Tom Bailey

We’ve jumped a few matchdays since our last roundup, and a lot has happened since then… one game was abandoned entirely, with Yeovil being “defeated” by W*ymouth, and something else happened… what was it? Oh yes, Yeovil won the damn league with their 2-0 win away at Truro (Gloucester)! Following the crowning of the champions on Saturday, after Yeovil relegated visitors Dartford with a 3-1 win, let’s see what else went down on a day to remember for the Glovers.

In what feels like a frequent feature with these round ups, we begin with Worthing as they ticked over to 100 goals scored in this league campaign. They sunk St Albans City at their own ground in a 4-2 cracker as they continued their hunt for a top 3 finish. Following Thursday’s defeat, Truro City bounced back with a 3-1 win at home to playoff side Maidstone to all but confirm their safety. There were two 3-0 wins in the east, as Chelmsford City hammered Tonbridge Angels, while Eastbourne Borough secured a vital three points at home to Chippenham Town.

Slough Town sunk Hemel Hempstead closer to the drop zone, as they secured the victory in a 3-2 thriller; Aveley kept their playoff hopes alive with a 2-1 win away at Weston-super-mare, while a Shaquile Coulthirst double gave Braintree Town the three points on their travels to already-relegated Havant & Waterlooville in a 2-1 win. Torquay United’s relegation fears deepened in an uninspiring 1-0 defeat at Bath City, while 10-man Taunton Town claimed a huge three points with their 1-0 win away at Farnborough.

Hampton & Richmond continued their playoff charge with a 1-0 win over bottom side Dover Athletic, and in the final game of the weekend, Welling United and W*ymouth played out the only draw of the weekend in a drab 0-0 affair.

 

National League South results – in full

Bath City 1-0 Torquay United
Chelmsford City 3-0 Slough Town
Eastbourne Borough 3-0 Chippenham Town
Farnborough 0-1 Taunton Town
Hampton & Richmond Borough 1-0 Dover Athletic
Havant & Waterlooville 1-2 Braintree Town
Hemel Hempstead Town 2-3 Slough Town
St Albans City 2-4 Worthing
Truro City 3-1 Maidstone United
Welling United 0-0 W*ymouth
Weston-super-mare 1-2 Aveley

National League South table (look at that gold!)

Yeovil’s 19 year wait for a league title had to continue for just a little bit longer, as they were defeated 1-3 in controversial circumstances at Huish Park on Saturday. Let’s see what else happened across the division on a dramatic day…

It was not a day for goals, with Yeovil’s game being the highest scoring in the league (not a total surprise considering Worthing were involved), but we start with a relegation six pointer – it was Dartford who came out as winners in a 2-1 win away at Havant & Waterlooville, who could be relegated by next weekend if they don’t win their game on Wednesday against Welling United, who beat 10-man Torquay United 1-0 at home to further aid their relegation escape.

There were plenty of cagey affairs and 1-1 draws across the league, with Bath City and Tonbridge Angels cancelling each other out, Chelmsford City went down to 9 men but held on for a draw at home to Slough Town, who missed a penalty in a dramatic game; Taunton Town claimed a point away at playoff chasing Hampton & Richmond, while Hemel Hempstead conceded a 90th minute equaliser to already-relegated Dover Athletic.

There were also a few 1-0 wins too, with Eastbourne Borough claiming a vital win for their relegation battle, as they defeated W*ymouth at home. Both Maidstone and Braintree Town confirmed their playoff spots with their wins away to Farnborough and Weston-super-mare respectively, while St Albans City’s hopes took another dent as Chippenham Town left Clarence Park with all three points.

The final game of the day came in the evening kickoff in Gloucester, as Truro City kicked off a run of five games in eight days with a 1-1 draw against 10-man Aveley.

 

National League South results – in full

Bath City 1-1 Tonbridge Angels
Chelmsford City 1-1 Slough Town
Eastbourne Borough 1-0 W*ymouth
Farnborough 0-1 Maidstone United
Hampton & Richmond Borough 1-1 Taunton Town
Havant & Waterlooville 1-2 Dartford
Hemel Hempstead Town 1-1 Dover Athletic
St Albans City 0-1 Chippenham Town
Welling United 1-0 Torquay United
Weston-super-mare 0-1 Braintree Town
Truro City 1-1 Aveley

National League South table

Yeovil’s wait for the National League South title continues until at least Thursday, as they were defeated at home by Worthing in a 1-3 result.

The hosts were the better side in the first half, with a littany of chances squandered, before Worthing capitalised on a questionable penalty decision to take the lead. Yeovil continued to probe, with no luck before an unfortunate mistake from Jay Fouslton left the Glovers with a hell of a task.

