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01 December 2020 Venue Huish Park Attendance

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MATCH PREVIEW | Yeovil Town - Eastleigh

The Glovers host the Spitfires at Huish Park

1 December 2020

Yeovil Town will look to bounce back from Sunday’s FA Cup exit as Eastleigh F.C. visit Huish Park on Tuesday evening (7:45pm).

Returning to league action after 120 minutes of football on Sunday afternoon, Tuesday’s clash will be a real test of fitness for Darren Sarll’s side. 

Last season, the Glovers secured their first league win of the season against Eastleigh, here’s hoping history repeats itself tonight.

 

Darren Sarll’s thoughts

The gaffer was ultimately left feeling disappointed that the game was not moved to Wednesday for the sake of the supporters, speaking after the Stockport game, Sarll said; “If you put that scenario to any manager, where the team you’re playing play on the Sunday, and then you play them on the Tuesday, you’ll always go with that.

“My particular grievance with playing the game Tuesday is that we had a chance to get fans back into the ground. 

“We have all harped on about doing the right thing for the industry and the minute we’ve got the chance to show our qualities and values, they don’t. It seems we’ve become inclusive once more to our own situations, I think it’s really poor.”

 

Injury news

Following Sunday’s arduous tie, Sarll did not confirm any injury issues, but it is likely Town will have some walking wounded within the ranks come Tuesday evening. The Glovers will be boosted by the signing of attacking midfielder/winger Tom Knowles. 

 

A foot in the opposition camp

Since taking charge in 2018, Ben Strevens has sustained the Spitfires in the National League and even mounted a play-off push in 2018/19.

This season, the goals of October’s ‘Player of the Month’ Ben House have fired Eastleigh up to 11th, with five games in hand on some of the teams around them.

After some solid recruitment in the Summer including former Yeovil trialist Tom Blair, the Spitfires will provide stern opposition for Town at Huish Park. 

 

Coverage 

The fixture can be watched on YTFC Live for £9.99. 

Radio coverage is also available from Three Valleys and BBC Somerset.

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REPORT | Yeovil Town 1 - 3 Eastleigh

Defeat for Yeovil

1 December 2020

Yeovil Town’s search for a first league win continued as Eastleigh were the 3-1 victors at Huish Park.

Two first half goals from Ben Strevens’ side built a comfortable advantage which was only added to in the second.

Joe Quigley did find a goal in the second half as he bundled the ball home following a corner, but that did little to inspire a comeback as Yeovil fell to another defeat.

After adopting a 4-3-3 formation in the FA Cup, Darren Sarll opted for more of the same on Tuesday evening. Adam Smith began in goal, with Gabe Osho, Josh Staunton, Luke Wilkinson and Carl Dickinson making up the back four.

The midfield three was unchanged as Charlie Lee began alongside Albi Skendi and Matt Warburton.

The attacking three saw a debut for Tom Knowles on the right flank with Chris Dagnall and Courtney Duffus alongside him.

Despite defensive reinforcements, struggles at the back continued as it took just seven minutes for the visitors to open the scoring. Driving down the Yeovil left, Tyrone Barnett was given the freedom of the Yeovil penalty area to poke home the opener.

The goal did spark Yeovil into life, but the visitors did well to keep Town at arm’s length, with the majority of chances coming from the edge of the box through the bright Warburton and Knowles.

Yeovil’s best chance of the half fell on 21 minutes, a hopeful flick from Warburton fell perfectly into Dagnall’s path who powered beyond the Yeovil backline but couldn’t quite beat Joe McDonnell.

As Yeovil were unable to take their chances, fortunes were the opposite for Eastleigh who doubled their lead on 32 minutes. A defensive mix-up allowed Ben House to bare down on goal, and as A.Smith charged out he collided with the forward giving away a penalty which Joe Tomlinson effectively dispatched.

Throughout the first half, Town showed endeavour but lacked the cutting edge which Eastleigh certainly possessed.

The second half saw the Glovers increase the pace, with Lee forcing a save just one minute after powering a header on goal.

However, as the half progressed, Town seemingly lost their bite once again as Eastleigh added third. After Staunton was caught in possession, the deadly House pounced once again and emphatically fired beyond A.Smith to extend the visitors advantage.

Becoming Town’s top scorer for the season, Joe Quigley bundled home what turned out to be a consolation goal for Yeovil on 67 minutes following a corner.

Chances did fall for Town in the closing stages, but the Eastleigh defence was organised enough to limit Town to pot-shots, with Lee the only player to force a save on 81 minutes.

Late pressure saw Warburton force a heroic block but ultimately it wasn’t to be as the Glovers fell to another National League defeat.  

 

Yeovil Town: A.Smith; Dickinson, Wilkinson, Staunton (Leadbitter), Oso; Lee, Skendi, Warburton; Knowles (Murphy), Duffus, Dagnall (Quigley).

Bookings: A.Smith, Quigley

Subs not used: Palmer, Rogers

 

 

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