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With the Yeovil Town Legends game just under a couple of weeks away we thought it was nigh on time to dig out the old Ciderspace photo archives again, so we searched for an image of each of the Glovers legends from the 2002, 2003, 2005 and 2007 sides who will be back to represent the Green and White army once more against a select South West Legends side.

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Chris Weale

Steve Collis

Adam Lockwood

Andy Lindegaard

Terry Skiverton

Colin Miles

Roy O’Brien

Nathan Jones

Abdou El Kholti

Paul Terry

Chris Cohen

Lee Johnson

Darren Way

Arron Davies

Gavin Williams

Nick Crittenden

Chris Giles

Phil Jevons

Kevin Gall

Kirk Jackson

Gary Johnson

Steve Thompson

A little trip down memory lane… and i’ve saved the best until last…

Just look at those fans…

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What a strange game we saw at the The Shay, home of FC Halifax Town, yesterday.

As is custom Yeovil gave a top seven team a hard time, but this time, came away with nothing to show for it after an 83rd minute winner from substitute Zach Dearney.

Ben was in the commentary box for the BBC Somerset and here’s a few of his post-match thoughts.


Firstly, the only way the play against Halifax was with a few of the dark arts.

Now, that’s not a complaint, if we had tried to match up to Halifax with the same level of attacking flow and speed, they’d have picked us apart. There’s no shame in that, they’re a better side than us (hardly breaking news). It worked for us against Stockport, Wrexham and others and it was the right way to go about this.

Frustrating them was our best chance and it came, so, so close to working again.

The home fans were silent throughout until they scored late on, a polite ripple of applause all they could really muster, an atmosphere not befitting a side so close to making the EFL

Mainly though, the result came down to making the most of the minimal clear cut chances that the game provided.

For all their attacking prowess, Halifax didn’t really make Grant Smith pull off anything more than a routine save.

He caught a long ranger from left back Jack Senior, parried away a stinger or two from elsewhere…but they got one sniff inside the six yard box and took it.

Yeovil can only really say they worried home keeper Sam Johnson once or twice a Josh Neufville pinger off the bar and a couple half chances from set pieces.

Josh Neufville wheels away after scoring

Speaking of Josh Neufville, let me get this down on paper (well, in pixels on a screen)… when he’s playing Premier League football in a few years time we will all say “we saw it first”, “he learnt it all with us”... he’s that good.

He seems to find space where others can’t, he seems to make over hit nothing balls into something and with a burst of pace, half a yard and a drop of the shoulder he can cause all kinds of trouble.

He’s going the same way as Andros Townsend and I’m just grateful we were part of that journey.

Halifax will probably get promoted.

I think it’s time to crack out the crystal ball, Stockport are doing their darnedest to throw the title away and Wrexham are ready to pounce.

But if the Shaymen finish second or third, none of the other sides will fancy a play-off semi-final in West Yorkshire. They’re too good at home.

Then, they’ve got the big name players going forward to make enough chances in the final too.

All the more of a compliment to how we’ve troubled them (and plenty of others in the mix) over the course of 180 minutes.

Charlie Lee and the Angry Blackcurrant

Finally, a personal one. But National League sides need to better equip their press facilities.

Anyone who has ever had the pleasure of the John Lukins Press Box at Huish Park will appreciate what having a bit of space, room to sit/stand and having the freedom to get into a good flow.

There were five bodies from the YTFC side at Halfiax, Sam, two from Three Valleys Radio and Sheridan and I from the BBC.

With fans sat behind us, infront and to the side of us you’re crammed into about 2 meters of space. My knees are in bits.

You get more leg room in RyanAir economy.

It was the same at Solihull too, fairly new stands and the press area feels like an afterthought.

I’m not going to moan about the stuff on the pitch cos we fought as I knew we would… so I found a moan off the pitch instead!

 

 

 

King’s Lynn top scorer Gold Omotayo

The final National League relegation spot has been confirmed with King’s Lynn joining Dover and W*ymouth in the divisional leagues below next season.

Lynn could only managed a 3-3 draw with Eastleigh on Saturday which gives them too big of a gap to Aldershot who live to fight another season.

Meanwhile Maidstone have returned to the top Non League flight next season after clinching the National League South title.

