FA Cup

Midfielder Tom Knowles said his Yeovil Town team-mates need to take the positives from their run to the FA Cup third round in to the rest of the season.

The Glovers went out of the competition after a 3-1 defeat at home to Championship leaders AFC Bournemouth and now have just two days until the National League trip to Southend United on Tuesday night and an FA Trophy tie with Needham Market next weekend.

Tom Knowles. Picture courtesy of Mike Kunz.

Knowles said: “We’ve come away from Torquay with two disappointing losses and we’ve got to go to Southend and look to pick up a win again and then we’re back in to the FA Trophy. We have to pick up momentum and keep going game by game.

He praised the support from the home fans in the crowd of 7,818 who turned out for the televised tie, adding: “We play football for the fans, they were class tonight, you saw when we scored that goal and right throughout the evening they were behind us.

“If we can take that in to our league form and see as many (fans) back here again, that will push us on for the season and hopefully we can kick on and do well.”

Knowles said the team was “gutted” to have been put out of the competition courtesy of a hat-trick from Bournemouth midfielder Emiliano Marcondes – but said they were proud of their performance.

The midfielder added: “We felt we gave a good account of ourselves against a good Championship side and we went out there and did Yeovil proud.

“We are gutted to be going out, but it’s been a great journey and we have really enjoyed it.

“We knew they were going to have a lot of the ball, they are a possession-based team, but I thought we frustrated them in the first half.

“We all did our jobs well, we were working our socks off and their quality shone through.”

Darren Sarll said he was pleased his Yeovil Town side did “never backed down” against Championship leaders AFC Bournemouth in the defeat which ended their FA Cup run.

A hat-trick from Cherries’ midfielder Emiliano Marcondes sealed a 3-1 win for the visitors and the manager was keen to praise his side for their willingness to take the fight to this high-flying opponents.

Yeovil Town manager Darren Sarll.
Picture courtesy of Mike Kunz.

Speaking to BBC Somerset’s Sheridan Robins after the loss, he said: “We had a saying tonight ‘never back down’, we wanted to step in to the battle, we didn’t want to get to half-time and be talking about giving too much respect to the opponent.

“No-one backed down, no-one shied out of a challenge, and we made it messy for them at times which was something we knew we’d have to do.

“We had to try and rough it up a bit to get anything out of them and I thought the second half was an excellent performance.

“The first half I thought was patient, the first goal gives us no pride because we worked on that exact scenario too often this week, but I thought the players showed great character and I am pleased we did that.”

Having had a number of cases of COVID-19 in his already limited squad, the boss said that he was able to count on four substitutes with just under four hours to go until kick-off.

He ended up with a full complement of nine substitutes albeit only four of them – Charlie Wakefield, Sonny Blu Lo-Everton, Adi Yussuf and Reuben Reid – made it on to the pitch.

Sarll added: “Some of them were not in any condition to play, especially with the time they have played up until now, Charlie (Wakefield) being one of them.

“We have so many games coming up and we know what an important player he is for us but the physio and doctor were excellent to get the players in a shape to compete.

“We were pleased at 2pm that we started the day with four on the bench and we managed to get the full complement out, which we have not been able to do much this season.”

Looking ahead of Tuesday night’s trip to Southend United in the National League, the boss said his side needed to get back to the form which had seen them go 13 matches unbeaten before a double defeat to Torquay United over the festive period.

He said: “All the razz, glamour and cameras are over now and it’s important we get back to being gritty and getting draws away from home, three points at home.

“We have to get back to the reality of what the fifth division of the game looks like, and Tuesday will be tough because (Southend is) a well-supported club and it has a bigger resource than us.”

Venue: Huish Park
Saturday, January 8th, 5.45pm kick-off

Conditions: Howling wind and driving rain for the first half, but calmer and drier in the second half.
Pitch: Given the rain that had fallen on it, it performed magnificently.

