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25 September 2016 : Ladies 1 Everton 0 : Aldridge Strike Puts Ladies Top Again
Yeovil Town Ladies went back on top of the FAWSL2 division this afternoon, as their neck-and-neck race with Bristol City Women shows no sign of slowing down. The Glovers got probably their most vital win of the 2016 season so far with a 1-0 victory over third placed Everton Ladies, meaning that with Bristol City having beaten Durham Women by a similar scoreline yesterday, the top two were able to reassert their authority by creating a five point gap at the top of the division. The vital goal was scored midway through the first half, as Kelly Aldridge went on a solo run before unleashing a powerful drive into the back of the net for what was to be the winner.

The match was understandably tense, with both teams having a real chance of promotion, even after today's result, with both benches and teams having moments when competitiveness threatened to boil over. But referee Samuel Allison just about managed to keep a lid on it in a match that had few chances, with inevitably midfield competitiveness and defensive doggedness coming out on top. The end result is that the Glovers top the table on 33 points, with a five goal superior goal difference compared with Bristol City Women who lie on the same points. Everton lie five points behind, but with a game in hand, whilst Durham are not quite out of it given they lie six behind with a game in hand. With Durham playing Everton, and then Everton hosting Bristol City before the Glovers next kick a ball on Sunday 30th October against London Bees (at The Hive, home of Barnet FC) there are still twists'n'turns ahead, but today's result still keeps the Glovers in control of their own destiny.

Ladies boss Jamie Sherwood said that whilst Aldridge's goal had been crucial in giving his side the win, he pointed to a period towards the end of the second half where Everton had inevitably put some pressure on his tiring Yeovil side as they tried to force an equalising goal. He felt that the noise from the Huish Park crowd had been instrumental in finding his players a new lease of life:

"Kelly (Aldridge) has got that kind of ability, we knew that when we brought her in. She has quality, she has raw aggression and she has the ability to do something a bit special. We wanted to make sure that we gave back to the supporters what they gave us in our last game and today the supporters were absolutely immense, with 15 minutes to go they picked us up. We were tired, we were under the cosh and their support took right through to the end and I can’t thank them enough. We owed them a performance and we did that. Last time, I said this week wouldn't be a defining week and I still believe it won't be a defining moment."

Sherwood's side had to battle back from the disappointment two weeks ago of a home defeat against London Bees, which had blown the FAWSL2 promotion race wide open between a quartet of clubs, thus putting the pressure on the Glovers who have spent so much of the 2016 season on top of the table. He paid tribute to his staff and players for the way they had responded to that setback, and in doing so had defeated one of their key promotion rivals at a crucial stage in the season:

"Over the last couple of weeks we have dug deep, we've created a ground zero and we've built a stronger structure. Today you've seen what can happen and what we can do and I’m very proud of them. They do it for each other, it's about having a togetherness as a family. Sometimes families don't get what they want and they have a little bit of a discussion along the way and then they pull together. For families that's what makes you strong, and there's something special about this group of players and I've said it from the start and I'll continue to say it – there is a special bond between us, the staff and the players."

Final Score: Yeovil Town Ladies 1 Everton Ladies 0.

Scorers: Kelly Aldridge (1-0, 23 mins)

Yeovil Town Ladies: 1. Charlotte Haynes, 5. Nicola Cousins, 4. Ellie Curson (Capt), 6. Kayleigh Green, 28. Kelly Aldridge, 27. Danielle Carlton, 15. Kelly Snook, 21. Lucy Quinn, 9. Annie Heatherson, 23. Helen Bleazard, 26. Hannah Short.

Substitutes: 2. Ellis Hillman (64 mins for Kelly Snook), 3. Lauren Townsend, 8. Steph Williams, 10. Emily Donovan (78 mins for Annie Heatherson), 11. Nadia Lawrence (69 mins for Kayleigh Green), 12. Leah Burridge, 22. Kirsten Rendall

Everton Ladies: 1. Kirstie Levell 2. Vicky Jones 3. Danielle Turner 8. Michelle Hinnigan (Capt) 11. Kelly Jones 12. Georgia Brougham 15. Chloe Kelly 19. Rosella Ayane 20. Megan Finnigan 23. Gabby George 25. Emily Hollingshead

Substitutes: 13. Alex Brooks 4. Jenna Dear (56 mins for Emily Hollingshead) 5. Ellie Stewart (46 mins for Georgia Brougham) 9. Krystal Johnson 21. Millie Turner 28. Lauren Davies

Referee: Samuel Allison. Assistants: Shaun Tobin and James Gallagher.

Attendance: 617.


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25 September 2016 : Video : Yeovil Town vs Cheltenham Town Match Highlights
For those who want to watch match highlights of yesterday's 4-2 win over Cheltenham Town, these are now available online. In the highlights, you get four goals and four different goalscorers, as Otis Khan, Darren Ward, Matt Dolan and Tom Eaves all get in on the act. In between Cheltenham's Aaron Downes and Billy Waters find the net.

Needless to say with only two minutes of highlights, there's not an awful lot more that can be squeezed in, although they do manage to show a moment in which Cheltenham's Easah Suliman almost put the ball into his own net under pressure from Tom Eaves - watch the video clip via the YouTube video below.




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25 September 2016 : Ladies Chairman Previews The Everton Ladies Game
This afternoon sees the second match of the weekend at Huish Park, as Yeovil Town Ladies take on Everton Ladies in an FAWSL2 match. The game sees the club in first place take on the visitors in third place, and in the lead-up to that game, Ladies Chairman Stephen Allinson spoke to BBC Somerset reporter Simon Parkin about the season so far, and the size of today's challenge. Read that interview via the link below.

Link: Stephen Allinson Speaks To The BBC As Part Of The Build-Up To Everton Ladies.


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24 September 2016 : Darren Way's Verdict On The Cheltenham Home Game
Following Saturday afternoon's 4-2 home win over Cheltenham Town at Huish Park, Yeovil Town manager Darren Way spoke to the BBC about the win. With questions from local journalist Chris Spittles, in an interview for BBC Somerset, Darren explained why long standing blind supporter Audrey Dyson, who is around 91 years old, inspired his side in a pre-match talk, and also explained the substitution of Darren Ward when the game was at a critical stage. Read that interview in full via the link below.

Link: Darren Way's Verdict On The Cheltenham Home Game.


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24 September 2016 : First Half Performance In Cheltenham Win Leaves Way Blown Away
Yeovil Town manager Darren Way said that his side's first half performance blew him away after they rattled in three goals in the opening 45 minutes that ultimately put them safely on their way to a 4-2 win over Cheltenham Town. The Glovers got on their way thanks to early goals from Otis Khan and Darren Ward and always kept their distance from a Robins side that struggled to cope particularly with the pace and running of the Sponsors' Man of the Match Otis Khan.

The Half time 3-1 lead was completed by Matt Dolan's diving header, despite the visitors gaining some composure when former Glovers trialist Aaron Downes headed home four minutes before the break. But overall, Way was a happy man after the game and felt that players like Khan were getting stronger as the season developed:

"That first half blew me away. I think the supporters were excited. Otis was unbelievable in training all week. I said that whenever you get one-v-one with someone and you approach them, then make sure you feel confident. I've certainly seen that from Otis. I feel that as a young group, that they're growing stronger in evry game. In every game they're trying to push different targets. I've seen the team today represent me as well."

