Yeovil Town’s first game at Huish Park in 2020 won’t be remembered for the football.
This turgid affair never really got going due to the timewasting tactics of Solihull Moors, managed by ex-England keeper Tim Flowers.
Most stoppages saw a Solihull player sneakily take the ball away, disguised enough from the referee – who didn’t cover himself in glory through the afternoon. Moors goalie, Ryan Boot was buying time from the first goal kick and managed to get away with it for 90 minutes.
The Glovers never turned it on and seemed to miss Remeao Hutton’s attacking threat from fullback, with neither Craig Alcock nor Carl Dickinson venturing far forward.
Lawson D’Ath and Charlie Lee were both casualties in the game, with the Glovers really missing their holding midfielder’s organisation and aerial threat once he departed.
There was a lengthy delay to the start of the second half after one of the floodlights caught fire. SomersetLive reported that the fire started in the generator room from the base of the floodlight. The fire brigade was on the scene to put out the fire and ensure the game could get back under way safely.
The result sees Yeovil remain in 2nd place in the National League, level on points with Harrogate Town in third and three points behind Barrow, who won 7-0 against Ebbsfleet.
After the match, Glovers boss Darren Sarll clarified the transfer rumours surrounding free-scoring striker Rhys Murphy. He said: “Rhys is our player, Rhys wants to be here. Rhys wants to be with me. He wants to be with our players, like I want to be with our players. I don’t think those clubs have got enough money. I’m being serious. What’s Rhys’s value to us? What’s Courtney’s value to us? They’ve all got huge huge value to us so screw everyone else, he’s with us.”
On Jimmy Smith: “He was here today. I don’t really want to talk too much about Jimmy, because he isn’t our player and I don’t want to show a lack of professionalism on our part when the two clubs are still talking in detail.”
On signings: “What I want is four of five big big marquee signings, but we don’t need that necessarily. What we do need to do and what we want to do, and Scott’s with me…is we need to make everyone stand up again. We’ve got to box so clever and were probably going to have to wait until the end of January for our targets to come to fruition.”
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