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23 July 2016 : Glovers Draw In Spurs Training Ground Friendly
Yeovil Town's first team drew 1-1 against a Tottenham Hotspur Under-21 side this afternoon. The Glovers were playing a behind closed door game at Hotspur Way at the end of a week they've spent in South Wales, and they took the lead 40 minutes into the match when former Barnsley winger Otis Khan got his first goal since his summer move to Huish Park. Spurs equalised 83 minutes into the match when Shilow Tracey broke down the right flank and found Ryan Loft who scored from inside the box.

The Glovers will now return to playing a public pre-season friendly, as they travel to play Southern League Division One South & West side Salisbury at the Raymond McEnhill Stadium on Tuesday 26th July, with a 7.30p.m. kick-off.

Link: Ticketing For Salisbury vs Yeovil Town.

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23 July 2016 : Top Four Sides Clash As Ladies Return Home
Tomorrow lunchtime sees Yeovil Town Ladies take on Durham Ladies in an FAWSL2 match that sees two top four sides go head-to-head. The match is big for a number of reasons - it pitches the Glovers - in first place - against North-East opponents who lie six points behind them in fourth place, but who have two games in hand, meaning that this match is very much a six-pointer. It's also big, because having had a two-game break back at Sherborne Town's ground, the Ladies are back on Huish Park turf for the first time since the mid-season break.

With seven matches left of the 2016-17 season, the FAWSL2 season continues to show four clubs chasing two promotion places, with Bristol City Women and Everton Ladies in 2nd and 3rd place respectively. Midfielder Helen Bleazard hopes the female Glovers can maintain a position that many didn't expect them to find themselves in at this stage of the season:

"Not many people expected us to be where we are coming into the season, but we always believed and we want to carry it on. Everton beat us and they deserved to beat us, but before that we were unbeaten in nine. They had a game plan but they’ve still got some tough games and have to come to us, so it’s still all to play for. It’s been a great season for us and it’s always good playing at Huish Park, so we can’t wait to take on Durham."

The other big element to Sunday lunchtime's fixture is that it is not just Yeovil Town Ladies who are 'Coming Home'. There will be a total of 44 cyclists, plus their support crew, hopefully arriving at Huish Park an hour before the game, with the YTFC Get Pedalling team having cycled from Durham to Yeovil during the course of the week. Assuming all goes well, they will be taking the final leg from the Weston-super-Mare area across to Yeovil in time to make kick-off. Bleazard acknowledged the journey that those people were making to get to the game:

"It's going to be a huge occasion for the club and we’re expecting a big crowd. There’s a charity ride by YTFC Get Pedalling, who are going to ride 344 miles and are due to arrive around 11.00a.m. at the ground. They are raising money for the club and it’s brilliant to have that support so we want to repay them on the field."

In the last meeting between the two sides, second-half goals from Sarah Wiltshire and Atlanta Primus gave Yeovil all three points. However, Durham are unbeaten since that game, and haven't conceded a goal since those Wiltshire and Primus strikes, suggesting they will be still hoping to close the gap on the West Country top pair.

If you're coming to the game on Sunday, there is a Fans Guide available on the Ladies website. You can purchase tickets either on the day, or online by heading to this page.

Note that kick-off tomorrow is at 12.00 noon - two hours earlier than the usual kick-off time.

Yeovil Town Ladies vs Durham Women - midday kick-off on Sunday
Yeovil Town Ladies vs Durham Women - midday kick-off on Sunday.

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23 July 2016 : Glovers Given Home Draw In County Cup
Yeovil Town Reserves have been given a home draw in the First Round of the 2016-17 Somerset Premier Cup. They will play host to Western Football League Premier Division side Clevedon Town at Huish Park, with the draw producing the following:

Larkhall Athletic vs Frome Town
Bishop Sutton vs Ashton & Backwell
Bishops Lydeard vs Paulton Rovers
Street vs Hengrove Athletic
Yeovil Town Reserves vs Clevedon Town
Portishead Town vs Odd Down
Welton Rovers vs Bridgwater Town
Wellington vs Cheddar
Wells City vs Brislington
Weston super Mare vs Shepton Mallet.

All matches are scheduled to be played during the week commencing 26th September, with Tuesday 27th September the default date. That's the same night as Yeovil Town's first team travel to play Cambridge United at the Abbey Stadium, hence it would not be too much of a surprise if the match was played on the Wednesday night, with the club having predominantly used its Under-18s side to fulfil its fixtures in this competition in recent years.

