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4 August 2015 : Four Newest Signings Given First Team Squad Numbers
Since Yeovil Town issued their initial set of first team squad numbers, there have been four new signings made by the club. Those four players have now been given squad numbers, with Iffy Allen, Wes Fogden, Alex Lacey and Mark Beck taking shirt numbers 19 to 22 respectively. This should in theory finalise the first team squad for the start of the 2015-16 season and the club's trip to Exeter City.

A full list of squad numbers, and the associated player profiles, can be read via the link below.

Link: Yeovil Town First Team Player Profiles.


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4 August 2015 : Yeovil Town Submit 'Complex' Planning Application For Huish Park
Yeovil Town have submitted their latest planning application for new developments at Huish Park. The plans, which entirely replace those submitted back in January 2012, have been submitted to South Somerset District Council this week. As yet there is no detail on what those plans entail, but they are based upon draft submissions made during a public consultation held at the club during January 2015.

The club haven't given any indication of what has changed since January, or any highlights of where the public consultation has affected their thinking, but they will now be considered by both District Councillors and employees at SSDC, in order to determine whether the club has overcome the issues that affected its last application, which was eventually shelved back in July 2014.

Chairman John Fry has said via a club statement that he believes that the new plans are a 'vital part' in the club's stategy for the future:

"Many positive actions have been taken in the run up to the start of the new season. This is an absolutely vital part of our strategy to take the club forward. We feel that the new application is a big step forward and is of enormous importance to the town, district and club. It is crucial that we guarantee the longer-term financial future and stability of the Club. This application proposes valuable amenities for both the football club and the community. We are now in a position to push forward with our ambition to go up the leagues and we are interested to hear and discuss the views of all stakeholders including residents, fans and interested investors."

The club describe the submission as a 'complex' application - as yet there are no dates as to when the submission will be fully published, nor when it will be heard at Council level. More detail on the application will doubtless follow in due course once it goes through the planning process.

To read what was put out by the club and other parties at the start of 2015, as part of the public consultation, follow the links below.

Link: Club Launch Consultation For 'Mixed Use' Development At Huish Park.

Link: Yeovil Town's Supporter Planning Consultant David Bell Speaks To The BBC About The Club's Latest Development Plans.

Link: Ric Pallister Speaks To The BBC About The Club's Latest Development Plans.

Link: Taff's Gloversblog : Back To The Future Part III.

Link: John Fry Speaks To The BBC About The Club's Latest Development Plans.

Link: Huish Park Land Development Proposals Published Online.


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4 August 2015 : Ryan Dickson Talks About The New Season And The Captaincy
Last week saw Yeovil Town name their new club captain for the 2015-16 season, with former Crawley Town left-sided player Ryan Dickson being given the honour. After that role was confirmed by the club, Ryan spoke to BBC Somerset and BBC Points West reporter Alistair Durden about the position, as well as his thoughts on the new season and his new team-mates. Read that interview via the link below.

Link: Ryan Dickson Speaks To The BBC After He Was Made Club Captain.


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4 August 2015 : Annie Heatherson Talks About The Bristol Academy Defeat
Last Thursday night, Yeovil Town Ladies played host to Bristol Academy in a Continental Cup match at the Jones Stadium. The morning after that match, striker Annie Heatherson appeared live on BBC Somerset's breakfast programme, speaking to presenter Emma Britton. The output from that interview can be read via the link below.

Link: Annie Heatherson Talks To The BBC About The 0-3 Defeat Against Bristol Academy.


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3 August 2015 : Glovers And Grecians Meet For Stansfield Memorial Trophy
This coming Saturday, Yeovil Town supporters and Exeter City supporters will be meeting as part of the annual Adam Stansfield Memorial Trophy charity supporters match. This particular match will be particularly poignant, given that it will take place just before the fifth anniversary of Adam's death. The two supporters teams have competed at least once a year for the trophy - currently Yeovil Town are the holders, having claimed it via a 2-1 win at Elmore in May last year.

The game will be played at Topsham FC on Saturday 8th August, and all are welcome to attend the match, although bring plenty of loose change as there will be fundraising activities on the day for the Adam Stansfield Foundation - there will be merchandise from the Foundation on sale, so dig deep. Topsham's Social Club will also be open on the day. Kick-off for the supporters match is 11.00a.m. so there is plenty of time for everyone to get to St James Park for the main event afterwards.

Address: Topsham Town FC, Coronation Field, Topsham Road, Topsham, Exeter, EX3 0LT.

The ground is on a good bus route being served by the K and T buses which run from Exeter City centre and stop right by the entrance to the ground. The number 57 to Exmouth also serves this stop. Topsham Railway station is about a 15-20 minute walk: get off the train and walk over the level crossing and down the road to the mini roundabout and turn right and carry on along Topsham road under the M5 and Topsham FC's ground is on the right. There is also some parking available at the ground.

If you're travelling via the Away Travel Club, they are planning to stop at Topsham Town FC prior to the main match, so you should catch the second half of this game, as well as finding the Foundation merchandise store where you can buy things and make donations.

Link: Glovers Chairman Supports Stansfield Anniversary Tribute.

Link: Double Applause On The Cards For Stansfield Anniversary.

Link: Exeter Opener To Mark Adam Stansfield Anniversary.

Link: Ticketing For Exeter City vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Away Travel Club Plans For Exeter City vs Yeovil Town.

Link: GWSC Travel For The 2015-16 Season.


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3 August 2015 : Swansea Name Squad For Tomorrow's Friendly
Premier League side Swansea City have named the squad of players that will travel down to Huish Park for tomorrow's pre-season friendly against Yeovil Town. The Welsh club have agreed to send down an Under-21 line-up to play a Yeovil Town first team line-up - a decent benchmark, given that the Glovers took a trio of players from their Premier League Development squad on loan during the second half of the 2014-15 season.

On that note, the squad of nineteen players that will travel down the M5 does not include any of Liam Shephard, Josh Sheehan or Stephen Kingsley. Sheehan and Kingsley had been used as 'squad' players in Swansea's first team pre-season friendlies, whilst Shephard had picked up an injury, and so it will be a fresh set of faces in Swansea's line-up for tomorrow's match.

Swansea City Under-21s: Josh Vickers, Oliver Davies, Gregor Zabret, Joe Rodon, Dan Alfei, Ryan Hedges, Alex Gogic, Keston Davies, Stephen Fallon, Owain Jones, Alex Samuel, Adnan Maric, Connor Roberts, Sam Evans, Tom Holland, Kyle Copp, Henry Jones, Oliver McBurnie, Dan James.

For admission prices, see the article below. Tickets will be available both in advance via the Huish Park Ticket Office, and from the same outlet right up until the 7.45p.m. kick-off.

Link: Ticketing For Yeovil Town's Home Pre-Season Friendlies.


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3 August 2015 : Nugent Signs Permanent Deal At Gresty Road
League One side Crewe Alexandra have signed up former Yeovil Town loanee Ben Nugent on a permanent basis. The 22 year old has been allowed to leave Cardiff City on a free transfer, and has agreed a two year contract at Gresty Road, that ties him to the club until the summer of 2017.

In total he made 14 appearances for the Bluebirds, but effectively spent the whole of the 2014-15 campaign on loan at Huish Park, albeit on diminishing returns. He made 29 appearances, scoring his one and only goal against Bristol City at Ashton Gate on Boxing Day.

Having been a regular in the starting line-up for the club during the first half of the campaign, Nugent suffered his second red card of the season in a January 2015 away match against Barnsley that earned him a four game ban. By the time he returned from suspension, manager Gary Johnson had been dismissed, and he was substituted in Terry Skiverton's third game in charge, never to be seen.

