Match Report

Venue: Moss Lane
Sunday 15th May, 3pm kick-off

Conditions: Dry and warm, except for a spot of rain the second half

Pitch: In decent nick for the final game.

Attendance: 2,123 (184 away supporters)

Scorers: Tom Knowles 15 (1-0),

Bookings:

Yeovil: D’Ath 45, 
Altrincham:
Hampson 70

Referee:  Peter Gibbons


Yeovil Town : (4-4-1-1)

Max Evans

Jordan Barnett, Morgan Williams, Jack Robinson, Mark Little

Charlie Wakefield (for Adi Yussuf, 36) Lawson D’Ath Alex Bradley, Tom Knowles

Sonny Blu Lo-Everton

Reuben Reid

Substitutes: Grant Smith, Josh Staunton, Ollie Haste, Adi Yussuf.



Match Report

A first half strike from Tom Knowles was enough to secure Yeovil Town a final day win and ensure caretaker player-manager Josh Staunton’s managerial career ended with a 100% record.

But, it was a man of the match performance from young goalkeeper Max Evans which was the story of an otherwise uneventful match.

The teenager was handed his debut by Staunton in place of first choice keeper, Grant Smith, and rewarded him with some outstanding saves as the hosts pushed for an equaliser in the second half.

On a day that club captain Luke Wilkinson and midfielders Dale Gorman and Matt Worthington did not even feature in the squad whilst youngster Ollie Haste came on as a late substitute to make his debut, the match had an end of the era feel to it.

Here’s how it all looked to Coatesie saw it from the away end….

 

First half

After an opening 15 minutes with little more than a half-chance to shout about from either side, the ball found its way to Sonny Blu Lo-Everton who played a beautiful ball through to Tom KNOWLES who lashed home the opener with Reuben Reid lurking at the far post.

Moments later Ryan Colclough almost found an instant response, bursting down the right but his ball was turn away by Morgan Williams, before moments later Jake Cooper fired wide for the hosts after a misplaced pass by Alex Bradley.

It took 20 minutes for anything else to happen in the game and that was an injury to Charlie Wakefield who was replaced by Adi Yussuf after 36 minutes.

He went in up front alongside Reid with Lo-Everton dropping back in to midfield  from the more advanced position he had adopted.

Altrincham’s threat was coming down the left side from Colclough whereas at the other end there was liveliness from Knowles (as has become standard) but little else to get excited about.

A minute in to first half stoppage time, Colclough’s ball in was flicked wide by Marcus Dinanga. That half-chance was a moment of excitement when on ‘fans’ appreciation day’ at Moss Lane.

The half-time announcement of the raffle draw was another highlight – it was that kind of 45 minutes, folks.


Half time: Altrincham 0 Yeovil Town 1

Second Half

The half-time interval saw young substitute Ollie Haste warming up on his own, albeit he ran along halfway line twice before disappearing in to the dressing room.
 
It took until the 51st minute for something to happen when Lo-Everton picked up the ball in midfield, skipped past a couple of tackles and poked it through to Yussuf who either tried to bustle his way through and was blocked or gave up. You decide.
Play immediately swung to the other end where Colclough, the hosts’ threat in the first half, was denied by a smart stop from Max Evans.
 
Evans was in action again dropping to his right to deny Cooper before Colclough lashed one wide.
 
The home side certainly began to grow in to the game and Colclough almost found himself on the end of a cross from Pringle. The winger was certainly keen to add to the 11 goals he has his season with Alty seemingly able to stroll through the visitors midfield at will. What is Josh Staunton up to today? Oh yeah.
 
Little was caught out 30 yards from goal and Pringle fed it through to substitute Josh Hancock, but his shot was easily stopped by Evans, fast becoming the visitors’ man of the match.
 
If that fact was in doubt, the teenager pulled off another superb stop to deny Mooney who had carved his way through the visitors’ defence.
Moments later, Hancock inexplicably beat the offside flag to break through on goal and pulled his shot across goal.
On 83 minutes, Yeovil’s best chance saw Yussuf charge forward in to the box, squared it to Reid who paused and allowed the Alty defence to get a challenge in.
 
Seemingly unhappy at watching his midfield allow the hosts to attack that caretaker player boss Josh Staunton brought himself on. It is fair to say that he had not prepared for it.
 
With Altrincham committing men forward in search of a goal, Yeovil found gaps with chances to Yussuf who lifted one over from out side and Lo-Everton who lashed a shot over the bar.
 
As the fourth official’s board went up, there was one final moment for the visitors as Ollie Haste came on as a substitute to make his league debut for the club.
 
The applause at the end suggested this may be the last we see or many of this Yeovil again. As on chapter closes, another opens.
 

Full time: Altrincham 0 Yeovil Town 1

Venue: Huish Park
Tuesday 10th May, 8pm Kick Off

Conditions: Clear

Pitch: “Won’t need much work over the summer” Perkins, I. May 10th, 2022

Attendance: 1016 (351 away)

Scorers: Williams ‘6 (1-0), Knowles ’47 (2-0), Barclay ’85 (3-0)

Bookings:

Yeovil: Neufville ’85
Bath City: Delaney ’14, Clarke ’85, Richards ’87, Gill ’89

Referee: Scott Jackson


Yeovil Town : (3-5-2)

Grant Smith

Morgan Williams, Ben Barclay, Max Hunt (for Worthington ’25)

Tom Knowles, Lawson D’ath, Josh Staunton, Sonny Blu Lo Everton (for Robinson ’71) Jordan Barnett

Josh Neufville, Rueben Reid (for Wakefield ’85)

Substitutes: Max Evans, Matt Worthington, Alex Bradley, Charlie Wakefield, Jack Robinson

Bath City:

Clarke, Raynes, Delaney, Fletcher, Holness, Cooke, Smith, Frear, Jones (for Sims-Burgess)  Ball, Richards

Substitutes: Fuller, Sims-Burgess


SPC at Huish Park 📸 – Somerset FA

Championés, Championés, Olé, Olé, Olé!

Yeovil Town captured the Somerset Premier Cup after a beating Bath City on Tuesday night in the final at Huish Park.

Our man, Ian Perkins was there, here’s his match report.

Morgan Williams. 📸 Mike Kunz.

It took six minutes for the Glovers to open the scoring. Bath City failed to clear their lines and Morgan WILLIAMS nicked the ball off a Bath City defender to beat Ryan Clarke, despite the keeper’s best efforts. There was no doubt about this one being Williams goal.

Yeovil took control of the early proceedings and had a decent effort through Tom Knowles, although the player of the season fired over.

Bath City had an opportunity to level the score moments later through Tom Smith. Bath’s number 10 pulled his effort wide of Smith’s post into the side netting.

On 24 minutes Max Hunt picked up an injury, forcing Charlie Lee into a first half replacement bringing on Matt Worthington.

Yeovil kept up the momentum and Reuben Reid, released by Sonny Blu Lo-Everton, couldn’t wrap his foot round the ball enough to get his effort in target.

City nearly hit back in the 31st through Elliot Frear on Smith’s back post again. His effort was bundled wide for a corner.

Bath had another chance to equalise in first half stoppage time but Cook’s effort from just inside the 18 yard box was straight at Smith.

Half time: Yeovil Town 1 Bath City 0

Tom Knowles scores goals 📸 Mike Kunz.

Three minutes into the second half, Tom KNOWLES doubled the Glovers lead. Knowles was released on the right and in vintage fashion he cut inside and fired home past the helpless keeper.

Bath came close to hitting back in the 54th minute, forcing Smith into an important block.

Both sides took their foot off the gas, althiugh the Romans had the better possession and a decent half chahce though Tom Richards, who acrobatically shot over.

It wasn’t until the 68th minute when the game came alive again through Knowles. He picked up the ball on the half way line and surged forward beating four men before shooting over the bar. He probably should have passed to Neufville, but after that run, who could blame him for having a go.

The Glovers kept Bath at arms length and Ben BARCLAY scored the third with a free header onto the top corner from Lawson D’Ath’s corner. Handbags ensued after the goal, with Baths keeper getting a booking after an altercation with Neufville.

The Glovers saw out the remainder of the game against their old rivals to be crowned Somerset Premier Cup champions for the 25th time.

Somerset Premier Cup Winners 2022 📸 SomersetFA

Full time: Yeovil Town 3 Bath City 0

Venue: Huish Park
Saturday, 7th April, 3pm kick-off

Conditions: Lovely clear day.

Pitch: Looking good.

Attendance: 2,599

Scorers: Tyrone Marsh 11 (0-1), Dennon Lewis 27 (0-2), Jacob Mendy o.g. 59 (1-2), Luke Wilkinson 65 (2-2)

Bookings:

Yeovil: Gorman 36, D’Ath 53
Boreham Wood: 
Raymond 37, Evans 65

Referee: Ryan Atkin

 


Yeovil Town : (5-3-2)

Grant Smith

Morgan Williams, Mark Little (for Reuben Reid, 83), Luke Wilkinson, Max Hunt (for Ben Barclay, 90), Jack Robinson

Lawson D’Ath, Dale Gorman, Matt Worthington (for Jordan Barnett, 90)

Tom Knowles, Josh Neufville

Substitutes: Ben Barclay, Jordan Barnett, Alex Bradley, Reuben Reid, Adi Yussuf.

Boreham Wood: Ashmore, Evans, Stephens, Comley, Mendy Mendy, Smith, Mafuta, Raymond, Boden (for Clifton, 82), Marsh, Lewis. Substitutes: Ashby-Hammond, Smith, Joyce, Orsi.



Match Report

A second half free-kick from captain Luke Wilkinson earned Yeovil Town a point in their final National League home match of the season.

Having gone 2-0 down after a powder puff first half performance, Charlie Lee‘s men turned things around with an improved second half appearance.

A long throw from Tom Knowles was flicked in to his own net by Boreham Wood defender Jacob Mendy to pull one back after the hour mark before Wilkinson stepped up to lash home the equaliser five minutes later.

Here’s how it went down at Huish Park……

 

First half

Caretaker manager Charlie Lee went for a back three of Luke WilkinsonMax Hunt and Mark Little to match up to the opposition who arrived at Huish Park still in with a shout of a play-off place. Morgan Williams and Jack Robinson 

The opening exchanges favored the home side albeit their possession was never turned in to any real threat on the visitors’ goal and after 11 minutes Boreham Wood opened the scoring with their first attack.

Mark Little lost the ball to Jacob Mendy who drilled a ball across the face of goal and visitors’ top scorer Tyrone MARSH was on hand inside the six yard box to open the scoring with his 11th of the season.

Yet another goal conceded far too easily but, on 17 minutes, Yeovil were gifted a golden opportunity to half the deficit. Tom Knowles controlled the ball superbly inside the box and went down under contact from the Boreham Wood defender and, despite the forward getting back on his feet, the referee pointed to the penalty spot.

Dale Gorman. Picture courtesy of Mike Kunz.

Dale Gorman stepped up and his effort was saved by Nathan Ashmore. Put that down as ‘good height for the goalkeeper’ and from the follow-up the ball was put back in to the box by Knowles and Morgan Williams headed wide.

On 24 minutes, Wood had a penalty shout when Kane Smith’s shot was blocked by Wilkinson, the visitors were convinced it was handball, the referee was not. But three minutes later they doubled their advantage.

Dennon LEWIS won the ball 40 yards from goal and found himself one-on-one with Wilkinson and made no mistake with a composed finish.

A golden opportunity to level the scoreline spurned followed by another gift of a goal. Sigh. It just sums us up this season, doesn’t it?

It took until moments after the board went up to confirm the amount of added time before half-time for Yeovil to fashion a meaningful chain and no surprise it was Knowles whose shot was smartly stopped by Ashmore.

Play almost immediately swung to the other half as goal-scorer Lewis hassled Jack Robinson in to a mistake, burst forward but his shot was stopped by Grant Smith.

If this change of formation was an experiment by Charlie Lee, it failed.

