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Darren Sarll dedicated the Glovers’ 2-0 victory at Wealdstone to Lee Collins‘ daughter, Amelia. First half goals from Tom Knowles and Joe Quigley were enough for the Glovers, who climbed to 13th in the table.

Speaking to the BBC, Sarll said: We had Lee’s funeral on Wednesday and his ten-year-old daughter, Amelia, had quite the effect on us all and her little pep talk on a bad day was quite inspiring really, and that was for little Amelia – a wonderful, wonderful little girl. She beat me in one touch against the wall in the rain and I wasn’t even trying to lose, that’s how good a little player she is, so that was for her.”

He also praised his players after what was, understandably, another difficult week for a club in mourning.

The players were magnificent. A credit to their football club, a credit to their families, a credit to Lee. Very ambassadorial really, in a way. We had forty minutes [of] training yesterday. It was, kind of, only an hour [of] preparation because we were still fatigued from the day’s events. They’re incredibly draining as everyone would know. I had the privilege and honour of speaking and I felt completely wiped out come Thursday and Friday.

On the performance, he added: I thought we had quite a few of those types of performances last year. Grounded and humble in the performance, worked very hard. (Our) shape was good and we saw the game out very well. Their young goalkeeper’s had a brilliant day in fairness to him, otherwise I thought it should have been more, but yeah it was good. If you’re going to win leagues, twenty-five percent of your wins are like those games today. Last year I thought we had quite a few of those, we haven’t had nearly enough this year.”


Read the match report here

Another trip to the seaside is confirmed for Yeovil Town next season following the relegation of Southend United to the National League.

The Shrimpers’ fate was sealed despite winning 2-1 at Barrow today because they needed either Colchester United or Scunthorpe United to lose to stand a chance of staying up.

Our last visit to Roots Hall came at the start of our season in the Championship when a Kevin Dawson strike was the difference in Capital One Cup tie.

Before that you have to go back to April 2010 when a goalless draw in Essex in League One, with the fixture at Huish Park settled by a single Dean Bowditch strike in November 2009.

Those with slightly longer memories will recall Southend being where a late Phil Jevons’ strike all but clinched promotion from League Two with a 1-0 win back in 2005.

Last weekend, Grimsby Town were confirmed as the other side to drop out of the League – that will be a somewhat chillier stroll down the prom, I bet.

A clean sheet, two nicely-taken goals and a second half to forget is not a bad summary of Yeovil Town’s first trip to Wealdstone in many supporters’ memories.

But, given the background to the past few weeks at Huish Park with the passing of captain Lee Collins, many would agree that a fourth win from the last six is a great result for Darren Sarll’s men.

It moved the Glovers up to the top of the bottom half in 13th place in the National League and this is how it played out…..


FIRST HALF

The Glovers’ starting XI was unchanged from the 3-0 home win over Solihull Moors on Tuesday night, with the only changed coming on the bench where Alex Bradley returned from injury to replace Rhys Murphy, and young keeper Max Evans took the place of Matt Worthington.

It did not take long to figure out why Wealdstone have conceded six and seven in their previous two home games with Billy Sass-Davies heading just wide before Joe Quigley had good chance blocked.

In the 14th minute, a Charlie Lee cross found Chris Dagnall who laid it back to Tom KNOWLES who hammered home a crisp strike to open the scoring.

Quigley had a good chance six minutes later when a quick throw from Knowles found him in the box, he showed a good first touch but put the ball wide with his second.

The in-form striker made amends on 23 minutes when, after a number of shots rained in from the Glovers, the ball landed to QUIGLEY in the box and he coolly slotted in his fourth in two games.

One disappointing thing in the first half was a yellow card for Lee who talked himself in to the book after ex-Glovers’ loanee Connor Smith shoved Tom Knowles in the back.

We’ve spoken on the podcast about the frustration of players getting booked for dissent, and it could have cost Lee shortly after when he put in a feisty tackle. That said, Smith proved himself to be a bit of a plum – to put it politely.

One peculiar thing which those tuning in to the live stream will have noticed, was the number of people who appeared to be inside the ground; perhaps it was the camera angle but it certainly seemed busy on the near side.

When the half-time whistle blew, the biggest disappointment was that it was only 2-0 to the Glovers.

Half time: Wealdstone 0 Yeovil Town 2


SECOND HALF

The start of the second half belonged to Wealdstone’s teenage keeper Jake Askew who pulled off two great saves to deny Sass-Davies‘ header and Lee‘s shot from successive Dickinson corners.

Just before those saves, there were three penalty appeals – two for Yeovil and one for the Wealdstone – none of which given surprisingly considering the referee was not afraid to get his cards out with four bookings apiece.

Quigley had a shot cleared off the line shortly after but, despite their chances, there was not a huge amount of quality on show with the hosts seemingly bringing Yeovil down to their level.

Wealdstone’s finishing proved to be as poor as their defending with Charlie Hughes putting a free header over – albeit the linesman’s flag was up, not that he knew that.

That said, it was the hosts who had the better of possession but could not punish some shaky defending from Yeovil.

Sarll responded by bringing on Emmanuel Sonupe and Reuben Reid to try and push on for more goals in the closing stages.

Sonupe had a great run forward, only to run in to a blind alley, and Neufville had a moment of indecisiveness in the box which saw another opportunity peter out.

Possibly the highlight of the second half was seeing Alex Bradley come on for his first appearance since the middle of March, and in true Yeovil Town versatile fashion the full-back slotted in to midfield.

That said, a second successive clean sheet, a couple of decent goals, a hard-fought second half if lacking in quality will keep us all happy.

