Despite Yeovil Town not kicking a football this afternoon, their position in the League Two table remains unchanged, thanks to a mix of postponements and defeats for teams near the foot of the division. Top placed Northampton Town gained a by-the-book 2-0 victory over basement York City, to keep the Cobblers at the head of the division and to increase their advantage to five points, still with a game in hand over Plymouth Argyle, who had been due to be the Glovers opponents this afternoon until the match at Huish Park was postponed.
Dagenham and Redbridge, who are the other club in the relegation zone, lost narrowly to a second half goal against Cambridge United, whilst managerless Stevenage, who fired Teddy Sheringham on Transfer Deadline Day, couldn't improve their form as Crawley Town secured a 1-0 win at Broadhall Way, thanks to Matt Harrold's goal. Given that poor old Hartlepool United had yet another game called off - they are up to five games behind in their fixtures on other League Two sides - whilst Newport County's home match was part of a South-West footballing wash-out, that meant that the bottom six League Two positions ended up entirely unchanged, with the advantage that York, Dagenham and Stevenage have all used up another fixture without picking up points.
Former Yeovil Town midfielder Lee Johnson has left League One side Barnsley to rejoin Bristol City. The 34 year old had a release clause in his contract at Barnsley triggered and he has now been given a three-and-a-half year contract at Ashton Gate to become their new Head Coach, and with the obvious immediate task of trying to save City from relegation from the Championship. He is sat in the Directors Box at The Valley today, watching City's game against Charlton Athletic that sees 23rd play 22nd in a six pointer, and will formally take over the running of the dressing room there after today's match.
Johnson is a former Bristol City player, having made 197 appearances over six seasons, including their promotion from League One in 2007 and their subsequent appearance in the Championship play-off final, whilst playing under his father Gary Johnson. He became a first team manager at the age of just 31 years old, as Oldham Athletic's manager, but moved across to Barnsley in February 2015. Despite having a rather sticky start to the 2015-16 season that saw the Tykes struggling in the relegation zone, Johnson Jnr has this week won the January 2016 League One Manager of the Month Award, as well as taking his side to the Football League Trophy Final. The morning after both of those achievements, City came calling and he has now become their new Head Coach. He leaves Barnsley in a more healthy 12th place position, and five points off the play-offs.
Yeovil Town manager Darren Way has said that he thinks today's decision to call off the League Two match against Plymouth Argyle was the right one. The Huish Park pitch was deemed to be waterlogged by match referee Lee Collins after he initially passed an 11.30a.m. pitch inspection, deciding to call the game off just over an hour later after further rain came down in South Somerset.
With further rain forecast for later in the day, and small puddles starting to form around the edges of the pitch, the match was called off at 12.45p.m. and Way backed the referee's decision, telling BBC Somerset that the water on the pitch and high winds would have turned the match into a lottery:
"I think so. I was saying to one of the members of staff, that you could have anyone out there as a manager today and you couldn't really affect the game tactically, because the conditions, the wind and the rain could have been a major factor in how the game panned out. So it's the right decision but we just move on now and make sure that we prepare for the next game."
Way added his thanks to the club's groundstaff and volunteer supporters, who he felt had gone to extreme lengths to try to keep the game on. He said that he was proud of the efforts that had been put in across the Friday and Saturday:
"I feel quite proud as manager to sit here now, knowing the lengths that the club went into, to try to get the game on. We had an army of supporters turn up yesterday, and they had to turn up today to remove the covers. So we tried to do everything that we can to get the game on, and to continue our home form where we haven't lost at home yet."
A new date for the League Two fixture will be announced in due course - almost certainly a Tuesday night fixture. Any fans who have bought tickets for the game should hold onto them as they will remain valid for the rearranged fixture. If you can't make the new date, then you'll need to make exchanges/returns via the Huish Park or Home Park Ticket Office that you originally purchased from.
Yeovil Town's League Two home match against Plymouth Argyle at Huish Park has now been called OFF. The match has been postponed by referee Lee Collins, following further heavy rain. Having passed an initial 11.30a.m. pitch inspection, the referee has done a second pitch inspection just over an hour later and has decided that the pitch is too waterlogged, particularly bearing in mind the weather forecast for a further bank of heavy rain to come in later today.
The match will now need a new date to be set - almost certainly a Tuesday night fixture. We'll let you know when the game is rearranged.
Yeovil Town's League Two home match against Plymouth Argyle at Huish Park today remains ON despite heavy rain in the area. League Two matches involving Bristol Rovers, Newport County and Exeter City have all fallen foul of the weather today, giving an indication of how heavy the rain is in the South-West, as games at those grounds saw the pitches waterlogged.
However, with the Glovers having covered the Huish Park pitch overnight, those covers have now been removed, and an initial inspection by referee Lee Collins at around 11.30a.m. has given the thumbs up for the game to go ahead. Needless to say, the match official does plan to keep reassessing the situation, with more heavy rain due to come later in the day. For the moment though, the match is on.
Yeovil Town Ladies have had their FA Women's Cup Third Round tie against Bradford City Women called off. The match was due to be played on Sunday 7th February at the Jones Stadium (aka Raleigh Grove, Sherborne) but has been called off due to heavy rain forecast and a currently waterlogged pitch.
Sherborne Town FC held their own pitch inspection this morning for their match against Bradford Town (a completely different Bradford!) and this game has been called off. The same referee also judged whether the pitch was likely to recover in the 24 hour period that would pass, given the weather forecast and the fact that Bradford City Women were due to set off for an overnight stop for this fixture, the referee decided to make an early decision.
The match will now be played next weekend, on Sunday 14th February at Raleigh Grove, with a 2.00p.m. kick-off.
As part of the build-up to the League Two match against Plymouth Argyle at Huish Park, Yeovil Town manager Darren Way spoke to the BBC. With questions from BBC Somerset reporter Richard Hoskin, Darren talks about the prospect of meeting a side sat in second place in the league table, plus giving his views on the availability of goalkeeper Artur Krysiak, club captain Darren Ward and centre-back Alex Lacey, as well as his thoughts on the possibility of complacency. Read that interview via the link below.
Yeovil Town have put out a call for volunteers to attend the ground tomorrow morning to help remove pitch covers. The club have covered the playing surface ahead of Saturday afternoon's League Two match against Plymouth Argyle, due to heavy rain being forecast for the Yeovil area overnight and during tomorrow morning.
The club are planning to remove the pitch covers from 10.00a.m. and any fans who can attend Huish Park at that time are asked to report to the Reception area. You'll just need to bring some footwear suitable for walking on a watery/muddy football pitch, and given the weather forecast a decent coat. You may want to leave a dry alternative in the car just in case the rain is heavy!
According to the MetCheck website, at present there are two significant banks of rain due in the area on Saturday. The first is due to hit between 7.00a.m. and 10.00a.m. and then begin to ease off. A second bank of rain will hit the area from 4.00p.m. until 7.00p.m. In between that time there is due to be some lighter showers. So the logic appears to be to remove the pitch covers after the first bank of rain has run through the County - fine, as long as the weather forecasters have done their job accurately!
