January 2022

Yeovil Town left/right/centre back Morgan Williams has been named in the official Vanarama Team Of the Week

Williams was part of the Glovers defence which held out for three vital points against Woking.

Williams joins the likes of Andrew Dallas from Stockport and Halifax’s Billy Waters in the team.

Congratulations Morgan!

Highlights of the first win of 2022 for Yeovil Town are available now on the club’s YouTube channel, including a lovely finish from Charlie Wakefield (45 seconds) and a silly second booking for Mark Little (2 minutes, 35 seconds).

Also, if anyone didn’t understand Dave’s random reference to Woking being “unable to eat their own dinner” on today’s podcast (think he meant “finish their dinner”) then skip to the two minute mark to see Cards’ striker Inih Effiong’s ‘effort’.

Morgan Williams. Picture courtesy of Mike Kunz.

Glovers’ defender Morgan Williams has said that the team are looking forward to renewing rivalries with W*ymouth on Tuesday night.

Speaking to the BBC after the Weekend’s game with Woking he said that he couldn’t wait for the game.

We’re happy to get the three points (against Woking) but we can focus on the big game on Tuesday night”

“I’m really excited, hopefully we do the performance we did today and get the three points.”

“Three points every week would be massive and beating W*ymouth would be massive for us”

Williams, who has played in just about every position across the back four says the team are taking the rest of the season game by game and is willing to play wherever the team needs in the hunt for the next three points.

Yeovil Town host the Seagull Botherers this Tuesday with a 7.45 kick off at Huish Park.

Dan Moss, Josh Staunton and Joe Quigley defend vs Weymouth
Credit: Weymouth Flickr

Yeovil Town manager Darren Sarll, is looking forward to renewing the derby rivalry with W*ymouth.

Speaking ahead of the weekend’s game against Woking to the Gloverscast he said he was excited to give the fans a performance to be proud of.

They are brilliant games, I get quite nervous for them but that is because I know the importance of them.”

“That penalty shoot-out (in the FA Cup) was horrendous, I questioned my faith!

David (Oldfield, W*ymouth manager) has gone in there and he’s a very good coach, they will have a different energy and strategy in them, it will be a different contest.”

“They have closed the gap with us from previous years.
Last season we were heavily dominant, but we will have to make sure we are well recovered from Woking.”

Sarll was hopeful of a positive result not just for the fans, but also to avoid having to work the players on Wednesday – which just so happens to be his 39th birthday.

Great games and supporters just make sure everyone gets there safe and goes home safely.”

“Birthdays don’t exist in football seasons. I will be grateful to get there in the current climate, it’s my 21st season in professional football – I probably look 49!
I’ll soon be up for the big 4-0! The players bring cakes in, I don’t know if I will though.”

“If we don’t win on Tuesday, we’ll be in (on Wednesday) and I’ll get a barrage of abuse from my wife and then that comes back on to them.”

We’ve got points on the board!! Here to revel in the glory of a win at Woking are Ian, Ben and the man who made the trip, Dave. We take your questions and take a look ahead to W*ymouth on Tuesday.

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Well, it wasn’t pretty, but a hard-earned three points for ten-man Yeovil Town at Woking are the first we’ve got on the board in 2022. Here’s how Coatesie saw it from his vantage point at the Kingfield Stadium….


It probably doesn’t bear counting as a conclusion any longer, but this team really is putting everything on the line for points this season.
In a profession where there is a dwindling amount of loyalty, we have a team constructed of those at either ends of their careers who are playing like their lives depend on it.
There’s no experienced heads looking to see out their autumn years on easy street, or youngsters who see this as simply a step on the ladder – or if they do, they are going to kick and fight their way up it.
I cannot help being drawn back to the comparison of the side which took us out of the Football League…..if that side had half the spirit of this one….anyway, that’s a conversation for another day.

Luke Wilkinson.
Picture courtesy of Mike Kunz.

How much do we need Luke Wilkinson? The manager described his performance as “great, rubbish and great all in the same game” but even at his most ‘rubbish’ he was inspiring.
Ben Barclay alongside him looks a useful addition and when the kitchen sink came from Woking with us down to ten men, they ran in to a Wilko and Barclay-shaped wall.
The stats in all competitions where he’s featured speak for themselves.
With Wilko: P17 W11 D1 L5.
Without Wilko: P12 W1 D6 L5.
That is if you count the penalty shoot-outs against W*ymouth and Needham Market (both without Wilko) as draws at 90 minutes, and give him a win for his two-minute cameo at the end of the victory at Wrexham.

Whilst you can only beat what’s in front of you, this was a very poor Woking team.
Missing their only decent player in Max Kretzschmar and now without their only goal threat, Tahvon Campbell, who moved back in to the League at the, they were devoid of any quality.
A better side or one with a player able to find a bovine’s behind with a string instrument would surely have put away some of the chances Woking wasted.
Even with ten men for half-an-hour, there was only one occasion where Grant Smith was forced in to serious action.
The effort we put in saw is over the line, but let’s make no mistake this was a poor opponent.

