Match Details: 16/07/2019
Yeovil Town 1-6 Swansea City
Yeovil Goals: Tom Bradbury (33)
Yeovil Town were firmly beaten this evening, as Championship side Swansea City put six goals past them. The Championship side have provided competitive opposition in pre-season friendlies over the past decade, but on this occasion there was a wide gap between the two teams, with Jay Fulton grabbing a hat-trick at Huish Park in a 1-6 scoreline, where only a first half headed goal from Tom Bradbury gave the Glovers any joy.
Darren Sarll's side went into the match using the same rough shape and line-up that he had used in the two previous friendlies. Matt Worthington had limped off at Bideford on Friday night and he was replaced by Nestor Shako. The half time substitution in that game against Hereford saw Gabriel Rogers replace Ryan Seager and that was also maintained, even though Seager was fit and available on the bench. The only other change was a new trialist occupying the No.10 shirt as former Crewe Alexandra and Walsall striker Alex Nicholls, with Bradley Ash not in the squad on the night.
On a pitch that appeared to have been heavily saturated by the sprinkler system, to the point of being almost waterlogged, Swansea opened the scoring with two goals in the opening nine minutes. Four minutes into the match Wayne Routledge threaded a pass down the middle to Bersant Celina and he passed the ball under the body of Stuart Nelson for an early lead. That was quickly followed by Jay Fulton curling a shot from the edge of the box into the top left hand corner to put Swansea 0-2 up.
Having started the match in such a dominant mood, with Celina striking the inside of the post five minutes later, Swansea would have been frustrated to even give Yeovil a sniff of a chance on goal. But that was what they did just over half an hour into the game when a Carl Dickinson free kick was headed back across goal by Tom Bradbury giving the Glovers a bit of happiness with their first major effort on target and a 1-2 scoreline.
But all that didn't last too long. Just before the break, a Matt Grimes ball into the box was met by an excellent header from Oli McBurnie. Stuart Nelson parried the attempt well, but he couldn't hold onto the ball and that allowed Jay Fulton the ability to follow up and tap the loose ball home from two yards out and give the Welshmen a 1-3 half time lead.
Yeovil's first half trialist Alex Nicholls hadn't done an awful lot, nor seen the ball and so another trialist in David Moyo took to the field for his third chance to impress. But nine minutes into the half, Swansea extended their lead with a free kick that Yeovil didn't really anticpate quickly enough. Bersant Celina took a free kick short across the face of the box, and Jay Fulton got time to read the pass and fire a shot from 18 yards out that cannoned off the underside of the bar.
Despite the goal glut, Stuart Nelson was having an impressive game, doing enough to make Celina fire over the crossbar, but then getting his hand on the ball when Wayne Routledge tried to round him for another goal. A single handed save from another Celina shot helped keep the scoreline down. Both sides rang the changes, with Swansea bringing six new players on, having introduced three more at half time, whilst Yeovil saw Ryan Seager come on, alongside another new trialist in Salisbury midfielder Tom Whelan.
But Swansea were still dominant even with a new team, and Barrie McKay made it look a bit too easy when he ran through the middle unchecked for a 75th minute goal that put his side 1-5 up. And as Yeovil made further changes, with Courtney Duffus and George Calverley coming on with another trialist, it didn't stop Swansea's momentum. A 90th minute run by George Byers saw him shoot from the edge of the box, and although Nelson once again saved, the ball fell at the feet of Courtney Baker-Richardson who made it 1-6 in favour of the Championship side, in a rather one-sided night at Huish Park.
Full Time: Yeovil Town 1 Swansea City 6.
Scorers: Bersant Celina (0-1, 4 mins), Jay Fulton (0-2, 9 mins), Tom Bradbury (1-2, 33 mins), Jay Fulton (1-3, 42 mins), Jay Fulton (1-4, 54 mins), Barrie McKay (1-5, 75 mins), Courtney Baker-Richardson (1-6, 90 mins)
First Half Side:
1. Stuart Nelson
5. Tom Bradbury, 4. Lee Collins (Capt), 3. Carl Dickinson
2. Craig Alcock, 6. Albi Skendi, 7. Nestor Shako, 11. Daniel Ojo
8. Gabriel Rogers
9. Rhys Murphy, 10. Alex Nicholls
18. David Moyo (46 mins for Alex Nicholls), 22. Ryan Seager (59 mins for Gabriel Rogers), 15. Tom Whelan (59 mins for Daniel Ojo), 16. Alex John (62 mins for Albi Skendi), 23. Tai Fleming (65 mins for Craig Alcock), George Calverley (76 mins for Carl Dickinson), Courtney Duffus (76 mins for Rhys Murphy), 19. Kyel Reid (76 mins for Lee Collins).
Nordfeldt; Roberts, van der Hoorn, Rodon, Bidwell; Fulton, Grimes; Dyer, Celina, Routledge; McBurnie.
Mulder, Naughton, John, Cooper, Harries, Byers, Evans, Asoro, McKay, Dhanda, Baker-Richardson.
Attendance: 1,349 (with 148 Swansea City supporters).