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3 September 2015 : Flu Adds To Yeovil Town's Injury Woes
Yeovil Town's preparation for their League Two home match against Morecambe has been disrupted by the loss of two of their squad to illness. With the squad already down to its bare bones - the Glovers could have as few as fifteen players available for selection on Saturday, the last thing anyone needs is illness on top of that, but manager Paul Sturrock explained today that one player had been absent from the training ground today, whilst another dropped out halfway through the Thursday training session due to feeling ill.

Unsurprisingly he hasn't named the players concerned, but joked to BBC Somerset that if any more players went down with injury or illness then it might finish himself off in the process, such was the stress of trying to field a sensible eleven for Saturday's game:

"We've got a little bit of flu in the camp, which would probably do me in, if it gets any worse! There's two unwell at this minute in time. One trained and one didn't, and the one that trained had to come out halfway through. So fingers crossed that we get them well in time."

Sturrock will be definitely without long term injury victims Ben Tozer (cartilege), Kevin Dawson (groin), Simon Gillett (knee), Ryan Dickson (groin), Marc Laird (torn hamstring) and Wes Fogden (broken fingers) on the weekend, and has a significant doubt over whether defender Jakub Sokolik will be able to play, given that he has a fractured wrist that needed a heavier cast put on it during the week that would ban him from being able to play in matches.

One player who is borderline for the match is AFC Bournemouth loanee Josh Wakefield. His ankle problem is not serious but Sturrock indicates that they will assess him before making a decision on whether he can be used on the weekend. He continued to express his frustration at the level of absentees in his squad at the moment:

"Josh Wakefield will know today whether he's going to be available for the weekend. I have never had anything like this happen to me before. It's normally 10 percent of your staff, or maybe two or three more than that, but to be up at nine or ten. It isn't any training (issue) - very few of them have been injured in training. It's been match injuries - Marc Laird walked off during one of the games with a hamstring pull. The two fractures were in game situations. At the end of the day it's been very scary."

With numbers so thin on the ground, Sturrock has also confirmed the earlier news that he will be looking to pick up the phone to AFC Bournemouth and Swansea City to discuss loan extensions for Harry Cornick and Connor Roberts, with that pair's deals due to expire after Saturday's League Two match.


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3 September 2015 : Paul Sturrock Talks About Barnet Team Selection
Just before Tuesday night's match against Barnet kicked off at Huish Park, Yeovil Town manager Paul Sturrock spoke to the BBC. With questions from local journalist Chris Spittles, in an interview for BBC Somerset, Paul explains the absence of Jakub Sokolik, the introduction of Omar Sowunmi as a striker and the use of Alex Lacey as a midfielder and a defender. Read that interview via the link below.

Link: Paul Sturrock Speaks To The BBC Just Before Kick-Off Against Barnet.


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3 September 2015 : Norris Signs Tangerines Deal
Former Yeovil Town midfielder David Norris has quickly found himself a new club. He has signed a deal with League One side Blackpool, with the Tangerines giving him a contract until the end of the 2015-16 season - effectively a ten month contract. The former Plymouth Argyle and Ipswich Town player signs as a free agent, with the Glovers having deregistered him as a player just before the transfer window closed.

Norris made one substitute appearance for the club - coming on during the first half of Saturday's 2-0 defeat against Oxford United, and had been on the club's books on a week-to-week contract. Blackpool boss Neil McDonald already knows Morris from his time at Bolton Wanderers and so was happy to immediately sign him up on the sort of length deal he needed to give him job security:

"He's going to bring lots of energy, certainly experience and he's a brilliant communicator. He's a box-to-box player and a goalscorer as well, and he'll help bring the young players on because we have not an inexperienced team but a young team. He's played lots of games in his career at all levels."


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3 September 2015 : Cherries Media Indicate Green Light For Loan Duo Extensions
Reports in the Bournemouth media suggest that Yeovil Town have been given the green light to extend deals for AFC Bournemouth pair Josh Wakefield and Harry Cornick. The two players are part of the Cherries Under-21 set-up but are both on loan via one month deals at Huish Park. An article in Tuesday's Bournemouth Echo as part of their coverage of the transfer window deadline stated that they expected all four of the players who are currently loaned out to Yeovil Town and Torquay United to be allowed to extend their current deals, with the Premier League side in no hurry to issue recalls.

Of the two players relevant to the Glovers, Josh Wakefield's initial one month loan run until September 19th, and so he has just over two weeks left of his current deal. The ankle injury that he picked up on Tuesday night makes it unlikely that the club will be rushing into immediate decisions there.

The status of Harry Cornick will need to be resolved more immediately. His one month loan was confirmed on August 7th on the eve of the opening day of the 2015-16 season, and so the final match of his current spell would be Saturday's match against Morecambe. With the attacking midfielder having played in all seven of the club's matches so far, and there being a significant shortage of squad numbers, it would be surprising if the club didn't immediately seek to extend that arrangement after Saturday's match is over.

Although not falling under the remit of the Bournemouth Echo, and so there is less of a steer on his availability, the initial one month loan deal for Swansea City right-back Connor Roberts will also expire after this weekend. Like Cornick, he has featured in all matches and so from Yeovil's point of view - particularly with Ben Tozer not having featured at all this season due to injury - they'd almost certainly want to keep him on board.

In Tuesday night's post-match interview, manager Paul Sturrock was earmarking the September 26th match against Hartlepool United as the date upon which he'd expect the likes of Ben Tozer (cartilege), Kevin Dawson (groin), Ryan Dickson (groin), Marc Laird (torn hamstring) and Wes Fogden (broken fingers) to become available again, albeit with a number of those players likely to be woefully short of match fitness when they do return, with Tozer and Dawson missing pre-season entirely. Hence it seems highly likely that the need for borrowed players will continue for at least the next month.


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3 September 2015 : Tuesday Night Substitution Sets Yeovil Town Milestone
On Tuesday night, Yeovil Town's first substitute of the evening set a club milestone. The introduction of Jordan Gibbons as a 35th minute replacement for Josh Wakefield meant that he was the 500th player that the club have used in competitive first team matches since the Glovers moved to Huish Park in 1990. With Huish Park having only recently gone through its 25th anniversary as a ground, that is an average of 20 new players for each season.

Jordan will hopefully move off that rung shortly, but he is currently one of 59 people who have made just one appearance for the club during that time, with another obvious example being midfielder David Norris who recently left the club after just one substitute appearance. It's no surprise to find that the majority of the players who at the top of the tree joined the club during their non-league days, with the likes of Terry Skiverton, Tony Pennock and Warren Patmore as those who have represented the club the most.

The introduction of Jordan onto the pitch also meant that he was the club's 275th player to be used since the club entered the Football League. Of those, all bar three have been used in actual league matches (rather than just cup competitions). The milestone for the 200th player to feature for the club in the Football League was broken by Rohan Ince in September 2012 with the milestone for all competitions being broken a few weeks earlier by Nathan Ralph. What this tells us is that the club have got through 75 new players in just over three seasons, meaning that it will probably be only a year or so before we break through the 300 barrier there!

The full list of all 500 players that have made Yeovil Town first team appearances since the club's ground move can be viewed via the link below. There's a hefty bit of database processing going on when this script is run, so expect it to take a few seconds to display!

Link: Yeovil Town Player Appearances Since The Club Moved To Huish Park.


