Match Reports

Venue: Huish Park
Saturday, November 27th, 3pm kick-off

Conditions: Very windy and bitterly cold
Pitch: Still looking good

Attendance: 2,062 (21 away supporters)

Scorers: Bramble 2 (0-1), Yussuf 77 (1-1)

Referee: Robert Massey-Ellis

Bookings:
Yeovil Town: Yussuf 36
Dover Athletic: Bramble 44, Hanson 59, Collinge 90 + 2, Bexon



Yeovil Town
: (4-3-3)

Grant Smith
Dan Moss, Max Hunt, Luke Wilkinson, Jordan Barnett
Matt Worthington, Josh Staunton, Dale Gorman
Tom Knowles, Adi Yussuf, Charlie Wakefield

Substitutes: Morgan Williams (for Hunt,58), Sonny Blu Lo-Everton (for Worthington, 58), Alex Bradley (for 75), Ollie Haste, Max Evans.

Dover Athletic: Bexon, Tiensia, Collinge, Hanson, Goodman, Ransom, Wood, Bramble, Woods, Cosgrave (for Caton, 90+4), Pavey (for Carney, 83).

Substitutes (not used):  Arthur, Andre.


Match Report

If you’re a Positive Polly you can look at this as Yeovil Town stretching their unbeaten run to eight games (SPC included). If you’re a Negative Nelly, this was two points dropped against the bottom side in the division who had only picked up three points all season.

But, as the final whistle blew at a freezing and windy Huish Park, it was hard to feel too much positive from this result.

A mistake by goalkeeper Grant Smith, who has been pretty faultless in recent matches, gifted Dover an opener after just two minutes, and it took until 77 minutes for Adi Yussuf to touch home an equaliser.

First half

Storm Arwen was not named on either team-sheet but from the opening whistle it became clear the weather system was going to have a say in proceedings.

The first half saw the home side playing against the wind shooting towards the away end, and it took just a couple of minutes for her to show her teeth – or am I being a bit kind to Grant Smith there?

A cross from midfielder TJ BRAMBLE was palmed in to his own net by the goalkeeper and Huish Park was stunned.

 

Having beaten promotion-chasing Dagenham & Redbridge and Bromley in the past two games away from home, it seems like the comforts of Huish Park had us feeling a bit too comfortable.

Inexplicably despite the conditions there was a lot of long ball football being played against the wind, despite (according to the commentary of Lawson D’Ath, at least) manager Darren Sarll urging his side to get the ball to Tom Knowles and Charlie Wakefield in wide positions.

On ten minutes, Knowles received a short free-kick and had a go but his effort was easily held by Josh Bexon in the visitors’ goal.

If that was a half-chance then a clear cut one fell the way of Wakefield eight minutes later after good play by Adi Yussuf found him at the back post but he could not turn it home.

Despite having the elements against him, Dale Gorman was still willing to have a shot (surprise, surprise, eh?) but his free-kick from range was deflected wide.

There was no real threat from Dover, albeit Dan Moss did make a superb intervention to deny fellow Millwall youngster Junior Tiensia late in the half, but equally Yeovil seemed riddled with bad decisions and a lack of pressure on their opponents.

The half-time whistle sounded with some jeers from the Huish Park crowd. Things can only get better, eh?!

Half time: Yeovil Town 0 Dover Athletic 1

Second half

The Yeovil Town players returned for the second half ahead of their visitors suggesting manager Darren Sarll had left them in no doubt as to his opinion.

The manager made a change to a diamond formation with Josh Staunton at the base, Knowles at the tip behind Wakefield and Yussuf , allowing Jordan Barnett and Moss the opportunity to get forward.

Attacking the Thatchers’ Stand, an early free-kick from Gorman was turned aside by Bexon. From the following corner, Luke Wilkinson got a head on a Gorman corner but the ball was cleared off the line by Dover.

On 57 minutes, the Yeovil defence got caught out by a long ball forward and Aaron Cosgrave found himself one-on-one with Smith who did well to deny him before Bramble shot in to the keeper’s hands.

Sarll responded a minute later by bringing Morgan Williams on for Max Hunt as part of a double substitute which also saw Sonny Blu Lo-Everton replace Matt Worthington.

After 66 minutes, Knowles and Wakefield combined to force a corner and from Barnett’s ball, Lo-Everton forced Bexon in to a save.

Staunton poked one wide soon after and Yussuf did have the ball in the back of the net on 75 minutes but was adjudged to be offside.

That led to another change of personnel and shape on with 15 minutes of the half remaining. Alex Bradley replaced Moss as the Glovers reverted to a back three of Wilkinson, Williams and Staunton giving Bradley and Barnett an invitation to push forward.

A minute later the home side were level. Barnett’s free-kick in got a slight touch from YUSSUF – or was it Wilkinson? Or perhaps Barnett’s free-kick went straight in.

Barnett was at the heart of it again with a fine delivery from a corner which flashed wide before neat play between Wakefield and Lo-Everton was turned wide.

As the game ticked over in to injury time, a clash between Knowles and a Dover player led to the winger going off and not returning.

The ten men could not find a winner in the dying seconds and the game finished a point apiece.

Full time: Yeovil Town 1 Dover Athletic 1

 

Venue: Hayes Lane
Tuesday, November 23rd, 7.45pm kick-off

Conditions: Blinking freezing – to put it mildly!
Pitch: Plast

Scorers: Knowles 19 (1-0), Cheek 44 pen (1-1), Wakefield 45+1 (2-1)

Referee: Tom Bishop

Bookings:
Yeovil Town: Moss 51, Williams 76
Bromley: 

Sendings off:
Yeovil Town: None
Bromley: None



Yeovil Town
: (4-3-3)

Grant Smith
Dan Moss, Max Hunt, Luke Wilkinson, Jordan Barnett
Matt Worthington, Josh Staunton, Lo-Everton
Tom Knowles, Adi Yussuf, Charlie Wakefield

Substitutes: Ollie Haste, Morgan Williams (for Knowles ’73), Alex Bradley (for Lo-Everton ’88), Max Evans(GK)

Dagenham & Redbridge: Cousins, Alexander, Arthurs, Bingham, Bush, Cheek, Coulson, Dennis, Forster, Partington, Sowumni

Substitutes:  Alabi, Cawley, Sablier, Tormey, Trotter

 


Match Report

Yeovil Town made it three National League wins in a row and extended their unbeaten run in all competitions to seven games yesterday evening as they overcame Bromley 2-1 at Hayes Lane.

Tom Knowles opened the scoring on 18 minutes to put Town ahead but Bromley equalised just before half time from the penalty spot.

Charlie Wakefield then put Yeovil back in front just moments later with a thunderous strike and Yeovil were able to withstand some late pressure from Bromley to return home with three points.


First half

Darren Sarll made one enforced change to the side that beat Dagenham & Redbridge on Saturday as the suspended Dale Gorman was replaced by Sonny Blu Lo-Everton.

Yeovil kicked off towards the terraced end.

The home side made the brighter start of the two teams but the opening 15 minutes or so were fairly tame.

Out of nowhere Yeovil took the lead on 18 minutes as Sonny Blu Lo-Everton capitalised on a defensive mistake from former Yeovil Town defender Omar Sowunmi which allowed him to find Knowles who’s shot found the bottom corner. I should point out at this stage of the report – I didn’t actually see the goal as I was using the toilet facilities at the time – but I was reliably informed by the people around me that it was a cracking strike – apparently the best they’d ever seen!

Shortly afterwards Bromley won their first corner of the game on the left hand side which was crossed to the outside of the box and Yeovil gave away a free kick for handball in a dangerous position. The shot was deflected off the wall and out for another corner on the left hand side which was taken short but Bromley gave away a foul.

Yeovil won their first corner on 35 minutes on the right hand side which was taken short and then crossed into the center of the box but the ball was headed just wide.

Just before half time Bromley were given a way back into the game as they were awarded a penalty on 45 minutes. It was unclear as to what the penalty was given for but the Yeovil players weren’t aggrieved to see the referee point to the spot. Michael Cheek stepped up and slotted the ball past Grant Smith‘s left to pull the game level again.

Similarly to the game at Dagenham on Saturday – just when it looked like Yeovil would go in at the break all square they took the lead again. This time Charlie Wakefield found loads of space outside the Bromley penalty area and unleashed a cracking shot that flew into the top corner of the net. Apparently the first goal was even better – unfortunately I cannot be the judge of that!

Half time: Bromley 1 Yeovil Town 2

Bromley made a double substitution at half-time as Jude Arthurs was replaced by Liam Trotter and Louis Dennis was replaced by James Alabi.

It was always going to be a nervy second half for Yeovil. Playing away from home to a team that had gone 12 game unbeaten was never going to be an easy task. We had a slim advantage and needed to ensure that if we were to walk away from Hayes Lane with the win we’d have to put in an excellent shift in the second 45 minutes.

On 50 minutes Bromley won a corner on the right hand side which was crossed to the far post but Yeovil were able to defend the ball away.

Seven minutes later Yeovil were almost in dreamland as they very nearly increased their lead. Yeovil won a free kick just outside the are and Luke Wilkinson’s effort beat Mark Cousins but cannoned off the crossbar.

On 65 minutes Bromley won a succession of corners but on both occasions Yeovil were able to deal with the danger.

With 20 minutes left to play Bromley made their final substitution as George Alexander was replaced by Jack Cawley.

One minute later Bromley spurned a good chance to equalise as Omar Sowunmi put a low cross into the box which found Michael Cheek in the six yard box but he was unable to make a clean strike on the ball and Yeovil could breathe a sigh of relief.

Yeovil made their first substitution on 73 minutes as Tom Knowles was replaced by Morgan Williams.

The final 15 minutes saw Bromley dominate the game with Yeovil performing backs to the wall defending.

On 86 minutes Grant Smith came to Yeovil’s rescue as he was able to somehow hook the ball off the goal line from Omar Sowunmi’s header and protect Yeovil’s advantage.

Yeovil made their second and final substitution on 88 minutes as Sonny Blu Lo-Everton was replaced by Alex Bradley.

Five minutes of time was added on and after what felt like five years the referee blew the final whistle and Yeovil could celebrate a superb victory in front of the travelling support.

With thanks to Jake Farrant from the Green & White Supporters’ Club for allowing us to reproduce his match report.