Half time: Yeovil Town 0 Boreham Wood 2

 

Second Half

If you were out late from the bar (is that a thing at Huish Park at half-time?) and did not arrive until around the hour mark, you’d not miss anything. Not a thing. But on 59 minutes, Yeovil got a goal back.
A long throw by Knowles landed on the head of Mendy who was challenging with Morgan Williams and looped in to the net. Williams grabbed the ball as if it was him, but that was an OWN GOAL from Mendy – albeit one from a long throw.
A bit of a spark? Josh Neufville wriggled away as far as the edge of the box and found himself crowded out by the Boreham Wood defence, passed to Knowles but his effort was easily stopped by Ashmore.
On 65 minutes, Knowles was causing problems again and fouled just outside the box by Will Evans, who was shown a yellow card for his ‘professional’ foul.
Luke Wilkinson celebrates his equaliser. Picture courtesy of Mike Kunz.

From the resulting free-kick, Gorman and Wilkinson were over the ball. Not excited, right? Obviously Nathan Ashmore in the Boreham Wood goal had been listening to the podcast and underestimated WILKINSON whose effort sent the keeper the wrong way to net the equaliser.

You’re not reading this wrong, folks. That is a goal from a long throw and one from a free-kick – where’s that been all season?
Wherever it had been, it was enough to earn a point in this last action of the season at Huish Park – with the exception of next weekend’s Legends’ game, of course.

Full time: Yeovil Town 2 Boreham Wood 2

Venue: Huish Park
Monday, 2nd April, 3pm kick-off

Conditions: Overcast 

Pitch: Held up nicely

Attendance: 2210 (153 away)

Scorers: None

Bookings:

Yeovil: D’Ath 27, Worthington 45,
Wealdstone:
Cooper 78,

Sending Off:
Wealdstone: Dyer 37.

Referee: Savvas Yianni

 


Yeovil Town : (4-4-2)

Grant Smith

Jack Robinson, Luke Wilkinson, Ben Barclay, Morgan Williams

Tom Knowles, Matt Worthington (Gorman 65), Lawson D’Ath, Sonny Blu-Lo Everton (Bradley 79)

Reuben Reid (Yussuf 55), Josh Neufville

Substitutes:  Alex Bradley, Jack Robinson, Dale Gorman, Reuben Reid, Max Hunt

Wealdstone: Howes, Cook, Okimo, Umerah (Charles 63), Sesay, Tavares, Dyer, Clayden (Browne 70), Henry, Mundle-Smith, Cooper

Substitutes: Charles, Browne, Hearin, Mascoll, Shrowder


Match Report

Grant Smith. Picture courtesy of Mike Kunz.

Yeovil Town played out a 0-0 draw with Wealdstone in the penultimate home game of the 2021/22 season, despite plenty of attacking intent against a Stones’ side who played nearly an hour with ten men, the Glovers could’t get through a staunch back line. Here’s how it went at Huish Park.

First half

In a half lacking goals, there wasn’t much lacking in terms of talking points.

The drama kicked off early with a concerning injury to Wealdstone’s Charlie Cooper, he looked to take a nasty bump and concern was high, but after a number of minutes of treatment, he returned with tissue stuffed up his nose and a new bloodless shirt.

He would actually be one of the livelier players for the visitors with a couple of early pot shots, but he was a key player in the Stones’ best chances when the clock hit 30 minutes.

However, the Glovers did have the ball in the back of the net shortly before, Adi Yussuf and Lawson D’ath combined to cause chaos in the Wealdstone’s defence, the ball hit the net, the music started blaring but there was a foul given on the travelling goalkeeper.

Back to that big chance, on 29 minutes a flurry of near misses, half chances and shots on goal resulted in not one, not two but three goal line clearances. Luke WIlkinson and Morgan Williams both throwing their body on the line in the name of a clean sheet.

The game would take on two more defining moments, Jack Cook hit the crossbar from a header, before Alex Dyer, the Monserrat midfielder was shown a straight red for a challenge on the Glovers’ Sonny Blu Lo Everton.

This changed the Glovers’ intensity; Lo-Everton drove forward for force shots in on goal, whilst the full backs began to venture forward more often.

Ben Barclay, who was returning to the starting line up, had a half chance from a Tom Knowles throw in, but despite six additional minutes being added on, the half-time whistle came in time for the visitors.

Half time: Yeovil Town 0 Wealdstone 0

Second Half

The second half began with plenty of attacking intent from the Glovers, but the number of clear cut chances didn’t match the amount of possession.
 
Charlie Lee made his first change with Reuben Reid replacing Adi Yussuf, with an desire to bring more control to the front line, but it was the visitors who actually went close shortly before the hour, David Sesay giving Grant Smith a chance to earn his corn.
 
Lawson D’Ath and Tom Knowles saw shots cleared, parried or sail high into the stand behind the goal as the hosts continue to huff and puff.
 
Dale Gorman was brought on to replace the booked Matty Worthington, and the Northern Irishman was straight into the action but his free kick was well saved.
 
The next chance to break the deadlock fell the way of Middlesbrough loanee Jack Robinson; with the ball pinging about in the box, the stand-in right back saw his shot squirm just wide.
 
The stats were all in favour of the Glovers, with plenty of shots flying in, Josh Neufville continued his exciting form with an effort which was blocked. Shots became corners, but rarely became clear chances.
 
Sam Howes in the visitor’s goal continued to keep the Glovers out, as the game became a glorified attack vs defence session.
 
As with all matches like this, there was always going to be an inevitable chance for the ten-man visitors and it came from Cooper, who had an eventful game with the injury and booking, he forced Smith in the Yeovil goal into a fantastic save with less than ten minutes on the clock.
 
With the clock winding down, Yeovil found frustration kicking in but there was still more opportunities coming the way of the home side.
 
Josh Neufville had a penalty shout turned down, Gorman saw another effort fly wide as the clock ticked beyond the 90 minute mark, Reid couldn’t convert late on either as the game ended up finishing a disappointing stale mate for the Glovers

Full time: Yeovil Town 0 Wealdstone 0

Venue: The Shay
Saturday, 30th April, 3pm kick-off

Conditions: Dull

Pitch: A rugby league pitch – rock hard, sandy and not conducive to good football.

Attendance: 1,947 (106 away supporters)

Scorers: Zach Dearnley 83

Bookings:

Yeovil: Wilkinson 53, Barnett 54, Knowles 80
Halifax:
Debrah 60, Warren 61, Spence 90+3

Referee: Michael Barlow

 


Yeovil Town : (4-3-3)

Grant Smith

Mark Little (Sonny Blu Lo-Everton 85), Luke Wilkinson, Max Hunt, Morgan Williams

Dale Gorman, Lawson D’Ath, Jordan Barnett

Tom Knowles (Ben Barclay 81), Reuben Reid (Adi Yussuf 75) , Josh Neufville

Substitutes: Jack Robinson, Alex Bradley

FC Halifax Town: 1 Sam Johnson, 3 Jack Senior, 5 Jesse Debrah, 8 Kieran Green (Martin Woods 75), 10 Matt Warburton, 11 Billy Waters, 17 Kian Spence, 20 Harvey Gilmour (Matty Stenson 64), 21 Tyrell Warren, 25 Jordan Slew (Zak Dearnley 78), 28 Pierce Bird

Substitutes: 2 Jay Benn, 19 Jamie Cooke


Match Report

A late winner from Zach Dearnley saw FC Halifax Town break a stubborn Yeovil Town side to earn the three points they needed to seal a National League play-off position.

The substitute found himself in the right place in a crowded penalty box to turn home a right wing ball from Tyrell Warren with seven minutes remaining.

Up until that point neither side appeared to have the quality to find a breakthrough with Josh Neufville coming closest when he smashed an effort off the crossbar in the closing stages of the first half.

Here is how Coatesie saw it from his position in the away end at The Shay…..


First half

The first meaningful opportunity fell to the hosts on six minutes and it was ex-Glover Matt Warburton who was at the heart of it breaking down the left before feeding in strike partner Billy Waters whose shot was cleared off the line by Morgan Williams.

Williams was a definite target on the left side of defence with both Warburton and Jordan Slee testing for weaknesses in the visitors’ defence.

With 24 minutes gone, Warburton and Waters combined again and it was only further last ditch defending that denied them.

At the other end, the tactic was to play long balls forward for Reuben Reid, Josh Neufville and Jordan Barnett to run on to. A couple of penalty appeals – one more half-hearted for Barnett followed by another stronger one for Reid – were the most we had to offer for it.

Until about three minutes before the break that was about the level of opportunities which came to either side. Then Jack Senior got away down the left and picked out Waters who (very fortunately) slipped at the vital moment.

Josh Neufville. Picture courtesy of Mike Kunz.

But the closest either side came to scoring fell to Neufville who found himself in space on the edge of the box and, with no obvious pads available, unleashed a thunderous effort which came back off the crossbar.

Certainly not a classic and goalless at the break.

Half time: FC Halifax Town 0 Yeovil Town 0

 

Second Half

Having warned Halifax supporters pre-match that they would probably be cursing Tom Knowles at some point in the game, the opening ten minutes cantered around the forward’s ‘injuries’ which certainly earned him his attention of the hosts.
For Halifax, the front three of Warburton, Waters and Slew continued to probe and there was some last ditch defending required. The most came on then house mark when Warburton and Waters combined for the latter to have a shot which was deflected by a heroic stop by Luke Wilkinson.
This certainly was not a vintage performance from either side with Halifax’s attractive passing having very little in the way of cutting edge, whilst Yeovil could not string any real passes together.
Going forward it relied on a moment of magic from either Neufville or Knowles. Neufville showed moments of his undoubted class but had very little in the way of support.

Another combination between Warburton and Waters saw the latter arrive at the back post to fire in to the side netting after 77 minutes.

Eventually The Shaymen found a breakthrough and unsurprisingly it came from the right side with Tyrrel Warren’s ball in turned home by substitute Zachary DEARNLEY with seven minutes of normal time remaining.
It was clearly a goal that meant more to the home side who needed three points to secure a play-off place. Manager Pete Wild punched the air in delight and The Shay awoke from the slumber it has been in for the previous 83 minutes.
For Yeovil, it seemed another match towards the end of the season with a further one to come in under 48 hours.

Full time: FC Halifax Town 1 Yeovil Town 0

Venue: Huish Park
Saturday, 24th April, 3pm kick-off

Conditions: A beautiful sunny Spring day.

Pitch: The groundsmen deserves huge credit for the quality of the surface this season.

Attendance: 2,786 (779 away supporters)

Scorers: Tom Knowles 39 (1-0), Josh Neufville 55 (2-0), Myles Hippolyte 70 (2-1)

Bookings:

Yeovil: Barnett 11, Knowles 90+2
Stockport: 
Ryan Johnson 45,

Sendings off:

Stockport: Will Collar 72.

Referee: Greg Rollason

 


Yeovil Town : (4-3-3)

Grant Smith

Mark Little, Luke Wilkinson, Max Hunt, Morgan Williams

Dale Gorman, Lawson D’Ath (for Alex Bradley, 87), Jordan Barnett

Tom Knowles, Reuben Reid (for Adi Yussuf, 78), Josh Neufville

Substitutes: Max Evans, Jack Robinson, Alex Bradley, Sonny Blu Lo-Everton.


Stockport County: 
Hinchcliffe, Minihan, Hogan (for Hippolyte, 46), Palmer, Cannon (for Crankshaw, 46), Madden, Collar, Johnson, Rydel, Croasdale, Quigley (for Jennings, ). Substitutes: Ashby-Hammond, Francis-Angol.


Match Report

Yeovil Town completed a double over champions elect Stockport County as goals from Tom Knowles and Josh Neufville earned Charlie Lee his first win as caretaker manager.

Having won in Greater Manchester back in September, the visitors arrived in Somerset having lost just once in the league since mid-December but came up against a Yeovil side in inspired form.

Having had to show enormous concentration against a free-flowing Stockport side, Knowles opened the scoring on 39 minutes and then, as the visitors adapted to a change of formation at the break, Neufville doubled the advantage.

Ex-Yeovil winger Myles Hippolyte pulled one back in the second half only for The Hatters to have midfielder Will Collar red carded for high tackle on Dale Gorman soon after.

Here’s the story of the afternoon………..

