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29 February 2016 : Team Solent Unhappy With 'Shambles' Over Glovers Trialist
Yeovil Town's interest in Team Solent attacker Jesse Waller-Lassen appears to have cooled, with the Wessex League side expressing frustration at the end result. The former Tottenham Hotspur Academy player had trained with the Glovers first team, as well as playing in three trial matches over the past two months, but Waller-Lassen's first team manager James Taylor suggests that the way the outcome of the trial has been handled is a 'shambles', complaining that no-one from Huish Park has provided a definitive outcome.

Waller-Lassen is the top goalscorer for the Hampshire club, who are affiliated to Southampton Solent University in much the same way that Team Bath became the sporting brand name of Bath University. He was known to have scored in one of the trial games, but Taylor complains that he has made repeated phone calls to the Glovers, with no response back, and has told the Southampton Daily Echo that he felt his player deserved some feedback on his performances, even if the final answer was a negative one:

"It’s been a shambles, to be honest. I’ve phoned a few times, but they’ve not got back and it’s upset Jesse a bit now. A two-minute phone call just to give him some reasons one way or another would have been nice, but these clubs hold all the cards when it comes to young players."


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29 February 2016 : Brandon Goodship Talks About His First Professional Goal After Daggers Win
Following Saturday afternoon's 1-0 win against Dagenham and Redbridge at Victoria Road, Yeovil Town's on loan striker Brandon Goodship spoke to the BBC. With questions from local journalist Chris Spittles, in an interview for BBC Somerset, the AFC Bournemouth loanee talks about his first ever professional first team goal and what an experience that was for him.

Link: Brandon Goodship Speaks To The BBC After The 1-0 Win Against Dagenham.


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29 February 2016 : FA Cup Fifth Round Draw Gives Ladies Black Cats Challenge
Yeovil Town Ladies have been given a home draw in the Fifth Round of the Women's FA Cup. The Ladies will face Sunderland on home turf, after the draw was made by the Football Association at Plover Primary School in Doncaster today. This is a tough draw for the Ladies given that Sunderland finished in fourth place in FAWSL1 during the 2015 season, but gives them the challenge of playing against one of the best sides in the country.

The draw for the final sixteen of the competition reads as follows:

Birmingham City vs Arsenal
Doncaster Belles vs Chelsea
Brighton and Hove Albion vs Sporting Club Albion
Reading vs Millwall Lionesses
Yeovil Town vs Sunderland
Liverpool vs Manchester City
Notts County vs Durham
Aston Villa vs Everton

The provisional date for all Fifth Round fixtures is Sunday 20th March 2016. We'll confirm details of exactly when and where the game will be played once the Ladies have finalised arrangements.


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29 February 2016 : Darren Talks About Dagenham and Redbridge Team Selection
Just before Saturday afternoon's match kicked off against Dagenham and Redbridge at Victoria Road, Yeovil Town manager Darren Way spoke to the BBC. With questions from local journalist Chris Spittles, in an interview for BBC Somerset, Darren talks about the illness in the camp that affected Francois Zoko and Liam Walsh, and the subsequent decision to bring in Marc Laird. Read that interview via the link below.

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


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28 February 2016 : Ladies Spot On As Bristol City Knocked Out Of FA Cup
Yeovil Town Ladies won their way through to the Fifth Round of the FA Women's Cup for only the second time in the club's history today. They needed a penalty shoot-out against Bristol City Women to progress, as the match at the Stoke Gifford Stadium ended goalless after extra time, with the two FAWSL2 clubs deadlocked, giving an idea of how competitive they will be once the new league season starts.

The Glovers had two early penalty appeals turned down, with Annie Heatherson heading wide and Nadia Lawrence forcing a strong first half save. The second period found Atlanta Primus and Heatherson also getting into good positions but without the final finish. At the other end, Bristol forced Charlotte Haynes into an excellent save as the hosts threatened on the break in a one-v-one. In the closing stages, Sarah Wiltshire had a shot cleared off the line, meaning that the game went into extra time.

From there, Bristol had a goal ruled out for offside, whilst Natasha Knapman fired over the bar from close range, just minutes after she had been introduced as a late substitute. That meant that it went to spot kicks, and after the first pair had been scored with Atlanta Primus netting hers, there was then a series of crucial misses, including former Glover Corinne Yorston. That gave Yeovil the goal advantage they needed in the shoot-out, meaning that after Sarah Wiltshire and Helen Bleazard scored their spot kicks, Rosella Ayene's failed spot kick meant that Yeovil went through by a 3-2 scoreline, not needing to put forward their final penalty taker, with goalkeeper Charlotte Haynes deserving credit for her role in the shoot-out.

That puts the Glovers in the final sixteen of the competition - something they've only managed to achieve once before, back in 2009-10 - with the draw being made on Monday lunchtime by the Football Association. The entry of FAWSL1 clubs into the competition means that some juicy ties are possible, with Arsenal, Aston Villa, Brighton and Hove Albion, Birmingham City, Chelsea, Doncaster Rovers Belles, Durham, Everton, Liverpool, Manchester City, Millwall Lionesses, Notts County, Reading, Sunderland and Sporting Club Albion (West Bromwich Albion) left in the competition as possible opponents for Jamie Sherwood's side.

Final Score: Bristol City Women 0 Yeovil Town Ladies 0. (Yeovil Town win 3-2 on penalties after Extra Time).

Scorers: None.

Penalties: Hayley Ladd (1-0, Scored), Atlanta Primus (1-1, Scored), Corinne Yorston (1-1, MISSED), Lauren Townsend (1-1, MISSED), Grace McCatty (1-1, MISSED), Sarah Wiltshire (1-2, Scored), Millie Farrow (2-2, Scored), Helen Bleazard (2-3, Scored), Rosella Ayene (2-3, MISSED).

Yeovil Town Ladies: Charlotte Haynes, Nicola Cousins, Lauren Townsend, Ellie Curson, Short, Helen Bleazard, Sarah Wiltshire, Stephanie Williams, Annie Heatherson, Atlanta Primus, Nadia Lawrence

Substitutes: Ellis Hillman, Samantha Quayle (101 mins for Stephanie Williams), Natasha Knapman (117 mins for Nadia Lawrence), Emily Donovan (97 mins for Annie Heatherson).

Attendance: 436.


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28 February 2016 : Video : Dagenham and Redbridge vs Yeovil Town Match Highlights
For those who want to view match highlights from Saturday afternoon's League Two match against Dagenham and Redbridge, these are now online. As well as the goal from AFC Bournemouth loanee Brandon Goodship, you'll find a first half effort from the same player, as well as a Matt Dolan free kick that went just over. There's also a second half long range strike from Marc Laird that gets parried away. Watch via the video clip below.




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28 February 2016 : Darren Way's Verdict On The Dagenham and Redbridge Game
Following Saturday afternoon's 1-0 win over Dagenham and Redbridge at Victoria Road, Yeovil Town manager Darren Way spoke to the BBC. With questions from local journalist Chris Spittles, in an interview for BBC Somerset, Darren's thoughts on the victory can be read via the link below.

Link: Darren Way's Verdict On The Dagenham and Redbridge Game.


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27 February 2016 : Man of the Match Voting for Dagenham and Redbridge vs Yeovil Town
If you watched this afternoon's 1-0 win against Dagenham and Redbridge at Victoria Road, don't forget to cast your Man of the Match votes. Choose your top three players from the match, plus entertainment and performance ratings along with any other comments you want to make on the game, using the form below.

Link: Man of the Match Voting for Dagenham and Redbridge vs Yeovil Town.


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27 February 2016 : Darren Way: Players Adapted To Battle Conditions In Daggers Win
Yeovil Town manager Darren Way praised his players for showing that they could adapt their game, after they ground out a valuable 1-0 victory over Dagenham and Redbridge at Victoria Road this afternoon. In a match that took on a very different pattern to Tuesday night's end-to-end groundball passing against Plymouth Argyle at Huish Park, today's match was about midfield attrition, and in being able to deal with crosses into the box in an effective manner, with the game being won by AFC Bournemouth loanee Brandon Goodship's 50th minute goal.

Classy moves were hard to come by, as the two clubs, who started the day in the bottom three, battled in a typical relegation six pointer. Way told BBC Somerset that he had warned the players and the media in the run-up to the fixture that the match would involve a lot more direct football, with Dagenham throwing a lot of balls into the box, particularly in the first half. Way felt that his side had dealt with that situation well, despite the pressure that was riding on the game:

"It's not an easy place to come. I said to the press the other day that it would be a direct game, and they're dangerous with it. If you look at the final third entries, certainly in the first half, that we had to deal with, the boys had to deal with a bombardment of balls into the box and that's not easy to play against. It was hard to get our pattern of what we wanted to achieve, and it was two different games from the one that we had against Plymouth. I respect the players for dealing with that threat. Everyone was saying that was a six-pointer, and there was a lot of pressure on that game, which the players just responded with and dealt with."

The winning goal from Goodship came when a long free kick from Artur Krysiak saw Ryan Bird's aerial challenge fall into the path of Tahvon Campbell, whose headed knockdown set the Cherries loanee through on goal. He took the ball with great confidence and slotted home past the keeper from ten yards. Way praised the 21 year old for what was his first professional first team goal, but explained that he had to persuade both him and West Bromwich Albion striker Campbell to change their normal game in order to cope with the way things had panned out at Victoria Road on the day:

"He took his goal really well. It was fantastic. I was disappointed with the front three in the first half, because it was so important that they maintained possession when the ball went forward. Having said that, with Brandon (Goodship) and Tahvon (Campbell) it's not their main strength. But because it's that type of game, you have to deal with that, and it was important that we secured possession. So I sat them down and I explained it's not your perfect Under-21s game, but you've got to do a shift for the team, and they responded, certainly by that finish in the second half, so that was very good."


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27 February 2016 : Dagenham 0 Yeovil 1 : Goodship Strike Sinks Daggers
A single goal from AFC Bournemouth loanee Brandon Goodship was good enough to win this afternoon's relegation six-pointer at Victoria Road. An early second half strike from 10 yards out gave the striker his first professional goal, and it was a priceless one that lifted the Glovers nine points clear of their hosts, and three points clear of York City, who suffered a last minute defeat against Luton Town. Tahvon Campbell's headed knockdown into his path set up the goal, in a match that was at times scrappy and showed the high stakes resting on the game. Artur Krysiak didn't have to do too much though other than collect crosses, and the win lifts the Glovers up to 21st in the table as a result.

Illness struck in the Yeovil Town camp during the week, meaning that the squad that travelled up to East London lacked Everton loanee Liam Walsh and striker Francois Zoko. Their places in the side were taken by Marc Laird and Ryan Bird respectively, and with the likes of Jack Compton (hamstring) and Kevin Dawson (ankle) still not ready to return, that meant that the Glovers only had four substitutes to choose from. There was even a suspicion that one of them - Alex Lacey - was only there to make up the numbers, given that he did not participate in the pre-match warm-ups, with the first team squad cut right down to its bare bones.

The early stages of the game saw both sides struggle to create clear-cut chances, although there was a definite contrast of styles and formations that created a few issues for both sides. Dagenham's wing-back formation meant that Yeovil's 4-3-3 was giving them particular space down the channels, with Ryan Dickson in particular getting plenty of space to run in tandem up the left with Tahvon Campbell. In contrast, the home side were trying to get balls into the box from deep positions to put pressure on Yeovil's back line, but early on weren't very good at it! It didn't take too long before home manager John Still decided to alter his tactics and switch his side to a more balanced 4-4-2.

The other issue lay off the field, with problems in housing the large 626 Yeovil following in the away end, with part of the stand given over to home supporters, resulting in all seats being taken in the main part of the away end, and friction between stewards and fans, with the former not wanting people stood in the gangways, but with there being little room for them to go elsewhere. The end result was a bit of an uneasy impasse. Eventually, a spot of football broke out, turning attention back onto the field of play, with Brandon Goodship forcing a save out of Liam O'Brien. That was then followed by Matt Dolan's free kick, which curled superbly over the defensive wall, but also just over the crossbar.

Dagenham finally began to get into their stride, with Ryan Bird of all people having to put in a centre-half's block tackle on Dominic Hyam inside the box to stop a dangerous angled shot. Oliver Hawkins then broke through the Glovers defence from the left side, using clever ball control to slip past his marker, but fluffed his lines with a weak scuffed shot that Artur Krysiak easily saved. Dagenham's best spell of the game continued as Joe Worrall shot wide after a free kick had bobbled around the penalty box before it fell to the defender, but it went well wide. There was then another distracting moment involving a Dagenham steward in the away end, but on this occasion an unfortunate unavoidable one, as a fierce - but well wide - Oliver Hawkins shot ricocheted off the back of the steward's head, leaving them needing treatment from their colleagues - thankfully no apparent damage done.

The first half had overall been a scrappy one that typified a 24th vs 22nd encounter. Five minutes into the second period though, there was a moment of genuine quality that was to provide the most cruicial moment of the game. A long free kick taken by Artur Krysiak was challenged for by Ryan Bird, and when Tahvon Campbell nodded the ball down, it fell into the path of Brandon Goodship who was through on goal. He took it calmly and confidently and rolled a low shot past Liam O'Brien from ten yards out for the opening goal of the game and the first of his professional career.

At that point, the Glovers could have easily taken absolute control of the game - the goal seemed to hit Dagenham hard, and the reasons why they have not won a home match since last season began to become apparent as confidence drained from their side over a 15 minute period. Unfortunately for Yeovil, they couldn't carve out the chances, with their clever interplay down the flanks not quite being rewarded by the killer final ball. Marc Laird's shot outside the box was palmed away well by Liam O'Brien, whilst a Brandon Goodship effort went wide of the target.

Through a serious of substitutions, Dagenham did manage to level the game out during the final ten minutes to make things a little bit more nervy, although the home team seemed to lack the invention to get a goal throughout the afternoon - there were few moments in which Artur Krysiak was truly stretched, with one or two Dagenham late efforts on goal particularly woeful - one cleared the ground entirely, and probably would have cleared another half distance of football pitch before it landed. This was Dagenham's 400th regular season game in the Football League, but with Yeovil's victory today over their former non-league rivals leaving them now eight points short of safety, all the signs today were that they will only add 14 more games to that tally. For the Glovers, it would be foolish to assume that today's result ensures their survival - York City will have a lot to say about that - but it certainly put them into a position where they can feel confident about seeing off one of the two teams likely to head for the drop in May.

Link: 2015-16 Latest League Two Table.

Final Score: Dagenham and Redbridge 0 Yeovil Town 1.

Scorers: Brandon Goodship (0-1 mins, 50 mins).

Dagenham and Redbridge:
1. Liam O'Brien
2. Josh Passley 24. Joe Worrall 32. Justin Hoyte 26. Dominic Hyam 33. Joe Widdowson
4. Joss Labadie 14. Matt Richards 21. Oliver Muldoon
15. Oliver Hawkins 9. Matt McClure

Substitutes:
6. Clevid Dikamona 7. Jamie Cureton (63 mins for Matt McClure) 10. Ashley Chambers 12. Christian Doidge (71 mins for Oliver Hawkins) 17. Jodi Jones (52 mins for Matt Richards) 23. Ashley Hemmings 30. Mark Cousins

Yeovil Town:
1. Artur Krysiak
24. Connor Roberts 6. Jakub Sokolik 26. Darren Ward (Capt) 11. Ryan Dickson
8. Marc Laird 4. Matt Dolan 2. Ben Tozer
19. Brandon Goodship 9. Ryan Bird 16. Tahvon Campbell

Substitutes:
12. Chris Weale (GK) 18. Simon Gillett (90 mins for Marc Laird) 21. Alex Lacey 23. Harry Cornick (73 mins for Brandon Goodship)

Dagenham Bookings: None.

Yeovil Bookings: Marc Laird (89 mins, foul)

Dagenham Match Statistics: Possession: 50%; Shots: 14; Shots On Target: 3; Corners: 4; Fouls: 16.

Yeovil Match Statistics: Possession: 50%; Shots: 8; Shots On Target: 3; Corners: 2; Fouls: 17.

Referee: Trevor Kettle (Leicestershire). Assistants: Mark Pottage (Dorset) and Mark Howes (Birmingham). Fourth Official: Marc Wilson (Cambridgeshire).

Attendance: 2,942 (including 626 Yeovil fans).


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27 February 2016 : Team News For Dagenham and Redbridge vs Yeovil Town
Yeovil Town have named two changes to their starting eleven for the League Two match against Dagenham and Redbridge at Victoria Road this afternoon. Striker Francois Zoko and midfielder Liam Walsh miss out through illness, with Ryan Bird and Marc Laird drafted in to replace them.

Left-back Nathan Smith serves the last of a three match suspension. Midfielder Kevin Dawson continues to be absent with an ankle problem, whilst Jack Compton is out with a hamstring injury. Meanwhile the club's longer term injury list of Jordan Gibbons (hip injury), Omar Sowunmi (ankle) and Wes Fogden (unspecified injury) means that they continue to be absent.

The absentees mean we only have four players left on the substitutes bench. The full team for this afternoon's match reads as follows:

Yeovil Town:
1. Artur Krysiak
24. Connor Roberts 6. Jakub Sokolik 26. Darren Ward (Capt) 11. Ryan Dickson
8. Marc Laird 4. Matt Dolan 2. Ben Tozer
19. Brandon Goodship 9. Ryan Bird 16. Tahvon Campbell

Substitutes:
12. Chris Weale (GK) 18. Simon Gillett 21. Alex Lacey 23. Harry Cornick


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27 February 2016 : Christchurch Midfielder Given Yeovil Town Scholarship
Yeovil Town's Academy set-up have recruited another player for their scholarship scheme. Now approaching the end of their first season in their reincarnated form, various reports suggest that the club have been holding trials and recruiting players that will be put onto two year programmes that should see them enrolled next season into both college and football related activities. As well as receiving training from coaches at Huish Park, they would study for a BTEC Level Three qualification at Yeovil College over that period, whilst playing for the club's Under-18 side, at the end of which, as select number would hopefully be offered professional contracts - so far attacking midfielder Ollie Bassett has been the first player in the revamped Academy to be given a full pro deal.

Earlier this month, Torquay Academy pupil Callum Morton was unveiled as a new scholar for the coming two years, and he is now joined by Christchurch-based Brad Cherrett who is a midfielder who the Dorset side had signed up after his 16th birthday last month, intending to put him into their Under-18s side. They have since got him training with their first team who play in the Wessex League, and although he's not made a first team appearance for them yet, he's clearly getting noticed ahead of his year group. Christchurch first team manager Ollie Cherrett (who is unrelated to Brad) told the Bournemouth Echo that he had been intending to fasttrack him into his club's first team ranks until the Glovers came calling:

"He had been playing up an age group in the under-18s yet he still stood out. As a centre-midfielder, he has got everything. He is good in the air and has got pace and technical ability. Me and my assistant Chris Hart kept a close eye on him and we were excited for his future with us. We were hopeful that he would play a part in our run-in but then Yeovil came in. He was asked to go for a trial and from that he was offered a two-year scholarship."

When Brad arrives at Huish Park, he may do well to seek out Harry Cornick for career advice. Harry was the last Christchurch player to be signed up by a Football League club, and is currently enjoying a successful loan spell at Yeovil Town, whilst on loan from Premier League side AFC Bournemouth. The Cherries took Harry on as a professional whilst he was aged just 17, scoring eighteen goals in 41 appearances during the 2012-13 season, signing for Bournemouth in January 2013, with them agreeing to loan him back to Christchurch for the remainder of that season.


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26 February 2016 : Darren Way Previews The Dagenham and Redbridge Away Game
As part of the build-up to the League Two match against Dagenham and Redbridge at Victoria Road, Yeovil Town manager Darren Way spoke to the BBC. With questions from BBC Somerset reporter Dan Albutt, Darren talks about his latest loan recruit Brandon Goodship and how the AFC Bournemouth striker is settling in, and also outlines his approach to this weekend's rather large six-pointer. Read that interview via the link below.

Link: Darren Way Previews The Dagenham and Redbridge Away Game.


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26 February 2016 : Ticketing For Bristol Rovers vs Yeovil Town
Advance tickets for Yeovil Town's League Two match against Bristol Rovers will go on sale next week from the Huish Park Ticket Office. The match will take place at the Memorial Stadium on Saturday 16th April 2016, with a 3.00p.m. kick-off.

This is an ALL TICKET game for Yeovil Town supporters therefore tickets MUST be purchased in advance. There will be no on the day sales. The Glovers have been given an allocation of 279 seats and 1,000 terrace spaces.

Ticket prices are as follows:

Seating:
Adults: £23.00; Aged 16-21: £19.00; Aged Under16 and Over-65: £14.00.

Terracing:
Adults: £20.00; Aged 16-21: £16.00; Aged Under16 and Over-65: £12.00.

Ambulant disabled tickets will cost £13.00 for adults and seniors, with Under-16s charged £9.00.

Tickets will go on sale to Season Ticket Holders ONLY on Monday 29th February and remain on sale until Friday 18th March. Sales will be limited to two tickets per person.

Tickets will go on General Sale from Monday 21st March. Limits and any other arrangements will be announced depending on how the sales have progressed.

Link: Ticketing For Dagenham and Redbridge vs Yeovil Town.

Link: GWSC Travel For Dagenham and Redbridge vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Ciderspace Guide to Dagenham and Redbridge.

Link: Ticketing For Mansfield Town vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Ticketing For Stevenage vs Yeovil Town.


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26 February 2016 : Final Advance Ticket Sales For Daggers Trip Plus Tube Travel Warning
Yeovil Town supporters heading up to Dagenham and Redbridge tomorrow should note that the London Underground network is likely to be very busy just before kick-off at Victoria Road. The Premier League clash between West Ham United and Sunderland kicks off at 12.45p.m. at Upton Park, and anyone travelling into the Dagenham game via the District Line should note that takes you through the West Ham and Upton Park tube stops.

Given that, we'd expect the District Line to be very busy around lunchtime, leading up to the 12.45p.m. kick-off, so if you're travelling into the Dagenham area around that time, expect the tubes to be particularly packed. Similarly, if you're planning on making a late dash to Victoria Road just before our game kicks off, then be aware that the West Ham fixture will end around 2.30p.m. and so expect the tubes to fill up shortly after that point - you should make sure that you're safely beyond the Upton Park stop before then.

Final advance ticket sales for the match from the Huish Park Ticket Office saw 590 tickets sold for the game. That means that there will be only 179 tickets on sale from the Victoria Road end for anyone making a late decision to attend the fixture. Bear that in mind if you are heading up to the game without a ticket.

Link: Ciderspace Guide to Dagenham and Redbridge.


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26 February 2016 : Ciderspace Guide To Dagenham and Redbridge
Tomorrow afternoon sees Yeovil Town make the trip to Dagenham and Redbridge's Victoria Road. This is a familiar venue for fans who followed the Glovers during our non-league days, but we've only done one trip there since we entered the Football League. For those heading to Essex, the Ciderspace guide gives you directions, ticketing, pub guides, statistics, past meetings and other stuff. Find it via the link below.

Link: Ciderspace Guide To Dagenham and Redbridge.

The Pondfield Road Stand at Victoria Road
The Pondfield Road Stand at Victoria Road
Photo © 2013 Gibbo's 92



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26 February 2016 : Officials For Dagenham and Redbridge vs Yeovil Town
Officials for Saturday's League Two match between Dagenham and Redbridge and Yeovil Town have been set by the Football League. The match takes place at Victoria Road on Saturday 27th February 2016, with a 3.00p.m. kick-off. The man in charge of the fixture will be your friend and our friend - the one and only - Mr Trevor Kettle (Leicestershire).

If you don't know who Our Trev is, then where have you been? His name has been legendary amongst Glovers fans for over a decade - whether it's referring to him as "the Whistling Kettle" in games, or whether it's sending out cat-calls to other referees, enquiring "Are you Kettle in disguise?" at any duff decision. His reputation has grown over the years, and we're not the only football club who knows of his legendary status.

Going back eleven 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. Presumably he believes this is 'imposing' himself, but as far as fans are concerned we don't pay good money for the pleasure of watching strutting, whistling and gesticulating from the official, we pay to watch a game of football. It wasn't too long before the inevitable nickname of the Whistling Kettle became lodged in supporters minds, and it would be hard for us to forget such an obvious name.

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.

When in the middle his performances had improved over the intervening years, and he was hardly noticeable in games at Huish Park against the likes of Blackpool and Chesterfield and more recently Port Vale, or away at St Mary's in the League Cup. 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.

And 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 - a sort of a Graham Poll incident only with just the one yellow being involved.

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, everything went a bit crazy.

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. 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.

We were then serenaded by our One True Love on Valentines Day 2012, 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 annoying the players and fans, 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."

Mr Kettle will be aided and abetted by the rather less famous Mark Pottage (Dorset) and Mark Howes (Birmingham). The Fourth Official will be Marc Wilson (Cambridgeshire).

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 Readng 1.


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25 February 2016 : Fry Not Actively Looking To Sell The Club - But Will Still Consider Credible Offers
Yeovil Town Chairman John Fry has provided further clarity in terms of his current position as co-owner of the Football Club. Along with Norman Hayward, who is thought by many fans to be the primary stakeholder in the Huish Park Stadium Partnership holding company, the pair have held a 92 percent stake in the club since Hayward became part of that holding company's set-up in July 2007, with Fry having launched the company just over a year previously.

Recent press speculation claimed that Fry was actively looking to sell his stake in the football club, after he said that he would 'consider' any 'serious offers' for the club. The Chairman has now issued a statement, around wider topics, confirming that himself and Hayward are 'not actively looking' to sell the club, but would 'consider' any 'credible offer' - consistent with his previous words but shutting down suggestions that he had proactively put the club up for sale. Fry explained:

"My vice chairman, Norman Hayward and myself, are not actively looking to sell the Club or our shares. However, we are not getting any younger, so any credible offer would be seriously considered by the major shareholders and my directors. In the meantime, after 23 years of being the main custodians of the Yeovil Town businesses, both me and Mr Hayward will continue to commit our full support and direct the club towards another exciting and successful period in our great history."

Fry explained that some of his thinking stemmed from recent news that League Two side Bristol Rovers had been taken over by Jordanian owners, whilst Crawley Town are on the edge of changing hands to a Turkish investor. The Chairman said that it would be in the club's wider interests to listen to such investors if they came knocking at the door, but stopped short of suggesting that he had anyone lined up from that point of view:

"I was interested to read about the sale of Bristol Rovers to a billionaire Jordanian. I have been asked many times: Could this happen to Yeovil Town? Well, the recent changes of ownership at Bristol Rovers and Crawley Town, highlight the need for Yeovil Town to be in a position of strength, when the right person or persons come knocking on the door at Huish Park. It is the dream of most football club directors to find an extremely wealthy individual to put money into their club. We are no different. If we are to regain our prominence as a professional football club in the South West region, we are going to need substantial investments in our Yeovil Town businesses. Such a development will require finding an investor with the means and commitment to achieve our mission goals. It is therefore important for me and my directors to consider offers that are in the best interests of the club's future."

