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31 January 2018 : Bowditch Drops Into League Two With Boro Loan Deal
Former Yeovil Town striker Dean Bowditch has left Northampton Town on loan. The 31 year old has signed for League Two side Stevenage until the end of the 2017-18 season. Despite the Cobblers struggling just above the League One relegation zone, he has struggled to get a foothold in their side since arriving during the summer of 2017. He'd managed to clock up 16 apparances, but with only three of those being league starts, he's not got much game time since leaving Milton Keynes Dons.

As a result, he's headed slightly down the motorway and joined a side that have had a busy transfer deadline day, bringing in striker Alex Revell also from Northampton, midfielder John Goddard from Swindon Town and young striker Joe White from Dagenham and Redbridge. Bowditch admitted that getting games was behind his reasons for moving to Broadhall Way:

"The manager called me up and said if I wanted to add a little bit of experience to the team and I know he likes to get the ball down and play. It is about getting games, helping as much as I can and getting back to really enjoying my football. I can play in a variety of positions as well, I can play on the left or the right or in the middle and I think that might come in handy for the manager as well, obviously if there are injuries. So hopefully I can come in and add as much as possible really."

Link: Dean Bowditch : Yeovil Town Statistics.


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31 January 2018 : Darren Way's Verdict On The Grimsby Town Home Game
Following Tuesday night's 3-0 win over Grimsby Town at Huish Park, Yeovil Town manager Darren Way spoke to the BBC about the game. With questions from local journalist Chris Spittles, in an interview for BBC Somerset, Darren talks about the match, the sendings off, and his views on the status of Otis Khan, Omar Sowunmi and Sam Surridge as they stood on the Tuesday night. Read that interview in full via the link below.

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


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31 January 2018 : Harrison Makes Shrimpers Loan Move
Former Yeovil Town loanee Shayon Harrison has moved up one level for his next taste of the Football League. The Tottenham Hotspur striker has agreed a half-season loan with League One side Southend United, working under their new boss Chris Powell, who was appointed to the Roots Hall club just over a week ago.

Shayon has been back at White Hart Lane since his 2016-17 season loan spell with the Glovers ended, playing for their Under-23s side. He made 15 appearances for Yeovil Town, scoring one goal, although struggled to get starts in that side, with just four coming during league games. He admits that his time at Huish Park was a new experience for him but believes that with half a season going by that moving up another level will be good for him:

"I'm buzzing to be here. When I found out Southend were interested in me I thought it was perfect move for me. I've spoken to the manager and he’s really keen on me being here and made me feel really welcome. People at Spurs have spoken to me about the manager and how he's developed young players so I'm really looking forward to working with him. League Two was what I expected in the physicality side of it. It was much different to Under-23s football. I'm looking for a new challenge in League One and I’m ready to make that jump."

Link: Shayon Harrison : Yeovil Town Statistics.


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31 January 2018 : Khan 'Committed To Staying' As Top Flight Scouts Visit Huish Park
Yeovil Town manager Darren Way suggested that there were still scouts at Huish Park on Tuesday night, watching the 'good young talent' at the club. The Glovers boss was speaking about winger Otis Khan, who he believes will remain as a Yeovil Town player once the January Transfer Window closes tonight, despite a release clause being met in his contract by an unnamed club. Claimed interest from the likes of Luton Town, Wigan Athletic and Bristol Rovers has not yet turned into anything concrete despite 13 days having passed since the club initially confirmed that the clause had been met.

Way says that there were some scouts from Premier League and Championship clubs at Tuesday night's match against Grimsby Town, although there's no indication of which clubs they were representing and who they were watching. He says that Khan is 'committed to staying' at Huish Park, despite the interest shown in him:

"All I can say is that Otis Khan is a good player. There's been interest. If you look at the scout list tonight, there were a lot of Championship clubs that came to watch. There were actually one or two Premier League clubs. But it's what I expect, because we've got some good young talent that's on the pitch, and some young talent off the pitch. With Otis quite clearly we know that anything can happen, as we saw with Ryan Hedges, but I think he wants to stay. He's committed to staying here, and making sure that he helps this football club gain a winning mentality."

One of the unanswered issues throughout the length of the January transfer window has been whether AFC Bournemouth would recall striker Sam Surridge. The player himself has indicated that he is happy to stay at Huish Park, but admits the issue is out of his hands. His current loan deal runs until the end of the 2017-18 season, and so doesn't need to be specifically addressed, but with it containing a break clause, in theory manager Eddie Howe could recall him at any stage up until 11.00p.m. tonight. Way believes Howe would be 'crazy' to do so, and doesn't believe it would be in the player's interests:

"Eddie knows what we're doing to develop his players. You'd be crazy off the back of what he's done. He's played against Man United, and he's played against Grimsby tonight. So as far as his development is concerned, where can you go that give him better game time? By making that jump early, we've all seen players that have jumped that little bit too early, and unfortunately they are not playing now. I think I would be honest with you, if he was going to go somewhere and he was going to play week-in, week-out, I would say that move should happen. But he is developing well and he is developing fast here, and I don't think he is ready for that jump."

With Omar Sowunmi there's a rather more blunt response to his current situation. With there having been interest in the former Ipswich Town defender, Way has batted that off, despite the 22 year old being out of contract at the end of the 2017-18 season. Way makes it clear what the answer will be if any club comes in for him:

"He's going nowhere. I think I have to protect the football club. Ultimately I'm the decision-maker, as a manager, as to whether my players come or go. I've got to be responsible to make sure that Sowunmi goes nowhere."


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31 January 2018 : Video : Yeovil Town vs Grimsby Town Match Highlights
For those who want to watch match highlights of Tuesday night's 3-0 win over Grimsby Town at Huish Park, these are now available online. View all three goals from Lewis Wing, Rhys Browne and Jake Gray, plus the incidents that led to the two red cards issued to Grimsby players across just over two minutes of highlights, via the link below.

Link: Sky Sports : Yeovil Town vs Grimsby Town Match Highlights.


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30 January 2018 : Man of the Match Voting for Yeovil Town vs Grimsby Town
If you watched Tuesday night's 3-0 win against Grimsby Town at Huish Park, don't forget to cast your Man of the Match votes. Choose your top three players from the match, plus entertainment and performance ratings along with any other comments you want to make on the game, using the form below.

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


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30 January 2018 : Darren Way Expecting Khan To Stay Despite Trigger Clause Being Met
Suggestions that former Barnsley winger Otis Khan might be out of Huish Park by the end of the January transfer window could be a little premature. Whilst there have been various claims of up to six Football League clubs being interested in the 22 year old's services - Wigan Athletic and Luton Town were also joined by speculation concerning Bristol Rovers, Swindon Town, Bradford City and Peterborough United - it's now been twelve days since a 'substantial offer' was put in for Khan by an unnamed club, but without a deal being finalised.

With Transfer Deadline Day arriving tomorrow, that will be the last day for any interested clubs to stake their claim, and the latest following tonight's 3-0 win over Grimsby Town is that manager Darren Way expects Khan to stay at Huish Park for the foreseeable future. Of course that doesn't mean that other offers might materialise, but it suggests that the talks that he held with the club that triggered his release clause did not reach a satisfactory conclusion.

In addition, Way has said that he is not interested in listening to offers from Omar Sowunmi. The former Ipswich Town centre-back is only under contract until the end of the 2017-18 season, but with him also 22 years old, the club would be entitled to a fee for his services, provided they offer him new terms for next season that at least match his current contract.

Finally, Way is not aware of any plans for AFC Bournemouth to recall striker Sam Surridge during the next 24 hours. If all of this holds for those three players, then the Glovers would have a squad of 25 players on their payroll for the remainder of the 2017-18 season.

The January Transfer Window closes at 11.00p.m. on Wednesday 31st January.


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30 January 2018 : Yeovil 3 Grimsby 0 : Mariners Double Red Helps Glovers To Comfortable Win
Yeovil Town picked up their first league victory of 2018 on Tuesday night, on the back of a comfortable 3-0 victory over Grimsby Town. The Glovers were helped on their way by Russell Slade's side shooting themselves in the foot right from the start, as Mitch Rose was red carded five minutes into the match for a bad foul, whilst they played the final half hour with nine men as Karleigh Osborne got his second yellow card. In between Middlesbrough loanee Lewis Wing bagged his second goal for the club. That was added to in the closing stages as Rhys Browne and Jake Gray scored to lift the Glovers up to 19th place, and to give themselves a bit of breathing space on the bottom two.

The Glovers went into the match making just one change to their starting line-up from Friday night's game against Manchester United. Jared Bird dropped entirely off the teamsheet, as he was rested, and Alefe Santos came into the starting line-up. Rhys Browne sat on the bench against his former club, whilst for the Mariners James Berrett made a return to Huish Park.

Within five minutes of kick-off, we ended up with the first bit of drama, and it had nothing to do with football. Mitch Rose went in for a loose ball with Jordan Green, and caught him late, studs up, in the middle of the park. It didn't appear as though too many were complaining as referee Charles Breakspear - a late replacement for the advertised official - produced a straight red, leaving the visitors down to ten men, with 85 minutes to play.

Sam Surridge fired over the crossbar, whilst Grimsby's first effort saw Jamille Matt try one from the edge of the box after Nathan Smith lost possession from a Tom James throw. But quarter of an hour in, Yeovil were ahead. The ball into the box from Ryan Dickson looked to have been lost as it went across the face of goal, but Jordan Green went scampering after it and managed to feed Lewis Wing deep inside the box, who fired through the keeper's legs from close range to put the Glovers 1-0 up.

This was a dominant first half from Yeovil, albeit with the criticism that they failed to work Grimsby keeper Ben Killip, with the exception of that goal. Lewis Wing was busy, but he put three shots well over the crossbar. Much more noticeable was Grimsby's own discipline. Whilst some of that came down to their inability to tackle without fouling Jordan Green, one notable incident saw Karleigh Osborne booked for giving his teammate Luke Summerfield a shove off the ball, as the pair argued about a ragged Mariners performane. However, Grimsby did hang in there, meaning that by the time the game reached half time, you wondered if they had half a chance of getting back into it.

Grimsby brought on Diallang Jaiyesimi at half time, to remove wing-back Paul Dixon from their reduced 3-4-2 line-up. Initially it looked as though they'd shrugged off their first half frustrations, by looking more compact and dangerous, as James Berrett had a shot blocked in a dangerous position. Yeovil were offering little, bar a wild Tom James attempt that went over the bar. But once again Grimsby shot themselves in the foot on the hour mark. Karleigh Osborne's first half scrap with his teammate proved costly when a foul saw him also dismissed from the field of play, leaving the visitors two men down with 30 minutes remaining.

Whilst Yeovil weren't appearing to take too much advantage of that at first, ten minutes later they finally doubled their lead. Lewis Wing's shot took a deflection, and Rhys Browne was on hand to stab the ball home as it fell lose to him, scoring against his old club for a 2-0 lead.

That released the nerves a bit, and four minutes later, a much more flowing Yeovil got their third of the evening. Tom James produced a shot that was parried by the Grimsby goalkeeper, and when it reached the back post, Jake Gray picked up the loose ball to score his fourth goal of the season. At 3-0 up, this was now comfortable.

In the final stages, there was a silly moment as three or four supporters came onto the pitch, for reasons unknown, and ran across to the locked empty terrace, not realising that would prevent their escape from the stewards. Back at the football, Ryan Seager got a late home town debut, and he helped set up Jake Gray only for the midfielder's shot to go into the keeper's arms. Rhys Browne almost got a fourth when his shot was brilliantly blocked by Ben Killip, and then hacked away by Danny Collins. Grimsby unsurprisingly looked demoralised by this stage, and the end result was a move up to the table for Yeovil into 19th place, where a five point gap between them and the relegation slots will see them sleep a little more easily between now and the weekend.

Link: 2017-18 Latest League Two Table.

Final Score: Yeovil Town 3 Grimsby Town 0.

Scorers: Lewis Wing (1-0, 14 mins), Rhys Browne (2-0, 71 mins), Jake Gray (3-0, 76 mins)

Yeovil Town:
1. Artur Krysiak
23. Tom James 17. Omar Sowunmi 3. Nathan Smith 11. Ryan Dickson
15. Jordan Green 30. Alefe Santos 6. Lewis Wing 10. Jake Gray
14. Sam Surridge 13. Francois Zoko (Capt)

Substitutes:
12. Jonny Maddison (GK) 8. Connor Smith 9. Rhys Browne (57 mins for Jordan Green) 18. Alex Fisher (51 mins for Sam Surridge) 21. Ryan Seager (81 mins for Francois Zoko) 22. Corey Whelan 27. Shaun Donnellan

Grimsby Town:
30 Ben Killip
6 Danny Collins 5 Nathan Clarke 14 Karleigh Osborne
12 Zak Mills 7 James Berrett 19 Luke Summerfield 8 Mitch Rose 3 Paul Dixon
29 Jamille Matt 34 Charles Vernam

Substitutes:
15 Harry Clifton (79 mins for Charles Vernam) 17 Harry Cardwell 18 Mallik Wilks (73 mins for Jamille Matt) 20 Diallang Jaiyesimi (46 mins for Paul Dixon) 21 Scott Vernon 25 Martyn Woolford 35 Andy Warrington

Yeovil Bookings: None.

Grimsby Town Bookings: Luke Summerfield (foul, 24 mins), Karleigh Osborne (ungentlemanly conduct, 39 mins), Paul Dixon (foul, 44 mins). Red Card: Mitch Rose (serious foul play, 6 mins), Karleigh Osborne (second bookable offence, 60 mins)

Yeovil Match Statistics: Possession: 58%; Shots: 14; Shots On Target: 4; Corners: 6; Fouls: 12.

Grimsby Town Match Statistics: Possession: 42%; Shots: 3; Shots On Target: 1; Corners: 0; Fouls: 11.

Referee: Charles Breakspear (Surrey). Assistants: Steven Plane (Worcestershire) and Christopher Husband (Worcestershire). Fourth Official: Simon Knapp (Bristol).

Attendance: 2,330 (with 129 Grimsby Town supporters).


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30 January 2018 : Team News For Yeovil Town vs Grimsby Town
The starting line-up for Yeovil Town's League Two match against Grimsby Town at Huish Park has been revealed. The match sees the Glovers name one change to their starting line-up compared to the team that took to the field against Manchester United last Friday. Midfielder Jared Bird drops entirely off the teamsheet, with his position taken by Alefe Santos.

New signings Ryan Seager and Shaun Donnellan get as far as the bench, along with Alex Fisher who joined last Friday. That means there is one player dropping out, with Oscar Gobern's hamstring problems having cleared up, but with him short of real fitness.

The first team squad members to miss out today are right-back Daniel Alfei (knee injury, out for season), James Bailey (knee ligaments), Marcus Barnes (ankle), Otis Khan (suspended) and Bevis Mugabi (illness). Midfielders Oscar Gobern and Jared Bird are not selected tonight.

The team reads as follows:

Yeovil Town:
1. Artur Krysiak
23. Tom James 17. Omar Sowunmi 3. Nathan Smith 11. Ryan Dickson
10. Jake Gray 30. Alefe Santos 6. Lewis Wing 15. Jordan Green
14. Sam Surridge 13. Francois Zoko (Capt)

Substitutes:
12. Jonny Maddison (GK) 8. Connor Smith 9. Rhys Browne 18. Alex Fisher 21. Ryan Seager 22. Corey Whelan 27. Shaun Donnellan


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30 January 2018 : Jake Gray Talks About The Manchester United Game
Just after Friday night's 0-4 defeat against Manchester United in the FA Cup, Yeovil Town midfielder Jake Gray gave a pitch-side interview with the BBC. He spoke to local journalist Chris Spittles, in an interview for BBC Somerset about the problems of trying to deal with Luke Shaw and Alexis Sanchez at the same time, as well as his overall thoughts on the whole game. Read that interview via the link below.

Link: Jake Gray Speaks To The BBC After The 0-4 Defeat Against Manchester United.


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30 January 2018 : Manchester United Cup Game In Top Five Of Huish Park Attendances
Yeovil Town's attendance for their FA Cup Fourth Round tie against Manchester United ranks as the fourth highest crowd seen at Huish Park. Unsurprisingly, with the game being a sell-out, the 9,195 that was announced for the fixture guaranteed that it would sit high in such a list - it was the first time the stadium had sold out since the 2014-15 FA Cup Third Round fixture against the same opposition, with only fixtures against Liverpool and Leeds United seeing larger gates.

The previous January 2015 Manchester United crowd was slightly ahead at 9,264 - the provision of a small temporary stand for the match three years ago helped squeeze a few more into the stadium, and that experiment wasn't repeated on this occasion. Just above that is the 2013-14 Third Round tie against Liverpool which saw 9,348 come into the stadium. Although all three games were sell-outs, the small variation will almost certainly be due to the way attendances are declared - for example many grounds do not declare press and media in that attendance, meaning that as those spill out of the press box and into the ordinary seats, it reduces the number of available spaces for fans.

The highest attendance at Huish Park remains the 2007-08 crowd that turned up for the April 2008 League One clash against Leeds United. On a Friday night, 9,527 were crammed into the stadium. We suspect that unless Huish Park is expanded that it will be hard for that attendance to be beaten. At that time, the club's policy had been to only allocate away supporters seating on an extreme discretionary basis - i.e. for disabled and elderly supporters. As such, there wasn't a need for a segregation area in the Screwfix Stand, which allowed for those seats to be filled.

There are now nine crowds at Huish Park that have broken through the 9,000 barrier, and all of the top 10 attendances at Huish Park occurred during the club's Football League era. The 8,868 that turned up for the club's Conference match against Rushden and Diamonds has finally been bumped out of the top 10.

There is a full list of Huish Park Top Attendances on the site, via the link below.

Link: Huish Park Top Attendances.


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30 January 2018 : Rhys Browne Talks About The Manchester United Game
Just after Friday night's 0-4 defeat against Manchester United in the FA Cup, Yeovil Town winger Rhys Browne gave a brief pitch-side interview with the BBC. He spoke to local journalist Chris Spittles, in an interview for BBC Somerset about his comeback from injury and the problems of facing a Premier League side.

Read that (very short) interview via the link below.

Link: Rhys Browne Speaks To The BBC After The 0-4 Defeat Against Manchester United.


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30 January 2018 : Officials For Yeovil Town vs Grimsby Town
Officials for the League Two match between Yeovil Town and Grimsby Town have been published by the Football League. The match takes place on Tuesday 30th January 2018 (tonight) with a 7.45p.m. kick-off. The man in charge of the fixture will be referee Nicholas Kinseley (Essex).

He was promoted to Football League level over the summer of 2015 a single trial game in League Two during the 2014-15 campaign. Prior to his promotion we saw him during the December 2012 match against Portsmouth at Fratton Park when he was a linesman at that time.

We had him as a man in the middle twice during the 2015-16 season, with his performances memorable for entirely opposite reasons. The first was the September 2015 home match against Morecambe, where his actions had a big effect on the match. He sent off Shaun Jeffers for a straight foul on Aaron McGowan - the video replay tended to show that Jeffers wasn't very good at tackling, but there was nothing particularly malicious in it, but off he went, and he was joined at half time by manager Paul Sturrock who let the referee know what he thought of the decision as they went down the tunnel at the break - Sturrock got a one match ban for the game at Crawley Town later that month. The club appealed against the striker's dismissal, but the problem with the Appeals Panel decisions are that you have to provide evidence that the referee got it wrong, and although Jeffers barely made any connection he had raised his leg and so presumably that was enough for them to back the referee. Overall he had the look of a rookie at a new level, and there were times during the game when he seemed to be letting everything get out of control. Meanwhile, having been 2-0 up, Yeovil collapsed in the final five minutes and lost the game by a 2-4 scoreline, with the red card inevitably a key talking point after the match.

We then faced him in April 2016 for the match against Stevenage at Broadhall Way. On this occasion the match referee was in a super-lenient mood, letting tackles go that he probably shouldn't have. In the 84th minute a hopelessly wild and late 'tackle' by Ben Kennedy on Kevin Dawson as he flew up the wing looked like a cast iron red card, particularly when fans were already aware of the standard that Kinseley had set when deciding to dismiss Shaun Jeffers in the earlier season fixture. But referees are a law unto themselves at times, and Kinseley somehow decided that Kennedy's thuggery was of less concern to him than Jeffers' more innocent clumsiness. The end result was a yellow card, and a furious Yeovil bench. Like the September 2015 match, the Glovers also ended up with one of their management team getting banned by the FA for giving his opinion to Mr Kinseley about the incident. This time Terry Skiverton was the one to get a rap over the knuckles, a £500 fine and a single match ban for 'insulting language and/or behaviour'.

During the 2016-17 season, we saw him for the August 2016 meeting against Luton Town at Kenilworth Road. For the third time in three games, we felt that he had misjudged a key situation in a game, when former Hatters defender Alex Lacey was shoved over a retaining wall by Luton striker Danny Hylton early in the first half. Lacey was eventually diagnosed with a broken arm, having fallen into a 'moat' area in the Oak Road Stand, and our opinion was that Hylton knew exactly what he was doing. Manager Darren Way was very unamused describing the decision after the game as "an absolute joke" - although he didn't say what punishment he thought Hylton should have had, he certainly felt the officials should have taken stronger action.

The most recent meeting involving Mr Kinseley was the October 2017 match against Newport County at Rodney Parade. Thankfully, at the fourth time of asking, the match official managed to get through 90 minutes without making a mess of any major decisions, although on the other hand we can't recall any major ones for him to give. We ended up losing by a 2-0 scoreline, undone by two set pieces initiated by former midfielder Matt Dolan.

Mr Kinseley will be assisted by Steven Plane (Worcestershire) and Christopher Husband (Worcestershire). The Fourth Official will be Simon Knapp (Bristol).

Link: September 2015 : Yeovil Town 2 Morecambe 4.

Link: April 2016 : Stevenage 0 Yeovil Town 0.

Link: August 2017 : Luton Town 1 Yeovil Town 1.

Link: October 2017 : Newport County 2 Yeovil Town 0.


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29 January 2018 : Retirement Possible For Injury-Plagued Cohen
Former Yeovil Town midfielder Chris Cohen appears to be on the edge of retirement from the professional game. The 30 year old Nottingham Forest player has been on their books for over ten years since his he came to their eye whilst playing for the Glovers during the 2006-07 season that saw them knock Forest out of the League One Play-Offs.

If Cohen's footballing career had stayed injury-free, the thinking is that he probably would have risen back up into the Premier League, either with Forest or another club. He'd made 303 appearances for Forest, scoring 17 goals, but in September 2011, November 2013 and September 2014, he suffered three cruciate knee ligament injuries that put him out for lengthy periods, meaning that talk of him playing at the higher level went on hold on each occasion.

Cohen signed a new one year contract in the summer of 2017, but things have not gone to plan for the player who won Forest's Player Of The Season during 2008–09 and 2012–13. He played in their opening two games of the 2017-18 season, but has not featured since, due to inflammation in both knees. He's managed Forest's Under-23s today in a joint acting capacity, and that has brought up the question of what the future holds for Cohen. His manager Aitor Karanka has admitted that his instinct was that it was 'not going to be possible' for Cohen to return to the first team, with surgery and injections not having resolved the matter. However, he is prepared to be patient, and also to look into Academy coaching options for the man who is still technically their Club Captain:

"The main thing is to give him as much time as possible. If at the end he can't play and he wants to stay in the club then the club will help him. He wants to start his career as a coach. Now he is not available to play because he is injured. We had a chat and he told me he wanted to start with the academy and I told him I am here to support him. It is good he can come with us to learn and be with the academy. A player - especially a person like him who has done everything in this club - deserves the best."


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29 January 2018 : Yeovil Town's Football Advisor Updates On His Work At The Club
Just over a week ago, Yeovil Town's football advisor Mark Palmer, of Insight 63 Ltd, did a lengthy interview with the BBC about his work with the club. With questions from BBC Somerset reporter Richard Hoskin, Mark talks about many areas of the club's state, including the club's owners, the recent reports of a local consortium trying to buy the club, the January transfer window and Otis Khan, and the Manchester United game, along with a flavour of what went into his pre-Christmas report.

Read that interview via the link below. It is a particularly long one, so pour yourself a drink first!

Link: Mark Palmer Speaks To The BBC About His Work So Far With Yeovil Town.


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28 January 2018 : Darren Way's Verdict On The Manchester United Game
Following Friday night's 0-4 defeat against Manchester United in the FA Cup, 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 views on his side's exit from the FA Cup at the Fourth Round stage. Read that interview in full via the link below.

Link: Darren Way's Verdict On The Manchester United Game.


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27 January 2018 : Man of the Match Voting for Yeovil Town vs Manchester United
If you watched Friday night's 0-4 defeat against Manchester United at Huish Park, don't forget to cast your Man of the Match votes. Choose your top three players from the match, plus entertainment and performance ratings along with any other comments you want to make on the game, using the form below.

NOTE: Voting for this game is extended to those who watched the match on TV, so even if you live in Australia you can cast your vote if you saw the match via television screen or laptop.

Link: Man of the Match Voting for Yeovil Town vs Manchester United.


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27 January 2018 : Yeovil 0 Man Utd 4 : Second Half Gulf In Class Sees Glovers Head Out Of Cup
Yeovil Town were knocked out of the FA Cup at the Fourth Round stage on Friday night, as Premier League side Manchester United proved too strong for them. The tie turned against them four minutes before the break in a relatively even first half, when Marcus Rashford opened the scoring as he took advantage of a defensive error. During the second period, gaps began to show as the Red Devils counter-attacked, with Ander Herrera doubling the lead, whilst late goals from Jesse Lingard and Romelu Lukaku extended the tie beyond Yeovil's reach.

The Glovers went into the match making two changes to the side that had lost against Chesterfield last Saturday. Otis Khan's high profile suspension meant that he made way for Lewis Wing, creating a shuffle around in midfield as he partnered Jared Bird in the centre. Bevis Mugabi missed out on the teamsheet entirely through illness meaning that Omar Sowunmi got a quick route back into the team. New signing Alex Fisher woke up on Friday morning in Scotland, but by 6.30p.m. was introducing himself to the manager and team, and got himself a seat on the bench.

The game got off to a rather feisty start, with Francois Zoko leaving his boot in on a Manchester United player within 30 seconds of the whistle, giving him 89.5 minutes sat on a yellow card. The Glovers were definitely up for this one, and they worked the first couple of chances - the first coming when Jordan Green cut in from the left flank only to find goalkeeper Sergio Romero's legs in the way of his near post shot. Jake Gray's well directed free kick found Omar Sowunmi inside the box, but his header easily went into the hand of Romero.

It wasn't until midway through the first half that the visitors' possession began to show some fruit, as rookie Scott McTominay got room to shoot from the edge of the box. Thankfully Artur Krysiak got his fingertips to the ball to push it around the post. Then came another rather industrial tackle, as Alexis Sanchez was chopped down by Nathan Smith outside the box. The United debutant curled the ball around the wall, but Krysiak read the flight well to save down low.

Yeovil were still creating the odd chance - Tom James got a free kick in a dangerous position, but it was beaten out by Sergio Romero. But United were beginning to get a few spaces, with Sanchez dragging a shot wide of the target when he was allowed time to turn and shoot on the edge of the box.

Four minutes from the break, the deadlock was broken in what was a sloppy goal, even considering the standard of the opposition. Alexis Sanchez put a through ball into the area that appeared to have got away from Marcus Rashford. As Nathan Smith and Tom James appeared to be looking to shepherd the ball back to Artur Krysiak, really James should have belted the ball out of the ground. The quick feet of Rashford darted in front of him and poked the ball past the outcoming Krysiak for a 0-1 deficit. With half time on its way, that was the goal and the timing that Yeovil definitely didn't want.

The second half saw Marcus Rashford have a shot deflected for a corner, before Juan Mata hit the top of the crossbar, albeit from a ball that was intended as a cross. But on the hour mark, with the Premier League club looking on top in the game for the first time, they got their second goal. Ander Herrera broke up field from a Yeovil corner, and Alexis Sanchez got his second assist of the evening as his through ball found his teammate who finished from the edge of the box for a 0-2 scoreline.

Yeovil's problem by now was the more they pushed players forward in search of a goal, the more dangerous they made their opponents look, in the more open spaces they left behind the ball. Juan Mata got the ball in the back of the net, but saw it chalked off for being offside at the far post. At the other end, Lewis Wing produced a well hit shot, but unfortunately one that went straight down the throat of Sergio Romero.

In the closing stages, Marcus Rashford's last contribution was to fire a shot onto Krysiak's near post, which the Pole saved. He then made way for 17 year old winger Angel Gomes, whose first contribution was to almost score, bursting past defenders before firing into the side netting from a narrow angle. The third goal wasn't far away though, as two minutes from time, Jesse Lingard tried the same trick rather more successfully, as he weaved through two defenders to fire into the far corner. United extended their lead further during injury time when another substitute Romelu Lukaku accepted a cross into the box, and fired a first-time shot into the back of the net to give the visitors a 0-4 win.

The dividing line was that first goal. One Manchester United got their noses in front, their counter-attacking made it very difficult for Yeovil Town to get anything out of the game, meaning that the second half was a bit of a stroll in the park for them. However, if Yeovil had been able to keep the scoreline level for a little longer than they did, what was eventually a comfortable victory, might have turned into something a bit more on a knife edge.

Final Score: Yeovil Town 0 Manchester United 4.

Scorers: Marcus Rashford (0-1, 41 mins), Ander Herrera (0-2, 61 mins), Jesse Lingard (0-3, 89 mins), Romelu Lukaku (0-4, 90 mins)

Yeovil Town:
1. Artur Krysiak
23. Tom James 17. Omar Sowunmi 3. Nathan Smith 11. Ryan Dickson
10. Jake Gray 4. Jared Bird 6. Lewis Wing 15. Jordan Green
14. Sam Surridge 13. Francois Zoko (Capt)

Substitutes:
12. Jonny Maddison (GK) 8. Connor Smith (83 mins for Lewis Wing) 9. Rhys Browne (56 mins for Jared Bird) 18. Alex Fisher (69 mins for Jordan Green) 20. Oscar Gobern 22. Corey Whelan 30. Alefe Santos

Manchester United:
20 Sergio Romero
36 Matteo Darmian 2 Victor Lindelof 5 Marcos Rojo 23 Luke Shaw
21 Ander Herrera 16 Michael Carrick 39 Scott McTominay
8 Juan Mata 19 Marcus Rashford 7 Alexis Sanchez

Substitutes:
9 Romelu Lukaku (65 mins for Juan Mata) 12 Chris Smalling 14 Jesse Lingard (72 mins for Alexis Sanchez) 18 Ashley Young 31 Nemanja Matic 40 Joel Pereira 47 Angel Gomes (88 mins for Marcus Rashford).

Yeovil Bookings: Francois Zoko (1 min, foul), Nathan Smith (29 mins, foul), Omar Sowunmi (47 mins, foul)

Manchester United Bookings: Scott McTominay (81 mins, foul)

Yeovil Match Statistics: Possession: 26%; Shots: 9; Shots On Target: 5; Corners: 2; Fouls: 10.

Manchester United Match Statistics: Possession: 76%; Shots: 19; Shots On Target: 7; Corners: 5; Fouls: 12.

Referee: Paul Tierney (Lancashire). Assistants: Stephen Child (Kent) and Sian Massey-Ellis (West Midlands). Fourth Official: Keith Stroud (Hampshire).

Attendance: 9,195 (with 2,176 Manchester United supporters).


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27 January 2018 : Donnellan Confirmed As Third Signing Of The Weekend
Yeovil Town have made another new signing, following the recruitment of former Motherwell striker Alex Fisher and Southampton forward Ryan Seager. They have recruited West Bromwich Albion defender Shaun Donnellan on a permanent basis. He has already gained experience with League One side Walsall this season.

If the surname seems familiar, he is the nephew of former Yeovil Town midfielder Gary Donnellan, who played for the Glovers between 1987 and 1990. He's also the son of Leo Donnellan who played for Fulham during the same period, whilst his younger brother Leo Donnellan Jr was on the books of Dagenham and Redbridge last season.

Born in Barnet on October 16th 1996, he moved through the West Brom Academy ranks before being given his first professional contract in July 2015. He was given a 16 game loan spell with Worcester City during that season, where he scored four goals. During the 2016-17 season, the intention had been for him to step up a level, and he joined Stevenage on loan before the season started. However, on the final day of the August window and with Donnellan not having made an appearance, the Baggies decided to recall him.

