Ben Barrett

Yeovil Town’s two-goal hero Dylan Morgan has spoken to BBC Somerset’s Sheridan Robins about the part he played in Yeovil’s 3-1 win over Dover.

“We started really well, the boys came out like a house on fire, I am buzzing to get two goals, it’s two great assists from Sam and Fish, I was really, really trying to get the third, but we had to control the game, so it wasn’t the day for that overall, I’m just buzzing for the boys, it’s been a great season.

Another unbelievable turn out from our fans, so, overall a great day.

The gaffer always talks about pull backs, so every time the ball goes out wide, I know where to be and the boys know where the players are, so as long as I get myself in those areas, I’ll score goals, I always back myself in front of goal, so I’ve just got to get myself in those areas.”

“I am buzzing to get two goals, I was really, really trying to get the third!”

With the game having not a lot riding on it, Morgan spoke about how he himself and the club as a whole attacked the game.

“All the players have got personal pride, we want to win all the time, if it was a thumb war, or a football match, everyone wants to win, we’e a team full of winners and that what you need if you want to achieve in football.”

Dylan Morgan gets past his man
📸 Gary Brown

The former Taunton winger also spoke about how his team mates have helped him settle in to a new club and settle back into a Full Time schedule after moving to Huish Park.

“For me, it’s been massive, coming in half way through the season, I was a bit nervous, the boys got me on board with the program straight away, they got their arm around me, I thank them all for that, to help me find my feet here.

It’s been brilliant, I’ve worked so hard to try and get back and try and take the opportunity, I’m forever thankful to Yeovil and the gaffer to give me the opportunity to come back, now it’s up to me to make it work it again.

I’ve only been here four or five months, so there’s loads to learn, and with a manager like that I can push on and push on, I’m happy to pick up some form, and hopefully I can come back next season and start really well.”

With a title in the bag and a flight to Barcelona waiting for Morgan and some of the squad, the winger simply left his final thoughts with the fans.

“I’m buzzing for the fans, they can see this club succeed again, it’s been a rough couple years, they can enjoy this more than anyone, to see Yeovil back doing well.”

 

Mark Cooper spoke to Sheridan Robins after the Glovers wrapped up a Championship winning season with a 3-1 win over Dover and the gaffer was pleased with the way his side went about the ‘dead rubber’ fixture.

“To say there was nothing on the game, I thought we gave it total respect, I thought we played some brilliant football and dominated the game, but when it’s 3-0 it difficult to keep it going, isn’t it?

I was really pleased with the ruthlessness of the team”

Cooper was being serenaded by Glovers’ fans as the chat went on and he had a special word for the Yeovil Town following.

“It’s been an amazing following today, to say that we’ve already won the league and it’s so far, they’ve followed us throughout the league, they’ve followed us through thick and thin this year – well, there hasn’t been much thin – it’s been quite a lot of thick, but we’ve given them lots to shout about and they’ve got right behind us.”

Yeovil Town’s two-goal hero Dylan Morgan came in for praise, not just for his goals, but also for making the transition from Part Time, back to Full Time football.

“Dylan has come from Taunton, part time, it took him a while to get accustomed, I still think he’ll be better after a pre-season, the one thing about Dylan is that he’s desperate to be a footballer, he trains his socks off every day and that so valuable for us.”

Picture Courtesy of Gary Brown

Cooper spoke of the mentality of his team, who were visibly disappointed to concede late on, despite the match (and season) being wrapped up long before and how the team and the club as a whole can benefit from what he calls a ‘winning mentality’.

“You have to, you can’t turn it on and off, you have to have that ruthlessness, that needs to run throughout the club and we showed that today.

It’s been really enjoyable, we’ve given everybody a lift, we’ve given them some good times, there was no need for us to be in this league, we said that at the time, but lessons need to be learned from that”

“…we have the momentum and we have to not waste that”

With a big summer on the way, Cooper suggests he now gets down to work on moulding a team to take on the National League.

“I think [this summer] is really important, we have to make a decision, are we going to kick on? Are we going to attack a wide open National League Premier next year? are we going to consolidate, or something we don’t want to think about?

But, that will depend on what kind of budget we set, which will determine which way we go.

I think momentum is massive and we have the momentum and we have to not waste that, I think the best time for us to compete is next year, to really push and have a crack it.”

Yeovil Town wrapped up the 2023/24 season with a convincing 3-1 win at Dover. 

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National League South Champion Sam Pearson has been named in the official Vanarama team of the week.

