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27 August 2016 : Man of the Match Voting for Doncaster Rovers vs Yeovil Town
If you watched Saturday afternoon's 4-1 defeat against Doncaster Rovers at the Keepmoat 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 Doncaster Rovers vs Yeovil Town.


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27 August 2016 : Way Slams Mugabi's Lack Of Discipline As 'Critical Incident' Sees Glovers Defeated
Yeovil Town manager Darren Way described the red card dished out to defender Bevis Mugabi as a 'critical incident' in the 4-1 defeat against Doncaster Rovers at the Keepmoat Stadium today. The former Southampton player was dismissed for two bookable offences, in the 76th minute of the match, whilst the Glovers were 2-1 down, and Way was brutal in his post-match words as he suggested the Ugandan had 'let the football club down through a lack of discipline'.

Two late goals from former Glover Andy Williams gave Donny an emphatic victory, and Way suggested that Mugabi's international call-up to the Uganda national side may have been preying on his mind, saying that the player needed to learn and grow up from the incident:

"The sending-off was a key moment and a critical incident, as I think the boys were always in that game. I thought that at stages, I'd talked to Bevis before the game to check that he was mentally okay with being called up for Uganda. I keep talking about players where life can get in the way sometimes. He's had a lot on his mind, where does he go or does he not go (to Uganda). It is disappointing and Bevis Mugabi has apologised because that completely changed the dynamics of the game. I was disappointed with the first yellow card and very frustrated, as the referee did not need to give that. He's won the ball and he's gone to play quick, and the next thing is they've stopped play and he's got involved in a tussle. But he has to learn and he has to grow up, and grow up quick."

The tone of the game was set when Williams netted the first of his three goals within a minute of the game kicking off, as Doncaster immediately forced a corner from which they scored. Way believed that an unnamed defender had failed to pick up either Donny centre-back Andy Butler or the eventual goalscorer in Williams as part of the set piece move. He said that the players had dealt with a lot of distractions this week but wanted them to focus more in such situations:

"That was another player not taking responsibility with marking in the box when he got given someone to mark. So I'm learning from this group every week. as there's been a lot of distractions in the build up to this game. Having said that, the players have got to be strong enough now. I think that psychologically it was a big game and I tried to explain that to the players, only because of what people perceive you as. I think they've worked hard up until today. But people will perceive that you are a relegation team. It's important that I support them as the manager, to ensure that we come back strong now against Blackpool at home."

As for Mugabi, the expectation is that he will serve his one match suspension during Tuesday night's EFL Trophy match against Portsmouth. He had been expected to be away on international duty for that match and Saturday's home game against Blackpool, but Way said that his understanding was that the player would be remaining in England across those two fixtures, and would not head overseas, but said that was a decision that had been taken before today's match:

"I think he has already made the decision. If not he would have had to have made travel arrangements. He'll have to think long and hard to himself that this football club has allowed him an opportunity to be able to play, and I don't expect players to let other players or myself down, or the football club down by a lack of discipline. As it stands at the moment (he is not travelling to Uganda), nothing suggests any different, to where it was before the game."

As yet there's no word from the Uganda end of things, with their press yesterday still reporting that they expected Mugabi to travel for the pair of international fixtures.


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27 August 2016 : Doncaster 4 Yeovil 1 : Williams Nets Hat-Trick Against Former Club
Yeovil Town crashed to a 4-1 defeat against Doncaster Rovers at the Keepmoat Stadium this afternoon. In a match that saw former Glovers striker Andy Williams grab a hat-trick, the Glovers were in problems just 27 seconds into the match when he opened the scoring in the first move of the game. Two quickfire goals from James Coppinger and Ryan Hedges swung the game one way and then the other, but a red card for Bevis Mugabi after he picked up two bookings meant that the home side got the upper hand again, and they capitalised with two late Williams goals to give him the match ball and slide Yeovil down into 21st place.

The Glovers went into the match naming an unchanged side from the team that started against Everton on Tuesday night. However, two new signings and one international clearance meant that they could bolster their substitutes bench with Izale McLeod, Ben Whitfield and Kyle Copp all able to land on the teamsheet. Ollie Bassett was the only fit player to miss out, with all other absentees still injured with Ryan Dickson, Francois Zoko, Alex Lacey, Josh Ezewele and Darren Ward all missing. Former Glover Craig Alcock was also absent for the opposition with an ankle injury, but a second player in Andy Williams started up front with John Marquis as Donny's pair of strikers.

Always concentrate from the start of the match, they say. That clearly hadn't been heeded, as Doncaster took kick-off and within a matter of seconds had forced a corner as Nathan Smith was forced to clear. In came the corner kick from James Coppinger, defender Andy Butler headed the ball across the area, and Andy Williams pounced, just 27 seconds into the match. 1-0 and numerous people had barely sat down in their seats.

That early goal seemed to galvanise Doncaster as they threaten to score a couple of times directly after that opener. Andy Williams fed John Marquis, but his shot was saved by Artur Krysiak. Then Andy Butler put a header wide from a James Coppinger free kick. Krysiak had to be alert as he saved again from Marquis, after a Bevis Mugabi clearance had been intercepted by Williams, setting his strike partner free.

Yeovil struggled badly to get into the game until around the half hour mark. Although their approach play was decent enough, putting players into a shooting position was proving difficult, but they did at least finish the half in a more composed fashion, as Tom Eaves got in the club's first shot of the game, before putting a header wide. A Matt Butcher attempt then went well over the bar, but at least in an environment that ended the half with the Glovers giving Doncaster something more serious to think about. A Ryan Hedges shot from the edge of the box was smothered by home keeper Marko Marosi, before another Eaves effort on the angle forced Marosi to block at his near post. Some of these chances weren't necessarily compelling, but they at least showed some promise from the slow start.

Ten minutes into the second period though, Doncaster forged further ahead. They'd already reestablished their authority when Artur Krysiak had to make a flying save from a John Marquis header where he picked out a James Coppinger cross. However, when Donny won a free kick following a foul by Kevin Dawson, a flowing move set up Tommy Rowe and his cross into the box found Coppinger whose 15 yard finish was confidently taken. 2-0 down.

Izale McLeod was immediately introduced as a substitute for the Glovers, replacing Tom Eaves, and although he didn't have a lot to do with what followed 30 seconds after he got onto the pitch, Yeovil immediately pulled a goal back. A defensive blunder by Doncaster's Matty Blair saw his attempt at a back header let Ryan Hedges grab possession, and he moved confidently through, finishing well to give the Glovers a goal back at 2-1 and a foothold back in the game which for 60 seconds it looked as though they'd lost.

Then came two of the more significant moments of the game that didn't involve goals. Separated by ten minutes, Bevis Mugabi was booked for being involved in the aftermath of a spot of handbags on the pitch which started when James Coppinger went in late on the defender. Initially play seemed to go on, but then a bit of push'n'shoving broke out that saw both players booked, with many of Donny's players having spent much of the game trying to provoke incidents like this or influene rookie referee Michael Salisbury, who didn't always have a grip on the situation. Then in the 76th minute, Andy Williams managed to get goal side of Mugabi in a Doncaster attack, and the former Southampton academy defender hauled him back. In this case, it probably was a booking, and with the first yellow already produced, Mugabi was off.

The defence reorganised itself, with Kevin Dawson dropping into the right-back role, as Liam Shephard switched cross to the other side. Yeovil did have a mini-flurry, as the ten men battled for an equaliser, with Izale McLeord and Matt Butcher putting chances wide. But in the final ten minutes, Doncaster began to pick some wide open spaces, and with eight minutes left, Andy Williams got his second. Set up by James Coppinger, the pass into the box gave him a simple ten yard finish against a stretched Yeovil defence. Then in the 90th minute, Andy Williams picked up the match ball to take home with him as he headed home at the near post for a 4-1 scoreline and a rather disappointing result. The size of the defeat will doubtless lie in the man disadvantage the Glovers had in the closing stages. However, defensively they experienced problems even with eleven men on the pitch, with the home side deserving their win from that point of view.

Link: 2016-17 Latest League Two Table.

Final Score: Doncaster Rovers 4 Yeovil Town 1.

Scorers: Andy Williams (1-0, 1 min), James Coppinger (2-0, 54 mins), Ryan Hedges (2-1, 55 mins), Andy Williams (3-1, 82 mins), Andy Williams (4-1, 90 mins)

Doncaster Rovers:
13. Marko Marosi
12. Mitchell Lund 15. Joe Wright 6. Andy Butler 27. Cedric Evina
16. Jordan Houghton 17. Matty Blair 10. Tommy Rowe 26. James Coppinger
9. John Marquis 11. Andy Williams

Substitutes:
23. Alfie Beestin 1. Ross Etheridge 8. Riccardo Calder 14. Harry Middleton (55 mins for Mitchell Lund) 19. Liam Mandeville (85 mins for James Coppinger) 21. Joseph Pugh 29. Reece Fielding

Yeovil Town:
1. Artur Krysiak
2. Liam Shephard 5. Bevis Mugabi, 16. Matt Butcher, 3. Nathan Smith (Capt)
7. Kevin Dawson, 8. Alex Lawless, 4. Matt Dolan,
10. Otis Khan, 9. Tom Eaves, 23. Ryan Hedges.

Substitutes: 12. Jonny Maddison 15. Kyle Copp 17. Omar Sowunmi 18. Izale McLeod (54 mins for Tom Eaves 19. Tahvon Campbell (61 mins for Otis Khan) 20. Joe Lea 28. Ben Whitfield (75 mins for Ryan Hedges).

Doncaster Bookings: James Coppinger (66 mins, foul)

Yeovil Bookings: Kevin Dawson (55 mins, foul), Bevis Mugabi (67 mins, retaliation), Matt Dolan (84 mins, foul). Red Card: Bevis Mugabi (76 mins, second bookable offence)

Doncaster Match Statistics: Possession: 53%; Shots: 17; Shots On Target: 8; Corners: 4; Fouls: 12.

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

Referee: Michael Salisbury (Lancashire). Assistants: Peter Gooch (Lancashire) and Barry Gordon (County Durham). Fourth Official: Michael Denton (Lancashire).

