April 2022


King’s Lynn top scorer Gold Omotayo

The final National League relegation spot has been confirmed with King’s Lynn joining Dover and W*ymouth in the divisional leagues below next season.

Lynn could only managed a 3-3 draw with Eastleigh on Saturday which gives them too big of a gap to Aldershot who live to fight another season.

Meanwhile Maidstone have returned to the top Non League flight next season after clinching the National League South title.


Morgan Williams. Picture courtesy of Mike Kunz.

Morgan Williams admitted this afternoon’s performance at Halifax wasn’t Yeovil Town’s best, but is happy with how first season in mens’ football has gone.

Speaking to the BBC’s Sheridan Robins, the centre back turned left back said: “I thought we did well in spells. Today wasn’t our best game or our best performance as a team, but obviously teams don’t always perform to the best of their abilities. We just dug in deep and it was cruel at the end to concede that goal.”

He added that the afternoon followed a similar pattern to other fixtures this season.

“We’re a hardworking team, we’re a good team. In times this season it’s not quite fell for us. So like we concede in the last five minutes or whatever it was, I think that’s kind of been the story of the season. Conceding late goals and not getting that luck that you need to get in the top six or promotion sides.”

Williams has enjoyed a lot of time in the starting line up this season. Having initially been seen as centre back, he’s cemented himself as the club’s steadiest left-back with some strong performances in an unnatural position.

“I’m happy with my performances over the last few games. For a first season in men’s football, I’m happy with how it’s gone and hopefully next season I can play more games.”

Williams is the only contracted player (that we know of) for next season, and he hopes that some of his teammates stay with the Glovers next seeason and push on.

“We’re all close as friends, on and off the pitch. It would be good to keep the core of the team and push on next season and hopefully get playoffs and promotion.”

He’s a glass half full kinda guy isn’t he? 

Despite some positives, Charlie Lee was disappointed with his side’s 1-0 defeat at Halifax this afternoon.

Speaking to BBC’s Sheridan Robins, the Glovers’ Interim Manager was proud of his side’s work ethic, but bemoaned their sloppiness on the ball. He also felt there was a foul on Dale Gorman in the build up to the Shaymen’s 83rd minute winner.

Lee said: “As ever I was proud of the work ethic. I think we’re all a bit disappointed with how we played on the ball, it was sloppy, especially in the first half. For long periods in the second half they [Halifax] didn’t know what to do and they didn’t look like creating any changes. If anything we looked like we was going to get them on the counter.

“I think its a foul on Gormo [Dale Gorman]. I think its quite an easy decision to be honest and obviously we’re completely open once he makes the foul, and for a refereeing decision to cost us a counter attack and a goal when we were really solid, we’re a bit disappointed. But, I feel like we probably should have made some of our counter attacks count and then it’s a whole different game anyway,” he added.

Of the penalty incidents in the first half, the manager admitted he didn’t see a foul on Luke Wilkinson, but felt that Reuben Reid should have had a penalty as it would have been a foul anywhere else on the pitch.

Lee said there were positives but he wont find happiness in defeat, adding: “I can tell you in the changing room, they’re not happy with how the game went.”

He also clarified that Grant Smith, who took a nasty tumble in the first half was ‘absolutely fine.’

Venue: The Shay
Saturday, 30th April, 3pm kick-off

Conditions: Dull

Pitch: A rugby league pitch – rock hard, sandy and not conducive to good football.

Attendance: 1,947 (106 away supporters)

Scorers: Zach Dearnley 83


Yeovil: Wilkinson 53, Barnett 54, Knowles 80
Debrah 60, Warren 61, Spence 90+3

Referee: Michael Barlow


Yeovil Town : (4-3-3)

Grant Smith

Mark Little (Sonny Blu Lo-Everton 85), Luke Wilkinson, Max Hunt, Morgan Williams

Dale Gorman, Lawson D’Ath, Jordan Barnett

Tom Knowles (Ben Barclay 81), Reuben Reid (Adi Yussuf 75) , Josh Neufville

Substitutes: Jack Robinson, Alex Bradley

FC Halifax Town: 1 Sam Johnson, 3 Jack Senior, 5 Jesse Debrah, 8 Kieran Green (Martin Woods 75), 10 Matt Warburton, 11 Billy Waters, 17 Kian Spence, 20 Harvey Gilmour (Matty Stenson 64), 21 Tyrell Warren, 25 Jordan Slew (Zak Dearnley 78), 28 Pierce Bird

Substitutes: 2 Jay Benn, 19 Jamie Cooke

Match Report

A late winner from Zach Dearnley saw FC Halifax Town break a stubborn Yeovil Town side to earn the three points they needed to seal a National League play-off position.

