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31 January 2017 : Former Manager Steve Rutter To Return To Club In Coaching Position
Former Yeovil Town manager Steve Rutter is to return to the club in a coaching capacity shortly. The former Northampton Town trainee was manager of the club between 1991 and 1993, but was also a player across an eight year spell which encompassed his management phase. He was brought in by Brian Hall as a defender for the club, and was part of their Isthmian League title winning squad, ultimately becoming the club's player-manager in April 1991, and being the man at the helm over the period that secured the club its legendary FA Cup win over Hereford United that gave them a Third Round tie against Arsenal without which the club probably wouldn't exist in its current form today.

During the following season, Rutter also masterminded another FA Cup shock against Fulham but quit shortly afterwards, citing the strain of keeping the club on an even keel during troubled financial times. His management spell saw the club undertake it's first ever Youth Development programme, bringing players like Malcolm McPherson who eventually transferred to West Ham United, through the youth team ranks and into the first team.

After he left the club in November 1993, he became a coach for the Football Association, undertaking much the same role that he had taken in helping with Yeovil Town's fledgling youth programme, as well as becoming the FA's Coach Education Manager. More recently, Rutter moved overseas, coaching with Greek side Panathinaikos and Dutch side Roda JC Kerkrade. He left his post in the Netherlands at the start of January 2017.

The exact nature of Rutter's job title and scope has yet to be specified by the club, although unconfirmed reports suggest that it will be as a 'Head of Coaching'. Speaking after tonight's match, manager Darren Way said that he was aware of Rutter's imminent appointment and told BBC Somerset that it was about the development of young players:

"What I can say is that Steve has got a wealth of coaching. He lives locally in the area. I feel that with the young players, like Brandon Goodship and Shayon Harrison coming on tonight, in a local derby, that I'm a manager that likes playing with young players. So if there is anyone in the Academy and they've got that quality, I've proven in a short space of time with Liam Walsh, who was 18, and Shayon has come in, that I'll play them in my first team."

Way added that Rutter's role would relate to the Yeovil Town Academy, rather than to the first team set-up. He believed that Rutter's presence would give young players a pathway through to the first team set-up:

"Steve's role will be a much needed addition to the Academy. We're going to improve in every department at the football club, and his quality will take the academy to the level that is needed. It will help me bring younger players to play in the first team, because you look at Exeter and they've been very successful with that. It takes time, but I'm a young player who has proved in a short space of time that I love young players."


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31 January 2017 : Swansea Attacker Confirmed As Glovers Final Deadline Day Loan
Yeovil Town have completed a loan move for Swansea City youngster Owain Jones tonight. As reported earlier this afternoon, the 20 year old has signed a loan agreement that will keep him at the club until the end of the 2016-17 season as a numerical replacement for Ryan Hedges who has signed for Championship side Barnsley today.

Owain Jones was born in Swansea on October 1st 1996 (aged 20) and is a 6 foot tall winger/striker who started off playing for Pontardawe Town Juniors before being picked up by Swansea at the age of ten. He has been capped for Wales at Under-16, Under-17, Under-19 and Under-21 level. During the 2014-15 season, he scored 16 goals in 20 appearances for their Under-18 side, and was given his first professional contract for Swansea during that year - ultimately winning their player of the season at that level.

At present, he has no first team experience with this move representing his first ever step outside the Swansea City ranks. The club have indicated that this will be their "third and final deadline day signing" meaning that reports of a fourth arrival appear to have been scuppered.


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31 January 2017 : Yeovil 2 Plymouth 1 : Centre-Back Goals Help Glovers Get Back On Track
Yeovil Town picked up their first league win in nine matches tonight, by a 2-1 win over promotion-chasing Plymouth Argyle. In a rain-sodden game, all three goals were netted during the second period, with the Glovers centre-backs taking the honours. Nathan Smith converted from close range from a Ben Whitfield corner, and less than two minutes later Alex Lacey got the final touch on a Matt Dolan free kick. The Pilgrims threatened in the closing stages, as former defender Jakub Sokolik netted from a set piece to set up a close finale, but the Glovers held on to secure three valuable points.

Full report to follow ...

Link: 2016-17 Latest League Two Table.

Final Score: Yeovil Town 2 Plymouth Argyle 1.

Scorers: Nathan Smith (1-0, 62 mins), Alex Lacey (2-0, 64 mins), Jakub Sokolik (2-1, 77 mins)

Yeovil Town:
1. Artur Krysiak
2. Liam Shephard 6. Alex Lacey 3. Nathan Smith 11. Ryan Dickson (Capt)
7. Kevin Dawson 16. Matt Butcher 4. Matt Dolan
28. Ben Whitfield 9. Tom Eaves 13. Francois Zoko

Substitutes: 12. Jonny Maddison 5. Bevis Mugabi 17. Omar Sowunmi (84 mins for Tom Eaves) 19. Brandon Goodship (79 mins for Francois Zoko) 22. Ollie Bassett 32. Tom James 39. Shayon Harrison (90 mins for Ben Whitfield)

Plymouth Argyle:
23. Luke McCormick 18. Oscar Threlkeld 4. Yann Songo'o 15. Sonny Bradley 31. Jakub Sokolik 3. Gary Sawyer 24. David Fox 11. Ryan Donaldson 10. Graham Carey 27. Craig Tanner 13. Nathan Blissett

Substitutes:
7. Antoni Sarcevic (68 mins for David Fox) 5. Nauris Bulvitis 8. Jordan Slew (56 mins for Nathan Blissett) 14. Jake Jervis (56 mins for Ryan Donaldson) 20. Louis Rooney 21. Vincent Dorel

Yeovil Bookings: Tom Eaves (foul, 83 mins), Kevin Dawson (foul, 90 mins), Artur Krysiak (timewasting, 90 mins)

Plymouth Argyle Bookings: David Fox (foul, 24 mins), Yann Songo'o (foul, 87 mins)

Yeovil Match Statistics: Possession: 49%; Shots: 4; Shots On Target: 4; Corners: 1; Fouls: 13.

Plymouth Argyle Match Statistics: Possession: 51%; Shots: 12; Shots On Target: 3; Corners: 7; Fouls: 8.

Referee: Kevin Johnson (Somerset). Assistants: Ravel Cheosiaua (Worcestershire) and Dean Treleaven (West Sussex). Fourth Official: Michael Webb (Surrey).

Attendance: 4,788 (with 1,747 Plymouth supporters).


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31 January 2017 : Hedges Leaves Yeovil Town After Barnsley Deal Completes
Yeovil Town have now formally said farewell to Ryan Hedges after he completed his deal to sign for Championship side Barnsley this evening. The 21 year old has not been seen in green'n'white since Boxing Day's home match against Exeter City that saw him suffer an ankle injury. A month back in Swansea was meant to give him time to recover from that, and he returned to Huish Park last Thursday. However, ultimately he was to never get back into club colours, with Swansea accepting a bid from Barnsley to buy him permanently.

BBC Wales media reported that Barnsley had paid a 'small fee' for a deal that also includes a sell-on clause. As yet Barnsley have only announced that he has signed a permanent contract with the club, with the details yet to be announced.

Link: Ryan Hedges : Yeovil Town Statistics.


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31 January 2017 : A Half Time Extra Helping Of Thatchers
Yeovil Town have extended their sponsorship deal with Thatchers Cider for various sponsorship agreements at the club. The Glovers announced the new deal during half time for their League Two match against Plymouth Argyle, and they now have an agreement in place that will last until 2020, with presumably the dividing line being the end of the 2019-20 season. Thatchers have had an agreement for the Stand sponsorship since the summer of 2011, so this will extend their association with the club for up to nine years in total.

Thatchers will keep their name on the back of Yeovil Town's home and away shirts, as well as the sponsorship of the home terrace, known as the Thatcher's Gold Stand. Commercial Manager Dave Linney has said of the club's new deal:

"This shows tremendous loyalty and we are really pleased to be cementing our partnership with Thatchers who have been making Somerset cider at Myrtle Farm for well over 100 years. Commercial partnerships are the lifeblood of any sporting organisation and this is another great chapter in the history of Yeovil Town Football Club. We are honoured to be associated with such an established brand and consequently feel that this is a strong progressive partnership between two famous businesses that are located in the fantastic county of Somerset."


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31 January 2017 : Team News For Yeovil Town vs Plymouth Argyle
Yeovil Town have chosen their starting line-up for this evening's League Two match against Plymouth Argyle at Huish Park. The match sees the Glovers name two changes compared to the team that played against Doncaster Rovers on Saturday. Captain Darren Ward currently would struggle to play two games a week, so he is replaced by Ryan Dickson, whose broken nose at Blackpool kept him out for a match. In addition, Omar Sowunmi drops out with Ben Whitfield coming into the side - presumably as a forward-thinking player.

Absentees due to injuries include Otis Khan (ankle) and Alex Lawless (hip). There is no place for Ryan Hedges who had been out with an ankle injury but is widely presumed to be on his way to Barnsley - as yet no-one has precisely confirmed the reason for his absence.

Josh Ezewele is on loan with Kidderminster Harriers, whilst Joe Lea is on loan with Gosport Borough. Strikers Jean-Louis Akra Akpro and Kabongo Tshimanga are registered but not early enough for them to play in tonight's match.

The team is as follows:

Yeovil Town:
1. Artur Krysiak
2. Liam Shephard 6. Alex Lacey 3. Nathan Smith 11. Ryan Dickson (Capt)
7. Kevin Dawson 16. Matt Butcher 4. Matt Dolan
13. Francois Zoko 9. Tom Eaves 28. Ben Whitfield

Substitutes: 12. Jonny Maddison 5. Bevis Mugabi 17. Omar Sowunmi 19. Brandon Goodship 22. Ollie Bassett 32. Tom James 39. Shayon Harrison

Plymouth Argyle:
23. Luke McCormick
18. Oscar Threlkeld 4. Yann Songo'o 15. Sonny Bradley 31. Jakub Sokolik 3. Gary Sawyer
24. David Fox 11. Ryan Donaldson 10. Graham Carey
27. Craig Tanner 13. Nathan Blissett

Substitutes:
7. Antoni Sarcevic 5. Nauris Bulvitis 8. Jordan Slew 14. Jake Jervis 20. Louis Rooney 21. Vincent Dorel


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31 January 2017 : Campbell Sent Out By Baggies On Magpies Loan Deal
Former Yeovil Town striker Tahvon Campbell has gone out on loan again. The West Bromwich Albion academy product has agreed a loan deal with League Two side Notts County, who have just come out of a transfer embargo and are in a bit of a race against time to bolster their squad, particularly given that they lie in 21st place and one point above the relegation line.

Campbell has agreed a loan deal that will run until the end of the 2016-17 season. Notts County manager Kevin Nolan, who has also registered himself as a player this week, has said of Campbell's arrival: "Tahvon comes to us highly recommended. He will bring pace and power to our attack, either from wide positions or up front."

Assuming West Brom haven't tripped over the same FIFA Regulation, Campbell's loan appears to answer firmly one open-ended question about loan agreements - his participation in Premier League 2 competition matches does not count to the number of clubs that he has played for this season - his loan spell with Notts County therefore counts as his second club of the season, with his time playing for West Brom in Academy level competitions, not counting towards the threshold that Andre Wright's aborted deal breached.

Link: Tahvon Campbell : Yeovil Town Statistics.


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31 January 2017 : Yeovil Town Bring In Barnet Striker On Loan
Yeovil Town have agreed a deal to sign up former Barnet striker Jean-Louis Akra Akpro. The 32 year old has had plenty of Football League experience with Grimsby Town, Rochdale, Tranmere Rovers and Shrewsbury Town. His preferred position is as a central player, although has played in both wide positions over the years.

Born in Tolouse, in France, he started playing for his home town before moving across to FC Brussels. In 2008 he moved to Grimsby Town and has since then spent his entire career in England. He was most recently with the Bees, having signed for them over the summer of 2016. At the Hive Stadium, he's so far netted one goal in 27 appearances, albeit with 17 of those coming from the bench. His one goal came back in August when he scored against Accrington Stanley in a League Two match.

He spent two seasons with Grimsby Town, between 2008 and 2010, playing regularly across both seasons, and clocking up 60 appearances and eight goals. When Grimsby were relegated from the Football League, he chose not to follow them, signing for Rochdale in the summer of 2010. Again, he had a two year spell, playing this time at League One level, where he made 83 appearances, scoring 12 goals.

Whilst Rochdale finished a creditable 9th in his first season with their club, their relegation from League One turn down a contract with them, signing for Tranmere Rovers, who at that time were operating in League One. Again he stayed with them for two years, clocking up 61 appearances, scoring ten goals for them, with a ten game loan spell with Bury not giving him a goal. He then moved on to Shrewsbury Town at League Two level, where he was part of their promotion-winning side during his first year with them, making 95 appearances and scoring 16 goals before his Summer 2016 move to Barnet.

Akra Akpro has been signed on loan until the end of the 2016-17 season. He will not be eligible to play in tonight's match against Plymouth Argyle as the paperwork is still pending Football League and Football Association approval.


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31 January 2017 : Swansea Youngster Linked With Yeovil Town Loan Move
Yeovil Town are being linked with a loan move for another Swansea City youngster. Reports from the Wales Online website are that the club are lining up a move for 20 year old Owain Jones (not to be confused with Owain Tudur Jones who was former Swansea City loan player borrowed from Norwich City) - they suggest that the deal is being arranged as a means of cushioning the blow of the Glovers losing Ryan Hedges, with rumours that he is set to join Barnsley on a permanent deal, for a small fee and an associated sell-on clause. They claim that Hedges has already cut his loan deal at Huish Park, pending a move.

Owain Jones was born in Swansea on October 1st 1996 (aged 20) and is a 6 foot tall winger/striker who started off playing for Pontardawe Town Juniors before being picked up by Swansea at the age of ten. He has been capped for Wales at Under-16, Under-17, Under-19 and Under-21 level. During the 2014-15 season, he scored 16 goals in 20 appearances for their Under-18 side, and was given his first professional contract for Swansea during that year - ultimately winning their player of the season at that level.

At present, he has no first team experience - if this deal were to materialise it would be his first ever step outside the Swansea City ranks. There is no concrete information connecting him with the Glovers apart from the Wales Online report.


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31 January 2017 : Officials For Yeovil Town vs Plymouth Argyle
Officials for the League Two match between Yeovil Town and Plymouth Argyle have been published by the Football League. The match takes place on Tuesday 31st January 2017 (tonight), with a 7.45p.m. kick-off at Huish Park. The man in charge of the fixture will be referee Kevin Johnson (Somerset).

He had been a regular at Huish Park, but during earlier years he was largely appearing for friendly fixtures, or as an assistant referee or fourth official. Over the summer of 2014, he was promoted to the Football League's referees list, having previously been a referee at Conference level, whilst performing an assistant's role in the Football League.

Mr Johnson is 39 years old and born in Bristol. He lives in Weston-super-Mare, where he used to work at the Bristol Evening Post as a newspaper printer, but now works in property maintenance, working in Redfield. He started refereeing during his late teens, progressing through the Bristol and Suburban and Gloucestershire County leagues before taking on Western League and Southern League fixtures.

During the 2014-15 pre-season he took charge of the pre-season friendly against Cardiff City, in a match in which the Bluebirds ran out as comfortable 1-4 away winners. He also took charge of our September 2014 Football League Trophy match against Portsmouth which ended in a 1-3 home defeat. Despite the two results, we can't find too much outrage about his performance, apart from a possible penalty shout when a Sam Hoskins cross appeared to be handled inside the box by a Pompey player.

Where things get more controversial are with the Boxing Day meeting against Bristol City at Ashton Gate. It was an unusual decision to allow him to take charge of a local derby game in the city of his birth, where his employment is currently in Bristol BS5, and where his former employers are the major media organisation reporting on that club, in an environment where there is clearly going to be a lot of passion and support for that club, and where he will have rubbed shoulders with their supporters on a daily basis. He presumably isn't a City supporter, but the choice of an official with such obvious links to the Bristol media made him an unusual choice.

During the match he awarded Bristol City two penalties - the first was soft, whilst the second came about after he'd belatedly changed his mind over a free kick given Yeovil's way that caught our players out of position as a direct result of his u-turn. He also turned down our own penalty appeal. Overall, City were the better side, and deserved their win in terms of the pattern of play, but manager Gary Johnson was not best pleased saying after the match: "I'd be shocked if anyone thinks they were penalties" - his view was that for the second penalty his defender had won the ball. Overall the referee's performance was poor, and you wondered what the referees association were thinking in terms of giving such an inexperienced official a local derby in his own back yard.

We crossed swords again in August 2015 for the 2-0 defeat against Oxford United at the Kassam Stadium. There he had a much quieter game, with the home side thoroughly deserving their victory. He did give us one moment of amusement - he went for a little bit too much showmanship in trying to book Connor Roberts for a foul, and in his hurry to brandish a yellow card, it flew out of his hand. Oxford's Danny Hylton had a calmer approach to things, and picked up the card, showing it to Roberts on behalf of the referee. A minor point, but sometimes referees forget that they are not meant to be a part of the performance.

He was present for the March 2016 League Two match against Carlisle United. There we thought the match official was in a very lenient low-key mood, choosing not to intervene on a few occasions when he could have - notably when Carlisle's Martin Smith was booked for kicking the ball away, got a last warning for a further foul, and then fouled again. Somehow he stayed on the pitch. Despite this apparently favourable outcome for Carlisle personnel, their manager Keith Curle wasn't happy after the match, accusing Johnson of being biased - words that we're surprised the FA didn't take an interest in. He complained that Johnson's geographical roots were influencing his decision-making - a bit surprising given that Mr Curle, as a Bristolian himself, should know that someone from Bristol isn't going to willingly hand our favours to someone from Yeovil!

Mr Johnson has taken charge of two 2016-17 fixtures so far. The first was the August 2016 EFL Trophy Group Stage match against Portsmouth. With that being a seven goal thriller, there wasn't room enough in the 4-3 win for us to get too agitated about referees. There was one late moment where his decision-making did become key, when he denied Pompey what would have been an 8th goal in the match and a late equaliser, with the visitors appealing that Amine Linganzi had bundled the ball over the line. In fairness to the referee, that was probably one for his assistant to decide - the answer was 'no' and Yeovil got the win. Most recently, he was in charge of the December 2016 League Two fixture against Barnet. There he had a fairly quiet match, and our downfall was more down to our inability to finish in front of goal, with Barnet executing a classic smash'n'grab with their only shot on target of the entire match.

He has rather uncomfortable memories of Plymouth Argyle matches this season. During their October 2016 home match against Colchester United, he collided with Argyle striker Jimmy Spencer, which led to a 15 minute delay in the game as he was stretchered off with neck ligament injuries that kept him away from his whistle for over a month. Thankfully no significant damage but this will be the first time that he takes charge of an Argyle game since that moment.

Mr Johnson will be assisted by Ravel Cheosiaua (Worcestershire) and Dean Treleaven (West Sussex). The Fourth Official will be Michael Webb (Surrey).

Link: July 2014 : Yeovil Town 1 Cardiff City 4.

Link: September 2014 : Yeovil Town 1 Portsmouth 3.

Link: December 2014 : Bristol City 2 Yeovil Town 1.

Link: August 2015 : Oxford United 2 Yeovil Town 0.

Link: March 2016 : Yeovil Town 0 Carlisle United 0.

Link: August 2016 : Yeovil Town 4 Portsmouth 3.

Link: December 2016 : Yeovil Town 0 Barnet 1.


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31 January 2017 : Tshimanga Makes Loan Switch To Yeovil Town
Yeovil Town have brought in a new signing on the January Transfer Deadline Day. They have recruited Kabongo Tshimanga from Milton Keynes Dons on loan unti the remainder of the 2016-17 season. He is a 20 year old forward who has has a series of short term loan deals over the last couple of years, as well as playing eight times for the Milton Keynes first team. The deal is subject to Football League and Football Association clearance.

Born in Kinshasa, Zaire on May 31st 1996, he is a product of the Milton Keynes academy, joining the at Under-10 level and rising up through the ranks. He has had a large succession of loan spells as he's worked his way up through the age groups. Having made his first team debut with them at the age of 18 as a substitute in the FA Cup, they began to give him experience through Aldershot Town (2 appearances) and Chelmsford City (4 appearances) during the 2014-15 season.

During the following year, he continued to have loan spells as he joined Corby Town (10 appearances, 5 goals) and Nuneaton Town (7 appearances, 2 goals) at National League North level before another spell for Chesham United (7 appearances) at Southern League Premier level. He then had an unusual experience in the summer of 2016, playing for Icelandic side Throttur Reykjavik (7 appearances, 1 goal).

During this season, he's started to break into the Milton Keynes first team at League One level, making 12 appearances for the club, albeit with all the League appearances coming from the bench. He played the opening 71 minutes of their EFL Trophy match against Yeovil Town at Huish Park, which saw the Glovers beat a weakened Milton Keynes side by a 4-1 scoreline. His one goal for his parent club also came in the EFL Cup, scoring against Reading in August 2016.

Football League registration rules mean that even if the club complete the registration today, he will not be eligible to play in tonight's match against Plymouth Argyle. Manager Darren Way has said of his signing:

"He played against us so we know he's a real threat behind a back four and he's got an eye for goal. Kabongo's looking to create an opportunity in his career where he can get a run of regular games. If he comes here, works hard and trains well then hopefully he can end up like two or three others who've come here and gone on to bigger and better things. As a player he's sharp, difficult to mark, secures possession well and is always a threat in behind."

So far this month the club have brought in Tom James from Cardiff City, striker Brandon Goodship from AFC Bournemouth and recruited Shayon Harrison from Tottenham Hotspur in a half-season loan deal.


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31 January 2017 : No Pitch Inspection Planned For Plymouth Argyle Match
Yeovil Town have no plans to hold a pitch inspection for tonight's League Two match against Plymouth Argyle at this stage. Although the weather forecast is for rain to fall just before, and during tonight's 7.45p.m. kick-off, at present fans who are in the town today have stated that there is merely 'fine rain' and grey skies over Yeovil, and therefore nothing that would create concern for the match.

The club's own position unsurprisingly is that there is nothing to get excited about, and given that no significant rain has fallen at present, there are no plans for any pitch inspection:

"No concerns regarding the pitch as it stands. But Yeovil Town will continue to monitor the weather and the forecast in the lead up to kick-off."

In any other world, this wouldn't be news. The jittery nature appears to stem from travelling Argyle fans, who had the misfortune to travel to Huish Park almost exactly one year ago only to find the game falling foul of a 12.30p.m. pitch inspection - two-and-a-half hours before kick-off. Hopefully history won't repeat itself. Although the forecast is for rain to get a bit heavier towards kick-off, the volume of rain predicted shouldn't reach the levels that it did a year ago.


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31 January 2017 : Darren Talks About Doncaster Team Selection
Just before Saturday afternoon's home match against Doncaster Rovers 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's thoughts on the opposition can be read via the link below. His thoughts on Ryan Hedges in the interview look as rthough they may date rather rapidly though!

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


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31 January 2017 : National Media Tipping Hedges For Permanent Barnsley Deal
The chances of Yeovil Town losing winger Ryan Hedges today appear to be increasing with a few of the national media outlets picking up on the story. Over the past few days, the 21 year old has been linked with a move from Swansea City to Barnsley, with that inevitably resulting in his loan deal with the Glovers being curtailed, despite them having previously set up an agreement with Swansea to keep him until the end of the 2016-17 season.

Whilst the Barnsley media and national media had previously kept quiet on the situation, this morning has seen a Daily Mail journalist on Twitter state their belief that Hedges is heading on loan to Barnsley. However, Sky Sports have since gone one step further and claim that Hedges is on his way to sign for Barnsley on a permanent basis. Barnsley's local media have also acknowledged the situation, with BBC Radio Sheffield's Sports Editor saying that "Club sources say that Barnsley are considering signing Swansea winger Ryan Hedges, but are looking at several options."

Barnsley have previously gone on the record as saying that they want to bring in two new signings by the end of the January Transfer Window. Whoever they're after, they have until 11.00p.m. to close any such deals.

Update: 11.30a.m. BBC Radio Wales are reporting that a permanent deal has been agreed between the two clubs - a small fee with a sell-on clause attached. As yet, neither club (or Yeovil Town) have commented on the situation.


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31 January 2017 : Yeovil Town Youth Keeper Plays In Southampton Development Squad Match
Yeovil Town Under-18s goalkeeper Kingsley Latham travelled up to Stevenage yesterday where he played in a Southampton Under-23s side. In a Saints side that also included Yeovil-born player Ryan Seager, Kingsley played in a 3-1 defeat against Tottenham Hotspur Under-23s match staged at Broadhall Way - Spurs' usual 'home' ground for their Premier League 2 fixtures.

Kingsley played a full 90 minutes for the Saints during the match, leading to the inevitable question of under what terms Southampton were fielding him. Their website and Twitter feed did not elaborate as to who he was, although did name him on the teamsheet. Kingsley is familiar with the Southampton academy set-up - although he is a Yeovil Town Scholar, he was previously part of the North Devon based Chivenor Development Centre, as well as being part of Torquay United's youth set-up.

Southampton would have to pay a fee for his services if they hold any interest in him - we'll see if this transpires into anything more in due course.

Southampton Under-23s: 1. Kingsley Latham (GK) 2. Yan Valery 3. Will Wood 4. Ben Rowthorn 5. Ollie Cook 6. Alfie Jones (C) 7. Harley Willard 8. Thomas O'Connor 9. Ryan Seager 10. Callum Slattery 11. Tyreke Johnson

Substitutes: 13. Adam Parkes 12. Jake Vokins 14. Will Smallbone 15. Olufela Olomola (46 mins for Harley Willard) 16. Marcus Barnes (70 mins for Ryan Seager)


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30 January 2017 : Mason Discharged From Hospital After Head Injury
Former Yeovil Town loan midfielder Ryan Mason has been discharged from hospital today. The Hull City midfielder has been at St Mary's Hospital in Paddington for the last eight days, following a head collision during the Premier League match against Chelsea, ultimately being diagnosed with a fractured skull - although thankfully tabloid reports in The Mirror and other media proved to be very wide of the mark.

Ryan will now spend the next few days and weeks recovering at home - the club have as yet not put any sort of timetable in place for when he is likely to return to the field of play. Club Doctor Mark Waller has issued thanks to two Hospital Consultants at St Mary's Hospital, who screened Ryan upon his arrival and ensured that the surgery that was required was carried out. Waller explained:

"The number of messages offering support during Ryan’s recovery has been quite overwhelming. It is certainly true to say that the football family rallies around at times like this and we would like to thank everybody that has been in contact with us in recent days. We would also like to say a special ‘thank you’ to Julian Redhead and Kevin Tsang, two consultants who have been instrumental in Ryan’s recovery to this point. Their calmness and professional manner enabled us all to have absolute confidence that Ryan was in good hands. A&E departments in many towns and cities nationwide have had some criticism recently but I have nothing but admiration for all of the staff who cared for us last Sunday."


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30 January 2017 : Plymouth Sign Oxford Striker Ahead Of Huish Park Visit
League Two side Plymouth Argyle have strengthened their first team squad ahead of tomorrow night's League Two match against Yeovil Town at Huish Park. They have brought in Oxford United striker Ryan Taylor on a free transfer, after the League One side agreed to cancel his contract at the Kassam Stadium.

The 28 year old has featured 31 times for Oxford this season, scoring four goals, although a fair chunk of his appearances since he signed for them 18 months ago have come from the bench - 37 starts and 21 as a substitute. Despite being born in Rotherham, he's got plenty of experience of the West Country, having had a 2010 loan spell with Exeter City followed by a permanent three year spell with Bristol City in the three years that followed, playing 42 times for them at Championship level.

Plymouth haven't revealed the length of his contract with them, but he has been registered for tomorrow's game, and will wear the No.19 shirt for them.


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30 January 2017 : Way Preparing Hedges For Plymouth Match Despite Barnsley Rumours
Yeovil Town manager Darren way has adopted a neutral position on reports linking Swansea City wide man Ryan Hedges with a move to Championship side Barnsley. Ahead of Tuesday night's League Two home match against Plymouth Argyle, reports from yesterday gave speculative claims that the 21 year old was the focus of a potential move by the Tykes, although stopped short of specifying whether they believed the Yorkshire side were after a permanent move or a loan move for him.

The January Transfer Window closes at 11.00p.m. tomorrow night, and at present there are no concrete links connecting Hedges with a move, apart from the original Here Is The City (HITC) website report, and a number of associated follow-ups - it's worth noting that Barnsley's local media have so far chosen not to report on the Hedges claims. Generically, they quote manager Paul Heckingbottom as saying that he is trying to bring in two new signings, but without any detail on target positions.

Way has been asked by the Western Gazette for his views on the subject. It's worth noting that even in the event of Swansea and Barnsley holding talks, there would be no obligation for Swansea to inform Yeovil Town until the last minute, given that the Glovers have no right to say 'yes' or 'no' to any theoretical approach. However, Way makes little effort to dampen down such speculation:

"I feel that until anything is done you have got to make sure the players are prepared and ready to go. There are a lot of rumours and stories going around on social media these days. It’s 24 hours a day. On deadline day anything can happen, right up until after the game tomorrow night."

Despite Way's suggestion that something could happen after the match, that would only be realistic if it was a pre-arranged situation, given that all of Swansea City, Barnsley and Yeovil Town are in action for Tuesday night matches, placing Hedges around 250 miles from Oakwell until 90 minutes before the window closed. Hence any arrangement would have to be known by then, particularly as the Tykes are extremely unlikely to want a potential signing turning out for a club shortly after a five week lay-off for an ankle injury, whilst they're sat there with a pen and a contract. Hence logic should suggest that if Hedges makes tomorrow night's teamsheet then any such concerns would be eliminated.

Way's lack of a mention of what would happen if a club did come in for Hedges' services though, would strongly imply that there is a break clause in the loan agreement between themselves and Swansea - something that Football League rules allow for, provided it is executed prior to the 11.00p.m. Tuesday night deadline.


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30 January 2017 : Davis Returns From Sweden To Make Cheltenham Switch
League Two side Cheltenham Town have signed up former Yeovil Town defender Liam Davis. The 30 year old, who can also play higher up the left-hand side, has been given a contract until the end of the 2016-17 season, having spent the whole of the 2016 calendar year on the books of Gothenburg side GAIS, who play in the second tier of football in Sweden.

Cheltenham are currently awaiting international clearance for him to play in their League Two match at Luton Town tomorrow, and note that part of the funding to allow him to come to Whaddon Road came via the Robins Trust, due to the club being on the edge of their 55 percent limit for the Salary Cost Management Protocol regulations that all League Two sides have to adhere to.

Despite being at the helm since March 2015, this is actually the first time that manager Gary Johnson has taken one of his former Yeovil Town signings across to Cheltenham - their other former Glover in James Dayton was a Russell Slade signing. Davis signed for Yeovil Town during their entry into the Championship division, and had a relatively successful time during that first season, making 30 appearances.

However, his second season turned into an injury-riddled disaster, adding just nine further appearances, with only one of those coming after Johnson's departure from the club. A broken wrist during the first half of the season was followed up by a foot injury, and then a groin problem during the second half of the campaign that meant that his exit from the club was ultimately a low key one.

Link: Liam Davis : Yeovil Town Statistics.


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30 January 2017 : Ezewele Gets First League Start In Emphatic Harriers Win
Yeovil Town right-back Josh Ezewele finally played his first league fixture for Kidderminster Harriers on Saturday, starting in their emphatic win over Nuneaton Town. Josh's loan deal was set up on January 9th but an FA Trophy fixure, coupled with his absence from the teamsheet for Kiddy's match against AFC Telford last weekend meant that he had yet to find out what the National League North division looked like until now.