Away from the issue of club ownership, Mr Fry gave praise to current first team manager Darren Way, who took over the reins from Paul Sturrock at the start of December. Although the club still have fifteen games to go to preserve their Football League status, Fry was full of praise for his new manager, describing him as showing 'inspirational leadership' since he became the club's new manager:

"We have found an extraordinary manager in Darren Way, and irrespective of our position in the League, everyone at Huish Park has found a new lease of life, and is responding to Darren's inspirational leadership. I feel we are slowly but surely returning to winning ways. Your support, both home and away, has been fantastic, and on behalf of my Directors, I would like to thank each and every one of you for continuing to back our great club during this difficult rebuilding period."


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25 February 2016 : Darren Talks About Plymouth Home Team Selection
Just before Tuesday night's match against Plymouth Argyle kicked off at Huish Park, Yeovil Town manager Darren Way spoke to the BBC about the game. With questions from local journalist Chris Spittles, in an interview for BBC Somerset, Darren talks about his decision to swap AFC Bournemouth loan pair Brandon Goodship and Harry Cornick around in the squad, and also how he prepared his side for the midweek fixture, so soon after the weekend home game against Portsmouth. Read that interview via the link below.

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


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24 February 2016 : Video : Yeovil Town vs Plymouth Argyle Match Highlights
For those who want to view the match highlights of last night's 0-0 draw against Plymouth Argyle at Huish Park, these are now available online. You'll find a first half Brandon Goodship effort that is blocked after Francois Zoko set him up, along with a second half Ryan Bird header that loops over the bar as being two of our key attempts during the game. Watch it via the video clip below.




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24 February 2016 : Walsh Given Midweek Team Nomination By Football League
The Football League have produced a 'midweek' version of their usually weekly list of eleven players who have stood out across the divisions. One of the problems of their more usual weekend publishing of the Team of the Week is that with it being published on a Monday, it overlooks midweek performances. So on this occasion we have a 'Football League Team of Midweek' and Everton loanee Liam Walsh has been nominated for his performance in the 0-0 draw against Plymouth Argyle.

Walsh also got the nod from the Match Sponsors at Huish Park on Tuesday night, and the Football League said of his performance:

"Walsh produced a Man of the Match performance when Yeovil earned a fantastic draw with high-flying Plymouth Argyle. The 18-year-old belied his years with an all-action display in the centre of the park, helping the Glovers to a point which took them out of the Sky Bet League 2 relegation zone."

He has now picked up three Match Sponsors awards in Yeovil Town home matches, and the 18 year old is listed amongst the following eleven players:

Goalkeeper: Jamie Stephens (Barnet)
Defender: Andrew Robertson (Hull City)
Defender: Paul Robinson (AFC Wimbledon)
Defender: Ashley Eastham (Rochdale)
Defender: Cameron Dummigan (Oldham Athletic)
Midfielder: John Swift (Brentford)
Midfielder: Liam Walsh (Yeovil Town)
Midfielder: Rommy Boco (Accrington Stanley)
Midfielder: Gaston Ramirez (Middlesbrough)
Forward: Jordan Bowery (Oxford United)
Forward: Tomer Hemed (Brighton & Hove Albion)

Manager: John Sheridan (Oldham Athletic)


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24 February 2016 : Glovers Chairman Talks Of Planning Applications And Company Structures
Yeovil Town Chairman John Fry has given his views on a number of topics relating to the club's long-standing set of planning applications, along with the associated company structures that have been put in place. Yeovil Town's ambitions to improve its stadium facilities and sell or lease land around Huish Park will hit their five year anniversary next month, although the roots of such plans are now approaching ten years.

In addition, nearly six years ago, Yeovil Town split their 'football' operations from their 'property assets', creating the Yeovil Town Holdings Ltd company that now acts as a parent organisation owning the original Yeovil Football And Athletic Club Limited company (which is the official company name of what we know as Yeovil Town Football Club).

Back in June 2000, the club explained the motive behind the company split was to make it easier for external investors to do business with Yeovil Town, indicating that those 'property assets' needed to be separated from the 'football' side: "The recent and current economic climate has made it considerably more challenging to secure the necessary interest in any potential club developments, and the professional advice received has indicated that it will be significantly easier to attract the appropriate investment if our property assets are separated from the football club."

This was later reconfirmed in March 2014 as part of a set of questions and answers that were provided to both fans and South Somerset District Council, with the club's viewpoint still centring on the need to provide security and stability for investors in the Huish Park land, explaining: "as financial performance relied solely on football results, there was no stability in the business and therefore no security for the property/land or investor loans. The single structure model was ineffective for the business and operational needs of a modern day Football Club". A later answer indicated that it was "to protect any future investor involved with the development of the freehold land, this (Huish Park land) has been transferred to the ownership of the parent Company Yeovil Town Holdings Ltd".

Fast-forward to the present day, and Mr Fry has been speaking to the Western Gazette and he implies that the company split was done to comply with Football Association and Football League rules, with no mention of the need to satisfy any outside parties looking to invest in the land. He has told the paper:

"This (company split) was done to bring the club's shareholding arrangement and operating structure in line with the demands of football in the 21st century. To do this and to be compliant with the FA/Football League rules, the club directors engaged York-based solicitors Denison Till to undertake the task of legally transferring like-for-like YTFC shares to a new company (Yeovil Town Holdings Ltd). Once this was completed it enabled the shareholders and directors of YTFC to set up a structure of independent subsidiaries to focus on and expand the Yeovil Town Brand."

The mention of 'independent subsidiaries' refers to the club's Academy and Community Sports Trust set-ups, although it's worth noting that the set-up of these companies actually pre-date the company split, rather than being created as a consequence of it. The Academy company was set up in July 2009 (as the Centre of Excellence), whilst the Community Sports Trust came into existence in February 2008. With the former receiving grants from the FA, and the latter carrying charitable status, these two companies do have to have fully segregated operations, to stop football clubs siphoning off funds and grants intended for youth development and community engagement into their main footballing activities. However, we're not aware of the FA or Football League mandating clubs to separate their 'football' and 'property' activities.

Fry has said that as things currently stand, all Huish Park land is still within the control of the various Yeovil Town group companies, and that despite the interest in the land surrounding the stadium that no transaction has been undertaken as yet:

"As yet no land has been sold off outside of the Yeovil Town Group of companies. YTFC Ltd owns the stadium and the 4.6 acres of the 999-year leasehold land and Yeovil Town Holdings Ltd owns the 15 acres of freehold land which is tied in with the stadium development."

The total size of the land at Huish Park is generally quoted as being in the region of 26 acres. The 4.6 acres referenced above relate to land running parallel with Western Avenue providing the lower level of the East (Screwfix) Stand car park, running up through the furthest of the two training pitches. The freehold of this land is owned by South Somerset District Council, with the club having a long term leasehold agreement to use it. With the exception of this, and the stadium itself, all other land at Huish Park is now owned by the Yeovil Town Holdings company. It's not clear whether each company has had an asset valuation adjustment at any time to reflect the transfer of value.

The Glovers Chairman has reiterated his views that the club's current income is insufficient to sustain Football League status. This was a warning issued by the club back in February 2014, where the club's Three Year Strategic Plan warned that "Failure to succeed with (the January 2012) planning application which will allow for the development of the stadium site will consign the Club to play in the lower leagues and possibly return to Non-League football". That was whilst the club were in the Championship division, and having since headed dangerously close to the foot of League Two, Fry maintains that it is not possible for the club to remain at even fourth tier football with its current income streams:

"Our turnover of the YTFC business for League Two is inadequate to provide for the right level of financial support to sustain the future of the club in the Football League. Our gate receipts for home games at Huish Park do not create sufficient revenues to cover the cost of running a League Two football squad, as well as an effective off field operation. We therefore need much bigger revenue streams from our resources. We need to increase the turnover of YTFC Ltd by the provision of new matchday resources. This will substantially increase the secondary spend of our supporters, which in turn will increase the first team squad budget to maintain our Football League status."

Fry also speaks of the role of the 'Stadium Licencing Authority', which is almost certainly referring to the Sports Grounds Safety Authority - a public body funded by the Department for Culture, Media and Sport, and formerly known as the Football Licensing Authority. The roots of this body are to grant sports associations the licence to open their grounds at a given capacity, with the roots of that body's formation coming out of the Hillsborough stadium disaster. Fry claims that the safety body is also relevant in terms of why the non-stadium land was moved out to the Holding Company saying the split has been done:

"To raise essential capital to enable the football and community aims of the Yeovil Town Group of companies to be developed and achieved within an acceptable timescale, to fund and provide a much higher standard of supporter and football resource for our supporters and players and to enable YTFC to comply with the Football League's stadium criteria. The Stadium Licencing Authority requirements for a League One/Championship club are to regenerate and make seven-day use of the stadium and site, most of which is currently run down in appearance and expensive to maintain."

The Chairman is also asked whether all of the money from the sale of land to retail park developers would go to the football club itself. He states that 'loan agreements' would need to be repaid prior to any actual development of stadium facilities, although it's not clear what loans or costs the club would incur under those circumstances:

"Obviously the cost of the development and the repayment of any loan agreements would have to be deducted from this. As a football club there is no way the YTFC business could raise the initial investment required to either plan or implement the Huish Park Stadium development strategy, or provide security for any investor, or guarantee completion of the project. This is a fact. Most football clubs have that problem, as it is extremely difficult to provide the security for the repayment of loans or the completion of any work involving the stadium. This is a very complex development, however, I can assure our supporters at every stage the club's assets are being protected by decisions taken by the YTFC board of directors. It is important to note that no YTFC money has, or will, be used during the planning and development stage."

The last point has been made by Mr Fry or the club on a number of occasions recently. However, given there are costs associated with the production of planning applications - both in terms of fees payable to the Council, and in terms of the material produced to support it, it is not clear who is funding the application, and what their motive is in providing those funds to support the club's application.

There is no update provided in terms of the latest status of the current planning application, or when it is likely to be heard. The Gazette had previously speculated that it had a hard deadline of March 31st 2016, but our reading of the situation was that this was merely an Extension of Time for the planning process. At present, there is no sign of the application having moved since SSDC provided the club with a letter detailing issues with the application, dating from September 2015.


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24 February 2016 : Dagenham and Redbridge Ticketing Update
Yeovil Town supporters planning to travel to Saturday's League Two match against Dagenham and Redbridge are reminded that there are significant price differences between tickets bought in advance and those bought on the day. The match takes place on Saturday 27th February 2016, with a 3.00p.m. kick-off at Victoria Road and tickets are now on sale from the Huish Park Ticket Office.

The match coincides with Dagenham's Daggers Against Racism day, with ticket prices set at a low rate but only if you purchase in advance. Given the pre-match and on-the-day rates differ by as much as £12.00 for certain rates, we'd strongly recommend that you purchase in advance of the game.

The other reason for purchasing in advance is the availability of tickets. The Huish Park Ticket Office was given an allocation of 769 tickets. As of Wednesday lunchtime, they had sold 466 tickets, meaning that there are only 303 tickets left on sale. If you choose to purchase on the day of the game, you travel at your own risk - by the time we reach Saturday, ticket supplies on the day at Victoria Road may be limited.

Tickets remain on sale from Huish Park until 3.00p.m. on Friday. Give them a call on 01935-847888 or visit in person. If you live a distance from Yeovil, they can take payment over the phone and leave tickets for collection on the day from Victoria Park.

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

Link: Ticketing For Dagenham and Redbridge vs Yeovil Town.

Link: GWSC Travel For Dagenham and Redbridge vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Ticketing For Mansfield Town vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Ticketing For Stevenage vs Yeovil Town.


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24 February 2016 : Darren Way's Verdict On The Plymouth Argyle Home Game
Following Tuesday night's home match against Plymouth Argyle at Huish Park, Yeovil Town manager Darren Way spoke to the BBC. With questions from local journalist Chris Spittles, in an interview for BBC Somerset, Darren's thoughts on the team performance and the challenge of Dagenham and Redbridge on Saturday can be read via the link below.

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


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23 February 2016 : Man of the Match Voting for Yeovil Town vs Plymouth Argyle
If you watched this evening's 0-0 draw against Plymouth Argyle 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 Plymouth Argyle.


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23 February 2016 : Darren Way: I've Not Seen A Performance Like That For A Long Time
Yeovil Town manager Darren Way praised his players for putting in a powerful performance tonight, after they drew 0-0 against second-placed Plymouth Argyle at Huish Park. The point gained was the club's second draw against top seven opposition inside three days, with the club having given a similar account of themselves during Saturday's 1-1 draw against Portsmouth. Those two points slowly lifted them out of the relegation zone and above York City on goal difference after the Minstermen lost 1-2 at home to top side Northampton Town at Bootham Crescent.

With Tuesday night's match against the Pilgrims having come so quickly after the Portsmouth result, the inevitable worry had been that the Glovers might run out of steam once they reached their second big game of a busy week, but if anything they seemed to raise the intensity of their play even higher with tonight's high tempo performance and although they couldn't get any goals out of the evening, Way told BBC Somerset that it had been a long time since he'd seen a performance like that involving a Yeovil Town side based on what he saw during the first half, in which they put the Pilgrims on the back foot:

"I said to them that I wanted a powerful performance, and I used powerful words. Then powerful people do powerful things. That's what you saw tonight from good powerful players. I've not seen a display like that from a Yeovil team for a very very long time. It's important that I said to them what the strategy was, and that we got that right. It's mad now, because obviously when you look at teams like Plymouth, they know everything about us. I think that towards the end there, we'd got another team shaping up to match us. They're putting in a real good shift for the football club. I think that we've come out of the relegation zone tonight, so to do that against a really good team, off the back of Portsmouth as well, and to play with that intensity for two games on the spin is fantastic. Players have got to take big big credit for that.

Perhaps inevitably, Plymouth did come back into the match more strongly during the second period, in a much more even contest. But even then, Way said that he was surprised that the Devon side had adapted to a much longer ball game than he had seen them play in other games, and felt that was a reflection of the way his own team had snuffed them out during the first period of the match:

"I've not seen a Plymouth team play back-to-front but obviously they were trying to isolate our two centre-halves, so we had to deal with those direct balls, and I thought they did that and the lads dealt with everything that was thrown at them. I think there were one or two key decisions that didn't go our way but that always seems to be the case when you're down there. But there were a lot of positives to take from the Portsmouth game and the Plymouth game. It was fantastic. What a great opportunity for players to ply their trade at this football club at the moment, with the pressure that's on them as well."


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23 February 2016 : Yeovil 0 Plymouth 0 : High Octane Draw Lifts Glovers Above The Line
Yeovil Town had to settle for a goalless draw against high-flying Plymouth Argyle tonight, but once again found themselves matching more illustrious opposition on home turf. The Glovers may be struggling at the wrong end of League Two, but like Saturday's game against Portsmouth, they did more than enough to scare their promotion-chasing opponents, dominating a high-octane first half that saw chances for Brandon Goodship and Tahvon Campbell go wide of the target. Argyle came back into the match after the break to turn the second period into a more even nervy encounter, but despite that Yeovil carved out enough chances, with Goodship's shot saved by Luke McCormick probably the pick of the bunch as he was denied from close range. Both teams had to settle for a point - a draw that puts Yeovil above the relegation line on goal difference after York City lost at home to Northampton Town.

The Glovers went into the match making just one change to their starting line-up and it was a straight swap of two AFC Bournemouth loanees. Harry Cornick had been slightly under the weather with an illness between the Saturday and Tuesday games, and so he dropped out with Brandon Goodship replacing him to get his first ever Football League start. On the opposition teamsheet, former Glovers striker Reuben Reid took his place, but for the second meeting between the two clubs, he had to settle for a place on the bench, having struggled to grab a starting point in Argyle's in-form team.

The game got off to an absolute flyer. On occasions this season, Yeovil Town have been found guilty of sluggish starts that have set the tone of the game, but on this occasion the opposite was true as they attacked Argyle at a frantic pace. Brandon Goodship, making his first start as a professional first team player, had one shot blocked and another sent wide early on, whilst Matt Dolan saw another attempt blocked by the legs of an Argyle defender. It took nearly 20 minutes for Argyle to find their feet as Ryan Brunt's knockdown into the path of Graham Carey saw their first shot go wide of the target.

With Everton loanee Liam Walsh pulling the strings in midfield, Argyle looked anything but promotion contenders before the break, and the 18 year old set up another one of the loan pack, with Baggies striker Tahvon Campbell getting through but with the eventual effort going wide of goal. This was probably the main criticism of the overall 45 minutes, in that for all of the fluent play and interchange between the players, and the number of times the Plymouth defence got stretched, that the final shot didn't do enough to worry Luke McCormick once they got inside the penalty box.

Argyle had picked up a couple of bookings in the lead-up to the break as their desperation in stopping the Glovers runs turned to more illegal ways and methods. Jordon Forster had endured a particularly torrid half, and he was replaced at the break by right-back Kelvin Mellor. Perhaps the Glovers hadn't read the tactical change too well, as Mellor ghosted in and nearly scored within a minute of his appearance onto the pitch. This gave Plymouth their strongest period of the game, as for a fifteen minute spell they held the upper hand, and the fear was this might turn into the proverbial game of two halves.

Ryan Bird was brought on for better aerial prescence up front, replacing Tahvon Campbell and seeing Francois Zoko occupy one of the wider forward positions. On the hour mark, Brandon Goodship almost got in as he anticipated a poor back header by an Argyle defender, but Luke McCormick saved well from close range and Goodship couldn't dig out the rebound. Then Bird headed over the bar from a Connor Roberts cross and that began to restore some balance to the second half.

During the closing stages, there was a spot of stupidity as two Argyle supporters threw coloured smoke devices onto the pitch, leading to a lengthy delay that was ultimately responsible for much of the six minutes of injury time, as Artur Krysiak had to temporarily leave his own goal area to steer himself clear of the smoke at that end. When play restarted, it didn't really help the momentum of the game, although with two minutes to go, Krysiak was forced into one of his few saves of the game with a looping header that he pushed over the bar. At the other end Jakub Sokolik was the surprise recipient of a loose ball from a free kick but his shot went wide, and that meant both sides had to settle for a point each. In truth although there was much excitement in a fast-pace game, both goalkeepers weren't as tested as they probably should have been from the open play. That will probably please Darren Way more than Derek Adams, particularly as it helped his side climb above the relegation zone in the process, on the back of two points from two games they might not have expected too much from leading into the weekend just gone.

Link: 2015-16 Latest League Two Table.

Final Score: Yeovil Town 0 Plymouth Argyle 0.

Scorers: None.

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

Substitutes:
12. Chris Weale (GK) 8. Marc Laird 9. Ryan Bird (59 mins for Tahvon Campbell) 18. Simon Gillett (90 mins for Liam Walsh) 21. Alex Lacey 23. Harry Cornick (79 mins for Brandon Goodship)

Plymouth Argyle:
23. Luke McCormick
28. Jordon Forster 6. Peter Hartley 5. Curtis Nelson 3. Gary Sawyer
4. Carl McHugh 26. Oscar Threlkeld
14. Jake Jervis 10. Graham Carey 11. Gregg Wylde
17. Ryan Brunt

Substitutes:
2. Kelvin Mellor (46 mins for Jordon Forster) 7. Daniel Nardiello 8. Josh Simpson 9. Reuben Reid (65 mins for Gregg Wylde) 16. Ben Purrington 21. James Bittner 27. Craig Tanner

Yeovil Bookings: Matt Dolan (foul, 50 mins), Tahvon Campbell (foul, 51 mins), Connor Roberts (foul, 75 mins)

Plymouth Bookings: Curtis Nelson (foul, 34 mins), Jordon Forster (foul, 37 mins), Peter Hartley (foul, 73 mins)

Yeovil Match Statistics: Possession: 52%; Shots: 8; Shots On Target: 3; Corners: 8; Fouls: 13.

Plymouth Match Statistics: Possession: 48%; Shots: 10; Shots On Target: 3; Corners: 4; Fouls: 14.

Referee: Lee Collins (Surrey). Assistants: Steven Plane (Worcestershire) and John Law (Worcestershire). Fourth Official: Adam Matthews (Gloucestershire).

Attendance: 5,788 (with 2,133 Plymouth supporters).


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23 February 2016 : Team News For Yeovil Town vs Plymouth Argyle
Yeovil Town have named one change to their starting eleven for the League Two match against Plymouth Argyle at Huish Park this evening. It's a case of one AFC Bournemouth loanee in, and one AFC Bournemouth loanee out, as Brandon Goodship gets his full debut for the club, having come on as a substitute on Saturday. He replaces Harry Cornick who drops to the bench.

Left-back Nathan Smith serves the second of a three match suspension. Midfielder Kevin Dawson continues to be absent with an ankle problem, whilst Jack Compton is out with a hamstring injury. Meanwhile the club's longer term injury list of Jordan Gibbons (hip injury), Omar Sowunmi (ankle) and Wes Fogden (unspecified injury) means that they continue to be absent.

Otherwise it's the same squad of seventeen players, with only six substitutes named once again. The full team for this evening's match reads as follows:

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

Substitutes:
12. Chris Weale (GK) 8. Marc Laird 9. Ryan Bird 18. Simon Gillett 21. Alex Lacey 23. Harry Cornick

Plymouth Argyle:
23. Luke McCormick
28. Jordon Forster 6. Peter Hartley 5. Curtis Nelson 3. Gary Sawyer
4. Carl McHugh 26. Oscar Threlkeld
14. Jake Jervis 10. Graham Carey 11. Gregg Wylde
17. Ryan Brunt

Substitutes:
2. Kelvin Mellor 7. Daniel Nardiello 8. Josh Simpson 9. Reuben Reid 16. Ben Purrington 21. James Bittner 27. Craig Tanner


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23 February 2016 : Darren Previews The Rearranged Plymouth Home Game
As part of the build-up to this evening's League Two home match against Plymouth Argyle at Huish Park, Yeovil Town manager Darren Way spoke to the BBC. With questions from BBC Somerset reporter Ed Hadwin, Darren talks about the opposition, and also gives an insight into his recruitment methods that have brought him loan deals from Everton and AFC Bournemouth in recent weeks. Read that interview via the link below.

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


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23 February 2016 : Way Hoping To Reproduce Pompey Performance For Pilgrims Visit
Yeovil Town manager Darren Way has said that he wants Saturday's performance against Portsmouth to be continued when Plymouth Argyle come to Huish Park tonight. The Glovers have ended up hosting two games in quick succession against two of the larger teams in League Two, with both gunning for promotion as top seven sides.

If anything, Argyle should present the tougher of the pair, with them currently occupying an automatic promotion position, although they will be wary of the fact that fourth placed Accrington Stanley have two games in hand that could put them under pressure if the Pilgrims start getting a few bad results.

Way's team gained a battling result on Saturday when they picked up a 1-1 draw against Pompey that kept them stuck in 23rd place in the League Table, but moved them a point closer to relegation rivals York City, with most sides around the bottom losing on the weekend. As such, the Yeovil boss said that he was more than happy with the draw that his side did pick up, rather than being disappointed that they could not grab all three against ten-man Pompey:

"We were over the moon. It was a performance where you can look at it against a good Portsmouth team. We're still undefeated at home and there's still a lot of positives that we can take out of Saturday, that's for sure. The environment around the camp at the moment is fantastic, so we want to make sure we can continue that, and we're looking forward to the next challenge against Plymouth. So it's very good."

In two of the club's last three matches, the Glovers have gone 1-0 up, only to find themselves having to settle for a point, where the opposition have quickly equalised and that included Saturday's match against Pompey. However, Way felt that it was a positive thing that his side were going a goal up, rather than being the side that went a goal down:

"We're looking like we're going 1-0 up. I don't think that it's a matter of us going a goal down now. It's actually looking like we're the team that are putting other teams on the back foot. With every manager that I've spoken to, we've posed the majority of those teams their biggest challenge. That's credit to the players."

Against a 2016 playing record of three wins, two draws and two defeats, the Glovers have been establishing an improved set of results, even if during the last three matches they haven't secured a victory. Way said that despite the improvement, he was still looking for ways to improve his squad, and the way the existing players approached the game, and cited teams like Leicester City and Tottenham Hotspur as providing the blueprint of how he wanted his sides to be playing:

"There's always something there to improve. I brought the boy Liam Walsh in from Everton, and he's like a high powered sports car. Those are the players that I'm looking for. In football nowadays you've got to be able to recruit. You've only got to look at Leicester and look at Tottenham - they can all press when they're out of possession and their intensity to work is phenomenal and that's what I want from my team - the intensity to work at high volumes and high fitness levels throughout 90 minutes."

One of his key signings of 2016 has been the youngest, with 18 year old Liam Walsh coming in from Everton on loan. The midfielder has gradually attracted rave reviews and a number of Man of the Match performances. Way admitted that sometimes he was having to rely upon the word of other managers and contacts within the game as to what sort of players were out there and whether they would be good for his team or not, but felt that he had a good relationship with Toffees boss Roberto Martinez - once Way's boss at Swansea City - and felt that there was a lot of trust there between them:

"The key to it is that you've got to be able to trust people. You can imagine it, with no disrespect, that I'm trying to be manager of Yeovil, but it's also impossible to travel the country every week to watch these players. So someone has got to give you that advice and it has to be the right advice because it can make a big big impact on your team. Liam Walsh is a prime example of my contact with Roberto Martinez, in that he's allowed me to make sure that I've found the right player, that's for sure."


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23 February 2016 : Officials For The Rearranged Yeovil Town vs Plymouth Argyle Game
Officials for the League Two match between Yeovil Town and Plymouth Argyle have been published by the Football League. The match takes place on Tuesday 23rd February 2016 (tonight) at Huish Park, with a 7.45p.m. kick-off. The man in charge of the fixture will be referee Lee Collins (Surrey). He was the official in charge of proceedings when the game was called off earlier this month, and so is making a rather quick return to the same venue.

He was promoted to the Football League's referees' list over the summer of 2011, meaning that we've only had him four times as a man in the middle. He was only promoted to the National Assistant Referee's Group for the start of the 2008-09 season, and so has been enjoying a swift rise through the ranks.

Mr Collins was present for the October 2011 home match against Leyton Orient that ended in a 2-2 draw. Considering he ended up giving both sides a penalty each, you'd think we would have been far more opinionated about his performance, particularly as the second one was a late decision that cost us two points. However, with one a handball in our favour, and the other a foul inside the box by Marek Stech, match reports and our memory of the incidents are that he got them both right, whilst the Western Gazette says he "had no choice but to point to the spot (for the second penalty) in a game he officiated well." Sometimes we do say nice things about referees.

