Latest Yeovil Town News (Page 2)

Max Evans. 📸 Mike Kunz.

Yeovil Town’s final day victory over Altrincham saw two young Glovers make their first league starts, Ollie Haste played the final few moments but it was Max Evans who put in a cracking performance on debut to keep a clean sheet in goal.

When talking to BBC Somerset’s Sheridan Robins he said he was delighted with his first league start.

“I enjoyed it, it was good to get the number 1 down.”

“(The clean sheet) was the main thing, helped the boys out, they helped me out many times, it was a good start.”

He thanked the experienced members of the squad, name checking Mark Little and Josh Staunton for their contributions during the game even if he wasn’t expecting to get his debut under the Glovers’ stand in player manager.

“I had a chat with him (Staunton), he was happy for me to get the game which was nice…

“… me and Grant (Smith) get along really well, it’s been a really good season, my first full season in men’s football, it’s been really good and I can’t wait to have many more hopefully.”

One Man of the Match performance in the bag for Max, here’s to many more.

Morgan Williams. Picture courtesy of Mike Kunz.

Yeovil Town defender and two time Glovie award winner Morgan Williams spoke exclusively to the Gloverscast following the conclusion of the 2021/22 season.

After bowing out on the final day with a win and a clean sheet, he said he was delighted for interim-caretaker-player-manager Josh Staunton and the group as a whole.

We’ve always wanted to come out and perform for the fans, they’ve travelled for four or five hours and it was beautiful to finish off with (a win) today

The Glovers had a makeshift back line with young ‘keeper Max Evans making his debut, and keeping a clean sheet.

It was lovely, today was all about putting the effort it, and for Evans it was massive for him… it’s his league debut, it was massive for him to keep a clean sheet and the back four was solid”

There was more praise for Staunton two who helped galvanise a patched up side to get the win.

“We’ve all respected him and he respected us, and he gave us the confidence and believe that Chazza (Charlie Lee) did before… Staunts has been class all season on and off the pitch”

As for Williams himself, he can look forward to next season with a full campaign under his belt in a season he calls ‘fantastic‘ from a personal point of view.

Morgan Williams. 📸 Mike Kunz.

We asked him about being told he was at left back for the win over Wrexham away and he had a message for the fans after picking up not one, but two end of season Glovies, but you’ll have to tune into Friday’s edition of the Gloverscast to hear the full conversation.

You can find the Gloverscast on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google Podcasts or wherever you get your audio on demand.

 

Terry Skiverton

Yeovil Town legend Terry Skiverton has joined AFC Wimbledon as Jonnie Jackson’s assistant manager.

Wimbledon have been hunting for a new manager and announced Jackson would be in charge for the 2022/23 season  on Monday confirming Skivo would join him at Plough Lane.

Skiverton left Yeovil have 20-plus years to join Jackson at Charlton earlier in 2022 before they were both removed from their roles before the end of the campaign.

 

 

Yeovil Town’s on loan midfielder Sonny Blu Lo-Everton has been named in the official Vanarama team of the week for the final game of the season.

Lo-Everton played the vast majority of a 1-0 win over Altrincham to end his season-long stay with the Glovers from Watford.

Congratulations to Sonny and thanks for your time at Huish Park.

The National League’s final team of the week

According to an exclusive on Bristol Live, Chris Hargreaves is set to be appointed as the new manager of Yeovil Town in the next 24 hours.

The article says that Hargreaves left his academy manager role at Bristol Rovers in February to pursue a new challenge at a first team level and all the signs are that he will take the short trip down the A37/M5 to take over at Huish Park.

Hargreaves last first team managerial role was at Torquay in 2014-15 although he has remained in coaching at a youth level. You’ll also recognise him from BT Sport’s coverage of the National League.

Saturday was a brilliant day. Today’s episode features the conversations with people we were able to speak to, who were all so happy to be back at Huish Park and be involved in raising money for a wonderful cause.

Gary Johnson’s Yeovil Legends XI came from 3-0 down to draw 3-3 thanks to a strike from Kevin Gall, a Terry Skiverton penalty (awarded by Trevor Kettle!!!) and a late, emotional equaliser from Adam Stansfield’s son, Taylor.

Thank you Abby Carter and Kevin Gall for allowing us to be a part of the day, speak to a few of the legends involved and most importantly raise money for The Adam Stansfield Foundation.

Yeovil huddle before Altrincham

…and breathe.

The 2021/22 season has come to an end. 44 league games, an FA Cup run, and a Somerset Premier Cup victory has made the campaign far from dull despite the 12th place finish. The final game saw an injury ravaged squad squeeze out a 1-0 win over fellow mid-tablers Altrincham. Debuts for Ollie Haste and Max Evans rightly took the post match headlines, but I wanted to highlight two other performances.

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

I gave Sonny Blu Lo Everton my man of the match on the radio. He was fantastic in the first half, and gave us a glimpse into what we would have loved to have seen more of through the whole season. He glided effortlessly with the ball, had shots, a relaxed game brought out the best in him, how desperately we could have done with that on a more regular basis. His career lies higher than the National League and he’ll go onto good things, I’m sure.