The club's second goal was scored by captain Darren Ward who made a classic centre-back's run from a Khan corner, getting his first goal for the club in eight months. That early two goal lead was to provoke visiting manager Gary Johnson into making an early double substitution and tactical reshuffle, and whilst Way praised his side's work on set pieces, he admitted he was surprised at how Cheltenham had lined up when kick-off came:

"Terry is working religiously on set plays, and the attention of detail that we go through at this football club is very high. I think Gary would know that, and it was a good goal. We knew the way that they were going to set up today, and I was a little bit surprised Gary only put one up front, and they got men behind the ball. But I think that when they made that (double substitution) change, it's always difficult at Yeovil when you're going one way because the wind seems to hold the ball up. What I've seen is a dominant performance from the players, who I trust 100 percent."


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24 September 2016 : Man of the Match Voting for Yeovil Town vs Cheltenham Town
If you watched Saturday afternoon's 4-2 win against Cheltenham Town 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 Cheltenham Town.


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24 September 2016 : Yeovil 4 Cheltenham 2 : Unhappy Return For Johnson As Khan Inspires Glovers
Yeovil Town gained their second victory in a row after they defeated Gary Johnson's Cheltenham Town by a 4-2 scoreline at Huish Park. In an action-packed match, the Glovers gained the upper hand right from the start when Otis Khan gave them an early lead, as he followed up an Eaves cross that was spilt by the keeper. They then doubled their lead as Khan turned provider, with his corner headed home by Darren Ward. Cheltenham then began to claw their way back into the game as an Aaron Downes header gave them hope, but Matt Dolan's diving header right on the stroke of half time restored a two goal advantage. The second half was equally eventful, as Billy Waters got on the rebound of a penalty kick that was saved by Artur Krysiak, but the game was polished off by Tom Eaves who netted his fifth goal of the season to lift Yeovil into 19th place.

The Glovers went into the match making just one change to their starting line-up with Ben Whitfield replacing the suspended Kevin Dawson in a like for like swap. With Francois Zoko, Ryan Dickson and Izale McLeod all injured that meant the one change to the bench was the addition of the one spare player, with Kyle Copp getting on the teamsheet. In the Cheltenham side, there were two players with Yeovil connections - James Dayton was a Crystal Palace loanee who played under Russell Slade, whilst Aaron Downes was a trialist under Gary Johnson's second spell with the club, who is now his captain at Whaddon Road.

Yeovil Town got off to a perfect start as they took the lead just six minutes into the match. After Harry Pell had put wide from a corner, it was a goalkeeper error at the other end that helped the Glovers on their way. Tom Eaves put a cross into the box, and Russell Griffiths made a bit of a hash of it, spilling the ball into the path of Otis Khan who made himself room before putting the ball into the back of the net for a 1-0 lead.

Matters got even better with just 16 minutes on the clock. This time Otis Khan turned provider, as he took a corner to the near post, and running in with a well timed header was captain Darren Ward who put his side 2-0 up, leaving Cheltenham looking shaken, to say the least. Griffiths redeemed himself a little by saving from Khan after he made a powerful run, and then Ryan Hedges nearly engineered another goal as his run caused Cheltenham problems, with defender Easah Suliman just about getting in the way of Tom Eaves' follow-up.

No surprise that Gary Johnson wasn't happy. His side looked uncomfortable throughout the opening half hour, and they made a double substitution and a reshuffle, with Billy Waters and Jack Munns coming onto the pitch for Suliman and Jonathan Smith. That seemed to immediately help them stabilise their formation, with James Dayton putting over the bar. Four minutes before half time they got a goal back, as Aaron Downes headed home from a corner, and the worry was that the visitors would get back into the match.

However, Yeovil restored their two goal advantage deep into first half injury time with Otis Khan once again the thorn in Cheltenham's side. His run forced a save from Russell Griffiths, but the ball looped back up in the air, with Matt Dolan producing an improvised diving header from the edge of the box to quickly send the rebound past the prone goalkeeper for a 3-1 half time lead. No doubt that was a crucial goal, as Cheltenham had looked dangerous from their substitution, and if they'd gone in just a goal behind, the second half could have looked very nervy.

That wasn't to say they couldn't make a game of it. Just before the hour mark, Cheltenham managed to reduce the deficit, after they got themselves a penalty. Rob Dickie was pushed inside the box by Tom Eaves, and Danny Wright stepped up for the spot kick. His penalty attempt was well parried by Artur Krysiak, but unfortunately the Robins were far more alert for the rebound, with substitute Billy Waters running in to net the rebound from the loose ball.

Cheltenham never really built up the head of steam that they could have in the closing stages, although the game inevitably became an end-to-end affair. Rob Dickie shot just wide of the target, then at the other end, Yeovil substitute Alex Lawless had a shot well saved by Griffiths who palmed out for a corner. But in the 90th minute they got themselves the goal they needed to give them that breathing space, with Tom Eaves running through for an excellent solo goal, with his legs far more fit to cope with the 90 minutes than the visiting defenders were, scoring his fifth goal of the season for a 4-2 win as he literally dribbled the ball over the line and into the back of the net. Back-to-back wins for the first time in the league this season, and a nice four point cushion on the bottom two, will serve them well as they go into Tuesday night's trip to Cambridge United.

Link: 2016-17 Latest League Two Table.

Final Score: Yeovil Town 4 Cheltenham Town 2.

Scorers: Otis Khan (1-0, 6 mins), Darren Ward (2-0, 16 mins), Aaron Downes (2-1, 41 mins), Matt Dolan (3-1, 45 mins), Billy Waters (3-2, 57 mins), Tom Eaves (4-2, 90 mins)

Yeovil Town:
1. Artur Krysiak
2. Liam Shephard 6. Alex Lacey 26. Darren Ward (Capt) 3. Nathan Smith
28. Ben Whitfield, 16. Matt Butcher, 4. Matt Dolan,
10. Otis Khan, 9. Tom Eaves 23. Ryan Hedges.

Substitutes: 12. Jonny Maddison 6. Bevis Mugabi (67 mins for Darren Ward) 8. Alex Lawless (67 mins for Ben Whitfield) 14. Josh Ezewele 15. Kyle Copp 17. Omar Sowunmi 19. Tahvon Campbell

Cheltenham Town:
1. Russell Griffiths
26. Easah Suliman 5. Aaron Downes 6. Daniel Parslow 24. Daniel O'Shaughnessy
27. Jonathan Smith 7. Harry Pell 28. Robert Dickie 17. Jordan Cranston
21. James Dayton
9. Danny Wright

Substitutes:
2. Jack Barthram 8. Billy Waters (31 mins for Jonathan Smith) 10. Amari Morgan-Smith 11. Jack Munns (31 mins for Easah Suliman) 12. Calum Kitscha 14. Asa Hall (81 mins for James Dayton) 29. Josh Thomas

Yeovil Bookings: Matt Dolan (foul, 73 mins), Matt Butcher (foul, 78 mins), Liam Shephard (off the ball incident, 90 mins)

Cheltenham Town Bookings: Danny Wright (foul, 90 mins), Harry Pell (off the ball incident, 90 mins)

Yeovil Match Statistics: Possession: 48%; Shots: 12; Shots On Target: 8; Corners: 7; Fouls: 12.

Cheltenham Town Match Statistics: Possession: 52%; Shots: 13; Shots On Target: 6; Corners: 4; Fouls: 13.

Referee: Graham Salisbury (Lancashire). Assistants: Andrew Laver (Hampshire) and Adam Matthews (Gloucestershire). Fourth Official: Mark Derrien (Dorset).

Attendance: 3,448 (with 290 Cheltenham supporters).


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24 September 2016 : Team News For Yeovil Town vs Cheltenham Town
Yeovil Town have chosen their starting line-up for this afternoon's League Two match against Cheltenham Town at Huish Park. The match sees the Glovers make one change for this afternoon's match, compared with last week's match against Leyton Orient. Midfielder Kevin Dawson is serving a one match ban after picking up five yellow cards, and his place in the side is taken by Ben Whitfield. On the bench, Kyle Copp comes in as the extra substitute.