First half

Charlie Lee, assisted for the first time by his new caretaker assistant Jody Brown, made two changes with Max Hunt returning in the heart of defence in place of Ben Barclay, who was unavailable against his parent club, and Josh Neufville coming in for Charlie Wakefield, who was missing through illness.
Grant Smith saves well from Paddy Madden. Picture courtesy of Mike Kunz.

The opening chance of the match came from the right side with a cross finding the familiar face in Stockport striker (and former Huish Park favourite) Paddy Madden at the back post. His header was well stopped by Grant Smith in the hosts’ goal.

Six minutes later, Will Collar‘s superb cross-field ball found wing back Sam Minihan found himself in pace and got in behind Morgan Williams and found Madden on the edge of the box, but his shot went over. Thanks, Paddy, we appreciate it.

The opening 20 minutes saw possession almost entirely dominated by the visitors with the home side doing well to hold their shape.

On 33 minutes, Luke Wilkinson had a free-kick easily saved by Ben Hinchcliffe in the Stockport goal, but two minutes later Neufville had a strong penalty shout having been dragged down in the box.

Put that in the ‘seen them given’ category, but the ball then broke to Reid who slipped at the crucial moment with the goal at his mercy.

That seemed to sting the visitors who upped the ante and a venomous free-kick struck by Ryan Rydel dipped over the wall and was well turned over by Smith.

Then, just when you thought it was the visitors who were more likely to take the lead, Yeovil took the lead and it was no surprise that it was Tom KNOWLES who got it.

If there’s one thing which has been unquestionable from this team, it is the forward’s incredible commitment and after 43 minutes be burst down  the right, he cut inside, the Stockport defenders let him run and he finished it brilliantly. Well, that wasn’t in the script.

Despite being ahead, when the fourth official’s board went up to indicate three minutes of injury time, chants of “We want Priestnall Out!” were clearly heard around Huish Park. The chairman was in attendance for the first time since the televised FA Cup match with AFC Bournemouth back in January.

Half time: Yeovil Town 1 Stockport County 0


Second Half

Stockport manager Dave Challinor made his intentions perfectly clear from the start of the second period introduction ex-Glovers’ winger Myles Hippolyte and Ollie Crankshaw at the break.

The changes saw a reorganisation in formation by the visitors which they did not immediately settle in to and, with ten minutes of the second half gone, it was this disorganisation in midfield that led to Yeovil doubling the lead.

Josh Neufville wheels away after scoring Yeovil’s second.

A great combination by combination by Lawson D’Ath and Dale Gorman sent Josh NEUFVILLE away and the Luton Town loanee ran through, holding off Minihan and coolly slotted home the second.

Challinor responded again with another change the of shape again as Connor Jennings came on for Scott Quigley after 58 minutes later. Seconds after, a teasing cross by Crankshaw was heading towards Jennings who was positioned to poke it home at the far post, only for Mark Little to get just enough on it.

Max Hunt, who played superbly on his return after injury, deflected a volleyed shot from Madden wide four minutes later.

But, after 70 minutes, Stockport halved the Glovers’ advantage. Another ball in from the right came to Madden who sliced his effort, but it broke nicely to Myles HIPPOLYTE and the former Glover came back to haunt his old employers.

A blue flare was lit and thrown from the away fans, leading to a delay and, when play did restart, the first action saw Stockport midfielder Will Collar was red carded for high foot challenge on Gorman. The Northern Irishman jumped for the ball and still managed to connect with the foot of his midfield opponent.

Stockport’s Will Collar goes in high on Dale Gorman. Picture courtesy of Mike Kunz.

On 78 minutes, Neufville left his marker behind and was clear through on goal, but dragged his shot wide.

Despite their numerical disadvantage, Stockport continued to press and as seven minutes of injury time were shown by the fourth official a half-volley from Hippolyte went just wide and then soon after Madden had the ball in the net. The ex-Glovers’ hero could not beat the offside flag.

As the sixth minute of stoppage time ticked over, there was incessant pressure from the visitors with corners from the box stopped by heroic defending and the game

Full time: Yeovil Town 2 Stockport County 1

Venue: Huish Park
Saturday, 15th April, 3pm kick-off

Conditions: Glorious sunshine

Pitch: In remarkable condition in mid-April.

Attendance:  2,528 (293 away supporters)

Scorers: Giles Phillips 65 (0-1), Ryan Glover (0-2)

Bookings:

Yeovil: Ben Barclay 45

Aldershot: Ryan Glover 61, Giles Phillips 90+1, Ethan Ross 90+8, Ryan Glover 90+12

Sending off:

Aldershot: Ryan Glover (two bookable offences) 90+12

Referee: Steven Copeland


Yeovil Town : (4-4-2)

Grant Smith

Mark Little (for Adi Yussuf, 81), Luke Wilkinson, Ben Barclay, Jordan Barnett

Tom Knowles, Dale Gorman, Alex Bradley (for Lawson D’Ath, 70), Sonny Blu Lo-Everton

Reuben Reid, Josh Neufville (for Charlie Wakefield, 65)

Substitutes: Morgan Williams, Max Hunt (not used).

Aldershot Town: Ross, Kinsella (for Daniel, 81), Lyons-Foster, Berkeley-Agyepong, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Sylla, Ndjoli (for Whittingham, 90), Phillips, Harris, Saunders, Willard (for Glover, 58). Substitutes: Hall, Bettamer (not used).

 


Match Report

Charlie Lee’s first league match at Huish Park ended in defeat his Yeovil Town side paid the price for wasteful finishing and sloppy defending.

After a first half lacking in quality from either side, the Glovers’ were laying siege to the opposition goalmouth and then on 65 minutes they gifted Aldershot defender Giles Phillips the freedom of the area to head home.

Then when substitute Ryan Glover smashed home a second four minutes later after Christian Oxlade-Chamberlain took advantage of more sloppy defending, the game was over.

Here’s how Coatesie saw it on a rare appearance (for him, at least) at Huish Park…

 

First half

The first chance fell to Tom Knowles after five minutes, played in by Reuben Reid, Knowles broke in to the right-side of the box and his shot cannoned off the outside of the post.

Five minutes later, Reid and Knowles combined again with the latter splitting the Aldershot defence to Reid who dragged his shot wide.

At that point it could have been 2-0 to the Glovers, but the possession had largely been dominated by the visitors who passed it nicely in midfield without creating an effort to threaten Grant Smith, who returned between the posts for the hosts.

Defensively the visitors looked shaky and the game was crying out for the likes of Knowles and Josh Neufville to test them.

Tom Knowles, who was a rare bright spot today.

Knowles was at the heart of the action again with ten minutes of the half remaining, getting away down the right and smashing a ball across the face which was begging for a touch home. No-one was there to do it.

From the following play, the ball broke to centre half Ben Barclay who smashed it wide.

Despite having the better of the chances, the half finished with as many goals as the quality on display. Goalless at the break.

Half- time: Yeovil Town 0 Aldershot Town 0

Second half

After opening exchanges which were as cagey as the first half, Yeovil turned up the heat with a string of corners before Knowles forced a smart stop out of Ethan Ross in the visitors’ goal.

A number of penalty shouts were voiced by the home side with Knowles, Bradley and then Neufville all going down under pressure in the area. From my position in the centre of the Thatcher’s Stand, none of them looked enough to ask much of a question of the referee.

But, as the missed opportunities mounted up, the fear was that only one mistake was needed at to give the visitors’ the advantage, and on 65 minutes exactly that happened.
A free-kick by skipper Lewis Kinsella found Giles PHILLIPS at the back post and he had a free header to nod home. One chance, one goal.
Five minutes later, sloppy defending gifted Aldershot a second. A ball forward found Christian Oxlade-Chamberlain in acres of space down the right hand sight and he had all the time he needed to fire it across to  Ryan GLOVER (yes, Glover!) who smashed home the second at the far post.
Having been totally in control but failing to convert their chances, Yeovil found themselves 2-0 behind against a side which has been only too happy to sit back and hit on the break before they even scored.
There was a break in play after three travelling supporters who had taken a tumble on the Screwfix Family Stand steps celebrating the second goal.
Mark Little. Picture courtesy of Mike Kunz.

With Charlie Wakefield coming on for Neufville moments before the opening goal, Lee introduced Lawson D’Ath for Bradley and then Adi Yussuf for Little.

But even with countless attacking players on the pitch, the home side abandoned what had been working before going behind and returned to aimless long balls forward.
Aldershot were quite happy to sit back and continue their tactic of hitting us on the break.
As the fourth official held up the board for 12 minutes of stoppage team, a break away saw the ball come to substitute Alfie Whittingham, the son of former Glovers’ striker, Guy, but his shot went over.
To be honest, it would have taken more minutes and attacking players to see the home side muster a meaningful effort.

However, there was time for Glover’s day to turn sour as he picked up his second yellow card and a subsequent red in the final minute of time added on.

A mixed day for everyone connected with the Glovers’ name.

Full time: Yeovil Town 0 Aldershot Town 2

Venue: The Walks
Saturday, 9th April, 3pm kick-off

Conditions: Dry and sunny but a bit windy

Pitch: Bobbly

Attendance: 1,148

Scorers: Dale Gorman pen 6 (1-0), Michael Clunan 38 (1-1), Gold Omotayo 45+3 (1-2), Charlie Wakefield 90+1 (2-2)

Bookings:

Yeovil: Lee 45, Knowles 95, Barnett 97
King’s Lynn: Sundire 6Denton 68, Jones 81, Kurran-Browne 85

Sending off:

Yeovil: Worthington 42
King’s Lynn: Sundire 70

Referee: Eliott Swallow


Yeovil Town : (4-4-2)

Ted Cann

Mark Little (for Adi Yussuf, 87), Luke Wilkinson, Ben Barclay, Morgan Williams

Josh Neufville (for Charlie Wakefield, 80), Dale Gorman, Matt Worthington, Tom Knowles

Reuben Reid, Sonny Blu Lo Everton (for Jordan Barnett, 44)

Substitutes: Alex Bradley, Jordan Barnett, Lawson D’ath, Adi Yussuf, Charlie Wakefield

King’s Lynn: Jones, Barrows, Coulson, Denton, Widdrington, Clunan (c), Hargreaves, McGavin, Omotayo, Sundrie, Barrett.

Substitutes: Bowry, Hickman, A Jones, Charles, Kurran Browne.


Match Report

A last minute minute moment of quality from substitute Charlie Wakefield saw Yeovil Town extend their unbeaten run with a 2-2 draw at relegation battlers King’s Lynn Town.

The Glovers took the lead through a Dale Gorman penalty before the hosts pulled one back through Michael Clunan as the first half finished in disastrous style.

Having been pegged back, Matt Worthington was red carded for a strong challenge and then Yeovil old boy Gold Omotayo put the Linnets ahead.

The second half was something of a non-event until Munashe Sundire saw red for his second yellow on 70 minutes and then Wakefield struck a late equaliser.

 

First half

The opening exchanges saw both sides finding each other out but when Tom Knowles broke down the left after five minutes he was body-checked by Munashe Sundire and the referee pointed to the penalty spot.

Dale GORMAN stepped up and made no mistake from 12 yards to put the visitors ahead.

Reuben Reid had an effort easily saved following good work by Sonny Blu Lo-Everton, who had been recalled to the starting line-up, presumably after impressing in the Somerset Premier Cup semi-final against Odd Down.

However, having gone ahead, the momentum was with the hosts with Theo Widdrington, the son of manager, Tommy, forcing Ted Cann in to action on 23 minutes.

Matt Worthington had the ball in the net five minutes later having been sent through by Lo-Everton,  but the next action saw King’s Lynn take the lead.

The move which led to the visitors’ equaliser on 38 minutes heralded two appeals for offside. One more convincing than the other, but the one that mattered  looked like it was off when a great pass Brett McGavin found captain Mark CLUNAN the wrong side of Mark Little and he fired past Ted Cann after 38 minutes.

Knowles put over with five minutes of the half remaining, but two minutes later Matt Worthington went in for what at best could be described as a full blooded challenge on Theo Widdrington and was shown a red card by referee Elliot Swallow. He did get some of the ball, but plenty of the player as well. Having been sent off in our opening game of the season against the same opponents, one assumes Worthy simply does not like playing against the Linnets.

