Latest Yeovil Town News (Page 62)

Grimsby Town will be opponents of Yeovil’s next season after relegation from League Two. Yesterday, the club confirmed that the majority shareholder John Fenty had sold his shares to the newly formed 1878 company owned by Jason Stockwood and Andrew Pettit.

There’s a Yeovil Town FC link at the heart of the new Grimsby operation, a certain Mark Palmer. Palmer would be assisting them in the assessment of and options for the football operations. Palmer has aided the consortium through the takeover process in his role as managing director of Insight 63, a UK-based advisory firm working in football.

There’s an interview with Francios Zoko following Yeovil’s relegation in 2019, which provides some insight into Palmer’s contribution at Huish Park.


Zoko told the paper that he was aware of Palmer’s involvement back at the club during November 2018, and said that the Football Advisor was directly engaging with the club’s first team players, even to the point of entering the dressing room. He felt that was crossing a line that ‘office’ people should never do: “I felt it from the start. When we were speaking to someone who wanted to take over at the club, as soon as they stepped in and crossed the line the club got worse and worse. From November, Mark Palmer was there and they ruined the club. That’s it. You have an office and dressing room. When someone from the office, like Palmer, crosses the line and comes into the dressing room speaking to players, promising things, you’re killing it.” READ MORE HERE…


Stockwood, the new Mariners chairman said: “Grimsby Town belongs to the fans and the community; we are truly honoured to now be the custodians of the club, running it on their behalf. To that end, involving the fans is essential for us. We will listen carefully to them and will want their help in running the club properly and setting an ambitious, progressive, and crucially, sustainable vision for progress.

“We’re fully aware we’ve inherited a club in a challenging situation and we commit to be open and transparent about what we can and can’t do – and to be realistic about the job in hand. We wish to give special thanks to Paul Hurst for all the hard work and commitment he and his team have been putting in to build the squad from a tough position. We look forward to continuing to work with Paul and the team into next season and beyond. Andrew and I are working as close partners on all decisions. We are passionate about Grimsby Town and I am deeply honoured and privileged to take on the role of Chair and have the opportunity to try and help the club improve over the next few years.”

As well as changes to the club’s board, the new owners also announced that

Yeovil Town face another of the National League’s promotion-chasing sides as they travel to a Wrexham team in ominously good form on Saturday.

The Dragons are unbeaten in their last five with 11 points for a possible 15 and sit in sixth place heading in the weekend.

Unfortunately for the Glovers, there is no room for their hosts to make an error this weekend with Bromley, Notts County and Chesterfield breathing down their necks.

The Wrexham players have an additional incentive courtesy of their new owners, Hollywood actors Ryan Reynolds and Rob McElhenney, who have created a £250,000 bonus pot for the players.

Each player will receive £200 for each win and £50 for a draw – but only as long as they remain in the play-offs.


FROM THE MANAGER

Wrexham manager Dean Keates has set his side a target of matching their recent form and is looking for three wins and two draws in their final five games, starting this weekend.

Speaking to the Wrexham Leader, he said: “We have picked up 11 points from the last five games and we have got to look to replicate that over the next five games.
“If we can do that, it will give us a massive shout of getting into the play-off places. We want to get maximum points every single game but you have to be realistic.”

The Dragons came from 2-0 down to earn a 2-2 draw at Maidenhead United on Bank Holiday Monday.


TEAM NEWS

Striker Kwame Thomas, who scored for Wrexham in the reverse fixture at Huish Park in October, is the only first-team squad member missing for boss Dean Keates this weekend.

The joint top-scorer is out for the season having ruptured an Achilles.

The home side have been boosted by the return of captain Shaun Pearson who returned over the Easter period after a long lay-off following treatment on a foot injury.

Such is the strength in depth of the Dragons’ squad that Keates was able to make four changes between their 2-1 win over Solihull Moors last weekend and the 2-2 draw at Maidenhead United on Bank Holiday Monday.

The boss told the Wrexham Leader: “We are in a good place with strength in depth, the only injury that we are carrying at the moment is Kwame who is a long-term one. Everybody is ready and contributing. It is a full group so we are happy with it.”

Former Glover Gold Omotayo has started the last six games since joining the Dragons on a short-term deal until the end of the season, scoring once in a 4-0 win at Woking last month.

Keanu Marsh-Brown did not even make the squad for the draw at Maidenhead in the last outing and has featured only twice since joining a month ago.

