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25 March 2017 : Exeter 3 Yeovil 3 : Shellshock As Glovers Throw Away Win With Three Late Goals
Yeovil Town threw away a three goal lead in this afternoon's match against Exeter City this afternoon. Having been 3-0 up with two minutes remaining, the Glovers conceded three times to be left with a disappointing 3-3 draw. The match saw all six goals scored in the second half and it seemed to be all Yeovil when Francois Zoko slotted home from a Matt Dolan through ball, before Tottenham Hotspur loanee Shayon Harrison scored his first ever goal for the club. The Glovers were cruising when Alex Lacey headed home a Dolan free kick, but from 88 minutes onwards it fell apart for them. David Wheeler pulled one back and that seemed to spark panic as Troy Brown headed home during the first minute of injury time, before old boy Reuben Reid equalised to steal a draw at the death.

Full report to follow later ...

Link: 2016-17 Latest League Two Table.

Final Score: Exeter City 3 Yeovil Town 3.

Scorers: Francois Zoko (0-1, 62 mins), Shayon Harrison (0-2, 70 mins), Alex Lacey (0-3, 78 mins), David Wheeler (1-3, 88 mins), Troy Brown (2-3, 91 mins), Reuben Reid (3-3, 93 mins).

Exeter City:
30 Christy Pym
31 Pierce Sweeney 39 Troy Brown 15 Jordan Moore-Taylor 3 Craig Woodman
25 Jake Taylor 4 Lloyd James 6 Jordan Tillson 7 Ryan Harley
14 Ollie Watkins 19 Liam McAlinden

Substitutes:
1 Robert Olejnik 11 David Wheeler (45 mins for Jake Taylor) 12 Joel Grant 16 Matt Oakley 28 Jack Stacey (57 mins for Liam McAlinden) 29 Luke Croll 33 Reuben Reid (69 mins for Craig Woodman)

Yeovil Town:
1. Artur Krysiak
2. Liam Shephard 6. Bevis Mugabi 5. Alex Lacey 11. Ryan Dickson (Capt)
7. Kevin Dawson 16. Matt Butcher 4. Matt Dolan 28. Ben Whitfield
39. Shayon Harrison 13. Francois Zoko

Substitutes: 12. Johnny Maddison 9. Tom Eaves (89 mins for Francois Zoko) 17. Omar Sowunmi 19. Brandon Goodship (90 mins for Ben Whitfield) 22. Ollie Bassett 31. Jean-Louis Akpa Akpro (77 mins for Shayon Harrison) 32. Tom James

Exeter City Bookings: Lloyd James (77 mins, foul)

Yeovil Bookings: Matt Dolan (45 mins, foul), Artur Krysiak (73 mins, timewasting)

Exeter City Match Statistics: Possession: 53%; Shots: 16; Shots On Target: 8; Corners: 5; Fouls: 10.

Yeovil Match Statistics: Possession: 47%; Shots: 12; Shots On Target: 9; Corners: 5; Fouls: 14.

Referee: Darren Drysdale (Lincolnshire). Assistants: John Flynn (Oxfordshire) and Timothy Wood (Gloucestershire). Fourth Official: Brett Huxtable (Devon).

Attendance: 5,492 (with 835 Yeovil Town supporters).


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25 March 2017 : Darren Talks About Exeter City Away Team Selection
Just before Saturday afternoon's match against Exeter City kicked off at St James Park, Yeovil Town manager Darren Way spoke to the BBC. With questions from local journalist Chris Spittles, in an interview for BBC Somerset, Darren's thoughts on the selection of Tottenham Hotspur loanee Shayon Harrison and on the pitch and opponents can be read via the link below.

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


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25 March 2017 : Team News For Exeter City vs Yeovil Town
Yeovil Town have chosen their starting line-up for this afternoon's League Two match against Exeter City at St James Park. The match sees the Glovers name one change compared to the team that played against Accrington Stanley last weekend. Tottenham Hotspur loanee Shayon Harrison comes in for Tom Eaves, who drops to the bench. Otherwise the squad of eighteen is unchanged.

In the lead-up to Saturday's game, manager Darren Way defended Tom Eaves' form, despite him having gone on a long run of games without scoring. He believes the expectations on the striker's shoulders are very high:

"He has probably played more games than what he's ever played. The expectations of Tom are very high. Also as well he's had to carry a lot of that front line because we've lost Ryan Hedges and Otis Khan. He has given everything that he could possibly give, but Tom has developed here, within a year. What he's got to do next year, is that there will be pressure to make sure that for the eight goals he scored this year, he's got to be looking at double figures."

Football League rules on loan players mean the Glovers have to leave two players sat in the stand. Today these are Milton Keynes Dons winger Kabongo Tshimanga and Swansea City attacker Owain Jones.

Absentees due to injuries include Otis Khan (ankle), Darren Ward (swollen knee), defender Nathan Smith (medial knee ligaments) and Alex Lawless (hamstring). Midfielder Joe Lea is on loan with Gosport Borough.

The team is as follows:

Yeovil Town:
1. Artur Krysiak
2. Liam Shephard 6. Bevis Mugabi 5. Alex Lacey 11. Ryan Dickson (Capt)
7. Kevin Dawson 16. Matt Butcher 4. Matt Dolan 28. Ben Whitfield
39. Shayon Harrison 13. Francois Zoko

Substitutes: 12. Johnny Maddison 9. Tom Eaves 17. Omar Sowunmi 19. Brandon Goodship 22. Ollie Bassett 31. Jean-Louis Akpa Akpro 32. Tom James

Exeter City:
30 Christy Pym
31 Pierce Sweeney 39 Troy Brown 15 Jordan Moore-Taylor 3 Craig Woodman
25 Jake Taylor 4 Lloyd James 6 Jordan Tillson 7 Ryan Harley
14 Ollie Watkins 19 Liam McAlinden

Substitutes:
1 Robert Olejnik 11 David Wheeler 12 Joel Grant 16 Matt Oakley 28 Jack Stacey 29 Luke Croll 33 Reuben Reid


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25 March 2017 : Yeovil Town Appeal Against Thorne Lane Planning Application
Yeovil Town Football Club have decided to appeal against the decision to refuse planning permission relating to land just off Thorne Lane. The club had planned to convert a farmer's field into a community recreation ground, but the application was refused in September 2016 with the South Somerset District Council Area South Planning Committee citing three reasons for the failure to proceed.

Six months have now passed without the club providing any reaction to the refusal bar their statement that gave an immediate reaction. However, they have now indicated that they lodged an appeal with the Planning Inspectorate on Friday. The club's Planning Agent David Bell says:

"An appeal has been submitted which now has to go through the validation process. We have asked for a hearing rather than written representations or a full inquiry. Once validated, the appeal will be heard by an impartial Inspector."

The club have not identified what their grounds for appeal are. The Planning Inspectorate are Bristol-based although represent National Government. Their website indicates that it can take up to 34 weeks for an appeal to be heard, with the decision only made 10 weeks after the hearing. Of the initial 34 weeks, the first three weeks involve the Planning Inspectorate performing receipt and validation activities before an Inspector is appointed to looked after the Appeal, with that person given 12 weeks to scrutinise the case. There is then a 19 week notice of the actual Hearing. In practice though the whole process may take around 10 months to reach its conclusion.

Perhaps significantly their guidelines indicate that parties can only appeal within six months of the date of the decision notice from the local planning authority. The Decision Notice for the Thorne Lane application is dated September 27th 2016, meaning that the club only had until Monday to lodge their appeal. They indicate that the appeal was lodged on Friday.


