May 2024

Yeovil Town have signed former Bristol Rovers forward, Harvey Greenslade, on a two-year deal, after his contract expired at Rovers. The 20-year-old comes in as the Glovers first signing of the transfer window, looking to make a massive impact on our first season back in the National League.

In this article I will be doing an analysis on Harvey Greenslade. The article will include:

  • Player Profile
  • Key Strengths
  • Areas to Improve
  • How he suits the “Mark Cooper System”
  • Previous History
  • Conclusion

Enjoy the read! Any feedback would be massively appreciated as I am going to do one of these for EVERY signing we make through the upcoming season so I will be wanting to improve my work every time. Also, give me your thoughts on the signing of Harvey Greenslade!

Harvey Greenslade. Picture courtesy of YTFC.

Player Profile

Name: Harvey Greenslade
Position: Forward (Striker)
Age: 20 (08/04/06)
Height: 6ft 1in (186cm)
Strong Foot: Right
Previous Club: Bristol Rovers – Oxford City (Loan)
Oxford City Stats: 1024 minutes – 16 games – 3 goals
23/24 Season Stats: 2500 minutes – 35 games – 7 goals

Harvey Greenslade. Picture courtesy of YTFC.

Key Strengths

High potential – One thing that could be vitally important about this transfer is the ceiling of Greenslade’s game. Not only is he a talented footballer in the current moment, he has the potential to improve massively and climb up the leagues with us. There is also a possibility of making some profit off of Greenslade because of how young he is.

Desire to improve – One thing that is important for young players to have, is a desire and motivation to develop their game. This means he is going to put maximum effort in, when pressing his man or running in behind. Having a willingness to develop your game means you are likely to try and perform at a high standard to improve.

Local Based – In his time at Huish Park, Mark Cooper has openly said he wants to recruit locally to build a really tight group that will fight together and be desperate to win. He has proven this with signings such as, Jake Wannell, Jay Foulston and Dylan Morgan, just to name a few.

Familiar Bonds – In his senior career so far, Greenslade has made appearances for teams such as Tiverton, Oxford City, Chippenham and Truro. When playing for Chippenham Town, he was playing alongside winger Jordan Young, who had a fantastic season in Green and White last season. Greenslade scored one goal in his short spell at Chippenham, Jordan Young assisted it!

Physical Benefits – Despite being just 20 years-old, Harvey Greenslade has a lot of Physical attributes which make him really dangerous and suits the type of striker Cooper wants. At 6ft 1, he brings some good height to the front line where he will be able to win headers. He is very quick in behind and pressing opposition defenders, this could cause trouble with players like Young and Morgan either side! One thing that did surprise me was seeing how strong he is for his age. He isn’t afraid to bully defenders and beat them in duels.

Clinical Finishing – One thing we are desperate for after last season is a forward, who will stay fit but has devastating finishing and a real composure in front of goal. Greenslade had this from such an early age, which could help him become a brilliant player if he can continue to tidy up the rest of his game.

Areas to Improve

Inexperienced -Despite the excitement of his age and how much potential he has, there is certainly a lack of experience in his game. This will come with game time, so the best way to improve his knowledge of the game is give him plenty of minutes. He had a successful season last year in terms of minutes played, at Oxford City and Truro he picked up a mass of 2500 minutes! He won’t be coming into the National League cold, as he played 16 games for, relegated, Oxford City last season.

Hold-up play – At such a young age, you would be lucky to find a player who has brilliant hold-up play, with his back to goal. This is something Greenslade needs to work on next season, he could become a massive asset to the team if he continues to work on it.

Winning Mentality – In his loan spells from Bristol Rovers, he spent most of his time on the side that doesn’t win the game. True City had a decent start to their season but dropped off fairly quick, whereas, Oxford City were relegated from the National League! That being said, winning mentality has been engraved into our current players over the previous season, hopefully they can push that across to Greenslade.

Link-up Play -This will come with experience, the more he plays for the Glovers the more he will become used to the play style and needs of a forward under Mark Cooper. Being able to sit in a bit deeper and play a 1-2 with a winger is a vital part of the way we play. He will have a full pre season to understand the “Mark Cooper System” which should help him massively!

Harvey Greenslade

How will he fit in?