On Wednesday, Yeovil Town manager Darren Way spoke to BBC Somerset about the club's current form. Fresh after the 1-1 draw with Luton Town and the news that he'd been nominated for the January 2016 Manager of the Month for League Two, Darren spoke to BBC presenter Claire Carter about how he saw that Luton draw, the club's route out of the relegation zone, his thoughts on Saturday's match against Plymouth Argyle and the club's movement during the January transfer window. Read that interview via the link below.
Yeovil Town and Carlisle United have been fined by the Football Association, following an incident that occurred during their stormy FA Cup Third Round Replay last month. The FA have dished out penalties to both clubs for failure to control their players in the 78th minute of the match that took place at Huish Park last month.
The situation developed out of Antony Sweeney's equalising goal in the 77th minute that sparked a melee between both sets of players. The incident largely came out of Jabo Ibehre's off the ball assault on goalkeeper Artur Krysiak that received national and international reports as a wrestling 'clothesline' challenge by Ibehre on Krysiak. Somehow, Ibehre stayed on the pitch, with just a yellow card for his challenge, whilst Krysiak was also cautioned for retaliation.
Despite referee Tim Robinson failing to take any further action against the players involved at the time, it appears the prominence of the incident has resulted in the FA charging both clubs with misconduct. Yeovil Town admitted the charge, but cited mitigating circumstances, that presumably related to them acting in self defence. Bizarrely, Carlisle decided to deny the charge.
An Independent Regulatory Commission hearing on Thursday 4th February 2016 found both clubs guilty and fined Carlisle £3,000 whilst also fining Yeovil £2,000 for their role in the incident. Both clubs have been warned as to their future conduct.
Officials for the League Two match between Yeovil Town and Plymouth Argyle have been published by the Football League. The match takes place on Saturday 6th February 2016 at Huish Park, with a 3.00p.m. kick-off. The man in charge of the fixture will be referee Lee Collins (Surrey).
He was promoted to the Football League's referees' list over the summer of 2011, meaning that we've only had him four times as a man in the middle. He was only promoted to the National Assistant Referee's Group for the start of the 2008-09 season, and so has been enjoying a swift rise through the ranks.
Mr Collins was present for the October 2011 home match against Leyton Orient that ended in a 2-2 draw. Considering he ended up giving both sides a penalty each, you'd think we would have been far more opinionated about his performance, particularly as the second one was a late decision that cost us two points. However, with one a handball in our favour, and the other a foul inside the box by Marek Stech, match reports and our memory of the incidents are that he got them both right, whilst the Western Gazette says he "had no choice but to point to the spot (for the second penalty) in a game he officiated well." Sometimes we do say nice things about referees.
We then had him for the League Cup First Round tie against Southend United back in August 2013. Our recollection is that he didn't have too bad a match from our point of view, but seemed to be making a few decisions that raised the hackles of home supporters, with them particularly unhappy about one Joel Grant tackle just before half time that he dished out a yellow for, when they were hoping for a red. He booked four of our players, but from our point of view we accepted his decisions. The Western Gazette were a bit critical of him saying he "struggled to keep a lid on a match where Southend seemed intent on provoking a reaction from their opponents. Awarded several yellow cards for trivial infringements, allowing others to go unpunished."
We had him twice during the 2014-15 season. The first was the League One away match against Gillingham. Like the Leyton Orient game, he gave two penalties, with one for each side, and to be honest the one that we got was a soft one. Not that we capitalised on it, with Kieffer Moore's weak effort saved. If that decision went for us, then the free kick that he awarded that led to Gillingham's opening goal was the reverse, with him interpreting Nathan Ralph and Danny Kedwell's coming together as a foul against the Glovers, when we saw it more of Kedwell's doing - Joe Martin's free kick set Gillingham on their way. Gillingham's second goal came from the penalty spot - for that one we had no complaints - Chris Weale saved it, but Kedwell took the rebound and converted.
The second match saw him visit Huish Park for the March 2015 visit of Oldham Athletic. He certainly didn't have a quiet game, dishing out seven yellow cards, two of which resulted in a red card putting Oldham down to ten men. We may be biased, but we thought the dismissal of Brian Wilson was a superb decision - the former Bristol City player committed a bad foul whilst already on a caution, but referee Collins waved play on, allowing Yeovil an advantage. A minute later, play stopped and he had the good memory to pick out the correct player and make sure the foul didn't go unpunished. He also (potentially) deserved praise for Yeovil's winning goal, where he could have easily blown up to award us a penalty - he didn't and James Hayter swept home the loose ball. It may be that he didn't think it was a penalty, but his body language at the time implied that if Hayter hadn't converted, he would have blown up, implying another good advantage played.
Mr Collins will be assisted by Steven Plane (Worcestershire) and William Bull (Hampshire). The Fourth Official will be Adam Matthews (Gloucestershire).
Yeovil Town Ladies midfielder Ellie Curson has been announced as the club's first team captain for the forthcoming 2016 season. Curson joined the Glovers in June 2014 and has gone on to become an integral part of the team, signing a new one-year contract at the end of last season.
The Welsh international was named as 2015 ‘Manager’s Player of the Year’ and first team boss Jamie Sherwood spoke of the respect the 21 year old has within the squad:
"I am delighted to have Ellie leading the group this season. She is a straight talking, driven and passionate player and I feel she can support the players and help us all achieve even more this season. Ellie has been given the opportunity by the players as we, with our sports psych staff at ‘Mindsport’, have been working towards a player driven choice of captain. The group have chosen a worthy candidate and someone who will wear the armband with pride."
Sherwood added that it was important that there was a strong team bond during the coming season as it would help drive the players forward, and he would work with Ellie to make sure that was achieved:
"I feel it's important the group are as tight as possible this year as this unity will give us a stronger chance of pushing the club forward. The coaching staff and myself are looking forward to working with Ellie and ensuring we support not only her but the group of players further, to maximise their potential over the next 9 months."
Glovers fans can see Curson lead out the team for the first time in this Sunday's SSE FA Women’s Cup tie at home to Bradford City Women. Kick off is 2.00p.m. at The Jones Stadium, Sherborne. Tickets can be purchased by heading here, where you can either choose to purchase a Season Ticket that will cover you for all league and cup games, or an individual ticket for the match on Sunday. Turnstiles, drinks bar and food bar will all be open from 12.30p.m. for the 2.00p.m. kick-off.
Yeovil Town Ladies vs Bradford City Ladies - taking place on Sunday
Yeovil Town manager Darren Way has missed out on the January 2016 Manager of the Month award for League Two. He was one of four managers nominated by the Football League as part of their monthly awards, but the final award has been given to Northampton Town's Chris Wilder - AFC Wimbledon's Neal Ardley and Exeter City's Paul Tisdale were the other nominations.
The decision to give it to Wilder is not too controversial. The Cobblers are currently top of the division and won all four League Two fixtures during January, which included a 2-1 away win against second-placed Plymouth Argyle at Home Park. Cobblers attacker Ricky Holmes was also given the Player of the Month award.
In League One, the Manager of the Month award was won by Lee Johnson, who is manager at Barnsley. The former Glovers midfielder has a double reason to celebrate this morning - his team won their way through to the Football League Trophy final at Wembley Stadium last night, after a penalty shoot-out win over Fleetwood Town. They will face Oxford United in the final.