 

 

Full time: Bromley 1 Yeovil Town 2

Venue: 
Saturday, November 20th, 15:00, Victoria Park

Conditions: Dry but gloomy
Pitch: Wide

Scorers: Yeovil 1-0 McCallum OG ’46

Attendance:1642(227 Away Fans)

Referee: Adrian Quelch

Bookings:
Yeovil Town: Gorman ’46, Quigley ’82, Barnett ’88
Dagenham: Vilhete ’37, Rance ’41, Clark ’59

Sendings off:
Yeovil Town: None
Dagenham: Johnson ’46



Yeovil Town
: (4-3-3)

Grant Smith
Dan Moss, Max Hunt, Luke Wilkinson, Jordan Barnett
Matt Worthington, Josh Staunton, Dale Gorman
Tom Knowles, Adi Yussuf, Charlie Wakefield

Substitutes: Sonny Blu Lo-Everton (For Knowles, ’74) , Joe Quigley (For Yussuf ’60), Morgan Williams (For Worthington ’93), Alex Bradley, Max Evans(GK)

Dagenham & Redbridge: Justham, Reynolds, Clark, Johnson, Ling, Rance, Sagaf, Robinson, Vilhete, Balanta (c), McCallum

Substitutes:  Lawlor (GK), Weston (for Rance ’46), Saunders (for Vilhete ’56), Scott, Akanbi

 


Match Report

A dramatic final two minutes of the first half, saw Yeovil benefit from the only goal of the game as the Glovers beat high flying Dagenham & Redbridge 1-0.

A solid defensive display ensured that the first half own goal from Paul McCallum was all that separated the sides in a feisty encounter, this is how the Gloverscast’s Dave Coates saw the game…

 

First half

After an even opening exchanges, Charlie Wakefield broke down the left and went shoulder-to-shoulder with Callum Reynolds in the box, going down under pressure.

Put that one in the ‘you’ve seen them given, but you’d be annoyed if they were given against you’ box.

That lifted Yeovil and on 17 minutes, Wakefield was through again, but this time his shot was weak in to the arms of keeper Elliot Justham.

Tom Knowles has shot well held by keeper shortly after before Reynolds was gifted a free header but it only went in to the hands of Grant Smith.

The attacking threats of Paul McCallum, back after a five-match suspension, and ex-Yeovil man Angelo Balanta were there in flashes of quality but  without creating too much to trouble Smith.

Balanta put effort wide on 25 minutes and the Colombian came close with a header shortly after, but the first half was dominated by the visitors who looked in control and threatening against an opponent with undoubted quality in their ranks.

It took until the closing stages of the half for the game to break in to life. Knowles and the outstanding Dan Moss linking up well down the left, feeding the ball in to the box where Matt Worthington was lurking, only for Justham to intervene at the vital moment.

From the next move, a long throw by Knowles looped over the defence and skimmed off the head of Daggers’ frontman Paul McCallum for an OWN GOAL as the game entered injury time.

There were numerous bodies in the box and although the goal went down as the hosts’ mistake, it was due in no small part to the Yeovil presence in the box.

But the half was not finished there, and moments later Elliott Johnson flew in for a tackle on Dan Moss, sparking a melee which ended up with Johnson getting a straight red card.

Never leave early for half time.

Half time: Dagenham & Redbridge 0 Yeovil Town 1

If anyone thought going down to ten was going to stop Dagenham from pressing for an equaliser after the break, they were mistaken.

However, the first clear-cut chance came after 55 minutes when Moss’ ball in from the right fizzed through the box where Yussuf was the most obvious target but the ball was cleared.

But, at the other end it was half-time substitute Myles Weston was causing problems down the left hand side, enjoying a running battle with Jordan Barnett, who can feel hard done by to be edged out of contention for my man of the match by Moss, either player could deservedly have claimed it.

But, having soaked up that pressure, it was time for Yeovil to attack. On 63 minutes Wakefield ball found Knowles in space on the edge of the box , his shot was well turned aside by Justham.

To give Dagenham credit for the bulk of the second half, it was not obvious that Yeovil were playing with a one-man advantage.

Dagenham continued to press with Weston at the heart of their threat going forward.

When winger who drew a foul from Barnett with 15 minutes remaining, a fine Josh Staunton header cleared the danger for a corner from which McCallum sent a header goal bound only to be nodded off the line by Wakefield on the post.

Yeovil celebrate following the win over Dagenham – Pic Elliot Watts

From then on there was wave after wave of attacks from the hosts, Weston causing havoc to the extent he was eventually given the sponsors’ man of the match despite playing just the second 45 minutes.

But, aside from a George Saunders’ shot cleared away by Dale Gorman, there were no real threats to Grant Smith in the visitors’ goal.

The exhalation at the final whistle was ecstasy and relief – six unbeaten, we travel to Bromley on Tuesday night with no fear.

 

Full time: Dagenham & Redbridge 0 Yeovil Town 1

Venue: Huish Park
Saturday, November 13 2021, 3pm kick-off.

Conditions: Cloudly but dry.
Ground: Continues to look in great condition.

Scorers: Tom Knowles 41 (1-0), Harry Pritchard 68 (1-1), Adi Yussuf 76 (2-1)

Attendance: 2,494 (253 away supporters)

Referee: Sunny Gill

Bookings:
Yeovil Town: Barnett (38), Moss (41), Wakefield (50)
Eastleigh: House (53)

Sendings off:
Yeovil Town:
Eastleigh:



Yeovil Town
: (4-3-3)

Grant Smith
Dan Moss, Max Hunt Luke Wilkinson, Jordan Barnett
Matt Worthington, Josh Staunton, Dale Gorman
Tom Knowles Adi Yussuf Charlie Wakefield

Substitutes: Sonny Blu Lo-Everton (for Wakefield, 65), Joe Quigley (for Worthington, 72), Morgan Williams (for Knowles, 88),  Alex Bradley, Max Evans

Eastleigh: Joe McDonnell, Josh Hare, Michael Kelly, Andrew Boyce, Tom Broadbent, Cav Miley, Jake Hesketh, Tom Whelan, Harry Pritchard, Tyrone Barnett, Ben House.

Substitutes: Hill (for Hesketh, 65), Harper (for Kelly, 65), Whitehall (for Pritchard, 85), Maghoma, Hollands.


Match Report

An exquisite goal from Tom Knowles and Adi Yussuf in each half stretched Yeovil Town‘s unbeaten run to five games – yes, we’re counting the Somerset Premier Cup.

It was an at times ill-tempered match where the Glovers had to battle against an Eastleigh side above them in the National League table at the start of play and boasting some real quality in their ranks.

But, come the final whistle, it was Yeovil who moved up to 13th place with their visitors dropping to 15th.

Here’s how it played out at Huish Park…..

First half

An ankle injury to Jack Robinson saw the on-loan Middlesbrough defender saw Jordan Barnett drop back to left-back, with Max Hunt  and Luke Wilkinson reunited in the centre of defence.

That meant Josh Staunton moved forward in to a midfield three alongside Dale Gorman and Matt Worthington with Morgan Williams dropping to the substitutes’ bench.

Yeovil continued their habit of making a fast start to matches and enjoyed the better of the game for the opening 15 minutes.

However, as has also been the case this season, it was quality in the final third which prevented them from turning their possession in to serious threats on goal.

Despite the home side dominating play, it was Eastleigh’s Harry Pritchard who had the best early chance firing over from just inside the box after four minutes.

The visitors came in to the game more as things progressed with full backs in Michael Kelly and Josh Hare in the thick of it with top-scorer Ben House and defender Tom Broadbent both having opportunities.

A good piece of interplay on between Charlie Wakefield and Tom Knowles saw the latter test Eastleigh keeper Joe McDonnell  with an effort on 24 minutes.

The best chance of the first half fell to Adi Yussuf nine minutes later. A long throw by Knowles was flicked on by Hunt to find the striker six yards out but his header was off target after 33 minutes.

The game threatened to boil over on a couple of occasions with both Barnett and Dan Moss booked inside three first half minutes by referee Sunny Gill – last seen giving a yellow to Yeovil keeper Grant Smith for his ‘shagger hips’ after the FA Cup replay at W*ymouth.

But, it was a majestic moment from Tom KNOWLES that broke the deadlock with two minutes of the half remaining. A great pass by Wilkinson found him on the edge of the box from where he unleashed a stunning shot compared to Cristiano Ronaldo by ex-Glover Nick Crittenden on BBC Radio Somerset.

How different the half looked as a result of that moment of magic. The visitors undoubtedly had the better chances of the half albeit on the counter attack, but – even more importantly – the hosts led at the interval.

Half time: Yeovil Town 1 Eastleigh 0

The first opportunity of the second half fell to the visitors when House got the wrong side of Wilkinson, who was grateful to his keeper Smith who came out to deny the visitors’ top-scorer.

Visitors’ captain Andrew Boyce headed a Whelan free-kick wide with another good opportunity just before the hour mark, before a neat bit of interplay involving created another opening for Yussuf who could not make the most of it.

On 65 minutes, Yeovil manager Darren Sarll replaced Wakefield with Sonny Blu Lo-Everton with his Eastleigh counterpart Ben Strevens introduced Ryan Hill and the pacey Vincent Harper in place of Kelly and Jake Hesketh.

That sparked the visitors who upped the tempo and and they pulled the game level  after 68 minutes with the first goal conceded  by Yeovil in 429 minutes.

Hill was involved finding House who slotted in Harry PRITCHARD, his first effort was blocked but he was able to turn in the rebound for the equaliser.

Sarll responded throwing on top-scorer Joe Quigley in place of Worthington and within eight minutes of going behind, the home side were ahead again.

A great ball by Smith picked out Quigley whose flick on found YUSSUF and he smashed an unstoppable strike for his third  goal in green-and-white.

In the 87th minute, Quigley had an opportunity to add to his tally for the season, creating a chance by his own persistence but his shot was blocked by McDonnell.

There was a heart in mouth moment in the dying moments of five minutes of added time when House looked to be shoved in the box, but referee Gill gave nothing.

Full time: Yeovil Town 2 Eastleigh 1

Venue: Lodge Road
Saturday, November 6 2021, 3pm kick-off.

Conditions: Overcast and windy
Ground: Excellent. Wide, really wide.

Scorers: Dale Gorman Matt Worthington Jack Robinson 7, Charlie Wakefield 14, Dale Gorman 29, Yussuf 48, Sonny Blu Lo-Everton 62,

Attendance: 1,600 (well, that’s how many tickets were sold)

Referee: Matthew Russell

Bookings:
Yeovil Town: Yussuf
Yate Town: Harding, Turl

Sendings off:
Yeovil Town: None
Yate Town: None



Yeovil Town
: (4-3-3)

Grant Smith
Dan Moss, Morgan Williams, Josh Staunton, Jack Robinson
Matt Worthington, Dale Gorman, Jordan Barnett
Tom Knowles Adi Yussuf Charlie Wakefield

Substitutes:
Joe Quigley (for Yussuf 67) , Alex Bradley (for Worthington 67) , Sonny Blu Lo Everton (for Robinson 53), Luke Wilkinson (for Williams 53), Toby Stephens (for Gorman 76), Max Evans.