The second half didn’t fare any better, with even more mistakes from officials, and squandered chances from the Glovers making life hard for themselves. An Alex Fisher goal gave Huish Park hope, before it was so cruelly snatched away in controversial circumstances. Worthing nabbed a late goal with the last kick of the game to leave Huish Park with all three points.

First half

Yeovil kept it consistent with just two changes from Monday’s clash at W*ymouth, with Sam Pearson and Sonny Blu Lo-Everton replacing Olly Thomas and the injured Jordan Stevens.

Sam Pearson can’t believe it
📸 Gary Brown

The first couple of minutes were cagey, with Yeovil and Worthing exchanging long balls and patchy possession, but the first action of note came in the 4th minute, where a wayward pass from Joe Rye inside the Worthing box ended up straight in the path of Sam Pearson, the young Welshman couldn’t keep his shot down as it fired over the Dorset Vehicle Rentals Stand.

Yeovil had the next chance 7 minutes in, where a Frank Nouble run turned into a cross-come-shot, but Ollie Wright collected it comfortably. The wind continued to wreak havoc as a long ball from Joe Day fell just ahead of Pearson, Wright coming to collect and ending the attack, before another shot from Frank Nouble shortly afterwards bounced off his own boot and over.

The hosts continued to show why they were top of the league with another chance 10 minutes in – a nice ball forward from Charlie Cooper found Sam Pearson in space on the left wing, he cut inside and played a dangerous ball into the box, but Jordan Young couldn’t get it in the net. Another good chance for Yeovil, as Worthing struggled to assert themselves early on.

Worthing almost found themselves with a chance just afterwards though, as a Morgan Williams slip gave the visitors a half chance, but Wannell came across well and recovered the ball with ease.

After 14 minutes, Worthing had good fortune come their way, as a weak penalty was handed to the visitors by referee Gareth Thomas. Jake Wannell earned a booking for his protests, and Ollie Pearce tucked the ball into the bottom left corner from the spot to make it 37 league goals for the season.

Polite enquiries are made
📸 Gary Brown

Following the penalty, Worthing took some time to have the ball and get themselves settled into the game, Yeovil defended well and snuffed out any potential attacks they looked to make. Worthing’s high press prevented Yeovil from making any forays into the opposition half when they did have possession, causing concern in the crowd, but there was a vociferous roar 24 minutes into the game when Kane Wills brought Sonny Blu Lo-Everton down just outside the box, the Worthing man finding his way into the referee’s book.

The resulting free kick was a palm stinger from Charlie Cooper, but Worthing got away with it once again – an extremely weak foul was then given against Sonny on Brad Dolaghan, drawing the ire of the Yeovil crowd.

Worthing triggered a press on Yeovil, but the hosts played out of it well, getting the ball forwards – a header from Pearson was wayward, before a long ball from Worthington had just a little bit too much on it for Pearson to reach.

Yeovil came forwards once again, Pearson once again the danger man – coming inside from the left, he laid a ball off to seemingly nobody, and Worthing scampered away once again. The next chance was again, for Yeovil, as a nicely worked run from Lo-Everton made space for him to put a ball into the box for Nouble, but his shot was wayward once again.

The visitors almost bundled the ball into the back of their own net, as Pearson and Colbran battled into the box, but Ollie Wright reacted quickly to stop it trickling into his own net.

Worthing earned themselves a corner following a block from Charlie Cooper, it came to nothing however the ball stayed with Worthing – the passage of play finished with an audacious attempt at goal from all of 40 yards flying wat wide of goal.

Yeovil then found themselves with a corner, some sloppy play allowed Worthing to break down the left hand side with Danny Cashman. He played a ball across the box for Jo Felix, but his shot flew over the bar.

From the resulting goal kick, Yeovil went down the other end and won a free kick, Worthing defender Alfie Young being booked for his cynical foul on Frank Nouble. The free kick was wasted however, as the ball simply floated into the hands of Ollie Wright.

The final five minutes of the first half were relatively uneventful, with the most notable event being a Worthing corner that was palmed away by Joe Day… until the clock just ticked over to the 45 minute mark, where Jay Foulston was pressed into a mistake by Jo Felix, his pass was soft and caught Joe Day off guard, allowing Felix to pounce, round Day and lay it off for Brad Dolaghan to finish into an empty net.

Yeovil went forwards once again but more wasteful work from the Yeovil forwards meant the hosts went into half time with a mountain to climb.