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2 September 2015 : Video : Yeovil Town vs Barnet Match Highlights
For those who want to view the condensed highlights of last night's 1-0 win over Barnet in the Football League Trophy, they are now online. As well as the moment that Bira Dembele turned Harry Cornick's cross into his own net, there's also the moment that Aaron McLean clipped the crossbar, along with second half efforts from Matt Dolan, Shaun Jeffers and Jordan Gibbons that could have given the Glovers a wider margin of victory in the closing stages. Watch it via YouTube below.




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2 September 2015 : JPT Second Round Ball Numbers And Regional Groupings
Yeovil Town will find out who they have drawn in the Second Round of the Football League Trophy on Saturday morning. The Second Round format of the competition will still see the teams split into four regional groups, with the Glovers unsurprisingly occupying the South-West second of the competition. That should have them a high chance of a local derby match, with Bristol Rovers, Exeter City, Plymouth Argyle and Swindon Town all in that group, although a quirk of the way the geographical split is done could still see them sent off to that well-known West Country resort of Coventry City!

The draw will be made live on the Soccer AM programme at approximately 10.15a.m., with the following groupings and ball numbers in place - Yeovil Town will have ball number eight:

South West:
1. Bristol Rovers 2. Coventry City 3. Exeter City 4. Oxford United 5. Plymouth Argyle 6. Swindon Town 7. Wycombe Wanderers 8. Yeovil Town

South East:
1. Crawley Town 2. Dagenham and Redbridge 3. Gillingham 4. Luton Town 5. Millwall 6. Northampton Town 7. Southend United 8. Stevenage

North West:
1. Blackpool 2. Bury 3. Crewe Alexandra 4. Fleetwood Town 5. Morecambe 6. Port Vale 7. Shrewsbury Town 8. Wigan Athletic

North East:
1. Barnsley 2. Bradford City 3. Chesterfield 4. Doncaster Rovers 5. Notts County 6. Rochdale 7. Sheffield United 8. York City

All ties will be played during the week commencing October 5th, with the most likely date for each club being Tuesday 6th October.

Link: Paul Sturrock's Verdict On The Barnet JPT Home Game.

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

Link: Yeovil 1 Barnet 0 : Own Goal Seals Trophy Win.


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2 September 2015 : Paul Sturrock's Verdict On The Barnet JPT Home Game
Following Tuesday night's 1-0 win over Barnet at Huish Park in the Football League Trophy, Yeovil Town manager Paul Sturrock spoke to the BBC. With questions from local journalist Chris Spittles, in an interview for BBC Somerset, Paul talks about the game, as well as the departure of David Norris and injuries to Josh Wakefield and Jakub Sokolik. He also gives his views on budget constraints within the game at present.

Link: Paul Sturrock's Verdict On The Barnet JPT Home Game.


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2 September 2015 : Sturrock Talks About Norris Departure And Wakefield And Sokolik Injuries
Yeovil Town manager Paul Sturrock has explained why former Plymouth Argyle midfielder David Norris departed the club this week, just one substitute appearance into his stay in South Somerset. The 34 year old, who had last been on the books of Peterborough United, lasted one substitute appearance at Oxford United on Saturday before heading through the out door before last night's Football League Trophy match against Barnet.

As expected, Sturrock has explained that the transfer window was a big factor in why that decision happened, with the rules forcing players and clubs to commit themselves to longer term deals that run between transfer windows, Any player who leaves a club after the window closed is effectively left in limboland until the window reopens and unable to sign for another club at Conference National level or above.

The effect of that was that Yeovil Town needed to either offer Norris a half-season contract that would take him up until January 1st, or to release him and leave him as a free agent where he will be able to sign for another interested club in due course. Sturrock told BBC Somerset that the player's lack of pre-season training meant that the club couldn't offer him that longer term deal at this stage:

"The chap was on a week to week contract. The problem was that he hadn't had many matches and had been training on his own, so the decision to give him a long term contract just wasn't feasible. But if you gave him a short term contract then it means that he can't go and sign for anybody else until the (January) window is open. So I think we sat down and came out with the right decision. He is a free agent, and he'll be able to sign for somebody else."

With that leaving the Glovers a man down, the last thing Sturrock needed was another injury. But he got one, with AFC Bournemouth loanee Josh Wakefield limping off during the first half of Tuesday night's 1-0 win over Barnet. Sturrock admitted that made him a significant doubt for Saturday's match:

"He's rolled his ankle, we think, so he'll struggle for Saturday. What we've got there today is what we're going to have on Saturday. The boy Gibbons has been out for a long time as well but then all of a sudden he's had to play in a position that he's not used to. So you've got to take all of these things into consideration."

On top of that, defender Jakub Sokolik is a serious doubt for Saturday after he was pulled out of last night's match. He played against Oxford United with a light cast on a fractured wrist, but by Tuesday that had been replaced by a larger heavier cast, amid concerns that the fracture was more serious than was initially thought. He will be off to see a specialist today (Wednesday):

"He's going for an MRI scan on Wednesday and a specialist just to see how bad it is. If the specialist feels that a shorter cast would be capable, then that means that he can bandage it up. If he then gets permission, most referees would be okay with that. So that's a decision that we'll know on Wednesday."


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1 September 2015 : Man of the Match Voting for Yeovil Town vs Barnet
If you watched Tuesday night's 1-0 win against Barnet at Huish Park, don't forget to cast your Man of the Match votes. Choose your top three players from the match, plus entertainment and performance ratings along with any other comments you want to make on the game, using the form below.

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


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1 September 2015 : Norris Leaves Huish Park After One Match
Yeovil Town have parted company with former Plymouth Argyle and Ipswich Town midfielder David Norris after just one appearance. The 34 year old had been on the club's books on a non-contract basis, which seemed to be as a matter of convenience for all parties, with him having not found a club since leaving Peterborough United at the end of last season.

As a former Paul Sturrock player from his time at Home Park, the Yeovil boss gave him his one and only substitute appearance on Saturday against Oxford United as a 34th minute replacement for Alex Lacey. However, he did not feature in tonight's match against Barnet and Sturrock confirmed to the press after tonight's match that Norris has now left Huish Park.

With the transfer window closing tonight, the obvious aim for the midfielder will have been to keep his options open as a free agent. If he had stayed on the club's books beyond the transfer window closing, that would have prevented him signing for another club. However, he will now be able to register as a free agent for any club he chooses. Norris therefore joins an unusual list of Yeovil Town players - those who have been on the club's books, yet have never set foot on the pitch at Huish Park.


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1 September 2015 : Yeovil 1 Barnet 0 : Own Goal Seals Trophy Win
Yeovil Town won their way through the First Round stages of the Football League Trophy at Huish Park tonight, although needed a bizarre winning goal to divide the two sides. The 1-0 scoreline was achieved when AFC Bournemouth loanee Harry Cornick provided a cross into the box that was sliced into his own net by Barnet defender Bira Dembele. In a match in which both teams struggled to warm the hands of the two goalkeepers, that was as much as was needed to seal the game in a low key encounter watched by just 1,203 spectators at the ground.

The Glovers went into the match making two changes to their line-up from Saturday. Jakub Sokolik dropped out of the squad, with him carrying a cast on his arm to protect himself from a fractured wrist he played through last Saturday. That allowed Alex Lacey to drop into the heart of defence, and for a 4-4-2 formation to be used. Not many would have predicted the man who would partner Shaun Jeffers up front - Omar Sowunmi was given a chance to show what he could do at the other end of the field as a front line striker, despite Ryan Bird and Mark Beck being available and on the bench. There was no sign of non-contract player David Norris, with it later being confirmed that he had broken ties with the club in advance of the transfer window closing, which would allow him choice of who he signs for next.

