League One side Peterborough United have stated that they have ended the loan spell of midfielder Simon Gillett. The 30 year old had been at London Road for a two month period having been drafted in by former Posh manager Graham Westley to cover for a number of injuries within their side. Overall though, he struggled to get a place in their side, making just three starts and two substitute appearances across that period, with his last time on the pitch coming on April 5th - the day that Peterborough confirmed that they would be keeping him for a second month.
Westley was fired on April 23rd, with it being clear that Peterborough were not going to be anywhere near this season's play-off spots, and Grant McCann has been put in caretaker charge. With one game remaining of their season, it inevitably makes sense for them to concentrate upon looking at their permanent squad members, and so today Peterborough have confirmed that Gillett has returned to South Somerset at the end of the current deal.
Gillett has one game left on his Huish Park contract, as one of thirteen players who are out of contract at the end of the 2015-16 season. With the Glovers having fielded just six substitutes on Saturday at Barnet and with manager Darren Way hinting that Ryan Dickson may need to be pulled out of the squad for the final game after he limped off at the Hive Stadium, Gillett's return will do no harm, particularly as Way has already ruled that Ben Tozer (knee) and Kevin Dawson (ankle) will also not be risked on Saturday, as they nurse end of season niggles that have seen them dropping in and out of the squad over the past month or two.
Two weeks ago, Yeovil Town played a League Two match against Wycombe Wanderers at Adams Park. The match ended up in a 0-0 draw, which wasn't good news for the home side, who at that time had still been hoping to grab the final play-off spot in the division. The Glovers created their better chances during the second period, with Marc Laird coming close to winning it late on, although they had to thank Ryan Dickson for clearing an earlier effort off the line.
Man of the Match voting saw goalkeeper Artur Krysiak and striker Leroy Lita get plaudits for their performances on the night. The poll winner though by a small margin was Nathan Smith, once again impressing in his centre-back role. Full results are as shown below, with outright MOTM votes shown in brackets:
1. Nathan Smith 20 (2)
2. Leroy Lita 18 (1)
2. Artur Krysiak 18 (1)
4. Matthew Dolan 6 (0)
4. Alex Lacey 6 (0)
6. Ben Tozer 2 (0)
6. Connor Roberts 2 (0)
OVERALL MATCH RATING : 7.5
Performance : 7.5
Entertainment : 7.5
VOTES RECEIVED : 4
Following Saturday's 4-3 win over Barnet at the Hive Stadium, Yeovil Town midfielder Matt Dolan spoke to the BBC. With questions from local journalist Chris Spittles, in an interview for BBC Somerset, Matt talks about his first outfield goal of the 2015-16 season, and his views on the extraordinary victory. Read that interview via the link below.
Just over two weeks ago, Yeovil Town played a League Two match against Bristol Rovers at the Memorial Stadium. The main bright spot in the afternoon came when Leroy Lita scored his first goal for the club to put the Glovers level in the match, but they ultimately succumbed to a 2-1 away defeat against the Gas - their second defeat in a row.
Man of the Match voting saw Everton loanee Liam Walsh once again impress in the centre of midfield, whilst Swansea City right-back Connor Roberts was once again one of the club's most consistent performers. The poll winner by a tiny margin though was defender Nathan Smith, once again taking the centre-back position to impressive effect.
Full results are as shown below, with outright MOTM votes shown in brackets:
1. Nathan Smith 102 (5)
2. Connor Roberts 98 (5)
3. Liam Walsh 94 (5)
4. Ryan Dickson 74 (7)
5. Leroy Lita 24 (1)
6. Jakub SokolŪk 16 (1)
7. Artur Krysiak 14 (0)
OVERALL MATCH RATING : 7.5
Performance : 7.08
Entertainment : 7.92
VOTES RECEIVED : 24
Just before Saturday afternoon's match against Barnet kicked off at The Hive Stadium, Yeovil Town manager Darren Way spoke to the BBC. With questions from local journalist Chris Spittles, in an interview for BBC Somerset, Darren talks about Barnet and their new facilities they are building at their new ground. He also explains why Ben Tozer will play no part in the remainder of the 2015-16 season, his thoughts on Swansea City loanee Liam Shephard's performances so far, and there's a brief mention of Omar Sowunmi that would imply positive news regarding his long-standing ankle injury. Read that interview via the link below.
