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28 February 2018 : Managerial Merry-Go-Round Set To Affect Saturday's Opponents
Weather permitting, Yeovil Town look set to be facing a managerless club in their next League Two match. Assuming their trip to Swindon Town does not fall foul of the current bout of wintry weather, it appears highly likely that the Wiltshire side will have lost manager David Flitcroft by then, in what appears to be a spot of managerial merry-go-round.

The whole thing was kickstarted by League One side Peterborough United sacking Grant McCann on Sunday. By Tuesday teatime, Mansfield had seen their manager Steve Evans resign, with little surprise that he was unveiled as the new Posh manager this morning. That then left a vacancy at Field Mill, and they are reported to have recruited Flitcroft, according to BBC Radio Wiltshire.

Mansfield have confirmed that they will be unveiling their new manager at a news conference at 10.45a.m. on Thursday morning, with confirmation of this coming minutes apart from the BBC in Wiltshire picking up their belief that Flitcroft had left the building. Given that Mansfield and Swindon lie just three points apart in the League Two table, with both lying in fiercely competitive play-off positions, this is unlikely to be greeted with pleasure at the County Ground. However, it will leave them needing to make a few decisions tomorrow morning if it is confirmed.

In terms of whether Saturday's match at the County Ground goes ahead, that really is in the lap of the weather Gods. Although the Saturday afternoon temperatures in Wiltshire are scheduled to be a tropical +2C, the problems lie in the build-up to that game. Until that afternoon, temperatures in the area are only expected to reach a maximum of -2C across a 72 hour period, with low temperatures of -5C with the wind chill tonight taking that down to -12C in the air tonight. If that gets into the soil at the County Ground, it's unlikely to shift by the weekend. However, we'll keep a close eye on any news on that front coming from The Robins.


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28 February 2018 : Ticketing For Notts County vs Yeovil Town
Officials for the League Two match between Notts County and Yeovil Town are now on sale from the Huish Park Ticket Office. The match takes place on Saturday 21st April with a 3.00p.m. kick-off at Meadow Lane. Admission prices for this fixture are as follows:

Adults: £20.00; Aged 60 and over, Aged 18-21: £14.00; Under-18s: £7.00; Under-16s: £5.00; Under-12s: £1.00; Under-7s: FREE.

The offers for the Under-12 and Under-7 rates are on the condition that you're also buying an Adult or Senior rate ticket at the same time.

Ambulant Disabled and Wheelchair Users pay the relevant price band as above, but can admit an assistant free of charge.

If you choose to purchase on the day of the game, all of the above rates increase by £2.00 with the exception of the Under-12s and Under-7s offers (although bear in mind that still means you're buying a full rate Adult/Senior ticket at the increased price).

Away supporters are housed in the Z Block area of the Jimmy Sirrel Stand. This is a side-facing stand, so a little bit like the seated allocation that away fans get at Huish Park. The default allocation is for around 1,300 spaces but County make this flexible if they think there's more of you turning up.

Link: Ticketing For Swindon Town vs Yeovil Town.

Link: GWSC Travel For Swindon Town vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Tickets For The Rearranged Shrewsbury Town vs Yeovil Town Trophy Tie.

Link: GWSC Rearranged Travel For Shrewsbury Town vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Ticketing For Exeter City vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Ticketing For Accrington Stanley vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Ticketing For Colchester United vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Yeovil Town Online Ticketing Portal.


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28 February 2018 : Ticketing For Accrington Stanley vs Yeovil Town
Advance tickets for the League Two match between Accrington Stanley and Yeovil Town are now available. The match takes place on Tuesday 17th April at the Crown Ground, with a 7.45p.m. kick-off. Tickets are now on sale from the Huish Park Ticket Office at the following rates:

Adults: £10.00; Aged 64 and Over, Students with NUS Card, Under-18s: £5.00; Under-12s: £1.00.

Ambulant disabled supporters pay the relevant price band as above, but can take an assistant free of charge.

Wheelchair Bays are on the opposite side of the stadium to the away supporters section. Please call 01254 356950 to book your place.

Car parking can be booked in advance on 01254 356950 at a cost of £5.00 per car.

You'll need to specify whether you want a terrace ticket or a seated ticket - these are priced at the same rate. Accrington allocate the Coppice Terrace to away supporters, which is situated at one end of the ground, and houses up to 1,800 spectators. It is open to the elements, like the Copse Road End at Huish Park, so take suitable coats if you're planning on being on the terrace. They also allocate part of the Whinney Hill side of the ground, which provides some covered seating - usually around 200 are provided for away supporters.

UPDATE: Original match date of Saturday 24th March has been postponed. The match will now be played on Tuesday 17th April at the Crown Ground, with a 7.45p.m. kick-off. Tickets already purchased against the original date remain valid.

Link: Ticketing For Swindon Town vs Yeovil Town.

Link: GWSC Travel For Swindon Town vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Tickets For The Rearranged Shrewsbury Town vs Yeovil Town Trophy Tie.

Link: GWSC Rearranged Travel For Shrewsbury Town vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Ticketing For Exeter City vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Ticketing For Colchester United vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Yeovil Town Online Ticketing Portal.


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28 February 2018 : Tickets For The Rearranged Shrewsbury Town vs Yeovil Town Trophy Tie
Tickets for Yeovil Town's EFL Trophy Semi-Final tie against Shrewsbury Town remain on sale from the Huish Park Ticket Office for the rearranged date. The match will now take place on Tuesday 6th March with a 7.45p.m. kick-off at the New Meadow (currently sponsored as the Montgomery Waters Meadow), after the original tie was called off due to freezing temperatures in the Shropshire area.

If you had already purchased a ticket for the original date but cannot make the new date, then you must return your ticket to the Huish Park Ticket Office by Monday 5th March at 5.00p.m. to obtain a refund. Those who hold tickets and can still make the new date should keep them, as they'll remain valid for the rearranged date - you don't need to take any action.

However, if you find you can make the new date and didn't buy a ticket, then the Ticket Office still has possession of the original batch. Prices have been set at the following rates throughout their stadium:

Adults: £5.00; Under-18s, Over-60s, Disabled: £1.00.

The same prices will hold if you purchase on the day of the game.

Parking is available at the stadium, but has to be prebooked via Shrewsbury, at a cost of £5.00. There are a very limited amount of disabled parking bays available. If required please call 01935 847888 to reserve one.

For Wheelchair bays and ambulant disabled tickets please call the Huish Park Ticket Office directly - as well as the above price, an assistant can be admitted free of charge, if required.

Tickets are available over the phone on 01935-847888 and in person.

For those who can't make the game, the match will still be broadcast on the Sky Sports channels as per this week's arrangements.


Link: GWSC Rearranged Travel For Shrewsbury Town vs Yeovil Town.

Link: GWSC Travel For Swindon Town vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Ticketing For Swindon Town vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Ticketing For Exeter City vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Ticketing For Colchester United vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Yeovil Town Online Ticketing Portal.


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27 February 2018 : GWSC Travel For Swindon Town vs Yeovil Town
The Green and White Supporters Club have set their travel plans for the League Two match against Swindon Town. The match takes place at the County Ground on Saturday 3rd March 2018, with a 3.00p.m. kick-off. Departure times and prices are listed as follows:

Swindon Town : Saturday 3rd March 2018.
Huish Park: 10.45a.m.
Adult Members: £17.00; Member Concessions: £15.00
Adult Non-Members: £19.00; Non-Member Concessions: £17.00

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

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

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

Link: GWSC Rearranged Travel For Shrewsbury Town vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Ticketing For Exeter City vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Ticketing For Swindon Town vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Ticketing For Colchester United vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Yeovil Town Online Ticketing Portal.


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27 February 2018 : Evans Quits Stags Job
League Two side Mansfield Town have accepted the resignation of their management team tonight. Manager Steve Evans and his assistant Paul Raynor have left Field Mill, having lasted 76 games in charge of proceedings. The pair have stepped down with Evans having been reported as the bookies favourite for League One side Peterborough United's managerial vacancy, although the Stags don't alude to this in their press statement.

Mansfield were in fifth place in the League Two table, and had won four of their last six matches, meaning that league position and form were not a concern for the club. Peterborough are Evans' hometown club though, and it would be surprising if he had stepped down without another position to go to, having developed a habit of jumping ships in the past. Mansfield Chairman John Radford appears to have accepted the situation that has developed:

"Whilst I am disappointed by their decision, there are no individuals bigger than Mansfield Town Football Club and the process of appointing a new management team which can lead the club to League One is already underway. Mansfield Town Football Club has progressed year-upon-year in recent seasons both on and off the field. The club has a fantastic, encouraging and vociferous fanbase; a loyal, patient and supportive board of directors and a dedicated and hard-working team of behind-the-scenes staff. With this in mind, along with our current healthy standing in Sky Bet League Two, the vacant post of manager at One Call Stadium is surely one of the most attractive in the English Football League."

Mansfield have named Academy Manager John Dempster as their Caretaker Manager for their match against Stevenage at Broadhall Way on Saturday.


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27 February 2018 : Shrewsbury CEO Gives Views On EFL Trophy Postponement
Shrewsbury Town have given their views on the postponement of Tuesday night's EFL Trophy Semi-Final tie against Yeovil Town. The match was called off just after 11.00a.m. this morning after Shrewsbury-based referee Rob Lewis inspected the playing surface on behalf of match referee Darren Drysdale. The message given was that there were already patches of the New Meadow playing surface that were frozen, and that with the weather forecast set for freezing conditions tonight, and the covers having to be removed in time for the game, that the state of the pitch was likely to worsen.

Yeovil Town's first team squad had travelled up to the West Midlands on Sunday, spending two nights in the area in preparation for the match, and so obviously wanted the game to be played. However, Shrewsbury CEO Brian Caldwell told his club's website that his primary concern was trying to stop Glovers fans from leaving for the game, with their decision to ask for a pitch inspection being done with that in mind:

"I think everyone's disappointed. Yeovil were up here and we wanted the game on, but at the end of the day I think you need to use a bit of common sense. Part of my thinking was that you've got 250 Yeovil fans that were scheduled to come up 180 odd miles and the risk, in my head, was that the temperature is set to go to minus three, minus four during the game, which would obviously freeze the pitch."

Caldwell added that he could see a situation where the freezing temperatures would have potentially allowed the game to be started, but that there was a high risk of the game being abandoned partway through. He said that if the thinking was that the game wouldn't complete then it was better not to have fans inside the ground, particularly those from Somerset:

"I think the last thing you need is a bit of stick for the game being abandoned when people have travelled 180 miles to then have a round trip back again. It wouldn’t be fair and I think sometimes you've got to use common sense and say 'well if the forecast is correct then the pitch isn't going to get any better'. Sometimes in football we don’t look after the fans, but I think in this incidence we really do have to think about the travelling distances."


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27 February 2018 : GWSC Rearranged Travel For Shrewsbury Town vs Yeovil Town
The Green and White Supporters Club have set their travel plans for the rearranged EFL Trophy Semi-Final match against Shrewsbury Town. The match takes place at the New Meadow on Tuesday 6th March 2018, with a 7.45p.m. kick-off. This is a new date to replace the tie that was postponed due to freezing conditions in Shropshire. Departure times and prices are as per the original fixture and are listed as follows:

Shrewsbury Town : Tuesday 6th March 2018.
Huish Park: 1.45p.m.
Adult Members: £15.00; Member Concessions: £15.00
Adult Non-Members: £15.00; Non-Member Concessions: £15.00

IMPORTANT NOTE: If you were booked for the original February 27th date, please ensure that you explicitly tell the GWSC if you can make the new date or not. Just send a text message to Paul (see below) giving your name(s) and whether you are rebooking or cancelling your place for the new date. Obviously they will accept brand new bookings as well.

NOTE: The above is a one-off flat price of £15.00 that has been set, following an agreement by Yeovil Town to subsidise the coach travel for this event. Due to the cheaper travel costs, we'd expect demand for this trip to be a bit unpredictable. Hence as soon as you know you want to travel to this game, please book your place, as this will help the GWSC organise the appropriate number of coaches.

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

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

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

Link: Ticketing For Exeter City vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Ticketing For Swindon Town vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Ticketing For Colchester United vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Yeovil Town Online Ticketing Portal.


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27 February 2018 : POSTPONED: Shrewsbury Town vs Yeovil Town Is OFF
Yeovil Town's EFL Trophy Semi-Final against Shrewsbury Town has been postponed. The match has been called off due to the poor weather in Shropshire, and the forecast for sub-zero temperatures in the area. A statement issued by Shrewsbury this morning, following an 11.00a.m. pitch inspection, reads:

"GAME OFF: Tonight's game with Yeovil Town has been postponed. The pitch has been covered but the forecast sub zero weather would mean the pitch freezing before the game. The decision has been taken with the safety of players and spectators in mind."

The match will now be played on Tuesday 6th March, with a 7.45p.m. kick-off. The match will still be covered by Sky Sports as a live game.


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27 February 2018 : Darren Way Hoping To Create Club Legacy In EFL Trophy
Yeovil Town manager Darren Way believes his side can create a legacy for the club, by progressing to the EFL Trophy Final tonight. The Glovers travel to the New Meadow for tonight's Semi-Final tie against League One side Shrewsbury Town, with the chance to play Lincoln City at Wembley Stadium for the winners. The game will be settled tonight (weather permitting!) with no replay, and will be broadcast live on Sky Sports on both their Main Event channel and their Football channel.

Way has referred to the club's 2002 FA Trophy Final against Stevenage that sparked the club's rise up into the Football League a year later, ultimately resulting in manager Gary Johnson taking the club through three promotions across two separate spells. He told BBC Somerset that he believed that winning the EFL Trophy could give the club lifelong memories that won't be forgotten:

"That experience stays with you for the rest of your life. I look at Gary being the manager back then, and he had the same belief, and perhaps others didn't. Between himself and the Chairman they set us on a journey that is going to be talked about for the rest of our lives. When you've got an opportunity to create that legacy, you don't want to let it go."

If the Glovers are to progress to the final, they'll have to achieve their most impressive victory of the current campaign. Their record against League One clubs in cup competitions this season has been strong, knocking Southend United and Bradford City out of the FA Cup, whilst weakened Fleetwood Town, AFC Wimbledon and Plymouth Argyle sides were also dispatched in earlier rounds of the EFL Trophy.

However, all five of those ties were on home soil, and largely against teams that were struggling at the time they faced them. On this occasion they have to do it on their travels, and against a side that currently lie in second place in the League One table. Way acknowledges the match will be a difficult one, but hopes that his team's record against higher level opponents will count for something on the night:

"We know how difficult the game is going to be. We knew how difficult the Man United game was. We knew how difficult Southend and Bradford were. So we've played in some real good cup competitions. But we'll make sure that we go there, and every single player will know those types of opportunities don't come around too often."

Link: Ciderspace Guide To Shrewsbury Town.

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

Link: GWSC Travel For Shrewsbury Town vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Shrewsbury Give Morning Pitch Update.

Link: Nine Players Expected To Be Absent For Shrewsbury EFL Trophy Tie.


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27 February 2018 : Shrewsbury Give Morning Pitch Update
Tuesday night's opponents Shrewsbury Town have issued another update concerning their EFL Trophy Semi-Final tie against Yeovil Town. The match is due to be played at the New Meadow tonight, with a 7.45p.m. kick-off but has been in doubt due to snow and cold weather across Britain this week. As of 9.00a.m. this morning, Shrewsbury have said that they still regard the pitch as playable:

"We are continuing to monitor the weather situation ahead of the Yeovil Town game, the pitch is soft and playable at present but the forecast is for very cold weather today and into the evening, we should have another update around 11.00a.m. today."

Shrewsbury have had pitch covers on since last Wednesday to protect the playing surface. The major issue will be that the temperature in the Shrewsbury area is not expected to get above freezing today, with the latest MetCheck forecast indicating a maximum temperature of zero degrees, with a drop down to -3C during the match itself, with a wind chill lowering the effect of that down a further three degrees.

Shrewsbury do not mention the 'midday' pitch inspection reported by Sky Sports at this stage, which may mean that's a red herring.

Link: Ciderspace Guide To Shrewsbury Town.

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

Link: GWSC Travel For Shrewsbury Town vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Shrewsbury Indicate Pitch Currently Playable Ahead Of Freezing Temperatures.

Link: Nine Players Expected To Be Absent For Shrewsbury EFL Trophy Tie.


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26 February 2018 : Sky Reporting Pitch Inspection For Shrewsbury Game
Reports suggest that there will be a pitch inspection for Tuesday night's EFL Trophy Semi-Final tie against Shrewsbury Town. The match is due to take place on Tuesday 27th February 2018 at the New Meadow with a 7.45p.m. kick-off, however wintry weather and forecasts for freezing temperatures have put the match in some doubt, even though the home side have had their pitch covered since last Wednesday.

The Sky Sports website suggests that there will the a 12.00 noon pitch inspection at the ground, with their match preview for the game stating:

"With freezing weather conditions hitting the UK this week, a pitch inspection is expected at noon on Tuesday before a decision will be made on whether the game goes ahead."

As yet, neither club has firmly stated that there will be an inspection. However, as Sky Sports are televising the match, it is quite likely that they will have been informed of arrangements for the benefit of their own broadcast crew. The timing also seems sensible given that Ridlers Coaches would be leaving the Dulverton area to head to Yeovil to pick up supporters from Huish Park at 1.45p.m.

If we get a firm indication of the inspection, or its outcome we'll post another update.

Link: Ciderspace Guide To Shrewsbury Town.

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

Link: GWSC Travel For Shrewsbury Town vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Shrewsbury Indicate Pitch Currently Playable Ahead Of Freezing Temperatures.

Link: Nine Players Expected To Be Absent For Shrewsbury EFL Trophy Tie.


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26 February 2018 : Ciderspace Guide To Shrewsbury Town
Tuesday evening sees Yeovil Town travel to the New Meadow, where they will take on Shrewsbury Town in an EFL Trophy Semi-Final tie. We've only been to this ground once, back in the 2012-13 season, and so the Ciderspace guide has had some hefty updates to include directions, parking, statistics, a pub guide and other information to help you on your way. Find it via the link below.

Link: Ciderspace Guide To Shrewsbury Town.

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

Link: GWSC Travel For Shrewsbury Town vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Shrewsbury Indicate Pitch Currently Playable Ahead Of Freezing Temperatures.

Link: Nine Players Expected To Be Absent For Shrewsbury EFL Trophy Tie.

An aerial view of the New Meadow
An aerial view of the New Meadow.



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26 February 2018 : Nine Players Expected To Be Absent For Shrewsbury EFL Trophy Tie
Tomorrow evening, Yeovil Town will take on Shrewsbury Town in an EFL Trophy Semi-Final tie. The match will mean the Glovers will have to make at least three changes to their starting line-up, whilst one player who was sat on the bench will also be unavailable. Three of the club's loanees will have to sit out the fixture, albeit with one of that trio already known to be injured.

Southampton striker Marcus Barnes has an ankle injury, but wouldn't have been selected given that he played in two of his parent club's EFL Trophy group games as an Under-21 player. His St Mary's teammate Ryan Seager will also not play as he featured for Milton Keynes Dons earlier in the competition, whilst Lewis Wing played in one of Middlesbrough Under-21's matches and so will sit in the stand. The club's newest permanent signing Stuart Nelson is also cup-tied, having played for Gillingham, meaning Jonny Maddison will be between the sticks again.

In addition to Barnes, other injured players include right-back Daniel Alfei (knee injury, out for season), James Bailey (knee ligaments), Artur Krysiak (knee injury, out for season) and Nathan Smith (knee injury, out until mid-April). It's also highly unlikely that midfielder Jake Gray will be involved tomorrow, given he was stretchered off on Saturday as a fifth knee injury victim - with his leg strapped in a brace it is almost certain that he is out for a lengthy period, although the club have not yet confirmed this.

On the plus side, defender Bevis Mugabi has been on the edge of a return, following a hamstring injury - he's been back in training for the last two weeks, with Darren Way twice implying he was ready for selection, although without putting him on a teamsheet. In addition striker Francois Zoko has completed his two match ban for picking up ten yellow cards, and so will be available. Midfielder Alefe Santos was rested on Saturday and so should be available, whilst goalkeeping coach Steve Phillips will be able to sit on the bench.

Despite this giving Yeovil Town a list of nine players that are not expected to play tomorrow, they are still able to field a first team squad of eighteen players for the tie. The expectation is that the following list of players will be on the teamsheet for tomorrow night's fixture (on the assumption that Mugabi is fit, and that Gray is out):

Yeovil Town: (from) 12. Jonny Maddison 22. Corey Whelan 17. Omar Sowunmi 23. Tom James 11. Ryan Dickson 9. Rhys Browne 20. Oscar Gobern 8. Connor Smith 7. Otis Khan 14. Sam Surridge 13. Francois Zoko 24. Steve Phillips 4. Jared Bird 15. Jordan Green 18. Alex Fisher 27. Shaun Donnellan 5. Bevis Mugabi 30. Alefe Santos

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

Link: GWSC Travel For Shrewsbury Town vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Shrewsbury Indicate Pitch Currently Playable Ahead Of Freezing Temperatures.


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26 February 2018 : Shrewsbury Indicate Pitch Currently Playable Ahead Of Freezing Temperatures
Tuesday night's opponents Shrewsbury Town have put out a short statement acknowledging the current weather conditions and the forecast for this week. The two sides meet in an EFL Trophy Semi-Final tie at the New Meadow on February 27th, with a 7.45p.m. kick-off, but Met Office weather warnings of snow and sub-zero temperatures would make this a match where fans should keep an eye out for information on the day of the game.

Shrewsbury's statement indicates that they are consulting with all parties, but that they regard the pitch as currently playable as things stand:

"We are aware of the forecasted cold weather that is going to hit the country, we have spoken to Yeovil Town, the Football League and the Referee. The pitch has been covered since Wednesday is currently playable, but we will continue to monitor the weather situation over the next 24 hours."

Tomorrow's weather forecast for the Shrewsbury area, as per the MetCheck website, shows that there will be some flurries of snow during the daytime, although not enough that would cause significant concern. The greater issue is that of the ground temperature. Tonight, will see that drop down to around -3C throughout, whilst the daytime temperature will only reach a maximum of +1C during the afternoon sun. By the time we reach the evening of the game, it is expected to drop to -1C by 6.00p.m. with temperatures down to -3C during the match. The Easterly windchill will lower the feel of the air down a couple of degrees on top of that. Assuming it does go ahead, wrap up warm!

If we pick up on any pitch inspections, or good or bad news, then we'll put them out on our Twitter account and Facebook page as soon as we can.

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

Link: GWSC Travel For Shrewsbury Town vs Yeovil Town.


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26 February 2018 : Darren Way Talks About Carlisle Home Team Selection
Just before Saturday afternoon's League Two match against Carlisle United kicked off at Huish Par, Yeovil Town manager Darren Way spoke to the BBC about the match. With questions from BBC Somerset reporter Rob Scanlon, Darren gives his views on the pitch inspection that was held, the decision to stick with keeper Jonny Maddison, the inclusion of Ryan Seager and Oscar Gobern, and the dropping of Alefe Santos. Read that interview via the link below.

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


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25 February 2018 : Darren Way's Verdict On The Carlisle United Home Game
Following Saturday afternoon's 0-1 defeat against Carlisle United at Huish Park, Yeovil Town manager Darren Way spoke to the BBC about the game. With questions from BBC Somerset reporter Rob Scanlon, Darren gives his views on why the Glovers conceded their solitary goal, the serious injury to Jake Gray and his plans for the Tuesday night fixture at Shrewsbury Town. Read that interview in full via the link below.

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


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25 February 2018 : Man of the Match Voting for Yeovil Town vs Carlisle United
If you watched Saturday's 0-1 defeat against Carlisle United at Huish Park, don't forget to cast your Man of the Match votes. Choose your top three players from the match, plus entertainment and performance ratings along with any other comments you want to make on the game, using the form below.

