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14 December 2017 : Way Believes Club Would Sell To The Right Person At The Right Price
Yeovil Town manager Darren Way has said that he is staying focussed upon his own role at the club, despite reports this week of the Glovers being in talks with a locally-based consortium. Whilst a club statement on Monday 'categorically denied' that there was any truth in those claims, there has been a growing belief throughout this season that a group that includes a number of Glovers supporters has been holding talks to try to persuade current owner Norman Hayward and Chairman John Fry to give up the reins.

Way stopped short of saying whether he thought such a consortium existed or not, but believed that if any prospective owners did come knocking on the door, that the current owner would be willing to sell. However, he claimed that any incoming owner would need a 'wealth of money' to be able to buy the club and operate it. He said that he was not thinking too hard about the situation at present:

"No, I think that if anyone comes along with loads of money, you're going to sell it to the right person. In football, that doesn't change. The conversations that I've had with the Chairman and the Owner have been good conversations. I don't let that affect me. I think you've got to have a wealth of money now to run a football club, with the figures that I'm looking at, and how difficult it is to be a Chairman."

Way said that such off-the-field debate was always guaranteed to exist at a football club, no matter what level they played at. He also claimed that 'unrest' was there at Huish Park, even whilst the club were in the Championship. He said that he would just concentrate upon keeping the players happy, and praised the Directors for getting the club into second tier football:

"Let's be honest, with the work the Directors have done, certainly in the years that I've been here, they've been on an incredible journey to the Championship. There's always a little bit of unrest. When we were in the Championship, we had supporters moaning about a pie and a pasty, and we only averaged five-and-a-half thousand, and that's one league away from the Premier League. So there's always going to be a topic of conversation, no matter which football club you are at. All you can do as a manager is be focussed, and make sure that when things aren't going too well, that you show leadership skills and come up with a plan to make sure the players are enjoying working in the environment that they're working in."

With respect to Way's comments about their attendances during the 2013-14 season in the Championship, Yeovil Town crowds averaged 6,616 that season, with a high of 9,108 - the highest set of crowd figures in the club's history. This season's crowds are currently averaging 2,687 with a high of 3,754 - the club's lowest statistics since the 1999-2000 season.


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14 December 2017 : Huish Park Christmas And New Year Opening Hours
Yeovil Town have agreed their Christmas and New Year opening hours for the Ticket Office and Club Shop. With a mixture of public holidays and matchdays, once they reach this stage, you should use the list below for guidance. The Ticket Office will be open at the following times:

Monday 18th December : 9.00a.m. - 5.00p.m.
Tuesday 19th December : 9.00a.m. - 5.00p.m.
Wednesday 20th December : 9.00a.m. - 5.00p.m.
Thursday 21st December : 9.00a.m. - 5.00p.m.
Friday 22nd December : 9.00a.m. - 5.00p.m.
Saturday 23rd December : 9.00a.m. - 3.00p.m. and short time after the game (Exeter City, home)
Christmas Eve : CLOSED
Christmas Day : CLOSED
Boxing Day : CLOSED
Wednesday 27th December : 10.00a.m. - 4.00p.m.
Thursday 28th December : 10.00a.m. - 4.00p.m.
Friday 29th December : 10.00a.m. - 4.00p.m.
Saturday 30th December : CLOSED
New Year's Eve : CLOSED
New Year's Day : 9.00a.m. - 3.00p.m. (Crawley Town, Home)

With respect to the above hours, the Club Shop standard hours are 10.00a.m. - 4.00p.m. hence shorten the above hours, if the ticket office is staying open longer than this.

NOTE: due to the Christmas holiday period, the last day for advance sales for the Boxing Day trip to Cheltenham Town will be Friday 22nd December.

Link: Ticketing For Mansfield Town vs Yeovil Town.

Link: GWSC Travel For Mansfield Town vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Ticketing For Cheltenham Town vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Ticketing For Morecambe vs Yeovil Town.

Link: 2017-18 Yeovil Town First Team Fixture List.


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14 December 2017 : Glovers Linked With Goss Loan Move Again
Yeovil Town are being linked again with a move for Queens Park Rangers midfielder Sean Goss. The former Exeter City and Manchester United youth product is named by the Daily Star as a loan target for the Glovers, four months after they tried and failed to bring him in over the summer.

The Star claims that Yeovil are 'keen to take him on loan' once the January window opens again. It was never made clear why the move for Goss broke down, although the suspicion was that with him having only moved to Loftus Road in January 2017 for a £500,000 fee that he would have had higher expectations than dropping almost immediately down to League Two.

Since then, Goss has failed to get a single minute of first team football, despite Ian Holloway being the man who brought him down to London shortly after he was installed as manager. Goss has been interviewed recently by the West London press, and although he did not discuss any firm interest concerning loan deals, he did say that once he got into January that he would be weighing up his options:

"It's a frustrating time for me at the minute with not many minutes being played, but I'm working really hard to get back in the squad and back on the bench so If I keep going I'll hopefully be back in the team soon. I haven't changed what I'm doing. We've got a few new lads in, new faces which is always good for competition but I'll still be working hard on the field every day, I won't let it get to me, I just have to be patient and I'll hopefully get a chance soon. We'll look at that when it comes to it. There's still a lot of games between now and January, a lot can change so it's not really something I'll look at until the time's here. I'm just keeping my options open. I'm hoping to break into the team, and I think that's a long time to look ahead in football, you've just got to look ahead to the next game and try to get in there."


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13 December 2017 : GWSC Travel For Mansfield Town vs Yeovil Town
The Green and White Supporters Club have set their travel plans for the forthcoming League Two match against Mansfield Town. The match takes place at Field Mill on Saturday 16th December, with a 3.00p.m. kick-off. Departure times and prices are listed as follows:

Mansfield Town : Saturday 16th December 2017.
Huish Park: 8.15a.m.
Adult Members: £29.00; Member Concessions: £27.00
Adult Non-Members: £31.00; Non-Member Concessions: £29.00

To place your booking, send a text message to Paul Hadlow on 07736 044570. If you want to call him please only do so after 6.00p.m. You can also reach him at paulhadlow@outlook.com

Remember in all cases to ensure you make clear which match you are booking for, your full name (and any other names you are booking for) and a contact telephone number. You may be asked to pay a deposit of £5.00 to reserve your seat for the trip.

Link: Ticketing For Mansfield Town vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Ticketing For Cheltenham Town vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Ticketing For Morecambe vs Yeovil Town.

Link: 2017-18 Yeovil Town First Team Fixture List.


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13 December 2017 : Liam Walsh Linked With Million Pound Move Away From Everton
Former Yeovil Town loanee Liam Walsh is being linked with a move back to the West Country. Unfortunately for us, it's not a return to Huish Park, but instead a move to Bristol City that is being claimed, with Lee Johnson's side currently a surprise package in the Championship play-off slots leading into the New Year. The 20 year old Everton midfielder is currently back with the Toffees Under-23 side at Finch Farm awaiting instructions of where his next move might be.

Walsh had a rather unproductive spell with Birmingham City earlier in the season, and by a Football League technicality will remain on loan at St Andrews until January 1st, but in practice had his spell ended by Steve Cotterill with him not having played for the Blues since Harry Redknapp was fired, meaning that he only made three appearances for them. Cotterill explained why he sent him back:

"He wasn't going to be ahead of the players already in there (central midfield). We'd had a chat after the first week or two and I'd said just give me a little bit of time to look at it. And then when I think he wasn't going to get a game there were probably a few more conversations on whether he should go back or not. He couldn't go back (as a first-team player) until the window, but he'd prefer to go back and play with the 23s for Everton, rather than play in our 23s. I've got nothing but good things to say about him. He's a great kid who had a lovely smile on his face every day he came in. He can go back but he will still be available for us if all of a sudden we're at a stage where we needed somebody to play. There was no animosity either way, but I didn't see him getting in ahead of what we had, so it was a clean decision."

Today, The Sun newspaper (this may be where the story breaks down!) claims that Walsh is set to sign for Bristol City once the January window opens with a fee of £1.0 million agreed between the two clubs and boss Lee Johnson having been given authorisation to spend money for him. Of course, we are about to enter the silly season, and the article, which has now been picked up by the Bristol Evening Post carries no sources and no quotes to back up that claim. However, quite clearly Johnson Jnr will have been aware of Walsh's impact for Yeovil Town during the 2015-16 season.