Yeovil Town Ladies put themselves on top of the FAWSL2 table on Saturday evening for the first time in the club's history. Their 4-0 victory over Millwall Lionesses ensured they ended the day in first place, even if Sunday fixtures may allow their rivals to catch up again. Two goals from Annie Heatherson - one of which was a long range piledriver - along with opening and closing goals from Helen Bleazard and Sarah Wiltshire, gave the Ladies an emphatic win against a side that had been good enough to hold them to a draw a week ago at Huish Park.
The visitors had to be patient during a first half in which they created the better chances, but found Millwall resolute, with Nicola Cousins finding her shot inside the box following a corner being cleared off the goal line by Lionesses defender Lilli Maple who was stood by the goalpost for the set piece. However, a minute before the break, Ellie Curson set up Helen Bleazard who broke clean through on goal, and successfully rounded home keeper Sarah Quantrill before putting the ball into an empty net from a tight angle, and for a valuable half time lead.
Annie Heatherson was up against her former club, and so the stage was set for her to impress in South London, and she certainly did that by scoring two second half goals, the first of which stunned the New Den crowd. She struck the ball from 25 yards out into the top right hand corner with just under 20 minutes remaining and explained that she'd told her team-mates at half time that she was getting plenty of space on the ball for an opportunity like that to come her way. But even then when it hit the back of the net it surprised her:
"I havenít scored a goal like that in my whole career playing football! I have no idea where that came from but I said to the girls at half-time, without being rude, Iíve got acres of space and you just need to find me. The girls found me and it just opened up for me. I thought Iíve just got to hit the target and I was even shocked that it went in."
With twelve minutes remaining, Yeovil Town Ladies did what they're good at doing this season - hitting the woodwork. A free kick found Annie Heatherson but her header came back off the crossbar. Then three minutes later, they did it again. A cross came into the box and Natasha Knapman's header came off the crossbar, but this time there was to be no let-off for Millwall as Heatherson reacted first to slot the rebound in from five yards out.
In the closing stages, Yeovil made it an emphatic 4-0 victory with three minutes remaining as Sarah Wiltshire received the ball, and let it drop to the floor before executing a well hit half-volley into the back of the net from 15 yards, with the ball looping over Sarah Quantrill and into the back of the net. That meant the Ladies came come with all three points and speaking after the match two-goal Annie Heatherson felt that scoreline was justified, particularly based on the second half performance:
"We dominated and the result shows that. The first half wasnít good enough from us. We were on the back foot and we didnít deserve to be 1-0 up at half-time, but the one goal helped us out. We adjusted things in the first half, looked at the bigger picture and when we came out in the second half we were a completely different team. Against Oxford we could have had a few more goals as well and against Millwall last week. Itís been one of those things that has been building but nothingís generally happened so today everything just fell into place."
Final Score: Millwall Lionesses 0 Yeovil Town Ladies 4.
Yeovil Town Ladies: (4-4-2): Charlotte Haynes, Nicola Cousins, Ellie Curson, Kayleigh Green, Sarah Wiltshire, Stephanie Williams, Ann-Marie Heatherson, Nadia Lawrence, Kelly Snook, Helen Bleazard, Hannah Short
For those who want to view highlights of yesterday's 4-3 win over Barnet at the Hive Stadium, these are now online. Unsurprisingly in two minutes worth of match highlights, when you've got seven goals to cover there's not a lot of time for anything else other than that. However, relive the goals scored by Matt Dolan, Nathan Smith, Francois Zoko and the winner from Harry Cornick via the video clip below. You can also judge whether the referee should have awarded Barnet their second half penalty, or whether the offence committed by Alex Lacey occurred outside the box.
Following Saturday afternoon's 4-3 win over Barnet at the Hive Stadium, 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 talks about the club's extraordinary win, the rare goal for Nathan Smith and the injury situation concerning Ryan Dickson who was substituted during the second half. Read that interview via the link below.
If you watched Saturday afternoon's 4-3 win against Barnet at The Hive Stadium, don't forget to cast your Man of the Match votes. Choose your top three players from the match, plus entertainment and performance ratings along with any other comments you want to make on the game, using the form below.
