Yeovil Town manager Darren Sarll has told supporters to expect a more controlled side for the upcoming National League season compared with the previous two campaigns.

The Glovers’ boss was talking after his side won 1-0 in their opening pre-season friendly at Step 4 side Stratford Town at the weekend.

He told the club’s official YouTube channel: “I was really pleased with the structure of them team because for two years we have been ‘we’ll get five if you get four’ and that is my fault because that is my attitude – I want to get in the middle and dominate the fight.


Sarll and Skiverton
Terry Skiverton, right, alongside Yeovil Town manager Darren Sarll.
Picture courtesy of Mike Kunz.

“But we are going to have to be different this year because there is no Charlie Lee, Jimmy Smith and those characters in the team that can take my character on to the pitch.

“We are trying to do things a bit more strategically and a bit more in control which is hard for me because I have to sit down.”

He added: “I was just really pleased with the control of the team, it is a different team and it may take the supporters a while to get their heads around it, but that is how we are going to have to be.”

The boss gave debuts to summer signings goalkeeper Grant Smith, defenders Mark Little and Jordan Barnett and midfielder Dale Gorman from the start against The Bards.

Other new boys midfielders Charlie Wakefield and loanee Lewis Simper were introduced in the second half along with four trialists – see more about who they might be – here.

The visitors had the ball in the net twice courtesy of striker Reuben Reid and midfielder Tom Knowles only to be ruled out for offside, and former Glovers’ goalkeeper Liam O’Brien pulled off a number of fantastic saves to deny his old employers.

Sarll added: “We had some good chances there, the goals that were ruled out were ridiculous and some of the other chances we had, it could have been a really hefty scoreline.

“But I was pleased with the performance and the fitness levels were great.”


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