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21 July 2018 : Yeovil 5 Plymouth 1 : Browne And Fisher Provide Pilgrims Rout
Yeovil Town swept to a highly convincing victory at Huish Park this afternoon, as they thrashed League One side Plymouth Argyle by a 5-1 scoreline in their final home pre-season friendly. A fairly strong Pilgrims side were put on the back foot right from the very start, as Norwich City loanee Diallang Jaiyesimi shot from distance, and that was followed up by a brace from Rhys Browne. Argyle had pulled one back from former Glover Joel Grant, but in the second half the scoreline was further extended as substitute Alex Fisher scored twice inside the box for an eye-catching victory.

The Glovers went into the match making one change to their starting line-up, with Omar Sowunmi sitting out his first match of the pre-season schedule. He made way for Shaun Donnellan, who had missed the midweek match against Bristol Rovers. Gary Warren returned to the bench. In the opposition line-up, Joel Grant returned to Huish Park against his old club.

Yeovil Town got themselves off to a flyer in the first eleven minutes of the match, as they scored two long range goals. The first came from Norwich City loanee Diallang Jaiyesimi, who received the ball outside the box, then cut inside his marker before delivering an edge-of-area drive that flew into the net for a 1-0 lead. The strong start got better when Rhys Browne decided to have a go at Argyle keeper Kyle Letheren from 20 yards out and two shots into the match, Yeovil were 2-0 up, as the visitors failed to close their men down.

That was enough to wake the Pilgrims up, as Jamie Ness forced Stuart Nelson into a strong save, with a header from the same man also on target from a corner, only to find Nelson's leg blocking the ball. There was then a let-off as Conor Grant's shot came off the post, following Nelson's questionable clearance that fell into his path. That mini-sloppy spell also saw Argyle pull a goal back, as Joel Grant intercepted the ball inside Yeovil's area, as they tried to play the ball out, and the former Yeovil man fired home.

Although Argyle went in search of an equaliser, and at that point looked the more likely to get the next one, Yeovil were having a lot of fun from long range. If the first two goals were good, then the third got better, as Rhys Browne received the ball at height, controlled it on his chest, and then as the ball dropped he hit a first time volley from outside the box, which flew into the ball of the net for a 3-1 lead.

Half time saw Argyle make six changes as they introduced all bar two of their substitutes. Yeovil chose a more limited three changes, and two of those combined to produce their fourth goal of the afternoon. An unnamed trialist winger was on Jordan Green's flank in the second period, and his cross into the box was well placed for Alex Fisher to fire home from inside the box for a 4-1 lead.

As Yeovil's substitutions continued en masse, the Glovers still managed to keep enough shape to get a fifth goal of the afternoon. Argyle's defence were caught flat-footed as Alex Fisher got in behind their back line, and he rounded substitute keeper Harry Burgoyne to roll the ball home for a 5-1 lead.

That was the end of the scoring as two of Yeovil Town's Academy players got onto the pitch in the closing stages. Plymouth's Graham Carey tried to pull back a consolation or two, with a free kick that Stuart Nelson turned over the bar, whilst another attempt on goal was saved. But it was very firmly Yeovil's day, with the one and only downside being that it doesn't give them any league points, or goal difference! A good positive way to end the home section of the pre-season friendlies though.

Final Score: Yeovil Town 5 Plymouth Argyle 1.

Scorers: Diallang Jaiyesimi (1-0, 3 mins), Rhys Browne (2-0, 11 mins), Joel Grant (2-1, 19 mins), Rhys Browne (3-1, 30 mins), Alex Fisher (4-1, 52 mins), Alex Fisher (5-1, 60 mins)

Yeovil Town:
1. Stuart Nelson
2. Tom James, 6. Bevis Mugabi, 5. Shaun Donnellan, 3. Carl Dickinson
7. Jordan Green, 4. Sessi D'Almeida, 8. Alefe Santos, 10. Rhys Browne
11. Diallang Jaiyesimi, 13. Francois Zoko

Substitutes:
Omar Sowunmi (62 mins for Shaun Donnellan), Daniel Alfei (68 mins for Tom James), Alex Fisher (46 mins for Diallang Jaiyesimi), Gary Warren (46 mins for Bevis Mugabi), Tyrique Spencer-Clarke (86 mins for Alefe Santos), Gabriel Rogers (74 mins for Rhys Browne), 21. Trialist A (46 mins for Jordan Green), Trialist B (55 mins for Carl Dickinson), Trialist C (55 mins for Francois Zoko), 4. Trialist D (57 mins for Sessi D'Almeida).

Plymouth Argyle:
21. Kyle Letheren 2. Joe Riley 3. Gary Sawyer 5. Ryan Edwards 6. Jamie Ness 8. David Fox 11. Ruben Lameiras 10. Graham Carey 15. Conor Grant 16. Joel Grant 25. Scott Wootton

Substitutes:
1. Harry Burgoyne (46 mins for Kyle Letheren) 4. Yann Songo'o (46 mins) 14. Niall Canavan (46 mins) 17. Lionel Ainsworth (46 mins) 19. Calum Dyson (46 mins) 22. Tafari Moore 23. Ashley Smith-Brown (46 mins) 24. Peter Grant.

Attendance: 1,551 (with 395 Plymouth Argyle fans).


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21 July 2018 : Team News For Yeovil Town vs Plymouth Argyle
Yeovil Town have chosen their starting line-up for Saturday afternoon's home match against Plymouth Argyle at Huish Park. The match sees one change as Omar Sowunmi comes out of the starting line-up for the first time in pre-season, and is replaced by Shaun Donnellan, who missed the match against Bristol Rovers due to a knock.

