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Preview: Yeovil Town (H) - Vanarama National League

3 August 2019

The Bees kick-start their Vanarama National League campaign this afternoon as they welcome Yeovil Town to The Hive London.

Darren Currie’s men will be looking to hit the ground running after a tough pre-season and will come up against a side who faced the drop from League Two last campaign.

New signing James Dunne is likely to make his Barnet debut whilst goalkeeper Scott Loach is also set to make his first competitive start against his former club.

The Opposition:

Yeovil Town, also known as the Glovers, finished bottom of the fourth tier last season and will play non-league football for the first time since 2003.

This afternoon’s opposition were a Championship side only five years ago but after back-to-back relegations, they quickly found themselves in League Two.

Hoping to climb back up the ladder, the Glovers would go on to spend four seasons in the fourth division before facing the drop again last campaign.

Yeovil, who will be looking to return to the EFL at the first attempt, have welcomed a few new faces to Huish Park this summer, including Lee Collins from Forest Green and Stevenage’s Luke Wilkinson.

There was also a managerial change this summer as Darren Sarll penned a three-year deal, taking over from Darren Way.

The Glovers’ most recent fixture resulted in a 2-1 victory over Bristol City’s under-23 side last weekend in a pre-season friendly.

Manager: Darren Sarll

Sarll began his managerial career in 2006, taking charge of Stevenage’s reserve team before taking up coaching roles at Brentford and Rotherham United respectively.

He then returned to Stevenage in 2012, initially joining as Head of Youth before becoming a first team coach three years later.

Following the sacking of then-manager Teddy Sheringham, Sarll took the reins on a temporary basis before clinching the job permanently in 2016 in a spell which stretched to 2018.

The 36-year-old then moved to Watford as Head of Academy but left after seven months in the role.

As a player, Sarll began his career at Hitchin Town before going on to play for Berkhamsted Town in 2002.

After a short spell at the club, he then moved to Bedford Town before leaving for St Albans City in 2004 where he’d also go on to play for Chelmsford City on loan.

Dunstable Town was his next destination in the same year before he made the switch to Hemel Hempstead Town and Chesham United respectively.

Sarll called time on his professional football career whilst at Biggleswade United and went on to play at Sunday league level.

Last Time Out:

The Bees have only beaten Yeovil once in their last five competitive meetings and fell to a 2-0 defeat when the pair last faced each other in February 2018.

The League Two fixture, which took place at Huish Park, saw the Glovers open the scoring inside two minutes after Sam Surridge netted from the spot.

Francois Zoko then came on for the Glovers to bag the second in stoppage time, ensuring the hosts came away with all three points.

Connections:

New Barnet goalkeeper Loach is set to start against his former club this afternoon. The Bees’ number one spent a month on loan with Yeovil whilst at Rotherham United in 2015, making six appearances.

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