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31 March 2016 : Cambridge United vs Yeovil Town : Man Of The Match Result
Yeovil Town's last away match saw them travel to play Cambridge United at the Abbey Stadium. The end result was a bit of a one-sided 3-0 away defeat, with early poor defending coupled by the red card issued to midfielder Liam Walsh, meaning that the Glovers had to play most of the match with ten men. Cambridge got their second crucial goal just before the break, meaning that they won the match easily, even adding a third towards the end.

Man of the Match voting saw midfielder Ben Tozer and defender Nathan Smith receive praise for their performances on the day. The poll winner though was midfielder Marc Laird, who has had to wait his turn a fair bit this season, partly due to a couple of lengthy injuries, but put in one of his best performances of the campaign in the centre of the park, as he attempted to compensate for being a man down for most of the match.

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

1. Marc Laird 36 (3)
2. Nathan Smith 22 (2)
3. Ben Tozer 16 (1)
4. Jack Compton 14 (0)
5. Connor Roberts 12 (0)
6. Artur Krysiak 10 (1)
7. Ryan Dickson 6 (0)
8. Darren Ward 2 (0)

OVERALL MATCH RATING : 3.71
Performance : 3.43
Entertainment : 4
VOTES RECEIVED : 7


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31 March 2016 : GWSC Travel To Stevenage
The Green and White Supporters Club have set their travel plans for the forthcoming League Two match against Stevenage. The match takes place at Broadhall Way on Tuesday 5th April 2016, with a 7.45p.m. kick-off. This match has been rearranged from Easter Monday - match tickets already purchased will remain valid for this game. Departure times and prices are listed as follows:

Stevenage : Tuesday 5th April 2016.
Huish Park: 1.30p.m.
Adult Members: £22.00; Member Concessions: £20.00
Adult Non-Members: £24.00; Non-Member Concessions: £22.00

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

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

Link: Newport Visit Gets Kids For A Quid Ticketing Offer.

Link: Ticketing For Stevenage vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Ticketing For Bristol Rovers vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Ticketing For Wycombe Wanderers vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Ticketing For Barnet vs Yeovil Town.


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31 March 2016 : Liam Shephard Talks About His Yeovil Town Return
Last Thursday, Yeovil Town signed Liam Shephard on loan, commencing his second spell with the club as he returned from Premier League side Swansea City. The deal didn't go through in time for him to feature in the club's Good Friday fixture against Carlisle United, due to international clearance not being obtained, but hopefully he should be in line for selection against Newport County this coming Saturday. After he'd agreed to come back to the club, he spoke to BBC Somerset report Richard Hoskin about the deal, and what he's been up to since his first spell ended in May 2015. Read that interview via the link below.

Link: Liam Shephard Speaks To The BBC After He Returned To The Club On Loan.


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31 March 2016 : Campbell Loan Deal Extended By Glovers Again
Yeovil Town have successfully extended the loan spell of West Bromwich Albion striker Tahvon Campbell until the end of the 2015-16 season. Having come in at the start of the January transfer window, the 19 year old has made twelve appearances for the club, scoring one goal - a 25 yard strike against Crawley Town in the 2-1 win at Huish Park on January 23rd 2016.

Seven of Tahvon's twelve appearances have come from the substitutes bench - he was an unused sub in last Friday's home draw against Carlisle United, but with squad numbers stretched a little, he has been kept on until the end of the campaign. He is one of six loan players on the club's books, although Liam Walsh's current three match suspension doesn't make that an issue at this stage.

Link: Tahvon Campbell : Yeovil Town Statistics.


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31 March 2016 : New Date For Watford Ladies Trip
Yeovil Town Ladies have got a new date for their postponed FAWSL2 match against Watford Ladies. The match had been due to be played at Berkhamstead on Easter Sunday but had to be called off due to a waterlogged pitch. The match will now be played on Sunday 17th April 2016, with a 2.00p.m. kick-off, with the venue once again set as Berkhampstead FC.

Because of a short break in the fixture list, this is now the next Ladies league fixture. They are due to play their first League home match a week later when Millwall Lionnesses visit Huish Park.


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31 March 2016 : Yeovil Town vs Notts County : Man Of The Match Result
Earlier this month, Yeovil Town played Notts County in a League Two fixture at Huish Park. The match saw the Glovers gain a deserved 1-0 home win, with a Francois Zoko header giving him his seventh goal of the 2015-16 season and the club's third single goal victory in a row. The only critical point of a dominant performance was that the home side should have won by a bigger margin, with Leroy Lita's penalty saved on his debut and former loanee Scott Loach being easily the Magpies' best player on the day.

Man of the Match voting saw Everton loanee Liam Walsh put in a strong performance, although on this occasion he didn't run off as poll winner! Goalscorer Francois Zoko got praise for his performance, although did limp off with a calf injury later in the match. Supporters ended up giving Nathan Smith the top vote, by a significant margin, as he continued his role as a central defender to excellent effect.

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

1. Nathan Smith 392 (33)
2. Francois Zoko 236 (11)
3. Liam Walsh 230 (9)
4. Connor Roberts 140 (9)
5. Kevin Dawson 72 (4)
6. Ryan Dickson 48 (1)
7. Harry Cornick 38 (0)
8. Artur Krysiak 36 (2)
9. Darren Ward 36 (1)
10. Ben Tozer 20 (0)
11. Leroy Lita 10 (1)
12. Marc Laird 6 (0)
12. Brandon Goodship 6 (0)


OVERALL MATCH RATING : 7.42
Performance : 7.58
Entertainment : 7.27
VOTES RECEIVED : 71


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30 March 2016 : Romania Trip Gives Roberts Wales Under-21 Debut
Yeovil Town's on loan right-back Connor Roberts made his Wales Under-21 debut yesterday in his first squad call-up at that level. The Swansea City academy product had been a late replacement for Liam Shephard - now also at Huish Park on loan - and he travelled to Bulgaria on Friday where his side drew 0-0. Unfortunately for Connor, in that match he had to sit and wait a while, as he was an unused substitute in that match. Swansea team-mate Josh Sheehan, who has had two loan spells with the Glovers, played a full 90 minutes on the day.

The Wales Under-21 side then switched across to Romania where they played at the Gaz Metan Stadium in Medias. There the Welsh went down to a 2-1 defeat, with the away goal coming in the dying seconds of the match from substitute Jake Charles. The big plus point from the game though was that Connor made it onto the pitch for the final eight minutes of the match, replacing captain Gethin Jones in the 82nd minute. The right-back has been previously capped at Under-19 level - against Montenegro in April 2014 - but this is the first time he had got onto the pitch at Under-21 level for his country.

Those two matches leave Wales in second place in the UEFA Under 21 Men's Qualifier Group 5 table - one point behind leaders Denmark, but still two points ahead of both Romania and Bulgaria, with Tuesday night's defeat being their first of the group stages. Their next match is a home game against Denmark that will take place on Friday 2nd September 2016.

Wales Under-21s (vs Bulgaria): O'Brien (GK), Jones (c), John, Sheehan, Yorwerth, Lockyer, Hedges, Evans, Burns, O'Sullivan, Harrison.

Substitutes: Crowe (c), J Evans (53 mins for John), Wharton, Smith, Weeks, Roberts, Charles (65 mins for Harrison).

Wales Under-21s (vs Romania): O'Brien (GK), Jones (c), J.Evans, Sheehan, Yorwerth, Lockyer, Hedges, L.Evans, Burns, O'Sullivan, Harrison.

Substitutes: Crowe (c), Wharton, Smith, Weeks (75 mins for Weeks), Roberts (82 mins for Jones), Charles (56 mins for O'Sullivan).


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30 March 2016 : Mansfield Town vs Yeovil Town : Man Of The Match Result
Earlier this month, Yeovil Town made the trip to Mansfield Town's Field Mill ground for a League Two match. The end result was a spot of revenge - earlier in the season the Stags had conducted a spot of smash'n'grab with an ultra-late single winning goal - that made the Glovers own 1-0 away win all the more satisfying given that Ryan Dickson's winner was scored during second half injury time.

Man of the Match voting saw the top five positions go to the back four and the goalkeeper - perhaps a measure of where the balance of the game had been up until that late goal. Captain Darren Ward continued his consistent performances, whilst goalscorer Ryan Dickson also landed on many fans top three votes. However, the poll winner, for a string of saves throughout the match, was goalkeeper Artur Krysiak - they probably wouldn't have had the opportunity to grab all three points if it had not been for the way the game had been kept goalless up until that point.

1. Artur Krysiak 136 (10)
2. Ryan Dickson 82 (2)
3. Darren Ward 42 (3)
4. Connor Roberts 40 (3)
5. Nathan Smith 24 (2)
6. Ben Tozer 12 (1)
7. Tahvon Campbell 12 (0)
8. Brandon Goodship 10 (1)
9. Kevin Dawson 10 (0)
10. Harry Cornick 6 (0)
10. Marc Laird 6 (0)
12. Matthew Dolan 2 (0)
12. Francois Zoko 2 (0)


OVERALL MATCH RATING : 6.14
Performance : 6.45
Entertainment : 5.82
VOTES RECEIVED : 22


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30 March 2016 : Engineering Works Lengthen Train Journeys For Newport County Game
Football supporters attending Yeovil Town's League Two home match against Newport County on Saturday should note that there is some engineering work happening on Saturday that will affect journey times. The works run between Bristol Temple Meads and Bath Spa station, which will mainly affect Exiles fans using the train service that rans between Bristol and Yeovil Pen Mill station. The National Rail website states:

"Engineering work is taking place between Bath Spa and Bristol Temple Meads with all lines closed. Buses replace trains between Bath Spa and Bristol Temple Meads, some buses are extended to run between Frome / Westbury and Bristol Temple Meads for trains that start / terminate at Frome / Westbury."

Services operating on Saturday now insert a Bus Replacement Service between Bristol Temple Meads and Frome, which is timetabled to take 1hr 20 minutes. Based on typical journey times for this service, if you're travelling from Newport to Yeovil Pen Mill, it turns a 2hr 35mins journey into one that lasts 3hrs 17mins. For those coming in from Bristol, a 90 minute journey is turned into a 120 minute journey.


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29 March 2016 : Former Loanee Duffy Making Late Case For Euro 2016 Selection
Former Yeovil Town loanee Shane Duffy is making a late run to be involved in the Euro 2016 tournament in France. The centre-back, who played for the Glovers during the 2013-14 campaign whilst on the books of Everton, made his home Republic of Ireland debut on Good Friday, during their 1-0 win against Switzerland at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin. Shane has had to wait a long long time for that moment to come - he was given his Irish debut two years ago, but in a much more low key match against Costa Rica that was held in Philadelphia, USA meaning that the majority of those present at that game were neutrals.

Two years later, and the atmosphere in Dublin was rather different, and having had to wait so long for his home debut, he did himself no harm by picking up the Man of the Match award and providing an assist for the winning goal, scored after just 100 seconds of play, as Duffy flicked a Robbie Brady corner into the path of fellow centre-back Ciaran Clark. He felt the two year gap had given him time to set himself up for the occasion, but still found it an emotional one:

"I was more ready for it tonight than I was two years ago when I played. I enjoyed it. Playing in front of the Irish fans for the first time was enjoyable. I had goosebumps out there. It was something I dreamed of when I started. As a centre half, I just try to get in the game and be sort of a leader out there when I can and help the people in front of me. I'm probably quiet off the pitch, but I try to be vocal on it. I'm just happy we got the clean sheet and we won."

Duffy's breakthrough has been helped substantially by his move to Championship side Blackburn Rovers on the final day of the August transfer window in 2014. This season has seen him has seen him become a mainstay of their line-up, clocking up 37 appearances and scoring three goals. He felt that getting regular football, rather than being stuck in Everton's development sides has helped his game:

"I'm playing regularly and maturing more as a centre half. The more games you play, the better you get. It's probably just consistency. I'm playing regularly and maturing as a centre-half. The way I play, the more games you play, the better you get. I was very raw two years ago - I still am - but I'm playing every week and I'm enjoying it. I'm thriving coming here trying to impress the manager and the players. You just want to go again. I didn't want to come off, to be honest. I was just enjoying it."