The substitute found himself in the right place in a crowded penalty box to turn home a right wing ball from Tyrell Warren with seven minutes remaining.

Up until that point neither side appeared to have the quality to find a breakthrough with Josh Neufville coming closest when he smashed an effort off the crossbar in the closing stages of the first half.

Here is how Coatesie saw it from his position in the away end at The Shay…..

First half

The first meaningful opportunity fell to the hosts on six minutes and it was ex-Glover Matt Warburton who was at the heart of it breaking down the left before feeding in strike partner Billy Waters whose shot was cleared off the line by Morgan Williams.

Williams was a definite target on the left side of defence with both Warburton and Jordan Slee testing for weaknesses in the visitors’ defence.

With 24 minutes gone, Warburton and Waters combined again and it was only further last ditch defending that denied them.

At the other end, the tactic was to play long balls forward for Reuben Reid, Josh Neufville and Jordan Barnett to run on to. A couple of penalty appeals – one more half-hearted for Barnett followed by another stronger one for Reid – were the most we had to offer for it.

Until about three minutes before the break that was about the level of opportunities which came to either side. Then Jack Senior got away down the left and picked out Waters who (very fortunately) slipped at the vital moment.

Josh Neufville. Picture courtesy of Mike Kunz.

But the closest either side came to scoring fell to Neufville who found himself in space on the edge of the box and, with no obvious pads available, unleashed a thunderous effort which came back off the crossbar.

Certainly not a classic and goalless at the break.

Half time: FC Halifax Town 0 Yeovil Town 0


Second Half

Having warned Halifax supporters pre-match that they would probably be cursing Tom Knowles at some point in the game, the opening ten minutes cantered around the forward’s ‘injuries’ which certainly earned him his attention of the hosts.
For Halifax, the front three of Warburton, Waters and Slew continued to probe and there was some last ditch defending required. The most came on then house mark when Warburton and Waters combined for the latter to have a shot which was deflected by a heroic stop by Luke Wilkinson.
This certainly was not a vintage performance from either side with Halifax’s attractive passing having very little in the way of cutting edge, whilst Yeovil could not string any real passes together.
Going forward it relied on a moment of magic from either Neufville or Knowles. Neufville showed moments of his undoubted class but had very little in the way of support.

Another combination between Warburton and Waters saw the latter arrive at the back post to fire in to the side netting after 77 minutes.

Eventually The Shaymen found a breakthrough and unsurprisingly it came from the right side with Tyrrel Warren’s ball in turned home by substitute Zachary DEARNLEY with seven minutes of normal time remaining.
It was clearly a goal that meant more to the home side who needed three points to secure a play-off place. Manager Pete Wild punched the air in delight and The Shay awoke from the slumber it has been in for the previous 83 minutes.
For Yeovil, it seemed another match towards the end of the season with a further one to come in under 48 hours.

Full time: FC Halifax Town 1 Yeovil Town 0

Yeovil Town name an unchanged starting XI for the trip to play-off hopefuls FC Halifax Town today (3pm kick-off).

On loan defender Ben Barclay, who missed last weekend’s win over his parent club Stockport County, returns on the bench in place of goalkeeper Max Evans.


Yeovil Town: Grant Smith, Mark Little, Luke Wilkinson, Max Hunt, Morgan Williams, Lawson D’Ath, Dale Gorman, Jordan Barnett, Josh Neufville, Tom Knowles, Reuben Reid.

Substitutes: Ben Bradley, Jack Robinson, Alex Bradley, Sonny Blu Lo-Everton, Adi Yussuf.


