Yeovil Town will go into Saturday's match against Barnet still without two key players again. Captain Darren Ward (swollen knee) and midfielder Matt Dolan (hamstring) are not believed to be ready to make a return to the first team squad, meaning that the Glovers are expected to select from the same squad of players that beat Crawley Town 5-0 last Saturday.
Dolan is definitely out, with his hamstring injury expected to keep him out until around Christmas, even if the initial hope was that he might stand a chance of the Carlisle United away fixture. Ward's position is extremely doubtful given that he still has swelling on his knee, which has meant that he's missed the club's last three fixtures, and shows no sign of being ready to return to first team training.
There was a question mark over the availability of right-back Liam Shephard. In theory he picked up his fifth booking of the 2016-17 season last Saturday - cautions in the matches against Blackpool, Cheltenham Town, Cambridge United, Solihull Moors (home) and Crawley Town should mean that he serves a one match ban. However, his name does not appear on the FA Website in their list of suspended players. Their records indicate he has been booked six times this season (one of which was in the EFL Trophy) so this is probably an administrative oversight on their behalf. Assuming he is absent, his place in the side should be taken by Bevis Mugabi.
Midfield pair Ollie Bassett and Joe Lea remain out on loan with Dorchester Town - the latter has missed five games with an ankle injury.
Just before Tuesday night's EFL Trophy Second Round tie against Milton Keynes Dons kicked off at Huish Park, Yeovil Town manager Darren Way spoke to the BBC. With questions from BBC Somerset reporter Ed Hadwin, Darren talks about the selection of Francois Zoko and Jonny Maddison in the starting line-up and the issue of facing a newly appointed Milton Keynes manager. Read that interview via the link below.
Yeovil Town have been given a home draw in the Third Round of the EFL Trophy. The Glovers will face Southampton U21s or Reading U21s at Huish Park as a reward for Tuesday night's 4-1 victory over Milton Keynes Dons.
If it does turn out to be the Royals, then we've already played them in the Group Stages, winning the match 2-0 win goals from Tom Eaves and Francois Zoko at the Madejski Stadium during November. Southampton and Reading are due to meet at St Mary's on December 21st.
The draw was made live on Sky Sports News this morning and produced the following set of ties:
Mansfield Town vs Walsall or Oldham Athletic
Luton Town vs Chesterfield
Oxford United vs Scunthorpe United
Blackpool vs Wycombe Wanderers
Cheltenham Town or Leicester City vs Bradford City
Yeovil Town vs Southampton U21s or Reading U21s Coventry City vs Brighton and Hove Albion U21s
Swansea City U21s vs Wolverhampton Wanderers U21s
All Third Round ties are due to be played during week commencing January 9th, with Tuesday 10th January the most likely date for most of those ties to be played. However, with Cheltenham Town and Leicester City only playing their Second Round tie during that week, the Third Round tie affecting the winners of that tie will inevitably be delayed.
Former Yeovil Town midfielder Nick Crittenden believes that Dorchester Town's loan midfielder Ollie Bassett is bringing a bit of life and excitement to his Magpies side. Crittenden has a foot in both camps - working in the Huish Park accounts department by day, whilst acting as Dorchester's Assistant Manager and player on matchdays. Hence he has a closer than usual viewpoint on the 18 year old, who is currently in the third month at the Avenue Stadium this season, that has seen Bassett score three times in 13 appearances.
Bassett also picked up Dorchester's Player Of The Month earlier this week, with all three of his goals being netted during the month of November, and Critts has told the Dorset Echo that he feels the more Bassett plays, the more he is growing into his role with the Magpies:
"Ollie seems to be growing in confidence every game. Itís important for him to get minutes under his belt. He is young and learning, his ability is there for all to see. The way he takes people on and the way he skips around people like they are not there, it's something you canít teach. He is progressing well and has certainly boosted our performances. He has brought a bit of life and a bit of excitement. When he picks the ball up you can sense something is going to happen. He has a good attitude as well, which is a nice thing. If you tell him something he listens, he doesnít answer back and he is a good lad, we are thoroughly enjoying having him."
Crittenden echoes the words of his manager Mark Jermyn, who said last month that the main thing that Bassett needed to work on was what he did when he didn't have the ball at his feet. However, he felt that he was taking the right attitude in accepting that feedback on his game:
"He is good on the ball but that is half the game. On the ball he has no problem at all but he has to work on his game off the ball. I think he has the aggression in him and I donít think that will hold him back. Itís just that running off the ball and working back. Itís a learning curve but one I am sure he is willing to accept."
Bassett's current loan spell with the Magpies is expected to run until just after Boxing Day, with the two clubs having extended his deal during late November.
Yeovil Town midfielder Ollie Bassett has picked up a monthly award during the third month of his loan spell with Dorchester Town. The 18 year old has been the honour of their November 2016 Player Of The Month Award, following a purple patch in which he scored three goals for the Magpies, providing at least two assists for other players goals.
Bassett was presented with the award prior to Dorchester's home match against Biggleswade Town, and had an involvement in both of the goals Dorchester scored in their 2-1 win as he made his 13th loan appearance. Bassett's pass to Neil Martin helped set up the cross that was converted by former Glover Jake Smeeton after another ex-Yeovil player Ben Wood flicked the ball on. Bassett and Wood then combined again for Dorchester's second as Wood's cross was converted by David Jerrard.
Dorchester had Jake Smeeton sent off for two bookable offences in the closing stages, but did enough to ensure that a second half Biggleswade goal didn't count for much. Once again there was no sign of fellow Glovers midfielder Joe Lea - his ankle injury has now kept him out for five consecutive matches, with no mention of what the prognosis might be.
Cable and satellite broadcaster BT Sport have announced the set of matches that they will be covering for the FA Cup Second Round Replay. They will be scheduling two matches, covering four Football League sides, as games at Peterborough United and Newport County are selected. Both matches have a big carrot at the end of the stick, with trips to Chelsea and Liverpool respectively for the winning teams. The matches selected are as follows:
Tue 20/12/2016 : Peterborough United vs Notts County (BT Sport)
Wed 21/12/2016 : Newport County vs Plymouth Argyle (BT Sport)
All other Second Round Replays will take place on Tuesday 13th December. The one week delay on the two televised ties appears to be because BT Sport already have pencilled in two Premier League televised matches during the Tuesday and Wednesday, with Sky Sports also having scheduled Championship games that fall across those two days. However, across the 20th and 21st of December, there are no planned domestic televised fixtures.
The particular interest to Yeovil Town supporters is that if Plymouth Argyle win the FA Cup Second Round Replay match at Rodney Parade, then the Pilgrims will be playing in the FA Cup on Third Round day - a situation that would see their January 7th League Two match at Huish Park called off. As such, the delay on the Second Round Replay means that fans will get just over two-and-a-half weeks notice of confirmation for that January fixture.
The FA haven't stated what sums of money those four clubs will receive, but for the 2015-16 competition, all clubs received £36,000 for the live broadcast of an FA Cup Second Round Replay tie.
For those who want to view match highlights of Tuesday night's EFL Trophy Second Round tie between Yeovil Town and Milton Keynes Dons, these are now available online. As well as the opening goal from the visitors, which Alex Lacey won't want us to talk about too much, you can view four second half goals, as Kevin Dawson and Francois Zoko net penalties, Alex Lacey gets one in at the other end of the park, followed by Ben Whitfield's second goal for the club. Watch via the YouTube clip below.
Yeovil Town's involvement in the EFL Trophy would appear to be on a national basis from this point onwards. In the past, the Football League Trophy has maintained a regionalised split to cut down on travelling costs and help boost gates, right up to the point of Area South and Area North 'finals' (run as competition semi-finals) before the winning teams meet at Wembley Stadium for the actual final.
