Ian Perkins (Page 12)

Yeovil Town loanee, Josh Neufville suffered a serious injury in the Glovers’ match against Altrincham this afternoon.

The tricky winger confirmed on his Instagram that he’d broken his ankle.

Josh has been a highlight in what has been a terrible season and we’d like to thank him for his incredible efforts and green and white, and wish him a speedy recovery as he returns to Luton.

How I’ve missed that.

The sound of the turnstile as you push your way through the least covid-safe entranceway possible. The murmur of the crowd in anticipation of a match. The thud of a damp football being skidded along a slick surface. The echo of heavy rain driving on the metal roof. The joy of having a shared experience with people, actual people.

This season has been memorable. The disastrous start to the season, the owner attempting to sell the land, the covid breaks, injury after injury and the tragedy of Lee Collins. Last night was memorable for all of the right reasons. To be back at Huish Park, surrounded by familiar faces (a row further forward than normal) was the teaser of normality that many of us have craved.

The performance was good, I think? I mean, I enjoyed the game. I thought we played well and looked comfortable. But it didn’t really matter. The point was 1500 of us got to watch our team in a competitive match for the first time in 444 days.

Last night, I learned that a stream doesn’t do our players justice. The connection between a players genuine effort and drive is totally lost from behind a screen. Charlie Lee could have had that performance two weeks ago and it would have been fine. But to see it in person – his determination, his running, his quality – reminded me what being a supporter is all about.

Carl Dickinson, totally imperious last night, was winding up his winger incessantly. That was one of his final two matches at Huish Park and he absolutely revelled in it.

Josh Neufville got an applause like no other after his substitution. That was an outpouring of gratitude for being our standout performer since joining. He’s a highlight of our season and we’re only just able to give him the genuine appreciation he deserves.

The electricity of Knowles. Darren Sarll has been hyperbolic about Tom Knowles ability and he’s that player who starts to get the seats rumbling as he picks up the ball. He wants to make things happen and he’s going to be great to watch next season.

And the 4th minute. What a moment. If you listed a top ten moments at Huish Park that would have to be in it. The appreciation we’ve been yearning to show. To show each other what Lee Collins meant to us all. We’re still a club in grieving, but for the game to stop for applause across the pitch put a lump in my throat. Seeing Adam Smith wipe away the tears and Lee’s colleagues take a pause to feel that moment was something else.

It was an absolute pleasure to be back at Huish Park last night, supporting a team that’s been going it alone since March 2020. While we might have forgotten what that connection between players and supporters felt like through this torrid time, just a minute inside the stadium brought it all back again.

Hartlepool manager, Dave Challinor, is the bookmakers favourite to take over at his former club Tranmere, according to the Hartlepool Mail.

Challinor has led Hartlepool to a National League play off position this season and is a firm favourite of ‘Pools’ fans.

Tranmere, where Challinor made his name with his famous long throw, sacked their manager Keith Hill earlier this month. They also face a playoff campaign as they look to climb out of League Two.

 

The Glovers weren’t the only team to score three today. More than half of the teams playing today scored three goals.

Last Tuesday’s opponents Aldershot went down 3-1 at home against Hartlepool. Hollywood heroes Wrexham came from two down at Boreham Wood (Kabongo Tshimanga was on the score sheet) to win 3-2 with an 88th minute winner. Dagenham and Redbridge continued their good form to upset Halifax 3-0, including a goal from Angelo Balanta. Ex-Yeovil youth player Joe Tomlinson scored a penalty in Eastleigh’s 3-0 triumph over Barnet. Top of the table Sutton retained control of the League with a 3-0 victory against Maidenhead.

Chesterfield, with manager James Rowe serving a four-match ban, conspired to draw 0-0 against Wealdstone. Notts County and Bromley played out a 2-2 draw. Former loanee Adam Rooney scored early on to help Solihull Moors to a 2-1 win against Woking. W*ymouth beat Altrincham 2-1, too.

Torquay and Stockport play tomorrow at 12:15 on BT Sport.

Former Yeovil Town goalkeeper David Coles has left his role as Bristol Rovers goalkeeping coach.

Now managed by Joey Barton, the recently relegated (ha!) club up the road have reshuffled the deck following their relegation to League Two.

Coles played 96 times for Yeovil between 1991 and 1994. He has coached at Southampton, Portsmouth, West Ham and Bristol City.