Half time: Yeovil Town 0 Worthing 2

Second half

Before the half got underway, Mark Cooper made a change, Sam Pearson being replaced by Rhys Murphy. Straight off of kickoff, Worthing fired a shot from distance at Joe Day but it drifted wide. Yeovil went on the counter from the goal kick, a Frank Nouble charge earning Yeovil a corner; the resulting corner floating over everybody, allowing Worthing back on the ball.

Yeovil almost found themselves through once again, but Young couldn’t get the ball out from under his feet and Felix covered enough ground to recover the ball for the visitors. Worthing tried playing out but Yeovil pressed well, the ball ending up with Young once again. He cut inside, fired off a shot that got blocked, before Lo-Everton fired a ball over the bar.

Murphy gets stuck in
📸 Gary Brown

Yeovil came forward once again, and on the 50 minute mark, Yeovil themselves were handed a penalty by referee Gareth Thomas, when Rhys Murphy was brought down. The number 39 stepped up, but it was a poor strike and Wright got down well to save it, knocking it over the bar for a corner.

Worthing came forward down the right hand side from a goal kick, but their final ball wasn’t there and Yeovil got away with it. The visitors continued to push, earning a corner shortly after, however their well worked header went over the bar, and out for a goal kick.

Worthing had the next chance too, as Ollie Pearce broke away, almost leaving Williams in a heap on the floor with his frightening pace. He laid a ball off for Felix, but Day did well to read the deflection from Williams and caught it well.

Yeovil countered from there and won a corner, however it was a heavy ball once again and Worthing gained possession. Worthing won themselves a corner when Worthington had to track back and blocked off Dolaghan, however it landed straight on Wannell’s head and was cleared away.

The next bit of action came in the 60th minute, where Matt Worthington worked his way into the referee’s book for a challenge on the halfway line on Danny Cashman. Yeovil tried coming forward again shortly after, with Nouble winning a free kick and Worthing player Joe Rye ending up in the book. What followed was possibly the worst free kick of the season, as Jordan Young launched the ball out of play.

Five or six sloppy clearances followed from Yeovil once Worthing worked the ball into their half, before a brief break in play allowed for Dylan Morgan to replace Brooklyn Genesini.

Jordan Yong pickpocketed the Worthing midfield and came forward, laying the ball off for Rhys Murphy but the ball was wide and caused the attack to lose momentum, the half chance was lost and Worthing got back into possession. Another half chance came shortly after, where more sloppy Worthing play allowed for Nouble to come forward, the ball being blocked and recycled back to Nouble, his cross however ended up straight in the hands of Ollie Wright.

Another Yeovil attack followed, as a ball forward ended up on the right wing with now-right back Matt Worthington, his ball for Nouble weighted well, the following cross blocked out for a corner.

Before the corner was taken, Jack Sprong was replacd by Finlay Chadwick for Worthing’s first substitution, the corner was wasted and allowed the visitors to regroup once again.

More Yeovil possession followed, with intricate play coming from Nouble and Foulston, but nothing came from it, a few more feeble attacks followed before Rhys Murphy was flagged for a foul for… having his shot blocked by Alfie Young. Shortly after, Gregory Luer took to the field to replace Brad Dolaghan for Worthing’s second sub.

Alex Fisher joined the action in the 77th minute, replacing Jordan Young, and his first involvement was good, carrying the ball in Nouble-esque style, before delivering a nice floated cross for Nouble himself, his header was straight at the keeper though.

More horrendous decisions followed, as Ollie Wright handled the ball outside his box under pressure from Rhys Murphy, the Yeovil striker tucked the ball home however Wright’s excellent “goalkeeping” inexplicably won Worthing a foul instead…

Worthing continued to dilly-dally, and they were finally punished, as Morgan took a shot and slipped, his shot being cleared high. Nouble headed the ball back into the danger zone, and Alex Fisher was there to tuck the ball home to make it 1-2.

Yeovil looked positive once again, but Worthing cleared the danger and won a couple of corners, none of which came to anything. The hosts attacked once more, with a nice ball from Foulston finding Dylan Morgan in space, his cross being put behind for a corner, Charlie Cooper’s corner was dangerous, but Wright pulled off some genuinely good goalkeeping this time, to clear the danger.

Joe Felix was replaced by Cameron Tutt as the 7 additional minutes were announced, and Yeovil almost had their equaliser shortly afterwards – Morgan Williams’ header flashed just wide of the post, firing up the Yeovil faithful. What followed was another hideous set of events… Rhys Murphy found his way through, and buried the ball this time, however Frank Nouble (who wasn’t involved in play) was flagged as offside… rule 1 of Gloverscast is about to be obliterated, what a horrific decision (and there were more awful decisions throughout the game, see Murphy’s first “goal”).

