Last time the two teams met: Tuesday 1st January 2020, Torquay United 0 Yeovil Town 2 – National League
Yeovil overcame the early sending off of Chris Dagnall to maintain their promotion push with victory at Torquay, who also ended the game with ten men after Jean Yves Koue Niate received two yellows.
The Glovers headed to Plainmoor trailing National League leaders Barrow by only a point. However, their bid to keep pace with the Bluebirds appeared to receive a blow when Dagnall kicked out at United keeper Lucas Covolan in the 12th minute, which earned him a red card.
But Yeovil responded by taking the lead four minutes later, when Courtney Duffus fired home after getting on the end of a Charlie Lee pass.
Torquay were themselves reduced to 10 men in the 79th minute, with Koue Niate shown a second yellow card before former Gulls’ loanee Rhys Murphy doubled their advantage in stoppage time.
Manager: Darren Sarll
After enjoying a nomadic career as a central midfielder in South East non-league football, 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 onto 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 taking charge on a full-time basis.
He left Stevenage in 2018 and briefly worked as a youth team coach at Watford before he was appointed to succeed Darren Way as Yeovil Town manager in the summer of 2019. In his first season in charge he led the Glovers to the National League play-offs, where they were beaten by Barnet at the quarter final stage.
One to watch: Rhys Murphy
After re-discovering his goal-scoring touch with Chelmsford City in the National League South in the 2018-19 season, former United loanee Rhys Murphy found the back of the net 20 times in all competitions for Yeovil Town last season before the campaign’s Covid-19 enforced suspension.
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 season, Murphy returned to England to sign for Dagenham and Redbridge. He then moved onto Oldham Athletic in 2015 when Lee Johnson, son of Gulls manager Gary, paid the Daggers 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 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.
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