Attendance: 4,686 (with 167 Yeovil supporters).


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27 August 2016 : Team News For Doncaster Rovers vs Yeovil Town
Yeovil Town have chosen their starting line-up for this afternoon's League Two match against Doncaster Rovers at the Keepmoat Stadium. The match sees the Glovers name an unchanged starting line-up for this afternoon's match, compared with the Tuesday night match against Everton.

Kyle Copp has now obtained his international clearance, and sits on the bench alongside new signings Izale McLeod and Ben Whitfield. Absentees this afternoon include Darren Ward (knee), Josh Ezewele (knee), Ryan Dickson (ankle), Francois Zoko (hip flexor) and Alex Lacey (broken arm). Youth team graduate Ollie Bassett is the one player to sit out the match whilst fit.

Zoko is expected to be out with his hip problems for around three or four weeks, having had his attempt at a comeback last weekend aborted by the time we reached midweek - he's only made on substitute appearance this season, including pre-season. Meanwhile Ward, who has also just had one substitute appearance during 2016-17, is expected to start training again next week - something that may be significant given that Bevis Mugabi will be out for the next two fixtures on international duty, with Ryan Hedges and Ollie Bassett also due to be missing at least one game next weekend. The team is as follows:

Yeovil Town:
1. Artur Krysiak
2. Liam Shephard 5. Bevis Mugabi, 16. Matt Butcher, 3. Nathan Smith
7. Kevin Dawson, 8. Alex Lawless, 4. Matt Dolan,
10. Otis Khan, 9. Tom Eaves, 23. Ryan Hedges.

Substitutes: 12. Jonny Maddison 15. Kyle Copp 17. Omar Sowunmi 18. Izale McLeod 19. Tahvon Campbell 20. Joe Lea 28. Ben Whitfield.

Doncaster Rovers:
13. Marko Marosi
12. Mitchell Lund 15. Joe Wright 6. Andy Butler 27. Cedric Evina
16. Jordan Houghton 17. Matty Blair 10. Tommy Rowe 26. James Coppinger
9. John Marquis 11. Andy Williams

Substitutes:
23. Alfie Beestin 1. Ross Etheridge 8. Riccardo Calder 14. Harry Middleton 19. Liam Mandeville 21. Joseph Pugh 29. Reece Fielding

This is Yeovil Town's fifth game on the road in the month of August and comes five days after a long trip to Everton in the EFL Cup. With eight matches during the calendar month, players will inevitably be finding the going tough and manager Darren Way has said they have had to focus significantly on player recovery ahead of the Doncaster game:

"We've just tried to focus upon the recovery. We've tried to do everything within our powers as a football club, like ice baths and making sure that they eat the right food at the right time. So we make sure that they are well conditioned and that every player is going to turn up on the Saturday, and that we make sure that they've got their legs."

Doncaster's manager is former Peterborough United and Preston North End manager Darren Ferguson, who is the son of former Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson. Darren says that he has met him a couple of times so far, despite this being the first occasion that they'll come up against each other as front line managers:

"We've come across each other at meetings, when we go away on the (Football Association coaching) courses. We had a manager's meeting recently outlining all of the rules and regulations for the season. So I've sat down with him amd talked to him. I explained to him that I was very thankful with the way his dad supported me when I took over. We get on great, but he'll be looking for three points just as much as I will."


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27 August 2016 : Dawson Reaches Three Figure Milestone For Yeovil Town
On Tuesday night, Yeovil Town midfielder Kevin Dawson reached an important milestone in his Glovers career. The Irishman played his 100th appearance for the club in the EFL Cup Second Round match against Everton - not a bad match to reach three figures. In terms of continuity, Kevin is the club's longest serving player, having been brought in from Republic of Ireland side Shelbourne at the start of the January 2013 transfer window.

Whilst he's been a regular in the Glovers first team starting line-up when fit and available, the length of time it's taken him to reach 100 appearances lies in the rather hellish 2015 calendar year that saw him go one year and fifteen days without making an appearance, due to a mix of hip, pelvis and groin problems. He returned into the fold during mid January 2016, and made a limited number of appearances during the second half of the 2015-16 season. For the current campaign, he's so far started in every match so far, getting in complete games in all bar two of those, suggesting he is over the worst.

Barring any disasters, Kevin should be in the starting line-up for this afternoon's match against Doncaster Rovers for what would be his 101st appearance for the club. He's been to the Keepmoat Stadium twice during his Yeovil Town career and is a side that he knows well:

"Obviously I've played against them a few times before, and I've played against them away as well. They're a good team. They'll be solid and compact and there will be a decent crowd there, so I'm looking forward to the game. I think personally we will just play our own game. When we play in the formation that we have for most of the season and pre-season, we've shown that we're a match for anyone. If we go there on the day and keep doing what we're doing then I think we'll get a result."

Link: Kevin Dawson : Yeovil Town Statistics.


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27 August 2016 : Morecambe Crowd Hits A Saturday Low
Last Saturday's attendance for the League Two fixture against Morecambe set an unwanted record for Yeovil Town. The 2,937 spectators that were declared for the match against the Shrimps represented the lowest Saturday attendance since the club entered the Football League. It was also the club's second lowest attendance for a home league fixture since that same 2003 promotion.

The last time the club carried a Saturday home league crowd that was lower than last weekend's attendance was for the April 27th 2002 home match against Dover Athletic when 2,852 showed up in what was a dead rubber fixture, with the top of the Conference being contested by the since-disgraced Boston United side and runners up Dagenham and Redbridge. At that time, the Glovers were preparing for the FA Trophy Final, with them ultimately finishing 14 points behind in third place behind the front pair.

The distinction between Saturday fixtures and Tuesday night fixtures is an important one, given that the Glovers tend to suffer their lowest crowds of each season during midweek matches, with transport links, and working and family commitments impacting upon fans' ability to get to games, as well as the inevitable temptation of midweek Sky Sports televised matches. Statistical data from last season showed across the league an 8-9 percent drop in crowds for night games. In the table below, half of the club's lowest ten Football League attendances have occurred on a Tuesday night despite them having only taking place across a small handful of occasions across the league.

The lowest ten Football League crowds at Huish Park (with midweek fixtures annotated) are as follows:

06.11.2012 : 2,900 : L1 vs Stevenage (Tuesday night, adjacent home fixture)
20.08.2016 : 2,937 : L2 vs Morecambe
20.10.2015 : 2,954 : L2 vs Mansfield Town (Tuesday night, adjacent home fixture)
24.11.2015 : 2,963 : L2 vs Wycombe Wanderers (Tuesday night)
06.10.2012 : 3,002 : L1 vs Colchester United (adjacent home fixture)
05.09.2015 : 3,024 : L2 vs Morecambe (adjacent home fixture)
26.09.2015 : 3,078 : L2 vs Hartlepool United
25.10.2011 : 3,121 : L1 vs Leyton Orient (Tuesday night, adjacent home fixture)
01.10.2011 : 3,127 : L1 vs Bury
13.09.2011 : 3,134 : L1 vs Wycombe Wanderers (Tuesday night, adjacent home fixture)

The fact that Morecambe were the visitors for last Saturday's fixture is clearly a large factor - last season's fixture between the two clubs saw 3,024 turning up with 104 of them coming down from Lancashire - on Saturday 50 away supporters travelled, meaning that the drop in home fans was just 33 compared with last season. However, it is unusual for crowds at this stage of the season to drop so low - as per the above table the low point tends to be during the Autumn school term period between mid-September and mid-November, where perhaps the novelty of a new season has worn off, but before the second half of the season tends to provoke promotion/relegation six-pointers.

The other factor that can strongly affect low home crowds comes when Yeovil Town have two home fixtures in quick succession. Faced with the cost (and time commitment) of attending two home fixtures in around three or four days, many fans have to compromise and so one of the games gets dropped - where one of those matches is a midweeker, or where another match presents bigger opposition, such as Portsmouth, inevitably one of the pair suffers and it's no surprise to find that six of the above ten lowest gates came on occasions when the fixture list threw up a pair of home fixtures across a Saturday-Tuesday or Tuesday-Saturday period. In the case of the Morecambe fixture that isn't the case with the Glovers only having two home league fixtures across the whole of August, separated by a fortnight on either side.


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26 August 2016 : Officials For Doncaster Rovers vs Yeovil Town
Officials for the League Two match between Doncaster Rovers and Yeovil Town have been chosen by the Football League. The match takes place at the Keepmoat Stadium on Saturday 27th August 2016 with a 3.00p.m. kick-off. The man in charge of the fixture will be Michael Salisbury (Lancashire).

Those who have followed the 2016-17 season so far will note that aside from Tuesday night's EFL Cup Second Round tie against Premier League side Everton, the Glovers appear to be the guinea pigs for the Professional Game Match Officials (PGMO, aka the Referees' Association). So far this season, we've been given four referees who have been in their first year as a Football League referee, plus another who was in his second year at that level.

Hence it's little surprise to find that for our trip to Doncaster Rovers, we are going to get our fifth 'first year' referee. Once again, he's an official who has been pushed through the system quickly - he only became a National League referee twelve months previously. If the surname Salisbury seems familiar, then his father is Graham Salisbury who we've had on many an occasion, so hopefully his father's experience will rub off.

So far Salisbury Jr has taken charge of three matches - all at League Two level. He has produced a fairly modest seven yellow cards and zero dismissals.

Mr Salisbury will be assisted by Peter Gooch (Lancashire) and Barry Gordon (County Durham). The Fourth Official will be Michael Denton (Lancashire).


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26 August 2016 : Duffy Makes Seagulls Switch After Blackburn Spell Ends
Former Yeovil Town loanee Shane Duffy has headed south today after leaving Blackburn Rovers. The 24 year old has signed a four year contract with Brighton and Hove Albion after cutting short what had been a rather tempestuous start to his 2016-17 season at Ewood Park. Three own goals, a red card and the decision to turn down a contract offer with Rovers gave him a hellish August, although matters did improve on Tuesday night when he headed the winner for Blackburn in their 4-3 League Cup victory against Crewe Alexandra - at least meaning that his final match in Lancashire was a positive one.