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24 March 2017 : Ward Steps Back From Ladies Duty After Pregnancy Announced
Yeovil Town Ladies are to temporarily lose the services of striker Helen Ward for the forthcoming FAWSL1 Spring Series. The former Reading FC Women, Arsenal and Chelsea player is to step back for the foreseeable future after the club announced her pregnancy, with her family expecting their second child.

Ward had been left out of the club's recent FA Cup Fifth Round match at Notts County and the Welsh international has now confirmed that she has had a scan that will mean she will not be playing any football over the next few months. Boss Jamie Sherwood has admitted it is a blow to lose such an experienced player, but insists that it is for happy reasons and expects her to return to the fold:

"This news is bitter sweet for me as I have been a big admirer of Wardie since her days at Watford. I have been really excited to see Wardie play in a green and white shirt and in addition working with our younger strikers and helping the club establish themselves in WSL 1. The news for her and Matt is fantastic that they will be adding a brother or sister to Emily and making their family even more special. I can assure all that Wardie will return and we will be working with her and our Medical and Sports Science team to make sure that we can support her in anyway possible and I know I will be at the front of queue to speak with her when she is ready to return. This is a special time for the Ward family and I am looking forward to meeting the newest addition to YTLFC family later this year."

Ward has added that whilst she will have to wait a long while for her debut with the Glovers, she will be keeping in full contact with her new teammates as a spectator:

"We are obviously very excited about the news as are the whole family, however it is also sad for me that I won't be able to play in the Spring. All that this wonderful club have done for me has been absolutely spot on from the players to the management and those higher up. I am so grateful for that and I can't wait to cheer them all on over the next few months."

Ward had only been drafted in as a new signing last month from Reading Women. As the record goalscorer for Wales, with 41 goals, her experience will eventually count for a lot, but it will be a while before we see her in green'n'white colours. Good luck to her over the coming months.


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24 March 2017 : Darren Previews The Exeter City Away Game
As part of the build-up to Saturday afternoon's League Two match against Exeter City at St James Park, Yeovil Town manager Darren Way spoke to the BBC. With questions from BBC Somerset reporter Dan Albutt, Darren talks about his side's hopes between now and the end of the season, his thoughts on former Glover Paul Tisdale, who manages the Exeter side, and sets a target for next season. Read that interview via the link below.

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


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24 March 2017 : Funeral Arrangements For Dave Taylor
Funeral arrangements are in place to pay tribute to former Yeovil Town player Dave Taylor, who died last week. The Martock-based former striker passed away in Yeovil District Hospital on the 12th March 2017 aged 76 years.

The funeral service will take place at Yeovil Crematorium on Tuesday 28th March 2017, starting at 10.40a.m. There is a request for Family flowers only - if you wish to make a donation in lieu of that, in memory of Dave, then they are making a collection for Monkey World in Wareham, Dorset.

Cheques and donations may be sent c/o Clive Wakely, A.J. Wakely & Sons, 33 Sparrow Road, Yeovil. BA21 4BT Tel : 01935 479913 Please make cheques payable to The Jim Cronin Memorial Fund - a charity set up to benefit the ape rescue centre.

Link: RIP Dave Taylor - Yeovil's Record-Breaking Goal Scorer.


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24 March 2017 : Officials For Exeter City vs Yeovil Town
Officials for the League Two match between Exeter City and Yeovil Town have been announced by the Football League. The match takes place on Saturday 25th March 2017, with a 3.00p.m. kick-off at St James Park. The man in charge of the fixture will be referee Darren Drysdale (Lincolnshire).

He was a regular over the years, usually popping up once or twice a season in Yeovil Town matches, but meetings have thinned out radically over recent times - just four matches over the last nine years. Those four have largely seen him have decent games. We're probably our most critical for his last visit to Huish Park - he took charge of the April 2015 match against Notts County that was the day we were relegated from League One. There we felt that his second half performance got increasingly messy and threatened to turn what was largely a run-of-the-mill match into a game where players were getting tetchy and frustrated. It didn't quite boil over, but he could have done better to keep a lid on things.

The other three recent matches included the February 2014 home match against Doncaster Rovers which saw us win 1-0, with no bookings for Glovers players. Prior to that he took charge of the first match of Gary Johnson's second spell with the club (sort of) as he watched the team that had been selected by Terry Skiverton the day before lose 4-0, in a game where we are significantly outclassed. Before that was the August 2011 away match at Walsall, and we barely noticed him on the day - just one late booking each for both sides and nothing too messy otherwise.

You then have to go back three years to the September 2008 game against Milton Keynes Dons at stadium:mk. No complaints - we were outclassed on that day, and were probably too busy bemoaning our own side's failings to notice anything the match officials were doing at the time. Prior to that, Mr Drysdale took charge of the opening fixture of the 2007-08 season that saw Yeovil Town lose 1-0 against Huddersfield Town, but he left manager Russell Slade fuming after Scott Guyett was accidentally laid out by a punch from home keeper Matthew Glennon that should have produced a penalty when Glennon missed the ball but took out the Australian.

In our trip to the Bescot Stadium in March 2006 where the Glovers secured a 2-0 win that was to prove vital in Yeovil's attempts to stay in League One, referee Drysdale rightly dismissed Walsall's Ishmel Demontagnac after he committed a rash challenge to pick up a second yellow card. The Lincolnshire referee was part of a historic moment for the Glovers earlier that season, taking charge of the September trip to Hartlepool United that gave the Glovers their first ever League One win.

However, during the 2004-05 season he was at the centre of controversy when he took charge of a local match against Grimsby Town. Drysdale refused to award Yeovil a last minute penalty when Phil Jevons was felled by home keeper Simon Ramsden. After the match, midfielder Lee Johnson called the decision 'a joke' accusing Drysdale of bottling the decision, whilst his father Gary was equally annoyed after viewing on video what he saw as a stonewall penalty. OK, we're wearing green-tinted spectacles, but it was an awful blunder and had everything to do with a referee needing to give a match-changing decision in the final seconds of a game right in front of the home end of the stadium. He needed to be stronger and wasn't. A rookie back then, he's thankfully got better as the years have gone by.

Mr Drysdale will be assisted by John Flynn (Oxfordshire) and Timothy Wood (Gloucestershire). The Fourth Official will be Brett Huxtable (Devon).

Link: April 2015 : Yeovil Town 1 Notts County 1.

Link: February 2014 : Yeovil Town 1 Doncaster Rovers 0.

Link: January 2012 : Sheffield United 4 Yeovil Town 0.

Link: August 2011 : Walsall 1 Yeovil Town 1.

Link: September 2008 : Ciderspace Match Report: Milton Keynes Dons 3 Yeovil Town 0.

Link: August 2007 : Ciderspace Match Report : Huddersfield Town 1 Yeovil Town 0.

Link: March 2006 : Ciderspace Match Report : Walsall 0 Yeovil Town 2.

Link: September 2005 : Ciderspace Match Report : Hartlepool 0 Yeovil Town 1.

Link: February 2005 : Ciderspace Match Report : Grimsby Town 2 Yeovil Town 1.


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23 March 2017 : Ciderspace Guide To Exeter City
Saturday afternoon sees Yeovil Town make the short trip to Exeter City at St James Park. For those travelling to Devon, the Ciderspace guide has been updated with information on tickets, travel, parking, pub guides, past meetings and other such things. Find it via the link below.