 

For the lowdown on Wrexham, including more on the recent takeover, listen to the chat with Tim Edwards of Wrexham fanzine Fearless in Devotion on the latest edition of the Gloverscast.

The curtain came down on another successful season in League One with a 2-0 away win at Carlisle.

The win, thanks to goals from Jon Obika and Dean Bowditch, meant that the Glovers signed off the season with a six-match unbeaten streak.

Three points on the final day of the 2010/2011 season secured Yeovil a 14th place finish, level on points with Carlisle and Charlton who only finished above the Glovers on goal difference.

It also meant that Sheffield Wednesday finished below Yeovil Town in the final standings whilst Plymouth Argyle, Bristol Rovers and Swindon were all relegated out of the division along with Dagenham & Redbridge.

Dean Bowditch ended the season as the club’s top scorer with 15 goals, whilst on loan ‘keeper Stephen Henderson picked up the majority of the end of season awards.

The Carlisle side that day included both Francois Zoko and Paddy Madden who would both go on to do alright in green and white later in their careers.

Yeovil XI – Henderson, Alcock (Ehmer, 45), Virgo, Ayling, Smith, MacDonald, Upson (Tutte, 22), Wotton, Welsh, Obika, Bowditch (Jones, 70).

Unused Subs – Stewart, Russell, Gibson, Fitzsimons


Terry Skiverton gave a very honest assessment of how he’s been handling a tough season on and off the pitch at Huish Park.

When asked if the he was still enjoying his roles at the club, the club legend gave a very honest answer: “No, I’m not going to lie, it’s been probably my hardest time throughout my career at Yeovil.”

The club is still processing the shocking loss of Captain Lee Collins who passed away in March as well as trying to negotiate a behind-closed-doors season in a global pandemic.

“Because of what happened [Lee Collins’ passing] and my relationship with Lee within the squad, he was the Captain of the football club, he was number four, we shared the same shirt number, the same roles and responsibilities as a Captain, so no, it’s been really hard to come in every day and make sure we are upbeat and giving energy to the players.”

Skiverton acknowledged his role as a leader within the coaching staff and recognised that he had a part to play in getting his players, colleagues and supporters through a hard time.

“One thing that we do here, is make sure we come up to work, we arrive at work and make sure we are rocking and rolling, so the players know they have staff behind them ready to go. We are all in, we are going to turn up on a Saturday and try and get a result. They need to see that, feel that and they need to know that we are 100% behind them, alongside them, in front of them, and we are leading in the right way as well.”

There’s no doubt the events of the last month have taken their toll on everyone associated with Yeovil Town and it was refreshing to hear a club legend like Skiverton speak so honestly, and openly.


Yeovil Town Assistant Manager Terry Skiverton took media duties ahead of the trip to Wrexham and he suggested that, despite the injury problems, the Glovers aren’t ready to take their foot off the pedal in the hunt for success.

Speaking to the BBC, when asked about the squad’s fitness status ahead of the trip to Wales, Skiverton said: “It’ll be touch and go, a lot of the players have been in, in doing their rehab. We’ve got a real small group training today [Thursday] and then tomorrow we will do something that’s very, very light and we will have to readjust and get the right squad that travels up so that everybody’s fit.”

With the season drawing to a close and the squad looking very thin, Skiverton – who also doubles up as the Academy Manager at Huish Park – said we might get to see a few new, younger, faces over the coming games.

“We are a little bit down to the bare bones, we’ve got a few of the younger boys that have come up and will be training with us today and maybe surprising by seeing one or two in the squad come Saturday, we will just have to wait and see.”

Yeovil included Toby Stephens in the squad for the game against Halifax who is a regular with the Under-18s, whilst goalkeeper Max Evans has been a regular in the travelling parties and of course, Alfie Lloyd – who has plenty of goals in green and white at youth level – has also made the squad this season.

Lloyd wasn’t part of the Under-18s last fixture following confirmation that he has spent time on trial with QPR recently, so his involvement is unclear.

When asked about how the club are tackling the run in to a season, which looks likely to end in a mid table finish, Skiverton admitted it hasn’t been easy for everyone, but that there’s no sense of throwing in the towel just yet.

