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02 January 2021 Venue Huish Park Attendance

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MATCH PREVIEW | Yeovil Town - Torquay United

Yeovil Town kick-off the year at Huish Park on Saturday

1 January 2021

Yeovil Town return to National League action this weekend as Gary Johnson’s Torquay United are the visitors to Huish Park.  

After suffering a 6-1 defeat against The Gulls on Boxing Day, Darren Sarll and his side will be eager to exact revenge on the side from Plainmoor, in hope of securing their third National League win of the season.

With the Glovers responding briliantly from that defeat and comfortably dispatching Aldershot Town on Monday, confidence will be high going into the game as the green and whites will look to put 2020 behind them, whilst entering a new year full of new challenges 

Darren Sarll’s thoughts 

Speaking during his pre-match press conference, he said: “We responded well from that horror show last week against Torquay with a good result on Monday.  

We responded the way the group should have respond. I always back my group because they are a brilliant bunch and I love spending time with them. 

The boys are usually good from reacting from situations like these which is good to see. I thought we played alright on Monday and there's so much more we can do but until we get that consistency with injuries, especially with the back four then sadly we are going to see more inconsistency in our performances 

Naturally, you’ll want revenge from what happened last week because we’re all footballers who care about their football and their work, so hopefully we can prove ourselves this time around and consolidate a much better result." 

Team News 

It’s more of the same injury news for Town in 2021 as Josh Staunton is still likely to be sidelined as a result of his injury in early December, whilst Sarll and his team are awaiting further news on their most recent absentee Rhys Murphy.  

A foot in the opposition camp 

The visitors have had a strong start to the 2020/21 season, sitting comfortably at the top of the National League table with an eleven-point advantage.  

Following their victory over Darren Sarll’s side on Boxing Day, Torquay recorded a 4-3 away win against newly promoted Weymouth at the Bob Lucas Stadium in midweek. Goals from Connor Lemonheigh-Evans, Asa Hall, Aaron Nemane, and Josh Umerah ensured that Gary Johnson’s men maintained their fine form in the National League this campaign.  

Coverage 

Under the current government restrictions, no Yeovil fans are able to attend the fixture, however Glovers fans can watch the game live on YTFC Live for just £9.99 with Three Valleys providing commentary.   

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 - Torquay United

Yeovil begin 2021 with a victory

2 January 2021

Yeovil Town completed a late turnaround against Torquay United to get 2021 off to a flyer with a 2-1 victory.

Following a tight first half, the league leaders took the lead through Aaron Nemane early on in the second.

However, the Glovers never say die attitude shone through as goals from Josh Neufville and Luke Wilkinson in the last ten minutes saw the Glovers heroically claim all three points against the Gulls.

Darren Sarll was forced into two changes to the side that beat Aldershot on Monday afternoon. Adam Smith remained in goal, but it was a return for Alex Bradley who replaced Gabe Osho at right back who has been recalled by Luton. Max Hunt and Luke Wilkinson began in the middle with Carl Dickinson left back.

The midfield compromised of the same diamond from Monday, with Charlie Lee at the base, Matt Worthington and Lawson D’Ath ahead of him but just behind Albi Skendi.

After an impressive cameo, Josh Neufville replaced the suspended Joe Quigley to partner Courtney Duffus.

The first half was cagey throughout, with neither side showing their hand during the opening stages.

Wilkinson had Town’s first shot on target in the 13th minute after he connected with Dickinson’s cross, but his header fell straight into Covolan’s gloves.

Largely, both teams were restricted to sighters, with the most notable for Town falling to Duffus on 24 minutes as he fired an effort on goal that Covolan was once again equal to.

Town looked most threatening from set-plays, and Wilkinson went agonisingly close on the verge of the break as he sent an effort crashing off the crossbar.

The second half saw Torquay open with intent and open the scoring on 47 minutes with an incisive breakaway. Slicing apart the Glovers midfield, Nemane was sent clean through on goal and calmly slotted beyond Smith with their first clear cut chance of the afternoon.

After the goal, the visitors rarely threatened and looked to maintain what they had.

The 54th minute left a sour taste in the mouth for the green and whites, midfielder Lee looked to be in some serious pain as he hobbled off to be replaced by Emmanuel Sonupe.

With fresh legs injected into the midfield, Sarll’s side began to play with more impetus, and were seemingly denied a penalty on 58 minutes as the always-bright Neufville was hauled down in the box.

Despite being denied by the referee, the decision did little to dishearten Neufville, bursting beyond the Torquay defence again on 77 minutes but he mishit his effort, sending the ball just wide of Covolan’s goal.

Eventually, it was third time lucky for Neufville as he clawed Town back into the game. After Torquay failed to clear their lines, the ball dropped to the Luton loanee who deftly placed the ball into the top corner and claw the greens level.

After levelling the affair, Yeovil smelt blood, continually harassing the Torquay backline and creating chances.

As the game entered stoppage time, the turnaround was completed. An emphatic Wilkinson header at the back post from Dickinson’s corner sent Yeovil into a deserving lead.

With lead secured, Yeovil weren’t done yet, as both Albi Skendi and Tom Knowles had chances in stoppage time to add a third for Town, but the visitors did well to usher both wide.

Ultimately, Yeovil Town began 2021 just as they started 2020, with a dramatic victory over Torquay United. Next up for Sarll’s side is a trip to archrivals Weymouth.

 

Yeovil Town: A.Smith; Bradley, Wilkinson, Hunt, Dickinson; Lee (Sonupe), Worthington (Knowles), D’Ath, Skendi; Duffus (Warburton), Neufville

Bookings: Neufville, D'Ath

Subs: Dagnall, Palmer

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