We then had him for the League Cup First Round tie against Southend United back in August 2013. Our recollection is that he didn't have too bad a match from our point of view, but seemed to be making a few decisions that raised the hackles of home supporters, with them particularly unhappy about one Joel Grant tackle just before half time that he dished out a yellow for, when they were hoping for a red. He booked four of our players, but from our point of view we accepted his decisions. The Western Gazette were a bit critical of him saying he "struggled to keep a lid on a match where Southend seemed intent on provoking a reaction from their opponents. Awarded several yellow cards for trivial infringements, allowing others to go unpunished."

We had him twice during the 2014-15 season. The first was the League One away match against Gillingham. Like the Leyton Orient game, he gave two penalties, with one for each side, and to be honest the one that we got was a soft one. Not that we capitalised on it, with Kieffer Moore's weak effort saved. If that decision went for us, then the free kick that he awarded that led to Gillingham's opening goal was the reverse, with him interpreting Nathan Ralph and Danny Kedwell's coming together as a foul against the Glovers, when we saw it more of Kedwell's doing - Joe Martin's free kick set Gillingham on their way. Gillingham's second goal came from the penalty spot - for that one we had no complaints - Chris Weale saved it, but Kedwell took the rebound and converted.

The second match saw him visit Huish Park for the March 2015 visit of Oldham Athletic. He certainly didn't have a quiet game, dishing out seven yellow cards, two of which resulted in a red card putting Oldham down to ten men. We may be biased, but we thought the dismissal of Brian Wilson was a superb decision - the former Bristol City player committed a bad foul whilst already on a caution, but referee Collins waved play on, allowing Yeovil an advantage. A minute later, play stopped and he had the good memory to pick out the correct player and make sure the foul didn't go unpunished. He also (potentially) deserved praise for Yeovil's winning goal, where he could have easily blown up to award us a penalty - he didn't and James Hayter swept home the loose ball. It may be that he didn't think it was a penalty, but his body language at the time implied that if Hayter hadn't converted, he would have blown up, implying another good advantage played.

As well as Mr Collins, three of the four appointments from the originally scheduled game are retained for this rearranged fixture. He will be assisted by Steven Plane (Worcestershire) and John Law (Worcestershire) who is the one change from that original listing. The Fourth Official will be Adam Matthews (Gloucestershire).

Link: October 2011 : Yeovil Town 2 Leyton Orient 2.

Link: August 2013 : Southend United 0 Yeovil Town 1.

Link: August 2014 : Gillingham 2 Yeovil Town 0.

Link: March 2015 : Yeovil Town 2 Oldham Athletic 1.


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22 February 2016 : Pompey Boss Admits Defender Lost The Plot
Portsmouth manager Paul Cook made no attempt to excuse defender Christian Burgess for his red card on Saturday, admitting that he had 'lost the plot' in the lead-up to his dismissal. The 24 year old has been a mainstay of Pompey's teams this season, making 28 appearances since arriving last summer from League One side Peterborough United. But despite having a reasonable amount of experience at third and fourth tier level over the past three seasons, he didn't enjoy his finest moment in the 1-1 draw at Huish Park on Saturday.

Initially Burgess was caught up in an off the ball incident involving Glovers striker Francois Zoko, which saw him pick up a yellow card in the aftermath of that. Having persistently remonstrated with referee Mark Haywood following that caution, within a minute he made a wild flying tackle on Ryan Dickson as he ran through on goal that could have easily seen a straight red on its own, and the outcome was one of the easier red card decisions the match referee will make this season. Cook spoke to the Portsmouth News about the incidents after the game, and made no attempt to defend his player's discipline:

"When you are young like Christian, if you get involved with a centre forward you've lost the plot. We don't come away to lose the plot. It's not the red card, it's losing the plot that bothers me. We have 2,500 fans here and they are paying good money to see us be at it. They are watching us struggle to be at it and then contrive to produce our own downfall. You can’t have that as manager. It's not being disrespectful to people. When you have a lot of young players like Christian they make mistakes. My job is to come out and back the players. Maybe in dressing rooms I won't do that. With all due respect to Christian he must make that mistake and learn. If you don't learn, the manager will do something more severe about it."

Cook was also fairly withering of his team's overall performance, although described Yeovil Town as 'excellent' in the way they had played on the day. He admitted that he was glad to get a point out of the position his club found themselves in, but with a play-off spot the minimum target for Pompey this season, he admitted his side needed to find more consistency:

"There were 15 minutes at the start of the second half when we looked like we might take control of the game. But apart from that it never happened for us against a Yeovil side who were excellent on the day. We didn't play well, but we dug ourselves out a point – and that could prove to be a good one come the end of the season. I don’t think you can ever question the character of our team and that was never a problem for us. But managers have to be honest in their assessment of games and we just haven't performed well enough. It's been a bit of a rollercoaster for us recently and we have to try to find some consistency."


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22 February 2016 : Date And Admission Prices For Ladies FA Cup Fourth Round Trip
A date and admission prices have been set for Yeovil Town Ladies' trip to play Bristol City Women in the Women's FA Cup. The Fourth Round tie will take place on Sunday 28th February 2016 at the Stoke Gifford Stadium, with a 2.00p.m. kick-off. This ground is a purpose-built home stadium, situated on land owned by Filton College. The ground is very close to Bristol Parkway railway station, and therefore also close to the M32/M4 junction - take the M32 Junction 1 towards Filton and then head into the Filton College WISE Campus.

Address: Stoke Gifford Stadium, New Road, Stoke Gifford, Bristol BS34 8LP

Admission prices for this fixture are £3.00 for Adults with Under-16s able to gain admission for £1.00. You can purchase in advance or alternatively pay cash on the day of the game.


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22 February 2016 : Francois Zoko Talks About The Portsmouth Draw
Following Saturday afternoon's home match against Portsmouth at Huish Park, Yeovil Town striker Francois Zoko spoke to the BBC. With questions from local journalist Chris Spittles, in an interview for BBC Somerset, Francois's thoughts on the 1-1 draw and his goal can be read via the link below.

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

Manager Darren Way's own views on the game can be found via the link below.

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


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22 February 2016 : Darren Talks About Portsmouth Selection And Goodship Loan Deal
Just before Saturday afternoon's League Two match against Portsmouth 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 recalls for Darren Ward and Tahvon Campbell to the side, and also gives his views on the loan signing of AFC Bournemouth striker Brandon Goodship. Read that interview via the link below.

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


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21 February 2016 : Video : Yeovil Town vs Portsmouth Match Highlights
For those who want to view match highlights from yesterday's 1-1 draw against Portsmouth, these are now online. As well as the two goals from Francois Zoko and Gary Roberts, you'll view a first half effort from Zoko after Liam Walsh set him up, along with Walsh's effort that almost resulted in an own goal. Plus you can also see why Christian Burgess didn't bother to hang about after he fouled Ryan Dickson whilst already on a yellow card. Watch via the video clip below.




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21 February 2016 : Ticketing For Stevenage vs Yeovil Town
Advance tickets for Yeovil Town's League Two match against Stevenage are now on sale. The match takes place at Broadhall Way on Monday 28th March 2016 (Easter Monday) with a 3.00p.m. kick-off. Admission prices for tickets bought in advance are as follows:

Adults: £20.00; Concessions: £17.00; Under-22s: £12.00; Under-16s: £8.00; Under-12s: £6.00.

Concessions are for supporters aged Over-60, Students, UB40 holders, Ambulant disabled and members of the Armed forces/emergency services. Proof of entitlement is required in all cases.

All of the above prices increase by £2.00 on the day.

There are also Family Tickets available in advance only:

1 adult and 2 Under-16s: £30.00
2 adults and 2 Under-16s: £40.00

Wheelchair users must contact the ticket office at Stevenage on 01438 223223 Ext 62. Note that tickets will be allocated in a section at the North end of the ground - the opposite end to the away section.

Yeovil Town supporters will be housed in the South Stand - an all-seated 1,400 capacity covered stand, situated behind one of the goals. Its current signage dubs it as the Matrix Stand.

Link: Ticketing For Dagenham and Redbridge vs Yeovil Town.

Link: GWSC Travel For Dagenham and Redbridge vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Ticketing For Mansfield Town vs Yeovil Town.


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20 February 2016 : Darren Way's Verdict On The Portsmouth Home Game
Following Saturday afternoon's home match against Portsmouth at Huish Park, Yeovil Town manager Darren Way spoke to the BBC. With questions from local journalist Chris Spittles, in an interview for BBC Somerset, Darren's thoughts on the 1-1 draw can be read via the link below.

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


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20 February 2016 : Man of the Match Voting for Yeovil Town vs Portsmouth
If you watched this afternoon's 1-1 draw against Portsmouth 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 Portsmouth.


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20 February 2016 : Darren Way Sees Steel, Determination And Courage In Pompey Draw
Yeovil Town manager Darren Way said that Portsmouth's equalising goal this afternoon was his only disappointment, after the Glovers draw 1-1 at Huish Park this afternoon. The two sides levelled out in a battling encounter that saw Francois Zoko appear to set his side on for all three points inside the final 20 minutes of the match, when he took advantage of a loose ball inside the box. But after Pompey were reduced to ten men following a red card dished out to Christian Burgess for two quickfire bookings, there was perhaps a tinge of disappointment when Gary Roberts equalised with six minutes to go.

Whilst the goal itself disappointed the Yeovil boss, he refused to criticise the overall performance from the players, telling BBC Somerset after the match that he felt his side had played with determination and courage, and that whilst they continued to do that, he was confident that the end result would be that the club would leave the relegation zone by the end of the season:

"The disappointment is the goal. I thought we worked all week on defending that central area, and nine times out of ten we've dealt with that. But the minute you don't, they score. It was a great touch and finish though, as I've just slowed it down and watched it (on the video). They're a good team - let's make no bones about it, as they're a fantastic team and my players matched that, and if not more. So we'll keep marching on. The team and the togetherness and the environment that we've created, have to stay strong and stay focussed as I thought they played with steel, determination and courage - they showed all of that today. I keep saying that will keep them up."

Francois Zoko's sixth goal of the season came 73 minutes into the match after Portsmouth couldn't clear their lines from a Ryan Dickson cross into the box, with Yeovil having several aborted chances to get the ball into the back of the net. Eventually the goal was a bit of a scrambled effort, but Way felt that it was typical of the way that the players battled their way through the whole 90 minutes played:

"I think he is a prime example of the levels and the intensity that they are playing at, to sustain that and to keep going. It's credit to the players. They're giving their all to this football club, the badge and everything that they've got. So you've got to feel proud of that dressing room. We're playing against Portsmouth. It's important that the players take credit for that. So we'll keep going. They've got a lot of resources, but fair play as I thought it was a fantastic game. There were not an awful lot of goalscoring chances, but that's two teams going up against each other tactically, and stopping the strengths of both teams. So I'm sure their manager will be disappointed that they didn't get all three points, as he wanted to carry on his momentum. I said it was going to be an emotional rollercoaster as we were on the bottom of the big dipper last week, but now we're on the way back up again."


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20 February 2016 : Yeovil 1 Portsmouth 1 : Ten Man Pompey Stop Glovers Getting Victory
Yeovil Town had to settle for a point this afternoon against promotion-chasing Portsmouth this afternoon, despite a second half goal appearing to set them on their way to all three points. In an end-to-end encounter, Francois Zoko had given the Glovers his sixth goal of the season and his second in consecutive games when he stabbed home from inside the box. Things seemed to be going Yeovil's way with ten minutes to go when Pompey defender Christian Burgess lost his head, picking up two bookings in a couple of minutes, and leaving the visitors down to ten men. But with six minutes left, Gary Roberts fired an equaliser from inside the box to level the scores. With Dagenham and Redbridge, York City and Hartlepool United all losing it was a point gained, but given that moment that Burgess went down the tunnel, the feeling was that it could have been all three.

The Glovers went into the match making three changes to last weekend's line-up against Hartlepool United, with two of those being forced. Nathan Smith started his three match suspension and was replaced by Darren Ward, whilst Jack Compton's hamstring injury meant that AFC Bournemouth loanee Harry Cornick was restored to the side. The one tactical change saw Ryan Bird drop out against his former club, with Tahvon Campbell given a start.

The first half was a frenetic end-to-end encounter in which both sides battled hard, with both concentrating on closing each other down, and with clearcut chances at a premium. When those did break out there wasn't too much evidence of the goalkeepers being tested, even if there was enough action to keep the crowd interested. Liam Walsh set up Francois Zoko ten minutes into the match but the striker's shot went over the bar, then at the other end, Kyle Bennett sent a dangerous shot just wide of the left, with the same player firing over the bar when he spotted an opportunity to get the ball past Artur Krysiak after the Pole had punched the ball out from his goal, leaving him out of position.

As the half closed, Yeovil began to worry Pompey a touch, with Tahvon Campbell firing wide after Liam Walsh once again became the principle creator as he threaded a ball to the West Bromwich Albion loanee. Then the temperature on a cold day was turned up as Michael Smith and Connor Roberts got involved in an off the ball incident that appeared to be much the same as that which saw Nathan Smith red-carded following an altercation with Billy Paynter. This time Roberts seemed to get a hand in the face - nothing particularly vicious, but it showed the inconsistency of refereeing when Mark Haywood decided to dish out a finger wagging and a word with the captains, rather than the approach that last week's officials took to the same sort of problem. Yeovil then had the best chance of the half, with a Liam Walsh shot taking a deflection off Christian Burgess, with the defender having to bail himself out from scoring an own goal, as he cleared the ball off his own goal line.

Pompey returned for the second period by creating an even higher tempo - if that was possible from the first half. Gary Roberts forced the first goalkeeper save of the game early on when Artur Krysiak had to palm the ball wide of the posts as he shot from 15 yards. The Glovers had a fifteen minute period in which they struggled to get control of the midfield area, with Portsmouth bossing the possession and putting them on the back foot, meaning that they had to almost play like an away side on the counter-attack. Despite that, they could have easily gone ahead just beyond the hour mark when Harry Cornick's ball found Francois Zoko in the box - unfortunately the striker shot at the goalkeeper, when from that range any direction towards the corner would have left Pompey floundering.

With seventeen minutes remaining though, Francois Zoko got himself another opportunity inside the box and this time didn't disappoint. A Liam Walsh corner was only half cleared by Pompey and when Ryan Dickson returned the ball back into the area, a number of players tried to get their boot on the ball, with it finally running to Zoko, whose shot wasn't the cleanest you'd see, but did enough to loop past Portsmouth keeper Ryan Fulton and into the back of the net for a 1-0 lead.

Portsmouth needed to battle back, and they battled back a little bit too aggressively. Christian Burgess got involved in an incident involving Francois Zoko, where he appeared to run into the back of the striker, and whatever contact was made between the two players didn't seem to go down well with the defender, who spent the next minute mouthing off to referee Mark Haywood as he received a yellow card. Burgess then tried a rash looking challenge 30 seconds later and missed, but when he connected with Ryan Dickson a minute later for a nasty looking challenge, it was clear that the centre-back had lost the plot. Out came a deserved second yellow, and referee Haywood had little choice other than to send him down the tunnel - Burgess didn't even wait to see the card raised before he trotted off.

With nine minutes remaining, that should have put Yeovil firmly in the driving seat, but in an unwelcome twist to the game, it only took Portsmouth three more minutes to draw level. The frustration was where it was scored from, with a ball into the box seeing Gary Roberts getting time to strike a well hit goal from pretty much on the penalty box, leaving questions of who was marking or closing him down. That late goal gave a slight air of disappointment to the finish - in theory a draw against a club of Pompey's stature was no disgrace whatsoever, although when 1-0 up and with a man advantage, there was the feeling on the final whistle that it could have been two more points than what they had to settle for. With Dagenham, York and Hartlepool all losing though, the extra point on the board is not to be sniffed at.

Link: 2015-16 Latest League Two Table.

Final Score: Yeovil Town 1 Portsmouth 1.

Scorers: Francois Zoko (1-0, 73 mins), Gary Roberts (1-1, 84 mins)

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

Substitutes:
12. Chris Weale (GK) 8. Marc Laird 9. Ryan Bird (90 mins for Francois Zoko) 18. Simon Gillett (85 mins for Harry Cornick) 19. Brandon Goodship (68 mins for Tahvon Campbell) 21. Alex Lacey

Portsmouth:
27. Ryan Fulton
2. Ben Davies 6. Christian Burgess 4. Adam Webster 3. Enda Stevens
8. Michael Doyle 33. Ben Close 26. Gareth Evans 23. Kyle Bennett
11. Gary Roberts
21. Michael Smith

Substitutes:
7. Adam McGurk (80 mins for Michael Smith) 10. Marc McNulty (71 mins for Kyle Bennett) 14. Kal Naismith 15. Adam Barton 18. Ben Tollitt (41 mins for Gareth Evans) 20. Matthew Clarke 35. Alex Bass

Yeovil Bookings: Ben Tozer (foul, 64 mins)

Portsmouth Bookings: Christian Burgess (foul, 80 mins). Red Card: Christian Burgess (second bookable offence, 81 mins)

Yeovil Match Statistics: Possession: 46%; Shots: 7; Shots On Target: 3; Corners: 3; Fouls: 7.

Portsmouth Match Statistics: Possession: 54%; Shots: 9; Shots On Target: 2; Corners: 8; Fouls: 10.

Referee: Mark Haywood (West Yorkshire). Assistants: Adam Bromley (Devon) and Andrew Quin (Devon). Fourth Official: Ronald Ganfield (Somerset).

Attendance: 6,051 (with 2,088 Portsmouth supporters).


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20 February 2016 : Team News For Yeovil Town vs Portsmouth
Yeovil Town have named three changes to their starting eleven for the League Two match against Portsmouth at Huish Park this afternoon. Left-back Nathan Smith has been operating as a stand-in centre-back in recent matches, but was sent off in last weekend's defeat at Hartlepool United and so starts a three match suspension. No surprises that his place in the side is taken by club captain Darren Ward, who has not played since the January match at Morecambe due to a swollen knee.

The second change sees winger Jack Compton drop out of the squad after he picked up a hamstring injury at Hartlepool last weekend. His place is taken by AFC Bournemouth loanee Harry Cornick, with Compton expected to be absent for a fortnight. The third change is a tactical one, with Tahvon Campbell preferred to Ryan Bird, who having played last weekend at Hartlepool now drops to the bench. There's a new arrival on the substitutes bench with striker Brandon Goodship signed on loan ahead of today's game, from AFC Bournemouth.

Midfielder Kevin Dawson continues to be absent with an ankle problem. Meanwhile the club's longer term injury list of Jordan Gibbons (hip injury), Omar Sowunmi (ankle) and Wes Fogden (unspecified injury) means that they continue to be absent.

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

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

Substitutes:
12. Chris Weale (GK) 8. Marc Laird 9. Ryan Bird 18. Simon Gillett 19. Brandon Goodship 21. Alex Lacey

Portsmouth:
27. Ryan Fulton
2. Ben Davies 6. Christian Burgess 4. Adam Webster 3. Enda Stevens
8. Michael Doyle 33. Ben Close 11. Gary Roberts 26. Gareth Evans
23. Kyle Bennett 21. Michael Smith

Substitutes:
7. Adam McGurk 10. Marc McNulty 14. Kal Naismith 15. Adam Barton 18. Ben Tollitt 20. Matthew Clarke 35. Alex Bass


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20 February 2016 : Goodship Signed On Loan From Cherries
Yeovil Town have made a new loan signing ahead of this afternoon's League Two home fixture against Portsmouth. They have snapped up striker Brandon Goodship on a month's loan deal from AFC Bournemouth, registering him in time for this afternoon's fixture.

The 21 year old has been included as a substitute in this afternoon's line-up, having trained with the club during the week. He is a graduate of their Academy scheme, having been given a professional contract with the club in April 2013, but this is the first time that he's ventured out for Football League action, having had a torrid 2015, with a knee injury putting him out of the game back in the 2014-15 pre-season. He was given the all-clear in January 2016 and has been back in training since that point. Manager Darren Way watched him in an Under-21 fixture against Luton Town during which he scored a goal, and has now made his move to sign him up on loan.

Born on September 22nd 1994, prior to that knee injury, he had two loan spells at non-league level during the 2013-14 campaign, spending a 13 game loan spell with Dorchester Town that saw him play 13 times, scoring four goals. That was followed up by an eight game spell with Hayes and Yeading later that season.

Speaking about his injury last month, Goodship explained that what turned into an 18 month layoff had initially been presumed to be more trivial and also indicated that he is close friends with Harry Cornick, who has been on loan at Huish Park throughout the 2015-16 season:

"It's been such a long 18-months, but it's just unbelievable to be back playing and doing what I love. Last season we were playing a pre-season game and everything was going OK. But I suddenly felt my knee go and had to go off. The initial reaction was I'd be out for six to eight weeks which was bad at the time, so I went for my operation nervous, but convinced I'd be back by then. But after the op, there were complications in the knee, I had some joint inflammation so I went to get that checked and was told it would be a lot longer to recover. I didn’t expect it to be 18 months out of the game. It's devastating, particularly as a young player, to be out for so long, but I never wanted to give up. You have good days and bad days, but I was always determined to come back stronger. The medical team at the club were so good with me during my lay off so I can't thank my friends, family and the medical team enough for helping me get through such a tough time. We're a close knit team, I'm really close with Harry Cornick and Baily Cargill in particular. It really was a tough experience but now I feel 100 per cent better and feel confident again."


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20 February 2016 : Hartlepool United vs Yeovil Town : Man of the Match Result
Last weekend, Yeovil Town made the ultra-long trip to Hartlepool United for a League Two match at Victoria Park. The match ended in a rather disappointing 2-1 defeat with only a very late Francois Zoko goal providing a bit of joy, as the Glovers ended the match with ten men, following Nathan Smith's sending off for violent conduct.

Man of the Match voting saw striker Ryan Bird and Everton loanee Liam Walsh get the thumbs up from fans at the game. The poll winner though was stand-in centre-back Nathan Smith, who despite his dismissal was still rated highly by supporters for his performance during the first 79 minutes of the game.

Results, with outright MOTM votes shown in brackets, were as follows:

1. Nathan Smith 26 (2)
2. Liam Walsh 22 (1)
3. Ryan Bird 10 (1)
4. Francois Zoko 8 (0)
5. Artur Krysiak 6 (0)

OVERALL MATCH RATING : 4.75
Performance : 5
Entertainment : 4.5
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20 February 2016 : Darren Previews The Portsmouth Home Game
As part of the build-up to this afternoon's League Two home match against Portsmouth at Huish Park, Yeovil Town manager Darren Way spoke to the BBC. With questions from BBC Somerset reporter Alistair Durden, Darren's thoughts on the match and the latest twist in the battle against relegation can be read via the link below.

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


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20 February 2016 : Exchanging Tickets For The Rearranged Plymouth Game
Yeovil Town supporters who have purchased tickets for the League Two match against Plymouth Argyle are reminded that if you cannot make the rearranged date, then you must take action as soon as possible. The rearranged match will take place on Tuesday 23rd February at Huish Park, with a 7.45p.m. kick-off, after the originally scheduled match was called off due to a waterlogged pitch.

The club's position is that tickets purchased for the original tie remain valid. This includes both supporters who are already in possession of their tickets, and those who have tickets awaiting collection at the Huish Park Ticket Office. If you can make next Tuesday's match, you need do nothing other than to pick up your purchased ticket as normal.

However, if you are unable to make next Tuesday's match, and want to exchange your ticket for another League Two match, then you must do so before next Tuesday. If you try to leave it until after the fixture, then you won't be entitled to an exchange or refund, as the assumption will be that you attended the game. If you've got your tickets in your possession, you may want to take them along to this afternoon's match against Portsmouth and get them returned today. If your tickets are sat awaiting collection, then you can obviously do any exchanges over the phone (although avoid trying to call in the couple of hours leading up to kick-off today as they'll be concentrating upon manning the ticket booths).

Link: Ticketing For Dagenham and Redbridge vs Yeovil Town.

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Link: Ticketing For Mansfield Town vs Yeovil Town.


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19 February 2016 : Darren Way Expecting Ups and Downs But Wants To Keep Belief
Yeovil Town manager Darren Way has said that he expects there to be plenty of ups and downs between now and the end of the season, but is confident that his side will be staying up at the end of the season, as he prepares his side for the visit of Portsmouth tomorrow. The Glovers suffered a set-back over the last seven days when defeat at Hartlepool United last weekend was followed up by York City gaining six points out of six in their Saturday and Tuesday fixtures, allowing the Minstermen a chance to leapfrog their way out of the relegation zone, sending Yeovil Town back into the bottom two as a consequence.

All of that was a far cry from where things had stood a week ago when Yeovil Town sat in 21st place with a four point cushion against themselves and the relegation spots. Way has told BBC Somerset that it's important that the players keep looking at the wider picture of how the situation has changed since the turn of the year, and to keep believing that they can still get themselves above the line by the end of the season:

"I think that it's going to be like that, and players have got to have a belief because there was no way that we were going win every game. From where we were, we were losing every week, so to actually win games is good. I'm undefeated at home at the moment, although I don't want to speak too soon. There's a lot of positives to take out of the journey so far. The players have achieved a massive achievement to actually draw other teams in. Before it was a three horse race. I know we had a disappointing result, but I keep saying to the players to make sure they keep telling their uncles, aunties, nans that we're staying up, and I need them to believe that."

Way feels that if the club do retain their Football League status at the end of the 2015-16 season, then it will be a cause for celebration throughout the club, and he hopes to see the sort of scenes that were at Huish Park at the end of the 2012-13 season when the club beat Sheffield United in the League One Play-Off Semi-Finals to gain a place at Wembley:

"It will be a massive achievement and I'll be expecting the supporters to run onto the pitch like they did when we got to the play-offs. This club means a lot to me. It means a lot to the Board of Directors, and most importantly it means a lot to the supporters. I want to do it for the supporters, because they supported me as a player, they certainly supported me through my car accident and now they're supporting me as a manager. So I'd have no prouder achievement than making sure that I do it for them."

As for tomorrow's visitors, Darren says that he expects Pompey to be a quick counter-attacking team, who will be trying to build on their current 6th placed slot to cement a play-off spot in the division at the very least. He singled out Swindon Town loanee Michael Smith and former Huddersfield Town winger Gary Roberts as two players who could be dangerous tomorrow:

"Pompey play a counter-attacking game and have got some very good players in one-v-one situations. They're a threat, they really are. Michael Smith has been in League One and is an experienced player who can score goals. Gary Roberts has had a very good career and gets paid good money because of that. But it’s important we don’t focus too much on the opposition because we are in good form ourselves, apart from that hiccup on Saturday."