There had been rumours that the regionalisation was being scrapped for the Third Round draw - Blackpool's main club website believe this to be the case, indicating that it's possible for any team to draw any other team on a national basis. The competition has three more ties due to be played tonight, with three other ties only taking place after the Third Round draw.
The draw is scheduled to take place on Sky Sports News on Thursday, commencing at approximately 11.30a.m. and the list of clubs still involved in the competition are as follows:
Swansea City U21s
Brighton and Hove Albion U21s
Yeovil Town Wolverhampton Wanderers U21s
Bradford City (Beat Cambridge United 1-0)
Coventry City (Beat Crawley Town 1-0)
Wycombe Wanderers (Beat Millwall 3-1)
Walsall or Oldham Athletic (Playing 13/12/2016)
Southampton U21s or Reading U21s (Playing 21/12/2016)
Cheltenham Town or Leicester City (Playing 10/01/2017)
Updated: Results from 07/12/2016 factored in.
The removal of the regionalised approach to the competition may be as a result of one of the most criticised aspects of the Group Stages of the competition. The large number of Southern clubs at League Two level meant that Cheltenham Town were classified as a 'northern' club, putting them in a supposedly 'regionalised' group with Blackpool, Bolton Wanderers and Everton Under-21s. Tonight's match between Bradford City and Cambridge United also continues that farce. If that regionalisation had been maintained, both clubs would have continued facing northern clubs. Rather than rebalance the set of clubs left in the competition, it appears they've scrapped that entirely.
Following Tuesday night's 4-1 win over Milton Keynes Dons in the EFL Trophy, Yeovil Town manager Darren Way spoke to the BBC about the game. With questions from BBC Somerset reporter Ed Hadwin, Darren's thoughts on his side's strike rate in front of goal, his views on the EFL Trophy competition, and the overall performance can be read in full via the link below.
Yeovil Town manager Darren Way praised his side's strike rate over the last two matches, as they showed signs tonight and on Saturday, that their problems in the final third may be behind them, following tonight's 4-1 victory over Milton Keynes Dons. Going into Saturday's match against Crawley Town on the weekend, the Glovers were the lowest goalscorers in League Two, and had featured in several matches where their inability to kill teams off in front of goal had ultimately cost them.
Two matches later, and a 5-0 win over Crawley has been followed by a 4-1 victory over Milton Keynes in the EFL Trophy, giving them nine goals in three days to savour. Way naturally hopes that will change his players level of confidence in front of goal, and described their goal haul as phenomenal:
"I can only thank the players for the way that they're playing at the moment. With the goals that they're scoring in the last two games, that is a phenomenal strike rate to have, no matter where you're playing. But to do it against a League One team, just shows the confidence within the group. There was a moment certainly for two or three goals where I felt very proud to be a Yeovil Town manager."
Pick of the punch for tonight's match was Alex Lacey, who scored his first goal for Yeovil Town around 50 minutes after he'd netted at the wrong end of the pitch, to give the away side the lead. However, he scored the crucial third goal of the evening that gave his side some breathing space, and Way quipped that made up for what had happened earlier in the match:
"That makes up for his mistake, doesn't it, so I was very pleased with the way he finished that. having said that it was only the chance that we gave them and the mistake that we made, that was going to give them an opportunity to go 1-0, which was the story. What I did say is that we'd got to win this game tonight. There was no drawing tonight, because it then goes to penalties. So I made sure that they had a winning mentality."
The Glovers now go into the Third Round draw for the EFL Trophy, which will be made on Thursday, live on Sky Sports News, at around 11.30a.m.
Yeovil Town's Under-18s created a cup shock in the Third Round of the FA Youth Cup tonight. Coming up against an EPPP Category One side in West Bromwich Albion at The Hawthorns, they won 3-2 despite having to come from a goal down early on. The Baggies took the lead through Evan Pierce 18 minutes into the match, but Callum Morton scored his third goal in three FA Youth Cup rounds by providing a quick equaliser for a 1-1 half time scoreline.
The match swung on an incident just past the hour mark that saw Yeovil Town hand out a double punishment. Callum Morton was brought down when clean through on goal, and Max Melbourne was given his marching orders for the offence. From the set play just outside the box, Joe Tomlinson fired home direct, and seven minutes later Paul Akinuli fired home from a corner, despite the Baggies appealing for a foul on their keeper in the build-up.
In the final minute, late West Brom pressure saw the home side grab a goal back, with Glovers keeper Kingsley Latham unfortunate to be credited with an own goal, but despite a couple of injury time goalmouth scrambles, they held on to gain a route into the Fourth Round of the tournament.
Final Score: West Bromwich Albion U18s 2 Yeovil Town U18s 3.
Scorers: Evan Pierce (1-0, 18 mins), Callum Morton (1-1, 25 mins), Joe Tomlinson (1-2, 62 mins), Paul Akinuli (1-3, 69 mins), Kingsley Latham (2-3, 90 mins, own goal).
Yeovil Town Under-18s: 1. Kingsley Latham 2. Charlie Fripp 3. Joe Tomlinson 4. Arthur Warren 5. Jayden Corbridge 6. Jeremiah Gyebi 7. Jack Rice-Lethaby 8. Jack Hilton-Jones 9. Callum Morton 10. Bradley Cherrett 11. Daniel Buckley.
Substitutes: 12. Archie Watts 14. Paul Akinuli 15. Mitchell McCann 16. Gabriel Rogers 17. Tom Hayes.
Yeovil Town gained a route into the Third Round of the EFL Trophy tonight, as a second half comeback secured a 4-1 win over Milton Keynes Dons. At the break they trailed to an own goal from Alex Lacey when his back header saw miscommunication between him and Jonny Maddison. During the second period, it was the tail of two penalties, as Kevin Dawson and Francois Zoko converted spot kicks following a foul and a handball respectively. Alex Lacey then redeemed himself by scoring a fine volley at the other end of the pitch before a Ben Whitfield header finished the match off, with the latter two goals being netted whilst MK Dons were down to ten men, with two fouls from Samir Carruthers seeing him fail to finish the match.
The Glovers went into the match making four changes to their starting line-up, all of which were like-for-like swaps from the team that played against Crawley Town. Goalkeeper Jonny Maddison has played in all of the club's EFL Trophy matches so far and he continued that theme as he displaced Artur Krysiak. Midfielder Alex Lawless had only just returned from a groin injury, so the decision to rest him made sense as Matt Butcher came in. Then up front, Tahvon Campbell and Francois Zoko were given starts as Otis Khan and Tom Eaves put their feet up. They faced an MK Dons side that had made nine changes to their Saturday starting eleven, with the likes of Ed Upson and Dean Bowditch not even making the teamsheet, whilst Kieran Agard and Joe Walsh warmed the bench.
The first half was largely a non-event in terms of chances - a Kevin Dawson shot went well over the bar, whilst Ryan Colclough's fairly tame effort was saved by Jonny Maddison. That was largely it, with the exception of one of those 'oh no!' moments midway through the first half. A cross into the box by Ryan Colclough towards Kabongo Tshimanga was easily intercepted by Alex Lacey who headed it back towards his keeper's goal. Unfortunately for both himself and Maddison, the keeper had already moved off his line for the ball, meaning that Lacey's header missed his teammate and landed in the back of the net.
Based on the first half coverage, there was a distinct possibility that might be the theme of the night. Neither side was creating too much in terms of proper chances. Tshimanga got the ball in the net for the visitors but an offside flag and a whistle clearly meant that wasn't going to stand. At the other end, the Glovers seemed to be back in their 'nearly' mode, with final third balls not quite finding their men in a way that would create a chance worth taking. 0-1 at the interval.
The second half was a different kettle of fish, sparked by an early penalty decision. Paul Downing tussled with Tahvon Campbell inside the box, and rather clumsily clipped the West Bromwich Albion loanee, with referee Lee Swabey pointing to the spot. Up stepped Kevin Dawson who fired the spot kick home, right in the corner where keeper Lee Nicholls had no hope of getting near it. That equaliser seemed to galvanise the Glovers and having looked a bit too tentative in the first period, they were suddenly looking more like the team that had thrashed Crawley on the weekend.