Bath City, Chard Town, Keynsham Town, Radstock Town, Taunton Town and Wincanton Town all received byes into the Second Round.

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22 July 2016 : Gibbons Gives Up Professional Career
Former Yeovil Town winger Jordan Gibbons has decided to retire from the professional game. The 22 year old former Queens Park Rangers player was released by the Glovers at the end of the 2015-16 season, but had been on trial with National League side Boreham Wood in pre-season, playing in matches against Brentford and Reading during the early part of July.

However, the winger dropped out of their squad on a more recent friendly, and he has now put out a message on his Twitter profile that he has decided to give up a serious career in football, citing his injuries and other issues as being at the heart of that:

"Due to injuries and other personal problems. I've decided to hang up my boots with professional football! It's been an absolute pleasure. I'm still happy to play part time and school some kids at power league if the offer arises. End of a chapter."

Jordan's main problems appeared to stem from a hip injury sustained whilst he was a Yeovil Town player, resulting in him needing an operation that put him out from September 2015 onwards. That cut his Glovers career just four games after he arrived at the club from QPR as a free agent. Although he has attempted this comeback with Boreham Wood, it would appear that he's had a reaction to those problems and has decided to give up his hopes of making it at the professional level of the game.

On a happier note, former winger Iffy Allen has got himself a professional contract with Aldershot Town following a pre-season trial. The 22 year old, who left Yeovil Town for Torquay United midway through last season, has signed a one year deal with the shots.

Finally, it would appear that Scottish side Dunfermline ended their interest in striker Mark Beck a couple of weeks ago. Although the media have not said anything either way, Beck's time on trial north of the border appears to have only lasted three matches. Exactly when he departed is harder to tell, given that it was only photographic evidence that told fans he was on the pitch for him, with his identity just referred to as "A. Trialist" but with the Pars having gradually whittled down the number of players listed under that heading over the last few weeks, the process of elimination suggests that Beck has gone elsewhere.

Link: Jordan Gibbons : Yeovil Town Statistics.

Link: Iffy Allen : Yeovil Town Statistics.

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22 July 2016 : Former Glover Paul Thorpe Hoping For Big Names In Veterans Side
Former Yeovil Town defender Paul Thorpe says that he is hopeful of some big names that will represent the Yeovil Town Legends side tonight, as they take on Sherborne Town Legends at Raleigh Grove. The event, which has been organised by Sherborne-based football fan Glenn Nathan to aid former Yeovil Town youth team player Matt Fricker, who is currently recovering in Bristol's Frenchay Hospital following a collapse in February that was caused by a brain AVM that led to him suffering a series of strokes.

Tonight sees two Veterans teams do battle at Raleigh Grove, and one of the key players in the Glovers side will be centre-back Paul Thorpe, who was a fiercely competitive player for the Glovers during the late 1980s. Paul is Matt's brother-in-law and so has a very clear personal interest in tonight's game, and he told BBC Somerset that he has been able to use some of his local contacts to get some of them to dust off their boots one more time:

"We have got some big names. I obviously played at Yeovil. We've got Tony Pounder, we've got the Lindegaard brothers, Mickey Spencer and the legend that is Terry Cotton, who is going to be playing at the age of 70 years old, but he can still run about and really get about. The major thing is that we're going to be raising money for Matt, because we don't know what the future is going to hold and we don't know what needs he is going to have."

For the past five months, things have obviously not been easy for Paul's in-laws, with Matt having stayed permanently in hospital since the initial incident. However, from initially being unable to move any limbs, Matt is now able to walk with assistance and to hold a drink in his hand, which he had been unable to do when he first started his rehabilitation. Paul is therefore hoping that they money raised tonight will be of benefit to Matt's rehab as well as providing any facilities he may need when he does come home to his family:

"It was just a really really tense time, and we were just hoping and praying that Matt came through it, which he has now done so. He's now in the rehab centre and he's making good progress. We've got to understand that he's got a brain injury, so they may only be able to take him so far, but hopefully he will make a really strong recovery. If we can get that money up as high as we can, then it will give the family a chance to hopefully have a normal family life."

Tonight's match at Raleigh Grove kicks off at 6.30p.m. with gates opening at 5.45p.m. with raffles, auctions and childrens facilities being provided for the occasion. For more information, see yesterday's article.

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22 July 2016 : Academy Side Arrange Wincanton Friendly
Yeovil Town's Academy side will be playing another pre-season friendly against Wincanton Town next week. They will be playing the Western League Division One side on Tuesday 26th July 2016, with Wincanton reporting this to be an 'away' match at present, with a 7.45p.m. kick-off. At present the Glovers' opponents indicate that the venue is not fixed, meaning that if it is on a pitch without floodlights, it might have a slightly earlier start time - we'll keep an eye out for details.