Full time: Wealdstone 0 Yeovil Town 2 (Knowles, Quigley)


WEALDSTONE: Askew, Phillips, Olowu, Okimo (c), Wishart, Charles, Smith, Dyer, Green, Mendy, Lewis.
Subs not used: Shelvey, Hughes, Parish, Lo-Everton, Gondoh.
Bookings: Smith, Charles, Phillips, Wishart.


YEOVIL TOWN: A. Smith, Dickinson (c), Kelly, Sass-Davies, Skendi, J.Smith, Lee, Knowles, Neufville, Quigley, Dagnall.
Subs not used: Evans, Sonupe, Hunt, Bradley, Reid.
Bookings: Lee, Quigley, Skendi, Kelly.

Yeovil Town have named an unchanged side for this afternoon’s National League match at Wealdstone. Rhys Murphy is the only absentee with injury ruling him out. Alex Bradley is back on the bench alongside young keeper Max Evans.

1. Adam Smith; 3. Carl Dickinson, 35. Billy Sass-Davies, 18. Albi Skendi, 14. Michael Kelly; 10. Jimmy Smith, 22. Charlie Lee, 21. Tom Knowles, 24. Josh Neufville, 34. Chris Dagnall; 19. Joe Quigley

Subs: 27. Alex Bradley, 31. Max Evans (GK) 25. Emmanuel Sonupe, 26. Max Hunt, 33. Reuben Reid

PLAYER

POSITION

CONTRACT

NOTES

Adam Smith Goalkeeper 2021 Loan
Carl Dickinson Defender 2021 Leaving for Hanley Town
Luke Wilkinson Defender 2022
Max Hunt Defender 2022
Billy Sass-Davies Defender 2021 Loan
Michael Kelly Defender 2021 Loan
Alex Bradley Defender 2022
Matt Worthington Midfielder 2021 Option on Contract
Lawson D’Ath Midfielder 2021
Jimmy Smith Midfielder 2021
Josh Staunton Midfielder 2022
Charlie Lee Midfielder 2021
Albi Skendi Midfielder 2021  Option on Contract
Tom Knowles Midfielder 2022
Gabby Rogers Midfielder 2021
Josh Neufville Midfielder 2021 Loan
Emmanuel Sonupe Midfielder 2021
Joe Quigley Striker 2023
Chris Dagnall Striker 2021
Reuben Reid Striker 2021 Sarll drops hint
Rhys Murphy Striker 2021

End of Season awards are starting to get handed out among EFL sides and one former Glover has picked up some silverware.

Joe Edwards, who spent time on loan with Yeovil in 2012 before joining permanently and becoming an integral part of the midfield during Yeovil’s rise through League One and in the Championship, has been awarded the Plymouth Argyle Player of the Season award for the 2020/21 season.

Edwards left Yeovil for Colchester in 2015 and then had a spell at Walsall before returning to the South West with Devon’s own Green Army in 2019.

Edwards played 99 times for the Green and Whites scoring twice.

Congratulatons Joe, that trophy will look nice alongside your Play Off winners medal.


In a busy press conference Darren Sarll praised January’s surprise signing, Reuben Reid, and dropped a hint that the striker could remain at Huish Park next season.

Speaking ahead of the trip to Wealdstone, Sarll said: “Reuben is a fantastic player for us now, for next season and for plenty of time to come.”

Whilst this might be a throwaway line as part of wider praise for the experienced front man it does bring in the question of Reid’s contract situation. When the former Forest Green Rovers and Cheltenham Town forward signed in January it was initially on a deal until the end of the season. With that deal running out and the contract status of Josh Staunton and Joe Quigley being clarified and sorted beyond the end of the current campaign could this be a sign that Reid is also a longer term part of the plans?

Yeovil Town manager Darren Sarll has reiterated his desire to help his players continue to progress on and off the field as the National League season draws to a conclusion.

When asked in his pre-match press conference if the club was still aiming for a play off place, Sarll admitted that with a squad who had been through so much it was simply a case of taking it slow.

“It’s been an incredibly draining week, there’s been no let off for the players. I’m hoping the players can cope mentally with everything and just to try and keep performances positive. I’m sorry to be boring, but it’s a day at a time and it’s a game at a time,” he said.

Looking back at the turnaround from the 5-1 defeat to Solihull Moors to the 3-0 win, Sarll praised the players who came in and made a difference.

Charlie (Lee) was a huge influence, I never in my wildest dreams (Chris) Dagnall would do the covering and tackling like he did, the construction of the side, the motivation of the side just felt more organic.”

The  gaffer would go on to reiterate his praise for Joe Quigley following his perfect hat trick in midweek and the forward’s contract extension. He also took time to single out Charlie Lee and Albi Skendi for their contributions to the Glovers 3-0 win on Tuesday.

Yeovil travel to Wealdstone this Saturday with a 3pm kick off. For more info from the Wealdstone camp, read here.

One of Yeovil Town’s 2013 Wembley heroes has signed a contract extension with his current club.

Matty Dolan, who signed initially on loan for the Glovers before making the move permanent has committed his future to the Welsh side until at least the end of 2022/23 season.

On signing the deal Dolan told the Newport County official club website: “I’m over the moon because I’ve played a lot of games for the club and we’ve gone from strength to strength since I’ve been here. I’d like to think I’ve performed well enough to earn a new contract this year, so I’m pleased to get it all sorted. The loyalty that the club has shown towards me has been a big thing for me and my family. I’ve felt welcomed since I first came here and I’ll be looking to help this club keep progressing over the next two years while I’m here.”

Dolan scored 5 goals in 65 appearances for Yeovil Town including a world class strike from inside his own half against Walsall.