Samir Carruthers was rightly booked for hacking down Ben Whitfield as they struggled to check his runs, and by the hour mark Yeovil had themselves a second penalty, with a Jack Hendry arm judged to have handled inside the box. Unsually, the ball was handed across to Francois Zoko who took the attitude of keeping his eyes on the MK Dons keeper as he ran to take his kick, and when the keeper didn't significantly move, rolled the ball into the corner for a placed spot kick and a 2-1 lead.
MK Dons were finding their evening was slipping away, and Ben Whitfield's second half runs had a lot to do with that. Jack Hendry became the second visiting player to be cautioned for bringing him down, and then when Samir Carruthers brought him down a minute later, referee Lee Swabey produced a second yellow card for Carruthers, to reduce his side to ten men, and to ensure that their game unravelled even further.
Then came the goal of the night, and from a slightly unexpected source. Kevin Dawson had won a free kick that was put into the box. The ball dropped loose to Alex Lacey, who effectively levelled up his evening by lashing the ball into the top right hand corner of the net, and to give his side a 3-1 lead that was unlikely to be clawed back. Not that the goal that followed it was too shabby either - six minutes later Ryan Dickson produced a peach of a cross into the box, and running in with perfect timing was Ben Whitfield, who finished off the scoring for the night with a well planted header, and to ensure his side go through into the Third Round which takes place early next year.
Final Score: Yeovil Town 4 Milton Keynes Dons 1.
Scorers: Alex Lacey (0-1, 24 mins, own goal), Kevin Dawson (1-1, 49 mins, penalty), Francois Zoko (2-1, 62 mins, penalty), Alex Lacey (3-1, 73 mins), Ben Whitfield (4-1, 79 mins)
Yeovil Town: 12. Jonny Maddison
2. Liam Shephard 6. Alex Lacey 3. Nathan Smith 11. Ryan Dickson (Capt)
7. Kevin Dawson 16. Matt Butcher 28. Ben Whitfield
13. Francois Zoko 19. Tahvon Campbell 23. Ryan Hedges
Substitutes: 1. Artur Krysiak 8. Alex Lawless (82 mins for Kevin Dawson) 9. Tom Eaves (79 mins for Francois Zoko) 10. Otis Khan (85 mins for Ryan Hedges) 14. Josh Ezewele 15. Kyle Copp 18. Omar Sowumni
Milton Keynes Dons: 19. Lee Nicholls
12. George B Williams 16. Jack Hendry 23. Paul Downing 24. Ben Tilney
11. George C Williams 17. Daniel Powell
49. Ryan Colclough 25. Chuks Aneke 7. Samir Carruthers
27. Kabongo Tshimanga
Substitutes: 1. David Martin 2. George Baldock (70 mins for Kabongo Tshimanga) 4. Joe Walsh 10. Ben Reeves (58 mins for Ryan Colclough) 14. Kieran Agard (58 mins for Chuks Aneke) 26. Connor Furlong 30. Brandon Thomas-Asante
Yeovil Town have chosen their starting line-up for this evening's EFL Trophy Second Round match against Milton Keynes Dons at Huish Park. The match sees the Glovers name four changes compared to the team that played against Crawley Town on Saturday. Goalkeeper Jonny Maddison has played in all of the club's EFL Trophy matches so far, and he swaps over with Artur Krysiak once again. Midfielder Alex Lawless makes way for Matt Butcher in a straight swap, whilst striker Tahvon Campbell comes in for Tom Eaves. In addition Francois Zoko gets his first start of the season, displacing Otis Khan.
Defender Bevis Mugabi is suspended and so drops out of the squad - Kyle Copp gets onto the bench as a result. Captain Darren Ward has been out for the last two matches with a swollen knee. Midfielder Matt Dolan has a hamstring injury that is expected to keep him out until just before Christmas, and so he continues to be absent. Midfielders Joe Lea and Ollie Bassett are on loan with Dorchester Town.
The team is as follows - a line-up that could still be a 4-3-3 but may slide into a 4-4-2 if Ryan Hedges plays a deeper role:
Yeovil Town: 12. Jonny Maddison
2. Liam Shephard 6. Alex Lacey 3. Nathan Smith 11. Ryan Dickson (Capt)
7. Kevin Dawson 16. Matt Butcher 28. Ben Whitfield
19. Tahvon Campbell 13. Francois Zoko 23. Ryan Hedges
Substitutes: 1. Artur Krysiak 8. Alex Lawless 9. Tom Eaves 10. Otis Khan 14. Josh Ezewele 15. Kyle Copp 18. Omar Sowumni
NOTE: If the match scoreline is level after 90 minutes the game will go immediately to penalty kicks to decide the winner - there will be no extra time played.
Given the a lower-than-usual crowd is expected for tonight's EFL Trophy tie against Milton Keynes Dons, supporters heading to the game should note that there are a number of changes to the usual arrangements at Huish Park.
The Hospitality Marquee (aka the Beer Tent) will be closed for tonight's match. Instead, all supporters can make use of the Legends Lounge (aka the Alec Stock Lounge) which is situated upstairs in the Main Stand - turn left at the top of the central staircase.
Whilst all home sections of the ground will be open for tonight's match, there will be no tea bars open on the Home Terrace. You will need to use Tea Bar 2 in the Main Stand, with access given to those stood on the terrace tonight.
For those who care, the Football League has announced arrangements for the Third Round draw of the EFL Trophy. Yeovil Town's interest in this will depend upon tonight's Second Round home match against Milton Keynes Dons, which kicks off at 7.45p.m.
Whichever side is successful will need to tune into Sky Sports News on Thursday 8th December, where the draw will be made live at around 11.30a.m. The Third Round draw will be split between the existing North and South sections, as currently divided, but otherwise is expected to be a freeform draw.
Tonight's fixture will be settled on the night, with the game settled via penalty kicks if the scores are level after 90 minutes. There will be no extra time played. The Glovers are expected to select a team without Matt Dolan (hamstring) and Darren Ward (knee) whilst Bevis Mugabi will serve a competition-specific one match suspension. The only other question mark hangs over the availability of right-back Liam Shephard, who was substituted at half time against Crawley Town, having picked up a knock of some kind.
Milton Keynes will have new manager Robbie Neilson take charge of his first match tonight, after leaving Hearts on Friday. His arrival just before the weekend meant that Caretaker boss Richie Barker got one more game before bowing out, as they drew 0-0 against Charlton Athletic in the FA Cup. Neilson takes charge of a side that has a wealth of ex-Glovers connections, with midfielder Ed Upson and strike pair Dean Bowditch and Kieran Agard all having represented the club, whilst Joe Walsh is a former trialist.
For match ticketing and other information, follow the links below.
On Saturday, Yeovil Town notched up a 5-0 win over Crawley Town at Huish Park - their biggest win of the 2016-17 season. Reflecting on that two days later, Glovers boss Darren Way spoke to BBC Somerset presenter Claire Carter, giving his thoughts on that victory, as well as considering tonight's EFL Trophy fixture against Milton Keynes Dons. Read that interview via the link below.
Officials for the EFL Trophy Second Round match between Yeovil Town and Milton Keynes Dons have been published by the Football League. The match takes place tonight - Tuesday 6th December 2016 - at Huish Park, with a 7.45p.m. kick-off. The man in charge of the fixture will be Lee Swabey (Devon).
Mr Swabey is 31 years old and was born in Plymouth. He's been a regular at Huish Park and other West Country venues stretching back nine years as an assistant referee and a fourth official, since becoming a Football League official in the summer of 2006. He was promoted as a referee to the Football League in the summer of 2015, getting a trial run during the 2015-16 pre-season, taking charge of our 3-2 win over Swansea City Under-21s which seemed to pass off without major incident.
