Yeovil Town Ladies have been given an away draw in the Fifth Round of the FA Women's Cup. This is the first time that the Ladies have been drawn out of the hat this late on in the competition - part of their new privileges as an FAWSL1 club. They will face a trip to play Notts County Ladies, who are also in the top flight of Women's Football - something that will give the female Glovers an early idea of what standard they need to meet for the FAWSL1 Spring Series that commences in April.
The full draw is as follows:
1 Notts County Ladies v Yeovil Town Ladies
2 Liverpool v Everton
3 Arsenal v Tottenham Hotspur
4 Sunderland AFC Ladies v Aston Villa
5 Birmingham City v West Bromwich Albion
6 Bristol City Women's v Millwall Lionesses
7 Manchester City v Reading Women
8 Chelsea LFC v Doncaster Rovers Belles
All ties are due to be played on or around Sunday 19th March 2017.
Following Saturday's 2-0 defeat against Cheltenham Town at Whaddon Road, Yeovil Town midfielder Matty Dolan spoke to the BBC. With questions from local journalist Chris Spittles, in an interview for BBC Somerset, Matt gives his views on the performance and the way the goals were conceded. Read it in full via the link below.
Yeovil Town midfielder Ollie Bassett netted a superb strike for Dorchester Town yesterday afternoon, as he scored his fourth goal for the Magpies this season. The 18 year old came on as a substitute in his temporary side's 2-0 win over Dunstable Town and also provided the assist for their second goal, in a highly influential performance on the day.
Ollie was not initially selected in Dorchester's starting line-up, but was introduced as a 37th minute substitute, following a serious injury to Dorchester defender (and former Yeovil Town player) Gary Bowles, who has just returned to the club. Bowles suffered an ankle injury that saw him stretchered off, and Bassett was his replacement.
Eight minutes after he got onto the pitch, Bassett dispossessed Dunstable captain Adam Pepera, ran forward around 10 yards, before hitting a looped 25 yard shot into the back of the net, right on the stroke of half time, to give Dorchester a 1-0 lead.
Bassett continued to cause Dunstable's defence problems in the second half, as a 30 yard drive was saved by keeper Jack Smith. He then provided a threaded pass that almost put Jordan Williams in at the back post. But four minutes into second half injury time, Bassett was involved in the crucial second goal - a run down the middle of the park saw him feign to pass wide then threaded a low pass down the middle to set up Forest Green loanee Ollie Mehew who finished inside the box, for a 2-0 win.
That was Bassett's 19th appearance for Dorchester, and his fourth goal, spread across his three loan spells during the 2016-17 season. The result leaves Dorchester in 18th place in the table, and six points off the relegation spots, with twelve games to go. They are next in action on Saturday, when Slough Town visit the Avenue Stadium.
Dorchester Town: Shane Murphy, Jason Brookes, Neil Martin, Jon Vance, Nathan Walker (C), Gary Bowles (Ollie Bassett, 37 mins), Tom Blair (Ollie Mehew, 73 mins), Matt Oldring, Lewis Powell (Ben Wood, 68 mins ), Franklyn Clarke, Jordan Williams
The Green and White Supporters Club have set their travel plans for the forthcoming League Two match against Notts County. The match takes place at Meadow Lane on Saturday 25th February 2017, with a 3.00p.m. kick-off. Departure times and prices are listed as follows:
Notts County : Saturday 25th February 2017. Huish Park: 10.15a.m. Adult Members: £28.00; Member Concessions: £26.00 Adult Non-Members: £30.00; Non-Member Concessions: £28.00
To place your booking, send a text message to Paul Hadlow on 07736 044570. If you want to call him please only do so after 6.00p.m. You can also reach him at email@example.com
Remember in all cases to ensure you make clear which match you are booking for, your full name (and any other names you are booking for) and a contact telephone number. You may be asked to pay a deposit of £5.00 to reserve your seat for the trip.
For those who want to see match highlights of yesterday's 2-0 defeat against Cheltenham Town, these are now available online. As well as the two Cheltenham goals from Tin Plavotic and Billy Waters, you can also view the penalty decision for the second goal. There are also first half efforts that saw Tom Eaves almost set up a chance from the flank that Cheltenham keeper Scott Brown parried out, and the best Yeovil chance of the game that saw Jean-Louis Akpa Akpro strike the outside of the post. View the video via the YouTube clip below.
Following Saturday afternoon's 2-0 defeat against Cheltenham Town at Whaddon Road, Yeovil Town manager Darren Way spoke to the BBC about the game. With questions from local journalist Chris Spittles, in an interview for BBC Somerset, Darren's thoughts on the defeat can be read in full via the link below.
Yeovil Town have issued a statement relating to an incident that occurred in the Whaddon Road End of the ground at this afternoon's League Two match against Cheltenham Town. The problems broke out around the 74th minute of the match, shortly after the Glovers had made their third substitution of the match, and lasted a couple of minutes, with around two people being led out at the end of the incident.
As far as we are aware, there were no injuries. There were no Cheltenham Town fans involved in the incident. General opinion of fans in the area was that it was sparked after there was open dissent to the choice of the substitution from a number of fans who booed when Tom Eaves was withdrawn from the field of play.
The club's complete statement read as follows:
"Yeovil Town Football Club are aware of reports, footage and imagery regarding supporter disorder in the away end at Cheltenham Town this afternoon. The Football Club is proud of its family supporter base and reputation within the EFL, and take issues regarding supporter disorder very seriously. The club will endeavour to work with Cheltenham Town and the authorities to identify those involved and take the appropriate action."
At present, it's not clear whether the person(s) removed from the stadium were merely ejected, or whether there were any arrests in connection with the incident.
If you watched Saturday afternoon's 2-0 defeat against Cheltenham Town at Whaddon Road, don't forget to cast your Man of the Match votes. Choose your top three players from the match, plus entertainment and performance ratings along with any other comments you want to make on the game, using the form below.
Yeovil Town fell to a 2-0 defeat against relegation-threatened Cheltenham Town at Whaddon Road this afternoon. On a pitch that broke up straight from the kick-off, a poor quality first half saw the Robins assume control after the break. On loan Tin Plavotic headed home the opening goal from a free kick three minutes into the second half, and the match was finished off by a Billy Waters penalty after Matt Butcher had fouled inside the box, with the Glovers falling apart badly from the moment the opening goal was scored. They slip to 17th place, with one win in thirteen league matches a growing concern.
The Glovers went into the match making two changes to their Tuesday night line-up. Captain Darren Ward returned to the side, with Bevis Mugabi dropping off the teamsheet due to a knee injury. Up front, Jean-Louis Akpa Akpro came in for Ben Whitfield. Cheltenham's first team squad containes Aaron Downes, James Dayton and Liam Davis, who all have Glovers connections, but all three were absent through injury.
The pitch at Whaddon Road is groundshared with Gloucester City, and at the end of this season, the Robins will be ceasing their agreement with the Tigers. It was not hard to see why. With both goalmouths full of sand and the pitch cutting up rapidly from the start, the first half was a poor quality one. Cheltenham had a marginal edge on the first 30 minutes, as they used aerial balls to deliver crosses into the box, although Kyle Wootton and Carl Winchester's efforts went over the bar.