Attendance: 7,818 (2,033 away supporters)

Scorers: Marcondes 19 (0-1), Marcondes 43 (0-2), Quigley 48 (1-2), Marcondes 70 (1-3)

Referee: Jeremy Simpson

Bookings:
Yeovil Town: Gorman 3, Worthington 7, Moss 35
AFC Bournemouth: Pearson 65, Rossi 90+1, Brady 90+5

 



Yeovil Town
: (4-4-2)

Dillon Barnes
Dan Moss, Max Hunt, Luke Wilkinson, Morgan Williams
Matt Worthington, Dale Gorman, Josh Staunton, Jordan Barnett
Tom Knowles, Joe Quigley

Substitutes: Charlie Wakefield (for Morgan Williams, 68), Sonny Blu Lo-Everton (for Matt Worthington, 78), Adi Yussuf (for Joe Quigley, 78), Reuben Reid (for Dale Gorman, 85), Alex Bradley, Jack Robinson, Jaheim Headley, Toby Stephens, Max Evans.

AFC Bournemouth: Nyland, Mepham, Marcondes, Lowe, Davis, Pearson, Kilkenny, Rogers, Anthony, Ibsen-Rossi, Moriah-Welsh. Substitutes: Brady (for Anthony, 64), Saydee (for Davis, 85), Camp (for Pearson, 90), Travers, Dennis, Stacey, Kelly,  Gidaree, Cook.

 


Match Report

A hat-trick from the impressive Emiliano Marcondes was enough to end Yeovil Town‘s run in the FA Cup with a youthful AFC Bournemouth side running out comfortable winners.

The Danish midfielder put away two calm finishes in an opening 45 minutes which was controlled by the visitors who knocked the ball around confidently despite howling wind and rain which lashed Huish Park.

A mistake by Cherries’ keeper Orjan Nyland handed Joe Quigley the opportunity to pull one back for Yeovil just three minutes after the restart, but a mistake by on-loan Glovers’ keeper Dillon Barnes gifted Marcondes a third in the second half.

Ian was there to watch it and – with a couple of additional bits from Dave watching on the telly – here’s how he saw the third round fixture.

 

First half

There was a big match feeling at Huish Park, and plenty of anticipation with a packed crowd of in excess of 7,000 behind the Glovers – well, presumably with the exception of the sold out away end, that is.

Despite the talk of COVID absentees, Darren Sarll welcomed back captain Luke Wilkinson and on-loan full-back Dan Moss, who missed the Torquay defeat through illness and suspension, and brought Joe Quigley up front.

We also managed to name nine substitutes, which is somewhat of a miracle considering he’d only manage four subs at points this season.

The visitors did not play a team packed with first-team regulars from their Championship table-topping side, but there were was plenty of League experience in the side in the form of midfielder Ben Pearson and forwards Jamal Lowe and Jaidon Anthony to name just three.

As the wind and rain on a miserable night battered the travelling Bournemouth supporters on the uncovered away terrace, Yeovil got off to a feisty start.

Dale Gorman picked up a booking after just three minutes for a tackle which, if it had been made at the same point in the second half, could have seen him dismissed by referee Jeremy Simpson. That said, the booking dished out for Matt Worthington four minutes later was as soft as…..Rule 1, must remember Rule 1.

An early free-kick was shot high and wide by Gorman, but Bournemouth’s quality was on show as they controlled the possession without creating much in the way of clear cut chances.

For all the tippy-tappy sideways stuff, it was a simple opener for non-stop Emiliano MARCONDES who opened the scoring. A great ball from defender Chris Mepham, a £12m signing a couple of summers ago, split the defence and Marcondes ran in between Wilkinson and Moss to slot calmly home with 19 minutes gone.

Bournemouth dominated the ball for long spells, leaving the Glovers with a lot of chasing to do and a midfield who had to be cautious given the early yellows. There was a third which looked soft – and even softer on the television replays – for Moss who got the ball. Referees giving decisions to bigger teams, whatever next, eh?

Anthony came close to doubling the Cherries’ lead after 23 minutes when his deep effort beat Barnes all ends up and came off the inside of the post and away.

It was the impressive MARCONDES, doubled his tally just before half-time after patient possession from Bournemouth. The attacking midfielder was played in my Anthony and drove a low powerful shot across Barnes into the far corner.

 Half time: Yeovil Town 0 AFC Bournemouth 2

Second half

The second half couldn’t have started any better for Yeovil.  Cherries’ keeper Orjan Nyland dallied on the ball and was dispossessed by a fine tackle from Tom Knowles and the ball broke to Joe QUIGLEY to put the ball into an empty net and unglue the packed Thatchers’ terrace in the 47th minute.