The teams are in for our fixture at Aldershot tonight. And as expected, Yeovil Town line up with whatever is left this evening, including an extremely youthful bench. Lawson D’Ath also returns to the squad after a long lay off. Let’s see how this goes, eh?

Yeovil Town

Adam Smith, Alex Bradley, Billy Sass-Davies, Michael Kelly, Charlie Lee, Tom Knowles, Emmanuel Sonupe, Josh Neufville, Chris Dagnall, Joe Quigley, Reuben Reid.

Subs: Max Evans, Lawson D’Ath, Toby Stephens, Jiah Medrano, Adam Heaton

Aldershot

Walker, Fowler, Lyons-Foster, Rees, Kandi, Panayiotou, Anderson, Edser, Kinsella, Tanner

Subs: Bettamer, Nouble, Ogie, Hinds, MIller

Matty Warburton is to be released by Northampton Town at the end of his contract this season, the club have confirmed.

On Saturday, Darren Sarll confirmed that Warburton, who spent the majority of this season at Huish Park, had his loan spell cut short in April.


We’re tracking our former players whereabouts over the summer. If you see any let us know on Twitter.

PLAYERCLUBDIVISIONWHERE'S E TO?
John LundstramSheffield UnitedPremier LeagueRangers
Lee PeltierWBAPremier LeagueMiddlesbrough
Jack ClarkeAston VillaPremier LeagueChesterfield
Andros TownsendCrystal PalacePremier LeagueEverton
Wayne HennesseyCrystal PalacePremier LeagueBurnley
Stephen HendersonCrystal PalacePremier League
Hong WanWolvesPremier LeagueJohor Southern Tigers
Sam WalkerReadingChampionshipKilmarnock
Remeao HuttonBirminghamChampionship
Barrow
Ryan BurkeBirminghamChampionshipMansfield
Liam WalshBristol CityChampionshipSwansea City
Rene GilmartinBristol CityChampionshipSwindon Town..oh wait no..
Morgan WilliamsCoventryChampionshipYeovil
Shaun MacDonaldRotherhamChampionshipCrewe Alexandra
Kieran AgardMK DonsLeague One
Remeao HuttonBirmingham CityChampionshipBarrow
Matty WarburtonNorthampton TownLeague One
Michael KellyBristol RoversLeague OneEastleigh
Ed UpsonBristol RoversLeague OneNewport County
Scott Loach BarnetNational League Chesterfield
Corey WhelanWiganLeague OneCarlisle United
Josh Sheehan Newport CountyLeague TwoBolton Wanderers
Alex FisherExeter CityLeague Two
Tom ParkesExeter CityLeague TwoLivingston
Wes McDonaldWalsallLeague Two
Morecambe
Jordan ClarkeScunthorpeLeague TwoOldham
Olufela OlomolaScunthorpeLeague TwoHartlepool
James DaytonLeyton OrientLeague Two
Omar SowumniColchester UnitedLeague Two
Brandon GoodshipSouthend UnitedLeague TwoW*ymouth
Tahvon CampbellCheltenham TownLeague TwoWoking
Stuart NelsonCrawley TownLeague Two
Marcus BarnesOldham AthleticLeague TwoLeyton Orient
Adam SmithForest Green RoversLeague Two
Joel GrantSwindonLeague TwoGrimbsy
Jonathan GroundsSwindon League TwoExeter
Kieran MurtaghBoreham WoodNational League Dartford
Oscar GobernDoverNational League
Alefe SantosW*ymouthNational League
Chippenham Town
Rohan InceMaidenheadNational LeagueWoking
Seth Nana TwumasiMaidenheadNational LeagueDover
Jordan CookGatesheadNL North
Sam FoleyMotherwellSPLTranmere Rovers
Jon ObikaSt MirrenSPLMorecambe
Aaron MartinHamiltonSPLPort Vale

Yeovil Town will play their first National League match of the season in front of supporters next Tuesday (18th May) at Huish Park against Maidenhead.

Tickets are not available on the day of the game.

Ticket prices for the Main Stand and Screwfix Community Stand are as follows:

Adult: £21
Senior (65+): £19
Armed Forces: £19
Young Person (16-23): £14
Junior (U16): £5
Under 12: £3

Ticket prices for the Thatchers Gold Terrace are as follows:

Adult: £18
Senior (65+): £15
Armed Forces: £15
Young Person (16-23): £14
Junior (U16): £5
Under 12: £3

The announcement on the official website notes:

Tickets in the terraces will be available for purchase and have been split into three zones each, it is vital that you always remain within your zone, a plan of the zones is attached. Tickets in the Main and Screwfix stands have also been made available. Due to social distancing, we have made single, double space available and a limited number of larger groups of seats.  You will need to select a space that suits the number of tickets you require. If you have specific seating requirement or accessibility needs then please email the ticket office but please be aware we have limited availability in all areas, please also note that you must sit in your allocated seat only.

