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11 January 2019 : Darren Way Previews The Mansfield Town Away Game
As part of the build-up to the League Two match against Mansfield Town at Field Mill, Yeovil Town manager Darren Way spoke to the BBC about the game. With questions from BBC Somerset reporter Richard Hoskin, Darren gives his views on squad mentality, Omar Sowunmi's comeback, the problems of goalscoring, his views on his side's form, and on recruitment, as well as the opposition and the reunion with Otis Khan. Read that interview via the link below.

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


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11 January 2019 : New Date For Oldham Athletic League Two Trip
Yeovil Town's League Two match against Oldham Athletic now has a new date. The fixture was postponed due to the Latics' FA Cup commitments on Fourth Round weekend, meaning that a new fixture was needed. That match will now be played on Tuesday 12th February, with a 7.45p.m. kick-off at Boundary Park.

This now completes Yeovil's list of games that needed rearranging, with the home game against Lincoln City set for Tuesday 22nd January, whilst the trip to Cheltenham Town will be played on Tuesday 5th February.

An updated fixture list is shown via the link below.

Link: Yeovil Town 2018-19 First Team Fixtures And Results.


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11 January 2019 : Ciderspace Guide To Mansfield Town
Tomorrow afternoon, Yeovil Town make the trip to Field Mill, as they play Mansfield Town in a League Two fixture. The Ciderspace guide has been updated to provide you with directions, pub guides, club statistics and history and other information about the game. Find the guide via the link below.

Link: Ciderspace Guide To Mansfield Town.

Link: Ticketing For Mansfield Town vs Yeovil Town.

Link: GWSC Travel To Mansfield Town.

The North Stand
The North Stand at Field Mill.
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11 January 2019 : Second January Transfer Window Arrival Sees Winger Arrive From Bournemouth
Yeovil Town have made their second signing of the January transfer window. The Glovers have brought in winger Alex Dobre from AFC Bournemouth, ahead of their League Two trip to Mansfield Town. His birthname is Mihai-Alexandru, but he is more commonly known as Alex.

Born in Bucharest on August 30th 1998 (aged 20) he signed for Bournemouth in August 2016 from Romanian top-flight outfit Viitorul Constanta. He is a Romanian youth international who has had previous loan experience with Bury and Rochdale. His spell with the Shakers saw him make 12 appearances in League One, whilst his later Rochdale spell saw him make five substitute appearances, scoring one goal. He is a Romania Under-21 international, making five appearances at that level. So far he's not got onto the pitch for Bournemouth's first team but has been an unused substitute in the League Cup games with Milton Keynes Dons and Blackburn Rovers and the FA Cup Third Round match against Brighton and Hove Albion this season. Manager Darren Way has said of his arrival at the club:

"It's taken a lot of hard work and consideration from AFC Bournemouth to get this deal over the line. I'd like to thank Eddie Howe for allowing an international talent to continue his development with us."

His loan spell with the Glovers will keep him at the club until the end of the 2018-19 season. He is the second addition to the Glovers squad, following the arrival of Chelsea defender Joshua Grant earlier today. He will wear the No.25 shirt during his time at Huish Park.


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11 January 2019 : First January Transfer Window Arrival Sees Chelsea Academy Player Signed Up
Yeovil Town have made their first signing of the January transfer window. They have brought in Chelsea defender Joshua Grant on a half-season loan, ahead of their League Two trip to Mansfield Town. He generally plays as a centre-back but can also operate as a right-back. His contract with Chelsea expires at the end of the 2018-19 season.

Born on October 11th 1998 (aged 20 years old) in London, he has been on Chelsea's books since the Under-8s level and made 30 appearances for their Under-19s and Development Squad last season. He signed his first professional contract with the club in October 2015 and even spent the final month or two of the 2017-18 campaign training with Chelsea's first team, although has not got near a first team matchday squad. Manager Darren Way has said of his arrival:

"Josh is powerful, athletic and has a good personality. This is a great opportunity for him to get regular first-team football and I'm pleased to have brought him in."

Joshua has also made nine appearances for Chelsea's Under-21s in the EFL Trophy, including the October 2017 match at Huish Park which saw him play a full 90 minutes in a 1-1 draw. His most recent appearance was in the EFL Trophy on Wednesday evening, in Chelsea's 1-3 home defeat against Peterborough United. His loan spell with the Glovers will keep him at the club until the end of the 2018-19 season. He will wear the No.21 shirt during his time at Huish Park.


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11 January 2019 : Arquin Nominated For December 2018 Goal Of The Month
Yeovil Town winger/striker Yoann Arquin has been given a nomination for the Sky Bet December 2018 Goal Of The Month. The shortlist for League Two has seen him included for his 89th minute goal against Northampton Town at Huish Park on December 22nd. Arquin's strike rescued a 1-1 draw for the Glovers, having fallen behind a minute before that.

The Sky Bet view of his goal is as follows:

"With his side trailing in the final minute, Arquin decided it was time to chest down a bouncing ball and strike the dreamiest volley of his career in off the underside of the bar."

Yoann is nominated alongside Newport County's George Williams and Port Vale striker Wes Thomas, who both netted on Boxing Day. You can vote on the shortlist via the link below, with polling closing on Monday 14th January, at 9.00a.m. Video clips of all of the goals, including nominations for the Championship and League One, can also be watched on the page.

Link: Sky Bet December 2018 Goal Of The Month Nominations.


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10 January 2019 : Saturday's Opponents Bring In Forest Loan Keeper
Saturday's opponents Mansfield Town may have a new goalkeeper between the sticks on Saturday. They have signed up Nottingham Forest goalkeeper Jordan Smith on loan until the end of the season. The 24 year old comes in as a replacement for former Glovers loanee Jake Kean who has left Field Mill this week, following the expiry of his short term contract with them, during which he failed to get off the substitutes bench.

Mansfield's first choice goalkeeper Bobby Olejnik suffered an anterior cruciate ligament injury last month and has been ruled out for the remainder of the 2018-19 season. That problem led them to bring in Kean as cover, but Conrad Logan has ended up playing in the last five matches for the Stags.

They've now turned to their fourth goalkeeper of the season, with Smith having last played during a single game loan spell with Barnsley back in November 2018. However, last season he played 32 times for Nottingham Forest, with all bar three of those appearances coming at Championship level. He's also had loan experience with Ilkeston and Nuneaton Town earlier in his career.

Regardless of the goalkeeper situation, Mansfield will have to make at least one adjustment to their starting line-up on Saturday. Midfielder Neal Bishop picked up a red card in their 3-2 defeat at Carlisle United last Saturday, and he serves a one match suspension. The defeat at the Brunton Park broke a 17 game unbeaten run - only the second time they'd lost in League Two this season.


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10 January 2019 : Way Laments Pattison's Absence As He Plans A New Signing
Yeovil Town manager Darren Way has admitted that his midfield has lacked the dominant force of Middlesbrough loanee Alex Pattison over the last month. The 21 year old had been a first team regular in the side, making 22 appearances for the club during the first half of the season, but abruptly dropped out of the side on December 8th with a back injury, and has not been seen since, with a couple of tweets from him strongly implying that he is back at his parent club whilst he receives treatment.

Although Pattison implied in a tweet over Christmas that he was on his way to full fitness again, there isn't much detail from the Huish Park end on when he is likely to be seen in a Yeovil shirt again. Way told BBC Somerset that he felt that they had missed him over the last seven games, and even implied that they would need a player to 'replace' what had been missing:

"Alex Pattison has been a big miss in the centre of the park. He was ticking things along nicely in the middle of that park. He was very dominant and was always looking to get on the ball, and had bundles of energy, and had a real huge bite in the tackle. So we need to get a player to replace that - that's for sure. We changed the shape on Saturday (against Bury) which gave us that extra man in the middle of the park."

The club have returned three of it's loan players during January. Whilst Bradford City striker Omari Patrick and Middlesbrough defender Enes Mahmoutovic struggled to break into the side, one of the more borderline decisions was that of Scunthorpe United striker Olufela Olomola. He netted three times in 21 appearances, but also weighed in with a number of assists. However, Way felt that the former Southampton player hadn't fulfilled the promise that he had shown during his first spell with the club:

"We lost Olufela Olomola. Unfortunately he never had the same form as what he did on his first loan spell, and that happens. We had Omari Patrick who has gone back, and we had Enes Mahmoutovic who has gone back. So we have to make those changes, but they have to be right for the team."

Way was asked if he had received interest from other clubs for his players during the January transfer window, and admitted that he had - although said that none had been accepted. He said that the level of turnover of players was a problem for him at the club:

"I'm not going to lie - we have. I don't want to go and say too much on that, but yes we have, and it's important that those players are making sure that they thrive off the uncertainty. We've got some good young talent, which we haven't had before. It's taken time to build that, and it's finances. So far the Board have been great, in that we've not allowed anyone to move on, so that's good. It's exactly what we've had every other year unfortunately. We have to look at reasons why, which I've tried to change, to get a little bit of stability. But you can see now with someone like Sessi D'Almeida, how long do you keep hold of a Sessi at this football club? How long do you keep hold of a Tom James that you've developed? Lewis Wing was here for six months. I've managed over 70 players now in three years. That isn't normal."

Despite defender Tom James being the most obvious player for opposition scouts to take an interest in, Way clarified that there had been no formal bids for his services during the January transfer window, meaning that for the moment at least he wasn't in danger of leaving Huish Park:

"Tom is a great player. I think he's a fantastic player. I'm surprised there's not more clubs that have been interested. Teams have shown interest, but as late we haven't had as such, as we speak today. That can change at any time."

The Glovers boss has also revealed that on Wednesday evening, he planned to go out scouting, to watch a player that he hoped to sign up, prior to the trip to Mansfield Town. He hoped that trip would turn into something that could be announced before the match:

"Well I'm going to a game tonight (Wednesday), so hopefully by Saturday we will have announced a signing or two. Every day changes. At the moment we've not lost any, so that's good for me. We're making sure, as I've said, that the performances and the preparation are the most important."