Later during the actual 2015-16 campaign, he was present for the 1-1 draw against AFC Wimbledon. We'll have trouble in providing a review for his performance though as he only lasted 38 minutes! We're not quite sure what caused his problem, but at that point he needed to be replaced, and retreated to becoming the Fourth Official for the rest of the match.
We finally got him for a full 90 minutes for the December 2015 match against Leyton Orient. Overall he had a decent game. We would quibble about the six minutes of first half injury time he conjured up, but as we scored during that period, maybe we won't do that! Orient fans were too busy expressing their unhappiness with their first team manager to get angsty about the referee, and we don't recall anything too controversial from their point of view.
The most recent match involving Mr Swabey was the March 2016 fixture against Cambridge United at the Abbey Stadium. He had a large impact on the match, given that he dished out a red card against Liam Walsh just 16 minutes into the match. Although we've not got too many complaints about the Walsh dismissal - if you put a hand into a player's face, then you're not going to stay on the pitch - we felt the match official should have been more alert to what preceded it - James Dunne's pinch to the back of Walsh's neck should have got him cautioned, which given the same player got booked later on in the match, would have evened up the two teams. He wound up the home fans as well by booking Darnell Furlong for diving when they thought he'd given them a penalty, and in a game with six yellows and one red he was a bit too involved in the match.
He's only taken charge of one match this season - the November 26th League One match between AFC Wimbledon and Fleetwood Town. During the 2015-16 season he took charge of 31 matches, raising 98 yellow cards and 11 red cards, and was becoming very top-heavy in the closing stages to that season, with six of those dismissals in the final 12 matches.
Mr Swabey will be assisted by Andrew Laver (Hampshire) and Colin Lymer (Hampshire). The Fourth Official will be Brett Huxtable (Devon).
Just before Saturday afternoon's match against Crawley Town kicked off at Huish 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 situation regarding captain Darren Ward, his year in charge of the club, and his side's unbeaten run of form in the division. Read that interview via the link below.
Yeovil Town wide man Otis Khan and manager Darren Way have been included in the Football League's Team Of The Week for the weekend just gone. With the Glovers hammering Crawley Town 5-0 on Saturday, it's not too surprising to find some green'n'white representation in there, and Otis is a worthy inclusion given that he scored twice and provided two assists in that match. He is nominated alongside his manager, who gained his biggest managerial win, just over a year after becoming the club's first team boss.
The full set of nominated players, which span all three divisions, are as follows:
Karl Darlow (Newcastle United)
Andy Butler (Doncaster Rovers), Alex Pearce (Derby County), Ryan Fredericks (Fulham)
Conor Hourihane (Barnsley), Alex Pritchard (Norwich City)
Souleymane Doukara (Leeds United), Jacob Murphy (Norwich City)
Otis Khan (Yeovil Town), Chris Martin (Fulham), Sam Winnall (Barnsley)
Yeovil Town have engaged with an external cleaning company to provide improvements to the appearance of the Huish Park Stadium, after supporters raised concerns. Both the Glovers Trust and a survey conducted by the club highlighted that dirt and algae accumulating on the side of the stadium walls and side of the stands created an unfavourable impression to those visiting the club, and gave the view that the stadium was not being maintained to those coming to games.
As a result of that supporter feedback, the club have engaged Helliar and Son Professional Cleaning Services who have today begun the process of cleaning the external part of the stadium. Last month's meeting with the Glovers Trust reported that the work would be at no cost to the club although the club's wording today that work has commenced "after reaching an agreement" implies that there are some commercials attached to the work.
The club had set a target of end of November to publish the full findings of their survey, which was conducted between October 12th and October 19th, producing over 550 responses by supporters. The club indicate that is still being worked on - in addition to the more common themes raised by fans over the years, the club have admitted that 'transparency' - the openness by which the club explains its own decision-making - has been raised as an issue, and so the club have pledged to also explain any recommended improvements that cannot be made within its own financial or organisational constraints.
Yeovil Town's 5-0 win against Crawley Town on Saturday was one of the more notable scorelines in the club's thirteen year Football League history. Netting five goals or more in a League fixture has been a rare occurrence - yesterday was only the fifth time it has happened since coming up from the Conference, and given three of those occasions happened during the 2004-05 season, it's been an even more rare situation in recent years.
The occasion gives an opportunity to trawl through nearly 100 years worth of this site's database to pluck out both the club's biggest Football League era wins (excluding cup games, play-off matches etc), along with the bigger wins the club recorded prior to joining the Football League. The five times that the club have scored five goals or more in the Football League are as follows:
1. 18/09/2004 : Yeovil Town 6 Oxford United 1.
The club's record win at Football League level, and the only occasion that they've scored six goals since entering the League in 2003. A Phil Jevons hat-trick did the damage, whilst Andrejs Stolcers grabbed two and Kevin Gall got the other. Leading into the match, Oxford had only conceded three times in eight matches, so presumably didn't see that coming. The visitors were only a goal down at the break, but Graham Rix's team collapsed in the second half
2. 03/12/2016 : Yeovil Town 5 Crawley Town 0.
The only other occasion that the Glovers have recorded a five goal winning margin in the Football League. Saturday's win came as the strikers shared the goals around, with Tom Eaves, Ryan Hedges and substitute Francois Zoko scoring once, whilst Otis Khan grabbed the third and fourth goals on the day. The scoreline was particularly unexpected given that the Glovers went into the match as League Two's lowest goalscorers - not any more!
3. 26/03/2011 : Leyton Orient 1 Yeovil Town 5.
The club's record away win at Football League level. It also stands as the club's biggest win at third tier level, given that all of the other five or six goal hauls happened in League Two. The scoreline was helped somewhat by Orient having to play 76 minutes of the match with ten men after Matthew Spring got himself sent off. Shaun MacDonald took advantage, by scoring a hat-trick in the opening 42 minutes of the match, whilst Andy Welsh and Dean Bowditch got second half goals.
4. 09/04/2005 : Yeovil Town 5 Mansfield Town 2.
Another scoreline with an odd story behind it. Seven days previously, Glovers fans thought their side had pretty much thrown away promotion, with a damaging 2-0 away defeat against Rushden and Diamonds - their second defeat in a row and four in five games. Gary Johnson's decision was not to haul his side in for extra training - he instead told them to get out of Yeovil for four days to clear their heads, believing they were under too much pressure. They returned, and looked far more relaxed and rested, as two goals from Darren Way, and one each from Arron Davies, Michael Rose and Phil Jevons gave the 5-2 win. The Glovers didn't lose a match again that season, and went on to win the League Two title four games later.
5. 28/12/2004 : Cambridge United 3 Yeovil Town 5.
This Christmas holiday fixture saw the Glovers going into the match in a rich vein of form. They were to complete December with six straight wins, and a total of 19 goals scored. Five of them landed in at the Abbey Stadium. Two were scored by Phil Jevons, whilst Darren Way, Lee Johnson and Andrejs Stolcers completed the high scoring fixture, and guaranteed manager Gary Johnson the manager of the month award for December 2004.
Other Scorelines Worthy Of Note.
Prior to the club entering the Football League, there were a number of large scorelines recorded over the years. This site's database goes back as far as the club's entry into the Southern League in 1922 that saw the club known back then as Yeovil and Petters United move out of the amateur league structure, and to form the Yeovil Football and Athletic Club Limited company that houses Yeovil Town Football Club as it exists today. There's some caveats included, given that during the early seasons, the club often competed in multiple divisions during a single season, under the guise of a 'first team' structure, but where certain competitions were viewed as 'semi-Reserve Team' outings, often playing League clubs formal Reserve Teams.