The first half was a near non-event, with Barnet edging the game on chances, but without Artur Krysiak needing to do too much to protect his goal. Their best chance came from an improbable distance as a 35 yard free kick from Aaron McLean grazed the top of the crossbar. Bira Dembele headed over the crossbar midway through the half, and then was unwittingly involved at the other end of the pitch. A Harry Cornick cross into the box seemed to be going nowhere, until the defender stuck out a boot and sliced it into his own net - incredibly Yeovil hadn't had a single shot during the game at that point, yet were a goal to the good.

Josh Wakefield had to be withdrawn with an ankle injury before the break, that will make him a doubt for Saturday, and just past the hour mark Omar Sowunmi was replaced after going down with cramp with Ryan Bird replacing him. Gradually as the second half wore on, Yeovil began to show some assertion at the attacking end of the park, as a Matt Dolan long range attempt went wide of the post, whilst a Harry Cornick effort was deflected over for a corner. Then Shaun Jeffers fired over from close range, followed by Jordan Gibbons shooting over the bar from a longer distance attempt. Whilst there was nothing to actually trouble Jamie Stephens in the Barnet goal, it at least showed a second period that was more befitting of the scoreline, even if the final match statistics might raise a few eyebrows! In truth, although Stephens had to do little, neither did Artur Krysiak - he saved a late free kick effort, but otherwise just had to mop things up. A game of very few genuine chances, and one with a very unusual winning goal.

Final Score: Yeovil Town 1 Barnet 0.

Scorers: Bira Dembele (0-1, 37 mins, own goal)

Yeovil Town:
1. Artur Krysiak
24. Connor Roberts 5. Stephen Arthurworrey 21. Alex Lacey 3. Nathan Smith (Captain)
23. Harry Cornick 25. Josh Wakefield 4. Matt Dolan 14. Jack Compton
17. Omar Sowumni 10. Shaun Jeffers

Substitutes:
12. Chris Weale 9. Ryan Bird (65 mins for Omar Sowumni) 15. Jordan Gibbons (35 mins for Josh Wakefield) 19. Iffy Allen (81 mins for Jack Compton) 22. Mark Beck

Barnet:
21. Jamie Stephens 2. Gavin Hoyte 4. Bira Dembele 3. Elliot Johnson 6. Michael Nelson 8. Curtis Weston (Capt) 9. John Akinde 15. Ben Tomlinson 16. Tom Champion 19 Shaun Batt 24. Aaron McLean

Substitutes:
5. Bondz N'Gala 12. Luke Gambin 17. Sam Muggleton (9 mins for Elliot Johnson) 22. Matthew Stevens (46 mins for John Akinde) 23. Ryan Gondoh (56 mins for Shaun Batt)

Yeovil Bookings: Josh Wakefield (34 mins, foul), Alex Lacey (61 mins, foul), Jordan Gibbons (86 mins, timewasting)

Barnet Bookings: Sam Muggleton (63 mins, foul), Bira Dembele (75 mins, foul), Matt Stevens (76 mins, foul)

Yeovil Match Statistics: Possession: 53%; Shots: 7; Shots On Target: 0; Corners: 2; Fouls: 14.

Barnet Match Statistics: Possession: 47%; Shots: 7; Shots On Target: 1; Corners: 4; Fouls: 16.

NOTE: As Yeovil's winning goal came via the foot of a Barnet defender, the shot did not count as a shot on target in the eyes of Opta's press statistics for the game.

Referee: Tim Robinson (West Sussex). Assistants: Steven Plane (Worcestershire) and Dean Treleaven (West Sussex). Fourth Official: Andrew Bennett (Devon).

Attendance: 1,203 (with 87 Barnet supporters).


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1 September 2015 : Team News For Yeovil Town vs Barnet
Yeovil Town have made two changes for tonight's Football League Trophy First Round tie against Barnet at Huish Park. As is often the case with clubs at this stage of the competition, the Glovers have rotated their squad somewhat, with Shaun Jeffers coming in for Ryan Bird, whilst Omar Sowumni coming in for Jakub Sokolik, who was carrying a fractured bone in his wrist on Saturday. Souwmni will be playing as a front line striker tonight, in a 4-4-2 line-up.

Long term injury victims Ben Tozer (cartilege), Kevin Dawson (groin), Simon Gillett (knee), Ryan Dickson (groin), Marc Laird (torn hamstring) and Wes Fogden (broken fingers) unsurprisingly remain out of the squad. The Football League Trophy rules only allow for five substitutes to be named - there's no David Norris tonight so we're not sure what that means for his future at the club, given a decision needed to realistically be made by tonight regarding his position as a non-contract player, if he was not to be tied to the Glovers once the transfer window closed this evening.

The rules for tonight are that the cup tie must be settled on the night. If the scores are level after 90 minutes, then the match goes immediately to penalties with no extra time being played.

The team tonight reads as follows:

Yeovil Town:
1. Artur Krysiak
24. Connor Roberts 5. Stephen Arthurworrey 21. Alex Lacey 3. Nathan Smith (Captain)
23. Harry Cornick 25. Josh Wakefield 4. Matt Dolan 14. Jack Compton
17. Omar Sowumni 10. Shaun Jeffers

Substitutes:
12. Chris Weale 9. Ryan Bird 15. Jordan Gibbons 19. Iffy Allen 22. Mark Beck

Barnet:
21. Jamie Stephens 2. Gavin Hoyte 4. Bira Dembele 3. Elliot Johnson 6. Michael Nelson 8. Curtis Weston (Capt) 9. John Akinde 15. Ben Tomlinson 16. Tom Champion 19 Shaun Batt 24. Aaron McLean

Substitutes:
5. Bondz N'Gala 12. Luke Gambin 17. Sam Muggleton 22. Matthew Stevens 23. Ryan Gordon


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1 September 2015 : Ladies Switch Toffees Promotion Six-Pointer To Huish Park
Yeovil Town Ladies will be returning to Huish Park once again, with their next FA WSL2 match lined up to take place on the main stadium pitch. Their match against Everton Ladies will take place on Sunday 13th September, with a 2.00p.m. kick-off, and sees the Glovers take on another side who are also trying to chase down a promotion place as the Women's Super League reaches its climax.

Earlier this season, the Ladies took on Millwall Lionesses in a match that produced a club record crowd of 722 spectators, and so the obvious hope is that the club will be able to manage that figure as both sides go for the win.

Once again, the opportunity to see the Ladies on the big stage will also give supporters a chance to use Yeovil Town's Sunday Carvery for a pre-match meal. A two course meal will cost £9.50 and you can book your place there in advance to make sure a table is reserved for you. Normal admission fees apply for this FA WSL2 match, with £4.00 adults and £2.50 concessions - you can book in advance via the same link, or turn up on the day of the match.


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1 September 2015 : Club 'Survival' At Risk Through Town Council Opposition To Plans
Yeovil Town have issued a riposte to the recent decision made by Yeovil Town Council to recommend a refusal of the club's latest planning application. The Town Council act as a neighbouring consultee to the application, with the actual decision-making being made by South Somerset District Council, and as such they are just one of many parties who will have an input into the overall planning process. The Town Council's overall verdict was to object on three fronts - increased traffic in the area, the effect the retail development would have upon the town centre and the replacement public open space. But club representatives believe that if SSDC were to listen to those views, the club's 'survival' in its current form would be affected, and so have put out their own views on the subject.