Instead, he played for their Under-23s side, as well as making three appearances in the Checkatrade Trophy that year. During the second hald of the 2016-17 season he was given a loan spell with Dagenham and Redbridge, where he made 21 appearances as they made the National League play-offs. He then was given a half-season spell with Walsall where he made eleven appearances. With his time on the field drying up as time progressed - his last league start came for them in late October - they allowed him to return to the Hawthorns at the turn of the year.

Shaun has penned a contract with the club that runs until the end of the 2018-19 season, giving him an 18 month stay at Huish Park.


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27 January 2018 : Darren Way Expecting To Tie Up Defender Deal
Yeovil Town manager Darren Way has said that he expects to tie up another new signing within the next day or two. With the January transfer window closing in four days time, the Glovers brought in Motherwell striker Alex Fisher on a permanent deal, whilst Southampton have loaned the club Ryan Seager on a six month deal - he was cup-tied and so was unable to feature in last night's FA Cup tie against Manchester United.

Way said that there was a third player that had been lined up, but without the paperwork having been completed at the time of last night's match, he wasn't willing to reveal who it was. The questioning from BBC Somerset stated that they knew it was a defender. Way said from his point of view the only thing he was waiting on was confirmation of the registration going through:

"Yes, hopefully. I know who it is, but I'm not too sure if the paperwork has gone through, so I can't tell you right now. But I'll be very disappointed if it's not been done."

The BBC Somerset coverage more or less revealed who that player is likely to be. Former Glovers captain Joe Edwards was the co-commentator on the night of the game, and main commentator Chris Spittles indicated in his post-match interview that this was a player that Edwards knew well. His current club Walsall have had five loan players on their books during the first half of the season, two of which were defenders.

Both of those have been linked with Yeovil Town in the past, but former Bristol City centre-back James Wilson has just been signed up by League Two side Lincoln City. That just leaves Shaun Donnellan - a 21 year old defender who had an 11 game loan spell with the Saddlers which ended at the turn of the year - he is a West Bromwich Albion player who has also had loan experience with Dagenham and Redbridge. With the Glovers having taken a number of players from the Hawthorns in recent years, his profile is an obvious fit.

Way also gave his views on Southampton attacker Ryan Seager who has just completed a half-season loan spell with League One side Milton Keynes Dons. He is hoping that a player who was spotted by Southampton whilst playing for a Pen Mill junior team, will be a big asset for the club:

"He's Yeovil born and bred, and you don't often get that. He's at Southampton. He's been at MK Dons and he had a real bright future. At an early age he scored loads of goals, and he's a great addition to our squad, that's for sure."


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27 January 2018 : Video : Yeovil Town vs Manchester United Highlights
For those who want to watch match highlights of Friday night's FA Cup Fourth Round defeat against Manchester United, these are now available online. There is a choice of BBC Sport and BT Sport coverage, with both videos around three minutes long. Watch the clips from the 0-4 defeat via the links below.

Link: BBC Sport : Yeovil Town vs Manchester United Highlights.

Link: BT Sport : Yeovil Town vs Manchester United Highlights.


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26 January 2018 : Darren Way Rues First Goal Mistake After Manchester United Defeat
Yeovil Town manager Darren Way has said that he is very proud of his players, although was disappointed that they couldn't quite hold out until the half time break to keep the FA Cup Fourth Round tie against Manchester United goalless. What had been a relatively even first half turned when some defensive dithering allowed Marcus Rashford to give his side a 41st minute lead, giving them the opportunity to control the second half and run out as 4-0 victors.

Way felt that during the early stages, his side had created some panic in the Man United defence, and that if the Glovers had reached the break with the score still at 0-0 then they would have seen a very different second half:

"I'm very proud. I thought in the first twenty minutes, we got in their faces and we forced mistakes. We were unlucky not to go 1-0 up, and the crowd were getting behind the players, and you could sense a little bit of panic in the Man United back four. Unfortunately we didn't get that goal. If there was one disappointment it was the goal that we conceded in the 40th minute. I think if we had seen that through, it would have been a completely different game. But top players, with a top manager - if you switch off then they can hurt you."

The Glovers boss was also pleased to go up against a Premier League manager for the first time, with Jose Mourinho celebrating a new contract and his 100th match in charge of Manchester United, which also coincided with his birthday. Way said that he had a 'deep' conversation with Mourinho before the match and said his knowledge was very impressive:

"Jose Mourinho is top class. The guy just oozes class. I had him in my office before. We had some real good deep conversations about myself as a football manager. Believe it or not, I think he knew everything about me. It wouldn't surprise me if he knew my children's names. So it was an absolute honour to go up against him tonight, and that will live with me and my players for the rest of our lives. You can't take that away."


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26 January 2018 : Yeovil 0 Man Utd 4 : Match Statistics
Yeovil Town were knocked out of the FA Cup at the Fourth Round stage on Friday night, as Premier League side Manchester United proved too strong for them. The tie turned against them four minutes before the break in a relatively even first half, when Marcus Rashford opened the scoring as he took advantage of a defensive error. During the second period, gaps began to show as the Red Devils counter-attacked, with Ander Herrera doubling the lead, whilst late goals from Jesse Lingard and Romelu Lukaku extended the tie beyond Yeovil's reach.

Full report to follow later ....

Final Score: Yeovil Town 0 Manchester United 4.

Scorers: Marcus Rashford (0-1, 41 mins), Ander Herrera (0-2, 61 mins), Jesse Lingard (0-3, 89 mins), Romelu Lukaku (0-4, 90 mins)

Yeovil Town:
1. Artur Krysiak
23. Tom James 17. Omar Sowunmi 3. Nathan Smith 11. Ryan Dickson
10. Jake Gray 4. Jared Bird 6. Lewis Wing 15. Jordan Green
14. Sam Surridge 13. Francois Zoko (Capt)

Substitutes:
12. Jonny Maddison (GK) 8. Connor Smith (83 mins for Lewis Wing) 9. Rhys Browne (56 mins for Jared Bird) 18. Alex Fisher (69 mins for Jordan Green) 20. Oscar Gobern 22. Corey Whelan 30. Alefe Santos

Manchester United:
20 Sergio Romero
36 Matteo Darmian 2 Victor Lindelof 5 Marcos Rojo 23 Luke Shaw
21 Ander Herrera 16 Michael Carrick 39 Scott McTominay
8 Juan Mata 19 Marcus Rashford 7 Alexis Sanchez

Substitutes:
9 Romelu Lukaku (65 mins for Juan Mata) 12 Chris Smalling 14 Jesse Lingard (72 mins for Alexis Sanchez) 18 Ashley Young 31 Nemanja Matic 40 Joel Pereira 47 Angel Gomes (88 mins for Marcus Rashford).

Yeovil Bookings: Francois Zoko (1 min, foul), Nathan Smith (29 mins, foul), Omar Sowunmi (47 mins, foul)

Manchester United Bookings: Scott McTominay (81 mins, foul)

Yeovil Match Statistics: Possession: 26%; Shots: 9; Shots On Target: 5; Corners: 2; Fouls: 10.

Manchester United Match Statistics: Possession: 76%; Shots: 19; Shots On Target: 7; Corners: 5; Fouls: 12.

Referee: Paul Tierney (Lancashire). Assistants: Stephen Child (Kent) and Sian Massey-Ellis (West Midlands). Fourth Official: Keith Stroud (Hampshire).

Attendance: 9,195 (with 2,176 Manchester United supporters).


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26 January 2018 : Home Town Boy Seager Arrives On Loan
Yeovil Town have signed up local lad Ryan Seager on loan. The Southampton academy player has been brought in on a half-season loan, having just completed a half-season spell with Milton Keynes Dons. He is a graduate of the Saints Academy system, having been recruited into their Bath Academy after he was spotted playing for local side Pen Mill. He's under contract at St Mary's Stadium until the end of the 2018-19 season.

Born in Yeovil on February 5th 1996, he has been on Southampton's books since 2004. He's been borrowed by two so far, with a 2015-16 four game spell with Crewe Alexandra aborted by a ruptured anterior cruciate ligament. Saint still thought enough of him to give him a new contract in July 2017, and he went out on loan with Milton Keynes Dons for the first half of this season. He made 22 appearances for them, scoring three goals.

Seager was signed today, but with him already cup-tied through his Milton Keynes loan spell, there was no hurry to unveil him.


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26 January 2018 : Team News For Yeovil Town vs Manchester United
The starting line-up for Yeovil Town's FA Cup Fourth Round tie against Manchester United at Huish Park has been revealed. The match sees the Glovers name two change to their starting line-up compared to the team that took to the field against Chesterfield last Saturday.

Defender Omar Sowunmi has recovered from the illness that kept him out last weekend, and he comes back into the side, displacing Bevis Mugabi, who doesn't make the teamsheet due to illness. The suspended Otis Khan is replaced by Lewis Wing.

On the bench Oscar Gobern and Rhys Browne have recovered from their recent injuries and sit on the bench, with new signing Alex Fisher also selected.

The first team squad members to miss out today are right-back Daniel Alfei (knee injury, out for season), James Bailey (knee ligaments), Marcus Barnes (ankle) and Bevis Mugabi (illness).

The team reads as follows:

Yeovil Town:
1. Artur Krysiak
23. Tom James 17. Omar Sowunmi 3. Nathan Smith 11. Ryan Dickson
10. Jake Gray 4. Jared Bird 6. Lewis Wing 15. Jordan Green
14. Sam Surridge 13. Francois Zoko (Capt)

Substitutes:
12. Jonny Maddison (GK) 8. Connor Smith 9. Rhys Browne 18. Alex Fisher 20. Oscar Gobern 22. Corey Whelan 30. Alefe Santos

Manchester United:
20 Sergio Romero
36 Matteo Darmian 2 Victor Lindelof 5 Marcos Rojo 23 Luke Shaw
21 Ander Herrera 16 Michael Carrick 39 Scott McTominay
8 Juan Mata 19 Marcus Rashford 7 Alexis Sanchez

Substitutes:
9 Romelu Lukaku 12 Chris Smalling 14 Jesse Lingard 18 Ashley Young 31 Nemanja Matic 40 Joel Pereira 47 Angel Gomes


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26 January 2018 : Huish Park Timetable For The Manchester United Game
For those heading to Huish Park for tonight's FA Cup Fourth Round tie against Manchester United, there are a number of times to note in terms of access to the ground and in terms of facilities. These are as follows:

Screwfix Stand Car Park (known as the Green Car Park tonight) : Opens 4.30p.m.
Main Stand Car Park (known as the Red Car Park tonight) : Opens 6.00p.m.

Food and Drink outside the ground : Hot and cold drinks, hot dogs and a hog roast by the Main Stand : 4.00p.m.
Marquee Bar - for Home Supporters only : 4.00p.m.
Two Burger vans behind the home terrace : 4.00p.m.

Turnstiles Opening : 6.00p.m.
Hot and Cold Teabar food and drink : 6.00p.m.

Match Kick-Off : 7.56p.m.


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26 January 2018 : Glovers Chairman Suggests Old Trafford Replay Could 'Wreck The Club'
Whilst most people inside Huish Park tonight will be hoping that Yeovil Town can take Manchester United to an FA Cup replay - or even a win - Yeovil Town Chairman John Fry is rather more cautious about the prospect. The Glovers head man is concerned about the club's current fixture pile-up that saw them play eight matches in December, and should see them play seven in January. With many February and March midweek dates already being filled by other rearrange fixtures, the line Fry has given is that more clogging of the fixture list, and more cup distractions could 'wreck the club'.

The tone of the Chairman echoes his gloomy concerns when Yeovil Town won their League One Play-Off Final against Brentford, to rise up into the Championship, where he stated a few years after the event that he saw that as the moment that things started to go wrong for the Glovers, saying that it caused the Board a problem in trying to 'get the money in'. On this occasion, he's told The Sun newspaper that he feels that such cup games could mess with players heads and distract them from the League Two games, and feels that accounted for the late drama that saw Otis Khan dismissed and an injury time goal scored in the defeat against relegation rivals Chesterfield:

"When you look at it, you could say to yourself: 'Hang on a minute, it could wreck the club'. We could get a replay and it could mess up our league programme of matches and mess players heads up, which is what happened against Chesterfield. There’s such a fine line between winning and losing, making a career and not making a career, and we have got so many players playing for their careers here. That's why we had better start spending the United money now if we want to stay in the league. I had to get my black book out because we need players and it is just getting harder and harder in the lower divisions. And players are costing more now then they were at the start of the month — because we are playing United and so the fees goes up. Darren Way couldn't work any harder. He's a terrific manager and was exhausted on Saturday — now we've got to find new players in this transfer window."

The Sun, and also the Daily Mail report Yeovil Town's playing budget for the 2017-18 season as being £1.2 million - the first time we've seen a figure reported against this season, and a touch lower than the £1.3 million and £1.4 million figures that were reported by the club during the 2014-15 season, shortly after the dismissal of former boss Gary Johnson.

Fry is distinctly unimpressed by the money being bandied around for Manchester United's deal for Alexis Sanchez, describing the wages as 'obscene'. Using the upper range of the figures quoted by the tabloids upon the former Arsenal winger/striker's arrival at Old Trafford, Fry feels that sort of money is putting off fans from coming to even League Two games

"The Sanchez deal is outrageous — absolutely obscene — and it doesn't help us. When my friends outside of football hear that a player is earning £500,000 a week they throw their hands up in disgust. This is all out of proportion — it doesn't relate to the man in the street and they are switching off because of it and we are losing customers. They think we are paying outrageous money as well, which obviously we're not, but that doesn’t help us attract new fans. So many more jobs could be created within the leagues through someone earning that sort of money. I just can't understand these agents either, screwing more money out of us in transfer fees. It stinks — it's an industry to them. There's so much money going out of the game, especially at Premier League level, which could be better used."

Fry's gloomy tones led to TalkSport Radio lampooning the article this morning, leading them on to discussing the 'grumpiest men in football'. We presume Mr Fry will be a little less grumpy once he counts the gate receipts from tonight's match, which on top of merchandising and sponsorship are expected to earn the club in the region of £400,000 unbudgeted additional revenue.


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26 January 2018 : Fisher Drafted In As Late Signing Ahead Of Manchester United Game
Yeovil Town made a new signing ahead of tonight's FA Cup tie against Manchester United. They have snapped up 27 year old Motherwell striker Alex Fisher who has also had spells with Oxford United, Mansfield Town and Torquay United. This is a permanent transfer, with the Scottish Premier League side having brought in two new strikers during the January transfer window - he signed up until the end of the 2018-19 season - i.e. an 18 month contract.

He has arrived on a free transfer with his international clearance having come in time for him to play against Manchester United. He had struggled to make the breakthrough at Motherwell, having not scored in 19 appearances. He was more prolific though with his previous club Inverness Caledonian Thistle where he scored eight goals in 28 appearances in what had been his first spell north of the border.

He spent the 2015-16 season on the books of Torquay, whilst his career started with Oxford United. He also spent a year on the books of Mansfield Town during the 2014-15 campaign.


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26 January 2018 : Ladies Manager Announces Plans To Step Down
As the club begins its transition towards a full-time model, the Yeovil Town Ladies are announcing the advanced departure of long standing manager Jamie Sherwood following the final league match of the season on 20th May. Joining midway through the 2014 season, the club has seen year on year progress on the pitch, which culminated in winning the FA Women's Super League Two division in 2016 and then promotion to the top tier of the women’s game.

Still competing in the top tier, but under a part-time status, Sherwood and his side have committed to big changes in the 2018/19 season, which will undoubtedly help performances and results in what is a very competitive league. With 11 league games still remaining and 5 of them at home, Sherwood and the club felt the time was right to release this news now so that the club could begin preparations immediately in finding a long term replacement to follow on from the success over the last 4 seasons. Speaking of this announcement, Jamie Sherwood said:

"Every decision that I’ve ever made has always been for the stability, growth, and development of the club and this decision can be treated no differently. It is important that the club has an idea of my future plans as this can now create the timing for a new appointment that can still assess the current playing group as well as the support which is around them. Yeovil Town Ladies FC is my home and I fell in love with this club the moment I met it. To watch it grow from such a privileged position has been truly magical. I can assure you that all the players and staff will remain focused and determined to deliver performances and displays that we can all be proud of for the rest of this season and I urge everyone to continue to support them throughout."

Club Chairman Steve Allinson said of Jamie's depature:

"There is never a good time to release news of a management departure, however, both the club and Jamie wanted to be proactive, open, and honest to allow the opportunity in finding the best possible replacement. Someone who is going to carry on the excellent work already carried out by Jamie over a long and successful period of time. There is no-one more emotionally attached to Yeovil than Jamie. This decision has been an extremely tough one to make but one which is correct to announce at this time - taking into account both his personal reasons and the realism of the new structure and environment. Fans will undoubtedly acknowledge the success that Jamie has had and will see the ever-committed manager right until the final whistle this season."

In terms of looking forward, Allinson added that Sherwood may not entirely leave the club:

"We are in discussions with Jamie with regards to him moving in to a role at the club at a senior level and at this stage we wouldn't rule out a potential position as a Director at Yeovil Town Ladies FC. We aim to keep everyone posted in that regard. But now is the time we invite applications for the next Head Coach of Yeovil Town Ladies Football Club to take this club to the next level within the top tier of the Women’s game in England."

The club's application process is now open for this position, with the deadline to apply at 6pm on 23rd February 2018. To find a Job Description of the role and how to apply, please click here (PDF reader needed). Interview dates are week commencing 19th March 2018.

For more information, please email jobs@yeoviltownladies.com

Jamie Sherwood plans to step down at the end of the 2017-18 season
Jamie Sherwood plans to step down at the end of the 2017-18 season



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26 January 2018 : Darren Way Previews The Manchester United Game
As part of the build-up to the FA Cup Fourth Round tie against Manchester United at Huish Park, Yeovil Town manager Darren Way spoke to the BBC about the game. With questions from BBC Somerset presenter Claire Carter, Darren talks about how he plans to prepare for the game, and his hopes of creating a shock. Read that interview via the link below.

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


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26 January 2018 : Sowunmi Back In Training As Way Continues Search For New Recruits
Yeovil Town manager Darren Way has confirmed that defender Omar Sowunmi has trained with the first team squad this week. The former Ipswich Town player should be available for selection in Friday night's FA Cup Fourth Round tie against Manchester United, having missed last weekend's League Two game against Chesterfield due to illness.

Last weekend, Way said that Sowunmi had missed two training sessions due to 'dizzy spells' and would be sent for cardiac screening on Monday. Although there's no word on what the result of those tests showed, he was confirmed by the Glovers boss as being back in training by Tuesday, and available for the game:

"He's okay. He's trained today (on Tuesday), which is great news. So yes we've got another body that we can work with on the training ground, and everybody has got the opportunity to pit their wits against one of the best teams in the world."

The club will go into the game without winger Otis Khan, who commences a five match suspension that will cover all FA Cup and Football League matches, meaning that Sowunmi's possible recall won't alter squad numbers too much. For last Saturday's League Two match, they named just sixteen players, with right-back Daniel Alfei (knee injury, out for season), Rhys Browne (ankle), Oscar Gobern (hamstring), James Bailey (knee ligaments) and Marcus Barnes (ankle) all missing.

Of those, Browne was the only player rated as having a chance of being ready for the Manchester United game, having returned to training last week, although his inclusion would be a risk, having been out with an ankle injury for over two months. At present therefore, the club will have just 16 or 17 senior players available to put on the teamsheet. Way added that he was looking to bring in new bodies, but with the need to find players who had not featured in the competition before, that would be difficult:

"The phone has been busy. I'm looking to bring one or two in. We've always got the complications of whether these players have played in the previous rounds, so it's always difficult to get a quality player that has not been involved in the FA Cup. So we'll just have to wait and see."


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25 January 2018 : EFL Trophy Semi-Final Draw : Glovers or Fleetwood Given Shrews Trip
Yeovil Town and Fleetwood Town now know who the winners of their EFL Trophy Quarter-Final tie will meet. The Semi-Final draw of the competition was made tonight on the EFL Matters programme despite the fact that the Glovers do not stage their Quarter-Final match until Tuesday 6th February - assuming their FA Cup Fourth Round match against Manchester United doesn't go to a replay.

The semi-final draw sees Yeovil or Fleetwood play against Shrewsbury Town at the New Meadow. The full draw is as follows:

Lincoln City vs Chelsea Under-21s
Shrewsbury Town vs Yeovil Town or Fleetwood Town

It is expected that the Shrewsbury Town tie will be played on Tuesday 27th February, with the other semi-final at Lincoln played on Tuesday 6th February. Both semi-finals are due to be staged live on Sky Sports, hence the staggered dates.


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25 January 2018 : Mourinho Given Cause For Celebration Ahead Of FA Cup Tie
When it comes to January 26th 2018, it seems likely that Manchester United manager Jose Mourihno will remember it for lots of good reasons. His club's Board of Directors are so impressed with him having pulled out the Mighty Glovers out of the hat, that they've rewarded him with a new contract. Clearly buoyed with the joy of travelling to Huish Park for Friday night's FA Cup Fourth Round tie against Yeovil Town, he's been given a new deal that runs until 2020, with an option for a further year.

To add to Mourinho's delight at sampling the pure Somerset air, he'll be celebrating his 55th birthday, he'll be celebrating his 100th game in charge of the Red Devils, and he'll be celebrating his contract extension with the Premier League side. But we think he'll be celebrating walking upon the Huish Park turf the most. United Vice-Chairman Ed Woodward has confirmed the extension and adds:

"Jose has already achieved a great deal as Manchester United manager and I am delighted that he has agreed to extend his commitment until at least 2020. His work rate and professionalism are exceptional and he has embraced the club's desire to promote top quality young players to the first team. He has brought an energy and a sense of purpose to everything that he does and I am sure that will continue to bring results for the fans and the club."


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25 January 2018 : Hatters Boss Plays It Cool On Links With Otis Khan
Luton Town manager Nathan Jones has declined to confirm or deny that his club are one of those in the running for Yeovil Town winger Otis Khan. The ex-Barnsley and Sheffield United player is known to have been the subject of two bids, with at least one of those offers having triggered a clause in his contract entitling him to hold talks with that club.

Although the Glovers did not disclose which sides those bids had come from, there were various media claims within hours of the announcement, linking six clubs with the 22 year old, with unconfirmed suggestions that League Two leaders Luton Town and League One promotion contenders Wigan Athletic were two of the more credible links with the Mancunian.

The Hatters press have put the question to Jones this afternoon, but he has preferred to give a stock answer to that question, saying that he will not comment on the situation either way. The most he was prepared to say that he was attempting to boost his playing squad, but told Luton Today that he was not going to give names of any player contracted to another club:

"Unlike other clubs, we don’t speak about bids and things like that. If we did, then that stays in house out of respect for our board and the club where the player is. We've looked to strengthen this window, as yet, nothing has come to fruition, but as soon as we do and as soon as we have anything accepted then we’ll let you know. Since I've been here, every single transfer window we've got stronger as a squad, I want to continue that. No-one will be leaving in terms of anyone that we want to keep hold of, we won’t lose, so we won’t get weaker. It would be nice if we could get stronger, but we’re not in any desperate rush or anything."

Yeovil Town have yet to make any new comment on Khan's situation since the Football Association revealed that they were giving him a five match ban for a red card sustained during the 1-2 home defeat against Chesterfield last Saturday. Contractually, the issue would not affect Khan's ability to talk to any club meeting his release clause, but the fact that he now has three of his five suspended matches creeping into February, any interested club will need to take a hit on that if they choose to take him on before the January transfer window closes.


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25 January 2018 : A Minute's Applause For Jimmy Armfield
Yeovil Town and Manchester United will pay tribute to former England and Blackpool right-back Jimmy Armfield before tomorrow night's game. According to the Blackpool Gazette, the FA Cup Fourth Round tie will kick off at 7.56p.m. to allow a minute's applause to take place before the game.

Aside from Armfield's status as a player, the opportunity to hold a tribute to the man who passed away earlier this week at the age of 82 is a poignant one for the BBC as well. Armfield spent over 30 years working for the BBC as a match summariser and pundit. This will be the first BBC TV football broadcast following his death on January 22nd, meaning that they will have the opportunity to pay their own personal respects to him during the programme.

The Blackpool Gazette are describing it as a u-turn, saying that initially Yeovil Town had said that they would not be able to hold the tribute until next Tuesday's League Two game against Grimsby Town, due to time constraints concerning the broadcast of the match on BBC One. However, discussions have been held with the BBC Production Team that have agreed for it to be held on the Friday, quoting a Yeovil Town spokesperson as saying: "We did not take into consideration the connections Jimmy had with the BBC".

Armfield was a member of England's 1966 World Cup winning squad, although a toe injury contributed to him missing out on a place in the team that ultimately won the tournament. It wasn't until 2009 that the FA persuaded FIFA to provide winning medals to those non-playing squad members, meaning that it took 40 years before Armfield received his medal from the then Prime Minister Gordon Brown.


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25 January 2018 : Western Avenue Temporary Closure After The Manchester United Game
The southern section of Western Avenue, near Yeovil Town Football Club, will be closed after tomorrow night's FA Cup Fourth Round tie against Manchester United. A notice issued by Somerset County Council, under the Road Traffic Regulation Act has issued a temporary prohibition of vehicles along the road for a four hour period during and after the match. Traffic will be allowed to use the road before the game, but as soon as the match kicks off, the road will be closed until midnight.

The logic appears to be to force the vast majority of vehicles to exit Huish Park on an anti-clockwise route around the stadium, so that they head to the Asda roundabout via Lufton Way, whilst pedestrians will have free access to walk down Western Avenue and into the Abbey Manor estate area without needing to be concerned about crossing the road around its southern section. With Thorne Lane closed, it means that anyone who parks on the Abbey Manor Estate for the game will have to drive almost a 360 degree loop around the ground to get out of the area. However, it does mean that those who approach the Asda Roundabout will not need to compete with Western Avenue traffic to proceed across that junction. It means that in practice, the route out of the ground becomes a one-way system, with traffic only diverging once it reaches the Asda Roundabout.

Western Avenue will be closed from the Asda (Preston Road) Roundabout to the Houndstone Roundabout and then for 45 metres further north of that second roundabout. The full notice reads:

"Somerset County Council, in pursuance of the provisions of section 14(2) of the Traffic Regulation Act 1984, as amended, will introduce a temporary prohibition of motor vehicles on the lengths of road listed in the Schedule to this Notice. This Notice is required to facilitate the Manchester United and Yeovil FA Cup Match and is in the interest of public safety. The restrictions shall apply when indicated by traffic signs. The Notice shall come into operation at 2000 hours on Friday the 26th January 2018 and will continue in force until 2400 hours on Friday the 26th January 2018."

Temporary road closure of Western Avenue, during and after the Manchester United game
Temporary road closure of Western Avenue, during and after the Manchester United game



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24 January 2018 : Yeovil Town Fined For Last Year's Stevenage Brawl
Yeovil Town have been fined by the Football Association, for a mass brawl that occurred during their October 2017 League Two match against Stevenage. The penalty relates to a 61st minute incident during their 3-0 win over the Hertfordshire side that saw Olufela Olomola sent off for violent conduct, with Stevenage's Kevin Toner also dismissed for his role in the incident.

The club attempted to appeal against Olomola's red card, with manager Darren Way insisting that the officials had got the decision wrong across a series of interviews in the weeks that followed, saying after the game:

"He (Olufela Olomola) didn't deserve to get sent off, but it's just one of those things. I think it was one of those situations where he's got in a tussle, the referee decides not to blow the whistle, and it goes on, and then before you know it you've got two players on the ground and everyone running at them. I was more disappointed that you had a lot of staff, certainly from an officials point of view, as you had the fourth official, you had the linesman and you had the referee, and they still got it wrong."

The Football Association's appeals panel disagreed, rejecting the appeal, meaning that Olomola's red card still stood. What wasn't made public at the time was that the FA also charged Yeovil Town and Stevenage over the incident for failing to control their players. The two clubs were both found to be in breach of Rule E20 (a) saying that they "failed to ensure that its players and/or club officials conducted themselves in an orderly fashion and/or refrained from provocative behaviour".

Ultimately both clubs admitted the charges against them and were each fined £1,500 for their behaviour. Whilst they haven't yet published the written reasons for that case, they have outlined the circumstances behind the Olomola sending off and the subsequent appeal process behind that case.

Olomola's case was heard by former FA acting Chairman Roger Burden, former Tottenham Hotspur footballer Gary Mabbutt and former West Bromwich Albion defender Paul Raven. The panel heard that referee Christopher Sargison had dismissed Olomola following advice from his assistant Ravel Cheosiaua saying that "he saw Mr Olomola rise from the ground and stamp on an opposition player's lower leg in a violent manner".

The appeal stated that Yeovil Town had submitted a video of the incident, some still photographs and a letter from Yeovil Town joint club secretary Jean Cotton. The club's letter argued that the Assistant Referee was mistaken and did not have a clear view of the incident, and that there may have been a case of mistaken identity. It was also pointed out that the match referee did not witness the incident despite being close to it at all times.

The response of the Appeal Panel was that they regarded the video evidence as inconclusive, due to the large number of players involved in the incident blocking the line of the video camera at various points. With the need for the Appeal to prove the the Referee and Assistant had made an obvious error, they felt that they could not do that. Their statement explained:

"We watched the video many times. We did not see Mr Olomola stamp on an opponent but there appeared to be about 18 players involved in the melee, with Mr Olomola in the middle of them, at times making it impossible for us to see him or for us to see his opponent on the ground. We needed to be able to see Mr Olomola at all times in order for us to ascertain whether or not the officials had made an obvious error. For the claim to be successful, the Club had to prove to us that the Referee had made an obvious error. Because of the melee, the video was completely inconclusive and provided no evidence to support the Club's claim that the Assistant Referee had made an obvious error in his advice to the Referee. Consequently, we also concluded that there was no evidence to suggest that the Referee had made an obvious error in dismissing Mr Olomola."

As a result, the Referee's decision stood as final, and Olomola had to serve a three match suspension.


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24 January 2018 : Car Parking Options For The Manchester United Game
Yeovil Town are offering the chance for supporters to pre-book parking for Friday night's FA Cup Fourth Round tie against Manchester United. The parking is a small distance away from Huish Park, near the Screwfix buildings and you can find it at Mead Avenue, BA22 8RT.

On the night, there will be signposts directing you to the Purple Car Park and you'll be able to park there for a cost of £5.00. You will need to book online by heading here and choosing the Car Parking option.

Note that you need to produce the confirmation email to the steward on the night, so ensure you have access to a printer before placing your booking. The club's normal car parks will be open on the night (with a fee payable in cash on a first come, first served basis), but are expected to reach capacity long before kick-off.

For those that don't mind a longer walk, the Westland Social Club in Westbourne Close, BA20 2DD is offering free parking for the game, and will have their doors open for anyone who wants a pre-match pint. This is roughly a 20-25 minute walk from the stadium.

With Thorne Lane closed, expect street parking options to be more limited than usual, and for a few traffic cones to be out in force to stop parking on key routes.


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24 January 2018 : Thorne Lane Confirmed As Closed For Manchester United Game
Somerset County Council have confirmed that the road closures for Thorne Lane will NOT be lifted for Friday night's FA Cup Fourth Round tie against Manchester United. As revealed last Friday, the expectations were that it would not be possible to open up the road for the game, due to housing developers Wyatt Homes having fed back to the Council that they would be unable to suspend the building of a new roundabout to feed houses being built in the area.

Wessex Water have again confirmed that they were able to suspend their works, but with it needing both contractors to say 'yes', the push back by Wyatt Homes has left a position of stalemate. A Somerset County Council statement provided to the Western Gazette has confirmed that this is the permanent outcome:

"Everyone involved is doing their best to keep disruption to an absolute minimum for this big fixture. Works of this scale are planned well in advance and it is impossible to predict circumstances like this which put additional traffic on the road. Unfortunately we have been informed by the developer that they cannot safely reopen Thorne Lane in time for January 26th. It is mid-way through substantial works and it is just not able to make the road safe in the timescale required. We will continue to support the club with its traffic management on the day, and work with all parties to help the day go as smoothly as possible."