Ezewele played in the opening 76 minutes of the match as a replacement for the injured Zaine Francis-Angol in what was his second appearance for the club. He was involved in a first half effort on goal that former Glover Darryl Knights failed to follow up on, but as a defender in a match that ultimately ended up in a 4-0 win, he had a quiet afternoon - by the time he left the field his team had just scored their second and decisive goal, and were on their way to a comfortable victory.

In the next week or so, Josh will definitely find out what the North part of the country looks like. Kidderminster's next fixture is an away match against Barrow in the FA Trophy, and three days later they do most of that journey all over again with a league match against Stalybridge Celtic.

Kidderminster Harriers: Tom Palmer, Tyrone Williams, Josh Ezewele (76 mins for Ashley Carter), Keith Lowe, Jordan Tunnicliffe, Darryl Knights, Ryan Croasdale, James McQuilkin, Elton Ngwatala, Andre Brown (71 mins for Emmanuel Dieseruvwe), Arthur Gnahoua (67 mins for Tyrell Waite)


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30 January 2017 : Glovers Trust Issue Newsletter Reviewing Their First Year
The Glovers Trust have published their first ever newsletter, designed to bring members and other interested parties up to date in terms of their achievements and future plans. The organisation, which acts as an independent Supporters Trust, has produced the document shortly after the first anniversary of the formal vote by supporters that agreed that a Trust should be formed to represent fans of the football club on a one member, one vote status.

Much of the calendar year was spent by the Trust going through the legal steps to register themselves as a Community Benefit Society - the legal framework under which all Supporters Trusts are formed. However, the Newsletter also divulges some of the other activities that the Trust undertook, including registering Huish Park as an Asset of Community Value, which ensures an obligation upon the club to divulge any intention to sell the stadium or any of the surrounding land to a third party. The Trust also met with representatives of the Football Club with the goal of explaining the purpose and set-up of a Supporters Trust, given that it was clear that there were misconceptions as to how a Supporters Trust operates.

The biggest moment of the year for the Trust came in September 2016, when they held their first AGM, formally electing a Trust Board for the first time. Although many of the informal Trust Working Party utimately became Trust Board representatives, this was the first time that those representatives were able to act with a genuine mandate. Their September 2016 survey of members was rather quickly followed by an October 2016 survey organised by the Football Club which covered similar themes. As such, much of the Trust's efforts in the last three months have been around attempting to push the club into resolving some of the shortcomings highlighted by supporters in both surveys.

They note the success they gained in persuading the club to clean the outer cladding of the stadium walls and the sides of the stands, with an outside company being drafted in. However, they note their frustration that plans to have a dedicated meeting with the Football Club to discuss the Catering issues at the ground have yet to materialise, with the planned date for a meeting being pushed back, due to a meeting with the club's 'official' supporters groups (dubbed as the Alliance Group) also being pushed back. On this they say:

"Catering was a major concern of members in the survey and whilst we raised the issue at our meeting we agreed that it was such a large topic for discussion that we would hold a specific meeting to deal with it. Unfortunately despite agreeing in November to quickly have a further general meeting and a specific catering meeting, the Club have delayed this as they are also keen to gauge the appetite for involvement from members of the Alliance Group. A follow-up meeting between the Club and members of the Alliance Group is planned for mid-February with the aim being to arrange the follow-up meetings to take place two weeks afterwards involving the Glovers Trust and members of the Alliance Group who wish to get involved. Whilst we are cautiously optimistic that this is a further step in the right direction we are mindful that any further slippages will be difficult to tolerate and will consider public action should this be delayed any further."

The Trust also highlight their concerns with the introduction of 'B Teams' into the EFL Trophy this season, and also issue a note of caution that this may not be the last time that the Football League try to introduce such teams into one of their competitions. Should that materialise, they are prepared to take action to respond to this. As a footnote, they also invite inputs from their Members as to what issues the Trust should be looking at, or campaigning for, adding:

"We would love to see greater involvement from you. This is your Trust, you backed it with your vote, don’t let it be seen as something YTFC can ignore. Give us your views, your ideas, your help. We can only do this together. As for the future of YTFC, who can say? Things seem to wander along at the usual pace, planning applications arise and are refused. Revenue streams and playing budgets seem minimal and it is unclear on the ambition of the club, and the matchday experience lurches from bad to worse. A few goals and a couple of wins make it all the easier to forget some of these issues however they are still there. The Glovers Trust cannot ebb and flow as easily as that; we have to have an eye for the future. One day major changes will come and the Trust have to be ready to step forward and claim a rightful place at the centre of our Football Club. Please put yourself in the heart of the Trust so that together we can build a great future for our beloved Yeovil Town Football Club."

You can read the newsletter in full via the link below. Note that the link is a 2.5Mb PDF file, requiring Adobe Reader to view. You may want to make sure you're at home or on good wi-fi to download it.

Link: Glovers Trust Newsletter Issue 1.


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29 January 2017 : GWSC Travel To Hartlepool United
The Green and White Supporters Club have set their travel plans for the forthcoming League Two match against Hartlepool United. The match takes place at Victoria Park on Saturday 4th February 2017, with a 3.00p.m. kick-off. Departure times and prices are listed as follows:

Hartlepool United : Saturday 4th February 2017.
Huish Park: 6.00a.m.
Adult Members: £34.00; Member Concessions: £32.00
Adult Non-Members: £36.00; Non-Member Concessions: £34.00

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

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

Link: Ticketing For Hartlepool United vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Ciderspace Guide To Luton Town.

Link: EFL Trophy Ticketing For Luton Town vs Yeovil Town.

Link: GWSC Travel For Luton Town vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Ticketing For Cheltenham Town vs Yeovil Town.

Link: 2016-17 Mini-Season Ticket On Sale At Huish Park.

Link: Yeovil Town Online Ticketing Portal.

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

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


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29 January 2017 : Speculation Linking Hedges With Barnsley Move
Swansea City attacker Ryan Hedges is being linked with a move to Championship side Barnsley. The claims are being made by independent commercial website HITC (Here Is The City) and are typical of the type of report that Sky Sports tend to occasionally publish - claims of 'sources close to the club' but no quotes or names as to where the information has come from.

They also don't make clear whether Barnsley are attempting to take the 21 year old on a permanent deal, or whether they are aiming to set up a half-season loan. In addition, there's no mention of Hedges' current injury status - he has not played for Yeovil Town since Boxing Day, and although the expectation is that he will have recovered from his ankle injury in time for Tuesday night's home match against Plymouth Argyle, realistically any transfer dealings would need to be resolved prior to that match, given that the Transfer Window closes at midnight after that game.

The report cites Barnsley's loss of Sam Winnall to Sheffield Wednesday and Conor Hourihane and James Bree to Aston Villa as being examples of where Barnsley want to strengthen before the deadline. However, much would depend upon whether Yeovil Town and Swansea City inserted any 'break clause' into their long term loan deal, which is intended to run until the end of the 2016-17 season.

Like Sky Sports, the HITC site tends to be a bit hit'n'miss at times - earlier this season, they were the website that claimed that Yeovil Town manager Darren Way was in line to become Shrewsbury Town's new manager. Instead it became quickly apparent that Grimsby Town boss Paul Hurst was the Shropshire side's No.1 target, and he took the job, with BBC local radio in Humberside taking the credit for working out who Shrewsbury were after.

Hedges has so far played 28 times for the Glovers, scoring five goals. Whilst it seems likely that he is capable of playing at a level above League Two, any plans for Barnsley to poach him from Yeovil would have best come whilst he was receiving treatment at the Liberty Stadium. Although Hedges didn't play yesterday, he returned to the Yeovil training ground last Thursday in preparation for a return. If Barnsley wanted him to head to Oakwell, then making contact before his return would have seen more logical.

Link: Ryan Hedges : Yeovil Town Statistics.


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29 January 2017 : Leyton Orient's Revolving Door Spins Again
League Two side Leyton Orient's extraordinary turnover of first team managers continues today with the news that Andy Edwards has left the club. He was only appointed to the position on November 23rd, but has ultimately lasted just nine (NINE) matches before deciding that he fancied going somewhere else - he's accepted a job with the Football Association as a coach.

Edwards' exit now means that Orient move onto their fourth manager of the 2016-17 season, and what will be their eleventh change under the ownership of Francesco Becchetti from two-and-a-half years ago, in the summer of 2014. Edwards had been with the club for the past seven-and-a-half years, joining the club as their Youth Team Manager, ultimately becoming their Academy Director before a number of managerial exits pushed him into the front line.

That time hasn't been too successful, with two wins and one draw across the nine fixtures, including yesterday's 2-0 defeat against Mansfield Town that pushed them into the League Two relegation zone. He's produced his own statement confirming that it is actually him walking, rather than being pushed:

"It is with regret that I have made the decision to stand down as manager of Leyton Orient FC. It has been a very difficult decision but I feel that it is in the best interests of my career and my family. I have been offered and duly accepted a role working within the coaching department of the Football Association. It has been an honour and a privilege to have worked for the club for over seven and a half years. I thank the chairman for the opportunity to manage the team and I thank all staff, players and supporters for the backing that they have given to me in my time here. It goes without saying that I wish Leyton Orient FC every success in the challenge ahead and in the longer term future."

Orient have made an ultra-quick decision to appoint former Yeovil Town striker Danny Webb as Edwards' successor, giving him the post until the end of the 2016-17 season. The 33 year old had recently been promoted to become Edwards' assistant, having previously been the manager of their Under-18s side, as well as being a first team coach.

Leyton Orient's Managers under Francesco Becchetti:
1. Russell Slade (12 games)
2. Kevin Nugent (7 games)
3. Mauro Milanese (8 games)
4. Fabio Liverani (27 games)
5. Ian Hendon (31 games)
6. Kevin Nolan (15 games)
7. Andy Hessenthaler (16 games)
8. Andy Edwards (2 games, Caretaker)
9. Alberto Cavasin (10 games)
10. Andy Edwards (9 games)
11. Danny Webb


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29 January 2017 : Video : Yeovil Town vs Doncaster Rovers Match Highlights
For those who want to relive match highlights of yesterday's 0-3 home defeat against Doncaster Rovers, these can now be viewed online. Watch the three goals scored by Mathieu Baudry and John Marquis (twice) along with the big chance for Tom Eaves that hit the post, and a Ben Whitfield free kick that had to be punched away, via the YouTube clip below.




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28 January 2017 : Darren Way's Verdict On The Doncaster Home Game
Following Saturday afternoon's 0-3 home defeat against Doncaster Rovers 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 verdict can be read in full via the link below.

Link: Darren Way's Verdict On The Doncaster Home Game.


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28 January 2017 : First Half Errors Disappoint Darren Way After Doncaster Defeat
Yeovil Town manager Darren Way felt that some aspects of his side's first half performance were left wanting today, as mistakes allowed League Two leaders Doncaster Rovers to gain a comfortable grip on the match at Huish Park. The eventual 0-3 scoreline was sparked by two first half errors that allowed Mathieu Baudry to score far too easily from a set piece, whilst James Coppinger disposessed the home side four minutes later to allow John Marquis to double the lead.

Way admitted that his side had been beaten by the better team on the day, but was disappointed in the way the two goals were conceded, with poor marking first the first goal, whilst Matt Butcher's mistake in losing the ball was key for the second. He said after the match that the main thing that pleased him was that he felt his team did show a reaction at half time to that situation:

"They're (Doncaster Rovers) a good team. I thought we could have done a lot better in the first half. I thought we were disappointing with the two goals and very disappointed with the manner. One was a set play. Certainly after we played them previously, we were disappointed with that, and then with the way they broke on us for the second goal. But having said that, I was looking for a reaction in the second half and I thought that we got that, and we got into their final third a little bit more. But Doncaster are a good team and they stop you from playing and their front three are very very dangerous."

Yeovil Town's one key moment to worry the opposition came when striker Tom Eaves struck the goalpost with a downward header from a Kevin Dawson cross. Way felt that if his side had scored that, then they could have turned the match into a contest. However, despite the disappointment of the result, he said he was not interested in being too harsh on his players for the end result that they suffered:

"It was unfortunate, because when you go 2-1 it gives something to chase. The anxiety kicked in after that, as if to say it's going to be another one of those days. But I knew this month was going to be difficult, as a manager. I've not gone in there and I've not shouted at the players. I've just said that there are one or two individuals where that's the level, if you want to be top of the league, and that's the quality that you're up against. They forced us to make a lot of mistakes today, and then all of a sudden I just felt that through phases of that game that a little bit of panic kicked in. But they'll learn from that."


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28 January 2017 : Man of the Match Voting for Yeovil Town vs Doncaster Rovers
If you watched Saturday afternoon's 0-3 home defeat against Doncaster Rovers 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 Doncaster Rovers.


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28 January 2017 : Yeovil 0 Doncaster 3 : Marquis Double Leaves Gap Showing
Yeovil Town were comfortably beaten by League Two leaders Doncaster Rovers this afternoon, as they stretched their run of poor form to eight league matches without a win. The gap between the two sides was made clear by two quickfire first half goals, as Matthieu Baudry finished from close range from a free kick, whilst John Marquis netted after the Glovers were guilty of giving away the ball inside their own half. Tom Eaves saw Yeovil's best chance of the 90 minutes come off the goal post during the second half with his header inches away, but John Marquis got his second in the closing stages to send his team seven points clear at the top, whilst Yeovil's 16th place position leaves them 10 points away from the top seven slots.

The Glovers went into the match making one change, and it was an enforced one. FA regulations meant that the medics would not allow Ryan Dickson - knocked unconscious at Bloomfield Road - to play in today's match and so he sat out the game with a broken nose, with Alex Lacey replacing him, meaning that Nathan Smith played in the full-back slot. In the opposition line-up, Andy Williams started, whilst Craig Alcock was on the bench as former Glovers.

Throughout the match, Doncaster had the upper hand, even if a Matt Dolan shot from distance opened things up. The away side began to take control as they used an expansive game that stretched the pitch well, with their opening effort almost producing a fluke, as a Tommy Rowe shot deflected off Darren Ward, but fortunately Artur Krysiak smothered it. A series of corners and free kicks made it hard for Yeovil to defend, whilst former Glover Andy Williams attempted to chip a looping shot over Krysiak, but the Pole claimed the ball confidently.

Warning signs came midway through the half when Andy Williams threaded a superb ball through to James Coppinger, who struck a 25 yarder that came off the post and back out as Yeovil were caught on the counterattack - both Yeovil's full-backs had a difficult afternoon, but Liam Shephard particularly struggled to deal with Tommy Rowe at times. Half an hour in, Doncaster got the lead after Matt Butcher fouled John Marquis, getting booked for the infringement. Conor Grant's free kick caught the defence sleeping and Mathieu Baudry had the chance to convert all too comfortably from close range. 0-1 down.

Five minutes later, Matt Butcher made a second error in the game, after he gave away the ball inside his own half. James Coppinger pounced and ran through, crossing the ball for John Marquis who doubled Doncaster's lead at 0-2 - a scoreline that they held far too comfortably until half time, with Yeovil's front line rarely seeing the ball, let alone being able to get a shot off - Yeovil's few efforts came from distance, and were easily wide.

Matt Butcher's errors and his booking no doubt contributed to him being replaced at half time, as Ben Whitfield replaced him, giving the unusual sight of Kevin Dawson being asked to play the holding role. Up front, the Glovers had occasionally swapped between a 4-3-3 and a 4-3-1-2, but adopted the former in the second period, with Tom Eaves on the right and Francois Zoko on the left. They looked a little brighter early on, but without creating anything of note.

Instead it was Doncaster who looked more clinical, with Artur Krysiak twice having to deny Andy Williams. The first was a superb tip around for a corner, as Williams produced an angled shot that threatened to add to his three goals he'd got in August at the Keepmoat, with the second being a little more of a regulation save.

At the other end, Shayon Harrison, who had been ill during the week, replaced a fairly anonymous Omar Sowunmi, and then came Yeovil's one key chance during the 90 minutes. A Kevin Dawson cross into the box was met by a downward header by Tom Eaves, but the ball came off the foot of the post and back out - that was to be the one moment they beat Donny keeper Ian Lawlor or indeed worried him in any way, but as is the case in recent matches, the woodwork proved a frustration.

Doncaster always looked like they were holding back a little bit. They should have been further ahead when Andy Williams put through James Coppinger - he should have netted when clean through on goal, but wastefully put the shot wide. Subtstitute Harry Middleton also fired wide, but in the closing stages, Doncaster got the third goal that finished off the game with a great solo goal from John Marquis. The two Yeovil centre-backs backed off far too much allowing Donny's top scorer to weave past them and fire home. 0-3 and game firmly over.

Yeovil never really got close bar that Eaves effort. A Ben Whitfield free kick that was probably meant to be a cross almost gave Lawlor some concerns but the keeper palmed the ball away. Francois Zoko shot wide late on, but there was no doubt that there was a gap between the two sides. Yeovil remain in 16th place, but the gap between them and the play-off places grows now to 10 points, and more pertinently the gap between them and the bottom two is now down to seven. With Plymouth Argyle arriving on Tuesday, for the rearranged fixture that was postponed earlier this mpnth due to Argyle's FA Cup exploits, things are not going to get much easier in the immediate future.

Link: 2016-17 Latest League Two Table.

Final Score: Yeovil Town 0 Doncaster Rovers 3.

Scorers: Mathieu Baudry (0-1, 31 mins), John Marquis (0-2, 35 mins), John Marquis (0-3, 79 mins)

Yeovil Town:
1. Artur Krysiak
2. Liam Shephard 26. Darren Ward (Capt) 6. Alex Lacey 3. Nathan Smith
7. Kevin Dawson 16. Matt Butcher 4. Matt Dolan
9. Tom Eaves 17. Omar Sowunmi 13. Francois Zoko

Substitutes: 12. Jonny Maddison 5. Bevis Mugabi 19. Brandon Goodship 22. Ollie Bassett 28. Ben Whitfield (46 mins for Matt Butcher) 32. Tom James 39. Shayon Harrison (57 mins for Omar Sowunmi)

Doncaster Rovers:
38. Ian Lawlor
17. Matty Blair 5. Mathieu Baudry 6. Andy Butler 24. Niall Mason
25. Conor Grant 16. Jordan Houghton 26. James Coppinger 10. Tommy Rowe
9. John Marquis 11. Andy Williams

Substitutes:
1. Ross Etheridge 2. Craig Alcock (73 mins for Matty Blair) 14. Harry Middleton (73 mins for James Coppinger) 15. Joe Wright 18. Paul Keegan 19. Liam Mandeville 22. William Longbottom

Yeovil Bookings: Matt Butcher (foul, 31 mins)

Doncaster Rovers Bookings: Mathieu Baudry (foul, 78 mins)

Yeovil Match Statistics: Possession: 45%; Shots: 5; Shots On Target: 0; Corners: 4; Fouls: 14.

Doncaster Rovers Match Statistics: Possession: 55%; Shots: 13; Shots On Target: 9; Corners: 7; Fouls: 14.

Referee: Lee Swabey (Devon). Assistants: Marvyn Amphlett (Worcestershire) and Kevin Howick (Oxfordshire). Fourth Official: Mark Russell (Somerset).

Attendance: 3,627 (with 322 Doncaster supporters).


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28 January 2017 : Team News For Yeovil Town vs Doncaster Rovers
Yeovil Town have chosen their starting line-up for this afternoon's League Two match against Doncaster Rovers at Huish Park. The match sees the Glovers name one change compared to the team that played against Blackpool last weekend. Ryan Dickson got a broken nose at Blackpool and is not fit to play, so his place is taken by Alex Lacey - that should see Nathan Smith go into the full-back position for the day.

Ollie Bassett and Tom James get onto the bench today, after being left out last week. Absentees due to injuries include Ryan Hedges (ankle), Otis Khan (ankle), Alex Lawless (hip) and Ryan Dickson (broken nose).

Josh Ezewele is on loan with Kidderminster Harriers, whilst Joe Lea is on loan with Gosport Borough. Striker Jack Storer has left the club after his loan spell from Birmingham City was curtailed.

The team is as follows:

Yeovil Town:
1. Artur Krysiak
2. Liam Shephard 26. Darren Ward (Capt) 6. Alex Lacey 3. Nathan Smith
7. Kevin Dawson 16. Matt Butcher 4. Matt Dolan
13. Francois Zoko
9. Tom Eaves 17. Omar Sowunmi

Substitutes: 12. Jonny Maddison 5. Bevis Mugabi 19. Brandon Goodship 22. Ollie Bassett 28. Ben Whitfield 32. Tom James 39. Shayon Harrison

Doncaster Rovers:
38. Ian Lawlor
17. Matty Blair 5. Mathieu Baudry 6. Andy Butler 24. Niall Mason
25. Conor Grant 16. Jordan Houghton 26. James Coppinger 10. Tommy Rowe
9. John Marquis 11. Andy Williams

Substitutes:
1. Ross Etheridge 2. Craig Alcock 14. Harry Middleton 15. Joe Wright 18. Paul Keegan 19. Liam Mandeville 22. William Longbottom


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28 January 2017 : Crawley Town vs Yeovil Town : Man Of The Match Result
The start of 2017 saw Yeovil Town head off to Sussex to play Crawley Town in a League Two match at the Broadfield Stadium. What unfolded on the day wasn't particularly pretty, with the Glovers going down to a 2-0 defeat, due to two first half goals, in what was overall a bit of a messy performance.

Man of the Match voting saw striker Tom Eaves and midfielder Kevin Dawson recognised for their performances on the day. However, the poll winner from the match was centre-back Alex Lacey, who helped curtail some of the Crawley attacks that could have led to a greater margin of defeat. Full results, with outright MOTM votes in brackets, are as follows:

1. Alex Lacey 20 (2)
2. Kevin Dawson 18 (1)
3. Tom Eaves 10 (1)
4. Ben Whitfield 6 (0)
4. Nathan Smith 6 (0)
6. Matt Butcher 2 (0)
6. Francois Zoko 2 (0)

OVERALL MATCH RATING : 3.75
Performance : 3.5
Entertainment : 4
VOTES RECEIVED : 5


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27 January 2017 : Yeovil Town Ownership Ranked Badly In National Survey
Yeovil Town's ownership has featured highly in a survey among football supporters around the country - although probably not in the way they would have hoped for. They are listed in a set of ten clubs carrying the lowest ratings for satisfaction in their owners among that club's supporters, ultimately coming in 9th from bottom in that list.

The results come out of a survey carried out by independent fans website Against League Three, which has been mainly acting as a campaign resource opposing recent efforts by the Football League to introduce an extra division into the pyramid structure, as well as the threat of B-Teams (or Under-21/Academy sides) within Football League competitions, along with giving views on other associated topics surrounding football governance.

The website gathered views from 4,804 supporters, covering a total of 135 clubs' supporters. Whilst the October 2016 survey asked for freeform views on what fans liked or disliked about their owners, they also asked for a final ranking out of 10 as to how well overall they think their club's owners are doing.

Yeovil Town scored an average of 1.93 out of 10, putting them in ninth place on the bad boys list. Those football fans who regularly follow wider issues around the country will not be too surprised to find the list of clubs that 'beat' them to the wooden spoon prize. Charlton Athletic fans have been trying almost everything possible lately to persuade their Belgian owner Roland Duchatelet to sell up, even to the point of taking a November 2016 journey out to Belgium with a 'Taxi for Roland' publicity stunt that attempted to offer him a trip to pretty much anywhere other than South-East London.

Dunchatelet thus takes the recognition as the country's most disliked owner. Not far behind him, Coventry City's Hedge Fund owners SISU and Blackburn Rovers owners Venky's - an Indian food and pharmaceutical company, quickly followed by the Oyston family, who much to the displeasure of Blackpool fans remain their owners.

At the time of the survey, Massimo Cellino was still owner of Leeds United, whilst Hull City owner Assem Allam's attempts to rebrand his club as 'Hull Tigers' despite huge fans protests deservedly get him on the list. League Two side Leyton Orient have the problem that their owner Francesco Becchetti seems to sack a manager every other month, which has seen them on a downward curve since his arrival. Meanwhile, Fawaz Al-Hasawi is trying rather badly to sell his shares in Nottingham Forest but whilst he remains at the City Ground, their fans stand as very unimpressed.

Those gruesome eight would probably be hard to argue with, even if their fans might quibble about the exact order they've been placed in. The ninth placed slot for joint owners John Fry and Norman Hayward may therefore raise a few eyebrows in the football community, given that the above eight cases have had their fans' disquiet extensively covered by their local and national media. However the result generally mirrors that provided by the results published for the club's own October 2016 survey, which looked at the good and bad at Huish Park.

The Against League Three ownership survey also divulges the best owners in the country, in the eyes of the fans. Take a bow Dean Hoyle, who chairs up Championship side Huddersfield Town and scored 9.88 out of ten, whilst there are pats on the back for Burton Albion and Leicester City's owners, along with Middlesbrough. Fans owned club AFC Wimbledon are 5th, with Accrington Stanley, Brighton and Hove Albion and Luton Town fans also happy with the way their clubs are being run.


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27 January 2017 : Darren Previews The Doncaster Rovers Home Match
As part of the build-up to the League Two match against Doncaster Rovers 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 this week's EFL Trophy draw, the question of future recruitment before the end of January, the possible return of Swansea City loanee Ryan Hedges, and the strengths of league leaders Doncaster. Read that interview via the link below.

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


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27 January 2017 : Officials For Yeovil Town vs Doncaster Rovers
Officials for the League Two match between Yeovil Town and Doncaster Rovers have been published by the Football League. The match takes place on Saturday 28th January 2017 at Huish Park, with a 3.00p.m. kick-off. The man in charge of the game will be referee Lee Swabey (Devon).

Mr Swabey is 31 years old and was born in Plymouth. He's been a regular at Huish Park and other West Country venues stretching back nine years as an assistant referee and a fourth official, since becoming a Football League official in the summer of 2006. He was promoted as a referee to the Football League in the summer of 2015, getting a trial run during the 2015-16 pre-season, taking charge of our 3-2 win over Swansea City Under-21s which seemed to pass off without major incident.

Later during the actual 2015-16 campaign, he was present for the 1-1 draw against AFC Wimbledon. We'll have trouble in providing a review for his performance though as he only lasted 38 minutes! We're not quite sure what caused his problem, but at that point he needed to be replaced, and retreated to becoming the Fourth Official for the rest of the match.

We finally got him for a full 90 minutes for the December 2015 match against Leyton Orient. Overall he had a decent game. We would quibble about the six minutes of first half injury time he conjured up, but as we scored during that period, maybe we won't do that! Orient fans were too busy expressing their unhappiness with their first team manager to get angsty about the referee, and we don't recall anything too controversial from their point of view.

We had him twice during 2016. The first was the March 2016 fixture against Cambridge United at the Abbey Stadium. He had a large impact on the match, given that he dished out a red card against Liam Walsh just 16 minutes into the match. Although we've not got too many complaints about the Walsh dismissal - if you put a hand into a player's face, then you're not going to stay on the pitch - we felt the match official should have been more alert to what preceded it - James Dunne's pinch to the back of Walsh's neck should have got him cautioned, which given the same player got booked later on in the match, would have evened up the two teams. He wound up the home fans as well by booking Darnell Furlong for diving when they thought he'd given them a penalty, and in a game with six yellows and one red he was a bit too involved in the match.

Most recently Mr Swabey was present for the December 2016 EFL Trophy Second Round match against Milton Keynes Dons. Given we got two penalties awarded in our favour, and the opposition had a man sent off, we're hardly likely to be harsh on him for this fixture! We thought that the second spot kick - award for a handball - was a little fortuitious but the first and the dismissal were of a nature where opposition fans would have reluctantly nodded in agreement. Milton Keynes believe they were denied an early penalty decision, whilst he chalked off one of their goals for offside - sometimes things do go your way!

He's only taken charge of seven matches this season, having only started in late November. Since then he's clocked up 27 bookings and three red cards. Two weeks ago, he was in charge of the Cheltenham Town vs Accrington Stanley fixture. He dismissed Accrington's Scott Brown for a foul that denied a goalscoring opportunity - reports suggested that decision was very harsh, but the attempt to appeal the decision was unsuccessful.

Mr Swabey will be assisted by Marvyn Amphlett (Worcestershire) and Kevin Howick (Oxfordshire). The Fourth Official will be Mark Russell (Somerset).

Link: September 2015 : Yeovil Town 1 AFC Wimbledon 1.

Link: December 2015 : Leyton Orient 1 Yeovil Town 1.

Link: March 2016 : Cambridge United 3 Yeovil Town 0.

Link: December 2016 : Yeovil Town 4 Milton Keynes Dons 1.


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27 January 2017 : Way Still Willing To Add To Squad Before Transfer Deadline
Yeovil Town manager Darren Way has said that he is still prepared to add to his first team squad before the January Transfer Window closes. Earlier this week, the club saw Jack Storer end a rather brief anonymous loan spell with the Glovers, and return to Birmingham City, following a decision to cut his half-season loan short, with not even a month having passed. That took the club back to five loan players - the most that any club can field in a matchday squad.

During the month of January, in theory having six loanees wouldn't have been the problem, as Swansea City loanee Ryan Hedges has been back at his parent club receiving treatment on an ankle injury, yet his return to the training ground means that any further loan recruits would push the club back above that threshold, meaning that any new loan arrivals would force one player to sit in the stand every weekend. Whilst Way acknowledges that situation would give him a headache, he is still willing to bring in a 'sixth loan' before January 31st if he is able to:

"I've only got a small squad, and I think we've only fielded 20 or 21 players. We've been quite consistent, and I don't want to leave us short, going into part two of the season, which is very very difficult. I would have had six loans, as Ryan Hedges is back now. He trained (on Thursday), which is great news. So that would have given me a headache as far as who do I drop out from the loans in the squad. I haven't got that problem now. But I still want to make sure that I still go into the next month, so that if I do lose a loan, whether it be through injury, then as long as it's the understanding of the football club and why they're coming here, that I may take that as an option."

The Yeovil manager's calculations are a little short of what the club have used so far this season. This season's appearance statistics show the Glovers have used 22 players in League Two matches, whilst they have fielded 26 players in all competitions. First Team squad members Ollie Bassett and Tom James have yet to get on the pitch. They are currently working off a squad of 24 players, although Joe Lea is at Gosport Borough for the remainder of the season, whilst Josh Ezewele is at Kidderminster Harriers until around mid-February, giving a current selection of 22 players.

Way's team are currently on a run of seven League Two matches without a win, and they will have to try to break that run by taking on League Two leaders Doncaster Rovers on Saturday, followed by second placed Plymouth Argyle on Tuesday night. The Glovers boss has suggested that this is his toughest month of the season, and despite the lack of victories still believes his side are 'close' to being successful:

"I knew it was going to be my toughest this month, as a manager. I think that if we pick up three points soon, then the games that we've had against Exeter, where you can see the run that Exeter have gone on, then Portsmouth and Wycombe, who I don't think have lost in ten, and then we went to Blackpool. I just feel that we're so close - we are so close. You can get frustrated, but we're going in the right direction."


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26 January 2017 : Hedges Back On Training Ground After Month Absence
Yeovil Town have this week been able to welcome back Swansea City wide man Ryan Hedges back to the training ground this week. The 21 year old has missed the last five matches with an ankle injury that saw him temporarily return to his parent club, following a bad tackle in the Boxing Day home match against Exeter City at Huish Park.

Ryan's own estimate was that he would be returning to the club for around the end of January, and it would appear that he is on track for that, and if anything a couple of days ahead of schedule. The chances are that with him having missed a whole month's worth of training and matches that he may need some further time on the training ground to get himself back into the swing of things, but it would appear that his return to the teamsheet is fairly imminent.

