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As part of the Gloverscast’s Associate Membership of the Football Supporters Association we’ve been contacted for some views from supporters on a couple of bits that are going to impact National League clubs and football in general in the next few months.

In April the Athletic revealed discussions had taken place for the top 16 teams in the National League Premier to play 16 under-21 teams from the Premier League.  Last weekend the Non League Paper reported that the National League Clubs have been told that competition will kick-off this season and is likely to being in November.

Here’s what we know about the competition:

  • 16 clubs from National League and 16 Premier League Academy sides will enter and EFL Trophy style cup.
  • There will be four regional groups of eight teams.
  • Group games will only be between National League and Premier League teams. The top two will qualify for quarter finals.
  • National League Clubs will host group and knockout matches until the final.
  • Matches will be available on National League TV.

So, what are your thoughts about the competition? Are you supportive? Who will benefit? There’s a quick snap poll below, but share any comments below.

Do you support the idea of the National League and Premier League Academy competition?

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Independent football regulator

The second is around the introduction of the Football Governance Bill which looks set to be introduced by Labour after work done by Tracey Crouch in the previous Government.

A very top line summary of the bill indicates that the regulator would:

  • Create a statutory, strengthened owners’ and directors’ tests to make sure a club’s custodians are suitable and protect fans from irresponsible owners. The tests will consist of 3 key elements: a fitness test (owners and directors), a source of wealth test (owners only), and a requirement for financial plans and resources (owners only).
  • Enhanced financial regulation to improve the financial resilience of clubs across the football pyramid, ensuring that clubs take sensible financial decisions and risks are mitigated so they do not jeopardise the club’s future.
  • Placing fan engagement requirements on clubs and requiring clubs to comply with heritage protections. This will require clubs to have a framework in place to regularly meet a representative group of fans to discuss key strategic matters at the club, and other issues of interest to supporters (including club heritage).
  • Require clubs to seek approval if they propose a sale or relocation of their home ground.
  • Prevent English clubs from joining breakaway or unlicensed leagues.
  • Introduce a backstop power to intervene in the distribution of broadcast revenue where necessary (subject to certain thresholds being met).
  • Establish a ‘Football Club Corporate Governance Code’. Clubs will be required to report on corporate governance, setting out how they are applying the code.

With all that, let us know on this poll and if you have any other thoughts comment below.

Are you supportive of the introduction of an Independent Regulator, and do you think it's something football needs?

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Yeovil’s final pre-season action at Huish Park saw them fall to a 3-1 defeat at the hands of League One Exeter City last night. An early gift for Sonny Cox allowed the former Glover loanee to put the Grecians 1-0 up after four minutes, giving Mark Cooper’s side an uphill struggle for the remainder of the evening.

Speaking to the club’s official YouTube channel, Cooper said: “[It was a] good workout for us. First 10-15 minutes we were really good with the ball [but we] gave a horrendous goal away which turned the game around.

“Exeter gave us a real test with the ball and the rotations were really good, so it was a tough evening for us, but that’s what we wanted. It’s no real benefit for us winning 5, 6 ,7-1 in the friendlies it’s about when we come up against real quality teams and League One players, that we have to make sure we’re organised. So, still lot still lots to ponder for us.”

Sonny Cox

Last season Sonny Cox scored a couple of important goals for the Glovers while on loan, before returning to make an impact for Exeter and it took him a few minutes to show what he’s capable of.  Cooper said: “It was just a rubbish goal to give away. We’re in control of the of the ball, a loose turnover and you know, Sonny Cox goes through and scores, does what he does really well and a great finish.

“That panicked us a little bit and we started turning the ball over far too much. That was the crux tonight, we turned the ball over far too much, and if you do that against teams that are two leagues higher than you, it’s going to be a long a long evening and it was. But for us, fitness is key at the moment, we’ve still got over three weeks so we’ve got a real good week next week to get stuck into the boys and get more stuff nailed down.”

The Glovers showed an improvement in the second half, with Frank Nouble grabbing a goal after a loose pass from an Exeter defender, and Dylan Morgan missing a penalty. The boss felt this was more down to Exeter making wholesale changes, though: “Yeah, but we have to be honest. Exeter put all their kids on the pitch, which gave us chance to get closer to them and you know, even then you saw their young boys were really good and scored a couple of goals. You know, I think they change and put nearly all kids on with half an hour to go, which gave us a chance to get closer to them which we did, obviously missed a penalty to make it even more interesting, but that’s just a good workout for us.”

There were spots on the bench for youth players Cody Koerner and Krystian Woods as well as a new left-sided defensive trialist that we believe is Brandon Haunstrup. There was no sign of Jacob Roddy who’s been involved in the first three pre-season matches. The boss admitted that he still feels the squad is a bit light: “We’re a couple of players short. We know that and we’re looking and seeing who’s available, who can we attract when we get to a position where we can move to bring somebody in.”

On the academy he added: “It’s important that we keep trying to push the young boys. We’re trying to get that sort of connection with the with the Academy that if they are good enough, there’s a realistic pathway for them and we put another couple on tonight.”

Yeovil travel to Farnborough next Saturday before visiting Buckland Athletic and Weston-super-Mare with the National League South opponents “the more useful test” of where the players are ahead of the National League kick off on the 10th August.


 

For the second time in just a few days, Yeovil Town fell short against EFL opposition as the Glovers lost 3-1 to Exeter City at Huish Park in front of a cracking crowd of over 2,500 – it wasn’t that long ago that would have been an impressive league attendance!

The Glovers found themselves 1-0 down at half time, thanks to a goal from former Huish Park loanee, Sonny Cox.

The second half was more of a goal fest, with Santino Ohanaka and Kieran Wilson notching for the Grecians, Frank Nouble did pull a goal back and Dylan Morgan saw a late penalty saved by the Exeter ‘Keeper Joe Whitworth.

Both Charlie Cooper and Frank Nouble picked up the lesser-spotted pre-season booking (it’s only a friendly, ref, chill out) and both ‘keepers were forced into more than a couple of good saves.