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13 December 2017 : Ladies Retain Top Flight Status After FA Give Green Light
Yeovil Town Ladies FC are delighted to announce that the FA have accepted their application to become a Tier 1 club. Following considerable hard work from all departments, an application was submitted that allowed Yeovil Town Ladies FC to fulfil the FA's criteria for Tier 1 status.

The criteria meant that the club had to put plans into place, that were expected to take 2-3 years, in 2 months. The club are delighted to have achieved this status but the hard work continues now as the club put this plan into action and are calling on your support in maintaining this status.

The club would like to extend their gratitude to all current partners: business, education, charity and others, for their support in this application and we look forward to growing this community further in the coming months and years.

Finally, a special mention must go to the YTLFC faithful. The club’s mantra, Achieve By Unity, has really been put into practice this season and this will form the foundation for the club's future.

More details will follow about initiatives and plans that are incorporated into the application in due course.

[Yeovil Town Ladies Press Release.]


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13 December 2017 : Darren Way's Verdict On The Port Vale FA Cup Replay
Following Tuesday night's 3-2 extra time victory over Port Vale at Huish Park, Yeovil Town manager Darren Way spoke to the BBC about the game. With questions from local journalist Chris Spittles, in an interview for BBC Somerset, Darren's views on the match can be read via the link below.

Link: Darren Way's Verdict On The Port Vale FA Cup Replay.


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13 December 2017 : Video : Yeovil Town vs Port Vale FA Cup Replay Highlights
For those who want to watch match highlights from Tuesday night's FA Cup Second Round Replay against Port Vale these are now available online. The two-and-a-half minutes worth of footage includes all five goals, the penalty decision that led to Yeovil's opener from Otis Khan, along with the two red cards issued to Valiants players. Watch via the BBC Sport website (UK-based ISPs only) below.

Link: BBC Sport : Yeovil Town vs Port Vale FA Cup Replay Highlights.


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13 December 2017 : Darren Way Views Dramatic Port Vale Win As The Magic Of The FA Cup
Yeovil Town manager Darren Way suggested that Tuesday night's 3-2 victory over Port Vale was all part of the magic of the FA Cup. The Glovers managed to triumph in extra time during the Second Round Replay, to set up a Third Round match against Bradford City, but made hard work of it, after they were twice pegged back by a Valiants side that had been playing with nine men from the 54th minute, whilst they were a goal down.

Twice the visitors managed to get themselves back into the match, despite an Otis Khan brace putting the Glovers ahead on two occasions. It needed a 109th minute Francois Zoko winner to finally kill off the tie, with Port Vale ultimately having played 66 minutes of the match with two men short. Way recalled a March 2014 Championship match against Reading where Yeovil Town had clung on with eight men at the Madejski Stadium as an example of how teams can frustrate the opposition. However, he admitted his team did make hard work of the tie:

"I think that's the magic of the FA Cup. I think not even Paul Daniels could have made that up. It was entertaining. I thought the supporters got their money worth tonight, that's for sure. Obviously we made hard work of it, but I remember being in that situation when we were at Reading away, where I think we had eight players in the Championship, and we held on. To get through to the next round is very important for the football club financially. I think that's probably the fourth time or fifth time we've got to that round in the years since I've been here. So it's a great achievement for the players, and I want to make sure that the respect is shown for the effort that they put in for me as a manager. Yes, we did make hard work of it, but it's important that we're through to the next round."

One of the under-currents of the tie was Port Vale's discipline, with them losing Cristian Montano to a professional foul on 45 minutes that allowed Otis Khan to convert from the penalty spot, following a foul on Tom James. Then Vale full-back James Gibbons found Huish Park not to his liking as he was red-carded for the second time this season against the Glovers, for a foul on Ryan Dickson 54 minutes into the match. Way suggested that this was part of the opposition's plans to play a physical game against his team to try to upset them:

"I think there's a lot of opposition now, that think they can be physical because of what teams have done to us, in being such a young team. That's what you noticed there. There were two elements to the game today. Firstly they tried to be physical, secondly they got men behind the ball, which was difficult to break down. I watched them against Cambridge on Saturday, and I thought they were excellent. He's got them disciplined, and it was difficult to break down. You could see that. He's got an experienced group with some of those players. It was just a magical moment for us to get through to the next round of the FA Cup."


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13 December 2017 : FA Cup Man of the Match Voting for Yeovil Town vs Port Vale
If you watched Tuesday night's 3-2 win against Port Vale at Huish Park, don't forget to cast your Man of the Match votes. Choose your top three players from the match, plus entertainment and performance ratings along with any other comments you want to make on the game, using the form below.

Link: Man of the Match Voting for Yeovil Town vs Port Vale.


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12 December 2017 : Grimsby Town League Match Postponed
Yeovil Town's League Two home match against Grimsby Town will need a new date. Tuesday night's FA Cup Second Round replay victory over Port Vale means that on the weekend of January 6th 2018, the Glovers will be playing host to League One side Bradford City at the Third Round stage.

With FA competitions taking priority, the Grimsby Town match will be postponed and will be rearranged, with a midweek date almost inevitable, during January or February. Once a firm date is known, we'll post a news item and update the fixture list.


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12 December 2017 : Yeovil 3 Vale 2 : Nine Men Valiants Take Glovers The Distance In See-Saw Cup Tie
Yeovil Town worked their way into the Third Round of the FA Cup on Tuesday night, but needed extra time against a Port Vale side reduced to nine men to do it. Their 3-2 win disguised what happened during the match, with the visitors reduced to nine men in separate incidents. Otis Khan's penalty put the Glovers up just before half time but also saw Cristian Montano dismissed for a professional foul. James Gibbons was also dismissed in the second period leaving the Valiants two men short with just 54 minutes played. Despite that, they dragged the game into extra time when Marcus Myers-Harness scored, and despite Khan getting his second, Antony Kay equalised again. It took Francois Zoko to finish the tie off, 109 minutes in, to book a Third Round home tie with Bradford City in January.

The Glovers went into the match making four changes to their starting line-up from the team selected during Saturday's home match against Lincoln City. Ryan Dickson had recovered from a neck injury, meaning that Bevis Mugabi dropped out of the side, and Tom James swapped flanks. In midfield Connor Smith replaced the injured Oscar Gobern, whilst on the right-flank Jake Gray came in for Jordan Green. Up front Sam Surridge replaced Olufela Olomola. The visitors' line-up included former Glovers loanee Ben Whitfield.

The home side started brightly with Jake Gray being set up by Otis Khan, only to get closed down a bit before his shot went wide of the target. Francois Zoko really should have found the net after he was fed the ball on the break. He managed to shrug off Port Vale's Nathan Smith, only to see his shot go just wide of the far post.

Port Vale's strength in both games this season has been their crossing from wide positions. Whilst they took their time in getting into the swing of that, once they did Yeovil seemed to be on the back foot, with Vale's Nathan Smith sending a header over the bar from close range, before Tom Pope's back post header went wide from a Cristian Montano cross. Pope then saw a header from a Gavin Gunning cross saved by Artur Krysiak.

There was a significant delay after Connor Smith collided nastily with Omar Sowunmi, apparently being knocked out on the pitch. He managed to eventually leave the field under his own steam but was replaced by Matt Worthington. Whilst that was a clear disruption to Yeovil's line-up, it seemed to also disrupt Port Vale's rhythm. The Glovers were the team that ended the half more strongly, and that advantage was capitalised upon when Tom James was fouled inside the box by Cristian Montano. Referee Gavin Ward produced a straight red for a professional foul, and Otis Khan fired the spot kick home for a 1-0 lead at the break.

If being a man up for the whole of the second half should have given Yeovil the upper hand, they were seemingly firmly in the driving seat eight minutes into the half when James Gibbons fouled Ryan Dickson. Gibbons had already been sent off at Huish Park earlier in the season, and he didn't last the distance again, with referee Gavin Ward pulling out another red, leaving Tom Pope angrily remonstrating with the referee - another booking - and Port Vale's players trying to accuse Dickson of having made too much of the foul.

Port Vale made a double substitution, surprisingly withdrawing Tom Pope and Ben Whitfield, but perhaps mindful that both were on bookings following a fairly ugly five minutes where things looked like boiling over again. That also allowed the visitors to change their shape to adapt to their problems. They began a containing job, keeping men solidly behind the ball, whilst Yeovil became guilty of treating the game like a training ground match, slowing down the tempo and only occasionally providing the sort of cutting edge that would have finished the tie off.

