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31 January 2016 : GWSC Travel To Luton Town
The Green and White Supporters Club have set their travel plans for Tuesday night's trip to Luton Town. The match takes place at Kenilworth Road on Tuesday 2nd February 2016, with a 7.45p.m. kick-off. Departure times and prices are listed as follows:

Luton Town : Tuesday 2nd February 2016.
Huish Park: 1.45p.m.
Adult Members: £22.00; Member Concessions: £20.00
Adult Non-Members: £24.00; Non-Member Concessions: £22.00

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.

NOTE: Luton Town's policy for away supporters is for no tickets to be available on the day of the game. Unless there's a big u-turn, tickets will remain on sale until Monday 5.00p.m. from Huish Park. For full details, see the earlier below.

Link: Ticketing For Luton Town vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Ticketing For Hartlepool United vs Yeovil Town.


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31 January 2016 : Yeovil Town vs Carlisle United : FA Cup Man Of The Match Result
Just under two weeks ago, Yeovil Town played their FA Cup Third Round Replay match against Carlisle United at Huish Park. The match went the full distance, with a 1-1 draw seeing both teams level after extra time, despite Jack Compton's opening goal. Carlisle eventually triumphed, as the Glovers suffered a penalty shoot-out defeat.

Man of the match voting saw Everton loanee Liam Walsh impress along with Jakub Sokolik who was having to stand as the club's only centre-back in the line-up. The winner of the poll on the night though was winger Jack Compton, who netted his first goal for the club since arriving last summer from Hartlepool United.

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

1. Jack Compton 178 (12)
2. Jakub SokolŪk 114 (6)
3. Liam Walsh 100 (7)
4. Connor Roberts 96 (5)
5. Artur Krysiak 78 (2)
6. Ryan Dickson 66 (5)
7. Francois Zoko 64 (3)
8. Kevin Dawson 40 (3)
9. Alex Lacey 38 (1)
10. Ben Tozer 34 (1)
11. Shaun Jeffers 12 (1)
12. Matthew Dolan 4 (0)

OVERALL MATCH RATING : 7.22
Performance : 6.7
Entertainment : 7.74
VOTES RECEIVED : 46


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31 January 2016 : Darren Way's Verdict On The AFC Wimbledon Game
Following Saturday afternoon's 3-2 win over AFC Wimbledon at Kingsmeadow, 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 delivers his verdict on the win as well as offering his thoughts on hat-trick hero Jack Compton's performance. Read that interview via the link below.

Link: Darren Way's Verdict On The AFC Wimbledon Game.


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31 January 2016 : Video : AFC Wimbledon vs Yeovil Town Match Highlights
For those who want to view match highlights of yesterday's 3-2 win over AFC Wimbledon, these are now online. Inside two minutes and twenty seconds there's barely enough time to show all five goals from the match at Kingsmeadow - you'll see Jack Compton's hat-trick, along with Wimbledon's two goals - on top of that they manage to squeeze in the Dons header that hit the woodwork, as well as Kevin Dawson's run down the flank that led to the crucial penalty in the game. Watch via the clip below.




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31 January 2016 : Darren Way Happy With Compton's Raised Standards At Kingsmeadow
Yeovil Town manager Darren Way said that winger Jack Compton raised his standards yesterday, following what he saw as a sub-standard performance from the player last weekend. The 27 year old had been substituted during the 2-1 win over Crawley Town, and wasn't on the pitch at the time the Glovers scored the two goals that ultimately won them the game, leading to the question of whether he would have kept his place for yesterday's trip to AFC Wimbledon.

Way ultimately decided to keep faith with the eleven players who had started last weekend's match, perhaps influenced by Ryan Bird dropping out through illness, and the end result was that Compton got a second chance to impress, and to improve upon the 56 minutes he had been given during the Crawley Town match before being taken off. He did so by some style, as he scored his first ever professional first team hat-trick, netting all three Yeovil Town goals in a 3-2 win. Way told BBC Somerset that he was happy to see that his decision to keep Compton in the side ended up paying off:

"It was one of them really where I think his performance in the last game (against Crawley) meant that we sat down and talked about the standards that have been raised at this football club, and I didn't think that was acceptable. I talked to you before the game about giving players opportunities, because I think that's important and there's probably no better way to prove that I was right with the selection process today, which could easily have been changed. I could have come here and been a little bit more compact. I could have played Kevin Dawson who is a different sort of player, and a lot stronger defensively. But we came here and we were brave, bold and caused them problems and again we're scoring goals - three goals away from home is fantastic, and there's a real belief about the dressing room."

AFC Wimbledon went into the match in fine form, having won four matches in a row - a sequence of form that had pushed them to the edge of the League Two play-offs. Way said he was aware of the sort of form that the Dons were in but had downplayed it before the game. He felt that to come away from Kingsmeadow with all three points was one of the 'biggest performances' that his side had put in since he took over the first team management position:

"I knew if we came here today it was definitely going to be the biggest performance, certainly to come to this place with the strike force that they've got. It's fantastic and it just shows what this group has got. I think that it's very powerful at the moment and there are people who want to be in it. You look at Wimbledon's form and their form is fantastic, but you don't like talking about that going into games because you don't want the players to think that they're not better than they are. But we caused them real problems today. Their manager was very respectful for what we'd done, before the game. So it was nice to hear that, certainly from someone who has got his team playing so well. We were going into the game and making sure that all of their threats were kept at bay. I thought we did that for large periods of the game, and yes that was a fantastic result for the football club."


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30 January 2016 : Man of the Match Voting for AFC Wimbledon vs Yeovil Town
If you watched this afternoon's 3-2 win against AFC Wimbledon at Kingsmeadow, 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 AFC Wimbledon vs Yeovil Town.


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30 January 2016 : Wimbledon 2 Yeovil 3 : Compton Hat-Trick Downs Dons
Yeovil Town winger Jack Compton scored a hat-trick this afternoon, as the Glovers twice came from behind to beat AFC Wimbledon by a 3-2 scoreline. Compton hadn't scored for the Glovers until ten days ago, having arrived last summer from Hartlepool United, but has now netted four times in the last three games. Wimbledon took the lead through David Fitzpatrick and again through Tom Elliott but Compton netted when he latched onto a Liam Walsh through ball, and then scored a freakish direct free kick to keep the scores level at the break. Compton then took the ball to score his hat-trick during the second half after Kevin Dawson was pulled back inside the box, and having given his side the lead, they hung on for three valuable points.

The Glovers went into the match naming an unchanged starting line-up for the team that won last weekend against Crawley Town. The only change on the bench saw AFC Bournemouth attacking midfielder return to the club and sit on the bench, with Ryan Bird dropping out of the squad through illness.

The match got off to a quiet start, with ten minutes of midfield play, but the first two bits of serious action saw the ball find the back of the net. Wimbledon opened the scoring after Lyle Taylor's work down the left channel found David Fitzpatrick, whose curling shot from around the edge of the box and into the back of the net.

It took just three minutes for the Glovers to hit back though. Liam Walsh's threaded pass down the middle of the park was pure simplicity, but allowed Jack Compton to run straight through the Dons back line, putting him clean through on goal. He was calm under pressure as he drew the home keeper off his line, and slotted the ball low past the keeper and into the back of the net.

Yeovil almost took the lead minutes later when a Liam Walsh corner was flicked on by Wimbledon's Tom Elliott and the ball bounced across the top of the crossbar and out for a corner. Overall, Yeovil were counter-attacking extremely well and although Wimbledon had most of the territory, they were being kept on their toes by the breaks.

The end-to-end nature of the half was demonstrated when Wimbledon retook the lead on the half hour mark. Jake Reeves's through ball seemed to take a deflection off a player's boot as it went through the park and that put the ball directly into the path of Tom Elliott, who struck an excellent angled shot for a 2-1 lead.

Six minutes later and this topsy-turvy half took another twist again. Karleigh Osborne was guilty of a foul on Francois Zoko on the right flank and Jack Compton stepped up to take the set piece. Whether he meant what he did is anotherr matter - the winger's deep free kick into the box sailed, and sailed and with James Shea having come off his line early to try to challenge from the ball, the Wimbledon keeper hopelessly misjudged the ball and it flew over him into the back of the net for a freakish equalising goal.

A rather open - and often much too open - first half saw the Dons finish the half stronger, but both teams went in level at the break. Yeovil decided to make an early second half substitution, switching formations slightly as Kevin Dawson was introduced as a replacement for Shaun Jeffers, with the Glovers changing to a 4-5-1 that sometimes became a 4-3-3 when Compton and Dawson pushed up, but largely left Francois Zoko on his own.

Dawson's introduction was key - within ten minutes his right wing run was illegally stopped by a Callum Kennedy challenge who tried to haul him back and referee Darren England blew up for yet another Yeovil Town spot kick. After much deliberation, Jack Compton was the man who stepped up, with Matt Dolan and Francois Zoko having missed in recent fixtures - he fired the ball home to give Yeovil the lead for the first time in the match.

Wimbledon reacted by making a triple substitution, but Yeovil still managed to keep possession well and it was only in the closing fifteen minutes that the home side genuinely started to put the pressure on. Adebayo Azeez had the best chance as he cut in from the left flank and fired on goal but Artur Kryiak got his body in the way to force the ball out for a corner. Overall, the Glovers slowed the play down well - sometimes to the frustration of the home side, and wound the clock down for the win. With Newport and York also winning, it was a reminder that whilst today's result was a huge one - giving the club their first back-to-back win of the 2015-16 season - there is still plenty of football to go.

Link: 2015-16 Latest League Two Table.

Final Score: AFC Wimbledon 2 Yeovil Town 3.

Scorers: David Fitzpatrick (1-0, 9 mins), Jack Compton (1-1, 12 mins), Tom Elliott (2-1, 29 mins), Jack Compton (2-2, 35 mins), Jack Compton (2-3, 63 mins, pen)

Wimbledon:
1. James Shea 2. Barry Fuller 6. Paul Robinson 22. Karleigh Osborne 3. Callum Kennedy 19. David Fitzpatrick 8. Jake Reeves 12. Jonathan Meades 17. Andy Barcham 9. Tom Elliott 33. Lyle Taylor

Substitutes:
18. Connor Smith 7. George Francomb (65 mins for David Fitzpatrick) 10. Adebayo Akinfenwa (64 mins for Lyle Taylor) 14. Adebayo Azeez (65 mins for Tom Elliott) 16. Tom Beere 20. Ryan Sweeney 24. Joe McDonnell

Yeovil Town:
1. Artur Krysiak
24. Connor Roberts 6. Jakub Sokolik 3. Nathan Smith 11. Ryan Dickson
25. Liam Walsh 4. Matt Dolan 2. Ben Tozer
14. Jack Compton 10. Shaun Jeffers 39. Francois Zoko (Capt)

Substitutes:
12. Chris Weale (GK) 7. Kevin Dawson (53 mins for Shaun Jeffers) 8. Marc Laird 16. Tahvon Campbell (87 mins for Jack Compton) 18. Simon Gillett (82 mins for Liam Walsh) 19. Iffy Allen 23. Harry Cornick

Wimbledon Bookings: Karleigh Osborne (foul, 34 mins), Adebayo Azeez (foul, 90 mins)

Yeovil Bookings: None.

Wimbledon Match Statistics: Possession: 52%; Shots: 13; Shots On Target: 3; Corners: 5; Fouls: 18.

Yeovil Match Statistics: Possession: 48%; Shots: 5; Shots On Target: 5; Corners: 4; Fouls: 4.

Referee: Darren England (South Yorkshire). Assistants: Andrew Aylott (Bedfordshire) and Oleksandr Saliy (Middlesex). Fourth Official: Michael Webb (Surrey).

Attendance: 4,525 (with 518 Yeovil supporters).


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30 January 2016 : Cornick Makes Yeovil Town Return
Yeovil Town have taken out a new loan deal to bring AFC Bournemouth attacking midfielder Harry Cornick back to Huish Park. The 20 year old had a successful loan spell with the club across the first half of the 2015-16 season, making 27 appearances and scoring six goals during that time, after arriving at the club just before the opening day of the season.

However, since the December 12th home match against Barnet, Cornick has been out with a groin injury and he returned to his parent club for treatment, with his rolling month loan spell quietly expiring a couple of weeks ago. In total he's missed the last eight matches, but made his comeback for the Cherries on Tuesday afternoon when he turned out as a substitute in their Under-21s match against Gillingham, giving him just under half an hour on the pitch for his parent club.

He has now returned to the Glovers and is included in the squad for this afternoon's match against AFC Wimbledon at Kingsmeadow. At present we don't know the length of the loan agreement - in the past the club used a rolling one month youth loan arrangement that gave all parties flexibility for the games, although Cornick's regular appearances for the Glovers prior to his injury made this a bit of a no-brainer.

Link: Harry Cornick : Yeovil Town Statistics.


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30 January 2016 : Team News For AFC Wimbledon vs Yeovil Town
Yeovil Town have named an unchanged starting eleven for the League Two match against AFC Wimbledon at Kingsmeadow this afternoon. The same starting line-up that secured the 2-1 win over Crawley Town is preferred with the only difference being how the bench lines up.

AFC Bournemouth loanee Harry Cornick had been out since the December 12th game against Barnet, but finally makes his return after an eight game absence. Striker Ryan Bird is the man to make way, due to an illness.

Midfielder Wes Fogden sits out the match although is fit and available. Centre-back Alex Lacey sits out the second game of a three match suspension for the red card he obtained against Carlisle United in the FA Cup. Club captain Darren Ward is still out with a swollen knee. Striker Mark Beck has left the club on a half-season loan, and will be on Wrexham's books for the remainder of the season.

The club's long term injury list of Jordan Gibbons (hip injury) and Omar Sowunmi (ankle) means that they continue to be absent.

The full team for this afternoon's match reads as follows:

Yeovil Town:
1. Artur Krysiak
24. Connor Roberts 6. Jakub Sokolik 3. Nathan Smith 11. Ryan Dickson
25. Liam Walsh 4. Matt Dolan 2. Ben Tozer
14. Jack Compton 10. Shaun Jeffers 39. Francois Zoko (Capt)

Substitutes:
12. Chris Weale (GK) 7. Kevin Dawson 8. Marc Laird 16. Tahvon Campbell 18. Simon Gillett 19. Iffy Allen 23. Harry Cornick


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30 January 2016 : Morecambe vs Yeovil Town : Man Of The Match Result
Two weeks ago, Yeovil Town travelled to Morecambe for their first visit to the Globe Arena. In what turned out to be rather snowy footballing conditions, the Glovers let a 1-0 lead through Darren Ward slip, as two late goals for the home side sent us back down the M6 with a 2-1 defeat to our name.

Man of the Match voting saw three of the club's newer acquisitions shine in Lancashire. Club captain Darren Ward netted his first goal for the club and did well in the poll, whilst striker Francois Zoko showed strongly once again. However, they were both beaten by Everton loanee Liam Walsh, whose tough tackling on the day brought a spike to the Glovers midfield.

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

1. Liam Walsh 46 (4)
2. Francois Zoko 40 (2)
3. Darren Ward 28 (1)
4. Jack Compton 22 (1)
5. Connor Roberts 14 (1)
6. Matthew Dolan 10 (1)
7. Artur Krysiak 8 (0)
8. Ben Tozer 6 (0)
9. Jakub SokolŪk 2 (0)
9. Ryan Bird 2 (0)
9. Ryan Dickson 2 (0)


OVERALL MATCH RATING : 6.4
Performance : 6.8
Entertainment : 6
VOTES RECEIVED : 10


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29 January 2016 : Darren Previews The AFC Wimbledon Away Game
As part of the build-up to Saturday afternoon's League Two match against AFC Wimbledon at Kingsmeadow, Yeovil Town manager Darren Way spoke to the BBC about the fixture. With questions from Alex O'Loughlin, in an interview for BBC Somerset, Darren gives the latest picture on Darren Ward, his thoughts on Mark Beck's loan out to Wrexham, some further thoughts on last week's win over Crawley Town, and the challenge of facing a former Swansea City team-mate in Adebayo Akinfenwa. Read that interview via the link below.

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


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29 January 2016 : Wiltshire Stays In Somerset For Ladies 2016 Campaign
Yeovil Town Ladies attacking player Sarah Wiltshire has once again committed to the Somerset side. Wiltshire has signed FA Women's Super League forms, which will see her remain at the club for the 2016 season. The 24 year old, who lives in Hatfield in Hertfordshire, notched 10 goals in 11 appearances in the 2014 season, when she joined from Watford. These performances were enough to catch the eyes of Women's Super League one club Manchester City, where she joined for the 2015 season, but returned back to Somerset at the mid-season break, where after 14 appearances she hit the back of the net 3 times.

With the build up to the new FAWSL season now in full flow and with an FA Women's Cup game next weekend against Bradford City Women, Wiltshire will be relishing being in and amongst a new attacking dimension in the squad. Having enjoyed her time at Yeovil and it feeling like home to her, Wiltshire said:

"There was no other club which I was going to sign for this season. Weíve got a strong group here at Yeovil and there is no other place Iíd rather be playing my football. The team is coming together nicely who are raring to go for the new season and I cant wait for it all to begin next weekend against Bradford in the cup. With the league fixtures now released, itís a sign of the season now fast approaching and I will be working my hardest to ensure that this club, which I can call my home, will compete strongly and push for promotion."

Sarah Wiltshire, in action against Millwall Lionesses, during July 2015, at Huish Park
Sarah Wiltshire, in action against Millwall Lionesses, during July 2015, at Huish Park
Photo © 2015 Terry Fisher/Yeovil Town Ladies


Manager Jamie Sherwood said that Sarah has been playing for Cambridge United recently but that this was a club-led decision, rather than any question over her future:

"Retaining the services of Sarah is another excellent piece of business by the club. She has been away on loan playing and scoring goals for Cambridge Utd in our off season as we both felt that this was the best opportunity for her to keep ticking over. Since her return to pre-season training, we can see the sparkle in her eye for goal and the twinkle in her toes when being creative and we look forward to seeing her link up with the attacking players we now have at Yeovil Town Ladies. This is Sarah's first full pre-season with the club and she is already our leading FA WSL goalscorer of all time and we fully expect her to double that tally this coming season. I have always said that when Sarah is smiling her game is flowing, creative and very good to watch. Sarah is back smiling and looking sharp and positive, which can only mean that she's ready to remind people of what she can do."


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29 January 2016 : Ciderspace Guide To AFC Wimbledon
Tomorrow afternoon, Yeovil Town play their first Football League away match against AFC Wimbledon, in their first visit to Kingstonian for nearly fifteen years. With that in mind there's a brand new away day guide on this website, with directions, parking, train options, a pub guide and club statistics along with all kinds of other stuff. Find the guide via the link below.

Link: Ciderspace Guide To AFC Wimbledon.

Kingsmeadow - home of both Kingstonian and AFC Wimbledon
Kingsmeadow - home of both Kingstonian and AFC Wimbledon



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29 January 2016 : Seated Tickets For Wimbledon Trip Sold Out
Yeovil Town supporters travelling to tomorrow's League Two match against AFC Wimbledon at Kingsmeadow should note that all seated tickets for away fans are SOLD OUT. There will be no further seated tickets available on the day of the game.

Supporters travelling and wanting to purchase terraced tickets should have no issues in purchasing on the day of the game - the Huish Park Ticket Office had sold around 200 advance terrace tickets, but with that section of the ground holding 750 spaces, it will be possible to purchase standing tickets on the day.

For full ticket and travel information, follow the links below.

Link: Ticketing For AFC Wimbledon vs Yeovil Town.

Link: GWSC Travel For AFC Wimbledon vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Ticketing For Luton Town vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Ticketing For Hartlepool United vs Yeovil Town.


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28 January 2016 : Morgan Moves On From Accrington
Former Yeovil Town striker Adam Morgan has left League Two side Accrington Stanley. The 21 year old former Liverpool academy player has had a very unproductive spell in Lancashire since leaving Huish Park over the summer, having got himself just one start - in the Football League Trophy - and two substitute appearances, both of which were back in August.

He has not stepped out onto a football pitch for Accrington since September 1st 2015, and has entirely dropped out of their matchday squad of eighteen players, and today they have agreed to tear up his one year contract by mutual consent. His manager John Coleman, admitted that Morgan had dropped down the pecking order and so wasn't likely to get many games:

"Itís a shame for Adam that it hasnít worked out for him here. He is a good character around the place but he wants to play football. He has dropped down the pecking order and both parties felt it would be best if he decided to look elsewhere. There is no animosity, he leaves with our best wishes and our thanks for his efforts. Everyone in your squad canít play, you can only pick 11. Itís the way it has panned out. We decided to go with one main striker and Adam has found it difficult to break in and take that role. He obviously has a talent and can score goals and hopefully he will get the opportunity to do that somewhere else."

Morgan will now become a free agent and able to sign for any club. His time at Accrington has largely mirrored his experience at both Yeovil Town and St Johnstone - a scattering of early appearances that eventually fizzled out into nothing, and a lengthy period sat in the stands. He was released by mutual consent by former boss Paul Sturrock last summer, with one of his predecessors Gary Johnson having given him a half-season loan spell in Scotland that came to nothing. Morgan was briefly recalled when Terry Skiverton became interim manager, where he scored his one goal in 19 appearances - a 90th minute penalty - but he dropped out of the side through injury later on in the 2014-15 season, leading to Sturrock transfer listing him at the end of that campaign.

Link: Adam Morgan : Yeovil Town Statistics.


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28 January 2016 : Baggies Striker Campbell Extends Loan Deal
Yeovil Town have successfully extended the loan spell for West Bromwich Albion striker Tahvon Campbell. The 19 year old has only made four appearances for the Glovers during his initial one month loan, with only one start during that time, but showed signs that he was going to be an asset to the club last Saturday when he scored the club's second goal in the 2-1 win over Crawley Town.

That has persuaded manager Darren Way to extend Campbell's deal with the club until March 3rd 2016 - the Thursday after the home match against Accrington Stanley - and giving him the opportunity to play in the club's next seven matches.


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28 January 2016 : Lawrence Signed Up By Ladies From Bristol City
Yeovil Town Ladies have signed Nadia Lawrence on a one year deal. Lawrence will be playing in the green and white hoops at Huish Park this season, having moved from last years relegated side Bristol Academy, now known as Bristol City Ladies. She made a total of 17 appearances in the 2015 season, which included a single goal.

The tricky attacking player, once played in Iceland for IBV and has also made a total of 16 appearances for her Welsh international side. Lawrence signs at a time of real excitement and progression for the Somerset side, with news of home matches being played at Huish Park. With some new signings announced recently, Lawrence is another signing that will only boost manager Jamie Sherwoodís squad, as they search for a top two finish and promotion to the promised land of Womenís Super League One. Speaking about the news of Nadia Lawrence signing, Jamie Sherwood said:

"To be working with Nadia again is yet another exciting prospect after our time together with Cardiff City. I know she is capable of delivering creativity and quality in the attacking half of the pitch. Nadia is a player who can play as a centre forward stretching defenses, she can play as a wide player causing full backs a torrid time in 1v1 battles and watching her since her return in the number ten position finding pockets to cause problems to the opposition."

Sherwood explained that he had already seen her performing in training sessions for the club and like what he saw so far:

"She adds great competition, versatility and more importantly added fire power to the squad that was not far behind last season. Her character, teamwork and selflessness has seen her settle into our group well and I believe we will see her flourish in our environment."

Lawrence spoke of her arrival at the club, and explained that having previously worked under Sherwood at Cardiff City Ladies, he was aware of the sort of environment she was going into:

"I look forward to the season ahead and continuing my development with Yeovil. I have worked under Jamie Sherwood at Cardiff City before and feel I can continue improving under him and the rest of the coaching team. I have enjoyed the training and team environment so far and am sure I will continue to. Itís important I make the most of this season in achieving my own personal aims as a player and more importantly, I know Yeovil's main aim is to achieve promotion and I will give everything I have in training and on the pitch to help the team achieve just that."

Yeovil are in action on Sunday 7th February when they face Bradford City in Round Three of the SSE FA Womenís Cup. The game is to be played at Sherborne Town FC, before the FAWSL season commences in March, with games then being switched to Huish Park. Season tickets are on sale and more information can be found here.


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28 January 2016 : Officials For AFC Wimbledon vs Yeovil Town
Officials for the League Two match between AFC Wimbledon and Yeovil Town have been published by the Football League. The match takes place at the Cherry Red Records Stadium (aka Kingsmeadow) on Saturday 30th January 2016, with a 3.00p.m. kick-off. The man in charge of the fixture will be referee Darren England (South Yorkshire).

He is new to the circuit as a Football League referee, having been appointed last summer. So far he's taken charge of 19 fixtures, raising 74 yellow cards and five red cards, which is a little higher than most referees. That said, it's heavily weighted towards his first three fixtures where he got through 21 yellows and one red - perhaps a case of a man getting a little bit too enthusiastic with his new job level. His last game was a more sedate 0-0 draw between Bury and Crewe Alexandra on Tuesday night that saw three cautions issued.

We've not had him before as a match referee. His main involvement in Yeovil Town fixtures so far has been the March 2009 League One match against Leeds United (4-0 defeat) at Elland Road, December 2011 FA Cup Second Round tie against Fleetwood Town (2-2 draw) at the Highbury Stadium, both of which saw him act as an assistant refereee.

Mr England will be assisted by Andrew Aylott (Bedfordshire) and Oleksandr Saliy (Middlesex). The Fourth Official will be Michael Webb (Surrey).


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27 January 2016 : Supporters Trust Gets Green Light At Fans Meeting
Yeovil Town supporters have formally voted to set up a Supporters Trust at a meeting tonight. In a packed room at Club 94, there was a unanimous show of hands giving the green light for the Yeovil Voice working party to formally constitute the body as a Community Benefit Society, as part of the Supporters Direct model.

The timeline for tonight's meeting was as follows:

19:00 Brendon Owen and Chair for the evening Adam Virgo briefly open the meeting.

19:05 James at Supporters Direct opens up describing the history behind Supporters Direct. There are over 190 Supporters Trusts with approximately 500,000 members. The concept was sourced by Brian Lomax from Northampton Town whose club was in financial crisis back in the late 20th Century. His club's experience led to the creation of the Trust organisations that exist today.

James explained that all Trusts are run as Community Benefit Societies, and registered with the Financial Conduct Authority - they are run as a cooperative - not for profit. When the Trust exists, it will elect a board from its membership. All profits are reinvested back into the society.

An overview of how Supporters Trusts can act was run through - from Portsmouth who own their club, to Newcastle who act as a 'watching' brief on their owners, through to Swansea and Bradford who have a structured partnership with their clubs.

19:30 Brendon Owen as a Working Party leader takes to the floor. He explained how fans had become disenfranchised over the years at Huish Park, and the need to bring them back into the fold and to give them a voice. He also read out a message from John Fry expressing good luck for the evening, sent via James Healey. Brendon said there was an opportunity for the Trust to work with the club.

19:40 Laurence Overend & Nick Hawker of the Exeter Supporters Trust gave their views on their experience of a Trust. Laurence explained that his club formed their Trust in 2000, eventually becoming club owners in 2003. His experience was that there was no 'one size fits all. He said that long term planning was essential and that their club's Academy had been a big success for them - but they needed to stick with it to reap the rewards from it.

Laurence finishes by saying : "If the question tonight is 'Why would you form a Trust?' my question is why wouldn't you?"

19:50 Peter from Leamington Supporters Trust takes to the floor. Their Trust was formed in 2010 as a reaction to their club being geographically displaced from the town. Their goal was to take a club that was playing games a distance from their town and introduce a community feel to their football club. They sit independently of their club but have taken their Trust into the community by visiting community events such as summer fetes and fund raising, or taking minibuses to games.

20:00 A question and answer session begins, with fans asking questions from the floor to those who have been part of the presentations.

Several fans ask if Chairman John Fry's message this week indicates he is willing to work with the Trust. Brendon Owen says he hopes so and would rather have a dialog with the club than go into battle against them. Peter at Leamington warns that "Chairmen like money" and it's important to focus on what the Trust wants. James at SD says it is important to focus on what lies beyond Chairmen and to concentrate on supporters need for longer term benefits.

The audience asked what challenges Trusts faced that they found hardest. Laurence said it was important to get a young diverse membership, as there was a tendency to end up with key people being 'white, male and aging'. He also said that as club owners, sometimes when things went wrong, the Trust was viewed as the 'problem' by fans rather than the 'solution' and it was hard to manage that situation as the actual owners of the club.

Nicola Hudson outlined what would happen if fans voted "yes" at the meeting. Nicola said it can take a couple of months - the Trust needs a constitution, bank account and a membership. Bolton's recent application was fasttracked due to urgency, concerning their club's financial situation.

The audience questioned why key questions raised by supporters and by the media were not being answered by the club. Audience members were critical of the press. Chris Sweet of the Gazette indicated that attempts had been made to ask those questions, and expressed frustration that they had not been given replies in certain circumstances. James at SD said that it would be harder for questions to be avoided once a strong Trust existed as there would be strength in numbers and they could work with the Press, where needed to get those questions answered.

20:50 Adam Virgo calls for a show of hands to ask whether fans should form a Supporters Trust. There is also a request for a show of hands for those who would be against. The unanimous show of hands in the room shows clear backing for the Trust to be formed. Adam also indicates that by email, they have received 326 votes for the Trust to be formed with only one vote against.


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27 January 2016 : FAWSL 2016 Yeovil Town Ladies Fixtures Released
Fixtures for the Ladies FA WSL2 2016 season have been published today. This will be the second season at this level for Yeovil Town Ladies and the Glovers have been given a golden opening tie to the season, with a trip to local rivals Bristol City Women (who have changed their names from Bristol Academy) on Wednesday 23rd March. Their first home fixture will be the April 24th match against Millwall Lionesses, which will give fans their first chance to see the Ladies at their new home of Huish Park.

