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31 January 2019 : Campbell Moves Up A Level With Gills
Former Yeovil Town loanee Tahvon Campbell has moved up a level on a temporary basis. He has signed for League One side Gillingham as part of a loan agreement with Forest Green Rovers that will run until the end of the 2018-19 season. The 22 year old former West Bromwich Albion striker was on a one year contract at the New Lawn, meaning that he will spend the remainder of his current term at Priestfield.

Campbell had made 39 appearances for Forest Green, scoring seven goals, since arriving in Gloucestershire on loan in January 2018. When West Brom released him that summer, manager Mark Cooper turned it into a permanent deal. This season he's made ten League Two starts, but has tended to be more of a 'squad' player for them during his 24 appearances, which makes his move up a division a slight surprise, although with Gillingham in 18th place in League One and Forest Green in fourth place in League Two there aren't too many places between the two sides.

Gillingham have managed to get through the Transfer Window without striker Tom Eaves going anywhere. Having scored 15 goals this season, the former Glovers player was the subject of plenty of press stories linking him with moves elsewhere. But none of these have turned into anything concrete, with Gills boss Steve Lovell stating that for all of the claims being made about his player, he'd not received a single bid. However, he is out of contract in the summer at Priestfield, which is where the interest in a player who has netted 33 times since leaving Huish Park in the summer of 2017 is likely to hot up.


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31 January 2019 : Donnellan Agrees Stones Deal
Former Yeovil Town defender Shaun Donnellan has found himself a new club. The 22 year old former West Bromwich Albion Academy player has agreed a contract with National League side Maidstone United until the end of the 2018-19 season. His move to Kent will have been influenced by the arrival of John Still at the Gallagher Stadium as their Head of Football. Donnellan played under Still during the 2016-17 season when he was manager at Dagenham and Redbridge.

Donnellan was one of Yeovil Town's departures during the January Transfer Window. Although he was under contract at Huish Park until the end of the 2018-19 season, that deal was cut short by mutual consent earlier this month, having made 25 appearances for the Glovers, scoring one goal. He therefore signs for Maidstone as a free agent. Still said of his arrival that his ability to capture Donnellan was based on geography:

"Donnellan came to me at Dagenham on loan from West Brom and played in our side that got into the (National League) playoffs. He's a quick, cultured defender and is very bright. He has played in League One for Walsall and Yeovil. He's a London boy and has been living away from home. Donnellan wanted to play closer to home. Other clubs in this league wanted him; I convinced him if he comes here and helps us get out of trouble there will be lots of people wanting to take him and then he has a decision to make."

Link: Shaun Donnellan : Yeovil Town Statistics.


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31 January 2019 : Glovers Complete Sixth January Transfer Window Signing With Duffus Arrival
Yeovil Town have made their sixth signing of the January transfer window. They have brought in striker Courtney Duffus from Oldham Athletic, with the 23 year old former Everton academy player penning a contract that keeps him at the club until June 2021. The Glovers have paid Oldham an undisclosed fee for his services, with Oldham retaining a 40 percent sell-on clause.

Born in Cheltenham on October 24th 1995, he was a former Cheltenham Town youth product who was signed up by Everton in the summer of 2012. The 6'2" forward was given a professional contract with the Toffees in the summer of 2015. He didn't get as far as their first team, although did make one appearance for their Under-21 side in the EFL Trophy. He was part of their Academy side that won the Gothia Cup and an Under-18 title, then at Reserve Team level he helped them win the Premier League Under-23 side. During that time, he also had a five game loan spell with Bury.

In the summer of 2017, Duffus left Everton, signing a two year contract with Oldham Athletic for an undisclosed fee. There he made just nine appearances, with all bar one of those coming from the substitutes bench. During the 2018-19 season, he's been sent out on loan to League of Ireland side Waterford where he's scored ten goals. He has not appeared for the Latics during this season. Manager Darren Way has said that he has been tracking Duffus since his Everton days:

"Courtney has been on my radar for a long time. With the links that we had at Everton that at the time saw Shane Duffy, John Lundstram and Liam Walsh arrive, Courtney was a target on the same list. With his attributes and the way he plays, I'm sure he can become a fans' favourite and a very successful signing at this football club."

The Glovers have already recruited defender Joshua Grant on loan from Chelsea, whilst Alex Dobre has arrived on loan from AFC Bournemouth, whilst earlier today Tristan Abrahams arrived from Norwich City on a half-season loan. Meanwhile midfielder Matt Worthington has been snapped up on a permanent basis from AFC Bournemouth, whilst this week saw Ryan Seager leave Southampton to sign a permanent contract and start his second spell with the Glovers. The January transfer window has also seen loanees Olufela Olomola, Enes Mahmoutovic and Omari Patrick leave the club, whilst Wes McDonald, Shaun Donnellan and Jordan Green have also left the building during the month.


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31 January 2019 : Yeovil Town Issue Further Statement On Mark Palmer's Role
Yeovil Town have issued a second statement today, relating to the ongoing talks with an external investor, believed to be an American Consortium that are looking to take over the club. Their latest statement centres on the role of Club Advisor Mark Palmer, who has been working, on and off, at the club since the final period of 2017, with him reappearing on the scene during December 2018.

Mr Palmer fronts his own company Insight 63 Ltd who provide external consultancy services, and the club have issued a statement that attempts to reclarify his current role:

"The club wishes to clarify the role of Mark Palmer through his London based football consultancy, Insight 63 Ltd. Mark was re-engaged as an advisor to the club at the start of January to work alongside the YTFC Board and the first-team management staff during the winter transfer window and beyond, as well as looking to introduce inward investment to enable to the club to move forward. It is expected Mark's involvement will help see the club through an important period of change and transition. As work and discussions are still ongoing on these areas both the club and Insight are unable to make further comment at this stage until further developments are made."

Although the club has not made reference to it, there has been speculation that Mr Palmer may be performing an executive role within the Football Club, and that he may become either an interim Chairman, or a front man for the prospective owners in the future. However, as yet, the club have not confirmed that to be the case. They have confirmed that he has been carrying out an active involvement in the club's January transfer window as part of today's statement though.


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31 January 2019 : Glovers Complete Fifth January Transfer Window Signing With Abrahams Loan
Yeovil Town have made their fifth signing of the January transfer window. They have brought in striker Tristan Abrahams from Norwich City on a six month loan agreement. The 20 year old has just completed a similar loan spell with Exeter City, where he scored twice in 23 appearances, but has also played for Leyton Orient and Cambridge City earlier in his career.

Abrahams was born in Lewisham on December 29th 1998 (aged 20) and started his career with Leyton Orient, moving through their youth system, to make nine appearances, scoring two goals during their ill-fated 2016-17 season that saw them drop out of the football league. He also had a four game loan with Cambridge City earlier in that season.

He was signed up by Norwich City for an undisclosed fee in the summer of 2017, and they almost immediately loaned him back to Orient, although without him making any appearances, due to the deal being terminated on September 1st. Instead he stayed with the Canaries, playing for their Under-23s where he scored nine times in 27 appearances.

This season has seen him head out on loan to Exeter City where he has made 23 appearances, scoring twice. Exeter have mainly used him as an impact substitute, with only four of his appearances coming as a starter in League Two matches. He played 13 minutes in the Football League Trophy match against Yeovil Town in September 2018, whilst he played the final 14 minutes in the Boxing Day game at St James Park on Boxing Day. Abrahams had played four minutes of football since New Year's Day for the Grecians, which might explain why Norwich were happy for him to switch clubs. Manager Darren Way has said of his arrival:

"Tristan is very good technically and is an honest and hard-working player. He adds a different dimension to our attacking options and I'm delighted to have him on board and continue the link with Norwich."

The move for Abrahams has also allowed for a bit of accountancy to be agreed between the two clubs, with Diallang Jaiyesimi's loan deal between Yeovil Town and Norwich City being terminated today. In practice the deal had come to an end in September 2018 due to a knee ligament injury, but the Glovers had been liable for the striker's wages as part of the season-long loan deal, up until this point.

The Glovers have already recruited defender Joshua Grant on loan from Chelsea, whilst Alex Dobre has arrived on loan from AFC Bournemouth. Meanwhile midfielder Matt Worthington has been snapped up on a permanent basis from AFC Bournemouth, whilst this week saw Ryan Seager leave Southampton to sign a permanent contract and start his second spell with the Glovers. The January transfer window has also seen loanees Olufela Olomola, Enes Mahmoutovic and Omari Patrick leave the club, whilst Wes McDonald, Shaun Donnellan and Jordan Green have also left the building during the month.


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31 January 2019 : Advance Sales For Stevenage Trip Suspended Early
Yeovil Town supporters planning to travel to Saturday's match against Stevenage at Broadhall Way, should note that pre-match sales for this fixture will be ended early. Due to the Met Office 'yellow warning' for snow in the South West, the Huish Park Ticket Office are suspending sales at midday on Thursday, rather than the usual deadline of midday on Friday. This is to consider the possibility that they may not be able to get into Huish Park tomorrow to return the unsold tickets.

In practice, this shouldn't affect any travelling supporters. If you buy on the day, you can purchase either from the Stevenage Ticket Office or pay cash on the turnstiles on the day. Hence if you haven't made your plans yet, just allow a little bit of extra time to make your purchase from the Broadhall Way end. There is no matchday surcharge.

For all other ticketing and travel information, follow the links below.

Link: Ticketing For Stevenage vs Yeovil Town.

Link: GWSC Travel For Stevenage vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Ticketing For Cheltenham Town vs Yeovil Town.

Link: GWSC Travel For Cheltenham Town vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Ticketing For Oldham Athletic vs Yeovil Town.

Link: GWSC Travel For Oldham Athletic vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Ticketing For Forest Green Rovers vs Yeovil Town.

Link: 2018-19 Season League Game Ticket Bundles.

Link: Yeovil Town Online Ticketing Portal.

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


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30 January 2019 : Taff's Gloversblog : The American Dream
Gradually bubbling beneath the surface, the possibility of a takeover at Yeovil Town has headed straight out of the water at speed. So no prizes for guessing the topic of conversation within this week's Taff's Gloversblog. There's a look at the story so far, why the current ownership's time should be brought to an end, and the hopes that might exist for the future. Read on via the link below and feel free to add in your own views on a wide-ranging subject.

Link: Taff's Gloversblog : The American Dream.


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30 January 2019 : Yeovil Town Confirm 'Potential Investors' Interest In The Club
Yeovil Town have issued a short statement relating to this week's reports considering the existence of an American Consortium looking to take over the Football Club. Their statement does not directly confirm the accurancy of the reports. However, they have confirmed that there is some substance to them, and that there are 'potential investors' that they are holding talks with.

The club's statement reads as follows:

"With respect to rumours which have been circulating, Yeovil Town Football Club can only confirm that confidential discussions have been taking place with certain potential investors. No further comment will be made unless, and until, these discussions result in agreement(s) being reached which are approved by the relevant authorities. The Board of Directors is continuing to manage the club with the emphasis, at the moment, on working with the first-team manager to consolidate and improve the playing squad to secure consistently improved results."


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30 January 2019 : Response From The Glovers Trust To Yeovil Town Takeover Rumours
Rumours of the sale of Yeovil Town Football Club are no longer new. For the past year, the potential that the club could change hands has appeared on the cards. While this news is currently unsubstantiated, the Glovers Trust welcomes it with cautious optimism. Yeovil Town is a great club and its supporters are its lifeblood. It's our club and it deserves to shine.

We have long advocated for a change of approach at Huish Park to allow for a positive future. Perhaps this is the opportunity for that happen. We should make it clear that the change we crave – a supporter-centric approach – does not have to happen through a change of ownership, but if it's achieved that way then it will be wholeheartedly welcomed.

This is why we've written to Mark Palmer – the consultant who has been working with YTFC and is at the centre of the takeover reports. We're keen to speak to Mr Palmer and the consortium about their plans for the club and we very much hope their vision matches ours. We believe that an open and engaging dialogue between the club's custodians and the supporters is vital at any time, but even more so at the beginning of a relationship. We look forward to those discussions should they take place and hope they will be the start of a productive partnership.

Speaking of our vision, even before this news broke, we'd already been working on our blueprint for green and white success. So, whoever is in charge of YTFC we have the same vision for the future, and it centres around a proactive, engaged and harmonious relationship between the club and supporters. We have pulled together best practice examples from some of football’s success stories as well as industry opinion makers. This document is available by clicking here (11.1Mb PDF document so wait until you're on good WiFi before downloading).

Our aim is to make this a reality alongside either the current or future custodians.

If a sale is to take place, the Glovers Trust is one of the stakeholders needing to be consulted as part of the process. Having taken out a Community Asset Order on the land at Huish Park, to ensure that supporters are part of the process when the stadium could be sold. We are required to be informed of any proposed transfer of ownership of the Huish Park site. In addition, as part of the CAO, the Trust can state a desire to buy the land, would then have a time frame to raise funds and be part of the bidding process. That said, any action or decision not to take action will be dictated by our understanding of the situation surrounding the sale and – as a democratic organisation – the wishes of our members.

It's currently unsure if these rumours will develop into the positive future we all want for the club. Whichever direction it goes, it's imperative that the Trust can be the best advocate for the wishes of Yeovil Town supporters. To provide the very best voice and representation, we need as many members as possible. Join the Glovers Trust by heading to their website.

[Statement by the Glovers Trust]


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30 January 2019 : Valiants Boss Falls On His Sword
League Two side Port Vale have parted company with their first team manager Neil Aspin. He has left Vale Park along with his assistant manager Lee Nogan, with Aspin resigning his position following their 0-0 draw against Newport County on Tuesday night that left them in 18th place in the League Two table, and six points off the relegation spots.

Aspin has announced his resignation, in the wake of a number of fans-led protests and dissent, believing that it was in the best interests of the football club to leave. He has stated his move was "to put an end to the constant speculation regarding my future", with him admitting that he expected his side to be further up the table than they currently are. Chairman Norman Smurthwaite, who has also been the subject of criticism from Valiants fans, described Aspin as a 'gentleman' for being willing to fall on his sword:

"It is with a heavy heart that I have accepted the resignation of Neil Aspin as Manager of Port Vale Football Club. When we appointed Neil in October 2017 it was with a 5 year plan in mind and the intention to bring long term stability to the Club and return to League One. I have supported Neil throughout and we increased the budget this season to try and help achieve our ambition. Unfortunately, the season hasn't progressed as we had all hoped and we again find ourselves in the wrong half of the table. Neil being the gentleman that he is had offered his resignation to me previously but I felt that with the squad that we had and the opportunity to strengthen that the season could be turned around. We do operate in a results driven business and our recent results have not been what we had all hoped and I have reluctantly now agreed to accept Neil's resignation."

At present Port Vale haven't revealed who will be taking over the Caretaker Management role for this weekend's match against Tranmere Rovers at Vale Park.


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30 January 2019 : BBC Local Radio Feature On American Consortium Rumours
Yesterday, BBC Somerset ran a feature on rumours connecting Yeovil Town with an American Consortium who are believed to be attempting to buy the football club. At present, the current ownership has not confirmed this, although as reported yesterday, fans have sighted a trio of people at the ground, alongside club advisor Mark Palmer, with Owner Norman Hayward also present.

With that in mind, reporter Chris Spittles, and BBC Presenter Matt Faulkner spoke on their Tuesday night 'Drive' programme about the reports. The BBC said that they had also approached Yeovil Town to put someone on air, but the club declined their invitation. The conversation between Chris and Matt on the programme was as follows below:

CS (Chris Spittles): I understand a takeover deal is very close. An American buyer is on the verge of buying Yeovil Town. The club advisor Mark Palmer has been at the club for more than a year now, introducing this potential investor and it is very close. My understanding is that papers have been lodged with the Football Association and the Football League, which is the last stage. The finances have all been agreed between the current owners and the prospective viewer now. It just has to be ratified by the authorities. Checks are in place to make sure they have what they call a Fit And Proper Person Test, to make sure that this potential new owner has got the club's interests as heart, and that he has got the finances that you need to run a football club.