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


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25 February 2018 : Extended Stay In Midlands Planned Prior To Shrewsbury Trophy Tie
Yeovil Town's first team squad will be spending two nights in the Midlands in preparation for Tuesday night's EFL Trophy Semi-Final tie against Shrewsbury Town. The match at the New Meadow, which takes place on Tuesday 27th February, will decide who faces Lincoln City at Wembley Stadium in April. Manager Darren Way has decided to take his players away from Somerset for the duration, with the team coach leaving for the game today, and making use of facilities provided by West Bromwich Albion and Wolverhampton Wanderers during that time, leaving them with a relatively short journey up to Shropshire on the day of the match.

This is not the first time this season that Way has made extended use of hotel and training facilities this season. Prior to the January FA Cup Fourth Round tie against Manchester United, the squad decamped to Bristol to stay in a hotel, and used Bristol City's training ground. Way told BBC Somerset that he planned to prepare for the EFL Trophy game in the right way:

"I'm going to be taking the players away tomorrow (Sunday). We'll go away in a hotel. We've sorted out a training ground. I've spoken to West Brom and I've spoken to Wolves, and we'll make sure that we prepare in the right manner. It will be important that I make sure that I keep the players heads held high, even though we suffered disappointment (against Carlisle United), and we look forward to that game."

The team that the Glovers will face are currently going for two pieces of silverware this season, lying in second place in the League One table and just one point behind Blackburn Rovers. Way acknowledges that his side's away form this season has not been good, making it a touch challenge, but he hopes that the club's record against League One opposition this season will count for something, given where victory could take them:

"It is one step from Wembley, and I know what everyone is going to be talking about. It's that our away form is not very good. Fortunately we've done very well against teams that are from a higher league than us, and I go into the game as a manager by tomorrow, fully confident that we can put in a performance. If you look at that game today, the margin of error was very small. I wouldn't say they (Carlisle United) played entertaining football. The ball goes from one end to the other quickly, and it's how you pick up the firsts and seconds. Set plays is a crucial part of the game as well. We're disappointed but I'm sure by Tuesday, I'll make sure that the team are ready to go again."


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24 February 2018 : Video : Yeovil Town vs Carlisle United Match Highlights
For those who want to view match highlights of Saturday afternoon's 0-1 defeat against Carlisle United, these are now available online. You'll find just under two minutes worth of footage includes the goal from Hallam Hope, and also shows footage of chances for Jake Gray and Otis Khan. Surprisingly, although they show Hope hitting the woodwork for Carlisle, they don't show Lewis Wing also doing the same in the final minute of the game. Watch the video via the link below.

Update: The YouTube highlights have been added in - these contain additional Yeovil chances, including an Omar Sowunmi effort that is cleared off the line, and the late Lewis Wing attempt that struck the woodwork.

Link: Sky Sports : Yeovil Town vs Carlisle United Match Highlights.




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24 February 2018 : Darren Way Highlights Small Margin Of Errors And Concern Over Gray Injury
Yeovil Town manager Darren Way suggested that a small margin of error was the difference between the two sides today, after watching his team go down 0-1 at home against Carlisle United. The Glovers lost out to a Hallam Hope goal early in the second half, with the Glovers boss directly singling out Liverpool loanee Corey Whelan as the man who had been tasked with stopping him.

That was to prove to be the difference between the two sides, and Way told BBC Somerset after the match that he had highlighted Hope's strengths to Whelan before the match and at half time. He admitted that once Carlisle had gone a goal up, they were organised enough to not allow Yeovil to break them down:

"It's difficult when you go 1-0 down. We identified Hallam Hope this week, with Corey Whelan. I said to him at half time, if he manages to keep him quiet, he would have done a fantastic job. Unfortunately with a player of that quality it just unlocked us. There's not much in a League Two game. It went from end-to-end. I know Keith Curle's team. He's very risk-relieving in numbers away from home. I watched them do it against Barnet, and that was the small margin of error. We had chances, and good chances. We didn't take them, and they took theirs. Respect to them really because we just couldn't break that down."

Way had been at the Hive Stadium in midweek, watching Barnet's home defeat against Carlisle, as the Cumbrians went through a 1,200 mile marathon trip across two away fixtures, ultimately picking up maximum points on both trips. The Glovers boss said that he felt Hope was the danger man in that game, and had warned Whelan of the problem that he would face on the day:

"I can imagine Corey being absolutely distraught. He will go home, he will reflect and he will learn from this. I gave him the information this week, and we worked on it, on the training ground, and I genuinely believed that was their main asset. I found that was the case when they played Barnet, and if we could have stopped that threat, then we would have at least come out of that game today with a 0-0 draw."

The big concern for the Glovers was the sight of Jake Gray being stretchered off just before half time after he went down with an injury just after crossing the ball into the box. A knee problem meant that he couldn't continue, and given the lengthy delay, and the decision to put his knee into a brace, Way admitted that he was concerned as to what the outcome might be:

"Unfortunately we've lost Jake Gray through injury, because I think that was disappointing. I'm not too sure of the extent of the injury. But from looking at his body language, and looking at the position, and where his knee was put into a brace, we'll have to wait and see. I don't want to give any clinical assessment until it's clear. But it's important now, as far as the manager of the football club, as the lads have been on a great run at home, and it took a very good Carlisle team to keep us at bay today."


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24 February 2018 : Yeovil 0 Carlisle 1 : Hope Strike Sees Glovers Still Looking Over Their Shoulders
Yeovil Town went down to their second defeat in a row this afternoon, after Carlisle United needed a single goal to gain victory. After a tight first half, the game opened up in the second period with Hallam Hope scoring four minutes after the break. The visitors largely had the edge during the game, with Hope hitting the woodwork later in the half, and it was only in the closing ten minutes that Yeovil began to look as though they might get something out of it, with Lewis Wing's 90th minute attempt coming off the woodwork. Despite defeat Yeovil remain 17th, although with five sides below them winning and the gap to the bottom two falling to eight points, the 0-1 defeat was a reminder that they still have work to do before the end of the season to guarantee their league status.

The Glovers went into the game making three changes to their starting line-up, compared to the side that started against Stevenage last Saturday. In fact those three changes were easy to understand, as they were the substitutions that were made during last weekend's match. Ryan Seager started in favour of Alex Fisher, whilst the two midfield changes that were made in that game were replicated today, as Alefe Santos and Otis Khan dropped out, making way for Oscar Gobern and Rhys Browne. In the opposition line-up, former loanee Tom Parkes lined up as a left-back.

The first half took a long time to get going, with neither side having too much to worry the goalkeepers. Hallam Hope put wide from the edge of the box for the visitors, whilst Omar Sowunmi put over the bar from a Tom James free kick. The difference between the two sides was probably that Carlisle were forcing more corners and free kicks that were putting pressure on the Yeovil penalty box, albeit without a clear outcome - a Richie Bennett header from a Tom Parkes free kick was as close as it came.

Yeovil had a good effort when Ryan Seager fired wide of the target, with referee Antony Coggins playing a good advantage after Sam Surridge was fouled by Clint Hill on the edge of the box. Jake Gray was also unfortunate when Surridge put him through, with keeper Jack Bonham doing well to narrow the angle as Gray's shot went wide. However, with Hallam Hope shooting over the bar, after Jamie Devitt put him through, and Tom Parkes firing across goal with Richie Bennett stretching to divert the attempt into the back of the net, the visitors were dangerous, and created the greater share of the chances in the first half.

More worrying for Yeovil was a serious injury to Jake Gray just before the break, leading to five minutes of added time as he was treated for a knee injury. He went down as he put a cross into the box, with no Carlisle player near him, appearing to fall awkwardly on the turf. Both physios came out to look after him, with the midfielder eventually leaving the ground on a stretcher, suggesting that he will be the latest player to suffer a lengthy injury this season. That led to a rather subdued end to the first period, and a goalless scoreline when the players came off for the break.

Yeovil started the second half in sluggish fashion, with Jonny Maddison being forced to block a Richie Bennett effort after he was put clean through on goal within a minute of the restart. And that theme continued four minutes into the half, as Carlisle took the lead through Hallam Hope. A flicked ball into the path of Bennett allowed him to thread a pass to Hope, and fired the ball into the bottom corner from just inside the box, to give the visitors the lead.

Inevitably, Carlisle began to organise themselves into two hard defensive lines, now that they had their noses in front. Otis Khan shot wide from inside the box after Tom James set him up, whilst Oscar Gobern also hit one from distance that failed to trouble the keeper, but in reality Carlisle looked increasingly comfortable. Attempts to shake things up didn't really spark, with Jordan Green playing up front for a while following Ryan Seager's withdrawal, before Alex Fisher was brought on, allowing Green a chance to take the departing Rhys Browne's slot on the wing.

Carlisle even threatened themselves to extend their lead, as substitute Michael Jones put through Jamie Devitt, only for the attacking midfielder to make a bit of a pig's ear of his shot as it went wide. There was then a nervy moment as Hallam Hope struck the goalpost, with the rebound falling out to Carlisle sub Ashley Nadesan. Jonny Maddison did well to smother the rebound attempt.

It was only in the final 15 minutes that Yeovil began to put pressure on the Carlisle goal. Alex Fisher had a shot blocked by keeper Jack Bonham, with the loose ball running clear to Omar Sowunmi. His shot was then cleared off the line by Gary Liddle. Then in the final minute Lewis Wing was inches away from levelling as his drive struck the woodwork following a corner ball that came his way. But Carlisle managed to ride out the four minutes of injury time to seal victory.

On a day where Barnet, Chesterfield, Morecambe, Forest Green Rovers and Crewe Alexandra all won, defeat radically shrunk the buffer they currently have from the bottom clubs. They may remain in 17th place in the table, but now have only an eight point gap between themselves and 23rd placed Chesterfield, and with five club three points or less behind them, it's a reminder that they can't afford too many days like today in the 12 league matches that remain.

Link: 2017-18 Latest League Two Table.

Final Score: Yeovil Town 0 Carlisle United 1.

Scorers: Hallam Hope (0-1, 49 mins)

Yeovil Town:
12. Jonny Maddison
22. Corey Whelan 17. Omar Sowunmi 23. Tom James 11. Ryan Dickson (Capt)
9. Rhys Browne 20. Oscar Gobern 6. Lewis Wing 10. Jake Gray
14. Sam Surridge 21. Ryan Seager

Substitutes:
25. Stuart Nelson 4. Jared Bird 8. Connor Smith 7. Otis Khan (45 mins for Jake Gray) 15. Jordan Green (56 mins for Ryan Seager) 18. Alex Fisher (71 mins for Rhys Browne) 27. Shaun Donnellan

Carlisle United:
1 Jack Bonham
5 Gary Liddle 29 Clint Hill 16 Mark Ellis 6 Tom Parkes
28 Kristopher Twardek 11 Jamie Devitt 4 Luke Joyce 9 Hallam Hope
14 Richard Bennett 23 Cole Stockton

Substitutes:
3 Danny Grainger 8 Michael Jones (46 mins for Kristopher Twardek) 13 Jamal Campbell-Ryce 15 Louis Gray 18 John O'Sullivan (74 mins for Cole Stockton) 19 Reggie Lambe 30 Ashley Nadesan (64 mins for Richard Bennett)

Yeovil Bookings: Rhys Browne (off the ball incident, 55 mins)

Carlisle United Bookings: None.

Yeovil Match Statistics: Possession: 51%; Shots: 11; Shots On Target: 2; Corners: 4; Fouls: 8.

Carlisle United Match Statistics: Possession: 49%; Shots: 13; Shots On Target: 4; Corners: 8; Fouls: 11.

Referee: Antony Coggins (Oxfordshire). Assistants: Christopher Kidd (Oxfordshire) and Michael Webb (Surrey). Fourth Official: Dean Treleaven (West Sussex).

Attendance: 2,688 (with 162 Carlisle United supporters).


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24 February 2018 : Team News For Yeovil Town vs Carlisle United
The starting line-up for Yeovil Town's League Two match against Carlisle United at Huish Park has been revealed. The match sees the Glovers name three changes compared to the team that took to the field against Stevenage last Saturday. In midfield Oscar Gobern starts in favour of Jordan Green. Winger Otis Khan also drops to the bench with Rhys Browne replacing him. Up front Southampton loanee Rhys Seager comes in for Alex Fisher.

The first team squad members to miss out today are right-back Daniel Alfei (knee injury, out for season), James Bailey (knee ligaments), Marcus Barnes (ankle), goalkeeper Artur Krysiak (knee), defender Nathan Smith (knee) and Bevis Mugabi (hamstring). Striker Francois Zoko serves the second of a two match suspension today. Midfielder Alefe Santos doesn't make the squad at all.

The team reads as follows (with a slight question on how the midfield four will line up):

Yeovil Town:
12. Jonny Maddison
22. Corey Whelan 17. Omar Sowunmi 23. Tom James 11. Ryan Dickson (Capt)
9. Rhys Browne 20. Oscar Gobern 6. Lewis Wing 10. Jake Gray
14. Sam Surridge 21. Ryan Seager

Substitutes:
25. Stuart Nelson 4. Jared Bird 8. Connor Smith 7. Otis Khan 15. Jordan Green 18. Alex Fisher 27. Shaun Donnellan


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24 February 2018 : Carlisle United Game Remains On After Pitch Inspection
Yeovil Town's League Two match against Carlisle United remains ON despite the match referee Antony Coggins having held a surprise pitch inspection. The Glovers have had their home goalmouth covered in a tent-style aparatus overnight and this morning, with a hot air blower installed underneath, with the aim of dealing with a problem area at the ground in front of the home goalmouth.

With low temperatures overnight, it appears that there was some concern about the state of that home-end penalty area, but it was given the nod at about 1.25p.m. today, meaning that the game will be played.


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24 February 2018 : Glovers Trust Plans For The Carlisle United Game
This afternoon sees Yeovil Town play host to Carlisle United in a League Two fixture at Huish Park. As usual before the match, the Glovers Trust will be in The Arrow pub. Feel free to come and chat to them about their current objectives, or views on their engagement with club consultant Mark Palmer, which saw them ask for clarification on his involvement with the club. Their basic availability and services today are as follows:

Match: Carlisle (Home)

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

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

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


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23 February 2018 : Darren Way Previews The Carlisle United Home Game
As part of the build-up to the League Two home match against Carlisle United at Huish Park, Yeovil Town manager Darren Way spoke to the BBC about the match. With questions from BBC Somerset reporter Tom Seymour, Darren gives his views on losing at Stevenage, his team's record against Carlisle and their side's key players, along with views on new signing Stuart Nelson and the fitness of Bevis Mugabi and Jordan Green. Read that interview via the link below.

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


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23 February 2018 : Officials For Yeovil Town vs Carlisle United
Officials for the League Two match between Yeovil Town and Carlisle United have been published by the Football League. The match takes place on Saturday 24th February 2018 at Huish Park, with a 3.00p.m. kick-off. The man in charge of the fixture will be referee Antony Coggins (Oxfordshire).

This is his first season at Football League level, having taken charge of 25 matches so far, producing 56 yellow cards and three red cards. One of those dismissals was in his last match, where he sent off Swindon Town's Matt Preston for a professional foul in their 2-2 draw against Lincoln City at Sincil Bank. That doesn't seem to have caused too much controversy.

He's taken charge of two Yeovil Town fixtures during the 2017-18 season. He was present for the League Two home fixture against Colchester United in September, which ended in a 0-1 defeat with the Glovers having suffered one of those 'could have played on until midnight and not scored' sort of afternoons. He was later at Huish Park for the 2-0 victory over AFC Wimbledon in the EFL Trophy. On both occasions we couldn't find anything controversial to say about him, with just one Yeovil booking, and two opposition bookings spread across the two fixtures.

Last season saw him do National League matches, with his finale at that level being a Play-Off Semi-Final game between Dagenham and Redbridge and Forest Green Rovers. He was also an assistant referee at the FA Vase Final in May 2016 between Hereford and Morpeth Town.

He is just 29 years old and comes from Bicester, having attended Blessed George Napier School in Banbury. He started off in the Banbury District League, before moving upwards via the Hellenic League, and then the Southern League before being given National League status. He started off refereeing at the age of 13, and by the time he was approaching his 19th birthday he'd already done around 600 games.

Mr Coggins will be assisted by Christopher Kidd (Oxfordshire) and Michael Webb (Surrey). The Fourth Official will be Dean Treleaven (West Sussex).

Link: September 2017 : Yeovil Town 0 Colchester United 1.

Link: December 2017 : Yeovil Town 2 AFC Wimbledon 0.


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23 February 2018 : Funeral Details For Maurice O'Donnell
Funeral details for former Yeovil Town First Team Coach, Reserve Team Manager, Trainer and Youth Team Manager Maurice O'Donnell have been announced. The funeral has been set for Friday 2nd March 2018 at 12.00 noon, at Yeovil Crematorium. There will be a wake held at Yeovil Town Football Club after the service.

A reminder as well, that Yeovil Town supporters, in general, will have a chance to pay tribute to Maurice, prior to Saturday afternoon's home match against Carlisle United. There will be a minute's applause prior to kick-off, to pay tribute to the man who gave the club in the region of 35 years worth of service, spread out across three spells between 1958 and 2006.

The formal obituary notice for Maurice reads as follows:

"O'DONNELL Maurice (formerly of Greenock) Peacefully in Yeovil Hospital on 7th February 2018, aged 86 years, much loved husband of Betty, dad to Ray, Brian, Anthony, Denise and the late Maureen, devoted grandad and pops. Funeral Service will take place at Yeovil Crematorium on Friday 2nd March 2018 at 12 noon. Family flowers only please. Donations in memory of Maurice for Yeovil Heartbeat may be sent to c/o Clive Wakely, A.J. Wakely & Sons, 33 Sparrow Road, Yeovil, BA21 4BT. Tel. 01935 479913. Please make cheques payable to the charity."


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22 February 2018 : Khan Sees Unfinished Business After Turning Down Bristol Rovers Move
Yeovil Town winger Otis Khan felt that he had 'unfinished business' when he decided to stay at Huish Park during the January transfer window. The Glovers had received at least one formal bid from a Football League side that triggered a clause in the former Barnsley player's contract, entitling him to hold talks with that club. League One side Bristol Rovers were the only club that confirmed their interest in the 22 year old former Manchester United academy player, although a scattering of other clubs around the league were claimed to be monitoring him.

Khan made the decision to not head up the A37 to Bristol, and told BBC Somerset that he didn't regard it as the best time for him to leave the Glovers, believing that he was better off playing through the 2017-18 season and trying to keep the momentum that had seen him score ten goals during the campaign going:

"I just thought that I've got some unfinished business left at Yeovil, and I am enjoying my time here. It wasn't the best time for me to go. I've already got ten goals, so I thought I'd carry on and kick on until the end of the season, and carry on doing well for Yeovil and get them where they need to be. For myself personally, I just want to keep doing well and have a good second half of the season, keep getting goals and assists, help my teammates out and help the club push up."

Khan has denied that being drawn out to play against his boyhood club Manchester United in the FA Cup played any part in his thinking. In a sharp twist of fate, he never stepped onto the field during that match, as he sat out a five game ban around that period for a sending off against Chesterfield in a League Two match, after he appeared to barge referee Kevin Johnson. The winger admits he reacted badly to the situation, although adds that the main official has since been back at the club and apologised himself for missing the shirt pull that started the incident. Khan explained:

"It kind of started when we were on the attack, and I clearly got fouled. I stopped as the ref (Kevin Johnson) was right in front of us, and he'd clearly seen the foul himself. Three or four weeks after that, we had the same officials at the club, and the referee apologised to Darren Way for what happened. I reacted badly myself, and so I shouldn't have done that. But it's all in the past now, and I don't really think too much of it."


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22 February 2018 : Football League Vote Through Full Strength Side Rule Change
The Football League has announced an immediate rule change, to provide clarification on what constitutes a full strength team, and how that rule should be applied during the closing stages of a season. Today's formal vote by the 72 member clubs, in a meeting at Villa Park, confirms a change that was proposed in September 2017, and relates to a situation last season involving Huddersfield Town in their match against Birmingham City, which led to complaints from Blackburn Rovers and Nottingham Forest.

The complaint was that Huddersfield had breached Football League Regulation No.24 after they made ten changes to their starting line-up for a match against Birmingham, who were at that time in a battle against relegation that involved Blackburn and Forest. All three clubs ultimately survived, but with Birmingham beating the depleted Terriers side, the accusation was that Huddersfield had broken that rule which requires clubs to play full strength teams in all matches.

The Football League admitted that they could not definitively determine what 'full strength' meant, and so Huddersfield were not charged - their argument was that they were merely rotating their squad in preparation for Championship play-off matches. The League have therefore cleaned up the rule for matches during the last five weeks of the season. Rule 24 now reads:

"for any League match played on or after the fourth Thursday in March (including Season 2017-18), any team sheet for a League game should include at least 10 outfield players who featured on the team sheet for the League match before."

Any club that breaches this rule will be referred to a Disciplinary Commission. Presumably clubs that have a genuine injury/illness epidemic can use medical evidence in their defence in such circumstances.


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22 February 2018 : 2018-19 Summer Transfer Window Rule Changes
The Football League have voted through proposals to change the way the Summer Transfer Window works. The 72 member clubs were at Villa Park today and have agreed changes that will see the window for permanent transfers close earlier than usual, to fall in line with a change already agreed with Premier League clubs. The Summer Transfer Window will now close on the Thursday before the season proper starts, meaning that next season teams will have to complete all paperwork by Thursday 9th August 2018, with 5.00p.m. the cut-off point.

There are some concessions that have been made that will apply to Football League clubs, which the Premier League appear not to have considered. These will allow teams to do the following:

1. Sign players on Standard Loan Agreements (half-season or full-season) up until August 31st 2018
2. Sign players on Standard Loan Agreements (half-season or full-season) up until August 31st 2018, with an option to agree a permanent transfer when the next window opens.
3. Register players who ceased to be registered with a club during the period up until August 31st 2018. In practice this means that free transfers can still take place, provided the player's old club is willing to tear their player's contract up.
4. Transfer players out to a club in any League whose window is still open - which would include non-league levels and international leagues.

According to Sky Sports, today's vote saw 40 clubs support the agreement, whilst 29 voted against. Three clubs did not attend the meeting, and so did note vote. There were no formal abstentions.


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22 February 2018 : Rutter Back In Academy Coaching Role
Former Yeovil Town manager Steve Rutter is back at Huish Park again. There have been some running rumours that the 55 year old had returned to the area and was working for the club again, but this now seems more certain with his presence at the Academy Under-18s fixture against Peterborough United last weekend.

Whilst Academy Manager Paul Wilson and Under-18s boss Antonio Falanga were both present in the dugout for the game as usual, Rutter was also spotted on the Huish Park Top Pitch on Saturday wearing Yeovil Town badged clothing, and moving between the dugout area and other parts of the surrounding pitch area, as he watched the game.

Rutter had initially returned to the club in January 2017 as the Academy's Head of Coaching, but left that role in June 2017 to take up a position with Belgian First Division side KV Kortrijk. That role lasted until November 2017, when they decided to dismiss first team manager Yannis Anastasiou, resulting in Rutter and the club's fitness coach also being relieved of their services as part of the same management change.

He is understood to have returned to the position he vacated last June, with the club not having appointed a successor. Rutter watched the young Glovers notch up a 4-1 win over Peterborough, with a Joe Tomlinson header, a brace from Lewis Dix and a counterattack from substitute Devon Arnold sealing the Merit League victory.


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21 February 2018 : Taff's Gloversblog : Reality Check At Broadhall Way
On Saturday, Yeovil Town suffered their heaviest defeat of 2018, with their away form once again plaguing them. The latest Taff's Gloversblog looks back at that 4-1 defeat at Stevenage and examines the major areas where things went wrong. There's also a look at the club's current form and this week's signing of Stuart Nelson. Read the blog via the link below and feel free to add your own views.

Link: Taff's Gloversblog : Reality Check At Broadhall Way.


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20 February 2018 : Glovers Trust Seek Further Clarification On Involvement Of Club Consultant
The Glovers Trust have provided an update on their discussions with Mark Palmer; a consultant that the club have been engaging with concerning the club's future plans. The Trust have been seeking a second meeting with Mr Palmer. Their update on this reads as follows:

In our February Newsletter we informed you that we were trying to arrange a follow up meeting with Insight 63 consultant, Mark Palmer. You will recall that we met Mr Palmer on 1st November 2017 and we ended that meeting with an agreement to meet before the end of 2017 for an update on Mr Palmer's assessment of what direction the Club should be aiming to follow.