The arrival of Byron Webster on loan meant that Nugent only managed one further mention on the teamsheet, during a game in which a number of other loan players were unavailable, but he never got onto the pitch after the February 14th match at Doncaster Rovers - the rumourmill suggested he was sent back to Cardiff early, although that was never confirmed.

Link: Ben Nugent : Yeovil Town Statistics.


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3 August 2015 : Exeter City Ticket Sales Update
Tickets for Yeovil Town's League Two match against Exeter City went on General Sale at Huish Park this morning. Having held tickets back to give Season Ticket Holders the main priority for the match at St James Park, the club put the remaining batch on sale at 9.00a.m.

At the time of writing there are still tickets remaining for this game. Just after the busier lunchtime period, the club reported sales of 1,028 tickets, and indicated that Exeter were sending them an additional batch of 200 tickets for the terrace area

The typical capacity given to away supporters is around 1,050 terrace spaces, with a more flexible allocation of around 300 seated tickets. Assuming that still holds for Yeovil Town supporters, that would mean that there would be just over 300 tickets remaining. For pricing see below.

Once you've got your matchday ticket, please organise your travel plans as soon as possible - the Away Travel Club and GWSC details are as shown below.

Link: Ticketing For Exeter City vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Away Travel Club Plans For Exeter City vs Yeovil Town.

Link: GWSC Travel For The 2015-16 Season.

Link: Ticketing For Yeovil Town's Home Pre-Season Friendlies.

Link: Ticketing For Yeovil Town vs Queens Park Rangers.

Link: Ticketing At Huish Park For The 2015-16 Season.

Link: 2015-16 Season Ticket Application Form.


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3 August 2015 : Kieffer Completes Move To Norway's Viking
Further to yesterday's news, former Yeovil Town striker Kieffer Moore has completed his move to Norwegian side Viking FK. The Torquay-born player, who turns 23 years old on Saturday, has been officially unveiled by his new club on a one year contract that runs until June 30th 2016, signing for them as a free agent.

Having travelled to Stavanger yesterday, he went through a medical last night, and signed his contract today, meaning he will now be based in Norway across the next year. Manager Kjell Jonevret confirmed his arrival at the club:

"Kieffer is a big and strong striker, and so I see him as a typical in-the-box player. But he has movement and is good with the ball too. Last season he played partly as a defender as well. I think he will give Viking strength and raise the level of both our training and our matches."

Moore's arrival at the club appeared to hinge upon someone else leaving Viking to help balance the books. They have confirmed that Nigerian striker Osita Chikere has left the club by mutual consent, and that was the trigger point that allowed them to return to sign up Moore.

Link: Kieffer Moore : Yeovil Town Statistics.


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3 August 2015 : JPT South-West Group Places Glovers In First Round Draw
Yeovil Town will definitely feature in the First Round draw of the 2015-16 season, after they were denied a bye in the competition. The club will compete in the South-West section of the competition, and thus already know that they will face one of seven clubs when the draw is made on Saturday. The teams in the South-West section are as follows:

South-West Section: AFC Wimbledon, Barnet, Exeter City, Newport County, Plymouth Argyle, Portsmouth, Swindon Town, Yeovil Town.

South-West Byes (to Second Round): Bristol Rovers, Coventry City, Oxford United, Wycombe Wanderers.

The draw will take place live on Soccer AM on Saturday 8th August at approximately 10.15a.m. and thus will give the Glovers one of the above seven clubs as their opponents in a single leg tie. First Round ties will be played during the week commencing August 31st.

The other clubs in the First Round draw, and those receiving byes, are as follows:

South-East Section: Cambridge United, Colchester United, Dagenham and Redbridge, Leyton Orient, Luton Town, Millwall, Northampton Town, Peterborough United.

South-East Byes (to Second Round): Crawley Town, Gillingham, Southend United, Stevenage.

North-West Section: Accrington Stanley, Bury, Carlisle United, Morecambe, Oldham Athletic, Port Vale, Shrewsbury Town, Walsall.

North-West Byes (to Second Round): Blackpool, Crewe Alexandra, Fleetwood Town, Wigan Athletic

North-East Section: Barnsley, Burton Albion, Doncaster Rovers, Hartlepool United, Mansfield Town, Notts County, Scunthorpe United, Sheffield United.

North-East Byes (to Second Round): Bradford City, Chesterfield, Rochdale, York City.

In the Second Round stages, the East/West groups will merge into their respective Area North and Area South groupings.

Link: 2015-16 Football League Trophy Draw Schedule.

Link: 2015-16 Season Competition Key Dates.


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3 August 2015 : Carvalho Heads Off For Essex Trial
Former Yeovil Town trialist Wilson Carvalho has moved on to try his luck with National League (aka Conference National) side Braintree Town. The former Fulham academy player featured in the club's two Cornish pre-season friendlies against Truro City and Callington Town, but has not been seen since.

The 22 year old came on as a 73rd minute substitute in Braintree's pre-season friendly against Ebbsfleet United and scored the winning goal in the 82nd minute - a low 20 yard shot that went into the bottom corner to secure the Essex side a 1-0 victory. Carvalho was then substituted in the 90th minute, suggesting that he had picked up a knock later in the match. Manager Danny Cowley said briefly about the trialist's appearance:

"It was a good strike from Wilson, who certainly has something about him. We'll work hard next week as we focus on getting the season underway."


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2 August 2015 : Viking Return For More Of Kieffer
Former Yeovil Town striker Kieffer Moore is expected to be unveiled as a new signing by Norwegian side Viking FK sometime on Monday. A month ago, the former Torquay United youth player had headed out to Norway on trial, but that deal had been left pending due to the need for the Stavanger club to get players off their books before they could bring him in. After Moore had flown back to England, and featured in a pre-season friendly for Notts County, it seems that he has now headed back to Norway, flying out of Heathrow Airport earlier today.

Norwegian media outlet RA report that Moore has arrived in Stavanger for a Sunday night medical, and assuming that goes well, then he will be unveiled as a permanent signing on Monday. Assistant manager Ian Burchnall has confirmed to RA that he is expecting the deal to be completed soon:

"He has flown in and met with his agent. Tonight he has a compulsory medical check, and if all goes well there we're going to introduce him during the course of tomorrow. Naturally, we have come quite far in the negotiations at this stage, and he will probably train with us on Monday. We were pleased with what we saw when he was here last, but could not do anything in terms of a transfer then. Now we have got the opportunity, and so we have decided to bring him over."

Burchnall has said that Moore's unusual attributes as a striker would make him very different from the players Viking had on their books at present. He also explained that the Norwegians were very aware of his defensive performances, after he played as a stand-in centre-back during the month of January, whilst the Glovers were without Ben Nugent, due to a four match suspension. He said that would be a useful option for them to have:

"Kieffer is a big, physical forward, but nevertheless is very mobile. He gives us something entirely different from the strikers we have today, and can also be used in central defence. At Yeovil, he delivered many good games in defence, so even though he obviously will sign as a striker it is good to know that he can be used in several places."


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2 August 2015 : Exeter City Tickets On General Sale Tomorrow
On Monday morning, tickets for Yeovil Town's opening match of the 2015-16 season will go on General Sale from the Huish Park Ticket Office. Up until now, the match against Exeter City has seen ticket sales restricted to Season Ticket Holders only - that will be relaxed from 9.00a.m. tomorrow morning, where we'd expect the Ticket Office to be rather busy.

The club initially sold their entire seated allocation, but on Friday they were given around 70 additional seats - assuming these are still available, please consider only taking them if you have elderly or infirmed people, or very young children in your party so these are prioritised against people who need them.

