Yate Town

The Football Association are investigating reports of abuse directed towards Yeovil Town players during last weekend’s FA Cup tie at Yate Town, according to Glovers’ boss Darren Sarll.

The manager said some reports had been received of “some prejudice and discrimination and hate” directed at his players during the 5-0 win at the Southern League Premier South side.

A report on Bristol Live on Friday morning claims the abuse was targeted at striker Adi Yussuf and goalkeeper Grant Smith by sections of the Lodge Road crowd.

Yate Town have said they are not aware of any allegations and Yeovil have declined to add anything further.

Speaking at his weekly press conference on Thursday, the manager said: “We are going through a process with the FA.

“There was a couple of reports from witnesses that there may have been some prejudice and discrimination and hate.

“The one I know most about is the hate. What people think is okay to say to another human being has gone bonkers, it’s disgusting.

The manager spoke at length about the impact of abuse and warning of the impact on players, drawing parallels with the mental health issues experienced by Lee Collins, who tragically took his own life earlier this year.

He added: “It is a shame because I thought Yate, the manager and players conducted themselves in a fantastic fashion and it’s a shame we have had reports of hate and maybe some discrimination from the terraces.

“From a manager that has dealt with an individual with terminal mental health issues, that becomes an anxious moment for me because we have seen the worst of it.

The Bristol Live article claims “vile references” were made about Yussuf’s mother, who was in attendance, and said cries of  “we want you to die” were heard at the game and that Smith was subjected “to similar abuse when defending the goal in the second-half.”

The report adds: “The abuse continued after the game when Yussuf was pitchside with his family. Yate fans exiting the ground were heard singing abusive chants within metres of the player.”

A spokesman for Yate Town said the club was “not aware of any FA investigation” adding there was no mention of an incident in the report from match referee Matthew Russell.

When approached for further comment, Yeovil said they could add nothing further than had been discussed by the manager due to the ongoing investigation.



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

Darren Sarll was happy with his Yeovil side’s ‘excellent’ performance as they sailed past Yate Town in FA Cup first round this afternoon.

Speaking to the BBC’s Sheridan Robins after the 5-0 win he praised the performance of his players and said he sees momentum  building in the team.

He said: “I thought their performance levels were very high, their training this week has been like a whole new level, really. We’re starting to find a little bit of momentum now and I thought some of the performances were excellent. I thought they dealt with the ball on quite a difficult pitch. We were very good, very good.

“The most important thing with this team, I keep saying it over and over again is, process, it’s progress, it’s time. And I just feel like we’re starting to really hit some form. When I was watching training this week I said to Terry (Skiverton), someone might get a bit of a slapping from us soon and today we started so fast, so athletically, so intense that would have been hard for a full time team to deal with.”

The Glovers started strongly in the first and second half and the manager indicated the quick openings are part of the plan.

“We’ve got a very small set of unique skills in our team and obviously the first one is athleticism. Some of them are very good athletically and we have to play at speed because they’re fast and there’s no point being fast and playing slowly.”

Venue: Lodge Road
Saturday, November 6 2021, 3pm kick-off.

Conditions: Overcast and windy
Ground: Excellent. Wide, really wide.

Scorers: Dale Gorman Matt Worthington Jack Robinson 7, Charlie Wakefield 14, Dale Gorman 29, Yussuf 48, Sonny Blu Lo-Everton 62,

Attendance: 1,600 (well, that’s how many tickets were sold)

Referee: Matthew Russell

Yeovil Town: Yussuf
Yate Town: Harding, Turl

Sendings off:
Yeovil Town: None
Yate Town: None

Yeovil Town
: (4-3-3)

Grant Smith
Dan Moss, Morgan Williams, Josh Staunton, Jack Robinson
Matt Worthington, Dale Gorman, Jordan Barnett
Tom Knowles Adi Yussuf Charlie Wakefield

Joe Quigley (for Yussuf 67) , Alex Bradley (for Worthington 67) , Sonny Blu Lo Everton (for Robinson 53), Luke Wilkinson (for Williams 53), Toby Stephens (for Gorman 76), Max Evans.