As many of you know, the Gloverscast podcast had to find a few things to talk about on Friday after the last-minute withdrawal of Yeovil Town chairman Scott Priestnall from an interview with us.

Now normally, we would take in the view of an opposition fan and, because we thought we’d have something we to talk about, we didn’t line up an FC Halifax Town fan to speak with.

So, we’ve asked Luke Walsh, who runs Shaymen Talks YouTube channel, to answer us a few questions about our opponents this weekend.

How would you summarise FC Halifax Town’s season so far?
It’s been a surprising season based on the fans thoughts  going into this season with the lack of recruitment seen by a selection of our fans.
As a fan I was expecting a mid table finish at best, but Pete Wild and his backroom staff have brought in a good group of lads who have certainly over-achieved this season.

What has been the highlight of the season?
I think the highlight of our season has to be the 3-2 victory over Notts County at The Shay in October.
We were 2-0 down with a man down and 10 minutes to go and we somehow managed to not only come back but take all 3 points off the ‘pies after a 90+10 winner by Matty Warburton. I think that’s when the fans really started to believe something special is happening this season.

Who have been your stand out players this season?

Ex-Glovers’ midfielder Matt Warburton jumps for a ball with former Halifax favourite Josh Staunton in the reverse fixture at Huish Park in September.

Going forward, based off current form Matty Warburton is a threat, playing in the attacking midfield role, he doesn’t just bring goals to the team but plenty of assists too. Something I am sure the fellow Glovers are aware of. Billy Waters needs no introduction, he has scored 21 goals this season in all competitions.
He always works hard and is a handful to mark. Jordan Slew can be a match winner on his day, he is a very unique attacking player that can play in a range of positions going forward.

What can we expect from The Shaymen this weekend?
So luckily for us they are no really damaging injuries going into Saturdays game, however former Glover and current centre half, Tom Bradbury will not be fit for Saturday’s game. Niall Maher the centre half is also doubtful after picking up a knock at Southend last Saturday. Formation wise, I would be expecting us to play in our usual 4-2-3-1 with Waters been the out and out striker.

A big thanks to Luke for taking the time to give us his thoughts on his team and if you want to check out our very own Coatesie on the Shaymen Talks podcast this week – see here.

We were meant to be speaking with Yeovil Town FC’s owner and chairman Scott Priestnall on this episode. Unfortunately Scott wasn’t able to speak with us but has promised to come on next week.

So you’re stuck with Ian, Ben and Dave winging it and talking about Saturday’s fixture against FC Halifax Town. There are a few laughs along the way!

FC Halifax Town boss Pete Wild insists his side is not feeling the pressure as they bid to secure a play-off place when Yeovil Town come to The Shay this weekend.

The manager, who saw red (and went a bit red) when his side lost the reverse fixture in September, saw the gap from fourth-placed Solihull Moors cut to just two points last weekend.

The Shaymen went down 1-0 at Southend United whilst Solihull picked up a win with third place offering home advantage in a one-off play-off semi-final.

A win for Wild’s team on Saturday would guarantee a play-off place, a win or a draw would set a new record for the highest points total the club has recorded in the fifth tier since reforming, while a win would equal their best points tally in the previous ten seasons.

Speaking to the Halifax Courier, the boss said: “I honestly don’t feel that there’s any pressure on us, I feel that we’ve just got to keep going,” Wild said.

“The only pressure is what people try to create outside to try and put us under pressure, I don’t feel a pressure and the players hopefully don’t feel a pressure.

“All they need to do is play the game and not the result, just worry about Yeovil on Saturday, don’t worry about what happens on Monday, don’t worry about what happens next Saturday, just play the game.

Having lost at home to Maidenhead United on the opening day of the season, only promotion-chasing Wrexham and Boreham Wood (before their FA Cup run scuppered them) have won at The Shay in National League action this season.

Last time out in front of their own fans they picked up a 2-0 win over fellow promotion chasers Chesterfield with one Matt Warburton on target.