Knowing that his assessment was due to be finished before the opening of the January transfer window, we invited Mr Palmer to meet with us on 6th December. This date became unsuitable to him as did our further offer of the 13th of December. A planned meeting for the 20th of December was unfortunately cancelled at Mr Palmer's request and so moving in 2018, the Trust Board sent an email on the 2nd of January seeking a suitable date for which we could meet. His reply spoke of getting back to us with dates for the week commencing 15th January. By 11th January, having heard nothing further, another email was sent by the Trust asking him to agree a suitable date. His reply was that he was still in confidential discussions with John Fry and Norman Hayward, and asked us to bear with him.

Mark Palmer gave an interview to the BBC on 20th January 2018 and on 29th January the Trust sent a further email to Mr Palmer raising concerns that the interview failed to shed a reasonable level of detail into the follow up actions and timescales pertaining to the report that he had submitted and invited him to meet with us again at his earliest convenience.

Mr Palmer has since responded indicating that he felt that the interview brought everyone up to speed with the work that he has conducted and is continuing with, and that due to the confidential nature of the work he is unable to openly discuss any aspects of said work or the seven year plan until there has been a sufficient level of detail that has been agreed which can go public.

The Trust Board are extremely disappointed at this turn of events and had hoped that further detail of the plans for the future of our Club would be mutually beneficial to both the Club and its supporters. Once again it feels that Yeovil Town fans are being kept in the dark and the Trust Board would hope that the supporters, who the Club indicate that they wish to retain and encourage to return, find out what is planned for the next seven years sooner rather than later.

The Trust have requested that an item be included on the Alliance Group agenda for the forthcoming meeting on 21st February seeking the clarification of the continued involvement of Mr Palmer with the Football Club.


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20 February 2018 : Glovers Sign Up Former Gillingham Goalkeeper After Krysiak Injury
Yeovil Town have signed up former Brentford, Notts County and Gillingham goalkeeper Stuart Nelson on a short term deal. The 36 year old has been brought in by the club, to cover for the absence of main keeper Artur Krysiak, who has been ruled out for the remainder of the 2017-18 season, with a posterior cruciate ligament injury.

Nelson was born in Stoud on September 17th 1981 and had a youth career with Battledown (in Cheltenham), Cirencester. His early career didn't pull up too many trees, with two years at Millwall and then a season with Doncaster Rovers in the Conference division seeing him drop into non-league football with Hucknall Town. However, in February 2004, he got his big break when Brentford bought him from Hucknall for £10,000 and during his first full season with them, he gained 21 clean sheets in 55 appearances as the West London side made the League One play-offs.

He spent three seasons on Brentford's books, making 139 appearances before joining Leyton Orient for the 2007-08 season, where he made 33 appearances. The next two years were not so good as moves to Norwich City and Aberdeen didn't take off, but when he returned to England, he had two successful seasons with Notts County, making 90 appearances for them.

Nelson then moved to Gillingham - a club that he was ultimately to spend five-and-a-half years with. He was part of their 2012-13 squad that won promotion from League Two. His performances were good enough to be runner-up in their Player Of The Season for that year, and then in 2013-14 he took the main award. He was also named in the PFA Team Of The Season for League Two in 2012-13. Nelson went on to become the club's Vice Captain and ultimately made 223 appearances for them - the third highest appearances a goalkeeper has made for the Gills.

During the 2017-18 season, Nelson found himself frozen out, having been their number one keeper for five years. Having only made two first team appearances in the Checkatrade Trophy during the current campaign, he agreed to have his contract ripped up on the final day of the January Transfer Window to leave himself as a free agent.

Nelson has signed for the club until the end of the 2017-18 season. He will wear the No.25 shirt during his time with the club.


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20 February 2018 : Darren Way Talks About Stevenage Away Team Selection
Just before Saturday afternoon's match against Stevenage kicked off at Broadhall Way, Yeovil Town manager Darren Way spoke to the BBC about the game. With questions from local journalist Chris Spittles, in an interview for BBC Somerset, Darren gives his views on the inclusion of Otis Khan and the absence of Jordan Green along with Oscar Gobern. Read that interview in full via the link below.

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


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19 February 2018 : Rosler Becomes Fourth Managerial Dismissal Following 2018 Yeovil Town Victories
League One side Fleetwood Town have become the fourth team in 2018 to lose to Yeovil Town, and then to sack their first team manager. The Glovers have won six times during 2018, but despite having only reached mid-February, bosses at Bradford City, Grimsby Town, Cambridge United and now Fleetwood have been shown the door. The latest is Uwe Rosler, who was dismissed after their team's seventh consecutive defeat, which included the recent Checkatrade Trophy exist against Yeovil Town.

Fleetwood lost 3-0 at Doncaster Rovers on Saturday afternoon, which left them above the relegation zone only on goal difference. They hadn't gained a positive result since January 13th, and thus have decided to get rid of the former Brentford boss, leaving Barry Nicholson and David Lucas in charge of proceedings on a caretaker basis.

Rosler's exit continues a running theme of managers who have been fired shortly after losing to Yeovil Town. Whilst each exit was due to a longer run of poor form in each case, and not specific to the game against the Glovers, it has been an unusual trend:

Bradford City: Lost 2-0 to Yeovil Town in the FA Cup Third Round on January 6th. Here the Glovers appeared to kick off Bradford's bad form as they lost six games in a row, leading to manager Stuart McCall being given the boot on February 5th.

Grimsby Town: Lost 3-0 to Yeovil Town in a League Two match on January 30th. The Mariners came to Huish Park on a lengthy run of bad form, with manager Russell Slade having already been given the dreaded 'vote of confidence' from his Directors in the lead-up to the game. One draw and one defeat after the Huish Park match, Slase was given his marching orders on February 12th, on a run of twelve matches without a win.

Cambridge United: Lost 2-0 to Yeovil Town in a League Two match on February 3rd. Three days later, they played Lincoln City in a League Two match and drew 0-0. Cambridge announced the decision to part company with Shaun Derry within two minutes of the final whistle of the Friday night match, although later admitted that their Board had made their decision after the Yeovil Town fixture. At the publicised time of his departure, Derry's side had not won for six games.

Fleetwood Town: Lost 3-2 to Yeovil Town in the EFL Trophy Quarter-Finals on February 6th. They suffered a run of seven straight defeats, with the defeat at Huish Park being the fifth of those. Following the seventh against Doncaster Rovers on February 17th, Uwe Rosler was shown the door.

The two managers to have held their position following losses to Yeovil Town during 2018 are Forest Green Rovers boss Mark Cooper, who has probably been cut a bit of slack given he achieved promotion for them last season, whilst Barnet's Graham Westley has only been in their hotseat for a few weeks.


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18 February 2018 : Man of the Match Voting for Stevenage vs Yeovil Town
If you watched Saturday afternoon's 4-1 defeat against Stevenage at Broadhall Way, 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 Stevenage vs Yeovil Town.


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18 February 2018 : Darren Way's Verdict On The Stevenage Away Game
Following Saturday afternoon's 4-1 defeat against Stevenage at Broadhall Way, Yeovil Town manager spoke to the BBC. With questions from local journalist Chris Spittles, in an interview for BBC Somerset, Darren gives his verdict on the team's performance, as well as updating on the situation regarding Artur Krysiak and Nathan Smith and his plans to sign a new goalkeeper. Read that interview in full via the link below.

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


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17 February 2018 : Way Questions Team Leadership And Competing After Stevenage Defeat
Yeovil Town manager Darren Way felt his side failed to compete with Stevenage at Broadhall Way on Saturday afternoon, and lacked leadership as they slumped to a 4-1 defeat. The Glovers were particularly undone by a first half performance that saw them fail to get a single shot on target themselves, whilst the home team were given frequent opportunities to have free shots from distance, two of which gave them their 2-0 half time advantage.

Way told BBC Somerset after the game that the need to perform the basics of blocking and tackling was absent today, and admitted that it wasn't until the final 20 minutes of the match, when his side were already four goals down that they managed to look the part. He said he was disappointed with the overall display:

"Very disappointing. Football has got a funny way of catching you out. Today from the first whistle, we had no leadership, we didn't compete, we had no forward momentum, and with the two goals to go 2-0 down, we've been very good at our pressing. To give them that much time and space is very disappointing. I made changes. I think sometimes people make up things in this game. It's about blocking and tackling, and taking the team the other way. To go 2-0 down, we never turned up until the last 15 or 20 minutes. I made one or two changes that I thought affected the game. At one stage it could have been 4-2. But to gift the goals in the way that we did, that wasn't us."

Yeovil Town had showed some improved form lately, albeit against a heavy balance of home fixtures against struggling sides, gaining three victories in their last four matches. Way added that he didn't recognise the team that was out there as his own:

"We've showed promotion form recently, but to have that today was bitterly disappointing. I just didn't see any urgency in our commitment to win the ball back. You're up against a team here who were under a little bit of pressure. The balance of the match hinges on goals. But to concede in the way that we did was disappointing. It didn't look like my team that was out there, and that was more frustrating. With the changes that we made, I expected a little bit more."


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17 February 2018 : Video : Goals From Stevenage vs Yeovil Town
For those who want to witness what Yeovil Town's 4-1 defeat against Stevenage at Broadhall Way looks like, the five goals are now available online. Watch how Luke Amos, Jonathan Smith, Danny Newton and Ben Kennedy put the home side four goals up, before Southampton loanee Ryan Seager was gifted his first goal of his loan spell with the Glovers.

Watch the video via the link below. There are also slightly lengthier YouTube highlights available below.

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




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17 February 2018 : Darren Way Targets New Goalkeeper Signing After Krysiak's Knee Injury
Yeovil Town manager Darren Way has said that he plans to sign a new goalkeeper next week, to cover for the loss of first choice Artur Krysiak, who has been ruled out for the remainder of the 2017-18 season. The Polish stopper suffered a posterior cruciate ligament injury in the match against Crewe Alexandra last weekend, and will not play until next season, after a specialist looked at his problem.

For the last two matches, including Saturday afternoon's match at Stevenage, Way has used goalkeeping coach Steve Phillips on the bench, whilst Jonny Maddison has had two-and-a-half matches between the sticks, with his performance at Barnet in midweek particularly impressive. Despite this, Way told BBC Somerset after this afternoon's 4-1 defeat at Broadhall Way, that he has been holding talks with another keeper who he hopes to sign next week:

"Both (Krysiak and Smith) are going to be out for a long time, so I think as far as the keeper situation is concerned, we have been looking. So hopefully we can do something with that area next week. We've got Steve (Phillips) but I think that it's more important that if there is someone out there, which there is and we have been talking to, that we look to do something as soon as possible."

Any plans to move for another goalkeeper will have to involve either an out of contract free agent, or one from non-league football, with both Maddison and Phillips recognised by the Football League as senior goalkeepers, meaning the club cannot invoke any 'emergency' transfer rule. That will inevitably restrict the market that Way is able to operate in.

Left-sided defender Nathan Smith has suffered a medial knee ligament injury and is currently expected to return in mid-April, meaning that he would only be available for a small handful of fixtures at the end of the season. Way hoped that other defenders would fill the gap whilst Smith is unavailable:

"Nathan is unfortunately going to be out for a long time as well, but as I always say, we've got a squad now to make sure that others step up to the mark. Off the back of this result, everyone has got an opportunity."


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17 February 2018 : Stevenage 4 Yeovil 1 : Long Range Strikes Spark Heavy Glovers Defeat
Yeovil Town were deservedly beaten at Broadhall Way, as a poor first half contributed to their downfall in a 4-1 defeat. The Glovers went behind thanks to two long range strikes from Luke Amos and Jonathan Smith, who netted just before the break. One minute ater the break and Danny Newton caught the defence napping, whilst Ben Kennedy took advantage of large gaps in the penalty area to score a fourth. Yeovil finally got a consolation through Southampton loanee Ryan Seager and rallied in the closing stages, but that was too little too late on a day where they were out-fought and over-run by the home side.

The Glovers went into the match making two changes to their line-up compared to Tuesday night's match against Barnet. Otis Khan made his return following a six game absence, sporting a wrist bandage that explained his absence in the one game he was not suspended for. Jordan Green was ill, which meant he did not make the squad. In midfield, Alefe Santos was brought in for Oscar Gobern. In the opposition line-up, Dean Bowditch sat on the bench - something that Francois Zoko was unable to do for Yeovil given he was starting his two match suspension.

The match was entirely inert for the opening 14 minutes, with it taking a Danny Newton shot to open up proceedings. But the Stevenage striker was off-balance and dragged his shot wide. However, their next effort was decidedly more accurate, with a flowing move across midfield seeing Yeovil fail to close players down, allowing Joe Martin's pass into the path of Luke Amos that saw the Stevenage midfielder fire a dipping 25 yard shot into the right hand corner of the net before anyone could get across to stop the shot. 1-0 down.

That was ultimately the difference between the two sides in the first half. Stevenage's midfield passing was far more fluent, whilst Yeovil had a nasty habit of giving the ball away around the halfway line. It took a superb last ditch block by Ryan Dickson around the penalty spot to stop Stevenage dancing their way through the centre for a second goal. When Mark McKee shot over the crossbar from the edge of the box, it was painfully obvious that no-one in midfield was acting as that blocker to close down those sort of edge of area attempts.

McKee nearly scored when sloppy defending put him clean through on goal down the middle, but Jonny Maddison came out to block well with his legs. Stevenage then tried a different route as Joe Martin chipped the ball over the top of the back line, with Ben Kennedy's ambitious first time volley just clearing the crossbar.

Yeovil had contributed very little as an attacking force. A Tom James free kick went a yard or two wide, but in open play it was only rarely Alex Fisher and Sam Surridge saw the ball - the team failed to manage a shot on target before the break. Even worse was that as the fourth official signalled for two minutes of added time before a break that could have seen them regroup, they fell further behind. Once again, Stevenage created room on the edge of the box through John Goddard and when he slipped the ball to Jonathan Smith once again no-one was closing down, and another 20 yard shot was buried in the back of the net for a 2-0 half time score.

A half time substitution saw Rhys Browne introduced for Alefe Santos, allowing Jake Gray a chance to put a bit more grit into the centre of midfield, whilst Browne went wide right. But whatever message was delivered during the break became completely irrelevant within 60 seconds of the restart. Yeovil lost possession down their left flank, freeing up Ben Kennedy to put a cross into the box, and Danny Newton was on hand to get a close range tap in.

It took 55 minutes before Yeovil managed their first shot on target of the entire match. A corner into the box found Sam Surridge lurking at the back post. His shot was well hit, but keeper Tom King covered his angles well to ensure he was right in the way of the shot. But any hope that there might be a Glovers comeback was well and truly ended just short of the hour mark. Ben Wilmot fed Ben Kennedy who was seemingly in a harmless position near the corner flag. But Yeovil know all about Kennedy's quick feet from last season's match at Broadhall Way - the problem was they didn't do anything about it as he danced his way past three defenders, broke into clear space, and then fired home from a narrow angle at the far post for 4-0.

Yeovil introduced Ryan Seager for Alex Fisher, and finally started to get some attacking joy, even if the feeling was that Stevenage had taken their foot off the gas a bit. Lewis Wing produced a superb shot from the edge of the box that Tom King tipped over the bar for a corner. Then they finally got a goal back, albeit thanks to a generous assist from Stevenage substitute Kevin Lokko. Having only just got onto the pitch, he got his bearings all wrong in an attempt to do a backpass to King, and Seager was at the far post to convert from close range into an empty net.

The 4-1 could have very quickly have become 4-2 if Sam Surridge hadn't wasted a golden opportunity to head home at the back post from close range, with his attempt instead clearing the crossbar. And apart from a few Stevenage breakaways, the Glovers oddly managed to dominate the final 15 minutes of the match, albeit with the feeling that the home side were by now playing to close the game out. That was the only small positive from a wretched game, in that those who finished the 90 minutes didn't throw in the towel. But overall this was a poor performance defensively throughout the game - not just the back four but the way the midfield failed to protect them - and the outcome was hard to disagree with.

Link: 2017-18 Latest League Two Table.

Final Score: Stevenage 4 Yeovil Town 1.

Scorers: Luke Amos (16 mins, 1-0), Jonathan Smith (45 mins, 2-0), Danny Newton (46 mins, 3-0), Ben Kennedy (58 mins, 4-0), Ryan Seager (76 mins, 4-1)

Stevenage:
13 Tom King
20 Terence VanCouten 33 Ben Wilmot 4 Jack King 3 Joe Martin
14 Luke Amos 2 Jonathan Smith 30 Mark McKee
10 Ben Kennedy 19 Danny Newton 11 John Goddard

Substitutes:
1 Joe Fryer 5 Fraser Franks 6 Luke Wilkinson 18 Tom Conlon 22 Dean Bowditch (80 mins for Ben Kennedy) 26 Joe White (90 mins for Danny Newton) 28 Kevin Lokko (74 mins for Joe Martin)

Yeovil Town:
12. Jonny Maddison
22. Corey Whelan 17. Omar Sowunmi 23. Tom James 11. Ryan Dickson (Capt)
10. Jake Gray 30. Alefe Santos 6. Lewis Wing 7. Otis Khan
14. Sam Surridge 18. Alex Fisher

Substitutes:
24. Steve Phillips (GK) 4. Jared Bird 8. Connor Smith 9. Rhys Browne (46 mins for Alefe Santos) 20. Oscar Gobern (52 mins for Otis Khan) 21. Ryan Seager (64 mins for Alex Fisher) 27. Shaun Donnellan

Stevenage Bookings: Joe Martin (37 mins, foul)

Yeovil Bookings: Otis Khan (42 mins, foul), Lewis Wing (82 mins, foul)

Stevenage Match Statistics: Possession: 51%; Shots: 15; Shots On Target: 7; Corners: 4; Fouls: 9.

Yeovil Match Statistics: Possession: 49%; Shots: 11; Shots On Target: 5; Corners: 4; Fouls: 10.

Referee: Nicholas Kinseley (Essex). Assistants: Grant Taylor (Warwickshire) and Adrian Waters (London). Fourth Official: Ravel Cheosiaua (Worcestershire).

Attendance: 2,355 (with 220 Yeovil Town supporters).


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17 February 2018 : Kryisak Out For The Season With Smith Set For Lengthy Layoff
Yeovil Town goalkeeper Artur Krysiak will miss the rest of the 2017-18 season. The Polish stopper has suffered a posterior cruciate ligament injury that will mean that he'll be out for the foreseeable future.

Defender Nathan Smith's injury has been diagnosed as a medial knee ligament injury. He will miss eight weeks, meaning that he will hopefully return for the final couple weeks of the season.


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17 February 2018 : Team News For Stevenage vs Yeovil Town
The starting line-up for Yeovil Town's League Two match against Stevenage at Broadhall Way has been revealed. The match sees the Glovers name two changes compared to the team that took to the field against Barnet on Tuesday.

Otis Khan has been missing for six games, due to a suspension and wrist injury. He returns, replacing Jordan Green who drops off the teamsheet. In midfield Oscar Gobern drops to the bench, with Alefe Santos replacing him.

The first team squad members to miss out today are right-back Daniel Alfei (knee injury, out for season), James Bailey (knee ligaments), Marcus Barnes (ankle), (final game out of five), goalkeeper Artur Krysiak (knee), defender Nathan Smith (knee) and Bevis Mugabi (hamstring). Striker Francois Zoko starts a two match suspension today. Winger Jordan Green is not selected today as he is ill.

The team reads as follows:

Yeovil Town:
12. Jonny Maddison
22. Corey Whelan 17. Omar Sowunmi 23. Tom James 11. Ryan Dickson (Capt)
10. Jake Gray 30. Alefe Santos 6. Lewis Wing 7. Otis Khan
14. Sam Surridge 18. Alex Fisher

Substitutes:
24. Steve Phillips (GK) 4. Jared Bird 8. Connor Smith 9. Rhys Browne 20. Oscar Gobern 21. Ryan Seager 27. Shaun Donnellan


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16 February 2018 : Sokolik Moves Up The Road To Become A Gull
Former Yeovil Town defender Jakub Sokolik has found himself a new club, following his release by League One side Plymouth Argyle. The 24 year old has signed for National League side Torquay United until the end of the 2017-18 season, having agreed to leave Home Park by mutual consent on January 31st, to ensure he didn't get constrained by the transfer window rules.

He's signed for a club in a spot of bother, with the Gulls currently in the National League relegation zone, in 22nd place and five points away from safety with just thirteen games remaining. Head Coach Gary Owers said that his priority had been to deal with an injury at Plainmoor that had left a gap in defence:

"We've taken the opportunity to add to the squad and make sure that we’re as strong as possible going into the later stages of the season. With Josh Gowling out we're a centre-half down and Jakub being a free agent and based just along the road in Plymouth, I thought it was a good match. I spoke to him and I'm pleased that he is here. The last couple of signings do have more experience and that is only going to add to what we are trying to do."

At present Torquay are waiting for the paperwork to clear. Sokolik had been a regular in Argyle's League Two line-up as they closed in on promotion. But this season has seen his appearances highly limited, making just five appearances, with only two of those being in the league. Overall he made 23 appearances for Plymouth across his twelve months at Home Park.


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16 February 2018 : Way Sees Discipline Improvements Since Last Stevenage Encounter
Yeovil Town manager Darren Way believes that his team are far more disciplined compared to the side that took to the field against Stevenage back in October 2017. The two sides meet at Broadhall Way hoping to avoid a repeat of the circumstances that saw three red cards produced at Huish Park that day. The Glovers may have won the match at Huish Park by a 3-0 scoreline, but finished the game with nine men, as Olufela Olomola and Francois Zoko failed to complete the match, with Stevenage's Kevin Toner also getting his marching orders in a bad-tempered second half.

Those were two of seven dismissals that the club have experienced during the 2017-18 season; a significant factor in why the club lie at the bottom of the Football Association's fair play table for League Two sides. However, Way thinks his side's discipline is improved, and also highlights his club's current run of form, which has seen them win three of their last four League Two matches:

"Our discipline has improved. It still could be better. I think that comes with game management. I've been really pleased with the way the players have responded from the Man United game. We're the in-form team at the moment, when you look at our results, certainly in the last few games now as far as the form guide is concerned. We've just got to keep focussing upon what we've been doing, and that's part of our process."

Tomorrow should see second choice keeper Jonny Maddison continue between the sticks for the club, with Artur Krysiak seeing a consultant this week about a knee injury he sustained last weekend. Way is fully confident about keeping Maddison in that position, saying that he did not see his midweek shut-out against Barnet as in any way fortuitous:

"That was no fluke with that performance. We've got a good goalkeeper coach that is improving him, educating him. He took a lot of knowledge from the games that he had on the back end of last season that we talked about. He keeps improving on his weaknesses. So he's getting stronger and stronger, and he was very very good and effective. That's what you need from your goalkeeper."

Link: Ciderspace Guide To Stevenage.

Link: Ticketing For Stevenage vs Yeovil Town.

Link: GWSC Travel For Stevenage vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Officials For Stevenage vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Darren Way's Views On Krysiak And Smith Problems.


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16 February 2018 : Ciderspace Guide To Stevenage
Tomorrow afternoon, Yeovil Town make the rather familiar journey to Broadhall Way, home of Stevenage, for a League Two fixture. The Ciderspace guide has been updated to include this season's ticketing and travel, plus directions, parking, a pub guide, club statistics and everything else you need to set you on your way. Find it via the link below.

Link: Ciderspace Guide To Stevenage.

Link: Ticketing For Stevenage vs Yeovil Town.

Link: GWSC Travel For Stevenage vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Officials For Stevenage vs Yeovil Town.

The South Stand at Broadhall Way - for Away supporters
The South Stand at Broadhall Way - for Away supporters.
Photo © 2013-18 Ciderspace



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16 February 2018 : Officials For Stevenage vs Yeovil Town
Officials for the League Two match between Stevenage and Yeovil Town have been published by the Football League. The match takes place on Saturday 17th February 2018 at Broadhall Way, with a 3.00p.m. kick-off. The man in charge of the fixture will be referee Nicholas Kinseley (Essex).

