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18 August 2017 : Darren Way Previews The Forest Green Rovers Game
As part of the build-up to Saturday afternoon's League Two fixture against Forest Green Rovers at the New Lawn, Yeovil Town manager Darren Way spoke to the BBC about the game. In an interview for BBC Somerset, Darren gives his views on his side's more recent results, the signing of AFC Bournemouth winger/striker Jordan Green, his hopes for further recruitment and his views on the opposition. Read that interview via the link below.

Link: Darren Way Speaks To The BBC As Part Of The Build-Up To Forest Green Rovers.


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18 August 2017 : Stewart Back Between The Sticks After A Two Year Break
Former Yeovil Town goalkeeping coach is back between the sticks after a two year break. The former AFC Bournemouth goalkeeper, had been working with the Cherries Under-15 side as part of their Academy, as well as providing general goalkeeper coaching at the South Coast club. However, he has now also now signed up as a player for Southern League Premier Division side Weymouth at the age of 37, on non-contract terms.

Stewart made his debut in the Terras' midweek 4-1 win over Frome Town at Badgers Hill - a victory sparked by a goal scored by former Glover Josh Wakefield after just 28 seconds. Their second goal on the night was scored by Brandon Goodship in what was their first victory of the season.

Gareth was last registered for playing duties during the 2014-15 season, when he was the club's goalkeeping coach, mainly under Terry Skiverton's two spells and Gary Johnson's second spell. He only made six playing appearance, usually sitting on the bench as a back-up to the club's first choice keepers across a five year period. However, when the club dropped into League Two, Stewart was released, with incoming manager Paul Sturrock citing budgetary issues as at the heart of the decision.

Link: Gareth Stewart : Yeovil Town Statistics.


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18 August 2017 : Officials For Forest Green Rovers vs Yeovil Town
Match officials for the League Two fixture between Forest Green Rovers and Yeovil Town have been announced by the Football League. The match takes place on Saturday 19th August 2017 at the New Lawn, with a 3.00p.m. kick-off. The man in charge of the fixture will be referee David Webb (County Durham).

This particular David Webb (who is not our former manager and club owner, in case you were wondering!) is from the north-east, which probably explains why we've not got much history with him, even though he's been at Football League level as a referee since the summer of 2008. We've had him just four times. The first was for an away match against Notts County in September 2010 at Meadow Lane. That game was a bit of a car crash - we lost 4-0 with a team that included Luke Ayling as a right winger and Adam Virgo as a striker! We lost badly, and to be honest the end scoreline flattered us. The idea of attaching any blame to the match referee for it would be laughed out of town.

We then had him for a March 2013 away match against Hartlepool United. A bit of a dull game all round, with only a Paddy Madden shot off the underside of the crossbar theatening to break the deadlock. As for the officials - they didn't seem to get visibly involved, which was nice. Two Hartlepool bookings, but nothing shown in our direction, in what was a low key game and an eventual 0-0 draw. No real complaints either about his performance in the October 2014 match against Sheffield United, which we lost 2-0 at Bramall Lane. There was the odd decision we quibbled over, but he didn't really change the course of the game at any stage.

The most recent match he took charge of was in October 2015, when we travelled to play Carlisle United in a League Two fixture. Although he booked four players, the decisions we recall couldn't be argued with. The end outcome had more to do with Yeovil running out of fit defenders as a 2-0 advantage became a 3-2 defeat.

Mr Webb started life as a referee 18 years ago after he spotted an advert in a football programme recruiting referees, and went into the Consett Sunday League in the North-East, whilst running the line in the Wearside League. Heading through the Northern League and the Football Conference, he spent just one season at Conference level before being promoted to the Football League lists in the summer of 2008. In early 2009 he was England's representative at the Dallas Cup international youth tournament and also took charge of the Under-16s international between England and Scotland during the same season.

Mr Webb will be assisted by Joe Clark (West Midlands) and Abbas Khan (East Midlands). The Fourth Official will be Mark Griffiths (West Midlands).

Link: October 2015 : Carlisle United 3 Yeovil Town 2.

Link: October 2014 : Sheffield United 2 Yeovil Town 0.

Link: March 2013 : Hartlepool United 0 Yeovil Town 0.

Link: September 2010 : Notts County 4 Yeovil Town 0.


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17 August 2017 : Way Gets Green At Second Time Of Asking
Yeovil Town manager Darren Way has explained that his decision to sign up AFC Bournemouth attacker Jordan Green was the second time that he had tried to sign the player. The 22 year old had a difficult second half of the 2016-17 season, shortly after a half-season loan spell with Newport County ended. On January 31st, Leyton Orient announced that they had taken him on loan for the second half of the campaign, but were ultimately thwarted due to his papers not being returned by the Wales FA on conclusion of his spell at Rodney Parade.

Whilst Bournemouth put an appeal in to FIFA to explain the circumstances, Green was left in limboland and was unable to play for his parent club or Orient, with the exception of an Under-21s friendly match. As a result, he ended up sitting out a sizeable chunk of the second half of the season. Way explained that whilst Orient were trying to push the deal through, he had also tried to bring Green in around the same period:

"We looked at him in the last January transfer window, but there were complications with the TMS and the contract, with him playing in Wales, but unfortunately it didn't go through. But I've kept a close eye on him during the summer, and I've kept in close contact with Eddie (Howe) and what his situation is."

Since the end of the 2016-17 season, it appears that Bournemouth have been willing to release the former Fulham academy player, meaning that what would have been a January loan deal, now becomes a permanent transfer, with him agreeing a one year contract with the Glovers. Way believes that he is still not the finished product, but sees him as a good addition:

"It's been good that we can get him over to Yeovil and get him on the pitch ASAP, because he's got a lot of attributes for a supporter (to watch). He's quick, he's clever. We've just got to make sure that we work on his end product in the final third. But I think he will be a good addition to the squad."

Way is still known to be searching for additional players before the August transfer window closes, with him indicating that 'both' permanent and loan acquisitions are among his targets. He says that he has made further moves but doesn't want to rush into them:

"We have, but I don't want to panic. I also at the same time want to give the indviduals that are holding a place at the moment an opportunity, and it's up to them as a team to make sure that we put in exactly the same performance and energy levels that we showed on Saturday, apart from to make sure that we don't concede."


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17 August 2017 : Luton Town vs Yeovil Town : Man Of The Match Result
Around a week-and-a-half ago, Yeovil Town commenced their 2017-18 season with a trip to Luton Town. The 8-2 scoreline was the club's worst Football League result, and the first time the club had conceded eight goals in a league match for nearly 50 years. The only plus points were an Otis Khan free kick and a Francois Zoko header that hit the back of the net at the other end of the park.

Man of the Match voting did see one defender pick up some plaudits, with Omar Sowunmi having come on as a half time substitute with his side already 5-1 down. Striker Francois Zoko finished runner up in the poll, whilst the overall vote winner was wide man Otis Khan, whose opening goal had provided some early, but fruitless, hope.

Full results are as shown below, with outright MOTM votes shown in brackets:

1. Otis Khan 94 (8)
2. Francois Zoko 76 (4)
3. Omar Sowunmi 32 (2)
4. Olufela Olomola 16 (0)
5. Daniel Alfei 16 (1)
6. Ryan Dickson 14 (1)
7. Sam Surridge 8 (0)
8. James Bailey 8 (0)
9. Nathan Smith 6 (0)
10. Artur Krysiak 2 (0)
10. Alefe Santos 2 (0)
10. Jake Gray 2 (0)


OVERALL MATCH RATING : 4
Performance : 2.56
Entertainment : 5.44
VOTES RECEIVED : 18


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17 August 2017 : Ciderspace Guide To Forest Green Rovers
On Saturday, Yeovil Town make their first trip to Forest Green Rovers for over 14 years. There's a new ground as well, which means that the 2003 edition of the Ciderspace guide to our opponents has been pretty much ripped up and thrown away. There's a new guide in its place and you can find it below. Club history, past meetings, directions, parking and a pub guide are all included below.

