Under 18s

Under-18s’ goal machine Benjani Junior is a player the club is looking to challenge for a place in the first-team squad next season, according to head coach Matt Percival.

The striker was one of a number of youngsters who was involved as part of the first-team squad in last season’s Somerset Premier Cup campaign and has been prolific for the Under-18s in the Somerset County Youth League (SWCYL).

Benjani Junior warming up during the Somerset Premier Cup tie with Cheddar.
Picture courtesy of YTFC.

He arrived at Huish Park last year following his release from the academy at Portsmouth where his father, Benjani Senior, is a club legend for his form which saw him make a £7.6m move from Fratton Park to Manchester City in 2008

Speaking to the latest edition of the Gloverscast, the coach said the striker’s father, now assistant manager for the Zimbabwe national team, had attended a number of the young Glovers’ matches.

Matt said: “His father has been to a couple of games, but he works for the Zimbabwe FA so he is out in Africa quite a lot.

When he has been to matches he is really supportive and he was a big part of us getting Benji and getting him involved with the programme.

He is an absolute machine when he plays for us, I think he scored about 25 goals in about 30 games, so he’s one that will have pressure put him to try and get in to the first team next year.

Whether it’s the Somerset Premier Cup or the National League, he’s someone we are looking to kick on.

Benjani is one of nine players from the Under-18s who featured in the SPC campaign along with  Ollie Haste, Korey Andrews, Fin Ridout, Jake Graziano, Mason Hunter, Sam Hodges, Callum Deemer.

They are all graduates of the Elite Player Development Programme (EPDP) which is run in partnership with Yeovil College and play in English Colleges FA (ECFA) South West League (South) in midweek fixtures on the 3G pitch at Huish Park, and represent the club in the SWCYL on Saturdays with games played at the first team’s training pitch at Alvington.

Matt told us that he hopes the arrival of former youth academy coaches Chris Hargreaves and Chris Todd in the club’s first team management set-up would further opportunities for his youngsters.

He said that he is hoping to model the Huish Park set-up on that established by Todd at Torquay United, who won the SWCYL league and cup double last season.

Matt added: “I try and base our model of where we are going on what Chris Todd did at Torquay because their academy closed five or six years ago.

Where they are now is where I aspire to be. I am sure we will get there, it will take a bit of time, but I am sure we will get there.”

You can hear our chat with Matt in full on the latest podcast, available – here.

Two goals apiece from Benjani Junior and substitute Joshua John saw Yeovil Town Under-18s romp to a 7-0 win over Paulton Rovers in the South West Counties Youth League.

The young Glovers’ other scorers were Mason Hunter, Sam Hodges and substitute Rio Mapletoft at the Alvington Playing Fields on Saturday.

The result moves the Under-18s up to fifth place in the nine-team division with games in hand over every team in the division.

They host Bath City, who sit one place below them in the table, at Alvington on Saturday (10.30am kick-off).

The Yeovil Town Under-18s team from its Elite Player Development Programme (EPDP) made it through to the quarter-finals of the British Colleges Knock-Out Cup.

The young Glovers beat Merthyr College from South Wales 4-3 in a penalty shoot-out following a 1-1 draw salvaged by a late equaliser from Charlie Bateson.

The EPDP is run in partnership with Yeovil College.

The shoot-out success follows a 1-1 draw at Bridgwater United Under-18s in the South West Counties Youth League last weekend when Benjani Junior was on target.

They are back in action this weekend with a home match against Paulton Rovers at the Alvington Playing Fields on Saturday (10.30am kick-off).

Glovers’ Ollie Haste
Pic From @yeovilcollege

Yeovil Town’s Under-18s have progressed through to the final 16 of the ECFA’s Knockout College Cup following a comprehensive 6-1 victory over Truro and Penwith College.

Two of the goals were scored by Ollie Haste (pictured) with two other scorers and an own goal getting on the score sheet as well.

The young Glovers will play Merthyr Tydfil College in the next round, matches will be played on or before February 9th, with a potential final at Keepmoat Stadium, Doncaster just four wins away.