The first key factor I think we need to understand with Greenslade is that he is only 20-years-old. He has plenty of time to develop his style of play, in a very short space of time. This will be a bonus for Mark Cooper as he can use Greenslade’s physical benefits to mould him into a “Mark Cooper” striker.

Being such a young forward, pre-season is such a vital part of how is career pans out at Huish Park. If he can get firing in our friendlies, he should start the season with real confidence. He may not be a starter straight away but I’m sure he will have a vital impact from the bench.

We know Cooper likes to rotate his formations around but I believe he will mainly use the 4231, similar to last season, with Frank Nouble in the “number 10” free-roam position. In my opinion the formation will look something like what I have shown below. I have noted Greenslade to be as a substitute striker as I believe someone else, with more experience will come in.

The current squad. As of 29th of May.

Personality wise, I feel Greenslade will fit in perfectly. He is from the South West, like many other players in the squad, meaning he won’t take long to settle in. He is a young player who has a motivation and desire to improve, which matches the sort of person Cooper loves to coach and develop.

Previous History

2021 – Signed his first Professional contract at Bristol Rovers. 

2021 – Cinderford Town (Loan) 3 Games – 0 Goals

2021 – Tuffley Rovers (Loan) 8 Games 5 Goals

2022 – Tiverton Town (Loan) 3 Games 0 Goals

2022/2023 –  Chippenham Town (Loan) 10 Games 1 Goal

2023 – Truro City (Loan) 13 Games 4 Goals

2023 – Truro City (Loan) 19 Games 4 Goals

2024 – Oxford City (Loan) 16 Games 3 Goals

2024 – Released by Bristol Rovers after making 0 appearances for the club in 3 years.

Harvey Greenslade Shots and Goals – Oxford City 23/24


I really like this signing personally, I feel it adds some real depth to our squad in the forward position. Greenslade is a player who has clearly been brought in as a “project player”, being only 20 years-old he is someone who we can plan future squads around and hopefully keep him around for a while. A bonus to this signing is that if he has a very strong season, and gets taken off of our hands by a superior club, we will make some money.

I like the fact he is local, It gives a real feeling of having a tight-knit group.

I think he a striker who suits the exact style of number 9 Cooper wants, a physical build but someone who can run in behind with pace and power. Him being young is only a bonus and the fact he performed well in a poor Oxford City side last season, proves he’s ready for the National League!

What are your thoughts on the signing?

I hope you enjoyed the read, as I previously stated, any feedback would be massively appreciated!

Bristol Rovers will head to Huish Park on Tuesday July 16th as part of the Glovers’ pre-season schedule.

A regular fixture in our stint in the EFL, the Gas head to Somerset for a 7pm kick off in mid July.

The club confirmed that tickets will be available soon and the prices are below:

Adults £12
Seniors £8
U18s/Students £5
U16s £1


We can all agree that the end of the season is a shame, particularly for us Yeovil fans, who I can imagine never wanted this season to end! But, with the end of the season comes more excitement in the form of transfers!

Each week, we’ll be covering who has moved where for not only ourselves, but for our upcoming National League opponents, to keep you all in the loop ahead of the coming 24/25 National League season!

Glovers’ Corner

Before we dive into the National League ins and outs, let’s look at the former Glovers that have moved about in the last couple of weeks. We may miss a few, so if any of you see any we may have missed, tag us on Facebook or Twitter (or X), or leave a comment below and we’ll add them in the next week’s round-up!

A few bigger names have moved about, namely Luke Ayling and Paddy Madden. Ayling made his loan move from Leeds to Middlesbrough a permanent deal, while Madden left League 2 champions Stockport County to join National League champions Chesterfield.

Dale Gorman scores his penalty vs Weymouth
Credit: Weymouth Flickr

This week, we saw two more Glovers move about, as Dale Gorman left Barnet to join Woking, while Myles Hippolyte joined Paddy Madden in leaving Stockport, however he instead joined up with Terry Skiverton at AFC Wimbledon.

Within the National League, Rhys Browne, who made 63 appearances for Yeovil in his time with the club, left Woking to join Barnet as their first signing of the summer.

In managerial duties, Paul Wotton joined Torquay United as their new boss following their takeover, the former Truro boss having made 39 appearances for Yeovil in the early 2010s, meanwhile Neil Coates (who scored that goal in 1992) has been appointed as the new manager of Gillingham Town.

