Lewis Simper

Toby Stephens claps the Yeovil fans

Yeovil Town’s on loan midfielder Toby Stephens had a watching brief for his temporary club Hemel Hempstead Town as he was a unused sub in their 1-0 over Dulwich Hamlet on Saturday.

Stephens has played twice so far during his short stint away from Huish Park, but failed to add any minutes to the tank this weekend.

Glovers’ manager Darren Sarll told the Gloverscast this week that he has been impressed with Toby’s progression and have been in regular contact with the Tudor’s coaching team.

“[We talk to Hemel Hempstead] daily, daily. Mark Jones, who is manager there, worked for me in year one, Mark’s a good friend, a good coach, and we speak all the time, so it’s a very easy one with Toby,”

“I’m sure people will be a bit confused why we can’t fill a bench, but we’ve loaned Toby out, but I thought it was so important, not just for his career, but for his state of mind, that he saw some football. We’re suffering because of that, because of numbers, but Toby’s contribution [to Yeovil} has been 10, 15 minutes and I didn’t think that was enough for a young man, who’s training every day”

“He needed to play, Mark (Jones) had him here in the youth team, Mark knew him really well, and he needed some help in that position and we were more than happy for him to go.”


  • Elsewhere, former Yeovil loanee Lewis Simper has joined Concord Rangers again on a short term loan from Cambridge.
    Simper played a total of six minutes in the league for Yeovil in the 2-0 loss away at Grimsby.

Ben Seymour in action
Credit:Weymouth FC Flickr²

Yeovil Town have announced that loan pair Ben Seymour and Jordan Dyer have returned to Exeter following the expiry of their loan deals.

Initially signed on one-month deals from the Devon side, Glovers’ manager Darren Sarll told the Gloverscast last week, any renewals would go down to the wire, but it has now been announced that they will both return to their parent club.

Seymour made four appearances for the Glovers, including two starts whilst Jordan Dyer just made one, two-minute cameo in green and white.

With Lewis Simper being recalled by Cambridge early and Dion Pereira seemingly not coming back to complete his loan spell from Luton, it leaves just Sonny Blu Lo Everton (Watford), Dan Moss (Millwall)and Jack Robinson (Middlesbrough) as temporary additions to Darren Sarll’s side.

This weekend’s game vs Solihull represents Moss’ last game of his initial spell before he will either return to his London base or renew for a longer stint in Somerset.

We wish Jordan and Ben all the best back at St James’ Park.

A lack of game time meant Lewis Simper’s loan spell at Yeovil Town was “probably coming to an end” before his recall, according to Cambridge United manager Mark Bonner.

The midfielder was recalled by the League One side on Tuesday after a spate of injuries and suspensions left them with only one recognised midfielder.

Simper was an unused substitute in the 1-1 draw at Doncaster Rovers last night.

Speaking after that match, Bonner said: “He hasn’t played so much (at Yeovil) and it was one we were always quite focused on.

“The loan spell was probably coming to an end there anyway because of the limited game time he has had, so we will consider that.

“At some time he needs a really good run of games, so that will happen at some point.

For now he is with us and we’ll see what happens.”

Simper joined on a season-long loan spell in July but has been unavailable for almost all of his time at Huish Park having suffered with COVID-19 and then picked up a leg injury.

The arrival of Sonny Blu Lo-Everton limited his chances even further and Simper has played just 16 minutes as a substitute for the final ten minutes of extra time in the FA Cup replay win at W*ymouth and six minutes at Grimsby Town last weekend.

Speaking following the midweek win over Woking, Glovers’ boss Darren Sarll suggested both player and club would be interested in Simper making a return to Huish Park.


Captain Luke Wilkinson could be back in contention for the weekend’s visit to Solihull Moors.

The centre-half has been missing since limping off after 28 minutes of the 2-0 home defeat to Chesterfield.

Speaking after the win over Woking on Tuesday night, manager Darren Sarll said: “I think Luke may make Saturday which would obviously be a huge boost to everyone including the average age.

Luke Wilkinson, who has missed Yeovil’s last eight matches through injury.
Picture courtesy of Mike Kunz.

Hopefully he can play some part, I’m not sure how long, that will be calculated based on Thursday and Friday’s training.

“But it would be a huge addition and coming back off a win does not feel so desperate to throw him back in.

“I thought (Max) Hunt and (Josh) Staunton in particular were fantastic tonight.

The boss also confirmed that Sonny Blu Lo-Everton missed out on the midweek win after picking up an injury against Grimsby Town at the weekend.

He also suggested that Yeovil would be interested in getting Lewis Simper back after he was recalled by Cambridge United ahead of the Woking match.

Asked about the loan midfielder, Sarll said: “It’s been stop-start (season for Lewis) and when you are in the flow of the season and someone has missed so many minutes, it is hard to get them involved.

Sonny Blu (Lo-Everton) has stepped in to those shoes and did very well, but best of luck to Lewis.

“He would love to come back, we would love to have him back if possible and maybe carry on that journey together.”

The 20-year-old, who joined on a season-long loan in July, was recalled due to a spate of injuries and suspensions at his parent club.

He was an unused substitute in Cambridge’s 1-1 draw at Doncaster Rovers on Tuesday night.

Lewis Simper has been recalled by his parent club Cambridge United after the League Two club suffered a number of injuries.

The 20-year-old joined on a season-long loan spell, but made just two competitive appearances having suffered with COVID-19 and a leg injury since arriving.

In a statement issued just hours before the home match with Woking, the club said: “Yeovil Town can confirm the Lewis Simper has been recalled from his loan spell by Cambridge United.

“Due to a number of injuries at his parent club, the midfielder now returns with immediate effect.

Lewis Simper during a spell at Concord Rangers last season – we never even had him long enough to get a picture of him in green-and-white!

