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21 November 2020 Venue Huish Park Attendance

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PREVIEW | Yeovil Town - Hartlepool United

The Glovers return to Huish Park

20 November 2020

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

The Glovers come into the game off the back of a 1-1 draw with Woking F.C. last Saturday, a late strike from Josh Davison denying Sarll’s side all three points in Surrey. 

Darren Sarll’s thoughts 

Looking ahead of this week's fixtureSarll said: “It will be a tough one, we haven’t beaten them in the three games we played against them. They have three former apprentices of mine so I know some of them well. We have a great group of players though so I’m fully behind them.”  

On the form of Matt Warburton: “He’s playing really well Matty. He’s a very intelligent footballer, he came out of teaching to be a pro footballer at 26 years old. He really thrives on that analysis of his opponent, he’s a real football man.” 


Team News 

Speaking within his pre-match press conference yesterday afternoon, the boss said that his side are in a much better position with injuries than earlier in week before Tuesday night’s scheduled fixture with Weymouth was postponed due to COVID-19 concerns.  

Despite the animosity earlier in the week, Sarll confirmed that his side's injury concerns are not vast ahead of tomorrow's game, with Carl Dickinson the only individual to miss this weeks training through a slight knock and is set to receive a late fitness test tomorrow morning 


A foot in the opposition camp 

Hartlepool United, have enjoyed a successful start to their National League campaignDave Challinor’s side have only lost two of their opening eight league games resulting in three wins and three draws against the likes of EastleighAltrincham and Bromley. 

However, in their last National League fixture, Pool fell short to a 1-0 home defeat to newly bought Wrexham after a long-distance strike from Elliott Durrel in the 55th minute gave the men from the Racecourse all three points at Victoria Park.  


Previous meetings 

Last time out against this weekend's visitors it resulted in a tense affair at Huish Park in a 2-2 draw in the National League back in January with Rhys Murphy’s controversial sending off dominating the story of the game. 

Scoring twice through Matt Worthington and Charlie Lee before the sending off of Rhys Murphy, Town felt hard done by to draw the game after looking comfortable beforehand. 

Goals from Peter Kioso and Gus Mufuta ensured that Pool took home a share of the spoils and added to the frustration of the Glovers in their push for automatic promotion.  



The National League clash will be shown on YTFC Live for £9.99. We've taken on your feedback and moved the camera to ensure an unobstructed view of the National League clash.  

For radio listeners, BBC Somerset and Three Valleys radio will be covering the game alongside social media updates across the YTFC channels. 

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MATCH REPORT | Yeovil Town 1-3 Hartlepool United

A disappointing afternoon at Huish Park

21 November 2020

Yeovil Town fell to a disappointing defeat at Huish Park as Hartlepool United were the 3-1 victors in Saturday's National League clash.

Three first half strikes from the visitors built a comfortable advantage for Dave Challinor’s side.

Joe Quigley snatched a lifeline for Town in the dying embers of the first half, but ultimately Town did very little in the search for three points.

It was a youthful looking backline, with Ryan Burke, Morgan Williams, Alex Bradley lining up in defence with Luke Wilkinson offered some experience within the ranks. Adam Smith began in goal.

With Charlie Lee suspended, D’Ath and Albi Skendi were the deeper players in the midfield with Jimmy Smith and Matt Warburton the more attacking options.

There was a new man with the armband as Rhys Murphy captained Town for the first time, he led the line alongside Joe Quigley.

With an attacking line-up on paper, Yeovil did very little to threaten, as Hartlepool set the pace throughout the first half.

It didn’t take long for Hartlepool to strike in front too, with just two minutes on the clock Luke Molynuex turned the ball in at the back post, showing a sign of things to come.

Chances continued to fall for the Pools with Rhys Oates missing two chances in a similar vein from the edge of the six-yard box.

The Glovers best opportunities largely came from pot-shots, with J.Smith firing from the edge of the box but his effort was wide of the mark.

As pressure continued to mount, the Pools eventually added a second on 37 minutes through Gavin Holohan who calmly placed an effort beyond A.Smith.

With the wind in their sails, Hartlepool extended their advantage on 42 minutes and it was the pick of the bunch. A brilliant turn from Tyler Magloire left the Yeovil defence stranded, the Hartlepool forward then had little to do as he slotted home the visitors third.

As the half came to a close, Quigley offered Town a lifeline in stoppage time. After driving into the box, the Glovers number 19 bundled the ball home to cut the deficit.

Following a frantic first half, the game was played in polarising fashion in the second, with the visitors protecting what they had.

With a more defensive outlook from the Pools, the second half saw improvement from the Glovers.

J.Smith thought he was going to cut the deficit to one on 62 minutes but a heroic block denied the experienced midfielder what would have been a certain goal.

For all Town’s pressure, the visitors had the best chance of the second half as earlier goalscorer Holohan dragged an effort wide from the edge of the six-yard box.  

In an afternoon with few positives, Darren Sarll was able to offer a debut to 17-year-old Alfie Lloyd in the hopes of finding an equaliser.

Ultimately that equaliser wasn’t to be as Yeovil fell to a defeat.

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