The remainder of tickets will be for the St James Road terrace, which is an open terrace behind the goal. These are available either via phone (01935-847888) or in person at the Ticket Office. If calling and you reach the answer phone service, leave ONE message only. You may also want to purchase your tickets for the forthcoming matches against Swansea City U21s (Tuesday 4th August) and Queens Park Rangers (Tuesday 11th August) to save yourself time.

Once you've purchased your Exeter tickets, please book your away travel via the Away Travel Club or the GWSC as soon as possible. Due to the tickets for this fixture only going on general sale five days before the fixture, both organisations will need to have a quick check on the numbers who have booked, due to the need to fill existing coaches and/or book additional coaches. Hence do not leave your travel plans until the last moment, or you may be disappointed.

For all ticketing and travel information, follow the links below.

Link: Ticketing For Exeter City vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Away Travel Club Plans For Exeter City vs Yeovil Town.

Link: GWSC Travel For The 2015-16 Season.

Link: Ticketing For Yeovil Town's Home Pre-Season Friendlies.

Link: Ticketing For Yeovil Town vs Queens Park Rangers.

Link: Ticketing At Huish Park For The 2015-16 Season.

Link: 2015-16 Season Ticket Application Form.


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2 August 2015 : Eighteen Scholarships To Help Drive New Academy
Yeovil Town's new Academy is reported to have made offers to eighteen teenagers to enrol in scholarship schemes as part of their youth development programme. The players will be signed onto the programme for a two year period that will see them training at Huish Park as well as taking a BTEC Level Three qualification at Yeovil College, which will see them studying for one-and-a-half days a week.

The club have recruited a team of Academy coaches, headed up by former Northampton Town and Torquay United coach Geoff Harrop, who moved to the club after the Gulls programme was closed down, following their drop into non-league football. Harrop will take on the title of Academy Manager, whilst former Swindon Town youth team manager David Byrne will be the club's Head of Youth, where he is expected to have direct responsibility for the day-to-day running of the club's Under-18s side. The coaching staff will also include Wincanton Town manager Andrew Mitchell - presumably in a dual role.

A report in the Western Gazette provides the number of players who have been offered scholarships, but not their names. However, given the stability of the Under-18s line-ups for their recent matches against Sherborne Town and Frome Town, we'd expect most - if not all - of the players who featured in those games to be on the club's list.

As well as the Under-18s set-up, the club will be running teams from Under-9s through to Under-16s, in much the same way as the old Centre of Excellence was formed, with the club having been recommended for EPPP Category Three academy funding. Harrole told the Gazette that the set-up was now ready to begin:

"We have players ranging from under-9s to under-18s signed up to the Academy for the new season and we have members of qualified staff ready to get going. We all want to see young players in our first team who are developed through the Academy and here at Yeovil Town they will be given every opportunity to impress. The board and manager Paul Sturrock have demonstrated their ambition and drive to develop young players and now the real hard work begins."

Link: 2015-16 Youth Team Fixtures and Results.


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2 August 2015 : Grant On Trial For Bantams
Former Yeovil Town winger Joel Grant has turned up on trial for League One side Bradford City. This has been a long slow wait for the Bantams to see the Jamaican international in action, given that he was connected with a move to the Yorkshire club back in mid-June, albeit with him out in Chile with his country's Copa America squad. He was then retained by the Reggae Boys for their Concacaf Gold Cup campaign that saw them unexpectedly reach the final, meaning that Grant has had only a minimal summer break.

He was an unused substitute in Bradford's final pre-season friendly against Burnley yesterday, that saw the Bantams go down by a 2-0 scoreline. Presumably his lack of game time on the day was down to City boss Phil Parkinson seeing the match as a dress rehearsal for their League One opening fixture next Saturday, which may come a bit too soon for Grant, who only returned to England last week.

Link: Joel Grant : Yeovil Town Statistics.


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1 August 2015 : Sherborne 0 Yeovil 5 : Academy Side Gain Emphatic Win
A Yeovil Town Under-18s side emphatically beat Western League Premier Division side Sherborne Town at Raleigh Grove, in a pre-season friendly. In what had been badged as an 'XI' fixture, it was the club's Academy side that took to the field of play, and after a single goal from Phillip Stroble during the first half, two quick goals from substitute Jack Ball put them into a commanding position just after the break. The match was finished off by late goals, with Stroble getting his second, whilst Ollie Bassett bagged the fifth.

In a much quieter first half, Yeovil Town took the lead when a free kick was put into the Sherborne box. The home side failed to clear their lines properly, leading to a goalmouth melee, and Phillip Stroble was on hand to fire home from ten yards out. That put the Glovers a goal up at the break, although they chose to make a double half time substitution to rotate around the squad that they had at the Grove.

One of those players had an instant impact, scoring twice inside three minutes. Jack Ball netted with his first legitimate touch of the ball, with a previous attempt to win possession being blown up for a foul. The same player then scored from an inswinging corner on 49 minutes to put Yeovil 3-0 up.

Both Yeovil and Sherborne made plenty of second half substitutions, until two late goals finished off the match. The first came from a counter-attacking move, as Ollie Bassett's quick run saw Sherborne stretched, allowing him to feed Phillip Stroble inside the box, who got two bites of the cherry before converting for his second of the afternoon. Then Bassett turned goalscorer himself as he accepted a cross into the box, slotting home for the fifth and final goal of the afternoon.

Full Time: Sherborne Town 0 Yeovil Town Under-18s 5.

Scorers: Phillip Stroble (0-1, 35 mins), Jack Ball (0-2, 47 mins), Jack Ball (0-3, 49 mins), Phillip Stroble (0-4, 78 mins), Ollie Bassett (0-5, 81 mins)

Yeovil Town Under 18s:
James Needle
Paul Bakare, Sam Bolton, Jayden Corbridge, Thiago Sa
Ben Griffiths, Max Melanson, Ollie Bassett, Phillip Stroble
Paul Akinuli, Charis Mouzouros.

Attendance: 230.


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1 August 2015 : Sturrock Undecided On League Two Starting Line-Up
Yeovil Town manager Paul Sturrock has admitted that he has no fixed thoughts on what sort of a line-up he will be fielding in a week's time against Exeter City when the 2015-16 season commences. With the club having made fifteen new signings during the summer, and the possibility of one or two extra arrivals before the season starts, this has been the club's biggest turnover of playing staff in the last twenty years.

Sturrock also admitted on Tuesday that he was still hunting for a new right-back, given that Ben Tozer has yet to feature for the club due to a knee ligament injury. Paul Connolly, Roddy Collins and Kane Ferdinand have been recent trialists in those positions but have yet to be given offers.

All that suggests that if those don't come to fruition that Sturrock would look towards the loan market, with the most obvious candidate being Swansea City full-back Liam Shephard, who was part of the club's 2014-15 season squad. Earlier in the summer, the Glovers boss had suggested that he had two or three loan players had been earmarked, albeit with their parent clubs being unwilling to allow them to go out on loan until just before the new season started.

Speaking after Thursday's game, Sturrock admitted that he was some distance away from knowing what his eleven for the start of the 2015-16 season would be:

"I'm probably a million miles away yet! I've got to think about the opposition that we're going to play, and the style of play we're going to try. Nobody really knows anybody else's style of play. It's difficult when you get so many players coming in at the same time. It's hard enough remembering their first names, let alone trying to mould them into a team. That will take a lot longer than Thursday (against Bristol City). It will take a good month or two before everybody fits into what we're trying to achieve."

