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11 February 2019 : Ciderspace Guide To Oldham Athletic
On Tuesday night, Yeovil Town make the lengthy journey to Boundary Park, where they will play Oldham Athletic. This is our first visit there since the 2014-15 season, and so the Ciderspace guide has had some sizeable updates to cover changes to the ground and surrounding area. Find ticketing information, parking, club statistics and a pub guide via the link below.

Link: Ciderspace Guide To Oldham Athletic.

Link: Ticketing For Oldham Athletic vs Yeovil Town.

Link: GWSC Travel For Oldham Athletic vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Scholes Appointment Confirmed By Latics.

Boundary Park
Boundary Park, home of Oldham Athletic.
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11 February 2019 : Scholes Appointment Confirmed By Latics
League Two side Oldham Athletic have confirmed the appointment of former Manchester United midfielder Paul Scholes. The 44 year old has been given the reins as a replacement to Frankie Bunn who was sacked after their Boxing Day 6-0 defeat against Carlisle United. Scholes has been given a contract at Boundary Park until the summer of 2020, and will be in the dugout for Tuesday night's match against Yeovil Town.

Although Scholes has got some backroom coaching experience, he has spent most of his time following retirement operating as a pundit for ITV and BT Sport. This will be his first front line appointment, taking charge of the club he supported as a boy. Former Oldham coach Mick Priest will be returning to Boundary Park as his assistant.

Oldham Athletic owner Abdallah Lemsagam has said of the appointment:

"Paul has won everything there is to win in football. He is a man who will bring a lot of footballing knowledge and his hunger to succeed in management will be there for everyone to see. It's no secret how much he has wanted this job in the past and how much he loves this club, so I'm very happy to bring him into our family at Oldham Athletic. Paul will have my backing 100% and hopefully we can work together to bring success back to this club."

At present there's no on-the-record mention of any restrictions Scholes may face in his dealings with National League side Salford City. As part of a consortium of former Manchester United players, he owns a 10 percent stake in the fifth tier club. Media reports suggested that there would be restrictions place on him performing any loan or transfer deals between the two clubs, but the small print in that area has yet to be revealed.

Expect a mini media circus to break out at Boundary Park before and after Tuesday night's match.

Link: Ticketing For Oldham Athletic vs Yeovil Town.

Link: GWSC Travel For Oldham Athletic vs Yeovil Town.


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11 February 2019 : FA Confirm Craig Alcock Suspension
The Football Association have confirmed the suspension of Yeovil Town right-back Craig Alcock, following Saturday's 1-3 defeat against Grimsby Town. Alcock was given his marching orders by referee Charles Breakspear for two bookable offences, leaving the Glovers down to ten men for the second game running, for the final 26 minutes of the match. As a result, Craig will serve a one match suspension on Tuesday night when the club travel to play Oldham Athletic at Boundary Park.

The suspension creates a bit of a headache, given that fellow right-back Tom James is serving a four match suspension, and will sit out his second game tomorrow night. In addition, Chelsea loanee Joshua Grant is currently out with a foot injury, with no immediate word on when he is likely to return. As such, Bevis Mugabi will almost certainly move into the right-back slot for tomorrow's game, with Alcock available again for Saturday's trip to Forest Green Rovers.

Alcock became Yeovil Town's fifth red card of the season, with Tom James having been dismissed twice, along with Jordan Green and manager Darren Way. In the latter case, we're still waiting for the FA to determine any sanction.

Link: Ticketing For Oldham Athletic vs Yeovil Town.

Link: GWSC Travel For Oldham Athletic vs Yeovil Town.


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11 February 2019 : Darren Way Talks About Grimsby Town Home Team Selection
Just before Saturday afternoon's League Two match against Grimsby Town kicked off at Huish Park, Yeovil Town manager Darren Way spoke to the BBC about the game. With questions from BBC Somerset reporter Alex Winter, Darren gives his views on the inclusion of Norwich City loanee Tristan Abrahams, his aim for consistency, and the challenge of the opposition. Read that interview via the link below.

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


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10 February 2019 : Oldham Athletic Planning To Announce Scholes As New Manager Prior To Yeovil Visit
Tuesday night's League Two opponents Oldham Athletic will almost certainly have a new man in charge by the time the two clubs meet at Boundary Park. According to BBC Sport, the Latics plan to hold a press conference at 2.00p.m. on Monday where they will unveil former Manchester United midfielder Paul Scholes as their successor to Frankie Bunn, who was sacked as manager on December 27th.

The unveiling of Scholes as their new manager has been a lengthy and complicated one. Since his retirement as a player, Scholes has been under contract with BT Sport as a pundit, meaning that he wouldn't be available to them at that point onwards. However, the more fundamental question was whether Scholes would be allowed to act as Oldham manager, given he is part of a consortium of former Manchester United players who own a 10 percent stake in National League side Salford City, who could be playing in League Two next season.

On Friday, the Football League were reported to have cleared Scholes' appointment, with the belief that there may be some conditions attached to that, involving restrictions on whether Oldham and Salford can transfer or loan players between them at any time. However, they did not expect the 44 year old to sell his shareholding at any time, in order to take up the job.

As a result, Scholes is expected to be in the dugout for Tuesday night's match at Boundary Park, which will inevitably bring a bit of a circus to the fixture, given the national press and cameras will probably be queuing up for the game. The other change that will happen, is that Caretaker Manager Pete Wild will move back to his rather more low key positing of managing Oldham's Under-16s side.

Wild has been a rather large success at Boundary Park. As an Oldham Athletic supporter, he's guided them to four wins, one draw and three defeats since taking over on December 27th, including the shock FA Cup Third Round victory over Fulham that caused Yeovil Town's original Saturday trip to the North-West to be postponed.

Link: Ticketing For Oldham Athletic vs Yeovil Town.

Link: GWSC Travel For Oldham Athletic vs Yeovil Town.


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10 February 2019 : Video : Yeovil Town vs Grimsby Town Two Minute Highlights
For those who want to watch extended highlights of Yeovil Town's League Two match against Grimsby Town, these are now online. There's two minutes worth of YouTube-based footage from the 1-3 home defeat that includes all four goals, with Alex Fisher getting his right at the end of the game. The footage also shows both tackles that saw Craig Alcock dismissed from the field of play, along with numerous other Grimsby efforts on goal. Watch via the YouTube clip below.




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9 February 2019 : Darren Way's Verdict On The Grimsby Town Home Game
Following Saturday afternoon's 1-3 defeat against Grimsby Town at Huish Park, Yeovil Town manager Darren Way spoke to the BBC. With questions from BBC Somerset reporter Alex Winter, Darren gives his views on the team performance, and the crowd's reaction to the defeat. Read that in full, via the link below.

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


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9 February 2019 : Man of the Match Voting for Yeovil Town vs Grimsby Town
If you watched Saturday's 1-3 defeat against Grimsby Town at Huish Park, don't forget to cast your Man of the Match votes. Choose your top three players from the match, plus entertainment and performance ratings along with any other comments you want to make on the game, using the form below.

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


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9 February 2019 : Video : Yeovil Town vs Grimsby Town Match Highlights
For those who want to watch the highlights from Saturday's match against Grimsby Town, these are now available online. There is one-and-a-half minutes worth of Sky Sports footage linked below, that shows the Wes Thomas goal, the Adel Gafaiti own goal and the late Kristian Dennis lob. They also show you why Craig Alcock was sent off before the final bit of action shows Alex Fisher's consolation goal. Watch via the link below.

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


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9 February 2019 : Yeovil 1 Grimsby 3 : Alcock Sees Red As Glovers Suffer Fourth Straight Defeat
Yeovil Town went down to their fourth consecutive defeat on Saturday afternoon, as mid-table Grimsby Town ran away with a comfortable 3-1 victory. The visitors took command just nine minutes into the match when Wes Thomas headed home, and extended their advantage when Adel Gafaiti turned an Elliot Embleton cross into his own net. Yeovil's miserable afternoon wasn't helped by the second half dismissal of Craig Alcock for two bookings, and Grimsby substitute Kristian Dennis put the game to bed when he lobbed Stuart Nelson in the closing minutes. That made Alex Fisher's headed goal a mere consolation in second half injury time, leaving Yeovil just two points off the relegation zone after Macclesfield gained a late point through former loanee Reece Cole.

The Glovers went into the match making one change to their starting line-up, which included a change of shape. Tom James commenced his four match suspension, and he was replaced by Norwich City striker Tristan Abrahams. That led to a change of shape, with Abrahams taking a front line position, whilst Alex Dobre and Rhys Browne moved back to become wingers in a 4-4-2 line-up. On the bench, Francois Zoko was preferred to Ryan Seager, with Alex Pattison also returning for the first time since November.

Grimsby started in confident mood, controlling the early stages, and they needed just nine minutes to get themselves into the lead with their first major chance. Jake Hessenthaler got room down the right, and his cross into the box was headed home by Wes Thomas for an early 0-1 lead, and to put Yeovil firmly on the back foot.

In a first half that lacked chances, Grimsby always looked dangerous on the break, with a Martyn Woolford run seeing him get in behind, but finding his final shot going well wide. The best Yeovil had done up until that point was an Alex Dobre cross into the box that a Grimsby defender turned out for a corner, but maybe a little bit closer to his own goal net than he had intended. Jake Gray's 35th minute shot wide, after Alex Fisher fed him inside the box was the best they'd made 35 minutes into the match.

As such it wasn't a huge surprise when Grimsby doubled their lead, shortly after that Gray attempt. Stemming from a Grimsby throw-in, they racked up a number of uncontested passes before Elliot Embleton fired off a ball into the box. Glovers defender Adel Gafaiti tried to get a boot on it, and succeeded only in turning it past Stuart Nelson for an own goal and a 0-2 scoreline.

Darren Way responded, as he took off Matt Worthington, who marched straight down the tunnel, kicking out at the surrounds in frustration. In his place came Alex Pattison, who hadn't been on the pitch for over two months due to a back injury. The half did finish with Alex Fisher forcing James McKeown into a save with his legs from a Tristan Abrahams cross just before injury time, in what was Yeovil's first on target shot. But there was again a reminder of Grimsby's prowess on the break as Wes Thomas intercepted a Carl Dickinson clearance just inside the halfway line, running through before mercifully firing over the crossbar. Boos at half time from home fans showed patience was wearing thin.

Yeovil's best spell of the game came during the early period of the second half, as Rhys Browne forced James McKeown to parry the ball for a corner, with Tristan Abrahams once again the creator. At the other end, there was almost a second horror moment for Adel Gafaiti, as he deflected a Sebastian Ring shot just over his crossbar for a corner, with Grimsby still looking good once they picked the ball up in open spaces.

Francois Zoko replaced Abrahams ten minutes into the half in an attempt to shake things up, as Grimsby keeper James McKeown once again kept his side's two goal cushion, with another parry for a corner from an Alex Dobre near post shot. But 64 minutes into the game, Yeovil's brief flurry of pressure was to evaporate with the dismissal of Craig Alcock. Already on an early booking, he ran into former Glovers loanee Jordan Cook, and referee Charles Breakspear brought out a second yellow, putting Yeovil down to ten men for the second game running.

Grimsby took off their front pairing with the game more or less won, whilst Yeovil tried to plug away as Courtney Duffus came on as a final substitute. But with the extra man, Grimsby's ability to find space behind the Yeovil back three began to increase, with Luke Hendrie forcing Stuart Nelson into a save after he was put through on the break, quickly followed by Elliot Embleton's drive past the left hand post.