Yeovil came forward once again, and a throw in from Charlie Cooper was headed out of the danger zone. Another Yeovil attack followed, cleared away once more, before Worthing finished the game off with another goal to make Yeovil wait a game longer for their crowning moment.

Full time: Yeovil Town 1 Worthing 3


Match Details

Venue: Huish Park
Date: Saturday 6th April, 15:00

Competition: National League South

Pitch: Good, slippery
Conditions: Blustery and grey

Attendance: 6,034 (143 away)

Scorers: Ollie Pearce 15 (0-1), Brad Dolaghan 45 (0-2); Alex Fisher 82 (1-2); Ollie Pearce 90+7 (1-3)

Bookings:
Yeovil Town: Jake Wannell 14, Matt Worthington 60
Worthing: Kane Wills 24, Alfie Young 38, Joe Rye 63, Ollie Pearce 89

Referee: Gareth Thomas


Yeovil Town (4-2-3-1)

 

Substitutes: Rhys Murphy (for Sam Pearson, 45), Dylan Morgan (for Brooklyn Genesini, 66), Alex Fisher (for Jordan Young, 77)

Worthing: Ollie Wright, Joel Colbran, Kane Wills, Joe Rye, Ollie Pearce, Jack Sprong, Dylan Fage, Jo Felix, Bradley Dolaghan, Alfie Young, Danny Cashman
Substitutes: Will Tillman, Cameron Tutt (for Joe Felix, 90), Gregory Luer (for Brad Dolaghan, 75), Josh Chambers, Finlay Chadwick (for Jack Sprong, 70)

Yeovil’s derby game at W*ymouth was called off due to unfortunate circumstances. Everyone at Gloverscast sends their love and best wishes to the Yeovil fan, and their family. Let’s see how the rest of the division got on.

There were certainly fewer goals than Friday’s fixture list, however one game didn’t get that memo – Torquay United and Weston-super-mare played out a 3-3 thriller at Plainmoor, as the visitors recovered from behind twice to leave Devon with a point. Another thrilling end came at Slough Town, as their unbeaten home run continued, albeit they had to settle for a point after a 92nd minute Shaun Jeffers’ penalty earned visiting St Albans City a point.

Plenty of 2-0 wins took place too, for those up and down the division, Eastbourne Borough got themselves out of the drop zone with their win away at Dartford; in Somerset, Taunton Town fell at home to Bath City, while two teams near the top end of the league faced off, Worthing getting the better of Hampton & Richmond. Braintree Town finished off the 2-0 results with their win at home to Hemel Hempstead, who don’t yet find themselves out of trouble near the bottom.

A big surprise came at Aveley, as Havant & Waterlooville continued to show signs of life with a 2-1 win to give themselves an outside shout of escaping the drop. Farnborough came from behind to beat Tonbridge Angels 2-1 to make it 7 wins in a row on their late charge to the playoffs, while there was a 1-1 draw played out at the Gallagher Stadium between Maidstone and Welling United.

The final two games only had one goal to speak of, but it was an incredibly important goal, particularly for Yeovil’s season. In the 14th minute, Henry Young scored for Dover Athletic, as they registered just their 4th win of the season to defeat 2nd placed Chelmsford City in one of the shocks of the season. The result means the Glovers need just 3 more points to mathematically win the National League South! The final game was a delayed 0-0 draw due to traffic, between Chippenham Town and Truro City, as the visitors began their run of 10 games in 20 days.

 

National League South results – in full

Aveley 1-2 Havant & Waterlooville
Braintree Town 2-0 Hemel Hempstead Town
Chippenham Town 0-0 Truro City
Dartford 0-2 Eastbourne Borough
Dover Athletic 1-0 Chelmsford City
Maidstone United 1-1 Welling United
Slough Town 2-2 St Albans City
Taunton Town 0-2 Bath City
Tonbridge Angels 1-2 Farnborough
Torquay United 3-3 Weston-super-mare
Worthing 2-0 Hampton & Richmond Borough

National League South table

Yeovil kicked off the Easter weekend with a stonking 3-0 win over Torquay United on Friday! Let’s see how the rest of the division got on, with the fate of another team sealed.

There were goals aplenty today, making our win look average in comparison (it certainly wasn’t average!) – we begin with two relegation threatened sides being hammered at home by playoff challengers. 9-man Eastbourne Borough lost 5-1 to Maidstone, including a Lamar Reynolds hat trick; while Havant & Waterlooville fell to Worthing by the same score line, Ollie Pearce taking his league total to 36 goals with a double.