Once Duffy had made the decision to turn down his new contract offer with Blackburn, they had to consider cashing in on him given that he was in the final year of the contract he signed back in September 2014 when he left Everton. After Brighton made two unsuccessful bids to sign him, they got third time lucky and have now grabbed him on a club record fee.

Exactly what that fee was isn't being disclosed, except to say that it broke Albion's previous transfer fee record which stood at £2.5 million for their signing of Craig Mackail-Smith. The national press pitched Duffy's transfer fee as in the region of £4 million or £4.5 million. The Brighton Argus disagrees and says they've been told that this is over-inflated and that the actual figure is "considerably lower" than the nationals are claiming. Brighton Manager Chris Hughton says Duffy has been a long term target:

"I'm delighted that our perseverance has finally paid off and we've completed the signing of Shane. He's an excellent addition for us. He has a lot of experience for his age, having played in the Premier League, Championship, Europa League and international football for Ireland. He's a very good defender and now gives me four quality, senior options for the two central defensive positions."


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26 August 2016 : Darren Way Reflects On The Two Thousand Mile Month
Yeovil Town manager Darren Way has highlighted the amount of mileage his side have been clocking up during the first month of the 2016-17 season, but believes the end goal will be worth the long hours on the road. The Glovers have had a rather busy August, and will play their seventh match on the weekend by travelling to Doncaster Rovers for a League Two fixture, before polishing off that month with an EFL Trophy Group match against Portsmouth at Huish Park.

That will see the club complete five away fixtures, including two lengthy away matches in the EFL Cup at Walsall and Everton, meaning some very late nights for players and supporters. Way told BBC Somerset that meant that they were having to do a lot of their work whilst on the road, rather than on the Huish Park training ground:

"I think we've worked out that over the total month, within nine games that it could be 1,500 miles. So there's been a lot of work that's gone into being sat on a coach. But having said that, that's part and parcel of the job. They know that when you sign up to be a footballer and you play for Yeovil Town, then you get used to travelling, and they've still got to perform as well. So it was a great occasion (at Everton) and an experience that will be with them for the rest of their life. So by being on that coach and getting in at five o'clock in the morning, it's certainly worth it."

Way's estimate of 1,500 miles actually does not include tomorrow's trip to Doncaster. Once the mileage to Luton Town (148), Walsall (155), Mansfield Town (215), Everton (242) and Doncaster Rovers (244) is totted up as a round trip, any fans or players going to all five fixtures from Yeovil will have travelled 2008 miles, not allowing for the inevitable extras that hotel stopovers and roadwork diversions add on to that total.

Results have so far given the Glovers two wins, one draw and three defeats, albeit with one of those losses coming against a Premier League side in Everton. However, with the club currently in 16th place in the early League Two table, Way would like to see a few more wins on the board. He is largely happy with the performances though:

"We know our performance is not that far off. But having said that, this time last year when we had one or two results where it was 1-0 the other way, we've got to make sure that we turn that around, and that we come out as winners. We've talked to the players today about psychologically what it means to go to Doncaster and get three points, because it then gives the impression that it's been a fantastic start to the season."

Yeovil Town will travel to Doncaster with three extra players available to select from. Whilst the signings of Izale McLeod (see here) and Ben Whitfield (see here) had a higher profile, the other player who will get the opportunity to head to Yorkshire knowing that he could be on the teamsheet is Kyle Copp, whose international clearance came through this week. Having travelled to the likes of Luton Town and Everton in recent weeks with the first team squad merely as a guest of the club, Kyle will now be a fully registered player and Way is pleased to have that settled:

"It's good. Kyle has been around here for a while. It seems like he's been here forever. But to get the clearance through I think means a lot for the player, because he wants to get started and he's a good player with good ability. So it will be nice to get him up and running."

For those travelling to tomorrow's match, the Ciderspace guide, plus ticketing and travel information are linked below.

Link: Ciderspace Guide To Doncaster Rovers.

Link: Ticketing For Doncaster Rovers vs Yeovil Town.

Link: GWSC Travel To Doncaster Rovers.


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26 August 2016 : Ciderspace Guide To Doncaster Rovers
Tomorrow afternoon, Yeovil Town travel to the Keepmoat Stadium, where we will face the familiar sight of Doncaster Rovers. Whilst we're sure that most of those travelling must have been to Donny before, the Ciderspace guide gives you directions, parking, a pub guide, statistics and other such stuff all on one handy page. Find it via the link below.

Link: Ciderspace Guide To Doncaster Rovers.

The main front to the Keepmoat Stadium
The main front to the Keepmoat Stadium.
Photo © 2013 Ciderspace



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25 August 2016 : Whitfield Signed Up By Glovers On Loan
Yeovil Town have made their fourteenth signing of the 2016-17 season. They have taken midfielder Ben Whitfield on loan from Premier League side AFC Bournemouth, giving them giving them their fifth loanee in their current squad. The 20 year old has agreed a six month loan with the Glovers that will keep him at Huish Park until January 2017.

Ben was born on February 28th 1996 in Bingley and has been working his way through Bournemouth's academy system, having signed for them from Guiseley in January 2014. He was picked up by the Cherries after he broke into Guiseley's first team from the age of 16 years old, whilst also playing for their Under-18s side. He also played more junior age youth football for Bradford City and West Yorkshire side Silsden before making the move to Guiseley. He has some first team experience with another non-league side in Kidderminster Harriers. The loan deal was a fairly fruitful experience with him managing 29 appearances, scoring six goals across two spells during the 2015-16 season. He is under contract at Dean Court until the summer of 2017. He has yet to play for Bournemouth's first team.

Whitfield will now pair up with his Cherries Under-21 teammate Matt Butcher who is also on loan at Huish Park. The club's other loanees are West Bromwich Albion striker Tahvon Campbell and Swansea City pair Liam Shephard and Ryan Hedges. The maximum number of loan players that can be listed on a teamsheet on any given matchday is five, meaning that in practical terms this should represent the club's final loan signing. If they do choose to take on any further loanees, then the 'sixth loan' would have to sit in the stands for each game. Whilst that might be acceptable for a couple of matches, it would be a surprise if Darren Way was prepared to have that situation on his hands for a half season period.


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25 August 2016 : McLeod Signed Up By Yeovil Town After Magpies Release
Yeovil Town have made their thirteenth signing of the 2016-17 season. The Glovers have brought in Izale McLeod today on a free transfer. He has signed a contract until the end of this season. McLeod had his contract with Notts County terminated by mutual consent today, and so joins the club as a free agent.

The 31 year old (born October 15th 1984, in Perry Barr, Birmingham) has been a regular on the Glovers rumourmill over the years, having had a long career at Football League level that has taken in Portsmouth, Barnet, Milton Keynes Dons and Crawley Town. He had not featured for the Magpies so far this season, despite making 41 appearances last season, scoring ten goals. Manager Darren Way has said he's a player he's had his eye on for a while now:

"He's a player I've kept my eyes on for a number of years, I remember he completely dominated a game against us one year where he had one chance and scored. Izale's a goal scorer with a wealth of experience who is going to add to our squad and he's got fantastic ability which will drive the other players on."

He started his career with Derby County, rising through the youth ranks and making his debut at the age of just 17 years old, in September 2002. There he made 41 appearances, scoring four goals, plus a seven game loan spell with Sheffield United. After two years as a professional, that led to a move to Milton Keynes Dons which put his name into the limelight when he netted 60 times in 135 appearances, across four seasons, including 24 scored during his final 2006-07 season with them.

That led to Charlton Athletic taking interest as he moved into the Championship for a fee of £1.1 million. His move there didn't quite work out for him, as he managed just 39 appearances and four goals across a three year period, getting farmed out on loan to Colchester United (2 appearances), Millwall (8 appearances, 2 goals) and Peterborough United (4 appearances).

Dropping back down to lower divisions turned out to be the decision that reignited McLeod's career. In the summer of 2010, his contract with Charlton was cancelled and he joined Barnet on a one year deal. Despite them being a struggling side, he scored netted 36 times in 86 appearances across a two year period. Once again, bigger clubs came calling and after two years with the Bees, he signed for Portsmouth where he scored 11 goals in 27 appearances, before moving back to Milton Keynes Dons (53 appearances, 11 goals).

More recently, McLeod signed briefly for Northampton Town (4 appearances, 1 goal) as a loan arrangement but then spent the 2014-15 season with Crawley Town where he managed another healthy haul, scoring 21 goals in 47 appearances. Last season he was with Notts County where he made 41 appearances scoring 10 goals, but seemed to have dropped out of their plans over the summer, and had not been used so far this season.

McLeod has picked up three major player awards, being named the Football League's League Two Player of the Year for 2006-07 whilst he also made it into the PFA's Team of the Year for the same season, following that up with a second nomination during 2011-12. He will wear the No.18 shirt during his time at Huish Park.


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25 August 2016 : International Boss Advised Mugabi To Make Summer Switch
Uganda Head Coach Micho Sredojevic has said that he recommended that Bevis Mugabi moved clubs over the summer, if he was to realise his chances of playing international football. The 21 year old was a summer signing from Southampton after spending the whole of the pre-season period training with the club, and the initial impression had been that the defender was a candidate for a loan move, given that he was under contract at St Mary's Stadium until the summer of 2017, but when his contract at Huish Park was drawn up, it was a one year contract on a permanent basis that he agreed, thus ending his stay with the Saints.

Sredojevic this week called up Mugabi for a pair of Uganda international matches against Kenya and Comoros and it appears that the Serbian had spoken to Mugabi earlier in the year, suggesting that getting first team football experience would be better for him rather than sitting in Southampton's Under-21 side. Sredojevic said he had watched him play this season and was impressed by some 'stellar' performances:

"I advised him (Mugabi) to move from Southampton and find playing time if he was to realise his dream of playing for Uganda. I have been following his stellar performances at Yeovil this season and I think he is ripe to play for the (Uganda) Cranes."

Although Mugabi was brought into the club with his abilities as a centre-back in mind, it seems that Uganda have been particularly interested in his switch to a right-back role - something that he did several times for the Southampton Academy sides. They have a current issue in that their established full-back Denis Guma is suspended for the next AFCON 2017 qualifier, meaning that Mugabi could be an easy fit into his country's side to cover for Guma's exclusion.

