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Match details: Yeovil Town
Venue: Huish Park, Yeovil
Date: Sunday 2nd January 2022
Current Form (last six):
Torquay L, W, W, L, W, L
Yeovil: D, W, W, W, W, L
Torquay: Armani Little (10)
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 14, Goals 1, Yellow/Red Cards 4/1
Torquay: Gabby Rogers (out on loan)
Yeovil: Reuben Reid, Joe Quigley
Last meeting: Torquay United 3-0 Yeovil Town, Sunday 26th December 2021,
Torquay United pounced on Sonny Blu Lo-Everton’s red card with two goals in five minutes to sink 10-man Yeovil Town.
The game had been fairly even until Watford loan man Lo-Everton’s dismissal in the 65th minute.
A minute later, Gulls right-back Ben Wynter bagged his second goal of the season before Exeter loanee Jack Sparkes doubled the hosts’ advantage with a left-footed effort from the edge of the penalty area, which deflected off Glovers’ left-back Morgan Williams on 70 minutes.
Joe Lewis added a third in the 86th minute to seal the win for United when he headed home a cross from Connor Lemonheigh-Evans, to score his fourth of the campaign.
Yeovil were later reduced to nine shortly after the final whistle when referee Scott Jackson issued a red card to goalkeeper Grant Smith.
TUFC: Wynter (66), Sparkes (70), Lewis (86).
Torquay United (4-2-3-1): MacDonald; Wynter, Lewis, Moxey, Martin; Little, Lapslie, Lolos, Lemonheigh-Evans, Sparkes; Wright
Yeovil Town (4-3-3): Smith; Daniel, Hunt, Wilkinson, Williams; Worthington, Staunton, Gorman; SLo-Everton, Yussuff, Wakefield
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
Torquay United (4-2-3-1):
Ben Wynter – Joe Lewis – Dean Moxey – Dan Martin
Asa Hall – Tom Lapslie
Klaidi Lolos – Connor Lemonheigh-Evans – Jack Sparkes
TT Talking Points:
Will Joe Felix make his long awaited debut?
Can United take revenge for the heart-breaking defeat there last season?
How will United cope without top scorer Little?
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