 

Dan Moss, Josh Staunton and Joe Quigley defend vs Weymouth
Credit: Weymouth Flickr

… isn’t that a shame?

W*ymouth’s relegation to the National League South has been confirmed following thr Seagull Botherers 6-1 at the hands of Wrexham on Tuesday night.

They will join Dover in the regional division next season.

📸 @Vanarama

Not just content with Max Hunt making the official Vanarama team of the week, the gaffer has only gone and bagged himself a spot in the mythical dugout alongside.

Charlie Lee gained his first win as Glovers boss, (well, first league win, the SPC counts, dammit) by overseeing the 2-1 beating of table topping Stockport.

Nice work for the former Midfielder turned Manager.

Boundary Park, Oldham

Oldham Athletic have joined Scunthorpe United in being relegated into the National League after a dramatic defeat to Salford on Saturday.

Their 2-1 defeat was paused on 80 minutes as Athletic fans stormed the pitch, once everyone had left, the final moments were played behind closed doors and the loss confirmed Boundary Park will be going into Yeovil fans’ Sat Navs once again next season.

The Latics are seven points adrift of Stevenage with just two games left to play.

Central defender Max Hunt. Picture courtesy of Mike Kunz.

In amongst all the madness at Yeovil Town this weekend, there’s a football match at Huish Park today with the visit of table topping Stockport County.

Charlie Wakefield misses out through illness meaning on loan forward Josh Neufville comes back in to the starting XI line up alongside Tom Knowles  either side of Reuben Reid in attack.

Middlesbrough loanee defender Jack Robinson returns to the substitutes’ bench, as does goalkeeper Max Evans following the departure of Olufela Olomola after he was recalled by Hartlepool United on Friday.

As expected, central defender Max Hunt, who has been named on the bench for the past two games, replaces Ben Barclay who cannot play against his parent club.

Yeovil Town: Grant Smith, Mark Little, Luke Wilkinson, Max Hunt, Morgan Williams, Lawson D’Ath, Dale Gorman, Jordan Barnett, Josh Neufville, Tom Knowles, Reuben Reid. Substitutes: Max Evans, Jack Robinson, Alex Bradley, Sonny Blu Lo-Everton, Adi Yussuf.

Stockport County: Hinchcliffe, Minihan, Hogan, Palmer, Cannon, Madden, Collar, Johnson, Rydel, Croasdale, Quigley. Substitutes: Ashby-Hammond, Jennings, Hippolyte, Crankshaw, Francis-Angol.

Jody Brown at Billericay
📸 Billericay Town TV

Former Billericay Town manager Jody Brown has been named as assistant manager to caretaker Yeovil Town boss Charlie Lee.

On Easter Monday Brown was sacked by the National League South bottom club, where he worked with Lee who was on the playing staff at Billericay earlier this season.

In his matchday programme notes for today’s home match with Stockport County, Lee said: “You may notice a new face on the sidelines with me this afternoon, this is Jody Brown who I worked with earlier this season at Billericay Town.

“As you can imagine I’ve become stretched due to the limited members of staff, so having Jody alongside me, someone who has previously been an assistant manager at this level with Dagenham, will be an invaluable boost to our coaching capabilities.”

Brown was appointed Billericay manager in October following the sacking of Kevin Watson, the manager who signed Charlie Lee after his departure Yeovil at the end of last season, who managed just one point from his first six games in charge.

He led them to an Essex Senior Cup final victory last week but could not get them off the bottom of the National League South table and, with four games remaining, he was sacked following a 2-1 defeat to Chelmsford City.

Lee has been operating without an assistant since he stepped up to the Huish Park hot seat following Darren Sarll’s exit to join National League rivals Woking last month. Injured midfielder Josh Staunton has donned his coaching kit to support Lee on the touchline since his appointment.

Welcome to Huish Park, Jody.

Gloverscast #163.

A bit of everything in this one, Ian and Dave talk about W*ymouth, Dave chats to Russ from The Scarf Bergara Wore Podcast to get the lowdown on Stockport County, then Ben and Dave preview the match before we announce an announcement at the end… and of course take some musical GCQs

Available down below or on all good podcast hosting platforms (and some rubbish ones as well)

Olufela Olomola. Picture courtesy of Mike Kunz.