The Glovers have three other players currently receiving treatment for injuries. Winger Otis Khan (ankle), midfielder Alex Lawless (hip) and left-back Ryan Dickson (broken nose) are all described as 'very close' to returns. However, given the club stop short of suggesting they're back on the training ground, their availability for this weekend's match against Doncaster Rovers seems less certain.

The separation of the EFL Trophy and the Football League disciplinary rules mean that the suspension of Alex Lawless and right-back Liam Shephard get put on hold once again, and both would stand as available for Saturday - although Lawless may be still out due to the aforementioned hip problem. Both players suspensions will be served on Tuesday 7th February, provided the Kenilworth Road, Luton pitch has thawed out by then.

The return of Jack Storer to Birmingham City this week means that the squad will be one striker short, although manager Darren Way hasn't yet closed the door on bringing in more new faces prior to next Tuesday's January transfer window deadline.


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26 January 2017 : Darren Talks About Blackpool Team Selection
Just before last Saturday's match against Blackpool kicked off at Bloomfield Road, 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 signing of Tottenham Hotspur loanee Shayon Harrison, the return and the fitness of captain Darren Ward, and why he has spent much of January targetting strikers. Read that interview via the link below.

Link: Darren Way Speaks To The BBC Just Before Kick-Off Against Blackpool
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26 January 2017 : EF Trophy Semi-Final Draw Gives Potential Home Tie
The winners of the EFL Trophy Quarter-Final tie between Luton Town and Yeovil Town will face a home tie at the Semi-Final stage. The teams were drawn out live on Sky Sports News, in the round that will decide which two clubs go to Wembley Stadium on April 2nd 2017. The winners of the Kenilworth Road tie will face the winners of the all-League One match between Oxford United and Bradford City that was called off eight minutes before kick-off on Tuesday night.

The Semi-Final Draw is as follows:

Coventry City vs Wycombe Wanderers
Luton Town or Yeovil Town vs Oxford United or Bradford City

All Semi-Final ties are scheduled to be played during the week commencing February 20th 2017. Unlike previous seasons the Semi-Final will be played on a single leg basis.

Yeovil Town's Quarter-Final tie against Luton Town, which was postponed yesterday due to a frozen pitch, will be played on Tuesday 7th February. Oxford United and Bradford City are due to meet on Tuesday 31st January.

Link: Ciderspace Guide To Luton Town.

Link: EFL Trophy Ticketing For Luton Town vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Provisional GWSC Travel For Luton Town vs Yeovil Town.


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26 January 2017 : Yeovil Town vs Portsmouth : Man of the Match Result
Yeovil Town's final match of 2016 saw them face Portsmouth in a League Two match at Huish Park. The match ended up in a 0-0 draw - at least we think it did - the fog that surrounded the ground throughout the game made it hard to be sure. Our closest chance came during the second half when Otis Khan hit the woodwork at the home terrace end.

Man of the Match voting saw Otis Khan pick up the most outright votes, but come in third place by a narrow margin. Sneaking ahead of him were Kevin Dawson who finished as runner up, whilst holding midfielder Alex Lawless was the winner, with all three of the top players separated by tiny numbers of votes.

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

1. Alex Lawless 96 (4)
2. Kevin Dawson 92 (6)
3. Otis Khan 90 (8)
4. Artur Krysiak 68 (3)
5. Alex Lacey 58 (3)
6. Nathan Smith 50 (3)
7. Bevis Mugabi 46 (3)
8. Ryan Dickson 28 (0)
9. Ben Whitfield 18 (1)
10. Tom Eaves 12 (1)
11. Matt Butcher 6 (0)
12. Tahvon Campbell 4 (0)

OVERALL MATCH RATING : 6.12
Performance : 6.56
Entertainment : 5.69
VOTES RECEIVED : 32


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25 January 2017 : Lea Gets Full Gosport Debut
Yeovil Town midfielder Joe Lea made his debut for loan side Gosport Borough last night, but it probably wasn't quite the experience that he wanted. Lea - who has joined the Hampshire side until the end of the 2016-17 season - played a full 90 minutes against East Thurrock United in a National League South fixture, but unfortunately was in a side that suffered a 1-5 home defeat.

Gosport are currently attempting to overhaul their playing squad - they brought in five new arrivals in the lead-up to the match, but the outcome was the same as East Thurrock repeated a scoreline they'd managed earlier in the season. Ben Wright got Gosport's goal, which provided an eighth minute equaliser, but the home side crumbled very soon after that to concede four before half time, ultimately giving them a run of seven defeats in a row. Gosport's teamsheet included former Yeovil Town Youth Team player Sam Lanahan, who came on as a second half substitute.

Gosport Borough: 1. Dan Thomas, 2. Harry Wedlake, 3. Tom Bird, 4. Joe Lea, 5. Joe Oastler (Capt), 6. Adam Brice, 7. Aaron Dawson, 8. Richie Whittingham, 9. Tony Lee, 10. Ben Wright 11. Ramone Rose

Substitutes: 12. Rowan Vine (38 mins for Ramone Rose) 14. Josh Carmichael 15. Sam Lanahan (61 mins for Harry Wedlake) 16. Ollie Bailey 17. Duran Martin (75 mins for Rowan Vine)


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25 January 2017 : Storer Loan Stay Cut Short After Birmingham Return
Birmingham City striker Jack Storer has left Yeovil Town. In what will count as one of the shortest stays at Huish Park, the 19 year old has returned to his parent club, with his agreement at Huish Park being terminated by 'mutual consent' and for what is described as 'personal reasons'.

Storer's time at Yeovil Town boils down to just 45 minutes worth of football in the League Two match at Crawley Town. He started that match, but was taken off at half time, and was then an unused substitute in the EFL Trophy match against Reading Under-21s. When he was not on the teamsheet for the match against Wycombe Wanderers - again for personal reasons - the suspicion was that his time at the club would not last long, and again last Saturday at Blackpool he was an unused substitute.

He now returns to St Andrews with one appearance, and 45 minutes to his name for what had been intended to be a half-season loan with the club. As he's now played for both Birmingham's first team, and for Yeovil Town, he will not be able to go out on loan to another Football League club this season. There is a grey area in the rules, as to whether he'd be able to get a loan agreement with a non-league side.

Link: Jack Storer : Yeovil Town Statistics.


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25 January 2017 : EFL Trophy Semi-Final Draw Schedule
The draw for the Semi-Final of the EFL Trophy will be made tomorrow morning. The Football League have announced that the final four places will be drawn out at around 11.30a.m. live on Sky Sports News, in the round that will decide which two clubs go to Wembley Stadium on April 2nd 2017.

Last night saw two out of the four semi-finals completed, with the last of the Under-21 sides eliminated from the competition. It's rather fitting that a competition revamp that was designed to improve the fortunes of the England National Team in future years, saw a Welsh side in Swansea City Under-21s field a 38 year old German goalkeeper in Gerhard Tremmel between the sticks for their Quarter Final tie against Coventry City. Russell Slade's side were the victors on penalty kicks though.

The other side to progress were Wycombe Wanderers. They came from behind to beat Mansfield Town by a 2-1 scoreline, putting them into the semi-finals. Farce of the evening came at the Kassam Stadium, where Oxford United and Bradford City turned up, allowing fans to enter the turnstiles, and teams to do their warm-ups to prepare for the fixture. Eight minutes before the game was due to start, referee Dean Whitestone decided to have a pitch inspection, and without any prior warning called the game off due to a frozen pitch. All that means that the six teams left in the competition are as follows:

Coventry City
Wycombe Wanderers
Oxford United or Bradford City (playing Tuesday 31st January)
Luton Town or Yeovil Town (playing Tuesday 7th February)

Unlike previous seasons, the EFL Trophy Semi-Final will not be a two-legged affair. Random luck will decide who gets the home advantage, with the semi-final ties due to be played during the week commencing February 20th 2017.

Yeovil Town's Quarter-Final tie against Luton Town, which was postponed yesterday due to a frozen pitch, will be played on Tuesday 7th February, meaning that both clubs will know their theoretical semi-final opponents before that tie is played.

Link: Ciderspace Guide To Luton Town.

Link: EFL Trophy Ticketing For Luton Town vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Provisional GWSC Travel For Luton Town vs Yeovil Town.


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25 January 2017 : Shayon Harrison Talks About His Arrival At Yeovil Town
Following Saturday's 2-2 draw against Blackpool at Bloomfield Road, Yeovil Town's new on loan striker Shayon Harrison spoke to the BBC. With questions from local journalist Chris Spittles, in an interview for BBC Somerset, the Tottenham Hotspur Academy graduate gives his views on the game, along with his arrival at the club. Read that interview via the link below.

Link: Shayon Harrison Speaks To The BBC After The 2-2 Draw Against Blackpool.


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24 January 2017 : Darren Ward Talks About The Blackpool Away Draw
Following Saturday's 2-2 draw with Blackpool at Bloomfield Road, Yeovil Town captain Darren Ward spoke to the BBC about the game. With questions from local journalist Chris Spittles, in an interview for BBC Somerset, Darren's thoughts on his return to the team, the background to his injury, his goal on the day, and the overall team performance, can be read via the link below.

Link: Darren Ward Speaks To The BBC After The 2-2 Draw Against Blackpool.


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24 January 2017 : Luton Town vs Yeovil Town : Match Is POSTPONED
Yeovil Town's EFL Trophy Quarter-Final tie against Luton Town that was due to take place tonight has been postponed. The Kenilworth Road pitch was inspected at midday today and has been deemed to be too frozen for the match to proceed. Yeovil Town's first team squad had already travelled up to the Luton area yesterday, to stay overnight, and so their journey will have been fruitless, but the early postponement should mean that all supporters can avoid travelling to the game.

The match will now require a new date. The most likely date will be Tuesday 7th February. Both Yeovil Town and Luton Town have prearranged fixtures pencilled in for Tuesday 31st January and Tuesday 14th February, meaning that with the EFL Trophy Semi-Finals due to be played on or around 21st February, that is the one free slot in the calendar. We'll confirm the new date once it is known.

Update: The new date for Tuesday 7th February, with a 7.45p.m. kick-off is already confirmed.


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24 January 2017 : Eaves Keeps Focus Away From Luton Pitch Inspection
Yeovil Town striker Tom Eaves has said that the first team squad are trying not to pay too much attention to today's EFL Trophy pitch inspection. The match referee will be looking at the Kenilworth Road pitch at midday today to see whether there are any issues concerning what is likely to be a frosty pitch, with overnight temperatures in the area having regularly gone below zero over the last few nights.

As it happens, the weather forecast is for temperatures in the Luton area to be above zero during most of the afternoon, meaning that if it passes the lunchtime inspection then that should see the tie played. But Eaves told BBC Somerset that the players won't pay too much attention to that and will be assuming that the game will go ahead:

"I think you've just got to prepare as if the game is going on. I've heard that there is a pitch inspection, but I don't think that it affects the players mentality or the preparation towards the game. We've prepared throughout the past few days as if it's going to be on. So we're looking forward to it."

Whilst the Glovers' scoring record in League Two matches has not been too much to shout about - 28 goals in 26 matches - their record in the EFL Trophy is very different. Four goal hauls against Portsmouth, Milton Keynes Dons and Reading Under-21s have produced some very different looking scorelines. Eaves says he hopes that sort of form can continue tonight:

"We've played some really good football, and we've had some quite tough opponents like Reading (Under-21s), Portsmouth and MK Dons, and we put on really good performances against those teams. Luton themselves are a really good team and they're in good form this season. It's not going to be an easy fixture. But we're full of confidence going into this game."

A reminder that Tuesday night's fixture is ALL TICKET for away supporters. Do not travel without purchasing a ticket in advance. See below, or the guide itself, for instructions on ticketing. However, you may wish to wait until after the midday pitch inspection to buy your ticket.

Link: Ciderspace Guide To Luton Town.

Link: EFL Trophy Ticketing For Luton Town vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Provisional GWSC Travel For Luton Town vs Yeovil Town.


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23 January 2017 : Bird Flies In To Join Exiles
Former Yeovil Town striker Ryan Bird has become the latest in a long list of new arrivals at League Two basement side Newport County. The 29 year old has left National League side Eastleigh after half a year, having netted seven times in 18 appearances for the Hampshire side.

Details of the deal are rather sketchy - Eastleigh had put Bird on the transfer list, following the arrival of new boss Martin Allen and his move to overhaul his first team squad. However, Newport do not specify whether they paid a fee for him, or what his contract length is - the only detail provided is that it is a permanent transfer.

Bird is one of twelve players that Exiles manager Graham Westley has brought in during January, which includes five other strikers. Bird will be competing with Aaron Williams, Jaanai Gordon, Craig Reid, Florent Bojaj, Alex Samuel and Marlon Jackson up front. Meanwhile defenders David Pipe, Sid Nelson, Mark O'Brien and Mickey Demetriou are joined by midfielder Mitchell Rose as the new men at Rodney Parade. On top of that, first team coach Michael Flynn has been registered as a player.

Westley has been pushing almost an equal number out the door during January, with nine players leaving and two more transfer listed. Jack Jebb, Josh O’Hanlon, Jon Parkin, Abdoulaye Meite, Rhys Healey, Kyle Cameron, Jordan Green, Dafydd Jones and Ben Jones have all gone. Meanwhile former Yeovil Town pair Ben Tozer and Jack Compton have both been told they are free to find new clubs.

Despite all of the changes, Newport remain rooted to the foot of the League Two table. Although they've drawn their last two matches, they are currently on a run of ten matches without a win, which included eight consecutive defeats. Newport's last win came on November 19th 2016.

Link: Ryan Bird : Yeovil Town Statistics.


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23 January 2017 : Pitch Inspection Planned For Luton EFL Trophy Tie
There will be a pitch inspection for tomorrow evening's EFL Trophy Quarter-Final match against Luton Town. The match is due to take place at Kenilworth Road on Tuesday 24th January, with a 7.45p.m. kick-off but Luton will be planning for a referee to inspect the pitch at MIDDAY (i.e. 12.00hrs) to see if the pitch is playable.

Luton say : "with parts of the Kenilworth Road pitch frozen by the sub-zero temperatures in the area in recent days, an inspection will be necessary. Every chance will be given to get the game on."

A reminder that Tuesday night's fixture is ALL TICKET for away supporters. Do not travel without purchasing a ticket in advance. See below, or the guide itself, for instructions on ticketing.

Link: Ciderspace Guide To Luton Town.

Link: EFL Trophy Ticketing For Luton Town vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Provisional GWSC Travel For Luton Town vs Yeovil Town.


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23 January 2017 : Video : Glovers Fans Attempt The Mannequin Challenge At Blackpool
Over the weekend just gone, the Away Travel Club had a couple of days away, centring around the club's League Two fixture in Blackpool. Staying in the Delton Hotel, they appeared to be having a pleasant drink when suddenly they ended up frozen in time (apart from some sparkly lights on their hats!)

Watch a group of Yeovil Town supporters attempt the Mannequin Challenge via the YouTube clip below! Hopefully no comparison can be drawn between their static behaviour, and any defending at Bloomfield Road ...




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23 January 2017 : Ryan Mason Talking And Accepting Visitors After Hospital Stay
Former Yeovil Town loanee Ryan Mason is reported as being conscious, talking and well enough to receive visitors in hospital this morning. Following yesterday's match between Hull City and Chelsea that saw the 25 year old stretchered off following a head collision with Chelsea's Gary Cahill he had spent the night at Paddington's St Mary's Hospital, having surgery on a fractured skull.

Hull City have provided a secondary statement today to indicate that Mason has been well enough to receive visitors from four people involved in their club set-up, and has been able to talk about the incident. Hull City's statement - unedited - reads as follows:

"The Club can confirm that Ryan has been visited this morning at St Mary's Hospital by Club Captain Michael Dawson, Club Doctor Mark Waller, Head of Medical Rob Price and Club Secretary Matt Wild. Ryan has been speaking of the incident yesterday and will continue to be monitored at the hospital over the coming days where the Club will remain in close contact with Ryan, his family and the staff at St Mary's.

Ryan and his family have also been extremely touched by the overwhelming support they have received and would very much like to thank all of those who have posted such positive comments both on social media and in the press over the last 24 hours
."

Thankfully it would appear that national tabloid reports yesterday evening, including The Mirror, who put one report on their front page, are rather wide of the mark. Hopefully Ryan can now continue his recovery in the coming days without further tabloid speculation.

Link: Ryan Mason : Yeovil Town Statistics.


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23 January 2017 : Ciderspace Guide To Luton Town
Tomorrow evening, Yeovil Town travel to play Luton Town in the EFL Trophy Quarter-Finals. For those fans heading to Kenilworth Road, the Ciderspace guide has had some small tweaks from our August 2016 visit to cover updated statistics, plus ticketing information for the game. Find it via the link below.

A reminder that Tuesday night's fixture is ALL TICKET for away supporters. Do not travel without purchasing a ticket in advance.

See below, or the guide itself, for instructions on ticketing.

Link: Ciderspace Guide To Luton Town.

Link: EFL Trophy Ticketing For Luton Town vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Provisional GWSC Travel For Luton Town vs Yeovil Town.

The weird and wonderful turnstile entrance to the away section in Oak Road - those are real houses!
The weird and wonderful turnstile entrance to the away section in Oak Road - those are real houses!
Photo © 2016-17 Ciderspace.



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23 January 2017 : Lea Goes Out For Second Loan Spell
Yeovil Town midfielder Joe Lea has gone out on loan again. Having had a spell with Dorchester Town last year, he has now joined Gosport Borough on loan. They play in the National League South Division and are currently in 18th place with 24 points from 24 games.

Lea will play for Gosport until the end of the 2016-17 season, which also represents the end of his Yeovil Town contract. His last first team appearance came for the club on August 30th 2016 in the EFL Trophy Group Stage match against Portsmouth.

Link: Joe Lea : Yeovil Town Statistics.


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23 January 2017 : Six Players Expected To Miss EFL Trophy Trip
Yeovil Town are expected to be without as many as six of their first team squad for tomorrow evening's EFL Trophy tie against Luton Town at Kenilworth Road. The club have been without wide men Ryan Hedges and Otis Khan during January due to ankle injuries, and neither are expected to be back for the Tuesday night Quarter-Final tie at Kenilworth Road, with Hedges not expected to appear until February at this stage, whilst Khan's prognosis hasn't been made public.

Last week, the Football Association confirmed the suspension of Alex Lawless and Liam Shephard for picking up two bookings in the competition, although Lawless probably wouldn't have featured anyway due to his hip injury. The quirk of the competition rules meant that their yellow cards picked up in the Third Round tie against Reading Under-21s weren't due to be triggered until the next round of the competition.

Another absentee on Tuesday night is expected to be captain Darren Ward. In his pre-match interview, boss Darren Way stated that he did not think Ward was capable of playing two games a week at this stage, and so even before he took to the field in the 2-2 draw at Blackpool he said that his captain would not be considered for selection in the EFL Trophy. Ward himself explained that his knee problem stemmed from a tackle that he went in for on the opening game of the season, but did not think it was as serious as his two month absence might have implied:

"We've just got to be careful with it. Again, because of the time that I've been out, it may come across like it's serious, but it's not. I unfortunately received some severe bone bruising on the outside (of the knee), which we still don't quite know how that happened, but we think it was from my very first touch of the ball on the very first game of the season. If anyone remembers it, the lunge when I went in, really jarred my knee, and we think it was from that."

Ward also gave his views on the incident involving left-back Ryan Dickson on Saturday, with the 30 year old being stretchered off in the 84th minute. Ward didn't attach any blame to Blackpool striker Jamille Matt and confirmed that Dickson had a broken nose from the challenge, which should mean that he is not risked for the Tuesday night fixture, but hopefully means that he will not be out for too long. Ward explained:

"I think that he (Jamille Matt) has been doing that all game, and that's the way he plays. In those positions, he didn't duck out of anything. When you play a ball like that from a kick-off, you always kind of sit back and think that someone is going to come out of it worse for wear. But unfortunately it was Dicko (Ryan Dickson). It was one of those things. He didn't mean to do it, and you could see after, in that there wasn't anything nasty behind it. It's probably made him (Dickson) look a bit more handsome now, with a broken nose. We're just happy that nothing was too serious."

There may also be a slight doubt about striker Omar Sowunmi tomorrow evening, given that he has hobbled off in both the Wycombe Wanderers and Blackpool matches, although his problem at Adams Park didn't stop him from starting a week later. There are no issues with Yeovil Town's newest signings from playing in the match at Kenilworth Road. Strike trio Brandon Goodship, Jack Storer and Shayon Harrison and defender Tom James have not played for any club in the competition so far.

A reminder that Tuesday night's fixture is ALL TICKET for away supporters. Do not travel without purchasing a ticket in advance. See below for instructions on ticketing.

Link: EFL Trophy Ticketing For Luton Town vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Provisional GWSC Travel For Luton Town vs Yeovil Town.


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22 January 2017 : Ryan Mason In 'Stable' Condition After Fractured Skull In Premier League Game
Former Yeovil Town loanee Ryan Mason is in hospital tonight after suffering a serious head collision in this afternoon's Premier League match between Hull City and Chelsea. The Tottenham Hotspur Academy graduate was stretchered off after he collided with Gary Cahill 13 minutes into the match, requiring oxygen as he left the field. He was taken to St Mary's Hospital in Paddington, West London as soon as he left the field.

This evening, a number of sensationalistic tabloid reports began to circulate, sourced from The Mirror but then rapidly copied by others, claiming that Mason was 'fighting for his life' due to 'bleeding on the brain'. Thankfully, a Hull City statement issued an hour later tends to adopt a far more cautious note, describing Mason as 'stable' and 'in hospital for the next few days' and not making any reference to the claims that the tabloids had made concerning his condition. Hull's full unedited statement reads:

"The Club can confirm that Ryan Mason sustained a skull fracture in our fixture at Chelsea this afternoon. He was taken to St Mary’s Hospital where he has undergone surgery. Ryan is in a stable condition and is expected to remain in hospital for the next few days.

Everyone at the Club would like to express their sincere thanks for the excellent and swift care given to Ryan by both the Accident and Emergency department and Neurosurgery Unit at St Mary’s Hospital. A further update will be issued tomorrow
."

We naturally wish Ryan all the best, and hope he makes a full recovery as soon as possible.

Link: Ryan Mason : Yeovil Town Statistics.


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22 January 2017 : Ngoo Back In English Football After Latics Deal
League One side Oldham Athletic have signed up former Yeovil Town loanee Michael Ngoo on a short term contract. The former Liverpool academy player had most recently been on the books of National League side Bromley after a long spell out of the game. He turned out for Bromley just once in November 2016, but before that had a two year spell with Scottish side Kilmarnock that was largely thwarted by a serious leg injury.

Ngoo only made seven appearances for Kilmarnock, with six of those coming in the Scottish Premiership during the first half of the 2014-15 season. A tackle by Celtic's Virgil Van Dijk - now at Southampton - left Ngoo with a deep gash in his leg that required an operation. It's not clear how long he was out injured, but beyond that game he made just one 88th minute substitute appearance before disappearing entirely off the radar. His two year contract with Kilmarnock ran out in the summer of 2016, and unsurprisingly wasn't renewed.

It seems that Ngoo left Bromley fairly soon after his arrival and has been training with Oldham Athletic, who currently lie in the League One relegation zone. Their problems haven't been helped by a transfer embargo, caused by the non-payment of a £300,000 tax bill and a number of debts to other clubs. But that was cleared last Monday, thus allowing them to sign Ngoo and two other players in time for yesterday's match against relegation rivals Shrewsbury Town. New Oldham boss John Sheridan has said of Ngoo's arrival:

"He has been on trial with us, I’ve looked at him and we’re taking a chance on him. He has got a good pedigree with being at Liverpool and he’s here until the end of the season so hopefully he turns out to be a good acquisition for us. He is big, over six foot and puts himself about so hopefully we can get something out of him and he is the type of player who could keep us in this league."

Ngoo played the first 57 minutes of yesterday's match at Shrewsbury, but saw his new team slip to a 1-0 defeat, which allowed the home side to climb out of the relegation zone and leave Oldham six points from safety.

Link: Michael Ngoo : Yeovil Town Statistics.


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22 January 2017 : Video : Blackpool vs Yeovil Town Match Highlights
For those who want to view match highlights of yesterday's 2-2 draw with Blackpool at Bloomfield Road, these are now online. The goals scored by Francois Zoko and Darren Ward were cancelled out by Blackpool's Kelvin Mellor and Nathan Delfouneso - those are all present via the YouTube footage below. The footage also includes a first half effort from Matt Dolan and the late volley from Tom Eaves but does not include any of the game's incidents that were claimed as contentious after the match.




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22 January 2017 : Dickson Confirms No Serious Injury After Matt Collision
Yesterday, Yeovil Town left-back Ryan Dickson was stretchered off towards the end of the 2-2 draw against Blackpool, following a nasty looking collision with home striker Jamille Matt. The six minute delay saw the 30 year old carried off - although the assumption had been that he'd suffered a head injury, there were concerns when the medics appeared to be strapping his legs before lifting him onto the stretcher.

Thankfully, Ryan posted via his Twitter account on Saturday night to confirm that he was okay, and also to imply that his only problem was a facial injury. It wouldn't be a surprise if he was given Tuesday night off at Luton Town to recover, but it seems that whatever injury he has picked up that it shouldn't be too serious.

Ryan Dickson's tweet during mid-Saturday evening
Ryan Dickson's tweet during mid-Saturday evening



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21 January 2017 : Darren Way's Verdict On The Blackpool Away Game
Following Saturday afternoon's 2-2 draw against Blackpool at Bloomfield Road, Yeovil Town manager Darren Way spoke to the BBC. With questions from local journalist Chris Spittles, in an interview for BBC Somerset, Darren gives his view on referee Carl Boyeson's performance, the injury to Ryan Dickson, and the overall team performance against Blackpool. Read that via the link below.

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


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21 January 2017 : Darren Way Accuses Referee Of Lack Of Honesty After Demanding Apology For Performance
Yeovil Town manager Darren Way ripped into referee Carl Boyeson following his performance in this afternoon's 2-2 draw against Blackpool today. The Glovers were left frustrated by a 95th minute goal from subsitute Nathan Delfouneso, scored from a free kick that Way felt should not have been awarded. Prior to that, there were claims of a handball in the build-up to Blackpool's first goal, eventually scored by Kelvin Mellor, with Way feeling that play should have been pulled back long before the final cross was put into the box.

Referee Boyeson has a bit of history with Yeovil Town, as the official who took charge of their FA Cup First Round Replay against Solihull Moors that saw the National League side equalise from the penalty spot via an ultra-soft penalty decision that eventually led to the Glovers being knocked out on penalty kicks after extra time. Way felt that the referee should have apologised for that bad decision, and felt the same about his performance today, accusing him of a lack of honesty in the way Boyeson assessed himself:

"I'm disappointed, but I tried to give the referee the benefit of the doubt today, after his Solihull performance. I feel let down, because there is no honesty as far as a referee is concerned. I just expected him to apologise or at least say something from the Solihull (penalty) decision, but then he goes and almost gives them two goals today. It was a handball when they attacked us on the first counter. Then there was the decision when Ryan Dickson was stretchered off where there was no yellow card, Then he gave handball when it wasn't handball for their free kick. So I'm disappointed as I expect them to take responsibility, and analyse their own performance, but I just don't see it. To make a bad mistake once, and then cost me two goals today, I just feel that there is no honesty. You can be a bad decision-maker but not consistently, like he's been."

Way later confirmed that the injury to Ryan Dickson was more related to a facial problem, rather than down to the leg that he had strapped up when he left the field on a stretcher in the 84th minute. However, he felt that when officials made apparently bad decisions, that they should be honest enough to own up to them, and he felt Boyeson didn't do that at the end of the game:

"Sometimes you have to be honest. That's not me coming out and putting him in a difficult position, but you've got to accept responsibility. If my team don't play well, I say my team has not played well. If I make a bad decision then I try to be honest and say I've made a bad decision. I just expected him to turn up today and at least have an apology, because managers get sacked on the back of that and my team deserved better. I didn't think that he could be that bad again today, but he was. They didn't deserve to have two bad refereeing decisions cost them that three points."


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21 January 2017 : Man of the Match Voting for Blackpool vs Yeovil Town
If you watched Saturday afternoon's 2-2 draw against Blackpool 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: Man of the Match Voting for Blackpool vs Yeovil Town.


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21 January 2017 : Blackpool 2 Yeovil 2 : Late Goal Denies Glovers Win As Dickson Is Stretchered Off
Yeovil Town conceded five minutes into second half injury time this afternoon, as a late Nathan Delfouneso goal denied them their first League win of 2017. The Glovers were pegged back to 2-2 despite taking the lead twice at Bloomfield Road. Francois Zoko's seventh goal of the season gave the Glovers the lead before the break, but the home side put plenty of pressure on during the second period and equalised through Kelvin Mellor. Ten minutes later Darren Ward looked to have won the game when he scored from inside the box, but Delfouneso scored deep into injury time for the final goal of the game. Much of that injury time was due to a serious looking injury to Ryan Dickson, who was stretchered off following a collision with Jamille Matt, with his left leg strapped up as he left the field after a long delay, although later suggestions were that it was a head injury that caused him to leave the field.

The Glovers went into the game making two changes to their starting line-up. Captain Darren Ward returned after a ten game absence, with Alex Lacey the unlucky man to drop out. Up front, Ben Whitfield was displaced with Tom Eaves coming into the starting line-up. That led to a formation tweak with Eaves and Omar Sowunmi playing as a centre-forward pairing as Francois Zoko dropped to a slightly deeper role. Blackpool's teamsheet included two new signings but both set on the bench - mirroring Yeovil's decision to put Shayon Harrison, Jack Storer and Brandon Goodship on the bench.

The first half was a scrappy attritional affair, in which both sides struggled to get control of the ball on a sticky looking pitch, that tended to cause both sides to adopt a long ball mentality, perhaps explaining why Tom Eaves and Omar Sowunmi were employed as a duo of central strikers on this occasion. Jamille Matt headed over the crossbar early on, whilst Nathan Smith had a shot blocked by Blackpool's Tom Aldred after their goalkeeper Sam Slocombe dropped the ball in the box. Minutes later, Smith headed wide. Then Darren Ward headed over from a Matt Dolan corner with the ball looping onto the roof of the net. At the other end, Matt caught the Yeovil back four rather flat-footed, but his attempt to lob Krysiak was a bit woeful and it went well wide of the target.

Yeovil hadn't had a single shot that had reached Sam Slocombe when they took the lead 34 minutes into the match. Avoiding the pitch entirely, Liam Shephard's throw-in was flicked on by Tom Eaves, then flicked on by Omar Sowunmi, and nicely into the path of Francois Zoko who was able to volley home from close range for a 1-0 lead. That was the trigger for Yeovil to close the half as the stronger side, with Matt Dolan's shot being parried by Slocombe as the midfielder hit the ball on the half volley. There hadn't been many chances throughout the half, but the main thing to note was that Artur Krysiak hadn't made a single save during it.

That pattern of play changed somewhat as Blackpool came out for the second period as by far the stronger team. A Mark Yeates header was easily saved by Artur Krysiak, before Kelvin Mellor and then Yeates again put shots wide. Despite being on top during this period, Gary Bowyer chose to introduce both of his new signings as substitutes on the hour mark, changing Blackpool's formation into a more attacking line-up. One of those subs, Nathan Delfouneso, curled a shot just wide of the target with Krysiak beaten, and then Tom Aldred forced Krysiak into a superb save before Will Aimson shot wide, with both Blackpool centre-backs getting firmly up the pitch.