Yate Town: Andy Hannah, Sam Turl, Liam Angel, Andy Lewis, Will Tunnicliff, Jamie Adams, Sam Kamara, Joe Tumelty, Ricardo Rees, David Sims-Burgess, James Harding
Substitutes: 
Thuo (for Tunnicliff 73), Brabham, Hopper, Bower(for Lewis 65), Mehew (for Kamara 54), Williams (for Harding 72) , Allen, Hall (for Tumelty 65), Rhodes


Match Report

Yeovil Town were ruthless as they saw off the potential banana skin in Yate Town in the FA Cup first round.

Goals from Dale Gorman Matt Worthington Jack Robinson, Charlie Wakefield, Dale Gorman, Adi Yussuf and substitute Sonny Blu Lo-Everton rounded off a professional afternoon in South Gloucestershire.

Here’s how Coatesie saw the game from behind the goal at Lodge Road…

First half

The only changes from last weekend’s goalless draw at Solihull Moors saw Morgan Williams replace the suspended Max Hunt in the centre of defence.

The ex-Coventry City man was making his first appearance since picking up an injury at the end of September against Bridgwater United in the Somerset Premier Cup.

Luke Wilkinson returned from injury to the bench as one of only six of the allowed seven substitutes.

We were told about the width of the pitch at Lodge Road and it was Charlie Wakefield and Dan Moss who enjoyed it the most in the early exchanges, causing all kinds of problems.

Tom Knowles smashed a shot over aided by the fingertips of Yate keeer Andy Hannah after six minutes, but it was a minute later that a low corner by Jordan Barnett found its way to the edge of the box where it was hit by Dale Gorman  whose low hit was deflected in off of Jack ROBINSON.

I thought it was Gorman, the club Twitter account gave it to Gorman, then Worthington, the radio gave it to Adi Yussuf. After the game the club tweeted that it was in fact, Jack Robinson who scored.

Four minutes later Wakefield was twisting, turning and finding space on the right of the box, but his shot was blocked.

On 15 minutes, WAKEFIELD made no mistake when he was found in space inside the box by a Barnett through-ball, he turned his marker before bending in a superb shot.

It has to be said Wakefield personified the athleticism which Darren Sarll has spoken so much about this season, admittedly against a part-time side, he was relentless.

Yate had barely had an attack in the opening exchanges and even though they saw a lot of the ball for the next ten minutes, they didn’t do too much to trouble the Yeovil defence.

It took until the half-hour mark for the Glovers to extend their lead. The marauding Worthington broke in to the box and was brought down.

Yussuf grabbed the ball, he wanted it, but GORMAN pulled rank and sent the keeper the wrong way to make it 3-0. 12 yards is not really enough for tequila, is it?

The hosts’ top-scorer David Sims-Burgess broke the offside trap on 33 minutes, but smashed his shot high and not that handsome.

Three minutes later it was Knowles’ turn to beat the flag, he tried to draw the keeper but lifted his shot wide.

Five minutes from the break Yate thought they had got one back, but it was handled in to the net. Despite the protests of the home supporters, that’s not allowed.

Half time: Yate Town 0 Yeovil Town 3

If the team talk before the match was to not allow their hosts to get their tails up, the briefing at the break must have been similar and Yeovil again did not disappoint.

Seconds in to the second half good link up between Knowles and Wakefield led to the latter’s effort going just wide, and soon after Gorman warmed the keeper’s hands with a shot from the edge of the box. Where else?

But the fourth goal came three minutes in to the second half, Josh Staunton did well to keep a high ball into the box alive, and his smashed pass across the face of goal came to YUSSUF was there to turn it home from close range.

It was another frustrating afternoon for Yussuf, he seemed to try to unsettle the hosts’ defence but never really did enough to threaten the goal. That said, he was confident enough to grab the ball when a penalty was awarded and he was in the right place at the right time with his goal.

If the game was not out of reach of the home side before that fourth, it was after it. Darren Sarll responded with his first batch of substitutions as Sonny Blu Lo-Everton and Luke Wilkinson replaced Williams and Jack Robinson on 52 minutes.

It took eight minutes for Sonny to make an impact. The same low corner routine that gave us the first goal got us the fifth on the hour. Gorman played it low in to LO-EVERTON who dropped a shoulder, turned into the box and bent in a nice shot in to the far corner.

You could almost hear our ball dropping in to the hat there and further changes saw Joe Quigley and Alex Bradley replace Yussuf and Worthington.

In terms of chances, that was pretty much that with the possible exception of Dan Moss’ effort over the bar after 71 minutes following good play by Wakefield, those two just never stopped.

The talk on the terraces turned to just how tall Yate substitute Joe Hall was (we’re talking Hugo Rodrigues stood in Miracle Gro tall) and, of course, who we’d all like in the next round.

Full time: Yate Town 0 Yeovil Town 5

Venue: Damson Park
Saturday, October 29 2021, 3pm kick-off.

Conditions: Cold, but bright and dry
Ground: “Flat and Grassy, Carpet-esque.” Ben Barrett.

Scorers: None

Attendance: 1607 (232 away)

Referee: Thomas Parsons

Bookings:
Yeovil Town: Dan Moss 28
Solihull Moors: James Ball 65

Sendings off:
Yeovil Town: Max Hunt 70
Solihull Moors: Jordan Cranston 61



Yeovil Town
: (4-3-3)

Grant Smith
Dan Moss, Max Hunt, Josh Staunton, Jack Robinson
Matt Worthington, Dale Gorman, Jordan Barnett
Tom Knowles Adi Yussuf Charlie Wakefield

Substitutes:
Joe Quigley (for Wakefield 72), Alex Bradley (for Knowles 87), Sonny Blu Lo Everton (for Yussuf 72), Toby Stephens, Max Evans.

Solihull Moors: Boot, Williams, Cranston, Maycock, Howe, Storer, Sbarra, Barnett, Ball, Dallas, Maynard
Substitutes: 
Gudger, Rooney (for Sbarra 75), Osborne (for Ball 68), Boyes, Donawa


Match Report

Yeovil players after the 0-0 draw with Solihull

Here’s how Ben saw the game.

Yeovil Town take a point from high flying Solihull Moors after both sides were reduced to 10 men.

The Glovers started brightly which has been the case so many times early corners and throw ins from both flanks caused a Moors defence consistent problems.

But, having kept three recent clean sheets in victories, the play off chasers were often more than capable of dealing with all that was, quite literally thrown at them.

Tom Knowles and Charlie Wakefield were the out ball time and time again as the Glovers put their quick breaks to good use.

Half chances came and went at both ends, there were pot shots and scruffy moments for Adi Yussuf and Jordan Barnett in the final third, but the Glovers lacked that final moment of quality.

Solihull pushed and pushed and got more than their fair share of chances along the way too, Jamie Ball having not one, but two sights of Grant Smith’s goal.

As the half wore on the game continued to sway back and forth and just as the half drew to a close Yeovil missed what was probably the definitive moment of the match.

A dangerous throw in resulted in a corner which Dale Gorman whipped under the crossbar, somehow almost inexplicably Adi Yussuf put the ball over.

Half time: Solihull Moors 0 Yeovil Town 0

The second half started in the same scrappy fashion as the first, quality, especially in the final third was lacking but the real spark came when Jordan Cranston was sent off.

Cranston and Williams on opposite flanks were a constant outlet for Solihull and when Knowles and Cranston collided on the side of the pitch what happened after was bonkers.

Cranston lashed out sending Knowles to the ground and was rightly sent off.

Knowles was a marked man after that and tackles began to fly in, Jamie Ball was lucky to stay on the pitch and not see his side reduced to nine after a nasty challenge and plenty of afters on the Glovers attacker.

 

Max Hunt warms up

No more than 10 minutes later, the numbers were evened. Max Hunt found himself the wrong side of the attacker and had no choice to bring down former Glovers target Andy Dallas and seeing red himself.

The numbers were evened up but the attacking intent was now firmly with the hosts.

The introduction of Jamey Osborne gave Moors an edge in midfield that the Glovers lacked at times.

Joe Quigley was introduced and he did have a half chance as the game wore on but by the time ticked over to 80 minutes Yeovil had shut up shop.

Solihull threw the kitchen sink, but solid defensive performances from Moss, Staunton, Barnett and make shift centre back Jack Robinson were more than a match for everything they had to offer.

In truth, it’s a good point and a big case of ‘nearly’ being more than that on occasions.

A point is a good one. Bring on the FA CUP

Full time: Solihull Moors 0 Yeovil Town 0

 

Venue: Huish Park
Tuesday, October 26 2021, 7.45pm kick-off.

Conditions: The lightest of drizzle
Ground: Damp but zippy

Scorers: Wakefield 4 (1-0), Knowles 48 (2-0)

Attendance: 2,024 (117 away fans)

Referee: Elliott Swallow

Bookings:
Yeovil Town: Barnett 54, Quigley, 65, Gorman 75, Robinson 77
Woking: None.



Yeovil Town
: (4-3-3)

Grant Smith
Dan Moss, Max Hunt, Josh Staunton, Jack Robinson
Matt Worthington, Dale Gorman, Jordan Barnett
Tom Knowles Adi Yussuf Charlie Wakefield

Substitutes:
Joe Quigley (for Yussuf, 62), Ben Seymour (for Knowles, 85), Jordan Dyer (for Worthington, 89), Toby Stephens, Max Evans.

Woking: Ross, Casey, Champion, Diarra, Nwabuokei (for Allarakhia, 61), Effiong, Kretzschmar (for Thompson-Sommers, 74), Johnson, Campbell, Block (for Lofthouse, 61), Ince.
Substitutes: 
Smith, Loza.


Match Report

A first goal of the season for Tom Knowles put the gloss on a much-improved Yeovil Town performance to pick up their second win at Huish Park over Woking on a drizzly Tuesday night.

A strike from Charlie Wakefield had put the Glovers in front after just four minutes and the three points ended an eight-game run without a victory inside 90 minutes.

It also moved us up one place in the National League table to 14th, six points off the relegation zone and eight points off the play-off places after eleven matches.

Glovers’ boss Darren Sarll responded to a long run without a victory by dropping top-scorer Joe Quigley and bringing Adi Yussuf in to a front three, flanked by Wakefield and Knowles.

And having told his side they needed to “come out all guns blazing” after the 2-0 defeat at Grimsby Town at the weekend, Sarll’s men made an attacking start.

So much so that Yussuf had the ball in the net after just two minutes. He  rounded the keeper after stealing an extra few inches on the Woking back line and slotted the ball home, only to be denied by the flag which was up early.

No more than a few moments later  though, it was Tom Knowles who worked himself into crossing space down the left-hand side.
Charlie WAKEFIELD stole a yard on his marker, took a touch and crashed his shot high into the roof of the net to open the scoring. That’ll do.

It was nearly even better a moment later as Wakefield tried to turn provider, but his cross-come-shot was blocked.

I couldn’t help but think that if the next 83 minutes were as frantic as the first seven, I’d not be moaning.