The Under-18s side have so far played in four friendlies, as far as it's possible to tell. On July 12th they lost 1-0 against Cheddar in front of a crowd of just under 200 supporters, with an 84th minute goal from Adam Jones winning the game. Two days later they played Southampton's Under-18s, which saw them lose 4-0. They've since gone on to play a Bristol City side (last Saturday) with a fourth match being played on July 18th against unknown opposition - there were reports that Ryan Bird, who did not play in the first team match against Merthyr Town, was drafted into that side, which has strengthened suggestions that his future lies away from Huish Park.

Their EFL Youth Academy season begins on August 6th, when they will travel to play Exeter City, with the Grecians likely to use the Cat and Fiddle Training Ground for the match.

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22 July 2016 : Darren Way To Appear On BBC Local Sports Forum
Yeovil Town manager Darren Way will feature on the live panel of BBC Radio Bristol and BBC Somerset's Sports Forum in August. Ahead of the start of the new season, Darren will be answering questions tabled by the audience, as part of a panel hosted by Geoff Twentyman, on Tuesday 2nd August. Doors will open at 7.00p.m. with the event hosted in the Heineken Lounge at Ashton Gate Stadium, home of Bristol City.

Bristol City Head Coach Lee Johnson, Darrell Clarke of Bristol Rovers, Bristol Rugby Academy Backs Coach Sean Marsden and a Bath Rugby representative will join Darren on the panel, in what will be a 'season opener' to discuss those coaches' thoughts ahead of the 2016-17 season. The event is usually broadcast on both BBC radio stations on the night.

You can also attend in person if you are able to get to Bristol on the Tuesday night. To claim a free ticket to the BBC Website. You must be aged at least 16 years old, whilst Under-18s must be accompanied with an adult. Ticket applications are limited to two people each, but are free of charge, so if there are four of you then you'll need to put in two applications.

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21 July 2016 : Tate Makes Swansea Return As Full Time Coach
Former Yeovil Town loanee Alan Tate has returned to Swansea City as a full time Academy coach. The 33 year old spent the main bulk of his professional playing career as a Swansea player - Manchester United were his other main club, but even that saw him play two spells on loan in South Wales before moving there permanently in February 2004. Then came an eleven year association with the club, playing as a centre-back, right-back, left-back and even central midfield.

His loan spell at Yeovil Town came at the start of the 2013-14 campaign where he had intended to spend half a season with the club. But after six games it was evident that he was struggling with a hamstring problem, and he returned to the Liberty Stadium, with the diagnosis eventually serious enough to mean that he didn't return to the club. With Swansea in the Premier League, his time there was also running out and after further loan spells with Aberdeen and Crewe Alexandra, he bowed out having made 340 appearances for the club.

Tate signed part time for Port Talbot Town last season, but aslo began a coaching role with Swansea's Under-16s side. Just as the players there have moved up a level, so has he and he has now become a full time coach for their Under-18s, with Eric Ramsay and Chris Llewellyn in charge. For any scheduled Under-17s matches, Tate will take full responsibility.

"I am really looking forward to the new challenge this season. It gives me the opportunity to pass over the knowledge I have learnt in the game over the years to young players at the club. Hopefully I can help them develop into the first team. Taking on a coaching role is something I have been thinking of for a while. I started doing my coaching badges a few seasons ago and have progressed up the licences from there. I was fortunate enough to help coach the Swans Under-16s last season on a part-time basis, which was a great opportunity to prove I could take on a role like this. It has also meant those players have got to know me ahead of working with them this season with the Under-18s. I have always seen myself going down this route. I've had some good playing days where I achieved a lot. My next step is to pass on that knowledge to young players coming through the system and to help these players find a path to the first team."

Link: Alan Tate : Yeovil Town Statistics.

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21 July 2016 : Glovers And Sherborne Legends On Show For Charity Match
Tomorrow evening will see two Yeovil Town and Sherborne Town legends sides come together to support former Yeovil Town youth team player Matt Fricker. The charity match has been arranged to take place at Raleigh Grove, home of Sherborne Town, after Matt collapsed at home in February, suffering from bleeding on the brain, and a series of strokes.

Thankfully he is in the process of a lengthy recovery from what was ultimately diagnosed as a brain AVM (arteriovenous malformation), whilst he is at Frenchay Hospital in Bristol. The match has been arranged to raise awareness about his illness and to help raise funds to aid his rehabilitation, with the current prognosis believing it may take as long as the end of 2017 for him to get back to optimum health again.