Three sides hit four goals today, one of them being Aveley, who played out a thriller with Hemel Hempstead, a Charlee Hughes hat trick giving the visitors a 4-3 win. Chelmsford City ensured the title celebrations would have to move until at least Saturday, as they easily dealt with a poor Dartford side, a double from both Charlie Ruff and George Alexander sealing a 4-1 win for the hosts. Elsewhere in Somerset, Weston-super-mare hit four without reply, as they dismantled Taunton at home, the game ending at 4-0.

The final game with “goals, goals, goals” came at… Gloucester, as Truro City recovered from Slough Town’s two late goals in two minutes to score a late winner themselves, the game finishing 3-2 to the “hosts”. Ahead of Monday’s clash, W*ymouth come into the game off the back of a solid 1-1 draw away to Bath City; a playoff battle ended in victory for Braintree Town, as they got back to winning ways against St Albans City, while Welling United finished as 1-0 winners at home to Dover Athletic, confirming the visitor’s relegation from the National League South with 5 games to go.

A 0-0 draw was played out between Hampton & Richmond and Tonbridge Angels, while Farnborough and Chippenham Town never got going, and will have to be rescheduled.

 

National League South results – in full

Bath City 1-1 W*ymouth
Chelmsford City 4-1 Dartford
Eastbourne Borough 1-5 Maidstone United
Farnborough P-P Chippenham Town
Hampton & Richmond Borough 0-0 Tonbridge Angels
Havant & Waterlooville 1-5 Worthing
Hemel Hempstead Town 3-4 Aveley
St Albans City 0-1 Braintree Town
Welling United 1-0 Dover Athletic
Weston-super-mare 4-0 Taunton Town
Truro City 3-2 Slough Town

National League South table

Yeovil Town return to Huish Park in triumphant spirits, off the back of their 1-0 win at Braintree Town last weekend.

The Glovers put an end to their indifferent run of form with the win, and they take on a troubled Torquay United. The two South West sides have clashed around the Christmas period for the last four years, with varying degrees of success between the two outfits.

The last time these two sides met in the league, it was the mighty Yeovil who were successful, goals from Frank Nouble, Sonny Blu Lo-Everton and Jake Hyde handing us a 3-1 win.


Yeovil Town Team News

Mark Cooper insisted that Torquay will still be a tough challenge for us, speaking midweek he said: “We know if they are fit they (Dean Moxey, Asa Hall, Kevin Dawson, Tom Lapslie) will play and they will be desperate to come here and get something, so we have to fully respect that and make sure we give everything we have got and get the result.“

Picture courtesy of Gary Brown

There are no returns from injury for any of our injured stars, the gaffer also confirmed mid-week that the highly anticipated returns of Michael Smith and Rhys Murphy would have to wait until after Friday’s game at least, saying: “Murphy and Smith are back in training, but it will be too soon for them to come back in.”

Alex Whittle will not be seen again this season, with initial injury concerns having been eased somewhat, as Cooper confirmed the dynamic left back wouldn’t need surgery on his hamstring.


Torquay United Team News

Interim Gulls manager Aaron Downes spoke to the media ahead of tomorrow’s clash, labelling his side as “rare underdogs”, stating: “It’s very rare that Torquay United in the National League South goes to a team, and is sort of looked at as underdogs, as far as the league position is concerned, so for once we’ll relish the opportunity to do that, but we know that if we play well and if we perform the way we can perform, then we definitely know we can get a result there”.

Downes also confirmed that starting striker Aaron Jarvis would miss Friday’s clash, with other injuries in the squad being assessed right up to kickoff, saying: “Marsh (Ross Marshall) and Daws (Kevin Dawson) both touch and go really, not 100% certain on them. Jarvs (Aaron Jarvis) will be out, he’s still not right; he was ill last week but he also got the knock at Tonbridge on his knee, and then he had to come off later in the second half. So Jarvs (Jarvis) will be out, and Daws (Dawson) and Marsh (Marshall) are both tight”.

The Devon side come into Friday off the back of a 1-0 win themselves, an Asa Hall penalty proving the difference between them and Hampton & Richmond. Torquay have also found themselves in spotty form, although still an improvement under interim boss Downes, following his appointment after Gary Johnson’s departure. The Australian has a record of two wins, two draws and two losses since being appointed near the end of February.