Morgan Williams. Picture courtesy of Mike Kunz.

Much was made out of Morgan Williams’ controversial Glovies wins (by Ian mostly), but as one of those certain to be there on Day 1 of pre season next year, I for one am chuffed. He played centre half, he’s played left back, right wing back and for his first proper season adapted to all of them with ease. If he wants to show of the leadership and seniority he showed alongside Jack Robinson and in front of Max Evans that is absolutely fine by me. We’ve got a good one in Morgan Williams, that’s for sure.

184 Yeovil fans made the trip to Altrincham, maybe take a few off for some easy geography, but that is an incredible level of support. I wouldn’t have blamed any supporter for saying no thanks, for starting their summers early and listening on the radio, but so many felt like they needed to be there. To say goodbye? To say thanks? Because that’s just what weekends are for? I’m not sure, but whoever is on that press release as our new manager has a truly brilliant fan base to get on board with. I hope they harness the spirit of the 184, I hope they see the passion and support of the 1900+ at the Legends game and use that to their advantage, give us something to cheer and we are there ready to be on your side.

I have to mention Josh Staunton don’t I? Last summer he told us that last season he thought he might not kick a ball ever again. He did, he became an integral part of the side, then Charlie Lee’s right hand man, then… almost inexplicably, Manager. Find me a Yeovil fan who doesn’t think we should extend his contract? Find me a Yeovil fan who thinks he isn’t the person to build a side around next year? I’ve written in depth before about how I feel he’s the most important player we’ve had since Skivo, well, he became our first player-manager since the Glovers legend took over from Russell Slade. He deserves the upmost respect and a damn good contract.

So, I don’t like to address rumours, but there were murmurs of some players not being in the best frame of mind before the game and there were a number of absentees. I’ll say only one thing… if there’s any player that doesn’t want to be here, they’re absolutely fine to leave. It takes a special type of player to play for Yeovil Town, you have to show the commitment that 184 fans showed today, if you’re not willing to do that, despite all that’s gone on, you know where the door is. For what it’s worth, in every little snippet of conversation I’ve had with people, every game I’ve watched, every interview I’ve transcribed this season I’ve never doubted any squad member’s commitment, I just hope it’s still there at the same level next season.

It won’t exactly be a quiet week for Glovers fans, or a quiet summer for that matter, but I hope YTFC supporters can enjoy their summers. It’ll be time to play ‘Guess the Trialist‘ soon.

Venue: Moss Lane
Sunday 15th May, 3pm kick-off

Conditions: Dry and warm, except for a spot of rain the second half

Pitch: In decent nick for the final game.

Attendance: 2,123 (184 away supporters)

Scorers: Tom Knowles 15 (1-0),

Bookings:

Yeovil: D’Ath 45, 
Altrincham:
Hampson 70

Referee:  Peter Gibbons


Yeovil Town : (4-4-1-1)

Max Evans

Jordan Barnett, Morgan Williams, Jack Robinson, Mark Little

Charlie Wakefield (for Adi Yussuf, 36) Lawson D’Ath Alex Bradley, Tom Knowles

Sonny Blu Lo-Everton

Reuben Reid

Substitutes: Grant Smith, Josh Staunton, Ollie Haste, Adi Yussuf.



Match Report

A first half strike from Tom Knowles was enough to secure Yeovil Town a final day win and ensure caretaker player-manager Josh Staunton’s managerial career ended with a 100% record.

But, it was a man of the match performance from young goalkeeper Max Evans which was the story of an otherwise uneventful match.

The teenager was handed his debut by Staunton in place of first choice keeper, Grant Smith, and rewarded him with some outstanding saves as the hosts pushed for an equaliser in the second half.

On a day that club captain Luke Wilkinson and midfielders Dale Gorman and Matt Worthington did not even feature in the squad whilst youngster Ollie Haste came on as a late substitute to make his debut, the match had an end of the era feel to it.

Here’s how it all looked to Coatesie saw it from the away end….

 

First half

After an opening 15 minutes with little more than a half-chance to shout about from either side, the ball found its way to Sonny Blu Lo-Everton who played a beautiful ball through to Tom KNOWLES who lashed home the opener with Reuben Reid lurking at the far post.

Moments later Ryan Colclough almost found an instant response, bursting down the right but his ball was turn away by Morgan Williams, before moments later Jake Cooper fired wide for the hosts after a misplaced pass by Alex Bradley.

It took 20 minutes for anything else to happen in the game and that was an injury to Charlie Wakefield who was replaced by Adi Yussuf after 36 minutes.

He went in up front alongside Reid with Lo-Everton dropping back in to midfield  from the more advanced position he had adopted.

Altrincham’s threat was coming down the left side from Colclough whereas at the other end there was liveliness from Knowles (as has become standard) but little else to get excited about.

