David Coates (Page 24)

Alex Bradley could be back in contention for this weekend’s televised fixture against FC Halifax Town at Huish Park.

The versatile player has missed the opening two matches of the season through injury and manager Darren Sarll said he is hopeful he will be available for selection at the weekend.

Speaking ahead of the game, the boss said: “I would like to think that Alex Bradley will be back in contention on Saturday after injury, it depends how late we can get him back in to training.

“I am not prepared to take a risk on someone like Alex just to get that fifth substitute on the bench.

Alex Bradley is sent off at Aldershot Town last season – it’s the only picture we had of him!

However, he added that there were no new injuries picked up in the 2-1 win at Aldershot Town on Monday with many players who played twice over the Bank Holiday weekend being given two days off training this week.

Sarll said he was still looking to bring “another couple” of players in to the squad.

He added: “We were close on one yesterday (Wednesday) but something turned for the worse and we were not able to get it done.”

Left-back Jack Robinson, who signed from Championship Middlesbrough ahead of the opening game defeat to King’s Lynn last weekend, will not be fit for Saturday.

The managers said: “We don’t know when he will be available, he rolled his ankle in his second session and it didn’t reduce in swelling and he did not recover so we are being precautionary with him.

“I don’t know when he’ll be back, I would like to say next Saturday away at Stockport.

“He will be a big player for us when he is because he is a wonderful passer of the ball and maybe allows us to play (Jordan) Barnett a bit further forward.”

Tickets for Yeovil Town‘s trip to Stockport County on Saturday, September 11 have gone on sale.

Travelling supporters will be housed in the end block of the Together Stand which runs along the side of the pitch.

Prices for the match at Edgeley Park are priced at:

Adults (18+): £18
Students: £12
Age 65+: £12
Disabled: £12
6-17 years: £12
5 years and under: FREE

To buy tickets buy calling the Box Office on 0161 266 2700 or via the Stockport County website – here 

Away supporters wishing to purchase wheelchair disabled and carer tickets, please contact the ticket office directly to arrange this purchase, on 0161 266 2700

The Green & White Supporters’ Club is running travel to the fixture, for full details visit – here.

Read our Ciderspace Away Travel Guide to Edgeley Park – here.

The Green & White Supporters’ Club is running travel to Yeovil Town’s upcoming National League fixture at Stockport County.

The club will run coaches on Saturday, September 11 leaving Huish Park at 7.30am for a 3pm kick-off in Cheshire.

Prices for travel are as follows:

G&WSC Members

Adult: £31
Concession: £29

Non-Members

Adult: £33
Concession: £31

To book, call Paul Hadlow on 07736 044570 or email him on paulhadlow@outlook.com.

If you are getting in touch by email, please make it clear which match you are booking for and that you give your full name, the names of people that are travelling and a contact telephone number.

You may be asked to pay a £5 deposit to reserve your seat.

If you are making the trip to Edgeley Park, make sure you check out our Ciderspace Away Travel Guide to Stockport – here.

Yeovil Town top scorer Joe Quigley has been named in the National League Team of the Week after scoring three times over the Bank Holiday weekend.

The frontman netted the only goal in a 2-1 defeat at home to King’s Lynn on Saturday, and then got both goals as the Glovers ran out 2-1 winners at Aldershot on Monday.

He is joined by ex-Glovers’ Kabongo Tshimanga and Tahvon Campbell who both also netted braces for Chesterfield and Woking respectively on Bank Holiday Monday.

Yeovil Town have increased the amount borrowed from Sport England by a further £112,000.

The club now owes £801,538 which it said in a statement will cover “lost revenue from last season’s lockdown period” enabling it to pay “costs and creditors from last season.”

The statement was published after the new charge was made public through a Companies House filing made by Yeovil Town Holdings Limited, signed by Chairman Scott Priestnall and Director Glenn Collis.

The statement said  the club had also paid back all its debts to HM Revenue and Customs after taking a ‘payment holiday’ offered to National League clubs during the pandemic,

It added: “This loan is a top up on loans given to clubs due to the lost revenue from last season’s lockdown period.

“This means that the loan itself is in relation to the costs and creditors from last season, and that is what the loan will be used for.

“The loan itself is a 20-year term, which includes a four-year holiday period at a 2% interest rate per annum.”

The statement goes on to say that the club is one of a number of National League side which are lobbying Sport Minister Nigel Huddleston for “or the loans to be eventually turned into grants, as has been previously suggested.”

You can read the statement in full – here.

The filing listed on Companies House shows that the £689,538 loan taken out by Yeovil Town Holdings Limited in February has now been extended to £801,538.

