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Dan Moss. Picture courtesy of Mike Kunz.

No less than three Yeovil Town players have been rewarded with a place in the FA Cup Team of the Round for Round 2.

The Glovers beat Stevenage 1-0 live on the BBC to land a record 21st Football League scalp in the competition as a non-league side.

Goalkeeper Grant Smith, and on loan duo Dan Moss and Sonny Blu Lo Everton have been given a place in the side as voted for by Twitter users.

The mythical XI also includes representatives of Kidderminster, Mansfield and Leyton Orient, but Yeovil are the only side with three entrants.

Smith made a number of crucial saves, whilst Lo Everton slid the ball through to assist the match winner from Charlie Wakefield.

Dan Moss was voted Man of the Match by the BBC team and is rightly listed in the side following a string of brilliant performances.

A huge congratulations to all three.

Yeovil Town will host AFC Bournemouth in the 3rd Round on Saturday 8th of January at 17:30pm

Yeovil players celebrate Charlie Wakefield’s FA Cup winner in Round 2

Yeovil Town’s FA Cup 3rd Round tie vs Bournemouth has been confirmed as kicking off at 5:30pm on Saturday 8th on January 2022.

In a slightly odd move, the game has been switched from a traditional 3pm kick off despite not being selected for live TV coverage.

No reason has been given in the FA’s announcement, with other games spread out across the weekend, presumably to allow for more coverage at once.

Darren Sarll said in his pre match ‘presser’ that he was “confused” at the TV ties as Premier League clubs don’t need the windfall of the extra revenue.

However, the FA have confirmed that Yeovil will get a little bonus simply by being pushed out of the 3pm kick off slot.

As per the FA website; “those involved in fixtures that have been moved away from 3pm on Saturday 8 January 2022 will receive £32,500 respectively unless they have been chosen for live broadcast by the BBC or ITV.”

With a further £82,000 on offer to the winner, the Glovers will be hoping for another (record extending) cup upset.

Left-back Jordan Barnett will not be available for tomorrow’s home match with Barnet, manager Darren Sarll has said.

Jordan Barnett
Picture courtesy of Mike Kunz.

The former Notts County man sat out last weekend’s FA Cup win over Stevenage with an illness and the boss said he was not expecting him back until the FA Trophy tie with Woking next weekend.

Sarll said: “Jordan (Barnett) has not enough training time after his illness, so I don’t think he’ll make it because I don’t really want to risk him. He will be okay for next week.”

He added that striker Reuben Reid is also looking to return to the starting line-up for the game against Woking.

The experienced frontman came off the bench for the final nine minutes against Stevenage and the boss said he had given him “a big lift.”

He added: “For a chap who’s trained for or five times in three months, his first touch is scary and the way he saw the game out at the end and used his body to move the defender, he is a very good player.

“I’m hoping he’ll start next Saturday against Woking, that’s a good time to get half a match or 60 minutes in to him.”

Reuben Reid. Picture courtesy of Mike Kunz.

In other news from the Friday morning press conference:

  • The players were given a two-and-a-half day break after last weekend’s win and the manager spoke about using players who have not featured as much cover the Christmas period:
    Sarll said: “We just need to get through Saturday without any more injuries and we can go in to next weekend (against Woking in the FA Trophy) and we’ll have to change the team.
    “Players like Alex Bradley have been brilliant, he needs game time amongst others, so it’s a chance to shuffle the pack and see a few others.”
  • With the Omicron variant of the COVID-19 virus forcing games to be cancelled, Sarll said the team was continuing to be regularly tested.
    He said: “We  are very lucky with the medical team we have here, as soon as we have a symptom we lock down the changing room.
    “But I think this is going to be life, so you have to adapt or get left behind. A COVID break is always on the cards at any points, but I think I have accept that as the norm now.”
  • There was praise for midfielder Matt Worthington for his role in the  goal which won the FA Cup tie against Stevenage last weekend.
    He said: “The player who came from Bournemouth was a deep-lying midfield player who received the ball from deep and would never really venture forward.
    “Now we have this marauding, old-fashioned number eight that goes box to box, and he’s really grown in to a player he was never going to be three years ago.”