Despite this possibly being his breakthrough year, he plays down his chances of getting on a plane to France in the summer, implying that Friday's appearance may come one tournament too soon for him:

"I'm probably miles off it, but I've just got to go out there and try to see what I can do. I don't know if the manager's got his squad picked but all you can do is take your chance. Everyone wants to play and the lads who got us to the Euros are there. They've done all the hard work, so I can't just come in. I've got to bide my time and if it's not this one, then it's the next campaign. I've just got to go out there and see what I can do. I don't know what way the squad will be picked but all you can do is get your chance, Hopefully I can do something for him (Martin O'Neill). I just try to go out there and enjoy pulling the shirt on for Ireland. It's a proud day. I've got to focus on club football and try to impress. I can't just come in and takes someone's place."

The 24 year old's contacts with the senior squad actually go back six years. He was called up to train with Giovanni Trapattoni's squad as an 18-year-old at the end of the 2009-10 season, and had been earmarked for a role in a friendly against Paraguay on the back of that training camp. But he suffered a horror collision with goalkeeper Adrian Walsh during a practice match, that put him in hospital for six days with a lacerated liver, that required emergency surgery. That injury put his development back significantly. He got more call-ups during the 2011-12 and 2012-13 seasons but didn't set foot on the field of play.

Boss Martin O'Neill then finally gave him his debut in America at the tail end of the 2013-14 season, just after his loan spell at Yeovil Town had ended. O'Neill recalled Duffy's previous appearance and described him as a player for Ireland's future, praising his performance against Switzerland:

"Duffy has come in there and I am delighted with his performance. I thought he took it well. I didnít think he showed any great nerves. That will help Shane enormously Ė he is the future. Shane did very well, and that's great. I took him to America with us a couple of years ago when he was at Everton at the time, but he was on loan at Yeovil, and he showed a bit of promise there. I think now with playing regularly with Blackburn, it's given him that wee bit of extra confidence. I thought he dealt with things tonight very well indeed."


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29 March 2016 : Nomination For Ryan Dickson In PFA Player Of The Month
Yeovil Town left-back Ryan Dickson has been nominated as part of the Professional Footballers' Association's Player Of The Month selections for March 2016. The panel, which includes Paul Merson, Ian Holloway and Peter Beagrie who currently act as football pundits on Sky Sports. They are joined by Mike Riley, general manager of the Professional Game Match Officials, and Malcolm Clarke, chairman of the Football Supporters Federation. They have produced a shortlist of twelve players for the month who have impressed them for their individual performances.

Ryan's inclusion will have come for his contributions at both ends of the park. He scored the winning goals in the club's 1-0 wins over Accrington Stanley and Mansfield Town at the start of the month, but was also a constant fixture in a back four that kept four clean sheets in five matches across the month, giving the Glovers three wins, one draw and one defeat.

The full list of players recognised by the PFA for March 2016 is shown below, and includes former Glover Matt Harrold who is currently playing for Crawley Town - Ryan's former club:

Billy Kee (Accrington Stanley)
Cristian Montano (Bristol Rovers)
Hallam Hope (Carlisle United)
Jack Marriott (Luton Town)
John-Joe O'Toole (Northampton Town)
Kemar Roofe (Oxford United)
Kyle Bennett (Portsmouth)
Lewis Hawkins (Hartlepool United)
Matt Harrold (Crawley Town)
Matt Taylor (Bristol Rovers)
Ollie Watkins (Exeter City)
Ryan Dickson (Yeovil Town)

You can vote for Ryan by heading to this page on the Sky Sports website. On Thursday, Sky Sports and the PFA will cut the shortlist down to a smaller number, although will keep voting open until March 31st. They will announce the winners on April 1st.


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28 March 2016 : Magpies Test For Ladies In Continental Cup
Yeovil Town Ladies have been handed a tricky looking draw in the First Round of the FA WSL Continental Tyres Cup. The competition has been reorganised for the 2016 season - gone are last season's regional groups, and in its place is a straight-forward knock-out tournament. The new format has seen the draw heavily seeded, with the bottom five clubs in the FAWSL2 division and 2014-15 FA Women's Premier League Northern Division champions Sheffield Ladies, who are newcomers to the FAWSL structure, all having to compete in a Preliminary Round to help get the number of clubs in the First round draw down to sixteen, that then creates an orthodox knockout competition.

The First Round draw was also heavily seeded, with the top eight FAWSL1 sides all drawn out as away clubs, whilst the remainder of those involved in the draw, including the winners of the Preliminary Round ties, drawn out as home clubs. That meant that the Glovers were paired up against Notts County Ladies, who finished in 6th place in the FAWSL1 division last season. The Magpies were losing FA Cup Finalists last season, going down by a single goal to Chelsea Ladies and so have plenty of recent experience in knockout cup competitions.

The full draw for both rounds is as follows:

Preliminary Round draw:
Sheffield v Durham
Oxford v Millwall
Watford v London Bees

First Round draw:
Doncaster v Sunderland
Yeovil Town Ladies v Notts County Ladies
Oxford or Millwall v Birmingham
Everton v Liverpool
Aston Villa v Manchester City
Reading v Arsenal
Watford or London Bees v Chelsea
Sheffield or Durham v Bristol City

Preliminary Round ties will be played across the weekend of Saturday/Sunday 7th/8th May, whilst the First Round ties will be played across Saturday/Sunday 2nd/3rd July.


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28 March 2016 : Glovers Slip One Place But Maintain Safety Gap
Yeovil Town's prospects of staying in League Two for the 2016-17 season improved a notch today, despite the club slipping down one place in the League Two table. The Glovers weren't playing this afternoon, due to the postponement of their match against Stevenage. The game had been called off due to international call-ups in the home side's camp, meaning that the Glovers had to sit it out and watch as nine fixtures took place on Easter Monday.

The main negative point of the afternoon involved Hartlepool United's surprise 2-0 away win against play-off chasing Leyton Orient, with that result lifting Pools from 21st in the table and up to 17th. Given they are now six games unbeaten, and still have a game in hand on most of their rivals, Hartlepool's recent haul of four wins and two draws should see them close to the finish line in terms of avoiding what could have been a sticky situation until Craig Hignett took over eleven games ago - they are now 14 points clear of the drop, and on 42 points.

That meant the Glovers dropped one place to 21st in the table, with next Tuesday's visit to Broadhall Way against Stevenage looking particularly significant, given Boro lie in 22nd place now. However, at present York City are showing no sign of getting themselves out of trouble below them. They lost 3-2 against Plymouth Argyle this afternoon, and were three down by the break, including Reuben Reid's 50th goal in Argyle colours since he headed to Home Park just over three years ago after leaving Yeovil Town, initially on loan. York battled in the second half, creating a two goal comeback, but couldn't get the third, with captain and goalscorer Russell Penn being stretchered off with knee ligament damage during injury time. York stay seven points short of safety and have picked up just two points from their last nine fixtures.

Of the other clubs near the foot of the table, basement side Dagenham and Redbridge had been due to travel to Morecambe, who lie just one place above Yeovil Town in the table. That game was also called off due to international call-ups, and has also been rearranged for Tuesday 5th April, meaning that by 10.00p.m. that evening, the League Two table stands may look somewhat different for some of the clubs near the foot. For Yeovil, the eleven point gap remains as it was, with York having played a game more, and so there is little sign of alarm moving into the final eight fixtures.

Link: 2015-16 Latest League Two Table.


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28 March 2016 : Wimbledon Left Waiting For Plough Lane Return After Mayor Intervention
League Two side AFC Wimbledon will have to wait a little longer before their long-awaited return to the Plough Lane area can be confirmed. A Wimbledon side last played first team football in their home town in 1991, when controversial circumstances saw them move into a supposed temporary groundshare agreement with Crystal Palace, with a question mark over whether Plough Lane could be economically redeveloped to satisfy the provisions of the 1990 Taylor Report which mandated all-seater stadiums at top flight level. Plough Lane was sold to supermarket chain Safeway in 1998, plans for a new 20,000 capacity stadium in their local Borough of Merton were approved but never followed through, and then came the disgraceful franchising of the original Wimbledon club out to Milton Keynes.

Since then, the formation of the fans-owned AFC Wimbledon has seen them rise up through the leagues, using Kingsmeadow in the Norbiton area of Kingston-upon-Thames as their base, however they have always had a long term aim of moving back to their home roots. Back in December 2015, Merton Council unanimously approved plans to build a new 11,000 capacity stadium, that could be expanded to form a 20,000 capacity venue as part of the redevelopment of Wimbledon Greyhound Stadium which is due to close in June 2016. The Greyhound Stadium is situated merely yards from the old Plough Lane ground - the aerial photo below shows how close the two venues were when they were both in use.

Wimbledon Greyhound Stadium (near) with the now bulldozed original Plough Lane ground (far) situated behind it
Wimbledon Greyhound Stadium (near) with the now bulldozed original Plough Lane ground (far) situated behind it


In theory that gave AFC Wimbledon and a housing development company they are partnering, the green light to proceed with their plans, but three months after the all-clear, the Mayor of London Boris Johnson made the decision to call in the application and refer it to the Greater London Authority, on the basis that the development was seen as of strategic importance to the overall area. Thus there will now be a new consultation and a decision to be made later in the year.

With AFC Wimbledon having targetted moving into their new stadium for 2018, the delay on the application obviously hasn't gone down well - as yet there are no specifics as to why the GLA and Mayor have made that decision, with the South London Press describing the move as 'unprecedented' indicating that it is the first time that Johnson has called in a planning application that has been already approved by a planning authority. Merton council leader Steve Alambritis believes it is a political move, with the actual GLA decision likely to be reached under a new Mayor, with elections taking place for Johnson's replacement in May:

"I donít know why, given the unanimous decision, the response to the consultations and his own Greater London Assembly officers asking him to approve it, he is stalling. I think itís very poor on his part to hand the decision to a new Mayor."

The planning application for the redevelopment of the Greyhound Stadium has already been subject to a public inquiry with planning inspector Robert Yuille ruling in 2014 that the ground was a suitable venue to carry a football stadium, and told Merton Council to rule on the detail of any plans. Now they have given the green light, the intervention of the GLA and the Mayor means that a second public inquiry or a referral to the Secretary of State risk further delays. That impacts also on non-league side Kingstonian, who are currently sub-tenants to AFC Wimbledon, given that the plans are for the League Two side to sell their leasehold agreement at Kingsmeadow to Chelsea, who are likely to use the ground as a venue for their Women's team. However, with delays on the stadium, Kingstonian now no longer are certain as to when they will need to find a new home.


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28 March 2016 : Alex Lacey Talks About The Carlisle Draw
Following Good Friday's 0-0 draw against Carlisle United at Huish Park, Yeovil Town defender Alex Lacey spoke about the game. With questions from local journalist Chris Spittles, in an interview for BBC Somerset, Alex gives his thoughts on coming on as a substitute early on during that game, and his views on the team performance. Read that interview via the link below.

Link: Alex Lacey Speaks To The BBC After The 0-0 Draw Against Carlisle United.


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27 March 2016 : Ladies Trip To Watford Suffers Late Call-Off
Yeovil Town Ladies found their FAWSL2 match against Watford Ladies falling foul of the weather just before kick-off this afternoon. The match had been due to take place at Berkhamstead FC today, but was called off at 1.10p.m. this afternoon, after the Glovers had already arrived at the ground. The match had passed two pitch inspections during the morning, but with further rain falling in Hertfordshire, the match was called off 50 minutes before kick-off due to a waterlogged pitch.

A new date for this fixture will now need to be arranged. The next match in the Ladies season will now take place on Sunday 24th April 2016, at Huish Park, with a 2.00p.m. kick-off, with early leaders Millwall Lionesses their opponents.