Yeovil Town manager Darren Way has confirmed that two of his defensive options will return to the playing squad for this weekend's League Two match against high-flying Plymouth Argyle. The Glovers have been without captain Darren Ward for the past four matches after he picked up swelling on his knee from a knock sustained in the January defeat against Morecambe, whilst his replacement Alex Lacey ended up receiving a straight red card in the following FA Cup Third Round Replay tie against Carlisle United, seeing him pick up a three match suspension.
That has left the Glovers very thin on the ground in terms of their defensive options, with left-back Nathan Smith filling in as a centre-back over the last three games, whilst the club have operated without a single defender on the substitutes bench during that time. Thankfully no disasters have occurred as a result of their absence, with two wins and a draw in their last three League Two matches. Whilst Way wasn't going to reveal who would be in his back four for Saturday's match at Huish Park, he told BBC Somerset that Ward definitely would be ready to play on the weekend:
"He'll be involved. Obviously the boys have been doing fantastic. So anyone else coming into this environment at the moment, with the team there's a lot of thought process that goes behind it. All the players have paid every single one of them respect, because obviously someone has had to come in and fill in for Darren and I think that the two centre-halves have handled the games that we've had fantastically well. It's important that they take notice, even though Darren is back and we welcome that. Everyone has played a real good part in getting the club to where it is, and it's great to have Darren Ward back."
The other big concern this week has been goalkeeper Artur Krysiak, who was forced off in midweek after an hour of play, with him having picked up a hip injury that meant he couldn't finish the game. That left the question of who would be between the sticks on Saturday. Darren wasn't willing to confirm that it would be the Pole, but on the other hand isn't ruling it out. Krysiak plans to use a hydro pool and ice bath at Bath University, but has also been using rather more 'natural' facilities by heading down to West Bay for a rather chilly swim in the sea! Way was still hopeful he would recover in time for the game:
"He's okay - he's getting along nicely. He's had a lot of ice. He's probably quite cold at the moment, and he's doing everything that he can to be fit for Saturday. Alex Lacey is back from suspension, so the squad is starting to build nicely again. It's nice to have those selection problems. We'll be making sure that we select the right team for Saturday and be doing everything that we can to try to pick up three points."
The return of Lacey and Ward should mean Way has a squad of nineteen players to choose from on Saturday - assuming Krysiak recovers in time. On Tuesday night, the number of available first team squad members dropped down to seventeen, leaving the club having to field just six substitutes for the match at Luton.
Yeovil Town are reported to have lost a court case today, in the Court Of Appeal, following a civil dispute over pitch refurbishment. The club have been in dispute with Gartell & Son, who are a groundswork and construction company based in Templecombe. The club engaged with them in June 2012 to perform work to upgrade the main pitch and training facilities, but it seems this work went wrong, with heavy rain blamed as a mitigating factor in why that work failed.
The Western Gazette has reported that initially the club and Gartell had gone to Taunton County Court to settle a dispute over whether the Glovers should have to pay for the work. In August 2014, Judge Harrington agreed with the football club and said that the should not have to pay, and awarded the club £16,500 in damages claimed to have alternative contractors brought in, along with paying staff overtime, ruling that Gartell's work had made the pitch worse.
Today in the Court of Appeal, Lord Justices Floyd, Laws and Bean have partially overruled Judge Harrington's decision, ruling that the damages should not have been awarded. They upheld Judge Harrington's decision that the club did not have to pay Gartell for the work. However, they ruled that he should not have ordered Gartell to pay damages to cover the work done by the replacement contractor.
The ruling means that Yeovil Football and Athletic Club Ltd (more commonly known as Yeovil Town Football Club) will have to pay back any of the £16,500 damages they received. The Gazette also speculate that the club will also have to stomach a legal bill in excess of the amount that was being disputed, although don't indicate what that value might be.
This civil dispute hasn't been made public before by the club. However, the timing of the event fits strongly with barbed remarks former manager Gary Johnson made about the state of the pitches at Alvington over the summer of 2012. The club also had to switch a pre-season friendly against Plymouth Argyle to Dorchester Town's ground, although no explanation was given at the time. During the following month, Johnson was heavily critical of the main stadium playing surface, with assistant manager Terry Skiverton admitting there was frustration behind the scenes. The sequence of events over that month would strongly correlate with the club's subsequent dispute with Gartell.
The Green and White Supporters Club have set their travel plans for the forthcoming League Two match against Hartlepool United. The match takes place at Victoria Park on Saturday 13th February 2016, with a 3.00p.m. kick-off. Departure times and prices are listed as follows:
Hartlepool United : Saturday 13th February 2016. Huish Park: 6.00a.m. Adult Members: £33.00; Member Concessions: £31.00 Adult Non-Members: £35.00; Non-Member Concessions: £33.00
To place your booking, send a text message to Paul Hadlow on 07736 044570. If you want to call him please only do so after 6.00p.m. You can also reach him at 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.
Just before Tuesday night's match against Luton Town kicked off at Kenilworth Road, Yeovil Town manager Darren Way spoke to the BBC. With questions from local journalist Chris Spittles, in an interview for BBC Somerset, Darren talks about the midweek opponents, but also delves into his thinking about why he brought AFC Bournemouth loanee Harry Cornick back into the side, why he let Shaun Jeffers depart on loan to join Woking, and his wider thoughts on the club's transfer window dealings. Read that interview via the link below.
With the team's first competitive fixture fast approaching, Yeovil Town Ladies manager Jamie Sherwood has became the first manager in the clubs history to be contracted. The decision has come, as the board of directors at Yeovil Town Ladies sees the importance of securing the manager as being just as important as its players.
With Bradford City Women due to travel to Sherborne for this weekend's SSE FA Women's Cup match against Yeovil Town Ladies, it will give an extra boost to the squad, which sees full backing for Jamie Sherwood. After taking on the managerial role mid way through the 2014 season, Sherwood has had a season to establish his philosophy and playing style. This year Sherwood has shaped a side, who are certain to reach heights that will take the club to the next level. Chairman Steve Allinson said
"We have made some significant signings in the close season to strengthen the squad, but this appointment is, in my opinion, the most important. Jamie is integral to so much of what we are doing here, at all levels and I am thrilled that we have been able to agree a manager's contract with him. It also reflects the ongoing development of the Club. These really are exciting times for all associated with Yeovil Town Ladies."
Speaking about this contract, manager Jamie Sherwood said:
"The belief the board show in myself and the rest of my staff throughout the club gives me the confidence to develop further structures to secure the long term sustainability of the club both on and off the field. The progress of the club over the last 18 months has been a great journey, but my group of staff have massively taken the responsibility too."
Sherwood also gave recognition to his backroom team of Pete Amos, Michelle Yeowell, Louise Hutton, Tony Rich, Kim Cheffey and Matt Powell who will support him during the 2016 campaign:
"We now boast that we have a two UEFA A License coaches with Pete Amos as our Technical Adviser, and Michelle Yeowell as our Head Coach, who has a real keen eye for detail. We have recruited Louise Hutton who is another young ambitious coach who brings fresh eyes into our programme and with fresh eyes we have new ideas. Lou takes the role of First Team Player Coach. The final pieces of the coaching staff jigsaw is Tony Rich, who has has done great work with all our goalkeepers and can boast that Charlie Haynes is an England U19 player along with Alice Evans who is now playing professionally in Italy, as well as a clutch of up and coming goalkeepers in our club. The teams support staff in physio Kim Cheffey and analyst Matt Powell, will also be crucial to the success this season."