On Non-League Day, it was Yeovil who triumphed in their top-of-the-table clash with Braintree Town, as they secured a massive 1-0 win away in Essex, and their spot in the playoffs! Let’s see how the rest of the division got on…

We begin back in Somerset, as Taunton played another home game (unbelievable, I know!) – they started well too, taking a 2-0 lead inside 20 minutes, before conceding two late goals thanks to Charlie Ruff, of Chelmsford City. The visitors stole a 3-2 win at the death to keep the gap to the Glovers at 7 points. There was a heavy beating for Havant & Waterlooville on their travels, as they were dismantled on the south coast by a 4-1 scoreline at W*ymouth, while Welling United suffered a similar fate on their travels to Chippenham Town.

Aaron Kuhl finished his final appearance for Farnborough with two goals, as he’s been recalled to Dorking – his side went on to beat Dover 3-1, with Dover having relegation all but confirmed. Elsewhere in Essex, Aveley came from behind to secure a huge win for their playoff charge, beating St Albans City 2-1, while Tonbridge Angels left it late to come back for a win over Truro City by the same score line.

Dartford kept themselves alive in their relegation battle with a 1-1 draw against Hemel Hempstead, while Eastbourne Borough almost ended Slough’s unbeaten streak – ultimately the game finished as a 1-1 draw. Reiss Greenidge secured the three points for Maidstone to continue their playoff ambitions, with a 1-0 win over Weston-super-mare; and in the final game of Saturday, Torquay United took a huge step towards survival with Asa Hall’s penalty giving the Devon side a 1-0 win over Hampton & Richmond.

The final game of the weekend took place on Sunday, as Worthing hosted Bath City on TNT Sports. It was a spectacle for the cameras too, as two Danny Cashman goals levelled proceedings for Worthing, cancelling out goals from Scott Wilson and Jordan Dyer, as the game finished 2-2.

 

National League South results – in full

Aveley 2-1 St Albans City
Chippenham Town 4-1 Welling United
Dartford 1-1 Hemel Hempstead Town
Dover Athletic 1-3 Farnborough
Maidstone United 1-0 Weston-super-mare
Slough Town 1-1 Eastbourne Borough
Taunton Town 2-3 Chelmsford City
Tonbridge Angels 2-1 Truro City
Torquay United 1-0 Hampton & Richmond Borough
W*ymouth 4-1 Havant & Waterlooville
Worthing 2-2 Bath City

National League South table

Yeovil’s two game losing run came to end with their 0-0 draw away at Slough on Saturday. Let’s see how the rest of the league got on, in a rarely seen full schedule!

We begin at Tonbridge Angels, who thumped a struggling Torquay United to leave them just three points outside the relegation zone, following their ten-point deduction. Three goals in five minutes for the hosts secured them a 4-1 victory! There were plenty of goals to discuss, and plenty of 3-1 home wins at that, one of which came at Welling United. They continued their impressive escape from relegation with a big win over Weston-super-mare, two late goals securing the win for the hosts.

There were also big results involving teams at the top of the table – Chelmsford continued to apply pressure on the Glovers’ title hopes, as they defeated Bath City, while Worthing took another damaging blow to their title ambitions, as Chippenham Town secured their second 3-1 win of the week. The final 3-1 win came for Farnborough, as they defeated the 10 men of Aveley to reignite hopes of a potential late playoff push.

There were further big results for teams near the top, and the bottom of the table, as Hampton & Richmond condemned their hosts Hemel Hempstead to yet another defeat, the Tudors now winless since January, while the visitors jumped to 4th in the table, undefeated in six. Truro City continue to show signs of life, as they put a dent in St Albans’ playoff charge with a 2-1 win; meanwhile Eastbourne Borough moved to within three points of safety with a 2-0 win over fellow relegation strugglers Taunton Town.

Dartford had yet another miserable afternoon as they sit just inside the drop zone, with their main keeper Billy Terrell being sent off just before the hour in a 2-0 loss at home to Maidstone. Down on the south coast, our noisy neighbours W*ymouth were surprisingly resilient in a 1-0 loss at home to next weekend’s hosts, Braintree Town, while in the battle of the bottom, it ended 0-0 between Dover Athletic and Havant & Waterlooville.

 

National League South results – in full

Chelmsford City 3-1 Bath City
Chippenham Town 3-1 Worthing
Dartford 0-2 Maidstone United
Dover Athletic 0-0 Havant & Waterlooville
Eastbourne Borough 2-0 Taunton Town
Farnborough 3-1 Aveley
Hemel Hempstead Town 1-2 Hampton & Richmond Borough
St Albans City 1-2 Truro City
Tonbridge Angels 4-1 Torquay United
Welling United 3-1 Weston-super-mare
W*ymouth 0-1 Braintree Town

National League South table

A balanced game saw both Slough and Yeovil share the points on a dark and grey Saturday afternoon.