With Tom James, Sam Surridge and Otis Khan all having great opportunities to put the game out of sight, they were made to pay for that lax approach to playing against the nine men, when with seven minutes to go, Marcus Harness fired home an equalising goal from the edge of the box for 1-1. Incredibly, Yeovil could have at this stage thrown the game away entirely as substitutes Tyrone Barnett and Tyler Denton had late attempts on goal, whilst Antony Kay tried his luck from distance. At the other end, headers from Tom James and Jordan Green could have stopped it going to extra time, but Yeovil were disjointed and complacent at times.

Five minutes into the extra time period, Otis Khan restored Yeovil Town's lead as he shot from the edge of the box, producing a superb strike that clipped off the inside of the post for a 2-1 lead. The Glovers thought they had a further goal when Olufela Olomola got the ball in the net from Khan's cross, only to find a linesman's flag chalk it off.

Somehow, Yeovil contrived to throw the lead away a second time. At a point in the match where Vale's nine men should have been out on their feet, Antony Kay got himself space 25 yards out and fired home a well taken goal, running to the away section, and taking off his shirt to celebrate what he thought would be the 108th minutes goal to take the game to penalties.

Not so fast, Antony. Barely seconds after he'd picked up a yellow card for excessive celebration, he got excessive disappointment, as straight from kick-off Yeovil got themselves back in front. Tom James produced a cross into the box and Francois Zoko netted from close range for a 109th minute goal that would ultimately win the tie. It should probably never have got that far down the line, with Port Vale disadvantaged for 66 minutes worth of the match by two men, but that is what tends to happen in the FA Cup. For now Yeovil sneak a place in the Third Round that they tried twice to throw away - with Bradford City the visitors in January.

Final Score: Yeovil Town 3 Port Vale 2 (After Extra Time).

Scorers: Otis Khan (1-0, 45 mins, pen), Marcus Myers-Harness (1-1, 83 mins), Otis Khan (2-1, 95 mins), Antony Kay (2-2, 108 mins), Francois Zoko (3-2, 109 mins)

Yeovil Town:
1. Artur Krysiak
23. Tom James 17. Omar Sowunmi 3. Nathan Smith 11. Ryan Dickson
10. Jake Gray 8. Connor Smith 16. James Bailey (Capt) 7. Otis Khan
14. Sam Surridge 13. Francois Zoko

Substitutes:
12. Jonny Maddison (GK) 4. Matt Worthington (27 mins for Connor Smith) 5. Bevis Mugabi 6. Keston Davies 15. Jordan Green (77 mins for Jake Gray) 24. Olufela Olomola (69 mins for Sam Surridge) 30. Alefe Santos (115 mins for Otis Khan)

Port Vale:
23 Ryan Boot
21 James Gibbons 24 Nathan Smith 4 Tom Anderson 33 Gavin Gunning
6 Antony Kay
10 David Worrall 31 Ben Whitfield 32 Michael Tonge 11 Cristian Montaño
9 Tom Pope

Substitutes:
1 Robert Lainton 3 Tyler Denton (61 mins for Ben Whitfield) 7 Marcus Myers-Harness (69 mins for David Worrall) 8 Danny Pugh 14 Tyrone Barnett (61 mins for Tom Pope) 18 William Reeves (93 mins for Michael Tonge) 19 Dan Turner

Yeovil Bookings: None.

Port Vale Bookings: Tom Pope (dissent, 54 mins), Ben Whitfield (dissent, 58 mins), Antony Kay (excessive celebration, 108 mins). Red Card: Cristian Montano (professional foul, 45 mins), James Gibbons (serious foul play, 54 mins)

Yeovil Match Statistics: Possession: 49%; Shots: 24; Shots On Target: 9; Corners: 11; Fouls: 9.

Port Vale Match Statistics: Possession: 51%; Shots: 11; Shots On Target: 5; Corners: 3; Fouls: 7.

Referee: Gavin Ward (Surrey). Assistants: Michael Webb (Surrey) and Mark Derrien (Dorset). Fourth Official: Brett Huxtable (Devon).

Attendance: 1,588 (with 119 Port Vale supporters).


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12 December 2017 : FA Cup Team News For Yeovil Town vs Port Vale
The starting line-up for Yeovil Town's League Two match against Port Vale at Huish Park has been revealed. The match sees the Glovers name four changes compared to the team that took to the field against Lincoln City on Saturday.

Left-back Ryan Dickson is back after his neck injury and replaces Bevis Mugabi, with Tom James swapping over to the other flank. Midfielder Oscar Gobern picked up a hamstring injury five minutes into Saturday's match, and his place in the side is taken by Connor Smith. Out on the right flank Jordan Green drops out and is replaced by Jake Gray.

Millwall loanee Sid Nelson has completed his three game suspension but is left out of the squad for the fifth game running, despite being eligible for two of those.

The first team squad members to miss out today are right-back Daniel Alfei (knee injury, out for season), Rhys Browne (ankle, out until January), Oscar Gobern (hamstring), and defender Sid Nelson (not selected).

The team reads as follows:

Yeovil Town:
1. Artur Krysiak
23. Tom James 17. Omar Sowunmi 3. Nathan Smith 11. Ryan Dickson
10. Jake Gray 8. Connor Smith 16. James Bailey (Capt) 7. Otis Khan
14. Sam Surridge 13. Francois Zoko

Substitutes:
12. Jonny Maddison (GK) 4. Matt Worthington 5. Bevis Mugabi 6. Keston Davies 15. Jordan Green 24. Olufela Olomola 30. Alefe Santos

Port Vale:
23 Ryan Boot
21 James Gibbons 24 Nathan Smith 4 Tom Anderson 33 Gavin Gunning
6 Antony Kay
10 David Worrall 31 Ben Whitfield 32 Michael Tonge 11 Cristian Montaño
9 Tom Pope

Substitutes:
1 Robert Lainton 3 Tyler Denton 7 Marcus Myers-Harness 8 Danny Pugh 14 Tyrone Barnett 18 William Reeves 19 Dan Turner


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12 December 2017 : Darren Way Talks About Lincoln City Team Selection
Just before Saturday afternoon's League Two match against Lincoln City kicked off at Huish Park, Yeovil Town manager Darren Way spoke to the BBC. With questions from local journalist Chris Spittles, in an interview for BBC Somerset, Darren's thoughts on Oscar Gobern's first league start and the decision to use Jordan Green as a winger, along with the absence of Sam Surridge is discussed via the link below.

Link: Darren Way Speaks To The BBC Just Before Kick-Off Against Lincoln City.


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12 December 2017 : Additional Substitute Allowed For Tonight's Replay
Yeovil Town could experience a new situation tonight, as part of their FA Cup Second Round Replay against Port Vale. A rule change has been made by the Football Association for this season that allows an additional substitution to be made during the match.

The change was authorised by the International Football Association Board (IFAB) and allows teams to make a fourth substitution during the extra time period of any Replays in the FA Cup from the First Round onwards. Clubs are limited to the current maximum of three substitutes during normal time. If a Replay moves into the extra time period, then clubs can use the one additional substitute.

Tonight's match will be played to a conclusion, with extra time and a penalty shoot-out being used to decide the tie, if the scores are level after 90 minutes. The winners of the tie will collect £27,000 from the FA Cup Prize Fund, with a home tie against Bradford City due to be played in early January 2018.

Link: FA Cup Replay Officials For Yeovil Town vs Port Vale.

Link: FA Cup Tickets For Yeovil Town vs Port Vale Now On Sale.

Link: FA Cup Third Round Full Draw.


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12 December 2017 : FA Cup Replay Officials For Yeovil Town vs Port Vale
Officials for the FA Cup Second Round Replay between Yeovil Town and Port Vale have been published by the Football League. The match takes place on Tuesday 12th December 2017, with a 7.45p.m. kick-off. The man in charge of the fixture will be referee Gavin Ward (Surrey).

Mr Ward grew up officiating in the Kent and Isthmian Leagues, starting at the age of 13. On a trivia note, for the 2007 Carling Cup Final he was the first match official to be appointed as "reserve assistant" (effectively a 5th official) in a major domestic Cup Final.

