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Match details: Yeovil Town V Torquay United – National League
Venue: Huish Park
Date: Thursday 26th December 2019
Recent form National League (last 6):
Torquay United: L – L – L – L – L – L
Yeovil Town: D – D – D – W – W – D
Last time the two teams met: LDV Vans Trophy, Torquay United 2 Yeovil Town 2 (Yeovil win 5-4 on penalties) – Tuesday 16th October 12
Yeovil needed a penalty shoot-out to see off the challenge of the Gulls and seal their place in the next round of the LDV Vans Trophy, with the match drawn 2-2 after 90 minutes.
Keanu Marsh-Brown smashed in the fifth Yeovil penalty after keeper Marek Stech had saved Torquay’s third kick which was taken by Thomas Cruise.
United opened the scoring following a sweeping move, which resulted in Billy Bodin crossing from the left for striker Ryan Jarvis to convert from close range after 24 minutes.
Yeovil replied when striker James Hayter volleyed in on the spin following a 37th minute goalmouth scramble. The visitors should have taken the lead three minutes later when Reuben Reid fired across the face of the Torquay goal and Sam Foley also went close.
That stung Torquay into a response and another move – involving skipper Lee Mansell and winger Danny Stevens – enabled Jarvis to fire home in the 57th minute. Yeovil then forced a shoot-out when Hayter doubled his tally in stoppage time, roofing in Marsh-Brown’s cross from the right.
YTFC Match Report – https://www.ytfc.net/news/2012/october/match-report-tufc-v-ytfc/
Manager: Darren Sarll
After enjoying a nomadic career as a central midfielder in non-league football in the South-East, it was as a coach that Darren Sarll would really make his mark in the game.
Sarll began his coaching career with Stevenage in the 2006-07 season, before moving on to Brentford as youth team manager on the eve of the 2008-09 campaign. During the course of that season, following Andy Scott’s appointment as first team manager, Sarll worked with Scott as first team coach and also managed the Bees’ reserve side.
In the 2011-12 season, he followed Scott to Rotherham United where he was employed as Head of Player Development before returning to Stevenage as Head of Youth and then working as first team coach under Teddy Sheringham. In the wake of Sheringham’s dismissal in February 2016, Sarll was appointed as caretaker manager before being appointed as manager on a full-time basis.
He left Stevenage in 2018 and briefly worked as a youth team coach at Watford, before he was appointed the Yeovil Town manager as the permanent successor to Darren Way in the summer of 2019.
One to watch: Rhys Murphy
Once again Rhys Murphy is in direct competition in the leading goal scorer charts with Jamie Reid. Last season it was for Chelmsford City in National League South, this time it’s in the green and white of Yeovil Town in the National League.
Murphy, who joined the Gulls on loan from Forest Green Rovers in the 2017-18 season, started his career with Arsenal and was loaned out to Brentford and Preston North End. He also represented England at youth level before switching his allegiance to the Republic of Ireland, who he appeared for at Under-21 level.
Following a stint in Holland playing for Telstar in the 2012-13, Murphy returned to England to sign for Dagenham and Redbridge. He then moved on to Oldham Athletic in 2015 when Lee Johnson, son of Gulls manager Gary, paid the Daggers an undisclosed fee for his services.
Loan spells at AFC Wimbledon and Crawley Town then followed before he joined Forest Green Rovers and he was later loaned to York City, Crawley (again) and also spent an eight-match loan spell with the Gulls where he scored only once in a 4-0 win over Maidenhead United.
His next port of call was Gillingham prior to signing for Chelmsford, where his 28 goals in National League South alerted the Glovers to his potential.
Classic encounter: Division Three, Yeovil Town 0 Torquay United 2 – Saturday 28th September 03
In the first ever league meeting between the two sides – which also saw current Gulls boss Gary Johnson go head-to-head with Leroy Rosenior – the Gulls came away as comfortable winners.
Despite surviving an early mistake by goalkeeper Arjan Van Heusden, the Gulls hit the Glovers on the counter in the 15th minute. Jo Kuffour held off the advances of Nick Crittenden and broke away down the centre of the pitch before picking out David Graham, who lifted the ball over Yeovil keeper Chris Weale from 12-yards.
United constantly threatened the Glovers on the counter as Alex Russell, Kevin Hill and Brian McGlinchey all went close. At the other end of the pitch, a clearance from Mike Williamson hit McGlinchey and rebounded into the arms of Van Heusden.
Yeovil started the second half well as Kirk Jackson and Gavin Williams both went close, but United doubled their lead on 67 minutes. Good build-up play involving Graham, Jason Fowler, Russell and Lee Canoville ended with Canoville produced a cross that was back-heeled home by Kuffour.
In the dying minutes, the Glovers found the back of the net twice through the late Adam Stansfield but both efforts were ruled out for off-side as the Gulls claimed a very valuable three points.
BBC Sports Report – http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/eng_div_3/3114024.stm
Yeovil Town (4-3-3)
Albi Skendi – Luke Wilkinson – Carl Dickinson – Osho
Charlie Lee – Myles Hippolyte – Lawson D’Ath
Chris Dagnall – Courtney Duffus – Rhys Murphy
Ben Wynter – Jean Niate- Kyle Cameron – Joe Lewis
Kalvin Kalala – Connor Lemonheigh–Evans – Lloyd James – Jake Andrews
COYY – Steve