February 2024 (Page 2)

Yeovil fell to their fifth defeat of this season this afternoon with the 1-0 loss at Chelmsford and stopper Joe Day said the Glovers are taking nothing for granted.

Speaking to BBC Somerset’s Ian Randall, the keeper said: “Look, we’ve got ourselves in a great position. But that’s all it is at this point in the season. It’s a good position, you know, nothing’s won yet. We’ve gotta carry on. Stick to the plan that we’ve had. Keep playing the football, we’ve been playing.

“I’ve no doubt we’ll react like we have done a few times a season, after a poor result or a poor performance. We come out again. It’s a great group of lads, you know, in that dressing room and we’ll all be hurting until we can put it right. But it’s a tough league. It’s tough coming on these away days. So yeah, like I said, take it on the chin, move on, get a good week’s training under our belts and look forward to a response next Saturday.” 

Picture courtesy of Mike Kunz

It was a game that seemed it was always going to be decided by a single goal and Day said it was ‘disappointing’ and ‘frustrating’ afternoon in Essex.

He said: “Of course, we’re disappointed. We set up and we want to win every game of football. It’s frustrating that we couldn’t hold on for a clean sheet and frustrating we couldn’t put one of our chances away, but you know, we’ll do what we what we always do. We’ll stick together, we’ll regroup and and we’ll look to go again.

“I think it was a game with lots of turnovers, but no real clear cut chances. So yeah, it did feel like it was going to be whoever took a chance. I’m always confident we’re going to score. For me, [It’s] a little bit disappointing, [we were] a little bit toothless at times – which is the frustrating part. And then, we get punished with a half chance, really. But we should be defending that and seeing the game out with the clean sheet and at worst case scenario we draw the game 0-0.”

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A second half goal from Charlie Ruff saw Yeovil Town fall to a defeat against a Chelmsford City side who climbed to second in the National League South table on Saturday.

The Essex outfit pulled ahead of Worthing who lost for the second time in as many matches going down 1-0 to an in-form Braintree Town. They’re still 12 points behind the table-topping Glovers, however.

Here’s how Dave saw it from the away end at the Melbourne Stadium.

First half

After some even opening exchanges, a superb ball from Matt Worthington after five minutes found Jordan Stevens on the right, his  ball found its way to Dylan Morgan whose shot was fumbled by the Chelmsford keeper, but Frank Nouble could not pick up the rebound.

But seven minutes later Yeovil were indebted to keeper Joe Day. Jay Foulston was caught napping by Jermaine Francis who unleashed a low shot which the keeper got down well to turn wide for a corner. From the resulting flag kick, George Alexander headed just over the bar.

On 25 minutes, Matt Worthington let fly from 20 yards out but Gray in the Chelmsford goal was equal to it to turn it over the bar.

Jake Wannell wins a header in the first half.

But chances were few and far between with Yeovil sticking to their principles of trying to play through their opponents, and Chelmsford only really threatening from set pieces.

A case in point being Winfeld’s header with half-time approaching, and then soon after Francis had a glorious opportunity after a quick break but he lashed his shot just past the far post on 44 minutes.

The better chances undoubtedly fell to the home side but goalless at the break.

Half time: Chelmsford City 0 Yeovil Town 0

Second half

Aside from a booking for Morgan Williams and a couple of scrambles in the Yeovil goalmouth, the first real event of the first half saw Alex Fisher replace Dylan Morgan on 56 minutes. 

The change saw Fisher through the middle to challenge the aerial power of Winfield and Barbrook at the back and heralded an upturn in tempo from the visitors who went more direct.

A minute later, a nice move saw Nouble’s ball in headed just over the bar by Pearson. The flag was up (as it was an awful lot against us), but it was a nice move. 

Fisher was having an effect as an aerial threat to knock the ball up to. On 70 minutes, a great ball in from Nouble down the right broke to Will Dawes, on as a substitute for Stevens, and his effort was superbly clear by Finley Barbrook on the line.

But, with Yeovil having their best spell in the game, Chelmsford took the lead. A defensive mix up saw the ball break to Clarets’ top scorer Charlie RUFF and he fired home from inside a packed penalty area with 73 minutes gone.

Six minutes later, Yeovil thought they had levelled when Pearson’s ball in from the right was flicked on by the head of Dawes and Fisher got a final touch. But the linesman’s flag intervened – again.

Worthington dragged a shot wide soon after before on 82 minutes before Charlie Cooper was brought on to replace Michael Smith.

Yeovil pushed for an equaliser and in the final minute of normal time a ball in to the box from Sonny Blu Lo-Everton was met by the head of Pearson at the far post, but there was no-one in the middle to convert it.

Two minutes in to stoppage time Day pulled off another outstanding save to deny Chelmsford substitute Ody Alfa.

A bad day at the office and a defeat but still 12 points clear at the top of the league. Could be worse, eh?