Note that this game is no longer all ticket - but prices do go up if purchased on the day of the game. You'll need to buy advance tickets from Huish Park by 12.00 noon today to avoid this.

Link: Ciderspace Guide To Forest Green Rovers.

Link: Ticketing For Forest Green Rovers vs Yeovil Town.

Link: GWSC Travel For Forest Green Rovers vs Yeovil Town.


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16 August 2017 : Taff's Gloversblog : Three Games And A Crowd
A midweek period without a match allows us to catch our breath a bit, and assess the opening three games of the 2017-18 season. The latest Taff's Gloversblog assesses that, including the (very) bad along with the (mercifully) good. There's also some thoughts on the club's record low crowd at Huish Park, and why that has come about in such a sharp manner. Read on via the link below, and feel free to add your own views to the foot of the article.

Link: Taff's Gloversblog : Three Games And A Crowd.


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16 August 2017 : Six New Glovers Trust Board Positions Available For Election
The Glovers Trust has outlined its procedures for the election of new board members for the 2017-18 season. In line with its constitution, the Trust's Membership determine which people should sit on the Trust Board during each season. This summer there are six board positions up for grabs.

You must be a Trust member to stand for selection, and you must be nominated by two other existing Adult Trust members. To apply for nomination, you must complete the Nomination Form (downloadable here, MS Word document) and return it to the Trust Secretary. Note that your Trust Manifesto statement will be made public - this is where you can outline your background as a supporter, and what skills you may have that could benefit the Trust. This will help members who do not know you personally.

The timetable for the Board Elections will be as follows:

Wednesday 6th September : Deadline for completed nominations. Nominations will not be accepted after this date.
Wednesday 13th September : Members will receive voting packs containing manifestos of those standing for nomination.
Wednesday 4th October : Deadline for completed votes. Votes will not be accepted after this date.
Wednesday 11th October : Glovers Trust AGM takes place (at Yeovil Labour Club) and election results are announced.

More detail on the process can be found on the Nomination Form and on the Glovers Trust website. However, for any further queries, you can email secretary@gloverstrust.co.uk

Whilst on the subject of the Trust, membership subscriptions for the 2017-18 season became due on July 1st. Those who registered using Standing Orders would have already had their fees debited. Those who paid by other means would need to make sure they make a payment to continue their membership benefits. This will be important when it comes to the above voting, as you must be a Trust Member to be able to elect Board Members.

Fees are set in exactly the same way as last season: £10 for Adult Membership, £1 for Youth Membership and £100 for Corporate Membership. If you didn't join last season but want to sign up, then you can purchase online via their shop, or find them in the Beer Tent before home games.


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16 August 2017 : Green Is Go As Bournemouth Winger Is Confirmed
Further to our earlier story, Yeovil Town have completed the signing of AFC Bournemouth winger/forward Jordan Green. The outstanding question was what sort of deal would be on the cards - the club have now confirmed that the player has arrived on a permanent basis, signing a one year contract that will keep him at the club until the summer of 2018. He arrives on a free transfer and is capable of playing as both a wide man and as a front line forward.

Green was born in New Cross, London on February 22nd 1995, and was a former Fulham youth player. He was ditched by them due to his size - as a 16 year old he was only five foot tall, and even now stands at just five foot six inches. After his release, he played for Central Midlands League side Pheonix followed by Southern League side Banbury United before Bournemouth gave him a second opportunity in professional football in the summer of 2015. After a trial he was given a one year contract with the Cherries.

He's yet to make a first team appearance for Bournemouth. His main bit of first team experience came during the 2016-17 season when he played for Newport County on loan, making 16 appearances and scoring two goals. He was due to spend the second half of that season on loan with Leyton Orient but the deal ended up being aborted due to an issue with his international clearance, concerning the return of registration papers upon the conclusion of his Newport deal. As such he never got on the pitch for Orient.

Green becomes Yeovil Town's 10th signing of the summer. He joins right-back Daniel Alfei, wide man Rhys Browne, midfield quartet James Bailey, Connor Smith, Jake Gray and Alefe Santos. In addition they have loan defender Keston Davies and loan strikers Olufela Olomola and Sam Surridge on their books. They had signed an 11th player in defender Stephane Zubar, but he has already left the club, due to injury.


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16 August 2017 : Green Deal For Bournemouth Winger Claimed To Be On Again
Yeovil Town are reported as being on the verge of signing AFC Bournemouth winger/striker Jordan Green. The club are claimed to have agreed a deal with 22 year old, according to an online journalist who has written for Sky Sports in the past, and now tends to publish with the HITC commercial website.

It's not wholly clear whether this is interest in a permanent move or a loan move. Green was training with the club just before the start of the 2017-18 season, and was with the Glovers first team squad on the opening day of the season when they travelled to play Luton Town at Kenilworth Road. Since then, all had gone very quiet, leading to an inevitable question of whether those plans had been killed. If today's rumours are true, it would seem the deal is still on. Today's tweet from journalist Pete O'Rourke claims:

"Yeovil Town have agreed a deal to sign Bournemouth forward Jordan Green".

Green was born in New Cross, London on February 22nd 1995, and was a former Fulham youth player. He was ditched by them due to his size - as a 16 year old he was only five foot tall, and even now stands at just five foot six inches. After his release, he played for Central Midlands League side Pheonix followed by Southern League side Banbury United before Bournemouth gave him a second opportunity in professional football in the summer of 2015. After a trial he was given a one year contract with the Cherries.

He's yet to make a first team appearance for Bournemouth. His main bit of first team experience came during the 2016-17 season when he played for Newport County on loan, making 16 appearances and scoring two goals. He was due to spend the second half of that season on loan with Leyton Orient but the deal ended up being aborted due to an issue with his international clearance, concerning the return of registration papers upon the conclusion of his Newport deal. As such he never got on the pitch for Orient.


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16 August 2017 : Continental Cup Draw Sees Ladies Given Spurs and Chelsea Clashes
Yeovil Town Ladies have been given details of their draw in the Group Stages of the 2017-18 Continental Cup. Run as a League Cup competition, in parallel with the main FAWSL fixtures, the Ladies have been placed in Group Two South, which will see them come up against Brighton and Hove Albion, Bristol City, Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur between now and Christmas.

Teams play each other once during the Group stages, with a rough balance of Home/Away fixtures. For the Group stages, all matches will complete inside 90 minutes. However, there will be a penalty shoot-out if the scores are tied at that stage. The points system will see three points awarded to a side that wins their match inside normal play. A team will receive two points if they win a penalty shoot-out after the scores are tied. A team will receive one point if they lose a penalty shoot-out after the scores are tied.

The top two teams in each Group progress to the Quarter-Final stages which becomes a straight knock-out competition. For that stage, extra time will be permissible if scores are level. Teams will be allowed to make a fourth substitution during that period if required.

