Latest Yeovil Town News (Page 67)

It was a Paddy Madden goal from which cost FC Halifax Town three points in their last outing.

The former Glovers’ hero got his sixth goal for $tockport County just before half-time at The Shay on Saturday to dent the West Yorkshire side’s hopes of a top three finish.

However, the Shaymen still arrive at Huish Park on Bank Holiday Monday in fifth place with three wins in their last five matches.

Their position owes much to their form over the past couple of months with nine wins from 15 matches since the start of March.

That run includes wins on the road at play-off rivals Chesterfield and Notts County.


FROM THE MANAGER

FC Halifax manager Pete Wild has promised to carry on rotating his team when they arrive at Huish Park.

He made three changes for the 1-0 defeat against $tockport County at the weekend and is planning more for a game he is expecting to be a hard-fought one.

Speaking to the Halifax Courier, Wild said: “I expected Yeovil to win at Wealdstone on Saturday, I expect an aggressive, front-foot, in your face Yeovil, ready to have a go at us.

“You know what Darren Sarll’s teams are like. We, first and foremost, have to match our levels from Saturday, and make sure we do out stuff right so we don’t get undone.”

He added that his side needed to “get a positive result, a draw or a win” to keep pace with a competitive top seven.


TEAM NEWS

Former Yeovil Town loanee Tahvon Campbell, who is on loan at The Shay from Cheltenham Town, sat out the defeat to $tockport with a knee injury.

Shaymen boss Pete Wild told the Halifax Courier a scan on the winger/striker’s injury had shown “just bruising”, but added he did not expect him to return until next weekend.

Another ex-Glover, defender Tom Bradbury, was an unused substitute at the weekend as Wild went for a 4-5-1 formation rather than a 5-3-2 with wing backs.

According to Halifax supporters, Bradbury is one of four quality central defenders fighting for three starting spots  when they play five at the back and therefore could return on Monday.

Jeff King is expected to return at right wing-back after missing the past two games through suspension.

Wild said after that $tockport defeat that midfielder Jack Earing would miss out with a hamstring injury and added the trip to Somerset may come too soon for frontman Darren Stephenson, on loan from National League North side Curzon Ashton.

Striker Micah Obiero, who is on loan from Championship side Huddersfield Town, could be available after suffering a hip injury.

Yeovil Town midfielder Tom Knowles has been given a place in the Non-League Paper’s team of the day following his goal against Wealdstone on Saturday.

The Glovers recorded a 2-0 win against the strugglers with Knowles scoring the opener in the first half. Joe Quigley doubled the lead with his 11th goal of the season on 23 minutes.

Other notable inclusions include former Glovers striker Paddy Madden after the Irishman scored the only goal in Stockport’s win over Halifax as well as the Halifax ‘keeper Sam Johnson who Yeovil will come up against on Bank Holiday Monday.


The Fulll National League Paper Team of the Week

Sam Johnson – Halifax
Liam Hogan – Stockport County
Gary Liddle – Hartlepool
Louis John – Sutton United
Tom Knowles – Yeovil Town
Asa Hall – Torquay United
Jay Harris – Wrexham
Mauro Vilhete – Dagenham
Paddy Madden – Stockport County
Andrew Dallas – W*ymouth
Omar Bugiel – Sutton United

It’s somewhere between game week 34 & 37 across the National League and Gary Johnson’s Torquay sit a point clear of Sutton at the top of the league, following the Gulls’ 3-1 win against Eastleigh at Plainmoor. Sutton, with a game in hand, also won 3-1 today at home to Aldershot.

In those key playoff positions, Hartlepool taught Furlough Chesterfield a lesson the other 3-1 score line today. Wrexham continue to dream of Hollywood in 6th, after two Luke Young penalties helped them to a 2-1 win against Solihull Moors. Halifax, the Glovers’ opponents on Bank Holiday Monday, fell to defeat at Stockport County with a certain Paddy Madden scoring the only goal of the game.

Notts County picked up a point away to 17th place Altrincham, while Kings Lynn and Maidenhead played out a scoreless draw.

No-hopers Barnet lost 0-2 to Dagenham & Redbridge at The Hive and the scummers won 4-2 away at Woking.

