Ian Perkins


What an amazing few days. Yeovil Town are National League South Champions and return to the National League at the first time of asking. Ian, Dave, Ben and Sheridan chat through that night in Gloucester and the party at Huish Park on Saturday!

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The wait is finally over. Ian was at Huish Park to see Yeovil Town lift a league trophy for the first time since 2005. Here are his conclusions from a memorable afternoon in the sun…

Sam Pearson put his body on the line to equalise. ๐Ÿ“ธ Gary Brown

We needed a jolt to spark us into life. The party was in full flow at Huish Park but Luke Coulson’s early header was the wake up call that there was a game of football in the way of the trophy lift. Coulson’s free header silenced the bouncing Huish Park momentarily, but two minutes later Sam Pearson put his body on the line to get the equaliser and Yeovil never looked back.

Yeovil were dominant. Mark Cooper’s side, pressure free, controlled possession and played some excellent football. Short, sharp passing led to some good chances in both halves and Yeovil should have done more with the chances they had. After 45 games of high pressure, the Glovers enjoyed the occasion and put on the kind of performance we saw during The Run.

Alex Fisher scores. ๐Ÿ“ธ Gary Brown

Feed the Fish! A year ago Alex Fisher suffered an horrific injury in front of the Thatchers Stand and yesterday it went full circle as he scored Yeovil’s third and got to celebrate in front of those supporters. Say what you want about Alex Fisher, but he is a phenomenal representative of Yeovil Town and it was great to see him get that goal on the spot where his career almost came to an end. He’s scored some huge goals this season after returning from injury and played an important part in getting Yeovil back into the National League.

Pearson and Morgan took their chances. Pearson’s early miss last weekend was forgotten about with his goal yesterday and he and Brooklyn Genesini struck up an exciting, pacey partnership on the right hand side. Dylan Morgan’s appearances have been sporadic lately, but I thought he had a great game. He was all over the pitch, showed some brilliant bits of skill and his goal was well struck – albeit with a Dartford deflection.

Champions! ๐Ÿ“ธ Gary Brown

This title feels so sweet. There is a massive cohort of Glovers who’ve never seen a League win, who are probably sick of hearing about 1997, 2002, 2003, 2005 and 2013. They’ve finally witnessed it themselves and know what its like. The celebrations at Huish Park were fantastic to see after the last decade of disappointment. This club has been through the ringer since that historic Championship season. Four relegations, negligent ownership, three failed takeovers and nearly entering administration 12 months ago before Martin Hellier completed his takeover. All of that (and plenty more) has made this win feels so much sweeter. Congratulations to everyone at Huish Park who’s made this happen, let’s do it again next year…

Yeovil Town are National League South Champions, Gary Brown was pitch side for the proceedings.

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We’ve only gone and done it – again! Yes, after 19 years of waiting, Yeovil Town are champions again (ole, ole).

It was a goal in each half from strikers Rhys Murphy and Alex Fisher which secured the three points against Truro City which ensured the title and promotion from the National League South at the first time of asking.

There were 1,103 Glovers in Gloucester (yes, that is where Truro play these days) from a crowd of 1,238 to see the title secured.

First half

After some uneventful if totally dominant opening few exchanges, it took Frank Nouble directness with eight minutes played to create anything like a threat in to the home side’s box. His run and cross was cleared away.

Then just a minute later came the first frustrating moment of the game as Jordan Stevens pulled up holding that hamstring again. He had to go off and was replaced by Jordan Young.

But,two minutes later Rhys Murphy was the man on the spot to put the visitors ahead, showing the predatory instincts which have made him such a deadly marksman. Sonny Blu Lo-Everton picked out Charlie Cooper on the right side and he delivered an excellent cross to find the rising MURPHY on the edge of the box to flick a header in to the net. 

Sadly, that proved to be his last action as he went down in the middle of the pitch. Of the three changes made from Saturdayโ€™s starting XI against Worthing, two of them were now back in changing rooms. Someone protect Michael Smith!

On 20 minutes, it was only goalkeeper James Hamon stood between Yeovil and a 2-0 lead pulling off a point blank save as Alex Fisherโ€™s header from Cooperโ€™s cross. Nouble blazed over the rebound.

Matt Worthington fizzed one wide from the edge of the box with 28 minutes gone, before another nervy injury moment when Smith went down holding his hamstring. He was fine, donโ€™t worry.