Confirmed injured absentees this afternoon include Francois Zoko (hip flexor), Ryan Dickson (ankle) and Izale McLeod (knee). Midfielder Ollie Bassett is on loan with Dorchester Town.

The team is as follows:

Yeovil Town:
1. Artur Krysiak
2. Liam Shephard 6. Alex Lacey 26. Darren Ward (Capt) 3. Nathan Smith
28. Ben Whitfield, 16. Matt Butcher, 4. Matt Dolan,
10. Otis Khan, 9. Tom Eaves 23. Ryan Hedges.

Substitutes: 12. Jonny Maddison 6. Bevis Mugabi 8. Alex Lawless 14. Josh Ezewele 15. Kyle Copp 17. Omar Sowunmi 19. Tahvon Campbell

Cheltenham Town:
1. Russell Griffiths
26. Easah Suliman 24. Daniel O'Shaughnessy 5. Aaron Downes 6. Daniel Parslow 17. Jordan Cranston
7. Harry Pell 28. Robert Dickie 21. James Dayton
9. Danny Wright 27. Jonathan Smith

Substitutes:
2. Jack Barthram 8. Billy Waters 10. Amari Morgan-Smith 11. Jack Munns 12. Calum Kitscha 14. Asa Hall 29. Josh Thomas

Whilst this match will inevitably be pitched up as the first managerial meeting between Darren Way and Gary Johnson - in the Cheltenham dugouts - Darren has explained that the pair have been on opposite sides before, shortly after Darren left for Swansea City and Gary left for Bristol City. The two sides met in a game in which City won 1-0, but Darren reveals that it was a bad-tempered match with seven bookings, a red card and a bit of a bust-up in the tunnel, although he stressed he wasn't involved in that:

"I've actually played against Gary, as a player. I'll never forget it because it all kicked off in the tunnel, for whatever reason! It wasn't me, but that was the last time that I went up against him. Knowing Gary as I know Gary, he's a winner. He demands a lot from his staff and from his players, and I respect him very much. He's obsessed with football, just like I am. That's not a bad thing. When people say you're obsessive, it can be perceived as if you've got something wrong with you, but he just loves the game, and so do I."

Perhaps unusually, given Johnson's ground-ball style he adopted at Yeovil Town throughout both of his spells at the club, Way suggests that Cheltenham are now playing a more 'direct' style of play, and predicts that his defence will have to deal with a lot of physical play throughout the afternoon:

"They play a lot of direct balls from back to front and then pick up seconds. The ball gets put into wide areas and then the cross comes into the box. So we know we're going to have to deal with that physical aspect on Saturday."


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24 September 2016 : Top Four Go Head To Head In FAWSL As Ladies Welcome Everton
On Sunday, Yeovil Town Ladies are in action against Everton Ladies in what is an undeniably huge FAWSL2 encounter. This afternoon sees Bristol City Women (2nd) take on Durham Women (4th) and that will be followed up tomorrow with the Glovers (1st) taking on the Toffees (3rd) meaning that the shape of the top four could be significantly changed by the end of Sunday afternoon. The match against Everton will take place on the main Huish Park stadium pitch on Sunday 25th September, with a 2.00p.m. kick-off.

One of the targets for the Ladies will be their current stadium record of 831 spectators, which was set for the April 2016 home match against Millwall Lionesses, but with the significance of tomorrow's match, that record could easily be broken. You can buy tickets online by heading here, or pay for your ticket on the day, with Adults admitted for £5.00, whilst Concessions are available at £2.50. There is a family ticket available (two adults, two concessions) for £12.00. Fans are housed in the Main Stand, with all the usual facilities open to all fans.

Ladies midfielder Helen Bleazard has plenty of experience of big matches, having played in the FA Women's Cup Final twice , as well as picking up senior caps for the Wales national side. She said that it was important for the Glovers to focuss on the game itself, rather than any wider things that might be going on elsewhere:

"It is another big game, they have still got Bristol to play too so it is a crunch game. We know what they are about and we know we did not perform to anywhere near where we should have done away from home so we know we have a point to prove. We have not got a points target, we just take it each game as it comes. Everyone is talking about promotion but we are keeping grounded. We know we are top of the table but we know if we don’t focus on each game then it will cost us, not just first or second but promotion too."

For those who can't make the match at Huish Park, BBC Somerset will be returning to the venue for the second match running, providing live commentary of the match on 1566MW during the afternoon. You can also listen to the match online by heading here if you live outside the Somerset area.


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23 September 2016 : Johnson Admits Glovers Return Will Add Extra Spice To Cheltenham Match
Cheltenham Town manager Gary Johnson admits tomorrow afternoon's League Two trip to Yeovil Town will have a bit of 'extra spice' to it, even if he says he has happy memories of his time at Huish Park. The Robins boss makes his first trip back to Somerset since he left the club in early February 2015, with the club in League One, ending his second spell with the Glovers, with three promotions and one FA Trophy to his name across both spells.

Since then, he's collected more silverware, as he took over a Cheltenham Town side that were on their way out of the Football League. It took Johnson just twelve months to gain his second Conference League title as manager, lifting them back into League Two, meaning that both clubs now meet at the same level for the first time since the 2008-09 season when Cheltenham had a three season spell in League One football.

Johnson said that he saw tomorrow's game as going back to see good friends, but admitted that with that came a significant bit of rivalry, with current Yeovil Town management team Darren Way and Terry Skiverton being former players and coaching staff under Johnson. He said that would bring a bit of extra excitement to the occasion:

"I'm always excited by games that we play, and if they have a little bit of extra spice to it then that's even better. Of course there's a little bit of spice because of the importance of the game, for a start, as both teams need to get a result. But then I'm going back to see some good friends that I've made over the years, in what was probably eight years in total maybe from the first stint and the second stint. I had a great relationship with Darren Way and Terry Skiverton and the rest of the staff that were there. So there are really only happy memories there. When I drive into the car park and I see the astroturf pitch outside, we worked very hard to get that down and used it exclusively. That was not quite a statue of me, but at least I left a bit of a legacy there."

The other legacy that will be visible to Johnson when he arrives at Huish Park, will be the array of photographs around the stadium that feature his sides, particularly of the club's May 2013 League One Play-Off Final win at Wembley Stadium. Johnson said he could understand if any of them had been taken down over the years, but pointed out that with Way and Skiverton in charge of the first team now, that the Wembley success was just as much theirs as his:

"I think that most managers who have come in after me the first time, and after me the second time have taken down those photos, because I've still got a few of them in my garage! Quite rightly so, because when you take over as a manager, you don't want the old manager there with pictured of him holding the cup up and with the pictures of that success. But the thing with Darren and Terry is that they were a major part of that success, with both the first time and the second time - the first time as players and the second time as coach and assistant manager. I'm looking forward to it. I saw Darren in Dubai, as we were on holiday, with my son (Lee Johnson) and Darren. We tried very hard not to talk about football, and Darren is paranoid about giving anything away, so we just talked about kids and swimming pools and the sun. I'm looking forward to seeing them because they were very much part of Yeovil's success."

Johnson admitted that after his current side Cheltenham, that he still regularly looked out for Yeovil Town's and Bristol City's results, as the two clubs that had brought himself success during his management career. However, inevitably there was a reminder of who is current employers were, and the realisation that Darren Way would not be doing him any favours either:

"I obviously want them to do well, after Saturday and after we play them next (at Whaddon Road) because I still keep an eye on their results and I still keep an eye on Bristol City's results for obvious reasons. But we're getting paid to do a job for the football club that pay us. Both managers will be doing all they can to win this game of course. If there are any oneupmanships to be had out there, I'm sure both of us are clever enough to use it if we need to, without being disrespectful, because I think both managers respect each other."