Link: Ciderspace Guide To Exeter City.

The main Grandstand at St James Park
The main Grandstand at St James Park
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23 March 2017 : Way Cautious On Injured Pair's Comeback
Yeovil Town will travel to Exeter City this weekend still needing to make a decision on whether left-back Nathan Smith and wide man Otis Khan are ready to make a return to the first team teamsheet. Recent reports suggested that Khan was slightly ahead of Smith in terms of his rehab work, although only by a matter of days, meaning that it could be that both end up returning for the same match.

Whether that is this weekend, or next week's home match against Carlisle United is another question. Khan has been out the longest, with his fifteen match absence taking in over two months since he was last seen in an EFL Trophy game against Reading Under-21s, with an ankle injury the problem. Smith's medial knee ligament problem has so far taken eight matches to sort out, with him having picked up the problem during the tail end of the match against Leyton Orient in February.

That manager Darren Way has stated of the pair 'We don't want to push them too early' in today's press conference, may give a clue as to where is thoughts are leaning. With the Glovers more-or-less safe from any relegation concerns, it's probably more important that they are fit for the summer months than risk aggravating a weakness. Way explained that both were largely in the same boat:

"Otis has been training this week but we've got to make a decision on him. Nathan has been doing very well this week and falls in the same category. We don't want to push them too early."

Expectations are that Alex Lawless won't be part of the squad that heads to Exeter - his hamstring injury sustained at Morecambe two weeks ago will probably need a bit longer to sort out. Meanwhile club captain Darren Ward's swollen knee means he won't play again this season.

As usual, the club will need to leave two of their loan players out of the squad, with Swansea City's Owain Jones and Milton Keynes Dons' winger Kabongo Tshimanga generally being the fall guys. Midfielder Joe Lea is on loan with Gosport Borough.


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23 March 2017 : Minute's Silence Prior To Saturday's Exeter City Match
There will be a minute's silence held prior to the start of Saturday afternoon's League Two match against Exeter City. The Football League have instructed all member clubs to carry out a mark of respect to all of those who lost their lives or were injured in yesterday's incident in Westminster, London that saw one policeman murdered and three other members of the public lose their lives.

All matches played across March 25th and 26th will hold the silence, with the League adding that it gives fans and clubs an opportunity to "pay tribute to the victims of Wednesday’s attacks and the emergency services who acted bravely and decisively in the aftermath." League One side Charlton Athletic have confirmed that PC Keith Palmer, who was the policeman on duty at Westminster, was an East Stand Season Ticket Holder at their club, and plan to hold their own personal tribute at their next home game.


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23 March 2017 : Francois Zoko Talks About The Accrington Stanley Draw
Last Saturday, Yeovil Town played host to Accrington Stanley in a League Two fixture at Huish Park. With questions from local journalist Chris Spittles, in an interview for BBC Somerset, Francois talks about the goal he was credited with, the injury he received during the game, and the frustations of only coming out of the match with a 1-1 draw. Read that interview in full via the link below.

Link: Francois Zoko Speaks To The BBC After The 1-1 Draw Against Accrington Stanley.


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23 March 2017 : Johnson Leaves Hospital After Heart Bypass Operation
Former Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson left hospital yesterday, after being deemed well enough to return home to continue his rehabilitation. The Cheltenham Town boss went under the knife for a triple heart bypass operation last week but within six days has headed back to his home in the Bristol area.

The Gloucestershire Echo even report that Johnson has been considering attending Cheltenham's match at Barnet this weekend as a spectator, although admit that is probably going to be a bit too soon for him. For the immediate future, his assistant Russell Milton has been acting as interim manager over the last three games, and that will continue for the moment, even if there appear to be hopes that Johnson will be back in position before the end of the season. Milton told the Echo that he was even talking to his boss about their match on Saturday:

"I have spoken to the gaffer two or three times and he sounds a lot better. He returned home on Wednesday and he has got his spirit back. He is aware of everything that's going on and has seen everything. We have spoken about Saturday's team, but all is well first and foremost and long may it continue. The gaffer can help a lot and he is here in mind, but not body at the moment."


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23 March 2017 : Yeovil Town vs Leyton Orient : Man Of The Match Result
Last month, Yeovil Town played host to Leyton Orient in a League Two fixture at Huish Park. The match became one of frustration as a Francois Zoko goal appeared to have won the match, only for a late equaliser by old boy Gavin Massey to put a spanner in the works. The end result was a 1-1 draw that probably pleased the Londoners more than it pleased us.

Man of the Match voting saw striker Tom Eaves praised for his role in the central part of the front three, whilst Ben Whitfield picked up plenty of votes from the right-side of midfield that he occupied in the absence of Kevin Dawson, who was suspended. The poll winner, who finished just ahead of Whitfield was goalscorer Francois Zoko who had played as one of the wide strikers.

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

1. Francois Zoko 156 (11)
2. Ben Whitfield 148 (9)
3. Tom Eaves 54 (4)
4. Liam Shephard 38 (1)
5. Nathan Smith 30 (1)
5. Matthew Dolan 30 (1)
7. Alex Lawless 28 (2)
8. Artur Krysiak 22 (0)
9. Darren Ward 14 (1)
10. Alex Lacey 6 (0)
11. Jean-Louis Akpa Akpro 4 (0)

OVERALL MATCH RATING : 4.43
Performance : 4.4
Entertainment : 4.47
VOTES RECEIVED : 30


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22 March 2017 : Lea Sees Bath Beaten As Gosport Revival Continues
Yeovil Town midfielder Joe Lea made his ninth appearance for Gosport Borough last night, as he helped his side to their second consecutive win. Having shocked St Albans City on Saturday, in a 4-0 win that saw the former Southampton academy player score his first goal as part of his half-season loan spell, Lea played a full 90 minutes in a 1-0 win over Bath City, who had been in strong form leading into the match.

Their winning goal came after just five minutes, with Sam Lanahan finding the back of the net. Lanahan played for Yeovil Town's Under-18s during the 2009-10 season, before moving to Dorchester Town and later Blackfield and Langley in the Wessex League, but signed for Gosport in the summer of 2016.

Gosport's two wins in three days have given them a bit of hope in their battle against the drop. With seven games remaining they are now within two points of Truro City and Whitehawk who lie just above them in the National League South table.

Gosport Borough: Jordan, Dawson, Bird, Lanahan, Sanders, Oastler, Lea, Harding, Lee, Wright (Brice 80), Suraci (Bailey 65).


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21 March 2017 : Hartlepool United vs Yeovil Town : Man Of The Match Result
Last month, Yeovil Town travelled a League Two match against Hartlepool United at Victoria Park. The end result was a 1-1 draw with the home side grabbing a lead through Padraig Amond before Matty Dolan upset some of his home town friends by scoring from the penalty spot after Francois Zoko was felled inside the box.

Man of the Match voting saw Nathan Smith praised as a centre-back, whilst Francois Zoko's role as a left-sided forward doubtless was seen as influential given that he won the equalising spot kick. However, the poll winner, with some strong agreement was goalscorer Matty Dolan. Full results, with outright MOTM votes, are as shown below:

1. Matthew Dolan 30 (3)
2. Francois Zoko 18 (1)
3. Nathan Smith 16 (1)
4. Ben Whitfield 8 (0)
5. Darren Ward 6 (0)
5. Matt Butcher 6 (0)
7. Jean-Louis Akpa Akpro 4 (0)

OVERALL MATCH RATING : 7.2
Performance : 8
Entertainment : 6.4
VOTES RECEIVED : 5


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21 March 2017 : 2016-17 League Two Team Of The Season
The Football League have revealed their Team Of The Season for the 2016-17 League Two campaign. The selection has in the past been made by individual managers, but this season the League indicate that each of the League's 72 clubs nominated a 'local media representative' who would then choose 11 players from the relevant division, along with a manager, who they believed represented the best 'team' that they'd seen during the season. Nominations were not allowed to include selections for their local team.