With two minutes remaining, substitute Kristian Dennis wrapped the game up. He was put clean through down the middle, and ran onto the ball before lobbing Stuart Nelson for a 0-3 advantage, and a goal that finally turned occasional isolated dissent from the home crowd into full-blown protest, with the home end chanting 'We want Darren out' in response.

There was a brief lull in that dissent on 90 minutes, when Alex Fisher headed home from an Alex Pattison free kick, to give Yeovil their first goal in four games - but by this point it was a meaningless consolation at 1-3 and just three minutes of injury time to play. The end result was a deserved defeat, and more boos and chants for the manager to resign on the final whistle. With only two points between them and the drop, following Macclesfield Town's 97th minute equalising goal against Crewe Alexandra, and Notts County's shock win at Forest Green Rovers, the current situation gets tighter and tighter, with Yeovil showing little sign of getting out of their rut.

Link: 2018-19 Latest League Two Table.

Final Score: Yeovil Town 1 Grimsby Town 3.

Scorers: Wes Thomas (0-1, 9 mins), Adel Gafaiti (0-2, 35 mins, own goal), Kristian Dennis (0-3, 88 mins), Alex Fisher (1-3, 90 mins)

Yeovil Town:
1. Stuart Nelson
24. Craig Alcock 4. Gary Warren (Capt) 2. Adel Gafaiti 3. Carl Dickinson
7. Rhys Browne 10. Jake Gray 8. Matt Worthington 25. Alex Dobre
9. Alex Fisher 16. Tristan Abrahams

Substitutes:
12. Nathan Baxter (GK) 5. Bevis Mugabi 11. Courtney Duffus (77 mins for Alex Dobre) 13. Francois Zoko (55 mins for Tristan Abrahams) 15. Gabriel Rogers 17. Alex Pattison (39 mins for Matt Worthington) 18. Yoann Arquin

Grimsby Town:
1 James McKeown
2 Reece Hall-Johnson 5 Ludvig Ohman 6 Danny Collins
27 Luke Hendrie 22 Elliot Embleton 16 Martyn Woolford 7 Jake Hessenthaler 3 Sebastian Ring
11 Jordan Cook 39 Wes Thomas

Substitutes:
4 John Welsh 8 Kristian Dennis (75 mins for Jordan Cook) 15 Harry Clifton (75 mins for Wes Thomas) 18 Charles Vernam 23 Sam Russell 24 Harry Davis (85 mins for Sebastian Ring) 25 Alex Whitmore

Yeovil Bookings: Craig Alcock (foul, 5 mins). Red Card: Craig Alcock (second bookable offence, 64 mins)

Grimsby Town Bookings: Jake Hessenthaler (foul, 74 mins), Luke Hendrie (foul, 77 mins), Elliot Embleton (kicking ball away, 90 mins)

Yeovil Match Statistics: Possession: 47%; Shots: 8; Shots On Target: 4; Corners: 8; Fouls: 8.

Grimsby Town Match Statistics: Possession: 53%; Shots: 7; Shots On Target: 3; Corners: 5; Fouls: 9.

Referee: Charles Breakspear (Surrey). Assistants: Christopher Wade (Hampshire) and Justin Amey (Dorset). Fourth Official: Samuel Ogles (Hampshire).

Attendance: 2,692 (with 265 Grimsby Town supporters).


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9 February 2019 : Darren Way Unhappy With Defending After Grimsby Gain Comfortable Win
Yeovil Town manager Darren Way admitted that the defending for Grimsby Town's first two goals wasn't good enough, as he watched his team slip to their fourth consecutive defeat on Saturday afternoon. The 1-3 home loss was triggered by first half goals that saw Wes Thomas head home, before Adel Gafaiti turned an Elliot Embleton cross into his own net, with Yeovil's cause not helped by the later sending off of Craig Alcock, who will miss Tuesday night's match at Oldham Athletic due to a one match ban.

Way told BBC Somerset after the match that his players weren't getting tight enouh to cut out crosses into the box, and said that they needed to get into Grimsby's faces a bit more to deal with the physical side of the game:

"We're very disappointed with the two goals, and the manner. We felt that we didn't get tight, and we didn't press hard enough. The first one, we've lost a marker in the box. We felt that we should have pressed a lot earlier, to stop the cross, then we find ourselves 1-0 down. We had the same situation from a throw on the opposite side. They play four or five passes and we just didn't have the belief to get in their faces and make it ugly. We talked about before the game, in competing first and play after. I felt that in the second half we had a little bit of momentum, with good momentum and good chances, and one-on-ones with the goalkeeper, and then we have a man sent off. I feel that's where we are right now. The players had a few harsh words with each other, and it's important that they take as much responsibility as I am. I'll certainly do that at the football club."

When Kristian Dennis notched Grimsby's third in the 88th minute, the tetchy atmosphere at Huish Park turned fully against Darren Way, with a repeat of chants calling 'We want Darren out' during injury time and on the final whistle, with Alex Fisher's injury time goal proving to be a mere consolation. Way acknowledged that the club's ongoing form would see some fans turn against him, but he didn't want supporters to turn against the team:

"Unfortunately I've had that for probably three years now at certain spells in my management career. The objective is to stay in the Football League. I don't expect them to get behind me as such, because of the run of results. But all I can ask for is get behind the team, because we've got a lot of players that have perhaps come out of a games programme, that is nothing like it's been over the last week, and it's only going to get worse. Probably the last thing that the players need to see is an environment which is not behind the team. They've been great up until now. But as I've said it's one of those where I'm strong enough to deal with that. It's a huge success keeping this football club in the Football League every year, with the resources that I'm working with. It's going to take time and patience to change it."


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9 February 2019 : Yeovil 1 Grimsby 3 : Match Statistics
Yeovil Town went down to their fourth consecutive defeat on Saturday afternoon, as mid-table Grimsby Town ran away with a comfortable 3-1 victory. The visitors took command just nine minutes into the match when Wes Thomas headed home, and extended their advantage when Adel Gafaiti turned an Elliot Embleton cross into his own net. Yeovil's miserable afternoon wasn't helped by the second half dismissal of Craig Alcock for two bookings, and Grimsby substitute Kristian Dennis put the game to bed when he lobbed Stuart Nelson in the closing minutes. That made Alex Fisher's headed goal a mere consolation in second half injury time, leaving Yeovil just two points off the relegation zone after Macclesfield gained a late point through former loanee Reece Cole.

Full report to follow later ....

Link: 2018-19 Latest League Two Table.

Final Score: Yeovil Town 1 Grimsby Town 3.

Scorers: Wes Thomas (0-1, 9 mins), Adel Gafaiti (0-2, 35 mins, own goal), Kristian Dennis (0-3, 88 mins), Alex Fisher (1-3, 90 mins)

Yeovil Town:
1. Stuart Nelson
24. Craig Alcock 4. Gary Warren (Capt) 2. Adel Gafaiti 3. Carl Dickinson
7. Rhys Browne 10. Jake Gray 8. Matt Worthington 25. Alex Dobre
9. Alex Fisher 16. Tristan Abrahams

Substitutes:
12. Nathan Baxter (GK) 5. Bevis Mugabi 11. Courtney Duffus (77 mins for Alex Dobre) 13. Francois Zoko (55 mins for Tristan Abrahams) 15. Gabriel Rogers 17. Alex Pattison (39 mins for Matt Worthington) 18. Yoann Arquin

Grimsby Town:
1 James McKeown
2 Reece Hall-Johnson 5 Ludvig Ohman 6 Danny Collins
27 Luke Hendrie 22 Elliot Embleton 16 Martyn Woolford 7 Jake Hessenthaler 3 Sebastian Ring
11 Jordan Cook 39 Wes Thomas

Substitutes:
4 John Welsh 8 Kristian Dennis (75 mins for Jordan Cook) 15 Harry Clifton (75 mins for Wes Thomas) 18 Charles Vernam 23 Sam Russell 24 Harry Davis (85 mins for Sebastian Ring) 25 Alex Whitmore

Yeovil Bookings: Craig Alcock (foul, 5 mins). Red Card: Craig Alcock (second bookable offence, 64 mins)

Grimsby Town Bookings: Jake Hessenthaler (foul, 74 mins), Luke Hendrie (foul, 77 mins), Elliot Embleton (kicking ball away, 90 mins)

Yeovil Match Statistics: Possession: 47%; Shots: 8; Shots On Target: 4; Corners: 8; Fouls: 8.

Grimsby Town Match Statistics: Possession: 53%; Shots: 7; Shots On Target: 3; Corners: 5; Fouls: 9.

Referee: Charles Breakspear (Surrey). Assistants: Christopher Wade (Hampshire) and Justin Amey (Dorset). Fourth Official: Samuel Ogles (Hampshire).

Attendance: 2,692 (with 265 Grimsby Town supporters).


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9 February 2019 : Team News For Yeovil Town vs Grimsby Town
Yeovil Town have named their starting line-up for this afternoon's League Two match against Grimsby Town at Huish Park. The match sees the Glovers name two changes to their starting line-up, compared to the game against Cheltenham Town on Tuesday night. Tom James, who played as a midfielder on Tuesday night, commences the first of a four match ban following his red card and his place in the side is taken by Norwich City loanee Tristan Abrahams.

Middlesbrough midfielder Alex Pattison hasn't been on a Glovers teamsheet since November 27th due to a back problem but makes it onto the bench today alongside Francois Zoko. However, there's no place for Ryan Seager, Alefe Santos or Daniel Ojo.

Omar Sowunmi (ankle) was injured during the September 2018 match against Milton Keynes but last month returned to light training. Josh Grant (foot) is the other absentee.

The team this afternoon lines up as follows, with what looks like a formation change:

Yeovil Town:
1. Stuart Nelson
24. Craig Alcock 4. Gary Warren (Capt) 2. Adel Gafaiti 3. Carl Dickinson
7. Rhys Browne 10. Jake Gray 8. Matt Worthington 25. Alex Dobre
9. Alex Fisher 16. Tristan Abrahams

Substitutes:
12. Nathan Baxter (GK) 5. Bevis Mugabi 11. Courtney Duffus 13. Francois Zoko 15. Gabriel Rogers 17. Alex Pattison 18. Yoann Arquin


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9 February 2019 : Glovers Trust Plans For The Grimsby Town Game
Saturday afternoon sees Yeovil Town play host to Grimsby Town in a League Two match at Huish Park. The Glovers Trust will be at the game, occupying the Gazebo close to the Ticket Office, in the lead-up to the match, with a limited number of their I AM YTFC scarves still available, although these may run out today.

They're also looking for views on the ongoing Consortium talks, along with feedback on a Blueprint document they published (head here but note that it's a 11.1Mb PDF document so wait until you're on good WiFi before downloading). Details are as follows:

Match: Grimsby Town (Home)
Trust Presence: Huish Park (by ticket office) - approximately 1:30p.m. to 2:45p.m.
Huish Park Services: Membership renewals.
Arrow Services: 20% discount on pre-match Arrow food orders
Specific Discussion Points of Interest: Membership renewals, Alliance Group progress, Consortium Discussions, Blueprint Feedback.

Other points of note:
* We will be selling the remaining 'I AM YTFC' scarves that we have in stock. We currently have 18 left but are planning to order order more. The scarf is priced at £5 and can also be purchased online (head here) and at the Huish Park Gazebo.
* The February Supporters Alliance Meeting took place as planned on Wednesday. The minutes are due to be agreed and published at the next meeting in March.


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9 February 2019 : Officials For Yeovil Town vs Grimsby Town
Officials for the League Two match between Yeovil Town and Grimsby Town have been published by the Football League. The match takes place on Saturday 9th February 2019, with a 3.00p.m. kick-off at Huish Park. The man in charge of the fixture will be referee Charles Breakspear (Surrey).