MF (Matt Faulkner): Of course we don't know too many details, I gather, but what could this mean for the club, if the club was taken over?

CS: Well, I think there's been frustrations from the fanbase. There's been no clear direction. Obviously the club has been battling against relegation at the bottom division now for the last three or four seasons. There's been a real spiral down from the heights of the Championship, which we enjoyed tht season, but it has definitely been on a downward spiral since then. It has needed new investment. I think the current owners, Norman Hayward and John Fry, would admit that. It's almost a case that they've taken the club as far as they can. The hope is that this new investment can really inject life back into Yeovil Town.

I think we've already seen in January - my understanding is that the new owners have already backed Darren Way in his transfer dealings. They won back-to-back games. The most recent game that they lost to Lincoln was with them top of the table. They won back-to-back games against Mansfield and Notts County. There is much more confidence around the club. The cloud that Darren Way spoke about pre-Christmas has been lifted. He's clearly been happier. There clearly has been a financial investment already by the new owner. Things are looking up already. The first thing they're going to have to do is to avoid relegation this season. But from the doom and gloom pre-Christmas, when they were on this losing run, there has been much more confidence in looking up, pretty much since the start of January.

MF: So you think that in the future then, fans are likely to see a few differences, particularly I guess in the summer transfer window, if there is money available?

CS: I think so. I think you'll see changes all around. I think you'll see changes at Huish Park, at the ground. I think the new owner will want to invest in facilities there. I think the new owner will want to engage the fans much more. A huge criticism of the existing ownership has been that the fans have not felt that they have been properly engaged by the ownership. They haven't felt really part of the club. I think we've seen that in the attendances at Huish Park, which have been falling away year-on-year. That had to change, and the new owner will want to engage them. And yes, I think the conversation between the new owner and Darren Way will be about what he needs to try to mount a promotion push this season. There's got to be hope - and I don't know the exact scale of the new owner's finances - but he's going to be confident that he's got enough money to make Yeovil Town a force, certainly in League Two, and hopefully progress them into League One.


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29 January 2019 : American Consortium Takeover Claims Go Public
Yeovil Town are claimed to be on the edge of a takeover. The rumours have been circulating online for the last couple of months, may be reaching fruition fairly soon. Local journalist Chris Spittles has stated that an American consortium is taking over from Owner Norman Hayward, subject to the Football Association and Football League ratifying their agreement to begin formally running the club on a day-to-day basis.

This afternoon Chris Spittles has tweeted the following:

"I understand that a takeover at Yeovil Town is imminent and could be completed this week. Deal has been agreed with an American buyer and now just needs to be ratified by FA and EFL. Club advisor Mark Palmer has been key to facilitating the deal. This deal has been in the offing for some time and is NOT the previous consortium who tried to buy Yeovil Town just over a year ago. The new owner will take over a controlling interest in the club from Norman Hayward. The new owner has already been backing Yeovil Town manager Darren Way in this January transfer window. Once the takeover has been approved by the football authorities then Yeovil Town will be able reveal full details of who the new owner is and his background."

The rumours of a new consortium being interested in buying Yeovil Town have been circulating since last November. However, in the December 2018 Supporters Alliance Meeting, Chairman John Fry rubbished rumours of an imminent announcement from Huish Park, that concerned his future, describing it as 'fake news'. Our understanding at that time was that it was to involve his resignation, with Football Advisor Mark Palmer claimed to be taking over as an interim Chairman. However, no club announcement materialised, with all going quiet for a few weeks.

However, during the Notts County and Lincoln City matches, Mr Palmer was seen by different supporters across the two fixtures greeting and chaperoning three individuals, with those people and Mr Palmer visible in the Directors Box during the Saturday fixture, and seen outside the stadium during the Lincoln fixture. None of the trio were easily identifiable, but their arrival as guests, and Mr Palmer's sudden presence at each matchday fixture raised eyebrows, given that until the Forest Green Rovers match on December 8th he had not been seen at the club for around eight months.

Palmer's previous spell at Huish Park coincided with the discussions held by a more local consortium fronted by former Director Andy Rossiter. Palmer's disappearance from the club, around April 2018, coincided with the point at which Mr Rossiter stated that the club's interest in his group's bid had dissipated, with the January 2015 Manchester United match having brought in additional unexpected revenue into the club. However, twelve months later, it would seem that the wheel has turned, and another consortium appears to have approached Norman Hayward to throw their hat into the ring. That would fit with the reappearance of Mr Palmer at the December 8th fixture.

At present, no-one at the football club has commented on this development, with Mr Fry's December comment at the Supporters Alliance Meeting the only referenced comment on these rumours.


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29 January 2019 : Fourth January Window Recruit As Seager Returns
Yeovil Town have made their fourth signing of the January transfer window. They have brought in striker Ryan Seager from Southampton on a permanent basis, after he agreed to leave the Premier League side. Ryan returns to Huish Park for a second spell, following a short loan agreement during the 2017-18 season. The 22 year old has spent the last six months playing for Telstar in the Netherlands, where he made 12 appearances, scoring two goals. He arrives on a pemanent transfer, keeping him at Huish Park until the summer of 2020.

Born in Yeovil on February 5th 1996, he had been on Southampton's books since 2004, where he made two appearances for their first team, both during the 2014-15 season. During that time he had four loan spells. The first was a 2015-16 four game spell with Crewe Alexandra aborted by a ruptured anterior cruciate ligament. Saints still thought enough of him to give him a new contract in July 2017, and he went out on loan with Milton Keynes Dons for the first half of the 2017-18 season. He made 22 appearances for them, scoring three goals.

At that point, he joined Yeovil Town on a half-season loan. There he made just seven appearances, scoring one goal in a 4-1 defeat against Stevenage, but ultimately spent a lot of his loan spell sat in the stand due to Football League rules on matchday playing squads concerning loan players. As such, Glovers fans didn't see as much of him as might have been hoped. During the firt half of the 2018-19 season, he went across to the Netherlands, signing for Telstar on what was intended to be a full-season loan. However, that was cut short when he started to lose playing time, with his final tally giving him two goals from twelve appearances. Manager Darren Way has said of Seager's return:

"The opportunity to bring a player born and bred in Yeovil to the club on a permanent basis, couldn't be missed. We know Ryan from his time with us last season but from seeing him in training we're dealing with a different mindset this time around. I'm excited to be working with Seags once again and look forward to seeing what lies ahead."

Ryan's arrival at the club comes on a free transfer, with him penning an eighteen month contract at Huish Park.

The Glovers have already recruited defender Joshua Grant on loan from Chelsea, whilst Alex Dobre has arrived on loan from AFC Bournemouth. Meanwhile midfielder Matt Worthington has been snapped up on a permanent basis from AFC Bournemouth. The January transfer window has also seen loanees Olufela Olomola, Enes Mahmoutovic and Omari Patrick leave the club, whilst Wes McDonald, Shaun Donnellan and Jordan Green have also left the building during the month.


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29 January 2019 : Football League Launch Lengthy 2018-19 Supporters Survey
The Football League have launched a large survey to gauge the mood of their supporters across their 72 clubs. The surveys have been used to provide the League and their individual clubs with viewpoints on how well their specified club is doing in terms of its relationship with its fanbase, as well as their attendance at home and away fixtures, and other related topics such as television broadcasts and online streaming platforms and how that affects either attendance at matches, or engagement with that club.

This is a rather long survey - our experience was that it took a fairly solid 30 minutes to complete, although you can leave your screen open halfway through if you get interrupted. Note that at certain times, the form software has produced an error, preventing you from being able to start the survey, whilst one or two people have been bombed out partway through, which is a frustrating experience given the length of it! Hence you might want to choose a quiet part of the day rather than peak times like lunch hours or early evening.

There is also an opportunity to have your name/email address put forward for a prize to win tickets for a key Football League fixture. The survey can be filled in anonymously, but obviously at that point you can't enter the prizes. The data entered on the survey will be seen by both the Football League, and by your chosen football club.

Link: 2018-19 Season Football League Survey.


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28 January 2019 : GWSC Travel For Oldham Athletic vs Yeovil Town
The Green and White Supporters Club have set their travel plans for the League Two match against Oldham Athletic. The match takes place at Boundary Park on Tuesday 12th February 2019, with a 7.45p.m. kick-off. Departure times and prices are listed as follows:

Oldham Athletic : Tuesday 12th February 2019.
Huish Park: 12.15p.m.
Adult Members: £32.00; Member Concessions: £30.00
Adult Non-Members: £34.00; Non-Member Concessions: £32.00

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

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

Link: Ticketing For Stevenage vs Yeovil Town.

Link: GWSC Travel For Stevenage vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Ticketing For Cheltenham Town vs Yeovil Town.

Link: GWSC Travel For Cheltenham Town vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Ticketing For Oldham Athletic vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Ticketing For Forest Green Rovers vs Yeovil Town.

Link: 2018-19 Season League Game Ticket Bundles.

Link: Yeovil Town Online Ticketing Portal.

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


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27 January 2019 : Former Right-Back Alcock Becomes Free Agent After Robins Release
Former Yeovil Town right-back Craig Alcock has become a free agent. The 31 year old has been released by League Two side Cheltenham Town after spending just over four months at Whaddon Road, having been on the books of League One side Doncaster Rovers last season. He made eleven appearances for the Robins in all competitions including the final 81 minutes of the New Year's Day match at Huish Park, with him taking the unusual position of a left-sided centre-back, in their 4-1 win.

Alcock was on the bench for Cheltenham for their Saturday 3-2 win over Macclesfield Town, but first team manager Michael Duff said that the defender already knew his fate before the fixture, explaining that club finances had forced his hand, but he had no doubts about the player's overall attitude to the game:

"I had a chat with him on Friday and it's the horrible side of football. It's been taken out of our hands and finances have dictated. We wish him all the best because he's done well on the pitch, but off the field he's the ultimate pro. You are trying to set a culture and create something of good habits and professionalism pays you back. If you have non-league habits, you'll end up back in non-league. That's what we are trying to do off the pitch and people like him are important. It's been a difficult one and the most difficult conversation I've had in football, so far. But that's what it is."

Alcock was openly named by Yeovil Town manager Darren Way as a transfer target in May 2018. But he chose to sign for the Robins just over three months later, with Alcock having seen planned moves to join Paul Warne at Rotherham United and Nathan Jones at Luton Town fall through for unspecified reasons. The right-back spent time training with both clubs before heading to Gloucestershire.

Given the Glovers have signed up Chelsea defender Joshua Grant on a half-season loan, and have Tom James and Bevis Mugabi as regulars in Alcock's preferred position, it would be a surprise if Darren Way still held any interest in him. Speaking on New Year's Day, Way had said he tried to sign four or five players from Cheltenham, but was unable to bring any to fruition.


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26 January 2019 : Glovers Drop One Place On Blank Saturday As Bottom Two Gap Is Maintained
Yeovil Town sat out Saturday afternoon, as the result of ten other League Two fixtures meant that they slipped a place in the latest League Two table. Whilst their intended opponents Oldham Athletic were in FA Cup Fourth Round action, the majority of other sides got 90 minutes in, with the key battle coming at Whaddon Road, as Cheltenham Town took on Macclesfield Town.

The match ended in a 3-2 win for Cheltenham, which resulted in Yeovil slipping from 20th to 21st in the table, but could have ended very differently. Former Glover Michael Rose gave Macclesfield the lead, and despite being reduced to ten men through the dismissal of Nathan Cameron, they appeared to be heading to all three points when Scott Wilson scored his sixth goal in seven games. But the man advantage Cheltenham had began to tell in the second period, and they created a full turnaround eleven minutes from time after goals from Luke Varney, Jacob Maddox and Charlie Raglan.

The result of that was it pushed Cheltenham up to 18th, with Yeovil dropping to 21st, but the upside of that was it preserved the three point gap between themselves and 23rd placed Macclesfield Town, who lie two points from safety. In between them lie Morecambe, who gained a 1-1 draw at Northampton Town earlier in the day, with Richie Bennett providing the equalising goal for the Lancashire side. With Northampton struggling in 17th place, they're still not in a comfortable position.

Former Yeovil Town loanee Nicky Law did the Glovers a favour by scoring the only goal of the day in Exeter City's 1-0 win over Cambridge United. The result pushed the Grecians back into the play-offs, and means that Cambridge's recent improved form stalled slightly - they dropped one place to finish the day in 20th position.

Port Vale supporters had been due to hold a demonstration against club owner Norman Smurthwaite during this afternoon's game against Carlisle United. However, Smurthwaite was hospitalised after he was a pedestrian in a road traffic accident on Friday night. Although the accident wasn't regarded as serious, with the owner due to be released from hospital today, the campaign known as SMEXIT VALIANT was suspended. It seems likely it will resume next week, given the Valiants lost 0-1 with Connor Simpson getting the winning goal, as Vale ended the day with ten men after Ricky Miller's dangerous foul on Danny Grainger. The home side are on a run of one win in nine matches, with a large section of their fans also unhappy with manager Neil Aspin. They ended the day in 19th.

Aside from Cheltenham, the other bottom half side to benefit significantly from today's matches was Crawley Town. The Sussex side hadn't won away from home since September 2018. One of the division's most erratic and unpredictable sides Swindon Town were their hosts, and Filipe Morais scored just before half time to ensure the Robins' random results generator continued. Keshi Anderson had a penalty kick saved in the final minute that stopped a possible equaliser.

At the other end of the table, Colchester United and Stevenage find themselves just outside the play-offs and will probably feel that it is results like today that are the reason why they lie in 8th and 9th respectively. Stevenage lost their six-pointer against Forest Green Rovers by a 0-2 scoreline, whilst Colchester threw away a lead to lose 2-1 at Crewe Alexandra. With Mansfield Town cementing their automatic play-off hopes with a 3-0 win over Tranmere Rovers to move into second place, that left the final game of the day. It turned into a Sky Sports goalfest as Bury shared a 3-3 draw with Lincoln City that keeps both sides occupying the other automatic slots.

Link: 2018-19 Latest League Two Table.


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26 January 2019 : Taff's Gloversblog : A Striking Problem
The coming week sees the January transfer window draw to a close. With Yeovil Town still searching for at least one new player, the latest Taff's Gloversblog looks at that area of the park, and why the Glovers may have a longer term issue on their hands that needs to be addressed. Read on via the link below, and feel free to offer your own thoughts at the foot of the page.

Link: Taff's Gloversblog : A Striking Problem.


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25 January 2019 : New Divisional Progress Fund Set Up For FA Cup
The Football Association have confirmed details of an additional sum of Prize Money that will be awarded in this season's 2018-19 FA Cup. They have introduced the concept of a Divisional Progress Prize of £250,000 that will be issued to each of the Championship, League One and League Two clubs that go the furthest in the competition, creating a total prize fund pool of £750,000 across the three divisions.

Where two or more clubs go out at the same stage, the divisional prize will be split between them. The FA don't make clear whether Replays will be considered in that scenario - i.e. if a club that progresses to a Fourth Round Replay will be deemed to have progressed further than a club that goes out in the Fourth Round initial tie. In other FA Cup Prize Fund allocations, the amounts issued are absolute and do not consider replays.