And, finally, the mighty Gloves won 2-0 away at Wealdstone with goals from Tom Knowles and Joe Quigley.


You can view the latest table here

Chris Dagnall has said he is enjoying playing in the deeper role he has filled for the past couple of matches.

The 35-year-old, who has scored more than 100 Football League goals in a career as a striker, played in a deeper position in the 2-0 win at Wealdstone having starred there in midweek against Solihull Moors.

Speaking to BBC Somerset’s Tom Seymour, he said: “I think I have forced it on to the gaffer by doing it in training and he’s stuck me in there in the week and again today. I enjoy it in there, I like running about and kicking people, and we’ve had two wins so hopefully he keeps me there. I have always wanted to play deeper, I have done it a few times in the past when I have played at Crewe and Barnsley. It is not something I have purposely done due to age, I just play there because I enjoy it there. I can run around more, kick more people and get involved in the game more.”

Dagnall described the past week as “one of the toughest of my career” after the team attended the funeral of captain Lee Collins during the week.

He added: “It’s been really tough, so fair play to the lads for coming out here, especially the younger lads, we came out here and ran ourselves in to the ground. We wanted to come out here and get three points for Lee and try to move on. We are always there for each other and all the lads know if they never anyone to speak with one of us is there. We are all in this together, there’s no easy answers, we just have to keep working hard together.”

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.

 


It’s fair to say since Yeovil Town and Wealdstone played out a 2-2 draw in Huish Park’s first competitive match of the season, things have not exactly gone as expected for either side.

For our hosts on Saturday, a bright start saw them win five of their first nine fixtures following promotion from National League South last summer, only to quickly peter out.

After a 1-0 win at Halifax Town in early November, they lost eight of their next 13 matches in all competitions and lost boss Dean Brennan, who guided them to promotion, in acrimonious circumstances.

He left under a cloud accusing chairman Rory Fitzgerald of making his position “untenable” after failing to get a deal he said he was promised when he turned down a chance to leave for an unnamed “very ambitious club.”

Stuart Maynard, who was Brennan’s assistant last season,  took permanent charge and, to add injury to insult, shortly after the club chose to furlough players in a bid to stay solvent.

The result has been a dismal second half of the season which leaves them languishing third from bottom of the table.

They have suffered four consecutive defeats, including a 7-2 defeat against Hartlepool and a 6-0 hammering by Maidenhead United in their last two home games.


FROM THE MANAGER

Speaking after a 2-0 loss at Aldershot Town last weekend, manager Stuart Maynard described his players as “dead on their feet” and said the squad was “down to bare bones”.

He added: “There’s nothing we can do, it’s not that the players are giving up or ‘throwing the towel in’ at all, they are giving everything for the club and don’t have any more left.

“You look at other clubs and they can change it, we don’t have that luxury so we have to keep going with the lads, we will keep working hard as a group.

“We will keep going collectively and we will give our all for the football club from now until the end of the season.”


TEAM NEWS

Wealdstone could see the return of defender Riley Harbottle and goalkeeper George Shelvey, both on loan from Championship side Nottingham Forest, who have both missed the last two games through injury.

Craig Fasanmade, who is on loan from National League South side Hungerford Town, is also likely to return o after completing his three-match suspension.

However defenders Nikola Tavares, George Langston and Josh Meekings are all out and forward Dennon Lewis picked up a knock in Saturday’s defeat to Aldershot which makes him a doubt.

Former Yeovil Town midfielder Ollie Bassett has made a move to the Canadian Premier League.

Bassett, who broke the record as the Glovers’ youngest ever EFL player, has joined Pacific FC who are based on the West Coast.

The Northern Irishman was just, 17 years, 6 months and 13 days old when he was given an opportunity, from the start, in a fixture against Crawley in 2015, a record that remained in tact until Devon Arnold made his debut in 2019.

Bassett played twice for the Glovers under Paul Sturrock as well as taking in three loan spells at Dorchester during his time in Somerset, he has since spent time playing in New Zealand.