He was promoted in the summer of 2013 onto the Football League referees list at the age of just 24 years old. However, as it was his first season at the new level and we were in the Championship it took until the 2014-15 campaign when we met twice at League One level. The first was the September 2014 match against Crawley Town at the Broadfield Stadium. There he had a fairly quiet game, with just one booking, whilst Crawley's two second half goals that gave them a 2-0 win were more down to uncertain defending than dodgy refereeing.

We then had him for the home match against Walsall, which turned into a lively Tuesday night match from a referee's point of view. He managed to award a penalty to both sides - both decisions probably correct - but with both failing to hit the back of the net, with goalkeepers coming out on top, with Scott Loach our hero for the Walsall spot kick, whilst Adam Morgan had his saved. The referee was also put under the spotlight when Stephen Kingsley was stretchered off with a fractured cheekbone after a rather physical challenge by Tom Bradshaw - a lengthy chat with his assistant presumably concluded that neither he nor Mr Breakspear had seen the incident. On top of that, the referee booked six players - three each way - and there was just the feeling that he was a bit too involved in the game. Manager Terry Skiverton certainly took that line, feeling that the Kingsley incident had affected the referee's judgement saying "after that, the referee seemed to take a bit of a backtrack, and I think he lost the game ... I just felt that they all seemed to lose the plot within the game."

We had him three times during the 2015-16 season. The first was an October 2015 home match against Mansfield Town. This game had an extraordinary end to it, with the Stags scoring their goal 99 minutes and 41 seconds into the match. Whilst this was deep into injury time, there was some justification for it as lengthy injuries to Artur Krysiak and Stephen Arthurworrey had resulted in several second half delays, although we had gone marginally beyond the signalled nine minutes and suspect the free kick that Reggie Lambe scored from would have been the final action of the game. Otherwise, the referee had a fairly decent game. After that, he was present for the Boxing Day match against Plymouth Argyle. We lost 1-0, and he booked five players across both teams, but we don't recall any hackles being raised.

The final match of the trio came at the tail end of the 2015-16 campaign. He took charge of the 1-1 draw against Northampton Town which on the whole was a decent game. However, we felt the longer the game went on, the more the referee seemed to be getting wrapped up in the match, rather than taking charge of it. Three bookings in the final five minutes looked over the top within the context of the rest of the match where he'd adopted a very lenient approach to it all.

We had him twice during the 2016-17 season - the first was in September 2016, when he took charge of the 1-2 home defeat against Hartlepool United. This game was frustrating on many levels, notably in that the visitors had clearly come to Huish Park with plans to timewaste. Mr Breakspear did book their goalkeeper Trevor Carson for multiple infringements, and also added on additional time to reflect what Pools had been doing. However, it did rather grate that Hartlepool got their winning goal during the time added on for some of the timewasting. Technically correct, but it felt a bit morally unjust. In fairness to him, we didn't play well during the second period, and the match was slowly eroding from our grasp.

We had him twice during the 2017-18 season, the first of which was in January 2018. He was a late replacement for the published match referee against Grimsby Town but wasted no time in getting involved in the game. He sent off Grimsby's Mitch Rose for a 6th minute foul and then followed that up by sending off Karleigh Osborne for a second bookable offence. Osborne's first booking came for fighting with his own teammate, and there lies the problem - the visitors were frustrated and ill-disciplined right from the start, and although the dismissals clearly had an effect on the 3-0 outcome, it was hard to see what the referee could have done.

In April 2018 came the 2-3 defeat against Mansfield Town at Huish Park that rounded off our home fixtures that season. What could have been a fairly quiet game from our point of view, saw seven yellow cards displayed, and an eighth that unfortunately meant that Omar Sowunmi got sent off. In fairness to the referee, Omar had committed a foul that led to Mansfield's winning goal from Lee Angol, then got booked for fouling the same player. When he committed a third foul, he was given a final warning, but went on and committed another foul on Angol again and so left the pitch. In addition to all the bookings, Mr Breakspear awarded two penalties - one for each side. We thought both were very dodgy, with one decision being given as a handball after a Mansfield free kick was blasted into the middle of the Yeovil wall - even by scrutinising the match video we couldn't work out which player in the Yeovil wall he was penalising, and the lack of a yellow card implied that the referee wasn't too sure either.

The most recent meeting came in December 2018, and this was one of his more low key showings. The game was also one devoid of serious action, with a 0-0 draw against Tranmere Rovers the outcome, and perhaps that stopped him getting too excitable. Ultimately we had one booking for each side, and a quiet end to the year 2018.

He has a reputation for being very top heavy with the number of bookings - so far this season he's managed 105 cautions and 11 dismissals across 33 matches. Last season he got his way through 163 yellow cards and 18 red cards through the 47 games he took charge of. If you think Trevor Kettle is a busy man, then his eye puts him in the shade!

Mr Breakspear will be assisted by Christopher Wade (Hampshire) and Justin Amey (Dorset). The Fourth Official will be Samuel Ogles (Hampshire).

Link: September 2014 : Crawley Town 2 Yeovil Town 0.

Link: March 2015 : Yeovil Town 0 Walsall 1.

Link: October 2015 : Yeovil Town 0 Mansfield Town 1.

Link: December 2015 : Plymouth Argyle 1 Yeovil Town 0.

Link: April 2016 : Yeovil Town 1 Northampton Town 1.

Link: September 2016 : Yeovil Town 1 Hartlepool United 2.

Link: December 2016 : Yeovil Town 5 Crawley Town 0.

Link: January 2018 : Yeovil Town 3 Grimsby Town 0.

Link: April 2018 : Yeovil Town 2 Mansfield Town 3.

Link: December 2018 : Tranmere Rovers 0 Yeovil Town 0.


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8 February 2019 : Darren Way Previews The Grimsby Town Home Game
As part of the build-up to the League Two match against Grimsby Town at Huish Park, Yeovil Town manager Darren Way spoke to the BBC. With questions from BBC Somerset reporter Dan Albutt, Darren gives his views on the red card issued to Tom James at Cheltenham Town, his own dismissal, other refereeing decisions, his team's turnover of players, their lack of goals scored and the challenge that Grimsby will face. Read tht interview via the link below.

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


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8 February 2019 : Cliff Myers RIP : 1946-2019
Former Yeovil Town midfielder Cliff Myers has passed away at the age of 72. Cliff was a former Charlton Athletic, Brentford and Torquay United player who became a popular figure during his time at Huish, as part of the highly successful side that dominated the Southern League during the late 1960s and early 1970s.

Cliff Myers
Cliff Myers
Born in Southwark on September 23rd 1946, he was a Charlton youth product who played 18 times for them between 1965 and 1967 before moving across London to play for for Brentford for a season, making 10 league appearances. In January 1968, Myers was recruited by manager Ron Saunders as a 21 year old winger, with Yeovil paying a fee for his services. Saunders had arrived from Charlton himself and so knew Myers as a teammate, with Paul Smith also having come in from the same club as a close friend of his. Yeovil paid a fee for his services, which at that time was a rarity.

Cliff was to spend five-and-a-half seasons at Yeovil Town, and be part of the famous 1970-71 side that won the Southern League, and also reached the Third Round of the FA Cup. He was to ultimately move into a deeper role for the Glovers, eventually becoming a central defender. One of his finest moments for the club came during the 1972-73 season when in November 1972, he scored the winning goal in the First Round of the FA Cup against his old side Brentford, in front of 9,447 spectators.

In one of those classic FA Cup stories, the man he put the ball past for the winner was Brentford keeper Gordon Phillips. The pair were former Bees teammates, and Phillips had the misfortune to have to share a car back to Stalbridge with Myers, having agreed to be Godfather to his daughter Natalie, who at the age of three months was being christened the next day, with the ceremony having been agreed before the two players knew they would be coming up against each other!

Cliff bowed out of Yeovil Town in June 1973, having made 328 appearances, scoring 81 goals for the club. He was snapped up by Torquay United for a fee of £6,600, thus returning to the Football League between 1973 and 1975. He then went on to play for Weymouth, Taunton Town, Salisbury and Minehead in the late 1970s, whilst setting up a contract cleaning business in the area. In 1991, he moved to Rhodes, where he ran the Sunburnt Arms pub in Lindos, with his daughter Natalie acting as the bar's licence holder.

His offspring also became footballers. His son Chris Myers, who was born in Yeovil, was a Torquay United and Exeter City midfielder, whilst Chris's own son was part of Everton's Academy system before moving on to play for Fleetwood Town, Southport and Marine.

Needless to say, we send our condolences to Natalie and all the Myers family at this sad time. As one of a number of players from that era who clocked up a huge number of appearances for the club, he'll be remembered as one of many 'legends' from that pre-Football League era.


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8 February 2019 : Way Believes Talented Squad Will Need More Time To Gel
Yeovil Town manager Darren Way believes the current squad that he is working with is one of the most talented that he has worked with, but says that they will need time to gel, following the January Transfer Window. The Glovers brought in seven new players following the turn of the year, made up of four loan signings and three permanent signings that included Matt Worthington, Ryan Seager and Craig Alcock, who were all starting their second spells with the club.

So far, results have been decidedly mixed, with two victories and three defeats since the first of those new players arrived in the area. But Way believed his squad had suffered from higher turnover than their other league rivals and told BBC Somerset that he believed that the players he now had at his disposal were among the best, but he would need more time to manage them:

"It is, regarding the here and now. But getting that talent to gel straight away is probably going to be the key. When things were going really well, I asked people not to get too carried away, because it can change. We've been up against it, but if we're going to try to do everything we can to get this club to take off again, we're certainly going against the wind at the moment. Other clubs have probably not got to deal with the amount of turnover. We've got the youngest team - or I've played the youngest team in all top four divisions. That needs managing, and as I've said the objective is to stay in the Football League, and that's not changed for me in the last three years."

The last result was the 1-0 defeat against relegation rivals Cheltenham Town, with the Glovers playing 70 minutes with ten men, following the sending off of Tom James. Way said his one objective was to achieve 'survival' in the Football League, and claimed that the team he saw at Whaddon Road didn't deserve to lose the game

"They showed talent and they didn't deserve to lose the game. That's why I've got a huge belief in this squad, of the energy, the workrate, the commitment and the togetherness we've got and the trust in each other that we've got, that we'll complete this objective. Let's make no bones about it, for the last five years now, two of them have been relegations, and then three of them for me have been survival, and that doesn't change this year. Until we can get to a stage where we can push the club forward and get stability, and that's going to take time, and there's going to be a lot of people frustrated through that process."


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7 February 2019 : James Red Card Appeal Too Risky For Darren Way To Consider
Yeovil Town manager Darren Way has said that the club couldn't take the risk of picking up an additional suspension for defender Tom James, when he considered whether to appeal against the defender's red card. The 22 year old was dismissed midway through the first half of Tuesday night's 1-0 defeat against Cheltenham Town at Whaddon Road for a straight foul on Robins winger Alex Addai, leading to an angry reaction from the Glovers boss who was also given his marching orders in the aftermath.

Speaking after Tuesday night's match, Way was firm in stating that the club would be appealing against the decision, however he has since modified his stance on the situation. Perhaps mindful of him getting his fingers burned during a January 2018 appeal against an Otis Khan dismissal, that saw the Football Association add an extra two games on top of the standard punishment, on the grounds that they saw the appeal as frivolous, Way has told BBC Somerset that it was too risky for the club to appeal, although he still felt aggrieved at the decision, and the disallowed goal James had netted from earlier in the game:

"We can't afford to take the risk, in the position that we're in, because we can't have him missing for more than four games. If it was worth the risk, then trust me, I'll take risks, and the football club would support me in that backing. But on this occasion, for the long term, and the objective of staying in the Football League, Tom is a massive part of that. We're talking a special talent with Tom and I think he's had it hard. He'd be on eight goals now. There was a disallowed goal that was perfect for me. I know that you could look at an infringment, or someone steps on someone's toe, but there was no-one in the line of the keeper, and it almost flew into the back of the net from 40 yards. I think he was frustrated. I think his timing was perhaps a little bit wrong, but I still think it stemmed back to a disallowed goal that should never have been - absolutely no chance."