The filing includes the following:

Pursuant to an amendment and restatement deed in the Original Facility Agreement dated on or around the date of this Supplemental Guarantee and Debenture, the Original Chargor, the Additional Chargor, the Lender and the Programme Manager have agreed to make certain amendments to the Original Facility Agreement, including but not limited to increasing the total Facility amount to £689,538 to £801,538 (the ‘Amendment and Restatement Deed’, with the Original Facility Agreement being amended in accordance with the terms therein being the ‘Restated Facility Agreement’.).

I mean, what could be clearer than that?!

Chairman Priestnall and  Collis are the only two registered directors of Yeovil Town Holdings, the company set up in 2009 by then-Chairman John Fry to own the freehold  the club’s assets including its Huish Park stadium and surrounding land.

That move saw the assets of the club hived off from its football operations which are run by Yeovil Football & Athletic Club which also has Priestnall and Collis as its only directors.

You may recall it was the response to a Freedom of Information request by the Gloverscast published in June which confirmed the original loan amount, see – here

Venue: Recreation Ground
Monday August 30 2021, 3pm kick-off.

Conditions: Dry and bright
Ground: Fine

Scorers: Quigley 14 (1-0), Andrews 75 (1-1), Quigley pen 83 (2-1)

Attendance: 2,073 (334 away)

Referee: Scott Tallis

Bookings:
Yeovil: Knowles 42, Staunton 42, Wilkinson 64, Wakefield 80, Smith 90
Aldershot Town: Phillips 30, Oxlade-Chamberlain 42, Akanbi 42, Edser 42, Lyons-Foster 82


Yeovil Town : (4-4-1-1)
Grant Smith
Dan Moss, Max Hunt, Luke Wilkinson, Jordan Barnett
Charlie Wakefield, Dale Gorman, Josh Staunton, Tom Knowles
Sonny Blu Lo-Everton
Joe Quigley

Subs: Adi Yussuf (for Lo-Everton, 56), Morgan Williams (for Wakefield, 89), Max Evans (not used), Toby Stephens (not used).

Aldershot Town: Walker, Kinsella, Lokko, Lyons-Foster, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Phillips, Edser, Harris (for Whittingham, 67), Berkley-Agyeong, Andrews, Akanbi.
Substitutes (not used): Hall, Saunders, Watts, Willard.

SUMMARY

A full nine games earlier than last season, Yeovil Town picked up their first three points of the National League campaign thanks to a brace from striker Joe Quigley at Aldershot Town on Bank Holiday Monday.

The striker, who had scored the only goal in a 2-1 defeat at home to King’s Lynn Town two days earlier, opened the scoring after 14 minutes of some positive opening exchanges for the visitors who led at the break.

But, having weathered the storm of some intense pressure from their hosts, the Glovers conceded with 15 minutes remaining when Corie Andrews’ flicked header went beyond Grant Smith in the Yeovil goal.

Then a direct piece of play (a.k.a ‘a long free-kick’ forward) found centre half Luke Wilkinson inside the box where he was felled and Quigley stepped up to slot home his second after 83 minutes.

Here’s how our Hampshire-born reporter David Coates saw it…..

FIRST HALF

With Matt Worthington unavailable after his sending off against King’s Lynn in the season’s opener, Glovers’ boss Darren Sarll gave a start to loaneee Sonny Blu Lo-Everton who lined up in what appeared a 4-4-1-1 formation just behind Joe Quigley.
The other change saw fellow loan signing Dan Moss come in at right-back in place of Morgan Williams, who dropped to the bench. The Millwall under-23s captain had appeared off the bench two days earlier.
If stung by the criticism of their manager who described the weekend’s performance as “weak”, the visitors set off in positive fashion with Quigley at the heart of a number of  a couple of good moves.
After just two minutes, he linked up well with Dale Gorman to tee up Charlie Wakefield whose effort was well saved by Mitch Walker in the hosts’ goal and five minutes later he combined with Tom Knowles for the latter to flash a ball across the face of goal.
On 14 minutes, Quigley broke the deadlock after a driving run down the left side he broke in to the box and bent the ball past Walker.
As we have been promised through pre-season, Yeovil reverted to what we are informed will be our style of play this season, soaking up some pressure before Luke Wilkinson‘s headed a free-kick on to the cross bar after 30 minutes.
From that, Jayden Harris broke down the other end and was denied by a fine stop from Smith.
On the balance of chances, the visitors deservedly went in ahead at the break and while their attacking play was an improvement on two days ago, there was perhaps a touch of fortune that their hosts were wasteful in front of goal.
Half time: Aldershot Town 0 Yeovil Town 1 (Quigley)