Further off-field movements for former Yeovil men include the duo of Darren Sarll and Carl Dickinson heading up to Hartlepool United.

All Transfers

AFC Fylde

No incomings yet for the North-West side, with no real major departures for them either, with Pierce Bird, Tom Walker and Kieran Glynn all dropping a division to join their respective clubs, while Luke Conlan has joined reigning Irish Cup champions Cliftonville.




Luke Conlan (Cliftonville)
Pierce Bird (Eastbourne Borough)
Sam Graham (unattached)
Danny Whitehead (unattached)
Ashley Hunter (unattached)
Joe Rowley (unattached)
Tom Walker (Radcliffe)
Chris Neal (unattached)
Kieran Glynn (Scarborough Athletic)

Aldershot Town

Aldershot have made two early signings in a bid to strengthen upon their top half finish last season, using their extensive scouting system to pick out two young talents in attacking midfielder Haydon Vaughan and goalkeeper Pat Nash, who join from Bracknell Town and Farnham Town respectively.

Only Cian Harries has found a new club in their list of departures thus far, joining fellow National League outfit Woking.


Haydon Vaughan (Bracknell Town)
Pat Nash (Farnham Town)


Ethan Burnett (unattached)
Stuart O’Keefe (unattached)
Zain Walker (unattached)
Tommy Willard (unattached)
Alex MacAllister (unattached)
Jasper Sheik (unattached)
Finlay Westen (unattached)
Cian Harries (Woking)


Altrincham have secured just the one signing so far, with lower-league goal machine (42 in 43 in all comps) Lucas Weaver signing from Colne.

None of their departures have yet found new employment.


Lucas Weaver (Colne)


Joey Jones (unattached)
Mitch Hancox (unattached)
Dior Angus (unattached)
George Burroughs (unattached)
Dan Mooney (unattached)
Liam Brockbank (unattached)


Barnet have been living up to their name as they have been “busy bees” in the window so far, announcing no less than EIGHT new signings! Rhys Browne got things underway, joining from fellow National League side Woking, with winger Jermaine Francis joining from Chelmsford City soon after.

The additions continued, as defenders Nik Tavares and Joe Grimwood linked up with the London-based side, before midfielder Finley Wilkinson became signing number five.

Goalkeeper Nick Hayes (who faced us in the FA Cup with Southend last season) joined from Ipswich for signing number six, before Joe Kizzi and Joe Rye became additions seven and eight for Barnet.

Previously mentioned Dale Gorman is among the departures, with Courtney Senior also a familiar face for Yeovil fans, he is yet to find a new club. There was surprise among some non-league experts as Laurie Walker was let go as well, who has proven to be a top keeper at this level.


Rhys Browne (Woking)
Jermaine Francis (Chelmsford City)
Nik Tavares (Dagenham & Redbridge)
Joe Grimwood (Braintree Town)
Finley Wilkinson (Hitchin Town)
Nick Hayes (Ipswich Town)
Joe Kizzi (Sutton United)
Joe Rye (Worthing)


Ben Wynter (Woking)
Connor Stevens (Chesham United)
Dale Gorman (Woking)
Moussa Diarra (unattached)
Gary Hooper (unattached)
Courtney Senior (unattached)
Laurie Walker (unattached)
Sam Granville (unattached)

Boston United

No new arrivals for the National League North playoff winners as of yet, however a big departure for the Pilgrims comes in the shape of Kelsey Mooney, who has earned a move to League Two side Accrington Stanley.




Kelsey Mooney (Accrington Stanley)
Michael Gyasi (unattached)
Keziah Martin (unattached)
Ethan Sephton (unattached)
Sam Smart (unattached)

Braintree Town

From one playoff winner to another, there has been minimal movement at Braintree. Ryan Clampin was announced on Wednesday, joining from Eastleigh, while one of just two outgoings includes the previously mentioned Joe Grimwood, with the other departure being long serving midfielder Alfie Payne.


Ryan Clampin (Eastleigh)


Joe Grimwood (Barnet)
Alfie Payne (unattached)

Dagenham & Redbridge

The first signing of the summer was announced just yesterday, as Oscar Rutherford came in from Eastleigh, with Josh Umerah and Trent Rendall coming through the door shortly after.