Aside from Matt's days as a Glovers youth teamer, the other connection he has with the club is that he is the brother-in-law of Glovers legend Paul Thorpe, and he has helped get together a number of former Yeovil Town and Sherborne Town players together to play a 'veterans' match. Kick-off will be at 6.30p.m. with turnstiles open from 5.45p.m. Tickets cost £3.00 with Under-16s admitted free of charge. There will be plenty of entertainment as shown on the poster below.

As revealed earlier this month, the Glovers Trust will be supporting the event, so look out for them on the day, and come and chat to them about both the Trust and current football goings on!

On Friday night - a charity match to help support former Yeovil Town youth team player Matt Fricker
On Friday night - a charity match to help support former Yeovil Town youth team player Matt Fricker.

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21 July 2016 : Local Coach Company Running Service To Yeovil Town Home Games
A local coach company is planning to run coaches to Yeovil Town home matches from three of the outlying towns. Berrys Coaches will be offering a service before and after matches that will help fans from Bridgwater, Taunton and Ilminster to get to Huish Park, for both afternoon and evening kick-offs.

They will be picking up from Bridgwater Coach Station, Taunton Kings Arms and Ilminster Market Square before the game, and then providing a similar service (in reverse) after the final whistle. The timetable will be as follows:

Afternoon 3.00p.m. kick-offs
Bridgwater: 12:00hrs, Taunton: 12:30hrs, Ilminster: 13:00hrs

Evening 7.45p.m. kick-offs
Bridgwater: 16:45hrs, Taunton: 17:15hrs, Ilminster: 17:45hrs

The cost of the service will be £9.00 for Adults and £5.00 for Children, covering the return journey.

To place bookings, call them on 01823-331356 or email them at - make sure you have the date of the relevant fixture to hand when booking your seat.

If Yeovil Town have any non-standard afternoon/evening kick-off times at any point during the season, we'll provide details of any corresponding timetable changes.

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20 July 2016 : Football Authorities Proposing Crackdown On Aggression To Officials
The Premier League, Football League and Football Association have produced a joint statement regarding new expectations concerning the behaviour of playing and coaching staff on matchdays. Their request is to the Professional Game Match Officials (PGMO) to give them the green light to take tougher action against players on the pitch, and those in the dugouts with respect to those who show dissent to officials or confrontation.

There have been various attempts to fix this problem in the past, with the FA's Respect campaign one of the more recent ones to be floated. However, it has become increasingly apparent that certain clubs or individual players have been employing a system of 'false outrage' where surrounding the referee or getting in his ear becomes a predefined tactic throughout the 90 minutes, rather than any genuine annoyance at a decision that may have been made.

As such, the three footballing bodies have called upon the PGMO (who represent all matchday referees and their assistants) to adopt the following principles to dissent within the game:

Yellow cards should be issued to players who:
1. Show visibly disrespectful behaviour to any match official
2. Respond aggressively to decisions
3. Confront an official face to face
4. Run towards an official to contest a decision

Red cards should be issued to players who confront match officials and use offensive, insulting or abusive language and/or gestures towards them.

They have also proposed that physical contact with officials should be stopped (presumably allowing for accidental collision or exceptional circumstances) with cards produced under the following guidelines:
1. A yellow card for physical contact with any match official in a non-aggressive manner (e.g. an inquisitive approach to grab the official’s attention).
2. A red card for physical contact with match officials in an aggressive or confrontational manner.

The issue of dealing with groups of players who surround referees to contest a decision will also be dealt with. A yellow card will be issued to at least one player when two or more from a team surround a match official following a decision. In addition, the FA will continue to sanction teams when they surround match officials, as per current rules which are normally cited as a club being accused of a 'failure to control players'.

The three organisations have also proposed changes to the way that dugouts are policed. Here they are rather more vague except to say that "the requirements of the Technical Area Code of Conduct will be more rigorously enforced for players and club staff" - there are currently rules concerning how many staff can be stood up in the area, and how substitutes should behave when they are warming up. They have also proposed that the Fourth Official (and any other PGMO members as applicable) should "retain professional detachment from players and club staff at all times" when policing the dugouts.