Shaymen boss Pete Wild is expecting more of what he and his side experienced when Yeovil came out on top at Huish Park back in September, despite the change of manager from Darren Sarll to Charlie Lee.

He told the Halifax Courier: “Yeovil are off the back of an excellent win on Saturday, I know Charlie tried to keep a lot of the same traits Darren  had and keep a lot of things going.

“I’d expect a team that’s like Charlie as a player, full of tenacity, full of energy, full of drive, wants to get in your faces and make it difficult for us, exactly what they did to Stockport last Saturday.

I’d expect a lot of that on Saturday because that’s a reflection of Charlie as a person and a footballer, so I’d expect more of what Southend gave us last Saturday.


Former Glovers’ defender Tom Bradbury will be missing this weekend after picking up a knee injury on Easter Monday.

The centre half, who moved to West Yorkshire following his release from Huish Park in the summer of 2020, had been expected to be out for six weeks but may be back in time for the club’s play-off campaign.

Fellow defender Niall Maher, whose foul on Tom Knowles gave the Glovers a penalty in the reverse fixture, is also a doubt after suffering a hip injury in the loss at Southend.

On loan Pierce Bird, who joined from National League strugglers King’s Lynn last month, could be an option at the back.

Winger Jamie Allen is expected to be missing with a hamstring strain, but midfielder Martin Woods, who had a three game loan spell at Yeovil in 2008, returns after suspension.



Matt Warburton is the obvious link between these two sides and is showing the class which Yeovil Town supporters saw far too little of during his time at Huish Park.

Ex-Glovers’ midfielder Matt Warburton jumps for a ball with former Halifax favourite Josh Staunton in the reverse fixture at Huish Park in September.

The midfielder has formed an impressive partnership alongside Jordan Slew and Billy Waters in the Halifax front line and will be looking to show his old employers what they missed this weekend.

The 29-year-old joined on loan from Northampton Town in October 2020 and was with Yeovil until the end of last season, but only made 19 appearances. Following his return to Northampton he was released and returned to the North joining Halifax in the summer.

Tom Bradbury is another familiar face having spent the 2019-20 season at Yeovil but he seems likely to miss out with a knee injury this weekend, but Shaymen midfielder Martin Woods, who had a spell on loan at Yeovil in 2008, could feature having returned from suspension.

In the Glovers’ squad, injured midfielder Josh Staunton was a popular figure in West Yorkshire before moving to South Somerset last season. He will be missing having just undergone surgery on a groin hernia.

Caretaker manager Charlie Lee has not ruled himself out of the running to be Yeovil Town’s permanent manager.

With chairman and owner Scott Priestnall saying he has received up to 50 applications for the position, the interim boss was asked whether he would be putting his CV in the pile.

Charlie Lee.

In true football manager style, Lee said his focus was on the weekend’s trip to third-placed FC Halifax Town.

Speaking at his pre-match press conference on Thursday, he said: “I have had conversations with the owner and that side of things will get dealt with when he feels are necessary, but I just have to focus on the next game.

I have loved being manager, it’s been a real honour. I will do it as long as the club needs me and what happens after that will be up to the owner.”

He added: “People want to know where things are at, including the owner, he is desperate to get things sorted.

“This is a great club, I am not surprised so many people want the job, the three years I have had here have been some of the best I have had through some of the hardest times I have been through.

“This club will do well next year, whoever is in charge.

The boss hopes to have injured midfielder Josh Staunton back before the end of the season after he underwent surgery on a groin hernia this week.

He will have on-loan Stockport County defender Ben Barclay back for the trip to Halifax after he missed last weekend’s win for the Glovers over his parent club, however, forward Charlie Wakefield seems likely to miss out.

On Staunton, the interim boss said: “We would like to have him available before the end of the season, it’s one of those operations when you can recover really quickly but we won’t rush him back.

“There’s a chance he may be available before the end of the season.”

Lee said his side’s ability to balance defensive solidity with attacking threat was the secret to the 2-1 home win over Stockport County last weekend.

He expects his players to take confidence from that performance going in to the weekend, but admits it will be tough for the squad to play two games in as many days with Wealdstone the visitors to Huish Park on Bank Holiday Monday.