Full time: Chelmsford City 1 Yeovil Town 0

Match Details

Venue: Melbourne Stadium 
Date: Saturday 24th February – 3pm

Competition: National League South

Pitch: Churned up in the goal mouths
Conditions: Chilly and intermittent showers

Attendance: 1,502

Scorers: Charlie Ruff 73 (0-1)


Chelmsford City: Jermaine Francis 24, Finley Barbrook 35
Town: Dylan Morgan 29, Morgan Williams 50, Matt Worthington 61, Jordan Stevens 64

Referee: Tom Ellsmore

Yeovil Town (4-2-3-1)

Substitutes: Alex Fisher (for Dylan Morgan, 56), Will Dawes (for Jordan Stevens, 67), Charlie Cooper (for Michael Smith, 83), Alex Whittle (not used), Josh Owers (not used).

Chelmsford City: Gray, Brookes, Winfield, Francis, Alexander, Barbrook, Ruff, Barnum-Bonn, Watts, Castiglone, Ochieng. Substitutes: Wordsworth (for Ruff, 90+3), Carruthers (for Francis, 86), Alfa (for Castiglione, 71), Hockey (not used), James (not used).

Striker Frank Nouble and midfielder Dylan Morgan both return to the Yeovil Town starting XI for today’s trip to third-placed Chelmsford City in National League South (3pm kick-off).

Will Dawes and the suspended Jordan Young make way from the 2-1 home win over Weston-super-Mare in midweek whilst Charlie Cooper and Alex Whittle return on the bench having missed that game through injury and illness.

Today we visit Chelmsford, Dave caught up with Louis from ClaretsXtra about their season so far!

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Yeovil Town’s away game at Truro… in Taunton (more on that bit in a moment) has been rescheduled for Thursday April 11th – with a 7:45 Kick Off.

Quite a lot to unpack in one headline, I know, so let’s break it down.

The original game against Truro was meant to take place on Tuesday 23rd January, but was postponed due to a waterlogged pitch at Bolitho Park – the home of Plymouth Parkway (also, not really close to Truro!)

Taunton Town’s Wordsworth Drive pitch at the end of last weekend’s match with Truro.

Since then the White Tigers have arranged a groundshare deal with Taunton Town, which is even further away.

But, due to consistent problems at Wordsworth Drive still find themselves running out of time to fulfil fixtures.

So, with as much as SIX games in hand on others in the division, sides have had to get creative.

This Thursday fixture means it will take place in between Worthing at home on the 6th of March and Dartford at home on the 13th of March.

Please note – tickets purchased for the original tie are NOT VALID and will need to be refunded (by Plymouth Parkway) and repurchased (from Taunton) for the game between Yeovil and Truro… got that? Great.

Yeovil recorded an important win against Weston-super-Mare on Tuesday, here are Dave’s conclusions from watching on the stream…

Morgan on the rise. In his post-match questions, BBC Somerset reporter Ian Randall spoke about the importance of the goals Morgan Williams has scored this season – and boy did he have a point. A late equaliser at home to Chelmsford, at late winner at Worthing, a winner at Bath City, and now a vital winner against Weston-super-Mare on the night our nearest rivals slipped up. But, what is even more impressive is that this time he did it in a match when he had not played well. He was at fault for Weston’s equaliser and, at times, struggled to maintain an impressive Weston side. As Mark Cooper said afterwards, that says everything you need to know about his character. 

Picture courtesy of Gary Brown.

Missing the poophousery: The first half saw a Yeovil Town side which was too nice. Great opening 10 minutes, great opening goal, great start, then we looked soft. There was a Charlie Cooper shaped hole in the midfield and that allowed Weston to do what they wanted and they did. Things changed it the second half but let’s not underestimate the importance of a bit of poophousery.

Thanks Welling: Who loses 4-1 away at Welling, eh? Yeah, you got the joke. Mark Cooper may say he does not look at anything else other than the stats on his next opponent, but be assured he will have recognised the significance of winning on a night our nearest rivals did the opposite.

Rhys Murphy scores goals
? Gary Brown

Don’t underestimate the players we’re missing: Rhys Murphy, Jake Hyde, Charlie Cooper, Alex Whittle, Olly Thomas months of Jordan Stevens missing, how many squads in any division could hope with such absences? Take Ollie Pearce out of Worthing’s side and are they the same team? Rhys Murphy has had a similar impact on our season. It’s great to know that there’s a chance of Cooper and Whittle returning for Chelmsford with Thomas not far behind, we’re going to need them.

Saturday’s another big one: 13 points clear at the top of that table, air smells great up here, eh? But, Chelmsford this weekend will be another big examination. Over the last ten games they have the same amount of points as we do, but a lot of their success has come on the road. Get out of there unscathed and…. 


Yeovil Town boss Mark Cooper paid tribute to Morgan Williams as he went from villain to hero after scoring the winner in a 2-1 home win over Weston-super-Mare at Huish Park tonight.

The defender headed home an 83rd minute goal to grab a vital three points having been at fault for Weston’s first half goal in the first half on a night that second-placed Worthing slipped to a 4-1 defeat at Welling United.

That means the Glovers moved 13 points clear at the top of National League South table going in to Saturday’s trip to third-placed Chelmsford City.