Of course the acid test will be how firmly such dissent is cracked down on during the opening few weeks of the season. Past 'Match of the Day' television footage has openly shown players inches away from a referee's face using four letter words beginning with the letter 'F' in a clearly aggressive manner, yet get away without a booking. Once that precedence was known, the thin white dividing line of 'acceptable' and 'not acceptable' got moved. If players know that swearing at a referee will get themselves a red card, and that mob-based surrounding officials to try to goad a decision gets a booking, then the risk of sendings off and suspensions will hopefully change that side of the game.

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19 July 2016 : Training Ground Matches Arranged Against Premier League Development Squads
Yeovil Town are to play two behind-closed-doors training ground matches over the coming week. As reported yesterday, the squad are heading off to London on Saturday where they will take on a Tottenham Hotspur Development Squad side at Hotspur Way.

Before that, as part of the club's stay at The Vale leisure complex in Hensol which is situated North-West of Cardiff, they will be undertaking another training ground match in an unspecified location against a Swansea City side on Wednesday. The level of opposition put in front of them for that match is likely to be fairly mixed given that the Premier League side are currently out on tour in the USA, but due to the Euro 2016 tournament, a number of first team regulars have been rested, allowing the likes of Connor Roberts and Oliver McBurnie a chance to go on tour. As such it's likely that the side they face will be a mix of Under-21 and Under-19 players.

With both matches being played behind closed doors, it's unlikely that we'll get much detail as to what happens in those games, or which players take part in them. The next public friendly will be against Salisbury City at the Raymond McEnhill Stadium on Tuesday 26th July, at which point the players will have participated in five games in eleven days once the Spurs and Swansea matches are bundled in.

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19 July 2016 : Wakefield And Ferdinand Decisions Have Been Made
No great surprise given neither player featured in yesterday's pre-season friendly against Merthyr Town, but it would seem the club have said goodbye to former AFC Bournemouth midfielder Josh Wakefield and ex-Dagenham and Redbridge, Cheltenham Town and Southend United midfielder Kane Ferdinand. Both have featured in the club's opening two friendlies but were missing for the club's training camp in South Wales. Given the objective of that training camp is to allow new players to bond, any players missing from that week would almost certainly not be part of the club's future plans.

The players aren't explicitly named by manager Darren Way except for him to tell the Western Gazette that 'decisions have been made'. There's no mention either way concerning former Portsmouth defender Snorre Nilsen who also did not get into the pitch last night. Equally, there's no explanation of why striker Ryan Bird was not part of the squad that was selected for the match in South Wales.

The club still have on trial Southampton pair Bevis Mugabi (centre-back) and Dominic Gape (midfield) plus former Leicester City winger Harry Panayiotou and former Norwich City striker Jamar Loza along with two new trialists who featured at Merthyr last night.

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18 July 2016 : Merthyr 0 Yeovil 1 : Local Lad's Strike Wins Game For Glovers
Yeovil Town gained victory in their third pre-season friendly tonight as they saw off Southern League Premier Division side Merthyr Town by a single goal. Local boy Liam Shephard was the man who got the winner, at a ground that he would have known well, given his father Garry spent seven years at Penydarren Park as a manager, with five more spent there as a player. Shephard Jnr's goal came early in the second half and had some good fortune to go with it, with a cross into the box missing everyone and landing direct into the back of the net.

The Glovers made just one change to their starting line-up with Southampton academy graduate Dominic Gape replacing Kane Ferdinand in midfield, with the latter appearing to not be present in South Wales - Snorre Nilsen and Josh Wakefield also did not play in Wales suggesting they may have moved on. More significantly, there was no sign of striker Ryan Bird, who was an unused substitute on Saturday, and didn't make it as far as the teamsheet, leading to the question of what his future holds.

Ryan Dickson picked up a first half knock that resulted in him being replaced at the break by Josh Ezewele, meaning that Liam Shephard switched across to the left back slot covered by Dickson, whilst Ezewele moved into the right-back position. That didn't seem to affect Shephard given that he got into the right position to deliver the cross/shot that ultimately won the game though, with the Glovers 1-0 up 52 minutes into the match.

Then came the inevitable glut of substitutions. On a fiercely hot summer's evening nine players were replaced, meaning that with Dominic Gape was the only player to last the full 90 minutes - perhaps a sign that Darren Way is looking at the 21 year old in a serious light. He moved to left-back during the closing stages, with Bevis Mugabi, Jamar Loza and Harry Panayiotou being joined by two new trialists playing as a centre-back and a midfielder.

