October 2023

Yeovil Town have been drawn away at fellow National League South side Torquay United in the FA Trophy 2nd Round Proper.

The ties will take place on Saturday 18th November at Plainmoor.

As per the rules, the tie will be settled on the day;

“There are no replays. When a match is drawn after 90 minutes, the winner shall be determined by the taking
of kicks from the penalty mark in accordance with the procedure adopted by The International Football Association Board.
If a match is postponed, this must be rescheduled and played within the postponement window, on or before
Thursday 23 November 2023”

Winning clubs will earn £3750 from the prize pool, those exiting the competition will pocket £1000 for their troubles.


Michael Smith has been named in the official Vanarama Team of the Week after his Man of the Match performance in the win over Braintree.
The Northern Ireland international is in the mythical team alongside two former Glovers in attack; Reuben Reid and Ben Seymour.

Good Work, Michael!

It’s ten in a row for Mark Cooper’s Glovers. The conditions were abysmal, the pitch wasn’t pretty but more than 3700 were at Huish Park to Paint the Park Pink and see the 2-0 win over Braintree. Ian, Ben and Dave are back to chat about the weekend and take your questions.


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Have you dried off yet?! In adverse conditions, Yeovil came through to win a 10th game (in all competitions) against a good Braintree Town side, to give us a wonderful ending to a fantastic day for the club, and for the fundraising efforts of Yeovil Hospital. Let’s take a look at what went down across the rest of the league!

We start on the south-east coast at Eastbourne Borough, who hosted Slough Town in an enthralling encounter. The hosts took the lead twice, but were pegged back by the visitors, who showed great spirit to salvage a point from this whirlwind of a fixture. Another fixture where goals were raining in (pun intended) was at the Saunders Transport Community Stadium, where Farnborough proved they could cope just fine without their top scorer Alfie Pavey, who left for Woking earlier this season, as they hammered Dover Athletic 4-0. The visitors had a man sent off in the dying seconds, to make matters worse for a side winless since matchday 2…

Hampton & Richmond continued their march up the table, by handily defeating Torquay United, with a double from Mason Bloomfield handing the hosts their 5th league win in a row, while condemning Torquay to their 4th loss in 5 games. Hemel Hempstead recovered from their midweek defeat to beat Dartford 2-1, a Joe Iaciofano penalty proving the difference between the two sides, and in another 2-1 result with a red card for both sides, Tonbridge Angels ensured hosts Truro City remained winless in October.

In a repeat of their FA Cup clash, Worthing once again defeated Bath City 2-0, dealing a blow in Bath’s chase for the top spot in the division. Another top of the table side struggled today, with Maidstone registering a 1-1 draw on their travels to Weston-super-mare, with ex-Glover Reuben Reid scoring the penalty to equalise for the hosts. Down at the other end of the league, a slog between Havant & Waterlooville and W*ymouth ended up in a 1-1 draw, a result that doesn’t help either side.

Aveley appear to have got their season back on track, with a 1-0 win away to 10 man St Albans City, the win firing the visitors up to 2nd in the league. In the final two fixtures, there were 0-0 draws, between Chelmsford City and Taunton, and Welling United and Chippenham Town.


National League South results – in full

Bath City 0-2 Worthing
Chelmsford City 0-0 Taunton Town
Eastbourne Borough 3-3 Slough Town
Farnborough Town 4-0 Dover Athletic
Hampton & Richmond Borough 3-1 Torquay United
Havant & Waterlooville 1-1 W*ymouth
Hemel Hempstead Town 2-1 Dartford
St Albans City 0-1 Aveley
Truro City 1-2 Tonbridge Angels
Welling United 0-0 Chippenham Town
Weston-super-mare 1-1 Maidstone United

National League South table

Yeovil Town picked up their 10th win in a row on an afternoon where more than 3,700 showed up in the pouring rain to Paint the Park Pink. Here are Ian’s Five Conclusions from the press box.

This one was quite the tactical battle. Yeovil’s first half plan seemed to involve drawing the Braintree forward-line out, beating their press with a ball into Jordan Young who was given acres of space to work his magic. While the goal – a composed finish from Matt Worthington – came from a goalkeeping error on a set piece, there were plenty of occasions where Young was given freedom in between the midfield and defence of Braintree, however the final ball was lacking. Before half time, Braintree made the change to match up the Glovers in a 4-2-3-1 and then put four up top in the second half forcing Yeovil to revert to a back five and just get out of the game with the points. While we struggled with the pitch in the second half, Braintree seemed to control the ball well and showed what a credible outfit they are.