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19 February 2016 : Bristol Rovers Taken Over By Jordanian Owners
League Two side Bristol Rovers have been taken over by new owners. The Jordanian Al-Qadi Family have taken a 92 percent stake in the company, meaning that five of the current Rovers board will be stepping down, with Chairman Nick Higgs plus Barry Bradshaw, Chris Jelf, Colin Sexstone and Ed Ware all leaving their positions in the club. The new owners will be retaining Rovers' two Supporters Club Directors, with Ken Masters and Brian Seymour-Smith kept in their current roles to represent fans in their Boardroom.

The Al-Qadi Family have appointed former Swansea City Chairman Steve Hamer as the new Chairman of the club, succeeding Higgs. Meanwhile Wael Al-Qadi will become President of the football club. The Al-Qadi Family have a background in the tourism and banking industries and outgoing Chairman Nick Higgs gave them his backing in a statement issued by the club, saying:

"Bristol Rovers can count itself as being very fortunate to attract the interest of Mr Al-Qadi and his family. We know that Wael and his advisors had looked closely at other clubs, but they explained to us that they were drawn to Rovers because of the massive potential the club has, both on and off the field. We feel the deal is right for the club and I am very excited at the prospects for the club under its new ownership. We first started talking in September 2015 and Wael has demonstrated to the board from the outset that he was here for the long haul and was ambitious and had the resources to take the club to levels it has never reached."

One of the issues that the new owners will need to address is Rovers' currently stalled plans to move to a new stadium. They had planned to leave the Memorial Stadium to a new site on the Bristol UWE campus. However, the plans to construct the new 21,700 stadium were put on hold whilst the club engaged in a legal battle with Sainsbury's over a commitment to buy the Memorial Stadium site - a £30 million deal under which the supermarket company pulled out at the last minute, leading to Rovers taking legal action which is currently pending consideration by the Court of Appeal, after Rovers lost the initial High Court case. The arrival of the Al-Qadi Family may now change Rovers' ability to fund that stadium move.

Meanwhile another League Two side are on the edge of a boardroom takeover. Crawley Town's agreement to sell out to a Turkish investor is currently going through the process of exchanging contracts, and satisfying the Football League's Owners and Directors tests before any formal announcement is made. Press reports suggest that the Turkish consortium is being headed up by Ziya Eren, who is the president of Turkish first division side Kayseri Erciyesspor, although Crawley's current owners have not confirmed this yet.


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19 February 2016 : Officials For Yeovil Town vs Portsmouth
Officials for the League Two fixture between Yeovil Town and Portsmouth have been published by the Football League. The match takes place on Saturday 20th February 2016, with a 3.00p.m. kick-off at Huish Park. The man in charge will be referee Mark Haywood (West Yorkshire).

He's been listed as a referee at Football League level since the summer of 2006, although his West Yorkshire address means our paths have only occasionally crossed. The earliest occasion was for the January 2008 match against Tranmere Rovers at Prenton Park. In that game, he sent off Marc Bircham for two bookable offences, and although neither of Bircham's tackles were particularly bad ones, they were the sort that most referees would produce a card for. So no complaints there.

We then had him for the March 2010 local derby against Bristol Rovers at Huish Park. The Western Gazette regarded him as "a little bit lenient" during the match - two bookings a-piece for both teams, but nothing particularly out of the ordinary. We're probably at our most critical of Mr Haywood in his handling of the August 2010 home match against Leyton Orient on the opening day of the 2010-11 season. There was no one individual incident that upset us, but we regarded his overall performance as "messy" on the day.

The most recent outing involving Mr Haywood was the November 2011 League One home match against Exeter City. This ended in a lively 2-2 draw. One of those goals was scored via the penalty spot after the match official awarded a spot kick to the Grecians, but it looked a fair decision to these eyes. He seemed to get involved in a spot of late yellow card flurries - four raised in the final eleven minutes - but otherwise for a local derby that has seen a fair few dismissals over the years, he managed to keep all 22 players on the pitch.

Mr Haywood will be be assisted by Adam Bromley (Devon) and Andrew Quin (Devon). The Fourth Official will be Ronald Ganfield (Somerset).


Link: January 2008 : Tranmere Rovers 2 Yeovil Town 1.

Link: March 2010 : Yeovil Town 0 Bristol Rovers 3.

Link: August 2010 : Yeovil Town 2 Leyton Orient 1.

Link: November 2011 : Yeovil Town 2 Exeter City 2.


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18 February 2016 : Compton Absence Needing Squad To Take Responsibility Against Pompey
Yeovil Town manager Darren Way has said that he wants to see his squad players step up to the plate as he prepares to make forced changes for Saturday's visit of Portsmouth. The Glovers will have to make two changes to their starting line-up for the match at Huish Park, with stand-in centre-back Nathan Smith starting a three match suspension following a red card sustained at Hartlepool United. He will be joined in the stand by winger Jack Compton, who will suffer the bad luck of not playing against one of his former clubs in Pompey this weekend, having been forced off just 25 minutes into last weekend's match at Victoria Park - another club he has played for.

At present, the club are expecting Compton to just be absent for a couple of weeks, but that means that he will need to be replaced in the starting line-up, with AFC Bournemouth loanee Harry Cornick being the most obvious candidate given he came on as a substitute for Compton when he limped off. However, Way told BBC Somerset that he expected whoever was selected to take the same attitude that defenders Nathan Smith and Alex Lacey had taken when they had to cover in defence for missing personnel:

"At the moment Jack Compton is just carrying a knock. Hopefully it won't be too long, as it's not as bad as what was first feared. But again, someone else shoulders the responsibility now. We had our club captain Darren Ward out, and we didn't lose a game up until Saturday. I think a lot of people wouldn't have thought that, because he was a big miss. But Nathan Smith and Alex Lacey took the responsibility, and I'm expecting the other players to shoulder that now, because that is why you've got a squad."

Smith's absence should make the return of club captain Darren Ward a fairly easy decision to make, despite a bruised foot having caused him discomfort prior to last weekend's fixture, that meant he wasn't risked. In addition to Smith's and Compton's absence, Kevin Dawson will remain out with an ankle problem, whilst Omar Sowunmi (ankle), Jordan Gibbon (hip) and Wes Fogden will continue their longer term spells on the sidelines.


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18 February 2016 : Emergency Loan System To Be Scrapped, But New System On The Way
The Football Association are reported to be on the verge of agreeing a new loan system that would replace the outgoing Emergency Loan system that many Football League clubs use. The current Emergency Loan system will come to an end at the end of the 2015-16 campaign with FIFA having decreed that it breaches the terms of their transfer window system. Despite a number of years in which the Football League has managed to roll over extensions to that arrangement, it became fairly clear that this time around FIFA would not be allowing any last minute rollover, and that this time the Football League would be told 'no more'.

The position that left clubs in was that they would only be able to agree half-season or full-season loan agreements during the Summer and January transfer windows, and that between September 1st and December 31st, and from February 1st until the end of each season, clubs would be bound to the squads that they had selected, even if they had injuries or changes of management. The scale of this problem, and how it would affect Yeovil Town can be seen by the fact that the only loan deal they initiated this season for a player on a half or full season deal was Fulham centre-back Stephen Arthurworrey, who has since returned to Craven Cottage due to a serious knee injury and is not expected to play again this season.

For the majority of Yeovil Town's other loan agreements, they have managed low-key monthly roll-over agreements, which give the flexibility that if a player starts dropping out of a squad, or is injured, then the club can allow him to return to his parent club whilst they look for a replacement. In the new world, they would have to take those players on half-season agreements, with the risk that they might not be up to first team football, and with no possibility of refreshing the first team squad if the sort of injury epidemic that plagued the Glovers during the first half of this season materialised.

Thankfully, it seems as though there may be a new loan format on the horizon. The FA's Sanctions and Registrations Committee are due to meet today to vote on a new loan deal which would respect FIFA's half-season/full-season loan arrangements, but would work much in the same way that Youth Loans currently work, in that a player can return to his parent club within that half-season period, and play Reserve or Under-21 fixtures for them, as a dual registration mechanism, then later return back to the loaning club. Currently this system is only allowed for a club's Academy graduates, who are under the age of 24, but now looks as though it will be opened up to all age groups. The expectation is that player would not be allowed to join a second club on loan during that half-season period.

The Daily Telegraph speculates that clubs may move towards appearance-based loan agreements, where the loaning club pays more of the player's wages during the weeks that they are at the lower league club, although we've also heard of the reverse principle being used, where a loaning club is given an incentive to put that player in their side, via lower wages, to ensure their player gets valuable first team experience.

Existing loan rules are expected to be maintained - clubs will only be able to select up to five loaned players in an eighteen man squad, and will only be able to loan four players per season from a single club, including two over the age of 23 years old. Special provisions for goalkeepers will remain if clubs do not have a registered fit goalkeeper who has made at least five first team appearances for the club.

Football League Chief Executive Shaun Harvey is hopeful the arrangements will be approved by the Football Association in time for the 2016-17 season:

"We are pleased that we have been able to secure the support of both the FA board and the Premier League for these proposals which, if approved, would enable us to apply a domestic interpretation that would still be compliant with Fifa statutes. The flexibility this approach seeks to create will be crucial to the operation of our clubs and helpful to those players that find themselves out of the first-team picture or just cutting their teeth in professional football. Clearly, we could have waited to see what might develop under the new rule regime, but instead decided the matter needed addressing at the outset because of the financial and footballing needs of our clubs. Yet, at the same time we remain respectful of our previous commitments to FIFA."


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18 February 2016 : Ticketing For Mansfield Town vs Yeovil Town
Advance tickets for Yeovil Town's League Two match against Mansfield Town are now on sale from the Huish Park Ticket Office. The match takes place on Saturday 5th March 2016, at Field Mill, with a 3.00p.m. kick-off. This is an ALL TICKET match for away supporters - no tickets will be sold on the day of the game and so you will need to buy them from Huish Park. Prices are as follows:

Adults: £18.00; Over-60s: £14.00; Aged 17-21: £13.00; Aged 7-16: £10.00; Aged 6 and Under: FREE.

Disabled supporters will pay £14.00 if they do not require an assistant on the day of the table. If you require an assistant, then you pay the above admission rates according to your age, with the assistant admitted free of charge.

Mansfield describe the away section as 'allocated seating' - sometimes stewards are not so fussy when you turn up on the day of the game, but if sitting together is important, you should aim to purchase tickets as a group. Away supporters are housed in the North Stand at Field Mill. This stand has a theoretical capacity of up to 1,910 seats and is situated behind one of the goals. Hence there is no capacity issue for this fixture - this is just a set policy that Mansfield have introduced for away supporters for all fixtures.

The North Stand
The North Stand at Field Mill.

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Link: Ticketing For Dagenham and Redbridge vs Yeovil Town.

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18 February 2016 : Taff's Gloversblog : A Gamechanger - Or Much Ado About Nothing?
This week has seen Yeovil Town Chairman John Fry quoted in various articles, indicating that he would listen to serious offers for share purchases in the club. In the latest Taff's Gloversblog there's some analysis of what Fry has said, and how it's been interpreted, and what this might mean - or not mean - with respect to the ownership of the club. Read on via the link below, and feel free to add in your own views at the foot of the article.

Link: Taff's Gloversblog : A Gamechanger - Or Much Ado About Nothing?


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17 February 2016 : The Yeovil Voice Talk About Fry's Consideration Of Share Offers
Yesterday, Yeovil Town Chairman John Fry claimed that he would 'consider' any 'serious offers' to buy shares in the football club, leading to speculation as to whether this was serious intent by the current owners or otherwise.

As part of the reaction to those reports, supporter Brendon Owen, who is one of the leading representatives behind the Yeovil Voice working party who are currently in the process of establishing a Supporters Trust, spoke to BBC Somerset presenter Matt Faulkner about the situation. Matt asks Brendon about his reaction to that development, and what - hypothetically speaking - a Trust could aim for if an offer like that did reach fruition. Read that interview in full via the link below.

Link: Brendan Owen Talks To The BBC About John Fry's Consideration Of Investment Offers.


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17 February 2016 : Smith Suspension Confirmed By FA
The Football Association have confirmed the length of suspension that Yeovil Town defender Nathan Smith will face for his red card on Saturday against Hartlepool United. The 29 year old suffered his first career dismissal for what was deemed as violent conduct by referee Kevin Wright when he pushed Pools striker Billy Paynter in the neck area as part of an off-the-ball incident involving the pair.

As expected, Nathan will now be banned for three matches, and so will sit in the stands for the home matches against Portsmouth and Plymouth Argyle as well as missing the trip to Dagenham and Redbridge. Assuming none of those fixtures are postponed, he will return on Tuesday 1st March when the club host Accrington Stanley at Huish Park.

Nathan is the club's sixth player to be dismissed this season, with Matt Dolan (Bristol Rovers, home), Shaun Jeffers (Morecambe, home), Jakub Sokolik (Maidstone, away), Artur Krysiak (Maidstone, away) and Alex Lacey (Carlisle United, home) having all failed to finish games.

Nathan had been operating as a stand-in centre-back over the last few weeks, and so fortunately the Glovers have two ready-made options waiting in the wings to replace him whilst he is out. Club captain Darren Ward would be the most likely player to step in, having recovered from a swollen knee sustained in the aftermath of the club's trip to Morecambe, whilst another option is Alex Lacey, who has not played since serving his own three match ban for a sending off.


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17 February 2016 : Yeovil Town Boardroom Responsibilities Revisited
Yeovil Town Chairman John Fry has outlined the roles that his fellow Directors take in the Boardroom under the current set-up. This is information that has been provided before back in 2013 but with the resignation of director Stephen Allinson, the introduction of Alan Chamberlain to the board and the re-opening of the club's academy, there have been changes since that point.

The list of Directors and their corresponding roles are listed by the Western Gazette as follows:

John Fry: Chairman.
Norman Hayward: Vice-Chairman.
David Lee: Legal Affairs and Company Secretary.
Alan Chamberlain: Financial Affairs.
Andy Rossiter: Youth Development.
Ron Budden: Performance Director.
Brian Willis: Stadium Director.

In the club's August 2013 list of responsibilities, they had identified specific roles for a Communications Director (Stephen Allinson), Catering and Hospitality (Andy Rossiter) and Commercial Operations (Ron Budden). None of these roles are covered within the current Director list, although the vagueness of the 'Performance Director' title held by Ron Budden might consume some of these areas.

Fry has also talked about the role of Norman Hayward - widely assumed by fans to be the ultimate owner of Yeovil Town, despite the stated position that he acts as a co-owner with John Fry, via the Huish Park Stadium Partnership holding company. Hayward has had two separate spells with the club, with his current role as a Director at Huish Park dating from October 2009. Prior to that the 76 year old had been a Director of the football club between August 1997 and November 2001. Prior to his arrival at Yeovil in 1997, he had a spell as the owner of AFC Bournemouth, acting as Chairman and owner between 1991 and 1994, and returned to Bournemouth between 2005 and 2006 to sit on the club's Community Mutual Board - their Supporters Trust. Shortly after his resignation from that set-up, rumours began to circulate that he had returned to Huish Park - something that was eventually confirmed in 2009.

The Chairman's view over exactly what is - or isn't - being 'invested' or loaned to the football club by the club's owners or directors has been muddled in recent months, with Fry claiming in December 2015 that his directors were putting in 'half-a-million pounds' into the club each year. He later back-tracked on that suggestion, indicating that the value specified related to time and services provided by directors rather than cash input. He now suggests that there is no such thing as investment in a football club at this level, referring to Hayward's role within the club:

"There is no such thing as investing in a lower league football club. As an owner or shareholder, you are only a custodian of the club until the next person comes in and takes over that role. When you invest time and money, it is to help the club. The investment is in the pleasure you have in helping the club progress. My directors have invested a lot of effort and money to bring success back on the pitch and to rebuild the club for the long-term future. Unfortunately, this will not happen overnight, but the signs are we are winning the battle. During these difficult times, with falling gate receipts, it is extremely important for the financial viability of the Yeovil Town business to receive the backing of supporter director, Norman Hayward. His dislike of publicity has made him one of the most misunderstood people at Huish Park. He is absolutely essential for the future of our great football club. He is Yeovil through and through and is a great ambassador for our club."

There is no indication of exactly what that financial input might be, or on what terms it has been given. The Huish Park Stadium Partnership Accounts for the 2011-12 season indicated that Hayward had lodged a loan of £328,000 with the club, with £278,000 of that value being mortgaged against the land owned by the Football Club. As far as we are aware, those amounts remain outstanding - more recent club accounts have not referenced those values or indicated whether they have been added to over the four years that have followed.


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16 February 2016 : Minstermen Resurgence Sees Them Leapfrog Glovers
Yeovil Town's battle against relegation from League Two took an unwanted twist on Tuesday night, when they dropped back into the relegation zone. To emphasise how quickly things can change in a league table, at three o'clock on Saturday afternoon, the Glovers were sat in 21st place and four points clear of the drop - the sort of cushion they'd been crying out for in recent months. However, relegation rivals York City are unfortunately just as keen to escape the relegation zone - they played their game in hand tonight and beat Exeter City by a 2-0 scoreline, with on-loan Middlesbrough striker Bradley Fewster grabbing both goals and allowing them to leapfrog Yeovil in the process.

That result gave York their third consecutive home victory, and their second in three days, transforming their position in the League Two table. Darren Way's side now lie two points adrift of York in 23rd place, having played the same number of games. Mercifully, Hartlepool United failed to take advantage of one of their remaining games in hand over Yeovil by losing 2-3 at home to Notts County - a result that leaves them three points ahead in 21st place, but with just two games in hand.

Congratulations tonight must go to Carlisle United striker Jabo Ibehre. Having somehow escaped a red card for his 'clothesline' challenge on Yeovil Town goalkeeper Artur Krysiak in the recent FA Cup Third Round Replay between the two clubs, he made up for it in their League Two fixture against Accrington Stanley tonight. Just 34 seconds into the match, he stuck a high boot into the midriff of Accrington's Matty Pearson, and referee Jeremy Simpson did what his counterpart Tim Robinson somehow didn't three weeks ago - sent Ibehre for the earliest of early baths. Accrington later also had a player sent off and the game ended in a 1-1 draw.

In the evening's other match, table toppers Northampton Town continued their steam-train run through the division's sides, beating third placed Oxford United by a single goal at the Kassam Stadium. The Cobblers win put them eight points clear at the top of the division and was their eighth consecutive victory - equalling a 56 year old club record for straight wins.

Link: 2015-16 Latest League Two Table.


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16 February 2016 : Compton In For A Scan As Jeffers Suffers Injury At Woking
Yeovil Town winger Jack Compton is due to have a scan tonight on a hamstring injury he suffered on Saturday, after he returned to one of his former clubs. The 27 year old was making his first visit back to Hartlepool United's Victoria Park ground on the weekend, but had an unhappy return, lasting just 26 minutes in the 2-1 defeat before he had to be replaced by Harry Cornick.

Compton's problem appeared to be marginal, given that he had sustained it a couple of minutes earlier and had tried to carry on, and the early indications are that the club do not think it is too serious. However, they are putting through a scan just to confirm whether the injury needs any special treatment. As yet there's no indication of how long he would be absent for, but it would be a surprise if he was available for this weekend's match against Portsmouth.

Although he's out on loan at National League side Woking at the moment, there's also some concern over the fitness of striker Shaun Jeffers. He was due to be at Kingfield on a 28 day loan, and made his debut for them in their FA Trophy win over Oxford City. However, on Saturday he was stretchered off in their home match against Guisley after just half an hour, after suffering a back spasm that delayed the game by six minutes and required the club doctor to be sent out onto the pitch to decide if he could be moved onto the stretcher. Whilst Shaun was able to leave the field after that event, there's been no word from the Woking end as to whether that's likely to give him any problems for the remainder of his loan spell.

The club are currently without midfielder Kevin Dawson who is expected to be unavailable for around another ten days, whilst Wes Fogden has not been in the squad recently due to an unspecified injury. Omar Sowunmi (ankle) and Jordan Gibbons (hip injury) are long term absentees with no date set for their returns.


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16 February 2016 : Cornick Loan Agreement Rolls Over Again
Yeovil Town have agreed a further rollover for Harry Cornick's stay in South Somerset. His deal at the club had been broken up slightly after he had to return to AFC Bournemouth for treatment on a groin problem sustained in mid-December, meaning that he was absent across the Christmas period.

However, he returned to Huish Park a few weeks ago, and the club have now extended his youth loan agreement with the Cherries as far as March 14th 2016. Cornick has so far made 29 appearances for the club, scoring six goals.

Link: Harry Cornick : Yeovil Town Statistics.


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16 February 2016 : Brendon Owen Talks About Last Month's Vote To Form A Supporters Trust
At the tail end of January, the supporters Working Party known as the Yeovil Voice held a meeting at Club 94 to vote on the set-up of a Supporters Trust for Yeovil Town supporters. The day after that meeting was held, supporter Brendon Owen, who has been one of the leading people behind that Working Party, spoke to BBC Somerset presenter Claire Carter and gave an update on how that meeting went, and what the next steps are likely to be, as they move from being an informal Working Party into a formalised and fully constituted Supporters Trust. Read that interview via the link below.

Link: Brendon Owen Talks To The BBC About The Successful Vote To Set Up Supporters Trust.


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16 February 2016 : Fry Willing To 'Consider' Any 'Serious Offers' To Buy Club Shares
Yeovil Town Chairman John Fry has claimed that any 'serious offers' to buy shares in the football club would be 'considered'. The majority of the shares in the club are ultimately owned by the Huish Park Stadium Partnership, which owns approximately 92 percent of the shares in the core football club company. The two main shareholders of that company are John Fry and Norman Hayward, with Fry holding 51 percent of those shares, whilst Hayward holds 49 percent. However, as Directors' Loan Account registered against that company, to the tune of just over a million pounds, means that the ultimate funding of the shares needed to buy the football club has not been revealed.

At present, it is not possible for supporters or small investors to purchase shares in the football club, but Fry has told the Western Gazette that if an interested party did step forward, then it would be put forward to the board for consideration. He states that any consideration would be based on whether the offer was for a partial buyout or a complete buyout, and implies that he would not favour a partial one:

"It would depend on what the offer is - a complete buyout, half shares. It would be for the board to consider. What I do know is the club has been successful when it has kept hold of authority. You don't want a situation where every five minutes shareholders are being booted out. You would be at a crisis point then like Bolton. How long have they been up for sale for? In all my time as a director there have been very few proposals to buy shares. People have wanted to dispose of shares. If someone wants to put a serious offer forward then we would consider it."

Fry's Huish Park Stadium Partnership company has been in existence since late February 2006, shortly after former owner Jon Goddard-Watts decided to sell his shareholding in the club, having held the reins between 2001 and 2006. Fry was joined as a director of that holding company by Hayward in July 2007, who later became a director of the main football club in October 2009. The arrival of Goddard-Watts contributed to a major change in the club's constitution, with a limit on individual shareholdings being lifted, allowing the former Screwfix owner a chance to invest in the club. Although Fry doesn't mention Goddard-Watts by name, he says that the relaxing of that rule was a major factor in why the club got into the Football League in the summer of 2003:

"When I first joined as a director no one could earn more than £5,000 of shares. That was restrictive in growth and was changed and opened up and the club went forward. There have been four or five restructurings since I have been at the club. A group of vice-presidents sold out and it was offered to the directors - other than myself and Norman - who bought them. Without that restructuring the club wouldn't be where it is - in the Football League."


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15 February 2016 : Ralph Makes Aldershot Loan Switch To Break Eleven Month Absence
Former Yeovil Town left-sided player Nathan Ralph has been loaned out after failing to break into Newport County's first team. The 23 year old, who was released at the end of last season, signed for the Exiles during June 2015, but has failed to make a single first team appearance. His time at Rodney Parade has been disrupted by hamstring problems, with a fractured cheekbone sustained in a training ground accident adding to those woes. Although he got as far as their substitutes bench he didn't make it as far as the pitch.

Ralph has headed off to National League side Aldershot Town on loan for the remainder of the 2015-16 season, and made his debut for them as a 60th minute substitute in their 0-0 draw against Tranmere Rovers on Saturday. That broke a run of over eleven months since he last made a first team appearance for any club, with his last outing being Yeovil Town's home match against Walsall on March 3rd 2015.

Link: Nathan Ralph : Yeovil Town Statistics.


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15 February 2016 : Portsmouth Sell Out Tickets For Glovers Visit
Saturday's opponents Portsmouth have reported that they have sold out their full allocation of away tickets for their trip to Huish Park. The two sides meet in a League Two match on Saturday 20th February 2016, with a 3.00p.m. kick-off, and ahead of that fixture Pompey have indicated that all terrace and seated tickets have now been sold this morning.

What this should mean is that Pompey will be bringing over 2,000 travelling supporters on Saturday, made up of 1,500 terrace spaces, along with what what is usually around 540 seated tickets in the Screwfix East Stand.

For Yeovil Town supporters, tickets will remain on sale from the Huish Park Ticket Office. However, as is usually the case when the away end tickets sell out at Huish Park, expect a bit of scrutiny from the Ticket Office, particularly if you have a Hampshire postal address! This is purely to reduce the chances of away fans buying tickets in home sections of the ground.

If you can quote your Customer Number or the Postcode of the address you've used for any past telephone or internet purchases, then the Ticket Office will be able to find your past purchase record which will help speed things up. If you don't have a past purchase history and you live anywhere near the South Coast, then we'd strongly advise that you don't leave buying your ticket until the last minute, to avoid any issues.

The same will apply to the following Tuesday's League Two match against Plymouth Argyle, where tickets for away supporters had also sold out prior to the postponed fixture. That game will now take place on Tuesday 23rd February 2016, with a 7.45p.m. kick-off. Fans who had purchased tickets for the original fixture will be able to gain admission for the rearranged match using the same tickets.


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15 February 2016 : GWSC Travel To Dagenham and Redbridge
The Green and White Supporters Club have set their travel plans for the forthcoming League Two match against Dagenham and Redbridge. The match takes place at Victoria Road on Saturday 27th February 2016, with a 3.00p.m. kick-off. Departure times and prices are listed as follows:

Dagenham and Redbridge : Saturday 27th February 2016.
Huish Park: 8.45a.m.
Adult Members: £23.00; Member Concessions: £21.00
Adult Non-Members: £25.00; Non-Member Concessions: £23.00

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

Remember in all cases to ensure you make clear which match you are booking for, your full name (and any other names you are booking for) and a contact telephone number.

Link: Ticketing For Dagenham and Redbridge vs Yeovil Town.