Matt Percival has “taken the reins” as the new head coach for Yeovil Town Under-18s, according to the club

The Yeovil College student was previously assistant to Mark Challen, who left the job in December, and was reported to have taken the team for their 4-1 win over Wimborne Town in the South West Counties Youth League at the weekend.

The victory was the young Glovers’ first match in South West Counties Youth League for more than a month and the first under the new coach.

Matt Percival. Picture courtesy of Yeovil College.

Joshua John opened the scoring for the young Glovers after 12 minutes before Ollie Haste’s header doubled the advantage on 40 minutes.

Their opponents pulled a goal back just before the break, before goals from Sam Hodges and a second from John sealed the win.

Speaking to the club’s official website, Percival said: “We’re at the half way point of the season, having now won 5 and lost 4 in the league so it’s about looking to kick on to finish the season strongly.

I thought at times today we looked really good and we’ve been working hard in training at different ways to break teams down depending on how they set-up and whether they’re pressing high or looking to drop off.

Their next game sees the Under-18s travel to Truro & Penwith College in the College Cup tournament on Wednesday followed by a league fixture against Torquay United Under-18s on Saturday.

Yeovil Town Under-18s are back in South West Counties Youth League action with a home fixture against Wimborne Town.

The match at the Alvington Playing Fields is the young Glovers’ first action since their 3-1 defeat at Bridgwater United in the Gary Else League Cup on December 11.

In that competition, Yeovil have been drawn to face Torquay United Under-18s at the semi-final stage with matches scheduled for March 6.

The weekend’s bad weather has led to the postponement of almost every youth team match.

Yeovil Town Under-18s match at Bath City in the South West Counties Youth League was postponed due to a waterlogged pitch.

Only the Under-13s representing the Yeovil Town Community Sports Trust are in action when they travel to the Mid-Somerset Regional Talent Centre in the Junior Premier League Under-13s Knock-Out Cup.

The fixtures for the Trust’s Under-11s, Under-14s, Under-15s and Under-16s have all fallen foul to the weather.

Yeovil Town Under-18s Head Coach Mark Challen has confirmed via social media that he has departed the club.

Writing on Instagram via his coaching company’s account “M1 Coaching” he confirmed that Wednesday was his final day.

He wrote; “Sadly, today (Wednesday) was my last game at Yeovil Town FC.”

He thanked all those who had made his time at Yeovil special during a nine-year stint with the club.

At time of writing, there has been no confirmation as to who will take over the running of the Under-18s.

First- team squad members Toby Stephens and Ollie Haste have both represented Challen’s side this season with Alfie Lloyd, who departed the Under-18s for QPR last season among those who thanked their coach in the comments.

Yeovil Town Under-18s went down to a 3-0 defeat at Bridgwater United in the Gary Else League Cup on Saturday.

The young Glovers conceded three times in the last 20 minutes  at the Bridgwater & Taunton College Sports Zone against the leaders of the South West Counties Youth League.

The result means they finish second in their competition group and face the winners of the other group which is down to the under-18s sides of either Torquay United or Wimborne Town on January 8.

Yeovil are back in league action at the Alvington Playing Fields against Swindon Supermarine Under-18s next Saturday (10:30am kick-off).

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A hat-trick from Joshua John saw Yeovil Town Under-18s pick up a second win in the Gary Else Cup on Saturday.

Benjani Junior got the other goal for the young Glovers in a 4-1 win over New College Swindon (Academy) Under-18s at the Alvington playing fields.

The Gary Else Cup is the cup competition of the South West Counties’ Youth League which the Under-18s compete in.

The competition is named in memory of a former member of the league committee who died in 2012.


It was an unbeaten weekend of Junior Premier League action for the youth sides representing the Yeovil Town Community Sports Trust this weekend.

The Under 11s were held to a draw at home to Cheltenham Town with the Under-12s winning away at Bridgwater United.

The Trust’s Under-13s, Under-14s and Under-16s sides all picked up wins over the South Somerset Regional Talent Centre, which bizarrely list Huish Park as one of their training centre.

We say bizarrely because the centre also advertises that a number of local Football League clubs scout their matches/training– let’s hope they weren’t there this weekend and the lads from the Trust stay in green and white.