Yeovil Town Ladies will face away matches against Brighton and Hove Albion and Chelsea, whilst they will host Tottenham Hotspur and Bristol City. The revised fixture list now looks like this:

Sun 24/09/2017 : Manchester City (Home, 2.00p.m.)
Sat 30/09/2017 : Bristol City (Away, 5.30p.m. Stoke Gifford Stadium)

Sun 08/10/2017 : Sunderland (Home, 2.00p.m.)
Wed 11/10/2017 : Brighton and Hove Albion (Away, 7.45p.m. Culver Road) (Continental Cup Group)
Sun 29/10/2017 : Chelsea (Away, 2.00p.m. Kingsmeadow)

Wed 01/11/2017 : Tottenham Hotspur (Home, 7.45p.m.) (Continental Cup Group)
Sat 11/11/2017 : Everton (Home, 2.00p.m.)
Wed 15/11/2017 : Bristol City (Home, 7.45p.m.) (Continental Cup Group)

Sun 03/12/2017 : Chelsea (Away, 2.00p.m. Kingsmeadow) (Continental Cup Group)
Sun 10/12/2017 : Reading Women (Home, 2.00p.m.)

Sun 06/01/2018 : Liverpool (Away, 5.30p.m. Select Security Stadium)
Fri 26/01/2018 : Birmingham City (Home, 7.45p.m.)

Sun 11/02/2018 : Arsenal (Away, 2.00p.m. Boreham Wood)
Wed 21/02/2018 : Chelsea (Home, 7.45p.m.)

Sun 25/03/2018 : Everton (Away, 2.00p.m. Select Security Stadium)
Wed 28/03/2018 : Reading Women (Away, 7.45p.m. Wycombe Wanderers)
Sat 31/03/2018 : Liverpool (Home, 3.00p.m.)

Wed 18/04/2018 : Birmingham City (Away, 7.45p.m. Solihull Moors)
Sat 21/04/2018 : Arsenal (Home, 3.00p.m.)
Sun 29/04/2018 : Manchester City (Away, 2.00p.m. Academy Stadium)

Sat 12/05/2018 : Bristol City (Home, 3.00p.m.)
Sun 20/05/2018 : Sunderland (Away, 12.00noon Hetton Centre)


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16 August 2017 : Walsh Extends Yeovil Town Ladies Stay With Permanent Contract
Yeovil Town Ladies FC have retained the services of shot stopper Megan Walsh for the 2017-18 FA Women's Super League season. Walsh, who joined Yeovil last season from Notts County on a short term basis following their club's shock withdrawal from the Super League, made her debut against Bristol City Women at The Viridor Stadium and went on to play in goal for the reminder of the Spring Series.

Goalkeeper Megan Walsh, who is an England U23 player, is currently in Taipei where she is representing Great Britain at the World University Games and will joining back up with the Somerset side upon her return at the end of August. Since joining the club in May, Walsh made a total of six appearances and fans soon took to her, after some excellent displays in the Yeovil goal. These performances were noticed and recognised, as she was voted as the 2017 Spring Series Supporters Player of the Season, receiving over 30 percent of the votes. Speaking about remaining at the club, Walsh said:

"I'm really excited to be at Yeovil this year for what will be a challenging season.†The resilience and determination from the girls showcases what this team is all about and I can't wait for the season to begin."

Manager Jamie Sherwood spoke highly of Walsh saying after he persuaded her to stay with the Glovers beyond her initial spell:

"Megan was a stand out player from the 2017 Spring Series. She wants to reach the very top of the game and I know she will put in the hard work which it requires.†I am delighted to see her return as she adds further steel, determination and experience to the young, energetic and motivated squad.†This is another signing to show that we are here to compete and challenge and not just take part in the winter programme."

Yeovil Town Ladies sign up Megan Walsh on a permanent basis
Yeovil Town Ladies sign up Megan Walsh on a permanent basis.



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15 August 2017 : Nugent Becomes Gillingham's Third Ex-Glovers Signing
Former Yeovil Town loanee Ben Nugent has signed for League One side Gillingham. The former Cardiff City academy product was released by Crewe Alexandra at the end of last season, having been at Gresty Road for two years. He's now signed a one year contract with the Gills, as a free agent.

Nugent joins fellow centre-back Alex Lacey and striker Tom Eaves as former Glovers players at Priestfield, with all three signed up this summer. They also have Max Ehmer on their books as a longer-standing defender. Boss Ady Pennock said of Nugent's arrival:

"I'm very pleased to get Ben on board; he provides good competition in the centre of defence. We're a little bit short on centre-backs and with Ben it's a case of he does what it says on the tin. He's a winner, he's played a lot of games in the league and heís the type of character we need."

Nugent played 29 games for Yeovil Town during the 2014-15 season, as a Cardiff City loanee, mainly under Gary Johnson's management, with his time on the pitch radically reducing after Terry Skiverton's re-introduction as first team boss during the second half of that season.

Link: Ben Nugent : Yeovil Town Statistics.


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15 August 2017 : Lawrence Completes Seven Million Pound Rams Deal
Former Yeovil Town loanee Tom Lawrence has signed for Championship side Derby County. The 23 year old Welsh international has left Leicester City after a three year stay with the Foxes, that accrued just four first team appearances. The former Manchester United academy player spent most of his time out on loan, with spells playing for Rotherham United, Blackburn Rovers, Cardiff City and Ipswich Town, with the latter seeing him play 36 times for the Tractor Boys, scoring 11 goals. At the end of last season, Lawrence picked up their Player of the Year and Players' Player of the Year awards before returning to Leicester.

Officially, the transfer fee is undisclosed, but is reported by the national media as being in the region of £7 million. He's penned what Derby have only described as a 'long term' contract. Lawrence hasn't been registered in time to play in their Championship home match against Preston North End, but will become available after tonight's game.

Lawrence's time with Yeovil Town dated from February 2014, when they gave him three month's experience as part of a loan spell whilst the Glovers were a Championship side. He went on to score twice in 19 appearances.

Link: Tom Lawrence : Yeovil Town Statistics.


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15 August 2017 : Football League Considering Transfer Window System Changes
The Football League are to hold discussions that would consider changes to the Summer Transfer Window rules for its member clubs in future seasons. Whilst the 2017-18 season will see the Window close on August 31st, in line with long-established rules, there are moves afoot to change things so that the Window closes at the start of each season, rather than three or four weeks into the campaign.

The move is one that looks to be supported by the Premier League, with national newspaper reports suggesting that there will be a meeting held next month to vote on new proposals. The change would need a two-thirds majority for it to go through at that level, but the Daily Telegraph believes that only a few of the smaller clubs - they name Watford - are against the changes. Premier League clubs believe it will stop the regular under-current of players and agents trying to engineer moves to other clubs during the early weeks of the season, thus disrupting their matches and squad selection.

The EFL have now confirmed that they plan to also put the issue onto the table, presumably with one eye on how the Premier League members vote, with it being possible that the new deadline would be brought in for the start of the 2018-19 season. The requirements for Football League sides - particularly those in the bottom two divisions - may be very different to those engaging in multi-million pound business though and so there's no guarantee both votes will go the same way. The EFL's statement says:

"The EFL board and its clubs have previously expressed the opinion that closing the summer transfer window in advance of the season commencing would be an improvement on the current position. On this basis, we will be tabling the matter for discussion with clubs in September. It will be important that all the consequences of such a decision are fully considered, as the requirements of our clubs are different to those in Europe's top flight leagues."

There are two issues that the Premier League and Football League will need to address. The first is the question of what such an early closure would mean for international transfers, where a French or German (or even Scottish or Irish) transfer window may remain open for business, but the English pyramid system considers the window to be closed. The usual rule of thumb is for the country taking the incoming transfer to define whether the transfer can be completed, meaning that there might still be a risk of players leaving the country beyond that English Leagues deadline.

The second issue would be whether that new Transfer Window deadline would also include loan transfers, or whether Football League sides would still be able to carry out deals for half-season or full-season loans up until the FIFA-imposed deadline.