Gloverscast Ian was there at Huish Park, but was trying to keep a small child entertained so a full match report might not have been possible, but I’m sure we’ll chat about the game in full on the next podcast.

The general consensus from Gloverscast sources was that the second half was better than the first, Brett McGavin and Dylan Morgan both impressed from the bench and there more minutes for young Glovers Corey Koerner and Krystian Woods.


Here are a couple of headlines:

We have a new trialist, Brandon Haunstrup. Haunstrup, 27, was introduced in the 70th minute, predominantly a left back with SPL experience and played for Cambridge and Gateshead (loan) last season, his time with the U’s came to an end at the end of last season. 

We won a penalty (yay!). We missed a penalty (boo). Dylan Morgan missed the chance to get the Glovers back in the game with a spot kick, his effort was saved by the Exeter ‘keeper.

 

That’s Huish Park done until Hartlepool. Just the two friendlies were scheduled in for Huish Park this summer, with Farnborough (Sat 27th), Buckland (Tues 30th) and Weston super-Mare (Sat 3rd) all away from Somerset’s Premier football venue.


Yeovil Team:

Wright (Gould ’70), Smith (Williams ’45), Wannell (Stevens ’45), Cousin-Dawson, Whittle (Haunstrup ’70), Cooper (McGavin ’62), Lo-Everton, Worthington (Koerner ’70), Pearson (Morgan ’70), Nouble (Woods ’85), Jarvis (Greenslade ’70)

Pre season continues to roll and the Glovers take on more EFL opposition in the form of Exeter City.

Jordan Young missing out from the squad is the main headline from Mark Coopers’ line up.

There’s a new central defensive partnership to take a look at as Jake Wannell and Finn Cousin-Dawson team up at the heart of the back line.

Ollie Wright continues to start between the sticks, whilst there continues to be no space for Jordan Thomas who is yet to step out on to the pitch as a Glovers.

Jacob Shore, the youngster who started against Melksham hasn’t made the cut either after missing the last couple of games with a thigh problem.

Jordan Stevens remains with the squad.

The team in full (4-3-3ish… you know how it is)

 

Wright

Smith – Wannell – FCD – Whittle

Lo-Everton- Cooper – Worthington

Pearson- Nouble – Jarvis

The Bench… 

Everyone else, including two young lads, Corey Koerner and Krystian Woods.

There is also an unnamed trialist on the bench too. 

Tom Bailey is back with transfer round up of the National League, including Glovers corner…


Glovers’ Corner

Before we dive into the National League ins and outs, let’s look at the former Glovers that have moved about in the last couple of weeks. We may miss a few, so if any of you see any we may have missed, tag us on Facebook or Twitter (or X), or leave a comment below and we’ll add them in the next week’s round-up!

A handful of names for Yeovil fans to note this week. Two names that were with us in our EFL days are Tom Eaves and Kieffer Moore; the two forwards have established themselves within the EFL, with Moore finding his feet in the Premier League as well. Eaves has joined Northampton Town after 53 appearances for Rotherham United, while Moore has moved north, signing for Sheffield United.

A former youth player has also been on the move, as Toby Stephens moves from Paulton Rovers to Street. Finally, one of our infamous 2012/13 side has moved east, as Jamie McAllister moves to Brunei, joining DPMM FC in the Singapore Premier League as their new head coach. DPMM currently sit 5th out of 9 teams with 2 wins from their opening 7 games.

Jamie McAllister in action for Yeovil Town.
Picture courtesy of Mike Kunz.

 


All Transfers

AFC Fylde

One arrival and one returning face for AFC Fylde this week – Lincoln McFayden joins from Swansea City, after spending half of last season on loan at Cyrmu Premier side Penybont, and goalkeeper Chris Neal returns as part of the backroom staff.

Danny Philliskirk has wasted no time in finding a new home either, joining Southport in the National League North. Joe Rowley has also found a club in the NLN, signing with Scunthorpe United.

In

Joe Riley (Walsall)
Corey Whelan (Carlisle United)
Ethan Mitchell (Wigan Athletic)
Charlie Jolley (Tranmere Rovers)
Lincoln McFayden (Swansea City)

Out

Luke Conlan (Cliftonville)
Pierce Bird (Eastbourne Borough)
Sam Graham (unattached)
Danny Whitehead (Macclesfield)
Ashley Hunter (unattached)
Joe Rowley (Scunthorpe United)
Tom Walker (Radcliffe)
Chris Neal (AFC Fylde Staff)
Kieran Glynn (Scarborough Athletic)
Luke Charman (Hartlepool United)
Connor Barrett (Walsall)
Josh Kay (Oldham Athletic)
Danny Philliskirk (Southport)


Aldershot Town

One new signing for Aldershot this week, and it’s a trialist that’s been made a permanent addition. Lachlan Byrd joins on a one year deal, after playing for Welling United last season, the Australian won their Player of the Season award in 50 appearances.

A former player has found a new home as well, as Jasper Sheik makes the step into the EFL with Crawley Town.

In

Haydon Vaughan (Bracknell Town)
Pat Nash (Farnham Town)
Emmanuel Maja (Banbury United)
Marcus Dewhurst (Wealdstone)
Luke Jenkins (Chelmsford City)
Cameron Hargreaves (King’s Lynn Town)
Ryan Jones (Bristol Rovers)
Kai Corbett (Peterborough United)
Lachlan Byrd (Welling United)

Out

Ethan Burnett (unattached)
Stuart O’Keefe (Chatham Town)
Zain Walker (Welling United)
Tommy Willard (Worthing)
Alex MacAllister (Leatherhead)
Jasper Sheik (Crawley Town)
Finlay Westen (unattached)
Cian Harries (Woking)
Coby Rowe (unattached)
Mason Obeng (Walton & Hersham)
Lorent Tolaj (Port Vale)


Altrincham

Another quiet week for Altrincham.