Mugabi is one of three Yeovil Town players who are expected to be on international duty after the Bank Holiday weekend. As reported yesterday, Ryan Hedges is on Wales Under-21 duty, whilst youth team graduate Ollie Bassett has been called up to a Northern Ireland Under-19 training camp. All three would be absent for the Blackpool fixture on September 3rd, with the expectation that some or all of them will have reported to their national squads at the point when the EFL Trophy tie against Portsmouth is due to be played.

Link: International Call-Up For Mugabi By Cranes For Pair Of Matches.

Link: Hedges Given Welsh International Call-Up.

Link: Bassett Given International Training Camp Call-Up.


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25 August 2016 : Darren Talks About Everton Team Selection
Just before Tuesday night's match against Everton kicked off at Goodison Park, Yeovil Town manager Darren Way spoke to the BBC about the match. With questions from local journalist Chris Spittles in an interview for BBC Somerset, Darren talks about the experience of playing at a Premier League ground, as well as briefly touching on the availability of Francois Zoko and Ryan Dickson.

NB: It is a very short interview - that is all that was broadcast on the night.

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


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25 August 2016 : Roberts Makes Gas Loan Switch
Former Yeovil Town loanee Connor Roberts has signed a loan agreement with League One side Bristol Rovers. The Swansea City right-back will move to the Memorial Stadium on a six month agreement, thus moving up one division higher than he played during the 2015-16 campaign. Having been a near ever-present for the Glovers last season - he missed one game due to an international call-up - Roberts was always expected to head up at least one level to test his development at a higher tier. Rovers boss Darrell Clarke has said of the deal:

"I would like to welcome Connor to the club and wish him a successful time with us. Connor was a regular in Yeovil’s League Two side last season and can play on the right or left, as a full back or wing back, and will provide competition to Daniel Leadbitter and Lee Brown for either of those places."

The Glovers are fairly well stocked in the right-back position, and so they weren't expected to move again for Roberts. His Swansea City team-mate Liam Shephard yesterday committed to spending the whole of the 2016-17 season at Huish Park, whilst former West Bromwich Albion player Josh Ezewele should provide back-up once he is fit to play. Former Southampton defender Bevis Mugabi has also played at right-back this season for the Glovers, having played there several times for the Saints academy teams.

Link: Connor Roberts : Yeovil Town Statistics.


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25 August 2016 : Video : Everton vs Yeovil Town EFL Cup Highlights
For those who want to watch match highlights of Tuesday night's 4-0 defeat against Everton at Goodison Park, these are now available online. As well as the four goals scored by the home side, they also show one of Yeovil's best efforts, as Matt Butcher fired narrowly over the bar whilst the game was goalless. Watch that via the clip below.




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24 August 2016 : Everton 4 Yeovil 0 : Late Kone Double Stops Valiant Glovers
Yeovil Town were comfortably beaten on Tuesday night against Premier League side Everton as the three tier gap between the two sides became apparent in a 4-0 defeat. The Glovers were competitive in the way they closed down their opponents, but struggled to test Toffees keeper Maarten Stekelenburg throughout the evening, going behind to a first half Aaron Lennon angled shot from inside the box. The Glovers' resolution held up to around the point at which Ross Barkley's free kick in the 69th minute crept in at the near post. That was the cue for a bit of showboating by the home side as they dominated possession in the closing stages, with two goals from substitute Arouna Kone giving the Toffees a route into the Third Round.

The Glovers went into the match making one change to their starting line-up. Despite Darren Way's protestations on Saturday that Ryan Dickson hadn't been taken off against Morecambe due to an ankle injury, there was always a suspicion that had caused his withdrawal from the team. That proved to be the case when he dropped off the teamsheet - thankfully Liam Shephard had recovered from his Achilles injury, although that still meant a shuffle across the back four, with Nathan Smith taking his more traditional left-back role. On the bench, Francois Zoko was also missing, with presumably some sort of a recurring problem with his ongoing hip flexor issues.

The match opened in a frenetic end-to-end manner, with Romelu Lukaku firing over the bar. At the other end, Otis Khan broke through but couldn't quite get his shot away from deep inside the box, with an Everton defender snuffing out the sort of chance that a lower league defender probably wouldn't have been wise to. Matt Butcher and Bevis Mugabi shot wide, whilst Tom Eaves headed over the bar - in truth none of the efforts had Everton too worried, although Butcher's was notable for the way that he turned his marker with a fair bit of skill. At the other end, Liam Shephard had to be alert as he cleared the ball off his own goal line from Lukaku.

Whilst that period of the game had been relatively even, Everton did give the impression that they could be clinical if they were given enough chances, and 28 minutes into the match they grabbed the lead. Lukaku threaded the ball down the flank to James McCarthy, putting him behind the Glovers back line, and when he pulled the ball back to Aaron Lennon who fired home an angled shot for a 1-0 lead. That was the cue for the home side to finish the half strongly. They had penalty appeals waved away when Yannick Bolasie went down inside the box beyond a challenge from Bevis Mugabi - referee Christopher Kavanagh called it correctly with the former Crystal Palace player having chosen to fall beyond the tackle. A number of corners closed the half, with Artur Krysiak under pressure on a number of occasions - notably when he mis-punched a ball in the direction of his own net, but thankfully the ball was cleared. A Mason Holgate header cleared the bar from another set piece.

Yeovil opened the second period with a Matt Dolan free kick going comfortably wide. Rather closer was a shot from Everton full-back Bryan Oviedo which rippled the netting, but on the wrong side, creating an illusion for those sat on the opposite side of the stadium that had Toffees fans on their feet briefly thinking they'd scored. The killer goal came with 21 minutes remaining when Toffees captain Ross Barkley perhaps surprised Artur Krysiak by firing home a free kick at the near post from what was a fairly narrow angle. 2-0 and that was going to give a mountain to climb.

Not that you would have known it from the noisy 903 fans in the away supporters section. They belted out every chant they could as if they were the club that had the two goal advantage, whilst the Everton fans were curiously muted, apart from when their side stuck a dangerous ball into the box. The Toffees probably weren't really being helped by some hopelessly wayward shooting. Yannick Bolasie, Romelu Lukaku and Mason Holgate all spurned marvellous chances to extend the lead as Yeovil spent much of the half on the back foot.

It wasn't until both clubs made a series of substitutions that Everton finally put the game out of sight though. One of those brought on was Arouna Kone and he needed just four minutes to make his mark. He went on a weaving run from the left flank, leaving Matt Butcher backing off a bit too much, and when he got sight of the edge of the box, he let fly with an extremely well taken solo goal. Arouna Kone then took advantage a second time in the final minute of the match, as the Yeovil defenders failed to clear an aerial ball from Tom Cleverley. As the ball bounced deep inside the box, Kone pounced and then showed some clever feet to give himself some room to control the ball, put it onto his favoured foot, and then fire home from close range. Game most definitely over.

At 4-0 down, you could have forgiven the Yeovil Town supporters if they'd headed out of the stadium on the final whistle. However, whilst the final 20 minutes did turn into a bit of Everton showboating, the first 70 minutes of the match were most definitely competitive, and the away fans all stayed behind to applaud the players, with Everton also showing a nice touch by putting 'Yeovil True' over the tannoy, played in full whilst both fans and players were applauding each other. There'd been a significant gap between the two clubs by the time of the 90 minutes by the end, but in terms of the appreciation handed out to the players at the end, it most certainly didn't feel like a 4-0 scoreline.

Final Score: Everton 4 Yeovil Town 0.

Scorers: Aaron Lennon (28 mins, 1-0), Ross Barkley (69 mins, 2-0), Arouna Kone (83 mins, 3-0), Arouna Kone (90 mins, 4-0)

Everton:
22. Maarten Stekelenburg
12. Aaron Lennon 30. Mason Holgate 5. Ashley Williams 25. Ramiro Funes Mori 20. Bryan Oviedo
17. Idrissa Gueye 8. Ross Barkley 16. James McCarthy
14. Yannick Bolasie 10. Romelu Lukaku

Substitutes:
1. Joel 3. Leighton Baines 4. Darron Gibson (66 mins for James McCarthy) 6. Phil Jagielka 9. Arouna Kone (79 mins for Ross Barkley) 11. Kevin Mirallas 15. Tom Cleverley (66 mines for Mason Holgate)

Yeovil Town:
1. Artur Krysiak
2. Liam Shephard 5. Bevis Mugabi, 16. Matt Butcher, 3. Nathan Smith
7. Kevin Dawson, 8. Alex Lawless, 4. Matt Dolan,
10. Otis Khan, 9. Tom Eaves, 23. Ryan Hedges.

Substitutes: 12. Jonny Maddison 17. Omar Sowunmi 19. Tahvon Campbell (63 mins for Otis Khan) 20. Joe Lea (76 mins for Kevin Dawson) 22. Ollie Bassett

Everton Bookings: None.

Yeovil Bookings: Kevin Dawson (foul, 60 mins)

Everton Match Statistics: Possession: 66%; Shots: 22; Shots On Target: 6; Corners: 11; Fouls: 6.

Yeovil Match Statistics: Possession: 34%; Shots: 4; Shots On Target: 0; Corners: 2; Fouls: 6.

Referee: Christopher Kavanagh (Lancashire). Assistants: Nick Greenhalgh (Lancashire) and James Mainwaring (Lancashire). Fourth Official: Carl Boyeson (East Yorkshire).

Attendance: 24,617 (with 903 Yeovil supporters).


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24 August 2016 : Copp Given Lawful Authority To Play
Former Swansea City midfielder Kyle Copp has finally completed his registration with Yeovil Town. The move has been on hold, pending international clearance, having agreed terms with the club ten days ago, but needing to send papers through the Wales FA. Having travelled with the first team squad to Luton Town and last night's match at Everton but without being able to be named on the teamsheet, he will now be able to travel to Doncaster Rovers knowing that manager Darren Way can select him. Copp has been registered with the club on a non-contract basis, and will wear the No.15 shirt during his time with the club.