With there being no Premier League 2 fixtures on Wednesday evening, the most obvious match that was taking place on the night was a Checkatrade Trophy Third Round tie between Chelsea Under-21s and Peterborough United. With three loan slots to fill to replace Olomola, Patrick and Mahmoutovic, it would be no surprise to find that Way was looking at players in the West London side's development squad. If that was his destination, then he'd have witnessed them lose 1-3 at Stamford Bridge, with Richard Nartey their scorer.

In terms of current personnel, Way also confirmed that defender Omar Sowunmi was about to resume light 'jogging' on his ankle, which has kept him out of action since September 25th, when a bad tackle during the home game against Milton Keynes Dons saw him limp off during second half injury time. He's been missing since that point, but is at least going to try to build up his fitness again this week. It will be at least a couple of weeks before he's considered for selection, pitching him for an actual return towards the end of January.


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9 January 2019 : Jones Confirmed In Stoke City Job As He Plans His New Footballing Philosophy
Former Yeovil Town assistant manager Nathan Jones was confirmed as the new manager of Championship side Stoke City earlier today. He has been given a three-and-a-half year contract as a successor to Gary Rowett, cutting ties with League One side Luton Town in the process. Jones has been a UEFA Pro Licence holder since June 2014, meaning that he would be qualified to take charge of a Premier League side if he can lead them back to the level they lost last summer.

Following his appointment as boss, Jones has said that he regards what he tries to do inside football clubs as a 'lifestyle' rather than a job, and it looks as though Stoke's reputation as long-ball merchants over the years could be changing in the near future:

"We'll try to play in a certain way which I will work religiously on. This is not just a job for me, this is a lifestyle. Once we get our philosophy implemented, and we get working with the players, we aim to get the best out of them. This is a wonderful club and I feel very proud that the owners have identified the work that myself and my team have been doing. It has been a whirlwind from start to finish, I am delighted to have it done, but the process has been very manic. I have to say that this was the toughest decision of my life, it really was - I know that is a cliché at times when managers move clubs, but it really was for me. The environment was special there (at Luton Town), I had excellent relationships with key people, my relationship with the supporters was outstanding and I also had a group of players who dedicated every part of their life to performing well for the club. All of those key aspects combined enhanced both my reputation and that of Luton Town, so it was a very tough decision to make. I believe I am an appointment for the long-term here, I want to win games and I want to instil a culture and a philosophy that people are going to really get behind and be proud of."

As yet Luton Town haven't revealed who will act as their Caretaker Manager, nor if Jones plans to take any of his backroom staff with him. His assistant manager this season had been former Yeovil Town manager Steve Rutter and at present he appears to still be at Kenilworth Road.


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9 January 2019 : Ticketing For Rearranged Cheltenham Town vs Yeovil Town Game
Advance Tickets for the rearranged League Two match between Cheltenham Town and Yeovil Town are now back on sale. The match takes place on Tuesday 5th February, with a 7.45p.m. kick-off at Whaddon Road and is a rearrangement of the October 2018 match. Advance tickets are as follows:

Adults £21.00; Over-65s: £15.00; Under-18 and Student (with NUS card): £7.00

Disabled supporters on middle or higher disability allowance pay the relevant band as above, with an assistant admitted free of charge. Wheelchairs bays are available at £15.00 with an Assistant admitted free of charge.

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

NOTE: The tickets you will receive for this match will still have the original 'October 2018' fixture date stamped on them. This is normal, as the same ticket batch is being used for the rearranged date. If you had purchased tickets when they were originally on sale in September/October 2018, then you can clearly still carry on using these. If you can't get to the rearranged date, please return your tickets to the Huish Park Ticket Office as soon as possible.

Link: Ticketing For Mansfield Town vs Yeovil Town.

Link: GWSC Travel For Mansfield Town vs Yeovil Town.

Link: 2018-19 Season League Game Ticket Bundles.

Link: Yeovil Town Online Ticketing Portal.


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9 January 2019 : Former Assistant Manager Jones In Talks For Championship Management Job
Former Yeovil Town assistant manager Nathan Jones is in talks with Championship side Stoke City over their managerial vacancy. The Luton Town boss has been confirmed by both clubs as having been given permission to hold talks, after they sacked Gary Rowett, after only half a season in charge, following their relegation from the Premier League.

Rowett had taken the Potteries side to 14th in the table and eight points off the play-offs, but defeat to Bristol City on New Year's Day followed by a stuttering performance in the FA Cup against Shrewsbury Town has provoked the Stoke board to act. Thy've turned to Jones, who has just gone through his third anniversary at Kenilworth Road. At present he has not left the Hatters, but Luton have stated that they've given him permission to hold talks - usually a sign that a compensation figure has been agreed between the two clubs, and that conversations will now move on to Jones's personal terms and his available playing budget if he were to take the job.

Luton had only this week celebrated Nathan's third anniversary in charge, in what could end up being his epitaph. Having achieved promotion from League Two last season, he's now taken the Hatters to second place in League One, pointing to the possibility of a double promotion for his current club. Given he took over a club that were in 18th place in League Two three years ago, that's been a rapid rise for Luton, following several years of struggle.

On the back of that anniversary, Luton published several statistics relating to his management. His win ratio stands at 51.1 percent in Football League matches which is the best in the club's history, beating managers that include former Glovers manager Alec Stock. Their points per game ratio stands at 1.82 points per game, which is also a club record for a manager.

Overall he's been in charge for 139 league games, winning 71 of them. They've also reached the FA Cup Third Round on three consecutive occasions, and reached the EFL Trophy Semi-Final. He's also received three League Two Manager of the Month Awards, and is currently up for the December 2018 League One Manager Of The Month Award.

We'd expect any talks with Stoke City to be concluded in the next 24-48 hours, given the need for Jones to know whose dugout he will be sat in on Saturday.


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8 January 2019 : January Supporters Alliance Meeting Is Cancelled
As part of their membership of the Supporters Alliance Group, the Glovers Trust have today received an email notifying them that this week's meeting with the club has been called off. The Alliance were due to meet with club representatives at Huish Park on Wednesday evening, but this will no longer take place due to the non-availability of Chief Operating Officer David Mills.

The communication from the club states the following:

"Due to unforeseen circumstances David Mills can no longer attend the Alliance Meeting tomorrow. As the EFL regulation states that there should be an Owner/Director from the Board or a Senior Executive in attendance and due to the short notice, there is no one available to attend in David's absence, we therefore will be cancelling the meeting. We are well within the EFL framework of how many times we meet in the season therefore I suggest that we don't reschedule this meeting we just pick up again, as planned, on the second Wednesday in February. Please can you advise your availability for that date. We apologise for the late notice, and for any inconvenience."

The Supporters Alliance Group meeting did have an unusually high profile on this occasion, given that it was due to be the first meeting held between the Club and the Supporters Alliance, since a December 2018 meeting involving Chairman John Fry and first team manager Darren Way that caused much debate amongst fans once the minutes were published and even resulted in the club issuing their own statement on the subject.

The Glovers Trust have said they have received further communication from the club stating that the cancellation of the meeting is 'purely an availability issue' rather than any issue relating to the December meeting, and that 'the Club very much support the Alliance and its progress so far, and will continue to do so'.


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8 January 2019 : Taff's Gloversblog : Where Do We Go From Here?
With Yeovil Town having now having completed their heavy Christmas and New Year fixture list, attention now turns to the January Transfer window. With this being one of the most critical points of the season, the latest Taff's Gloversblog takes a look at how the club came out of that holiday period, and how the club's Board should be assessing that, along with the position of first team manager Darren Way. There's also a look at the recent return of club advisor Mark Palmer and why his second spell with the club may mean something is brewing. Read on via the link below.

Link: Taff's Gloversblog : Where Do We Go From Here?


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8 January 2019 : New Date For Cheltenham Town League Two Trip
Yeovil Town's League Two match against Cheltenham Town now finally has a new date. The match had been postponed during October 2018, due to international call-ups within the Glovers ranks. It will now be played on Tuesday 5th February 2019, with a 7.45p.m. kick-off at Whaddon Road.

If you've held onto your original match ticket for all this time, then those will still remain as valid. However, if you can't make the new date, please return the ticket to the Huish Park Ticket Office as soon as possible.

In terms of other rearranged fixtures, the club's home match against Lincoln City will be played on Tuesday 22nd January. However, the following Saturday's trip to Oldham Athletic will need a new date after it was called off due to Oldham's FA Cup Fourth Round involvement.


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8 January 2019 : Gafaiti Signs Contract Extension With Yeovil Town
Yeovil Town have extended the contract for defender Adel Gafaiti. The 24 year old French-Algerian had been on the club's books on a short term contract since November 24th 2018, and there was the implication that his arrangements were up this week. The former Norwich City and Oldham Athletic player has now penned a deal that will keep him at Huish Park until the end of the 2018-19 season.

Adel made his debut at Macclesfield Town as a surprise signing on the day of the game, but after a brief drop-out from the squad, he has become a more regular member of the starting line-up, playing in seven matches so far. Manager Darren Way believes that Gafaiti's arrival at the club helped strengthen the squad:

"Adel has come in and strengthened the squad, with his services now secured for the rest of the season. It's now important that he keeps developing and learning to take him to the next level."

Link: Adel Gafaiti : Yeovil Town Statistics.


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8 January 2019 : Donnellan Announces His Own Departure From Huish Park
Yeovil Town defender Shaun Donnellan appears to have left the club. The former West Bromwich Albion Academy player had been under contract at Huish Park until the end of the 2018-19 season, but has posted a tweet today, stating that Saturday's match against Bury was his last match for the club.

Donnellan has only played in one match since the November 2018 FA Cup First Round match against Stockport County, and was dropped from the line-up following a mix-up between him and goalkeeper Nathan Baxter for the third goal of the game. He got a surprise recall for Saturday's match, but it would appear that the club and Donnellan have agreed to terminate his deal with the Glovers. Donnellan tweeted:

"My last game playing for Yeovil town was on Saturday. Wish the lads and the fans all the best in the future."

Shaun Donnellan's farewell message
Shaun Donnellan's farewell message


At the time of writing, the club have not confirmed his exit. However, it would appear to be the fifth departure from Huish Park during January, with Wes McDonald, Enes Mahmoutovic, Omari Patrick and Olufela Olomola having all left the building.