The equaliser was coming, and after another substitute Sanmi Odelusi forced Krysiak into another save from an angled shot, Blackpool got level. Substitute Nathan Delfouneso's impact was clear as he broke past Liam Shephard and down the left flank before putting the ball into the box for Kelvin Mellor to fire home. 1-1 and with the home side having their tails firmly up, Yeovil immediately made the substitution they'd been trying to do before the goal, with Ben Whitfield replacing a limping Omar Sowunmi, meaning Yeovil reverted to the 4-3-3 formation as Francois Zoko and Whitfield went into wide positions. Later new signing Shayon Harrison replaced Zoko on the wide right.

With ten minutes remaining, despite having had very little chances to build up an attack during the second period, Yeovil grabbed the lead once again. Tom Eaves found himself in a wide position, and when he put the ball into the box, he found the unexpected sight of Darren Ward, who had stayed up for a long time following a previous set piece and was on hand to fire the ball home for a 2-1 lead.

The game suffered a lengthy six or seven minute delay almost immediately after the goal, after Jamille Matt and Ryan Dickson went in for an aerial ball, leaving Dickson on the deck. The stretcher bearers were brought on, with Dickson being slowly put onto the stretcher, with his legs being strapped up, although it had seemed the initial injury was a facial one. He left the field to be replaced by Bevis Mugabi, with the unusual feature of this being that Liam Shephard took the left-back slot despite Nathan Smith being on the pitch - Mugabi went to the right side.

Dickson's injury meant that nine minutes of injury time were signalled, and five minutes into that time added on, Blackpool grabbed an equalising goal. Liam Shephard fouled Jamille Matt, and when Danny Pugh put the free kick into the box, Tom Aldred touched the ball on and Nathan Delfouneso claimed the last touch for the game to be clawed back for a 2-2 scoreline in the 95th minute.

There was still late drama. Tom Eaves struck the crossbar in the 97th minute with a superb shot, before Blackpool had their own shouts for a penalty kick when Kelvin Mellor went down inside the box. The second half had been a bit of a rollercoaster, with a draw probably a reasonable outcome but with the Glovers still left in 16th, they will be kicking themselves that they didn't hold on.

Link: 2016-17 Latest League Two Table.

Final Score: Blackpool 2 Yeovil Town 2.

Scorers: Francois Zoko (0-1, 34 mins), Kelvin Mellor (1-1, 70 mins), Darren Ward (1-2, 80 mins), Nathan Delfouneso (2-2, 95 mins)

Blackpool:
1. Sam Slocombe
2. Kelvin Mellor 15. Tom Aldred 6. Will Aimson 5. Clark Robertson
21. Bright Osayi-Samuel 4. Jim McAlister 22. Danny Pugh 17. Mark Yeates
18. Danny Philliskirk
19. Jamille Matt

Substitutes:
29. Sanmi Odelusi (61 mins for Danny Philliskirk) 34. Sebastien Turenne Des Pres 9. Mark Cullen 16. Eddie Nolan 27. Dean Lyness 31. Armand Gnanduillet 30. Nathan Delfouneso (60 mins for Mark Yeates)

Yeovil Town:
1. Artur Krysiak
2. Liam Shephard 26. Darren Ward 3. Nathan Smith 11. Ryan Dickson (Capt)
7. Kevin Dawson 16. Matt Butcher 4. Matt Dolan
13. Francois Zoko
9. Tom Eaves 17. Omar Sowunmi

Substitutes: 12. Jonny Maddison 5. Bevis Mugabi (84 mins for Ryan Dickson) 6. Alex Lacey 18. Jack Storer 19. Brandon Goodship 28. Ben Whitfield (71 mins for Omar Sowunmi) 39. Shayon Harrison (76 mins for Francois Zoko)

Blackpool Bookings: None.

Yeovil Bookings: None.

Blackpool Match Statistics: Possession: 50%; Shots: 16; Shots On Target: 5; Corners: 3; Fouls: 15.

Yeovil Match Statistics: Possession: 50%; Shots: 15; Shots On Target: 7; Corners: 4; Fouls: 12.

Referee: Carl Boyeson (East Yorkshire). Assistants: Chris Isherwood (Lancashire) and Alf Greenwood (North Yorkshire). Fourth Official: Gary Hilton (Lancashire).

Attendance: 2,885 (with 167 Yeovil supporters).


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21 January 2017 : Team News For Blackpool vs Yeovil Town
Yeovil Town have chosen their starting line-up for this afternoon's League Two match against Blackpool at Bloomfield Road. The match sees the Glovers name two changes compared to the team that played against Wycombe Wanderers last weekend. Captain Darren Ward had missed ten consecutive games with a swollen knee but he returns straight into the starting line-up, displacing Alex Lacey who drops to the bench. Meanwhile Tom Eaves returns to the side displacing Ben Whitfield

New loan signing Shayon Harrison was registered yesterday and he makes the bench, with Jack Storer also back in the squad. Joe Lea, Ollie Bassett and new signing Tom James don't make the squad at all.

Swansea City loanee Ryan Hedges is expected to be out until at least the end of January with an ankle injury, whilst Otis Khan is also out for an unspecified length of time with a similar problem. Another absentee today is Alex Lawless who missed last week with a hip problem, and he misses his second game in a row. Josh Ezewele is on loan with Kidderminster Harriers.

The team is as follows - with a question mark over the exact line-up of the attacking players. The club have stated that only two of those players will be playing up front. Our current guess is as follows:

Yeovil Town:
1. Artur Krysiak
2. Liam Shephard 26. Darren Ward 3. Nathan Smith 11. Ryan Dickson (Capt)
7. Kevin Dawson 16. Matt Butcher 4. Matt Dolan
13. Francois Zoko
9. Tom Eaves 17. Omar Sowunmi

Substitutes: 12. Jonny Maddison 5. Bevis Mugabi 6. Alex Lacey 18. Jack Storer 19. Brandon Goodship 28. Ben Whitfield 39. Shayon Harrison

Blackpool:
1. Sam Slocombe
2. Kelvin Mellor 15. Tom Aldred 6. Will Aimson 5. Clark Robertson
21. Bright Osayi-Samuel 4. Jim McAlister 22. Danny Pugh 17. Mark Yeates
18. Danny Philliskirk
19. Jamille Matt

Substitutes:
29. Sanmi Odelusi 34. Sebastien Turenne Des Pres 9. Mark Cullen 16. Eddie Nolan 27. Dean Lyness 31. Armand Gnanduillet 30. Nathan Delfouneso


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21 January 2017 : Blackpool Make Double Signing Ahead Of Glovers Clash
Saturday afternoon's opponents Blackpool have made two signings to help bolster their injury-plagued squad. They have signed up Nathan Delfouneso from Swindon Town with the 25 year old signing a deal until the end of the 2016-17 season. He is familiar to the Tangerines, having had two loan spells and one permanent spell for them that accrued 93 appearances for them, playing in a variety of attacking positions. He also knows manager Gary Bowyer well, given that he also spent the 2015-16 season with Blackburn Rovers whist Bowyer was their manager. Delfouneso had been a regular in Swindon's side this season, making 24 appearances, but suddenly dropped out of favour during mid-December and was not selected again.

Blackpool have also brought in Wigan Athletic striker Sanmi Odelusi on loan. The 23 year old had been on loan with League One side Rochdale for what was intended to be a season-long loan deal. However, Wigan recalled him and immediately sent him out on loan to Blackpool. He had played 19 times for Rochdale so far this season, and is a former Bolton Wanderers player. Again, Odelusi's time with Rochdale suddenly curtailed in December and hadn't played for Dale in the past month, thus explaining Wigan's willingness to allow his time with them to be ended.

Both players will be eligible to play against Yeovil Town, and have been brought in following an injury crisis at Bloomfield Road that is expected to rule six players out of their side for this afternoon's match.


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21 January 2017 : Outgoing Academy Manager Takes Up New Gulls Position
National League side Torquay United have appointed the former Yeovil Town Academy Manager Geoff Harrop to a senior position within their club. As one of three appointments made by new owners Riviera Stadium Limited, the former Colchester United player and Northampton Town coach will take the title of General Manager - a position which in most football clubs is generally regarded as one step below that of Chief Executive. In Torquay's case that appears to be the goal, with Director Clarke Osborne - who is part of Torquay's new ownership structure - explaining Harrop's new role:

"Geoff knows football, the Club and Torquay; he is ambitious and committed to the successful future of the Club. As General Manager, he will oversee our operations and will be tasked with managing the development of a five-year plan and the re-establishment of a football academy and integrated youth football network. Kevin Nicholson and Geoff will work closely together in developing this brilliant Club, and improve every aspect of what we do on, and off the pitch, and report to the Board of Directors."

The decision by Torquay to restart their Football Academy will have been of significant personal interest to Harrop, and explains the reasons for him leaving Yeovil Town. He was their former Academy Manager under previous owners, but when they chose to shut down that part of the club, due to their relegation from the Football League, and other financial pressures, the Glovers approached him in the summer of 2015 to become their own new Academy Manager, with theirs also having a two year hiatus.

Hence Harrop now moves full circle and back to a club that he had a five year spell with. He is understood to still live in the area, and suggestions of him moving back there have been on the rumourmill since May 2016. At that time, a company called Gaming International were attempting to take over Torquay United, with Harrop's name being connected with that deal. The takeover initially appeared to through, but was ressurected just before Christmas, with Gaming International setting up the Riviera Stadium Limited company to control their interests in the Gulls at arms length.

The new owners are currently awaiting ratification of their takeover by the National League at their next February board meeting. However, they appear confident enough that will happen, with Harrop also being joined by Mel Hayman, the club's new Financial Controller, and Tim Herbert, the new Club Secretary. Harrop will begin his new role at Torquay on February 1st - the day after his employment wih Yeovil Town expires.


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20 January 2017 : Darren Previews The Blackpool Away Game
As part of the build-up to Saturday afternoon's match against Blackpool at Bloomfield Road, Yeovil Town manager Darren Way spoke to the BBC about the game. With questions from BBC Somerset reporter Dan Albutt, Darren talks about the fall-through of Andre Wright's loan deal, the recruitment of players like Brandon Goodship, the challenge of Blackpool this weekend, and his side's run of six games without a win. Read that interview via the link below.

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


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20 January 2017 : Harrison Arrives As New Loan Signing From Spurs
Yeovil Town have brought in their fourth signing of the January transfer window. The club have recruited Tottenham Hotspur striker Shayon Harrison on a half-season loan deal, thus providing a replacement for Andre Wright whose deal the club had to abort earlier this week.

Harrison is a product of Tottenham's Academy system. Born in Hornsey, London on July 13th 1997 (aged 19), he is a left-footed forward who can also play as a wide man. He has made one substitute appearance for the Spurs first team earlier this season, when he came on in the last seven minutes of their EFL Cup tie against Liverpool back in October 2016. He played against Yeovil Town in a behind-closed-doors friendly in the summer of 2016, just after the club had spent a week away in South Wales.

Aside from that, he has been attracting plenty of attention in their Premier League 2 side, after he went on a run of five goals in eight games in recent months. That led to him being short-listed for the Premier League 2 Player of the Month for December 2016. He will wear the No.39 shirt during his time at Huish Park.


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20 January 2017 : Blackpool Suffer Injury Crisis With Six Players Crocked
Saturday's opponents Blackpool will be going into their League Two match with a decimated squad, following a series of injuries that have suddenly piled up at Bloomfield Road. Ironically, it was one of Blackpool's most impressive results of the 2016-17 season that has presented them with that headache. In midweek they knocked Barnsley out of the FA Cup in a Third Round Replay, beating them 2-1 after extra time at Oakwell, despite the two division gap between the two sides.

The problem that it has presented them is that three of their players failed to last the distance during the game. Kyle Vassell and Jack Payne suffered hamstring injuries, whilst Andy Taylor ended up with a knee injury that required a scan. On top of that. Blackpool already had Brad Potts, Colin Daniel and Eddie Nolan out for Tuesday's cup match - reports are that Nolan trained on Thursday, but was not scheduled to return as early as this weekend, meaning that unless they press the gamble button then they are likely to have all six players missing tomorrow.

Manager Gary Bowyer has admitted that he is scanning the transfer market for his immediate needs, as well as those relating to a busy fixture list over the coming month, but admitted that so far he has drawn a blank. He said that ultimately he would rather blood youngsters in his set-up, rather than bring in a panicked loan signing that might not fit into his way of playing:

"Tuesday night was fantastic for the club but it has certainly come at a cost. But what it does do is give us an opportunity to blood one or two of the younger ones, who we feel have got potential. We’ll just get on with it with whoever we’ve got. We won’t make a desperate signing who plays one game and then we have them until the end of the season. “We had opportunities (to make a signing) but we didn’t have enough knowledge of the player who was thrown to us, so we decided not to go down that avenue. In an ideal world you are always better off bringing in players who are contracted to your team rather than loans because they buy into what you do a little bit more. That’s because they know they are here for the next six or 18 months or whatever."


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20 January 2017 : Officials For Blackpool vs Yeovil Town
Officials for the League Two match between Blackpool and Yeovil Town have been published by the Football League. The match takes place at Bloomfield Road on Saturday 21st January 2017, with a 3.00p.m. kick-off. The man in charge of the fixture will be referee Carl Boyeson (East Yorkshire). Despite Mr Boyeson being a regular name on the circuit, our positions at opposite ends of the country means that our paths cross usually less than once per season.

The earliest occasion we've got on record was at the Saunders Honda Stadium in February 2005 when, despite dishing out four yellows and a red to the home side, Boyeson could and should have been even firmer with a thuggish display from Chester City that topped even their usual standards. That said he was roundly abused by Mr Cheat himself, Steve Evans, just a month later over some supposed injustice - so he can't be all bad as an official.

We were also not particularly impressed with Mr Boyeson on another occasion - the 3-2 defeat at Rotherham United in December 2006 when he tended to give most of the major decisions to the home side, in our opinion bottling a late penalty decision that could have given the Glovers a point out of the game, having earlier awarded Rotherham a controversial penalty deep into first half stoppage time that gave the Millers their third and ultimately vital goal.

There's a fair chunk of Mr Boyeson's matches involving Yeovil Town where he appears to have escaped under the radar, having an uneventful game. One example is the 2-0 defeat against Hartlepool United in March 2008. Whilst that was not one of our better days out, Mr Boyeson doesn't get a mention in our match report, and we can't recall anything particular about him on the day, which is always a good sign! The same is true of the February 2009 match at Gresty Road, where the 2-0 defeat was rather self inflicted, with goalkeeper Josh Wagenaar making the biggest error on the night, when he turned a cross into his own net, dwarfing anything the referee may or may not have been doing.

Then we had the September 2011 thriller at Deepdale, where Yeovil Town went down by a 4-3 scoreline. He gave us a penalty after Clarke Carlisle handled in the box for Preston, but the Lancashire press didn't make too much of that, preferring to concentrate on the seven goals scored. The Western Gazette says of his performance that he "was sensible and kept a lid on the game when tempers threatened to boil over when Yeovil battled back" from 4-1 down. He then looked after our 1-0 defeat against Milton Keynes Dons in September 2012 - on that occasion we can't recall him doing too much wrong across the 90 minutes, although the Gazette weren't happy weren't happy with him saying he had "an afternoon to forget, contributing to both teams' frustrations by awarding free kicks for very little" although it didn't seem to have any influence upon the actual result. He was then in charge for the December 2014 home 0-1 defeat against Colchester United - we've noted that there was booing on the final whistle, but we think that was mainly aimed at our own side's inertia up front, rather than anything the official was doing.

Most recently, Mr Boyeson took charge of our FA Cup First Round Replay against Solihull Moors. Whilst our team performance across the 120 minutes against the National League side was rather inept, he was involved in one of the game's key decisions on the night. The 99th minute decision to award Solihull a penalty during extra time for a Liam Shephard 'foul' on Omari Sterling-James looked dubious for those at the ground, and by the time we saw the video replay, it looked a bit of a laughable decision. It ensured the match went to penalty kicks, which saw us knocked out of the competition. Manager Darren Way didn't mince his words after the game, branding the decision as pathetic and weak - rather like the dive that Sterling-James took to get the spot kick.

Mr Boyeson will be assisted by Chris Isherwood (Lancashire) and Alf Greenwood (North Yorkshire). The Fourth Official will be Gary Hilton (Lancashire).

Link: Ciderspace Match Report : February 2005 : Chester City 0 - 2 Yeovil Town

Link: Ciderspace Match Report : December 2006 : Rotherham United 3 - 2 Yeovil Town.

Link: Ciderspace Match Report : March 2008 : Hartlepool United 2 - 0 Yeovil Town.

Link: Ciderspace Match Report : February 2009 : Crewe Alexandra 2 - 0 Yeovil Town.

Link: Ciderspace Match Report : September 2011 : Preston North End 4 - 3 Yeovil Town.

Link: Ciderspace Match Report : September 2012 : Milton Keynes Dons 1 - 0 Yeovil Town.

Link: Ciderspace Match Report : December 2014 : Yeovil Town 0 - 1 Colchester United.

Link: Ciderspace Match Report : November 2016 : Solihull Moors 1 - 1 Yeovil Town (Solihull won 4-2 on penalties).


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19 January 2017 : Way Keeps Loan And Permanent Options Open Following Andre Wright Exit
Yeovil Town manager Darren Way has said that he is open minded over whether to bring in a permanent or loan signing as his next target, in the wake of Andre Wright's failed loan transfer this week. The West Bromwich Albion striker's plans to spent half a season at Huish Park were scuppered by FIFA Player Registration Rules that prevent a player from turning out for a third professional club in a single season.

Wright's deal would have given Yeovil Town their sixth loan deal had it gone through, and so with the club back to square one on that front, there might be the assumption that any replacement would also be from the loan market. Way told BBC Somerset that would not necessarily be the case, indicating that he would consider permanent signings as well:

"We're looking at both (loan or permanent signing options). It's just about making sure that the player is right for this football club and that they're happy to come here. I do feel a little bit sorry for Andre. We're disappointed. But we move on to the next player, and we wish Andre all the best. As you know we've got a really good relationship with West Brom. But these things happen, you move on and you learn from them, and we look forward to the next signing."

Way was also asked if any new signing would be on the cards in the near future, but having just had his fingers burned over the announcement of the Andre Wright deal, he was cautious of what may or may not be on the cards:

"We're hopeful but I can't be 100 percent sure. I thought we had our last signing and it never happened. Even up to five days later it never happened, so we need to make sure that this one is done and that it's done in the right way. But I think with the rules that you have to stick to now, it's quite important that you go through every procedure that you can. Hopefully we can do that soon. We've been speaking to one or two managers and one or two clubs. There's a big big process. There's so many things that have to fall into place, and I'll make sure that we certainly do our homework on the next one."

Way has also said that former players Ben Tozer and Jack Compton have been in touch with him since they had been informed by Newport County manager Graham Westley that they were free to find new clubs. However, he makes clear that the players were the ones making the calls and stops short of suggesting that the topic of conversation had anything to do with any wish on their behalf to return to Huish Park. The Glovers boss says: "We have had conversations and they have contacted me, so that's all I can say" with reference to the pair.

Any return for Compton, who played 23 times for the club last season, would be extraordinary, given Way proactively released him from his contract last summer. Tozer's situation at the end of last season was a little more complex, in that the club provisionally wanted to keep him, but were not willing to put a contract on the table for him to sign until he had proved his fitness following a summer knee operation. Rather than run the risk of that turning into a 'no', Tozer decided to sign for Newport, with Way expressing disappointment at the short notice of the departure, with the club putting out a somewhat barbed looking statement relating to the costs of treating injured players.


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19 January 2017 : No Khan For Blackpool Trip
Yeovil Town will travel up to Blackpool on Saturday without wide man Otis Khan for the second consecutive match. The former Barnsley player was crocked during the EFL Trophy match against Reading Under-21s and was absent from the teamsheet for the game against Wycombe Wanderers with an ankle injury.

There's currently no prognosis on how long Khan will be absent for, except for the club to confirm that he will not be on the team bus to Blackpool tomorrow. Also sat at home is Ryan Hedges who had already been ruled out for the month of January, and is back at Swansea City getting some rehabilitation on his ankle injury.

Despite Andre Wright's loan transfer collapsing this week, the Glovers should still travel to Bloomfield Road with two additional players potentially available. Birmingham City loanee Jack Storer had been absent for 'personal reasons' last weekend, but he tweeted this week about being back on a train down to Somerset, and also posted some pictures showing him on the training ground, and so he appears to be back and available.

In addition, although captain Darren Ward's status concerning his swollen knee has been on a little bit of a stuck loop over the past two months, with him being labelled as 'close' to a comeback on seemingly every weekend, he has been pictured this week on the training ground, which might give some hope that he would be available for selection.

There's no word on the status of striker Omar Sowunmi, who hobbled off in last week's 1-1 draw against Wycombe Wanderers. Equally midfielder Alex Lawless missed last weekend's match at Wycombe with a hip problem - there's been no mention as to his condition, with the club only referencing Hedges and Khan as injury problems.

Link: Ticketing For Blackpool vs Yeovil Town.

Link: GWSC Travel For Blackpool vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Away Travel Club Plans For Blackpool vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Rail Electrification Works To Affect Blackpool Trip.

Link: Ethical Boycott Requested By Blackpool Trust Ahead Of Glovers Visit.

Link: Ciderspace Guide To Blackpool.


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19 January 2017 : Ciderspace Guide To Blackpool
Saturday sees Yeovil Town make the long journey up the M6, where they will take on Blackpool in a League Two match. For those going for the day, or maybe even making a weekend of it, the Ciderspace guide will give you directions, parking, a pub guide, match statistics, and of course ticketing information to send you on your way. Find it via the link below.

Link: Ciderspace Guide To Blackpool.

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19 January 2017 : Academy Manager Leaves Yeovil Town
Yeovil Town Academy manager Geoff Harrop is departing the club. Having arrived in the summer of 2015, after holding a similar post at Torquay United, he will be leaving the club at the end of January to take up a post elsewhere. One of his last achievements was to see 17 year old Callum Morton sold to Premier League side West Bromwich Albion, after he impressed in this season's FA Youth Cup match against the Baggies.

Academy Chairman Andy Rossiter has thanked Harrop and wished him luck in his next venture:

"We wish to extend our thanks to Geoff for the hard work and commitment he has put in since arriving at the Club. He has played a big part in moving forward the Academy since its inception and we wish him all the best in his next chapter."

The club are currently going through the process of recruiting a successor.


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19 January 2017 : Tozer And Compton Transfer-Listed By Exiles
Two of the players released by Yeovil Town last summer are back on the market, after their new club made them available for transfer. Newport County are currently bottom of the Football League and new manager Graham Westley has been undertaking a huge overhaul of their squad during the January transfer window, having made nine signings so far, and promising that there would be further arrivals before the window closes.

That has inevitably meant that other players are heading in the other direction, with two such cases being former Glovers Jack Compton and Ben Tozer. The BBC Wales Sport Twitter account quotes Westley as saying that both are "free to leave the club this month" - the implication is that both can walk on a free transfer is arrangements can be made to tear up their contracts.

Tozer had been a regular in Newport's side, making 31 appearances and scoring once since signing for the Exiles over the summer. His decision to head to South Wales followed delays in Yeovil Town offering him a formal contract during pre-season, with him having had a knee operation at the end of last season. Compton's record at Rodney Parade has been rather more scattered. He has played 12 times for them, scoring one goal, with the calf problems he experienced last season tending to carry through into this year, meaning that he has struggled to get a run of games.

Westley's time at Newport has yet to take off in any shape or form. Until Saturday's 1-1 draw with Colchester United, they had suffered a run of eight consecutive League Two defeats, and remain bottom of the division and six points from safety, having not won a match since November 19th.


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19 January 2017 : Taff's Gloversblog : Great Expectations Die Down
The last week at Yeovil Town has presented a bit of a mixed bag for Glovers fans. A point at Wycombe Wanderers was good on the surface, but perhaps could have been more. Meanwhile there was the signing that was there - Andre Wright - and then he wasn't. The latest Taff's Gloversblog considers that along with some early fruits gained from the club's Academy system. Read that via the link below, and feel free to add your own views at the foot of the page.

Link: Taff's Gloversblog : Great Expectations Die Down.


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19 January 2017 : Jones Brought In As New Hartlepool Boss
League Two side Hartlepool United have appointed the vastly experienced Dave Jones as their new manager. The 60 year old has over 800 appearances in the dugout, taking Stockport County, Wolverhampton Wanderers and Sheffield Wednesday to promotion, as well as two-and-a-half years in the top flight as Southampton manager.

Jones will take up his position as first team manager on Monday morning, with current Caretaker Manager Sam Collins being allowed to take charge of Saturday's home match against Stevenage, having held the reins since the departure of Craig Hignett. Collins will head back to being Hartlepool's Under-21 manager after the weekend.

He will be bringing his own assistant with him, with 41 year old Kevin Cooper having worked with Jones as a player at Cardiff City between 2005 and 2008, which included a 2006 loan spell with Yeovil Town. Cooper also played for Jones whilst at Wolverhampton Wanderers and Stockport County, and became Cardiff's Under-21 manager at the end of his playing days.


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18 January 2017 : Why FIFA Rules Blocked Andre Wright's Loan Deal
Earlier today, both Yeovil Town and West Bromwich Albion put out identical statements concerning the cancellation of the loan agreement for striker Andre Wright. The reason for the deal being called off lay in the fact that Yeovil Town would have been Wright's third registered club of the 2016-17 season - a potential breach of FIFA Regulations.

Much of the emphasis on the issued statement centred upon the much-maligned EFL Trophy competition, which gave Wright one appearance for West Bromwich Albion Under-21s earlier in the season. However, having looked into the situation, our understanding is that the actual rule that prevents him from playing for Yeovil Town this season lies with FIFA and not with the Football League or Football Association. The Football League rules on the registration of players do not reference anything in this area, whilst the FA's page on its website immediately references the FIFA Regulations as being key to this area, rather than any of its own provisions.

This becomes clear when the FIFA Regulations are analysed. FIFA's Regulations on the Status and Transfer of Players indicate that all Country associations and leagues must adopt a set of rules as a minimum standard, stating: "The following provisions are binding at national level and must be included without modification in the association’s regulations."

As part of FIFA's Regulations, they make reference to a number of key terms which they later use in each rules. Two of the relevant ones are as follows, and should be read together:

Official matches: matches played within the framework of organised football, such as national league championships, national cups and international championships for clubs, but not including friendly and trial matches.

Organised football: association football organised under the auspices of FIFA, the confederations and the associations, or authorised by them.

This tells us FIFA regard organised football as being any competitive match, including leagues and cup competitions, where that competition is organised by one of the national associations. This means that the EFL Trophy (as well as the FA Cup, League Cup and the main Football League competition) all fall under this banner. In England, all Premier League and Football League clubs and competitions fall under this governance.

The Football League cannot opt out of this definition for any of its competitions - the EFL Trophy automatically becomes a competitive match classed as organised football. Tonight we've seen the media headline blaming 'farcical Checkatrade Trophy rules' and a number of fans dive in on social media to give both the Football League and the EFL Trophy a good kicking, but on this occasion that seems misdirected.

FIFA's Regulations do not make any mention of the standard of the competition, nor do they make any reference to Reserve Team, Youth Team, Development Squads, or any age groups. The one exception is that they have specific Regulations relating to Academy level football, mainly concerned at the protection of younger players. This means that FIFA have no interest in whether it's West Brom's full first team or their Under-21 side playing in a competition.

The key rule that affects Andre Wright's registration is Regulation 5.3 which states:

"Players may be registered with a maximum of three clubs during one season. During this period, the player is only eligible to play official matches for two clubs."

Because Wright has played for both West Bromwich Albion (in the EFL Trophy) and Coventry City (in League One) in what are classed as 'official matches' he would not be allowed to play in an official match for a third club. The odd quirk about allowing three registrations is presumably to allow circumstances where a player might be registered with a club for part of a season but does not play due to injury or being completely out of favour, and so might move on without getting on the pitch.

Why would clubs be falling over this problem now? Because of the scrapping of the Emergency Loan and Youth Loan systems under which the vast majority of loan deals for young Premier League graduates were being conducted. These arrangements had fallen under FIFA's radar for many years, and were managed locally by the Football League, until FIFA stepped in and banned them. A new system for the 2016-17 season was brought in, but now means that Half-Season and Full-Season loan deals do count under Regulation 5.3, whereas before most clubs opted for either the Youth Loan system or the 93-day Emergency Loan system.


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18 January 2017 : Ethical Boycott Requested By Blackpool Trust Ahead Of Glovers Visit
The Blackpool Supporters Trust have made contact with this site ahead of Saturday's trip to Bloomfield Road for the League Two match against Blackpool. For a number of years, the Tangerines fans have been in dispute with the club's owners, the Oyston family, fronted by majority shareholder Owen Oyston and Chairman Karl Oyston, who is his son.

Blackpool's demise on the field of play has been swift and sharp - from a 2012-13 Championship Play-Off Final that could have taken them back to the Premier League, to them entering Fourth Tier football last summer. Blackpool supporters have repeatedly raised concerns over the last few years at the direction the club has been taking, and how some of the funds from their single season in the Premier League have been spent in subsequent years.

As a result, there have been a number of protests organised by Blackpool supporters, including boycotting of fixtures at Bloomfield Road. Blackpool Supporters Trust are one of the organisations that have called for fans to not attend their home games, but have also asked those who do attend to avoid buying programmes, food and drink at the game. Their letter explains:

"I write to you on behalf of the Blackpool Supporters’ Trust (BST) to ask for your support on your upcoming visit to Bloomfield Road. As you may be aware, Blackpool fans are currently undertaking an ethical boycott against the club’s owners, whose treatment of supporters has arguably been as dreadful as their management of the club.

This ethical protest has seen many Blackpool FC fans take a ‘Not A Penny More’ stance, which means they have chosen to not renew season tickets, and/or not to purchase match day tickets for home games, not to purchase any club merchandise and if they do go to home games, not to purchase programmes or refreshments inside the stadium.

BST (Blackpool Supporters Trust) is also organising an ethical boycott of those businesses that sponsor the club as well as other local businesses run by the club’s owners. Quite simply, many supporters will not give the club another penny of their money and have withdrawn their custom. This decision has not been taken lightly, but over 1,750 BST members, who dearly love their club as you do yours, felt that this was the best choice they could make in trying to rescue our club.

We would initially request that you reconsider visiting Bloomfield Road in the first instance. However we do appreciate that you too want to support your own club and completely respect your decision to do so. It is quite often the case that there are more away fans than home supporters at Blackpool games these days. If you do choose to attend the game at Bloomfield Road, we would ask that you support our actions by doing the following:

a) Not purchasing any match programmes or lottery tickets when at the ground.
b) Not purchasing any food or drinks from the kiosks on the concourse inside the ground.
c) Join us in the spirit of fans united and show solidarity with any pre-match demonstrations arranged by Blackpool fans (if such are organised for the game you are attending).

We greatly appreciate your support. Please let us know if you or your fellow fans have any questions or suggestions on the contents of this letter.

Blackpool Supporters Trust (email: secretary@blackpoolsupporterstrust.com)
"

Blackpool Supporters Trust have also asked those fans who do attend matches to take photos of the home sections of the ground at kick-off time or just after, so they can get a general view of how many fans are attending the game. This is due to differences of opinion in the official quoted attendance, versus the views of those who were at the match. If you post any on Twitter then include the #ytfc hashtag and we'll pick them up and compile them, but make sure they're either on or just after 3.00p.m. to get an accurate reflection.

Link: Ticketing For Blackpool vs Yeovil Town.