I could complain about the referee, Tom Bishop, who was seemingly intent on sending someone off from the opening moments….oh, I just did a bit!
But, there were too many occasions where we gave the referee an invitation he didn’t need to go to his pocket.
Darren Sarll described Tom Knowles as a “daft bugger” for getting his fifth yellow for delaying play, and it felt like both sides gave away fouls which you can afford to do  against a trigger-happy referee.
When both benches are throwing their hands up in frustration at decisions, you get the impression of the kind of game Mr Bishop had.

Finally, who’s still standing? With Tom Knowles now suspended for Tuesday’s derby with W*ymouth, Jordan Barnett having limped off with a hamstring strain to go with the ankle injury he went in to Saturday with, it’s looking threadbare.
The addition of Barclay was a plus and it was great to see Lawson D’Ath back on the bench – oh how we could do with his skill in midfield – but more reinforcements are needed.

Yeovil Town manager Darren Sarll talks to BBC Radio Somerset

Darren Sarll praised his ‘excellent’ Yeovil Town side after the Glovers grabbed 1-0 win at Woking.

Charlie Wakefield scored a 15th minute winner at Kingfield Stadium, where more than 500 Yeovil fans made the trip to will the Glovers over the line.

Speaking to the BBC’s Sheridan Robins after the game, Sarll said: “Sometimes you just have those days where you’re resolute and you hold on for dear life and today was one of them. I thought the players were excellent and the team that finished were such a young team.

I thought it [the performance] typified their spirit and we all know this is a group that wants to roll their sleeves up and give it a good go and a good fight.

It was a very hard-earned win, and it doesn’t matter how they come, we’ll take has many as we can.”

Yeovil go into Weymouth with a couple of suspensions, Mark Little was sent off after a second yellow card, and Tom Knowles picked up his fifth booking of the season on the one match he had to get through without a booking.

Sarll seemed frustrated with Knowles’ yellow, saying: “I spoke to Tom [Knowles] before the game about his four bookings and that he had to get through today. He’s gone through quite a long time without getting booked and then the daft bugger received a caution for delaying the start which was true Tom Knowles dopey fashion.”

Little was due to be rested on Tuesday, as he continues his return to fitness and Sarll felt his second yellow was ‘unfortunate’.

“I think Mark [Little] slips into it [the tackle] really, I think he loses his footing, that’s how I saw it. I don’t think Mark’s dopey enough, at 33, to dive in on a booking, so that was unfortunate,” he said.

Yeovil Town face W*ymouth on Tuesday, buoyed by a victory, while the seagull botherers lost 1-0 at Aldershot thanks to Brandon Goodship’s stoppage time own goal. Oh dear.

  • Jordan Barnett left the pitch with a hamstring injury, Sarll said he would be touch-and-go for Tuesday.
  • On the performance of new signing Ben Barclay, he said: “I thought Ben was excellent. He’s a good player Ben, he’s a very good player. He just needed, maybe, a new changing room, a new set of walls, maybe some new teammates to re-ignite that performance level.”
  • On Morgan Williams, Sarll added: “Williams is in the form of his life, for me he’s faultless at the minute.”

Tom Knowles, who has five goals so far this season.

The Football Association have confirmed the one-match suspensions of Mark Little and Tom Knowles.

Little was shown two yellow cards on Saturday against Woking, whilst Tom Knowles picked up his fifth booking of the season in the same game… his first one since mid-October.

Knowle’s booking has been listed as a “Time Wasting – Delaying the Restart” booking, hence Darren Sarll’s “dopey” comment post match. 

With the Glovers having now completed 23 league games the ‘5-yellow card’ suspension rules has ended with those picking up their tenth still expected to miss two games.

Both Little and Knowles will be absent for the visit of W*ymouth on Tuesday night but will be available again at the weekend.



Venue: Kingfield Stadium
Saturday, January 29th 3pm kick-off

Conditions: Blustery but dry
Pitch: Perfect, deserved more quality than it saw

Attendance: 2496 (501 away)

Scorers: Wakefield 15 (1-0)

Referee: Tom Bishop

Yeovil Town: Knowles 37, Little 39, Barclay 48, Wilkinson 57
Woking: McNerney 38, Casey 61

Sending off: Little 62 (2nd Booking)

Yeovil Town
: (4-3-1-2)

Grant Smith
Mark Little Luke Wilkinson Ben Barclay Morgan Williams
Dale Gorman Matt Worthington Jordan Barnett (Bradley 78)
Sonny Blu Lo-Everton (Robinson 64)
Charlie Wakefield Tom Knowles (Yussuf 72)

Substitutes: Lawson D’Ath, Reuben Reid

Woking: Smith, Anderson, Diarra, Effiong, Ince, Johnson (Kabamba 62), Lofthouse, Longe-King, Loza, McNerney (Casey 46), Nwabuokei (Allarakhia 46)
Substitutes: Ross, Rumble

Match Report

Yeovil Town picked up their first points of 2022 against Woking this afternoon thanks to a first half goal from Charlie Wakefield.