The Glovers’ Trust has called for all parties involved in the talks about a takeover of the club to tell supporters what is going on.

The last public statement from owner Scott Priestnall from a video posted on the club’s YouTube channel in July.

In a statement issued after Yeovil Town booked their place in the third round of the FA Cup, the Trust confirmed that chairman Scott Priestnall had called a meeting  of the Supporters’ Alliance Group (SAG) on Monday.

It added: “Mr Priestnall informed the SAG that he would no longer be funding the club and that the club was surviving on the prize money from progressing through the FA Cup.

“He asked the group to release a joint statement urging fans to return.

“We believe that it is time for the parties negotiating to explain the situation with clarity.

“Alas, once again, we are releasing an urgent plea to those at the table to bring forth a conclusion to the negotiations and complete a deal which is looking increasingly necessary to save a community club with more than 125 years of history.

The Trust said that it had not released a statement until after  today’s 1-0 win over Stevenage in the FA Cup second round because it “felt it imperative to not impact proceedings on the pitch.”

It is understood that two groups are in talks with Priestnall about buying the club, with one group led by Priestnall’s fellow director Glenn Collis, and a second group fronted by Julian Jenkins, a former commercial director at Cardiff City and CEO at Swiss side Servette.

Here’s a timeline of the long-running saga of the takeover talks with the club:

  • June 28: Chairman Scott Priestnall announces he has “been approached by a group to buy the club” – see more here.
  • July 30: In a statement alongside manager Darren Sarll, Priestnall said he was continuing to “talk to interested parties, including development partners” see more here.
  • September 6 – The Glovers’ Trust says it believes two groups are in advanced negotiations to buy the club – see more here.
  • October 12 – The Supporters’ Alliance Group issues a statement calling on Priestnall to invest or sell – see more here.
  • October 13 – A new filing on Companies House shows Yeovil & Athletic Football Club has taken on the club’s £800,000 loan to Sport England – see more here.
  • October 13 – The Gloverscast echoes calls for clarity as rumours grow of consortiums led by Director Glenn Collis and former Cardiff City commercial director Julian Jenkinssee more here.
  • November 22 – The Glovers’ Trust calls on Collis to talk with them about his offer for the club – see more here.
  • December 5 – The Glovers’ Trust issues a second (or is it third?) statement calling for all parties involved in takeover talks to clarify the situation

Jordan Barnett is missing from the Yeovil Town squad for the the televised FA Cup second round tie against League Two Stevenage at Huish Park today (5.30pm kick-off).

But, striker Reuben Reid makes his first appearance of the season in the squad among the substitutes with Tom Knowles also on the bench after missing the midweek win at Wrexham.

For the visitors, former Glovers’ goalkeeper Adam Smith starts with Stevenage naming a full complement of seven substitutes.

Yeovil Town: Smith, Moss, Wilkinson, Hunt, Williams, Staunton, Gorman, Worthington, Lo-Everton, Wakefield, Yussuf.

Substitutes: Evans, Bradley, Williams, Haste, Knowles, Reid.

Stevenage: Smith, James-Wildin, Reeves, Prosser, List, Taylor, Osborne, Andrade, Vancooten, Reid, Melbourne.

Substitutes: Anang, Coker, Norris, Lines, Daly, Read, Smith, Marshall, Barry.

 

Dale Gorman said his Yeovil Town team-mates were “really disappointed” with their first half performance in the 1-1 draw at home to bottom side Dover Athletic on Saturday.

Dale Gorman.
Picture courtesy of Mike Kunz.

But, the Northern Irishman was quick to point out that seven points from the past three fixtures, including wins at high-flying Dagenham & Redbridge and Bromley, meant they were happy with their week’s work and ready for the trip to big-spending Wrexham on Tuesday night.