Less than a minute after James was dismissed from the field of play, his manager joined him, with Fourth Official Keith Stroud reporting something that Way had said to referee Tim Robinson. The Glovers boss stated that he had not received any communication from the FA regarding the incident yet, although such cases usually take a week or two to come through, via the referee's report. Way described the incident as standing up for what he believed in, although admitted that he'd spoken to Stoke City boss Nathan Jones about his views on what he expected to happen in terms of any possible FA call-ups:

"I've spoken to previous managers that it's happened to. I've spoken to Nathan Jones today, who has probably dealt with the situation a few times. I'm making sure that I understand that situation myself. For me, I was trying to protect my player. I probably wouldn't have changed it, even now. It's the first time, where I thought my thoughts were right, because to have a goal disallowed, and to then send the same player off, for me that's unfair. You have to stand up for what you believe in. If they (the officials) are back at wherever they assess and they looked at that goal, they'd probably be disappointed at themselves that they disallowed it. You have to question yourself, in being the leader of the football club and taking the responsibility, and making sure that your actions are the right actions that have taken place. I probably wouldn't have changed what I'd done, but maybe changed what I'd said."


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7 February 2019 : Darren Way Talks About Cheltenham Town Away Team Selection
Just before Tuesday night's match against Cheltenham Town kicked off at Whaddon 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 return of Gary Warren and Stuart Nelson, and gives an update on Sessi D'Almeida's injury. Read that interview via the link below.

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


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7 February 2019 : FA Confirm Tom James Suspension
The Football Association have confirmed the length of ban that Yeovil Town defender Tom James will serve, on the assumption that the club will not launch a successful appeal against the suspension. The 22 year old will serve a four match ban, made up of three games for what is deemed as Serious Foul Play following his tackle on Alex Addai during Tuesday night's League Two match against Cheltenham Town. He will also serve an additional game on top of that, as this is his second red card of the season, having been dismissed in the opening day fixture against Bury during August 2018.

James is currently scheduled to miss all remaining February fixtures, covering Saturday's home game against Grimsby Town, followed by the away trips to Oldham Athletic and Forest Green Rovers along with the home match against Cambridge United. Assuming there are no postponements in that quartet, he would next play on March 2nd, for the home game against Morecambe.

If the club has chosen to follow through with Darren Way's post-match statement that he would be appealing against the red card, then they would have to have done so by 1.00p.m. on the Wednesday - hence it should already be in situ, assuming that is the case.

In terms of the punishment that manager Darren Way may face for his red card, in the aftermath of the James dismissal, that is unlikely to be known prior to Saturday's match against Grimsby Town, and so he should be in the dugout for that match. The system covering the introduction of yellow and red cards for Technical Area staff was only introduced this season, and so the exact punishment for dismissals is a little sketchy, but appears to follow the process for 'non-standard' incidents such as mass confrontations, tunnel incidents and media comments. The FA rules also refer to 'technical area misconduct' under this category.

The process is likely to involve Way receiving a separate FA Charge under Rule E3(1) (covering General Behaviour, including abusive or insulting words or behaviour). When Plymouth Argyle manager Derek Adams and Southend United boss Chris Powell were both sent off during their August 11th League One match, both were the subject of separate FA charges.

Powell accepted the charge, and was given an immediate one match touchline ban, effective from August 22nd. Adams denied the charge but was subsequently found guilty of the charge. He was given a two match touchline ban, which was effective from August 29th, meaning that the two managerial bans were more driven by the disciplinary process, rather than by a fixed schedule. Powell was fined £1,250, with Adams being fined £1,500. Although it was not explicit, it would seem likely that Powell's early 'guilty' plea will have seen him get a slightly lower punishment. The main thing to note however, is that it took 11 days, and 18 days respectively for their cases to be processed, meaning that even if Way is charged he is likely to get through at least the next two matches in the dugout.

UPDATE: Yeovil Town have now confirmed that they will NOT be appealing against Tuesday night's dismissal, concerning Tom James. The four match suspension will therefore stand.


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6 February 2019 : Man of the Match Voting for Cheltenham Town vs Yeovil Town
If you watched Tuesday's 1-0 defeat against Cheltenham Town at Whaddon 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 Cheltenham Town vs Yeovil Town.


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6 February 2019 : Video : Cheltenham Town vs Yeovil Town Two Minute Highlights
For those who want to view YouTube-based match highlights of Tuesday night's 1-0 defeat against Cheltenham Town at Whaddon Road, these are now online. Slightly unusually, these are shorter highlights than those posted by Sky Sports on Tuesday night, but as well as Luke Varney's winning goal, they also manage to cram in all three of Yeovil's disallowed goals, and one of Cheltenham's two that they had ruled out. There's also the footage of Tom James' red card and the immediate dismissal of manager Darren Way. Watch via the YouTube clip below.




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6 February 2019 : Darren Way's Verdict On The Cheltenham Town Away Game
Following Tuesday night's 1-0 defeat against Cheltenham Town at Whaddon Road, Yeovil Town manager Darren Way spoke to the BBC about the game. With questions from local journalist Chris Spittles, in an interview for BBC Somerset, Darren's views on the overall game, the Tom James disallowed goal and later red card, his own dismissal, and the performance of the match officials can be read via the link below.

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


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6 February 2019 : Darren Way Plans Tom James Red Card Appeal as He Blasts Referee's Performance
Yeovil Town manager Darren Way says that he will appeal against referee Tim Robinson's decision to dismiss Tom Janes from the field of play on Tuesday night at Cheltenham Town. The defender was given his second red card of the season, when he slid in on Cheltenham's Alex Addai in the 21st minute of the game, with the match official producing a straight red card for the offence.

Way told BBC Somerset after the match that his team had dominated the match 'from start to finish', despite the 1-0 defeat that materialised due to a Luke Varney goal, and blamed the referee's performance and his decision to dismiss James as having undone his side. He maintained that James had not gone in with both feet when making the tackle:

"You could see the pitch was wet. He didn't leave the ground with two feet. He's tried to make contact and obviously you're in a situation where I have to stand up and fight, and that's what my team did. They dominated from start to finish, and they had more attacks and we looked really positive. So there's one thing for sure, when you're down and around where we are, you have to look at your team, you have to grow belief from that. Sat up there from where I was watching it from, it showed we've got real good players, a good spirit and a good performance. Tactically I thought we had it spot on, but unfortunately I didn't envisage a referee's performance like that. I thought the supporters were fantastic today, from start to finish, and everything that you need to be successful when you're down and around the bottom, you need to show fight and the players showed talent and a real desire to win a football match. But we were on the wrong end of a referee's performance unfortunately."

Way questioned the recent decision-making by match officials, with a recent incident during the home match against Lincoln City raising a few eyebrows when Lincoln's Harry Toffolo somehow escaped a straight red card for a head-high tackle on Gabriel Rogers. He claimed the recent decisions against his team couldd impact the football club, and said that he would appeal against the James sending off:

"You've got to appeal for that. It was a tackle, but it could go either way. Unfortunately, I don't know what it is, and I have to ask myself the question. We've had a lot of incidents now. The Lincoln one - come on - how can that not be a sending off? It was a high lunge, and that is (a red card). It's worrying. I don't know whether they're all on the circuit talking to each other, but if they are then they have to be talking about some of the decisions that they are making, which could impact the football club. I'll take the consequences of what's thrown at me but as I've said this is continuous. I don't like using that as an excuse because you're going to get bad mistakes, but for it to be continuous. As I've said I think that it's important for me to be positive now, because my players deserve that."


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5 February 2019 : Video : Cheltenham Town vs Yeovil Town Match Highlights
For those who want to watch match highlights of Tuesday night's 2-1 defeat against Cheltenham Town, these are now available online. There is two-and-three-quarter minute's worth of Sky Sports footage linked below, that shows the disallowed Tom James goal (although the camera pan doesn't capture why the whistle blew before the ball hit the net). They also show you why James was later sent off along with manager Darren Way. On top of that you can view all four of the game's offside goals, before Luke Varney finally scores a legitimate one right at the end of the video clip. Watch via the link below.

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


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5 February 2019 : Cheltenham 1 Yeovil 0 : Varney Defeats Glovers After Double Red Card Incident
Yeovil Town went down to a single goal defeat for the second time in three days after a Luke Varney goal divided the two sides at Whaddon Road. The 1-0 defeat against Cheltenham Town hid the amount of first half drama behind the match, with Tom James having a free kick goal ruled out for a foul inside the box, before picking up his second red card of the season for a straight foul. In the aftermath, manager Darren Way was also given a red card, leaving Paul Terry in charge of the fixture. That didn't stop the drama with Alex Fisher and Varney both having two goals each chalked off for offside, leading to plenty of views exchanged between the two dugouts. The defeat leaves Yeovil stuck in 21st place, having now used up their games in hand on most of their rivals, and three points off the relegation spots.

The Glovers went into the match making two changes to their starting line-up from the team that featured at Stevenage. Sessi D'Almeida's shoulder injury means he is expected to be out for a couple of weeks, and his position in the park was taken by Tom James, with Gary Warren returning as captain following his groin problems. The other change saw Stuart Nelson preferred to Nathan Baxter as a tactical switch. In the opposition line-up, Ben Tozer captained the Cheltenham team as Scott Flinders played in goal, with Kevin Dawson on the bench.

Yeovil started brightly and on the whole dominated the opening 20 minutes. Jake Gray opened things up with a fairly tame shot into Flinders' arms. There was then the game's first controversial moment, with Tom James lining up a free kick. His shot took flight in the wind past Flinders into the back of the net. But like Saturday's strike at Stevenage, it was to be chalked off, with the match referee Tim Robinson signalling for a foul somewhere inside the box.

James then fired another free kick over the bar, with Jake Gray also missing the target from outside the box. Cheltenham had done very little bar a looping Ben Tozer header which Stuart Nelson easily claimed. Then just 21 minutes into the half, the game's second contentious incident occurred. Tom James slid in on Alex Addai on the corner of the area, wiping the player out, and referee Tim Robinson deemed the tackle to be out of control, producing a straight red card, for James' second dismissal of the season. In the aftermath, manager Darren Way was also dismissed from the dugouts for his protests.

It was then the home side's turn to get the ball in the back of the net, as Luke Varney converted a Ryan Broom cross, but the linesman's flag went up to rule it out for offside. Then Alex Fisher twice got the ball in the back of the net in quick succession, with the second coming from a clever Rhys Browne move, but once again the linesman's flag was raised, meaning that the net had rippled four times, but the scoreline was still 0-0.

No surprise that the game was getting a bit niggly and frustrated. Cheltenham did very little before the break despite the man advantage, with Ryan Broom putting the ball over the bar just as the half time whistle blew, but they were showing nothing to suggest they had a man advantage. That might have been in home boss Michael Duff's mind when he chose to bring on substitute Kevin Dawson, switching his side to a flat back four for the second period.