It wasn’t long before Marcus Duncomb was worried about where his nearest off licence (heck, make it a cash and carry!) was, as Dale Gorman fizzed in his first long range effort of the evening after 12 minutes. But the tequila would be left on ice for now as the 35-yard effort sailed over the bar.

His second attempt at getting small glass of Mexico’s finest wasn’t too far behind, but this time just skipping wide of the left post.

As the half wore on, quick breaks and set pieces were still plentiful for the Glovers.

Half chances for both Yussuf and Dan Moss came and went without testing Craig Ross in the visitors’ goal, but Jordan Barnett did force a decent stop at a tight angle.

The play was there, the finish was not… but we’ve heard that before.
The half began to die out with some scrappy decisions breaking up play.

Still, ahead at the interval and another chance to put a side to bed beckons in the next 45 minutes.

Half time: Yeovil Town 1 Woking 0

The second half started just like the first one ended, namely a Gorman shot from distance… oh yeah… and a goal – but not from the Northern Irishman. Marcus, rest easy for now.

The goal was copy and paste from the first, just flip the players around. Wakefield drove a ball across the six-yard line which just screamed ‘bury me’… and you haven’t got invite Tom KNOWLES twice.

There were ‘scenes’, ‘limbs’ and even the odd ‘flame emoji’ in the home end. Don’t tell me I can’t fall in love with footballers. Knowles has found his swag again… and it was wonderful.

What followed was Woking’s first stint of sustained pressure, no more than ten minutes and, as the clock ticked over an hour, Grant Smith hadn’t made a meaningful save.

Crosses rained it, free kicks whipped around him, but all, for now, dealt with by those around him.

A double substitution followed for the Cards as they sought to capitalise on this shred of momentum.

Yeovil responded with Yussuf coming off for top-scorer Joe Quigley.
The Tanzanian had worked hard for his hour, but without much in the way of match-defining razzmatazz .

The game was becoming scrappy, Woking knew how to kill the speed and flow of Yeovil’s game.

As frustrations grew, Glovers’ assistant Terry Skiverton found his way into the referee’s note book.

On the pitch, the Glovers were crying out for some control in the middle of the park. The game was in a lull, in need of a spark.

The home side on the verge in shutting up shop and taking what they’d earned.

A chorus of ‘We want Priestnall out‘ rung through the Thatchers Stand, reminding us that the future of our club still means as much (more?) than what is happening on it.

Further more free kicks won by not so genuine means littered the pitch as Woking knew their only way back in would be if their hosts lost their heads.

80 mins had now passed.

We’re Yeovil going to test their defensive resolve by sitting back or were they going to ease the nerves of those in the stands by continuing to press, hurry and give Woking the troubles they had not had any answers to as yet?

Josh Staunton and Max Hunt headed everything within sight, the full backs hooked another stray ball clear, but by now Quigley was the furthest man forward, no more than ‘Dale Gorman fancies a tequila’ distance from his own goal.

There was always a break away, but each one slightly more laboured than the last as the legs tired.

Each one often halted by Woking player hitting the deck at the slightest whiff of a chasing Glover.

Knowles was taken off with five to go, maybe to protect himself from the trigger happy ref.

86 minutes on the clock, Glovers’ fans will know all to well by now, the nerves are still around.

As the attendance was read out, and the announcement of five additional minutes, a rendition of ‘Allez allez allez’ broke out to help see the boys over the line.

A late debut for Jordan Dyer killed a a few more seconds, Grant Smith made his first meaningful save of the game as Woking continued to huff and puff (but not blow the house down – where have we heard that?) in the final few moments.

In truth it was comfortable, at times fairly pedestrian, the Glovers 2-0 winners with maybe, a little left in the tank.

Full time: Yeovil Town 2 Woking 0

Venue: Blundell Park
Saturday, October 23 2021, 3pm kick-off.

Conditions: Dry with a slight breeze
Ground: Fine.

Scorers: John-Lewis 20 (0-1), McAtee (0-2)

Attendance: 6,470 (116 away supporters)

Referee: Andrew Miller

Bookings:
Yeovil Town: Gorman 89
Grimsby Town: None



Yeovil Town
: (4-3-3)
Grant Smith
Dan Moss, Max Hunt, Josh Staunton, Jack Robinson
Matt Worthington, Dale Gorman, Jordan Barnett
Sonny Blu Lo-Everton Joe Quigley Charlie Wakefield

Substitutes:
Adi Yussuf (for Quigley, 70), Tom Knowles (for Lo-Everton, 76), Lewis Simper (for Barnett, 84) Max Evans, Jordan Dyer.

Grimsby Town: McKeown, Sears, Waterfall, Towler, Crookes, Fox, Clifton (for Revan, 82), Hunt (for Coke, 64), Bapaga (for Sousa, 70), McAtee, John-Lewis
Substitutes: Pearson, Wright.


Match Report

A first half penalty and an injury time second was enough to send Yeovil Town home pointless and table-topping Grimsby Town kept their 100% record in front of their own fans.

The story was all too familiar for Yeovil with just one shot on target coming from a Dale Gorman free-kick late in the second half.

That said, the home side only had three on target themselves as the Glovers huffed, puffed but could simply not blow the house down.

Darren Sarll named an unchanged starting XI from the midweek FA Cup win over W*ymouth with seven players in the line-up having played 120 minutes plus penalties four days earlier.

For the home side, who had an outbreak of COVID-19 in the days leading up to the match, there were two changes with Will Bapaga and John-

The opening exchanges were relatively uneventful with neither side, the first chance of the game came after 20 minutes and led to an opener.

Speedy winger Will Bapaga broke free and got to the ball just ahead of visiting goalkeeper Grant Smith who caught him late and referee Andrew Miller gave the penalty.

After his midweek exploits from a shoot-out, Smith must have hoped his luck could continue, but Lennell JOHN-LEWIS‘ effort was too much despite the keeper guessing the right way.

From the next attack, Jordan Barnett appeared to get away with one after seeming to control the ball with his arm inside the box.

There was a risk of the visitors, backed by a bumper home crowd and boasting a 100% record could sense blood, but the visitors did well to keep them at bay.

There was a suspicion of a penalty for Yeovil on 24 minutes when Dan Moss was pulled down and just after the half-hour mark, Charlie Wakefield had a strong shot blocked by hosts’ defender Luke Waterfall after good interplay with Matt Worthington.

A trademark off target 35-yard effort from Dale Gorman with three minutes of the half remaining was about all there was else to report before the break.

The story was an all too familiar one with the visitors having their opportunities but lacking a real attacking impetus. For the hosts, one attack of note, one goal.

Half time: Grimsby Town 1 Yeovil Town 0

 

Smith was called in to action four minutes the restart when good play from John-Lewis laid the ball down to Harry Clifton whose venomous effort was turned aside by the keeper.

A minute later John McAtee wriggled away down the right but he fired his shot wide.

Wakefield had a shot turned wide soon after and from the resulting corner Max Hunt missed an opportunity to head home the equaliser with more chances in the opening seven minutes of the second half than the entire opening 45.

John Lewis fired in to the side netting after 58 minutes and seven minutes later his strike-partner McAtee tried to catch Smith off his line, but his effort went wide.

Wonderful play by Clifton fed McAtee who was bearing down on goal and seemed certain to fire a second, but laid the ball off to John-Lewis who shot wide from three yards.

The chance was so good the score alerts messages all proclaimed a 2-0 lead for the Grimsby – but didn’t.

Joint top-scorer Ryan Taylor was missing from the starting line-up, presumably one of the Mariners’ COVID victims, but had he been in instead of John-Lewis it could have been a far more convincing scoreline.

In an effort to improve the visitors’ attacking impetus, Adi Yussuf and Tom Knowles were introduced in place of Joe Quigley and Sonny Blu Lo-Everton, neither of whom really featured in their 70-odd minutes on the pitch.

Worthington had an effort wide with seven minutes remaining and then two minutes later Yeovil won a free-kick from 35 yards out, which obviously meant Gorman was taking it.

His effort was on target but James McKeown in the hosts’ goal was equal too it.

It was left to McATEE to wrap the game up for the home side when good play from substiute Erico Sousa set him up at the back post to fire home.

Game, set and match.

Full time: Grimsby Town 2 Yeovil Town 0

Venue: Bob Lucas Stadium
Tuesday, October 19 2021, 7.45pm kick-off.

Conditions: Very wet and pretty windy
Ground: “Okay” (Andrew Craig, October 2021)

Scorers: Worthington 20 (1-0), McQuoid 87 (1-1)

Attendance: 2,911

Referee: Sunny Gill

Bookings:
Yeovil: Barnett (13), Smith (120)
W*ymouth: Yarney (32), Ash (34), Bearwish (41)



Yeovil Town
: (4-3-3)
Grant Smith
Dan Moss, Max Hunt, Josh Staunton, Jack Robinson
Matt Worthington, Dale Gorman, Jordan Barnett
Sonny Blu Lo-Everton Joe Quigley Charlie Wakefield

Substitutes: Adi Yussuf (for Wakefield, 83), Tom Knowles (for Barnett, 96), Ben Seymour (for Lo-Everton, 100), Lewis Simper (for Worthington, 110) Jordan Dyer, Max Evans.

W*ymouth: Fitzsimons, Cordner, Mussa (for Murray, 46), Thomson (for Goodship, 83), Ash (for McQuoid, 55), Bearwish (for Robinson, 102), Brooks, Harfield, Yarney, Olomowewe, Shields.
Substitutes: Taylor-Crossdale, Morgan, Robinson, Bruton.


Match Report

Success in a contender for the worst penalty shoot-out in FA Cup history, was enough for Yeovil Town to make it through to the first round proper with victory at local rivals W*ymouth.

Having led through a first-half Matt Worthington goal, it seemed like the misery of the weekend’s injury time equaliser to force the replay was banished, until Terras’ skipper Josh McQuoid nodded home in the 87th minute.

You didn’t honestly think it was going to be that easy, did you?

Nope, after a further 30 minutes of extra time a foul on substitute Adi Yussuf saw us awarded a penalty, which top-scorer Joe Quigley (the scorer of three spot kicks this season) saw saved by keeper Ross Fitzsimons.

That meant it was spot kicks. Having seen McQuoid miss his first, Yussuf put the Glovers ahead in the shoot-out. Then, just to further test the tickers of the travelling supporters, Tyler Cordner missed the hosts’ second….only for a bottle thrown by the travelling fans to see it retaken – and Cordner scored.

That was as good as it got for W*ymouth as they failed to beat Smith with their remaining three spot kicks and Dale Gorman converted what turned out to be the winner.

That (yeah, just that!) was enough to put us through to the first round proper and a trip to either Yate Town or Dover Athletic – whose replay was abandoned due to floodlight failure.

Now where’s that Antonio Conte meme?


Having seen his side leak a 93rd minute equaliser to force the replay, Darren Sarll made two changes with loanees forward Sonny Blu Lo-Everton and defender Jack Robinson in for Ben Seymour and Tom Knowles, who both dropped to the bench.