He scored for the Glovers in their 3-1 win over Dartford which came before the wonderful title lifting scenes.

Good work, Sam!

 

The Glovers were picking up silverware at Huish Park, but a few other employees were out and about doing their thing too, here’s how they got on this week out on loan.

Barnet first and they confirmed a home Play Off semi final in the National League Premier with a 2-0 over Halifax (in Accrington), Jordan Maguire Drew was an unused sub.

Will Buse is making post season plans too with Bath – technically they’re not mathematically confirmed with a top seven finish, a point will do that on the final day – but they did beat Torquay 1-0 on Saturday… that’s a cleano!

Down at Dorchester, Ollie Haste helped his side come from behind to beat Hanwell 2-1 and in the process confirm their league status for next season too. 

Melksham had a big week picking up six points from two games, Benjani Jr was involved in both match day squads, both occasions on the bench, but details are fairly limited as to whether or not he played much.

It was also a six point week for Shepton Mallet, Charlie Bateson starting both games but couldn’t add to his impressive goal tally

Charlie Bateson in action for Shepton Mallet

If you want goals, you want Gillingham matches.

Four young Glovers; Harrison Foster, Jack Bareham, Harry Lock and Josh Haskett started both games for the Gills this week, Haskett scored a couple and Foster got one in a 5-3 defeat to Wells in midweek, on Saturday, Haskett bagged again, but a second half Hallen FC turnaround saw them win 7-2.

Welton Rovers have had a busy week;

On Tuesday they drew 0-0 with Nailsea and Tickenham, on Thursday they drew 3-3 with Oldland and on Saturday they lost 3-2 to Buckland.

Plenty of minutes for all of Jacob Shore, Max Dyer and Mason Alden.

 

Midfielder Scott Pollock has “reached an agreement to mutually terminate” his contract with Yeovil Town, the National League South champions have confirmed.

In the briefest of statements issued on Friday afternoon, the Glovers confirmed the exit of the former Hashtag United and Boston United player who has not featured since completing 90 minutes in the 1-0 defeat at Boreham Wood on the final day of last season.

In its statement, the club said: “Yeovil Town Football Club and Scott Pollock have reached an agreement to mutually terminate Scott’s contract. All parties wish each other well.”

The 23-year-old has not featured at all in the club’s immediate return back to the National League Premier this season with manager Mark Cooper repeatedly confirming he had a remarkably persistent injury. In November, he underwent knee surgery, but nothing appears to have improved enough to see him enter contention for selection.

Pollock arrived in March when the club was under the ‘stewardship’ of SU Glovers, the group led by now-York City owner Matt Uggla, and was undoubtedly one of the players who Cooper has said was signed by that group. He played seven times as the club plummeted to relegation and, well, that was about it.

Do not be surprised if you see a tweet from York with the signature emoji followed by the announcement of Pollock’s signing at some point in the coming weeks and months.

The Football Association have revealed their latest set of Agents Fees for the Dates from 1 February 2023 to 1 February 2024 

Yeovil Town Spent £41,492 on agents during this period.

This number is up from a little over £2000 for the 12 months prior.

In contrast, the highest spenders in the National League Systen were York City who spent £128,902, Darlington spent just £900

The FA also provide a full list of the transactions which are included in this, for Yeovil they were as follows with the name of the specific agent or agency also listed;

Jordan Stevens – New Registration –  Stellar Football Limited 
Scott  Pollock –  Perm Transfer In – Sebastian Carmichael-Brown 
Callum Harriott –  New Registration –  Jack Wilson 
Matthew Worthington – New Registration  – Robert Woods 
Rhys Murphy – New Registration – Daniel Blanchett 
Jake Hyde – New Registration – Achieve Management Limited 
Alex Whittle – New Registration – Lee Philpott 
Frank Nouble – New Registration – Alexander Javdan 
Jordan Maguire-Drew – Updated Contract – Luke Guttridge 
Morgan Williams – Updated Contract – Elite Management 
Dylan Morgan – Perm Transfer In – Rhydian Thomas 
Jordan Young –  Updated Contract – Scott Dutton 

For those of you interested; the full lists can be found HERE

Yeovil Town History of Agents Fees

1st Feb ’23 – 1st Feb ’24 – £41,492
1st Feb ’22 – 31st Jan ’23 – £2,210
2nd Feb ’21 – 31st Jan ’23 – £26,834
31st Jan ’20 – 1st Feb ’21 – £1,287
1st Feb ’19 – 30th Jan ’20 – £19,387

 

 

The National League has released the following statement regarding the W*ymouth v Yeovil game which was abandoned on April 1st

The National League can confirm a decision has been reached following the abandonment of the match between Weymouth and Yeovil Town.