Overall Shaun played 24 times for Yeovil Town, scoring one goal. The best of luck to him in the future.

Update: This departure has now been confirmed by Yeovil Town. It is described as 'by mutual consent' meaning that some sort of severance package will have been agreed to tear up the remaining six months of his contract.

Link: Shaun Donnellan : Yeovil Town Statistics.


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7 January 2019 : Darren Way Talks About Bury Home Team Selection
Just before Saturday's League Two match against Bury 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 gives his views on the recall of Nathan Baxter and the absence of Rhys Browne. Read that interview in full, via the link below.

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


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7 January 2019 : Olomola Becomes Fourth January Transfer Window Exit
Yeovil Town have confirmed that striker Olufela Olomola's stay at Huish Park will not be extended. The 21 year old had been on a half-season loan deal from Scunthorpe United, but that deal ended after Saturday's League Two match against Bury. There's no indication of whether any party influenced that decision - just that the loan has come to an end.

Overall, he made 21 appearances under his second loan spell, scoring three goals. That gave him 49 appearances and ten goals across his two spells. He is the fourth player to leave Huish Park over January, with Wes McDonald, Enes Mahmoutovic and Omari Patrick all departing the club.

Link: Olufela Olomola : Yeovil Town Statistics.


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6 January 2019 : January Trip To Boundary Park Postponed Due To FA Cup Clash
Yeovil Town's League Two match against Oldham Athletic will need a new date. The trip to Boundary Park was due to be played on Saturday 26th January, but will have to be switched to a midweek slot after the Latics gained one of the shocks of the FA Cup Third Round weekend, knocking out Premier League side Fulham by a 2-1 scoreline at Craven Cottage, meaning they'll have other interests that weekend.

Oldham won their match by coming from a goal down in front of 16,134 spectators. Former Glovers loanee Sam Surridge set them on their way, with his 12th goal of the season, in 20 appearances as part of his loan spell in the North West. The winning goal was scored by Callum Lang in the 88th minute.

The Glovers have still not rearranged their postponed trip to Cheltenham Town, which was called off due to international call-ups in October. However, Cheltenham have a League Two fixture at home to Macclesfield Town that weekend, which will not be affected by the FA Cup matches. Their other postponed match against Lincoln City will take place at Huish Park on Tuesday 22nd January, with a 7.45p.m. kick-off.


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6 January 2019 : Video : Yeovil Town vs Bury Two Minute Highlights
For those that want to watch extended highlights of Yeovil Town's League Two match against Bury, these are now available online. There is two minutes worth of YouTube-based footage available below that shows Nicky Maynard's goal that won the match for the Shakers. They also show a first half chance for Jordan Green along with a second half volley from Bevis Mugabi and the injury time header from Carl Dickinson that went over the bar. Watch via the video below.




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6 January 2019 : Funeral Arrangements For Mike Hughes
Yeovil Town supporters wanting to pay tribute to former manager Mike Hughes can do so by attending his funeral this week. Mike passed away on December 20th 2018 at the age of 78 years old, having been part of the local community for the majority of his life since he arrived as a player-manager at the old Huish ground in 1969.

The funeral will take place on Friday 11th January 2019 at 2.00p.m. at Yeovil Crematorium. The published funeral notice reads as follows:

"HUGHES Mike of West Coker : Passed away peacefully in Yeovil District Hospital on the 20th December 2018, aged 78 years. A much loved dad, grandad, brother and uncle. Funeral service will take place on Friday 11th January 2019, 2.00pm at Yeovil Crematorium. Family flowers only please, donations in memory of Mike for Football Beyond Borders may be sent c/o Clive Wakely, A.J. Wakely & Sons, 33 Sparrow Road, Yeovil. BA21 4BT Tel : 01935 479913."

If you want to know more about the Football Beyond Borders organisation (website here), they are a charity that currently operates across London but is about to expand into North-West England, helping children with their education and personal development. Their website explains:

"We are an education charity which uses football as an engagement tool to provide young people with the opportunity to achieve their goals and fulfil their potential. We do this through our football themed, literacy curriculum which puts a young person's passion for football at the heart of their education. Our FBB Schools programme uses the power of football as an educational tool to support young people who are disengaged at school to improve their behaviour for learning, academic performance and school engagement. We work with 400 students at schools across 11 London Boroughs and deliver our weekly programme on the pitch and in the classroom as a way to tackle low educational attainment, poor school attendance and challenging behaviour. We do this through our football themed, literacy curriculum which takes a young person's passion for football and uses it to produce significant improvements in attitude to learning and behaviour for learning."

Our tribute to Mike Hughes, published last month, can be read via the article linked below.

Link: Mike Hughes RIP 1940-2018.


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5 January 2019 : Darren Way's Verdict On The Bury Home Game
Following Saturday afternoon's 0-1 defeat against Bury 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's verdict on the match, his side's immediate issues in the January transfer window and his own position as manager, can be read via the link below.

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


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5 January 2019 : Man of the Match Voting for Yeovil Town vs Bury
If you watched Saturday's 0-1 defeat against Bury 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 Bury.


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5 January 2019 : Darren Way Sees Small Margins In Bury Defeat
Yeovil Town manager Darren Way believes that there were small margins between the two sides, after he watched his side lose out to promotion-chasing Bury at Huish Park this afternoon. The game was settled by a Nicky Maynward goal midway through the first half, in a match that the Shakers controlled by possession, but in which neither side had a glut of chances, with that effort from the former Bristol City striker providing a 0-1 away win for the Shakers.

That extended Yeovil's winless run to ten matches, having managed just one win in their last eighteen League Two encounters. But Way believed that there were fine lines between the defeat and his side getting a result, and he felt that with persistence results would eventually come:

"It's hard because you're stood in the dressing room and you've got to show leadership as a manager. I have to look at the players and I still believe that they're giving everything. I feel at times probably a footballer has to use his mind as well as his feet. I understand that with some of the younger players, their minds in the environment and where we are in the table, sometimes can be a bit fearful, so I accept that. There were very small margins in that game today. They've (Bury) gone third in the table, and I don't want to blame anyone or anything. We've all got to take responsibility to make sure we're persistent, and keep working harder and that result will come. I was very disappointed (with the winning goal). I expressed my feelings at half time, because they are the fine lines. Players make mistakes, but as I've said making mistakes with the players doesn't mean they're failures, it's about making sure you don't make that same mistake twice."

As with the last few fixtures, once the game went into injury time, the Glovers fans made their feelings about the club's run of poor form, particularly at Huish Park where fans have now witnessed just one League victory in eleven months. With supporters chanting 'Walk Away Darren' at the tail end of the fixture, Way was asked the same question as before, as to whether he would consider the fans' request, but he claimed that advice from other managers in the game would be to tell him how difficult the challenge was:

"If I probably spoke to any manager with any knowledge and experience about the games, they would know how difficult this challenge is. So I get my motivation from speaking to one or two individuals, knowing how difficult the challenge is at Yeovil. I have never failed, as far as keeping us in the Football League, and I feel that is probably the most important thing. I'm going to say it every week - I'm the manager. So I've got to take the bullets, and the bigger the club, the more bullets you've got to take, unfortunately when you're on a run like this. So I understand them, and there's one thing is that I've always given respect to the supporters. But I can assure you that I'm doing everything that I can, to turn this form around. We're two games behind that whole pack, so it does look a lot worse than what it is. But we'll get it right."


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5 January 2019 : Video : Yeovil Town vs Bury Match Highlights
For those who want to watch the goals from Saturday's match against Bury, these are now available online. There is one-and-three-quarter minutes worth of Sky Sports footage linked below, that shows the winning goal from Nicky Maynard along with chances during the game for Bevis Mugabi and Carl Dickinson. They also show an unsuccessful penalty appeal when Sessi D'Almeida went down inside the box. Watch via the link below.

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


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5 January 2019 : Yeovil 0 Bury 1 : Maynard Strike Sees Glovers Struggles Continue
Yeovil Town's winless run in League Two stretched to ten games, as a Nicky Maynard goal midway through the first half proved enough to divide themselves and promotion chasing Bury. The Shakers' 0-1 win came after Jay O'Shea's cross into the box was converted by the former Bristol City striker to leave the Glovers still struggling with one win in their last eighteen matches at this level. Once again they struggled to create big chances, with Bevis Mugabi providing their best chance early in the second half, but with little happening in open play. The defeat sees Yeovil slip to 22nd in the table with only two teams now below them, and a three point gap.

The Glovers went into the match making three changes to their starting line-up, which also included a formation change. Nathan Baxter came in between the sticks as Stuart Nelson dropped out. In defence there were two new centre-backs, with Bevis Mugabi and Shaun Donnellan coming in, as Adel Gafaiti made way. That meant that Yoann Arquin dropped to the bench to allow a change to a 3-4-1-2 formation, with Tom James and Carl Dickinson expected to occupy midfield wing positions.

It took a while for the game to get going, with both teams cancelling each other out with their matching formations. But after a while, Bury started to look a bit more comfortable with what they were doing. A Jay O'Shea free kick deflected off the Yeovil defensive wall for the first chance of the game, and from the resultant corner, Bury were inches away from scoring. Neil Danns got himself space inside the box and his shot came off the inside of the post, and back into the grateful arms of Nathan Baxter.

Yeovil appeared to be trying to play Bury on the counter-attack, and their one and only chance during the first half came when Carl Dickinson put a long ball over the top for Jordan Green to run onto. His shot on the angle went into the side netting. That was as good as it got, as the Shakers took the lead midway throuh the half. A Nicky Adams free kick was half cleared, and Jay O'Shea was fed on the right flank. His cross back into the box saw Nicky Maynard push in front of a Yeovil defender to convert from inside the box for a 0-1 lead.

Around 35 minutes into the match, the initial 3-4-1-2 was abandoned as Tom James moved into the centre as a defensive midfielder, giving Yeovil a 4-1-3-2 formation, that ultimately was to turn into a 4-3-3 as Jordan Green moved into a more advanced position. But it didn't seem to do a lot to increase Yeovil's attacking threats, with Bury's strong possession being enough to keep Yeovil at bay, and to give them a comfortable half time lead.