In terms of the three areas of concern listed in the response back to SSDC, the club's own response considers two of these - the issue of the public open space is not mentioned. In terms of the effect the application would have on the town centre, the club's Planning Consultant David Bell suggested that there had been differing views amongst councillors in terms of what the net outcome would be upon the town:

"What Yeovil needs, in my opinion, is to be a viable town full of life and vitality at all locations. I agree with the individual town councillor that not everyone wants or needs to go into the town centre every day. In reality, the town of Yeovil should be about more than just the small area and interests of the Yeovil designated town centre area defined by a line drawn on a map. That councillor put his head above the parapet and did say that he thought some services in the north-west part of town would be useful. His reward was to be berated by another councillor. This is an 'enabling application' and, as explained in the submitted reports, the planning principle is upheld in the High Court, by the Planning Inspectorate and some very forward thinking local authorities. This is explained in length in the reports and is the chance for South Somerset to shine."

In terms of increased traffic in the area as a consequence of the planning application being approved, Mr Bell said he felt that SSDC Case Officer Simon Fox had presented to the town councillors the overall traffic management plans that had been considered in a positive light, and so stood by the club's proposals in that area:

"The SSDC Planning Officer attending the meeting did a thorough, professional job on the night and did remind the councillors that the documents submitted with the planning application considered traffic in detail. The club has put forward a solution for the Thorne Lane junction based upon the very successful traffic management experiments carried out at the Manchester United cup match in January. We are trying to help the locals argue for a change in the local authority stance and, as explained in the reports, there is an obvious and logical solution to the current weekday peak period congestion. The answer, clearly, is not to put even more give-ways in the way of the very dominant major flows as is currently proposed by others."

Both Mr Bell and Chairman John Fry give strong words on the risks of the planning application being rejected, echoing warnings of dire consequences that were given when the club's March 2011 planning application began to show signs of creaking at the seams. For this latest application, Mr Bell suggested that the 'survival' of the club was at stake, in terms of its current set-up:

"The survival of the club depends upon revenue and other investment. Without the new facilities and the proposed short term capital and longer term revenue, the club is very unlikely to remain in the current format. A vision of the future without turning around the income looks bleak. The devastating impact of severe cuts on the match day experience and all the additional benefits in favour of a core business based expenditure will hit the town and district hard."

Mr Fry felt that the Councillors were underestimating the value of the football club to the town itself and said that the club's own ambitions to return to Championship level football would be blunted if they could not proceed with the plans to develop the stadium:

"The strategic and financial value of the football club to the community seems to be underestimated by many. Our aspirations are for League One then Championship football with a stadium that is self-financing and providing the match day experience that our loyal fans deserve. To do this the stadium complex must be used more than two or three times a month. These matters also contribute to the local economy and a new, purpose built hall available to our supporters and the wider community for social and leisure would contribute to the feel good factor."


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1 September 2015 : Barnet : The JPT Lowdown
It may be surprising to note that Yeovil Town have yet to play Barnet in a Football League match. In a measure of how time flies, it was just under twelve years ago when the Bees turned up to Huish Park with first team manager Martin Allen bizarrely dressed in a hunting jacket in the dugout, and issuing pre-match interviews that spoke of his team biting into green apples on the basis that this would psychologically prepare his team for beating the team in green. It didn't quite work - the rather rampant Glovers won the FA Cup Second Round match by a 5-1 scoreline, with Gavin Williams bagging a brace, whilst Colin Miles, Nick Crittenden and Jake Edwards also netted.

Up until that point, both clubs had been regular rivals - you can count 48 meetings between the two clubs at Southern League and Conference level along with associated cup competitions between 1967 and 2003. And then it all stopped. Yeovil were in the Football League, and although Barnet have yo-yo'd a bit on that front in terms of their own league status, we've stayed at least a division above them during that time. Barnet are the only club to have won the Conference three times - in 1990–91, 2004–05 and 2014–15 and arrive at Huish Park for tonight's Football League Trophy as members of the Football League for the third time.

Various facts about where Barnet stand at this stage of the 2015-16 season are as follows:

Bookies Odds: 14/1 for Promotion via any route. That puts them 20th in the bookies odds lists (via Coral)

Today's Match Odds: Yeovil Win 8/5; Barnet Win 13/8; Draw 23/10 (via Bet 365)

New Signings: Tom Champion (Cambridge United, midfielder), Bira Dembele (Stevenage, centre-back), Gavin Hoyte (Gillingham, right-back), Kevin Lisbie (Leyton Orient, striker), Ben Tomlinson (Lincoln City, striker), Shaun Batt (Leyton Orient, right wing), Michael Nelson (Cambridge United, centre-back), Jamie Stephens (Newport County, goalkeeper), Aaron McLean (Bradford City, striker). On top of that, eight players from their youth set-up have been given professional contracts.

Last Six Results:
11/08/2015MillwallAwayCC1W2-14454Akinde 11, Yiadom 102
15/08/2015Wycombe WanderersHomeSBL2L0-22560
18/08/2015Northampton TownHomeSBL2W2-02466Akinde 63, 90
22/08/2015Bristol RoversAwaySBL2L1-37107Weston 85
25/08/2015Wolverhampton WanderersAwayCC2L1-27384Dembele 76
29/08/2015Cambridge UnitedHomeSBL2D0-02406

Last Line-Up: 21. Jamie Stephens; 2. Gavin Hoyte 4. Bira Dembele 5. Bondz N'Gala 3. Elliot Johnson; 7. Andy Yiadom 8. Curtis Weston 11. Mauro Vilhete 14. Sam Togwell; 9. John Akinde 18. Michael Gash

Substitutes: 6. Michael Nelson 12. Luke Gambin 16. Tom Champion 17. Sam Muggleton 19. Shaun Batt 24. Aaron Mclean 31. Kai McKenzie-Lyle

Manager: Martin Allen - Since we last saw him in the aforementioned FA Cup match, he's left Barnet, returned, left again, returned, left again ... and returned. His fourth spell with the Bees began in March 2014, and he is currently 67 matches into that job, having been the man who took them up as Conference champions over the summer just gone. When he was early in his management reign, the word was that he didn't like his 'Mad Dog' nickname - either money talks or he's mellowed, given that the D**ly M**l have given him a weekly column entitled 'Mad Dog on Monday'. Built around all of those Barnet spells he's been in management for twelve years, and assuming he stays in charge of Barnet he will break the 500 match barrier later this season. Other than this summer's honours, he was also the boss who took Gillingham into League One at the end of the 2012-13 season. As per the above FA Cup match, he has an unconventional approach to management at times, although ironically with his apparent embracing of his nickname he appears to have been quieter on that front in recent years.

Connections: Bondz N'Gala was on Yeovil's books during the 2011-12 season. He made 35 appearances, scoring two goals in a team that struggled in League One, particularly during the first half of that season. Since leaving Huish Park, he's spent a season at Stevenage and another at Portsmouth, but joined Barnet for the start of the 2014-15 season. He's been a regular for them with 52 appearances, including all seven this season. In the other direction, Iffy Allen arrived at Huish Park over the summer after the Bees released him. So far he's managed three appearances for ourselves, and with managers tending to rotate their JPT squads a bit, he may be one to benefit tonight. On a lesser note Barnet midfielder Sam Togwell was a player who Russell Slade tried to bring in during the summer of 2008, with his club at the time Barnsley agreeing terms for him to depart the club. But Slade was experiencing budget restrictions, and although all terms seemed to be agreed for Togwell to join at the player's end and Barnsley's end, the deal collapsed due to Slade needing to ship a player out the door before the board would authorise it - as a result Togwell headed off to Scunthorpe United and we missed out on him.