Before that comes the club's FA Cup Third Round tie against Bradford City Ladies, which will take place on Sunday 7th February at the Jones Stadium, Sherborne. This of known fixtures, which should be later added to by the inclusion of Continental Cup group matches, is as follows:

Sun 07/02/2016 : 14:00 : Yeovil Town Ladies FC v Bradford City Ladies (Jones Stadium, Sherborne) (FA Cup)

Wed 23/03/2016 : 19:00 : Bristol City Women v Yeovil Town Ladies FC (Stoke Gifford Stadium)
Sun 27/03/2016 : 14:00 : Watford Ladies FC v Yeovil Town Ladies FC (Berkhampstead FC)

Sun 24/04/2016 : 14:00 : Yeovil Town Ladies FC v Millwall Lionesses (Yeovil Town FC)
Wed 27/04/2016 : 19:45 : Yeovil Town Ladies FC v Oxford United Women (Yeovil Town FC)
Sat 30/04/2016 : 18:30 : Millwall Lionesses vs Yeovil Town Ladies FC (Millwall FC)

Thu 19/05/2016 : 19:45 : Yeovil Town Ladies FC v Bristol City Women (Yeovil Town FC)
Sun 22/05/2016 : 14:00 : Yeovil Town Ladies FC v Aston Villa Ladies (Yeovil Town FC)

Sun 26/06/2016 : 12:00 : Durham Women FC v Yeovil Town Ladies FC (New Ferens Park)
Thu 30/06/2016 : 19:45 : Oxford United Women v Yeovil Town Ladies FC (Abingdon United FC)

Sun 10/07/2016 : 14:00 : Yeovil Town Ladies FC v Watford Ladies FC (Yeovil Town FC)
Sun 17/07/2016 : 14:00 : Everton Ladies FC v Yeovil Town Ladies FC (Select Security Stadium)
Sun 24/07/2016 : 14:00 : Yeovil Town Ladies FC v Durham Women FC (Yeovil Town FC)
Sun 31/07/2016 : 14:00 : Aston Villa Ladies FC v Yeovil Town Ladies FC (Sutton Coldfield Central Ground)

Sun 28/08/2016 : 14:00 : Sheffield FC Ladies v Yeovil Town Ladies FC (Sheffield FC)

Sun 11/09/2016 : 14:00 : Yeovil Town Ladies FC v London Bees (Yeovil Town FC)
Sun 25/09/2016 : 14:00 : Yeovil Town Ladies FC v Everton Ladies FC (Yeovil Town FC)

Sun 30/10/2016 : 14:00 : London Bees v Yeovil Town Ladies FC (The Hive)

Sun 06/11/2016 : 14:00 : Yeovil Town Ladies FC v Sheffield FC Ladies (Yeovil Town FC)


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27 January 2016 : Darren Way Talks About The Club's Progress In January
Earlier this week, Yeovil Town manager Darren Way spoke to the BBC about how the Glovers and himself were shaping up as they come towards the end of January. In a wide-ranging interview conducted by BBC Somerset presenter Claire Carter, Darren talks about the club's rise above the relegation line, following the win over Crawley Town, the form and attitude of Everton midfielder Liam Walsh, his focus upon decision-making as part of his Pro Licence coaching course, and the constraints he's operating under in terms of the January transfer window (just before Mark Beck departed on loan to Wrexham). Read that interview via the link below.

Link: Darren Way Speaks To The BBC About The Club's Progress In January.


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26 January 2016 : GWSC Travel To AFC Wimbledon
The Green and White Supporters Club have set their travel plans for Saturday's trip to AFC Wimbledon. The match takes place at the Cherry Red Records Stadium (aka Kingsmeadow) on Saturday 30th January 2016, with a 3.00p.m. kick-off. Departure times and prices are listed as follows:

AFC Wimbledon : Saturday 30th January 2016.
Huish Park: 9.15a.m.
Adult Members: £21.00; Member Concessions: £19.00
Adult Non-Members: £23.00; Non-Member Concessions: £21.00

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.

Link: Ticketing For AFC Wimbledon vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Ticketing For Luton Town vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Ticketing For Hartlepool United vs Yeovil Town.


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26 January 2016 : Cornick Makes Comeback With Cherries Under-21s
AFC Bournemouth attacking midfielder Harry Cornick came on as a substitute for their Under-21s side this afternoon, as part of their 4-3 win over Gillingham. In a match played at Canford Park, Cornick appeared as a 64th minute substitute for Lewis Grabban at which point the Dorset club were 2-3 down. Bournemouth scored twice during the time that Cornick was on the pitch to win the game.

This is the first sighting of the 20 year old since the December 12th home match against Barnet that saw him struggle at the tail end of that match whilst carrying a groin injury. He returned to Dean Court for treatment shortly after that, and his loan deal with the Glovers eventually expired, meaning that he's been absent for Yeovil's last eight matches.

Yeovil Town manager Darren Way said after Saturday's game against Crawley Town that he was hopeful that Cornick would return to Huish Park as part of a new loan deal at some point this week. Hopefully provided there is no reaction to Cornick's Under-21 excursions, he would be given permission to link back up with the Glovers relatively soon.


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26 January 2016 : Beck Begins Welsh Adventure As Clearance Comes Through
Yeovil Town striker Mark Beck has completed his paperwork that allows him to join National League side Wrexham on loan. The 21 year old, who last played for the Glovers in the October 31st match against Carlisle United, has secured a loan deal until the end of the 2015-16 season.

Beck is still under contract at Huish Park until the end of 2017, and so this doesn't necessarily mean that the club have seen the last of him, but with him having barely troubled the teamsheet over the last three months, let alone having stepped onto the pitch, this will hopefully free up a slice of the club's wage bill on a temporary basis.

The club believe the paperwork was lodged in time for him to play in Wrexham's National League fixture at Braintree Town tonight, should they choose to do so.

Link: Mark Beck : Yeovil Town Statistics.


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26 January 2016 : Government Working Party Recommends Strengthening Of Supporter Trust Rights
The UK national government have this month announced plans to give football supporters a greater voice in their local football clubs. In a report published by the Government Expert Working Group on Supporter Ownership and Engagement, they have provided a serious of recommendations and actions that they believe should be taken to ensure that fans have a greater say in the running of their clubs.

Sports Minister Tracey Crouch has said that the UK Government has been increasingly made aware of a growing gap between those who own and run football clubs and the supporter fan base, and so set up the Working Group in October 2014, under the last Coalition Government, that would examine what the key issues were and what options they had to resolve them.

The Chair of the Group was Joanna Manning-Cooper, who sat as an independent, but was also Director of Marketing and Communications for the 2015 Rugby World Cup. She is a Portsmouth season ticket holder and a member of their club's Supporters Trust, who own the Fratton Park club. Other representatives of the committee included people from Supporters Direct, the Football Supporters Federation, The Football Association, The Premier League, The Football League, the UK Government's Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) along with representatives of Portsmouth, Swansea City, Wrexham and AFC Wimbledon who all have prominent Supporters Trust set-ups.

The Working Party has provided a number of recommendations, which they will now look towards the DCMS, the FA, Premier League, Football League and National League to help implement. Many of these recommendations include opening up the circumstances in which Supporters Trusts can play a role in their club, and to force clubs to become more transparent in their dealings with supporters. The top level recommendations are as follows:

1. In the event of a club becoming insolvent, administrators would be required to meet with Supporters Trusts, with a credible Trust given an opportunity to bid for the club
2. In such a situation, the Premier Leagueís Fans Fund Panel would consider bids for assistance from Supporters Trusts of clubs in the National League, Football League and Premier League to help with professional fees to build a credible bid
3. The Premier League has also agreed to provide an extra £1 million in funding over the next three years, via the Fans Fund, to recognise football supporter organisations that provide a voice for supporters on ownership and related issues
4. Supporters Direct and the Football Supporters Federation to develop a database of suitable professional experts who are football fans who would be willing to provide pro-bono advice to supportersí bids
5. The football authorities agreed to keep the Owners and Directors Test under constant review and will take into account any feedback received from the supporter organisations through structured dialogue to ensure it achieves its intended purpose at all times.
6. Government should look at Social Investment Tax Relief with regards to Supporters Trusts and if this would provide a tax-efficient way for them to accrue funds to prepare for a future bid
7. Government and the football authorities should consider if a Community Owned Sports Club model, similar to the Community Amateur Sport Club (CASC) scheme, should be accepted as a legitimate operating model giving supporter owned clubs tax breaks
7. Any planned substantial changes to club colours or crests to be discussed with fans as part of the structured engagement.
8. The FA to assess how to best engage with representative supporter groups within its decision making structures as part of its current review process

Within the report there are also plans that would mandate clubs to hold at least two open meetings with supporters each year, to ensure there is an opportunity for fans to quiz their club's key off the field personnel. Sports Minister Tracey Crouch said that she had commissioned the report because of the disconnect between many club's top brass and the supporters of their football club:

"Supporters are the lifeblood of the clubs they support but over time there has been a growing disconnect between them and those that run their clubs. So it was right that government set up this group and brought the football authorities and supporters together to see what more can be done for clubs to engage with fans. The agreement to have meaningful dialogue between clubs and supporters on issues that matter to them, which can include strategic and ownership related issues, is a big step forward. It shows what can be achieved with the football authorities and supporters working together in partnership."

The Chief Executive of the Football Supporters Federation, Kevin Miles, believes that too many clubs are making decisions that affect fans that are 'shrouded in mystery' and is pleased that the report captures the issues that exist across the game today:

"A report, endorsed by the football authorities, that requires clubs to listen to supporters on strategic issues including finance, governance and ownership, has to be a step in the right direction. All too often, crucial club decisions have been taken over the heads of fans, with the real financial and strategic position of clubs shrouded in mystery. We welcome the recommendations in this report that supportersí representatives should be entitled to regular structured engagement with clubs, and that supporter representation within the FA should be strengthened. Fans arenít only concerned with facilities and team performance; we also care deeply about the ownership, governance and strategic direction of the clubs we support."

The move by the Government's DCMS to publish the report suggests that at a high level at least, that there is broad consensus amongst all three main political parties. The Liberal Democrats have in the past called for greater governance over football ownership and fans engagement, whilst Labour's Shadow Minister for Sport Clive Efford has been campaigning for Supporters Trust groups to be given the right to purchase up to 10 percent of a club's Shareholding upon a change in ownership, to force club owners to be held accountable by fans.

Given Yeovil Town supporters plans to set up their own Supporters Trust, with a key meeting taking place at Club 94 on Wednesday 27th January, to hold the formal vote to create a new Trust. With the Government's DCMS committee recommending that Supporters Trusts should be given an increased say in how clubs are governed, the formation looks to be well-timed.

Link: Fans Invited To Meeting For Supporters Trust Formation.


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25 January 2016 : Beck Deal Awaiting Clearance From Welsh FA
The Wrexham end of the country has been able to provide a touch more detail on striker Mark Beck's impending departure from Huish Park. They indicate that the 21 year old is about to be signed up on loan for the National League side, with the deal running until the end of the 2015-16 season. With the former Carlisle United player having been signed for Yeovil Town on a two year contract that will mean that he will still stay on the club's books for the foreseeable future, but will at least partially come off the payroll for the next three months or so.

The Wrexham Evening Leader believe that a deal to bring Beck to the Racehorse Ground has been agreed, but that they are awaiting international clearance for the deal to go through - an odd quirk of the English FA and Welsh FA needing to swap paperwork before he is allowed to be registered as a Wrexham player. As such they do not expect him to play in their match against Braintree Town in Essex tomorrow evening.


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25 January 2016 : Chairman Fry To Send Message Of Support To Supporters Trust Meeting
Yeovil Town Chairman John Fry has indicated that he plans to send a message of support to the group of supporters who are aiming to establish a Supporters Trust for Glovers fans this week. Wednesday's meeting of the Working Party, generally known as the Yeovil Voice, will see national umbrella body Supporters Direct joined by representatives from Exeter City and Leamington Supporters Trusts who will be able to explain to fans how Supporters Trusts have benefitted their clubs over the years, as well as explaining some of the pitfalls to avoid.

It is hoped that on the night of the meeting a vote will be put to the fans in attendance, with proxy voting by email also allowed, that will give the formal green light for that Trust to be set up and established as a democratic organisation that can then represent supporters needs and help influence the direction of the club. In the past, Mr Fry has made several critical and questioning remarks about the plans to form such a Trust, but in a rather visible u-turn, he has told the club's website that he admits that there is a need for 'good communications' with supporters, and that he plans to send a message through to the Working Party as a show of support:

"I am well aware of the need for good communications with the supporters, who are the lifeblood of our club, and I continue to have an open door policy in relation to their concerns. I will be sending a message of support to Wednesday's meeting from the directors and staff of Yeovil Town Football Club, and I look forward to hearing more detail about the aims and aspirations of the Supporters' Trust. I hope that then we will be able to decide on a way forward that is mutually beneficial to both the fans and the club that we all hold so dear."

Wednesday's meeting starts at 7.00p.m. with the evening chaired by former Glovers defender Adam Virgo, who is a commentator for BT Sport as well as a regular on Channel 5's Football League Tonight show.

Link: Fans Invited To Meeting For Supporters Trust Formation.


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25 January 2016 : Beckoning Goodbye - Mark On His Way Out?
Forgotten man Mark Beck could finally be on his way out of Huish Park. The former Carlisle United striker is claimed to be on his way to National League side Wrexham, which if true would end a rather unproductive stay in South Somerset. Brought to the club over the summer on a two year contract, the 21 year old has failed to score for the Glovers and has managed just nine appearances for the club, including just three starts at League Two level - the Glovers' first three league fixtures of the 2015-16 season.

Since August 18th, he has failed to start a match for the Glovers, with previous manager Paul Sturrock gradually weeding him out of the side, preferring defender-turned-striker Omar Sowunmi and 18 year old loanee George Thomas up front as Beck kept being pushed down the pecking order, with even his substitute appearances drying up. Sturrock's replacement, Darren Way has been even more emphatic in his sidelining of Beck, with the former Scotland Under-19 international having not had a single minute of play under the new boss, and with his last inclusion on the teamsheet coming on December 28th - a day in which the club selected all eighteen of their available professionals. His last bit of football came via a ten minute substitute appearance against his old club Carlisle on October 31st - in the three months that have followed he has had nothing.

Beck is being linked with a move to Wrexham by the Western Gazette, although it's not clear if this would be a loan spell or a permanent deal - there is no further detail on the move provided. Speaking to the BBC Sport website on Sunday, Wrexham boss Gary Mills has confirmed that he does want a new striker on his books believing that he is one or possibly two players short in that area. Wrexham currently lie in 10th place in the National League table, but six points off a play-off slot.

Yeovil Town boss Darren Way told BBC Somerset today that his squad was 'full', admitting that he needed to take players off his books before he could bring others in, and so Beck would be top of that priority given his lack of game tome. He explained that he expected those players who were not playing to come and see him, rather than being content with their lack of game time:

"I would have expected players who are not playing, to come and see me, to go out and get games. That then enables you to come in and move. The Board of Directors have been very supportive for the budget that has been given. But I don't want any excuses as I am trying to improve the squad. Everyone needs to be aware that the squad is full at the moment. Every minute of every day there's a phone call, but until it happens, then you have to sit tight."

Way has so far brought in two new loan signings during January, with West Bromwich Albion striker Tahvon Campbell and Everton midfielder Liam Walsh coming into the club, effectively replacing Coventry City striker George Thomas who left at the tail end of last year, Tottenham Hotspur defender Christian Maghoma who left in early January without making an appearance, and Swansea City midfielder Josh Sheehan, whose loan spell was curtailed in early January. If Beck does leave the club then clearly he will be able to move into the market to target a replacement once he has come off the club's wage bill.

As yet, neither Yeovil Town or Wrexham have commented on the situation, and so this is yet to be confirmed. There had been strong rumours during the November loan transfer deadline that Beck had been about to sign for a northern lower league or National League club, but that the deal fell through at the last moment, and he returned back to Somerset with the deal having been dropped.


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25 January 2016 : Former Spurs Academy Winger Given Glovers Trial Via University Side
Yeovil Town are reported to have taken a former Tottenham Hotspur academy player on trial. The Southampton Daily Echo reports that right-sided attacker Jesse Waller-Lassen was down at the club last week as part of a day's training at Huish Park that almost certainly took place last Wednesday afternoon.

He is currently on the books of Team Solent, who are the brand name of the Southampton Solent University team - a similar set-up to that used by Bath University's Team Bath branding. He is aged around 22 years old, and spent the 2012-13 season on the books of Bishop's Stortford during the 2012-13 season.

The Echo indicates that Waller-Lassen played and scored in the trial match. A game was staged on the club's 3G surface on the day after the Carlisle United defeat in the FA Cup, during which former Glovers player Gavin Williams came down to watch one of his own club's players feature in the trial game, with the Welshman currently coaching with Merthyr Town. The manager of Team Solent, James Taylor, said that the winger was waiting to hear back from Yeovil Town, but reports that Waller-Lassen scored in that trial match:

"Yeovil asked to have a look at Jesse and weíre not going to hold him back. Itís too early to say if anything will come of it but, if he did get the chance, Jesseís university work would have to be taken into consideration. Heís playing well and he deserves to step up. Iím sure he will get his chance if he keeps scoring."


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25 January 2016 : Ryan Bird Talks About The Crawley Win
Following Saturday afternoon's 2-1 win over Crawley Town at Huish Park, Yeovil Town striker Ryan Bird spoke to the BBC about the game. With questions from local journalist Chris Spittles, in an interview for BBC Somerset, Ryan talks about coming on as a substitute and scoring with his first touch in the game, as well as his thoughts on his fellow substitute Tahvon Campbell's first goal since arriving at the club as a loanee from Premier League side West Bromwich Albion. Read that interview via the link below.

Link: Ryan Bird Speaks To The BBC After The 2-1 Win Over Crawley.


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25 January 2016 : Darren Talks About Crawley Team Selection
Just before Saturday afternoon's League Two home match against Crawley Town kicked off at Huish Park, Yeovil Town manager Darren Way spoke to the BBC. With questions from local journalist Chris Spittles, in an interview for BBC Somerset, Darren talks about his decision to use Nathan Smith as a centre-back as well as the challenge of facing former Glovers Matt Harrold, Lewis Young and Gavin Tomlin on the day. Read that interview via the link below.

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


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25 January 2016 : Bantams Challenge As Ladies Start FA Cup Campaign
Yeovil Town Ladies had their first fixture of the 2016 season confirmed over the weekend, as they commence their involvement in the FA Women's Cup. As an FAWSL2 side, the Ladies enter the competition at the Third Round stage, and have had a bit of a wait to find out who their opponents were but on Sunday afternoon had that confirmed on Sunday when Bradford City Ladies beat Huddersfield Town Ladies by a 3-0 scoreline in their Second Round tie.

The match against Bradford will take place on Sunday 7th February 2016 at the Jones Stadium, Sherborne. Note that although the Ladies are planning to play the majority of their FAWSL2 games at Huish Park, this fixture will be staged at the Raleigh Grove ground. You can buy tickets for the match by heading to this page or by turning up on the day of the game. Admission prices are £4.00 for adults, £2.50 for concessions or just £1.00 for juniors. If you purchase a 2016 Ladies Season Ticket you can gain free admission by taking your card with you to the game. Turnstiles, drinks bar and food bar will all be open from 12.30p.m. for the 2.00p.m. kick-off.

Yeovil Town Ladies vs Bradford City Ladies - first fixture of the 2016 season is set
Yeovil Town Ladies vs Bradford City Ladies - first fixture of the 2016 season is set



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24 January 2016 : Tahvon Given Top Five Ranking In Sky Goals Weekend Round-Up
Following this weekend's Football League action, Sky Sports have rounded up what they see as being the top five best goals scored across the league's three divisions. Included in their Top Five video highlights clip is the goal scored by West Bromwich Albion striker Tahvon Campbell, who bagged his first ever professional first team goal as part the 2-1 win over Crawley Town. Watch the five goals via the link below - we'd have to confess that one of the two goals above Tahvon's strike in the pecking order probably does deserve first position in that ranking!

Link: Sky Sports : Top Five Football League Goals.


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24 January 2016 : Video : Yeovil Town vs Crawley Town Match Highlights
For those who want to view match highlights from Saturday afternoon's 2-1 win over Crawley Town, these are now online. As well as the goals from Ryan Bird and West Bromwich Albion loanee Tahvon Campbell, you can also see a first half diving header from Francois Zoko, and another second half effort from Campbell that was saved onto the crossbar. Watch it via the clip below.




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24 January 2016 : Supporters Trust : Time To Decide
On Wednesday, Yeovil Town supporters will be meeting at Club 94 (aka the Liberal Club) in Middle Street in Yeovil, that will provide the formal setting for decision on whether fans should form a Supporters Trust. This meeting will include a crucial vote that will be used by the Working Party (who have been operating as the Yeovil Voice) as their mandate by fans to set the Trust up. The meeting will be attended by national body Supporters Direct, as well as representatives from two existing Supporters Trust bodies, who will hopefully be able to answer questions fans may have concerning how such organisations work and how to get the best out of them.

Organiser Brendon Owen has recognised that not all fans will be able to attend Wednesday's meeting, yet may wish to cast a proxy vote for the meeting, that himself and Chairman for the night Adam Virgo, will collate and include in the outcome of the final vote. Brendon writes:

"We have but a few days to go until Yeovil Town supporters can make a decision on whether or not to form a Supporters Trust. I donít intend to continue to make a case for setting up a Trust as I believe that you will have by now, a good idea of what the issues are. I can only say I that think that a Trust can only be good for the future of our beloved football club. It is for you to decide if you agree or disagree.

On Wednesday 27th January 2016 at 7.00p.m. there will be a public meeting at Club 94, Middle Street, Yeovil at which, after presentations by Supporters Direct, Exeter City Trust, Leamington Trust and representatives of the working groups of Yeovil supporters, a vote will be taken to decide if a Trust is the way to go for Yeovil fans.

The question that will be put to the meeting will be :-

DO WE WANT TO SET UP A SUPPORTERS TRUST FOR YEOVIL TOWN SUPPORTERS? YES/NO.

We welcome as many supporters to attend as we can possibly get into the large hall at Club 94 to participate in the evening.

We recognise however that there are many Yeovil fans who for various reasons will not be able to attend. We hope to provide the Periscope streaming to bring the meeting to a wider audience but again recognise that many will not have this facility.

We wish to totally include all Yeovil fans and to that end should you wish to register a vote in absence please email Brendonowen@aol.com by noon on 27th January. All such votes will be passed to the Chairman of the meeting, Mr Adam Virgo for verification and inclusion in the overall vote on the night
."

As a suggestion, and to make things easier for Brendon and Adam to collate the results, you may want to cut'n'paste the following into your email to Brendon as follows:

"DO WE WANT TO SET UP A SUPPORTERS TRUST FOR YEOVIL TOWN SUPPORTERS? YES/NO.

Name: [Your Name]
Email: [Your Email]
Vote: YES/NO (delete as applicable)"


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24 January 2016 : Darren's Verdict On The Crawley Town Home Match
Following Saturday afternoon's home match against Crawley Town 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 the 2-1 win, including his thoughts over a possible loan extension for West Bromwich Albion loanee Tahvon Campbell, along with the goal that he scored, and Ryan Bird's opening goal. Read that interview via the link below.

Link: Darren's Verdict On The Crawley Town Home Match.


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23 January 2016 : Man of the Match Voting for Yeovil Town vs Crawley Town
If you watched this afternoon's 2-1 win against Crawley Town 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 Crawley Town.


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23 January 2016 : Darren Way Sees Campbell Extension As No-Brainer After He Scores Winning Goal
Yeovil Town manager Darren Way praised his substitutes today, and his team overall for helping get the club above the relegation zone as goals from Ryan Bird and West Bromwich Albion loanee Tahvon Campbell gave them three valuable points. The Glovers moved out of the bottom two for the first time since the October 20th defeat against Mansfield Town - just over three months spent in the relegation zone. Newport County's late two goals gave them a 2-2 draw against Dagenham and Redbridge that lifted the club above the Daggers and into 22nd place, thanks to their own 2-1 win over Crawley Town that saw them record their second League Two home win in a row.

Way told BBC Somerset that he admitted his team needed to be a bit more clinical in the first half with some of the chances that they'd created during the match, but was happy with the outcome that he felt had showed the players that his club's main target was achievable:

"Since I've been manager of this football club we've talked about getting above this (relegation) line. You could see the effort was there and I thought some of the play was fantastic. That shows the willingness and what the supporters are seeing now. We must have been plus-ten in corners. Crawley came back and made it difficult in the first half, and put men behind the ball so we had to break that down, and we had to be patient. But it was a great performance from the players. I made the changes. I've been talking about being clinical with the amount of efforts and the attempts that we've had, and it's important that players shoulder that responsibility. If they don't then we don't get out of the position that we're in. It's not about too much pressure - I don't want them not to enjoy it. But it is what it is, and I want them to take that responsibility. I think you could see in the first half it flashed across the six yard box four times. I think that will come."

Those moments did eventually come once Way had introduced substitutes Ryan Bird and Tahvon Campbell. Bird scored his eighth goal of the season with his first touch after coming onto the pitch, whilst Tahvon Campbell's 25 yard strike was one of real quality as he cut in from the flank before letting rip. The first month of Campbell's loan spell expires after today's match, meaning that Way will need to talk to Baggies boss Tony Pulis about a loan extension. From his point of view, he sees that as a no-brainer:

"Tahvon's goal was such a great individual goal. You talk about being bold, and having that arrogance and that finish, and he was very clinical. So we were very pleased with him. Sometimes we keep talking about pressure and opportunity, and I think he took that so well. For me he's done fantastic. He's a good personality and a good character to have around the place. He's just made a massive contribution to help take this club out of the bottom two. So for me it's a no-brainer."

Way has also reiterated his hopes for AFC Bournemouth loanee Harry Cornick to return to the club. He has been out since mid-December with a groin injury and with his loan deal having expired, he has since returned to Dean Court. There have been a number of delays in him receiving the green light from the Cherries medical team for him to return to Huish Park, but Way now hopes that will happen during next week.


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23 January 2016 : Yeovil 2 Crawley 1 : Double Sub Strike Lifts Glovers Out Of Relegation Zone
Yeovil Town lifted themselves out of the League Two relegation zone, as goals from two substitutes saw them on their way. Against a defensive-minded Crawley Town side, they had to bide their time somewhat, until Glovers top goalscorer Ryan Bird came off the bench and scored with his first touch from close range to entirely change the make-up of a cat'n'mouse game where Yeovil had dominated but had struggled to get past Crawley's back line. That was followed a quarter-of-an-hour later by the goal of the game, as West Bromwich Albion striker Tahvon Campbell scored the first of his loan spell - with his 25 yard strike undoubtedly influencing the decision that needs to be made on an extension to his loan deal at Huish Park. Crawley's Lee Barnard took advantage of a bit of defensive indecision to reduce the deficit in the final ten minutes, but Crawley deserved little from the game, and went home with nothing. Meanwhile the 2-2 draw between Newport County and Dagenham and Redbridge was a bonus - late goals at Rodney Parade lifted the club out of the relegation zone when the final whistle blew.

The Glovers went into the match making just one change to their starting line-up from the Tuesday night fixture against Carlisle United. That change was forced with Alex Lacey's three match suspension commencing, and with Darren Ward still having a knee problem from last weekend that meant that they had to utilise Nathan Smith as a stand-in centre-back for the day. Midfielder Marc Laird's promotion to the bench was the only other change to the squad in Lacey's absence, as they came up against a Crawley side featuring ex-Glovers Matt Harrold, Lewis Young, and on the bench, Gavin Tomlin.

Crawley's approach became quite clear from the outset as they stuck ten men behind the ball, leaving just Matt Harrold as a genuine attacking outlet. Their goal was to soak up the pressure and hope that they could push enough players up on the counter-attack to help Harrold out when they did actually gain possession. Yeovil struggled somewhat to break them down, getting themselves into a number of 'nearly' moments, where crosses went via the face of the goal, but with no-one to get onto the end of it, with one first half effort from Connor Roberts particularly showing how dangerous their approach play could be, but how difficult it was to get the right boot on the ball when it entered the crowded penalty box.

Yeovil's best effort of the half aaw Francois Zoko force Crawley keeper Callum Preston into a save from a header, and as the ball fell loose to Shaun Jeffers the rebound went well wide. Crawley took a good half hour to get into the match in any shape or form, but you could see what their tactics were as they tried to slow the game down right from the start, only showing speed on the rare occasions they got into Yeovil's half. Gwion Edwards produced a fine cross that seemed to just miss Matt Harrold and they even had a penalty shout turned down when Josh Yorwerth and Shaun Jeffers tangled inside the box - referee Christopher Kavanagh decided he wasn't going to get involved. As the first half saw more of an even contest, Roarie Deacon forced Artur Krysiak into his one-and-only save of the half, whilst at the other end a number of half chances evaded men in green'n'white. The concern at half time was that not enough good chances had been created and it was going to need that opening goal to break Crawley's rearguard tactics and force them out of their shells.

After just over ten minutes worth of a second half of more of the same, Darren Way decided to bring on two attacking substitutes, with Jack Compton and Shaun Jeffers replaced by Ryan Bird and Tahvon Campbell. Both players were to be highly influential, but particularly Bird who promptly netted with his first touch. Just 151 seconds into his time on the pitch, a Matt Dolan ball into the box wasn't dealt with by Jon Ashton and the ball fell into the path of Bird who gladly netted his eighth goal of the season from close range. 1-0 up and now Crawley would need to attack.

But that gave Yeovil plenty of gaps at the other end, and they nearly got a second goal when Ryan Bird turned provider - his ball through to Tavhon Campbell had to be tipped onto the crossbar. At the other end, Lewis Young looked dangerous against his own side in the way he counter-attacked against one Crawley move, but looked far less dangerous when he unleashed his final shot with the ball going well wide. Instead it was West Bromwich Albion loanee Campbell who showed him how to do it - he cut in from the flank and fired home a superb 77th minute goal to put Yeovil 2-0 up, as he ran with the ball before hitting a curling effort from 25 yards out. Not bad for your first ever professional first team goal, and with this match representing the final match of his first month's loan, not a bad time to do it.