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

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

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

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

The most recent meeting involving Mr Kinseley was the October 2017 match against Newport County at Rodney Parade. Thankfully, at the fourth time of asking, the match official managed to get through 90 minutes without making a mess of any major decisions, although on the other hand we can't recall any major ones for him to give. We ended up losing by a 2-0 scoreline, undone by two set pieces initiated by former midfielder Matt Dolan. We were then due to have him for the January 2018 game against Grimsby Town but by the time we got there, he'd been replaced by Charles Breakspear - hopefully he'll make it this time round.

Mr Kinseley will be assisted by Grant Taylor (Warwickshire) and Adrian Waters (London). The Fourth Official will be Ravel Cheosiaua (Worcestershire).

Link: September 2015 : Yeovil Town 2 Morecambe 4.

Link: April 2016 : Stevenage 0 Yeovil Town 0.

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

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


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15 February 2018 : Darren Way's Views On Krysiak And Smith Problems
Yeovil Town manager Darren Way has explained the circumstances relating to goalkeeper Artur Krysiak and defender Nathan Smith's injuries. Both are not expected to feature this weekend at Stevenage, having suffered knee injuries in the 0-0 draw at Crewe Alexandra last weekend. Both players were entirely off the teamsheet during midweek, and although neither have had timeframes put on their problems yet, all the hints are that these are issues that go beyond simple bruising.

Krysiak has today been to see a specialist, referred to as Mr Williams, and thus almost certainly Dr Andrew Williams - a London-based surgeon who the club have used in the past and specialises in diagnosing sporting injuries, and in particular knee problems. Way told BBC Somerset that the specialist was looking at the results of a scan they'd had earlier in the week:

"All I can say, is that Artur has got a meeting with Mr Williams about his knee. He's having a look, as we speak, about the scans so we'll have to wait. I think that Smithy is not looking good, and he will be out for some time, but again we've still got to make sure that we get the medical reasoning as to how long he is going to be."

Thankfully it appears that the club should welcome back winger Otis Khan, after his unexpected six match lay-off. Although that related mainly to a suspension for a red card last month, a wrist injury complicated the situation. Way said that Khan has been able to train fully throughout that period though, so would have no qualms in putting him back into the matchday squad:

"Well he's looked very sharp in training. He's been allowed to train, so he's not missed any training time. If I feel it's right to select him, he's another good addition. He's a fantastic player. I like his characteristics, I like his personality. I've got time for Otis. I feel very proud that he decided to stay at this football club. He's a very humble lad and I'm sure that he is going to get to the top."


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15 February 2018 : Krysiak Seeing Specialist About Knee Injury, With Smith Also Sidelined
Yeovil Town will almost certainly be without goalkeeper Artur Krysiak again this weekend, leaving second choice keeper Jonny Maddison between the sticks for the visit to Stevenage. The Polish keeper had played in every minute of every game up until the February trip to Crewe Alexandra but suffered a knee injury in that game, and is due to see a specialist about it, meaning that the club will continue to select Maddison, with former Bristol City and Bristol Rovers veteran Steve Phillips on the bench at 39 years of age.

Left-sided defender Nathan Smith will definitely not travel, with Darren Way saying in today's press conference that he 'could be out for some time' albeit without disclosing what sort of issues are at stake here. He will be joined on the sidelines by Francois Zoko, who has chosen an unfortunate time to pick up his tenth yellow card of the season, meaning he will miss playing against two of his former clubs in Stevenage and Carlisle United.

Added to that, the club will continue to be without long term injury victims Dan Alfei (knee, out for the season), James Bailey (knee, expected to return in March) and Marcus Barnes (ankle, expected to return around end of February).

However, there is some hope that two of the club's injured players could be available for the trip to Stevenage. Winger Otis Khan has not been seen for six games, predominantly due to a five match suspension for shoving referee Kevin Johnson in the January home match against Chesterfield. However, Khan suffered a wrist injury as part of his reaction to that dismissal, and then aggravated it in the gym. He is expected to be fit and available for the game.

The club may also be able to take Bevis Mugabi to Hertfordshire as well, with the defender having suffered a hamstring problem in the week leading up to the Manchester United FA Cup game. He was back in training at the tail end of last week but was not risked. However, Way is hopeful he'll be available for Saturday.


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15 February 2018 : Final Day For Advance Stevenage Ticket Purchases
Yeovil Town supporters planning to travel to Saturday's match at Stevenage should note that there is a slightly earlier than usual cut-off period for purchasing tickets. You'll need to buy advance tickets by 5.00p.m. today if you want to get them at the pre-match rate. Tickets can be purchased from Broadhall Way on the day of the match, but you'll be paying £3.00 more.

Visit the Huish Park Ticket Office, or give them a call on 01935-847888 to make your purchase. As usual, they can leave tickets for collection at Broadhall Way at the pre-match price, provided you get in by 5.00p.m. today. Tickets will be entirely off sale on Friday.

Link: Ticketing For Stevenage vs Yeovil Town.

Link: GWSC Travel For Stevenage vs Yeovil Town.

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

Link: GWSC Travel For Shrewsbury Town vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Ticketing For Exeter City vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Ticketing For Swindon Town vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Ticketing For Colchester United vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Yeovil Town Online Ticketing Portal.


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14 February 2018 : Ticketing For Colchester United vs Yeovil Town
Advance Tickets for Yeovil Town's League Two match against Colchester United are now on sale from the Huish Park Ticket Office. The match takes place on Saturday 17th March 2018 at the Community Stadium with a 3.00p.m. kick-off. Fans intending to make the trip should note that there is a monumentally complicated sliding scale of admission prices, based on how early you purchase your ticket.

The effect of this is that an Adult ticket can cost as much as £6.00 less if you purchase your ticket now, compared to if you leave it until matchday itself.

Tickets Purchased 3-5 weeks before Matchday:
Adults: £17.00; Concessions: £13.00; Under-18s: £9.00; Under-14s: £3.50; Under-11s: FREE*; Additional U11s: £1.00.

Tickets Purchased 1-3 weeks before Matchday:
Adults: £19.00; Concessions: £14.00; Under-18s: £9.50; Under-14s: £4.00; Under-11s: FREE*; Additional U11s: £1.00.

Tickets Purchased one week before Matchday:
Adults: £21.00; Concessions: £15.00; Under-18s: £11.00; Under-14s: £4.50; Under-11s: FREE*; Additional U11s: £1.50.

Tickets Purchased on Matchday (from the Community Stadium):
Adults: £23.00; Concessions: £17.00; Under-18s: £13.00; Under-14s: £5.00; Under-11s: FREE*; Additional U11s: £2.00.

The free tickets for Under-11s are sold only if you are purchasing an Adult ticket at the same time. You can get up to four Under-11 tickets under a single adult ticket. After that the 'Additional Under-11s' charge applies.

The Concessionary rate applies to Over-65s and members of the Armed Forces (with ID).

Ambulant Disabled and Wheelchair Disabled supporters can admit an assistant free of charge, provided they are on the middle or higher rate of Disabled Living Allowance.

Parking at the ground can be prebooked at www.colutickets.com. For disabled parking call 01206 755161.

Given the complexities of the above pricing structure, the Ticket Office will not be selling these online - you'll need to call them on 01935-847888 or visit the Ticket Office in person.

We've done several different locations at Colchester's current ground, but for our last few visits, away fans have been switched to the East Stand, getting a couple of blocks, with Block E1 being their starting point. This is the one nearest the corner flag where the East and North Stands join.

Link: Ticketing For Stevenage vs Yeovil Town.

Link: GWSC Travel For Stevenage vs Yeovil Town.

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

Link: GWSC Travel For Shrewsbury Town vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Ticketing For Exeter City vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Ticketing For Swindon Town vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Yeovil Town Online Ticketing Portal.


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14 February 2018 : Darren Way's Verdict On The Barnet Home Game
Following Tuesday night's 2-0 win over Barnet at Huish Park, Yeovil Town manager Darren Way spoke to the BBC about the game. With questions from local journalist Chris Spittles, in an interview for BBC Somerset, Darren's views on the overall performance, the role of goalkeeper Jonny Maddison, and goalscorers Sam Surridge and Francois Zoko, plus a brief view on the injured pair of Artur Krysiak and Nathan Smith, can be read via the link below.

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


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14 February 2018 : Video : Yeovil Town vs Barnet Match Highlights
For those who want to watch more extended highlights of Tuesday night's 2-0 victory against Barnet at Huish Park, these are now available online. In addition to the goals from Sam Surridge and Francois Zoko, you can also view three efforts on goal from Jake Gray, as well as seeing why goalkeeper Jonny Maddison was picking up a lot of praise for his second half performance. Watch two minutes worth of footage via the link below.




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14 February 2018 : Football Association Confirm Zoko Suspension
The Football Association have confirmed that striker Francois Zoko will be serving a suspension for an accumulation of bookings. Francois picked up his 10th yellow card of the season in Tuesday night's 2-0 victory over Barnet, and so has reached the threshold at which he will now have to sit out two games, which are expected to be Saturday's trip to Stevenage and the home match against Carlisle United on February 24th.

If either of those matches are postponed, he would still be eligible to play in the February 27th fixture against Shrewsbury Town in the EFL Trophy Semi-Final as his suspension does not form part of that competition. However, assuming no postponements, that should be the match that he returns to the first team squad.

On the plus side, Tuesday night represented the final game of Otis Khan's five game suspension, that has kept him out of action since the January 20th match against Chesterfield. He should therefore be available for Saturday's trip to Stevenage. However, Khan was due to see a specialist about a wrist injury he had picked up - the club haven't divulged the outcome of that assessment, which meant he didn't play in the recent EFL Trophy game against Fleetwood Town, despite competition rules allowing him to do so.


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14 February 2018 : Video : Goals From Yeovil Town vs Barnet
For those who want to watch very brief highlights from Tuesday night's 2-0 win over Barnet at Huish Park, these are now online. In this instance, Sky Sports have provided just the early penalty decision, along with the goals from AFC Bournemouth loanee Sam Surridge and a late strike from Francois Zoko in a minute's worth of footage. Watch via the link below.

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


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13 February 2018 : Man of the Match Voting for Yeovil Town vs Barnet
If you watched Tuesday evening's 2-0 win against Barnet 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 Barnet.


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13 February 2018 : Darren Way Happy To See The Players Take The Plaudits
Yeovil Town manager Darren Way said that his players deserved all the plaudits, after they dug in deep to secure a 2-0 victory over Barnet on Tuesday night. The Glovers sealed their win, thanks to an ultra-early goal from AFC Bournemouth loanee Sam Surridge that was coupled with an ultra-late goal from veteran Francois Zoko. In between that things were not so comfortable, with the Bees particularly making life difficult for the home side during the second half, striking the post at one stage as they sought an equalising goal to Surridge's early spot kick.

Way admitted his side rode their luck at times during the match, but suggested that was part of Barnet's formation changes after the break that made it difficult for his side to defend. In the end he was pleased with what the players served up, and told BBC Somerset they deserved the praise they got at the end of the game:

"I'm very pleased for my players. Extremely pleased; I feel proud. My young team went up against a Barnet team that were very aggressive at times. We rode our luck a little bit for about ten or fifteen minutes there, where the ball bounced back off the post. But I think that when you're down at the bottom you've got nothing to lose. It was almost like a game of basketball, which we knew and we talked to the players. There were times when if you'd stopped play, then on analysis they were playing a 4-2-4, leaving four players up front, so it was extremely difficult if you don't win that first header. But the players are very resilient, to get the results that we've got, they deserve all the plaudits that they get."

Although Surridge and Zoko grab the headlines for their goals, the second half performance of second-choice goalkeeper Jonny Maddison was also significant in why Yeovil won the match. He produced four or five superb saves to keep a clean sheet - something that was noteworthy given that it was his first start of the 2017-18 season.

Way admitted that he had some 'uncomfortable conversations' with Maddison about his previous lack of game time, revealing that the former Leicester City player had asked to move during the January transfer window in search of game time. However, with main custodian Artur Krysiak currently out with a knee injury, Maddison has finally got his opportunity and Way was pleased that he had taken it:

"He's worked extremely hard. I keep saying that we've had some uncomfortable conversations. I said to him that he had to wait his time. He wanted to move in the (transfer) window. But this is his opportunity and today you're judged on your reputation, and his reputation with the supporters singing his name is very high. So I'm very pleased for Jonny, and a mention must go to Steve Phillips as well, because he's worked the players extremely hard. But we're all in this together, we fight together and we win together."


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13 February 2018 : Yeovil 2 Barnet 0 : The Early And Late Show Sees Glovers Sting Bees
Yeovil Town won their third consecutive League Two home match on Tuesday night after they beat Barnet by a 2-0 scoreline. Fans needed to be in the stadium for both the start and the end of the game, with a penalty from AFC Bournemouth striker Sam Surridge being netted less than two minutes into the match after the same player was fouled in the first move of the game. The division's basement side battled well in the second half, striking the post during the second half through substitute Mauro Vilhete, but it was Francois Zoko who bookended the match by scoring on the counter-attack with the final move of the match for his 12th goal of the season, to lift the Glovers up to 17th in the table.

The Glovers got off to the perfect start, getting themselves an opportunity to score within a minute from kick-off. Direct from Oscar Gobern's kick-off, they moved quickly forward, and when the ball fell to Sam Surridge inside the box, he was fouled by Barnet centre-back Ricardo Santos. Up stepped Surridge to take his own penalty kick, and to give his side a second minute 1-0 lead.

Against a team currently occupying the bottom of the Football League, inevitably the home side had plenty of confidence, with Barnet only occasionally threatening on the break. Simeon Akinola fired over the bar from the edge of the box, before Oscar Gobern did the same at the other end. Yeovil then had an excellent chance to extend their lead further, as Alex Fisher's shot was blocked, with the loose ball falling to Jake Gray. His attempt on goal was also blocked deem inside the box, with Jordan Green's attempt to follow up on the rebound not quite coming off.

Sam Surridge went close when he tried a first time conversion of a Corey Whelan cross into the box, with the shot clipping off the outside of the goal frame and going out for a goal kick. Realistically Barnet were not in the match, although a superb long range strike by Richard Brindley saw Jonny Maddison scrambling as the ball whistled just past the post. A reminder that no matter how good that start was, it was only a single goal advantage at the break.

Barnet came out far more sharply after the break. Richard Brindley fired just over the bar, whilst Alex Nicholls put one wide. Mistakes began to creep in as Omar Sowunmi gave the ball away, with Ryan Watson intercepting and putting away a shot that Jonny Maddison parried before Tom James mopped things up. The difficult start to the half also resulted in Francois Zoko picking up a yellow card - significant given that the FA will almost certainly be confirming it as his 10th booking of the season and a two match supension shortly.

It wasn't until the midway point of the half that Yeovil began to find their feet a bit, as Corey Whelan shot over the crossbar, quickly followed by Jake Gray's drive from the edge of the box that was parried, recycled and back to the same player who found his attempt blocked by a defender. Then Whelan fired towards the corner of the net, with his effort only denied by defender Richardo Santos as it skidded past keeper Craig Ross.

Barnet responded by bringing on Mauro Vihlete, and he almost scored with his first touch, with a shot that came off the goalpost, after Jonny Maddison parried his attempt. Maddison again was to the rescue, as he shone during his first start of the season, getting down low to his left to push a David Tutonda attempt around the post for a corner. Then the keeper pushed a Richard Brindley drive over the crossbar, with the question being how long Yeovil could hold out in the match. Shaquile Coulthirst saw another goalbound attempt cleared off the line by Tom James, with Barnet pushing both wingers and strikers up to pressurise the Glovers back line.

Then came the 93rd minute sucker punch. With numbers camped in one half, the ball was cleared up the park to Francois Zoko. He shrugged off the attention of Charlie Clough, to race through on goal, and slot the ball past Craig Ross for a 2-0 victory with the last kick of the game, and an extremely valuable three points. Once again, it wasn't the most comfortable of victories, but with the last three home matches having given the club nine points, that is what they will need once they hit the final dozen games, when they stand to finish the season playing nearly all of the division's big guns.

Link: 2017-18 Latest League Two Table.

Final Score: Yeovil Town 2 Barnet 0.

Scorers: Sam Surridge (1-0, 2 mins, pen), Francois Zoko (2-0, 90 mins)

Yeovil Town:
12. Jonny Maddison
22. Corey Whelan 17. Omar Sowunmi 23. Tom James 11. Ryan Dickson (Capt)
10. Jake Gray 20. Oscar Gobern 6. Lewis Wing 15. Jordan Green
14. Sam Surridge 18. Alex Fisher

Substitutes:
24. Steve Phillips (GK) 4. Jared Bird 9. Rhys Browne (58 mins for Jordan Green) 13. Francois Zoko (52 mins for Alex Fisher) 21. Ryan Seager 27. Shaun Donnellan 30. Alefe Santos (80 mins for Oscar Gobern)

Barnet:
21 Craig Ross
2 Richard Brindley 4 Charlie Clough 5 Ricardo Santos 13 David Tutonda
41 Jordan Nicholson 7 Ryan Watson 8 Curtis Weston 14 Simeon Akinola
9 John Akinde 23 Alex Nicholls

Substitutes:
11 Shaquile Coulthirst (50 mins for Jordan Nicholson) 12 Jack Taylor 20 Mauro Vilhete (72 mins for Simeon Akinola) 24 Andre Blackman (83 mins for David Tutonda) 39 Fuad Sule 40 George Legg 42 Tin Plavotic

Yeovil Bookings: Francois Zoko (foul, 65 mins)

Barnet Bookings: Richard Brindley (foul, 49 mins)

Yeovil Match Statistics: Possession: 47%; Shots: 9; Shots On Target: 3; Corners: 1; Fouls: 14.

Barnet Match Statistics: Possession: 53%; Shots: 10; Shots On Target: 3; Corners: 5; Fouls: 11.

Referee: James Linington (Isle of Wight). Assistants: Mark Russell (Somerset) and Steven Meredith (Nottinghamshire). Fourth Official: Stephen Martin (Staffordshire).

Attendance: 2,455 (with 71 Barnet supporters).


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13 February 2018 : Team News For Yeovil Town vs Barnet
The starting line-up for Yeovil Town's League Two match against Barnet at Huish Park has been revealed. The match sees the Glovers name five changes compared to the team that took to the field against Crewe Alexandra on Saturday. Goalkeeper Jonny Maddison is between the sticks, due to Artur Krysiak's leg injury, with the surprise being that goalkeeper coach Steve Phillips has been registered to play, and sits on the bench.

There's also no Nathan Smith, with his place in the side taken by Ryan Dickson, who also takes the captain's armband - the assumption is that Tom James will pay more centrally tonight. In midfield, Oscar Gobern gets the nod, as Rhys Browne drops to the bench, meaning Jake Gray will play wide. Up front, the front pairing of Francois Zoko and Ryan Seager drop to the bench with Sam Surridge and Alex Fisher replacing them.

The first team squad members to miss out today are right-back Daniel Alfei (knee injury, out for season), James Bailey (knee ligaments), Marcus Barnes (ankle), Otis Khan (final game out of five) and Bevis Mugabi (hamstring). Midfielder Connor Smith is not selected today.

The team reads as follows:

Yeovil Town:
12. Jonny Maddison
22. Corey Whelan 17. Omar Sowunmi 23. Tom James 11. Ryan Dickson (Capt)
10. Jake Gray 20. Oscar Gobern 6. Lewis Wing 15. Jordan Green
14. Sam Surridge 18. Alex Fisher

Substitutes:
24. Steve Phillips (GK) 4. Jared Bird 9. Rhys Browne 13. Francois Zoko 21. Ryan Seager 27. Shaun Donnellan 30. Alefe Santos


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13 February 2018 : Barnet Game Remains ON After Pitch Inspection
Yeovil Town's League Two match against Barnet remains ON following a pitch inspection today. Referee James Linington looked at the Huish Park pitch at around 5.00p.m. following his arrival from the Isle of Wight, and has deemed it to be playable, despite the heavy rain in Somerset.

This evening's fixture therefore remains ON, with kick-off set for 7.45p.m. tonight.


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13 February 2018 : Pitch Inspection For Barnet Game Following Heavy Rain
Yeovil Town are planning to hold a pitch inspection for tonight's League Two match against Barnet. Referee James Linington will decide whether the match can go ahead or not at 5.30p.m. following heavy rain in the Somerset area both overnight and during the morning.

We'll provide a secondary update when the result of this is known. If you're travelling, then you may want to keep in touch via our Facebook Page or our Twitter account where the positive or negative information will also be relayed.

Tonight's match - assuming it goes ahead - will kick-off at 7.45p.m.


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13 February 2018 : Gary Johnson Pays Tribute To Maurice O'Donnell
Whilst former first team coach Maurice O'Donnell's time with Yeovil Town will be remembered by fans for many things, probably the biggest legacy he will leave behind is being part of the coaching team that took the Glovers into the Football League. Working under manager Gary Johnson and assistant Steve Thompson, Maurice was recognised as third in command of the staff that won the FA Trophy, and then emphatically won the Conference League title a year later, in 2003.

Gary spoke to BBC Somerset presenter Matt Faulkner last week, to pay tribute to the man, who he said was part of Yeovil's DNA for success at that time. You can read that interview via the link below.

Link: Gary Johnson Speaks To The BBC About His Time Working With Maurice O'Donnell.

Gary Johnson and Maurice O'Donnell with the Conference league trophy after they took it on tour into the town centre
Gary Johnson and Maurice O'Donnell with the Conference league trophy after they took it on tour into the town centre
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13 February 2018 : Former Glovers Loanee Mason Retires From Football After Head Injury
Former Yeovil Town loanee Ryan Mason has announced his plans to retire from professional football. The 26 year old Hull City player, who spent the second half of the 2009-10 season on loan at Huish Park from Tottenham Hotspur, has been forced to hang up his boots, following a serious head injury sustained in January 2017, when he fractured his skull in a collision with Chelsea defender Gary Cahill.

Mason required surgery immediately after the game, and has not played for any team since that day. He has been given further tests and advice from a number of experts, who have told him that it would not be in his best interests to return to competitive football. A statement from Hull City says:

"Ryan has sought the guidance of numerous world renowned neurologists and neuro surgeons who have all advised that a return to competitive football is not advised. Ryan would like to put on record his thanks to all at the Club who have aided his recovery to this point and he his is indebted to them for their support and compassion over the past 12 months."

Given Ryan's obvious talent as a player, we only hope that he can stay in the game and eventually become a football coach. However, clearly his personal health had to come first, for himself and for his family.


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13 February 2018 : Officials For Yeovil Town vs Barnet
Officials for the League Two match between Yeovil Town and Barnet have been published by the Football League. The match takes place on Tuesday 13th February 2018 at Huish Park with a 7.45p.m. kick-off. The man in charge of the fixture will be referee James Linington (Isle of Wight).

Mr Linington was promoted for the start of the 2008-09 season after a number of years of holding a flag in Yeovil Town games, and since being given a whistle he has taken charge of fifteen Yeovil Town matches to largely favourable impressions. That said, we've not had him since January 2016, mainly because he's been promoted into the 'Select Group 2' list of referees that mainly look after Championship fixture. That means the League Two home game against York City was the last time we saw him - he had a rather involved game, given we won the match by a penalty scored by Matt Dolan, and then had the opportunity to level that up in the final minute, but chose instead to book York's Kenny McEvoy for diving - a rather brave decision, and York's players were not at all amused by it.

Earlier in the season, he was present for the November 2015 match against Northampton Town at Sixfields, which proved to be the final match of Paul Sturrock's reign. The match was spoilt more by the blustery conditions on the day, than by the refereeing. Earlier the same year, he was present for the April 2015 home match against Chesterfield that saw us throw away a two goal lead to lose by a 2-3 scoreline - something that hammered a nail into our League One relegation coffin. Towards the end of the game, he went a bit booking-happy but as we recall that was largely down to over-celebration from Chesterfield players for the winning goal, coupled with our own players getting rather frustrated by their own positions. Not much that officials can do to deal with that.