That was about as exciting as it got until we got in to first half injury time. Charlie Cooperโ€™s blasted a free-kick in to the wall before Jake Wannellโ€™s far post header from the resulting corner was blocked.

1-0 up at the interval and the job was half done.

Half time: Truro City 0 Yeovil Town 1

 

Second half

Shooting towards a packed away end in the second half, the Glovers continued to dominate the game without creating too much to test Hamon in the Truro goal.

But, with ten minutes of the second half gone the second goal came from a  source we have not seen recently (and I donโ€™t mean the scorer), it was Smith who delivered a sumptuous ball from the left and Alex FISHER rose to head home. The keeper got a fingertip to it, but it was not enough to stop the ball trickling over the line.

 

From then on it was just a party in Gloucestershire as the sound of “champions again, ole, oleeee” rang around the Tigerturf Stadium. Yes, the last time was 2005, but champions is champions.

On 67 minutes, Smith had a great opportunity to go from goal creator to goal scorer. A lovely cross from Young fell to the full-back inside the box, just begging to be hit. The Northern Irishman definitely hit it, but over the bar.

Dylan Morgan replaced (title-winning) captain Matt Worthington with eight minutes remaining and Charlie Cooper lifted a free kick over the back two minutes after that, but all the masses from Somerset wanted was the final whistle.

When it sounded, fans spilled on to the pitch – we’d done it, folks, we finally, finally done it! 

Full time: Truro City 0 Yeovil Town 2


Match Details

Venue: TigerTurf Stadium, Gloucester
Date: Thursday 11th April, 7.45pm

Competition: National League South

Pitch: Plastic. Not bad for plastic, but plastic.
Conditions: Dry and relatively warm

Attendance: 1,238 (1,103 away supporters)

Scorers: Rhys Murphy 12 (1-0), Alex Fisher 50 (2-0)

Bookings:
Yeovil Town: Jordan Young 32, Sonny Blu Lo-Everton 68
Truro City: 

Referee: Ayrton Hursey

 

Yeovil Town: Joe Day, Michael Smith, Jay Foulston, Jake Wannell, Morgan Williams, Charlie Cooper, Matt Worthington, Jordan Stevens, Sonny Blu Lo-Everton, Rhys Murphy (for Alex Fisher, 16), Frank Nouble.

Substitutes: Jordan Young (for Jordan Stevens, 9), Alex Fisher (for Rhys Murphy, 16), Dylan Morgan (for Matt Worthington, 82) Brooklyn Genesini (not used), Sam Pearson (not used).

Truro City: Hamon, Melhado, Sanniola, Sanders (for Munakandafa, 62), Hinds, Kavanagh, Brett, Palfrey, Johnson-Fisher (for Yetton, 83), Buse, Law.
Substitutes (not used): Horton, Jones, Fabby.

Worthing well and truly pooped the party at Huish Park in front of another 6000+ crowd. Yeovil weren’t at the races and fell to a disappointing 3-1 defeat. Here are Ian’s five conclusions from the press box…

Polite enquiries are made. ๐Ÿ“ธ Gary Brown

Gareth Thomas had a shocker. Let’s get this one out of the way early doors. I can’t remember many referees who’ve gone through a game making no decisions in the middle of the pitch when they needed making, but being certain on decisions where there was doubt, in areas that make a difference. In truth, I couldn’t see the penalty decision, it looked like Pearce got the wrong side of Wannell and felt contact and went for it and looking at the highlights, there’s maybe a pull by Wannell. The offside is as tight as they get without taking 20 minutes to draw lines, but enough people (who would know and have access to see it again) told me it was on. Huish Park was denied a glorious moment which Thomas will always be remembered for now. The FA assessor was in attendance and in conversation with Yeovil’s coaching staff after the match. As woeful as he Thomas was, the scenes at the final whistle will surely see some form of punishment for the club.

We never felt in control. The praise in the aftermath of the Torquay win was how in control Yeovil were for the entire game, but it never felt like we had it against Worthing. We kept the ball at times, but it was a bit of a basketball match. We know Worthing score a lot of goals, and they can play some free-flowing stuff and they were effective in preventing us from playing out. The controlled possession we’ve enjoyed wasn’t there. Defensively we didn’t look comfortable and up front we snatched at chances when composure was needed and couldn’t get the final ball right.