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27 March 2016 : Darren Talks About Carlisle United Team Selection
Just before Friday afternoon's match against Carlisle United kicked off at Huish Park, Yeovil Town manager Darren Way spoke to the BBC about the game. With questions from local journalist Chris Spittles, in an interview for BBC Somerset, Darren gives strong views on the problems he faced on signing Swansea City right-back Liam Shephard, the return of Jakub Sokolik and Matt Dolan and the selection of Ryan Bird in the side. Read that interview via the link below.

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


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26 March 2016 : Darren Way To Feature On Channel 5 Highlights Programme
Yeovil Town manager Darren Way will be appearing as a studio guest on Channel 5's Football League Tonight programme on Monday. The Glovers have had their Easter Monday match against Stevenage called off due to international call-ups in the Stevenage camp, which has given Darren some unexpected free time - he will be travelling to appear on the programme that is hosted by Kelly Cates and George Riley and usually features former Glover Adam Virgo, who helped host the recent Yeovil Voice meeting to vote on the creation of a Supporters Trust for Yeovil Town.

The Monday night programme will go out at 10.55p.m. on Monday night, with various repeat showings across Channel 5, Channel 5+1 and Channel 5+24 across the 24 hours that follow. Whilst there probably won't be too much Yeovil Town action footage on that show, highlights from the club's home match against Carlisle United will be shown tonight as part of their Friday/Saturday round-up, with coverage at 9.00p.m. - again you can use their secondary channels to flex the time that you tune in to watch that footage.


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26 March 2016 : Video : Yeovil Town vs Carlisle United Match Highlights
For those who want to view the match highlights from yesterday's 0-0 draw against Carlisle United these are now online. From the first half, you'll be able to view a Jack Compton effort that was deflected into the keeper's arms, plus a challenge at the far end on Compton that suggests the Cumbrians were rather lucky not to have a penalty awarded against them for a challenge on Compton. In the second half, a Compton free kick sees Ryan Bird head just wide, whilst there are a selection of Carlisle's best chances. Watch via the clip below.




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26 March 2016 : Carlisle Boss Accuses Referee Of 'Bias' After Glovers Draw
Carlisle United manager Keith Curle accused the match referee of being 'biased' following Good Friday's 0-0 draw against Yeovil Town. The 52 year old, who was born in Bristol and played for both Bristol Rovers and Bristol City as well as managing Torquay United is no stranger to the West Country, but suggested that Somerset FA referee Kevin Johnson was specifically favouring the home side in yesterday's draw, and also went on to accuse Glovers of trying to get his own side's players booked during the game.

The match was largely a sedate affair, with referee Johnson only raising three yellow cards during the match, including Yeovil's Matt Dolan. The match officials even took a relaxed view of an off the ball incident late in the second half involving Ben Tozer and Danny Grainger, preferring to just talk to both players rather than get his cards out. Curle's complaint after the game to BBC Radio Cumbria was that he felt that Johnson was showing bias against his team, specifically citing the official's Bristol accent that he'd picked up before the game started:

"I did have a slight indication from the referee's accent before the game that he was one of my fellow (Bristol) countrymen down here. So obviously a little bit of bias might be creeping in. It was summed up for me when we had a corner, and someone sat behind me said he blew up before we even took the corner. That tells you that we weren't going to be allowed to get anywhere near their goal."

Curle also seemed aggrieved with the booking handed out to Carlisle midfielder Martin Smith, who had already been given a 'last warning' by referee Johnson for first kicking the ball away, and then committing a further foul. When the Sunderland loanee transgressed a third time, the yellow card semed inevitable, but Curle strongly implied that Brandon Goodship had taken a fall to get the player booked. He also complained that there was an imbalance in the way the official blew up for free kicks:

"We weren't being helped in that any sort of challenge from us was resulting in a free kick, whilst any sort of challenge from them was waved play on. Then players were starting to get a little bit frustrated with that and they started looking for free kicks and looking for things that weren't there. It was evident that every time one of their players went down and kissed the grass, they got a free kick. It's something that I'm not going to advocate or ever put on a training session for us to go and get players booked, but I think that today some of the Yeovil players went down very very easily."

On the game itself, Curle admitted that his side hadn't made the right decisions in the final third at times. But he was pleased to keep a clean sheet, noting that of the two goalkeepers, that Artur Krysiak had been the busier of the two, claiming that his own keeper hadn't made a save throughout the whole game:

"We lacked a little bit of quality in our decision-making in the final third. I'll take the clean sheet away from home. But we didn't put enough balls into the box and every time we did put the ball in the box, for some reason the referee blew up, which was always causing a level of frustration. So we didn't have enough passages of play and we didn't keep hold of the ball well enough, but when we did get into the final third we didn't deliver quality. But overall you take a point away from home. We had 94 minutes there and our goalkeeper hasn't made a save, but likewise we don't think we worked their goalkeeper enough. Our goalkeeper was untroubled - he had more trouble from his own team with our backpasses than any attempts on goal from them."

Curle's comments on referee Kevin Johnson overlook the fact that whilst he is registered with the Somerset FA, he is more of a Bristolian, who used to work at the Bristol Evening Post as a newspaper printer, but now works in property maintenance in the Redfield part of the city. Indeed, Yeovil Town have not found favour with the official in the past - the two penalties awarded against the Glovers in the Boxing Day 2014 match against Bristol City, when viewed on the post-match video of that match, and his overall performance on that day, hardly suggested a referee trying to hand out favours to the team in green'n'white!


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26 March 2016 : Jamie Sherwood's Verdict On The Bristol City Women Defeat
On Wednesday evening, Yeovil Town Ladies played their opening match of the 2016 FAWSL2 season, with a trip to Bristol City Ladies. The end result was a 3-2 defeat and after the match manager Jamie Sherwood spoke to BBC Somerset reporter Richard Hoskin about his side's performance. Read that interview via the link below.

Link: Jamie Sherwood Speaks To The BBC After The 3-2 Defeat Against Bristol City.


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25 March 2016 : Darren Way's Verdict On The Carlisle Home Match
Following Good Friday's 0-0 draw against Carlisle United at Huish Park, Yeovil Town manager Darren Way spoke to the BBC about the match. With questions from local journalist Chris Spittles, in an interview for BBC Somerset, Darren gives his verdict on the match, as well as giving his initial views on the injury to Darren Ward that saw him substituted early on. Read that via the link below.

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


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25 March 2016 : Man of the Match Voting for Yeovil Town vs Carlisle United
If you watched this afternoon's 0-0 draw against Carlisle United at Huish Park, don't forget to cast your Man of the Match votes. Choose your top three players from the match, plus entertainment and performance ratings along with any other comments you want to make on the game, using the form below.

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


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25 March 2016 : Darren Way: Carlisle Draw Was Not Nice To Watch But Still A Good Point
Yeovil Town manager Darren Way admitted today's 0-0 draw against Carlisle United was not a good game to watch from a spectator's point of view, but he still saw it as a good point. The Glovers inched their way up to 39 points after the two sides cancelled each other out in a match of very few chances throughout the 90 minutes.

That kept his side in 20th place, maintaining their 11 point buffer between themselves and bottom two sides York City and Dagenham and Redbridge, and so from that point of view, Darren told BBC Somerset that there had been a reward for the players. He felt that much of the entertainment in the match had been lost by Carlisle's tendency to throw balls into the penalty box, relying heavily on the percentages game

"It's not nice to watch, is it? I felt sorry for the players, but that's their (Carlisle's) style and that's the way they play. They're effective at it, and I expressed to the players, that can happen in the Premier League. You've got to be able to be men, and you've got to be able to be physical. All of the games between us and them have been very close. It's been a style that has been difficult to play against. Having said that, I think that it's a good point. I feel proud of them. We've had adversity really at this football club, and it's taken a lot of hard work. I think York drew today, so it's still the same distance between us, and it's been very rewarding for the players."

One of the plus points from today's match was that the Glovers overcame their hiccup from last weekend, where poor defending saw them ship three goals against Cambridge United. Leaving that result aside, the club have now kept clean sheets in six out of their last seven fixtures. Way gave praise for his assistant manager Terry Skiverton, who as a former centre-back has been helping to organise the back line, and for the way his back four had stood up to the challenge:

"It's fantastic. Terry Skiverton has put a lot of hard work in. It's one of the points that I've really tried to nail down, and he's been religious about it. We know their movements, and I think it's an important aspect of the game nowadays. Certainly when you look at the amount of balls going into the box, whether it's just ten yards past the halfway line, it's getting shelled in there. It's hard to gain a momentum against that when you know their full-back is putting that kind of a ball into the box. But the players stayed strong and I feel proud as it feels more like winning a game today than losing."

Way preferred to downplay Darren Ward's early knee injury that saw him forced off the pitch just 17 minutes into the match. He suggested that Ward could manage the injury, implying that it was a situation that was more to do with the wear and tear of a football season, rather than anything that would cause major concern.


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25 March 2016 : Yeovil 0 Carlisle 0 : Stalemate Inches Glovers Towards Safety
Yeovil Town inched their way a further point towards League Two survival this afternoon, after a low key 0-0 draw against Carlisle United at Huish Park. In what was the fourth meeting between the two clubs this season, they seemed to know each other a bit too well, cancelling each other out across long spells of the game. The Glovers created their best efforts during the first half as a Jack Compton deflected effort was saved, whilst Carlisle looked dangerous when they got crosses into the box, emphasised by Darren Ward having to clear close to his own goal-line after an early corner. But in the end defences came well out on top, with the result keeping the eleven point buffer on York City, who also drew this afternoon, keeping Yeovil in 20th place with eight games to go.

The Glovers went into the match making four changes to the starting eleven who lost at Cambridge last Saturday. Connor Roberts was on international duty and his place in the side was taken by Jakub Sokolik, who deputised as a right-back. In midfield, Matt Dolan returned from injury to replace the suspended Liam Walsh. Meanwhile injury saw Harry Cornick drop out of the squad, whilst Kevin Dawson's groin injury kept him on the bench - Jack Compton and Ryan Bird came in as the more attacking options.

In spring sunshine both sides struggled during the first half to get into the groove at times, and in particular to get clear-cut chances inside the penalty box. Darren Ward had to clear close to his own goal-line from an early corner, whilst at the other end, Ben Tozer shot over the bar, whilst Jack Compton's deflected effort was saved by Mark Gillespie. The main focus of the opening quarter hour though was an injury to Darren Ward. He was fouled by Charlie Wyke early on and that seemed to leave him in problems with his knee, hobbling on for around five minutes before calling for treatment, resulting in Alex Lacey being introduced as an early substitute, with Ryan Dickson taking the captaincy for the first time since Paul Sturrock's departure from the club.

Carlisle began to edge the game, although only by virtue of shots from distance, with Hallam Hope and Jack Stacey testing Artur Krysiak from distance, although in reality probably only the second effort would have really worried a goalkeeper, with it smothered by the Pole on his second attempt. Another injury - this time to Matt Dolan - saw another delay, and although he was able to continue, the tempo of the game wasn't being helped by the stoppages. Both sides went in level, and in reality probably hadn't carved out an opportunity inside the penalty box at any stage during the half.

The second period showed more of the same, with Jack Compton's cross into the box that saw Ryan Bird head over the bar providing one of the few early opportunities. Both sides made changes, with Shaun Jeffers coming on for Brandon Goodship, whilst Leroy Lita eventually came on for Compton who ran out of steam a bit during the second period. Carlisle's own substitutions did make Yeovil's defending a little more difficult as Jabo Ibehre was greeted with a huge chorus of boos, alongside Derek Asamoah. But whilst they looked dangerous from aerial balls, only one Ibehre header truly worried the Glovers defence.

In the final ten minutes, there was a brief spark that implied that the club's recent FA Cup meeting might result in the game coming to the boil, as Ben Tozer and Danny Grainger clashed in an off the ball incident that referee Kevin Johnson either didn't see, or decided to sort out with just a talking-to - overall the match official was in a very lenient low-key mood. That was probably fitting with a game that fizzled out in the final few minutes - a result that still keeps the Glovers on track to avoid relegation, preserving their 11 point gap on York City, who drew 2-2 today, meaning that with eight games remaining things are still looking stable in that respect.

