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Barnet have announced their released and retained list at the end of the 2023/24 season and Glovers Loanee Jordan Maguire-Drew has been listed as “returned to parent club”.

When Maguire-Drew signed on loan for the Bee’s it was noted that they had an option of a permanent ‘Free Transfer’ at the end of this current campaign, the wording of their retained list suggests this has not been taken up.

JM-D is under contract at Huish Park until at least the end of the 2024/25 season and, at time of writing, we guess is expected back for the first day of pre-season.

Former Glovers loanee, Courtney Senior has been released from the Hive whilst they continue to discuss contract options for Dale Gorman.

 

In what might be the final full Loan Watch round up of the season, there was play off heartbreak, a trophy and a couple goals for good measure.

Firstly, Jordan Maguire-Drew didn’t feature for Barnet as they were humbled in the National League Play Offs.

Bees’ manager said he was expecting a large overhaul of his squad for next season, at the time of writing it’s not known if they intend to take up their option on JMD.

Will Buse has been thanked for his time at Bath City after they conceded an incredibly late goal in their play off quarter final to Braintee.

Buse actually came close to scoring a late winner in the game from his own penalty area! 

The former Bristol City man returns to Huish Park where he remains under contract for the 2024/25 season.

 

Onto Dorchester where Ollie Haste played an hour in their final game of the season, but post match was rewarded with the Supporters’ Player of the Season award.

 

Haste leaves the Glovers at the end of his contract with two National League appearances to his name and is – to the best of our knowledge – the youngest person to Captain the Men’s team in a first team fixture after skippering the side in the Somerset Men’s Premier Cup last season.

Ollie Haste celebrates putting Dorchester Town 2-0 up in their 4-1 home win over Basingstoke Town.
Picture courtesy of Phillip Standfield.

Benjani’s time at Yeovil also draws to a close, he’s been at Melksham for most of this season and spent the final day of their season on the bench. Benjani played in the final day game of thr 22/23 season away at Boreham Wood as well making plenty of friendly and SMPC appearances.

Benjani at Melksham
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Shepton Mallet didn’t have a game this past weekend, but Charlie Bateson has one more engagement with them, the Les Phillips Cup final later in May.

Bateson Celebrates
📷 Dean Haliwell

Down at Gillingham, they’ve been going at three games a week for a while now and ad such there’s been plenty of game time for some of our Under 18s.

On Thursday just gone, Josh Haskett, Harry Lock and Harrison Foster started with Jack Bareham coming on from the bench. A good first half with Harry Lock assisting a Josh Haskett goal to make it 1-1 at half time. Bitton had the run of the second half to win 4-1.

Whilst on Saturday, Josh Haskett, Harry Lock, Harrison Foster and Jack Bareham all starting. It was a tough fixture for the end of the season and with injuries mounting for the Gills they went out 6-0 down. 

hosh Haskett ended the season as joint top scorer for the Gills. All the Yeovil lads worked really hard for the team and are grateful to Gillingham for having them 👍

(Huge thanks to Ian Haskett for helping with Loan Watch throughout the season)

Jack Bareham (9) scores for Gillingham

Finally at Welton Rovers, it’s been a tough campaign, but it ended on a real high with Jacob Shore scoring a last minute equaliser in a 4-4 draw, a game which saw Max Dyer given Rovers Man of the Match after a goal and assist of his own.

 

Mason Alden was also involved and like the other lads have really appreciated Welton’s hospitality this season.

On the final day they lost to Saltash, but again plenty more game time for the young Glovers, and after the drama of a 4-4 draw with two YTFC-related scorers… we won’t worry too much about that one.

(Another huge Thank You to Daniel Shore for his help and information this season)

Charlie Bateson shoots at goal, blocked by Jacob Shore
Pic: Dean Halliwell

Finally, from Gloverscast Ben a huge Thank You to those who have read Loan Watch this season, I hope it’s been interesting to see how the first team lads – and maybe more so, the youngsters in the Under 18s – are getting on.

 

 

 

The Yeovil Town first team might be on the first flight out of Gatwick bound for Barcelona, but there are still some Glovers still with games to play.

In the National League – Jordan Maguire-Drew wasn’t involved in Barnet’s final league game, they beat relegated Kidderminster 4-1. They get their play-off campaign underway this coming week.

As do Bath City, they along with Will Buse will head to Braintree on Tuesday after finishing the regular season in 6th after a final day defeat to Aveley.

 

Dorchester had a double header of a week, beating Tiverton on Tuesday 2-0 (say that three times fast!) and then falling to defeat in their final away day of the season against Basingstoke.
Ollie Haste played in both, the latter result ended a wonderful run of results and ended their fairly slim chances of extending their season into the play offs.

Melksham lost 3-0 to Bristol Manor Farm on Saturday, Benjani was on the bench, information is light as to if he came on or not.

Shepton Mallet pulled off a wonderful 2-0 win over Falmouth on Saturday, the only team to beat the 2nd placed side home and away.

Charlie Bateson started and played an hour before coming off, he also played… and scored in midweek, in a 2-1 defeat.

There are few busier teams than Gillingham at the moment, a number of games last week and three more this week;

They lost 2-1 to Wincanton, drew 1-1 with AEK Bocko and were beaten comfortably by league winners Portishead with only 10men.

The numerous young Glovers; Harry Lock, Harrison Foster, Jack Bareham and Josh Haskett were involved throughout, with Lock scoring in the Wincanton game.

Welton Rovers got their first win since October with a 3-2 victory over Millbrook, Max Dyer, Jacob Shore and Mason Alden all playing in the game and getting a much deserved result.

 

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.