Yeovil Town manager Darren Way admitted that he lost his voice at half time today as he tried to impress upon his players the level of commitment he expected them to achieve at the football club. However, in an end-to-end second half against Barnet at The Hive Stadium, the Glovers boss was impressed by the final outcome as he witnessed his side grab as last-gasp 4-3 win, with substitute Harry Cornick netting a 95th minute winner.
At 45 minutes into the match though he was less impressed. The Glovers trailed via a Michael Gash header, and the general signs were that the club's problems of scoring goals at the other end of the park were going to bite them again, as they enjoyed plenty of possession, but without the serious end product. Way told BBC Somerset that he felt his side lacked something at the break, even if they had plenty of time on the ball during that first half:
"I thought that tactically we were absolutely spot on, and I thought we were unlucky to go a goal down with the amount of possession that we had. But having said that, we knew what the problem was at half time, in that there wasn't enough commitment and there wasn't enough desire and belief in the final third again. For me that was disappointing and I said to them that they needed to show me a reaction, because they've got two games to impress as to whether they're at this football club or not."
Half a game later, and Way was a much happier person, as his team scored four times in the final 35 minutes, despite two John Akinde goals giving them two goal deficits on two occasions. A 20 yard Matt Dolan strike was followed up by a rare Nathan Smith header. Then with 14 minutes remaining Francois Zoko bagged his eighth goal of the season, providing an equalising goal. That set the stage for Harry Cornick to also net his eighth goal of the campaign, leaving Way delighted with how strongly his team were finishing this season:
"For me it just reflects that I wanted to finish the season strong, but that there was a real strong committed performance with a group of players who are out of contract. Everyone was saying that it was a nothing game and I asked the players that I just wanted to see that they work as hard as them. I think they went home today knowing that my players have worked as hard as them, certainly this week. The scoreline reflects that. We kept going until the end. What you've seen is that we got that reaction."
Yeovil Town recovered from being two goals down twice during a pulsating match against Barnet this afternoon, pulling out a last gasp winner in a 4-3 victory at the Hive Stadium. The hero of the moment was AFC Bournemouth loanee Harry Cornick, who scored the winner in the 95th minute to produce an improbable win in Yeovil's final away match of the 2015-16 season. Barnet took the lead through a Michael Gash header and when John Akinde scored from the penalty spot early in the second period it looked as though the Bees were heading for a basic pedestrian win. But Matt Dolan's 20 yard strike sparked the Glovers into life to pull a goal back. John Akinde then got his second of the afternoon, but Barnet's two goal advantage lasted a minute as Nathan Smith scored a rare header, followed by Francois Zoko's equaliser. That set up an end to end finale that was completed deep into injury time when Cornick drove the ball home to send 455 away supporters wild.
The Glovers went into the match making one change to their starting line-up but also a formation change. Harry Cornick was dropped to the bench, whilst Marc Laird came into the team, with the extra midfielder meaning that the much-tried 4-3-3 was dropped, with Darren Way switching to a 4-3-1-2, with Laird as the attacking midfielder, playing just behind a very experienced front pairing of Francois Zoko and Leroy Lita. With Tahvon Campbell and Harry Cornick on the bench, and Brandon Goodship forced to play as the 'sixth loan' for the fourth game in five matches, that tended to imply that Way was looking at which permanently contracted players were on his books that could unpick his side's goalscoring problems.
Early on at least, the signs were that not too much had changed. Barnet created the more incisive chances as John Akinde almost scored from a corner, with Ryan Dickson having to head the ball off his own goal line. The Glovers passed the ball well but without any end output, and midway through the first half they went behind as a James Pearson cross was converted inside the box by Michael Gash, with Yeovil's marking having gone astray.
Yeovil nearly responded a few minutes later via a Matt Dolan free kick. Those who witnessed Jack Compton's long range attempt from the touchline at AFC Wimbledon back in January will have already witnessed what Dolan nearly achieved. His deep free kick from the right touchline looped over goalkeeper Jamie Stephens, but he just about managed to get a palm on the ball to send it onto the crossbar and away to safety. Dolan was then found out on the left flank creating Yeovil's best other first half chance as he put in an excellent cross towards Marc Laird who was in the centre of goal beyond the penalty spot and a clear aim on goal - unfortunately for him, he misdirected it over the crossbar.