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15 August 2017 : Ticketing For Crawley Town vs Yeovil Town
Advance tickets for Yeovil Town's League Two fixture against Crawley Town are now on sale from the Huish Park Ticket Office. The match takes place at Broadfield Stadium on Saturday 2nd September 2017 with a 3.00p.m. kick-off. You have a choice of seating or terracing, with prices set as follows:

East Stand - Seated:
Adult: £20.00; Over-65s: £15.00; Under-21s: £13.00; Under-18s: £10.00; Under-16s: £4.00; Under-11s: £1.00.

North Stand - Terracing:
Adult: £16.00; Over-65s: £12.00; Under-21s: £11.00; Under-18s: £10.00; Under-16s: £4.00; Under-11s: £1.00.

In addition to the above, you can purchase Family Tickets that provide admission to either the Seated or Terracing areas at the following rates:

East Stand - Seated:
Family Ticket (2x adults and 2x U16) : £34.00
Family Ticket (1x adults and 1x U16) : £17.00

North Stand - Terracing:
Family Ticket (2x adults and 2x U16) : £30.00
Family Ticket (1x adults and 1x U16) : £15.00

Ambulant Disabled supporters will pay the relevant age bracket above but can admit an assistant free of charge. For Wheelchairs access call Crawley direct on 01293 410 000.

Tickets will also be available on the day at the same prices as above. However, the nearby ticket cabin will be cash only. For card payments you will need to go to their Ticket Office. Any tickets purchased for collection will be held at the ticket cabin.


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14 August 2017 : Forest Green Rovers Ticketing Arrangements Changed For Saturday
Not for the first time this season, one of Yeovil Town's away matches has had its ticketing arrangements changed. Saturday's match against Forest Green Rovers was declared as an 'All Ticket' match, despite it being highly unlikely that the Glovers would sell out the West Terrace at The New Lawn.

That decision has now been reversed - the same applies to home supporters for the match. Tickets at the Huish Park end will remain on sale until midday on Thursday, after which you will need to purchase them from the New Lawn end on the day.

It is worth noting that you still may wish to purchase in advance. Tickets purchased for Adults and Seniors are increased by £2.00 on the day, whilst for Young Adults and Juniors they go up by £1.00.

For full ticketing and travel arrangements follow the links below.

Link: Ticketing For Forest Green Rovers vs Yeovil Town.

Link: GWSC Travel For Forest Green Rovers vs Yeovil Town.

Link: EFL Trophy Ticketing For Exeter City vs Yeovil Town.

Link: EFL Trophy Ticketing For Chelsea Under-21s and Plymouth Argyle.

Link: 2017-18 Yeovil Town First Team Fixture List.

Link: 2017-18 Yeovil Town League Two Game Ticketing Bundle Offers.

Link: Yeovil Town Online Ticketing Portal.


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14 August 2017 : Summer Trialist Goalkeeper Signs For Southampton
Former Yeovil Town trialist Jack Rose has been signed up by Premier League side Southampton. The 22 year old, who played against Bristol City in a pre-season friendly last month, has been given a one year contract at St Mary's Stadium, signing for them on a free transfer, following his release by West Bromwich Albion at the end of last season.

Rose only lasted the one game at Yeovil Town, playing in the second half of the match at Huish Park, but not teaming up with the squad that then headed off to South Wales during the week that followed. He now joins three former Glovers keepers, in Alex McCarthy, Stuart Taylor and Kingsley Latham who are all on Southampton's books, and has revealed that he has been training with the Premier League side for just over a week now:

"I came in for a week or so to get a feel for the place and show them what I could do and Iím excited to be here now. Everyone knows about the reputation Southampton have in bringing through young players and they give you opportunities. It makes it more real when you see the young players being given chances in the first-team so thatís one of my goals. There is a great pool of goalkeepers here who I can learn from to develop my game."

Another recent trialist, Connor Riley-Lowe signed for Cornish side Truro City just before the season started. The left-back had two loan spells with them whilst he was on the books of Exeter City but has now agreed terms on a permanent basis.


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14 August 2017 : GWSC Travel To Forest Green Rovers vs Yeovil Town
The Green and White Supporters Club have set their travel plans for the forthcoming League Two match against Forest Green Rovers. The match takes place at The New Lawn on Saturday 19th August 2017, with a 3.00p.m. kick-off. Departure times and prices are listed as follows:

Forest Green Rovers : Saturday 19th August 2017.
Huish Park: 10.45a.m.
Adult Members: £16.00; Member Concessions: £14.00
Adult Non-Members: £18.00; Non-Member Concessions: £16.00

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

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

For full ticketing details, see the earlier article linked below. Note that although the game is no longer all ticket, prices do increase on the day.

Link: Ticketing For Forest Green Rovers vs Yeovil Town.

Link: EFL Trophy Ticketing For Exeter City vs Yeovil Town.

Link: EFL Trophy Ticketing For Chelsea Under-21s and Plymouth Argyle.

Link: 2017-18 Yeovil Town First Team Fixture List.

Link: 2017-18 Yeovil Town League Two Game Ticketing Bundle Offers.

Link: Yeovil Town Online Ticketing Portal.


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14 August 2017 : Darren Way Talks About Accrington Stanley Team Selection
Just before Saturday afternoon's home match against Accrington Stanley 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 talks about his decision to select Bevis Mugabi and Southampton loanee Olufela Olomola and how far he got in his search for extra bodies to add to his first team squad. Read that interview in full, via the link below.

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


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14 August 2017 : Tickets On General Sale For Exeter City EFL Trophy Tie
A reminder that tickets for Yeovil Town's EFL Trophy Group Stage match against Exeter City are now on General Sale. The ticket allocation for this fixture meant that Season Ticket Holders were given an initial priority on purchase, but this is now opened up to all supporters.

The match will take place on Tuesday 29th August with a 7:45p.m. kick-off at St James Park. There are only 350 tickets available for this fixture, meaning that although it's not an all-ticket game, there is no guarantee that tickets will be available on the night. Hence if you are going to this game, we'd strongly advise that you buy tickets now. For further information, head to the earlier article, linked below.

Link: Ticketing For Forest Green Rovers vs Yeovil Town.

Link: EFL Trophy Ticketing For Exeter City vs Yeovil Town.

Link: EFL Trophy Ticketing For Chelsea Under-21s and Plymouth Argyle.

Link: 2017-18 Yeovil Town First Team Fixture List.

Link: 2017-18 Yeovil Town League Two Game Ticketing Bundle Offers.

Link: Yeovil Town Online Ticketing Portal.


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13 August 2017 : Former Loanee Campbell Takes Up Solihull Loan Deal
National League side Solihull Moors have signed up former Yeovil Town loanee Tahvon Campbell on loan. The 20 year old West Bromwich Albion striker has been sent across the Midlands to Damson Park where he will stay until January 2018, in what will be his fourth loan club, following two deals with the Glovers, plus temporary stays with Kidderminster Harriers and Notts County.

He will now play for a side that finished in 16th place in the National League last season, in addition to knocking Yeovil Town out of the FA Cup. Solihull announced the deal on the morning of their trip to Boreham Wood on Saturday - he was present with their squad before the match, but did not make the teamsheet, implying that the registration papers didn't quite go through in time. Their manager Liam McDonald believes that once he does make it into the team that he'll fit their style of play:

"I'm delighted as Tahvon is a player that fits into the style of play that I'm looking to play this season. He'll add quality to the squad. He's a terrific football player and it's a massive coup for us. He's got a lot of experience for such a young lad and he'll help add to what we've already got in the squad. He's quick, skilful, he scores goals and he's a strong boy. I'm looking forward to getting him out on the pitch and showing people what he can do. I'm sure he'll be a big asset for us."

Campbell was an unused substitute in both FA Cup matches against Solihull Moors last season, meaning that their paths didn't cross at that time.