Link: Officials For Yeovil Town vs Barnet.

Link: JPT Ticketing For Yeovil Town vs Barnet.

Link: Football League Trophy Full First Round Draw.


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31 August 2015 : Officials For Yeovil Town vs Barnet
Officials for the Football League Trophy First Round match between Yeovil Town and Barnet have been published by the Football League. The match takes place on Tuesday 1st September 2015, with a 7.45p.m. kick-off at Huish Park. The man in charge of the game will be referee Tim Robinson (West Sussex). He was promoted to the Football League's referees list in the summer of 2012 and we've now had him four times as a referee.

The first was for the November 2012 home match against Hartlepool United which we won 1-0. He produced four yellow cards on the day - one against ourselves and three against the visitors. We were relatively happy with his performance, although the visitors may hold different opinion. He can't be blamed too much for Antony Sweeney's second half goal being chalked off for an offside flag, but Hartlepool were furious when he denied them a penalty midway through the second half when Byron Webster blocked a header with his arm. Ball-to-hand ruled Mr Robinson.

We then had him for the March 2013 home game against Walsall. Normally booking-free games get the thumbs up from most football supporters, but on this occasion we felt his 'hands off' approach was a little bit too extreme. We had two strong penalty shouts during the match, as James Hayter appeared to be fouled, quickly followed by Dan Burn getting wrestled to the floor. On both occasions, no decision was given, leaving manager Gary Johnson feeling that he was too inexperienced as an official to cope with what was a crucial fixture:

"He was seeing little pushes and was blowing up for pushes from a corner, but he wasn't seeing the major decisions. The referee has got to find whatever level he's at as well. The assessors have got to find out whether these first year lads that are just coming into the game can handle the big game. That's what they have to decide and we don't have a say in it. They say that we do, but we don't."

This theme somewhat repeated itself for the August 2013 match against Birmingham City - the Championship match that saw the game settled by a Dan Seaborne own goal. Although he eventually went on to book six players, his performance earlier on in the match was rather frustrating. Birmingham were one of these sides that regularly fouled their opponents, and Mr Robinson tried to opt for finger-wags, calling their captain over, and issuing last warnings to avoid dishing out yellow cards. His problem was that even after those last warnings, he continued to dish out 'last last' warnings instead of putting his foot down, and that led to the match getting a bit heated and fraught at times.

He was much better for our April 2015 home match against Sheffield United, that gave Paul Sturrock his first win as the new Yeovil Town manager. A Stephen Arthurworrey goal won the match for the Glovers, and overall the official took a back seat in the game. We can't recall it, but with us running the ball into the corner flags during second half injury time, the 90th minute booking for Josh Sheehan for timewasting looks suspiciously justified! The Sheffield Star gave him a 7/10 mark - judging by their player marks, that suggested they were happy with his performance as well.

Mr Robinson will be assisted by Steven Plane (Worcestershire) and Dean Treleaven (West Sussex). The Fourth Official will be Andrew Bennett (Devon).

Link: November 2012 : Yeovil Town 1 Hartlepool United 0.

Link: March 2013 : Yeovil Town 0 Walsall 0.

Link: August 2013 : Yeovil Town 0 Birmingham City 1.

Link: April 2015 : Yeovil Town 1 Sheffield United 0.


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31 August 2015 : Continental Cup Journey Ends For Ladies As Magpies Hit Five
Yeovil Town Ladies headed out of the Continental Cup at the Group Stages yesterday, after FA Cup Finalists Notts County Ladies preserved their 100 percent record in the competition. The Magpies won all five of their matches, scoring 19 goals in the process and conceding just twice, and notched up a 5-0 win at Meadow Lane, in a match that was already a dead rubber for them, having qualified for the knock-out stages with a game to spare.

For the Glovers, it was perhaps a demonstration of the gap that they will need to narrow, if they are to harbour their ambitions of becoming an FA WSL1 club in the future. They held their opponents for half an hour until England international Ellen White slotted home. The crucial moment in the game came just before half time when Alex Greenwood found the bottom corner, changing the dynamics of the half time team talk for both clubs.

Notts County were able to play with freedom in that second period, thanks to their two goal cushion, and they added a third when Rachel Williams turned and shot from the edge of the box for County's third. The home side's Ashleigh Plumptre bagged her first ever senior goal before the game was wrapped up right at the end with a second goal from Ellen White as she turned in a Jess Clarke cross.

For the Glovers, it's definitely a case of 'concentrate on the league' as they face five consecutive FA WSL2 matches to end their season, realistically needing most of those matches to be wins if they are to overhaul the dominant front pair of Doncaster Rovers Belles and Reading FC Women. First up is the ultra-long trip to play Durham Women FC at New Ferens Park next Sunday lunchtime, before they take on Everton Ladies on September 13th in their next home fixture.

Final Score: Notts County Ladies 5 Yeovil Town Ladies 0.

Scorers: Ellen White (30 mins, 1-0), Alex Greenwood (44 mins, 2-0), Rachel Williams (55 mins, 3-0), Ashleigh Plumptre (70 mins, 4-0), Ellen White (88 mins, 5-0)

Notts County: Siobhan Chamberlain; Alex Greenwood, Fern Whelan, Leanne Crichton, Dani Buet; Amy Turner, Jess Clarke, Ashleigh Plumptre, Aileen Whelan; Rachel Williams, Ellen White

Notts County Substitutes: Laura Bassett (63 mins for Fern Whelan), Laura-Jayne O’Neill (68 mins for Alex Greenwood), Sophie Walton (80 mins for Dani Buet), Carly Telford, Desi Scott, Alice Hassall

Yeovil Town Ladies: Alice Evans; Nicola Cousins, Natalie Haigh, Helen Bleazard, Corinne Yorston; Ellie Curson, Shauna Cossens, Annie Heatherson, Sammy Quayle; Alys Hinchcliffe, Sarah Wiltshire.

Yeovil Town Ladies Substitutes: Natasha Knapman (46 mins for Sammy Quayle), Emily Donovan (58 mins for Alys Hinchcliffe), Charlotte Haynes (78 mins for Alice Evans), Stephanie Williams

Referee: Steven Meredith

Attendance: 592.


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31 August 2015 : Taff's Gloversblog : Standing Up For Sturrock
Yesterday, Yeovil Town manager Paul Sturrock offered up his own views on the club's start to the 2015-16 season, that has seen the club occupy a 21st place place slot in the early League Two table. As a response to Paul's views, the latest Taff's Gloversblog takes a look at the issues that the Glovers boss raises and considers the problems he faces. Read on via the link below and feel free to provide your own views at the foot of the article.

Link: Taff's Gloversblog : Standing Up For Sturrock.


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30 August 2015 : Sturrock Gives Expanded Views On Club's Disappointing Start To Season
Yeovil Town manager Paul Sturrock has given his own views on the club's start to the 2015-16 season, following yesterday's 2-0 defeat against Oxford United. The result left the Glovers stuck in 21st place in the early League Two table - and somewhat below pre-season expectations from fans, who may have hoped for the club to be in the top half of the table. The club's one victory has come against Luton Town last weekend against a side who are also struggling to find their feet so far this season, occupying one place below them.