In

Lucas Weaver (Colne)
Joe Nuttall (Oldham Athletic)
Tom Crawford (Hartlepool United)

Out

Joey Jones (Walton & Hersham)
Mitch Hancox (Chester)
Dior Angus (AFC Telford United)
George Burroughs (unattached)
Dan Mooney (Boston United)
Liam Brockbank (unattached)
Sam Roscoe (Linfield)
Chris Conn-Clarke (Peterborough United)
Matt Gould (Yeovil Town)

Matt Gould signing for Yeovil Town.

Barnet

Nothing new at Barnet this week on the transfer front.

In

Rhys Browne (Woking)
Jermaine Francis (Chelmsford City)
Nik Tavares (Dagenham & Redbridge)
Joe Grimwood (Braintree Town)
Finley Wilkinson (Hitchin Town)
Nick Hayes (Ipswich Town)
Joe Kizzi (Sutton United)
Joe Rye (Worthing)
Mark Shelton (Oldham Athletic)
Myles Kenlock (Ebbsfleet United)
Billy Clifford (Ebbsfleet United)
Anthony Hartigan (Mansfield Town)

Out

Ben Wynter (Woking)
Connor Stevens (Chesham United)
Dale Gorman (Woking)
Moussa Diarra (Eastbourne Borough)
Gary Hooper (unattached)
Courtney Senior (unattached)
Laurie Walker (Solihull Moors)
Sam Granville (Cheshunt)

Ex-Glover Dale Gorman is finally booked by referee Gary Parsons. Picture courtesy of Mike Kunz.

Boston United

Boston announced another signing in the last week, as Mitch Roberts steps back into the National League following relegation with Oxford City. On the departures side of things, Brad Nicholson has found a home at Scunthorpe United.

In

Frankie Maguire (Sheffield United)
Kieran Coates (Chester)
Dan Mooney (Altrincham)
Adam Marriott (Bromley)
Sam Osborne (Buxton)
Cameron Green (Welling United)
Tony Weston (Derby County)

Out

Kelsey Mooney (Accrington Stanley)
Michael Gyasi (Peterborough Sports)
Keziah Martin (Rushall Olympic)
Ethan Sephton (Alvechurch)
Sam Smart (Farnborough)
Jimmy Knowles (Accrington Stanley)
Sam Essien (Matlock Town)
Brad Nicholson (Scunthorpe United)


Braintree Town

A quiet week at Braintree…

In

Ryan Clampin (Eastleigh)
James Vennings (Bromley)
Kyrell Lisbie (Cray Valley Paper Mills)
George Langston (Eastleigh)
Marley Marshall-Miranda (Colchester United)
Inih Effiong (Dagenham & Redbridge)
Finlay Barnes (York City)
Jamal Fyfield (Boreham Wood)
Callum Powell (Southend United)
Chay Cooper (Colchester United)
Louis Lomas (unattached)
Louie Annesley (Dundalk)

Out

Joe Grimwood (Barnet)
Alfie Payne (St Albans City)
Gianni Crichlow (Hampton & Richmond Borough)
Jack Sims (Sutton United)
Lewis Miccio (St Albans City)
Baris Altintop (Larne)
Aaron Blair (Maidstone United)
Freddie Sears (unattached)
Jayden Smith (unattached)
Leon Davies (unattached)
Michael Brothers (retired)


Dagenham & Redbridge

And it’s also a quiet week at Dagenham & Redbridge.

In

Oscar Rutherford (Eastleigh)
Josh Umerah (Hartlepool United)
Trent Rendall (QPR)
Dion Pereira (Luton Town)
Reece Grego-Cox (Woking)
Dylan Stephenson (Newcastle United)
Paul Kalambayi (AFC Wimbledon)
Christian N’Guessan (Sutton United)
Harrison Day (Concord Rangers)

Out

Nik Tavares (Barnet)
Sydney Ibie (Hemel Hempstead Town)
Josh Hare (Boreham Wood)
Lewis Page (Ebbsfleet United)
David Longe-King (unattached)
Omar Mussa (unattached)
Rohan Matyar (unattached)
Inih Effiong (Braintree Town)
Elliott Johnson (Hednesford Town)

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

Eastleigh

No new incomings or outgoings for Eastleigh this week.

In

Luis Fernandez (Hampton & Richmond Borough)
Deji Sotona (Doncaster Rovers)
Angel Waruih (Brentford)
Tyrese Shade (Swindon Town)
Richard Brindley (Notts County)
Lloyd Humphries (Weston-super-mare)

Out

Brennan Camp (Dorking Wanderers)
Ryan Clampin (Braintree Town)
Aaron Martin (retired)
Ben Reeves (unattached)
George Langston (Braintree Town)
Oscar Rutherford (Dagenham & Redbridge)
Luka Chalwell (unattached)
Nigel Atangana (Havant & Waterlooville)
Aidan Barlow (Rochdale)
Enzio Boldewijn (Wealdstone)
Luke Croll (unattached)
Kaya Tshaka (Havant & Waterlooville)


Ebbsfleet United

Another new face for Ebbsfleet this week, as former Colchester United defender Tom Dallison signed on the dotted line, having made more than 150 EFL appearances in his career to date.

In

Jim Kellermann (Woking)
Lewis Page (Dagenham & Redbridge)
Louis John (Sutton United)
Tyler Cordner (York City)
Giles Phillips (Oxford City)
Wesley Fonguck (Southend United)
Jephte Tanga (Leyton Orient)
Tom Dallison (Colchester United)

Out

Chris Haigh (Worthing)
Matthias Fanimo (unattached)
Shaquile Coulthirst (Maidstone United)
Joe Martin (unattached)
Jordon Ibe (unattached)
Chris Solly (retired)
Hayden White (unattached)
Omari Sterling-White (unattached)
David Amoo (unattached)
Darren McQueen (Hornchurch)
Ouss Cisse (unattached)
Myles Kenlock (Barnet)
Billy Clifford (Barnet)


FC Halifax Town

Only the one outgoing to mention, as the already departed Jamie Stott was one of 15 signings announced at Morecambe midweek.