Link: 2015-16 Latest League Two Table.

Final Score: Yeovil Town 0 Carlisle United 0.

Scorers: None.

Yeovil Town:
1. Artur Krysiak
6. Jakub Sokolik 26. Darren Ward (Capt) 3. Nathan Smith 11. Ryan Dickson
8. Marc Laird 4. Matt Dolan 2. Ben Tozer
14. Jack Compton 9. Ryan Bird 19. Brandon Goodship

Substitutes:
12. Chris Weale (GK) 7. Kevin Dawson 10. Shaun Jeffers (58 mins for Brandon Goodship) 21. Alex Lacey (17 mins for Darren Ward) 28. Ollie Bassett 38. Leroy Lita (78 mins for Jack Compton)

Carlisle United:
1. Mark Gillespie
2. Tom Miller 27. Mark Ellis 5. Michael Raynes 3. Danny Grainger
7. Jason Kennedy 8. Martin Smith 4. Luke Joyce
9. Charlie Wyke 16. Jack Stacey 24. Hallam Hope

Substitutes:
6. David Atkinson 13. Dan Hanford 14. Jabo Ibehre (61 mins for Jack Stacey) 15. Brandon Comley 23. Joe Thompson 25. Derek Asamoah (61 mins for Martin Smith) 26. Macaulay Gillesphey (72 mins for Hallam Hope)

Yeovil Bookings: Matt Dolan (foul, 83 mins)

Carisle United Bookings: Martin Smith (foul, 41 mins), Tom Miller (foul, 88 mins).

Yeovil Match Statistics: Possession: 54%; Shots: 4; Shots On Target: 1; Corners: 2; Fouls: 8.

Carlisle United Match Statistics: Possession: 46%; Shots: 8; Shots On Target: 4; Corners: 2; Fouls: 18.

Referee: Kevin Johnson (Somerset). Assistants: Colin Lymer (Hampshire) and Kevin Morris (Herefordshire). Fourth Official: Marvyn Amphlett (Worcestershire).

Attendance: 4,074 (with 264 Carlisle supporters).


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25 March 2016 : Darren Way Slams FIFA Absence On Transfer Deadline Day As An Absolute Joke
Yeovil Town manager Darren Way says that he plans to dig deep to find out the root cause of a problem that denied him the opportunity to field Swansea City right-back Liam Shephard in his match day squad against Carlisle United today. The situation also affected fellow League Two side Newport County, who were unable to get their own clearance for the loan of Peterborough United's Souleymane Coulibaly after they were also unable to obtain international clearance for their match against Northampton Town at Sixfields today.

Way's processing of the international loan transfer - necessary because Swansea City are governed by the Wales FA - was thwarted because the loan transfer deadline day came on the last day before the Easter holiday break. FIFA, who do not formally recognise the English emergency loan system, were not geared up for such last minute deals, and had closed their administrative offices at midday Central European Time, giving their staff a half day to get on their Easter holidays.

Because of that, Way found FIFA's offices in Switzerland closed, with them not having processed documents sent to the English and Welsh FAs during the middle of Wednesday afternoon, and he expressed his frustration to BBC Somerset that he was unable to complete the deal, describing the situation as an 'absolute joke' given that the deadline day had been intended to run until 5.00p.m. UK time:

"I have to say that as a manager you have to deal with problems. It's one thing that I like dealing with as a manager. There's all sorts of problems you have to deal with as a manager, and you try to stay consistent with the decisions that you make. But I have to say that as far as I am concerned, this one was an absolute joke. Someone has got to be held responsible for it. I spoke to Warren Feeney at Newport and he had the same situation, and if that is the case, someone has got to put their hand up. I know this situation won't happen again, because of the system that is going to be put in place next year. But I will be digging deep to find out the problem because it's certainly not the club's fault. It seems to be part and parcel of life now, where people want to get off early from work, and I think that was the situation."

Way's reference to the system changes is that the Emergency Loan system will be ending at the end of the 2015-16 season, with changes to the Standard Loan agreements expected to be put in place for the 2016-17 campaign. That would then concentrate all business into the January and July/August transfer windows, bringing an end to the way Football League sides conduct business during the season. That should mean that the clash of a transfer deadline day with a public holiday cannot happen in the future, although that won't help the Glovers during this season - Jakub Sokolik will be covering as a right-back against Carlisle United today.


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25 March 2016 : Team News For Yeovil Town vs Carlisle United
Yeovil Town have named four changes to their starting eleven for the League Two match against Carlisle United at Huish Park this afternoon. Everton loanee Liam Walsh was given a red card in last weekend's 3-0 defeat against Cambridge United and so starts a three match suspension. His place in the side is taken by Matt Dolan, who had been out with a calf injury.

Meanwhile Swansea City right-back Connor Roberts is away on international duty with Wales Under-21s which means that he misses his first minutes of football for the Glovers this season. The intention had been for him to be replaced by fellow Welshman Liam Shephard, but sods law is that his international clearance didn't come through in time, and so he is sat in the stand today. Connor's place in the side is taken by Jakub Sokolik, who we assume is the nominated right-back for the day.

The third change sees Kevin Dawson drop to the bench, with Jack Compton replacing him. Kevin had suffered a groin injury during last weekend's match, and so although he makes it as far as the bench, it seems as though his time on the pitch is being rationed for now. AFC Bournemouth attacking midfielder Harry Cornick is not in the squad - due to an undisclosed injury - his place is taken by Ryan Bird.

On the bench, striker Tahvon Campbell is back after missing last weekend's match through illness, whilst youth teamer Ollie Bassett gets his first time in the teamsheet of 2016.

Meanwhile the club's longer term injury list of Jordan Gibbons (hip injury), Omar Sowunmi (ankle) and Wes Fogden (knee) means that they continue to be absent.

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

Yeovil Town:
1. Artur Krysiak
6. Jakub Sokolik 26. Darren Ward (Capt) 3. Nathan Smith 11. Ryan Dickson
8. Marc Laird 4. Matt Dolan 2. Ben Tozer
14. Jack Compton 9. Ryan Bird 19. Brandon Goodship

Substitutes:
12. Chris Weale (GK) 7. Kevin Dawson 10. Shaun Jeffers 21. Alex Lacey 28. Ollie Bassett 38. Leroy Lita

Carlisle United:
1. Mark Gillespie
2. Tom Miller 27. Mark Ellis 5. Michael Raynes 3. Danny Grainger
7. Jason Kennedy 8. Martin Smith 4. Luke Joyce
9. Charlie Wyke 16. Jack Stacey 24. Hallam Hope

Substitutes:
6. David Atkinson 13. Dan Hanford 14. Jabo Ibehre 15. Brandon Comley 23. Joe Thompson 25. Derek Asamoah 26. Macaulay Gillesphey


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25 March 2016 : Darren Previews The Carlisle United Home Game
As part of the build-up to the League Two match against Carlisle United at Huish Park, Yeovil Town manager Darren Way spoke to the BBC about the fixture. With questions from BBC Somerset reporter Richard Hoskin, Darren talks about the decision to bring Swansea City full-back Liam Shephard back to the club, as well as other issues such as last week's injury to Kevin Dawson and the fitness of striker Leroy Lita. Read that interview via the link below.

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


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25 March 2016 : Video : Bristol City Ladies vs Yeovil Town Ladies Match Highlights
For those who want to view match highlights of Wednesday night's FAWSL2 match between Bristol City Women and Yeovil Town Ladies, these are now available online. Watch all five goals, which included second half strikes from Atlanta Primus and Nicola Cousins, via the clip below.




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24 March 2016 : Stevenage Recruit Roeder As Managerial Advisor
League Two side Stevenage have brought in former Newcastle United and Norwich City manager Glenn Roeder as a Managerial Advisor until the end of the 2015-16 season. The appointment has been made to help new manager Darren Sarll, who has had a bumpy start to his time as manager, having taken over the reins from Teddy Sheringham on the final day of the January Transfer Window. His management record currently shows two wins and six defeats in eight matches, with five consecutive losses on the cards that have seen Boro slip to 22nd place in the League Two table.

Roeder's last proper management job ended all the way back in January 2009 when he left his position at Carrow Road, Norwich but during last year he joined Sheffield Wednesday as part of a three-man director level set of advisors at Hillsborough - a position that was terminated in December 2015. His role is a fairly obvious one in that Sarll is in his first front line job, having been their Head of Youth until June 2015, when Sheringham moved him into a first team coaching position. However, when Sheringham's position was terminated just six hours before the transfer window shut, Sarll was given the job on a caretaker basis, and Stevenage have quietly maintained that position since that time.

The rather more experienced former Queens Park Rangers defender, who is now 60 years old, has denied suggestions that he is sat in waiting to take over from Sarll, claiming "I'm here for six weeks, and that's it" saying that he will provide an advisory role to the more inexperienced Sarll, with the aim of ensuring that Stevenage's slide down the table does not drop one position lower than they currently are.


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24 March 2016 : Way Downplays Francois Zoko Injury Problems
Yeovil Town manager Darren Way has downplayed suggestions that striker Francois Zoko will be missing from the club's teamsheet on a long term basis. The 32 year old was substituted during the second half of the club's 1-0 victory over Notts County, having scored the winning goal, with him missing last Saturday's match against Cambridge United at the Abbey Stadium.

On the day of that game in Cambridge, reports suggested that Zoko was out with a torn calf muscle that would keep him out for around four-to-six weeks, with further suggestions that he might not even play again this season. Way's on-the-record prognosis before the game was to just say that he was "out for the foreseeable future" and he has told BBC Somerset today that he did not recognise the more pessimistic estimate as accurate, suggesting Zoko's problems were not as serious as that:

"Someone said that Francois Zoko was out for four-to-six weeks, but I never said that. It's interesting as to where that has come from. But I've certainly not said that, and if you were to ask the boy now, he would tell you exactly the same. So I'll have to find out where that has come from."

Way has also confirmed that Matt Dolan has successfully completed training sessions this week, following his own calf problem, and so will be in contention to play in midfield, which would suggest that he would be an obvious swap for the suspended Liam Walsh, who is just starting a three match ban. Meanwhile Way has suggested that Kevin Dawson will be available for selection, saying that he is "okay" after he was taken off at half time against Cambridge United with a groin injury.

As reported earlier, the major question for Darren Way is who he selects for the right-back slot for the visit of Carlisle United, with it seeming likely that he will be denied the ability to select both Swansea City players Connor Roberts (international duty) and Liam Shephard (awaiting international clearance).


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24 March 2016 : FIFA Holidays In Switzerland Thwart Shephard Transfer Completion
Yeovil Town have been left frustrated in their attempts to get international clearance for Swansea City full-back Liam Shephard today. The Glovers had specifically recruited him with an attempt for the right-back to act as cover for team-mate Connor Roberts, who is away on international duty in Romania and Bulgaria - now it transpires that BOTH players will be unavailable for tomorrow's game against Carlisle United.

A quirk of the way that transfer regulations work is that the loan deal is regarded as needing international clearance, due to Swansea's disciplinary records being covered by the Wales FA. The club lodged the international clearance papers on Wednesday at 3.30p.m. but they have been unable to get the confirmation back from the relevant football associations. Unfortunately it appears that the FIFA offices in Switzerland decided to start their Easter break early by disappearing at 11.00a.m. today, meaning that both the English Football Association and the FA Wales organisations have been unable to confirm clearance. As a result the club do not expect to obtain clearance in time for the match.

Assuming no last minute reprieves, the club will now have to reshuffle, with dedicated right-back Ben Tozer the most obvious selection for that spot, although Jakub Sokolik and Kevin Dawson have both played matches there on occasions.


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24 March 2016 : Officials For Yeovil Town vs Carlisle United
Officials for the League Two match between Yeovil Town and Carlisle United have been published by the Football League. The match takes place on Friday 25th April 2016, with a 3.00p.m. kick-off at Huish Park. The man in charge of the fixture will be referee Kevin Johnson (Somerset).