SECOND HALF

Unsurprisingly, Aldershot returned after the break presumably with the words of their manager ringing in their ears and started the second half the brighter.
Defender Kevin Lokko had an effort just over the bar before Ibrahim Akanbi fired wide after good link-up play with strike partner Andrews. Neither had Smith in the visitors goal in major danger but against a sharper attack, the keeper could have found himself under greater pressure.
On 53 minutes, Adi Yussuf replaced Lo-Everton and the visitors reverted to a 4-4-2 with Yussuf partnering Quigley in attack and on 63 minutes the summer signing was in the action.
Again, good play by Quigley down the left found Yussuf who got an instinctive shot in which was blocked and landed at the feet of Gorman who shot wide.
When he arrived from Northern Ireland, the supporters of his old club Glentoran told us that Gorman loved a shot from range and there was certainly evidence of that with another flying wide six minutes later,
There also some evidence of the instinctive finisher that Yussuf’s CV suggests he could be……just maybe slightly out of practice.
But, the visitors continued to probe and on 75 minutes a cross from the left by Toby Edser was met by the head of Andrews to flick the ball over Smith and draw the Shots level – and they did deserve to be level at that point.
Suddenly, the de ja vu of two days earlier – a Quigley opener, an equaliser in the closing third – flooded back to the 334 travelling supporters but, to their credit, Yeovil did not give up.
This time equipped with a full compliment, a long ball forward found Wilkinson as a slightly odd resident of the attacking penalty area where he was hauled down and the visitors were awarded a spot kick.
After last season’s exploits from 12 yards, please forgive this correspondent for having heart palpitations at this point but Quigley stepped up to send the keeper the other way. Cue pandemonium in the away end – and what an amazing away end that is at the Recreation Ground.
But, far from shutting up shop at that pint, the visitors actually carved out two fantastic chances to put the game even further beyond their hosts in the closing four minutes.
Firstly on 86 minutes, great link up play Yussuf and Quigley linked up well for the latter to round Walker an inexplicably put the ball in to the side netting before three minutes later a cross from Wakefield found Yussuf, but his shot was tame.
So, three points on the road and while the celebrations at the end may have appeared over-the-top, there was a real sense of relief among the travelling faithful and presumably those on the pitch.
Drink in the victory (and I’ll even give only a passing mention to five bookings including a couple for stupidity) and get back on the training pitch for what is sure to be a very different challenge against FC Halifax Town at the weekend.
Oh, and the BT Sports cameras at Huish Park – deep joy.

Full time: Aldershot Town 1 Yeovil Town 2 (Quigley 2)

 

Yeovil Town will start with Joe Quigley up front on his own for the trip to Aldershot Town on Bank Holiday Monday.

Loan signing Dan Moss, who joined from Millwall last weekend, starts at right back.

 

Yeovil Town: Smith, Barnett, Wilkinson, Hunt,  Moss, Staunton, Gorman, Wakefield, Knowles, Lo-Everton, Quigley.  Subs: Evans, Williams, Stephens, Yussuf.

 

Aldershot Town will be looking to get their National League season on track after suffering two defeats in their opening two fixtures.

The Shots find themselves in the division’s relegation zone – if such a thing legitimately exists after just two matches – after a 1-0 defeat at Boreham Wood at the weekend.

On the opening day, goals from ex-Glovers’ striker Kabongo Tshimanga and a penalty from Danny Rowe were enough to see them go down at home to big-spending Chesterfield.

There have been a number of changes since these sides met with Aldershot running out 2-0 winners at the Rec last May.

Strikers Ricky Miller and Ross McCormack, an experiment which didn’t really work out, it seems – have departed and been replaced by what Shots fans will hope are gems from the lower leagues.

Among them are Christian Oxlade-Chamberlain, the younger brother of Liverpool’s, Alex, has joined from Southern League Gosport Borough, and centre-half Giles Phillips, who has had a loan spell at the club from Championship Wycombe Wanderers last season.


FROM THE MANAGER

Shots’ boss Danny Searle is expecting a reaction from Yeovil Town  after the opening day defeat at home to King’s Lynn Town and hoping for one from his own side.

Defensively solid and struggling to create chances up front sounds like very similar issues being suffered by his opposite number Darren Sarll.

Speaking after his side’s 1-0 defeat at Boreham Wood, Searle said: “Yeovil have had a defeat today and a man sent off, so they are going to want to bounce back from that.

“But, if we can start creating chances we know we are going to win football matches because we are resolute at the back and can keep teams at bay for large portions of the game.

“We have just got to start rewarding their efforts with some goals at the other end of the pitch and that has to come sooner rather than later.”

 


TEAM NEWS

With two games in as many matches, manager Danny Searle may look to freshen up his starting XI with summer signing striker Ibrahim Akanbi in line for a start.

The arrival from Maidstone United could take the place of either Corie Andrews, who has started both matches having joined on loan from AFC Wimbledon, and academy product Tommy Willard.

Boss Danny Searle said the game against Yeovil would come “too soon” for striker Mohamed Bettamer, who is yet to play this season.

In midfield, Alfie Whittingham and Elis Watt both came off the substitutes’ bench against Boreham Wood and will be hoping for starting places.