At present Thorne Lane is scheduled to reopen in early March. Given the Manchester United game will see in the region of 9,200 spectators heading to the ground, coupled with the issues of Friday night rush hour traffic, we'd strongly recommend that you allow a very large amount of extra time to park up and reach the stadium on the evening. With the television cameras ready for a 7.55p.m. kick-off, it is very unlikely that kick-off would be delayed, even if traffic problems stop fans getting to the ground.


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24 January 2018 : Yeovil Town vs Manchester United Is SOLD OUT
The FA Cup Fourth Round home match against Manchester United is now SOLD OUT. There are now no more seated or standing tickets available. Please do not call the Ticket Office hoping there will still be some left - they are all gone!

If you've not managed to secure a ticket, then Friday night, BBC One, with coverage starting from 7.30p.m. will be your best company for the evening.


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23 January 2018 : Khan Given Additional Ban For Frivolous Appeal
Yeovil Town have failed in their attempt to get the red card issued to Otis Khan last Saturday rescinded. The dismissal was made during the 90th minute of the League Two match against Chesterfield, where the 22 year old appeared to barge into referee Kevin Johnson. The club appealed on the grounds that Khan's contact with the official was accidental – the FA's appeals panel have rejected this, meaning that he will miss Friday night's match with Manchester United.

Khan will now serve a five match suspension for violent conduct after the FA deemed the appeal to be frivolous. Provisionally speaking that would also see him miss the League Two matches against Grimsby Town and Cambridge United along with the trip to Crewe Alexandra and the home game against Barnet, although with a transfer bid from an unnamed club in for his services, and three of those matches going into February, the ban may or may not be wholly carried by Yeovil Town.

The FA's statement says the Independent Regulatory Commission increased the player’s standard suspension of three matches by an additional two matches as it considered the appeal had no prospect of success. The decision cannot be appealed.


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23 January 2018 : Last Few Manchester United FA Cup Tickets Head To General Sale
Ticket Sales for Yeovil Town's FA Cup Fourth Round tie against Manchester United will move on to General Sale tomorrow. The Ticket Office will open at 9.00a.m. on Wednesday 24th January for what is a very small number of remaining tickets.

There are in the region of 200 tickets for the Home Terrace that will be available on a first come, first served basis. Expect to have to queue before the opening time to stand a chance of getting any. There are NO seated tickets available - these have all sold out.

There will be a limit of FIVE tickets per person as part of the sales. Note that the Ticket Office will prioritise towards personal callers only and will not take phone calls until the queues at the ground have gone. It is not expected that we'll reach that point, so you realistically need to get to Huish Park in person.


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23 January 2018 : EFL Trophy Semi-Final Draw Schedule
Yeovil Town will breeze into the Semi-Final draw of the EFL Trophy, without kicking a ball. Thanks to their Quarter-Final tie against Fleetwood Town being postponed by two weeks, both teams will feature in the draw that is being made this coming Thursday.

The other three ties are all taking place tonight, with the Glovers being given special dispensation from the Football League, due to their Friday night FA Cup Fourth Round home tie against Manchester United. That means that by the time we reach Thursday evening, there will be five teams left in the competition.

As per the Quarter-Finals, the draw will take place live on the Sky Sports Football Channel, as part of their EFL Matters programme, on Thursday 25th January. The broadcast will start at 7.00p.m. with the draw expected to take place 15 minutes into the programme. The programme will be hosted by David Prutton alongside former player and Sky Sports pundit Don Goodman and Wycombe Wanderers midfielder Sam Saunders.

Semi-Finals will be drawn with no seeding and no regionalisation. They will be on a single-leg basis, with Sky Sports agreeing to broadcast both ties live. As a result, there is no firm date assigned to these matches, although the League's calendar earmarks them to be played during the week commencing February 26th. This is heavily dependent on Yeovil Town's FA Cup tie against Manchester United not ending in a draw given that the replay for that tie would cause the rescheduled Fleetwood game to be postponed a second time.

The ties are as follows (with ball numbers included):

1. Chelsea Under-21s vs Oxford United
2. Lincoln City vs Peterborough United
3. Shrewsbury Town vs Oldham Athletic
4. Yeovil Town vs Fleetwood Town (playing Tuesday 6th February)

Update: According to Fleetwood Town, the dates for the semi-finals are known. They believe that the first semi-final will be played on Tuesday 6th February and the other will be played on Tuesday 27th February. Obviously the pairing that gives Yeovil Town/Fleetwood Town in the semi-final draw will be played on the 27th, given the scheduling of the Quarter-Final tie. However, all of this assumes that Yeovil Town won't be taking Manchester United to an FA Cup replay, otherwise all bets are off!


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23 January 2018 : Officials For Yeovil Town vs Manchester United
Officials for the FA Cup Fourth Round tie between Yeovil Town and Manchester United have been published by the Football Association. The match takes place on Friday 26th January 2018, with a 7.55p.m. kick-off at Huish Park, and is live on BBC One. The man in charge will be referee Paul Tierney (Lancashire). Unsurprisingly, he is a member of the Select Group of Referees that are professional full time officials, and mainly deal with Premier League matches. He was promoted to that level in 2016. He was also promoted to the FIFA list of Referees on 1st January 2018.

We've had Mr Tierney five times as a match referee since his promotion to the Football League in the summer of 2009. His earliest was a game in which the 341 travelling fans who were present at the game will vividly remember him for. The December 2009 fixture against Milton Keynes Dons saw Mr Tierney bottle a sending off when Dons defender David McCracken took out Glovers striker Dean Bowditch whilst he was clean through on goal. It was difficult to see how it could be anything other than a professional foul - somehow Mr Tierney disagreed, and the Glovers ultimately let their 2-0 advantage slip, gaining only a 2-2 draw in a match where they should have been playing three-quarters of the match with 10 men.

In the post-match interviews, even Dons manager Paul Ince admitted he had expected a red card, whilst Glovers boss Terry Skiverton was rather more forthright saying in his post-match interview, "we are being let down by people not brave enough to make decisions" and suggesting that such refereeing decisions were making his club a laughing stock in the Football League.

Our second and third sightings of Mr Tierney were a lot less eventful from his point of view - one was the 3-1 defeat at Hartlepool United in April 2011. No suggestions that he was responsible for that - we brought the result upon ourselves, and he only issued one yellow card in the final minute of the match. Then he was present for the FA Cup First Round match against Hereford United in November 2011. We won the match 3-0 and from our point of view he had a decent game, with just three yellow cards. The Western Gazette had a minor quibble about one of those cautions: "Bondz N'Gala's booking aside, the official acted with logic and common sense" but otherwise he got through that game without controversy.

He was in charge for the televised February 2014 fixture against Leeds United. Here the weather conditions were the deciding factor in the game. We could have gone 2-0 up in that game when Mr Tierney gave us a penalty, but Ishmael Miller's opportunity to get his second goal of the game saw the spot kick clip the top of the crossbar and sail over the back of the away end. Leeds got two second half goals at that end of the ground, with both wind-assisted as Marek Stech had an uncomfortable 45 minutes, ultimately resulting in a 1-2 home defeat. We can't recall any major complaints about Mr Tierney's performance.

Most recently, he was given the April 2016 match against Bristol Rovers, just a few weeks after his promotion to the Premier League list. Considering the bloodbaths that have occurred in previous matches at the Memorial Stadium, he did quite well - one booking for timewasting, one for excessive celebration and a 90th minute foul. We had no obvious comments about him on the day, maybe because we secured our Football League status at the end of the match, despite the defeat.

Mr Tierney will be assisted by Stephen Child (Kent) and Sian Massey-Ellis (West Midlands). The Fourth Official will be Keith Stroud (Hampshire).

Link: April 2016 : Bristol Rovers 2 Yeovil Town 1.

Link: February 2014 : Yeovil Town 1 Leeds United 2.

Link: November 2011 : Hereford United 0 Yeovil Town 3.

Link: April 2011 : Hartlepool United 3 Yeovil Town 1.

Link: December 2009 : Milton Keynes Dons 2 Yeovil Town 2.


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22 January 2018 : Manchester United Complete Sanchez Deal Ahead Of FA Cup Tie
Friday night's opponents Manchester United have made a new signing ahead of the FA Cup Fourth Round tie. They have officially sealed the signature of Alexis Sanchez from Arsenal in a deal that sees Armenian midfielder Henrikh Mkhitaryan go in the other direction. The 29 year old did not feature in the Gunners' Third Round tie against Nottingham Forest and so would be eligible to play against Yeovil Town at Huish Park.

Although Manchester United have not disclosed any details about the contract length or the transfer fee, national media reports pitched it as being a four-and-a-half year contract in the lead-up to the announcement, with claims of a £35 million fee, £5 million for agent costs and wages of £350,000 a week, thus totting up to a package worth just over £100 million - the sort of money that would keep Yeovil Town going for an entire century.

Manager Jose Mourinho hasn't hinted whether he'd put Sanchez straight in for selection for the game, or whether he'd prefer him to only be considered once they get back to Premier League action. He has said of the deal:

"Alexis is one of the best attacking players in the world and he will complete our very young and talented group of attacking players. He will bring his ambition, drive and personality, qualities that make a Manchester United player and a player that makes the team stronger and the supporters proud of their club dimension and prestige."


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22 January 2018 : Yeovil Town Issue Appeal Against Otis Khan Red Card
Yeovil Town have said that they plan to appeal against the dismissal of winger Otis Khan. The 22 year old was dismissed by referee Kevin Johnson for an alleged barge into the official after Chesterfield had scored a 93rd minute winner against the Glovers, in a match that finished with a 1-2 defeat thanks to that Kristian Dennis winner. As a result he stands to miss this Friday's FA Cup Fourth Round tie against Manchester United.

In terms of the Channel 5 and Sky Sports camera footage, what exactly happened remained off camera, but yesterday Khan himself said via his social media account that contact with the referee had been accidental. The club's statement says that they are appealing on that basis:

"On the grounds that any physical contact made with the official was of an accidental nature, the club has chosen to appeal the dismissal and will await the decision of the Independent Regulatory Commission."

At present, Khan is listed as receiving a three match ban by the Football Association for violent conduct. They have not, at present, issued any statement suggesting that they plan to issue a separate charge for the offence.


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22 January 2018 : Aims And Objectives Published By Glovers Trust
The Glovers Trust Board are pleased to have finalised a list of aims and objectives that the will act as a focal point of activities for the remainder of its 2018 tenure. Recognising that such objectives will help members and non-members to understand the direction that the trust is currently taking, the objectives have been categorised into the following three categories:

• Short Term – Objectives that are viewed as achievable within a six-month timeframe or for which good progress is currently being made to achieve.
• Medium Term – Objectives that may be achievable within a reasonable timeframe, such as six to twelve months, but may be dependent on influencing factors outside of Trust control.
• Long Term – Objectives that are viewed as future-state visions for the Trust but which there is no clear timescale to achieve. Trust activities relating to long-term objectives are viewed as contributing to the ultimate realisation of such objectives.

The objectives that the Trust Board have agreed on are as follows:

1. Trust Shareholding in Yeovil Town FC (Long Term)
It is the desire of the current Board members that ultimately the Glovers Trust should hold shares in Yeovil Town FC, and a representation at Board Level.

2. Permanent Social Club Facility (Long Term)
It is the desire that in the right circumstances, the Glovers Trust can play a key role in the creation of a permanent social club facility on the Huish Park site which can be used 7 days a week to generate revenue for Yeovil Town Football Club.

3. Removal of Restrictive Covenants on Huish Park Grounds (Long Term)
Linked to objective 2, and again subject to the right circumstances, it is the desire that the Trust can play a key role in negotiating and campaigning for the removal restrictive covenants that are currently in place on the Huish Park site, paving the way for increased trading opportunities.

4. Expose and Raise Awareness of Restrictive Covenant Details (Medium Term)
It is recognised by the Trust Board that before any progress to negotiate removal of the restrictive covenants can take place, the Trust Board and members must fully understand the restrictions that are currently in place and what impact they are having on Yeovil Town Football Club's ability to provide services and increase revenue streams.

5. Challenge for Greater Visibility of Financial Obstacles (Medium Term)
It is the desire of the Trust Board that, where appropriate, greater visibility of financial challenges that may be prohibiting development or evolution of Yeovil Town Football Club are shared freely to not only to increase understanding amongst all stakeholders but to provide an opportunity for such challenges to be supported by the local community.

6. Junior to Young Person Ticket Pricing (Medium Term)
Recognising that the this is a challenge that is already known to Yeovil Town FC, the Trust Board would like to support the Club in identifying options that could reduce the steep jump in ticket and season ticket prices between Junior and Young Person categories.

7. Glovers Trust Match-Day Presence at Huish Park (Short Term)
Following confirmation from Yeovil Town FC of the position that no Organisation should operate from within the Marquee, the Trust Board are in consultation with Club representatives over establishing a match-day presence outside of the Marquee but within the grounds of Huish Park.

8. Challenge for Improvements to the Match-Day Experience (Short Term)
The Trust Board will continue to develop ways and initiatives of challenging Yeovil Town FC to improve the match-day experience for supporters. The 10-Item Challenge recently issued to David Mills is one such workstream that is currently contributing to this objective.

9. Participate in Alliance Group Meetings (Short Term)
Acting on the wishes of the majority of Trust members, the Trust Board have now made a decision to sign up to the Club’s Alliance Group under the revised terms. We plan to use this opportunity to escalate challenges and initiatives that are pertinent to the Trust and its members.

10. Ensure that all Vacant Trust Functional Posts are Filled (Short Term)
The Trust Board have been without a Secretary or dedicated Communications Officer in recent months and ensuring that the Trust has manpower to support the core functions of operation is critical to facilitate success.

Appreciating the need to react to changing landscapes and priorities as they arise, the Trust Board will continue to adopt a flexible approach to prioritising activities and so objectives may change as the year progresses.

It is hoped however that this initial set of goals will help both members and prospective members to understand the ultimate aims behind the activities being undertaken this year. The Trust Board remain open as ever to challenge and so we actively encourage any persons who would like to see objectives targeted that are not covered by this list to contact us via the communications@glovers-trust.co.uk email address.

[Glovers Trust Press Release]


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22 January 2018 : Few Hundred Left On Priority Three For Manchester United Game
Priority Three sales for Yeovil Town's FA Cup Fourth Round tie against Manchester United have stabilised this morning, with the queues for tickets now having been cleared. As of lunchtime today, there were just 300 terrace tickets left for the match. All seated tickets have been sold.

The Huish Park Ticket Office will remain open until 5.00p.m. tonight, and then will open from 9.00a.m. until 5.00p.m. on Tuesday. If you want to purchase a ticket, you'll need a token from Saturday's Chesterfield match to be eligible to purchase one. See below for more details.

If there are still tickets remaining for the match, then those would go on General Sale from Wednesday at 9.00a.m. We'll provide an update on Tuesday evening if ticket availability reaches that far (or before if it's sold out).

Link: Ticketing Arrangements For Yeovil Town vs Manchester United.

Link: Tickets For Manchester United FA Cup Fixture Move Onto Stage Three.


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22 January 2018 : Glovers Trust Agree Supporters Alliance Representation
In December 2017, the Glovers Trust Board were notified of changes to the terms and conditions attributed to membership of Yeovil Town Football Club's Supporters Alliance. These changes removed the technical blocker around direct affiliation to the Club which to date had prevented the Trust from even considering to join this group.

The Trust Board recognised that that there are numerous reasons why our members have joined the Trust, and that some would like to see greater engagement with Club representatives whilst others would like to see less or none at all with the current owners in place. We therefore took the decision to invite all of our Adult Trust members to vote on whether they felt that the Trust should join. The vote ran for just over two weeks and closed on January 7th 2018, with the following results:

• 86 of 176 adult members participated in the vote (49%).
• 53 members voted in favour of joining the Alliance Group (62%).
• 33 members voted against joining the Alliance Group (38%).

The Trust Board have therefore notified representatives of Yeovil Town FC of our intention to join the Supporters Alliance and intend to have Trust Board representation at the next meeting, which is anticipated to take place in the next month.

The Trust Board would like to stress to all members and prospective members that this decision in no way alters or compromises the independence of the Trust from the Football Club. The Trust Board will continue to provide its own independent views and issue challenges outside of the Supporters Alliance if it feels the need to do so, however it also recognises that a stronger combined supporters voice carries weight and efficiency benefits when it comes to tackling common problems. We therefore also welcome this forum as an opportunity to bring issues to the agenda that are pertinent to Trust members which may otherwise have not been brought forward previously by the Group representatives.

Whilst we sincerely hope that this will not be the case, should the Trust Board feel that the Alliance Group membership is not assisting the Trust in achieving its aims and objectives, then we will instigate a second members vote to consider our role within the Supporters Alliance.

As ever, if any members or prospective members would like to get in touch to discuss matters relating to this press release, the Trust 2018 Objectives or any other subject, please contact us via the communications@glovers-trust.co.uk email address.

[Glovers Trust Press Release]


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22 January 2018 : Seated Tickets SOLD OUT For Manchester United Cup Tie
Seated tickets for Yeovil Town's FA Cup Fourth Round tie against Manchester United are now sold out. The match, which takes place on Friday 26th January, with a 7.55p.m. kick-off, is live on BBC One and unless you've already purchased a ticket for the match, that is the only way you'll be able to sit down and watch the game, with the last Main Stand and Screwfix Stand tickets disappearing around 10.30a.m. this morning.

There are still a limited number of home terrace tickets on sale, but you'll need a token from Saturday's Chesterfield match to be eligible to purchase one. See below for more details.

Link: Ticketing Arrangements For Yeovil Town vs Manchester United.

Link: Tickets For Manchester United FA Cup Fixture Move Onto Stage Three.


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22 January 2018 : Darren Way Talks About Chesterfield Home Team Selection
Just before Saturday afternoon's League Two match against Chesterfield 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 explains the absence of Omar Sowunmi and the injury to Southampton loanee Marcus Barnes as well as giving his views generally on interest in the club's players. Read that interview via the link below.

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


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21 January 2018 : Tickets For Manchester United FA Cup Fixture Move Onto Stage Three
Priority sales for the FA Cup Fourth Round tie against Manchester United move on to Stage Three tomorrow morning. From Monday morning, fans who hold a token from Saturday's League Two Chesterfield game can swap that token for a Fourth Round ticket, subject to availability. The Ticket Office will open at 9.00a.m. tomorrow.

As of Friday afternoon, the club reported that there were just under 1,300 tickets remaining on sale. That figure has probably dropped very slightly based on Saturday morning sales. In terms of overall availability, note that there are extremely few seated tickets and we are expecting those to sell quickly. Currently the only seating left is singular seats, which means if there's more than one of you, you'll need to sit apart. If you are queuing, be aware that you may reach the front of the queue and find the seated areas are sold out - the majority of what is left is only for the home terrace.

In terms of the overall availability, there are again no guarantees. Based on the Chesterfield attendance on Saturday, with the club having 1,534 season ticket holders, then once the Chesterfield away supporters are factored out of the 3,792 attendance, that means that there are approximately 2,006 day tickets for the Chesterfield game in circulation. Clearly not all of those will be used to purchase Manchester United tickets given some will have been purchased by fans who had already got their tickets under the 'Four Tokens' Priority Two scheme. However, it needs over 700 of those tokens to not be used for everyone to get a ticket.

The arrangements for token holders tomorrow follow roughly the same pattern as with the Priority 2 holders. We've tried to answer the most obvious questions associated with them for fans planning to visit the ground tomorrow. The two questions we cannot answer at all is 'Do you know if I will get a ticket if I start queuing at a particular time?' and 'When will it sell out?'

Qu 1. I live/work a distance from Huish Park and can't get to the ground to present my Token. Can I purchase over the phone?

No, all applications for supporters holding ticket stubs will need to be made in person so the Tokens cannot be reused. If you can't get to the ticket office during the opening hours, please arrange for a friend or family member to purchase your tickets.

Qu 2. I am purchasing for myself and for multiple friends/family as we all have the relevant Tokens. Is there a limit of how many tickets you'll allow me to buy?

Supporters can purchase one ticket for each Chesterfield token. If you are purchasing on behalf of friends/family and hold the appropriate Tokens for everyone, you can buy one ticket for Token. There is no limit on the numbers you can purchase, provided you have the correct number of Tokens.

Qu 3. I have a Young Persons token, but there is no Young Persons ticket rate. What do I qualify for?

Supporters holding a Young Persons token can purchase an Adult ticket.

Qu 4. I hold a Junior Token. Can I buy an Adult ticket?

No - with the exception of Young Persons Tokens (as above) the ticket you are purchasing must match the Token you are holding.

Qu 5. I hold a Token relating to one part of the ground but want to purchase tickets for another part of the ground. Can I do this?

Tokens are not tied to a particular area of the ground, so you can do this (subject to availability). This is with the exception of Tokens from tickets purchased by away supporters - these are not valid.

Qu 6. I have got a token from another 2017-18 season match. Could I use that as a valid token?

No - the token must be from the Chesterfield game played on Saturday 20th January 2018.

Qu 7. I went to the Chesterfield game but I can't find my token. Can I use proof of purchase to get a ticket?

No - only the physical token can be used.

Link: Ticketing Arrangements For Yeovil Town vs Manchester United.


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21 January 2018 : Glovers Consider Creating An Under-23 Set-Up
Yeovil Town Chairman John Fry has said that he is keen to establish an Under-23 set up within the club. Fry has been discussing various financial aspects relating to the Glovers in the wake of them pulling Manchester United out of the hat in the FA Cup Fourth Round stage, in a tie that is due to be played next Friday.

The Glovers have not fielded a secondary senior side since they made the decision to resign from the Football Combination League in February 2009, with that decision being made public just ten days ater the departure of Russell Slade, as the club announced the intention to change direction in their approach to player development following the change in management. Since then, although various managers have staged occasional informal friendly fixtures, often behind closed doors, there has been little in the way of opportunities for fringe players or Academy graduates to impress the manager within a competitive environment.

Over the years that have followed, the majority of professional clubs have changed from a Reserve Team structure to a Development Squad, made up of predominantly Under-21 or Under-23 players. The Glovers have not followed that path up until now, and it's notable that their last proper Youth Team graduate was Craig Alcock, who made his debut in May 2007 and became a first team regular during the 2008-09 season.

Since that point, no other 'home grown' player has come through from that level to any serious degree, whilst there has been a feeling that younger players such as Sam Hoskins - now playing for League One side Northampton Town, and Kieffer Moore whose free-scoring exploits for Rotherham United this season earned him a £750,000 move to Barnsley, struggled to develop at Huish Park, without the ability to play in lower key games in a development structure. As such they moved on, and only began to flourish later in their careers.

Fry has been asked by the Western Gazette what will happen with the money from the Manchester United tie, and he suggests that it will be spent partly on 'footballing operations' rather than necessarily directly fall into the first team budget. Fry doesn't commit to a timeline on the plans, but tells the paper that he sees the lack of a development squad structure as a gap that he wants to discuss with the Board of Directors:

"I haven't met the board yet. I will meet the board and we will then decide that gets spent on what and so forth, changing the business. For a few years I've wanted to change the business. What we're doing now is integrating the academy, spending some money on the academy, young players. We would like to set up an Under-23s side. It's the biggest missing block we’ve got here."

In the last three seasons in League Two, Yeovil Town have finished 19th, then 20th and this season currently occupy a 21st place spot in the table, currently two points off the relegation spots. Despite this precarious position, Fry believes that the club is capable of getting back into League One, and describes a seven year plan, suggesting a return to League One would stabilise the club financially:

"Our objective is to get the club moving upwards and start the season, next season, so the seven year plan would be next season, we'd go for a higher position in the league, to get in the play-offs or even try to get into League One. The only way we're going to produce enough money to stand this club alone, apart from people putting money in, is to get into League One."

Fry still believes that the club is suffering the effects from their 2013-14 Championship season and their subsequent relegation from that level. He once again targets former manager Gary Johnson for those problems, claiming that the club had given him an extra £1.3 million in funds to keep the side in League One that year:

"We had one hell of a problem coming out of the Championship. If I hadn't held it tight, if I hadn't held it, this situation was disappointing because the first year we kept Gary on, we gave him an extra £1.3 million in budget to try to get back into the Championship or at least stay in League One and bang, you can’t plan for it. It's harder to keep a club from going down than taking it up. It's easier going up than coming down and bear in mind it took the club 108 years to get out of non-league."

Fry's claims that Johnson was given an extra £1.3 million to spend during the 2014-15 season do not tally with interviews and club statements given during that season. There were two public statements given by the club in the wake of Johnson's departure from the club that made reference to club finances. The first took place in the Alec Stock Lounge in February 2015 and when addressing those present, Fry said that the playing budget was set as £1.3 million in terms of direct costs:

"We set our budget where the player budget itself with the direct costs was 1.3 million pounds, and we topped it up to 1.7 million pounds with another 400,000 pounds. That's where we started, which took us to about halfway up League One as far as the budget was concerned."

Fry explained that the additional £400,000 figure was to deal with "associated costs, which are agents fees, hotels, relocation and all the rest that goes with it to attract a player to this area" - with the separation appearing to recognise costs that fell outside the Football League's SCMP (Salary Cost Management Protocol) rules.

Just over a month later, with the club by then looking as though it would fall into League Two, the club released an official statement, where they outlined the reasons for the club's demise. In this statement, they published the size of the club's playing budget, raising it slightly from the previous £1.3 million figure that had been issued in the Alec Stock Lounge, presumably because replacement boss Terry Skiverton had made further signings during that month. The club statement gave a £1.4 million figure:

"The directors approved the injection of £1.4 million of funds into our 2014/2015 football budget, giving our Football Manager, Gary Johnson, the Club's biggest League One player budget in our recent history. This increase provided Gary with the 14th biggest player budget in League One."

Thus what is portrayed in the Gazette as an 'extra' sum of money for the 2014-15 playing budget, would appear to be the absolute amount that was made available during that season, rather than the implication that it was an additional sum.


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21 January 2018 : Otis Khan Issues Apology For Red Card And Barge On Referee
Yeovil Town winger Otis Khan has issued an apology in the wake of his sending off against Chesterfield yesterday. The 22 year old was given a red card for allegedly barging into referee Kevin Johnson during second half injury time - a situation that will see him miss next Friday's FA Cup Fourth Round tie against Manchester United and could lead to more serious punishment if the referee's report reaches the eyes of the Football Association.

As things stand, he is heading for a three match ban, provided the FA don't intervene. The situation developed after Khan felt that he was fouled in the lead-up to Chesterfield's winning goal that was scored by Kristian Dennis. With Spireites midfielder Louis Reed having grabbed hold of Khan's shirt, the Glovers player stopped play; a reaction that he admits was wrong:

"To everyone, I would like to apologise for yesterday. I know the golden rule of football is to play to the whistle. As you can see from the picture, I felt I was fouled. And I honestly thought the referee was going to blow his whistle. That's why I stopped playing."

After Dennis had scored seconds later at the other end of the pitch, Khan ran towards referee Kevin Johnson. Whilst the actual reaction was not captured on the cameras that Sky Sports and Channel 5 use, reports suggest that the Glovers player barged into the back of the official. Khan believes he has mitigating circumstances and tripped before contact was made. He hopes that will be taken into account when the situation is reviewed, and apologised directly to the referee:

"I ran towards the referee, and upon doing so I tripped and fell towards him making contact. There was absolutely no intention to make contact with Kevin Johnson. Mr Johnson, I am deeply sorry for falling into you. In all my time playing football, I have always had the utmost respect for referees and officials , so once again Mr Johnson, I'm sorry for falling into you. I hope this incident can be analysed again, so you can clearly see it wasn't intentional, and some sort of leniency be given, as I am absolutely heartbroken at this time, because my dreams of playing against my boyhood team are in doubt. Its the worst time of my life at this moment. Thank you for all your support."


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21 January 2018 : Way Considering Sixth Loan After Barnes And Sowunmi Problems Leave Glovers Short
Yeovil Town manager Darren Way says that the injury to Southampton striker Marcus Barnes may force him to go down the loan route again, in order to plug that gap in his team. Having only played in two matches, the 21 year old has lasted just two matches before having to make a temporary return to St Mary's Stadium, having suffered a grade two ligament strain that is expected to rule him out until roughly the start of March.

Way had previously stated that he would not go beyond his current allocation of five loan players, mindful of the situation last season that saw the club operate with seven loanees on their books, with Kabongo Tshimanga never making it onto the teamsheet, whilst Swansea City winger Owain Jones also spent much of that time sat in the stands. However, with Barnes now likely to spend a large proportion of his loan spell back at his parent club, receiving treatment on his ankle, Way told BBC Somerset yesterday that he expected to make a move for another player, even if it potentially left him with an issue later in the season:

"I'm disappointed that he (Marcus Barnes) is not involved. He took a hit to his ankle and he's gone back to Southampton. So I'm going to have to look at different avenues now, to try to bring another loan in. I didn't want to do that, because of the problems that I had with six loans last year. Not one loan got injured, and I didn't really want to go down there and cause myself that headache or that problem. We get that, and it's unfortunate, but it's an issue that we've got to deal with."

The other issue that Way faced yesterday was the absence of defender Omar Sowunmi. There had been a question mark over whether the former Ipswich Town player would feature anyway, given speculation about his future at the club and the manager admitting that he'd had dealings with the player's agent over interest from another club.

However, Way said that Omar's absence in yesterday's match against Chesterfield was due to him having missed the club's last two training sessions with dizzy spells, and said that he would be off to have cardiac screening as a precaution on Monday to make sure there was nothing serious wrong with him:

"There's obviously a lot of talk about Omar at the moment. He came in having light dizzy spells. The medical team are looking after him, and he'll have cardiac screening on Monday. We've made sure that we've followed the procedure, which is really important, because we need to make sure that we've got that duty of care."


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21 January 2018 : Darren Way's Verdict On The Chesterfield Home Game
Following Saturday afternoon's 1-2 defeat against Chesterfield 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 verdict on the match, the red card issued to Otis Khan, his suspension for the Manchester United cup tie, and his views on the refereeing performance can be read via the link below.

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


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20 January 2018 : Video : Yeovil Town vs Chesterfield Match Highlights
For those who want to watch match highlights of Saturday afternoon's 1-2 home defeat against Chesterfield, these are now online. As well as the Chesterfield goals from Louis Reed and Kristian Dennis, there's also the first career goal for Middlesborough loanee Lewis Wing.

The footage also reveals why Otis Khan felt aggrieved by the late winner from Dennis, although doesn't show what we may or may not have done to get his subsequent red card - reported as a barge on the referee Kevin Johnson. Watch the three minutes of footage below - although keep an eye out for an editing error that makes that footage a little longer than it needed to be!

Link: Sky Sports : Yeovil Town vs Chesterfield Match Highlights.


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20 January 2018 : Darren Way Blasts Referee For 'Wrong Decision' As Otis Khan Misses Out On Cup Tie
Yeovil Town manager Darren Way complained that his side are always on the 'wrong end' of referee decisions, after he saw Chesterfield gain an injury time winner at Huish Park today. Way was angered by referee Kevin Johnson's decision to allow play to continue after winger Otis Khan had his shirt pulled by a Spireites player in the build-up to the winning goal from substitute Kristian Dennis. With Khan's reaction to referee Johnson following in the aftermath, he was sent off, meaning that he will miss the FA Cup Fourth Round tie against Manchester United next Friday night.

Way's side have succumbed to late goals in their last four League Two matches, that have seen them lose three of those four games. Way accused Somerset-based referee Johnson of shattering Khan's dreams having now almost certainly been ruled out of playing against the club he was part of as a boy, due to what was reported as being a barge on the referee. Way told BBC Somerset after the match that he felt sorry for Otis in the wake of those two incidents:

"It was very disappointing. We always seem to be on the wrong end of referee's decisions. I look at the crowd's response, I look at their bench's response. I've seen the incident myself, and with Otis and the way he reacted, it was clear really. I do feel a little bit sorry for Otis because one man (Kevin Johnson) by not making that decision has almost shattered his dreams. That's what I feel sorry for. I'm big enough and ugly enough to be able to deal with this and protect my players. But I don't really know what to say because the decision was that bad."