That rather summed up the opening period, and there was the fear that Yeovil's lack of quality in front of goal in recent games might haunt them again. However, they started the second half superbly, almost scoring within 30 seconds of the kick-off. Francois Zoko ran through on goal and forced Jamie Stephens into a superb low save, and when the loose ball fell to Marc Laird, his shot on the rebound was met by more superb reflexes from the Bees goalkeeper. Then Leroy Lita narrowly hooked the ball over the bar, and the feeling was the Glovers were on to something by the way they'd started.
Then came the sucker punch. Barnet's first proper attack of the half saw Alex Lacey foul John Akinde wide on the edge of the penalty area. Referee Sebastian Stockbridge blew up for the spot kick, and Akinde calmly passed the ball into the corner of the net, having correctly judged which way Artur Krysiak was going to dive. 2-0 down and it seemed it wasn't going to be Yeovil's day.
Midfielder Matt Dolan though had other ideas. Just three minutes after Akinde's goal, he notched up his first goal for the club in nearly four months, and his first outfield strike of the 2015-16 season. Dolan has always had a good strike on the ball, but goals have eluded him during his permanent spell with the club, but there was certainly nothing wrong with the goal that put Yeovil back in the match - a 20 yarder that went low and hard into the bottom right hand corner.
A game that was becoming more and more open then got a little bit too open. Yeovil were caught in possession, and lost the ball to Andy Yiadom. His long ball down the middle was perfectly judged for John Akinde to run onto and the Barnet striker got his second goal of the game as he headed the bouncing ball over the advancing and exposed Artur Krysiak for a 3-1 lead. Surely game over - or so you'd have thought.
It took Yeovil under a minute to reduce the two-goal deficit again, although it was the most unlikely of sources who nabbed it. Nathan Smith's last goal for the club came on December 13th 2008 and with his three year spell at Chesterfield having not produced any goals, that strike still stood as his one and only professional goal. He thus doubled his tally in the 63rd minute when he headed home from close range following a Matt Dolan corner to pull the game back to 3-2.
Still the goals were coming. With 14 minutes remaining of the match, Francois Zoko incredibly levelled the scores. He received the ball on the edge of the box, and provided a low shot on the angle that fired into the back of the net for a 3-3 scoreline. Game on!
That set the game off into a frantic end-to-end encounter in which both sides threatened to snatch the winning goal. Barnet thought they'd got it when they got the ball in the back of the net just as the clock ticked over to 90 minutes, but a linesman's flag went up and stopped the celebrations. Then with the game deep into five minutes of added time, Yeovil broke on a counter-attack. Goalkeeper Artur Krysiak fed Liam Walsh by rolling the ball out of his own penalty area and his powerful run up field saw the Everton loanee feed Harry Cornick. The substitute slotted the ball past the keeper and then ran across to 455 deliriously happy Yeovil Town supporters, with the retaining wall between both players and fans disappearing into a single sea of green and white.
With pretty much the final kick of the match, the Glovers had won the game. Theoretically it was a game that did not matter one iota to any league table, or any divisional status - yet the timing of the goal and the celebrations made you feel as though the Glovers had just avoided the relegation drop, and not two weeks ago at Bristol Rovers when it actually happened.