The only Yeovil player to really show any good attacking intent was Jean-Louis Akpa Akpro, although his first two attempts weren't going to worry the home side - one struck the upper roof of the away stand, whilst the other was a tame effort that was easily saved by home keeper Scott Brown.
Yeovil's progress in the half wasn't helped by yet another injury to Ryan Dickson. He was the victim of a first half head injury, followed by a foul five minutes later. It seemed the leg problem was the one that defeated him, prompting a defensive reshuffle, as Alex Lacey replaced him, forcing Matt Butcher to play as a left back. As the end to a rather turgid second half closed, Yeovil created their best two efforts on goal - one saw a Tom Eaves low cross clawed away by Scott Brown, leaving the ball in the middle of goal and on the six yard line, but with no Yeovil player within 10 yards of the loose ball. Then in injury time, Akpa Akpro fashioned the best chance from either team, as he managed to dig out a shot in a crowded goalmouth, which pinged off the outside of the goalpost, but out for a goal kick.
Cheltenham made a half time substitution with Carl Winchester coming off, and three minutes later they took the lead with a well-executed free kick. Francois Zoko had fouled Kyle Wootton wide on the left, and when Tommy Rowe curled in the set piece, Tin Plavotic was well placed to head the ball into the far post, for a 1-0 lead.
On a pitch where passing play was going to be difficult, getting a goal back would be a hard job, but it seemed to be the cue for Yeovil Town to fade badly, and for the Robins to assume control of the match. Cheltenham should have been 2-0 up when a ball put over the top by Jack Barthram saw the Glovers back line attempt to play the offside trap, effectively giving Billy Waters a free hit on goal. Thankfully, he hooked his shot over the bar.
No such mercy just beyond the hour mark. With the game getting a bit fractious, with a few wild tackles swinging in, Matt Butcher swung a boot for the ball inside his own box. Unfortunately for him, he missed the ball and connected with Kyle Wootton's stomach. The end result was a penalty kick, which Billy Waters dispatched for a 2-0 lead.
Yeovil's second half performance was unstructured and increasingly poor. Ben Whitfield replaced Alex Lawless immediately after the second goal, but his side had lost control of the midfield since the break. An increasingly irate away support loudly booed the decision to take Tom Eaves off, with Omar Sowunmi replacing him, leading to some fairly ugly scenes as fighting broke out amongst fans Yeovil for a brief period, leading to two being shown the exit.
Matt Butcher was forced to bring down Billy Waters as he raced through on goal - thankfully there were covering defenders, but there was no doubt that he was 'taking one for the team' as Cheltenham threatened a third. Any hope of Yeovil getting a foothold in the match wasn't helped by Darren Ward getting a head injury that took him off the pitch for five minutes, whilst he got a head bandage to patch himself up. It was ragged, and there was never a point in the match where it looked like Yeovil would get back into the match. They got what they deserved - nothing - seeing them slip one place down to 17th. However, the statistic of one win in thirteen matches is the one that concerns the most, and the gradual slide on some of the team performances is one that needs to be arrested as soon as possible.
Scorers: Tin Plavotic (48 mins, 1-0), Billy Waters (63 mins, 2-0, pen)
Cheltenham Town: 1. Scott Brown
23. Emmanuel Onariase 15. William Boyle 32. Tin Plavotic
2. Jack Barthram 27. Carl Winchester 7. Harry Pell 18. James Rowe 24. Daniel O'Shaughnessy
19. Kyle Wootton 8. Billy Waters
Substitutes: 4. Kyle Storer (46 mins for Carl Winchester) 11. Jack Munns 12. Calum Kitscha 14. Asa Hall 21. James Dayton 30. Dan Holman 36. Diego De Girolamo
Yeovil Town: 1. Artur Krysiak
2. Liam Shephard 26. Darren Ward 16. Matt Butcher 11. Ryan Dickson (Capt)
7. Kevin Dawson 8. Alex Lawless 4. Matt Dolan
31. Jean-Louis Akpa Akpro 9. Tom Eaves 13. Francois Zoko
Substitutes: 12. Johnny Maddison 5. Alex Lacey (33 mins for Ryan Dickson) 17. Omar Sowunmi (72 mins for Tom Eaves) 19. Brandon Goodship 28. Ben Whitfield (64 mins for Alex Lawless) 32. Tom James 39. Shayon Harrison
Cheltenham Town Bookings: Harry Pell (56 mins, foul), Billy Waters (58 mins, foul), Scott Brown (89 mins, timewasting)
Yeovil Bookings: Tom Eaves (41 mins, foul), Matt Butcher (74 mins, foul), Francois Zoko (88 mins)
Cheltenham Town Match Statistics: Possession: 50%; Shots: 10; Shots On Target: 5; Corners: 4; Fouls: 16.
Yeovil Match Statistics: Possession: 50%; Shots: 6; Shots On Target: 2; Corners: 3; Fouls: 14.
Referee: Darren England (South Yorkshire). Assistants: Ian Smedley (Derbyshire) and John Law (Worcestershire). Fourth Official: Andrew Newbold (Leicestershire).
Attendance: 3,347 (with 545 Yeovil Town supporters).
Yeovil Town have chosen their starting line-up for this afternoon's League Two match against Cheltenham Town at Whaddon Road. The match sees the Glovers name two changes compared to the team that played against Cambridge United on Tuesday night. Captain Darren Ward replaces Bevis Mugabi who drops out of the squad entirely after he picked up a knee injury on Tuesday night. Barnet loanee Jean-Louis Akpa Akpro comes in displacing Ben Whitfield who is on the bench.
Football League rules on loan players mean the Glovers have to leave two players sat in the stand. Today these are and Milton Keynes Dons winger Kabongo Tshimanga and Swansea City loanee Owain Jones. Other absentees due to injuries include Otis Khan (ankle) and defender Nathan Smith (dead leg).
Midfielder Joe Lea is on loan with Gosport Borough, whilst midfielder Ollie Bassett is on loan with Dorchester Town.
The team is as follows:
Yeovil Town: 1. Artur Krysiak
2. Liam Shephard 26. Darren Ward 16. Matt Butcher 11. Ryan Dickson (Capt)
7. Kevin Dawson 8. Alex Lawless 4. Matt Dolan
31. Jean-Louis Akpa Akpro 9. Tom Eaves 13. Francois Zoko
Substitutes: 12. Johnny Maddison 5. Alex Lacey 17. Omar Sowunmi 19. Brandon Goodship 28. Ben Whitfield 32. Tom James 39. Shayon Harrison
Yeovil Town manager Darren Way and Cheltenham Town boss Gary Johnson maintain that there is plenty of respect for each other, despite coming up as opposition managers in this afternoon's League Two clash. The duo, who were as player and manager part of the Glovers' rise up from non-league football, have been apart now for two years since Johnson left Huish Park at the end of his second spell with the club, but inevitably any reunion brings out plenty of old footage.