The second period saw Yeovil gain what was to be their best chance of the game, after they recycled a free kick ten minutes into the half. Alex Fisher flicked the ball on inside the box, and Bevis Mugabi found his resultant shot turned over the crossbar by Joe Murphy for a corner kick. That was to start a brighter period for the Glovers, although their shooting was generally optimistic or wayward - a Tom James long-ranger went over the bar, before a pair of Jordan Green shots saw the ball sliced over the bar, then put tamely into Murphy's arms.

Bury looked to be trying to play a containment job, having got their noses ahead, and still had enough to create a few chances of their own as Caolan Lavery shot over the crossbar, whilst Will Aimson headed into the arms of Nathan Baxter from a Nicky Adams free kick. The introduction of Jake Gray and Yoann Arquin as substitutes didn't do a lot to heavily influence the way that Bury were slowing play down and keeping a degree of control.

Yeovil put another Tom James long range effort over the bar from 30 yards out, with the obvious problem being that none of their attacking players were getting chances anywhere near the Bury box. As a result, the Shakers felt in control for much of the game, even if Carl Dickinson almost provided a shock equaliser as he headed a 94th minute corner over the bar. That was the end of play, as a sparse Huish Park spent much of the second half injury time period repeating their calls for manager Darren Way to 'walk away' from the club. With the Glovers now dropping down to 22nd in the table, and just three points off the bottom two clubs, they know now that any extension of their winless run will give Notts County and Macclesfield Town an opportunity to get themselves out of trouble. The Yeovil Board need to take note of the perilous situation.

Link: 2018-19 Latest League Two Table.

Final Score: Yeovil Town 0 Bury 1.

Scorers: Nicky Naynard (0-1, 24 mins)

Yeovil Town:
12. Nathan Baxter
5. Bevis Mugabi 4. Gary Warren (Capt) 27. Shaun Donnellan
23. Tom James 20. Sessi D'Almeida 30. Alefe Santos 3. Carl Dickinson
11. Jordan Green
9. Alex Fisher 13. Francois Zoko

Substitutes:
1. Stuart Nelson (GK) 2. Adel Gafaiti 10. Jake Gray (51 mins for Alefe Santos) 18. Yoann Arquin (71 mins for Francois Zoko) 24. Olufela Olomola 26. Daniel Ojo 28. Devon Arnold

Bury:
1 Joe Murphy
3 Chris Stokes 4 Will Aimson 5 Adam Thompson
7 Nicholas Adams 10 Danny Mayor 26 Jay O'Shea 31 Neil Danns 21 Callum McFadzean
36 Nicky Maynard 32 Caolan Lavery

Substitutes:
6 Eoghan O'Connell (79 mins for Neil Danns) 11 Chris Dagnall 15 Byron Moore (73 mins for Nicky Maynard) 16 Ryan Cooney 18 Dominic Telford (87 mins for Caolan Lavery) 43 Scott Maloney 46 Callum Hulme

Yeovil Bookings: Gary Warren (foul, 12 mins), Sessi D'Almedia (foul, 78 mins)

Bury Bookings: Caolan Lavery (foul, 49 mins), Callum McFadzean (timewasting, 71 mins), Joe Murphy (timewasting, 90 mins)

Yeovil Match Statistics: Possession: 42%; Shots: 6; Shots On Target: 1; Corners: 4; Fouls: 15.

Bury Match Statistics: Possession: 58%; Shots: 6; Shots On Target: 2; Corners: 4; Fouls: 8.

Referee: Nicholas Kinseley (Essex). Assistants: Justin Amey (Dorset) and Christopher Wade (Hampshire). Fourth Official: Kevin Morris (Herefordshire).

Attendance: 2,426 (with 173 Bury supporters).


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5 January 2019 : Team News For Yeovil Town vs Bury
Yeovil Town have named their starting line-up for this afternoon's League Two match against Bury at Huish Park. The match sees the Glovers name an three changes to their starting line-up, compared to the game against Cheltenham Town on New Year's Day. The first sees Chelsea loanee Nathan Baxter recalled to the starting line-up, in favour of Stuart Nelson. In defence Adel Gafaiti drops to the bench, with Bevis Mugabi coming in as his replacement, whilst there's also a place for Shaun Donnellan, which suggests a formation change - Yoann Arquin drops out.

Midfielder James Bailey has been out since Boxing Day 2017, with there yet to be confirmation that he's resumed full contact training. Omar Sowunmi (ankle) was injured during the September 2018 match against Milton Keynes and was expected to be out until around the end of last year, although as yet there's no mention of him being back in training yet. Gabriel Rogers (ankle) remains out, although is close to a return. Alex Pattison (back) has indicated that he expects to be returning relatively soon, although there's no firm date on that. Striker Korrey Henry has picked up a groin injury at some point recently. Rhys Browne is off the teamsheet due to an illness.

Centre-back Enes Mahmutovic and striker Omari Patrick have returned to their parent clubs, after their loan agreements were terminated due to lack of game time. Winger Wes McDonald has also left the club after his short term contract expired without being renewed.

Scunthorpe United striker Olufela Olomola's future will need to be addressed after today's game, as this is the final game of his half-season loan period.

The team this afternoon lines up as follows, with a 3-4-1-2 expected to be used:

Yeovil Town:
12. Nathan Baxter
5. Bevis Mugabi 4. Gary Warren (Capt) 27. Shaun Donnellan
23. Tom James 20. Sessi D'Almeida 30. Alefe Santos 3. Carl Dickinson
11. Jordan Green
9. Alex Fisher 13. Francois Zoko

Substitutes:
1. Stuart Nelson (GK) 2. Adel Gafaiti 10. Jake Gray 18. Yoann Arquin 24. Olufela Olomola 26. Daniel Ojo 28. Devon Arnold

Bury:
1 Joe Murphy
3 Chris Stokes 4 Will Aimson 5 Adam Thompson
7 Nicholas Adams 10 Danny Mayor 26 Jay O'Shea 31 Neil Danns 21 Callum McFadzean
36 Nicky Maynard 32 Caolan Lavery

Substitutes:
6 Eoghan O'Connell 11 Chris Dagnall 15 Byron Moore 16 Ryan Cooney 18 Dominic Telford 43 Scott Maloney 46 Callum Hulme


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5 January 2019 : Officials For Yeovil Town vs Bury
Officials for the League Two match between Yeovil Town and Bury have been published by the Football League. The match takes place on Saturday 5th January 2019, with a 3.00p.m. kick-off at Huish Park. 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.

We saw him twice during the 2017-18 season. The first 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.
We were then due to have him for the January 2018 game against Grimsby Town but by the time we got there, he'd been replaced by Charles Breakspear. Instead he arrived in February 2018 for another match against Stevenage at Broadhall Way. There were no arguments about his performance, in a 4-1 defeat that came on the back of poor defending and a lack of control of the midfield areas, rather than anything to do with the officiating. Three bookings, but nothing we can recall worth a complaint.

Mr Kinseley will be assisted by Justin Amey (Dorset) and Christopher Wade (Hampshire). The Fourth Official will be Kevin Morris (Herefordshire).

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.

Link: February 2018 : Stevenage 4 Yeovil Town 1.


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5 January 2019 : Glovers Trust Plans For The Bury Game
Saturday sees Yeovil Town entertain Bury in a League Two match at Huish Park. The Glovers Trust will be in attendance for the match, and situated close to the club's ticket office under the Gazebo that has recently been provided in that area. There's been rather a lot of debate about the club over the Christmas and New Year period, so if you've got any views on that, then with a Supporters Alliance Group meeting taking place next week, there's an opportunity to feed topics into that meeting. Their full whereabouts are as follows:

Match: Bury (Home)

Trust Presence: Huish Park (by ticket office) - approximately 1:30p.m. to 2:45p.m.

Huish Park Services: Membership renewals.

Arrow Services: 20% discount on pre-match Arrow food orders

Specific Discussion Points of Interest: Membership renewals, Alliance Group progress, Secretary Vacancy.

Other points of note:
1. The next Supporters Alliance Group meeting is taking place at 7.00p.m. on Wednesday 9th of January for what will be the first gathering since the Group's notes of the meeting with John Fry and Darren Way were published. We are keen to take feedback from Trust members to that meeting with respect to any Club related matters so if you are passing and would like to share your thoughts with us then we are more than happy to listen.
2. The Trust remains in urgent need of a Secretary. Anyone who is able to assist or would like further information should email Stuart Burrell (chairman@glovers-trust.co.uk).


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4 January 2019 : FA Confirm Stage 1 Warning For Way Following Cheltenham Town Game
The Football Association have confirmed that Yeovil Town manager Darren Way was given a yellow card after the final whistle of the New Year's Day fixture against Cheltenham Town. Although it went unreported at the time, a number of fans spotted Way involved in a post-match conversation with referee Trevor Kettle, and that a card was raised, presumably for dissent.

Way said in his post-match interview that he believed there had been a short pull on Sessi D'Almeida in the lead-up to Cheltenham's first goal, whilst he disputed Kettle's first half decision to issue a yellow card to Francois Zoko for diving, believing that the match official should have awarded his side a penalty. However, with both incidents having taken place before the break, it's not clear why he was still aggrieved with the referee on the final whistle.

The caution won't provide an immediate sanction, but like yellow cards for players it will count towards a running total. Way was also given a yellow card during the August 2018 match at Notts County. If he accumulates four between now and the end of the season, then he'll be given an automatic one match suspension.

The new procedures were brought in for the start of the 2018-19 season, with what are described as Stage 1 Warnings issued to non-playing club officials for misdemeanours that occur in and around the dugout area that fall short of something that would warrant an instant dismissal. Inappropriate language, gestures, appealing for a player to be given a card, or kicking/throwing objects such as water bottles are listed in the FA guidance as warranting the sanction. It will come as no surprise to find that managerial motormouth Steve Evans, currently employed by Peterborough United, became the first person to reach the four-game threshold since the rule change.