Chris Clements opened the second half by firing a shot from outside the box that went wide before we had the fifth disallowed goal of the half. Luke Varney looked a little sheepish as he tapped the ball into the net, knowing that the linesman's flag had already gone up, but by now it was "3-2 to Yeovil" yet still 0-0 on the scoreboard. Once again, the game had a bit of a tetchy feel to it as Matt Worthington and Adel Gafaiti were quickly booked for kicking the ball away.

On the hour mark, came the goal. Ryan Broom put a ball into the box, that was half cleared by the Yeovil defence. On the edge of the box, Luke Varney connected with a looping volley that flew past Stuart Nelson for the 1-0 lead that Cheltenham had struggled to get up until that point. But it was to allow them far more room in the final half hour, with Rakim Bingham almost grabbing a second straight from kick-off as the Yeovil defence fell asleep, allowing him to break through, with only Nelson's legs denying him.

Yeovil needed to apply some pressure, and eventually introduced Yoann Arquin, Tristan Abrahams and Courtney Duffus as substitutes to freshen up the front line. But they were woefully short of being able to create clearcut chances. For all of the possession and territory they got, Cheltenham only needed to break on them for further chances to fall to Luke Varney which went wide, and another Rakim Bingham break that saw him shoot from the edge of the box.

For all of the throw-ins, touchline passes, and moves across the face of the Cheltenham box, Yeovil couldn't muster a proper second half shot, with Cheltenham's defence easily blocking out those final balls into the box. The final chance of the night fell instead to Jacob Maddox, who forced Stuart Nelson into another save, with Cheltenham looking a bit too comfortable during six minutes of injury time to look like they were going to relinquish their lead. The man deficit wouldn't have helped them, but once again Yeovil lacked creativity, and they end the evening in 21st place, three points from the drop, but significantly, those much talked about games in hand are now completely used up on their rivals, with no gain to their position.

Link: 2018-19 Latest League Two Table.

Final Score: Cheltenham Town 1 Yeovil Town 0.

Scorers: Luke Varney (1-0, 59 mins)

Cheltenham Town:
1 Scott Flinders
23 Jordan Forster 4 Ben Tozer 24 Charlie Raglan
11 Ryan Broom 25 Jordan Tillson 26 Chris Clements 3 Chris Hussey
20 Jacob Maddox
16 Alex Addai 32 Luke Varney

Substitutes:
22 Rhys Lovett (GK) 7 Conor Thomas (90 mins for Chris Clements) 8 Kevin Dawson (46 mins for Jordan Forster) 9 Immanuelson Duku 21 Billy Waters 27 Rakish Bingham (38 mins for Alex Addai) 28 Cameron Pring

Yeovil Town:
1. Stuart Nelson
24. Craig Alcock 4. Gary Warren (Capt) 2. Adel Gafaiti 3. Carl Dickinson
10. Jake Gray 8. Matt Worthington 23. Tom James
7. Rhys Browne 9. Alex Fisher 25. Alex Dobre

Substitutes:
12. Nathan Baxter (GK) 5. Bevis Mugabi 11. Courtney Duffus (79 mins for Alex Fisher) 15. Gabriel Rogers 16. Tristan Abrahams (72 mins for Rhys Browne) 18. Yoann Arquin (75 mins for Alex Dobre) 27. Ryan Seager

Cheltenham Town Bookings: Rakish Bingham (foul, 44 mins), Jacob Maddox (foul, 56 mins)

Yeovil Bookings: Matt Worthington (kicking ball away, 52 mins), Adel Gafaiti (kicking ball away, 55 mins). Red Card: Tom James (serious foul play, 21 mins), Darren Way (language, 21 mins)

Cheltenham Town Match Statistics: Possession: 55%; Shots: 13; Shots On Target: 4; Corners: 1; Fouls: 8.

Yeovil Match Statistics: Possession: 45%; Shots: 5; Shots On Target: 2; Corners: 3; Fouls: 13.

Referee: Tim Robinson (West Sussex) Assistants: Andrew Fox (Coventry) and Mark Jones. Fourth Official: Keith Stroud (Hampshire).

Attendance: 2,457 (with 200 Yeovil Town supporters)


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5 February 2019 : Team News For Cheltenham Town vs Yeovil Town
Yeovil Town have named their starting line-up for this evening's League Two match against Cheltenham Town at Whaddon Road. The match sees the Glovers name two changes to their starting line-up, compared to the game against Stevenage on Saturday.

Midfielder Sessi D'Almeida injured his shoulder on Saturday and so drops out of the side. He is replaced by captain Gary Warren, with that implying that Tom James will move back into midfield for this fixture. There's also a change between the sticks, with Stuart Nelson recalled to the side in favour of Nathan Baxter.

Omar Sowunmi (ankle) was injured during the September 2018 match against Milton Keynes and he is now back to running, albeit without any competitive tackling or serious ball work involved. Josh Grant (foot) and Alex Pattison (back) are the other absentees. Francois Zoko, Alefe Santos and Daniel Ojo are presumed fit but are not selected.

The team this evening lines up as follows:

Yeovil Town:
1. Stuart Nelson
24. Craig Alcock 4. Gary Warren (Capt) 2. Adel Gafaiti 3. Carl Dickinson
10. Jake Gray 8. Matt Worthington 23. Tom James
7. Rhys Browne 9. Alex Fisher 25. Alex Dobre

Substitutes:
12. Nathan Baxter (GK) 5. Bevis Mugabi 11. Courtney Duffus 15. Gabriel Rogers 16. Tristan Abrahams 18. Yoann Arquin 27. Ryan Seager

Cheltenham Town:
1 Scott Flinders
23 Jordan Forster 4 Ben Tozer 24 Charlie Raglan
11 Ryan Broom 25 Jordan Tillson 26 Chris Clements 3 Chris Hussey
20 Jacob Maddox
16 Alex Addai 32 Luke Varney

Substitutes:
7 Conor Thomas 8 Kevin Dawson 9 Immanuelson Duku 21 Billy Waters 22 Rhys Lovett 27 Rakish Bingham 28 Cameron Pring


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5 February 2019 : Fisher Wanting To Get Breathing Space On Bottom Pair In Whaddon Road Clash
Yeovil Town striker Alex Fisher has said that he is aware that Tuesday night's match against Cheltenham Town is a big game in terms of his side's season. When the Glovers chose to call off the trip to Whaddon Road due to international call-ups back in October 2018, they were above their opponents in a relatively comfortable mid-table position, with the Robins struggling near the bottom following a slow start to the 2018-19 season.

During the four months that have passed, the two clubs have swapped positions, as they look to play the game in hand that they have over the majority of their rivals in the lower half of the division. Yeovil do have an incentive tonight, as they know that victory would see them leapfrog their hosts, although from Cheltenham's point of view a win could give them an eight point buffer between themselves and the bottom two. As such, Fisher has told BBC Somerset that he knows the game has extra significance. However, he adds that it is important the team focus on their own game:

"In the context of the season, we're all very aware that it's a big game. But at the same time it's very easy to maybe focus too much on things you can't control. So we've been very specific with our preparation, in terms that we just want to focus on our performance and see what we can get out of the game. Obviously we would like to have a bit more breathing space between the teams below us, and that would bring Cheltenham right back into it as well. First and foremost we've got to make sure that we stick to our game plan."

One of the matches that allowed Cheltenham to climb away from relegation danger came at Yeovil Town's expense. The 1-4 defeat on New Year's Day was the Glovers' worst defeat of the season. Fisher believes that the game may pan out rather differently in terms of the shape of the Whaddon Road pitch, and with Yeovil players having it in their minds where they went wrong at the start of January:

"Having not been too long ago, it's quite fresh in the memory. Sometimes it's quite good to play a team soon after, because you remember a lot about the players that you came up against and the way that they play. Games can be very different at the same time, in League Two. I think their pitch is relatively small, whereas ours is quite big, so the structure of the match might be a little bit different. But it will be nice to get straight back into a game following Saturday's defeat. We're chomping at the bit to get started."

Fisher has suffered a bit of a goal drought over the last three months, with his last strike coming during the November FA Cup match against Stockport County, with his last goal in League Two coming on October 23rd against Crewe Alexandra. The striker says he is aware of that gap, but feels he's still getting into the right positions in the penalty area, to enable that situation to change:

"As a striker, you're always aware if you haven't notched in a few games, but the main thing is if you're in the right place and you're getting chances, that's the first and foremost thing. I feel like I've been getting myself into dangerous positions, but there's a few times where the ball either hasn't fallen to me, or fallen into the box. But it's one of those where if you focus too much on things that are outside your control it's easy to get into a bit of a rut."

One possibility tonight is that Fisher may find himself either on the bench, or partnering new personnel. The final week in January saw the club recruit Ryan Seager on a permanent deal along with Courtney Duffus. In addition, Tristan Abrahams is a Norwich City loanee who has yet to get onto the pitch. Fisher recognises that there will be plenty of pressure on the strikers from now on, to perform:

"It's a chance now for a lot of people to try to stake a claim for the position. They know that just putting in an okay performance isn't necessarily good enough. There's a lot of competition up front, and it's something where you've got to learn to play under the pressure, not only of the league but of the internal pressures that are placed from the manager. He's made a statement of what he's tried to put into place, and it's up to us, who are playing, to respond to that."


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5 February 2019 : Craig Alcock Talks About The Stevenage Away Game
Following Saturday afternoon's 1-0 defeat against Stevenage at Broadhall Way, Yeovil Town right-back Craig Alcock spoke to the BBC about the game. With questions from local journalist Chris Spittles, in an interview for BBC Somerset, Craig speaks about his return to the club, shortly after leaving Cheltenham Town - who he'll have a quick return to for Tuesday night's match. Read that interview via the link below.

Link: Craig Alcock Speaks To The BBC After The 1-0 Defeat Against Stevenage.


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5 February 2019 : Saturday's BBC Local Radio Feature On The Club's Prospective Takeover
Whilst Yeovil Town supporters are currently waiting to see if the club's current takeover bid can reach fruition, BBC local radio have been discussing how that might affect the club. On Saturday, prior to the League Two match against Stevenage, Saturday Sport presenter Richard Hoskin and regular BBC Somerset commentator Chris Spittles had a pre-match chat live on air about how the takeover is progressing and where it might take the club.

Whilst little is officially known, other than the club's brief statement last Wednesday, if you missed the broadcast on Saturday's radio coverage, you can read what was said below:

RH: What more, if anything, can you add since Tuesday?

CS: We're still going through the process with the Football League and with the Football Association, exactly as I said. It's an American Investor that is interested. I understand the finances have been sorted between this investor and Norman Hayward, Yeovil Town's majority shareholder, and it's just a wait-and-see. There's no alarm because you look at other takeovers that have happened at other clubs, and they do now have to go through this Fit and Proper Persons Test. They have to look into the investor's background, their finances, and they have to make sure they are the type of person they want running and owning a football club in the Football League.

RH: I noticed that Yeovil fans on Twitter Town in particular have a few questions still. How much money would this investor have, and how owns the land around Huish Park should the takeover happen?

CS: Yes, well they're both very interesting questions. First of all, I understand that the investor coming in to make sure that Yeovil Town have a competitive squad in League Two, and hopefully long term can get them back up into League One. I think if we're honest, if Yeovil Town are competing in League One, that's a very good standard for a club of their size. The one season in the Championship really was amazing, but I don't think you can expect Yeovil to regularly be there. So in terms of finances, I'm led to believe that he thinks he's got enough money. What is enough money in football these days? The land issue is so complicated, and only really one person can answer that, and that is Norman Hayward. He's the man that has to part with the shares in the football club. He also owns the Holding Company, and we need to ask those questions to the new investor once he comes in. I wouldn't rule out that Norman Hayward might retain a slice of any future profit should the land around the ground be developed. I wouldn't imagine that it would be a big slice, but let's be honest that is still a long long time away. The covenants and all the legal wrangles tied up in the land is a question massively for in the future, and I'm not even sure we'll get a straight answer once the new investor does take over.