They've already met this season as rival managers, in September 2016's 4-2 win, whilst Gary has also stood in the opposition dugout during his Bristol City days, whilst Way was on the books of Swansea City. So this situation isn't quite the novelty it may have been on previous encounters. However, it is an important one particularly for Johnson's 22nd place side, who lie just above the relegation on goal difference. Way told BBC Points West that although they would be competing against each other that there was a lot of mutual respect between them:
"There is a lot of respect between both of us. You know what it's like on a Saturday. He'll be looking to gain three points and I'll be looking to do the same. When the players cross that white line, then it's out of your control. He came in our office last time and it was quite brief, after a defeat. But it's important to stay humble and honest, because it's never nice after a defeat, but there's one thing that we have got, and that's mutual respect."
Way's main experience of Johnson came across a five year period when he worked under him as a player, rising from the Conference and into League One across two promotions. The current Yeovil boss said that it was easy to see how that had been built up:
"He sort of enabled us to create that environment, and the environment that we wanted to work in. He built a group of players that became winners, and that's what it takes in football management."
Johnson said that now they were rival managers, they perhaps didn't talk as much as they have done in the past. But he said that even from afar, he could see the attributes that Way had in terms of his own management style:
"I think he's passionate for it. Terry Skiverton had the same before Daz when he was manager there. Daz has got it as well, and it's a passion for the game, where you leave no stone unturned, and you've got to deal with it. You're not only dealing with the people on the pitch such as the players, you're dealing with the people off the pitch - directors, supporters, media and he seems to be doing it very well. We're both in each other's thoughts all the time. It's only professionally that we don't make contact as often as we would like."
Yeovil Town are looking for a new Manager for their Under-18s side. Working under the job title of Professional Development Phase Lead Coach, the appointed person would report to the Academy Manager - a position that is also currently unfilled following the resignation of Geoff Harrop.
The responsibilities of the position advertised will be to lead the coaching programme for the Under-18 group, accrding to the Academy coaching syllabus. They will have to coordinate paperwork relating to that age group, including teamsheets and registration forms. They will be responsible for ensuring health and safety checks are carried out, and to endorse the Academy code of conduct.
As well as being CRB-checked, the applicant will need to hold a UEFA A Licence and hold the FA Advance Youth Award, or be working towards it. The club's Academy are accepting applications via Kelly Roberts at firstname.lastname@example.org by Friday 24th February, with interviews expected to take place during the week commencing February 27th.
During the 2015-16 season, when the Academy was reestablished, former Swindon Town coach David Byrne was appointed to that position, as a former player who worked under Paul Sturrock at Swindon. He left at the end of that season, with former Norwich City and Bristol Rovers player Jamie Shore coming in for the start of the 2016-17 season. Shore appeared to leave the club partway through with former Glovers striker Adrian Foster taking over the reins, although without an announcement from the club as to whether this was a permanent or interim appointment. They are now advertising for that same position again, meaning that this would be the club's fourth Under-18s manager in under two years.
The club had also advertised for an Academy Manager as a replacement for Geoff Harrop, who is now Torquay United's General Manager. Applications for that position close today, with the club expected to interview for the position sometime next week. They have already appointed former first team manager Steve Rutter as the Academy's Head Of Coaching, which will report to the Academy Manager - Rutter started work at the club on February 1st
Officials for the League Two match between Cheltenham Town and Yeovil Town have been published by the Football League. The match takes place on Saturday 18th February 2017 at Whaddon Road, with a 3.00p.m. kick-off. The man in charge of the fixture will be referee Darren England (South Yorkshire).
He is fairly new to the circuit as a Football League referee, having been appointed in the summer of 2015 and we had him twice during the 2015-16 season. The first came when we travelled to play AFC Wimbledon at Kingsmeadow. We thought he had a decent game, with just two bookings - both against the home side. We also were awarded a penalty kick after Kevin Dawson was brought down inside the box, giving Jack Compton his hattrick on the day. As we recall, a lot of Wimbledon fans down that end were rather aggrieved at the decision, but when we saw it on video later in the weekend, it looked like a valid decision to our (green-tinted) eyes.
He then turned up five weeks later at Mansfield Town. From our point of view, he had a good game, with just one booking for each side. We had some good fortune in that there were appeals for a penalty when Nathan Smith challenged inside the box, whilst the Stags also questioned whether Artur Krysiak had stepped outside his area during the first half whilst handling the ball. We thought Mansfield might make an issue of both incidents after the game, but surprisingly they didn't - perhaps they were too stunned at Ryan Dickson's 90th minute winning goal to remember what had happened in the first half.
Mr England will be assisted by Ian Smedley (Derbyshire) and John Law (Worcestershire). The Fourth Official will be Andrew Newbold (Leicestershire).
When Yeovil Town take on Cheltenham Town during Saturday afternoon, the man in the opposition dugout will need no introduction. His name is of course Gary Johnson, who gave the club three promotions and one FA Trophy, even if that Midas Touch went a little bit pear-shaped during the final few months of his second tenure with ourselves.
Gary left Yeovil Town on February 2nd 2015 and was out of work for just under two months, with him arriving at Whaddon Road on March 30th 2015. He completed his 100th game in charge for Cheltenham on Tuesday night and has now done 1,070 games as a first team manager across all his clubs. At the time he took over at Whaddon Road, they were bottom of the league, and he was their fourth manager of the 2014-15 season. Hence there was little blame attached when he was at the helm at the time of their relegation, with most of the damage being done upstream.
Given that a year later, he took Cheltenham straight back up - the first club to win the Conference/National League the season after being relegated for 27 years - any memories of his first month in charge would be firmly banished. For now anyway. The problem that Gary faces at present, is that Cheltenham go into Saturday's game above the relegation line by just one single goal - if 23rd placed Leyton Orient scored one more then both teams will have identical records, and we'll all end up having to examine the small print in the Football League rulebook to work out how to separate them.
Cheltenham have spent most of the season either in the relegation zone or just above it, and so their current predicament comes as no surprise, although with just a third of the season left, inevitably things are getting a bit twitchy up there. Their problems have much to do with what happened when they got promoted back into the Football League. As with Yeovil Town in 2002-03, Johnson decided to reward the bulk of his title winning squad with the opportunity to prove themselves at the higher level. In Yeovil's case it worked as we gained promotion again within two years, but in Cheltenham's case it hasn't and the new rules regarding the transfer window meant that they had to wait half a season before they could contemplate any squad overhaul.
The other problem they faced during the first half of that 2016-17 season was that almost all of the new players recruited to supplement the core of the National League title winning squad made much of an impact. None of the six loan players that they used during the first half of the season have remained, and of their permanent signings only defender Daniel O'Shaughnessy has managed to keep a place in the side. Glovers fans with good memories of our September 2016 4-2 win may recall Cheltenham's right flank being destroyed during the first half of that game - teenage loanees Easah Suliman and Jonathan Smith are now back at their parent clubs.
Not too surprisingly, Johnson tried to shake it up during the January transfer window. The signing of Oldham Athletic midfielder Carl Winchester looked an astute one, and whilst Liam Davis saw his Yeovil Town career disappear in a series of injury problems,. his signing has bolstered their squad from early showings. They also brought in Will Boyle from Huddersfield Town, along with six new loan players. Of those, goalkeeper Scott Brown (Wycombe Wanderers) and striker Kyle Wootton (Scunthorpe United) appear to be particularly key.