In theory that should have been game over, but Yeovil never let themselves have it easy. Six minutes later, substitute Lee Barnard took advantage of some indecision between goalkeeper Artur Krysiak and his back line, as the experienced former Southampton striker converted a goal from a Josh Yorwerth through ball. In theory the 2-1 scoreline could have set up a nervous finale, but in the closing minutes it was Yeovil Town who - for 30 seconds at least - thought they had the opportunity to extend their lead. Francois Zoko was brought down in the 90th minute by Sonny Bradley and referee Christopher Kavanagh pointed to the penalty spot. With Zoko and Matt Dolan having missed critical penalties in the last couple of games, striker Ryan Bird was the man who picked up the ball and placed it on the spot, but that became irrelevant when Kavanagh trotted over to his assistant who advised him that the offence had taken place outside the box, and the match official allowed himself to be overruled. Thankfully that didn't matter, with Crawley failing to cause too much injury time panic.

The end result lifts the Glovers up to 22nd place in the League Two table - the first time they had been above the dotted line since the October 20th defeat against Mansfield Town. There may be still 19 matches to go, and with Dagenham and Redbridge showing much improved form recently they will be battling shoulder-to-shoulder with the Glovers, but psychologically speaking just being above that line will make a big difference when considering whether the club can successfully retain their Football League status in May.

Link: 2015-16 Latest League Two Table.

Final Score: Yeovil Town 2 Crawley Town 1.

Scorers: Ryan Bird (1-0, 59 mins), Tahvon Campbell (2-0, 77 mins), Lee Barnard (2-1, 83 mins)

Yeovil Town:
1. Artur Krysiak
24. Connor Roberts 6. Jakub Sokolik 3. Nathan Smith 11. Ryan Dickson
25. Liam Walsh 4. Matt Dolan 2. Ben Tozer
14. Jack Compton 10. Shaun Jeffers 39. Francois Zoko (Capt)

Substitutes:
12. Chris Weale (GK) 7. Kevin Dawson (85 mins for Liam Walsh) 8. Marc Laird 9. Ryan Bird (57 mins for Shaun Jeffers) 16. Tahvon Campbell (56 mins for Jack Compton) 18. Simon Gillett 19. Iffy Allen

Crawley Town:
12. Callum Preston 16. Jon Ashton 25. Josh Yorwerth 6. Sonny Bradley 14. Lewis Young 4. Simon Walton 11. Chris Atkinson 26. George Smith 7. Gwion Edwards 20. Roarie Deacon 18. Matt Harrold

Substitutes:
9. Lee Barnard (78 mins for Matt Harrold) 15. Shamir Fenelon 17. Bobson Bawling 21. Gavin Tomlin (85 mins for Roarie Deacon) 22. Ross Jenkins (78 mins for Lewis Young)

Yeovil Bookings: Liam Walsh (foul, 27 mins), Ryan Bird (foul, 84 mins)

Crawley Bookings: Josh Yorwerth (73 mins, foul), Gavin Tomlin (88 mins, foul), Sonny Bradley (90 mins, foul)

Yeovil Match Statistics: Possession: 57%; Shots: 7; Shots On Target: 5; Corners: 8; Fouls: 9.

Crawley Match Statistics: Possession: 43%; Shots: 5; Shots On Target: 3; Corners: 3; Fouls: 14.

Referee: Christopher Kavanagh (Manchester). Assistants: Kevin Morris (Herefordshire) and Brian Durie (Gloucestershire). Fourth Official: Daniel Leach (Oxfordshire).

Attendance: 3,423 (with 139 Crawley supporters).


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23 January 2016 : Team News For Yeovil Town vs Crawley Town
Yeovil Town have named one change in their starting line-up for the League Two home match against Crawley Town at Huish Park this afternoon. Centre-back Alex Lacey commences the first of a three match suspension for the red card he obtained in Tuesday night's home match against Carlisle United. With club captain Darren Ward still out with a swollen knee, his place in the side taken by Nathan Smith, who will operate as a centre-back.

Midfielder Wes Fogden and striker Mark Beck sit out the match but are understood to be fit. AFC Bournemouth loanee Harry Cornick (groin) is out for the eighth game running, as the club continue to await the green light from his parent club before they kick off a new loan deal - Cornick now hasn't played since the December 12th game against Barnet. The club's long term injury list of Jordan Gibbons (hip injury) and Omar Sowunmi (ankle) means that they continue to be absent.

The full team for this afternoon's match reads as follows:

Yeovil Town:
1. Artur Krysiak
24. Connor Roberts 6. Jakub Sokolik 3. Nathan Smith 11. Ryan Dickson
25. Liam Walsh 4. Matt Dolan 2. Ben Tozer
14. Jack Compton 10. Shaun Jeffers 39. Francois Zoko (Capt)

Substitutes:
12. Chris Weale (GK) 7. Kevin Dawson 8. Marc Laird 9. Ryan Bird 16. Tahvon Campbell 18. Simon Gillett 19. Iffy Allen

Crawley Town:
12. Callum Preston 16. Jon Ashton 25. Josh Yorwerth 6. Sonny Bradley 14. Lewis Young 4. Simon Walton 11. Chris Atkinson 26. George Smith 7. Gwion Edwards 20. Roarie Deacon 18. Matt Harrold

Substitutes:
9. Lee Barnard 15. Shamir Fenelon 17. Bobson Bawling 21. Gavin Tomlin 22. Ross Jenkins


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23 January 2016 : Revised Officials For Yeovil Town vs Crawley Town
The Football League have provided an update to the list of officials for today's League Two match between Yeovil Town and Crawley Town, meaning that we have got a late change of referee. The match takes place on Saturday 23rd January 2016 at Huish Park, with a 3.00p.m. kick-off. Instead of Stuart Attwell, the man in charge for the fixture will be referee Christopher Kavanagh (Manchester).

He is a fairly new referee on the circuit, who was promoted to the Football League during the summer of 2014. He worked his way through the Manchester League whilst still in his teens, and gained his promotion to Football League ranks at the age of just 28 years old. He is the Referees Development Officer for the Manchester FA.

During his time as a Football League assistant referee he was present for a 2011-12 match at Tranmere Rovers as a linesman, and then for a 2011-12 match at Rochdale as a Fourth Official. So far he's kept a relatively low profile as a Football League referee, with 86 yellow cards and three red cards across 29 games last season - working out as around three bookings a game, and a red card every ten games. This season he's a bit higher on the cautions, with 76 bookings from 22 games, although still just the one sending off. He's been doing a lot of Championship games this season, which given this is his second season as a Football League referee suggests he's getting good feedback from the assessors.

He's taken charge of one Yeovil Town fixture so far - the April 2015 fixture against Fleetwood Town. In the match you'll find the words woeful ... worst ... nowhere to be seen ... beleagured ... at fault yet again ... a horror show ... but we weren't talking about the referee. In fact, such was the severity of the 4-0 defeat at the Highbury Stadium, we don't mention the referee whatsoever. We'll assume that whatever he was doing across the 90 minute period paled into insignificance when considering the performance of the defensive side of our team on the day.

Mr Kavanagh will be assisted by Kevin Morris (Herefordshire) and Brian Durie (Gloucestershire). The Fourth Official will be Daniel Leach (Oxfordshire).

Link: April 2015 : Fleetwood Town 4 Yeovil Town 0.


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23 January 2016 : Carlisle United vs Yeovil Town : Man Of The Match Result
Just under two weeks ago, Yeovil Town played their original FA Cup Third Round tie against Carlisle United. The match was played at Bloomfield Road, Blackpool and saw Yeovil have to twice come from behind as Francois Zoko's looping header and an ultra-late goal from Shaun Jeffers brought the match back for a replay in an eventual 2-2 draw.

Man of the Match voting saw Swansea City right-back Connor Roberts and Everton midfielder Liam Walsh pick up a decent number of votes from fans present at the game. The poll winner by a reasonable margin though was striker Francois Zoko, who scored one of the two goals on the day, against his former club. Full results are as shown below, with outright MOTM votes shown in brackets:

1. Francois Zoko 118 (8)
2. Liam Walsh 54 (2)
3. Connor Roberts 44 (2)
4. Darren Ward 36 (2)
5. Shaun Jeffers 18 (1)
6. Jack Compton 14 (1)
7. Tahvon Campbell 10 (1)
8. Jakub SokolŪk 6 (0)
9. Ryan Dickson 4 (0)
10. Artur Krysiak 2 (0)

OVERALL MATCH RATING : 7.88
Performance : 7.88
Entertainment : 7.88
VOTES RECEIVED : 17


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22 January 2016 : Darren Previews The Crawley Home Game
As part of the build-up to Saturday afternoon's League Two home match against Crawley Town at Huish Park, Yeovil Town manager Darren Way spoke to the BBC about the match. With questions from BBC Somerset reporter Dan Albutt, Darren talks about the disappointment of Tuesday night's FA Cup exit, the new contract for Francois Zoko, the injury to Darren Ward and the visit of Crawley, which should include a number of former Glovers in their line-up. Read that interview via the link below.

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


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22 January 2016 : Officials For Yeovil Town vs Crawley Town
Officials for the League Two match between Yeovil Town and Crawley Town have been published by the Football League. The match takes place on Saturday 23rd January 2016 at Huish Park, with a 3.00p.m. kick-off. The man in charge for the fixture will be Stuart Attwell (Warwickshire).

A well known former Premier League referee, Mr Attwell was demoted from his Select Group position in February 2012, and has since applied his trade at Football League level. He was an official who was promoted perhaps a little bit too quickly for his own good, landing on the Premier League's lists at the age of 25 after just one season in the Football League.

In September 2008 - just one month into his tenure as a full time referee, he became known as the "ghost goal" referee, thanks to a Grade A howler of a decision in a Championship match. He may feel somewhat aggrieved that the name of his linesman on the day - Nigel Bannister - is not so well known for the incident. The game between Watford and Reading saw a goal scored by Reading's Noel Hunt, but only after Watford's John Eustace had clearly played the ball out for a corner. Television replays showed the extent of the blunder, with Mr Attwell bearing the brunt of it, despite Mr Bannister being the one who should have been better placed to judge the ball going out of play. Attwell and Bannister were dropped from their duties on the following weekend's fixtures amidst a tabloid-fuelled furore, but were reinstated on the following weekend.

His last game at Premier League level was the 2012 New Year's Day fixture between West Bromwich Albion and Everton. He then was given Football League fixtures and was present for Yeovil Town's worst defeat at Football League level, in April 2012, when he took charge of the home game against Stevenage. Can we blame a referee for a 6-0 defeat at home? That might be stretching it too far - we certainly didn't play well and so it would be wrong to put particular emphasis on Mr Attwell's performance, except to say that he was almost as poor as our defending was. Almost, but not quite.

We then had him in October 2012 for the home League One fixture against Bury. His main action during the match was to dish out a red card for Bury midfielder Zac Thompson. Sometimes dismissals can be controversial, so let's give you Bury's website view of it: "Zac Thompson dived at the ball with both feet off the floor ... there could only be one outcome." The Western Gazette agreed with the decision as well saying that he "had a decent afternoon and had no option but to send off Bury's Zac Thompson. He dealt well with the ill-tempered aftermath of the tackle."

We also had him for the May 2013 League One Play-Off Semi-Final First Leg match against Sheffield United at Bramall Lane. Mr Attwell had an okay game, although the Daily Telegraph noted after the match that the referee went against four penalty appeals during the night - two for each team - Luke Ayling's cross into the box late on that was blocked by a Blades hand was particularly memorable. Manager Gary Johnson said he felt the referee was guilty of playing to the Bramall Lane crowd a bit, although apart from the Ayling incident didn't single out anything specific.

Mr Attwell was then on television again - the November 2013 away match against Doncaster Rovers. On the key decisions, he got them spot on, with the TV replays backing him up. James Coppinger did a blatant dive in the box for a penalty, and our only quibble is that the Donny midfielder didn't get booked for it. He then red-carded Dean Furman - a bit of an academic decision given their goalscorer committed an awful challenge whilst already on a yellow - even the Yorkshire Post labelled it as "a reckless challenge" - sometimes referees don't get given a choice to keep a player on the field of play.

We had him twice during 2014, across separate seasons. The first was the April 2014 home match against Huddersfield Town. Here he had a quiet match, with just one Terriers booking across the 90 minutes. His other contribution to the game was to add on eight additional minutes during the second half due to a head injury to Danny Ward. In theory we liked that, as we needed to go for the win, and thus wanted the additional time added on. But we didn't like it quite so much when Huddersfield pretty much killed our hopes of staying up by scoring in the 97th minute to send us to defeat. Not quite Mr Attwell's fault though! One grumble - a challenge on Tom Lawrence inside the box looked rather dodgy, and could have given us a penalty on the hour mark - it was waved away, and defender Anthony Gerrard was a lucky man. The home crowd delivered their verdict on that decision.

Not quite so lucky was Notts County midfielder Gary Jones. Later that same year we met Mr Attwell at Meadow Lane and just half an hour into the match he upset the Magpies player, their home dugout and most of the home crowd by his decision to dish out a red card for his tackle on Nathan Smith. It was a clear foul in our eyes, and it was a tough tackle, but when its committed right in front of the dugouts and in full view of the main stand on County's home turf, you expect nothing more than a yellow. The level of outrage at the dismissal undoubtedly led to Mr Attwell's tendency to go a bit trigger-happy on a number of Glovers bookings that quickly followed, and for a 20 minute period he'd lost the plot. We won the match thanks to two late goals from Jordan Clarke and a few days later the FA Appeals Panel ruled that Mr Attwell had made a mistake in his decision, and the suspension for Jones was lifted.

Mr Attwell will be assisted by Kevin Morris (Herefordshire) and Brian Durie (Gloucestershire). The Fourth Official will be Daniel Leach (Oxfordshire).

Link: April 2012 : Yeovil Town 0 Stevenage 6.

Link: October 2012 : Yeovil Town 2 Bury 1.

Link: May 2013 : Sheffield United 1 Yeovil Town 0.

Link: November 2013 : Doncaster Rovers 2 Yeovil Town 1.

Link: April 2014 : Yeovil Town 1 Huddersfield Town 2.

Link: November 2014 : Notts County 1 Yeovil Town 2.


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21 January 2016 : Early Team News Sees Ward Set To Miss Out Of Crawley Match
Yeovil Town manager Darren Way has confirmed that he will have to do without club captain Darren Ward for Saturday's game against Crawley Town, but is hopeful he won't be out on a long term basis. The 37 year old missed his first game of football for the Glovers on Tuesday night, when he pulled out of the FA Cup Third Round Replay against Carlisle United with a swollen knee. A scan on the problem was ordered and thankfully the result of that suggests that there is nothing serious that has caused the problem.

Whilst Way hasn't put a date on when Ward will be back in training - effectively ruling him out of this weekend's League Two fixture - he sees it as a case of just getting the inflammation down on a knock that is understood to have been picked up on the hard snowy ground at Morecambe last Saturday. Way told BBC Somerset that he saw the prognosis on the injury as being a positive thing, and added that he didn't want to see the loss of Ward as a reason for excuses in how the team does whilst he is out of action:

"It's coming along okay and I think it's good news. There's a little bit of inflammation, so we'll be doing all of the work that we can to make sure that we get him back on the training ground as soon as possible. We've not discussed that (timescale) at the moment. Obviously it's still early days. But it's good in that it is not long term. But I don't want to be using that as an excuse. I said to the players, I don't want to be talking in the press about my club captain being out and saying we're not a strong force. Alex Lacey came in and I thought he was tremendous. So that's what a squad is all about, and that's why you've got a squad. I want people to accept that responsibility and take it on the shoulders. Alex Lacey came in, and you wouldn't have known that he had not played (in recent games) so that will do for me."

One definite positive piece of news today has been the signing up of striker Francois Zoko, who has signed a half season contract after much delayed talks over the 32 year old's future that went a day beyond the end of his initial two month contract with the club. Zoko did not have a good night on Tuesday, fluffing a 93rd minute penalty against Carlisle United that could have won the tie, but with him having scored four crucial goals during his time at the club so far, Way said it was important to get him signed up, and drew positives from his reaction to Tuesday night's penalty incident:

"It's good news. It's good for Francois, as I think he's been very effective for this football club, and he's someone that you want to build a future around. I was looking at him behind the scenes and looking at him eye-to-eye and he looks like he's really enjoying this environment. I knew that if I could provide that bit of stability for Francois, then I think that's what he needed. Everyone has made major contributions. He was disappointed (on Tuesday night) and I expected him to be disappointed. I was watching the news last night, and I think he'd put something out on Twitter and the fans were very very supportive of Francois. So it's nice to see that, and I think he's an honest enough lad from what I've seen around the dressing room and to accept that responsibility, and now we move on."

Way is still looking for new blood during the January transfer window, having only secured West Bromwich Albion striker Tahvon Campbell and Everton midfielder Liam Walsh, as numerical replacements for George Thomas and Josh Sheehan. He states that he has had to change his 'thought process' recently, although doesn't indicate whether that is down to the club's FA Cup exit, Darren Ward's recent injury or any other factor. He says that he is still making plenty of phone calls, with ten days left of the transfer window to go:

"There were one or two options that I thought would open up, but again we've had to change the thought process now. There's still phone calls going on during every minute of the day, and we're just waiting on a few phone calls back. If it doesn't happen, then it doesn't happen - but if it does, it does. All you can do is put things into place to make things happen, and wait for the response. But we'll certainly be trying."


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21 January 2016 : Argyle Sell Out Away End For Huish Park Visit
League Two side Plymouth Argyle will provide a sell-out away end when they visit Huish Park early next month. The Pilgrims are due to visit the club for a League Two match on Saturday 6th February 2016, and have confirmed this afternoon that they have exhausted their ticket supplies for that game.

Usual ticket allocation for large followings at Huish Park is made up of 1,500 terraced tickets and then in the region of 540 seats in the Screwfix (East) Stand. Thus Argyle should be bringing just over 2,000 travelling supporters to the match.

For those home supporters travelling to the game, the usual practice in such circumstances is for the Huish Park Ticket Office to get a little more quizzical about fans allegiances when purchasing tickets for games where the away end is already sold out, to reduce the chances of away supporters buying tickets in the home end of the ground. You may find online sales procedures are also changed as a result.

Hence when you buy tickets for this game - particularly if you have a Devon or Cornwall postcode - you may want to have your Ticket Office Customer Number handy, as this will immediately identify your purchase history at the club. If you don't have it handy, but you believe you are on their database, then giving them your name and home postcode should identify you.

Link: 2015-16 Yeovil Town First Team Fixtures and Results.


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21 January 2016 : Zoko Pens New Yeovil Town Contract
Yeovil Town have confirmed that striker Francois Zoko has signed a new contract with the club. The 32 year old, has agreed a deal that will keep him at Huish Park until the end of the 2015-16 season.

Since arriving at Huish Park, under the former management of Paul Sturrock, Zoko has managed to clock up four goals in thirteen appearances, and having gradually built up his match fitness has become a key player in the Glovers first team line-up. With his future finally settled, he will be on the club's books for the next twenty League Two games - a big boost in their League Two survival hopes.


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21 January 2016 : Orient Appoint Nolan As New Manager
League Two side Leyton Orient have appointed a new manager as a successor to Ian Hendon, who was fired over the weekend just gone. They have opted for 33 year old Kevin Nolan, who left West Ham United in August. He has been labelled as a player-manager, suggesting that he hasn't hung up his boots just yet. In fact he will know many of the Orient players already given that the man he replaced allowed him to train at Brisbane Road for two months, following his departure from Upton Park.

Nolan will be the second youngest manager in the Football League, but has plenty of professional experience, with 99 goals in 522 games spread across the likes of Bolton Wanderers, Newcastle United and West Ham. He has been given a two-and-a-half year contract with the O's, although given this is Orient's sixth management team since Francesco Becchetti took over as club owner in the summer of 2014, he may want to check the small print in his contract. Orient's statement says:

"Kevin brings with him invaluable expertise and know how. Kevin's hunger, desire and passion to succeed at Leyton Orient, coupled with his experience, were key in the decision process. The club believe they have the man to take Leyton Orient forward and improve the club's position."

Nolan takes over a club currently in 11th place in the League Two table, and three points off a play-off position.


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20 January 2016 : Way Still Seeing Zoko Talks As Promising
Yeovil Town manager Darren Way maintains that he is still confident that striker Francois Zoko will remain at the club, despite him falling out of contract today. The 32 year old has played thirteen games across a two month short term contract that he signed under former boss Paul Sturrock to tie him over until the January transfer window, and the final day of that deal he had still not agreed terms with the club.

That had led to some speculation that Zoko's offer might hinge on the outcome of last night's FA Cup Third Round Replay tie against Carlisle United, with the club having had the opportunity for a financial windfall if they had won that tie. Speaking after last night's match, Way told BBC Somerset that he still saw the situation as 'promising' and said that he was not worried about the situation:

"No, not at all. It's all looking promising. We're just waiting on a few bits of paperwork to be sent off, and then hopefully, fingers crossed, he should sign. There's a couple of bits of paper that are being sent to and fro, so we'll wait and see."

Way stopped short of guaranteeing that anything would be wrapped up by Saturday's match - theoretically the club could keep him registered on non-contract or week-to-week terms, but realistically would need to sort something properly out by the time the January transfer window closed, given the need for Zoko to not leave himself without a club.


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20 January 2016 : Alternative Video : Yeovil Town vs Carlisle United FA Cup Highlights
There's a second chance to view match highlights of last night's FA Cup Third Round Replay against Carlisle United online. The FA's own YouTube channel provides just under three minutes worth of footage, and it's worthy of a view because they've chosen different parts of the game for their footage. As well as the two goals, you'll also find the penalty won by Francois Zoko is on this footage, along with his missed attempt. You can also view Jack Compton striking the crossbar, with Carlisle also doing the same at the other end of the pitch. Watch via the clip below.




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20 January 2016 : FA Confirm Lacey Ban
The Football Association have confirmed the suspension of Yeovil Town defender Alex Lacey, following last night's penalty shoot-out defeat against Carlisle United at Huish Park. Lacey was dismissed for serious foul play during extra time, after he fouled Carlisle's Charlie Wyke in the middle of the park, reducing the Glovers to ten men for the remainder of the game.

The FA have confirmed that he will receive a three match ban, meaning he will miss Saturday's home match against Crawley Town, followed by the trips to AFC Wimbledon and Luton Town. Assuming none of those games are postponed, he would return for the February 6th home match against Plymouth Argyle. Lacey has apologised via his Twitter account for his red card, which he's said is the first he's had in his professional career:

"Very unlucky not to go through last night, the team gave everything. Gutted with my first red card, sorry to have let the team down."

Lacey's absence may create a headache for manager Darren Way, if the prognosis on Darren Ward's knee injury shows any problems. Ward missed last night's game after he suffered swelling on his knee following Saturday's trip to Morecambe. Way said after yesterday's game that it was too early to say what Ward's problem was, but he is due to have a scan within the next 24 hours that will hopefully highlight any issues. If Ward is also unavailable, then Way will have to turn to one of Nathan Smith or Ben Tozer to cover centre-back duties.


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20 January 2016 : Darren Way's Verdict On The Carlisle FA Cup Replay
Following Tuesday night's penalty shoot-out defeat against Carlisle United at Huish Park, Yeovil Town manager Darren Way spoke to the BBC about the match. With questions from local journalist Chris Spittles, in an interview for BBC Somerset, Darren talks about the game itself, as well as the attitude that players will need to show going forward from last night's FA Cup exit. Read that interview via the link below.

Link: Darren Way's Verdict On The Carlisle FA Cup Replay.


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20 January 2016 : Zoko Sorry For Late Penalty Miss
Yeovil Town striker Francois Zoko has apologised for the fluffed penalty that could have put his side into the Fourth Round of the FA Cup last night. The 32 year old won his side a 93rd minute penalty when he was fouled by Carlisle United keeper Mark Gillespie, and opted to take the spot kick himself, with regular penalty taker Matt Dolan having had a penalty saved at Morecambe just three days earlier.

Zoko's eventual penalty was poor and tamely went wide of the left hand post, meaning that the game ultimately went into extra time, with the visitors taking the spoils via a penalty shoot-out. After the game, the striker - who was up against his old club - put out an apology via his Twitter account, personally taking the blame for the situation that unfolded:

"Today I take all the blame ... and I deserve it. The boys gave everything and I missed that penalty. I'm disappointed frustrated and sorry for you guys."

Zoko's other concern today is to sort out his future at Huish Park. Having arrived at the club on a two month contract, his current deal runs out today, leaving him as a free agent, and able to sign for a rival club. Although manager Darren Way has given out positive vibes concerning his hopes of keeping the player in South Somerset, the situation has clearly been cut down to the wire, and we'll have to wait and see if he adds to his 13 appearances and four goals that he's scored so far.


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20 January 2016 : Video : Yeovil Town vs Carlisle United FA Cup Highlights
For those who can bear to view it, match highlights from last night's FA Cup Third Round Replay against Carlisle United are now online. There's a lot to pack into the three minutes worth of video on the BBC Sport website, but you'll find both goals on the clip, along with the infamous 'clothesline' challenge by Jabo Ibehre on Artur Krysiak, along with the two actual red cards that referee Tim Robinson dished out. You'll also be able to view the final critical penalties in the shoot-out (although they have omitted the in-game spot kick from Francois Zoko). Watch it via the link below - you'll need to be on a UK ISP.

Link: BBC Sport : Yeovil Town vs Carlisle United FA Cup Highlights.


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20 January 2016 : Darren Way Calls On Players To Deal With Adversity Of Cup Defeat
Yeovil Town manager Darren Way has said that his side needs to deal with the adversity of being knocked out of the FA Cup last night against Carlisle United. The Glovers exited the competition in a Third Round Replay tie that went the whole distance, with a 5-4 penalty shoot-out in Carlisle's favour that was sealed when Matt Dolan's penalty was pushed onto the post, allowing Carlisle's Mark Ellis the chance to score the winning spot kick.

Before that, Jack Compton had given Yeovil the lead on the half hour mark, and even though Antony Sweeney's header saw the Cumbrians equalise, the Glovers had a chance to win the game in the 93rd minute when Francois Zoko was brought down in the box. Given the captain's armband for the night against his old club, the Ivory Coast striker's in-game penalty was poor, and was tamely dragged wide of the target. Despite all that, Way told BBC Somerset that he didn't want to be too critical of his side's performance, pointing out that they now needed to deal with that situation, as they return to League Two duties this weekend:

"I can't be too critical of the players. The conditions were poor, but they gave everything until the final whistle. It's always cruel when you get knocked out on penalties, but I've told them to keep their heads up. We've got to deal with adversity this year, because of where we are and it's important that we stay strong and that we keep going. I knew when I took over as manager of this football club that there were going to be a lot of ups and a lot of downs. This is one of them and you have to deal with that as a manager of a football club, and if not then there's no point in me taking the responsibility."

The controversial incident of the night came shortly after Carlisle's equalising goal, when both sets of players were getting involved in a spot of mild handbags about getting the ball back so kick-off could be taken quickly. In the midst of that, Carlisle striker Jabo Ibehre raced in from 30 yards away at full pace, launching what was a full wrestling 'clothesline' move on goalkeeper Artur Krysiak - a straight arm chop at Krysiak's throat area. Somehow, referee Tim Robinson saw Ibehre's off the ball challenge as only worthy of a yellow card. Way was reluctant to say what he really thought of that decision, but said that the Fourth Official Brendan Malone looked embarrassed at how lenient Robinson had been around the incident:

"I've got to be careful what I say. He should have had a penalty (to take) to be honest with you. I looked at the Fourth Official, and I think you could see the sort of embarrassment on his face. But it's part and parcel of dealing with the adversity. I just want the lads to be resilient and to deal with that, because that's what they're going to have to do between now and the end of the season."


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20 January 2016 : FA Cup Man of the Match Voting for Yeovil Town vs Carlisle United
If you watched this evening's FA Cup exit against Carlisle United at Huish Park, don't forget to cast your Man of the Match votes. Choose your top three players from the match, plus entertainment and performance ratings along with any other comments you want to make on the game, using the form below.

Link: FA Cup Man of the Match Voting for Yeovil Town vs Carlisle United.


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19 January 2016 : Yeovil 1 Carlisle 1 (4-5 On Penalties) : Glovers Pay The Price For Missed Spot Kicks
Yeovil Town went out of the FA Cup in a Third Round Replay against Carlisle United that went all the way at Huish Park tonight. The Cumbrians gained a televised Fourth Round home tie against Everton thanks to a 5-4 penalty shoot-out that saw Matt Dolan's penalty - the ninth out of the ten - saved onto the post, allowing Mark Ellis the chance to win the tie for Carlisle. Before that, fans had seen 120 minutes worth of drama, as Jack Compton's goal on the half hour mark was scored from the edge of the box, and that looked to be enough until Antony Sweeney scored a scrappy equaliser with 13 minutes of normal time remaining. The game boiled over at that point, with Jabo Ibehre incredibly lucky to stay on the pitch for smashing his arm into goalkeeper Artur Krysiak, whist in extra time Alex Lacey walked for a foul, whilst Luke Joyce was also dismissed for two bookable offences. Yeovil could have won the match with the last kick of normal time, but saw Francois Zoko's poor 93rd minute penalty scuffed wide of the post - a moment that would cost the Glovers when the match eventually went the distance.

The Glovers made one change to their starting line-up, with captain Darren Ward ruled out by a knee problem that has seen swelling build up - he will be in for a scan on that problem later in the week. His place in the side was taken by Alex Lacey, who was getting his first start for nearly two months, having only been brought on twice as a substitute since Paul Sturrock left the club. On the bench, there was some big news, as Kevin Dawson and Simon Gillett both returned to the squad, with an Achilles problem meaning that Marc Laird stepped out of the squad.

On a rapidly freezing pitch, both clubs took their time to adjust to the conditions. The first 20 minutes saw the sight of players from both teams perpetually losing their footing, whilst any shots on goal went well wide of the target. Alex Gilliead put wide for Carlisle, whilst Matt Dolan saw a long range effort go over the crossbar, with Francois Zoko and Jack Compton putting wide soon after. It took half an hour before any side had worried the keepers - an Antony Sweeney header was saved from eight yards by Artur Krysiak - a comfortable one, but notable that he had been left entirely in free space.