Our first experience of him as a man in the middle was for the 2-0 defeat at AFC Bournemouth in March 2008, followed by a February 2009 2-2 draw against Oldham Athletic - no complaints about either game. Probably the first time we were critical of him came in the 0-1 home defeat against Huddersfield Town in January 2010. He denied us one penalty shout, then gave us our second shout for a spot kick, which sadly Dean Bowditch failed to score from. However, as the game went on, his stop-start and "over-fussy" nature of refereeing played into Huddersfield's hands and stopped the Glovers from building up a head of steam.

During the 2010-11 season, we had him twice in quick succession, during February and March 2011. He was the man in the middle for the midweek defeat against Peterborough United. We accused him of being "over-fussy" in this match - the same view we'd had in the 2009-10 season. There was nothing too major about his decision-making - just a tendency for him to provide a bit of a stop-start nature to the game, meaning that particularly during the first half the game failed to flow well, and it was difficult for the Glovers to build up a head of steam. We had far less to say about him a month later when he turned up for the away match against Exeter City, although five goals and a great Glovers comeback may have caused any negative vibes towards him to be forgotten!

For the 2011-12 season, we had him just the once. Despite it being a 3-1 win over Oldham Athletic in the opening home match of the 2011-12 season, we weren't impressed, saying that he made a "series of erratic decisions had infuriated the home crowd throughout". These included a dreadful tackle on Jonathan Obika that took him entirely out of the game, with the perpetrator Xander Diamond only getting a yellow. The same player committed another poor tackle later in the match and was lucky to stay on the field, although the referee may have been distracted by the fact that a few seconds later he blew for a penalty for a second foul. The Western Gazette said that Mr Ward's performance was "Dreadful, but in equal measure for both sides. Along with his officials he made some truly baffling decisions."

Mr Ward then covered our December 2012 game against Wycombe Wanderers. He made two big decisions during the match - one was to give Keanu Marsh-Brown a yellow card for diving, which secured him a one match suspension. Manager Gary Johnson said after the game that he agreed with the decision, and sounded far more narked with KMB's theatrics. The other decision was to dismiss Wycombe midfielder Matthew Spring for what he viewed as a two-footed tackle. On the one hand Spring's tackle wasn't malicious, but on the other hand, it was fairly typical of what has in recent seasons been given as a red card offence, so was fairly consistent with what we had seen in other Football League matches. Wycombe boss Gareth Ainsworth though, was not best pleased with the decision, describing it as "harsh".

During the 2013-14 Championship season, he took charge of the September 2013 meeting between Yeovil Town and Queens Park Rangers at Huish Park. The visitors didn't have a single shot on target in open play throughout the whole 90 minutes. It was therefore rather irksome that the match was decided through Charlie Austin's penalty kick - awarded for one of those fifty-fifty mutual shirt-tug bits inside the box that saw Dan Seaborne penalised. Gary Johnson felt Austin had started the tugging, and had then gone down as soon as Seaborne did the same back. The Observer newspaper felt the same, describing it as "the softest of penalties" - there's been worse decisions at Huish Park over the years, but as Johnson said after the game, it was typical of the way the fifty-fifty decisions were awarded during the match.

He was present for the August 2014 match against Barnsley, shortly after both clubs had dropped down into League One. Overall Mr Ward had a decent game, although we'd have liked him to have been a bit more commanding in terms of dealing with Barnsley's timewasting tactics that became obvious after Yeovil equalised during the 1-1 draw.

During the 2015-16 season he was present twice - firstly for the match against Exeter City at St James Park. For this opening day fixture, he awarded two penalties - one for each side - and the post-match video showed he'd got both decisions spot on. He also did what more referees should be doing, in our humble opinion - booking Exeter's David Noble after he did his best to cajole the official into booking one of our own players. Later that season, he was there for the March 2016 home match against Notts County, which we won 1-0. We thought that Curtis Thompson was very lucky to stay on the pitch for committing an obvious yellow card tackle on Liam Walsh, but the game was nearly over, and Mr Ward chose to bring over the Magpies captain to explain what would happen if Thompson committed a third foul.

We had Mr Ward once during the 2016-17 season. For that match, he had a fairly unobtrusive game, with the only contentious bit being what happened in the 95th minute. He decided to add on a few extra valuable seconds for a ball that had run down the sidelines and took ages to collect for a throw-in. With the final whistle about to blow, Francois Zoko flicked the throw-in into the path of Ben Whitfield, and he lashed it first time into the back of the net. Stevenage weren't too happy about the extra seconds added on, but we definitely were as we got a 2-2 draw out of it.

Our most recent meeting involving Mr Ward was not a pretty one. The scene was Kenilworth Road. The date was August 2017. The end result was Yeovil Town's record Football League defeat, and the first time we'd conceded eight goals in a league fixture for nearly 50 years. We can't blame the referee for this in the slightest - in fact he kindly chalked off a Luton goal for us to stop the scoreline getting even worse. No need to mention the referee. In fact, let's not mention the match any further.

We were due to have Mr Ward in November 2017 for the League Two home match against Swindon Town. However, at ultra-late notice, he was replaced. Given he had roughly a three week absence from refereeing during that period it's probably safe to say he picked up a minor injury.

Mr Ward will be assisted by Michael Webb (Surrey) and Mark Derrien (Dorset). The Fourth Official will be Brett Huxtable (Devon).

Link: August 2017 : Luton Town 8 Yeovil Town 2.

Link: November 2016 : Stevenage 2 Yeovil Town 2.

Link: August 2015 : Exeter City 3 Yeovil Town 2.

Link: August 2014 : Yeovil Town 1 Barnsley 1.

Link: September 2013 : Yeovil Town 0 Queens Park Rangers 1.

Link: December 2012 : Yeovil Town 2 Wycombe Wanderers 0.

Link: August 2011 : Yeovil Town 3 Oldham Athletic 1.

Link: March 2011 : Exeter City 2 Yeovil Town 3.

Link: February 2011 : Yeovil Town 0 Peterborough United 2.

Link: January 2010 : Yeovil Town 0 Huddersfield Town 1.

Link: February 2009 : Yeovil Town 2 Oldham Athletic 2.

Link: March 2008 : AFC Bournemouth 2 Yeovil Town 0.


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11 December 2017 : Yeovil Town 'Categorically Deny' Takeover Reports That Are 'Without Substance'
Yeovil Town have 'categorically denied' reports that a takeover of the club is being prepared. The club have claimed in a statement that yesterday's claims that a local consortium was in talks with the club were 'without substance'. Yesterday, local reporter Chris Spittles stated that Chairman John Fry had told fans that he was willing to sell the club but the club have state that the presence of Insight 63 is not part of a move to package the club for sale.

The club's full statement reads as follows:

"Yeovil Town Football Club is aware of rumours circulating regarding a proposed takeover led by a consortium of local business people. The club can confirm these reports are without substance. Chairman John Fry and YTFC would like to take the opportunity to inform the club’s fanbase that the reports are without substance.

As previously relayed, the club is looking to build for the future and recently engaged Insight 63 Ltd – led by Mark Palmer. Insight 63 are aiding and advising with regard to the club’s long-term future, but the sale of the club is not currently part of Insight’s remit or the intentions of YTFC's majority shareholders.

Whilst rumours regarding an imminent takeover can be categorically denied, YTFC would also like to take the opportunity to inform supporters that there will be communications in the coming weeks as a result of Insight 63's report, which has not yet been completed. Yeovil Town's owners, the Board of Directors and all at YTFC remain committed to improving the club's standing both on and off the field and will continue to openly inform supporters of developments, once they are a matter of fact and not speculation."


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11 December 2017 : Taff's Gloversblog : Standing At The Crossroads
Last night, rumours went public about a possible takeover bid at Yeovil Town, with suggestions that Chairman John Fry was ready to pass the baton on. The latest Taff's Gloversblog takes a look at a timeline that runs from May 2013 when the club won promotion to the Championship, and some of the warnings that were given, but not adhered to, about the direction of the club. It also considers what the club's problems are to have left itself seemingly struggling to stay in the Football League today. Read that blog via the link below, and feel free to add your own views at the bottom of the article.

Link: Taff's Gloversblog : Standing At The Crossroads.


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10 December 2017 : Club Takeover Rumours Go Public With John Fry 'Ready To Sell Up'
One of Yeovil Town's regular reporters believes the football club could be up for sale in the near future. Chris Spittles, who most fans would know as the lead commentator on BBC Somerset's live coverage of the Glovers, as well as conducting the vast majority of the matchday interviews, believes that Chairman John Fry is ready to sell up, with a local consortium believed to be in talks with the club.