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15 February 2016 : Darren Talks About Hartlepool Team Selection
Just before Saturday afternoon's match against Hartlepool United kicked off at Victoria Park, Yeovil Town manager Darren Way spoke to the BBC about the fixture. With questions from local journalist Chris Spittles, in an interview for BBC Somerset, Darren talks about the decision to recall Ryan Bird to the side, as well as why Darren Ward and Alex Lacey only got as far as the bench on their return. Read that interview via the link below.

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


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14 February 2016 : Third Trialist Match For Nineteen-Goal University Student
Yeovil Town are continuing to keep tabs on University student Jesse Waller-Lassen as they weigh up whether to offer him a contract with the club. The Team Solent winger/striker - part of the Southampton Solent University sports set-up - is a former Tottenham Hotspur academy player who also turned out for Bishop's Stortford, but is looking for a route back into the professional game, with Spurs having let him go during the latter days of his time in their youth set-up.

Now aged 23 years old, he is creating attention in the Wessex Premier League, where on Saturday he scored his 19th goal of the season. That is despite his attendance at the Hampshire club being rationed somewhat in recent weeks, with him having now played in three trial matches as part of behind-closed-doors matches arranged by Darren Way over the last month or so, as well as taking part in one of the club's training sessions. For the time being, Waller-Lassen is keeping himself involved at Solent, but is still keen on hearing what Yeovil have to offer. He told the Southampton Echo that he had still yet to get a firm outcome from those trial matches:

"I've enjoyed being at Yeovil and showing what I can do. I feel I did enough in the trial games and definitely did myself justice. It's up to them now. If they want my style of player they will sign me. I’m waiting to hear back. It's definitely flattering and nice to know they’re at least interested in me. I'd like to play at a higher level but, if that's not possible, then Solent's the right place for me. For my style of football, it's a nice fit. Dorchester came in for me, but I don’t see the point of just jumping up one league. If I'm going to leave Solent, it would have to be a step up."

The 5'7" tall player is currently studying for an Applied Sports Science degree, and is halfway through the second year of that course. His footballing first team manager James Taylor certainly believes he's got a player that an succeed at a higher level than Dorchester Town were able to offer when they came calling:

"Yeovil haven't got back to us yet about Jesse and I’m a bit surprised we’ve not heard anything. Dorchester tried their luck and put in an approach, which was turned down. Jesse’s better than one or two levels up. He needs to crack on. If he goes, we'll miss him, but no one's going to hold him back if the right club comes in."

Link: 25/01/2016 : Former Spurs Academy Winger Given Glovers Trial Via University Side.

Link: 02/02/2016 : Former Spurs Academy Winger Invited Back For Second Trial Match.


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14 February 2016 : Yeovil 2 Bradford 0 : Ladies Set Up Bristol Clash After Cup Victory
Yeovil Town Ladies won their way through to the Fourth Round of the FA Women's Cup this afternoon, thanks to a goal in each half from Sarah Wiltshire and Natasha Knapman. In beating Bradford City Ladies, they set up an exciting Fourth Round tie against Bristol City Women (formerly Bristol Academy) who thrashed Queens Park Rangers Ladies by a 7-1 scoreline in their Third Round tie today.

In what was the club's opening fixture of the 2016 season, with the FA Women's Super League sides entering the competition at the Third Round stage, the Ladies took the lead just 14 minutes into the match, when Sarah Wiltshire latched onto a Nadia Lawrence through ball, to put the Glovers into the driving seat. However, the Bantams held in there and it took an ultra-late goal to seal the tie. Natasha Knapman had only been on the pitch for five minutes after she was introduced as a substitute, and she scored the crucial second, deep into second half injury time leaving Bradford with no time to launch a comeback.

The Ladies will now travel to play Bristol City Women on Sunday 28th February - full details to be advised in due course.

Final Score: Yeovil Town Ladies 2 Bradford City Women 0.

Scorers: Sarah Wiltshire (1-0, 14 mins), Natasha Knapman (2-0, 90 mins)

Yeovil Town Ladies: Charlotte Haynes, Ellis Hillman, Kelly Snook, Ellie Curson (c), Nicola Cousins, Helen Bleazard, Sarah Wiltshire, Stephenie Williams, Annie Heatherson, Atlanta Primus, Nadia Lawrence

Substitutes: Leah Burridge (60 mins for Ellis Hillman), Bow Jackson, Emily Donovan (75 mins for Kelly Snook), Natasha Knapman (85 mins for Atlanta Primus), Samantha Quayle


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14 February 2016 : Video : Hartlepool United vs Yeovil Town Match Highlights
For those who want to view highlights of yesterday's 2-1 defeat against Hartlepool United, these can now be found online. As well as the goals, which included a late Francois Zoko header, you can judge for yourself whether Jakub Sokolik's challenge on Nathan Thomas happened inside or outside the penalty area, and also view the incident that saw Nathan Smith sent off. You'll also find a number of strong saves from Artur Krysiak. Somewhat surprisingly, the highlights omit the two occasions that each team struck the woodwork, with Jake Gray and Nathan Smith denied during the first half. Watch via the video clip below.




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13 February 2016 : Darren Way's Verdict On The Hartlepool Away Game
Following Saturday afternoon's 2-1 defeat against Hartlepool United at Victoria Park, Yeovil Town manager Darren Way spoke to the BBC. With questions from local journalist Chris Spittles, in an interview for BBC Somerset, Darren thoughts on the game, the injury to Jack Compton, and whether recent injuries and suspensions would tempt him into the loan market can be read via the link below.

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


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13 February 2016 : Man of the Match Voting for Hartlepool United vs Yeovil Town
If you watched this afternoon's 2-1 defeat against Hartlepool United at Victoria 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 Hartlepool United vs Yeovil Town.


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13 February 2016 : Darren Way Left Frustrated As Glovers Play A Yard Off The Pace
Yeovil Town manager Darren Way felt that his side were a yard off the pace, as they suffered defeat in their six-pointer against relegation rivals Hartlepool United at Victoria Park this afternoon. The Glovers went down to a 2-1 scoreline, with all three goals scored during a second half that also saw a controversial penalty and a red card for an off the ball incident, as the home side came out on top.

Way told BBC Somerset after the game that he had been worried that a performance like that might materialise at some point, with overall results since he arrived as manager having largely been positive. He suggested his team had been sloppy in the way that they'd played and lacked a tempo when they got possession:

"I don't think we played with any tempo. I think that from the start that it was one of my worries. I was concerned that this was going to happen at some stage. I was hoping that it wouldn't happen today because of the consequences. But we just looked a yard off (the pace). We weren't anticipating seconds (balls). Our passing was sloppy and we kept giving the ball away too much. Having said that, we were still at times getting in the final third and looking a goal threat. I think the key decision was the penalty, and I think that cost us. So I was disappointed in the manner of how we lost today."

Referee Kevin Wright took centre stage for the game's key decision, as he judged Jakub Sokolik's challenge on Hartlepool's Nathan Thomas to be an illegal one, and then surprised many inside the ground by declaring it to have happened inside the box. Way was more guarded over firmly saying whether it was inside or outside the box, but felt that regardless of whether the match official had fluffed his lines, that the challenge made hadn't been a good one. He wasn't willing to firmly give his opinion on whether the referee had got it right or wrong until he had seen the video:

"It's difficult and I can't really tell. But to arrive that late and look like you're lunging, it was a mistake not matter how you look at it, whether it was outside or inside. I thought that throughout the game we looked like we were in control until that key decision. So I'll have to have a look at it. I thought the referee was poor today, but you've got to be able to do that sometimes. These decisions get made, and sometimes you've got to put up with poor referees. It is what it is, and there's nothing you can do about that."

Hartlepool's lead was doubled when Adam Jackson's header from a corner gave them a 2-0 advantage. And although Francois Zoko pulled a late goal back, Way was frustrated that Nathan Smith had been sucked into a confrontation with Pools striker Billy Paynter which reduced Yeovil to ten men. He said that he had warned his players about the tightrope that some of them were walking at half time:

"Obviously it's disappointing when you concede from a set play like that. Again, if you keep it at one goal, then it just goes to show that you're still in the game. But then the sending off made it difficult to get anything out of the game. There was a big melee going off. Whether he's made contact or not, Paynter had instigated that. I warned the players and I said to the players, I don't want anyone to get sent off today, because you could see with us arriving late once or twice, we had one or two bookings and players that were on yellows by half time, so we were already ahead of that. So even though I warned the players, they still go ahead and make the mistake. Having said that I thought Nathan was going well up until that point."

Way confirmed that Jack Compton's early substitution was due to a hamstring injury but didn't put a timeline on the extent of his injury. Nathan Smith is expected to serve a three match ban, with Darren Ward and Alex Lacey obviously able to cover for his absence.


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13 February 2016 : Hartlepool 2 Yeovil 1 : Glovers Get Reality Check As Smith Sees Red
Yeovil Town suffered their first League Two defeat in four games this afternoon after they lost out to relegation rivals Hartlepool United. The loss came through frustrating and controversial circumstances, with referee Kevin Wright giving the home side a controversial second half penalty despite Jakub Sokolik's challenge on Nathan Thomas appearing to take place outside the box. Billy Paynter dispatched it, and the home side went further ahead when Adam Jackson headed home from a corner. The Glovers then suffered their sixth red card of the 2015-16 season when Nathan Smith was dismissed via an off-the-ball incident involving Paynter, and although Francois Zoko's header in injury time pulled a goal back, there wasn't enough time to make any late drama out of it. Wins for Newport County and York City, as well as obviously Hartlepool, will give the Glovers a reality check, having clawed their way above the relegation line in recent weeks - a reminder that the fight is not over, with sixteen games remaining.

The Glovers went into the match making one change to their starting line-up with Ryan Bird making his first start for the club for over two months, displacing Harry Cornick who dropped to the bench. There were recalls for swollen knee victim Darren Ward, and the previously suspended Alex Lacey, but they only got as far as the bench. One player missing from the teamsheet was Kevin Dawson, who had rolled an ankle on the training ground and will be missing over the next fortnight.

Hartlepool came into the match under the new management of Craig Hignett, and he seemed to have them fired up well when Jake Gray's shot just 20 seconds into the match grazed the top of the crossbar. The same player then had another effort tipped over the bar by Artur Krysiak for a corner, with the Glovers a little slow to get out of the gears. When they did, Ryan Bird looked lively, with his shot blocked by defender Adam Jackson for a corner. From another set piece play, left-back Nathan Smith was inches away from doubling his Yeovil Town career goal tally when he picked up a recycled ball and shot on goal, with the ball coming off the foot of the post and ricocheting out away from danger, meaning that both sides had struck the woodwork early on.

The Glovers suffered a blow midway through the half when Jack Compton seemed to be having problems with his hamstring, stopping at every opportunity to stretch his leg. It was therefore little surprise when he came off, with his former club loudly booing his substitution as he was replaced by Harry Cornick. At the other end, the pace of Nathan Thomas was causing Yeovil plenty of problems as he attacked the left flank, and it was just as well that his finishing wasn't up to the standard, after Billy Paynter released him on the counterattack, with the ball being wildly sent over the crossbar. Goalkeeper Artur Krysiak had to be at his best as the half drew to a close after Billy Paynter flicked on a ball into the box, Dan Jones got another touch on it, diverting the ball at close range, but the keeper was alert enough to palm the ball out for another corner kick.

The second half saw former Glovers midfielder Michael Woods create himself space, as Glovers defenders failed to close him down until his final shot, which went out for a corner. Yeovil seemed to get themselves back into the match a bit more after that, with a good counterattack by Francois Zoko only thwarted when Harry Cornick got himself into an offside position as the final pass went through. Liam Walsh, who had been his usual self during the match shot just wide of the target after the Hartlepool defence backed off him.

Then came the game's chief contentious issue. Nathan Thomas's pace had been causing problems, and when Jakub Sokolik challenged for the ball that seemed to take place outside the box - even the Hartlepool media saw it that way. Referee Kevin Wright had other ideas and pointed for a spot kick. Despite Yeovil protests, Billy Paynter stepped up and scored from the spot kick, to give Hartlepool a firm leg up in the match and a 1-0 lead. With their tails up, Thomas nearly grabbed a quick second, but once again his finishing was poor as he broke clear but then put over the bar.

Hartlepool did extend their lead in less controversial circumstances when they scored from a corner kick. Jordan Richards put in the set piece, and Adam Jackson rose well at the far post to beat Nathan Smith to the ball, and head home for the decisive second goal, with the ball going in via the underside of the crossbar. That put the home side in a very strong position, and their situation got even stronger when eight minutes after that, Yeovil were reduced to ten men. Pools striker Billy Paynter got involved in a spot of argy-bargy with Smith off the ball, and when he pushed the Yeovil left-back, he retaliated by putting his hand in Paynter's face. Smith got the red, whilst Paynter as the aggressor got off with a yellow. The fact that Craig Hignett immediately substituted Paynter suggested the Pools bench thought he was a little lucky, and with a 2-0 advantage they didn't want to take risks.

With all three substitutions having been made - two straight after Hartlepool's second goal - Ben Tozer finished the game playing as a centre-back. There was a small glimmer of hope with 92 minutes on the clock when substitute Harry Cornick's cross into the box was met by a good header from Francois Zoko to pull the game back to 2-1, but in reality there wasn't enough time to fashion an ultra-late equaliser. Not helped by some poor refereeing during the match, the Glovers were off the pace at times, and today should act as a firm reminder to anyone who thought that there wouldn't be further twists along the remainder of the season's fixtures. With Portsmouth, Plymouth and then a huge game against Dagenham to come, they will have to hold their nerve well over the coming fortnight's fixtures.

Link: 2015-16 Latest League Two Table.

Final Score: Hartlepool United 2 Yeovil Town 1.

Scorers: Billy Paynter (58 mins, 1-0, penalty), Adam Jackson (71 mins, 2-0), Francois Zoko (90 mins, 2-1)

Hartlepool United:
1. Trevor Carson
19. Jordan Richards 6. Matthew Bates 26. Adam Jackson 20. Dan Jones
16. Nicky Featherstone 7. Nathan Thomas 14. Michael Woods 30. Jake Gray
10. Billy Paynter 33. Luke James

Substitutes:
2. Carl Magnay (62 mins for Nicky Featherstone) 3. Jake Carroll 5. Scott Harrison 9. Rakish Bingham (63 mins for Nathan Thomas) 13. Adam Bartlett 17. Scott Fenwick (81 mins for Billy Paynter) 18. Lewis Hawkins

Yeovil Town:
1. Artur Krysiak
24. Connor Roberts 6. Jakub Sokolik 3. Nathan Smith 11. Ryan Dickson
25. Liam Walsh 4. Matt Dolan 2. Ben Tozer
14. Jack Compton 9. Ryan Bird 39. Francois Zoko (Capt)

Substitutes:
12. Chris Weale (GK) 8. Marc Laird 16. Tahvon Campbell (72 mins for Ryan Bird) 18. Simon Gillett (73 mins for Matt Dolan) 21. Alex Lacey 23. Harry Cornick (26 mins for Jack Compton) 26. Darren Ward

Hartlepool Bookings: Nathan Thomas (foul, 52 mins), Billy Paynter (off the ball incident, 79 mins)

Yeovil Bookings: Francois Zoko (foul, 24 mins), Ben Tozer (foul, 38 mins). Red Card: Nathan Smith (violent conduct, 79 mins)

Hartlepool Match Statistics: Possession: 54%; Shots: 10; Shots On Target: 5; Corners: 5; Fouls: 7.

Yeovil Match Statistics: Possession: 46%; Shots: 12; Shots On Target: 2; Corners: 4; Fouls: 15.

Referee: Kevin Wright (Merseyside). Assistants: Ryan Johnson (Manchester) and Scott Oldham (Lancashire). Fourth Official: Andrew Miller (Durham).

Attendance: 3,923 (with 124 Yeovil supporters).


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13 February 2016 : Team News For Hartlepool United vs Yeovil Town
Yeovil Town have named one change to their starting eleven for the League Two match against Hartlepool United at Victoria Park this afternoon. Striker Ryan Bird gets his first start for the club since the FA Cup Second Round tie against Stevenage in December - he displaces Harry Cornick in the starting line-up.

The return of centre-back Alex Lacey following his three match suspension means that he is added to the bench. However, midfielder Kevin Dawson hasn't travelled up to the game. He picked up a training ground injury, reported as being an ankle problem, and so drops out of the squad. He is expected to be absent for two weeks. Club captain Darren Ward has had problems with a swollen knee but comes back into the squad on the bench.

Midfielder Wes Fogden has an injury that has been keeping him out of the squad recently. The club's longer term injury list of Jordan Gibbons (hip injury) and Omar Sowunmi (ankle) means that they continue to be absent.

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

Yeovil Town:
1. Artur Krysiak
24. Connor Roberts 6. Jakub Sokolik 3. Nathan Smith 11. Ryan Dickson
25. Liam Walsh 4. Matt Dolan 2. Ben Tozer
14. Jack Compton 9. Ryan Bird 39. Francois Zoko (Capt)

Substitutes: (now confirmed)
12. Chris Weale (GK) 8. Marc Laird 16. Tahvon Campbell 18. Simon Gillett 21. Alex Lacey 23. Harry Cornick 26. Darren Ward

Hartlepool United:
1. Trevor Carson
19. Jordan Richards 6. Matthew Bates 26. Adam Jackson 20. Dan Jones
16. Nicky Featherstone 7. Nathan Thomas 14. Michael Woods 30. Jake Gray
10. Billy Paynter 33. Luke James

Substitutes:
2. Carl Magnay 3. Jake Carroll 5. Scott Harrison 9. Rakish Bingham 13. Adam Bartlett 17. Scott Fenwick 18. Lewis Hawkins


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13 February 2016 : Darren Way Talks About The Club's Mini-Break From Football
Today should see Yeovil Town play their first match for ten days, with the club finding last weekend's fixture against Plymouth Argyle being called off due to a waterlogged pitch. They travel to Hartlepool United for a League Two fixture, and ahead of that game, first team manager Darren Way appeared live on BBC Somerset to chat to presenter Claire Carter. Darren talks about the prospect of facing a Pools side under new management, as well as explaining some of the background as to why two of his players ended up in a Boxing ring, whilst another player ended up swimming in the sea! Read that interview via the link below.

Link: Darren Way Speaks To The BBC About The Club's Mini-Break From Games.


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12 February 2016 : Torquay Teenager Given Yeovil Town Scholarship
Yeovil Town have given a scholarship to a teenager from Torquay as part of their Academy programme. The Glovers have offered a two year scholarship to 16 year old Callum Morton, who is a pupil at Torquay Academy, which is a secondary school situated in the town. He has also been a part of Waldon Athletic football club, who are based at the nearby Windmill Hill in Torquay.

Glovers Academy Manager Geoff Harrop previously held a similar role with Torquay United and states that whilst he was with the Gulls he had spotted Callum as an 11 year old, and told the Torquay Herald Express that he was glad to pick him up, praising the player's scoring record throughout the various age groups:

"I have followed Callum's progress since arriving in Torbay in 2010, and it's taken me more than five years to finally capture his signature. His goal scoring record is amongst the very best in the area, and his willingness to work hard has not gone unnoticed. A lot of the credit for Callum's success must go to Tony Herrera and the parents of Waldon Athletic Football Club, who have supported Callum along this journey. I thank the school for his excellent educational progress and grounding over the last couple of years."

Torquay Academy PE teacher Dan Jones added that he was pleased Callum had been noticed by Harrop and that he could now join a formal football academy structure:

"We are delighted that Callum has agreed terms with Yeovil Town, and that they have recognised the potential that we have always known that he had. He has been an outstanding member of our football academy and school
teams for five years, having scored some wonderful goals and put in many fantastic performances along the way
."

Yeovil were able to offer Callum a scholarship because Torquay made the decision to close their Academy set-up last summer, partly due to their relegation to the Conference 18 months ago, and partly due to financial problems at Plainmoor. Those events allowed former Glovers boss Paul Sturrock to persuade Harrop to become the club's Academy Manager, after the club decided to re-open its own youth set-up, following a two year period in which it was closed down.


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12 February 2016 : Darren Previews The Hartlepool Away Game
As part of the build-up to Saturday afternoon's League Two match against Hartlepool United at Victoria Park, Yeovil Town manager Darren Way spoke to the BBC. With questions from BBC Somerset reporter Ed Hadwin, Darren talks about the long trip to the North-East, the risk of complacency amongst the players, and his thoughts on team selection given the expected availability of Darren Ward and Alex Lacey. Read that interview via the link below.

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


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12 February 2016 : Sherwood Wants A Win And Nothing Else As Ladies Enter FA Cup
It's been a long wait, but the start of Yeovil Town Ladies competitive fixtures begins this Sunday, when they face Bradford City Women in the third round of the SSE FA Women's Cup. With last weekend's scheduled game a wash out due to a waterlogged pitch, Manager Jamie Sherwood has insisted he is only looking at a win and progression into the Fourth Round.

With an away tie awaiting next against the winners of either Bristol City Women or Queens Park Rangers Ladies, Sherwood will be hoping that his side can progress and reach greater heights than in previous seasons. He explained:

"I just want to be in the next round of the cup. That's all we’ve focussed on for the last four weeks and we want to go one better than we did last year when we got to the Fourth Round. We’ve had another week of preparation so the girls are even more eager and even more excited to play."

First team player Helen Bleazard shared her frustration at last weekend's encounter being postponed but was excited at the prospect of this weekends game saying:

"We’ve prepared ourselves in the right way with training. We’ve gone into this week strong, we’ve all been working hard, everyone’s been here, so we can’t wait."

It will also be an exciting weekend for newly announced captain Ellie Curson who (if selected) will lead the team out for the first time. Curson said: "Come along, we’d love your support. We have high hopes for the season, so we need your support and backing."

The game, which is being played at The Jones Stadium, Sherborne, kicks off at 2.00p.m., with turnstiles open at 12.30p.m. Tickets for this game can be purchased in advance by clicking here or by paying cash on the day (adults £4.00, concessions £2.50, U16s £1.00). Those with 2016 season tickets, can gain FREE entry to this game.

Listen to the thoughts of Sherwood, Bleazard and Curson via the Soundcloud interviews below.




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12 February 2016 : Officials For Hartlepool United vs Yeovil Town
Officials for the League Two match between Hartlepool United and Yeovil Town have been published by the Football League. The match takes place on Saturday 13th February 2016, with a 3.00p.m. kick-off at Victoria Park. The man in charge of the fixture will be referee Kevin Wright (Merseyside).

Some referees you have every season on a repeated basis, to the point where you'd almost recognise them if they walked past you in the street. Then there's Mr Wright - four times in the last thirteen years, and only twice in the last twelve years.

We had him twice during the 2003-04 season. Both matches saw him have to make big decisions. At the September 2003 fixture, he seemed to have a pretty competent game, with even many rather partisan Doncaster Rovers fans at Belle Vue seeing an elbow by Leo Fortune-West late on as worthy of a red card - preferring to take it out on their errant striker than the match official.

We weren't too happy with Mr Wright in the next meeting though, even if - like the Doncaster game - it ended with a 1-0 win away from home. His second half performance saw him take the easy option on three penalty decisions - two for Yeovil and one for Kidderminster Harriers - yet on the 4th penalty appeal, when Harriers striker John Williams took a fall inside the box, Mr Wright pointed to the spot, and it's probably fair to say that one or two Yeovil Town supporters weren't too happy with Mr Williams, for what was a fairly obvious dive. Thankfully Chris Weale pulled off a rare penalty save and we all went home happy.

That season was the year that Mr Wright was promoted to the Football League's referee's list, so it's a touch surprising that our paths have only crossed twice since then. During that time he moved from Northamptonshire to Cambridgeshire, and so it was perhaps surprising that he was selected for a home Northampton Town game in October 2008. We lost the match 3-0, and were a little irritated by the way he got sucked in by some theatrical falling that led to the free kick that the Cobblers opened the scoring. The home side's players were indulging with that sort of stuff throughout the afternoon, and Abdul Osman's reaction to an altercation with Terrell Forbes should have won him an Oscar. Unfortunately for Terrell, his fairly tame hand in the face probably did deserve a red card, and we were probably more annoyed with him and Osman's behaviour than we were with the referee for sticking to the letter of the law.

Our most recent meeting saw him turn up at Tranmere Rovers for a League One fixture. We felt he was rather rusty on the day of the game, although as this was his first match in charge of a Football League match for ten months - a knee injury had put him out of action - this was probably excusable. In our eyes, he clocked up far too many early bookings for fairly low grade offences (although missed a Tranmere elbow that was more serious) and that booking tally meant that by the time he reached the second half, several players were walking a tightrope. Joe Edwards was one of those, and he didn't finish the match. Six minutes after his second yellow, Tranmere bagged the winner. No actual complaints about the actual dismissal - our grumble was more with the seeds that were sown earlier in the game.

Mr Wright will be assisted by Ryan Johnson (Manchester) and Scott Oldham (Lancashire). The Fourth Official will be Andrew Miller (Durham).

Link: October 2012 : Tranmere Rovers 3 Yeovil Town 2.

Link: October 2008 : Northampton Town 3 Yeovil Town 0.

Link: February 2004 : Kidderminster Harriers 0 Yeovil Town 1.

Link: September 2003 : Doncaster Rovers 0 Yeovil Town 1.


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12 February 2016 : Ciderspace Guide To Hartlepool United
On Saturday afternoon, Yeovil Town travel to play Hartlepool United in a League Two match at Victoria Park. With that in mind, the Ciderspace guide has been updated to include this season's ticketing and travel, along with parking, a pub guide, club statistics and other stuff. Find it via the link below.

Link: Ciderspace Guide To Hartlepool United.

Rink End
The Rink End, accommodation for the away support
Photo © 2016 Ciderspace



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11 February 2016 : Darren Way Praises Loan Duo For Thriving In Hardest Environment
Yeovil Town manager Darren Way has praised two of his current loan stars for the role that they are playing at the club in trying to Swansea City right-back Connor Roberts and Everton midfielder Liam Walsh arrived at Huish Park at different times, with the Swansea man being announced as a loan signing on the opening day of the 2015-16 season, whilst the latter is currently the club's newest signing, having arrived on a youth loan during the January transfer window.

Both have been a firm part of the club's recent turnaround of form - Roberts has played in every single minute of every single Yeovil Town fixture so far this season - the only player to do so during this campaign. Meanwhile Walsh has started in all of the six matches he has been available for since his arrival. Perhaps giving a nod towards Roberts' Swansea City teammate Josh Sheehan - who Walsh replaced in the squad - Way told BBC Somerset that the easiest thing for both players to have done would be to have stayed at their parent clubs and played in Under-21 matches. The Glovers boss felt that coming to a club struggling near the Football League and fighting for the cause deserved credit:

"They've shown the personality and what you need to keep this club up, and that's not easy. The easiest option is to go back and play Under-21s football. But they've stood up to the plate and they've decided that this is the right environment to be in. It's the hardest environment, if I've got to be honest with you, because of the pressure that goes with it. So far, those two players are thriving off it."