RH: Now it's easy to criticise, and boy have we criticised Yeovil this season, but it was a very good transfer window at Huish Park, wasn't it?

CS: Yes, they've given it a go. Mark Palmer, the club advisor, is working with Darren Way, and with Neal Marmon, the new coach, as well. And the new investor has been involved, and I think we were all surprised at the number of players that Yeovil have brought in. They've realised the problem. Darren Way and all of us know the problem - Yeovil Town are not scoring enough goals. So to bring in three strikers this week, and they've also signed Alex Dobre, who looks a talent going forward. They've really gone for it. They've done everything that they can squad-wise and player recruitment-wise, to try to make sure they stay in League Two, to make sure they maintain their Football League status. Now these players have got to go and do the business on the pitch.

RH: I think they've got 24 contracted players, so not everyone is going to be happy and not everyone is going to get a game.

CS: No, as I was driving here, I was trying to work out who the players would be who would get left out. Well Alefe Santos and Francois Zoko are the two fit players who are here today and not involved in the eighteen. So immediate question marks over them. Josh Grant, Gary Warren and Alex Pattison are all injured. They are players who will come into the mix of course. Omar Sowunmi should be back within the month as well. So you're absolutely right, we'll find out which players Darren Way really wants to retain and keep. At the moment Francois Zoko out of contract in the summer, and likewise Alefe Santos, it's a long way back for them when they can't even make the eighteen man squad on a matchday.


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5 February 2019 : Officials For Cheltenham Town vs Yeovil Town
Officials for the League Two match between Cheltenham Town and Yeovil Town have been published by the Football League. The match takes place at Whaddon Road on Tuesday 5th February 2019, with a 7.45p.m. kick-off. The man in charge of the fixture will be referee Tim Robinson (West Sussex). He was promoted to the Football League's referees list in the summer of 2012 and we've now had him six times as a referee. He's been placed on the PGMO Select Group 2 list since the start of the 2016-17 season - a set of fully professional officials that now largely take charge of Championship level fixtures. All four of the Tuesday night officials have come from this list.

The first time we saw him was for the November 2012 home match against Hartlepool United which we won 1-0. He produced four yellow cards on the day - one against ourselves and three against the visitors. We were relatively happy with his performance, although the visitors may hold different opinion. He can't be blamed too much for Antony Sweeney's second half goal being chalked off for an offside flag, but Hartlepool were furious when he denied them a penalty midway through the second half when Byron Webster blocked a header with his arm. Ball-to-hand ruled Mr Robinson.

He was present for the March 2013 home game against Walsall. Normally booking-free games get the thumbs up from most football supporters, but on this occasion we felt his 'hands off' approach was a little bit too extreme. We had two strong penalty shouts during the match, as James Hayter appeared to be fouled, quickly followed by Dan Burn getting wrestled to the floor. On both occasions, no decision was given, leaving manager Gary Johnson feeling that he was too inexperienced as an official to cope with what was a crucial fixture:

"He was seeing little pushes and was blowing up for pushes from a corner, but he wasn't seeing the major decisions. The referee has got to find whatever level he's at as well. The assessors have got to find out whether these first year lads that are just coming into the game can handle the big game. That's what they have to decide and we don't have a say in it. They say that we do, but we don't."

This theme somewhat repeated itself for the August 2013 match against Birmingham City - the Championship match that saw the game settled by a Dan Seaborne own goal. Although he eventually went on to book six players, his performance earlier on in the match was rather frustrating. Birmingham were one of these sides that regularly fouled their opponents, and Mr Robinson tried to opt for finger-wags, calling their captain over, and issuing last warnings to avoid dishing out yellow cards. His problem was that even after those last warnings, he continued to dish out 'last last' warnings instead of putting his foot down, and that led to the match getting a bit heated and fraught at times.

He was much better for our April 2015 home match against Sheffield United, that gave Paul Sturrock his first win as the new Yeovil Town manager. A Stephen Arthurworrey goal won the match for the Glovers, and overall the official took a back seat in the game. We can't recall it, but with us running the ball into the corner flags during second half injury time, the 90th minute booking for Josh Sheehan for timewasting looks suspiciously justified! The Sheffield Star gave him a 7/10 mark - judging by their player marks, that suggested they were happy with his performance as well.

He was then present for the September 2015 Football League Trophy tie against Barnet at Huish Park. This was a low key game of oddness - a match that Yeovil won without having a single shot on target, with an own goal settling the game. Despite the often pedestrian nature of the tie, Mr Robinson managed to produce six bookings on the night. Nothing controversial, but for a game where nothing really happened, we're not sure how he clocked up that many.

There are far more vivid memories of the January 2016 meeting that involved Mr Robinson. This was the FA Cup Second Round Replay against Carlisle United at Huish Park. Across the night we saw eight yellow cards and two red cards in a rather bad-tempered match, which we felt he was losing control of even by the end of the first half.

His big moment came in the 80th minute when he judged Jabo Ibehre's spot of WWF 'clotheslining' of Artur Krysiak to be worthy only of a yellow card - that bit of video footage flew around the world on social media after the game, in disbelief that somehow Ibehre had stayed on the pitch. Robinson's grip on the game later went entirely when Alex Lacey and Luke Joyce were dismissed in separate incidents that were far less worthy of note - needless to say, the referee was hammered by the media after the game, and deservedly so.

The most recent game was the Boxing Day 2016 home match against Exeter City. The match finished in a 0-0 draw, with his major decision coming from a handball by Exeter's Jordan Moore-Taylor inside the box. No penalty was given with probably the close range nature of the shot giving him the benefit of the doubt. Overall, we had a bit of a quibble about the number of bookings, with six players picking up yellows in what was a good-natured game.

Mr Robinson will be assisted by Andrew Fox (Coventry) and Mark Jones. The Fourth Official will be Keith Stroud (Hampshire).

Link: November 2012 : Yeovil Town 1 Hartlepool United 0.

Link: March 2013 : Yeovil Town 0 Walsall 0.

Link: August 2013 : Yeovil Town 0 Birmingham City 1.

Link: April 2015 : Yeovil Town 1 Sheffield United 0.

Link: September 2015 : Yeovil Town 1 Barnet 0.

Link: January 2016 : Yeovil Town 1 Carlisle United 1 (Carlisle won 5-4 on penalties).

Link: December 2016 : Yeovil Town 0 Exeter City 0.


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5 February 2019 : Yeovil Town Defender Nominated For Player Of The Month Award
Yeovil Town defender Tom James has been nominated for the Leaague Two Player Of The Month. The nominations for January 2019 have been made by the Football League, and see the versatile player named during a month that saw him score goals against Cheltenham Town and Notts County. The month saw him play a variety of positions, including right-back, a holding midfield role, and also central defence.

The Football League say the following about his nomination:

Tom James (Yeovil Town) – central defender
The classy youngster could have moved on from Huish Park by now, but while he stays, Yeovil have a player who can impact both end of the pitch. He helped to preserve two clean sheets and scored two of Yeovil’s four January goals.

Tom has been nominated alongside players from Forest Green Rovers, Carlisle United and Bury. Their nominations are as follows:

Christian Doidge (Forest Green Rovers) - striker
It is hard to overstate the mental turmoil and self-doubt Doidge must have felt when he was sent back from Bolton this month. Instead of moping, he responded with dignity, commitment and three goals in four starts.

Hallam Hope (Carlisle United) - striker
Carlisle’s surge up the League Two table can be attributed in large part to Hope’s stellar form. Mobile and quick, he possesses the attributes defenders hate, cutting in from the left. Scored three goals and claimed an assist.

Jay O'Shea (Bury) – midfielder
Having the goalscoring season of his life. Five more came in January and all but one either equalised or gave Bury the lead. All kinds, too, from a lovely driving run and shot at Forest Green to a low fizzer against Lincoln.

All Player Of The Month and Manager Of The Month awards are announced on Friday morning.


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4 February 2019 : Ciderspace Guide To Cheltenham Town
On Tuesday evening, Yeovil Town hit the road for a League Two match. The sight of Whaddon Road and Cheltenham Town should be a familiar one for many fans - find ticketing, parking, directions, club statistics and a pub guide via the following link.

Link: Ciderspace Guide To Cheltenham Town.

Link: Ticketing For Cheltenham Town vs Yeovil Town.

Link: GWSC Travel For Cheltenham Town vs Yeovil Town.

The redeveloped Whaddon Road End for away supporters - an all-seater stand holding 1,100
The redeveloped Whaddon Road End for away supporters - an all-seater stand holding 1,100.



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4 February 2019 : Glovers Trust Interview About Glovers Takeover Developments
Late last week, the revelation that club had been approached by an external investor was confirmed by Yeovil Town, in a short statement. On the back of that, and associated internet rumours, the Glovers Trust gave an interview to BBC Somerset about the developments. With questions from Breakfast show host Claire Carter, Trust Chairman Stuart Burrell gave his views on the situation, and what it might mean for the club. Read the interview via the link below.

Link: Glovers Trust Chairman Stuart Burrell Speaks To The BBC About The American Consortium.


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4 February 2019 : Wigan Athletic Linked With Tom James Despite Transfer Window Closure
Serial clickbaiters HITC have this morning run an article connecting Yeovil Town defender Tom James with a move to Championship side Wigan Athletic. Despite the January Transfer window having closed just four days ago, they are now commencing their Summer Transfer window rumours with a claim that the defender is the subject of interest, claiming that they tried to sign him during January without success, and will now try to lure him in the summer..

They claim that the information comes from "sources close to the club" although don't make clear whether this has come from the Yeovil end or the Wigan end. The month of January was a fairly quiet one in terms of rumours, although predictably HITC did run a very generic story claiming that James was the subject of interest from "several Championship clubs", although this didn't materialise into anything of note.

This has been a long running saga, mainly through HITC, where they've written in excess of 40 articles on Tom James over the last year or so, with only West Bromwich Albion's August 2018 bid of £400,000 actually reaching the point where both clubs reached an agreement on a fee. That deal ultimately fell through and there was no sign of any concrete offers for James during January 2019.

The one thing we can be certain on, is that nothing substantial will take place until May 2019. At that point there is a slight question mark in that the contract Tom James signed in January 2018 was publicised by the club as running out in June 2019. However, more recent reports via reporter Chris Spittles and from BBC Radio Bristol's sport team believe that James is under contract until June 2020. If that is confirmed, then the club would still be able to refuse bids from any interested club.


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4 February 2019 : Darren Way Talks About Stevenage Away Team Selection
Just before Saturday afternoon's League Two match against Stevenage 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 talks about the arrival of Craig Alcock, and the recruitment of three new strikers. He also explains the absence of Francois Zoko. Read that interview via the link below.

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


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3 February 2019 : Video : Stevenage vs Yeovil Town Two Minute Highlights
For those who want to view extended highlights of Yeovil Town's 1-0 defeat against Stevenage at Broadhall Way, these are now available online. There is two minutes worth of YouTube-based footage that shows the winning goal from Alex Revell that divided the two teams. There's also footage showing second half chances for Rhys Browne and Tom James, whilst they also show the James 'goal' that was disallowed, reportedly due to Alex Fisher interfering with play as the ball went into the box. Watch via the YouTube clip below.




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3 February 2019 : Henry Heads To Essex After Glovers Release
Former Yeovil Town striker Korrey Henry has found himself a new club. The West Ham United Academy graduate had been released by the Glovers two days ago, by mutual consent, with his one year contract brought to an end. The 19 year old has now signed a contract with National League side Braintree Town, which will take him a bit closer to his old home.

