League One side Oldham Athletic have signed up former Yeovil Town loanee Michael Ngoo on a short term contract. The former Liverpool academy player had most recently been on the books of National League side Bromley after a long spell out of the game. He turned out for Bromley just once in November 2016, but before that had a two year spell with Scottish side Kilmarnock that was largely thwarted by a serious leg injury.
Ngoo only made seven appearances for Kilmarnock, with six of those coming in the Scottish Premiership during the first half of the 2014-15 season. A tackle by Celtic's Virgil Van Dijk - now at Southampton - left Ngoo with a deep gash in his leg that required an operation. It's not clear how long he was out injured, but beyond that game he made just one 88th minute substitute appearance before disappearing entirely off the radar. His two year contract with Kilmarnock ran out in the summer of 2016, and unsurprisingly wasn't renewed.
It seems that Ngoo left Bromley fairly soon after his arrival and has been training with Oldham Athletic, who currently lie in the League One relegation zone. Their problems haven't been helped by a transfer embargo, caused by the non-payment of a £300,000 tax bill and a number of debts to other clubs. But that was cleared last Monday, thus allowing them to sign Ngoo and two other players in time for yesterday's match against relegation rivals Shrewsbury Town. New Oldham boss John Sheridan has said of Ngoo's arrival:
"He has been on trial with us, I’ve looked at him and we’re taking a chance on him. He has got a good pedigree with being at Liverpool and he’s here until the end of the season so hopefully he turns out to be a good acquisition for us. He is big, over six foot and puts himself about so hopefully we can get something out of him and he is the type of player who could keep us in this league."
Ngoo played the first 57 minutes of yesterday's match at Shrewsbury, but saw his new team slip to a 1-0 defeat, which allowed the home side to climb out of the relegation zone and leave Oldham six points from safety.
For those who want to view match highlights of yesterday's 2-2 draw with Blackpool at Bloomfield Road, these are now online. The goals scored by Francois Zoko and Darren Ward were cancelled out by Blackpool's Kelvin Mellor and Nathan Delfouneso - those are all present via the YouTube footage below. The footage also includes a first half effort from Matt Dolan and the late volley from Tom Eaves but does not include any of the game's incidents that were claimed as contentious after the match.
Yesterday, Yeovil Town left-back Ryan Dickson was stretchered off towards the end of the 2-2 draw against Blackpool, following a nasty looking collision with home striker Jamille Matt. The six minute delay saw the 30 year old carried off - although the assumption had been that he'd suffered a head injury, there were concerns when the medics appeared to be strapping his legs before lifting him onto the stretcher.
Thankfully, Ryan posted via his Twitter account on Saturday night to confirm that he was okay, and also to imply that his only problem was a facial injury. It wouldn't be a surprise if he was given Tuesday night off at Luton Town to recover, but it seems that whatever injury he has picked up that it shouldn't be too serious.
Following Saturday afternoon's 2-2 draw against Blackpool at Bloomfield Road, Yeovil Town manager Darren Way spoke to the BBC. With questions from local journalist Chris Spittles, in an interview for BBC Somerset, Darren gives his view on referee Carl Boyeson's performance, the injury to Ryan Dickson, and the overall team performance against Blackpool. Read that via the link below.
Yeovil Town manager Darren Way ripped into referee Carl Boyeson following his performance in this afternoon's 2-2 draw against Blackpool today. The Glovers were left frustrated by a 95th minute goal from subsitute Nathan Delfouneso, scored from a free kick that Way felt should not have been awarded. Prior to that, there were claims of a handball in the build-up to Blackpool's first goal, eventually scored by Kelvin Mellor, with Way feeling that play should have been pulled back long before the final cross was put into the box.
Referee Boyeson has a bit of history with Yeovil Town, as the official who took charge of their FA Cup First Round Replay against Solihull Moors that saw the National League side equalise from the penalty spot via an ultra-soft penalty decision that eventually led to the Glovers being knocked out on penalty kicks after extra time. Way felt that the referee should have apologised for that bad decision, and felt the same about his performance today, accusing him of a lack of honesty in the way Boyeson assessed himself:
"I'm disappointed, but I tried to give the referee the benefit of the doubt today, after his Solihull performance. I feel let down, because there is no honesty as far as a referee is concerned. I just expected him to apologise or at least say something from the Solihull (penalty) decision, but then he goes and almost gives them two goals today. It was a handball when they attacked us on the first counter. Then there was the decision when Ryan Dickson was stretchered off where there was no yellow card, Then he gave handball when it wasn't handball for their free kick. So I'm disappointed as I expect them to take responsibility, and analyse their own performance, but I just don't see it. To make a bad mistake once, and then cost me two goals today, I just feel that there is no honesty. You can be a bad decision-maker but not consistently, like he's been."
Way later confirmed that the injury to Ryan Dickson was more related to a facial problem, rather than down to the leg that he had strapped up when he left the field on a stretcher in the 84th minute. However, he felt that when officials made apparently bad decisions, that they should be honest enough to own up to them, and he felt Boyeson didn't do that at the end of the game:
"Sometimes you have to be honest. That's not me coming out and putting him in a difficult position, but you've got to accept responsibility. If my team don't play well, I say my team has not played well. If I make a bad decision then I try to be honest and say I've made a bad decision. I just expected him to turn up today and at least have an apology, because managers get sacked on the back of that and my team deserved better. I didn't think that he could be that bad again today, but he was. They didn't deserve to have two bad refereeing decisions cost them that three points."
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Yeovil Town conceded five minutes into second half injury time this afternoon, as a late Nathan Delfouneso goal denied them their first League win of 2017. The Glovers were pegged back to 2-2 despite taking the lead twice at Bloomfield Road. Francois Zoko's seventh goal of the season gave the Glovers the lead before the break, but the home side put plenty of pressure on during the second period and equalised through Kelvin Mellor. Ten minutes later Darren Ward looked to have won the game when he scored from inside the box, but Delfouneso scored deep into injury time for the final goal of the game. Much of that injury time was due to a serious looking injury to Ryan Dickson, who was stretchered off following a collision with Jamille Matt, with his left leg strapped up as he left the field after a long delay, although later suggestions were that it was a head injury that caused him to leave the field.
The Glovers went into the game making two changes to their starting line-up. Captain Darren Ward returned after a ten game absence, with Alex Lacey the unlucky man to drop out. Up front, Ben Whitfield was displaced with Tom Eaves coming into the starting line-up. That led to a formation tweak with Eaves and Omar Sowunmi playing as a centre-forward pairing as Francois Zoko dropped to a slightly deeper role. Blackpool's teamsheet included two new signings but both set on the bench - mirroring Yeovil's decision to put Shayon Harrison, Jack Storer and Brandon Goodship on the bench.
The first half was a scrappy attritional affair, in which both sides struggled to get control of the ball on a sticky looking pitch, that tended to cause both sides to adopt a long ball mentality, perhaps explaining why Tom Eaves and Omar Sowunmi were employed as a duo of central strikers on this occasion. Jamille Matt headed over the crossbar early on, whilst Nathan Smith had a shot blocked by Blackpool's Tom Aldred after their goalkeeper Sam Slocombe dropped the ball in the box. Minutes later, Smith headed wide. Then Darren Ward headed over from a Matt Dolan corner with the ball looping onto the roof of the net. At the other end, Matt caught the Yeovil back four rather flat-footed, but his attempt to lob Krysiak was a bit woeful and it went well wide of the target.