You can watch Jamie Sherwood’s team in action this weekend, when they play against Bradford City Women in the SSE FA Women’s Cup, with the game being played at The Jones Stadium, Sherborne (Sunday 7th Feb - 2.00p.m. kick-off). Tickets can be purchased by heading here, where you can either choose to purchase a Season Ticket that will cover you for all league and cup games, or an individual ticket for the match on Sunday.
Yeovil Town supporters planning to attend the club's next League Two away fixture can do so at heavily reduced prices. Tickets for the trip to Hartlepool United are currently on sale from the Huish Park Ticket Office and Hartlepool have changed their admission prices for this game. The match takes place at Victoria Park on Saturday 13th February 2016, with a 3.00p.m. kick-off. The revised ticket prices for this game are as follows:
Adults: £12.00 (was £20.00); Over-60s, Students and Under-19s: £6.00 (was £10.00).
Ambulant and Wheelchair Disabled supporters pay the above rates according to their age/entitlement and can admit an assistant free of charge.
For the Concessionary rate, Hartlepool strongly advise that you take proof of entitlement on the day of the game, or they reserve the right to charge you the difference in price between the Concession and the Adult price ticket. Note that the Under-19s tariff is for those aged 18 years old and below.
Those wishing to claim their Concessionary Ticket for Students and Young Persons on the day of the match must purchase from the Hartlepool Ticket Office. Reductions for students and young supporters are not available at the turnstiles, and so you'll need to allow extra time to visit their office in Clarence Road. Again, take the appropriate ID with you.
There are no prices increases on the day of the match. Away supporters get the Rink End. This is a small covered stand holding 1,033 seats. Entrance by turnstiles 1 and 2 from Clarence Road.
NOTE: If you purchased your Hartlepool United ticket at the original price, get in touch with the Huish Park Ticket Office and they'll sort you out with a refund for the difference in price. You'll obviously need to be the original person who purchased the tickets, and you may wish to have your credit card details handy if you used one to make your purchase.
For those who want to view highlights of last night's League Two match between Luton Town and Yeovil Town, that finished in a 1-1 draw, these can now be found online. As well as the second half goal scored by Everton loanee Liam Walsh, you'll find a first half shot from Matt Dolan that went over the bar, along with a Harry Cornick effort that the keeper spilled. In the second half, aside from the two goals, you'll also find the late moment that saw Luton hit the woodwork. Watch via the clip below.
Following Tuesday night's 1-1 draw against Luton Town at Kenilworth Road, Yeovil Town manager Darren Way spoke to the BBC about the game. With questions from local journalist Chris Spittles, in an interview for BBC Somerset, Darren's view on the game, his thoughts on Everton loanee Liam Walsh's goal, and also the availability of Darren Ward and Alex Lacey can be read via the link below.
Yeovil Town manager Darren Way praised Everton loanee Liam Walsh for being a player that he feels he can trust in his team. The 18 year old is on his first spell away from Goodison Park, and therefore is only six games into his first team professional career, and notched up his first goal at that level on Tuesday night, when he fired home from inside the box in the 1-1 draw against Luton Town. Despite his age, Walsh has started in all of the games that he's been available for, picking up a Sponsors Man of the Match award in the recent home match against Crawley Town, with fans also recognising his performance in that game.
Tonight saw him enhance his reputation amongst Glovers fans, after he took advantage of a knockdown by Francois Zoko, following a deep free kick into the box, and although his first shot was blocked, his second attempt on goal saw him give his side the lead. Way told BBC Somerset Walsh was showing great maturity for someone of his sort of age and experience and praised the Toffees for the way they were developing their younger players:
"He's a great player. The maturity that he's showing at such a young age is fantastic. For me, as the first signing that I've tried to bring in from Everton, I thank Everton for that because of the manner and the way that they've brought the lad up. It looks to me as though he's well educated and well disciplined and he fits all of the requirements to be able to trust him, and to put him in the team. It feels good and I think the players trust in the information that I'm providing. We're in that dressing room and we're really pleased to come to a place like this knowing that only a world class goal stopped not giving us all three points. To come away now with the momentum that we're carrying breeds confidence. The players are putting in a real shift to make sure this football club stays in the Football League."
The big concern on the night was that goalkeeper Artur Krysiak had to come off an hour into the match, after he took a knock in a collision with a Luton Town player inside the box. Chris Weale took over as substitute keeper for the final 30 minutes of the game. Way explained that Krysiak had suffered a hip injury, but hoped that it would not end up being too serious. He also explained Harry Cornick's substitution, with the AFC Bournemouth loanee having to be taken off very early in the second half:
"I think Artur has taken a knock to the hip. But hopefully he will be okay for Saturday, but if not then Wealey steps up. I've talked about this responsibility that players need to take within the team. With Harry Cornick, unfortunately there was no way that he was going to be able to last. He got in on that left-hand side and cut inside and had a great shot, which the keeper had to parry out. So he's done his job as well. I'm really pleased for all of the players and the squad of players that have been involved in this team."
If you watched this evening's 1-1 draw against Luton Town at Kenilworth Road, 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.
Yeovil Town picked up another useful away point as they drew 1-1 against Luton Town at Kenilworth Road tonight. In a game in which both sides could easily have won, the Glovers thought they were on their way to all three points when Everton loanee Liam Walsh netted his first professional first team goal as he gave his temporary side the lead with 20 minutes remaining in the game. Luton hit back with six minutes remaining as a terrific left footed strike by Alan Sheehan levelled the scores and the Hatters nearly won it deep into injury time when Cameron McGeehan struck the post. Yeovil had their difficult moments during the game, particularly when a knee injury to Artur Krysiak forced Chris Weale into 30 minutes of action as the club's substitute keeper, but they held on to rise once place to 21st place in the League Two table.
The Glovers went into the match making one change to their starting line-up. Shaun Jeffers had been loaned out to National League side Woking and so his place in the side was taken by Harry Cornick, as the Glovers preserved their formation but tweaked it slightly with Francois Zoko becoming the more central outlet of the front three. On the bench, Iffy Allen's departure meant that the club could only name six on the bench despite Ryan Bird returning from injury.
Both sides struggled to worry the goalkeepers during the early stages - Craig Mackail-Smith forced Artur Krysiak into a save, which he needed two attempts to clutch, whilst Alex Lawless's shot was struck straight at Jakub Sokolik who stopped the ball getting near the goal, but otherwise the home side struggled to truly threaten. Not that Yeovil were exactly threatening at the other end, as Matt Dolan did a typical long range strike that went over the bar, after good build-up play by Ryan Dickson. Their only other serious first half chance came via Harry Cornick whose shot was spilt by Elliot Justham, forcing Jake Howells to hack the loose ball away, although the raising of a linesman's flag suggested any follow-up wouldn't have counted.
