On the day when Matt Uggla and Paul Sackey were officially presented to supporters, our former manager returned to burst the bubble at Huish Park. Here’s Ian’s conclusions from our 1-0 defeat by Woking.

It was a familiar story up front. Woking’s centre back pairing of Cuthbert and McNerney dominated Alex Fisher and Jordan Young in the first half. While Young is still adapting to this level, I felt Fisher should have been more prepared for a physical battle and he really struggled against Woking’s duo. While both strikers improved in the second half and Young should have equalised when he was one-on-one with Jaaskelainen. We’ve been saying it since the start of 2021/22, but we need to find a solution in the final third. Jordan Stevens showed glimpses, our wingbacks struggled to get any joy in attacking areas and Matt Worthington struggled to get on the ball to make things happen.

Jordan Young heads at goal. Image courtesy of Mike Kunz

Woking’s goal was a sloppy one. The other trend in recent weeks is the conceding of soft goals and Woking’s ticked that box. A good cross into the box from Edwin Agbaje was met by the head of Jordan Young, who could only head it at Jaaskelainen. Thirty seconds later, the ball was in the back of Grant Smith’s net. Woking pushed forward and when the ball reached Owen Bevan at an awkward height, he couldn’t head it, knee it or kick it and the ball was bundled to Lofthouse who smashed it in. While goals are obviously the big concern in the attacking third, the issue isn’t going away in the defensive third.

Darren Sarll.
Picture courtesy of Mike Kunz.

We got Darren Sarlled. Woking’s goal came after a golden opportunity for Jordan Young and once the Cards were ahead we saw a familiar pattern emerge. Yeovil returned from the break with momentum and put the pressure on Woking for the first 10 minutes, until our opponents got to grips with the situation and became masters of disruption. Players went down needing treatment innocuously, took forever to collect the ball for set pieces and goal kicks and showed their penchant for the dark arts – all facilitated by a referee who took no control of the time-wasting tactics. Yeovil just couldn’t get any rhythm in the second half and Woking saw the game out.

We need to start playing for the full game. Yesterday really was a rinse and repeat of our season. We struggled in the first half and then started playing after the break, until we got Sarlled. Mark Cooper referenced it post-match, our inability to play towards the away end. It’s a growing pattern that we only play towards the Thatchers. It has to be a mentality thing, as we’ve had plenty of teams over the years who’ve been able to score at either end. Of our 13 remaining fixtures, we’ve only got five more at home to make Huish Park a fortress and keep this team above the line.

Matt Uggla, left, and Paul Sackey, right, meet with some guy who we assume is part of their group! Picture courtesy of Mike Kunz.

A cloud has lifted at Huish Park. Despite the result, there was a feeling of relief at Huish Park with the presentation of Paul Sackey and Matt Uggla of SU Glovers before kick-off. There’s a lot of work to do, on the pitch and off of it, but it feels like we’ve got something we can get behind. Our new custodians introduced themselves to supporters, signed autographs, took photos, and mingled after the match too. Plenty returned to Huish Park yesterday for the first time in a long time and I’m sure more will come. While the result wasn’t what we might have scripted, it finally feels like we’ve got an ownership group who are genuinely invested in the future of our club.

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1 year ago

I hate to say this but this team has relegation written all over it. Leaking soft goals and can’t score. There’s only so much Mark Cooper can do if they’re not actually good enough. We need an end of season clear out and total rebuild and hopefully stop relying on too many loans. I’ll be delighted if we somehow avoid the drop but the teams below us can score goals even if they can’t defend. They’re going to get one or two results in the run in whereas we can’t score or defend right now. What’s actually kept us above the line is that we happen to have the best keeper in the National league….I hope we can somehow hang on to him if we go down. Our away record is dire and with Barnet and Chesterfield away to come. It’s not looking good..
Sorry if I come across as too negative but Matt and Paul have 8 years of mess to clean up and it won’t happen overnight. We may have to go down to come back up, which I’m confident we will with their backing.

1 year ago

Why no ball boys or girls at home matches? Is this another recognition of Darren Sarll back in September 2019 when our Manager?