In

Tom Pugh (Scunthorpe United)
Will Smith (Harrogate Town)
Adam Alimi-Adetoro (Sheffield Wednesday)

Out

Luke Summerfield (Kidderminster Harriers)
Tom Scott (unattached)
Rob Harker (unattached)
Tom Wilson (King’s Lynn Town)
Jack Hunter (Hartlepool United)
Jamie Stott (Morecambe)
Tylor Golden (unattached)
Jordan Keane (unattached)


Forest Green Rovers

One new home for a former player, as David Davis signed with Kidderminster Harriers in the National League North.

In

Liam Sercombe (Cheltenham Town)
Sean Long (Cheltenham Town)
Ben Tozer (Wrexham)
Tom Knowles (Walsall)
Adam May (Cambridge United)

Out

Matty Stevens (AFC Wimbledon)
Dominic Bernard (unattached)
Richard Keogh (retired)
Finn Bell (unattached)
Jack Carter (unattached)
Nathan Holland (unattached)
Darnell Johnson (unattached)
Jordon Garrick (unattached)
Sean Robertson (unattached)
Alex Gorrin (unattached)
Fankaty Dabo (unattached)
David Davis (Kidderminster Harriers)
Reece Brown (unattached)
Luke Daniels (unattached)
Murphy Bennett (unattached)
Amadou Bakayoko (unattached)

Tom Knowles.

Gateshead

Nothing going on for Gateshead this week.

In

Owen Oseni (Derby County)
Fenton John (Middlesbrough)
Jamie Bramwell (Grimsby Town)
Tiernan Brooks (Notts County)
Will McGowan (Blyth Spartans)

Out

Lirak Hasani (Torquay United)
Joe Cook (Worthing)
Connor McBride (Rochdale)
Lewis Knight (unattached)
James Montgomery (unattached)
Jordan Hunter (Chester)
Ed Francis (Exeter City)
Marcus Dinanga (Bromley)


Hartlepool United

A new face for our opening day opponents, as midfielder Greg Sloggett made the move north from Cheltenham Town after just two appearances in three months.

In

Luke Charman (AFC Fylde)
Jack Hunter (FC Halifax Town)
Nathan Sheron (Oldham Athletic)
Adam Campbell (Crawley Town)
Greg Sloggett (Cheltenham Town)

Out

Josh Umerah (Dagenham & Redbridge)
Jake Hastie (Ayr United)
Brody Paterson (Kelty Hearts)
Edon Pruti (unattached)
Alex Lacey (unattached)
Callum Cooke (unattached)
Tom Crawford (Altrincham)
Mikael Ndjoli (unattached)
Chris Wreh (unattached)


Maidenhead United

No news on Maidenhead transfers this week either.

In

Tyrese Dyce (Slough Town)
Ruben Carvalho (Wingate & Finchley)
Joseph Ajose (QPR)
Nathan Ferguson (Wealdstone)
Zac Bell (Bristol City)

Out

Ashley Nathaniel-George (York City)
Charlee Adams (Hornchurch)
Daniel Jinadu (unattached)
Lewis Kinsella (retired)
David Omilabu (unattached)
Harry Parsons (Chippenham Town)
Sam Beckwith (Rochdale)
Zico Asare (Harrogate Town)


Oldham Athletic

Hallam Hope was one of the 15 signings for Morecambe midweek, as well as Ben Tollitt.

In

Reagan Ogle (Scunthorpe United)
Josh Kay (AFC Fylde)
Manny Monthe (Northampton Town)
Harry Charsley (Newport County)
Jesurun Uchegbulam (Rochdale)

Out

Benny Couto (unattached)
Llyton Chapman (unattached)
Frazer Cookson (unattached)
Brennan Dickinson (Queen of the South)
Devarn Green (unattached)
Dan Gardner (unattached)
Hallam Hope (Morecambe)
Oliver Kilner (unattached)
Dan Langley (Morpeth Town)
Harrison McGahey (The New Saints)
Jake Forshaw (unattached)
Ben Tollitt (Morecambe)
Jordan Windass (Clitheroe)
Mark Shelton (Barnet)
Joe Nuttall (Altrincham)
Nathan Sheron (Hartlepool United)
Dan Ward (South Shields)


Rochdale

Another new signing for Rochdale, and it’s a loan – Luke McNicholas joins the goalkeeping options on a season-long deal from Wrexham.

More Morecambe additions from the National League, as Max Taylor makes the step up to the EFL with the Shrimps.

In

Connor McBride (Gateshead)
Tobi Adebayo-Rowling (Notts County)
Finlay Armstrong (Fleetwood Town)
Tarryn Allarakhia (Wealdstone)
Aidan Barlow (Eastleigh)
Sam Beckwith (Maidenhead United)
Aaron Henry (Charlton Athletic)

Out

Adam Clayton (unattached)
Tyrese Sinclair (York City)
Michael Afuye (Curzon Ashton)
Max Taylor (Morecambe)
George Nevett (Peterborough United)
Cameron John (unattached)
Jesurun Uchegbulam (Oldham Athletic)
Jimmy Keohane (Galway United)


Solihull Moors

Much quieter week on the Moors this week.

In

Sam Bowen (Newport County)
Laurie Walker (Barnet)
Finley Holmes (Studley)
Olly Tipton (Wolves)
Bradley Stevenson (Billericay Town)
James Gale (Mansfield Town)

Out

Joe Sbarra (Doncaster Rovers)
Richard Stearman (Solihull Moors Staff)
Max Brogan (Scunthorpe United)
Jack Myatt (unattached)
Harry Chesterton (unattached)
Luke Carsley (unattached)
Finn Barker (unattached)
Leo Wood (unattached)
Taylor Eades (unattached)
Ashton DeMulder (unattached)
Callum Maycock (AFC Wimbledon)
Connor Hall (Brackley Town)


Southend United

Things have quietened back down at Roots Hall, with no new incomings or outgoings this week.