Midfield pair Jake Gray and James Bailey are still out with ankle and knee problems respectively. Chelsea goalkeeper Nathan Baxter is yet to arrive at Huish Park due to him needing to cover for their pre-season friendlies, following their senior keepers' involvement in the 2018 World Cup.

The line-up for today reads as follows:

Yeovil Town:
1. Stuart Nelson
2. Tom James, 6. Bevis Mugabi, 5. Shaun Donnellan, 3. Carl Dickinson
7. Jordan Green, 4. Sessi D'Almeida, 8. Alefe Santos, 10. Rhys Browne
11. Diallang Jaiyesimi, 13. Francois Zoko

Substitutes:
Omar Sowunmi, Daniel Alfei, Alex Fisher, Gary Warren, Tyrique Spencer-Clarke, Gabriel Rogers, Trialist A, Trialist B, Trialist C, Trialist D.


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21 July 2018 : Clarification On Corby Town and Poole Town Friendlies
Next weekend, on Saturday 28th July, there are two pre-season friendlies identified that involve Yeovil Town. The first is an away fixture against Northamptonshire side Corby Town, whilst the second is a trip to Dorset side Poole Town. With both games kicking off at 3.00p.m. clearly the club would be sending two different squads for each fixture.

The club have now clarified that the game against Corby Town will remain as a first team fixture, but that the trip to Tatnam Farm will be fulfilled by the Academy's Under-18 side. This is a slightly unusual arrangement given that Corby play in the Southern League Division One East division, which sits as an eighth tier league. Meanwhile Poole have recently been relegated from National League South, and will play in the Southern League Premier South division.

The effect is that on paper at least, the Under-18s will be playing a club that is one division higher than the first team on that day. Poole have made it clear that they regard the game as a first team fixture, and so will presumably be fielding their strongest side on the day.


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20 July 2018 : Yeovil Manager To Attend Sports Forum At Bristol City
Yeovil Town manager Darren Way will be part of a panel of guests that will take part in a BBC Local Radio Sports Forum later this month. Taking place in the Heineken Lounge, Ashton Gate Stadium, home of Bristol City, the event will see representatives from Bristol City, Bristol Rovers, Bath Rugby Club and Bristol Bears Rugby Club, to herald the start of the 2018-19 season.

Bristol City manager Lee Johnson, Bristol Rovers manager Darrell Clarke, Bath Rugby's Todd Blackadder and Bristol Bears coach Conor McPhillips are the other guests on Monday 30th July, in a forum that will start at 7.30p.m. that evening. You can travel to Ashton Gate and see the forum in person by registering for tickets, or you can listen via BBC Somerset or BBC Bristol on the radio or online.

The implication of this, given the event is broadcast live, is that Darren Way would not be in the dugout for the club's final pre-season friendly against Dorset side Gillingham Town, which takes place at Woodwater Lane on the same evening.


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20 July 2018 : Way Still Hopeful Of No Further First Team Squad Losses
Yeovil Town manager Darren Way has said that he is still hopeful that he will not lose any further players between now and the closure of the Summer Transfer Window. The club were forced to sell Otis Khan to League Two side Mansfield Town after the Stags met a trigger clause in Khan's contract, that was believed to be a 100,000 transfer fee.

At a lower level, the club also saw Oscar Gobern decide to sign for National League side Eastleigh, whilst goalkeeper Jonny Maddison decided to leave midway through his contract by joining Darlington. Way has told BBC Somerset that he hopes that will be the last of the departures, but that if anyone else leaves, it will be for an agreed transfer fee:

"I hope so; I really do. But if they go, they're going to go for the right money. I'm going to keep referrring to that financially robust operation that we've put in place now. You can see Alefe Santos who took a year to develop, Sowunmi took a year to develop, Tom James took a year to develop, Jordan Green and Rhys Browne. They're good players and they always have been good players, but it's taken me time to put a system in place where they can express themselves."

Way's point of caution is that he believes that the summer transfer market is moving very slowly, and that a number of clubs are currently constrained by their budgets, meaning that they will have to move a player out, before they can safely bid for another club's player. He repeated his previously stated view that the loss of Swansea City loanee Ryan Hedges on transfer deadline day, whilst the club were 16th in the table, cost his side promotion at the end of the 2016-17 season:

"The market is very slow at the moment. There are a lot of clubs, where probably for the price you're talking about, they may have to move one out, before one can come in. I think that's probably the situation of where we stand right now. But I have to give myself a deadline, and the football club a deadline, because with Ryan Hedges I felt that cost me a promotion or a top six finish when I lost him."

Way was also asked about his interest in Middlesbrough attacking midfielder Lewis Wing, who was on loan at Huish Park during the second half of the 2017-18 season. Way has made clear he would like to take him back for a second loan spell, and hopes that Boro boss Tony Pulis can do him a favour. However, he admits that some of the decisions on loans may come in late:

"100 percent. 110 percent. So I'm hoping that Tony Pulis can perhaps do me a really big favour, and if it happens, it happens, and if it doesn't, then it doesn't. But all I know is that he is a fantastic player, and added to that collection, things are looking good. If I was a first team manager in the Premier League or the Championship now, with Lewis Wing for example, I would probably hold onto him until two or three days before the season starts. So hopefully I've got to be patient, and don't panic. I will make one or two as you can see the areas that perhaps need a little bit more reinforcement."