Sturrock's preparations for the 2015-16 season have not been helped by a number of injuries within his current squad of players. In addition to Tozer's absence, Kevin Dawson's groin problem has delayed his comeback from a January knee injury and has yet to feature in pre-season, whilst Simon Gillett's knee ligament injury means he won't be seen until the end of the calendar year. Wingers Iffy Allen and Jack Compton are not expected to feature in Tuesday night's friendly against Swansea City Under-21s, as they attempt to regain their fitness following injuries picked up during recent friendlies, whilst Wes Fogden and Jordan Gibbons missed Thursday's match against Bristol City with minor knocks.

All of that has complicated Sturrock's preparations somewhat, with him needing to see how some of those players recover before considering how his players will line up at St James Park. He admitted that it had been a hard summer, but hoped that the end result would be a turnaround in the club's fortunes once the season got going:

"I haven't had a holiday! It's been eight weeks worth of solid negotiations, and trying to find the right players. Obviously keeping within the budget as well, which is important to all football clubs this season, with the new rules. So it has been a difficult time. I've had to concentrate more on finances, than personnel that I like on the training ground. The last manager did a fantastic job, although obviously there was the disappointment of the last two seasons. Fans have seen a lot of defeats here. Hopefully this (victory against Bristol City) is the start of starting to win. Losing is habit-forming as much as winning is. So let's hope that we've bucked a trend and that we're going in the right direction."


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1 August 2015 : Hoskins Signed Up By Cobblers
Former Yeovil Town striker Sam Hoskins has been given a permanent contract with League Two rivals Northampton Town after impressing them via a trial. He has been given a one year contract at Sixfields, having been released by the Glovers at the end of last season, and joined the Cobblers on trial at the start of July. He suffered a slight injury after having played in a couple of their friendlies, but provided he passes his medical, he will be confirmed as their player.

Hoskins scored against Sileby Rangers in his first friendly for Northampton, and then later scored in a match against Worthing. Cobblers boss Chris Wilder told the Northampton Chronicle that he was impressed by what he saw:

"Sam won't shirk the physical challenge, he is bright and enthusiastic and he has a bit of pace. As people will have seen in pre-season he gets in and around the six-yard box and he scores goals. He looks like scoring whenever he plays, he has good movement, good abililty, and knows where the back of the net is. Sam is a young player who has been brought up right, in terms of everything heís done, the way he eats and the way he trains. He has had a bit of a knock in his career, but he has shown really good signs in pre-season. He is a good, hungry young player."

Fellow striker Gozie Ugwu was still noted as training with Northampton a week ago, but a more lengthy injury has meant that Wilder has been unable to reach a decision on him.

Link: Sam Hoskins : Yeovil Town Statistics.


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31 July 2015 : New Stadium Record Set As Ladies Lose West Derby Cup Match
Yeovil Town Ladies suffered defeat for the first time since May, as FA WSL1 side Bristol Academy dented their progress in the Continental Cup group stages. Having beaten Oxford United Women in their first group game, they found their Bristol opponents too good in front of goal, as goals from Sharla Passariello, Caroline Weir and Christine Murray won the match. The Glovers were left feeling that the eventual 0-3 scoreline didn't reflect the way the game had gone, with Sarah Wiltshire hitting the crossbar and Bristol goalkeeper Mary Earps having a highly impressive match.

In a game played at the Jones Stadium, Sherborne, Sharla Passariello opened the goalscoring after she took advantage of a Caroline Weir shot that Glovers keeper Alice Evans could only parry out into open space. Midway through the first half, Weir doubled Bristol's lead after she curled in a 30 yard free kick for a 2-0 half time advantage.

This was by no means one way traffic. A Helen Bleazard free kick was brilliantly turned away by Bristol keeper Mary Earps for a corner - one of a number of saves made by the visiting custodian. Then Yeovil's best chance of the game came in the 62nd minute as Sarah Wiltshire's shot from outside the box came flying off the crossbar. Earps saved well again with 20 minutes remaining as former Bristol Academy player Annie Heatherson was denied from a Wiltshire cross.

With twelve minutes remaining, the sucker punch came as Bristol scored their third goal to burst any hope the Glovers might have had of getting themselves back into the match. Christie Murray was fed by Angharad James and she finished for a 3-0 advantage to the visitors, and to take them to the top of their group after two matches played.

For the Glovers, they will still have opportunities to address Thursday night's defeat, with games against Aston Villa (home), Birmingham City (away) and Notts County (away) still to come during the month of August. The one big plus point that they will take away from the match is the crowd at the Jones Stadium, with the 522 who turned up representing a stadium record for the club - despite a men's match between Yeovil and Bristol sides taking place at the same time five miles away. Not for the first time this season, the Ladies are continuing to demonstrate how they can pull in new fans to their set-up, and hopefully that trend will continue on August 16th when the aforementioned Aston Villa are the next visitors to their ground.

Final Score: Yeovil Town Ladies 0 Bristol Academy 3.

Scorers: Sharla Passariello (12 mins, 0-1), Caroline Weir (26 mins, 0-2), Christine Murray (77 mins, 0-3).

Yeovil Town Ladies: Alice Evans; Stacey Pearson, Natalie Haigh, Nicola Cousins, Helen Bleazard; Stephanie Williams, Ellie Curson, Sammy Quayle; Annie Heatherson, Natasha Knapman, Sarah Wiltshire

Substitutes: Charlotte Haynes, Alys Hinchcliffe (65 mins for Natasha Knapman), Emily Donovan (87 mins for Ellie Curson), Shauna Cossens, Corinne Yorston, Sarah Hill, Ebony Dover

Yellow Cards: Ellie Curson (38), Helen Bleazard (60)

Bristol Academy: Mary Earps; Hannah Short, Marije Brummel, Hayley Ladd; Angharad James, Georgia Evans, Caroline Weir, Sophie Ingle, Lauren Townsend; Christie Murray, Sharla Passariello

Bristol Substitutes: Hannah Reid, Tatiana Pinto (75 mins for Lauren Townsend), Nadia Lawrence (75 mins for Sharla Passariello), Katie Jones, Frankie Fantom-Brown, Evdokia Popadinova

Yellow Cards: Angharad James (29)

Referee: Martin Underhay

Attendance: 522


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31 July 2015 : Sturrock Sees Progress In Friendly Win Over City
Yeovil Town manager Paul Sturrock felt he saw progress last night, after his side defeated Bristol City by a single goal. Having endured a difficult Tuesday night friendly against AFC Bournemouth, that had seen them frequently starved of the ball, the Glovers played out a much more even game at Huish Park against the Championship newcomers, with the only goal of the match being settled in the 90th minute.

Having expressed his own reservations about Tuesday night's match, the Glovers boss was a lot more happy with the outcome of the Thursday friendly, admitting that the Cherries game had been a bit of a shock. He told BBC Somerset after the win over City that he could see his pre-season plans starting to come to fruition:

"After the shock of Tuesday night (against Bournemouth), where we got run over the top of, I was very very pleased. It's been a long hard pre-season to get the players into shape, and to work on the shape of the team. The things that we've been working on came to fruition today. We've been chopping and chasing obviously, but now we're trying to settle ourselves down and get a solid back four. I was quite pleased with it tonight. It looked strong. We tired dramatically, but people came on and covered a bit. We're a young team, and there's progress showing."

The winning goalscorer came from one of the more low key arrivals to the club over the summer. With Conference National club Torquay United recently undergoing an ownership change, and losing their central funding for their Academy due to their non-league status, the Gulls made the decision to close their youth development set-up, and that allowed the Glovers to take on one of their first year scholars Max Melanson.