Gorman refused to blame the blustery conditions at Huish Park for the slow start which saw Yeovil go 1-0 down to a second minute goal from TJ Bramble.

Speaking to BBC Radio Somerset’s Sheridan Robins after the match, he said: “We as a group have expectations and as a group we were really disappointed with ourselves in the first half, but we came out of it with a point.

“That takes us a step closer to where we want to be and I think we actually moved up two places today, so you have to take some positives from it.

“We have to dust ourselves down and go again (at Wrexham) on Tuesday.

He added: “It has been a good month for us, we stay unbeaten and we are positive and we will do all the right things to get a result at Wrexham.

We will go there as underdogs, but we have gone to Stockport, Dagenham and Bromley (and got) big results, so why can’t it happen again on Tuesday night?

Darren Sarll said his Yeovil Town  side “got what we deserved” from a 1-1 draw against National League bottom club Dover Athletic at Huish Park on Saturday.

The Glovers went behind after a defensive blunder gifted TJ Bramble an opening goal after two minutes in a game affected the after-effects of Storm Arwen.

Adi Yussuf rescued a point when he touched in a Jordan Barnett free-kick after 77 minutes, but the manager said three points would have “papered over the cracks.

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

Speaking to BBC Somerset’s Sheridan Robins after the game, Sarll described the first half performance as “like we were in pre-season, absolute cack.”

He said: “We probably got what we deserved today. Everyone will see Dover in last place and us as a form team and the expectation is a win, but I don’t think our team is built to have the ball.

“We are built to run, chase and compete and it was like role reversal today and we struggled horrendously with that in the first half.”

He singled out his team’s senior players for criticism, in particular Josh Staunton and goalkeeper Grant Smith for their role in the visitors’ early goal.

He said: “Josh  has to do better there, he has taken a brilliant amount of credit (for his performances this season) which he deserves and he now needs to take responsibility, and Grant as well.”

Having started with a familiar 4-3-3 formation, the manager switched formation twice in the second half as his side searched for an equaliser.

Initially he reverted to a diamond before switching to three at the back in the closing 15 minutes.

Sarll said: “That is the first time this year we have played three shapes and I said to them at half-time I would keep changing it until I found an attitude I was happy with. I was happy with the attitude in the second half.”

He added: “We adjusted everyone’s attitude at half-time, not in an aggressive or destructive way, we just called them out and they were much better half.

The point moves Yeovil up to 11th place, extends the unbeaten run to eight first-team matches including the Somerset Premier Cup win at Larkhall Athletic, and means they have collected seven points in the past three matches.

The manager concluded: “We will learn from it and know how to deal with it next time, but we did not get beaten.

“We have probably overachieved this week, definitely this month and so we should not be too disappointed.”

Dale Gorman returns from suspension to replace Sonny Blu Lo-Everton in the only change for today’s match with bottom club Dover Athletic today (3pm kick-off).

The Watford loanee drops to the substitutes’ bench having appeared in the 2-1 midweek win over Bromley.

He makes up a full compliment of five substitutes having  started the previous gene with just four subs.

Yeovil Town: Smith, Moss, Barnett, Wilkinson, Hunt, Staunton, Gorman, Worthington, Knowles, Wakefield, Yussuf.

Substitutes: Evans, Bradley, Williams, Haste, Lo-Everton.

 

The Glovers Trust has invited Yeovil Town director Glenn Collis to speak with it about his rumoured interest in buying the club.

The statement suggests that Collis, who is one of two directors of the club alongside Chairman Scott Priestnall, has yet to take up the offer.

The Trust said: “The Glovers Trust board has, again, invited the group led by Glenn Collis to speak to us about their proposed bid for Yeovil Town FC. We have not had a response.

“There is an open invitation to them, should they wish to talk to us about their vision for the club and their plans for supporter and community engagement.”