Elsewhere, Way implies that he will be making full use of the loan player quota for the 2018-19 season. Currently the club have taken two loanees, with goalkeeper Nathan Baxter due to arrive from Chelsea later in pre-season, whilst he has been using Norwich City winger Diallang Jaiyesimi as a striker in the two pre-season friendlies so far. The expectation is therefore that three more loans will be coming in by the time the new season starts, although League rules will allow loan deals to be struck up until August 31st.


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19 July 2018 : Glovers Trust Views On The Supporter Liaison Officer Role
Earlier today, Yeovil Town said that they were looking to appoint a new Supporters Liaison Officer for the 2018-19 season, with the role having become vacant at some point during last season. This matter has been discussed at several recent Supporters Alliance Group meetins, and with the Glovers Trust providing representation in that debate, they'd provided their views on the advertising of the role, and the method of appointment.

Their view, including a timeline of how the vacancy has become available, reads as follows:

"On 16th May 2018 the Club advised the Supporters Alliance Group that they wished to appoint a fan chosen Supporters Liaison Officer. They stated that they would draw up specifications for the role and these would be discussed and circulated to all of the groups' members and generally on social media following the next meeting on 12th June 2018.

"By 12th June 2018 draft specifications had been drawn up which after discussion indicated that this was a role for possibly two persons. The Club agreed to look at the specifications again and advise all groups when they had been confirmed in order that they could advise their members and put the details on social media. It was agreed that once nominations and applications had been received the representatives on the Alliance Group would choose the successful candidate.

"No further details were sent to the Alliance Groups but on 10th July 2018 at the following Alliance meeting the Club confirmed that the original specifications would stand. There seemed surprise from the Club that no nominations or applications had been received. Some of the representatives wished to proceed and appoint a person who had previously been named in discussion. The Glovers Trust objected to this course and pointed out, that outside of the meeting room no one had knowledge of this proposed appointment and if a 'supporters' liaison officer was to be appointed it had to be democratic and involve all Yeovil fans. Eventually the Club agreed to circulate the final specifications to the Alliance groups and swiftly publish the details on social media, seeking nominations and applications by Monday 23rd July 2018. This has today been changed to Thursday 26th July 2018.

"On Friday afternoon 13th July 2018 the Glovers Trust were notified with regard to the final specifications. On 19th July the club have posted the details on its own website but nowhere else. You have until Thursday to get your nomination or application into the Club. It may well be that having looked at the specifications very few would wish to take up such a role but the Glovers Trust are saying that people should have been given a chance. Such a tight deadline that now exists makes it very difficult."


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19 July 2018 : 2018-19 Yeovil Town Home Kit Goes On Sale
Further to this week's announcement concerning Yeovil Town's 2018-19 Away Kit, the club's Home Kit is now also on sale. Fans can purchase replica kit from the Huish Park Club Shop with immediate effect, based on the design below that was unveiled following a fans vote against three options.

Prices are 40.00 for the shirt (with Juniors at 30.00), whilst shorts will cost 20.00 (with juniors at 15.00). Socks are 10.00 regardless of age.

Link: 2018-19 Yeovil Town Away Kit Goes On Sale.

The design for the 2018-19 Yeovil Town home shirt
The design for the 2018-19 Yeovil Town home shirt



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19 July 2018 : Yeovil Town Looking To Appoint New Supporters Liaison Officer
Yeovil Town are looking to appoint a new Supporter Liaison Officer for the 2018-19 season. The position is a mandatory role in terms of Football League rules, with the League viewing it as a bridge between the fans and the football club. The EFL's definition reads as follows:

"Every club in the EFL has a Supporter Liaison Officer whose responsibilities are not only to act as a point of contact for supporters but also to deliver the club's policy with regards to its stakeholders in so far as that policy concerns supporters; and to liaise with the club's management with regard to supporter issues."

At present, Yeovil Town are the only EFL club to not have a nominated person in that position. They have therefore asked for supporters to nominate themselves for what will be a voluntary role. They state it will be "to improve the relationships and communication with supporters, the Supporters Alliance Group and YTFC whilst acting as the official voice for fans".

The club have stated that they may share the role across more than one person. They are seeking fans to nominate themselves by emailing Yeovil Town's Club Secretary Kirstie Baker (KBaker@ytfc.net) explaining why they would like to take on the role. We're not sure on the deadline yet.

The role and responsibilities are as follows:

1. To improve the relationships and communication with Supporters, the Supporter Alliance Group and Yeovil Town FC (YTFC).
2. To be the voice of Supporters by being the mediator between supporters of Yeovil Town FC and the Club (YTFC) to improve match day experience at YTFC by liaising with the above on matters such as Stadium, ticketing, away travel, entertainment on match day, match day experience, catering.
3. To improve the match day experience of supporters visiting from the opposition club on match days.
4. To aid the travel and match day arrangements of supporters travelling to support YTFC.

For all Home Matches:

1. To be point of contact on match days for supporter queries.
2. Attend steward briefings on home match days.
3. To provide information to travelling fans and promote the away supporter travel guide.
4. Meet and greet away fans.

For all Away Matches:

1. To be the point of contact for supporters travelling to away fixtures for information on travel, ticketing and match day plans
2. Obtain travel and match day information from opposition club and advertise to supporters.
3. Although it is not mandatory the flexibility to attend away fixtures is desirable. Voice of the Supporter

General responsibilities:

1. To attend and engage in monthly Supporter Alliance meetings.
2. To provide regular feedback to the Club and to the Supporters.
3. Adhere to and promote Safeguarding regulations, Equality and Inclusion and GDPR regulations.