A couple of other player moves around the country have strongly implied delays with the Wales FA this summer regarding international clearance. Former Glover Mark Beck had to wait two weeks for his registration with Darlington to get confirmed, after the Wales FA delayed his clearance - something that was necessary due to his loan spell with Wrexham last season. That delay meant he missed the start of the 2016-17 season with the Quakers, despite being signed on July 29th, well ahead of the opening weekend. Then one week ago, League Two side Accrington Stanley were given a suspended fine by the Football League for failing to push through Janoi Donacien's registration correctly - once again the Wales FA were involved, as Donacien had last played for Newport County, but Accrington played him during two matches whilst his international clearance was still outstanding.


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24 August 2016 : Darren Way's Verdict On The Everton Away Game
Following Tuesday night's 4-0 defeat against Everton at Goodison Park, Yeovil Town manager Darren Way spoke to the BBC about the game. With questions from local journalist Chris Spittles, in an interview for BBC Somerset, Darren's thoughts on his team's performance, the debut for former Southampton midfielder Joe Lea and the travelling 903 supporters, can be read via the link below.

Link: Darren Way's Verdict On The Everton Away Game.


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24 August 2016 : Hedges Given Welsh International Call-Up
Yeovil Town winger/forward Ryan Hedges has been given an international call-up. The Swansea City loanee has been selected by the Wales Under-21 squad that will play Denmark in a match staged at Wrexham's Racecourse Ground on Friday 2nd September, before moving down the road to Bangor where Luxembourg will be the visitors on Tuesday 6th September.

Both matches are Euro 2017 Qualifying matches, with Wales currently third in their group, and one point off Romania in second place. The match against Denmark is critical as they are the current group leaders. The schedule means that Hedges will miss the League Two home game against Blackpool, and from past experience would be likely to miss the EFL Trophy match against Portsmouth, with squad call-ups tending to take place early in that week.

Wales U21s: Billy O'Brien (Manchester City), Michael Crowe (Ipswich Town), Declan John (Cardiff City), Jordan Evans (Wrexham), Joseph Wright (Doncaster Rovers), Tom Lockyer (Bristol Rovers), Adam Henley (Blackburn Rovers), Gethin Jones (Everton), Dominic Smith (Shrewsbury Town), Dan James (Swansea City), Josh Sheehan (Swansea City, on loan at Newport County), Lee Evans (Wolves), Ryan Hedges (Swansea City, on loan at Yeovil Town), Tom O'Sullivan (Cardiff City), Wes Burns (Bristol City, on loan at Aberdeen), Ellis Harrison (Bristol Rovers), Harry Wilson (Liverpool).


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24 August 2016 : International Call-Up For Mugabi By Cranes For Pair Of Matches
Yeovil Town defender Bevis Mugabi has been given an international call-up by Uganda. Head coach Micho Sredejovic, who hails from Serbia, has selected a 32 man squad for the team known as the Uganda Cranes, made up of four goalkeepers, ten defenders, ten midfielders and eight strikers for a pair of matches that will take place across the next international break.

The first match against Kenya will be used as a friendly fixture to allow the Head Coach to assess the large squad and to see who he can use for more competitive fixtures in the future. That will then be followed quickly by an AFCON 2017 Qualifier match against Comoros where Sredejovic is expected to use a slimmed down version of his squad, based on the outcome of the first friendly match.

Both matches will be staged at the Nelson Mandela National Stadium in Namboole. The friendly fixture against Kenya will take place on Tuesday 30th August 2016, with a 5.00p.m. kick-off, whilst the game against Comoros will take place on Sunday 4th September with a 5.00p.m. kick-off. Micho said of Mugabi's inclusion:

"Like other players abroad I have been following him closely for the last two years when he was at Southampton. The squad has 16 players who play out of the country and 16 domestic players. We are in a sensitive period where many players have been in transfers. The Kenya friendly is a bridge to the most important match against Comoros. Players who impress and prove that they are worthy will play in the Comoros game."

To our knowledge, this is the first time that Mugabi has had an international call-up although it was well known during his Southampton academy days that he was eligible to represent both England and Uganda. Based on the international fixture dates, the Uganda call-up would see him miss the EFL Trophy match against Portsmouth as well as the League Two home game against Blackpool.

Goalkeepers: Dennis Onyango (Mamelodi Sundowns, South Africa), Salim Jamal Magoola (El Merriekh, Sudan), Benjamin Ochan (KCCA, Uganda), Ismail Watenga (Vipers, Uganda)

Defenders: Nicholas Wadada (Vipers, Uganda), Joseph Nsubuga (SC Villa, Uganda), Bevis Mugabi (Yeovil Town), Hassan Wasswa Mawanda (Al Shorta, Iraq), Murushid Jjuuko (Simba, Tanzania), Isaac Isinde (St George, Ethiopia), Timothy Denis Awanyi (KCCA, Uganda), Rashid ‘Mertasacker’ Toha (Onduparaka, Uganda), Halid Lwaliwa (Vipers, Uganda), Joseph Benson Ochaya (KCCA, Uganda), Godfrey ‘Jajja Walu’ Walusimbi (Gor Mahia, Kenya)

Midfielders: Khalid Aucho (Baroka, South Africa), Tonny Mawejje (Knattspyrnufelagio Þrottur, Iceland), Geofrey ‘Baba’ Kizito (Than Quảng Ninh, Vietnam), Moses Oloya (Kuban Kransndor, Russia), Kezironi Kizito (Vipers, Uganda), Ivan Ntege (KCCA, Uganda), William Luwagga Kizito (Rio Ave, Portgual), Vincent Kayizzi Walugembe (KCCA, Uganda), Abdulmalick Vitalis Tabu (Sports Club Villa Jogoo, Uganda)

Strikers: Geofrey Massa (Baroka, South Africa), Farouk Miya (Standard Liege, Belgium), Yunus Sentamu (FC Ilves, Finland), Emmanuel Arnold Okwi (Sonderjyske), Geofrey Sserunkuma (KCCA, Uganda), Edrisa Lubega (Proline, Uganda), Muhammed Shaban (Onduparaka, Uganda), Erisa Ssekisambu (Vipers, Uganda)


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24 August 2016 : Ticketing For Leyton Orient vs Yeovil Town
Advance tickets for Yeovil Town's trip to play Leyton Orient at Brisbane Road are now on advance sale from the Huish Park Ticket Office. The match takes place on Saturday 17th September 2016, and admission prices are as follows:

Adults: £22.00; Over-65s, Students, Unemployed, Armed Forces: £14.00; Under-18s: £5.00

Both Wheelchair users and Ambulant Disabled are not charged for entry and can take an assistant free of charge as well. Ambulant Disabled supporters must be on mid-higher rate of DLA. Wheelchair users need to call Leyton direct on 0871 310 1883.

Leyton Orient note that some seats have a restricted view but there is space to move about in the stand if necessary. Away supporters are allocated the East Stand Upper Area, via entrance C and D. The East Stand was the club's original main stand - now the oldest part of the ground, and is a side-on view to the pitch, with some pillars in the way. Their usual practice is to allocate up to 1,200 spaces for supporters across two blocks.

If you choose to purchase on the day of the game, the East Stand Ticket Office is situated in Brisbane Road. Note that admission prices on the day will increase by £2.00 for Adults, and by £1.00 for the concessionary rate. Under-18s ticket prices remain the same, regardless of when they are purchased.

Link: Yeovil Town Online Ticketing Portal.

Link: Ticketing For Doncaster Rovers vs Yeovil Town.

Link: GWSC Travel To Doncaster Rovers.

Link: Ticketing For Yeovil Town vs Portsmouth.

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

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


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24 August 2016 : Swansea City Duo Extend Loan Arrangements
Swansea City pair Liam Shephard and Ryan Hedges have extended their stay at Huish Park. The loan players will now stay at the club for the remainder of the 2016-17 season with both players having settled in as regulars within the Glovers first team line-up.

Shephard is currently in his third loan spell at Huish Park, and made his 29th appearance for the club in last night's EFL Cup Second Round tie against Everton. Hedges made his 6th appearance for the club last night, having started in every fixture so far this season. Manager Darren Way said of the decision to extend their deals:

"I think it’s a fantastic move for both parties - Swansea and Yeovil - that both players have decided to extend their loan deals until the end of the season. It shows what direction this Football Club is going in. Both players have been great additions to Yeovil Town and I’m sure that’s only going to get stronger as the team keeps growing."

Link: Ryan Hedges : Yeovil Town Statistics.

Link: Liam Shephard : Yeovil Town Statistics.


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24 August 2016 : GWSC Travel To Doncaster Rovers
The Green and White Supporters Club have set their travel plans for the forthcoming League Two match against Doncaster Rovers. The match takes place at the Keepmoat Stadium on Saturday 27th August 2016, with a 3.00p.m. kick-off. Departure times and prices are listed as follows:

Doncaster Rovers : Saturday 27th August 2016.
Huish Park: 7.45a.m.
Adult Members: £30.00; Member Concessions: £28.00
Adult Non-Members: £32.00; Non-Member Concessions: £30.00

To place your booking, send a text message to Paul Hadlow on 07736 044570. If you want to call him please only do so after 6.00p.m. You can also reach him at paulhadlow@outlook.com

Remember in all cases to ensure you make clear which match you are booking for, your full name (and any other names you are booking for) and a contact telephone number. You may be asked to pay a deposit of £5.00 to reserve your seat for the trip.

Link: Yeovil Town Online Ticketing Portal.

Link: Ticketing For Doncaster Rovers vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Ticketing For Yeovil Town vs Portsmouth.

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

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


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24 August 2016 : Darren Way Happy With Resilience As Supporters Stay Yeovil True
Yeovil Town manager Darren Way felt that his players gave everything at Goodison Park last night, despite coming out on the wrong end of a 4-0 scoreline against Everton. The Glovers defence came under heavy pressure throughout the evening, but Way felt that his team stood up to that challenge until around the point when the Toffees scored their second crucial goal of the evening, via a Ross Barkley free kick.