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23 September 2016 : Way Saw Everton Defeat As Factor In Club's Run Of Form
Yeovil Town manager Darren Way believes that the club's EFL Cup defeat against Everton last month took something out of his side, which was only restored during last weekend's 1-0 win over Leyton Orient. The Glovers return to Huish Park tomorrow afternoon, where Cheltenham Town will be the visitors and will hope to build on the three points they gained at Brisbane Road that took them out of the relegation zone and ended a run of form that had not seen them pick up a point in the Football League since August 13th.

Three games into that run, the Glovers had travelled to Goodison Park for an EFL Cup Second Round tie against Premier League side Everton, and lost 4-0 - no real disgrace given two of those goals were netted during the final few minutes of the match. However, Way told BBC Somerset that he feels that defeat took a lot out of his side's play:

"Sometimes when you get beaten like we did against Everton, the lads were a little bit deflated even though it's Everton, and they're beating everyone. It was a tough test, and I think where they thought they were invincible perhaps, it was a big hit for the players. I'm saying that because that was the last time that I could see the team really flying about on the pitch, until Saturday."

Last week saw Tom Eaves net the vital winner, whilst defensive blocks from Alex Lacey, Nathan Smith and Kevin Dawson were notable in that they ensured that Orient couldn't get an equalising goal in the closing stages, preserving their clean sheet. Way felt that his side had shown a lot of hard work in achieving that win:

"With the run of defeats that we had, we just never had that hard work ethic or energy, even though I knew deep down the players were trying to give everything. Unfortunately it was a run (of defeats). But I feel Saturday (against Leyton Orient) was a massive game, and what I know is that this squad can handle pressure."

The Glovers go into the match with Kevin Dawson serving a single match suspension for accumulating five yellow cards, meaning that there will be one change to the side that won at Brisbane Road - it's unlikely given that win that Way will seek to rock the boat too much other than that enforced change. Striker Francois Zoko's hip flexor problems have made him a consistent absentee this season, whilst Ryan Dickson has had an on-off ankle problem that meant he was absent last weekend, although he is meant to be in contention for a place in the squad now.

The other issue that Way has addressed is to stress that West Bromwich Albion striker Tahvon Campbell is still a firm part of his plans, despite local media reports earlier in the week that speculated that his loan spell might have come to an end. That was sparked by Campbell's appearance for West Brom's Under-23 side on Monday night during which he scored two goals, with the 2016-17 standard loan rules allowing that to be done in tandem with Yeovil Town appearances.

Way explained that Campbell's lack of starts for the Glovers had led to that Under-23 match appearance - a policy that been used for some of the club's past Youth Loans - and that having seen the match against Aston Villa Under-23s, Way was impressed with the loanee's performance:

"Tahvon has been a little bit unfortunate in that he has not started. But I think sometimes that happens in football. I'm the manager and you've got to make those sort of decisions. You've got to take every match on its own merits and you've got to take every training session on its own merit. At the moment, his merit is quite good because he's gone and played for West Brom against Villa, and I've watched the game and he'd done very well."

Link: Officials For Yeovil Town vs Cheltenham Town.


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23 September 2016 : Officials For Yeovil Town vs Cheltenham Town
Officials for the League Two match between Yeovil Town and Cheltenham Town have been published by the Football League. The match takes place at Huish Park on Saturday 24th September 2016, with a 3.00p.m. kick-off. The man in charge of the fixture will be referee Graham Salisbury (Lancashire).

If you're thinking the name of a referee called Salisbury seems familiar, we had Michael Salisbury for the August trip to Doncaster Rovers - Graham is his father. Unsurprisingly given Mr Salisbury's home address, meetings involving himself have been scarce, with only two of those in the last six years, although oddly the last three have all been at Huish Park.

He last turned up for a Yeovil Town match in December 2015, which gave us a 2-2 draw against Barnet. This was thankfully a game all about the football, with the visitors dominating the first half, whilst we came back in the second. No visibility of any refereeing influence - there were a few grumbles about Barnet's second goal being possibly offside, but the match video was entirely inconclusive. He was also present for our May 2014 home match against Middlesbrough - our final match at Championship level. We were easily outclassed on the day against a Boro team that were ultimately going to do well during the following season, and so no complaints about the result or the referee's performance. With us already down, it had a bit of an end-of-season feel to it all.

You then have to go all the way back in February 2010 for his next match, when we took on Milton Keynes Dons, winning the game 1-0. Of course after the game, Franchise boss Karl Robinson moaned and moaned although on this occasion not at the referee, who booked six players but we can't see too much evidence of him having caused too much controversy on the day.

Earlier that same season, he took charge of the previous month's away fixture at Tranmere Rovers that saw the Glovers lose 2-1 at Prenton Park. He was also the referee that inspected the pitch on Friday 15th January when the original fixture got called off due to a waterlogged pitch, so was quite busy with Glovers matches during 2010. Photos of Tranmere's Prenton Park pitch were published on the day of that postponement; his decision was a fairly easy one to make. Neither the postponement, nor the match when it got eventually played attracted any controversy.

The experience of Mr Salisbury in Yeovil Town matches has been on the whole a good one. He was present for the 3-2 win over Swindon Town in December 2008, which was an emotional occasion for all the wrong reasons, as the club played its first football match following the road traffic accident that Darren Way had been involved in during that month. We did grumble about Mr Salisbury's decision to book Lee Peltier for revealing a tribute to Darren under his shirt when he scored Yeovil's second, but in truth this is a problem for the footballing authorities to resolve - the referee was merely acting under instructions.

A December 2007 match against Bradford City saw no complaints about his actions, whilst the April 2006 tie against Bristol City saw us praise him for standing strong against a vociferous home crowd. Finally an away match at Northampton Town in March 2005, saw Mr Salisbury's actions help the Glovers gain their goal in a 1-1 draw, allowing a free kick to be taken quickly, whilst Cobblers players were caught out of position.

Mr Salisbury will be assisted by Andrew Laver (Hampshire) and Adam Matthews (Gloucestershire). The Fourth Official will be Mark Derrien (Dorset).

Link: December 2015 : Yeovil Town 2 Barnet 2.

Link: May 2014 : Yeovil Town 1 Middlesbrough 4.

Link: February 2010 : Yeovil Town 1 Milton Keynes Dons 0.

Link: January 2010 : Tranmere Rovers 2 Yeovil Town 1.

Link: December 2008 : Swindon Town 2 Yeovil Town 3.

Link: January 2007 : Bradford City 0 Yeovil Town 2.

Link: April 2006 : Bristol City 2 Yeovil Town 1.

Link: March 2005 : Northampton Town 1 Yeovil Town 1.


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22 September 2016 : Deadline For Cheltenham Online Ticketing Offer Set
A reminder to those who have yet to purchase matchday tickets for Saturday's home match against Cheltenham Town, that the club are running an online ticketing offer for this match. Full details can be found here, but given that the offer can make a difference of up to £5.00 on admission prices between the online price and what you'd pay if you roll up five minutes before kick-off, you'd be strongly advised to consider booking your tickets via the internet, unless you've got very non-standard requirements that would require assistance from the Ticket Office.

The online ticketing offer for this match will be valid up until midday on Saturday 24th September - i.e. three hours before kick-off. After that point, tickets will be unavailable online, and you'll have to purchase direct from the Huish Park Ticket Office.