The only two departures to find a new club so far are Nik Tavares, who joined Barnet (as listed above), and Lewis Page, who joined Ebbsfleet on Thursday.


Oscar Rutherford (Eastleigh)
Josh Umerah (Hartlepool United)
Trent Rendall (QPR)


Nik Tavares (Barnet)
Sydney Ibie (unattached)
Josh Hare (unattached)
Lewis Page (Ebbsfleet United)
David Longe-King (unattached)
Omar Mussa (unattached)
Rohan Matyar (unattached)


Just the one new addition for Eastleigh so far this summer, as Luis Fernandez makes the step up from the National League South, while there have been a couple of departures to other National League sides, as well as ex-Glover Aaron Martin retiring.


Luis Fernandez (Hampton & Richmond Borough)


Brennan Camp (Dorking Wanderers)
Ryan Clampin (Braintree Town)
Aaron Martin (retired)
Ben Reeves (unattached)
George Langston (unattached)
Oscar Rutherford (Eastleigh)
Luka Chalwell (unattached)
Nigel Atangana (unattached)
Aidan Barlow (unattached)
Enzio Boldewijn (unattached)
Luke Croll (unattached)
Kaya Tshaka (unattached)

Ebbsfleet United

Ebbsfleet confirmed their first arrival of the season on Tuesday, as midfielder Jim Kellermann joined from Woking. Yesterday afternoon, their second signing was announced; Lewis Page joined from Dagenham & Redbridge, bringing EFL experience with him.

Jordon Ibe is among the departures at Stonebridge Road, with Chris Haigh the only player to find a club currently.


Jim Kellermann (Woking)
Lewis Page (Dagenham & Redbridge)


Chris Haigh (Worthing)
Matthias Fanimo (unattached)
Shaquile Coulthirst (unattached)
Joe Martin (unattached)
Jordon Ibe (unattached)
Chris Solly (unattached)
Hayden White (unattached)
Omari Sterling-White (unattached)
David Amoo (unattached)

FC Halifax Town

A quiet start to the window for Halifax was kicked into life with the announcement of Tom Pugh as their first signing of the summer, the midfielder joining from Scunthorpe United.


Tom Pugh (Scunthorpe United)


Luke Summerfield (unattached)
Tom Scott (unattached)
Rob Harker (unattached)
Tom Wilson (unattached)

Forest Green Rovers

The first of two relegated sides from the EFL, Forest Green have made a start to their summer business, signing Cheltenham Town duo Liam Sercombe and Sean Long.

Amid a raft of departures are Richard Keogh and Fankaty Dabo, with only Matty Stevens finding employment with AFC Wimbledon.


Liam Sercombe (Cheltenham Town)
Sean Long (Cheltenham Town)


Matty Stevens (AFC Wimbledon)
Dominic Bernard (unattached)
Richard Keogh (retired)
Finn Bell (unattached)
Jack Carter (unattached)
Nathan Holland (unattached)
Darnell Johnson (unattached)
Jordon Garrick (unattached)
Sean Robertson (unattached)
Alex Gorrin (unattached)
Fankaty Dabo (unattached)
David Davis (unattached)
Reece Brown (unattached)
Luke Daniels (unattached)
Murphy Bennett (unattached)


Erm… nothing has happened yet. Not even a retained list. Stay tuned…





Hartlepool United

The first of two sides so far to have new managers alongside new players, Hartlepool first announced former Yeovil manager Darren Sarll as their new boss. They are yet to sign a player, with only Josh Umerah finding a new home currently, and former Glover Alex Lacey departing.




Josh Umerah (Dagenham & Redbridge)
Jake Hastie (unattached)
Brody Paterson (unattached)
Edon Pruti (unattached)
Alex Lacey (unattached)
Callum Cooke (unattached)
Tom Crawford (unattached)
Mikael Ndjoli (unattached)
Chris Wreh (unattached)

Maidenhead United

Maidenhead only announced their retained list yesterday, and only one of those players have been snapped up so far, with Ashley Nathaniel-George joining York City. No new arrivals as of yet.