Cheltenham's problem now is one of consistency, both in terms of line-ups and in terms of performance. With a new squad to blend in, Johnson has yet to establish a formula for success, and has used three different formations in their last three fixtures, and four across their last six, dabbling with 3-5-2, 4-4-2, 5-4-1 and 4-2-3-1 along the way. Their impressive 3-2 away win against Luton Town looked as though the new line-up was on their way out of trouble. But the last two fixtures saw them record a particularly damaging 2-1 defeat at Notts County, followed by a similar scoreline against Stevenage on an evening when Leyton Orient were stunning Plymouth Argyle at Home Park. Suddenly a degree of January progress has turned into significant February jitters, probably not helped by four out of their last five fixtures being away from home. Johnson says that he is not setting his team a target for safety, because their own inconsistency, and of the teams around them makes that an impossible job:
"We haven't set a target. People say that you have to get to 50 points, but that's what you need when three teams go down, not two. We know we need to get as many points as we can, early. There are 15 games to go and lots of points to play for. We can't tell whether we are going to beat Luton away or draw with Newport at home. That is our lot at the moment. The teams at the bottom are much of a muchness. They are all likely to get a good result somewhere like Orient did at Plymouth, and lose others. There is a six-pointer between Orient and Notts County this week and that gives us a chance to pick up an advantage on one of those teams. We have to get as many points as we can, as early as we can so it's not left to the last two or three games with the pressure on us to get points from those games."
The Football League is to introduce goal line technology for the Championship division for the 2017-18 season. The technology - based on a Hawk-Eye system - is already in place for Premier League matches. The Football League have also stated that it is in place for the "latter stages" of the EFL Cup and the EFL Play-Offs - presumably only for matches held at Wembley Stadium.
The technology allows a match referee and their assistants to be given an automatic signal when it is detected that the whole of the ball has crossed the goal line between the goal posts, thus telling them they should award a goal, assuming there have been no prior infringements.
Today, EFL club representatives met in Walsall ands have agreed in principle to authorise its usage for all 2017-18 Championship matches. The actual regulations will be presented at the Football League's 2017 AGM in June, to be rubberstamped. Chief Executive Shaun Harvey says of the plans:
"I welcome the decision of our clubs to introduce goal-line technology into the EFL. PGMOL officials do an incredible job and this decision is about providing our match officials with as much support as possible to ensure they are best placed to make the right calls in even the most difficult of situations. The technology is widely adopted elsewhere in football, including in two of our competitions and I therefore welcome it as an important addition to the Sky Bet Championship from next season."
There are a couple of key questions that come out of today's announcement. Much of the concern from clubs in introducing the Hawk-Eye system has been its set-up costs and maintenance costs that are obviously needed to make sure it maintains accuracy and does not break down at any age. Clearly if a club is promoted to the Championship division for the first time, there will be a cost incurred for that ground - so it will need to be clear whether this is paid by the promoted club, or by a pool fund set up by the League, and if it is the former how much time they are given to conform to the new standard.
The other question will lie in what is authorised outside the Championship division - if a club at that level hosts a game in an EFL Cup competition, can they continue to use it? Also, if a Championship club is relegated to League One, can they use it, or will it be stopped until they return to the second tier level?
Just before Tuesday night's match against Cambridge United kicked off at Huish 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 explains why Nathan Smith didn't make the squad, as well as expanding on Alex Lacey and Darren Ward's availability. He also talks about the influence of Kevin Dawson and why Barnet loanee Jean-Louis Akpa Akpro dropped out of the squad for the evening. Read that interview via the link below.
On Saturday, Yeovil Town hit the road for what is a much shorter than usual League Two match. The sight of Whaddon Road and Cheltenham Town should be a familiar one for many fans, although we've actually not been there for eight years. That means the Ciderspace guide has had some fairly hefty updates done to it - find ticketing, parking, directions, club statistics and a pub guide via the following link.
Yeovil Town manager Darren Way expects all three of his senior defensive players to be available for selection for Saturday's trip to Cheltenham Town. Whilst Alex Lacey has been missing for three games after straining knee ligaments at Hartlepool United, and Darren Ward's situation was well known in terms of the rationing of his play on the pitch, the absence of Nathan Smith for Tuesday night's match against Cambridge United was an unexpected one.
Way explained to BBC Somerset that the dead leg that Smith suffered was at the tail end of the match against Leyton Orient and came about when Orient's Liam Kelly collided with him, just seconds before Gavin Massey struck the equalising goal in that match. Smith managed to complete the game, but could not recover in time for the Tuesday night match. However, Way expects him, along with Lacey and Ward, to travel to Whaddon Road:
"Smithy took a knock with that collision that he had with Liam Kelly in the box. Obviously Massey got the rebound. So there was a collision there, but he will be alright for Saturday, which is the main thing. Lacey is going to be alright for Saturday, and you know Ward's situation, so he'll be alright for Saturday."
The Yeovil boss also indicated that Barnet loanee Jean-Louis Akpa Akpro will be included in the squad for that game. He was left out as one of the club's seven loanees on Tuesday night, due to Football League rules, but Way explained that part of the reason for the player's absence came down to his match fitness and the fact that he has largely been used as an impact substitute by his parent club. As such, Way felt there was a need to manage his game time carefully, but he expected him to be on the teamsheet on Saturday:
"Jean obviously played in the two consecutive games that he was available for. He hasn't played a lot of football, or not completed a (game) so we have to make sure that we manage him going into this game on Saturday. He will be involved on Saturday, and that's my decision."
Way vented his frustration on Tuesday night after the club leaked a late goal for the second match running, leaving them on the back of a sequence of results that has seen them win just one game in twelve matches. Seven of those games have been draws, with three seeing ultra-late goals by the opposition turning a theoretical win into two points dropped. Way suggested a few of his players were under-performing, and said they needed to develop a winning attitude to their game:
"They know I'm honest. I give them opportunities, but they now know that it's okay playing in a football match, but we're here to win, and there is a difference between winners and losers. There's no two ways about it, and at the moment we're in between. I'm trying to get these players to become winners and to understand what it takes to win a football match. Players have to accept a little bit more responsibility, because I think they're good enough. They know they're good enough, but there are one or two that are under-performing."
Yeovil Town wide man Otis Khan has started some rehabiliation work on his ankle, following a month long lay-off. The 21 year old has been out since January 10th when he suffered ankle ligament damage in the EFL Trophy match against Reading Under-21s, and has therefore missed eight matches so far.
There had been a bit of a false dawn in terms of his return to the side, with suggestions in late January that he was 'very close' to a return. It's since become more apparent that wasn't the case, with no sign of him on the training ground, combined with a gradual acceptance that he wasn't ready to make a comeback. The player himself has been asked by the club's website where things stand and he indicates that he has been wearing a protective boot on the ankle which has not allowed him to train at all. He says that boot has now recently come off:
"Rehab is going well and Iím improving everyday. I've taken my boot off now and Iím doing certain stuff just to get the ankle moving again but when I come back it's about getting my fitness back as I havenít been able to do too much in the boot."
There's no indication of when Khan is likely to return, or when the protective boot was removed. However, given he is only undergoing limited amounts of rehabilitation work at present, rather than full contact training, it would seem likely that we'd not see him over the next couple of weeks.