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4 January 2019 : Darren Way Previews The Bury Home Game
As part of the build-up to the build-up to the League Two match against Bury at Huish Park, Yeovil Town manager Darren Way spoke to the BBC. With questions from BBC Somerset reporter Dan Albutt, Darren gives his views on the overall state of the club over the last five years and it's finances, his expectations of the January transfer window, and of Saturday's opponents. Read that interview via the link below.

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


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4 January 2019 : Sheridan Jumps Ship Again With Carlisle Resignation
League Two side Carlisle United have announced the surprise resignation of manager John Sheridan. The 54 year old had only been in charge at Brunton Park for 32 games, and with his team on a run of five consecutive wins, they had climbed into a play-off position on New Year's Day. Following that match Sheridan claimed "I'm enjoying it at the moment but not getting carried away", whilst their local press spoke of him having put in offers for two players, as well as discussing some loan targets.

Sheridan's decision to leave after just half a season's worth of football, therefore appears to have some sort of back story to it, with national media connecting him with a return to Chesterfield, who he managed between 2009 and 2012. Carlisle's statement, via Chairman Andrew Jenkins alludes to issues concerning 'football squad matters' explaining:

"In his short time at United, John has made a positive difference to the club. He has improved the style of football and assembled a squad that is able to compete with the best teams in the League Two. Working with the squad and management team, he has helped to establish a winning formula at the club that we will take forward and build on to ensure that John's hard work is not lost. The request to leave came from John. Over the last few days, the board and John had discussed football squad matters, and these were being resolved. I would like to thank him for his commitment, and we all wish him the best of luck for the future."

Assistant manager Tommy Wright and first team coach Paul Murray have been given the Caretaker Management roles, and will take charge of tomorrow's match against Mansfield Town. Director of football David Holdsworth will be supporting them whilst Carlisle look for a new manager.

Sheridan has got himself a bit of a reputation for jumping ship over the years. Since leaving Plymouth Argyle in May 2015, he has managed Newport County, Oldham Athletic, Notts County, Odham Athletic (again), Fleetwood Town and Carlisle United, with the longest period he has stayed at any of those clubs being just 33 games. If Chesterfield do take him on, it will be his eighth position in football management in three-and-a-half years.


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4 January 2019 : Skiverton Makes Quick Return As Academy Coaching Lead
Former Yeovil Town manager and assistant manager Terry Skiverton has made a quick return to the football club, by taking up a position within the club's Academy. He will take on the role of Head Of Coaching - last fielded by Steve Rutter, who left the club last summer - within the Academy structure, becoming responsible for coaching standards within the age groups leading up to the Under-18s.

Skiverton resigned his position as assistant manager in December 2018, but following a Christmas and New Year break, he now returns to Huish Park. He explains his new role:

"This is a new challenge and a new role in a different part of the club for me. I'm looking forward to working as part of the Academy and with the Academy coaches such as Terry Moore, Ian Thompson and Darren Behcet who have driven the department to the next level along with Academy Manager, Jamie Harrison. Likewise, the Yeovil Town Community Sports Trust will continue to form an important part of our development and I look forward to working alongside them."

The Head of Coaching position had been vacant for the first half of the 2018-19 season, with the club advertising the position around the time that Skiverton decided to withdraw from first team coaching activities.


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3 January 2019 : Way Admits Club Would Need To Sell A Player To Balance The Books
Yeovil Town manager Darren Way has stated that the club will need to sell a player during the January transfer window. For the next four weeks the window will be open, and on this occasion he expects there to be the need to off-load one of his players during that period in order to balance the books at the club. The last player to leave the club for a fee was Otis Khan, who joined Mansfield Town on June 29th 2018 for a fee thought to be between £100,000 and £150,000.

Since then, the club have had one aborted transfer sale, but despite an excessive number of rumours during the latter half of the summer, no other player left the building. The snag appears to be that whilst attendances at Huish Park have remained fairly static compared with last season, the absence of any cup run in any of the three competitions means the club will be trying to get some additional income through player sales. Way told BBC Somerset today, that is necessary if the club is to not make an operational loss this season:

"The conversations that I'm having with the Board are the same conversations I had last year with the Board, and the same conversations I had the year before. They understand how hard it is. To balance it financially as well, we know we've got to sell players, to financially balance the books every year, which we did last year. We've not had the cup run this year, so we're quite reliant; we have to sell a player to balance those books. But do you sell your best players when you need to stay in the Football League? So they are the problems that we've got as a football club. As I've said, that's not easy."

The fairly obvious player within their ranks that could attract a significant fee is right-back Tom James. In early August 2018, the club had accepted an undisclosed fee from West Bromwich Albion, reported as £400,000, but the deal collapsed with either a medical or personal term reported to have halted the deal. Although there have been no media reports of any new interest in the player, given he has added to his defensive qualities by scoring five goals this season, any interest from other clubs for a player that now has only six months left on his contract would not be a surprise. Way feels it would be difficult to give an outright no if a club like the Baggies came in for him:

"You don't want to, but I've been in this position as a player. I understand when it happened to me. With the football club and Tom James being where Tom James is at. You look at the position that he was in with West Brom, how could you stop a player from going to fulfill his dream and his potential at a club higher. I'm a great believer that I wouldn't stand in a player's way. That's important."


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3 January 2019 : Arnold Debut Breaks Club EFL Record As Club Developed Player Rule Aids Profile
Whilst it may not have been the best of circumstances on New Year's Day, Yeovil Town Academy player Devon Arnold managed to set himself a personal record in the League Two match against Cheltenham Town at Huish Park. The striker became the youngest player to represent the Glovers in a Football League fixture at the age of 17 years and 38 days when he appeared as an 88th minute substitute in the 1-4 defeat against the Robins.

With the game's fifth goal having already been scored, there wasn't a lot that Devon could have done to influence the path of the game, but from a personal career development point of view, it gave him the opportunity to make his first team debut and Football League debut for the club. Devon had been part of the club's Under-16 side last season with some call-ups into the higher level, but was given a Scholarship over the summer, and has taken to the Under-18 level well, scoring a number of spectacular goals.

Devon's appearance onto the pitch allowed him to surpass the record set by Ollie Bassett under Paul Sturrock when he made his debut at the age of 17 years, 6 months and 13 days, playing the opening 73 minutes of a League Two match against Crawley Town in September 2015.

The appearance on New Year's Day provided the second such instance of an Academy player being fielded in a Football League fixture this season, with Gabriel Rogers being given the final 5 minutes of the September 2018 game at Newport County. In addition to this, Daniel Ojo has one EFL Trophy appearance to his name, in the November 2018 dead rubber against West Ham United Under-21s. There have also been bench positions for goalkeeper Tommy Scott and midfielder Tyrique Spencer-Clarke who have been unused substitutes during this season.

The radical change in the outlook for the club's Academy players has coincided with a rule change introduced by the Football League for the start of the 2018-19 season. The Club Developed Player rule requires all teams to name at least one player on their teamsheet that has spent at least one full season on the club's books leading up to Under-19 level.

Strictly speaking, the rule isn't linked to the existence of an Academy system, given that a player such as 18 year old Korrey Henry would qualify under this rule next season, if his contract with the club is extended. However, for this year at least, it has meant that the club has needed to name an Academy player in their side for all EFL competitions, giving some of the club's Under-18s players a more clear pathway into the first team.

The alternative for clubs that do not wish to adopt this policy would be to name a six man bench, but for all League, League Cup and EFL Trophy games, the club has named an Academy player on the teamsheet, with the November FA Cup game against Stockport County representing the only match that sat outside those new rules. As such, the likes of Rogers, Ojo and Arnold have been able to benefit from their higher profile this season.


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3 January 2019 : Taff's Gloversblog : When In A Hole, Stop Digging!
Yesterday, Yeovil Town issued a statement, responding to the December 2018 minutes issued by the Supporters Alliance Group. The minutes of that meeting, attended by Chairman John Fry and manager Darren Way have caused plenty of debate over the Christmas and New Year period, and yesterday's counter-statement has continued that trend. The latest Taff's Gloversblog looks at that statement, and the subsequent reaction to those topics. Read it via the link below, and as usual feel free to provide your own views at the foot of the article.

Link: Taff's Gloversblog : When In A Hole, Stop Digging!.


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3 January 2019 : Darren Way Talks About Cheltenham Town Home Team Selection
Just before New Year's Day's match against Cheltenham Town kicked off at Huish Park, Yeovil Town manager Darren Way spoke to the BBC about the game. With questions from local journalist Chris Spittles, in an interview for BBC Somerset, Darren gives his views on how tired the players might be over the Christmas and New Year schedule, the form of Adel Gafaiti, and suggests that there were a significant number of Cheltenham players he tried to sign over the summer. Read that interview in full, via the link below.

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


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3 January 2019 : McDonald Leaves Huish Park After Short Term Contract Ends
Yeovil Town have parted company with former Birmingham City winger Wes McDonald. The 21 year old had been out of contract at Huish Park, having only signed a half-season contract at the club, and so was about to become a free agent. The club have now confirmed that they have released him from his contract, leaving him as a free agent.

The explanation given is that they believe McDonald will not be fit again for the majority of the 2018-19 season, stating that "a recent hamstring injury is set to sideline the 21-year-old for much of the second half of the campaign." The winger had been out since December 8th, after suffering his second hamstring injury, with there not being a clear indication at that stage as to how long he was going to be absent for.

He leaves the club having made 12 appearances, and will now be able to sign for another club as a free agent, subject to fitness.

Link: Wes McDonald : Yeovil Town Statistics.


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2 January 2019 : Yeovil Town Respond To Supporters Alliance Group's 'Supposed Minutes'
Yeovil Town have responded to the minutes issued by the Supporters Alliance Group, relating to the meeting that was held at Huish Park on December 10th. The meeting minutes related to a forum that included Chairman John Fry and manager Darren Way and had been published by the Alliance Group Chairman Rich Rendell, supported explicitly by the Green and Whites Supporters Club and the Glovers Trust as supporters groups that had been present at the meeting. The preface to the minutes made clear that the club had a 'few issues' with the minutes, with the inference that they had been unable to reach agreement with the Football Club over the meeting.