Sturrock says that he has received a number of letters and emails from supporters about the start to the season, and has spent his time following the Oxford game going back to the club's DVDs to review a number of the games so far. He has given his own views to the club's website on where the current weaknesses lie, believing that many of the errors during matches have come from his more inexperienced matches. With six experienced players sat on the sidelines, with Ben Tozer (cartilege), Kevin Dawson (groin), Simon Gillett (knee), Ryan Dickson (groin), Marc Laird (torn hamstring) and Wes Fogden (broken fingers) having been absent for most - and in some cases all - of the 2015-16 so far, he feels that is at the heart of the problem:

"It didn't take long to unmask the key problem; that being the individual mistakes by our young and inexperienced players and the inconsistency of our all round performance. I then realised the key ingredient causing these problems was the lack of hardened professionals down the backbone of the team. I then studied most playing squads in our league and found that rebuilding squads this season at most League Two clubs was done having a large amount of hardened pros from the season before. This meant they were strengthening their squad and not rebuilding from scratch."

The Glovers boss also confirms that he missed out on a number of more experienced players during the summer, simply because other clubs were trumping what the club could offer under the Salary Cost Management Protocol (SMCP) rules that League One and League Two clubs have to operate under. As a League Two side, the maximum size of Sturrock's wage budget is 55 percent of the club's financial turnover. He has hinted in recent interviews that he is near the top of that limit although admits that he may not have got the balance of his squad entirely right:

"Rules and regulations have hindered our recruitment by only being allowed 55 percent of our turnover to be used. I think you can appreciate that our turnover lies in the bottom half of the turnover graph. Having picked my targets for an experienced defender and forward, many of the candidates I had chosen were gobbled up by the offer of bigger wages. This has forced me to sign players with potential in those positions. I must put my hand up here and take the blame for wanting my cake and eat it; wanting to have a larger squad with both types of players where instead a smaller squad with more experienced players might have been the better formula."

On the plus side, Sturrock believes that five out of the six absentees are around three weeks away from being able to resume full training - albeit with the issue of their match fitness still at stake, particularly with those who did not take part in pre-season training. With only Simon Gillett expected to remain out until the end of the year, the Glovers boss is hopeful that the others will at least be on the training ground towards the back end of September:

"I believe the injury situation has kicked this club in the teeth. If we had Marc Laird, Kevin Dawson, Ben Tozer, Ryan Dickson and Wes Fogden available from the start, we would have as good a midfield as any in the league. These players are three weeks away before being able to train. That is not playing, just building up their fitness. We have Jack Compton needing to play but is not 100 percent match fit and from the Oxford game we have Jakub Sokolik fracturing a bone in his wrist. As a manager knowing that there is a competent team if we had all players fit is so frustrating. We must keep trying to improve the young bucks, who are going to be needed to play until the squad is healthy."

Sturrock's plea to the fans is for them to be patient over the coming weeks, whilst they wait for those more experienced players to return to the fold. He admits that with hindsight he has made a few errors himself, but believes the crucial thing is for fans to show support to those more inexperienced players, to make sure they do not crumble under expectations over the coming month:

"As I have said in the past, fans are the important ingredient to all football clubs. Nearly 500 fans travelled to Oxford after being buoyed by our performance against Luton Town the week before, only to be exasperated by the result and performance. I plead with our fan base who are going to be frustrated to back them, they need you! I have made mistakes in my selection, style of play and recruitment, but I can assure you I am totally committed to improving this club and I am appealing to you all to keep with us, we need you all!"

Link: Paul Sturrock's Verdict On The Oxford Away Game.

Link: Paul Sturrock Speaks To The BBC Just Before Kick-Off Against Oxford United.

Link: Man of the Match Voting for Oxford United vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Oxford 2 Yeovil 0 : Glovers Well Beaten At The Kassam.


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30 August 2015 : Paul Sturrock Talks About Oxford United Team Selection
Just before Saturday afternoon's League Two match against Oxford United kicked off at the Kassam Stadium, Yeovil Town manager Paul Sturrock spoke to the BBC. With questions from local journalist Chris Spittles, in an interview for BBC Somerset, Paul talks about his decision to select Ryan Bird and also explains why Omar Sowunmi and Jamie Burrows didn't travel. Read that interview via the link below.

Link: Paul Sturrock Speaks To The BBC After The 2-0 Defeat Against Oxford United.


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30 August 2015 : Video : Oxford United vs Yeovil Town Match Highlights
For those who can bear to view it, match highlights of yesterday's 2-0 defeat against Oxford United are available below. As well as the goals from Danny Hylton and Callum O'Dowda, you'll also find rather a lot of ball possession by the home side in the lead-up to those goals. Just don't expect to see too much of the Glovers on the ball!




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30 August 2015 : Paul Sturrock's Verdict On The Oxford United Away Game
Following Saturday afternoon's 2-0 defeat against Oxford United at the Kassam Stadium, Yeovil Town manager Paul Sturrock spoke to the BBC. With questions from local journalist Chris Spittles, in an interview for BBC Somerset, Paul's verdict on the team performance, and his thoughts on the squad and also the future of midfielder David Norris, can be read via the link below.

Link: Paul Sturrock's Verdict On The Oxford Away Game.

Link: Man of the Match Voting for Oxford United vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Oxford 2 Yeovil 0 : Glovers Well Beaten At The Kassam.


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29 August 2015 : Sturrock Disappointed With Mind-Boggling Performance After Oxford Defeat
Yeovil Town manager Paul Sturrock described his side's performance today against Oxford United as mind-boggling when matched up against the way that they played against Luton Town during last week's win. The Glovers slipped to a 2-0 defeat at the Kassam Stadium in a disappointing performance that saw Oxford win at a canter - a Danny Hylton header and an easy finish for Callum O'Dowda was the least that unbeaten Oxford deserved.

Sturrock said that the major difference between the two sides was that Oxford had been building their team under Michael Appleton for just over a year now, whilst his side is brand new. However, he told BBC Somerset that he felt his side were 'shocking' in the way they performed, and particularly singled out how they dealt with situations whilst they didn't have possession:

"Oxford are a good side. I think they've been moulded together for a while now and they're a settled team, and they don't make many changes. I thought that defensively we were shocking right through the team today. After doing so well last weekend, to do how we played today is mind-boggling. When another team has the ball, that's very important and it's something that we've been working on. But certain players today didn't come to the show. Offensively, tackles weren't won, headers weren't won and when that happens, then most of the time the ball is going to end up in front of your goal and cause you concern."

The Glovers boss said that one of his challenges was dealing with some of the younger players in the side, who have little in the way of Football League experience. He didn't name individuals but suggested that three or four of his line-up hadn't come up to scratch on the day, and implied that it was that inexperience that was letting some of them down. He said there was a need to address some of the missing parts from those players games over the coming weeks, to fill in those parts in their games:

"We've worked and worked and worked on certain things, but some of them had individually poor performances today. Obviously when you have three or four that are nowhere near the standards that you expect, it's very difficult to come to a place like Oxford, who haven't lost since March last season. So it is a hard place to come to. The more that we work, the better that we will become, and the more competitive we will become. We've got to get into these younger playees and fill their heads with knowledge. It's a jigsaw puzzle on individual players and a lot of them don't have the full jigsaw. There's four of five of them playing today that won't know the game totally."

Link: Man of the Match Voting for Oxford United vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Oxford 2 Yeovil 0 : Glovers Well Beaten At The Kassam.


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29 August 2015 : Man of the Match Voting for Oxford United vs Yeovil Town
If you watched Saturday afternoon's 2-0 defeat against Oxford United at the Kassam Stadium, don't forget to cast your Man of the Match votes. Choose your top three players from the match, plus entertainment and performance ratings along with any other comments you want to make on the game, using the form below.

Link: Man of the Match Voting for Oxford United vs Yeovil Town.