Season ticket holders will receive their tickets for the final two home matches of the season through the post.

Tickets can be purchased here.

There is a code of conduct, for attendees to follow, which can be read here.

Alfie Lloyd has signed professional terms at QPR after a successful trial with the Championship club.

He joins Mark Warburton’s side for an undisclosed fee having spent six years in the Yeovil Town youth set up. This season the 17-year-old made his debut for the Glovers in November and he has been scoring plenty for the U18s.

In a statement on the official website Lloyd said: “I have enjoyed every minute of my time at Yeovil, especially the last year working with Darren Sarll & Terry Skiverton. It was a great opportunity to work with someone like Darren who has a great reputation for developing young players and I was able to experience that first-hand, Terry had valuable advice and experience of what it was like to play at the highest level. I would also like to thank Mark Challen for his great work with me and the rest of the youth team for the last two years.”

Congratulations Alfie, and best of luck on your exciting journey.

As injuries mount at Huish Park and the end of this dreaded season is in sight, conspicuous by his absence from any matchday squad since 1st of December against Eastleigh is Gabby Rogers.

The midfielder went from scoring a 120th minute winner in the FA Cup (one of the highlights of our season) to persona non grata at Yeovil Town.

In the aftermath of our match against Aldershot in December, Darren Sarll spoke to the press and said the following about Rogers:

“Gabby Rogers has pretty much requested to be on the transfer list, because of his own reasons, which is fine. I only ever utilise players who are desperate to play, and if Gabby’s desperate to play for Yeovil then he’ll always be in contention. Unless you really commit; heart, soul, every emotion, you never get the best out of these people.”

Rogers retorted on Instagram: “Don’t believe everything you hear…”

Why would an academy product, who had his moment at Bromley and showed promising sparks of genuine ability, would suddenly decide he doesn’t want to play for Yeovil? Rumours have swirled on social media regarding a training ground incident that sparked Rogers’ omission from the squad.

Now, with five games left to go and Aldershot to play tonight we find ourselves in the position where we are scraping together a first eleven, with no idea who will fill the bench.

As discussed on the latest episode of the Gloverscast, we might have as few as ten fit, outfield players, with as many as 12 players unavailable for selection.

If ever there was an opportunity to put a situation to bed, for the sake of the football club, this is it. For the sake of a young player who has come through our academy and, more heartlessly, a potentially valuable asset for the club who could provide more money for the club’s coffers over the years.  That is, of course, if Rogers wants to don green and white again.

Whatever the situation, it’s one that many supporters would want to see resolved as our season fizzles into nothing.

Sutton United hold all the cards at the top of the National League after Torquay and Bromley drew blanks in the BT Sport game. Sutton won 2-0 at home against W*ymouth – ex-Glover(ish) Craig Eastmond opened the scoring.

Boreham Wood picked up an suprise 1-0 win away at Halifax  and Notts County put Barnet away 4-1 and currently sit in that last play off spot at the moment. Hartlepool were also on the surprise end of a result as they lost 4-2 at home to Maidenhead.  Playoff hopefuls Chesterfield also scored 4 away at Woking in a 4-1 win.

Dagenham & Redbridge have a lot of say in the play off picture as well. After their 5-0 win at Wealdstone on Saturday, they’re unbeaten in six having scored 18 goals. Their remaining games are against $tockport, Halifax, Chesterfield and Wrexham.

$tockport’s match against Altrincham was postposed, and the less said about Wrexham and Yeovil Town, the better.


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Following the 3-0 loss at Wrexham, Darren Sarll confirmed that loanee Matty Warburton has returned to Northampton Town, cutting his loan spell short.

“He (Warburton) went back to Northampton a while ago after Lee (Collins) passed. It was a particularly difficult time for (him) anyway because he wanted to make decisions on his future. He wanted to go back to Northampton anyway and then sadly Lee passed and he accelerated that. We felt it was in his best interests as a human being that we allowed that to happen.”

We’d like to thank Matty for his efforts during a difficult time at Yeovil Town.