The club have now nine days later issued their own response the views of the supporters groups present at the meeting. Referring to them as 'supposed minutes', the club claim that "it was not intended that the meeting should be formally minuted" and states that there are a "number of inaccuracies" in what was published by the Supporters Alliance.

Yeovil Town's response is to suggest that some of what was published was 'out of context' explaining:

"Regrettably, the Alliance felt unable to agree the proposed publication with the club and certain comments were included out of context giving entirely the wrong impression. The club rejects any implication in the notes that either the Manager or Chairman were dismissive of fans views and several of the statements attributed to them in the notes are wrong."

The club do not attempt to address any of the points made in the minutes, nor explain exactly which parts of the published document were wrong, adding that it has no further comment to make on the subject:

"The Club has no further comments to make on this subject except to say that it wishes to continue to have open and transparent discussion with the Alliance and to agree appropriate minuted updates on important matters for publication to the wider fan base and stresses its respect for all YTFC supporters."

The club instead refer to an interview that Chairman John Fry gave to the Western Gazette just before Christmas as containing their own viewpoint. Ironically, several aspects of that interview have been challenged by supporters, or factchecked as clearly inaccurate since that article's publication.


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2 January 2019 : Patrick Loan Deal Ends With Return To Valley Parade
Bradford City striker Omari Patrick has returned to Valley Parade at the end of his half-season loan at Huish Park. The 22 year old's deal ran out after Tuesday's match against Cheltenham Town, but with him not having featured on the club's teamsheet since the December 22nd match against Northampton Town, and not having got onto the pitch since the a five minute substitute appearance at Macclesfield Town on November 24th, his exit from the club was becoming increasingly obvious.

Patrick made 13 appearances for the club, but only one of those was a League Two start - the October 27th match against Carlisle United that represented the club's last victory in the league. He scored one goal for the club - on his debut against Grimsby Town on September 1st, when he scored the winner in a 1-0 victory at Blundell Park.

Link: Omari Patrick : Yeovil Town Statistics.


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2 January 2019 : GWSC Travel For Mansfield Town vs Yeovil Town
The Green and White Supporters Club have set their travel plans for the League Two match against Mansfield Town. The match takes place at Field Mill on Saturday 12th January 2019, with a 3.00p.m. kick-off. Departure times and prices are listed as follows:

Mansfield Town : Saturday 12th January 2019.
Huish Park: 8.00a.m.
Adult Members: £28.00; Member Concessions: £26.00
Adult Non-Members: £30.00; Non-Member Concessions: £28.00

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 Mansfield Town vs Yeovil Town.

Link: 2018-19 Season League Game Ticket Bundles.

Link: Yeovil Town Online Ticketing Portal.


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2 January 2019 : Video : Yeovil Town vs Cheltenham Town Two Minute Highlights
For those who want to watch extended highlights from Yeovil Town's 1-4 defeat against Cheltenham Town, these are now online. There is two minutes worth of YouTube-based footage that shows the goal from Tom James - they also show you the second half injury time move that saw the same player strike the woodwork. Watch the video below.




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2 January 2019 : Man of the Match Voting for Yeovil Town vs Cheltenham Town
If you watched Saturday's 1-4 defeat against Cheltenham 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 Cheltenham Town.


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1 January 2019 : Yeovil 1 Cheltenham 4 : Glovers Suffer Hangover In New Year's Rout
Yeovil Town slumped to their worst defeat of the 2018-19 season on New Year's Day, as an improving Cheltenham Town swept them aside by a 1-4 scoreline at Huish Park. The Glovers suffered a dreadful first half, as Luke Varney got in behind their defence to open the scoring, followed ten minutes later by a penalty from Conor Thomas after Sessi D'Almeida fouled inside the box. The second period saw the home side rally for 20 minutes, with Tom James providing a free kick that deflected in to give some hope of a comeback. But Jordan Forster extended Cheltenham's lead from a corner, whilst old boy Kevin Dawson rubbed salt into the wound with three minutes remaining to score the final goal of the day, as the home supporters showed loud dissent against manager Darren Way as the game ended, with the Glovers stranded in 21st place and just three points off the drop.

The Glovers went into the match naming an unchanged starting eleven and an unchanged bench, meaning that all four Christmas holiday fixtures were fielded by using the same eighteen players, as Omari Patrick and Enes Mahmoutovic - confirmed by Middlesbrough to have returned to the Riverside Stadium due to lack of action - were absent once again. They came up against a Cheltenham side that fielded Scott Flinders and Ben Tozer as starters, with Craig Alcock and Kevin Dawson on the bench.

After Yoann Arquin had fired wide from a narrow angle early on, the Robins suffered disruption to their back line, with Johnny Mullins picking up an injury after he came out the worse from a tackle by Francois Zoko. The Cheltenham captain was replaced by Craig Alcock, who was to play 81 minutes as a left-sided centre-back - not quite what he was used to at Huish Park!

On the whole, Yeovil had started reasonably well, with Jordan Green slicing a chance well wide from a Francois Zoko cross. Then Alex Fisher had a goal chalked off as he provided a stooped header from a Yoann Arquin cross, with a linesman's flag going up for offside. Zoko was then given a yellow card for diving inside the box after he appealed for a first half penalty.

But Yeovil appear to have the body armour of a fragile egg shell at present, and in the 25th minute, Jacob Maddox provided a crossfield pass that carved open the Glovers defence, with Tom James and Gary Warren appearing to be marking each other rather than looking after Luke Varney. The Cheltenham striker worked his way into the box before firing low into the far corner past Stuart Nelson, for a 0-1 opener.

At this point, almost as if switching off a set of lights, the early tentative promise of Yeovil's play was shut out. Alex Addai had a pair of chances, the first of which saw him put a shot into the sidenetting after Chris Hussey's cross into the box had only been half cleared by Gary Warren. Addai then broke behind the Glovers back line, but cleared the crossbar.

Ten minutes before the break, gaps in Yeovil's defence were shown up in the same area as the first goal. Chris Hussey got room to run into the box and cut inside, and when Sessi D'Almeida tried to track back into the gaping open space, he appeared to clip Hussey's foot, and referee Trevor Kettle pointed to the spot. Up stepped Conor Thomas who sent Stuart Nelson the wrong way from the spot kick. That allowed the visitors to cruise into a 0-2 half time lead with Yeovil looking rather sorry for themselves and boos greeting them on the half time whistle.

As bad as Yeovil had finished the half, they came out for the start of the second looking an entirely different team. That attitude to the half was helped hugely by them scoring just two minutes into the second session. Tom James got himself a free kick on a narrow angle on the left flank, in an almost identical spot to how he scored at Brunton Park in October. During that game, he scored with the aid of a deflection off a defender covering the near post. Against Cheltenham, he somehow managed to entirely replicate every aspect of that Carlisle goal, including the deflection, and in doing so he pulled Yeovil back to 1-2.

For the fifteen minutes that followed, Yeovil looked as though they were going to force their way back into it. Jordan Green forced Scott Flinders into a parried save, as the home crowd were finally lifted by the attacking play. Then Alex Fisher struck the woodwork inside a crowded penalty area, before the same player shot from outside the box, clearing the crossbar, with the Glovers doing more attacking inside ten minutes than they'd managed during the opening 45.

Unfortunately, it didn't quite last. Cheltenham made a tactical change, as Tyrone Barnett came on as an attacker. They went close as Stuart Nelson saved from Luke Varney's effort, before Conor Thomas wastefully blazed the loose ball over the bar. But with Yeovil legs beginning to tire, they got the most crucial goal of the game with 11 minutes remaining. A corner from Chris Hussey was nodded down at the back post by Barnett, and Jordan Forster was able to sweep the ball home from close range.

Cheltenham introduced Kevin Dawson as a late substitute, and the former Glovers midfielder needed just three minutes to leave his mark. Alex Addai rode a wild challenge from Ade Gafaiti to give him space to get down the right flank, and when he put a low cross towards the six yard box, Dawson was able to bundle the ball home from close range for a 1-4 scoreline.

To his credit, despite being at the away end of the ground, Dawson chose not to celebrate - you'd think that he would also not have taken great pleasure in seeing the way his former club had - bar the the short spell at the start of the second period - really not been at the races on the day. Tom James struck the woodwork deep into second half injury time, but that would have flattered the display of a club that has now only won one game in their last 17 League Two fixtures, with no wins in their last nine. Pity the Huish Park crowd, who also have now only seen one victory in close to 11 months of football. Only the ongoing problems at Cambridge United and Notts County are preventing Yeovil's current 21st placed position from turning into a full blown crisis. The Huish Park crowd made it clear on the final whistle what they thought of it all on the final whistle, chanting for the manager to 'Walk Away'. You only wonder what Norman Hayward and John Fry made of it all.

Link: 2018-19 Latest League Two Table.

Final Score: Yeovil Town 1 Cheltenham Town 4.

Scorers: Luke Varney (0-1, 24 mins), Conor Thomas (0-2, 34 min, pen), Tom James (1-2, 47 mins), Jordan Forster (1-3, 79 mins), Kevin Dawson (1-4, 87 mins)

Yeovil Town:
1. Stuart Nelson
23. Tom James 2. Adel Gafaiti 4. Gary Warren (Capt) 3. Carl Dickinson
11. Jordan Green 20. Sessi D'Almeida 30. Alefe Santos 18. Yoann Arquin
9. Alex Fisher 13. Francois Zoko

Substitutes:
12. Nathan Baxter (GK) 5. Bevis Mugabi 7. Rhys Browne (67 mins for Francois Zoko) 10. Jake Gray 24. Olufela Olomola (80 mins for Alex Fisher) 27. Shaun Donnellan 28. Devon Arnold (88 mins for Yoann Arquin)

Cheltenham Town:
1 Scott Flinders
4 Ben Tozer 5 John Mullins 23 Jordan Forster
7 Conor Thomas 26 Chris Clements 6 Nigel Atangana 20 Jacob Maddox 3 Chris Hussey
16 Alex Addai 32 Luke Varney

Substitutes:
8 Kevin Dawson (84 mins for Luke Varney) 18 Matt Bower 22 Rhys Lovett 25 Sam Jones 28 Kelsey Mooney 29 Tyrone Barnett (60 mins for Jacob Maddox) 30 Craig Alcock (9 mins for John Mullins)

Yeovil Bookings: Francois Zoko (diving, 15 mins), Carl Dickinson (foul, 76 mins), Adel Gafaiti (foul, 79 mins)

Cheltenham Town Bookings: Jordan Forster (foul, 47 mins)

Yeovil Match Statistics: Possession: 47%; Shots: 9; Shots On Target: 4; Corners: 4; Fouls: 14.

