August 2023

Yeovil Town’s away game at Weston super-Mare is now available as a stream purchase through National League TV.

The match is a complete Sell-Out to Glovers fans, with 850 tickets already sold with WSM suggesting that no more will be made available to travelling fans.

The home side say that tickets will still be available right up until kick off, but for HOME fans only and anyone found to be of a Glovers persuasion in the home end will be ejected. 

To buy your streams (at £9.50) click HERE and purchase a match day pass for Tuesday 5th of September.



Teenage striker Olly Thomas has been recalled by Bristol City a little over a month in to a six-month loan spell at Yeovil Town.

The Glovers confirmed his departure on Thursday just three days after the 18-year-old made his first start in the 4-3 defeat at Havant & Waterlooville on Bank Holiday Monday.

He had impressed coming off the bench in the club’s previous five National League South matches, including scoring the first goal in a 2-1 home win over Truro City earlier this month.

In a statement, the club said: “We can confirm Olly Thomas has returned to Bristol City after being recalled from his loan spell.

The 18-year-old arrived at the end of July and appeared in all of the first 6 National League South fixtures scoring in the 2-1 win against Truro City.

We would like to thank Olly for his services and wish him all the best in the future.

At the start of August, City side lost forward Tommy Conway for up to three months after suffering a hamstring injury whilst club captain Andi Weimann had to be subbed off after just three minutes of a return from injury in the 1-1 draw at Hull City on Friday.

The Football Association has confirmed midfielder Charlie Cooper will miss next Tuesday’s visit to Weston-super-Mare.

He was sent off in yesterday’s 4-3 defeat at Havant and Waterlooville after two yellow cards; one for dissent and one for simulation in the dying moments of the game.

However, Cooper will be available for Saturday’s National League South match at home to Chelmsford City with FA rules stating: “The period of suspension will commence 7 days after the sending off offence…..

Given two yellow cards cannot be appealed, that is that – oh and there’s a £20 fine as well.

A Bank Holiday Monday in Hampshire, sounds lovely doesn’t it? Trains strikes might take the edge off the trip from Lancashire to the deep, dark south… losing 4-3 (despite fighting back from 2-0 and 3-2 down) definitely will make for a long, lonely journey back.

That’s what Gloverscast Dave did, he’s got five conclusions on what he saw (he probably has more, but we’re a stickler for the rules around here…) here they are.

Well that was dreadful. Let’s start with the obvious, shall we? That was an absolute defensive horror show from Yeovil. For the first half, we looked all at sea lacking any kind of defensive shape or discipline. Was it the absence of Josh Staunton? That was certainly a part of it, I think. Morgan Williams looked to be something we were missing in the first half as well. It got a bit better when he came on, but that probably just underlines what a farce the first half was.

Can it just have been the surface? I would definitely say the entire performance cannot be put down to the pitch alone. Playing on plastic does not stop players doing the simple things which we simply did not do. But it did appear to make them harder. We seemed to be incapable of controlling or passing a ball, let alone both. This was worse than the opening day defeat at Hemel Hempstead – our last outing on an artificial pitch – and with more matches coming up on these surfaces still to come, we need to sort this out quickly. Training at Dorchester, perhaps? 
Morgan Williams battles for the ball away at Havant
Too many changes cost us. You don’t need to be an experienced football manager to know that keeping a consistent line-up is the secret to success. With Jake Hyde fit enough to make the bench, it would seem that Josh Staunton was the only player unable to play on the artificial surface. Mark Cooper said last week that starting Olly Thomas would be very different to the player we have seen come off the bench to good effect recently and that prediction proved correct. The young Bristol City forward struggled to get in to the game, but he was far from the only one who struggled. If this was us offering players who have not been starting an opportunity to impress, they did not take it.
Will Buse in full flight at Havant
Being full-time means little if you have the wrong attitude. Last week, Cooper also spoke about there not being much difference between full-time and part-time players. For a team supposedly low of confidence having not won at home since February or won at all this season, Havant went some way to proving that point. But far from just fitness (although they looked every bit as fit as their full-time opponents) there was a great discipline and organisation about Havant. In Faal up front, they have a player who has the attributes to be a handful of defenders across the division and, if we can do it consistently, at a higher level. He bullied our defence from the opening minute and we could not handle him.
It’s hard not to, but we can’t lose our heads. There is no doubt this performance was a concern and the fact that it is now two poor performances in our first two away games is also a concern. But (big but), 10 points from the opening six games is still not a terrible return. We have put pressure on ourselves with a home game against an unbeaten Chelmsford this week and then our first derby of the season against Weston-super-Mare to follow. The job is now to embrace that pressure and step up. No excuses.