The midfielder accepted a close range chance on the back post that was created after substitute striker Shaun Jeffers had made a right wing run. Jeffers' long pass found Melanson in acres of space to enable him to score the last gasp winger. Sturrock said that he had been pleased with all four of his strikers on the night, and explained Melanson's background:

"We've just opened up an academy and he's one of the boys that has come in. He's been on the periphery of the first team in most games, and it's nice to see him go in and get the goal. I was pleased with the front two in the first half and I was pleased with the front two that came on. So there's competition for places, which is nice."

Link: Yeovil 1 Bristol City 0 : Academy Midfielder Nets Late Late Winner.


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30 July 2015 : Yeovil 1 Bristol City 0 : Academy Midfielder Nets Late Late Winner
Yeovil Town defeated Championship side Bristol City in their fifth pre-season friendly of the season, as a late late goal won them the match. In what had been a tight encounter that had seen City striker Aaron Wilbraham hit the crossbar during the second period, a close range strike from former Torquay United academy midfielder Max Melanson gave the Glovers a big lift in their pre-season preparations as he seized on a Shaun Jeffers ball to win the match.

The Glovers went into the game fielding two trialists, as former Peterborough United and Cheltenham Town midfielder Kane Ferdinand got a chance at right-back, whilst former Luton Town midfielder Andy Parry played in the centre. The perils of two friendlies in three days meant that Wes Fodgen and Iffy Allen were both missing with knocks, meaning that Marc Laird also came into the starting line-up, whilst youth teamer Max Melanson sat on the bench.

The first half saw Yeovil Town compete well against the big club from up the road. Actual chances weren't too plentiful, with Yeovil's best coming from a Matt Dolan shot that was easily scooped up by Frankie Fielding, whilst a Mark Beck attempt was deflected off Derrick Williams and into the side netting. City, who were playing a 3-5-2 formation against the Glovers 4-4-2, seemed to be content to sit back a touch in what is their final pre-season friendly.

City's summer signing Jonathan Kodjia ambitiously fired wide from 35 yards out, but then set up a better chance when he was fed down the left, setting up Joe Bryan who put his attempt just wide. Right on half time, former Glover Korey Smith also tried one from long range but missed the target - the fact that City were being restricted to such attempts was a good sign. In a marked difference from Tuesday night's friendly against Bournemouth, Yeovil were seeing a lot more of the ball, although from a creative point of view, only two small chances could count to their name.

The second period was a much more open affair, with both sides creating more in the way of hard chances. An early Jamie Burrows attempt went wide of the target, whilst a Jonathan Kodjia attempt was blocked away superbly for a corner, emphasising the more open spaces following the break. Then Marc Laird was teed up by Mark Beck, allowing the former Tranmere midfielder to fire cleanly on goal, but Frankie Fielding parried the shot away.

Bristol City's best chance of the game came just beyond the hour mark when a Marlon Pack corner was flicked on by Aaron Wilbraham, looping over Chris Weale, but with the crossbar getting in the way of the header. Weale did what he had to so well, saving from Mark Little at his near post with fifteen minutes to go as the visitors began to get their tails up with the game closing down.

With ten minutes remaining, captain Ryan Dickson suffered a knock and was replaced by youth team midfielder Max Melanson, who has only recently joined the club from Torquay, due to the dissolving of their academy set-up. After fellow substitute Ryan Bird put one well wide of the target, the fourth official signalled for two minutes of injury time and it seemed we were heading for a goalless draw. However, that was the moment for the deadlock to be broken - Shaun Jeffers produced a spot of real quality to feed Max Melanson at the back post, and the youngster pounced for the only goal of the game, leaving City barely enough time to take the kick-off again before the whistle blew.

Final Score: Yeovil Town 1 Bristol City 0.

Scorer: Max Melanson (90 mins, 1-0).

Yeovil Town:
1. Chris Weale
2. Kane Ferdinand , 5. Alex Lacey, 6. Stephen Arthurworrey, 3. Nathan Smith,
7. Mark Laird, 8. Matt Dolan, 4. Andrew Parry, 11. Ryan Dickson (Capt),
9. Mark Beck, 10. Jamie Burrows

Substitutes:
12. Artur Krysiak, 13. Omar Sowunmi (81 mins for Stephen Arthurworrey) 14. Shaun Jeffers (58 mins for Jamie Burrows) 15. Ryan Bird (58 mins for Mark Beck), 16. Max Melanson (81 mins for Ryan Dickson), 17. Jakub Sokolik

Bristol City:
1. Frankie Fielding 2. Mark Little 3. Derrick Williams 4. Aden Flint 5. Luke Ayling 7. Korey Smith 15. Luke Freeman 18. Aaron Wilbraham (Capt) 21. Marlon Pack 22. Jonathan Kodjia 23. Joe Bryan

Bristol City Substitutes:
13. Max O'Leary 16. Ash Harper 17. Lloyd Kelly 6. Adam El-Abd 20. Wes Burns 14. Bobby Reid

Referee: Kevin Friend.

Attendance: 1,490 (with 568 Bristol City fans).


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30 July 2015 : Two Trialists Feature In Bristol City Friendly
Yeovil Town have fielded two trialists in tonight's pre-season friendly against Bristol City. Both Kane Ferdinand and Andy Parry start the match against the Championship side, and have recently been on the books of Peterborough United and Luton Town respectively.

Ferdinand is a former Southend United youth player and is therefore known to manager Paul Sturrock. Born in Newham, London on October 7th 1992, and therefore 22 years old, he came through the Shrimpers youth system, joining them in 2006. He made his debut in January 2011 and was given a two-and-a-half year professional contract shortly after that, staying at Roots Hall until the summer of 2012, making 71 appearances and scoring 11 goals.

He was then transferred to Peterborough United for an initial fee of £200,000 but with various clauses that allowed the price to rise up to half a million. He was part of Posh's Championship side that competed during the 2012-13 season, playing in 33 matches, yet oddly dropped down the pecking order after their relegation to League One, ultimately making just 50 appearances, scoring one goal.

He was subsequently loaned out to Northampton Town (5 appearances), Luton Town (1 appearance) and more recently Cheltenham Town where he spent the second half of the 2014-15 season, making 17 appearances for the Robins. Although he is generally listed on player profiles as a midfielder, he is a right-sided player who can also feature in a right-back position, or anywhere along that flank. The teamsheet and his No.2 listing would imply that he is going to try out as a right-back tonight.

Parry is a Liverpool born player who started his career with Blackburn Rovers youth development sides although never turned professional with them. Born on September 13th 1991, and therefore 23 years old, he made his way up through three non-league sides in Radcliffe Borough and Kettering Town before a more lengthy two year stay with Southport, where he made 62 appearances.

Luton Town picked him up in the summer of 2013 for an undisclosed fee, and he was part of their Conference National winning side, making 26 appearances and scoring four goals as they were promoted back into the Football League. Like new Yeovil Town signing Alex Lacey, Parry struggled to get a foothold in Luton's new League Two side and spent the 2014-15 season on loan to AFC Telford and Southport.

He was transfer-listed by Luton over the summer, and although he has played in a couple of their friendlies, he has not been given a squad number by them for the 2015-16 season. Luton still have his playing registration. He can play in either midfield or defence - his player number for tonight's match would suggest he will be operating as a central midfielder.


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30 July 2015 : Team News For Yeovil Town vs Bristol City
Yeovil Town have named their line-up for tonight's pre-season friendly against Bristol City. The club's fifth match of the summer sees manager Paul Sturrock introduce two new trialists, compared to the Tuesday night line-up that faced AFC Bournemouth.

Peterborough United midfielder Kane Ferdinand who most recently was on the books of Cheltenham Town in a loan deal comes into the side, whilst Luton Town defender/midfielder Andy Parry who was transfer-listed at the end of last season also comes into the starting line-up.