Working relationships:

This role will report direct to the Supporter Director.
The SLO will work closely with the following groups/individuals:
The Supporter Alliance Group
Other supporter groups
Chairman of the Supporter Alliance Group
YTFC Stadium Manager
YTFC Media Manager
Other Executive Members of YTFC where necessary
SLO from opposition clubs
YTFC DLO

Update: The deadline for applications will be 5.00p.m. on Thursday 26th July.


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18 July 2018 : Former Loanee Nugent Follows In Father's Tracks Again
Former Yeovil Town defender Ben Nugent will be back in League Two for the 2018-19 season. He has signed a contract with Stevenage, following a two game trial with them, having become a free agent over the summer. He turned down a contract offer from League One side Gillingham with the broad implication that he wanted more game time at another club.

The 25 year old has now signed for a club that he has a strong past connection with. Ben was born in Welwyn Garden City, whilst his dad Richard Nugent was playing for Stevenage. His new club have uncovered a picture of him as a toddler with the Isthmian League Premier Division Trophy that his dad helped his club win in 1994, just before Richard headed down the A303 to play for Yeovil Town during the 1995-96 season. Nugent acknowledged that connection after putting pen to paper:

"I have got strong ties to the area so for me this is the perfect place to join. My Dad played for the club and I have really enjoyed being around the place recently so I am really excited about getting started."

Most of Nugent's career has been gained at League One level, with his game time at Brentford, Peterborough United and Crewe Alexandra, on top of his 2014-15 season loan spell with Yeovil whilst he was on the books of Cardiff City. He did spend the 2016-17 season in League Two after Crewe were relegated, but jumped ship for Gillingham at the higher level as soon as his contract was up.

Link: Ben Nugent : Yeovil Town Statistics.


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18 July 2018 : EFL Trophy Group Stage : Academy Clubs Picked Out As Glovers Get Hammers
The final segment of the EFL Trophy Group Stage draw for the 2018-19 Season has been made today. The purpose of today's draw, which took place in the Royal Lancaster Hotel in London, was to decide which 'invited clubs' - the Under-21 sides from EPPP Category 1 Academy teams - fall into which Groups. Yeovil Town were already known to be in Southern Section Group D, and along with Exeter City and Bristol Rovers, they have now been drawn to play against West Ham United U21.

All Under-21 sides are forced to play their Group Stage matches away from home, so this game is expected to be played at Huish Park. The matches against Exeter City and Bristol Rovers will be randomly drawn home or away.

The full draw is as follows:

NORTHERN SECTION:
Group A: Carlisle United, Morecambe, Sunderland, Stoke City U21
Group B: Bury, Fleetwood Town, Rochdale, Leicester City U21
Group C: Accrington Stanley, Blackpool, Macclesfield, West Bromwich Albion U21
Group D: Crewe Alexandra, Shrewsbury Town, Tranmere Rovers, Manchester City U21
Group E: Burton Albion, Port Vale, Walsall, Middlesbrough U21
Group F: Barnsley, Bradford City, Oldham Athletic, Everton U21
Group G: Doncaster Rovers, Grimsby Town, Notts County, Newcastle United U21
Group H: Lincoln City, Mansfield Town, Scunthorpe United, Wolverhampton Wanderers U21

SOUTHERN SECTION:
Group A: Crawley Town, Gillingham, Portsmouth, Tottenham Hotspur U21
Group B: Cambridge United, Colchester United, Southend United, Southampton U21
Group C: Newport County, Plymouth Argyle, Swindon Town, Chelsea U21
Group D: Bristol Rovers, Exeter City, Yeovil Town, West Ham United U21
Group E: Cheltenham Town, Coventry City, Forest Green Rovers, Arsenal U21
Group F: Northampton Town, Oxford United, Wycombe Wanderers, Fulham U21
Group G: AFC Wimbledon, Charlton Athletic, Stevenage, Swansea City U21
Group H: Luton Town, Milton Keynes, Peterborough United, Brighton and Hove Albion U21

Link: EFL Trophy 2018-19 Competition Rule Changes.

Link: 2018-19 Season Key Dates.


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18 July 2018 : Way Happy With Reaction To His Side's Punch In The Face
Yeovil Town manager Darren Way said that he was pleased with his side's reaction to falling behind against Bristol Rovers on Tuesday night. The Glovers had to fight their way back from 0-1 down, after Tom Lockyer netted from a corner in the 37th minute during the club's second public pre-season friendly match. During the second period, they managed to find an equaliser, with a set piece also providing the input, as Bevis Mugabi headed home a Carl Dickinson free kick.

Way referred to the 'punch in the face' that his side had to deal with, as part of conceding that first half goal, and told BBC Somerset that Mugabi's second half header was exactly what his team needed to deal with that sort of problem:

"There's a good mood in the dressing room. We've been together all week. We've played against good opposition. It was a challenge today. I've not seen them get punched in the face. That was probably their first time and it was important how they reacted to that. I thought they did extremely well. With Bevis Mugabi, that's what you need in a football match. You may go a goal down, and it's how you react."

Way said that he was not reading too hard into results at this stage, mindful of the fact that last season commenced with an extraordinary 8-2 defeat against Luton Town at Kenilworth Road, despite having managed a number of reasonable scorelines in their preceding friendlies. He said that he was pleased with the way that three of the club's Academy players - Daniel Ojo, Tyrique Spencer-Clarke and Gabriel Rogers - had blended into the first team squad:

"Our performance was fantastic. I put on three or four of our younger players, which is good to see. I've tried to incorporate the younger players within the squad. You can see they're developing at a very fast rate. Everything at the moment is going really well. But having said that, I thought we had a really good pre-season last season and we took a hit in the first game. So I have to make sure that we're aware of that."