Yeovil hadn't had a single shot that had reached Sam Slocombe when they took the lead 34 minutes into the match. Avoiding the pitch entirely, Liam Shephard's throw-in was flicked on by Tom Eaves, then flicked on by Omar Sowunmi, and nicely into the path of Francois Zoko who was able to volley home from close range for a 1-0 lead. That was the trigger for Yeovil to close the half as the stronger side, with Matt Dolan's shot being parried by Slocombe as the midfielder hit the ball on the half volley. There hadn't been many chances throughout the half, but the main thing to note was that Artur Krysiak hadn't made a single save during it.
That pattern of play changed somewhat as Blackpool came out for the second period as by far the stronger team. A Mark Yeates header was easily saved by Artur Krysiak, before Kelvin Mellor and then Yeates again put shots wide. Despite being on top during this period, Gary Bowyer chose to introduce both of his new signings as substitutes on the hour mark, changing Blackpool's formation into a more attacking line-up. One of those subs, Nathan Delfouneso, curled a shot just wide of the target with Krysiak beaten, and then Tom Aldred forced Krysiak into a superb save before Will Aimson shot wide, with both Blackpool centre-backs getting firmly up the pitch.
The equaliser was coming, and after another substitute Sanmi Odelusi forced Krysiak into another save from an angled shot, Blackpool got level. Substitute Nathan Delfouneso's impact was clear as he broke past Liam Shephard and down the left flank before putting the ball into the box for Kelvin Mellor to fire home. 1-1 and with the home side having their tails firmly up, Yeovil immediately made the substitution they'd been trying to do before the goal, with Ben Whitfield replacing a limping Omar Sowunmi, meaning Yeovil reverted to the 4-3-3 formation as Francois Zoko and Whitfield went into wide positions. Later new signing Shayon Harrison replaced Zoko on the wide right.
With ten minutes remaining, despite having had very little chances to build up an attack during the second period, Yeovil grabbed the lead once again. Tom Eaves found himself in a wide position, and when he put the ball into the box, he found the unexpected sight of Darren Ward, who had stayed up for a long time following a previous set piece and was on hand to fire the ball home for a 2-1 lead.
The game suffered a lengthy six or seven minute delay almost immediately after the goal, after Jamille Matt and Ryan Dickson went in for an aerial ball, leaving Dickson on the deck. The stretcher bearers were brought on, with Dickson being slowly put onto the stretcher, with his legs being strapped up, although it had seemed the initial injury was a facial one. He left the field to be replaced by Bevis Mugabi, with the unusual feature of this being that Liam Shephard took the left-back slot despite Nathan Smith being on the pitch - Mugabi went to the right side.
Dickson's injury meant that nine minutes of injury time were signalled, and five minutes into that time added on, Blackpool grabbed an equalising goal. Liam Shephard fouled Jamille Matt, and when Danny Pugh put the free kick into the box, Tom Aldred touched the ball on and Nathan Delfouneso claimed the last touch for the game to be clawed back for a 2-2 scoreline in the 95th minute.
There was still late drama. Tom Eaves struck the crossbar in the 97th minute with a superb shot, before Blackpool had their own shouts for a penalty kick when Kelvin Mellor went down inside the box. The second half had been a bit of a rollercoaster, with a draw probably a reasonable outcome but with the Glovers still left in 16th, they will be kicking themselves that they didn't hold on.
Blackpool: 1. Sam Slocombe
2. Kelvin Mellor 15. Tom Aldred 6. Will Aimson 5. Clark Robertson
21. Bright Osayi-Samuel 4. Jim McAlister 22. Danny Pugh 17. Mark Yeates
18. Danny Philliskirk
19. Jamille Matt
Substitutes: 29. Sanmi Odelusi (61 mins for Danny Philliskirk) 34. Sebastien Turenne Des Pres 9. Mark Cullen 16. Eddie Nolan 27. Dean Lyness 31. Armand Gnanduillet 30. Nathan Delfouneso (60 mins for Mark Yeates)
Yeovil Town: 1. Artur Krysiak
2. Liam Shephard 26. Darren Ward 3. Nathan Smith 11. Ryan Dickson (Capt)
7. Kevin Dawson 16. Matt Butcher 4. Matt Dolan
13. Francois Zoko
9. Tom Eaves 17. Omar Sowunmi
Substitutes: 12. Jonny Maddison 5. Bevis Mugabi (84 mins for Ryan Dickson) 6. Alex Lacey 18. Jack Storer 19. Brandon Goodship 28. Ben Whitfield (71 mins for Omar Sowunmi) 39. Shayon Harrison (76 mins for Francois Zoko)
Blackpool Bookings: None.
Yeovil Bookings: None.
Blackpool Match Statistics: Possession: 50%; Shots: 16; Shots On Target: 5; Corners: 3; Fouls: 15.
Yeovil Match Statistics: Possession: 50%; Shots: 15; Shots On Target: 7; Corners: 4; Fouls: 12.
Referee: Carl Boyeson (East Yorkshire). Assistants: Chris Isherwood (Lancashire) and Alf Greenwood (North Yorkshire). Fourth Official: Gary Hilton (Lancashire).
Yeovil Town have chosen their starting line-up for this afternoon's League Two match against Blackpool at Bloomfield Road. The match sees the Glovers name two changes compared to the team that played against Wycombe Wanderers last weekend. Captain Darren Ward had missed ten consecutive games with a swollen knee but he returns straight into the starting line-up, displacing Alex Lacey who drops to the bench. Meanwhile Tom Eaves returns to the side displacing Ben Whitfield
New loan signing Shayon Harrison was registered yesterday and he makes the bench, with Jack Storer also back in the squad. Joe Lea, Ollie Bassett and new signing Tom James don't make the squad at all.
Swansea City loanee Ryan Hedges is expected to be out until at least the end of January with an ankle injury, whilst Otis Khan is also out for an unspecified length of time with a similar problem. Another absentee today is Alex Lawless who missed last week with a hip problem, and he misses his second game in a row. Josh Ezewele is on loan with Kidderminster Harriers.