Not too surprisingly, given the club's current 17th placed position in League Two, there weren't any Yeovil Town players nominated. The eventual team was made up of two players from Doncaster Rovers, three from Portsmouth, two from Plymouth Argyle and two from Blackpool, with Stevenage and Exeter City getting one each. The Manager of the Season for League Two was Doncaster's Darren Ferguson.

The full list of players was as follows:

Goalkeeper: David Forde (Portsmouth)

Defender: Enda Stevens (Portsmouth)
Defender: Christian Burgess (Portsmouth)
Defender: Sonny Bradley (Plymouth Argyle)
Defender: Kelvin Mellor (Blackpool)

Midfielder: Graham Carey (Plymouth Argyle)
Midfielder: James Coppinger (Doncaster Rovers)
Midfielder: Brad Potts (Blackpool)

Forward: Matt Godden (Stevenage)
Forward: John Marquis (Doncaster Rovers)
Forward: Ollie Watkins (Exeter City)

Manager: Darren Ferguson (Doncaster Rovers)

At League One level, former Yeovil Town loanee Josh Morris, who currently plays for Scunthorpe United was included in the third tier's Team of the Season. As a 20 year old, the left-sided midfielder had a five game loan spell with the Glovers just after Gary Johnson commenced his second spell with the club whilst on the books of Blackburn Rovers, but suffered with illness during his stay with the club that disrupted his stay in Somerset. This season he's scored 20 goals for Scunthorpe - an impressive haul for a player not part of the front line strike force.

The selections are being made in advance of the Football League's 2017 Annual Awards evening, which takes place in London on Sunday 9th April.


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21 March 2017 : Nathan Jones: I Had Gone As Far As I Could At Yeovil
Former Yeovil Town assistant manager Nathan Jones has signed a new contract with League Two side Luton Town. The decision to put the 43 year old on a new deal gives a sign to Hatters fans that their future under the Welshman will not be affected by how they do between now and the end of the season, despite it being far from certain that they will gain an automatic promotion or even a play-off position. They currently lie in 5th place in the League Two table, but with a batch of in-form teams around them, the pressure has been on them to hold that place.

Rather than wait until the summer to sort things out, the Hatters board have given Jones a three-and-a-half year contract that will keep him at Kenilworth Road until the summer of 2020, extending a deal that was due to expire at the end of next season. Jones had been appointed in January 2016, in what was his first permanent front line position, after he decided to leave Brighton and Hove Albion, having acted as their Under-21 manager, first team coach, assistant manager and even caretaker manager during his time with the Seagulls.

Jones has had 70 games in charge so far, winning 34 of those and drawing 17 of them during that 14 month spell, and he has spoken about his evolution as a manager, including going back to his decision to leave Yeovil Town back in June 2012. At the time, the former left-back had said that he felt his progression as a coach had 'stunted' a bit, and the suspicion was that having been an assistant manager at Huish Park, that he wasn't interested in the long run at being third in command with the Glovers behind Gary Johnson and Terry Skiverton. He has now admitted that he had ambitions to become a fully fledged first team manager even back then, and felt he had to move on to achieve his goal:

"I knew it (that he wanted to become a first team manager) when I was at Yeovil. I had gone as far as I could so went to work with Paul Hart (at Charlton Athletic) as an U21s manager, so I could manage my own group and test my development. I had a good education, working with three fantastic managers (at Brighton and Hove Albion). Chris Hughton was very experienced, Oscar Garcia was an up and coming Barcelona protege, and Sami Hyppia, although he didn't have the most successful of times there, was a wonderful man to work for."

By the time Jones had made his decision to join Luton Town as their manager, he had performed roles at Yeovil Town, Charlton Athletic and Brighton and Hove Albion across a seven year period. He admitted that a short 2014 spell as Brighton's Caretaker Manager had made him realise he wanted to move forward, and said by that point it was a question of waiting for the right position to come along:

"I had an unbeaten stint as caretaker at Brighton which gave me that hunger. and there came a point when I realised I was ready. I served a seven-year apprenticeship and felt I was ready. I had other chances to leave but never took them, but Luton felt right. I gambled on my own future and the club gambled on me as well, so it was a good fit. They wanted a manager with a vision and a long term goal who was going to work with players, and I want to improve players and develop myself."


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20 March 2017 : Darren Talks About Accrington Stanley Home Team Selection
Just before Saturday afternoon's League Two match against Accrington Stanley kicked off at Huish Park, Yeovil Town manager Darren Way spoke to the BBC about the game. With questions from local journalist Chris Spittles, in an interview for BBC Somerset, Darren talks about the return of Barnet loanee Jean-Louis Akpa Akpro, the need to entertain the supporters during the remaining games, and his thoughts on the players' contractual situations. Read that interview via the link below.

Link: Darren Way Speaks To The BBC Just Before Kick-Off Against Accrington Stanley.


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20 March 2017 : Ticketing For Colchester United vs Yeovil Town
Advance Tickets for Yeovil Town's League Two match against Colchester United are now on sale from the Huish Park Ticket Office. The match takes place on Saturday 6th May 2017 at the Community Stadium with a 5.30p.m. kick-off. Fans intending to make the trip for the final match of the 2016-17 season should note that there is a monumentally complicated sliding scale of admission prices, based on how early you purchase your ticket.

The effect of this is that an Adult ticket can cost as much as £6.50 less if you purchase your ticket now, compared to if you leave it until matchday itself.

Tickets Purchased between 20/03/2017 and 31/03/2017:
Adults: £14.50; Concessions: £10.00; Aged 18-21: £11.00; Under-18s: £8.00; Under-14s: £3.00; Under-11s: FREE*; Additional U11s: £1.00.

Tickets Purchased between 01/04/2017 and 14/04/2017:
Adults: £16.00; Concessions: £11.00; Aged 18-21: £12.00; Under-18s: £9.00; Under-14s: £3.50; Under-11s: FREE*; Additional U11s: £1.00.

Tickets Purchased between 15/04/2017 and 28/04/2017:
Adults: £17.50; Concessions: £12.50; Aged 18-21: £12.50; Under-18s: £9.50; Under-14s: £4.00; Under-11s: FREE*; Additional U11s: £1.00.

Tickets Purchased between 29/04/2017 and 05/05/2017:
Adults: £19.00; Concessions: £14.00; Aged 18-21: £15.00; Under-18s: £11.00; Under-14s: £4.50; Under-11s: FREE*; Additional U11s: £1.00.

Tickets Purchased on Matchday (from the Community Stadium):
Adults: £21.00; Concessions: £16.00; Aged 18-21: £17.00; Under-18s: £13.00; Under-14s: £5.00; Under-11s: FREE*; Additional U11s: £1.00.

The free tickets for Under-11s are sold only if you are purchasing an Adult ticket at the same time. You can get up to four Under-11 tickets under a single adult ticket. After that the 'Additional Under-11s' charge applies.