He was at Huish Park for the December 2014 FA Cup Second Round Replay against Accrington Stanley. We were a bit irritated by some of the free kicks being awarded on that night, although that might have been a symptom of a match that was tense and tied at 0-0 right up until the final six minutes. We then got a bit of a rub-of-the-green from the referee - Simon Gillett's opening goal had an element of hand control about it, but it was allowed to stand. Before that was the Championship home fixture against Wigan Athletic that saw us go down by a 0-1 scoreline in November 2013. Speaking after the game, Gary Johnson had a bit of a mini-rant relating to the amount of timewasting that Wigan had been able to get away with and a feeling that any fifty-fifty decisions were going against them:

"We don't get the fifty-fifty decisions ... Not only were Wigan stopping our momentum, when the momentum was really good at times, the officials were stopping our momentum. They allowed them to take their time over everything when we were in the ascendancy. You can't work out at the end when they're saying "yeah, yeah, yeah they are wasting time" - then their lad dives for the fifth time, and nothing happens, and you're thinking well what's going on? ... Four minutes - six substitutions at thirty seconds each, which is three minutes - so they (Wigan) wasted just one minute in that game?"

Prior to that, Mr Linington took charge of the April 2013 away match at Stevenage. We thought he had a good game that day, even though he sent off Dan Burn in the closing minutes. He'd taken the attitude of adding on additional time for some fairly blatant timewasting for Boro in the first half as they tried to slow the pace of the game down, and even a Glovers fan would have had sympathy over the comical way that Burn was dismissed - taking an age over a throw-in that would have tried the patience of a saint.

Two months previously, he took charge of the February 2013 home win over Brentford that saw us triumph by a 3-0 scoreline. A few of his first half decisions were somewhat irritating, and we felt that he was rather lenient in allowing Bees defender Shaleum Logan to stay on the pitch when he continued to foul whilst on a yellow card to a point at which any player not already sat on a card would surely have been booked. Brentford's own match report cited four penalty appeals that they were unhappy with - we can't recall the validities of those claims either way.

We also had Mr Linington for the New Year's Eve 2011 match against AFC Bournemouth. We had four bookings that day, and lost the game 3-1, and so you'd think that would give us cause for a good grumble. However, we were too busy complaining about our own side's performance to worry about the referee - the Western Gazette says that he had "a relatively easy afternoon for the official who went about his job competently."

Prior to that we had the February 2011 match against Plymouth Argyle. Not too much to report on his performance that night, although he did give Argyle's Yannick Bolasie a red card in the final minute of the game. It later transpired that Bolasie had been dismissed for spitting. Argyle chose not to comment directly on the incident, doubtless for fear that the Football Association would step in, but their entire lack of complaints about it rather suggested they agreed with the dismissal.

Earlier in that same season, we had Mr Linington for the August 2010 home game against Hartlepool United. No complaints about the referee; plenty of complaints about the team's performance in a woeful 0-2 defeat. Prior to that was the March 2010 game against Norwich City that ended up in a 3-0 defeat at Carrow Road. If we'd tried to blame the referee for that result we'd have been laughed out of town. In a one-sided encounter, coming up with any mention of refereeing faults would have been churlish. Just the one booking - for Jean-Paul Kalala of course!

That was one of three 2009-10 encounters with Mr Linington. Just before the Carrow Road match was a December 2009 home match against Walsall that finished with a 1-3 home defeat in appalling weather conditions. We had a slight grumble about Walsall's tendency to slow play down once they got their noses in front and would like to have seen Mr Linington be more authoritative in the way that he dealt with that gamesmanship. Prior to that was another game against Norwich City in the same season; looking after the August Carling Cup game. The scoreline was a 0-4 which at the time ranked as Yeovil's heaviest home defeat since entering the Football League. There were some post-match grumbles from midfielder George O'Callaghan about the opening goal, which came from the penalty spot.

The 2008 Christmas holiday trip to Millwall, where a 1-1 draw at the New Den saw the game flow well, with plenty of attacking football from both sides. As for Mr Linington, we barely noticed him, which is always a good thing. The other match in October 2008 saw Crewe Alexandra as our opponents at Huish Park, and there's little doubt that the 3-2 scoreline and the thrilling way the game ebbed and flowed will have influenced our thoughts on the referee, but bar a minor quibble that he didn't get out his cards for one theatrical Crewe dive, our recollection is one of general happiness with his performance on the night in what was his first ever match at League One level.

Mr Linington will be assisted by Mark Russell (Somerset) and Steven Meredith (Nottinghamshire). The Fourth Official will be Stephen Martin (Staffordshire).

Link: October 2008 : Yeovil Town 3 Crewe Alexandra 2.

Link: December 2008 : Millwall 1 Yeovil Town 1.

Link: August 2009 : Yeovil Town 0 Norwich City 4.

Link: December 2009 : Yeovil Town 1 Walsall 3.

Link: March 2010 : Norwich City 3 Yeovil Town 0.

Link: August 2010 : Yeovil Town 0 Hartlepool United 2.

Link: February 2011 : Yeovil Town 1 Plymouth Argyle 0.

Link: December 2011 : Yeovil Town 1 AFC Bournemouth 3.

Link: February 2013 : Yeovil Town 3 Brentford 0.

Link: April 2013 : Stevenage 0 Yeovil Town 2.

Link: November 2013 : Yeovil Town 0 Wigan Athletic 1.

Link: December 2014 : Yeovil Town 2 Accrington Stanley 0.

Link: April 2015: Yeovil Town 2 Chesterfield 3.

Link: November 2015 : Northampton Town 2 Yeovil Town 0.

Link: January 2016 : Yeovil Town 1 York City 0.


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12 February 2018 : Darren Way Talks About Crewe Alexandra Team Selection
Just before Saturday afternoon's match against Crewe Alexandra kicked off at Gresty Road, Yeovil Town manager Darren Way spoke to the BBC. With questions from local journalist Chris Spittles, in an interview for BBC Somerset, Darren gives his views on the inclusion of Liverpool loanee Corey Whelan and Southampton loanee Ryan Seager in the side, along with the more familiar face of Rhys Browne. He also gives his views on Crewe's pitch on the day. Read that interview in full via the link below.

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


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12 February 2018 : GWSC Travel For Shrewsbury Town vs Yeovil Town
The Green and White Supporters Club have set their travel plans for the forthcoming EFL Trophy Semi-Final match against Shrewsbury Town. The match takes place at the New Meadow on Tuesday 27th February 2018, with a 7.45p.m. kick-off. Departure times and prices are listed as follows:

Shrewsbury Town : Tuesday 27th February 2018.
Huish Park: 1.45p.m.
Adult Members: £15.00; Member Concessions: £15.00
Adult Non-Members: £15.00; Non-Member Concessions: £15.00

NOTE: The above is a one-off flat price of £15.00 that has been set, following an agreement by Yeovil Town to subsidise the coach travel for this event. Due to the cheaper travel costs, we'd expect demand for this trip to be a bit unpredictable. Hence as soon as you know you want to travel to this game, please book your place, as this will help the GWSC organise the appropriate number of coaches.

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

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

Link: Ticketing For Stevenage vs Yeovil Town.

Link: GWSC Travel For Stevenage vs Yeovil Town.

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

Link: Ticketing For Exeter City vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Ticketing For Swindon Town vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Yeovil Town Online Ticketing Portal.


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12 February 2018 : A Minute's Applause For Maurice
Yeovil Town Commercial Manager Dave Linney has confirmed that the club will be paying tribute to former first team coach and Reserve Team manager Maurice O'Donnell this week. The Glovers will be holding a minute's applause prior to the League Two match against Carlisle United, to recognise the man who was associated with the club between 1958 and 2006, across three separate spells, totalling in the region of 35 years worth of service.

Maurice passed away, aged 86, last week resulting in multiple generations of Glovers supporters, players and management playing tribute to the Scotsman, who was brought down to Somerset by manager Jimmy Baldwin for a three month period in 1958, but then made the area his home. With Maurice well known within the local community, Dave told BBC Somerset that he had received a number of requests since his death for his contribution to be recognised:

"We are holding a minute's applause for his memory, and for what service he gave to this football club. There's lots of people who I've spoken to who would like him to be remembered, and that's what we're going to be doing."

Dave himself came in as a player from Oxford United in 1983, at which point Maurice was coming towards the end of his second spell with the club. He gave his memories of what it was like to play under him and be coached by him around that time:

"Maurice was a very big character in the club. I joined in 1983 and Maurice was the first team coach. He was larger than life, and he never took any hassle from anybody. He was a disciplinarian, but a nice character as well. His family have always been supportive of Yeovil Town Football Club for many years since he left."

During a chaotic period of the club's history, that saw them use six managers in just over a year, Maurice was frequently asked to bridge the gap between managers - his recollection was that he performed the role of Caretaker Manager up to seven times during his second spell. Earlier in his career, he had been a midfielder, the club's Youth Team manager, their Trainer and their Reserve Team Manager. Dave said that Maurice was prepared to get involved at all levels, but respected the club's decision-making when new managers arrived:

"I don't think that there were many roles that he didn't do at the football club. In my time he was a first team coach, and like I said, a disciplinarian who led by example. In the first six months of my tenure as a player, we had three different managers, and in the interim, he managed or was a caretaker manager on three different occasions. But when the manager did come in, he stepped back into the role of first team coach and loved it."

UPDATE: The minute's applause for Maurice O'Donnell was originally due to be held prior to Tuesday night's home match against Barnet. That has now been moved, at his family's request, to take place on the day of the Carlisle United match, on Saturday 24th February.

Maurice O'Donnell at Preston School after Yeovil Town won the FA Trophy
Maurice O'Donnell at Preston School after Yeovil Town won the FA Trophy
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11 February 2018 : GWSC Travel For Stevenage vs Yeovil Town
The Green and White Supporters Club have set their travel plans for the forthcoming League Two match against Stevenage. The match takes place at Broadhall Way on Saturday 17th February 2018, with a 3.00p.m. kick-off. Departure times and prices are listed as follows:

Stevenage : Saturday 17th February 2018.
Huish Park: 8.45a.m.
Adult Members: £25.00; Member Concessions: £23.00
Adult Non-Members: £27.00; Non-Member Concessions: £25.00

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

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

Link: Ticketing For Stevenage vs Yeovil Town.

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

Link: Ticketing For Exeter City vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Ticketing For Swindon Town vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Yeovil Town Online Ticketing Portal.


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11 February 2018 : Slade Out At Blundell Park
League Two side Grimsby Town have parted company with manager Russell Slade. The former Yeovil Town boss has been dismissed after a run of results that saw them fail to win in twelve matches, including yesterday's 3-0 defeat against Crawley Town, with a similar result having been recorded against the Glovers ten days previously.

The Mariners lie currently one place above Yeovil Town, in 17th place in the table, nine points from relegation but sixteen points off the play-offs. Until the turn of the year they had looked like a side that might nudge the last place or two on the play-off positions, but their main issue has been their scoring record, with only one netted in their last four matches, and with top goalscorer Sam Jones having been sold to Shrewsbury Town on the final day of the transfer window. A statement from the Grimsby board says that the decision to part company was entirely results driven:

"The Board of Directors would like to place on record their disappointment with this outcome, but believe there is little choice but to move forward with a new management team. The Board acknowledge that the team have been extremely unlucky in recent weeks, but football is a game of fine margins and a results driven business. As highlighted in recent weeks, this is not a decision we have taken lightly. While the Board continued to back Russell throughout the season and the recent transfer window, yesterday's 3-0 defeat and a winless run of 12 games cannot be ignored. Despite speculation to the contrary, Russell was on a six month rolling contract, allowing the club the flexibility to make this decision."

Grimsby have named Paul Wilkinson as Caretaker manager, although make clear they are searching for a permanent appointment. He will use Dave Moore and Andy Warrington as his assistants. They thanked Slade for his time at the club and expressed disappointment at the decision they felt they had to make:

"We now believe moving forward with a new manager will help ensure the club’s consolidation in the Football League for the remainder of this season. The Board would like to thank Russell for his efforts and hard work and are bitterly disappointed that this did not turn out differently. He had a strong working relationship with the Board and all involved are disappointed to see a good, hardworking and honest man, who cared intensely about the club, lose his job. We wish Russell all the best for the future and thank him for some of the improvements he has implemented on and off the field."


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11 February 2018 : Man of the Match Voting for Crewe Alexandra vs Yeovil Town
If you watched Saturday afternoon's 0-0 draw against Crewe Alexandra at Gresty 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 Crewe Alexandra vs Yeovil Town.


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11 February 2018 : Darren Way's Verdict On The Crewe Alexandra Away Game
Following Saturday afternoon's 0-0 draw against Crewe Alexandra at Gresty 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 gives his views on the draw, as well as the injuries to Artur Krysiak and Nathan Smith. Read that interview in full, via the link below.

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


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10 February 2018 : Video : Crewe Alexandra vs Yeovil Town Match Highlights
For those who want to watch match highlights of Yeovil Town's 0-0 draw against Crewe Alexandra at Gresty Road, some brief footage is online. The only Yeovil chance they show is a first half effort from Lewis Wing, but you can see the two occasion that Crewe's Harry Pickering hit the crossbar, and also get a clear view on Crewe's claims for a penalty after Omar Sowunmi blocked a Jordan Bowery shot.

There are also two minutes worth of highlights available via YouTube below.

Link: Sky Sports : Crewe Alexandra vs Yeovil Town Match Highlights.




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10 February 2018 : Darren Way's Views On Krysiak And Smith Injuries After A Battling Performance
Yeovil Town manager Darren Way has given his initial reaction to injuries sustained by senior players Artur Krysiak and Nathan Smith in today's 0-0 draw against Crewe Alexandra. Both players had to come off in the League Two match at Gresty Road, with Smith being withdrawn at half time, after he had blocked a Jordan Bowery shot midway through the first half. Whilst the defender carried on until the whistle blew at the break, he had received two minutes worth of treatment on what appeared to be a knee problem, and so there was little surprise when he was withdrawn.

Krysiak's injury broke his 2017-18 season playing run that has seen him play in every minute of every competitive match - the most minutes any player in English professional football has managed so far. Unfortunately, 51 minutes into game number 43, Krysiak was involved in a goalmouth scramble, shortly after Crewe's Harry Pickering had hit the crossbar from a free kick. He appeared to suffer a left leg or knee injury in the melee that broke out as both teams scrambled for the loose ball, and he was immediately substituted, allowing Jonny Maddison his first taste of competitive football of the season.

Way described both problems as impact injuries, without giving any view over how serious either player's issues might be. The Glovers boss told BBC Somerset that although he felt the replacement personnel did well in coming in, the two changes did limit what he could do in terms of other substitutions during the match:

"Nathan Smith was an impact injury. With Artur Krysiak you could see they were overloading the box, and they were quite forceful and quite physical on the set plays which we knew about anyway, and again his was an impact injury. So it's unfortunate but I thought with the players that stepped in, Tom James went centre-half and Dicko came on at left back, and obviously Jonny Maddison finished the game strong. I feel very proud. I watched him (Maddison) train yesterday, and he was pulling off saves left, right and centre. I've had to manage him. He's shown frustration at times and I can understand his frustrations. I have to say that with Jonny Maddison stepping in, we had to make the change with Nathan Smith coming out, there were one or two adjustments where I had to adapt, which I probably wouldn't have done. So it limited my substitutions where we could have made a stronger impact. I had to make the substitutions that I didn't really want to make."

On the game itself, Way admitted that the game was not particularly entertaining. However, he claimed that his side had been the better of the two during the second half, and believed that Sam Surridge should have had a second half goal allowed - scored long after a linesman's flag had ruled him offside. As such the Glovers boss was happy with his team's performance:

"A battling performance. I would use that as it wasn't the most entertaining of games. Having said that, I thought we finished as the stronger team in the second half, apart from the last five or ten minutes there. We had some good chances. I don't think that looking back on it, that Sam Surridge was offside for the goal that he finished off. These are fighting for their lives just like we are. So to come away from home and put in a real good battling performance, and another clean sheet (was good)."


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10 February 2018 : Crewe 0 Yeovil 0 : Krysiak's Unbroken Playing Run Ends As Glovers Saved By The Bar
Yeovil Town ground out a 0-0 draw against Crewe Alexandra at Gresty Road this afternoon, although had the woodwork to thank for keeping it that way. Harry Pickering twice hit the crossbar for the home side in a match where the Glovers failed to force Crewe's goalkeeper into making a save, and so were thankful to come home with a point that keeps them in 18th place in the table. Yeovil's day was marred by a knee injury that saw Nathan Smith subbed at half time, whilst goalkeeper Artur Krysiak found his unbroken run of games ended by a leg injury during the second half, giving Jonny Maddison his first taste of football during this season.

The Glovers went into the match making three changes to their starting line-up. Ryan Dickson had a slight hip flexor problem and so was rested, with Corey Whelan coming into the squad, and Tom James switching to the opposite flank. Rhys Browne got the nod ahead of Alefe Santos, as Jake Gray moved into the centre of the park. Meanwhile Ryan Seager got his first start of his loan period as he displaced Sam Surridge. In the opposition line-up, Zoumana Bakayogo was at the back against his old club.

It took a long time for the game to get going, with Harry Pickering seeing a shot deflected out for a corner, whilst a Yeovil counterattack saw Ryan Seager fire well over the bar. Midway through the first half, Jordan Bowery's shot was superbly blocked by Nathan Smith, although with consequences as the defender required lengthy treatment for what appeared to be a knee problem. He continued, although wasn't to last the distance.

Crewe ended the half strongly as Perry Ng's header was palmed by Artur Krysiak for a corner, whilst Callum Ainley's shot was also thwarted by the Glovers keeper as he cut in from the left flank. Former loanee Zoumana Bakayogo wasn't closed down as he also cut in from the same area without anyone closing down, as the feeling was that Crewe had spotted a weakness in Yeovil's line-up, with Corey Whelan having picked up a booking, meaning he had to be careful of further challenges. Bakayogo then fired over the bar, leading to Yeovil swapping wingers in an attempt to allow Rhys Browne to close down the full-back's runs.

The home side had loud appeals for a penalty turned down when Paul Green's cross into the box appeared to be met by the arm of Omar Sowunmi. Referee Robert Lewis decided to award a corner, leading to boos and slow hand claps in response to his decision. From that set piece, Crewe almost scored in freak circumstances, as Harry Pickering's corner kick was flicked by Artur Krysiak but with the ball clipping the crossbar and out for another corner as the pressure began to tell.

Yeovil substituted Nathan Smith at half time, as Ryan Dickson's introduction forced a defensive reshuffle, with Tom James moving in as a centre-back. But there were more injury concerns six minutes into the half, as Harry Pickering struck the crossbar a second time, with his free kick coming off the underside before Tom James cleared the loose ball. In the resulting scramble, Artur Krysiak went down injured, with a left leg problem seeing physio Mike Micciche immediately signal to the bench to prepare the substitute. Thus Krysiak's record of having played every minute of every game this season came to an end with Jonny Maddison replacing him.

Straight after the change, Omar Sowunmi headed over the bar, but again Crewe tried to force the issue, with only their poor finishing denying them a breakthrough. Shaun Miller fired over the bar from inside the box, before Yeovil got one of their better chances - Jordan Green's pass set up Francois Zoko, who weaved his way in and out of three defenders before firing just wide.

Jonny Maddison maked his first save of the afternoon from Callum Ainley as substitute Harry McKirdy put him through, with Yeovil's legs beginning to tire. The Glovers did create one last chance, as Sam Surridge received the ball behind the Crewe defence. Up went the linesman's flag though, long before the Bournemouth player put the ball into an unguarded net. That meant the Glovers went through the whole 90 minutes without managing a legal shot on target, and were a little fortunate that the home team's shooting also often lacked accuracy. Not losing to a side below them in the table though was the important thing, as they stay in 18th place, and eight points clear of Chesterfield, whose relegation six-pointer at Morecambe was called off today.

Link: 2017-18 Latest League Two Table.

Final Score: Crewe Alexandra 0 Yeovil Town 0.

Scorers: None.

Crewe Alexandra:
1 Ben Garratt
2 Perry Ng 3 Zoumana Bakayogo 20 Charlie Kirk 12 Eddie Nolan
42 Jamie Sterry 10 Jordan Bowery 30 Paul Green 14 Callum Ainley
32 Shaun Miller 18 Harry Pickering

Substitutes:
4 Brad Walker 5 Michael Raynes 13 Dave Richards 16 Tom Lowery 24 Lewis Reilly 39 Harry McKirdy (63 mins for Charlie Kirk) 40 Daniel Barlaser

Yeovil Town:
1. Artur Krysiak
22. Corey Whelan 17. Omar Sowunmi 3. Nathan Smith 23. Tom James
15. Jordan Green 10. Jake Gray 6. Lewis Wing 9. Rhys Browne
21. Ryan Seager 13. Francois Zoko (Capt)

Substitutes:
12. Jonny Maddison (51 mins for Artur Krysiak) 4. Jared Bird 11. Ryan Dickson (46 mins for Nathan Smith) 14. Sam Surridge (68 mins for Ryan Seager) 18. Alex Fisher 20. Oscar Gobern 30. Alefe Santos

Crewe Alexandra Bookings: None.

Yeovil Bookings: Corey Whelan (foul, 21 mins), Ryan Dickson (foul, 90 mins)

Crewe Alexandra Match Statistics: Possession: 58%; Shots: 12; Shots On Target: 8; Corners: 9; Fouls: 5.

Yeovil Match Statistics: Possession: 42%; Shots: 5; Shots On Target: 0; Corners: 4; Fouls: 9.

Referee: Robert Lewis (Shropshire). Assistants: Richard Wild (Lancashire) and David Benton (South Yorkshire). Fourth Official: Chris Isherwood (Lancashire).

Attendance: 3,498 (with 159 Yeovil Town supporters).


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10 February 2018 : Team News For Crewe Alexandra vs Yeovil Town
The starting line-up for Yeovil Town's League Two match against Crewe Alexandra at Gresty Road has been revealed. The match sees the Glovers name an three changes compared to the team that took to the field against Cambridge United last Saturday. Alefe Santos drops to the bench and is replaced by Rhys Browne, meaning that Jake Gray will shuffle into the centre. Meanwhile Southampton loanee Ryan Seager is given his first start or the Glovers, against a side that he had a loan spell with, as AFC Bournemouth loanee Sam Surridge drops to the bench. The third change sees Liverpool loanee Corey Whelan displace Ryan Dickson meaning that Tom James will swap flanks.

The first team squad members to miss out today are right-back Daniel Alfei (knee injury, out for season), James Bailey (knee ligaments), Marcus Barnes (ankle), Otis Khan (suspended - fourth game out of five) and Bevis Mugabi (hamstring). Midfielder Connor Smith and defender Shaun Donnellan are not selected today.

The team reads as follows:

Yeovil Town:
1. Artur Krysiak
22. Corey Whelan 17. Omar Sowunmi 3. Nathan Smith 23. Tom James
9. Rhys Browne 10. Jake Gray 6. Lewis Wing 15. Jordan Green
21. Ryan Seager 13. Francois Zoko (Capt)

Substitutes:
12. Jonny Maddison (GK) 4. Jared Bird 11. Ryan Dickson 14. Sam Surridge 18. Alex Fisher 20. Oscar Gobern 30. Alefe Santos


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10 February 2018 : Glovers Trust Newsletter No.3 Published
The Glovers Trust have produced their third newsletter this week, producing a summary of what they've been up to during the first half of the 2017-18 season. This was distributed to all members earlier in the week, so if you're a member and you didn't receive a copy, check your Inbox and the associated 'junk' folder to make sure you haven't missed it - if you didn't then get in touch with the Trust with your membership number and your up to date email address.

The newsletter contains views on the FA Cup tie with Manchester United, the club's usage of an external football consultant in Mark Palmer, the location of the Glovers Trust on Match Days and why they've decamped to The Arrow, their decision to join the Supporters Alliance following a members vote, their new Board members, a ten item challenge set to Supporters Director David Mills and the Trust's short, medium and long term objectives.

Read all that via the link below. You'll need a PDF reader (Acrobat Reader or capable web browser) and given the size of the document, we'd recommend you're on good wifi when you download it.