The team reads as follows:

Yeovil Town:
1. Chris Weale
2. Kane Ferdinand , 5. Alex Lacey, 6. Stephen Arthurworrey, 3. Nathan Smith,
7. Mark Laird, 8. Matt Dolan, 4. Andrew Parry, 11. Ryan Dickson (Capt),
9. Mark Beck, 10. Jamie Burrows

Substitutes:
12. Artur Krysiak, 13. Omar Sowunmi 14. Shaun Jeffers 15. Ryan Bird, 16. Max Melanson, 17. Jakub Sokolik

Bristol City:
1. Frankie Fielding 2. Mark Little 3. Derrick Williams 4. Aden Flint 5. Luke Ayling 7. Korey Smith 15. Luke Freeman 18. Aaron Wilbraham (Capt) 21. Marlon Pack 22. Jonathan Kodjia 23. Joe Bryan

Bristol City Substitutes:
13. Max O'Leary 16. Ash Harper 17. Lloyd Kelly 6. Adam El-Abd 20. Wes Burns 14. Bobby Reid

Referee: Kevin Friend.


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30 July 2015 : Jamie Sherwood Talks About The Rise In Women's Football
Around a week-and-a-half ago, Yeovil Town Ladies played host to Millwall Lionesses in a match that was played at Huish Park. With that also being the first time that BBC Somerset were planning to perform live commentary of a Ladies fixture, they ran a lengthy feature on the day before the game, which included an interview with captain Natalie Haigh (available here). In part two, presenter Simon Parkin interviewed manager Jamie Sherwood about the rise in Women's football, and the output can be read via the link below.

Link: Jamie Sherwood Speaks To The BBC As Part Of The Build-Up To The Millwall Lionesses Game.


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30 July 2015 : Lacey Glad To Stay In Football League To Further Career
New Yeovil Town signing Alex Lacey has said that being able to continue his career in the Football League was of primary importance to him, despite having options further down the pyramid. The 22 year old agreed a two year contract with the Glovers last week, having been linked with the club throughout the summer, severing a link with Luton Town that he had for over eight years, having risen through their youth system during that time.

Lacey witnessed Luton's relegation from the Football League, whilst he was working his way through his youth scholarship, and was part of the Hatters professional squad that spent five years at Conference National, eventually picking up promotion honours with them at the end of the 2013-14 season. He told Luton Today that he did not want to return back to that level, and so the offer from the Glovers suited him well:

"To be in the Football League was always an aim of mine, as I didnít want to drop out of the league. All the experience Iíve had in the Conference has shown me it is a good league but itís a tough league to get out of and definitely a risk to drop down. I think it would benefit me more if I could play in League Two and to play in League Two regularly was a much better option for me than to drop down to the Conference and play there."

The central defender was transfer-listed by manager John Still at the end of last season, allowing him to find a new club, despite still having a year left on his current contract. Like Yeovil, the Hertfordshire club have been busy during the summer, with Lacey one of fifteen players to leave the club, whilst they have also recruited in ten new signings. Lacey said he was expecting that sort of turnover to happen:

"I thought he (John Still) was going to bring in a few, some of the players werenít happy with their playing time and were frustrated, just like I was. So I thought there would be quite a turnover of the squad as there was last season, and the other season as well, it didnít really surprise me."

Lacey will stand by to play in his third pre-season friendly tonight, when Bristol City are the visitors to Huish Park, in a 7.45p.m. kick-off. Tickets are available from the Huish Park Ticket Office in advance, or right up until kick-off. See the article linked below for ticket pricing.

Link: Yeovil Tie Up Lacey Deal.

Link: Alex Lacey : Yeovil Town Profile.

Link: Ticketing For Yeovil Town's Home Pre-Season Friendlies.


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29 July 2015 : Caulker Moves On Loan To Fifth Premier League Club
Former Yeovil Town loanee Steven Caulker has signed for his fifth Premier League club, after he agreed terms on a season long loan with Southampton. The 23 year old is still under contract at Queens Park Rangers but has opted to stay in the Premier League following their relegation to the Championship, meaning that he will add to his growing collection of clubs he has played for at the top level, which includes Tottenham Hotspur, Swansea City and Cardiff City.

Having made his first team professional debut whilst aged just 17, as part of a loan deal with Yeovil Town that saw him stay at Huish Park for the 2009-10 season, he has now clocked up a total of 206 professional first team appearances, scoring ten goals across all of his clubs. The 46 appearances he made for the Glovers during that debut season still stands as the most appearances he has made for any one club.

Unfortunately for Caulker, he has now suffered Premier League relegation on two consecutive seasons. He was an ever-present in League fixtures for Cardiff City during the 2013-14 season, playing in all 38 Premier League matches, whilst for QPR he was involved in 35 of their 38 Premier League fixtures last season. He will now spend the 2015-16 season at St Mary's Stadium, aiming to avoid an unwanted hat-trick.

Link: Steven Caulker : Yeovil Town Statistics.


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29 July 2015 : 2015-16 Yeovil Town First Team Away Shirt Is Launched
Yeovil Town's away shirt for the 2015-16 season will go on sale from tomorrow morning, ahead of it being used in tomorrow's pre-season friendly against Bristol City. Like the home shirt, the replica shirt is made by Sondico, and will be in the Huish Park Club Shop from Thursday 30th July at 10.00a.m. The shirt will also feature the club's new sponsors Jones Building Group. Sponsorship of the back of the shirt continues to be taken by Thatchers Cider. Assuming the same pricing as the home replica shirt, you'll be able to purchase shirts at £40.00 for adults and £30.00 for junior sizes.

Yeovil Town's new 2015-16 First Team Away Shirt
Yeovil Town's new 2015-16 First Team Away Shirt.
Photo/Design © Yeovil Town FC.


The set of green and gold colours has been used on previous designs, whilst the method of having narrow hoops making up each larger hoop is one that doesn't stray too far from what supporters have seen before. The set of hoops run the full length of the shirt at the front.

You'll be able to see what it looks like on the players, as they'll all be wearing it in tomorrow evening's pre-season friendly against Bristol City, which kicks off at Huish Park at 7.45p.m. Tickets for that game will be available right up until kick-off, although significant queuing for Tuesday night's match might suggest you'd want to save yourself time by buying one in advance - call the Huish Park Ticket Office on 01935-847888.

Link: Ticketing For Yeovil Town's Home Pre-Season Friendlies.


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29 July 2015 : Sturrock Looks To Write Off 'Wrong' Pre-Season Friendly
Yeovil Town first team manager Paul Sturrock has admitted that last night's pre-season friendly against AFC Bournemouth was probably the wrong type of challenge for his players to face at this stage of the 2015-16 season preparations. The Glovers were comfortably beaten in a 0-3 home defeat that exposed the gap between the two clubs, as Junior Stanislas netted two goals, with Josh King adding a third during the second half.

Bournemouth dominated possession to an extreme, presenting the Glovers with a challenge that they are unlikely to face at League Two level. With fifteen new signings within the squad this summer, Yeovil Town are a club in transition whose players are still getting to know each other, and Sturrock explained after the game that with hindsight he would have preferred a game where his side could have seen a bit more of the ball:

"I think it was the wrong opposition for a pre-season friendly. It was a game that we took as a kind of a really impressive friendly to have, but in the scheme of things we maybe shouldn't have taken it. We're not going to play that standard of team in League Two. So at the end of the day we've got to try to take as much out of the game as possible. My thoughts are that we just totally write that game off. We'll discuss our frailties and the areas we didn't do so well, and then we'll just move on to the next game. It was a very difficult game to play in and a very difficult game to take any real positives out of it, because the style of play and the standard of the performance of players was so far ahead of us, it was frightening."