A minute in to first half stoppage time, Colclough’s ball in was flicked wide by Marcus Dinanga. That half-chance was a moment of excitement when on ‘fans’ appreciation day’ at Moss Lane.

The half-time announcement of the raffle draw was another highlight – it was that kind of 45 minutes, folks.


Half time: Altrincham 0 Yeovil Town 1

Second Half

The half-time interval saw young substitute Ollie Haste warming up on his own, albeit he ran along halfway line twice before disappearing in to the dressing room.
 
It took until the 51st minute for something to happen when Lo-Everton picked up the ball in midfield, skipped past a couple of tackles and poked it through to Yussuf who either tried to bustle his way through and was blocked or gave up. You decide.
Play immediately swung to the other end where Colclough, the hosts’ threat in the first half, was denied by a smart stop from Max Evans.
 
Evans was in action again dropping to his right to deny Cooper before Colclough lashed one wide.
 
The home side certainly began to grow in to the game and Colclough almost found himself on the end of a cross from Pringle. The winger was certainly keen to add to the 11 goals he has his season with Alty seemingly able to stroll through the visitors midfield at will. What is Josh Staunton up to today? Oh yeah.
 
Little was caught out 30 yards from goal and Pringle fed it through to substitute Josh Hancock, but his shot was easily stopped by Evans, fast becoming the visitors’ man of the match.
 
If that fact was in doubt, the teenager pulled off another superb stop to deny Mooney who had carved his way through the visitors’ defence.
Moments later, Hancock inexplicably beat the offside flag to break through on goal and pulled his shot across goal.
On 83 minutes, Yeovil’s best chance saw Yussuf charge forward in to the box, squared it to Reid who paused and allowed the Alty defence to get a challenge in.
 
Seemingly unhappy at watching his midfield allow the hosts to attack that caretaker player boss Josh Staunton brought himself on. It is fair to say that he had not prepared for it.
 
With Altrincham committing men forward in search of a goal, Yeovil found gaps with chances to Yussuf who lifted one over from out side and Lo-Everton who lashed a shot over the bar.
 
As the fourth official’s board went up, there was one final moment for the visitors as Ollie Haste came on as a substitute to make his league debut for the club.
 
The applause at the end suggested this may be the last we see or many of this Yeovil again. As on chapter closes, another opens.
 

Full time: Altrincham 0 Yeovil Town 1

Max Evans, who is given his first league start today. 📸 Picture courtesy of Mike Kunz.

Interim-Caretaker-Player-Manager-Captain Josh Staunton has picked his first (and last) team for the trip to Altrincham in the final game of the National League season.

Young keeper Max Evans is handed a start with first-choice keeper Grant Smith on the substitutes bench alongside Staunton and fellow youngster Ollie Haste.

There is no sign of club captain Luke Wilkinson or midfielders Matt Worthington and Dale Gorman whilst Josh Neufville is unavailable following his recall by Luton Town.

 

Yeovil Town: Max Evans, Mark Little, Morgan Williams, Jack Robinson, Alex Bradley, Tom Knowles, Jordan Barnett, Sonny Blu Lo-Everton, Lawson D’Ath, Reuben Reid, Charlie Wakefield.

Substitutes: Grant Smith, Josh Staunton, Ollie Haste, Adi Yussuf.

 

 

Josh Neufville wheels away after scoring Yeovil’s second.

Yeovil Town’s on loan winger Josh Neufville has been recalled by Luton Town ahead of the Glovers’ final game of the season at Altrincham.

Nathan Jones’ Luton, are tied 1-1 in a tense play off semi final against Huddersfield and have taken the option to recall him with injuries within their first team squad.

Two loan spells at Huish Park over two seasons and Josh made a huge impression on all Glovers fans and we wish him all the best back at Luton.

Since Yeovil Town chairman Scott Priestnall announced three weeks ago that he had received “40 or 50 applications” for the vacant manager’s job at Huish Park, the rumour mill has been spinning over the identity of the new boss.

The unceremonious exit of caretaker boss Charlie Lee – who was confirmed as having left with immediate effect on Friday afternoon – was accompanied with confirmation that an appointment will be announced next week.

With only a couple of days left for wild speculation, Coatesie takes a look at some of the names in the frame, make sure you read until the end and cast your vote on which of this contenders you’d most like to see.


Chris Hargreaves

The former Torquay United manager’s name has been doing the rounds on the Huish Park rumour mill for the past few weeks.

His last job was as Academy Manager at League Two (soon to be League One) side Bristol Rovers which he quit in February after 18 months in the role, having been involved in coaching in the youth set-up at The Memorial Ground since summer 2019.

During that time he oversaw the development of a number of players who progressed on to the club’s first-team including  Kyrie Pierre and Brad Burrows, who both signed for Aston Villa last year, and Luca Hoole and Jed Ward.

His last (and only) managerial experience came at Torquay United, the club he represented as a player more than 100 times, where he took over in January 2014 with the club in serious risk of relegation out of the Football League.