Half an hour into the game, the Glovers took the lead in their first genuinely flowing move of the half. Shaun Jeffers was the instigator, as his darting run saw Carlisle players backing off, and when he slipped the ball square to Jack Compton, midfielder Liam Walsh ran over the ball, wrong footing Carlisle's defence, and giving Compton a chance to fire the ball into the back of the net from the edge of the box. That was deserved from Compton, given that he had been causing Carlisle problems throughout the 45 minutes, cutting in from the right flank on many occasions.

The half finished with a sign of what was to come in the game. Connor Roberts picked up a booking for a challenge on Hallam Hope that was a bulk standard yellow, and three minutes later Hope crashed into Roberts in what was obvious retribution for the earlier foul - he landed himself in the book as well, and with referee Tim Robinson failing to keep a lid on the game, the game turned increasingly tetchy. The feeling at the break was that it would be unlikely for both sides to end with eleven men.

Carlisle boss Keith Curle presumably wasn't happy with what he saw in the first period, as he made a double substitution at the break, albeit with Danny Grainger's probably forced due to a foot injury. Early chances all went Yeovil's way, with Jack Compton at the heart of it all. First he put in a difficult cross that evaded everyone, as Shaun Jeffers stretched for the ball, forcing Carlisle keeper Mark Gillespie into an unexpected save as the cross went all the way through as an on-target shot. Then Compton produced a curling effort that definitely had the keeper beaten - but unfortunately found the top of the crossbar in the way. The same player shot wide, with the home side threatening.

Gradually though, Yeovil seemed to lose their rhythm and shape, and in the closing stages, Carlisle pushed more men forward and Yeovil began to get sucked into their own third. Artur Krysiak had to tip over an Antony Sweeney effort, and then a terrific block from Alex Lacey saw Jabo Ibehre's effort stopped at its source. Yeovil went straight down the other end only to find more great defending, as Mark Ellis blocked out Francois Zoko's attempt to catch Carlisle on the break.

With 13 minutes remaining, Carlisle got their equalising goal. Yeovil failed to clear their lines under extreme Carlisle pressure and although Artur Krysiak palmed the ball away, and Alex Lacey cleared off the line, it kept getting returned back into the six yard area. An Antony Sweeney header scrappily crossed the line for an equalising goal, and now it was game on at 1-1.

At this point, Huish Park got treated to a display of what can only be described as extreme thuggery. In the aftermath of the goal, with players milling around, Jabo Ibehre raced in from 30 yards away and performed what is known as the 'clothesline' in wrestling - a straight-arm smash on Artur Krysiak's neck/jaw area, leading to a melee between the two teams. Somehow referee Tim Robinson rules that Ibehre's ugly assault was only worthy of a yellow card, and decided to add salt to the wound by deciding that Krysiak's reaction to getting a smash around the head also deserved a yellow. You'll find it hard to see a more obvious case of the definition of violent conduct - but not in the eyes of the match official.

With three minutes to go, one of the biggest cheers of the night came when Kevin Dawson got his first appearance for the club in 12 months and 15 days. Then with 93 minutes on the clock, deep into five minutes of injury time, Yeovil could have won the match. Francois Zoko was fouled inside the box, giving the Glovers a chance to seal the game. Zoko himself went on penalty duties after a lengthy discussion, with Matt Dolan having had a spot kick saved at Morecambe just three days previously. But they may have wished that they had stuck with their regular penalty taker, as Zoko's awful spot kick was tamely dragged well wide of the post, taking the game into extra time.

Extra time saw tired legs from both teams, and perhaps that contributed to referee Tim Robinson getting even more involved in the game. He dished out a straight red card to Alex Lacey for his poor tackle on Charlie Wyke, meaning he will miss three matches for a suspension, and then six minutes later the official made it ten vs ten when he sent off Luke Joyce for a second bookable offence after he committed a fairly average foul. Overall eight yellow cards and two red cards raised by the official, and although Lacey and Joyce could have few complaints, their fouls stood in sharp contrast to Jabo Ibehre's earlier actions.

Both sides had chances to win it - Jabo Ibehre forced Artur Krysiak into a strong save, whilst at the other end a Ben Tozer effort took a deflection for a corner, whilst Francois Zoko put a header into the side netting. In the closing stages Jakub Sokolik forced saves from two headers. In the closing stages, Ibehre could have walked again - a bad foul on Connor Roberts seemed meat'n'drink for a second yellow, but referee Tim Robinson's dreadful night continued as he chose to merely draw Carlisle's captain over to issue a 'final' warning - something that Carlisle's striker didn't deserve.

In the end, the game went to penalty kicks, with all ten being of decent quality. Unfortunately, there always has to be a loser in a penalty shoot-out, and that took a twist on Yeovil's fifth penalty, and the ninth of the shoot-out. Matt Dolan's effort was tipped onto the goalpost and stayed out, leaving Mark Ellis the chance to send his team through to the Fourth Round. For Carlisle, a big windfall, and a glamour tie against Everton on TV awaits. For the Glovers, they'll be making a nostalgic trip back to Kingstonian FC's ground that weekend - now home of AFC Wimbledon - and with hard graft needed over the next 20 games to ensure that trips to such venues are not part of their future.

Final Score: Yeovil Town 1 Carlisle United 1 (After Extra Time).

Scorers: Jack Compton (1-0, 31 minutes), Antony Sweeney (1-1, 77 mins)

Penalties: Ryan Dickson (Scored, 1-0), Jason Kennedy (Scored, 1-1), Shaun Jeffers (Scored, 2-1), Antony Sweeney (Scored, 2-2), Ben Tozer (Scored, 3-2), Charlie Wyke (Scored, 3-3), Kevin Dawson (Scored, 4-3), Jabo Ibehre (Scored, 4-4), Matt Dolan (Hit Post, 4-4), Mark Ellis (Scored, 4-5)

Yeovil Town:
1. Artur Krysiak
24. Connor Roberts 6. Jakub Sokolik 21. Alex Lacey 11. Ryan Dickson
25. Liam Walsh 4. Matt Dolan 2. Ben Tozer
39. Francois Zoko (Capt) 10. Shaun Jeffers 14. Jack Compton

Substitutes:
12. Chris Weale (GK) 3. Nathan Smith (100 mins for Liam Walsh) 7. Kevin Dawson (87 mins for Jack Compton) 9. Ryan Bird 16. Tahvon Campbell 18. Simon Gillett 19. Iffy Allen

Carlisle United:
1. Mark Gillespie
6. David Atkinson 27. Mark Ellis 5. Michael Raynes 3. Danny Grainger
17. Alex Gilliead 4. Luke Joyce 12. Antony Sweeney 7. Jason Kennedy
9. Charlie Wyke 24. Hallam Hope

Substitutes:
2. Tom Miller 10. Bastien Hery 13. Dan Hanford 14. Jabo Ibehre (46 mins for Alex Gilliead) 16. Gary Dicker 25. Derek Asamoah (65 mins for Hallam Hope) 26. Macaulay Gillesphey (46 mins for Danny Grainger).

Yeovil Bookings: Connor Roberts (34 mins, foul), Liam Walsh (64 mins, foul), Artur Krysiak (80 mins, off the ball incident), Jakub Sokolik (114 mins, foul). Red Card: Alex Lacey (98 mins, serious foul play)

Carlisle Bookings: Hallam Hope (37 mins, foul), David Atkinson (43 mins, foul), Jabo Ibehre (80 mins, off the ball incident), Luke Joyce (dissent, 90 mins). Red Card: Luke Joyce (104 mins, second bookable offence)

Yeovil Match Statistics: Possession: 46%; Shots: 13; Shots On Target: 4; Corners: 7; Fouls: 17.

Carlisle Match Statistics: Possession: 54%; Shots: 13; Shots On Target: 6; Corners: 7; Fouls: 21.

Referee: Tim Robinson (West Sussex). Assistants: Dean Treleaven (West Sussex) and Neil Radford (Worcestershire). Fourth Official: Brendan Malone (Wiltshire).

Attendance: 4,114 (with 210 Carlisle supporters).


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19 January 2016 : Chelsea Attacker Signed Up By Yeovil Town Ladies
England U19 international Atlanta Primus has joined Yeovil Town Ladies from WSL one side Chelsea. The exciting international, has been on the radar of manager Jamie Sherwood for some time and it was only recently, that Sherwood managed to secure Primus in his squad. Primus, who can play in a range of attacking positions, will give Yeovil the added threat in front of goal, which will hopefully be the difference this season, as the green and whites search for promotion and hope to finish in one of the top two positions.

With preparation now in full flow for Yeovilís first fixture against either Bradford or Huddersfield in SSE FA Womens Cup action on 7th February, Primus will be keen to make an immediate impact. However, first up for Primus is Norway, as she joins up with her England team on 26th January for international action. When speaking to a club spokesperson, Primus said:

"I can't wait to get started with the new season. I'm certain that Yeovil will help grow and develop me to become a better player. I'm relishing the opportunity to play first team football and looking forward to helping the team push for promotion. I'm grateful for my time at Chelsea but now I'm excited to start a new chapter and looking forward to a new challenge. I'm extremely thankful to the staff and players for making me feel so welcome, it's really helped me to settle and find my feet. It wasn't difficult putting pen to paper as immediately I felt God's peace about making the decision when meeting with Jamie and Michelle. Despite not coming to an agreement last season, I feel that this is God's perfect timing and as one door closes another one opens. I'm extremely optimistic about this season and know that as a team we are hungry to push for promotion."

Atlanta Primus in England Under-19s action, has signed for Yeovil Town Ladies from Chelsea
Atlanta Primus in England Under-19s action, has signed for Yeovil Town Ladies from Chelsea

Manager Jamie Sherwood commented on the signing, who was unveiled on the Huish Park pitch tonight at half time during the men's FA Cup Third Round Replay against Carlisle United:

"I have been aware of Atlanta and her talent for a number of years and have watched her progress with great interest. I initially tried to sign Atlanta on loan last season but to no avail, so to sign Atlanta permanently I feel is very exciting. Atlanta's maturity and character has allowed her to quickly settle into the group and she is already showing her talent and ability in training. Atlanta joins our club with a huge winning mentality after being a part of the FA Cup winning squad and the whole Chelsea progression over the past 3 years. I feel this is another exciting signing and I am looking forward to seeing Atlanta progress further at Yeovil Town."

Atlanta Primus in England Under-19s action - she was unveiled on the Huish Park pitch tonight at the men's match against Carlisle United
Atlanta Primus in England Under-19s action - she was unveiled on the Huish Park pitch tonight at the men's match against Carlisle United



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19 January 2016 : FA Cup Team News For Yeovil Town vs Carlisle United
Yeovil Town have named one change in their starting line-up for the FA Cup Third Round Replay tie against Carlisle United at Huish Park this evening. The big blow is that club captain Darren Ward is out of the tie, with his place in the side taken by Alex Lacey. This is Lacey's first start for the club since the November 28th away match against Northampton Town - Paul Sturrock's final game in charge. He's made two substitute appearances for the Glovers under Darren Way up until now.

Striker Francois Zoko is made captain against his former club. On the bench, there's big news as both Kevin Dawson and Simon Gillett are included in the squad - their first selections since January 4th 2015 in the FA Cup game against Manchester United. Midfield pair Marc Laird and Wes Fogden sit out the game along with striker Mark Beck.

AFC Bournemouth loanee Harry Cornick (groin) is out for the seventh game running, as the club await the green light from his parent club before they kick off a new loan deal that should hopefully see him return. The club's long term injury list of Jordan Gibbons (hip injury) and Omar Sowunmi (ankle) means that they continue to be absent.

The full team for this evening's match reads as follows:

Yeovil Town:
1. Artur Krysiak
24. Connor Roberts 6. Jakub Sokolik 21. Alex Lacey 11. Ryan Dickson
25. Liam Walsh 4. Matt Dolan 2. Ben Tozer
39. Francois Zoko (Capt) 10. Shaun Jeffers 14. Jack Compton

Substitutes:
12. Chris Weale (GK) 3. Nathan Smith 7. Kevin Dawson 9. Ryan Bird 16. Tahvon Campbell 18. Simon Gillett 19. Iffy Allen

Tonight's tie will be settled on the evening. If the scores are level after 90 minutes, then we will play 30 minutes of extra time. If matters are still level, then the game will be settled by penalty kicks. Premier League side Everton will play the winners of the tie live on BT Sport on Sunday 31st January 2016, with a 1.30p.m. kick-off.


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19 January 2016 : Darren Previews The Carlisle Home FA Cup Replay
As part of the build-up to tonight's FA Cup Third Round Replay against Carlisle United at Huish Park, Yeovil Town manager Darren Way spoke to the BBC. With questions from BBC Somerset reporter Ed Hadwin, Darren gives his views on the tie itself, his team's current form, and touches on the possibility of a home tie against Premier League side Everton in the next round of the competition. Read that via the link below.

Link: Darren Way Speaks To The BBC As Part Of The Build-Up To The Carlisle United Replay.


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19 January 2016 : Former Loanee Wakefield Given Saddlers Trial
Former Yeovil Town loanee Josh Wakefield has been given the opportunity of a trial with League One side Walsall. The AFC Bournemouth academy graduate has been given a two day trial at the Bescot Stadium, under the watch of Sean O'Driscoll, who was the manager at Dean Court whilst Wakefield was coming through the youth ranks - although at an age where the former Cherries boss would not have been aware of his existence.

Wakefield's loan spell at Huish Park lasted six games across a single month. He was a regular for the club during that time, but the opportunity to bring in Swansea City midfielder Josh Sheehan, who had been at the club during the 2014-15 campaign meant that the Bournemouth player's deal wasn't renewed and he returned to Dean Court, and has been there ever since.

His contract runs out in the summer of 2016, and with the Cherries now spending big money in the Premier League, he has dropped down their pecking order from his early days that saw him make four appearances for the club. The Walsall Express and Star indicate that the trial with the Saddlers is "to find himself a new club" suggesting that Bournemouth have already told him that his contract will not be renewed.

Link: Josh Wakefield : Yeovil Town Statistics.


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19 January 2016 : Copse Lane Roadworks Back For Tonight's FA Cup Tie
Yeovil Town and Carlisle United supporters attending tonight's FA Cup Third Round Replay at Huish Park should note that the Wessex Water roadworks are back. They've been a little bit on-off during this season, with the utility company conducting work to fit a new mains pipe in Copse Road, close to the junction with Western Avenue.

At present, the roadworks and traffic lights are back in place, creating a three-way traffic control on that junction. The plan is for the traffic lights to be manually controlled from 3.30p.m. onwards until after traffic has cleared the area following the game. This will hopefully allow the lights to be biased towards the flow of football traffic coming into the stadium before the match, and going out of the stadium after the match.

Reports for League Two fixtures have been that the traffic lights haven't had too much impact, but quite clearly you should allow a bit of extra time when coming into the ground this evening, just in case.

Link: FA Cup Officials For Yeovil Town vs Carlisle United.

Link: FA Cup Replay Ticketing For Yeovil Town vs Carlisle United.

Link: Zoko 'Injury Doubt' Claimed.


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19 January 2016 : Trio Depart Yeovil Town Ladies
Yeovil Town Ladies have said farewell to three key players from last season's first team squad. Club captain Natalie Haigh, the hugely experienced Corinne Yorston and Ellie Isaac have all departed the club for varying reasons.

Natalie Haigh, has been unable to commit fully to playing, due to ongoing work commitments, along with her studies whilst doing a degree. Corinne Yorston was offered the same terms on her previous years contract, but with approaches from other clubs has decided to become a free agent and Ellie Isaac is to go traveling for a year, an opportunity she could not refuse. Club Chairman Steve Allinson paid tribute to the departing trio, saying:

"On behalf of all involved with the Club, I would like to thank Natalie, Corinne and Ellie for their marvelous contribution to us on and off the field. We wish each of them the best going forward in their chosen paths."


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19 January 2016 : FA Cup Officials For Yeovil Town vs Carlisle United
Officials for the FA Cup Third Round Replay between Yeovil Town and Carlisle United have been published by the Football Association. The match takes place on Tuesday 19th January 2016 (tonight) with a 7.45p.m. kick-off at Huish Park. The man in charge of the fixture will be referee Tim Robinson (West Sussex). He was promoted to the Football League's referees list in the summer of 2012 and we've now had him five times as a referee.

The first was for the November 2012 home match against Hartlepool United which we won 1-0. He produced four yellow cards on the day - one against ourselves and three against the visitors. We were relatively happy with his performance, although the visitors may hold different opinion. He can't be blamed too much for Antony Sweeney's second half goal being chalked off for an offside flag, but Hartlepool were furious when he denied them a penalty midway through the second half when Byron Webster blocked a header with his arm. Ball-to-hand ruled Mr Robinson.

We then had him for the March 2013 home game against Walsall. Normally booking-free games get the thumbs up from most football supporters, but on this occasion we felt his 'hands off' approach was a little bit too extreme. We had two strong penalty shouts during the match, as James Hayter appeared to be fouled, quickly followed by Dan Burn getting wrestled to the floor. On both occasions, no decision was given, leaving manager Gary Johnson feeling that he was too inexperienced as an official to cope with what was a crucial fixture:

"He was seeing little pushes and was blowing up for pushes from a corner, but he wasn't seeing the major decisions. The referee has got to find whatever level he's at as well. The assessors have got to find out whether these first year lads that are just coming into the game can handle the big game. That's what they have to decide and we don't have a say in it. They say that we do, but we don't."

This theme somewhat repeated itself for the August 2013 match against Birmingham City - the Championship match that saw the game settled by a Dan Seaborne own goal. Although he eventually went on to book six players, his performance earlier on in the match was rather frustrating. Birmingham were one of these sides that regularly fouled their opponents, and Mr Robinson tried to opt for finger-wags, calling their captain over, and issuing last warnings to avoid dishing out yellow cards. His problem was that even after those last warnings, he continued to dish out 'last last' warnings instead of putting his foot down, and that led to the match getting a bit heated and fraught at times.

He was much better for our April 2015 home match against Sheffield United, that gave Paul Sturrock his first win as the new Yeovil Town manager. A Stephen Arthurworrey goal won the match for the Glovers, and overall the official took a back seat in the game. We can't recall it, but with us running the ball into the corner flags during second half injury time, the 90th minute booking for Josh Sheehan for timewasting looks suspiciously justified! The Sheffield Star gave him a 7/10 mark - judging by their player marks, that suggested they were happy with his performance as well.

Most recently he was present for the September 2015 Football League Trophy tie against Barnet at Huish Park. This was a low key game of oddness - a match that Yeovil won without having a single shot on target, with an own goal settling the game. We're not sure how, given the often pedestrian nature of the tie, but Mr Robinson managed to produce six bookings on the night. Nothing controversial, but out of keeping with the way the match panned out.

Mr Robinson will be assisted by Dean Treleaven (West Sussex) and Neil Radford (Worcestershire). The Fourth Official will be Brendan Malone (Wiltshire).

Link: November 2012 : Yeovil Town 1 Hartlepool United 0.

Link: March 2013 : Yeovil Town 0 Walsall 0.

Link: August 2013 : Yeovil Town 0 Birmingham City 1.

Link: April 2015 : Yeovil Town 1 Sheffield United 0.

Link: September 2015 : Yeovil Town 1 Barnet 0.


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18 January 2016 : Darren Ward Talks About The Morecambe Defeat
Following Saturday afternoon's 2-1 defeat against Morecambe at the Globe Arena, Yeovil Town centre-back Darren Ward spoke to the BBC. With questions from local journalist Chris Spittles, in an interview for BBC Somerset, the views of the club captain on the team performance and result can be read via the link below.

Link: Darren Ward Speaks To The BBC After The 2-1 Defeat Against Morecambe.


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18 January 2016 : Forest Green Snap Up Kieffer
Conference National side Forest Green Rovers have completed the signing of striker Kieffer Moore, subject to international clearance. The 23 year old has had trials with Exeter City and Leyton Orient over the past month, playing in a low key friendly match at Brisbane Road during December. However, he has opted to join the Gloucestershire side who are currently second in the Conference, two points behind Gary Johnson's Cheltenham Town side. He will be contracted until the summer of 2017.

Kieffer has been on the books of Norwegian side Viking FK for the last half season. He made just one start for them, along with eight substitute appearances, during his time spent in Scandanavia, with him not having found the back of the net during that time. Viking made him available for transfer, in part due to restrictions on the number of foreign players that can be utilised in their league, and thus allowed him to return to England and hold trials and talks with other clubs. Moore has told the Gloucester Citizen:

"I'm thrilled to sign. There's a great manager here and I've met him a couple of times and everything he's told me I've just taken it in. It's a great club and I can't wait to get started. My main objective here is to get promoted. That should be the aim for every player here and that's definitely my aim. I'm excited to be playing at this level and now I am excited to get going."

Link: Kieffer Moore : Yeovil Town Statistics.


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18 January 2016 : Way Still 'Positive' On Zoko Future At Club
Yeovil Town manager Darren Way has said that he remains positive that striker Francois Zoko will remain at the club beyond Tuesday night's FA Cup replay against Carlisle United. The 29 year old will play the final game of his two month short term contract, since arriving at the club as a free agent in the middle of November under previous manager Paul Sturrock.

With his match fitness somewhat low during his early games, having not played competitive football since last season, Zoko has gradually turned into a player capable of playing a full 90 minutes worth of football, and has managed a return of four goals in his twelve games - with all four of those strikes having happened during his seven most recent fixtures, demonstrating what he could achieve once he was fully fit.

Zoko becomes a free agent after tomorrow's match, but despite that prospect, Way has told the Western Gazette that he still believes that he will sign, with the much-delayed re-emergence of Harry Cornick - who returned to AFC Bournemouth for treatment on a groin problem, which caused his loan deal to expire - still on the cards. Way is confident on both:

"All is going well and at the moment they are going ahead. There are developments every day and it is all in a positive balance."

There's also speculation by the paper that Simon Gillett and Kevin Dawson might be in line for a return for tomorrow night's fixture. Whilst that might be possible for Gillett - who played 60 minutes against Swansea City Under-21s last week and has been back in training since December 30th, it would be a major gamble if Way put Dawson anywhere near a teamsheet, given that he did his first training session in over a year just five days ago.

If either do make it into the squad, then Gillett's selection on the substitutes bench would be the most pragmatic outcome, given that Marc Laird and Wes Fogden have been rotating positions on the bench in recent game, with neither player getting onto the pitch in the last two matches, suggesting Way is unsure of their match fitness as well.

Way has told BBC Somerset that his side must not get carried away ahead of tomorrow night's match, even if the Third Round winners will be pretty much guaranteed a minimum of £211,500 in revenue, with the prospect of a televised game against Everton to follow for the club that comes out on top. But he says that the players need to stay focussed on Carlisle United, and not on what may lie beyond:

"There's a job to be done and we have to concentrate on that job. If you do not, then you can be easily misled and they'll be doing exactly the same as us. They are a good team that look like play-off material. I know what we are going to come up against and I'll be explaining the strengths and weaknesses to the players."

Tomorrow evening's match kicks off at 7.45p.m. and will be played to a finish, with 30 minutes extra time and penalties - if required - settling the match if the scores are level after 90 minutes.

Link: FA Cup Replay Ticketing For Yeovil Town vs Carlisle United.


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18 January 2016 : Zoko 'Injury Doubt' Claimed
Media reports suggest that striker Francois Zoko is a 'slight injury doubt' for tomorrow's FA Cup Third Round Replay against Carlisle United. The claims are made by the Clubcall website, which is one of many sites that tend to draw their articles from the Press Association, with them reporting that Zoko's second half facial injury sustained at Morecambe is of concern.

The Ivory Coast striker was floored inside Yeovil's own penalty area for a couple of minutes, with referee Scott Duncan allowing play to carry on around him, during which Morecambe 'scored' one of two offside goals, via Kevin Ellison. At that point Zoko was temporarily withdrawn to deal with what appeared to be a bloody nose, and after lengthy procrastination from referee Duncan was eventually allowed to return to the field of play.

Zoko managed to complete the full 90 minutes, with manager Darren Way preferring to substitute Shaun Jeffers for Ryan Bird during second half injury time when he was trying to get a fresh striker on the field of play. Had Zoko been suffering any ill effects of his injury, that would clearly have been the opportunity to get him off the pitch - in the end he was the only one of the front three to play out the full game, so the Clubcall (or more likely Press Association) report is a little surprising. None of the substitutions made on Saturday appeared to be forced by injuries, so in theory Way should be choosing from the same group of players as on the weekend.

Tomorrow is the final game of Zoko's two month short term contract at the club, with his deal that he signed running out on Wednesday. So far he's netted four times in 12 appearances, meaning that there is little doubt that the club would like him to extend his stay at Huish Park. However, all has gone quiet on that front over the past week or two with no mention of his contractual status. After Tuesday night's match, he would by default become a free agent if he does not agree terms with the Glovers by that time.

Link: Francois Zoko : Yeovil Town Statistics.


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18 January 2016 : Orient Confirm Hendon Departure
League Two side Leyton Orient have confirmed that they have sacked Head Coach Ian Hendon. Following the East London side's 1-3 home defeat against Exeter City, it was widely reported that the 44 year old had been shown the door, with the O's on a run of four wins in 21 league games that has seen them slide down the table. Their current 11th place position sees them only two points off the play-off positions, but with them having topped the table in August after five straight wins, their position since has been a downward one.

The decision to fire Hendon now means that Orient are on their fifth management team since the arrival of Italian Francesco Becchetti in the summer of 2014. Former Glovers boss Russell Slade had been a long term fixture at Brisbane Road, but left in October 2014 with a mix of boardroom interference and an approach from Cardiff City forcing his hand. They then managed to get through Kevin Nugent, Mauro Milanese and Fabio Liverani during the remainder of the 2014-15 campaign, which saw them relegated from League One.

With Becchetti having put big money into the Orient coffers, they had been one of the favourites to gain promotion out of League Two this year. Last week, they recruited Andrea Pressenda as the club's new technical director, who is a former journalist for Sky Italia and for the Agon Channel, which Becchetti owns. The presumption following his appointment was that he would be taking control of player recruitment at the club, with Hendon merely selecting from the recruited squad.

Assistant Manager Andy Hessenthaler, who has previously managed Gillingham, has been given the job on a caretaker basis - an interesting choice given last week's news that Becchetti had been given a six-match stadium ban and fined £40,000 by the Football Association. The charge issued by the FA was as a result of the unusual post-match scenes on Boxing Day that saw Hessenthaler and Becchetti exchanging words after the final whistle had seen them beat Portsmouth, leading to the Italian owner chasing after Hessenthaler and kicking him up the backside! A few weeks later, and just three days after Becchetti picked up his ban and fine, Hessenthaler has been given an 'interim' promotion. This could be one to watch!


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18 January 2016 : Darren Talks About Morecambe Team Selection
Just before Saturday afternoon's match against Morecambe kicked off at the Globe Arena, 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 the Morecambe pitch, the opposition, his decision to select Shaun Jeffers ahead of Tahvon Campbell, and the current fitness levels of Kevin Dawson and Simon Gillett, including the set-up of a friendly against Swansea City Under-21s last week. Read that interview via the link below.

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


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17 January 2016 : Bakayogo Back In Football After Two Years Of Hell
Whilst Yeovil Town have had more than a fair share of long term injuries over the last few years, one or two have dropped off the radar after leaving the club. On January 18th 2014, the Glovers gave a debut to Zoumana Bakayogo, who at that time was a left-back on the books of Leicester City. He was to join a small list of Yeovil Town players to never set foot on Huish Park turf - his loan spell with the club lasted just 37 minutes in a Championship match against Birmingham City at St Andrews.

Bakayogo's malaise didn't involve another player - he simply turned on the St Andrews pitch, and lost his footing as he felt his knee crumble. He had torn his anterior cruciate ligament, and it obviously ended his time with the club. He had two operations to fix the problem but with him still not having recovered from the problem last summer, his parent club Leicester City released him. Since then he has been training with League One side Crewe Alexandra, and earlier this week they gave him a short term contract until the end of the 2015-16 season, having given him rehabilitation for the first half of the campaign.

The 29 year old made his debut for Crewe on Saturday - merely four minutes worth of football as a late substitute in their 4-3 defeat against Swindon Town. However, it gave him his first team comeback, just two days short of the second anniversary of that injury at St Andrews. Speaking to the Stoke Sentinel after he'd been given his contract with Crewe, and in the lead-up to that trip to Swindon, he said that it had been 'hell' to be out for that length of time, and thanked his new club for their persistence in getting him fit again:

"I'm really happy with what's happened, it's a real emotional time for me I must say as I've been through hell to get here. I've had two bad knee injuries and now I'm back in the Football League so I'm really happy with that. I've worked hard, both physically and mentally, because it's been hard for the last two years. It's been up and down, some days you wake up and you say 'come on, you've got to do this, it's what you want' and then there's other where you can't be bothered. I'm lucky to have a family who believe in me and they've given me that strength to work hard. It's not been easy for me every day, or for them to see me not playing and going through rehab. As a footballer you want to be out there enjoying yourself on the pitch and I've now got the opportunity with Crewe Alexandra to show myself again. I want to thank the club because I don't think any other club would have looked after me the way they have. I've got to say thank you to all the players, staff, physio, everyone at the club for helping me."


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17 January 2016 : Darren Way's Verdict On The Morecambe Away Game
Following Saturday afternoon's 2-1 defeat against Morecambe at the Globe Arena, Yeovil Town manager Darren Way spoke to the BBC about the game. With questions from local journalist Chris Spittles, in an interview for BBC Somerset, Darren's views on the match can be read via the link below.

Link: Darren Way's Verdict On The Morecambe Away Game.