The final round of fixtures for August has finished, and with Yeovil being involved in the true “belter of a match”, with their 4-3 defeat to Havant & Waterlooville, I fear this may be a quiet rundown. Nevertheless, I’m here to bring you the scores on the doors from the rest of the league.

We start down in Plymouth with Truro City, who groundshare with one of our pre-season hosts, Plymouth Parkway. They got themselves another 3 points with a 3-1 win against Farnborough. Another 3 goals came in the match between hosts Aveley and Hampton & Richmond, with the newly promoted side continuing their strong start with a 3-0 win.

Chippenham Town condemned Slough Town to another defeat with a 2-1 win, while a 94th minute penalty from Aaron Jarvis rescued all 3 points for Torquay United, as they defeated Braintree Town 2-1.

There were three 2-0 wins, with Dartford having the measure of Dover Athletic, Bath City requiring some luck with a penalty and an own goal handing them the win away to St Albans City, and Worthing comfortably beating 10 man W*ymouth at home.

Taunton capitalised on their man advantage following an 84th minute red card for Maidstone as they drew 1-1, while 10 man Weston-super-mare also drew 1-1, with Hemel Hempstead.

Eastbourne Borough’s slow start continued at the hands of Chelmsford City, who defeated the visitors 1-0, and in the final game of today’s roundup, Welling United registered their second win in a row by defeating last week’s visitors Tonbridge Angels 1-0.


National League South results – in full

Aveley 3-0 Hampton & Richmond Borough
Chelmsford City 1-0 Eastbourne Borough
Chippenham Town 2-1 Slough Town
Dartford 2-0 Dover Athletic
Maidstone United 1-1 Taunton Town
St Albans City 0-2 Bath City
Tonbridge Angels 0-1 Welling United
Torquay United 2-1 Braintree Town
Truro City 3-1 Farnborough Town
Weston-super-mare 1-1 Hemel Hempstead Town
Worthing 2-0 W*ymouth

Bank Holiday Monday gives us another chance to chat about the loanees out and about in the non-league relm.

Firstly, still no Malachi Linton for Taunton.

Over at Dorchester, Ollie Haste was back among the substitutes, he was brought on in the latter stages of the second half, whilst Benjani Jr was an unused sub in a 2-1 away win over Poole – former YTFC man Jordan Barnett with a late winner.

Down at Tiverton, Jacob Shore was finally given some minutes from the start, he, along with Glovers’ ‘keeper Lewis Williams played their parts in a thrilling 2-2 draw with Plymouth Parkway. Parkway were 2-0 up, but with just nine men going into second half stoppage time, before Tivvy levelled it up in dramatic fashion.

At Shepton Mallet, they – and thus Charlie Bateson – are in action on Tuesday night rather than on Monday afternoon, they host Nailsea and Tickenham. 



Yeovil Town manager Mark Cooper spoke candidly to BBC Somerset reporter Sheridan Robins following his side’s 4-3 loss at Havant and Waterlooville on Bank Holiday Monday. 

The full audio is below, but here’s what the boss said – it pulled no punches.

“Defensively we were horrendous. I tried to freshen the team up by playing five players to try and give us that freshness. But I wish I hadn’t, I wish I’d have kept as much as I could. I wish I’d have kept the team that played Saturday (in the 2-0 home win over Maidstone United).”

The early exchanges were frantic, with both sides having chances, but Havant found themselves 2-0 up inside 12 minutes through goals from Muhammedu Faal and Callum Kealey.

Cooper added: “They could have scored ten, we could have scored eight or 10, but that won’t happen again. It really won’t. I have to do what I’ve got to do and just said to the players, that won’t happen again.

“We get back to 3-3 then in the last minute and we have a player tries to let the ball run out of play and gets brushed aside like he’s a feather, and they run through and score.

“I don’t know how (match winner Kealey) scored from there, but not acceptable. If we score three goals away from home, you have to win the game.”

