Getting to know the opposition: Yeovil Town

Getting to know the opposition: Yeovil Town

In a bid to turn the tide, Chesterfield search for a first win in four games as they host Yeovil Town in a match being shown live on BT Sport today.

After back-to-back defeats at the hands of Wrexham and Solihull Moors, the Spireites have fallen six points adrift of Stockport County, who currently lead the Vanarama National League standings.  

Despite the recent dip in form, Paul Cook will be hoping that his men can return to winning ways with the visit of the Somerset outfit. 

League Table Comparisons 

ClubsLeague PositionWinsDrawsLossesGoals ForGoals AgainstPoints
Chesterfield FC2nd15104522955
Yeovil Town13th10810272838

As it stands, 27 points separate the two sides as they go into the clash. The key difference between these two comes from Chesterfield’s deadly nature in front of goal, as they have scored 25 goals more than Yeovil after 29 games this season. This is of course in a large part supported by the now injured Kabongo Tshimanga, who has contributed 24 goals. 

The Spireites may be in a much healthier position in the division; however, it is worth noting that the Glovers have conceded fewer goals up to this point. A fact that truly highlights the club’s misery in front of goal, Yeovil have the sixth best defensive record, but have been miserably hindered by their inability to convert chances at the other end. 

A win for the Spireites would help apply much-needed pressure on league leaders Stockport, whilst Yeovil will know that if they can win, they will be able to climb above Southend United into 12th, albeit still at least ten points adrift of the play-off places. 

Key Facts: Yeovil Town

Founded: 1895
Manager: Darren Sarll
Nickname: The Glovers
Stadium (Capacity): Huish Park (9,500)

Based in the South West of England, Yeovil Town spent the first 50 years of their history competing in the local divisions before branching out to Southern Division after World War II. 

From there, the club flirted around the sixth and fifth tiers of English Football before climbing into the Football League in 2003. In 2004, the club featured in the inaugural season of the newly rebranded ‘League 2’, where they enjoyed another successful campaign, resulting in an unexpected promotion to England’s third tier. 

Spending eight seasons in League One, the Glovers not only established themselves in the league, but also found themselves promoted once more – this time into the Championship – after beating now-Premier League outfit Brentford FC in the play-off final. 

It was a moment to remember for the club which would soon turn into the catalyst for their demise. Finishing bottom in their first and only season in the second tier of English football, they would suffer a similar fate 12 months on by confirming a second consecutive relegation, finding themselves back down into League Two. 

Three seasons on and things went from bad to worse as Yeovil dropped from the Championship to the National League, all within the space of five years. 

Now serving a third straight season in the fifth tier and the club continues to fall down the pecking order after a high-flying fourth-place finish in 2020, before a mediocre 16th position to end the 2020/21 season. 

Head-to-Head Record

Home SideResults
(Date)
Away Side
Yeovil Town0-2
(18th September 2021)
Chesterfield FC
Chesterfield FC3-0(6th March 2021)Yeovil Town
Yeovil Town0-1
(31st October 2020)
Chesterfield FC
Chesterfield FC1-2
(10th December 2019)
Yeovil Town
Yeovil Town1-2
(20th January 2018)
Chesterfield FC

Recent history between Yeovil and Chesterfield heavily favours the latter. The Spireites have managed to keep Darren Sarll’s side at bay in all of the last three meetings.

Earlier this season, Chesterfield managed to return from Somerset with all three points after a comfortable 2-0 win. Goals from Manny Oyeleke and Kabongo Tshimanga saw them cruise past a struggling Yeovil. 

The last time that the Glovers managed to get the better of Chesterfield was back in December 2019. On the day, Myles Hippolyte and Rhys Murphy hit the ground running as Yeovil took an early lead before Curtis Weston grabbed a second-half consolation goal. The rare win for Yeovil was the only one of its kind in the last five meetings between the two team. To find the next win for the boys in green & yellow, you would have to look back to when the two clubs were in the League Two in 2017, when Yeovil secured a 3-2 win. 

Both of the Glovers’ last two wins against Chesterfield have come away from home, despite the two-year gap since their last victory over the Spireites. 

By Sam Plummer