Cheltenham Town Match Statistics: Possession: 53%; Shots: 11; Shots On Target: 6; Corners: 4; Fouls: 13.

Referee: Trevor Kettle (Rutland). Assistants: Steven Plane (Worcestershire) and Samuel Ogles (Hampshire). Fourth Official: Marc Whaley (Devon).

Attendance: 2,883 (with 205 Cheltenham Town supporters).


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1 January 2019 : Video : Goals From Yeovil Town vs Cheltenham Town
For those who want to watch the goals from New Year's Day's match against Cheltenham Town, these are now available online. There is just over a minute of Sky Sports footage linked below, that just shows the five goals during the game, including the consolation for Tom James. Watch via the link below.

NOTE: We'll put up lengthier YouTube highlights of the game at lunchtime tomorrow.

Link: Sky Sports : Yeovil Town vs Cheltenham Town Goals.


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1 January 2019 : Darren Way's Verdict On The Cheltenham Town Home Game
Following New Year's Day's 1-4 home defeat against Cheltenham 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's verdict on the match, his views on the transfer window, and on his own future can be read in full, via the link below.

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


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1 January 2019 : Darren Way Compares Sunderland Netflix Documentary To Current Glovers Problems
Yeovil Town manager Darren Way believes that fans and personnel at the club should watch a Netflix documentary on League One side Sunderland before casting any views on why the club is unable to pull its way out of its current rut. The Glovers lost 1-4 at home against Cheltenham Town on New Year's Day, as part of a miserable afternoon that saw their run of form extend to nine League Two games without a win, and only one victory in their last seventeen, seeing Yeovil slide to within three points of the relegation zone.

The latest defeat led to extensive calls for Way's head from the 2,883 crowd at the ground, with chants of "Walk away Darren" and "We want Darren out" during the closing minutes of the match, and in particular after the final whistle. But Way feels his players are still giving everything and points to progress within the Community Sports Trust and the Academy as evidence the club is progressing in the right direction. He feels that the Sunderland documentary, which covers their fall out of the Premier League, shows how difficult it is to manage a club on a downward spiral:

"I have to look at my players. I still think the players are giving everything. I feel we're not getting the luck. There's been a lot of imbalance in the team. That happens sometimes when a window opens. I've spoken to the Board and over three years we've had nearly 70 players. We're coming up against a Cheltenham team that have carried probably four or five of the players that I tried to get. It's very difficult managing Yeovil. Staying in the Football League, which I've done, is most important. But I do understand when I lose games, I've got to be the one that takes the pressure. I understand it, but at the same time I still feel with the targets that we've tried to put in place with the Community Sports Trust and the Academy, the club is progressing. My advice is for everyone to watch Sunderland on Netflix. When you're down there it's very difficult, and we need to make sure for the sake of the football club, that we keep getting behind the team."

Way was also critical of referee Trevor Kettle after the match, after he booked Francois Zoko for diving inside the box during the first half of the match, when the Glovers boss felt he should have been given a penalty. He also disputed Cheltenham's first goal, believing that Sessi D'Almeida had been fouled in the build-up. As such, he didn't feel decisions were going the club's way:

"When you're down there, it always feels the same, and it's been like that for a number of years. It's difficult, but we know the form that we had at the start of the season. Injuries went against us. I look at it - and I don't want to use it as an excuse - but the referee's decision today was terrible. The pull on Sessi, which led to their first goal, and not giving the penalty to Francois Zoko. But this is not just this week, this is every other week where we can say there's been a critical incident, and that's gone against us. We hit the inside of the post twice, and it's a tough time right now."


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1 January 2019 : Yeovil 1 Cheltenham 4 : Match Statistics
Yeovil Town slumped to their worst defeat of the 2018-19 season on New Year's Day, as an improving Cheltenham Town swept them aside by a 1-4 scoreline at Huish Park. The Glovers suffered a dreadful first half, as Luke Varney got in behind their defence to open the scoring, followed ten minutes later by a penalty from Conor Thomas after Sessi D'Almeida fouled inside the box. The second period saw the home side rally for 20 minutes, with Tom James providing a free kick that deflected in to give some hope of a comeback. But Jordan Forster extended Cheltenham's lead from a corner, whilst old boy Kevin Dawson rubbed salt into the wound with three minutes remaining to score the final goal of the day, as the home supporters showed loud dissent against manager Darren Way as the game ended, with the Glovers stranded in 21st place and just three points off the drop.

Full report to follow later ...

Link: 2018-19 Latest League Two Table.

Final Score: Yeovil Town 1 Cheltenham Town 4.

Scorers: Luke Varney (0-1, 24 mins), Conor Thomas (0-2, 34 min, pen), Tom James (1-2, 47 mins), Jordan Forster (1-3, 79 mins), Kevin Dawson (1-4, 87 mins)

Yeovil Town:
1. Stuart Nelson
23. Tom James 2. Adel Gafaiti 4. Gary Warren (Capt) 3. Carl Dickinson
11. Jordan Green 20. Sessi D'Almeida 30. Alefe Santos 18. Yoann Arquin
9. Alex Fisher 13. Francois Zoko

Substitutes:
12. Nathan Baxter (GK) 5. Bevis Mugabi 7. Rhys Browne (67 mins for Francois Zoko) 10. Jake Gray 24. Olufela Olomola (80 mins for Alex Fisher) 27. Shaun Donnellan 28. Devon Arnold (88 mins for Yoann Arquin)

Cheltenham Town:
1 Scott Flinders
4 Ben Tozer 5 John Mullins 23 Jordan Forster
7 Conor Thomas 26 Chris Clements 6 Nigel Atangana 20 Jacob Maddox 3 Chris Hussey
16 Alex Addai 32 Luke Varney

Substitutes:
8 Kevin Dawson (84 mins for Luke Varney) 18 Matt Bower 22 Rhys Lovett 25 Sam Jones 28 Kelsey Mooney 29 Tyrone Barnett (60 mins for Jacob Maddox) 30 Craig Alcock (9 mins for John Mullins)

Yeovil Bookings: Francois Zoko (diving, 15 mins), Carl Dickinson (foul, 76 mins), Adel Gafaiti (foul, 79 mins)

Cheltenham Town Bookings: Jordan Forster (foul, 47 mins)

Yeovil Match Statistics: Possession: 47%; Shots: 9; Shots On Target: 4; Corners: 4; Fouls: 14.

Cheltenham Town Match Statistics: Possession: 53%; Shots: 11; Shots On Target: 6; Corners: 4; Fouls: 13.

Referee: Trevor Kettle (Rutland). Assistants: Steven Plane (Worcestershire) and Samuel Ogles (Hampshire). Fourth Official: Marc Whaley (Devon).

Attendance: 2,883 (with 205 Cheltenham Town supporters).


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1 January 2019 : Mahmoutovic Recalled As Loan Spell Is Cut Short
Championship side Middlesbrough have announced that they have recalled Enes Mahmoutovic to the Riverside Stadium. The 21 year old had been given a season-long loan at Huish Park when he arrived on August 30th, but that has resulted in just five first team appearances, with only three starts in League Two.

The Luxembourg international has not got onto the pitch since the December 8th game against Forest Green Rovers and had not been named in any matchday squads since the following weekend's match against Cambridge United. He had travelled to the match against Tranmere Rovers on December 30th but was not selected, and now formally comes off the Yeovil Town first team squad list with Middlesbrough confirming in a loan round-up issued last night that they had recalled him. The best of luck to Enes in the future.

Link: Enes Mahmoutovic : Yeovil Town Statistics.


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1 January 2019 : Team News For Yeovil Town vs Cheltenham Town
Yeovil Town have named their starting line-up for New Year's Day's League Two match against Cheltenham Town at Huish Park. The match sees the Glovers name an unchanged starting line-up, compared to the game against Tranmere Rovers on Saturday. The bench is also unchanged, which means that all four Christmas fixtures have been fulfilled by the same eighteen players, with the same players outside the squad on each occasion.

Midfielder James Bailey has been out since Boxing Day 2017, although our understanding is that he is close to resuming full contact training for the first time. Omar Sowunmi (ankle) was injured during the September 2018 match against Milton Keynes and was expected to be out until around the end of the year, although as yet there's no mention of him being back in training yet. Winger Wes McDonald (hamstring) and Gabriel Rogers (ankle) remain out. Alex Pattison (back) has indicated that he expects to be returning relatively soon, although there's no firm date on that. Striker Korrey Henry has picked up a groin injury at some point recently, although hadn't been making the matchday squad anyway. Centre-back Enes Mahmutovic and striker Omari Patrick are presumed fit but do not make the squad.

As a side note, today's match is believed to be the final game of Wes McDonald's current contract, whilst the 'short term' deal for Adel Gafaiti will almost certainly be up around this time as well. In addition, the loan deals for Bradford City striker Omari Patrick and Scunthorpe United striker Olufela Olomola will need to be addressed after today's game, as both were agreed as half-season deals when they arrived at the club.

The team this afternoon lines up as follows:

Yeovil Town:
1. Stuart Nelson
23. Tom James 2. Adel Gafaiti 4. Gary Warren (Capt) 3. Carl Dickinson
11. Jordan Green 20. Sessi D'Almeida 30. Alefe Santos 18. Yoann Arquin
9. Alex Fisher 13. Francois Zoko

Substitutes:
12. Nathan Baxter (GK) 5. Bevis Mugabi 7. Rhys Browne 10. Jake Gray 24. Olufela Olomola 27. Shaun Donnellan 28. Devon Arnold


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1 January 2019 : Glovers Trust Plans For The Cheltenham Town Game
New Year's Day sees Yeovil Town play host to Cheltenham Town in a League Two fixture. The Glovers Trust will be in attendance, with their spot near the ticket office shared with Yeovil Walking Football Club today. The Trust have had a couple of interesting meetings in the last month or so with the club, so are looking for feedback and further topics from members for January's meeting. For full details of their activities, and plans for a new scarf that will be produced for the Trust, see below.