He has been a regular at Huish Park, but in terms of competitive fixtures involving him as a man in the middle, he has only been used three times . Other occasions involved him turning up for a pre-season friendly, whilst he has also been used in the past as an assistant referee and fourth official. Over the summer of 2014, he was promoted to the Football League's referees list, having previously been a referee at Conference level, whilst performing an assistant's role in the Football League.

He is 38-39 years old and lives in Weston-super-Mare, where he used to work at the Bristol Evening Post as a newspaper printer, but now works in property maintenance, working in Redfield. He started refereeing during his late teens, progressing through the Bristol and Suburban and Gloucestershire County leagues before taking on Western League and Southern League fixtures.

During the 2014-15 pre-season he took charge of the pre-season friendly against Cardiff City, in a match in which the Bluebirds ran out as comfortable 1-4 away winners. He also took charge of our September 2014 Football League Trophy match against Portsmouth which ended in a 1-3 home defeat. Despite the two results, we can't find too much outrage about his performance, apart from a possible penalty shout when a Sam Hoskins cross appeared to be handled inside the box by a Pompey player.

Where things get more controversial are with the Boxing Day meeting against Bristol City at Ashton Gate. It was an unusual decision to allow him to take charge of a local derby game where his employment is currently in Bristol BS5, and where his former employers are the major media organisation reporting on that club, in an environment where there is clearly going to be a lot of passion and support for that club, and where he will have rubbed shoulders with their supporters on a daily basis. He may not be a City supporter himself, but it would be like someone working at the Western Gazette and then going off and refereeing a Yeovil game.

During the match he awarded Bristol City two penalties - the first was soft, whilst the second came about after he'd belatedly changed his mind over a free kick given Yeovil's way that caught our players out of position as a direct result of his u-turn. He also turned down our own penalty appeal. Overall, City were the better side, and deserved their win in terms of the pattern of play, but manager Gary Johnson was not best pleased saying after the match: "I'd be shocked if anyone thinks they were penalties" - his view was that for the second penalty his defender had won the ball. Overall the referee's performance was poor, and you wonder what the referees association were thinking in terms of giving such an inexperienced official a local derby in his own back yard.

We crossed swords again in August 2015 for the 2-0 defeat against Oxford United at the Kassam Stadium. There he had a much quieter game, with the home side thoroughly deserving their victory. He did give us one moment of amusement - he went for a little bit too much showmanship in trying to book Connor Roberts for a foul, and in his hurry to brandish a yellow card, it flew out of his hand. Oxford's Danny Hylton had a calmer approach to things, and picked up the card, showing it to Roberts on behalf of the referee. A minor point, but sometimes referees forget that they are not meant to be a part of the performance.

Mr Johnson will be assisted by Colin Lymer (Hampshire) and Kevin Morris (Herefordshire). The Fourth Official will be Marvyn Amphlett (Worcestershire).

Link: July 2014 : Yeovil Town 1 Cardiff City 4.

Link: September 2014 : Yeovil Town 1 Portsmouth 3.

Link: December 2014 : Bristol City 2 Yeovil Town 1.

Link: August 2015 : Oxford United 2 Yeovil Town 0.


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24 March 2016 : Carlisle Bring In Royals Winger Ahead Of Tomorrow's Game
Tomorrow afternoon's opponents Carlisle United have boosted their squad with the signing of Reading winger Jack Stacey. The 19 year old has joined the Cumbrians on loan until April 23rd, and thus will be in their squad that travels south to Huish Park for the League Two match against the Glovers that takes place on Good Friday, with a 3.00p.m. kick-off.

Stacey joined Reading's Academy in 2004 and first signed a professional contract in December 2013. He has six first-team appearances for Reading to his name, and has been a regular for their Under-21s this season. He also has a limited amount of experience at this level, having had a two game loan spell with Barnet earlier this season, starting in their matches against Notts County and Mansfield Town.

Carlisle have also recently brought Sunderland midfielder Martin Smith into their squad in the past week. The 20 year old had been expected to start against Wycombe Wanderers on Saturday, but had to settle for a place on their bench, but manager Keith Curle stuck defender David Atkinson in an unfamiliar role instead. Curle explained afterwards that he wanted Smith to watch the match, having only arrived at Brunton Park on the day before the game, eventually coming on for Atkinson for the final 22 minutes of the match. The question for Curle will be therefore whether Smith gets his full debut for tomorrow's match.


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24 March 2016 : Football League Set A Minute's Silence For Weekend Fixtures
Yeovil Town's home League Two match against Carlisle United will be preceded by a minute's silence. The Football League have indicated that all games played on Good Friday and the following Saturday across the three divisions will be asked to hold this "as a mark of respect to those that lost their lives in Brussels this week."

Events on Tuesday saw 31 people in Brussels lose their lives, following explosions at Zaventem airport and Maelbeek metro station, with in the region of 300 people injured in the terrorist attacks.


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24 March 2016 : Shephard Makes Huish Park Return
Yeovil Town have re-signed Liam Shephard on loan from Premier League side Swansea City. The right-back arrives back at the club for a second spell, to cover the club's loss of Connor Roberts, who is on international duty over the Easter weekend. He has agreed a one month loan deal and gives the Glovers the unusual prospect of having two right-backs on loan from the same Premier League club at the same time!

Last season Shephard made 20 appearances for the club during the second half of the campaign, after being brought in by former boss Gary Johnson, and he put in a series of impressive performances that saw him pick up the Bobby Hamilton Young Player Of The Season award, despite being only on the club's books for half of the campaign.

The agreement is subject to international clearance, which will hopefully come through in the next 24 hours.

Yeovil Town have five other loan players on their books with Everton midfielder Liam Walsh, AFC Bournemouth duo Brandon Goodship and Harry Cornick, Swansea City right-back Connor Roberts and West Bromwich Albion striker Tahvon Campbell currently borrowed from other clubs. Football League rules do not place a limit on the overall number of loan players a club can have on their books, but limit clubs to just five in a matchday squad, meaning that excess loan players have to sit in the stand for those games. The most obvious issue is who out of Shephard and Roberts would keep the right-back slot beyond the Carlisle game, but the question mark over the six loan players will come into genuine focus once Liam Walsh completes his three match ban.

Link: Liam Shephard : Yeovil Town Statistics.


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24 March 2016 : Late Fightback Can't Stop Ladies Suffering Opening Day Defeat
Yeovil Town Ladies suffered defeat in the opening game of their FAWSL2 fixture of the 2016 season last night - but that didn't tell half of the story. A five goal thriller saw the pendulum swing one way and then the other, as the Glovers fought back from a horror start to their campaign, by going 3-0 down against local rivals Bristol City Women. Then came the fightback as goals from Atlanta Primus and Nicola Cousins set up a grandstand finale for the final ten minutes of the game, but they ended up paying the penalty for that poor start, going down by a 3-2 scoreline against a side likely to be one of the promotion challengers during this season.

There was a question mark against Bristol's opening goal, scored after half an hour of even play, when Rosella Ayane got a toe on the ball inside the box, after it had bobbled about inside the area. The goal stood, but with the Glovers looking for the offside flag that never came. Seven minutes later and matters got worse as Millie Farrow took advantage of some poor play by the Glovers, doubling the home side's lead. Seven minutes into the second half, and Yeovil's sleepy start to the 2016 season continued as Rosella Ayane got her second goal of the night, striking the ball left-footed into the bottom corner for a 3-0 scoreline. Game over - or so you'd think.

Bristol's third goal was the signal for the game to swing rapidly in the other direction. They got themselves a penalty just two minutes later, and up stepped Atlanta Primus to reduce the arrears. Bristol goalkeeper Hannah Reid then had to save with her legs from an Annie Heatherson shot, but she couldn't do anything about Yeovil's second goal - scored by Nicola Cousins after she bundled the ball home from a Sarah Wiltshire cross and now it was very much game on. Hannah Short saw her shot from the edge of the box deflected into the goalkeeper's arms, but with two minutes remaining, Yeovil had their big chance for an equaliser as Cousins broke the offside trap, but the shot went wide of the target, and Bristol survived the late onslaught.

That left Yeovil Town captain Ellie Curson picking the bones out of her side's opening 52 minutes worth of the fixture, and she said after the game that the first half in particular wasn't good enough in her eyes:

"I think we gave them the game to be honest. We didn't turn up, we didn't start how we wanted to start. We transformed the game in the second-half, but by then it was too late. It's something we really need to learn from, we need to start like we did in the second-half. I'm positive that if we play like we did in the second-half then hopefully we'll do really well this season, but the first-half really wasn't good enough. It's always good to see a lot of people watching, but it is disappointing especially when you see our fans travel up and we put in a performance like that which we all know wasn't good enough. Hopefully they will stand by us, we showed our spirit and our team commitment in the second-half."

Final Score: Bristol City Women 3 Yeovil Town Ladies 2.

Scorers: Rosella Ayane (1-0, 31 mins), Millie Farrow (2-0, 38 mins), Rosella Ayane (3-0, 52 mins), Atlanta Primus (3-1, pen, 54 mins), Nicola Cousins (3-2, 79 mins)

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

Substitutes: Lauren Townsend (55 mins for Nadia Lawrence), Kayleigh Green, Emily Donovan, Charlotte Johnson, Sammy Quayle, Whitton, Natasha Knapman (85 mins for Natasha Knapman)

Bristol City Women: Hannah Reid; Loren Dykes, Grace McCatty, Corinne Yorston, Megan Alexander; Chole Arthur, Hayley Ladd, Georgia Evans, Rosella Ayane; Millie Farrow, Jodie Brett

Substitutes: Tatiana Pinto (65 mins for Megan Alexander), Ellie Wilson (73 mins for Georgia Evans), Caitlin Leach, Olivia Fergusson, Pagie Sawyer, Emma Tustin, Katie Jones

Attendance: 667.


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23 March 2016 : Ellie Curson Talks About The New Ladies FAWSL Season
Last week, Yeovil Town Ladies captain Ellie Curson was interviewed by BBC Somerset as part of their build-up to the new 2016 season. With questions from BBC Somerset reporter Matt Faulkner, Ellie spoke both about the FA Cup game against Sunderland Ladies and her hopes for the FAWSL2 season, which kicks off tonight with a fixture against Bristol City Ladies at the Stoke Gifford Stadium. Read that interview via the link below.

Note that the interview was conducted before the Sunderland match took place, and so doesn't consider the outcome of that game.

Link: Ellie Curson Speaks To The BBC As Part Of The Build-Up To Sunderland.


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23 March 2016 : Goodship Sails On In Loan Extension
Yeovil Town have successfully extended the loan agreement for AFC Bournemouth striker Brandon Goodship. The 21 year old has been on loan at the club during the past month, making seven appearances and scoring one goal - which happened to be the crucial winner against relegation rivals Dagenham and Redbridge at Victoria Road, a week after his debut.

Brandon has now agreed to stay at the club until the end of the 2015-16 season after the two clubs agreed terms for the remaining nine matches of the League Two campaign.

Link: Brandon Goodship : Yeovil Town Statistics.


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23 March 2016 : New Date For Stevenage Away Fixture
Yeovil Town's League Two match against Stevenage now has a new date. The match - originally set for Easter Monday - had been called off due to international call-ups within the Stevenage ranks. It will now be played at Broadhall Way on Tuesday 5th April, with a 7.45p.m. kick-off. This will position the fixture midway between the Newport County and Exeter City home games, and thus will still represent the club's next away fixture.

Original tickets for this match will remain valid - if you can't make the new date, then you need to return your tickets to the Huish Park Ticket Office as quickly as possible, and certainly before the date of the new fixture.


Link: Ticketing For Stevenage vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Ticketing For Bristol Rovers vs Yeovil Town.

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Link: Ticketing For Barnet vs Yeovil Town.


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23 March 2016 : Jamie Sherwood Talks About Sunderland And The New FAWSL2 Season
Following Sunday's 0-2 home defeat against Sunderland Ladies in the Women's FA Cup Fifth Round, Yeovil Town Ladies manager Jamie Sherwood spoke to the BBC about the match. With questions from BBC Somerset presenter Jack Murley, Jamie delivers his verdict on that match, as well as looking forward to the FAWSL2 season, which starts tonight with a match against Bristol City Ladies at the Stoke Gifford Stadium. Read the interview via the link below.