Advance Tickets for Yeovil Town's League Two match against Exeter City are now on sale from Huish Park. The match takes place on Saturday 25th March at St James Park, with a 3.00p.m. kick-off. You have a choice of covered seating in a side stand, or uncovered terracing behind the goal. Advance prices are as follows:
Seated Tickets (IP Office Main Stand):
Adults: £22.00; Over-63s and Students with NUS Card: £20.00; Aged 18 and Under: £9.50.
Terrace Tickets (St James Road Terrace):
Adults: £16.00; Over-63s and Students with NUS Card: £12.00; Aged 18 and Under: £4.50.
The away end (St James Road Terrace) is uncovered terracing, which holds up to 1,053 spectators. You should note that this is an uncovered terrace behind the goal, and is very typical of the sort that we used to experience in the Conference - shallow steps and thus not the best of views if you are small and arrive just before kick-off. Visiting supporters also get a small number of seats - around 300 in the Main Stand.
If any tickets are available on the day of the match, then Adult and Seniors/Students tickets for the Main Stand will increase by £1.00, whilst the Under-18s category go up by £0.50. Past experience has been for the seated tickets to sell out before matchday, whilst terrace tickets have generally been available on the gate, although you do so at your own risk.
Disabled supporters pay the relevant age with an assistant free of charge. For tickets call the Huish Park Ticket Office on 01935 847 888. For more information contact on facilities, Exeterís Disability Liaison officer Nick Saunders at email@example.com
Former Yeovil Town winger Jack Compton has left Newport County on loan, in what is expected to represent his final departure from Rodney Parade. The Cardiff born player, who has a young family in South Wales, has signed for Southern League Premier Division side Merthyr Town on loan until the end of the 2016-17 season.
Compton - along with former Glover Ben Tozer - had been placed on the transfer list by Exiles manager Graham Westley and told to train with the Youth Team, making it clear that he would not be considering either player for selection, despite their precarious position at the foot of the Football League. The 28 year old has now chosen to join a team managed by former Glover Gavin Williams, to play in a squad that also includes former player Kyle Copp. Williams says of the deal:
"I am delighted to be able to add a player of Jackís quality to the squad at this stage of the season. I would like to thank Newport County for agreeing the loan deal with us, and I would also like to thank the Merthyr directors for their continued support. He will be a great addition as we move into a crucial stage of the season."
Merthyr currently lie in second place in the Southern League table, four points behind leaders Chippenham Town and so have an excellent chance of promotion. Compton's deal at Rodney Parade is until the end of the 2016-17 season, meaning that he will become a free agent at the end of his Merthyr spell, unless Westley has a massive u-turn. He made 12 appearances for Newport, scoring one goal.
For those who want to view match highlights of Tuesday night's 1-1 draw against Cambridge United at Huish Park, these are now available online. The highlights show the goals from Francois Zoko and Barry Corr but also show chances for Bevis Mugabi and Tom Eaves during the first half as well as what would have been a rather unusual Liam Shephard goal. Watch the video clip below.
Following Tuesday evening's League Two match against Cambridge United 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's verdict on the match, including his thoughts on AFC Bournemouth loanee Matt Butcher, centre-back Bevis Mugabi and striker Francois Zoko can be read via the link below.
Whilst Yeovil Town conceded another late goal on Tuesday night, manager Darren Way was more pointing the finger at the other end of the pitch for last night's late slippage. An 89th minute goal from Cambridge United substitute Barry Corr meant that for the second game in a row the Glovers had to settle for a 1-1 draw, but unlike the weekend, where Way had questioned his side's ability to see games out, on this occasion he felt that his strikers should have put the game beyond doubt.
Whilst Cambridge came back into the match during the second half, the Glovers enjoyed the majority of the first half attempts on goal, but failed to create the opening they needed. When Francois Zoko scored his 10th goal of the 2016-17 season, it looked as though that was going to be enough, but instead of that, there was an action replay of Saturday's problems against Leyton Orient, when the Glovers conceded late on. Way told BBC Somerset after the game that if his strikers had taken responsibility by getting a second goal, they would have taken the pressure off the rest of the team:
"I've said that to them, I've not done this all year. So I'm saying accept responsibility right now. But unless someone accepts responsibility in the final third and puts us 2-0 or 3-0 up, then all of a sudden this pattern is going to continue to develop. I'm making sure that the players are aware of that, and they've got to take ownership, and if you're a goalscorer then score goals, and take the pressure off the rest of the team."
The club's habit of dropping points from a winning position has become a bit of a nasty trait, particularly since the turn of the year. Way felt that his team's inability to clear their lines during the final ten minutes of the game stemmed from them losing possession as soon as they tried to play the ball forward. Again he felt his strikers should have been stretching play in the other direction, and admitted the pattern of play was stark:
"I'm very disappointed, as exactly the same pattern has developed. I just thought the team were strong enough to be able to sense that. I don't think there were many occasions in the last 15 or 20 minutes where anyone put a ball in behind their back four. We couldn't clear our lines. Every time we had a goal kick it would come back. We've just got to try and find a centre-forward that can hold the ball up."
If you watched Tuesday night's 1-1 draw against Cambridge United 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.
Yeovil Town suffered a heavy dose of deja vu tonight, as they suffered a late equaliser at Huish Park. Another day, another 1-1 draw and once again the Glovers took the lead through Francois Zoko as he scored his 10th goal of the 2016-17 season as he converted an Alex Lawless ball across the area with just 12 minutes remaining. Having dominated the first half, Yeovil really should have been ahead before then, but Cambridge were the better side in the second period, and they equalised through substitute Barry Corr in the 89th minute to give Yeovil their sixth draw in their last nine games, leaving them still stuck in 16th place.
The Glovers went into the match making three changes to their starting line-up, with two of those in defence. Darren Ward's problems in not being able to play two games a week meant he dropped out of the squad, but he was also joined by Nathan Smith in the stand, with him having suffered a dead leg on Saturday. That meant that Bevis Mugabi and Matt Butcher came in as two centre-backs. The only other change saw Kevin Dawson come back from suspension, with Jean-Louis Akpa Akpro dropping out of the squad, meaning that Ben Whitfield moved further up the line.
The first half was one in which Yeovil Town had almost exclusively the goalmouth chances, but as with far too many matches this season, the final product didn't quite make it. Perhaps part of the problem was that the chances were falling to unexpected sources, with the earliest pair being met by Bevis Mugabi. He sent a Ben Whitfield free kick wide, and then followed that up with a swirling driven shot that Cambridge keeper Will Norris struggled with and palmed away. The visitors only had one first half attempt on goal of any consequence, with Piero Mingoia's move seeing him cut inside from the flank, but with Artur Krysiak comfortably saving.
Gradually Yeovil began to build up a head of steam, through their strikers. Tom Eaves beat two Cambridge defenders before firing a shot that fizzed across the goal. A Ben Whitfield free kick almost crept in at the near post with Norris flapping a bit at the ball and spooning it out for a corner. From that set piece, Tom Eaves headed over the bar, with Ryan Dickson having recycled play. Zoko had another effort blocked by a Cambridge body, and then an Eaves effort went wide. The main issue was that none of these were absolutely nailed on efforts or ones that truly stretched the keeper. It was dominance, but only of sorts.