On loan striker Olufela Olomola has been recalled by his parent club Hartlepool United with the League Two side suffering a mini injury crisis.

The 24-year-old, who brings to an end a third separate spell at Huish Park, has not been involved since scoring in the 5-0 win over Odd Down in the Somerset Premier Cup semi-final earlier this month.

He picked up up a slight groin injury in that match and, speaking at this press conference today, caretaker boss Charlie Lee said he hoped for have the former Southampton youngster at his disposal.

In his latest spell at the club, he played eight National League game, scoring once, the opening goal in a 1-1 draw at Maidenhead United in February.

His last league appearance was as an 86th-minute substitute in the 2-2 draw at Barnet on April 2.

Toby Stephens claps the Yeovil fans

Yeovil Town loan midfielder Toby Stephens started alongside Ollie Haste for Barnstaple Town in their final home league game of the season against Plymouth Parkway.

Barnstaple were on the wrong end of a 4-0 defeat.

A certain Gabby Rogers was on bench for Plymouth Parkway with former Glovers youth ‘Keeper Lloyd Irish in net for the hosts as well.

Captain Wilkinson

Yeovil Town captain Luke Wilkinson told BBC Somerset’s Sheridan Robins after the draw with W*ymouth that he was disappointed not to get the win for the fans.

He said: “W*ymouth are still fighting for their lives, you can say we’ve got nothing to play for, but we have, pride. You can see by the fans today, they turned up in great numbers and made a lot of noise”

“We wanted to win for them, unfortunately we couldn’t get it. but we take a clean sheet, we move on to next Saturday.”

“They (the Yeovil fans) always make a noise, to see them pack out the away end is absolutely brilliant, fair play to them.”

Wilko, who was hurt during the game and had an altercation with a seagull bothering supporter after said the side would try and build on the positives for the upcoming games.

He added: “To come here at get a clean sheet is good, but obviously we’d like to be going home with three points as well.”

“We just have to go into the games like we do, we know we’re going to have to be on our game (vs Stockport next week), because they’re flying high at the top of the league.

“We will go into the game full of confidence off the back of a clean sheet and hopefully we can stick a few past them.”

Charlie Lee talks to the BBC 📸 YTFC YouTube

Yeovil Town caretaker manager Charlie Lee has said he was “gutted” his side couldn’t earn a derby win over them lot from down by the seaside.

A fourth draw against W*ymouth this season, this time 0-0 and Lee was trying to see the positives when speaking to BBC Somerset’s Sheridan Robins.

“I think it was a nervy affair from both teams, we set up to be a bit more solid, but I expected us to produce more in the final third, it was a bit of a non-affair in the first half.

“I was delighted in the second half, I just can’t believe we didnt manage to get the ball in the back of the net.”

The Glovers drew a blank, much like on Good Friday, despite having more possession, corners and shots on goal and Lee thinks that it may have come down to the composure when it mattered most.

“We rushed ourselves in the final third, we played some great football to get it there, we made more passes today than any other day, I think we need to slow ourselves down in the final third, we rushed everything, we had them on the back foot the whole second half.

“To be honest, I thought it was coming, I’m really gutted it didnt.”

The boss was pleased with the clean sheet despite the odd scare or two and had a special mention for the travelling supporters.

“We were desperate to win for the fans, that’s what we spoke about before the game, this one was for them, we were desperate to score.

“They were brilliant, they have been brilliant, they’ve been brilliant since I’ve been here, that was great support, even in the first half, there wasn’t much going on apart from them!”

The manager said he would patch up his “walking wounded” ahead of the game against Stockport next week, with Ben Barclay set to miss out against his parent club.

 

Venue: Bob Lucas Stadium
Monday, 18th April, 1pm kick-off

Conditions: Another glorious sunny day

Pitch: More green than brown (and as we all know, that’s a good thing – See podcast #160)

Attendance: 2,609

Scorers: None

Bookings:

W*ymouth: Thomson 55, Cordner 58, Bearwish 67, Drewe 86
Yeovil: D’Ath 36, Barnett 54,

Referee: Daniel Lamport

 


Yeovil Town : (4-4-2)

Grant Smith

Mark Little, Luke Wilkinson, Ben Barclay, Morgan Williams

Tom Knowles, Dale Gorman, Lawson D’Ath, Jordan Barnett

Reuben Reid, Charlie Wakefield

Substitutes: Max Hunt, Alex Bradley, Sonny Blu Lo-Everton (For D’ath ’84), Adi Yussuf (for Reid ’87) , Josh Neufville (for Wakefield ’71)

 


Match Report

1300 Yeovil Fans at Weymouth
Pic Ian Perkins

The fourth meeting of the season with the old enemy in W*ymouth ended in yet another draw – and a pretty turgid one at that.