With Yeovil Town having slipped down to 20th place in the League Two table, and only above the relegation line by virtual of their goal difference, much of the theme of this weekend has been concern from supporters that they are heading for their third consecutive relegation battle in League Two, and their fifth season in a row near the foot of a divisional table, once the club's years in the Championship and League One are tagged onto that. Whilst few fans begrudged the 2013-14 relegation, the collapse of the club's profile and it's attendances has been rapid.

BT Sport, TalkSport and Channel 5 reporter and pundit Adam Virgo has been a recent critic of the way the Glovers are being run, and this weekend raised his concerns on Twitter that the club could be heading for the National League, if their current form on the field of play is not arrested. Chris Spittles responded, largely agreeing with Virgo's views, but adding his belief that new investment was needed - something that he believes is on the cards. A merge of Chris's tweets read as follows:

"Hard to disagree with Adam Virgo. At the moment Yeovil Town are heading for the National League. Change is needed but a takeover may not be too far away. John Fry has indicated that he is ready to sell up and a consortium of local businessmen has started talks about taking over. Low profile at the moment but hoping for a resolution by early January. Would provide much-needed investment for Yeovil Town. John Fry has run Yeovil Town for more than 20 years but the time is right for a change. New investment, energy and ideas needed now to stop club sliding any further. I understand that the consortium hoping to take over is made up of Yeovil Town supporters and 'football people' i.e not chancers hoping to make a quick buck out of the club. No takeover was ever going to be concluded quickly given the complex issues surrounding club and ground ownership but I understand talks are progressing."

The broad theme of what is described has been on the rumourmill over the last month or two, although without firm concrete information. The appointment of Insight 63 Ltd, and their main representative Mark Palmer led to the question of whether Yeovil Town was being prepared for sale, with his report likely to contain valuation information, along with recommendations on the future direction of the club. However, it's worth noting that in a recent interview Palmer denied being given a firm instruction of that nature - even if he stated that 'new investment' might be one of his recommendations.

The same interview with Mr Palmer also allowed BBC Somerset a chance to highlight another concern amongst fans and the local media, in that Chairman John Fry's public profile has radically dropped since the start of the 2016-17 season, with the BBC stating that they had been unable to interview him for 15 months. This has led to the question of whether Mr Fry has been intending to phase out his time at the club, with others, such as Mr Palmer, and new Supporters Director David Mills tending to act as the club's mouthpiece in recent months.

Of course, it is worth noting that the main person that would need to be convinced to sell the club is Norman Hayward. Whilst John Fry has been the public front man for the club for the last 22 years, he has largely worked with investors such as Jon Goddard-Watts or more recently Mr Hayward. Although the shareholding in the Huish Park Stadium Partnership holding company is split evenly between the pair, it has been widely assumed that Mr Hayward is the actual money man in practice, with club personnel often referring to the 'club owner' as a single person, rather than as a pairing.

Any prospective bidder for the club would need to unravel the complex set of companies and land ownership issues that have been built up by the football club over the last ten years. What had been a single company, owning all 26 acres at Huish Park, either under a freehold agreement or a leasehold agreement, has more recently been carved up with some assets now held by a parent company in Yeovil Town Holdings, with that company in turn owned by the Huish Park Stadium Partnership, as a 92 percent shareholding.

On top of that, last year the Glovers Trust were able to obtain information concerning loans made by Norman Hayward of just under half a million pounds, with a high proportion of that secured against the stadium land, and with a new covenant having been placed against stadium land, preventing any development without Mr Hayward's agreement. Any interested party would need to deal with those debts and free up control of the land, which may require plenty of negotiation.

With Hayward now 78 years old, and Fry now 76 years old, there have been questions as to how long they can feasibly keep control of the football club, and ensure that it does not fall back into non-league football. With Mr Fry having implicitly taken back the Chief Executive role, upon the departure of Martyn Starnes to Plymouth Argyle in 2013, he has been operating in a dual role, and it has been inevitable that their age and mortality would put the club at risk. It may be better for them to provide a succession plan now, rather than create a scenario where the club has to do it in a position of peril.

At present all of this is pure conjecture and rumour, and of course Mr Hayward can refuse to sell, or any interested consortium could decide not to buy. However, it would seem that with the club in such a precarious position at present, anyone with the club's interests at heart would hope it turns into something positive.


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10 December 2017 : Darren Way's Verdict On The Lincoln City Home Match
Following Saturday afternoon's 0-2 defeat against Lincoln City at Huish Park, Yeovil Town manager Darren Way spoke to the BBC about the match. With questions from local journalist Chris Spittles, in an interview for BBC Somerset, Darren gives his views on the match, his team's performance and is also asked some questions about his future as first team manager. Read that interview in full, via the link below.

Link: Darren Way's Verdict On The Lincoln City Home Match.


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10 December 2017 : Darren Way Admits Glovers Lacked Commitment Once Lincoln Opened Scoring
Yeovil Town manager Darren Way felt that his side lacked commitment during the second half of yesterday's 0-2 defeat against Lincoln City. Whilst the Glovers boss was content with his side's first half performance, he admitted that his team didn't come up to scratch once Matt Green had given the Imps a 50th minute lead. From that moment onwards, the Glovers failed to have a single shot of any kind, and rightly lost the game as a consequence.

This is not the first time that Way has criticised his side for their response to falling behind, with him having said after the November match at Carlisle United's Brunton Park ground that he was disappointed with the players' reaction to the Cumbrians opening goal. On this occasion, he rued his side's missed opportunity, with Olufela Olomola having been put through in a one-v-one just before Green's goal. He felt that fear set into his side's play after that:

"I think we were quite happy with the first half, but yes quite clearly we are very disappointed with the second half. It seems to be like a pattern with the margin of error. We go one-v-one with the keeper, and we just miss that opportunity. I thought it was a great goalscoring chance to put us 1-0 up. Within two minutes they countered down the other end, and it was a great finish from their lad (Matt Green). I think that with having a young squad, I've seen too many occasions where there was a little bit of fear that set in. Players weren't confident, and they weren't finding their right pass at the right time."

With boos at the end of the match, Way acknowledged supporters frustrations. The Glovers boss made his final two substitutions following the goal with Sam Surridge and Connor Smith brought on to try to change matters. But that didn't really alter the pattern of the game, and Way admitted that the problem was not down to just the players he decided to replace:

"I think we could have been out there for a long time, and no matter what I changed - it wasn't just one player; it was as a team. I didn't really see any commitment, and the supporters don't want to see that. They want to see players wanting the ball, even if it's not the right pass at the right time. They want to see more energy and they want to see more commitment. So I understand their frustration. But it's a work in progress for me. When you go 1-0 down, there's a little bit of disappointment. The noise is a little bit different, and that's when you expect the personality and character to stand up and show a real good commitment and confidence to get the game back. We didn't do that."

Darren Way also disclosed after the match that Oscar Gobern's problem is a hamstring injury, rather than the knee problem he was thought to have when he went down during the fifth minute of the match. At present there is no indication of how serious a problem it is, but it would seem almost inevitable that he will not play in Tuesday night's FA Cup Second Round Replay against Port Vale.


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10 December 2017 : Match Postponed : Yeovil Town Ladies vs Reading FC Women
Yeovil Town Ladies have had their match with Reading FC Women called off. The match had been switched from Huish Park to Weston-Super-Mare's Woodspring Stadium at late notice. Unfortunately, Weston's pitch is waterlogged and the match was called off at 8.21a.m. this morning.

The match will be arranged for a future date in due course.


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9 December 2017 : Video : Yeovil Town vs Lincoln City Match Highlights
For those who want to watch match highlights of Saturday afternoon's 0-2 defeat against Lincoln City, these are now available online. There's only a minute's worth, but that's probably as much as you want to see - view the goals from Matt Green and Matt Rhead, along with an earlier header from Bevis Mugabi whilst the scores were level, via the Sky Sports website below.

Update: More lengthy two minute highlights are now on YouTube via the clip below.

Link: Sky Sports : Yeovil Town vs Lincoln City Match Highlights.




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9 December 2017 : Gyebi Scores On Debut For Dolphins
Yeovil Town Academy defender Jeremiah Gyebi got himself on the scoresheet on his debut this afternoon. The 19 year old needed just seven minutes to make an impact, and impress Poole Town supporters, as he started his one month loan spell with the Dolphins today. In a National League Souyth match played at their Tatnam Ground, Poole won 3-1, with Gyebi getting their third.