Link: GWSC Travel For Blackpool vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Away Travel Club Plans For Blackpool vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Rail Electrification Works To Affect Blackpool Trip.

Link: Ciderspace Guide To Blackpool.


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18 January 2017 : Kick-Off Time Change For Colchester United Trip
Yeovil Town's League Two trip to Colchester United has had a change of kick-off time. The match takes place on Saturday 6th May 2017 at Colchester's Community Stadium, but will now kick-off at 5.30p.m. The change has been made to allow all twelve final day League Two fixtures to take place at the same kick-off time, and for Sky Sports to televise at least one of those fixtures.

At present there's no suggestion that Sky would be interested in this specific fixture. The most likely scenario is that they will pick a match that is relevant to either the last automatic promotion place, or last play-off place, in the hope of catching some last day drama at that ground.

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


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18 January 2017 : Andre Wright Loan Deal Collapses Due To Coventry City Spell
Yeovil Town's loan move for West Bromwich Albion striker Andre Wright has collapsed. The deal has been curtailed due to FIFA Regulations that prevent a player from being registered and playing for more than two designated clubs during a given football season. With Wright having had a half-season loan spell with League One Coventry City earlier this season, his Baggies registration and his deal with the Sky Blues mean that he cannot sign for a third club unless that team operates at a level below FIFA's jurisdiction - in this case it would have to be a National League club or below.

The Glovers have been caught out by this rule on one other occasion. Back in January 2010 they had announced the signing of Arron Davies only to have to issue the withdrawal of that deal later that day, due to him having registered with Nottingham Forest as his permanent club, but also having had a standard loan agreement with Brighton and Hove Albion during the first half of that season. When the club tried to register Davies as a player, they were blocked by the Football League, who pointed out the breach of the FIFA rule.

Arron Davies did eventually arrive at the club, via a clever workaround that Club Secretary Jean Cotton was credited with using. That involved Davies reregistering with Brighton, and then joining Yeovil on an Emergency Loan agreement. However, with FIFA having since banned the Emergency Loan system, and Wright being still on West Brom's books, anything like that is out of the question.

Andre will now return to the Hawthorns, with his time at Huish Park unfortunately falling into the small select group of players who were announced as club signings, but never actually made it as far as the teamsheet. Presumably manager Darren Way will now search for another similar player to bolster his squad.


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18 January 2017 : Glovers Duo Suspended For Luton EFL Trophy Trip
Two of Yeovil Town's first team regulars will be suspended for their EFL Trophy Quarter-Final tie against Luton Town. The Football Association have confirmed that Swansea City right-back Liam Shephard and defensive midfielder Alex Lawless will be unavailable following yellow cards picked up during the 4-2 win over Reading Under-21s last week.

The EFL Trophy disciplinary rules are separate to other competitions, working in much the same way as suspensions are carried through in European competitions. Any player picking up two yellow cards, up to and including the Quarter-Final stage of the competition will serve a one match suspension.

As a result, Alex Lawless will be absent, after he picked up cautions against Bristol Rovers and Reading Under-21s. Meanwhile Liam Shephard was booked against Portsmouth and Reading Under-21s. Their absence for that match at Luton will not affect their availability at Blackpool.

In addition to Lawless and Shephard, new loan signing Andre Wright is cup-tied for this competition, having played for West Bromwich Albion Under-21s in the Group Stages of the competition.

Link: EFL Trophy Ticketing For Luton Town vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Provisional GWSC Travel For Luton Town vs Yeovil Town.


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17 January 2017 : GWSC Provisional Travel Plans For Luton Town
The Green and White Supporters Club have set provisional travel plans for the forthcoming EFL Trophy match against Luton Town. The match takes place at Kenilworth Road on Tuesday 24th January 2017, with a 7.45p.m. kick-off. Departure times are listed as follows:

Luton Town : Tuesday 24th January 2017.
Huish Park: 1.45p.m.

At present, prices for travel are not carved in stone, as the GWSC are going to work that one out later. Given the EFL Trophy tie probably will see a smaller than usual following, they'll make a judgement based on the take-up from fans, and the size of coach they select. For guidance only charges for the August 2016 Luton trip were £22.00 for adult members and £20.00 for concessions with non-members paying £2.00 more. This may vary slightly once numbers are known.

Please register your interest as early as possible to help Paul know how many want to travel. To place your booking, send a text message to Paul Hadlow on 07736 044570. If you want to call him please only do so after 6.00p.m. You can also reach him at paulhadlow@outlook.com

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


Link: Ticketing For Blackpool vs Yeovil Town.

Link: GWSC Travel For Blackpool vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Away Travel Club Plans For Blackpool vs Yeovil Town.

Link: EFL Trophy Ticketing For Luton Town vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Ticketing For Hartlepool United vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Ticketing For Cheltenham Town vs Yeovil Town.

Link: 2016-17 Mini-Season Ticket On Sale At Huish Park.

Link: Yeovil Town Online Ticketing Portal.

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

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


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17 January 2017 : Weale Ends Pride Park Stay
Former Yeovil Town goalkeeper Chris Weale has left Championship side Derby County. The 34 year old had been brought in as squad back-up for the Rams, having been released by the Glovers at the end of last season from his position as the club's Goalkeeper-Coach, ending his third spell at Huish Park.

His time with Derby was restricted to one competitive appearance, as an over-age player in the Derby Under-21s side that competed in the EFL Trophy late last year. Weale was selected for their November 8th home defeat against Mansfield Town on that night. He had also played a number of matches for their Under-23 side who compete in the Premier League 2 competition for EPPP Category One Academy sides.

Weale has left Derby by mutual consent, ending what had been a one year contract at Pride Park. Given the timing of his departure - midway through the January transfer window - it would seem highly likely that he has another position to go to.

Link: Chris Weale : Yeovil Town Statistics.


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17 January 2017 : Yeovil Town Youth Player Given Premier League Academy Scholarship
Yeovil Town's Academy side have said farewell to one of their most promising players in Callum Morton. The 17 year old had only been brought in 12 months ago from Torquay Academy (the school, not the football club) but he has now agreed terms to join Premier League side West Bromwich Albion. He has been given a Scholarship deal with the Baggies.

Morton will have come to the attention of West Brom as part of the Under-18s side's success in the FA Youth Cup. The Glovers produced one of the more stunning results in the competition as they knocked the Baggies out of the competition by a 3-2 scoreline back in December, which doubtless will have led the Category One Academy outfit to wonder what exactly Yeovil Town had which gave them the ability to achieve that result. Morton scored the opening goal in that match, and was also the player fouled by Baggies captain Max Melbourne when clean through on goal - an incident that led to West Brom going down to ten men, and conceding the second goal in the match upon the resultant free kick.

Given that Yeovil Town would be entitled to a fee for Morton, the deal represents the first time that Yeovil Town have sold a genuine youth team player since Craig Alcock left the club in July 2011. Alcock's move to Peterborough United was for an undisclosed fee, but was understood to be a six figure amount. As Morton was not a full professional at Huish Park, it's unlikely that any payment would be of that kind of magnitude.


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17 January 2017 : Wright Signed Up In Baggies Loan Deal
Yeovil Town have signed up West Bromwich Albion striker Andre Wright on a long term loan. The 20 year old has just returned from a similar loan spell with League One side Coventry City, and so should be reasonably match fit. His deal at the Ricoh Arena only expired on January 9th, with new boss Russell Slade - formerly of this parish - making the decision to send back all five of the club's loan players in an attempt to shake up a side he's inherited in the League One relegation zone. Wright was a spectator at Yeovil Town's 1-1 draw with Wycombe Wanderers on Saturday, and so should have had some exposure of the club's style of play.

Wright's spell with Coventry saw him play 12 times, with all bar one of those being in the League, scoring two goals from eight starts, with the strikes coming against Rochdale and AFC Wimbledon. However, his time began to fizzle out from mid-November onwards with only two appearances in his final six weeks at the club, with Coventry announcing his return slightly ahead of the loan deal ending.

Born in Sandwell (the borough that West Bromwich Albion play in) on December 7th 1996, he is a product of his local side's Academy system. Like teammate Tahvon Campbell, Wright got first team experience with Kidderminster Harriers as part of a loan spell during the first half of the 2015-16 season, scoring once in twelve League appearances. He then immediately moved on to Torquay United on another loan spell, scoring three times in 22 appearances for the Gulls. Those two spells paved the way for him to be loaned out to Coventry this season.

The Birmingham Mail's view of Wright when he joined Coventry were that they were getting a player with plenty of pace and power, suggesting that he was progressing in the way that he played the game: "He’s a well-built youngster who is powerful and pacey while his touch and technique has improved massively in recent years."

Andre has played for West Bromwich Albion Under-21s in this season's EFL Trophy competition, and so is cup-tied for future rounds. He has signed a loan agreement that will keep him at Huish Park until the end of the 2016-17 season.

His arrival at Huish Park means that the club now have six loan players on their books. Swansea City pair Ryan Hedges and Liam Shephard, plus AFC Bournemouth duo Matt Butcher and Ben Whitfield have been more recently joined by Birmingham City striker Jack Storer. At present, Hedges' ankle injury means the club can select all five available players in a matchday squad, but once Hedges returns to the club - at present he is hoping to be back around the end of January - manager Darren Way will have to sit one of those six players in the stand each week, due to the limits on loan players on a single teamsheet.

Andre will wear the No.21 shirt during his stay at Huish Park.


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17 January 2017 : Ticketing For Cheltenham Town vs Yeovil Town
Advance tickets for the League Two match between Cheltenham Town and Yeovil Town are now on sale from the Huish Park Ticket Office. The match takes place on Saturday 18th February 2017, with a 3.00p.m. kick-off at Whaddon Road. Prices for this fixture are as follows and are available either over the phone, or online (shortly) as follows:

Adults: £21.00; Over 65s: £15.00; Aged 18 and Under, Students with NUS Card: £7.00

Ambulant Disabled Tickets are available to anyone on Middle or Higher Rate of Disability allowance with an assistant admitted free of charge. Call the ticket office on 01935 847 888 for these as they they won't be available online.

Yeovil Town supporters will be housed in the Hazlewoods Stand, which is the newest part of the ground, and is situated behind the goal, where the old Whaddon Road Terrace used to be. There is provision for up to 1,100 away supporters here. Provision for Wheelchair Disabled supporters is also available in this stand.

There is no price increase for tickets purchased on the day of the game. Admission is available through the turnstiles.

Link: Ticketing For Blackpool vs Yeovil Town.

Link: GWSC Travel For Blackpool vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Away Travel Club Plans For Blackpool vs Yeovil Town.

Link: EFL Trophy Ticketing For Luton Town vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Ticketing For Hartlepool United vs Yeovil Town.

Link: 2016-17 Mini-Season Ticket On Sale At Huish Park.

Link: Yeovil Town Online Ticketing Portal.

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

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


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17 January 2017 : EFL Trophy Tickets For Luton Town vs Yeovil Town Go On Sale
Tickets are now on sale for Yeovil Town's EFL Trophy Quarter-Final match against Luton Town. The match will take place on Tuesday 24th January 2017 at Kenilworth Road, with a 7.45p.m. kick-off. Admission prices for this fixture are set as follows:

Adults: £5.00; Under-16s: FREE.

Tickets will NOT be sold from the Huish Park Ticket Office. You should note carefully that Luton's policy is to make the away section of the ground ALL TICKET for all fixtures. To purchase your ticket, you must call 01582 416976 and pay by credit/debit card over the phone. Luton's Ticket Office is open between 10.00a.m. and 5.00p.m. on weekdays and from 9.00a.m. until noon on Saturdays.

You MUST purchase your ticket by 5.00p.m. on Tuesday 24th January 2017. Beyond that point you will not be able to get into the away section of the ground.

Link: Ticketing For Blackpool vs Yeovil Town.

Link: GWSC Travel For Blackpool vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Away Travel Club Plans For Blackpool vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Ticketing For Hartlepool United vs Yeovil Town.

Link: 2016-17 Mini-Season Ticket On Sale At Huish Park.

Link: Yeovil Town Online Ticketing Portal.

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

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


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16 January 2017 : Cornick Ends Orient Loan Spell
Former Yeovil Town loanee Harry Cornick has had his loan spell with Leyton Orient ended. The six month deal has naturally expired with the 21 year old not having been seen at Brisbane Road since October, when he sustained a groin injury in a match against Barnet. An operation was needed, meaning that for the last three months he's been back with AFC Bournemouth rehabilitating.

He made a total of 13 appearances for Orient, scoring one goal, and being a regular in their side until that unfortunate curtailment. His deal with Orient formally came to an end on Saturday. It's not clear what his current fitness situation is, except to note that there didn't appear to be any sign from the Orient end that they were expecting him to return, once the diagnosis of the injury was clear. He's not played any matches for Bournemouth's development squad either, implying that he's not ready yet to take to the field of play.

Link: Harry Cornick : Yeovil Town Statistics.


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16 January 2017 : Video : Broxbourne Borough U18s vs Yeovil Town U18s : Full Match
Full match footage from Yeovil Town's FA Youth Cup match against Broxbourne Borough is now online. The Under-18s were knocked out of the competition by a 1-0 scoreline last Wednesday, at the Fourth Round stage, with the Hertfordshire side getting an early goal. Footage of the entire match - 1 hour 41 minutes (!) - can be viewed online via the YouTube video below. Their goal does come quite early in the match if you just want to see how the decisive moment of the game panned out.




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16 January 2017 : McCarthy Explains Moore Signing After Switch From Non-League To Championship
Former Yeovil Town striker Kieffer Moore has today completed a move from National League side Forest Green Rovers to Championship side Ipswich Town. The 24 year old was spotted in the stand watching the Tractor Boys' 3-2 win over Blackburn Rovers, leading to both clubs admitting that a deal was in place, subject to paperwork being completed. Kieffer has now passed a medical and signed an eighteen month contract, with Forest Green receiving an undisclosed fee, which is reported as being a nominal amount.

The move is something of a surprise given that Forest Green had been willing to loan out Moore to fellow National League side Torquay United with him having struggled to get into the Gloucestershire team's starting line-up for much of this season. His season ignited at Plainmoor, with five goals scored in four league matches, leading to Forest Green recalling him but he only played three further games for them in the league before Ipswich made their move. Overall he scored seven times for them across 35 appearances of which around half were from the bench.

Ipswich Town manager Mick McCarthy said that his initial interest in Moore dated back to March 2014 when he took the Suffolk side down to Huish Park for a Championship match that saw Moore come on as a half time substitute, in a Glovers line-up that included Manchester United loanee Tom Lawrence, who is currently on loan at Portman Road from Leicester City. The Ipswich boss said that he recalled Moore hitting the post late on in that match:

"I first saw him when he played against us for Yeovil. He hit the post in the 90th minute. Tom Lawrence caught the eye for Yeovil that night too. Kieffer has since played for Viking and ended up at Forest Green, but that doesn’t bother me. I look at the big centre forward (Matt Rhead) for Lincoln last week, how much trouble did he cause? Bloody hell fire. Would we have liked him in our team on a lot of weeks this season? Yes, we would. There are players about that can be a real asset for us and I think Kieffer will be one of them. He’s 6ft 6in tall, I think, but he’s mobile, he’s quick enough and has a decent touch. What I like about him is he doesn’t just use his height, his weight and his strength, he goes and attacks the ball. That’s something that we don’t have."

The unusual nature of Moore's signing, and the fact that he is sourced from a non-league club led McCarthy to advise his new signing not to look too much at social media for the moment, given that Ipswich fans might have been expecting a higher profile signing. However, McCarthy defended his decision, pointing out that he had brought players in from that level before to great success:

"I’ve just said to Kieffer, just be careful, don’t be going on social media, because we’ve had million pound bids in for people, it’s not happened and so now we’ve got one from Forest Green. I said don’t be looking at it because I know what the reaction to it will be. Two of my very best signings were Michael Kightly (who he took to Wolves from Grays Athletic) and Tyrone Mings (who he signed for Ipswich Town from Chippenham Town). They both cost diddly squat and ended up in the Premier League, because they had that hunger in them. Take heart from them."

Moore won't be considered for the Ipswich Town squad that takes on National League side Lincoln City in an FA Cup Third Round Replay this week. He had come on as a substitute for Forest Green in their Fourth Qualifying Round match against Sutton United in October 2016, and is therefore cup-tied.


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16 January 2017 : Kevin Dawson Talks About The Wycombe Away Draw
Following Saturday's 1-1 draw against Wycombe Wanderers at Adams Park, Yeovil Town midfielder Kevin Dawson spoke to the BBC about the match. With questions from local journalist Chris Spittles, in an interview for BBC Somerset, Kevin's views on taking penalties and the overall team performance can be read via the link below.

Link: Kevin Dawson Speaks To The BBC After The 1-1 Draw Against Wycombe Wanderers.


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15 January 2017 : GWSC Travel To Blackpool
The Green and White Supporters Club have set their travel plans for the forthcoming League Two match against Blackpool. The match takes place at Bloomfield Road on Saturday 21st January 2017, with a 3.00p.m. kick-off. Departure times and prices are listed as follows:

Blackpool : Saturday 21st January 2017.
Huish Park: 7.00a.m.
Adult Members: £32.00; Member Concessions: £30.00
Adult Non-Members: £34.00; Non-Member Concessions: £32.00

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

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

Link: Ticketing For Blackpool vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Away Travel Club Plans For Blackpool vs Yeovil Town.

Link: EFL Trophy Ticketing For Luton Town vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Ticketing For Hartlepool United vs Yeovil Town.

Link: 2016-17 Mini-Season Ticket On Sale At Huish Park.

Link: Yeovil Town Online Ticketing Portal.

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

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


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15 January 2017 : Hignett Parts Company With Hartlepool As Nolan Begins Notts County Reign
League Two side Hartlepool United have parted company with their manager Craig Hignett. His last match in charge was Saturday's 1-0 defeat against Crawley Town - a result that left them in 19th place in the League Two table, four points behind Yeovil Town. Pools weren't in great form, with just one win in their last eight fixtures, although Hignett appeared to have survived the embarrassment of their mid-December 0-5 home defeat against Cambridge United that came during that run. His departure is described as by 'mutual consent' effectively an agreement to pay him off

Overall, he was in charge for just 52 matches, winning 15 games, and drawing 12 of those, having been appointed in February 2016, and therefore not even surviving a year in the job. Assistant manager Sam Collins has been given the role of Caretaker Manager - the third time he's had to step forward and perform such a role, having done it twice in 2014. Chairman Gary Coxall has strongly suggested that Hartlepool will be making a quick appointment for Hignett's successor:

"I would like to place on record my thanks to Craig for all of his efforts. He has given everything for the Club during his time in charge and he leaves with our very best wishes for the future. The search for a new Manager will begin immediately and it won’t be a long, drawn-out process – we want to get the right man appointed as quickly as possible."

Meanwhile Notts County appointed 34 year old Kevin Nolan as their new manager just before the weekend. The Magpies have also completed their takeover, with Alan Hardy becoming their new owner - he has revealed that they are losing £1.6 million a year at Meadow Lane, meaning that it's unlikely that Nolan will have a lot of financial leeway - they remain under a transfer embargo, pending the resolution of their court case with HMRC which is due to be heard on February 6th. Hardy is hoping to settle that debt before that date though, wanting to give Nolan a clear seven day period to bring in new players. However, with it being reported that in addition to County's £300,000 tax debt, they are also in arrears to a number of unnamed Football League clubs - believed to relate to ticket sales carried out at Meadow Lane - they will need to resolve all of those before the League will allow that to be lifted.

Nolan has got some management experience, but because that was at Leyton Orient - another club that love sacking managers - it didn't last long, with his 15 matches coming in early 2016. In theory Nolan could be registered to play for Notts County, but reportedly can't due to that transfer embargo. It's not clear how long Nolan's contract is, but as he becomes County's 16th manager in just over seven years, and their seventh appointment in just over two years, maybe that's irrelevant.

His start to his management career was positive in the sense that he ended a club record of ten consecutive defeats, by drawing 0-0 with Mansfield Town. However, any smiles from that early kick-off would have turned into frowns by 5.00p.m. when Cheltenham Town's 3-0 win over Accrington Stanley sent County into the bottom two for the first time this season.

Link: 2016-17 Latest League Two Table.


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15 January 2017 : Video: Ezewele Scores And Claims MOTM In Harriers Debut
Yeovil Town right-back Josh Ezewele had a dream debut for Kidderminster Harriers yesterday, as he netted the opening goal in their win over Ebbsfleet United. Signed on a one month loan by the National League North side, he started in their FA Trophy Second Round tie against a side pushing from promotion in the Southern section of the same league, in a match watched by 1,078 spectators.

Ezewele's big moment came in the 35th minute when he danced his way past an Ebbsfleet defender close to the corner flag, running down the length of the byline before firing home from an ultra-narrow angle to open the lead. Andre Brown and Tyrone Williams later added second and third goals to send Harriers through by a 3-0 scoreline, with Ezewele playing the first 60 minutes before making way for Liam Truslove. He was later voted as their Man of the Match in their online poll.

Josh's goal can be watched via the YouTube clip below. His next scheduled game comes on January 21st, when AFC Telford visit Aggborough in a National League North fixture.

Kidderminster Harriers: Palmer, Tyrone Williams, Josh Ezewele, Ryan Croasdale, Keith Lowe, Jordan Tunnicliffe, Sam Austin, James McQuilkin, Andre Brown, Darryl Knights, Arthur Gnahoua

Substitutes: Emmanuel Dieseruvwe, Liam Truslove (60 mins for Josh Ezewele), Tyrell Waite, Elton Ngwatala (66 mins for Arthur Gnahoua), Wayne Thomas (72 mins for Ryan Croasdale)




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15 January 2017 : Video : Wycombe Wanderers vs Yeovil Town Match Highlights
For those who want to view match highlights of yesterday's 1-1 draw with Wycombe Wanderers, two minutes worth of footage is now available. Watch the two penalty incidents that saw Kevin Dawson and Joe Jacobson score from spot-kicks, along with a couple of other Wycombe chances, including one where former trialist Dominic Gape strikes the crossbar, via the link below.




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15 January 2017 : Darren Way's Verdict On The Wycombe Wanderers Away Draw
Following Saturday afternoon's 1-1 draw with Wycombe Wanderers at Adams 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 gives his views on the draw, and also his thoughts on Omar Sowunmi and Francois Zoko's performances, his latest views on the play-offs, the latest situation on Darren Ward's injury, and the plans to name a new signing sometime on Monday. Read that interview via the link below.

Link: Darren Way's Verdict On The Wycombe Wanderers Away Draw.


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14 January 2017 : Darren Way Happy For Players After 'Great Effort' In Wycombe Draw
Yeovil Town manager Darren Way said that he was happy for the players with the club's 1-1 draw against Wycombe Wanderers at Adams Park today, describing it as a great effort. The Glovers played a match that was settled by one penalty each, as Kevin Dawson and Joe Jacobson both scored from 12 years across six minutes of the first half.

That saw Wycombe have to settle for their first draw at Adams Park since August, with their strong form having recently propelled them into the play-off positions, on the back of an eleven game unbeaten run. Way told BBC Somerset after the match that apart from the penalty incident that his side were very resilient throughout:

"I think it was a great effort. The players want more, I want more, the supporters want more, but we're that close. Overall, I thought we were the better threat. I think they had one route, and I think it was quite clear and quite obvious what that route was. I thought that for the majority of the game we were very very resilient. They've managed to break teams down in the last ten or fifteen minutes with a lot of teams they've played against like Newport and Exeter. So to come out of it with a draw overall, I have to be happy for the players."

Way was once again critical of the match officials, even if he believed that referee Robert Jones had got both penalties spot on. His issue though was more with a second half incident when Glovers defender Nathan Smith challenged for a free kick with Wycombe keeper Jamal Blackman which seemed to result in the home player striking Smith in the aftermath. A melee broke out during which Omar Sowunmi was clearly grappled around the neck by a Wycombe player. Somehow, referee Jones issued just two yellow cards to the original duo, which Way was unhappy with, describing it as a 'disgrace':

"From my point of view, I thought both were penalties. It was that scuffle in the box, which I thought was an absolute disgrace with the way that Smithy was manhandled to the floor. Normally you wouldn't get away with that. But I just feel that there's not enough support, and that's not pointing the finger at anyone. I just feel that at the moment we're not getting enough support from the officials. I don't know why that is. But we just have to make sure that we do enough to win games without looking for their help. The last one we had like that was Carlisle. So I'm hoping that we don't get reported or get fined, because Nathan has done nothing wrong."

The draw leaves Yeovil Town on a run of six League matches without a win, and in 16th place in the League Two table, nine points off the play-offs and eight points off the relegation zone. With so much hype in the past month or two concerning the club's chances of making the play-offs, inevitably expectations have increased. However, Way denied that he had played a part in that, and said there was a need to be more realistic about the club's position in the table:

"We're not where we want to be, but having said that I didn't come out myself (and target the play-offs). I know people want me to, but I have to be realistic as to where we are. You can see the way that Wycombe are and the improvements that Gaz (Gareth Ainsworth) has made over the number of years that he's been here, but by losing Hedges and losing Khan and Eaves with a head injury last week it's just upset the dynamics of the team. Having said that, for my team to come to Wycombe and for my front three to play like the way that they did, I want to make sure that I feel proud of that group, who are giving everything to the football club."


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14 January 2017 : Man of the Match Voting for Wycombe Wanderers vs Yeovil Town
If you watched Saturday afternoon's 1-1 draw against Wycombe Wanderers at Adams 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 Wycombe Wanderers vs Yeovil Town.


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14 January 2017 : Wycombe 1 Yeovil 1 : A Tale Of Two Penalties Sees Points Shared
Yeovil Town picked up a point in a physical encounter against top five side Wycombe Wanderers this afternoon at Adams Park. The 1-1 draw saw goals come from the penalty spot with two in six minutes, with Kevin Dawson giving the away side the lead after Francois Zoko was felled inside the box. But then Joe Jacobson responded, with Alex Lacey having fouled inside the box. The Chairboys had the majority of pressure in the second period, but with the match turning into a scrappy and sometimes over-physical encounter, a point each was the end result, leaving the Glovers still in 16th place in the table.

The Glovers went into the match making three changes to the side that beat Reading Under-21s in the EFL Trophy. Artur Krysiak was restored as goalkeeper with Jonny Maddison dropping to the bench. Alex Lawless had a hip injury and dropped out of the squad entirely. Likewise Otis Khan's ankle injury meant that Omar Sowunmi got his first start since November 2015 as a front line striker. On the bench new signings Brandon Goodship and Tom James got to view their new teammates.

A fairly strong start from the Glovers saw a Francois Zoko cross into the box find Kevin Dawson, but his shot towards goal was brilliantly blocked by Aaron Pierre before it could reach goal. Zoko in particular was causing Wycombe's back line plenty of problems during the early action. It took a while for Wycombe to really get a foothold, with a Luke O'Nien header that went wide representing one of their few chances. But then former Glovers trialist Dominic Gape, recently signed on a permanent deal from Southampton, woke up the home crowd with a superb 25 yard strike that Artur Krysiak just stood and watched. Thankfully it crashed off the underside of the bar and out to safety.

Zoko's runs into the Wycombe box finally reached fruition 20 minutes into the match, when his cut into the box was met by a trip by Sido Jombati that the home team appeared to have few complaints about. Up stepped Kevin Dawson to give the Glovers the lead as he sent Jamal Blackman the wrong way. 1-0 up.

Unfortunately, that lead didn't stay in tact for too long. Wycombe wide man Paris Cowan-Hall cut in from the left, and angled the ball across the box, but as he released the ball, Alex Lacey slid in with a needless challenge that gave Wycombe a fairly obvious penalty of their own. After a lengthy delay for an injury to Kevin Dawson, Joe Jacobson also sent Artur Krysiak the wrong way, for a 1-1 scoreline.

As the home side had their tails up, Artur Krysiak was forced into producing a superb save from a narrow angled Luke O'Nien, before having had another attempt that took a deflection off his own player before going into the arms of the Yeovil keeper. At the other end, Omar Sowunmi was having a decent half, with his glancing header going wide, as the half end with matters even - probably just about right on the balance of the game.

Ben Whitfield started the second half by making a glorious right-flank run, with other team-mates creating space for him as they peeled off and took markers with them. Unfortunately for him his final shot was straight at Jamal Blackman. Whitfield spurned a far easier chance to score when Omar Sowunmi intelligently cut the ball back to him when he could have shot, but despite Blackman being caught out of position, the AFC Bournemouth man skied the ball over the bar.

Then came the game's major contentious incident. When Nathan Smith challenged for a set piece with Wycombe keeper Jamal Blackman, it looked to be a run-of-the-mill foul, but the goalkeeper reacted by appearing to shove Smith in the face. He landed on the deck, leading to a lengthy melee with Omar Sowunmi being grabbed around the neck and dragged backwards by Paris Cowan-Hall. Somehow out of all of this, referee Robert Jones chose to book both Smith and Blackman but to not issue anything of a different colour. Overall, the official had an ulta-lenient game, but on occasions like that, it comes across as a weakness, rather than a strength.

The rhythm of the second period was not helped by a lengthy injury to Anthony Stewart, sustained when he jumped for an aerial ball, then flipped over a Yeovil player's shoulder. Omar Sowunmi had also run his race, with a leg injury causing him to hobble about as the main target man - eventually with him barely able to walk, he was replaced by Tom Eaves.

That seemed to effectively see Yeovil shrink into a 4-5-1 formation, even if it possibly wasn't intentional, with Eaves left isolated on his own. Eight minutes of added time saw Wycombe build up a head of steam, and the willingness of Yeovil to settle for a point was emphasised when the excellent Francois Zoko was replaced by Bevis Mugabi - a striker for a defender just as the clock strikes 90 gives a clear signal, particularly when you are the away side. Yeovil managed to ride that time out without too much stress, giving them a point which in isolation is a good one, given Wycombe's strong recent form. However, it gives Yeovil six matches without a League Two win, and embedded in midtable in 16th place - nine from the play-offs and eight from the relegation spots.

Link: 2016-17 Latest League Two Table.

Final Score: Wycombe Wanderers 1 Yeovil Town 1.

Scorers: Kevin Dawson (0-1, 20 mins, pen), Joe Jacobson (1-1, 26 mins, pen)

Wycombe Wanderers:
27. Jamal Blackman
2. Sido Jombati 5. Anthony Stewart 6. Aaron Pierre 3. Joe Jacobson
17. Luke O'Nien 25. Dominic Gape 11. Sam Wood
12. Paris Cowan-Hall 20. Adebayo Akinfenwa 19. Myles Weston

Substitutes:
7. Garry Thompson (81 mins for Sam Wood) 8. Marcus Bean 9. Paul Hayes (74 mins for Myles Weston) 13. Barry Richardson 21. Max Muller 22. Nick Freeman 23. Will De Havilland (66 mins for Anthony Stewart)

Yeovil Town:
1. Artur Krysiak
2. Liam Shephard 6. Alex Lacey 3. Nathan Smith 11. Ryan Dickson (Capt)
7. Kevin Dawson 16. Matt Butcher 4. Matt Dolan
13. Francois Zoko 17. Omar Sowunmi 28. Ben Whitfield

Substitutes: 12. Jonny Maddison 5. Bevis Mugabi (90 mins for Francois Zoko) 9. Tom Eaves (82 mins for Omar Sowunmi) 19. Brandon Goodship (87 mins for Ben Whitfield) 20. Joe Lea 22. Ollie Bassett 32. Tom James.

Wycombe Wanderers Bookings: Jamal Blackman (off the ball incident, 62 mins)

Yeovil Bookings: Nathan Smith (foul, 61 mins)

Wycombe Wanderers Match Statistics: Possession: 55%; Shots: 18; Shots On Target: 7; Corners: 5; Fouls: 11.