Joe Quigley celebrates vs Bournemouth

Yeovil’s quick start seemed to take all Bournemouth’s rhythm and it took them a while find it. When they did find it, they worked a nice opportunity for Jamal Lowe which was saved well by the leg of Barnes.

However, the on-loan keeper didn’t cover himself in glory moments later. Lowe carved himself some space inside the Yeovil 18 yard box and his shot was parried by Barnes to the feet of MARCONDES who could pick his spot to complete his hat trick.

Darren Sarll rolled the dice with ten minutes left on the clock, bringing on Sonny Blu Lo-Everton and Adi Yussuf before he added Reuben Reid. Ultimately, Bournemouth’s quality on the ball saw them through as they controlled proceedings keeping the Glovers at arm’s length.

Reid came close to adding a second with the final kick of the game. Barnett’s ball in saw Moss battle with Nyland and the ball broke to the substitute whose shot was blocked on the line by the body and arms of defender Brennan Camp. Reid grabbed the ball ready for the penalty, but referee Simpson blew the full-time whistle instead.

Yeovil can hold their heads high, Bournemouth are no slouches, and are likely to be playing Premier League football next season.

It was nice to see a good crowd at Huish Park – even the owner turned up!

Full time: Yeovil Town 1 AFC Bournemouth 3

Dale Gorman scores his penalty vs Weymouth
Credit: Weymouth Flickr

Yeovil Town midfielder Dale Gorman has been speaking ahead of the Glovers’ FA Cup tie vs Bournemouth and says that a quick start could be a good way to get at their Championship opponents.

We look to start every game fast, and that’s been key to our success recently.”

Yeovil have scored a divisional best six goals in the National League this season, conceding just one in the league during the opening 15 minutes of games so far, whilst the Cherries are yet to find the net away from home in the first quarter of an hour on in the 2nd tier.

“It might be a bit different (vs Bournemouth) with the way they set up, we don’t know that until we encounter it tomorrow, but look, it’s something that we’ve talked about and something we’ve got into a routine of doing over the past two or three months”

“So, we will be looking to start fast tomorrow and be focused and be ready to do our jobs”

Yeovil have scored a divisional best six goals in the National League this season, conceding just one in the league during the opening 15 minutes of game, 

Gorman said that returning to working under Darren Sarll means he’s now enjoying his football again and is proud to play for a ‘great club‘ like Yeovil.

‘Jez’ Simpson. Photo @WestmorlandFA

Yeovil Town’s FA Cup third round tie against Bournemouth will be officiated by EFL referee Jeremey ‘Jez’ Simpson.

Simpson was congratulated by his home County FA on Twitter for the appointment on Wednesday, before the FA had made any official announcement on the referee and assistant appointments.

The FA Website says of Simpson;

He has refereed over 200 EFL games, and since the start of the 2016/17 season, has been part of the Select Group 2 Referee list”

Simpson is vastly experienced, even if he does have a slight reputation for giving out a few cards… only twice in the last two and half seasons has he failed to give at least one card in a game he has been in charge of.

Going back through the records, he has taken charge of a few former Glovers’ games.

The Johnson v Johnson clash was played under Simpson’s watchful eye as Gary of Yeovil played Lee of Oldham towards the end of the 2012/13 season.

A year later he was in charge when Yeovil squandered a 2-0 lead to lose 3-2 vs Derby in the Championship.

But the last time he was in the middle for a Yeovil game, we won!

A 1-0 win over Swindon in League One in April 2015. James Berret the scorer.

The FA Cup third round clash with Bournemouth is scheduled to take place at Huish Park on Saturday the 8th of January with a 17:30 kick off.

 

 

Dale Gorman scores his penalty vs Weymouth
Credit: Weymouth Flickr

The Football Association has announced that FA Cup ties that finish as a draw after 90 minutes will NOT be subject to a replay in the 3rd and 4th rounds.

So, should Yeovil and Bournemouth, who meet in early January, play something of a stalemate and cannot be split after 90 minutes, instead of an away day at Dean Court 10 days later, the game will finish with 30 additional minutes, and if needed the lottery of a penalty shoot out.