Match: Cheltenham Town (Home)

Trust Presence: Huish Park (by ticket office) - approximately 1:30p.m. to 2:45p.m.

Huish Park Services: Membership renewals.

Arrow Services: 20% discount on pre-match Arrow food orders

Specific Discussion Points of Interest: Membership renewals, Alliance Group progress, Secretary Vacancy.

Other points of note:
1. The Trust will be sharing the Gazebo with Yeovil Walking Football Club ahead of the match. There will be a walking football exhibition match on the 3G pitch between Yeovil WFC and Crewkerne WFC for 30 mins, kicking off at 1:45p.m., and the Club will be using the event to promote walking football to spectators arriving for the match. If you are interested in finding out more, please do take the time to pop over and chat with them.

2. The Trust are still awaiting confirmation of final costs and lead times for a new Trust scarf hope to have this information finalised very soon. The scarf will be white with green writing on one side and green with white writing on the other (see design below).

3. The Supporters Alliance Group are scheduled to meet on Wednesday 9th of January for what will be the first gathering since the Group's notes of the meeting with John Fry and Darren Way were published. We are keen to take feedback from Trust members to that meeting with respect to any Club related matters so if you are passing and would like to share your thoughts with us then we are more than happy to listen.

4. The Trust remains in urgent need of a Secretary. Anyone who is able to assist or would like further information should email Stuart Burrell (chairman@glovers-trust.co.uk).

Green side of forthcoming Glovers Trust scarf
White side of forthcoming Glovers Trust scarf
Screen print design of a forthcoming two-sided scarf from the Glovers Trust
Photo © 2019 Glovers Trust



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1 January 2019 : Officials For Yeovil Town vs Cheltenham Town
Officials for the League Two match between Yeovil Town and Cheltenham Town have been published by the Football League. The match takes place on Tuesday 1st January 2019, with a 3.00p.m. kick-off at Huish Park. The man in charge of dealing with your New Year's Day hangover, and possibly making it worse, is referee Trevor Kettle (Rutland). Yes, indeed the Football League have decided to give fans "the Whistling Kettle" to welcome you into 2019, to remind you that it may be another year, but but you're getting the same old referees.

Going back 18 years, our first view of him was on a Bank Holiday Monday, August 28th, 2000. We won the match against Hednesford Town 4-2 but still came away talking about an utterly bizarre refereeing performance that included two farcical penalty decisions for the penalties. The thing about Trevor is he likes to be noticed - and he doesn't care what you think of him. If he's given one penalty decision in a game, then he has no qualms in giving another - the same applies to yellow and red cards, and if anything there's a perception that once the card-waving genie is out of the bottle, it's hard to put it back in.

His appointment to the National List in 2003 coincided with our rise into the Football League, but his position in the RAF found him moving to East Anglia and we saw far less of him. However our fates have remained intertwined, and his highest refereeing honour to date, was as Fourth Official at the 2007 League One Play-off Final at Wembley.

It's not that he is controversial on every occasion. Even we had to stick on our neutral hats and admit that probably Gary Roberts deserved to walk for a high tackle whilst on a yellow card at Cheltenham Town in our meeting in April 2009 - such an opportunity to get the cards out for that was meat'n'drink for Trevor. The problem is that's what he does - you'll rarely get a 'last warning' with Our Trev, he'll whip out a card quicker than a sharp-shooter in an old-fashioned Western film, and by the time you're midway through the second half, you've entirely lost count. In the case of a Southend United vs Canvey Island televised cup tie, even he lost count as to who he had booked and when, by showing a 'second' yellow card to a player who hadn't been booked. Oh how we laughed!

Then there was the match in January 2011 at Hillsborough saw a 2-2 draw that ramped up his reputation for the more modern Yeovil Town supporter, who might not have appreciated why us old-timers rant'n'rave every time his name gets mentioned. This game was littered with seven yellow cards being raised, two red cards, and a twice taken (and missed) penalty. On that night, it was at times like watching one of those motorway pile-ups, where you realise that once one car crashes, that it's going to release a horrible chain of events. On 53 minutes, not a single card had been raised, but in the remaining 37 minutes, you needed a calculator to keep up with what was going on.

The red card for Luke Ayling was a typical Kettle dismissal - the majority of League One referees would not have considered raising a second yellow, giving the player one last chance on what wasn't a particularly bad tackle, but no, off he went. Equally, the Giles Coke twice-taken spot kick on the video showed the major encroachment actually came from Yeovil players and not from the Owls, so we got a bit lucky there. Even though there were no complaints on Adam Virgo's red card for a professional foul, the general feel of the night was that this was a Kettlesque performance.

We then had him three months later against Oldham Athletic at Huish Park. We're not sure if the Latics had done their homework on the official, but they seemed to do rather a lot of trying to wind things up, combined with the odd dodgy tumble inside the box to see if Our Trev would bite. He didn't on that count, but still managed to raise his yellow card seven times, including sending poor old Luke Ayling from the field for a second time.

Where would you like to be on Valentines Day? We spent 2012, with our One True Love, as we journeyed to play Wycombe Wanderers. This romantic encounter was never a dirty game, but Mr Kettle was in the mood for handing out cards to those he loved - providing eight players across both teams a memento of their floodlit evening. We're not sure if we should praise him or heckle him for the fact that the Glovers had to take off Gavin Williams during that game to stop him from being sent off. In most other circumstances Gav wouldn't have been in danger - to be fair to the referee, he apparently did tell the Glovers bench that Gavin's next foul would see him leave the field, thus inviting us to get Gavin off before he did. He also managed to conjure up seven minutes of second half injury time in a game where the physios had barely entered the field of play.

On Tuesday 12th March 2013, we were left almost disappointed. The Football League's website had quite firmly stated that Mr Kettle would be joining us for the evening home game against Crawley Town. By the time we got to kick-off, his name had been replaced by James Adcock. Mr Adcock had a game so bad that a number of people still assumed it was Our Trev as they abused Adcock with Kettle-heckles, but mercifully he was sat at home watching TV.

However, he made his mighty return later that year for the August 2013 fixture against Reading during our year in the Championship. With 13 minutes remaining of a gutsy Glovers performance, Luke Ayling and Adam Le Fondre did battle close to the home terrace touchline, and with the ball looking like it was about to run out of play, Le Fondre went own. The Whistling Kettle decided to do his thing and award the penalty that won the game for the Royals. Watching back on the match video, the decision looked horrifically soft, and manager Gary Johnson berated the decision:

"I'm gutted for the lads because they've had that great performance taken away from them by that particular decision. And if you give that decision as it was, then you've got to give the one at the other end (when Michael Ngoo went down in the box), because in my opinion they are exactly the same. This particular referee likes to give penalties on occasions and is very quick to give them. I just think that sometimes you have to think about it for a couple of seconds. I'm going home pleased with my team, but a little bit angry with how the game has been won."

It seems that in the matches that have followed since 2016, Trevor has been growing wise to our critiques of his refereeing. Or at least we assume so, because for the match against Dagenham and Redbridge at Victoria Road - a vital six-pointer in which he could have easily stepped in and become the star of the show - he actually had a good unobtrusive game, with just one late yellow card and very little input into the game of note. He was rather more visible for the April 2017 game against Carlisle United - where he was the man that dismissed Ben Whitfield from the field of play. The challenge on Tom Miller looked more accidental than vicious, but when a crowd of opposition players all surround Kettle after a controversial incident, you know the red card is coming out. To be fair, if it wasn't him in charge, we probably would have nodded in agreement.

We had him twice during the 2017-18 season. The first was in September 2017, when he took charge of the League Two match against Crawley Town. In all honesty, he didn't have a big impact on the match, even if he lived on the edge with seven bookings, that left you wondering who had and hadn't been booked. We didn't have a good day, losing the match 2-0, and Kettle stopped us from getting back into the match late on after he blew up during a goalmouth scramble, but despite our green-tinted spectacles we thought Crawley's keeper had been fouled. It wasn't a particularly good day, but the officials didn't come into that. He then took charge of the April 2018 match against Swindon Town at the County Ground. There he was unusually restrained - a rather robust challenge by Omar Sowunmi just before half time led to a melee that usually results in Our Trev raising a red or two - instead he just dished out two yellows, and otherwise stayed out of the game. The most recent meeting was a September EFL Trophy home game against Exeter City. Most fans couldn't be bothered with the competition, and it seems as though on this occasion Trevor wasn't too fussed either. As a result we got through a local derby without a single booking for either team.

If you think it's just Yeovil Town matches that he does this for, then you'd be wrong. In February 2017, he took charge of the League Two match between Cambridge United and Newport County. During that game he awarded a penalty, and gave a red card to Newport's Mitchell Rose late on during the match. Whilst they couldn't appeal against the penalty itself, Newport successfully appealed against the red card dished out to Rose, and were successful in doing so. However, Kettle still had the last laugh - during the incident, Rose had knocked the red card out of Kettle's hand with it dropping to the floor, and so Rose was charged by the FA for misconduct. The end result was that he received a five match ban for that part of the incident, penalising him for a card that the FA agreed should never have been raised.

Mr Kettle will be aided and abetted by Steven Plane (Worcestershire) and Samuel Ogles (Hampshire). The Fourth Official will be Marc Whaley (Devon).

Link: January 2011 : Sheffield Wednesday 2 Yeovil Town 2.

Link: April 2011 : Yeovil Town 1 Oldham Athletic 1.

Link: February 2012 : Wycombe Wanderers 2 Yeovil Town 3.

Link: August 2013 : Yeovil Town 0 Reading 1.

Link: February 2016 : Dagenham and Redbridge 0 Yeovil Town 1.

Link: April 2017 : Yeovil Town 0 Carlisle United 2.

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

Link: April 2018 : Swindon Town 2 Yeovil Town 2.

Link: September 2018 : Yeovil Town 0 Exeter City 0.


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