Jordan Barnett replaced Lo-Everton with Neufville dropping back in to midfield, but more significantly the dismissal put further wind in to the sails of the Linnets.

Josh Barrett fired a shot over a minute in to injury time and it was the same player who created the opening to put the hosts ahead with three minutes of injury time played. Barrett got the better of Little and fired a shot which Cann spilled for ex-Glover Gold OMOTAYO who prodded Lynn ahead.

The fault for the goal was the goalkeeper’s but it was difficult to look beyond Marcus Duncombe’s comments about the ex-striker for the assist.

Half- time: King’s Lynn Town 2 Yeovil Town 1

 

Second half

With Yeovil down to ten men and the home side ahead, it was no surprise to see the opening 15 minutes not muster any significant chances for either side.
In fact, the only talking point was injuries to Gorman who had a collision of heads on the edge of the box and then on 66 minutes what appeared to be a lunging tackle on Knowles by Tyler Denton.

But referee Swallow decided he would level up the numbers with when Sundire caught Neufville with a late tackle o 70 minutes to earn his second yellow.

Seven minutes later, a corner saw the ball floated to the back post by Gorman and Wilkinson, to this observer, seemed to be grabbed by the throat as he rose. Omotayo’s concern for his former team-mate, immediately calling for the physio, was not matched by referee Swallow.

A second change saw Charlie Wakefield replace Neufville on 80 minutes and the substitute fired a shot over two minutes later.

The injuries turned in to seven minutes of stoppage  time added on and it was as the 90th minute ticked over that WAKEFIELD picked the ball up on the right and bent a beautiful shot in to level the scores.

Full time: King’s Lynn Town 2 Yeovil Town 2

Venue: Huish Park
Tuesday, 5th April, 7.45pm kick-off

Conditions: Clear and dry
Pitch: A bit soft

Attendance: 356

Scorers:  Olufela Olomola 4 (1-0), Josh Neufville 51 (2-0), Adi Yussuf 54 (3-0), Josh Neufville 57 (4-0), Corey Andrews (5-0) 80.

Bookings:

Yeovil: None
Odd Down: None

Referee: Richard Hulme


Yeovil Town : (4-4-2)

Max Evans

Jake Graziano, Ollie Haste, Morgan Williams, Jordan Barnett

Sonny Blu Lo-Everton (for Korey Andrews, 66), Toby Stephens, Alex Bradley, Josh Neufville (for Fin Skiverton, 58)

Adi Yussuf Olufela Olomola (for Callum Deemer, 71)

Substitutes: Luke Wilkinson, Dale Gorman

Odd Down: Blammon, Humphries, Robinson (for Clark, 68), Watts, Yates, Adepitan, Ellis Ricketts (for Simpson, 61), Dunn, Simpson, Bryan, Waugh (for Best, 68). Substitutes: Pelliccia, Perkins.


Match Report

Caretaker manager Charlie Lee was rewarded with a 5-0 win of Odd Down in his first home game in charge at Huish Park which saw Yeovil Town book their place in the final of the Somerset Premier Cup.

Having taken an early lead through Olufela Olomola, three goals in six second half minutes saw Josh Neufville find the net either side of a goal from Adi Yussuf in his first match since returning from international duty.

Youth teamer Corey Andrews completed the rout with ten minutes remaining to set up a final with Southern League Bath City.

Here is how Ed Turnbull saw the match at Huish Park…..

First half

The Glovers got off to the perfect start as they scored in the fourth minute for the second home game in a row; Sonny-Blu Lo-Everton drifted off his left wing to find a pocket of space on the right hand side of the area and played it across to Olufela OLOMOLA who fired home from the edge of the six yard box.
Two minutes later Jordan Barnett‘s low cross presented Fela with another good chance but this time his shot was blocked.
Captain for the night Alex Bradley went down in the area in the 14th minute after being caught on the follow-through of an Odd Down defender’s clearance, but the referee waved away muted penalty appeals from home side.
With half an hour played there was a bizarre incident where Olomola received the ball on the left wing, but was completely topless and so a free-kick was given against him! It transpired this was because he had been halfway through removing his thermal underlayer.
Yeovil had several further shots as the half drew to a close, with the best chance probably falling to Adi Yussuf who blazed his volley high and wide after being found brilliantly by Josh Neufville after the winger blitzed past two defenders as though they weren’t there.
1-0 it remained at the interval, after a one-sided half which could have seen the hosts take a bigger lead.

Half- time: Yeovil Town 1 Odd Down 0

Second half

However, Yeovil came out for the second half seemingly a lot more clinical, as three goals in six minutes put the tie to bed, with NEUFVILLE playing a key role in all 3 goals.
Josh Neufville. Picture courtesy of Mike Kunz.

On 51 minutes, he picked up the ball on the edge of the box and struck a firm low shot that Odd Down keeper Chris Blammon would’ve been disappointed he didn’t keep out at his near post. 2-0.

Almost straight from the restart, Lo-Everton played in Olomola whose left-footer shot was saved well.
But the Yeovil attacks were now more-or-less constant and just two minutes later Neufville again shot from left of the goal. Blammon could only parry this effort, leaving Adi YUSSUF with a tap-in that couldn’t be missed (even by him!)
Olomola then smashed a spectacular 25-yard strike against the corner of the woodwork.
Moments later, NEUFVILLE found himself perfectly positioned to place an effort into the far corner of the goal with a delicate finish after the ball came back to him in the box. His second and Yeovil’s third goal of the half, which was still only 12 minutes old.
With the tie done and dusted, Neufville was spared (with perhaps a start at King’s Lynn on Saturday in mind?) and on came Fin Skiverton. The game calmed down as further substitutions followed for both teams, and Yeovil’s potent attack was mixed up with Lo-Everton and then Olomola replaced for youngsters Korey ANDREWS and Callum Deemer respectively.
Still Odd Down struggled to get a sniff of a chance, although former Glover Omar Simpson showed a glimpse of real quality to control a long ball at full speed a get a shot away, which was blocked.
With 10 minutes to go, there was a lovely moment as two youth players combined to make it 5-0. Skiverton raced through on goal and, whilst he didn’t manage to get a clean strike off, the ball fell to the oncoming Andrews who fired the ball into the back of the net.
Yeovil remained on the front foot as they comfortably saw the game out to take them into the Somerset Premier Cup final and 90 minutes from glory! It must be a big game if David Coates is going to the travel down from Lancashire for it, right?!

Full time: Yeovil Town 5 Odd Down 0

Venue: The Hive
Saturday, 2nd April, 3pm kick-off

Conditions: All four seasons in one
Pitch: “Crumbly” – Reuben Reid.

Attendance: 1,393 (288 from Yeovil)

Scorers: Tom Knowles (0-1) 8, Ephron Mason-Clarke (1-1) 23,  Adam Marriott (2-1_) 70, Reuben Reid (2-2) 82.

Bookings:

Yeovil: Wakefield ’30, Gorman ’36, Gorman ’85, Wilkinson ’90
Barnet: Beard ’26, De Havilland ’29

Referee: Tom Bishop


Yeovil Town : (4-4-2)

Ted Cann

Mark Little, Luke Wilkinson, Ben Barclay, Morgan Williams

Matt Worthington, Dale Gorman, Lawson D’Ath (for Sonny Blu Lo-Everton, 62), Tom Knowles

Charlie Wakefield (for Josh Neufville, 72), Reuben Reid (for Olufela Olomola, 86)

Substitutes: Jordan Barnett, Alex Bradley.

Barnet: Askew, Richards-Everton, Hall, Marshall, Mason-Clark, Marriott, Greenidge, Fonguck, Beard, Woods, Grego-Cox. Subtitutes: Howe (for Hall 82) Walsh (for Marshall 87) De Havilland (for Woods ‘3), Granville, Azaze.


Charlie Lee’s first game in caretaker charge of Yeovil Town saw him earn a point after an action-packed draw at Barnet.

Having taken the lead when Tom Knowles robbed the hosts from a hapless free-kick, burst forward and smashed home an eighth minute opener, only for Ephron Mason-Clark and Adam Marriott to put the Bees ahead with a goal in each half.

But, with just eight minutes remaining and the visitors finishing strongly, Reuben Reid grabbed his second in as many games to grab a well-earned point.

The travelling contingent from Somerset were in fine voice at The Hive and our own David Coates (who didn’t travel from Somerset, of course) was among them – here’s how he saw it…..

Match Report

Caretaker boss Charlie Lee changed absolutely nothing about the line-up – and why would you after three wins in your last three? – and stuck with the same squad which beat Southend United seven days earlier.

He and his ‘assistant’/injured midfielder Josh Staunton arrived on the the touch line to chants of ‘Charlie Lee’s green and white army’ from the away end, and the players he put out showed from the off that they were picking up where they left off.

Matt Worthington burst forward from the kick-off and within seconds of the start and testing Barnet keeper Jake Askew with an early effort.

If that was a signal of intent that Yeovil Town were not changing, Barnet boss Dean Brennan’s frustration will have grown after seeing Sam Woods limp off after just three minutes. Brennan had vented his anger at the number of players in the treatment room in his pre-match interview and there was another.

Tom Knowles scores v Southend. Pic: Mike Kunz.

Six minutes later he had even more to complain about as Yeovil took the lead. Barnet made a complete hash of a free-kick and Tom KNOWLES’ pressure saw him win the ball, burst forward and smash a beautiful angled shot home for the opener.

On 15 minutes, Luke Wilkinson headed wide from a Dale Gorman set piece before the centre half was the vital at the other end clearing, off the line as Barnet began to turn up the pressure.

It was a Gorman who had the next effort with a trademark free kick from range, albeit he forced Askew in to a smart stop after 22 minutes.

But two minutes later, a quick Barnet break led by Rob Hall saw the ball drop to Ephron MASON-CLARK who smashed a ball home off the underside of the bar to draw the hosts’ level. Morgan Williams was certainly struggling with the pace and trickery of Mason-Clark, so it was no surprise the see a goal come from that side.

Adam Marriott flashed a shot just wide shortly after and from there the game became a lot more even with Yeovil’s best opportunities coming on the break.

On the stroke of half-time, a set piece found the head of Ben Everton-Richards whose effort was easily stopped by Ted Cann in the visitors’ goal. It seemed both teams were waiting for a offside flag which ultimately never came.

But, the final chance of the half fell to Wakefield. Following good hold up play by Worthington saw him find Mark Little who broke in to the box and his shot was deflected out to Wakefield whose effort was tipped over the bar.

Half- time: Barnet 1 Yeovil Town 1

Second half

The second half started with Knowles, the highlight of the first half, having a shot just wide before having another blocked.

But, as the game progressed, neither side did too much to threaten with an effort wide from Knowles and one over the bar from Marriott the best the game had to offer.

If a goal was going to come, it would be a mistake and that was how it proved with the Bees taking the lead on  70 minutes. A loose ball in midfield gave Hall the chance to break forward and, having been allowed to walk through the Yeovil midfield, the ball broke to  MARRIOTT who shrugged off Mark Little to fire Barnet in front.

The response from Lee was instant sign was instant with Josh Neufville coming off the bench for Wakefield.

Within minutes of coming on, the Luton Town loanee was involved breaking forward and playing in Reid whose laid the ball off to Gorman whose effort was turned aside well by Askew.

From the resulting corners, Luke Wilkinson appeared to take at least two arms to the head, but referee Tom Bishop was unmoved.

Reuben Reid scores v Southend. Pic: Mike Kunz.

But on 82 minutes Yeovil drew level after constant pressure saw the ball ping-pong around the box before Gorman’s ball in from the left break to REID who smashed it home.

Three minutes later the striker found himself in a great position again but took one touch too many and opportunity disappeared as quickly as it arrived.

Great play by Neufville moments after let substitute Sonny Blu Lo-Everton who jinked his way past two defenders but his shot came back off the post.

Moments later Ben Barclay rose highest from a corner and inexplicably headed wide with the goal at his mercy.

If there was a team who was going to win it at the end it was Yeovil, but a point a piece was probably a fairer result.