If you book tickets online, you can collect on the day from a dedicated booth that is situated about six yards from the main Ticket Office windows. The online system is available 24 hours a day, with orders processed by the Ticket Office on their next working day. Access it by heading here - we link to it on most Ticket Office related items.

For all other ticketing, travel and related news that's currently relevant, follow the links below.

Link: Online Ticketing Offer For Cheltenham Town Game.

Link: Ticketing For Cambridge United vs Yeovil Town.

Link: GWSC Travel To Cambridge United.

Link: Ticketing For Plymouth Argyle vs Yeovil Town.

Link: GWSC Travel To Plymouth Argyle.

Link: EFL Trophy Ticketing For Bristol Rovers vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Yeovil Town Online Ticketing Portal.

Link: Yeovil Town 2016-17 Matchday and Prematch Admission Charges

Link: Yeovil Town 2016-17 First Team Fixtures and Results.


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22 September 2016 : Football League Abandon B-Teams In Restructure But Leave Other Options Open
The Football League has issued a statement in which it had ruled out a number of possible options regarding its plans for the Whole Game Solution. The wider scope of the plans are to consider the introduction of an additional division in the Football League structure, whilst reorganising the existing divisions to form five divisions of 20 clubs each, although subsequent discussions have suggested that other options that could raise the number of professional teams to 106 clubs are also on the table.

The Football League's member clubs met today, following a letter that was sent to all member clubs on August 17th, asking for their views on various topics of conversation. At today's meeting, they have agreed that they will no longer consider options that had been on the table for Premier League 'B Teams', non-English sides or those outside the English football pyramid. The effect is to remove any possibility of EPPP Category One Under-23 sides infiltrating the English football pyramid structure, or the likes of Celtic or Rangers being invited to join the English leagues. By default, this means that the National League (aka the Football Conference) would have to fill any resizing of the Football League's membership.

The Football League have stated that issues such as the resizing of divisions, Regionalisation and Winter Breaks still remain on the table. However, at present, the view of current League One and League Two (and theoretical League Three) clubs is that they would NOT want a Winter Break, meaning that it could be up to Championship division clubs as to whether they want to go it alone in adopting a Winter Break.

EFL Chief Executive Shaun Harvey has given his own views on the outcome of the meeting, and stated that there would also be consultation with the National League, Football Association and fans groups to determine future direction:

"At the very outset of this process it was made clear that any decisions in respect of the future direction of the Whole Game Solution would be taken by clubs themselves and our announcement today comes as a result of their valued input. I am extremely grateful for their candour and support during the first part of this consultation that will ultimately help shape a final proposal for voting on in June next year."

"The logical place for many was to source the additional teams for League Three from the National League but we felt it important that the debate was introduced at an early stage and an opportunity was provided for all Club owners’ and executives’ to voice any opinions and, where applicable, table concerns. We will now continue our consultation with the National League with a little more certainty as to what any change could mean for them. These conversations will include the FA in their capacity as the Governing Body not a competition organiser."

"In addition, our dialogue will continue with the Premier League as we focus on ensuring we achieve our specific and primary objective of improving distributable revenue to our clubs and reaching a format that benefits the EFL, its competitions and the wider professional game. The next round of consultation will also see us undertake some work with fan groups and other stakeholders to ensure that those people who are invested in the future our game are given an opportunity to register their views."


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22 September 2016 : Taff's Gloversblog : Putting Pegs In Round Holes
Last weekend saw Yeovil Town stop a five game Football League losing run, and also gain their first clean sheet since the opening game of the season. The latest Taff's Gloversblog looks at the factors that helped the Glovers break that run, and lift the club out of the Relegation Zone with a 1-0 win over Leyton Orient. There's also a follow-up on some of the recent off-the-field events that have been rumbling on. Read that via the link below, and add in your own views at the foot of the article.

Link: Taff's Gloversblog : Putting Pegs In Round Holes.


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22 September 2016 : Pompey Fans Survey Shows Disapproval Of Whole Game Solution
A large Supporters survey by a League Two club has overwhelmingly rejected the Football League's proposals for the Whole Game Solution. The Portsmouth Supporters Trust commissioned a survey to gain feedback to various additional questions that the League's Board had fielded to clubs, with their survey also being promoted by the main Portsmouth football club, with the Pompey main board planning to use the Trust report as feedback into their own final response.

The end result is a fairly emphatic one. Portsmouth got 1,281 responses to their survey, with them also asking for those filling in the form to declare their allegiances. Of those that responded, 41 percent were Portsmouth Supporters Trust members, whilst an overall 93.6 percent were Portsmouth supporters (regardless of Trust membership. A further 5.3 percent were supporters of other Football League clubs, whilst a tiny number of respondents said they supported either a Premier League or non-league club.

Portsmouth's survey questions mirrored that of a letter sent to Football League member clubs, whereas a similar survey by Yeovil Town used a modified set of questions. On each occasion, the response was for the current Football League format to be maintained, with a substantially large majority, thus giving a strong response back for the main Pompey board to consider.

Their results were as follows, with the majority view in bold:

1. Would you be in favour or against changing the Professional League Structure from the current 92 teams, to 100 teams playing in five divisions of 20 clubs?

In Favour: 9.31%. Against: 85.84%. Undecided: 4.85%

2. Should the bottom two divisions of the EFL be regionalised into a North/South division?

Yes: 9.30%. No: 87.72%. Undecided: 2.97%.

3. If the proposed changes were adopted, where would you rather the additional teams come from?

National League (Conference): 93.2%. B-Teams/Under-21/23s: 0.47%. Invited teams from Scottish/Welsh Leagues: 3.55%. Combination of all three: 2.76%.

4. Would you be in favour of a Winter Break, or against it?

In Favour: 13.35%. Against a Winter Break: 79.16%. Undecided: 7.49%

5. Would you be happy to see two rounds of the FA Cup moved into midweek slots?

Yes: 13.96%. No: 77.49%. Undecided: 8.55%

6. Would you be in favour of FA Cup Replays, or would you like fixtures decided on the day?

In favour of Replays: 66.64%. Decided On The Day: 29.53%. Undecided: 3.83%.

7. Should the FA Cup Final be after the last game of the regular season?

Yes: 93.13%. No: 4.84%. Undecided: 2.03%.

8. What should happen to the EFL Checkatrade Trophy?

Keep current format with U23 sides: 1.87%. Revert back to L1 and L2 clubs: 61.28%. Scrap the competition: 34.89%. Don't know: 1.95%.

It is worth noting that Yeovil Town indicated in their official response to the Football League that they were in favour of Regionalisation and of a Winter Break. Whilst we don't know the strength of feeling either way for Yeovil Town supporters, the 87.72% (against Regionalisation) and 79.16% (against Winter Break) that responded against change among (mainly) Pompey supporters would point to that not being a popular move if it was typical of football supporters across the land.

Link: Taff's Gloversblog : Are Winter Breaks And Regionalisation Really The Answer?

Link: Yeovil Town Supporting Winter Breaks And Regionalisation In League Shake-Up.

Link: New Football League Consultation Plans Further Expansion Of Divisions.


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21 September 2016 : Laird Signs For Scottish League New Boys As He Returns Home
Former Yeovil Town midfielder Marc Laird has found himself a new club. The 30 year old has decided to return to the city where he was born and sign for Edinburgh City, who have just been promoted into Scottish League Division Two, having won the Lowland League two seasons running. The move back to Scotland brings to an end a twelve year period during which Laird spent time with English league clubs, commencing with Manchester City but then moving into the Football League with Millwall, Leyton Orient, Southend United and Tranmere Rovers notable highlights.