The centre-back's 87th minute goal was all the more impressive because he had been named as a substitute for his first match against Weston-super-Mare and had only been on the pitch for seven minutes when he put Poole 3-0 up, with earlier goals from Steve Devlin and Warren Bentley. Gyebi replaced Bentley in the 80th minute, and helped seal all three points for his side, with Gethin Hill's injury time goal merely a consolation for the visitors.

Poole finished the day in 20th position in the National League South table, but now have four clubs within touching distance just above them, giving them a chance of getting out of the relegation zone in the near future.


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9 December 2017 : Man of the Match Voting for Yeovil Town vs Lincoln City
If you watched Saturday afternoon's 0-2 defeat against Lincoln City at Huish Park, don't forget to cast your Man of the Match votes. Choose your top three players from the match, plus entertainment and performance ratings along with any other comments you want to make on the game, using the form below.

Link: Man of the Match Voting for Yeovil Town vs Lincoln City.


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9 December 2017 : Darren Way Insists He Will 'Never Give Up' On Managing The Football Club
Yeovil Town manager Darren Way claimed that he will 'never give up' despite being on the end of a series of questions regarding his future at the football club today. Way's side were loudly booed off after their 0-2 defeat against Lincoln City that leaves them above the relegation spots on goal difference, as they slid to 20th place in the table.

The Glovers have picked up just one point from their last five league matches, with cup victories masking their form in League Two matches. Today saw more of the same in their main competition, as goals from Matt Green and Matt Rhead saw the Imps easily gain all three points at Huish Park. Speaking after the match, Way was asked if he would ever consider stepping aside in the interests of the club. He said that he would not give up, and claimed his own playing budget was only good enough to target keeping the club in the Football League, rather than trying to aspire to anything more than that:

"I think the way I look at myself as a manager, I never give up. I think keeping this football club, when it was dead and nearly went into the Conference, took a brave character to turn around what I did that year. But let's make no bones about it. I've seen the budget that I'm working with, and even when you're coming up against a team like Lincoln, keeping this football club in the Football League every year is a good achievement. I know supporters don't want to hear that but unfortunately when you look at our budget that's where we are."

Way claimed that he understood the frustrations of the club's supporters, who saw their side manage just one shot during the second period. However, he added that there was a need for him to stay resilient in his efforts to turn around the club's current trajectory:

"I think you have to be very resilient. I think you have to be very strong. You have to show the players that you're determined and that you've got focus. You also have to understand, and I've been at this club for 17 years now, the majority of those supporters have shared joy and celebration. So I understand their frustration. As a supporter you want to win football matches, and the success that we had always makes that difficult for any manager to walk into this football club. But I'm very assured in what I'm trying to do, and I have to make sure I keep managing it, and not manage on emotions, because that is important. I don't want to come out and upset my team, because behind the scenes they're still trying to give everything, and unfortunately sometimes we get it wrong."


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9 December 2017 : Yeovil 0 Lincoln 2 : Inert Second Half Sees Imps Coast To Victory
Yeovil Town slumped to a 0-2 defeat this afternoon, after a Lincoln City side scored two second half goals to easily take all three points. In a physical game, the Glovers went behind five minutes into the second half, after Matt Green caught the Glovers on the counter-attack from their own corner, whilst the points were wrapped up twenty minutes later when Matt Rhead's header ensured that control of the match rapidly slipped away from the home side. The more worrying statistic was that it leaves Yeovil out of the relegation zone on goal difference, as they head towards the halfway point of the season.

The Glovers went into the match making three changes to their starting line-up, compared to last weekend's match, all of which appeared to be influenced by their midweek Checkatrade Trophy victory over AFC Wimbledon. Bevis Mugabi took the right-back slot, with Tom James moving across to the other full-back position, with Ryan Dickson unavailable with a neck injury. In midfield, Oscar Gobern was preferred to Alefe Santos, whilst Jordan Green came in on the right flank allowing Olufela Olomola to play up front. In the opposition line-up, Cameron Stewart got his first league start for Lincoln - good timing for him against a club he had a short loan spell with during 2010.

The opening stages saw Lincoln winning nearly all of the physical battles, thankfully without threatening the goal too much. The gameplan for Yeovil was scuppered by Oscar Gobern lasting just five minutes before he went down with an injury, to be replaced by Alefe Santos, with him suffering a leg injury. Bevis Mugabi headed over the crossbar from an Otis Khan corner, but otherwise much of the half was broken up by a lot of niggly fouls, with the feeling that referee Lee Collins was not really keeping a lid on things at times.

Lincoln produced the chance of the half, when Sean Raggett's header was touched onto the crossbar by Artur Krysiak from one of several corners they forced. However, it was all a bit scrappy at times - a Bevis Mugabi shot that was easily saved and a Michael Bostwick shot that went well over the bar was about as close as either team got in the closing stages.

The second half began with rather more fluent end-to-end football after the break, with both sides getting good chances. Matt Green's lengthy run saw the ball slipped through to Michael Bostwick, who should have buried his chance but instead shot wide. At the other end, James Bailey put through Olufela Olomola, but goalkeeper Josh Vickers reacted well to come off his line and save the shot.

That was to prove significant, as Yeovil Town got caught on the counterattack following a corner kick. Matt Rhead regained possession for the Imps and threaded a pass through to Matt Green. The Glovers seemed to be caught with too many players up field, leaving only James Bailey as the last man, and Green was able to confidently slot home as he came up against Artur Krysiak.

Disappointingly, that was the moment at which Yeovil's competitiveness in the match disappeared like a candle being blown out. A substitution was made, with Sam Surridge being introduced, but neither he or his teammates were to have a single shot on or off target in the 40 minutes that followed. Instead it was Lincoln who doubled their lead, with a clever cross from Neal Eardley 20 minutes later allowing big target man Matt Rhead a chance to head home from close range, for a 0-2 advantage.

Yeovil Town looked like a beaten side, and Lincoln even had the luxury of taking both of their strikers off in the closing stages, along with winger Cameron Stewart, to see the game out with fringe players. On the final whistle, loud boos rang out from a dreadful second half performance that sees Yeovil slip down to 20th, and kept out of the relegation slots only on goal difference. With only one point gained out of their last five matches, form has dipped badly, and what they have done in the Checkatrade Trophy and FA Cup is masking that fact. The result against Mansfield Town next Saturday may be more important to the club than Tuesday's FA Cup replay, even if the club's Directors and accountants may hold a different opinion.

Link: 2017-18 Latest League Two Table.

Final Score: Yeovil Town 0 Lincoln City 2.

Scorers: Matt Green (0-1, 50 mins), Matt Rhead (0-2, 69 mins)

Yeovil Town:
1. Artur Krysiak
5. Bevis Mugabi 17. Omar Sowunmi 3. Nathan Smith 23. Tom James
15. Jordan Green 20. Oscar Gobern 16. James Bailey (Capt) 7. Otis Khan
24. Olufela Olomola 13. Francois Zoko

Substitutes:
12. Jonny Maddison (GK) 4. Matt Worthington 6. Keston Davies 8. Connor Smith (72 mins for James Bailey) 10. Jake Gray 14. Sam Surridge (63 mins for Olufela Olomola) 30. Alefe Santos (6 mins for Oscar Gobern)

Lincoln City:
21 Josh Vickers
23 Neal Eardley 5 Luke Waterfall 25 Sean Raggett 3 Sam Habergham
26 Harry Anderson 16 Michael Bostwick 30 Alex Woodyard 32 Cameron Stewart
10 Matt Green 9 Matt Rhead

Substitutes:
1 Paul Farman 2 Sean Long 4 Elliot Whitehouse (75 mins for Matt Rhead) 8 Ollie Palmer (78 mins for Matt Green) 11 Billy Knott 15 Robert Dickie 28 Nathan Arnold (80 mins for Cameron Stewart)

Yeovil Bookings: None.

Lincoln City Bookings: Luke Waterfall (foul, 35 mins)

Yeovil Match Statistics: Possession: 48%; Shots: 5; Shots On Target: 2; Corners: 2; Fouls: 14.

Lincoln City Match Statistics: Possession: 52%; Shots: 9; Shots On Target: 4; Corners: 7; Fouls: 12.

Referee: Lee Collins (Surrey). Assistants: Christopher Wade (Hampshire) and Kevin Howick (Oxfordshire). Fourth Official: Simon Shaw (Gloucestershire).

Attendance: 2,472 (with 278 Lincoln City supporters).