Following an investigation by the Football Association the League has now determined the outcome of the abandonment from the National League South fixture on April 1.

It has been decided that the game is not to be replayed, and the match has been awarded to Weymouth in accordance with League rules.

Weymouth were 1-0 in front when a medical emergency affecting a supporter occurred during the second half of the match at the Bob Lucas Stadium earlier this month.

Tables will be updated accordingly. Regulations state that while the home club are awarded three points, goals for and against are not to be added.

The most important thing here is that the lady is question is on the mend and back cheering on the Champions at Huish Park soon enough.

Whilst things were going a little… pear shaped… for the Glovers at Huish Park there was plenty of action for the loanees out and about.

Firstly, upwards and Jordan Maguire-Drew wasn’t in the match day squad for high flying Barnet.

In the NLS, Bath City picked up a 1-1 draw in tough conditions at Twerton Park against Tonbridge Angels.

Will Buse played the full 90 for the Romans.

Dorchester continued their good run of form with a 1-0 win over Hayes and Yeading. Ollie Haste once more put in a solid 90 minutes for the Magpies.

Melksham played out an eight-goal thriller against Evesham, but unfortunately they conceded five of them. Benjani Jr was on the bench, information is a little thin on the ground as to whether or not he came on.

Shepton v Buckland was postponed due to a waterlogged pitch – The Mallet’s fixture list starting to pile up. Charlie Bateson will have to wait for more game time.

There were eight goals in Gillingham Town’s game against Brislington.

Again, unfortunately, the Gills only scored one of them – albeit coming from the boot of Harry Lock. Jack Bareham, Harrison Foster and Josh Haskett all started the game.

Welton Rovers v St Blazey also fell foul to the weather.

 

 

Yeovil Town’s Alex Fisher has said he is ‘gutted’ his side couldn’t force a late equaliser against Worthing on Saturday.

The Glovers missed a second half penalty and had a goal chalked off for offside in the final stages, with other results as they were, a draw would have been enough to secure the title.

There were a number of controversial moments in the game, not least the disallowed goal from Rhys Murphy and Fisher admits it’s tough to take.

“I imagine there is a feeling of injustice, I’ve not seen Murph’s goal back, but from my angle it looked onside, if it is onside, it’s a very important decision to make, it’ll be tough to take, but we’ve got four games left with everything to play for… we’ve got a fantastic opportunity on Thursday to seal the deal”

“[We need] one point in four games, but you don’t want to just limp over the line though, we’d like to take maximum points from every game we’ve got, [there’s] no complacency in the team, we look to go into the last four and try and everything out of them that we can”

After Fisher himself had halved the deficit to 2-1, the Glovers had plenty of the ball in attacking areas, but couldn’t force the second goal before a late sucker punch from Worthing wrapped up the game.

“I think we had the ball in some dangerous areas, you’ve got to play against a team that are good under pressure, good on the ball and respect them at the same time, they know how to see a game out… there was plenty of time left and I am gutted, to be honest, that we couldn’t get the second”

We’ve got a fantastic opportunity on Thursday to seal the deal

“I wouldn’t say there was a frustration, just a desire to get a result that the turnout today deserved, and we pretty much got it, if it wasn’t for the last five minutes, so I wouldn’t say frustration, just a solid desire to entertain the fans.”

The front man also said that he would back Murphy to score from the spot in high pressure situations after the Bagsman saw his spot kick saved just a few minutes into the second half.

“Murph is a really composed individual, I have a lot of confidence in him that he would do it, to the best of his ability, I think it’s a good save, I think it’s hitting the side netting, I’ve got no qualms with the person, under the pressure and circumstances taking that responsibility on themselves. It would have been fantastic if it goes in, but we’ve still got 40 minutes-plus to get ourselves into the game, I think it shows real character of the individual that he steps up and took it”

Now the squad look ahead to Truro (in Gloucester) on Thursday, where the maths are simple. One point wins the League.

“Forgive me for sounding slightly negative, but it’s just the fact that it was such an incredible end to a game – or could have been – those emotions are quite high in my system at the moment, but yes, one point in four games, you’d like to think we will clinch this title, in the next week or two, but we’re taking nothing for granted, we’ll go out on Thursday with a team, that we hope will take maximum points”


Alex Fisher’s goal
Video Credit: Debs Curtis