Prior to that, an Aaron Lennon first half strike gave the Glovers a difficult task, but they stuck at it, and there was always the hope that at 1-0 they would still be within a chance of springing a surprise. Way told BBC Somerset that his team showed plenty of resilience, but said that he was particularly touched by the reception given by the 903 travelling supporters who applauded the team off the field, and by Everton themselves, who chose to play the 'Yeovil True' song over the tannoy in full after the final whistle had blown:

"We had large spells without the ball, which we knew. We had to defend with unbelievable resilience, which I thought up until that second free kick (scored by Ross Barkley) at 1-0, we were thinking that we were in a chance of getting back in it. The boys gave everything and to see the scenes after the game with the supporters was fantastic. I think the way our supporters conducted themselves from the start at the whistle to the end, that makes me emotional. I think it was a nice touch that Everton played our Yeovil True song, which was good, and the supporters really did clap us off, and even the Everton fans there towards the end gave us a good clap."

Whilst many Premier League clubs would choose to field a weakened team in an early round of the League Cup, Toffees boss Ronald Koeman arguably strengthened his, by introducing Ashley Williams, Yannick Bolasie and Romelu Lukaku into his side for the game. They also profitted when they introduced substitute Arouna Kone who was able to bag two well-taken late goals to finish off the evening. Way admitted that the home side had showed plenty of quality:

"They've got quality players. When I looked at the teamsheet it's enough to scare the life out of you, as far as the quality that they have got. You could see that with the subs that they brought on, who were very effective. I think that top class players will score top class goals at Premier League level, and the moment you switch off they can hurt you. I was a little bit disappointed with our defending in transition, when we should have kept the ball a little bit more often, from our front three. But I can't be too critical. They've come to Goodison Park and they've tried to give everything that they've got, and there was certainly no player showing a lack of effort. They had to cover large distances. I was proud of the players today - really proud. They had to shift left and right and their workload was immense."


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24 August 2016 : Everton 4 Yeovil 0 : Match Statistics
Yeovil Town were comfortably beaten on Tuesday night against Premier League side Everton as the three tier gap between the two sides became apparent in a 4-0 defeat. The Glovers were competitive in the way they closed down their opponents, but struggled to test Toffees keeper Maarten Stekelenburg throughout the evening, going behind to a first half Aaron Lennon angled shot from inside the box. The Glovers' resolution held up to around the point at which Ross Barkley's free kick in the 69th minute crept in at the near post. That was the cue for a bit of showboating by the home side as they dominated possession in the closing stages, with two goals from substitute Arouna Kone giving the Toffees a route into the Third Round.

Full report to follow later ....

Final Score: Everton 4 Yeovil Town 0.

Scorers: Aaron Lennon (28 mins, 1-0), Ross Barkley (69 mins, 2-0), Arouna Kone (83 mins, 3-0), Arouna Kone (90 mins, 4-0)

Everton:
22. Maarten Stekelenburg
12. Aaron Lennon 30. Mason Holgate 5. Ashley Williams 25. Ramiro Funes Mori 20. Bryan Oviedo
17. Idrissa Gueye 8. Ross Barkley 16. James McCarthy
14. Yannick Bolasie 10. Romelu Lukaku

Substitutes:
1. Joel 3. Leighton Baines 4. Darron Gibson (66 mins for James McCarthy) 6. Phil Jagielka 9. Arouna Kone (79 mins for Ross Barkley) 11. Kevin Mirallas 15. Tom Cleverley (66 mines for Mason Holgate)

Yeovil Town:
1. Artur Krysiak
2. Liam Shephard 5. Bevis Mugabi, 16. Matt Butcher, 3. Nathan Smith
7. Kevin Dawson, 8. Alex Lawless, 4. Matt Dolan,
10. Otis Khan, 9. Tom Eaves, 23. Ryan Hedges.

Substitutes: 12. Jonny Maddison 17. Omar Sowunmi 19. Tahvon Campbell (63 mins for Otis Khan) 20. Joe Lea (76 mins for Kevin Dawson) 22. Ollie Bassett

Everton Bookings: None.

Yeovil Bookings: Kevin Dawson (foul, 60 mins)

Everton Match Statistics: Possession: 66%; Shots: 22; Shots On Target: 6; Corners: 11; Fouls: 6.

Yeovil Match Statistics: Possession: 34%; Shots: 4; Shots On Target: 0; Corners: 2; Fouls: 6.

Referee: John Busby (Oxfordshire). Assistants: Andrew Hendley (West Midlands) and Anthony Da Costa (Cambridgeshire). Fourth Official: Samuel Allison (Wiltshire).

Attendance: 24,617 (with 903 Yeovil supporters).


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23 August 2016 : Man of the Match Voting for Everton vs Yeovil Town
If you watched Tuesday evening's 4-0 defeat against Everton at Goodison 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 Everton vs Yeovil Town.


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23 August 2016 : Team News For Everton vs Yeovil Town
Yeovil Town have chosen their starting line-up for this evening's EFL Cup Second Round match against Everton at Goodison Park. The match sees the Glovers name one change for this evening's match. Ryan Dickson is out with an ankle problem but Liam Shephard is fit enough to start following his Achilles injury. That means a back four reshuffle.

Absentees this evening include Darren Ward (knee), Josh Ezewele (knee) and Alex Lacey (broken arm). Francois Zoko is also out tonight. As yet there is no sign of Kyle Copp having obtained his international clearance - the Glovers are putting out a five
man bench.

The team is as follows:

Yeovil Town:
1. Artur Krysiak
2. Liam Shephard 5. Bevis Mugabi, 16. Matt Butcher, 3. Nathan Smith
7. Kevin Dawson, 8. Alex Lawless, 4. Matt Dolan,
10. Otis Khan, 9. Tom Eaves, 23. Ryan Hedges.

Substitutes: 12. Jonny Maddison 17. Omar Sowunmi 19. Tahvon Campbell 20. Joe Lea 22. Ollie Bassett


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23 August 2016 : Dubious Goals Committee Rules Against Campbell In Saddlers Cup Win
Ahead of tonight's EFL Cup Second Round tie against Everton, the Football League have ruled on one of the more curious issues surrounding Yeovil Town's First Round tie against Walsall. The opening goal at the Bescot Stadium had been awarded to West Bromwich Albion loanee Tahvon Campbell on the night, meaning that at the time he was credited 'officially' as having got the final touch from the free kick delivered by Ryan Hedges.

As we reported the day after the game the decision to award the goal to Campbell was a bemusing one, given that video footage clearly showed that the Baggies striker was around 15 yards away from the goal, with the more realistic scenario being that one of Alex Lacey or Saddlers defender Amadou Bakayoko should be credited with the goal, with the home player heading Lacey's ball across the box into the back of his own net.

The Football League have now announced that their Dubious Goals Committee have studied the footage and have declared it as an own goal, with Amadou Bakayoko presumably not thanking them for that decision - Tahvon Campbell therefore loses his claim on that goal.


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23 August 2016 : Darren Talks About The Start To The 2016-17 Season
On Saturday, Yeovil Town manager Darren Way appeared live on BBC Somerset as part of their Saturday Sport programme to talk about the club's start to the 2016-17 season. In an extended interview, Darren talks to presenter Geoff Twentyman about the Olympic Games, Darren's summer recruitment, the club's geographic location, Under-21 football and also his preparation for matches. Read that interview via the link below.

Link: Darren Way Speaks To The BBC About The Start To The 2016-17 Season.


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23 August 2016 : Officials For Everton vs Yeovil Town
Officials for the EFL Cup Second Round match between Everton and Yeovil Town have been published by the Football League. The match takes place tonight at Goodison Park with a 7.45p.m. kick-off and sees the Glovers playing their first competitive fixture against the Toffees. The man in charge of the occasion will be Christopher Kavanagh (Lancashire).

Having had a whole string of first year referees, along with one second year referee, unsurprisingly the PGMO are not willing to allow a rookie to be unleashed at Goodison Park. Mr Kavanagh and his two assistants are part of the newly formed Select Group 2 officials who have been earmarked to take charge of Championship fixtures. That said, he is still a relatively new official. He was promoted to the Football League during the summer of 2014. He worked his way through the Manchester League whilst still in his teens, and gained his promotion to Football League ranks at the age of just 28 years old. He is the Referees Development Officer for the Manchester FA.

We've had him just the once - the April 2015 trip to Fleetwood Town. This was a real car-crash performance, but we're not talking about the officials. We're talking about our defence that parted like the Red Sea, merrily inviting the home side to go on and score. Which they did, clocking up one of the most one-sided 4-0 victories we've been embarrassed to witness. The idea of attaching blame to the officials would have been laughable, given that they don't have the responsibility for 20 yard gaps down the middle of the park, which Fleetwood exploited.

Mr Kavanagh will be assisted by Nick Greenhalgh (Lancashire) and James Mainwaring (Lancashire). The Fourth Official will be Carl Boyeson (East Yorkshire).

Link: April 2015 : Fleetwood Town 4 Yeovil Town 0.


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22 August 2016 : Walsh Gets Near Full Game For Toffees Under-23s
Any thoughts that former Yeovil Town loanee Liam Walsh might be queued up to feature against his old club in tomorrow night's EFL Cup Second Round tie can be pretty much ruled out. The 18 year old had been the subject of media speculation that the Toffees might use the Tuesday night fixture as a means to give him his first team debut, but instead the midfielder has been playing for Everton's Under-23 side in a match against Derby County at the Merseyrail Community Stadium.

Walsh played the first 88 minutes of the match on Monday night, playing in a Toffees Under-23 side that closely matched the team they'd put out against Reading on the previous week, again supporting the presumption that Everton first team boss Ronald Koeman will be fielding a strong side in the match against Goodison Park, instead of blooding youngsters. The only player missing from Everton's Under-23 line-up that could be of significance tonight was midfielder Ryan Ledson, who played 28 matches on loan for Cambridge United last season, and already has one Europa League appearance to his name for the Toffees. The expectation is that Romelu Lukaku, Yannick Bolasie and Ashley Williams will be the three main players who will profit by Koeman's squad rotation in the EFL Cup match.

Everton Under-23s: (vs Derby County) Mateusz Hewelt, Antonee Robinson, Callum Connolly, Jonjoe Kenny, Gethin Jones, Liam Walsh (88 mins for Beni Baningime), Tom Davies, Kieran Dowell, Harry Charsley, David Henen (57 mins for Antony Evans), Courtney Duffus (57 mins for Callum Dyson).