Full back George Fowler did not feature for the Shots at Boreham Wood having come off at half-time in the season opener against Chesterfield. Speaking after Saturday’s game, Searle said he was “still sore” from the injury

However, midfielder Toby Edser, who has picked up a muscle injury, played the full 90 minutes at the weekend.

 


A FOOT IN BOTH CAMPS

There is a fair list of players who have seen service with both clubs, not least Nick  Crittenden who was part of the Yeovil side which won promotion to the Football League.

He played the first season in League Two before departing to the Recreation Ground in summer 2004 where he spent two seasons making the Conference Premier play-offs in his first season.

The ex-Chelsea winger later returned to Huish Park as the club’s accountant.

The other more obvious link is current Yeovil centre half Max Hunt who was on the scoresheet for the Shots when Darren Sarll’s men won at The Recreation Ground in the 2019-20 season.

He made 22 appearances for Aldershot that season on loan from Carlisle United before joining Yeovil on a permanent deal in January 2021.

In no particular order, the other ex-Glovers with links to both clubs include:

  • Joel Grant
  • Joe Ralls – he played for Aldershot at youth level before moving to Cardiff City.
  • Lewis Young
  • Scott Guyett
  • Terrell Forbes
  • Luke Oliver
  • Nathan Ralph
  • Alefe Santos
  • Dean Parrett
  • Chris Giles
  • Harry Cornick
  • Kevin Dillon – well, he was manager at Aldershot between 2009-11.

 

Venue: Huish Park
Saturday August 28 2021, 3pm kick-off.

Conditions: Sunny
Ground: Fine

Scorers: Quigley 15 (1-0), Coleman 71 (1-1), Sundire 85 (1-2)

Attendance: 2,024

Referee: Gary Parsons

Bookings:
Yeovil: Knowles 51, Staunton 64, Yussuf 80
King’s Lynn: Coleman 70

Sendings off:
Yeovil: Worthington 38
King’s Lynn: None


Yeovil Town (5-4-1):
Grant Smith
Morgan Williams Luke Wilkinson Max Hunt
Matt Worthington                                                            Jordan Barnett
Charlie Wakefield Dale Gorman Josh Staunton Tom Knowles
Joe Quigley

Subs: Dan Moss(for Knowles, 60), Adi Yussuf (for Barnett, 68), Sonny Blu Lo-Everton (for Gorman,82) Max Evans (not used), Toby Stephens (not used).

King’s Lynn: Jones, Denton, Fernandez (for Gyasi, 65), Callan-McFadden, Bird, Barrows, Clunan (for Sundire, 72), Coleman (for McGavin, 84), Omotayo, Linton, Rowley.
Substitutes (not used):Bowry, McGavin, Gascoigne.


 

SUMMARY

Yeovil Town started the National League season with a 2-1 defeat at home to King’s Lynn Town at Huish Park.

The day had started well for the Glovers who had to soak up pressure from the visitors before striker Joe Quigley broke the deadlock with a stunning strike on 15 minutes.

The game turned on 38 minutes when midfielder Matt Worthington was given a red card.

That put the home side under pressure and the visitors got a deserved equaliser through Ethan Coleman with 19 minutes left, before Munashe Sundire completed the turnaround with just five minutes remaining.

Here is how our reporter Ryan Jones saw the match…..


FIRST HALF

Yeovil lined up in a 5-4-1 with Jordan Barnett, Dale Gorman and Charlie Wakefield all making their competitive debuts for Town. King’s Lynn made the more composed start on the ball and were able to force a couple of early corners which the Glovers defence were able to see out comfortably.
Joe Quigley hammers home the opener.
Picture courtesy of Mike Kunz.

Yeovil then created a half chance on the 12th minute after a good run from Tom Knowles who crossed into Quigley but he couldn’t quite get the ball under control. However, a few minutes later, Yeovil took the lead with a stunning strike which befitted the return of the Yeovil faithful.

After an interception in midfield, the ball was played into Yeovil’s new 10 who beat two players before unleashing a shot which swerved into the top corner. The Glovers then had a spell of possession off the back of the goal without creating too much.
The Linnets then had a couple of chances of their own with a shot skewed wide from the edge of the box and then former Town forward Gold Omotayo had a well directed header sharply saved by Grant Smith.
More chances came and went with Rowley shooting over after cutting I’m from the wing and Omotayo heading high and wide. Worthington sent off after a late challenge.