Yate Town: Andy Hannah, Sam Turl, Liam Angel, Andy Lewis, Will Tunnicliff, Jamie Adams, Sam Kamara, Joe Tumelty, Ricardo Rees, David Sims-Burgess, James Harding
Thuo (for Tunnicliff 73), Brabham, Hopper, Bower(for Lewis 65), Mehew (for Kamara 54), Williams (for Harding 72) , Allen, Hall (for Tumelty 65), Rhodes

Match Report

Yeovil Town were ruthless as they saw off the potential banana skin in Yate Town in the FA Cup first round.

Goals from Dale Gorman Matt Worthington Jack Robinson, Charlie Wakefield, Dale Gorman, Adi Yussuf and substitute Sonny Blu Lo-Everton rounded off a professional afternoon in South Gloucestershire.

Here’s how Coatesie saw the game from behind the goal at Lodge Road…

First half

The only changes from last weekend’s goalless draw at Solihull Moors saw Morgan Williams replace the suspended Max Hunt in the centre of defence.

The ex-Coventry City man was making his first appearance since picking up an injury at the end of September against Bridgwater United in the Somerset Premier Cup.

Luke Wilkinson returned from injury to the bench as one of only six of the allowed seven substitutes.

We were told about the width of the pitch at Lodge Road and it was Charlie Wakefield and Dan Moss who enjoyed it the most in the early exchanges, causing all kinds of problems.

Tom Knowles smashed a shot over aided by the fingertips of Yate keeer Andy Hannah after six minutes, but it was a minute later that a low corner by Jordan Barnett found its way to the edge of the box where it was hit by Dale Gorman  whose low hit was deflected in off of Jack ROBINSON.

I thought it was Gorman, the club Twitter account gave it to Gorman, then Worthington, the radio gave it to Adi Yussuf. After the game the club tweeted that it was in fact, Jack Robinson who scored.

Four minutes later Wakefield was twisting, turning and finding space on the right of the box, but his shot was blocked.

On 15 minutes, WAKEFIELD made no mistake when he was found in space inside the box by a Barnett through-ball, he turned his marker before bending in a superb shot.

It has to be said Wakefield personified the athleticism which Darren Sarll has spoken so much about this season, admittedly against a part-time side, he was relentless.

Yate had barely had an attack in the opening exchanges and even though they saw a lot of the ball for the next ten minutes, they didn’t do too much to trouble the Yeovil defence.

It took until the half-hour mark for the Glovers to extend their lead. The marauding Worthington broke in to the box and was brought down.

Yussuf grabbed the ball, he wanted it, but GORMAN pulled rank and sent the keeper the wrong way to make it 3-0. 12 yards is not really enough for tequila, is it?

The hosts’ top-scorer David Sims-Burgess broke the offside trap on 33 minutes, but smashed his shot high and not that handsome.

Three minutes later it was Knowles’ turn to beat the flag, he tried to draw the keeper but lifted his shot wide.

Five minutes from the break Yate thought they had got one back, but it was handled in to the net. Despite the protests of the home supporters, that’s not allowed.

Half time: Yate Town 0 Yeovil Town 3

If the team talk before the match was to not allow their hosts to get their tails up, the briefing at the break must have been similar and Yeovil again did not disappoint.

Seconds in to the second half good link up between Knowles and Wakefield led to the latter’s effort going just wide, and soon after Gorman warmed the keeper’s hands with a shot from the edge of the box. Where else?

But the fourth goal came three minutes in to the second half, Josh Staunton did well to keep a high ball into the box alive, and his smashed pass across the face of goal came to YUSSUF was there to turn it home from close range.

It was another frustrating afternoon for Yussuf, he seemed to try to unsettle the hosts’ defence but never really did enough to threaten the goal. That said, he was confident enough to grab the ball when a penalty was awarded and he was in the right place at the right time with his goal.