“It’s been tough, even today with me coming in today and doing the press, the Manager [Darren Sarll] has been feeling a bit flat. We’ve had two really good performances and two good wins, but to come up short on Monday, we’ve been flat after that. We’ve still got to make sure we’re pushing, we’re playing for our supporters every week, who are right behind us – that’s right at the forefront of our minds. The group we’ve got, with the manager, with the football club, we won’t sacking nothing off, our supporters want to see hard work, determination, character. They want to see us defending well and scoring goals.”

With everyone at the club was fighting for their futures and plenty of players out of contract, Skiverton reaffirmed that the attitude of everyone continues to be hardworking and professional.

The Glovers head to play-off chasing Wrexham on Saturday with a 3pm kick-off.


As the season draws to a close, clubs up and down the land are starting to formulate their plans for next season with plenty of players being either offered a new deal, or told to find a new club for the new season.

Below, we here at the Gloverscast will keep a list of the former YTFC players who have their decisions delivered to them, Gloverscast Ben will be keeping this list updated throughout the course of the next couple of weeks, if you spot any former Glovers on R&R lists, feel free to tag @benbarrett10 on Twitter and it’ll be added to the list.

We will divide the lists up by division according the league in which they played the 2020/21 season.

Premier League
To Be Completed

Championship
To Be Completed

League One
The MK Dons have announced that former Yeovil striker Kieran Agard will be leaving the club at the end of the season.
Agard famously became the words first ‘Twansfer’ after being scouted on social media after Yeovil manager Terry Skiverton announced he needed the help of Twitter to find some new players!
Agard leaves the Dons as their 3rd highest goalscorer ever.

League Two
To Be Completed

National League

The First National League side to declare their future plans are Dover.
Dover withdrew from the 2020/21 season and saw all their results expunged, including the 3-1 loss to Yeovil on 30th of January, the last time Andy Hessenthaler’s side played.
They have announced they plan to go part-time for next season and as a result, plenty of their full-time players have been released, including former Yeovil Town midfielder, Oscar Gobern.

MAY 6th 2013

Ed Upson Day will live long in the memory for all Glovers fans.

Yeovil Town, under Gary Johnson, pulled off a miracle by getting promoted out of League One and into the Championship for the first time ever in 2013.

The Play Off campaign saw the Glovers face off against Sheffield United and despite losing 1-0 in the first leg, the story that unfolded on the Bank Holiday Monday of May 2013 will go down in EFL folklore, as Yeovil, once again, came back in the second leg to book their place at Wembley,

Goals from Kevin Dawson in the 6th minute and famously Ed Upson just before full time took the Glovers to the League One show piece for the second time.

The match itself ebbed and flowed, United hit the bar in the first half whilst Paddy Madden missed a glorious opportunity in the second.

Many a tale has been told of this magical day, with over 8000 in the ground and plenty more watching on TV,

Scorer Kevin Dawson said after the game;

“This means everything to the club. I can’t explain what I’m feeling. It’s the best feeling I’ve ever had in my life, unreal.

“We’re now 90 minutes away from the Championship and that’s where we want to be. I’ve never been to Wembley, so I can’t wait.”

Whilst Gary Johnson told Sky Sports; “It’s very special for our club, our town, our players… we’re a little old club in Yeovil and we’ve got ourselves to Wembley, one game away from the Championship.”

Supporters invaded the pitch after the full time whistle with celebrations from all sides of Huish Park still available to watch on You Tube to take us back to arguably Huish Park’s greatest day.

The highlights are below, take six minutes to celebrate the 8th Ed Upson Day celebrations

 

A page set up by Yeovil Town supporters to raise money for the family of the club’s late captain Lee Collins will stay open until the end of the season.

The JustGiving page set up by Simon Woodland of the club’s Disabled Supporters Association has already raised £6,282 with donations coming from across the world.

Supporters of many of Lee’s former clubs, including Northampton Town, Port Vale and Mansfield Town, have made generous donations.

Simon said: “The generosity from across the football family has been overwhelming.”

The page will remain open until the end of the season to give time for any further donations to be received.

You can find the JustGiving page here: https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/simon-woodland-47

 

In-form striker Alfie Lloyd did not feature for Yeovil Town’s under-18s side in a 1-1 draw at home to Cheltenham Town last weekend.

The frontman turned out for QPR Under-23s last month having been reportedly taken on trial by the West London club.

Midfielder Toby Stephens, who was an unused substitute for the Glovers’ first-team in the 3-0 home defeat to FC Halifax Town on Bank Holiday Monday, played the full 90 minutes at Alvington last Saturday.