Link: Tahvon Campbell : Yeovil Town Statistics.


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13 August 2017 : The Growing Trend Of The Huish Park Low Crowd As Record Is Broken Again
Yesterday saw Yeovil Town record its lowest attendance for a Football League match. The 2,464 crowd that turned up for the opening day of the 2017-18 season against Accrington Stanley beat the record that was set just under a year ago for the September 2016 game against Hartlepool United, which recorded 2,749 - a drop of 285 spectators.

Such a situation wasn't at all surprising. Although the club have not released any figures concerning season ticket sales over the summer, it had been widely assumed that they would be down. For the 2016-17 season, sales were in the region of 1,950 which in itself was a drop, given it was the first time that they'd fallen below the 2,000 barrier since entering the league - at their peak in the 2005-06 season the club recorded 3,600 sales but had more recently hovered around the 2,200 mark.

There are a number of comparisons that can be made in terms of Saturday's attendance:

1. It was the lowest attendance for a League fixture at Huish Park since the club played Southport on April 23rd 2002 when 1,941 fans turned up to an end-of-season Tuesday night fixture that was a dead rubber match. The club did play four fixtures at Dorchester Town's stadium early on during the 2002-03 season - two of those would have beaten Saturday's attendance even though they were not staged in Yeovil, whilst two dropped just below that mark.

2. It was the lowest home attendance for the opening home fixture of a season since the club played Kettering Town on August 19th 2000 when 2,302 spectators turned up. The usual pattern is for the first home match in a season to get a boost as fans see their first football for three months. The seasonal lows are usually Tuesday night fixtures between September and November, or just after New Year's Day.

3. Whilst Accrington Stanley are probably not the most attractive of opening day opponents, the gate was still 527 down on last season's encounter, which saw 2,991 turn up for a 1-1 draw. The previous attendance against Accrington saw 3,207 spectators, so the trend is downwards.

4. Until the start of the 2015-16 season, Yeovil Town had only recorded one sub-3,000 gate. That was for a Tuesday night home fixture against Stevenage, staged three days after the club had gone out of the FA Cup at the First Round stage in November 2012. Past history has shown us that early FA Cup exits have also generally been a trigger for a mini-slump on gates. That 2012 gate stayed out on its own until just over two years ago. Since then the club have recorded ten more crowds under 3,000 - two were during the 2015-16 season, but eight were during the 2016-17 season, showing that this has become the norm, rather than something exceptional. Thirteen of the club's fifteen lowest Football League gates have happened during the last two years.

5. The good news is that these sort of figures shouldn't be repeated for Yeovil Town's next home match. With Coventry City our next visitors, the club should be looking at a healthy away following. Coventry brought 2,136 away fans for our August 2012 match in front of 6,006 spectators. However, for the January 2015 game, both ends of the stadium had dropped, with 538 away fans turning up in a total gate of 4,422 - at the time Coventry were going nowhere, and so there wasn't so much interest from their fans. It would be a surprise, given Coventry are top of the early League Two division, if that latter 4,422 gate dropped significantly.

6. There may be trouble ahead. Whilst the Coventry game shouldn't give the club a headache, the September 9th and 12th pairing of Cheltenham Town and Morecambe may do. Another factor in low Huish Park crowds tends to be when two home matches are paired up within a week of each other. Not all fans can afford to go to both games, and so one of them suffers - usually the midweeker. So the expectation would be for the Cheltenham crowd to hold up well, helped by a localish away following. However, asking Morecambe fans to trek down from Lancashire on a Tuesday night in their masses might be a step too far. Last year's crowd of 2,937 is highly likely to be lower.

Fifteen Lowest Huish Park Crowds:
12.08.2017 : 2,464 : L2 vs Accrington Stanley
10.09.2016 : 2,749 : L2 vs Hartlepool United
28.02.2017 : 2,766 : L2 vs Mansfield Town
03.12.2016 : 2,817 : L2 vs Crawley Town
14.02.2017 : 2,847 : L2 vs Cambridge United
06.11.2012 : 2,900 : L1 vs Stevenage
20.08.2016 : 2,937 : L2 vs Morecambe
20.10.2015 : 2,954 : L2 vs Mansfield Town
24.11.2015 : 2,963 : L2 vs Wycombe Wanderers
19.11.2016 : 2,985 : L2 vs Colchester United
18.03.2017 : 2,991 : L2 vs Accrington Stanley
06.10.2012 : 3,002 : L1 vs Colchester United
05.09.2015 : 3,024 : L2 vs Morecambe
26.09.2015 : 3,078 : L2 vs Hartlepool United
03.09.2016 : 3,108 : L2 vs Blackpool


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13 August 2017 : Darren Way's Verdict On The Accrington Stanley Game
Following Saturday afternoon's home match against Accrington Stanley 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 gives his views on the win, the performance of Southampton loanee Olufela Olomola and also the size of the crowd at Huish Park on the opening day of the 2017-18 season and his views on those who attended on the day. Read the interview in full via the link below.

Link: Darren Way's Verdict On The Accrington Stanley Game.


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12 August 2017 : Video : Yeovil Town vs Accrington Stanley Match Highlights
For those who want to view match highlights from Saturday afternoon's 3-2 victory over Accrington Stanley, these are now available. The Sky Sports website has around one-and-a-half minutes of coverage of the game, showing the two goals scored by Southampton loanee Olufela Olomola plus Francois Zoko's second of the 2017-18 season. They also cover the brace scored by Accrington's Kayden Jackson. Watch the video clip via the link below.

Link: Sky Sports : Yeovil Town vs Accrington Stanley Match Highlights.


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12 August 2017 : Man of the Match Voting for Yeovil Town vs Accrington Stanley
If you watched Saturday afternoon's 3-2 win against Accrington Stanley at Huish Park, don't forget to cast your Man of the Match votes. Choose your top three players from the match, plus entertainment and performance ratings along with any other comments you want to make on the game, using the form below.

Link: Man of the Match Voting for Yeovil Town vs Accrington Stanley.


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12 August 2017 : Yeovil 3 Accrington 2 : Olomola Double Gives Glovers First Points
Yeovil Town won their opening home match of the 2017-18 season this afternoon, although had to see off a dogged Accrington Stanley side at Huish Park. The visitors took the lead through Kayden Jackson, but the home side came back in a 12 minute purple patch that ultimately win the match. Southampton loanee Olufela Olomola bagged the equaliser, before Francois Zoko gave the Glovers the lead. A minute later and a ball over the top saw Olomola bag his second of the match with Yeovil well on top by half time. A second goal for Kayden Jackson and plenty of Stanley pressure made it a nervy end, but Yeovil held on for all three points and their first of the new campaign.

For the third consecutive game, manager Darren Way opted for a formation change to start the fixture. Daniel Alfei and Tom James dropped out of the side and were replaced by Bevis Mugabi at right-back and Olufela Olomola up front as the team reshuffled to fit into a 4-4-2. With no new bodies in the squad the eighteen picked itself once the eleven were selected. Accrington arrived late at Huish Park due to traffic, and with reports of a stomach bug sweeping their camp that saw two players pull out, and a third sat on the bench just to make up numbers.

Yeovil started as the slightly superior side, with a long range shot from Otis Khan the best of their early efforts. But they fell behind just 12 minutes into the match, when a Billy Kee shot from outside the box could only be parried by Artur Krysiak straight into the path of Kayden Jackson. With no-one closing down the striker, he was able to fire the loose ball into the back of the net for a 0-1 advantage.