Way's side had created the greater share of the chances, and had even levelled the match in the 80th minute, with a long range goal from Lewis Wing providing an equaliser to an earlier Louis Reed free kick. Way felt his side had still been on top at that stage, and accused the referee of dictating the final score of the game. With the remaining ten players going out onto the Huish Park pitch for warm-downs after the match - minus Khan - he described him as a broken lad who had already been involved in numerous press interviews in the lead-up to next week's match:

"Well we were carrying the momentum. There was only going to be one team that was going to win that game. It's unfortunate that sometimes with what I'm seeing at the moment, they (referees) dictate the final score. As much as I want to say to my players to be professional, everyone in the whole ground could see that. What you've got is a broken lad in there. He must have done four or five interviews in the build-up to this. I'm just gutted for the player, because nothing will happen in the other aspect. There will only be one punishment, and that will be our player. There won't be anything else now that will come out of that. We'll just carry on as normal. That's what disappoints me, because he'll feel that hurt."


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20 January 2018 : Man of the Match Voting for Yeovil Town vs Chesterfield
If you watched Saturday afternoon's 1-2 defeat against Chesterfield 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 Chesterfield.


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20 January 2018 : Yeovil 1 Chesterfield 2 : Dennis Steals Game As Khan Sees Red
Yeovil Town went down to a late defeat this afternoon, after a Kristian Dennis goal in second half injury time saw them lose their third League Two match in four games. The Glovers had created the greater number of chances during the game, but fell behind midway through the second half when a Louis Reed free kick flew in. The Glovers looked to have rescued the game when Lewis Wing's long range strike levelled things with ten minutes to go. But during injury time Dennis broke through, and in the aftermath Otis Khan was red carded, having disputed the decision, with reports claiming that he had 'barged' the referee - if proven then he would be facing a lengthy ban, ruling him out of next weekend's match against his boyhood club Manchester United.

The Glovers went into the match making one change to their starting line-up as Omar Sowunmi dropped entirely out of the squad, with illness given as the explanation for his absence. Bevis Mugabi replaced him at the back. On the bench, Marcus Barnes was also absent with an ankle injury seeing him temporarily return to Southampton for an estimated six weeks worth of treatment. That left just a five man bench. In the opposition, Sid Nelson returned to his former club for the first time.

The first half got off to a quiet start with neither team really threatening the goal. When play did finally warm up, all of the opportunities came from Yeovil Town, albeit without truly working the goalkeeper. Francois Zoko worked past a defender before seeing a deflected shot go into the arms of the keeper, then Jordan Green had a similar outcome when Sid Nelson got in the way of his shot, taking the sting off the ball. Jared Bird shot wide, followed by Ryan Dickson, with the Spireites employing a defensive guard to smother Yeovil attacks.

It took Chesterfield over 35 minutes to get near the goal. A Tom James back header was intercepted by Chris O'Grady, but he didn't really get his boot on the ball, as Artur Krysiak made his first save of the day. Still Yeovil had opportunities to open the scoring, but were largely struggling to hit the target - Francois Zoko's ambitious attempt from an Otis Khan corner flew over the bar on the first touch, followed by Jake Gray's shot being blocked by Sid Nelson, and Khan putting his own attempt well over. The Glovers were in control, but in a game that had been getting increasingly scrappy and flat in its tone.

The second half opened with more of the same, with Sam Surridge heading wide from a Tom James cross, before Francois Zoko wasted a good opportunity, having been set up by Ryan Dickson running half the length of the pitch, laying the ball off to the striker.

Chesterfield had again offered little, with just an Antony Kay shot going well over. But they took the lead when Yeovil conceded an unnecessary free kick just over an hour into the match when miscommunication between Jordan Green and Bevis Mugabi led to the latter fouling Joe Rowley. Up stepped Louis Reed and the ball flew direct into the net from 20 yards out for a classic away side smash'n'grab style goal.

It was now up to Yeovil to chase the game against a defensive Chesterfield side, and for periods they didn't look as though they were going to do it. But the introduction of Lewis Wing just after the opening goal had a clear impact as the midfielder appeared to have rescued a point ten minutes from time. He struck a 25 yard curling shot into the back of the net that came out of the blue, pulling the game back to 1-1.

Briefly, it looked as though Yeovil Town would be hammering on the door for the winning goal, with Otis Khan forcing the Chesterfield keeper Aaron Ramsdale into a parried save, before he also palmed a Tom James free kick away. Ramsdale then stopped a Bevis Mugabi header. But Chesterfield had one more throw of the dice, bringing on top goalscorer Kristian Dennis with seven minutes remaining.

During second half injury time that was to prove decisive. Yeovil Town have had a bad habit of conceding late goals in League Two matches. When Otis Khan appeared to be fouled in the middle of the park, but when the ball broke to Dennis he was clean through on goal. With play frozen, Dennis was the only person who reacted, and he took advantage of Artur Krysiak racing out of his goal, to slot the ball home for a 93rd minute goal and a 1-2 winner.

In the aftermath, Otis Khan was issued a red card, for what was reported as being a barge on referee Kevin Johnson, objecting to the lack of the decision made by the official. That will leave the Glovers with their seventh red card of the season, and another suspension in what could be Khan's final act for the club. It also leaves the club just two points off the relegation zone, with Forest Green and Chesterfield pulling closer to them at the end of the day.

Link: 2017-18 Latest League Two Table.

Final Score: Yeovil Town 1 Chesterfield 2.

Scorers: Louis Reed (66 mins, 0-1), Lewis Wing (80 mins, 1-1), Kristian Dennis (90 mins, 1-2).

Yeovil Town:
1. Artur Krysiak
23. Tom James 5. Bevis Mugabi 3. Nathan Smith 11. Ryan Dickson
15. Jordan Green 10. Jake Gray 4. Jared Bird 7. Otis Khan
14. Sam Surridge 13. Francois Zoko (Capt)

Substitutes:
12. Jonny Maddison (GK) 6. Lewis Wing (69 mins for Jared Bird) 8. Connor Smith (76 mins for Jordan Green) 22. Corey Whelan 30. Alefe Santos

Chesterfield:
1 Aaron Ramsdale
28 Robbie Weir 35 Sid Nelson 33 Alex Whitmore 20 Laurence Maguire
25 Louis Reed 26 Jak McCourt
15 Joe Rowley 37 Josh Kay 41 Zavon Hines
10 Chris O'Grady

Substitutes:
3 Jerome Binnom-Williams 5 Scott Wiseman 9 Kristian Dennis (83 mins for Chris O'Grady) 17 Connor Dimaio 19 Diego De Girolamo 24 Andy Kellett (58 mins for Zavon Hines) 30 Dylan Parkin

Yeovil Bookings: None. Red Card: Otis Khan (violent conduct, 90 mins)

Chesterfield Bookings: Jak McCourt (foul, 20 mins), Josh Kay (timewasting, 75 mins), Laurence Maguire (foul, 84 mins), Kristian Dennis (excessive celebration, 90 mins)

Yeovil Match Statistics: Possession: 50%; Shots: 16; Shots On Target: 6; Corners: 5; Fouls: 9.

Chesterfield Match Statistics: Possession: 50%; Shots: 5; Shots On Target: 3; Corners: 2; Fouls: 15.

Referee: Kevin Johnson (Somerset). Assistants: Christoper Kidd (Oxfordshire) and Robert Dabbs (Dorset). Fourth Official: Adrian Quelch (Dorset).

Attendance: 3,792 (with 252 Chesterfield supporters).


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20 January 2018 : Team News For Yeovil Town vs Chesterfield
The starting line-up for Yeovil Town's League Two match against Chesterfield at Huish Park has been revealed. The match sees the Glovers name one change to their starting line-up compared to the team that took to the field against Port Vale last Saturday.

Defender Omar Sowunmi is ruled out of the squad entirely with his place in the side being taken by Bevis Mugabi. Although manager Darren Way implied that the former Ipswich Town player's future at the club was in question, the reported position is that this is due to illness.

The other change is on the bench with Southampton loanee Marcus Barnes dropping off the teamsheet due to an ankle injury - he will be missing for six weeks from the squad.

The first team squad members to miss out today are right-back Daniel Alfei (knee injury, out for season), Rhys Browne (ankle), Oscar Gobern (hamstring) and James Bailey (knee ligaments), Omar Sowunmi (illness) and Marcus Barnes (ankle). Current expectations are that Browne could be in contention within the next week, having returned to training, whilst Gobern will need a week longer. Bailey's prognosis will see him out until around March.

The team reads as follows:

Yeovil Town:
1. Artur Krysiak
23. Tom James 5. Bevis Mugabi 3. Nathan Smith 11. Ryan Dickson
15. Jordan Green 10. Jake Gray 4. Jared Bird 7. Otis Khan
14. Sam Surridge 13. Francois Zoko (Capt)

Substitutes:
12. Jonny Maddison (GK) 6. Lewis Wing 8. Connor Smith 22. Corey Whelan 30. Alefe Santos


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20 January 2018 : Surridge Admits Loan Stay Is Down To Bournemouth's Plans
Yeovil Town's on loan striker Sam Surridge says that his future at Huish Park is entirely in the hands of his parent club AFC Bournemouth. The 19 year old is currently on a season long loan with the Glovers until the end of the 2017-18 season, but with the significant issue that such deals contain a break clause that enables parent clubs to call that player back to their home turf.

Surridge is the only remaining loanee from the first half of the season, with four players having returned at the end of their half-season deals, and with the January transfer window coming into the final there is inevitable speculation as to whether he will still be on the books after January 31st. Surridge has told BBC Somerset that if it was his choice then he would stay at the club but admits that although he's given his views, his future will lie in Bournemouth's hands:

"As far as I know I'm going to be here for the rest of the season. I want to be here for the rest of the season and the gaffer knows that. It's just obviously down to Bournemouth, and what they want to do with me. So obviously I'm just taking it game by game, and see what happens. But I want to be here until the end of the season - I'm playing every week, and I'm learning and I'm developing and that's the main thing. Obviously Bournemouth will know that I want to stay here, and they'll take that into consideration, but if there's a problem at Bournemouth and they want me around there, then we'll have to see what happens."


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20 January 2018 : Glovers Trust Plans For The Chesterfield Game
Today sees Yeovil Town return to League Two action at Huish Park when they take on Chesterfield in a 21st vs 22nd battle. The Glovers Trust will be present at the game, and in The Arrow pub beforehand. As ever, they're willing to take your issues, and take on new mambership. Their plans are as follows:

Match: Chesterfield (Home)

Trust Presence: The Arrow - approximately 1.00p.m. to 2.30p.m.

Arrow Services: 50/50 draw, membership renewals, 20% discount on pre-match food orders (Home and Away Trust Members)

Specific Discussion Points of Interest: Trust Objectives and Membership Drive.

Other points of note:
The members vote to decide if the Trust should join the Alliance Group has closed, with just under 50% of members casting a vote. The Trust Board's final decision on the subject will be announced within the next few days.

The Trust Board are in the process of finalising a list of objectives that the current Board aim to work towards for the remainder of their 2018 tenure.

Any supporters who wish to join the Trust can do so at the reduced £5.00 rate.


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19 January 2018 : Thorne Lane Closures Expected To Stay In Place For Manchester United Game
Thorne Lane is expected to remain fully closed next Friday, despite attempts to get the roadworks lifted for a temporary period for the FA Cup Fourth Round tie against Manchester United. The match, which takes place on Friday 26th January 2018, with a 7.45p.m. kick-off, is expected to suffer significant traffic problems given that the road that is closed is a main outlet for traffic coming from the north and east side of the town, as well normally allowing for some street parking options.

The road is closed between the junction of Western Avenue and Larkhill Road, and is expected to remain that way until early March. The roakdworks were planned and commenced prior to the FA Cup Fourth Round draw and serve two purposes - a new mains water pipe and a new roundabout to help serve new homes being built in the area.

Somerset County Councillor Josh Williams, who represents the Brympton area, says that he has had discussions with the two main parties - Wessex Water and Wyatt Homes but has said that whilst the water company were willing to suspend their works, he has been given a refusal by the housing construction firm, with them being either unwilling or unable to stand down their work. He explains:

"Unfortunately following discussions with Wessex Water and Wyatt Homes on opening Thorne Lane, Wessex Water have advised they were able to facilitate the opening but Wyatt Homes were not. SCC have asked Wyatt Homes for an explanation as to why it's not possible to grant access for this short period of time but at this stage it is unlikely Thorne Lane will be opened unless Wyatt Homes are able to reconsider. Needless to say this is not the outcome everyone wanted, im extremely disappointed as Wyatt Homes; contractor have essentially blocked the request. I will provide updates on this issue when I have them."

Even without the Thorne Lane closure, the football club will need to introduce special measures for managing a capacity crowd next Friday night. Such measures may go above the standard procedures in place for a League Two fixture, such as additional traffic cones, or the use of stewards or police to direct traffic on the public highway before or after the game. He says that as event organisers, the club have to take the lead in any additional measures that are put in place:

"In terms of management on the day, Officers from Somerset County Council's Traffic Management Team are due to meet with YTFC early next week to discuss YTFC's Traffic Management Plan. As the match is effectively YTFC's event they have been asked by Avon and Somerset Police to produce a Traffic Management Plan to ensure they are able to have a successful event and get increased number of fans and vehicles in and out of the grounds safely whilst causing as little disruption as possible on the highway network."

Mr Williams says that SCC are due to meet with Yeovil Town next week but have not had sight of their Traffic Management Plan at this stage, and can foresee parking problems in the local area that may need to be dealt with:

"YTFC have yet to share their plan with SCC and the Police who can both provide advice and assistance with the plan. This does not mean there is not a plan at present but with what’s expected to be a large event there are lots of details YTFC will need to consider such as number of coaches travelling, parking requirements, additional signage, how this will be facilitated and how they see SCC and the Police playing a role in delivering that. In addition as there is not enough off street parking at the ground to accommodate the expected demand, there is likely to be an increase of indiscriminate and inconsiderate parking on the surrounding residential roads. SCC have said they will work with the Police and YTFC to mitigate the issue."


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19 January 2018 : Glovers Issue Manchester United Ticket Sales Update
Yeovil Town have provided a sales update relating to the FA Cup Fourth Round tie against Manchester United. With 'Priority Two' sales ending at midday tomorrow, attention will turn to Monday's 'Priority Three' tickets, which will give those who attend Saturday's League Two match against Chesterfield a chance of obtaining a ticket.

At present the club have just under 1,300 tickets available (as of Friday afternoon). In terms of seating the situation is far more limited, with only single seats available in the Main Stand and Screwfix Stand, meaning that it will no longer be possible to sit two people together for that game - you would have to sit apart. The remaining spaces lie on the home terrace.

Supporters who attend the Chesterfield match can obtain a Manchester United ticket, if they produce their match ticket token from the Chesterfield game in person at the Ticket Office, from 9.00a.m. on Monday 22nd January. Quite clearly there are going to be queues, and there will be no guarantee on availability, particularly with seated tickets.

Tokens can be used for other parts of the ground - i.e. if you end up with a Screwfix Stand token, you can use it as a token for a Terrace ticket if you get to the front of the queue and find seated areas have sold out. However, having a seated token will clearly not guarantee you a seated ticket.

Any remaining 'Four Token' sales under the Priority Two advance tickets must be completed by 12.00 noon tomorrow. After that point, the club will only concentrate on tickets for the Chesterfield match.


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19 January 2018 : Smith Shortlisted For EFL Trophy Award
Yeovil Town defender Nathan Smith has been nominated for a Player of the Round award for the Checkatrade Trophy. The 31 year old has been recognised for his performance in the January 2-0 win over Forest Green Rovers, along with representatives from Oldham Athletic, Shrewsbury Town, Fleetwood Town and Chelsea Under-21s.

Smith is joined by two former Yeovil Town loanees, with Craig Davies and Jordy Hiwula popping up on the five player shortlist. The nominations read as follows:

Craig Davies (Oldham Athletic)
Led the Oldham line superbly and came out on top in a match-long tussle with Leicester’s Premier League winner Robert Huth. His two goals included a smart toe-poked finish to a flowing move as Oldham progressed with a 4-2 victory.

Dean Henderson (Shrewsbury Town)
The Shrewsbury hero in normal time and the penalty shootout. A breathtaking flying stop to a 30-yard Raul Correia shot was the pick of his saves in open play, while he also saved Danny Philliskirk’s opening penalty for Blackpool in the shootout.

Jordy Hiwula (Fleetwood Town)
The striker scored two goals, following up his own pass for the first, sprinting away from the Bury defence for the second. He also won the penalty for Fleetwood’s other goal in his side’s 3-2 win.

Charly Musonda (Chelsea Under-21s)
The 21-year-old Belgian midfielder treated Fratton Park to a glimpse of his skills with both goals in the 2-1 victory over Portsmouth. His first was a calm finish following a one-two, his second a pinpoint free-kick to seal victory in injury-time.

Nathan Smith (Yeovil Town)
Made an impact at both ends in his side’s 2-0 win over Forest Green Rovers. Captain for the night, the centre-half tapped in to give his side an early lead, then marshalled the Yeovil defence superbly when they came under second-half pressure.

The voting is done via a fan poll - you'll need to head here to cast your own choice. Voting closes at 9.00a.m. on Monday 22nd January.




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19 January 2018 : Darren Way Talks About January Transfer Window Issues
As part of the build-up to the League Two match against Chesterfield at Huish Park, Yeovil Town manager Darren Way spoke to the BBC. With questions from BBC Somerset reporter Tom Seymour, Darren explains the situation with Otis Khan and Omar Sowunmi, and also gives his views on the prospect of incoming signings. Read that interview via the link below.

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


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19 January 2018 : Date Set For Fleetwood Town Trophy Tie
Yeovil Town have set a date for their EFL Trophy Quarter-Final tie against Fleetwood Town. The match will now be played on Tuesday 6th February, with a 7.45p.m. kick-off at Huish Park. This date is on the assumption that the FA Cup Fourth Round tie against Manchester United is staged on its planned date, and does not go to a replay.

The Fleetwood Town game was due to be played on January 23rd, but the club successfully persuaded the Football League to move the fixture to beyond the Manchester United cup tie. With Fleetwood having League One matches on February 13th and February 20th, and Yeovil Town playing Grimsby Town on January 30th, this is currently the only available midweek slot that both clubs have.

If the Manchester United tie requires a replay (or if the original tie does not take place) then the Fleetwood Town fixture would be moved a second time.

At present there are no admission prices or ticketing information set for this fixture.


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19 January 2018 : Switcharound On Birmingham City Fixtures For Ladies Team
Yeovil Town Ladies have made some fixture changes, as a result of the men's participation in the FA Cup. With Yeovil Town's men's team playing Manchester United in the FA Cup Fourth Round at Huish Park next Friday, that caused the female Glovers a bit of a headache given that it clashed with their FAWSL1 match against Birmingham City Ladies that had been scheduled to take place on the same evening.

As a result, their fixtures against Birmingham have been swapped around, with the Huish Park fixture now moved to April. They will play Birmingham City at Solihull Moors FC on Sunday 28th January with a 2.00p.m. kick-off. The home fixture will now take place on Wednesday 18th April 2018, with a 7.45p.m. kick-off.


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19 January 2018 : Khan Given December 2017 Goal Of The Month Award
Yeovil Town winger Otis Khan has won the League Two Goal of the Month for December 2017. The 22 year old has been rewarded for his strike against Morecambe at the Globe Arena, with him receiving 46 percent of the vote and seeing off attempts by Crewe Alexandra's Calum Ainley and Barnet's Jamal Campbell-Ryce.

Khan was asked about his goal, which involved him interchanging passes with Jake Gray before putting in a shot from the edge of the box. Yeovil went on to lose the game 4-3 but the goal itself left Khan with happy memories:

"It feels incredible. This is obviously a massive award to have, my first one, I'm really over the moon and I couldn't be happier. I've come inside from the left and found a little pocked of space. I've got the ball on the half turn and just been direct with, took the player on, laid it off to Jake, got it back and I knew the keeper was creeping out a bit so I thought if I put it in the other corner then I would be alright, so I reversed it and I'm happy it went in."

One of the ironies is that the award could be one of Khan's final acts as a Yeovil Town player, with the club having received a bid from an unnamed club, which meets a trigger clause in his contract, entitling him to hold talks with that club. Lead judge Don Goodman said that Khan had a growing reputation:

"Khan is one of the most exciting attacking talents in League Two and this goal vindicates his growing reputation. The strength and confidence behind his driving run from midfield was as impressive as the composed finish which flew with power and accuracy over the Morecambe 'keeper."

Otis Khan wins the League Two December 2017 Sky Bet Goal Of The Month award
Otis Khan wins the League Two December 2017 Sky Bet Goal Of The Month award



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18 January 2018 : Bristol Press Provide Another Khan Link
Well it didn't take too long. Barely an hour or two after Yeovil Town confirmed that they had received a substantial offer for winger Otis Khan, another League One club's local press believes that their team may be interested. The Bristol Evening Post suggests that Bristol Rovers are interested in the 22 year old's services, also naming Wigan Athletic and Luton Town as other interested parties.

As per other similar January transfer window reports, there are no sources or quotes provided to back up the information. Earlier this month he was linked with fellow League One sides Bradford City and Peterborough United by a national tabloid newspaper. However, it's worth noting that Yeovil Town's own information released today did not specify any named club. The only information that is certain is that it is a club that was able to meet a contractual clause in Khan's contract that allowed that club to talk to him. Only one club is reported to have met that figure at present.


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18 January 2018 : Substantial Offer For Khan Triggers Contract Clause
Yeovil Town manager Darren Way has clarified that an offer received for former Barnsley winger Otis Khan has triggered a clause in his contract. The size of the transfer fee, which Way describes as a 'substantial offer' has either matched or bettered a trigger clause in his contract that entitles the player to hold personal talks with another club at that level. The club don't reveal the amount at stage, or the interested club, although Bradford City and Peterborough United were named by a tabloid paper last week.

As such, the club are unable to stand in the 22 year old's way, with the contractual valuation of the player met. If Khan were to accept personal terms with the other club, the Glovers would have to sell him for the agreed price, or hope that other clubs generated a bidding war that inflated that valuation. Way has confirmed via the club website at this afternoon's press conference that Otis is the one that will have the decision to make:

"Otis Khan has had a substantial offer from another club. We can’t stand in his way because of a clause in his contract so he'll have a decision to make. He deserves to have the interest he's attracted. He has been fantastic throughout his whole career and I've got a decision to make as to how to deal with this now with the Manchester United game coming up. I've got to sit down with him, but ultimately I've got to do what’s best for the football club as far as the offers that have come in. It was always my fear in the window this would happen, and now it's just how we deal with it knowing we’ve got a big game on Saturday."

The situation with defender Omar Sowunmi is a little bit more vague, with Way implying that unwanted inputs from Omar's agent are causing some issues. At present although the club say there is "interest" in the player, this doesn't appear to be a formal bid.


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18 January 2018 : Yeovil Town Confirm Bids For Khan Have Been Received
Yeovil Town have confirmed that they have received formal bids for the services of winger Otis Khan. The 22 year old former Barnsley and Sheffield United player has been the club's top goalscorer this season with ten goals, and is also reported to have contributed ten assists to other players during the 2017-18 season, putting him in double digits on both counts - a statistic matched only by Manchester City winger Leroy Sane.

That has inevitably created speculation as to whether Khan might be on the move during the January transfer window. Just over a week ago, a tabloid paper connected Khan with a move to Peterborough United or Bradford City, claiming both were interested in his services. At the time there was no confirmation from any party that those clubs held firm interest.

The club have now stated that there have been "bids" (note this implies more than one) for Khan's services from one or more unnamed clubs. At present they have not divulged whether the club have accepted or rejected the offers, only going as far as to confirm their existence. They also state that there has been some "interest" in defender Omar Sowunmi although this appears to fall short of being a formal offer:

"Darren Way confirms Yeovil Town have received bids for Otis Khan. The gaffer has also revealed there has been interest in Omar Sowunmi."

Khan has a contract with the club that runs until the summer of 2019, whilst Sowunmi's current deal runs out in the summer of 2018. In both cases, the two players will be under the age of 24 at the time their contracts expire, meaning the club would still be entitled to a development and training fee for their time spent at the club, although this generally falls short of the sort of money clubs can obtain from an in-contract player.

There will presumably be more on this later, that may indicate the club's direction on the two players.


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18 January 2018 : New Date For Exeter City League Match
There is a new date for Yeovil Town's League Two match against Exeter City. The match will now be played on Tuesday 13th March 2018 with a 7.45p.m. kick-off at St James Park. The match had been due to be played next weekend but was postponed due to the Glovers' involvement in the FA Cup Fourth Round against Manchester United.

If you've already bought a ticket for this game, tickets do remain valid. If you can't make the new date, please visit the Huish Park Ticket Office as soon as possible, to ensure an exchange or a refund.

Tickets had been on sale to Season Ticket Holders only for this match - we'll try to get clarity over when these will be put on general sale, given the new fixture date.

Link: Ticketing For Exeter City vs Yeovil Town.


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17 January 2018 : Fleetwood EFL Trophy Tie Delayed Due To Manchester United Cup Match
Yeovil Town's EFL Trophy Quarter-Final tie against Fleetwood Town is to be delayed. All Quarter-Final ties in the competition should have been played during next week, with Tuesday 23rd January the most obvious date for the tie to be placed. However, the club have successfully argued for the tie to be moved to another date due to their Friday night FA Cup match against Manchester United on January 26th.

Whilst the two clubs have yet to agree a date for the tie, both Yeovil and Fleetwood have confirmed that it will NOT take place on Tuesday 23rd January (or during that week) and that they are looking for an alternative date for the tie.

Exactly when could be a headache. Yeovil Town are due to play Grimsby Town on Tuesday 30th January, whilst until their Manchester United tie is fulfilled they cannot definitely commit to the week of February 5th as that is earmarked for Fourth Round Replays. Both Yeovil and Fleetwood have Football League fixtures on Tuesday 13th February, whilst Fleetwood also play on Tuesday 20th February. The Semi-Final ties are due to be played during the week commencing February 26th.

Hence, it would seem inevitable that the Quarter-Final tie will be played on Tueday 6th February, provided the club's FA Cup Fourth Round tie against Manchester United does not end in a draw. If it does, then the earliest the two clubs can meet would be during the Semi-Finals week.


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17 January 2018 : Francois Zoko Talks About The Port Vale Draw
Following Saturday's League Two match against Port Vale at Vale Park, Yeovil Town striker Francois Zoko spoke to the BBC. With questions from local journalist Chris Spittles, in an interview for the BBC, Francois gives his views on the 1-1 draw and the goal he scored in that game. Read the interview via the link below.

Link: Francois Zoko Speaks To The BBC After The 1-1 Draw Against Port Vale.


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16 January 2018 : Dave Linney Talks About The Manchester United Ticket Sales
This morning, Yeovil Town Commercial Manager Dave Linney was interviewed live on BBC radio, about the club's ticketing for the Manchester United game. With questions from BBC Somerset presenter Claire Carter, Dave talks about the ticket sales as they stood early on Tuesday morning, how much the 2014-15 meeting made for the club, and his expectations for the current meeting. Read that interview via the link below.

NOTE: Tickets remain on sale to supporters with four tokens from competitive matches from this season.

Link: Dave Linney Speaks To The BBC About The Manchester United Ticket Sales.


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16 January 2018 : Surridge Given New Cherries Contract
Yeovil Town's on loan striker Sam Surridge has been given a new contract by his parent club. Premier League side AFC Bournemouth have awarded him a deal that runs until June 2019, with them presumably happy with his progress at Huish Park that has seen him turn into a first team regular, with 35 appearances to his name.

At present, the 19 year old's agreement with the Glovers runs until the end of the 2017-18 season, although his parent club theoretically have a recall clause that they could execute before the January transfer window closes. Surridge says that he is happy to sign his new Bournemouth deal, and is pleased with the way his Yeovil spell is going:

"I'm buzzing, I heard about it (the new contract) a couple of weeks ago so I'm really happy and couldn't wait to get it done. I've enjoyed my time with Yeovil so far this season and I think I'm developing well. I went to Poole last year and that helped me going into this year and I've played a few games, got a few goals and I want to get as a good as I can. I want to come back the best player I can, it's nice to get rewarded."

So far Surridge has scored seven goals for the club (with an eighth against Chelsea Under-21s being credited by the club to Rhys Browne, whilst the Football League have credited Surridge). He says that he is looking forward to the FA Cup Fourth Round tie against Manchester United and says that manager Darren Way believes the club can either beat or draw against their Premier League opponents:

"Looking forward to it. We were all watching the draw together and the gaffer thinks we we can win or get a replay at Old Trafford, so everyone is looking forward to it. I want to keep scoring more goals and improve my goal to game ratio, and to make sure we get as high as we can in the league."

Former Yeovil Town loanee Matt Butcher has also got himself a new deal. The 20 year old, who hasn't been out on loan at all this season, has also penned a deal until June 2019. Butcher has been an unused substitute for Bournemouth's first team on three occasions, as well as taking the captain's armband for their Under-21s in a number of games.

Link: Sam Surridge : Yeovil Town Statistics.


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16 January 2018 : Ticketing For Crewe Alexandra vs Yeovil Town
Advance ticketing information for the League Two match between Crewe Alexandra and Yeovil Town is now available. The match will take place on Saturday 10th February, with a 3.00p.m. kick-off at Gresty Road. Prices for this fixture are set as follows:

Adults: £22.00; Seniors: £17.00; Aged 12-16: £10.50; Under-11s: £6.50

Disabled supporters pay £17.00 and can admit an assistant free of charge.

Away supporters get the North Stand (going by the glorious name of the Whitby Morrison Ice Cream Stand), which holds 1,680 and gives a side view. There are a couple of pillars but this shouldn't be a problem for anyone with the numbers we are likely to take.

Tickets are available on the day of the match at the same price, but you'll need to purchase from their Away Ticket Office, as they do not do cash sales on the turnstiles.

Parking is available at a cost of £3.50 at the ground. Visiting Supporters can use the Alexandra Suite adjacent to the North Stand from 12.00 noon for food and drink.

Link: Ticketing Arrangements For Yeovil Town vs Manchester United.


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16 January 2018 : Commercial Manager Confirms Manchester United Sales Update
Yeovil Town's Ticket Office opened up its shutters this morning to the next wave of supporters that will be purchasing FA Cup Fourth Round tickets for the Manchester United tie. At around 7.30p.m. in the region of 100 supporters had gathered to ensure they didn't miss out, with each of them holding four tokens.

Commercial manager Dave Linney confirmed sales figures for the game just before today's tickets were sold, saying that once the 2,176 tickets allocated to visiting supporters were taken into account, the club had sold over five thousand tickets for the game at the end of the Priority One stage. Linney told BBC Somerset the situation:

"We're in excess of 5,000 once you take the allocation to Manchester United, so we're well above halfway. We anticipate those tickets will go very soon. It's just under 4,000 that will be available to the next criteria of tickets that have been collected through games from this season."

The Commercial Manager also confirmed that the club had been allowing fans to purchase ticket bundles since the draw - an arrangement that would give those fans Priority One status, and the ability to purchase a Manchester United ticket at the same time. He said that had seen a large take-up of that option. Linney also said that he hoped the overall theme of the FA Cup excitement would encourage people to buy Season Tickets for next season, with the 2017-18 sales having hit a Football League low of 1,534:

"Our season ticket sales were down this year, and we understand the reasons for that, but people who have been to four or more games this season have the opportunity to bring those tickets in from those games, and exchange them for a ticket for Manchester United. So we hope that we can get them back on board, to buy that season ticket next year. We've already sold a number of bundles, which was another criteria, to give them a ticket for Manchester United. So they had to buy six tickets in advance, and we've done quite a lot of those in the last few days."

The Ticket Office will be open from 9.00a.m. until 5.00p.m. this week. As ever, tickets are subject to availability.

Link: Ticketing Arrangements For Yeovil Town vs Manchester United.

Link: Priority Two : Frequently Asked Questions For Token Holders.


Supporters queuing for tickets on Tuesday morning find Darren Way and the FA Cup (possibly not the real one!) on display
Supporters queuing for tickets on Tuesday morning find Darren Way and the FA Cup (possibly not the real one!) on display



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15 January 2018 : Manchester United Ticket Sales Move On To Priority Two
Priority sales for Yeovil Town Season Ticket Holders for the FA Cup Fourth Round tie against Manchester United closed this evening, allowing the next wave of supporters to queue up from tomorrow morning. From Tuesday morning, fans who hold Four Tokens from competitive fixtures from past 2017-18 season home fixtures can swap those tokens for a Fourth Round ticket, subject to availability. The Ticket Office will open at 9.00a.m. tomorrow.

