Saturday's pre-season friendly against Conference South side Basingstoke Town saw Yeovil Town field four trialists in their line-up during the second half at the Camrose stadium. Only one of those was a brand new face, with French/Algerian winger Kamel Chergui being a 21 year old who has previously been on the books of St Etienne. The other 'new' face was in fact an old face, with Lawson D'Ath trying his luck with the Glovers just a few days after playing for Bristol Rovers in a pre-season friendly.
In a game in which manager Gary Johnson didn't quite come up to scratch, particularly during the second half where the large numbers of non-contracted players made for a scrappy performance, the Glovers boss had these views after the game on the four who were hoping to earn a deal:
Lawson D'Ath: "When he was at Reading, he was a young lad with a lot of potential, but hasn't quite reached where Reading thought. We'll have a discussion with my staff as to whether we want to take it any further."
Kamel Chergui: "He's a friend of Abdou El Kholti, who gave great service to us at the time. He asked us to have a look at him. You could see little bits of what he's got, although unfortunately there wasn't a lot happening around him. So maybe he deserves another chance."
Ferdinand Takyi: "He didn't get a lot of service either. He was working quite hard trying to win the ball, but there wasn't a lot coming to him. So he'll probably be around for another week as well."
Luke Clark: "We think he's a good footballer, but we think it's probably a bit early for him to think about League One football. Although having said that, he was probably the best passer on the day. So there's good parts in his game, and there's other parts he needs to improve on. What he does need is first team football - somewhere he is going to play regular football."
One player who missed out in Saturday's match was new loan signing Ben Nugent, who has been recruited in from Cardiff City. Gary confirmed that this wasn't an issue of paperwork or any agreements between the two clubs, but a training ground injury, explaining: "We got the clearance, they gave us permission, but it's just that he's had an ankle injury. He went over on it, and he played on for a little bit when he really should have told us, but that's his personality. We've had to give him four or five days away from the training. He'll play his first game at Torquay."
Nugent, along with AJ Leitch-Smith (knee) and Chris Weale (hamstring) who also missed Saturday's match, are expected to be in the running to play against Torquay United on Tuesday night, with winger Joel Grant (foot) the only more serious absentee. Johnson has indicated that having seen his squad play in two pre-season friendlies that he is now looking at putting together a 'strong' eleven of players to start in matches, presumably to see what options he has once the season kicks off:
"We'll now start looking at our strong team. I wouldn't say we'll know our first eleven yet. But we can start playing a strong team and then see where we go from there."
One player who is unlikely to feature is former Liverpool striker Adam Morgan. As reported yesterday, a player by that name was introduced as a low key substitute for Chesterfield in their pre-season friendly at Shrewsbury Town. The Sheffield Star have confirmed that the player concerned is the same player - even if they seem not to realise that he is a contracted Yeovil Town player - merely describing his previous time at Anfield and a loan spell at Rotherham United.
Tomorrow's match against Torquay United takes place at Plainmoor, kick-off 7.45p.m. with tickets available on the day from the Devon side's ground.
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