Our U18 side travel to Yeovil this Saturday for their first fixture of 2018, where Byron Anthony’s side will be looking to bounce back from a tough 4-2 defeat against Bournemouth last month and start 2018 with a win against the Glovers.
We preview Yeovil’s last five matches, previous fixtures between the two sides and a lowdown on the backroom staff ahead of our vital fixture against Paul Wilson’s side.
The Young Exiles’ most recent fixture against Yeovil Town, was County’s first league match of the 17/18 season! Goals from Evan Press and forward Michael Cook ensured that the points were shared in a thrilling 2-2 draw at Lliswerry School.
Byron Anthony’s side have actually faced the Glovers twice at home in 2017, however a 2-1 loss on the 25th January continued a tough run of form for County. Despite this, a brilliant 3-0 win over Plymouth Argyle a month later confirmed their place in the Merit League 1.
Our last trip to Yeovil was a 2-0 win in the Young Exiles’ third game of the season, continuing an unbeaten start to their league campaign on the 20th August 2016; the boys will be looking for the same result when they travel to Somerset on Saturday.
Yeovil’s academy manager is Paul Wilson, who joined the Glovers in March 2017. Wilson previously worked as academy manager at Scunthorpe United for 11 years and had a 12-year spell in the same role at Doncaster Rovers – The former striker made over 200 appearances for Yeovil, scoring 60 goals between 1989-1995.
Antonio Falanga is the U18 Lead PDP Coach at Yeovil Town, and has previously been at Crystal Palace and Charlton Athletic.
The Somerset-based side’s U18s assistant is currently Adrian Foster, who previously played as a striker for sides including his current employers Yeovil, West Brom and Torquay United during the 1990s.
Last Five Fixtures
Yeovil Town have had a mixed run of results as of late, picking up six points from their last five league games, which leaves Paul Wilson’s side 3 points away from the top half of the table going into the match.
A 4-1 win against Forest Green Rovers at home saw the Glovers recover from a 2-0 loss against Oxford United.
Two further losses followed – a 6-3 defeat against league leaders Exeter City and a narrow 1-0 defeat at home against Plymouth Argyle; however, Yeovil go into this weekend’s match on the back of a 1-0 victory against 6th placed Bristol Rovers.
Ahead of the Young Exiles first match of 2018, Academy Manager Byron Anthony said - "After a mini-break for the scholars, we look forward to our first game of 2018; following on from a successful 2017 that has seen progress both on and off the field."
The match will take place at Huish Park Stadium, Lufton Way, Yeovil, Somerset; with the game kicking off at 11:00 am.
You can follow match updates on the official academy Twitter @Youth_County, which will provide you with live updates from Yeovil as the Young Exiles look to pick-up their first win of 2018 against Yeovil Town.
Good Luck, Boys!