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22 August 2016 : Ticket Sales Close For Toffees Trip
Yeovil Town are expected to be backed by an away following of in the region of 900 tomorrow night when they travel to play Premier League side Everton at Goodison Park tomorrow evening. The Glovers play their first competitive match against the Toffees in an EFL Cup Second Round tie, and despite ticketing arrangements having only been known ten days ago, there will be a decent away following in the Bullens Road Lower Tier for the match.

The ticket sales should mean that fans will have a reasonable amount of room in the Lower Tier area - some of the concerns raised about the facilities in the Goodison Park away end lay in the restricted views towards the back of that area, but hopefully those in the back two blocks of the stand will be able to sit close to the front area.

The Glovers haven't had too many midweek away League Cup matches against prominent opposition in the past to compare ticket sales with. During the 2005-06 season, they took in the region of 500 supporters to Championship side Ipswich Town that saw them win 2-0 thanks to goals from Darren Way and Kevin Gall. During the following 2006-07 season, a rather more local trip to Southampton saw 2,043 travel, in what was our first visit to St Mary's Stadium.

Then in 2008-09, the Glovers bagged a pair of games against high profile opposition. Their match against Championship side Charlton Athletic saw 490 fans witness Paul Warne's winning goal. A few weeks later, and the Glovers were off to play Middlesbrough, with 418 fans visiting the Riverside Stadium to witness the Premier League side show a gap in class with a 5-1 scoreline.

Note that we are not expecting any further tickets for this match to be put on sale at the Goodison Park end for away supporters. If that situation changes, we'll post an update. For those who are going, the Ciderspace guide and travel plans are linked below.

Link: GWSC Travel For Everton vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Away Travel Club Plans For Everton vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Ciderspace Guide To Everton.


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22 August 2016 : Darren Talks About Morecambe Team Selection
Just before Saturday's home match kicked off against Morecambe at Huish Park, Yeovil Town manager Darren Way spoke to the BBC. With questions from local journalist Chris Spittles, in an interview for BBC Somerset, Darren explains the damage done to Alex Lacey's arm in last week's match at Luton Town, the problems Nathan Smith had with a head wound, and the interest that he had in bringing former Glover Michael Rose back to Huish Park over the summer, which subsequently came to nothing.

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


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22 August 2016 : Toffees Boss Promises Minimal Changes For Glovers Cup Visit
Tomorrow night's opponents Everton have said that they will be fielding close to a full strength team for their EFL Cup Second Round tie against Yeovil Town. The match at Goodison Park takes place on Tuesday evening, with a 7.45p.m. kick-off, and the big question was whether the Toffees would heavily rotate their squad when they face a team three divisions lower than themselves, in a competition that might not be their primary focus.

Koeman, who moved to the north-west over the summer from Southampton said that it was not his habit to stick out Reserve Team sides in cup competitions, and that he saw himself making a maximum of three changes to tomorrow night's line-up. He said that it was important that as a new manager he got to know his new players quickly:

"I like to win every competition and we will take it very seriously. I'm not a manager to make eight or nine changes in the team because we are starting in a new situation. As a new manager, I need to know the players. Maybe one or two, a maximum of three players, because of the programme and what they did in the last two weeks, will get a rest."

Everton will definitely not field Muhamed Besic and Matthew Pennington as they have just undergone surgery. On Saturday they won 2-1 against West Bromwich Albion and fielded the following line-up:

Everton: 22. Maarten Stekelenburg ; 30. Mason Holgate 6. Phil Jagielka 25. Ramiro Funes Mori 16. James McCarthy ; 17. Idrissa Gueye 18. Gareth Barry 3. Leighton Baines 11. Kevin Mirallas ; 8. Ross Barkley 7. Gerard Deulofeu

Substitutes: 1. Joel 5. Ashley Williams (81 mins for Kevin Mirallas) 10. Romelu Lukaku (38 mins for James McCarthy) 12. Aaron Lennon 14. Yannick Bolasie (61 mins for Gerard Deulofeu) 15. Tom Cleverley 20. Bryan Oviedo

Koeman's words would tend to pour cold water on any speculation that former Glovers loanee Liam Walsh might be thrust from his new role in Everton Under-23s into tomorrow night's line-up, although it's possible the Toffees boss may field a sprinkling of youngsters on his bench. The three players who the Everton website suggest are most likely to be involved tomorrow are the ones who came off the substitutes bench during their match at the Hawthorns. Although they stress that it's not a definitive decision at this stage, they name Romelu Lukaku, Yannick Bolasie and Ashley Williams as the three they believe will start tomorrow's match, with the latter two awaiting their first start in Everton colours since signing during the summer. Koeman confirms Bolasie as a starter and throws out hints as to the other two being on his mind:

"For them, it’s really important to have game time. In the case of Ashley, he did not play a friendly (in pre-season). It will be a very good occasion for him to start playing and to get in that rhythm of the games. (Yannick) Bolasie also is a new player and he will start tomorrow. It’s the same situation for Romelu (Lukaku) because he has not played a lot before. Of course, he played the friendly against Espanyol but after that he was 10 days out of training. He needs game time to get in his best shape."

Link: Yeovil Town Online Ticketing Portal.

Link: Ticketing For Everton vs Yeovil Town.

Link: GWSC Travel For Everton vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Away Travel Club Plans For Everton vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Ciderspace Guide To Everton.


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22 August 2016 : Final Day For Everton Ticket Sales
Today is the final day for ticket sales for the EFL Cup Second Round tie against Everton at Goodison Park. The match takes place tomorrow, with a 7.45p.m. kick-off and if you have not purchased a ticket for this match you have until 5.00p.m. to purchase a ticket for the match. Visit or call the Huish Park Ticket Office on 01935-847888 as soon as you can. Although opposition clubs have had a recent habit of doing late u-turns on ticket sales, the current information that we have is that Everton will not be selling tickets to away supporters on the day of the game. If that policy changes, we'll provide an update, but for the moment assume that 5.00p.m. is your absolute deadline.

For tickets, travel and the Ciderspace guide and everything you need for your trip up to the North-West, follow the links below.

Link: Yeovil Town Online Ticketing Portal.

Link: Ticketing For Everton vs Yeovil Town.

Link: GWSC Travel For Everton vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Away Travel Club Plans For Everton vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Ciderspace Guide To Everton.


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21 August 2016 : Ciderspace Guide To Everton
On Tuesday evening, Yeovil Town make their first ever trip to Everton's Goodison Park stadium, for an EFL Cup Second Round tie. For those travelling to the fixture, the Ciderspace guide gives you directions, parking, a pub guide, club statistics and other such stuff via the link below.

Link: Ciderspace Guide To Everton.

Inside Goodison Park Stadium, looking out from the Main Stand across to the Bullens Road Stand
Inside Goodison Park Stadium, looking out from the Main Stand across to the Bullens Road Stand.
Photo © 2016 Isaac Woodward.



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21 August 2016 : Video : Yeovil Town vs Morecambe Match Highlights
For those who want to view highlights of yesterday's 0-1 defeat against Morecambe at Huish Park, these are now available online. As well as the winning goal from Kevin Ellison that was scored during the second period, you can view first half chances for Kevin Dawson, Tom Eaves and Matt Dolan. There's also a second half attempt from Tahvon Campbell. Watch two minutes worth from the game via the link below.




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20 August 2016 : Darren Way's Verdict On The Morecambe Home Game
Following Saturday afternoon's home match against Morecambe at Huish Park, 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 0-1 defeat, the late substitution of Ryan Dickson and the interpretation that it had been down to injury, the prospects of Liam Shephard returning from injury and the Tuesday night trip to Everton. Read that via the link below.

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


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20 August 2016 : Man of the Match Voting for Yeovil Town vs Morecambe
If you watched Saturday afternoon's 0-1 home defeat against Morecambe 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 Morecambe.


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20 August 2016 : Darren Way Rues Dominance Not Turning Into Goals
Yeovil Town manager Darren Way felt that visitors Morecambe had been able to pick his side off on the counter-attack today, making his side's dominance in terms of the number of chances, somewhat irrelevant when it came to the final scoreline. The busiest player in the entire stadium was Shrimps goalkeeper Barry Roche who pulled off a number of excellent saves from the likes of Tom Eaves, Kevin Dawson and Matt Dolan throughout the afternoon, and was then able to help his side shore things up when Kevin Ellison gave his side a 55th minute advantage on the counterattack.

That 0-1 scoreline was as much as Morecambe needed to collect all three points, and as much as the Glovers tried to test Roche on many further occasions, they couldn't break through. Way said that his side had the greater number of chances, particularly in the first half, but acknowledged that the pattern of opposition keepers and defenders soaking up the pressure, and then hitting the Glovers on the counter-attack would be a tactic that his side would need to deal with:

"I think that is going to happen this year, certainly at home. We were very dominant in the first half and we had a lot of final third chances. We got into their final third on thirty-plus times during the first half. But I have to make sure that I keep the players believing. It's difficult on the back of Tuesday and I was looking for that reaction. I think late on, as far as our game plan of just hitting the front two strikers, the players weren't making the right decisions to create them more problems, with them sitting back and then Morecambe hitting us on the counter-attack. I think the players are starting to understand that all the information that I'm providing them is actually coming true. They've had a lot of games now, and a lot of the games the opposition have lost on stats but they've ended up winning the game."

The winner from Kevin Ellison came in precisely that manner, with substitute Lee Molyneux providing the through ball that put the Shrimps striker through on goal. Way said that he had spotted a missed header earlier in the move that he felt set Morecambe up for that winner, but didn't name any players he felt should have been putting in that challenge:

"It was disappointing in the way they scored their goal, certainly from how strong they've been since I've been manager. I think there was a decisive header that had to be won and it wasn't won, and then you get runners off that ball. But I think that overall the players are deflated and it's up to me as a manager to make sure I pick them up and get them to go again at Goodison Park."