For most part of it, the game lacked the blood and thunder which is supposed to come from a derby with the home side, desperately in need of points in an increasingly futile battle against the drop, the more committed to the cause.

Yeovil looked like a team with nothing left to play for despite a travelling support which outnumbered their hosts.

But, the draw means the last time W*ymouth won a competitive derby against us is still Boxing Day 1988. Well, you have to take the positives when you can find them.

First half

The first effort of the match fell to the visitors when Charlie Wakefield’s ball in to the box found Morgan Williams rising highest, but the effort was blocked by the Terras’ defence.

But, after that scare, it was the home side who looked the more of a threat going forward. On eight minutes, Ben Thomson had the ball in Grant Smith’s net soon after the Yeovil defence had been caught napping. Luckily the linesman’s flag was up.
Tom Bearwish had the ball in the net again on 13 minutes, heading home after good interplay by Ben Thomson and captain Josh McQuoid. The linesman’s flag sparing the blushes again.

Mark Little battles for the ball against Grimsby. Picture courtesy of Mike Kunz.

Mark Little put a weak header in to the hands of W*ymouth keeper Ross Fitzsimmons soon after, but that was about all there was for any threats on goal.

Passes were not finding players and it was difficult to see where an attacking threat was coming from whilst, in fairness to them (is that allowed), W*ymouth were looking more threatening every time they came forward in the first half-an-hour.
There was more to fight for from the home side than those in white; every tackle, every pass was played with greater urgency. In terms of league position (if not supporters in the ground) the Terras clearly had more to play for.
Indeed, the highlight of the final 15 minutes of the first half was Luke Wilkinson’s altercation with a home fan who appeared to throw some kind of beverage at him as he prepared to return to the action after an injury. The ‘gentleman’ in question was removed from the stadium, much to the enjoyment of the away fans.

In terms of things to shout about, that was probably we good as it got. Goalless at half-time.

Half time: W*ymouth 0 Yeovil Town 0

Second Half

The opening attack of the second half offered more than the entire 45 minutes the preceded it. Tom Knowles broke forward down the right and his shot was smothered by Fitzsimmons.

But, as happened in the first half, the home were quicker to everything. On 52 minutes, the Yeovil defence tried to play offside and let Bearwish get a shot away which was stopped by a smart save from Smith.
Six minutes later, Ash shrugged off a timid challenge from Wilkinson forced Smith in to action again.
That did seem to spark a bit more of an energy from Yeovil, with the ball played on the floor seeming to reap more rewards – who’d have thought it?!
Josh Neufville was introduced for Wakefield on 71 minutes and his presence seemed to spark some greater urgency.

Jordan Barnett. Picture courtesy of Mike Kunz.

On 74 minutes, Reuben Reid did everything right after picking the ball up on the right of the box, lofted a ball over to Barnett arriving at the far post, but he headed it in to the ground and over.

Three minutes later, a Gorman free-kick led to a melee in the box during which Morgan Williams went down under pressure. Big penalty appeals, but probably not for me.
At the other end, Bearwish was involved again lashing a shot across goal but no-one was on hand to turn it in.
There were driving runs down both sides from Knowles and Neufville but nothing which threatened to create more than a half chance.
In fact, it was another substitute, Adi Yussuf, who almost created something when he broke down the right but could not pick out anyone in the middle.
The games final chance came when Knowles was fouled on the edge of the box. The final chance of the game and Wilkinson’s effort came back off the wall.
There were some plenty of moments for heroes, just not enough heroes.

Full time: W*ymouth 0 Yeovil Town 0

Lawson D’Ath. Picture courtesy of Mike Kunz.

Yeovil Town caretaker boss Charlie Lee has made three changes to his starting XI for the derby match with W*ymouth at the Bob Lucas Stadium (1pm kick-off).