The Concessionary rate applies to Over-65s and members of the Armed Forces (with ID).

Ambulant Disabled and Wheelchair Disabled supporters can admit an assistant free of charge, provided they are on the middle or higher rate of Disabled Living Allowance.

Parking at the ground can be prebooked at www.colutickets.com

Given the complexities of the above pricing structure, the Ticket Office will not be selling these online - you'll need to call them on 01935-847888 or visit the Ticket Office in person.

We've done several different locations at Colchester's current ground, but for our last few visits, away fans have been switched to the East Stand, getting a couple of blocks, with Block E1 being their starting point. This is the one nearest the corner flag where the East and North Stands join.

Link: Ticketing For Exeter City vs Yeovil Town.

Link: GWSC Travel For Exeter City vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Ticketing For Newport County vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Ticketing For Portsmouth 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.

Link: Yeovil Town Ladies : FAWSL1 Spring Series Revised Fixture List.


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20 March 2017 : Orient Survive High Court Winding Up Order As Case Adjourned By Three Months
League Two side Leyton Orient live to fight another day, after their Winding Up Order brought by HMRC was confirmed as having been settled. At the Royal Courts of Justice in London, the East London side were there to answer a case brought by the taxman back in February 2017, believed to relate to around £250,000 worth of unpaid tax.

Orient's owners have maintained a public silence over the issue, leading to concern that they would just let the club fall into administration, or even liquidation, but they have confirmed that debt has been paid. However, that may not be the end of issues. The court heard representation from other Creditors who stepped forward once the action by HMRC was brought.

The Guardian Series newspaper report that Orient are claimed to owe £18,000 to Central Circle Events Management Ltd, who provide matchday stewarding, £35,000 to Waltham Forest Council and £8,000 to the club's official photographer. There have also been reports that Orient owe money to Alchemy Creations, who design their matchday programme, with their recent match against Grimsby Town seeing the publication reduced to 16 pages after discussions with the parties involved.

The Court heard that owner Francesco Becchetti has pledged to put £1 million into the club in order to pay off its standing debts. As a result, the Judge has adjourned their case until June 12th 2017 to give them time to satisfy the various creditors.


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20 March 2017 : First Goal For Joe Lea As St Albans Thrashed
Yeovil Town midfielder Joe Lea scored his first goal of his loan spell with Gosport Borough on the weekend. The strike came as part of the Hampshire side's shock 4-0 win over St Albans City, as they refuse to give up in their battle against relegation from the National League South division.

Lea had been missing from their side recently due to illness but returned to the starting line-up and scored their second goal of the afternoon, as he took the ball past two St Albans defenders before slotting home from a narrow angle for what was a 2-0 lead at the time. With Tony Lee getting a goal either side of Lea's strike, and Ollie Bailey scoring in the second half, Gosport were able to romp home by four goals.

Unfortunately for Gosport, they came off the pitch to find that they still face the same target to avoid relegation. A win for Whitehawk over Bishop's Stortford means that they still remain five points adrift of safety with eight games remaining. They have a tricky Tuesday night home match against Bath City where they will hope that win has created a bit of sudden momentum to carry them through.

Joe's loan spell at Gosport has been a difficult one, given that when he joined them in January, he signed for a club that were on a bad run even before that, and their rebuilt squad has spent much of the second half of the season trying to turn things around. He's so far made eight appearances for The Boro, along with that goal on Saturday.

Joe Lea's Games for Gosport Borough:
24/01/2017 : East Thurrock United (home) : 90 minutes
28/01/2017 : Maidenhead United (home) : 90 minutes
07/02/2017 : Hampton and Richmond (away) : 90 minutes
11/02/2017 : Dartford (home) : 90 minutes
14/02/2017 : AFC Stoneham (home) : Missed game, ineligible to play in cup competition.
18/02/2017 : Eastbourne Borough (away) : 80 minutes, started
21/02/2017 : Truro City (away) : 45 minutes, started
25/02/2017 : Hemel Hempstead (home) : 90 minutes.
04/03/2017 : Wealdstone (away) : Unused substitute.
07/03/2017 : Porchester (away) : Missed game, ineligible to play in cup competition.
11/03/2017 : Margate (away) : Missed game, illness.
18/03/2017 : St Albans City (home) : 90 minutes, one goal.


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19 March 2017 : Notts County 3 Yeovil 2 : Ladies Out Of FA Cup Despite Late Drama
Yeovil Town Ladies headed out of the FA Women's Cup at the Fifth Round stage on Sunday afternoon, despite late drama in their tie against Notts County Ladies. In what was effectively the opening game of the club's 2017 Mini Spring Series session, as a newly promoted FAWSL1 club the Ladies were placed into the FA Cup at the Fifth Round stage, but had the difficult task of trying to deal with a Nottingham side who as 2015 finalists know all about the competition.

The Ladies went into the new campaign with two players making their debuts and one making her return. Nia Jones was announced as a new signing from Reading FC Women, whilst Ella Pusey is a 17 year old who is moving up through the Development Squad ranks. A rather more familiar face was the return of former captain Natalie Haigh, but otherwise the remainder of the squad were retained from their FAWSL2 title winning season, with the Ladies having used the past fortnight or so to announce the contract extension of many of their well known players.

Notts County took the lead in the match when their captain Jade Moore scored from a corner set piece, with the home side keeping the Glovers rather busy in defence. They doubled their lead shortly after an injury saw Charlotte Johnson have to replace goalkeeper Charlie Haynes who had suffered a quad muscle problem. Johnson had the misfortune to have to pick Kirsty Linnett's top corner shot out of the net after 53 minutes, and it looked as though the tie was firmly heading one way.

However, last season Yeovil had a habit of pulling such games out of the fire, and they threatened to do so when in the 85th minute Kelly Snook was tripped inside the box, allowing Lucy Quinn the chance to fire a spot kick home. That should have been the opportunity to put late pressure on County, but misfortune struck just a minute later in the oddest of ways, as Hannah Short's powerful header away from her own goal ricocheted of Bow Jackson and then back over substitute keeper Charlotte Johnson for an own goal.

Still Yeovil battled back as Kelly Snook fired home an 88th minute half volley into the bottom right hand corner, but by then time was running out, meaning Jamie Sherwood's side dropped out of the FA Cup for this current season. Speaking after the game, the Glovers boss felt that his side could have done better with the goals Notts County scored, but was happy with the second half showing:

"There were periods of the game where we had a lot of momentum and we put Notts County under a lot of pressure and I believe that their goals were preventable which is disappointing. Overall we put in a good account of ourselves and we have shown that we can challenge in this league and that is really pleasing. As a first team manager, I am very proud of what we done in the second half."

Final Score: Notts County Ladies 3 Yeovil Town Ladies 2.

Scorers: Jade Moore (26 mins, 1-0), Kirsty Linnett (53 mins, 2-0), Lucy Quinn (85 mins, 2-1, penalty), Bow Jackson (86 mins, 3-1, own goal), Kelly Snook (88 mins, 3-2)

Yeovil Town Ladies:
Charlie Haynes, Natalie Haigh, Ellie Curson, Steph Williams, Annie Heatherson, Nadia Lawrence, Kelly Snook, Nia Jones, Lucy Quinn, Helen Bleazard, Hannah Short

Substitutes:
Ella Pusey (46 mins for Steph Williams), Charlotte Johnson (53 mins for Charlie Haynes), Bow Jackson (86 mins for Nadia Lawrence)

Notts County Ladies:
Carly Telford, Shelley Provan, Danielle Buet, Louise Quinn, Rachel Williams, Kirsty Linnett, Aileen. Whelan, Jade Moore, Angharad James, Leanne Crichon, Laura Bassett

Substitutes:
Megan Walsh, Jessica Clarke, Bianca Bragg, Niamh Cashin.