Hargreaves was unable to stop the rot and the Gulls were relegated that summer and he was placed on gardening leave after rejecting a pay cut and eventually left.

More recently, he is a familiar face with National League supporters as a matchday summariser with BT Sport which you assume would give him some understanding of the division, at least.



Jamie McAllister

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

A name who needs little introduction to Yeovil Town fans as the only Glovers’ captain to lift silverware for the club at Wembley Stadium when he captained the 2013 play-off winning side.

It is believed that McAllister has been interviewed for the job in recent weeks, putting his name in the frame.

Most recently, the former left-back was assistant to another Yeovil favourite, Lee Johnson, at Sunderland and left the Black Cats when the pair were sacked at the end of January.

Earlier this year, McAllister told the Gloverscast that he had considered the manager’s job at National League South side Gloucester City before moving to Wearside and when asked whether he was a future Yeovil manager, he replied: “No comment.” He was still employed at the Stadium of Light back then though – you can listen again – here.

McAllister would be a favourite with Huish Park supporters who fondly remember his two seasons as a player.



Michael Jolley

A bit of a curveball as someone with no connection to the club or even the South West, Jolley’s managerial outing saw him last just seven matches at League Two Barrow.

The former Cambridge University graduate, who has no professional playing record to speak of, spent around two months in charge in Cumbria before exiting with the Bluebirds’ chairman saying they had “differing visions for how the team should play.”

Prior to that he was in charge at Grimsby Town, then a League club, between March 2018 and November 2019, securing the club’s position in the League upon his arrival and then enjoying a moderately successful campaign in 2018-19.

Despite a strong start to the next campaign, he departed within three months by mutual consent and it was later revealed he had an “expletive laden” exchange with a BBC reporter over negative coverage of the Mariners. Something to keep in mind…..


Terry Skiverton

A bit of an outsider, however, following his departure from a first-team coaching role at League One Charlton Athletic, the Glovers’ legend has to be one for discussion.

Skivo’s two decades-long association with Yeovil came to an end back in January when he quit to take up a role in the Addicks’ coaching staff alongside Johnnie Jackson, but departed just over a week ago following the sacking of Jackson.

Speaking following his exit, the former captain, manager, and assistant manager said: “ I need to move on with my career, I have got all my qualifications – my B, A and my Pro Licence – and with all of those things, I really want to give this a crack and it’s time to move away from Yeovil.”

Given that, you would expect that a return seems unlikely, but chairman Scott Priestnall has said he is still in touch with “Tel” and spoke to him about appointing Charlie Lee as interim manager – so stranger things have happened.

Skiverton is certain to be back at Huish Park this weekend, albeit lining up for the Yeovil Town Legends against a South West Legends XI in the charity match in aid of the Adam Stansfield Foundation.


Tony Pennock celebrates the ICIS League title win in 1997. Picture courtesy of Tim Lancaster.

Tony Pennock

A former Glovers’ goalkeeper who turned out for the club more than 200 times in a six-year period left Championship side Hull City after eight years in the coaching set-up last weekend.

Speaking on his departure he revealed he wanted to “try and become a manager myself” having been part of the Tigers’ coaching set up which won their first title in more than half-a-century when they were promoted back to the second tier last season.

The Welshman was well respected in East Yorkshire having initially joined as academy manager in February 2014 before being promoted to the senior set-up in November 2016.

He had a short spell in charge at Welsh Premier League side Aberystwyth Town after Marco Silva was appointed at Hull in April 2017, only to leave and return to Humberside two months later when Silva departed.

Prior to that he had been a coach of the Wales semi-professional side and at Swansea City, but is best remembered for his time between the posts at Huish Park between 1995 and 2001.

He was part of Graham Roberts’ side which won promotion in to the Conference in 1997, and left to join Rushden & Diamonds after they beat the Glovers’ to promotion to the League.


Jerry Gill

The only member of this list of ‘maybe’ men who is actually currently employed by a football team.

Jerry Gill turning out for Yeovil Town in 1996-97. Picture courtesy of Tim Lancaster.

Gill is under contract with National League South side and defeated Somerset Premier Cup finalists Bath City (sorry, Jerry!) until next summer and therefore it would presumably cost money to release him – which naturally makes him an outsider.

Yet another former Yeovil player, he was a flying full-back in the team which won promotion back to the Conference in 1997 before joining on to join Birmingham City, he was rumoured to be in the running for the job when Darren Sarll took the job in the summer of 2019.

His managerial record saw him have a 44-day spell in charge of then-Conference South bottom club W*ymouth only to quit the cash-strapped seagull botherers before having roles in the Bristol Rovers youth team and then in the academy at Kidderminster Harriers.

Having spent two years he departed for a role in the youth set ups at first Norwich City and then Wolverhampton Wanderers, where he was Under-18s head coach. Having left Molineux in March 2017, he took up the first-team job at another of his former clubs, Bath City, in October of that year.

He extended his contract at Twerton Park by signing a two-year deal last summer having guided them to the play-off finals last season.