Ashley Nathaniel-George (York City)
Charlee Adams (unattached)
Daniel Jinadu (unattached)
Lewis Kinsella (unattached)
David Omilabu (unattached)
Harry Parsons (unattached)

Oldham Athletic

Just the one new signing so far for Oldham, as Reagan Ogle was announced on Wednesday afternoon, joining from Scunthorpe United. No new clubs for any of the players leaving the club so far.


Reagan Ogle (Scunthorpe United)


Benny Couto (unattached)
Llyton Chapman (unattached)
Frazer Cookson (unattached)
Brennan Dickinson (unattached)
Mike Fondop (unattached)
Devarn Green (unattached)
Dan Gardner (unattached)
Hallam Hope (unattached)
Oliver Kilner (unattached)
Dan Langley (unattached)
Harrison McGahey (unattached)
Jake Forshaw (unattached)
Ben Tollitt (unattached)
Jordan Windass (unattached)


No arrivals as of yet at Rochdale, but one of their former players has found a new club, as Tyrese Sinclair was announced on Thursday as the latest signing for York City.




Adam Clayton (unattached)
Tyrese Sinclair (York City)
Michael Afuye (unattached)
Max Taylor (unattached)

Solihull Moors

There has been minimal movement at last season’s playoff finalists Solihull Moors, as there has been just the one signing so far with Sam Bowen joining from Newport County.

There have been just a few departures too, with star midfielder Joe Sbarra the biggest name to leave Moors, earning a move to League Two outfit Doncaster Rovers.


Sam Bowen (Newport County)


Joe Sbarra (Doncaster Rovers)
Richard Stearman (unattached)
Max Brogan (unattached)
Jack Myatt (unattached)
Harry Chesterton (unattached)
Luke Carsley (unattached)
Finn Barker (unattached)
Leo Wood (unattached)
Taylor Eades (unattached)
Ashton DeMulder (unattached)

Southend United

Following further delays to the takeover of Southend United (we’re in solidarity with you Southend fans), a transfer embargo has been placed on the club once again. Until the takeover is completed, don’t expect too many arrivals, or departures, for the Shrimpers.





Sutton United

The second of the two EFL clubs to join the league this season, the London-based side have just the one new signing to discuss so far, and it may be a familiar name. Dillon De Silva, formerly of Torquay United, joins the club from Wealdstone to kickstart their summer recruitment.

Two former Glovers are among the releases, as Craig Eastmond and Omari Patrick both depart for pastures new.


Dillon De Silva (Wealdstone)


Harry Beautyman (Woking)
Joe Kizzi (Barnet)
Craig Eastmond (unattached)
Rob Milsom (unattached)
Jonathan Barden (unattached)
Lee Angol (unattached)
Tope Fadahunsi (unattached)
Brad House (unattached)
Scott Kashket (unattached)
Deon Moore (unattached)
Christian N’Guessan (unattached)
Craig Dundas (unattached)
Tobi Ogundega (unattached)
Oliver Khinda (unattached)
Harry Smith (unattached)
Omari Patrick (unattached)


The champions of the National League North have been relatively busy so far this summer, with four signings so far, and only four departures. Tamworth also took an unusual approach, with every single player being out of contract in the summer, so we’ll see the ins and outs trickle in throughout the summer.

Confirmed arrivals include Kai Lissimore, joining from freshly relegated Kidderminster Harriers, as well as Kennedy Digie who joins from Alfreton Town, off the back of their playoff push.


Kai Lissimore (Kidderminster Harriers)
Tom McGlinchey (Coalville Town)
Kennedy Digie (Alfreton Town)
Miracle Okafor (Halesowen Town)


Callum Reilly (unattached)
Brad Gascoigne (unattached)
Alex Jones (unattached)
London Meikle (unattached)


The second side in the division to bring in a new manager, Wealdstone’s new era under Matt Taylor begins with the signing of Deon Woodman from the youth ranks of QPR.

Some familiar names in the departure list include previously mentioned Dillon De Silva, and Manny Duku (who played in Maidstone’s shock win over Ipswich last season); Marcus Dewhurst is a notable name too, one of the top keepers in the division is now a free agent.


Deon Woodman (QPR)


Dillon De Silva (Sutton United)
Jaiden Bartolo (unattached)
Nathan Ferguson (unattached)
Marcus Dewhurst (unattached)
Corie Andrews (unattached)
Manny Duku (unattached)


There’s been plenty of action at Kingfield Stadium, with many arrivals and departures to discuss. There are also many former Yeovil players in both the arrival and departure lists, with Dale Gorman incoming, and Charlie Wakefield, Rhys Browne and Luke Wilkinson leaving the club.