He said: “We pieced both sides of the game together (against Stockport). In recent weeks we have either been attacking with real authority and letting in sloppy goals and when we have set up to be defensive we have struggled to break teams down.

“Now we are going to another best teams in the league and not many teams have got that much (at Halifax) but we will go there with confidence from the last result.

“Almost certainly the team that starts on Saturday will not be the one that plays on Monday which will almost certainly be the case for most teams, especially at our level.

“We have some people back and available but we don’t have 22 starting people, so some are going to have to play in both games and this is a group that is willing to do it.

“They will expect to win and everyone will expect them to win but we will go there and make it very hard for them, we’re a confident team and we feel we can get something.”

Jody Brown
was alongside Lee for the first time last weekend and he has spoken about his arrival at the club following his sacking by National League South strugglers Billericay Town.

Lee said: “I met Jody this year when he became manager at Billericay when I was a player there and I thought he did an excellent job with the club in a very bad place when he took over.

“When he left Billericay at the start of last week, I spoke to him on the off-chance and he said he was able to come in and help me and he’s an excellent person to have in.

“He’s got a lot more experience than me and he’s been a big help to me, we see the game in a similar way and his first game saw us beat Stockport.

“He stays very calm. As a coach I am quite calm, I try and stay even, but he gives me a straight answer when I ask a question, I don’t need people to just agree with me.”

Yeovil Town 3 Halifax Town 0 – Saturday 21st September 2002

In 2002/03, Yeovil found themselves having to play their first five games at the Avenue Dorchester, as a result of the newly re-laid Huish Park pitch not quite being ready. The season got off to a difficult start, with the Glovers needing an injury-time equaliser on the first day to rescue a point after going 2-0 down at home to new boys Gravesend, but also losing Adam Stansfield for the rest of the season with a broken leg. They then lost their second game 2-1 at Barnet.

Attendances in Dorchester were good – almost 3,000 attended the first match which kicked off late due to the August traffic, and crowds did not drop below 2,000 despite being held 25 miles away. While Yeovil were ultimately unbeaten at the Avenue, it was not the smoothest start to the season – losing Stansfield was a huge blow, and in addition Demba was having some trouble adjusting to the rigours of the English game and the other strikers Alford and Grant were more often than not substituted for fitness reasons. The defence was not quite settled, as the Glovers scored plenty but also conceded plenty, perhaps due to the uncertainty in personnel and formation.

There was also the issue of where to accommodate Gavin Williams – while obviously a talented player, he had been employed mostly as a striker in his formative years at Hereford. Gary Johnson did try this but didn’t seem to favour it, even after the injury to Stansfield. He started 02/03 with the 4-4-2 that he had ended the previous season with, but fitting Williams into a midfield four would be difficult as Johnson, Way, Crittenden and McIndoe were already there. This dilemma was possibly what drove the manager to try the 3-4-1-2 that would serve Yeovil so well for much of the season, with Williams in a free role. The formation change did create a problem for Anthony Tonkin – as a specialist left back, he did not thrive at all on the left of a back three, a position more suited to Colin Pluck. And in a wing back formation, McIndoe would be the obvious occupant on the left. Tonkin was an excellent player, and probably one of the best left backs we’ve had in the modern era – but only as left back.

After the first couple of games as a 4-4-2, Yeovil switched to three at the back with Tonkin where he did not look comfortable, but was the only option as Pluck was absent through injury. When Pluck returned, Gary Johnson’s selection headache would end up getting resolved by the unusual figure of former England midfielder Carlton Palmer. Palmer was manager at Stockport, who seemed to have become aware that a clause in Tonkin’s contract stated that any offer over £50,000 would have to be put directly to the player, and put in an offer for exactly that amount.

When Halifax came to town for the final game at the Avenue, it was actually the first game since Tonkin’s departure from the club. He would not officially leave for another week, but by that point was refusing to report for training or answer the phone on advice of his agent.