An FA statement said that the decision had been taken… “in the wider interest of English football to alleviate the possibility of fixture congestion following several postponements in recent days and continued uncertainty ahead due to COVID-19.”

The Glovers have beaten W*ymouth, Yate Town and Stevenage to progress this far.

The game with Bournemouth takes place on Saturday 8th January with a 17:30pm kick off.

 

Tickets for the FA Cup third round tie with Championship high-fliers AFC Bournemouth have gone on sale to season ticket holders.

You have until Christmas Eve to claim your ticket for the match at Huish Park on Saturday, January 8 (5.30pm kick-off).

Each season ticket holder is eligible to one additional ticket

Ticket prices are:

Seated/Standing

Adults: £20/£18

Senior: £18/£16

16-23 years: £14

Under-16s: £5

Under-12s: £3

If you are a season ticket holder, claim your ticket – here.

All remaining tickets will go on general sale from December 29.

Dan Moss. Picture courtesy of Mike Kunz.

No less than three Yeovil Town players have been rewarded with a place in the FA Cup Team of the Round for Round 2.

The Glovers beat Stevenage 1-0 live on the BBC to land a record 21st Football League scalp in the competition as a non-league side.

Goalkeeper Grant Smith, and on loan duo Dan Moss and Sonny Blu Lo Everton have been given a place in the side as voted for by Twitter users.

The mythical XI also includes representatives of Kidderminster, Mansfield and Leyton Orient, but Yeovil are the only side with three entrants.

Smith made a number of crucial saves, whilst Lo Everton slid the ball through to assist the match winner from Charlie Wakefield.

Dan Moss was voted Man of the Match by the BBC team and is rightly listed in the side following a string of brilliant performances.

A huge congratulations to all three.

Yeovil Town will host AFC Bournemouth in the 3rd Round on Saturday 8th of January at 17:30pm

Yeovil players celebrate Charlie Wakefield’s FA Cup winner in Round 2

Yeovil Town’s FA Cup 3rd Round tie vs Bournemouth has been confirmed as kicking off at 5:30pm on Saturday 8th on January 2022.

In a slightly odd move, the game has been switched from a traditional 3pm kick off despite not being selected for live TV coverage.

No reason has been given in the FA’s announcement, with other games spread out across the weekend, presumably to allow for more coverage at once.

Darren Sarll said in his pre match ‘presser’ that he was “confused” at the TV ties as Premier League clubs don’t need the windfall of the extra revenue.

However, the FA have confirmed that Yeovil will get a little bonus simply by being pushed out of the 3pm kick off slot.

As per the FA website; “those involved in fixtures that have been moved away from 3pm on Saturday 8 January 2022 will receive £32,500 respectively unless they have been chosen for live broadcast by the BBC or ITV.”

With a further £82,000 on offer to the winner, the Glovers will be hoping for another (record extending) cup upset.

Yeovil players celebrate Charlie Wakefield’s FA Cup winner in Round 2

Yeovil Town have been drawn at home to AFC Bournemouth in the FA Cup Third Round.

The Glovers’ quest for an unprecedented quadruple continues following their successful path through three rounds including Saturday evening’s 1-0 win over League Two Stevenage.

The draw took place on Monday night before the final tie from the 2nd round, between Boreham Wood and St Albans.

Two Arsenal legends David Seaman and Faye White made the draw from Wembley Stadium.

3rd round winners are rewarded with £82,000 on top of their share of ticket receipts,  with additional TV revenue available for those lucky sides selected by ITV & BBC bosses.

 

Yeovil Town goal-scoring hero Charlie Wakefield spoke to the BBC television team after his goal sent the Glovers into the Third Round of the FA Cup.

Ask who he’d like to face, in the next round, Charlie (like the rest of us) set his wishlist quite high!

Glancing over at pundits former Brighton manager Chris Hughton and ex-Seagulls’ striker Glenn Murray, he said: “Now we are in the draw, hopefully we can get someone like Brighton – that’s where I’m from – one of the big Prem teams and we will enjoy every moment.

Wakefield is enjoying his finest form of his career, as well as his first elongated period as a first team regular this season, something the former Chelsea man thinks is paying dividends.

“I am getting a run of games, I am thankful to the gaffer (Darren Sarll) for giving me this opportunity and I managed to kick on.