Many of the arrivals have been listed above, with Jacob Jones the only arrival from outside the National League, with Timi Odusina returning on a permanent deal following a loan spell last season.


Harry Beautyman (Sutton United)
Ben Wynter (Barnet)
Cian Harries (Aldershot)
Jacob Jones (Cove Rangers)
Dale Gorman (Barnet)
Timi Odusina (Bradford City)


Jim Kellermann (Ebbsfleet United)
Alexis Andre Jr. (unattached)
Charlie Wakefield (unattached)
Ricky Korboa (Livingston)
Rhys Browne (Barnet)
Alfie Pavey (Eastbourne Borough)
Luke Wilkinson (unattached)
Sam Habergham (unattached)
Paul Osew (unattached)
Emmanuel Oyeleke (unattached)
Alan Judge (unattached)
Greg Taylor (unattached)
Robbie Willmott (unattached)
Josh Casey (unattached)
Scott Cuthbert (retired)

Yeovil Town

It would be remiss of me to keep a nice little list of OUR signings! We saw Harvey Greenslade become the latest addition to the squad of the National League South champions (will never get bored of saying that!)

There aren’t too many new departures, with Rhys Murphy the only departure from the announced list to have found new employment as of yet.


Harvey Greenslade (Bristol Rovers)


Rhys Murphy (Dorking Wanderers)
Jordan Stevens (unattached)
Josh Owers (unattached)
Malachi Linton (unattached)
Alex Fisher (unattached)
Jake Hyde (unattached)
Ollie Haste (unattached)
Will Dawes (unattached)
Benjani Jr. (unattached)

York City

The ever-changing nature of the York squad continues into the summer, as York have announced five new players to their side. Ollie Pearce is the headline addition, last season’s NLS top scorer making the step into professional football, along with fellow Worthing teammate Joe Felix.

One or two departures to make space for the new arrivals, with many still to come I’m sure…


Harrison Male (Dorking Wanderers)
Ollie Pearce (Worthing)
Joe Felix (Worthing)
Ashley Nathaniel-George (Maidenhead United)
Tyrese Sinclair (Rochdale)


Michael Duckworth (Scarborough Athletic)
Scott Barrow (unattached)
Scott Burgess (unattached)
Kai Kennedy (unattached)
Quévin Castro (unattached)

Striker Harvey Greenslade has become Yeovil Town’s first signing of the summer as they prepare for life back in the National League Premier.

The 20-year-old, who was released by League One club Bristol Rovers having spent the second half of last season on loan at Oxford City, has signed a two-year contract with the Glovers.

Having played at Huish Park last season whilst on loan at Truro City for the first half of last season, the Rovers’ academy product told the club’s official YouTube channel that he was excited by the plans of manager Mark Cooper.

He said: “I’m really excited, it’s obviously a big club and I am really looking forward to meeting all the fans and playing my football here. It was really attractive when I got told about it, so I am really looking forward to it.

Having been at Rovers for so long it was a bit weird to leave, but now it is a new exciting challenge and I am looking forward to cracking on with it.

Harvey Greenslade

I played at Huish Park last season and the fans were unbelievable, but I had a phone call from the Gaffer and he outlined his ambitions for next season and as soon as I was off the call it sounded really good, my way of playing.

I liked it last season, it was a level I can perform well at. It is a really good chance to show how good I can be. I could not be happier, playing my first game at Huish Park in front of all the Yeovil fans, I am really looking forward to it.

Despite being at the Memorial Ground since the age of seven, he made just one first team appearance for the club in the 2022-23 season, appearing as a second half substitute in an EFL Trophy defeat at Plymouth Argyle.

However, he has had a number of loan spells winning promotion to National League South with Truro City in the 2022-23 season and then spending the first half of last season with the White Tigers. He appeared for the Cornish/Devon/Gloucestershire outfit in the 2-1 defeat at Huish Park at the start of last season.

In the second half of last season, he moved up a division and scored three times in 16 appearances for Oxford City.

With Rhys Murphy having departed for Dorking Wanderers a fortnight ago, Greenslade boosts manager Cooper’s attacking options.