This year, the Romans had a disappointing campaign finishing fourth from bottom of the National League South.


So there’s some of the runners and riders, but who would you like to see next in the Huish Park hot-seat? Vote for your favourite……

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Josh Staunton has said his Yeovil Town team-mates will “give their best” for the final game of the season when they travel to Altrincham on Sunday.

The midfielder finds himself in the unusual position of leading the team as caretaker manager following the sudden departure of previous caretaker, Charlie Lee, on Friday.

Josh Staunton.
Picture courtesy of Mike Kunz.

will be assisted by club captain Luke Wilkinson and sports scientist Scott Wickens for the trip to Greater Manchester.

Speaking ahead of the game, Staunton admitted his appointment was the latest chapter in a roller-coaster campaign on and off the field, he said: “It’s the way the season has been, we’ve just got to give it our best on Sunday, there’s not really much more I can say.

It is going to be a season to look back on and there will be some book deals ready to go – it’s just another strange turn of events which has happened this year and probably led to why we are where we are in the league.

If you had spoken to me at the beginning of this season, I definitely didn’t see it ending this way.

But, it’s important we go out there and show the fans we are still in it even though everything is being thrown all over the place at the moment.

It is a chance for us to put on a show and say thanks to the supporters who have stuck by us even through some really low points this year.

Especially away from home, the support has been excellent and they have stuck by us.”

He added that he expected to be leaning on the team’s senior professionals, including Wilkinson, defender Mark Little and strikers Reuben Reid and Adi Yussuf, for their support in the final game and added that Matt Percival, who has been coaching the club’s Under-18s side, would also be helping out.

Staunton added: “When things like this happen, it is very easy for things to get silly, so I will be asking them for their commitment for three more days and to treat it like there’s a senior manager in place.

I am not going to suddenly become an ‘iron fist manager’ because I am still one of the players, but I will take the responsibility and I know everyone will do everything as professionally as we can, even though things don’t look that professional from the outside.”


Staunton sent his thanks to Charlie Lee whose departure was announced by a club statement at midday on Friday – just 30 minutes before Staunton was up before the media.

In the statement, the club said Lee had departed with immediate effect “his decision to not continue as part of our coaching staff” under a new manager.

He said: “Charlie is a one of a kind, we saw that when he was a player and he came back in and took the reins at a difficult time when Darren (Sarll) left and he did well.

The boys really enjoyed playing for him and we were probably playing a more attacking style of football, he had the full backing of all the player and it is sad to see him go because he did really well.

I feel I have to say thankyou for what he did for me personally when I was injured and getting back fit, and for every player in that dressing room who enjoyed working under him.

Together with Jody (Brown, Lee’s temporary assistant), they have been really uplifting spirits at a difficult time for the club.


The club’s statement confirming Lee’s departure said they expected to appoint a new manager next week and Staunton admitted that he hoped the contract situation with players would be resolved quickly.

As far as we are aware, only defender Morgan Williams and now youngster Ollie Haste have contracts beyond the end of the current campaign – although chairman Scott Priestnall did suggest that the club has options on other player’s contracts.

The chairman had said that offers had been made to some out of contract players, but Staunton said that he had only had “early, early talks” with the club.

He added: “It is very difficult because until there was a manager decided because, like any other player, I don’t know if (the new manager) will like you so it’s hard to have serious talks until they are in place.

That will now happen for the whole squad early next week once the manager is appointed and plans will start being put in place for next season.

It is important for everyone involved in the club to start looking forward to next season, an uplifting thing, and the situation (with contract) is down to what the manager thinks.”

Caretaker manager Charlie Lee has left Yeovil Town with a new manager set to be installed at Huish Park next week.

The club confirmed on Friday that Lee would “not continue as part of the coaching staff” under the new boss.

Club captain Luke Wilkinson, vice captain Josh Staunton and sports scientist Scott Wickens will be in charge for Sunday’s final day trip to Altrincham.

We assume the absence of Lee’s assistant, Jody Brown, from the statement means his time with the club is also over.

In a statement issued at 12pm, the club said: “Yeovil Town can confirm the departure of Charlie Lee as our interim manager with immediate effect.

Charlie departs following the appointment of a new manager and his decision to not continue as part of our coaching staff.

All at Yeovil Town would like to thank Charlie for his efforts and commitment during his spell as both assistant manager and interim manager.

The new manager will be announced next week with a press conference to follow.

Josh Staunton will take charge of Sunday’s final National League fixture against Altrincham, assisted by club captain Luke Wilkinson and lead sport scientist Scott Wickens.”

The departure ends Lee’s second spell at the club which began in February when he came in as assistant to then-boss Darren Sarll, following the departure of club legend Terry Skiverton.

When Sarll exited to join Woking at the end of March, Lee stepped in to the hot seat supported initially by Staunton and then Brown who joined at the end of last month.

Charlie’s final match was Tuesday night’s Somerset Premier Cup final win over Bath City and has a National League record of W1, D5, L2 in his eight matches in charge.

