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30 January 2021 Venue Huish Park Attendance

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MATCH PREVIEW | Yeovil Town - Dover Athletic

Look ahead to Saturday's return to Huish Park

29 January 2021

Yeovil Town return to Huish Park after four weeks away as Dover Athletic are the visitors on Saturday afternoon (3pm).

This is the second time the two sides have met this season, after a cup thriller in the FA Cup Fourth Qualifying Round.

After a disappointing night on Wednesday evening with defeat to Maidenhead United, the Glovers will be desperate to make amends on Saturday afternoon.

 

Darren Sarll’s thoughts

Looking ahead to Saturday’s clash, Sarll said; “The manager’s tough (Andy Hessenthaler), he’s an experienced football man and his teams reflect his personality.

“I’ve never had an easy game against a Hessenthaler team. When he was manager at Leyton Orient, they were tough games and so were the ones against his Gillingham team. 

“It will be a tough game, especially off the back of Wednesday night, which I’m disgusted by, we know there needs to be a very good performance tomorrow.”

 

Team news

After limping off on Wednesday evening, Charlie Lee will not be involved on Saturday, Carl Dickinson will also be unavailable due to a suspension meaning new signing Michael Kelly could be in line for his first start for the club. .

Emmanuel Sonupe, Lawson D’Ath and Luke Wilkinson will sit out due to recent injuries. Long term absentee Josh Staunton remains unavailable for selection. 

 

A foot in the opposition camp

Dover have struggled for form this season after financial trouble off the pitch as the season began. 

Sarll is always highly complimentary of Dover manager Hessenthaler’s teams as he prepares to battle with Dover for the fourth time in his Yeovil Town career. 

Arsenal loanee Tom Smith was Dover’s star man when the two sides met in the FA Cup, making numerous saves to earn Dover a penalty shootout. However, the shotstopper has recently returned to the Emirates meaning the Whites will be looking for somebody else to step up when it counts. 

 

Coverage 

Under the current government restrictions, no Yeovil fans are able to attend the fixture, however Glovers fans can watch the game live on the improved YTFC Live for just £9.99 with Three Valleys providing commentary.  Make sure you tune in from around 2:20pm for our pre-match show. 

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

 

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MATCH REPORT | Yeovil Town 3 - 1 Dover Athletic

Yeovil Town returned to winning ways on Saturday afternoon

30 January 2021

Yeovil Town put in a performance that was matched by the result with a 3-1 victory over Dover Athletic.

Despite falling a goal down, Yeovil’s character shone through with Joe Quigley’s goals either side of the half turning the game on its head.

Substitute Rhys Murphy added the cherry on the top of the cake as the game came to a close to secure a strong victory for Darren Sarll’s Yeovil.

With an injury hit squad, Sarll was forced to rotate his Yeovil Town side.

Adam Smith continued as Yeovil’s mainstay in goal. Michael Kelly made his debut at left back alongside Lee Collins, Max Hunt and Alex Bradley in the defence.

Matt Worthington and Albi Skendi began centrally for Town with Josh Neufville and Tom Knowles marauding down the flanks.

Reuben Reid and Joe Quigley maintained their place in the starting lineup.

As the two sides looked to find their rhythm, it was Dover who settled the fastest, causing early havoc from set plays.

On 13 minutes, this pressure would pay dividends as Ade Azzez turned the ball home from the edge of the six-yard box to claim the lead for the visitors.

The goal did little to spark Yeovil into life who looked largely disjointed in the opening stages.

Similarly, to Dover, Yeovil’s best chances as the half progressed came from set-plays. With Carl Dickinson suspended, the taking duties fell to new signing Kelly.

The most notable chance from a dead ball situation came after Josh Neufville was fouled on the edge of the box in the 38th minute, however Kelly’s drilled effort struck the Dover wall.

As the half drew to a close, it looked as if Dover were going to see the half out, but Yeovil found their goalscoring touch late. A well weighted ball from Bradley found Reid bursting into the area, as he was surrounded by red shirts, the experienced forward flicked the ball into Quigley’s path to level the game.

The second half began in polarising fashion to the first, with the hosts comfortably on top, enjoying a lot of possession in the Dover half.

With what was the Glovers first chance of the half, they had their second of the game through Quigley once again.

Knowles was the bright spark for the green and whites, especially in the second half, thrusting the play forward with his quick dribbling. He went close himself on 67 minutes, but his effort was just wide from the edge of the box.

As legs were tiring, Sarll looked to his bench for fresh impetus, and he got that in abundance from Murphy who scored just twenty seconds after coming onto the pitch, hooking Neufville’s cross into the top corner to extend Town’s advantage.

Murphy continued to cause havoc, after an incisive breakaway, the number nine was hauled down in the box to earn Yeovil a penalty, Quigley stepped up to seal his hat-trick but a fine save from Oliver Webber denied Yeovil’s dangerman.

Despite a late push from the visitors, the Glovers held firm to secure three points at Huish Park.

 

Yeovil Town: A.Smith; Bradley, Collins, Hunt, Kelly; Worthington, Neufville (Warburton), Knowles (Dagnall), Skendi; Reid (Murphy), Quigley

Bookings: Bradley, Collins, Neufville

Subs not used: J.Smith, Evans.

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