Link: Jamie Sherwood Speaks To The BBC After The 0-2 Defeat Against Sunderland.


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22 March 2016 : Ben Tozer Talks About The Cambridge United Defeat
Following Saturday afternoon's 3-0 defeat against Cambridge United at the Abbey Stadium, Yeovil Town midfielder Ben Tozer talked about the match. With questions from local journalist Chris Spittles, in an interview for BBC Somerset, Ben's views on the game and what went wrong can be read via the link below.

Link: Ben Tozer Speaks To The BBC After The 3-0 Defeat Against Cambridge United.


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22 March 2016 : Yeovil Town Injury Round-Up
Recent injury, suspension and availability problems will be creating a headache for manager Darren Way ahead of the club's League Two match against Carlisle United at Huish Park. The Glovers have been plagued with such problems throughout the 2015-16 season, and whilst matters have been much improved in recent months, a new batch of injuries and suspensions have served to complicate matters. A summary of the current situation is as follows:

Matt Dolan: Calf injury. Missing since he came off during the second half against Mansfield Town. At the time the club downplayed his injury, but he has missed the last two games. Current indications are that he is the player that Darren Way is hoping will be fit enough to take Liam Walsh's place for the Good Friday fixture, although there's no guarantee on that, at this stage.

Kevin Dawson: Groin injury. Came off at half time during last weekend's match against Cambridge United. His injury is not a repeat of the problems he faced that kept him out for the first half of the 2015-16 season, but is probably partially related to that longer term problem. There's no prognosis on his injury, but the fact that he had to be substituted at the Abbey Stadium would make him a major doubt for Friday.

Francois Zoko: Calf injury. Francois tore his calf muscle during the home match against Notts County. The initial prognosis was that he would miss four-to-six weeks worth of football, so he is definitely unavailable for the foreseeable future.

Liam Walsh: Suspended. Liam will serve the first of a three match ban during Friday's match against Carlisle United.

Connor Roberts: International Duty. Connor will be in the Wales Under-21 squad in Bulgaria and Romania during Friday and Tuesday. A bonus for the club is that he'll only miss one match, with the Easter Monday trip to Stevenage now postponed due to international call-ups in the Stevenage camp.

Tahvon Campbell: Illness. Tahvon missed last weekend's match at Cambridge due to illness. He'll hopefully have recovered in time for Friday's fixture.

Jordan Gibbons: Hip injury. Hasn't played since September 19th 2015 and hasn't been in a matchday squad since September 29th 2015. Had an operation last year, but hasn't been mentioned by the club in several months, so can probably be assumed to be out for the rest of the season.

Omar Sowunmi: Ankle injury. Hasn't played since November 14th 2015 after he had a secondary set-back on the ankle injury he sustained in the September fixture against AFC Wimbledon. He had an operation and around that time he was understood to be out for around five months. However he hasn't been mentioned by the club in several months, so can probably be assumed to be out for the rest of the season.

Wes Fogden: Knee injury. Hasn't played since December 12th 2015 and hasn't been in a matchday squad since January 10th 2016. His knee injury is described as 'serious' and he will definitely not play again this season.

The club's other two issues are that of AFC Bournemouth loan duo Brandon Goodship and Harry Cornick. Goodship's one month spell ran out after last weekend's match, but the club have yet to announce an extension to that deal. Meanwhile Cornick's loan deal with the club in theory ran out on March 14th and so may have already rolled forward again, but there has been no confirmation at either end that this has happened.

There has been suggestions that the club could move into the loan market ahead of Thursday's loan transfer window deadline. However, that would be on diminishing returns. Although Football League sides can in theory bring in as many loan players as they want to, only five can be selected in a matchday squad. The club currently have Connor Roberts, Liam Walsh, Harry Cornick, Tahvon Campbell and Brandon Goodship on their books, meaning that any attempt to add to the squad on that basis will result in one of those players being sat in the stand. For the next three matches, that player will be Liam Walsh, but once he returns at that point the Glovers would be having to disappoint one of their players for non-playing reasons.

For Friday's fixture against Carlisle United, the big question is who will fill the right-back position in Connor Roberts' absence - the first time the club will have needed to find a deputy for that slot. The most logical candidate is Ben Tozer. His No.2 shirt is a reminder that he was actually brought into the club to fill that slot, but his pre-season injury and operation meant that fans didn't see him for several months. Thus he is a prime candidate to play there, although that then takes another player out of the club's depleted midfield. If Matt Dolan doesn't recover in time from his calf injury, then another option is to play Jakub Sokolik in the right-back position - something that he did to mixed effect during the 2014-15 campaign.

If the club are still short in midfield, then Alex Lacey played a couple of matches in midfield earlier in the season, although again this is not his preferred position. Meanwhile, if Kevin Dawson doesn't recover in time, this is the one area that the Glovers do have plenty of cover, with Dawson having played as a wide forward in recent matches. All of Jack Compton, Ryan Bird, Leroy Lita and Tahvon Campbell can be considered as a swap for the Irishman, with probably a bit of tinkering with the exact formation of any front three depending on who is selected.


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21 March 2016 : FA Confirm Liam Walsh Suspension
The Football Association have confirmed the suspension of Everton loanee Liam Walsh, following his dismissal in Saturday's League Two match at Cambridge United. The 18 year old was given his first senior red card in the 16th minute of the match at the Abbey Stadium when he was involved in an off-the-ball incident involving Cambridge midfielder James Dunne. The match video showed Walsh raising a hand to Dunne's face, and so it was never likely to result in the club launching an appeal - they have now confirmed that they will not do so.

Walsh will now miss the club's next three first team matches as a violent conduct offence. Currently that takes in the home matches against Carlisle United and Newport County. As the fixture list stands, he would also miss the home match against Exeter City on April 9th, but that depends on whether the club are able to rearrange their trip to Stevenage that was originally scheduled for Easter Monday, into the gap between the Newport and Exeter fixtures, where currently both clubs have a free midweek slot.

Exactly who takes Walsh's position for Good Friday's visit of Carlisle United will depend upon the fitness of Kevin Dawson and Matt Dolan. Dawson came off at half time at Cambridge with a groin injury, whilst Dolan has missed the last two matches with an injury he sustained at Mansfield Town just over two weeks ago.

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


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21 March 2016 : International Call-Ups See Stevenage Trip Postponed.
Yeovil Town's League Two match against Stevenage that had been set for Easter Monday, has been postponed. The match was due to be played in seven days time on Monday 28th March but has been called off due to international call-ups in the Stevenage camp. A new date will now have to be arranged.

The Glovers were already missing Connor Roberts for this fixture, due to his own international call-up, and will now only have one fixture across the Easter weekend as a result, with the visit of Carlisle United taking place on Friday 25th March at Huish Park with a 3.00p.m. kick-off.

Stevenage had lost Ben Kennedy to the Northern Ireland Under-19 squad and Dale Gorman and Ryan Johnson to the Northern Ireland Under-21 squad, prompting their request to postpone the match. They had also lost Ryan Hedges to the Wales Under-21 squad, but as a loan player he was not part of the request that Stevenage sent through to the Football League.

When we have a new date for this game, we'll provide an update but it will now be on a midweek evening, sometime in April.


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21 March 2016 : Darren Talks About Cambridge United Team Selection
Just before Saturday afternoon's League Two match against Cambridge United kicked off at the Abbey Stadium, Yeovil Town manager Darren Way speaks to the BBC. With questions from local journalist Chris Spittles, in an interview for BBC Somerset, Darren explains the loss of striker Francois Zoko, his selection of AFC Bournemouth loanee Brandon Goodship and his back four's defensive record. Read that chat via the link below.

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


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21 March 2016 : Newport Visit Gets Kids For A Quid Ticketing Offer
Yeovil Town will be putting on a 'Kids For A Quid' ticketing offer for the League Two match against Newport County. The Glovers host the South Wales club on Saturday 2nd April 2016, with a 3.00p.m. kick-off in what should be the tail end of the Easter school holidays for most junior-aged supporters.

As is always the case with the club's promotions of this kind, the match entitles all supporters aged Under-16 to enter the ground for £1.00 only, with tickets purchased from the Huish Park Ticket Office. There are no limits on the number of tickets (apart from the capacity of the ground!) and no adults required to qualify for the purchase. Simply take your pound coin to the ticket office, or pay alongside any other tickets you plan to purchase. Visit or call the Huish Park Ticket Office on 01935-847888.

Link: Ticketing For Stevenage vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Ticketing For Bristol Rovers vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Ticketing For Wycombe Wanderers vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Ticketing For Barnet vs Yeovil Town.


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21 March 2016 : Bristol Rovers Tickets Released For General Sale
A reminder that advance tickets for Yeovil Town's trip to Bristol Rovers are now on general sale. The match takes place at the Memorial Stadium on Saturday 16th April 2016, with a 3.00p.m. kick-off and is an ALL TICKET fixture - no sales will be allowed on the day of the match. The previous restriction on the number of tickets each person could purchase has now been lifted, so all tickets are now sold on a first come, first served basis. Call or visit the Huish Park Ticket Office on 01935-847888 to purchase your ticket.

Ticketing information for ALL of Yeovil Town's remainining 2015-16 season fixtures can be found via the articles below, including Easter Monday's trip to Stevenage.

Link: Ticketing For Stevenage vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Ticketing For Bristol Rovers vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Ticketing For Wycombe Wanderers vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Ticketing For Barnet vs Yeovil Town.


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21 March 2016 : Roberts Playing Run Set To Be Broken By International Call-Up
Yeovil Town's on loan right-back Connor Roberts looks as though he will have his unbroken spell in the first team ended - but only as a result of his own success on the pitch. The 20 year old Swansea City loanee has had an extraordinary 2015-16 season, having played in every minute of every game so far during the current campaign - a remarkable achievement for someone who had not played a single minute of first team football before he arrived on the opening day of the season.

Connor has been called up to play for Wales Under-21s who have two fixtures over the Easter weekend, meaning that he will miss the Good Friday visit of Carlisle United and the Easter Monday trip to Stevenage, as he will be overseas during both matches. Wales play two UEFA U21 Championships 2017 qualifying matches in Bulgaria and Romania, with the City Stadium Beroe, Stara Zagora in Bulgaria set for a Friday afternoon (16:30hrs GMT) match being followed up by a Tuesday afternoon trip (16:00hrs GMT) to Gaz Metan, Medias in Romania.

The right-back wasn't named in the original squad selected by manager Geraint Williams for the matches, but appears to have been called up on Sunday. The original squad included former loanees Josh Sheehan and Liam Shephard - the latter would have been the more senior choice at Roberts' preferred right-back position, and recently made his first team debut for Swansea City in their FA Cup tie against Oxford United, but has pulled out of the squad due to injury - undoubtedly the reason for Roberts' inclusion. Connor has been capped at Wales Under-19 level before but has never played for the Under-21s squad so this would be new ground for him.

As yet, the Wales FA have not updated their squad lists for this game - the original squad list is shown below.

Wales Under-21 Squad (Original Selection):
Billy O'Brien (Manchester City)
Michael Crowe (Ipswich Town)
Declan John (Cardiff City - on loan at Chesterfield)
Gethin Jones (Everton)
Jordan Evans (Fulham - on loan at Oxford United)
Dominic Smith (Shrewsbury Town)
Tom Lockyer (Bristol Rovers)
Josh Yorwerth (Ipswich Town - on loan at Crawley Town)
Josh Sheehan (Swansea City)
Lee Evans (Wolves - on loan at Bradford City)
Ryan Hedges (Swansea City - on loan at Stevenage)
Tom O'sullivan (Cardiff City - on loan at Newport County)
Wes Burns (Bristol City - on loan at Fleetwood Town)
Ellis Harrison (Bristol Rovers)
Harry Wilson (Liverpool)
Jake Charles (Huddersfield Town)
Liam Shephard (Swansea City) (withdrawn due to injury)
Louis Thompson (Norwich City - on loan at Swindon Town).