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17 July 2018 : Darren Way Waiting In The Wings For Former Loanee's Availability
Yeovil Town manager Darren Way has said that he is hoping that Middlesbrough midfielder Lewis Wing can return to the club for a second spell. The 23 year old was one of the few 2017-18 season loanees that managed to nail down a regular place in the starting line-up during the second half of the season, clocking up 22 appearances in his half-season loan.

At present, any thoughts of a return to South Somerset would be on hold. Wing is currently part of a Middlesbrough squad that has been out in mainland Europe. He has been in their side against Austrian side Sturm Graz and German side SV Sandhausen and is currently in Bavaria, waiting to play against Augsburg tomorrow evening.

They do return to English this weekend, and so manager Tony Pulis - friends with Yeovil Town owner Norman Hayward - could have reached a decision on where he sees Wing's future during the 2018-19 season. The view of the local press is that the player they took from Northern League side Shildon back in 2017 probably would be sent out for a second loan spell. However, given parent clubs often like their development squad players to take steps upward each season, it may be that they have different plans for him.

Way indicated as part of his post match interview that he wanted to see Wing back at Huish Park, thus throwing his hat into the ring. This will be another situation where we'll have to see how it pans out, but it's unlikely anything would happen either way, during this week.

Link: Lewis Wing : Yeovil Town Statistics.


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17 July 2018 : Yeovil 1 Rovers 1 : Mugabi Keeps Yeovil Level In Second Home Friendly
Yeovil Town drew with local rivals Bristol Rovers tonight, in their second public pre-season friendly. The Glovers had to come from behind, after Tom Lockyer converted from close range from a corner just before the break to give the Gas a half time lead. They had hit the woodwork twice during the match, but couldn't increase that advantage, and it was the Glovers who equalised when a Carl Dickinson free kick was headed home from close range by Bevis Mugabi to ensure the match ended in a 1-1 draw.

The Glovers starting line-up showed very little in the way of change, with Bevis Mugabi preferred to Shaun Donnellan, who took no part in tonight's game, whilst Francois Zoko got the nod ahead of Alex Fisher. James Bailey and Jake Gray remained out injured, whilst centre-back Gary Warren was also not used on the night. In the opposition line-up, Ed Upson started against his former club.

An early Tom James free kick saw Sam Slocombe palm the ball away, as Yeovil started comfortably. This was followed by a lobbed Chris Lines effort that cleared Stuart Nelson, and clipped the top of the crossbar before landing on the back of the net. Lines also dragged a shot wide before Diallang Jaiyesimi came close to claiming a goal as he put a Carl Dickinson cross just over the crossbar.

With 37 minutes gone in a fairly even half, Rovers took the lead as they won a corner on the left. As it was swung in, Tom Lockyer managed to out-muscle Bevis Mugabi, and force the ball home from close range to put the Gas 0-1 up at the break. Surprisingly both sides declined to make massive changes at that point, with only James Clarke introduced for the visitors as the game restarted.

Rovers started the second period on the front foot, forcing Stuart Nelson into a couple of errors, as he sliced a clearance whilst under pressure from Tom Nichols, and when the ball went into the box, he half-missed his punch on the ball, leaving him exposed. Thankfully Rovers didn't follow up on this.

Instead it was Yeovil that equalised, just before the hour mark. A Carl Dickinson free kick was swung into the box and Bevis Mugabi rose highest as four or five players contested for the ball, and he managed to plant his close range header past the keeper for a 1-1 scoreline.

Rovers tried to hit back, as Sam Matthews struck the crossbar from the edge of the box, with a well hit shot that ultimately bounced out for a goal kick. Substitutions and trialists began to appear, with both Yeovil strikers making way for a trialist and Alex Fisher. It took a while for Rovers to begin to threaten again, and it was only in the final 15 minutes that they began to assert any authority, with Tom Nichols turning and shooting but finding Stuart Nelson getting down low to save. Then Liam Sercombe cut in from the wing, firing a shot just wide of the right hand post.

Yeovil finished the match by substituting their entire midfield, with Gabriel Rogers and Tyrique Spencer-Clarke coming on as Academy players, joined by two more trialists. To their credit they kept Bristol Rovers fairly quiet in the closing stages - something that the League One club's fans might question. In terms of chances, the game mainly fizzled out, meaning that neither team looked too likely to snatch a winner.

Final Score: Yeovil Town 1 Bristol Rovers 1.

Scorers: Tom Lockyer (0-1, 37 mins), Bevis Mugabi (1-1, 57 mins)

Yeovil Town:
1. Stuart Nelson
2. Tom James, 6. Bevis Mugabi, 5. Omar Sowunmi (Capt), 3. Carl Dickinson
7. Jordan Green, 4. Sessi D'Almeida, 8. Alefe Santos, 10. Rhys Browne
11. Diallang Jaiyesimi, 13. Francois Zoko

Substitutes:
Trialist A (60 mins for Diallang Jaiyesimi), Alex Fisher (63 mins for Francois Zoko), Daniel Ojo (76 mins for Omar Sowunmi), Tyrique Spencer-Clarke (79 mins for Alefe Santos), Gabriel Rogers (79 mins for Rhys Browne), Trialist B (79 mins for Jordan Green), Trialist C (79 mins for Sessi D'Almeida)

Bristol Rovers:
1. Sam Slocombe 2. Daniel Leadbitter 23. Kyle Bennett 4. Tom Lockyer 5. Tony Craig 6. Ed Upson 7. Liam Sercombe 10. Tom Nichols 14. Chris Lines 26. Sam Matthews 28. Michael Kelly

Substitutes:
8. Ollie Clarke 11. Bernard Mensah Jr 15. James Clarke (46 mins for Daniel Leadbitter) 16. Tom Broadbent 20. Adam Smith 21. Alfie Clarke 33. Alex Rodman


Referee: Lee Swabey. Assistants: Paul Rees and Stacey Pearson. Fourth Official: Sean Rothwell.