Laird left Yeovil Town at the end of last season, and has been without a club throughout that time, with reports that he had returned to Scotland. Edinburgh manager Gary Jardine knew Laird during his teenage years, before Man City signed him, and so when the midfielder asked to use the club's training facilities Jardine was happy to help out. He has since agreed to sign for them, and so will stand by to make his debut against Annan Athletic this coming Saturday. Jardine said of Laird's arrival:

"Marc is a quality footballer who is vastly experienced having tasted success in being promoted with Millwall but more recently helping Yeovil Town to stay in the Football League last season. The players are working extremely hard to turn things around just now and bringing in someone of Marc's quality will give everyone at the Club a lift."

Laird's new side have endured a bumpy start to their arrival in Scottish Professional Football. They've gained just one point since their promotion into the main Scottish professional league structure, and so sit bottom of the table and four points short of safety.

Link: Marc Laird : Yeovil Town Statistics.


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21 September 2016 : Yeovil Town vs Blackpool : Man Of The Match Result
Earlier this month, Yeovil Town played Blackpool in a League Two encounter at Huish Park. The end result was a bit of a second half disaster as the Tangerines won the match easily with a 0-3 scoreline thanks to a pair from Colin Daniel and a late goal from Armand Gnanduillet. Blackpool even had the luxury of missing a penalty.

Man of the Match voting saw holding midfielder Alex Lawless and Matt Butcher - who played as a centre-back - given praise for their roles in the match. The poll winner though was an unusual one, with AFC Bournemouth loanee Ben Whitfield winning the result despite only being on the pitch for the final 19 minutes of the match.

Full results are as shown below, with outright MOTM votes shown in brackets:

1. Ben Whitfield 112 (9)
2. Alex Lawless 86 (4)
2. Matt Butcher 86 (4)
4. Matthew Dolan 74 (4)
5. Nathan Smith 70 (5)
6. Tahvon Campbell 52 (3)
7. Artur Krysiak 38 (3)
8. Liam Shephard 20 (2)
9. Kevin Dawson 14 (0)
10. Izale McLeod 10 (1)
11. Tom Eaves 8 (0)
12. Ryan Dickson 8 (0)
13. Otis Khan 4 (0)

OVERALL MATCH RATING : 3.36
Performance : 2.94
Entertainment : 3.78
VOTES RECEIVED : 36


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21 September 2016 : Tom Eaves Talks About The Leyton Orient Win
Following Saturday's 1-0 win against Leyton Orient at Brisbane Road, Yeovil Town striker Tom Eaves spoke to the BBC. With questions from local journalist Chris Spittles, in an interview for BBC Somerset, Tom's views on the victory, which included his winning goal, can be read via the link below.

Link: Tom Eaves Speaks To The BBC After The 1-0 Win Over Leyton Orient.


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21 September 2016 : Baggies Boss impressed With Campbell's Threat
West Bromwich Albion Development Coach James Shan has said that he was impressed with Tahvon Campbell's visit back to the West Midlands on Monday, that saw him play for their Under-23s side and score twice. The 19 year old Yeovil Town loanee was in the Baggies squad for that match after he had been an unused substitute in the Glovers trip to Leyton Orient, with the match being an opportunity for him to visit his parent club as well as boost his match fitness.

His return to the Baggies side certainly played a part in their 5-2 win over Aston Villa's Under-23 side. In Albion's previous four Premier League 2 fixtures they'd scored four goals, but in this match they more than doubled that total inside 90 minutes, with Campbell's brace coming during the second half that allowed his side to open up a three goal margin, in what had been a tighter first half. One of the differences in the way his parent club used him on Monday night is they played him as their side's main central striker, whereas much of Yeovil Town's usage of him has played him in a wider position. Shan said after the game that he thought that position had suited him:

"I thought Tavhon was very good. His work as a Number 9, playing off against people is good. He's a threat when he gets faced up one-v-one. His movement is good, so he gives you dimensions in that final third of the pitch, he can do a bit of everything. Obviously the result is a fantastic one. I thought some of our final third creativity was very good. To score five goals and to play in the manner that we did, controlling and dominating the game, I thought we were magnificent. I thought our final third play was terrific. Obviously having such a large part of our squad go out on loan - we've had 8 players out on loan – maybe we as an under-23 staff dampened our expectations a little bit (in terms of results). We'll just take it game by game. I'm competitive, the players are competitive, we want to win games in the right manner."

Campbell's guest appearance for West Brom's development side does not affect his loan status with Yeovil Town, with 2016-17 loan rules allowing players to make non-first team appearances for their parent club whilst continuing the term of their loan.


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20 September 2016 : Ladies Boss Says Club Remains In Control Of Financial Destiny
Yeovil Town Ladies manager Jamie Sherwood has stated that his club 'controls their own destiny' when it comes to the finances behind the organisation. The Ladies side operates in FA Women's Super League 2, and is currently sat on top of their division, hoping for promotion to the top tier of Women's football as the 2016 Season draws to an exciting close.

Last week, the Yeovil Town Ladies set-up was one of three key areas that Yeovil Town men's Chairman John Fry strongly implied were under threat if South Somerset District Council did not approve the club's currently dormant plans to redevelop Huish Park, with the club wanting to provide a retail-based development on two sports pitches behind the away end of the ground. The Yeovil Town Academy and Yeovil Town Community Sports Trust were also claimed by Fry to be in jeopardy, suggesting the men's club would be 'unable to fund or accommodate' those three related organisations beyond the end of the 2016-17 Season.

Sherwood, who has been part of the club's set-up since June 2014, has told BBC Sport that his side are wholly financially independent and so do not rely upon the men's club for funding. He said that he was proud of the links the Ladies club had with the men's Glovers set-up, but said that in terms of financial affairs and operations, they were able to operate under their own steam. He played down Fry's comments:

"Sometimes as a little sister, a big brother can say something he didn't mean. This is what a family is like but be rest assured, our destiny is in our own hands. Nothing is begged or borrowed from the men's programme. We control our own destiny. No-one else controls it. We are an independent club - we have our financial structures, we have our own board. We have our own coaching staff. We are very proud to be part of Yeovil Town Football club because it is a massive football club in the south west. But I can assure every single one of our fans that our destiny is in our own hands and that's the way it will stay."

The Ladies will be seeking to control their own on-the-field destiny as well this coming Sunday when they take on Everton Ladies at Huish Park, in an FAWSL2 fixture. This match sees the Glovers in first place, taking on an Everton side who currently lie just two points behind, with a game in hand. As such, this match is a proverbial six-pointer and the Ladies will be hoping that serves as an opportunity for them to beat their current attendance record of 831 spectators. Tickets can be bought in advance or on the day, with the match kicking off at 2.00p.m. on Sunday 25th September.


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20 September 2016 : Poland Trip For Bassett As Northern Ireland Issue Call-Up For Trio Of Games
Yeovil Town attacking midfielder Ollie Bassett has been called up to represent Northern Ireland as part of a trio of international matches taking place next month. The 18 year old, who is currently out on loan with Dorchester Town, will travel to Poland to play three matches that are part of the UEFA European Championship Under-19 qualifying group games against Slovakia, Macedonia and Poland. The three games will take place in tight succession between October 6th and October 11th.

Ollie had been called up to an Under-19s training camp during the last international break, participating in two training ground matches as part of a trial run for Head Coach Stephen Frail, who has recently replaced Stephen Craigan. This is his first proper call-up for competitive matches, and he will therefore be absent for the period around which Yeovil Town's first team are scheduled to play Wycombe Wanderers, although with him currently down at the Avenue Stadium getting first team experience with Dorchester, this shouldn't be an issue for the Glovers.

The very best of luck to Ollie on his international trip.