The team is as follows - with a question mark over the exact line-up of the attacking players. The club have stated that only two of those players will be playing up front. Our current guess is as follows:
Yeovil Town: 1. Artur Krysiak
2. Liam Shephard 26. Darren Ward 3. Nathan Smith 11. Ryan Dickson (Capt)
7. Kevin Dawson 16. Matt Butcher 4. Matt Dolan
13. Francois Zoko
9. Tom Eaves 17. Omar Sowunmi
Substitutes: 12. Jonny Maddison 5. Bevis Mugabi 6. Alex Lacey 18. Jack Storer 19. Brandon Goodship 28. Ben Whitfield 39. Shayon Harrison
Blackpool: 1. Sam Slocombe
2. Kelvin Mellor 15. Tom Aldred 6. Will Aimson 5. Clark Robertson
21. Bright Osayi-Samuel 4. Jim McAlister 22. Danny Pugh 17. Mark Yeates
18. Danny Philliskirk
19. Jamille Matt
Substitutes: 29. Sanmi Odelusi 34. Sebastien Turenne Des Pres 9. Mark Cullen 16. Eddie Nolan 27. Dean Lyness 31. Armand Gnanduillet 30. Nathan Delfouneso
Saturday afternoon's opponents Blackpool have made two signings to help bolster their injury-plagued squad. They have signed up Nathan Delfouneso from Swindon Town with the 25 year old signing a deal until the end of the 2016-17 season. He is familiar to the Tangerines, having had two loan spells and one permanent spell for them that accrued 93 appearances for them, playing in a variety of attacking positions. He also knows manager Gary Bowyer well, given that he also spent the 2015-16 season with Blackburn Rovers whist Bowyer was their manager. Delfouneso had been a regular in Swindon's side this season, making 24 appearances, but suddenly dropped out of favour during mid-December and was not selected again.
Blackpool have also brought in Wigan Athletic striker Sanmi Odelusi on loan. The 23 year old had been on loan with League One side Rochdale for what was intended to be a season-long loan deal. However, Wigan recalled him and immediately sent him out on loan to Blackpool. He had played 19 times for Rochdale so far this season, and is a former Bolton Wanderers player. Again, Odelusi's time with Rochdale suddenly curtailed in December and hadn't played for Dale in the past month, thus explaining Wigan's willingness to allow his time with them to be ended.
Both players will be eligible to play against Yeovil Town, and have been brought in following an injury crisis at Bloomfield Road that is expected to rule six players out of their side for this afternoon's match.
National League side Torquay United have appointed the former Yeovil Town Academy Manager Geoff Harrop to a senior position within their club. As one of three appointments made by new owners Riviera Stadium Limited, the former Colchester United player and Northampton Town coach will take the title of General Manager - a position which in most football clubs is generally regarded as one step below that of Chief Executive. In Torquay's case that appears to be the goal, with Director Clarke Osborne - who is part of Torquay's new ownership structure - explaining Harrop's new role:
"Geoff knows football, the Club and Torquay; he is ambitious and committed to the successful future of the Club. As General Manager, he will oversee our operations and will be tasked with managing the development of a five-year plan and the re-establishment of a football academy and integrated youth football network. Kevin Nicholson and Geoff will work closely together in developing this brilliant Club, and improve every aspect of what we do on, and off the pitch, and report to the Board of Directors."
The decision by Torquay to restart their Football Academy will have been of significant personal interest to Harrop, and explains the reasons for him leaving Yeovil Town. He was their former Academy Manager under previous owners, but when they chose to shut down that part of the club, due to their relegation from the Football League, and other financial pressures, the Glovers approached him in the summer of 2015 to become their own new Academy Manager, with theirs also having a two year hiatus.
Hence Harrop now moves full circle and back to a club that he had a five year spell with. He is understood to still live in the area, and suggestions of him moving back there have been on the rumourmill since May 2016. At that time, a company called Gaming International were attempting to take over Torquay United, with Harrop's name being connected with that deal. The takeover initially appeared to through, but was ressurected just before Christmas, with Gaming International setting up the Riviera Stadium Limited company to control their interests in the Gulls at arms length.
The new owners are currently awaiting ratification of their takeover by the National League at their next February board meeting. However, they appear confident enough that will happen, with Harrop also being joined by Mel Hayman, the club's new Financial Controller, and Tim Herbert, the new Club Secretary. Harrop will begin his new role at Torquay on February 1st - the day after his employment wih Yeovil Town expires.
As part of the build-up to Saturday afternoon's match against Blackpool at Bloomfield Road, Yeovil Town manager Darren Way spoke to the BBC about the game. With questions from BBC Somerset reporter Dan Albutt, Darren talks about the fall-through of Andre Wright's loan deal, the recruitment of players like Brandon Goodship, the challenge of Blackpool this weekend, and his side's run of six games without a win. Read that interview via the link below.
Yeovil Town have brought in their fourth signing of the January transfer window. The club have recruited Tottenham Hotspur striker Shayon Harrison on a half-season loan deal, thus providing a replacement for Andre Wright whose deal the club had to abort earlier this week.
Harrison is a product of Tottenham's Academy system. Born in Hornsey, London on July 13th 1997 (aged 19), he is a left-footed forward who can also play as a wide man. He has made one substitute appearance for the Spurs first team earlier this season, when he came on in the last seven minutes of their EFL Cup tie against Liverpool back in October 2016. He played against Yeovil Town in a behind-closed-doors friendly in the summer of 2016, just after the club had spent a week away in South Wales.
Aside from that, he has been attracting plenty of attention in their Premier League 2 side, after he went on a run of five goals in eight games in recent months. That led to him being short-listed for the Premier League 2 Player of the Month for December 2016. He will wear the No.39 shirt during his time at Huish Park.
Saturday's opponents Blackpool will be going into their League Two match with a decimated squad, following a series of injuries that have suddenly piled up at Bloomfield Road. Ironically, it was one of Blackpool's most impressive results of the 2016-17 season that has presented them with that headache. In midweek they knocked Barnsley out of the FA Cup in a Third Round Replay, beating them 2-1 after extra time at Oakwell, despite the two division gap between the two sides.
The problem that it has presented them is that three of their players failed to last the distance during the game. Kyle Vassell and Jack Payne suffered hamstring injuries, whilst Andy Taylor ended up with a knee injury that required a scan. On top of that. Blackpool already had Brad Potts, Colin Daniel and Eddie Nolan out for Tuesday's cup match - reports are that Nolan trained on Thursday, but was not scheduled to return as early as this weekend, meaning that unless they press the gamble button then they are likely to have all six players missing tomorrow.
Manager Gary Bowyer has admitted that he is scanning the transfer market for his immediate needs, as well as those relating to a busy fixture list over the coming month, but admitted that so far he has drawn a blank. He said that ultimately he would rather blood youngsters in his set-up, rather than bring in a panicked loan signing that might not fit into his way of playing:
"Tuesday night was fantastic for the club but it has certainly come at a cost. But what it does do is give us an opportunity to blood one or two of the younger ones, who we feel have got potential. We’ll just get on with it with whoever we’ve got. We won’t make a desperate signing who plays one game and then we have them until the end of the season. “We had opportunities (to make a signing) but we didn’t have enough knowledge of the player who was thrown to us, so we decided not to go down that avenue. In an ideal world you are always better off bringing in players who are contracted to your team rather than loans because they buy into what you do a little bit more. That’s because they know they are here for the next six or 18 months or whatever."
Officials for the League Two match between Blackpool and Yeovil Town have been published by the Football League. The match takes place at Bloomfield Road on Saturday 21st January 2017, with a 3.00p.m. kick-off. The man in charge of the fixture will be referee Carl Boyeson (East Yorkshire). Despite Mr Boyeson being a regular name on the circuit, our positions at opposite ends of the country means that our paths cross usually less than once per season.