In come, Morgan Williams, Lawson D’Ath and Charlie Wakefield who were on the bench for Good Friday defeat at the hands of Aldershot Town.

Jordan Barnett moves forward in to midfield with Sonny Blu Lo-Everton, Alex Bradley and Josh Neufville all dropping to the bench having started three days ago.

It was Boxing Day 1988 when our seagull bothering neighbours last recorded a victory over us – let’s keep it that way, boys!

Yeovil Town: Grant Smith, Mark Little, Luke Wilkinson, Ben Barclay, Morgan Williams, Jordan Barnett, Lawson D’Ath, Dale Gorman, Tom Knowles, Charlie Wakefield, Reuben Reid. Substitutes: Max Hunt, Alex Bradley, Sonny Blu Lo-Everton, Josh Neufville, Adi Yussuf.

Gloverscast #162 – “I just want to go down there and hate someone”

It’s only blummin’ Derby Day!
Ben, Dave and Sheridan break down what happened against Aldershot and how we plan on inserting the penultimate nail into the W*ymouth’s relegation coffin on Bank Holiday Monday with 1300 Glovers fans in full support!

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Toby Stephens claps the Yeovil fans

On loan Yeovil Town midfielder, Toby Stephens played 90 minutes for Barnstaple Town on Saturday in a 2-1 win.

Stephens helped see his side to just a 7th win of the season as his temporary club came from behind to win against Melksham.

Ollie Haste who has represented the Glovers in the Somerset Premier Cup this season as part of the Yeovil College/Under 18s programme came off the bench in the same game.

Barnstaple remain bottom of the table and have two games left to play.

Scunthorpe’s Glanford Park

The first relegation from the English Football League has been confirmed with Yeovil Town making plans for a trip to Glanford Park following confirmation of Scunthorpe United’s relegation from League Two on Good Friday.

With 42 games played, the Iron have amassed just 24 points and can no longer keep their head’s above water and after 72 years in the League will be a non-League side next season.

Sorry Scunthorpe fans, the refs don’t get any better down here!

Charlie Lee speaks to the BBC 📸 YTFC

Yeovil Town interim manager Charlie Lee bemoaned a wasteful Glovers’ performance after their 2-0 home defeat to struggling Aldershot Town at Huish Park on Good Friday.

Speaking to BBC Somerset’s Sheridan Robins, he said that he disappointed with the goals his side conceded.

“The first half was here and there, I think we probably had the better of the chances, then, second half I thought we started really well and we looked like the team that was going score.

Then, when you concede a goal from a set piece, there was plenty of time in the game and they went straight after it, we went gung-ho and we lost our shape and when you concede another goal like that, you’re chasing the game.

“It was two poor goals that we’re really disappointed with, in a game where we were comfortable. We are not going to hide away from it, that’s too many poor goals in the last couple of games.”

Lee admitted frustration seemed to set in after a string of crosses, corners and half chances early in the second half, but said that even when going 1-0 down he was confident of a response.

“There was loads of time, we’ve been coming back from a goal down all the time, we’re confident, we’ve been looking a real threat going forward, then, once they get the second they literally just shut up shop.

“We went for it, we had more attackers on the pitch than we can imagine and probably created less chances… the boys that came on couldn’t help us, the boys the started, we looked for the first time in a few games, we didn’t look like we had that killer instinct in the final third and that’s the real disappointment.”

The caretaker boss said it was good to have centre half Max Hunt back on the bench for his first appearance since mid-January as well as to have Grant Smith back in goal, having been out for a month with a groin injury.

Charlie suggested that there could be more changes to the side with a quick turnaround and the derby at W*ymouth on Easter Monday.

“There’ll be more changes for Monday, there will have to be, they’re tired bodies… everyone who is used needs to give me everything they’ve got.”

The Glovers travel to the Bob Lucas Stadium for a 1pm kick-off against that lot down by the seaside. If you are heading down, don’t miss our Ciderspace Away Travel Guide – click here.

Gloverscast #161

Ben and Dave are back, Ian isn’t, so instead we’ve got BBC Somerset’s Sheridan Robins looking ahead to the double header for the Easter weekend, first up, Aldershot Town at home!

We preview the game, try and work our way through Charlie Lee’s selection headaches, and as always, take your #GCQs

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