Speaking to BBC Somerset’s Ian Randall said: “You see again tonight that another team have come here with no pressure, with really good players and they can go and express themselves and I thought Weston were brilliant tonight in the way they played.

We started great, played some brilliant football and got in front and then conceded a rubbish goal. Morgs got done, I just said to him that his character and personality has won us that game. He refuses to give in and he goes and gets the winning goal.

Fair play to Toddy (assistant manager, Chris Todd), because he works really hard with Morgan and Jake Wannell on the set-pieces and it’s another one tonight that got us over the line. You can talk about how well you have played but it’s a winner from a set piece again and we have scored a lot of them and winning teams score from set pieces.

The boss challenged his side to do more to put their opponents to the sword after creating a number of chances to make their win more convincing, as they had in the 1-0 win over Havant & Waterlooville last weekend.

Cooper said: “The only thing I am a little bit peeved about is the fact we create so many chances and we are not putting them away at the moment. We are having to rely on one or two goals when we should be scoring four and that gives the opposition a chance. If you look at the gilt-edged chances today through Youngy (Jordan Young) and Stevo (Jordan Stevens), they get brilliant chances and we are relying on a header from a centre half to win us the game.

We miss a lot of chances, look at Youngy’s chance, he is in the six-yard box and he dribbles it out of play when he can just roll it under the keeper. But you have to remember what they have done, as well as what they haven’t done.

You also have to remember that these players have to deal with the expectancy every game that they have to win and the opposition are not getting relegated or promoted and that is a really dangerous recipe to play against a team which has so many technically-gifted players on a really good pitch. So credit to our boys. I thought in the last seven or eight minutes when we went 2-1 up, we defended our box brilliantly.

I’m so pleased for our boys, I am really proud of them because they stood up once again.

Mark Cooper revealed striker Olly Thomas could return “in the next ten days.”
Picture courtesy of Mike Kunz.

Yeovil named only four substitutes on the bench tonight and Cooper admitted he did not want to bring on striker Frank Nouble, who arrived with the game tied at 1-1.

He is hoping to have midfielder Charlie Cooper and left-back Alex Whittle, who were not in the squad through injury and illness respectively, back for the visit of third-placed Chelmsford City on Saturday, when they will be without the suspended Jordan Young. He is also hoping on loan Bristol City striker Olly Thomas is close to a return for action.

The manager said: “We didn’t want to lose Frank as well as Youngy, so we tried to get some rest back in to Frank’s legs tonight. The idea was not to use him and save him for Saturday, but we have had to put him on.

He made a big impact when he came on with a great run and shot. I am hopeful Whittle and Cooper will be fit to play on Saturday which gives us a big lift and adds to those numbers and I think Olly Thomas will be back within the next ten days.

I thought that was more like it tonight from our fans. There was an energy from them and it made for a good atmosphere and they have got as big a part to play now as us. I have been speaking about it for weeks, not in a conceited or arrogant way, but successful clubs have that real energy between players and fans and it was there tonight.

Yeovil Town match winner Morgan Williams has said some half time words of encouragement helped the Glovers grab all three points against Weston Super-Mare.

Williams’ late winner sent the Glovers 13 points clear at the top of the table, but it wasn’t without being tested for large parts of the game.

Speaking to BBC Somerset’s Ian Randall after the game, the defender said; “I think I needed it, after the start, I didn’t play too well today, but, the result is what matters and we got that.

Today was probably my worst game possible, but credit to the players and the gaffer and all the staff, they all backed me at half time and just said ‘you’re better than that, you know that’ and they just gave me the confidence to go believe and Toddy even said it to me, he said ‘you can go and redeem yourself by getting a goal’ and that’s what I did”

Morgan Williams celebrates his 83rd minute winner against Weston-super-Mare.

The corner that saw the winner scored came from Sonny Blu Lo Everton, one of many players who had been creative, without being ruthless, but a moment of quality was all it took

“It’s a beautiful ball, we’ve got players with that quality, and we’ve just got to get on the end of it, obviously Jake Wannell has got on the end of a few lately, so it’s my turn to try and catch up with him”

“It’s not always going to be pretty, teams come back and have a game plan to sit back against us and it’s hard to break them down, but we’re finding a way to win and that’s the most important thing, 

We had a few chances and we knew we should have taken them, we did it in the end and we’re really happy with that.”

Morgan Williams celebrates with the travelling fans at the end of the match against Worthing away.

The win, combined with Worthing slipping up 4-1 at lowly Welling means that the Glovers are now 13 points clear at the top of the NLS, with a game in hand… (if Truro ever get round to sorting a date out), the news trickled through to the group at full time.

“Absolutely buzzing, but the changing room was just saying we have got to focus on ourselves and just keep winning games… we’ve just got to focus on Chelmsford now, try and beat them on Saturday and keep going.

We’ve got a real tight group, the staff are close with us, we know what we have to do and we just keep churning out games, big games coming up, but we’ve just got to go game by game, we’ll look at Chelmsford and focus on the rest of them after.”