We have an unbelievable defensive unit. If you’d told me at the start of the season that we’d settle on a back line that didn’t include Josh Staunton I wouldn’t have believed you. But, such is the quality of the partnership of Morgan Williams and Jake Wannell that Staunton wasn’t even afforded a place on the bench yesterday afternoon. We’re running out of wax and lyrics for Michael Smith, but he was given sponsor’s man of the match for his performance. Alex Whittle had another excellent game. He’s quietly gone about his business so far this season, putting in consistent performances week after week and I think yesterday was probably his best given he started at left-back and had to play centre-back in the second half. And, where would be without Super Joe Day in goal?

It was another match where Mark Cooper got to show off the depth of his squad. In any other season, taking out Josh Owers, Rhys Murphy and Frank Nouble in their vein of form would prompt cries of derision amongst supporters. However, given Sonny Cox’s cameo against W*ymouth, the technical ability of Sonny Blu Lo-Everton and recent heroics of Will Dawes no one can begrudge them getting an opportunity. Cooper said he felt Jake Hyde wasn’t ready, but when he and Nouble did enter the fray they combined well for the goal – albeit after struggling to get into the game at all. This was a fixture where Rhys Murphy was rested, Jordan Maguire-Drew and Josh Staunton missed out altogether and Charlie Cooper was still unavailable.

The Huish Park pitch is in need of a rest. The downpour was relentless yesterday. From before the kick off, through the entirety of the match and after the final whistle it absolutely p*ssed it down. By the time the referee blew the final whistle, players were struggling to stay on their feet, the ball was getting held up in the water and the surface was tearing up with every kick of the ball. With Gateshead visiting next Saturday and the weather forecast looking iffy this week, the ground staff at Huish Park will have their work cut out. Water from the pitch had found its way into the walkway in the Thatchers stand and the main stand too and the home games are still coming, with three of the next four at Huish Park. 

It’s been a brilliant week for this football club. With the record attendance for National League South well and truly smashed on Tuesday night, yesterday was a different kind of event for the club. The support and spotlight the club has given on the amazing work of the Yeovil Hospital Charity and final boost it needed will leave a lasting impact in Somerset. To see all the pink at Huish Park, and the number of people who came out despite the weather was proof that Glovers will come out in their numbers to support a community cause. We’ve not had a lot to be proud of in recent years, but this week has left me full of pride for Yeovil Town FC.

Yeovil Town have announced three listening sessions this coming week, to hear supporters views on the opinion on the future of the club’s identity.

Following the takeover, Martin Hellier said the club would look at evolving the club branding and the club issued a survey that received ‘1000s of responses’ that have guided the designs.

The club have said that spaces are limited and you must reserve a spot HERE.

The sessions are listed below:

  • Listening session one: 1st November (Wednesday) – 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
  • Listening session two: 2nd November (Thursday) – 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
  • Listening session three: 3rd November (Friday) – 1:00 pm – 3:30 pm

Do you know what we need around here..? Even MORE loads out on loan. Well, you’re in luck.

We stick in the National League South though first, with goalkeeper Will Buse making his second start for his adopted Romans at Bath City. They were overturned 2-0 by Worthing dropping them down a couple of places in the table.

Off down the divisions below, at Dorchester defender Ollie Haste played the full 90 minutes in a 1-1 draw at home to Hayes and Yeading in the Southern League Premier South

Benjani Junior had been recalled from the Magpies this past week, but he was back out on loan and straight into the starting line up at Melksham Town in Southern League Division One South, that’s one tier lower than Dorchester.

He might not have scored, but he did help his side to a 3-2 win at home to Mousehole.

Benjani at Melksham
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Shepton Mallet and Charlie Bateson went down 4-1 against Bridgwater United, whilst there were no games for Tiverton (Lewis Williams), Gillingham (Haskett, Bareham & F, Haste, Lock) and Sherborne (Skiverton Jr), with plenty of young Glovers left bemoaning the rain.

However, we have three names to add to the Loan Watch list over at Welton Rovers. Under-18s’ players Jacob Shore, Max Dyer and Mason Alden all made their debuts in a 4-1 win over Millbrook in the Toolstation Western League.


Including Malachi Linton – who is still recovering from injury before returning to Taunton – my latest count is that the Glovers currently have 14 players out on loan at various clubs.