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20 September 2016 : The Return Of The ABUFP As 'Supporters Alliance Group'
Yeovil Town have announced plans to resurrect the Achieve By Unity Fans Partnership meetings. Between 2004 and 2010, the football club had held a series of meetings with a number of supporters groups and club directors and senior staff to discuss issues relating to the club, and in an attempt to improve the running of the club from the supporters point of view. The format went under numerous revamps and changes, with it being known as the Customer Charter Meeting, Achieve By Unity Fans Partnership and the Supporters Liaison Group, but the group meetings appeared to fizzle out around the end of the 2009-10 season and were not restarted.

As reported yesterday, the Glovers Trust had indicated that there were new plans to establish a 'Supporters Alliance Group' and this new group will take on the 'Achieve By Unity Fans Partnership' (generally known as ABUFP) name that had existed between 2007 and 2009. The club have confirmed that they have invited representatives from the Green and White Supporters Club, the Disabled Supporters Association, the Junior Glovers, Bridport Glovers and the Cary Glovers to the first meeting with Yeovil Town Chairman John Fry being present. The Glovers Trust had also been invited, but declined the offer due to the implication that the meetings were for 'affiliated' supporters groups, with the Trust wishing to preserve their independence.

The club plan to hold four ABUFP meetings a year, with the first taking place at 7.00p.m. tonight. The intention is to produce and publish minutes, showing what has been discussed.

Link: Board Responsibilities Defined By Glovers Trust As They Seek Action Plan.


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20 September 2016 : Yeovil Town vs Portsmouth : EFL Trophy Man Of The Match Result
Yeovil Town's final match of the month of August came in the Group stages of the EFL Trophy, where they took on a much changed Portsmouth side at Huish Park. The end result was a good one with Tom Eaves bagging two goals, whilst Izale McLeod and Bevis Mugabi chipped in with one each in a 4-3 home win.

Man of the Match voting saw Izale McLeod recognised for being part of what was probably the best team goal on the night, whilst midfielder Matt Dolan also picked up plenty of votes. The poll winner on the night was streets ahead, with striker Tom Eaves deemed by most of you to be the best player on the park.

Full results, with outright MOTM votes shown in brackets, are as follows:

1. Tom Eaves 108 (9)
2. Matthew Dolan 30 (1)
3. Izale McLeod 20 (1)
4. Otis Khan 18 (1)
5. Alex Lawless 10 (0)
6. Ben Whitfield 8 (0)
6. Nathan Smith 8 (0)
8. Bevis Mugabi 6 (0)
8. Matt Butcher 6 (0)

OVERALL MATCH RATING : 7.75
Performance : 7
Entertainment : 8.5
VOTES RECEIVED : 12


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20 September 2016 : 2016-17 Football League Loan Rules Clarified
Last night's appearance by Tahvon Campbell in West Bromwich Albion's Under-23s side has raised some questions about how the new loan rules work for Football League clubs. The 19 year old scored twice in a 5-2 win over Aston Villa's Under-23s side at Walsall's Bescot Stadium, in a match that is part of the Premier League 2 competition - a confusingly named league designed to support clubs with EPPP Category One academy set-ups that allow what is effectively a youthful reserve team or development squad to play in a more competitive environment.

Changes to the Football League's loan rules that were approved at their 2016 Summer AGM allow players like Campbell to turn out in this competition, even if they are on loan with another club. A distribution from the Portugal AGM, via the Football League stated that:

"A player registered on a standard loan may continue to play non-first team football for his parent club during the term of his loan period."

The effect is that Campbell - and potentially other Yeovil Town loanees, if it's written into the loan agreement - can return to their parent clubs for singular matches or training sessions whenever is mutually convenient to both clubs. Campbell's situation will be typical of the way that tends to be applied - with him being an unused substitute at Leyton Orient, West Brom's Monday night Under-23 fixture will have given the Baggies an opportunity to view their own player, whilst giving him the match time that he missed on the weekend. The flexibility of the rules mean that Campbell can return to Huish Park without any impact on his loan agreement. He will not be allowed to be selected for any WBA first team matches, or to move on loan to another club before the January transfer window opens.

The changes to the 2016-17 Standard Loan rules borrow from the now discarded Youth Loan rules. When Yeovil Town borrowed a number of players from Tottenham Hotspur, it was quite common for them to return to their parent clubs for Development squad matches, particularly during periods when they did not feature for Yeovil Town's first team. During the 2009-10 season, Jonathan Obika and Andros Townsend both appeared for Spurs in midweek matches, with Development Coach Clive Allen confirming at the time that this was part of both players Youth Loan agreements with Yeovil Town and Leyton Orient respectively.


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20 September 2016 : Kevin Dawson Picks Up Football Association Suspension
Yeovil Town midfielder Kevin Dawson has picked up a suspension from the Football Association. The 26 year old picked up his fifth yellow card of the 2016-17 season during Saturday's match against Leyton Orient, and so will sit in the stand during Saturday's League Two home match against Cheltenham Town as an automatic one match suspension.

This season has seen Dawson booked against Walsall and Everton in the League Cup, as well as matches against Morecambe and Doncaster Rovers and so had reached four yellow cards by the end of August. The FA have confirmed that his fifth was reached at Brisbane Road, making him the first Yeovil Town player to serve a suspension this season.

Kevin will be available again for the Tuesday night trip to Cambridge United which takes place three days later.


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19 September 2016 : Campbell Scores Twice In Baggies Five Goal Win
Yeovil Town's on loan striker Tahvon Campbell scored twice for West Bromwich Albion's Development Squad side tonight. The 19 year old was playing for their Under-23 side in a Premier League 2 match against Aston Villa's Under-23s side that was played at Walsall's Bescot Stadium. Playing a full 90 minutes for the Baggies, he was part of a 5-2 away win that saw him keep his match fitness levels up, having been an unused substitute during Saturday's match against Leyton Orient.

This is the first we've seen of the new loan rules kicking in, where deals must be for half-season or full-season periods that respect the Summer and January transfer windows, but where loanees can return to their Parent club and participate in non-first team fixtures, thus allowing a compromise on the rules that were handed down by FIFA that ended the Emergency Loan and Youth Loan systems over the summer. Campbell could still to return to Huish Park after tonight's match - the arrangements can be as flexible or as rigid as both clubs demand as part of their loan agreement, provided the loaned player is not selected for first team football matches by his parent club before the next transfer window opens.

Campbell got his first from the penalty spot, when he converted a 56th minute goal from twelve yards, after Jonathan Leko had been fouled. He then converted a 71st minute second goal, acrobatically finishing at the back post for what turned out to be the final goal of the evening.

Final Score: Aston Villa Under-23s 2 West Bromwich Albion Under-23s 5.

Scorers: Russian Hepburn-Murphy (14 mins, 1-0), Rekeem Harper (22 mins, 1-1), Callum McManaman (29 mins, 1-2), Russian Hepburn-Murphy (34 mins, 2-2), Kane Wilson (41 mins, 2-3), Tahvon Campbell (56 mins, 2-4), Tahvon Campbell (71 mins, 2-5).

West Bromwich Albion Under-23s: 1. Jack Rose 2. Allan Nyom 3. Kane Wilson 4. Shaun Donnellan 5. Jack Fitzwater 6. Dara O'Shea 7. Jonathan Leko 8. Rekeem Harper 9. Tahvon Campbell 10. Callum McManaman 11. Chris Brunt.

Substitutes: 12. Robbie McCourt 13. Alex Palmer (GK) 14. Zac Elbouzedi 15. Bradley Sweeney 16. James Smith.