As yet, Braintree haven't specified his length of contract at Cressing Road. He'll join an Essex side that features former Yeovil Town Academy striker Callum Morton, who is on loan from West Bromwich Albion, and also former winger Iffy Allen, who signed for them two weeks ago.

Braintree are currently bottom of the National League, and nine points short of safety. However, they did show some signs of hope in their last home match, when they thrashed Barnet 4-0, with Callum Morton bagging a hat-trick, whilst Iffy Allen grabbed the fourth.

Henry's time at Huish Park saw him significantly limited in terms of first team competitive action. He made five appearances for the club, all from the bench, with three of those coming during the first half of August. After being sent out on loan to Poole Town, where he scored four goals in three appearances before being recalled, he only played a further 12 minutes for the club, and did not feature on a teamsheet from November 24th onwards.


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2 February 2019 : Darren Way's Verdict On The Stevenage Away Game
Following Saturday afternoon's 1-0 defeat against Stevenage 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 match, Sessi D'Almeida's injury, and the disallowed goal from Tom James. Read that interview via the link below.

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


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2 February 2019 : Video : Stevenage vs Yeovil Town Match Highlights
For those who want to watch match highlights of Saturday afternoon's 1-0 defeat against Stevenage, these are now available online. There is one minute's worth of Sky Sports footage linked below, that shows Alex Revell's winning goal, as well as an early effort for Alex Dobre that went wide of the target, along with numerous other Stevenage efforts. Unfortunately they don't show Tom James's disallowed goal so we can't judge that one yet. Watch via the link below.

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


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2 February 2019 : Darren Way Feels Glovers Were Punished For Disallowed James Goal
Yeovil Town manager Darren Way claimed that his side's goal against Stevenage should have stood, feeling that his side was punished by the linesman. The match officials chalked off a free kick from Tom James in the 57th minute of the game, when James put a ball into the box on the angle, that flew through a crowd of players and into the back of the net.

Referee John Busby consulted with his linesman when the flag went up and ruled that striker Alex Fisher was interfering with play. Thus after celebrations were cut short, the goal was chalked off, with Stevenage going on to win the match through an Alex Revell goal eighteen minutes from time. Way told BBC Somerset that he saw the goal as being the same as the winning strike James scored against Carlisle United in October, that saw the ball deflect into the net off a Cumbrian defender, and believed it should have been allowed to stand:

"They said he (Alex Fisher) was stood in an offside position. But he wasn't in the line of the goalkeeper and he didn't get a touch. It was no different from our goal against Carlisle. That's what Tom James does really well in that wide area. He makes good contact with the ball, it's on target and the keeper's position was wrong, and we find ourselves punished. But to go down the other end in a short space of time and concede like we did, we were disappointed with that."

Revell's goal ultimately separated the two sides, with the Glovers often looking toothless in terms of their attempts to get back into the game. However, Way said he was frustrated with his side's defending for the goal, and wanted his team to concentrate more on keeping clean sheets in order to come out with at least a point from the game:

"We keep saying it every week, how tight the games are. Clean sheets are very important for us. Whenever we've come off the back of a good result we've kept clean sheets. We thought their goal was disappointing defending. The cross came in too easily, and we didn't stay with our runner. We found ourselves 1-0 down after having some good chances, and a goal disallowed which I've looked at and there was nothing wrong with it. It was almost identical to the Carlisle goal, but unfortunately the linesman has got involved. He didn't have a lot to do today, so I think he's decided to make that call. I don't think it was the referee. We find ourselves not being allowed to have that goal. They go down, and I don't know how quick in succession that was, but we were disappointed with our defending on that goal."

Way reported that Sessi D'Almeida suffered a shoulder injury during this afternoon's game, and is expected to go for a scan to assess the severity of the injury.


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2 February 2019 : Man of the Match Voting for Stevenage vs Yeovil Town
If you watched Saturday's 1-0 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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2 February 2019 : Stevenage 1 Yeovil 0 : Revell Seals Points In Inert Glovers Display
A single goal from Alex Revell was enough to see Yeovil Town fall to defeat against Stevenage at Broadhall Way on Saturday afternoon. The hosts won the match 18 minutes from time when Jordan Gibson's cross from the right found Revell at the near post to give them all three points. Yeovil struggled to create clear-cut chances, although did have a Tom James free kick ruled out for offside when his angled cross evaded everyone inside the box, only for the linesman's flag to go up due to a Glovers player in an offside position. They remain just three points off the relegation spots, in 21st place, on a weekend where five League Two matches failed to take place due to the icy conditions.

The Glovers went into the match making five changes to their starting line-up, although despite the busy final week in the January transfer window, none of them were debuts. The only 'new' boy was an old one, with Craig Alcock coming in for Joshua Grant who had a bruised foot. Adel Gafaiti had recovered from a head injury to displace Bevis Mugabi, whilst a groin injury meant captain Gary Warren dropped out, with Tom James dropping into the back four to replace him. Matt Worthington took the holding midfield slot. Rhys Browne was brought in for Yoann Arquin, whilst Alex Fisher started up front in place of Francois Zoko, who was not on the teamsheet against his former side.

The match opened up slowly, but the first chance fell to Bournemouth loanee Alex Dobre, whose angled shot from the left flank flashed a couple of yards wide for the Glovers. On the other flank, Jake Gray forced Stevenage keeper Paul Farman into a smart stop at his near post. However, Stevenage created the game's first big chance when a Michael Timlin shot was flicked on by Kurtis Guthrie, with Nathan Baxter having to produce a brilliant one-handed save to palm the ball away for a corner.

The flow of a low-tempo half was not helped by Sessi D'Almeida going down injured after a full-blooded challenge by Johnny Hunt. The Yeovil midfielder appeared to land on his shoulder and after lengthy treatment on the sidelines, he was forced to retire, with Bevis Mugabi replacing him, meaning that Tom James moved into the midfield berth. That really didn't seem to suit Yeovil, as it meant they had two defensive midfielders on the pitch, whilst there was a tendancy for Alex Dobre and Rhys Browne to drop back into midfield positions, leaving Alex Fisher very isolated in what was in reality a 4-5-1.

Stevenage were the team forcing the initiative, with Alex Revell heading wide at the near post from a free kick. Then Johnny Hunt struck the woodwork from close range after he got free inside the box - not something that would have counted, given a linesman's flag went up, but a warning of how the home team were dominating. Ilias Chair's curling free kick over the wall was palmed away by Nathan Baxter, leading to a goalmouth scramble that saw Adel Gafaiti have to put in a block, before Baxter finally dropped to the floor to put his body over the ball. There was also a nasty moment just before the break when Carl Dickinson lost his bearings, trying a back header to Baxter, that instead went way beyond the keeper, but mercifully the ball dropped wide of the post.

The second period opened up with Tom James having a shot from distance, but one that Paul Farman was able to easily gather. However, James was then involved in a disallowed goal, that will need much replaying on the video. As he stepped up to take a free kick on the angle, his ball into the box looked to be aimed as a cross to the back post, but with bodies going across the ball, it did enough to fool Farman and for the ball to go direct into the back of the net. As Yeovil celebrated, up went a linesman's flag though, and after a brief discussion, it was ruled out for offside, presumably due to a Glovers player either interfering with play by moving across the keeper's line - there didn't appear to be a touch on the way through.

Rhys Browne showed a few nice twists and turns before his shot forced Farman to punch the ball away, and the same player got in another shot shortly after. Yeovil were playing with a bit more attacking prowess in the second period, having stuck numbers heavily behind the ball in the first period, but equally that was giving Stevenage gaps to exploit.

With just eighteen minutes remaining, they did just that. Substitute Jordan Gibson got space down the right flank, and his ball into the box was converted at the near post by Alex Revell, who ran off to the East Terrace in celebration at their breakthrough. 1-0 down and Yeovil would have to change their outlook ... something that was done straight from kick-off, as Courtney Duffus was introduced for his debut, as Matt Worthington came on, giving the Glovers a 4-4-2 formation that their lack of width up until that point that probably needed.

That 4-4-2 didn't last long though, with Ryan Seager being introduced as time ran out, with a 4-3-1-2 seeing the former Southampton man playing behind the two main strikers. Tom James seemed to be the only attacking outlet as in the final ten minutes, he tried a Dolanesque run through midfield and shot that Farman saved low to his left. James then tried a free kick from 25 yards out but it cleared the crossbar on the way through.

The frustration was that even at a goal down, Yeovil created little in the closing stages to threaten an equalising goal. There was no great final burst to throw men forward, and Stevenage finished the match very comfortably, keeping the ball in Yeovil's half, and finishing most of the three minutes of injury time 70 yards away from their goal. It meant the final whistle blew in muted circumstances from the travelling away end's point of view. A club takeover may be in sight, but for the problems faced on the field of play, not too much has changed. Bar the offside goal, Yeovil created little, and ended the day in 21st place, and must be thankful that Macclesfield Town were unable to capitalise on the day.

Link: 2018-19 Latest League Two Table.

Final Score: Stevenage 1 Yeovil Town 0.

Scorers: Alex Revell (72 mins, 1-0)

Stevenage:
1 Paul Farman
2 Luther Wildin 5 Scott Cuthbert 31 Ben Nugent 3 Johnny Hunt
24 Moses Makasi 4 Michael Timlin 8 Joel Byrom 12 Ilias Chair
9 Alex Revell 28 Kurtis Guthrie

Substitutes:
16 Arthur Iontton (80 mins for Alex Revell) 23 Jordan Gibson (61 mins for Moses Makasi) 25 Ronnie Henry (87 mins for Joel Byrom) 27 Oliver Byrne 30 Luke Wilkinson 35 Callum Dyson 36 Elijah Adebayo

Yeovil Town:
12. Nathan Baxter
24. Craig Alcock 23. Tom James 2. Adel Gafaiti 3. Carl Dickinson (Capt)
10. Jake Gray 8. Matt Worthington 20. Sessi D'Almeida
7. Rhys Browne 9. Alex Fisher 25. Alex Dobre

Substitutes:
1. Stuart Nelson (GK) 5. Bevis Mugabi (17 mins for Sessi D'Almeida) 11. Courtney Duffus (73 mins for Matt Worthington) 15. Gabriel Rogers 16. Tristan Abrahams 18. Yoann Arquin 27. Ryan Seager (80 mins for Rhys Browne)

Stevenage Bookings: None

Yeovil Bookings: None

Stevenage Match Statistics: Possession: 56%; Shots: 14; Shots On Target: 6; Corners: 7; Fouls: 11.

Yeovil Match Statistics: Possession: 46%; Shots: 11; Shots On Target: 5; Corners: 2; Fouls: 9.

Referee: John Busby (Oxfordshire). Assistants: Paul Yates (Kent) and Declan Ford (Lincolnshire). Fourth Official: Adrian Tranter (Dorset).

Attendance: 2,157 (with 171 Yeovil Town supporters)


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2 February 2019 : Team News For Stevenage vs Yeovil Town
Yeovil Town have named their starting line-up for this afternoon's League Two match against Stevenage at Broadhall Way. The match sees the Glovers name five changes to their starting line-up, compared to the game against Lincoln City ten days ago. Defender Adel Gafaiti has recovered from his head injury and replaces Bevis Mugabi. Captain Gary Warren sits this game out which we presume means Tom James is in the back four. Given Craig Alcock replaces Josh Grant - we assume that means James is a centre-back today.

Further up the field, Rhys Browne comes into the side, with Yoann Arquin dropping out. Matt Worthington takes the role that Tom James has been performing in the last few games. Up front Alex Fisher comes in as Francois Zoko drops out of the squad entirely.