Full time: Barnet 2 Yeovil Town 2

Venue: Huish Park
Saturday, March 26, 3pm kick-off

Conditions: A clear, sunny day
Pitch: Carpet-esque

Attendance: 2,465 (411 away supporters)

Scorers: Reuben Reid 4 (1-0), Tom Knowles 8 (2-0)

Bookings: 

Yeovil: None
Southend: Clifford 74, Gubbins 78,

Referee: Gary Parsons



Yeovil Town
: (4-4-2)

Ted Cann

Mark Little, Luke Wilkinson, Ben Barclay, Morgan Williams

Matt Worthington Dale Gorman  Lawson D’Ath (for Alex Bradley, 90), Tom Knowles

Charlie Wakefield (for Josh Neufville, 61)  Reuben Reid (for Olufela Olomola, 85)

Substitutes:  Josh Staunton, Jordan Barnett.

Southend United: Arnold, Hobson, Bridge (for Cardwell, 58), Dalby, Clifford, Atkinson, Neal, Clark, Davies, Dennis (for Powell, 70), Kensdale (for Gubbins, 46). Substitutes:  Gard, Gubbins, Demetriou, Cardwell.


Match Report

Yeovil Town picked up their third win in a row thanks to a quickfire start against Southend United on a glorious afternoon at Huish Park.

Reuben Reid‘s second goal of the season after just four minutes was swiftly followed by Tom Knowles‘ second in as many matches to see off a Southend side.

Having been given the runaround by the Glovers in the first half, the visitors changed their shape after the break and the second half was a much closer affair.

The win saw Yeovil leap-frog their opponents to take up 12th place in the National League table, 11 points off the play-off places and 24 points off King’s Lynn Town, who take up the division’s final relegation spot.

Here’s how it went down in sunny Somerset…..

First half

Both sides made just one change from their midweek matches with Luke Wilkinson coming in for Josh Staunton, who has been playing with a hernia injury in recent weeks, in the centre of the Yeovil defence.

For the visitors, loan signing Kenny Clark was thrown straight in to the Southend line-up in place of the suspended James Dunne as they reverted to a back three.

Having had success with a fast start in the 2-1 home win over Bromley, Yeovil did exactly the same thing and found the lead after just four minutes.

Reuben Reid opens the scoring in the 2-0 win over Southend. Picture courtesy of Mike Kunz.

A ball in to the box from Lawson D’Ath picked out Reuben REID who turned superbly in the box and got his shot away which squeezed under visiting keeper Steve Arnold to open the scoring.

After just nine minutes, a quick throw from D’Ath caught the visitors napping and fed Charlie Wakefield whose ball found Tom KNOWLES at the back post to slot home the second. What. A. Start.

The non-stop Wakefield (where does he get his energy from?!) were exploiting the back three being employed by their visitors and it was no surprise to see them revert to a back four soon after.

A week ago, we had not scored twice in a National League match since the end of February and we’d won just once in the league in 2022 – but that monkey is definitely off our back!

After such a fast start on a very hot day in Somerset, Yeovil unsurprisingly slowed down soon after with the visitors seeing a lot more of the ball albeit they didn’t do a lot to test Ted Cann in the hosts’ goal.

At the other end, Knowles fed Wakefield on 24 minutes and the winger-turned-striker lifted his shot over and shortly after midfielder Jack Bridge broke in to the box but his effort was not enough to test Cann.

That was the start of a bit of the visitors coming back in to the game with on loan Norwich City striker Matt Dennis put a header just over from Leon Davies‘ cross, and then Clark headed a great opportunity over the bar from a Harrison Neal free-kick.

But three minutes before the interval it should have been 3-0 to Yeovil. A superb through ball from Reid found Knowles who nipped in ahead of Clark his goal-bound effort was brilliantly headed off the line by Shaun Hobson.

Cann made a good stop to deny Dennis moments later, but the home side went in at the break two goals to the good.

Half time: Yeovil Town 2 Southend United 0

Second half

If you needed proof that the back three they started with was not working for Southend, manager Kevin Maher introduced Joe Gubbins, the young QPR defender signed on loan in midweek, in place of Ollie Kensdale at half-time.

But it was Yeovil who started the brighter and on 47 minutes a great delivery by Dale Gorman found Wilkinson who got it across to Reid who appeared certain to score but was denied by a great interception by Hobson.

The quick start continued as Gubbins’ clearance landed at the feet of Wakefield whose effort was volleyed over and soon after Knowles had another effort which was well saved by Arnold in the visitors’ goal.

Josh Neufville runs at the Southend defence. Picture courtesy of Mike Kunz.

On the hour mark, Josh Neufville came off the substitutes’ bench in place of Wakefield, but there was little more to talk about at either end until Southend substitute Harry Cardwell had a shot blocked by Ben Barclay on 70 minutes.

D’Ath put an effort just wide from a tight angle a minute later, but there was nothing much to shout about for either side until Barclay put one just wide on 83 minutes.

With five minutes remaining, Olufela Olomola came off the substitutes’ bench to replace Reid and the on loan striker almost had an immediate impact. He found himself clear on goal after a misplace pass by Clark, who did superbly to get back and deny the striker with a last ditch tackle.

Full time: Yeovil Town 2 Southend United 0

Venue: Huish Park
Tuesday, March 22, 7.45pm kick-off

Conditions: Clear, cool night
Pitch: Continues to be a credit to the groundsman, held up well

Attendance: 1,732 (53 away supporters)

Scorers: Lawson D’Ath 11 (1-0), George Alexander 24 (1-1), Tom Knowles (2-1) 71

Bookings: 

Yeovil: Knowles 45, Worthington 83
Bromley: Webster 53, Vennings 55

Referee: James Durkin



Yeovil Town
: (4-3-3)

Ted Cann

Mark Little, Josh Staunton (for Wilkinson, 75), Ben Barclay, Morgan Williams

Matt Worthington Dale Gorman  Lawson D’Ath (for Josh Neufville, 68)

Charlie Wakefield (for Olomola, 86) Reuben Reid Tom Knowles

Substitutes:  Jordan Barnett, Alex Bradley.

Bromley: Balcombe, Partington, Coulson, Arthurs (for Bloomfield, 76), Cheek, Whitely, Vennings, Alexander (for Alabi, 56), Webster, Cawley, Parsons (for Trotter, 46). Substitutes: Wagstaff, Forster.


Match Report

A stunning winner from Tom Knowles saw an impressive Yeovil Town turn up at Huish Park with a long-awaited winning performance in front of the home faithful.

The three points was nothing less than the Glovers deserved against a Bromley side who (at the start of the game, at least) still considered themselves in the hunt for a play-off place in the National League.

Lawson D’Ath opened the scoring after just ten minutes before a mistake by on-loan goalkeeper Ted Cann gifted Bromley’s George Alexander an equaliser on 24 minites.

It was a superb team goal after 71 minutes which won it, starting from a great pass by Cann to Reuben Reid, Dale Gorman and then substitute Josh Neufville whose delicious delivery found Knowles who made no mistake.

Here’s how Ian saw it from his position at Huish Park……

 

First half

Team news saw Darren Sarll replaced the absent Adi Yussuf, who had received a call-up by Tanzania, with Reuben Reid, only his second National League start of the season which he missed the first half of through injury.

Lawson D’Ath replaced Jordan Barnett in midfield for the other change with captain Luke Wilkinson returning on the bench having missed out of the squad in recent week.

The 2-0 win at Dover Athletic at the weekend seemingly sparked the Glovers in to life with a fast start and had two decent efforts inside the first five minutes. Reid drew a save from the keeper and from the resulting corner Dale Gorman‘s effort was parried away by on-loan Brentford keeper Ellery Balcombe.

In the hosts’ goal, Ted Cann, playing his second game since joining on-loan from West Bromwich Albion at the end of last week, was called into action with a low save shortly after which he dealt with comfortably.

Five minutes later the home side deservedly took the lead. Tom Knowles turned his full-back inside out and delivered a brilliant low cross which was turned in by Lawson D’ATH with 10 minutes on the clock.

That was the first goal seen by the Huish Park crowd since Adi Yussuf’s equaliser (yes, it was an own goal but the record books show it was Adi’s) in the 1-1 draw with W*ymouth at the start of February.

Reid was definitely in the mood and got another decent effort away which had to be dealt with by Balcombe.

The Glovers were not shot-shy in the first half and a typical Knowles strike from distance was matched by Balcombe, although the referee thought it hit the post. The visiting stopper was keeper his side in this.

Bromley his back in calamitous circumstances in the 25th minute. A low cross somehow snuck through Cann and put in the empty net by George Alexander.

Reid showed his back to goal credentials with a smart turn and shot which Balcombe was equal too.

Cann redeemed himself before the break with a good low stop from Alexander who was bearing down on goal.

Yeovil made a good account of themselves in the first half and offered a vast improvement on their previous Huish Park performances.

Half time: Yeovil Town 1 Bromley 1

Second half

Bromley came out for the second half the stronger, putting the pressure on their hosts who had some nervy moments, however, there was little in the way of chances for either side.
The first opportunity came fell to Yeovil on 58 minutes when good play between Reid and Wakefield got behind the visitors defence, but Gorman’s effort went over the bar.
Two minutes later, Balcombe was in action again with Josh Staunton having an effort turned over the bar from the on loan keeper and Michael Cheek was on hand to hack it away.
On 69 minutes, a lovely moment as those inside Huish Park rose to acknowledge the efforts of D’Ath and welcomed back Josh Neufville, who made only his second appearance in front of fans after making such an impact in front of empty stadiums last season.
Tom Knowles. Picture courtesy of Mike Kunz.

Great distribution from Cann (see the comments of Ed Turnbull in Gloverscast #154) found Reid with what was definitely a pass not a clearance, he controlled it beautifully and linked up with first Gorman, then Neufville did unbelievably to feed Tom KNOWLES to drill one home.

Two goals in a game for the second consecutive match and it came at home. This. Is. Not. A. Drill.

If Knowles needed more energy, that gave it to him. On 77 minutes, the human dynamo burst forward and he was brought down as close to the edge of the box as you can get – was it a penalty? The Thatchers End thought so. The resulting free-kick came to nothing.

With seven minutes remaining, a long throw by Cawley was missed by a wild punch from Cann and if a Bromley player could find it, it would only take a smashed effort to find an equaliser. Luckily it was Luke Wilkinson, on for Josh Staunton moments earlier, who was there to clear.

Neufville flashed an effort wide soon after before Cann came roaming outside of his box and was very lucky to be saved by the assistant’s flag. Having been saved by a similar decision at Dover at the weekend, it’s a bit of worry.

Wakefield was replaced by Olomola with four minutes of the game remaining, as Bromley turned the screw knowing that their play-off push is coming off the rails.

And it did. Two wins in a row, more than one goal scored in two games. We’re claiming this as a run of form.

Full time: Yeovil Town 2 Bromley 1

Venue: Crabble
Saturday March 19, 3pm kick-off

Conditions: Glorious sunshine with a strong breeze.
Pitch: A bit soft, but generally in good condition.

Attendance:

Scorers: Ben Barclay 19 (1-0), Gorman 56 (2-0)

Bookings: 

Yeovil: Worthington (72)
Dover: Krasniqi (22), Hessenthaler (58), Judd (66)

Referee: Matthew Russell



Yeovil Town
: (4-4-2)

Ted Cann

Mark Little, Josh Staunton, Ben Barclay, Morgan Williams

Tom Knowles (for Olufela Olomola, 84) Matt Worthington Dale Gorman  Jordan Barnett

Charlie Wakefield (for Josh Neufville, 75) Adi Yussuf (for Reuben Reid, 87)

Substitutes: Lawson D’Ath, Alex Bradley.

Dover Athletic: Parkes, Goodman, Collinge, Wilkinson, Judd, Ransom, Moses, Krasniqi (for Agbebi, 75), Gyasi, Pavey, Parfitt-Williams (Arthur, 46). Substitutes: Byford, Baptiste, Andre.


Match Report

Two moments of quality in front of goal were the difference as Yeovil Town scored twice to relegate bottom-of-the-table Dover Athletic at Crabble.

A tidy first-half strike from on-loan defender Ben Barclay to turn home Jordan Barnett’s free-kick was all the Glovers had to show from an opening 45 minutes when they were in complete charge.