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29 August 2015 : Oxford 2 Yeovil 0 : Glovers Well Beaten At The Kassam
Yeovil Town were deservedly beaten at the Kassam Stadium this afternoon, as Oxford United won 2-0 in a one-sided encounter. The early league form has seen both sides follow very different paths, with Oxford unbeaten in League Two and Yeovil only having won once, and that trend continued as an early Danny Hylton header set the home side on their way. Callum O'Dowda's finish fifteen minutes from time was little more than Oxford deserved, with them also hitting the crossbar through Kemar Roofe, leaving Yeovil stuck in 21st place, whilst their opponents continue to occupy the play-off spots.

Yeovil went into the match making just one change to their starting line-up. The goalscoring hero of last week, Ryan Bird, was preferred up front for Shaun Jeffers but otherwise the basic 4-3-3 formation was maintained. On the bench, Jordan Gibbons got a place on the bench due to minor injuries to Omar Sowumni and Jamie Burrows that meant they stayed out of the squad. With the club's numerous long term injuries of Ben Tozer (cartilege), Kevin Dawson (groin), Simon Gillett (knee), Ryan Dickson (groin), Marc Laird (torn hamstring) and Wes Fogden (broken fingers) still not back, that meant six players sat on the bench.

The opening goal came after a spell of strong pressure from the home side, with Yeovil's inability to clear their lines being punished. A half-clearance was put back into the box by Alex MacDonald and Callum O'Dowda put the ball back across for Danny Hylton to have an easy finish, with plenty of other Oxford players queued up inside the box even if the striker hadn't converted his chance. With Stephen Arthurworrey having cleared the ball off his goal line earlier after Kemar Roof picked up a loose ball from an Artur Krysiak save, this was not an impressive start by the Glovers.

The pattern continued with misplaced passes and an inability to get forward behind Yeovil's troubles. Ryan Bird looked isolated, with the 4-3-3 formation tending to be more of a 4-5-1 in practice. It was therefore not too surprising to find a tactical substitution taking place just 35 minutes into the match, with David Norris being introduced for Alex Lacey, and a 4-4-2 formation being deployed as Norris went out wide, and Harry Cornick went up front to join Bird. That stabilised things a little and gave Oxford something to think about, with Cornick's strong run and slightly scuffed shot at least bringing some hope as the half closed.

The second period got off to a quiet start, with Oxford happy to calm the game down, but with Yeovil showing very little signs of getting back into it. On the hour mark, Kemar Roofe forced Artur Krysiak to parry the ball away as the home side gradually began to show their authority. Then former Exeter City midfielder Liam Sercombe chipped the ball just wide of the target. With the game tending to quietly drift away, Shaun Jeffers and Mark Beck were introduced as a double substitution, with Ryan Bird and Jack Compton making way, but Yeovil still couldn't get out of second gear to put the home side under serious pressure.

Comical moment of the second half came when referee Kevin Johnson got a bit over-dramatic with his attempts to book Connor Roberts for a foul, with his yellow card flying out of his hand, rather than being calmly raised. Oxford's Danny Hylton dutifully picked up the card for the official, raising the yellow towards Roberts on behalf of the referee. But that was about as amusing as the game got - Oxford got their second of the match with Hylton turning creator, carving open the middle after Yeovil lost possession, and then intelligently laying the ball off for Callum O'Dowda who calmly finished for a 2-0 lead.

And that was pretty much it. Yeovil's only chance of an inert second half came when Shaun Jeffers headed wide a Jakub Sokolik cross. At the other end, the home side were far more menacing - Artur Krysiak had to save again from Kemar Roofe, and then had a bit of luck as a Roofe effort from 25 yards beat the goalkeeper, but thankfully came off the top of the crossbar and away. During injury time, Krysiak saved again from substitute Pat Hoban, with Oxford so comfortable they were able to withdraw three of their star performers during the closing stages and still look the part as the minutes ticked out. For Yeovil, bar a brief spell after David Norris came on, they never got going and deservedly came home with nothing.

Link: 2015-16 Latest League Two Table.

Final Score: Oxford United 2 Yeovil Town 0.

Scorers: Danny Hylton (1-0, 14 mins), Callum O'Dowda (2-0, 75 mins)

Yeovil Town:
1. Artur Krysiak
24. Connor Roberts 5. Stephen Arthurworrey 6. Jakub Sokolik 3. Nathan Smith (Captain)
25. Josh Wakefield 21. Alex Lacey 4. Matt Dolan
23. Harry Cornick 9. Ryan Bird 14. Jack Compton

Substitutes:
12. Chris Weale 10. Shaun Jeffers (66 mins for Ryan Bird) 15. Jordan Gibbons 19. Iffy Allen 22. Mark Beck (66 mins for Jack Compton) 28. David Norris (34 mins for Alex Lacey)

Oxford United:
1. Sam Slocombe 2. George Baldock 5. Johnny Mullins 6. Jake Wright 3. Joe Skarz 4. Kemar Roofe 8. Liam Sercombe 7. Danny Rose 11. Alex MacDonald 15. Callum O'Dowda 10. Danny Hylton

Substitutes:
9. Pat Hoban (88 mins for Kemar Roofe) 14. Josh Ruffels (83 mins for Callum O'Dowda) 18. John Lundstram 20. Ryan Taylor (83 mins for Danny Hylton) 21. Max Crocombe 31. James Roberts 33. Cheyenne Dunkley

Oxford Bookings: Joe Skarz (foul, 64 mins)

Yeovil Bookings: Nathan Smith (foul, 41 mins), Connor Robers (foul, 67 mins), Stephen Arthurworrey (foul, 86 mins)

Oxford Match Statistics: Possession: 53%; Shots: 15; Shots On Target: 8; Corners: 5; Fouls: 8.

Yeovil Match Statistics: Possession: 47%; Shots: 3; Shots On Target: 1; Corners: 2; Fouls: 14.

Referee: Kevin Johnson (Somerset). Assistants: Richard Kendall (Bedfordshire) and Matt Corlett (Liverpool). Fourth Official: David Avent (Northamptonshire).

Attendance: 6,018 (with 437 Yeovil supporters).


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29 August 2015 : Team News For Oxford United vs Yeovil Town
Yeovil Town have named their line-up for this afternoon's League Two match against Oxford United at the Kassam Stadium. The Glovers have made one change from last Saturday's League Two match against Luton Town. That change is not too surprising with two-goal Ryan Bird being drafted into the starting line-up, with Shaun Jeffers dropping to the bench, but otherwise the starting eleven is unchanged.

Long term injuries mean that Ben Tozer (cartilege), Kevin Dawson (groin), Simon Gillett (knee), Ryan Dickson (groin), Marc Laird (torn hamstring) and Wes Fogden (broken fingers) are unavailable for today's game. There had been hopes that Dickson would be ready for a return this weekend, but a relapse with his groin problem has meant that he's off to see a specialist on Monday to investigate what is wrong there. Last week's substitutes Jamie Burrows and Omar Sowunmi have minor knocks that stop them from being considered for selection today.