At the start of the 2018-19 season, the total competition prize fund was doubled to £30.2m, with all of the individual round prize fund amounts doubled as a consequence. But it appears there is still a pot of money left over, which has now been allocated. Football Association Director Andy Ambler explains:

"We are delighted to able to offer this substantial financial reward to EFL clubs competing in the Emirates FA Cup. At the start of the season, we doubled the competition prize fund to £30.2m – an increased investment which will have a positive impact on clubs at all levels of the game. We hope that the divisional progress prize will deliver both a financial benefit and lasting legacy to clubs embarking on a successful Cup run."

The FA aren't specific in what they say, but this is hopefully an additional prize fund that will be carried through to following seasons. For this season, Oldham Athletic and/or Newport County will benefit from the sum of money, with both facing Fourth Round ties tomorrow afternoon. Oldham's trip to League One side Doncaster Rovers means that Yeovil Town have a blank weekend, as they were due to travel to Boundary Park on the original fixture lists - a match that will now only take place on Tuesday 12th February.


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24 January 2019 : GWSC Travel For Cheltenham Town vs Yeovil Town
The Green and White Supporters Club have set their travel plans for the League Two match against Cheltenham Town. The match takes place at Whaddon Road on Tuesday 5th February 2019, with a 7.45p.m. kick-off. Departure times and prices are listed as follows:

Cheltenham Town : Tuesday 5th February 2019.
Huish Park: 4.00p.m.
Adult Members: £15.00; Member Concessions: £13.00
Adult Non-Members: £17.00; Non-Member Concessions: £15.00

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 Stevenage vs Yeovil Town.

Link: GWSC Travel For Stevenage vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Ticketing For Cheltenham Town vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Ticketing For Oldham Athletic vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Ticketing For Forest Green Rovers vs Yeovil Town.

Link: 2018-19 Season League Game Ticket Bundles.

Link: Yeovil Town Online Ticketing Portal.

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


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24 January 2019 : Darren Way Talks About Lincoln City Home Team Selection
Just before Tuesday night's League Two match against Lincoln City kicked off at Huish Park, Yeovil Town manager Darren Way spoke to the BBC. With questions from local journalist Chris Spittles, in an interview for BBC Somerset, Darren explains the loss of Adel Gafaiti and his hopes for Bevis Mugabi. He also talks about the role of Yoann Arquin and the challenge that he believed his side would face. Read that interview via the link below.

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


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24 January 2019 : Lincoln Press Accuse Way Of Being A Sore Loser After Rule-Bending Comment
Yeovil Town manager Darren Way has drawn criticism from the Lincolnshire press, and Lincoln City supporters, for his reaction to Tuesday night's defeat. The 0-2 result at Huish Park was a fairly comfortable result for League Two's top side, with two goals from Danny Rowe during the first half allowing the Imps to play out the second half under cruise control.

Whilst Way gave a fairly moderate interview to BBC Somerset after the game, his comments made to Sky Sports, who had a reporter at the match for their News channel, have raised some hackles. Way is quoted as having accused the Imps of bending the rules, although isn't specific of what they were doing. However, the general theme is that Danny Cowley's side were practicing some dark arts on the night:

"It's always a tough challenge against them. When rules are there to be bent, they bend the rules at times. They've got that experience, but I felt from start to finish we kept going and that was the most important thing. One or two tackles were almost theatre at times and sometimes the referee can go with them, rather than against them. I don't ask my players to do that."

The main notable tackle on the night was Harry Toffolo's x-rated kung fu kick on substitute Gabriel Rogers that saw him aim at the ball, but instead catch the Glovers winger around neck height. Toffolo received a yellow card for the 86th minute incident, and was undeniably lucky to stay on the field. But there were few other controversial incidents during the game.

The Lincolnshire Echo acknowledges that this tackle was a poor one, but describe Way as "another sore loser". The paper goes on to accuse Way of diversionary tactics, saying that he "may have been attempting to divert attention away from the scrutiny on his own position after facing renewed calls from Glovers fans to resign in the wake of the defeat." Whilst the atmosphere around Huish Park during the match wasn't on the scale of that experienced in other recent games, there were some boos and heckles on the final whistle that their press may have picked up on.

Since their promotion back to the Football League, Lincoln have tended to have a reputation of being old-fashioned bruisers, and the Toffolo challenge won't help that impression. However, both of their goals on Tuesday night were scored by keeping the ball on the deck, with the main exponent of that physical approach, Matt Rhead, kept on the bench until the closing stages.


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23 January 2019 : Darren Way's Verdict On The Lincoln City Home Game
Following Tuesday night's 0-2 defeat against Lincoln City at Huish Park, Yeovil Town manager Darren Way spoke to the BBC about the game. With questions from local journalist Chris Spittles, in an interview for BBC Somerset, Darren gives his views on the match, and also states his targets for the remainder of the transfer window, both in terms of incoming signings and the potential of any outgoing players. Read that interview via the link below.

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


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23 January 2019 : Video : Yeovil Town vs Lincoln City Two Minute Highlights
For those who want to watch extended match highlights of Tuesday night's 0-2 defeat against Lincoln City, these are now available online. There is two minutes worth of YouTube-based footage that shows both Danny Rowe goals, along with a Sessi D'Almeida chance that was saved at the near post, and an Alex Dobre shot that cleared the crossbar in the second period. There's also the late incident that saw Gabriel Rogers as the victim of a high foot challenge. Watch via the clip below.




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23 January 2019 : Darren Way Feels Lincoln City Had Too Much Experience For His Side To Cope
Yeovil Town manager Darren Way has said that he felt Lincoln City had too much experience for his team, after he saw them slip to their sixth home defeat of the 2018-19 season. The League Two leaders gained a comfortable 0-2 away win at Huish Park, with two goals from Danny Rowe giving them all three points, to put them six points clear at the top of the division, with a game in hand on second placed Bury.

Way told BBC Somerset that he thought his side did well up until Lincoln scored their opening goal. But he felt that his side's need to defend had to be up to a standard where it could shut out the division's best side:

"A little bit too much experience for us. I felt we did well until that first goal went in. I said that our defending was going to have to be the best that it's been all season. I felt that in the last two games where we've kept clean sheets, we would have had to have done more, which I explained before the game. But overall they're a very clever team and they're good at what they do. I asked for a clean sheet in the second half, which was really important. We made one or two changes, and I though Matt Worthington did well when he came on. As I've said, our objective is to stay in the Football League, and I don't want to be too harsh on the team tonight."

One of the most obvious aspects that has been lacking from Yeovil Town's performances over the last three months has been the lack of firepower. Perhaps surprisingly for a side that put six goals past Newport County and four goals past Notts County in August, scoring has been a problem in recent games, with just ten goals in the club's last 16 League fixtures. With Olufela Olomola and Omari Patrick's loan spells having ended at the turn of the year, the Glovers are also short in numbers in that area, and Way said that bringing in a new striker before the Transfer Window closes would be a priority for him:

"I watched a striker play yesterday. We've been on the phone to another striker or two, and we're just waiting. I don't want to panic. We've got time to make sure that it's the right striker, and that it works within the finances of the football club. Hopefully we can see one over the line before the next game."


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22 January 2019 : Man of the Match Voting for Yeovil Town vs Lincoln City
If you watched Tuesday's 0-2 defeat against Lincoln City at Huish Park, don't forget to cast your Man of the Match votes. Choose your top three players from the match, plus entertainment and performance ratings along with any other comments you want to make on the game, using the form below.

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


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22 January 2019 : Video : Yeovil Town vs Lincoln City Match Highlights
For those who want to watch the highlights from Tuesday's match against Lincoln City, these are now available online. There is one-and-a-half minutes worth of Sky Sports footage linked below, that shows both Danny Rowe goals that won the match 0-2, but also shows a first half chance for Gary Warren. They also show the late incident that saw Harry Toffolo gain a yellow card for a high foot on Gabriel Rogers. Watch via the link below.

Link: Sky Sports : Yeovil Town vs Lincoln City Match Highlights.


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22 January 2019 : Yeovil 0 Lincoln 2 : Rowe Double Gives Leaders Comfortable Win
Yeovil Town were comfortably beaten against League Two leaders Lincoln City on Tuesday night, as their brief recent revival was halted. The 0-2 scoreline came via two Danny Rowe goals during the first half, as he turned in a Neal Eardley cross at the near post, before doubling the lead in first half injury time from a Michael O'Connor through ball. The Glovers struggled to contribute anything in an attacking sense during the match, with only a single Sessi D'Almeida shot warming Grant Smith's hands, meaning that they never looked like getting back into the match once they fell behind, using up one of their games in hand over their rivals, and keeping them in 20th place.

The Glovers went into the match making two changes to their starting line-up from the team that played against Notts County on the weekend. Adel Gafaiti picked up a rather bloody head injury during that game, and the number of stitches in his forehead meant that he couldn't be risked. He was replaced by Bevis Mugabi. On the wing, Yoann Arquin was preferred by Rhys Browne. Daniel Ojo came onto the bench to fill the missing space.

Both sides grabbed early chances, with Tom Pett feeding John Akinde, whose shot was saved low down to his left by Nathan Baxter. At the other end of the park, a Carl Dickinson throw-in saw Sessi D'Almeida feed Alex Dobre. His cross into the box found Gary Warren still up from the set piece, but his glancing header went wide of the target.

Danny Rowe's shot from the edge of the box forced Nathan Baxter into action again, but Yeovil were still looking reasonably active at the other end, with Sessi D'Almeida's run into the penalty box seeing Grant Smith block his near post effort for a corner. However, Lincoln were bossing possession and territory in the main, with Rowe setting up Akinde midway through the first half, only for the former Barnet striker's shot to fly well wide, leaving his teammates calling for him to pass the ball next time.

That next time, Lincoln did get their attacking play right, with the opening goal. It was all a bit simple, as Neal Eardley got himself room down the right flank, no-one closed him down, and when his cross into the box was converted by Danny Rowe at the near post, it had the air of a training ground goal, with Yeovil's marking not tight enough in the wide positions or in the centre. 0-1 down.

The goal allowed Lincoln to move with greater ease, whilst Yeovil lost their tempo entirely as a Gary Warren head injury saw him go down for three minutes - something that was to ultimately force him off the pitch at half time. Just before that break, Yeovil fell further behind, and again they were not alert enough with their marking. A through ball by Michael O'Connor found Danny Rowe and for the second time in the game, the striker got the chance to turn and shoot, to put his side 0-2 up at half time.

Yeovil reorganised following Gary Warren's withdrawal, with Matt Worthington becoming the defensive midfielder, whilst Tom James moved into the back four. Still Lincoln looked comfortable, with a close range Harry Anderson header being turned over the crossbar by Nathan Baxter. Tom Pett's 20 yard shot deflected for a corner, then from that set piece Jason Shackell's acrobatic effort went over the bar.

The Glovers struggled to provide any attacking outlet once they went a goal behind, with only one attempt on goal during the second period. Francois Zoko set up Alex Dobre and although the AFC Bournemouth player cut in from the left flank, his shot flew over the crossbar. That was as good as it got, with Lincoln not really needing to get out of second gear throughout the second period.

Harry Anderson fired wide, whilst a Michael Bostwick overhead kick was deflected for a corner, as the Imps gradually racked up their shot count without looking threatened. Yeovil tried a few formation changes, converting to a midfield diamond that saw Alex Dobre act as an attacking midfielder in behind the strikers. Then when Gabriel Rogers came onto the pitch for the dying seconds, the tried and trusted 4-4-2 was restored, as Dobre and Rogers headed to the flanks. But it changed little, with the gap between the two sides visible on the night. Probably not a match where Yeovil were relying on collecting three points, but it acted as a reminder of the standard of the top sides in the division, and why their previous two wins shouldn't have them resting on their laurels. They remain 20th, with one of their games in hand used up.

Link: 2018-19 Latest League Two Table.

Final Score: Yeovil Town 0 Lincoln City 2.

Scorers: Danny Rowe (0-1, 27 mins), Danny Rowe (0-2, 45 mins)

Yeovil Town:
12. Nathan Baxter
21. Josh Grant 5. Bevis Mugabi 4. Gary Warren (Capt) 3. Carl Dickinson
10. Jake Gray 23. Tom James 20. Sessi D'Almeida
18. Yoann Arquin 13. Francois Zoko 25. Alex Dobre

Substitutes:
1. Stuart Nelson (GK) 7. Rhys Browne 8. Matt Worthington (46 mins for Gary Warren) 9. Alex Fisher (59 mins for Francois Zoko) 15. Gabriel Rogers (84 mins for Jake Gray) 26. Daniel Ojo 30. Alefe Santos

Lincoln City:
21 Grant Smith
23 Neal Eardley 5 Jason Shackell 24 Cian Bolger 14 Harry Toffolo
16 Michael Bostwick 7 Thomas Pett 4 Michael O'Connor
19 Danny M. Rowe 29 John Akinde 26 Harry Anderson

Substitutes:
1 Josh Vickers 8 Lee Frecklington (63 mins for Michael O'Connor) 9 Matt Rhead (71 mins for John Akinde) 12 Ellis Chapman 15 James Wilson 17 Shay McCartan (66 mins for Danny Rowe) 20 James Brown

Yeovil Bookings: Gary Warren (foul, 41 mins), Tom James (foul, 62 mins), Yoann Arquin (foul, 90 mins)

Lincoln City Bookings: Lee Frecklington (foul, 80 mins), Harry Toffolo (foul, 86 mins)

Yeovil Match Statistics: Possession: 40%; Shots: 3; Shots On Target: 1; Corners: 3; Fouls: 13.

Lincoln City Match Statistics: Possession: 60%; Shots: 11; Shots On Target: 5; Corners: 5; Fouls: 13.

Referee: Ollie Yates (Staffordshire). Assistants: Andrew Laver (Hampshire) and Matthew Lee (West Sussex). Fourth Official: Christopher Husband (Worcestershire).

Attendance: 2,486 (with 235 Lincoln City supporters).


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22 January 2019 : Team News For Yeovil Town vs Lincoln City
Yeovil Town have named their starting line-up for this evening's League Two match against Lincoln City at Huish Park. The match sees the Glovers name one change to their starting line-up, compared to the game against Notts County on Saturday. No surprise that the head injury sustained by Adel Gafaiti has seen him drop out of the squad, with Bevis Mugabi replacing him. There's also a second tactical change with Yoann Arquin preferred to Rhys Browne.

Midfielder James Bailey has been out since Boxing Day 2017, but he has now resumed full training - as yet there's no firm date for his return. Omar Sowunmi (ankle) was injured during the September 2018 match against Milton Keynes and he is now back to running, albeit without any competitive tackling or serious ball work involved. Alex Pattison (back) is back in South Somerset following his two month back injury, but will work on the training ground for the time being. Striker Korrey Henry has had a recent groin injury but is still not selected, despite Daniel Ojo being called onto the bench, and so is presumably not fit.

The team this evening lines up as follows:

Yeovil Town:
12. Nathan Baxter
21. Josh Grant 5. Bevis Mugabi 4. Gary Warren (Capt) 3. Carl Dickinson
10. Jake Gray 23. Tom James 20. Sessi D'Almeida
18. Yoann Arquin 13. Francois Zoko 25. Alex Dobre

Substitutes:
1. Stuart Nelson (GK) 7. Rhys Browne 8. Matt Worthington 9. Alex Fisher 15. Gabriel Rogers 26. Daniel Ojo 30. Alefe Santos

Lincoln City:
21 Grant Smith
23 Neal Eardley 5 Jason Shackell 24 Cian Bolger 14 Harry Toffolo
16 Michael Bostwick 7 Thomas Pett 4 Michael O'Connor
19 Danny M. Rowe 29 John Akinde 26 Harry Anderson

Substitutes:
1 Josh Vickers 8 Lee Frecklington 9 Matt Rhead 12 Ellis Chapman 15 James Wilson 17 Shay McCartan 20 James Brown


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22 January 2019 : Officials For Yeovil Town vs Lincoln City
Officials for the League Two match between Yeovil Town and Lincoln City have been published by the Football League. The match takes place on Tuesday 22nd January 2019, with a 7.45p.m. kick-off at Huish Park. The man in charge of the fixture will be referee Ollie Yates (Staffordshire).