The earliest occasion we've got on record was at the Saunders Honda Stadium in February 2005 when, despite dishing out four yellows and a red to the home side, Boyeson could and should have been even firmer with a thuggish display from Chester City that topped even their usual standards. That said he was roundly abused by Mr Cheat himself, Steve Evans, just a month later over some supposed injustice - so he can't be all bad as an official.
We were also not particularly impressed with Mr Boyeson on another occasion - the 3-2 defeat at Rotherham United in December 2006 when he tended to give most of the major decisions to the home side, in our opinion bottling a late penalty decision that could have given the Glovers a point out of the game, having earlier awarded Rotherham a controversial penalty deep into first half stoppage time that gave the Millers their third and ultimately vital goal.
There's a fair chunk of Mr Boyeson's matches involving Yeovil Town where he appears to have escaped under the radar, having an uneventful game. One example is the 2-0 defeat against Hartlepool United in March 2008. Whilst that was not one of our better days out, Mr Boyeson doesn't get a mention in our match report, and we can't recall anything particular about him on the day, which is always a good sign! The same is true of the February 2009 match at Gresty Road, where the 2-0 defeat was rather self inflicted, with goalkeeper Josh Wagenaar making the biggest error on the night, when he turned a cross into his own net, dwarfing anything the referee may or may not have been doing.
Then we had the September 2011 thriller at Deepdale, where Yeovil Town went down by a 4-3 scoreline. He gave us a penalty after Clarke Carlisle handled in the box for Preston, but the Lancashire press didn't make too much of that, preferring to concentrate on the seven goals scored. The Western Gazette says of his performance that he "was sensible and kept a lid on the game when tempers threatened to boil over when Yeovil battled back" from 4-1 down. He then looked after our 1-0 defeat against Milton Keynes Dons in September 2012 - on that occasion we can't recall him doing too much wrong across the 90 minutes, although the Gazette weren't happy weren't happy with him saying he had "an afternoon to forget, contributing to both teams' frustrations by awarding free kicks for very little" although it didn't seem to have any influence upon the actual result. He was then in charge for the December 2014 home 0-1 defeat against Colchester United - we've noted that there was booing on the final whistle, but we think that was mainly aimed at our own side's inertia up front, rather than anything the official was doing.
Most recently, Mr Boyeson took charge of our FA Cup First Round Replay against Solihull Moors. Whilst our team performance across the 120 minutes against the National League side was rather inept, he was involved in one of the game's key decisions on the night. The 99th minute decision to award Solihull a penalty during extra time for a Liam Shephard 'foul' on Omari Sterling-James looked dubious for those at the ground, and by the time we saw the video replay, it looked a bit of a laughable decision. It ensured the match went to penalty kicks, which saw us knocked out of the competition. Manager Darren Way didn't mince his words after the game, branding the decision as pathetic and weak - rather like the dive that Sterling-James took to get the spot kick.
Mr Boyeson will be assisted by Chris Isherwood (Lancashire) and Alf Greenwood (North Yorkshire). The Fourth Official will be Gary Hilton (Lancashire).
Yeovil Town manager Darren Way has said that he is open minded over whether to bring in a permanent or loan signing as his next target, in the wake of Andre Wright's failed loan transfer this week. The West Bromwich Albion striker's plans to spent half a season at Huish Park were scuppered by FIFA Player Registration Rules that prevent a player from turning out for a third professional club in a single season.
Wright's deal would have given Yeovil Town their sixth loan deal had it gone through, and so with the club back to square one on that front, there might be the assumption that any replacement would also be from the loan market. Way told BBC Somerset that would not necessarily be the case, indicating that he would consider permanent signings as well:
"We're looking at both (loan or permanent signing options). It's just about making sure that the player is right for this football club and that they're happy to come here. I do feel a little bit sorry for Andre. We're disappointed. But we move on to the next player, and we wish Andre all the best. As you know we've got a really good relationship with West Brom. But these things happen, you move on and you learn from them, and we look forward to the next signing."
Way was also asked if any new signing would be on the cards in the near future, but having just had his fingers burned over the announcement of the Andre Wright deal, he was cautious of what may or may not be on the cards:
"We're hopeful but I can't be 100 percent sure. I thought we had our last signing and it never happened. Even up to five days later it never happened, so we need to make sure that this one is done and that it's done in the right way. But I think with the rules that you have to stick to now, it's quite important that you go through every procedure that you can. Hopefully we can do that soon. We've been speaking to one or two managers and one or two clubs. There's a big big process. There's so many things that have to fall into place, and I'll make sure that we certainly do our homework on the next one."
Way has also said that former players Ben Tozer and Jack Compton have been in touch with him since they had been informed by Newport County manager Graham Westley that they were free to find new clubs. However, he makes clear that the players were the ones making the calls and stops short of suggesting that the topic of conversation had anything to do with any wish on their behalf to return to Huish Park. The Glovers boss says: "We have had conversations and they have contacted me, so that's all I can say" with reference to the pair.
Any return for Compton, who played 23 times for the club last season, would be extraordinary, given Way proactively released him from his contract last summer. Tozer's situation at the end of last season was a little more complex, in that the club provisionally wanted to keep him, but were not willing to put a contract on the table for him to sign until he had proved his fitness following a summer knee operation. Rather than run the risk of that turning into a 'no', Tozer decided to sign for Newport, with Way expressing disappointment at the short notice of the departure, with the club putting out a somewhat barbed looking statement relating to the costs of treating injured players.
Yeovil Town will travel up to Blackpool on Saturday without wide man Otis Khan for the second consecutive match. The former Barnsley player was crocked during the EFL Trophy match against Reading Under-21s and was absent from the teamsheet for the game against Wycombe Wanderers with an ankle injury.
There's currently no prognosis on how long Khan will be absent for, except for the club to confirm that he will not be on the team bus to Blackpool tomorrow. Also sat at home is Ryan Hedges who had already been ruled out for the month of January, and is back at Swansea City getting some rehabilitation on his ankle injury.
Despite Andre Wright's loan transfer collapsing this week, the Glovers should still travel to Bloomfield Road with two additional players potentially available. Birmingham City loanee Jack Storer had been absent for 'personal reasons' last weekend, but he tweeted this week about being back on a train down to Somerset, and also posted some pictures showing him on the training ground, and so he appears to be back and available.
In addition, although captain Darren Ward's status concerning his swollen knee has been on a little bit of a stuck loop over the past two months, with him being labelled as 'close' to a comeback on seemingly every weekend, he has been pictured this week on the training ground, which might give some hope that he would be available for selection.
There's no word on the status of striker Omar Sowunmi, who hobbled off in last week's 1-1 draw against Wycombe Wanderers. Equally midfielder Alex Lawless missed last weekend's match at Wycombe with a hip problem - there's been no mention as to his condition, with the club only referencing Hedges and Khan as injury problems.
Saturday sees Yeovil Town make the long journey up the M6, where they will take on Blackpool in a League Two match. For those going for the day, or maybe even making a weekend of it, the Ciderspace guide will give you directions, parking, a pub guide, match statistics, and of course ticketing information to send you on your way. Find it via the link below.
