Steve Harris – @steveharris84
Match details: Torquay United versus Yeovil Town
Venue: Plainmoor, Torquay
Date: Sunday 26th December 2021
Current Form (last six):
Torquay L, L, L, W, W, L
Yeovil: W, D, W, W, W, W
Torquay: Armani Little (9)
Yeovil: Joe Quigley (6)
Yeovil fact file:
Year founded: 1895
Nickname: The Glovers
Last season’s league finish: 16th in National League
Yeovil notable honours: Division Four/Division Three/League Two:
Conference/Blue Square Premier/National League
FA Trophy winners:
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 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 before 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.
Player to watch: Sonny Blu Lo-Everton
Sonny Blu Lo-Everton was reunited with his former Watford youth coach Darren Sarll when he joined the Glovers on loan from the Hornets at the start of the 2021-22 season.
Overall, he has appeared 22 times for Yeovil to date in all competitions and has found the back of the net four times.
His spell on loan at Huish Park is his second loan stint in the National League, after he was loaned to Wealdstone in the 2020-21 campaign – where he made ten appearances and scored twice.
Internationally, Lo-Everton has declared his allegiance to Scotland, who he qualifies to represent through his grandmother, and has represented them at Under-17, Under-18 and Under-19 level.
BLU LO-EVERTON STATS:
Position: Right Winger
Date of Birth: 15th September 2002 – 19 Years Old
International: Scotland U19 (2 Caps, 0 Goals)
Former Clubs: Watford, Wealdstone.
National League Stats 21-22: Played 13, Goals 1, Yellow/Red Cards 4/0
Torquay: Gabby Rogers
Yeovil: Reuben Reid, Joe Quigley
Last meeting: Yeovil Town 2-1 Torquay United, Saturday 2nd January 2021
Luke Wilkinson’s last-minute winner gave Yeovil a dramatic comeback victory over National League leaders Torquay at Huish Park.
The Glovers had been dismantled 6-1 by the same opponents on Boxing Day, but went close to taking the lead when Wilkinson’s header hit the crossbar just before the interval.
Torquay responded immediately after the restart with the opening goal from Aaron Nemane, and that looked enough until Josh Neufville pulled the home side level with just three minutes left.
Wilkinson then struck the decisive blow in stoppage-time, heading home Carl Dickinson’s corner to make it back-to-back wins for Darren Sarll’s team.
Yeovil: Neufville (88), Wilkinson (90+1)
TUFC: Nemane (46)
Yeovil Town (4-4-2): Smith: Bradley, Wilkinson, Hunt, Worthington (Warburton 80); D’Ath, Lee (Sonupe 54), Skendi; Neufville, Duffus (Knowles 75);
Torquay United (4-4-1-1): Covolan; Sherring, Warren (Waters 90+1), Cameron, Moxey; Nemane, Hall, Randell, Whitfield; Lemonheigh-Evans; Umerah;
Torquay United (3-5-2):
Ben Wynter – Joe Lewis – Dean Moxey
Jack Sparkes – Asa Hall – Armani Little – Tom Lapslie – Dan Martin
Danny Wright – Sinclair Armstrong
Yeovil Town (4-3-3):
Daniel Moss – Max Hunt – Luke Wilkinson – Morgan Williams
Matt Worthington – Josh Staunton – Dale Gorman – Sonny Blu Lo-Everton
Adi Yussuff – Charlie Wakefield
TT Pre-Match Talking Points:
Will Wright and Sinclair start upfront together?
Will new boy Felix get into the side?
Can we make it three wins on the bounce?