The second half saw Yeovil swap the two wide men, with Ben Whitfield moving onto the left flank as Francois Zoko took the right. But the visitors came out looking far more lively than before. Two Luke Berry efforts saw one go well wide, whilst another came off Bevis Mugabi's leg with Artur Krysiak doing well to deal with the change in path. Piero Mingoia went dangerously close when he fired an effort inches wide of the post, and with the game getting increasingly scrappy, the whole pattern of the game seemed to be favouring Cambridge.
Except that unexpectedly, it favoured Yeovil. Largely against the second half run of play, they took the lead through Francois Zoko. Ryan Dickson's ball into the box saw Alex Lawless take what may have been a cross or may have been a shot, but his ball into the area allowed Zoko the chance to convert a good poacher's goal for his 10th of the 2016-17 season, and to maintain his good personal form.
Could Yeovil hang on this time for the win? It took just 11 minutes to find out the answer was no. Cambridge had been on top for much of the second period, but they turned up that pressure with the experienced Barry Corr entering the field as a late substitute. A ball into the box saw defender Leon Legge flick the ball on, and in the right place at the right time, Corr provided an 89th minute equaliser for Cambridge and to provide an action replay of Saturday's late drama. Two points undoubtedly dropped again, leaving the Glovers still in that 16th place spot that seems to be of their own in recent weeks. On recent evidence, that isn't likely to change too significantly.
Yeovil Town: 1. Artur Krysiak
2. Liam Shephard 5. Bevis Mugabi 16. Matt Butcher 11. Ryan Dickson (Capt)
7. Kevin Dawson 8. Alex Lawless 4. Matt Dolan
28. Ben Whitfield 9. Tom Eaves 13. Francois Zoko
Substitutes: 12. Johnny Maddison 17. Omar Sowunmi (54 mins for Tom Eaves) 19. Brandon Goodship 24. Owain Jones (61 mins for Ben Whitfield) 32. Tom James 39. Shayon Harrison
Cambridge United: 1. Will Norris
27. Leon Davies 5. Mark Roberts 6. Leon Legge 19. Jake Carroll
16. Liam O'Neil 8. Luke Berry 22. Paul Lewis
7. Piero Mingoia 26. Uche Ikpeazu 18. George Maris
Substitutes: 4. James Dunne 9. Barry Corr (74 mins for Uche Ikpeazu) 10. Ben Williamson 11. Harrison Dunk (80 mins for George Maris) 12. Scott Wharton 13. David Gregory 20. Max Clark (67 mins for Paul Lewis)
Yeovil Bookings: Kevin Dawson (foul, 48 mins), Alex Lawless (foul, 59 mins)
Cambridge United Bookings: Liam O'Neil (foul, 57 mins)
Yeovil Match Statistics: Possession: 46%; Shots: 10; Shots On Target: 4; Corners: 5; Fouls: 12.
Cambridge United Match Statistics: Possession: 54%; Shots: 10; Shots On Target: 8; Corners: 2; Fouls: 16.
Referee: Brett Huxtable (Devon). Assistants: Steven Plane (Worcestershire) and Adrian Tranter (Dorset). Fourth Official: Marc Whaley (Devon).
Attendance: 2,847 (with 118 Cambridge United supporters).
Yeovil Town have chosen their starting line-up for this evening's League Two match against Cambridge United at Huish Park. The match sees the Glovers name three changes compared to the team that played against Leyton Orient on Saturday afternoon. As has been the case recently, Darren Ward drops out of the line-up due to his knee problems, and he is joined by Nathan Smith who picked up a dead leg on Saturday. They are replaced by Bevis Mugabi and Matt Butcher.
Midfielder Kevin Dawson has completed a two-match Football League suspension and he returns to the starting line-up, with Ben Whitfield expected to be playing in a more advanced role, as Jean-Louis Akpa Akpro drops out.
Football League rules on loan players mean the Glovers have to leave two players sat in the stand. Today these are Barnet loanee Jean-Louis Akpa Akpro and Milton Keynes Dons winger Kabongo Tshimanga. Other absentees due to injuries include Otis Khan (ankle) and centre-back Alex Lacey (knee).
Midfielder Joe Lea is on loan with Gosport Borough, whilst midfielder Ollie Bassett is on loan with Dorchester Town. Right-back Josh Ezewele left the club this week, joining Kidderminster Harriers on a permanent deal.
The team is as follows:
Yeovil Town: 1. Artur Krysiak
2. Liam Shephard 5. Bevis Mugabi 16. Matt Butcher 11. Ryan Dickson (Capt)
7. Kevin Dawson 8. Alex Lawless 4. Matt Dolan
28. Ben Whitfield 9. Tom Eaves 13. Francois Zoko
Substitutes: 12. Johnny Maddison 17. Omar Sowunmi 19. Brandon Goodship 24. Owain Jones 32. Tom James 39. Shayon Harrison
Cambridge United: 1. Will Norris
27. Leon Davies 5. Mark Roberts 6. Leon Legge 19. Jake Carroll
7. Piero Mingoia 16. Liam O'Neil 22. Paul Lewis 18. George Maris
8. Luke Berry 26. Uche Ikpeazu
Substitutes: 4. James Dunne 9. Barry Corr 10. Ben Williamson 11. Harrison Dunk 12. Scott Wharton 13. David Gregory 20. Max Clark
Last month, Yeovil Town played Reading Under-21s in an EFL Trophy Third Round match. Confusingly, it was the second time they'd played the Academy side in the cup competition, with the first coming at the Group Stages. The end result was the same as the first encounter, with the Glovers recording a 4-2 home win. Goals from Otis Khan, Francois Zoko and Omar Sowunmi were added to by Reading putting the ball into their own net.
Man of the Match voting saw a wide spread of opinion, but the two wide men were near the top of the pile, with Otis Khan and Ben Whitfield - whose cross induced the final own goal - recognised for their contributions. The eventual poll winner came out on top by a decent margin though, with midfielder Matt Dolan recognised for his general performance during the tie.
Full results, with outright MOTM voting shown in brackets, are as follows:
1. Matthew Dolan 64 (5)
2. Ben Whitfield 28 (1)
2. Otis Khan 28 (1)
4. Liam Shephard 26 (2)
5. Kevin Dawson 26 (1)
6. Alex Lacey 24 (2)
7. Ryan Dickson 12 (1)
8. Francois Zoko 10 (0)
9. Nathan Smith 8 (0)
10. Omar Sowunmi 4 (0)
11. Alex Lawless 2 (0)
11. Jonny Maddison 2 (0)
OVERALL MATCH RATING : 7.69
Performance : 7.69
Entertainment : 7.69
VOTES RECEIVED : 13
In a situation that will send chills down the spine of Club Secretaries and First Team Managers, one of Yeovil Town's players is marked down for serving a suspension, but he won't know when he will serve it. Defender-turned-striker Omar Sowunmi is named on this week's Football Association list of suspended players, but he could be there for a long long while.
The 21 year old picked up two yellow cards in the EFL Trophy before the club were knocked out of the competition, receiving cautions in the January home match against Reading Under-21s, followed by the February 2017 match against Luton Town that saw them lose by a 5-2 scoreline.