Half time: Yeovil Town 1 (Quigley) King’s Lynn Town 0


SECOND HALF

The second half was relatively uneventful from a Yeovil attacking point of view with Kings Lynn able to get down both sides of the Yeovil defence and getting crosses in and winning corners without causing too much danger on the Yeovil goal.
Yeovil’s resolve was finally broken when The Linnets equalised on 70 minutes through a powerful header which looped over Grant Smith, who despite his best efforts, was unable to keep the ball out as it trickled into the net.
Soon after, the away side turned the game on its head when the Yeovil defence couldn’t deal with a ball into the box and after a scramble to clear the ball, King’s Lynn were able to get the decisive touch to bundle the ball in.
Loan signing Dan Moss in action against King’s Lynn Town.
Picture courtesy of Mike Kunz.
Almost instantly from the restart, Joe Quigley flicked the ball onto Adi Yussuf whose shot whistled wide across goal.
Unfortunately Yeovil were unable to get back into the game and they started their 2021-2022 campaign with defeat albeit with some positives to take from the game with Quigley and Yussuf linking up well after the new man’s introduction.

Full  time: Yeovil Town 1 (Quigley) King’s Lynn Town 2

 

Yeovil Town manager Darren Sarll has handed league debuts to four summer signings  against King’s Lynn Town at Huish Park (3pm kick-off).

Goalkeeper Grant Smith, full-back Jordan Barnett and midfielders Dale Gorman and Charlie Wakefield are all named in the starting eleven for the opening National League fixture.

Fellow new arrivals striker Adi Yussuf and loanees Sonny Blu Lo-Everton and Dan Moss start on the bench.

Ex-Glovers’ striker Gold Omotayo starts for the visitors who are looking for their first points of the season after an opening day defeat to Southend United last weekend.

Yeovil Town: Smith, Wilkinson, Williams, Hunt, Barnett, Worthington, Staunton, Gorman, Wakefield, Knowles, Quigley. Subs: Evans (GK), Stephens, Lo-Everton, Moss, Yussuf.

King’s Lynn: Jones, Denton, Fernandez, Callan-McFadden, Bird, Barrows, Clunan, Coleman, Omotayo, Linton, Rowley. Subs: Bowry, Sundrie, Gyasi, McGavin, Gascoigne.

Having admitted last season was a “free hit” for his King’s Lynn side, Ian Culverhouse knows they need to start fast in an ultra-competitive National League this season.

The Linnets’ boss saw his side go down 1-0 at home to Southend United last weekend, thanks in no small part to a fine performance from goalkeeper Paul Jones, who pulled off a string of saves in their opening fixture.

Conceding just once against a side expected to be in the promotion mix come the end of the season will have pleased Culverhouse whose side conceded 98 goals last season, more than any other team in the division.

They finished the campaign in 21st place which would have been enough to send them down if relegation had not been cancelled.

It has been a summer of change on and off the pitch at King’s Lynn, with the club going full-time despite the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and bringing in a number of new signings.

They had six players, including former Exeter City keeper Jones, making their senior debut against Southend and will be looking to build on a positive performance against Yeovil.

One familiar face in the visitors’ squad is striker Gold Omotayo, who made 16 appearances in for the Glovers in the 2019-20 season. He finished last season at Wrexham before being released and arriving in Norfolk.


FROM THE MEDIA 

Normally, we would try to find you the views of the opposition manager in this pre-match previews, but there’s nothing we can find from Ian Culverhouse about his side’s trip to South Somerset.

So, here is what Greg Plummer, reporter for the Lynn News had to say: “Whatever side manager Ian Culverhouse chooses to put out, the Lynn boss will not budge from his philosophy of getting the ball down and trying to play football out from the back.

Despite going full-time in the summer, Lynn’s ambitions this season have to be to survive in the league and build from there. That in itself will be seen as a great achievement.

“In terms of squads and budgets, Lynn have perhaps the smallest in the National League.

“With a squad of just 19, any absentees will leave the Norfolk side down to the bare bones in terms of players available for selection.

 


TEAM NEWS

Ian Culverhouse is known as a master tactician but even he will struggle to find a formation from a squad which is even more paper-thin than Yeovil Town’s.

And his job is made even harder by the loss of striker Junior Morias who was red carded in the 1-0 defeat to Southend United on the opening day.

Morias’ place alongside Gold Omotayo means Malachi Linton, a 20-year-old forward signed on loan from Wycombe Wanderers, is likely to get a start.

The Linnets’ attacking options have been dented by the loss of Adam Marriott, whose last minute (offside) goal earned them a 2-2 draw against Yeovil in the opening game of last season, and Michael Gash.

Marriott departed to Eastleigh last season as the club looked to cut its wage bill during the pandemic and Gash was a ‘victim’ of the decision to go full-time, preferring to stay semi-professional by joining Southern League side Peterborough Sports in the summer.

In midfield, the Linnets have been boosted by the signing of Ipswich Town midfielder Brett McGavin in the week.

The 21-year-old is described as a ball winning midfielder equipped with precise passing and seems likely to make his debut at Huish Park.

Joe Rowley, who has joined on loan from Chesterfield, was a bright spark in midfield against Southend with Irish centre half Kyle Callan-McFadden the mainstay in defence.

 


A FOOT IN BOTH CAMPS

Gold Omotayo – the obvious link man between the two sides having been part of Darren Sarll’s first squad as Yeovil Town manager in the 2019-20 season.