Yeovil Town Under-18s also returned to action going down 1-0 at home to Torquay United in the South West Counties Youth League.

It was the young Glovers’ first match for a fortnight following a postponement last weekend, although a number of players did feature for the first team in the Somerset Premier Cup win at Larkhall Athletic in the week.




Yeovil Town Under-18s play their first South West Counties Youth League match in a fortnight.

The young Glovers host Torquay United Under-18s in the Alvington Playing Fields on Saturday morning.

Their home game with Bath City Under-18s last weekend was postponed.

Five age groups representing the Yeovil Town Community Sports Trust are also in action in the Junior Premier League this weekend.

The Under-11s, Under-14s and Under-16s will host Cheltenham Town and South Somerset in their respective age groups, whilst the Under-12s and Under-13s travel to Bridgwater United and South Somerset respectively.


With both the Yeovil Town Under-18s and the Under-16s side not having a fixture, the two teams played a friendly at Huish Park on Saturday.

The match pitted the Trust’s Junior Premier League side against players in the Elite Player Development Programme (EPDP), effectively trialling for the Under-18s.

Both sets of players who took part in the friendly match at Huish Park on Saturday.
Picture courtesy of the YTCST.

The match followed a week of trials held as part of the programme at the club.

The EPDP is run together with Yeovil College and offers Year 12 and 13 BTEC students play football whilst remaining in full-time education.


The Under-11s, Under-12s and Under-13s representing the Yeovil Town Community Sports Trust are all in Junior Premier League action on Saturday.

The under-11s travel to Yate Town (the YTFC-YTCST Derby?) with the under-12s at North Somerset Regional Talent Centre and the under-13s at home to Juventus Devon.

Yeovil Town Under-18s moved up to third place in the South West Counties Youth League after a 4-0 win at Paulton Rovers.

Benjani Junior, Pedro Borges, Jake Graziano and Ollie Haste were on target for the young Glovers.

The Yeovil Town Community Sports Trust’s under-13s side picked up a win in the Junior Premier League this weekend.

The Trust’s under-11s and under-15s drew their fixtures.

Yeovil Town Under-18s were without a league fixture and instead played a friendly match at AFC Bournemouth Academy.

The Championship side’s youngsters came out the winners but we are not sure what the final score was.



Three youth sides representing the Yeovil Town Community Sports Trust are in Junior Premier League action this weekend.

The under-11s, under-13s and under-15s sides all have fixtures with the under-12s, under-14s and under-16s sides all sit out this weekend.

Yeovil Town Under-18s are also without a fixture and have instead arranged a friendly against AFC Bournemouth Academy.

The young Glovers are presently fourth in the South West Counties Under-18s League after five matches.



Benjani Junior and Finlay Skiverton were both on target as Yeovil Town Under-18s picked up a 2-1 win over South West Counties Youth League leaders Mangotsfield United on Saturday.

The pair put the Glovers 2-0 up at the Alvington Playing Fields before the visitors scored a late consolation goal.

The victory means the young Glovers have won four and lost two of their opening six matches.

It was a disappointing weekend results-wise for the youth sides representing Yeovil Town with only the Under-13s picking up a victory.

Playing their second fixture in 48 hours following an FA Youth Cup exit on Thursday night, the Under-18s slipped to a 4-0 defeat at Swindon Supermarine in the South West Counties Youth League.

A double from Tadhg O’Callaghan and further goals from Benjamin Cleary and substitute Marc Mikuzi gave the home side a comfortable victory.

In the Junior Premier League, the Under-13s representing the Yeovil Town Community Sports Trust won their match against the Wiltshire Academy.

However, there were defeats for the Trust’s Under-12s, Under-15s and Under-16s teams.

The five age group teams representing the Yeovil Town Community Sports Trust are back in Junior Premier League action this week.

The Trust’s Under-12s, Under-13s, Under-14s, Under-15s and Under-16s will all play on Saturday.

Yeovil Town Under-18s will be looking to put the disappointment of going out of the FA Youth Cup on Thursday night behind them when they travel to Swindon Supermarine.

That fixture gets underway at 10.30am in the South West Youth Counties League.