If the game was not out of reach of the home side before that fourth, it was after it. Darren Sarll responded with his first batch of substitutions as Sonny Blu Lo-Everton and Luke Wilkinson replaced Williams and Jack Robinson on 52 minutes.

It took eight minutes for Sonny to make an impact. The same low corner routine that gave us the first goal got us the fifth on the hour. Gorman played it low in to LO-EVERTON who dropped a shoulder, turned into the box and bent in a nice shot in to the far corner.

You could almost hear our ball dropping in to the hat there and further changes saw Joe Quigley and Alex Bradley replace Yussuf and Worthington.

In terms of chances, that was pretty much that with the possible exception of Dan Moss’ effort over the bar after 71 minutes following good play by Wakefield, those two just never stopped.

The talk on the terraces turned to just how tall Yate substitute Joe Hall was (we’re talking Hugo Rodrigues stood in Miracle Gro tall) and, of course, who we’d all like in the next round.

Full time: Yate Town 0 Yeovil Town 5

Defender Morgan Williams replaces the suspended Max Hunt in the only change for today’s FA Cup first round proper tie at Yate Town. (3pm kick-off).

Luke Wilkinson returns from injury on the substitutes’ bench.

Yeovil Town: Grant Smith, Dan Moss,  Josh Staunton, Morgan Williams , Jack Robinson, Matt Worthington, Dale Gorman, Jordan Barnett, Tom Knowles, Adi Yussuf, Charlie Wakefield.

Substitutes: Max Evans, Luke Wilkinson, Alex Bradley, Toby Stephens, Sonny Blu Lo-Everton, Joe Quigley.

For Yate Town, this weekend’s visit from Yeovil Town marks only the second time the club have reached the FA Cup’s first round proper.

They lost 3-0 at Cheltenham Town that time in 2012 having put then-Conference Premier leaders Newport County in the fourth qualifying round.

Yate head in the tie in decent form having won four or their last six including a 5-2 win over Steve ‘I Played At The Highest Level You Know?’ Claridge‘s Salisbury City on Tuesday night.

That means The Bluebells are nine unbeaten in their last Southern League Premier South and FA Cup matches, with their only recent decents coming when manager Paul Michael changed his side.

A much-changed side went out of the FA Trophy after a 2-0 at home to Willand Rovers last weekend when experienced former W*ymouth and Hereford United striker Stuart Fleetwood was sent off.

The other defeat saw them go down to a 2-1 defeat at home to Cirencester Town in the Southern League Challenge Cup at the start of the season.

There might be 38 places dividing the two sides, but the hosts do have a striker in form in the shape of David Sims-Burgess, a wills and probate consultant who lives five minutes from the ground, who has ten goals this season already.

There’s an HGV driver in the form of midfielder Sam Kamara as well, so the FA Cup stories just write themselves.

The game is a sell-out with 1,600 tickets sold with capacity reduced from the ground’s 2,000 official capacity to ensure safety.

There’s even a temporary stand been put up at Lodge Road to accommodate the bumper attendance.

In the previous rounds of the Cup, Yate have recorded the following results:

  • First Qualifying Round: Dorchester Town 1 Yate Town 3
  • Second Qualifying Round: Yate Town 2 Gosport Borough 0
  • Third Qualifying Round: Yate Town 3 Redhill 0
  • Fourth Qualifying Round: Dover Athletic 1 Yate Town 1
  • Fourth Qualifying Round (Replay): Yate Town 1 Dover Athletic

If you are making the trip to Yate, don’t forget to check out our Ciderspace Away Travel Guide to Lodge Road – here.

Also, catch our chat with Seb from Yate Town on the latest podcast – here.


Speaking after the midweek win over Salisbury City, Yate Town manager Paul Michael described this weekend’s tie as “a free hit” for his in-form side.

Speaking of the Yeovil game, he said: “We look at every game and what the other team can do and see if we can tweak anything, but generally it is about us.