Yeovil Town Academy manager Geoff Harrop is departing the club. Having arrived in the summer of 2015, after holding a similar post at Torquay United, he will be leaving the club at the end of January to take up a post elsewhere. One of his last achievements was to see 17 year old Callum Morton sold to Premier League side West Bromwich Albion, after he impressed in this season's FA Youth Cup match against the Baggies.
Academy Chairman Andy Rossiter has thanked Harrop and wished him luck in his next venture:
"We wish to extend our thanks to Geoff for the hard work and commitment he has put in since arriving at the Club. He has played a big part in moving forward the Academy since its inception and we wish him all the best in his next chapter."
The club are currently going through the process of recruiting a successor.
Two of the players released by Yeovil Town last summer are back on the market, after their new club made them available for transfer. Newport County are currently bottom of the Football League and new manager Graham Westley has been undertaking a huge overhaul of their squad during the January transfer window, having made nine signings so far, and promising that there would be further arrivals before the window closes.
That has inevitably meant that other players are heading in the other direction, with two such cases being former Glovers Jack Compton and Ben Tozer. The BBC Wales Sport Twitter account quotes Westley as saying that both are "free to leave the club this month" - the implication is that both can walk on a free transfer is arrangements can be made to tear up their contracts.
Tozer had been a regular in Newport's side, making 31 appearances and scoring once since signing for the Exiles over the summer. His decision to head to South Wales followed delays in Yeovil Town offering him a formal contract during pre-season, with him having had a knee operation at the end of last season. Compton's record at Rodney Parade has been rather more scattered. He has played 12 times for them, scoring one goal, with the calf problems he experienced last season tending to carry through into this year, meaning that he has struggled to get a run of games.
Westley's time at Newport has yet to take off in any shape or form. Until Saturday's 1-1 draw with Colchester United, they had suffered a run of eight consecutive League Two defeats, and remain bottom of the division and six points from safety, having not won a match since November 19th.
The last week at Yeovil Town has presented a bit of a mixed bag for Glovers fans. A point at Wycombe Wanderers was good on the surface, but perhaps could have been more. Meanwhile there was the signing that was there - Andre Wright - and then he wasn't. The latest Taff's Gloversblog considers that along with some early fruits gained from the club's Academy system. Read that via the link below, and feel free to add your own views at the foot of the page.
League Two side Hartlepool United have appointed the vastly experienced Dave Jones as their new manager. The 60 year old has over 800 appearances in the dugout, taking Stockport County, Wolverhampton Wanderers and Sheffield Wednesday to promotion, as well as two-and-a-half years in the top flight as Southampton manager.
Jones will take up his position as first team manager on Monday morning, with current Caretaker Manager Sam Collins being allowed to take charge of Saturday's home match against Stevenage, having held the reins since the departure of Craig Hignett. Collins will head back to being Hartlepool's Under-21 manager after the weekend.
He will be bringing his own assistant with him, with 41 year old Kevin Cooper having worked with Jones as a player at Cardiff City between 2005 and 2008, which included a 2006 loan spell with Yeovil Town. Cooper also played for Jones whilst at Wolverhampton Wanderers and Stockport County, and became Cardiff's Under-21 manager at the end of his playing days.
Earlier today, both Yeovil Town and West Bromwich Albion put out identical statements concerning the cancellation of the loan agreement for striker Andre Wright. The reason for the deal being called off lay in the fact that Yeovil Town would have been Wright's third registered club of the 2016-17 season - a potential breach of FIFA Regulations.
Much of the emphasis on the issued statement centred upon the much-maligned EFL Trophy competition, which gave Wright one appearance for West Bromwich Albion Under-21s earlier in the season. However, having looked into the situation, our understanding is that the actual rule that prevents him from playing for Yeovil Town this season lies with FIFA and not with the Football League or Football Association. The Football League rules on the registration of players do not reference anything in this area, whilst the FA's page on its website immediately references the FIFA Regulations as being key to this area, rather than any of its own provisions.
This becomes clear when the FIFA Regulations are analysed. FIFA's Regulations on the Status and Transfer of Players indicate that all Country associations and leagues must adopt a set of rules as a minimum standard, stating: "The following provisions are binding at national level and must be included without modification in the association’s regulations."
As part of FIFA's Regulations, they make reference to a number of key terms which they later use in each rules. Two of the relevant ones are as follows, and should be read together:
Official matches: matches played within the framework of organised football, such as national league championships, national cups and international championships for clubs, but not including friendly and trial matches.
Organised football: association football organised under the auspices of FIFA, the confederations and the associations, or authorised by them.
This tells us FIFA regard organised football as being any competitive match, including leagues and cup competitions, where that competition is organised by one of the national associations. This means that the EFL Trophy (as well as the FA Cup, League Cup and the main Football League competition) all fall under this banner. In England, all Premier League and Football League clubs and competitions fall under this governance.
The Football League cannot opt out of this definition for any of its competitions - the EFL Trophy automatically becomes a competitive match classed as organised football. Tonight we've seen the media headline blaming 'farcical Checkatrade Trophy rules' and a number of fans dive in on social media to give both the Football League and the EFL Trophy a good kicking, but on this occasion that seems misdirected.
FIFA's Regulations do not make any mention of the standard of the competition, nor do they make any reference to Reserve Team, Youth Team, Development Squads, or any age groups. The one exception is that they have specific Regulations relating to Academy level football, mainly concerned at the protection of younger players. This means that FIFA have no interest in whether it's West Brom's full first team or their Under-21 side playing in a competition.
The key rule that affects Andre Wright's registration is Regulation 5.3 which states:
"Players may be registered with a maximum of three clubs during one season. During this period, the player is only eligible to play official matches for two clubs."
Because Wright has played for both West Bromwich Albion (in the EFL Trophy) and Coventry City (in League One) in what are classed as 'official matches' he would not be allowed to play in an official match for a third club. The odd quirk about allowing three registrations is presumably to allow circumstances where a player might be registered with a club for part of a season but does not play due to injury or being completely out of favour, and so might move on without getting on the pitch.
Why would clubs be falling over this problem now? Because of the scrapping of the Emergency Loan and Youth Loan systems under which the vast majority of loan deals for young Premier League graduates were being conducted. These arrangements had fallen under FIFA's radar for many years, and were managed locally by the Football League, until FIFA stepped in and banned them. A new system for the 2016-17 season was brought in, but now means that Half-Season and Full-Season loan deals do count under Regulation 5.3, whereas before most clubs opted for either the Youth Loan system or the 93-day Emergency Loan system.
The Blackpool Supporters Trust have made contact with this site ahead of Saturday's trip to Bloomfield Road for the League Two match against Blackpool. For a number of years, the Tangerines fans have been in dispute with the club's owners, the Oyston family, fronted by majority shareholder Owen Oyston and Chairman Karl Oyston, who is his son.
Blackpool's demise on the field of play has been swift and sharp - from a 2012-13 Championship Play-Off Final that could have taken them back to the Premier League, to them entering Fourth Tier football last summer. Blackpool supporters have repeatedly raised concerns over the last few years at the direction the club has been taking, and how some of the funds from their single season in the Premier League have been spent in subsequent years.