Link: Glovers Trust Newsletter No.3 : February 2018.


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9 February 2018 : All Change At Cambridge As Derry Leaves After Ownership Change
League Two side Cambridge United have parted company with Head Coach Shaun Derry. The decision has been made by mutual consent, and in the wake of their 0-0 draw against Lincoln City on Friday night, that left them in 14th place in the League Two table, but with a run of six league games without a win. There are reports that Derry's departure was agreed three minutes after the end of that match.

One of those defeats came last Saturday against Yeovil Town, with Derry voicing concerns about going into that match with seven players missing from his team. A noticeable problem has been their lack of firepower, with just three goals scored during those six matches, and all three of their points gained having come through 0-0 draws. Derry has said of his departure from the club:

"I would like to wish Cambridge United and Paul Barry all the best for the future as he takes over ownership of the Club. I would also like to thank everyone connected to the Club for making the last two years memorable."

With Cambridge currently 12 points off the play-offs, and 12 points off the relegation spots, it's unlikely that they'll be going anywhere this season, but what may be significant to today's move is that the U's have also seen significant Boardroom changes, with Chief Executive Jez George also resigning today, and former Chairman Paul Barry taking back control of the club by increasing his investment at the Abbey Stadium.

Barry has been an investor at the club for 18 years, and the club's biggest shareholder since 2008, but has strengthened his holdings at the club, and plans to rebuild the Abbey Stadium, effectively producing a new ground on the existing site. He has said that this will be his main method of generating new life into the club, rather than directly funding the club's playing budget:

"A new stadium has to be at the heart of our future ambitions. The Abbey is the club's home and a stadium full of so many special memories, but we need to modernise and improve it if we are to progress in the way we all want. I will be putting new investment into the club but it is important to manage expectations. This does not mean a sudden windfall to the playing budget."

Joe Dunne and Mark Bonner have been named as joint caretaker managers in the wake of Derry's departure.


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9 February 2018 : Darren Way Previews The Crewe Alexandra Away Game
As part of the build-up to the League Two match against Crewe Alexandra at Gresty Road, Yeovil Town manager Darren Way spoke to the BBC. With questions from BBC Somerset reporter Dan Albutt, Darren gives his views on Southampton loanee Ryan Seager and how he ranks him in comparison with other past Yeovil Town strikers, his views on goalkeeper Artur Krysiak and his thoughts on the team's current form and squad strength. Read that interview via the link below.

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


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9 February 2018 : Subsidised Coach Travel For The Shrewsbury Town Game
Yeovil Town Football Club have agreed to subsidise coach travel for the forthcoming EFL Trophy Semi-Final tie against Shrewsbury Town. The match will take place on Tuesday 27th February with a 7.45p.m. kick-off at the New Meadow (currently sponsored as the Montgomery Waters Meadow).

To help supporters get to the match later this month, the club have agreed to cap the cost of travelling with the Green and Whites Supporters Club to just £15.00 for the journey. This will mean that with adult admission prices for the fixture set at £5.00, the most you'll pay for the ticket and travel arrangements will be £20.00.

At present we don't have full details of the travel arrangements for this game. As soon as they're available, we'll publish them here. However, to place your bookings, contact Paul Hadlow at the Green and Whites Supporters Club.

Link: Ticketing For Crewe Alexandra vs Yeovil Town.

Link: GWSC Travel For Crewe Alexandra vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Ticketing For Stevenage vs Yeovil Town.

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

Link: Ticketing For Exeter City vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Ticketing For Swindon Town vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Yeovil Town Online Ticketing Portal.


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9 February 2018 : Ciderspace Guide To Crewe Alexandra
Tomorrow afternoon, Yeovil Town make the trip to Gresty Road, home of Crewe Alexandra for a League Two fixture. To help you on your way, the Ciderspace guide covers ticketing, directions, parking, a pub guide, club statistics and other such things via the link below.

Link: Ciderspace Guide To Crewe Alexandra.

The legendary Ice Cream Van Stand - housing away supporters on the north side of the ground
The legendary Ice Cream Van Stand - housing away supporters on the north side of the ground
Photo © Whitby Morrison 2016



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9 February 2018 : Ticketing For Swindon Town vs Yeovil Town
Advance tickets for the League Two match between Swindon Town and Yeovil Town are now on sale. The match will take place on Tuesday 10th April 2018, with a 7.45p.m. kick-off at the County Ground. Prices for this match are set as follows:

Adults: £23.00; Over-65s and Students: £17.00; Under-21s: £10.00; Under-18s: £6.00; Under-11s: £2.00.

Disabled and wheelchair tickets are as per the relevant age above but can admit an assistant free of charge – call 01935 847888 to purchase these.

Tickets are available on day from the Arkells end of ground. Away fans are allocated a section in the Arkells North Stand, which is a covered seated area of the ground, side-on to the pitch. You usually get the end two blocks closest to the Stratton Bank End in a total allocation of around 1,200 seats.

There are two official car parks. The nearest is at the County Ground, where there is limited space - coaches £20.00 and cars £10.00. An alternative is St Josephs School, which is a 5 minute walk away and costs £5.00 per car.

UPDATED: Rearranged match from Saturday 3rd March will now take place on Tuesday 10th April. All tickets purchased remain valid for this fixture.

Link: Ticketing For Crewe Alexandra vs Yeovil Town.

Link: GWSC Travel For Crewe Alexandra vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Ticketing For Stevenage vs Yeovil Town.

Link: EFL Trophy Ticketing For Stevenage vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Ticketing For Exeter City vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Yeovil Town Online Ticketing Portal.


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9 February 2018 : Tickets For Shrewsbury Town vs Yeovil Town Go On Sale
Advance tickets for Yeovil Town's EFL Trophy Semi-Final tie against Shrewsbury Town are now on sale from the Huish Park Ticket Office. The match will take place on Tuesday 27th February with a 7.45p.m. kick-off at the New Meadow (currently sponsored as the Montgomery Waters Meadow). Prices have been set at the following rates throughout their stadium:

Adults: £5.00; Under-18s, Over-60s, Disabled: £1.00.

The same prices will hold if you purchase on the day of the game.

Parking is available at the stadium, but has to be prebooked via Shrewsbury, at a cost of £5.00. There are a very limited amount of disabled parking bays available. If required please call 01935 847888 to reserve one

For Wheelchair bays and ambulant disabled tickets please call the Huish Park Ticket Office directly - as well as the above price, an assistant can be admitted free of charge, if required.

Tickets are available over the phone on 01935-847888 and in person. They'll be available online shortly.

Link: Ticketing For Crewe Alexandra vs Yeovil Town.

Link: GWSC Travel For Crewe Alexandra vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Ticketing For Stevenage vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Ticketing For Exeter City vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Yeovil Town Online Ticketing Portal.


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9 February 2018 : Officials For Crewe Alexandra vs Yeovil Town
Officials for the League Two match between Crewe Alexandra and Yeovil Town have been published by the Football League. The match takes place at Gresty Road on Saturday 10th February 2018, with a 3.00p.m. kick-off. The man in charge of the fixture will be referee Robert Lewis (Shropshire).

Mr Lewis is actually a very long standing referee at this level, but we've only seen him on a very sparing basis. We last saw him in August 2017, when we played Wolverhampton Wanderers in a League Cup First Round tie at Molineux. Given both sides managed to get through the match without a single booking, whilst the winning goal was a textbook set piece from a corner, scored by Nouha Dicko, the match officials were pretty much unnoticeable.

Prior to that, we saw him for a September 2015 for an away match against Accrington Stanley. We lost the game 2-1 and can't remember anything about him - he got through the match without raising a single card. Earlier that year, in February, he took charge of the match against Scunthorpe United at Glanford Park seeing a 1-1 draw. He had a good game, and even the more green-tinted of us recognised that his decision to award Paddy Madden a penalty after he was fouled by Byron Webster was a correct one. No worries either way though, as Gareth Stewart saved the spot kick. Otherwise he was very unobtrusive, with just one booking during the match.

We then have a seven year gap, as you'll have to search all the way back to March 2008 for previous encounter. That was a home match against Millwall in which we lost 1-0. Three bookings on the day across both sides, and not a mention of the referee in what was a poor game. Just over a year previously, Mr Lewis had turned up for a home match ... against Millwall ... which we lost 1-0. In that February 2007 match he was rather more card heavy as Millwall ended up with five players booked, including two for timewasting. Largely he did OK, although he did deny Yeovil a rather substantial penalty appeal.

We first had Mr Lewis back in September 2006 when he took charge of the 3-2 win over Huddersfield Town at the Galpharm Stadium. Our first impression of him was mixed; he did some things well, but was a little too visible during the match, booking four Yeovil players, without bringing out his cards for the home side.

A partial explanation of why we didn't see him between 2008 and 2015 can be determined by the fact that he dropped down to non-league officiating between 2008 and 2010, but he also went through a few other phases where he wasn't officiating in matches. During the 2016-17 season he only refereed between December 2016 and March 2017, totalling 16 matches. He has been a regular during the 2017-18 season though, getting through 19 matches, with 51 yellow cards and three red cards.

Mr Lewis will be assisted by Richard Wild (Lancashire) and David Benton (South Yorkshire). The Fourth Official will be Chris Isherwood (Lancashire).

Link: August 2017 : Wolverhampton Wanderers 1 Yeovil Town 0.

Link: September 2015 : Accrington Stanley 2 Yeovil Town 1.

Link: February 2015 : Scunthorpe United 1 Yeovil Town 1.

Link: March 2008 : Yeovil Town 0 Millwall 1.

Link: February 2007 : Yeovil Town 0 Millwall 1.

Link: September 2006 : Huddersfield Town 2 Yeovil Town 3.


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9 February 2018 : Liverpool Loanee Whelan Nominated For EFL Trophy Award
Yeovil Town's on loan central defender Corey Whelan has been nominated for the Player of the Round in the Checkatrade Trophy. The on-loan Liverpool player starred in the club's 3-2 win over Fleetwood Town and has been included on a shortlist of five players from the matches, with Lincoln City getting two nominations, along with single nominations for Shrewsbury Town and Chelsea Under-21s. Corey scored his first goal for the Glovers, as he netted from the edge of the box to put his side 2-1 up early in the second half.

The full list of players are as follows:

Harry Anderson (Lincoln City)
Jon Nolan (Shrewsbury Town)
Danny Rowe (Lincoln City)
Harvey St Clair (Chelsea)
Corey Whelan (Yeovil Town)

To vote for Corey, you have to head to this page and fill in your details. Voting is open until 9.00a.m. on Monday 12th February.




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8 February 2018 : Darren Way Talks About Fleetwood Town Team Selection
Just before Tuesday night's match against Fleetwood Town kicked off at Huish Park, Yeovil Town manager Darren Way spoke to the BBC about the game. With questions from local journalist Chris Spittles, in an interview for BBC Somerset, Darren covers a wide range of topics, including the return of Rhys Browne to the starting line-up, his belief in the quality of his squad, the current unbroken run of games set by Artur Krysiak and why Otis Khan wasn't in Tuesday's line-up even though he was not suspended. Read that interview via the link below.

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


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8 February 2018 : Former Loanee Caulker Moves North Of The Border To Restart Career
Former Yeovil Town loanee Steven Caulker has found himself a new club, following his release from Queens Park Rangers. The former Tottenham Hotspur and Swansea City central defender has moved north of the border to sign for Scottish Premiership side Dundee, penning an eighteen month contract with the club. The 26 year old had been training with League Two side Luton Town during January, but at the time boss Nathan Jones played down suggestions that they were in line to sign him up, implying that it was just a favour for an old friend.

Caulker's departure from QPR took place in December 2017 a the tail end of a calendar year that had brought him some unwanted publicity, as part of a March 2017 driving ban, followed by summer revelations that he had been suffering mental health problems, combined with alcohol and gambling addictions.

As such, he'd only featured in four QPR games this season, and only one since the end of August, with much of the remaining time spent dealing with injury, fitness and personal problems. In a recent interview, Caulker stated that he had given up alcohol entirely, to draw a line under his past, and still had ambitions to get himself back up to the top and adding to his single England cap gained back in 2012:

"My goal is to get back to the top - playing for England, although it seems far away from, is something I want to achieve. Playing and getting a goal on my England debut was surreal but I made some wrong decisions. I want it back, my hunger is there. I look back on that day and want more of that. Everyone deserves a second chance, a chance to prove themselves again. I have been there and proved it. It is about proving myself again."

The very best of luck to him in resurrecting his career at Dundee.


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8 February 2018 : Maurice O'Donnell RIP
Former Yeovil Town Reserve Team, Youth Team and Caretaker Manager Maurice O'Donnell has passed away at the age of 86 years old. Mo was best known as part of the club's first team management set-up that helped the club into the Football League in 2003, working under Gary Johnson, but spent in the region of 35 years across three spells working at the football club.

Mo first came to Yeovil Town in 1958 as a player, having previously had a career with Stockport County in the Football League. He was more a Reserve Team performer by that stage, for which unfortunately the appearance records are not complete, but made 26 First Team appearances across three seasons. A hard working player in the engine room we can find just the solitary goal, at St James Park against Exeter City Reserves, then playing in the Southern League.

By the time his playing days at Huish had ended Mo had fallen in love with the area and never returned to Scotland. He was working in Westlands, as so many connected to the club did at that time, and played around the Western League for a while until Mike Hughes asked him to come back and work with the Youths in 1968, and then take over as trainer shortly after, a post he held until 1984.

Maurice O'Donnell
Maurice O'Donnell
Photo © 2006 Ciderspace


In the summer of 1984 new manager Ian McFarlane sacked Mo, but was soon gone himself as Yeovil started the season with five consecutive defeats in the Gola League (now known as the National League). Later managers Gerry Gow and Brian Hall invited him back but Mo declined, using his spare time to help run Sherborne Town.

It was chairman John Fry who finally persuaded Mo to return in the mid-Nineties, and he became an important part of the backroom staff at the club that saw the club reach the Football League in 2003. He retired in 2006, having set a record of service at the club which is unlikely to be broken. In addition to his 35 years worth of service spread out across from 1958 until 2006, he was Caretaker Manager at the club on an estimated seven occasions.

Our best wishes to Mo's family and friends at this sad news. During the time that we knew him, he was a friendly, approachable passionate member of the Glovers backroom team, and undoubtedly played a significant part in where the club is today. Rest in peace, Mo.

Maurice O'Donnell, back in 2006 after being presented with a retirement present
Maurice O'Donnell, back in 2006 after being presented with a retirement present
Photo © 2006-2018 Ciderspace



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7 February 2018 : Darren Way's Verdict On The Fleetwood Town Game
Following Tuesday night's 3-2 win over Fleetwood Town at Huish Park, Yeovil Town manager Darren Way spoke to the BBC about the game. With questions from local journalist Chris Spittles, in an interview for BBC Somerset, Darren gives his views on progressing through to a semi-final tie against Shrewsbury Town, as well as his thoughts on a possible Wembley trip, where Lincoln City have already progressed to the final. Read that interview in full, via the link below.

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


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7 February 2018 : Ticket Prices Set For Shrewsbury Town vs Yeovil Town
Ticket prices have been set for Yeovil Town's EFL Trophy Semi-Final tie against Shrewsbury Town. The match will take place on Tuesday 27th February with a 7.45p.m. kick-off at the New Meadow (currently sponsored as the Montgomery Waters Meadow). Prices have been set at the following rates throughout their stadium:

Adults: £5.00; Under-18s, Over-60s, Disabled: £1.00.

The same prices will hold if you purchase on the day of the game. Parking is available at the stadium, but has to be prebooked via Shrewsbury, at a cost of £5.00.

At present, the physical tickets have not reached the Huish Park Ticket Office. We'll provide an update when we're certain that they are ready for sale.

Link: Ticketing For Crewe Alexandra vs Yeovil Town.

Link: GWSC Travel For Crewe Alexandra vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Ticketing For Stevenage vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Ticketing For Exeter City vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Yeovil Town Online Ticketing Portal.


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7 February 2018 : Video : Yeovil Town vs Fleetwood Town Match Highlights
For those who want to watch match highlights of Tuesday night's 3-2 win over Fleetwood Town, these are now available online. View two minutes worth of footage that shows the own goal from Cian Bolger along with the strike from Liverpool loanee Corey Whelan that was followed up by the late winner from Francois Zoko via the YouTube clip below.




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7 February 2018 : Date Confirmed For EFL Trophy Semi-Final
Shrewsbury Town have absolutely confirmed a date for their EFL Trophy Semi-Final tie. As expected, the match against Yeovil Town will take place on Tuesday 27th February with a 7.45p.m. kick-off at the New Meadow (currently sponsored as the Montgomery Waters Meadow).

The League One side have also confirmed that the match will be broadcast live on Sky Sports. At present, ticket prices have not been set for the game.

The winners of the semi-final tie will face Lincoln City, who beat Chelsea Under-21s last night via a penalty shoot-out. The final will be played at Wembley Stadium, on Sunday 8th April 2018 - kick-off time has yet to be agreed. If Yeovil Town were to progress, their League Two fixture against Luton Town would have to be rearranged as a result.


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6 February 2018 : Man of the Match Voting for Yeovil Town vs Fleetwood Town
If you watched Tuesday night's 3-2 win against Fleetwood Town at Huish Park, don't forget to cast your Man of the Match votes. Choose your top three players from the match, plus entertainment and performance ratings along with any other comments you want to make on the game, using the form below.

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


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6 February 2018 : Darren Way Sees Fleetwood Win As Showing Strength And Depth In His Squad
Yeovil Town manager Darren Way believed that Tuesday night's 3-2 victory over Fleetwood Town showed the strength and depth that his first team squad have for the second half of the 2017-18 season. Although both players were in starting positions during Saturday's game, striker Francois Zoko scored the winning goal in the 90th minute after he was set up by fellow substitute Alefe Santos as the Glovers set up an EFL Trophy Semi-Final tie against Shrewsbury Town for later this month.

Earlier in the match, Liverpool loanee Corey Whelan had got only his second start for the club since arriving on loan at the start of January, and he scored Yeovil's second goal of the night, to stake his credentials for more game time in the coming months. Way felt that his team had matched up well against what he saw as being a wealthy team:

"I was really pleased just to stand there and watch such an entertaining game. You could see they brought on their best players. They came down with a strong team. I don't know how much the Chairman has spent at their football club but I would probably say it's in the excess of £30 million, with the infrastructure that he's put in place. So they didn't come here lightly. As I've said the strength and depth within the squad that we've got, where Zoko came on - I thought Alex Fisher ran the line with Sam Surridge really well. I thought Rhys Browne tired towards the end there, but he's not played a lot of games. Jared Bird came in and was very effective. With Corey Whelan finishing in the way that he did, we've got strength and depth within our squad."

Yeovil Town will now travel to play Shrewsbury Town at their New Meadow ground on Tuesday 27th February, in a match that will be broadcast live on Sky Sports. Whoever wins that match will face Lincoln City in the final of the EFL Trophy at Wembley Stadium. Way was pleased that his side were getting some exposure again on national television:

"It's another game where it's going to be live on Sky. So I'm really pleased. We've played a large amount of games and the players deserve the exposure, with the attention that the cup draws. I've just watched the penalty shoot-out there with Lincoln vs Chelsea U21s, so we know Lincoln are in the final. Shrewsbury is going to be a very very difficult game. I know Paul Hurst really well, so I know how his team set up and I know how his team will play. So it's not going to be an easy task, but it's a fantastic moment for the football club."


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6 February 2018 : Yeovil 3 Fleetwood 2 : Late Zoko Strike Steers Glovers Into Semi-Final
Yeovil Town grabbed a late winner to seal a place in the EFL Trophy Semi-Finals on Tuesday night. Their 3-2 win over Fleetwood Town set up a trip to Shrewsbury Town, after Francois Zoko scored his 11th goal of the season in the 90th minute of the match. The game looked as though it was heading to penalties, with Cian Bolger having given the Cod Army the lead before he headed into his own net. Liverpool loanee Corey Whelan fired Yeovil ahead, but former Glovers loanee Jordy Hiwula struck a close range equaliser that tied the game, until Zoko produced some late drama to send Yeovil through.

The Glovers went into match making four changes to their starting line-up, with Jared Bird replacing the cup-tied Lewis Wing, Corey Whelan coming in for Ryan Dickson, Rhys Browne displacing Alefe Santos and Alex Fisher coming in for Francois Zoko. In the opposition line-up former loanee Jordy Hiwula started, but there was no place for Paddy Madden who had played for Scunthorpe earlier in the competition.

Hiwula almost scored early on when he fired over the bar from close range, as the visitors started well. At the other end, Jordan Green had a shot saved at the near post for Yeovil's first chance. However the League One side were in the ascendancy, with Markus Schwabl's long range effort being palmed for a corner. From that set piece though, the visitors scored the opening goal of the game, as Kevin O'Connor flighted a ball that found defender Cian Bolger in rather too much free space to head home.

As Conor McAleny shot wide of the goal from outside the box, it was to be an eventful first half experience for Cian Bolger. With the Glovers not having imposed themselves too much on the match at this stage, they grabbed themselves an equalising goal six minutes after the opener. A Jake Gray corner ended up being headed into his own net by Bolger to level the scores out at 1-1 - Bolger at both ends!

Although they hadn't scored the goal, the equaliser seemed to lift Yeovil, as Alex Fisher's shot was well saved by Alex Cairns, and Fleetwood's defence began to get a bit rattled, with a few panicked clearances and bookings for fouls as they were pushed out of their stride. As such, Yeovil went in at the break as the team with their tails up the most.

That theme was to continue after the half time rest, with Yeovil taking the lead eleven minutes into the half from an unexpected source. Liverpool defender Corey Whelan had been drafted in to play as a right-back for the evening, and so wasn't expected to be too advanced for a corner kick that Fleetwood conceded. However, when the ball was only half cleared, he picked the ball up outside the box, and fired through a crowd of players and into the corner of the net for a 2-1 lead.

Fleetwood made all three substitutions in an attempt to rescue to the tie, with first teamers Kyle Dempsey and Ashley Hunter notable in the closing stages. At that point, Yeovil began to look a little leggy, conceding a lot of possession, albeit with Fleetwood struggling to get good goalmouth attempts - Conor McAleny's drive through into the penalty box was one of their best efforts as the Yeovil defence backed off, but his shot went wide of the target.

But ten minutes from time, the 33 Cod Army followers thought they were taking the game to penalties, when their team equalised. A fierce cross into the box from Ashley Hunter wasn't held by Artur Krysiak, and the ball dropped to the feet of former Glover Jordy Hiwula who stabbed the ball home from close range for a 2-2 scoreline.

Just when it seemed as though the game was going for penalties - the substitution of Jared Bird for Connor Smith looked suspiciously like a case of Darren Way getting one of his spot kickers onto the pitch - the game decided to finish in normal play. The other two substitutes ensured that wasn't needed. Alefe Santos produced an excellent ball over the top of the Fleetwood defence, allowing Francois Zoko to get in behind the back line. He drew the keeper out, and then fired past him for a 90th minute winning goal - 3-2 up, and no way back for the League One side, as the Glovers sealed their trip to Shrewsbury Town in the semi-finals of the competition.

Final Score: Yeovil Town 3 Fleetwood Town 2.

Scorers: Cian Bolger (0-1, 17 mins), Cian Bolger (1-1, 23 mins, own goal), Corey Whelan (2-1, 56 mins), Jordy Hiwula (2-2, 80 mins), Francois Zoko (3-2, 90 mins)

Yeovil Town:
1. Artur Krysiak
22. Corey Whelan 17. Omar Sowunmi 3. Nathan Smith 23. Tom James
9. Rhys Browne 10. Jake Gray 4. Jared Bird 15. Jordan Green
14. Sam Surridge 18. Alex Fisher

Substitutes:
12. Jonny Maddison (GK) 8. Connor Smith (90 mins for Jared Bird) 11. Ryan Dickson 13. Francois Zoko (61 mins for Sam Surridge) 20. Oscar Gobern 27. Shaun Donnellan 30. Alefe Santos (84 mins for Rhys Browne)

Fleetwood Town:
21 Alex Cairns
2 Lewie Coyle 5 Ashley Eastham 12 Cian Bolger 3 Kevin O'Connor
28 Jack Sowerby 23 Markus Schwabl 11 Bobby Grant
9 Wes Burns 7 Jordy Hiwula-Mayifuila 10 Conor McAleny

Substitutes:
8 Kyle Dempsey (71 mins from Bobby Grant) 13 Joe Maguire 22 Ashley Hunter (72 mins for Wes Burns) 27 Harrison Biggins (58 mins for Markus Schwabl) 29 Nathan Sheron 30 Michael Donohue 31 William Crellin

Yeovil Bookings:

Fleetwood Town Bookings: Conor McAleny (foul, 30 mins), Jack Sowerby (foul, 45 mins), Markus Schwabl (foul, 55 mins)

Yeovil Match Statistics: Possession: 47%; Shots: 7; Shots On Target: 7; Corners: 3; Fouls: 9.