Referee: Martyn Fryer.

Attendance: 443.


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19 March 2017 : Darren Way's Verdict On The Accrington Stanley Home Game
Following Saturday afternoon's League Two match against Accrington Stanley at Huish Park, Yeovil Town manager Darren Way spoke to the BBC about the match. With questions from local journalist Chris Spittles, Darren gives his views on the team's performance on the day, the injury status of Darren Ward and Otis Khan and the general future of out of contract players. Read that interview in full via the link below.

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


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19 March 2017 : Way To Give Players A Steer On Their Futures In Next Few Weeks
Yeovil Town manager Darren Way has said that he will be talking to his players individually about their futures at the club over the next couple of weeks. Indicating that he had already had conversations with 'one or two' of his squad about where they were likely to lie beyond the end of the season, Way plans to chat to the fifteen players whose current contracts are up in the near future.

Only Artur Krysiak, Ryan Dickson and Omar Sowunmi have contracts that run into the 2017-18 season, and with seven loan players guaranteed to return to their parent clubs, Way will need to deal with almost his entire squad once he reaches May. He says that he plans to start addressing that issue soon and again repeats last week's views that he is aiming for continuity within the ranks:

"I'll be talking to the players over the next couple of weeks. I've spoken to one or two. There's one thing that I have to do now as the manager of the football club, is I've got to try to keep our assets. You can see over the course of a season, and you've witnessed it, I think we've only lost two in the last ten going into this game. For a club like Yeovil, the thing that we've been lacking has been just a little bit more quality up front. I'm hoping to keep the core of the group, and to add to that certainly for next season."

It's highly unlikely that Way will be holding formal contract talks at this stage, given that he will not know what sort of a playing budget the Board will be setting him, until the club's 2017-18 Season Ticket sales are known, leading up to the club's 'early bird' deadline. Actual offers tend to be handed out shortly after the final game, if recent seasons are anything to go by. However, it is likely that any conversation Way holds will give that player a steer as to whether he intends to offer them an extension, or whether they would be better off calling their agents. Reading into his words, it seems likely that those players who have held down a regular place will be the ones that should expect good news.


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19 March 2017 : Video : Yeovil Town vs Accrington Stanley Match Highlights
For those who want to view match highlights of yesterday's 1-1 draw with Accrington Stanley, these are now available online. As well as the incident that saw Scott Brown sent off, you can judge for yourself whether Francois Zoko got the final touch on Yeovil Town's equalising goal. Watch via the YouTube clip below.




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19 March 2017 : Khan Return Targetted For Exeter Trip
Yeovil Town manager Darren Way is fairly hopeful that wide man Otis Khan will be back and available for selection for next weekend's League Two match against Exeter City. The 21 year old has been absent since the January 10th EFL Trophy match against Reading Under-21s saw him pick up an ankle injury.

Since then, Otis has missed fifteen games in a row, and although there's been a number of occasions where Way has implied Otis has been 'close' to a return, nothing has materialised. However, speaking after yesterday's game, the Glovers boss now seems more confident that he will get the former Barnsley man back on the field of play:

"Fingers crossed, he'll be back and involved for Exeter. I'm really excited to see him on the training ground. He's a good character, he works so hard and I have to say we've missed him this year."


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19 March 2017 : Ladies Sign Up Dual Sport International From Reading
Yeovil Town Ladies manager Jamie Sherwood has added more depth to his side by signing dual sport international athlete Nia Jones. The 24 year old, who can play in a variety of positions, has signed for Yeovil after her contract at WSL 1 side Reading FC Women ended in December. Jones joined Reading in 2015 from Cardiff City Ladies, where she previously worked under Jamie Sherwood. Nia was part of Reading's first title winning season, so understands and has experience of the transition of going from a WSL 2 side to a WSL 1 side. On signing she said:

"I joined Yeovil because first and foremost I have a lot of respect for the club after what they achieved last season. WSL 2 is a tough league where there are many teams who can sneak results against one another, so to get promoted as Champions in the manner that they did was really impressive."
 
Nia is a well-established athlete, who has represented Wales in both football and netball. She has played for the Welsh women's football team since the age of 16 and was involved in the 2016 Cyprus Cup, and has currently earned herself 30 senior caps.

Jones also plays for netball Super League side Celtic Dragons and competed at the 2014 Glasgow Commonwealth Games. However, she had to take a break from both sports after breaking her distal fibula in a training session towards the end of last season. Upon her return, Nia recently represented Wales in netball at a Test Series against second ranked in the world, New Zealand and is looking to prove herself in football at international level again. She explained what she felt she could bring to the squad:

"Hopefully I can add some tenacity, drive and experience to an already solid squad. The players and staff have been really welcoming and informative. It's been quite an intense week as we're preparing for the FA Cup Fifth Round so I already feel like I've built some good relationships on the pitch."
 
On signing Jones, boss Jamie Sherwood, whose side travel to Eastwood Town's ground later today to face Notts County Ladies for that FA Women's Cup Fifth Round tie said of his new signing:

"Nia is a player that I have worked with previously and I know her passion, determination to succeed. She is an adaptive player who can give us flexibility across a couple of positions and that is really important to a club like ours. What is really important to me is her character and the way she communicates with her peers and the way she presents herself. She knows what WSL 1 is all about from her time at Reading and I also know she has goals to reach. One of them is to establish herself as a WSL 1 Footballer and I am excited to see her growth here at YTLFC."

New Yeovil Town Ladies signing Nia Jones
New Yeovil Town Ladies signing Nia Jones



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18 March 2017 : Former Loanee Roberts Makes Swansea Teamsheet For First Time
Former Yeovil Town loanee Connor Roberts was named on the teamsheet tonight for Swansea City's Premier League squad that travelled to AFC Bournemouth. The 21 year old's inclusion was the first time he'd ever made it into his club's first team line-up, and although he didn't get into the pitch in the end, it sets an important landmark in his career progression in South Wales.

Connor had endured a bit of a frustrating 2016-17 season, in that a loan spell with League One side Bristol Rovers failed to give him the move up the divisions that he'd obviously hoped it would. After being given game time in just five matches with the Gas - of which only two were at League One level, he ended his stay at the Memorial Stadium slightly early, and has since been playing for Swansea's Under-23 side as part of their Premier League 2 fixtures.

His call-up into the first team ranks has come about largely due to an injury crisis at the Liberty Stadium. The eventual line-up saw Leroy Fer take the right-back slot for the game against Bournemouth, and with him playing a full 90 minutes in the 2-0 defeat, Connor never made it onto the pitch. One player who did though, was Stephen Kingsley, who was on the opposite flank, making his 11th appearance of the season, and his 16th overall. Given that Kingsley is a year older, hopefully Roberts can look at his career path and aim to follow in his footsteps.

Swansea City:
1 Lukasz Fabianski 8 Leroy Fer 33 Federico Fernandez 6 Alfie Mawson 35 Stephen Kingsley 24 Jack Cork 3 Jordan Ayew 4 Ki Sung-yueng 42 Tom Carroll 23 Gylfi Sigurdsson 9 Fernando Llorente

Substitutes:
2 Jordi Amat 7 Leon Britton 10 Borja Baston 13 Kristoffer Nordfeldt 15 Wayne Routledge 28 Luciano Narsingh 52 Connor Roberts


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18 March 2017 : Man of the Match Voting for Yeovil Town vs Accrington Stanley
If you watched Saturday afternoon's 1-1 draw against Accrington Stanley 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 Accrington Stanley.