That meant Jordan Barnett was pushed further forward with Charlie Wakefield and Lo-Everton playing as a front three alongside top-scorer Joe Quigley.

With the weather as miserable as dismal resort hosting it, chances were few and far between for either side in the opening 20 minutes.

For the visitors, Barnett fired one over and for the hosts Brad Ash had an effort easily held by Grant Smith were the only really efforts of note.

But, on the 20th minute a great bit of play Lo-Everton beat Calvin Brooks and set Charlie Wakefield free and his cross found its way to Quigley who smashed it off the crossbar.

The Terras failed to clear the danger and the ball was crossed in for Matt WORTHINGTON who headed home.

Like a young Paul Scholes“, according to Lawson D’Ath on commentary for BBC Somerset, must be the hair.

Barnett and Gorman had efforts on goal following the opener, but chances were few and far between again.

Max Cordner glanced a free header wide from Shaun Shields’ corner a minute before the break. To say Grant Smith was unhappy with his defence for allowing the free-kick would be an understatement.

But, it was Quigley who had the final chance of the first half. He latched on to Wakefield’s through ball but was denied by Ross Fitzsimons in the W*ymouth goal.

Half time: W*ymouth 0 Yeovil Town 1

 

The game restarted with both sides shooting towards their respective supporters and it was Ash who had the game’s first effort firing in to the arms of Smith.

A minute later Tom Bearwish, the self-proclaimed “Weymouth legend” for his injury time equaliser at Huish Park at the weekend, sailed a volley high over the bar from a corner.

Wakefield had a couple of opportunities with the best on the 57th minute when he his effort from the edge of the box was denied by a good stop from Fitzsimons.

On the hour mark, Lo-Everton took the ball rounded the keeper but was forced wide, found Quigley whose goal-bound effort was cleared away, and seven minutes later the top-scorer had another effort blocked after good play by Barnett.

The weather conditions only continued to get worse with the wind and rain driving in from the Channel, making conditions unpredictable for both sides.

On 78 minutes, striker Ben Thomson found himself throw on goal only to be denied by a sensational tackle from captain Josh Staunton.

But with just three minutes of normal time remaining a ball in from Ollie Harfield found W*ymouth skipper Josh McQUOID at the back post and he headed another late equaliser.

It was out of nothing to be fair, but there it is. Ugh.

Yeovil substitute Adi Yussuf had an opportunity soon after, but neither side could find a winner before the final whistle.

Full time: W*ymouth 1 Yeovil Town 1 – Extra time

The first half of extra time was a hard luck story for Yeovil. Six minutes in Yussuf was pulled down in the box with the visitors screaming for a penalty – well, Lawson D’Ath was certainly screaming for one on BBC Somerset.

Then with a minute of the first period remaining, Gorman’s corner was met by a flicked header from Quigley which the visitors insisted was over the line – but referee Sunny Gill (who disallowed a perfect good Reuben Reid goal in the league match down there last season) had no idea, so didn’t give it.

Half Time (in extra time): W*ymouth 1 Yeovil Town 1 

The start of the second period belonged to the home side with the pressure building as they attacked their own fans.

Goodship had a shot blocked two minutes after the restart and there was a bombardment of Grant Smith’s goals from a string of corners from the hosts.

A minute from the end Goodship burst through one-on-one with Smith who pulled off a huge save to deny the former Glover.

You’d think that was the final chance, wouldn’t you? But, no, a corner and Adi Yussuf’s shot was handled in the area and referee Gill awarded the spot kick in the final minute.

Up stepped Quigley and Fitzsimons guessed the right way to deny him and the game went to….well, penalties.

Full time (in extra time): W*ymouth 1 Yeovil Town 1 

Here’s how the shoot-out went:

W*ymouth: McQuoid – MISSED (0-0)
Yeovil: Yussuf – SCORED (1-0)
W*ymouth: Cordner – SCORED (1-1)
Yeovil: Seymour – MISSED (1-1)
W*ymouth: Shields – SAVED (1-1)
Yeovil: Gorman – SCORED (2-1)
W*ymouth: Robinson – MISSED (2-1)
Yeovil: Knowles – MISSED (2-1)
W*ymouth: Goodship – MISSED (2-1)

Yeovil Town win 2-1 after extra time and penalties

Venue: Huish Park
Saturday, October 15 2021, 3pm kick-off.

Conditions: Dry and bright
Ground: Perfect – again.

Scorers: Wakefield 12 (1-0), Bearwish 90 (1-1)

Attendance: 3,354 (676 away fans)

Referee: Darren Drysdale

Bookings:
Yeovil: Gorman 71, Barnett 90.
W*ymouth: None.



Yeovil Town
: (4-3-3)
Grant Smith
Dan Moss, Max Hunt, Josh Staunton, Jordan Barnett
Tom Knowles, Matt Worthington, Dale Gorman
Ben Seymour Joe Quigley Charlie Wakefield

Substitutes: Jack Robinson (for Tom Knowles, 80), Lewis Simper, Jordan Dyer, Toby Stephens, Sonny Blu Lo-Everton, Adi Yussuf, Max Evans.

W*ymouth: Fitzsimons, Brooks (for Bearwish, 86), Yarney, Leslie-Smith, Harfield, Shields, Cordner, Mussa, Goodship (for Rose, 60) McQuoid, Ash (for Taylor-Crossdale, 60).

Substitutes:  Robinson, Murray, Bruton, Olomowewe.


Match Report

An equaliser three minutes in to injury time from local rivals W*ymouth means Yeovil Town will face a replay if they are going to make the first round proper of the FA Cup.

Having led through a Charlie Wakefield strike after 12 minutes and dominated the first half, the Glovers fell deeper and deeper as their visitors pushed for an equaliser.

It looked like we would do enough to sneak past the kitchen sink being chucked at us, only for substitute Tom Bearwish to scramble the ball home from a long throw at the death.

The home side began strongly with Joe Quigley having an effort diverted wide from a corner in the opening attack.

That set the tone for a positive start from Yeovil shooting towards a packed Thatcher’s End.

After a couple of half chances, the first clear cut opportunity fell to Charlie WAKEFIELD when Dale Gorman‘s quick free-kick found the winger with a sublime pass. He shrugged off his marker  and rifled home the opener from just inside the box.

Barnett looked to have been fouled but referee Darren Drysdale waved play on and Bradley Ash burst through on to Omar Mussa‘s ball, but only put his shot in to the side netting with the game approaching the half-hour mark.

Ben Seymour lashed an effort in to Thatcher’s shortly and Quigley had an opportunity blocked soon after.

As half-time approached, the visitors pressed for an equaliser and Josh McQuoid’s shot just went the wrong (right?) side of the post after a deflection off Matt Worthington.

A cross from Tom Knowles to the back post where Worthington was in an advanced position – what a nice thing that is to write – but he could not get enough of a connection to turn it home.

Boss Darren Sarll will have been pleased with the performance of his side in a typically all-action derby game – just edging it without being spectacular.

 

Half time: Yeovil Town 1 W*ymouth 0

W*ymouth started the brighter in the second half and midfielder Shaun Shields had an effort which was turned away by the legs of Grant Smith in the home goal.

That was the only real opportunity of the opening 15 minutes and W*ymouth boss Brian Stock introduced Martell Taylor-Crossdale and Akheem Rose on the hour mark at the expense of Ash and Brandon Goodship.

A speculative long-range effort from Knowles failed to trouble visiting keeper Ross Fitzsimons on 64 minutes and shortly after Quigley had the ball in the net but was adjudged offside.

It took until 71 minutes for the first booking of the derby to be given and Dale Gorman was the recipient – call this a derby? Into ’em, Yeovil.

With ten minutes to go, Jack Robinson came on for Knowles with Barnett moving forward in to midfield. This isn’t us sitting back for the final stages, is it?!

Meanwhile, the Terras were going for it with a packed  forward line and we all knew what was going to happen. A long throw in to the box with three minutes of the four played and Tom BEARWISH and scrambled the ball in at the near post to nick an equaliser.

The away end erupted, the Thatcher’s Stand was stunned. We do it again at the Wessex Stadium probably on Tuesday night.

Full time: Yeovil Town 1 W*ymouth 1


Venue: Huish Park
Tuesday, October 12 2021, 7.45pm kick-off.

Conditions: A clear night with a bit of mist
Ground: Impressive as usual

Scorers: Joe Quigley 57 (1-0), AJ Leitch-Smith 65 (1-1)

Attendance: 1,640 (30 away supporters)

Referee: Matthew Russell

Bookings:
Yeovil: Robinson 90+2
Altrincham: Hancock 35, Pringle 83



Yeovil Town
: (4-3-3)
Grant Smith
Dan Moss, Max Hunt, Josh Staunton, Jordan Barnett
Tom Knowles, Matt Worthington, Dale Gorman
Ben Seymour Joe Quigley Adi Yussuf

Subs:  Charlie Wakefield (for Knowles, 75), Alex Bradley (for Moss, 86), Jack Robinson (for Worthington, 90), Sonny Blu Lo-Everton Max Evans.

Altrincham: Thompson (for Hampson, 16) , Hannigan, Moult, Jackson, Pringle, Senior, Mullarkey (for Furman, 23), Hancock, Kosylo (for Peers, 70), Leitch-Smith, Mooney . Substitutes: Densmore, Dinanga.

 


Match Report

Yeovil Town failed to win at Huish Park for the fourth consecutive game after being held to a draw against an Altrincham side who fielded a defender in goal for 74 minutes of the National League fixture.

Joe Quigley had put the Glovers’ ahead after 57 minutes only for the strike to be cancelled out by the old boy curse with former Glover AJ Leitch-Smith snatching an equaliser just eight minutes later.

The home side started brightly and had the first effort on goal after three minutes with Adi Yussuf drawing a good save from Tony Thompson in the visitors’ goal.

Max Hunt was fortunate not to put in his own net shortly after. Ex-Glover AJ Leitch Smith‘s effort towards goal struck Hunt’s hip and trickled past Grant Smith‘s post.

Tom Knowles in action against Altrincham.
Picture courtesy of Mike Kunz.

Space opened up nicely for Tom Knowles in the seventh minute but his low effort skidded wide of the left-hand post.

Altrincham were forced into an early change with an injury to keeper Thompson. With no keeper on the bench they were forced to bring on  Connor Hampson in his place and it was not long before the left back was called in to action.

A scramble in the box opened up nicely for Yussuf who struck a low effort which Hampson was equal to with an impressive reaction from the stand-in stopper.

Altrincham were forced into another change in their backline in the 22nd minute with Toby Mullarkey going off injured.

In the 45th minute Altrincham had their first effort at goal through top-scorer, Dan Mooney. Good interplay between Leitch-Smith and Josh Hancock set up the winger who cut inside and curled a left-footed effort over Smith’s bar.

The half-time break came with Yeovil having the majority of the ball without doing a great deal with it.