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17 January 2016 : Video : Morecambe vs Yeovil Town Match Highlights
For those who want to view match highlights from yesterday's 2-1 defeat against Morecambe at the Globe Arena, these are now available online. As well as all three goals, which included Darren Ward's first goal for the club, you can view the penalty incident that led to Matt Dolan's saved spot kick, and also the late second half shot from Iffy Allen that hit the woodwork, with Francois Zoko unable to convert the rebound. Watch it via the video clip below.




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17 January 2016 : Darren Way Feels Let Down At Missed Morecambe Opportunity
Yeovil Town manager Darren Way feels that his players missed a great opportunity to gain all three points at Morecambe on Saturday afternoon, after they came back down the M6 with nothing. The Glovers had generally battled well in difficult snowy conditions at the Globe Arena, and thought they were on their way to a valuable win when Darren Ward stabbed home his first goal for the club from close range with just 20 minutes remaining. However, in the ten minutes that followed, the home side fought back, with Kevin Ellison and Shaun Miller giving the Shrimpers a 2-1 win, with questionable defending making their comeback that little bit easier.

At half time, Way said he felt the game was there for the taking. He told BBC Somerset that what eventually materialised during the second period was disappointing, and said that unnamed individuals had fallen below the standards that he felt they had been achieving in recent fixtures:

"We talked about it at half time and we did say that if we didn't get anything out of this game, then we're only to blame. Players know that, and I'm very disappointed. It's the first time that I've probably felt let down as a manager. I'd expect them to feel let down, within themselves, because that was an opportunity to get a good result. I've probably been trying to prepare myself for that situation, when this sort of game happens. It's happened now. I feel individual performances were not to where they'd been, for whatever reason. They'll need to ask themselves those questions. But it's important now that we get ready for Tuesday."

Way added that he would give his squad's own players the licence to call out their team-mates if they felt that certain standards were not being upheld. :wanted to see all players show the same level of commitment, but said that up in Lancashire that the Glovers got caught out by scenarios where they'd been caught out because certain players were a yard off the pace, allowing Morecambe the chance to capitalise:

"There were phases of play, and two or three situations where we looked a yard off. We weren't anticipating as quickly as we normally do. We've done exactly the same type of preparation and tried to be as professional as we can. So you find out in these sort of situations who can handle the pressure of trying to get out of this relegation zone. What I don't want is for a pattern to develop, where that same player keeps letting us down. I said that if there is a player that is not fully committed to this football club, or to the game or the pattern that we're trying to play, then I'm going to give the players the licence to sort it out. It's important again that we regroup, and make sure that we prepare right for Tuesday."


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16 January 2016 : Man of the Match Voting for Morecambe vs Yeovil Town
If you watched this afternoon's 2-1 defeat against Morecambe at the Globe Arena, 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 Morecambe vs Yeovil Town.


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16 January 2016 : Morecambe 2 Yeovil 1 : Ward Strikes But Glovers Slip In The Snow
Yeovil Town went down to defeat this afternoon, after letting a single goal advantage slip against Morecambe at the Globe Arena. In an end-to-end encounter in which both sides had a glut of chances, Darren Ward had given the Glovers the lead with 20 minutes remaining after he stabbed home a loose ball from a corner. But that was the scene for the home side to hit back, with Kevin Ellison firing home a loose ball five minutes later, with them sealing the win with ten minutes remaining as Shaun Miller curled an angled shot into the back of the net after a defensive error.

The Glovers went into the match making just one change to their starting line-up as Shaun Jeffers was preferred for West Bromwich Albion loanee Tahvon Campbell. The only other change came on the bench as Marc Laird came back in and Wes Fogden was moved out.

The game commenced in snowy conditions that would heavily influence the pattern and the quality of the game as both teams struggled to adapt on a slippery surface - that was emphasised in the first minute as Jamie Devitt's long range effort took a small deflection and skidded off the surface, with Artur Krysiak doing well not to spill the ball.

Referee Scott Duncan set the tone of how he was going to manage the prospect of dealing with such conditions by booking Darren Ward for what was a foul more born out of him slipping and colliding with Shrimpers player Andrew Fleming, than anything remotely intentional. When Fleming later lost control of the ball and landed a high foot on Ward, Mr Duncan had to raise another yellow purely because of the 'standard' he had set early on.

The match official also didn't mess about by awarding Yeovil an eighth minute penalty. Adam Dugdale made contact with Shaun Jeffers inside the box, in what should have given Yeovil a perfect start. Unfortunately Matt Dolan, who has twice scored from the penalty spot this campaign, found Barry Roche diving superbly to his right to stop the ball going in the net and to keep the game goalless.

Both teams competed well, given the conditions, but it was only as the half reached its end that the game began to open up a bit more. Shaun Jeffers had an attempt parried for a corner, then at the other end Morecambe got their best chance of the half as Aaron Wildig struck the outside of the post, with the ball hammering into the advertising boards on the rebound. Jack Compton also force Barry Roche into a strong save after he was set up by Liam Walsh on the right flank, with the ball going out for a corner, and the emphasis on the end-to-end nature of the game was shown when Kevin Ellison had a 'goal' ruled out for offside just before the break after he deflected in a teammate's shot whilst he was stood in an illegal position.

Yeovil might have felt that they'd created the better chances across the first period, but during the second half they had to deal with a much stronger showing from the home side. Artur Krysiak had to save with his legs from a Shaun Miller attempt and then stop another from Jamie Devitt minutes later, whilst Kevin Ellison had a second 'goal' ruled out for offside.

Referee Scott Duncan's poor performance during the game shown during the build-up to that Ellison attempt, when he allowed Francois Zoko to lay prone around the six yard box without stopping play, and when the striker received treatment for a bloody nose, Mr Duncan forced Yeovil to play on with ten men for a good two or three minutes, ignoring the catcalls for the striker to return to play. Earlier in the game, he had allowed Morecambe a lengthy stoppage in play to allow them to deal with an injured player, and to allow them to take their time to prepare a substitution they clearly weren't ready for, so it was no surprise that Yeovil's players were livid with the match official for his handling of Zoko's injury.

With 20 minutes remaining, Yeovil got the goal they needed, after superb work by Francois Zoko forced a corner. His 40 yard run forced Morecambe players to back off, and ended with Barry Roche making a parried save. When the set piece was put into the box though, the keeper was not so self-assured, dropping a ball he should have caught and allowing Darren Ward the chance to poke the ball home from close range.

At that point, Yeovil should have gone on to win the match. But five minutes later, Morecambe drew level. Kevin Ellison had been rather unfortunate to have two goals ruled out for offside during the match, but when Yeovil failed to clear their lines properly from inside their own area, Ellison got the chance to turn and shoot inside the box and fire home the equalising goal.

Six minutes after that equaliser, things got worse. Ryan Dickson lost possession inside his own half, and Morecambe's in-form striker Shaun Miller was able to bag his fourth goal in the Shrimpers last four games, as he made room for himself on the corner of the box and curled in a shot that gave Krysiak no chance in the Yeovil goal.

The game as a spectacle wasn't over though. Iffy Allen had been introduced as a substitute just before the goal from Miller, and his first contribution was to provide a weaving run that saw him shoot past keeper Roche, with the ball bouncing agonisingly off the post, and stopping dead on the six yard line. Francois Zoko couldn't quite dig the ball out in time before his shot was deflected into the side netting. Allen could have also made a name for himself deep into five minutes injury time when he blazed over the bar from close range with Morecambe's defence under extreme pressure. But in the end that was the sort of game that it was - one of mistakes, that could have gone either way. Yeovil will be left kicking themselves that they failed to shut up shop when Ward's goal gave them the opportunity to do so.

Link: 2015-16 Latest League Two Table.

Final Score: Morecambe 2 Yeovil Town 1.

Scorers: Darren Ward (69 mins, 0-1), Kevin Ellison (74 mins, 1-1), Shaun Miller (80 mins, 2-1)

Morecambe:
1. Barry Roche
22. Andy Parrish 5. Adam Dugdale 6. Ryan Edwards 19. Laurence Wilson
4. Alex Kenyon 17. Andrew Fleming 7. Jamie Devitt 15. Aaron Wildig
11. Kevin Ellison 16. Shaun Miller

Substitutes:
24. Luke Conlan 10. Lee Molyneux 12. Paul Mullin (48 mins for Aaron Wildig) 13. Alan Goodall (89 mins for Jamie Devitt) 23. Chris Doyle 30. Kieran O'Hara 25. Ben Hedley

Yeovil Town:
1. Artur Krysiak
24. Connor Roberts 6. Jakub Sokolik 26. Darren Ward (Capt) 11. Ryan Dickson
25. Liam Walsh 4. Matt Dolan 2. Ben Tozer
39. Francois Zoko 10. Shaun Jeffers 14. Jack Compton

Substitutes:
12. Chris Weale (GK) 3. Nathan Smith 8. Marc Laird 9. Ryan Bird (90 mins for Shaun Jeffers) 16. Tahvon Campbell (86 mins for Liam Walsh) 19. Iffy Allen (80 mins for Jack Compton) 21. Alex Lacey

Morecambe Bookings: Andrew Fleming (17 mins, foul), Jamie Devitt (37 mins, foul), Shaun Miller (87 mins, delaying a free kick)

Yeovil Bookings: Darren Ward (7 mins, foul), Liam Walsh (74 mins, foul)

Morecambe Match Statistics: Possession: 52%; Shots: 20; Shots On Target: 7; Corners: 6; Fouls: 7.

Yeovil Match Statistics: Possession: 48%; Shots: 16; Shots On Target: 6; Corners: 12; Fouls: 13.

Referee: Scott Duncan (Northumberland). Assistants: Richard Wild (Lancashire) and Kevin Mattocks (Lancashire). Fourth Official: Bob Roberts (Lancashire).

Attendance: 1,340 (with 133 Yeovil supporters).


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16 January 2016 : Team News For Morecambe vs Yeovil Town
Yeovil Town have named one change in their starting line-up for the League Two match against Morecambe at the Globe Arena this afternoon. Striker Shaun Jeffers has replaced West Bromwich Albion loanee Tahvon Campbell in the starting line-up.

On the bench, Marc Laird returns for the game with Wes Fogden dropping out of the squad. Striker Mark Beck is the other one who sits out the match as an unused player.

AFC Bournemouth loanee Harry Cornick (groin) is out for the sixth game running, with his loan spell at the club having now expired - the Glovers are awaiting the green light from his parent club before they kick off a new loan deal that should hopefully see him return. The club's long term injury list of Kevin Dawson (groin), Simon Gillett (knee), Jordan Gibbons (hip injury) and Omar Sowunmi (ankle) means that they continue to be absent, although Dawson and Gillett are currently back in training to various degrees as part of their rehabilitation.

The full team for this afternoon's match reads as follows:

Yeovil Town:
1. Artur Krysiak
24. Connor Roberts 6. Jakub Sokolik 26. Darren Ward (Capt) 11. Ryan Dickson
25. Liam Walsh 4. Matt Dolan 2. Ben Tozer
39. Francois Zoko 10. Shaun Jeffers 14. Jack Compton

Substitutes:
12. Chris Weale (GK) 3. Nathan Smith 8. Marc Laird 9. Ryan Bird 16. Tahvon Campbell 19. Iffy Allen 21. Alex Lacey


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16 January 2016 : Yeovil Town vs York City : Man Of The Match Result
Two weeks ago, Yeovil Town played a League Two match against York City that was a real six-pointer for both clubs. The Glovers came out on top, breaking a sixteen game run of league matches without a win, with a Matt Dolan penalty dividing the two teams in the end as they gained a 1-0 win.

The man of the match voting saw centre-back pairing Jakub Sokolik and Darren Ward praised for keeping York's strikers at bay, with goalkeeper Artur Krysiak having had a fairly comfortable afternoon. The poll was won fairly comfortably though by striker Francois Zoko, who won Yeovil the penalty that would be so crucial in their hopes of League Two survival. Full results as shown below, with outright MOTM votrs shown in brackets:

1. Francois Zoko 456 (35)
2. Darren Ward 258 (13)
3. Jakub SokolŪk 222 (9)
4. Matthew Dolan 206 (12)
5. Connor Roberts 62 (1)
6. Ben Tozer 50 (3)
7. Artur Krysiak 36 (1)
8. Tahvon Campbell 34 (1)
9. Jack Compton 22 (0)
10. Ryan Dickson 16 (1)
11. Shaun Jeffers 10 (1)
12. Iffy Allen 2 (0)

OVERALL MATCH RATING : 6.83
Performance : 6.96
Entertainment : 6.7
VOTES RECEIVED : 77


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15 January 2016 : Darren Previews The Morecambe Away Game
As part of the build-up to Saturday afternoon's League Two match against Morecambe at the Globe Arena, Yeovil Town manager Darren Way spoke to the BBC about the game. With questions from BBC Somerset journalist Dan Albutt, Darren talks about the progress Kevin Dawson and Simon Gillett are making in their return from injury as well as why he doesn't want the focus to be upon the club's potential FA Cup Fourth Round tie against Everton at this stage. Read that interview via the link below.

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


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15 January 2016 : Heatherson Commits To Ladies For The 2016 Season
Yeovil Town Ladies manager Jamie Sherwood has contracted attacking player Annie Heatherson, which will see her be a vital player to the squad in the 2016 FA Women's Super League season. Heatherson, scored 7 goals in the 2015 season and picked up main sponsors player of the year from Jones Building Group, following her excellent displays and gritty performances, which saw Yeovil finish in fourth place, level on points with third placed Everton, but with goal difference separating them.

Known for her tenacious play, along with her rather peculiar goal celebrations, Heatherson will also bring vast amounts of experience, having played at England U21 international level, along with being an FA Women's Cup winner too. Heatherson will be one of many players that Sherwood has secured for the new campaign and he is confident that Heatherson will be another big player. Sherwood said:

"I am really pleased to retain the services of Heatherson. Last season she quickly settled into the group and became a strong, positive and influential voice within the squad. Annie quickly became not only a fans favorite, but her peers really took to her and we saw in her performance last season that she leaves everything on the pitch. Her commitment, desire and crazy goal celebrations will be integral to pushing this group further again this season. She has returned to training full of bounce and purpose and already has started developing the new faces into the existing group."

Annie Heatherson, in action against Millwall Lionesses, during July 2015, at Huish Park
Annie Heatherson, in action against Millwall Lionesses, during July 2015, at Huish Park
Photo © 2015 Terry Fisher/Yeovil Town Ladies

Heatherson commented on her decision to commit for the forthcoming season:

"I'm very grateful for the chance to play another year at Yeovil Town. When Jamie offered me the contract it was a no brainier as I enjoyed every part of last season and even finishing fourth, it was a great season. Last year Jamie allowed me to not only enjoy the game but he also introduced me to an amazing club that I'm very passionate about and I'm looking forward to stepping up our game even more this year!"

You can see Heatherson and her Yeovil team in action on Sunday 14th February, when they face either Bradford or Huddersfield in the third round of the SSE FA Womenís Cup. Ticketing details are to be released soon.


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15 January 2016 : Newport County Choose Fifth Management Team In Under A Year
League Two side Newport County have announced their third management team of the 2015-16 season. The Exiles have named 34 year old Warren Feeney as their new boss, after John Sheridan departed Rodney Parade on Wednesday to return to League One side Oldham Athletic, who he had a previous spell with between 2006 and 2009.

Feeney had been Sheridan's assistant, meaning that there is some continuity in South Wales. The former AFC Bournemouth player does have some previous management experience, having acted as player-manager for Irish side Linfield during the 2014-15 campaign. He will be assisted by former Bolton and Blackburn defender Andy Todd, who he worked with at Linfield.

Newport have had a bit of a turbulent last twelve months in terms of their management teams. They lost Justin Edinburgh to League One side Gillingham in February 2015, and although Edinburgh's former assistant Jimmy Dack agreed to take over the reins on an interim basis for the remainder of that season, he turned down a chance to be considered for the job permanently, meaning that he left the club over the summer, joining Crawley Town as their assistant manager.

Their decision to opt for former England international Terry Butcher at the start of the 2015-16 season lasted just twelve games, as he secured just one win during his tenure. A boardroom takeover by Newport's Supporters Trust coincided with Butcher's departure, and although Sheridan's appointment saw a sharp upturn in form that has seen them rise out of the relegation zone, he lasted only 17 games before Oldham came calling, with Newport's statement on the move pretty much implying they felt Sheridan had been tapped up before they got to hear about it.

All that means that Newport are now on their fifth management team in just under a year. Feeney will get three huge matches to open up his reign as first team manager. Tomorrow they travel to play 24th placed York City, and next Saturday they will host 22nd placed Dagenham and Redbridge at Rodney Parade. In between that, they will play their first FA Cup Third Round match in 30 years (and effectively their first for the reformed Newport club) when they play host to Championship club Blackburn Rovers, in a match that was called off last weekend. Newport currently lie in 20th place in the League Two table, with a three point advantage over the Glovers.


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15 January 2016 : Ciderspace Guide To Morecambe
Tomorrow afternoon, Yeovil Town make another long journey up the M6, where they will face Morecambe in a League Two fixture. Since we last ventured that way, back in our Conference days, the Shrimpers have moved grounds, meaning that the Ciderspace guide that existed back then has pretty much ripped up and started again. Find directions, parking, ticketing, a pub guide, club statistics and other such information via the link below.

Link: Ciderspace Guide To Morecambe.

Link: Ticketing For Morecambe vs Yeovil Town.

Link: GWSC Travel To Morecambe.

Link: Officials For Morecambe vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Saturday's Opponents Suffer Midweek Injury Problems.

Morecambe's new Globe Arena ground
Morecambe's new Globe Arena ground



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14 January 2016 : Gillett Returns In Midweek Friendly Match
Yeovil Town midfielder Simon Gillett has reached another milestone in his comeback plans, after he played in his first match during midweek. The 30 year old is one of the club's two ultra-long-term injuries, with himself and Kevin Dawson having both been missing in action for over a year - the January 4th 2015 FA Cup Third Round match against Manchester United represents their last competitive game for the Glovers. Gradually there is light at the end of the tunnel for both players, and Gillett has got back into the swing of things by taking part in a behind closed door friendly match against a Swansea City Under-21s side, in which he is believed to have featured for 60 minutes as part of his recuperation.

With his teammate Kevin Dawson having yesterday completed his first full training session yesterday, the Irishman is only a couple of weeks behind Gillett, who had made his own return to the training ground on December 30th. On top of that, the club should soon be able to recommence their relationship with AFC Bournemouth loan player Harry Cornick, whose latest loan spell with the club expired earlier this week, having not featured for a month due to a groin injury.

Cornick had returned to Dean Court for treatment, and clearly the club will not restart any loan arrangements until they are sure he is fit again. But manager Darren Way told BBC Somerset that Cornick was getting closer to becoming available again, and was pleased with the way Gillett and Dawson were progressing:

"It's all coming together. Harry Cornick is progressing nicely, so hopefully he should look at being available soon. Kevin Dawson had his first training session the other day, and he came through it magnificently, and didn't look as though he was carrying anything. So it's a big thank you to the physio department on that side. Simon Gillett played in a game the other day and played very well, so I'll be thinking about him soon. So I'm really pleased with how things have gone progressively, and all the injured players that are returning, so things are looking very positive."

Way also had kind words for Dawson and Gillett's attitudes during their twelve months worth of inaction, saying that they had continued to play a part behind the scenes. Gillett performed some scouting roles for former boss Paul Sturrock and more recently has helped out with the club's pre-match warm-up sessions at Huish Park, whilst Way said that both players had tried to keep spirits high amongst their less experienced teammates, despite their own situations:

"Their personalities are invaluable to the team, with their experience. Then hopefully physically they can get through. They've been giving everything around the building and it's always nice to see that, because when you look at it from an injury point of view it's not easy. But the one thing that they've done is that they've supported the group, even though they've not been playing. They've been in amongst the supporters on a matchday, so I thank them for that."

Assuming Cornick eventually returns to the fold, Way realistically has one spare slot in his squad for another loan player, having kept Swansea City right-back Connor Roberts, whilst recruiting Everton midfielder Liam Walsh and West Bromwich Albion striker Tahvon Campbell. The assumption therefore is that there will eventually be one additional loanee brought in, but with Walsh's one month youth loan arrangements having to be subsidised by club sponsor Jones Building Supplies, current vibes are that there is little available in the way of funds, and Way implies that he may need to reduce the size of his squad during the coming weeks, rather than necessarily bring in new faces, although he admits he is still talking to clubs about what incoming options he has:

"There's one or two clubs that we're talking to, but as it stands at the moment obviously the squad is quite big. We've played against some big teams and we've not been that far away, so it's important that we don't disrupt the pattern too much."


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14 January 2016 : Opening Hours For Ticket Office On Saturday
Yeovil Town's Ticket Office will be open for some additional hours this coming weekend. With the FA Cup Third Round Replay tie against Carlisle United taking place next Tuesday, the Ticket Office will be opening on Saturday 16th January between 9.00a.m. and 12.00 noon, as well as their usual Monday - Friday opening hours.

A full list of currently available tickets can be viewed below.

NOTE: You may be able to relieve congestion at the ticket office by using the club's online ticket office portal, which is available on a 24x7 basis. Supporters who log into their MyTickets Account can purchase tickets for the Carlisle replay and the Crawley league match, as well as other home games for the 2015-16 season. Away tickets must be purchased by phone or in person at the Ticket Office.

Link: Ticketing For Morecambe vs Yeovil Town.

Link: GWSC Travel To Morecambe.

Link: FA Cup Replay Ticketing For Yeovil Town vs Carlisle United.

Link: Potential Ticketing Arrangements For FA Cup Fourth Round vs Everton.

Link: Ticketing For AFC Wimbledon vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Ticketing For Luton Town vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Ticketing For Hartlepool United vs Yeovil Town.


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14 January 2016 : Saturday's Opponents Suffer Midweek Injury Problems
Saturday's opponents Morecambe look as though they will be hosting Yeovil Town with a depleted squad, after they picked up a couple of midweek injuries. The Shrimpers secured a 1-1 home draw against Exeter City on Tuesday night, but the game was marred by striker Tom Barkhuizen being carried off on a stretcher, leading to nearly twelve minutes of injury time being played and Morecambe having to play the game out with ten men, due to all of their substitutes having been used.

Barkhuizen needed oxygen on the field, after he suffered a bad rib injury, and Morecambe's problems were added to with right-back Shaun Beeley having to leave the field with an ankle injury. The latter causes them problems, as their other right-back Aaron McGowan is also out with a hamstring injury, meaning that boss Jim Bentley is currently scouring the market in the hope of bringing in a new full-back in time for Saturday's game.

They also have another long term injury in midfielder Peter Murphy, who is out for the season with a cruciate knee ligament injury, meaning that Bentley could be selecting from the sixteen professional players that remain on their club's books. He has told the Morecambe Visitor that Barkhuizen's problems are just bruising, but that Saturday may come too soon for him, and has already ruled out Beeley and McGowan as recovering in time:

"Tom's got a rib injury, it's not nice to see any of your players taken off on a stretcher but especially when they need oxygen. All day yesterday (Wednesday) he was struggling and couldnít move around and couldnít get out of bed. The thing with ribs is that you canít do anything about them itís just a time thing. It's what the lad's pain threshold is like. It was little bit easier for him this morning but again it depends. A couple of days, two weeks, who knows? We'll just have to monitor that situation but ití's a big loss because Tom is a big player for us."

The loss of Barkhuizen would mean the Shrimpers would be unable to field a player who has netted eight times this season. However, that will still leave them with in-form striker Shaun Miller who has netted ten times this season, including four in the last five league fixtures and three in his last three matches.

Link: Ticketing For Morecambe vs Yeovil Town.

Link: GWSC Travel To Morecambe.

Link: Officials For Morecambe vs Yeovil Town.


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14 January 2016 : Stephen Allinson Talks About The Ladies Move To Huish Park
Late last week, Yeovil Town Ladies announced that they would be playing the majority of their 2016 fixtures on the main Huish Park stadium pitch. As part of the announcement, Ladies Chairman Stephen Allinson and key player Helen Bleazard appeared live on BBC Somerset with new Breakfast show presenter Claire Carter asking the questions. You can read that interview via the link below.

Link: Stephen Allinson Speaks To The BBC About The Ladies' Move To Huish Park.


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13 January 2016 : Dawson Completes First Training Session For Over A Year
Yeovil Town midfielder Kevin Dawson has completed his first full training session for over a year today. The Irishman has been out of action for a full twelve months following a mix of hip, pelvis and groin problems, and last played for the club on January 4th 2015, in the FA Cup Third Round tie against Manchester United. After that game he required an operation to deal with a pelvis problem that ruled him out for the remainder of the 2014-15 campaign, and although he was thought to be fit again when he signed a new deal in the summer of 2015, he suffered groin problems during the early part of the 2015-16 season that have plagued him. An attempt at a September 2015 comeback had to be aborted and since then he has been sidelined, only returning to light training at the tail end of last year.

Dawson's team-mate Simon Gillett, who has been out for the same length of time, commenced his first full training session over Christmas giving him the potential of a fresh start for 2016, and Gillett announced via Twitter the return of Dawson to the pack today:

"Can we please have a little ripple (of applause) for my partner in crime, Kevin Dawson, on his first full training session in over a year today."

As with Gillett, we'd expect Dawson to need the equivalent of a full 'pre-season training schedule' to bring him back up to the sort of sharpness that would allow him to play at League Two level. The return of both Gillett and Dawson to proper training just leaves Jordan Gibbons (hip injury) and Omar Sowunmi (ankle) as the club's main long term absentees.

AFC Bournemouth loanee Harry Cornick has been missing for the past five games with a groin injury, and has been back at his parent club receiving treatment for that problem. His loan spell with the club expired on Monday, having not played for the full month of his previous extension. However, current expectations are that he is on the edge of being passed fit, and once the club get the green light they are expected to call him back to Huish Park.


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13 January 2016 : Yeovil Town and Carlisle Selected For Televised Toffees Tie
The winners of Yeovil Town's FA Cup Third Round Replay against Carlisle United will see their FA Cup Fourth Round tie broadcast live on TV. The Fourth Round match against Everton will be screened live by BT Sport on Sunday 31st January 2016, with a 1.30p.m. kick-off.

The full set of ties listed by the Football Association are as follows:

29/01/2016 : 19:55 : Derby County vs Manchester United (BBC1)
30/01/2016 : 12:45 : Colchester United vs Tottenham Hotspur or Leicester City (BT Sport)
30/01/2016 : 17:30 : Exeter City or Liverpool vs West Ham United (BT Sport)
31/01/2016 : 13:30 : Carlisle United or Yeovil Town vs Everton (BT Sport)
31/01/2016 : 16:00 : Northampton Town or Milton Keynes Dons vs Chelsea (BBC1)

Each of the ten clubs who reach the Fourth Round stage for the five televised ties will receive £144,000 each as a Broadcast Fee payment. This is in addition to the £67,500 payable to Third Round winners, effectively meaning that next Tuesday's Replay is worth £211,500 to the winning club, even before any gate receipts or opportunities for gate revenue, sponsorship, food and drink is factored in.


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13 January 2016 : Potential Ticketing Arrangements For FA Cup Fourth Round vs Everton
Yeovil Town have issued the ticketing arrangements that will be put in place if they progress in the FA Cup Third Round Replay against Carlisle United. With the match against the Cumbrians set to take place on Tuesday 19th January 2016 at Huish Park, that would give the victorious club only around 12 days to sell tickets for any Fourth Round tie against Everton, which would be scheduled to take place on or around Saturday 30th January, subject to television or policing requirements.

The rules that would be put in place for the Everton fixture will be as follows:

Season Ticket Holders and Half Season Ticket Holders: Tickets will go on sale on Thursday 21st January at 9.30a.m. at a rate of ONE ticket per person. You will have until midday on Saturday 23rd January to claim your ticket.

Two Ticket Token Holders: Those supporters who have purchased match tickets for the Carlisle United Replay AND the League Two game against Crawley Town (January 23rd) can purchase a ticket (subject to availability) from Monday 25th January at 9.30a.m. until Tuesday 26th January at 5.00p.m.

Two Previous Match Token Holders: Those supporters that hold match tickets from two previous matches from the 2015-16 season can purchase from Wednesday 27th January at 9.30a.m. - again subject to availability. NOTE: The emphasis is on 'previous' 2015-16 matches - you won't be able to use tokens for any forthcoming fixtures beyond the Carlisle/Crawley fixtures.

General Sale: Any tickets left unsold will be put on General Sale from Thursday 28th January.

As with previous years, you need to ensure that the TOKEN attached to the ticket is kept for both games, and the tokens must match the age range that you would intend to buy your ticket for.

NOTE: You may be able to relieve congestion at the ticket office by using the club's online ticket office portal. Supporters who log into their MyTickets Account can purchase tickets for the Carlisle replay and the Crawley league match already. In the event of the Everton tickets going on sale, the plan is for Season Ticket Holders to also be able to make their purchases in this way too. For those planning to use tokens, you will need to present them in person at the Ticket Office, as the tokens will be inspected and taken from you to avoid reuse - however, token holders will be able to use friends/family to queue on their behalf and group tokens together.


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13 January 2016 : Officials For Morecambe vs Yeovil Town
Officials for the League Two match between Morecambe and Yeovil Town have been published by the Football League. The match takes place on Saturday 16th January 2016 at the Globe Arena, with a 3.00p.m. kick-off. The man in charge of the fixture will be referee Scott Duncan (Northumberland).

This is Mr Duncan's fourth season in the Football League, having been promoted to this level in the summer of 2012. That, combined with his Northumberland residence, means that only seen him twice as a man in the middle so far.

The earliest was the August 2013 Championship fixture against Burnley at Turf Moor. We had no complaints about his performance on the day. A goalkeeping error by Sam Johnstone late on in the match - later explained by him carrying a hand injury - and a rash challenge by Liam Davis shortly after that, caused our defeat, and with the other factors involved being our inability to take our chances at 0-0 - a pattern that would be ultimately set across that 2013-14 season.

He was also present for the May 2015 match against Milton Keynes Dons that became the final match prior to our relegation from League One at the end of that season. The 5-1 defeat suggested a few of our players were already, mentally speaking, on their summer holidays, with some poor defending throughout, although the situation wasn't helped by a threadbare squad that meant we could only name four substitutes. Mr Duncan was to blame for neither problem, and had a quiet unobtrusive game.