Yeovil Match Statistics: Possession: 45%; Shots: 7; Shots On Target: 2; Corners: 2; Fouls: 11.

Referee: Robert Jones (Merseyside). Assistants: George Warren (London) and Adrian Waters (London). Fourth Official: Andrew Aylott (Bedfordshire).

Attendance: 3,493 (with 239 Yeovil supporters).


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14 January 2017 : Team News For Wycombe Wanderers vs Yeovil Town
Yeovil Town have chosen their starting line-up for this afternoon's League Two match against Wycombe Wanderers at Adams Park. The match sees the Glovers name three changes compared to the team that played against Reading Under-21s in midweek. Goalkeeper Artur Krysiak returns to the starting line-up, replacing Jonny Maddison who has played in the EFL Trophy ties.

Tom Eaves had been out during midweek due to illness but only gets as far as the bench. Instead in the starting line-up we have Omar Sowunmi - the first time he's started this season. He displaces Otis Khan who picked up an ankle injury in midweek. Alex Lawless is also missing from the teamsheet due to a hip injury - he is replaced by Matt Butcher. New signings Brandon Goodship and Tom James were registered yesterday and both make the bench.

Swansea City loanee Ryan Hedges is expected to be out until at least the end of January with an ankle injury. Captain Darren Ward (swollen knee) misses his tenth consecutive game. Josh Ezewele is on loan with Kidderminster Harriers. Loanee Jack Storer doesn't make the squad due to what is labelled as 'personal reasons'.

The team is as follows:

Yeovil Town:
1. Artur Krysiak
2. Liam Shephard 6. Alex Lacey 3. Nathan Smith 11. Ryan Dickson (Capt)
7. Kevin Dawson 16. Matt Butcher 4. Matt Dolan
13. Francois Zoko 17. Omar Sowunmi 28. Ben Whitfield

Substitutes: 12. Jonny Maddison 5. Bevis Mugabi 9. Tom Eaves 19. Brandon Goodship 20. Joe Lea 22. Ollie Bassett 32. Tom James.


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13 January 2017 : Darren Previews The Wycombe Away Match
As part of the build-up to the League Two match against Wycombe Wanderers at Adams Park, Yeovil Town manager Darren Way spoke to the BBC about the match. With questions from BBC Somerset reporter Ed Hadwin, Darren talks about the EFL Trophy draw against Luton Town, the plans to sign new players (which have today reached fruition) and the team's current league form. Read that interview via the link below.

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


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13 January 2017 : Fourth January Signing Expected On Monday
Yeovil Town manager Darren Way says that he has a fourth January transfer window signing ready to announce, but ran out of time to complete the paperwork today. The Glovers have so far brought in Birmingham City striker Jack Storer on loan, and today wrapped up deals for Cardiff City defender Tom James and AFC Bournemouth striker Brandon Goodship on short term permanent deals. All three will be available for selection for tomorrow's trip to Wycombe Wanderers.

However, by Monday there should be another arrival on the books. The fly in the ointment will have been that all registration papers for players have to be lodged and approved by the Football League by noon on the day prior to any matchday for that player to be eligible, meaning that if the player's paperwork is completed after that deadline then he can't be named on the teamsheet. Hence there's a fair chance that deal has either been done, or is close to being done, but once the club stepped into Friday afternoon, any need to rush the deal would be unnecessary.

Way has told the club's website that the unnamed player had some experience at League One level, and therefore he had hopes that he would fit in as part of a fourth tier side. He said that it was a close run thing in the end, but that the extra signing would have to wait until next week:

"I want to bring one more in and I was five or six minutes away from being able to announce it today. Unfortunately it didn't go through, but we'll wait until Monday to tell everyone. I'm excited because he's got good experience from the league above and feel he's a good character with a good personality and ability, so again it will be a great addition to Yeovil Town."

Link: James Signed Up From Cardiff City.

Link: Goodship Deal Completed As He Leaves Bournemouth.


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13 January 2017 : Goodship Deal Completed As He Leaves Bournemouth
Yeovil Town have brought striker Brandon Goodship back to Huish Park. The 22 year old has agreed a permanent move from AFC Bournemouth. He had a ten game loan spell with the club during the second half of the 2015-16 season, scoring the winning goal against Dagenham and Redbridge in February 2016 as his one strike during his three months with the club.

Born on September 22nd 1994 in Poole, and brought up locally in Corfe Mullen, Brandon was a graduate of Bournemouth's Academy scheme, having been given a professional contract with the club in April 2013. Prior to joining the Glovers on loan, he had two loan spells at non-league level during the 2013-14 campaign, spending a 13 game loan spell with Dorchester Town that saw him play 13 times, scoring four goals. That was followed up by an eight game spell with Hayes and Yeading later that season.

He had a torrid 2014-15 season, suffering a serious knee injury during pre-season that wiped him out of the game for 18 months. He was given the all-clear in January 2016, which led to him being scouted by the Glovers, with the ten game loan spell following once he'd proved his fitness in an Under-21 game for the Cherries.

Since returning to Dean Court, Brandon has had a loan spell with National League side Braintree Town, in what was intended to be a half-season deal for the 2016-17 campaign. However heonly got three starts and two substitute appearances for the Essex club, with his last game coming on September 24th. The day after that, Braintree boss Jamie Day was fired, and his replacement decided to go in a different direction, leaving Goodship's deal quickly fizzling out via a couple of unused substitute appearances.

Goodship has agreed a contract with the club until the end of the 2016-17 season, giving him a six month deal. He will wear the No.19 shirt.

Link: Brandon Goodship : Yeovil Town Statistics.


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13 January 2017 : James Signed Up From Cardiff City
Yeovil Town have signed up defender Tom James from Cardiff City. The 20 year old has just become a free agent after his contract was cancelled by mutual consent and he has penned a deal with the Glovers that will run until the end of the 2016-17 season. Tom has been given the No.32 shirt to wear whilst he is at Huish Park.

James was born in Cardiff on April 15th 1996. He was brought into Cardiff's Academy system as an Under-9 player whilst he was playing for junior side Pentyrch Rangers. He was a pupil at Gwaelod-y-Garth Primary School, later attending Ysgol Gyfun Garth Olwg. He grew up in Taffs Well.

Cardiff have been his only professional club so far - he has not had any loan experience. Having been given a professional contract in April 2014, he made his one and only first team appearance on May 11th 2014, as an 89th minute substitute against Chelsea.

He has had some international experience, having got two caps for Wales at Under-19s level, making his debut against Portugal in May 2014. Tom is described as being a versatile defender, with Cardiff seeing him as a player who can turn out in either full-back position, or as a centre-back.


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13 January 2017 : Officials For Wycombe Wanderers vs Yeovil Town
Officials for the League Two match between Wycombe Wanderers and Yeovil Town have been published by the Football League. The match takes place at Adams Park on Saturday 14th January 2017, with a 3.00p.m. kick-off. The man in charge of the fixture will be referee Robert Jones (Merseyside).

He is a first year official, who was promoted in the summer of 2016. We've had him just once, for the August 2016 EFL Cup First Round tie against Walsall in what was his second match in refereeing at that level. Overall, he managed to stay below the radar across the 120 minutes played, although he did clock up six bookings. One of those was cautioning Matt Dolan for excessive celebration following his 70 yard goal in that game. If you're going to get booked for excessive celebration, make sure it's an excessive goal!

Overall he's taken charge of 25 matches this season, producing two red cards and a total of 82 yellow cards - slightly above three a game. He's yet to get through a match without cautioning someone.

Mr Jones will be assisted by George Warren (London) and Adrian Waters (London). The Fourth Official will be Andrew Aylott (Bedfordshire).

Link: August 2016 : Walsall 0 Yeovil Town 2.


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13 January 2017 : Ciderspace Guide To Wycombe Wanderers
Tomorrow afternoon, Yeovil Town go back on the road again. This time it is the highly familiar trip to Wycombe Wanderers, and their Adams Park ground. In preparation for that trip, the Ciderspace guide has been updated with directions, parking, ticketing, club statistics and other such stuff. Find it via the link below.

Link: Ciderspace Guide To Wycombe Wanderers.

The Hillbottom Road End
The Hillbottom Road End (current sponsor name 'Panache') Stand
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12 January 2017 : EFL Trophy Ticketing For Luton Town vs Yeovil Town
Yeovil Town have confirmed arrangements for their EFL Trophy Quarter-Final match against Luton Town. The match will take place on Tuesday 24th January 2017 at Kenilworth Road, with a 7.45p.m. kick-off. Admission prices for this fixture are set as follows:

Adults: £5.00; Under-16s: FREE.

At present, tickets are not yet on sale from the Huish Park Ticket Office - we'll provide an update when they are available. However, you should note carefully that Luton's policy for Football League games is to make the away section of the ground ALL TICKET. This policy has been kept in place for all three of Luton's home EFL Trophy ties against West Bromwich Albion Under-21s, Millwall and Chesterfield, so we'd expect this to be enforced for our tie as well, but we'll confirm that once it's known - if so then you'll need to buy your ticket in advance of the day of the game.

Link: Ticketing For Wycombe Wanderers vs Yeovil Town.

Link: GWSC Travel For Wycombe Wanderers vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Ticketing For Blackpool vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Away Travel Club Plans For Blackpool vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Ticketing For Hartlepool United vs Yeovil Town.

Link: 2016-17 Mini-Season Ticket On Sale At Huish Park.

Link: Yeovil Town Online Ticketing Portal.

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

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


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12 January 2017 : Signing 'Very Close' With Goodship Talked About
Yeovil Town have said that they are 'close' to making at least one signing ahead of Saturday's trip to Wycombe Wanderers. As yet there is no ink dry on any contracts that they are willing to own up to, although the club have now confirmed that AFC Bournemouth striker Brandon Goodship is a 'potential target' - something that pretty much tells fans that he is holding talks with the club.

So far during the January transfer window, the club have recruited Birmingham City's Jack Storer, whilst Kyle Copp has moved to Merthyr Town, with Tahvon Campbell heading back to West Bromwich Albion. Overall, it seems the attacking positions are the ones that Way is focussed on, with Way indicating in recent interviews that was his main area of concern. Via the club's weekly press conference, he said that things were still being worked through with respect to new arrivals:

"We're very close. There's so many things that are behind a signing now as far as contracts are concerned, accommodation and insurance. You hope when that gets done you can come out and announce it but unfortunately I’ve not been able to do that yet. He (Brandon Goodship) is someone that fits into our system and he has been talked about."

Another aspect to note is that the club refer to 'further additions' in the plural sense. Whilst it's widely assumed that Goodship is being earmarked for an arrival at the club he had a ten game loan spell with, this would imply that he may not be the only player the club are considering at the moment.


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12 January 2017 : Way Hoping For Big Impact From Sowunmi
Yeovil Town manager Darren Way is hoping that defender-turned-striker Omar Sowunmi can make a 'big impact' if his role as a substitute against Reading Under-21s in midweek is anything to go by. The 21 year old has been a bit of a forgotten commodity this season, having last got onto the pitch on August 20th, but was a surprise substitute early in the second half of the EFL Trophy match against the Royals Development Squad.

Sowunmi needed just ten minutes to shake off any rust from a four month absence, as he scored Yeovil's third goal on the night, heading home a Ryan Dickson cross to put his side 3-1 up. Way acknowledged that Sowunmi had made an impact when he came on, and suggested that he could ease some of the workload from main target man Tom Eaves in future matches:

"I'm hoping that he makes a big impact, because if he plays like that, then he's a handful for any centre-half aerially. Players can make runs off him. I went to watch Wycombe against Stourbridge the other day, and it's the same sort of game plan with Adebayo Akinfenwa. I think it's something that we've been lacking. It's been a big role and responsibility for Tom Eaves for him to be able to take that role. So he can give us that added dimension. That was why I was glad that he took that opportunity."

Whilst Way has stopped short of confirming that Brandon Goodship is a player he is aiming to sign up, he has confirmed that he is trying to make at least one signing ahead of Saturday's trip to Wycombe Wanderers. He said that the aim was to take some of the workload away from his regular front three players - something that has been exposed by recent injury and illness:

"You need a little bit more support. I thought Ben Whitfield played that role very well, but that front three had to do a lot of workload and I have to make sure that with the games that we've got coming up that I've got runners that can replace them."

Today, the Bournemouth Echo have inched a little further down the line in terms of their reporting on Yeovil Town's interest in Goodship. Having previously stopped short of saying whether Yeovil's interest lay in a loan deal or an actual transfer, they are now explicitly describing the deal as a 'permanent move' that will happen on a 'free transfer'. As yet it's not gone through, but it would seem highly likely that the goal is to sort something by the weekend.

In terms of the trip to Wycombe, attacker Otis Khan remains a doubt with an ankle injury sustained in the midweek match against Reading, whilst Ryan Hedges will definitely be absent. However, captain Darren Ward is reported to have returned to full training - he has been reported as 'on the edge of returning' for several weeks now.


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12 January 2017 : EFL Trophy Quarter Final Draw : Glovers Face Hatters Trip
The draw for the Quarter-Finals of the EFL Trophy has been made this morning. Yeovil Town have been given an away tie against Luton Town at Kenilworth Road, after the teams were pulled out live on Sky Sports News today. The tie will be a familiar one given the Glovers have already played the Hatters this season - a 1-1 draw back in August - with the man in the dugout being former Assistant Manager and left-back Nathan Jones. The two clubs almost faced each other in the FA Cup, having been drawn to play each other at the Second Round stage, but Yeovil's penalty shoot-out defeat against Solihull Moors in the First Round Replay stopped that one from happening.

The full draw is as follows:

Mansfield Town vs Wycombe Wanderers
Swansea City Under-21s vs Coventry City
Oxford United vs Cheltenham Town or Bradford City
Luton Town vs Yeovil Town

Fourth Round ties are all due to be played in just under two weeks time, with Tuesday 24th January the most likely date for most clubs, although any date from January 23rd onwards is possible.


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12 January 2017 : Nene Park Demolition Proposal To Turn Diamonds Into Ashes
One of Yeovil Town's former Conference rivals grounds is proposed for demolition, following the collapse of the clubs that once played there. Rushden and Diamonds ploughed £30 million into their Nene Park complex around the turn of the century, funded by Dr Martens owner Max Griggs. Across a 13 year period, he took what was Irthlingborough Diamonds' ground and developed it into a 6,400 capacity stadium capable of hosting Football League matches.

With Irthlingborough having merged with Rushden Town in 1992, the bankrolled club rose up through the leagues pipped Yeovil Town to the 2000-01 Conference League title, reaching their peak during the 2003-04 season when they spent their one and only season at League One level. However, it was at that peak moment that the cracks began to rapidly show. Towards the end of that season a fire sale of some of their most expensive players suggested that costs were being reined in, and they were relegated at the end of that season. The reality was that Griggs was trying to scale back his involvement, and that became clear when he sold the club in the summer of 2005.

The claim by Rushden's officials and supporters was that the infrastructure legacy left by Griggs would be self-sufficient, providing an income for the club through its impressive bars and corporate facilities. Unfortunately for them, they had misjudged the costs of merely keeping the lights on and maintaining the buildings. They were relegated from the Football League at the end of the 2005-06 season. After a few seasons struggling to make ends meet in the Conference National division, ultimately being expelled in the summer of 2011 due to their unstable financial situation. By July 2011 they entered administration and were ultimately dissolved, with a fans-owned AFC Rushden and Diamonds being formed, currently playing in Wellingborough.

AirWair, Nene Park
The AirWair Stand at Nene Park - set to become a pile of rubble
Photo © 2005-17 Ciderspace


Nene Park was briefly taken over by Kettering Town, who themselves had problems with their Rockingham Road ground. However, after 18 months they also left due to the running costs of the ground, and as such it has been vacant since November 2012. Property Developers have in the past talked about building a new leisure park on the site, although without that being followed through. The Northants Telegraph have today reported that there are now plans submitted to the Council for specific demolition of the ground, on the basis that it is unsafe - without any provision for new development - meaning that Nene Park would become unused brownfield land until a separate planning application is submitted. The planning permission document states:

"The building is in a dangerous condition and is unsafe. The stadium represents a major fire risk. The site is derelict and subject to wanton damage. The site will be the subject of a separate planning application. A fixed hoarding will secure the site?."

East Northamptonshire Council have acknowledged receipt of the application, but have yet to provide a determination. However, with no football having been played there for over four years, it would seem that what was meant to be a lasting legacy from Max Griggs will soon be turned into dust.


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12 January 2017 : Cherries Confirm Glovers Approach For Goodship
Premier League side AFC Bournemouth have confirmed that Yeovil Town have made an approach for their striker Brandon Goodship. The 22 year old was not included in a Cherries Development side that played AFC Wimbledon yesterday, leading to the obvious question as to whether rumours that have tended to persist linking the Glovers with the player, had some foundation behind them.

Cherries Under-21 manager Stephen Purches has now confirmed that manager Darren Way has been in contact and that he and Goodship are in talks over a move to Huish Park:

"We're waiting to see where that goes. There have been talks, so it's just wanting to make sure everything goes right for the player."

It is worth noting that the Bournemouth Echo do not make any reference to this being a 'loan' deal at any stage, describing it as a 'potential move' - hence this could easily be a permanent switch for the Poole-born player. At present the Glovers have a commitment to five loan deals until the end of the 2016-17 season, meaning that once Ryan Hedges returns from his ankle injury, any further loan recruits would see one player sat in the stands each matchday. If plans to bring Goodship to Huish Park involved a permanent deal, then this would not be an issue.

Link: Brandon Goodship : Yeovil Town Statistics.


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11 January 2017 : Broxbourne Triumph In FA Youth Cup
Yeovil Town Under-18s headed out of the FA Youth Cup tonight. An early goal from Alie Bangura gave Hertfordshire side Broxbourne Borough a route into the Fifth Round stage where they will face a visit to Villa Park, home of Aston Villa who beat Blackburn Rovers tonight 7-6 on penalty kicks after their game finished 0-0 after extra time.

Broxbourne and Yeovil - in terms of their senior men's sides positions in the pyramid - were the smallest teams left in the competition, with the home team having never played at this stage of the competition before, whilst the Glovers have never got past the Fourth Round stage, with this being the third time in the club's history that they've reached this round. The single goal from Bangura was enough to decide the tie by a 1-0 scoreline and thus continue Broxbourne's journey into the unknown.

Full Time : Broxbourne Borough Under 18s 1 Yeovil Town Under-18s 0.


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11 January 2017 : Ticketing For Hartlepool United vs Yeovil Town
Advance tickets for Yeovil Town's League Two match against Hartlepool United are now on sale. The match takes place on Saturday 4th February 2017 at Victoria Park with a 3.00p.m. kick-off. Admission prices for this fixture are as follows:

Adults: £20.00; Concessions: £10.00.

Concessions apply to Seniors (aged 60 and above), Young Persons (aged 18 or under) and members of the Armed Forces.

Wheelchair and Ambulant Disabled are charged at the relevant age category but can admit an assistant free of charge if on the higher rate of DLA.

Away supporters get the Rink End, currently sponsored as the Smith and Graham Stand. This is a small covered stand holding 1,033 seats. Entrance by turnstiles 1 and 2 from Clarence Road.

The same prices apply to tickets purchased by CASH on the day of the game. Any fans purchasing on the day will need to do so from the Main Ticket Office on Clarence Road as Hartlepool have now stopped admitting cash via turnstiles. You'll find the Ticket Office situation next to the last turnstile on Clarence Road before you get to Morrisons. If you choose to pay by credit/debit card, note that Hartlepool will charge a £1.50 transaction fee (per card payment, rather than per ticket). Their Ticket Office is open from 10.00a.m. on the day.

Tickets can be purchased from the Huish Park Ticket Office via 01935 847 888 or via the Ticket Office's online portal (not available yet, but will be shortly). From there, the Ticket Office can either post them out to your registered address or you can pick them up from Huish Park in the usual way.

Tickets can also be purchased online direct from Hartlepool via their online portal, although if you choose this route pay careful attention. You must choose the Away option and then select Smith and Graham Stand Block C where you are able to select your required seats. Once the relevant seats (Adult/Concession) have been added, it will automatically add on the £2.00 postage fee (first class recorded delivery service) unless you click on the collection option at the next step (which is free of charge). If collection is chosen they will be available in Hartlepool's Ticket Office from 10.00a.m. on the matchday. Note that regardless of whether you choose to have your tickets posted or collected, Hartlepool charge a £1.50 transaction fee (per card payment, rather than per ticket) for all online purchases.

Link: Ticketing For Wycombe Wanderers vs Yeovil Town.

Link: GWSC Travel For Wycombe Wanderers vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Ticketing For Blackpool vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Away Travel Club Plans For Blackpool vs Yeovil Town.

Link: 2016-17 Mini-Season Ticket On Sale At Huish Park.

Link: Yeovil Town Online Ticketing Portal.

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

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


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11 January 2017 : Darren Talks About Reading Under-21s Team Selection
Just before Tuesday night's match against Reading Under-21s kicked off 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 explains the absence of Tom Eaves, his views on the team's goalscoring in recent league matches, and on the EFL Trophy itself. Read that interview via the link below.

Link: Darren Way Speaks To The BBC Just Before Kick-Off Against Reading Under-21s.


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11 January 2017 : Video : Yeovil Town vs Reading Under-21 Match Highlights
For those who want to view match highlights of yesterday's 4-2 win over Reading Under-21s, these are now available online. The first half goals from Otis Khan and Francois Zoko are followed by a second half strike from Omar Sowunmi and an own goal. There's also footage of the red card and a late penalty for Reading in the two minutes of highlights. Watch via the YouTube clip below.




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11 January 2017 : Darren Way Confident Of New Striker By Saturday
Yeovil Town are reported to be close to adding a new striker to their squad ahead of their trip to League Two side Wycombe Wanderers on Saturday. Although results in the EFL Trophy have given the club plenty of goals, including last night's 4-2 win over Reading Under-21s, their League form has seen them net just once in the last five matches, with even that goal being scored by a defender. With Swansea City attacker Ryan Hedges out until at least the end of January with an ankle injury, options in the wide areas in particular are not too great at present.

At present, there's no clear indication of whether the new arrival would be a loan signing or a permanent deal - reports on BBC Somerset last night pointed towards it being a loan. The club have been linked with AFC Bournemouth striker Brandon Goodship, although his presence at a Cherries Under-21s friendly against Reading was also relevant to last night's match. The Bournemouth Echo have persisted in their views, repeating the Goodship link yesterday.

Speaking after last night's game, Way confirmed that he was 'confident' of bringing in a new player before Saturday, but swatted away assumptions that it was Goodship, saying: "I went to watch a Bournemouth game. So I presume I'm linked with every player that played in that game."

On the subject of last night's match itself, Way was pleased with his side's attacking play, with Francois Zoko and Otis Khan two of those to get on the scoresheet, as the Glovers moved into the Quarter-Final stage of the EFL Trophy:

"It was a good performance from start to finish. I thought the goals were taken very well. I thought they were quality goals. The game, believe it or not, even though they went down to ten men, it was end-to-end, and I thought it was an entertaining game of football to watch."


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10 January 2017 : And Then There Were Nine : EFL Trophy Sides The Glovers Could Face
Yeovil Town's progression into the Quarter-Finals of the EFL Trophy, and the completion of all bar one of the Third Round ties, means that the Glovers now know who they will be in the hat with for Thursday morning's draw. Cheltenham Town were one round behind the rest of us, due to their opponents, Leicester City Under-21s, requesting that the tie be put back until January due to their senior side's Champions League commitments. That oddity is now no longer an issue, due to Gary Johnson's side thrashing the Foxes' youngsters by a 6-1 scoreline, and they will play catch-up next week when they play host to League One side Bradford City in a Third Round tie.

With the exception of that tie, all other Fourth Round teams are now known, with two League One sides definitely through, along with four League Two sides and one Academy side in Swansea City Under-21s. That therefore leaves us with the following teams:

EFL Trophy Fourth Round Draw Clubs: Oxford United, Mansfield Town, Luton Town, Coventry City, Cheltenham Town or Bradford City, Yeovil Town, Swansea City Under-21s and Wycombe Wanderers.

The draw for the Quarter Finals will be made on Thursday 12th January, live on Sky Sports News at around 11.30a.m. This will be a single leg, unregionalised draw with no seeding.

There will be little time for each side to prepare for the tie - due to the additional number of rounds this year's competition has to squeeze in, the Fourth Round ties are all due to be played in around two weeks time, with Tuesday 24th January the most likely date for most clubs.


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10 January 2017 : Man of the Match Voting for Yeovil Town vs Reading Under-21s
If you watched Tuesday night's 4-2 win against Reading Under-21s 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 Reading Under-21s.


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10 January 2017 : Yeovil 4 Reading U21s 2 : Quarter-Finals Reached Against Ten Men Royals
Yeovil Town gained a route into the Quarter-Finals of the EFL Trophy tonight, as they beat Reading Under-21s by a 4-2 scoreline. A rather lively match saw the Royals play most of the match with ten men after Sandro Wieser was given a straight red early in the first half. The Glovers took control with first half goals from Otis KhanFrancois Zoko and although the visitors pulled one back via Andrija Novakovich they always held the upper hand. Substitute Omar Sowumni restored the two goal advantage, and when Jack Sheppard turned the ball into his own net in the dying minutes, that wrapped the game up, even if a late Josh Barrett penalty gave Reading a consolation. The Glovers now pass into the final eight of the competition, awaiting the draw on Thursday morning.

As with previous rounds of the competition, there was a small bit of squad rotation, although some of that was forced, with Tom Eaves dropping out through illness, replaced by Francois Zoko. In goal, Jonny Maddison swapped with Artur Krysiak for his fifth appearance for the club, whilst Liam Shephard returned from his own illness, dislodging Bevis Mugabi. The other decision was for new loan signing Jack Storer to sit on the bench for the full game, with Ben Whitfield taking a wide left slot in the front three. Reading's side was if anything more inexperienced than the side they had fielded at the Madejski Stadium, with a number of their Under-21s having been used in recent first team matches, meaning that some of their squad players that got onto the pitch were as young as sixteen.

The match got off to a fairly quiet start, although the Glovers did hit the crossbar in the opening quarter hour in the game's only chance of that period. Ryan Dickson's cross after Ben Whitfield had set him up, saw Francois Zoko's header come back off the crossbar, to continue the Glovers' habit of striking the woodwork in recent games. But one of the key incidents of the early period was of a less eloquent kind, as Sandro Wieser put in a fierce challenge on Alex Lawless just 18 minutes into the match. Referee John Brooks was the man who had dismissed Mansfield's Danny Rose back in August for a similar tackle just ten minutes into the game at Field Mill - he showed extreme consistency by dishing out another early bath.

That allowed Yeovil to take control of the match as they scored twice in the fifteen minutes that followed. Kevin Dawson threaded the ball through to Otis Khan and the former Barnsley man fired hom from 20 yards out for his seventh goal of the season. Then with just 32 minutes played, Ben Whitfield put the ball into the box towards Francois Zoko, and his clever turn inside the box lost his marker, allowing him to fire into the bottom corner of the net. 2-0 to the good and a man advantage.

The Glovers came close to a third after a header from a corner saw the ball come back off the crossbar again, with Francois Zoko involved inside the box. Then Zoko and Kevin Dawson combined to almost create a goal for Ben Whitfield, but he couldn't quite divert Dawson's shot into the back of the net. It was all Yeovil, except for a five minute period leading up to the break when they seemed to have mentally already gone in for a cup of tea. Reading sensed an advantage, applied a short amount of sustained pressure, and then pulled a goal back from a free kick, as the ball bobbled around inside the box, and Andrija Novakovich fired home for a 2-1 score at the break.

Alex Lawless was withdrawn at half time - possibly because of the hefty tackle he got, or possibly because he picked up a yellow just before the break - Matt Butcher was an easy replacement. Ben Whitfield pulled off a mazey weaving run past the Reading defence for what would have been an excellent solo goal, but his final shot was a bit too central to worry the Royals keeper. A second change by the Glovers was definitely forced, with Otis Khan going down with an ankle injury and limping off, and after a lengthy deliberation over who was going to replace him, Omar Sowumni - not seen since August 20th - was brought on as his successor.

Reading were still giving a good account of themselves, with Josh Barrett particularly involved throughout the match, even if some of his shooting was a little wayward. He managed to get one on target but into the arms of Jonny Maddison, before Yeovil began to kill the game off by scoring their third of the night. Ryan Dickson has provided a few fine assists this season with his crosses, and his ball to the back post was met by a downward header from Omar Sowumni - on the pitch for merely ten minutes before he scored his first goal since September 2015, even if Stuart Moore somewhat fumbled the ball into his own net.

The visitors decision was to look towards the future, taking off both of their front line strikers, including their goalscorer, and introducing a 16 year old - Danny Loader's first contribution was to surprise Nathan Smith for pace and to fire off a shot that Jonny Maddison had to smother - it would have been an impressive debut. Overall though, the game was getting oddly tetchy and ragged in the closing stages with a number of players landing in the book for silly stuff. The match as a spectacle was finished off, when Ben Whitfield's cross was diverted into his own net by Jack Sheppard to provide the third occasion in the EFL Trophy that the Glovers have netted four goals.

There was still time for one more goal as the pace of Danny Loader upset the Yeovil defence, with Matt Butcher drawn into a foul. Josh Barrett grabbed the ball to take the spot kick and put the ball past Jonny Maddison for what was basically a consolation goal. The Glovers therefore go into the hat as one of the final eight teams in the competition. The only concern will have been the injury to Otis Khan on the night, and the feeling that one or two other players might have been carrying niggles in the closing stages. But the four goals break a barren five game run in which the club had only scored one goal, which certainly does no harm.

Final Score: Yeovil Town 4 Reading Under-21s 2.

Scorers: Otis Khan (24 mins, 1-0), Francois Zoko (32 mins, 2-0), Andrija Novakovich (45 mins, 2-1), Omar Sowunmi (65 mins, 3-1), Jack Sheppard (88 mins, 4-1, own goal), Josh Barrett (90 mins, 4-2, penalty)

Yeovil Town:
12. Jonny Maddison
2. Liam Shephard 6. Alex Lacey 3. Nathan Smith 11. Ryan Dickson (Capt)
7. Kevin Dawson 8. Alex Lawless 4. Matt Dolan
10. Otis Khan 13. Francois Zoko 28. Ben Whitfield

Substitutes: 1. Artur Krysiak 5. Bevis Mugabi (89 mins for Kevin Dawson) 16. Matt Butcher (46 mins for Alex Lawless) 17. Omar Sowunmi (55 mins for Otis Khan) 18. Jack Storer 20. Joe Lea 22. Ollie Bassett.

Reading Under-21s:
40. Stuart Moore
35. Jake Sheppard 28. Danzell Gravenberch 45. Dominic Hyam (Capt) 63. Ramarni Medford-Smith
60. Tyler Frost 17. Sandro Wieser 29. Josh Barrett 42. Andy Rinomhota
36. Andrija Novakovich 41. Harry Cardwell

Substitutes:
61. Teddy Howe 33. Shane Griffin (62 mins for Danzell Gravenberch) 56. Luke Southwood 51. Ryan East 62. Danny Loader (71 mins for Harry Cardwell) 55. Sam Smith (75 mins for Andrija Novakovich) 48. Harrison Bennett

Yeovil Bookings: Alex Lawless (foul, 45 mins), Matt Dolan (foul, 67 mins), Omar Sowunmi (kicking ball away, 76 mins), Liam Shephard (ungentlemanly conduct, 83 mins), Jonny Maddison (timewasting, 90 mins)

Reading Under-21s Bookings: Andy Rinomhota (82 mins, foul), Josh Barrett (90 mins, dissent). Red Card: Sandro Wieser (serious foul play, 18 mins).