We've had him twice before, the first of which was the opening day of the 2016-17 season, when we beat Notts County by a 2-0 scoreline. He had a quiet unobtrusive game, taking the attitude of letting the game flow throughout, and not making any big decisions. That went in our favour when County's Matt Tootle appeared to be tripped in the penalty box during the second period. Play on was the verdict, on a day when he got through the entire day without a booking.

That was his first ever match in the Football League, after his promotion into the League during the summer of 2016. He'd been given a fasttrack promotion, having spent just the 2015-16 season at National League level. He has been a Football League assistant referee since 2009, and his final match at National League level was to act as Fourth Official in the Play-Off Final between Grimsby Town and Forest Green Rovers.

We then saw him again during the October 2018 League Two match against Exeter City. Again, he had a quiet unobtrusive game, with his major contribution coming during the 90th minute. A rather robust tackle by Alex Pattison led to a whole load of pushing and shoving, which can result in referees getting a bit over-excitable, but his eventual two cautions issued looked like a fairly measured response. So far this season he's taken charge of 25 games, producing 84 yellow cards, showing four red cards.

Mr Yates will be assisted by Andrew Laver (Hampshire) and Matthew Lee (West Sussex). The Fourth Official will be Christopher Husband (Worcestershire).

Link: August 2016 : Yeovil Town 2 Notts County 0.

Link: October 2018 : Yeovil Town 2 Exeter City 2.


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21 January 2019 : Alex Dobre Talks About The Notts County Win
Following Saturday afternoon's 2-0 win over Notts County at Huish Park, Yeovil Town's on loan winger Alex Dobre talked to the BBC about the game. With questions from local journalist Chris Spittles, in an interview for BBC Somerset, the AFC Bournemouth loanee gives his views on his arrival at the club, his goal, fellow loan arrival Joshua Grant and his hopes for the team. Read that interview via the link below.

Link: Alex Dobre Speaks To The BBC After The 2-0 Win Against Notts County.


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21 January 2019 : Bailey Back On The Training Ground After Thirteen Month Absence
Yeovil Town midfielder James Bailey has said that he is back in training again, following a lengthy absence that has kept him out of action for over a year. The former Carlisle United player was last seen on the field of play on Boxing Day 2017, when he went in for a block tackle early on during the League Two match against Cheltenham Town at Whaddon Road.

Whilst the initial prognosis given on Bailey's injury was only for a two or three month absence, he didn't return and last summer he published a picture of himself in a hospital bed, having had an operation on his knee, suggesting that the initial attempt to solve his problems had broken down. As such he has ben out for 13 months now. Speaking at half time on Saturday to BBC Somerset, he said there wasn't a comeback date being set, but that he was properly back on the training ground:

"I'm not too long, to be fair. I don't really want to put a time on it, but I'm back training now, and it's healing good. So it's just about getting my fitness up and my strength. So not too long hopefully."

Earlier today, Alex Pattison's return to Somerset was confirmed, following a two month lay-off with a back injury that saw him head back to Middlesbrough. Meanwhile defender Omar Sowunmi's ankle problems that have kept him out since September 2018 have now cleared up with him undergoing a rehabilitation programme. At present, the most that Sowunmi has extended to is running sessions, with no competitive ball contact involved, which would suggest we won't see him in action until sometime in February. However, it does mean that all of Yeovil Town's first team squad are now on the training ground at present, easing an injury-plagued 2018-19 season for the time being.


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21 January 2019 : Pattison Return To Huish Park Confirmed
As reported last week, Yeovil Town's on loan midfielder Alex Pattison has finally made his return to Huish Park, following treatment at his parent club Middlesbrough. The 21 year old was last seen during the November 27th match against Port Vale, which was his 22nd appearance for the club.

At that point, he disappeared from view, with a back injury meaning that he quietly returned to the Riverside Stadium, spending the Christmas and New Year period back home receiving treatment. However, he has now arrived back in Somerset, a couple off days ahead of schedule, and so will at the very least be able to act as a spectator for Tuesday night's match against Lincoln City.

Whether he gets near the pitch tomorrow evening would be another matter - Pattison's tweet late last week suggested that he was targetting a return to the club by the end of this week, which might make the Lincoln game a step too soon. However, it should give him around ten days to remind himself of his bearings at the club on the training ground, during the ten day period between that match and the trip to Stevenage on February 2nd.


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21 January 2019 : Former Glovers Defender Efe Sodje Jailed For Charity Scam
Former Yeovil Town defender Efe Sodje was jailed back in 2017 for his part in a Charity Fraud. The 46 year old was found guilty at a trial that took place at the Old Bailey relating to money obtained whilst fundraising for the Sodje Sports Foundation, which was set up in 2009, to provide facilities in Nigeria. Sodje was found guilty alongside his brothers Stephen Sodje and Bright Sodje who were also jailed for their part in the scam.

The official position back in September 2017 was that the criminal trial had collapsed. However, reporting restrictions had been put in place that suppressed the outcome of the trial involving Efe, Stephen and Bright, due to a retrial being started for Sam Sodje. That case was heard earlier this month, and it was noticeable that Sam was the only person in the dock, but without any explicit indication of what had happened to the other accused men.

With Sam Sodje's trial having completed - he was found not guilty of money laundering - the reporting restrictions on the other three have now been lifted. The prosecution centred around a £150-a-head black tie dinner that raised almost £11,500 in aid of the Royal Manchester Children's Hospital, but ultimately the hospital did not receive any income from that event.

On conclusion of the trial, Efe Sodje, who is reported as being the 'face' of the Charity, was jailed for 18 months for receiving £7,500 from the Charity and an unknown amount associated with a clay pigeon shooting event. Stephen Sodje was jailed for two-and-a-half years for receiving £30,000. Bright Sodje received a 21 month term for receiving £3,000 and for signing cheques totalling £18,000 that reached other family members. Two other men - Emmanuel Ehikhamen and Andrew Oruma - were also convicted.

Sam Sodje's retrial began on January 7th 2019, but he was found not guilty of two charges a week later, and then found not guilty of two more charges on January 21st 2019 (today). With the case involving Akpo Sodje unable to proceed due to his refusal to return from his current residence in Dubai for questioning, all legal proceedings have concluded for now, and the conviction of the five men has now been made public.


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21 January 2019 : Welcome To The Tom James January Transfer Window Rumourmill
We're almost surprised it's taken twenty-one days of the month of January for this to happen. Serial clickbaiters HITC have juat run their first story of the month on Yeovil Town defender Tom James, connecting him with a move away from Huish Park. So, which club is attempting to lure the former Cardiff City academy player away? It would appear they don't know. They merely tell us that "several Championship clubs are planning moves" for him before the end of January and cite "sources close to the club" as telling them this. We are later told that clubs are "ready to make bids" for him.

That's about as much detail as you'll get out of them, narrowing the field down to merely 24 clubs at second tier level. And because they stop short of saying that a bid has gone into Huish Park, there is a slight flaw in their reporting, unless their "source close to the club" has wire-tapped the internal phones of the relevant Championship sides. Not even Leeds United have considered doing this (yet!)

HITC gained themselves a sizeable reputation last summer for churning out articles on Tom James, linking him with Celtic, (Glasgow) Rangers, AFC Bournemouth, Swansea City, Aston Villa, Brentford and Hull City and by the time we reached the end of August, they'd managed to publish 40 stories mentioning him as being the subject of interest from other clubs. Ironically, the club that they missed out mentioning - until it began to be carried by other websites - was West Bromwich Albion, who eventually had a confirmed bid of £400,000 accepted by Yeovil Town, but with the deal ultimately falling through. Eventually James stayed at Huish Park, with only the interest from the Baggies actually on the record.

Of course, it would be no surprise if clubs at that level were interested in Tom James - but that is something that Glovers fans will have known for the last six months, particularly with the West Brom bid being on the record. Local journalist Chris Spittles has stated today on Twitter that he has heard of Preston North End, West Bromwich Albion and Swansea City all making 'enquiries' about the defender. Swansea were heavily tipped as his destination last summer, just before the confirmed West Brom link came in. The connection with Preston is relatively new, although we have seen mentions of James on Twitter from fans of that club during the last week, with his name cropping up on their end of the rumourmill.

James has just six months left on his current Yeovil Town contract. However, as he is currently 22 years old, he would still command a fee if the club decided to reject any advances. That would be based on compensation for training and development during the two years that he's been with the club, and not an actual transfer fee, and so may be at a different level to what West Brom bid last summer.

As a guide, Luke Ayling's move from Yeovil Town to Bristol City in July 2014 in similar circumstances was reported as having cost City in the region of £200,000 to £250,000 although officially remained undisclosed. However, at that point, Ayling had been with Yeovil Town for two years longer than James, and had played a full season at Championship level, which would have strengthened the club's argument for a higher compensation fee when Bristol City came calling.


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20 January 2019 : Darren Way Talks About Notts County Home Team Selection
Just before Saturday afternoon's League Two match against Notts County 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 Jordan Green's transfer to Barnsley, the decision to sign AFC Bournemouth midfielder Matt Worthington, the role of Tom James in midfield and his views on loan winger Alex Dobre. Read that interview via the link below.

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


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20 January 2019 : Dobre Named In League Two Team Of The Week
Yeovil Town's on loan winger Alex Dobre has been nominated in this weekend's Team Of The Week. The selection for League Two clubs has been made by the League Paper, following the club's 2-0 victory over Notts County at Huish Park. The AFC Bournemouth player was playing his second game for the Glovers, and scored their second goal of the game, netting in second half injury time to ease some nerves out there and guarantee all three points.

The paper's nominations, along with the Manager of the Day, read as follows:

Lee Nicholls (Milton Keynes Dons)
Perry Ng (Crewe Alexandra), Tom Eastman (Colchester United), Mark O'Brien (Newport County), Harry Toffolo (Lincoln City)
Christopher Hamilton (Mansfield Town), Jamie Devitt (Carlisle United), Michael Doughty (Swindon Town), Jeavani Brown (Cambridge United)
Tyler Walker (Mansfield Town), Alex Dobre (Yeovil Town)

Manager: David Artell (Crewe Alexandra).


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20 January 2019 : Video : Yeovil Town vs Notts County Two Minute Highlights
For those who want to view extended highlights of Saturday afternoon's League Two match against Notts County these are now available online. Two minutes worth of YouTube-based footage can be viewed below, that shows the opening goal from Tom James coupled with the second half injury time goal from AFC Bournemouth loanee Alex Dobre.

In between you'll find two Sessi D'Almeida efforts that go over the crossbar, coupled with a batch of chances for Notts County. Watch via the clip below.




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20 January 2019 : Man of the Match Voting for Yeovil Town vs Notts County
If you watched Saturday's 2-0 win against Notts County 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 Notts County.


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19 January 2019 : Darren Way's Verdict On The Notts County Home Game
Following Saturday afternoon's 2-0 win over Notts County 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 views on the 2-0 victory, the club's newer recruits, and the club's overall form, as well as the January transfer window, can be read via the link below.

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


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19 January 2019 : Video : Goals From Yeovil Town vs Notts County
For those who want to watch the goals from Saturday's match against Notts County, these are now available online. There is only 47 seconds worth of Sky Sports footage linked below, that shows an early Notts County chance, followed by the two goals from Tom James and AFC Bournemouth loanee Alex Dobre. Watch via the link below.

Note: We'll provide lengthier highlights from the game tomorrow lunchtime - what's linked below is all Sky Sports have provided on this occasion.

Link: Sky Sports : Yeovil Town vs Notts County Match Highlights.


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19 January 2019 : Yeovil 2 Notts County 0 : Home Hoodoo Broken In Six-Pointer
Yeovil Town picked up a valuable three points on Saturday afternoon, with a 2-0 victory over basement side Notts County. The six-pointer saw the Glovers score at the start and at the end of the match, with Tom James scoring his sixth goal of the season with an eighth minute header at the near post. The Glovers had to perform an extreme containment job on the Magpies throughout much of the game, but sealed victory when a poor backpass was intercepted by AFC Bournemouth loanee Alex Dobre, who rounded the visiting goalkeeper to give his temporary side their first victory on home soil since August 25th, lifting them to 20th in the table, although with Macclesfield Town winning, still only three points off the relegation zone.

The Glovers went into the match making one change to their starting line-up, and that was an enforced one. Jordan Green's transfer to Barnsley during the week meant that Rhys Browne came into the starting line-up, although last week's tactics and shape from the Mansfield Town match were preserved with a 4-3-3 formation seeing Tom James act as a holding midfielder in front of the back four. Notts County got in the first chance of the game, after Nathan Baxter had to come off his line to head the ball away from outside his goal area. That led to Cedric Evina hoping to lob the goalkeeper from distance, but he couldn't direct the ball on target in the split second that he had.

Yeovil hadn't done a lot in the early stages, but they took the lead through their first effort on goal. When a corner was forced, Jake Gray took the set piece, and his ball to the near post found Tom James, who produced a glancing header that flew past keeper Ross Fitzsimons for a 1-0 lead. With only eight minutes on the clock, that was what they needed to settle the game down.

Notts County responded by grabbing a lot of territory and possession, although they struggled to get good shots on Nathan Baxter's goal. Despite Yeovil needing to defend their lead for 82 minutes, they seemed content to perform that sort of a containment job on Notts County, sitting men behind the ball, and aiming only to try to hit their opponents on the counter-attack. Jonathan Stead put a header wide from a Lewis Alessandra cross, and that was followed by Alessandra's turn and shot after a Robert Milsom knockdown that Nathan Baxter comfortably saved. Notts County's chance of the half fell to Elliott Hewitt, who should have scored after Baxter dropped a Cedric Evina cross under pressure from Stead, but Hewitt didn't compose himself and fired over the bar.

The second period saw more of the same. Nathan Baxter had to palm a Lewis Alessandra cross out for a corner to stop Jonathan Stead getting on the end of it, and it took until the hour mark until either side had any sort of a shot. Even then David Vaughan's effort was well wide. Once again, Yeovil's attitude was to soak up and frustrate Notts County, and it was 20 minutes into the half before they had their second goal of the whole game, with an Alex Dobre break up field finishing with Sessi D'Almeida having a deflected effort travel over the bar.

Once again the Magpies threatened an equaliser, when Stead headed an Alessandra corner back across goal, with Pierre Bird's shot from inside the box coming back off the crossbar. The pressure that was building was broken by that move, as in the goalmouth chaos, Adel Gafaiti needed lengthy treatment from a head injury that saw him substituted for Bevis Mugabi.

Notts County were making their own substitutions, as they were forced to press the gamble button. Three attacking players were brought on, as first Kristian Dennis and Enzio Boldewijn were introduced, followed quickly by Nathan Thomas as their formation got more advanced up the field. But that seemed to suit Yeovil better than it did County, with Alex Fisher breaking the offside trap, as the visitors stopped dead for the linesmans flag. Only the alertness of keeper Ross Fitzsimons stopped that turning into a second goal.

As the game went into injury time, and Sessi D'Almeida shot over the bar from a corner, Notts County seemed to be running out of ideas. They were also about to make a costly error, as 92 minutes into the match, Ben Barclay's poor back header didn't reach the goalkeeper. AFC Bournemouth loanee Alex Dobre intercepted, and confidently rounded Fitzsimons, before pushing the ball into an empty net and the 2-0 lead that would guarantee Yeovil their first win on home soil since August 25th.