Mark Little was sent off in the second half after receiving two bookings, giving the ten-man Glovers a difficult final half an hour to keep Woking out.

It wasn’t pretty, there were plenty of bodies put on the line in the second half, but Yeovil go into Tuesday’s derby against Weymouth with a bit of wind in their sails.

Here’s how Coatesie saw it…

First half

The main talking points of the team news was a start for loan signing Ben Barclay alongside captain Luke Wilkinson, who was returning from injury, in the heart of defence.

Up front, manager Darren Sarll stuck with a front three of Charlie Wakefield, Tom Knowles and Sonny Blu Lo-Everton, who had impressed for large parts of the previous match against Wrexham.

The first chance fell to the home side after just three minutes as a corner routine found its way to central defender Joe McNerney, but his effort sailed over the bar.

A lung-bursting run from Matt Worthington created the first opening for Yeovil which fell to Lo-Everton, whose shot was blocked.

But as the game got going, Yeovil’s pressing game began to tell.

It was that tactic which told after you 15 minutes when a through ball forward from Morgan Williams, back in a left-back position to accommodate for the arrival of Barclay and Wilkinson, set Charlie WAKEFIELD free, he moved forward made no mistake to smash the visitors in front. 1-0.

That put Yeovil tails up and Jordan Barnett was the next to have an effort which well stopped by Woking keeper Mark Smith.

The fans in the stand behind the goal unfurled a banner in protest against owner Scott Priestnall, which seemed to spark an atmosphere – perhaps sponsored by O’Neill’s, Woking!

A goal in front and with an opposition struggling to create anything, there was not a huge amount of feed the atmosphere after that.

The biggest talking point of the final 25 minutes of the first half was a booking for Tom Knowles. It is easy to blame Ben for mentioning that a yellow card would keep him out of the derby with W*ymouth, but in reality it was self-inflicted. Not retreating for a free-kick definitely goes on the list of ‘did you need to?’ reasons for picking up a yellow.

From that you can tell the rest of the half there was nothing much to write home about.

Woking’s inadequacies, admittedly minus star man Max Kretzschmar and top scorer Tahvon Campbell who had departed in the week, had as much to do with the lack of goal-scoring opportunities as anything.

For Yeovil, the tactic was to get the ball to their front three and you got the feeling they could create something.

There was huffing and puffing on both sides, but it was the visitors who went in ahead at the break.

Half time: Woking 0 Yeovil Town 1


Second half

The opening 15 minutes saw Yeovil have to weather a storm with the home side turning up the pressure, whilst balls up forward for Yeovil relied on us having a player to hold the ball up. For all their qualities, neither Wakefield, Knowles or Sonny are that, which meant possession repeatedly returned to the home side.

For the entire first half referee, Tom Bishop, was drawn in to giving easy yellow cards and the howls  of abuse he got from both sets of supporters and benches indicated his quality. That is within Rule 1, right?

But too often the fouls were easy decisions for the official to give, and on 62 minutes a tackle from Mark Little in front of the home dug out as too much of an opportunity. His second yellow and he was off.

Lo-Everton was sacrificed for Jack Robinson and the Cards smelt blood, but could not find the quality necessary to make the most of their numerical advantage.

On 72 minutes, Adi Yussuf, who came on to some effect in the FA Trophy game at Huish Park, came on in place of Knowles. A man to hold the ball up, says the optimist in me*.

Two minutes after that change came a moment of (almost) quality from the hosts, when former Yeovil loanee Rohan Ince found space to unleash a shot which was blocked by Wilkinson.

If Yeovil were to get anything it was going to be from a breakaway, and they got one on 79 minutes when Wakefield got away and found the onrushing Bradley who tried to curl an effort wide.

For the rest, it was wave after wave of attacks from the home side. There were bodies in the way, blocking shots, whilst the home side spurned opportunities time and again.

The final whistle sounded to a roar of relief and exaltation from the travelling faithful. It wasn’t pretty  but three more points are on the board.

Full time: Woking 0 Yeovil Town 1

* – I was too optimistic about Adi. Sorry.

Hi I New signing defender Ben Barclay is handed his Yeovil Town debut at Woking this afternoon (3pm kick-off).

Luke Wilkinson, who returns to the Yeovil Town defence at Woking. Picture courtesy of Mike Kunz.

He is joined at the heart of the Glovers defence by captain Luke Wilkinson, who makes his first appearance since picking up an injury in the defeat at Southend United.

The pair replace the injured Josh Staunton and Jack Robinson, who drops to the substitute’s bench alongside Lawson D’Ath, who has signed a new deal to keep him at the club until the end of the season.

Stand-by goalkeeper Max Evans and youngster Toby Stephens drop from the bench.

Yeovil Town (4-3-3): Grant Smith, Mark Little, Ben Barclay, Luke Wilkinson, Morgan Williams, Dale Gorman, Matt Worthington, Jordan Barnett, Sonny Blu Lo-Everton, Tom Knowles, Charlie Wakefield.
Substitutes: Alex Bradley,Jack Robinson, Lawson D’Ath, Adi Yussuf, Reuben Reid.