In the closing stages, Luton finally began to exert some genuine dominance, as Craig Mackail-Smith's run and shot was ended by a defensive block. During injury time Joe Pigott also had two shots blocked and the Glovers had to defend in numbers. As such they were glad to hear the half time whistle blow as Luton were building up a head of steam which the fifteen minutes break would break up a touch.
Early into the second half, Kevin Dawson replaced a somewhat rusty looking Harry Cornick, with the wide 'forwards' swapping positions to give Dawson his more usual flank. Luton though began to continue their increased threat as Cameron McGeehan shot wide, and then Alex Lawless broke through on goal, thankfully shooting straight at Artur Krysiak after he'd taken advantage of Yeovil losing possession in their own half.
Then came a key moment in the game when Stephen O'Donnell's shot was parried for a corner kick by Artur Krysiak. When the corner kick was delivered, Scott Cuthbert headed over the bar, but collided with Krysiak in doing so, leaving the keeper down in pain with what appeared to be a knee problem. After lengthy treatment, the Pole attempted to continue by taking a goal kick, but as soon as he struck the ball he was in obvious pain again, dropping to the floor and with an obvious need for a goalkeeper change, meaning that Chris Weale played the final 30 minutes between the sticks.
Yeovil had struggled to create much forward play during the second period, and so when they took the lead with 20 minutes remaining, it was somewhat against the run of play. Good build-up play by Francois Zoko saw him feed Liam Walsh. The Everton loanee saw his initial shot blocked, but when the ball returned back to him, he struck the ball cleanly and with Luton's defence disoriented from the initial shot, he was able to put Yeovil ahead and give himself his first ever professional first team goal.
The Glovers nearly went a further goal up when Jack Compton tried to repeat his weekend heroics, only to find Elliot Justham brilliantly save the shot just under the crossbar. That would have killed the game, but in the closing stages Luton Town levelled from a corner. As the ball was flighted into the box, it was flicked onto the back post and into the path of Alan Sheehan. He struck the ball superbly and first time into the top corner to put Luton level and to wake up a home crowd that had been increasingly tetchy during the game.
Darren Way made a defensive substitution, bringing on Simon Gillett for Jack Compton, meaning that his side changed to a 4-4-1-1, leaving Francois Zoko up front, with Simon Gillett as the supporting midfielder. As the game entered seven minutes of injury time, inevitably it was Luton who ended up applying most of the late pressure. They came uncomfortably close to sending Yeovil home with nothing as substitute Paul Benson's shot was parried by Chris Weale, and Cameron McGeehan's follow-up struck the post, with Jakub Sokolik thankfully throwing his body in the way of a possible third attempt. With referee Nigel Miller booking Wealey for timewasting during the added on time, that meant that he found a way to extend things further into nine minutes of added on time, but thankfully the Glovers held on - a point that moved them above Hartlepool United on goal difference, and crucially now leaves themselves with a four point buffer on Dagenham and Redbridge and York City, albeit by having played an extra game.
Luton Town: 16. Elliot Justham
2. Stephen O'Donnell 6. Scott Cuthbert 44. Alan Sheehan 40. Jake Howells
19. Olly Lee 7. Alex Lawless 8. Cameron McGeehan
17. Pelly Ruddock 45. Joe Pigott 22. Craig Mackail-Smith
Substitutes: 1. Mark Tyler 4. Jonathan Smith 9. Paul Benson (90 mins for Joe Pigott) 14. Jack Marriott (78 mins for Craig Mackail-Smith) 15. Paddy McCourt (85 mins for Pelly Ruddock) 18. Magnus Okuonghae 35. Zane Banton
Yeovil Town: 1. Artur Krysiak
24. Connor Roberts 6. Jakub Sokolik 3. Nathan Smith 11. Ryan Dickson
25. Liam Walsh 4. Matt Dolan 2. Ben Tozer
14. Jack Compton 39. Francois Zoko (Capt) 23. Harry Cornick
Substitutes: 12. Chris Weale (60 mins for Artur Krysiak) 7. Kevin Dawson (49 mins for Harry Cornick) 8. Marc Laird 9. Ryan Bird 16. Tahvon Campbell 18. Simon Gillett (85 mins for Jack Compton)
Yeovil Town have named one change to their starting eleven for the League Two match against Luton Town at Kenilworth Road this evening. Striker Shaun Jeffers has headed out on loan to National League side Woking and his position in the side is taken by AFC Bournemouth loanee Harry Cornick.
Winger Iffy Allen has left the club for Torquay United, meaning that although striker Ryan Bird has returned from illness, the departure of Allen and Jeffers means the club can only name six players on the substitutes bench tonight.
Centre-back Alex Lacey sits out the third game of a three match suspension for the red card he obtained against Carlisle United in the FA Cup. Club captain Darren Ward is still out with a swollen knee. Midfielder Wes Fogden also has an injury that has been keeping him out of the squads recently. The club's long term injury list of Jordan Gibbons (hip injury) and Omar Sowunmi (ankle) means that they continue to be absent.
The full team for this evening's match reads as follows:
Yeovil Town: 1. Artur Krysiak
24. Connor Roberts 6. Jakub Sokolik 3. Nathan Smith 11. Ryan Dickson
25. Liam Walsh 4. Matt Dolan 2. Ben Tozer
14. Jack Compton 39. Francois Zoko (Capt) 23. Harry Cornick
Substitutes: 12. Chris Weale (GK) 7. Kevin Dawson 8. Marc Laird 9. Ryan Bird 16. Tahvon Campbell 18. Simon Gillett
Luton Town: 16. Elliot Justham
2. Stephen O'Donnell 6. Scott Cuthbert 44. Alan Sheehan 40. Jake Howells
17. Pelly Ruddock 19. Olly Lee 7. Alex Lawless 8. Cameron McGeehan
22. Craig Mackail-Smith 45. Joe Pigott
Substitutes: 1. Mark Tyler 4. Jonathan Smith 9. Paul Benson 14. Jack Marriott 15. Paddy McCourt 18. Magnus Okuonghae 35. Zane Banton
Yeovil Town manager Darren Way has described his counterpart tonight as one of the 'good guys' in football, as he prepares to do battle with him in a League Two match for the first time. Luton Town first team manager Nathan Jones and Glovers boss Way are both in the early days of their front line management careers, having been given new jobs around the turn of the year.
Whilst Way has been in charge of the Glovers since December 1st, with that appointment being made permanent on New Year's Eve, Jones is currently finding his feet with the Hatters and is just three matches into his new job. They will meet at Kenilworth Road tonight for the 7.45p.m. kick-off and Way had no hesitation in giving BBC Somerset his views on the man he worked with as a player and as a coach:
"He's a top man - a real good guy in football. He deserves his chance. It was a great time working with him and I thought we were very successful when Terry (Skiverton) was manager. He was a part of the staff and we really enjoyed competing at that level, which was a big level at that time. So it was really pleasing. But he'll be looking for a win just like I will be."