Walsh's performances so far this season have given him one goal against Luton Town, whilst he has also picked up the Sponsors Man of the Match at one recent home game against Crawley Town, with this site's Man of the Match polls seeing him come out on top in two votes. Way felt that Walsh had adjusted superbly from being part of a Premier League set-up into being a strong part of the Glovers first team squad:

"At 18 years of age, for him to shoulder the responsibility like he has, in moving into Yeovil, when you've been at a Premier League club - that can be a shock. But when he's crossed that white line here, he's looked very very strong. He's carried his responsibility like a man, and credit to him."

This weekend, Yeovil Town should be able to rely upon being able to take all of goalkeeper Artur Krysiak, captain Darren Ward and centre-back Alex Lacey up to Hartlepool United. Krysiak suffered a hip problem in the club's last match against Luton Town, but the extra week lay-off caused by last weekend's postponement of the League Two fixture against Plymouth Argyle should mean he will have recovered from that bruising. Meanwhile Ward's knee injury had cleared up enough for him to be in the reckoning for last weekend's match and he will be joined by Lacey, who has served his three match suspension now.


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11 February 2016 : Quartet Agree Terms For 2016 Ladies Season
Yeovil Town Ladies have retained the services of four of their players over the last twenty-four hours. Today has seen the names of Natasha Knapman, Samantha Quayle and Ellis Hillman added to the roster who are committed to the new 2016 season, and comes 24 hours after Nicola Cousins agreed a new one year contract at the club.

Knapman scored six goals last season, including a headed goal against Millwall Lionesses that won the match staged at Huish Park last season. Both Quayle and Hillman are newer arrivals to the club, with the former making ten appearances so far in attacking wide positions, whilst the latter has been occupying both full-back and more advanced wide positions. First team manager Jamie Sherwood has said of the completion of those deals:

"These three signings are important for our club. All three are extremely hard working and so valuable to our club. I am really pleased that Tash (Knapman) has committed to another season with us. She came in last season after playing a full winter season and made an immediate impact and I fully expect her to do so again this coming season. Sammy is another player who joined us after a full winter season and again hit the ground running and was important throughout the second half of the season in our pursuit for promotion. Hillman joined us after returning from the USA with her debut versus Durham away which was one of the best debuts I've seen at Yeovil Town Ladies. She came in with such assurance, tenacity and commitment."

Yesterday saw Nicola Cousins sign up, having made 21 appearances last season, scoring two goals, and receiving call-ups for the Wales national side. In her busy schedule, she has also turned her attention to coaching, taking charge of the Under-12s and Under-14s at the Ladies development centre, which is based at Bridgwater College. Sherwood praised her on and off the field contributions to the club:

"I am pleased we have secured Nic to a contract and we look forward to watching her produce on and off the pitch. She has become an integral person within the development of our programme, now working as an Assistant Coach within our College Team BC programme. In addition to this, she became a regular contributor of match defining performances and goals."

All of this is nicely timed with the Ladies - weather permitting! - planning to commence their 2016 competitive campaign on Sunday with an FA Women's Cup Third Round tie against Bradford City Ladies. With the initially planned tie having been called off due to a waterlogged pitch, hopefully the weather on Sunday 14th February will be kinder, with the match due to kick off at 2.00p.m. at Raleigh Grove. To buy tickets for the game (or a season ticket which will get you into the match as part of that package offer) head here or alternatively you can pay on the day. The gates will open at 12.30p.m. with access to the club bar, and also the teabars.


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11 February 2016 : Luton Town vs Yeovil Town : Man Of The Match Result
Yeovil Town's last League Two match was played just over a week ago, and saw them travel to play Luton Town at Kenilworth Road. The match ended up with a 1-1 draw, despite Everton loanee Liam Walsh giving us the lead in that match. The Hatters hit back during the final ten minutes via an Alan Sheehan thunderbolt and we had to settle for the draw.

Man of the Match voting saw Kevin Dawson praised as he makes his comeback from his year out of the game, whilst you were also impressed with centre-back pairing Nathan Smith and Jakub Sokolik, which should make the decision on whether to restore club captain Darren Ward to the starting line-up this weekend an interesting one. However, the comfortable winner was Liam Walsh - the second time in the last three games that he's come out on top in the Man of The Match polls.

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

1. Liam Walsh 60 (5)
2. Jakub Sokolík 30 (2)
3. Kevin Dawson 14 (1)
4. Nathan Smith 14 (0)
5. Jack Compton 8 (0)
6. Connor Roberts 6 (0)
6. Ben Tozer 6 (0)
6. Francois Zoko 6 (0)

OVERALL MATCH RATING : 6.75
Performance : 7
Entertainment : 6.5
VOTES RECEIVED : 8


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10 February 2016 : Pools Unveil New Boss After Five-And-A-Half Hour Gap
No messing about for League Two side Hartlepool United. It has taken Saturday's opponents just five-and-a-half hours to decide who should succeed outgoing manager Ronnie Moore at Victoria Park. They have appointed Craig Hignett as their new boss, in what will be his first front line position, following a lengthy playing career that started at Crewe Alexandra and took in the likes of Middlesbrough, Barnsley and Blackburn Rovers.

He finished his playing career with a short term deal at Hartlepool at the tail end of the 2006-07 season, and then turned his thoughts to coaching and management. The 46 year old became an Academy coach at Middlesbrough in 2008, but then became assistant manager at Hartlepool United in May 2013, working under Colin Cooper. However, that tenure didn't last too long before Middlesbrough took him back in March 2014 as assistant head coach. By December though, Hignett had left Boro again and since then has been coaching at the Teeside-based Premier Player Football Academy.

Hignett's contract length has not been specified. Hartlepool have indicated that he plans to bring in his own backroom team, with Moore's former assistant manager Sam Collins, who had two previous caretaker manager spells, being given the job as Hignett's Under-21s manager - an effective demotion from his former position. Hignett's first match in charge will be against Yeovil Town on Saturday. Chairman Gary Coxall believes that his new man has the right experience to help move Hartlepool up from their current 22nd placed position in the league:

"It was essential that we moved quickly to get a new Manager in place. We immediately identified Craig as our number one target and we believe he has all the right qualities to help instil confidence back in to the players and help us move up the table. He has a wealth of experience in football and has been looking for an opportunity to move in to management so we're delighted to give him that chance here at Victoria Park."

Link: Revised Ticketing For Hartlepool United vs Yeovil Town.

Link: GWSC Travel To Hartlepool United.

Link: Saturday's Hosts Part Company With Manager Moore.


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10 February 2016 : Saturday's Hosts Part Company With Manager Moore
League Two side Hartlepool United have parted company with first team manager Ronnie Moore. The former Tranmere Rovers and Rotherham United boss had been in charge of the club since December 2014, and his tenure at Victoria Park can be told as a tale of two halves. He took over the job with Pools stuck in 24th place in the League, and with his side cut six points short of safety, and in danger of dropping out of the Football League. He managed to turn the club around, eventually securing a 22nd place finish that kept them up by four points.

This season appeared to be continuing that run, with Hartlepool starting the new campaign in strong form, winning their first four games of the season. The snag is that they've only won two league matches since that point, and have gradually slid down the table, currently occupying 22nd place, and behind the Glovers on goal difference, albeit with three games in hand. Last night, they lost a vital six-pointer against Stevenage at Victoria Park by a 1-2 scoreline, and the Pools board have decided to act, with the decision being announced as one of 'mutual consent'.

Yeovil Town travel to play Hartlepool United on Saturday - as yet our hosts have not announced who the Caretaker Manager will be, or hinted if they have anyone else waiting in the wings.

Link: Revised Ticketing For Hartlepool United vs Yeovil Town.

Link: GWSC Travel To Hartlepool United.


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10 February 2016 : Planning Application Update
It's been a while since Yeovil Town's retail park planning application has been in the limelight, with its profile having dropped during the latter part of 2015. The application, which is the second major attempt the club have had to redevelop Huish Park land, was submitted to South Somerset District Council on July 30th 2015, with an initial target of being heard at the end of a thirteen week consultation window by the end of October 2015.

The planning application has been granted two separate extensions of time since that submission, the background to which will explain why things have gone quiet. These extensions have been mutually agreed between the club and the council - the first extended the target out as far as December 4th 2015, but the second - agreed in early December - extended it as far as March 31st 2016. The purpose of the extension to the consultation period is to allow both parties additional time to resolve issues that might result in the application receiving an unfavourable or incomplete outcome if it was taken to the planning committee stage. It is not a hard deadline - the two parties may agree to extend the consultation period again if there are still outstanding issues that they believe could be resolved, given additional time.

The reasons for the two extensions can be traced back to September 2015. The first was a request by the Highways Authority, who report to Somerset County Council (and not the District Council), who asked for more time to assess the application and its impact on the Yeovil Western Corridor scheme - the wider road plans for the west side of the town. The Highways Authority later responded on October 20th, recommending refusal of the application, unless a long list of issues and missing information could be addressed as part of an additional submission regarding the application.

The second major set of issues related to a meeting held between the Football Club, SSDC and national Government body Sport England, on September 8th 2015. Three weeks later, SSDC provided Yeovil Town with a list of issues that had been raised during that meeting, relating to the following topics (for which the following is our interpretation of the issues that exist):

1. Crossover with the Thorne Lane Recreational Space planning application at Lufton : Away from Huish Park, back in June 2015 the football club submitted a separate planning application to develop farming land, to provide community-based recreational open space. The football club have requested for this application to be kept separate from the planning application at Huish Park, although the motive is clearly to provide replacement Public Open Space and sports pitches, in the event of the existing pair of training pitches and associated green space being built upon.

The problem SSDC have said that creates is that the Thorne Lane application makes reference to the Huish Park application, and thus the Council will have problems assessing them separately. Their recommendation is that both applications are assessed together, given that one is theoretically designed to offset the other.

2. Set-up and maintenance costs of the Thorne Lane site : SSDC state that there are gaps in the club's application that do not include a number of costs associated with creating the site. Lufton village residents have indicated that the field the club wish to develop on, has flooded in the past, with the water rolling away from the field and towards local houses. They therefore believe there should be levelling and drainage works carried out. They also state that the new recreational site should be fenced and gated to prevent another concern of local residents, that it might attract vandalism and anti-social behaviour without appropriate security of the site.

SSDC and Sport England have also indicated that the club's costings of this site do not include the erection of a pavilion that would act as changing rooms and so want this to be included as a commitment, along with the installation of water and electricity supplies. In addition, they want the club to set up a ten year maintenance budget, provided as either cash or a commitment to labour, to ensure that the new site can ultimately stand on its own two feet, noting that as this site is not a Parish Council priority, they cannot see that land upkeep being publicly funded. With these costs not having been factored in, this may change the club's overall business case.

3. Proposed Sports Hall and new 3G Pitch: SSDC note that the Huish Park planning application does not identify how income will be realised for the Sports Hall that is proposed to be built on the site where the Beer Tent is currently located. They also question what the club's intentions are for the recently built 3G Pitch, given that the original artificial surface had been funded by SSDC as a community asset - they note that the club are not making any visible commercial use of this facility. If there were commitments from the club to use the Sports Hall and 3G pitch as community facilities, rather than as a private venture, then it would strengthen the club's planning case.

4. Out Of Town Retail Stores: Although the club's latest proposals offer a more modest Retail Store, SSDC warn the club of the 'tension' that exists between town centre businesses and those proposing to build large developments on the edge of town. They point out that they have received representations from the owners of the Quedam Shopping Centre and the owners of the Glovers Walk shops objecting to the application on the grounds that it goes against the National Planning Policy Framework. SSDC say that the application must identify the tangible benefits to the Football Club and balance that up against the effect it will have on the town centre.

On that note, SSDC state that it is hard to provide such an assessment, whilst the Football Club have not disclosed the identity of the major retailer involved in the application. They recommend that if the retailer is The Range (the retail chain owned by Chris Dawson) that the club should go public on that, as it will be easier for them to quantify the impact on traffic and town centre issues - without that information, their assessment will be vague and hard to quantify.

They also have an issue with the lack of detail concerning the club's plans to build community or supporter facing facilities and how the Retail park land sale/lease will fund this. SSDC say the application "does attempt to set out the financial linkage that was such a big issue with the last application. However, it still does not go far enough or is sufficiently detailed to spell out exactly how longer term revenue to support the club is generated or that this level of revenue is sufficiently worthwhile to approve the retail development, contrary to policy."

SSDC's belief is that the club's business case is only robust enough to fulfill the development of the first phase of the supporter/community facilities, pointing out that with the club projecting £4.95m sales from the retail park, but Phase 1 (compromising of the new roof over the North Stand and the Community Hall adjoining the same) being allocated £3.83m, once the Thorne Lane set-up costs are properly quantified, there may not be money for subsequent development phases, adding: "What likely income is YTFC planning on generating by these elements to Phase 1? If fairly robust financial planning projections or a business case cannot be demonstrated, why would you do it in the first place, and how can I give details to Members (Councillors) that the benefits to the club outweigh the potential harm to the town centre?"

Since that September 2015 letter, there has been very little movement with the submitted planning applications. The two Extensions Of Time have been agreed, keeping the application open until March 31st 2016, so far. The last two notes on the application from the Football Club come from the club's Planning Agent David Bell. On October 17th 2015, he told SSDC: "I have now been able to discuss the content with the Board Members and we have been authorised to prepare additional information. I will forward this to you as soon as possible". Then on December 7th 2015, as part of the latest Extension of Time agreement, he added: "We are preparing some modifications and supplementary information but, before formally submitting it to you and having further discussions, I am awaiting a client instruction to proceed".

Assuming the application is to fully proceed in a successful manner, the expectation would be that the Football Club would need to provide that supplementary information, to resolve the above concerns along with those raised by the County's Highways Agency, and at that point the relevant departments would re-review the application based on that additional information. When either the Football Club or SSDC believes those issues have been resolved, the final Case Officer report would be prepared and the planning application would then be put forward to a formal assessment by the Area South Committee. Given we are now in mid-February, it would seem likely that the March 31st extension date will need to be rolled over further if the process is to continue - how much further is hard to tell, given that until those issues are resolved, there is little point in pushing for the application to be heard at Committee level.


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9 February 2016 : AFC Wimbledon vs Yeovil Town : Man Of The Match Result
Yeovil Town's final match of the month of January saw them travel to AFC Wimbledon, who play at the rather familiar surroundings of Kingsmeadow. The match itself was an end-to-end affair, with the home side taking the lead twice, with Yeovil Town hitting back quickly on both occasions. That was before a slightly more sedate second half saw the Glovers grab the fifth and crucial goal for a 3-2 win. The man of the hour was Jack Compton, who took advantage of his more advanced position to score his first professional first team career hat-trick.

Man of the Match voting saw Nathan Smith, playing as a centre-back, get praise for his stand-in role in the side, whilst Everton midfielder Liam Walsh, who provided an impressive assist for the opening Yeovil goal came in second place. The poll winner - and there was only likely to be one winner - was hat-trick man Jack Compton, who unsurprisingly won the vote by a significant margin.

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

1. Jack Compton 416 (36)
2. Liam Walsh 192 (7)
3. Nathan Smith 82 (1)
4. Jakub Sokolík 48 (1)
5. Matthew Dolan 28 (1)
6. Ben Tozer 22 (1)
7. Simon Gillett 12 (1)
8. Connor Roberts 12 (0)
10. Kevin Dawson 12 (0)
11. Francois Zoko 10 (0)
12. Ryan Dickson 4 (0)
13. Artur Krysiak 2 (0)

OVERALL MATCH RATING : 8.62
Performance : 8.38
Entertainment : 8.88
VOTES RECEIVED : 48


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9 February 2016 : Darren Way Talks About Postponements, Emergency Loans And Management Styles
On Saturday, Yeovil Town saw their League Two home match against Plymouth Argyle curtailed due to heavy rain on the day of the game. Shortly after the postponement, he spoke live on BBC Somerset as part of the Saturday Sport programme. With questions from presenter Geoff Twentyman, Darren gives his views on the postponement, his expectations for the emergency loan transfer market, which opens today, and on the first two months of his management spell. Read that interview via the link below.

Link: Darren Way Speaks To The BBC After The Postponement Of The Plymouth Game.


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8 February 2016 : Yeovil Town vs Crawley Town : Man Of The Match Result
Just over two weeks ago, Yeovil Town played host to Crawley Town in a League Two fixture at Huish Park. The three points took a little time to come Yeovil's way, with a fairly blunt rearguard tactic by the visitors threatening to cancel the game out, but in the end a 2-1 win was gained. The Glovers had to thank two quick second half goals from Ryan Bird and Tahvon Campbell just after they were introduced onto the field of play, with Crawley only waking up in the final ten minutes when they pulled a goal back via Lee Barnard.

Man of the Match voting saw midfielder Matt Dolan and substitute Tahvon Campbell feature highly - the latter notable given he was only on the pitch for 34 minutes! However, the poll winner was a country mile ahead of everyone else - Everton midfielder Liam Walsh swallowed up almost all of the first-placed votes and that made him the runaway winner.

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

1. Liam Walsh 494 (47)
2. Tahvon Campbell 76 (0)
3. Matthew Dolan 76 (1)
4. Jakub Sokolík 70 (2)
5. Connor Roberts 64 (1)
6. Francois Zoko 60 (0)
7. Ryan Dickson 50 (2)
8. Ben Tozer 50 (2)
9. Ryan Bird 34 (1)
10. Nathan Smith 22 (0)
11. Jack Compton 18 (1)
12. Artur Krysiak 14 (0)
13. Kevin Dawson 10 (1)
14. Shaun Jeffers 8 (0)

OVERALL MATCH RATING : 7.66
Performance : 7.74
Entertainment : 7.57
VOTES RECEIVED : 61


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8 February 2016 : New Date For Argyle Home Fixture
Yeovil Town's League Two home match against Plymouth Argyle now has a new date. The match will be played on Tuesday 23rd February at Huish Park, with a 7.45p.m. kick-off. The original date - last Saturday - was called off due to a waterlogged pitch.

All purchased tickets for this game remain valid for the rearranged fixture. If you cannot make the rearranged date, we'd recommend you contact your source Ticket Office (Huish Park for home fans, Home Park for away fans) as soon as possible to make alternative arrangements.


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8 February 2016 : Ladies FA Cup Fourth Round Draw Puts Winners On The Road
Yeovil Town Ladies have been given the possibility of a local derby tie if they can get past Bradford City Ladies in their FA Women's Cup tie. The Fourth Round draw has been made by the Football Association today, at Joseph's Primary School in Wembley, and the winners of the Third Round match will face a trip to one of Bristol City Women or Queens Park Rangers Ladies in the next round.

Due to the bad weather over the weekend, the Glovers saw their Third Round clash against Bradford called off, with a waterlogged pitch at Raleigh Grove, Sherborne seeing the match called off over 24 hours before the scheduled date. The Third Round tie will now be played on Sunday 14th February 2016, with a 2.00p.m. kick-off, with Raleigh Grove once again the chosen venue.

If they can get past that, then they would travel to the winners of the Bristol City vs QPR tie on Sunday 28th February.

The full draw is as follows:

Bristol City or Queens Park Rangers v Yeovil Town or Bradford City
Sheffield FC v Sporting Club Albion
Loughborough Foxes or Lewes v Millwall Lionesses
Brighton & Hove Albion v Blackburn Rovers
Everton v Nottingham Forest or Preston North End
Durham v Charlton Athletic
Tottenham Hotspur v Aston Villa


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8 February 2016 : Walsh Extends Yeovil Town Loan Agreement
Yeovil Town have extended the loan deal for Everton midfielder Liam Walsh. The 18 year old has been a fixed part of the Glovers line-up since his arrival from Goodison Park in early January, putting in performances that have made him look far more experienced and older than he actually is, in terms of the way he has stamped his authority on the centre of the park.

So far Walsh has made six appearances for the club, scoring one goal against Luton Town. In addition, he set up the club's opening goal against AFC Wimbledon with a defence-splitting pass, whilst he picked up the Sponsors Man of the Match award for his performance against Crawley Town. The two clubs have agreed to extend his stay by a further month, taking him into the second week in March.

Link: Liam Walsh : Yeovil Town Statistics.


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8 February 2016 : The Day The Circus Comes To Town
Yeovil Town will be using their stadium for something a little different over the summer. The club have invited Travis Pastrana’s Nitro Circus to stage an event at the ground. The show is one of thirteen arena events planned around the country and is centred around choreographed and stunt routines for freestyle motocross (FMX), BMX, skate and other associated sports. Tickets for the event go on sale tomorrow. The event will take place on Sunday 19th June 2016, with the show starting at 6.00p.m.

The organisers stage that "highlights include the explosive 'Nitro Bomb' featuring all riders flipping simultaneously. Plus, during FMX trains, riders will slice through the air wheel-to-wheel, mere inches apart. Nitro Circus athletes will also brave the (in)famous 40-foot Giganta ramp, which will launch a host of ridiculous contraptions like trikes, a penny farthing, a lounge chair, a bathtub and much more. All of this mayhem in one show, requiring more than 15 trucks and 50 crew members to transport and set up, adds up to a theatrical spectacular area fans have never experienced before."

The Nitro Circus has been shown around the world in places such as Paris, New York, Melbourne and Johannesburg. You can find out more about the events and what they're all about by heading to the Nitro Circus Website. Meanwhile you can purchase tickets for the event, from tomorrow, by heading here.

The Nitro Circus - coming to Huish Park this summer
The Nitro Circus - coming to Huish Park this summer



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7 February 2016 : Pilgrims Boss Backing Referee's 'Correct Decision'
Plymouth Argyle manager Derek Adams has backed the decision to call off yesterday's League Two match at Huish Park. The Pilgrims were due to play Yeovil Town in a match that was the reverse fixture for the game at saw the Pilgrims win 1-0 at Home Park, but after two pitch inspections the game was called off by referee Lee Collins.

Despite the club having covered the pitch overnight, within an hour of the covers being removed, small puddles began to form on the edge of the surface, and based on a nasty looking weather forecast, which ultimately resulted in flooding on local roads surrounding the town by the early evening, referee Collins decided to call the game off at 12.45p.m. Adams said afterwards that although he had sympathy with the 2,000 travelling Plymouth fans who had headed up to Somerset, he couldn't see any other possible outcome:

"The referee has made the correct decision to postpone the match. When you take into account the weather conditions and the forecast, then it is the right call to postpone the match. All of the staff and the players feel sorry for the travelling supporters. We were going to have a large following at Yeovil - we hope they will be able to make it when the match is rearranged."

As reported yesterday, Yeovil Town manager Darren Way gave his own backing to the referee's decision, believing that the weather conditions would have turned the game into a farce.

Link: Darren Way Gives Backing For Postponement Decision.


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7 February 2016 : Jamie Sherwood Talks About His New Ladies Management Contract
Earlier this week, Yeovil Town Ladies created a bit of history for themselves. Up until now, all of their managers have worked on a non-contract basis, but with them now entering their second season at FA Women's Super League level, they have now given a one year contract for manager Jamie Sherwood. Shortly after that decision was announced, Jamie spoke to BBC Somerset reporter Matt Faulkner about the deal and the ambitions that the Ladies have as a club. Read that interview via the link below.

NOTE: Since that interview, the Ladies' FA Cup match against Bradford City Ladies has been postponed, due to a waterlogged pitch. It will now be played on Sunday 14th February, at Raleigh Grove, with a 2.00p.m. kick-off.

Link: Jamie Sherwood Speaks To The BBC About His New Management Contract.


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6 February 2016 : Bottom Six Unchanged Despite Glovers Postponement
Despite Yeovil Town not kicking a football this afternoon, their position in the League Two table remains unchanged, thanks to a mix of postponements and defeats for teams near the foot of the division. Top placed Northampton Town gained a by-the-book 2-0 victory over basement York City, to keep the Cobblers at the head of the division and to increase their advantage to five points, still with a game in hand over Plymouth Argyle, who had been due to be the Glovers opponents this afternoon until the match at Huish Park was postponed.

Dagenham and Redbridge, who are the other club in the relegation zone, lost narrowly to a second half goal against Cambridge United, whilst managerless Stevenage, who fired Teddy Sheringham on Transfer Deadline Day, couldn't improve their form as Crawley Town secured a 1-0 win at Broadhall Way, thanks to Matt Harrold's goal. Given that poor old Hartlepool United had yet another game called off - they are up to five games behind in their fixtures on other League Two sides - whilst Newport County's home match was part of a South-West footballing wash-out, that meant that the bottom six League Two positions ended up entirely unchanged, with the advantage that York, Dagenham and Stevenage have all used up another fixture without picking up points.

Link: 2015-16 Latest League Two Table.


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6 February 2016 : Johnson Jnr Becomes Bristol City Manager
Former Yeovil Town midfielder Lee Johnson has left League One side Barnsley to rejoin Bristol City. The 34 year old had a release clause in his contract at Barnsley triggered and he has now been given a three-and-a-half year contract at Ashton Gate to become their new Head Coach, and with the obvious immediate task of trying to save City from relegation from the Championship. He is sat in the Directors Box at The Valley today, watching City's game against Charlton Athletic that sees 23rd play 22nd in a six pointer, and will formally take over the running of the dressing room there after today's match.

Johnson is a former Bristol City player, having made 197 appearances over six seasons, including their promotion from League One in 2007 and their subsequent appearance in the Championship play-off final, whilst playing under his father Gary Johnson. He became a first team manager at the age of just 31 years old, as Oldham Athletic's manager, but moved across to Barnsley in February 2015. Despite having a rather sticky start to the 2015-16 season that saw the Tykes struggling in the relegation zone, Johnson Jnr has this week won the January 2016 League One Manager of the Month Award, as well as taking his side to the Football League Trophy Final. The morning after both of those achievements, City came calling and he has now become their new Head Coach. He leaves Barnsley in a more healthy 12th place position, and five points off the play-offs.

Link: Lee Johnson : Yeovil Town Statistics.


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6 February 2016 : Darren Way Gives Backing For Postponement Decision
Yeovil Town manager Darren Way has said that he thinks today's decision to call off the League Two match against Plymouth Argyle was the right one. The Huish Park pitch was deemed to be waterlogged by match referee Lee Collins after he initially passed an 11.30a.m. pitch inspection, deciding to call the game off just over an hour later after further rain came down in South Somerset.

