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27 March 2021 Venue Huish Park Attendance

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MATCH PREVIEW | Yeovil Town - Barnet F.C.

Look ahead to Saturday's National League clash

26 March 2021

Yeovil Town host Barnet at Huish Park in the National League on Saturday afternoon (3pm).

In a repeat of last season’s play-off quarter final, Darren Sarll will be looking to exact some revenge on the Bees, completing the double over the side based in Canons Park.

The visitors have struggled this season, after overhaul in the Summer, Barnet sit 22nd in the National League, with only Dover below them who are not completing the season.

 

Darren Sarll’s thoughts

Looking ahead to Saturday’s game, the boss said; “We don’t know who will be taking the game on Saturday for Barnet, sometimes that gets a positive reaction from the players. We also don’t know what players will be available, whether that’s somebody coming back in or someone being signed.

“The games for us are so important that we win, so the pressure is almost always on us.

“We’ve been brilliant at Huish Park of late, we’d be even better with supporters. We’ve just got to keep pushing, and after Saturday and Tuesday’s result the pressure is on us to get a win and play well.”

 

Team news

On Tuesday night, both Matt Warburton and Emmanuel Sonupe returned to the substitutes bench after injury lay-offs.

Luke Wilkinson is a matter of weeks away from fitness, whilst Lawson D’Ath and Josh Staunton remain unavailable.

Working hard to get back to full fitness, Lee Collins is also on the road to recovery.

Saturday's game will come too soon for Rhys Murphy who is recovering from a hamstring injury. 

 

A foot in the opposition camp

 This season has been a difficult one, with the club sat 23rd in the National League. Despite starting the season well and amassing seven points from their first five games. Barnet have only registered one league victory since, which came against Halifax Town last month. The Bees also successfully knocked out League One Burton Albion in the FA Cup, before losing out to fellow League One side MK Dons in the second round.

The star man for the Bees is Canadian international winger Michael Petrasso. The 25-year-old has lots of experience in English football, which has involved spells at QPR, Oldham, Coventry, Leyton Orient, and Notts County. Brining International experience to the fold, Petrasso has senior caps for the Canadian international team, with his last appearance coming in 2018. In the same year as his last international cap, the former QPR man had a spell in the MLS with Montreal Impact, where he made 14 appearances.

 

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 service for just £9.99. Saturday’s commentary team will feature Yeovil Town defender Luke Wilkinson alongside Marcus Duncomb.  

BBC Somerset & Three Valleys 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 - Barnet F.C.

Comfortable first half secures victory

27 March 2021

Yeovil Town produced a stunning first half performance to beat Barnet 3-1 at Huish Park.

Bouncing back from Tuesday’s late heartbreak, the Glovers showed real eagerness to put the result behind them, finding an early goal through Tom Knowles.

Further goals followed as Charlie Lee and Josh Neufville got in on the act before the end of the first half to build a comfortable advantage.

Darren Sarll made one change to the side which drew with Notts County on Tuesday. The goalkeeper and defence remained the same as Adam Smith began in goal, with Carl Dickinson, Max Hunt, Albi Skendi and Michael Kelly ahead of him. 

The diamond returned for Town, Lee began at the base of it, with Matt Worthington, Knowles and Neufville further forward. 

Chris Dagnall returned to the fold alongside Reuben Reid who retained his place up front. 

With the visitors occupying bottom spot, Town looked to make their mark on the game quickly.

In the 6th minute, the hosts had their first opening, Dagnall was played through by a misplaced Barnet header but some heroic defending from the Bees denied the experienced forward.

However, it didn’t take long for Yeovil to open the scoring. Breaking with pace, a stunning counterattack was capped off by Knowles' pile driver from around 25-yards after Nefuville played the ball into his feet on 11 minutes.

Knowles was involved once again as Sarll's side doubled its advantage. The former Cambridge man sent a deep cross into Reid who headed the ball into Lee's path as he sent a sumptuous volley into the bottom corner.

 

It was almost three through an unlikely source, as Dickinson had his shot on the turn cleared by the Bees on the line.

The Glovers got the third they deserved on 34 minutes as Luton loanee Neufville capped off a great first half. Nobody could get a touch on Neufville as he danced through the Barnet defence and fired beyond Azaze.

With a comfortable advantage, Sarll looked to marshall through the second half and save the fitness of players after a busy schedule. After playing every game since signing, Reid was replaced by Quigley in the opening stages of the half. 

On 68 minutes, the visitors scored a consolation as Kefalas headed beyond A.Smith to cut the advantage to two. 

Yet, this did little to chip away the Glovers confidence, effectively dominating possession and keeping the Bees at arms length. 

The second half also saw an opportunity to give Emmanuel Sonupe some minutes after a long injury lay-off. 

Ultimately, neither side did much to test either goalkeeper in the closing stages as Town claimed a valuable victory at Huish Park.

 

Yeovil Town: A.Smith; Dickinson, Skendi, Hunt, Kelly; Lee, Worthington, Knowles (J.Smith), Neufville (Sonupe); Reid (Quigley), Dagnall.

Subs not used: Collins, Warburton.

 

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