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MATCH PREVIEW | Yeovil Town - King's Lynn Town

Look ahead to Saturday's clash

14 May 2021

After two games on the road, Yeovil Town return to Huish Park to face opening day opponents King’s Lynn Town.

With just three home fixtures remaining, Town will look to end the season strong, capitalising on the strong home form seen in 2021.

King's Lynn have struggled in recent weeks, falling to a 4-1 defeat against Chesterfield last time out.


Darren Sarll’s thoughts

Speaking to the press ahead of Saturday’s game, Sarll said; “A good game for us is winning and playing good football. For me, my focus is sorely on ourselves rather than what King's Lynn foresee winning. 

“Winning, losing, relegation or not, I still want to finish the season strongly. We’ve got three home games out of four and I really want to inject some energy into the players and the football club.

“We’ve all suffered this season, and now is the time to start being that little bit brighter.”

 

Team News 

Whilst Town still await the response on Alex Bradley’s red card appeal, Yeovil will certainly be without long-term absentee Josh Staunton. Despite defeat, a shining light from Tuesday’s game was the return of Lawson D’Ath who was a second half substitute.

Toby Stephens could be in line for another appearance after two late cameos against Aldershot and Wrexham.

 

A foot in the opposition camp

Like all clubs at this level, COVID has had a major impact for King’s Lynn, the loss of star striker Adam Marriott freed up much needed funds to keep the Linnets afloat and competitive ready for next season’s second campaign in the National League.

The loss of Marriott meant former Norwich man Sonny Carey stepped up to take the mantle as the leading man at the Walks. The 20-year-old midfielder has flourished in his first season in the National League, scoring five goals in all competitions. After joining from Wrexham in June 2019, he had to be patient for his chance to shine. Taking his chance when he got it,

Carey’s performances have seen links surface to Championship sides Swansea and Bournemouth, with recently promoted League Two side Bolton Wanderers also taking an interest in his services.

 

Coverage 

Under the current government restrictions, no Yeovil fans can attend the fixture, however Glovers fans can watch the game live on the YTFC Live service for just £9.99.

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 - King's Lynn Town

Victory at Huish Park

15 May 2021

Tom Knowles’ quickfire double sank King’s Lynn as Yeovil Town returned to winning ways at Huish Park.

Two first half goals built a comfortable advantage for Town, before the visitors pulled a goal back from the spot.

Late in the day, Emmanuel Sonupe opened his Yeovil Town account, slotting home to secure the points were Yeovil’s

Darren Sarll opted for a return to the 4-3-3 formation. Adam Smith began in goal, whilst Carl Dickinson and Luke Wilkinson returned to the defence alongside Billy Sass-Davies and Michael Kelly. 

Charlie Lee began the deepest of the midfield three alongside Lawson D'Ath who made his first start since a long injury lay-off, whilst Chris Dagnall continued in the midfield role he has thrived in. 

Reuben Reid began as a lone striker with Josh Neufville and Knowles flanking him. 

The switch back to the 4-3-3 payed dividends for Town in the opening stages, dominating the ball in the King's Lynn half. 

It only took nine minutes for this pressure to tell, as Knowles capitalised on Tai Fleming's slip, drivining into the box and rounding Theo Richardson to open the scoring. 

It was a three-minute double-salvo for Knowles who added his second of the afternoon in spectacular style. After a fine passing move, the former Cambridge man picked up the ball on the edge of the box and placed the ball into the back of the net. 

The returning Wilkinson almost made it three from one of his trademark free-kick's but strong goalkeeping from Robinson kept King's Lynn within two. 

Town's lead was cut in the 21st minute as Wilkinson left a leg in to give the visitors an opportunity to strike from the spot. Journeyman Simeon Jackson stepped up and finished emphatically. 

With the pitch wet due to a continued downpour, tackles were heavy throughout, causing tempers to boil in the latter stages of the half.

Despite the goal, King's Lynn hardly looked reinvigorated, struggling to create anything of note, whilst Yeovil had another free-kick saved, this time from Dickinson in first half stoppage time. 

After an action-packed opening to the first half, the second couldn’t have been more different, with the best effort either team could muster was Tyler Denton’s hopeful effort from 40-yards for the visitors.

The first real opening of the half came in the 70th minute after Sonny Carey beat A.Smith with his effort inside the box but Wilkinson was there to keep Town ahead.

As the half went on, Sarll looked for fresh impetus from the bench, namely Sonupe and Joe Quigley. It didn’t take long for the two changes to combine, an excellent exchange between the two freed the wide man to fire home his first goal in green and white.

In fairness to the Linnets, they weren’t disheartened by the late goal, as Michael Gash almost pulled one back for King's Lynn but his header struck the bar, much to the relief of A.Smith.

Ultimately it was a deserved victory for the green and whites who will be looking forward to the return of the Huish Park faithful on Tuesday evening against Maidenhead.

 

Yeovil Town: A.Smith; Dickinson, Sass-Davies, Dickinson, Kelly; Lee, D'Ath (Stephens), Dagnall; Neufville (Sonupe), Reid (Quigley), Knowles. 

Bookings: Wilkinson, Dickinson. 

Subs not used: Evans

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