With further rain forecast for later in the day, and small puddles starting to form around the edges of the pitch, the match was called off at 12.45p.m. and Way backed the referee's decision, telling BBC Somerset that the water on the pitch and high winds would have turned the match into a lottery:

"I think so. I was saying to one of the members of staff, that you could have anyone out there as a manager today and you couldn't really affect the game tactically, because the conditions, the wind and the rain could have been a major factor in how the game panned out. So it's the right decision but we just move on now and make sure that we prepare for the next game."

Way added his thanks to the club's groundstaff and volunteer supporters, who he felt had gone to extreme lengths to try to keep the game on. He said that he was proud of the efforts that had been put in across the Friday and Saturday:

"I feel quite proud as manager to sit here now, knowing the lengths that the club went into, to try to get the game on. We had an army of supporters turn up yesterday, and they had to turn up today to remove the covers. So we tried to do everything that we can to get the game on, and to continue our home form where we haven't lost at home yet."

A new date for the League Two fixture will be announced in due course - almost certainly a Tuesday night fixture. Any fans who have bought tickets for the game should hold onto them as they will remain valid for the rearranged fixture. If you can't make the new date, then you'll need to make exchanges/returns via the Huish Park or Home Park Ticket Office that you originally purchased from.


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6 February 2016 : Yeovil Town vs Plymouth Argyle Is POSTPONED
Yeovil Town's League Two home match against Plymouth Argyle at Huish Park has now been called OFF. The match has been postponed by referee Lee Collins, following further heavy rain. Having passed an initial 11.30a.m. pitch inspection, the referee has done a second pitch inspection just over an hour later and has decided that the pitch is too waterlogged, particularly bearing in mind the weather forecast for a further bank of heavy rain to come in later today.

The match will now need a new date to be set - almost certainly a Tuesday night fixture. We'll let you know when the game is rearranged.


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6 February 2016 : Pilgrims Visit Remains On Despite Heavy Rain
Yeovil Town's League Two home match against Plymouth Argyle at Huish Park today remains ON despite heavy rain in the area. League Two matches involving Bristol Rovers, Newport County and Exeter City have all fallen foul of the weather today, giving an indication of how heavy the rain is in the South-West, as games at those grounds saw the pitches waterlogged.

However, with the Glovers having covered the Huish Park pitch overnight, those covers have now been removed, and an initial inspection by referee Lee Collins at around 11.30a.m. has given the thumbs up for the game to go ahead. Needless to say, the match official does plan to keep reassessing the situation, with more heavy rain due to come later in the day. For the moment though, the match is on.


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6 February 2016 : Ladies FA Cup Match Against Bradford Falls Foul Of The Weather
Yeovil Town Ladies have had their FA Women's Cup Third Round tie against Bradford City Women called off. The match was due to be played on Sunday 7th February at the Jones Stadium (aka Raleigh Grove, Sherborne) but has been called off due to heavy rain forecast and a currently waterlogged pitch.

Sherborne Town FC held their own pitch inspection this morning for their match against Bradford Town (a completely different Bradford!) and this game has been called off. The same referee also judged whether the pitch was likely to recover in the 24 hour period that would pass, given the weather forecast and the fact that Bradford City Women were due to set off for an overnight stop for this fixture, the referee decided to make an early decision.

The match will now be played next weekend, on Sunday 14th February at Raleigh Grove, with a 2.00p.m. kick-off.


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6 February 2016 : Darren Previews The Plymouth Argyle Home Game
As part of the build-up to the League Two match against Plymouth Argyle at Huish Park, Yeovil Town manager Darren Way spoke to the BBC. With questions from BBC Somerset reporter Richard Hoskin, Darren talks about the prospect of meeting a side sat in second place in the league table, plus giving his views on the availability of goalkeeper Artur Krysiak, club captain Darren Ward and centre-back Alex Lacey, as well as his thoughts on the possibility of complacency. Read that interview via the link below.

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


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5 February 2016 : Volunteers Needed At Huish Park To Remove Pitch Covers
Yeovil Town have put out a call for volunteers to attend the ground tomorrow morning to help remove pitch covers. The club have covered the playing surface ahead of Saturday afternoon's League Two match against Plymouth Argyle, due to heavy rain being forecast for the Yeovil area overnight and during tomorrow morning.

The club are planning to remove the pitch covers from 10.00a.m. and any fans who can attend Huish Park at that time are asked to report to the Reception area. You'll just need to bring some footwear suitable for walking on a watery/muddy football pitch, and given the weather forecast a decent coat. You may want to leave a dry alternative in the car just in case the rain is heavy!

According to the MetCheck website, at present there are two significant banks of rain due in the area on Saturday. The first is due to hit between 7.00a.m. and 10.00a.m. and then begin to ease off. A second bank of rain will hit the area from 4.00p.m. until 7.00p.m. In between that time there is due to be some lighter showers. So the logic appears to be to remove the pitch covers after the first bank of rain has run through the County - fine, as long as the weather forecasters have done their job accurately!


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5 February 2016 : Darren Way Talks About The Club's Recent Run Of Form
On Wednesday, Yeovil Town manager Darren Way spoke to BBC Somerset about the club's current form. Fresh after the 1-1 draw with Luton Town and the news that he'd been nominated for the January 2016 Manager of the Month for League Two, Darren spoke to BBC presenter Claire Carter about how he saw that Luton draw, the club's route out of the relegation zone, his thoughts on Saturday's match against Plymouth Argyle and the club's movement during the January transfer window. Read that interview via the link below.

Link: Darren Way Speaks To The BBC About The Club's Recent Run Of Form.


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5 February 2016 : Yeovil And Carlisle Hit With FA Fines Following Clothesline Brawl
Yeovil Town and Carlisle United have been fined by the Football Association, following an incident that occurred during their stormy FA Cup Third Round Replay last month. The FA have dished out penalties to both clubs for failure to control their players in the 78th minute of the match that took place at Huish Park last month.

The situation developed out of Antony Sweeney's equalising goal in the 77th minute that sparked a melee between both sets of players. The incident largely came out of Jabo Ibehre's off the ball assault on goalkeeper Artur Krysiak that received national and international reports as a wrestling 'clothesline' challenge by Ibehre on Krysiak. Somehow, Ibehre stayed on the pitch, with just a yellow card for his challenge, whilst Krysiak was also cautioned for retaliation.

Despite referee Tim Robinson failing to take any further action against the players involved at the time, it appears the prominence of the incident has resulted in the FA charging both clubs with misconduct. Yeovil Town admitted the charge, but cited mitigating circumstances, that presumably related to them acting in self defence. Bizarrely, Carlisle decided to deny the charge.

An Independent Regulatory Commission hearing on Thursday 4th February 2016 found both clubs guilty and fined Carlisle £3,000 whilst also fining Yeovil £2,000 for their role in the incident. Both clubs have been warned as to their future conduct.


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5 February 2016 : Officials For Yeovil Town vs Plymouth Argyle
Officials for the League Two match between Yeovil Town and Plymouth Argyle have been published by the Football League. The match takes place on Saturday 6th February 2016 at Huish Park, with a 3.00p.m. kick-off. The man in charge of the fixture will be referee Lee Collins (Surrey).

He was promoted to the Football League's referees' list over the summer of 2011, meaning that we've only had him four times as a man in the middle. He was only promoted to the National Assistant Referee's Group for the start of the 2008-09 season, and so has been enjoying a swift rise through the ranks.

Mr Collins was present for the October 2011 home match against Leyton Orient that ended in a 2-2 draw. Considering he ended up giving both sides a penalty each, you'd think we would have been far more opinionated about his performance, particularly as the second one was a late decision that cost us two points. However, with one a handball in our favour, and the other a foul inside the box by Marek Stech, match reports and our memory of the incidents are that he got them both right, whilst the Western Gazette says he "had no choice but to point to the spot (for the second penalty) in a game he officiated well." Sometimes we do say nice things about referees.

We then had him for the League Cup First Round tie against Southend United back in August 2013. Our recollection is that he didn't have too bad a match from our point of view, but seemed to be making a few decisions that raised the hackles of home supporters, with them particularly unhappy about one Joel Grant tackle just before half time that he dished out a yellow for, when they were hoping for a red. He booked four of our players, but from our point of view we accepted his decisions. The Western Gazette were a bit critical of him saying he "struggled to keep a lid on a match where Southend seemed intent on provoking a reaction from their opponents. Awarded several yellow cards for trivial infringements, allowing others to go unpunished."

We had him twice during the 2014-15 season. The first was the League One away match against Gillingham. Like the Leyton Orient game, he gave two penalties, with one for each side, and to be honest the one that we got was a soft one. Not that we capitalised on it, with Kieffer Moore's weak effort saved. If that decision went for us, then the free kick that he awarded that led to Gillingham's opening goal was the reverse, with him interpreting Nathan Ralph and Danny Kedwell's coming together as a foul against the Glovers, when we saw it more of Kedwell's doing - Joe Martin's free kick set Gillingham on their way. Gillingham's second goal came from the penalty spot - for that one we had no complaints - Chris Weale saved it, but Kedwell took the rebound and converted.

The second match saw him visit Huish Park for the March 2015 visit of Oldham Athletic. He certainly didn't have a quiet game, dishing out seven yellow cards, two of which resulted in a red card putting Oldham down to ten men. We may be biased, but we thought the dismissal of Brian Wilson was a superb decision - the former Bristol City player committed a bad foul whilst already on a caution, but referee Collins waved play on, allowing Yeovil an advantage. A minute later, play stopped and he had the good memory to pick out the correct player and make sure the foul didn't go unpunished. He also (potentially) deserved praise for Yeovil's winning goal, where he could have easily blown up to award us a penalty - he didn't and James Hayter swept home the loose ball. It may be that he didn't think it was a penalty, but his body language at the time implied that if Hayter hadn't converted, he would have blown up, implying another good advantage played.

Mr Collins will be assisted by Steven Plane (Worcestershire) and William Bull (Hampshire). The Fourth Official will be Adam Matthews (Gloucestershire).

Link: October 2011 : Yeovil Town 2 Leyton Orient 2.

Link: August 2013 : Southend United 0 Yeovil Town 1.

Link: August 2014 : Gillingham 2 Yeovil Town 0.

Link: March 2015 : Yeovil Town 2 Oldham Athletic 1.


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5 February 2016 : Captain Curson To Lead Ladies For New Season
Yeovil Town Ladies midfielder Ellie Curson has been announced as the club's first team captain for the forthcoming 2016 season. Curson joined the Glovers in June 2014 and has gone on to become an integral part of the team, signing a new one-year contract at the end of last season.

The Welsh international was named as 2015 ‘Manager’s Player of the Year’ and first team boss Jamie Sherwood spoke of the respect the 21 year old has within the squad:

"I am delighted to have Ellie leading the group this season. She is a straight talking, driven and passionate player and I feel she can support the players and help us all achieve even more this season. Ellie has been given the opportunity by the players as we, with our sports psych staff at ‘Mindsport’, have been working towards a player driven choice of captain. The group have chosen a worthy candidate and someone who will wear the armband with pride."

Sherwood added that it was important that there was a strong team bond during the coming season as it would help drive the players forward, and he would work with Ellie to make sure that was achieved:

"I feel it's important the group are as tight as possible this year as this unity will give us a stronger chance of pushing the club forward. The coaching staff and myself are looking forward to working with Ellie and ensuring we support not only her but the group of players further, to maximise their potential over the next 9 months."

Glovers fans can see Curson lead out the team for the first time in this Sunday's SSE FA Women’s Cup tie at home to Bradford City Women. Kick off is 2.00p.m. at The Jones Stadium, Sherborne. Tickets can be purchased by heading here, where you can either choose to purchase a Season Ticket that will cover you for all league and cup games, or an individual ticket for the match on Sunday. Turnstiles, drinks bar and food bar will all be open from 12.30p.m. for the 2.00p.m. kick-off.

Yeovil Town Ladies vs Bradford City Ladies - taking place on Sunday
Yeovil Town Ladies vs Bradford City Ladies - taking place on Sunday



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5 February 2016 : Wilder Grabs Manager Of The Month Award
Yeovil Town manager Darren Way has missed out on the January 2016 Manager of the Month award for League Two. He was one of four managers nominated by the Football League as part of their monthly awards, but the final award has been given to Northampton Town's Chris Wilder - AFC Wimbledon's Neal Ardley and Exeter City's Paul Tisdale were the other nominations.

The decision to give it to Wilder is not too controversial. The Cobblers are currently top of the division and won all four League Two fixtures during January, which included a 2-1 away win against second-placed Plymouth Argyle at Home Park. Cobblers attacker Ricky Holmes was also given the Player of the Month award.

In League One, the Manager of the Month award was won by Lee Johnson, who is manager at Barnsley. The former Glovers midfielder has a double reason to celebrate this morning - his team won their way through to the Football League Trophy final at Wembley Stadium last night, after a penalty shoot-out win over Fleetwood Town. They will face Oxford United in the final.


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4 February 2016 : Ward Heading For Glovers Return After Four Match Absence
Yeovil Town manager Darren Way has confirmed that two of his defensive options will return to the playing squad for this weekend's League Two match against high-flying Plymouth Argyle. The Glovers have been without captain Darren Ward for the past four matches after he picked up swelling on his knee from a knock sustained in the January defeat against Morecambe, whilst his replacement Alex Lacey ended up receiving a straight red card in the following FA Cup Third Round Replay tie against Carlisle United, seeing him pick up a three match suspension.

That has left the Glovers very thin on the ground in terms of their defensive options, with left-back Nathan Smith filling in as a centre-back over the last three games, whilst the club have operated without a single defender on the substitutes bench during that time. Thankfully no disasters have occurred as a result of their absence, with two wins and a draw in their last three League Two matches. Whilst Way wasn't going to reveal who would be in his back four for Saturday's match at Huish Park, he told BBC Somerset that Ward definitely would be ready to play on the weekend:

"He'll be involved. Obviously the boys have been doing fantastic. So anyone else coming into this environment at the moment, with the team there's a lot of thought process that goes behind it. All the players have paid every single one of them respect, because obviously someone has had to come in and fill in for Darren and I think that the two centre-halves have handled the games that we've had fantastically well. It's important that they take notice, even though Darren is back and we welcome that. Everyone has played a real good part in getting the club to where it is, and it's great to have Darren Ward back."

The other big concern this week has been goalkeeper Artur Krysiak, who was forced off in midweek after an hour of play, with him having picked up a hip injury that meant he couldn't finish the game. That left the question of who would be between the sticks on Saturday. Darren wasn't willing to confirm that it would be the Pole, but on the other hand isn't ruling it out. Krysiak plans to use a hydro pool and ice bath at Bath University, but has also been using rather more 'natural' facilities by heading down to West Bay for a rather chilly swim in the sea! Way was still hopeful he would recover in time for the game:

"He's okay - he's getting along nicely. He's had a lot of ice. He's probably quite cold at the moment, and he's doing everything that he can to be fit for Saturday. Alex Lacey is back from suspension, so the squad is starting to build nicely again. It's nice to have those selection problems. We'll be making sure that we select the right team for Saturday and be doing everything that we can to try to pick up three points."

The return of Lacey and Ward should mean Way has a squad of nineteen players to choose from on Saturday - assuming Krysiak recovers in time. On Tuesday night, the number of available first team squad members dropped down to seventeen, leaving the club having to field just six substitutes for the match at Luton.


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4 February 2016 : Glovers Lose Court Case Over Four Year Pitch Battle
Yeovil Town are reported to have lost a court case today, in the Court Of Appeal, following a civil dispute over pitch refurbishment. The club have been in dispute with Gartell & Son, who are a groundswork and construction company based in Templecombe. The club engaged with them in June 2012 to perform work to upgrade the main pitch and training facilities, but it seems this work went wrong, with heavy rain blamed as a mitigating factor in why that work failed.

The Western Gazette has reported that initially the club and Gartell had gone to Taunton County Court to settle a dispute over whether the Glovers should have to pay for the work. In August 2014, Judge Harrington agreed with the football club and said that the should not have to pay, and awarded the club £16,500 in damages claimed to have alternative contractors brought in, along with paying staff overtime, ruling that Gartell's work had made the pitch worse.

Today in the Court of Appeal, Lord Justices Floyd, Laws and Bean have partially overruled Judge Harrington's decision, ruling that the damages should not have been awarded. They upheld Judge Harrington's decision that the club did not have to pay Gartell for the work. However, they ruled that he should not have ordered Gartell to pay damages to cover the work done by the replacement contractor.

The ruling means that Yeovil Football and Athletic Club Ltd (more commonly known as Yeovil Town Football Club) will have to pay back any of the £16,500 damages they received. The Gazette also speculate that the club will also have to stomach a legal bill in excess of the amount that was being disputed, although don't indicate what that value might be.

This civil dispute hasn't been made public before by the club. However, the timing of the event fits strongly with barbed remarks former manager Gary Johnson made about the state of the pitches at Alvington over the summer of 2012. The club also had to switch a pre-season friendly against Plymouth Argyle to Dorchester Town's ground, although no explanation was given at the time. During the following month, Johnson was heavily critical of the main stadium playing surface, with assistant manager Terry Skiverton admitting there was frustration behind the scenes. The sequence of events over that month would strongly correlate with the club's subsequent dispute with Gartell.


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4 February 2016 : GWSC Travel To Hartlepool United
The Green and White Supporters Club have set their travel plans for the forthcoming League Two match against Hartlepool United. The match takes place at Victoria Park on Saturday 13th February 2016, with a 3.00p.m. kick-off. Departure times and prices are listed as follows:

Hartlepool United : Saturday 13th February 2016.
Huish Park: 6.00a.m.
Adult Members: £33.00; Member Concessions: £31.00
Adult Non-Members: £35.00; Non-Member Concessions: £33.00

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

Remember in all cases to ensure you make clear which match you are booking for, your full name (and any other names you are booking for) and a contact telephone number.

Link: Revised Ticketing For Hartlepool United vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Ticketing For Dagenham and Redbridge vs Yeovil Town.


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4 February 2016 : Darren Talks About Luton Selection And Transfer Window Dealings
Just before Tuesday night's match against Luton Town kicked off at Kenilworth Road, Yeovil Town manager Darren Way spoke to the BBC. With questions from local journalist Chris Spittles, in an interview for BBC Somerset, Darren talks about the midweek opponents, but also delves into his thinking about why he brought AFC Bournemouth loanee Harry Cornick back into the side, why he let Shaun Jeffers depart on loan to join Woking, and his wider thoughts on the club's transfer window dealings. Read that interview via the link below.

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


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4 February 2016 : Sherwood Becomes First Contracted Ladies Manager
With the team's first competitive fixture fast approaching, Yeovil Town Ladies manager Jamie Sherwood has became the first manager in the clubs history to be contracted. The decision has come, as the board of directors at Yeovil Town Ladies sees the importance of securing the manager as being just as important as its players.

With Bradford City Women due to travel to Sherborne for this weekend's SSE FA Women's Cup match against Yeovil Town Ladies, it will give an extra boost to the squad, which sees full backing for Jamie Sherwood. After taking on the managerial role mid way through the 2014 season, Sherwood has had a season to establish his philosophy and playing style. This year Sherwood has shaped a side, who are certain to reach heights that will take the club to the next level. Chairman Steve Allinson said

"We have made some significant signings in the close season to strengthen the squad, but this appointment is, in my opinion, the most important. Jamie is integral to so much of what we are doing here, at all levels and I am thrilled that we have been able to agree a manager's contract with him. It also reflects the ongoing development of the Club. These really are exciting times for all associated with Yeovil Town Ladies."

Speaking about this contract, manager Jamie Sherwood said:

"The belief the board show in myself and the rest of my staff throughout the club gives me the confidence to develop further structures to secure the long term sustainability of the club both on and off the field. The progress of the club over the last 18 months has been a great journey, but my group of staff have massively taken the responsibility too."

Sherwood also gave recognition to his backroom team of Pete Amos, Michelle Yeowell, Louise Hutton, Tony Rich, Kim Cheffey and Matt Powell who will support him during the 2016 campaign:

"We now boast that we have a two UEFA A License coaches with Pete Amos as our Technical Adviser, and Michelle Yeowell as our Head Coach, who has a real keen eye for detail. We have recruited Louise Hutton who is another young ambitious coach who brings fresh eyes into our programme and with fresh eyes we have new ideas. Lou takes the role of First Team Player Coach. The final pieces of the coaching staff jigsaw is Tony Rich, who has has done great work with all our goalkeepers and can boast that Charlie Haynes is an England U19 player along with Alice Evans who is now playing professionally in Italy, as well as a clutch of up and coming goalkeepers in our club. The teams support staff in physio Kim Cheffey and analyst Matt Powell, will also be crucial to the success this season."

You can watch Jamie Sherwood’s team in action this weekend, when they play against Bradford City Women in the SSE FA Women’s Cup, with the game being played at The Jones Stadium, Sherborne (Sunday 7th Feb - 2.00p.m. kick-off). Tickets can be purchased by heading here, where you can either choose to purchase a Season Ticket that will cover you for all league and cup games, or an individual ticket for the match on Sunday.


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3 February 2016 : Revised Ticket Prices For Hartlepool United vs Yeovil Town
Yeovil Town supporters planning to attend the club's next League Two away fixture can do so at heavily reduced prices. Tickets for the trip to Hartlepool United are currently on sale from the Huish Park Ticket Office and Hartlepool have changed their admission prices for this game. The match takes place at Victoria Park on Saturday 13th February 2016, with a 3.00p.m. kick-off. The revised ticket prices for this game are as follows:

Adults: £12.00 (was £20.00); Over-60s, Students and Under-19s: £6.00 (was £10.00).

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

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

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

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

NOTE: If you purchased your Hartlepool United ticket at the original price, get in touch with the Huish Park Ticket Office and they'll sort you out with a refund for the difference in price. You'll obviously need to be the original person who purchased the tickets, and you may wish to have your credit card details handy if you used one to make your purchase.

Link: Ticketing For Dagenham and Redbridge vs Yeovil Town.


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3 February 2016 : Video : Luton Town vs Yeovil Town Match Highlights
For those who want to view highlights of last night's League Two match between Luton Town and Yeovil Town, that finished in a 1-1 draw, these can now be found online. As well as the second half goal scored by Everton loanee Liam Walsh, you'll find a first half shot from Matt Dolan that went over the bar, along with a Harry Cornick effort that the keeper spilled. In the second half, aside from the two goals, you'll also find the late moment that saw Luton hit the woodwork. Watch via the clip below.




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3 February 2016 : Darren Way's Verdict On The Luton Away Game
Following Tuesday night's 1-1 draw against Luton Town at Kenilworth Road, 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 view on the game, his thoughts on Everton loanee Liam Walsh's goal, and also the availability of Darren Ward and Alex Lacey can be read via the link below.

Link: Darren Way Speaks To The BBC After The 1-1 Draw Against Luton Town.


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3 February 2016 : Darren Way Praises Walsh's Maturity After Toffees Loanee Scores First Goal
Yeovil Town manager Darren Way praised Everton loanee Liam Walsh for being a player that he feels he can trust in his team. The 18 year old is on his first spell away from Goodison Park, and therefore is only six games into his first team professional career, and notched up his first goal at that level on Tuesday night, when he fired home from inside the box in the 1-1 draw against Luton Town. Despite his age, Walsh has started in all of the games that he's been available for, picking up a Sponsors Man of the Match award in the recent home match against Crawley Town, with fans also recognising his performance in that game.

Tonight saw him enhance his reputation amongst Glovers fans, after he took advantage of a knockdown by Francois Zoko, following a deep free kick into the box, and although his first shot was blocked, his second attempt on goal saw him give his side the lead. Way told BBC Somerset Walsh was showing great maturity for someone of his sort of age and experience and praised the Toffees for the way they were developing their younger players:

"He's a great player. The maturity that he's showing at such a young age is fantastic. For me, as the first signing that I've tried to bring in from Everton, I thank Everton for that because of the manner and the way that they've brought the lad up. It looks to me as though he's well educated and well disciplined and he fits all of the requirements to be able to trust him, and to put him in the team. It feels good and I think the players trust in the information that I'm providing. We're in that dressing room and we're really pleased to come to a place like this knowing that only a world class goal stopped not giving us all three points. To come away now with the momentum that we're carrying breeds confidence. The players are putting in a real shift to make sure this football club stays in the Football League."

The big concern on the night was that goalkeeper Artur Krysiak had to come off an hour into the match, after he took a knock in a collision with a Luton Town player inside the box. Chris Weale took over as substitute keeper for the final 30 minutes of the game. Way explained that Krysiak had suffered a hip injury, but hoped that it would not end up being too serious. He also explained Harry Cornick's substitution, with the AFC Bournemouth loanee having to be taken off very early in the second half:

"I think Artur has taken a knock to the hip. But hopefully he will be okay for Saturday, but if not then Wealey steps up. I've talked about this responsibility that players need to take within the team. With Harry Cornick, unfortunately there was no way that he was going to be able to last. He got in on that left-hand side and cut inside and had a great shot, which the keeper had to parry out. So he's done his job as well. I'm really pleased for all of the players and the squad of players that have been involved in this team."


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2 February 2016 : Man of the Match Voting for Luton Town vs Yeovil Town
If you watched this evening's 1-1 draw against Luton Town at Kenilworth Road, don't forget to cast your Man of the Match votes. Choose your top three players from the match, plus entertainment and performance ratings along with any other comments you want to make on the game, using the form below.

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


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2 February 2016 : Luton 1 Yeovil 1 : Walsh Strike Keeps Improved Form Going
Yeovil Town picked up another useful away point as they drew 1-1 against Luton Town at Kenilworth Road tonight. In a game in which both sides could easily have won, the Glovers thought they were on their way to all three points when Everton loanee Liam Walsh netted his first professional first team goal as he gave his temporary side the lead with 20 minutes remaining in the game. Luton hit back with six minutes remaining as a terrific left footed strike by Alan Sheehan levelled the scores and the Hatters nearly won it deep into injury time when Cameron McGeehan struck the post. Yeovil had their difficult moments during the game, particularly when a knee injury to Artur Krysiak forced Chris Weale into 30 minutes of action as the club's substitute keeper, but they held on to rise once place to 21st place in the League Two table.

The Glovers went into the match making one change to their starting line-up. Shaun Jeffers had been loaned out to National League side Woking and so his place in the side was taken by Harry Cornick, as the Glovers preserved their formation but tweaked it slightly with Francois Zoko becoming the more central outlet of the front three. On the bench, Iffy Allen's departure meant that the club could only name six on the bench despite Ryan Bird returning from injury.

Both sides struggled to worry the goalkeepers during the early stages - Craig Mackail-Smith forced Artur Krysiak into a save, which he needed two attempts to clutch, whilst Alex Lawless's shot was struck straight at Jakub Sokolik who stopped the ball getting near the goal, but otherwise the home side struggled to truly threaten. Not that Yeovil were exactly threatening at the other end, as Matt Dolan did a typical long range strike that went over the bar, after good build-up play by Ryan Dickson. Their only other serious first half chance came via Harry Cornick whose shot was spilt by Elliot Justham, forcing Jake Howells to hack the loose ball away, although the raising of a linesman's flag suggested any follow-up wouldn't have counted.