Although there was initially a good response to that goal, with Connor Smith shooting wide of the post, Yeovil seemed to tie themselves in knots for a short period, trying to work out how to get back into their stride, with misplaced passes not helping. But those nerves were calmed 26 minutes into the match as Olufela Olomola started and finished his first goal for the club. It was his run that saw the ball laid off to Otis Khan and when Khan's shot was blocked, the ball fell loose to the Southampton loanee who ran in to fire home the equalising goal.

At that point, a nervous Yeovil became a confident Yeovil, and it was Accrington on the back foot. Francois Zoko almost made it 2-1 when his shot was parried onto the crossbar by Aaron Chapman. But the Ivorian got his second of the season shortly after that, with Connor Smith starting a move that involved Otis Khan, Olufela Olomola and Rhys Browne before the latter played to Zoko. He needed two attempts to get the ball in the back of the net, but the important thing was it gave the Glovers the lead for the first time in the game.

With Accrington all over the place, a nice bit of Route One gave Yeovil their third within a minute. James Bailey stuck a long ball over the top of the Accrington back line, and Olufela Olomola raced onto it, helped by a flat-footed visiting defence. He slotted home the one-v-one from just outside the box for a 3-1 margin that hadn't looked too likely twelve minutes earlier.

Accrington unsurprisingly made a half time substitution, swapping over their full-backs positions and taking off Tyler Forbes as Reagen Ogle came on. The visitors almost got a goal within a minute of the restart as James Bailey was dispossessed and Jordan Clark shot at goal, but Artur Krysiak got down to save well. However, eight minutes into the half they pulled a goal back, with Omar Sowunmi over-committing himself as Billy Kee slipped a ball through the centre of defence, allowing Kayden Jackson to get behind and score, for the 3-2 scoreline.

Both sides had chances to score, as Otis Khan's free kick was beaten away by keeper Aaron Chapman. But it was very much the visitors on the front foot. Their best chance came when Jordan Clark had a driven shot tipped onto the crossbar by Artur Krysiak, and from the resultant corner Billy Kee's header was stopped by the Yeovil keeper. Mark Hughes headed over a Janoi Donacien cross to keep the pressure up.

It was only in the closing few minutes that Yeovil managed to get themselves in the other half to wind the clock down, as Otis Khan had another attempt blocked by Chapman, whilst a mazey Francois Zoko run was only let down by the final shot that went over the bar. They managed to see out the four minutes of added time, and collect their first points of the 2017-18 season. Thankfully that 20 minute period leading up to half time had won them the match, although Accrington certainly played their part in the second half.

Final Score: Yeovil Town 3 Accrington Stanley 2.

Scorers: Kayden Jackson (0-1, 12 mins), Olufela Olomola (1-1, 27 mins), Francois Zoko (2-1, 38 mins), Olufela Olomola (3-1, 39 mins), Kayden Jackson (3-2, 53 mins).

Yeovil Town: (4-4-2)
1. Artur Krysiak
5. Bevis Mugabi 17. Omar Sowunmi 3. Nathan Smith 11. Ryan Dickson
9. Rhys Browne 16. James Bailey (Capt) 8. Connor Smith 7. Otis Khan
13. Francois Zoko 24. Olufela Olomola

Substitutes:
12. Jonny Maddison 2. Daniel Alfei 6. Keston Davies 10. Jake Gray 14. Sam Surridge (80 mins for Olufela Olomola) 23. Tom James 30. Alefe Santos

Accrington Stanley:
1 Aaron Chapman
2 Tyler Hornby-Forbes 3 Mark Hughes 18 Tom Dallison 4 Janoi Donacien
7 Jordan Clark 28 Seamus Conneely 6 Liam Nolan 11 Sean McConville
29 Billy Kee 10 Kayden Jackson

Substitutes:
5 Ben Richards-Everton 8 Scott Brown 9 Jonathan Edwards 14 Mekhi Leacock-McLeod (88 mins for Tom Dallison) 16 Simon Bloch Jorgensen 17 Erico Sousa 20 Reagan Ogle (46 mins for Tyler Hornby-Forbes)

Yeovil Bookings: Francois Zoko (foul, 25 mins)

Accrington Stanley Bookings: Reagan Ogle (foul, 54 mins), Tom Dallison (foul, 66 mins), Janoi Donacien (foul, 83 mins)

Yeovil Match Statistics: Possession: 48%; Shots: 10; Shots On Target: 7; Corners: 1; Fouls: 17.

Accrington Stanley Match Statistics: Possession: 52%; Shots: 11; Shots On Target: 7; Corners: 9; Fouls: 11.

Referee: Robert Lewis (Shropshire). Assistants: Richard Wigglesworth (South Yorkshire) and Richard Wild (Lancashire). Fourth Official: Ravel Cheosiaua (Worcestershire).

Attendance: 2,464 (with 88 Accrington Stanley supporters).


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12 August 2017 : Darren Way Pleased With Players Response In Accrington Victory
Yeovil Town manager Darren Way praised the way that his players responded to last week's 8-2 defeat against Luton Town, specifically mentioning Southampton loan striker Olufela Olomola after the club's 3-2 win over Accrington Stanley. The summer signing, who is with the club until January 2018, scored two first half goals during a 12 minute patch that saw the Glovers go from 0-1 down to 3-1 up, with the evergreen Francois Zoko bagging the other.

Way felt that with the start to the season that his players had endured this week, that they had to deal with a lot of adversity. But admitted that Olomola had deserved his starting spot in today's side, after being left out of the starting line-up against Wolverhampton Wanderers in midweek:

"He's a good player; a fantastic player. I think he was disappointed not to start against Wolves. But they're learning and they've got to learn quickly of what it takes to win League Two matches. Everyone put their full shift in today. I think the players have got to take a lot of credit. I thought it's been a tough week as a manager, which I prepared myself for with two tough games. There's been a lot of question marks, as you would imagine. But I thought that the resilience that the players showed today was amazing. I felt very proud to stand there and watch them with the attacking play for 35 minutes, which was the best I've seen. They've had a lot of adversity this week. But to go up against a good Accrington team with a lot of power and pace is very pleasing to the eye."

Way was asked about today's attendance, with the 2,464 crowd at Huish Park being the club's lowest on their home soil since the 2001-02 season, and a record low for a home Football League game. With this being a record that has been broken on successive occasions over the last two years, with sub-3,000 crowds becoming more common, he was asked for his thoughts on that, but said he was focussed only on those who were at the ground today, alluding to 'negative' comments on social media platforms from unnamed supporters:

"I don't focus on that. I focus on the supporters that came and supported their football club today. You're going to get elements on social media now of people being negative. That's life, but I just have to focus on the supporters that turned up today and supported this fantastic football club that's been to the Championship. I've been here seventeen or eighteen years now, and our supporters are good, and I want to remind the supporters who turned up today, that this is a great club."


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12 August 2017 : Yeovil 3 Accrington 2 : Match Statistics
Yeovil Town won their opening home match of the 2017-18 season this afternoon, although had to see off a dogged Accrington Stanley side at Huish Park. The visitors took the lead through Kayden Jackson, but the home side came back in a 12 minute purple patch that ultimately win the match. Southampton loanee Olufela Olomola bagged the equaliser, before Francois Zoko gave the Glovers the lead. A minute later and a ball over the top saw Olomola bag his second of the match with Yeovil well on top by half time. A second goal for Kayden Jackson and plenty of Stanley pressure made it a nervy end, but Yeovil held on for all three points and their first of the new campaign.

Full report to follow ....

Final Score: Yeovil Town 3 Accrington Stanley 2.

Scorers: Kayden Jackson (0-1, 12 mins), Olufela Olomola (1-1, 27 mins), Francois Zoko (2-1, 38 mins), Olufela Olomola (3-1, 39 mins), Kayden Jackson (3-2, 53 mins).