One of the changes Cooper had to make was to replace skipper Josh Staunton, whose long-standing knee problems mean he cannot play on artificial surfaces, that change to the back line, along with swapping Zac Bell and Morgan Williams, meant a shuffling of the backline.

The manager added: “We’ve been quite good (defensively), we haven’t conceded loads of goals, but I changed the team today and I shouldn’t have done it. But I’m trying to keep it fresh and obviously the surface, Staunts can’t play today, but I need to assure everybody that I will do something about that that won’t happen again.”

To rub salt into the wounds, midfielder Matt Worthington was taken off with a calf strain just after the hour and Charlie Cooper was sent off for a second bookable offence in the dying seconds – both midfielders will certainly miss next Saturday’s home game against Chelmsford City.

The manager added: “That’s just a byproduct of the game because the game is so out of control and we’re scrambling to get back in it and try and win it or try and get an equaliser at the end. We end up over committing, people having to do too much running.

“Worthy tweaks his calf and Coops get sent off – it’s a blatant penalty, by the way, I’ve just seen, it’s a blatant penalty. I’ve just been to see the ref, but he’s not interested.”

“It’s a blatant penalty, by the way, I’ve just seen, it’s a blatant penalty.”

“They just want to hand yellow cards out now all over the place and it’s a blatant penalty. So there was a foul, we’re not blaming the ref, but there’s a foul for the first goal right in front of us. A blatant foul, linesman says it’s a foul, referee ignores him, they go through score, we should defend it.

“Obviously, that then raises the frustration. You’re not allowed to even speak to the ref now, so if you mutter one word, it’s a yellow card for most of the refs, and I think it’s such a passionate game, such an emotional game, when the stakes are high, for you to be able to not say, ‘Ref, that’s a foul’. Not swear, but just ‘ref, that’s not a foul’ for that not to be the case now, the game is gone.

“I know that we have to respect referees and we try, but it’s an emotional game. But if you can’t ask a referee a question – I asked the referee a question on Saturday, why did the penalty take so long and it’s a booking? Because I asked that question – the game has completely gone, in my opinion.”

“Their manager was sent off for having an argument with Toddy (assistant manager, Chris Todd). They’re big mates, they played together at Newport and they were having a bit of banter and he sent him off for having a go at  Toddy. So it was a bizarre afternoon, but rest assured, we will do something about that today.”

Jordan Young chases down a Havant player

Sheridan asked how the manager will use this defeat to mould the next few weeks and the gaffer suggested there could be changes – both ins and outs – but that whatever side is put on the field need to do more.

“All it’s done is given me exactly what… it’s helped me know which is my strongest team, and we got to get that team on the pitch, maybe with an addition or two and some going out as quick as we can.”

“…maybe with an addition or two and some going out as quick as we can.”

“I just said that they’re at a brilliant football club, they get looked after like kings and the least I expect is for them to have a real honest go when we come away from home and we have a massive following, that’s the least that we need to provide.”

“We get back to 2-2 in the game and we make a horrendous decision to make a foul in the box when the man’s facing the dug out and we decide to tackle him in the box.

“If we go in at 2-2, I think we win the game. But that then gives them another lift. So you can talk about tactics, you can talk about team selection, but if you defend like that, it doesn’t matter what team or what shape you play.”

On the loss of Worthington, the manager is hopeful it won’t be too bad, but the skipper-for-the-day could be missing for a while.

“I don’t know. It’s a calf strain, so it will depends how bad it is. Could be a couple of weeks.

“He’s a proper player and he’s a Yeovil player and he loves it and he runs, and our midfield players run 14K every game and they probably get overlooked, but be interesting to see how we cope without them.”


You can listen to the entire conversation between Sheridan and Mark Cooper Here

The above is taken from the BBC Somerset chat between Sheridan and the gaffer, he also spoke to the club’s own YouTube channel, that can be viewed below.




Yeovil Town defender Alex Whittle admitted his team-mates were “not good enough” in the 4-3 defeat at Havant & Waterlooville on Bank Holiday Monday.