Way takes his side into the match at Luton with the unusual luxury of knowing that whatever tonight's score ends up being, his side will stay above the relegation line, as one of only two games being played. Whilst the Glovers are in no way secure about their 22nd placed position, they lie in a more healthy position than they did two months ago, and the Glovers boss feels that one of the positive aspects of his club's position was that they had managed to drag other clubs into the relegation fight, rather than just battling with Dagenham and Redbridge and York City in a three horse race, giving them a better chance of an escape:
"I think we were on eleven points when I first took over, with my home game against Barnet. We were a million miles and points behind. Now we've dragged in another two or three teams, whereas before it was only a three horse race. So again that's credit to the players. For every game, everyone said it's a must-win game. It's important that we keep going and see if we can set ourselves that challenge of getting back-to-back wins away from home. I know that it's a long time since we won our last away game, and the boys did that on Saturday, that's for sure."
Former Yeovil Town assistant manager and left-back Nathan Jones believes his old club are in a 'false position' as he prepares to stand in the opposite dugout as Luton Town's manager tonight. This is the first time the 42 year old has met his old club since his appointment at Kenilworth Road, although was in the dugouts for the two Championship matches against Brighton and Hove Albion, where he was their assistant head coach, and later first team coach.
Jones has told Luton Today that he has been watching plenty of Yeovil Town matches this season, even having viewed both games that pre-dated Darren Way's appointment as boss, and his own appointment as Luton manager. His view was that based on what he had seen he did not regard the Glovers as potential relegation material:
"Yeovil will be fine this year. We know what to expect from them, trust me, I’ve watched them enough lately. I went down to watch the Carlisle game, saw three games before Christmas and watched the last three games on DVD. They’re in a false position. They work hard, they graft, they grind teams down and have got some players with a bit of quality in there too."
Nathan worked alongside Darren Way, both during their playing days at Huish Park, but also as part of the management team under Terry Skiverton's first spell as manager, where Jones was assistant manager and Way was first team coach. He said that his early view of Way's sides was that they were built in his image as a hard-working midfield terrier:
"Darren is a good friend of mine. He's been through some good times and some tough times. He’s done unbelievably to be where is, to be alive in fact because he almost had a fatal car crash. It ended his playing career. But he fought, he’s a fighter and his team’s the same as him. If you look at his teams, they are him, and he’s done fantastically well there, he’s someone I know really well and class as a good friend. He’s a good appointment, he knows the club, he has good attributes to be a manager and great attributes to be a Yeovil manager."
Nathan will be just as familiar with many of the players within the Yeovil Town squad, with the likes of Chris Weale, Nathan Smith and Ryan Dickson having all played for the club whilst Jones was at Huish Park, whilst he also explained that he knows Kevin Dawson and Simon Gillett from other parties. He said that he had great memories of his seven years in Somerset as player and manager:
"I know a lot of the players they have there and they’re a real tough test. It’s a great club, I have real fond memories of seven years there as a player, player assistant manager, and really loved the place. I settled there, met a lot of good people at the club. They’ve had a lot of highs, a few lows lately, but they’ve got some good people in charge now and definitely picked up. They’re a difficult side to play against and it’s going to be a really, really tough game."
Yeovil Town are reported to be giving a second trial to former Tottenham Hotspur academy winger Jesse Waller-Lassen. As reported last week, the Team Solent player scored in a trial match played on the club's 3G pitch on January 20th, and it seems as though he has impressed enough for the club to invite him back for further scrutiny, having used him in other training sessions over the past week or two.
Team Solent manager James Taylor has told the Southampton Daily Echo that he expects his player to miss their Wednesday night trip to Verwood due to his participation in a second trial match that will take place tomorrow - the day after tonight's first team trip to Luton Town. Waller-Lassen is currently Solent's top goalscorer, with eighteen strikes to his name, and Taylor admits that he will be missed:
"They’re having a first-team game among themselves on Wednesday and Jesse’s been invited back along with a couple of others. He went back and did another training session with them last week, his third or fourth one, and they’re still looking at him and deciding where he would fit in. It means we’ll probably lose Jesse for the Verwood game and of course we’ll miss him, you always miss a goalscorer."
The transfer window may be closed, but it seems that there was another bit of ultra-late business done last night. Striker Shaun Jeffers has gone out on loan to National League side Woking. The Cardinals have signed him on an initial 28 day loan agreement.
Shaun was in the club's starting line-up for last Saturday's match against AFC Wimbledon and has been a regular starter under new manager Darren Way, being picked in the starting eleven for all League Two fixtures since the club's change of management. Overall he's made 30 appearances for the club, scoring three goals.
On Saturday afternoon, winger Jack Compton stepped into the limelight when he grabbed his first professional hat-trick for Yeovil Town. Scoring all three goals in the 3-2 win over AFC Wimbledon, he spoke to the BBC after the game. With questions from local journalist Chris Spittles, in an interview for BBC Somerset, Jack's thoughts on his three goals and the overall team performance can be read via the link below.
Officials for the League Two match between Luton Town and Yeovil Town have been published by the Football League. The match takes place on Tuesday 2nd February 2016 at Kenilworth Road, with a 7.45p.m. kick-off. The man in charge of the fixture will be referee Nigel Miller (County Durham).
We've not had Mr Miller for over five years now, and only once in nearly nine years. Whilst part of that will have come down to where the match official lives, part of it could easily relate to complaints made by former manager Russell Slade made when he tried to get the Football League to remove him from the list of officials prior to the club's Play-Off Semi-Final First Leg match against Nottingham Forest back in May 2007. Russell's view was that the official had a vendetta against him, and either by coincidence or to keep the peace, Mr Miller's involvement in Yeovil Town matches rapidly dried up.
The match in question did not help his relationship with Slade, with Forest being awarded two penalties in a 0-2 defeat, with the first in particular causing the home crowd to vent their fury repeatedly at Mr Miller - more so when he refused to award the Glovers a nailed-on penalty during the second period. Thankfully for the second leg, Mr Miller had been removed from the list of officials and things didn't turn out so bad at the City Ground.
Other than that match, Mr Miller has been seen at a 1-1 draw against Blackpool in October 2006 and a 2-1 defeat at Rochdale on a Friday night in October 2004. Neither match saw him particularly cover himself in glory. The most recent meeting involving him was the October 2009 match against Oldham Athletic. It ended in a 0-0 draw, with Yeovil having a goal ruled out by Miller for an apparent handball by 'scorer' Craig Davies. We weren't too convinced about that decision on the night - especially as Davies was given a yellow card for it - but in fairness the BBC and then manager Terry Skiverton didn't make an issue of the decision.
Mr Miller will be assisted by Ryan T Atkin (London) and Dave Bushell (London). The Fourth Official will be John Busby (Oxfordshire).
Yeovil Town manager Darren Way has been nominated for the Manager of the Month award for League Two by the Football League. Way, who only started his career as a manager at the start of December, following the departure of Paul Sturrock, has been included in a shortlist of managers whose sides have performed well during the month. The list of nominated managers are as follows, and include former Yeovil Town midfielder Paul Tisdale:
Chris Wilder - Northampton Town
Neal Ardley - AFC Wimbledon
Paul Tisdale - Exeter City
Darren Way - Yeovil Town
Darren clocked up three league wins and one defeat during the month, with his overall record across the month being three wins, two draws and one defeat, with one of those draws being the penalty shootout defeat against Carlisle United.