Scorers: Michael Gash (1-0, 22 mins), John Akinde (2-0, 52 mins, pen), Matt Dolan (2-1, 55 mins), John Akinde (3-1, 62 mins), Nathan Smith (3-2, 63 mins), Francois Zoko (3-3, 76 mins), Harry Cornick (3-4, 90 mins)
Barnet: 21. Jamie Stephens
37. James Pearson 6. Michael Nelson 4. Bira Dembele 3. Elliot Johnson
7. Andy Yiadom 14. Sam Togwell 40. Harry Taylor 12. Luke Gambin
9. John Akinde 18. Michael Gash
Substitutes: 5. Bondz N'Gala 16. Tom Champion (72 mins for Fumnaya Shomotun), 17. Sam Muggleton (80 mins for Harry Taylor) 19. Shaun Batt 20. Fumnaya Shomotun (36 mins for James Pearson) 31. Kai McKenzie-Lyle 36. Alie Sesay
Yeovil Town: 1. Artur Krysiak
24. Connor Roberts 21. Alex Lacey 3. Nathan Smith 11. Ryan Dickson (Capt)
32. Liam Shephard 25. Liam Walsh 4. Matt Dolan
8. Marc Laird
39. Francois Zoko 38. Leroy Lita
Substitutes: 12. Chris Weale (GK) 9. Ryan Bird 10. Shaun Jeffers 14. Jack Compton 16. Tahvon Campbell (60 mins for Leroy Lita) 23. Harry Cornick (71 mins for Ryan Dickson)
Barnet Bookings: John Akinde (78 mins, foul)
Yeovil Bookings: Alex Lacey (52 mins, foul)
Barnet Match Statistics: Possession: 45%; Shots: 9; Shots On Target: 5; Corners: 8; Fouls: 11.
Yeovil Match Statistics: Possession: 55%; Shots: 12; Shots On Target: 6; Corners: 7; Fouls: 6.
Referee: Sebastian Stockbridge (Tyne and Wear). Assistants: John Farries (Oxfordshire) and Robert Hyde (London). Fourth Official: Robert Whitton (Essex).
Yeovil Town have named one change to their starting eleven for the League Two match against Barnet at The Hive Stadium this afternoon. Marc Laird comes into the line-up displacing Harry Cornick.
For the fourth match in five games, AFC Bournemouth loanee Brandon Goodship is the 'sixth loan' that has to sit in the stands. Midfielder Kevin Dawson has got an ankle injury and so misses his fourth consecutive game. Meanwhile the club have five players who are not expected to play for the club for the remainder of this season, with Darren Ward (knee), Jakub Sokolik (wrist), Jordan Gibbons (hip injury), Omar Sowunmi (ankle) and Wes Fogden (knee) all out with longer term issues.
The full team for this afternoon's match reads as follows:
Yeovil Town: 1. Artur Krysiak
24. Connor Roberts 21. Alex Lacey 3. Nathan Smith 11. Ryan Dickson (Capt)
32. Liam Shephard 8. Marc Laird 4. Matt Dolan 25. Liam Walsh
39. Francois Zoko 38. Leroy Lita
Substitutes: 12. Chris Weale (GK) 9. Ryan Bird 10. Shaun Jeffers 14. Jack Compton 16. Tahvon Campbell 23. Harry Cornick
As part of the build-up to tomorrow afternoon's match against Barnet at The Hive Stadium, Yeovil Town manager Darren Way spoke to the BBC. With questions from BBC Somerset reporter Dan Albutt, Darren holds his interview at Buckler's Mead school and explains why he put on a training session there, as well as giving his views on player contracts and performances, and on Bees boss Martin Allen. Read that via the link below.
Tomorrow afternoon sees Yeovil Town make their first trip to play Barnet for fourteen years, as they play their final away match of the 2015-16 season. The key thing to note is that we will not be travelling to Barnet itself - the Bees have moved to The Hive Stadium, around six miles down the road in Edgware, and you'll find a new Ciderspace guide is online giving you directions, parking, ticketing, club statistics and where to have a pint. Read that guide via the link below.
Officials for the League Two match between Barnet and Yeovil Town have been published by the Football League. The match takes place on Saturday 30th April 2016 at The Hive Stadium, with a 3.00p.m. kick-off. The man in charge of the fixture will be Sebastian Stockbridge (Tyne and Wear).
He is in his third season as a Football League referee, having been promoted in the summer of 2013, and his north-east residence means we've only seen him on one previous occasion. That was for the FA Cup Second Round tie against Accrington Stanley back in December 2014 at the Crown Ground, which ended in a 1-1 draw. Overall he had a reasonable game, although we recall getting a bit frustrated at the number of times he was blowing his whistle up for second half free kicks. As it happens, we weren't playing too well at that point in the game, so that may have been more down to our levels of angst regarding a cup tie that was on a bit of a knife-edge rather than those decisions necessarily being wrong!
This season has seen him take charge of 29 matches, showing 100 yellow cards and six red cards. Two of those reds came in his last two fixtures at Hartlepool and Scunthorpe so let's hope he's not planning a hat-trick!