Skipper Jiah Medrano got the hosts’ goal in the Merit League 1, where they sit in fifth place in the seven-team league with one game remaining.

They travel to bottom-of-the-table Newport County for their final fixture at the weekend.

Read the full match report on the club’s official website – here.

Former Yeovil Town defender Luke Ayling has reiterated his love for his former club saying it was “the best decision I ever made”.

Speaking to Laura Woods and Adebayo Akinfenwa on the Sky Sports Super Six Podcast, Ayling spoke of how he felt like moving to Somerset made a huge difference in his career

“It certainly toughed me up, it was the best decision I ever made in football.”

“I was playing men’s football at 18 or 19… I was a little skinny lad, a centre half playing centre mid, who wasn’t very good at centre mid then dropped back to right back and found my spot.”

Ayling was brought in alongside fellow Arsenal academy graduate Luke Freeman by Terry Skiverton and would go on to become a fan favourite.

However, his time in Yeovil nearly ended much more quickly than he’d expected after recalling a training ground incident with defender Paul Huntington.

“There was one incident in training, we were playing a game and one of my mates scored, Hunts [Paul Huntington] started shouting and I went back at him. There was a bit of a thing and he said, ‘you’re gunna have to get back in the team you big time Charlie’.”

That wasn’t the end of the situation though.

“So, I was playing centre mid and the ball has rolled to him [Huntington] and I’ve ran 20 yards and clattered him, and said ‘how’s that for big time Charlie’? We’ve got up, had a little scuffle at the time and the gaffer at the time sent me in saying ‘you’ll never play for this club again’ I told him ‘I don’t want to play for this club, I’m done’.”

Thankfully for Glovers fans, a swift chat with his agent and an apology was all that was needed to right the wrong and Skivo soon had Luke in his plans once more.

On his relationship with Terry Skiverton, Ayling said:“I still speak to him now, he gave me my chance, we’re good.”

Akinfenwa asked about the League One Play Off success.

“I knew what us boys actually did, we started well and hit a run and got into the play offs… there was 40,000 at Wembley, it was so good to see all that green and white. There was 22,000 [Yeovil] fans there, there’s only 40,000 in the town of Yeovil. We won it, jumped in the off licence right outside Wembley, went to McDonald’s and got loads of stuff, went back to Yeovil and went to the pub for three days”

Ayling went on to play for Bristol City following Yeovil’s relegation from the Championship and then made a move to Leeds where he is playing his way into the conversations for international recognition under Gareth Southgate and England.

Ayling will always be part of the heroic 2013 Play-Off side who gave so many Glovers fans so many special memories, he scored three times in 185 appearances at Yeovil.

You can listen to the Super 6 Podcast wherever you get your audio on demand and don’t forget to subscribe to the Gloverscast whilst you’re there.


Yeovil Town defeated Gillingham 2-0 in preparation for the 2007 League One Play-Off campaign.

Manager Russell Slade took the opportunity to rest a few key players with the likes of Arron Davies, Chris Cohen, Nathan Jones and Marcus Stewart all missing from the match day squad.

The visitors still proved too strong though, goals from Jean Paul Kalala – his first for the Glovers – and Wayne Gray enough to separate the sides.

Among the changes made by Slade, a young Craig Alcock made his debut from the bench, whilst names like Daniel Webb and Tom Clarke were also given game time.

Yeovil finished the season in 5th place with 79 points and would eventually fall just short in their quest for promotion with a loss to Blackpool at Wembley.


Yeovil XI – Mildenhall, Lynch, Forbes, Guyett, Lindegaard, Brittain, Kalala, Barry, Welsh (Alcock, 74), Clarke (Webb,57), Gray (McCallum, 88)

Unused Subs – Behcet, Smeeton.


Wrexham boss Dean Keates has said he was on the verge of quitting after online trolls threatened to burn down his house.

The Dragons’ manager, whose side host Yeovil Town at the weekend, was speaking after the social media blackout over the Bank Holiday weekend in protest against online hate.

He told BBC Wales: “When it goes to the point people are happy to abuse you… I have had people threatening to burn my house down, stuff against my kids, personal insults… I just don’t understand it.

“And when it gets personal, when it was aimed at my family, my kids and people are taking it upon themselves to wish that you catch Covid-19 and that gets you out of a football club, it is hard to take.

“I am not going to lie, when it gets to that level when people are saying things about your kids or whatever, there are points where I have thought ‘is it worth it?’. But I have never shied away from things.”