In

Josh Walker (Burton Albion)
Joe Gubbins (QPR)

Out

Callum Powell (Braintree Town)
Wesley Fonguck (Ebbsfleet United)
David Martin (Ipswich Town)


Sutton United

In an unusual turn of events, there have been no new arrivals at Sutton this week! There is a new home for a former player though, as Tope Fadahunsi has signed for Kosovo based side FC Prishtina.

In

Dillon De Silva (Wealdstone)
Siju Odelusi (Aveley)
Eduino Vaz (Aveley)
Jayden Harris (Carlisle United)
Jack Sims (Braintree Town)
Nana Boateng (Millwall)
Tyler French (Dundee)
Matt Rush (Maidstone United)
Jeremy Sivi (Middlesbrough)
Will Davies (York City)
Lewis Simper (Cambridge United)
Jack Wadham (Bournemouth)
Harry Ransom (Crawley Town)
Hayden Muller (Dundalk)

Out

Harry Beautyman (Woking)
Joe Kizzi (Barnet)
Craig Eastmond (Wealdstone)
Rob Milsom (unattached)
Jonathan Barden (unattached)
Lee Angol (unattached)
Tope Fadahunsi (FC Prishtina)
Brad House (unattached)
Scott Kashket (unattached)
Deon Moore (unattached)
Christian N’Guessan (Dagenham & Redbridge)
Craig Dundas (unattached)
Tobi Ogundega (unattached)
Oliver Khinda (Merstham)
Harry Smith (Swindon Town)
Omari Patrick (unattached)
Louis John (Ebbsfleet United)
Craig Clay (unattached)
Sam Hart (Port Vale)
Ben Goodliffe (Colchester United)
Omar Sowunmi (Bromley)


Tamworth

Nothing new at The Lamb Ground this week.

In

Kai Lissimore (Kidderminster Harriers)
Tom McGlinchey (Coalville Town)
Kennedy Digie (Alfreton Town)
Miracle Okafor (Halesowen Town)
Alex Fletcher (Rushall Olympic)
Haydn Hollis (Dorking Wanderers)

Out

Callum Reilly (unattached)
Brad Gascoigne (unattached)
Alex Jones (Stourbridge)
Lindon Meikle (Ilkeston Town)
Dempsey Arlott-John (Rushall Olympic)


Wealdstone

Another quiet week at Wealdstone too.

In

Deon Woodman (QPR)
Enzio Boldewijn (Eastleigh)
Archie Matthews (Swansea City)
Elliot Simmons (Vancouver FC)
Sam Ashford (Cliftonville)
Todd Miller (Bromley)
Adrian Mariappa (Salford City)
Craig Eastmond (Sutton United)

Out

Dillon De Silva (Sutton United)
Jaiden Bartolo (Wycombe Wanderers)
Nathan Ferguson (Maidenhead United)
Marcus Dewhurst (Aldershot Town)
Corie Andrews (unattached)
Manny Duku (unattached)
Tarryn Allarakhia (Rochdale)
Charlie Baker (Crawley Town)


Woking

Just the one new home for a former player, as Alexis Andre Jr joins Maidstone United following his termination of his contract in April.

In

Harry Beautyman (Sutton United)
Ben Wynter (Barnet)
Cian Harries (Aldershot)
Jacob Jones (Cove Rangers)
Dale Gorman (Barnet)
Timi Odusina (Bradford City)
Max Dyche (Northampton Town)

Out

Jim Kellermann (Ebbsfleet United)
Alexis Andre Jr. (Maidstone United)
Charlie Wakefield (unattached)
Ricky Korboa (Livingston)
Rhys Browne (Barnet)
Alfie Pavey (Eastbourne Borough)
Luke Wilkinson (Salisbury)
Sam Habergham (unattached)
Paul Osew (unattached)
Emmanuel Oyeleke (Farnborough)
Alan Judge (unattached)
Greg Taylor (King’s Lynn Town)
Robbie Willmott (unattached)
Josh Casey (Farnborough)
Scott Cuthbert (retired)
Reece Grego-Cox (Dagenham & Redbridge)
Curtis Edwards (Notts County)


Yeovil Town

Another quiet week on the transfer front for us this week.

In

Harvey Greenslade (Bristol Rovers)
Brett McGavin (Torquay United)
Finn Cousin-Dawson (Bradford City)
Jordan Thomas (Hampton & Richmond Borough)
Aaron Jarvis (Torquay United)
Ollie Wright (Southampton)
Matt Gould (Altrincham)

Out

Rhys Murphy (Dorking Wanderers)
Jordan Stevens (unattached)
Josh Owers (AFC Totton)
Malachi Linton (W*ymouth)
Alex Fisher (unattached)
Jake Hyde (Chelmsford City)
Ollie Haste (unattached)
Will Dawes (Chippenham Town)
Benjani Jr. (unattached)
Charlie Bateson (Shepton Mallet)


York City

One new face for York fans, as Ricky Aguiar steps down from League Two side Swindon Town to join his former manager from Worthing (Aguiar was on loan at the Sussex side last season) at the LNER Community Stadium.

A single outgoing to mention too, as winger Maziar Kouhyar joins Kidderminster Harriers on a season long loan.

In

Harrison Male (Dorking Wanderers)
Ollie Pearce (Worthing)
Joe Felix (Worthing)
Ashley Nathaniel-George (Maidenhead United)
Tyrese Sinclair (Rochdale)
Alex Hunt (Grimsby Town)
Darragh O’Connor (Greenock Morton)
Ricky Aguiar (Swindon Town)

Out

Michael Duckworth (Scarborough Athletic)
Scott Barrow (Darlington)
Scott Burgess (unattached)
Kai Kennedy (Queen of the South)
Quévin Castro (unattached)
Finlay Barnes (Braintree Town)
Sam Sanders (Truro City)
Will Davies (Sutton United)
Tyler Cordner (Ebbsfleet United)
Maison Campbell (Scunthorpe United)
Adam Woodyard (Colchester United)
Maziar Kouhyar (Kidderminster Harriers)

Yeovil Town boss Mark Cooper admitted the 3-0 home defeat to League One side Bristol Rovers was “a reality check” for his side after two impressive wins at the start of their pre-season campaign.