“We have not changed our shape in any game this season, we have played the same shape and played the same way and just tweaked little things depending on who we are playing against.

“If you take the two games out of it where I changed the team in the Challenge Cup and FA Trophy, that is nine unbeaten in the league and FA Cup, so we are on a great run.

“So what we have earned is to just have a free hit on Saturday and whatever happens will be.


Midfielder Andy Lewis is the only new injury doubt from Yate Town’s midweek 5-2 win over Salisbury City.

Boss Paul Michael said defender Will Tunnicliff, who went off in the victory on Tuesday night, “will be fine“.

The boss said the loss of Lewis was “a bit of a concern” with defender Nick Rhodes already missing, and added that former Dorchester Town striker Olly Mehew  was “touch and go” for the visit of the Glovers.

The manager said: “I would be massively surprised if he makes it, but fair play to him, he is doing everything he can.



Yate Town Director of Football Richard Thompson will be a man with a foot in both camps for this weekend’s FA Cup tie.

The striker played 36 times during two spells at Yeovil Town between 1989 and 1990 initially on loan from Torquay United before joining permanently following his release by the Gulls.

He left Huish in 1990 and went on to play around a number of other Westcountry non-League sides including a spell at Yate before returning as manager in 2000.

Thompson guided the club to two promotions during nine years at the club before going on to manage at Almondsbury Town and Mangotsfield United before returning to Lodge Road as Director of Football.

Welsh winger Howard Pritchard, who played more than 150 times for Bristol City, had a couple of seasons with Yeovil in the early 1990s before going on to join Yate in 1992.

But, a more recent connection is Rob Cousins, a cultured midfielder who was a key part of the club’s ICIS League-winning side under Graham Roberts in the mid-1990s.

He spent four years at Huish Park before going on to play for Forest Green Rovers and Tiverton Town, ending his career at Yate as both a player and manager.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Tickets for this weekend’s trip to Yate Town in the first round proper of the FA Cup have gone on sale to season ticket holders.

The club confirmed on Monday morning that tickets were going on sale for purchases in person or by phoning the Ticket Office on 01935 847888 from 10am.

We believe the away allocation is around 350 tickets and the club has said they do not expect to receive any further tickets. On Saturday, Yate confirmed the home allocation of around 1,600 tickets had sold out.

Tickets are priced as follows:

Adults: £13
Concessions (Over 65/Under 18): £10

If you are lucky enough to get a ticket, don’t miss our Ciderspace Away Travel Guide to Lodge Road – here.


Tickets for next weekend’s FA Cup first round proper tie at Yate Town will go on sale to season ticket holders from Monday morning.

The club has confirmed that it will be limiting sales to one ticket per season ticket holder.

On Saturday, Yate confirmed that they had sold out the home allocation of 1,600 tickets ahead of their FA Trophy fixture with Willand Rovers, which drew a crowd of 240 people.

The exact number of tickets given to Yeovil Town fans has not been confirmed but it is believed to be around 350 tickets.

The Green & White Supporters Club is running coach travel to the match for the fixture.

Prices are £14 for members and £16 for non-members with coaches leaving Huish Park at 11am.

To book your place, contact Paul Hadlow on 07736 044570 or email him at paulhadlow@outlook.com.

Tickets for next weekend’s FA Cup first round proper tie at Yate Town will go on sale to season ticket holders “early next week.

However, Yeovil Town have confirmed they expect the initial allocation to be sold out to season ticket holders.

On Thursday, Yate confirmed they will have a capacity of 2,000 fans at their Jelf Stadium home (or Lodge Road, if you prefer), with 1,600 tickets going on sale this weekend.

That suggests that Yeovil will receive 400 tickets for away  supporters.

Under rules of the competition, the away side is entitled to a minimum 15% of the capacity, which would be 300 tickets at a capacity of 2,000.

Yate are advertising prices for tickets at:

Adults: £13
Concessions & U18’s: £10

The Yate website suggests that they will be selling tickets on Saturday and Sunday with 1,600 tickets to shift – so, depending on how that goes, there’s a possibility (though far from a guarantee) that Yeovil may be offered extra tickets for away supporters.