Mr Stockbridge will be assisted by John Farries (Oxfordshire) and Robert Hyde (London). The Fourth Official will be Robert Whitton (Essex).
Yeovil Town's players will have to wait a while to find out for certain whether they will be given a contract. The club's safety in League Two was guaranteed just under two weeks ago, meaning that they can plan for the 2016-17 season on the basis of them playing fourth tier football. However, as yet no new deals are on the table, with thirteen players potentially free to find other clubs over the summer.
Earlier in the month, manager Darren Way spoke of his plans to sit down with the players and sort out their futures, but it now seems that he is leaning towards using the final two matches of the 2015-16 season to look at his first team squad more closely. As such, he told BBC Somerset that those players were still playing for their futures, and that contract offers wouldn't be coming out just yet:
"Yes that's the way I see it, but also as well they are good individuals. They've got good personalities and when you've got good individuals and good personalities they're always trying to bring the best out of themselves. We'll sit down with them, but I'm no different from what Plymouth is or Exeter is. They're not giving out contracts as yet and I can understand why."
Part of the reason for the shift in thinking may come down to Darren still not knowing what his 2016-17 playing budget is likely to be. Again throughout April, the Glovers boss has stated the need to sit down with the Board of Directors to discuss what funding may be available for next season. However, earlier this week he told the Western Gazette that the club's 'early bird' Season Ticket sales deadline of May 7th - the final day of the 2015-16 season - was a factor in why those figures had yet to be agreed:
"There are still a lot of things the board are waiting to see - season ticket sales for example. I want to keep the core and the spine of this team together, though, and build around that. There is no right or wrong way to do it but the stats suggest that we have kept clean-sheets since I took over like no other team has done up and down the country. We need something more in the final third, but as I keep saying to the players - the stats don't lie. When a player hasn't been effective it is when they are not having shots, no playing passes and not making tackles."
Yesterday evening, Yeovil Town Ladies played Oxford United Women in a FAWSL 2 match at Huish Park. Following the 2-0 win, manager Jamie Sherwood spoke to BBC Somerset reporter Claire Carter about the match, giving his views on the game and their early season form. Read that interview via the link below.
Further to our March 14th article concerning a Plymouth Argyle supporter who had been banned by his club for throwing a smoke device onto the pitch at Huish Park, that has now been followed up by a court-agreed Banning Order. The device was thrown onto the pitch during Yeovil Town's 0-0 draw against the Pilgrims in February 2016, causing a slight delay during the second half, and once the Argyle supporter was identified by CCTV, he was given an indefinite ban by his club, pending a court case to look into the matter.
Today saw 18 year old Argyle supporter Kristyan Kearney plead guilty in Somerset Magistrates Court in Yeovil to the offence. He has been given a three year banning order, in addition to the conviction of possessing a pyrotechnic device at a designated sporting event. He has also been fined £200 by the court as well as having to pay £105 in costs.
He can apply for the ban to be lifted after a two year period. However, in the meantime he will be legally banned from all football matches throughout that period, and will have to sign in at a Police Station under certain conditions to declare his whereabouts. He will also have to surrender his passport to the police during certain occasions, particularly whilst England internationals are taking place overseas. If he breaches the conditions of his banning order, then he will be subject to arrest, which could lead to further charges and imprisonment.
Earlier this season, Newport County announced that they were also banning one of their spectators, due to an object being thrown onto the pitch during that match, allegedly aimed at goalkeeper Artur Krysiak. That case is still pending with the Police and CPS, as far as we are aware. It should be stressed that no Yeovil Town supporters have been involved in either incident.
Yeovil Town Ladies moved up to fourth place in the FASWL2 table on Wednesday night, after a game of patience saw them beat Oxford United by a 2-0 scoreline. A resolute Oxford side - and the woodwork again of course! - denied the Glovers a route through the visitors' defence until 73 minutes had passed, but late goals from Nicola Cousins and Annie Heatherson allowed them to make the breakthrough their pressure deserved.