“When you have a smile on your face you are going to play your best football and I am just delighted for the team.

I have had my injuries and setbacks, but that is in the past and I am enjoying my football. This team are on a great run, we all have to keep level-headed and focus on the league and the next game.”

“We just take it a game at a time and we are all just enjoying it, everyone plays with a smile on our face and it is paying off.”

It was Wakefield’s fifth goal of the season which secured the Glovers’ place in the hat… (it’s a bowl, but whatever) a moment for the winger to savour.

He told Murray: “Scoring goals is what I should be doing in the position I am playing, so I am delighted.

There’s been a couple where I have not been that composed and the manager always says to me ‘just strike through the ball’.”

“Great play from Sonny (Blu-Lo Everton) so credit to the build up to put me in that position.

Yeovil Town are ball number 45 in Monday’s FA Cup draw… Brighton are number nine if you’re interested, Charlie.

 

 

 

Yeovil Town loan defender Dan Moss spoke to the BBC TV pundits pitch side following the Glovers’ 1-0 win over Stevenage in the FA Cup second half.

He told them he was really enjoying his temporary stint in Somerset and the win was down to the teamwork of those around him.

“I am loving it. It is a massive result, a real team performance, everyone dug in deep and you can see it at the end, everyone just throwing their bodies in to get the win in the end.”

Moss, on loan from Millwall for another month was speaking after getting the television’s Man of The Match nomination, for, amongst other moments, a last-ditch tackle to prevent a ‘Boro equaliser.

When it was happening, I saw my runner running late and thought I just had to get my body in the way, it looked good on the camera.”
“The other boys are putting them in as well, so it is not just me.”

Grant Smith in goal made a couple of good saves to keep his side’s nose in front, something which Moss appreciated.

“He was quality again, he is a great keeper and he’s helped us out a bit, he’s dug us out. He’s class.”

The 21-year old recieved praise from Darren Sarll this week who said his performances have shown great maturity and his MOTM showing on prime time Saturday night TV will only enhance the young man’s reputation more.

 

A tactical change to push Sonny Blu Lo-Everton further forward helped Yeovil Town find a breakthrough in their 1-0 FA Cup win over Stevenage, according to manager Darren Sarll.

Yeovil Town manager Darren Sarll.
Picture courtesy of Mike Kunz.

The on-loan Watford forward played in a deeper position in the first half but was moved up alongside Adi Yussuf after the break and within six minutes the pair combined to set up the winner for Charlie Wakefield.

Speaking to BBC Somerset’s Sheridan Robins after the game, Sarll said: “We found it very hard to break that midfield line that they set up (in the first half) and Sonny was starved, so I thought we would free him up.

“I thought the two forwards would disrupt their back four and Adi (Yussuf) does a fabulous job of disrupting back fours.

“So the shape and the tactical changes did work and they have been working for a while now, it was a good performance but when people put that kind of energy and desire in to a performance you have a chance.

The manager also had praise for his defence who have now conceded just three goals in their last ten games, keeping six clean sheets in the process.

Of goalkeeper Grant Smith who pulled off a fine save to deny Stevenage striker Jamie Reid shortly after the opener, Sarll said: “There’s just a calmness about Grant which allows those young ones in front of him to be reassured that he is there and that is a big plus for us to have that goalkeeper and that back four.

  • Asked who he would like to face in the third round draw, Sarll was non-committal, saying: “I just want to enjoy my Sunday knowing we are still in a fabulous competition and I have a group of players that are willing to do whatever it takes for the football club.
  • The manager revealed that Jordan Barnett has been ill for “the past couple of days” and has returned home to South Yorkshire to recover.
    Sarll added: “Hopefully he can rejoin us next week, but it was a big game he missed today and he was not a happy bunny.

 

Venue: Huish Park
Saturday December 4th, 5.30pm kick-off

Conditions: Cold
Pitch: Slick

Attendance: 2,754 (326 away supporters)

Scorers: Charlie Wakefield 51 (1-0)

Referee: Craig Hicks

Bookings:
Yeovil Town: Staunton 30, Wilkinson 73
Stevenage: Reeves 11



Yeovil Town
: (4-3-3)

Grant Smith
Dan Moss, Max Hunt, Luke Wilkinson, Morgan Williams
Matt Worthington, Josh Staunton, Dale Gorman
Sonny Blu Lo-Everton, Adi Yussuf, Charlie Wakefield

Substitutes: Tom Knowles (for Yussuf, 66), Reuben Reid (for Lo-Everton, 80) Alex Bradley (for Wakefield, 91), Ollie Haste, Max Evans.