And just as well - with Macclesfield Town's much improved recent form, their victory on Saturday meant they continued to match Yeovil point-for-point. As such, although victory lifted the Glovers up to 20th place in the table, they remain three points off the relegation spots, and so despite two wins in a row, can't start celebrating anything yet. The team that will have an uneasy feeling though is Notts County, who now lie seven points from safety. Today's victory may have gone a long way towards killing off one of the clubs that Yeovil need to stay above.

Link: 2018-19 Latest League Two Table.

Final Score: Yeovil Town 2 Notts County 0.

Scorers: Tom James (1-0, 8 mins), Alex Dobre (2-0, 90 mins)

Yeovil Town:
12. Nathan Baxter
21. Josh Grant 2. Adel Gafaiti 4. Gary Warren (Capt) 3. Carl Dickinson
10. Jake Gray 23. Tom James 20. Sessi D'Almeida
7. Rhys Browne 13. Francois Zoko 25. Alex Dobre

Substitutes:
1. Stuart Nelson (GK) 5. Bevis Mugabi (73 mins for Adel Gafaiti) 8. Matt Worthington 9. Alex Fisher (for Francois Zoko) 15. Gabriel Rogers 18. Yoann Arquin (69 mins for Rhys Browne) 30. Alefe Santos

Notts County:
1 Ross Fitzsimons
6 Ben Barclay 5 Richard Duffy 3 Pierce Bird
4 Elliott Hewitt 24 Robert Milsom 21 Jim O'Brien 8 David Vaughan 25 Cedric Evina
7 Lewis Alessandra 30 Jon Stead

Substitutes:
9 Kristian Dennis (75 mins for Lewis Alessandra) 10 Nathan Thomas (83 mins for Pierce Bird) 11 Enzio Boldewijn (75 mins for Cedric Evina) 13 Branislav Pindroch 16 Shaun Brisley 23 Daniel Jones 37 Kion Etete

Yeovil Bookings: Tom James (foul, 53 mins)

Notts County Bookings: Ben Barclay (foul, 45 mins), David Vaughan (foul, 51 mins)

Yeovil Match Statistics: Possession: 47%; Shots: 6; Shots On Target: 3; Corners: 5; Fouls: 17.

Notts County Match Statistics: Possession: 53%; Shots: 7; Shots On Target: 1; Corners: 7; Fouls: 10.

Referee: Stephen Martin (Staffordshire). Assistants: Darren Blunden (Kent) and Dean Treleaven (West Sussex). Fourth Official: John Flynn (Oxfordshire).

Attendance: 2,716 (with 312 Notts County supporters).


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19 January 2019 : Darren Way Thanks Bournemouth Boss For Special Support After Notts County Win
Yeovil Town manager Darren Way gave thanks to AFC Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe after his side's 2-0 victory over Notts County on Saturday afternoon. Way credited the Premier League boss for his 'special support' after winger Alex Dobre scored one of the goals that saw his side draw clear of League Two's basement side in a classic relegation six pointer that left the visitors in big problems at the bottom of the Football League.

Romanian Dobre has been one of three new additions to the club during the January transfer window, and he scored a second half injury time goal after he intercepted a poor backpass that allowed him to seize possession and round the Notts County keeper to guarantee his temporary side all three points. He is the latest in a long line of loan players that have come into Huish Park under both Paul Sturrock and Darren Way over the last four years, and Way told BBC Somerset after the match that Howe deserved thanks for helping him in his January recruitment. However, he felt overall that hard work by the team was also gaining those results:

"Two clean sheets. It feels good; that winning feeling. It's important to realise why the players are playing like they are. I think the hard work never lies. We've done that in the last two games. That's what really impressed. We all know the scenarios that we've had before with five minutes to go, but I just felt what with the resilience and organisation and discipline throughout the group, that we were never going to lose that game. The new faces have been great additions to the football club. Josh Grant has been unbelievable at right-back, and Alex Dobre we talked about before the game with the end product, and he finished very well. Probably when you go through a difficult time, you realise who is close to you. For Eddie Howe to help me out and understand how hard I am working, that's special support and I've got to thank him for allowing me to have such a fantastic player."

Earlier in the match, Yeovil Town had taken the lead through a set piece. A Jake Gray corner was headed in at the near post by Tom James for his sixth goal of the season. With former assistant boss Terry Skiverton having moved into a Head Of Coaching position in the Academy, the question was who was organising those set pieces - Way explained that it was first team coach Paul Terry and goalkeeper coach Steve Phillips who had been asked to set the players up for the corner routine:

"It's been well worked on. Two members of staff have been having a little bit of pressure from me. We talk about uncomfortable conversations, and they're normally very productive, and we had a few. So a big well done to Paul (Terry) and Steve (Phillips) because it was well worked. We've not scored many. Let's be honest, we're lucky to have Tom James. He's a special talent. I enjoy watching him in every minute. He's very quiet at times and he lets his feet do the talking. On that occasion he let his head, but he's a very good player."


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19 January 2019 : Yeovil 2 Notts County 0 : Match Statistics
Yeovil Town picked up a valuable three points on Saturday afternoon, with a 2-0 victory over basement side Notts County. The six-pointer saw the Glovers score at the start and at the end of the match, with Tom James scoring his sixth goal of the season with an eighth minute header at the near post. The Glovers had to perform an extreme containment job on the Magpies throughout much of the game, but sealed victory when a poor backpass was intercepted by AFC Bournemouth loanee Alex Dobre, who rounded the visiting goalkeeper to give his temporary side their first victory on home soil since August 25th, lifting them to 20th in the table, although with Macclesfield Town winning, still only three points off the relegation zone.

Full report to follow later ....

Link: 2018-19 Latest League Two Table.

Final Score: Yeovil Town 2 Notts County 0.

Scorers: Tom James (1-0, 8 mins), Alex Dobre (2-0, 90 mins)

Yeovil Town:
12. Nathan Baxter
21. Josh Grant 2. Adel Gafaiti 4. Gary Warren (Capt) 3. Carl Dickinson
10. Jake Gray 23. Tom James 20. Sessi D'Almeida
7. Rhys Browne 13. Francois Zoko 25. Alex Dobre

Substitutes:
1. Stuart Nelson (GK) 5. Bevis Mugabi (73 mins for Adel Gafaiti) 8. Matt Worthington 9. Alex Fisher (for Francois Zoko) 15. Gabriel Rogers 18. Yoann Arquin (69 mins for Rhys Browne) 30. Alefe Santos

Notts County:
1 Ross Fitzsimons
6 Ben Barclay 5 Richard Duffy 3 Pierce Bird
4 Elliott Hewitt 24 Robert Milsom 21 Jim O'Brien 8 David Vaughan 25 Cedric Evina
7 Lewis Alessandra 30 Jon Stead

Substitutes:
9 Kristian Dennis (75 mins for Lewis Alessandra) 10 Nathan Thomas (83 mins for Pierce Bird) 11 Enzio Boldewijn (75 mins for Cedric Evina) 13 Branislav Pindroch 16 Shaun Brisley 23 Daniel Jones 37 Kion Etete

Yeovil Bookings: Tom James (foul, 53 mins)

Notts County Bookings: Ben Barclay (foul, 45 mins), David Vaughan (foul, 51 mins)

Yeovil Match Statistics: Possession: 47%; Shots: 6; Shots On Target: 3; Corners: 5; Fouls: 17.

Notts County Match Statistics: Possession: 53%; Shots: 7; Shots On Target: 1; Corners: 7; Fouls: 10.

Referee: Stephen Martin (Staffordshire). Assistants: Darren Blunden (Kent) and Dean Treleaven (West Sussex). Fourth Official: John Flynn (Oxfordshire).

Attendance: 2,716 (with 312 Notts County supporters).


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19 January 2019 : Team News For Yeovil Town vs Notts County
Yeovil Town have named their starting line-up for this afternoon's League Two match against Notts County at Huish Park. The match sees the Glovers name one change to their starting line-up, compared to the game against Mansfield Town last Saturday. Winger Jordan Green's transfer to Barnsley means that Rhys Browne comes into the starting line-up as the only alteration, with the 4-3-3 formation expected to continue.

Former AFC Bournemouth midfielder Matt Worthington completed a permanent move this week, and he is on the bench today.

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 last week Darren Way stated that he would be back by the end of January, with him having started jogging again. Alex Pattison (back) has stated that he will be back by the end of next week, in time for the February trip to Stevenage. Striker Korrey Henry has had a recent groin injury but is still not selected.

The team this afternoon lines up as follows:

Yeovil Town:
12. Nathan Baxter
21. Josh Grant 2. Adel Gafaiti 4. Gary Warren (Capt) 3. Carl Dickinson
10. Jake Gray 23. Tom James 20. Sessi D'Almeida
7. Rhys Browne 13. Francois Zoko 25. Alex Dobre

Substitutes:
1. Stuart Nelson (GK) 5. Bevis Mugabi 8. Matt Worthington 9. Alex Fisher 15. Gabriel Rogers 18. Yoann Arquin 30. Alefe Santos


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19 January 2019 : Glovers Trust Plans For The Notts County Game
Saturday afternoon sees Yeovil Town play host to Notts County in a League Two match at Huish Park. The Glovers Trust will be present at the game, and that's a good opportunity for you to pick up their new 'I AM YTFC' scarf for just £5.00. Earlier this week, the Trust published their correspondence with the club regarding the existence of a consortium wanting to buy the club, and the club's reaction to that, so you might want to give them your views on that subject. They're also there with representatives of Mental Health charity Mind In Somerset who will be making a collection at half time today, so head up and have a chat with one or both organisations.

Full details of the Trust's whereabouts and recent goings on are as follows:

Match: Notts County (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 'I AM YTFC' campaign kicks off in earnest tomorrow with the launch of a Glovers Trust scarf, as per the article earlier this week. The scarf is available to purchase for £5 both online (head here) and at the Huish Park Gazebo. We are currently holding 100 in stock but will order another batch should the campaign prove to be as popular as we hope it will be.
2. The Trust will be sharing the Gazebo with the charity 'Mind in Somerset'. The charity's vision is to promote good mental health and wellbeing and champion a greater understanding of mental health issues in the community, and is raising awareness of their work and carrying out a bucket collection at half time/afterwards. More information can be found here
3. 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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19 January 2019 : Officials For Yeovil Town vs Notts County
Officials for the League Two match between Yeovil Town and Notts County have been published by the Football League. The match takes place on Saturday 19th January 2019, with a 3.00p.m. kick-off at Huish Park. The man in charge of the fixture will be referee Stephen Martin (Staffordshire).

Mr Martin is a Select Group 2 referee, meaning that he is one of the full time professionals created by the Football League to cover mainly Championship mathes. He was appointed to the Football League's referee lists over the summer of 2012. We've had him on six occasions, with the November 2012 home match against Carlisle United the earliest of them all. Mr Martin's performance was rather better than our defending - we referenced that a lot in a 1-3 defeat, but had little to say about the official's performance, with him booking just one player during the 90 minutes.

During our 2013-14 Championship season, he was present for the home match against Burnley - again just the one booking, and nothing much to say about his performance on the day, with Burnley's strike force too good for us in a 1-2 defeat. We then had him twice during the 2015-16 season. The first was for the Christmas holiday fixture against Oxford United which produced a 0-0 draw, and not a single booking, with the match referee not getting a mention.

He then looked after the April 2016 match against Exeter City - normally the scene of a red card or two, but again he kept a lid on it with just two bookings. He made one questionable decision, to award Exeter a corner when they struck the outside of the post, with the official thinking that it was Artur Krysiak's hand it touched, but that was about as riled up as we got. He was also present for the March 2017 match against Barnet at the Hive Stadium, which was a booking-free game in a 2-2 draw. We can't remember him getting involved in anything.

The most recent match saw him take charge of the April 2018 match against Accrington Stanley at the Crown Ground. That was the night that the home side guaranteed their promotion to League One. He allowed the football to take the front foot, booking just one player for diving. There wasn't a point during the game where he seemed to be noticeable, although part of that was down to the two clubs.

So that's five yellow cards in six games, with all six matches providing largely anonymous officiating. His seasonal record of just 43 yellow cards and two red cards across 19 matches suggest that this is not a coincidence, but does show the wild variation in how referees run football matches.

Mr Martin will be assisted by Darren Blunden (Kent) and Dean Treleaven (West Sussex). The Fourth Official will be John Flynn (Oxfordshire).

Link: November 2012 : Yeovil Town 1 Carlisle United 3.

Link: January 2014 : Yeovil Town 1 Burnley 2.

Link: December 2015 : Yeovil Town 0 Oxford United 0.

Link: April 2016 : Yeovil Town 0 Exeter City 2.

Link: March 2017 : Barnet 2 Yeovil Town 2.

Link: April 2018 : Accrington Stanley 2 Yeovil Town 0.


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19 January 2019 : Former Glover Cole Gets Loan Chance With Silkmen
Former Yeovil Town loanee Reece Cole is back in League Two again. The Brentford midfielder has signed a half-season loan agreement with Macclesfield Town in what will be his third loan spell of the 2018-19 season. The 20 year old will work under new boss Sol Campbell, who has this week appointed former Manchester United striker Andy Cole as one of his first team coaches.

Cole had a one month loan spell with National League side Maidenhead United, where he made six appearances, scoring one goal. He had earlier agreed what was intended to be a full-season loan deal with Yeovil Town, arriving at Huish Park just before the 2018-19 season started. However, that lasted only two matches, with the Glovers inferring that he was carrying an injury, whilst Brentford claimed it was due to him not being likely to play regular football in Somerset.

He therefore has another bite of the cherry at League Two level, playing for a side that are one place below Yeovil Town in the League Two table. Development Squad coach Lars Friis has said of the decision to send the midfielder out on loan again:

"This is a great opportunity for Reece to go out and get more competitive football. He will be playing high-pressure games where there is a lot at stake and that will be a benefit for his career. We will be keeping a close watch on how Reece does there and wish him all the best for the next few months."


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18 January 2019 : Darren Way Previews The Notts County Home Game
As part of the build-up to the League Two match against Notts County at Huish Park, Yeovil Town manager Darren Way spoke to the BBC. With questions from BBC Somerset reporter Tom Seymour, Darren gives his views on Notts County, the win over Mansfield Town, and his side's home problems. Read that interview via the link below.

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


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18 January 2019 : Third January Transfer Window Signing Sees Worthington Return
Yeovil Town have agreed a deal to sign up former loanee Matt Worthington on a permanent basis. The 21 year old AFC Bournemouth player arrives back at Huish Park on a contract that will run until the summer of 2021, bringing an end to his seven year stay at Dean Court. Worthington had been on loan at Forest Green Rovers earlier this season, but the Gloucestershire side chose not to renew their deal once they reached New Year's Day, meaning that he briefly returned to his parent club.

Born on December 18th 1997, Matt is a former Portsmouth youth team player, who switched across to Southampton, and then later Bournemouth. Whilst with the Cherries, he had a four game loan spell with Eastbourne Borough during the 2015-16 season. Matt is predominantly a central midfielder but can also play as a right-back.

Matt arrived at Huish Park for his previous loan spell on August 31st 2017, ultimately making 19 appearances at the club, before being recalled by Bournemouth during January 2018, due to a slight injury. During the 2018-19 season, he made 14 appearances for Forest Green during a loan spell at the New Lawn, but that fizzled out a bit with his last appearance coming on November 27th. Manager Darren Way said of his arrival at the club:

"Matt has cut his teeth in the EFL now following his spell with us and Forest Green. It means we secure the services of a very promising player who knows what the division is all about, most importantly on a long-term deal that shows what this club is trying to achieve."

Worthington has been signed on a free transfer. He will wear the Number 8 shirt for Yeovil Town during his time at Huish Park.

Link: Matt Worthington : Yeovil Town Statistics.