The full-back was part of the defeat which shipped two goals in just 13 first half minutes as Muhammada Faal and Callum Kealey gave the hosts a dream start.
Having got the game back to 2-2 with goals from Jake Wannell and a penalty from Jordan Maguire-Drew, the Glovers gave away a sloppy penalty with Faal converted at half-time.
Speaking to the club’s official YouTube channel after the game, Whittle said there were harsh words exchanged in the dressing room at half-time.
He said: “There was a lot of frustration from the lads and the gaffer, we have to do better. We have to be coming here and winning the game because they have not won (before today) so they were buzzing at the end. But we have to lot that right next week now.
A 90th minute strike from substitute Rhys Murphy looked to have nicked a point for the Glovers before Callum Kealey sealed three points in the third minute of stoppage time.
Whittle added: “It is a team game, but defensively we have got to be better. There are some soft goals in there and you can’t come away from home, concede four goals and expect to win the games.
When it goes 3-3, I think we are on the front foot and we can go and get the winner, then we concede another sloppy goal. It was a very disappointing and we have got to be better.

“When it goes 3-3, I think we are on the front foot and we can go and get the winner”

It is not just the defence or the midfield, it is the whole team as a collective, we have got to be better. We have to stick together, we have got a good team and a good set of lads, but we have to be better.
The former York City man, who has started every match this season, refused to use the excuse of two matches in 48 hours and said the team now had to put things right when Chelmsford City come to Huish Park on Saturday.
He added: “I know it is hard playing Saturday and then Monday but it is the same for them, so it has to be better.
It was a great turnout from the fans again and they always come away with the numbers, but we have to put it right this weekend.

BBC Somerset reporter Sheridan Robins spoke to one of Yeovil Town’s goal scorers from the 4-3 loss to Havant and Waterlooville.

Rhys Murphy, who came off the bench to score what looked like a 90th minute equaliser, was honest in his assessment when chatting post match admitting there’s no hiding place, and that the team can, and will, learn from the defeat.

“I’m not going to stand here and point fingers as a team we were not good enough, we were not at the standards that this club demands and that we demand of ourselves.

“It’s all a bit raw at the moment, it’s quite as simple as that to be honest, too many of us, if not all of us, did not perform to the levels that are required and the result then is what happens.”

The Glovers were shocked when finding themselves 2-0 down inside 15 minutes, but fought back to 2-2 just before the break only to concede deep in injury time in both halves, something Murphy called “naive“.

He admitted: “It’s certainly naive, it’s unacceptable, to go 2-0 down, get it back before half time and then give away a penalty and then in the second half to pull it back and concede again, it’s just ridiculous.

“Look, we’ll assess straight after this, but it’s obvious for everyone to see that too many mistakes were made – it just simply wasn’t good enough – all of us, it wasn’t one of us, or two, it was the whole team, it’s bitterly disappointing.”

We should be walking out of here with a point.

In a game full of back and forths, it was a dissapointing end to an overall positive first month of the campaign, but Murphy feels it should have been better. 

“It was like a basketball match at times, when we were behind, they were obviously making it difficult, but we kept pressing, kept trying to ask questions, we get the goal back and then we throw it away – I think I’m going over things and just repeating myself, but yeah, just not good enough.

All game it felt like they were there for the taking – it was that kind of match, but at 2-2 and at 3-3 you see the half out as a minimum, if you can nick it, great, but as a minimum you do not concede again, you’re tight, you’re hard to beat and we weren’t that, we were the opposite.”

The focus moved onto the chance to put Monday’s result to bed and the Glovers welcome an unbeaten side that Rhys knows all too well next Saturday – Chelmsford City. Murphy wants his side to dust themselves down and learn from the game.

“Naïve, on our part, all of us, not good enough, that’s not pointing fingers at anybody, that’s us as a collective, and it’s something we need to learn from, it’s a big lesson today. 

“The manager has made his thoughts very clear, everything he said was spot on, after that point there’s not much more that needs to be said, it’s  a case of looking within. I don’t think any good comes from finger pointing right now, the whole group goes home and takes a right look at themselves and how we performed.”

“The fans have turned up in their numbers again, they don’t expect to see performances like that, the fans were brilliant with us again and we’ve let everyone down today.

We have a chance to put things right in a few days, we’ve got a long season to go, you know, it’s just a really, really, really(!) disappointing result, after a good run of results, at home, we had the chance to push on again today and we’ve let that opportunity slip.

Let’s learn, let’s grow as a team and let’s push on again.”


You can hear the full audio of the chat between Sheridan and Rhys, below.


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