Roberts' absence could create a bit of a headache for this weekend's Easter fixtures. Ben Tozer was brought into the club as a right-back but has played exclusively in midfield during the current campaign, due to the form of the Swansea City player - hence he is an obvious replacement in that position. However, the likely three match suspension for Liam Walsh already leaves the Glovers a man short in the centre, whilst another possible midfield replacement Kevin Dawson came off at half time against Cambridge United with a groin injury that may leave him struggling to play, whilst Matt Dolan has missed the last two matches through injury. One possible option for the full-back position if Tozer is needed in midfield is to utilise Jakub Sokolik in that position - he featured there in a handful of matches during the 2014-15 season.


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21 March 2016 : Chaplen Double Sends Ladies Out Of The Cup
Yeovil Town Ladies bowed out of the Women's FA Cup at the Fifth Round stage on Sunday afternoon, as two second half goals from Sunderland Ladies proved too much for a battling Glovers side. Sunderland's Brooke Chaplen did the damage as she bagged both goals, meaning that Jamie Sherwood's side now know the standard that they must hit if they are to compete with the country's top FAWSL1 sides, ahead of their 2016 FAWSL2 League season, where they would dearly love to target promotion to that level.

The Glovers have only reached this stage of the competition once before, and were aiming to reach the quarter-finals for the first time, coming up against a side that had finished in fourth place in the top division last season. Not too surprisingly, the Black Cats enjoyed plenty of first half possession and territory, although Yeovil did well to keep them at bay, restricting them to only a small handful of chances, with Beth Mead twice having chances saved by Charlotte Haynes. Oddly it was Yeovil who had the best chance of the half from one of their few chances - captain Ellie Curson struck a free kick during first half injury time, and the flight of the ball seemed to deceive everyone, including Sunderland keeper Rachel Laws as the ball curled and came off the post, just about keeping the game goalless at half time.

Yeovil came out far more impressively during the early part of the second half, more than matching their FAWSL1 opponents, and it was therefore frustrating when a defensive error saw Brooke Chaplen break into the box. Charlotte Haynes managed to parry Chaplen's initial effort but the loose ball rebounded kindly and Chaplen grabbed the opener. The same player doubled Sunderland's lead with ten minutes remaining when Beth Mead's right wing run saw the ball laid off to Chaplen, to pretty much put the tie to bed.

The Glovers could have got themselves a consolation in the closing minutes as Atlanta Primus and Sarah Wiltshire saw shots go wide, but in the end manager Jamie Sherwood was forced to reflect upon a defeat. With half an eye on where the Ladies real 2016 aims lie, during the coming season, he saw the game as a yardstick of the sort of standards that his team would need to look to, if they are to achieve their dream of promotion to the top level:

"We want to be a WSL 1 club and we are not making any secret about it. Today was a yardstick for us because Sunderland are a good side and we acquitted ourselves really well in patches against them. Once they got in front, they showed their class Ė theyíve got a goal scorer in Beth Mead and I thought Brooke Chaplen was superb in midfield along with Rachel Furness. We were unfortunate to concede the goal at the time we did because I felt that we were in a good position. Sunderland have got a solid side from one to 11, and with their subs as well Ė Stephanie Roche who was nominated for the Puskas award came on for them. We can do better and we will."

Final Score: Yeovil Town Ladies 0 Sunderland Ladies 2.

Scorers: Brooke Chaplen (0-1, 67 mins), Brooke Chaplen (0-2, 80 mins)

Yeovil Town Ladies: (4-3-3) Charlotte Haynes; Ellis Hillman, Hannah Short, Helen Bleazard, Nicola Cousins; Nadia Lawrence, Steph Williams, Ellie Curson; Sarah Wiltshire, Atlanta Primus, Annie Heatherson.

Substitutes: Kelly Snook (58 mins for Ellis Hillman), Kirsty Whitton (76 mins for Steph Williams), Emily Donovan (88 mins for Nadia Lawrence), Charlotte Johnson, Sammy Quayle.

Sunderland Ladies: (4-2-3-1) Rachel Laws; Rachel Pitman, Stephanie Bannon, Victoria Williams, Kylla Sjoman; Brooke Chaplen, Rachel Furness; Krystle Johnston, Lucy Staniforth, Abbey Joice; Beth Mead.

Substitutes: Abby Holmes (60 mins for Rachel Pitman), Keira Ramshaw (63 mins for Krystle Johnston), Stephanie Roche (88 mins for Abbey Joice), Hilde Olsen, Kelly MacDougall.

Yeovil Bookings: Ellie Curson (53 mins)

Sunderland Bookings: None.

Referee: James Robinson.

Attendance: 517


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20 March 2016 : Cooper Becomes Latest Magpies Manager After Fullarton Exit
League Two side Notts County have appointed their third manager of the 2015-16 season, with the selection of former Swindon Town boss Mark Cooper. The 47 year old comes in, having been out of work since October 2015 when his two year stay with the Wiltshire club had been brought to an end. Prior to that he had a brief ill-fated appointment at Peterborough United along with a number of jobs in non-league football, notably at Tamworth and Kettering Town. He is the son of former England full-back Terry Cooper.

Cooper had been linked with the Magpies job even before Jamie Fullarton was shown the door yesterday, but reports suggested that the deal had broken down because Cooper wanted to bring his own backroom staff to Meadow Lane, whilst County wanted to only give him the job until the end of the season. It appears that the latter arrangement is in place as an interim measure, with club owner Ray Trew having given Cooper an undisclosed deal that includes an option that would trigger a permanent appointment, if Cooper can hit a certain points target. Whilst the target will not be made public, leaving plenty of wriggle room for Trew or any future owner that takes over the reins, he confirmed that is part of the arrangement:

"I said on Saturday that what we need now, as a club, is stability, as we look to resolve the change of ownership and that is why I have turned to Mark to bring his experience and knowledge to the club to help turn things around on the pitch. To be fair to Mark and to reward him, should he manage to get things moving in the right direction, I have agreed a points total with him, which will remain confidential, at which point his deal will become permanent. I think what we all want is for Notts to be successful and if Mark can bring that then it is only right that he is given the role full-time, which I think any new owner would agree with."

Notts County currently lie in 19th place in the League Two table, with 40 points gained from 36 games.


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20 March 2016 : Video : Cambridge United vs Yeovil Town Match Highlights
For those who want to watch match highlights of yesterday's 3-0 defeat against Cambridge United, these can now be viewed online. As well as the three goals scored by Cambridge United, you can also view the incident that led to Everton loanee Liam Walsh getting his first red card. Then in the second half, you'll find a strong solo run by Harry Cornick that led to the Glovers first shot on goal of the game, followed by a rather splendid bit of tekkers from AFC Bournemouth loanee Brandon Goodship out on the left flank. Watch via the clip below.




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20 March 2016 : Darren's Verdict On The Cambridge United Away Game
Following yesterday's 3-0 defeat against Cambridge United at the Abbey Stadium, Yeovil Town manager Darren Way spoke to the BBC. With questions from local journalist Chris Spittles, in an interview for BBC Somerset, Darren's views on his side's performance, why Kevin Dawson was taken off at half time, the red card issued to Everton loanee Liam Walsh and the imminent expiry of AFC Bournemouth striker Brandon Goodship's loan deal can be read via the link below.

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


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19 March 2016 : Magpies Need Another Manager Again As Fullarton Is Fired
Notts County owner Ray Trew may have put his club up for sale, but is showing no sign of slowing down in terms of the club's turnover of managers. The Magpies have sacked Jamie Fullarton after just 70 days in the job. He lasted just 12 matches as their manager, having come in during mid-January as a former Bristol Rovers youth team coach who had held various other junior positions at other clubs. His final record reads three wins, one draw and eight defeats, the last of which was a 1-4 home defeat against Exeter City saw him lose his job hours after the final whistle.

Trew has resigned his position as Chairman, but still appears to be acting in some kind of executive capacity, perhaps because his Chief Executive Julian Winter has also resigned, taking up a position at Huddersfield Town, leaving the club apparently rudderless. Trew admitted that the current situation at Meadow Lane hadn't helped Fullarton's cause:

"Whilst it is well known that my position at the club has changed in recent weeks, I still have a responsibility to do what I feel is best for Notts County and that means acting when things arenít going right on the pitch. I have to thank Jamie for his efforts over the past few weeks because he has had to face an incredibly difficult atmosphere, somewhat unfairly I feel, but has maintained an exceptional level of professionalism throughout and should be applauded for how he has conducted himself. There is no doubt in my mind that Jamie still has a very bright future in the game, but I acknowledge that what was already a tough challenge for him here at Meadow Lane was made all the more difficult through a number of factors that were beyond his control."

The County owner should be just about able to squeeze in another manager before he heads out the door himself. Since Ian McParland's departure in October 2009, Notts County have named Hans Backe, Dave Kevan, Steve Cotterill, Craig Short, Paul Ince, Martin Allen, Keith Curle, Chris Kiwomya, Shaun Derry, Paul Hart, Ricardo Moniz and now the departing Jamie Fullarton as their managers. Fullarton's predecessor Moniz had only been in charge since the tail end of last season, meaning that they will now be choosing their third boss of the 2015-16 campaign, having used four managers during the previous season.

Upon Fullarton's arrival at Meadow Lane, their statement described him as one 'of the brightest young managerial prospects in the country' with Trew stating:

"I don't think I have ever been as impressed by someone at an interview as I was by Jamie. He had us all captivated throughout what turned out to be a lengthy assessment of his suitability for the role. I've got to stress that we had an incredibly high standard of applicant for the vacancy, some of whom were unable to commit to the role to the level we were looking for and some who gave us plenty to think about when it came to conducting the interviews. However, when Jamie came in for his interview we all agreed that he stood out as the man that we wanted to take on this exciting challenge, with his meticulous attention to detail and his mix of self-awareness and self-assurance shining through."

Twelve games later, it seems the situation has rather changed. Notts County may find it difficult to recruit a quality successor in the short term. The club are currently the subject of a winding up order in the High Court, at the demand of HMRC (aka the Taxman) with a case due to be heard on April 25th. Recent Football League policy has been to put any club that is behind on its tax payments under a transfer embargo, meaning that any new man coming in will be told he has to work with County's current squad of players, who are currently on a run of seven matches without a win, and have not won at Meadow Lane since December 12th - also a run of seven home fixtures.

County are currently 13 points above the relegation line, lying in 19th place and one above Yeovil Town, and so theoretically should be safe from the drop. However, their current High Court appearance means that the prospect of administration can't be ruled out before the end of the season, which would incur an automatic 10 point penalty. Currently there is claimed to be plenty of interest in the Magpies - BBC Radio Nottingham report that an American company has agreed a deal in principle with Ray Trew, with a Chinese company flying into the UK on Tuesday. Meanwhile local businessman Alan Hardy has put in a formal offer which the BBC suggest falls short of Trew's valuation of the club, with Hardy wanting Trew to guarantee the settlement of all outstanding undisclosed debts and liabilities. The latter aspect may be the crucial question as to whether the Magpies are in serious problems or not - HMRC have yet to reveal the size of their claim against the club, whilst Trew has given no clues as to what sort of debts they are currently carrying, and whether he is prepared to write them off.


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19 March 2016 : Man of the Match Voting for Cambridge United vs Yeovil Town
If you watched this afternoon's 3-0 defeat against Cambridge United at the Abbey Stadium, 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 Cambridge United vs Yeovil Town.


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19 March 2016 : Lack Of Athleticism Concerns Darren Way In Cambridge Defeat
Yeovil Town manager Darren Way said that the dismissal of Everton loan midfielder Liam Walsh against Cambridge United today didn't help his side's cause - but was more concerned by his side's lack of athleticism today. The Glovers went down to a 3-0 defeat, and that wasn't helped when they had to play 76 minutes with just ten men, but they were already a goal behind given that Ben Williamson had scored a fourth minute opener.