From us here at the Gloverscast, we wish Charlie all the best in whatever comes next and thank him for his service to our club as a player, coach and manager.

For Altrincham supporters this weekend’s final National League game of the season is a historic one for many reasons.

Firstly, it will be the last the club plays as a part-time team with the club confirming it will be full-time next season, but – even in defeat – they have already achieved their 55 points is the highest they have managed since 1996.

And, victory could see them claim as high as 12th place in the table – leap-frogging Yeovil in the process – which would be the highest they have managed in more than two decades.

However, as Yeovil fans with long enough memories to recall the club’s own transition from part-time to full-time football will recall, the change comes at a price with seven players confirming that this weekend will be their final one as Altrincham players.

Goalkeeper Tony Thompson, captain Shaun Densmore, full-back Connor Hampson, defender Andy White and midfielders Jake Moult, Josh Hancock and Tom Hannigan will all leave to remain part-time.

The transition to professional football began last summer when manager Phil Parkinson was installed in a full-time capacity and now the club has decided the time is right to bring the playing squad alongside.

It is the Robins’ performances at Moss Lane which has been their strength this season and they haven’t lost on home soil since the defeat to Torquay United at the end of January.

Over the past six matches, their home form – won four, drawn two, lost zero – puts them sixth in the National League form table, behind only Wrexham, Solihull Moors, Notts County, Stockport County and Torquay.

You can hear our chat with Erin, a.k.a @GolfRoadGoals on Twitter and Instagram, talk to us about the weekend’s game on our latest podcast – here.


FROM THE MANAGER

Altrincham manager Phil Parkinson admitted he had an eye on Sunday’s final day game when picking his starting XI for Tuesday night’s draw at Bromley.

He brought a number of the players who will be leaving the club as it transitions to full-time football back in to the line-up.

He said: “This game was to be them ready for Sunday and there’s other boys who could not make it due to injury.

The biggest thing I want to do is give them that send off, they have dedicated a big chunk of their footballing careers to this club and they deserve that opportunity to say goodbye to the fans.

One thing is for sure, they will not let themselves down knowing we’ve got a landmark moment because we have not finished higher than 14th in this division for 20 years and I’m sure they want to finish on a high.

But for Parkinson, who has been a full-time employee all season, next season is about the start of a new era for the club – and he is setting the bar high.

He added: “I don’t think I will have ever truly left my mark on this club unless we get promoted out of this league.

This is the toughest it has been with ex-League clubs in the division, but when this club has been at its best we have pushed for League football and that is certainly something we want to do.

But, that is a long way off, but we are making giant strides to get us where we want to be to be that club again.”


TEAM NEWS

Altrincham boss Phil Parkinson fielded “a makeshift team” in the midweek draw at Bromley.

Goalkeeper Matthew Gould came in between the posts in place of Tony Thompson, the first choice stopper who will be one of seven players leaving the club to remain part-time next season.

Defender Toby Mullarkey, a regular feature in the side this season, also missed out and has been linked with a move to EFL side Portsmouth this week.

Up front, top scorer, Ryan Colclough, who has 11 goals to his name this season, has been missing since Easter Monday.

There were returns for captain Shaun Densmore, Tom Hannigan and Jake Moult, three of the seven departing this summer, against Bromley.

Academy graduate Ryan Morton came off the bench in midweek.


A FOOT IN BOTH CAMPS

AJ Leitch-Smith was the inevitable scorer of Altrincham’s goal when they drew 1-1 at Huish Park back in October.

The 32-year-old forward spent the 2014-15 season at Huish Park before departing back to his native Cheshire to join Port Vale, and arrived at Moss Road from Morecambe in the summer.

He has only made 19 appearances this season, scoring four times, and has not featured since the end of March.

Last season, central defender and now Wales under-21 international Billy Sass-Davies turned out for both sides whilst on loan from Crewe Alexandra and was in the patched-up Glovers’ side which went down 4-3 at Alty at the end of last season.

Full-back Mark Lynch, who played 31 times in green-and-white between 2006 and 2008, finished his career at Alty in 2012, but other than that we’re struggling a bit.

How about inside forward Albert Foulds, who started his career in the youth team at Alty before playing a season at Yeovil in the 1949-50 season?

Southend 0 Yeovil Town 1 – Saturday 30th April 2005

2004/05 was a rollercoaster of a season which went right down to the wire. It turned into a four-way title race between Yeovil, Scunthorpe, Southend and Swansa, and right up until the end, all results were possible. On the last day, any of the top four could have been either Champions or missed out on automatic promotion altogether.