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9 December 2017 : Team News For Yeovil Town vs Lincoln City
The starting line-up for Yeovil Town's League Two match against Lincoln City at Huish Park has been revealed. The match sees the Glovers name three changes compared to the team that took to the field against Port Vale last Saturday. Although Ryan Dickson was labelled as being 'rested' on Tuesday night, he is still absent from the teamsheet, meaning that Bevis Mugabi comes into the squad, with Tom James keeping the flank that he had for the midweeker.

In midfield, Oscar Gobern replaces Alefe Santos, whilst Jordan Green is brought in for Sam Surridge which should mean that Olufela Olomola goes up front.

Millwall loanee Sid Nelson serves the third match of a three game suspension, following his red card against Notts County. The first team squad members to miss out today are right-back Daniel Alfei (knee injury, out for season), Rhys Browne (ankle, out until January), Sid Nelson (suspension), and midfielder Ryan Dickson (neck injury).

The team reads as follows:

Yeovil Town:
1. Artur Krysiak
5. Bevis Mugabi 17. Omar Sowunmi 3. Nathan Smith 23. Tom James
15. Jordan Green 20. Oscar Gobern 16. James Bailey (Capt) 7. Otis Khan
24. Olufela Olomola 13. Francois Zoko

Substitutes:
12. Jonny Maddison (GK) 4. Matt Worthington 6. Keston Davies 8. Connor Smith 10. Jake Gray 14. Sam Surridge 30. Alefe Santos

Lincoln City:
21 Josh Vickers
23 Neal Eardley 5 Luke Waterfall 25 Sean Raggett 3 Sam Habergham
26 Harry Anderson 16 Michael Bostwick 30 Alex Woodyard 32 Cameron Stewart
10 Matt Green 9 Matt Rhead

Substitutes:
1 Paul Farman 2 Sean Long 4 Elliot Whitehouse 8 Ollie Palmer 11 Billy Knott 15 Robert Dickie 28 Nathan Arnold


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9 December 2017 : Glovers Trust Communications Officer Steps Down
The Glovers Trust have stated that their Communications Officer has stepped down from the Trust Board. In line with their constitution, they are planning to co-opt a new person onto the Board to serve in that role. Their statement reads as follows:

"It is with regret that we announce that Ryan Blatchford has resigned from his position on the Trust Board. The rest of the Trust Board are extremely grateful to Ryan for his contribution since his appointment in October and wish him well in his future endeavours.

As a direct result of this announcement, we will be looking to co-opt a new member to the Board to act in the role of Communications Officer. Any Trust members who wish to express an interest in the position should contact the Trust Chairman via the email address chairman@glovers-trust.co.uk"


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9 December 2017 : Officials For Yeovil Town vs Lincoln City
Officials for the League Two match between Yeovil Town and Lincoln City have been published by the Football League. The match takes place on Saturday 9th December 2017, with a 3.00p.m. kick-off at Huish Park. The man in charge of the fixture will be referee Lee Collins (Surrey).

He was promoted to the Football League's referees' list over the summer of 2011, and since then we've had him six times as a man in the middle. He was only promoted to the National Assistant Referee's Group for the start of the 2008-09 season, and so has been enjoying a swift rise through the ranks.

Mr Collins was present for the October 2011 home match against Leyton Orient that ended in a 2-2 draw. Considering he ended up giving both sides a penalty each, you'd think we would have been far more opinionated about his performance, particularly as the second one was a late decision that cost us two points. However, with one a handball in our favour, and the other a foul inside the box by Marek Stech, match reports and our memory of the incidents are that he got them both right, whilst the Western Gazette says he "had no choice but to point to the spot (for the second penalty) in a game he officiated well." Sometimes penalties aren't controversial.

We then had him for the League Cup First Round tie against Southend United back in August 2013. Our recollection is that he didn't have too bad a match from our point of view, but seemed to be making a few decisions that raised the hackles of home supporters, with them particularly unhappy about one Joel Grant tackle just before half time that he dished out a yellow for, when they were hoping for a red. He booked four of our players, but from our point of view we accepted his decisions. The Western Gazette were a bit critical of him saying he "struggled to keep a lid on a match where Southend seemed intent on provoking a reaction from their opponents. Awarded several yellow cards for trivial infringements, allowing others to go unpunished."

We had him twice during the 2014-15 season. The first was the League One away match against Gillingham. Like the Leyton Orient game, he gave two penalties, with one for each side, and to be honest the one that we got was a soft one. Not that we capitalised on it, with Kieffer Moore's weak effort saved. If that decision went for us, then the free kick that he awarded that led to Gillingham's opening goal was the reverse, with him interpreting Nathan Ralph and Danny Kedwell's coming together as a foul against the Glovers, when we saw it more of Kedwell's doing - Joe Martin's free kick set Gillingham on their way. Gillingham's second goal came from the penalty spot - for that one we had no complaints - Chris Weale saved it, but Kedwell took the rebound and converted.

The second match saw him visit Huish Park for the March 2015 visit of Oldham Athletic. He certainly didn't have a quiet game, dishing out seven yellow cards, two of which resulted in a red card putting Oldham down to ten men. We may be biased, but we thought the dismissal of Brian Wilson was a superb decision - the former Bristol City player committed a bad foul whilst already on a caution, but referee Collins waved play on, allowing Yeovil an advantage. A minute later, play stopped and he had the good memory to pick out the correct player and make sure the foul didn't go unpunished. He also (potentially) deserved praise for Yeovil's winning goal, where he could have easily blown up to award us a penalty - he didn't and James Hayter swept home the loose ball. It may be that he didn't think it was a penalty, but his body language at the time implied that if Hayter hadn't converted, he would have blown up, implying another good advantage played.

During the 2015-16 season, he was in charge for the home matches against Plymouth Argyle. There were two of them, as he was the official who decided that our planned January 2016 meeting couldn't go ahead due to a waterlogged pitch, and he was still on the list when the game was rearranged for the February Tuesday night game. Although he booked six players that night - three for each side - we can't recall too much to shout about his performance. Some of the Argyle bookings were down to the pace that Yeovil started the game at, and when the balance of play swung in the other direction during the second period, we started picking up a few ourselves. A couple of months later, he turned up again for the 0-0 draw against Wycombe Wanderers at Adams Park - in a 0-0 draw with two bookings a-piece he appears to have got through the 90 minutes without being noticed.

Mr Collins will be assisted by Christopher Wade (Hampshire) and Kevin Howick (Oxfordshire). The Fourth Official will be Simon Shaw (Gloucestershire).


Link: October 2011 : Yeovil Town 2 Leyton Orient 2.

Link: August 2013 : Southend United 0 Yeovil Town 1.

Link: August 2014 : Gillingham 2 Yeovil Town 0.

Link: March 2015 : Yeovil Town 2 Oldham Athletic 1.

Link: February 2016 : Yeovil Town 0 Plymouth Argyle 0.

Link: April 2016 : Wycombe Wanderers 0 Yeovil Town 0.


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8 December 2017 : Academy Defender Goes Out On Loan
Yeovil Town Academy player Jeremiah Gyebi has gone out on loan. The 19 year old has joined National League South side Poole Town on what is initially a month's loan, but on the understanding that the deal can be extended further if all parties agree.

Jeremiah generally operates as a central defender, but is also capable of playing at the other end of the field. He was brought into the club in the summer of 2016, via the MASS Elite Academy in Battersea, London.

This will be his first spell away from Huish Park since arriving in Somerset. He joins a Dolphins side who lie in 20th place in the table, and thus are needing to claw their way out of relegation spots. Good luck to him in his first taste of senior football.


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8 December 2017 : Ladies Match Switched To New Venue Due To FA Cup Replay
Yeovil Town Ladies FC will now play their league game against Reading FC Women at Weston Super Mare Football Club. Due to the importance of the men's Yeovil Town FC FA Cup Second Round replay game against Port Vale on Tuesday night next week, Yeovil Town Ladies FC have had to make last minute changes and switch to a new venue.

The game which is also being broadcast on the BBC Red Button and BBC Website, will be hosted at the Vanarama South ground, on Winterstoke Road, with a 12.30p.m. kick-off on Sunday 10th December. We understand that for many fans, this change in venue will be a considerable inconvenience, but we would like to encourage you to continue your support of the team and join us at Weston Super Mare FC on Sunday, under circumstances out of our control.