Mr Duncan will be assisted by Richard Wild (Lancashire) and Kevin Mattocks (Lancashire). The Fourth Official will be Bob Roberts (Lancashire).

Link: August 2013 : Burnley 2 Yeovil Town 0.

Link: May 2015 : Milton Keynes Dons 5 Yeovil Town 1.


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12 January 2016 : Caulker Makes Anfield Loan Move
Former Yeovil Town loanee Steven Caulker has been loaned out to Premier League side Liverpool. The 24 year old is in an unusual situation in that he is still on the books of Championship side Queens Park Rangers, but has not played for them since May 2015, when they dropped out of the Premier League. Instead he has spent the first half of the 2015-16 campaign on loan with Southampton, albeit with very limited success, with Saints limiting him to just eight appearances, including just one start in the Premier League.

Remarkably, Liverpool will be Caulker's sixth Premier League club, having taken in Totteham Hotspur, where he took in his season long loan at Yeovil Town during the 2009-10 season that saw him win four of the club's Player of the Season awards. He has also played for Swansea City, before sealing two consecutive £8 million pound moves to Cardiff City and QPR across successive summers. He had been a regular in both sides, which has made his fall from grace this season somewhat surprising, even though both QPR and Cardiff were relegated at the end of those two seasons.

Liverpool currently have a severe shortage of defenders, and they have confirmed that the paperwork has cleared in time for him to be selected for tomorrow night's match against Arsenal, if required. He will stay at Anfield for the remainder of the 2015-16 season, with what was meant to be a season-long loan at St Mary's being curtailed in the interests of getting him more regular games.

Link: Steven Caulker : Yeovil Town Statistics.


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12 January 2016 : Darren Way Talks About The FA Cup Fourth Round Draw
Yesterday saw Yeovil Town or Carlisle United drawn out of the bag to play Premier League side Everton, depending upon who wins the Third Round Replay next Tuesday night. As a reaction to that draw, manager Darren Way appeared live on BBC Somerset, speaking to presenter Jack Murley and gave his views on the cup draw itself, as well as the possibility of coming up against his old boss at Swansea City, in Roberto Martinez, if the club were to progress against Carlisle next week. Read that interview via the link below.

Link: Darren Way Speaks To The BBC After Everton Were Drawn In The FA Cup.


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12 January 2016 : FA Cup Ticketing For Yeovil Town vs Carlisle United Replay
Yeovil Town have announced ticketing arrangements for their FA Cup Third Round Replay against Carlisle United at Huish Park. The match will take place on Tuesday 19th January 2016, with a 7.45p.m. kick-off. Ticket prices for the game have been set as follows:

Adults: £15.00; Concessions (Seniors - Over-65s, Aged 16-21 and Disabled): £10.00; Under-16s: £5.00.

You can purchase tickets over the phone via 01935-847888 or by visiting the Huish Park Ticket Office in person.

At present the club have not given any hints about their plans if they beat Carlisle United. However, we'd recommend that on the night, you hold onto your ticket and the token for that ticket just in case it becomes relevant following the tie.

Link: Ticketing For Morecambe vs Yeovil Town.

Link: GWSC Travel To Morecambe.

Link: Ticketing For Luton Town vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Ticketing For Hartlepool United vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Ticketing For AFC Wimbledon vs Yeovil Town.


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12 January 2016 : GWSC Travel To Morecambe

The Green and White Supporters Club have set their travel plans for Saturday's trip to Morecambe. The match takes place at the Globe Arena on Saturday 16th January 2016, with a 3.00p.m. kick-off. Departure times and prices are listed as follows:

Morecambe : Saturday 16th January 2016.
Huish Park: 6.45a.m.
Adult Members: £31.00; Member Concessions: £29.00
Adult Non-Members: £33.00; Non-Member Concessions: £31.00

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.

Link: Ticketing For Morecambe vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Ticketing For Luton Town vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Ticketing For Hartlepool United vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Ticketing For AFC Wimbledon vs Yeovil Town.


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11 January 2016 : Firm Date Set For Carlisle FA Cup Replay
Yeovil Town have now confirmed the Third Round Replay date for their FA Cup tie against Carlisle United. As expected, the game will take place at Huish Park on Tuesday 19th January, with a 7.45p.m. kick-off. The winners of the tie will be at home to Everton after the draw was made earlier tonight, thus giving both sides the carrot of potential Premier League opposition. The tie next week will be settled on the night, with extra time and penalties used if required.

As yet, there aren't any tickets on sale for the Third Round Replay - we'd expect that situation to be resolved in the next 24-48 hours. The winners of next Tuesday's tie will earn an additional £67,500 as Third Round winners, from the FA's Prize Fund.

Link: FA Cup Fourth Round Draw : Full Details.


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11 January 2016 : FA Cup Fourth Round Draw : Winners Get Toffees Tie
The winners of the FA Cup Third Round Replay between Yeovil Town and Carlisle United have been given a home tie as part of the Fourth Round draw. Whoever triumphs in next week's replay at Huish Park will face a match against Premier League side Everton on home turf after the balls were pulled out on the BBC One programme The One Show.

The full draw will see the following Fourth Round matches scheduled:

West Bromwich Albion or Bristol City vs Peterborough United
Eastleigh or Bolton Wanderers vs Leeds United
Arsenal vs Burnley
Derby County vs Manchester United
Huddersfield Town or Reading vs Walsall
Exeter City or Liverpool vs West Ham United
Wycombe Wanderers or Aston Villa vs Manchester City
Shrewsbury Town vs Sheffield Wednesday
Nottingham Forest vs Watford
Carlisle United or Yeovil Town vs Everton
Crystal Palace vs Stoke City
Oxford United vs Newport County or Blackburn Rovers
Ipswich Town or Portsmouth vs AFC Bournemouth
Colchester United vs Tottenham Hotspur or Leicester City
Bury or Bradford City vs Hull City
Northampton Town or Milton Keynes Dons vs Chelsea

All ties are due to be played across the weekend of Saturday 30th January, with televised matches potentially stretched between the Friday and the Monday. If Yeovil do progress, then their League Two match against AFC Wimbledon that is due to take place that weekend would be called off.

Fourth Round winners will receive £90,000 from the FA's Prize Fund. Whoever wins the club's Third Round Replay will receive £67,500 from the same fund.

At present, we do not have a confirmed date for the club's replay against Carlisle United at Huish Park. However, the most likely date is Tuesday 19th January, with a 7.45p.m. kick-off. We'll obviously confirm that once both clubs have made their plans for the game.


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11 January 2016 : Darren Talks About Carlisle Away FA Cup Team Selection
Just before Sunday afternoon's FA Cup Third Round tie against Carlisle United kicked off at Bloomfield Road, Blackpool, Yeovil Town manager Darren Way spoke to the BBC. With questions from local journalist Chris Spittles, in an interview for BBC Somerset, Darren explains why he brought Everton midfielder Liam Walsh and West Bromwich Albion striker Christian Maghoma into the starting line-up, and also gives his memories of being up in Blackpool before, along with his thoughts on the possibility of progressing in the FA Cup. Read that interview via the link below.

Link: Darren Way Speaks To The BBC After The 2-2 Draw Against Carlisle United.


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11 January 2016 : Yorkshire Pair Drawn Against Ladies In FA Cup
Yeovil Town Ladies have been given a home draw in the Third Round of the SSE Women's FA Cup. The draw sees all FAWSL2 sides enter the competition, which includes the Glovers, and they will meet the winners of the Second Round tie between Bradford City Women and Huddersfield Town. The full draw reads as follows:

Aston Villa v Portsmouth FC Ladies
Charlton Athletic v Newcastle United
Sheffield v Leicester City Women
London Bees v Durham Women
Brighton & Hove Albion v Oxford United
Crystal Palace or West Ham United v Nuneaton Town or Blackburn Rovers
Forest Green Rovers or Gillingham v Swindon Town or Tottenham Hotspur
Sporting Club Albion or Long Eaton United v C&K Basildon or Coventry United
Everton v Whitley Bay Women or Stoke City
Loughborough Foxes or Guiseley AFC Vixens v Lewes
Yeovil Town v Bradford City Women or Huddersfield Town
Nottingham Forest v Preston North End
Watford v Millwall Lionesses
Bristol City v Chichester City or Queens Park Rangers

The Third Round matches are due to be held on Sunday 7th February.


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11 January 2016 : Magpies Opt For Fullarton As New Manager
League Two side Notts County have appointed a new manager, as a successor to Ricardo Moniz. The Magpies parted company with their management team in December 29th and have opted to appoint former Scotland Under-21 captain Jamie Fullarton as their new boss. The 41 year old is in his first front line appointment. The bulk of his playing career as a midfielder was spent with St Mirren and Crystal Palace across a 14 year professional career.

He then moved into coaching by heading over to Spain where he worked in a football academy. His return to England saw him appointed Bristol Rovers youth team coach, and he has since been Under-21 boss at Bolton Wanderers as well as holding other roles with Crystal Palace and Nottingham Forest. Although he has never moved forward into a first team manager's job before, County's statement boasts that he is 'of the brightest young managerial prospects in the country'. Chairman Ray Trew said of the club's twelfth management appointment since October 2009:

"I don't think I have ever been as impressed by someone at an interview as I was by Jamie. He had us all captivated throughout what turned out to be a lengthy assessment of his suitability for the role. I've got to stress that we had an incredibly high standard of applicant for the vacancy, some of whom were unable to commit to the role to the level we were looking for and some who gave us plenty to think about when it came to conducting the interviews. However, when Jamie came in for his interview we all agreed that he stood out as the man that we wanted to take on this exciting challenge, with his meticulous attention to detail and his mix of self-awareness and self-assurance shining through."

Since Ian McParland's departure in October 2009, Notts County have named Hans Backe, Dave Kevan, Steve Cotterill, Craig Short, Paul Ince, Martin Allen, Keith Curle, Chris Kiwomya, Shaun Derry, Paul Hart, Ricardo Moniz and now Jamie Fullarton as their various first team managers.


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11 January 2016 : Ex Glover Turned TV Pundit Confirmed To Host YTFC Supporters' Trust Meeting
The group of volunteers behind the proposed Supporters' Trust are delighted to confirm that Adam Virgo will be the host for the official meeting with Supporters Direct on January 27th 2016 at 7.00p.m. at Club 94, Middle Street, Yeovil.

Virgo who has also played for Brighton and Hove Albion, Celtic and Bristol Rovers made 36 appearances for The Glovers. The central defender, made his debut against Leyton Orient on the opening game of the 2010 season and netted 5 times before leaving to join Bristol Rovers at the end of the season. Following his retirement in 2013, Virgo is now a TV pundit for BT Sport and Eurosport, a regular on Channel 5's Football League Tonight, a radio pundit and commentator for Talk Sport and BBC Radio Sussex and also pens a column for the Non League Paper.

Brendon Owen, one of the volunteers who attended the meeting with Supporters Direct in London said "As part of the meeting at Club 94, we want to encourage ideas and hear viewpoints from supporters about how best to shape the proposed Trust in a positive direction, and we felt that it would be a good idea to have an entirely neutral Chair in place for the evening. With Adam's knowledge of Yeovil Town, as well as his media knowledge of the problems and challenges that lower league clubs and their supporters face on a daily basis, we think he will be an excellent choice to help take us forward in a strong direction, and to encourage everyone to join in."

Adam Virgo said of the evening: "This is a great initiative to give the fans a real voice regarding the running and welfare of Yeovil Town FC, I really enjoyed my season at Yeovil, it's a great club and am so grateful for the support I received while there, I'm thrilled to help and honoured to have been asked."

Link: Fans Invited To Meeting For Supporters Trust Formation.

For further information on the event, you can contact the Yeovil Voice via the following methods:

Facebook: Facebook Page : The Yeovil Voice.

Twitter: Twitter : The Yeovil Voice.

Email: BrendonOwen@aol.com or Abbylcarter@me.com


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11 January 2016 : FA Cup Fourth Round Draw Schedule And Ball Numbers
Yeovil Town's 2-2 draw against Carlisle United ensures that they go into the draw for the next round of the FA Cup. The two clubs will find out what prize awaits them when the Fourth Round draw takes place on Monday evening, as part of BBC One's The One Show programme, with a series of sixteen ties pulled out in their studios. The draw is expected to take place around 7.15p.m. and the relevant ball numbers and the teams left in the competition read as follows:

1 Watford 2 West Bromwich Albion or Bristol City 3 West Ham United 4 Derby County 5 Exeter City or Liverpool 6 Tottenham Hotspur or Leicester City 7 Colchester United 8 Peterborough United 9 Northampton Town or Milton Keynes Dons 10 Arsenal 11 Newport County or Blackburn Rovers 12 Ipswich Town or Portsmouth 13 Bournemouth 14 Wycombe Wanderers or Aston Villa 15 Sheffield Wednesday 16 Oxford United 17 Walsall 18 Bury or Bradford City 19 Manchester United 20 Everton 21 Crystal Palace 22 Eastleigh or Bolton Wanderers 23 Nottingham Forest 24 Carlisle United or Yeovil Town 25 Chelsea 26 Stoke City 27 Leeds United 28 Shrewsbury Town 29 Huddersfield Town or Reading 30 Burnley 31 Manchester City 32 Hull City.

All ties are due to be played across the weekend of Saturday 30th January, with televised matches potentially stretched between the Friday and the Monday. If Yeovil do progress, then their League Two match against AFC Wimbledon that is due to take place that weekend would be called off.

Fourth Round winners will receive £90,000 from the FA's Prize Fund. Whoever wins the club's Third Round Replay will receive £67,500 from the same fund.

At present, we do not have a confirmed date for the club's replay against Carlisle United at Huish Park. However, the most likely date is Tuesday 19th January, with a 7.45p.m. kick-off. We'll obviously confirm that once both clubs have made their plans for the game.


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10 January 2016 : Darren Way's Verdict On The Carlisle FA Cup Away Game
Following Sunday afternoon's 2-2 draw against Carlisle United at Bloomfield Road, Blackpool, Yeovil Town manager Darren Way spoke to the BBC. With questions from local journalist Chris Spittles, in an interview for BBC Somerset, Darren's view on the match, and the late late equaliser that took the game to a replay, can be read via the link below.

Link: Darren Way's Verdict On The Carlisle FA Cup Away Game.


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10 January 2016 : Video : Carlisle United vs Yeovil Town FA Cup Match Highlights
For those who want to view the highlights of this afternoon's 2-2 draw with Carlisle United, there are just under two minutes worth on the BBC Sport website. As well as the four goals scored on the day, they also show a first half chance for Tahvon Campbell that saw Francois Zoko try to follow-up. Meanwhile in the second period you can also view the moment that Carlisle hit the woodwork twice within a few seconds, with the crossbar and post getting struck whilst the Cumbrians were 1-0 up. The video is shown below, and is accessible to those using UK ISPs.

Link: BBC Sport : Carlisle United vs Yeovil Town Match Highlights.


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10 January 2016 : Darren Way Praises Team But Plans To Scrutinise Set Piece Goals
Yeovil Town manager Darren Way hailed a 'fantastic performance' as his club stayed in the FA Cup for another day, but gave warning that he would be scrutinising the match video to look at how his side conceded from two set plays again today. The Glovers had to come from behind twice during the match, with the 2-2 draw only secured in the 93rd minute. That came after a free kick from Danny Grainger and a diving header from Mark Ellis, via another set play had twice given Carlisle United the lead in a match that was played at Bloomfield Road, Blackpool, due to the recent floods at Brunton Park that have left it out of action.

Way told BBC Somerset that he felt it was slightly unfortunate that his team were in the situation that they were in during the game, but explained that he had seen his side concede from free kicks a number of times this season, and questioned whether the defensive wall had done its job for Grainger's opening goal, feeling that it had echoes of a couple of other recent goals that had landed in the net. That said, he was pleased with the final outcome which takes the club into the Fourth Round draw tomorrow evening:

"That was a fantastic performance, and I'm really pleased with it. I thought we were unfortunate to be in the situation that we were in. It was two set plays, and the boys had been good up until then. I just felt the way the first one went in, that's been happening to many times this year, and it's something that I want to cut out. But fair play to the battling performance and what they've done. I keep talking about the squad, and everyone has played their part. I was more disappointed with how the first goal went in. I think too many times teams keep having free kicks on the edge of our box and the ball keeps flying in the roof of the net. There were two or three situations a few games ago where the wall wasn't strong enough. They've got to make sure that they're strong and don't turn side on. I haven't seen the goal, but because I've studied and analysed the (past) games, I've said to the players that it's something that I want to stop happening."

Yeovil's goalscoring heroes on the day were Francois Zoko and Shaun Jeffers, with the strike pair grabbing a second half goal each. Zoko's was the first as he headed home a deep ball from Darren Ward from out on the right flank. But the crucial one was netted deep into second half injury time when Jeffers cleanly spun on the edge of the box as he accepted a Zoko knockdown. Having been dropped to the bench for today's game, Way felt that Jeffers may have reacted to that decision and come onto the pitch wanting to prove something. He described both goals in turn:

"It was a great ball in from Wardy (for the first goal), and I thought he (Francois Zoko) rose well in the box, and it was a great finish, and against his old club as well. So it was a special moment for Francois. I think that when you make one or two changes, there's always that element where you want to prove something to the supporters and the manager, and again it was a great finish from Shaun (Jeffers). I thought it was bold and brave, with what I did towards the end. But Carlisle just slowed the game down, and hit direct balls, which was difficult to play against. So it was hard to get any pattern, but we were pleased with the way the boys fought back, because thinking long-term, certainly we're going away to Morecambe now knowing that the boys have got that bouncebackability, and you can start believing."


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10 January 2016 : FA Cup Man Of The Match Voting For Carlisle United vs Yeovil Town
If you watched this afternoon's 2-2 draw against Carlisle United at Bloomfield Road, don't forget to cast your Man of the Match votes. Choose your top three players from the match, plus entertainment and performance ratings along with any other comments you want to make on the game, using the form below.

Link: FA Cup Man Of The Match Voting For Carlisle United vs Yeovil Town.


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10 January 2016 : Carlisle 2 Yeovil 2 : Jeffers At The Death Keeps Glovers In The Hat
Yeovil Town gained a last gasp equalising goal to take Carlisle United to an FA Cup Third Round Replay at Bloomfield Road this afternoon. In a match that was swithed to Bloomfield Road following the recent flooding at Brunton Park, the Glovers had to twice come from behind to level the game, with the critical one coming 92 minutes and 22 seconds into the tie, as Shaun Jeffers scored his third goal for the club from just inside the box. Before that, a Danny Grainger free kick had given Carlisle a half time lead, that was levelled by a Francois Zoko header - his fourth for the Glovers. When Mark Ellis quickly restored Carlisle's lead with 14 minutes remaining, it looked as though Yeovil were going home empty-handed, but instead it is the Cumbrians who will have to traipse down the length of the M6 in around 10 days time for the Third Round Replay at Huish Park.

The Glovers went into the match giving two players full debuts, as Darren Way's two recruits since he became manager got themselves starts - West Bromwich Albion striker Tahvon Campbell started as the central part of a three-pronged attack, whilst Everton midfielder Liam Walsh played in midfield, replacing Shaun Jeffers who dropped to the bench and Josh Sheehan, who had returned to Swansea City. Elsewhere on the bench, Wes Fogden returned from a knee injury, with Marc Laird dropping out of the squad. Yeovil's front line included Francois Zoko, who enjoyed a successful two year period at Carlisle earlier in his career, and had also played under the Cumbrians boss Keith Curle whilst at Notts County.

The opening 20 minutes saw neither side create too much other than thunderous tackles on a muddy pitch that cut up easily, having staged Blackpool's home match against Port Vale on the previous day. A Danny Grainger cross-shot went across the face of goal, whilst at the other end Jack Compton drove a free kick well wide of the target from distance. Jabo Ibehre probably got the best of the early attempts when he beat Jakub Sokolik to a flighted ball, then got a shot that went just wide as Ryan Dickson tried to close him down.

However, the Cumbrians took the lead via a free kick awarded for a handball by Ben Tozer, 25 minutes into the game. Danny Grainger's dead ball from outside the box possibly took a deflection off the wall, and that saw the ball curl past Artur Krysiak and into the back of the net for a 1-0 lead for the 'home' side. Yeovil responded as they got their first on target shot, with Tahvon Campbell forcing Carlisle's Dan Hanford into a parried save, as Francois Zoko couldn't quite get enough room to dig out the loose ball on the rebound.

During the closing stages, Darren Ward put a header over the bar, but Carlisle made their lead at the break look worthy as Artur Krysiak had to deny Charlie Wyke on the break as he found himself in a one-v-one situation, with the keeper blocking his attempt. Then the Glovers stopper denied Michael Raines from a corner, from close range, with Yeovil's problems really stemming more from the lack of creativity they'd had in the final third. Approach play was good, but bar the Campbell-Zoko double chance, they'd not really worried the Carlisle back line too much.

No surprise then that the second half opened with Francois Zoko playing down the middle as a tactical switch, with Tahvon Campbell switched out wide. But Carlisle gave the Yeovil back line a few heart flutters as they threatened to extend their own lead. Jabo Ibehre had the ball in the back of the net a couple of minutes in, although in fairness most players had stopped for the linesman's flag that had been raised for offside. However, five minutes after that Carlisle managed to hit the woodwork twice in a matter of seconds - Danny Grainger's shot hit the crossbar, then on the rebound Charlie Wyke's shot hit the post, with the ball rolling across the face of the area where it would have only needed the slightest tap-in. Somehow Yeovil survived.

Yeovil had again struggled to create clear-cut chances, with a goalmouth scramble seeing Jakub Sokolik force a save from a Jack Compton corner. But when the game moved into the final 20 minutes, they finally got in the sort of ball that they needed. Ben Tozer's strong midfield play fed Darren Ward, and his ball into the box found Francois Zoko, whose looping header beat Dan Hanford and went into the back of the net for the equaliser that the Glovers had needed.

The frustration was that five minutes later, they conceded again. The phrase "switched off from a free kick" was applicable not for the first time this season. Jakub Sokolik's foul saw Alex Gilliead's free kick planted into the box, and Mark Ellis was given a diving header in free space to put Carlisle back in front at 2-1. That was the scene set for Carlisle to make a defensive-minded substitution, and try to wind the clock down, and it seemed to be going their way as the game crept into injury time, with Yeovil only managing an edge-of-the-box attempt from Francois Zoko to threaten the Carlisle goal.

However, in the 93rd minute, they struck gold. Francois Zoko laid the ball back to Shaun Jeffers, who had come on as a substitute for Tahvon Campbell. He turned and shot from just inside the box, and that spin and movement was good enough to send the ball flying into the back of the net. Equalising goal - 2-2 and most importantly, into the hat for the Fourth Round draw on Monday night. Carlisle will have to travel down to Huish Park for a midweek replay - with the most likely date for the game being Tuesday 19th January - and will be frustrated that they were unable to finish the job off at the first attempt. Yeovil live again.

Final Score: Carlisle United 2 Yeovil Town 2.

Scorers: Danny Grainger (1-0, 25 mins), Francois Zoko (1-1, 71 mins), Mark Ellis (2-1, 76 mins), Shaun Jeffers (2-2, 90 mins)

Carlisle United:
13. Dan Hanford
6. David Atkinson 5. Michael Raynes 27. Mark Ellis 26. Macaulay Gillesphey
17. Alex Gilliead 16. Gary Dicker 4. Luke Joyce 3. Danny Grainger
14. Jabo Ibehre 9. Charlie Wyke

Substitutes:
1. Mark Gillespie 2. Tom Miller 10. Bastien Hery (77 mins for Charlie Wyke) 12. Antony Sweeney 23. Joe Thompson 24. Hallam Hope (83 mins for Alex Gilliead) 25. Derek Asamoah (90 mins for Jabo Ibehre)

Yeovil Town:
1. Artur Krysiak
24. Connor Roberts 6. Jakub Sokolik 26. Darren Ward (Capt) 11. Ryan Dickson
25. Liam Walsh 4. Matt Dolan 2. Ben Tozer
39. Francois Zoko 16. Tahvon Campbell 14. Jack Compton

Substitutes:
12. Chris Weale (GK) 3. Nathan Smith 9. Ryan Bird (86 mins for Liam Walsh) 10. Shaun Jeffers (58 mins for Tahvon Campbell) 19. Iffy Allen (70 mins for Jack Compton) 20. Wes Fogden 21. Alex Lacey

Carlisle Bookings: Gary Dicker (57 mins, foul)

Yeovil Bookings: Ryan Dickson (81 mins, foul)

Carlisle Match Statistics: Possession: 46%; Shots: 10; Shots On Target: 5; Corners: 3; Fouls: 13.

Yeovil Match Statistics: Possession: 54%; Shots: 9; Shots On Target: 5; Corners: 4; Fouls: 15.

Referee: Andrew Madley (West Yorkshire). Assistants: Billy Khatib (County Durham) and Scott Oldham (Lancashire). Fourth Official: Mark Duncan (Cheshire).

Attendance: 3,357 (with 235 Yeovil supporters).

NOTE: Match played at Bloomfield Road, Blackpool.


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10 January 2016 : FA Cup Team News For Carlisle United vs Yeovil Town
Yeovil Town have named two changes in their starting line-up for the FA Cup Third Round match against Carlisle United at Bloomfield Road this afternoon. Since last weekend's match against York City, midfielder Josh Sheehan has returned to Swansea City, and his position in the side is taken by Everton loanee Liam Walsh. The other change sees birthday boy Tahvon Campbell, who turns 19 years old today preferred for Shaun Jeffers who sits on the bench.

On the bench, Wes Fogden returns for the game with Marc Laird dropping out of the squad. Striker Mark Beck sits out the match as an unused player. Defender Christian Maghoma has returned to Tottenham Hotspur after his loan spell saw him fail to get on the field of play.

AFC Bournemouth loanee Harry Cornick (groin) is out for the fifth game running. The club's long term injury list of Kevin Dawson (groin), Simon Gillett (knee), Jordan Gibbons (hip injury) and Omar Sowunmi (ankle) means that they continue to be absent, although Dawson and Gillett are currently back in training to various degrees as part of their rehabilitation.

The full team for this afternoon's match reads as follows:

Yeovil Town:
1. Artur Krysiak
24. Connor Roberts 6. Jakub Sokolik 26. Darren Ward (Capt) 11. Ryan Dickson
25. Liam Walsh 4. Matt Dolan 2. Ben Tozer
39. Francois Zoko 16. Tahvon Campbell 14. Jack Compton

Substitutes:
12. Chris Weale (GK) 3. Nathan Smith 9. Ryan Bird 10. Shaun Jeffers 19. Iffy Allen 20. Wes Fogden 21. Alex Lacey

Carlisle United:
13. Dan Hanford
6. David Atkinson 5. Michael Raynes 27. Mark Ellis 26. Macaulay Gillesphey
17. Alex Gilliead 16. Gary Dicker 4. Luke Joyce 3. Danny Grainger
14. Jabo Ibehre 9. Charlie Wyke

Substitutes:
1. Mark Gillespie 2. Tom Miller 10. Bastien Hery 12. Antony Sweeney 23. Joe Thompson 24. Hallam Hope 25. Derek Asamoah


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10 January 2016 : Dave Linney Talks About The Ladies Move To Huish Park
On Friday, Yeovil Town Ladies announced that they were moving grounds for the 2016 FA Women's Super League season, with plans to stage the majority of their games at Huish Park. Straight after that was made known to BBC Somerset's listeners, new Breakfast show presenter Claire Carter spoke to Commercial Manager Dave Linney about the plans. Read that interview via the link below.

Link: Dave Linney Speaks To The BBC About Yeovil Town Ladies Moving To Huish Park.


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9 January 2016 : FA Cup Officials For Carlisle United vs Yeovil Town
Officials for the FA Cup Third Round tie between Carlisle United and Yeovil Town have been published by the Football Association. The match takes place at Bloomfield Road, home of Blackpool FC, on

Sunday 10th January 2016, with a 2.00p.m. kick-off. The man in charge of the fixture will be referee Andrew Madley (West Yorkshire). Andrew is a relatively new referee on the circuit, having been promoted to the Football League's referees lists over the summer of 2011.

We last saw him twice in quick succession at the tail end of our 2013-14 Championship season - in fact he was on the pitch when the final nail was put into the coffin of our Championship survival hopes, with game No.45 against Brighton and Hove Albion at the Amex Stadium confirming our relegation that night, despite a valiant effort to stay up. No complaints about his performance on the night, to any great extent. We also saw him for the March 2014 game at the King Power Stadium that saw Leicester City draw 1-1 against Yeovil Town. He had a fairly quiet match considering the late drama that unfolded against the eventual divisional Champions - only the one booking, and we can't really fault him for the final outcome as the Foxes grabbed an injury time equaliser.

He has taken charge of two matches against Notts County. The most recent was a December 2012 meeting at Huish Park - a slightly frustrating 0-0 draw. Mr Madley booked seven players in a match that could never be described as dirty. Five of those were against Magpies players, whilst he set his stall out with a first minute booking for Luke Ayling. The other Glovers booking didn't go down well with the crowd - Sam Foley was carded for 'diving' with Mr Madley having initially waved play on for a Glovers advantage, yet later returning to raise a yellow. Manager Gary Johnson also had a post-match grumble about a Dan Burn header that many in the ground thought crossed the line, but it seemed that he was more pointing the finger at the linesman than the referee for that one.

The earlier meeting involving Notts County was at Meadow Lane in April 2012. We didn't think he had a particularly good match. Magpies striker Lee Hughes took a fairly obvious dive whilst already on a yellow card, but with the incident occurring right in front of the home support, it appeared the referee didn't fancy it. He also allowed County's second and crucial goal to stand, despite the ball appearing to be knocked out of Sam Walker's hands. In general, this was a bit of a messy performance, and manager Gary Johnson wasn't impressed after the match saying:

"It was a young referee, or an inexperienced referee, and I thought he got conned a little bit by some of the things we're unhappy with. Credit to Notts County; they were a very clever experienced team, and we needed a clever experienced referee, from my point of view. There were two experienced linesman who could have helped a little more maybe."