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18 March 2017 : Darren Way Has Mixed Emotions After Accrington Draw
Yeovil Town manager Darren Way said that he had 'mixed emotions' about his side's performance in the 1-1 draw against Accrington Stanley at Huish Park today. Having played against a side down to 10 men for 68 minutes, there was a definite element of frustration by the end of the game that the club had only managed a draw, with Francois Zoko credited as the goalscorer for the one the Glovers did get into the back of the net during the game.

During recent weeks, Yeovil Town have been League Two's lowest goalscorers, although they've shown signs of getting out of that rut with six goals in their last three fixtures. However, Way admitted to BBC Somerset after the match that whilst he thought the club's overall play was 'entertaining' and 'excellent' that the inability to find the back of the net was still haunting them:

"There's certainly mixed emotions. I thought our performance during the first half was entertaining, with the amount of final third entries that we had. Really that sums our season up as far as the fine lines between being a top six team and controlling the game, and just not having that quality in thnat final third just to put it in the back of the net. We've lacked that over a number of games this year. It's not for the effort of trying, but we work on that all week. We have to make sure that we keep going, and we keep believing. Certainly for the direction that we're trying to push the players in, it's above mid-table. I thought you could see that today against an Accrington team that was in good form. Some of our play was excellent."

The other significant downside to this afternoon's draw was that Accrington even took the lead, despite playing a man short. A glancing header from Omar Bogles after a set piece was recycled gave the away side an unexpected advantage, and Way admitted that one of his players had failed to pick up their marker, although went on to defend the inexperience of his team as a factor in that:

"We were disappointed with that. One of our markers lost concentration. We know how important set plays are. But overall there are mixed emotions. I still think that this group, as far as certain individuals are concerned, I can count five or six players that have never played more than 30 or 40 league games. I know they're honest and I know they're humble and I know they're working hard and they've put the club into a position where over the last three years we've been fighting relegation. We're not a relegation team, that's for sure. We're certainly that close from being a top half of the table team."


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18 March 2017 : Ward Ruled Out For Rest Of Season As Knee Problems Continue
It won't come as too much of a surprise to supporters, but central defender Darren Ward has now been ruled out for the remainder of the 2016-17 season. His swollen knee has plagued him since January 2016, when he suffered an injury on a snowbound pitch at Morecambe. Although he later returned that season to complete a further seven matches, he dropped out again in late March, sitting out the remainder of that season.

Ward then missed the whole of pre-season, although he made a brief substitute appearance on the opening day of the 2016-17 season, during which he believed that he jarred his knee in a tackle as part of the home match against Notts County. That then led to another five week lay-off. Since then the club have tried to ration his appearances, dropping him from EFL Trophy matches, and more recently from midweek matches.

The end result is that Ward has made 26 appearances across a 15 month period, with his last appearance coming during the club's 2-0 defeat against Cheltenham Town on February 18th. He went to see a specialist at the end of the month, and it has now been confirmed that he will not feature again this season. As he is now out of contract at the end of the campaign, it's also highly questionable, at the age of 38, if he will appear for the club again.

Overall, he's made 41 appearances, scoring four goals, since being brought in during November 2015.

Link: Darren Ward : Yeovil Town Statistics.


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18 March 2017 : Yeovil 1 Accrington 1 : Ten Men Stanley Force Another Frustrating Draw
Yeovil Town were left frustrated as they picked up their 15th draw of the 2016-17 season in a 1-1 draw with Accrington Stanley this afternoon. Playing against ten men for 68 minutes of the match, after Scott Brown was dismissed for a crude challenge on Francois Zoko, the Glovers struggled to break the opposition down, and were in danger of suffering defeat when Omar Beckles glanced home a recycled set piece early in the second half. But a Matt Dolan corner sparked the equaliser, with Francois Zoko credited with the final touch for what will stand as his 11th goal of the season. Unfortunately they couldn't find a way past the visitors' back line for what was their 11th draw in their last 17 league fixtures.

The Glovers went into the match having a rare opportunity to select the same eleven players that they'd used on Wednesday night against Barnet. The only change was on the bench with Jean-Louis Akpa Akpro coming back onto the teamsheet in place of Owain Jones. An injury to Arron Davies in the Accrington squad meant that he couldn't face his former club.

The first half was a very open one, but one in which the Glovers had the majority of the play. Alex Lacey shot just wide of the target after the ball dropped to him on the edge of the box, following a free kick that was half-cleared. Meanwhile in a swirling wind that was with Yeovil in the first half, Liam Shephard fired just over the bar. Accrington threatened through a good forward run from full-back Matty Pearson, but he also fired wide, whilst Accrington's Jordan Clark also missed the target. That was largely the problem for both teams in that neither goalkeeper was being firmly tested, even if it was clear that Yeovil had the upper hand.

Midway through the half came one of the game's key moments. Francois Zoko had collected the ball and turned before he was caught by a horrible looking over the top tackle by Accrington midfielder Scott Brown. Referee Nigel Miller pulled out a red card almost immediately, spending the next minute or two trying to diffuse the situation between the groups of players, whilst Zoko received lengthy treatment. Thankfully the striker was okay to continue, with both Brown and Accrington apologising after the match for the tackle - the level of contrition once the pushing and shoving had calmed down probably ensured that nothing after that incident turned into anything sinister.

Stanley initially tried to continue using an unexpected 3-4-2 formation, but eventually made a double substitution to provide a 5-3-1 line-up that was clearly intended to frustrate the Glovers. It took a while, but gradually Yeovil ramped back up the tempo of the game in the lead-up to the break. First Kevin Dawson had his shot saved by the legs of Marek Rodak, after Ben Whitfield had threaded him the ball. Then Whitfield broke clean through via a ball over the top of the back line, as he received the chance of the half, only to find Rodak blocking his one-v-one. Liam Shephard also found his attempt saved by the keeper, as late pressure failed to break through by the time the half time whistle blew.

Whilst you have all that pressure in a football match, there is always the danger that the opposition will dish out a sucker punch. When a team is down to ten men, it's most likely to be scored from a set piece. And so it proved, with Shay McCartan's corner being recycled back to him. When he put the ball in a second time, Omar Beckles produced a glancing header to put Accrington a goal up, just six minutes into the second half.

Whilst Francois Zoko went close when he lifted the ball over the advancing Marek Rodak, only to find the ball landing on the roof of the net, Yeovil really weren't themselves in the second half. Whether the half time team talk had galvanised Accrington, or whether the goal had, they looked very comfortable for a side with a man disadvantage. A formation change from the starting 4-4-2 to a 3-4-3 for Yeovil seemed a bit muddled in the middle, as Matt Butcher moved into the heart of the defence, and Ben Whitfield moved up front, but with the effect that it neutralised Kevin Dawson's first half energetic running.

Moreover, the number of chances were drying up significantly, and when they did fall to Yeovil players, it was Bevis Mugabi, angling a shot from eight yards out wide of the target, rather than one of the three strikers. It was therefore almost a relief and a surprise when 16 minutes from time, Yeovil drew level from a corner. Matt Dolan put in the set piece, and although it wasn't particularly clear who had got the last touch, Francois Zoko was credited with it over the tannoy, and eventually by the Opta official data recorders. For the second time in two games, that will need the video to work out what actually happened.