Attendance: 1,114 (with 329 Bristol Rovers fans).


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17 July 2018 : Team News For Yeovil Town vs Bristol Rovers
Yeovil Town have named their starting line-up for the pre-season friendly against Bristol Rovers at Huish Park. There are only two subtle changes from the last public pre-season friendly against Swansea City. Defender Bevis Mugabi displaces Shaun Donnellan, whilst Francois Zoko is preferred to Alex Fisher.

Midfield pair James Bailey (knee) and Jake Gray (ankle) are long term absentees that are expected to not take part in any pre-season friendlies. Chelsea goalkeeper Nathan Baxter is still at Stamford Bridge, covering for players that participated in the 2018 World Cup, who are still being rested.

Yeovil Town:
1. Stuart Nelson
2. Tom James, 6. Bevis Mugabi, 5. Omar Sowunmi (Capt), 3. Carl Dickinson
7. Jordan Green, 4. Sessi D'Almeida, 8. Alefe Santos, 10. Rhys Browne
11. Diallang Jaiyesimi, 13. Francois Zoko

Substitutes:
TBA.

Bristol Rovers:
1. Sam Slocombe 2. Daniel Leadbitter 23. Kyle Bennett 4. Tom Lockyer 5. Tony Craig 6. Ed Upson 7. Liam Sercombe 10. Tom Nicholas 14. Chris Lines 26. Sam Matthews 28. Michael Kelly

Substitutes:
8. Ollie Clarke 11. Bernard Mensah Jr 15. James Clarke 16. Tom Broadbent 20. Adam Smith 21. Alfie Clarke 33. Alex Rodman


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17 July 2018 : Upson Return Likely For Gas Friendly
Tonight sees Yeovil Town play their second public pre-season friendly when they face League One side Bristol Rovers at Huish Park. The Gas are regulars on the friendly list, having visited during 2012, 2014 and 2017, with many of the missing years covering times during which the two clubs occupied the same divisions. In fact they will meet again competitively later this year, with the Football League Trophy Group Stages seeing them land in the same part of the draw. Rovers will be splitting their professional squad tonight, with the more junior members travelling to Weston-super-Mare, which should mean that the majority of genuine first teamers head to Huish Park.

Like all clubs, Bristol Rovers have been refreshing their squad for the 2018-19 season. One of their new arrivals is a very familiar one, with former Glovers midfielder Ed Upson leaving Milton Keynes to stay in League One following their relegation. Attacking midfielder Sam Matthews was a part of AFC Bournemouth's development squad last season and both him and Upson were in the centre of the park during their last friendly. Winger Alex Rodman is an experienced campaigner who played for Shrewsbury Town last year. At the other end of the scale they took 19 year old midfielder Theo Widdrington from Portsmouth, whilst Gavin Reilly is a former St Mirren striker.

Yeovil Town will continue to be without James Bailey (knee) and Jake Gray (ankle) who are expected to miss the whole of pre-season, with Gray out until September, whilst Bailey's exact prognosis isn't clear, with him having recently had further surgery. They'll also be without goalkeeper Nathan Baxter who is still at Stamford Bridge playing in their matches and training sessions.

Last summer saw Nathan Smith score Yeovil's only goal in a 1-3 home defeat in front of 1,351 spectators, which included 314 from Bristol. Billy Bodin scored twice for the Gas, with Byron Moore adding a third in the second half.

Admission for tonight will be as follows: Adult 6.00; Seniors and Young Persons 3.00; Under-16: FREE. Only the Main Stand will be open to home fans. Vising supporters will take the Screfix East Stand.


Link: Pre-Season Ticketing For Bristol Rovers and Plymouth Argyle.

Link: Ticketing For Bury vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Ticket Pricing For Yeovil Town vs Aston Villa.

Link: Yeovil Town Online Ticketing Portal.

Link: 2018-19 Yeovil Town First Team Fixture List.


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17 July 2018 : Ticket Purchases Temporarily Suspended On Wednesday
Yeovil Town's ticketing systems will be out of action for part of Wednesday morning as part of planned maintenance. As a result, it will not be possible to order tickets from 7.00a.m. until 10.00a.m. on Wednesday 18th July. This will include the online ticketing portal as well as in-person sales.

The Ticket Office will be open from 9.00a.m. on Wednesday morning but they will not be able to process any ticket purchases until the systems are back up and running. Hence we'd recommend that you leave any purchases until mid-morning or later in the day.

Link: Pre-Season Ticketing For Bristol Rovers and Plymouth Argyle.

Link: Ticketing For Bury vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Ticket Pricing For Yeovil Town vs Aston Villa.

Link: Yeovil Town Online Ticketing Portal.

Link: 2018-19 Yeovil Town First Team Fixture List.


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16 July 2018 : Dickson Flies Back To Devon To Join Gulls
Former Yeovil Town left-back Ryan Dickson has stayed local, by signing for National League South side Torquay United. The 31 year old left Huish Park at the end of last season, having been released by the club after making 130 appearances, with 125 of those coming during the previous three seasons during his second spell with the club.