A fairly even first half, with no real chances for either side. Yeovil looked solid, if unspectacular, and the same could be said for Slough, who defended vigilantly.

The second half had a few real chances, but neither side could find a breakthrough as Yeovil ended their two game losing run.

First half

With big games on the horizon, and perhaps looking to spark a response from his side, Mark Cooper shuffled the pack with four changes to the lineup. Brooklyn Genesini, Jay Foulston, Jordan Stevens and Frank Nouble come into the starting XI, with Sonny Blu Lo-Everton, Jordan Young and Sam Pearson dropping to the bench, and Olly Thomas missing out entirely.

The first chance of the game came for Yeovil just a couple of minutes into the game, as Stevens knocked a ball forward in the middle of the park, with Alex Fisher finding himself on the edge of the box, his audacious lob just bouncing wide of the post.

Shortly after, Slough got them in and around the Yeovil box, before Nathan Minhas found his way into the official’s book after just four minutes for a heavy challenge on Jordan Stevens.

Ten minutes in, and Yeovil had their next chance, as Jake Wannell played a great ball downfield under pressure from the Slough attack. He found Frank Nouble, who dominated Temi Eweka physically before some fancy footwork got him out of further trouble. He found Jordan Stevens in space who attempted a shot from distance, winning Yeovil a corner, resulting in a Williams header that landed comfortably in the hands of Dan Lincoln.

Both sides continued to feel each other out, with both defences doing a good job of snuffing out any chances at goal. The first corner of the game came on the 20 minute mark, with Nouble clearing initially before a good cross from Matt Lench forced an important defensive header for another corner.

There were calls for a penalty just a minute later, as a ball forward clipped Charlie Cooper’s shoulder, but his arms were down and the referee promptly gave the visitors a free kick for a foul on the aforementioned.

Charlie Cooper battling in midfield.
Charlie Cooper battling in midfield.

A cagey few minutes followed, and it wasn’t until the 27th minute where we saw the first proper Yeovil chance, a backheel from Jordan Stevens feeding Alex Whittle on the wing, his cross being blocked by player-manager Scott Davies and cleared for a throw. Yeovil began to stamp their authority on the game, as a ball forward for Alex Fisher allowed him into the box, his shot being blocked for a corner.

Yeovil found themselves on the attack once again, as Nouble started a counter-attack following a successful press in midfield, his ball failing to find Fisher, before Stevens picked up the loose ball and tried to find Fisher once again – unfortunately he was off balance and the ball petered out for a goal kick.

David Ogbonna showed off his frightening pace against Alex Whittle, forcing a free kick just a few yards outside the box, Matt Lench only able to find the head of Morgan Williams, before the follow-up shot was blocked by Cooper’s chest. Slough continued to apply pressure on the Yeovil defence, but to no avail.

A counter-attack from Slough was swiftly cut out by the debutant Genesini, the ball then falling to Matt Worthington who had a shot from distance, however he could only find the hands of Dan Lincoln, following a deflection.

A wonderful flick-on from Alex Fisher fed through Matt Worthington in the 41st minute, he was brought to ground inside the box by a Slough defender but the referee wanted none of it. Yeovil continued to press, earning a corner shortly afterwards; it was a dangerous ball from Charlie Cooper but it was well cleared by Bayliss. The resulting throw-in had bodies scrambling, the bouncy artificial surface causing issues for both teams, before Jay Foulston found himself with the ball, his shot bouncing wide.

A weak foul from Genesini resulted in a free-kick for Slough just before half-time, but Slough couldn’t capitalise, leading to a Yeovil Town counter. Jordan Stevens charged downfield, but a heavy touch meant the ball trickled out of play, and the half-time whistle brought an end to the first half.

 

Half time: Slough Town 0 Yeovil Town 0


Second half

There were no changes at half time as things got underway, with the first meaningful action coming a few minutes in. A free kick to Yeovil by the edge of the pitch on the line of the 18 yard box was whipped in by Charlie Cooper, but Scott Davies got to it first and put it out for a corner.

Slough’s first chance of the half came in the 52nd minute, as Scott Davies stood over a free kick from about 25 yards, however it cannoned over the bar and out of the stadium. Not one for the highlight reel Scott…

Yeovil followed up with their first proper chance of the half, as Worthington took a ball into midfield, layed it off for Genesini. He danced past his man and found Stevens in a gap between the midfield and defence, he then surged forward before arrowing a shot just over the bar.