The Glovers were punished for sloppy defending – and a slice of dodgy refereeing, isn’t there always? – as goals from the visitors’ Scott Sinclair, Kofi Shaw and Luke McCormick sealed a comfortable win in front of a crowd of 1,715 for the opening friendly at Huish Park this summer.

The boss had seen his side cruise to consecutive 5-1 wins at lower league Melksham Town and Frome Town in their two opening friendlies and he admitted they had been beaten by “a good team” in Bristol Rovers.

Asked if he thought there were lessons to be learnt from the match, he told the club’s official YouTube channel: “For sure. I thought we were really good for 25 minutes without actually threatening their goal, we were composed and competent with the ball but did not get our attacking play going.

We obviously conceded a sloppy goal and then the second one was a joke from the referee (James Durkin of Portland, near W*ymouth). There were two fouls and that (second goal) killed the game for me and it was a bit of a downer for us. We go in at half-time 2-0 down when there’s no been a lot in the game.

I thought Bristol Rovers were really good, after 20 or 25 minutes they stepped on to us with a full press and made it difficult for us to get out.

They changed and went really aggressive, stepped on to us and that is when we have to realise the space is behind them, not in front of them and we did not recognise that quick enough which led to us being a goal down and then two goals down.

Substitutes, lots of substitutes after 61 minutes of the friendly with Bristol Rovers. Picture courtesy of Debs Curtis.

However, the boss said he would not lose too much sleep over his side’s performance recognising that they are only three matches in to their pre-season preparations with League One Exeter City the next visitors to Huish Park on Friday night.

Cooper added: “It is pre-season, this is where we get our sharpness and everything fine tuned, that is what pre-season is about. We are not going to get too downbeat, we know where we are and what we have got to do.

After the Melksham and Frome games we were going to win the league, so it’s just a reality check for everyone, the players included, that we have work to do.”

There was a 60-minute appearance for new signings striker Aaron Jarvis along with a number of first-team regulars in last season’s National League South title-winning side. Fellow new signings midfielder Brett McGavin played 80 minutes and former Rovers’ striker Harvey Greenslade, defender Jake Wannell and goalkeeper Ollie Wright all got 90-minute run-outs.

But Cooper was quick to point out that he expected to give those who did not get so much game time more minutes against Exeter.

He said: “We are just trying to manage everyone’s minutes. There are some that are a little bit in front of others fitness-wise, so we are trying to make sure that we are not pushing some too hard that have got the odd niggle or and pushing some harder that we think need to do a bit more.

It will be a bit different (against Exeter City) on Friday, some of the boys that played 30 or 35 minutes tonight will play longer on Friday. There is nothing to be read in to the team selection at the moment.

Full-back Jacob Roddy, who is on trial at Huish Park. Picture courtesy of Mark Kelly.

Trialist full-back Jacob Roddy, who was released from Charlton Athletic in the summer, was one of those who appeared on the 61-minute mark alongside Jordan Stevens, who released by the club in the summer having been unable to hold down a place in the side due to injury problems.

Cooper said after the match that he was not “in a position to do anything” about adding them to the squad at the moment, but he was happy to be able to take a look at both players whilst they are joining the squad for pre-season.

He said: “Being on trial is really difficult, they have acquitted themselves well in to the group, but we are a couple of players short and I don’t think at the moment we are in a position to do anything. But when we are, we have two players there that we have had a good look at.

There was no place in the squad for full-back Jordan Thomas, a summer signing from Hampton & Richmond, who was an unused substitute in the win at Frome Town on Saturday. There was also no place for goalkeeper Will Buse or playmaker Jordan Maguire-Drew who are both under contract for the coming season but have uncertain futures having not been assigned a squad number.

Yeovil Town fell to a 3-0 defeat at the hands of  League One side Bristol Rovers in their first pre-season friendly at Huish Park in front of a crowd of 1,715 on Tuesday evening.

The visitors took the lead through an impressive finish from veteran Scott Sinclair before defensive sloppiness and some friendly refereeing from W*ymouth resident James Durkin gifted substitute Kofi Shaw a second right before half-time.

Another defensive mistake – a rare one from Morgan Williams – allowed Luke McCormick in to make it 3-0 just before the hour mark and that signalled the traditional flurry of substitutions we expect from pre-season, including the arrival of trialist Jacob Roddy and another appearance of Jordan Stevens.

One of the changes, last season’s top-scorer Jordan Young, put in a lively performance in his 30-minute run-out but in fairness Rovers looked every inch their status two divisions above Yeovil.

 

First half

The opening 15 minutes was a fairly tame affair with some good spells of possession from Yeovil and Dylan Morgan looking to be creative from his wide position.

The first shooting opportunity fell to Glovers’ captain Matt Worthington who dragged shot wide after 20 minutes. That was probably about it for somewhere near the goal mouth action in the opening exchanges.

But, it was the visitors who took the lead on 28 minutes through a moment of magic from Scott SINCLAIR, whose CV includes Manchester City, Chelsea and Manchester City. A good move down the right involving Joel Senior saw him lay a ball back to the 35-year-old who put his shot in to the top corner in front of the Thatcher’s Gold Stand. 

Immediately after taking the lead, Rovers made a change with experienced striker Chris Martin replaced by youngster Kofi Shaw.

On 32 minutes, a loose bit of play by Jake Wannell gifted the ball to Issac Hutchinson and good defending by Morgan Williams who did well to see it out for a corner. The resulting flag-kick from Hutchinson was fizzed in with venom but no-one in a grey shirt (yes, Rovers are in grey) could get a touch.

Ollie Wright is a big lad. Picture courtesy of Nick May.