Dickson now joins a side that was relegated at the end of last season, and under former Bath City manager Gary Owers are hoping to make a swift return back. Owers described him as a big signing for the Gulls, in what will be his second spell at Plainmoor. In a slight twist, he plans to use him as a central midfielder this season - a position he played in a small handful of his Glovers appearances:

"I think he's a really big signing for us. He brings with him a terrific left foot. Ryan is a very experienced player and is a left-footer which will be important in giving the team balance. He can play as a left-back, as a wide player, but I'm bringing him in to play as a central midfield player. He has played at a high level and has plenty of games under his belt. He played quite a few games for Yeovil last season and I'm bringing more experience into the side. He really strengthens what we have already got. I have badgered him the last couple of weeks and managed to persuade him to come and play for us. I think hes looking forward to it."

Dickson's decision doubtless has a lot to do with geography. When he left Crawley Town in the summer of 2015 to sign for Yeovil Town, he said that his main motive of exiting the Broadfield Stadium was to get back closer to his home near Plymouth, where he has a young family. A move to Plainmoor would allow him to live permanently at home, which will make a big difference in his life off-the-pitch.

Link: Ryan Dickson : Yeovil Town Statistics.


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16 July 2018 : Yeovil Town Legends To Take Part In Sherborne Testimonial Game
A Yeovil Town Legends side will take to the field towards the end of this month, to help Sherborne Town play tribute to one of their longest serving players and coaches. Glenn Nathan has spent over 20 years with the Dorset side, as player and as Reserve Team Manager and Commercial Manager, and their club are launching a special day in tribute to him, on Sunday 29th July 2018.

The event will be run from 1.30p.m. until 7.00p.m. with Sherborne Town Under-9s and Pen Mill Under-9s providing a warm-up game. Then at 3.00p.m. the centre-stage will be given to Sherborne Town Legends who will play Yeovil Town Legends. At present, the Glovers side is expected to include Andy Buse, Paul Thorpe, Terry Skiverton, Dean Birkby, Paul Terry, Nick Crittenden, Terry Cotton, Wayne Woollard, Bob Russell, Adrian Foster, Danny Hutchins, Neil Smith, Rob Cousins and Steve Thompson.

Entry on the day will be 2.00 for adults. There will be a barbeque, plus face painting and a bouncy castle (for the kids!) with a raffle taking place. This doesn't clash with any Yeovil Town pre-season fixture (as the first team are listed as travelling to Corby Town on the previous day) so come on down to Raleigh Grove and support this event.

Glenn Nathan Testimonial Match - featuring Yeovil Town Legends
Glenn Nathan Testimonial Match - featuring Yeovil Town Legends



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16 July 2018 : 2018-19 Yeovil Town Away Kit Goes On Sale
Yeovil Town have released a new design for their away kit for the 2018-19 season. Having switched to Tag Sportswear over the summer, the change to both the home and away kit seemed pretty inevitable, but until today there were no clues as to what the away strip would look like. It's been revealed as another black kit, with two green and yellow vertical bands down the middle, split by the Jones sponsorship logo.

Last season's controversial three stars above the club crest have quietly been dropped although the crest continues to be mounted on a shield. There is a small amount of green and yellow trim on the shoulder and sleeve.

You can purchase this shirt in the Huish Park Club Shop from today (although it's not online at this moment). Prices are 40.00 for the shirt (with Juniors at 30.00), whilst shorts will cost 20.00 (with juniors at 15.00). Socks are 10.00 regardless of age.

Yeovil Town's 2018-19 Away Kit - On Sale Now
Yeovil Town's 2018-19 Away Kit - On Sale Now
Photo © 2018 Yeovil Town FC.



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15 July 2018 : January 2018 Man Of The Match Results
A large slice of forgetfulness means that a number of the Man of the Match Results for the 2017-18 season were not published by the time the season ended, and have then been lost in a sea of World Cup matches. In an attempt to catch up on who was performing well, or not so well, during the second half of the campaign, the list below captures the matches that were played during January 2018.

That month saw cup fever as Bradford City and Manchester United were played in the FA Cup, whilst Forest Green Rovers visited in the EFL Trophy. In the League Two matches, things were a bit more mixed, with one win, one draw and two defeats, with the victory coming against Grimsby Town at the end of the month.

The Man of the Match results are summarised below, with outright votes in brackets, and each player ordered by how they did in the poll on the day:

Crawley Town (Home) : Lost 1-2 : Goalscorer : Sam Surridge.

1. Sam Surridge 216 (21)
2. Tom James 58 (0)
3. Nathan Smith 38 (2)
4. Matt Worthington 30 (0)
5. Jake Gray 30 (0)
6. Artur Krysiak 22 (0)
7. Olufela Olomola 16 (0)
8. Ryan Dickson 2 (0)

OVERALL MATCH RATING : 7.17
Performance : 7.3
Entertainment : 7.04
VOTES RECEIVED : 23

Bradford City (Home, FA Cup) : Won 2-0 : Goalscorers : Marcus Barnes and Jordan Green.

1. Jordan Green 706 (64)
2. Otis Khan 212 (8)
3. Marcus Barnes 180 (5)
4. Francois Zoko 154 (5)
5. Artur Krysiak 118 (1)
6. Bevis Mugabi 60 (1)
7. Jared Bird 56 (2)
8. Jake Gray 50 (3)
9. Nathan Smith 42 (2)
10. Tom James 32 (0)
11. Ryan Dickson 16 (0)

OVERALL MATCH RATING : 9.19
Performance : 9.21
Entertainment : 9.16
VOTES RECEIVED : 91

Forest Green Rovers (Home, EFL Trophy) : Won 2-0 : Goalscorers : Nathan Smith and Connor Smith.