The full line-up for the match is as follows:

Yeovil Town:
1. Artur Krysiak
24. Connor Roberts 5. Stephen Arthurworrey 6. Jakub Sokolik 3. Nathan Smith (Captain)
25. Josh Wakefield 21. Alex Lacey 4. Matt Dolan
23. Harry Cornick 9. Ryan Bird 14. Jack Compton

Substitutes:
12. Chris Weale 10. Shaun Jeffers 15. Jordan Gibbons 19. Iffy Allen 22. Mark Beck 28. David Norris


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29 August 2015 : Oxford United : The Lowdown
Like many Football League clubs, Yeovil Town don't have too much of a past history involving Oxford United - but it's a little longer than some. We haven't met Oxford in the league since the 2004-05 season, largely due to their four year drop into non-league football, but during that campaign we recorded a 6-1 win - a Phil Jevons hat-trick, two from Andrejs Stolcers and one from Kevin Gall produced one of the club's best Football League performances. We'll talk less of the 2-1 defeat that followed at the Kassam Stadium later that season, and also of the 2009-10 season that saw us knocked out by a then non-league side in the FA Cup by a single goal.

Various facts about where Oxford United stand at this stage of the 2015-16 season are as follows:

Bookies Odds: 15/8 for Promotion via any route. That puts them 3rd in the bookies odds lists (via Ladbrokes)

Today's Match Odds: Yeovil Win 5/1; Oxford United Win 3/5 on; Draw 10/3 (via Bet 365)

New Signings: Kemar Roofe (midfielder/striker, West Bromwich Albion, undisclosed fee), Liam Sercombe (midfielder, Exeter City), Sam Slocombe (goalkeeper, Scunthorpe United), Ryan Taylor (striker, Portsmouth), John Lundstram (midfielder, Everton), Robbie Cundy (centre-back, Academy), AJ George (midfield, Academy), Freddie Grant (left-back, Academy), Canice Carroll (centre-back, Academy), George Baldock (right-back, Milton Keynes Dons, season-long loan)

Results So Far:
08/08/2015Crawley TownHomeSBL2D1-16349Hylton 65
11/08/2015BrentfordAwayCC1W4-05177Sercombe 5, Hylton 9, Roofe 12, Mullins 54
15/08/2015Luton TownAwaySBL2D2-28877Roofe 82, Hoban 90
18/08/2015Notts CountyHomeSBL2W3-15774O'Dowda 36, Roofe 49, Hylton 79
22/08/2015Mansfield TownAwaySBL2D1-13112Roofe 58
25/08/2015Sheffield WednesdayAwayCC2L0-111799

Last Line-Up: 1. Sam Slocombe; 2. George Baldock 6. Jake Wright 5. Johnny Mullins 3. Joe Skarz; 11. Alex MacDonald 8. Liam Sercombe 7. Danny Rose 15. Callum O'Dowda; 10. Danny Hylton 4. Kemar Roofe

Substitutes: 18. John Lundstram 9. Pat Hoban 14. Josh Ruffels 20. Ryan Taylor 21. Max Crocombe 22. Sam Long 33. Cheyenne Dunkley

Manager: Michael Appleton - Although he developed his coaching career with West Bromwich Albion, Appleton's first proper management job was with Portsmouth, and was the unfortunate man at the helm as they got relegated from the Championship in 2011-12 - Pompey's financial mess having more influence over that than anything a manager could do. He jumped from one club in a mess to another during the following season by becoming Blackpool's manager - eleven games and 65 days later he jumped ship and headed to local rivals Blackburn Rovers. His stay there lasted only two days longer - after fifteen games Rovers dismissed him. As such his spell with Oxford - who he joined in July 2014, has become his longest in his management career so far - 58 matches, of which he's won 19, drawn 21 and lost 18 of them.

Connections: Former Yeovil Town loanee John Lundstram has become a permanent member of Oxford's first team squad after joining them during the summer. After his 16 game loan spell with the Glovers whilst on the books of Everton, he had further temporary deals with Leyton Orient (twice), Blackpool and Scunthorpe United. He was released by Everton at the end of last season and signed a two year contract at Oxford with the option of a third year.

Link: Ciderspace Guide To Oxford United.

Link: Officials For Oxford United vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Paul Sturrock Speaks To The BBC As Part Of The Build-Up To Oxford United.


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28 August 2015 : Club Shop Open Tomorrow With Special Shirt Discount
Yeovil Town's Huish Park Club Shop will be open tomorrow morning to coincide with supporters travelling up to the Kassam Stadium in the morning. The League Two match against Oxford United sees the GWSC coaches depart Huish Park at 11.00a.m. tomorrow morning, and to coincide with that, the club shop will be open for one hour only from 10.00a.m. for supporters to purchase anything that they want to take up to Oxford with them.

As an added incentive, the Club Shop will also be offering a 20 percent discount on all home and away shirts during that hour. This offer is open to all supporters, regardless of whether you're travelling to the Kassam Stadium or not, and so represents a good opportunity to get your hands on a home or away shirt at a cheaper price. The offer is available for that hour only.

Link: Ciderspace Guide To Oxford United.

Link: GWSC Travel For The 2015-16 Season.

Link: Ticketing For Oxford United vs Yeovil Town.


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28 August 2015 : Paul Sturrock Previews The Oxford United Away Game
As part of the build-up to Saturday afternoon's trip to Oxford United at the Kassam Stadium, Yeovil Town manager Paul Sturrock spoke to the BBC yesterday. With questions from BBC Somerset reporter Tim Shires, Paul talks about tomorrow's opposition, the win over Luton Town, the form of Fulham loanee Stephen Arthurworrey and the performances of Ryan Bird and Shaun Jeffers. Read that interview via the link below.

Link: Paul Sturrock Speaks To The BBC As Part Of The Build-Up To Oxford United.


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28 August 2015 : Sturrock Hoping Luton Win Can Give Glovers Confidence Boost
Yeovil Town manager Paul Sturrock is hoping that last weekend's first win of the season will give his team the confidence that they need in order to compete in League Two. Having beaten Luton Town by a 3-2 scoreline at Huish Park, his side travel to play Oxford United tomorrow, with the obvious aim of replicating their second half performance in last weekend's game.

Speaking to BBC Somerset this week, the Glovers boss has said that he could see signs in some of the club's earlier games, that they were capable of producing a performance like last week's win, but that at other times his players had been getting into bad habits, and so last week's match tactics were an attempt to move away from the unwanted parts of the players' performances:

"I think we've had periodic spells in most of the games we've played where we've been not too bad. I think the second half against Exeter, the last twenty minutes against York, and really when you look at those it was coming. I think also that when people are lacking confidence they do silly things. Too many long balls were getting played to height up front. I did feel that it was a definite feature of our game that was disappointing. So we changed it a little and tweaked it a little bit for a different system of play and a different style of play. The players were more adaptive to that, and I think we'd stick by it."

The Glovers will be going into tomorrow's match at the Kassam Stadium with club captain Ryan Dickson still absent. There had been hopes that he would have recovered from a groin problem that has affected him since the opening match of the 2015-16 season. However, he has suffered a relapse on that injury, and so is heading off to a specialist to determine what the root cause if the problem is.

As a result, Sturrock is likely to select from a similar squad to the one that was used against Luton, with the main dilemma being whether he starts with Shaun Jeffers, who did well to deal with the experience of Luton's Steve McNulty, with the Hatters being forced to withdraw the veteran to stop him getting a red card due to the number of fouls he was having to commit on Jeffers. However, Jeffers' replacement on the hour mark during that match was Ryan Bird, who scored twice to help Yeovil win the game. Sturrock was keeping his cards close to his chest over whether Bird would get a starting role in the side on Saturday:

"I don't know that - I'm still deliberating that one. Ryan has great qualities and great attitudes that can be a benefit for the team. But I didn't think that Shaun let himself down as he had a very difficult job against a very physical back four. So it's about making that decision, and I'll leave that one to nearer the time."


Link: Ciderspace Guide To Oxford United.

Link: Officials For Oxford United vs Yeovil Town.


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