We would like to extend our gratitude to everyone at Weston Super Mare FC who have made this possible at such short notice, regardless of other commitments they have on the day. We intend to continue our festive theme for the game. Please do get involved by wearing your Christmas jumpers and bringing some festive cheer to the game!

We will also now be extending our KIDS FOR A QUID offer to turnstile sales as well as online sales. We thank you for your continued support in times of adversity and we will continue to do all we can to give back to our fans in every aspect of our club.

[Yeovil Town Ladies Press Release.]


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8 December 2017 : Darren Way Previews The Lincoln City Game
As part of the build-up to Saturday afternoon's home match against Lincoln City at Huish Park, Yeovil Town manager Darren Way spoke to the BBC. With questions from BBC Somerset reporter Dan Albutt, Darren gives his views on the opposition, as well as talking about Oscar Gobern and his views on his side's form. Read that interview via the link below.

Link: Darren Way Speaks To The BBC As Part Of The Build-Up To Lincoln City.


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8 December 2017 : EFL Trophy Full Third Round Draw : Glovers Given Gumps Visit
The draw has been made for the Third Round of the EFL Trophy. The draw was made live on TalkSport and has been split into Northern and Southern sections once again. The Glovers have been given a tie against Forest Green Rovers that will be played early next year.

The full draw is as follows:

Oldham Athletic vs Leicester City Under-21s
Rochdale vs Lincoln City
Bury vs Fleetwood Town
Shrewsbury Town vs Blackpool

Yeovil Town vs Forest Green Rovers
Chelsea Under-21s vs Portsmouth
Charlton Athletic vs Oxford United
Luton Town vs Peterborough United

All ties are due to be played during the week commencing January 8th 2018, with Tuesday 9th January the most likely date for clubs to pick. However, because this round happens immediately after the FA Cup Third Round weekend, expect some clubs to work on different scheduling if their FA Cup ties take place on the Sunday.


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8 December 2017 : Darren Way Admits Losing Loan Players Would Be A Shame
Yeovil Town manager Darren Way admits that he will have to keep his fingers crossed in terms of being able to retain his loan players during the January transfer window. The experience of last season was that the club were hit hard by the loss of Swansea City winger Ryan Hedges, who cut short his stay in Somerset to move to Championship side Barnsley, with the Glovers struggling to recruit an adequate replacement.

Whilst some players like Keston Davies and Sam Surridge were brought in on season long loan deals, others such as Olufela Olomola, Matt Worthington and Sid Nelson came in on half season arrangements that will need to explicitly be renewed if they are to stay beyond the New Year period. However, in practice, most loan agreements have break clauses in them, meaning that even those who have agreements running until the end of the season could be recalled.

The future of joint top goalscorer Olomola - brought in from Premier League side Southampton - is probably the key one for Way to resolve with his current deal up immediately after the New Year's Day fixture. Way told BBC Somerset that he was trying to persuade all five to stay:

"It would just be a shame, even if you lose two or three. We all know what Fela's situation is, with Surridge, Worthington, Nelson and Keston Davies. You've got one or two that perhaps have not had as much game time. So all I've said to the players is to make sure that we stick together, because of the long term future of this season."

Last season saw Yeovil Town struggle to replace Hedges, with new loanees such as Owain Jones and Kabongo Tshimanga not making an impact on the first team squad, despite being recruited as replacements for Hedges. Way admitted that had been a problem, and said he had a list of possible replacements, but would need to wait in the Board in that scenario:

"Well I have, but again it's finances. So that's not my decision; that's at board level. All I can do is to map out what I want to keep. We know that with any other player - I had Ryan Hedges on a season-long loan, and unfortunately I lose him to Barnsley, and he moved for 300 grand. Unfortunately these decisions get made."

It's worth noting that Way's mention of a £300,000 fee for Hedges is the first time that this amount has been disclosed. Previously the fee had been labelled as 'undisclosed' with the only quantification coming from the South Wales press who described it as a 'small fee'.


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7 December 2017 : Darren Way Willing To Consider Gobern Captaincy For A Future Game
Yeovil Town manager Darren Way has said that he would be willing to repeat the experiment of using former Southampton and Huddersfield Town midfielder Oscar Gobern as his captain in a match. Whilst James Bailey is the club's named captain for the 2017-18 season, it was his replacement in the side for the midweek EFL Trophy game against AFC Wimbledon that took the armband, despite it being his first home game for the club.

At 26 years old, Gobern was one of the more experienced players in a side that also saw two other occasional captains in Nathan Smith and Ryan Dickson sit out the evening. As such Gobern got the nod for the evening. Way said that he was impressed enough with the player's performance to consider it again:

"Definitely - I think he had composure. He was unfazed by the situation. I thought his general play and certainly the combination between him and Connor Smith meant that they were always wanting the ball, and always looking to have a forward momentum. At the same time they were picking up first and second balls, percentage-wise. So as a midfield two, I thought they did particularly well. He affected the game up until around 60 or 70 minutes on Tuesday. So yes, we've got a good signing or a good addition. It's just important that he's consistent with it. On Tuesday you could see there was a lot of energy and a lot of forward thinking, which had been our problem certainly at the start of the season. We've asked for more crosses, more shots, more forward runs, and the players are showing that with their energy."

This Saturday sees Yeovil Town return to League football, having played three consecutive cup competition matches over the past fortnight. They will welcome Lincoln City at Huish Park needing to put their league form back on track. Despite having landed three positive results in those cup fixtures recently, the Glovers are currently four games without a win in League Two fixtures. Way denied that was a concern, saying that the club's overall home form was still strong, meaning that he didn't see the picture as a poor one:

"Not at home it's not been, certainly with the results that we've had. We've played higher opposition. We've played AFC Wimbledon, we've played Plymouth, we've played Notts County and we've had a real tough run. By looking at the fixtures, it's going to get even tougher. I think it's sixteen matches in eight weeks. So the loading and the responsibility that the players have got to take is huge. It's a busy Christmas period, and it's going to get even busier when that window opens up in January. All the players have responded, and every day I think their mindset and the experience that they've gained is certainly helping them to develop at a quicker rate."

Yeovil Town will go into the match with three players definitely missing, with right-back Dan Alfei (ankle) and Rhys Browne (ankle) both ruled out whilst Millwall loanee Sid Nelson serves the final match of a three match suspension.


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7 December 2017 : EFL Trophy Third Round Ball Numbers And Region Splits
The Football League have provided further detail, regarding the Third Round draw for the EFL Trophy. The teams will be drawn out live on talkSport radio at 12.30p.m. on Friday 8th December, with the last sixteen clubs in the competition finding out who they will play in January 2018.

The draw will be overseen by Lynsey Hipgrave, with Bob Groves and Perry Groves drawing out the balls. As well as broadcasting it live on the radio, the League will then publish the outcome of the draw on their Checkatrade Trophy Twitter account shortly after the conclusion.

The 2017-18 Checkatrade Trophy rules, published in the Football League website, had stated that the Third Round draw would be done on an unregionalised basis. However, in today's communication, they have continued to split the clubs across a North and South Regions, meaning that Yeovil Town will only be able to draw one of seven southern-based clubs.

The League have also provided the ball numbers for the draw. These are as follows with Yeovil Town taking Ball No.8:

Southern Section:
1. Charlton Athletic
2. Chelsea Under-21s
3. Forest Green Rovers
4. Luton Town
5. Oxford United
6. Peterborough United
7. Portsmouth
8. Yeovil Town

Northern Section:
1. Blackpool
2. Bury
3. Fleetwood Town
4. Leicester City Under-21s
5. Lincoln City
6. Oldham Athletic
7. Rochdale
8. Shrewsbury Town

All ties are due to be played during the week commencing January 8th 2018, with Tuesday 9th January the most likely date for clubs to pick. However, because this round happens immediately after the FA Cup Third Round weekend, expect some clubs to work on different scheduling if their FA Cup ties take place on the Sunday.


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7 December 2017 : Darren Way Talks About AFC Wimbledon Team Selection
Just before kick-off in the EFL Trophy Second Round tie against AFC Wimbledon at Huish Park, Yeovil Town manager Darren Way spoke to the BBC. With questions from local journalist Chris Spittles, in an interview for BBC Somerset, Darren gives views on the decision to make Oscar Gobern captain, and the inclusion of players like Keston Davies. Read that interview in full via the link below.

Link: Darren Way Speaks To The BBC Just Before Kick-Off Against AFC Wimbledon.


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