๐Ÿ“ธ Gary Brown

We looked vulnerable at the back. I’ve not said that very many times at all this season, given how we’ve controlled games and how dominant we’ve been at the back. But, Morgan Williams and Jake Wannell didn’t look their best with the ball, and Cashman and Pearce seemed to pull them all over the pitch. Fage and Felix enjoyed plenty of space on the wings and Dolaghan caused problems from deep and got his rewards following Foulston’s error. The defence have barely put a foot wrong all season, and like Mark Cooper said, the forward players needed to take their chances.

We missed so many chances. I wanted an early nerve-settler and in the third minute, Sam Pearson has a 24 karat chance to settle the entire town. Clearly he didn’t expect a chance of that magnitude to fall to him in that fashion and he snatched at it and skied the ball. Sonny Blu Lo-Everton has a chance too, that Worthing’s keeper somehow saves, but Lo-Everton should score from such close range. Frank Nouble has a couple of half chances on his left foot from the edge of the box that he can only put over the bar. Half time substitute Rhys Murphy earns a penalty that he doesn’t convert. Morgan Williams goes close with a header, too. Yeovil could, and probably should, have been 2-0 up before Pearce converts his penalty. 

Alex Fisher celebrates his goal. Picture courtesy of Gary Brown.

We’re nearly there. As disappointing and infuriating as it was to not have our moment at Huish Park, a point against Truro on Thursday is all it will take to clinch the league. The expectation, anticipation and hype around Worthing’s visit would have made victory at home so much sweeter and maybe it was too good to be true. We’re Yeovil Town, and if we’ve learn something over the last decade, it’s that we never make it easy. It was a big game, with a lot of attention on it and as much as Mark Cooper tried to play it down in the build up and keep the players grounded, the pressure of the occasion seemed to get to the players. They’ll recover, learn from it and after 11 long years, we’ll celebrate promotion on Thursday.

Mark Cooper’s Glovers fell to 3-1 defeat at the hands of Worthing at Huish Park and the Yeovil boss said he wouldn’t blame the referee for the defeat. 

Speaking to BBC Somerset’s Ian Randall, Cooper said: “If you’ve never been a winner or you’ve never got over the line you feel some nerves and we’ve only got a couple in there that I think have actually won something and it’s not easy to win. The big danger today, which I spoke about and everybody wants to hype it up and win, is the performance. And I spoke to the players about it Thursday, Friday, today not looking at โ€˜what ifโ€™, we need to perform and we didn’t. We played the occasion, I thought and not the actual game.”

Cooper confirmed he’d been to see the referee, Gareth Thomas, after the match and the scenes which followed the final whistle. When asked about the conversation, Cooper said: “I was calm. [There was] just a couple of decisions I wasn’t quite sure about. The first one, the penalty, obviously we have the benefit of seeing it back and it’s not a penalty and the offside Murphy’s clearly onside. Decisions of such importance, youโ€™ve got to be really sure to give them, but I’m not gonna blame the ref for our defeat.”

Rhys Murphy exchanges pleasantries
๐Ÿ“ธ Gary Brown

Sam Pearson missed a glorious opportunity in the 3rd minute and although Cooper admitted his side defended poorly, he felt Yeovil should have been in control.

“We had some brilliant chances in the first, I think it was a minute, two minutes, where the ballโ€™s, I don’t how far it was out, six yards? And you can have a touch and roll it in the in the bottom corner. Put it over the bar and we had numerous chances to really get control of the game and when we set up like we did to be aggressive and we took the ball off them and we had them chances they need to go in because the way they play, they always get a chance to play through you.

“You do well to create that many chances in the game and not win it. But we conceded some poor goals, though we didn’t defend well today. But again, the defenders have been brilliant. We should be winning that game with the chances we have.”

Yeovil conceded a poor second just before half time, but Cooper felt was a foul on Jordan Young in the build up. “Well, it’s a blatant foul on Jordan Young to start with on the halfway line, and then Jay just makes a bad error with a back pass. I was shouting at boys โ€˜just get into halftimeโ€™ and no issue. We had we had six or seven off colour today, we didn’t defend well, we were slipping. But their argument will be, โ€˜well, hang on a minute when are the forwards gonna get us out of trouble by taking their chances?โ€™ 

“We had some bits and pieces where a little bit more quality would have done that [levelled the game] and then we scored a great goal, but which is onside and for some reason they disallowed it. I’ve just asked that question, but that the linesman was adamant it was offside.” 

On to Truro…in Gloucester..

Yeovil weren’t able to get the job done today against Worthing, but our man Gary Brown was, and he got some snaps of the action.

Pictures courtesy of Gary Brown. Please ask for permission before using.