Yeovil Match Statistics: Possession: 51%; Shots: 17; Shots On Target: 8; Corners: 3; Fouls: 17.

Reading Under-21s Match Statistics: Possession: 49%; Shots: 10; Shots On Target: 7; Corners: 4; Fouls: 9.

Referee: John Brooks (Leicestershire). Assistants: Andrew Quin (Hampshire) and Simon Knapp (Bristol). Fourth Official: Brendan Malone (Wiltshire).

Attendance: 1,081 (with 88 Reading supporters).


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10 January 2017 : Team News For Yeovil Town vs Reading Under-21s
Yeovil Town have chosen their starting line-up for this evening's EFL Trophy match against Reading Under-21s at Huish Park. The match sees the Glovers name four changes compared to the team that played against Crawley Town eight days ago. As has been the case in all other rounds of the competition, goalkeeper Jonny Maddison comes in for what is his fifth appearance for the club, with Artur Krysiak getting the night off.

Swansea City loanee Liam Shephard missed the Crawley trip due to illness but he comes back in for Bevis Mugabi. Midfielder Matt Dolan hasn't got onto the field of play for eight matches but he finally gets a start, with Tom Eaves entirely out of the squad due to illness. Meanwhile Jack Storer sits this one out, with Francois Zoko starting.

Swansea City loanee Ryan Hedges is expected to be out until at least the end of January with an ankle injury. Captain Darren Ward (swollen knee) misses his ninth consecutive game. Since the last match Tahvon Campbell's loan spell with the club has ended, with him returning to parent club West Bromwich Albion, whilst Josh Ezewele has started a loan spell with Kidderminster Harriers.

The team is as follows:

Yeovil Town:
12. Jonny Maddison
2. Liam Shephard 6. Alex Lacey 3. Nathan Smith 11. Ryan Dickson (Capt)
7. Kevin Dawson 8. Alex Lawless 4. Matt Dolan
10. Otis Khan 13. Francois Zoko 28. Ben Whitfield

Substitutes: 1. Artur Krysiak 5. Bevis Mugabi 16. Matt Butcher 17. Omar Sowunmi 18. Jack Storer 20. Joe Lea 22. Ollie Bassett.

Reading Under-21s:
40. Stuart Moore
35. Jake Sheppard 28. Danzell Gravenberch 45. Dominic Hyam 63. Ramarni Medford-Smith
17. Sandro Wieser 42. Andy Rinomhota 29. Josh Barrett 60. Tyler Frost
36. Andrija Novakovich 41. Harry Cardwell

Substitutes:
61. Teddy Howe 33. Shane Griffin 56. Luke Southwood 51. Ryan East 62. Danny Loader 55. Sam Smith 48. Harrison Bennett

Tonight's match will be played to a conclusion, with the match finishing on 90 minutes. If the scores are level, then we will proceed directly to penalty kicks, with no extra time played.


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10 January 2017 : Yeovil Town vs Exeter City : Man Of The Match Result
On Boxing Day, Yeovil Town played host to neighbours Exeter City in a League Two match at Huish Park. The 0-0 draw was not a typical outcome for past matches between the two sides, with the nearest we got being a header from Tom Eaves that came off the crossbar - the Match Sponsors gave their Player of the Day award to him.

Man of the Match voting went in a different direction, with more praise for those who had kept the clean sheet at the other end. Nathan Smith has been operating as a centre-back in recent weeks due to the absence of Darren Ward and he came in third place, whilst his centre-back partner Alex Lacey finished second. The poll winner as the holding midfielder, was Alex Lawless, who also picked up the most outright votes.

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

1. Alex Lawless 146 (11)
2. Alex Lacey 120 (7)
3. Nathan Smith 82 (3)
4. Artur Krysiak 64 (3)
5. Tom Eaves 54 (4)
6. Matt Butcher 52 (2)
7. Liam Shephard 44 (3)
8. Otis Khan 44 (1)
9. Kevin Dawson 36 (1)
10. Ryan Dickson 24 (2)
11. Ryan Hedges 10 (1)
12. Ben Whitfield 2 (0)

OVERALL MATCH RATING : 5.89
Performance : 6.16
Entertainment : 5.63
VOTES RECEIVED : 38


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10 January 2017 : Liverpool Opener For Ladies In FAWSL Spring Series
Yeovil Town Ladies have been given a home match to open their first ever FAWSL1 league match. The FAWSL Spring Series fixtures were announced this morning and the female Glovers will see Liverpool travel down to Huish Park on Sunday 23rd April to give them a high profile start to proceedings in the top flight of the Ladies game.

The Spring Series has been arranged as a one-off tournament with no promotion or relegation, that will help bridge the move of the FAWSL Leagues from a summer competition into a winter competition, but also has the added benefit that the Glovers will have a short period of time to adjust to their new level without too much pressure on them.

The fixture list is as follows, with all matches kicking off at 2.00p.m. on a Sunday unless stated:

23/04/2017 : Yeovil Town Ladies vs Liverpool
30/04/2017 : Chelsea vs Yeovil Town Ladies

03/05/2017 : Yeovil Town Ladies vs Bristol City (Wednesday, 7.00p.m.)
07/05/2017 : Arsenal vs Yeovil Town Ladies (May be played on 6th or 7th)
17/05/2017 : Yeovil Town Ladies vs Reading (Wednesday, 7.00p.m.)
21/05/2017 : Manchester City vs Yeovil Town Ladies
28/05/2017 : Yeovil Town Ladies vs Sunderland
31/05/2017 : Birmingham City vs Yeovil Town Ladies (Wednesday, 7.45p.m.)

03/06/2017 : Yeovil Town Ladies vs Notts County

Arsenal have yet to firmly decide which venue they will be using for the 2017 Spring Series, and so their fixture date is provisional at present.

In addition to the above, the Ladies will also feature in the FA Women's Cup from the Fourth Round stage onwards - their involvement in the majority of the cup fixtures will precede the FAWSL1 fixture list, although the FA Women's Cup Final is scheduled to take place in May.


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10 January 2017 : Officials For Yeovil Town vs Reading Under-21s
Officials for the EFL Trophy Third Round tie between Yeovil Town and Reading Under-21s have been published by the Football League. The match takes place on Tuesday 10th January 2017 at Huish Park, with a 7.00p.m. kick-off. The man in charge of the fixture will be referee John Brooks (Leicestershire).

He was promoted to this level in the summer of 2016, meaning that we've had him just once. That was for the August 2016 match against Mansfield Town at Field Mill, which somehow saw us lose the match 1-0. Mr Brooks had made a brave decision just nine minutes into that match when he considered that Danny Rose had committed a two-footed tackle on Otis Khan and delivered a red card that not too many officials would have done in what was only his second match at that level. After we failed to take advantage of the extra man, he gave Mansfield a second half penalty, after Artur Krysiak fouled inside the box, with the successful spot kick becoming the winner.

For the penalty, that seemed to be the correct decision, with Artur left exposed by some poor defending. As for the red card, there were mixed views in both the Yeovil and Mansfield camps, although not from the perspective you'd expect. The Western Gazette claimed the dismissal was controversial, saying the referee "caused controversy when he sent Rose off after just nine minutes when a yellow card would probably have been more justified." However, Mansfield website StagsNet disagreed, feeling their man deserved to go, saying the referee "got the big decisions right, the red card and the penalty." The Gazette also had complaints about Nathan Smith being allowed to receive treatment for a head injury at the tail end of the first half, adding: "Brooks then bizarrely allowed Smith to be treated for over five minutes on the pitch rather than sending him to the sidelines" - Smith had suffered a head injury and didn't reappear for the second period as he needed stitches in a gash in his head, perhaps giving a clue that the referee saw immediate medical treatment as the priority.

Mr Brooks came to the attention of the national media back in January 2013, in his role as a Premier League assistant referee, when he was picked up on camera speaking to Manchester City defender Joleon Lescott after a fixture at the Emirates Stadium, suggesting that Lescott and his teammates should go and thank the travelling Man City supporters, given that they had paid £62 for the privilege of supporting their team. The PGMOL (referees' organisation) dropped him from his next game after it became a talking point in the media, on the basis that officials shouldn't get involved in such matters, but it felt harsh given the content of what he said shouldn't have been controversial.

Mr Brooks will be assisted by Andrew Quin (Devon) and Simon Knapp (Bristol). The Fourth Official will be Brendan Malone (Wiltshire).

Link: August 2016 : Mansfield Town 0 Yeovil Town 1.


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9 January 2017 : Away Travel Club Blackpool Weekender Final Reminder
Yeovil Town supporters looking to spend a weekend away in Blackpool in twelve days time, should note that they still have an opportunity to get together with some other regular supporters for that trip. The Away Travel Club have organised a two night stay in the town, and there are still a couple of rooms left in a hotel that they have block-booked for the weekend.

For more information, read the earlier article linked below. For overall ticketing information for the match, and for some travel advice if you're coming to the game via the railway network, see the articles linked below.

Link: Ticketing For Blackpool vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Away Travel Club Plans For Blackpool vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Rail Engineering Works For Blackpool vs Yeovil Town.


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9 January 2017 : Nathan Smith Pays Tribute To 'One General' Steve Browne
Yeovil Town left-back Nathan Smith has paid a detailed tribute to the manager that brought him into the professional game. As reported last week, former Glovers midfielder Steve Browne passed away on January 1st, after a four-and-a-half year battle with Multiple Myeloma - a cancer of the bone marrow. Both as a player and as the manager of Potters Bar, Steve had a big influence upon Yeovil Town - helping the club to the ICIS League title during his days as a midfielder.

Meanwhile his major contribution as the manager of Potters Bar was to introduce the club to a young Nathan Smith - at that time a 21 year old IT technician that had never played professional football. Steve persuaded then Glovers boss Russell Slade to take him down to Huish Park for a trial, and across two spells the club has ended up with a man who currently stands as the most-used player since the club entered the Football League, making 240 appearances.

Not too surprisingly, Nathan saw Steve as having had a big influence upon his career as a professional, and left a photo and a message via his Instagram account, recognising the moment that he had become a full time professional footballer and the man who had helped him achieve that:

"So this man in the jacket behind me decided that he was gonna drop out from the Physical realm in style on 'New Years Day 2017' and ascend to the Spiritual realm. He believed in me as a youth from Potters Bar FC and pushed for me to get a trial at Yeovil Town FC where I was successful and signed my first professional football contract at age 21 in March 2008, and played my first game of many for the club. The journey has allowed me to grow as a man through experiences and the many types of people I have met along the way, and for that I'll forever be grateful. #OneGeneral Steve Browne R.I.P."

Steve Browne, as manager of Potters Bar, with a young Nathan Smith
Steve Browne, as manager of Potters Bar, with a young Nathan Smith



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9 January 2017 : Ezewele Signs Harriers Loan Deal
Yeovil Town full-back Josh Ezewele has gone out on loan. The right-back, who signed for the club from West Bromwich Albion over the summer, has signed for a one month period for National League North side Kidderminster Harriers and is set to make his debut in their friendly against Halesowen Town tomorrow night.

The 19 year old has struggled to break into Yeovil Town's first team this season, acting as an unused substitute on 19 separate occasions. His nine minutes worth of first team football so far came against Reading Under-21s in the EFL Trophy during November 2016.

Link: Josh Ezewele : Yeovil Town Statistics.


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9 January 2017 : EFL Trophy Quarter-Finals Draw Schedule
This may or may not be relevant to ourselves by the time we reach Wednesday morning, but the Football League have detailed the draw schedule for the next round of the EFL Trophy. The Glovers play their Third Round tie against Reading Under-21s on Tuesday evening (kicking off at the earlier time of 7.00p.m.) at Huish Park, with the tie being decided on the night.

The Quarter-Final Draw, for the winners of that tie, will be made live on Sky Sports News on Thursday 12th January 2017 at around 11.30a.m. As per the Third Round Draw, there will be no regionalisation, and no seeding, with all ties played on a single leg basis as they come out of the hat.

Link: Ticketing For Yeovil Town vs Reading Under-21s.

Link: Yeovil Town Online Ticketing Portal.

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

Link: EFL Trophy Third Round Draw.


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8 January 2017 : D'Ath Leaves Cobblers For Hatters, As Gape Makes Permanent Switch
League Two side Luton Town have signed former Yeovil Town loanee and trialist Lawson D'Ath on a permanent contract. The deal has seen the 24 year old pen an 18 month contract, which contains a further one year option on Luton's side, and sees him leave League One side Northampton Town for an undisclosed fee. He was an unused substitute in the Hatters' 2-1 defeat against Accrington Stanley in the FA Cup.

D'Ath had been a regular in the Northampton side that won promotion from League Two as Champions at the end of last season, making 46 appearances in the team. But the higher level, and a change of management in Rob Page has meant that the midfielder has rapidly dropped out of contention this season, being given just one substitute appearance in League One fixtures, whilst he has not featured at all since October 4th, with just one start and two substitute appearances in cup competitions.

As such, he's been allowed to move on by the Cobblers and he teams up with Nathan Jones for the second time in his career, having enjoyed a 14 game loan spell with Yeovil Town during the 2011-12 season, whilst Jones was the club's Assistant Manager, often lining up in the same team as him. As such Jones feels he's a player that he already knows he can work with:

"He'll add real quality and energy to our squad, and we've managed to sign him on what could turn out to be a two-and-a-half year contract. We had him as a 19-year-old from Reading and we were League One then at Yeovil. I played with him and he was a great lad attitude-wise. He was fit, he was energetic, he's learned a lot since then because he's developed physically, and mentally he's a lot stronger. I knew him then so I always had him on my radar, but from the many games I've seen him play for Northampton, I know he'll add a quality and bring something different to our squad. He ticks all the boxes we have here, he wants to develop, he wants to get better and he's shown a real desire to come here in the face of having a lot of options to go to other League Two clubs. We are delighted to have him."

D'Ath had a trial spell with Yeovil Town at the start of the 2014-15 season, just after the club dropped into League One, but he ended up signing for Northampton later that summer, who were at that time in League Two.

Another former trialist has also made a permanent move to a League Two club this weekend, with midfielder Dominic Gape joining Wycombe Wanderers on a free transfer. The Southampton academy player was part of the Glovers' 2016-17 pre-season friendly fixtures, but was allowed to return to St Mary's Stadium. He was later loaned out to Wycombe on a half-season loan deal, but Saints have allowed him to stay at Adams Park, with Gape being given a two-and-a-half year contract. He made his 21st appearance for his new team on Saturday, with all bar one of those being starts, as he's cemented a regular spot in the fifth-placed League Two side's line-up.

Link: Lawson D'Ath : Yeovil Town Statistics.


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8 January 2017 : Crewe Swap Davis For Artell After Poor Seven Game Run
League Two side Crewe Alexandra have parted company with their manager Steve Davis, with an immediate successor put in place. They have appointed 36 year old David Artell as their new boss, who is a former club captain, and had been their Academy Operations Manager, whilst turning out for Northern Premier League First Division side Droylsden.

Artell represented Crewe as a player between 2010 and 2012, having previously played for the likes of Mansfield Town, Chester City and Morecambe. He was their club captain in their League Two Play-Off Final win during the 2011-12 season, but was surprisingly released by the club five days after that promotion. He later returned to Crewe in a minor coaching capacity within their Academy system, and was given the title of Academy Operations Manager in the summer of 2014, and so continues Crewe's policy of promoting from within.

Davis had been Crewe's manager since November 2011, having previously been their assistant manager since 2009. He was in charge of them for 272 matches, presiding over the 2011-12 League Two Play-Off win that saw Artell captain the side, but also being the man at the helm when Crewe were relegated at the end of the 2015-16 season.

His final act was to take charge of Crewe's 3-0 defeat at Mansfield Town yesterday - a result that left them seven games without a League Two win, and stuck in 18th place in the table. That still keeps them a healthy seven points above the drop zone, but with them having only just come down from third tier football, doubtless the Crewe board had been expecting a different challenge this season.


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7 January 2017 : Yeovil Town Top Club Record Goalscorers List
At lunchtime on Saturday, national journalists around the country started to tweak articles that they'd probably penned months ago, ready for the moment that Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney happened to equal Sir Bobby Charlton's club record. He hit his 249th goal in the FA Cup Third Round tie against Reading at Old Trafford, equalling that set by Charlton between 1953 and 1973, and thus meaning that when he bags his next one, he'll officially be top of the tree as far as his club is concerned.

In the background, Sky Sports have been beavering away, compiling a list of all of the top four division's club record goalscorers, and it seems that Mr Rooney has got a way to go before he becomes recognised at that level - their list of 92 clubs has him merely 22nd - players such as Tottenham Hotspur's Jimmy Greaves (266) and Bolton Wanderers' Nat Lofthouse (285) lie above him, and even they don't reach the top ten.

The No.1 slot in the list of 92 club record goalscorers goes to Yeovil Town's Johnny Hayward, who played for the Glovers between 1907 and 1927, and holds a record that will almost certainly never be beaten. Subject to more accurate data becoming available - some data on matches in those days was incomplete - his goal tally stands at at least 548 goals. He joined the club in April 1907, and probably would have scored more goals than he did, were it not for World War I interrupting procedings for five years. During his peak, he netted 52 goals in the 1919-20 season and 50 more in the 1921-22 season. He bowed out of the club in the summer of 1927, with a record that will almost certainly never be beaten.

The Sky Sports Top Ten club record goalscorers reads as follows:

1. Johnny Hayward (Yeovil Town) : 548 goals (1907-1927)
2. Tony Horseman (Wycombe Wanderers) : 416 goals (1961-78)
3. Dixie Dean (Everton) : 383 goals (1925-37)
4. Arthur Morris (Barnet) : 379 goals (1927-37)
5. John Atyeo (Bristol City) : 351 goals (1951-66)
6. Ian Rush (Liverpool) : 346 goals (1980-87, 1988-96)
7. George Camsell (Middlesbrough) : 345 goals (1925-42)
8. Steve Bloomer (Derby County) : 332 goals (1892-1905, 1910-13)
9. Vic Watson (West Ham United) : 326 goals (1920-35)
10. Steve Bull (Wolverhampton Wanderers) : 306 goals (1986-1999)

There are some caveats that Sky have listed for the production of their data. A number of clubs restricted their data to Football League and Premier League historical records, and so did not recognise any non-league history they might have. A few other clubs have not verified their historical data, and so their club record goalscorer is largely of a semi-official nature. As with Johnny Hayward, there will be a few scorers where from time-to-time, historians tweak their records to revise up or down a small notch as new data is found.

At present, this site's historical database archive goes back as far as the club's inception as the Yeovil Football and Athetic Club (aka Yeovil Town Football Club and Yeovil and Petters United at various points) at the start of the 1922-23 season, that also saw the Glovers join the Southern League. Hence, the full list of Johnny Hayward's goals aren't (yet) online. However, we have complete goalscorer summary statistics from World War II onwards - i.e. covering the 1946-47 season to the present day. Three key pages can be viewed via the links below.

Link: Yeovil Town Goalscorers Since World War II (1946).

Link: Yeovil Town Goalscorers Since Huish Park Move (1990).

Link: Yeovil Town Goalscorers Since Football League Membership (2003).


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7 January 2017 : Glovers Drop Two As In-Form Colchester And Big Spending Bees Reach Top Seven
Yeovil Town dropped two places in the League Two table this afternoon as they had to sit out and watch the weekend's matches unfold. The Glovers had been due to play Plymouth Argyle but that game was called off due to the Pilgrims' FA Cup commitments at Liverpool tomorrow, and that meant that wins for Mansfield Town (3-0) and Stevenage (3-1) saw those two clubs leapfrog them.

Stevenage got their victory thanks to a hat-trick from Matt Godden, showing no mercy to their former manager Graham Westley. His side remain rooted to the foot of the League Two table, five points short of safety and now on a run of eight consecutive defeats. The last time they tasted victory was on November 19th when they beat Notts County - the one side in the division on a run of worse form. They appointed Alan Smith as their Caretaker Manager during the week, but his presence couldn't stop them from going down 4-1 at Morecambe who even managed to play for 45 minutes with ten men after Andrew Fleming was sent off. County have now suffered 10 consecutive defeats - a club record - having last picked up a point in October.

Godden wasn't the only player in League Two to take the match ball home. Colchester United's form since they lost to Yeovil Town on November 19th has seen them win seven and draw one out of eight League matches, scoring 20 goals during that time. Their most impressive score so far saw them thrash third-placed Carlisle United 4-1 with Kurtis Guthrie grabbing a hat-trick, lifting them into 6th place in the table. At the time they lost to the Glovers, they lay in the relegation zone, with speculation that manager John McGreal would be fired and a row breaking out between Guthrie and the Essex side's fans over remarks he'd made in the press. Instead, McGreal bagged the Manager of the Month Award for December, and Guthrie becomes a hat-trick hero. How times change!

Colchester's march into the play-offs is joined by Barnet, who have been spending big in the January Transfer Window. The Bees beat struggling Leyton Orient 3-1 at Brisbane Road and their marquee signing Ricardo Santos began to pay back the £100,000 transfer fee they'd paid Peterborough United by bagging two of those goals, despite being signed for his defensive capabilities. Barnet have also spent £40,000 on Braintree Town striker Simeon Akinola, who played the opening hour of the game, whilst they've taken Dan Sweeney from Maidstone United for an undisclosed fee and David Tutonda on free transfer from Cardiff City. By beating Plymouth Argyle on Bank Holiday Monday, and climbing into the play-offs today, they will feel that investment is paying off for them.

The Glovers end the day in 16th place - nine points off the play-off positions, and nine points off the relegation spots. They next play in League Two in seven days time when they travel to play Wycombe Wanderers, who were in FA Cup action today, but remain in 5th place in the table.

Link: 2016-17 Latest League Two Table.


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7 January 2017 : Lita Signs For Thai League Side
Former Yeovil Town striker Leroy Lita has gone overseas for the next step in his footballing career. He has signed for Thai League side Sisaket - as far as we can tell this is his first club since leaving the Glovers at the end of the 2015-16 season. He joins a club that finished 13th in their last season, and play at the 12,000 capacity Sri Nakhon Lamduan Stadium on the North-East side of Thailand.

Lita has been given their No.11 shirt - Sisaket don't mention a contract length, but it's most likely that this will be for the duration of their 2017 season. The Thai League runs between March and October during a calendar year, meaning that Lita's arrival should get him a chance to blend in with their squad during their pre-season period. This isn't the first time that Lita has tried his luck with an overseas side, having arrived at Yeovil Town after half a season with Greek Football League side AO Chania, who he spent half a season with during the first part of the 2015-16 campaign.

Link: Leroy Lita : Yeovil Town Statistics.


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7 January 2017 : Swansea Make Dedicated Appointment To Monitor Loan Players
Yeovil Town may shortly find an additional face on their training ground and at matches overseeing two of their loan players. Premier League side Swansea City have announced the appointment of their first ever Loan Player Manager. They have named 62 year old Alan Curtis and have said that he "will oversee and monitor those players from the first team and under-23s on loan at other clubs ... and will travel to watch the club's loan players train and play, before reporting back on their progress to the relevant club personnel."

Currently, most clubs use their general scouting system or junior coaches to sit in the stands and watch games involving players that are on loan at other clubs, but Curtis will now perform that task in a dedicated role, with Swansea indicating that this is going to become a requirement for all Premier League clubs. Swansea have had twelve players out on loan during the 2016-17 season, with two overseas, whilst ten others have been borrowed by Football League clubs. However, they are dwarfed by Chelsea, who in early September 2016 had 38 players out on loan - approaching twice the size of Yeovil Town's entire first team squad.

Swansea expect Curtis to work directly with their new First Team Manager Paul Clement, but to also liaise with their Head of Academy Coaching and Head of Recruitment, with a side role being for him to assist in the identification and recruitment of other young players whilst he is on his travels. Curtis has just completed a two game spell as the club's Caretaker Manager, prior to Clement's arrival - the third time he has stepped in for the club in that role, having held a generic first team coaching role up until now. Chairman Huw Jenkins explained what Curtis would be doing when he visited other clubs grounds:

"The loan system has become an extremely important part of our player development strategy in recent years and we felt it was vital we had the right person overseeing it. While Alan has stepped away from a direct first-team coaching role, we felt it was imperative we kept him as part of our footballing structure and have his presence around the club and training ground. Not only does he have a wealth of knowledge and experience, he is respected throughout the game, not just in Swansea."

Curtis probably shouldn't hurry down to Huish Park just yet - Liam Shephard missed the club's last match due to illness, whilst Ryan Hedges is expected to be out for the rest of the month with an ankle injury.


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6 January 2017 : McLeod Joins Red Dragons After Corby Exit
Former Yeovil Town striker Izale McLeod has signed for National League side Wrexham. They have brought him in from Northern Premier League side Corby Town, who he signed for in late November in what appeared to be move of convenience, with McLeod having played much of his professional career so far for sides in the 'M1 corridor' area, with the Glovers having recruited him from Notts County.

The 32 year old has now headed to North Wales, where he joins a side lie in 16th place in the National League, and eight above the relegation zone, but 16 points off the play-offs suggesting they probably won't be going too far in the immediate future. There's no mention of any contract length for the striker, but they do confirm his international clearance has come through, giving him the right to make his debut against Woking at the Racecourse Ground tomorrow. Manager Dean Keates says of McLeod's arrival:

"I’m delighted to sign a player of Izale’s quality. He ticks the boxes for the type of player we are looking for. He’s scored plenty of goals everywhere he has been; is experienced; and the type of the player we want at this moment in time."

Link: Izale McLeod : Yeovil Town Statistics.


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6 January 2017 : FA Youth Cup Fifth Round Draw
The winners of next week's FA Youth Cup Fourth Round tie between Broxbourne Borough and Yeovil Town will be given a trip to a Championship club's ground at the next stage. The carrot for next Wednesday's winners will be for them to play Blackburn Rovers or Aston Villa, who meet each other at the Fourth Round Stage.

The draw was made by the Football Association today and produced the following:

FA Youth Cup Fifth Round Draw
1 Manchester City or Liverpool v Wigan Athletic or Southampton
2 Birmingham City or Chelsea v Sheffield Wednesday or Gillingham
3 Blackburn Rovers or Aston Villa v FC Broxbourne Borough or Yeovil Town
4 Sunderland or Shrewsbury Town v Newcastle United or Swansea City
5 Queens Park Rangers or Tottenham Hotspur v Burnley or Norwich City
6 Stoke City or Nottingham Forest v Brighton & Hove Albion or Cambridge United
7 Middlesbrough or Fulham v Leicester City or Carlisle United
8 Preston North End or Everton v AFC Wimbledon or Hull City

All Fifth Round ties must be played by Saturday 4th February. The Blackburn vs Aston Villa tie takes place on the same evening as the Glovers travel to Hertfordshire side Broxbourne Borough. For ticketing information and for full Fourth Round draw details follow the links below.

Link: Ticketing For Broxbourne Borough vs Yeovil Town U18s.

Link: FA Youth Cup Fourth Round Draw.


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6 January 2017 : Howells Leaves Eastleigh After Contract Is Severed
Former Yeovil Town loanee Jake Howells has severed his contract with National League side Eastleigh. The 25 year old had been given a two year contract by the Spitfires in the summer, and was a regular part of their starting line-up up until early October. Since then though, he has only managed one aborted start, and one substitute appearance as a knee injury forced him to pull out of games, with the suggestion that he might need an operation.

Two changes of Eastleigh management this season won't have helped Howells' cause with current boss Martin Allen having not seen him play in their colours. He made 14 National League appearances, and a selection of cup appearances, but with nothing visible in the last two months when it seems his knee problems finally forced him to sit on the sidelines. He now becomes a free agent, although his level of fitness is unclear.

Striker Ryan Bird, who also joined Eastleigh this season after leaving Yeovil Town, remains on their transfer list, with Eastleigh indicating that they had received "some interest" but presumably not enough to persuade them to part company.

Link: Jake Howells : Yeovil Town Statistics.


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6 January 2017 : Ticketing For Broxbourne Borough vs Yeovil Town U18s
Admission prices for Yeovil Town's FA Youth Cup Fourth Round tie against Broxbourne Borough Under-18s have been set. The match will take place at Goffs Lane on Wednesday 11th January 2017, with a 7.30p.m. kick-off. Admission is directly on the gate and is set as follows:

Adults: £5.00; Under-16s and Concessions: £2.50; Under-12s: £1.00.

The full address for the ground is: Goffs Lane, Cheshunt, EN7 5NQ. You'll find it on the north side of the M25 and on the west side of Cheshunt town centre. Broxbourne provide a rather heavily underlined note for supporters to allow enough time prior to kick-off to enter the ground - their previous round tie against Chester had a large crowd which appeared to cause a few problems in terms of the management of that game.

The game will be played to a conclusion on the night, with extra time and penalties, if required. The Glovers have already beaten Newport County, Merstham and West Bromwich Albion on their way to this stage of the competition.

Link: FA Youth Cup Fourth Round Draw.

Link: Ticketing For Yeovil Town vs Reading Under-21s.

Link: 2016-17 Mini-Season Ticket On Sale At Huish Park.

Link: Ticketing For Wycombe Wanderers vs Yeovil Town.

Link: GWSC Travel For Wycombe Wanderers vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Ticketing For Blackpool vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Away Travel Club Plans For Blackpool vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Yeovil Town Online Ticketing Portal.

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

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


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5 January 2017 : Pennock Becomes Part Of Hull City Exodus
Former Yeovil Town goalkeeper Tony Pennock has left his position with Premier League side Hull City. The 45 year old had only been promoted to the position of first team coach two months ago, under Mike Phelan, but the arrival of a new management team has resulted in him being given the chop by the Tigers' new management.

Phelan has today been superceded by new Head Coach Marco Silva, with Neil McDonald, Bobby Mimms and Stan Ternent also joining Phelan in leaving the KCOM Stadium. Moving in the opposite direction, Joao Pedro Sousa and Goncalo Pedro have arrived to assist Silva, and Pennock was informed that his services would not be required under the new set-up.

Pennock had been at Hull since 2014 as their Academy manager, having previously acted in the same role at Swansea City. The Hull Daily Mail indicate that the Hull City board did offer him a return to his previous Academy position, but he has chosen to decline that and leave the club on the basis that it was a backward step. Pennock's departure is viewed as a 'blow' to the club by the paper, with his time in South Wales having established him a firm reputation at the Academy level of the game.

Link: Tony Pennock : Yeovil Town Statistics.


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5 January 2017 : Campbell Makes Baggies Return After Loan Deal Ends
West Bromwich Albion striker Tahvon Campbell has confirmed that his loan spell has come to an end. Tahvon will return to his parent club after six months at Huish Park, following his second spell with the Glovers. With the club already having taken out five loan deals until the end of the season, including Birmingham City striker Jack Storer, his exit comes as little surprise. However, he has confirmed it this afternoon via his Twitter account:

"Would just like to thank everyone - Yeovil Town fans, players and staff for the past six months. It's a great club and has helped me a lot!"

Overall Tahvon made 42 appearances for the Glovers, across the two spells, scoring two goals. The best of luck to him for the future.

Link: Tahvon Campbell : Yeovil Town Statistics.


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5 January 2017 : AFC Bournemouth Loan Pair Extend Deals With Glovers
Yeovil Town's pair of AFC Bournemouth loan midfielders Ben Whitfield and Matt Butcher have extended their stays at Huish Park. The duo will now remain with the club until the end of the 2016-17 season, after all parties reached agreement for their extensions.