Fleetwood Town Match Statistics: Possession: 53%; Shots: 8; Shots On Target: 3; Corners: 4; Fouls: 9.

Referee: Gavin Ward (Surrey). Assistants: Garry Maskell (London) and Dean Treleaven (West Sussex). Fourth Official: John Busby (Oxfordshire).

Attendance: 1,314 (with 33 Fleetwood Town supporters).


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6 February 2018 : Team News For Yeovil Town vs Fleetwood Town
Yeovil Town have named their squad for tonight's EFL Trophy Quarter-Final against Fleetwood Town. The Glovers have made four changes from the side that beat Cambridge United on Saturday. Middlesbrough loanee Lewis Wing is cup-tied which means that Jared Bird replaces him. Defender Ryan Dickson is rested with Liverpool loanee Corey Whelan coming in to replace him.

Up front Francois Zoko is rested as Alex Fisher gets his first start for the club. Rhys Browne comes into the side, with Alefe Santos dropping out, meaning that Jake Gray plays more centrally.

The first team squad members to miss out today are right-back Daniel Alfei (knee injury, out for season), James Bailey (knee ligaments), Marcus Barnes (ankle) and Bevis Mugabi (hamstring). Otis Khan is also missing despite not being suspended in this competition, due to a wrist injury, obtained when he punched a door after he left the field following his recent red card against Chesterfield. The trio of Ryan Seager, Marcus Barnes and Lewis Wing are cup-tied.

The team reads as follows:

Yeovil Town:
1. Artur Krysiak
22. Corey Whelan 17. Omar Sowunmi 3. Nathan Smith 23. Tom James
9. Rhys Browne 10. Jake Gray 4. Jared Bird 15. Jordan Green
14. Sam Surridge 18. Alex Fisher

Substitutes:
12. Jonny Maddison (GK) 8. Connor Smith 11. Ryan Dickson 13. Francois Zoko 20. Oscar Gobern 27. Shaun Donnellan 30. Alefe Santos


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6 February 2018 : Officials For Yeovil Town vs Fleetwood Town
Officials for the EFL Trophy Quarter-Final tie between Yeovil Town and Fleetwood Town have been published by the Football League. The match takes place on Tuesday 6th February 2018, with a 7.45p.m. kick-off at Huish Park. The man in charge of the fixture will be referee Gavin Ward (Surrey). Mr Ward grew up officiating in the Kent and Isthmian Leagues, starting at the age of 13. For the 2007 Carling Cup Final he was the first match official to be appointed as "reserve assistant" (effectively a 5th official) in a major domestic Cup Final.

Our first experience of him as a man in the middle was for the 2-0 defeat at AFC Bournemouth in March 2008, followed by a February 2009 2-2 draw against Oldham Athletic - no complaints about either game. The first time we were critical of him came in the 0-1 home defeat against Huddersfield Town in January 2010. He denied us one penalty shout, then gave us our second shout for a spot kick, which sadly Dean Bowditch failed to score from. However, as the game went on, his stop-start and "over-fussy" nature of refereeing played into Huddersfield's hands and stopped the Glovers from building up a head of steam.

During the 2010-11 season, we had him twice in quick succession, during February and March 2011. He was the man in the middle for the midweek defeat against Peterborough United. We accused him of being "over-fussy" in this match - the same view we'd had in the 2009-10 season. There was nothing too major about his decision-making - just a tendency for him to provide a bit of a stop-start nature to the game, meaning that particularly during the first half the game failed to flow well, and it was difficult for the Glovers to build up a head of steam. We had far less to say about him a month later when he turned up for the away match against Exeter City, although five goals and a great Glovers comeback may have caused any negative vibes towards him to be forgotten!

For the 2011-12 season, we had him just the once. Despite it being a 3-1 win over Oldham Athletic in the opening home match of the 2011-12 season, we weren't impressed, saying that he made a "series of erratic decisions had infuriated the home crowd throughout". These included a dreadful tackle on Jonathan Obika that took him entirely out of the game, with the perpetrator Xander Diamond only getting a yellow. The same player committed another poor tackle later in the match and was lucky to stay on the field, although the referee may have been distracted by the fact that a few seconds later he blew for a penalty for a second foul. The Western Gazette said that Mr Ward's performance was "Dreadful, but in equal measure for both sides. Along with his officials he made some truly baffling decisions."

Mr Ward then covered our December 2012 game against Wycombe Wanderers. He made two big decisions during the match - one was to give Keanu Marsh-Brown a yellow card for diving, which secured him a one match suspension. Manager Gary Johnson said after the game that he agreed with the decision, and sounded far more narked with KMB's theatrics. The other decision was to dismiss Wycombe midfielder Matthew Spring for what he viewed as a two-footed tackle. On the one hand Spring's tackle wasn't malicious, but on the other hand, it was fairly typical of what we had seen in other Football League matches since that sort of a tackle began to be clamped down on. Wycombe boss Gareth Ainsworth though, was not best pleased with the decision, describing it as "harsh".

During the 2013-14 Championship season, he took charge of the September 2013 meeting between Yeovil Town and Queens Park Rangers at Huish Park. The visitors didn't have a single shot on target in open play throughout the whole 90 minutes. It was therefore rather irksome that the match was decided through Charlie Austin's penalty kick - awarded for one of those fifty-fifty mutual shirt-tug bits inside the box that saw Dan Seaborne penalised. Gary Johnson felt Austin had started the tugging, and had then gone down as soon as Seaborne did the same back. The Observer newspaper felt the same, describing it as "the softest of penalties" - there's been worse decisions at Huish Park over the years, but as Johnson said after the game, it was typical of the way the fifty-fifty decisions were awarded during the match.

He was present for the August 2014 match against Barnsley, shortly after both clubs had dropped down into League One. Overall Mr Ward had a decent game, although we'd have liked him to have been a bit more commanding in terms of dealing with Barnsley's timewasting tactics that became obvious after Yeovil equalised during the 1-1 draw.

During the 2015-16 season we had him twice - firstly for the match against Exeter City at St James Park. For this opening day fixture, he awarded two penalties - one for each side - and the post-match video showed he'd got both decisions spot on. He also did what more referees should be doing, in our humble opinion - booking Exeter's David Noble after he did his best to cajole the official into booking one of our own players. Later that season, he was there for the March 2016 home match against Notts County, which we won 1-0. We thought that Curtis Thompson was very lucky to stay on the pitch for committing an obvious yellow card tackle on Liam Walsh, but the game was nearly over, and Mr Ward chose to bring over the Magpies captain to explain what would happen if Thompson committed a third foul.

We had Mr Ward once during the 2016-17 season. For that match against Stevenage at Broadhall Way, he had a fairly unobtrusive game, with the only contentious bit being what happened in the 95th minute. He decided to add on a few extra valuable seconds for a ball that had run down the sidelines and took ages to collect for a throw-in. With the final whistle about to blow, Francois Zoko flicked the throw-in into the path of Ben Whitfield, and he lashed it first time into the back of the net. Stevenage weren't too happy about the extra seconds added on, but we definitely were as we got a 2-2 draw out of it.

We've had him twice during the 2017-18 season, and the first was not a pretty one. The scene was Kenilworth Road. The date was August 2017. The end result was Yeovil Town's record Football League defeat, and the first time we'd conceded eight goals in a league fixture for nearly 50 years. We can't blame the referee for this in the slightest - in fact he kindly chalked off a Luton goal for us to stop the scoreline getting even worse. No need to mention the referee. In fact, let's not mention the match any further.

We were due to have him in November 2017 for the League Two home match against Swindon Town. However, at ultra-late notice, he was replaced. Given he had roughly a three week absence from refereeing during that period it's probably safe to say he picked up a minor injury. He'd recovered a month later to do the FA Cup Second Round Replay against Port Vale. He had a rather lively game in the 3-2 win, dismissing Vale's Cristian Montano and James Gibbons - although the visitors complained loudly about both situations, they didn't appeal, and viewing the video replays, we can see why.

Mr Ward will be assisted by Garry Maskell (London) and Dean Treleaven (West Sussex). The Fourth Official will be John Busby (Oxfordshire).

Link: December 2017 : Yeovil Town 3 Port Vale 2.

Link: August 2017 : Luton Town 8 Yeovil Town 2.

Link: November 2016 : Stevenage 2 Yeovil Town 2.

Link: August 2015 : Exeter City 3 Yeovil Town 2.

Link: August 2014 : Yeovil Town 1 Barnsley 1.

Link: September 2013 : Yeovil Town 0 Queens Park Rangers 1.

Link: December 2012 : Yeovil Town 2 Wycombe Wanderers 0.

Link: August 2011 : Yeovil Town 3 Oldham Athletic 1.

Link: March 2011 : Exeter City 2 Yeovil Town 3.

Link: February 2011 : Yeovil Town 0 Peterborough United 2.

Link: January 2010 : Yeovil Town 0 Huddersfield Town 1.

Link: February 2009 : Yeovil Town 2 Oldham Athletic 2.

Link: March 2008 : AFC Bournemouth 2 Yeovil Town 0.


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6 February 2018 : Alex Fisher Talks About His Arrival At Yeovil Town
Following Saturday afternoon's 2-0 victory over Cambridge United, new Yeovil Town striker Alex Fisher spoke to the BBC. With questions from local journalist Chris Spittles, in an interview for BBC Somerset, Alex gives his views on his busy week, having arrived on the day of the Manchester United game, and having scored his first goal for the club against Cambridge. Read that interview in full via the link below.

Link: Alex Fisher Speaks To The BBC After The 2-0 Win Over Cambridge United.


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5 February 2018 : Cup-Tied Players Force Trophy Changes For Both Yeovil Town And Fleetwood
Tomorrow evening, Yeovil Town play host to Fleetwood Town in an EFL Trophy Quarter-Final tie. The match will mean the Glovers will have to make at least one change to their starting line-up, whilst three of their loanees will have to sit out the fixture, albeit with one of that trio already known to be injured. Southampton striker Marcus Barnes has an ankle injury, but wouldn't have been selected given that he played in two of his parent club's EFL Trophy group games as an Under-21 player. His St Mary's teammate Ryan Seager will also not play as he featured for Milton Keynes Dons earlier in the competition, whilst Lewis Wing played in one of Middlesbrough Under-21's matches and so will sit in the stand.

In addition to Barnes, other injured players include right-back Daniel Alfei (knee injury, out for season) and James Bailey (knee ligaments). Defender Bevis Mugabi has missed the last three matches with a hamstring injury, although it's never been divulged how serious that problem is. In addition midfielder Oscar Gobern had briefly returned from his own hamstring injury in terms of the teamsheet but has disappeared again for the last two League matches, suggesting that he is not quite ready yet, having not featured for two months.

Assuming Mugabi and Gobern are not available, that should still give the Glovers a squad of eighteen players to select from. The odd nature of the Checkatrade Trophy disciplinary rules mean that Otis Khan will be available for selection, and will almost certainly be used, given that he will have to sit out the next two matches as part of his five game suspension.

Khan's availability means the following players are believed to be available for the game:

1. Artur Krysiak 23. Tom James 17. Omar Sowunmi 3. Nathan Smith 11. Ryan Dickson 10. Jake Gray 30. Alefe Santos 15. Jordan Green 14. Sam Surridge 13. Francois Zoko 12. Jonny Maddison 4. Jared Bird 9. Rhys Browne 18. Alex Fisher 22. Corey Whelan 27. Shaun Donnellan 7. Otis Khan 8. Connor Smith

Fleetwood Town will be in more or less the same boat. Former Glovers striker Paddy Madden is cup-tied from his time at Scunthorpe United, whilst midfield trio Gethin Jones, Toumani Diagouraga and Elliot Osborne have all played for other clubs earlier in the competition. They are also expected to be without George Glendon who left the field in their match on Saturday with a hamstring injury.


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5 February 2018 : Adult Prices Reduced For The Fleetwood Town Trophy Tie
Yeovil Town have reduced adult admission prices for Tuesday night's EFL Trophy Quarter-Final tie against Fleetwood Town. The match takes place on Tuesday 6th February 2018, with a 7.45p.m. kick-off.

The admission prices for Adults were originally pegged at £12.00, but these have now been reduced to £6.00, leaving prices as follows:

Adults: £6.00; Seniors and Young Adults: £6.00; Juniors: £2.00.

Note that if you've already purchased an adult ticket, you'll need to apply for a partial refund on your purchase. You MUST do this prior to entry into the stadium on Tuesday. Allow a bit of extra time if you are doing so, in the lead-up to Tuesday night's kick-off.

Link: Ticketing For Yeovil Town vs Fleetwood Town.

Link: Ticketing For Crewe Alexandra vs Yeovil Town.

Link: GWSC Travel For Crewe Alexandra vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Ticketing For Stevenage vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Ticketing For Exeter City vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Yeovil Town Online Ticketing Portal.


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5 February 2018 : Exeter City Tickets On General Sale
Supporters wanting to attend Yeovil Town's League Two match against Exeter City should note that these are now on General Sale. With the game now due to be played on Tuesday 13th March 2018, this is now a midweek fixture at St James Park with a 7.45p.m. kick-off.

This match saw an extremely limited number of just 350 seated tickets due to significant redevelopment of the Grecians stadium that sees two sides of the ground demolished and in the process of being rebuilt this season. As a result, if you're wanting to go to this game, you really do need to buy in advance as there's a fair chance it will sell out before the day of the game.

Due to the limited nature of the tickets, they're not being sold online - you'll need to visit the Ticket Office in person or call them on 01935-847888 to buy over the phone.

Original prices apply - if you've already bought a ticket for the original date, these remain valid. If you can't make the rearranged date, please return your ticket as early as possible for a refund or exchange. For full ticketing details, see the original article below.

Link: Ticketing For Yeovil Town vs Fleetwood Town.

Link: Ticketing For Crewe Alexandra vs Yeovil Town.

Link: GWSC Travel For Crewe Alexandra vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Ticketing For Stevenage vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Ticketing For Exeter City vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Yeovil Town Online Ticketing Portal.


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5 February 2018 : Glovers Defender Given Second Team Of The Week Nomination
Yeovil Town defender Nathan Smith has been included in a second Team Of The Week line-up. Yesterday, he was listed in the League Paper's line-up from the weekend (he was also listed in The Times) following his performance and goal in the 2-0 win over Cambridge United at Huish Park.

Today he's been included in the Football League's own line-up - a more notable achievement given that the League's own selection is based on matches involving all 72 clubs, and so have a habit of veering towards Championship players. Of Smith's performance they say:

"Smith struck his first league goal this term, volleying home the opener, while producing a determined display as the Glovers kept a second straight clean sheet."

Their line-up from the weekend reads as follows:

Goalkeeper: Mark Oxley (Peterborough United 0-1 Southend United)
Defender: Joel Lynch (Queens Park Rangers 1-0 Barnsley)
Defender: Sonny Bradley (Plymouth Argyle 2-0 Blackburn Rovers)
Defender: Nathan Smith (Yeovil Town 2-0 Cambridge United)
Midfielder: Junior Hoilett (Leeds United 1-4 Cardiff City)
Midfielder: Elliott Hewitt (Notts County 4-1 Crewe Alexandra)
Midfielder: Jota (Sheffield Wednesday 1-3 Birmingham City)
Midfielder: Tom Huddlestone (Derby County 3-0 Brentford)
Midfielder: Sean McConville (Accrington Stanley 3-2 Stevenage)
Forward: Sammy Ameobi (Bolton Wanderers 1-0 Bristol City)
Forward: Ivan Cavaleiro (Wolverhampton Wanderers 3-0 Sheffield United)

Manager: Gareth Ainsworth (Wycombe Wanderers 4-3 Carlisle United)


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5 February 2018 : Bantams Boss Loses Job After FA Cup Exit Sparks Downfall
League One side Bradford City have parted company with manager Stuart McCall after they suffered a sharp drop-off in form during 2018. The Bantams still lie in sixth place in the League One table, but have gone on a shocking run of form since they were beaten 2-0 by Yeovil Town in the FA Cup on January 6th. Six straight defeats have meant that they are now in danger of dropping out of the play-off slots, having held an eight point buffer on New Year's Day.

McCall's sacking is a little curious given that his record of 77 games saw his side clock up 35 wins, 22 draws, 20 defeats, giving him a win ratio of 45%, whilst last season he had taken his team to the League One Play-Off Final. However, it seems the wheels have come off badly since early January, and from the point of view of Bantams fans, they are questioning what happened at Huish Park, with many giving the view that their team hasn't been the same since that day.

Various Bradford fans on Twitter today have centred on that weekend in Somerset, and a belief that something must have happened to upset their team that badly. A selection of tweets reads as follows:

"After all that's gone on now, anyone going to tell us what actually happened down at Yeovil? Absolute turmoil every since."

"Stuart hung out to dry by the owners. Terrible summer recruitment, a run like this was always going to happen with that squad. And whatever happened at Yeovil isn't down to him. You sense they've been looking for an excuse all season."

"Do we find out what happened at Yeovil now?"

(To a Bradford local journalist) "Simon, put your stat book down and find out what happened at Yeovil."

"Something seemed to go wrong when Hendrie left the night before Yeovil, and it never got back on track, for whatever reason."

"Heard a few rumours it's never been right since Yeovil! No smoke without fire IMO. Would love to know what went on that night."

"It's clear that things have not been right behind the scenes for a few weeks. Morale has nosedived since the Yeovil game. Something triggered it but we’re not getting the full story. We need to be told, we are the supporters who pay our money to go every week."

As one poster hinted above, it may be a touch simplistic to suggest one FA Cup game could send a side off the rails that badly. Defender Luke Hendrie had been on loan at Valley Parade from Burnley during the first half of the 2017-18 season, playing in 18 matches. However, he was recalled a day or two before their trip to South Somerset, forcing the Bantams to name a makeshift defence. A few days after the FA Cup match, Hendrie was sold to Bradford's promotion rivals Shrewsbury Town, and the Yorkshire side have lost every game since.


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5 February 2018 : Darren Way Talks About Cambridge United Team Selection
Just before Saturday afternoon's League Two match against Cambridge United kicked off at Huish Park, Yeovil Town manager Darren Way spoke to the BBC. With questions from local journalist Chris Spittles, in an interview for BBC Somerset, Darren gives his views on the recall of Barnsley loanee Jared Bird to the squad, leaving Alefe Santos in the starting eleven and on the Huish Park pitch. Read that interview in full via the link below.

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


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4 February 2018 : Smith Given Team Of The Week Nomination
Yeovil Town defender Nathan Smith has been included in the Team of the Week for League Two. Saturday afternoon's 2-0 win over Cambridge United saw Nathan score the opening goal of the game, with a right-footed volley from an Alefe Santos free kick that Omar Sowunmi flicked on. He was named as the Match Sponsor's Player of the Day, and the League Paper agreed, putting him in their XI based on the weekend's matches.

The full line-up based on Saturday's fixtures, reads as follows:

Danijel Nizic (Morecambe)
Tom Eastman (Colchester United), Nathan Smith (Yeovil Town), Dan Potts (Luton Town), Charlie Raglan (Port Vale)
Ollie Banks (Swindon Town), Sean McConville (Accrington Stanley), Elliott Hewitt (Notts County), Mallik Wilks (Grimsby Town)
Courtney Senior (Colchester United), Paris Cowan-Hall (Wycombe Wanderers)

Manager: Mark Cooper (Forest Green Rovers).


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4 February 2018 : Darren Way's Verdict On The Cambridge United Home Game
Following Saturday afternoon's 2-0 win over Cambridge United at Huish Park, Yeovil Town manager Darren Way spoke to the BBC about the game. With questions from local journalist Chris Spittles, in an interview for BBC Somerset, Darren's verdict on the win can be read in full, via the link below.

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


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3 February 2018 : Video : Yeovil Town vs Cambridge United Match Highlights
For those who want to watch match highlights of Saturday afternoon's 2-0 victory over Cambridge United at Huish Park, these are now available online. As well as the two goals from Nathan Smith and Alex Fisher there's just over 1.5 minutes worth of footage covering a chance for Tom James, another for Fisher and the moment that Cambridge hit the post late on in the game. Watch the video clip via the link below.

Link: Sky Sports : Yeovil Town vs Cambridge United Match Highlights.




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3 February 2018 : Darren Way Happy To See New Striker Fisher Take His Quickfire Opportunity
Yeovil Town manager Darren Way felt that new striker Alex Fisher took his opportunity of a new start in Somerset well, after he scored his first goal for the club on Saturday afternoon. The former Motherwell and Inverness Caledonian Thistle player netted the second goal in the 2-0 win over Cambridge United at Huish Park, and did so in extraordinary fashion, netting with his first touch, around ten seconds after coming on as a substitute, six minutes from time.

Fisher has had a whirlwind start to his time back in England, driving down to South Somerset on the day of the Manchester United game, and has already made two substitute appearances. However, it was on his third that he announced his arrival, as he confidently converted a cross from fellow substitute Rhys Browne, to settle any nerves the home players might have had about a Cambridge United comeback. Way said after the game that this was all about Fisher taking his opportunity when it came, to give him a chance of forcing his way into the first eleven:

"We scored from the throw, with the substitution on his (Alex Fisher's) first touch. I thought Rhys Browne played a massive part in that. That's where the strength and depth is within the squad. The subs made a fantastic effort to change the game. I'm pleased for him, because there's question marks over any of us every week. He's out to prove people wrong. He didn't play a large number of games for Motherwell, and he didn't score enough goals. He's come here, and perhaps that's going to be one of his main targets. Like any of the players that come in, they always understand the team selection, and their chance will come. There's no better way to take your opportunity than with your first touch. He didn't place it in the net; he smashed it. So it was a fantastic goal."

The first goal came 54 minutes into a slightly scrappy game, with a free kick finally breaking the deadlock against a Cambridge side that had created the better chances prior to that point. An Alefe Santos free kick was flicked on by Omar Sowunmi allowing fellow centre-back Nathan Smith the chance to volley the ball home from close range for his second goal of the season. Way added that he was pleased with the way that his side had undone Cambridge from a set piece situation:

"The set play was well worked, and Omar Sowunmi did very well, and what a great finish from Smithy (Nathan Smith). There were spells in the game where we kept giving the ball away, but I did say before the game that it's a difficult pitch to play on. We could potentially play the most games the club has ever played, so the pitch has taken a real hammering and you can see the run of the ball sometimes. It's not as smooth as what it should be. So to score that set play is very very pleasing. Terry Skiverton has done a lot of work on the set plays, and he deserves a lot of credit for that because he did identify that as one of their weaknesses."


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

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


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3 February 2018 : Yeovil 2 Cambridge 0 : Super Sub Fisher Seals Second Home Win In A Week
Yeovil Town gained their second consecutive home victory on Saturday afternoon, with a 2-0 victory over Cambridge United. Whilst it wasn't a vintage Glovers performance, they hung in there after a low key first half, and took the lead ten minutes after the break when Nathan Smith volleyed home from an Alefe Santos free kick. The victory was sealed when former Motherwell striker Alex Fisher scored within ten seconds of coming on as a substitute, latching on to Rhys Browne's cross to help lift Yeovil up to 18th place in the table, and seven points clear of the drop positions.

The Glovers went into the match naming an unchanged starting line-up, with just one change on the bench seeing Barnsley midfielder Jared Bird recalled in favour of Connor Smith. The visitors arrived at Huish Park heavily depleted, with pantomime villain Jabo Ibehre out with concussion and Barry Corr not having agreed a new contract with their club, along with numerous other injury problems.