Oxford had their own chances in the first half when Ella Franklin-Fraiture forced Charlotte Haynes to race off her line to stop the visitors break through. Yeovil took a while to get going, with Oxford smothering the midfield play well but on 34 minutes Sarah Wiltshire struck the post with a left footed shot from just inside the box. Then Franklin-Fraiture shot over the crossbar as the first half ended goalless, despite Natasha Knapman firing wide just before the break.
Yeovil began to ramp up the pressure during the second period, with Ellis Hillman being denied in a goalmouth scramble by brave goalkeeping from Hannah Cox. The visitors keeper then saved superbly from Natasha Knapman from close range, with defenders then blocking out Helen Bleazard's attempt to convert a loose ball. Cox saved again from Hillman and then from Annie Heatherson after she cut inside and fired on goal, and then the same player was denied as the keeper tipped the ball over the bar for a corner.
That corner though was to be crucial, as with 17 minutes remaining, Yeovil finally managed to convert, as Nicola Cousins converted a bullet header from the dead ball situation to chance the complexion of the game and to put the Glovers 1-0 up. With the game now opening up, Nadia Lawrence became the latest player to strike the woodwork as she hit the post, and it got struck a third time just as the clock ticked onto the 90 minute mark when Nicola Cousins was denied.
The net finally bulged again though two minutes into second half injury time. Sarah Wiltshire's cross into the box landed in at the back post, and Annie Heatherson got in on the blind side of the Oxford defence to convert the ball for that second crucial goal, giving Oxford no time for a fightback. Boss Jamie Sherwood spoke after the match and he was happy that they had been able to overcome their opponents, given how disciplined they had been as a team:
"We were playing against a very disciplined and structured and well organised Oxford side who had gone into the game off a tough defeat at the weekend and we knew it was going to be a tough game. We had to be patient, we had to stick to the way that we wanted to play and trust it was going to happen for us and in the second half they tired a bit and our superior fitness told. In the second half, I think that there was only one team that was going to win the game of football. Across the whole game, theyíve had one opportunity to try and score against us. It was a pleasing win; two goals, a clean sheet Ė Iím very happy."
Final Score: Yeovil Town Ladies 2 Oxford United Women 0.
Yeovil Town Ladies: (3-5-2): Charlotte Haynes; Kayleigh Green, Hannah Short, Nicola Cousins; Ellis Hillman, Helen Bleazard, Ellie Curson, Sarah Wiltshire, Kelly Snook; Annie Heatherson, Natasha Knapman
Substitutes: Steph Williams (69 mins for Kelly Snook), Nadia Lawrence (69 mins for Natasha Knapman), Emily Donovan (85 mins for Ellis Hillman), Leah Burridge, Charlotte Johnson, Sammy Quayle, Jessie Jones
Oxford United: (4-2-3-1) Hannah Cox; Madison Lee, Rosie Lane, Katja Hakala, Jess Frampton; Lauren Haynes, Ellie Noble; Laura Nichol, Ella Franklin- Fraiture, Holly Pickett; Ini Umotong
Substitutes: Riva Casley (72 mins for Rosie Lane), Steph Weston (80 mins for Laura Nichol), Sophie Baker, Georgia Timms, Charlie Deeley, Demi Lambourne,
The Football League have now published a fuller version of the key dates for the 2016-17 season. We now have the much anticipated date upon which the fixtures for next season will be released, along with the cup competition and play-off dates. These are all summarised below.
2016-17 Season Key Dates:
June 22nd 2016 : 2016-17 Fixtures Released
August 6th 2016 : First weekend of 2016-17 Season
August 8th 2016 : League Cup First Round (week commencing)
August 22nd 2016 : League Cup Second Round (week commencing)
August 29th 2016 : Football League Trophy First Round (week commencing)
September 19th 2016 : League Cup Third Round (week commencing)
October 3rd 2016 : Football League Trophy Second Round (week commencing)
October 24th 2016 : League Cup Fourth Round (week commencing)
November 7th 2016 : Football League Trophy Third Round (week commencing)
November 28th 2016 : League Cup Fifth Round (week commencing)
December 5th 2016 : Football League Trophy Area Semi-Final (week commencing)
December 26th 2016 : Boxing Day fixtures
December 31st 2016 : Christmas Holiday fixtures
January 2nd 2017 : New Year Bank Holiday fixtures
January 9th 2017 : League Cup Semi-Final First Leg (week commencing)
January 23rd 2017 : League Cup Semi-Final Second Leg (week commencing)
January 23rd 2017 : Football League Trophy Area Final First Leg (week commencing)
February 6th 2017 : Football League Trophy Area Final Second Leg (week commencing)
February 26th 2017 : League Cup Final (at Wembley Stadium)
April 2nd 2017 : Football League Trophy Final (at Wembley Stadium)
May 6th 2017 : Final weekend of Season proper.