Half time: Yeovil Town 0 Altrincham 0

he Glovers came out strong in the second half and Matt Worthington had a decent effort from the edge of the box which was deflected wide for a corner.

Yeovil Town celebrate Joe Quigley’s opening goal.
Picture courtesy of Mike Kunz.

Just before the hour mark Yeovil opened the scoring after Joe QUIGLEY pounced on a free kick that was spilled into the six yard box by Altrincham’s (not) keeper. Yeovil’s top scorer finished with the goal gaping and raced off in front of the raucous Thatchers’ Stand.

LEITCH-SMITH equalised for Altrincham in the 65th minute – why wouldn’t he? He was alert after Staunton couldn’t clear his lines allowing The striker to out it into the roof of the net.

Yeovil reacted and came inches from retaking the lead shortly after. The Glovers piled on the pressure from a corner and Hampson in the goal. He saved a header from a corner but put it back into danger and Max Hunt’s head. Altrincham defenders were on the line to clear away from the goal.

In the hosts’ goal, Smith was forced into a reaction save in the 73rd minute, palming the ball over the line after a couple of ricochets.

Quigley nearly had a second moments later with a sharp turn and volley that went wide of the post. Ten minutes from time Quigley’s low header caused problems.

Altrincham were adamant they should have had a penalty a couple of minutes later when Leitch-Smith’s shot was blocked by Staunton. The Altrincham players appealed for handball but the referee awarded a goal kick in the resulting scramble.

Adi Yussuf in action against Altrincham.
Picture courtesy of Mike Kunz.

Yussuf thought he’d given Yeovil a late lead in the 85th with a back post header that was blocked around the line. Altrincham were awarded a freekick as Yussuf appealed but there was nothing given.

Yeovil kept pressing and searching for a winner but couldn’t break down Altrincham’s back line who managed to earn a draw after defending a goal without a recognised keeper for 70 minutes.

The win moved Darren Sarll’s men up a place to 14th in the National League table, but with an FA Cup tie against local rivals Weymouth coming up at the weekend, Huish Park still expects.

Full time: Yeovil Town 1 Altrincham 1


Venue: Huish Park
Saturday, October 9 2021, 3pm kick-off.

Conditions: An August day in October.
Ground: A great surface which was almost unused.

Scorers: Reuben Rodrigues 16 (0-2), Reuben Rodrigues 81 (0-2)

Attendance: 2,438 (291 away)

Referee: Gary Parsons

Bookings:
Yeovil: Robinson 55,
Notts County: Nemane 11, Palmer 14, Chicksen 45, O’Brien 57


Yeovil Town : (4-4-2)
Grant Smith
Dan Moss, Max Hunt, Josh Staunton, Jack Robinson
Dion Pereira, Dale Gorman, Matt Worthington, Tom Knowles
Sonny Blu Lo-Everton
Joe Quigley

Subs:  Charlie Wakefield (for Knowles, 46), Ben Seymour (for Lo-Everton, 56), Mitchell Rose (for Gorman, 66)  Jordan Barnett, Adi Yussuf.

Notts County: Patterson, Brindley, Brennan, Cameron, Chicksen (for Kelly-Evans, 70), O’Brien, Palmer, Rodrigues, Nemane (for MItchell ,80), Roberts Wootton Subs: Mitchell, Francis, Vincent, Sam.


Summary

Yeovil Town fell to their third home defeat of the season at the hands of a far superior Notts County side this afternoon. Ruben Rodrigues put the Glovers to the sword with a goal in each half.

There were three changes for Yeovil after Tuesday’s

New signing Dion Pereira in action against Notts County.
Picture courtesy of Mike Kunz.

dismal draw against Maidenhead United Matt Worthington came in for Mitch Rose to partner Dale Gorman in central midfield. Sonny Blu Lo-Everton took Ben Seymour’s place behind Joe Quigley and there was a debut for Luton loannee Dion Pereira with Charlie Wakefield dropping to the bench.

The opening ten minutes of the match saw little in the way of any action with both sides trying to get a foothold. There was an early yellow card for County’s Aaron Nemane after he cynically brought down Pereira in the Yeovil half. Matt Palmer joined his teammate in the book shortly after for a late challenge on Gorman.

Notts County took the lead after quarter of an hour through RODRIGUES who picked up the ball outside the box and sauntered past Max Hunt before firing a left footed effort at goal which took a small deflection leaving Grant Smith on his knees.

County dominated the ball following their opener and Smith was called into action again diving to his right to palm away Cal Roberts’ deflected shot from just outside the edge of the area in the 24th minute. Smith’s save fell to the feet of Nemane but the Glovers cleared their lines after a scramble inside the 18 yard box.

Yeovil did get County’s defenders hearts racing moment later with some neat interplay between Pereira and Quigley almost forcing an effort at Patterson’s goal.

Joe Quigley battles for the ball.
Picture courtesy of Mike Kunz.

The Glovers were starved of any meaningful possession as County imposed their technical superiority, finding space across the pitch. Murmurs of discontent grew with supporters struggling to keep their patience at wayward passes and aimless hoofs forward.

The closest Yeovil came to a shot in the first half was in the 44th minute when Dan Moss aimed a cross into the box towards Quigley. His effort was charged down on the penalty spot by a County defender.

County should have doubled their lead before the break as they outnumbered Yeovil defenders on a counter. Some fancy footwork in the box slowed the attack down and Moss got a block in on Kyle Wooton‘s shot.

As the half time whistle went there were boos from the Thatcher’s terrace, unsatisfied with a submissive first half display.

Half time: Yeovil Town 0 Notts County 1

The Glovers made a change at half time with Tom Knowles, who had been largely anonymous, making way for Charlie Wakefield. Wakefield moved to the right with Pereira taking up Knowles position on left midfield.

County had an early effort on goal through Rodrigues who was allowed to take the ball from the half way line to the edge of the box by a back-pedalling defence. His effort was high and wide, though.

Roberts thought he had a shout for penalty in the 53rd minute as he went down under a challenge in the box. The referee waved away the appeal, and there were few shouts from Roberts teammates.

Sonny Blu Lo-Everton.
Picture courtesy of Mike Kunz.

Sonny Blu Lo-Everton was replaced by Ben Seymour just before the hour mark with the Glovers chasing the game. The diminutive midfielder struggled to make an impact throughout the game.

County had a big chance to grab a second in the 60th minute as Roberts put a sliding effort wide of the left hand post. The winger had plenty of time on space after being found by Rodrigues.

Sarll made is final substitution in the 66th minute taking off Gorman for defensive midfielder Mitchell Rose, to a smattering of boos from the terrace.

Wakefield managed to get hold of the ball on the right and get round two Notts players before slipping Seymour through on the right of the 18 yard box. The Exeter loanee struck a stinging cross across the box which was palmed out by Patterson. The incoming Periera and Wakefield got in each others way with the former handling the ball and conceding a free kick.

Worthington had a half chance moments later after a Seymour flick on but he couldn’t get the ball under control and a Notts County defender pinched the ball off his toe on the edge of the box.

RODRIGUES doubled his tally in the 80th minute with the County man rising alone in the box to head home from a corner emphatically.

Seymour had Yeovil’s first effort at goal in the 85th minute after being put through on the left hand side. He was closed down quickly by Patterson who saved his tame effort comfortably.

Yeovil forced another half chance in the 90th minute as a cross from left found Wakefield in space but his volley was saved well at the near post.

Five minutes were added on at the end of what has been a disappointing week for Sarll’s men in front of the Huish Park faithful. Altrincham on Tuesday before Weymouth in the FA Cup next Saturday look to be two increasingly important fixtures for Sarll.

Full time: Yeovil Town 0 Notts County 2

Read our Five Conclusions Here

 


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All pictures courtesy of Mike Kunz – thanks Mike!

 

Venue: Huish Park
Tuesday, October 5 2021, 7.45pm kick-off.

Conditions: Cold…..very cold.
Ground: Slick. Held up well despite the rain.

Scorers: None – to put it mildly!

Attendance: 2,031

Referee: Adrian Quelch

Bookings:
Yeovil: Staunton 24, Knowles 37
Maidenhead United: Mingi 28, 71, Massey 45, Kelly 81

Sendings off:
Yeovil Town: 
None
Maidenhead United: Mingi (second bookable offence), 71


Yeovil Town : (4-4-2)
Grant Smith
Dan Moss, Max Hunt, Josh Staunton, Jack Robinson
Charlie Wakefield, Dale Gorman, Mitch Rose, Tom Knowles
Joe Quigley, Ben Seymour

Subs:  Sonny Blu Lo-Everton (for Seymour, 69),  Jordan Barnett (for Tom Knowles, 80), Alex Bradley (for Moss, 90), Max Evans (not used), Matt Worthington (not used).

Maidenhead United: Lovett, Massey, Wells, Parry, Clerima, Minigi, Ferdinand, Upward, Barratt (for Kelly, 69), Smith (for Beckwith,88), Blissett (for Acquah, 79). Subs: Adams (not used), Asonganyi (not used).


Summary

Yeovil Town were held to a dull and disappointing 0-0 draw by Maidenhead United at Huish Park this evening. A game of low quality with a lack of clear cut opportunities made for minimal entertainment in the cold for the 2031 spectators who fancied a Tuesday out.

Darren Sarll changed up his side for the clash with out of form Maidenhead United, who were without a win in six games going into the match. Loanees Jack Robinson and Ben Seymour came in for their full debuts alongside controversial new signing Mitchell Rose. The reception for Rose was considerably muted during the pre match team announcement. Jordan Barnett was sacrificed at left back for Robinson despite his decent start for the Glovers. Seymour came in for the suspended Adi Yussuf and Rose replaced Matty Worthington the central midfield to partner Dale Gorman.

Joe Quigley battles for the ball.
Picture courtesy of Mike Kunz.

A cautious opening five minutes saw both sides trying to gain a hold of possession with neither in the ascendancy. Ben Seymour forced Maidenhead’s keeper Rhys Lovett to deal with a fizzed left footed cross that was searching out top scorer Joe Quigley.

George Wells had the audacity to attempt lobbing Grant Smith after his clearance found the Maidenhead full back. His effort was speculative at best with Smith in a decent position and the execution poor.

Kane Ferdinand gave the Glovers defence a minor scare a few minutes later when he found himself with acres in the middle of the eighteen yard box. His weak headed effort was over the bar and he as adjudged to be in an offside position.

Tom Knowles had a shout for a ‘seen ’em given’ penalty in the 21st minute. A cross from the left hand side was sent in towards the penalty area and the winger hit the deck under a challenge from Wells but the referee wasn’t inclined to award anything.

Moments later there was a heart in mouth moment for Josh Staunton as he brought down Maidenhead’s centre forward Nathan Blissett on the edge of the penalty box, earning himself a fourth yellow card of the season. The referee, Adrian Quelch, deemed the challenge took place outside the box so awarded a freekick inches outside the box. Maidenhead attempted to work a fancy opening and Charlee Adams effort was laughably average.