Omar Sowunmi (ankle) was injured during the September 2018 match against Milton Keynes and he is now back to running, albeit without any competitive tackling or serious ball work involved. Gary Warren (groin), Josh Grant and Alex Pattison (back) are the other absentees. Francois Zoko, Alefe Santos and Daniel Ojo are presumed fit but are not selected.

Midfielder James Bailey and striker Korrey Henry have both left the club by mutual consent, with neither being part of recent teamsheets.

The team this afternoon lines up as follows:

Yeovil Town:
12. Nathan Baxter
24. Craig Alcock 23. Tom James 2. Adel Gafaiti 3. Carl Dickinson (Capt)
10. Jake Gray 8. Matt Worthington 20. Sessi D'Almeida
7. Rhys Browne 9. Alex Fisher 25. Alex Dobre

Substitutes:
1. Stuart Nelson (GK) 5. Bevis Mugabi 11. Courtney Duffus 15. Gabriel Rogers 16. Tristan Abrahams 18. Yoann Arquin 27. Ryan Seager


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2 February 2019 : Officials For Stevenage vs Yeovil Town
Officials for the League Two match between Stevenage and Yeovil Town have been announced by the Football League. The match takes place on Saturday 2nd February 2019, with a 3.00p.m. kick-off at Broadhall Way. The man in charge of the fixture will be referee John Busby (Oxfordshire).

We've had him on five occasions before. Three of those were during the 2016-17 season. The earliest was the August 2016 home match against Morecambe - at the time that was only his third game in charge at Football League level. Prior to his arrival we'd had a series of first year officials for some reason, and there were quite a few that we were less than impressed with. We lost the match 0-1 despite having a large amount of the play. Our recollection was that he wasn't too bad, but the Gazette disagreed saying he "Lacked authority, which infuriated the players and fans alike at times, and got a number of decisions wrong as he looked out of his depth at times" - the game ultimately produced one booking each, so perhaps they felt he was a bit too hands-off.

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

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

"It's amazing. It's another decision from the referees that seem to be going against us at the moment. I don't know whether it looks like sometimes it's easier not to give it against us. But they have to reflect upon their own performance. I'm seeing it consistently every week, and it's frustrating. But what can you do about it? He's just quite clearly lashed out at Francois. So that's disappointing."

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

The 2017-18 season saw Mr Busby involved in one Yeovil Town match. That was the EFL Trophy Third Round game against Forest Green Rovers that saw us win 2-0. Such ties tend to be a little bit on the sleepy side in terms of controversial incidents and this one was definitely the case, with two early goals contributing to a half-paced second period where Rovers seemed to have more-or-less conceded the tie, and where officials didn't need to intervene.

The most recent meeting involving Mr Busby came earlier this season, in the August 2018 home match against Oldham Athletic. There he dished out just one card, to former Glover Ishmael Miller, and the striker was given a 'last warning' during the final minute of that first half due to another foul. Oldham substituted him at the break to protect him, but Darren Way complained after the match that they shouldn't have been given that opportunity, stating that Miller should have been sent off. The second half was a bit niggly, maybe because of that, but the match referee stayed hands-off.

In terms of his overall career, at the tail end of the 2014-15 season he was given two prestige cup final appearances - he was the Fourth Official for the FA Youth Cup final between Chelsea and Manchester City in the second leg at Stamford Bridge. He was also chosen as the main referee for the Nike Trophy Final at Wembley Stadium, between Arsenal U14s and Reading U14s. He has also taken charge of the Oxfordshire FA Senior Cup Final and a FA Vase Semi-Final. He's been heavily fast-tracked - he was only promoted to Conference National level during the summer of 2015, having started refereeing in the year 2000.

Mr Busby will be assisted by Paul Yates (Kent) and Declan Ford (Lincolnshire). The Fourth Official will be Adrian Tranter (Dorset).

Link: August 2016 : Yeovil Town 0 Morecambe 1.

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

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

Link: January 2018 : Yeovil Town 2 Forest Green Rovers 0.

Link: August 2018 : Yeovil Town 0 Oldham Athletic 0.


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2 February 2019 : Darren Way Previews The Stevenage Away Game
As part of the build-up to the League Two match against Stevenage at Broadhall Way, Yeovil Town manager Darren Way spoke to the BBC about the game. With questions from BBC Somerset reporter Richard Hoskin, Darren gives his view on the final day of the transfer window, his squad strength and the challenge of Saturday's opponents. Read that interview via the link below.

NOTE: The interview was conducted just before the club's final transfer deadline day deals went through and so should be read with that in mind.

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


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1 February 2019 : Alcock Returns For Second Yeovil Town Spell
Yeovil Town have made a seventh signing of 2019. Although the January transfer window is closed, they are still entitled to bring in free agents under Football League rules. As a result, they have announced that right-back Craig Alcock has been snapped up, shortly after his release from Cheltenham Town last month.

Craig has signed a contract until the end of the 2018-19 season, having done a large loop around the Football League that saw him start his career at Yeovil Town as a product of the club's Under-18s side. He has since played for Peterborough United, Doncaster Rovers, Sheffield United and Cheltenham Town, but the Robins released him from their short term contract last week, and he now returns to a club where he played 121 times, scoring three goals.

Craig was born in Truro, in Cornwall, but by the time he was recruited for Yeovil Town's Under-18s by Stuart Housley, he was living in the Wincanton area and studying at Sexey's School in Bruton. He was part of the Youth Team's title winning 2005-06 side, and was then given a professional contract in the summer of 2006.

Russell Slade gave him his first team debut on the final day of the 2006-07 season's main league matches, and during the following campaign Craig began to challenge Lee Peltier for the right-back slot. When Peltier left for Huddersfield, that left him as the first choice player in that position, and he ultimately became the club's captain by 2010, making 121 appearances, scoring three goals.

In July 2011, he had fallen out of contract at Huish Park, and decided against signing a new deal, heading to Peterborough United to pen a three year deal with them, earning Yeovil an undisclosed training and development fee that was reported as being in the region of £100,000 to £150,000. He made 112 appearances for Posh, including picking up a winners medal in the 2014 Football League Trophy Final.

Alcock then spent the 2014-15 season playing for Sheffield United in League One, but gradually struggled for game time following an injury, making just 37 appearances for the Blades across one-and-a-half seasons. That led to Doncaster Rovers making a move for his services, initially as a loan agreement. At the Keepmoat Stadium he made 73 appearances across three seasons, and was part of their 2016-17 season League Two promotion winning squad, but again struggled for game time once Donny were back in League One. That led to his release in the summer of 2018.

Over the summer of 2018, Darren Way tried to sign Alcock, but at that time he was training with both League One side Luton Town and Championship side Rotherham United. Neither pre-season spell led to a deal, and that led to him signing a half-season deal with Cheltenham Town, who had also been trying to sign him up earlier in the summer. He made eleven appearances for the Robins in all competitions including the final 81 minutes of the 2019 New Year's Day match at Huish Park, with him taking the unusual position of a left-sided centre-back, in their 4-1 win.

Alcock was ultimately released by the Robins due to the need to manage their finances with manager Michael Duff stating that the decision to release Alcock had "been taken out of our hands and finances have dictated". He now heads back to Huish Park as a free agent, seven-and-a-half years after he left the Glovers first time round. Manager Darren Way has said of his return:

"Craig knows the history and values of this football club which is what we need to move forward. I have trust in his determination to push the club forward and his experience and leadership will be valuable assets in part two of the season."

Link: Craig Alcock : Yeovil Town Statistics.


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1 February 2019 : 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.

The South Stand at Broadhall Way - for Away supporters
The South Stand at Broadhall Way - for Away supporters.
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1 February 2019 : Way Sees Foundations As Being Laid For Prospective Owners To Take On
Yeovil Town manager Darren Way has claimed that the 'foundations have been laid' for any prospective new owner to build on for the club's future. The Glovers are currently going through takeover talks, with what the club describe as 'potential investors', reported as being an American consortium that has agreed a price with current Owner Norman Hayward to sell the club. At present, the belief is the deal is waiting on Football Association and Football League clearance, under their Fit And Proper Person Test, for any major shareholders or company Directors looking to sit on the new Board, meaning that for now the current Board and Ownership remains in situ.

However, Way has told BBC Somerset that he believes that 'massive improvements' have been made to the football club, and that any incoming owner would be surprised at the current state of the club. He believes the new owners should continue along the strategic plan the current Owner has put in place:

"What we probably need is a strategic plan that the Chairman and the Owner has put in place, for anyone else to carry that on. I've seen massive improvements, which is why I've probably extended my contract. Some of the things are not visible, like the Academy. The foundations have been laid, and if it was to get sold, for whatever the reasons that may be, I think the new investor would be pleasantly surprised in what he could get hold of, and take the club forward."

Way implies that he has been exposed to the takeover process, but adds that his primary focus is on the football club itself. He believes that from what he has seen so far of the process and the prospective Ownership has been very professional:

"It's been very very professional. But unfortunately when you sell a house, it takes time, and that could fall through at any moment. What we've got to do is to make sure that if it was to happen, everyone makes sure they're doing their best for the football club. Nothing else - the football club. That's one thing for sure that I'm going to do. I'm going to lead a team, and sign the right players for this football club, to move forward to 2022."


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1 February 2019 : Bailey And Henry Leave Huish Park
Yeovil Town midfielder James Bailey and striker Korrey Henry have had their contracts torn up by mutual consent. Former Carlisle United player Bailey had been out injured for 13 months, and although he was back in full training, there was an obvious question of how much he would be able to contribute before his contract runs out in the summer of 2019. Meanwhile Henry's time since arriving from West Ham United last summer has been somewhat of a disappointment, with the striker only managing a small handful of substitute appearances.

Bailey's last appearance for the club came on Boxing Day 2017, when he went in for a block tackle at Whaddon Road, coming out with knee ligament problems that have required two operations. There have been various reports of him making a return, but without any of those reaching fruition. Overall he made 29 appearances for Yeovil Town.

Henry made five appearances for the club, all from the substitutes bench. However he's been given just 12 minutes worth of football since August 17th, with most of his playing time coming during a one month loan period with Poole Town during October, with the club recalling him from that deal. However, since his return, he has only managed two further substitute appearances and has not been seen on a teamsheet since November 24th.

The club describe Bailey's departure as following discussions between the player and the medical department, rather than one involving first team manager Darren Way.

Link: Korrey Henry : Yeovil Town Statistics.

Link: James Bailey : Yeovil Town Statistics.


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1 February 2019 : Huish Park Ticket Office And Club Store Closed Today
The Huish Park Ticket Office and Huish Park Club Store are closed today. With overnight snow having fallen in Yeovil and the surrounding area, both areas will be closed all day, so please do not travel or try to call during Friday.

With the exception of tickets for tomorrow's Stevenage fixture, you can still purchase tickets online. However, they'll not be picked up and processed until Monday now, so bear that in mind. For those travelling to Broadhall Way tomorrow, tickets are available from Stevenage's Ticket Office and through cash on the turnstiles at no extra charge.

Link: Ticketing For Stevenage vs Yeovil Town.

Link: GWSC Travel For Stevenage vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Ticketing For Cheltenham Town vs Yeovil Town.

Link: GWSC Travel For Cheltenham Town vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Ticketing For Oldham Athletic vs Yeovil Town.

Link: GWSC Travel For Oldham Athletic vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Ticketing For Forest Green Rovers vs Yeovil Town.

Link: 2018-19 Season League Game Ticket Bundles.

Link: Yeovil Town Online Ticketing Portal.

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


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