Stevenage: Smith, James-Wildin, Reeves, Prosser (for Norris, 56), List, Taylor, Osborne (for Barry, 72), Andrade, Vancooten, Reid (for Read, 72), Melbourne.

Substitutes: Anang, Coker, Norris, Lines, Daly, Smith, Marshall.


Match Report

A second half strike from Charlie Wakefield was enough to add another FA Cup giant-killing in to the Yeovil Town history books with a 1-0 win over League Two Stevenage.

But, the game owed much to heroic defensive performances from the Glovers with full-back Dan Moss putting in a man of the match performance.

Following an even first half, the 51st minute strike gave Yeovil an early advantage and minutes later a last-ditch tackle by Moss followed by a fantastic save from keeper Grant Smith kept was enough to see out the tie.

Here’s how another special night at Huish Park played out….

 

First half

Within 20 seconds of the start, Adi Yussuf and Dale Gorman linked up for the midfielder to fire a shot wide from the edge of the box.

Gorman was involved in the first clear-cut chance after seven minutes when his free-kick in to the box was met by Luke Wilkinson, who had a free header but could only direct it wide.

On 13 minutes, a foul by Dan Moss gave Stevenage their first opportunity with a free-kick on the edge of the box. Jake Reeves‘ effort was pushed out by Grant Smith who tipped the follow-up effort from Elliott Osborne over the bar with the linesman’s flag up.

Smith had to get down smartly to turn Osborne’s shot from the edge of the box aside three minutes later, and on 18 minutes former Torquay striker Jamie Reid found himself in space in the box, but his shot was deflected wide.

If the first ten minutes belonged to the home side, the visitors certainly turned up the pressure in the next ten with Bruno Andrade the next to test Smith.

The absence of Barnett and Knowles was clear to see in the opening half-an-hour with Yeovil’s attacking threats coming from set-pieces.

On 34 minutes, a free-kick from Smith broke to Josh Staunton on the edge of the area and he curled a shot just wide of Adam Smith’s right-hand post.

Sonny Blu Lo-Everton lifted an effort over the bar and Andrade smashed an effort wide having broken free down the left, but neither side could find the target before the break.

Half time: Yeovil Town 0 Stevenage 0

Second half

Tom Knowles was involved in a strenuous half-time warm-up but there were no changes from either side at the break.

Stevenage striker Elliott List had a great opportunity within two minutes of the restart as a free-kick was swept in, but he could only put his header over.

It was the visitors who enjoyed the brighter of the second half, but on 51 minutes it was Yeovil who took the lead.

The ball found its way to Yussuf who played in Lo-Everton, he fed in Charlie WAKEFIELD who took advantage of a slip by his marker and smashed a shot across Smith in to the corner of the net.

Just after the hour mark, Osborne beat the offside trap and fired a ball in only for an amazing last-ditch tackle from Moss to clear the danger, then seconds later the ball broke to former Torquay man Reid who was clear through on goal but an Smith spread himself and a trailing leg turned the ball wide.

Both defensive interventions were worth every bit as much as the goal for keeping the Glovers in the tie. Absolutely outstanding from both Moss and Smith.

Stevenage did not give up and continued to press forward with the right hand side a target, perhaps recognising centre-half Williams playing at left-back.

Reuben Reid made his first appearance since picking up a hamstring injury in pre-season replacing Lo-Everton with ten minutes remaining, and when Matt Worthington put a ball just across the box, the striker was lurking but unable to get a touch.

It was no surprise when Moss was handed the sponsors’ man of the match and the young Millwall loanee was in the thick of the action again as the game ticked in to injury time.

A  ball in from the right found Andrade at the back post but Moss was there to block the shot again – some player this lad, some player.

That was enough to see the game out and book a place in the thir round.

Full time: Yeovil Town 1 Stevenage 0

 

Jordan Barnett is missing from the Yeovil Town squad for the the televised FA Cup second round tie against League Two Stevenage at Huish Park today (5.30pm kick-off).