Wrexham are in sixth place heading in to the weekend after a coming from two goals down to earn a 2-2 draw at Maidenhead United on Bank Holiday Monday.

Speaking to the Wrexham Leader, Keates said: “It was great character from the boys. It is difficult being 2-0 down but we have been in that situation before.

“We know if you can get one goal, you get momentum and second half we had the wind behind us.”

Over the last few days, there have been several hints about the future of Reuben Reid. Last week during the press conference ahead of the trip to Wealdstone, Darren Sarll said: “Reuben is a fantastic player for us now, for next season and for plenty of time to come.”  BBC Radio Somerset  alluded to the striker signing a new contract during commentary of the win last weekend. The noise is all very positive coming out of Huish Park regarding Reid, and the indications are that we are extending Reid’s stay at Huish Park.

Reid’s signing on the 5th of January caught many off guard. The experienced forward returned for his second spell ahead of our fixture against W*ymouth and was cited as ‘our top target this season’ by Scott Priestnall as we announced the departure of Courtney Duffus.

Since arriving, Reid has made 21 appearances for Yeovil, scoring three times, twice from the penalty spot. His influence, on the pitch, has been mixed. With Reid’s experience at higher levels, many expected more goals. While Reid was prolific at Plymouth Argyle and Exeter, those spells were a peak in his return in front of goal. On the Gloverscast, Ben regularly makes the point that he “won’t judge Reuben Reid on the number of goals he scores”, and this is fair. Reid’s strength is in bringing other forward players into the game. Rhys Murphy’s hottest period this season came when he was paired up with Reid. Those two seemed to strike up a good relationship together, but he seems to have gelled less well with other strikers.

Reid’s post-match interviews have also drawn attention. Some supporters are appreciative of his honesty. Following defeat at $tockport, he bemoaned the quality of the performance and described some of the play as “nearly football.”

He was also critical of his teammates after Yeovil let a 2-0 lead slip against Notts County. Although his performance on that evening was hardly a four out of seven. This mentality, and character, is a key part of a Darren Sarll dressing room.

Reid is, undoubtedly, a big influence in this dressing room. If he can bring young players along with him and help them grow develop – as Sarll has suggested he has with Quigley lately – then that’s ideal. However, I don’t think it’s unfair to to expect more from him on the pitch, if he’s going to publicly call out his teammates.

We received official confirmation of Joe Quigley’s new contract after his hat-trick against Solihull a week ago. We know Darren Sarll likes having a few strikers and based on Monday’s performance in the 3-0 home defeat to FC Halifax Town, Reid and Quigley have a long way to go to be an effective partnership.

The biggest question come out of the latest updates from Huish Park is, what of the future of Rhys Murphy?

Despite two unsettled seasons which have seen him spend long spells on the sidelines, Murphy’s been the striker we were crying out for during our descent down the Football League, and our most natural finisher since Paddy Madden.

His return of 30 goals in 60 appearances in green and white has been superb and will be very difficult to replace, should he leave. At 30-years-old, and with a couple of disrupted seasons, it would be hard to begrudge Murphy a move to a League club. If he gets a payday from another club in the National League, though, that would be a big disappointment.


It’s promising that we’re hearing noises about contract renewals, you can read the current status of the squad here. As you’ll see, we’ve got a long way to go yet.

Torquay remain top of the National League following their 2-0 win away at Furlough FC Chesterfield. The victory leaves Gary Johnson’s side 4 points clear of Sutton United, who conceded a penalty at the death to lose 3-2 at Notts County.

Ex-Glover (sort of) Kabongo Tshimanga scored three in Boreham Wood’s 5-1 at Kings Lynn.

Playoff hopefuls Bromley picked up a crucial 1-0 win at Hartlepool Dagenham & Redbridge beat Woking 3-1 with Angelo Balanta scoring their third goal.

Wrexham came from behind to get a 2-2 draw away Maidenhead. Solihull Moors returned to winning ways with a 4-0 victory at home to Altrincham. $tockport also won 4-0 against Wealdstone.

Rather hilariously, National League also-rans Barnet have done the double over W*ymouth. The Bees won 2-0 at the seaside.
Read the match report of our home loss to Halifax here, if you’re that way inclined.

Yeovil Town bowed out of the Football League on this day in 2019.