In theory that should have been the lift Yeovil needed to go on and win it, but despite applying most of the pressure in the latter stages, their overall play was too frantic and too rushed at times to create that opening. They had a penalty appeal turned down when Francois Zoko was felled inside the box, then saw substitute Shayon Harrison fire just wide in the dying minutes, after Kevin Dawson had put him through. Then fellow substitute Jean-Louis Akpa Akpro had a final injury time effort deflected over the bar and Yeovil once again had to settle for a point, instead of the three they probably should have been aiming at. Still 17th, still firmly in a lower-mid-table position, and still no doubts that they'll be playing League Two football next season. But once again frustration for what might have been.

Link: 2016-17 Latest League Two Table.

Final Score: Yeovil Town 1 Accrington Stanley 1.

Scorers: Omar Beckles (0-1, 51 mins), Francois Zoko (1-1, 74 mins)

Yeovil Town:
1. Artur Krysiak
2. Liam Shephard 6. Bevis Mugabi 5. Alex Lacey 11. Ryan Dickson (Capt)
7. Kevin Dawson 16. Matt Butcher 4. Matt Dolan 28. Ben Whitfield
9. Tom Eaves 13. Francois Zoko

Substitutes: 12. Johnny Maddison 17. Omar Sowunmi 19. Brandon Goodship 22. Ollie Bassett 31. Jean-Louis Akpa Akpro (58 mins for Tom Eaves) 32. Tom James 39. Shayon Harrison (76 mins for Matt Dolan)

Accrington Stanley:
12 Marek Rodak
32 Harvey Rodgers 5 Omar Beckles 3 Mark Hughes 2 Matty Pearson
7 Jordan Clark 28 Seamus Conneely 8 Scott Brown 11 Sean McConville
10 Shay McCartan 29 Billy Kee

Substitutes:
9 Terry Gornell 14 Romuald Boco (72 mins for Shay McCartan) 16 Noor Husin (30 mins for Sean McConville) 19 Brayden Shaw 20 Aaron Chapman 24 Jonathan Edwards 30 Janoi Donacien (31 mins for Jordan Clark)

Yeovil Bookings: None.

Accrington Stanley Bookings: Sean McConville (foul, 21 mins), Harvey Rodgers (foul, 65 mins). Red Card: Scott Brown (serious foul play, 22 mins)

Yeovil Match Statistics: Possession: 56%; Shots: 17; Shots On Target: 5; Corners: 9; Fouls: 8.

Accrington Stanley Match Statistics: Possession: 44%; Shots: 9; Shots On Target: 1; Corners: 5; Fouls: 10.

Referee: Nigel Miller (County Durham). Assistants: Andrew Quin (Devon) and Justin Amey (Dorset). Fourth Official: Adam Bromley (Devon).

Attendance: 2,991 (with 69 Accrington Stanley supporters).


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18 March 2017 : Team News For Yeovil Town vs Accrington Stanley
Yeovil Town have chosen their starting line-up for this afternoon's League Two match against Accrington Stanley at Huish Park. The match sees the Glovers name an unchanged side compared to the team that played against Barnet in midweek.

The only change is on the bench. Barnet striker Jean-Louis Akpa Akpro was not allowed to play against his parent club in midweek but he is restored to the teamsheet. Football League rules on loan players mean the Glovers have to leave two players sat in the stand. Today these are Milton Keynes Dons winger Kabongo Tshimanga and Swansea City attacker Owain Jones.

Other absentees due to injuries include Otis Khan (ankle), Darren Ward (swollen knee), defender Nathan Smith (medial knee ligaments) and Alex Lawless (hamstring). Midfielder Joe Lea is on loan with Gosport Borough.

The team is as follows, with the recent change to a 4-4-2 assumed to be continuing:

Yeovil Town:
1. Artur Krysiak
2. Liam Shephard 6. Bevis Mugabi 5. Alex Lacey 11. Ryan Dickson (Capt)
7. Kevin Dawson 16. Matt Butcher 4. Matt Dolan 28. Ben Whitfield
9. Tom Eaves 13. Francois Zoko

Substitutes: 12. Johnny Maddison 17. Omar Sowunmi 19. Brandon Goodship 22. Ollie Bassett 31. Jean-Louis Akpa Akpro 32. Tom James 39. Shayon Harrison

Accrington Stanley:
12 Marek Rodak
32 Harvey Rodgers 5 Omar Beckles 3 Mark Hughes 2 Matty Pearson
7 Jordan Clark 28 Seamus Conneely 8 Scott Brown 11 Sean McConville
10 Shay McCartan 29 Billy Kee

Substitutes:
9 Terry Gornell 14 Romuald Boco 16 Noor Husin 19 Brayden Shaw 20 Aaron Chapman 24 Jonathan Edwards 30 Janoi Donacien


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18 March 2017 : Way Looking To Combat Accrington Side In Rich Vein Of Form
Yeovil Town will go into this afternoon's League Two match against Accrington Stanley needing to combat a side that scored five goals in midweek. The Lancashire team thrashed relegation-threatened Leyton Orient 5-0 at the Crown Ground - an extension of a seven game unbeaten run that has seen John Coleman's side pull clear of any lingering relegation problems of their own.

The opening goalscorer on Tuesday night was Billy Kee - their top goalscorer, and a player that was linked with Yeovil Town during the summer of 2010, before he joined Torquay United. He's been at Accrington for the past two seasons, and has scored 30 goals during his time. With others such as Matty Pearson and Shay McCartan having been regular goalscorers for them over the year, Way admits his defence will need to combat that but believes his side have a greater threat:

"We've got to make sure that we're ready for an Accrington team that are on the back of scoring five goals. They've been in a rich vein of form and they've got some very good players. I looked at some of their goals against Leyton Orient, and they just looked like they were a class above. Having said that, I like to think that we're the better threat, compared to what they are. We've got to make sure that their exciting players do not control the game, and they've got one or two of them."

With Yeovil Town now 12 points clear of the League Two relegation zone, and in a relatively solid 17th place - just behind Accrington on goal difference - they can probably relax a bit during their final nine fixtures. However, Way says that he wants to see some excitement at Huish Park, perhaps mindful of how the club's last home match against Luton Town turned out a fortnight ago:

"I just want the players to excite the supporters. I want the supporters to see the team hungry and passionate, and playing with loads of energy. The supporters, I feel, have supported me - they've shared my frustrations and I've shared their frustrations. But we've got to make sure that we stick together, and we need support for next year to make sure that we keep the assets that we've got at this football club, and that's what I ask for."

Whilst the club's long term injured players will not return for Saturday afternoon's fixtures, the Glovers will be able to add Jean-Louis Akpa Akpro to their squad, after his parent club Barnet insisted on his exclusion in the two clubs' loan agreement. Way added that he believed that he was having to manage a squad that was smaller than other League Two rivals, and that he was having to deal with a playing budget that had dropped 'dramatically' in recent seasons:

"Jean will be back, which is good. We did miss him, certainly as far as experience is concerned. As you can see, we're very low on numbers. Every squad list you look at, at every football club, there are plus-30 players. This squad has got to the quarter-finals of the Checkatrade. As it stands at the moment, if it was to finish now, then it has been quite a success, considering that the finances have been dropped dramatically, and the club is levelling out now."


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