At present, there isn't an official figure on how many tickets have been sold. The Western Gazette report that 'more than 3,000' have been sold so far, which fits roughly with the 1,538 season ticket holders that the club has this season being entitled to buy two tickets each for the game. However, the club has an unspecified number of fans who have purchased Bundle Tickets, who were also given Priority One status.

For a normal fixture, the capacity of the ground is 9,200. Manchester United have confirmed they were given an allocation of 2,176 tickets for the fixture (which given they had over 5,000 applications have all sold out), leaving around 7,000 spaces in the home sections of the ground. However, with local and national media, players families, staff at the club and Football Association invitees likely to take up a sizeable number of seats, the actual number available to the ordinary punter will be lower than that. It's worth noting that the 9,264 ground attendance for the 2014-15 FA Cup Third Round fixture was only achieved by use of a temporary corner stand - there have been no signs that the club plans to repeat that this time around.

Inevitably, the token system causes plenty of confusion amongst Yeovil Town supporters. We've tried to answer the most obvious questions associated with them for fans planning to visit the ground tomorrow. The two questions we cannot answer at all is 'Do you know if I will get a ticket if I start queuing at a particular time?' and 'When will it sell out?'

Qu 1. I live/work a distance from Huish Park and can't get to the ground to present my Tokens. Can I purchase over the phone?

No, all applications for supporters holding ticket stubs will need to be made in person so the Tokens cannot be reused. If you can't get to the ticket office during the opening hours, please arrange for a friend or family member to purchase your tickets.

Qu 2. I am purchasing for myself and for multiple friends/family as we all have the relevant Tokens. Is there a limit of how many tickets you'll allow me to buy?

Supporters can purchase one ticket for each set of four tokens. If you are purchasing on behalf of friends/family and hold the appropriate number of Tokens for everyone, you can buy one ticket for each set. There is no limit on the numbers you can purchase, provided you have the correct number of Tokens.

Qu 3. I have four Young Persons tokens, but there is no Young Persons ticket rate. What do I qualify for?

Supporters holding a pair of Young Persons tokens can purchase an Adult ticket. This will also apply to a mix of Young Persons and Adult tokens (the only scenario where a mix of tokens will be accepted).

Qu 4. I hold four Junior Tokens. Can I buy an Adult ticket?

No - with the exception of Young Persons Tokens (as above) the ticket you are purchasing must match the Tokens you are holding. The same would apply if you had two junior tokens and two adult tokens. In the above case the only ticket you'd be eligible to purchase would be a Junior one.

Qu 5. I hold four Tokens relating to one part of the ground but want to purchase tickets for another part of the ground. Can I do this?

Tokens are not tied to a particular area of the ground, so you can do this (subject to availability). This is with the exception of Tokens from tickets purchased by away supporters - these are not valid.

Qu 6. I have got two or three tokens, but need a fourth one. If I bought a Chesterfield ticket, or another future match ticket, could I use that as a valid token?

No - tickets must be for competitive fixtures (League and Cup) from the 2017-18 season, up to and including the Forest Green Rovers Checkatrade Trophy fixture. Pre-season friendlies are not allowed. Away tickets are not . Don't be tempted to tear off your token from future games - in doing so you'll invalidate the matchday ticket.

Qu 7. I went to four games or more but I can't find my tokens. Can I use proof of purchase to get a ticket?

No - only the physical tokens can be used.

Link: Ticketing Arrangements For Yeovil Town vs Manchester United.


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15 January 2018 : Westley Back In League Two Management Again
Former Stevenage, Newport County and Preston North End manager Graham Westley is back in football. The 49 year old has been named as the new Head Coach of Barnet, taking charge of all first team affairs as from tomorrow morning. Barnet's statement describes him as having 'fantastic track record at this level and above'.

That may be news to Newport County supporters - Westley's former club - which he left in March 2017, with the Exiles stood 11 points adrift at the bottom of League Two. That will be a familiar position for Bees fans - they are also bottom of the league and currently four points from safety, with 20 points from their 27 fixtures, although they do have one game in hand on 22nd placed Chesterfield that could claw back that gap.

Barnet's statement is a curious one, given that it is penned by Mark McGhee, widely assumed to be their previous manager, but now titled as Head of Technical. He had only been appointed in November 2017, replacing Rossi Eames, who also is still on the wage bill at the Hive Stadium, having returned to his previous role as Head of Player Development. McGhee's spell in charge lasted just eleven games, comprising of three wins and eight defeats.

At the time of his appointment, Barnet had made no hint that McGhee's appointment was a temporary one. However, since they parted company with Martin Allen in December 2016, they have worked their way through Rossi Eames (12 games), Kevin Nugent (11 games), Rossi Eames (second spell, 26 games) and Mark McGhee (11 games). They may wonder if their position at the foot of League Two, and their inability to provide a stable management team may be connected. Will Graham 'medal winner' Westley be the best man to resolve that instability? We will soon find out.


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15 January 2018 : Darren Way Talks About Port Vale Away League Two Team Selection
Just before Saturday afternoon's League Two fixture kicked off against Port Vale at Vale 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 why he thought Vale would be up for the game, and also explains why he wants a lot of the talk about the Manchester United match to be culled for the moment. Read that interview via the link below.

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


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14 January 2018 : Zoko Given Team Of The Week Nomination
Yeovil Town striker Francois Zoko has been nominated in the Team of the Day for League Two. The League Paper has included him in their eleven, following his performance in the 1-1 draw against Port Vale on Saturday at Vale Park. The 34 year old scored his side's eleventh minute goal that held the lead until Tom Pope's late equaliser.

There's another familiar name in the eleven, with defender Sid Nelson also nominated for his role in Chesterfield's shock 2-0 win over Luton Town yesterday - he should be making a quick return to Huish Park next Saturday with his new club. The nominated team reads as follows:

Christy Pym (Exeter City)
Ben Richards-Everton (Accrington Stanley), Sid Nelson (Chesterfield), Malvind Benning (Mansfield Town), Drew Talbot (Chesterfield)
Ben Kennedy (Stevenage), Luke O'Nien (Wycombe Wanderers), Danny Rowe (Lincoln City), Jorge Grant (Notts County)
Francois Zoko (Yeovil Town), Enzio Boldewijn (Crawley Town)

Manager: John Coleman (Accrington Stanley)


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14 January 2018 : Supporters Coach Window Shattered After Port Vale Game
Yeovil Town's supporters coach was attacked by stones following yesterday's 1-1 draw against Port Vale. The damage was done as the coach prepared to leave Vale Park, after 103 supporters had witnessed their side pick up a point in League Two. Fans reported several large stones being thrown at the coach, with one of them shattering the outside of the double-glazed unit of one window.

Thankfully no-one was hurt as a result of the damage, with the inside glass remaining in place. However, the shattering of the outer glass panel was significant enough for it to fall out entirely once the coach got onto the motorway. The coach had been organised by the Green and White Supporters Club, as part of their standard offering for all first team fixtures.

We're informed this was an entirely unprovoked attack. There were no problems between supporters before or during the match - Glovers fans have pointed out that they found Vale supporters friendly and approachable before kick-off. Hence this falls into the 'minority' category. Thankfully, our experience of the Football League over the 14.5 seasons we've had has been a peaceful and friendly one. However, we have seen reports of stones being thrown at players and supporters coaches outside League One and League Two grounds from other unrelated games this season - it's clearly something that stewards and police need to be aware of the risks of happening at the end of such games, to stop the moronic types getting the opportunity in the first place.

Shattered glass on the supporters coach, returning from Port Vale
Shattered glass on the supporters coach, returning from Port Vale



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14 January 2018 : Darren Way's Verdict On The League Two Port Vale Away Game
Following Saturday afternoon's 1-1 draw with Port Vale at Vale 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's views on the match and the team performance can be read in full via the link below.

Link: Darren Way's Verdict On The League Two Port Vale Away Game.


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13 January 2018 : Video : Goals From Port Vale vs Yeovil Town
For those who want to watch limited match highlights from this afternoon's League Two match against Port Vale these are now available online. The Sky Sports coverage is ultra-short on this occasion, and only includes the goals from Francois Zoko and Tom Pope, along with the tackle by Omar Sowunmi that led to David Worrall being fouled, in the eyes of the referee. Watch the clip via the link below.

Update: Two minute YouTube highlights have also been added below.

Link: Sky Sports : Port Vale vs Yeovil Town Match Highlights.




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13 January 2018 : League Two Man of the Match Voting for Port Vale vs Yeovil Town
If you watched Saturday afternoon's 1-1 draw against Port Vale at Vale 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 Port Vale vs Yeovil Town.


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13 January 2018 : Darren Way Unhappy With Penalty Decision After Late Goal Stops Glovers
Yeovil Town manager Darren Way laid into referee David Webb after he made the decision to award a late penalty against his club at Vale Park. The match official awarded the 86th minute spot kick after Omar Sowunmi was judged to have fouled David Worrall inside the box - a decision that allowed Tom Pope to step up and provide the equalising goal in a 1-1 draw.

In what was an often tetchy game, with the home crowd making their feelings known about the officials throughout the match, it had looked like the Glovers were going to come away with all three points, following Francois Zoko's 11th minute goal. Way suggested the referee had been drawn into the reaction from the home crowd, and claimed that Sowunmi had got a touch on the ball:

"I've watched it back again, and it's never a penalty. I was speaking to the Fourth Official throughout the game, and I just said don't let the crowd dictate your decision-making, and I felt he did on that situation. He gets a touch on the ball. You can see it moves away from Worrall, so the direction of the ball changes. But they're always going to get them at places like this, whether it be the technical area, or whether it is the crowd. Sometimes you've got to be a lot stronger than what the officials are at times. They've got experienced players and their budget is probably twice the size of ours. They've got a huge squad list, and we've got young players. We have to make sure that we understand that's going to happen, because we aren't getting any help from the officials, that's for sure."

Yeovil Town had a number of chances to have sealed the game before that spot kick with AFC Bournemouth loanee Sam Surridge hitting the woodwork in each half, whilst a number of other goal attempts went wide of the target. Way admitted his players were disappointed to only get a point out of the game and said that if his team had won by five or six goals then that would have been a just scoreline:

"The lads are a little bit deflated in there, but I've said to keep your heads up. From start to finish, it should have been five or six (goals) towards the end there. But unfortunately it's always hard when you come to places like this. There's always elements of pressure that you're going to be put under, which they did. But it happens, and I just want my players to be proud of that. My players had to stand up to the physical battle which they did. We talked about blocks and tackles, and that's a huge part of the game when you come here, and as I've said we played some fantastic football. The first half was probably the best away performance that I've witnessed. Their crowd started booing, so everything was going for us. Unfortunately we just didn't pick up the three points."


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13 January 2018 : Port Vale 1 Yeovil 1 : Late Pope Penalty Thwarts The Glovers
Yeovil Town were thwarted by a late penalty this afternoon, as for the third time in four matches this season, they ended up with a 1-1 draw with Tom Pope scoring. On this occasion, the big target man got his goal from the penalty spot, as an 86th minute challenge by Omar Sowunmi on David Worrall produced the spot kick. But that left Yeovil kicking themselves somewhat after they'd held the lead since the 11th minute when Francois Zoko had scored his 10th goal of the season from long range. Sam Surridge hit the post in both halves, but the visitors couldn't capitalise on their first half dominance.

The Glovers went into the match making two changes to their starting line-up compared to the side that turned out against Bradford City in the FA Cup on the previous weekend. Omar Sowunmi was preferred to Bevis Mugabi after he served his suspension, whilst Sam Surridge came in for Marcus Barnes. With Connor Smith also back from suspension, the Glovers had the luxury of filling a full bench. Vale started with Ben Whitfield in an advanced role, whilst they perhaps sensibly left James Gibbons - who had been sent off twice against Yeovil this season - on the bench.

They could have been ahead after just two minutes. A Tom James cross was met by Sam Surridge, only for keeper Ryan Boot to get a touch on the ball and push it onto the post. Vale's defence protested for an offside decision against Surridge, but the assistant stood firm, meaning it would have stood. From the throw-in that came out of that move, Jake Gray put a shot into the side netting.

Having made a dominant start, it was no surprise when Yeovil Town took the lead, even if the manner was slightly speculative. Francois Zoko got time to have a strike at goal from 20 yards out, and goalkeeper Ryan Boot seemed somewhat surprised, diving late as the ball ended up in the bottom corner. 0-1 up and on the balance of play, a deserved lead.

That dominance continued, as Jordan Green burst through, forcing Boot to partially smother the ball, but Sam Surridge poked wide on the rebound. Port Vale had done nothing, with their only chance of some respite coming when there were loud appeals for a penalty, with Tom James having blocked a ball into the box - the Valiants saw an outstretched arm, but referee David Webb presumably saw the defender's chest.

More Yeovil chances came as Jordan Green's shot was smothered by Boot, whilst the goalkeeper's poor kicking almost presented Sam Surridge with a goal, as the ball came back into the striker's path, putting him one-v-one with the keeper. On this occasion Boot redeemed himself by blocking the shot. Then Otis Khan fired wide, leading to an angry agitated home crowd turning up the volume to complain about the lack of inputs their own attackers were having in the game.

It took 41 minutes before they were calmed a bit, as Marcus Harness pulled off a shot inside a crowded box, only for Artur Krysiak to save the attempt. But this was Yeovil's half by a long chalk, as Francois Zoko tried his luck from distance just before the break. 0-1 up at the break, and it probably should have been more.

No surprise then to find Port Vale making a double change at the break. Ben Whitfield and Cristian Montano were withdrawn, and they employed a formation change, switching to a 3-5-2 in an effort to get some attacking intent and some crosses into the box. Initially that looked to have an effect as Marcus Harness saw deflected attempt go into the arms of Artur Krysiak. But at the other end once again Sam Surridge hit the post - doing everything right as he headed back across the goalkeeper from a Tom James cross, only for the ball to come off the inside of the post and straight into the grateful arms of Ryan Boot.

This was a bit more of a fragmented half, and a more even one, despite Yeovil still clocking up a reasonable number of attempts, with Jake Gray putting wide from a free kick, and Omar Sowunmi putting a header over the bar from a Tom James cross. But Port Vale were struggling to create clear-cut chances, with their best coming from a Michael Tonge header that Krysiak saved.

It was only in the final ten or fifteen minutes of the game that the home side started to look dangerous whilst Yeovil began to flag. With four minutes remaining, Vale got themselves a lifeline as Omar Sowunmi brought down substitute David Worrall inside the box. Up stepped Tom Pope to convert the spot kick, meaning that for the third time this season the scoreline was 1-1 and the Vale goalscorer was Pope.

That was how it stayed, even if five minutes worth of injury time provoked concerns that Yeovil might go home with nothing, with the home side on the front foot for the first time in the game. For 75 minutes, the Glovers had been the better side, but the late spot kick showed why they needed that second goal to kill the game off.

Link: 2017-18 Latest League Two Table.

Final Score: Port Vale 1 Yeovil Town 1.

Scorers: Francois Zoko (11 mins, 0-1), Tom Pope (86 mins, 1-1, pen)

Port Vale:
23 Ryan Boot
5 Joe Davis 4 Tom Anderson 24 Nathan Smith 8 Danny Pugh
7 Marcus Myers-Harness 6 Antony Kay 32 Michael Tonge 11 Cristian Montano
31 Ben Whitfield 9 Tom Pope

Substitutes:
1 Robert Lainton 10 David Worrall (66 mins for Marcus Myers-Harness) 14 Tyrone Barnett 15 Anton Forrester 21 James Gibbons (46 mins for Cristian Montano) 22 Dior Angus 28 Donovan Wilson (46 mins for Ben Whitfield)

Yeovil Town:
1. Artur Krysiak
23. Tom James 17. Omar Sowunmi 3. Nathan Smith 11. Ryan Dickson
15. Jordan Green 10. Jake Gray 4. Jared Bird 7. Otis Khan
14. Sam Surridge 13. Francois Zoko

Substitutes:
12. Jonny Maddison (GK) 5. Bevis Mugabi 6. Lewis Wing (74 mins for Jordan Green) 8. Connor Smith 19. Marcus Barnes (59 mins for Sam Surridge) 22. Corey Whelan (90 mins for Jake Gray) 30. Alefe Santos

Port Vale Bookings: Tom Anderson (foul, 51 mins)

Yeovil Bookings: Sam Surridge (foul, 38 mins), Francois Zoko (dissent, 70 mins)

Port Vale Match Statistics: Possession: 49%; Shots: 6; Shots On Target: 3; Corners: 4; Fouls: 12.

Yeovil Match Statistics: Possession: 51%; Shots: 11; Shots On Target: 5; Corners: 5; Fouls: 11.

Referee: David Webb (County Durham). Assistants: Ian Dudley (Nottinghamshire) and Andrew Hendley (West Midlands). Fourth Official: Alan Clayton (Cheshire).

Attendance: 4,120 (with 103 Yeovil Town supporters).


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13 January 2018 : League Two Team News For Port Vale vs Yeovil Town
The starting line-up for Yeovil Town's League Two match against Port Vale at Vale Park has been revealed. The match sees the Glovers name two changes to their starting line-up compared to the team that took to the field against Bradford City last Saturday.

Connor Smith and Omar Sowunmi were suspended last weekend, but only for one game. Sowunmi gets into the starting line-up, replacing Bevis Mugabi, whilst Smith sits on the bench. The other change sees Sam Surridge preferred ahead of last weekend's goalscorer Marcus Barnes who sits on the bench. Academy player Paulius Golubickas drops off the teamsheet.

The first team squad members to miss out today are right-back Daniel Alfei (knee injury, out for season), Rhys Browne (ankle), Oscar Gobern (hamstring) and James Bailey (knee ligaments).

The team reads as follows:

Yeovil Town:
1. Artur Krysiak
23. Tom James 17. Omar Sowunmi 3. Nathan Smith 11. Ryan Dickson
15. Jordan Green 10. Jake Gray 4. Jared Bird 7. Otis Khan
14. Sam Surridge 13. Francois Zoko

Substitutes:
12. Jonny Maddison (GK) 5. Bevis Mugabi 6. Lewis Wing 8. Connor Smith 19. Marcus Barnes 22. Corey Whelan 30. Alefe Santos

Port Vale:
23 Ryan Boot
5 Joe Davis 4 Tom Anderson 24 Nathan Smith 8 Danny Pugh
7 Marcus Myers-Harness 6 Antony Kay 32 Michael Tonge 11 Cristian Montano
31 Ben Whitfield 9 Tom Pope

Substitutes:
1 Robert Lainton 10 David Worrall 14 Tyrone Barnett 15 Anton Forrester 21 James Gibbons 22 Dior Angus 28 Donovan Wilson


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13 January 2018 : Darren Way Previews The Port Vale League Two Game
As part of the build-up to this afternoon's League Two fixture against Port Vale at Vale Park, Yeovil Town manager Darren Way spoke to the BBC about the game. With questions from BBC Somerset reporter Tom Seymour, Darren gives his views on the FA Cup, Manchester United, and also his January transfer window recruitment policy. Read that interview via the link below.

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


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12 January 2018 : Darren Way Focussing On Permanent Recruits For Remainder Of Window
Yeovil Town manager Darren Way has said that any remaining Yeovil Town signinings during the January transfer window will almost certainly need to be permanent deals, if he is not to end up with the problems he had last season. The Glovers recruited seven loan players by the time that the January transfer window closed, but the final two didn't really contribute to the strength of their squad, with Football League matchday rules meaning that only five loanees could be put onto a teamsheet for any given game. The end result was that Kagongo Tshimanga's half season loan saw him fail to even get named in a first team squad, whilst Swansea City winger Owain Jones was a frequent casualty.

Way has said that he would only use that route as a last resort, and hopes that instead the club will back him in terms of bringing in players on permanent deals, to increase the size of his 22 man squad. He explained his thinking:

"It's quite obvious that I can only sign permanents now. I don't really want to go down the line of having that extra loan. I may if I have to. Unfortunately last time I got left in a position where neither of the loans got injured, so I always had to leave one out. That was uncomfortable. Nine times out of ten you'd probably run with five, then one gets injured and then you wonder why you never did that. But I think that certainly with the finances that the team has helped generate at the football club now, I'm hoping that I get a little bit of help but I need the help now."

As usual, the January transfer window will close on January 31st, and that will be the club's final chance to do any deals, with the exception of any free agents that happen to be out there. Way said that it was not just about the amount of time he had left to make recruitments, but was also his worry of losing players before the window closes:

"I've got 20 days to get help and reinforcements. That's with holding on to the players that we've got. If I was a manager out there, I'd probably be watching us every week, knowing the history of the football club, and if a player comes in then nine times out of ten, although I know we don't want to sell our players, but at the same time I know that when you look at the scouts list, every week at our club it seems to be very high. Again, all I can do is sit there and hope that I don't lose any players, but I understand if they move on to bigger and better things that we can't stand in their way."


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12 January 2018 : Manchester United Supporters Trust Cry Foul Over FA Cup Scheduling
The Manchester United Supporters Trust have released a statement complaining about the scheduling of their FA Cup Fourth Round tie against Yeovil Town. The two sides will meet on Friday 26th January, with a 7.55p.m. kick-off chosen to enable live coverage of the match on BBC One. This leaves visiting supporters with a lengthy journey from the North-West (in theory!) where they are expected to take up a full allocation of around 2,000 tickets.

Manchester United's previous round tie against Derby County also took place on a Friday night, although on this occasion the broadcasting companies couldn't be blamed. The game was switched to an evening kick-off due to Manchester City also being drawn at home at the same stage, meaning that it was Derby's supporters who predominantly suffered.

The Trust will doubtless have been irritated that the choice of the Yeovil Town tie for live broadcasting has reinstated the near permanent scheduling of their club's matches on live television. When the Derby game was not chosen, it broke a 13-year run of 58 consecutive televised FA Cup matches involving the Red Devils. The last match not selected had been the January 2005 match against Exeter City at Old Trafford, which the broadcasters had incorrectly assumed would be a walkover - they later changed their minds when the Grecians secured a replay.

A statement by the Trust calls for either the Football Association or their parent club to put on free transport for their supporters to avoid the problems of not being able to use public transport across a single day, due to it being a night game:

"Yet again broadcasters have totally ignored the impact on away fans when considering what will be best for television ratings. Although this is far from just a problem in the FA Cup, we would urge the FA to look at mitigating against such issues in future contracts. If the FA and clubs get a huge chunk of additional revenue due to a game being on TV, the least they could do is to lay on free transport for away fans who are affected by the game being moved."

It's worth noting that the Thorne Lane closures may present a different obstacle for both sets of supporters on the night of the game. The road is not only a popular access route to the stadium, it also provides some of the parking options on matchdays. Whilst we're sure that Wessex Water and Somerset County Council will get petitioned to temporarily lift the restrictions, it may be that they can only do that partially, having already commenced the works prior to the FA Cup draw taking place.

Both clubs will pocket a £144,000 Broadcast Fee to ease the pain of being chosen for live coverage.


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12 January 2018 : Tom James Given New Contract Terms For Glovers
Yeovil Town have agreed a new contract with defender Tom James. The former Cardiff City player has been given a 'new and improved' deal following a season that has seen him become a first team regular. On this occasion, Tom's contract length doesn't change - he remains contracted until the summer of 2019, but this presumably provides higher wages and/or a higher guaranteed value should an opposition club come in for him.

The 21 year old has now made 29 appearances for the club, scoring one goal along the way, and has operated in both right-back and left-back positions throughout the season. He has said of his new contract:

"I'm really pleased to have signed a new deal at the club. Hopefully now I can repay the gaffer's trust in me and continue to improve and help the team push forward in the right direction."


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12 January 2018 : Ciderspace Guide To Port Vale
Tomorrow afternoon sees Yeovil Town head to Vale Park for a League Two match against Port Vale. As a result, the Ciderspace guide to the area of Burslem, the ground, directions, parking, a pub guide and other related stuff can be found via the link below.

Link: Ciderspace Guide To Port Vale.


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12 January 2018 : Otis Khan Shortlisted For Goal Of The Month
Yeovil Town winger Otis Khan has been included in the shortlist for the League Two Goal Of The Month. He is nominated for the goal that he scored for the Glovers during their 4-3 defeat at Morecambe. They have also shortlisted Barnet's Jamal Campbell-Ryce and Callum Ainley's goal for Crewe Alexandra.

The final selection is determined via a fan vote on the Sky Sports website. You can view the goals and choose your favourite by heading to this page. Voting closes at 6.00p.m. on Tuesday 6th January. Sky's description of the three goals are as follows:

Jamal Campbell-Ryce – BARNET v Morecambe – 16th December
There seemed no danger when Campbell-Ryce got the ball near the touchline on halfway. That was until he jinked inside, strode forward and curled home a sumptuous 30-yarder.

Callum Ainley – CREWE ALEXANDRA v Crawley Town – 16th December
Collecting a raking pass near the by-line, the 20-year-old jinked inside a defender and left Crawley keeper Glenn Morris motionless with an arrowhead shot into the far top corner.

Otis Khan – Morecambe v YEOVIL TOWN – 29th December
Shielding the ball as drove towards the area, Khan exchanged passes with teammate Jake Gray, took one touch and then looped his unstoppable shot into the far corner.

Link: Sky Sports : December 2017 Goal Of The Month.


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11 January 2018 : EFL Trophy Quarter-Finals : Full Draw As Glovers Get Cod Army
The Quarter-Final draw for the EFL Trophy has taken place tonight. The ties - which are on an unseeded, unregionalised basis - saw Yeovil Town given a home/away draw against Fleetwood Town at Huish Park.

The ties are as follows:

Lincoln city vs Peterborough United
Shrewsbury Town vs Oldham Athletic or Leicester City U21s
Chelsea Under-21s vs Oxford United
Yeovil Town vs Fleetwood Town

All Quarter-Final fixtures will be played week commencing 22nd January 2018.


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11 January 2018 : Fixture Date For Manchester United Tie As Glovers Get BBC Coverage
A date has been set for Yeovil Town's FA Cup Fourth Round tie against Manchester United. The match will take place on Friday 26th January 2018, with a 7.55p.m. kick-off at Huish Park.

The match will be screened live on BBC One which will stand to see both clubs gain to the tune of £144,000 as a broadcast fee, provided the fixture is fulfilled. The club that wins the tie, will benefit by £90,000 from the FA Prize Fund.

With the date of the fixture now known, we'd expect tickets to go on sale to Season Ticket Holders and Bundle Ticket holders ONLY from Friday 12th January 2018, from 9.00a.m. Please do NOT try to purchase tickets before then or you'll be turned away.

Link: Ticketing Arrangements For Yeovil Town vs Manchester United.


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11 January 2018 : Green Given New Yeovil Town Contract
Yeovil Town winger Jordan Green has been given a new contract with the club. The former AFC Bournemouth player had been brought in on a one year contract. However, with him becoming more of a first team regular in recent months, he has been given a new deal that runs until June 2019.

Green has scored three goals in 25 appearances since arriving over the summer of 2017 and has scored key goals in FA Cup matches against Port Vale and Bradford City that have kept the club in the competition. He has said he is delighted to extend his stay:

"I'm delighted to sign a new deal and commit my future to Yeovil Town. I've loved every minute of it so far in what has the potential to be a very exciting season. The next step is to establish myself in the team and help the club push on up the table. The gaffer has been brilliant to work for and I look forward to continuing that relationship."


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11 January 2018 : EFL Trophy Ball Numbers And Quarter-Final Draw Schedule
The ball numbers for the Quarter-Final draw in the EFL Trophy have been published by the Football League. The draw will take place live on Sky Sports' evening review show, EFL Matters on Thursday 11th January (tonight). EFL Matters is broadcast at 7.00p.m. on the Sky Sports Football channel, with the draw taking place at approximately 7.15p.m. The programme will be hosted by David Prutton, alongside guests Garry Birtles and Gregor Robertson.

There was one more tie settled on Wednesday evening, meaning that seven out of the eight places are now certain - the only issue that needs to be settled is the tie between Oldham Athletic and Leicester City Under-21s which was called off due to the Boundary Park pitch being frozen.

The ball numbers are as follows:

1. Chelsea U21
2. Fleetwood Town
3. Lincoln City
4. Oxford United
5. Peterborough United
6. Shrewsbury Town
7. Yeovil Town
8. Oldham Athletic/Leicester City U21

Quarter-Final ties are determined by means of a straight home/away unseeded draw. There will be no regionalisation. All Quarter-Final fixtures will be played week commencing 22nd January 2018.

Note, that being drawn away against one of the two remaining Under-21 sides does not necessarily mean the tie will be staged on that round. For Chelsea Under-21s Third Round tie against Portsmouth, they were drawn out at home, but the match ended up being switched to Stamford Bridge. This switch was requested by Chelsea, rather than being a competition-driven rule, due to fixture congestion on their home ground.


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11 January 2018 : Darren Way's Verdict On The Forest Green Rovers Game
Following Tuesday night's 2-0 win over Forest Green Rovers in the EFL Trophy, Yeovil Town manager Darren Way spoke to the BBC about the game. With questions from local journalist Chris Spittles, in an interview for BBC Somerset, Darren gives his views on the two goals scored, the club's progress in the competition, whilst he also gives his thoughts on the prospect of getting permanent signings during the January transfer window. Read the interview in full via the link below.

Link: Darren Way's Verdict On The EFL Trophy Forest Green Rovers Game.


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10 January 2018 : GWSC Travel For Port Vale vs Yeovil Town
The Green and White Supporters Club have set their travel plans for the forthcoming League Two match against Port Vale. The match takes place at Vale Park on Saturday 13th January 2018, with a 3.00p.m. kick-off. Departure times and prices are listed as follows:

Port Vale : Saturday 13th January 2018.
Huish Park: 8.30a.m.
Adult Members: £29.00; Member Concessions: £27.00
Adult Non-Members: £31.00; Non-Member Concessions: £29.00

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 Port Vale vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Ticketing Arrangements For Yeovil Town vs Manchester United.


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10 January 2018 : Video : Yeovil Town vs Forest Green Rovers EFL Trophy Match Highlights
For those who want to see match highlights of Tuesday night's EFL Trophy Third Round match against Forest Green Rovers, these are now available online. Inside two minutes worth of highlights, you'll find goals from Nathan Smith and Connor Smith, as well as a number of other Glovers chances, including a Tom James effort that clipped the crossbar and a lengthy Jordan Green solo run. Watch the video below.




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10 January 2018 : Ticketing Arrangements For Yeovil Town vs Manchester United
Ticketing arrangements for Yeovil Town's FA Cup Fourth Round tie against Manchester United have been sent. At present there is no firm date for this tie, and so tickets will only start being sold once the date of the fixture is known. However, as before there is a priority structure in place with Season Ticket Holders and Bundle Ticket Holders given priority.

Ticket prices are as follows:

Seating: (both Tamburino Stand and Screwfix Stand) : Adults: £35.00; Over-65s: £30.00; Under-16s: £10.00

Terracing: (Thatchers Gold Stand) : Adults: £30.00; Over-65s: £25.00; Under-16s: £10.00

Those who sit in the Main Stand Premium Seats (season ticket holders only) will be charged £50.00 for all ages.

Tickets will go on sale from Thursday 11th or Friday 12th January, depending on when the date of the match is communicated. The pecking order for purchase will be as follows:

1. Season Ticket Holders can purchase two tickets per person until 5.00p.m. on Monday 15th January. Bundle Ticket holders can purchase one ticket with the sale deadline.

2. Holders of FOUR Ticket Tokens from different fixtures (excluding pre-season) can purchase one ticket. These four tokens must all fall into the same price band (subject to availability). Sales will start on Tuesday 16th January at 9.00a.m.

3. Supporters who purchase a ticket for Yeovil Town's home League Two fixture against Chesterfield on January 20th will be entitled to purchase an FA Cup Ticket from Monday 22nd January, by exchanging the token from that game (subject to availability).

4. On Wednesday 24th January, anything left will go on General Sale.

Ticket Office opening hours will be as follows:

Thursday 11th January: 0900 - 1700
Friday 12th January: 0900 - 1700
Saturday 13th January: 0900 - 1200
Sunday 14th January: CLOSED (online only)
Monday 15th January - Friday 19th January: 0900 - 1700
Saturday 20th January - 0900 - 1500 (Home matchday - FA Cup sales suspended between 1200 - 1500)
Sunday 21st January - CLOSED (online only)

All other dates are 9.00a.m. until 5.00p.m. and subject to availability.