1. Nathan Smith 140 (10)
2. Jordan Green 92 (5)
3. Artur Krysiak 20 (1)
4. Jake Gray 18 (1)
5. Omar Sowunmi 14 (1)
6. Tom James 14 (0)
7. Alefe Santos 12 (1)
8. Corey Whelan 12 (0)
9. Connor Smith 10 (0)
10. Sam Surridge 6 (0)
11. Otis Khan 2 (0)

OVERALL MATCH RATING : 6.42
Performance : 6.95
Entertainment : 5.89
VOTES RECEIVED : 19

Port Vale (Away) : Drew 1-1 : Goalscorer : Francois Zoko.

1. Nathan Smith 10 (1)
1. Tom James 10 (1)
1. Jake Gray 10 (1)
4. Francois Zoko 8 (0)
5. Artur Krysiak 6 (0)
5. Omar Sowunmi 6 (0)
7. Jordan Green 4 (0)

OVERALL MATCH RATING : 7
Performance : 7.33
Entertainment : 6.67
VOTES RECEIVED : 3

Chesterfield (Home) : Lost 1-2 : Goalscorer : Lewis Wing.

1. Tom James 132 (9)
2. Francois Zoko 50 (4)
3. Jared Bird 36 (3)
4. Jake Gray 30 (1)
5. Jordan Green 20 (1)
6. Nathan Smith 20 (0)
7. Otis Khan 18 (0)
8. Bevis Mugabi 6 (0)
8. Ryan Dickson 6 (0)
8. Artur Krysiak 6 (0)
8. Lewis Wing 6 (0)
12. Sam Surridge 2 (0)


OVERALL MATCH RATING : 5.53
Performance : 5.58
Entertainment : 5.47
VOTES RECEIVED : 19

Manchester United (Home, FA Cup) : Lost 0-4.

1. Tom James 458 (38)
2. Ryan Dickson 224 (13)
3. Nathan Smith 174 (7)
4. Jordan Green 128 (6)
5. Artur Krysiak 112 (5)
6. Omar Sowunmi 96 (3)
7. Jake Gray 82 (3)
8. Sam Surridge 76 (2)
9. Francois Zoko 70 (2)
10. Lewis Wing 10 (0)
11. Jared Bird 8 (0)
12. James Bailey 6 (0)

OVERALL MATCH RATING : 7.48
Performance : 7.42
Entertainment : 7.52
VOTES RECEIVED : 81

Grimsby Town (Home) : Won 3-0. Scorers : Lewis Wing, Rhys Browne, Jake Gray.

1. Alefe Santos 206 (18)
2. Omar Sowunmi 82 (4)
3. Ryan Dickson 64 (3)
4. Jake Gray 64 (2)
5. Jordan Green 36 (1)
6. Francois Zoko 30 (2)
7. Lewis Wing 20 (0)
9. Tom James 10 (0)
9. Rhys Browne 10 (0)
11. Nathan Smith 4 (0)
12. Sam Surridge 2 (0)

OVERALL MATCH RATING : 6.53
Performance : 6.53
Entertainment : 6.53
VOTES RECEIVED : 30


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14 July 2018 : Glovers Draw In Low Key Robins Friendly
Yeovil Town drew 1-1 this morning in a behind-closed-doors friendly against a Bristol City XI. The club had originally planned to play a match in Wales today as part of a training camp over the Severn Bridge. However, they instead took on an eleven selected by former Glover Lee Johnson, in a game that preceded City's match against Shrewsbury Town, meaning that their Championship squad was split across both fixtures.

Despite that, City still managed to include Marlon Pack, Joe Bryan, Matty Taylor, Milan Djuric, Niclas Eliasson and Hakeeb Adelakun in their line-up. Judging by City's line-up against Shrewsbury, the remainder of their line-up would appear to have been picked from their Under-21 development squad and Academy set-ups.

Yeovil Town's goal was scored by an unnamed trialist after Rhys Browne and Carl Dickinson provided build-up work, whilst later in the match, the Academy trio of Daniel Ojo, Tyrique Spencer-Clarke and Gabriel Rogers were used in the Glovers line-up. Midfielder Sessi D'Almeida played again for the club - his first match since signing a one year deal, following his release from Blackpool.

Bristol City have stated that the match was only played for one hour, rather than as a 90 minute game, so presumably as two 30 minute periods.

Final Score: Bristol City XI 1 Yeovil Town 1.

Scorer: A Trialist

Yeovil Town Starting XI:
Stuart Nelson
Tom James, Bevis Mugabi, Shaun Donnellan, Carl Dickinson
Jordan Green, Sessi D'Almeida, Alefe Santos, Rhys Browne
Francois Zoko, Trialist A.


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14 July 2018 : Seager Goes Dutch In Latest Loan Move
Former Yeovil Town loanee Ryan Seager has headed to the Netherlands for the next stage in his footballing career. The Southampton striker has joined Dutch side SC Telstar on a season-long loan, joining a team that finished 6th in their Eerste Divisie - the second tier in their pyramid system. He'll head to the city of IJmuiden, which is situated in North Holland.

Seager's time playing for his home town was not a particularly fruitful one. Despite being brought in on a half-season loan, he was given only two starts for the club, across seven appearances. He scored against Stevenage on February 17th, but was to only get onto the pitch on three further occasions after that breakthrough, getting just 30 minutes of football in the club's final thirteen games of the 2017-18 season.

Link: Ryan Dickson : Yeovil Town Statistics.


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