The substitution of Ryan Dickson late on during the second half appeared at first sight to be related to the left-back's ongoing problems with his right ankle, having taken a bad foul during the second period. However, Way denied that the decision to take Dickson off and bring Omar Sowunmi on had any bearing on Dickson's ankle, explaining that he wanted to get an extra tall striker onto the field of play during the closing stages of the match, as the Glovers finished with two central strikers and two wide strikers for the final flurries of the game.


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20 August 2016 : Yeovil 0 Morecambe 1 : Shrimps Go Top As Roche Keeps Glovers Firing Blanks
Yeovil Town went down to their second consecutive 0-1 defeat this afternoon, after Morecambe went top of League Two thanks to their away victory. The Shrimps got all three points when Kevin Ellison converted a Lee Molyneux pass ten minutes into the second half, leaving the Glovers kicking themselves for a wasteful first half period in which they could have easily bagged a couple of goals. Visiting keeper Barry Roche was in particularly good form, keeping out some of the best Yeovil efforts that included shots from Matt Dolan and Tahvon Campbell, but for the second match running a single goal cost them, ending the day in 16th place.

The Glovers went into the match naming an unchanged side from that which lost 1-0 to Mansfield Town in midweek - a touch surprising given that Ryan Dickson and Nathan Smith both came off with injuries. On the bench, Alex Lacey had to drop out entirely with a broken arm that will keep him out for six to eight weeks. Morecambe's own preparations were not helped for the match after Ryan Edwards pulled up during the warm-ups meaning that they had to adjust their teamsheet with Alex Kenyon unexpectedly finding he was their starting centre-back. Former Glover Michael Rose played as a holding midfielder for Morecambe, slightly advanced from his more traditional left-back role.

The first half opened with both sides having a ludicrous number of chances at each end, as the game became attackers vs attackers, yet without the crucial goal that would have set the game up. Alex Lawless produced a long range effort that clipped the top of the crossbar as it went over. But at the other end, as both defences struggled to deal with the early attempts, Jack Dunn's shot was parried by Artur Krysiak, with Kevin Ellison hitting the post on the rebound. Kevin Dawson and Tom Eaves then had a pair of chances each, with Eaves having one shot deflected for a corner, and then Barry Roche saving his second shot over the bar.

As the half wore on though, the chances began to dry out at both ends, with a few injuries and stoppages seeing the tempo die down a touch. Roche saved again from a Ryan Hedges effort and the feeling was that by half time the Glovers could have been a goal or two up. That made matters rather frustrating when ten minutes into the second half Morecambe took the lead. They counter-attacked well after substitute Lee Molyneux had threaded a pass through to Kevin Ellison and the Morecambe striker confidently struck the ball home to give his team the lead.

Inevitably, with the away side a goal up, they were going to slow the game down and put players behind the ball, but there were times that Yeovil didn't really help themselves, with stray passes often seeing moves break down just at the vital point. A double substitution did briefly shake things up with Francois Zoko and Tahvon Campbell coming on to replace Otis Khan and Ryan Hedges, and Campbell in particularly looked threatening - one free kick he took deflected off the wall for a corner. But then things died down again, with the late introduction of Omar Sowunmi for Ryan Dickson producing a bit of a case of 'throwing the kitchen sink' at the situation as they finished with four players up front.

Barry Roche had the last word, saving efforts from Tahvon Campbell and a Matt Dolan free kick - if it were possible to award Man of the Matches to opposition players, then he would have been a contender, even if Bevis Mugabi got the nod as one of the more solid performers on the day. The end result was a shut-out, and a slightly disappointing slide down to 16th in the table. For now though, all eyes will go towards Goodison Park, and a bit of Tuesday night escapism against Premier League Everton.

Link: 2016-17 Latest League Two Table.

Final Score: Yeovil Town 0 Morecambe 1.

Scorers: Kevin Ellison (0-1, 55 mins)

Yeovil Town:
1. Artur Krysiak
5. Bevis Mugabi, 16. Matt Butcher, 3. Nathan Smith, 11. Ryan Dickson
7. Kevin Dawson, 8. Alex Lawless, 4. Matt Dolan,
10. Otis Khan, 9. Tom Eaves, 23. Ryan Hedges.

Substitutes: 12. Jonny Maddison 13. Francois Zoko (64 mins for Otis Khan) 17. Omar Sowunmi (83 mins for Ryan Dickson) 19. Tahvon Campbell (64 mins for Ryan Hedges) 20. Joe Lea 22. Ollie Bassett

Morecambe:
1. Barry Roche
2. Liam Wakefield 4. Alex Kenyon 16. Alex Whitmore 14. Luke Conlan
17. Andrew Fleming 24. Michael Rose
9. Tom Barkhuizen 20. Jack Dunn 11. Kevin Ellison
23. Cole Stockton

Substitutes:
3. Aaron McGowan (82 mins for Aaron McGowan) 7. Paul Mullin 10. Lee Molyneux (51 mins for Tom Barkhuizen) 12. Danijel Nizic 18. Rhys Turner (76 mins for Jack Dunn)

Yeovil Bookings: Kevin Dawson (foul, 40 mins)

Morecambe Bookings: Andrew Fleming (foul, 79 mins)

Yeovil Match Statistics: Possession: 57%; Shots: 19; Shots On Target: 6; Corners: 9; Fouls: 8.

Morecambe Match Statistics: Possession: 43%; Shots: 11; Shots On Target: 5; Corners: 5; Fouls: 14.

Referee: John Busby (Oxfordshire). Assistants: Andrew Hendley (West Midlands) and Anthony Da Costa (Cambridgeshire). Fourth Official: Samuel Allison (Wiltshire).

Attendance: 2,937 (with 50 Morecambe supporters).


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20 August 2016 : Team News For Yeovil Town vs Morecambe
Yeovil Town have chosen their starting line-up for this afternoon's League Two match against Morecambe at Huish Park. The match sees the Glovers name an unchanged starting line-up for this afternoon's match, despite injuries to Ryan Dickson and Nathan Smith during the midweek match against Mansfield Town.

As reported earlier, defender Alex Lacey has an arm injury that will keep him out for six-to-eight weeks meaning that he comes off the bench today. Other absentees this afternoon include Liam Shephard (Achilles), Darren Ward (knee) and Josh Ezewele (knee). As yet there is no sign of Kyle Copp having obtained his international clearance - the Glovers are putting out a six man bench.

The team is as follows:

Yeovil Town:
1. Artur Krysiak
5. Bevis Mugabi, 16. Matt Butcher, 3. Nathan Smith, 11. Ryan Dickson
7. Kevin Dawson, 8. Alex Lawless, 4. Matt Dolan,
10. Otis Khan, 9. Tom Eaves, 23. Ryan Hedges.

Substitutes: 12. Jonny Maddison 13. Francois Zoko 17. Omar Sowunmi 19. Tahvon Campbell 20. Joe Lea 22. Ollie Bassett

Morecambe:
1. Barry Roche
2. Liam Wakefield 4. Alex Kenyon 16. Alex Whitmore 14. Luke Conlan
17. Andrew Fleming 24. Michael Rose
9. Tom Barkhuizen 20. Jack Dunn 11. Kevin Ellison
23. Cole Stockton

Substitutes:
3. Aaron McGowan 7. Paul Mullin 10. Lee Molyneux 12. Danijel Nizic 18. Rhys Turner


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20 August 2016 : Lacey Out For Six To Eight Weeks After Scan Shows Problems
Yeovil Town will be without central defender Alex Lacey for about six-to-eight weeks after a scan showed a more serious problem with his arm. The 23 year old picked up the injury one week ago during the away match against his old club Luton Town, after Hatters striker Danny Hylton pushed him over the advertising boards, and into the Oak Road end, which is sunk slightly below ground level, meaning that Lacey suffered a drop of around three foot into the stand area.

He attempted to continue in that game, but ultimately had to be substituted, and for the Tuesday night trip was put on the substitutes bench, rather than be risked in that fixture. Ironically, Lacey had to be introduced as an early substitution, after Ryan Dickson suffered a repeat of an ankle injury that he also sustained in the same Luton Town fixture. However, concerns over the state of Lacey's arm have continued, and on Friday they put him in for a scan. Darren has confirmed the results are not good:

"I've got one or two injuries that have been forced upon me. Alex Lacey got pushed over an advertising board the other week and he is out for six to eight weeks, which is very disappointing. I only found that one out yesterday when the doctor sent him for a scan. So I haven't ended up with injuries through our own fault - it's just been malicious in the way that certain individuals have treated our players. They've got to be strong enough and they've got to have a real strong mentality to be able to deal with that, because that is what the opposition see as our weakness."


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20 August 2016 : Glovers Trust First AGM And Board Elections
The newly formed Glovers Trust will be holding their first Annual General Meeting in the middle of next month. This is an important milestone in the Trust's progress, given that it will allow Trust members their first chance to elect the Trust's Board of Directors. Since its formation, the Trust has been operating with an interim Board based on the original Working Party that helped establish the Trust. However, at the AGM those who help shape the Trust's future direction will be democratically elected.

Trust members also have the opportunity to put themselves forward, or to act as one of the nominees for someone wanting to stand. In line with the Trust's constitution, the Trust board will be formed of a minimum of six people, and a maximum of ten people, with specific roles including Chairman, Vice-Chairman, Treasurer and Membership Secretary. To put yourself forward as a candidate for the Trust board, you must complete a Nomination Form (downloadable here) get two Trust Members to nominate you, and on the form complete a manifesto of up to 450 words describing what benefit you can bring to the Board - e.g. what experience you have, and what direction you think you could take the Trust in.

All Trust Board nomination forms must arrive by Wednesday 31st August 2016 and be sent to secretary@glovers-trust.co.uk or by post to Election Working Group, Glovers Trust, PO BOX 5240, Yeovil Somerset, BA20 9FR. All nominations will be pooled by an independent group and then published on the Trust's website in advance of the AGM. Members will then have the opportunity to vote at the Trust AGM, or provide proxy votes in advance of the AGM. It is therefore important that what you put on your nomination form details what you want to present to members, as those voting by proxy will only have sight of that nomination form.

The AGM will be held on Wednesday 14th September 2016. The venue for the AGM will be confirmed soon.


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