Taking that 1922 benchmark onwards, these are the most notable scorelines:
Biggest Home Win: 24/01/1931 : Yeovil Town 12 Exeter City Reserves 0 (Western League Division One - biggest first team competition win since 1922)
06/10/1923 : Yeovil Town 12 Westbury United 1 (FA Cup First Qualifying Round - biggest FA Cup win)
27/12/1955 : Yeovil Town 10 Kidderminster Harriers 0 (Southern League - joint biggest Southern League win)
04/03/1961 : Yeovil Town 10 Bedford Town 0 (Southern League - joint biggest Southern League win)
05/10/2002 : Yeovil Town 6 Southport 0 (Conference League - biggest Conference-era League win)
Biggest Away Win: 28/02/1931 : Guildford City 1 Yeovil Town 7 (London Combination Division 2)
17/09/1936 : Torquay United Reserves 1 Yeovil Town 7 (Western League Division One)
01/09/1945 : Swindon Town Reserves 1 Yeovil Town 7 (Southern League)
Most Away Goals Scored: 09/09/1931 : Swindon Town Reserves 4 Yeovil Town 9 (Southern League Western Section)
Prior to 1922, we're relying upon manual inspection of what is often an incomplete set of results for each season. However, biggest win that can be found through visual inspection of the club's '100 Years' History book is a Somerset Senior League match against Street that took place on 30th April 1900, in which Yeovil Casuals (the Yeovil team that predated the merged Yeovil and Petters side) recorded a 14-0 victory. That would appear to be the absolute competitive biggest win since the club's inception as the Yeovil Casuals side in 1895.
Former Yeovil Town winger Jordan Gibbons appears to be attempting some sort of a comeback in the game. The 23 year old former Queen's Park Rangers player had been released by Yeovil Town at the end of the 2015-16 season, and in July 2016 announced that he was retiring from the professional game, despite trialling for Boreham Wood in pre-season, with a hip injury having badly scuppered his time at Huish Park, restricting him to just four appearances.
Gibbons did indicate that he was leaving the door open to a possible return on a part-time basis. He's now signed for Isthmian League Premier Division side Wingate and Finchley, who play in North-West London in the Barnet area. So far, Gibbons has made one appearance for them, featuring as a 39th minute substitute against Canvey Island on November 19th. He hasn't featured in the two fixtures that have followed, but their club have subsequently confirmed that he is the same player who turned out for QPR and Yeovil, and has registered to play for them.
For those who want to view match highlights from Saturday afternoon's 5-0 win over Crawley Town at Huish Park, these are now available online. Watch the goals fly in as Tom Eaves, Ryan Hedges, Otis Khan (twice) and Francois Zoko all get in on the act. Unsurprisingly in needing to pack in two minutes worth of highlights, that provides the lion's share of the footage, which can be watched via the YouTube clip below.
Following Saturday afternoon's 5-0 win over Crawley Town in League Two, Yeovil Town manager Darren Way spoke to the BBC. With questions from local journalist Chris Spittles in an interview for BBC Somerset, Darren's post-match verdict can be read in full via the link below.
Yeovil Town manager Darren Way said that it was a good feeling to see his team get above the 'green line' that took them into a play-off position in the League Two table for the first time. The Glovers ended the day in sixth position in the table - the first time they've been in that position in a meaningful way since the 2012-13 season when they were a League One side, and having spent much of the current campaign in the lower half of the table, they have gradually risen through a crowded mid-table pack to get there at the start of December.
Way came through the first anniversary of his appointment as manager at the club two days ago, and so the start of his second year as manager was a happy one, as he gained the biggest win of his management career. He told BBC Somerset that he was glad to see that his players stepped up to the challenge that he gave them:
"It's nice being in a year of management, with the work that everyone has put in, with the staff, players and everyone on the shop floor, to know today that we've climbed above that green line. So it's a good feeling. The vibe around the dressing room is fantastic. Some of the players have got unbelievable desire and belief to do well, and I think you can see that in their performance. They stepped up. I said that if you get into the play-offs you invite a little bit more pressure. We just wanted their decision-making to be spot on today, to deal with that pressure of knowing they could get into the play-offs, because the majority of this group have not had that opportunity."
Going into today's match at Huish Park, Yeovil Town were the division's lowest scorers - a problem that has dogged them somewhat during the season so far, with them having only won a match by more than a single goal margin on two occasions this season. As such, today's goal-fest came as something of a surprise. Way was glad to see that his players had taken their opportunities, and acknowledged that there had been criticism for not finishing games off in the past:
"I think the performance today was fantastic. I thank the supporters, because they deserved that. I think we've had a number of games since I've been manager where we've created chances like that but we've not taken the opportunities. We know that there's been a level of criticism aimed at our strikers because we've not scored enough goals. But having said that, we've got another clean sheet and a 5-0, and we climb above that green line. The players are so ambitious that they're actually telling each other let's get another goal. I know we could look at it in a negative way and say it was Crawley, but no we actually performed really well today. We exploited every weakness that they had, and the players played with an unbelievable desire and confidence."
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Yeovil Town gained their biggest win of the 2016-17 season as they thrashed Crawley Town 5-0 at Huish Park. In a one-sided encounter, the Sussex side were never really in the match at any stage, with the home side's front line running rampant throughout. Tom Eaves opened the scoring after he flicked an Otis Khan shot into the net. Then Eaves provided a flick-on for Ryan Hedges to score, and by half time it was 3-0 as Khan converted a Kevin Dawson cross. There was no letting up in the second period as Khan got his second of the day, as he followed up on a saved Hedges shot, and then Khan set up substitute Francois Zoko for Yeovil's fifth of the day, lifting them into 6th position and into the play-off slots for the first time.
The Glovers went into the match naming an unchanged line-up from the one that drew against Accrington Stanley last weekend, with the only alteration being on the bench as Matt Butcher returned from his suspension to displace Kyle Copp, who was the only fit player to miss out on the teamsheet. In the Crawley line-up, Matt Harrold (Achilles) and Lewis Young (suspended) missed out on their chance to play against their old clubs, leaving just former loanee Billy Clifford starting, whilst former trialist Conor Henderson sat on the bench.
Right from the start of the match, Crawley looked second best. Whilst Yeovil Town didn't have too many clear-cut chances, with a Ryan Dickson shot going wide of the target, they were on top in terms of play in the middle third, but as per recent matches they needed to make sure they created something before the game started drifting. They got that breakthrough 16 minutes into the match when Otis Khan got on the ball and sent a shot towards the far post. Rather than let it run, Tom Eaves flicked out at the ball, deliberately diverting it into the back of the net for the opening goal of the game.
That seemed to settle the Glovers down, whilst rattling Crawley. Alex Lacey headed over the crossbar from a corner, before just short of the half hour mark, Yeovil's lead was doubled. A long ball forward by Nathan Smith was flicked on by Tom Eaves, with the ball falling into the path of Ryan Hedges. He controlled the ball before firing home from just inside the box, to give a rare buffer at 2-0 up.
Crawley were poor, with Jordan Roberts' free kick that narrowly went over the bar one of very few chances they had. In fact, one of their best was created by Yeovil's own defence, as Alex Lacey's clearance ricocheted off the body of Nathan Smith for a corner. At the other end, Yeovil could have easily been 3-0 up when Tom Eaves forced Glenn Morris into a strong save from a header, and then crashed the rebound shot against the crossbar, before Kevin Dawson put the third attempt wide of the target. But the next goal was coming, and three minutes before the break, Dawson's cross into the box found Otis Khan, and the wide man netted from inside the box, to pretty much end the game as a contest, even before the half time cuppa.
The visitors' decision to perform a half time double substitution of both full-backs perhaps showed the dominance of Otis Khan and Ryan Hedges during the opening 45 minutes. A new pair were given a chance to plug the wide gaps, whilst Bevis Mugabi replaced Liam Shephard who had picked up a knock just before the break, as well as a caution that will almost certainly see him suspended next weekend. But Crawley's changes made little difference - six minutes into the half, Alex Lawless fed Ben Whitfield, and then those two wide men combined once again - Ryan Hedges had a shot that Glenn Morris saved, but Otis Khan was there to follow up the rebound.