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I have kept putting my next blog off. The main reason during the second half of season the data which I was seeing could be viewed as negative. For those of you who might be sceptical of data or struggle to understand xG. I highly recommend reading ‘The expected goals philosophy’ by James Tippett.

“rejecting the Expected Goals method, a new type of analysis which questions the conventional wisdom of football, is much easier than advocating it.”

I will be looking at xG (Expected Goals) and xGA (Expected Goals Against). From this I will calculate xPts (Expected Points). xPts is normally calculated using the Monte Carlo method, more here on that.  For NLS due to the data I have had available, I have used an xG differential and expected points from that, I have used the following:

xG Differential xPoints
1.5+ 2.7
1.5 < 1 2.3
1 < 0.5 2
0.5 < 0 1.5
0 < -0.5 0.7
-0.5 < -1 0.5
-1 < -1.5 0.3
< -1.5 0.1

For context here is the Premier League table Expected Points vs Actual Points. You can tell who the teams who over-performed  or under-performed their data. Image from

From this we can see the top three were expected to be clear of the rest. Villa and Spurs can count themselves fortunate to finish in the top five and Newcastle unlucky to miss out on the Champions League. Manchester United were lucky to finish as high as they did, massively outperforming their expected points.

Lets dive into Yeovil’s data by fixture. The table below shows actual goals scored and conceded vs expected goals and goals conceded. It also shows points earned and expected points and how the compare by fixture. Pts v xPts if the number is negative this shows that Yeovil have been unlucky while green shows them being lucky in picking up more points.

You can see during the winning streak Yeovil had luck on their side, however in three of the four games after the winning run they were extremely unlucky not to pick up more points. You can also see a decrease in form after Christmas. The 16 games between St Albans away to Worthing at home, Yeovil lost 11 of the 17 on xG. Interestingly, Rhys Murphy and Jake Hyde were missing for this full period.

Here is the NLS Expected Points Table:

As you can see, from Mark Cooper’s sides’ performances over the season – on expected points – should have seen them finish in 6th. Worthing and Slough would have had a battle for the title based on this.  Before Adam Hinshelwood left for York, Worthing were quite a bit clear. It could well be the reason why York moved for him when they did. You can see the last Expected Points table I published in late January here:

Here is the full league table with expected points and xG included:

Let us know what you make of the data, and Yeovil’s performance levels over the season in the comments.

Former Yeovil boss Gary Johnson has been appointed the Director of Football at League Two side Cheltenham Town, following the departure of Darrell Clarke.

Johnson, who left Torquay in February when the club announced it was entering administration, managed Cheltenham to EFL promotion in 2015/16 with a points haul of 101 before his departure in 2018.

Gloucestershire Live reports that a new DoF was to be appointed whether Clarke – who was appointed as Barnsley manager yesterday – remained at the club or not. The paper also reports that Cheltenham is now “set to return to a ‘player trading’ model, with young players recruited with the intention of improving them and selling them on.”

It’s that time of year where we ask Yeovil Town supporters for their thoughts on the season that’s just gone. This year was a pretty good one actually, promotion at the first time of asking, huge improvements off the pitch and some great performances too.

As with the previous surveys, thisis on Google Forms and is a mix of multiple choice and linear scale (1-7 of course) questions about issues on the pitch, off the pitch and the future. There is also an optional section about the Gloverscast that we’d be very grateful if you’d complete it.

The survey will be open for four weeks and will close on Tuesday 18th June. We’ll go through the responses and share them on the website like we did for last year’s survey.


Something a little different for this week’s podcast, with Dave on holiday and Ian in his sick bed (get well soon, mate!), Gloverscast Ben needed some help.

We’re delighted to welcome the founder, Charlie and chairman Dan of Autistic FC to the podcast.

Both are Yeovil fans and both are doing wonderful things to make their community a better place.

We hear how a 14-year-old (who was nine at the time) had an ambition to create an inclusive and safe space for young, neurodivergent and autistic footballers to play, grow and enjoy the game.

We talk Yeovil too, including the news that Rhys Murphy has swapped Huish Park for Dorking Wanderers and our hopes for the upcoming season…

If you’d like to learn more about Autistic FC – you can click HERE and find them on the socials too.