Knowles gave Maidenhead a scare shortly after, cutting inside from the right a firing a rasping left footed effort into the side netting from outside the box.

Knowles was victim of a pretty reckless tackle just before the half hour mark. Jay Mingi, on loan from Portsmouth, went in forcefully on Knowles prompting calls for a red card from the supporters at Huish Park. Quelch gave Mingi a yellow but it probably fell into the ‘seen ’em given’ category.

Mitchell Rose in action for Yeovil Town.
Picture courtesy of Mike Kunz.

Quigley came close to grabbing the first goal of the game in the 34th minute after a cross from the left wing by Mitch Rose. The strikers diving header flew wide of the post but certainly warmed the vocal chords on this chilly evening.

Blissett hit the side netting himself shortly after. Dale Gorman headed the ball over the backline towards Smith who decided not to come and claim the ball allowing Blissett a decent effort at goal. Any striker worth his salt would have forced a save but on this occasion he put wide.

Quigley had another header flash wide after Gorman’s delivery in the 44th and the first effort on target came moments after through Ben Seymour. The loanee from Exeter’s low strike was saved comfortably by Lovett.

Half time: Yeovil Town 0 Maidenhead United 0

A tepid opening to the second half saw neither side show much impetus from the break.

Lovett was forced into a goal-denying save just before the hour mark after his own defender flicked a Gorman freekick goalwards. Corner chaos ensued after but Maidenhead weathered the minor storm.

Some neat interplay on the edge of the Maidenhead box gave Quigley an opportunity to shoot but his effort dribbled into the palms of Lovett.

In attempt to bring some life to the attacking end of the pitch Sarll, Sarll made the first change of the game in the 68th minute. Sonny Blu-Lo Everton for Ben Seymour, slotted into the central attacking midfielder position behind Quigley.

Maidenhead found themselves down to ten men with 20 minutes left on the clock when Mingi was given a second yellow card.

Attacking vs defence ensued with the 11 players in green and white looking to force an opening, although Maidenhead weren’t dominated and employed a degree of time-wasting the opportunity allowed.

Charlie Wakefield in action for Yeovil Town.
Picture courtesy of Mike Kunz.

A promising run from Charlie Wakefield, where he coasted past three men before releasing Knowles on the right of the penalty area. Knowles first touch was lacking and he couldn’t get a credible effort on goal.

Knowles was replaced by Jordan Barnett shortly after with Wakefield moving to the right and the recent signing slotting in higher up the pitch than we’ve seen him so far in left midfield.

With four minutes added on, the late addition of Alex Bradley for Dan Moss made little difference in the attacking end as Yeovil struggled to break down the resilient Magpies, who even caused problems despite the man disadvantage.

Josh Staunton, skipper on the night, was awarded man of the match by the match sponsors which was a telling statement about the performance of the Glovers.

There were boos on the full-time whistle with some fans less than happy with their evening out.

Full time: Yeovil Town 0 Maidenhead United 0

 

Venue: Meadow Park
Saturday September 25 2021, 3pm kick-off.

Conditions: Dry but dull
Ground: Perfect

Scorers: Dale Gorman 15 (1-0), Worthington o.g. 26 (1-1), Rees 60 (1-2)

Attendance: 658

Referee: Scott Simpson

Bookings:
Yeovil: Yussuf 33, 38
Boreham Wood: Evans 52, Smith 85

Sendings off
Yeovil: 
Yussuf 38
Boreham Wood: None


Yeovil Town : (4-4-2)
Grant Smith
Dan Moss, Max Hunt, Josh Staunton, Jordan Barnett
Charlie Wakefield, Dale Gorman, Matt Worthington, Tom Knowles
Joe Quigley, Adi Yussuf

Subs: Jack Robinson (for Barnett, 71), Lo-Everton (for Worthington, 78), Rose (for Wakefield, 84), Max Evans (not used), Alex Bradley (not used).

Boreham Wood: Ashmore, Mendy, Ilesanmi, Evans, Fyfield, Smith, Rees (for Stephens, 90), Ricketts,Raymond (for Smith, 75), Marsh (for Clifton, 86), Boden. Subs not used: Mafuta, Smith.

 


Summary

Ten man Yeovil Town fell to a 2-1 defeat on the road to Boreham Wood this afternoon.

The Glovers took the lead from a Dale Gorman free kick after quarter of an hour, but calamitous goalkeeping saw Boreham Wood equalise after Grant Smith punched the ball into the back of Matt Worthington.

Adi Yussuf saw red in the first half for two bookable offences.

Josh Rees‘ 60th minute header was enough for Boreham Wood as the Glovers chased an equaliser but couldn’t break the Hertfordshire side down.

Here’s how Ian saw it…..

The Glovers made two changes from last weekends match against Chesterfield. Josh Staunton dropped into defence for Luke Wilkinson with Matt Worthington coming in to the midfielder to partner Gorman. Adi Yussuf started up front in place of Sonny Blu Lo Everton.

Smith was called into action in the 12th minute making a good reaction save.

Moments later, Gorman struck a low free kick which snuck under the Boreham Wood wall and through Nathan Ashmore and into the goal.

In the 25th minute Boreham Wood equalised after hapless defending. Smith opted to punch a corner rather than catch it and his punch ricocheted off of Worthington into the goal.

Yussuf picked up a silly yellow card in the 33rd minute and five minutes later he was given his marching orders jumping in recklessly for a 50-50.

Half time: Boreham Wood 1 – 1 Yeovil Town

Smith was forced into a smart one-handed save early in the second half and came close to taking the lead in the 57th minute.

Tom Knowles rode a Boreham Wood challenge and made to the byline before cutting back leaving two defenders on the floor. He struck a decent right footed effort which flew wide of the post.

Moments later Rees put Boreham Wood ahead with a back post header giving the Glovers an uphill task with ten men.

Yeovil pressed on looking for an equaliser and they had their chances.

Knowles hit the post in the 64th minute and with 20 minutes left Joe Quigley drew a save from Ashmore and couldn’t find Knowles with his second bite of the cherry.

Yeovil thought they’d found their goal in the 90th through Quigley. Ashmore and a good stop from Gorman’s strike and reacted well to keep out the oncoming Quigley’s header.

Full time: Boreham Wood 2 – 1 Yeovil Town

 

See our Five Conclusions from Meadow Park here.

 

Yeovil Town progressed to the second round of the Somerset Premier Cup with a 4-1 home win over Toolstation Western Football League side Bridgwater United at Huish Park.

The home side fielded a strong starting XI included defenders Morgan Williams and Max Hunt  and forwards Adi Yussuf and Sonny Blu Lo-Everton appeared having turned out in the National League against Chesterfield four days earlier.

The visitors went in front in the second minute as striker Jack TAYLOR fired home a 25 yard free-kick to stun the home side.

Yussuf came close soon after before WILLIAMS brought the sides level after 28 minutes when Yussuf’s effort came back off the crossbar and the defender was on hand to put in the rebound.

Hunt came close to putting Yeovil ahead on the stroke of half-time but his effort from Alex Bradley‘s ball in was cleared off the line.

Lo-Everton came close to putting his side ahead soon after the restart putting an effort just wide and then was denied by Jake Viney when he burst through shortly after the hour.

But the Watford loanee was not to be denied on 64 minutes when LO-EVERTON broke through to get the second.

Ollie Haste had a chance cleared off the line on 73 minutes before a special moment when Finlay Skiverton, the son of Glovers’ assistant, Terry, replaced Jake Graziano on the 74th minute.

Three minutes later, YUSSUF completed the scoring after being played in by Jack Robinson, playing making his first start since joining on loan from Middlesbrough.

But, the biggest cheer of the night came for Finlay SKIVERTON who made it four with two minutes remaining.

Yeovil Town: Evans, Graziano (for Skiverton, 74), Robinson, Williams, Hunt (for Andrews, 90), Worthington, Bradley, Lo-Everton, Haste, Stephens, Yussuf (for Borges, 90). Subs: Smalley,  Lye.

Bridgwater United: Viney, J. Llewellyn, Greenwood, Sturdy, Williams, Taylor, Woodrow, T. Llewellyn, King, Horton, Edwards. Subs: Armstrong, Jimenez, Hiroli, Brereton, Reed.

Attendance: 327.

Venue: Huish Park
Saturday, September 18 2021, 3pm kick-off.

Conditions: Dry
Ground: Fine

Scorers: Oyeleke 19, Tshimanga 36,

Attendance: 2,356 (238 away)

Referee: Daniel Lamport

Bookings:
Yeovil: Williams, 45
Chesterfield: Payne 68, Tshimanga 78


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: Morgan Williams (for Wilkinson, 28), Yussuf (for Lo-Everton, 46), Max Evans (not used), Alex Bradley (not used), Jack Robinson (not used).

Chesterfield: Loach, Miller (for Whittle, 66), Grimes, Gunning (for King, 46), Kerr, Carline, Weston, Oyeleke (for McCourt, 75), Mandeville, Payne, Tshimanga. Subs (not used): Khan, Minter.

 


Summary

Yeovil Town‘s decent start to the season hit a hefty speed bump this afternoon with a 2-0 defeat against Chesterfield at Huish Park.

An own goal from goalkeeper Grant Smith  – albeit one credited to midfielder Emmanuel Oyeleke – and a finish from Kabongo Tshimanga was enough for the superior Spirerites as the Glovers expelled a lot of energy but couldn’t break down their opponents.

A big concern for Yeovil will be the first half departure of defender Luke Wilkinson who was forced off with an injury.

Here’s how Ian Perkins saw it at Huish Park…..

 

FIRST HALF

Glovers’ boss Darren Sarll was able to name an unchanged starting XI for the fourth consecutive game with the only change coming on the substitutes’ bench where on-loan defender Jack Robinson replaced Toby Stephens.

Josh Staunton thought he’d given Yeovil the lead after 15 minutes when he scrambled a dropped ball into the back of the net. The referee adjudged that visiting goalkeeper Scott Loach was fouled.

Moments later, the Spireites took the lead through an own goal. After a decent stop from  Grant Smith, Emmanuel Oyeleke was teed up on the edge of the 18 yard box and his powerful drive rebounded off the post into a body and into the back of the net. The goal was credited to OYELEKE.

Yeovil suffered the early loss of skipper Luke Wilkinson, who limped off just before the half an hour mark.

The Glovers came close to striking back through Tom Knowles after Joe Quigley rounded Loach. Quigley was forced wide by the Chesterfield defence but he set up Knowles who glided past a couple of blue shirts before his effort was cleared off the line.

In the 36th minute, Kabongo TSHIMANGA doubled the Spireites lead. A routine hoof up the pitch was allowed to bounce, with neither Morgan Williams nor Max Hunt covering themselves in glory. The £100k man slotted past Grant Smith with composure.