During the closing stages Merthyr had a goal chalked off for handball before they put the ball into the net, whilst Ollie Bassett shot narrowly over the bar. Omar Sowunmi could have doubled the lead six minutes from time but shot wide from Panayiotou's cross meaning that as with the preceding two friendlies, Yeovil were only able to find the back of the net on one occasion. The team will now stay in South Wales for a few days, before lining up a weekend training ground match against a Tottenham Hotspur XI that will be played behind closed doors.

Final Score: Merthyr Town 0 Yeovil Town 1.

Scorer: Liam Shephard (0-1, 52 mins)

Yeovil Town: (First Half)
1. Artur Krysiak
2. Liam Shephard, 5. Alex Lacey, 6. Nathan Smith, 3. Ryan Dickson
7. Kevin Dawson, 8. Dominic Gape, 4. Matt Dolan,
10. Otis Khan, 9. Tom Eaves, 11. Ryan Hedges.

Substitutes: Josh Ezewele (46 mins for Ryan Dickson)

Yeovil Town: (Second Half, 60 mins onwards)
Jonny Maddison
Josh Ezewele, Bevis Mugabi, Trialist A, Dominic Gape
Joe Lea, Trialist B, Ollie Bassett,
Jamar Loza, Omar Sowunmi, Harry Panayiotou

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18 July 2016 : Team News For Merthyr Town vs Yeovil Town
Yeovil Town have selected their starting line-up for this evening's pre-season friendly against Merthyr Town tonight. The Glovers have made one change, with Southampton midfielder Dominic Gape bring included as a solitary trialist, with Kane Ferdinand dropping out. Otherwise the eleven selected is similar to that used for the preceding two friendly matches and reads as follows:

Yeovil Town: (First Half)
1. Artur Krysiak
2. Liam Shephard, 5. Alex Lacey, 6. Nathan Smith, 3. Ryan Dickson
7. Kevin Dawson, 8. Dominic Gape, 4. Matt Dolan,
10. Otis Khan, 9. Tom Eaves, 11. Ryan Hedges.

Substitutes: (with more to come later) 12. Jonny Maddison, 15. Josh Ezewele, 16. Joe Lea, 18. Ollie Bassett, 19. Omar Sowunmi

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18 July 2016 : Pedal Power Sees Glovers Cyclists Coming Home From Durham
YTFC Get Pedalling returns this week as 44 riders and support crew leave for the long journey to Durham on Tuesday in preparation to begin their long journey home starting on Wednesday morning. The team return to Huish Park at 11.00a.m. on Sunday morning to take in the vital Yeovil Town Ladies game against Durham Women.

The ride is to raise awareness of the Ladies club and to begin raising funds as the club look to develop a program that will see members of the team visit schools around Somerset five days per week. Speaking on behalf of Get Pedalling, Ben Tupman said:

"We decided to try a summer ride this year and we thought it would be nice for our riders to enjoy training in the warmer conditions of Spring! This year’s ride was organised to highlight the great work being done by Yeovil Town Ladies both on the pitch and their plans to help schoolchildren around Somerset by giving assemblies and coaching sessions based around a healthy and active lifestyle. The ride has also given people a chance to raise money for their chosen charities of their choice, meaning many organisations will benefit from this years Get Pedalling event."

The cyclists will ride from Durham to Skipton on Wednesday (climbing nearly 6000ft over 72 miles). Thursday sees them riding to Crewe (climbing over 6500ft). Friday will be a long journey of 90 miles to Hereford followed by a nervy crossing of the Severn Bridge to spend Saturday night in Weston super Mare. They will then leave Weston at 7.00a.m. to ensure their arrival at Huish Park for 11.00a.m. where they will be greeted by family, friends and fellow supporters to watch the crucial FA Women’s Super League game that kicks off at 12 noon. Yeovil Town Ladies manager Jamie Sherwood, who will be riding the daily mileage on a static gym bike in Cardiff to show his support said:

"The fact that 44 friends of the Yeovil Town brand will put themselves through a challenge like this shows the true meaning of the club motto Achieve by Unity. We’re very proud to have the team cycling in our colours and we will all be there to greet them on their return on Sunday. I hope that the people of Yeovil, along with the fans of Yeovil Town will join us for the afternoon where we hope to celebrate three vital points towards our quest for promotion to the top flight of the women’s game."

The ride has been supported by local businesses, with Jones Building Group being title sponsor for the third year running, as well as owner Dave Jones, Managing Director Mark Porter along with a number of Jones staff taking part. Old Mill have sponsored the ride and have David Maslen riding. We Do Vans have supplied the support vehicles alongside Dorset Vehicle Rentals with Ben Tupman and Alan Jane riding under the Westbury Packaging sponsorship banner.