As a result, there have been a number of protests organised by Blackpool supporters, including boycotting of fixtures at Bloomfield Road. Blackpool Supporters Trust are one of the organisations that have called for fans to not attend their home games, but have also asked those who do attend to avoid buying programmes, food and drink at the game. Their letter explains:
"I write to you on behalf of the Blackpool Supporters’ Trust (BST) to ask for your support on your upcoming visit to Bloomfield Road. As you may be aware, Blackpool fans are currently undertaking an ethical boycott against the club’s owners, whose treatment of supporters has arguably been as dreadful as their management of the club.
This ethical protest has seen many Blackpool FC fans take a ‘Not A Penny More’ stance, which means they have chosen to not renew season tickets, and/or not to purchase match day tickets for home games, not to purchase any club merchandise and if they do go to home games, not to purchase programmes or refreshments inside the stadium.
BST (Blackpool Supporters Trust) is also organising an ethical boycott of those businesses that sponsor the club as well as other local businesses run by the club’s owners. Quite simply, many supporters will not give the club another penny of their money and have withdrawn their custom. This decision has not been taken lightly, but over 1,750 BST members, who dearly love their club as you do yours, felt that this was the best choice they could make in trying to rescue our club.
We would initially request that you reconsider visiting Bloomfield Road in the first instance. However we do appreciate that you too want to support your own club and completely respect your decision to do so. It is quite often the case that there are more away fans than home supporters at Blackpool games these days. If you do choose to attend the game at Bloomfield Road, we would ask that you support our actions by doing the following:
a) Not purchasing any match programmes or lottery tickets when at the ground.
b) Not purchasing any food or drinks from the kiosks on the concourse inside the ground.
c) Join us in the spirit of fans united and show solidarity with any pre-match demonstrations arranged by Blackpool fans (if such are organised for the game you are attending).
We greatly appreciate your support. Please let us know if you or your fellow fans have any questions or suggestions on the contents of this letter.
Blackpool Supporters Trust have also asked those fans who do attend matches to take photos of the home sections of the ground at kick-off time or just after, so they can get a general view of how many fans are attending the game. This is due to differences of opinion in the official quoted attendance, versus the views of those who were at the match. If you post any on Twitter then include the #ytfc hashtag and we'll pick them up and compile them, but make sure they're either on or just after 3.00p.m. to get an accurate reflection.
Yeovil Town's League Two trip to Colchester United has had a change of kick-off time. The match takes place on Saturday 6th May 2017 at Colchester's Community Stadium, but will now kick-off at 5.30p.m. The change has been made to allow all twelve final day League Two fixtures to take place at the same kick-off time, and for Sky Sports to televise at least one of those fixtures.
At present there's no suggestion that Sky would be interested in this specific fixture. The most likely scenario is that they will pick a match that is relevant to either the last automatic promotion place, or last play-off place, in the hope of catching some last day drama at that ground.
Yeovil Town's loan move for West Bromwich Albion striker Andre Wright has collapsed. The deal has been curtailed due to FIFA Regulations that prevent a player from being registered and playing for more than two designated clubs during a given football season. With Wright having had a half-season loan spell with League One Coventry City earlier this season, his Baggies registration and his deal with the Sky Blues mean that he cannot sign for a third club unless that team operates at a level below FIFA's jurisdiction - in this case it would have to be a National League club or below.
The Glovers have been caught out by this rule on one other occasion. Back in January 2010 they had announced the signing of Arron Davies only to have to issue the withdrawal of that deal later that day, due to him having registered with Nottingham Forest as his permanent club, but also having had a standard loan agreement with Brighton and Hove Albion during the first half of that season. When the club tried to register Davies as a player, they were blocked by the Football League, who pointed out the breach of the FIFA rule.
Arron Davies did eventually arrive at the club, via a clever workaround that Club Secretary Jean Cotton was credited with using. That involved Davies reregistering with Brighton, and then joining Yeovil on an Emergency Loan agreement. However, with FIFA having since banned the Emergency Loan system, and Wright being still on West Brom's books, anything like that is out of the question.
Andre will now return to the Hawthorns, with his time at Huish Park unfortunately falling into the small select group of players who were announced as club signings, but never actually made it as far as the teamsheet. Presumably manager Darren Way will now search for another similar player to bolster his squad.
Two of Yeovil Town's first team regulars will be suspended for their EFL Trophy Quarter-Final tie against Luton Town. The Football Association have confirmed that Swansea City right-back Liam Shephard and defensive midfielder Alex Lawless will be unavailable following yellow cards picked up during the 4-2 win over Reading Under-21s last week.
The EFL Trophy disciplinary rules are separate to other competitions, working in much the same way as suspensions are carried through in European competitions. Any player picking up two yellow cards, up to and including the Quarter-Final stage of the competition will serve a one match suspension.
As a result, Alex Lawless will be absent, after he picked up cautions against Bristol Rovers and Reading Under-21s. Meanwhile Liam Shephard was booked against Portsmouth and Reading Under-21s. Their absence for that match at Luton will not affect their availability at Blackpool.
In addition to Lawless and Shephard, new loan signingAndre Wright is cup-tied for this competition, having played for West Bromwich Albion Under-21s in the Group Stages of the competition.
The Green and White Supporters Club have set provisional travel plans for the forthcoming EFL Trophy match against Luton Town. The match takes place at Kenilworth Road on Tuesday 24th January 2017, with a 7.45p.m. kick-off. Departure times are listed as follows:
Luton Town : Tuesday 24th January 2017. Huish Park: 1.45p.m.
At present, prices for travel are not carved in stone, as the GWSC are going to work that one out later. Given the EFL Trophy tie probably will see a smaller than usual following, they'll make a judgement based on the take-up from fans, and the size of coach they select. For guidance only charges for the August 2016 Luton trip were £22.00 for adult members and £20.00 for concessions with non-members paying £2.00 more. This may vary slightly once numbers are known.
Please register your interest as early as possible to help Paul know how many want to travel. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
Former Yeovil Town goalkeeper Chris Weale has left Championship side Derby County. The 34 year old had been brought in as squad back-up for the Rams, having been released by the Glovers at the end of last season from his position as the club's Goalkeeper-Coach, ending his third spell at Huish Park.
His time with Derby was restricted to one competitive appearance, as an over-age player in the Derby Under-21s side that competed in the EFL Trophy late last year. Weale was selected for their November 8th home defeat against Mansfield Town on that night. He had also played a number of matches for their Under-23 side who compete in the Premier League 2 competition for EPPP Category One Academy sides.
Weale has left Derby by mutual consent, ending what had been a one year contract at Pride Park. Given the timing of his departure - midway through the January transfer window - it would seem highly likely that he has another position to go to.
Yeovil Town's Academy side have said farewell to one of their most promising players in Callum Morton. The 17 year old had only been brought in 12 months ago from Torquay Academy (the school, not the football club) but he has now agreed terms to join Premier League side West Bromwich Albion. He has been given a Scholarship deal with the Baggies.