Ryan Hedges and Tom Eaves threatened to combine for another as they provided a great flowing move between the pair, with a Hedges shot going just wide. Then Crawley had a fifteen minute period in which they vaguely looked as though they might get a consolation as Yeovil took their foot off the gas a little bit - a Adi Yussuf shot that was saved at the near post by an otherwise unoccupied Artur Krysiak was about as good as it got for them though. Yeovil's not so secret super sub though is Francois Zoko - every goal he's netted this season has been from the bench, and he needed just three minutes on the pitch to grab his fourth of the season. Once again the wide men were the destructors, as Ryan Hedges went on a run that found Otis Khan, and he set Zoko up to score the fifth and final goal of the afternoon.
Zoko could have had another if his shot in the final ten minutes had not been deflected out for a corner. But those five goals were good enough to lift them above Wycombe Wanderers on goals scored, and into the play-off positions in sixth place. There are of course 27 matches still left to play in the season, but with the club's unbeaten run now heading out to eight matches in League Two fixtures, the Glovers will feel that particularly their home form would stand them a chance of keeping themselves there. The biggest win of the season so far, for a side that had previously struggled to score goals, is not a bad way to get there.
Yeovil Town: 1. Artur Krysiak
2. Liam Shephard 6. Alex Lacey 3. Nathan Smith 11. Ryan Dickson (Capt)
7. Kevin Dawson 8. Alex Lawless 28. Ben Whitfield
10. Otis Khan 9. Tom Eaves 23. Ryan Hedges
Substitutes: 12. Jonny Maddison 5. Bevis Mugabi (46 mins for Liam Shephard) 13. Francois Zoko (70 mins for Tom Eaves) 14. Josh Ezewele 16. Matt Butcher 18. Omar Sowumni 19. Tahvon Campbell (78 mins for Ben Whitfield)
Crawley Town: 12. Glenn Morris
20. Aryan Tajbakhsh 5. Alex Davey 6. Mark Connolly 14. Andre Blackman
4. Josh Payne 8. Jimmy Smith 21. Adi Yussuf 18. Billy Clifford
11. Jordan Roberts 19. James Collins
Substitutes: 1. Mitchell Beeney 7. Enzio Boldewijn (46 mins for Andre Blackman) 16. Addison Garnett 17. Bobson Bawling (46 mins for Aryan Tajbakhsh) 24. Aliu Djalo 44. Conor Henderson (62 mins for Jordan Roberts) 33. Sanchez Watt
Yeovil Bookings: Liam Shephard (foul, 38 mins)
Crawley Bookings: Alex Davey (foul, 10 mins), Josh Payne (foul, 21 mins), Aryan Tajbakhsh (foul, 41 mins), Jordan Roberts (foul, 48 mins)
Yeovil Match Statistics: Possession: 53%; Shots: 18; Shots On Target: 6; Corners: 2; Fouls: 13.
Crawley Match Statistics: Possession: 47%; Shots: 7; Shots On Target: 2; Corners: 3; Fouls: 14.
Referee: Charles Breakspear (Surrey). Assistants: Adrian Tranter (Dorset) and Kevin Howick (Oxfordshire). Fourth Official: Lee Swabey (Devon).
Yeovil Town manager Darren Way has given a brief update on the circumstances affecting club captain Darren Ward. The 38 year old has been absent for the past fortnight, having last played in the home match against Colchester United, and is off the teamsheet for the League Two game against Crawley Town this afternoon.
Ward's problems relate to the knee injury that has plagued him throughout the year of 2016, right back to the snowbound away match against Morecambe, that saw him drop out of the squad for around five weeks after that. Ward had been back in the side having a consecutive run of games from mid-September onwards, with those twelve games coinciding with a run of stronger form for the Glovers.
He sat out last weekend's 1-1 draw with Accrington Stanley, and although the inference was that he was being 'rested' for that match, his absence for a second game would imply that it is a bit more than that. Darren Way told BBC Somerset that this was a decision made in conjunction with the club's doctor:
"Darren has had a problem with his knee that needs to be managed. We had that busy period and that busy week where we had extra time (against Solihull) and that was a big huge load on his knee joint, and then he played against Colchester. Just by speaking to the Club Doctor, she said it's best that we rest it. What we want to do is to make sure that it's got no inflammation around that joint. So the decision was made not to push him."
The club's other absentee, Matty Dolan, is expected to be out until just before Christmas with a hamstring injury.
Yeovil Town have chosen their starting line-up for this afternoon's League Two match against Crawley Town at Huish Park. The match sees the Glovers name an unchanged side compared to the team that played against Accrington Stanley on last Saturday.
There's also only one change to the bench. AFC Bournemouth loanee Matt Butcher has served a one match suspension for accumulating five bookings, and he comes back into the squad, displacing Kyle Copp, who is the only fit and available player to not make the teamsheet.
Captain Darren Ward missed last weekend's match due to swelling on his knee, and although that was described as 'precautionary' at the time, he's not made the squad for a second match running. Midfielder Matt Dolan has a hamstring injury that is expected to keep him out until just before Christmas, and so he continues to be absent. Midfielders Joe Lea and Ollie Bassett are on loan with Dorchester Town.
The team is as follows:
Yeovil Town: 1. Artur Krysiak
2. Liam Shephard 6. Alex Lacey 3. Nathan Smith 11. Ryan Dickson (Capt)
7. Kevin Dawson 8. Alex Lawless 28. Ben Whitfield
10. Otis Khan 9. Tom Eaves 23. Ryan Hedges
As part of the build-up to the League Two match against Crawley Town at Huish Park, Yeovil Town manager Darren Way spoke to the BBC. In an interview for BBC Somerset, Darren reflected on his year in charge of the club, his hopes for the Crawley game, on a day where so few of their rivals are playing, and also on the Christmas schedule. Read that interview via the link below.
Tomorrow afternoon's opponents Crawley Town will be without two former Yeovil Town players when they travel down to Huish Park. They will select a squad that will lack striker Matt Harrold and winger Lewis Young, with injury and suspension respectively stopping them from playing.
Harrold, aged 32, had scored one goal in ten appearances, and played the final nine minutes of their 3-2 win over Grimsby Town last weekend. However, he has suffered a tear in his Achilles that will keep him out for three months, meaning that if he does travel down it will merely be to see old friends.
Similarly, Young will not be able to play in Saturday's match due to picking up his fifth booking of the 2016-17 season during the same match against Grimsby. The 27 year old had made 23 appearances for Crawley this season, and so will be a more significant hole that needs filling for their match on Saturday.
Aside from Harrold and Young, Crawley also have midfielder Billy Clifford on their books, who had an acutely short loan spell with the Glovers during the 2013-14 season. He should be in their squad, having made 22 appearances this season, scoring one goal.
Yeovil Town's EFL Trophy opponents for next week will be under new management by the time they reach Huish Park. League One side Milton Keynes Dons are due to announce the arrival of Hearts management team Robbie Neilson and his assistant Stevie Crawford after they agreed compensation with the Scottish Premiership side to take them down south.
Milton Keynes have been without a manager since Karl Robinson left his post by mutual consent in October, after six-and-a-half years in the job. There had been media reports that they were attempting to recruit former Liverpool midfielder Steven Gerrard as a high profile replacement, but they fizzled out without consequence, and this week they've made their move for Neilson, with both clubs openly confirming that they had agreed a severance deal.
Assuming Neilson and Crawford agree personal terms, they will be properly unveiled today - the question is whether they watch from the stands or head directly to the dugouts for their FA Cup Second Round match against Charlton Athletic on Saturday. If they allow caretaker Richie Barker to take the team for one last game then it means that the Glovers will face a management team making their 'debut' two games running, with Barnet due to bring a new dugout team to Huish Park on December 10th.