On his latest move, Bassett said: “When I first went to New Zealand it was quite tough because it was the first time I’d played in a different country and been so far away from my family and friends. But I think having that experience in the past and dealing with it will only help me settle in quicker when I can start training and start getting out and exploring (the Island). From what people have said Canada is just a really nice country – especially the Island, people have spoken quite highly about it from the people I’ve spoken to. As for the league, I’m expecting it to be a tough and competitive league, and one that’s still growing; it’s only a couple years old so it can only get better. I’m really looking forward to playing in the league and testing myself against some of the best players.”

Everyone at the Gloverscast wishes Ollie all the best for his new adventure in Canada.

Pacific FC Sign Bassett

Darren Sarll said he was mentally exhausted during Yeovil’s defeat at Solihull (last Saturday) and that some of his players were feeling the same way.

Speaking after the 3-0 win in the return fixture on Tuesday evening, Sarll said: “I stayed pretty quiet about it on Saturday, but the mental drain that these players have all gone through and are still going through now, makes it hard to get any joy even out of tonight. On Saturday, everything about our attitude and what we think we have come to know about these players (was challenged). I can only speak for myself, but I was mentally exhausted and I know that some of the players were feeling the same way. We did not come out and say that because we did not want to be excuse makers.”

Yeovil made four changes for the midweek fixture, including starts for Chris Dagnall and Joe Quigley, and Sarll explained his reasons behind the decision.

“We were able to brighten everyone up on Monday, and I thought some changes to the team might change the dynamic and freshen things up. Some of these lads had not had the chance to play for Lee since he passed, especially Dagnall and Quigley whose attitude through their periods out of the team has been so good. I wanted to do that anyway because I felt they deserve that chance. I don’t think Reuben (Reid) and Rhys (Murphy) were not deserving of the chance to play, I just felt (Dagnall and Quigley) needed that opportunity to go out and play for Lee.”

The manager also acknowledged, as is totally understandable, that the whole club is still in the process of healing following Lee Collins’ tragic passing.

“They were wonderful tonight and they were wonderful on Saturday. Just because we went down the tunnel once the week before (against Borehamwood) does not make us robots, it doesn’t mean the world is okay, nobody has stuck a bandage over this situation, we are still very much healing. The fact that they go out there to play (says everything you need to know about them). I don’t think anyone would have been complaining if we had cancelled these last three games, people would have supported us and stayed with us, so we did well to get out there on Saturday and we did well tonight.

“Looking back, I probably should have more of a point of that on Thursday (before the game at Solihull) when I did the press, but that’s the problem, isn’t it? We are all macho men and we don’t like telling anyone how we feel.”

Yeovil Town recovered from Saturday’s drubbing at Solihull as a Joe Quigley treble saw the Glovers return the favour last night.

Following Quigley’s perfect hattrick in the 3-0 win, it was announced that he’d signed a new contract to remain with the Glovers for the long-term.

Speaking after the match, Darren Sarll said: “We’re at a good point with Joe. It’s probably a good a time as ever to let everyone know that he’s with next year. He’s with us for the long haul, which is nice. Obviously with the last couple of weeks we didn’t want to release anything disrespectfully. Joe’s part of our long-term plans and my long-term plan.”

The former Dagenham striker was also on media duties last night. Of his contract he said: “There was no doubt at all. As soon as I spoke with the gaffer about it I was buzzing and really pleased to get it done. He’s brilliant here, the gaffer. I love working for him and I love the lads here so it’s perfect. It’s a great group of lads but I think it comes down to the gaffer working with me. He’s worked a lot of hours with me over the time I’ve been here and I really appreciate that.”

There was widespread derision from fans of Dagenham when we announced the signing of Quigley in October, but the striker has now reached double-figures in his first season.

Darren Sarll added: “We’ve tried to uncoach Joe. Joe’s had lots of clubs, so in every club there will be a manager and he’s probably had 24 different ways of playing. We’ve tried to reset him to what we think he is and to try and get away from some of the caveman techniques that maybe were being drilled into him in the levels he was playing at. He’s taken his time to accustom himself to get back to what he’s great at.”


During the match commentary, Josh Staunton also announced he will still be at Huish Park next season, having signed a two-year deal when he joined last summer.