Sturrock felt that his side did their jobs relatively well until around the hour mark, where match fitness and a number of substitutions began to erode what he was trying to get his side to do. But he still felt that there were some good individual performances out there, describing striker Mark Beck's debut as a 'solid performance' and also singling out defensive duo Alex Lacey and Nathan Smith for their qualities during the match:

"The first half was acceptable for us, as we stuck to the game plan, but in the second half when the substitutions came on, we looked disjointed and obviously that cost us a couple of goals. It's very difficult to flick a switch and then all of a sudden everybody knows everyone's different games. It's going to take time. I thought the boy (Alex) Lacey and Smithy (Nathan Smith) had very good performances tonight, and I do feel that it's another step towards people getting to know each other."

The Glovers are next in action tomorrow evening when Bristol City will be visiting Huish Park, for a 7.45p.m. kick-off. City were in the same division as Yeovil last season, but with the Robins having been promoted, whilst the Glovers were relegated, they will arrive two divisions apart for tomorrow's fixture.

Link: Ticketing For Yeovil Town's Home Pre-Season Friendlies.


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29 July 2015 : Football League Trophy Draw Schedule
The draw schedule for the 2015-16 Football League Trophy has been made available. The first round of the competition is due to commence on August 31st, with all League One and League Two clubs taking part. The usual format is for a heavily regionalised first round stage, with a north/south split following thereafter for subsequent draws.

Given that 48 teams enter the competition, there is also the need for a number of clubs to receive a first round bye. Past arrangements for the competition have been for clubs to not receive a first round bye two years running. The Glovers played at the First Round stage last season (against Portsmouth) and so would stand a fairly decent chance of receiving a bye this time around.

Clubs will know the regionalised groups and which sides have received byes on Monday 3rd August at 10.00a.m. Then for the actual draws, the teams will be selected by the Soccer AM programme on Saturday mornings for each round as far as the Area Semi-Final. The draw dates are as follows:

August 3rd : Regional Groups and First Round Byes Published
August 8th : First Round Draw (on Soccer AM)
September 5th : Second Round Draw (on Soccer AM)
October 10th : Area Quarter-Final Draw (on Soccer AM)
November 14th : Area Semi-Final Draw (on Soccer AM)
December 10th : Area Final Draw.

For the actual round dates, and those for all other competitions, see the article linked below.

Link: 2015-16 Season Competition Key Dates.


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29 July 2015 : Video : Yeovil Town vs AFC Bournemouth Match Highlights
For those who want to view the goals from yesterday's pre-season friendly against AFC Bournemouth, there is a short video clip on the Sky Sports website. Featuring the successful strikes in the Cherries 3-0 win, and last night's incident that involved half a dozen stewards chasing a seagull around the pitch (!) you can find the video via the link below.

Link: Sky Sports Video : Yeovil Town vs AFC Bournemouth Match Highlights.


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28 July 2015 : Yeovil 0 Bournemouth 3 : Stanislas Double Gives Cherries Easy Win
Yeovil Town were comfortably beaten at Huish Park this evening as Premier League new boys AFC Bournemouth showed a gap in class between the two sides. Until a few years ago, both clubs had rubbed shoulders in the same divisions, but with new ownership and money coming into Dean Court in the past few seasons, that has taken them up into the top flight, and it was easy to see the difference between the two clubs, as two goals from Junior Stanislas and one from Josh King gave the Cherries a deserved win.

The Glovers made three changes from the side that had started against Torquay United last week, with Artur Krysiak preferred for Chris Weale, whilst Mark Beck was a straight swap for Ryan Bird. The other change was that newly appointed captain Ryan Dickson got his first chance to play in pre-season, with a slight injury having kept him out of the club's first three friendlies. Dickson played much of his loan spell with the Glovers as a left-winger, and resumed that role, meaning that Iffy Allen switched to the right flank, whilst Wes Fogden moved into the centre, as Marc Laird dropped to the bench. On the bench was defender Roddy Collins - the club's latest trialist, and most recently on the books of Derry City.

Bournemouth played the game very much in the same way that Swansea City have in recent seasons as they've risen up the leagues. Crisp passing, with an emphasis on playing it through the midfield in triangles, and Yeovil sat off the ball a little bit too much for their own good, meaning that at times you were just watching the visitors play, with Yeovil concentrating entirely on keeping their defensive shape. That lasted relatively well until Jakub Sokolik tripped chief playmaker Marc Pugh inside the box, and up stepped Junior Stanislas to convert from the penalty spot.

Yeovil struggled to create too much, and one of their more energetic creative players was forced off after half an hour, with Iffy Allen suffering a possible groin injury as he had to be replaced by Jordan Gibbons. They gradually managed to get a bit of a foothold in the game, forcing a couple of corners. But their one chance of note came five minutes from the break when Matt Dolan drove a 20 yard shot on goal - Cherries keeper Artur Boruc got down well for his first save of the match.

Early in the second half, Bournemouth got their second goal of the match, when Junior Stanislas got in behind the back four, via a Eunan O'Kane pass, and the striker finished smartly from a tight angle from inside the box. Bournemouth's domination of the game continued, and inevitably Yeovil's shape became a little disrupted by their second half substitutions as they brought on fresh faces. There was even a bit of tactical reshuffling, as Jakub Sokolik and Alex Lacey swapped places between the right-back and centre-back slots, then Lacey got a chance in midfield, as trialist Roddy Collins came on to play in a right-back position.

The game was finished off when a longish through ball from Tyrone Mings found Josh King making a darting run. He shrugged off the challenge of Stephen Arthurworrey to score Bournemouth's third goal of the evening, and undoubtedly justified on the balance of play. Cherries substitute Joe Quigley got the ball in the back of the net with ten minutes to go, but a linesman's flag correctly went up for offside to stop the scoreline getting any greater.

For the Glovers this was a very tough evening, and on paper probably the toughest they will face in pre-season, with Swansea City expected to send an Under-21 side down to Huish Park. The main disappointment was how little the club created in an attacking sense. Manager Paul Sturrock wants his players to deliver plenty of crosses into the box for his strikers to feed on, and there was little of that out there at Huish Park, although credit to Bournemouth is probably deserved for stopping them at source. The Glovers struggled to retain the ball for long throughout the game - they will have to hope that Thursday's game against Bristol City gives them a bit more possession to show fans what they are capable of doing.

Final Score: Yeovil Town 0 AFC Bournemouth 3.

Scorers: Junior Stanislas (18 mins, 0-1, pen), Junior Stanislas (47 mins, 0-2), Josh King (61 mins, 0-3)

Yeovil Town:
1. Artur Krysiak,
2. Jakub Sokolik, 5. Alex Lacey, 6. Stephen Arthurworrey, 3. Nathan Smith,
7. Iffy Allen, 4. Matt Dolan, 8. Wes Fodgen, 11. Ryan Dickson (Capt),
9. Mark Beck, 10. Shaun Jeffers,

Substitutes:
12. Chris Weale, 13. Ryan Bird (74 mins for Mark Beck), 14. Jamie Burrows (55 mins for Shaun Jeffers), 15, Jordan Gibbons (30 mins for Iffy Allen), 16. Marc Laird (69 mins for Matt Dolan), 17. Roddy Collins (55 mins for Ryan Dickson), 18. Omar Sowunmi (83 mins for Jakub Sokolik)

AFC Bournemouth:
1. Artur Boruc 15. Adam Smith 3. Steve Cook (Capt) 25. Sylvain Distin 14. Tyrone Mings 32. Eunan O'Kane 7. Marc Pugh 16. Shaun MacDonald 17. Josh King 20. Christian Atsu 19. Junior Stanislas

Bournemouth Substitutes:
9. Tokelo Rantie (35 mins for Christian Atsu) 23. Jordan Holmes 21. Pat O'Flaherty 2. Joe Quigley (65 mins for Josh King) 18. Josh Carmichael 38. Filipo Costa (69 mins for Tyrone Mings) 34. Mason Walsh (80 mins for Junior Stanislas) 30. Matt Butcher 22. Josh Wakefield (90 mins for Shaun MacDonald).