The winner of the award will be announced on Friday morning. The current favourite is likely to be Northampton's Chris Wilder, in terms of the statistics, with his side having obtained a 100 percent record during the month of January.
Barring any ultra-ultra-late paperwork being sneaked through at the very last minute, the January transfer window is now closed. The day proved to be a very low key one for Yeovil Town, with only Iffy Allen's departure to National League side Torquay United until the end of the season seeing movement at Huish Park. That meant that the overall business that the Glovers did across the month of January saw two arrivals and four departures as follows:
DEPARTURES: Christian Maghoma (defender, Tottenham Hotspur, loan ended), Josh Sheehan (midfielder, Swansea City, loan ended), Mark Beck (striker, Wrexham, loaned out), Iffy Allen (winger, Torquay United, permanent)
As far as other deadline day deals went, it was a relatively low key 24 hour period, but there were still a few former Yeovil Town players involved. Former Manchester United winger Tom Lawrence has moved on loan from Leicester City to join Russell Slade's Cardiff City set-up until the end of the 2015-16 season. Midfielder Rohan Ince has left Brighton and Hove Albion on loan and signed for Fulham until the end of the season.
Winger Antonio German, who was on the books of Queens Park Rangers when we took him on loan, has signed for Partick Thistle until the end of the season, having had a productive stint with Indian side Kerala Blasters during 2015. Former loan striker Simon Church, who is on the books of Milton Keynes Dons, has moved out on loan to join Aberdeen until the end of the season. Meanwhile at Huddersfield Town, they have recalled striker Jordi Hiwula from his five month loan spell with Wigan Athletic. Finally, as reported earlier, former striker Adam Morgan has turned up at Hemel Hempstead, shortly after leaving Accrington Stanley.
Yeovil Town have said farewell to winger Iffy Allen tonight. He has exited Huish Park and joined National League side Torquay United on a permanent basis. There is no mention of a transfer fee, but Torquay have revealed that he has signed a deal that will last until the end of the 2015-16 season. Overall Iffy made 16 appearances for the club, but with the vast majority of those coming from the bench - only two of them were league starts.
He appeared to be on the way out under former boss Paul Sturrock but was briefly brought back by new boss Darren Way when he took over the reins in early December. However, Iffy's last appearance for the club came at Morecambe just over two weeks ago and with players coming back to full fitness he seemed to be heading down the pecking order a touch.
Tomorrow evening, Yeovil Town travel to Kenilworth Road when they take on Luton Town in a League Two fixture. It's been eight years since we last made this journey, and that means the Ciderspace guide has had a fairly hefty overhaul for the trip. Find the usual selection of directions, parking, ticketing, a pub guide and club statistics via the link below. Note that this is an ALL TICKET game for away fans - instructions for any late purchasers are included in the ticketing section of the guide - don't turn up without having purchased a ticket!
Just six hours before the transfer window shuts tonight, League Two side Stevenage have decided to sack their first team manager. Former England and Tottenham Hotspur striker Teddy Sheringham has been shown the door after just 33 games in charge, during which he gained seven wins and ten draws. He leaves Broadhall Way in 19th place and eight points off the drop zone, with his final game in charge being the 2-1 defeat against basement side York City on Saturday, that saw the Minstermen grab a last minute winner.
Chairman Phil Wallace has implied that Sheringham's habit of losing matches during the last few minutes of matches was a factor in the reasons for the change of management - in early December an 86th minute Ben Tozer goal saw Boro knocked out of the FA Cup by Yeovil Town, and that pattern has followed in more recent fixtures. In addition to the York defeat, they dropped two points against Leyton Orient in the final minute, whilst on Boxing Day they went down to a last minute strike against Crawley Town, with a late Accrington Stanley penalty just before Christmas also seeing them drop two points in the final five minutes.
On top of that, Stevenage have not won in their last eight league fixtures, taking just three points during that time, and Wallace felt it was time to act, even though he believed the outgoing manager had suffered from bad luck with a number of serious injuries along the way:
"Teddy has had the worst luck I've seen in the 16 years I’ve owned the football club. Normally we'd have one or two major ops on key players in a season but we've had more this season than the last three combined. You also occasionally lose points in the last few minutes of games but we've been in this situation in four of the last eight matches. However, we are where we are and the club have to make a change. Teddy came in having to work on a lower budget than we've had before and the lack of available funds has made it difficult to get the players he'd like. He's given it his all but it hasn't worked and now we have to thank him for his efforts and move on."
Stevenage have put Darren Sarll in caretaker charge. He'll do well to react to the news and make any changes to his predecessor's first team squad before tonight's 11.00p.m. deadline.
Yeovil Town supporters wanting to make a late decision on attending tomorrow's match at Luton Town can take advantage of an extension on sales for tickets. The match at Kenilworth Road is ALL TICKET for Glovers supporters and it will not be possible to purchase tickets from the Luton end.
However, the Huish Park Ticket Office have now decided to hold onto tickets until 12.00 noon on Tuesday before they send the tickets back to Luton - call them on 01935-847888. If you miss the midday deadline, then Luton Town will accept telephone sales on 01582-416976 up until 5.00p.m.
Note carefully that if you try to purchase a ticket after 5.00p.m. tomorrow that you will be unable to do so.
Yeovil Town winger Jack Compton has unsurprisingly been named in the Football League's team of the week. The 27 year old had only scored once for the club since joining the Glovers last summer from Hartlepool United, but scored a hat-trick against AFC Wimbledon on the weekend in the club's 3-2 win at Kingsmeadow.
That has earned him a place in the eleven that is selected from all three divisions by the Football League. Jack was one of two players to score a hat-trick, with Wigan Athletic's Will Grigg the other man to come home with the match ball. The League had to say this about Compton's performance:
"The other man to bag a treble this weekend was Compton as Yeovil secured another vital win towards the wrong end of the Sky Bet League 2 table. Usually employed as a winger, Compton has been pushed forward by Darren Way, and is certainly making the most of his opportunity to get among the goals."
The Football League's full line-up from the weekend just gone is as follows:
Goalkeeper: Barry Richardson (Wycombe Wanderers)
Defender: Scott Golbourne (Bristol City)
Defender: Will Aimson (Blackpool)
Defender: Haydn Hollis (Notts County)
Defender: Kevin Long (Barnsley)
Midfielder: Peter Whittingham (Cardiff City)
Midfielder: Johan Berg Gudmundsson (Charlton Athletic)
Midfielder: Sean McConville (Accrington Stanley)
Forward: Will Grigg (Wigan Athletic)
Forward: Ben Williamson (Cambridge United)
Forward: Jack Compton (Yeovil Town)
Former Yeovil Town striker Adam Morgan has moved into non-league football in an attempt to restart his career in the game. The 21 year old left Accrington Stanley earlier this month after his contract was severed by the Lancashire club, and he has now signed for Conference South side Hemel Hempstead Town.
Hemel are currently accruing a range of former Glovers players on their books. Defender Terrell Forbes and former Youth Team skipper Mitch Brundle are on their books, whilst earlier this season former trialist Mo Shariff was on their books although appears to have moved on to Kings Langley on a dual registration basis for the time being.