“The club would like to thank Lewis for his efforts during his time in Somerset and wish him all the best for the future.

The final line of the statement gives the impression that is the last we have seen of Simper, and Cambridge boss, Mark Bonner, spoke at the weekend about how he did not want to bring players back for just one game.

The Us have only one recognised central midfield player, Jensen Weir, available for their League One fixture against Doncaster Rovers tonight, sparking the recall.

Simper appeared off the substitutes’ bench after 84 minutes of last weekend’s 2-0 defeat at Grimsby Town and came on for the final ten minutes of extra time in the FA Cup replay win at W*ymouth, but has otherwise failed to feature.

On-loan midfielder Lewis Simper could be involved in the Yeovil Town squad for Saturday’s FA Cup derby against local rivals W*ymouth.

The 20-year-old, who joined on a season-long deal from Cambridge United in the summer, has not been seen since the pre-season friendly against Taunton Town.

Having suffered with COVID-19, Simper suffered a muscle strain during which time Yeovil recruited other midfielders and manager

New Glovers Lewis Simper in action for Concord Rangers

Darren Sarll said the loanee will now have to play his way in to the side.

He said: “Lewis’ attitude is magnificent, he’s going to be a good player and he’s got to fight his way in.

“He would be playing in a similar role to maybe Tom Knowles is now, so he needs to be better than Tom Knowles.

“I hope to have him involved Saturday if we can and see how he goes.”

The manager added that he expects the fourth qualifying round tie to come too soon for central defender Luke Wilkinson who he said is “getting closer” to fitness and is expected to be back later in the month.

Midfielder Mitchell Rose is also expected to miss the tie having picked up a hamstring injury in the 2-0 defeat to Notts County the previous weekend.

Loan midfielder Lewis Simper should be back in training with Yeovil Town next week, according to Cambridge United first team coach Mark Bonner.

The Us’ boss confirmed the midfielder, who signed on a season-long loan in July, has picked up an injury after being one of a number of Glovers’ players who suffered COVID-19.

Speaking after his side’s EFL Trophy win over Tottenham Hotspur Under-21s on Tuesday night, Bonner said: “(Lewis) had COVID and he was off for a while with that, then he came back from COVID and picked up an injury which is quite common at the moment with people working too hard after 10 days of nothing.

“He had a small problem with knee so he is back in with us at the moment for treatment and rehab, so he trained on Monday and Tuesday and will train Thursday and Friday and be back with Yeovil next week.

“Hopefully he will be back in their squad for the following week.

A big thankyou to Alex Jones of Prost International for asking the question on our behalf.

Striker Reuben Reid and defender Mark Little will both be out of contention for Yeovil Town until Christmas, according to manager Darren Sarll.

Speaking ahead of the opening National League fixture at home to King’s Lynn on Saturday, the boss confirmed Little had undergone surgery on his foot after picking up an injury in the pre-season friendly against Forest Green Rovers.

Reid suffered a hamstring tear in the friendly against Weston-super-Mare will be missing for up to four months.

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


Sarll said: “Both of them (Reid and Little) we should expect them around Christmas, if anyone was going to come back sooner it would Reuben but Mark had to undergo an operation.

“I have never seen anything like it in 20 years, put your foot down and rotate it the wrong way and a ligament ruptured on top of his metatarsal that keeps the metatarsal in position. – that is a new one on me!”

He also confirmed that defender Alex Bradley and loan midfielder Lewis Simper are also likely to miss the opening game.

Both appear to have been among a group of players who have been affected by the outbreak of COVID-19 which led to the postponement of the club’s final two pre-season friendlies and last weekend’s trip to Wrexham.

Speaking about new striker Adi Yussuf, the manager said the former Wrexham and Solihull Moors player still needed to work on his fitness before he could be a regular.

He said: “(Luke) Wilkinson said when he played against Yussuf (in training) he gave him a hard time and all those things are important when new players walk in to the dressing room.

“It would have been ideal if they had a bit longer, Adi needs to spike his fitness levels a bit before we see him playing week in, week out but he will be a really good signing.

“He has got that hunger back and sometimes players just need a home and to feel wanted and (Joe) Quigley was in that category and I am looking forward to working with Adi.”

New Glovers Lewis Simper in action for Concord Rangers

Cambridge United Head Coach Mark Bonner has been speaking to the club’s official website about the season long loan deal that will see U’s midfielder Lewis Simper head to Huish Park.

Bonner has highlighting the success and progression of another former Cambridge player, Tom Knowles since his move a year ago.

He said;“We have seen how good Darren Sarll and Yeovil Town have been for Tom Knowles and hope that Lewis will rise to the challenge of competing for a regular starting place in the team, coping with the physical demands that brings and adjusting to a new environment.”

Simper, who has spent time on loan at Concord Rangers, has recently signed a new deal at the Abbey Stadium and this move is the next step in his career according to his parent club’s head coach.


“This loan gives Lewis an excellent opportunity to build on his strong conclusion to last season, stepping up a level to the National League. (It) makes it the perfect time for him to experience a first team environment with a more realistic chance of senior match minutes.”

Speaking on social media, Simper himself said he was “Buzzing” to sign for Yeovil.

Welcome to Huish Park, Lewis!

Young midfielder Lewis Simper has joined Yeovil Town on a season-long loan from League One new boys Cambridge United.

The 20-year-old, who is described as “highly-rated” by the club’s official website, signed a contract extension with the Us last month to extend his stay at the club he joined as a six-year-old.

He signed on professional terms in January 2020 and made his debut eight months later, coming off the bench against Fulham in the EFL Trophy tie.

He had a spell at National League South side Concord Rangers last season, playing seven times and scoring twice and was involved in the Essex side’s delayed FA Trophy final match with Harrogate Town at Wembley.