Tickets for the FA Women’s Super League match v Durham are available to purchase on the day at £5.00 per adult and £2.50 for children & concessions, or in advance by clicking here. Ben Tupman added:

"We really hope to break the record attendance for the Ladies at this game. The level of commitment Jamie, his team and staff give to the club is simply phenomenal and it would be fantastic if we could create a big crowd and incredible atmosphere as the team looks to secure a place in the promotion spots this season."

YTFC Get Pedalling - Travelling from Durham to Yeovil this week
YTFC Get Pedalling - Travelling from Durham to Yeovil this week.

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18 July 2016 : Darren's Verdict On The Bristol City Match
Following Saturday afternoon's 1-2 home defeat against Bristol City 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's thoughts on the pitch, the goal from Tom Eaves, the absence of Francois Zoko and views on the trialists. Read that interview via the link below.

Link: Darren's Verdict On The Bristol City Match.

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18 July 2016 : Ticket Office Closed For Next Two Days
A reminder that the Huish Park Ticket Office will be closed for business across the whole on Monday and Tuesday this week (today and tomorrow). As reported last week, the club are currently going through plans to upgrade their Ticketing platform and the next two days are being used to allow staff a chance to be trained on the new platform.

The actual changeover won't happen until next week (when the whole Ticketing platform and Ticket Office will be closed down for two days). If you are looking to purchase tickets, then the Ticket Office will reopen on Wednesday morning. You can still make purchases via the online portal but don't expect them to be processed for a few days.

On another note, tickets for the pre-season friendly against Swindon Town are now on sale - either use the online portal, or give the Ticket Office a call from Wednesday onwards.

Link: Ticketing For Merthyr Town vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Ticketing For Salisbury City vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Ticketing For Yeovil Town vs Swindon Town.

Link: Ticketing For Walsall vs Yeovil Town.

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

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

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18 July 2016 : Directions To Merthyr Town
Tonight sees Yeovil Town play their third pre-season friendly as they travel to play Southern League Premier Division side Merthyr Town. This is the club's first visit to Penydarren Park since an FA Cup Fourth Qualifying Round match in 1996 that took place against Merthyr Tydfil - the previous incarnation of the club that exists today.

Merthyr is situated in South Wales, around 23 miles north of Cardiff. The address for the ground is as follows:

Address: Penydarren Park, Park Terrace, Merthyr Tydfil CF47 8RS

To get to the ground, head onto the M4 Westbound until you get as far as Junction 32. Then take the A470 northbound towards Merthyr and take that road into Merthyr town centre. The ground is situated on the north side of the town centre just off the A4102. Turn into Brecon Road, take the first right into The Walk then almost immediately turn right into Park Terrace. The entrance to the ground is at the end of Park Terrace.

Merthyr does have a very small car park at the ground, but they market this as an opportunity for fans to purchase parking 'season' tickets at the club, and don't make any mention of it being available for those turning up on the day. You're therefore better off finding street parking spaces - there are some unrestricted parking places in Park Terrace or in Tudor Terrace which is situated opposite. As always, the closer you arrive before kick-off, the further you'll have to walk when you find a parking spot.

Link: Admission Prices For Merthyr Town vs Yeovil Town.

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17 July 2016 : Toffees Provide Sticky Opposition As Ladies Suffer Defeat
Yeovil Town Ladies suffered a nasty jolt in their promotion goals this afternoon, as they lost 3-0 to fellow promotion-chasers Everton Ladies at the Select Security Stadium. The damage was all done during the first half, when a Chloe Kelly brace sandwiched a Rosella Ayane strike, to break the Glovers' nine game unbeaten run. With Durham Women and Bristol City Women ending up in a 0-0 stalemate, the damage wasn't quite as bad as it could have been, with Yeovil keeping a two goal cushion at the top of the table. Although it suggests that Durham and Everton - who both have two games in hand - plan to push the two West Country sides hard in the closing stages of the season.

England Under-19s midfielder Chloe Kelly was the main executor of Yeovil's downfall. She took advantage of a ball only being half cleared from a Krystle Johnstone cross in the 10th minute, to fire home on the half volley. Then Rosella Ayane converted from close range before Everton won a penalty ten minutes before the break. Kayleigh Green brought down Chloe Kelly and the victim of the infringement showed no qualms about taking it herself, calmly slotting home for a 3-0 half time lead.