Relegation has already been confirmed after a 2-2 draw against Northampton Town the week prior but the Glovers played out a 0-0 draw with Carlisle to officially bring down the curtain on a Football League journey that had begun in 2003.

3418 people were in Huish Park to watch the somewhat drab affair.

Of the YTFC squad on that day, only Matt Worthington and Gabby Rogers remain with the Glovers.

It would also spell the end of Neale Marmon’s temporary stint in charge at Yeovil having taken over from Darren Way once the former midfield stalwart had been relieved of his duties prior to the run in.

As is customary, the end of season awards were also handed out with on loan ‘Keeper Nathan Baxter swooping all five Player of the Season trophies.

Alex Fisher ended the season as the Glovers top scorer with eight goals.

Yeovil XI – Nelson, Worthington, Mugabi, Worthington, James, Santos (Arquin, 70), Gray, Pattinson, Abrahams (Seager, 76), Dobre, Duffus (Fisher, 80)


Yeovil Town’s Jimmy Smith spoke to BBC Somerset following the Glovers’ 3-0 loss to Halifax saying the team felt frustrated at the outcome of the match,

“[It’s] very frustrating, the conditions didn’t help either, but that was for both teams, but when you’re not getting decisions from the referee, for the majority of the whole game it doesn’t help either”

Smith, who was booked during the game by the official Elliot Swallow, claimed he was headbutted in the build up to that yellow card whilst also bemoaning the refusal of not one but two penalty decisions which could have swayed the game in the Glovers’ favour.

“… I don’t think it’s a pen for them, we should have had a pen… [Tom] Knowlesy gets put in a headlock and the decision goes against him…”

Smith, like Manager Darren Sarll did admit that despite the officiating, the Glovers did make chances, but failed to capitalise on any.

“We had chances to get back into the game, we had free kick situations, we felt we could have scored from them. The score line, I don’t think it is what it shows, but we’re disappointed not to get something out of this game… we had a few chances, in the second half we had five or six and we need to put them away, no excuses.”


 


Read the match report here

Yeovil Town Manager Darren Sarll spoke to the media following the Glovers’ 3-0 loss to Halifax and bemoaned both the home side’s inability to take the chances the created as well as the officials.

“… we have made more chances today against Halifax than their last four games put together… and the subsequent missing of those chances; you look at Billy’s (Sass-Davies) header, the two free kicks from 18 yards out, the penalty decision, (Chris) Dagnall didnt force that one in on the line…”

Yeovil can rue not only their lack of clinical finishing in front of goal, but also another fine performance from the visitors ‘keeper, Sam Johnson who tipped a Reuben Reid effort onto the post early in the 2nd half as well as making plenty of other fine saves during the game.

Sarll also broke Rule 1 of the Gloverscast by complaining about the referee saying that Elliot Swallow’s performance was… “absolutely disgusting”.

Both Joe Quigley and Reuben Reid has penalty claims turned down, whilst there were also plenty of questionable decisions including when a Halifax defender made an excellent interception from a dangerous Tom Knowles cross, only for the referee to give a goal kick.

Sarll took time to praise both Knowles and Josh Neufville after what he called a “slapped wrist” at half time saying “I thought they stood up as men, which is a great quality in a young man.”

Huish Park was at mercy to the elements for much of the game, with wind being described as ‘ferocious’ by Sarll post-match, he would go on to admit that his side didn’t use the conditions to their advantage enough in the first half.

Rhys Murphy and Matt Worthington were both omitted from the squad recovering from slight injuries whilst Charlie Lee was suspended following his booking in the win over Solihull.


 

 


Read the match report here

FC Halifax Town manager Pete Wild admitted that Yeovil Town should have had a penalty before his side scored their second in 3-0 win at Huish Park.

In the 83rd minute, Glovers’ striker Reuben Reid was pulled back in the box by visiting defender Niall Maher, but referee Elliot Swallow waved the appeals away.
The Shaymen broke down the other end where Kieran Green nicked a second.

Speaking to the Halifax Courier after the game, Wild said: “Yeah it’s a pen, definitely. Again, across the season there’s been many times where we’ve had pens I didn’t think were pens and we’ve not had them, so you’d like to think it balances out.”

He added that the scoreline flatered his side who remain in fifth place in the National League table.

Wild said: “It certainly wasn’t a 3-0 game but there’s been many a time this season where we’ve had chance after chance after chance and not taken them. Today we’ve had limited chances and taken most of them.”

 


Read the match report here