But, striker Reuben Reid makes his first appearance of the season in the squad among the substitutes with Tom Knowles also on the bench after missing the midweek win at Wrexham.

For the visitors, former Glovers’ goalkeeper Adam Smith starts with Stevenage naming a full complement of seven substitutes.

Yeovil Town: Smith, Moss, Wilkinson, Hunt, Williams, Staunton, Gorman, Worthington, Lo-Everton, Wakefield, Yussuf.

Substitutes: Evans, Bradley, Williams, Haste, Knowles, Reid.

Stevenage: Smith, James-Wildin, Reeves, Prosser, List, Taylor, Osborne, Andrade, Vancooten, Reid, Melbourne.

Substitutes: Anang, Coker, Norris, Lines, Daly, Read, Smith, Marshall, Barry.

 

Yeovil Town‘s FA Cup second round tie at home to either the Milton Keynes franchise or Darren Sarll’s old employers Stevenage will be televised on the BBC.

The match will be shown live on BBC 2 and the the BBC iPlayer with a 5.30pm kick-off at Huish Park on Saturday, December 4.

According to the oracle of all things non-League football, Ollie Bayliss, each club will receive £60,000.

The winners of all second round ties will receive an additional £34,000 in prize money, there is no consolation prize for the losers.

Stevenage and The Franchise will face each other in a replay at Broadhall Way next Tuesday night to decide who makes the trip to Somerset.

 

Yeovil Town will host either MK Dons or Darren Sarll’s old employers Stevenage  in the second round of the FA Cup.

The tie was the first to be drawn in and our opponent will be decided by a replay at Broadhall Way next Tuesday night following a 2-2 draw at stadium:mk in the first match last weekend.

If it’s Stevenage then the game will of course be dubbed ‘El Sarll-ico‘ – we don’t make the rules!

The tie will be played on the weekend of 4-5 December which means our National League fixture at Southend United, scheduled for December 4, will need to be rearranged.

The Glovers booked their place in the competition’s second round with a 5-0 win at Yate Town at the weekend.

Yeovil Town will need to be “ruthless” to avoid becoming the victims of an FA Cup giant-killing this weekend, according to manager Darren Sarll.

The Glovers travel to a Yate Town side who are 38 places below them in the football pyramid in ninth place in the Southern League Premier Division South for the first round proper this weekend.

Yeovil Town manager Darren Sarll.
Picture courtesy of Mike Kunz.

The Bluebells have won four of their last six games including a 5-2 league win over Salisbury City in midweek and a 1-0 win over National League whipping boys Dover Athletic in the last round.

Sarll said: “Yate deserve a lot of credit for their progress through this competition.

“They are in a rich vein of form, you can’t deny momentum at whatever level and they have qualities and it will be very important that we share our qualities with everyone on Saturday.

“We have to ensure we are robust, professional and very committed and ensure we get the job done, it will be about being ruthless and professional.

“It may not be a wonderfully smooth display but on these sort of games it is important we get the job done.”

The manager was in attendance for Yate’s 5-2 win over Salisbury City on Tuesday night and said he had picked up a lot of tips from “good friends” he and assistant manager Terry Skiverton have with knowledge of their opponents.

He added: “It’s a really big pitch, it looked in good condition on Tuesday night and it will give us a chance to pass it and we will have to pass it.

But, Sarll said the financial reward of making the second round of the competition would not be a factor for his players. The winners of Saturday’s tie will collect more than £22,000 in prize money.

The boss said: “The financial status is for the boardroom, that’s not for our changing room, so the most important thing is they focus on their current form.

“Working with this group of players it is more important to know we are doing okay and we need to keep improvement, but we are certainly not going backwards.

Tickets have sold out for the FA Cup first round proper tie at Yate Town on Saturday.

Yeovil Town confirmed on Tuesday afternoon that it has sold its away allocation to season ticket holders, less than 36 hours after they went on sale.

The Bluebells have set the capacity at its Lodge Road ground at 2,000 and it is believed they had given us around 350 tickets for away supporters.

That said, Yate has said there will be no segregation between home and away fans.

If you are attending the tie, don’t miss Ciderspace Away Travel Guide to Yate Town – here.