The Glovers rallied well in the second half, with a formation tweak helping them assert themselves more. Helen Bleazard forced Kirstie Levell into a parried save, but no-one could convert the loose ball on the rebound. Then Nicola Cousins put a header just wide of the post. It was the first time that Yeovil had failed to score in an FAWSL2 league match this season. Boss Jamie Sherwood felt his side had given Everton too much of a head start, declaring them as the best side in the league - perhaps signalling which side the Glovers will need to stay above if they want to win promotion. But he said the main positive was that they still held that two point advantage at the top of the table:

"You take positives from every game. Today, for me, we always came out with the intent of being ahead. We’re still ahead, there’s no pressure on us and everyone is chasing us. For a club like Yeovil, for everyone to be chasing us, we’re doing a very good job and we’re enjoying ourselves. It was a disappointing afternoon for us, we didn’t get out of the blocks in the first half. In the second half, we’ve gone for it and done the best we can do, but we looked leggy today. Our resources mean that sometimes we don’t get what we want, sometimes you get the outcomes that you get today. You can’t be in a position where you’re giving, in my opinion, the best team in the league any advantage."

Final Score: Everton Ladies 3 Yeovil Town Ladies 0.

Scorers: Chloe Kelly (10 mins, 1-0), Rosella Ayane (17 mins, 2-0), Chloe Kelly (34 mins, 3-0, pen)

Everton Ladies: (4-3-3): Kirstie Levell; Vicky Jones, Millie Turner, Georgia Brougham, Danielle Turner; Michelle Hinnigan, Kelly Jones, Chloe Kelly; Krystle Johnston, Claudia Walker, Rosella Ayane

Substitutes: Megan Finnigan (67 mins for Krystle Johnston), Jenna Dear (78 mins for Rosella Ayane), Alex Brooks, Emily Hollinshead, Lauren Davies

Yeovil Town Ladies: (3-4-1-2): Beth Howard; Nicola Cousins, Hannah Short, Kayleigh Green; Lauren Townsend, Ellie Curson, Danielle Carlton, Helen Bleazard; Annie Heatherson; Sarah Wiltshire, Nadia Lawrence

Substitutes: Kelly Aldridge (67 mins for Lauren Townsend), Kelly Snook (67 mins for Nadia Lawrence), Natasha Knapman (79 mins for Sarah Wiltshire), Stephanie Williams, Emily Donovan, Leah Burridge, Jessie Jones.

Referee: Daniel Hitchell

Attendance: 333

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17 July 2016 : Hip Flexor Problems Explaining Zoko's Absence
Yeovil Town manager Darren Way has explained the current absence of striker Francois Zoko during the pre-season period so far. The 32 year old has sat our both of the opening friendlies against Dorchester Town and Bristol City, as one of only two players who have yet to make the teamsheet. Whilst his situation is not thought to be serious, Zoko has a problem in his hip flexor area that is causing him discomfort, meaning that the club have not risked him in any of the friendlies. It's not clear when he will be given the green light to be put back in the team, but Darren told BBC Somerset that he was the only player he hadn't allowed for missing the pre-season schedule so far:

"At the moment Francois Zoko is a little bit tight in the hip flexor area. Again, it's important that I don't want to push him too much, like all of the players. But he's the only one that is missing at the moment. Darren Ward was expected (to be missing) from last year. So at the moment with the physical demands of pre-season it's only Francois who is missing a part of the pre-season. It's not nice but you have to accept that. Everyone else has been firing on all cylinders every day. So every day we improve."

Captain Darren Ward has been unavailable for the Glovers since he was substituted in last season's League Two fixture against Carlisle United on March 25th, and so is approaching a four month absence from the squad, having only completed seven matches since he suffered a knee injury up at Morecambe on January 16th. He went under the knife just before the 2015-16 season ended, and it's not clear yet when he will be ready to return to the playing squad.

Way fielded eight trialists in yesterday's match against Bristol City, but with him having a current squad size of eighteen players and the Glovers boss targeting a competitive first team squad of twenty players, it's clear that there are only a couple of places left for him to fill before the season starts in just under three weeks time.

With the current squad of players now heading across to South Wales for a training camp, and a Monday night friendly against Merthyr Town, Way said he would need to choose which players he took with him for those days away, but said it was about those trialists making a calculated risk as well, knowing that there might not be a contract at the end of it all. However, he said that ideally he would want to take the majority of those trialists with him so he could see them perform again:

"Ideally yes, but they've got decisions to make, as to whether they risk that. It's also decisions that I've got to make but it's all part and parcel of management and you have to make the right decision. What you've seen today is both teams going up against it tactically. Lee came here and matched us up and that's different to what he'd done last season. So it was a tough test, but again a good test."

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