Halifax had just been relegated, and been forced to rebuild their team over the summer from a difficult financial position. They put together a decent team under new manager Chris Wilder, who was early in his managerial career at the time but specialised in producing teams who were physical and hard to beat on limited budgets. He would later prove his credentials by taking Sheffield United from the bottom of League One to the Premier League in just three years. He was also in charge of Oxford when, as a Conference team they knocked League One Yeovil out of the FA Cup in 2009.

Yeovil took the lead in the first half, with Crittenden scoring from the spot after a foul on Demba. A minute later, Gavin Williams gave the Glovers a 2-0 lead in spectacular fashion, picking up the ball following a throw, and curling in with his left foot from 25 yards. Leading 2-0 at half time, controversy erupted in the second half – latching onto a through ball from Williams, Demba was clearly upended by keeper Lee Butler for an obvious penalty. With no defenders covering, the referee had no choice but to also send Butler off. The keeper was infuriated, throwing his shirt to the ground in disgust and physically attacking Demba on his way off the pitch, presumably as he thought the player had dived. This signalled multiple players from both sides to engage in a brawl. As he finally left the pitch, Skiverton called something to him that was probably not very complimentary, and another period of fighting broke out. A Halifax player clearly grabbed Skiverton by the throat – an image which appeared on the front page of following day’s Non-League Paper – and should have been sent off but wasn’t. After consulting his assistant, the referee sent off Demba for no clear reason. It is not even evident from the video what the referee could think Demba had done. He just stood there passively while Butler assaulted him. The report said ‘foul and abusive language’, probably because it can’t be disproven by video and is often used when the referee knows he has made a mistake. The fact that Demba had not long arrived from Belgium and his first language is French, suggests that the charge was probably not correct.

Skiverton was then called over and rightly sent off as although he was grabbed by the throat, he also swung some punches in retaliation. What the ref got wrong was not sending off at least one Halifax player. In time the Demba red card would be overturned, but Skiverton was out for three matches. At that time there was a delay between the offence and the suspension to allow time for appeals, so Skiverton was able to play in two more games – Woking at home and Leigh away – scoring in both, taking him to six for the season and making him top scorer at the end of September.

Despite all of the chaos and red cards, the good news was that Yeovil were 2-0 up with a penalty to come. Crittenden hammered home the resultant penalty about ten minutes after it had actually been awarded and with the Glovers 3-0 up, the points were secured. Halifax did fight on (not literally this time) and got themselves a few chances, but could not affect the result.

Going into the game Yeovil were third in the table and the win took them up into second, overtaking Doncaster but behind Chester, who were unbeaten did not even concede a goal away from home until the end of October. After an uneven start, the Glovers were in a good position. Unbeaten at Dorchester in front of decent crowds, the anticipation was building in the town for a return to Huish Park, live on TV against Woking – a return that would see a glorious 4-0 win in front of over 4,000 fans, more than any league game the previous season. Now unbeaten in nine with three clean sheets in a row, a set formation and the goals beginning to flow, there was a sense that Gary Johnson’s team were finding top gear and it would take a lot to stop them.

Despite their financial limitations Halifax would become a good Conference team under Chris Wilder, reaching the play-off final in 2006. They would also provide one of the toughest examinations of Gary Johnson’s men in their championship season. Even though Yeovil were fresh off the back of six consecutive wins and brushing aside Hereford 4-0, the Shaymen took a 2-0 lead and threatened to bully the Glovers right out of the game. Brian Quailey and in particular Simon Parke gave Lockwood, Skiverton and Pluck the most difficult time I saw them have that season, and Yeovil were lucky not to have at least one man sent off. The second half was end to end, with both teams having chances to take the lead and Weale having to make some top class saves, before the part-time team tired in the final quarter and Gall stole the win well into injury time. It was an epic night which for many people, saw the champagne finally be put on ice.

Team that day: Jon Sheffield, Adam Lockwood, Terry Skiverton (sent off 71), Colin Pluck, Darren Way, Lee Johnson, Nick Crittenden, Michael McIndoe, Gavin Williams, Abdoulai Demba (sent off 70), Howard Forinton (sub. Roy O’Brien, 79). Subs not used: Luke Buckingham, Stephen Reed, Andy Lindegaard, Carl Alford