In the closing stages, Luton finally began to exert some genuine dominance, as Craig Mackail-Smith's run and shot was ended by a defensive block. During injury time Joe Pigott also had two shots blocked and the Glovers had to defend in numbers. As such they were glad to hear the half time whistle blow as Luton were building up a head of steam which the fifteen minutes break would break up a touch.

Early into the second half, Kevin Dawson replaced a somewhat rusty looking Harry Cornick, with the wide 'forwards' swapping positions to give Dawson his more usual flank. Luton though began to continue their increased threat as Cameron McGeehan shot wide, and then Alex Lawless broke through on goal, thankfully shooting straight at Artur Krysiak after he'd taken advantage of Yeovil losing possession in their own half.

Then came a key moment in the game when Stephen O'Donnell's shot was parried for a corner kick by Artur Krysiak. When the corner kick was delivered, Scott Cuthbert headed over the bar, but collided with Krysiak in doing so, leaving the keeper down in pain with what appeared to be a knee problem. After lengthy treatment, the Pole attempted to continue by taking a goal kick, but as soon as he struck the ball he was in obvious pain again, dropping to the floor and with an obvious need for a goalkeeper change, meaning that Chris Weale played the final 30 minutes between the sticks.

Yeovil had struggled to create much forward play during the second period, and so when they took the lead with 20 minutes remaining, it was somewhat against the run of play. Good build-up play by Francois Zoko saw him feed Liam Walsh. The Everton loanee saw his initial shot blocked, but when the ball returned back to him, he struck the ball cleanly and with Luton's defence disoriented from the initial shot, he was able to put Yeovil ahead and give himself his first ever professional first team goal.

The Glovers nearly went a further goal up when Jack Compton tried to repeat his weekend heroics, only to find Elliot Justham brilliantly save the shot just under the crossbar. That would have killed the game, but in the closing stages Luton Town levelled from a corner. As the ball was flighted into the box, it was flicked onto the back post and into the path of Alan Sheehan. He struck the ball superbly and first time into the top corner to put Luton level and to wake up a home crowd that had been increasingly tetchy during the game.

Darren Way made a defensive substitution, bringing on Simon Gillett for Jack Compton, meaning that his side changed to a 4-4-1-1, leaving Francois Zoko up front, with Simon Gillett as the supporting midfielder. As the game entered seven minutes of injury time, inevitably it was Luton who ended up applying most of the late pressure. They came uncomfortably close to sending Yeovil home with nothing as substitute Paul Benson's shot was parried by Chris Weale, and Cameron McGeehan's follow-up struck the post, with Jakub Sokolik thankfully throwing his body in the way of a possible third attempt. With referee Nigel Miller booking Wealey for timewasting during the added on time, that meant that he found a way to extend things further into nine minutes of added on time, but thankfully the Glovers held on - a point that moved them above Hartlepool United on goal difference, and crucially now leaves themselves with a four point buffer on Dagenham and Redbridge and York City, albeit by having played an extra game.

Link: 2015-16 Latest League Two Table.

Final Score: Luton Town 1 Yeovil Town 1.

Scorers: Liam Walsh (0-1, 70 mins), Alan Sheehan (1-1, 84 mins)

Luton Town:
16. Elliot Justham
2. Stephen O'Donnell 6. Scott Cuthbert 44. Alan Sheehan 40. Jake Howells
19. Olly Lee 7. Alex Lawless 8. Cameron McGeehan
17. Pelly Ruddock 45. Joe Pigott 22. Craig Mackail-Smith

Substitutes:
1. Mark Tyler 4. Jonathan Smith 9. Paul Benson (90 mins for Joe Pigott) 14. Jack Marriott (78 mins for Craig Mackail-Smith) 15. Paddy McCourt (85 mins for Pelly Ruddock) 18. Magnus Okuonghae 35. Zane Banton

Yeovil Town:
1. Artur Krysiak
24. Connor Roberts 6. Jakub Sokolik 3. Nathan Smith 11. Ryan Dickson
25. Liam Walsh 4. Matt Dolan 2. Ben Tozer
14. Jack Compton 39. Francois Zoko (Capt) 23. Harry Cornick

Substitutes:
12. Chris Weale (60 mins for Artur Krysiak) 7. Kevin Dawson (49 mins for Harry Cornick) 8. Marc Laird 9. Ryan Bird 16. Tahvon Campbell 18. Simon Gillett (85 mins for Jack Compton)

Luton Bookings: Craig Mackail-Smith (foul, 69 mins)

Yeovil Bookings: Chris Weale (timewasting, 90 mins)

Luton Match Statistics: Possession: 55%; Shots: 16; Shots On Target: 3; Corners: 6; Fouls: 15.

Yeovil Match Statistics: Possession: 45%; Shots: 6; Shots On Target: 5; Corners: 1; Fouls: 9.

Referee: Nigel Miller (County Durham). Assistants: Ryan T Atkin (London) and Dave Bushell (London). Fourth Official: John Busby (Oxfordshire).

Attendance: 7,538 (with 132 Yeovil supporters).


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2 February 2016 : Team News For Luton Town vs Yeovil Town
Yeovil Town have named one change to their starting eleven for the League Two match against Luton Town at Kenilworth Road this evening. Striker Shaun Jeffers has headed out on loan to National League side Woking and his position in the side is taken by AFC Bournemouth loanee Harry Cornick.

Winger Iffy Allen has left the club for Torquay United, meaning that although striker Ryan Bird has returned from illness, the departure of Allen and Jeffers means the club can only name six players on the substitutes bench tonight.

Centre-back Alex Lacey sits out the third game of a three match suspension for the red card he obtained against Carlisle United in the FA Cup. Club captain Darren Ward is still out with a swollen knee. Midfielder Wes Fogden also has an injury that has been keeping him out of the squads recently. The club's long term injury list of Jordan Gibbons (hip injury) and Omar Sowunmi (ankle) means that they continue to be absent.

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

Yeovil Town:
1. Artur Krysiak
24. Connor Roberts 6. Jakub Sokolik 3. Nathan Smith 11. Ryan Dickson
25. Liam Walsh 4. Matt Dolan 2. Ben Tozer
14. Jack Compton 39. Francois Zoko (Capt) 23. Harry Cornick

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

Luton Town:
16. Elliot Justham
2. Stephen O'Donnell 6. Scott Cuthbert 44. Alan Sheehan 40. Jake Howells
17. Pelly Ruddock 19. Olly Lee 7. Alex Lawless 8. Cameron McGeehan
22. Craig Mackail-Smith 45. Joe Pigott

Substitutes:
1. Mark Tyler 4. Jonathan Smith 9. Paul Benson 14. Jack Marriott 15. Paddy McCourt 18. Magnus Okuonghae 35. Zane Banton


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2 February 2016 : Way Salutes Jones As One Of The Good Guys In Football
Yeovil Town manager Darren Way has described his counterpart tonight as one of the 'good guys' in football, as he prepares to do battle with him in a League Two match for the first time. Luton Town first team manager Nathan Jones and Glovers boss Way are both in the early days of their front line management careers, having been given new jobs around the turn of the year.

Whilst Way has been in charge of the Glovers since December 1st, with that appointment being made permanent on New Year's Eve, Jones is currently finding his feet with the Hatters and is just three matches into his new job. They will meet at Kenilworth Road tonight for the 7.45p.m. kick-off and Way had no hesitation in giving BBC Somerset his views on the man he worked with as a player and as a coach:

"He's a top man - a real good guy in football. He deserves his chance. It was a great time working with him and I thought we were very successful when Terry (Skiverton) was manager. He was a part of the staff and we really enjoyed competing at that level, which was a big level at that time. So it was really pleasing. But he'll be looking for a win just like I will be."

Way takes his side into the match at Luton with the unusual luxury of knowing that whatever tonight's score ends up being, his side will stay above the relegation line, as one of only two games being played. Whilst the Glovers are in no way secure about their 22nd placed position, they lie in a more healthy position than they did two months ago, and the Glovers boss feels that one of the positive aspects of his club's position was that they had managed to drag other clubs into the relegation fight, rather than just battling with Dagenham and Redbridge and York City in a three horse race, giving them a better chance of an escape:

"I think we were on eleven points when I first took over, with my home game against Barnet. We were a million miles and points behind. Now we've dragged in another two or three teams, whereas before it was only a three horse race. So again that's credit to the players. For every game, everyone said it's a must-win game. It's important that we keep going and see if we can set ourselves that challenge of getting back-to-back wins away from home. I know that it's a long time since we won our last away game, and the boys did that on Saturday, that's for sure."


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2 February 2016 : Nathan Jones Wary Of Glovers False Position
Former Yeovil Town assistant manager and left-back Nathan Jones believes his old club are in a 'false position' as he prepares to stand in the opposite dugout as Luton Town's manager tonight. This is the first time the 42 year old has met his old club since his appointment at Kenilworth Road, although was in the dugouts for the two Championship matches against Brighton and Hove Albion, where he was their assistant head coach, and later first team coach.

Jones has told Luton Today that he has been watching plenty of Yeovil Town matches this season, even having viewed both games that pre-dated Darren Way's appointment as boss, and his own appointment as Luton manager. His view was that based on what he had seen he did not regard the Glovers as potential relegation material:

"Yeovil will be fine this year. We know what to expect from them, trust me, I’ve watched them enough lately. I went down to watch the Carlisle game, saw three games before Christmas and watched the last three games on DVD. They’re in a false position. They work hard, they graft, they grind teams down and have got some players with a bit of quality in there too."

Nathan worked alongside Darren Way, both during their playing days at Huish Park, but also as part of the management team under Terry Skiverton's first spell as manager, where Jones was assistant manager and Way was first team coach. He said that his early view of Way's sides was that they were built in his image as a hard-working midfield terrier:

"Darren is a good friend of mine. He's been through some good times and some tough times. He’s done unbelievably to be where is, to be alive in fact because he almost had a fatal car crash. It ended his playing career. But he fought, he’s a fighter and his team’s the same as him. If you look at his teams, they are him, and he’s done fantastically well there, he’s someone I know really well and class as a good friend. He’s a good appointment, he knows the club, he has good attributes to be a manager and great attributes to be a Yeovil manager."

Nathan will be just as familiar with many of the players within the Yeovil Town squad, with the likes of Chris Weale, Nathan Smith and Ryan Dickson having all played for the club whilst Jones was at Huish Park, whilst he also explained that he knows Kevin Dawson and Simon Gillett from other parties. He said that he had great memories of his seven years in Somerset as player and manager:

"I know a lot of the players they have there and they’re a real tough test. It’s a great club, I have real fond memories of seven years there as a player, player assistant manager, and really loved the place. I settled there, met a lot of good people at the club. They’ve had a lot of highs, a few lows lately, but they’ve got some good people in charge now and definitely picked up. They’re a difficult side to play against and it’s going to be a really, really tough game."


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2 February 2016 : Former Spurs Academy Winger Invited Back For Second Trial Match
Yeovil Town are reported to be giving a second trial to former Tottenham Hotspur academy winger Jesse Waller-Lassen. As reported last week, the Team Solent player scored in a trial match played on the club's 3G pitch on January 20th, and it seems as though he has impressed enough for the club to invite him back for further scrutiny, having used him in other training sessions over the past week or two.

Team Solent manager James Taylor has told the Southampton Daily Echo that he expects his player to miss their Wednesday night trip to Verwood due to his participation in a second trial match that will take place tomorrow - the day after tonight's first team trip to Luton Town. Waller-Lassen is currently Solent's top goalscorer, with eighteen strikes to his name, and Taylor admits that he will be missed:

"They’re having a first-team game among themselves on Wednesday and Jesse’s been invited back along with a couple of others. He went back and did another training session with them last week, his third or fourth one, and they’re still looking at him and deciding where he would fit in. It means we’ll probably lose Jesse for the Verwood game and of course we’ll miss him, you always miss a goalscorer."

Link: Former Spurs Academy Winger Given Glovers Trial Via University Side.


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2 February 2016 : Late Departure As Jeffers Heads Out On Loan
The transfer window may be closed, but it seems that there was another bit of ultra-late business done last night. Striker Shaun Jeffers has gone out on loan to National League side Woking. The Cardinals have signed him on an initial 28 day loan agreement.

Shaun was in the club's starting line-up for last Saturday's match against AFC Wimbledon and has been a regular starter under new manager Darren Way, being picked in the starting eleven for all League Two fixtures since the club's change of management. Overall he's made 30 appearances for the club, scoring three goals.

Link: Shaun Jeffers : Yeovil Town Statistics.


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2 February 2016 : Jack Compton Talks About His Weekend Hat-Trick
On Saturday afternoon, winger Jack Compton stepped into the limelight when he grabbed his first professional hat-trick for Yeovil Town. Scoring all three goals in the 3-2 win over AFC Wimbledon, he spoke to the BBC after the game. With questions from local journalist Chris Spittles, in an interview for BBC Somerset, Jack's thoughts on his three goals and the overall team performance can be read via the link below.

Link: Jack Compton Speaks To The BBC After The 3-2 Win Against AFC Wimbledon.


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2 February 2016 : Officials For Luton Town vs Yeovil Town
Officials for the League Two match between Luton Town and Yeovil Town have been published by the Football League. The match takes place on Tuesday 2nd February 2016 at Kenilworth Road, with a 7.45p.m. kick-off. The man in charge of the fixture will be referee Nigel Miller (County Durham).

We've not had Mr Miller for over five years now, and only once in nearly nine years. Whilst part of that will have come down to where the match official lives, part of it could easily relate to complaints made by former manager Russell Slade made when he tried to get the Football League to remove him from the list of officials prior to the club's Play-Off Semi-Final First Leg match against Nottingham Forest back in May 2007. Russell's view was that the official had a vendetta against him, and either by coincidence or to keep the peace, Mr Miller's involvement in Yeovil Town matches rapidly dried up.

The match in question did not help his relationship with Slade, with Forest being awarded two penalties in a 0-2 defeat, with the first in particular causing the home crowd to vent their fury repeatedly at Mr Miller - more so when he refused to award the Glovers a nailed-on penalty during the second period. Thankfully for the second leg, Mr Miller had been removed from the list of officials and things didn't turn out so bad at the City Ground.

Other than that match, Mr Miller has been seen at a 1-1 draw against Blackpool in October 2006 and a 2-1 defeat at Rochdale on a Friday night in October 2004. Neither match saw him particularly cover himself in glory. The most recent meeting involving him was the October 2009 match against Oldham Athletic. It ended in a 0-0 draw, with Yeovil having a goal ruled out by Miller for an apparent handball by 'scorer' Craig Davies. We weren't too convinced about that decision on the night - especially as Davies was given a yellow card for it - but in fairness the BBC and then manager Terry Skiverton didn't make an issue of the decision.

Mr Miller will be assisted by Ryan T Atkin (London) and Dave Bushell (London). The Fourth Official will be John Busby (Oxfordshire).

Link: October 2004 : Rochdale 2 Yeovil Town 1.

Link: October 2006 : Blackpool 1 Yeovil Town 1.

Link: May 2007 : Yeovil Town 0 Nottingham Forest 2.

Link: Oldham Athletic 0 Yeovil Town 0.


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2 February 2016 : Darren Way Given Manager Of The Month Nomination
Yeovil Town manager Darren Way has been nominated for the Manager of the Month award for League Two by the Football League. Way, who only started his career as a manager at the start of December, following the departure of Paul Sturrock, has been included in a shortlist of managers whose sides have performed well during the month. The list of nominated managers are as follows, and include former Yeovil Town midfielder Paul Tisdale:

Chris Wilder - Northampton Town
Neal Ardley - AFC Wimbledon
Paul Tisdale - Exeter City
Darren Way - Yeovil Town

Darren clocked up three league wins and one defeat during the month, with his overall record across the month being three wins, two draws and one defeat, with one of those draws being the penalty shootout defeat against Carlisle United.

The winner of the award will be announced on Friday morning. The current favourite is likely to be Northampton's Chris Wilder, in terms of the statistics, with his side having obtained a 100 percent record during the month of January.


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1 February 2016 : Transfer Deadline Day Ex-Glovers Round-Up
Barring any ultra-ultra-late paperwork being sneaked through at the very last minute, the January transfer window is now closed. The day proved to be a very low key one for Yeovil Town, with only Iffy Allen's departure to National League side Torquay United until the end of the season seeing movement at Huish Park. That meant that the overall business that the Glovers did across the month of January saw two arrivals and four departures as follows:

ARRIVALS: Tahvon Campbell (striker, West Bromwich Albion, loan), Liam Walsh (midfielder, Everton, loan)

DEPARTURES: Christian Maghoma (defender, Tottenham Hotspur, loan ended), Josh Sheehan (midfielder, Swansea City, loan ended), Mark Beck (striker, Wrexham, loaned out), Iffy Allen (winger, Torquay United, permanent)

As far as other deadline day deals went, it was a relatively low key 24 hour period, but there were still a few former Yeovil Town players involved. Former Manchester United winger Tom Lawrence has moved on loan from Leicester City to join Russell Slade's Cardiff City set-up until the end of the 2015-16 season. Midfielder Rohan Ince has left Brighton and Hove Albion on loan and signed for Fulham until the end of the season.

Winger Antonio German, who was on the books of Queens Park Rangers when we took him on loan, has signed for Partick Thistle until the end of the season, having had a productive stint with Indian side Kerala Blasters during 2015. Former loan striker Simon Church, who is on the books of Milton Keynes Dons, has moved out on loan to join Aberdeen until the end of the season. Meanwhile at Huddersfield Town, they have recalled striker Jordi Hiwula from his five month loan spell with Wigan Athletic. Finally, as reported earlier, former striker Adam Morgan has turned up at Hemel Hempstead, shortly after leaving Accrington Stanley.


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1 February 2016 : Iffy Allen Leaves Yeovil Town
Yeovil Town have said farewell to winger Iffy Allen tonight. He has exited Huish Park and joined National League side Torquay United on a permanent basis. There is no mention of a transfer fee, but Torquay have revealed that he has signed a deal that will last until the end of the 2015-16 season. Overall Iffy made 16 appearances for the club, but with the vast majority of those coming from the bench - only two of them were league starts.

He appeared to be on the way out under former boss Paul Sturrock but was briefly brought back by new boss Darren Way when he took over the reins in early December. However, Iffy's last appearance for the club came at Morecambe just over two weeks ago and with players coming back to full fitness he seemed to be heading down the pecking order a touch.

Link: Iffy Allen : Yeovil Town Statistics.


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1 February 2016 : Ciderspace Guide To Luton Town
Tomorrow evening, Yeovil Town travel to Kenilworth Road when they take on Luton Town in a League Two fixture. It's been eight years since we last made this journey, and that means the Ciderspace guide has had a fairly hefty overhaul for the trip. Find the usual selection of directions, parking, ticketing, a pub guide and club statistics via the link below. Note that this is an ALL TICKET game for away fans - instructions for any late purchasers are included in the ticketing section of the guide - don't turn up without having purchased a ticket!

Link: Ciderspace Guide To Luton Town.

Link: Ticketing For Luton Town vs Yeovil Town.

Link: GWSC Travel To Luton Town.

Link: Ticketing For Hartlepool United vs Yeovil Town.

The Main Stand at Luton's Kenilworth Road ground - side facing
The Main Stand at Luton's Kenilworth Road ground - side facing.
Photo © 2016 Ciderspace.



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1 February 2016 : Stevenage Fire Sheringham After Late Goals Plague Boro
Just six hours before the transfer window shuts tonight, League Two side Stevenage have decided to sack their first team manager. Former England and Tottenham Hotspur striker Teddy Sheringham has been shown the door after just 33 games in charge, during which he gained seven wins and ten draws. He leaves Broadhall Way in 19th place and eight points off the drop zone, with his final game in charge being the 2-1 defeat against basement side York City on Saturday, that saw the Minstermen grab a last minute winner.

Chairman Phil Wallace has implied that Sheringham's habit of losing matches during the last few minutes of matches was a factor in the reasons for the change of management - in early December an 86th minute Ben Tozer goal saw Boro knocked out of the FA Cup by Yeovil Town, and that pattern has followed in more recent fixtures. In addition to the York defeat, they dropped two points against Leyton Orient in the final minute, whilst on Boxing Day they went down to a last minute strike against Crawley Town, with a late Accrington Stanley penalty just before Christmas also seeing them drop two points in the final five minutes.

On top of that, Stevenage have not won in their last eight league fixtures, taking just three points during that time, and Wallace felt it was time to act, even though he believed the outgoing manager had suffered from bad luck with a number of serious injuries along the way:

"Teddy has had the worst luck I've seen in the 16 years I’ve owned the football club. Normally we'd have one or two major ops on key players in a season but we've had more this season than the last three combined. You also occasionally lose points in the last few minutes of games but we've been in this situation in four of the last eight matches. However, we are where we are and the club have to make a change. Teddy came in having to work on a lower budget than we've had before and the lack of available funds has made it difficult to get the players he'd like. He's given it his all but it hasn't worked and now we have to thank him for his efforts and move on."

Stevenage have put Darren Sarll in caretaker charge. He'll do well to react to the news and make any changes to his predecessor's first team squad before tonight's 11.00p.m. deadline.


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1 February 2016 : Ticketing Extension For Luton Town Trip
Yeovil Town supporters wanting to make a late decision on attending tomorrow's match at Luton Town can take advantage of an extension on sales for tickets. The match at Kenilworth Road is ALL TICKET for Glovers supporters and it will not be possible to purchase tickets from the Luton end.

However, the Huish Park Ticket Office have now decided to hold onto tickets until 12.00 noon on Tuesday before they send the tickets back to Luton - call them on 01935-847888. If you miss the midday deadline, then Luton Town will accept telephone sales on 01582-416976 up until 5.00p.m.

Note carefully that if you try to purchase a ticket after 5.00p.m. tomorrow that you will be unable to do so.

Link: Ticketing For Luton Town vs Yeovil Town.

Link: GWSC Travel To Luton Town.


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1 February 2016 : Compton Given Team Of The Week Slot
Yeovil Town winger Jack Compton has unsurprisingly been named in the Football League's team of the week. The 27 year old had only scored once for the club since joining the Glovers last summer from Hartlepool United, but scored a hat-trick against AFC Wimbledon on the weekend in the club's 3-2 win at Kingsmeadow.

That has earned him a place in the eleven that is selected from all three divisions by the Football League. Jack was one of two players to score a hat-trick, with Wigan Athletic's Will Grigg the other man to come home with the match ball. The League had to say this about Compton's performance:

"The other man to bag a treble this weekend was Compton as Yeovil secured another vital win towards the wrong end of the Sky Bet League 2 table. Usually employed as a winger, Compton has been pushed forward by Darren Way, and is certainly making the most of his opportunity to get among the goals."

The Football League's full line-up from the weekend just gone is as follows:

Goalkeeper: Barry Richardson (Wycombe Wanderers)
Defender: Scott Golbourne (Bristol City)
Defender: Will Aimson (Blackpool)
Defender: Haydn Hollis (Notts County)
Defender: Kevin Long (Barnsley)
Midfielder: Peter Whittingham (Cardiff City)
Midfielder: Johan Berg Gudmundsson (Charlton Athletic)
Midfielder: Sean McConville (Accrington Stanley)
Forward: Will Grigg (Wigan Athletic)
Forward: Ben Williamson (Cambridge United)
Forward: Jack Compton (Yeovil Town)

Manager: Keith Hill (Rochdale)


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1 February 2016 : Morgan Given Tudors Chance
Former Yeovil Town striker Adam Morgan has moved into non-league football in an attempt to restart his career in the game. The 21 year old left Accrington Stanley earlier this month after his contract was severed by the Lancashire club, and he has now signed for Conference South side Hemel Hempstead Town.

Hemel are currently accruing a range of former Glovers players on their books. Defender Terrell Forbes and former Youth Team skipper Mitch Brundle are on their books, whilst earlier this season former trialist Mo Shariff was on their books although appears to have moved on to Kings Langley on a dual registration basis for the time being.

There's no mention of a contract for Morgan, although at that level of football it's more common for players to be signed up on a week-to-week basis, with the transfer window not applying to the regional divisions and below.


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1 February 2016 : Darren Talks About AFC Wimbledon Team Selection
Just before Saturday afternoon's match against AFC Wimbledon kicked off at the Kingsmeadow Stadium, Yeovil Town manager Darren Way spoke to the BBC. With questions from local journalist Chris Spittles, in an interview for BBC Somerset, Darren talks about the return of AFC Bournemouth loanee Harry Cornick, the absence of Ryan Bird and his decision to go with an unchanged starting line-up. Read that interview via the link below.

Link: Darren Way Speaks To The BBC After The 3-2 Win Against AFC Wimbledon.


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1 February 2016 : Ticketing For Dagenham and Redbridge vs Yeovil Town
Advance tickets for Yeovil Town's League Two match against Dagenham and Redbridge are now on sale from the Huish Park Ticket Office. The Ticket Office have been issued with 769 tickets for this fixture. The match takes place on Saturday 27th February 2016 at Victoria Road, with a 3.00p.m. kick-off.

This will be be Dagenham's annual Daggers Against Racism day where they will have some events going on around the ground and the prices will be reduced to encourage a larger attendance. Ticket prices below are for advance sales ONLY and prices will revert to their normal prices on match day.

Advance prices are as follows:

Adults: £9.99; Over 65s, Students with valid ID and aged 10-16: £4.99; Under-10s: FREE (with paying adult).

Ambulant disabled supporters will pay the relevant price band as above. Standard Under-10 admission will be £4.99. Wheelchair tickets can be purchased by calling Dagenham ticket office on 020 8592 1549 ext 21.

If tickets are still available on the day of the game, prices will be as follows:

Adults: £21.00; Over 65s, Students with valid ID: £15.00; Under-16s: £12.00.

Away supporters are housed in the Traditional Builders Stand, which is a new development at Victoria Road. The actual capacity of this stand is 1,200 but at present we've only been given around two-thirds of that.

NOTE: A reminder for the Tuesday 2nd February match against Luton Town - this is an ALL TICKET game for away supporters - you must purchase your ticket from the Huish Park Ticket Office by 5.00p.m. on Monday 1st February - for full details see the article linked below.

Update: 11.00a.m. The Ticket Office have now been given a higher allocation of tickets for this game, and so tickets can immediately go on general sale.

Link: Ticketing For Luton Town vs Yeovil Town.

Link: GWSC Travel To Luton Town.

Link: Ticketing For Hartlepool United vs Yeovil Town.


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