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10 January 2018 : Tabloid Press Links Khan With Bantams And Posh Moves
National tabloid paper reports link Yeovil Town attacking midfielder Otis Khan with two League One sides. The 22 year old former Barnsley player and Manchester United academy member is supposedly being 'chased' by Bradford City and Peterborough United, if you believe the wisdom of The Sun newspaper.

They suggest that both clubs are after him, citing his performance in the FA Cup Third Round against Bradford as a reason why they are interested, whilst they also speculate that if Peterborough lose forward Jack Marriott then they will be wanting a replacement to come into their side, with Marriott linked by various tabloids with moves to Aston Villa, Hull City or Leeds United.

As is often the case with such January transfer window stories, there are no quotes and no sources provided. However, with Khan having scored ten goals from a wide position in the first half of the season, there has been inevitable speculation about how long the Glovers would last without a formal bid coming in for him. The Sun's article stops short of suggesting either team has done that, but this is the first time we've seen named teams claimed as being interested in Khan.

Even The Sun suggest that any such interest will be thwarted by Khan's chance to face his boyhood club in the FA Cup Fourth Round on the weekend of January 27th, although clearly that would still leave three or four days between those matches taking place, and the transfer window closing. This therefore may be one to keep an eye on during that final week.


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10 January 2018 : EFL Trophy Man of the Match Voting for Yeovil Town vs Forest Green Rovers
If you watched Tuesday night's 2-0 win against Forest Green 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: EFL Trophy Man of the Match Voting for Yeovil Town vs Forest Green Rovers.


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10 January 2018 : Darren Way Feels Players Coped Well With FA Cup Distraction In EFL Trophy Win
Yeovil Town manager Darren Way felt that his players coped well with the distraction of pulling Manchester United out of the hat in the FA Cup, when they beat Forest Green Rovers 2-0 in the EFL Trophy on Tuesday night. The Glovers went from thinking about what could be their highest profile fixture of the 2017-18 season into one of their lowest profile fixtures, with a Third Round tie in the cup competition mainly set aside for just League One and League Two clubs.

Way admitted that he could see such a game maybe slipping over the radar of his players in the lead-up to the fixture, with so much focus having been on the other competition. But he said after the game that he was pleased they passed the test on that front:

"I'm really pleased as it took a lot out of me emotionally. It's been a tough 24 hours, so I was always a little bit concerned about the players going into this game considering the consequences. It's a trip to Wembley at the end of it, and I didn't want them to miss that opportunity. But at the same time, they've probably all been on their phones, and they've all been speaking to parents and friends. It's quite obvious and it's human nature that everyone has talked about Man United."

Of the match itself, Way felt the January weather conditions affected the quality of the second half, saying that made it hard for his players to build up a head of steam. However, he thought the goals from Nathan Smith and Connor Smith that sealed the tie were taken well on the night:

"The players took their goals really well. I just watched Connor Smith and it was a touch of class and a great finish. It was a good ball from Santos. I made a number of changes, and I thought the changes that we made had an impact. I think it's difficult as a sub going into that game. As much as I wanted to be disappointed with that second half, I have to be pleased, just because it was a clean sheet. We know what it's like. I've been out there and I've played in those conditions when it's the wind and rain and it's hard to get out of your 18 yard box, and the goalkeeper can't get as much distance on his clearances, and they pinned us in a little bit. But the players were really stubborn and very resilient, and it was another clean sheet."


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9 January 2018 : EFL Trophy Quarter-Finals Draw Schedule
Following the conclusion of tonight's EFL Trophy Third Round match against Forest Green Rovers, Yeovil Town will go through to the Quarter-Final draw. The Glovers progressed thanks to goals from Nathan Smith and Connor Smith during the first half to give them a comfortable 2-0 victory.

The draw for the Quarter-Finals of the EFL Trophy will take place live on Sky Sports' evening review show, EFL Matters on Thursday 11th January. EFL Matters is broadcast at 7.00p.m. on the Sky Sports Football channel, with the draw taking place at approximately 7.15p.m. The programme will be hosted by David Prutton, alongside guests Garry Birtles and Gregor Robertson.

Quarter-Final ties are determined by means of a straight home/away unseeded draw. There will be no regionalisation. All Quarter-Final fixtures will be played week commencing 22nd January 2018. The teams left in the competition are as follows:

Fleetwood Town
Yeovil Town
Oxford United
Peterborough United
Chelsea U21s
Lincoln City
Oldham Athletic or Leicester City U21s (match postponed)
Shrewsbury Town or Blackpool (playing Wednesday)


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9 January 2018 : Yeovil 2 FGR 0 : Smith And Smith Put Glovers In Final Eight
Yeovil Town gained a comfortable route through to the Quarter-Finals of the EFL Trophy tonight, as they beat Forest Green Rovers by a 2-0 scoreline. They did the damage during the first half, with Nathan Smith getting his side a quickfire lead as he diverted home a move from a corner from close range. The lead was doubled just after the halfway point of that first period when Connor Smith cleverly finished an Otis Khan pull-back. With their Gloucestershire opponents misfiring until the second half, that advantage was good enough to put them out of the trophy and put the Glovers into the final eight.

The Glovers went into the match making five changes to their starting line-up, with Connor Smith, Sam Surridge, Omar Sowunmi, Corey Whelan and Alefe Santos all coming into the eleven. Marcus Barnes and Lewis Wing were forced to sit the game out, having played for their parent clubs earlier in the competition, and that meant the Glovers bench was still a man short even with Academy player Paulius Golubickas staying on the teamsheet. Forest Green's line-up saw Keanu Marsh-Brown make his first trip back to Huish Park since the 2012-13 season, although there was no return for Dale Bennett (ankle) or Reuben Reid (cup-tied) as the visitors made seven changes to their line-up.

They got off to the perfect start when Nathan Smith scored with the first chance of the match. A corner move was played short, and when Omar Sowunmi fired the ball across the face of the box, Smith was there to convert from close range, even if Forest Green players tried in vain to play the offside trap, appealing for the goal to be ruled out. The officials disagreed and Yeovil had a 1-0 lead.

Yeovil spent most of the half having the upper hand, with Alefe Santos shooting wide from the edge of the box, whilst a free kick move allowed Jordan Green to receive the ball short but fire wide. They doubled their lead after 26 minutes with a well-taken goal, as Otis Khan cut the ball back into the path of Connor Smith. The midfielder lifted the ball over the keeper into the top corner of the net giving a 2-0 lead that summed up the gap between the two sides during the early part of the match.

The home team continued to dominate, as Jordan Green broke through in a one-v-one only to have his shot smothered by goalkeeper Bradley Collins with the ball ricocheting out for a goal kick. Tom James saw a long range attempt go wide but was then much closer from a free kick as his 35 yard free kick clipped the top of the crossbar, and over the goal. Forest Green's half was summed up by Keanu Marsh-Brown almost doing an air-swing on a shot, badly slicing the ball wide, and although Dayle Grubb managed a couple of attempts just before the whistle they were well out of the game.

Little surprise that a half time substitution and a formation change saw Forest Green come out more brightly. Reece Brown's shot from distance went wide, and Dayle Grubb found his free kick parried by Artur Krysiak. Whilst that was good play by the home keeper, he almost caused Forest Green to capitalise on a Jordan Simpson cross that he missed, leaving Keanu Marsh-Brown at the back post. It wasn't the winger's night though as he once again sliced it.

The game ended in a scrappy manner, with Forest Green apparently conceding the tie as they chose to make their final substitution the introduction of a 16 year old youth team player, whilst their top goalscorer was sat on the bench twiddling his thumbs. The match ended with Sam Surridge almost adding a third as Francois Zoko set him up, but Bradley Collins got his body in the way - not that it mattered with most of the hard work already done before the game got halfway through.

Final Score: Yeovil Town 2 Forest Green Rovers 0.

Scorers: Nathan Smith (1-0, 3 mins), Connor Smith (2-0, 26 mins)


Yeovil Town:
1. Artur Krysiak
22. Corey Whelan 17. Omar Sowunmi 3. Nathan Smith (Capt) 23. Tom James
10. Jake Gray 30. Alefe Santos 8. Connor Smith 7. Otis Khan
15. Jordan Green 14. Sam Surridge

Substitutes:
12. Jonny Maddison (GK) 4. Jared Bird (66 mins for Alefe Santos) 5. Bevis Mugabi 11. Ryan Dickson 13. Francois Zoko (70 mins for Jake Gray) 29. Paul Golubickas

Forest Green Rovers:
1 Bradley Collins
21 Mark Roberts 6 Emmanuel Monthe 3 Scott Laird
33 Luke James 12 Jordan Simpson 15 Charlie Cooper 10 Reece Brown 19 Alex Whittle
7 Keanu Marsh-Brown 8 Dayle Grubb

Substitutes:
4 Drissa Traore (46 mins for Scott Laird) 9 Christian Doidge 17 Daniel Wishart (68 mins for Alex Whittle) 18 Callum Evans 24 Harry Pickering 37 Lewis Spurrier (71 mins for Mark Roberts)

Yeovil Bookings: Omar Sowunmi (foul, 57 mins), Francois Zoko (foul, 87 mins)

Forest Green Bookings: Drissa Traore (foul, 82 mins)

Yeovil Match Statistics: Possession: 48%; Shots: 11; Shots On Target: 5; Corners: 4; Fouls: 12.

Forest Green Match Statistics: Possession: 52%; Shots: 8; Shots On Target: 4; Corners: 7; Fouls: 9.

Referee: John Brooks (Leicestershire). Assistants: Samuel Ogles (Hampshire) and Matthew Lee (West Sussex). Fourth Official: Adam Bromley (Devon).

Attendance: 1,395 (with 71 Forest Green supporters).


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9 January 2018 : Zoko Reaches Yeovil Town Milestone
Yeovil Town striker Francois Zoko has reached a milestone in his career by making his 100th appearance for the club. He was brought on as a substitute during the EFL Trophy Third Round tie against Forest Green Rovers at Huish Park tonight, taking into three figures for the club - one of only four current players to hold that status.

Francois was brought into the club in November 2015 by former manager Paul Sturrock as a free agent, a few months after his release from Bradford City. Despite only arriving partway through that season, he was the club's joint top goalscorer in the 2015-16 season, and followed that up by being the outright top goalscorer during the 2016-17 season. This year he is currently in second place - one goal behind Otis Khan.

The 34 year old, who has been acting as club captain recently in the absence of James Bailey, currently holds a goal tally that makes him the club's sixth top goalscorer in the Football League. He has netted 23 goals at that level, putting him one behind Gavin Williams and Arron Davies and two behind James Hayter and Dean Bowditch, suggesting that he should get past them before the season is out. He may need another season or two to get past the 42 league goals of Phil Jevons.

Once all competitions are taken into account, Francois has scored 30 goals, with three in the FA Cup and four in the EFL Trophy. That tally would put him in second place in the list of goalscorers that have found the net since the club was promoted from the Conference in May 2003. Once again Phil Jevons is the man clear at the top on 45 goals during his two seasons at the club.

Link: Francois Zoko : Yeovil Town Statistics.


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9 January 2018 : EFL Trophy Team News For Yeovil Town vs Forest Green Rovers
The starting line-up for Yeovil Town's EFL Trophy Third Round match against Forest Green Rovers at Huish Park has been revealed. The match sees the Glovers name five changes to their starting line-up compared to the team that took to the field against Bradford City on Saturday.

Once again, there are complications in the squad selection. Southampton striker Marcus Barnes played in two of his parent club's EFL Trophy group games as an Under-21 player, whilst Lewis Wing played in one of Middlesbrough Under-21's matches. This means both players are cup-tied. On the other hand, Connor Smith and Omar Sowunmi had been suspended on Saturday - their one match bans are now served and they are now back to being available. Sam Surridge has recovered from a dead leg and starts.

The players that come into tonight's line-up are therefore Connor Smith, Sam Surridge, Omar Sowunmi, Corey Whelan and Alefe Santos. There are only six players named on the bench, with one of those being Under-18s attacking midfielder Paul Golubickas - one substitute place is left unfilled.

The first team squad members to miss out today are right-back Daniel Alfei (knee injury, out for season), Rhys Browne (ankle), Oscar Gobern (hamstring), James Bailey (knee ligaments), Marcus Barnes (cup-tied), Lewis Wing (cup-tied).

The team reads as follows (with a bit of guesswork on the exact positions, given Corey Whelan can also play right-back and Tom James can also play left-back):

Yeovil Town:
1. Artur Krysiak
23. Tom James 22. Corey Whelan 17. Omar Sowunmi 3. Nathan Smith (Capt)
10. Jake Gray 30. Alefe Santos 8. Connor Smith 7. Otis Khan
15. Jordan Green 14. Sam Surridge

Substitutes:
12. Jonny Maddison (GK) 4. Jared Bird 5. Bevis Mugabi 11. Ryan Dickson 13. Francois Zoko 29. Paul Golubickas

Forest Green Rovers:
1 Bradley Collins
21 Mark Roberts 6 Emmanuel Monthe 3 Scott Laird
33 Luke James 12 Jordan Simpson 15 Charlie Cooper 10 Reece Brown 19 Alex Whittle
7 Keanu Marsh-Brown 8 Dayle Grubb

Substitutes:
4 Drissa Traore 9 Christian Doidge 17 Daniel Wishart 18 Callum Evans 24 Harry Pickering 37 Lewis Spurrier


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9 January 2018 : EFL Trophy Officials For Yeovil Town vs Forest Green Rovers
Officials for the EFL Trophy Third Round tie between Yeovil Town and Forest Green Rovers have been published by the Football League. The match takes place on Tuesday 9th January 2018, with a 7.45p.m. kick-off at Huish Park. The man in charge of the fixture will be referee John Busby (Oxfordshire).

We've had him on three occasions before, with all during the 2017-18 season. The earliest was 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.

For the November 2016 EFL Trophy Group Stage game against Reading Under-21s we were probably more glad that he stayed hands-off. A rather red-blooded tackle by Bevis Mugabi just before the break could have got him more than the yellow card he was given. The theory was that the class of the competition and a near-empty stadium probably saved him the walk. That was the referee's only card of the night, so again it was a quiet performance.

He was more lively in the January 2017 match against Crawley Town at the Broadfield Stadium. There he dished out eight bookings - four for each side. The game did get a bit tetchy during the second half, with Francois Zoko and Josh Payne getting carded for some handbags. Manager Darren Way was convinced that Payne should have got more than that:

"It's amazing. 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 against us. But they have to reflect upon their own performance. I'm seeing it consistently every week, and it's frustrating. But what can you do about it? He's just quite clearly lashed out at Francois. So that's disappointing."

Way's complaints - and the post-match questions aimed at him - tended to overlook another key decision that had gone in his side's favour. During the second half, Nathan Smith produced a goal line clearance that appeared to have the 'hand of Maradona' involved in it. Crawley appealed loudly, and we were slightly amazed (but thankful) that Mr Busby gave nothing, as it would have led to a red card and a penalty.

He's taken charge of 29 matches this season, totting up 74 yellow cards and four red cards. His last red came on December 30th when he dismissed Crawley's Josh Payne during their 1-0 win over Stevenage in League Two. Due to the Glovers having Crawley in our New Year's Day fixture, we read a few of the match reports of that game - none of them highlighted any controversy over the incident.

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 Justin Amey (Dorset). The Fourth Official will be Lee Swabey (Devon).

Link: August 2016 : Yeovil Town 0 Morecambe 1.

Link: November 2016 : Reading Under-21s 0 Yeovil Town 2.

Link: January 2017 : Crawley Town 2 Yeovil Town 0.


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9 January 2018 : Manchester United Match Stands To Gain Glovers Significant Cash Windfall
Yeovil Town's FA Cup Fourth Round tie against Manchester United creates for the Glovers an unexpected windfall in terms of their 2017-18 season income. The Glovers route through to this stage of the competition has already generated a guaranteed £112,500, plus a share of the gate money from the four fixtures they've taken part in during the victories over Southend United, Port Vale and Bradford City.

That's thanks to the FA Prize Fund, which ensures that each club that wins through the FA Cup Rounds receives the following sums, as part of the competition prize pool:

First Round Proper winners : (40 clubs) £18,000
Second Round Proper winners : (20 clubs) £27,000
Third Round Proper winners : (32 clubs) £67,500
Fourth Round Proper winners : (16 clubs) £90,000
Fifth Round Proper winners : (8 clubs) £180,000
Sixth Round Proper winners : (4 clubs) £360,000
Semi-Final winners : (2 clubs) £900,000
Semi-Final losers : (2 clubs) £450,000
Final runners-up : (1 club) £900,000
Final winners : (1 club) £1,800,000

Amounts are accumulative per club for each round that they win - i.e. a club winning a First Round match and a Second Round match would receive £18,000 + £27,000 as part of their run.

The club also receive roughly 45 percent of the profit from each of the four ties. Crowds such as 2,079, 3,316, 1,588 and 3,040 clearly aren't going to provide a significant amount of money, but all should be regarded by the club as unbudgeted revenue - the club's usual stated position is to assume in their summer budgeting that they will go out of all cup competitions at the first round stage. Once costs are deducted from the staging of each tie - such as stewarding, policing, floodlighting and payments to match officials, the FA take 10 percent of the remaining sum for their Prize Fund pool, whilst the remaining 45 percent is shared between the two clubs. Overall, that should approximate to roughly the takings from two typical League Two matches (given the opposition clubs take the other slice from the four ties).

There then comes the question of how much would be made from the Manchester United tie itself. Back in the 2014-15 season, it was estimated that the Third Round tie generated between £300,000 and £500,000 for the Glovers, meaning that they should be able to match that sort of value for this fixture. That figure included the television broadcast fee, and so there would clearly be an assumption built in that one of the BBC or BT Sport would step in and select this tie.

For Third Round matches onwards, the broadcast fee is £144,000 per club. This fee is paid provided the fixture is screened - i.e. a match postponement would see the clubs lose out, unless the broadcaster also chose to televise the rearranged game. Fees for replays are half that amount.

As such, provided Yeovil Town's Fourth Round tie is televised, then the guarantee of the £112,500 that has already been banked, the share of the gate money from the four earlier ties, along with the prospect of the £300,000 to £500,000 for the Fourth Round tie, should ensure the club gain at least half a million pounds in additional revenue, but depending on how clever they are with merchandising sales, and corporate sponsorship, that figure could approach the £700,000 mark.


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9 January 2018 : Darren Way Looking Forward To Going Up Against Manchester United's Elite Manager
Yeovil Town manager Darren Way sees the prospect of coming up against an 'elite manager' to be amazing, as he stands to welcome Manchester United to Huish Park later this month. The Glovers will face the Premier League side for the second time in just over three years, when they were drawn last night in the FA Cup Fourth Round, with the tie due to be played at some point during the final weekend in January.

Stood in the opposition dugout on the day will be former Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho, whose side currently lie in second place in the Premier League table, behind runaway leaders Manchester City. Way says it is a real success story to be coming up against such a manager in the FA Cup:

"It's amazing to get a chance to manage against an elite manager. For me it's an unbelievable personal achievement. But the players deserve it because there's been a lot of hard work that has gone into getting to this position, and what a success story it is to be stood here today. It's a special moment for the football club and it's thoroughly deserved. The prestige of the FA Cup and the magic that it brings for moments like this is worth all the hard work that goes into a matchday."

Despite Yeovil Town being at almost the opposite end of the professional game structure, Way believes that his opposite number will know his side in detail by the time they get to the day of the game:

"It's going to be a magical day, and to have Mourinho coming to town is certainly going to draw the attention of the Yeovil faithful. I think the way he goes about his business will be the same as any other game. He'll be well-prepared and he'll know every strength and weakness of what we offer. But for me it's the memories and you can't take that away. I'll be very very excited in the build-up to the game, but we know we've still got a job to do, firstly with our league position, and we've got the Checkatrade Trophy."

With Championship side Bristol City having knocked Manchester United out of the League Cup, it was put to Way that Mourinho's team might not relish a second visit to the West Country. However, Way pointed out that the structure of both clubs was very different, although he still didn't rule out the idea of victory:

"Well we'll try our best, apart from Bristol City have probably got 20 times as much resources as what we have got. We will give our best. We're the underdogs and you never know. Being the underdogs, victory always tastes that little bit sweeter because we've done it in the last two rounds."


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9 January 2018 : Darren Way Talks About Bradford City Team Selection
Just before Saturday afternoon's FA Cup Third Round tie against Bradford City kicked off at Huish Park, Yeovil Town manager Darren Way spoke to the BBC about the game. With questions from local journalist Chris Spittles, in an interview for BBC Somerset, Darren talks about his four new loan signings, the status of Southampton striker Olufela Olomola, and some views on Omar Sowunmi. Read that interview via the link below.

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


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8 January 2018 : Moore Completes Six Figure Oakwell Move
Former Yeovil Town striker Kieffer Moore has completed a move to Championship side Barnsley. After what appeared to be a four or five way battle for his signature, he has left Ipswich Town and signed for the Tykes, despite heavy interest from Rotherham United and Peterborough United - with the latter having agreed a fee with Ipswich for his services.

His new club have given the 25 year old a contract until 2021. The fee is officially undisclosed, although claims across the internet in the lead-up to the deal have suggested that Barnsley forked out £750,000 to take him to Oakwell. Boss Paul Heckingbottom has said of Moore's arrival:

"It's a deal that the club has worked hard on and got done quickly, so I'm delighted with that. He's a player in top form and will bring something different to improve the side. We were after a player of his qualities, who can offer something different. His height will trouble defenders and cause problems, but as a player he’s got much more in his locker and will score different types of goals."

Moore's goalscoring capabilities came to light during his half-season loan spell with Rotherham, under former Glover Paul Warne. He scored 13 goals in 25 appearances, resulting in Ipswich Town making the decision to call him back to Portman Road, not to play him, but to cash in on his value. Having bought him for just £10,000 from Forest Green Rovers, it seems Mick McCarthy has just made an impressive profit on a player that never made a single start for the Tractor Boys - all of his eleven appearances came off the bench.


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8 January 2018 : FA Cup Fourth Round : Full Draw Details As Glovers Get Manchester United Again
Yeovil Town have been given a home draw in the Fourth Round of the FA Cup. The Glovers were pulled out of the bag this evening to play Manchester United at Huish Park, with the draw taking place live on BBC2 and BT Sport at Brighton and Hove Albion's Amex Stadium, with Dennis Wise and Rio Ferdinand drawing out the balls.

The full draw is as follows:

Liverpool vs West Bromwich Albion
Peterborough United vs Fleetwood Town or Leicester City
Huddersfield Town vs Birmingham City
Notts County vs Wolverhampton Wanderers or Swansea City
Yeovil Town vs Manchester United
Carlisle United or Sheffield Wednesday vs Stevenage or Reading
Cardiff City or Mansfield Town vs Manchester City
Milton Keynes Dons vs Coventry City
Millwall vs Rochdale
Southampton vs Watford
Middlesbrough vs Brighton and Hove Albion or Crystal Palace
AFC Bournemouth or Wigan Athletic vs Shrewsbury Town or West Ham United
Hull City vs Nottingham Forest
Newport County vs Tottenham Hotspur
Norwich City or Chelsea vs Newcastle United
Sheffield United vs Preston North End

All ties will be spread across four days, across the weekend of Saturday 27th January. Winning clubs will receive £90,000 from the FA Cup Prize Fund.


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8 January 2018 : Olomola Bid 'Probably The Biggest' Darren Way Has Seen At Yeovil Town
Yeovil Town manager Darren Way has claimed that the offer that the club have put in for Southampton striker Olufela Olomola is 'probably the biggest' he has seen the club submit for a player during his time at Huish Park. The 20 year old is currently back at St Mary's Stadium, pondering his future, having completed a half-season loan deal in South Somerset that saw him score seven times in 28 appearances.

Olomola was one of four loanees who departed the club after New Year's Day, but is the only one the club have hinted at that they are trying to bring back at any stage. With the former Arsenal academy product out of contract at St Mary's Stadium at the end of the 2017-18 season, the club have even put in a permanent offer for him, which Way states is sizeable. He says that the issues of having to deal with old loans expiring and new loan players arriving is part of the issues he is having to manage:

"This is part of managing the system. It's always difficult. I understand clubs, and certainly with Matt Worthington why Eddie Howe wanted to wait to recall him. But we've done our job. That's exactly the same with Olomola. Olomola will wait now, as he wants to wait and decide his future. We've put in a substantial offer for Olomola, and probably the biggest that I have known since I've been at the football club. So we've just got to wait and see what happens there. So we've been doing a lot of work."

Way's suggestion that it is the biggest offer the club has made for a player since he's been at the club may raise some eyebrows. During the summer of 2005, Yeovil Town recorded their record transfer fee, when they brought in Pablo Bastianini in from Argentinian side Quilmes, whilst Way was a midfielder at the club.

Officially the transfer fee remained undisclosed, although it didn't help that at one stage it was being reported, even in club official publications, as being a fee of £250,000. That figure derived from an interview with Chairman John Fry where he stated that the total cost of managing the stay of three South American players during that season, including wages, hotels and flights had reached that figure.

Since then, the actual figure referenced by the club has been revised down to a 'five figure' undisclosed sum, which at the time we understood unofficially was in the region of £85,000 - with the exact value being in the Argentinian local currency. If an offer for Olomola was bigger than that, it would be extraordinary.


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8 January 2018 : FA Women's Cup Fourth Round Draw : Full Draw Details
The full draw for the Fourth Round of the FA Women's Cup is now available. At lunchtime today, Yeovil Town Ladies were given an all-FAWSL1 tie against Arsenal Ladies as top flight clubs entered the competition for the first time this season. That pitches the Glovers up against a side that have won the competition a mere 14 times!

The ties were pulled out by two pupils at Cedar Mount Academy in Gorton, and they produced the following:

1 Durham v Sheffield FC
2 Aston Villa v Middlesbrough
3 Sunderland v Derby County or Brighouse Town
4 Keynsham Town v Lewes
5 Tottenham Hotspur v Doncaster Rovers Belles
6 Liverpool v Watford
7 Cardiff City v Oxford United
8 The New Saints v Chichester City
9 Millwall v Coventry United
10 Reading v Birmingham City
11 Plymouth Argyle v Leicester City
12 Brighton & Hove Albion v Manchester City
13 Blackburn Rovers v Charlton Athletic
14 Yeovil Town v Arsenal
15 London Bees v Chelsea
16 Everton v Bristol City

All ties are due to be played on Sunday 4th February. Each winning club will receive £2,000 from The FA Prize Fund.


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8 January 2018 : FA Women's Cup Fourth Round Draw : Glovers Given Gunners Challenge
Yeovil Town Ladies have been given a home draw in the Fourth Round of the FA Women's Cup. They will face fellow FAWSL1 side Arsenal Ladies, as the top flight clubs enter the competition for the first time.

The two sides last met in May 2017 with the female Gunners winning the tie 5-1 in a match played at the Viridor Stadium, home of Taunton Town. This time around we'd expect Huish Park to be the venue, with Sunday 4th February earmarked for this round of the competition.

The full draw and the arrangements for this tie, when confirmed, will follow in due course.


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8 January 2018 : Road Closure Near Huish Park For Two Months
A major route into Huish Park is closed to all traffic as of this morning. Thorne Lane will have the diggers in for two months, meaning that it is not expected to be possible to use that route to the ground when entering or exiting the area. The road will be closed between the junction with Western Avenue (which runs down the east side of Huish Park) as far as the junction/roundabout with Larkhill Road. The closure started on Monday 8th January and has an eight week timetable against it.

The roadworks will serve two purposes. The first is allow Wessex Water to replace the water mains pipes in the area. At the same time, the Western Corridor upgrade work will see a new roundabout built. Wessex Water have explained the project and how they're working with Somerset County Council to carry out both works at the same time:

"Developers are creating a new roundabout in Thorne Lane and we've collaborated with them (Somerset County Council) to complete our works at the same time, meaning there is one single road closure. Towards the end of the road closure there will be traffic lights at the Larkhill roundabout in Thorne Lane for about one week to install a new connection. We will keep residents informed and apologise in advance for any inconvenience caused by our essential main replacement work."

The road closure is likely to cause congestion around Huish Park on matchdays, given that most traffic coming from the east side of town will now have to funnel through Preston Road, rather than split across both routes. This is likely to put additional pressure on the Asda/Halford's roundabout at the foot of Western Avenue. Allow extra time for travelling.


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7 January 2018 : Darren Way's Verdict On The Bradford City Game
Following Saturday afternoon's 2-0 win over Bradford City in the FA Cup, 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 discusses the win and some of the challenges leading up to the game. Read that interview in full, via the link below.

Link: Darren Way's Verdict On The Bradford City Game.


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7 January 2018 : Man of the Match Voting for Yeovil Town vs Bradford City
If you watched Saturday afternoon's 2-0 win against Bradford City at Huish Park, don't forget to cast your Man of the Match votes. Choose your top three players from the match, plus entertainment and performance ratings along with any other comments you want to make on the game, using the form below.

Link: Man of the Match Voting for Yeovil Town vs Bradford City.


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6 January 2018 : FA Cup Fourth Round Schedule And Ball Numbers
Yeovil Town's route into the Fourth Round of the FA Cup was secured on Saturday afternoon, when they beat League One side Bradford City by a 2-0 scoreline. They will discover who they will face in the next round on Monday evening when the draw is once again made live on BBC Two and BT Sport, with the draw being staged just prior to the Third Round tie between Brighton and Hove Albion and Crystal Palace.

This is the sixth time that the club have been in the Fourth Round Draw. No surprise to find that the majority of those situations have been during the club's Football League era, having made it properly into the Fourth Round during 1949, 2005, 2014 and 2018. They have also been in the Fourth Round draw in 1999 and 2016. However, that famous 1949 campaign is the only occasion they've got beyond the Fourth Round stage.

The draw will take place at around 7.10p.m. on both channels and will see 32 ties spread across four days, across the weekend of Saturday 27th January. Winning clubs will receive £90,000 from the FA Cup Prize Fund. Yeovil Town take Ball No.11 with the full list as follows:

1 Sheffield United
2 Watford
3 Birmingham City
4 Liverpool
5 Brighton and Hove Albion OR Crystal Palace
6 Peterborough United
7 AFC Bournemouth OR Wigan Athletic
8 Coventry City
9 Newport County OR Leeds United
10 Huddersfield Town
11 Yeovil Town
12 Nottingham Forest OR Arsenal
13 Notts County
14 Milton Keynes Dons
15 Manchester United
16 West Bromwich Albion
17 Rochdale
18 Tottenham Hotspur OR AFC Wimbledon
19 Middlesbrough
20 Fleetwood Town OR Leicester City
21 Hull City
22 Cardiff City OR Mansfield Town
23 Manchester City
24 Shrewsbury Town OR West Ham United
25 Wolverhampton Wanderers OR Swansea City
26 Stevenage OR Reading
27 Newcastle United
28 Millwall
29 Southampton
30 Preston North End
31 Norwich City OR Chelsea
32 Carlisle United OR Sheffield Wednesday

Updated: Following Sunday's ties, three teams are no longer in the draw. The above list has been updated.


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6 January 2018 : Video : Yeovil Town vs Bradford City Match Highlights
For those who want to view match highlights of Yeovil Town's 2-0 victory over Bradford City in the FA Cup Third Round, these are now online. Watch two minutes worth of footage that includes the goals from Southampton loanee Marcus Barnes and Jordan Green, along with a number of other efforts from Jared Bird, Francois Zoko and Tom James via the link below. The video is only viewable by those with a UK ISP.

Link: BBC Sport : Yeovil Town vs Bradford City Match Highlights.


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6 January 2018 : Yeovil 2 Bradford 0 : Saint Barnes Gets Dream Debut As Glovers Deliver Bantams Knockout Blow
Yeovil Town worked their way through to the Fourth Round of the FA Cup this afternoon, with an impressive 2-0 victory over League One side Bradford City. The Glovers deserved their victory thanks to their counter-attacking football that saw a Bantams back line exposed during two second half moves. Southampton loanee Marcus Barnes got a goal on his debut after Otis Khan put him through on goal, whilst 15 minutes later a wonderful solo run by Francois Zoko allowed Jordan Green to wrap the game up. Whilst the Glovers had to clear the ball off their line on three occasions - Tom James twice and Nathan Smith ensured their goal wasn't breached - they were able to get themselves in the Fourth Round for the first time since 2014.