In September, the Trust revealed it had been speaking with another consortium, understood to be led by Julian Jenkins,  an ex-Cardiff City commercial director and CEO at Swiss side Servette for a spell.

It said at the time the Trust said Non-Disclosure Agreements (NDAs) were in place which prevented those involved in discussions talking any more – yet the rumour mill has not stopped turning and Collis himself recently said he had “no problem” with talking to fans who contacted him on social media.

Speaking we are sure on behalf of most supporters, can the Gloverscast reiterate its plea for all these people who claim to have the best interests of our club at heart – say something, for the love of God!

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Shirts featuring the Remembrance Day poppy worn by Yeovil Town in the weekend’s 2-1 home win over Eastleigh have gone up for auction.

As is customary each year, the proceeds of the auction will go to the Royal British Legion’s annual Poppy Appeal.

Adi Yussuf, who scored Yeovil Town’s second at the weekend, in action in his commemorative shirt. Picture courtesy of Mike Kunz.

For a chance to win one of the match-worn shirts, email info@ytfc.net with the following details:

  • The name of the player whose shirt you are bidding for.
  • The number of the player whose shirt you are bidding for.
  • The value of your bid.

As well as each player’s shirt, there is a framed shirt signed by the entire squad on offer.

Bids must start at £50 and postage and packaging is extra should you require it.

All bids must be submitted by midday on Wednesday, November 24 when the highest bidder will win the shirt.

In the coming days the club will update on the value of the bids for each short.

In case you have forgotten the names and numbers of the players in action at the weekend, they are:

1. Grant Smith

22. Dan Moss

6. Luke Wilkinson

5. Max Hunt

3. Jordan Barnett

32. Josh Staunton

8. Dale Gorman

7. Matthew Worthington

19. Charlie Wakefield

11. Tom Knowles

23. Adi Yussuf

 

Substitutes:

10. Joe Quigley

13. Morgan Williams

15. Sonny Blu Lo-Everton

12. Max Evans

14. Alex Bradley

 

 

 

 

Tom Knowles has been named in the Vanarama National League Team of the Week for his performance in the 2-1 home win over Eastleigh.

The Yeovil Town attacker lit up Huish Park with an outstanding opening goal just before half time to put his side  ahead.

The goal was the 23-year-old’s second of the season and came just 36 hours after he spoke about his desire to find the net more regularly.

Congratulations TK, here’s to many more thunder b*stards!

 

There is a full compliment of youth teams representing the Yeovil Town Community Sports Trust in Junior Premier League action this weekend.

The Trust’s sides from Under-11s through to Under-16s are all in action.

However, Yeovil Town Under-18s are without a match today after their South West Counties Youth League fixture at home to Bath City Under-18s was postponed.

 

Striker Adi Yussuf has said he is confident that goals will come for Yeovil Town if they continue to do the things they are doing.

The 29-year-old played 72 minutes of today’s goalless draw at Solihull Moors where he had two great chances to find the net at the end of the first half.

Speaking to BBC Somerset’s Sheridan Robins after the match, Yussuf said: “At the minute I am still getting the minutes in and getting fitter and I am confident in myself that the goals will start coming.

Striker Adi Yussuf fires a shot in on goal.
Picture courtesy of Mike Kunz.

“But the most important thing is the team are playing well and we are getting points on the board.

“I have got no doubts about the scoring, we are playing well and when the team is playing like that it is only a matter of time before the forwards start scoring.

The former Solihull player has started the last two games and says he is feeling his fitness returning having not had a proper pre-season before joining in the summer.

Following his release by Blackpool at the end of last season, he had a spell at League Two side Hartlepool United before signing for Yeovil on the eve of the new season.

He said he was using his position as one of the most experienced heads in to support the Glovers’ young team.

He said: “I am a big believer in confidence, so I praise them all the time and obviously tell them when they need to be told.

“I am loving every minute of it and I think we can do great things this year as long as we stick together, work hard and most importantly believe in ourselves.

