, Cameron, Warren, Lemonheigh-Evans, Wright, Little, Randell, Sherring, Moxey, Nemane, Whitfield.

Subs: Kerr, Andrews, Buse, Covolan, Umerah.

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