Neilson is a 36 year old who played more than 200 games at Tyncastle as a defender between 1999 and 2009. He was appointed as their manager in 2014, and took to the job like a duck to water, winning the Scottish Championship in his first season with seven matches to spare. He took them to third place in their first season back in the Scottish Premiership, and currently has the club in second place, albeit eight points behind runaway leaders Celtic.
Neilson and Crawford will take over a side that were relegated from the Championship last season and have continued to flounder in the division below. They currently lie in 19th place in League One, and are just two points off the relegation zone.
The Glovers are due to play Milton Keynes in an EFL Trophy Second Round tie on Tuesday 6th December at Huish Park, kick-off 7.45p.m.
Officials for the League Two match between Yeovil Town and Crawley Town have been published by the Football League. The match takes place on Saturday 3rd December 2016, with a 3.00p.m. kick-off at Huish Park, and is a rearranged fixture following the postponement during November. The man in charge of the fixture will be referee Charles Breakspear
He was promoted in the summer of 2013 onto the Football League referees list. However, as it was his first season at the new level and we were in the Championship it took until the 2014-15 campaign when we met twice at League One level. The first was the September 2014 match against Crawley Town at the Broadfield Stadium. There he had a fairly quiet game, with just one booking, whilst Crawley's two second half goals that gave them a 2-0 win were more down to uncertain defending than dodgy refereeing.
We then had him for the home match against Walsall, which turned into a lively Tuesday night match from a referee's point of view. He managed to award a penalty to both sides - both decisions probably correct - but with both failing to hit the back of the net, with goalkeepers coming out on top, with Scott Loach our hero for the Walsall spot kick, whilst Adam Morgan had his saved. The referee was also put under the spotlight when Stephen Kingsley was stretchered off with a fractured cheekbone after a rather physical challenge by Tom Bradshaw - a lengthy chat with his assistant presumably concluded that neither he nor Mr Breakspear had seen the incident. On top of that, the referee booked six players - three each way - and there was just the feeling that he was a bit too involved in the game. Manager Terry Skiverton certainly took that line, feeling that the Kingsley incident had affected the referee's judgement saying "after that, the referee seemed to take a bit of a backtrack, and I think he lost the game ... I just felt that they all seemed to lose the plot within the game."
We had him three times during the 2015-16 season. The first was an October 2015 home match against Mansfield Town. This game had an extraordinary end to it, with the Stags scoring their goal 99 minutes and 41 seconds into the match. Whilst this was deep into injury time, there was some justification for it as lengthy injuries to Artur Krysiak and Stephen Arthurworrey had resulted in several second half delays, although we had gone marginally beyond the signalled nine minutes and suspect the free kick that Reggie Lambe scored from would have been the final action of the game. Otherwise, the referee had a fairly decent game. After that, he was present for the Boxing Day match against Plymouth Argyle. We lost 1-0, and he booked five players across both teams, but we don't recall any hackles being raised.
The final match of the trio came at the tail end of the 2015-16 campaign. He took charge of the 1-1 draw against Northampton Town which on the whole was a decent game. However, we felt the longer the game went on, the more the referee seemed to be getting wrapped up in the match, rather than taking charge of it. Three bookings in the final five minutes looked over the top within the context of the rest of the match where he'd adopted a very lenient approach to it all.
Our most recent meeting came in September 2016, when he took charge of the 1-2 home defeat against Hartlepool United. This game was frustrating on many levels, notably in that the visitors had clearly come to Huish Park with plans to timewaste. Mr Breakspear did book their goalkeeper Trevor Carson for multiple infringements, and also added on additional time to reflect what Pools had been doing. However, it did rather grate that Hartlepool got their winning goal during the time added on for some of the timewasting. Technically correct, but it felt a bit morally unjust. In fairness to him, we didn't play well during the second period, and the match was slowly eroding from our grasp.
He's rapidly been moved through the divisions, with his 2013 promotion being his fourth move up the lists in four seasons, and given that he attained that at the age of 24, it would suggest he is one of the officials the authorities are hoping to fast-track through the system - sometimes that works, sometimes it doesn't. Last season he was very top heavy with the number of players he booked - 142 cautions and four dismissals across 37 matches is one serious hit rate, whilst his 86 bookings and four red cards from 19 matches during 2016-17 suggests more of the same.
Mr Breakspear will be assisted by Adrian Tranter (Dorset) and Kevin Howick (Oxfordshire). The Fourth Official will be Lee Swabey (Devon).
Former Yeovil Town loanee Liam Walsh has been nominated for a Premier League 2 Player Of The Month Award. The nomination for November 2016, is based on the Everton midfielder's performances in the newly set-up league for clubs who have a EPPP Category 1 Academy set-up which covers the majority of Premier League sides and a number of the larger Championship set-ups.
Walsh has been a regular starter in Everton's Under-23 side that plays in the Premier League 2 set-up, despite being just 19 years old, with media outlets such as the Liverpool Echo believing he is now running close to being given some sort of exposure within Everton's first team squad. The Toffees made the decision that they would not loan Walsh out to any club during the first half of this season, and it would appear that is going to plan for them.
In total he's scored four times in 13 appearances, having made 11 starts at that level, whilst he has also managed two starts for Everton's academy side as part of their participation in the EFL Trophy Group Stages, which included captaining the side against Bolton Wanderers.
Walsh has been nominated alongside three other players, with Ben Woodburn of Liverpool, Josh Sims of Southampton, and Swansea City striker Oliver McBurnie making up the quartet. The winner gets announced on Friday 9th December.
Yeovil Town will have to manage without midfielder Matt Dolan until just before Christmas, definitely ruling him out of this weekend's match against Crawley Town. The 23 year old had been an ever-present during the 2016-17 season, playing in every minute of every competition - up until the point at which he limped off the field in the 42nd minute of the 2-1 win over Colchester United last month.
Manager Darren Way has confirmed at today's press conference that Dolan will be out for "two or three weeks" with a hamstring injury, implying that he might just about sneak back into contention prior to the club's trip to Carlisle United on December 17th, but more realistically could be looking at the Boxing Day visit of Exeter City to Huish Park.
Way has indicated that is the club's only current injury concern, which would imply that captain Darren Ward's knee problem that stopped him playing in last weekend's trip to Accrington Stanley is now resolved. One player who will definitely return is midfielder Matt Butcher, who has served a one match suspension.
Teenage pair Ollie Bassett and Joe Lea are currently out on loan at Dorchester Town.
League Two side Barnet have lost their manager Martin Allen today, after he decided to take up a job in the league below. The 51 year old has decided to join National League side Eastleigh, bringing to an end his fourth management spell with the Bees. He leaves behind a Barnet side who are having an excellent season, currently lying in eighth place in the League Two table - currently kept off the play-off positions on goal difference.
Eastleigh have been bringing in a number of high profile players over the last year or so, with former Glovers Ryan Bird, Jake Howells and Bondz N'Gala all on their books. However, they lie in 9th place in the National League table, and eight points off the play-offs, and lost their manager Ronnie Moore yesterday after he resigned due to "personal circumstances", leaving them hunting for their third manager of the 2016-17 season.
It seems that Eastleigh's reaction was to get straight onto the phone to the Hive Stadium - Barnet acknowledge that they received an approach on Wednesday - and Barnet Chairman Tony Kleanthous admitted that had come as a surprise to him:
"Martin has asked to be released from his contract so he can join Eastleigh. The approach came out of the blue yesterday but it was quite clear that Martin had decided that he wanted to take the opportunity they were offering to him. He leaves with our best wishes having done a great job helping to rebuild the football club after our relegation into the National League. Our promotion two years ago was one of my highlights as Chairman and I was always aware Martin would be in demand as a result."
