Yeovil Town’s captain for the day Matt Worthington has stood by his team mates after a drawing a blank against Hemel Hempstead Town on the opening day of the new National League South season.

Speaking to BBC Somerset’s Sheridan Robins post-match, the midfielder, who took the armband in absence of skipper Josh Staunton, offered no excuses as to the result, but said that the goals would come.

“We were prepared for what we faced today, the Gaffer, prepared us as well as he could, ultimately it was down to us to put a performance together. We were solid for large parts of the game, we created, we had a lot of balls in their box especially towards the end of the first half, weshould have got a goal to go into half time with.

“Ultimately, at the end we concede – not a great goal – it was a day for learning and we need to put that behind us, we have four home games which I’m really looking forward to. It (the pitch) was tough, it was a tough surface to play on, they’re used to it, they train on it every day.”

Matt Worthington.
Picture courtesy of Iain Morland.

Despite creating chances, the Glovers couldn’t find the net after a profitable pre-season campaign in front of goal, but Worthy said he’s not concerned in the long run.

“The quality speaks for itself up front, we’ve got Jordan (plural), Frank, Murphy, and the lads that came off the bench. We will get goals this year, there’s no doubt about that, we created chances, and with them lads up front, we’re definitely going to score goals. We just need to make sure we continue to create those chances.”

The only Tudors’ goal came from a mix up between wing-back Zac Bell and goalkeeper Will Buse, but Worthington has said that it’s a chance to learn and move forward.

“You have to make them realise they can’t do that, it’s a mistake, everyone makes mistakes, like I’ve said to Busey in there, it’s almost good that it’s happened now, so he can learn from that and take it forward.

I think if we’d have kept it at 0-0 we’d always have a chance with the quality we have up top to nick a goal and win the game 1-0 at the end.”

“We have to move on, we have four home games now, this game is not going make or break our season, so we have to all stay together and go into the next four games.”

“(Huish Park) is going to a place where the fans can really get behind us and we have to make sure we give them everything – all the lads are looking forward to that, we’re lucky to have four home games so early on in the season, so we need to make sure we get as many points out of them as possible.”

On captaining the side in Josh Staunton’s absence, Worthy said: “It’s a massive honour, to look back at the captains we’ve had at the club, and still now, it’s just nice to know when he’s (Josh Staunton’s) unavailable to play I can put the armband on. Staunts, Lee Collins – people I really look up to, to put the arm band on is a massive achievement and I feel really happy.”

The Glovers take on St Albans City in their opening league fixture at Huish Park next Saturday.

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