Yeovil Town: (4-4-2)
1. Artur Krysiak
5. Bevis Mugabi 17. Omar Sowunmi 3. Nathan Smith 11. Ryan Dickson
9. Rhys Browne 16. James Bailey (Capt) 8. Connor Smith 7. Otis Khan
13. Francois Zoko 24. Olufela Olomola

Substitutes:
12. Jonny Maddison 2. Daniel Alfei 6. Keston Davies 10. Jake Gray 14. Sam Surridge (80 mins for Olufela Olomola) 23. Tom James 30. Alefe Santos

Accrington Stanley:
1 Aaron Chapman
2 Tyler Hornby-Forbes 3 Mark Hughes 18 Tom Dallison 4 Janoi Donacien
7 Jordan Clark 28 Seamus Conneely 6 Liam Nolan 11 Sean McConville
29 Billy Kee 10 Kayden Jackson

Substitutes:
5 Ben Richards-Everton 8 Scott Brown 9 Jonathan Edwards 14 Mekhi Leacock-McLeod (88 mins for Tom Dallison) 16 Simon Bloch Jorgensen 17 Erico Sousa 20 Reagan Ogle (46 mins for Tyler Hornby-Forbes)

Yeovil Bookings: Francois Zoko (foul, 25 mins)

Accrington Stanley Bookings: Reagan Ogle (foul, 54 mins), Tom Dallison (foul, 66 mins), Janoi Donacien (foul, 83 mins)

Yeovil Match Statistics: Possession: 48%; Shots: 10; Shots On Target: 7; Corners: 1; Fouls: 17.

Accrington Stanley Match Statistics: Possession: 52%; Shots: 11; Shots On Target: 7; Corners: 9; Fouls: 11.

Referee: Robert Lewis (Shropshire). Assistants: Richard Wigglesworth (South Yorkshire) and Richard Wild (Lancashire). Fourth Official: Ravel Cheosiaua (Worcestershire).

Attendance: 2,464 (with 88 Accrington Stanley supporters).


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12 August 2017 : Yeovil 3 Cheltenham 0 : Academy Side Gain Strong Home Win
Yeovil Town Under-18s won their opening home match of the 2017-18 season this morning with a confident 3-0 victory over Cheltenham Town. Despite a goalless first half, the Glovers took control of the match in a one-sided second period in front of around 36 spectators.

They opened the scoring five minutes after the break when third year Academy player Samyan Ismail danced his way past a number of Cheltenham players before firing home from an acute angle for the lead. They then doubled their lead when Paulius Golubickas also put the Robins defence on the back foot, with a quick one-two on the edge of the box dissecting the defence before he finished into the roof of the net.

Yeovil got their third of the morning when defender Jeremiah Gyebi broke forward, smashing the ball off the woodwork and into the back of the net for the 3-0 win, with Cheltenham struggling to compete in the second period.

Final Score: Yeovil Town Under-18s 3 Cheltenham Town Under-18s 0.

Yeovil Town Under-18s: Chandler Hallett, Charlie Fripp, Jeremiah Gyebi, Brad Cherrett, Lewis Dix, Jack Rice-Lethaby, Hong Wan, Jack Hilton-Jones, Samyan Ismail, Paulius Golubickas, Neville Nzembela.

Substitutes: Devon Arnold (64 mins for Jack Rice-Lethaby), Gabriel Rogers (64 mins for Neville Nzembela), Tom Hayes (69 mins for Lewis Dix), Harry Haughton (90 mins for Brad Cherrett)

Yeovil Town Under-18s celebrate going 2-0 up in their League match
Yeovil Town Under-18s celebrate going 2-0 up in their League match
Photo © 2017 Tim Lancaster/Ciderspace.



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12 August 2017 : Team News For Yeovil Town vs Accrington Stanley
Yeovil Town have announced their starting line-up for the League Two home match against Accrington Stanley. The Glovers have made two changes to the side that lost 1-0 against Wolverhampton Wanderers in midweek at the Molineux Stadium. Despite a much-improved defensive performance on Tuesday, Daniel Alfei and Tom James drop out of the side.

They are replaced by Olufela Olomola and Bevis Mugabi, which inevitably implies a formation change. The most likely one is a 4-4-2 formation, depending on where Otis Khan plays on the day.

The team lines up as follows:

Yeovil Town: (4-4-2)
1. Artur Krysiak
5. Bevis Mugabi 17. Omar Sowunmi 3. Nathan Smith 11. Ryan Dickson
9. Rhys Browne 16. James Bailey (Capt) 8. Connor Smith 7. Otis Khan
13. Francois Zoko 24. Olufela Olomola

Substitutes:
12. Jonny Maddison 2. Daniel Alfei 6. Keston Davies 10. Jake Gray 14. Sam Surridge 23. Tom James 30. Alefe Santos


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12 August 2017 : Spotlight On Accrington Stanley
Whilst last Saturday's opening day trip to Luton Town pitched Yeovil Town up against one of the more wealthy sides in the division, today's home game against Accrington Stanley gives them a taste of the other end of the scale. Last season saw the Lancashire club run on an average gate of 1,699 - the lowest in League Two, and under half of Yeovil Town's 3,567 crowds.

Just before the season started, Accrington Chairman Andy Holt went public on some of the finances his club was working against, in an interview with the Daily Mail. They operate against an overall turnover of £2 million a year - in January 2015 Yeovil Town Chairman John Fry stated the Huish Park annual turnover was £3 million.

Accrington's wage bill is £15,000 a week, equating to an annual figure of just £780,000. Albeit based on League One income, in that same 2015 statement, Fry pitched Yeovil's as in the region of £1.3 million (a later interview upped it to £1.4 million). Whilst Yeovil's will have come down since their own fall into League Two, the figures give an idea of what Accrington are up against, given that it's often common for Yeovil Town to be regarded as the paupers.

Despite this, Holt believes Accrington will still end up losing £300,000 a season, unless any big cup draws or player sales come in to save their day. He cites the problems of trying to upgrade the Crown Ground to try to cut down on the large number of postponements they've had due to waterlogged pitches. As a result £150,000 has been spent on a new water main, whilst £200,000 went on new drains for the pitch. They have earmarked £100,000 for a new power supply to the stadium. Like all League Two clubs, they receive Premier League 'solidarity payments' of around £430,000, but Holt's Twitter account has become famous for his frequent rants about how little that is in practice to the amounts being spent on transfer fees and agent payments at that level.

As far as the 2017-18 season playing squad is concerned, Accrington suffered two summer blows, when 23 year old striker Shay McCartan was sold to Bradford City last season for an undisclosed fee, having netted eleven goals for them last year. Defender Matty Pearson was also sold to Barnsley for an undisclosed fee - he had netted nine goals last season. They also released Terry Gornell, Steven Hewitt, Paddy Lacey, Arron Davies, Elliott Parish, Bradyen Shaw, Luke Wall and Nathan Webb as part of a squad refresh.

In their place, striker Kayden Jackson is a 23 year old, recruited from Barnsley over the summer, having made 24 appearances at this level as a Grimsby Town loanee last season. Centre-back Ben Richards-Everton is a 25 year old former Dunfermline player. Goalkeeper Simon Bloch Jorgensen is an obscure one - a 24 year old who last played for Bronshoj Boldklub in the Danish Third Division.

Defenders Tom Dallison and Tyler Forbes are Brighton and Hove Albion loanees with experience playing for Cambridge United and Fleetwood Town respectively. Striker Jonny Edwards is another borrowed player, with the 20 year old being a Hull City player who played ten times in an earlier loan spell with Accrington last season. Other summer signings include 22 year old Portuguese midfielder Erico Sousa who they tried to sign last season but couldn't sort his registration papers. They also have 20 year old former Wolves and Rangers winger Mekhi McLeod whilst midfielder Liam Nolan is a 22 year old signed from Southport, who was previously part of the Crewe Alexandra academy production line.