The goal saw the visitors step up a gear and with ten minutes of the half remaining Bilongo released Luke McCormick whose impressive ball was aimed at Senior but was just too high.

Aaron Jarvis had a header in to the hands of Rovers’ keeper Griffiths on 38 minutes, but a minute before half-time Rovers doubled their advantage. Following sloppy defending from the Yeovil defence, Michael Smith got caught on the ball but appeared to be fouled before substitute Kofi SHAW broke away and fired home from a tight angle.

Ever been to a pre-season friendly where the referee is booed off at half-time? If you were at Huish Park tonight, you have. Referee is James Durkin…….from Portland…….that’s near W*ymouth, by the way. Just putting that out there.

Even the Bristol Live reporter thought it was a bit suspect…..

Half time: Yeovil Town 0 Bristol Rovers 2

 

Second half

There were no changes at the break and it was the visitors who had the first opportunity as Senior got his head on to a Bilongo cross, but it was straight at Ollie Wright.

Shaw fired one over on 57 minutes and then Yeovil proved the architects of their own downfall, Morgan Williams gave possession away cheaply to Luke McCORMICK and he fired in a third.

The first meaningful action from Rovers’ keeper Griffiths came on the hour mark. Smith and Jarvis linked up to play the ball through to Worthington whose effort was saved by the boot of the visiting stopper.

That led to a flurry of changes for both sides with the Yeovil changes being the departures of Alex Whittle, Morgan Williams, Matt Worthington, Aaron Jarvis, Dylan Morgan and Charlie Cooper, who were replaced by Finn Cousin-Dawson, Sam Pearson (who was ‘welcomed’ as an ex-Bristol City player by the visiting fans), Frank Nouble, Jordan Young, Jordan Stevens, Sonny Blu Lo-Everton and trialist Jacob Roddy.

There were changes for Rovers as well. Lots of them.

There’s the Bristol Rovers changes, if you care.

The changes had an immediate impact with Young and Nouble combining, but the big striker’s ball in to the box was easily cleared after 64 minutes before Wright did well to get down to well to pull off a smart save from one of the visitors’ substitutes Ollie Dewsbury.

Five minutes later good harrying from Young, who has looked lively since coming on, who then picked out Greenslade who was fouled. Set piece specialists Young and Brett McGavin stood over it, but it was Young who took it straight in to the defensive wall.

Jordan Stevens showed some of the blistering pace we know he has shortly after and, whilst his efforts did not lead to anything meaningful, it showed what we all know he is capable of.

With ten minutes later, Under-18s full-back Corey Koerner replaced Brett McGavin.

With a minute of normal time remaining, Rovers had a good opportunity to make it four. Finn Cousin-Dawson gave away possession to Dewsbury  and Lo-Everton busted a lung to get back and help out Wright to get it away for a corner. Sloppy again from Yeovil at the back and they have been punished by a side two divisions higher than them.

Next up it is more League One opposition in the form of Exeter City who visit Huish Park on Friday night.

Picture courtesy of Debs Curtis.

Full time: Yeovil Town 0 Bristol Rovers 3

Yeovil Town (4-2-3-1): Ollie Wright, Michael Smith (for Jordan Stevens, 61), Alex Whittle (for Jacob Roddy, 61), Jake Wannell, Morgan Williams (for Finn Cousin-Dawson, 61), Charlie Cooper (for Jordan Young, 61), Brett McGavin (for Corey Koerner, 80),  Dylan Morgan (for Sam Pearson, 61), Matt Worthington (for Sonny Blu Lo-Everton, 61), Harvey Greenslade, Aaron Jarvis (for Frank Nouble, 61). 

Substitutes (not used): Matt Gould..

Bristol Rovers (3-4-3): Josh Griffiths, Taylor Moore, Mola, Michael Forbes, Joel Senior, Isaac Hutchinson, Kamil Conteh, Bryant Bilongo, Scott Sinclair, Chris Martin, Luke McCormick.

Substitutes: Jed Ward, Jack Hunt, James Wilson, Dan Ellison, Brooklyn Leipus, Kofi Shaw, Jerry Lawrence, Luke Thomas, Jevan Brown, Ollie Dewsbury, Trialist.

Goals: Scott Sinclair 28 (0-1), Kofi Shaw 44 (0-2), Luke McCormick 57 (0-3)

Attendance: 1,715 (222 away supporters)
Referee: James Durkin (Portland, Dorset)

Yeovil Town have named a strong starting XI for the visit of League One side Bristol Rovers for the first pre-season friendly at Huish Park this summer (7pm kick-off).

Former Rovers’ academy product Harvey Greenslade, who arrived in Somerset following his release from the Memorial Stadium, starts alongside Dylan Morgan who impressed in the 5-1 win at Frome Town on Saturday with former Rovers’ youngster.

There is a familiar look to the Glovers’ defence with a back four of Michael SmithAlex WhittleJake Wannell and Morgan Williams, who played the majority of last season’s title-winning National League South campaign, in front of on-loan Southampton goalkeeper Ollie Wright.

On the bench, there is a place for a trialist former Charlton Athletic youngster Jacob Roddy and Jordan Stevens, who has appeared in the 5-1 wins over Melksham Town and Frome as he continues to build his fitness and looks to impress manager Mark Cooper.

There’s no place for summer signing, full-back Jordan Thomas, who was the only unused substitute at Frome Town at the weekend.

Yeovil Town (4-2-3-1): Ollie Wright, Michael Smith, Alex Whittle, Jake Wannell, Morgan Williams, Charlie Cooper, Matt Worthington, Dylan Morgan, Brett McGavin, Harvey Greenslade, Aaron Jarvis.  Substitutes: Matt Gould, Finn Cousin-Dawson, Sam Pearson, Frank Nouble, Jordan Young, Jordan Stevens, Sonny Blu Lo-Everton, Jacob Roddy, Corey Koerner.