Morton will have come to the attention of West Brom as part of the Under-18s side's success in the FA Youth Cup. The Glovers produced one of the more stunning results in the competition as they knocked the Baggies out of the competition by a 3-2 scoreline back in December, which doubtless will have led the Category One Academy outfit to wonder what exactly Yeovil Town had which gave them the ability to achieve that result. Morton scored the opening goal in that match, and was also the player fouled by Baggies captain Max Melbourne when clean through on goal - an incident that led to West Brom going down to ten men, and conceding the second goal in the match upon the resultant free kick.
Given that Yeovil Town would be entitled to a fee for Morton, the deal represents the first time that Yeovil Town have sold a genuine youth team player since Craig Alcock left the club in July 2011. Alcock's move to Peterborough United was for an undisclosed fee, but was understood to be a six figure amount. As Morton was not a full professional at Huish Park, it's unlikely that any payment would be of that kind of magnitude.
Yeovil Town have signed up West Bromwich Albion striker Andre Wright on a long term loan. The 20 year old has just returned from a similar loan spell with League One side Coventry City, and so should be reasonably match fit. His deal at the Ricoh Arena only expired on January 9th, with new boss Russell Slade - formerly of this parish - making the decision to send back all five of the club's loan players in an attempt to shake up a side he's inherited in the League One relegation zone. Wright was a spectator at Yeovil Town's 1-1 draw with Wycombe Wanderers on Saturday, and so should have had some exposure of the club's style of play.
Wright's spell with Coventry saw him play 12 times, with all bar one of those being in the League, scoring two goals from eight starts, with the strikes coming against Rochdale and AFC Wimbledon. However, his time began to fizzle out from mid-November onwards with only two appearances in his final six weeks at the club, with Coventry announcing his return slightly ahead of the loan deal ending.
Born in Sandwell (the borough that West Bromwich Albion play in) on December 7th 1996, he is a product of his local side's Academy system. Like teammate Tahvon Campbell, Wright got first team experience with Kidderminster Harriers as part of a loan spell during the first half of the 2015-16 season, scoring once in twelve League appearances. He then immediately moved on to Torquay United on another loan spell, scoring three times in 22 appearances for the Gulls. Those two spells paved the way for him to be loaned out to Coventry this season.
The Birmingham Mail's view of Wright when he joined Coventry were that they were getting a player with plenty of pace and power, suggesting that he was progressing in the way that he played the game: "He’s a well-built youngster who is powerful and pacey while his touch and technique has improved massively in recent years."
Andre has played for West Bromwich Albion Under-21s in this season's EFL Trophy competition, and so is cup-tied for future rounds. He has signed a loan agreement that will keep him at Huish Park until the end of the 2016-17 season.
His arrival at Huish Park means that the club now have six loan players on their books. Swansea City pair Ryan Hedges and Liam Shephard, plus AFC Bournemouth duo Matt Butcher and Ben Whitfield have been more recently joined by Birmingham City striker Jack Storer. At present, Hedges' ankle injury means the club can select all five available players in a matchday squad, but once Hedges returns to the club - at present he is hoping to be back around the end of January - manager Darren Way will have to sit one of those six players in the stand each week, due to the limits on loan players on a single teamsheet.
Andre will wear the No.21 shirt during his stay at Huish Park.
Advance tickets for the League Two match between Cheltenham Town and Yeovil Town are now on sale from the Huish Park Ticket Office. The match takes place on Saturday 18th February 2017, with a 3.00p.m. kick-off at Whaddon Road. Prices for this fixture are as follows and are available either over the phone, or online (shortly) as follows:
Adults: £21.00; Over 65s: £15.00; Aged 18 and Under, Students with NUS Card: £7.00
Ambulant Disabled Tickets are available to anyone on Middle or Higher Rate of Disability allowance with an assistant admitted free of charge. Call the ticket office on 01935 847 888 for these as they they won't be available online.
Yeovil Town supporters will be housed in the Hazlewoods Stand, which is the newest part of the ground, and is situated behind the goal, where the old Whaddon Road Terrace used to be. There is provision for up to 1,100 away supporters here. Provision for Wheelchair Disabled supporters is also available in this stand.
There is no price increase for tickets purchased on the day of the game. Admission is available through the turnstiles.
Tickets are now on sale for Yeovil Town's EFL Trophy Quarter-Final match against Luton Town. The match will take place on Tuesday 24th January 2017 at Kenilworth Road, with a 7.45p.m. kick-off. Admission prices for this fixture are set as follows:
Adults: £5.00; Under-16s: FREE.
Tickets will NOT be sold from the Huish Park Ticket Office. You should note carefully that Luton's policy is to make the away section of the ground ALL TICKET for all fixtures. To purchase your ticket, you must call 01582 416976 and pay by credit/debit card over the phone. Luton's Ticket Office is open between 10.00a.m. and 5.00p.m. on weekdays and from 9.00a.m. until noon on Saturdays.
You MUST purchase your ticket by 5.00p.m. on Tuesday 24th January 2017. Beyond that point you will not be able to get into the away section of the ground.
Former Yeovil Town loanee Harry Cornick has had his loan spell with Leyton Orient ended. The six month deal has naturally expired with the 21 year old not having been seen at Brisbane Road since October, when he sustained a groin injury in a match against Barnet. An operation was needed, meaning that for the last three months he's been back with AFC Bournemouth rehabilitating.
He made a total of 13 appearances for Orient, scoring one goal, and being a regular in their side until that unfortunate curtailment. His deal with Orient formally came to an end on Saturday. It's not clear what his current fitness situation is, except to note that there didn't appear to be any sign from the Orient end that they were expecting him to return, once the diagnosis of the injury was clear. He's not played any matches for Bournemouth's development squad either, implying that he's not ready yet to take to the field of play.
Full match footage from Yeovil Town's FA Youth Cup match against Broxbourne Borough is now online. The Under-18s were knocked out of the competition by a 1-0 scoreline last Wednesday, at the Fourth Round stage, with the Hertfordshire side getting an early goal. Footage of the entire match - 1 hour 41 minutes (!) - can be viewed online via the YouTube video below. Their goal does come quite early in the match if you just want to see how the decisive moment of the game panned out.
Former Yeovil Town striker Kieffer Moore has today completed a move from National League side Forest Green Rovers to Championship side Ipswich Town. The 24 year old was spotted in the stand watching the Tractor Boys' 3-2 win over Blackburn Rovers, leading to both clubs admitting that a deal was in place, subject to paperwork being completed. Kieffer has now passed a medical and signed an eighteen month contract, with Forest Green receiving an undisclosed fee, which is reported as being a nominal amount.
The move is something of a surprise given that Forest Green had been willing to loan out Moore to fellow National League side Torquay United with him having struggled to get into the Gloucestershire team's starting line-up for much of this season. His season ignited at Plainmoor, with five goals scored in four league matches, leading to Forest Green recalling him but he only played three further games for them in the league before Ipswich made their move. Overall he scored seven times for them across 35 appearances of which around half were from the bench.