Such were the trials and tribulations of the last week, with loanees returning and suspensions, that there were five changes to the starting line-up. Two of those changes were players making their debuts, with Southampton striker Marcus Barnes and Barnsley midfielder Jared Bird starting. Jordan Green, Francois Zoko and Bevis Mugabi were rather more familiar names that came into the side.

Right from the start, Bradford's back line looked fragile and open, and although Jared Bird greeted his arrival on the Huish Park scene with a feisty tackle that hit him booked, it was the visitors who seemed to be more living on the edge. Bird himself produced a cross that went beyond the Bradford keeper and into the six yard box, but Tyrell Robinson cleared the ball close to his own goal line. Francois Zoko produced the game's first real effort when his shot was deflected, forcing Bantams keeper Lukas Raeder to change his angles to palm the shot out. Marcus Barnes tried to pounce, but the ball wouldn't bobble his way.

Bradford were in particular having problems dealing with Otis Khan - one particular nutmeg left two defenders for dead close to the byline, whilst another had to be forced out for a corner when he broke through the same defensive pair. From that corner, Khan's delivery found the head of Tom James, but the keeper comfortably saved it. James's next goal attempt was rather less comfortable for the Bantams defence, as he picked up a loose ball and rifled it through the crowded penalty area, catching Matthew Kilgallon full in the body as the defender cleared the ball off the line - something that seemed to leave him in discomfort for the remainder of the half.

Right on half time the sucker punch almost arrived. Bradford had looked sharp on their right flank throughout the half, pulling the ball wide to create space on the pitch. But their final ball had been poor right up until the final minute before the break, when Paul Taylor got space in the middle, and drilled a low shot just past Krysiak's post. Yeovil were on top, but that was a warning sign for them to take their chances.

No surprise for Bradford that Matthew Kilgallon failed to show for the second half, with Adam Thompson replacing him. The visitors enjoyed their best spell of the game in what appeared to be a tactical reorganisation, as Artur Krysiak had to block Timothee Dieng's angled shot with his legs. Then Krysiak got vital finger tips on a low shot from Charlie Wyke - enough to bobble it wide for a corner.

Yeovil hadn't done a lot in the second half, apart from an Otis Khan free kick that had the Screwfix side of the ground up in the air as it hit the side netting - but was wide enough for the keeper to watch it go by. However, even when they're under pressure, the Glovers tend to be good on the break. They got their opening goal through this route as Otis Khan picked the ball up close to the dugouts and slipped it through to Marcus Barnes. The Saints loanee ended up in a one-v-one and finished confidently at the away end of the ground as he pushed it past the keeper and into the corner of the net for a 1-0 advantage.

Bradford almost got themselves an equaliser 70 minutes into the match. Paul Taylor's shot from the edge of the box crashed off the underside of the crossbar. With Artur Krysiak having already committed himself for the initial shot, he did well to get himself up and block the Shay McCartan effort as the former Accrington Stanley midfielder tried to convert the rebound.

That save was to prove crucial as once again Yeovil caught Bradford on the counter-attack for their second goal. Francois Zoko received the ball close to the dugouts, close to where Khan's move for the first goal had started. At one stage, as he danced his way through Bradford defenders who were attempting to foul him, it looked as though he was going all the way, but he laid the ball off to Jordan Green, who capped a fine performance from him personally by slotting the ball low and past the keeper, into the corner of the net for a 2-0 scoreline.

Bradford tried in vain to get back into the match, but the Glovers defence held firm. Nathan Smith cleared off his line from a Charlie Wyke effort, getting the ball out for a corner, and then in second half stoppage time, Bradford substitute Daniel Devine was denied, as Tom James cleared the ball off the line for the second time in the match. It was that sort of a day for the visitors, in a match where the Glovers served up one of their best performances of the season. The big question is whether they can transfer what they are doing in the cup competitions, into bulk standard league matches, but for now their interest in the FA Cup will carry on into the back end of January as they look forward to the Fourth Round draw.

Link: 2017-18 Latest League Two Table.

Final Score: Yeovil Town 2 Bradford City 0.

Scorers: Marcus Barnes (1-0, 61 mins), Jordan Green (2-0, 76 mins)


Yeovil Town:
1. Artur Krysiak
23. Tom James 5. Bevis Mugabi 3. Nathan Smith 11. Ryan Dickson
15. Jordan Green 10. Jake Gray 4. Jared Bird 7. Otis Khan
19. Marcus Barnes 13. Francois Zoko

Substitutes:
12. Jonny Maddison (GK) 6. Lewis Wing (78 mins for Jared Bird) 22. Corey Whelan (85 mins for Marcus Barnes) 30. Alefe Santos (90 mins for Otis Khan) 29. Paul Golubickas

Bradford City:
23 Lukas Raeder
16 Jacob Hanson 5 Matthew Kilgallon 6 Romain Vincelot 35 Tyrell Robinson
17 Alex Gilliead 7 Nicky Law 8 Timothee Dieng 14 Shay McCartan
9 Charlie Wyke 10 Paul Taylor

Substitutes:
2 Adam Thompson (46 mins for Matthew Kilgallon) 11 Dominic Poleon (75 mins for Shay McCartan) 24 Daniel Devine (70 mins for Timothee Dieng) 27 Jordan Gibson 34 Omari Patrick 40 George Sykes-Kenworthy

Yeovil Bookings: Jared Bird (16 mins, foul)

Bradford City Bookings: Romain Vincelot (31 mins, foul), Tim Dieng (68 mins, foul), Tyrell Robinson (50 mins, foul)

Yeovil Match Statistics: Possession: 49%; Shots: 15; Shots On Target: 8; Corners: 6; Fouls: 8.

Bradford City Match Statistics: Possession: 51%; Shots: 11; Shots On Target: 5; Corners: 4; Fouls: 12.

Referee: John Brooks (Leicestershire). Assistants: Samuel Ogles (Hampshire) and Matthew Lee (West Sussex). Fourth Official: Adam Bromley (Devon).

Attendance: 3,040 (with 465 Bradford City supporters).


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6 January 2018 : Exeter League Two Trip To Be Rearranged
One of the side effects of Yeovil Town's 2-0 win over Bradford City is that one of their League Two fixtures will now need to be rearranged. The trip to St James Park was due to be played on Saturday 27th January 2018, but the match against Exeter City will now need a midweek date to fulfil it, as it falls on FA Cup Fourth Round weekend.

If you've already purchased a ticket for this game, then unless you already know you can't do a midweek fixture, then we'd recommend that you hold onto your ticket and await the rearranged date. We'll try to get explicit confirmation, but we suspect that tickets for the January 27th date will now get taken off sale, pending the new date.

Once there is a new date and new ticketing instructions for the Exeter game, we'll provide new instructions.


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6 January 2018 : Darren Way Hails Absolute Extraordinary Achievement After Bradford City Cup Win
Yeovil Town manager Darren Way described this afternoon's 2-0 victory over Bradford City in the FA Cup as an absolute extraordinary achievement, after his team had worked their way into the Fourth Round stage. Victory over their League One opponents was achieved thanks to a debut goal from Southampton loanee Marcus Barnes and a goal from Jordan Green with both being scored during the second half.

Much of the build-up to the game had been overshadowed by the Glovers doing most of their first team training sessions with around eleven or twelve players available for Saturday, with four loan players having returned to their parent clubs, whilst two more were suspended for today's tie. However, the club brought in four new loanees during a 24 hour period. Way paid tribute to his family, the club Chairman and the club's secretaries for helping him deal with that situation, that eventually saw a teamsheet of 15 senior players and one Academy player being named:

"An absolute extraordinary achievement from my players today. We all deserve it at the football club. You know the story leading into this game, with the amount of effort put in just to field a team, let alone win a football match. Players must take credit for that. It's been tough on my family, because firstly I've not been home, and secondly I've taken so many phone calls - it must have been 178 in one day. So there's been a lot of hard work that has gone on behind the scenes when you have tough times, as far as the system that we're trying to manage. There's been one or two - a big thanks must go to the Chairman, because he's put a lot of hard work in, and the secretaries as well, because without them these signings wouldn't have happened. Without those signings we wouldn't have achieved an unbelievable result today."

One of the late signatories on Friday was Marcus Barnes - brought in after it became clear the club were not going to sort out a deal for his Saints teammate Olufela Olomola in time for the fixture. Barnes arrived from St Mary's on a half-season loan and Way said that it was only on Friday evening that he was able to sit down with him and discuss what he wanted his new signing to do on the day:

"I was sat here with him at seven o'clock last night, talking to him about the history of the football club, and what it means to myself, staff and supporters. You've always got fingers crossed in terms of how he's going to handle the environment, up against a real good Bradford team that are in the play-offs. I think they've got 38 or 40 players to choose from. The way we implemented the tactical game plan against them we looked very dangerous, which is why there were so many yellow cards with the way we were playing on the counter-attack."


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6 January 2018 : Yeovil 2 Bradford 0 : Match Statistics
Yeovil Town worked their way through to the Fourth Round of the FA Cup this afternoon, with an impressive 2-0 victory over League One side Bradford City. The Glovers deserved their victory thanks to their counter-attacking football that saw a Bantams back line exposed during two second half moves. Southampton loanee Marcus Barnes got a goal on his debut after Otis Khan put him through on goal, whilst 15 minutes later a wonderful solo run by Francois Zoko allowed Jordan Green to wrap the game up. Whilst the Glovers had to clear the ball off their line on three occasions - Tom James twice and Nathan Smith ensured their goal wasn't breached - they were able to get themselves in the Fourth Round for the first time since 2014.

Full report to follow later ....

Link: 2017-18 Latest League Two Table.

Final Score: Yeovil Town 2 Bradford City 0.

Scorers: Marcus Barnes (1-0, 61 mins), Jordan Green (2-0, 76 mins)


Yeovil Town:
1. Artur Krysiak
23. Tom James 5. Bevis Mugabi 3. Nathan Smith 11. Ryan Dickson
15. Jordan Green 10. Jake Gray 4. Jared Bird 7. Otis Khan
19. Marcus Barnes 13. Francois Zoko

Substitutes:
12. Jonny Maddison (GK) 6. Lewis Wing (78 mins for Jared Bird) 22. Corey Whelan (85 mins for Marcus Barnes) 30. Alefe Santos (90 mins for Otis Khan) 29. Paul Golubickas

Bradford City:
23 Lukas Raeder
16 Jacob Hanson 5 Matthew Kilgallon 6 Romain Vincelot 35 Tyrell Robinson
17 Alex Gilliead 7 Nicky Law 8 Timothee Dieng 14 Shay McCartan
9 Charlie Wyke 10 Paul Taylor

Substitutes:
2 Adam Thompson (46 mins for Matthew Kilgallon) 11 Dominic Poleon (75 mins for Shay McCartan) 24 Daniel Devine (70 mins for Timothee Dieng) 27 Jordan Gibson 34 Omari Patrick 40 George Sykes-Kenworthy

Yeovil Bookings: Jared Bird (16 mins, foul)

Bradford City Bookings: Romain Vincelot (31 mins, foul), Tim Dieng (68 mins, foul), Tyrell Robinson (50 mins, foul)

Yeovil Match Statistics: Possession: 49%; Shots: 15; Shots On Target: 8; Corners: 6; Fouls: 8.

Bradford City Match Statistics: Possession: 51%; Shots: 11; Shots On Target: 5; Corners: 4; Fouls: 12.

Referee: John Brooks (Leicestershire). Assistants: Samuel Ogles (Hampshire) and Matthew Lee (West Sussex). Fourth Official: Adam Bromley (Devon).

Attendance: 3,040 (with 465 Bradford City supporters).


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6 January 2018 : Team News For Yeovil Town vs Bradford City
The starting line-up for Yeovil Town's FA Cup Third Round match against Bradford City at Huish Park has been revealed. The match sees the Glovers name five changes to their starting line-up compared to the team that took to the field against Crawley Town on New Year's Day.

The match represents one of extreme change. Olufela Olomola is back at Southampton for the time being, Sid Nelson has taken a loan deal with Chesterfield after going back to Millwall, Keston Davies is back at Swansea City and Matt Worthington is back at AFC Bournemouth. The big surprise is that Sam Surridge also does not play - he has a dead leg and so is deemed unfit.

Coming into the squad are four new loanees. Defender Corey Whelan midfielder Jared Bird, midfielder Lewis Wing and striker Marcus Barnes. Bird and Barnes start today, with Jordan Green, Francois Zoko and Bevis Mugabi also brought into the line-up.

There are only five players named on the bench, with one of those being Under-18s attacking midfielder Paul Golubickas - two substitute places are left unfilled.

The first team squad members to miss out today are right-back Daniel Alfei (knee injury, out for season), Rhys Browne (ankle), Oscar Gobern (hamstring), James Bailey (knee ligaments), Sam Surridge (dead leg), Connor Smith (suspended) and Omar Sowunmi (suspended).

The team reads as follows:

Yeovil Town:
1. Artur Krysiak
23. Tom James 5. Bevis Mugabi 3. Nathan Smith 11. Ryan Dickson
15. Jordan Green 10. Jake Gray 4. Jared Bird 7. Otis Khan
19. Marcus Barnes 13. Francois Zoko

Substitutes:
12. Jonny Maddison (GK) 6. Lewis Wing XX. Corey Whelan 30. Alefe Santos 29. Paul Golubickas


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6 January 2018 : Sodje Brothers Old Bailey Money Laundering Trial Restarts
The Old Bailey trial of former Yeovil Town defender Efe Sodje and his brother Sam Sodje has recommenced. The original trial had collapsed in September 2017 for reasons that were not made public, and three months have passed without word on what was going to be done in terms of the re-trial.

It has now restarted from the beginning. The same four people are in the dock, with the two Sodje brothers joined by Emmanuel Ehikhamen and Andrew Oruma who are alleged to have been part of a money laundering scam worth £80,000. A fifth person, Akpo Sodje, has been connected with the offences, but has refused to leave his home in Dubai to be interviewed.

Efe's role in the situation appears to be a more minor one, with the claim that he received £1,000 as part of the arrangements, according to the Daily Mail. However, the prosecution lawyer Julian Christopher QC claims all five were knowingly involved:

"There were two bank accounts to which these companies were tricked into sending the money. One belonged to Emmanuyel Ehikhamen, the other to a man named Akpo Sodje, brother to the defendants Efe Sodje and Sam Sodje. The prosecution allege that all four defendants were involved in an arrangement to facilitate the receipt and onward transmission of money which has been obtained by fraud, once their own financial rewards had been deducted. Akpo is not amongst the defendants in the dock simply because he now lives in Dubai and has declined an invitation to return to this country to be interviewed about these offences. The unsuspecting firms paid into a London accounts belonging to Ehikhamen, who then transferred it to Akpo Sodje."

The Old Bailey has heard of the list of companies that they claim were victims of the scam. Italian based Oliver Group sent £7,302 to Akpo Sodje, after someone posed as Qindao Fullrun Tyre Company, demanding a down payment. Akpo Sodje received another £7,908 from Indian company Vishal Industries, giving some to his mother. Abu Dhabi based company Global Drilling Solutions sent £27,862 to Ehikhamen's account after another fake invoice arrive in their inbox demanding a payment for Shanghai SK Petroleum and Chemical Equipment Corporation Ltd, in China. Jako Importaciones, from Columbia and Italian machinery wholesalers Sgorbati Vegetec sent £25,128 and £3,159 respectively.

Sam Sodje is accused of receiving more than £30,000 from his brother Akpo, withdrawing £9,000 of it in cash. The fraud was discovered when the real suppliers requested payment for their services.

All four defendants deny the charges levelled at them, with the trial continuing.


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6 January 2018 : Officials For Yeovil Town vs Bradford City
Officials for the FA Cup Third Round tie between Yeovil Town and Bradford City have been published by the Football Association. The match takes place on Saturday 6th January 2018 (today) with a 3.00p.m. kick-off at Huish Park. 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 twice, with both during the 2016-17 season. The first 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.

Our second game involving Mr Brooks saw him take charge of the EFL Trophy match against Reading Under-21s in January 2017. Matches in this competition tend not to get us too animated, but what was worthy of note was that the match referee again did another early dismissal, sending Reading's Sandro Wieser off for a rather red-blooded tackle during the opening 20 minutes. As we observed at the time, the referee was being brutally consistent in his decision-making across the two matches. What was also notable was the card count - across both 2016-17 fixtures he produced 15 yellow cards and two straight red cards.

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 Samuel Ogles (Hampshire) and Matthew Lee (West Sussex). The Fourth Official will be Adam Bromley (Devon).

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

Link: January 2017 : Yeovil Town 4 Reading Under-21s 2.


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6 January 2018 : Glovers Trust Plans For The Bradford City Game
This afternoon sees Yeovil Town in FA Cup Third Round action against Bradford City at Huish Park. The Glovers Trust will be available before the game to discuss hot topics, and to take any issues you may have. In particular, they are also wanting views from their membership over whether it is in the Trust's interests to co-opt with the club's Supporters Alliance Group, after some modifications were made to that group's terms of reference. The Trust's plans for today are as follows:

Match: Bradford City (Home)

Trust Presence: The Arrow - approximately 1.00p.m. to 2.30p.m.

Arrow Services: 50/50 draw, membership renewals, 20% discount on pre-match food orders (Home and Away Trust Members)

Specific Discussion Points of Interest: Alliance Group Vote and vacant Board positions.

Other points of note:

The members vote to decide if the Trust should join the Alliance Group under the revised terms ends at 10.00p.m. on Sunday 7th of January. Two mailshots have been sent so far to existing members with a further one planned on Saturday morning to encourage all members to cast their vote. The response has so far been good but clearly we are keen for all members to have their say. See this earlier article for full details.

Any supporters who wish to join the Trust can do so at the reduced £5.00 rate, which covers until the end of the 2017-18 season. See this earlier article for full details.


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6 January 2018 : Darren Way Previews The Bradford City Game
As part of the build-up to the FA Cup Third Round match against Bradford City at Huish Park, Yeovil Town manager Darren Way spoke to the BBC about the match. With questions from BBC Somerset reporter Tom Seymour, Darren gives his views on the loan players that he had during the first half of the season and his chances of having Sam Surridge and Olufela Olomola on the club's books for the second half. He also gives his views on the opposition and the FA Cup competition. Read that interview via the link below.

NOTE: The interview was conducted prior to Yeovil Town's four loan signings this week, although makes an implicit reference to the first of that quartet.

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


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5 January 2018 : Reid Leaves Grecians For Forest Green
Former Yeovil Town striker Reuben Reid's tour of the West Country continues, with his decision to sign for League Two relegation rivals Forest Green Rovers. The 29 year old has left Exeter City after 16 months at St James Park, having taken in a career that also includes two spells with Plymouth Argyle and a loan spell with Torquay United.

The Bristol-born player has moved for an undisclosed fee, signing a two-and-a-half year contract with a Gloucestershire side that is currently at the bottom of League Two but has the financial resources to spend their way out of trouble during the second half of the season. Reid believes that he will eventually be playing for a side that will achieve that goal:

"I'm relieved. It ran a lot smoother that I thought it would and things happen in football very quickly and I’ve come down today and managed to get it over the line. I’ve had a bit of interest from Forest Green in a few different windows, sometimes stronger than other times, but the potential of the club and the long-term future of the club excite me. From a selfish point of view, I think it’s an environment I can thrive in. There's a lot of points to play for and I am joining here with the belief that relegation is not an option. With the help of others, fortunes will improve and we'll pick up enough points to kick on and finish in a solid position."

Reid's prolific form at St James Park had dried up somewhat which may explain why the Grecians were willing to let him go. Despite having scored eight times this season, he had not scored in a League Two game since September, and was increasingly being used as a substitute in their side.


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5 January 2018 : Walsh Completes Bristol City Move
Former Yeovil Town loanee Liam Walsh is back in the West Country. The 20 year old has signed for Championship side Bristol City for a fee that is officially undisclosed, but had been generally reported as being in the region of £1 million. He has penned a two and a half year contract, ending his stay with his boyhood club Everton, and working under another former Glover in City boss Lee Johnson.

Bristol City's registration of Walsh has come too late for him to be eligible to feature in their FA Cup Third Round tie at Watford. As such he will sit in the stand tomorrow before getting the chance to make his debut against Manchester City in their League Cup Semi-Final first leg tie. Unsurprisingly Johnson Jnr cites Walsh's time at Yeovil Town as a big factor in why he had an interest in signing him:

"I think Liam gives us something slightly different to what we have already and adds to the qualities we already have in midfield. He loves getting on the ball and is a very good passer with both his left and right foot. He's done very well on loan at Yeovil Town previously and I've tracked him for some time. He's a brilliant player, who can come in and compete immediately. Hopefully he can improve and he improves us."


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5 January 2018 : Darren Way : Olomola Agreement Up To Player And Agent
Yeovil Town manager Darren Way says that it is up to the player and his agent, if he is able to bring Southampton striker Olufela Olomola back to Huish Park. The 20 year old's half season loan spell in South Somerset came to an end after Monday's game against Crawley Town, meaning that unless something has been hidden from public view, he will not be available for Saturday's FA Cup Third Round tie against Bradford City. For at least the short term, he has returned to St Mary's Stadium.

Way has made clear that he's trying to complete a new deal for the former Arsenal academy product, although appears to be hedging his bets in terms of whether that deal will be another loan, or whether they'll manage to broker a permanent deal. The Glovers boss suggests that matters are 'close' between Yeovil and Southampton, but said yesterday that he knows less about what the player and agent are thinking:

"With someone like Olufela Olomola, I think this football club has done fantastic for him. We have put an offer in to Southampton. We have been close to agreeing, in all the conversations that I've been privvy to. Now it's down to the player and the agent. You almost hope that they trust us, but I also understand that he probably wants to see what's out there. So we've tried the loan, we've tried the permanent and I feel the club have backed me in trying to sign him on a permanent. With Southampton, we're close. All I can say is that it's down to the player. If he feels he wants to play at a higher level, then I presume he is going to wait for that. All I know is that what this club have offered him has been fantastic."

Way has admitted his club's current heavy use of the loan system is proving problematic, given that three of his players - Sid Nelson, Keston Davies and Matt Worthington - have definitely returned to their parent clubs, whilst Olomola seems unlikely to be available for tomorrow's FA Cup tie against Bradford City at this stage. Way feels that stops him being able to build a stable squad at Huish Park:

"It's disappointing for me, because it's hard to build anything at the football club, because players come in, and with the loan system being the way it is now, if they do well like Ryan Hedges last year, then they move on. If they don't play, then nine times out of ten they go back. That's whether you've got them on a season-long loan or not. Sam Surridge is a season-long loan. Eddie Howe has got injuries, and there are decisions being made with Sam. So it's frustrating, but I knew when I signed a contract for Yeovil, the problems that I was going to have to deal with. I'm managing the system - I keep talking about the system, because the system has been the same for a while. It's getting harder now, because the window opens and closes. Before a club like Yeovil could rely on an emergency loan. Now we can't do that. So yes, it's a problem, and I'll have to find a solution."

This week's recruitment of striker Marcus Barnes, midfielders Jared Bird and Lewis Wing along with defender Corey Whelan would suggest that recruitment of further loan players becomes far less likely, unless Sam Surridge departs the building. With the club having quickly moved back up to their original level of five loan players, any further recruits in this area would leave players sat in the stand. Therefore it has to be assumed at this stage that any future intentions the club may hold concerning Olomola would involve a permanent bid for him, rather than a loan move, particularly given that Southampton have consented to a loan deal for Barnes.


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5 January 2018 : Barnes Signs Up As Fourth Loanee Of The Week
Yeovil Town have completed their fourth loan signing of the January 2018 transfer window. They have brought in Southampton striker Marcus Barnes until the end of the 2017-18 season. The 21 year old joins Jared Bird, Corey Whelan and Lewis Wing as new arrivals at Huish Park this week. He is a former Wolverhampton Wanderers academy player.

He has so far scored four goals in twelve Premier League 2 appearances this season, and also featured for Southampton in their Checkatrade Trophy matches, under an Under-21 banner. He was their top goalscorer at Under-18s level during the 2014-15 season, with 13 goals in 26 appearances, at which point they moved him upwards into their Under-23 ranks. However, his 2015-16 season was stalled by a serious injury that kept him out for the majority of the campaign.

This will be his first outing to another club - he has no current first team experience.


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5 January 2018 : Boro Midfielder Wings His Way Into Somerset
Yeovil Town have made their third loan signing of the January transfer window. They have brought in Middlesbrough midfielder Lewis Wing into the side on loan until the end of the 2017-18 season.

Born in Newton Aycliffe in County Durham on June 23rd 1995 (aged 22 years old) he is an attacking midfielder, who started off in non-league football, playing for Shildon, who he joined from Seaham Red Star. His time for Shildon saw him score 22 goals in his first season, followed by 37 in his second season.

That was enough for Middlesbrough to sign him up in June 2017. He has made two appearances for them so far - both in the League Cup. This would be his first taste of professional football away from the Riverside Stadium.


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5 January 2018 : Whelan Loan Deal Confirmed By Clubs
Further to our news from this morning, Yeovil Town have now completed a move for Liverpool defender Corey Whelan. The 20 year old arrives at the club on a half-season loan deal. The club have said that the move is "subject to clearance" but have also stated that he will be in the squad for Saturday's Third Round tie against Bradford City, meaning that it's not 100 percent clear if he has been registered in time for the tie.

As a player that generally plays as a centre-back - although can occupy other positions - he can be considered to be a like-for-like replacement for one of Keston Davies and Sid Nelson, whose loan deals expired earlier this week.

For a full profile on Corey, see the earlier news item.


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5 January 2018 : Whelan Confirms Yeovil Town Loan Deal
Liverpool centre-back Corey Whelan has confirmed that he is signing for Yeovil Town on loan. Although the deal itself has yet to be confirmed by either club, the player himself has taken to Twitter to announce his own departure from Anfield on a temporary basis. Whelan says of the situation:

"Delighted to be joining Yeovil Town on loan until the end of the season👍🏼 All the best to all players and staff at Liverpool for the rest of the season."

The big question will be whether the paperwork has gone through prior to the Football Association deadline for this weekend's matches - this may explain why the club at present haven't confirmed the deal yet, with the need for the FA to explicitly confirm his availability. The rules for the 2017-18 FA Cup state:

"Any such registration must have been received and accepted by The Association or League by 12 noon on the Friday immediately prior to the date fixed for playing the Round (the “Registration Deadline”), and the registration must be continuous through to the date of the match."


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5 January 2018 : Yeovil Town Linked With Liverpool Under-23s Defender
Yeovil Town are being linked with a move for Liverpool defender Corey Whelan to the club on loan. The 20 year old former Crewe Alexandra academy player has signed a half-season agreement at the club, and can play either as a centre-back or as a right-back. Claims by a former Sky Sports journalist, who now generally provides articles for the HITC website, suggest that he is on his way to Huish Park.

Born in Chester on December 12th 1997, he was part of Crewe's system, but switched to join Liverpool at Under-10s level. By the 2013-14 season he had graduated to their Under-18s and has now moved up into their Under-23s side. He also has caps for the Republic of Ireland Under-21s. Corey gave his own views on his attributes as a player, to Liverpool's website and said:

"I'm versatile. I've played centre-half, left-back, right-back, wing-back and midfield this season, so I'm definitely versatile. I can use the ball well, I'm a good ball player and I'm not fazed by having the ball at my feet, I'll always love being on the ball. I'm strong defensively. I've still got things to work on, definitely, which I'm doing every day here."


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4 January 2018 : Worthington Departure Now Confirmed As Loanee Returns To Dean Court
Yeovil Town have now formally confirmed the departure of AFC Bournemouth midfielder Matt Worthington. The player himself had posted via his Twitter account a fairly obvious farewell message, which the club have now backed up by stating that he has returned to Dean Court.

The Glovers state that "the club were unable to agree on a loan extension", meaning that it was one of Worthington or the Cherries that pulled the plug on the arrangements. He has been already replaced, in terms of his position, with the arrival of Barnsley midfielder Jared Bird.

Overall, Worthington made 19 appearances, having arrived at the club on the final day of the August transfer window.

Link: Matt Worthington : Yeovil Town Statistics.


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4 January 2018 : Worthington Posts Farewell Message Suggesting Time Is Up At Huish Park
AFC Bournemouth midfielder Matt Worthington appears to have said his farewell to the club. The 20 year old had been on a half-season loan deal at Huish Park, for the first half of the 2017-18 season, but his deal had expired after the Crawley Town match, without any firm indication as to whether that would be extended or not.

Worthington has posted via his Twitter account a message that almost certainly means that arrangement won't be extended. He gives his thanks to all concerned at the club:

"Unbelievable experience and thoroughly enjoyed my time at Yeovil Town. Want to thank all the fans for their support and thank the players, manager and staff for making my time there so easy and enjoyable! I wish all the success to everyone associated with the club you deserve!"

Worthington made 19 appearances for Yeovil Town, having arrived on the final day of the August transfer window. Having had a slightly slow start to his career in South Somerset, with one or two of his early games seeing him deputise as a right-back, he ultimately saw most of his games in a central midfield role, and today's arrival of Barnsley midfielder Jared Bird would appear to be a like-for-like swap.

Good luck to Matt in his future career at Bournemouth.

Link: Matt Worthington : Yeovil Town Statistics.


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4 January 2018 : The Bird Is The Word As Jared Flies In
Yeovil Town have agreed terms with Championship side Barnsley to take one of their midfielders on loan. They have signed up 20 year old Jared Bird, who is a former Derby County Academy product. He becomes the club's first new signing of 2018, and will be eligible to play against Bradford City in the FA Cup Third Round on Saturday. He will be on the club's books until the end of the 2017-18 season

Born in Nottingham, on August 21st 1997, he was part of Derby County's youth ranks, and was given a Scholarship by them. However, he was released at the end of that two year programme, and signed a professional contract for Barnsley in the summer of 2016. He captained their Under-23 side on a number of occasions, and although the nearest he got to being a first team player during the 2016-17 season was to act as an unused substitute, they were happy enough with his progress to give him a further one year contract for the 2017-18 season. That was extended further in December, as they gave him a new deal until the summer of 2020.

He made his first team debut for Barnsley in August 2017 against Nottingham Forest, and so far has three substitute appearances to his name in the Championship. His one and only start came in illustrious surroundings, as he was given 90 minutes against Tottenham Hotspur in the EFL Cup in September 2017. His club website says this about his style of play:

"A commanding central midfielder; his tough, clean tackling approach has gained him plaudits, but his dead-ball delivery and eye for a pass are further attributes in his locker."


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4 January 2018 : Twelve Players Makes Team Selection For Bradford City Game An Easy Task
Selecting Yeovil Town's starting line-up for their Third Round tie against Bradford City may be easier than you think. A flurry of suspensions and returning loan players, means that the Glovers are currently in limboland concerning their player selection. With Keston Davies having returned to Swansea City and Sid Nelson having gone out on loan to Chesterfield almost as soon as he returned to Millwall, the club's list of available players has been cut to the bone.

Midfielder Connor Smith and defender Omar Sowunmi both serve suspensions on Saturday for their red cards in the 1-2 home defeat against Crawley Town, whilst Daniel Alfei (knee injury, out for season), Rhys Browne (ankle), Oscar Gobern (hamstring) and James Bailey (knee ligaments) are all on the treatment table. Loan deals for Matt Worthington and Olufela Olomola have expired, meaning that unless the club can negotiate new deals, then they will be unavailable.

As such, there will be absolutely zero controversy over team selection, if the following one is chosen on Saturday:

Starting XI:
Artur Krysiak
Tom James, Bevis Mugabi, Nathan Smith, Ryan Dickson
Jordan Green, Jake Gray, Alefe Santos, Otis Khan
Francois Zoko, Sam Surridge

Substitute: Jonny Maddison.

The above represents the twelve professional players who currently have permanent or loan deals active within Yeovil Town. AFC Bournemouth striker Sam Surridge remains the single loanee - his deal was signed up front as a season-long arrangement. Although there is a break clause in that deal, there is no reason why that would be executed before the weekend, given that Surridge is already cup-tied by playing for the Glovers in earlier rounds of the competition. Any recall would just leave him sat in the stand for the weekend, so it should be safe to assume he will stay where he is.