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19 September 2016 : GWSC Travel To Plymouth Argyle
The Green and White Supporters Club have set their travel plans for the forthcoming League Two match against Plymouth Argyle. The match takes place at Home Park on Saturday 1st October 2016, with a 3.00p.m. kick-off. Departure times and prices are listed as follows:

Plymouth Argyle : Saturday 1st October 2016.
Huish Park: 11.00a.m.
Adult Members: £15.00; Member Concessions: £15.00
Adult Non-Members: £17.00; Non-Member Concessions: £17.00

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: Online Ticketing Offer For Cheltenham Town Game.

Link: Ticketing For Cambridge United vs Yeovil Town.

Link: GWSC Travel To Cambridge United.

Link: Ticketing For Plymouth Argyle vs Yeovil Town.

Link: EFL Trophy Ticketing For Bristol Rovers vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Yeovil Town Online Ticketing Portal.

Link: Yeovil Town 2016-17 Matchday and Prematch Admission Charges

Link: Yeovil Town 2016-17 First Team Fixtures and Results.


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19 September 2016 : Glovers Duo Given League Paper Team Of The Week Nominations
Yeovil Town have had two of their club personnel included in a national newspaper's Team of the Day for League Two. Left-back Nathan Smith and manager Darren Way are included in The League Paper's own selection for last weekend's fixtures, following the club's 1-0 victory over Leyton Orient at Brisbane Road.

Darren's nomination will have been considered against the fact that the Glovers came into the match occupying 23rd place, yet were able to beat a side occupying 8th place, on their own home patch. Nathan's performance on the day was particularly strong during the second period when his penetration down the left flank made him look more like a wing-back than the full-back role the formation officially considered him to be. He also was one of three players who made vital blocks during the closing stages to stop Orient grabbing an equalising goal.

The League Paper's own selection is as follows:

Aaron Chapman (Accrington Stanley)
Nathan Smith (Yeovil Town), Anthony Stewart (Wycombe Wanderers), Harry Davis (Crewe Alexandra), Harrison Dunk (Cambridge United)
Jack Dunn (Morecambe), James Coppinger (Doncaster Rovers), James Jones (Crewe Alexandra), Sean McConville (Accrington Stanley)
Paul-Arnold Garita (Plymouth Argyle), Jonathan Stead (Notts County)

Manager: Darren Way (Yeovil Town).

If you agree or disagree with their selection for Nathan Smith, a reminder that you can vote for your Man of the Match via the link below.

Link: Darren Way's Verdict On The Leyton Orient Game.

Link: Video : Leyton Orient vs Yeovil Town Match Highlights.

Link: Man of the Match Voting for Leyton Orient vs Yeovil Town.


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19 September 2016 : EFL Trophy Ticketing For Bristol Rovers vs Yeovil Town
Advance tickets for Yeovil Town's EFL Trophy Group Stage match against Bristol Rovers are now on sale from the Huish Park Ticket Office. The match takes place on Tuesday 4th October 2016, with a 7.45p.m. kick-off at the Memorial Stadium. Prices for this fixture are set as follows:

Adults: £5.00; Over-65s and Under-16s: £1.00.

Disabled supporters can gain admittance for £1.00 with an assistant able to join them free of charge, subject to the usual proof of entitlement.

Yeovil Town supporters will all be housed in the South Stand on this occasion - the covered 'marquee' style stand behind one goal. The side terrace next to the Main Stand will not be open on this occasion. The area fans will be in is sponsored this season as the Brunel Professional Risks South Stand.

NOTE: Tickets for this match will be available online shortly.

Link: Online Ticketing Offer For Cheltenham Town Game.

Link: Ticketing For Cambridge United vs Yeovil Town.

Link: GWSC Travel To Cambridge United.

Link: Ticketing For Plymouth Argyle vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Yeovil Town Online Ticketing Portal.

Link: Yeovil Town 2016-17 Matchday and Prematch Admission Charges

Link: Yeovil Town 2016-17 First Team Fixtures and Results.


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19 September 2016 : Board Responsibilities Defined By Glovers Trust As They Seek Action Plan
Further to last week's Annual General Meeting board elections, the Glovers Trust have now outlined the roles that each elected Board member will have over the coming 12 months. Last week saw the first ever properly elected board, who will now represent the 273 members that signed up prior to the AGM, along with anyone else who signs up from this point onwards.

Each Glovers Trust Board member will have the following responsibilities:

Chairman – Brendon Owen
Vice-Chairman – Adam Forster
Treasurer – Simon Brimble
Membership Secretary/Youth Lead – Olly Jennings
Communications Officer – Stuart Burrell
Corporate Liaison – Josef Fischer
Events Coordinators – Paul Binding, Hugh Male and Catherine Reed.

They have also co-opted Dean Mountain, who will have a non-Board position as the Trust Secretary.

With the new Board now in place, their next step will be to canvass the opinions of all members, in terms of what they feel the Trust Board should focus upon in the immediate future. The Glovers Trust had been given an invitation to attend a collective meeting of other Yeovil Town Supporters Groups, such as the GWSC and the Yeovil Town DSA. However, after a Board meeting, they decided to decline the club's offer, explaining that the club's plans to set up a 'Supporters' Alliance Group' would be more suitable for officially affiliated organisations. In a letter to the club, they explained why they were declining the offer:

"The general agenda (of the Tuesday meeting) will centre around a 'Supporters Alliance Group'. Having considered the invitation the Board wish to indicate that the offer of attendance is declined. We would like to point out that we are a totally independent community benefit society and in order to maintain that independence for our members we do not feel that joining an Alliance Group is in our best interest. The Board are actively seeking members opinions on ways to improve the match day experience at Huish Park and to halt the drift in crowd attendances. We shall shortly draw up an agenda and will seek a Board to Board meeting in order to progress our aims in an effort to help the Club and Supporters reconnect."

The Trust next plans to distribute a survey to members, to get thoughts on the direction of the Trust. Once the results are known, the Trust board plan to seek a 'Board to Board' meeting with the club, instead of tomorrow's more general supporters meeting:

"The Trust Board will canvass opinions of its members via a survey that we anticipate will be circulated in the coming week. From this the Trust Board plan to collate the feedback and identify key themes that are viable for presentation to the Club to, for example, improve revenue streams or the match-day experience for supporters. With that complete, the Trust Board intend to organise a meeting with the Yeovil Town Board of Directors to discuss these themes and agree a collective action plan."


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19 September 2016 : GWSC Travel To Cambridge United
The Green and White Supporters Club have set their travel plans for the forthcoming League Two match against Cambridge United. The match takes place at The Abbey Stadium on Tuesday 27th September 2016, with a 7.45p.m. kick-off. Departure times and prices are listed as follows:

Cambridge United : Tuesday 27th September 2016.
Huish Park: 12.15p.m.
Adult Members: £27.00; Member Concessions: £25.00
Adult Non-Members: £29.00; Non-Member Concessions: £27.00

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: Online Ticketing Offer For Cheltenham Town Game.

Link: Ticketing For Cambridge United vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Ticketing For Plymouth Argyle vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Yeovil Town Online Ticketing Portal.

Link: Yeovil Town 2016-17 Matchday and Prematch Admission Charges

Link: Yeovil Town 2016-17 First Team Fixtures and Results.


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19 September 2016 : Darren Talks About Leyton Orient Team Selection
Just before Saturday afternoon's match against Leyton Orient kicked off at Brisbane Road, Yeovil Town manager Darren Way. With questions from local journalist Chris Spittles, in an interview for BBC Somerset, Darren talked about the return of Darren Ward from injury and the need for the players to stay in control during the club's difficult spell of form. Read that interview via the link below.

Link: Darren Way Speaks To The BBC Just Before Kick-Off Against Leyton Orient.


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