Under Brian Laws, Scunthorpe had proved to be early pace-setters, although Yeovil briefly took over in September with a 2-1 win at Shrewsbury. Swansea led the way for a few weeks in October, following which Scunthorpe took over again, and were top from the end of October to the end of December. Before Christmas, they held a seven point lead over the Glovers, before a dramatic contrast in fortunes for the two clubs saw Yeovil erase that lead with a run of seven consecutive wins, taking over top spot on 3rd January with a 4-2 win at home over Shrewsbury. The Glovers then held top spot for over three months, although they did not have everything their own way, as the run to the FA Cup Fourth Round was possibly proving to be something of a distraction – after the big third and fourth round games, they lost the next league games. The huge 4-3 win over Scunthorpe in February appeared to have settled the title race in Yeovil’s favour, but this also seemed to signal a downturn in form. Goals dried up somewhat, as there followed a period of only two wins in eight including home defeats against Bury and Notts County, and an incredibly poor performance in a 2-0 defeat at Rushden.

Scunthorpe were not faring much better, but it was at this time that Southend became the form team – mid-table in October, the Shrimpers were unbeaten in 17 league and cup games at the time the Glovers were critically losing form. When Yeovil lost consecutive games against Notts County and Rushden in April, it seemed like they might miss out not only on the title but promotion altogether, as Southend took advantage and took the lead at the top of the table.

Fortunately, that defeat at Rushden would prove to be as bad as it got – the following week, Gary Johnson switched to a 4-3-3 formation with Jevons, Davies and Gall as a front three, which worked like a charm as the goals returned and the Glovers stormed to a 5-2 win over Mansfield. As luck would have it, Southend were involved in the LDV Final that day and Yeovil re-gained first place. Defeat at Wembley also seemed to knock the previously unstoppable Shrimpers, as their form stumbled right at the last.

On the last away game of the season, Yeovil faced Southend at Roots Hall. The Glovers really could not afford to lose, as they led the League 2 table with 77 points, ahead of Southend on goal difference, one point ahead of Scunthorpe and three ahead of Swansea in fourth.

After two very attacking performances against Mansfield and Wycombe, Gary Johnson took the rare and sensible decision to play more cautiously in such a huge game. Not losing was probably more important than winning, as a draw would still mean that Southend had not overtaken them and promotion would be in their own hands on the last day. He also faced some injury problems which may have affected his approach to the game – Darren Way pulled out before the game with food poisoning, and although Bartosz Tarachulski was able to start, he only made it 30 minutes as both he and his replacement Marcus Richardson were taken off due to injury before half time.

It was a game mainly of half-chances, as Yeovil came closest with a Davies header that was clawed out by Flahavan, while at the other end Freddie Eastwood cut inside but dragged his shot wide. For the most part Yeovil were content to absorb pressure as at the back, the new signings made in time for the run-in, Efe Sodje and in particular Kevin Amankwaah, were absolutely immense as Southend struggled to get through.

It was as tense an afternoon as I have ever experienced in football, as the losses due to injury put Yeovil on the back foot, but we appeared to be standing up to the home side’s pressure – in front of a sell-out 12,000 crowd including 1600 or so travelling Yeovil fans.

Just as the match ticked over into the last ten minutes and it looked like we might be able to hang on for a much needed point, Steve Collis gathered a cross and hurled it out 40 yards to Jevons on the wing – Jevons passed inside to Davies, then kept on going as Davies took a shot form outside the area, which was deflected but fell right into the onrushing Jevons’ path, who slid home with is left foot. The way Jevons collapsed with the effort when he made it back to the half way line, showed how much the game had taken out of him and how much of a relief it was after all that effort to be ahead on 83 minutes. Southend did have one last chance, as substitute and former Yeovil target Lawrie Dudfield dragged his shot wide.

The final whistle came and brought with it the best possible outcome – a win, a cushion at the top, and a clean sheet, only the third since Christmas. Gary Johnson’s team that season didn’t really do clean sheets, but proved that they could keep it tight at the back when they really needed to.

Going into the last game Yeovil were in pole position but by no means safe – one point ahead of Scunthorpe and three ahead of Southend and Swansea, the title was in their own hands, but if they lost to play-off bound Lincoln they could potentially miss out altogether – it was that close.

As it happened, Yeovil would win 3-0 to secure the title, although it took until half time to break the deadlock. Scunthorpe got the draw they needed to keep them in second, while a 1-0 win at Bury was enough to see Swansea jump up to third and consign Southend to the play-offs. Fortunately for them, they beat Lincoln in the final and even went on to win League One at the first attempt in 2005/06.

Team that day: Steve Collis, Kevin Amankwaah. Colin Miles (sub. Kevin Gall 73), Terry Skiverton, Efe Sodje, Paul Terry, Lee Johnson, Arron Davies, Bartosz Tarachulski (sub. Marcus Richardson, 30 (sub. Andrejs Stolcers 45)), Phil Jevons

Max Hunt seems certain to miss the club’s final game of the season after suffering a reoccurrence of the ankle injury which kept him out for three-and-a-half months.

The central defender limped off after 25 minutes of the Somerset Premier Cup final win over Bath City on Tuesday night.

Central defender Max Hunt. Picture courtesy of Mike Kunz.

Speaking afterwards, caretaker manager Charlie Lee confirmed the injury was to the same ankle.