The home side rallied at the start of the second half but a Dale Gorman free-kick curled in to the top corner on 56 minutes sealed the victory – and made it the first time we have scored twice in a league game since the end of November.

Goals, a clean sheet, three points and debuts from on loan goalkeeper Ted Cann and Josh Neufville, who looked lively having come off the bench for the final 17 minutes. What’s not to like about that?

Here’s how it played out on the Kent coast….

First half

Darren Sarll made four changes to the team which had been beaten at home against Grimsby Town the previous weekend with Ted CannJordan BarnettAdi Yussuf and Tom Knowles in for Grant SmithLuke WilkinsonLawson D’Ath and Olufela Olomola.

Injuries kept out Smith (groin) and Wilkinson (calf) with D’Ath and Olomola dropping to the substitutes’ bench as part of tactical changes lining up in a 4-4-2 with Knowles and Barnett on the flanks and Yussuf up front with Charlie Wakefield.

Yeovil made a fast start with Knowles and Yussuf linking up for the former to put a shot wide on four minutes before Staunton was found by a Knowles but could not trouble Adam Parkes in the Dover goal.

But on 11 minutes, an error from Josh Staunton gifted the ball to Alfie Pavey, the home side’s top scorer, who took a long-range shot at Cann who scrambled it wide for a corner.

The speedy Michael Gyasi caused problems again soon after but his effort was blocked by Morgan Williams.

Ben Barclay. Picture courtesy of Mike Kunz.

A great free-kick delivery by Barnett got the slightest touch from Yussuf and landed at the feet of Ben BARCLAY whose lifted a striker-esque finish over the head of Parkes on 19 minutes.

Up front, Yussuf appeared to be playing in a deeper position with Wakefield playing further forward, perhaps this was Darren Sarll being “a bit more experimental” as he put it after the Grimsby defeat. Early on, Yussuf was certainly more involved that Wakefield.

There was an understandable nervousness from a Dover defence which has leaked 75 goals this season and on 33 minutes a great bit of play by Knowles saw him put in a great cross but could not quite find Wakefield at the back post.

Wakefield had another couple of good moments soon after, but he could not get punish the hosts who did certainly were not yet willing to roll over for their visitors.

A ball in from Gyasi took a deflection which wrong-footed Cann and dribbled wide with Dover striker Djair Parfitt-Williams lurking. A definite let off.

The final ten minutes was almost played entirely in the Dover half but again the issue was turning their dominance in to clear-cut chances.

Knowles had the final chance of the half after a fantastic pass by Cann found him in a wide position on the right side but his shot from a tight angle was blocked.

Half time: Dover Athletic 0 Yeovil Town 1

Second half

If Dover’s players knew they were relegated at the start of the second half they didn’t show it.

Substitute Koby Arthur and the tricky Gyasi combining to cause problems against the Yeovil defence which had leaked eight goals in their previous six games, and an over-hit cross from Pavey had Cann scrambling and the on loan stopper had to do well to turn it over.

But, ten minutes after the break, Danny Collinge, the Dover defender who wrestling slammed Knowles to the ground at the end of the reverse fixture back in November, was robbed by, you guessed it, Tom Knowles who was then fouled for a free kick 25 yards from goal.
Dale Gorman. Picture courtesy of Mike Kunz.

Barnett, Knowles and Dale Gorman were all over the ball, but it was only going to be one man’s shot and GORMAN hammered an unstoppable strike in to the top scorer to make it 2-0. That was the first time since December 18 and the 3-1 FA Trophy win over Woking, and the first since since the win at Wrexham at the end of November.

More importantly in the context of this game, the goal removed the wind that was in the sails of the home side who had taken the game to Yeovil.

On 68 minutes, a long ball forward by Dover to Cann who came out of his box to collect it, but he was closed down by Gyasi who caught him out and rolled the ball in to an unguarded net. Luckily for the hosts, the offside flag was raised. Blushes spared.

The 73rd minute saw the return of Josh Neufville in a Yeovil shirt replacing Wakefield and 11 minutes later Olomola replaced Tom Knowles, who had put an energetic performance.

Neufville took up the position on the right side of midfield with Olomola joining Yussuf up front. Reuben Reid replaced Yussuf on 86 minutes.

Barnett picked up a loose ball and had a shot from distance which Parkes turned wide.

 

Full time: Dover Athletic 0 Yeovil Town 2

Venue: Huish Park
Saturday March 12, 3pm kick-off

Conditions: Blustery despite being dry and bright.
Pitch: A bit sticky in the goal mouths, but looking good despite the recent rain.

Attendance: 2,422 (over 200 away supporters)

Scorers: Sean Scannell 9 (0-1), Dieseruvwe  57 (0-2)

Bookings: 

Yeovil: Luke Wilkinson 59
Grimsby: Max Crocombe 90+3

Referee: Aaron Jackson



Yeovil Town
: (4-1-2-1-2)

Grant Smith

Mark Little, Luke Wilkinson (for Jordan Barnett, 67), Ben Barclay, Morgan Williams

Josh Staunton

Dale Gorman (for Tom Knowles, 61) Lawson D’Ath (for Sonny Blu Lo-Everton, 61)

Matt Worthington

Charlie Wakefield, Olufela Olomola

Substitutes: Alex Bradley, Adi Yussuf.

Grimsby Town: Crocombe, Efete, Smith, Waterfall, Amos, Jones (for Abrahams, 85), Burgess, Clifton, Scannell (for Sousa, 79), Dieseruvwe (for Taylor, 82), McAtee. Substitutes: Pearson, Maguire-Drew.


Match Report

*cut* *paste* Yeovil Town‘s inability to score a goal saw them slip to another National League defeat and extend their run without a win to nine matches.

Yet another misfire in front of goal meant the two goals scored by second-from-bottom King’s Lynn Town saw them pass the Glovers in the division’s scoring chances. You heard it right, folks, we now have the second worst scoring record with only bottom club Dover Athletic doing worse.

The performance was actually an improvement on the 3-0 defeat against Dagenham & Redbridge four days earlier, but two pieces of poor defending led to goals either side of half-time.

A header off the outside of the post from Ben Barclay at the end of the first half was as near as the home side came to scoring.

Here’s how it went at Huish Park…….

 

First half

Darren Sarll made three changes from the midweek defeat against Dagenham & Redbridge with defender Mark Little and midfielders Matt Worthington and Lawson D’Ath coming in for Jordan BarnettAlex Bradley and Tom Knowles, who were all named on the substitutes’ bench.

The Glovers lined up with Charlie Wakefield paired alongside Olufela Olomola in a front two with a diamond in midfield with Worthington at the tip, Staunton at the base and D’Ath and Dale Gorman on the left and right respectively.

Wakefield had the game’s first opening chance when he cut in from a wide position and had a shot which Max Crocombe in the visitors’ goal had to deal with.

But, it was the visitors who took the lead after nine minutes (three later than the previous game, I guess!) when Sean SCANNELL out fought Morgan Williams to win the ball, cut in from the left and beat Grant Smith, who will be disappointed to concede that – albeit not as disappointed as the second against Dagenham four days earlier.

All credit to Scannell for the finish, but it was another soft goal to concede from a side which has relied on its defensive solidity to overcome its inability to score.

Olomola lashed one over the bar soon after as the Glovers tried to rally after going behind early again, but they got a let off shortly after when captain Luke Wilkinson brought own John McAtee inside the box after 19 minutes. Referee Aaron Jackson waved away appeals, but you have certainly seen those given.

Olomola had another opportunity when he headed Josh Staunton‘s cross wide as the goal-scoring issues were very apparent.

Probably the biggest frustration was the desire to play the ball long in blustery conditions, leading to misplaced passes and so many nearly moments.

As the half moved in to the final third, Grimsby began to turn the screw with full-back Michael Efete firing a shot in to the side netting on 33 minutes, but the better chance fell to Harry Clifton two minutes later.

Scannell put his midfield colleague through for a one-on-one with Smith, who did superbly to deny him….but he really shouldn’t have been given a chance.

Ben Barclay. Picture courtesy of Mike Kunz.

Five minutes before the interval, Yeovil’s best chance of the half fell to defender Ben Barclay when his header from D’Ath’s corner came off the outside of the post. How many times can you write the word ‘nearly’ before it loses all meaning?

The statistics at half-time told the story with Yeovil enjoying the greater number of attacks and comfortably ahead in the ‘dangerous attacks’ stakes (36 to their 11) with four shots off target. Sadly, as the cliché goes, there’s only one statistic that matters.

An improvement on the previous match though. That’s positive, right? I’m trying here, folks.

Half time: Yeovil Town 0 Grimsby Town 1

Second half

With the wind behind them shooting towards the away end, Grimsby made a strong start with Clifton forcing a save out of Grant Smith on 49 minutes. The ball almost dropped to McAtee, but Josh Staunton was there to intercept it.
Just before the hour mark, the visitors doubled their advantage after another defensive mistake when a corner was swung in and Emmanuel DIESERUVWE was given time to volley home.

Make no mistake, the performance up until this point was an improvement on the ‘performance’ against Dagenham, but the same failings we have shown all too often in front of our own supporters cost us.

There can be no question about Darren Sarll’s desire to up the attacking ante which he demonstrated by bringing Knowles and Sonny Blu Lo-Everton on for D’Ath and Gorman shortly after going two goals behind.

Sonny Blu Lo-Everton and Tom Knowles. Picture courtesy of Mike Kunz.

On 67 minutes, an injury to Luke Wilkinson, who the manager admitted was a doubt ahead of the fixture, was then forced off and replaced by Barnett with the Glovers switching to a back three with Barclay, Williams and Little in defence.

If you wanted to sum up our quality in front of goal, as the matchday announcer read out the amount of added minutes, Barnett found himself with the whole goal to aim from close range and yet Grimsby defender Luke Waterfall cleared it off the line.

We could have been out there all day and still not scored. Again.

Full time: Yeovil Town 0 Grimsby Town 2

Venue: Huish Park
Tuesday March 8, 7.45pm kick-off

Conditions: Rain before the match.
Pitch: Skiddy due to the rain but in good nick.

Attendance:

Scorers: Paul McCallum 6 (0-1), Paul McCallum 22 (0-2), Junior Morais 63 (0-3)

Bookings: 1,836 (23 away supporters)

Yeovil: Barnett 32,
Dagenham: Rance 45,

Referee: Adrian Quelch



Yeovil Town
: (4-3-3)

Grant Smith

Morgan Williams, Luke Wilkinson, Ben Barclay, Jordan Barnett

Alex Bradley (for Lawson D’Ath, 60), Josh Staunton (for Matt Worthington, 78), Dale Gorman

Charlie Wakefield, Olufela Olomola (for Adi Yussuf, 71) , Tom Knowles

Substitutes: Mark Little, Reuben Reid.

Dagenham & Redbridge: Justham, Wright, Reynolds, Comley, Hare, Johnson, Rance, Sagaf (for Robinson, 89), Weston, McCallum (for Akanbi, 90) , Morais (for Walker, 75).
Substitutes: Balanta, Zouma.


Match Report

 

A piece of sloppy defending followed by two absolute howlers saw Dagenham & Redbridge run out comfortable winners at Huish Park.

Visiting striker Paul McCallum, whose own goal gave the Glovers the win in the reverse fixture, put them ahead after six minutes and when a clanger from Grant Smith gifted the striker a second on 22 minutes it was game over.

Junior Morais added a third in the second half from another mistake in the Yeovil back line which has been such a strength of this season and, in depressingly familiar fashion, we failed to muster anything going forward.

We loaded the bullets in the Dagenham gun and invited them to shoot us in both feet – and they did it in professional fashion.

Here’s how it played out…….

First half

Team news saw on loan striker Olufela Olomola return having missed the previous two matches through injury, he replaced Jordan Barnett who shifted back to left-back.

Mark Little dropped to the substitutes’ bench with Morgan Williams replacing him on the right side of defence.

After three minutes, Myles Weston, who caused the Glovers’ problem in the reverse fixture, took a run at Williams and fired in a shot which took a small deflection off the centre back-turned-full back and forced Grant Smith in to his first save.