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18 January 2019 : Jordan Green Leaves Huish Park To Sign For The Tykes
Yeovil Town winger Jordan Green has left the club to sign for League One side Barnsley. The former AFC Bournemouth player was under contract at Yeovil Town until the summer of 2019 but has left them to head to Oakwell for an undisclosed fee.

Green is approaching his 24th birthday which would mean that he would have been able to leave on a free transfer in the summer, if the club were unable to negotiate a new contract with him before it ran out in June 2019. Thus they needed to bear that in mind when receiving Barnsley's bid.

He made 68 appearances for the club, scoring eight goals along the way. He scored the winning goal against Mansfield Town last weekend - his first since October 6th last year, in what was his final appearance for the club. Manager Darren Way has said of his exit:

"As much as I'm disappointed to lose Jordan, I feel extremely proud that he becomes the latest player on a long list that we've developed and nurtured. We tried extremely hard to secure Jordan's long-term future but ultimately, we were unable to stand in the player's way once his heart was set."

Green has been given a two-and-a-half year contract at Barnsley, with a further one year option on the club's side. Their Chief Executive Gauthier Ganaye has said of his arrival at Oakwell:

"Jordan is an excellent signing for the club. Having spoken at length with Daniel about this position, we knew what we wanted to add. Jordan brings a huge amount of pace and has a direct view on football where he wants to attack and beat his defender to get to the box. This adds competition for places with Jordan, as he is coming here hungry to make his way to the starting XI. We’re pleased to welcome him to the club, I hope the fans get to see him in action very soon."

The best of luck to Jordan in the future.


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18 January 2019 : Darren Way Dislikes The Uncertainty Of The January Transfer Window
Yeovil Town manager Darren Way has said that there is too much pressure on the football club during the January transfer window. The Glovers are currently midway through the month where most mid-season changes are done, and so far the club has allowed five players to leave Huish Park, with two new loan signings arriving so far. On the back of last weekend's 1-0 win over Mansfield Town that saw that duo make their debuts, and ahead of a huge six-pointer against Notts County, Way claims there is a lot of interest in his players during the month, which creates uncertainty.

As yet, apart from those Way has voluntarily let go, there have been no sightings of any transfer bids or rumourmill articles around the online media regarding Yeovil Town players, although Way stated last week that there had been some 'interest' in his players, stating that communication did not relate to defender Tom James, who came close to leaving the club during the August transfer window. He suggested the level of interest was down to his side having 'young talent' within its ranks:

"I'm trying to understand why there's so much pressure on this football club in January transfer windows. It's not the first time that I've had to deal with it, but I don't like the uncertainty. It's very difficult to deal with. We've got a lot of players that are on one year contracts, and if they're not playing, or they're playing well, there's always interest, because of the club that we are. We develop young players; we develop young talent. I always say it, that if I was at another club, the first club that I would be looking at for young talent would be Yeovil."

The Glovers go into Saturday's match facing a Notts County side that are in big problems. They currently lie at the bottom of the Football League, and six points adrift of safety - a position occupied by Yeovil Town in 22nd place. They are also on their third manager of the season, with former AFC Wimbledon boss Neal Ardley having looked after their last eleven games. Way felt that their decision to change managers twice will have been a costly one or them. He also made a bold claim about his own side's strength compared to last week's promotion-chasing opposition:

"They've got very good backing, and it just goes to show why changing the manager is not always the option. How much that's cost them, I wouldn't like to think. But it shows how desperate everyone is, to make sure that they maintain their Football League status. That's one thing that I've made made clear; it's important that this football club maintains its Football League status, and that it unites and sticks together. It's making sure that we're organised, and with the attacking threat that we've got, that we cause them real problems, and we focus on our strengths, which is what we did against Mansfield. With all of the resources that Mansfield have got, even with the two new signings, I think man for man we've got better players."

Way's team go into the Notts County game on a poor run of home form that stretches back as far as February 13th 2018. Since that point, they've won only one League Two home game, with even that coming back in August 2018, and so will hope to use the lift from the Mansfield win to get rid of that record. The Glovers boss suggested that 'pressure' on his side during the December 2018 Forest Green Rovers match, that saw his side concede twice during second half injury time came from the crowd, and resulted in mistakes being made, as his team threw away a 1-0 advantage to lose the game:

"If I could ask the crowd to get behind the team for 90-plus minutes, because we all know what happened against Forest Green. That's pressure and that's what happens. If you build too much pressure on a young team, sometimes they force mistakes. We keep making a big thing of this home situation. We've asked ourselves as to why the situation is like it is at home, when at home it should be a fortress. But we've focussed on our performance and making sure we deal with anything that happens. Twenty-five minutes has been a regular problem, where we've gone 1-0 down against the run of play. One or two decisions are going against us, and it's important with our reaction to that. By going 1-0 up, we've proven on a number of occasions that we've been very difficult to beat."


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17 January 2019 : Pattison Return Expected Next Week
Yeovil Town's on loan midfielder Alex Pattison has said that he should be fit enough to return to Somerset next week. The Middlesbrough player, who is currently on a season-long loan with the Glovers, has been absent from matches since the November 27th game against Port Vale. The 21 year old played a full 90 minutes in that match, without any obvious issues, but by the time we reached the Forest Green Rovers match on the following weekend, he'd been diagnosed with a back problem. Our understanding is that he's been with his parent club for most of the last six weeks receiving treatment on the issue.

Pattison has said via his Twitter account that he expects to be back at Huish Park by the end of next week, meaning that he'll remain absent for the matches against Notts County and Lincoln City, but with the club having no fixture on the following weekend, he would be theoretically available for selection for the Saturday 2nd February trip to Stevenage. Until his injury he had made 22 appearances for the club, with all bar four of those coming as starts. He has missed the last eight games.

Assuming no-one falls in the next fortnight, Pattison's return should mean that midfielder James Bailey would remain the only player without an obvious comeback scheduled, having been missing now for almost thirteen months with a knee injury. As of last weekend, striker Korrey Henry had been expected to be more or less recovered from a groin injury, whilst last week defender Omar Sowunmi was reported as being 'a couple of weeks' away from returning from an ankle injury, which should pitch his return as on or around that same Stevenage match. Bailey, Sowunmi and Pattison should be the only three missing from this weekend's match against Notts County.


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17 January 2019 : Grant Seeing Upgrade To First Team Football As An Eye-Opener
New Yeovil Town defender Joshua Grant has said that the move from Under-23s football to first team football is a massive eye-opener for him. The 20 year old Chelsea loanee made his Football League debut on Saturday, in the 1-0 win over Mansfield Town in what was his first career step away from the Premier League comforts of Stamford Bridge, as part of a half-season loan with the Glovers.

Grant told BBC Somerset that the first thing that he had noticed as part of that game, was that the physicality of the match was much different to what he was used to, with the majority of his opponents in a Premier League 2 development squad being teenagers:

"At Chelsea, you're playing against different ages, but mainly young. At Chelsea Under-23s we had 16 and 17 year olds in the team and playing against us as well, so physically it's different. As soon as you come into a League Two fixture, it's men and people who are hungry to win, and it is different. At Chelsea people are developing, whereas here people are fighting for their lives really. So it's a massive eye-opener, and it's a great challenge for me. It's just the first game and I've got to kick on from that."

The other change that Grant has has to get used to is the change in facilities. From a cash-rich Premier League club, to a medium-sized League Two set-up, he might have been taken aback by what he had to do for himself. However, he said that it was what he had expected, and said he could see some benefits in terms of his own personal development:

"It's nothing that's unexpected. At Chelsea, we all know that the money is a big influence. From a young age, being at that club, you get given everything. Coming down to League Two, it's not like I'm coming down to it - it's about becoming a man, and learning different things like cooking for yourself and all that stuff. You have to take a real big influence over your own life and you have to look after yourself a lot more. That's just about becoming a man and playing men's football."

Grant said that his primary ambition as part of his loan spell was a team-based one - to help get the club away from the relegation area of the League Two table. But he said he also wanted to get as many games as possible between now and May:

"First and foremost it's the team. We've got to try to start climbing the table. That's what we want to do, and that's what the manager told us we need to try to do, so that's what we'll try to implement. But for me it's great just to get some games under my belt in professional games, because Under-23s football is not looked upon as the greatest, so if I can come out and learn about myself as well, and see if I can take this challenge. That's what I'm looking forward to."


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16 January 2019 : New Glovers Trust Scarf - I Am YTFC
The supporters of Yeovil Town Football Club are and have always been the heart, soul and financial muscle of the club. It should never be forgotten or our support taken for granted. Each and every Glover can say "I AM YTFC" – Together WE ARE YTFC!

The Glovers Trust believe that this statement personifies who we are. We are not customers or clients who are being offered a take it or leave it product or a service. We are members of the community who have pride in our local club and seek only the best for it.

As supporters we are people who invest time, money and emotion into their Club, whilst we band together in solidarity for our common cause. We stand together through the good times and the bad. All we ask is that we are treated with respect, given truthful information, appreciated for our loyalty and given an opportunity to influence the future well-being of OUR CLUB. If we are made to feel welcome, we will pay the Club back in spades.

We wish to send a message to Yeovil Town Football Club that says "you seem to have forgotten the importance of supporters, the life blood of the Club". We would like to remind you in a quiet and respectful way that we are here and that we are YTFC.

The Glovers Trust have produced a scarf to reflect this principle. By wearing one of these scarves you will send a message to those who have forgotten how important you are to them.

We will be receiving stock of the scarf on Friday 18th January 2019 and it can be purchased at the Gazebo near the ticket office on Saturday ahead of the match against Notts County. It is also available online for pre-order now via our online shop. For a mere £5.00 you can join us in saying "This is my Club – I AM YTFC".

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


[Article via the Glovers Trust.]


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16 January 2019 : Carlisle Fill Gap Left By Sheridan Departure
League Two side Carlisle United have appointed a successor to outgoing manager John Sheridan. They have announced that 45 year old former Coventry City and Fleetwood Town manager Steven Pressley will be in charge until the end of the 2018-19 season, with the Cumbrians also having an unspecified option on an extension on those terms.

Carlisle were left shocked when Sheridan resigned on January 4th to drop down a division and become Chesterfield's first team manager, taking over a side that are sat in the National League relegation zone. Pressley has a rather more comfortable challenge, with Carlisle currently in sixth place in League Two. He arrives having last been in charge of Cypriot First Division club Pafos, with him not been involved in English football since he left the Fleetwood job in July 2016.

Chairman Andrew Jenkins has said that he realises the position that Pressley inherits is an unusual one, but hopes he can keep the club's momentum going for the remainder of the season:

"We're really pleased to have Steven on board. He impressed us immensely during the interview process and his enthusiasm to take what is a very attractive job on really shone through. He's taken time to watch us, and he spoke a lot about the fact that he's seen us play the type of football he likes to see. He's identified that there are good players here in the squad and he feels he can continue the fantastic work that has already been done this season. It's unusual for a manager to come into a club in this situation, but he's looking forward to working with the staff who are already here on keeping the intensity levels high, and on achieving continued positive results. We're pleased to have concluded this process within a relatively quick timeframe. With two weeks left of the transfer window it's important that we get the squad back to a level where we know we will be competing every week."


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16 January 2019 : Taff's Gloversblog : A Bright Spark In The Darkness
On Saturday, Yeovil Town achieved that rare thing known as a win, in a football match. Having spent the last three months having a decided grumble, the latest Taff's Gloversblog looks at the rather more light-hearted question of what went right at Mansfield Town, and the effect that might have on the wider scheme of things. Read on, via the link below, and feel free to add your own views.

Link: Taff's Gloversblog : A Bright Spark In The Darkness.


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16 January 2019 : Nathan Baxter Talks About The Mansfield Town Victory
Following Saturday afternoon's 1-0 win over Mansfield Town at Field Mill, Yeovil Town goalkeeper Nathan Baxter spoke to the BBC about the game. With questions from local journalist Chris Spittles, in an interview for BBC Somerset, Nathan gives his views on the defensive performance, as well as revealing his long term friendship with fellow Chelsea loanee Joshua Grant. Read that interview via the link below.

Link: Nathan Baxter Speaks To The BBC After The 0-1 Win Against Mansfield Town.


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15 January 2019 : Glovers Trust Publish Correspondence With Club On Local Consortium
Over the last six months, the Glovers Trust, with assistance from the Supporters Alliance Group, have been attempting to seek clarification from the club over a statement issued by Yeovil Town Football Club just over a year ago. That statement issued on December 11th 2017 sought to claim that the club had not been approached by a local consortium - something that had been on the rumourmill that month, but had gone public on the previous day, via journalist and regular BBC local radio reporter Chris Spittles.

Whilst that rumour stayed in the public eye for some time, nothing concrete showed up until the resignation of Director Andy Rossiter, which was announced during August 2018. Andy went public over the reasons for his resignation, revealing that he had managed to get "a consortium of local business and wealthy YTFC fans together" that had held discussions with the club and their advisor Mark Palmer, with them signing a Non-Disclosure Agreement with the club regarding the detailed commercial aspects of their interest.

In response to this new information, on August 12th 2018, the following minute was taken at a Supporters Alliance Group meeting at Huish Park:

"The group identified that after leaving the Board Mr Rossiter’s comments seemed to contradict earlier club statements as Mr Rossiter seemed to be implying that a group he had been involved with made a bid to buy the club. A request was made that the club, via DM (Club COO David Mills), respond to this apparent contradiction at the next meeting."

At the subsequent meeting of the Supporters Alliance Group on October 10th 2018 the following minute was taken:

"The group queried comments made in the media by a former club Director as they seemed to contradict club statements. DM (David Mills) commented that he thought this may be a misinterpretation of what the former Director and club had said, but the groups present were unsatisfied with this answer and asked for further clarification at a future meeting."

The Glovers Trust felt that this matter was not being suitably dealt with and wrote the following letter to Mr John Fry, Chairman of YTFC on October 31st 2018. That letter to Mr Fry reads as follows:

"Dear Mr Fry,
I hope that this letter finds you well.

I am writing to you regarding an agenda item from recent Supporters Alliance meetings that we do not feel has been suitably concluded.

On December 11th 2017 Yeovil Town Football Club released a statement to inform supporters that following rumours that had been circulating at the time there had been no desire to sell the Club, and that no consortium existed who wished to further that aim.

It has since been revealed by a resigning Director of the Yeovil Town Board that he had formed a consortium and around this time, had engaged in talks with the Yeovil Board with a view to purchasing the Club but that the interested parties at Yeovil Town had subsequently changed their view.

Naturally supporters became confused as to the truth behind the events and as a result the matter was brought up at an Alliance Group meeting two months ago. David Mills took an action to seek a response from the Board as to the situation.

At the Alliance meeting in October in his Chief Operating Officer role, David made a very short response by saying that it was a matter of interpretation but that as he was only an Associate Director he could not give any further information.

Supporters therefore remain as much in the dark now as they have been since the announcement was made in December 2017 and so I am writing to request a more detailed response from yourself. Was there a period in the latter part of 2017 when upon receipt of an acceptable financial offer the Yeovil Board were minded to sell? If not the Board, were the owners of the Club wishing to do so? Was the Club aware of a consortium wishing to negotiate the purchase of the Club at this time? Had that consortium approached the Club indicating their wish to discuss a sale? If the Club had been open to the possibility of a sale then why was it that an apparent about turn took place at the end of 2017?

We only seek the truth about this matter. It is important to many Yeovil Town supporters and individuals who have supported the Club in recent years to know the current situation.

Yours sincerely,
Stuart Burrell, Chairman Glovers Trust
."

Despite repeated requests for written answers and promises from David Mills that this would be done, nothing was forthcoming until Friday 11th January 2019 when the following email was received from YTFC COO David Mills, by the Chairman of the Glovers Trust:

"Date 11.01.2019. 14:34.