Half-time: Yeovil Town 0 Chesterfield 2


SECOND HALF

Sarll made a change at half time, with Adi Yussuf replacing Sonny Blu Lo Everton in the hosts’ forward line.

It wasn’t until the 58th minute that there was a real effort of note. After a spell of pressure the Glovers moved the ball nicely and a rasping effort from Josh Staunton drew a good one handed save from Loach.

Max Hunt came close to pulling one back with a free header in the box after a Knowles cross, but the defender’s effort glanced high and wide.

Yeovil had another decent chance in the 71st minute after neat work by Charlie Wakefield on the right wing found Knowles in the box. Knowles’ execution wasn’t the greatest and his strike went well over the bar.

Knowles grew into the game as it progressed and came close again five minutes later with a speculative effort from distance which went wide of Loach’s left hand post.

As time wore on the game petered out with Chesterfield standing firm and Yeovil, without a Plan B, sapped of energy and ideas.

Full time: Yeovil Town 0 Chesterfield 2

Read our Five Conclusions – here
https://youtu.be/Tn-bq4Jqt-g

Venue: Edgeley Park
Saturday, September 11 2021, 3pm kick-off.

Conditions: Dry but dull
Ground: Fine

Scorers: Wakefield 26 (1-0), Quigley pen 53 (2-0), Yussuf 86 (3-0)

Attendance: 5,231 (207 away fans)

Referee: Scott Jackson

Bookings:
Yeovil: Knowles 8, Gorman 78, Smith 79
Stockport County: None

Sendings off:
Yeovil: None
Stockport County: Palmer, 52


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: Alex Bradley (for Knowles, 76), Adi Yussuf (for Lo-Everton, 81), Toby Stephens (for Wakefield, 89) (for Wilkinson, 28), Max Evans (not used), Morgan Williams (not used).

Stockport County: Hinchcliffe, Hogan, Palmer, Barclay (for Fryers, 46), Southam-Hales, Rooney, Whitfield, Raikhy (for Walker, 32), Croasdale, Madden, Reid (for Dünnwald-Turan,66).
Substitutes (not used): Collar, Ross.


Summary

A complete performance saw Yeovil Town pull off the result of the as they cruised to a 3-0 win at one of the National League’s promotion favourites Stockport County.

Charlie Wakefield opened the scoring after 26 minutes before a second half penalty from Joe Quigley which led to the dismissal of defender Ash Palmer and a late third from substitute Adi Yussuf sealed the victory.

The performance was unquestionably the Glovers’ best of the season so far and one manager Darren Sarll described as “right up there” in the best during his time in charge.

It can be said that the expensively assembled Stockport side, boasting the likes of Paddy MaddenBen WhitfieldJohn Rooney and last season’s top-scorer Alex Reid, did not look like a side worthy of their lofty credentials, credit must go to the visitors for nullifying their hosts.

Here’s how David Coates saw it from the away end…..

 

FIRST HALF

For the second weekend in a row, Darren Sarll was able to named an unchanged starting XI as he went with the same team that won 1-0 at home to FC Halifax Town seven days earlier.

We had been told to expect a Stockport side which dominated possession but did very little with it and that was how it proved to be with nothing that threatened the visitors’ back four of Moss, Hunt, Wilkinson and Barnett.

The game’s first meaningful opportunity fell to Wakefield who linked up with Sonny Blu Lo-Everton who was playing in the number 10 role behind Quigley for the third consecutive match. That set Wakefield away but his effort was turned around the post by Ben Hinchcliffe in the Stockport goal.

Following a performance which rather passed him by against Halifax, this was a very different Lo-Everton with the Watford loanee added a little more robustness to his undoubted quality on the ball.

Perhaps with opponents more akin to himself, he was not subjected to the rough and tumble he may experience against less cultured midfielder, but there was plenty to like about his performance.

That sparked a spell of pressure with Madden, who found himself playing almost permanently in midfield looking for the ball in the first half, having to scramble a corner wide before Josh Staunton‘s header called Hinchcliffe back in to action.

So when WAKEFIELD open the scoring on 26 minutes, there was no doubt it was a well-deserved advantage. Strong play for Quigley saw him find Lo-Everton whose lovely side-footed pass picked out Wakefield arriving on the right of the area to smash a superb angled drive in to the far corner.

Dale Gorman forced a flying stop out of Hinchliffe soon after before Stockport boss Simon Rusk made a tactical change to try with Tom Walker replacing Arjan Raikhy, who joined from Premier League Aston Villa where in the summer where he was a highly-rated member of the academy.

The move was testament to the tactics of Rusk’s opposite number whose tactics driven by the disciplined performances of Staunton and Gorman nullified their expensively-assembled opponents.

Half-time: Stockport County 0 Yeovil Town 1


SECOND HALF

With expectation almost palpable around Edgeley Park, it was no surprise when the home side came out of for the second half strongly.
But, for their initial pressure, a header wide by last season’s top-scorer Alex Reid was all Stockport had to show for it.
Meanwhile, down the other end a long ball forward found Tom Knowles the wrong side of his marker Ash Palmer who dragged him to the ground, gifting Yeovil a penalty and receiving a red card for his troubles.
Who else but Joe QUIGLEY stepped up to send Hinchcliffe the wrong way from the penalty for his fifth goal in the club’s opening five games after 53 minutes.
Seven minutes later the big frontman could had added to his tally but pulled his shot wide. Cue the departure of some home supporters and audible dissention amongst the County faithful – we’d been told there might be.
Kenan Dünnwald-Turan, a loan signing from Scunthorpe United in the week, replaced Reid who’d spent much of his afternoon in Max Hunt’s back pocket, and soon after the German was bearing down on Grant Smith’s goal – only to drag his shot wide.
Despite their numerical disadvantage, the hosts still saw plenty of the ball yet did little with it until the 79th minute when a lapse by Jordan Barnett released Madden whose shot was turned away by Smith – arguably the only meaningful stop the keeper was forced in to all afternoon.
It was left to Adi YUSSUF to complete the scoring. Pressure from Staunton in midfielder forced the hosts in to an error which the striker, who had just come on as a substitute for Lo-Everton, latched on to and coolly slotted away his third.

As he and his team-mates celebrated in front of the 200 travelling supporters, the boos rang out around Edgeley Park.

Full time: Stockport County 0 Yeovil Town 3

 

Venue: Huish Park
Saturday September 4 2021, 5.30pm kick-off.

Conditions: Dry and bright
Ground: Perfect

Scorers: Quigley pen 14 (1-0)

Attendance: 1,899 (54 away)

Referee: Thomas Parsons

Bookings:
Yeovil: Gorman 52, Staunton 52
Boreham Wood: Slew 70, Warburton 84

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, 84), Alex Bradley (for Knowles, 90), Max Evans (not used), Morgan Williams (not used), Toby Stephens (not used).

FC Halifax Town: Johnson, Debrah, Bradbury, Maher, Benn, Warren (for Gilmour, 67), Woods, Summerfield  (for Green, 64), Warburton, Waters (for Allen, 83), Slew.
Substitutes: Spence, Swaby-Neavin.

SUMMARY

We broke the hoodoo, we got the monkey off our back, put it however you like but for the first time since Wembley 2013, Yeovil Town won a match on the telly.

The BT Sport cameras have not been kind to the Glovers since our return to non-League and it took a penalty smashed down the middle from Joe Quigley (who else?) to earn three points under the spotlight.

It came after 14 minutes when Tom Knowles was caught with a high kick from Halifax captain Niall Maher and referee Thomas Parsons had no hesitation but to point to the spot.

Here’s how David Coates saw it watching on the telly…..


FIRST HALF

On the day when breaking hoodoos was the order of the day, Yeovil Town boss Darren Sarll will have been pleased to name an unchanged starting XI to the one which had won at Aldershot Town on Bank Holiday Monday.

The boss’ only change was a fifth substitute on the bench in the form of Alex Bradley who returned after illness.

The game started with the move which led to the home side taking the lead. Sonny Blu Lo-Everton‘s ball in from the left could not find Quigley and rebounded as far as Tom Knowles who was caught by visiting captain Niall Maher.

Tom Knowles is caught by FC Halifax Town captain Niall Maher inside the box.
Picture courtesy of Mike Kunz.
Referee Thomas Parsons had no hesitation in pointing to the spot and Quigley stepped up to put it down the middle.
Knowles had a claim for a second spot kick five minutes later after a coming together with Maher but (again) he referee got it right and waved away any appeals.
That led to the game slowing down as Yeovil frustrated the visitors who were second best in the tactical battle, and it was not until the closing stages of the half that either side carved out any opportunities.
In the 45th minute, Charlie Wakefield‘s ball in from the right was heading towards Quigley at the back post, but was well defended by Tyrrell Warren, and a minute later a free kick from Dale Gorman was headed over by Luke Wilkinson, who was flagged offside. The television replay, however, suggested otherwise.
The lead was nothing less than Yeovil deserved having looked comfortable against a Halifax side who had picked up wins in their previous two matches.
Half time: Yeovil Town 1 (Quigley, pen) FC Halifax Town 0

SECOND HALF

With Halifax boss Pete Wild hopping around on the touchline for much of the first half (more on that later), the expectation was that the visitors would come out with a spring in their step or a flea in their ear after the interval.
If they did it was not immediately obvious Yeovil again starting the brighter with Gorman’s lofted ball in to the box finding Quigley, who could only manage a tame header.
The Shaymen did start to find their way back in to it and had their best chance of the game on 54 minutes when a free-kick from Matt Warburton, who probably the visitors’ only real attacking threat in the first half, was pushed away by Grant Smith.
His clearance only went as far as striker Jordan Slew whose shot from the far post rattled off the post and away.
From there the game started to get stretched with neither side able to find any fluidity. Wilkinson had a shot deflected over and Slew fired a ball in to the box which flashed past his strike partner Billy Waters, who had scored three in his first three matches for the visitors but was anonymous throughout.
It was not until the closing stages that either side managed to create a real opportunity. With  two minutes to go substitute Jamie Allen got away down the right and it was only thanks to an excellent interception from Max Hunt inside the area that he did not get his shot away.
Striker Adi Yussuf fires a shot in on goal.

Then, in the second minute of injury time, Glovers’ substitute Adi Yussuf broke away and rather than squaring the ball to either Quigley or Alex Bradley to his left, he tried to take on the shot which he put over.

That was too much for Wild who finally combusted and it did not take a lip reader to work out what he said to the officials to earn himself a red card. Ironically, in the build up to the game, Wild had spoken about how he expected Yeovil to bully his side and said he would be advising his players to keep cool heads.

His judgement presumably impaired by the loss of his temper, he later told the BT Sport cameras his side had “dominated the second half from start to finish.” If you say so, Pete.

Full time: Yeovil Town 1 (Quigley, pen) FC Halifax Town 0

 

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)

 

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