Our other meeting with the West Yorkshire official was for the November 2011 away game at Chesterfield, which ended in a 2-2 draw. Overall, we thought he had a good game, albeit that we had our hearts in our mouths when we thought he'd given the Spireites a penalty, when he theatrically pointed for what turned out to be a goal kick. The questionable bit of his officiating came in the final minute of the match, when a melee broke out amongst the players as Mark Allott decided to go in for a spot of WWF on Ed Upson.

At the time we thought Mr Madley's response was fairly sensible for a situation that developed during second half injury time - a yellow card for Allott and a general calming down of the situation. It was therefore a touch surprising when both clubs were charged by the FA for failing to control their players. The end result was that both clubs were fined £2,500 for their part in the handbags - somewhat out of proportion to the referee's reaction at the time of the incident.

Mr Madley will be assisted by Billy Khatib (County Durham) and Scott Oldham (Lancashire). The Fourth Official will be Mark Duncan (Cheshire).

Link: April 2014 : Brighton and Hove Albion 2 Yeovil Town 0.

Link: March 2014 : Leicester City 1 Yeovil Town 1.

Link: December 2012 : Yeovil Town 0 Notts County 0.

Link: April 2012 : Notts County 3 Yeovil Town 1.

Link: November 2011 : Chesterfield 2 Yeovil Town 2.


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8 January 2016 : Roberts Sees Glovers Extension As Easy Decision
Yeovil Town's on loan right-back Connor Roberts felt that it was an 'easy decision' to agree terms to keep him at the club until the end of the 2015-16 season. The 20 year old has been on loan from Premier League side Swansea City for the whole of the campaign so far, having been announced as an arrival at the club on the opening day of the new season, initially brought in due to injuries sustained in pre-season that caused the likes of Ben Tozer to be ruled out as options in that full-back position.

Whilst he may have been one of the later acquisitions that Paul Sturrock made over the summer, he certainly became one of the most valuable, as he became the club's most used player - turning out in all 32 of the Glovers league and cup matches, and being on the pitch for every minute of the season so far.

That was clearly well beyond the expectations of a then-teenager going out on his first ever loan spell, having not played a minute of first team football before. Whilst Sturrock and his successor Darren Way have rolled over the deal on a month-by-month basis, this time around Way has opted for a half-season deal with Swansea, and Roberts told BBC Somerset that having played so much first team football for the Glovers, that this was something that he didn't want to curtail at all:

"I think it's an easy decision really. I'm coming here and I'm playing games, and I've played every minute so far. So hopefully I can keep moving forward and play in as many games as I can. I came here and I thought I'd get a few games. But the old manager (Paul Sturrock) as well as this one (Darren Way) has shown trust in me and played me in every single game, and it's going well. A lot of the players are saying just to keep on doing what I'm doing, and hopefully I can do that for the rest of the season."

Roberts was born in Neath and has quietly worked his way up through the Swansea Academy age groups. He was part of their squad that won the 2014-15 Professional U21 Development League 2 title at the end of last season, with a two year professional contract being put on the table for him during the summer that followed. He admitted that playing League Two first team football was a very different proposition to what he'd been used to at Under-21 level, and said that he wanted to help Yeovil fight their way out of their current predicament near the foot of the League Two table:

"It's obviously a lot different to what I've been playing in Under-21s football, and a lot different to the Premier League, although I'm nowhere near that. I've just got to come here, play and hopefully do my best. We're in the position that we are at the bottom of the league, and I don't want to leave with a sour taste in my mouth and forget about them. Hopefully we can move up the table, and I can help them do that. Under Darren Way, a lot has changed lately, and hopefully I can push and play at a higher level a lot in the future."

For now, Roberts is focussed upon Yeovil's long trip to Blackpool's Bloomfield Road ground, where his temporary side will face Carlisle United in an FA Cup Third Round tie on Sunday. He said he was aware of Yeovil's exploits last season in the cup, and wouldn't mind a repeat of that as a reward if Yeovil can overturn their Cumbrian opponents:

"Anything could happen if we beat Carlisle - we could get a massive club, such as Man United or Chelsea. I know Yeovil played Man United last season and it was a brilliant experience for everyone in the town and for the players. Hopefully we can see something like that again by getting through into the next round and maybe play a big club."

Link: Carlisle Make Ellis Deal Permanent As Top Scorer Returns.

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

Link: FA Cup Ticketing For Carlisle United vs Yeovil Town.

Link: GWSC Travel To Carlisle United.

Link: Ciderspace Guide To Carlisle United (Blackpool Edition).


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8 January 2016 : Carlisle Make Ellis Deal Permanent As Top Scorer Returns
Sunday's FA Cup Third Round opponents Carlisle United have been able to add stability to their first team squad, by signing defender Mark Ellis on a permanent deal today. The 27 year old has been signed up on a contract until the summer of 2018, having been part of their squad in the run-up to Christmas, with a ten game loan spell from Shrewsbury Town, who have now let him go to the Cumbrians on a permanent basis.

Ellis is a former Torquay United and Forest Green Rovers player, who was a regular in the Shrewsbury Town side that gained promotion from League Two last season, but dropped down the pecking order this season, making 12 appearances before he was allowed to go out on loan to Carlisle towards the end of the year. He normally plays as a centre-back, and also has experience with Bolton Wanderers and Crewe Alexandra.

Carlisle have also been given a boost today by the return of top goalscorer Jabo Ibehre to their squad. The 32 year old had been given compassionate leave by the club, missing last weekend's match against Plymouth Argyle, after his daughter fell seriously ill. Now with matters having stabilised, Ibehre - who has netted 14 goals so far this season - has headed back to Cumbria and his return would strongly suggest he will be part of their squad on Sunday.


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8 January 2016 : Darren Previews The Carlisle Away FA Cup Game
As part of the build-up to Sunday afternoon's FA Cup Third Round tie against Carlisle United at Bloomfield Road in Blackpool, Yeovil Town manager Darren Way spoke to the BBC about the game. With questions from BBC Somerset journalist Dan Albutt, Darren gives views on Everton signing Liam Walsh, the departure of Josh Sheehan, a loan extension for Connor Roberts, and his thoughts on the opposition, and playing the game at Blackpool. Read that interview via the link below.

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


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8 January 2016 : Ladies Make Huish Park Move To Target FAWSL Promotion Push
Yeovil Town Ladies FC will be moving home for the 2016 season, with the announcement that Huish Park will host FA WSL games in the fast approaching season. With the Lady Glovers attendances on the up and finishing the previous 2015 campaign with the highest average attendance in the whole of the division, the announcement of playing at the Huish Park stadium is a mark of how seriously Yeovil Town Ladies are taking this year, as they aim for promotion to FA Womenís Super League One.

With manager Jamie Sherwood assembling a strong squad of players and with the excellent facilities on offer at Huish Park, it is felt there is a real opportunity to gain a place in the promised land of WSL1, where the likes of Arsenal, Manchester City and Chelsea compete.

In the last two seasons, Sherborne Town FC (aka Raleigh Grove) has been an excellent home and primary ground to Yeovil Town Ladies, which recorded an attendance of 522 against Continental Tyres cup opponents and fellow south west side Bristol Academy, which was on the same day as the Yeovil mens team entertained League one side Bristol City. Whilst playing at a ground which once saw Championship football is an exciting one, it will come with a degree of sadness that The Jones Stadium in Sherborne, will now be the clubs secondary ground and play host to occasional games.

With attendances of 722 against Millwall Lionesses and 534 against Everton Ladies, both of which were Womenís Super League matches held at Huish Park in the 2015 season, it shows that there is certainly an appetite for the female game and the atmosphere at those games, showed that Huish Park can certainly cater for the friendly family feel, that the club works so hard at trying to achieve.

With a SSE FA Womenís Cup third round match scheduled for Sunday 7th February, followed by a fourth round match if successful on Sunday 28th February, these ties, if drawn at home, will be held at the Sherborne ground. The Womenís Super League season then kicks off in March, which will see future games switched to Huish Park. Admission prices for the upcoming season have been increased by just £1.00 per adult, meaning entry to a game is £5.00, whilst concessions prices have been kept the same at £2.50 per game, providing tickets are purchased on line and in advance.

Huish Park - home of Yeovil Town Ladies for the 2016 season
Huish Park - home of Yeovil Town Ladies for the 2016 season.
Photo © 2015 Ciderspace


Playing at Huish Park, will also give greater experiences to fans, with pre-match childrenís coaching sessions in the final stages of planning, along with pre-match and half time food packages and corporate events due to be announced soon. Speaking about this club news, Ladies Chairman Steve Allinson said:

"Firstly, I must express our great thanks to Sherborne Town FC for the support they have shown us over recent years and for hosting our first two seasons in the Womenís Super League. With our ambition to become a WSL one side, Sherborne Town FC does not currently meet the ground criteria required for the top tier of womenís football as set out by The Football Association and, at our current development stage as a club, moving to Huish Park is a step that we feel is important for us."

"It is an exciting time to be involved with Yeovil Town Ladies FC and we hope that football fans from across the region will attend Huish Park in great numbers and to keep our ever increasing attendances on the upward spiral, in what will be an exciting season. Thanks must also go to Yeovil Town FC Chairman John Fry and his board of directors and staff for all their help in the planning stages and support that they have showed us. We look forward to a very mutually beneficial working relationship with them, as we strive to increase our fan engagement and customer service even more. In addition, I would like to express my personal thanks on behalf of the Club to our main sponsors, Jones Building Group, who are also the main sponsor of the Yeovil men's team. Their support has been instrumental in making these exciting developments come to fruition."

John Fry, Chairman of Yeovil Town Football Club commented and said:

"This is exciting news for our Ladies Football Club to be returning to Huish Park during 2016. It makes a compelling brand proposition, with a strong sense of success at Huish Park with our Football League, Academy and Community operations, which can only increase the identity of the Yeovil Town brand, nationally and internationally."

Season tickets for the coming season are on sale and more details can be found here.

Yeovil Town Ladies FC still have some sponsorship opportunities available, including match sponsorship. For more details email commercial@yeoviltownladies.com.


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8 January 2016 : Ladies To Make Huish Park Switch
Yeovil Town Ladies have announced that they will be play the majority of their home matches at Huish Park for their 2016 season. In an announcement made live on BBC Somerset, Ladies Chairman Stephen Allinson has indicated that the Ladies will be staging most of their fixtures on the main stadium pitch - presumably the exception will be any fixtures where there is an obvious clash with men's first team fixtures. Sherborne Town FC's Raleigh Grove ground will be available as a secondary venue for those fixtures.

Last season, the Glovers staged matches against Millwall Lionesses and Everton Ladies at Huish Park, to great success, with boosted attendances giving them their best gates of the 2015 season, suggesting that they should be able to take advantage of that for their forthcoming campaign. More detail on the logistics of this to follow in due course.


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7 January 2016 : Darren Way Talks About Walsh Loan Signing
Yeovil Town manager Darren Way is hopeful that new loan signing Liam Walsh can show the sort of competitive character that he himself showed as a professional player. The 18 year old Everton academy player has agreed a one month loan deal with the Glovers, in the same week that they said farewell to Swansea City's Josh Sheehan, with Walsh being the obvious replacement - for the next month at least.

This is the first time that Walsh has been put out on loan, but not the first occasion in recent times that the Glovers have done business with Everton, with Shane Duffy a firm favourite during the club's season in the Championship, whilst midfielder John Lundstram has more recently established himself as a regular member of Oxford United's first team. Speaking to BBC Somerset, Way hopes that Walsh can follow in their footsteps, and in terms of the player's size, sees some parallels with his own play as a midfielder:

"He's a good product. We've had Shane Duffy before, through Roberto Martinez, and John Lundstram. I think you've seen John Lundstram, certainly over a short period of time at Oxford, that he has got a lot of attributes and this club helped him develop, just like Steven Caulker and Ryan Mason. So he's come highly recommended, and I'm looking forward to seeing him play. Technically he is very good. Personality-wise from what I've seen and from what everybody has told me as well, he's not afraid of what it takes to win a football match. I know his size, but everyone questioned me over my size over the years, and it was something that was a challenge to me, but I managed to prove people wrong, and he looks like he's got that same sort of character."

Way has said that the decision to give him the management position on a permanent basis hasn't changed his thinking at all, explaining that he has still been concentrating on matters on a game-by-game basis, with the FA Cup Third Round tie against Carlisle United, rather than the League Two campaign, his immediate concern. However, he did confirm that it was Josh Sheehan who asked for his loan spell at the club to be ended, with Swansea's decision to give Alan Curtis their first team manager's job until the end of the season persuading Sheehan to return to the Liberty Stadium in order to try to push himself into the club's senior squad. Way praised Sheehan for his efforts, and said that was just part of the managing of his first team squad:

"I've just focussed upon the day-to-day running of the football club. Obviously I've had to look at signings. I thought Josh Sheehan did great for us. But players come and go, and you move on to the next one. Hopefully Liam (Walsh) can bring the same attributes."

Sheehan's Swansea team-mate Connor Roberts has decided the opposite - preferring to commit himself to Huish Park for the remainder of the 2015-16 season. The right-back has been the club's most used player this season, appearing in all 32 matches and being on the pitch for 90 minutes in every game. Way felt that Roberts deserved recognition for being prepared to stay with a relegation-threatened club and fight for the cause, when he could have easily headed back to his parent club:

"That's fantastic news. He's a good lad, and he's trained every day, and he's played in every game, and he's someone that I think could follow in the footsteps of Liam Shephard, who was very successful here. So we thank him for that commitment, because it's not easy, with the position the club is in, as a loan. You could be going back and living the lifestyle at a Premier League club. So for him to choose that is a massive commitment to this football club."

For this weekend's trip to Carlisle United, long term absentees Jordan Gibbons (hip injury) and Omar Sowunmi (ankle) remain out, whilst Kevin Dawson (groin) and Simon Gillett (knee) are currently continuing their rehabilitation work, with Gillett back in full training, whilst Dawson is hoping to resume duties sometime next week. Of the shorter term problems, AFC Bournemouth loanee Harry Cornick (groin) will remain out for the fifth game running, but hopes to return to training next week. There will be a fitness test against Wes Fogden (knee) who has been out of action for the same period of time as Cornick.


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7 January 2016 : Taff's Gloversblog : New Year, New Management Era
We may be merely just one week into the new year of 2016, but as usual there's a lot going on. A new management appointment greeted us just before Big Ben chimed, whilst there's been a fair bit of swapping of opinions between supporters and the club's hierarchy. The latest Taff's Gloversblog rounds up views on that and more. Read it via the link below, and as usual add in your own views at the foot of the page.

Link: Taff's Gloversblog : New Year, New Management Era.


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7 January 2016 : Last Call For Advance Carlisle United Tickets
Yeovil Town supporters wishing to purchase advance tickets for Sunday's FA Cup Third Round match against Carlisle United should note that they will only remain on sale until the end of today. The Huish Park Ticket Office will remain open until 5.00p.m. tonight, either in person or on 01935-847888 for those who want to purchase their tickets before they depart. They will not be on sale on Friday as they'll have been sent up to Bloomfield Road.

It will be possible to purchase tickets from Bloomfield Road, Blackpool on the day of the game at the same prices, but obviously allow a little extra time if you're buying them on the day. Also remember that the game is NOT taking place at Carlisle's Brunton Park ground, but at the alternative venue in Blackpool - kick-off is 2.00p.m. on Sunday 10th January 2016.

For all relevant ticket and travel information, plus the Ciderspace guide to Bloomfield Road and Carlisle, head via the links below.

Link: FA Cup Ticketing For Carlisle United vs Yeovil Town.

Link: GWSC Travel To Carlisle United.

Link: Ciderspace Guide To Carlisle United (Blackpool Edition).

Link: Ticketing For Morecambe vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Ticketing For Luton Town vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Ticketing For Hartlepool United vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Ticketing For AFC Wimbledon vs Yeovil Town.


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6 January 2016 : Jones Takes Over At Kenilworth Road
League Two side Luton Town have appointed former Yeovil Town player and coach Nathan Jones as their new manager. The 42 year old has been given a two-and-a-half year contract at Kenilworth Road - his first front line position, having held various coaching and assistant roles at Yeovil Town, Charlton Athletic and Brighton and Hove Albion. As a holder of a UEFA Pro Licence, Nathan had been at Brighton since 2013, getting a small taste of a management role when he acted as caretaker manager for Brighton for two games in December 2014 - he has otherwise been used as Assistant Head Coach and First Team Coach at the Falmer Stadium.

Nathan replaces John Still, who was fired by Luton last month, and has since moved on to take charge at Dagenham and Redbridge. Whilst at Huish Park, he made 211 appearances, scoring two goals, before becoming the club's assistant manager under Terry Skiverton, and then the club's first team coach under Gary Johnson. Glovers fans will get an early chance to view his management on Tuesday 2nd February 2016, when the club travel to play a rearranged fixture at Kenilworth Road.

Link: Nathan Jones : Yeovil Town Statistics.


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6 January 2016 : Toffees Midfielder Signs On Loan For Yeovil
Yeovil Town have taken Everton youngster Liam Walsh on loan. The 18 year old is a product of the Toffees academy system, with the obvious link between the two clubs coming via manager Darren Way's friendship with Roberto Martinez from their Swansea City days. Walsh currently plays for both Everton's Under-18s and Under-21s sides, and this will be his first time out on loan.

Born in Huyton on September 15th 1997, he has been at Goodison Park since he was five years old, and was given his first professional contract at the club in March 2015, agreeing a deal that will keep him at the Premier League club until the summer of 2017. Speaking at the time that he signed, he gave an insight into his career so far:

"I joined at a very young age and I've always played a year above my age group, so every game has been a challenge for me. But I think I have lived up to those challenges and I think I challenge myself well because I always make sure I have a goal or an objective that I want to try and meet towards the end of each season. I love speaking to the (first team) players. Obviously, the fans are always happy to speak to them, get pictures with them and things like that - but I'm lucky to be a part of the same team as them. They talk to us around the training ground. It's nice to see that they take an interest in what we have to offer as well. It's everything that I wanted ever since I started playing football. Obviously, signing a professional contract takes me closer to where I want to be which is with the first team."

He is a central midfielder who Everton say "is comfortable on the ball with a great range of passing and is dangerous from set-piece situations." He was given Everton's 2013-14 Academy Goal of the Season award after he scored for the Under-16s side in a fixture away at Manchester United. In October 2015, he possibly eclipsed that by a spectacular long range strike for Everton Under-18s when they beat Derby County - watch that video below. First team boss Roberto Martinez commented on the goal, saying:

"The technique of that action is not easy to execute. Liamís vision is quite special. On top of that he was arrogant enough to think that he could score from that distance. We always encourage our players to be free, to enjoy being creative, and clearly when you have talented players like Liam Walsh, you produce moments like that. It is very important to have good players but it is even more exciting to have youngsters with the quality that we have underneath. Now we want to see them grow and see where they can take us."

Walsh is eligible to play for both England and Italy through his family. He has agreed an initial one month loan deal with the club. Everton have confirmed he is eligible to play in Sunday's FA Cup match against Carlisle United at Blackpool's Bloomfield Road ground.




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6 January 2016 : Roberts Ties Up Long Term Loan Deal With Glovers
Yeovil Town have agreed a deal to keep right-back Connor Roberts at the club for the remainder of the 2015-16 season. The 20 year old Swansea City academy graduate is the club's most used player this season, having turned out for a full 90 minutes in all of the club's 32 fixtures, and will now be tied to the club on a more long term basis, having previously rolled his loan deals on a month-by-month basis. The half season loan will now give the club more security, knowing he will remain part of their squad.

Roberts is one of three loan players on the club's books at present, with AFC Bournemouth attacking midfielder Harry Cornick and Tahvon Campbell who was signed as a striker on loan from West Bromwich Albion on Saturday.

Link: Connor Roberts : Yeovil Town Statistics.


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6 January 2016 : Steph Williams Agrees New Yeovil Town Ladies Deal
Yeovil Town Ladies player Steph Williams is Jamie Sherwood's first signing of the new year, which will contract her for the whole duration of the 2016 campaign. Williams who was a regular on the team sheet throughout 2015, was known for her gritty and physical play, where she disrupted opponents and protected the back four, in a season which saw the Somerset club finish a credible fourth place in Women's Super League Two. However, Williams says that there is unfinished business, as she is determined to help her team achieve promotion to Womenís Super League One:

"We were really disappointed to finish where we did. We have unfinished business this season and I will be doing everything possible to get this amazing club into one of the top two promotion spots. This season is going to be different to last season. We know the majority of our squad well enough to gel quicker than last season. Last year the majority of players had never played together before, however this year we should have a head start to build on our successes."

During the 2015 season, not only did Williams make 20 appearances for the club, but she also received her first senior international call-up into Jayne Ludlow's Wales team. Manager Jamie Sherwood commented and said:

"Iím really pleased to see Steph Willz commit to the club again for 2016. Her first season saw her settle immediately and become an integral part to what we put together last season. Knowing Willz well after working with her previously, I know she will not rest until she consistency produces game changing performances week in week out. 2015 was her introduction to the FAWSL and I know 2016 will be the season that she will progress even more, until everyone knows what Willz is all about!"

Yeovil's first competitive match of the season is on 7th February, where they are in Third Round SSE FA Women's Cup action. If successful in the Third Round, they then play the Fourth Round on 28th February, before the FA Women's Super League season commences in March, with fixture to be released shortly.


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6 January 2016 : Darren Way Talks About His Start In First Team Management
On Monday, Yeovil Town manager Darren Way spoke to the Talksport radio about the start to his management career. With questions from presenters Paul Hawksbee and Andy Jacobs, Darren gives his views on his rise into the first team manager's job, as well as revealing that there's a bit of a 'freshness' around the dressing room these days. Read that interview via the link below.

Link: Darren Way Speaks To TalkSport About The Start To His Management Career.


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5 January 2016 : Maghoma Confirms Yeovil Town Departure
One of the more low key loan deals at Yeovil Town has been ended. Tottenham Hotspur centre-back Christian Maghoma has confirmed his own departure from Huish Park, after failing to get onto the field of play. Having been signed up by former boss Paul Sturrock, he was unfortunate in that one game later the club dispensed with the manager's services. New boss Darren Way kept him either as an unused substitute or as a spare man sat in the stands, meaning that his six week stay in Somerset ended after Saturday's home match against York City without him getting onto the field of play.

Maghoma himself has confirmed his departure via his Twitter account, saying:

"Although I haven't played I thank everyone at Yeovil Town for the opportunity to be around a team in the Football League. I have learnt a lot, and I am very confident that Yeovil town will be safe under the management of Darren Way and the staff around him and the players in the squad. All the best!"


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5 January 2016 : Chairman Fry Has 'No Comments' To Make On Supporter's Fifteen Questions To The Club
Yeovil Town Chairman John Fry has strongly indicated that he will not be responding 'at this stage' to supporter Michael Bromfield's open letter to the club. The letter, which can be read in full here, gave Mr Bromfield's views on the club's current running, as well as detailing 15 key questions that he wanted the club to answer, with respect to the ownership of the club, its current level of debts, and its relationship with its supporters.

Fry has suggested to the Western Gazette that Bromfield, who hails from Sherborne, Dorset, did not deserve a reply because he was 'hardly ever in the country', with the former Casterbridge Tours owner being a veteran traveller around the world, who in 2005 published a book entitled 'Around The World With Yeovil Town' - a mix of his travel adventures and his flights back home to capture the club's 2002-03 Conference title winning promotion season.

The Glovers Chairman has said that he felt the comments conflicted with the work that Darren Way was putting in on the field of play, although the content of Bromfield's letter and set of questions were largely concentrated upon the club's off-the-field operations, where he has his biggest concerns. Fry explained:

"At this stage, I have no comments to make in reference to Mr Bromfield's letter. What I find disappointing is that after so much praise from our supporters for the performances and hard work put in over the festive period by our new manager, Darren Way, I should receive such a negative letter from a fan who I understand is hardly ever in the country, let alone Huish Park. On my return from Blackpool next week, I hope to meet with my directors to address some of Mr Bromfield's concerns and criticism on how the Football Club is being run."

Fry became Yeovil Town's Chairman in 1996, having arrived at the club as a director three years previously. He stated that he had been present at the time when the club were having to hold bucket collections at Huish Park to keep themselves afloat, after the club's move from the old Huish ground to their current Huish Park location caused the Glovers to fall into around a million pounds worth of debt. He claimed he would leave behind a legacy of success when he finally leaves the club:

"As a director and chairman of our great club since 1993, there is no need for me to explain to our fans the success I have overseen at Huish Park, however, what I can say to my critics with pride, is that I have given to the community of Yeovil 23 years of total commitment to the job of making Yeovil Town FC a much better club to the one that I joined as a director in 1993. A club that was then heading for the ICIS (Isthmian) League and holding bucket collections each week to keep the business from going bankrupt. I could have walked away then and joined Mr Bromfield in my retirement years on the beaches in Thailand. I did not, and chose to put my time back into the Somerset community that has provided home to my family for 50 years. When I depart from Huish Park, I will leave a legacy of a business with integrity and efficiency that is being run within its means on a self sufficient basis. I will leave with the knowledge that South Somerset has one of the most successful and well run community football clubs in the Football League."

The club's 100 Years Book identifies the major Bingo Hall meeting and subsequent bucket collections to save the club as having happened during early 1991, shortly after former Chairman Gerry Lock was ousted from his post, with Bryan Moore taking over as Chairman for a five year period. By early 1993, the club's major financial crisis was averted by a famous 1992-93 FA Cup run that saw them beat Hereford United at Edgar Street, before playing Arsenal at a packed out Huish Park in January 1993. Those two matches, and the prior 'Bingo Hall' meeting and 1990-91 bucket collections are generally accepted in the club's history as having saved the club from extinction.


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5 January 2016 : Sheehan Makes Swansea City Return
Premier League side Swansea City have indicated that midfielder Josh Sheehan has been recalled to the Liberty Stadium. The club had announced a new loan extension for the 20 year old, that was due to run until around January 23rd, later this month, but Swansea have announced that he has returned to his parent club today.

Overall, Josh made 16 appearances for Swansea, scoring twice for the club, with his total time across two loan spells accumulating 29 appearances. We wish him the best of luck for the future.

Link: Josh Sheehan : Yeovil Town Statistics.


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5 January 2016 : Fans Invited To Glovers Players Pool Competition
Yeovil Town supporters will have an opportunity to meet members of the first team squad this coming Thursday afternoon. The players will be present at MFA Bowl, which is situated at Yeo Leisure Park, Old Station Way, BA20 1NP, on Thursday 7th January 2016, between 3.00p.m. and 5.00p.m. where the players will be doing a spot of team bonding, whilst trying to find out who is the sharpest pool player in the squad, prior to their departure up to Carlisle United for this weekend's FA Cup Third Round match.

Fans are invited to attend the session, and get photos with the players and autographs. Manager Darren Way has told the club's website that he would welcome supporters to see how the players get on that afternoon:

"We have given the lads some targets over the past few weeks and part of their little bonus is that we all go out together for a bonding session. It is a great opportunity for the players to eat together and socialise with one another ahead of this weekend's FA Cup tie with Carlisle United. It gives us a perfect opportunity to invite fans along to MFA Bowl and join us for some photos and to meet the players. It's great to get the whole team out in the community and mix with our supporters away from the football environment."

For more information about the MWA Bowl venue, and how to find it, head here for their directions page.


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5 January 2016 : Ticketing For AFC Wimbledon vs Yeovil Town
Advance tickets for Yeovil Town's League Two match against AFC Wimbledon are now on sale from the Huish Park Ticket Office. The match will take place on Saturday 30th January, with a 3.00p.m. kick-off at their Kingsmeadow ground, with Glovers fans may recall as also being the home of Kingstonian. Prices depend on whether you'd prefer seating or standing and are as follows:

Seated Tickets:
Adults: £20.00; Over-65s or Students (with ID): £13.00; Under-18s: £9.00.

Standing Terrace:
Adults: £16.00; Over-65s or Students (with ID): £10.00; Under-18s: £4.00.

Disabled supporters pay the relevant age band as above, but can take an assistant with them, free of charge.

NOTE: The schedling of this fixture is dependent upon the outcome of Yeovil Town's FA Cup Third Round tie against Carlisle United. If we progress in that tie, then this game will be postponed and will need to be rearranged, probably to a midweek date. Hence if this may affect you, then you might want to hang on until after Sunday before purchasing.

Link: Ticketing For Morecambe vs Yeovil Town.

Link: FA Cup Ticketing For Carlisle United vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Ticketing For Luton Town vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Ticketing For Hartlepool United vs Yeovil Town.

Link: GWSC Travel To Carlisle United.


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5 January 2016 : Fans Invited To Meeting For Supporters Trust Formation
The group of volunteers that are currently running working parties to create a Supporters Trust for fans of Yeovil Town Football Club have made quick and exciting progress with Supporters Direct. On Wednesday January 27th at 7.00p.m. at Club 94, Middle Street, Yeovil, the official vote to create the Supporters Trust will take place.

The meeting will see two representatives from Supporters Direct come and present to all interested parties the benefits and proceedings of a club having a Supporters Trust. There will be an opportunity for Questions and Answers about the trust and finally a formal vote will take place regarding creating a Supporters Trust for Yeovil Town Football Club as we look to bring the voice back to the supporters.

The meeting is for anyone with an interest in Yeovil Town Football Club and its local community. The initial meeting where the idea of creating a trust was initially pitched was attended by over 100 people all keen to see supporters and members of the local community given a voice. All interested parties, supporters groups and the local community are encouraged and welcome to attend the meeting and formal vote.

There are only five League Two clubs without a Trust in place. These are a formal, democratic and not-for-profit organisation of fans who attempt to strengthen the influence of supporters over the running of the club they support.

Should a successful vote be obtained on 27th January, working groups will continue to finalise the necessary arrangements to seek registration of the Trust and a Launch Party will then be held at which all Yeovil supporters will be invited to take up membership of the Trust.