Yate also confirmed via Twitter that there will be no segregation for the fixture.

The seated area at Lodge Road/The Jeff Stadium, Yate.
Picture courtesy of Tim Lancaster.

924 fans attended the Bluebells’ fourth qualifying round win over Dover Athletic  on Tuesday night which booked the a first round date with the Glovers.

The record attendance at the ground is 2,000 (which seems too convenient to be true) for a testimonial match against Bristol Rovers in 1990.

The club have said they are “expecting” the tie to be a 3pm kick-off next Saturday but are await confirmation.


Yate Town will be our next opponents in the FA Cup first round proper after a fourth qualifying round replay win over National League strugglers Dover Athletic.

The  Southern League Premier Division South side ran out 1-0 winners in the tie which was rearranged after floodlight failure led to the previous attempt being abandoned seven days earlier.

The tie will be played at The Jeff Stadium in South Yorkshire next weekend, November 6-7.

The ticketing arrangements could be interesting with the ground having a capacity of around 2,000.

Under FA Cup rules, away clubs are awarded a minimum of 15%  tickets which would see us get 300, though potentially more with Yate presumably keen to get the biggest crowd.

We’ll update with further ticketing, travel and other such details as they become available.

Yeovil Town secured their place in the 1st round of the FA Cup by beating W*ymouth on penalties on Tuesday night – I’m sure you’ve heard.

However, who the Glovers play hasn’t yet been decided after Yate Town and Dover couldn’t complete their own replay after floodlight failure.

The floodlights were fixed – specifically at 20:34pm (this matters) – but the game did not take place, Dover went home and will have to try again on a date yet to be confirmed – but likely, next Tuesday, 26th of October.

Yate Town were not happy releasing the following statement after the game…

“This evening we suffered a failure of two of the eight floodlight groups.
The facilities manager assisted by Jeff Michael (the manager’s dad) and Shaun Base all qualified electricians, diagnosed the problem and attempted a repair.
Both teams and the referee, in dialogue with the FA, agreed to delay KO as late as possible.
Decision points were initially set for 19:45 and 20:15 at which times the repair was ongoing.
The referee consulted with the FA, and agreed with both teams that if the floodlights could be repaired he would need to allow 30 minutes before KO for the teams and officials to warm up.
It was therefore agreed that if the floodlights could not be repaired and turned on by 20:30 the match would be postponed. At 20:34 the lights were fixed, the referee consulted with the FA to seek agreement that the match could go ahead, the FA confirmed this providing both teams were happy.
With a crowd of over 580 supporters, including some who had made the journey from Kent, the referee spoke to both teams to get agreement for the match to go ahead.
Yate were content to play, however Dover Athletic stated that it was past the 20:30 deadline and therefore they were not prepared to play.
We sincerely apologise to all supporters for the frustration they experienced this evening. We would also like to thank you all wholeheartedly for your patience and understanding and for remaining in high spirits despite the weather and the delay.
The FA direction is that the match will now have to be re-arranged, possibly later this week or next Tuesday.
We will let you all know as soon as a date is agreed. All tickets purchased this evening remain valid for the re-arranged game.”


If you don’t love the FA Cup after everything that happened on Tuesday night, then I’m afraid we can’t be friends…

Matt Worthington in action vs Dover

Yeovil Town have been drawn away  at either Dover or Yate Town in the FA Cup First Round Draw, should they get past W*ymouth

The draw was made by a pair of FA Cup winning captains, Kelly Smith and Wes Morgan (yes, he of 2007 shoddy back pass fame) 

The Glovers will have to get past their local rivals this Tuesday the 19th of October after conceding a last minute equaliser on Saturday. Dover and Yate Town also drew 1-1 at the weekend and will go again this Tuesday.

All First Round ties will be played over the weekend of Saturday 6th of November, ticket and travel details will be confirmed… if Tuesday goes well!