Ipswich Town manager Mick McCarthy said that his initial interest in Moore dated back to March 2014 when he took the Suffolk side down to Huish Park for a Championship match that saw Moore come on as a half time substitute, in a Glovers line-up that included Manchester United loanee Tom Lawrence, who is currently on loan at Portman Road from Leicester City. The Ipswich boss said that he recalled Moore hitting the post late on in that match:
"I first saw him when he played against us for Yeovil. He hit the post in the 90th minute. Tom Lawrence caught the eye for Yeovil that night too. Kieffer has since played for Viking and ended up at Forest Green, but that doesn’t bother me. I look at the big centre forward (Matt Rhead) for Lincoln last week, how much trouble did he cause? Bloody hell fire. Would we have liked him in our team on a lot of weeks this season? Yes, we would. There are players about that can be a real asset for us and I think Kieffer will be one of them. He’s 6ft 6in tall, I think, but he’s mobile, he’s quick enough and has a decent touch. What I like about him is he doesn’t just use his height, his weight and his strength, he goes and attacks the ball. That’s something that we don’t have."
The unusual nature of Moore's signing, and the fact that he is sourced from a non-league club led McCarthy to advise his new signing not to look too much at social media for the moment, given that Ipswich fans might have been expecting a higher profile signing. However, McCarthy defended his decision, pointing out that he had brought players in from that level before to great success:
"I’ve just said to Kieffer, just be careful, don’t be going on social media, because we’ve had million pound bids in for people, it’s not happened and so now we’ve got one from Forest Green. I said don’t be looking at it because I know what the reaction to it will be. Two of my very best signings were Michael Kightly (who he took to Wolves from Grays Athletic) and Tyrone Mings (who he signed for Ipswich Town from Chippenham Town). They both cost diddly squat and ended up in the Premier League, because they had that hunger in them. Take heart from them."
Moore won't be considered for the Ipswich Town squad that takes on National League side Lincoln City in an FA Cup Third Round Replay this week. He had come on as a substitute for Forest Green in their Fourth Qualifying Round match against Sutton United in October 2016, and is therefore cup-tied.
Following Saturday's 1-1 draw against Wycombe Wanderers at Adams Park, Yeovil Town midfielder Kevin Dawson spoke to the BBC about the match. With questions from local journalist Chris Spittles, in an interview for BBC Somerset, Kevin's views on taking penalties and the overall team performance can be read via the link below.
The Green and White Supporters Club have set their travel plans for the forthcoming League Two match against Blackpool. The match takes place at Bloomfield Road on Saturday 21st January 2017, with a 3.00p.m. kick-off. Departure times and prices are listed as follows:
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 email@example.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.
League Two side Hartlepool United have parted company with their manager Craig Hignett. His last match in charge was Saturday's 1-0 defeat against Crawley Town - a result that left them in 19th place in the League Two table, four points behind Yeovil Town. Pools weren't in great form, with just one win in their last eight fixtures, although Hignett appeared to have survived the embarrassment of their mid-December 0-5 home defeat against Cambridge United that came during that run. His departure is described as by 'mutual consent' effectively an agreement to pay him off
Overall, he was in charge for just 52 matches, winning 15 games, and drawing 12 of those, having been appointed in February 2016, and therefore not even surviving a year in the job. Assistant manager Sam Collins has been given the role of Caretaker Manager - the third time he's had to step forward and perform such a role, having done it twice in 2014. Chairman Gary Coxall has strongly suggested that Hartlepool will be making a quick appointment for Hignett's successor:
"I would like to place on record my thanks to Craig for all of his efforts. He has given everything for the Club during his time in charge and he leaves with our very best wishes for the future. The search for a new Manager will begin immediately and it won’t be a long, drawn-out process – we want to get the right man appointed as quickly as possible."
Meanwhile Notts County appointed 34 year old Kevin Nolan as their new manager just before the weekend. The Magpies have also completed their takeover, with Alan Hardy becoming their new owner - he has revealed that they are losing £1.6 million a year at Meadow Lane, meaning that it's unlikely that Nolan will have a lot of financial leeway - they remain under a transfer embargo, pending the resolution of their court case with HMRC which is due to be heard on February 6th. Hardy is hoping to settle that debt before that date though, wanting to give Nolan a clear seven day period to bring in new players. However, with it being reported that in addition to County's £300,000 tax debt, they are also in arrears to a number of unnamed Football League clubs - believed to relate to ticket sales carried out at Meadow Lane - they will need to resolve all of those before the League will allow that to be lifted.
Nolan has got some management experience, but because that was at Leyton Orient - another club that love sacking managers - it didn't last long, with his 15 matches coming in early 2016. In theory Nolan could be registered to play for Notts County, but reportedly can't due to that transfer embargo. It's not clear how long Nolan's contract is, but as he becomes County's 16th manager in just over seven years, and their seventh appointment in just over two years, maybe that's irrelevant.
His start to his management career was positive in the sense that he ended a club record of ten consecutive defeats, by drawing 0-0 with Mansfield Town. However, any smiles from that early kick-off would have turned into frowns by 5.00p.m. when Cheltenham Town's 3-0 win over Accrington Stanley sent County into the bottom two for the first time this season.
Yeovil Town right-back Josh Ezewele had a dream debut for Kidderminster Harriers yesterday, as he netted the opening goal in their win over Ebbsfleet United. Signed on a one month loan by the National League North side, he started in their FA Trophy Second Round tie against a side pushing from promotion in the Southern section of the same league, in a match watched by 1,078 spectators.
Ezewele's big moment came in the 35th minute when he danced his way past an Ebbsfleet defender close to the corner flag, running down the length of the byline before firing home from an ultra-narrow angle to open the lead. Andre Brown and Tyrone Williams later added second and third goals to send Harriers through by a 3-0 scoreline, with Ezewele playing the first 60 minutes before making way for Liam Truslove. He was later voted as their Man of the Match in their online poll.
Josh's goal can be watched via the YouTube clip below. His next scheduled game comes on January 21st, when AFC Telford visit Aggborough in a National League North fixture.
Kidderminster Harriers: Palmer, Tyrone Williams, Josh Ezewele, Ryan Croasdale, Keith Lowe, Jordan Tunnicliffe, Sam Austin, James McQuilkin, Andre Brown, Darryl Knights, Arthur Gnahoua
Substitutes: Emmanuel Dieseruvwe, Liam Truslove (60 mins for Josh Ezewele), Tyrell Waite, Elton Ngwatala (66 mins for Arthur Gnahoua), Wayne Thomas (72 mins for Ryan Croasdale)
For those who want to view match highlights of yesterday's 1-1 draw with Wycombe Wanderers, two minutes worth of footage is now available. Watch the two penalty incidents that saw Kevin Dawson and Joe Jacobson score from spot-kicks, along with a couple of other Wycombe chances, including one where former trialist Dominic Gape strikes the crossbar, via the link below.
Following Saturday afternoon's 1-1 draw with Wycombe Wanderers at Adams Park, Yeovil Town manager Darren Way spoke to the BBC about the match. With questions from local journalist Chris Spittles, in an interview for BBC Somerset, Darren gives his views on the draw, and also his thoughts on Omar Sowunmi and Francois Zoko's performances, his latest views on the play-offs, the latest situation on Darren Ward's injury, and the plans to name a new signing sometime on Monday. Read that interview via the link below.