Despite all their financial restrictions, Accrington have managed to punch well above their weight. Under the management of John Coleman - the man who took them into the Football League - they finished 13th last season, whilst they stunned League Two during the 2015-16 campaign by finishing in 4th place - outside the automatics on goal difference - but ultimately losing in the play-offs. They had a slow start last season, yet finished strongly. Were it not for the loss of McCartan and Pearson over the summer, their second half of the season form had been projecting a top three finish this season. They'll need to hope those two key players have been replaced if they are to aim for that sort of position.


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11 August 2017 : Darren Way Previews The Accrington Stanley Game
As part of the build-up to Saturday afternoon's home match against Accrington Stanley at Huish Park, Yeovil Town manager Darren Way spoke to the BBC about the game. With questions from BBC Somerset reporter Dan Albutt, Darren gives his views on the Luton Town and Wolverhampton Wanderers performances, his ongoing plans for squad recruitment, and injury news before the game. Read that interview via the link below.

Link: Darren Way Speaks To The BBC As Part Of The Build-Up To Accrington.


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11 August 2017 : Officials For Yeovil Town vs Accrington Stanley
Officials for the League Two fixture between Yeovil Town and Accrington Stanley have been published by the Football League. The match takes place on Saturday 12th August 2017, with a 3.00p.m. kick-off at Huish Park, and the man in charge of the game will be referee Christopher Sarginson (Staffordshire).

Mr Sarginson was promoted to the Football League's referee list in the summer of 2008. We had him twice during that 2008-09 season - the first being a November 2008 0-1 home defeat against Peterborough United where we felt he contributed to the game becoming a bit scrappy and tetchy by not taking better early control of the fixture, ultimately leading to six bookings. Later that same season, we had him for a home match against Milton Keynes Dons where his presence was a lot less obvious, bar the fact that he awarded us a fairly clear-cut penalty. Sadly, we didn't convert it. During the following season, he was present for the August 2009 Tuesday night match against Exeter City that ended up in a 1-1 draw at St James Park. Just the one booking that night, which we had no complaints about, and a good unfussy performance.

After that, he took charge of the October 2011 2-2 draw against Colchester United. Here he did us a bit of a favour - chalking off a goal for the home side after Steven Gillespie was ruled to have fouled Glovers keeper Jed Steer when putting the ball into the net. Not too surprisingly, the Essex club were less than delighted about the decision; Gillespie said after the game: "Keepers get protection, everyone knows that. I had a bit of leverage with the arms, but I thought it was a goal. I was up and away to celebrate. Even a couple of their lads after the game said they didnít see anything wrong with that." The Western Gazette had a somewhat different view of Mr Sarginson's performance, saying that their main grumble was the six yellow cards - four against Yeovil - that he dished out saying that he "gave a number of soft free kicks and yellow cards but was largely spot on with his decisions."

Our paths crossed in December 2011, when we managed a 0-0 draw against Rochdale up at Spotland. This was a decidedly dull game where the biggest incident involved a red card given to Kerrea Gilbert. Partly because the midfielder was already on a yellow card, there seemed to be a bit of confusion over whether he'd been given a second yellow or a straight red. But in terms of the actual incident, it wasn't one that we made a big fuss about either way - an over-the-top tackle. The Western Gazette said of Mr Sarginson's contribution to the afternoon: "Neither side can have complaints about his competent afternoon."

The December 2013 meeting involving him though was a corker that will live long in the memories of Yeovil Town supporters - although Paul Ince will be doing the best to blot it out of his mind. That match seemed to be heading towards a relatively normal 1-0 win for the Glovers until Blackpool seemed to lose the plot in the closing minutes. Kirk Broadfoot, Ricardo Fuller and Gary MacKenzie all got their marching orders in the 90th minute - two for a pair of yellow cards in quick succession, whilst Fuller got his for lamping Luke Ayling.

Sometimes you can blame a referee for losing control of the match, and sometimes the responsibility has to come firmly onto the players. This was a case of the latter, as the Tangerines ended the game with just eight men, and Ince endured what he described a bit of a crap night - amongst other things! Ince's team ended up with eight players sent off before Christmas, and himself given a five match ban in another match, but denied his side had a disciplinary problem and instead blamed the officials and the fixture computer. Which is a bit 'crap' really. Like ourselves, the Western Gazette felt the referee was given little choice in the matter saying "the referee was having a perfectly straightforward night until someone in the Blackpool dugout pressed the self-destruct button. He had no option but to send off three visitors in an unnecessarily fiery finale."

Having dealt with such a 'crap' game, Mr Sarginson would probably have been glad to have had a much quieter match for our January 2015 away match against Preston North End. A couple of late bookings was about his only impact in a 1-1 draw. No complaints. We then had him twice during the 2015-16 season - firstly for the October 2015 match against Cambridge United, where we had a horrible first half performance, followed by a decent second period - but all of our own making. We can't recall him playing too big a part in that game, even if he brought his yellow card out four times. Just over a month later, he took charge of our 1-0 victory over Stevenage in the FA Cup. Aside from turning down a strong Stevenage penalty appeal - which we won't argue about! - he had a quiet game.

We has him three times during the 2016-17 season. The first was for the 1-0 victory over Crewe Alexandra at Gresty Road - another quiet match with just one booking. He then took charge of the December 2016 match against Portsmouth - we've not really got a clue as to how good or bad a night he had there, as the game was much too foggy for anyone to be able to see! He handed out just one 90th minute booking, so maybe he couldn't see any fouls out there either!

He had a greater impact on the game in his third 2016-17 visit. For the 0-0 draw against Mansfield Town, he had to make a fifth minute decision that could have changed the course of the game, when Kevin Dawson's lobbed shot was obviously handled by goalkeeper Scott Shearer outside his box. Whilst many were expecting a red card, for denying a goalscoring opportunity, Mr Sarginson raised only a yellow. It looked a very dodgy decision - unfortunately the video camera showed the lob from the wrong angle, meaning we couldn't be certain the ball was travelling towards goal when it was handled. But not too surprisingly manager Darren Way wasn't happy with the decision, saying after the game:

"It was a clear sending off. I thought the referee's decision was poor. But I don't want to be a manager that makes excuses. But if I have to be honest, if that wasn't in the first five minutes then he would clearly have to go, because the ball was carrying momentum towards goal, and quite clearly he lifted his hand. It would have changed things."

Mr Sarginson will be assisted by Marvyn Amphlett (Worcestershire) and Ben Cobb (Dorset). The Fourth Official will be Dean Treleaven (West Sussex).

Link: February 2017 : Yeovil Town 0 Mansfield Town 0.

Link: December 2016 : Yeovil Town 0 Portsmouth 0.

Link: October 2016 : Crewe Alexandra 0 Yeovil Town 1.

Link: December 2015 : Yeovil Town 1 Stevenage 0.

Link: October 2015 : Yeovil Town 2 Cambridge United 3.

Link: January 2015 : Preston North End 1 Yeovil Town 1.

Link: December 2013 : Yeovil Town 1 Blackpool 0.

Link: December 2011 : Rochdale 0 Yeovil Town 0.

Link: October 2011 : Colchester United 2 Yeovil Town 2.

Link: August 2009 : Exeter City 1 Yeovil Town 1.

Link: March 2009 : Yeovil Town 0 Milton Keynes Dons 0.

Link: November 2008 : Yeovil Town 0 Peterborough United 1.


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