The first half was largely a non-event, with the visitors competing better in wet and miserable February conditions. Artur Krysiak had to get down low to thwart Uche Ikpeazu after he broke through, with the same player heading wide from a cross into the box after Yeovil had lost possession in midfield. Yeovil created little, with their one opportunity coming after Tom James cut in from the right flank, shooting wide of the post by a yard or two, with them unable to get their strikers involved in the game.

In truth Cambridge should have had their noses ahead. Whilst Liam O'Neil's effort from the edge of the box was comfortable for Krysiak, he wouldn't have been able to do much if Billy Waters had his shooting boots on - he was put through by Jevani Brown but sliced his shot wide of the target, thus meaning that the two teams went in at the break level.

The second period opened as the first one closed - with Cambridge missing a gilt-edged opportunity to take the lead. Uche Ikpeazu's shot was parried into the path of Brad Halliday, but with the goal gaping and Krysiak on the deck, the full-back missed the open target on the rebound. That was to prove very costly indeed for the U's.

Tom James put a free kick comfortably over the bar, but with them still not having managed an on-target attempt they took the lead 54 minutes into the match. An Alefe Santos free kick was flicked on by Omar Sowunmi, and Nathan Smith showed all the poise of a centre-forward as he volleyed home from inside the box for 1-0 lead.

Cambridge made a double substitution, and still they looked like the team that was more likely to score the next goal - even if they couldn't quite pull the trigger. Yeovil looked tired in patches, and were probably glad they weren't having to chase the game. However, with six minutes remaining of a match that won't be remembered for too much other than the goals, they doubled their lead in an extraordinary way.

Former Motherwell striker Alex Fisher was introduced as the club's final substitute, replacing Francois Zoko. He barely had enough time to run from the dugout area and across the pitch before he was helping Yeovil to wrap up the game. Rhys Browne drove down the right wing, and when his cross came into the box, Fisher's run - pretty much from the half length of the pitch - allowed him the chance to fire home from inside the box. One touch, ten seconds on the pitch, and his first goal for the Glovers.

Cambridge United almost pulled one back straight away as Jevani Brown struck the woodwork, but it was that sort of an afternoon for them. Alex Fisher headed a Tom James cross over the bar at the other end, as the Glovers ran out as 2-0 winners. Far from vintage, occasionally looking a bit leggy, Yeovil Town weren't on top for many long spells of the game. But they dug in, and got the points, and that's the main thing that matters.

Link: 2017-18 Latest League Two Table.

Final Score: Yeovil Town 2 Cambridge United 0.

Scorers: Nathan Smith (1-0, 54 mins), Alex Fisher (2-0, 84 mins)

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

Substitutes:
12. Jonny Maddison (GK) 4. Jared Bird 9. Rhys Browne (70 mins for Jordan Green) 18. Alex Fisher (84 mins for Francois Zoko) 21. Ryan Seager (61 mins for Sam Surridge) 22. Corey Whelan 27. Shaun Donnellan

Cambridge United:
1 David Forde
2 Brad Halliday 12 George Taft 5 Greg Taylor 11 Harrison Dunk
20 Jeavani Brown 16 Liam O'Neil 4 Gary Deegan 17 Adam Phillips
8 Billy Waters 9 Uche Ikpeazu

Substitutes:
3 Jake Carroll (67 mins for Adam Phillips) 10 Adebayo Azeez 13 Dimitar Mitov 18 George Maris (67 mins for Liam O'Neil) 22 Paul Lewis 24 Leon Davies 25 Harry Darling

Yeovil Bookings: Tom James (foul, 70 mins)

Cambridge United Bookings: None.

Yeovil Match Statistics: Possession: 47%; Shots: 5; Shots On Target: 2; Corners: 2; Fouls: 7.

Cambridge United Match Statistics: Possession: 53%; Shots: 8; Shots On Target: 3; Corners: 5; Fouls: 4.

Referee: Darren Drysdale (Lincolnshire). Assistants: Adrian Tranter (Dorset) and Kevin Howick (Oxfordshire). Fourth Official: Louis Marks (Hampshire).

Attendance: 2,569 (with 151 Cambridge United supporters).


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3 February 2018 : Team News For Yeovil Town vs Cambridge United
The starting line-up for Yeovil Town's League Two match against Grimsby Town at Huish Park has been revealed. The match sees the Glovers name an unchanged starting line-up compared to the team that took to the field against Grimsby Town on Tuesday. There's only one change on the bench, with Barnsley midfielder Jared Bird getting back onto the bench ahead of Connor Smith.

The first team squad members to miss out today are right-back Daniel Alfei (knee injury, out for season), James Bailey (knee ligaments), Marcus Barnes (ankle), Otis Khan (suspended - third game out of five) and Bevis Mugabi (hamstring). Midfielders Oscar Gobern and Connor Smith are not selected today.

The team reads as follows:

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

Substitutes:
12. Jonny Maddison (GK) 4. Jared Bird 9. Rhys Browne 18. Alex Fisher 21. Ryan Seager 22. Corey Whelan 27. Shaun Donnellan

Cambridge United:
1 David Forde
2 Brad Halliday 12 George Taft 5 Greg Taylor 11 Harrison Dunk
20 Jeavani Brown 16 Liam O'Neil 4 Gary Deegan 17 Adam Phillips
8 Billy Waters 9 Uche Ikpeazu

Substitutes:
3 Jake Carroll 10 Adebayo Azeez 13 Dimitar Mitov 18 George Maris 22 Paul Lewis 24 Leon Davies 25 Harry Darling


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3 February 2018 : Officials For Yeovil Town vs Cambridge United
Officials for the League Two match between Yeovil Town and Cambridge United have been announced by the Football League. The match takes place on Saturday 3rd February 2018, with a 3.00p.m. kick-off at Huish Park. The man in charge of the fixture will be referee Darren Drysdale (Lincolnshire).

He was a regular over the years, usually popping up once or twice a season in Yeovil Town matches, but meetings have thinned out radically over recent times - just five matches over the last ten years. Those five have largely seen him have decent games. The most recent was the March 2017 game against Exeter City that saw Yeovil Town throw away a three goal lead to draw 3-3 at St James Park. He booked Artur Krysiak for timewasting at 2-0 which probably said more about the team's mindset during that chaotic final period of the game than it did about refereeing standards. We shot ourselves in the foot, and the men in black played no part in that.

We're probably our most critical for his last visit to Huish Park - he took charge of the April 2015 match against Notts County that was the day we were relegated from League One. There we felt that his second half performance got increasingly messy and threatened to turn what was largely a run-of-the-mill match into a game where players were getting tetchy and frustrated. It didn't quite boil over, but he could have done better to keep a lid on things.

The other three recent matches included the February 2014 home match against Doncaster Rovers which saw us win 1-0, with no bookings for Glovers players. Prior to that he took charge of the first match of Gary Johnson's second spell with the club (sort of) as he watched the team that had been selected by Terry Skiverton the day before lose 4-0, in a game where we are significantly outclassed. Before that was the August 2011 away match at Walsall, and we barely noticed him on the day - just one late booking each for both sides and nothing too messy otherwise.

You then have to go back three years to the September 2008 game against Milton Keynes Dons at stadium:mk. No complaints - we were outclassed on that day, and were probably too busy bemoaning our own side's failings to notice anything the match officials were doing at the time. Prior to that, Mr Drysdale took charge of the opening fixture of the 2007-08 season that saw Yeovil Town lose 1-0 against Huddersfield Town, but he left manager Russell Slade fuming after Scott Guyett was accidentally laid out by a punch from home keeper Matthew Glennon that should have produced a penalty when Glennon missed the ball but took out the Australian.

In our trip to the Bescot Stadium in March 2006 where the Glovers secured a 2-0 win that was to prove vital in Yeovil's attempts to stay in League One, referee Drysdale rightly dismissed Walsall's Ishmel Demontagnac after he committed a rash challenge to pick up a second yellow card. The Lincolnshire referee was part of a historic moment for the Glovers earlier that season, taking charge of the September trip to Hartlepool United that gave the Glovers their first ever League One win.

However, during the 2004-05 season he was at the centre of controversy when he took charge of a local match against Grimsby Town. Drysdale refused to award Yeovil a last minute penalty when Phil Jevons was felled by home keeper Simon Ramsden. After the match, midfielder Lee Johnson called the decision 'a joke' accusing Drysdale of bottling the decision, whilst his father Gary was equally annoyed after viewing on video what he saw as a stonewall penalty. OK, we're wearing green-tinted spectacles, but it was an awful blunder and had everything to do with a referee needing to give a match-changing decision in the final seconds of a game right in front of the home end of the stadium. He needed to be stronger and wasn't. A rookie back then, he's thankfully got better as the years have gone by.

Mr Drysdale will be assisted by Adrian Tranter (Dorset) and Kevin Howick (Oxfordshire). The Fourth Official will be Louis Marks (Hampshire).

Link: March 2017 : Exeter City 3 Yeovil Town 3.

Link: April 2015 : Yeovil Town 1 Notts County 1.

Link: February 2014 : Yeovil Town 1 Doncaster Rovers 0.

Link: January 2012 : Sheffield United 4 Yeovil Town 0.

Link: August 2011 : Walsall 1 Yeovil Town 1.

Link: September 2008 : Ciderspace Match Report: Milton Keynes Dons 3 Yeovil Town 0.

Link: August 2007 : Ciderspace Match Report : Huddersfield Town 1 Yeovil Town 0.

Link: March 2006 : Ciderspace Match Report : Walsall 0 Yeovil Town 2.

Link: September 2005 : Ciderspace Match Report : Hartlepool 0 Yeovil Town 1.

Link: February 2005 : Ciderspace Match Report : Grimsby Town 2 Yeovil Town 1.


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3 February 2018 : Glovers Trust Plans For The Cambridge United Game
This afternoon, Yeovil Town play host to Cambridge United in a League Two fixture at Huish Park. The Glovers Trust will be present in their usual spot in The Arrow pub, and you are welcome to chat with them. One of the key topics mentioned below is what what you would like to see them bring up at the next Supporters Alliance Group meeting. See below for full details.

Match: Cambridge United (Home)

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

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

Specific Discussion Points of Interest: Trust Objectives, Membership Drive, Alliance Group Items and Social Event

Other points of note:
The first Supporters Alliance Group meeting that the Trust will be participating in will take place on Wednesday 21st of February. The Trust Board will be meeting on Wednesday 6th February to confirm the items that we plan to take to the meeting.

The Trust Board are looking to arrange a social event at the Arrow in the next few months. We are currently looking into some ideas but welcome any feedback or suggestions from members should they have any thoughts on the matter.

The Trust Board are still attempting to arrange a meeting with Mark Palmer to discuss his report and how it has been received and how elements may be put into practise.

A mid year newsletter is currently being compiled which will be circulated to members and media outlets in the next two weeks.

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


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2 February 2018 : Darren Way Previews The Cambridge United Home Game
As part of the build-up to the League Two home match against Cambridge United at Huish Park, Yeovil Town manager Darren Way spoke to the BBC about the game. With questions from BBC Somerset reporter Tom Seymour, Darren gives his review of the January transfer window, thoughts on the 'momentum' he believes has been established in the wake of the Manchester United game, and on his new squad size. Read that interview via the link below.

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


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2 February 2018 : Rovers Boss Explains Otis Khan Interest
Bristol Rovers boss Darrell Clarke has explained some of the background that led to him placing an unsuccessful bid for Yeovil Town winger Otis Khan during the January transfer window. The Gas have been the one club to go public over their interest in the 22 year old, with at least one other club having met a release clause in Khan's contract that entitled him to hold talks with rival clubs. Rovers' interest in the player was tied up with parallel attempts to take attacking midfielder Kyle Bennett from Portsmouth - something that they only managed to conclude on the morning after the window closed.

Clarke has explained that he had already lodged an unsuccessful bid for Bennett earlier in the transfer window, but that fell through due to what he described as 'politics' - the fact that Rovers and Pompey lie only three points apart in the table might have something to do with that. The Rovers boss said that when the deal for Bennett collapsed, he turned to Khan and attempted to lure him to the Memorial Stadium - hitting another dead end when Khan himself decided to turn down the approach.

In the meantime, it appears that 27 year old Bennett was taking matters into his own hands by negotiating his own exit from Fratton Park by mutual consent, and that allowed Clarke to make a second attempt to sign him, eventually concluding the deal on February 1st - something he was able to do thanks to Bennett's free agent status. Clarke gave BBC Somerset his view on the two players:

"Kyle is a lad that I've admired for a long long time. He was the player that fell through earlier in the window. It's just nice that a bit of patience has paid off. Football politics was involved in that particular move. Eventually we got it over the line. With Kyle, when that (initially) fell through, we worked on Otis Khan. A fee was agreed, but the lad wanted to stay at Yeovil. All the best to him; that's football. I could name hundreds that you potentially look at and you think about. I could be sat here for ages with the amount of phone calls, and the amount of times that you're talking on the phone and seeing what's about. But I'm pleased with the business that we've done."

Clarke doesn't divulge how much Rovers bid for Khan, and doesn't give any hints as to why the Glovers player decided to reject the over from the League One club.


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2 February 2018 : Cambridge Missing Seven For Huish Park Visit
Saturday's opponents Cambridge United will head to Huish Park with seven players missing from their first team squad. The U's are heading to South Somerset for a League Two fixture in 15th place and seven points ahead of the Glovers, but on a run of form that has not seen them win in eleven games on the road. Their last two fixtures saw them hammered by Forest Green Rovers by a 5-2 scoreline, whilst Coventry City inflicted a 3-1 defeat on Tuesday night.

They've got Leon Legge (shoulder), David Amoo (hamstring) and Piero Mingoia (groin) out with long term injuries, whilst Greg Taylor and Medy Elito missed out on Tuesday night due to a virus, with manager Shaun Derry gloomy about their prospects of recovery. Meanwhile striker Jabo Ibehre hasn't featured since a red card in December, and is currently out with concussion. There's also an unusual situation in that striker Barry Corr's contract with Cambridge has expired, and whilst they're trying to sort out something new with him, he is not expected to feature because transfer window rules would mean he would be unable to play for any other Football League side during the remainder of the season.

With Emmanuel Osadebe having joined Newport County on loan, Derry believes that those absentees are affecting his club's results, and told the Cambridge News that any team would struggle with those sort of numbers unavailable:

"We're looking at the same group of players that went to Coventry (on Tuesday night). When you throw into the equation seven senior players that would either start or be on the bench (not being available) you're thinking, hang on a minute, in a team of the stature of us at Cambridge United at League Two we can't afford to not have that many players involved. I'm not too sure too many teams would have had that many players missing from their travels on Tuesday night but we did and we have to deal with it. I think there needs to be some sort of understanding of why you get those results."

For Yeovil Town, they go into the game with the reverse issue. Although they will be without right-back Daniel Alfei (knee injury, out for season), James Bailey (knee ligaments) and Marcus Barnes (ankle) whilst Otis Khan serves the third of a five match suspension, they were able to leave Oscar Gobern and Jared Bird out of Tuesday night's squad by their own choice. There is a question mark over the availability of Bevis Mugabi - initially reported as an illness, prior to the Manchester United game, but now described as a hamstring injury. But with the Glovers having beaten Grimsby Town 3-0 on Tuesday night, it's hard to see there being a big rush to change the starting line-up for that game.


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

Crewe Alexandra : Saturday 10th February 2018.
Huish Park: 8.00a.m.
Adult Members: £29.00; Member Concessions: £27.00
Adult Non-Members: £31.00; Non-Member Concessions: £29.00

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

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

Link: Ticketing For Yeovil Town vs Fleetwood Town.

Link: Ticketing For Crewe Alexandra vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Ticketing For Stevenage vs Yeovil Town.

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1 February 2018 : Alex Fisher : Have Boots Can Travel!
Yeovil Town's new striker Alex Fisher has explained some of the circumstances behind his whirlwind transfer that saw him travel the length of the country to play against Manchester United in the FA Cup last week. The former Oxford United and Mansfield Town player was one of the talking points amongst the national media on the day of the game, after his transfer from Scottish Premiership side Motherwell was announced midway through the Friday afternoon.

Whilst it may have been assumed that Alex's transfer was being kept under wraps ahead of the tie, the truth became apparent when BBC Sport journalist Dan Walker revealed that he had seen Fisher go up to manager Darren Way at 6.30p.m. and say 'Hello I'm Alex', at which point he was told he was on the bench for the game! An unusual story became even more outlandish when it became apparent that the striker had actually woken up in his flat in Scotland, and had driven down to South Somerset on the day of the game, covering over 400 miles just to get as far as the stadium.

Fisher admitted that the sequence of events felt more as though he was turning up for a game at Sunday League level, in that he had to adopt a 'have boots, will travel' policy to the fixture. As such it was only when he stood up in the tunnel area before the game that he had time to reflect what sort of a fixture he was involved in:

"It was a whirlwind 24 hours. When I woke up on Friday morning the deal had gone through and Yeovil asked if I could get down. So off I went. I took a little bag with boots and shin pads. It was like I was turning up for a Sunday League game as a kid. I jumped in the car and the idea that a few hours later I'd be facing up to Sanchez and Co was a bit surreal. It was only when I actually got on the pitch and I was standing shoulder to shoulder with United's players that I thought: 'Christ, this is the real deal'."

Fisher added that it wasn't just the manager he had to introduce himself to. He said that once he got into the players dressing room, he was having to introduce himself to some of the players that he would ultimately be on the pitch with:

"Chances like that don't come up too often in your career. I was told to try and report at the ground – just whenever I could. The drive itself from Glasgow is probably around seven-and-a-half hours. But I thought, if that's the carrot at the end of it, let's do it. I managed to get a quick bite to eat with the team but I literally met some of the guys' for the first time in the dressing-room before the game."

The Oxford-born player said that the busy day didn't get any easier once the game was over. The need to keep his legs stretched meant that he missed out on a souvenir from the game, whilst once he'd got out of the stadium, he was back in his car once more, for another hundred mile journey:

"I didn't even get to swap my shirt with a Man United player after the game because I had to do running. They wanted me to keep myself ticking over. So by the time I got in for a shower, they'd all gone. Then after the game, I had another two-and-a-half-hour drive to get to my parents' place in Oxford. But even if it wasn't that fixture against United, I would have done the same. I'll need to get back up to Motherwell when there's a break in fixtures, because I literally just left my flat as it was on Friday morning."

You can only hope the club have got him somewhere to stay in Yeovil by now!


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1 February 2018 : Otis Khan Turns Down Bristol Rovers Interest As Gas Go Public
League One side Bristol Rovers have been confirmed as one of the sides that had tried to secure the services of winger Otis Khan during January. From Yeovil Town's point of view, they chose not to reveal which club (or clubs) had triggered a clause in Khan's contract entitling him to hold talks with those clubs. Various press outlets listed Wigan Athletic, Luton Town, Bristol Rovers, Peterborough United, Swindon Town and Bradford City as supposedly interested in the former Barnsley player, albeit without any firm quotes to back that up.

One of those clubs has now gone firmly public on their interest - after the January Transfer Window closed. Bristol Rovers boss Darrell Clarke has confirmed to a Bristol Evening Post journalist that the Gas had a bid accepted by Yeovil Town, but that the player himself turned down the interest in him, thus ending their interest in the winger.

Khan remains under contract at Huish Park until the summer of 2019, and with the transfer window now shut, he will be guaranteed to remain on the club's books until at least this summer.


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1 February 2018 : Ticketing For Yeovil Town vs Fleetwood Town
Advance tickets for Yeovil Town's EFL Trophy Quarter-Final tie against Fleetwood Town are now on sale from the Huish Park Ticket Office. The match takes place on Tuesday 6th February 2018, with a 7.45p.m. kick-off. Prices are flat across the ground and are as follows:

Adults: £6.00; Seniors and Young Adults: £6.00; Juniors: £2.00.

NOTE: Adult prices were originally set at £12.00 but are now £6.00.

Note that at this stage only the Main Stand and the Screwfix Stand are open for this fixture. There will be no price increase on the above if you purchase on the day, but you will still need to buy from the Ticket Office.

This is a single leg tie that will be settled on 90 minutes of open play. If the scores are level after full time, then the game will go straight to penalty kicks.

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1 February 2018 : Ticketing For Stevenage vs Yeovil Town
Advance tickets for Yeovil Town's League Two match against Stevenage are now on sale from the Huish Park Ticket Office. The match takes place on Saturday 17th February 2018, with a 3.00p.m. kick-off at Broadhall Way. Prices for this fixture are as follows:

Adults: £21.00; Concessions: £18.00; Under-22s: £13.00; Under-16s: £9.00; Under-12s: £7.00.

Concessions apply to those aged Over 60, UB40 holders, ambulant disabled, armed forces and emergency services (with ID).

All prices increase by £3.00 if purchased on the day.

There are also Family Tickets available at the following prices:

Family of 3 (1 adult and 2 U16) : £35.00
Family of 4 (2 adult and 2 U16) : £50.00

For Wheelchair bays you'll need to liase directly with Stevenage. Please call 01438 223223.

There is free match day parking for 500 cars available at Fairlands Valley Car Park signposted from Junction 7 of the A1.

If travelling by by train, a shuttle bus operates from stop K outside Stevenage station at the cost of £1.00.

Yeovil Town supporters will be housed in the South Stand - an all-seated 1,400 capacity covered stand, situated behind one of the goals.

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1 February 2018 : The Sound Of Silence Leaves Glovers Three Up On Transfer Deadline Day
Wednesday night saw Yeovil Town stay unmoved on January transfer deadline day, marking a sharp contrast to the busy events that had occurred at the same stage of the season last year. On this occasion, there were zero arrivals and zero departures on what is usually the busiest day of the footballing calendar, covering the final day in which teams can execute permanent transfers and loan transfers.

Much of the reasons for the quiet day at Huish Park can be put down to the fact that most of the 'late' activity had occurred last Friday and Saturday. The arrival of striker Alex Fisher from Motherwell was added to by a loan deal for Southampton attacker Ryan Seager and a permanent deal for West Bromwich Albion defender Shaun Donnellan.

Earlier in January, Yeovil Town had lost four of their loan players, who returned to their parent clubs, but immediately brought in four more replacement loanees, thus balancing out that loss. Midfielders Jared Bird (Barnsley) and Lewis Wing (Middlesbrough), defender Corey Whelan (Liverpool) and striker Marcus Barnes (Southampton) represented the new arrivals in the squad.

Matters on January transfer deadline day were not just about the incomings and outgoings. It was also about the sound of silence. The absence of any significant late rumours concerning winger Otis Khan and defender Omar Sowunmi, coupled with no sign that Bournemouth wanted to recall striker Sam Surridge meant that the Glovers ended the day with all three still on the club's books, and now guaranteed to stay until at least May 2018. The only downside to that silence, was that it effectively ended the club's interest in Southampton striker Olufela Olomola, who the Glovers had been trying to bring back to Somerset on a permanent deal - despite media reports that he was 'close' to signing, that fizzled out, and he has remained at St Mary's Stadium.

As such, an unusual aspect of the January 2018 transfer window was that Yeovil Town ended up with three additional bodies on the payroll, compared to when they started the month. The club now has a senior first team squad of 25 players (although one of those will not play again this season) - significantly above the usual options that a manager has had at his disposal at the club. The only caveat to that is that once Marcus Barnes returns to Huish Park following his ankle injury, that the club will have six loan players on their books, forcing them to leave one of those players sat in the stand on each matchday.

Arrivals: Jared Bird (Barnsley, loan), Lewis Wing (Middlesbrough, loan), Corey Whelan (Liverpool, loan), Marcus Barnes (Southampton, loan), Alex Fisher (Motherwell, 18 month contract), Ryan Seager (Southampton, loan), Shaun Donnellan (West Bromwich Albion, 18 month contract).

Departures: Sid Nelson (Millwall, loan ended), Keston Davies (Swansea City, loan ended), Olufela Olomola (Southampton, loan ended), Matt Worthington (AFC Bournemouth, loan ended).

Link: Yeovil Town First Team Squad List.


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