Referee: Kevin Johnson. Assistants: Andrew Laver and Mark Russell. Fourth Official: Shaun Enever.

Attendance: 2,422 (with 687 AFC Bournemouth supporters).


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28 July 2015 : Team News For Yeovil Town vs AFC Bournemouth
Yeovil Town have published their line-up for tonight's pre-season friendly against AFC Bournemouth. The Glovers play their fourth such match of the summer tonight, but their first against a team above non-league status, and they will take on a Cherries side that was promoted to the Premier League for the first time in their club's history at the end of last season.

Goalkeeper Artur Krysiak comes in for Chris Weale, whilst we get the first opportunity to view club captain Ryan Dickson since he returned to the club this summer - he displaces Marc Laird. A third change sees Mark Beck come in for Ryan Bird.

There is a new trialist in place for tonight's match, with defender Roddy Collins, who was last on the books of Republic of Ireland side Derry City included on the bench.

Tonight's team reads as follows:

Yeovil Town:
1. Artur Krysiak,
2. Jakub Sokolik, 5. Alex Lacey, 6. Stephen Arthurworrey, 3. Nathan Smith,
7. Iffy Allen, 4. Matt Dolan, 8. Wes Fodgen, 11. Ryan Dickson (Capt),
9. Mark Beck, 10. Shaun Jeffers,

Substitutes:
12. Chris Weale, 13. Ryan Bird, 14. Jamie Burrows, 15, Jordan Gibbons, 16. Marc Laird, 17. Roddy Collins, 18. Omar Sowunmi

AFC Bournemouth:
1. Artur Boruc 15. Adam Smith 3. Steve Cook (Capt) 25. Sylvain Distin 14. Tyrone Mings 32. Eunan O'Kane 7. Marc Pugh 16. Shaun MacDonald 17. Josh King 20. Christian Atsu 19. Junior Stanislas

Bournemouth Substitutes:
9. Tokelo Rantie 23. Jordan Holmes 21. Pat O'Flaherty 2. Joe Quigley 18. Josh Carmichael 38. Filipo Costa 34. Mason Walsh 30. Matt Butcher 22. Josh Wakefield.

Referee: Kevin Johnson. Assistants: Andrew Laver and Mark Russell. Fourth Official: Shaun Enever.


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28 July 2015 : Natalie Haigh Talks About The Ladies Watford Win
On Sunday afternoon, Yeovil Town Ladies recorded a 7-1 win over Watford Ladies - their biggest win since their rise into the FA Women's Super League. The day after the match, captain Natalie Haigh spoke to BBC Somerset presenter Emma Britton about the win and the last week that has seen the Ladies record three wins and raise the club's profile significantly within the area.

Link: Natalie Haigh Speaks To The BBC After The 7-1 Win Over Watford Ladies.


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28 July 2015 : Seated Areas Sold Out For St James Park Trip
Yeovil Town supporters planning to travel to St James Park on the opening day of the 2015-16 season, should note that seated tickets are now entirely sold out. The Glovers will play Exeter City on Saturday 8th August 2015, with a 3.00p.m. kick-off and tickets are currently on sale to Season Ticket Holders ONLY at the Huish Park Ticket Office.

As reported earlier this month, the club's allocation for this game only gave them around 300 seated tickets. The allocation for the St James Road terrace is more generous, with 1,053 tickets on sale. Season Ticket Holders have until Friday at 4.00p.m. to claim their ticket, with an allocation of ONE ticket per season ticket holder.

Any remaining terrace allocation will go on General Sale on Monday 3rd August from 9.00a.m. Please do not attempt to ask for tickets prior to that unless you are a Season Ticket Holder.

All ticket and travel information, including admission prices for tonight's pre-season friendly against AFC Bournemouth, can be found via the links below.

Link: Ticketing For Yeovil Town's Home Pre-Season Friendlies.

Link: Ticketing For Sherborne Town vs Yeovil Town XI.

Link: Ticketing For Exeter City vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Ticketing For Yeovil Town vs Queens Park Rangers.

Link: Away Travel Club Plans For Exeter City vs Yeovil Town.

Link: GWSC Travel For The 2015-16 Season.

Link: Ticketing At Huish Park For The 2015-16 Season.

Link: 2015-16 Season Ticket Application Form.


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28 July 2015 : Glovers Confirm Allen Deal As Fifteenth Signing
Yeovil Town have completed their fifteenth signing of the summer. They have snapped up winger Iffy Allen who has been on trial with the club since leaving Barnet at the end of last season. He has played in all of the club's pre-season friendlies so far, but now becomes a permanent acquisition on a one year deal, and thus will play as a fully-fledged signing in tonight's pre-season friendly against AFC Bournemouth.

He is 21 year old (born March 15th 1994, Lambeth) winger/striker who is a former Fulham youth player. He moved to Barnet during the latter years of his youth development and spending three years there as a professional. He has had short loan spells with Kingstonian, Redhill and Wingate and Finchley as part of his development. He only played eight times for the Bees and was transfer-listed by them in the middle of last season before being released.


Link: Ryan Dickson : Player Profile.

Link: Jack Compton : Player Profile.

Link: Matthew Dolan : Player Profile.

Link: Jordan Gibbons : Player Profile.

Link: Shaun Jeffers : Player Profile.

Link: Marc Laird : Player Profile.

Link: Omar Sowumni : Player Profile.

Link: Ben Tozer : Player Profile.

Link: Stephen Arthurworrey : Player Profile.

Link: Jamie Burrows : Player Profile.

Link: Ryan Bird : Player Profile.

Link: Wes Fogden : Player Profile.

Link: Alex Lacey : Player Profile.

Link: Mark Beck : Player Profile.


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28 July 2015 : Devon Striker Expecting Second Glovers Trial
Tiverton Town striker Andrew Neal has said that he is expecting to get another chance to impress Yeovil Town, but at present doesn't know when that will be. The 21 year old played in the Glovers' 4-0 win over Callington Town, but was absent for the following Wednesday's trip to Torquay United, with the implication that he had returned to his parent club for the time being.

Despite that, Neal has told the Mid-Devon Gazette that he is expecting a second bite of the cherry at some point in the future, but with no specific date put on that, he is currently concentrating on his Tiverton pre-season duties:

"I'm still waiting to hear back from Paul Sturrock. He's invited me back up to play another friendly for them in order to have a second look at me, so I'm just waiting to here when and where that is. At the minute, I'm just carrying on and taking it a game at a time for Tiverton. Martyn Rogers has said he'll be disappointed to lose me so early but he also said that it's a great experience for me and he doesn't want to hold me back. He'd love to push me forward and I'm just enjoying the experience at the minute."

Unusually, Neal has yet to make his competitive first team debut for Tiverton, having arrived over the summer from South West Peninsula League Premier Division Plymouth Parkway - a leap of three divisions in joining the Southern Football League Division One South and West side. He said that the interest from the Glovers only came after he'd agreed terms with Tiverton, but admitted the situation was a strange one for him:

"Signing for Tiverton and then going on trial at Yeovil all happened within the space of a few weeks of each other. It was all of a sudden and it was strange but I'm a Tiverton Town player and I'm just enjoying the experience of having a trial at the minute."


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