A sequence of free-kicks followed for Slough, with a great ball from Gabe George finding the head of Temi Eweka, but his header was tame and landed straight in the hands of Joe Day.

Minute 59 ticked over, and the first substitution of the game was made by Yeovil, with Jahmari Clarke replacing Jordan Stevens, who had a good showing when he did get himself on the ball.

Slough earned their second yellow of the game when Jeanmal Prosper made a cynical foul on Charlie Cooper on the 61st minute. Yeovil continued to demonstrate their impressive ball-playing abilities, drawing the press from Slough and making their way into the opposition half, before Alex Whittle went down requiring treatment. He was helped off the field, and was replaced by Jordan Young in the 65th minute.

Clarke’s first involvement in the game came just a couple of minutes later, as he beat the offside trap and his cross was blocked for a corner. From the resulting corner, Jordan Young found the head of Wannell, but his header was scuffed and it floated over the bar.

Slough’s first substitution came on the 70 minute mark, as David Ogbonna was replaced by Slavi Spasov. A couple of minutes later, Yeovil found themselves on the attack once again, a great bit of linkup between Worthington and Genesini creating space for Jahmari Clarke, who battled past two Slough players, his dangerous cross being cleared for a throw.

Shortly afterwards, Jake Wannell found himself in the book for stopping a counter-attack inside Slough’s half. Slough’s second substitution came on 74 minutes, as Nathan Minhas was replaced by Trae Cook-Appiah, as they looked to take something from the game. Another dangerous attack came for Yeovil when play got underway, in similar fashion to the previous, this time Nouble leading the charge.

Alex Fisher became the second player to be booked for Yeovil for remonstrating with the referee following an elbow to the head after the whistle had been blown for a free kick, it didn’t make any impact as he was substituted immediately afterwards for Sam Pearson.

Slough took the opportunity to grab a couple of chances on goal, including a cannon of a shot from Scott Davies forcing a good save from Joe Day. A bitty few minutes followed, with some offisde calls and sloppy long balls from both sides bringing us to the 83rd minute where Sam Pearson danced around a couple of Slough players, feeding it to Young but the attack died out.

Slough had the next chance a couple of minutes later, as a shot from Josh Jackman whizzed past the post.

The artificial turf caused some issues for both sides once again on the 89th minute, as a long kick forward from Joe Day bounced over the midfield, and the two banks of Yeovil attackers and Slough defenders. Sam Pearson nearly got on the end of it but Dan Lincoln beat him to it, not that it would’ve mattered as Temi Eweka was down nursing an injury anyways.

A probing long ball from Charlie Cooper forced a corner for Yeovil as the game entered extra time, but Yeovil couldn’t capitalise. Cooper then found himself in the book, assumedly for some not-so-nice words to the referee, before Slough made their final substitution, with Matt Lench being replaced by Christie Ward.

For all their huff and puff, neither side could find a breakthrough as the final whistle blew.

Full time: Slough Town 0 Yeovil Town 0


Match Details

Venue: Arbour Park
Date: Saturday 16th March

Competition: National League South

Pitch: Bouncy and plastic
Conditions: Mild, breezy at times

Attendance: 1,533 (469 away)

Scorers: None.

Bookings:
Yeovil Town:  Jake Wannell 72, Alex Fisher 77, Charlie Cooper 90+1
Slough Town: Nathan Minhas 4, Jeanmal Propser 61

Referee: Rob Ablitt


Yeovil Town (5-2-1-2)

 

Substitutes: Jahmari Clarke (for Jordan Stevens, 59), Sonny Blu Lo-Everton (not used), Jordan Young (for Alex Whittle, 65), Sam Pearson (for Alex Fisher 77), Dylan Morgan (not used).

Slough Town: Dan Lincoln, Josh Jackman, Gabe George, Dan Bayliss, Jeanmal Prosper, Matt Lench, Nathan Minhas, Johnny Goddard, Scott Davies, Temi Eweka, David Ogbonna.
Substitutes: Joe Dandy, Christie Ward (for Matt Lench, 90+2), Leon Chambers-Parillon, Trae Cook-Appiah (for Nathan Minhas, 74), Slavi Spasov (for David Ogbonna, 70).

Yeovil Town make four changes, as well as a formation change, for their trip away to Slough Town in a bid to end their three game winless run.

There is a debut for new signing Brooklyn Genesini, who slots in at RWB. Jay Foulston slots in at CB, with Jordan Stevens expected to play as a number 10. Another new signing, Jahmari Clarke, is named among the subs. Frank Nouble is the fourth change, as he returns to the starting lineup in place of Olly Thomas, who isn’t involved at all today.