The club can of course recruit in new players - the loss of Sid Nelson and Keston Davies means that they can fill two loan slots (without causing issues over a Worthington or Olomola return) whilst permanent transfers will also be allowed throughout January. However, for those players to be eligible to play in Saturday's FA Cup game, the following must be satisfied:

1. They must not have played for two other clubs (including Under-21 sides in the Checkatrade Trophy) during the 2017-18 season. This is a FIFA rule that would also prevent players participating in League Two matches.

2. They must not have played in any previous round of the FA Cup

3. If this is a loan transfer, they must have written permission from their parent club to play in the FA Cup

4. All player registrations must be completed by 12.00 noon on Friday to be eligible for the weekend FA Cup fixtures.

If all else fails, the club are entitled to register as many of their Academy players for the match as they deem necessary.


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4 January 2018 : Darren Way Talks About Crawley Town Team Selection
Just before the New Year's Day match against Crawley Town kicked off, Yeovil Town manager Darren Way spoke to the BBC about the game. With questions from local journalist Chris Spittles, in an interview for BBC Somerset, Darren gives his views on why Francois Zoko has been going beyond the call of duty, explains why we won't be seeing James Bailey for a while, and even talks about the SAS! Read that interview in full via the link below.

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


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4 January 2018 : Nelson's Spireites Deal Is Confirmed
Further to yesterday's news, former Yeovil Town loanee Sid Nelson has now signed on loan for one of the club's relegation rivals. He has agreed a half-season deal with 22nd placed Chesterfield, who spent much of the first half of the season in or around the bottom two places, but have gradually been showing signs of hauling themselves out of trouble.

Spireites manager Jack Lester was a spectator in the crowd during Yeovil Town's 3-2 September win at the Proact Stadium, and so would have seen Nelson play 90 minutes on that night, at a time when the 22 year old was a regular in the Glovers starting eleven. Lester said he saw Nelson as a leader on the pitch:

"He's a very aggressive player who is a leader for a young lad. He comes very highly recommended by Millwall manager Neil Harris and he's an important signing for us."

Nelson was an unused substitute during his final match at Huish Park, having not featured since November 21st. Less than 72 hours later, he's found himself in Derbyshire, where he will hope to play more games than the 14 he managed for the Glovers. He says of the move:

"It's a pleasure to be here. I know this is a big club for this division and we're in a position we shouldn't be at the moment. I am someone who gives 100 per cent, week in, week out and I want to try and help get the team moving up the table."


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3 January 2018 : Roberts Cuts Short Boro Loan Deal
Former Yeovil Town right-back Connor Roberts has cut short his stay with Middlesbrough, to return to his parent club Swansea City. The 22 year old had been due to spend the whole of the 2017-18 season at the Riverside Stadium, under the management of former Swansea boss Garry Monk, but this did not turn into regular football for him.

Connor only made four appearances for the Championship side, of which three were in the League Cup, where Middlesbrough were rotating their first team squad. His one and only Championship league appearance came on November 19th against Leeds United, which transpired to be his final appearance for the club.

Roberts will be eligible to go out on loan to another club during the January transfer window, having not been involved with Swansea City's first team during the 2017-18 season so far.


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3 January 2018 : Davies Loan Deal Terminated Early As Nelson Also Says Farewell
Yeovil Town have confirmed that Swansea City defender Keston Davies and Millwall centre-back Sid Nelson have left the club. Nelson is reported to be in the process of agreeing a loan move to Chesterfield, whilst Davies has had his season-long loan terminated after he failed to get a place in Yeovil's first team.

Davies had been brought to Huish Park as Swansea's captain of their Under-23s side. However, after playing 45 minutes in the club's opening day of the season at Luton Town, he was to feature in only one further minute of League Two football, with his three other appearances for the club coming in the EFL Trophy.

Nelson's time also surprisingly dried up as a broken nose and a red card contributed to his game time being rationed, with him making just 14 appearances for the club, and featuring in only four of the club's last 20 matches.

Good luck to them both in their future careers.

Link: Keston Davies : Yeovil Town Statistics.

Link: Sid Nelson : Yeovil Town Statistics.


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3 January 2018 : Nelson Linked With Spireites Move
League Two side Chesterfield are reported to be signing up Millwall defender Sid Nelson on loan. The 22 year old's loan spell with Yeovil Town has just come to an end, without a firm decision over his future. However, with him not having got match time since November 21st, and having only got onto the pitch in four out of Yeovil's last 20 fixtures, it seemed unlikely that he would be sticking around, even if manager Darren Way were to offer him anything.

The South London Press and Mercury report that Chesterfield have moved in for Nelson, and that they are planning to take him on a half season loan deal. Nelson hadn't featured for Millwall during the 2017-18 season, so provided they push that through without him making a first team appearance for the London club, he would be eligible to make a move to the Spireites. As yet there is no official confirmation of this deal going through yet.

Nelson had been a regular in Yeovil Town's starting line-up until early October, when a broken nose saw him miss one match through injury. In the three months that followed, he was largely an unused substitute, and had not got onto the pitch during the last eleven matches - his last match seeing him receive a late red card in the 1-1 draw against Notts County. That dismissal was to be his final action for the club.

Link: Sid Nelson : Yeovil Town Statistics.


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3 January 2018 : Sowunmi Ban Stays In Place After Appeal Fails
Yeovil Town have failed in their appeal against the red card issued to defender Omar Sowunmi. The centre-back was dismissed by referee Brett Huxtable during the New Year's Day match against Crawley Town, after he had fouled Jordan Roberts, but the club launched an appeal against the dismissal immediately after the game in the hope that he would be freed to play against Bradford City in the FA Cup.

Unfortunately, that appeal has not been successful, with the FA's Appeals Panel agreeing that the one match suspension should stand. He will now miss the FA Cup Third Round tie this Saturday at Huish Park, with midfielder Connor Smith also joining him in the stand, following his red card in the same fixture.

Smith and Sowunmi are the club's fifth and sixth red cards of the 2017-18 season - a tally that gives them the joint worst record throughout the four professional divisions.


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3 January 2018 : Kieffer Moore In Four-Way Transfer Battle As Posh Claim Fee Agreed
League One side Peterborough United believe they have agreed a transfer fee with Ipswich Town for the services of former Yeovil Town striker Kieffer Moore. The 25 year old has been out on loan with Rotherham United, under the management of Paul Warne, where he has scored 13 goals in half a season, and that was enough for the Tractor Boys to make clear they were curtailing what was intended to be a season-long loan.

However, it would appear that he may not get as far as breaking into Ipswich's first team before being sold on, with Peterborough, Rotherham, Charlton Athletic and Wigan Athletic all reported to be after his services. Peterborough Director of Football Barry Fry believes he has a sum agreed with Ipswich, which their local paper claim is an initial sum of £250,000. However, there are reports that Posh are stalling on the number of add-ons that Ipswich want to build into the deal. Fry explains:

"We have had a bid for Kieffer Moore accepted by Ipswich. But there are a lot of add ons attached which our chairman might not fancy. We believe Moore playing alongside Jack Marriott with Marcus Maddison supplying the crosses would be formidable in League One. Moore has done well for Rotherham this season and obviously they also want him so we will have to wait and see."

Paul Warne has also confirmed that his club are trying to get him back to the New York Stadium, but equally is aware that the Millers are in a four-way bidding war that they may not win. He says he is in direct contact with Moore in an attempt to persuade him to make Rotherham his permanent home:

"I know there are three other clubs in for him in our league. It's not just us who know about him. He is scoring all the goals, so everyone knows him. We have got competition. Kieffer wants to come back. I texted him on Sunday and sent him his five best things he has done at the club. “I am well aware of what an effect he had at the club, so if we can get him back we will. We have got a much-improved bid in. I am led to believe it is one of the best. Ipswich will come back to us. In the ideal world, if I am not going to get Kieffer I would like to know now, but I have got a funny feeling it will drag on for a few weeks."


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3 January 2018 : Olomola Still Undecided On His Future
Yeovil Town loanee Olufela Olomola admits that he is 'still undecided' as to where his future holds, with his half-season spell at Huish Park having come to an end. The 20 year old Southampton player is one of the more complicated scenarios of the January transfer window, with his deal at St Mary's Stadium expiring in June 2018, meaning that it is not just the question of his Yeovil Town future at stake here.

Manager Darren Way said after the New Year's Day match against Crawley Town that he was in talks with Southampton over the possibility of both a loan move and a permanent deal, implying that both options were potentially on the table. Of course the player himself has to be interested as well, and Olomola has said via an Instagram post that he has not made up his own mind. He does admit though that Monday's game could have been his last:

"Still undecided about my future but if that was my last game for Yeovil I just want to thank the fans, the staff and most of all the players for an amazing journey wish everyone at the club nothing but the best."

By default, Olomola would not be available for Saturday's match against Bradford City unless a new loan deal was done, with Sid Nelson and Matt Worthington in the same boat. However, as the deals for Sam Surridge and Keston Davies were signed as season-long loans, their agreements will continue unless their parent club initiates a break clause. If Yeovil can't reach agreement for the above trio by Saturday, but believe they still have an option to do so, they have until January 31st to get a firm decision.


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2 January 2018 : Madden Leaves Scunthorpe For Cod Army
Former Yeovil Town striker Paddy Madden has left League One side Scunthorpe United. The 27 year old has signed for Fleetwood Town for an undisclosed six-figure fee, four years after leaving the Glovers for Glanford Park. In doing so, he teams up with Uwe Rosler - a former Brentford manager who will know all about Madden's goalscoring capabilities, from his experience of the 2012-13 League One play-off final.

Fleetwood have signed him up on a two and a half year contract. His final record for Scunthorpe saw him make 195 appearances, scoring 60 goals. However, there were signs that his good times with the Iron were drying up. Having scored 23 times during the 2015-16 season, he scored 11 times last season, and this season had notched four goals in 28 games, with the last coming back in August.

At the time that Madden moved from Yeovil Town to Scunthorpe United, the fee the Glovers obtained was officially undisclosed, but the Irish Independent reported the fee as being £300,000, with the Glovers claimed to have turned down earlier bids of £200,000. There was no hint of a sell-on clause at the time of the transfer, although with BBC Radio Humberside reporting his latest transfer fee as being £150,000 that level would not provide Yeovil Town with any drip-feed out of the deal.


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2 January 2018 : Darren Way's Verdict On The Crawley Town Game
Following the New Year's Day match against Crawley Town at Huish Park, Yeovil Town manager Darren Way spoke to the BBC about the game. In an interview with local journalist Chris Spittles, in an interview for BBC Somerset, Darren talks about the two red cards, the drone incident along with how he views the future of all five of his loan players. Read that interview in full via the link below.

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


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2 January 2018 : Darren Way : Future Of Nelson Isn't Rocket Science
Yeovil Town manager Darren Way has admitted that it is 'not rocket science' to work out what Millwall loanee Sid Nelson is likely to do in January, whilst he also has his reservations over whether Swansea City loanee Keston Davies will remain at the club. Both players have been at Huish Park for the first half of the 2017-18 season, but have found their playing time extremely limited, with neither player having got onto the pitch in League matches during the month of December.

Davies' time in Somerset has been extremely disappointing. He was brought in from Swansea as their Under-23 captain, and played in the opening match of the 2017-18 season at Luton Town. However, the overall team defending that day was a disaster, and he was substituted at half time. Since then he has played only one minute of League Two football, with his other three games coming in the Checkatrade Trophy. His last appearance was on December - he has been an unused substitute on 27 occasions. Davies is in theory at the club on a season-long loan and Way said that he was yet to have a conversation with him about where he stood for the second half of the season:

"I haven't spoken to Keston as yet. Keston will have his own views as to what he decides to do. But unfortunately, whether they are a season-long loan, it doesn't really matter. I had that with Ryan Hedges last year with that situation. So all I can do with the five loans is to have a conversation with the (parent) football club, their managers and it will be up to them, as to whether we make a commitment, and that they remain at the football club."

Nelson was brought in at the tail end of August from Millwall as a reaction to the club's poor defensive form, early on in the season. Initially, he was a regular in the starting line-up, however a broken nose meant that he missed one match, and since that point he has only got onto the field of play in four out of the last 20 matches, with his last game time coming on November 21st. Way said that with Nelson's loan deal now having expired, he knew what sort of decision he was expecting the defender to make in terms of his future:

"Well if you're thinking through their minds, it's not rocket science. He's come here to play games. He had his nose operation which kept him out. Then unfortunately he got sent off. We've had a good run of games, and unfortunately I can only pick eleven players. It's been a little bit disappointing for him, and a little bit disappointing for Keston, but we'll make sure we make the right decisions for themselves and for both parties."


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1 January 2018 : Glovers Plan Sowunmi Appeal As Way Questions Crawley Diving
Yeovil Town have confirmed that they plan to appeal against the red card issued against Omar Sowunmi during this afternoon's New Year's Day match against Crawley Town. The default position is that the defender would be heading for a one-match ban which would take place during next weekend's FA Cup Third Round tie against Bradford City, but the club are aiming to have that rescinded.

Referee Brett Huxtable had a stormy game, raising a yellow card eight times during the match, with two reds also being shown - Glovers midfielder Connor Smith also got his marching orders. Manager Darren Way accused Harry Kewell's side of diving during the match and his view on the Sowunmi dismissal was that it was not a sending off offence:

"There were one or two times where Crawley were caught in a position where they were diving. I don't like saying that, but overall it was very disappointing with the decision-making from the referee. If there is any justice to be done, then I think at least one of them, which is Omar's by watching it on a replay, was never a sending off."

The club would normally expect to hear back within 48 hours as to whether their appeal has been successful or not. As usual, the video appeals panel will need to judge if there is conclusive evidence that referee Huxtable has made an incorrect decision. If they believe the video footage is inconclusive, or ambiguous, then the referee's decision would stand in those circumstances.

The club cannot appeal Connor Smith's decision, as his dismissal was for two yellow cards. He will definitely be suspended for one game - sitting out the FA Cup Third Round match against Bradford. He will soon know if he is sat next to Sowunmi that day, or not.


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1 January 2018 : Video : Yeovil Town vs Crawley Town Match Highlights
For those who want to view match highlights of the New Year's Day fixture between Yeovil Town and Crawley Town, these are now available online. The opening goal by AFC Bournemouth loanee Sam Surridge is added to by the two Crawley goals, along with the two incidents that led to Connor Smith and Omar Sowunmi getting sent off. There's also brief footage of the players leaving the field with referee Brett Huxtable signalling why the players had to leave the field. Watch the two minutes worth of highlights via the link below.

Link: Sky Sports : Yeovil Town vs Crawley Town Match Highlights.


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1 January 2018 : Darren Way Touting Permanent Olomola Move As Five Loanees Reach Decision Points
Yeovil Town manager Darren Way has said that he is in talks with Southampton about an extension to Olufela Olomola's time at the club, which could involve a permanent move. The 20 year old's half season loan spell runs out after today's match against Crawley Town, meaning that the default decision would be that he would return to St Mary's Stadium unless all parties can reach an agreement.

Having scored seven goals in 28 appearances, Olomola's loan spell at Huish Park has been a successful one, meaning that there is little doubt the club would want to extend that until the end of the season. However, his contract with the Saints runs out at the end of the 2017-18 season, meaning that the Premier League club also need to consider their long-term plans for him, and whether they want to cash in on him before the end of that current deal.

As a result, Way appears to be working on two fronts - an extension to his loan arrangements, but also the possibility of a permanent move to Huish Park. This isn't the first time that the Glovers boss has mentioned his attempts to sign the former Arsenal academy player permanently - he popped the question in late August, but it appeared that the answer at that time was no. Way told BBC Somerset after the match that he was considering both options:

"With Fela, we're having talks with Southampton, as we speak. Hopefully we should have some feedback. Then ultimately it will be down to the agent and obviously Olomola, as to whether he wants to continue his loan spell, or a permanent signing at Yeovil Town Football Club. I always feel with players, as much as I want to look after YTFC, I think it's right that Fela remains at this football club. We've seen many players that have moved on to the next club, whether it's a league higher. It's important that the stability that he's got at this football club is very good. You don't often get a loan spell that is so effective."

Way adds that he is still willing to make a move for the striker, even if Southampton ask for a fee. He doesn't clarify if he knows what sort of fees Southampton will be asking for, but suggests that it is something that he would push for, if the subject came up:

"For me as a manager, I need to do everything that I can to keep Fela. If you're another manager out there and you look at his qualities, and his attributes, why would you not want Olufela Olomola at your football club? So I've made sure that whether it's a loan or whether it's a permanent, ultimately it is down to Southampton, because he is contracted to that football club, until the end of the season. So if it means they'll only let us have him as a permanent, and if there's a fee, then that is what we'll have to do."

Whilst Olufela's deal is up this week, the situation regarding four other loan players need to be resolved. Their situations are as follows:

Keston Davies : The Swansea City player was brought in on a season-long loan and so by default is with Yeovil until the end of the 2017-18 season. However, if there is a January break clause in the deal, then his parent club would have the rights to recall him, provided they do so before January 31st. Given Davies has only played 46 minutes of League Two football this season, that would seem highly likely.

Sid Nelson : The Millwall defender's deal expires this week, and a move back to the New Den seems inevitable. Although he was a regular in Yeovil Town's starting eleven early on in his loan spell, a broken nose and a red card contributed to him losing his place in the side, and he has featured in only four matches in the last twenty. Given he had been a fringe player in Millwall's set-up it seems inevitable that he would return.

Sam Surridge : The AFC Bournemouth striker was brought in on a season long loan, and has played 33 times for the Glovers. Again, Bournemouth may have a break clause in which they could recall him. However, the default position is that he would remain at Huish Park, and with so much game time, it seems unlikely that the player himself would push for this.

Matt Worthington : The AFC Bournemouth midfielder was brought in on a half-season loan, on the final day of the summer transfer window. He has not always been a regular but has clocked up 19 appearances, which should point to him being interested in staying. However, the club would need to agree an explicit deal if he is to play in any future games.


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1 January 2018 : Yeovil Town Call In Police Over Crawley Drone Incident
Yeovil Town have put out a formal statement concerning the rather odd delay that surrounded the latter stages of their League Two match against Crawley Town. With the match finely balanced at 1-1, referee Brett Huxtable removed the players from the field of play, after a drone was spotted hovering over the stadium.

As a result, spectators were left with an eleven minute delay without players on the pitch, before the offending device moved on, with Crawley ultimately winnning the match by the time the final whistle blew. The club have indicated that they have engaged with Avon and Somerset Police to investigate the incident, with their statement reading:

"Yeovil Town Football Club is continuing to work with Avon and Somerset Police following Saturday's incident involving a drone. Referee Brett Huxtable postponed play in the 81st minute following the emergence of a drone over Huish Park. Correctly following the agreed protocol, the officials removed the players from the field of play for safety reasons, incurring an 11-minute delay.

As part of the club's own protocol regarding safety concerns, stewards and security staff were deployed across the Huish Park site to investigate. The club will now continue to work with Avon and Somerset Police as the investigation continues
."

Past incidents involving football grounds and drones as seen guilty parties given a criminal record and a fine for flying a drone over a public event, on the basis of crowd safety, whilst match officials have been given the advise to suspend fixtures in the event of drones being spotted in the vicinity of the stadium.


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1 January 2018 : Man of the Match Voting for Yeovil Town vs Crawley Town
If you watched Saturday afternoon's 1-2 defeat against Crawley Town at Huish Park, don't forget to cast your Man of the Match votes. Choose your top three players from the match, plus entertainment and performance ratings along with any other comments you want to make on the game, using the form below.

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


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1 January 2018 : Yeovil 1 Crawley 2 : Drone Delay And Double Red Provide Bizarre Start To The Year
Nine-men Yeovil lost to Crawley Town in their New Year's Day match, as bizarre circumstances surrounded the game. When AFC Bournemouth loanee Sam Surridge put the Glovers ahead, the game seemed to be going their way. But referee Brett Huxtable sent off Connor Smith for two bookable offences, followed by Omar Sowunmi for a professional foul, leaving Yeovil down to nine men with over half the game left. Mark Randall equalised just before half time, but then there was more second half drama as the game was held up for 11 minutes with a drone being flown over the stadium. The break favoured the visitors, and they netted 53 minutes into the extended half, as substitute Thomas Verheydt won the match, to leave Yeovil in 20th place in the League Two table.

The Glovers went into the match making two changes to their starting line-up with Ryan Dickson returning to the fold after illness, as Bevis Mugabi dropped to the bench, whilst Tom James shuffled to the other full-back slot. The other swap saw Francois Zoko drop to the bench, with some concerns over a tight hamstring seeing him rested, whilst Olufela Olomola got a start in what could be his final loan game for the club, with his current deal up this week.

Crawley did very little in the opening stages to suggest that they would eventually win the game. Yeovil saw a Sam Surridge shot blocked by Josh Yorwerth and out for a corner, whilst visiting keeper Glenn Morris had to race off his line to block a Jake Gray attempt before he could properly get his toe on it. Matt Worthington and Otis Khan fired shots over the bar, whilst Crawley hadn't really got the ball in the Glovers penalty area.

No surprise then, that Yeovil took a 19th minute lead, even if the route to goal was a bit unusual. Olufela Olomola appeared to be intending a cross into the box, when the ball ended up flying off the woodwork. The ball came out to Sam Surridge who was able to compose himself and fire home on the rebound for a 1-0 lead.

The problem was that there was a bit of a sideshow going on. Referee Brett Huxtable had sent off players in each of his previous three matches, and for the New Year's Day game, he was booking anything that moved. Whilst Crawley's players bore the brunt of that, Connor Smith's sliding tackle on Jordan Roberts was followed up by another foul on Josh Doherty. Both earned him yellow cards, which meant that by 38 minutes he was off the field.

That was the cue for Crawley to wake up and get themselves into a game where they had done next to nothing. Jordan Roberts fired over the crossbar, before the Sussex side got their equaliser a minute before the break. A short corner saw Lewis Young and Jordan Roberts exchange passes, before a cross into the box was met by Mark Randall on the near post for a close range volley and an equaliser to take themselves into the half time break.

Worse was to come for Yeovil when injury time during the first period saw them drop to nine men. Jordan Roberts and Omar Sowunmi battled as the Crawley striker drove forward, and when he went down outside the box, referee Brett Huxtable judged it as being a professional foul, meaning that Yeovil would be two men short for the second half. Readjusting into a 4-3-1 formation, Otis Khan was sacrificed for Bevis Mugabi before the whistle

The second half opened with Crawley applying all of the pressure, as Enzio Boldewijn's cross was palmed over for a corner, and Mark Randall fired narrowly wide from a Lewis Young cut-back. But once they got into it, the Glovers were doing a decent job of frustrating Crawley, and you sensed the visitors were a little bit too conscious of the fact that they were playing with nine men. If anything, their tendency to overplay risked them being caught on the counter-attack. Sam Surridge may have been the lone striker, but he was performing that role very effectively, with him ultimately getting the Sponsors player of the day.

Then came another twist in the proceedings. Referee Brett Huxtable suddenly took all the players off the field, with a drone flying above the stadium. Presumably, someone in the area had got themselves a Christmas present, and was flying it in a way that concerned the official, so an eleven minute delay saw the players head back to the dressing room before the problem was resolved.

That delay seemed to help Crawley more than it helped Yeovil, with Crawley now applying themselves far more efficiently. Enzio Boldewijn shot narrowly wide from close range, whilst Jordan Roberts shot wildly over the bar. But in the 98th minute (or the 87th minute if you stopped your watch), a Jimmy Smith cross saw substitute Tom Verheydt head home what would be the winning goal. The Glovers briefly rallied as Tom James forced the keeper into a save during injury time, but the tide had turned against them, and Ibrahim Meite came close to wrapping up the game when he wasted an injury time opportunity. The result sees Yeovil slip to 20th, but thankfully without the bottom pair of clubs taking advantage of that situation.

Link: 2017-18 Latest League Two Table.

Final Score: Yeovil Town 1 Crawley Town 2.

Scorers: Sam Surridge (1-0, 19 mins), Mark Randall (1-1, 44 mins), Thomas Verheydt (1-2, 90 mins)

(NOTE: Goal time for Thomas Verheydt was 87 mins if clock was stopped when teams left the field, or 98 mins if the clock was left running.]

Yeovil Town:
1. Artur Krysiak
23. Tom James 17. Omar Sowunmi 3. Nathan Smith 11. Ryan Dickson
10. Jake Gray 4. Matt Worthington 8. Connor Smith 7. Otis Khan
24. Olufela Olomola 14. Sam Surridge

Substitutes:
12. Jonny Maddison (GK) 5. Bevis Mugabi (45 mins for Otis Khan) 6. Keston Davies 13. Francois Zoko (90 mins for Sam Surridge) 15. Jordan Green (76 mins for Olufela Olomola) 25. Sid Nelson 30. Alefe Santos

Crawley Town:
1 Glenn Morris
22 Josh Lelan 15 Josh Yorwerth 6 Mark Connolly 19 Cedric Evina
8 Jimmy Smith 25 Mark Randall
2 Lewis Young 21 Dannie Bulman 7 Enzio Boldewijn
11 Jordan Roberts

Substitutes:
3 Josh Doherty 5 Joe McNerney 12 Yusuf Mersin 18 Billy Clifford 23 Thomas Verheydt (74 mins for Josh Yorwerth) 26 Ibrahim Meite (39 mins for Josh Lelan) 27 Moussa Sanoh (62 mins for Cedric Evina)

Yeovil Bookings: Connor Smith (foul, 24 mins), Francois Zoko (foul, 90 mins). Red Card: Connor Smith (second bookable offence, 38 mins), Omar Sowunmi (professional foul, 45 mins)

Crawley Town Bookings: Jordan Roberts (foul, 14 mins), Glenn Morris (handball, 15 mins), Lewis Young (foul, 31 mins), Josh Yorwerth (dissent, 32 mins), Mark Randall (dissent, 38 mins)

Yeovil Match Statistics: Possession: 56%; Shots: 7; Shots On Target: 2; Corners: 3; Fouls: 15.

Crawley Town Match Statistics: Possession: 44%; Shots: 11; Shots On Target: 4; Corners: 10; Fouls: 12.

Referee: Brett Huxtable (Devon). Assistants: Kevin Morris (Herefordshire) and Ronald Ganfield (Somerset). Fourth Official: Savvas Yianni (Somerset).

Attendance: 2,635 (with 92 Crawley Town supporters).


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1 January 2018 : Bailey Set For Extended Absence Through Knee Injury
Yeovil Town will have to manage without club captain James Bailey for the foreseeable future. The former Carlisle United midfielder had been an ever-present in the club's starting line-ups for League Two fixtures up until Boxing Day's match against Cheltenham Town at Whaddon Road.

Unfortunately for him, a collision with Cheltenham's Harry Pell straight from the kick-off, saw him go down in pain, and he was immediately stretchered off. Bailey was diagnosed with medial knee ligament damage and there is now confirmation that he will be out for "two or three months" - meaning that we're unlikely to see him until March. Manager Darren Way told BBC Somerset the situation:

"He's going to be out for the foreseeable future. With it being medial knee ligament damage we could be looking at two or three months. So fingers-crossed, someone else has got to step up and take responsibility. Connor Smith is a very good player, and Matt Worthington is gaining experience, and he's showing leadership skills in every game. So they're the two players who have taken those positions in the centre of the park and I expect them to get stronger and dominate in that area today."

Bailey has so far made 29 appearances for the Glovers, with his one goal coming as the match winner against Chesterfield in September 2017. He is under contract until June 2019.


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1 January 2018 : Team News For Yeovil Town vs Crawley Town
The starting line-up for Yeovil Town's League Two match against Crawley Town at Huish Park has been revealed. The match sees the Glovers name two changes to their starting line-up compared to the team that took to the field against Morecambe on Friday night. Southampton loanee Olufela Olomola gets his first start since December 9th, as he replaces Francois Zoko who was hobbling a little at the tail end of the match at the Globe Arena.

The other change sees Ryan Dickson restored to the starting line-up after illness, with Bevis Mugabi dropping out, meaning that Tom James will shuffle across to the other flank.

The first team squad members to miss out today are right-back Daniel Alfei (knee injury, out for season), Rhys Browne (ankle, out until January), Oscar Gobern (hamstring) and James Bailey (knee ligaments).

The team reads as follows:

Yeovil Town:
1. Artur Krysiak
23. Tom James 17. Omar Sowunmi 3. Nathan Smith 11. Ryan Dickson
10. Jake Gray 4. Matt Worthington 8. Connor Smith 7. Otis Khan
24. Olufela Olomola 14. Sam Surridge

Substitutes:
12. Jonny Maddison (GK) 5. Bevis Mugabi 6. Keston Davies 13. Francois Zoko 15. Jordan Green 25. Sid Nelson 30. Alefe Santos

Crawley Town:
1 Glenn Morris
22 Josh Lelan 15 Josh Yorwerth 6 Mark Connolly 19 Cedric Evina
8 Jimmy Smith 25 Mark Randall
2 Lewis Young 21 Dannie Bulman 7 Enzio Boldewijn
11 Jordan Roberts

Substitutes:
3 Josh Doherty 5 Joe McNerney 12 Yusuf Mersin 18 Billy Clifford 23 Thomas Verheydt 26 Ibrahim Meite 27 Moussa Sanoh


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1 January 2018 : A Minute's Applause For Bruce
There will be a minute's applause at Huish Park today, prior to kick-off in the League Two match against Crawley Town. This is to play tribute to former Yeovil Town stadium department employee Bruce James, who passed away on Christmas Eve. Bruce also worked as a Players Liaison Officer, along with acting as the club's Disabled Liaison Officer.

There is a date set for Bruce's funeral. It will take place at St John's Church in Yeovil on Monday 15th January 2018 at 11.45a.m.


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1 January 2018 : Officials For Yeovil Town vs Crawley Town
Officials for the League Two match between Yeovil Town and Crawley Town have been published by the Football League. The match takes place on Monday 1st January 2018, with a 3.00p.m. kick-off at Huish Park. The man in charge of the fixture will be referee Brett Huxtable (Devon).

Despite being a very familiar name to Yeovil Town supporters, this is the only the fourth time that Mr Huxtable has been the main referee for a Glovers fixture. As a Devon man, he has been a frequent visitor to Huish Park as one of the allocated assistant referees or Fourth Officials. However, it was only over the summer of 2016 that he was promoted to the Football League's referees list.

He is aged 33 years old and hails from Torrington, and is a self-employed builder. He is a Manchester United fan - of course he would be, living in Devon! He has been progressing through the North Devon League, Western League Premier, Southern League Premier, Conference South and National divisions and got as far as the latter level in the summer of 2012, and so did four years at that level.

We had him twice during the 2016-17 season. The first was for the November 2016 home match against Colchester United - an ultra-late comeback saw us come from 1-0 down to win the game by a 2-1 scoreline. He was a bit busy with the yellow cards, booking either seven or eight players on the night (there's a bit of a quibble over one of the Colchester ones). That said, we can't see too much about his performance to argue with - the Western Gazette criticised him for allowing us to take an offside free kick to be taken in the opponent's half, but our suspicion is that he got that one right, because of a summer rule change.

He then turned up for the February 2017 match against Cambridge United. This was a frustrating night, with a 1-1 draw continuing a pattern the Glovers had at the time of taking the lead in games, and then suffering a late equaliser. Here the match official didn't seem to have much influence on that, with a more moderate three bookings and nothing particularly contentious.

His 2017-18 meeting came during November 2017, when he turned up for the EFL Trophy tie against Plymouth Argyle. We can't get too irate about such fixtures, but the general view of the few who attended the game was that he should have dished out a red card to Ryan Edwards for a professional foul after he pulled back Francois Zoko inside the box. No decision given on either factor - thankfully we won the match 2-1 in the end.

This season he's been pretty busy - he's taken charge of 23 fixtures, bringing out 79 yellow cards, and four red cards. Three of those four dismissals have come during the three games he's taken charge of since that Plymouth match, so let's hope he's finished his mini-run of giving out 'Christmas cards' to players.

Mr Huxtable will be assisted by Kevin Morris (Herefordshire) and Ronald Ganfield (Somerset). The Fourth Official will be Savvas Yianni (Somerset).

Link: November 2017 : Yeovil Town 2 Plymouth Argyle 1.

Link: February 2017 : Yeovil Town 1 Cambridge United 1.

Link: November 2016 : Yeovil Town 2 Colchester United 1.


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