He told BBC Somerset’s Sheridan Robins: “It is the same ankle, we are hoping it is not as bad, but I said to him it is the best time to do it (at the end of the season) because it just ruins your holiday.

He will be fit and ready to go in pre-season, he’s done brilliantly this year, 30-odd games with a long period out through injury.

He and Staunts (Josh Staunton)!have both put their bodies on the line to come back and play, most places they might have seen the season out and concentrated on next season.

That shows you the type of character (Max) is and he’s going to be a great player for Yeovil in the future.”

The win over old rivals Bath seems likely to be Lee’s penultimate in charge with him expected to be in charge for Sunday’s trip to Altrincham for the final match of the National League campaign.

Speaking two-and-a-half weeks ago club owner Scott Priestnall said the caretaker boss would be spoken to as part of the recruitment process for the club’s next boss.

Lee said: “If tonight is my last game or the next one is my last game, I don’t know, but it’s been an unbelievable journey and I am expecting to be thereb for the last game at the weekend.

Ben Seymour in action
Credit:Weymouth FC Flickr

Ben Seymour and Jordan Dyer, who both spent short loan spells at Huish Park earlier this season, have been released by their parent club, Exeter

The Grecians were promoted to League One this season.

Seymour played a handful of games including *that* game against W*ymouth with the loan front man missing one of the spot kicks in the shootout.

Jordan Dyer managed about 3 minutes in a Glovers shirt before returning to Exeter.

They both would spend time on loan at Bath City towards the end of the season.

All the best to both in their hunt for a new club.

Somerset Premier Cup Winners 2022 📸 SomersetFA

Remember where you were on the night Yeovil Town’s first team won their first silverware since 2013. Ian was at Huish Park to witness the 3-0 victory over Bath City, and here are his Five Conclusions…

We won a trophy!! Firstly, congratulations to Charlie Lee and his team. As the professional side, they had to get the job done against Jerry Gill’s Bath City. Morgan Williams early goal showed the gulf between the two sides early on, but as the first half wore on, Bath City certainly showed they were no pushovers. Lee’s side had work to do in that first half, with Tom Smith getting a lot of the ball and Bath had three decent chances to hit back. The early second half goal from Knowles really put the game beyond doubt, as the Glovers eventually clinched their 25th Somerset Premier Cup in comfort.

It was a shame to not see some of youngsters last night. Our younger players have had a lot of minutes in the SPC and have played a huge part in getting us to the final. I understand the desire to treat it as a first team game and make sure of the trophy, but it would have been nice to have seen Toby Stephens, Ollie Haste (who has signed professional terms), Max Evans get their chance. It was great to see them front and centre of the celebrations at the end as they played an important role in getting us to the final.

It wasn’t the best night for Reuben Reid. The halcyon days of March and Reid’s signs of ‘what could be’ in green and white seem to have long gone. At points in March he was unplayable but last night was one of those frustrating evenings which can give the impression of lack of effort and lack of quality. He didn’t win many (if any) headers, he was out of sync with his teammates, passes were misplaced and nothing seemed to work for the striker.

Morgan Williams. Picture courtesy of Mike Kunz.

We can do worse than signing Ben Barclay in the summer. If we are to lose Luke Wilkinson (if you believe the social media rumour mill) and sweat on Max Hunt’s fitness – he was helped off with what looked to be a bad injury – we have a ready-made signing who will slot in perfectly in Barclay. His poise on the ball and reliability have shone through since his loan from Stockport. With Stockport on course for promotion to the EFL, you would presume he will be deemed surplus to requirements. Hopefully his time at Yeovil has made enough of an impression for all parties to want to extend it.

I’ll have what Morgan Williams is having. I said on Monday’s Gloverscast that I expected Morgan Williams to start because he’s a machine, and he proved it again. His signing last summer was met with cautious optimism, which quickly faded when it was revealed he was suffering with an injury and having to wear a special boot. What a season he’s had, however. Another 90 minutes last night, a goal, a solid defensive performance and a trophy to boot. After the season he’s had, it’s actually a bit of relief to know we’ll have him next season.

Glovers’ Ollie Haste
Pic From @yeovilcollege

Yeovil Town youth prospect Ollie Haste has signed a professional contract with the club ahead of next season.

Interim manager Charlie Lee said after the Somerset Premier Cup win that Haste has signed on pro terms having seen the English college youth player impress in the competition

I think the Somerset Cup has been a massive success for the club this year… we’ve had youngsters play, boys from the college scheme play, do well and then we has Hastey sign a contract, it’s just been brilliant”

BBC Somerset’s Sheridan Robins followed up to confirm the deal had been done and after a sly glance at Media Officer Sam Collard, Lee confirmed it was all signed and sealed.

Yep, hopefully I didn’t let anything go too early, he’s done really well, he’s come through the college scheme, he’s been involved and he’s signed a contract!”

Haste has spent time on loan with Barnstaple Town this season and has been an unused sub for the Yeovil first team on a couple of occasions including at Wrexham away.

A huge congratulations to Ollie from everyone at the Gloverscast!