Glovers, City enjoy reserve victories
TEN different trialists were used by Yeovil Town as their
second string romped to a comprehensive 6-0 victory over their
Salisbury City counterparts yesterday.
In a one-sided game, former Stockport County and Blackpool
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winger Andy Welsh opened the scoring before another trialist,
ex Leicester and Fulham striker Elvis Hammond, made it 2-0.
Les Thompson, who was released by Bolton at the end of last
season, finished off well after a strong run to make the
half-time score 3-0 before Sam Mawene, a French trialist and
brother of Preston's Youl, headed in a fourth goal on 69
Blackburn Rovers' Australian midfielder, Rostyn Griffiths
added a fifth before Hammond completed the rout with a sixth
goal in the last minute.
"It is tough when you have that many trialists because you
have a lot to look at," said Yeovil's assistant manager Steve
Thompson. "They all did fine and we would expect to win the
game, but it's not about the result, it's about how people
perform and you can discount a few on that performance. One or
two did quite well and will get a chance in another game to
The quality of Yeovil's trialists was certainly high.
Ex-Arsenal and Reading midfielder John Halls, former
Bournemouth and Burnley man Gareth O'Connor and Crewe
Alexandra's talented but transfer listed midfielder Gary
Roberts all featured in the game and with Yeovil's midfield
significantly weak right now, one of those could be on board by
the time the Glovers face Leeds United at 1pm on Saturday.
"The midfield at the moment is quite a problem with Marc
Bircham out and Darren Way almost certainly out and that might
be something we need to address short term," Thompson added.
"The other positions can probably wait.
"Anyone we bring in – if we keep to the same system – would
have to be able to fit straight in and that is a tough task.
But we do have options, people that didn't play today, but we
won't be rushed into making a decision.
"It's amazing how many players are without a club and I
think, what some players do, is turn down opportunities at a
lower level thinking they are going to play higher. But some of
them have to drop lower if they want to get back on the
Meanwhile, Dean Moxey thrust himself into first team
contention by playing for over an hour of Exeter City reserves'
1-0 defeat at Bournemouth on Tuesday.
"Dean had a very, very good hour," manager Paul Tisdale
said. "That puts him in contention for a place on the bench on
"I have said before it is about ensuring a player is fit
enough to be able to play from the first minute, so the game
gave us more of an idea on that."
Steve Hutchings scored the only goal of the game in which
the Grecians gave a run out to former Wigan Athletic defender
The 19-year-old right-back, who had an unsucccessful trial
with Accrington Stanley earlier this summer, played the full 90
minutes and will spend the rest of the week training with City
before Tisdale makes a decision on his future.