EFL Trophy rules indicate that any player picking up two yellow cards in matches up to, and including, the Quarter-Final Stages, will be suspended for a one game period. However, all EFL Trophy suspensions must be served in the competition itself - which Yeovil Town are no longer in. What this means in practice is that Omar will be suspended for the first EFL Trophy match of the 2017-18 season, and that will remain pending until such a match is played.
This rule would apply even if Omar transferred to another League One or League Two side, meaning that managers who sign players up over the summer will need to be ultra-careful if they bring in a player whose suspension is still pending from the previous season.
Where matters get even more complicated is concerning players such as Bondz N'Gala. He was issued with a straight red card, and given a three match ban by the FA for serious foul play against Norwich City Under-21s back in October. Barnet were knocked out of the competition, but played one further match, meaning N'Gala had served the first of his three match suspension. He has since signed for Eastleigh and then Dover Athletic, but has yet to serve the final two matches of his ban.
If N'Gala returns to the Football League in maybe two or three seasons time, has his suspension expired by virtue of Barnet having played further EFL Trophy games? Or could he find himself in the 2019-20 season serving a suspension for a red card offence from October 2016? Here the Football League rules are entirely ambiguous, just saying that the suspension "must be served at the commencement of the next season's Checkatrade Trophy competition," but without clarifying if the player himself has to be registered with a club that is eligible to play in that season's trophy. Good luck to all Club Secretaries trying to unravel that one!
Yeovil Town midfielder Kevin Dawson says that his team are conscious of the fact that they are leaking too many late goals in matches this season. Saturday's 1-1 draw against Leyton Orient was one of several examples of 'what might have been' when an 88th minute Gavin Massey goal saw three points become just one, as Francois Zoko's opener was cancelled out. The goal had echoes of the club's 2-2 draw against Blackpool last month, that saw them concede in the 95th minute of the match, with a draw again becoming less than had been hoped for, going into the closing stages of the match.
The overall statistics show this to be an obvious pattern. The Glovers have conceded 13 times in the final 15 minutes of matches during the 2016-17 season - something that is only eclipsed by basement side Newport County, who have let in 16 goals during that phase of the game. When matches are broken into ten minute segments, the 11 goals Yeovil have conceded in the final ten minutes of matches is the joint worst in the division, sharing that accolade with Newport.
With that being put sharply in focus after Saturday's draw, Dawson told BBC Somerset that there had been plenty of recent talk about player concentration levels, and admitted that more needed to be done to see games out in the closing stages:
"It's something that we've spoken about with the gaffer. He doesn't miss much, and he obviously brought it to our attention. I think it's just the concentration late on in games, and we just need that little bit more to get us over the line, and obviously get the three points that will make all the difference at the end of the season."
Dawson added that the players may use certain code words to each other to emphasise the need to stay mentally alert in games, if they felt that any of their teammates were clock-watching a bit too much. He hoped that sort of a technique may help them get more wins, rather than the current situation that has seen them draw six out of their last nine matches:
"Late in the game, if it gets to a minute (to go) and a player looks at the clock, it could be a little code word or a buzz word that snaps everyone back into it again, and gets them thinking again - just little things like that. We've been talking about it and it's definitely something we've been working on. Hopefully we can see the difference now on Tuesday."
Yeovil Town will welcome back midfielder Kevin Dawson to the first team squad for tonight's League Two home match against Cambridge United. The 26 year old has been suspended for the last two League Two matches for picking up his 10th league booking of the 2016-17 season. He will be the one guaranteed addition to the teamsheet for the 7.45p.m. kick-off.
Recent matches have seen club captain Darren Ward alternate in terms of his availability between Saturday and Tuesday matches, with the working assumption that he cannot play two matches inside a week. If that is still the case, then the club will need to wait on the availability of Alex Lacey, whose knee injury had kept him out of the last two matches. If both are unavailable, then Bevis Mugabi or Matt Butcher would be the most likely players to go into the heart of defence.
During the latter stages of Saturday's match against Leyton Orient, striker Francois Zoko and left-back Ryan Dickson were both withdrawn through injury. Zoko played down any issues, stating that he had just received a kick on the ankle, and so didn't expect any problems in playing by Tuesday night. Dickson's problems may need more of an assessment - he came off against Luton Town with a groin problem, whilst on Saturday he seemed to suffer a leg injury. However, with doubts over Lacey and Ward, he may be asked to play through the pain barrier given that Nathan Smith is needed as a centre-back.
The one certain absentee appears to be Otis Khan. His ankle injury has kept him out of action since the January EFL Trophy tie against Reading Under-21s. Manager Darren Way labelled him as 'very close' to a return at the end of last month, but in the couple of weeks that have passed since then, there's been no further update on his condition.
As usual, the club will have to drop two of their loan players from tonight's squad, due to restrictions on the number of loan players that can be named on a matchday teamsheet.
Officials for the League Two match between Yeovil Town and Cambridge United have been published by the Football League. The match takes place on Tuesday 14th February 2017, with a 7.45p.m. kick-off at Huish Park. The man in charge of the fixture will be referee Brett Huxtable (Devon).
Despite being a very familiar name to Yeovil Town supporters, this is the only the second time that Mr Huxtable has been the main referee for a Glovers fixture. As a Devon man, he has been a frequent visitor to Huish Park as one of the allocated assistant referees or Fourth Officials. However, it was only over the summer of 2016 that he was promoted to the Football League's referees list.
He is aged 32 years old and hails from Torrington, and is a self-employed builder. He is a Manchester United fan, but we'll try not to hold that against him. He has been progressing through the North Devon League, Western League Premier, Southern League Premier, Conference South and National divisions and got as far as the latter level in the summer of 2012, and so did four years at that level.
For his one match in charge, he was present for the November 2016 home match against Colchester United - an ultra-late comeback saw us come from 1-0 down to win the game by a 2-1 scoreline. He was a bit busy with the yellow cards, booking either seven or eight players on the night (there's a bit of a quibble over one of the Colchester ones). That said, we can't see too much about his performance to argue with - the Western Gazette criticised him for allowing us to take an offside free kick to be taken in the opponent's half, but our suspicion is that he got that one right, because of a summer rule change.
Since progressing into the Football League, he has done 27 matches - 14 in League Two, seven in League One, four EFL Trophy games and two FA Cup ties. His 92 bookings and two red card are pretty typical, working out as just over three bookings a game. Of the two dismissals, the first came in November 2016 when he sent off Luton Town's Jordan Cook - given the Luton Twitter account stated that the referee was left with 'little choice' following a late challenge, whilst the Luton press described it as "two stupid bookable offences (the second of which) he lunged late into a needless challenge" it seems the match official's decision wasn't too hotly contested at Kenilworth Road. The second was for two yellow cards issued to Oldham Athletic's Ousmane Fane a month later.
Mr Huxtable will be assisted by Steven Plane (Worcestershire) and Adrian Tranter (Dorset). The Fourth Official will be Marc Whaley (Devon).
Earlier today, Yeovil Town Ladies announced full details of the venues that will be used for their 2017 Spring Series competition. The league acts as a one-off bridge that will allow the FAWSL to convert from being a summer league into a standard winter season, with a shortened competition running between April and June, prior to the 2017-18 winter season.