He made 16 appearances that season before departing to rivals Halifax Town and then Conference South big spenders Gloucester City before turning up at Wrexham, where he played in the Welsh side’s 3-0 win over Yeovil towards the end of last season.

Presumably the part-time kick-boxer was too proud to take the Hollywood cash offered by the Red Dragons and instead opted for a move to the familiar rural setting of Norfolk.

Ominously, the last time Gold played against Yeovil in the Glovers’ opening game of the season, he scored an 89th-minute winner for Bury in the 2018-19 season.


Kwesi Appiah –
spent a month on loan with Yeovil from Crystal Palace during the 2012-2013 – which turned out alright for us, as I recall.

He made five appearances for Gary Johnson’s men, coming off the bench for four of them which the Glovers won, and starting one – a 2-0 defeat at Colchester United on a cold February night.

Earlier in his career, whilst with Peterborough United, Appiah had a prolific spell with King’s Lynn FC scoring nine in 10 games for the Northern League Premier side before his loan spell was cut short when the club went bust. I’m not saying he’s unlucky, but….

King’s Lynn FC were eventually wound up in November 2009 with debts of £77,000 and  reformed as today’s King’s Lynn Town in January 2010.

 

Defender Luke Wilkinson has said he hopes to have put the injury problems which kept him out for large parts of last season behind him.

The centre-half said that using custom-made insoles in his boots and a regime of gym work has helped him overcome problems with his soleus muscle, part of the lower leg.

He only played 20 times last season as a result of injuries and suspensions and is hoping to get in much more game time this season.

Yeovil Town defender Luke Wilkinson.
Picture courtesy of Mike Kunz.

Wilkinson said: “It has been a really frustrating two years, I have had soleus problems on both legs twice, so it has been frustrating.

“But we seem to have gotten to the bottom of it with orthotics and strength work, so I am hoping I can be out there for 50-plus games and help take this team to where we want to be.

The 30-year-old said the team had been working hard in pre-season to rid themselves of the errors which cost them 68 goals in the National League last season.

Manager Darren Sarll has spoken in pre-season about how supporters can expect to be a more “controlled” style from his side this year.

Wilkinson said: “There has been a lot of work on the defensive side of it and you can see from our pre-season games that we were solid as a team and our attacking play comes from our defensive work.

“We defend as a team and we then we build from there, if we can wear teams down that way and get a couple of goals that way we will take it every week.

“It’s not about scoring four and conceding three, I don’t think any football fan want to see you concede three every week and then you have to score four every week.

“So hopefully we can keep games tight but get the wins that we need.

Yeovil Town manager Darren Sarll has said he is still looking to bring in more players to his squad which has been hit by injury and illness.

Yeovil Town manager Darren Sarll.

Speaking ahead of the National League opener against King’s Lynn at the weekend, the boss said he had been speaking with club chairman Scott Priestnall about new targets.

He said: “I would still like to bring in a couple more, we have a couple of options at the moment that Scott and I are discussing.
“If they come off before the weekend then great, but if they don’t we will do what we can and put out what is available to us.

The boss has confirmed that striker Reuben Reid and defender Mark Little will both be out until Christmas and defender Alex Bradley and on loan midfielder Lewis Simper will be missing for the opening game.

 

Lawson D’Ath is undergoing  treatment at Huish Park as he bids to return to fitness after suffering a knee injury.

Manager Darren Sarll has confirmed the 28-year-old has had surgery over the summer on the injury sustained in the final game of last season against Stockport County.

He said he hoped to have the former Northampton Town man available for selection in January when he is also hoping that injured striker Reuben Reid and defender Mark Little will be available again.

Darren Sarll has his head in his hands as Lawson D’ath is attended to

Sarll said: “I have this lovely vision that in January I will have a fit Mark Little, a fit Reuben Reid and a fit Lawson D’Ath.

“Lawson is at the club now, having treatment on a daily basis, he is still living in Yeovil and we are taking care of his accommodation and his treatment.

“I am desperate for Lawson to get back in our shirt and play because at the end of last year I saw a different Lawson, there was a maturity to him.

“He is a very good player, so Scott (Priestnall, the club chairman) if you are listening, I want Lawson for January!”

Striker Reuben Reid and defender Mark Little will both be out of contention for Yeovil Town until Christmas, according to manager Darren Sarll.

Speaking ahead of the opening National League fixture at home to King’s Lynn on Saturday, the boss confirmed Little had undergone surgery on his foot after picking up an injury in the pre-season friendly against Forest Green Rovers.

Reid suffered a hamstring tear in the friendly against Weston-super-Mare will be missing for up to four months.

Yeovil Town manager Darren Sarll.
Picture courtesy of Mike Kunz.