Despite the loss of three loan players and injuries hitting his squad, Darren Sarll thinks it is unlikely there will be any more new arrivals at Huish Park.

Speaking ahead of the trip to Solihull Moors on Saturday, the boss said it would be “very hard” to bring in players to replace those who he has lost.

He added that he would continue to ask “the powers that be” about bringing in new players but questioned whether a further young loan was what the squad needed.

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

Sarll said: “Do we need another young one? What they need is some help out there and another guiding hand, because Terry and I can’t be in the middle and help them with decisions.

“That is what they need, a bit of help to push them along their way at times, like (in the 2-0 defeat) at Grimsby that is exactly what we needed.

“Maybe in December we will have those key stakeholders out there with them, but at the moment to they need another 19-year-old learner? It might be the only thing that is available to us.

Exeter City loanees striker Ben Seymour and defender Jordan Dyer returned to their parent club after their loan spell expired, while winger Dion Pereira is not returning from Luton Town after his loan was cut short.

 

The Under-11s, Under-12s and Under-13s representing the Yeovil Town Community Sports Trust are all in Junior Premier League action on Saturday.

The under-11s travel to Yate Town (the YTFC-YTCST Derby?) with the under-12s at North Somerset Regional Talent Centre and the under-13s at home to Juventus Devon.

A key roundabout between Yeovil and W*ymouth is closed ahead of the FA Cup fourth qualifying round replay down by the seaside tonight (Tuesday, October 19).

The Monkeys Jump Roundabout outside Dorchester and Poundbury is shut for resurfacing from 8pm last night (Monday) until 6am tomorrow (Wednesday) for resurfacing.

This means the A37 Dorchester Bypass is shut between the Weirs Roundabout and the Monkeys Jump Roundabout, so people travelling from Yeovil will need to go through Dorchester.

Read the Dorset Echo article for further details – here.

W*ymouth have taken tickets off sale for away supporters for tonight’s FA Cup fourth qualifying round replay with Yeovil Town at the Bob Lucas Stadium.

As of Tuesday morning, tickets were no longer on sale on the website after they confirmed that standing tickets had sold out on Monday night.

If you are still keen to get a ticket, our advice would be to give the ticket office a call on: 01305 785558

If you are able to get one, pricing is flat rate:

Adult: £16.00

Concessions*: £11.00

Aged 16-19: £7.00

Over 7 – Under 16: £4.00

Under 7: £0.50p

Registered disabled supporters (middle or higher rate of Disability) pay the relevant ticket price above but may be accompanied by a carer for whom entry is £0.50p.
(* Concessions are Over 65, Armed Forces personnel).
The on-line ticket provides a QR code. Entry to Windowman Terrace through turnstiles 9 and 10.
May have missed it, but so far seen no decision announced as yet as to whether there will be sales on the night or not. Even if there are Weymouth does not sell at the turnstiles but only through the ticket office; and there’s a £2.00 surcharge on most ticket prices. For all these reasons would strongly recommend buying on-line via the link below:

It started with one supporter inspired by the off-the-field turmoil surrounding the takeover of Yeovil Town  to post his feelings about what the club meant to him.

That with the addition of a hashtag – #YTFCMeansToMe – quickly spread across social media with supporters posting what the club meant to them.

Here are a selection of just a few of the posts, starting with the first one from Glovers’ fan Eliott Watts…..

…..if you are feeling inspired to read some more – especially if you are someone with a control over the club which means so much to these people and so many others – search #YTFCMeansToMe on Twitter or Facebook.

Three youth sides representing the Yeovil Town Community Sports Trust are in Junior Premier League action this weekend.

The under-11s, under-13s and under-15s sides all have fixtures with the under-12s, under-14s and under-16s sides all sit out this weekend.

Yeovil Town Under-18s are also without a fixture and have instead arranged a friendly against AFC Bournemouth Academy.

The young Glovers are presently fourth in the South West Counties Under-18s League after five matches.