The Trust will be wholly independent from Yeovil Town Football Club, registered and aligned with the FCA and would exist regardless of any positive or negative views the club itself might have on the existence of the Trust.

For further information, you can contact them via the following methods:

Facebook: Facebook Page : The Yeovil Voice.

Twitter: Twitter : The Yeovil Voice.

Email: BrendonOwen@aol.com or Abbylcarter@me.com


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5 January 2016 : Davis Gains Swedish Contract
Former Yeovil Town left-back/winger Liam Davis has finally found himself a new club. The 29 year old has penned a one year contract with Swedish side Goteborgs Atlet och Idrottssallskap (Gothenburg Athletics and Sports Association), more commonly known as GAIS, who are based in the city of Gothenburg. They play in the Superettan League, which is the second tier in Swedish football.

Davis has gained his route into Swedish football thanks to his cousin Kieron Cadogan, who joined them in the summer of 2014, having enjoyed a career playing for Crystal Palace, Aldershot and Barnet before heading out to Scandanavia. Davis joined GAIS for training in the autumn whilst visiting Cadogan and that has been good enough for them to offer him a deal during their season break, which runs across a calendar year, between April and October.

Chairman Tomas Andersson has confirmed his arrival, with their website suggesting that they see his versatility as being an asset, listing left-back, left-wing and central midfield as options for them to use. Andersson also highlighted the fact that he knows Cadogan as being of benefit to both players:

"We saw Liam in a number of training sessions with GAIS in the autumn and beyond that. He is a good player, and we also see it as a great benefit for Kieron socially, as they know each other well. There have been exciting recent acquisitions and now we have three interesting Englishmen in the squad."


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4 January 2016 : Ciderspace FA Cup Guide To Carlisle (and Blackpool)
This coming Sunday, Yeovil Town travel to Carlisle United to play them in an FA Cup Third Round match. Except that we don't. The match is actually being played at Blackpool FC's Bloomfield Road ground. So is the Ciderspace guide for those travelling to the game a Carlisle guide, or a Blackpool guide? Well it's both. In a spot of careful mechanical engineering, you'll find the club history and statistics for Carlisle, and the directions, parking and pub guide for Blackpool. Let's hope this beauty gets us up the M6 on Sunday without anyone noticing the join in the middle. Read it via the link below.

One half Carlisle, one half Blackpool - it's a cut-and-shut Ciderspace guide!
One half Carlisle, one half Blackpool - it's a cut-and-shut Ciderspace guide!


Link: Ciderspace FA Cup Guide To Carlisle United (and Blackpool).


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4 January 2016 : Ticketing For Hartlepool United vs Yeovil Town
Advance tickets for Yeovil Town's League Two trip to Hartlepool United are now on sale from the Huish Park Ticket Office. The match takes place at Victoria Park on Saturday 13th February 2016, with a 3.00p.m. kick-off. Ticket prices for this game are as follows:

Adults: £20.00; Over-60s, Students and Under-19s: £10.00.

Ambulant and Wheelchair Disabled supporters pay the above rates according to their age/entitlement and can admit an assistant free of charge.

For the Concessionary rate, Hartlepool strongly advise that you take proof of entitlement on the day of the game, or they reserve the right to charge you the difference in price between the Concession and the Adult price ticket. Note that the Under-19s tariff is for those aged 18 years old and below.

Those wishing to claim their Concessionary Ticket for Students and Young Persons on the day of the match must purchase from the Hartlepool Ticket Office. Reductions for students and young supporters are not available at the turnstiles, and so you'll need to allow extra time to visit their office in Clarence Road. Again, take the appropriate ID with you.

There are no prices increases on the day of the match. Away supporters get the Rink End. This is a small covered stand holding 1,033 seats. Entrance by turnstiles 1 and 2 from Clarence Road.

Link: Ticketing For Morecambe vs Yeovil Town.

Link: FA Cup Ticketing For Carlisle United vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Ticketing For Luton Town vs Yeovil Town.

Link: GWSC Travel To Carlisle United.


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4 January 2016 : Ticketing For Morecambe vs Yeovil Town
Advance tickets for Yeovil Town's League Two trip to Morecambe are now on sale from the Huish Park Ticket Office. The match takes place on Saturday 16th January 2016 at the Globe Arena - a new ground for us, with the Shrimps having moved there in 2010 - a fairly short distance from their old Christie Park ground. Tickets for the match will be priced as follows:

Adults: £21.00; Aged 65 or Over and Students: £17.00; Aged 5-18: £6.00.

Up to three Under-14s can gain admission free of charge with a paying adult or concession.

Ambulant Disabled or Wheelchair Disabled supporters pay the above concessionary rate, and can admit an assistant free of charge.

We will be housed in the Peter McGuigan Stand, blocks A and B. This is Morecambe's main stand and runs along the side of the pitch. Morecambe do have a terrace situated behind one of the goals for visiting supporters, but the pricing of the above tickets would indicate that this will not be open for our game.

Link: Ticketing For Luton Town vs Yeovil Town.

Link: FA Cup Ticketing For Carlisle United vs Yeovil Town.

Link: GWSC Travel To Carlisle United.


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4 January 2016 : Matt Dolan Talks About The York City Win
Following Saturday's 1-0 home win over York City at Huish Park, Yeovil Town midfielder Matt Dolan spoke to the BBC about the game. With questions from local journalist Chris Spittles, in an interview for BBC Somerset, Matt talks about his winning penalty, and the players who were trying to take it for him, and the teams overall performance. Read that via the link below.

Link: Matthew Dolan Speaks To The BBC After The 1-0 Win Against York City.


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3 January 2016 : Yeovil Town vs Oxford United : Man of the Match Result
Last Monday, Yeovil Town played a League Two match against Oxford United at Huish Park. The end result was a 0-0 draw that saw the Glovers' best chance come via a long range Josh Sheehan effort that came off the bar, whilst in the second half, it was the defence that had to be the most alert as the visitors put them under increasing pressure.

Man of the Match voting saw Jakub Sokolik recognised for his performance on the day, including one superb block to prevent a goal during the second period. At the other end, striker Francois Zoko once again got the thumbs up for his efforts, despite the front line not finding the back of the net. Out in front by a long long distance though was goalkeeper Artur Krysiak who was the poll winner - the second match running that a goalkeeper had won the vote.

Full results, with outright MOTM vote shown in brackets, are as follows:

1. Artur Krysiak 468 (41)
2. Francois Zoko 168 (8)
3. Jakub SokolŪk 104 (2)
4. Darren Ward 96 (1)
5. Jack Compton 36 (1)
6. Josh Sheehan 22 (0)
6. Connor Roberts 22 (0)
8. Iffy Allen 18 (0)
9. Shaun Jeffers 14 (1)
10. Matthew Dolan 12 (0)
11. Ben Tozer 8 (0)

OVERALL MATCH RATING : 7.11
Performance : 7.22
Entertainment : 7
VOTES RECEIVED : 54


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3 January 2016 : Darren Talks About York City Team Selection
Just before Saturday afternoon's home match against York City 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 gives his views on his first game in charge since his permanent appointment was confirmed, as well as his decision to sign West Bromwich Albion striker Tahvon Campbell on Saturday morning and the logistics involving that. Read the interview via the link below.

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

In addition, Darren's post-match thoughts on the game, following the 1-0 win, can be read via the link below.

Link: Darren Way's Verdict On The York Home Match.


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3 January 2016 : Video : Yeovil Town vs York City Match Highlights
For those who want to view match highlights from yesterday's 1-0 win over York City these are now available online. The centre piece is the penalty that was awarded for a foul on Francois Zoko, that was converted by Matt Dolan, just before half time. However, the highlights also feature additional first half chances for Josh Sheehan and Zoko. In addition there is a deflected second half effort for Zoko, along with the triple chance for Tahvon Campbell, Zoko and Dolan towards the end of the game. Watch the video below.




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2 January 2016 : Darren Way's Verdict On The York Home Match
Following Saturday afternoon's 1-0 win over York City at Huish Park, Yeovil Town manager Darren Way spoke to the BBC about the match. With questions from local journalist Chris Spittles, in an interview for BBC Somerset, Darren's thoughts on the win, as well as his plans for Francois Zoko's contract with the club, can be read via the link below.

Link: Darren Way's Verdict On The York Home Match.


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2 January 2016 : Darren Way Still Focussed On Performance After Club's Unwanted Run Is Ended
Yeovil Town manager Darren Way said that he has maintained his focus upon his team's general performance levels and results, despite the club finally breaking a long run of games without a victory at League Two level. The club's last three points came against Crawley Town on September 19th, whilst home fans have had to wait even longer, with the 3-2 win over Luton Town on August 22nd being the last time there's been a League Two victory at Huish Park. Today's 1-0 win over York City broke both of those sequences, ending a sixteen game run without a victory in the Football League.

In between that, has been a collection of cup victories that took the club as far as the Football League Trophy Area Semi-Final, and has given thwe Glovers an FA Cup Third Round trip to play Carlisle United at Blackpool next Sunday, but it has been the League form that has been the most concerning, with the Glovers stuck in the relegation zone for the past couple of months. Today was Way's seventh game in charge as manager, but the first of his 'permanent' management career, and he told BBC Somerset that he had been concentrating upon the run of form during that period, rather than on any results sequences that may have been set during that time. He had been pointing out to his players the fact that his team were unbeaten on home soil for the past three games:

"It feels very good, but I didn't focus on that, if I'm going to be honest. I told the lads that we'd played Stevenage and beat Stevenage, and then played Barnet and played Oxford. So I've not really focussed upon what everyone else is talking about - that's all doom'n'gloom for me. This club needs to think positive and that's what I'm trying to get across to the players and they've given everything that they've got. It was the same as the games before. We focussed upon performance today. I know it was a must-win game and that was what was on everyone's tongues - you must win, you must win. But I didn't want the players to think that way. I wanted them to think of performance because I think eventually in time that's what gives you your objective of staying up. If it did go wrong today then we were already prepared for that and we keep marching on."

The winning goal came from the penalty spot, with Matt Dolan stepping up to fire the ball home after 40 minutes, after Francois Zoko was fouled inside the box. Dolan had to fend off the interests that Zoko and Jack Compton had in taking the spot kick, but Way insisted that he had every faith in his midfielder taking the responsibility on:

"It was Matty's penalty for me, all day. He's got a good strike on him. I think that he's been a massive influence as well as the others. He's played a massive part because there was pressure on him. We had to score that goal because you can imagine peoples reactions if that didn't go in. So fair play to him as he stepped up, nice and confident and he was very positive."


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2 January 2016 : Man of the Match Voting for Yeovil Town vs York City
If you watched this afternoon's 1-0 win against York City 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 York City.


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2 January 2016 : Yeovil 1 York 0 : Dolan Makes Minstermen Pay The Penalty
Yeovil Town lifted themselves off the bottom of the League Two table this afternoon, as they gained a hard-working single goal victory over York City. In a match involving two of the divisions bottom three sides, the two teams were ultimately separated via the penalty spot, with Matt Dolan firing home first first goal since the opening day of the season when he converted from twelve yards - awarded after Francois Zoko was judged to have been fouled by Luke Summerfield inside the box. The win, which broke a run of sixteen League Two games without a victory, allowed Yeovil to leapfrog their opponents, but Dagenham's second consecutive win meant that they kept themselves two points ahead of the Glovers and thus still the team to catch.

The Glovers went into the match with Darren Way selecting the same starting eleven as last weekend, in what was Way's first match in charge since being unveiled as the club's new permanent manager. The only two changes were on the bench, with striker Ryan Bird having recovered from a dead leg sustained at Plymouth on Boxing Day, whilst new loan signing Tahvon Campbell sat on the bench after completing his paperwork from his parent club West Bromwich Albion on the morning of the game. In the opposition line-up goalkeeper Scott Flinders and midfielder James Berrett came up against their former club.

There was an early penalty appeal in the game, after a Jack Compton shot deflected off the arm of a York defender from distance, with referee James Linington presumably deciding the visiting player couldn't get out of the way. At the other end, Vadaine Oliver shot wide as he occupied a lone striker role with York flooding the midfield. The Minstermen probably edged the opening 30 minutes of the game, with a series of through balls not quite finding their men, with Oliver glancing another header wide that he was left stretching for.

During the fifteen minutes leading up to the break though, Yeovil began to sway the pendulum the other way, as Josh Sheehan forced Scott Flinders into his first save of the afternoon from a Connor Roberts cross, whilst Francois Zoko volleyed just over the bar after he took advantage of a Darren Ward flick-on inside the box from a Sheehan cross. With five minutes before the break, Yeovil got the break that they needed when Luke Summerfield challenged from behind on Zoko inside the box, and the striker fell to the floor, with referee James Linington pointing to the penalty spot. Up stepped Matt Dolan from twelve yards and he fired down the middle with Scott Flinders having already dived to one side.

That was the last action of a half that Yeovil hadn't exactly dominated, but on the other hand York hadn't forced Artur Krysiak into a single save. That was pretty much the same pattern of the majority of the second half, even if a Bradley Fewster shot just ten seconds into the second period saw the ball deflect off a Yeovil body and away. Then Danny Galbraith breezed through the centre of the park, and fired off a shot from 20 yards out, with defenders and midfielders giving him too much room - something that Krysiak made it clear he wasn't happy about.

Overall though, York didn't threaten too much, and Yeovil didn't look like adding to their lead, until the closing stages when both sides began to make a series of substitutions that saw the Minstermen throw men forward, allowing the Glovers a chance to counterattack with pace. One of the players introduced was Baggies striker Tahvon Campbell, for an ineffective Shaun Jeffers, and he was involved when a challenge on Scott Flinders saw the keeper drop the ball and Francois Zoko's shot half blocked for a corner.

As the game ticked towards the 90th minute, York made loud appeals for a penalty when Kenny McEvoy took a tumble under pressure from Jakub Sokolik. Referee James Linington didn't please McEvoy by booking him for diving for the spot kick, with York's players growing increasingly tetchy as the clock wound down. The Glovers could have sealed it far more easily on an injury time breakaway - first Francois Zoko, then Tahvon Campbell were denied by Scott Flinders, and as the ball ran loose Matt Dolan put over the bar. York's gambling by pushing men up also resulted in Josh Carson's dreadful foul on Iffy Allen as he broke clear towards goal that gave him a yellow card, and ensured that four minutes injury time was used up fairly efficiently from a Yeovil point of view. The single goal was all we got, and with Krysiak having a comfortable afternoon bar some late York pressure, that was all they needed, although Dagenham and Redbridge's win merely emphasises how much those three points were needed in truth.

Link: 2015-16 Latest League Two Table.

Final Score: Yeovil Town 1 York City 0.

Scorers: Matt Dolan (1-0, 40 mins)

Yeovil Town:
1. Artur Krysiak
24. Connor Roberts 6. Jakub Sokolik 26. Darren Ward (Capt) 11. Ryan Dickson
30. Josh Sheehan 4. Matt Dolan 2. Ben Tozer
39. Francois Zoko 10. Shaun Jeffers 14. Jack Compton

Substitutes:
12. Chris Weale (GK) 3. Nathan Smith 8. Marc Laird (78 mins for Josh Sheehan) 9. Ryan Bird 16. Tahvon Campbell (73 mins for Shaun Jeffers) 19. Iffy Allen (85 mins for Jack Compton) 21. Alex Lacey

York City:
1. Scott Flinders
35. Stefan O'Connor 16. Dave Winfield 31. William Boyle 3. Femi Ilesanmi
37. Danny Galbraith 10. Russell Penn 8. Luke Summerfield 4. James Berrett 32. Bradley Fewster
9. Vadaine Oliver

Substitutes:
11. Josh Carson (71 mins for James Berrett) 13. Anthony Straker 14. George Swan 17. Taron Hare 24. Michael Ingham 26. Ben Godfrey (60 mins for Stefan O'Connor) 33. Kenny McEvoy (64 mins for Bradley Fewster)

Yeovil Bookings: Connor Roberts (foul, 85 mins)

York Bookings: Dave Winfield (foul, 70 mins), Kenny McEvoy (diving, 90 mins), Josh Carson (foul, 90 mins)

Yeovil Match Statistics: Possession: 54%; Shots: 8; Shots On Target: 3; Corners: 7; Fouls: 8.

York Match Statistics: Possession: 46%; Shots: 8; Shots On Target: 2; Corners: 5; Fouls: 9.

Referee: James Linington (Isle of Wight). Assistants: Colin Lymer (Hampshire) and Christopher Wade (Hampshire). Fourth Official: Mark Pottage (Dorset).

Attendance: 3,866 (with 239 York supporters).


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2 January 2016 : Team News For Yeovil Town vs York City
Yeovil Town have named an unchanged starting line-up for their starting line-up for the League Two match against York City at Huish Park this afternoon. The same eleven that took to the field against Oxford United are kept for this afternoon's vital six-pointer.

The only changes in the squad lie on the bench. Striker Ryan Bird returns to the squad after being out with a dead leg sustained at Plymouth. Meanwhile new loan signing Tahvon Campbell has got himself a place on the bench after agreeing a one month deal with the club, arriving from West Bromwich Albion over the New Year. Striker Mark Beck and defender Christian Maghoma are the two to make way.

Wes Fogden (knee) and AFC Bournemouth loanee Harry Cornick (groin) are out for the fourth game running. The club's long term injury list of Kevin Dawson (groin), Simon Gillett (knee), Jordan Gibbons (hip injury) and Omar Sowunmi (ankle) means that they continue to be absent.

The full team for this afternoon's match reads as follows:

Yeovil Town:
1. Artur Krysiak
24. Connor Roberts 6. Jakub Sokolik 26. Darren Ward (Capt) 11. Ryan Dickson
30. Josh Sheehan 4. Matt Dolan 2. Ben Tozer
39. Francois Zoko 10. Shaun Jeffers 14. Jack Compton

Substitutes:
12. Chris Weale (GK) 3. Nathan Smith 8. Marc Laird 9. Ryan Bird 16. Tahvon Campbell 19. Iffy Allen 21. Alex Lacey

York City:
1. Scott Flinders
35. Stefan O'Connor 16. Dave Winfield 31. William Boyle 3. Femi Ilesanmi
37. Danny Galbraith 10. Russell Penn 8. Luke Summerfield 4. James Berrett 32. Bradley Fewster
9. Vadaine Oliver

Substitutes:
11. Josh Carson 13. Anthony Straker 14. George Swan 17. Taron Hare 24. Michael Ingham 26. Ben Godfrey 33. Kenny McEvoy


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2 January 2016 : Baggies Striker Signed On Loan
Yeovil Town have signed up West Bromwich Albion striker Tahvon Campbell on an emergency loan. The 18 year old has agreed a one month loan with the club and has been registered in time to sit on the bench against York City this afternoon, taking the No.16 shirt. He has already had a loan spell with Kidderminster Harriers this season, making 15 appearances for them, and will now get a chance to make his mark with the Glovers on a temporary basis.

Born on January 10th 1997, his loan spell at Aggborough was intended to last half a season, but was ended in late October, after he made 11 starts and four substitute appearances, with him not finding the back of the net. Harriers also used him as a left-winger during his time with the club. A sports journalist at the Kidderminster Shuttle newspaper said of his progress midway through his loan deal:

"Campbell seems to have taken his opportunity better than (fellow West Brom loan player Andre) Wright. When he first arrived he tended to over do it a bit. He had so many tricks and step-overs that he was tripping himself up. But he seems to be maturing and he is using the ball better and picking better options rather than trying to do it all on his own."




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2 January 2016 : Darren Ward Given New Yeovil Town Contract
Yeovil Town have given former Millwall centre-back Darren Ward a new contract, following a successful period at the club. Recently made club captain, Ward has been given a deal that will run until June 2017 - an eighteen month deal. The 37 year old made his debut for the club under former manager Paul Sturrock as part of a short term two month deal at the club, but has been an ever present at the back since then, with Way making him his club captain after Sturrock's departure. Way said of the deal:

"Since joining Darren has been a leader in dressing room and a leader on the pitch, you certainly need someone like that to go into battle with and achieve our objective of staying in the football league. Darren has proved that even at his age that he is a model professional and is as fit as they come. After the turnover of games over Christmas, he hasnít missed a session or a minuteís action and wants to play for as long as he can and Yeovil Town will help him achieve that. We have a lot of young players here that need help and guidance and Darren has been important in helping the younger players."


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2 January 2016 : Chris Weale Talks About Yeovil Town's Past Year
As part of BBC local radio's end of year review for 2015, Yeovil Town goalkeeper Chris Weale spoke to BBC Somerset reporter Dan Albutt about a year of change at the club. Chris speaks about the various changes in management as Gary Johnson left, and Paul Sturrock came and went. Chris's view on all of that can be read via the link below.

Link: Chris Weale Speaks To The BBC As Part Of The 2015 Sporting Review.


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1 January 2016 : Plymouth Argyle vs Yeovil Town : Man Of The Match Result
On Boxing Day, Yeovil Town travelled to play Plymouth Argyle at Home Park in a League Two match. The game was played on a poor quality pitch, and whilst the Glovers battled resolutely throughout, they struggled to carve out chances to test the Pilgrims goalkeeper, and eventually succumbed to a Ryan Brunt goal that went us home with a 1-0 defeat, after goalkeeper Chris Weale could only parry out the initial effort on goal.

Man of the Match voting saw centre-back Darren Ward and striker Francois Zoko once again well represented in the poll, with two of the club's newer signings having been a growing presence in the side since their arrival at the club. However, the winner of the poll was goalkeeper Chris Weale - an indication of how much work he had to do elsewhere during the match for the team, despite question marks over his parry for that winning goal, with his overall effort being recognised by those present in Devon.

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

1. Chris Weale 92 (6)
2. Francois Zoko 72 (4)
3. Darren Ward 66 (4)
4. Connor Roberts 34 (3)
5. Jack Compton 20 (1)
6. Jakub SokolŪk 12 (0)
7. Matthew Dolan 8 (0)
8. Ryan Dickson 6 (0)
9. Shaun Jeffers 4 (0)


OVERALL MATCH RATING : 5.28
Performance : 5.22
Entertainment : 5.33
VOTES RECEIVED : 18


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1 January 2016 : Taff's Gloversblog : Michael Bromfield : An Open Letter To John Fry
Almost exactly ten years ago, local businessman Michael Bromfield made one of three bids to buy a stake in Yeovil Town Football Club. During the month of March 2006. a series of articles and letters were published as he attempted unsuccessfully to buy a major shareholding in the club - reports suggest he made two other attempts to do so in other years. As we move into a new year, Michael has penned an open letter to John Fry which he has published on his website, as well as making it available to the local media. We've also published it was a guest entry on Taff's Gloversblog where you can read it unedited in full.

At the foot of the article, you can also find references to the ten points he raised, regarding the club, back in 2006, as well as fifteen further questions he has raised concerning the current state of the Football Club, which is currently published on his website. He has invited John Fry to respond to that letter, and obviously if that response is made public, we'll carry that as well. Read Michael's thoughts via the link below. You can also add your own reaction to his letter at the foot of the article.

Link: Taff's Gloversblog : Michael Bromfield : An Open Letter To John Fry.


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1 January 2016 : Officials For Yeovil Town vs York City
Officials for the League Two match between Yeovil Town and York City have been published by the Football League. The match takes place at Huish Park on Saturday 2nd January 2016, with a 3.00p.m. kick-off at Huish Park. The man in charge of the fixture will be referee James Linington (Isle of Wight).

Mr Linington was promoted for the start of the 2008-09 season after a number of years of holding a flag in Yeovil Town games, and since being given a whistle he has taken charge of fourteen Yeovil Town matches to largely favourable impressions. The most recent of those was the November 2015 match against Northampton Town at Sixfields, which proved to be the final match of Paul Sturrock's reign. The match was spoilt more by the blustery conditions on the day, than by the refereeing. Earlier the same year, he was present for the April 2015 home match against Chesterfield that saw us throw away a two goal lead to lose by a 2-3 scoreline - something that hammered a nail into our League One relegation coffin. Towards the end of the game, he went a bit booking-happy but as we recall that was largely down to over-celebration from Chesterfield players for the winning goal, coupled with our own players getting rather frustrated by their own positions. Not much that officials can do to deal with that.

He was at Huish Park for the December 2014 FA Cup Second Round Replay against Accrington Stanley. We were a bit irritated by some of the free kicks being awarded on that night, although that might have been a symptom of a match that was tense and tied at 0-0 right up until the final six minutes. We then got a bit of a rub-of-the-green from the referee - Simon Gillett's opening goal had an element of hand control about it, but it was allowed to stand. Before that was the Championship home fixture against Wigan Athletic that saw us go down by a 0-1 scoreline in November 2013. Speaking after the game, Gary Johnson had a bit of a mini-rant relating to the amount of timewasting that Wigan had been able to get away with and a feeling that any fifty-fifty decisions were going against them:

"We don't get the fifty-fifty decisions ... Not only were Wigan stopping our momentum, when the momentum was really good at times, the officials were stopping our momentum. They allowed them to take their time over everything when we were in the ascendancy. You can't work out at the end when they're saying "yeah, yeah, yeah they are wasting time" - then their lad dives for the fifth time, and nothing happens, and you're thinking well what's going on? ... Four minutes - six substitutions at thirty seconds each, which is three minutes - so they (Wigan) wasted just one minute in that game?"

Prior to that, Mr Linington took charge of the April 2013 away match at Stevenage. We thought he had a good game that day, even though he sent off Dan Burn in the closing minutes. He'd taken the attitude of adding on additional time for some fairly blatant timewasting for Boro in the first half as they tried to slow the pace of the game down, and even a Glovers fan would have had sympathy over the comical way that Burn was dismissed - taking an age over a throw-in that would have tried the patience of a saint.

Two months previously, he took charge of the February 2013 home win over Brentford that saw us triumph by a 3-0 scoreline. A few of his first half decisions were somewhat irritating, and we felt that he was rather lenient in allowing Bees defender Shaleum Logan to stay on the pitch when he continued to foul whilst on a yellow card to a point at which any player not already sat on a card would surely have been booked. Brentford's own match report cited four penalty appeals that they were unhappy with - we can't recall the validities of those claims either way.

We also had Mr Linington for the New Year's Eve 2011 match against AFC Bournemouth. We had four bookings that day, and lost the game 3-1, and so you'd think that would give us cause for a good grumble. However, we were too busy complaining about our own side's performance to worry about the referee - the Western Gazette says that he had "a relatively easy afternoon for the official who went about his job competently."

Prior to that we had the February 2011 match against Plymouth Argyle. Not too much to report on his performance that night, although he did give Argyle's Yannick Bolasie a red card in the final minute of the game. It later transpired that Bolasie had been dismissed for spitting. Argyle chose not to comment directly on the incident, doubtless for fear that the Football Association would step in, but their entire lack of complaints about it rather suggested they agreed with the dismissal.

Earlier in that same season, we had Mr Linington for the August 2010 home game against Hartlepool United. No complaints about the referee; plenty of complaints about the team's performance in a woeful 0-2 defeat. Prior to that was the March 2010 game against Norwich City that ended up in a 3-0 defeat at Carrow Road. If we'd tried to blame the referee for that result we'd have been laughed out of town. In a one-sided encounter, coming up with any mention of refereeing faults would have been churlish. Just the one booking - for Jean-Paul Kalala of course!

That was one of three 2009-10 encounters with Mr Linington. Just before the Carrow Road match was a December 2009 home match against Walsall that finished with a 1-3 home defeat in appalling weather conditions. We had a slight grumble about Walsall's tendency to slow play down once they got their noses in front and would like to have seen Mr Linington be more authoritative in the way that he dealt with that gamesmanship. Prior to that was another game against Norwich City in the same season; looking after the August Carling Cup game. The scoreline was a 0-4 which at the time ranked as Yeovil's heaviest home defeat since entering the Football League. There were some post-match grumbles from midfielder George O'Callaghan about the opening goal, which came from the penalty spot.

The 2008 Christmas holiday trip to Millwall, where a 1-1 draw at the New Den saw the game flow well, with plenty of attacking football from both sides. As for Mr Linington, we barely noticed him, which is always a good thing. The other match in October 2008 saw Crewe Alexandra as our opponents at Huish Park, and there's little doubt that the 3-2 scoreline and the thrilling way the game ebbed and flowed will have influenced our thoughts on the referee, but bar a minor quibble that he didn't get out his cards for one theatrical Crewe dive, our recollection is one of general happiness with his performance on the night in what was his first ever match at League One level.

Mr Linington will be assisted by Colin Lymer (Hampshire) and Christopher Wade (Hampshire). The Fourth Official will be Mark Pottage (Dorset).

Link: October 2008 : Yeovil Town 3 Crewe Alexandra 2.

Link: December 2008 : Millwall 1 Yeovil Town 1.

Link: August 2009 : Yeovil Town 0 Norwich City 4.

Link: December 2009 : Yeovil Town 1 Walsall 3.

Link: March 2010 : Norwich City 3 Yeovil Town 0.

Link: August 2010 : Yeovil Town 0 Hartlepool United 2.

Link: February 2011 : Yeovil Town 1 Plymouth Argyle 0.

Link: December 2011 : Yeovil Town 1 AFC Bournemouth 3.

Link: February 2013 : Yeovil Town 3 Brentford 0.

Link: April 2013 : Stevenage 0 Yeovil Town 2.

Link: November 2013 : Yeovil Town 0 Wigan Athletic 1.

Link: December 2014 : Yeovil Town 2 Accrington Stanley 0.

Link: April 2015: Yeovil Town 2 Chesterfield 3.

Link: November 2015 : Northampton Town 2 Yeovil Town 0.


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1 January 2016 : Darren Way Talks About His First Team Manager's Appointment
Yesterday saw Darren Way officially appointed as the club's new First Team Manager, having had a month in the hotseat on an interim basis. As part of the overall press conference to formally announce him in the job, he was interviewed by Alex O'Loughlin, in an interview for BBC Somerset, about his thoughts regarding the job. That interview can be read via the link below.

Link: Darren Way Speaks To The BBC After He Was Appointed Permanent First Team Manager.


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