Butcher has been deployed in a variety of roles in his 23 appearances, playing in both midfield and defence, whilst Whitfield has generally been used on the left side of midfield, clocking up 22 appearances so far, and gradually breaking into the starting line-up as the season has gone on. Manager Darren Way has said that both players have played a 'massive role' in the club's season, and so was glad to extend the deals:

"They’ve played a massive role in our season so far and I’ve been very impressed with some of their outstanding performances. Both of them have shown unbelievable desire and enthusiasm to make this football club successful. Bournemouth are very happy and impressed with their development for such young players and we look forward to continuing our relationship with another Premier League club."

Significantly there is no mention of West Bromwich Albion striker Tahvon Campbell at present. The contract agreements today give the club five loan players committed until the end of the 2016-17 season, with Swansea City pair Ryan Hedges and Liam Shephard plus Birmingham City striker Jack Storer all tied up until May. The maximum number of loans that any club can field in a matchday squad is five, meaning that the club are already at their full limit.

Link: Matt Butcher : Yeovil Town Statistics.

Link: Ben Whitfield : Yeovil Town Statistics.


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5 January 2017 : Taff's Gloversblog : Crawley Trip Gives New Year Blues
Bank Holiday Monday's trip to Crawley Town saw Yeovil Town get off to a bumpy start, as the club continued to drift towards the lower part of midtable following five games without a win. The latest Taff's Gloversblog takes in that match, and considers some of the differences between that game and the one that took place a month previously, along with plenty of observations from that game. Read on via the link below, and feel free to add your own views on the match at the foot of the article.

Link: Taff's Gloversblog : Crawley Trip Gives New Year Blues.


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4 January 2017 : Darren Way Takes In Cherries And Royals Development Squad Friendly
Yeovil Town manager Darren Way spent this afternoon watching two Development Squads in action, with AFC Bournemouth taking on Reading at the Canford Park Arena. The friendly match saw the Cherries win by a 4-0 scoreline with a pair of goals each from Sam Surridge and Jack Simpson, in what was badged as an Under-21s line-up from both sides.

The Bournemouth Echo speculate that Way's presence was to watch former Glovers loan striker Brandon Goodship, as a possible loan target for the January transfer window. That may be wholly or partially true, but there will have been two other reasons for Way to have chosen that match. One will have been an opportunity for him to discuss face-to-face the future of Glovers loan pair Matt Butcher and Ben Whitfield with both players having spent the first half of this season on loan at Huish Park in deals that run out this week.

The other reason for Way's attendance will have been that the majority of the (unnamed) Reading Under-21s line-up will represent Yeovil Town's next opponents in the EFL Trophy Third Round, which takes place at Huish Park in six days time. Reading have stuck fairly rigidly to their Academy graduates for this competition so far, and so their line-up today should have been relatively close to what they'll take to Somerset next week. It's more likely this was his primary reason for attending the game.

Goodship has had a fairly frustrating first half of the season. He was given a long term loan deal with National League side Braintree Town but only got three starts and two substitute appearances for the Essex club, with his last game coming on September 24th. The day after that, boss Jamie Day was fired, and apart from a couple of unused substitute appearances that followed, he was not seen again.

Bournemouth Under-21s: Stanton, Jordan, Hobson, Buckley, Harfield, Ndjoli, Worthington, Simpson, Dobre, Goodship, Surridge. Subs: Dennis, York, Diaz, Kilkenny.


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4 January 2017 : Darren Talks About Crawley Town Away Team Selection
Just before Monday afternoon's League Two match against Crawley Town kicked off at the Broadfield Stadium, Yeovil Town manager Darren Way spoke to the BBC. With questions from local journalist Chris Spittles, in an interview for BBC Somerset, Darren explained why Liam Shephard didn't make the squad, talks about new loan signing Jack Storer and what he can bring to the club, the selection of Bevis Mugabi and of the opposition themselves. Read that interview via the link below.

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


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4 January 2017 : Mini Season Ticket Package Extended By Three Weeks
Yeovil Town have extended their deadline for their Mini-Season Ticket package for the second half of the 2016-17 season. The additional time for fans to purchase what is a package for the ten remaining League Two fixtures now goes as far as Friday 27th January 2017.

This is essentially a quirk of the club's fixture list - they had been due to play Plymouth Argyle this coming Saturday, but that game was called off due to the Pilgrims' involvement in the FA Cup. Instead the next League Two home match will be against Doncaster Rovers on Saturday 28th January 2017, meaning that the Mini Season Ticket offer can now be extended for an extra three weeks. The rearranged Argyle match takes place on Tuesday 31st January.

For full Mini-Season Package details, and the remaining fixture list, follow the links below.

Link: Ticketing For Yeovil Town vs Reading Under-21s.

Link: 2016-17 Mini-Season Ticket On Sale At Huish Park.

Link: Ticketing For Wycombe Wanderers vs Yeovil Town.

Link: GWSC Travel For Wycombe Wanderers vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Ticketing For Blackpool vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Away Travel Club Plans For Blackpool vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Yeovil Town Online Ticketing Portal.

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

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


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4 January 2017 : Sokolik Leaves Shrimpers For A Pilgrimage
Former Yeovil Town defender Jakub Sokolik has signed for divisional rivals Plymouth Argyle. The 23 year old had been on the books of League One side Southend United since the start of the 2016-17 season, having been released by the Glovers last summer, but had struggled to make an impact there, clocking up just nine appearances for the Essex side, including only two starts in League One matches.

As such the Shrimpers made no signs that they planned to extend his current half-season deal, and so he has signed for the Pilgrims, who are currently second in the League Two table. Their next game is an FA Cup Third Round match at Sokolik's old club Liverpool - unfortunately for him, that won't be a dream debut as he is cup-tied having already featured for Southend at the First Round stage.

Sokolik has been given the No.31 shirt to wear during his time at Home Park. They haven't disclosed the length of his deal with them at this stage.

Link: Jakub Sokolik : Yeovil Town Statistics.


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4 January 2017 : GWSC Travel To Wycombe Wanderers
The Green and White Supporters Club have set their travel plans for the forthcoming Lesgue Two match against Wycombe Wanderers. The match takes place at Adams Park on Saturday 14th January 2016, with a 3.00p.m. kick-off. Departure times and prices are listed as follows:

Wycombe Wanderers : Saturday 14th January 2017.
Huish Park: 10.00a.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. You may be asked to pay a deposit of £5.00 to reserve your seat for the trip.

Link: Ticketing For Yeovil Town vs Reading Under-21s.

Link: 2016-17 Mini-Season Ticket On Sale At Huish Park.

Link: Ticketing For Wycombe Wanderers vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Ticketing For Blackpool vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Away Travel Club Plans For Blackpool vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Yeovil Town Online Ticketing Portal.

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

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


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3 January 2017 : Former Glovers ICIS League Title Winner Passes Away
Former Yeovil Town midfielder Steve Browne has passed away, at the age of just 45. Browne had been suffering from Multiple Myeloma, a cancer of the bone marrow, since May 2012, and passed away on New Year's Day. As well as two spells with the Glovers, Steve had been a popular manager in non-league circles, coaching at a number of London-based clubs since he had hung up his playing boots, as well as enjoying playing spells with the likes of Wealdstone and Slough Town.

Browne's playing days at Huish Park came just after the club had dropped into the Isthmian League, as one of a large number of arrivals near the start of the 1995-96 season, joining Yeovil from Hendon. Playing under Graham Roberts, he made his debut for the club on September 30th 1995, scoring the first of his two goals against St Albans City two weeks later. He left the club for four months during the 1996-97 season, but returned in January 1997 to become a regular in the Yeovil Town side that won the ICIS League title and promotion back to the Conference League.

He continued to play for the club during the 1997-98 season, but when Graham Roberts was fired by the club in February 1998, Browne chose to leave with him, bowing out after 88 appearances across the two spells. When Roberts became Slough Town's first team manager, Browne joined him as his assistant, and that was to set the wheels in motion for him to become an established coach and manager. He only played 45 times for Slough, but when Roberts moved on, Browne stayed behind as he took over the front line job, staying with the Rebels until 2003.

Steve then moved on to manage Dover Athletic, and later was spotted at a string of other non-league clubs, including Boreham Wood. His path crossed again with Yeovil Town, after he took on the job of manager with Potters Bar Town in the summer of 2007. In early 2008, Browne recommended a young left-back to Glovers boss Russell Slade, who took him on trial and eventually gave him his first professional contract. That defender was Nathan Smith, who across two spells has become the club's most used player since they entered the Football League, at 240 appearances and counting. The club later played Potters Bar in a pre-season friendly as recognition for that favour.

Browne left Potters Bar in December 2008, taking up a post with Enfield Town, who he ultimately had two management spells with. He later went on to manage Grays Athletic and Aveley before his return to Enfield as their assistant manager, followed by a similar post at Billericay Town.

Work commitments meant that he began to step back from formal footballing duties around 2012, although there were also significant footballing reasons. His son Rhys Browne (whose first name by birth was also Stephen) became part of the Norwich City side that won the FA Youth Cup in the 2012-13 season, with Rhys having since become a winger/striker on the books of League Two side Grimsby Town, appearing as a substitute in the League Two fixture against the Glovers at Huish Park earlier this season.

Most of the clubs listed above conducted a minute's since as part of their New Year's Bank Holiday fixtures yesterday, or have announced plans to do so this coming Saturday. Our thoughts are with Steve's family and friends at this sad time.

Link: Steve Browne : Yeovil Town Statistics.


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3 January 2017 : Darren Way's Verdict On The Crawley Town Away Game
Following Monday afternoon's League Two match against Crawley Town at the Broadfield Stadium, Yeovil Town manager Darren Way spoke to the BBC. With questions from local journalist Chris Spittles, in an interview for BBC Somerset, Darren delivers his verdict on the match, the debut performance of Birmingham City striker Jack Storer and the future of loan trio Tahvon Campbell, Ben Whitfield and Matt Butcher, who by default would return to their parent clubs shortly unless deals can be struck with West Bromwich Albion and AFC Bournemouth soon. Read that interview in full via the link below.

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


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3 January 2017 : Ticketing For Blackpool vs Yeovil Town
Advance tickets for Yeovil Town's League Two match against Blackpool are now on sale from the Huish Park Ticket Office. The match takes place on Saturday 21st January 2017 at Bloomfield Road, with a 3.00p.m. kick-off. Ticket price for this fixture are as follows:

Adults: £22.00; Aged 60 and over: £18.00; Under-19s: £10.00; Under-11s: FREE.

The offer for the Under-11s is on the assumption that you ae also purchasing an Adult or Senior ticket at the same time.

Ambulant Disabled and those requiring Wheelchair Bays pay the above prices, according to your age, but can take an assistant free of charge.

There is no increase if you purchase tickets on the day. However, you must buy tickets from the Kiosk located next to the away end. You'll also need to pay cash only.

Blackpool have had a switcharound at their ground since our last visit. They are now housing Away Supporters at the North End of the ground - it looks as though the East Stand won't be opened for the game. The new facilities are situated behind one goal - for smaller followings Blackpool keep fans in Block A and B, which are at the North-East end of the ground, but the stand will seat up to 2,000 spectators if opened up entirely, so there will be no issue in terms of space!

Link: Ticketing For Yeovil Town vs Reading Under-21s.

Link: 2016-17 Mini-Season Ticket On Sale At Huish Park.

Link: Ticketing For Wycombe Wanderers vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Away Travel Club Plans For Blackpool vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Yeovil Town Online Ticketing Portal.

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

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


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3 January 2017 : Ticketing For Wycombe Wanderers vs Yeovil Town
Advance tickets for Yeovil Town's League Two match against Wycombe Wanderers are now on sale from the Huish Park Ticket Office. The match takes place on Saturday 14th January 2017 at Adams Park, with a 3.00p.m. kick-off. Ticket price for this fixture are as follows:

Adults - £20.00; Aged 60 or Over: £17.00; Aged 19-25: £15.00; Aged 8-19: £11.00; Under-8s: FREE.

The offer for the Under-8s is on the assumption that you are also purchasing an Adult ticket at the same time.

Ambulant Disabled supporters pay the above rates but can take an assistant free of charge. For Wheelchair bays call Wycombe direct on 01494 441118.

All prices except Junior tickets increase by £2.00 if purchased on the day of the game. You'll also need to pay cash only at the ground.

Yeovil Town supporters will be given unreserved Seating in the Panache Stand. This is a covered seated stand situated behind one goal, catering for up to 1,850 spectators on the East side of the ground, and in its unsponsored form is known as the Hillbottom Road End.

Link: Ticketing For Yeovil Town vs Reading Under-21s.

Link: 2016-17 Mini-Season Ticket On Sale At Huish Park.

Link: Away Travel Club Plans For Blackpool vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Yeovil Town Online Ticketing Portal.

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

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


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3 January 2017 : Video : Crawley Town vs Yeovil Town Match Highlights
For those who want to view highlights of yesterday's 2-0 defeat against Crawley Town at the Broadfield Stadium yesterday, these are now available online. Watch the opening goal from Josh Yowerth and the penalty incident that led to James Collins scoring from the spot, via the YouTube link below. You'll also find a first half chance for Otis Khan, as well as a pair of efforts from Francois Zoko and another for Tom Eaves from the second half footage.




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3 January 2017 : Darren Way: Experienced Players Lacked Leadership In Crawley Defeat
Yeovil Town manager Darren Way believed that his more experienced players lacked leadership during yesterday's 2-0 defeat against Crawley Town. Two first half goals from the home side saw Josh Yowerth and James Collins put them in command of the game, and meant that half time substitutions and formation changes saw the Glovers always facing an uphill battle during the second period.

Way suggested that after five matches without a win, and only one goal scored during that time, that it was time for him to go 'back to basics' on the training ground, in an effort to get his side back on track. He told BBC Somerset after the match that the players needed to take responsibility for the way the game panned out on the day:

"I thought it was a poor performance. I thought some of our experienced players lacked leadership. I thought we didn't show an athleticism that we have shown in previous games, and it was a disappointing game. They put us under pressure, which we knew was going to happen after beating them convincingly like we did last time, and I thought the players' decision-making was very poor. I think I need to start again, as far as going back to basics with the players, as if I've just taken over the club. We had an opportunity I think today, to make sure that we stayed close to the play-offs, and that's not the case. I've asked the players to not blame anyone else, and to take the responsibility for that poor performance, and we start working hard tomorrow."

Way was also unhappy with the performance of referee John Busby. The first year referee was involved in two key incidents during the game, with the Collins goal coming from the penalty spot, after Otis Khan appeared to clip the heels of Enzio Boldewijn inside the box. There was also another off the ball incident during the second half involving Crawley's Josh Payne and Yeovil striker Francois Zoko, with the latter ending up on the deck following an altercation between the two. Way felt that Payne should have got his marching orders - instead both players ended up getting booked by the Oxfordshire official:

"It's another decision from the referees that seem to be going against us at the moment. I don't know whether it looks like sometimes it's easier not to give it. But they have to reflect upon their own performance. He's just quite clearly lashed out at Francois. So that's disappointing. I'm seeing it consistently every week, and it's frustrating. But what can you do about it? It wasn't a penalty from where I was looking at that. But that puts us 2-0 down, and then I'm expecting a good reaction in the second half. But I didn't think that I saw enough in the second half either."


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2 January 2017 : Sheridan The Latest Through Meadow Lane's Revolving Door
League Two side Notts County have parted company with manager John Sheridan. His departure appeared to be on the cards immediately after his side's 4-0 loss against Cambridge United this afternoon, with his assistant Mark Crossley being sent out to perform press duties after the result. This was the Magpies' ninth straight defeat in the League - something that is reported as equalling their all-time club record.

It's not exactly clear whether Sheridan has resigned or been sacked, nor which Notts County owner he would have delivered his decision to after the game. The officia statement issued by County is about as brief as it is possible to be on the subject:

"Notts County FC can confirm that John Sheridan is to leave his position as manager with immediate effect. The club will be making no further statement at this time."

Prospective owner Alan Hardy exchanged contracts with outgoing owner Ray Trew for the purchase of the Meadow Lane club, but is only due to take absolute control on January 9th. The total costs of execution of the deal are reported by the Nottingham Post as having risen from £3 million to £5 million due to associated liabilities and costs, including the reported £350,000 tax debt that County were in the High Court to answer, with another associated issue being reported that their players and staff were paid late during November.

Notts County currently lie in 22nd place in the League Two table, but their slide down the table appears to be the main issue that has prompted today's departure. Sheridan had been in charge for just 32 games, winning eight of them.

The Meadow Lane revolving door has been of particular fascination over the last few years : since Ian McParland's departure in October 2009, the names of Hans Backe, Dave Kevan, Steve Cotterill, Craig Short, Paul Ince, Martin Allen, Keith Curle, Chris Kiwomya, Shaun Derry, Paul Hart, Ricardo Moniz, Jamie Fullarton, Mark Cooper and now Sheridan have all passed through. The next man to turn up will be Notts County's 16th manager in just over seven years. With Shaun Derry's departure happening in March 2015, the next man in charge will give County their seventh management team in under two years.


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2 January 2017 : Darren Way Needing To Make Difficult Decisions Over Loan Trio
Yeovil Town manager Darren Way admits that he has got to make some difficult decisions over the next few games, regarding the future of some of his loan players. The club have got three first team squad members whose deals ran out directly after this afternoon's 2-0 defeat against Crawley Town, meaning that by the time the club play their next fixture against Reading Under-21s in the EFL Trophy, they will need to have either renewed those deals, or reshaped that squad. West Bromwich Albion striker Tahvon Campbell and AFC Bournemouth pair Ben Whitfield and Matt Butcher all featured in this afternoon's match at the Broadfield Stadium in the final match of their current deals.

Whilst all three have played a strong part in the club's first half of the 2016-17 season, any renewal the club will make has to commit them to the second half of the campaign, with the old emergency loan system having been scrapped last summer. With Way having brought in Birmingham City striker John Storer on a six month deal, the Glovers currently have six loan players on their books, meaning that probably at least one of those playees will return to their parent club, given that there is a limit of five loanees in any specific matchday squad.

With today's defeat representing the club's fifth match without a win, in an environment where they have only scored once during that time, there is also the possible need to refresh the current first team squad if they are to rise from their current 14th placed position. Way admits that part of the season why he has left those three until the last minute is down to need to be competitive against some difficult opposition:

"I think I have to make decisions, and that's why I've waited until now, because the next six months are going to be important. As I've said to you, I want to be able to manage a football club, and it's almost like I'm starting off again, and go back to basics and look for a character and a personality that wants to fight, because we've got some difficult games coming up, and it's important that the group go into the next few games, and I want to see us working hard behind the scenes and see a group of players who are buying into a fully committed second half of the season finish."

Way said that he had held some talks with West Bromwich Albion and Bournemouth about the players' futures, but did not elaborate upon what the outcome had been. He did feel though that all three players had provided a strong level of commitment during their time at Huish Park:

"I've had one or two phone calls and discussions with with the clubs. So I'll be making those decisions over the next couple of days and make sure. But I think that everyone overall - Tahvon for example has played a lot of games for me, and he's been here since I've been manager. Sometimes it's never easy to make decisions, right or wrong. That's the same as Butcher and Whitfield. I feel that all of the lads have given me everything that they could possibly give. They'll reflect upon what they've given to the football club and how well it's gone, but I'll make sure that I make the right decision for myself and for the football club."

Yeovil Town have already committed to full season loan deals for Swansea City pair Ryan Hedges and Liam Shephard, with both players set to stay until the end of the 2016-17 season. Storer's recent agreement via his parent club Birmingham City therefore means that the club have three of their loan deals tied up for the second half of the season, meaning that realistically there are only two slots left unless the Glovers are willing to sit one of those loanees in the stand each weekend. For the next month or so, that man would be Ryan Hedges, who is out with an ankle injury, but that would still leave around three months of the season where one of those players would end up disappointed.


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2 January 2017 : Man of the Match Voting for Crawley Town vs Yeovil Town
If you watched Monday afternoon's 2-0 draw against Crawley Town at the Broadfield Stadium, don't forget to cast your Man of the Match votes. Choose your top three players from the match, plus entertainment and performance ratings along with any other comments you want to make on the game, using the form below.

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


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2 January 2017 : Crawley 2 Yeovil 0 : Reds Get Revenge As Glovers Slip Again
Yeovil Town stretched their run of matches without a win to five games, as they opened 2017 with a 2-0 defeat against Crawley Town. The home side took a while to get into their stride, but took control of the game during the 20 minutes leading up to half time, as Josh Howerth converted from a corner, and they doubled their lead when James Collins converted from the penalty spot, with Otis Khan having brought Enzio Boldewijn down during the box. An end-to-end second period failed to produce further goals, leaving the Glovers dropping to 14th place and now eight points from the play-off slots, having scored only once in their last five matches.

The Glovers went into the match making two changes to their starting line-up from the side that had drawn against Portsmouth on the Friday night. New loan signing Jack Storer went straight into the starting line-up, as the central striker, with Tom Eaves being pushed out to the right. Meanwhile Bevis Mugabi replaced Liam Shephard who dropped out through illness. Crawley's line-up included former Glovers Billy Clifford and Lewis Young, with the latter gaining the Player of the Day from the Crawley sponsors.

The opening 20 minutes were largely devoid of chances with James Collins putting one early attempt over the bar, whilst at the other end, a misdirected Crawley defensive clearance almost landed on the boot of Nathan Smith only for the ball to be hacked away. Crawley went close when Mark Connolly's strike in a crowded goalmouth was well blocked by the Yeovil defence. Once again, Yeovil were looking useful in the middle third and in terms of their approach play, but actual hard chances were few and far between with an Otis Khan effort after he cut in from the left flank but found Glenn Morris saving low to his left the pick of the crop.

A defensive error gave Yeovil their opening goal. A bouncing ball was misjudged, with James Collins able to rush through and fire a shot on goal that Artur Krysiak could only parry for a corner. In came the delivery from a Dean Cox corner, and Josh Howerth converted at close range for the opening goal.

At point, the home side took full control of the match, as Yeovil seemed to go into their shells. Lewis Young struck a shot that Artur Krysiak saved well, but with a pattern of play developing it wasn't a huge surprise when they doubled their lead. Otis Khan had to track back to defend down the left flank, and he put in an unnecessary challenge on Enzio Boldewijn, with the end result being an obvious penalty. Up stepped James Collins who fired home a powerful penalty for a 2-0 lead.

There was concern that things could have got worse, as a few wild challenges saw the Yeovil defence still look stretched. Otis Khan fired wide of the target just before the break, but in general terms the Glovers looked rattled. It therefore wasn't too surprising when a double substitution was made at half time, although the decision to take off Otis Khan - the brightest of Yeovil's front three - was presumably down to his defensive prowess. Debutant Jack Storer also got little time to impress as Francois Zoko and Matt Butcher came on to line up in a 4-4-2 formation for the second period.

The opening 10 minutes of the second half briefly looked as though Yeovil might get a foothold in the match, as a Francois Zoko downward header and a Tom Eaves shot in quick succession forced the best out of Glenn Morris with the Crawley defence having to hack away the parried saves. But the change also meant that Yeovil were far more open at the back, with Yeovil extremely fortunate that referee John Busby ruled that a goalbound clearance by Nathan Smith from a Billy Clifford shot was deemed a legal one, with Crawley fans appealing for handball and a penalty.

Clifford had a poor loan spell when he was on the Glovers books but looked a dominant midfielder in Crawley colours as he forced Krysiak into another save, preventing Yeovil from building up a serious steam. The overall game seemed to have a bit of a tetchy frustrated streak to it, demonstrated by Francois Zoko and Josh Payne getting involved in an off the ball incident that got both booked, quickly followed by Tom Eaves for dissent. Then Josh Yorwerth got booked for an awful tackle on Bevis Mugabi and there was a significant danger that one side wasn't going to keep 11 players on the pitch.

Yeovil needed a goal to scare Crawley a bit more, and their shot-shy attack - one goal in their last five matches - didn't really get that moment they needed - a late Francois Zoko free kick curled over the wall but Glenn Morris got a hand on it to push it over the bar to keep his clean sheet. Overall it was a messy performance from Yeovil Town, and particularly from that 20 minute spell during the first half, they got what they deserved.

Link: 2016-17 Latest League Two Table.

Final Score: Crawley Town 2 Yeovil Town 0.

Scorers: Josh Howerth (29 mins, 1-0), James Collins (38 mins, 2-0, penalty)

Crawley Town:
12. Glenn Morris
6. Mark Connolly 22. Joe McNerney 15. Josh Yorwerth
2. Lewis Young 8. Jimmy Smith 18. Billy Clifford 4. Josh Payne 28. Dean Cox
7. Enzio Boldewijn 19. James Collins

Substitutes:
11. Jordan Roberts (61 mins for Dean Cox) 13. Yusuf Mersin 14. Andre Blackman 17. Bobson Bawling (89 mins for Enzio Boldewijn) 24. Aliu Djaló 33. Sanchez Watt (80 mins for Billy Clifford) 44. Conor Henderson

Yeovil Town:
1. Artur Krysiak
5. Bevis Mugabi 6. Alex Lacey 3. Nathan Smith 11. Ryan Dickson (Capt)
7. Kevin Dawson 8. Alex Lawless 28. Ben Whitfield
10. Otis Khan 18. Jack Storer 9. Tom Eaves

Substitutes: 12. Jonny Maddison 4. Matt Dolan 13. Francois Zoko (46 mins for Jack Storer) 14. Josh Ezewele 16. Matt Butcher (46 mins for Otis Khan) 17. Omar Sowunmi 19. Tahvon Campbell (74 mins for Ben Whitfield)

Crawley Town Bookings: Lewis Young (68 mins, foul), Josh Payne (72 mins, off the ball incident), Josh Howerth (83 mins, foul)

Yeovil Bookings: Bevis Mugabi (40 mins, foul), Francois Zoko (71 mins, off the ball incident), Tom Eaves (73 mins, dissent), Alex Lawless (90 mins, foul)

Crawley Town Match Statistics: Possession: 52%; Shots: 17; Shots On Target: 7; Corners: 7; Fouls: 15.

Yeovil Match Statistics: Possession: 48%; Shots: 10; Shots On Target: 7; Corners: 3; Fouls: 15.

Referee: John Busby (Oxfordshire). Assistants: Andrew Laver (Hampshire) and Christopher Kidd (Oxfordshire). Fourth Official: Rob Smith (Hertfordshire).

Attendance: 2,304 (with 342 Yeovil supporters).


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2 January 2017 : Team News For Crawley Town vs Yeovil Town
Yeovil Town have chosen their starting line-up for this afternoon's League Two match against Crawley Town at the Broadfield Stadium. The match sees the Glovers name two changes compared to the team that played against Portsmouth on Friday night.

New Birmingham City loan signing Jack Storer has had the paperwork for his stay in Somerset completed and he comes into the starting line-up ahead of Tahvon Campbell. Meanwhile Liam Shephard failed to complete the Friday night game due to illness and his place is taken by Bevis Mugabi.

Swansea City loanee Ryan Hedges is expected to be out until at least the end of January with an ankle injury. Captain Darren Ward (swollen knee) misses his eighth consecutive game, but midfielder Matt Dolan (hamstring) is back on the bench. Midfielder Joe Lea and Ollie Bassett are fit but don't make the final squad.

The team is as follows:

Yeovil Town:
1. Artur Krysiak
5. Bevis Mugabi 6. Alex Lacey 3. Nathan Smith 11. Ryan Dickson (Capt)
7. Kevin Dawson 8. Alex Lawless 28. Ben Whitfield
10. Otis Khan 18. Jack Storer 9. Tom Eaves

Substitutes: 12. Jonny Maddison 4. Matt Dolan 13. Francois Zoko 14. Josh Ezewele 16. Matt Butcher 17. Omar Sowunmi 19. Tahvon Campbell


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2 January 2017 : Darren Way Looks Back At The Year 2016
As the year 2017 gets into progress this afternoon, with Yeovil Town's first fixture of the calendar year, there's a chance to look back on the previous year. As part of the BBC's Sporting Review of the Year for 2016, Yeovil Town manager Darren Way spoke to BBC Somerset reporter Dan Albutt about the twelve month period, including his thoughts on taking over the Yeovil Town job at the tail end of 2015, the club's survival from relegation at the end of the 2015-16 season, why he feels the current season has been an improvement, and key moments such as Matt Dolan's long range strike at Walsall earlier this season. Read that interview via the link below.

Link: Darren Way Speaks To The BBC As Part Of Their Sporting Review Of 2016.


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1 January 2017 : Ryan Hedges Talks About His Injury Situation
On Boxing Day, Yeovil Town lost their on-loan attacker Ryan Hedges due to an injury, early on in the League Two fixture against Exeter City. The Swansea City player was unsurprisingly missing for last Friday's match against Portsmouth, and on the evening of that game, he spoke to BBC Somerset and explained why he would be temporarily returning to the Liberty Stadium, as well as giving an update on his injury. With questions from Chris Spittles, you can read that interiew via the link below.

Link: Ryan Hedges Speaks To The BBC Just Before Kick-Off Against Portsmouth.


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1 January 2017 : Officials For Crawley Town vs Yeovil Town
Officials for the League Two match between Crawley Town and Yeovil Town have been published by the Football League. The match takes place on Monday 2nd January 2017, with a 3.00p.m. kick-off at the Broadfield Stadium. The man in charge of the fixture will be referee John Busby (Oxfordshire). He is a new official who was promoted to the Football League over the summer of 2016, but despite this we've already had him twice.

He took charge of the August 2016 home match against Morecambe - at the time that was only his third game in charge at Football League level. Prior to his arrival we'd had a series of first year officials for some reason, and there were quite a few that we were less than impressed with. We lost the match 0-1 despite having a large amount of the play. Our recollection was that he wasn't too bad, but the Gazette disagreed saying he "Lacked authority, which infuriated the players and fans alike at times, and got a number of decisions wrong as he looked out of his depth at times" - the game ultimately produced one booking each, so perhaps they felt he was a bit too hands-off.

Mr Busby was then present for the EFL Trophy match against Reading Under-21s at the Madejski Stadium in November 2016. He booked one player on the night, but that wasn't too controversial with Bevis Mugabi probably being fortunate that this was a minor cup competition with a less trigger-happy official. Otherwise the match was played out in a Reserve/Under-21 style environment that didn't need too many hard decisions to be made.

He's taken charge of twenty matches this season, totting up 78 yellow cards and two red cards. In terms of his earlier refereeing career, at the tail end of the 2014-15 season he was given two prestige cup final appearances - he was the Fourth Official for the FA Youth Cup final between Chelsea and Manchester City in the second leg at Stamford Bridge. He was also chosen as the main referee for the Nike Trophy Final at Wembley Stadium, between Arsenal U14s and Reading U14s. He has also taken charge of the Oxfordshire FA Senior Cup Final and a FA Vase Semi-Final. He's been heavily fast-tracked - he was only promoted to Conference National level during the summer of 2015, having started refereeing in the year 2000.

Mr Busby will be assisted by Andrew Laver (Hampshire) and Christopher Kidd (Oxfordshire). The Fourth Official will be Rob Smith (Hertfordshire).

Link: November 2016 : Reading Under-21s 0 Yeovil Town 2.

Link: August 2016 : Yeovil Town 0 Morecambe 1.


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1 January 2017 : Darren Talks About Portsmouth Team Selection
Just before Friday night's home match against Portsmouth kicked off at Huish Park, Yeovil Town manager Darren Way spoke to the BBC about the game. With questions from local journalist Chris Spittles, in an interview for BBC Somerset, Darren explains how he intended to combat the opposition, as well as dropping a few hints about where he saw the future of West Bromwich Albion loanee Tahvon Campbell. Read that interview via the link below.

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


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