Hi Stuart,

I hope you are well.

This email is in respect of the further clarifications you were seeking regarding previous replies to your letter of 31 October.

My apologies for the delay in replying, but after consideration the club has decided not to comment further on this matter.

I hope you have a good weekend.
Best regards
David (Mills)
."

The Glovers Trust are deeply disappointed, if not surprised, by this lack of transparency from YTFC. All the Trust sought was the truth. We did not feel that was too much to ask but as it has turned out it was more than YTFC were prepared to give.

However we believe that their lack of comment has answered all of the questions that we posed bar one: Why did the Club choose to mislead the supporters of YTFC?

[Information provided by the Glovers Trust.]


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15 January 2019 : Darren Way Talks About Mansfield Town Away Team Selection
Just before Saturday afternoon's match against Mansfield Town kicked off at Field Mill, 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 arrival of AFC Bournemouth winger Alex Dobre and Chelsea defender Joshua Grant, as well as explaining the arrival of new first team coach Neale Marmon. Read that interview in full, via the link below.

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


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15 January 2019 : Caulker Heads To Turkish Super League For Next Career Move
Former Yeovil Town defender Steven Caulker has moved overseas for the next stage in his career. He has signed for Turkish side Alanyaspor on a free transfer, five months after his release from Scottish Premiership side Dundee. The 27 year old has been without a club since the tail end of August, with reports that he was training with Wigan Athletic, whilst more recently there were even sightings of him in Yeovil, with the implication that he was training with the club he turned out for during the 2009-10 season. This was accompanied by some possibly optimistic claims that the Glovers were trying to get the former Tottenham Hotspur Academy player signed up to play in League Two.

FIFA rules on the registration of professional players meant that with Caulker having already played for Dundee this season, that any new club needed to be worthwhile to commit him to for the remainder of the 2018-19 campaign, as he would not be allowed to register for a third professional club. Thus although Alanyaspor have not revealed any contract details for the centre-back at this stage, it can probably be assumed that this is at least a half season deal.

Caulker joins a side that play in the Turkish Super League, although only rose to that level in 2016. They play in the town of Alanya - a beach resort on the southern coast of Turkey. They finished 12th last season, and currently lie in 14th place, two points off the relegation zone. This will be Caulker's first club outside the UK, with a January 2017 planned move to Lokomotiv Moscow aborted by Caulker, after he had concerns over a hip injury he was carrying as well as his own mental health, and thus decided to stay with Queens Park Rangers at that stage, rather than risk being on his own and unable to play in Russia.


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

Stevenage : Saturday 2nd February 2019.
Huish Park: 8.45a.m.
Adult Members: £25.00; Member Concessions: £23.00
Adult Non-Members: £27.00; Non-Member Concessions: £25.00

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 Stevenage vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Ticketing For Cheltenham Town vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Ticketing For Oldham Athletic vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Ticketing For Forest Green Rovers vs Yeovil Town.

Link: 2018-19 Season League Game Ticket Bundles.

Link: Yeovil Town Online Ticketing Portal.

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


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14 January 2019 : Ticketing For Forest Green Rovers vs Yeovil Town
Advance tickets for the League Two match between Forest Green Rovers and Yeovil Town are now on sale from the Huish Park Ticket Office. The match takes place on Saturday 16th February 2019, with a kick off 3.00p.m. kick-off at the New Lawn. Tickets are available online, or via phone or in person at Huish Park at the following rates:

West Stand Covered Seating
Adults: £21.00; Over-65s: £16.00; Under-21s: £10.00; Under-16s: £7.00; Under-11: FREE.

West Stand Covered Standing
Adults: £19.00; Over-65s: £15.00; Under-21s: £9.00; Under-16s: £6.00; Under-11: FREE.

The Under-11 tickets are issued only with an accompanying adult ticket purchase. Qualifying Senior and Under 21 ticket holders will be required to have a photo ID with their tickets to provide proof of entitlement.

NOTE: Forest Green's policy is that they will not reissue or reprint lost tickets.

Wheelchair Users pay relevant price as above, against Seated prices. This for supporters in receipt of middle rate DLA, enhanced PIP, Severe Disablement allowance or via a Personal letter from GP. An assistant is admitted free of charge for both Wheelchair and Ambulant Disabled supporters qualifying under this policy. Note that Wheelchair Disabled supporters are accommodated in the East Stand on the opposite side of the ground to the main away following. Feedback from a previous visit is that the vantage point is quite close to the playing dugouts and they've had some problems with coaching staff standing across their view during the game. Ambulant Disabled fans can use the West Stand, provided you're okay with the twelve steps you'll need to walk up to get to that stand.

Those who have visited the New Lawn before, will note that the above represents a change in facilities on the West side of the ground. During the summer of 2018, Forest Green installed a temporary stand to provide away supporters with seating in this section of the ground, along with a limited amount of covered standing in the same area. However, you should note that the seated capacity is very low - there is only 100 seats and 180 covered terracing spaces available. After those are sold, the remainder of spectators are accommodated on the open/exposed sections of the West terrace.

Even so, Forest Green advise that even if you are under the covered section of the West Stand, you need to dress appropriately as there is no shield to stop the wind/rain blowing in from the side of the stand.

If you choose to purchase tickets on the day of the match, you'll get a £1.00 surcharge, and there's a fair chance you'll be only able to access the uncovered area of the West terrace. Entry for all away fans, with the exception of Wheelchair Disabled, is via Turnstiles 9 and 10.

Parking at the stadium is fully booked on matchdays. There is very limited parking at the neighbouring school, which fills very quickly. This costs £5.00. Otherwise there is a Park and Ride facility from Renishaw on Stroud Road (GL5 5HA). This is first come, first served basis and costs £3.00.

For blue badge holders contact Forest Green reception on 01453 834860 to pre book. Again, expect these spaces to sell out quickly. The area around the New Lawn is extremely hilly, so if you do have any sort of mobility issues, then plan in advance.

If you are parking in the local residential areas, be aware that parking enforcement officers operate in the area on matchdays, so park within the signed restrictions.

Tickets will be on sale till midday on Friday 15th February. Thereafter you'll need to purchase from the Forest Green end.

Note that there are NO Uncovered Terracing tickets on sale from the Huish Park end at present. However, IF they become available on the DAY of the game, you'll be charged the following:

West Stand Uncovered Standing (Not currently on sale)
Adults: £18.00; Over-65s: £14.00; Under-21s: £9.00; Under-16s: £6.00; Under-11: FREE.

Link: Ticketing For Stevenage vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Ticketing For Cheltenham Town vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Ticketing For Oldham Athletic vs Yeovil Town.

Link: 2018-19 Season League Game Ticket Bundles.

Link: Yeovil Town Online Ticketing Portal.

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


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14 January 2019 : New First Team Coach Marmon's Connections With Darren Way And Huish Park
Yeovil Town manager Darren Way has explained how he came into contact with his new first team coach Neal Marmon. The 57 year old was a surprise addition to the dugout for Saturday's League Two match against Mansfield Town, and is with the club on a short term basis, following the departure of assistant manager Terry Skiverton, who has taken up a position in the club's Academy.

The explanation as to how Way has come into contact with a coach who has spent most of the last 28 years working in Germany lies in his own Norwich City Academy roots. Two years after Way was recruited by the Canaries into their youth system, a former Colchester United midfielder Steve Foley joined the set-up at Carrow Road as an Academy Coach, working there from 1996 until 2006. As a result, Foley would have coached Way for six years as a teenager, before his release from Norwich that saw him sign for Yeovil Town in the summer of 2000.

During Foley's playing days, he was almost a one-club man, turning out for Colchester United for ten years between 1971 and 1981, before a short spell with Braintree Town. After he retired, Foley returned to Layer Road as a coach, having two Caretaker Management spells in 1988 and 1989. It was just after those two spells that Foley will have worked with Neal Marmon, who joined Colchester in January 1990, as a side that was about to drop out of the Football League. Foley stayed as a coach as they dropped into the Conference, with Marmon playing as a central defender during the first of their two seasons at that level, before leaving the country to join FC Homburg in Germany.

Way told BBC Somerset his knowledge of Marmon came via Foley, who has since gone on to have a lengthy Academy career as a coach at Portman Road. The Glovers boss explained:

"I've known Neale for a number of years. He's come from a good contact in Steve Foley, who I knew well in Ipswich, who is probably one of my mentors. We've needed an extra pair of hands on the shop floor, with losing Terry Skiverton. So he's come in on the short term, and he's given us some good advice. He's good with the players and it's worked well."

Marmon has already visited Huish Park. In fact, he was present for the first ever competitive fixture to be played at the ground, on August 18th 1990. The Conference fixture between Yeovil Town and Colchester United saw 4,169 spectators present, with a Brian Hall managed side gaining a 2-0 victory for the Glovers, with Mickey Spencer and Peter Conning scoring the goals. Marmon played a full 90 minutes in the match, in a side that featured future Republic of Ireland midfielder Mark Kinsella as well as our old 'friend' Ian Atkins who went on to manage Bristol Rovers, and Mark Yates, who managed Cheltenham Town, Crawley Town and Macclesfield Town.


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14 January 2019 : Ticketing For Oldham Athletic vs Yeovil Town
Advance tickets for Yeovil Town's League Two match against Oldham Athletic are now on sale from the Huish Park Ticket Office. The match takes place on Tuesday 12th February 2019, with a 7.45p.m. kick-off at Boundary Park. Note that this is a rearranged date from that previously published, due to Oldham's FA Cup Fourth Round commitments.

Tickets bought in advance will be available online and from the Huish Park Ticket Office as follows:

Adults: £18.00; Over-65s, Students and Under-21s: £8.00; Under-18s: £5.00.

Ambulant Disabled and Wheelchair Users pay the relevant band as above, but can take an assistant free of charge, provided you're on the middle or high level of PIPS or DLA. Note that Wheelchair Bays are at front of the stand and this is an Uncovered area.

Prices go up by £2.00 if you purchase on the day of the game from the Boundary Park end, whilst for Adults they go up by £4.00.

Yeovil Town supporters will be housed in the Chadderton Road End of the ground. This is a covered seated area behind one goal, which is at the opposite end of the stadium to where we've been housed in the past. This stand seats up to 3,750 spectators, which ought to be just about enough capacity for us on a Tuesday night in February.

Link: Ticketing For Stevenage vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Ticketing For Cheltenham Town vs Yeovil Town.

Link: 2018-19 Season League Game Ticket Bundles.

Link: Yeovil Town Online Ticketing Portal.

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


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14 January 2019 : Ticketing For Stevenage vs Yeovil Town
Advance tickets for the League Two match between Stevenage and Yeovil Town are now on sale from the Huish Park Ticket Office. The match takes place on Saturday 2nd February 2019, with a 3.00p.m. kick-off at Broadhall Way. Ticket prices for this fixture are available online as well as over the phone and are as follows:

Adults: £22.00; Concessions: £20.00; Under-18s: £15.00; Under-12s: £10.00.

Concessions apply to Over-60s, Students, Registered Unemployed, Armed Forces and Ambulant Disabled.

Wheelchair Users need to call 01438 223223. Both Ambulant Disabled and Wheelchair Disabled supporters can admit an assistant free of charge if required.

Yeovil Town supporters will be housed in the South Stand - an all-seated 1,400 capacity covered stand, situated behind one of the goals. This is a relatively new construction, having been built during 2001. Its current signage dubs it as the Matrix Stand. Enter through Gates 17-19.

There is parking for 500 cars at Fairlands Valley Car Park to the north of the ground, signposted from Junction 7 on the A1(M). Use the signposted underpass to cross the A602 to the stadium. Fans arriving by train can take advantage of match day shuttle bus. This loops from Stevenage bus station (stop K outside Matalan) and Stevenage Railway Station. This is £1.50 return. The drop off point is behind the north terrace at the opposite end from the away supporters enclosure in the South Stand.

Link: Ticketing For Cheltenham Town vs Yeovil Town.

Link: 2018-19 Season League Game Ticket Bundles.

Link: Yeovil Town Online Ticketing Portal.


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13 January 2019 : Glovers Duo Given Team Of The Day Nomination After Mansfield Win
Yeovil Town defender Adel Gafaiti and first team manager Darren Way have been listed in the Team of the Week for League Two. The nominations made by the Football League Paper come after the club's 1-0 victory over Mansfield Town at Field Mill. Gafaiti was part of a defence that had to adopt a rearguard action, particularly during the second half, with a number of vital blocks, whilst Way's side victory broke a run of ten matches without a win, to surprise a side that stood in a play-off position on the day of the game.

The full line-up and management choice reads as follows:

Daniel Iversen (Oldham Athletic)
Neal Eardley (Lincoln City), Adel Gafaiti (Yeovil Town), Greg Taylor (Cambridge United), Miles Welch-Hayes (Macclesfield Town)
Nicky Adams (Bury), Harry Pell (Colchester United), Jordan Houghton (Milton Keynes Dons), Tyrone Marsh (Macclesfield Town)
James Ball (Stevenage), Jack Bridge (Northampton Town)

Manager: Darren Way (Yeovil Town)


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13 January 2019 : Video : Mansfield Town vs Yeovil Town Two Minute Highlights
For those who want to watch YouTube-based highlights of Saturday's 1-0 victory over Mansfield Town, these are now available online. The two minutes worth of match highlights shows the winning goal from Jordan Green, along with a further chance for Green, and Jake Gray's strike of the woodwork. You'll also find the best of Nathan Baxter's saves during the game provided in the highlights clip below.




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13 January 2019 : Man of the Match Voting for Mansfield Town vs Yeovil Town
If you watched Saturday's 1-0 win against Mansfield Town at Field Mill, 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 Mansfield Town vs Yeovil Town.


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12 January 2019 : Darren Way's Verdict On The Mansfield Town Game
Following Saturday afternoon's 1-0 win over Mansfield Town at Field Mill, Yeovil Town manager Darren Way spoke to local journalist Chris Spittles, in an interview for BBC Somerset, Darren gives his views on breaking his side's run of games without a win, along with thoughts on goalkeeper Nathan Baxter. Read that interview in full, via the link below.

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


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12 January 2019 : Video : Mansfield Town vs Yeovil Town Match Highlights
For those who want to watch match highlights of Saturday afternoon's 0-1 win against Mansfield Town, these are now available online. There is two minute's worth of Sky Sports footage linked below, that shows Jordan Green's winning goal along with a second Green effort and a Jake Gray rebound that struck the outside of the woodwork. That's accompanied by rather a lot of Nathan Baxter saves. Watch via the link below.

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


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12 January 2019 : Mansfield 0 Yeovil 1 : Green Strike Breaks Winless Run
Yeovil Town broke their ten match run of games without a win, with a battling 1-0 victory over Mansfield Town this afternoon. The surprise three points came against a side who started the day in fourth place, and came via a 19th minute Jordan Green goal, after he picked up a through ball from Carl Dickinson. The Glovers had to dig deep to hang onto the lead, particularly during the second period when Chelsea loanee Nathan Baxter made a couple of terrific saves, but defensive blocks got them through it, to finally provide their first winning feeling since the tail end of October, and to keep their distance from Macclesfield Town, whose victory at Grimsby Town keeps the lower positions in the table competitive.

The Glovers went into the match making four changes to their starting line-up compared to last weekend's game against Bury. Adel Gafaiti was recalled in the heart of defence, with new loan signing Joshua Grant sitting in the right-back position, as Shaun Donnellan left the club, and Bevis Mugabi sat on the bench. Also making his debut was Alex Dobre as Alefe Santos dropped to the bench, whilst up front Alex Fisher sat out the game, with Dobre and Jordan Green pushed up the flank into a 4-3-3 formation. In the opposition line-up Otis Khan came up against his old club, as Mansfield tried to recover from their surprise 3-2 defeat at Carlisle United last weekend.