There's no mention of a contract for Morgan, although at that level of football it's more common for players to be signed up on a week-to-week basis, with the transfer window not applying to the regional divisions and below.
Just before Saturday afternoon's match against AFC Wimbledon kicked off at the Kingsmeadow Stadium, Yeovil Town manager Darren Way spoke to the BBC. With questions from local journalist Chris Spittles, in an interview for BBC Somerset, Darren talks about the return of AFC Bournemouth loanee Harry Cornick, the absence of Ryan Bird and his decision to go with an unchanged starting line-up. Read that interview via the link below.
Advance tickets for Yeovil Town's League Two match against Dagenham and Redbridge are now on sale from the Huish Park Ticket Office. The Ticket Office have been issued with 769 tickets for this fixture. The match takes place on Saturday 27th February 2016 at Victoria Road, with a 3.00p.m. kick-off.
This will be be Dagenham's annual Daggers Against Racism day where they will have some events going on around the ground and the prices will be reduced to encourage a larger attendance. Ticket prices below are for advance sales ONLY and prices will revert to their normal prices on match day.
Advance prices are as follows:
Adults: £9.99; Over 65s, Students with valid ID and aged 10-16: £4.99; Under-10s: FREE (with paying adult).
Ambulant disabled supporters will pay the relevant price band as above. Standard Under-10 admission will be £4.99. Wheelchair tickets can be purchased by calling Dagenham ticket office on 020 8592 1549 ext 21.
If tickets are still available on the day of the game, prices will be as follows:
Adults: £21.00; Over 65s, Students with valid ID: £15.00; Under-16s: £12.00.
Away supporters are housed in the Traditional Builders Stand, which is a new development at Victoria Road. The actual capacity of this stand is 1,200 but at present we've only been given around two-thirds of that.
NOTE: A reminder for the Tuesday 2nd February match against Luton Town - this is an ALL TICKET game for away supporters - you must purchase your ticket from the Huish Park Ticket Office by 5.00p.m. on Monday 1st February - for full details see the article linked below.
Update: 11.00a.m. The Ticket Office have now been given a higher allocation of tickets for this game, and so tickets can immediately go on general sale.
The Green and White Supporters Club have set their travel plans for Tuesday night's trip to Luton Town. The match takes place at Kenilworth Road on Tuesday 2nd February 2016, with a 7.45p.m. kick-off. Departure times and prices are listed as follows:
Luton Town : Tuesday 2nd February 2016. Huish Park: 1.45p.m. Adult Members: £22.00; Member Concessions: £20.00 Adult Non-Members: £24.00; Non-Member Concessions: £22.00
To place your booking, send a text message to Paul Hadlow on 07736 044570. If you want to call him please only do so after 6.00p.m. You can also reach him at 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.
NOTE: Luton Town's policy for away supporters is for no tickets to be available on the day of the game. Unless there's a big u-turn, tickets will remain on sale until Monday 5.00p.m. from Huish Park. For full details, see the earlier below.
Just under two weeks ago, Yeovil Town played their FA Cup Third Round Replay match against Carlisle United at Huish Park. The match went the full distance, with a 1-1 draw seeing both teams level after extra time, despite Jack Compton's opening goal. Carlisle eventually triumphed, as the Glovers suffered a penalty shoot-out defeat.
Man of the match voting saw Everton loanee Liam Walsh impress along with Jakub Sokolik who was having to stand as the club's only centre-back in the line-up. The winner of the poll on the night though was winger Jack Compton, who netted his first goal for the club since arriving last summer from Hartlepool United.
Full results are as shown below, with outright MOTM votes shown in brackets:
1. Jack Compton 178 (12)
2. Jakub Sokolík 114 (6)
3. Liam Walsh 100 (7)
4. Connor Roberts 96 (5)
5. Artur Krysiak 78 (2)
6. Ryan Dickson 66 (5)
7. Francois Zoko 64 (3)
8. Kevin Dawson 40 (3)
9. Alex Lacey 38 (1)
10. Ben Tozer 34 (1)
11. Shaun Jeffers 12 (1)
12. Matthew Dolan 4 (0)
OVERALL MATCH RATING : 7.22
Performance : 6.7
Entertainment : 7.74
VOTES RECEIVED : 46
Following Saturday afternoon's 3-2 win over AFC Wimbledon at Kingsmeadow, 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 delivers his verdict on the win as well as offering his thoughts on hat-trick hero Jack Compton's performance. Read that interview via the link below.
For those who want to view match highlights of yesterday's 3-2 win over AFC Wimbledon, these are now online. Inside two minutes and twenty seconds there's barely enough time to show all five goals from the match at Kingsmeadow - you'll see Jack Compton's hat-trick, along with Wimbledon's two goals - on top of that they manage to squeeze in the Dons header that hit the woodwork, as well as Kevin Dawson's run down the flank that led to the crucial penalty in the game. Watch via the clip below.
Yeovil Town manager Darren Way said that winger Jack Compton raised his standards yesterday, following what he saw as a sub-standard performance from the player last weekend. The 27 year old had been substituted during the 2-1 win over Crawley Town, and wasn't on the pitch at the time the Glovers scored the two goals that ultimately won them the game, leading to the question of whether he would have kept his place for yesterday's trip to AFC Wimbledon.
Way ultimately decided to keep faith with the eleven players who had started last weekend's match, perhaps influenced by Ryan Bird dropping out through illness, and the end result was that Compton got a second chance to impress, and to improve upon the 56 minutes he had been given during the Crawley Town match before being taken off. He did so by some style, as he scored his first ever professional first team hat-trick, netting all three Yeovil Town goals in a 3-2 win. Way told BBC Somerset that he was happy to see that his decision to keep Compton in the side ended up paying off:
"It was one of them really where I think his performance in the last game (against Crawley) meant that we sat down and talked about the standards that have been raised at this football club, and I didn't think that was acceptable. I talked to you before the game about giving players opportunities, because I think that's important and there's probably no better way to prove that I was right with the selection process today, which could easily have been changed. I could have come here and been a little bit more compact. I could have played Kevin Dawson who is a different sort of player, and a lot stronger defensively. But we came here and we were brave, bold and caused them problems and again we're scoring goals - three goals away from home is fantastic, and there's a real belief about the dressing room."
AFC Wimbledon went into the match in fine form, having won four matches in a row - a sequence of form that had pushed them to the edge of the League Two play-offs. Way said he was aware of the sort of form that the Dons were in but had downplayed it before the game. He felt that to come away from Kingsmeadow with all three points was one of the 'biggest performances' that his side had put in since he took over the first team management position:
"I knew if we came here today it was definitely going to be the biggest performance, certainly to come to this place with the strike force that they've got. It's fantastic and it just shows what this group has got. I think that it's very powerful at the moment and there are people who want to be in it. You look at Wimbledon's form and their form is fantastic, but you don't like talking about that going into games because you don't want the players to think that they're not better than they are. But we caused them real problems today. Their manager was very respectful for what we'd done, before the game. So it was nice to hear that, certainly from someone who has got his team playing so well. We were going into the game and making sure that all of their threats were kept at bay. I thought we did that for large periods of the game, and yes that was a fantastic result for the football club."