Harrogate Town: No bitterness on this occasion from Yeovil Town boss Darren Sarll

Harrogate Town’s 3-0 victory over Yeovil Town in midweek will certainly rank among their best results of the season to date.

Thursday, 13th February 2020, 8:40 am
Updated Thursday, 13th February 2020, 8:41 am
Harrogate Town manager Simon Weaver enjoys his side's midweek win over Yeovil Town. Picture: Matt Kirkham

Indeed, so good was their performance on a freezing cold, windy night that even Glovers boss Darren Sarll conceded that Simon Weaver’s team deserved all three points.

The Yeovil chief was far from gracious in defeat when Town won 2-1 down in Somerset earlier this term, suggesting that their visitors had employed spoiling tactics and didn’t try to play football.

“They’ve not really played better than us,” Sarll said back in October.

“It’s another side that has come here to spoil the 3,200 fans’ afternoon because they don’t really want to join in with you and play a game of football.”

On this occasion, there could be no disputing that Town were good value for their win.

And, after going on to describe his own side’s performance as “awful” and “soft” during his post-match assessment of Tuesday’s contest, Sarll eventually admitted that “Harrogate were the better side.”

Weaver himself won’t have needed that pointing out to him, but had only positive things to say about both his opposite number and Yeovil assistant manager, Terry Skiverton.

“To be fair to him [Sarll], he came over after the game, shook my hand and said ‘well done’,” the Town boss revealed.

“Terry Skiverton, who I go back a long way with and have had some battles with, we had a bit of a shouting match at their ground, but tonight he said ‘well played and good luck, you deserved it’.

“What’s gone on, it’s gone now.

“It will have been frustrating from their point of view because they lost the game, but they [Sarll and Skiverton] were top notch.”

Victory takes second-placed Town to within four points of National League leaders Barrow ahead of Saturday’s trip to Barnet.