Venue: Huish Park
Saturday, October 15 2021, 3pm kick-off.

Conditions: Dry and bright
Ground: Perfect – again.

Scorers: Wakefield 12 (1-0), Bearwish 90 (1-1)

Attendance: 3,354 (676 away fans)

Referee: Darren Drysdale

Yeovil: Gorman 71, Barnett 90.
W*ymouth: None.

Yeovil Town
: (4-3-3)
Grant Smith
Dan Moss, Max Hunt, Josh Staunton, Jordan Barnett
Tom Knowles, Matt Worthington, Dale Gorman
Ben Seymour Joe Quigley Charlie Wakefield

Substitutes: Jack Robinson (for Tom Knowles, 80), Lewis Simper, Jordan Dyer, Toby Stephens, Sonny Blu Lo-Everton, Adi Yussuf, Max Evans.

W*ymouth: Fitzsimons, Brooks (for Bearwish, 86), Yarney, Leslie-Smith, Harfield, Shields, Cordner, Mussa, Goodship (for Rose, 60) McQuoid, Ash (for Taylor-Crossdale, 60).

Substitutes:  Robinson, Murray, Bruton, Olomowewe.

Match Report

An equaliser three minutes in to injury time from local rivals W*ymouth means Yeovil Town will face a replay if they are going to make the first round proper of the FA Cup.

Having led through a Charlie Wakefield strike after 12 minutes and dominated the first half, the Glovers fell deeper and deeper as their visitors pushed for an equaliser.

It looked like we would do enough to sneak past the kitchen sink being chucked at us, only for substitute Tom Bearwish to scramble the ball home from a long throw at the death.

The home side began strongly with Joe Quigley having an effort diverted wide from a corner in the opening attack.

That set the tone for a positive start from Yeovil shooting towards a packed Thatcher’s End.

After a couple of half chances, the first clear cut opportunity fell to Charlie WAKEFIELD when Dale Gorman‘s quick free-kick found the winger with a sublime pass. He shrugged off his marker  and rifled home the opener from just inside the box.

Barnett looked to have been fouled but referee Darren Drysdale waved play on and Bradley Ash burst through on to Omar Mussa‘s ball, but only put his shot in to the side netting with the game approaching the half-hour mark.

Ben Seymour lashed an effort in to Thatcher’s shortly and Quigley had an opportunity blocked soon after.

As half-time approached, the visitors pressed for an equaliser and Josh McQuoid’s shot just went the wrong (right?) side of the post after a deflection off Matt Worthington.

A cross from Tom Knowles to the back post where Worthington was in an advanced position – what a nice thing that is to write – but he could not get enough of a connection to turn it home.

Boss Darren Sarll will have been pleased with the performance of his side in a typically all-action derby game – just edging it without being spectacular.


Half time: Yeovil Town 1 W*ymouth 0

W*ymouth started the brighter in the second half and midfielder Shaun Shields had an effort which was turned away by the legs of Grant Smith in the home goal.

That was the only real opportunity of the opening 15 minutes and W*ymouth boss Brian Stock introduced Martell Taylor-Crossdale and Akheem Rose on the hour mark at the expense of Ash and Brandon Goodship.

A speculative long-range effort from Knowles failed to trouble visiting keeper Ross Fitzsimons on 64 minutes and shortly after Quigley had the ball in the net but was adjudged offside.

It took until 71 minutes for the first booking of the derby to be given and Dale Gorman was the recipient – call this a derby? Into ’em, Yeovil.

With ten minutes to go, Jack Robinson came on for Knowles with Barnett moving forward in to midfield. This isn’t us sitting back for the final stages, is it?!

Meanwhile, the Terras were going for it with a packed  forward line and we all knew what was going to happen. A long throw in to the box with three minutes of the four played and Tom BEARWISH and scrambled the ball in at the near post to nick an equaliser.

The away end erupted, the Thatcher’s Stand was stunned. We do it again at the Wessex Stadium probably on Tuesday night.

Full time: Yeovil Town 1 W*ymouth 1

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