 

Sarll said: “Both of them (Reid and Little) we should expect them around Christmas, if anyone was going to come back sooner it would Reuben but Mark had to undergo an operation.

“I have never seen anything like it in 20 years, put your foot down and rotate it the wrong way and a ligament ruptured on top of his metatarsal that keeps the metatarsal in position. – that is a new one on me!”

He also confirmed that defender Alex Bradley and loan midfielder Lewis Simper are also likely to miss the opening game.

Both appear to have been among a group of players who have been affected by the outbreak of COVID-19 which led to the postponement of the club’s final two pre-season friendlies and last weekend’s trip to Wrexham.

Speaking about new striker Adi Yussuf, the manager said the former Wrexham and Solihull Moors player still needed to work on his fitness before he could be a regular.

He said: “(Luke) Wilkinson said when he played against Yussuf (in training) he gave him a hard time and all those things are important when new players walk in to the dressing room.

“It would have been ideal if they had a bit longer, Adi needs to spike his fitness levels a bit before we see him playing week in, week out but he will be a really good signing.

“He has got that hunger back and sometimes players just need a home and to feel wanted and (Joe) Quigley was in that category and I am looking forward to working with Adi.”

Tributes have been paid to former Yeovil Town player, coach and backroom staff member Stuart Housley who has sadly died.

The family of the 72-year-old, who played nearly 400 times for the club in two spells between 1969 and 1980, confirmed his passing on social media.

In a touching post on Facebook, they wrote: “The family wanted to let you know that our hero, dad, grandad, brother and loyal husband of Christina has made his final transfer in to heaven with his wife by his side, peacefully last night to join other football legends. See you on the far post.

The former youth team manager who held various backroom roles under a succession of managers had been in hospital since the end of July.

He was a major part of the club’s most successful period which saw them win the the FA Trophy, promotion to the Football League in Gary Johnson’s first spell at Huish Park and then promotion to the Championship under Johnson again in 2013.

The news led to a outpouring of tributes for the popular former winger from the club, supporters and players past and present at Huish Park.

In a statement, the club said it was “deeply saddened” to hear the news of Stuart’s passing, adding: “Stuart was an excellent servant to the club.

Former midfielder Ed Upson posted: “Rest in peace Stu, a real legend” with former Glovers’ captain Joe Edwards adding: “One of the best! Rest in peace Stuey! What a great man he was.”

Ex-Glovers’ goalkeeper, Chris Weale, who came through the club’s youth academy at the same time, said: “Thanks for all the advice and coaching over the years, from Green Machine as a kid to first team success you were there all the way.

Everyone at the Gloverscast  sends our deepest condolences to Stuart’s family and friends at this difficult time. He will always be remembered as a true legend of the club.

 

The east stand at Huish Park will continue to be named The Screwfix Community Stand after the local employer extended its partnership for an eleventh consecutive season.

The club  confirmed the extension of the sponsorship with the business which is based on the Houndstone Business Park alongside the stadium.

Commercial manager Mark Robinson said: “We are delighted Screwfix have extended their support of Yeovil Town Football Club with the continued naming rights of The Screwfix Community Stand.

“We are extremely grateful to everyone involved at Screwfix for their continued loyalty and commitment to our football club and supporters.”

 

Friends and colleagues of former Yeovil Town captain Lee Collins have called for “an extensive review” of support given to players.

An open letter sent to Maheta Molango, the recently-appointed chairman of the Professional Footballers’ Association (PFA), claims the players’ union has failed to respond to the rise in mental health issues caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

It calls for the PFA to fund wellbeing officers at all member clubs, improve aftercare for retiring players and to provide death-in-service benefits to all members, regardless of which league they play in, according to a report by Sky Sports.

Former Yeovil Town captain Lee Collins in action.
Picture courtesy of Mike Kunz.

Lee, who made nearly 40 appearances in two years at Huish Park, was found dead in his hotel room in March and last month a coroner ruled the Glovers’ club captain had tragically taken his own life. He was 32 years old.

Today, a memorial match is being played between Congleton Town and an All-Stars team of one of Lee’s former clubs, Port Vale, at the North West Counties’ League side to celebrate his life and raise awareness of the issues of mental illness.

In the open letter, Lee’s friends and former colleagues call on the PFA to improve its support for players feeling the sport who “are being left to sink or swim in a world they do not have the qualifications or life experiences to survive in”  and appoint well-being officers at every League club.

It also said the surviving spouse of chosen beneficiary of any PFA member should  “receive 100% of their total PFA contributions and the death in service benefits will remain in place, irrelevant of which division they are competing in at the time of death.”

Sky Sports has spoken with Lee’s partner, Rachel Gibbons, who said: “They’re not these big fancy superstars that earn mega bucks, these are just regular guys.

“They could live next door to you. More needs to be done with those in particular. For Lee, he lived within his wage packet, so he didn’t have a big nest egg of savings to fall back on.