That was a warning and the poor start got worse. Josh Hare got away down the other side and put the ball in for the unchallenged Paul McCALLUM to fire the Daggers ahead.

Sensing blood, the visitors kept attacking a wobbly looking Yeovil and an error by the normally reliable Josh Staunton gave midfielder Dean Rance the chance to shoot and Smith was again force in to a fine stop.

With Barnett playing his first game at left-back for a long while and Williams playing on the right, there were some unfamiliar combinations across the hosts’ side which Dagenham seemed to sense pressing us extremely high up the pitch and getting results.

Grant Smith. Picture courtesy of Mike Kunz.

Grant Smith’s free-kick with no Dagenham player around him, he’s tried to be clever and clip a ball to Williams, but did not even get past Paul McCALLUM who chested it down and fired it in to an empty net. His 12th goal of the season, he’ll never score an easier one.

Having not scored more than twice in a league game since November, the writing felt like it was being daubed on the wall. In fact, when was the last time we came back from 2-0 down to get anything? AFC Fylde away in December 2019. The last time at Huish Park? A 2-2 draw with Dagenham in October 2015.

Having executed their plan to perfection, the next stage was to frustrate their easily irritated hosts and, again, did it perfectly all the way through until half-time which was met by a few boos.

Half time: Yeovil Town 0 Dagenham & Redbridge 2

Second half

The second half saw a reshuffle in midfield with Staunton playing further forward and Dale Gorman now the man picking the ball up from deep, but as caretakers of the ball, we were lacking.
Having seen a further 15 minutes of his side huffing and puffing, Darren Sarll introduced a player more than capable of holding on to the ball in Lawson D’Ath who replaced Alex Bradley.
But, instead of that being a spark, another defensive howler gifted the visitors a third. Junior MORAIS got the wrong side of both Luke Wilkinson and Ben Barclay, who have looked so solid since the latter’s arrival, and ran through to score.
If there was any wind was left in the Yeovil sails, it was extinguished. Incidentally, the last time we came from three goals down to win a match was the 5-4 FA Trophy win at Doncaster Rovers nearly 20 years ago.
Fear not though, Adi Yussuf replaced Olomola on 71 minutes. In fairness, it was not Fela’s night. He had no service and was almost entirely anonymous.

Dagenham goalkeeper Eliot Justham probably did not need to wash his kit after this one, he hardly broke a sweat.

A miserable night.

Full time: Yeovil Town 0 Dagenham & Redbridge 3

Venue: Meadow Lane
Saturday 5 March, 3pm kick-off

Conditions: Cold and breezy.
Pitch: Like a snooker table in comparison with what Chesterfield served up in the previous match.

Attendance: 6,943 (223 away supporters)

Scorers: Alex Bradley 47 (1-0), Alex Lacey 90+4 (1-1)

Bookings: 

Notts: Francis 41, Chicksen 54, Rodrigues 70, Sam 73.

Yeovil: Bradley 54, Williams 90+6.

Referee: Matthew Dicicco



Yeovil Town
: (4-3-3)

Grant Smith

Mark Little, Luke Wilkinson, Ben Barclay, Morgan Williams

Alex Bradley, Josh Staunton, Dale Gorman

Jordan Barnett, Charlie Wakefield, Tom Knowles

Substitutes: Lawson D’Ath (for Bradley, 63), Matt Worthington (for Barnett 79), Sonny Blu Lo-Everton, Reuben Reid (for Knowles 87), Adi Yussuf.

Notts County: Jaros, Chicksen, Cameron (for Lacey, 28), Rawlinson, Richardson (For Kelly-Evans, 57), Francis (for Mitchell, 79), Palmer, Rodrigues, Sam, Roberts, Wooton.

Substitutes: Lacey, Kelly-Evans, Brunt, Nemane, Mitchell.


Match Report

Yeovil Town’s inability to kill a game off saw them denied an impressive win at promotion chasing Notts County who grabbed a late equaliser.

Having gone ahead just two minutes in to the second half when Alex Bradley capitalised on a defensive mix up, the Glovers had to withstand pressure from the hosts.

Just when it looked as if they might manage that, Alex Lacey’s header deep in to nine minutes of stoppage time added on meant the visitors settled for a point.

Here is Coatesie’s perspective from the away end at Meadow Lane….

First half

Having been exposed on the break on a couple of early forays forward by the home side, the first proper chance came on four minutes on a break away led by Charlie Wakefield who picked out Tom Knowles but his shot was deflected wide for a corner.

Eli Sam, the Notts striker with five goals in his last five matches, had a header smartly stopped by Grant Smith soon after, before Kyle Wootton’s deflected effort was blocked on the line by Luke Wilkinson.

A lot of the home side’s threat was coming down the flanks with Sam on the left and Callum Roberts on the right.

On 22 minutes, it was Roberts’ whipped ball in from the right wing which found Ruben Rodrigues whose diving header went wide with only Smith to beat. Golden opportunity.

Notts lost captain Kyle Cameron on 28 minutes after  an innocuous looking tussle with Knowles. He was replaced by former Glover Alex Lacey, and moments later Ben Barclay put a header in to the hands of hosts’ keeper Vitezslav Jaros from a Knowles long throws.

Six minutes from half-time, a ball through from Alex Bradley set Barnett away down the left but his ball in to Wakefield was over hit giving Notts the chance to clear. It was yet another almost moment for us going forward.

In terms of clear cut chances, Rodrigues’ header wide was as good as it got for either side in a scrappy opening 45 minutes.

For a side pushing for promotion with a dearth of attacking talent in their squad, Notts County have not lived up to their billing and us….surprise, surprise, we look a side sorely lacking a striker.

Half time: Notts County 0 Yeovil Town 0

Second half

Any fans returned from the half time break late will have missed a misjudged header back to Jaros which found the younger keeper all at sea. The ball eventually broke to Alex BRADLEY who lifted it over the stranded keeper.

Alex Bradley. Picture courtesy of Mike Kunz.

That seemed to spark the home side in to action and on 53 minutes danger man Roberts got on the ball and fired a ball in to the near post where Rodrigues stabbed it goalwards but Smith denied him with an instinctive stop with his feet.

On the hour mark, Gorman’s free-kick found Wilkinson in the middle but he could not quite get enough contact to give Jaros more than a simple save.

As the game reached its closing stages, the wind off the nearby River Trent started to pick up and free-kicks were causing both defences.

On 77 minutes, another deep free-kick found Wilkinson in a bit dissimilar position to the one he found himself in at Chesterfield seven days earlier. This time he could not get clean contact on it.

There was battling, hassling, harrying from a Yeovil side who truly do not know when they are beaten, but the biggest lift came when nine minutes of injury time came up on the board.

Some of the stream of home fans leaving Meadow Lane turned around, sending something was about to happen and, a couple of minutes in to the nine it did. A lofted free-kick in found the head of Alex LACEY who seemed to have the freedom of the penalty area to head home.

But, it wasn’t over there, moments later the ball broke to D’Ath who brought it forward and squared it to substitute Reuben Reid. The ball ran under his foot and away to safety.

Full time: Notts County 1 Yeovil Town 1

Venue: Technique Stadium
Saturday 26 February, 17:20 kick-off

Conditions: A cold breeze
Pitch: Well worn, especially around the edges. Looked atrociously bobbly on the telly

Attendance: 5371 (128 away)

Scorers: Kellerman 45

Bookings: Barclay 31, Kellerman 57,

Referee: Thomas Parsons



Yeovil Town
: (4-3-3)

Grant Smith

Mark Little, Luke Wilkinson, Ben Barclay, Morgan Williams

Matt Worthington (Lawson D’Ath 68) Josh Staunton Jordan Barnett (Lo Everton 77)

Charlie Wakefield, Adi Yussuf (Reuben Reid 82), Tom Knowles

Substitutes: Max Evans, Alex Bradley

Chesterfield: Loach, Miller, Whittle, Maguire, Grimes, King, Kellerman, Whelan, Mandeville, Quigley (Denton), Asante (Khan)

Subs: Williams, Rowley, Kerr


Match Report

Yeovil Town fell to a 1-0 defeat on the road at promotion chasing Chesterfield this evening with a stunning first half goal from James Kellerman settling the game.

The Glovers had the best of the first half, and could have been 2-0 up had efforts from Luke Wilkinson and Tom Knowles been centimetres in different directions.

Two out of form sides cancelled each other out in a largely uneventful and scrappy second half as the Glovers finished the day 14 points away from the playoffs.

Here’s how Ian saw the game, from the comfort of his living room…

First half

It all got a bit hairy at the back for Chesterfield in the 5th minute. Jordan Barnett’s lofted hopeful ball was chased down by Charlie Wakefield who beat Scott Loach to the ball and headed towards goal. The ball didn’t carry, though and was cleared off the line as Tom Knowles bared down on the Spireites defender.

Chesterfield’s first sniff at goal came 5 minutes later, through a left-footed shot from Akwasi Asante. The striker’s effort, from the left side of Yeovil’s penalty box flew wide of Grant Smith’s right hand post.

Luke Wilkinson should have put the Glovers ahead after quarter of an hour. Barnett’s delicious freekick fell to the skipper just outside the six-yard box with the whole goal to aim at, but centre back bobbled his shot into the ground straight at Loach, who got a smidgen of a touch on it to help it over the bar.

Grant Smith was at full stretch minutes later, as Grimes leapt above everyone in the box to head towards the top right corner.

On a bobbly surface, the Glovers certainly tried to play more than their opponents and were unfortunate not to go into the break 1-0 up through a wonderful strike from Tom Knowles that rebounded off of the bar.

In typical Yeovil fashion though, after having the better of the first half, they fell behind in stoppage time at the hands of a brilliant strike from James KELLERMAN. Ben Barclay cleared a Chesterfield cross which landed nicely at the feet of an unmarked Kellerman who seemed to slow time down to unleash an unsaveable effort into the corner of Smith’s goal. 0-1

After a strong first half performance, Yeovil could feel aggrieved to go in behind.

Half time: Chesterfield 0 Yeovil Town 1

Second half

Chesterfield, buoyed by their goal, came out the much stronger of the two sides in the second half applying plenty of pressure to the Glovers.

Yeovil had one of those ‘what could have been’ moments in the 52nd minute, where had Adi Yussuf made the right pass, he could have put Charlie Wakefield in on goal. As it was, the cohesion was totlly lacking and Yussuf conceded possession to Chesterfield.

Yeovil had another opportunity to counter moments later and Wakefield was cynically fouled by Kellerman. Luke Wilkinson lined up the resultant free kick, but could only find the side netting.

Yussuf should have pulled Yeovil level in the 65th minute. Josh Staunton flicked Knowles long throw into the heart of Chesterfield’s 6 yard box and the Yeovil striker’s contact wasn’t good enough to beat Loach, depite the appeals of some Yeovil players.

The quality of the game deteriorated through the second half and Chesterfield kept Yeovil at arms length, without creating anything for themselves, other than a header for Grimes in stoppage time.

Full time: Chesterfield 0 Yeovil Town 1

Venue: York Road
Tuesday, February 22nd, 7.45pm kick-off

Conditions: Cold but dry
Pitch: Sandy in the penalty areas and cutting up everywhere else.

Attendance: 1153

Scorers: Olomola 18, Ferdinand 44

Bookings: Wilkinson, Williams, Massey, Clerima

Referee:



Yeovil Town
: (4-4-2)

Grant Smith

Mark Little, Luke Wilkinson, Ben Barclay, Morgan Williams

Lawson D’Ath (Jordan Barnett 62), Josh Staunton, Alex Bradley(Adi Yussuf 87)

Charlie Wakefield, Olufela Olomola (Reuben Reid 54), Tom Knowles

Substitutes: Matt Worthington, Sonny Blu Lo-Everton

Maidenhead United

Gyollai, Beckwith, Blissett (Smith 77), Clerima, De Havilland, Donnellan, Ferdinand, Kelly, Massey, Sheckleford, Sparkes (McCoulsky 83)

Substitutes: Adams, Parry, Upward


Match Report

A first half goal for both sides saw Yeovil Town earn a point on the road at Maidenhead United this evening.

