Goals from Jordan Young, Jamie Sendles-White and Frank Nouble saw Yeovil Town pick up three points away at Somerset rivals Weston-super-Mare in a five-goal thriller at Winterstoke Road on Tuesday night.

The Glovers raced in to a 2-0 lead after just 18 minutes after Young fired home a sublime free-kick and then Sendles-White headed his first goal for the club from a corner.

But the visitors did not have it all their own way with James Morton pulling one back with a stunning strike before the break as Weston piled on the pressure.

Nouble headed home for the third after ten minutes of the second half and substitute Jason Soule headed a late second for the hosts to set up a nervy ending.


First half

The first chance of the match fell to the visitors, shooting towards the packed away end in the first half. Jordan Young picked up possession on the edge of the box and played right to Frank Nouble, who hammered his effort in to the visiting supporters after three minutes.

At the other end hosts’ captain Dayle Grubb warmed the palms of Yeovil keeper Joe Day moments later, but after sharing the opening exchanges it was Yeovil who took the lead in style on 15 minutes.

Having been felled on the edge of the box, YOUNG stepped up to bend a free-kick in to the top right-hand corner, in off the post. An absolute beauty.

Yeovil went for the jugular with Worthington winning possession well and feeding in Owers whose shot was deflected wide for a corner. It was Young’s turn to turn provider as his corner found Jamie SENDLES-WHITE rising highest in a crowded area to head home. A goal from a corner and two goals in a match.

That was the urgency which Yeovil fans (well, certainly three Yeovil fans on our Monday podcast) had been calling for and it paid dividends.

Having been stunned, Weston enjoyed a good period of possession and on 22 minutes midfielder Jamie Morton’s long-range effort was held by Day.

Four minutes later, a short corner by Grubb found Lloyd Humphries whose effort was possibly dipping under the crossbar but a combination of Day and Morgan Williams turned it over for a corner.

The possession continued in the favour of the home side with Kieran Thomas’ low effort from the edge of the area well blocked by Day. The visitors’ keeper was being called in to action and it was ex-Glovers’ striker Reuben Reid who forced another save out of him. This time with his legs.

The Seagulls were certainly finding a bit of impetus and they pulled a goal back on 38 minutes. Another spell of possession saw the ball break to MORTON whose effort from fully 30 minutes flew in to the net. Perhaps a deflection on the way in to the net, but if it didn’t, he’ll never score a better one.

It was nothing more than the home side deserved for a sustained period of dominance whilst the visitors lost the urgency which had served them so well in the opening 20 minutes.

The nerves in the away end were palpable as the home side continued to turn up the pressure whilst Yeovil looked nervous in possession.

In the second minutes of three added on, a lose pass from Josh Staunton almost let Reid in, but Day was quick off the mark to clear the danger.

The half-time whistle will have been more of a relief to the travelling support than those in the home end.

Half time: Weston-super-Mare 1 Yeovil Town 2


Second half

Yeovil manager Mark Cooper made his first change at the start of the second half with Zac Bell replacing Jamie Sendles-White on the right side of defence.

Weston came out with their tails up after the break and a pot shot from Jason Pope on 50 minutes was as near to an opening as they carved out from the start.

Have picked three yellow cards in the first half, it was more than a little annoying to see Day pick up another for time wasting early in the first half. Sendles-White had picked one up for delaying a throw in the first half. We know referees are going to be picky this season, so why give them the excuse?

Another yellow card, this time for Owers who tripped Grubb on the edge of the box after 57 minutes. The Weston play-maker could not match the technique of Young earlier in the game and his effort went over.

But, on 55 minutes it was visitors who extended their lead. A free-kick in from the left found Staunton rising highest at the back post and NOUBLE who nodded home from close range.

Importantly that picked up a previously nervy away support – a magnificent away support of 850 travelling fans, may I say – and, equally importantly, dampened down a previously boisterous home crowd. That may have been the camera I was watching from being in the stand, however!

With the home side beginning to tire, Cooper introduced fresh legs off the bench with first Jordan Stevens coming on for Murphy and then Jordan Maguire-Drew replacing the excellent Young.

On 69 minutes, Stevens’ first foray forward saw him almost find Nouble only for Thomas to get a vital toe to the ball and then on 74 minute Maguire-Drew almost got on the end of a ball in from the right from Nouble, but hosts’ keeper Luke Purnell was there to deny him.

Having proven himself unafraid to hand out red cards on the pitch, referee Liam Corbett took his cards off the pitch sending off Weston boss Scott Bartlett. What for? Who knows. Rule #1 folks, Rule #1.

With a minute of normal time remaining, a worrying moment saw the play delayed with what appeared to be a defibrillator appearing in the shot, presumably for a member of the home crowd. Our thoughts obviously with that individual.

From the restart, a great ball in from the right by Bell found Worthington the middle but he hammered his effort wide. Should have scored. Didn’t though.

Want some more nerves though? In the seventh minute of second half stoppage time, substitute Jason SOULE headed in Grubb’s free-kick for the home side’s second.

The delay had obviously added a good deal (no idea exactly how much) of additional time on and Soule’s celebration showed he’d not given up.

In that additional time, Reid got the ball in the box and fired it in to ‘the mixer’ where Jackson and Staunton tangled. Luckily it was the skipper who got the better contact.

Let’s just say, the final whistle was a relief. Three points in the bag though and, come the end of the season, no-one will care about anything other than that.


Full time: Weston-super-Mare 2 Yeovil Town 3

Match Details

Venue: Winterstoke Road
Tuesday 5th September – 7.45pm kick-off

Pitch: Grass which was a relief.
Conditions: A beautiful summer’s evening……in September.

Attendance: 2,487 (850 away supporters)

Scorers: Jordan Young 16 (1-0), Jamie Sendles-White 18 (2-0), James Morton 39 (1-2), Frank Nouble 55 (1-3)

Yeovil Town: 
Jamie Sendles-White 40, Jake Wannell 43, Joe Day 51, Morgan Williams 53,  Josh Owers 57, Matt Worthington 90+8.
Weston-super-Mare: Jason Pope 14, Kieran Thomas 66, Marlon Jackson 90+8

Referee: Liam Corbett

Yeovil Town (5-3-2)


Substitutes: Zac Bell for Jamie Sendles-White, 46; Jordan Stevens for Rhys Murphy, 65; Jordan Maguire-Drew for Jordan Young, 71,. Will Buse (not used), Sonny Blu Lo-Everton (not used).

Weston-super-Mare: Luke Purnell, Keith Thomas, Jason Pope, James Morton, Lloyd Humphries, Sam Avery, James Dodd, Marlon Jackson, Dayle Grubb (c), Jordan Bastin, Reuben Reid. 

Substitutes: Jamie Soule (for Jordan Bastin, 65), Harry Lee, Ed James, Jay Murray, Bailey Kempster.


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