“Football in general needs to be more proactive in helping those footballers, rather than what they are at the moment which is reactive.

“What happened to Lee is the worst possible scenario and obviously everything has been reactive to that. If there’s things in place beforehand, be proactive – that’s what these footballers, these men need.”

In response to the open letter and the interview with Rachel, the PFA issued a statement saying: “Our thoughts remain with Lee’s family, friends and team-mates and we will continue to offer our support to all those affected by Lee’s passing.

“Professional football can be a challenging career and we have identified a wide range of football-specific areas that can adversely impact a player’s mental health. Career transition – whether through retirement, injury or release – is a particularly difficult time for players and their families.

“We are committed to continually improving our education and wellbeing support, which also includes evaluating the way football as a whole supports players.

“Any members who need support with their mental health, including issues both inside and outside of football, can contact us on our 24/7 helpline on 07500 000777 or at wellbeing@thepfa.com.

The proceeds of today’s match will go to Lee’s family and you can donate to the cause via a Crowdfunder page – here.

If you need to speak with someone, Somerset Mind has a 24/7 telephone hotline – call 01823 276 892.

Notts County were the big winners on the opening day of the National League season with a 5-0 win over Harry Kewell’s Barnet.

The Bees trailed to a Reuben Rodrigues brace when keeper Josh Doherty was sent off midway through the second half before Cal Roberts, Kyle Wootton and Jim O’Brien completed the scoring.

A 93rd-minute equaliser by Solihull Moors‘ midfielder Joe Sbarra saw the Hollywood Galacticos of Wrexham draw 2-2 having gone ahead through a penalty from big money summer signing Paul Mullin and ex-Manchester United and Derby County midfielder David Jones.

Stockport County went down to a surprise 3-1 home defeat to Dagenham & Redbridge having taken a ninth-minute lead through John Rooney, and ex-Yeovil Town striker Kabongo Tshimanga opened his account for Chesterfield in a 2-0 win at Aldershot Town.

Gary Johnson’s Torquay United lost 3-1 at home to Altrincham with Cristiano Ronaldo…..sorry, Gabby Rogers playing 82 minutes at Plainmoor.

Former Glovers Rhys Murphy and Nathan Ralph both played in Southend United‘s 1-0 win at King’s Lynn Town, who had striker Junior Morias shown a straight red card meaning he will miss the Linnets’ trip to Huish Park next weekend.

In other fixtures, W*ymouth went down 2-0 at home to Boreham WoodWoking won 2-1 at Wealdstone and a last minute winner earned Maidenhead United a 2-1 win at FC Halifax Town.

The results put Yeovil Town in 14th place, up eight spots from the second-from-bottom position they started the day.

As initially unveiled on the latest edition of ‘The Big Season Preview’ podcast – listen here – Ben and Dave have had a go at predicting the final table for this year’s National League.

Most importantly, Ben has predicted the Glovers will be “flirting with the play-offs” eventually finishing just outside in the ninth, with Dave suggesting a mid-table finish with a prediction of 14th place. Ian has placed Yeovil in 13th.

All three of us have picked Paddy Madden’s Stockport County to win the title with Dover Athletic, who start the season on -12 points, to finish last.

The predictions in full are:

BEN

1. Stockport County
2. Wrexham
3. Chesterfield
4. Notts County
5. Torquay United
6. Grimsby Town
7. Bromley
8. Southend United
9. YEOVIL TOWN
10. Eastleigh
11. Solihull Moors
12. FC Halifax Town
13. Dagenham & Redbridge
14. Boreham Wood
15. Barnet
16. Maidenhead
17. Aldershot Town
18. Altrincham
19. Woking
20. King’s Lynn Town
21. Weymouth
22. Wealdstone
23. Dover Athletic

DAVE

1. Stockport
2. Wrexham
3. Chesterfield
4. Notts County
5. Southend United
6. Torquay United
7. Solihull Moors
8. Dagenham & Redbridge
9. Grimsby Town
10. Bromley
11. Eastleigh
12. FC Halifax Town
13. Barnet
14. YEOVIL TOWN
15. Altrincham
16. Woking
17. Boreham Wood
18. Maidenhead
19. Aldershot Town
20. Weymouth
21. Wealdstone
22. King’s Lynn Town
23. Dover Athletic

IAN

  1. Stockport County
  2. Wrexham
  3. Notts County
  4. Chesterfield
  5. Southend United
  6. Dagenham & Redbridge
  7. Solihull Moors
  8. Grimsby Town
  9. Torquay United
  10. Eastleigh
  11. Bromley
  12. FC Halifax Town
  13. YEOVIL TOWN
  14. Barnet
  15. Boreham Wood
  16. Altrincham
  17. Woking
  18. Maidenhead
  19. Aldershot Town
  20. Weymouth
  21. Wealdstone
  22. King’s Lynn Town
  23. Dover Athletic