Barnet have put Development Team coach Rossi Eames in charge for the time being. He will be assisted by Academy manager Henry Newman. Although Yeovil Town have two fixtures to play before that match arrives, due to the FA Cup Second Round weekend, Barnet's next first team fixture comes on Saturday 10th December, when they will travel to play Yeovil Town in a League Two fixture. Unless Kleanthous moves quickly in his recruitment, that will be Eames' first game in charge.
Yeovil Town will be holding a minute's silence prior to their League Two match against Crawley Town on Saturday. The match takes place at Huish Park on Saturday 3rd December, with a 3.00p.m. kick-off, but before it commences, both teams and the crowd will be asked to show a mark of respect following the recent air accident that involved Brazilian football team Chapecoense.
The plane was carrying 77 people who were travelling from Santa Cruz de la Sierra in Bolivia, to Medellin in Colombia. Most of the 71 people who died were associated with the football club, whether as players, officials or journalists. The Brazillian side had been due to play the first leg of the Copa Sudamericana final against Colombian side Atletico Nacional.
Both Yeovil Town and Crawley Town players plan to wear black armbands on the day to show their own personal respect to those who lost their lives.
League Two side Newport County have parted company with their Club Secretary, with reports that he 'cannot work' with new manager Graham Westley. Former Football Association representative Graham Bean has quit his role after just three weeks in the position describing his working relationship as 'untenable', according to BBC Wales Sport. Newport have since confirmed Bean's departure, but have gone for the approach of not elaborating on the reasons for the departure.
The Daily Star goes for the opposite approach, suggesting that a row broke out between Westley and club staff that has led to accusations of bullying against Westley, with claims that the manager himself had resigned earlier in the week, before performing a u-turn 24 hours later. The implication is that this then led to Bean's resignation.
The national paper suggests that the row broke out following the choice of hotel selected for Newport County's trip to Blackpool last weekend, that saw them stay on the Friday night in Preston. Westley apparently complained about his squad being located on the Ground floor of the hotel, rather than on the top floor, and that his room was situated close to an ice-making machine. Westley blamed Newport's club staff for this situation - with presumably Bean at the centre of that - whilst the Star suggests the hotel booking was made by an external travel company, rather than by Newport staff.
The claim is that Westley himself is now 'under investigation' regarding the accusations of bullying - Newport neither confirm nor deny that in their statement. However, Westley's departure from Preston North End back in February 2013 was accompanied by reports of some rather unconventional preparation for their match against Yeovil Town, at the hotel they stated in prior to the game, with Westley losing his job after a Tuesday night 3-1 defeat. Bean himself has given his views to South Wales Argus, and whilst he also doesn't elaborate on the exact nature of the problems, he does confirm it was a case of Westley going, or himself resigning:
"I have left the club. Graham Westley is an impossible man to work with. Iíve been in the game for 20 years and I very rarely fall out with anyone but he needs to learn some manners and start treating people with some respect. I reported my concerns about him to the board and if he were to leave the club Iíd consider returning. But thereís no way Iíd be prepared to work with someone of his character. There are some good people behind the scenes at Newport County who work hard for the club and I wish them all the best for the future. But if they stick with Westley then I fear for them."
Older Yeovil Town supporters will recall when Westley first began to get noticed by Yeovil Town supporters whilst he was the manager of Farnborough Town. His legendary elongated ejection from the Avenue Stadium, Dorchester - where the Glovers were staging a 2002-03 season Conference league match unsurprisingly saw Westley charged by the Football Association, both for his sending off, and for the rail-clinging aftermath that saw stewards and police have to intervene to get him out of the stadium. The FA's charges against Westley at the time were heard by their new Compliance Officer, who was ... Mr Graham Bean - the very same person! So there may be a little bit of 'history' involved there.
Bean was the first Compliance Officer appointed at the Football Association, who joined the body in 1999 as a former policeman, to help repair the broken image football had within its ranks. However, he resigned from his post five years later, in the wake of his investigation into Boston United's financial corruption in 'winning' the 2001-02 Conference League title, and the FA's rather woeful lack of action once Boston's charges were found to be proven. Bean's resignation was broadly assumed at the time to imply that he felt the FA's Disciplinary Commission had failed to address the seriousness of what he had uncovered.
By November 2006 he probably felt vindicated, as manager Steve Evans and Chairman Pat Malkinson were given criminal convictions for tax fraud, on top of the non-criminal rule breaches for which Evans, Malkinson and Boston United were found guilty of.
Former Yeovil Town striker Adam Morgan admitted that his head was gone during his time at Huish Park, citing his own internal frustrations as having caused his downfall from being a promising Liverpool academy player. The 22 year old's time with the Glovers won't feature too highly in any history books, with his 19 appearances providing just one goal from the penalty spot, as he dipped in and out of the playing side under three separate managers.
However, that was a far cry from the sort of expectations the club - and probably Morgan himself - had when he arrived at the club in late autumn 2013, as a player who was about to drop out of Liverpool's academy system, despite having briefly represented them in the Europa League. His time with the Glovers was ended early, with a loan spell at St Johnstone failing to ignite his career, whilst a further spell with Accrington Stanley rapidly fizzled out.
Morgan's profile in the national media has recently had a bit of a renaissance for happier reasons, thanks to his involvement with National League North side Curzon Ashton, who he joined in October, having had a rather nomadic 2016 that took in Colwyn Bay and Hemel Hempstead. Five goals in five games, including three goals across the two ties against Westfields that took them into the FA Cup Second Round that takes place this weekend. With Curzon playing AFC Wimbledon in a televised match, suddenly the media focus has fallen on Curzon, and their players.
Up until now, Morgan has not commented on the circumstances that saw him rapidly fall from grace down the leagues, but in an interview with ITV Sport he has given his own views on why he fell from Europa League football, to non-league crowds of under 200. He admits that he underestimated how hard it would be to adapt to the Football League:
"Looking back, obviously it was a lot harder to adapt than I originally thought. When I went to Yeovil they were in the Championship, I didnít step down three leagues or anything like that, as I had the ambition to step back up to the top league. Things donít always happen the way you want them to or the way you expect them to. I was more than confident that I could have played week in, week out at Yeovil in the Championship, but for whatever reason Ė things went on behind the scenes Ė but thatís football and these things happen and you have to move on."
Morgan's failure at Huish Park was replicated when he moved to Accrington, with him only making three appearances before being shown the door. He insisted that the reasons why things didn't work out there or at Yeovil lay purely in football terms, rather than anything going on away from the training ground:
"When I went to Accrington I didnít really play, but I enjoyed my time there, I liked the manager there, itís just unfortunate that my head space wasnít right when I was there. Only football things distracted me: from doing so well at Liverpool to not doing so well at Yeovil, and Iíd jumped down the leagues quicker than what I should have. Accrington is a great club and so is Yeovil, but it didnít work for me and Iíd wanted it to so much that it played with my head. It was the definition of your head going; I wasnít enjoying it, not because I didnít like the clubs, just because I didnít like the way I was performing or I wasnít get the opportunities I wanted, but thatís down to me. My head went as I was finding it hard, so I had to step down, reassess and now Iím looking to go back and turn around my career."
In both interviews with the Liverpool Echo and ITV Sport, Morgan tends to gloss over his experiences at Colwyn Bay and Hemel Hempstead, telling both media outlets that he was 'maintaining fitness' there. The views of those two clubs managers are rather more caustic. He says that he has not attempted to find a job outside football, even though Curzon are part time, as he still holds an ambition to break back into League football in the future.
My short-term goal is to score goals for Curzon and whatever happens after that happens. Iíve always believed you donít lose your talent over night, people donít say nice things about you for no reason; itís just about getting your consistency back. Iím doing well at the minute, as Iím happy, Iím enjoying playing football and Iím able to show my goalscoring talents. I believe playing anywhere, with a run of games, Iíd score goals and thatís what is hopefully going to happen now. Iíve just got to prove people wrong now and prove myself right as Iíve never stopped believing in my ability."