The Ladies have planned for matches to take place at Huish Park, the Viridor Stadium (aka Wordsworth Drive, home of Taunton Town FC) and Fairfax Park (home of Bridgwater Town FC). Added to that, with the match against Arsenal Ladies now being scheduled as a 'home' fixture, that match has been changed. With that in mind, we've republished the Spring Series fixture list, with all venues identified.
The fixture list is as follows, with all matches kicking off at 2.00p.m. on a Sunday unless stated:
19/03/2017 : FA Women's Cup Fifth Round (Fairfax Park, Bridgwater if drawn at home)
23/04/2017 : Yeovil Town Ladies vs Liverpool (Huish Park)
30/04/2017 : Chelsea vs Yeovil Town Ladies (Staines Town FC)
03/05/2017 : Yeovil Town Ladies vs Bristol City (Wednesday, 7.00p.m.) (Viridor Stadium, Taunton)
07/05/2017 : Yeovil Town Ladies vs Arsenal (Viridor Stadium, Taunton)
17/05/2017 : Yeovil Town Ladies vs Reading (Wednesday, 7.00p.m.) (Viridor Stadium, Taunton)
21/05/2017 : Manchester City vs Yeovil Town Ladies (Manchester City Academy Stadium)
28/05/2017 : Yeovil Town Ladies vs Sunderland (Fairfax Park, Bridgwater)
31/05/2017 : Birmingham City vs Yeovil Town Ladies (Wednesday, 7.45p.m.) (Solihull Moors FC)
03/06/2017 : Yeovil Town Ladies vs Notts County (Fairfax Park, Bridgwater)
We'll pin this fixture list as a Linked item to the foot of any Ladies articles or Ticketing articles, so it's easy to reference over the coming four months.
Yeovil Town defender Nathan Smith has been included in the Team of the Week for League Two. The nominations, made by The League Paper, sees Smith - who played as a central defender against Leyton Orient - included in their set of eleven players for the weekend just gone, which saw the Glovers gain a 1-1 draw at Huish Park.
The team selected is listed as follows:
Marek Rodak (Accrington Stanley)
Ronnie Henry (Stevenage), Kelvin Mellor (Blackpool), Nathan Smith (Yeovil Town), George Elokobi (Colchester United)
Matty Kennedy (Plymouth Argyle), Ben Whiteman (Mansfield Town), Jordan Flores (Blackpool), Craig Slater (Colchester United)
Kevin Ellison (Morecambe), George Cooper (Crewe Alexandra)
Yeovil Town have said farewell to right-back Josh Ezewele today. The former West Bromwich Albion right-back has joined Kidderminster Harriers on a permanent basis, at the end of his one month loan at Aggborough. He has made four appearances for the National League North side, scoring one goal against Ebbsfleet United in the process.
He has now joined Harriers permanently, signing a deal until the end of the 2016-17 season. That brings an end to a rather brief Yeovil Town first team career that saw him make just one substitute appearance - nine minutes worth of football - in the EFL Trophy against Reading Under-21s - back in November 2016.
Good luck to Josh for the future, and thanks for his efforts at the club.
Yeovil Town Ladies FC are thrilled to announce that the fixture on Sunday 7th May against Arsenal Ladies has been reversed, meaning that Yeovil will now host the current Women's FA Cup winners and previous WSL1 winners in Somerset.†The match will be played at the Viridor Stadium (aka Wordsworth Drive), home of Taunton Town FC. With the likes of Alex Scott, Kim Little and Jordan Nobbs in the opposition side, this will be a fantastic game not to be missed.
The purpose of the Spring Series competition is to bridge the gap from the seasons, while the FA WSL transitions from a summer league to a more traditional winter league. Each club will play each other once as a home or an away fixture with a trophy being awarded to the winners of both divisions. The competition will end in June, enabling international players to compete at the 2017 Euros this summer.†
Tickets for the opening Spring Series match against Liverpool on 23rd April at Huish Park are on sale now. Head to this page to purchase tickets. Further games will be added to the Ladies online ticket page in due course.
Yeovil Town Ladies will host Arsenal Ladies in Somerset.
Just before Saturday's home match against Leyton Orient kicked off 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 spoke about the return of Alex Lawless, the recall of Jean-Louis Akpa Akpro and the issue of facing an Orient side with a number of youth team graduates in their line-up. Read that interview via the link below.
The Yeovil Town Supporters Trust - formed as the Glovers Trust last year - have offered fans a 'half year' membership of the Trust for those who want to register their support. Trust Membership, which entitles you to voting rights on a one-person, one-vote basis, runs in line with the Football Season, between July 1st and June 30th. However, they are offering a £5.00 Adult Membership for any supporters that wish to join for the remainder of the 2016-17 season.
To sign up, head to this page and fill in your details. Youth Membership and Corporate Membership options are also available.
The Trust Board have also confirmed that they will be meeting with a number of Yeovil Town Club Service Leads and Club Directors to discuss the full output of the Trust's own survey and the Club's survey concerning the matchday experience and other related issues. They will be meeting on Wednesday 22nd February and will produce their own minutes of the meeting for members to view, around a week after the date of the meeting.
If you're a Trust Member and want to provide any views on the Survey output, or any issues that have come to light since then, get in touch with them before that date - drop a mail to firstname.lastname@example.org with any points you wish to make.
FA Women's Super League Two Champions Yeovil Town Ladies FC are happy to announce that they will be bringing the upcoming Spring Series on the road by playing games at a total of three different locations.†Following the opening game at Huish Park against Liverpool, the team will then play all remaining games at Taunton Town FC and Bridgwater Town FC.
With a huge crowd expected to watch former champions Liverpool, it is then thought the club would be able to engage with new fans across different parts of Somerset at the Viridor Stadium and Fairfax Park. General Manager, Trevor Jenkins said:
"Our fan base is superb and this has been proven by finishing 2016 with the highest average attendance in the whole of the FA Women's Super League Two division last season.†We are pleased to be able to play the opening game at Huish Park, but are also looking forward to being made to feel so welcome at Taunton and Bridgwater. I'd like to thank both Chief Executive Kevin Sturmey at Taunton and Chairman Adrian Byrne at Bridgwater, for being so accommodating and able to host these games away from Yeovil. They've been very supportive. The players and staff are looking forward to showcasing top tier women's football in all three towns and there are some very exciting games scheduled, which will certainly generate high levels of interest, as we get our first taste of WSL1."
The Huish Park pitch and stadium will be ready for the season opener before pitch maintenance is carried out during spring. Yeovil Town Ladies FC have been in talks with the staff and board members at Yeovil Town FC and hope that they will embrace and continue to support the team for the commencement of the new winter league in WSL 1, however at this stage, it is unconfirmed where fixtures will be held in the winter season.
Bristol City Women and Reading Women visit the Viridor Stadium, before Sunderland and Notts County come to Fairfax Park in Bridgwater. If drawn at home in the Fifth Round of the SSE FA Women's Cup, the game will also be hosted at Bridgwater Town FC on 19th March.
Fixtures for home matches in the 2017 Spring Series can be viewed by heading here or via the Ladies website.
Tickets are now on sale for the Liverpool Ladies FC game on 23rd April. Head to this page to purchase tickets online.
Yeovil Town Ladies take the Spring Series on the road.