Bristol Rovers (3-4-3): Josh Griffiths, Taylor Moore, Mola, Michael Forbes, Joel Senior, Isaac Hutchinson, Kamil Conteh, Bryant Bilongo, Scott Sinclair, Chris Martin, Luke McCormick. Substitutes: Jed Ward, Jack Hunt, James Wilson, Dan Ellison, Brooklyn Leipus, Kofi Shaw, Jerry Lawrence, Luke Thomas, Jevan Brown, Ollie Dewsbury, Trialist.

Yeovil Town picked up another comfortable victory as an impressive first half display saw them sweep aside Frome Town in their second pre-season friendly at Badgers’ Hill on Saturday.

Winger Dylan Morgan was the star of the show for the Glovers in the opening 45 minutes and he opened the scoring direct from a corner on 15 minutes before Sam Pearson, Harvey Greenslade and then Morgan again capped a convincing display with a 4-0 scoreline at half-time.

The start second half saw eight changes made by manager Mark Cooper, who introduced youngsters Corey Koerner and Josh Ansell later in the half, and was a more even affair.

Ross Staley reduced the arrears from the penalty spot after a foul from Finn Cousin-Dawson on 77 minutes before a late header from Aaron Jarvis completed the second 5-1 win over Yeovil after winning by the same scoreline at Melksham Town on Tuesday night.

Cooper replaced his entire starting XI over the course of the game with trialist Jacob Roddy substituted at half-time before returning to the fray on 70 minutes. Only new signing full-back Jordan Thomas, who did not feature in midweek, was not used off the bench.

First half

The early chances fell to the visitors with Dylan Morgan at the heart of everything shooting over the bar after six minutes and then seeing his corner headed over by Morgan Williams soon after.

Frome’s first chance fell to midfielder Sam Teale who headed over from a corner on ten minutes, but it was Yeovil who took the lead on 15 minutes when a corner from MORGAN went straight in perhaps with a bit of help from Robins’ keeper Kyle Phillips.

Dylan Morgan was at the heart of Yeovil’s impressive first half display.
📸 Gary Brown

Morgan was in the thick of it again soon after when his free-kick was punched by Phillips as far as Matt Worthington whose shot was easily dealt with by the keeper, and he continued a virtuous start to the game by setting up the Glovers’ second. A superb pass picked out Sam PEARSON after 20 minutes and the young Welshman burst forward to fire home the second.

On 38 minutes, Jayden Nielsen beats Roddy down the right and drilled a low effort towards the near post that was turned aside for a corner, and five minutes later Harvey GREENSLADE made it 3-0. The summer signing pounced on a mistake from Frome, moved forward and rolled it in to the net.

Then, with a minute of the first half remaining, Morgan tried his luck from a corner again, but this time Phillips was able to push it out as far as Worthington whose shot was blocked. But, a minute later, a beautifully worked move involving Greenslade and MORGAN saw the latter collect a pass and roll the curl in a sumptuous effort.

Half time: Frome Town 0 Yeovil Town 4

 

Second half

Manager Mark Cooper made eight changes at half-time with goalkeeper coach Matt Gould replacing Ollie Wright between the posts. The other arrivals were Alex Whittle, Finn Cousin-Dawson, Aaron Jarvis, Jordan Young, Brett McGavin, Jordan Stevens and Charlie Cooper, replacing Jake Wannell, Worthington, Frank Nouble, Sonny Blu Lo-Everton, trialist Jacob Roddy, Michael Smith and Harvey Greenslade.

Within four minutes of his arrival, Young had an effort saved by Phillips before Pearson came close to adding in a fifth only to see it blocked on the line. The Frome keeper was in action again on 59 minutes as Pearson found Jarvis who made contact with the ball but Phillips did well to deny him, taking a knock in the process.

On 70 minutes, Pearson and Morgan were replaced by Roddy, who manager Cooper presumably wanted to see more from, and Under-18s full-back Corey Koerner.

Phillips denied Jarvis on 72 minutes and then denied Young moments later. The keeper is definitely playing his part in keeping the scoreline respectable and when Cousin-Dawson swept the legs out from under a Frome attacker, the home side were awarded a penalty. Former Bristol Rovers’ youngster Ross STALEY converted it nicely past Gould, who guessed the right way but could not quite get it.

That was unfortunate for Cousin-Dawson who otherwise turned in a solid performance, in particular looking comfortable on the ball.

Jarvis and Whittle were the next to have a go at the Frome goal without any joy for Yeovil, who were kept quieter by their hosts who improved considerably in the second half.

With 79 minutes gone, Under-18s central defender Josh Ansell replaced Morgan Williams in the heart of defence before Charlie Cooper tried an audacious effort from the halfway line which went well wide of goal.

It was left to Aaron JARVIS to complete the scoring with just two minutes of the match remaining when great play from Alex Whittle gave the striker the chance to  challenge Phillips and he headed home his second of pre-season

It was a job was done in the first half with a great performance, before a more even second half capped by the late fifth goal.

Next up will be a sterner test for the Glovers in the former of League One Bristol Rovers who travel to Huish Park on Tuesday night.

Full time: Frome Town 1 Yeovil Town 5

Yeovil Town (4-3-2-1): Ollie Wright (for Matt Gould, 46), Michael Smith (for Alex Whittle, 46), Morgan Williams (for Josh Ansell, 79), Jake Wannell (for Finn Cousin-Dawson, 46), Jacob Roddy (for Jordan Stevens, 46), Matt Worthington (for Brett McGavin, 46), Sonny Blu Lo-Everton (for Charlie Cooper, 46), Sam Pearson (for Jacob Roddy, 70), Frank Nouble, Dylan Morgan (for Corey Koerner, 70), Frank Nouble (for Jordan Young, 46), Dylan Morgan, Harvey Greenslade (for Aaron Jarvis, 46).

Substitutes (not used): Jordan Thomas.

Goals: Dylan Morgan 15 (1-0), Sam Pearson 20 (2-0), Harvey Greenslade 43 (3-0), Dylan Morgan 45 (4-0), Ross Staley pen 75 (4-1), Aaron Jarvis 88 (5-1).