The Glovers had two goals disallowed on the night, but Olufela Olomola’s 18th minute opener. Kane Ferdinand levelled things up before half time and neither side could find a winner in the 2nd half. Although, Reuben Reid was denied a late winner by an offside flag which our man at the ground, David Coates couldn’t understand.

Here’s how he saw the game… 

First half

It was Maidenhead danger man Josh Kelly who had the first opportunity, the ball breaking to him inside and Grant Smith was equal to his effort from a tight angle.

Shortly after Olomola was found from a long throw by Tom Knowles but could not get an effort in on goal.

The first opportunity half-chance for the Glovers as Tom Knowles’ long-throw escaped everyone and fell to Olufela Olomola who couldn’t get a clean connection on the ball.

But on 14 minutes, the visitors had the ball in the net when Alex Bradley (released from incarceration) found Luke Wilkinson at the back post and he headed home.

A pint went up from the away end but it was in ruled out for climbing – seen a lot worse.

The officials levelled it up on 16 minutes when Maidenhead were denied by the offside flag. Smith pulled off a fine save before a barrage of shots with the ball in the net from Remus Clerima, but the flag denied him.

The deadlock was broken on 18 minutes when Knowles’ persistence saw the ball broke to Olufela OLOMOLA whose effort took a deflection on its way in to the net. If Adi get the one against W*ymouth, they one belongs to Fela. 1-0

A free-kick from Dan Sparkes came rattling back of the back off the bar and, from the second ball, a superb intervention from Ben Barclay denied the home side on 24 minutes.

For the remaining 20 minutes, neither side threatened with the combination between Olomola and Lawson D’Ath proving fruitful without carving out a meaningful chance.

The punishment came a minute from the break when a corner from Sparkes appeared to be missed everyone including Smith for Kane FERDINAND to prod home the equaliser. 1-1

Nathan Blissett put a header wide for hosts moments later, but the game was level at half time.

Half time: Maidenhead United 1 Yeovil Town 1

Second half

The first action of the second half saw Olomola hit with a heavy tackle. The loanee got up and carried off, but went down in the 55th minute replaced by Reuben Reid.

In only his second match, Olomola again showed flashes of what he is about and his desire to have a shot shows a lot of what we have been missing up front. Let’s hope the change was precautionary.

Sparkes had a free-kick deflected wide, which Smith may have got a touch on, it was hard to see from the away end. But there was no doubt the keeper did superbly to deny Sparkes with a smart stop on 63 minutes.

D’Ath was replaced by Barnett and he took much of the quality out of midfield, and at the other end it was Sparkes versus Smith.

The Magpies’ number 11 fizzed in another effort from the edge of the box which the keeper turned wide with another stop.

In the away, the supporters broke in to a burst of The Great Escape and there was a feeling of holding on.

Knowles had a free kick deflected wide before another effort from the edge of the box was dragged wide.

Three minutes from the end we threw Adi Yussuf as a Hail Mary, but there was no sign of divine inspiration.

It almost came when a minute in to stoppage time a corner was met by the head of Wilkinson and broke to Reid and whose stabbed it in, only to be denied by the the offside flag.

The linesman had his flag up early but, for the life of me, I don’t see how he can be offside from there.

Three points for either side would have been an injustice, so perhaps there was a divinity involved.

Full time: Maidenhead United 1 Yeovil Town 1

Venue: Huish Park
Tuesday, February 15th, 7.45pm kick-off

Conditions: Clear
Pitch: Good

Attendance: Not announced

Scorers: Alex Bradley 21, Sonny Blu Lo-Everton 33

Referee: Richard Hulme



Yeovil Town
: (4-4-2)

Max Evans

Mason Hunter, Finlay Ridout, Morgan Williams, Jordan Barnett

Matt Worthington (Benjani Jr) Toby Stephens Alex Bradley

Sonny Blu Lo-Everton

Reuben Reid (Fin Skiverton) Adi Yussuf (Sam Hodges)

Substitutes:

Cheddar (5-4-1) Dan Jackson, Kyle Sampson, Jamie Laird, Joe Woodley, Steve Holland, Chris Coombs, Kris Bell, Ricky Bennett, Ethan Reed, Harry Taylor, Robbi Maggs. Substitutes: Webster, Groom, Biggs, Hucker, March.


Match Report

Yeovil Town are through to the semi finals of the Somerset Premier Cup after a 2-0 win against Cheddar at Huish Park.

All the action was in the first half with goals from Alex Bradley and Sonny Blu Lo-Everton and plenty of efforts at goal.

The second saw Bradley hit the post, and a couple of half chances for Cheddar but the Glovers were more than comfortable on the night.

First half

Cheddar came out of the gates pretty quickly and their number 8, Ricky Bennett had a hopeful effort float wide of Max Evans goal less than a minute in.

After that Yeovil’s superiority took hold and they controlled proceeding as you’d expect. Matt Worthington’s lofted pass released Jordan Barnett on the left and his cross was a touch too high for Adi Yussuf.

A few minutes later, Yussuf should have put Yeovil a goal ahead after being released in the penalty box. His left footed shot struck the post, though, and Sonny Blu Lo-Everton couldn’t get the rebound on target.

Chris Coombs tickled the top of Evan’s crossbar with a delivery from the right hand side which drew a sharp intake of breath from the die hards at Huish Park. Real who?

Cheddar nearly scored an own goal worth of the Somerset Premier Cup Blooper Blu Ray in the 17th minute with an ricochet flying towards goal that Dale Gorman would have been proud of.

20 minutes in Morgan Williams appeared on the edge of the box and struck a fierce effort that took a deflection of the bar.

From the resulting corner, played short, Alex BRADLEY did his best Tom Knowles impression cutting inside and drilling a left footed shot inside Dan Jackson’near post. 1-0.

The best back to goal striker in the Somerset Premier Cup showed what he was all about half an hour in. Holding off three defender before shooting straight at the keeper.

The Glovers doubled their advantage in the 33rd minute through with neat interplay releasing LO-EVERTON on the right of the the penalty box and he finished comfortably. 2-0

Two goals up and confidence flowing, Sonny had another effort from distance which was flapped at by the Cheddar keeper.

Not to be out done by Sonny, Bradley had a swerving effort from distance himself which forced the purple-clad Jackson into a flying save to his left.

The woodwork shook again just after 40 minutes, this time Toby Stephens left Jackson rooted to the spot willing the net not to bulge.

Half time: Cheddar 0 Yeovil Town 2

Second half

It took a few minutes to liven up in the second half and the first opportunity fell the Glovers way.

Yussuf was played into a good position on the left side of the box, he shot was saved, but had he squared it to Reid, the goal was a sure thing…I expect.

The second half didn’t liven up much more. A couple of half chances for Cheddar went awry.

Bradley came close to scoring he second with a good low shot rebounding off the post and across the line.

Darren Sarll introduced Fin Skiverton, Sam Hodges and Benjani Jr towards the end but it was a good outing for two of the youngsters in Mason Hunter and Finlay Ridout who both completed 90 minutes.

Full time: Cheddar 0 Yeovil Town 2

Venue: Silverlake Stadium
Saturday, February 12th, 3pm kick-off

Conditions: Dry but still
Pitch: Fine

Attendance: 2716 (no away figure given)

Scorers: None

Referee: Lee Collins

Bookings:
Yeovil Town: Gorman ’79, Knowles ’83, Bradley ’90+
Eastleigh: Miley ’30, De Barr ’67, Hill ’83, Boyce ’83,

Sending off: None



Yeovil Town
: (4-3-3)

Grant Smith

Mark Little, Ben Barclay, Luke Wilkinson, Morgan Williams

Josh Staunton, Dale Gorman, Jordan Barnett (Yussuff ’88)

Charlie Wakefield, Olufela Olomola (Lo-Everton ’72), Tom Knowles (Bradley ’90)

Substitutes: Max Evans, Alex Bradley, Rueben Reid, Sonny Blu Lo-Everton, Adi Yussuf.

Eastleigh: McDonnell, Boyce, Broadbent, Hare, Harper, Hill, Miley, Pitman, Pritchard, Whelan, Whitehall.
Substitutes: Hesketh (for Pritchard 62), De Barr (for Whitehall), Barnett (for Pitman 88), Bragg, Kelly.


Match Report

It was another story of what could have been for Yeovil Town as our ability to find a killer ball or a goal (or both) saw us peter out to another goalless draw.

The story was one of two sides with inability to turn chances in to meaningful opportunities with Yeovil dominating the play in the first half but a late strike from debutant Olufela Olomola was as good as it got.

After the break, the visitors imposed themselves on the game, but it was Glovers’ defender Ben Barclay who came closest to scoring when his header came off the top of the crossbar from a corner.

A late surge from the Spitfires saw a fine stop from Grant Smith parried to striker Tyrone Barnett who fired wide.


First half

The talk of the team news was a (third) debut for Olufela Olomola, following his arrival on loan from Hartlepool United until the end of the season.

He was joined in a front three by Tom Knowles and Charlie Wakefield with Mark Little returning at right back and Jordan Barnett coming in midfield. Jack Robinson and Matt Worthington dropped out from the midweek defeat at Wealdstone.

The first chance for either side came after ten minutes when done good approach play broke to Tom Knowles from the edge of the box and his effort was tipped over over Joe McDonnell in the hosts’ goal.

Ben Barclay’s header flashed over from a corner three minutes later, but that was all Yeovil had to show for the greater attacking pressure in the opening 20 minutes.

There was not much opportunity for Olomola to show much until the 23rd when he lashed a shot just over but a neat link up with Knowles shortly after to set Wakefield away showed what the new boy can bring. Charlie’s run was just too soon to beat the offside flag, however.

There was good movement, nice touches from the new boy, enough to suggest a partnership with Knowles and Wakefield could be fruitful – but just lacking that final well, anything.

Then with the final minute of the half ticking away, Dale Gorman latched on to a loose ball fed it to Olomola inside the box and the striker got his shot away but crept over. Best chance of the half.

The fact that Grant Smith did not have a meaningful effort to deal with says everything about the hosts’ attack and the visitors’ defence.

Indeed, a weakness in the structurally unsound away end from jumping Yeovil fans proved the highlight of the action in that direction during the opening 45 minutes.

Half time: Eastleigh 0 Yeovil Town 0

Second half

A bit of harem scarem in the both boxes did not lead to an effort on goal until the 53rd minute when Wakefield cut inside the box and found Josh Staunton whose shot was blocked.

Though they could not have created less than their first half tally, the opening 15 minutes of the second period with winger Ryan Hill in the thick of the action.

Spitfires’ striker Brett Pitman put an effort over soon after before defender Josh Hare’s low ball in to the box shortly before the hour mark took a deflection off a Yeovil defender and away.

The momentum had certainly swung the way of Eastleigh, but on the 66th minute a corner found Luke Wilkinson at the back post and his header across goal came to defensive partner Ben Barclay who got his head to it but saw his effort come off the top of the bar.

Olomola’s afternoon came to an end when he was replaced by Sonny Blu Lo-Everton. It was far from a dream return for the former Southampton youngster, but there seemed to be enough in his performance to think he will help out lacklustre attack.

After 75 minutes, former Yeovil midfielder Tom Whelan fired a shot over from fully 20 yards which in the second period could be counted as an opportunity.

Barclay broke forward and his shot was deflected wide, and that is what it is going to take to break the deadlock. A mistake, a lucky break, a moment of brilliance.

Brilliance was in short supply, from as the resulting corner, the hosts took the ball away and broke away only for Gorman to make a ‘necessary’ foul. Unfortunately, it led to a booking, his inevitable tenth of the season. A two-match ban awaits.

Seven minutes from the end, Wakefield broke forward and forced a good save out of McDonnell.

Grant Smith didn’t have a lot to do, but he did pull off an important stop at the end. Picture courtesy of Mike Kunz.

In the aftermath, Knowles charged down the keeper, Hill took exception and put a hand in to the throat of his opponent. Referee Lee Collins decided it was a booking apiece. Hill can certainly count himself lucky not to have seen red.

But the best chance of the match took until the final chance of the match when Smith reacted smartly to push a shot out as far as substitute Tyrone Barnett who inexplicably fired wide.

Full time: Eastleigh 0 Yeovil Town 0