May 20th 2017 : League One Play-Off Final (at Wembley Stadium)
May 28th 2017 : League Two Play-Off Final (at Wembley Stadium)
May 29th 2017 : Championship Play-Off Final (at Wembley Stadium)
Yeovil Town paid out one of the lowest set of fees to Football Agents, in information made public this month. The Football League and Football Association have been increasingly forcing the transparency of clubs in terms of their dealings with third party agents that represent players when transfers and new contracts are agreed and the latest set put the Glovers at the lower end of the fourth tier.
The Intermediary Fees published cover the period from October 1st 2015 until February 1st 2016, with the latter representing the final day of the January transfer window. During that time the Glovers paid just £1,248 to agents - although it's not directly disclosed by the FA, it's possible to deduce that relates to one player transaction, with striker Francois Zoko's extended contract that was signed in January invoking that payment.
During that four month period, League Two clubs collectively paid out £163,334, with Oxford United the top spenders at £32,703, whilst Leyton Orient (£19,823) and Portsmouth (£19,549) were the next largest spenders. At the other end of the scale, there's always been a small collective of League Two clubs who have a policy of not paying agents fees. During the reporting period Accrington Stanley, AFC Wimbledon, Cambridge United, Hartlepool United, Mansfield Town and Morecambe all recorded zero payments to agents. The other two clubs that fell below Yeovil Town's figure were Dagenham and Redbridge (£750) and Wycombe Wanderers (£300).
The other set of data published by the Football Association concerns the list of individual players whose agents benefited through payments from clubs. Slightly confusingly this uses a different reporting period, running from April 1st 2015 until February 1st 2016. From this data it is possible to confirm which player transactions resulted in payments being made to agents. In these cases, the FA do not identify actual values.
Outgoing players AJ Leitch-Smith and James Berrett saw payments made to their agents as part of the process of tearing up their contracts over the summer of 2015. They moved on to Port Vale and York City respectively and it's interesting to note that their agents trousered fees for both the severance of their Yeovil Town contracts and for the set-up of deals at their new clubs!
The documentation also reveals that during the month of July, there were a number of agents who received payments for the registration of Yeovil Town player contracts. The new signings of Ben Tozer, Matthew Dolan, Jordan Gibbons, Shaun Jeffers, Ryan Dickson, Jack Compton, Ryan Bird, Wes Fogden, Mark Beck and Alex Lacey all saw payments made.
From this it is possible to deduce that the signings of Darren Ward, Marc Laird, Iffy Allen, Omar Sowunmi, Jamie Burrows and David Norris did not involve an agent payment. The same is true of all of the club's loan signings during the 2015-16 season. The signing of Leroy Lita lands outside the reporting period. The only other entry concerns that of striker Francois Zoko - when he was initially brought into the club during November, there was no agent payment made, but by January 2016, his contract extension invoked that payment - as the only one made in that month, this was therefore the £1,248 figure.
The list of Yeovil Town players agents provided by the Football Association for those players are as follows:
Ben Tozer : Barry Gold (Premier Management Soccer)
Matt Dolan : Leon Callender (Straight Ace Sports Management)
Jordan Gibbons : Fintan Drury (Platinum One Sports Management)
Kevin Dawson : Thomas Rowley (Doyle Associates)
Shaun Jeffers : Dax Price (Forward Sports Management)
Ryan Dickson : Michael Drew (Volenti Sports Management)
Jack Compton : Philip Sproson (Genesis Sports Management)
Ryan Bird : Richard Wood (Exceed Sports Management)
Wes Fogden : Chris Gankerseer (New Era Global Sports Management)
Mark Beck : Gary Porter (Base Soccer Agency)
Alex Lacey : Mark Taylor (PSC Management)
Francois Zoko : Bruce Tumenta.