Yeovil's start was positive, as Tom James fired a free kick over the crossbar, with Sessi D'Almeida also missing the target. They had early appeals for a spot kick turned down after Jordan Green went down over the body of Mansfield's new keeper Jordan Smith, only to find referee Carl Boyeson awarding a goal kick.

When Mansfield did get going, they found Nathan Baxter in the way, as he blocked out Christopher Hamilton's effort on goal, with the Stags looking like they were about to get into their stride. But midway through the first half, it was Yeovil who took the lead in the match. Left-back Carl Dickinson has become one of the club's key assisters this season with his accurate long balls, and he hit a diagonal pass across the pitch to find Jordan Green. The winger took a couple of touches to control the ball, before executing a well struck shot to take the lead at 0-1 and to stun the home crowd.

Mansfield almost hit back as Nottingham Forest loanee Tyler Walker forced Nathan Baxter into a brilliant near post save. Yeovil were also thankful for a few well timed defensive blocks, with Adel Gafaiti's cutting out of a Christopher Hamilton driving run being particularly key to the way the Glovers were holding out Mansfield's attempts to get an equaliser. At the other end, Sessi D'Almeida managed to shoot wide from outside the box, whilst an injury time strike from Tom James reminded the home side that Yeovil were still in the mood for a second.

Inevitably, the second period became a little more end-to-end and frantic. Otis Khan had a quiet match against his former employers and he was replaced by Danny Rose at the break. The Stags saw a Mal Benning free kick result in a goalmouth melee that saw Ryan Sweeney miss the final opportunity to convert. Yeovil were not to have too many chances in the second half, but they had one of the best efforts to get the second goal of the game when Jordan Green's shot was parried away by Jordan Smith, before Jake Gray struck the woodwork on the rebound.

Mansfield brought on further substitutes to up the pressure and it took superb goalkeeping from Nathan Baxter as he threw his whole body at Danny Rose's close range shot to block the substitute's effort. Mansfield then had the ball in the back of the net as Tyler Walker scrambled in the rebound, but a linesman's flag went up to rule the striker's attempt out.

The Nathan Baxter goalkeeping show continued as he parried another Tyler Walker shot on goal, and the worry was that Yeovil wouldn't quite hold out until the end. However, they got some respite shortly after the referee had awarded six minutes of second half injury time. Matt Preston had already been booked earlier in the half, so when he went sliding in on Tom James in the 92nd minute, referee Carl Boyeson raised a second yellow, and a red, allowing Yeovil the man advantage they needed to ease their way through the final minutes.

At times it was a little rearguard, but the three points were wholly welcome, following the last 2.5 months worth of draws and defeats. And just as well, given that Macclesfield and Cambridge United's victories did little to alter Yeovil's 22nd position in the League Two table. Next Saturday's home match against Notts County could be a little on the big side, although it will be the Magpies under more pressure after Saturday's results left them rooted to the foot of the Football League.

Link: 2018-19 Latest League Two Table.

Final Score: Mansfield Town 0 Yeovil Town 1.

Scorers: Jordan Green (0-1, 19 mins)

Mansfield Town:
14 Jordan Smith
4 Matt Preston 5 Krystian Pearce 17 Ryan Sweeney
2 Hayden White 8 Jacob Mellis 10 Otis Khan 11 Will Atkinson 3 Malvind Benning
19 Tyler Walker 22 Christopher Hamilton

Substitutes:
1 Conrad Logan 16 Callum Butcher 20 Timi Max Elsnik (63 mins for Will Atkinson) 26 Jason Law 29 Jordan Graham (58 mins for Hayden White) 30 Alistair Smith 32 Danny Rose (46 mins for Otis Khan)

Yeovil Town:
12. Nathan Baxter
21. Josh Grant 2. Adel Gafaiti 4. Gary Warren (Capt) 3. Carl Dickinson
10. Jake Gray 23. Tom James 20. Sessi D'Almeida
11. Jordan Green 13. Francois Zoko 25. Alex Dobre

Substitutes:
1. Stuart Nelson (GK) 5. Bevis Mugabi (88 mins for Francois Zoko) 7. Rhys Browne (72 mins for Alex Dobre) 9. Alex Fisher (83 mins for Jake Gray) 15. Gabriel Rogers 18. Yoann Arquin 30. Alefe Santos

Mansfield Town Bookings: Ryan Sweeney (foul, 45 mins), Matt Preston (foul, 56 mins). Red Card: Matt Preston (second bookable offence, 90 mins)

Yeovil Bookings: Francois Zoko (handball, 79 mins)

Mansfield Town Match Statistics: Possession: 52%; Shots: 19; Shots On Target: 9; Corners: 10; Fouls: 13.

Yeovil Match Statistics: Possession: 48%; Shots: 10; Shots On Target: 4; Corners: 2; Fouls: 12.

Referee: Carl Boyeson (East Yorkshire). Assistants: Peter Gooch (Lancashire) and Thomas Harty (West Midlands). Fourth Official: Joe Simpson (Manchester).

Attendance: 4,374 (with 132 Yeovil Town supporters)


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12 January 2019 : Darren Way Praises Character And Resilience After Victory Over Stags
Yeovil Town manager Darren Way praised his side's character and resilience, after they pulled off a surprise 1-0 victory over promotion chasing Mansfield Town at Field Mill on Saturday afternoon. The Glovers gained their first win in eleven matches, thanks to a 19th minute Jordan Green goal, breaking a winless run that has pushed them down to the wrong end of the table.

The winning goal came after Carl Dickinson provided a crucial pass for Green to convert inside the box for what was Green's fourth goal of the 2018-19 season. Speaking to BBC Somerset after the match, Way felt that his team had worked extremely hard for the win, but praised the club's administration staff for bringing in Chelsea defender Joshua Grant and AFC Bournemouth winger Alex Dobre during the week, to freshen up his squad:

"The players have shown unbelievable character and resilience. We've been talking all week about how you grow stronger in adversity. I feel with the additions that we made, everyone has worked extremely hard behind the scenes, with the secretaries and every member of staff and that goes to all of the effort that they've put in. The front three were the first line of defence against Matt Preston. We forced mistakes and we got that opportunity. I felt from Jordan's runs, we should have had a penalty from the start and we didn't get it. You have to earn that right to make sure you regain control. I thought the players did that throughout."

One of the key performances of the day came from Chelsea goalkeeper Nathan Baxter, who justified his recent return to the side, with a string of second half saves, as Mansfield pushed for the equalising goal. Notably Baxter kept out one Danny Rose chance from close range that will be part of the video highlights for sure, and Way had high praise for the way that the keeper was conducting himself away from the pitch as well:

"He's a great character and he's been talking all week about how he can help the dressing room off the pitch. There's not many 20 year olds that want to take that responsibility. You could see the commitment that every single player put in. But the discipline from that back line, and Nathan Baxter in goal, Josh's (Joshua Grant) debut and what a debut that was, to come to Mansfield, which is not an easy place. I think their record speaks for itself. So every single member of staff, every single player, and all the hard work and all the effort. The supporters were fantastic. It's been a good day for Yeovil Town. We've got to make sure we put that into practice now, with a great home game against Notts County."


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12 January 2019 : Mansfield 0 Yeovil 1 : Match Statistics
Yeovil Town broke their ten match run of games without a win, with a battling 1-0 victory over Mansfield Town this afternoon. The surprise three points came against a side who started the day in fourth place, and came via a 19th minute Jordan Green goal, after he picked up a through ball from Carl Dickinson. The Glovers had to dig deep to hang onto the lead, particularly during the second period when Chelsea loanee Nathan Baxter made a couple of terrific saves, but defensive blocks got them through it, to finally provide their first winning feeling since the tail end of October, and to keep their distance from Macclesfield Town, whose victory at Grimsby Town keeps the lower positions in the table competitive.

Full report to follow later ...

Link: 2018-19 Latest League Two Table.

Final Score: Mansfield Town 0 Yeovil Town 1.

Scorers: Jordan Green (0-1, 19 mins)

Mansfield Town:
14 Jordan Smith
4 Matt Preston 5 Krystian Pearce 17 Ryan Sweeney
2 Hayden White 8 Jacob Mellis 10 Otis Khan 11 Will Atkinson 3 Malvind Benning
19 Tyler Walker 22 Christopher Hamilton

Substitutes:
1 Conrad Logan 16 Callum Butcher 20 Timi Max Elsnik (63 mins for Will Atkinson) 26 Jason Law 29 Jordan Graham (58 mins for Hayden White) 30 Alistair Smith 32 Danny Rose (46 mins for Otis Khan)

Yeovil Town:
12. Nathan Baxter
21. Josh Grant 2. Adel Gafaiti 4. Gary Warren (Capt) 3. Carl Dickinson
10. Jake Gray 23. Tom James 20. Sessi D'Almeida
11. Jordan Green 13. Francois Zoko 25. Alex Dobre

Substitutes:
1. Stuart Nelson (GK) 5. Bevis Mugabi (88 mins for Francois Zoko) 7. Rhys Browne (72 mins for Alex Dobre) 9. Alex Fisher (83 mins for Jake Gray) 15. Gabriel Rogers 18. Yoann Arquin 30. Alefe Santos

Mansfield Town Bookings: Ryan Sweeney (foul, 45 mins), Matt Preston (foul, 56 mins). Red Card: Matt Preston (second bookable offence, 90 mins)

Yeovil Bookings: Francois Zoko (handball, 79 mins)

Mansfield Town Match Statistics: Possession: 52%; Shots: 19; Shots On Target: 9; Corners: 10; Fouls: 13.

Yeovil Match Statistics: Possession: 48%; Shots: 10; Shots On Target: 4; Corners: 2; Fouls: 12.

Referee: Carl Boyeson (East Yorkshire). Assistants: Peter Gooch (Lancashire) and Thomas Harty (West Midlands). Fourth Official: Joe Simpson (Manchester).

Attendance: 4,374 (with 132 Yeovil Town supporters)


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12 January 2019 : New First Team Coach In The Dugout Today
Yeovil Town had a new coach in the dugout for their League Two match against Mansfield Town on Saturday afternoon. He is 57 year old Neale Marmon, who was a defender that had a playing career that included Plymouth Argyle, Colchester United and Torquay United, but has spent much of his time out in Germany, playing and managing clubs in their lower tiers.

His last period in English football came during the 1989-90 and 1990-91 season that saw Colchester United drop out of the Football League, with him winning their Player Of the Year in the first of those two seasons, before becoming part of their squad that finished runners-up in the Conference during the following year.

Since then, he's been out of the country, with his management spells seeing him in charge of SV Elvbersberg, SC Preussen Munster and FC Kutzhof, with his most recent role that we're aware of seeing him looking after amateur side SG Schwemlingen/Tünsdorf/Ballern. He a qualified sports teacher as well as a physical therapist, and has historically lived in London and Merzig in Germany, although originally hails from Bournemouth.

At present there's no information as to whether there is any contract on the table for him, or whether this is just an ad-hoc favour for the short term. BBC Somerset journalist Chris Spittles has divulged Marmon's whereabouts at Field Mill today - he'll be in the dugout for the match.


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12 January 2019 : Team News For Mansfield Town vs Yeovil Town
Yeovil Town have named their starting line-up for this afternoon's League Two match against Mansfield Town at Field Mill. The match sees the Glovers name four changes to their starting line-up, compared to the game against Bury last Saturday. Defender Shaun Donnellan has left the club and his place is taken by Chelsea Under-21 defender Joshua Grant. Defender Bevis Mugabi drops to the bench, with Adel Gafaiti replacing him. Meanwhile Alex Fisher drops to the bench with AFC Bournemouth winger Alex Dobre. Alefe Santos drops to the bench.

Scunthorpe United striker Olufela Olomola has returned to his parent club at the end of his loan spell, and so he drops off the bench. Academy winger Gabriel Rogers is back from his injury problems.

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 is doing light jogging this week with a view to being back by the end of January. 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. selected.

The team this afternoon lines up as follows, with a wild guess on the formation - much will depend on where Tom James and Alex Dobre play, so do not treat this as a final formation!

Yeovil Town:
12. Nathan Baxter
21. Josh Grant 2. Adel Gafaiti 4. Gary Warren (Capt) 3. Carl Dickinson
10. Jake Gray 23. Tom James 20. Sessi D'Almeida
11. Jordan Green 13. Francois Zoko 25. Alex Dobre

Substitutes:
1. Stuart Nelson (GK) 5. Bevis Mugabi 7. Rhys Browne 9. Alex Fisher 15. Gabriel Rogers 18. Yoann Arquin 30. Alefe Santos

Way has spoken in the lead-up to the match about some of the dissent he has had from Glovers fans in recent weeks. He believes that he still has full support of the dressing room going into today's game:

"It's one of those things, and I've got to deal with it. I think the players are strong enough to deal with it. The players know what I am doing behind the scenes, because there are a lot of players that have probably worked for six or seven managers. So I've still got their respect, and as I've said as long as I've got the dressing room, that's probably the biggest thing right now. All I can ask for is that the supporters get behind the team."


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12 January 2019 : Officials For Mansfield Town vs Yeovil Town
Officials for the League Two match between Mansfield Town and Yeovil Town have been published by the Football League. The match takes place on Saturday 12th January 2019, with a 3.00p.m. kick-off at Field Mill. The man in charge of the fixture will be referee Carl Boyeson (East Yorkshire). Despite Mr Boyeson being a regular name on the circuit, our positions at opposite ends of the country means that our paths cross usually less than once per season.

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

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

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

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

During the 2016-17 season, Mr Boyeson took charge of our FA Cup First Round Replay against Solihull Moors. Whilst our team performance across the 120 minutes against the National League side was rather inept, he was involved in one of the game's key decisions on the night. The 99th minute decision to award Solihull a penalty during extra time for a Liam Shephard 'foul' on Omari Sterling-James looked dubious for those at the ground, and by the time we saw the video replay, it looked a bit of a laughable decision. It ensured the match went to penalty kicks, which saw us knocked out of the competition. Manager Darren Way didn't mince his words after the game, branding the decision as pathetic and weak - rather like the dive that Sterling-James took to get the spot kick.

The most recent meeting came in January 2017, in a League Two match against Blackpool at Bloomfield Road, just a couple of months after that FA Cup exit at Solihull. On the whole, we felt Mr Boyeson had a reasonable game, getting through the match with zero bookings and not too much incident. However, Darren Way thought entirely differently, spending the entire interview lambasting the match referee, and given he accused Boyeson of a lack of 'honesty' we thought he was a bit lucky the FA didn't pick up on what was said. Way accused the referee of 'almost giving Blackpool two goals' with one of those being a late equaliser:

"I tried to give the referee the benefit of the doubt today, after his Solihull performance. I feel let down, because there is no honesty as far as that referee is concerned. I just expected him to apologise or at least say something from the Solihull (penalty) decision, but then he goes and almost gives them two goals today. It was a handball when they attacked us on the first counter. Then there was the collision when Ryan Dickson had to be stretchered off where there was no yellow card - nothing. Then he gave handball when it wasn't handball for their free kick. I just expected him to turn up today and at least have an apology (following the Solihull game), because managers get sacked on the back of that and my team deserved better. I didn't think that he could be that bad again today, but he was."

Mr Boyeson will be assisted by Peter Gooch (Lancashire) and Thomas Harty (West Midlands). The Fourth Official will be Joe Simpson (Manchester).

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Link: Ciderspace Match Report : January 2017 : Blackpool 2 - 2 Yeovil Town.


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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.
Photo © 2003-19 Ciderspace



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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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