Williamson grabbed another, and saw a third attempt ruled out for offside, as the home side dominated the game. Substitute Jimmy Spencer did grab a late third goal, giving the home side a comfortable victory. Way told BBC Somerset after the game that the early red card didn't help matters, but he was more concerned with the level of performance that the remaining ten players showed on the day:

"I think the referee's decision in sending Liam Walsh off didn't help, but having said that, that's probably the second time - and I'd look at the Hartlepool game - where it just wasn't us from start to finish. These things happen and it's never nice losing, but it just brings you back down to earth again, and that there's still a lot of hard work left to do. I'm just more disappointed in the performance and the manner in which we lost the game and our athleticism on the day. It just didn't look like we covered the ground as good as what we normally have done. We'll be working hard this week and I'll be making sure that the players get back on track, and everyone will follow suit to make sure that we keep this football club in the Football League. It just didn't look like we covered the ground as good as what we normally have done."

Way admitted that his view of the incident was only a partial one, given that he was on the opposite side of the pitch, and so wants to view the match video before forming a proper impression of the incident. Referee Lee Swabey judged that Walsh had landed a hand in the face of Cambridge midfielder James Dunne after the pair had got involved in an off the ball incident, but Way said that he had not seen any evidence of that from his sight of it:

"I think from the angle that I had, you could see that James Dunne, who is quite an experienced player and quite a clever player, had a tussle on the ground before. Then there was a little push from what I've seen. I think the referee said it was a slap but I certainly didn't see any contact to the face. There was grabbling that could be perceived in different ways. But he's made that decision, and we had to deal with that. I'm going to have to look at it a lot closer because it was on the opposite side of the pitch. I was disappointed with the referee's performance, but it happens."

Assuming there is no appeal against the incident, Walsh's offence would be classed as violent conduct and so would go down as a three match ban, commencing on Good Friday, when Carlisle United are the visitors to Huish Park.


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19 March 2016 : Cambridge 3 Yeovil 0 : Walsh Sees Red As Williamson Double Sinks Glovers
Yeovil Town went down to their first defeat in seven games this afternoon, as mid-table Cambridge United gained a 3-0 victory at the Abbey Stadium. It was a one-sided encounter at times, not helped by an early goal from Ben Williamson that was followed by Everton midfielder Liam Walsh getting sent off just a quarter of an hour into the match, following an off the ball incident involving James Dunne. Williamson followed up with a crucial second goal during first half injury time, giving the Glovers very little chance of working their way back into the match. Matters were polished off three minutes from time as substitute Jimmy Spencer converted a loose ball from close range. The only plus side was that with York City, Dagenham and Redbridge and a number of other relegation rivals losing, there was little damage done, with the eleven point buffer being maintained.

The Glovers went into the match making just one change to their line-up, following the disappointing news that Francois Zoko's injury last week had been diagnosed as a torn calf muscle that would leave him out of action for around four-to-six weeks. His place in the side was taken by AFC Bournemouth loanee Brandon Goodship, who took the central role in the 4-3-3. Shaun Jeffers came onto the bench, with Tahvon Campbell ruled out due to illness, whilst Jakub Sokolik returned following his recent illness problems.

To say Yeovil Town got off to a bad start would be an understatement. Just four minutes into the match, Harrison Dunk's cross was flicked on by Josh Coulson and that left Ben Williamson in free space to tap the ball home from close range. That brought to the end a Glovers run of 460 minutes without conceding a goal, but was a sign of things to come throughout the game.

Defender Leon Legge threatened to quickly add to the early opener, but a defensive block stopped the ball going near the goal, as the home side stayed on top of the game. Things got worse for Yeovil very quickly though when James Dunne got involved in an off the ball incident with Everton loanee Liam Walsh. Dunne appeared to provoke the teenager, but when Walsh retaliated, fans views were that the midfielder had put a hand in Dunne's face, meaning that referee Lee Swabey brought out a red card for the offence, leaving Yeovil down to ten men for 74 minutes.

Cambridge had been well on top even before that, but they used the extra man advantage well. The tetchy nature of the match following that red card threatened to boil over, with Marc Laird and Ben Tozer both booked for fouls on the pantomime villain James Dunne, whilst an incident involving Ben Williamson and Connor Roberts by the touchline that saw the Cambridge striker leave the field entirely, saw the Cambridge bench flying out of their dugout area, calling for action which referee Lee Swabey seemed unmoved by.

When the football did break out, it was Cambridge who were providing the attacking intent, with the Glovers not managing a single shot all half. Zeli Ismail's free kick was pushed around the post by Artur Krysiak for a corner, then James Dunne fired wide. The only reason why Cambridge weren't threatening more was that they were tending to over-elaborate, in trying to out-pass the ten men, rather than more directly, giving Yeovil a chance to efficiently block out by using a 4-4-1 formation, as the two wide 'forwards' played more as wingers, leaving Brandon Goodship as the one true striker.

Unfortunately for Yeovil, they switched off just at the wrong time, with the final kick of the half, as Darren Ward committed a rare error. The Glovers were too over-elaborating inside their own half and Ward's misplaced pass allowed Cambridge to attack back at them, and Harrison Dunk's cross in found Ben Williamson in space at close range, and Cambridge were 2-0 up just as the whistle blew for the break - a killer time to score a goal.

At half time, a groin injury forced Kevin Dawson off the field, with Ryan Bird replacing him, seeing the big striker play as the central man, whilst Brandon Goodship took up Dawson's vacant role on the right. At 2-0 down the Glovers had to opt for more of a 4-2-3 rather than the more resilient looking 4-4-1 plan they'd taken following Walsh's red card. It took them 51 minutes, but finally Yeovil got themselves a shot on goal, with Harry Cornick's long range attempt easily saved, but with Bird following up ten minutes later with a break through the centre that was stopped only by an impressive defensive block, at least the new line-up showed better penetration.

The snag was that at the other end, Cambridge were still getting plenty of good chances. Ben Williamson had a couple of opportunities for his hat-trick, with crosses from Harrison Dunk once again setting him up, only for him to fluff his lines. Then substitute Jimmy Spencer forced Artur Krysiak to punch over the crossbar. Williamson was denied his hat-trick once again - although on this occasion did get the ball in the back of the net. He had strayed offside following a corner kick, and although he finished from close range, the Glovers defence had pushed out, leaving him stood in an illegal position.

Cambridge also thought they had won a penalty kick with ten minutes remaining. Darnell Furlong burst into the box and went down, and when referee Lee Swabey blew his whistle, the home fans cheered, and then were subdued when the Devon official produced a yellow card and booked him for diving - this time the home fans, rather than the away supporters were left aiming chants in his direction about his ability to handle the game.

Matters were wrapped up with three minutes to go - another Harrison Dunk cross wasn't cut out, and when Jimmy Spencer's initial effort was parried by Artur Krysiak, the ball rebounded kindly to the same player, and Spencer finished off the rebound from close range, ending any possible doubt over the result. Mercifully, with York and Dagenham both losing, the position below the Glovers lies unchanged, and although today acts as a significant reality check, in terms of their battle for survival, it does no noticeable damage. The loss of Francois Zoko before the game, the red card for Liam Walsh, and an injury to Kevin Dawson might worry Darren Way a little more though.

Link: 2015-16 Latest League Two Table.

Final Score: Cambridge United 3 Yeovil Town 0.

Scorers: Ben Williamson (4 mins, 1-0), Ben Williamson (45 mins, 2-0), Jimmy Spencer (87 mins, 3-0)

Cambridge United:
35. Will Norris 25. Darnell Furlong 6. Leon Legge 14. Josh Coulson 34. Ryan Haynes 16. James Dunne 23. Ryan Ledson 20. Zeli Ismail 8. Luke Berry 11. Harrison Dunk 22. Ben Williamson

Substitutes:
2. Elliot Omozusi 5. Mark Roberts 13. Sam Beasant 15. Robbie Simpson 17. Shane O'Neill 20. Jimmy Spencer (60 mins for James Dunne) 28. Ryan Horne

Yeovil Town:
1. Artur Krysiak
24. Connor Roberts 26. Darren Ward (Capt) 3. Nathan Smith 11. Ryan Dickson
8. Marc Laird 25. Liam Walsh 2. Ben Tozer
7. Kevin Dawson 19. Brandon Goodship 23. Harry Cornick

Substitutes:
12. Chris Weale (GK) 6. Jakub Sokolik 9. Ryan Bird (46 mins for Kevin Dawson) 10. Shaun Jeffers 14. Jack Compton (68 mins for Harry Cornick) 21. Alex Lacey 38. Leroy Lita (75 mins for Brandon Goodship)

Cambridge United Bookings: James Dunne (foul, 48 mins), Josh Coulson (foul, 60 mins), Darnell Furlong (diving, 80 mins)

Yeovil Bookings: Marc Laird (foul, 27 mins), Ben Tozer (foul, 29 mins), Ryan Dickson (foul, 58 mins). Red Card: Liam Walsh (violent conduct, 16 mins)

Cambridge United Match Statistics: Possession: 61%; Shots: 12; Shots On Target: 8; Corners: 5; Fouls: 11.

Yeovil Match Statistics: Possession: 39%; Shots: 7; Shots On Target: 4; Corners: 3; Fouls: 8.

Referee: Lee Swabey (Devon). Assistants: Ashvin Degnarain (London) and Mark Jones (Nottinghamshire). Fourth Official: Josh Smith (Lincolnshire).

Attendance: 4,956 (with 265 Yeovil supporters).


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19 March 2016 : Glovers Suffer Zoko Injury Blow
Yeovil Town have suffered a significant blow with the news that striker Francois Zoko will be out with a calf injury for the foreseeable future. The Ivory Coast striker tore his calf muscle during last week's 1-0 win over Notts County - initial reports had suggested that it was a minor kick to his Achilles, but further analysis reports a more major problem with his calf that will keep him out of the side for in the region of four to six weeks.

With only ten games remaining of the 2015-16 season, that current prognosis would see him struggling to play in all bar the last one or two games of the campaign. Zoko's record had seen him score seven times in his 22 appearances so far this season, but he will have few opportunities to add to that. He had signed a deal with the club to run to the end of the 2015-16 campaign, having been brought to the club by former boss Paul Sturrock towards the end of November, as a free agent.


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19 March 2016 : Team News For Cambridge United vs Yeovil Town
Yeovil Town have named one change to their starting eleven for the League Two match against Cambridge United at the Abbey Stadium this afternoon. Striker Francois Zoko is missing with a torn calf muscle and is replaced in the line-up by AFC Bournemouth loanee Brandon Goodship.

Midfielder Matt Dolan, who suffered a knock during the match at Mansfield Town two weeks ago, is still missing. However, centre-back Jakub Sokolik who had been suffering with a viral infection, is back on the bench today. He is joined by striker Shaun Jeffers, who gets on the teamsheet for the first time since his loan spell with Woking ended. Striker Tahvon Campbell sits out the match through illness.

Meanwhile the club's longer term injury list of Jordan Gibbons (hip injury), Omar Sowunmi (ankle) and Wes Fogden (knee) means that they continue to be absent.

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

Yeovil Town:
1. Artur Krysiak
24. Connor Roberts 26. Darren Ward (Capt) 3. Nathan Smith 11. Ryan Dickson
8. Marc Laird 25. Liam Walsh 2. Ben Tozer
7. Kevin Dawson 19. Brandon Goodship 23. Harry Cornick

Substitutes:
12. Chris Weale (GK) 6. Jakub Sokolik 9. Ryan Bird 10. Shaun Jeffers 14. Jack Compton 21. Alex Lacey 38. Leroy Lita


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19 March 2016 : Centre Stage For Ladies As Black Cats Visit Huish Park
Huish Park will host a big cup tie on Sunday (tomorrow), when Yeovil Town Ladies look to overturn Women's Super League one side Sunderland, knowing that they are just three games from Wembley. The Black Cats, finished fourth is WSL1 in the 2015 season, with just Arsenal, Manchester City and Chelsea above them. But with Yeovil (also a fourth placed team in the previous campaign) searching for promotion to WSL1 this year, this will be a tough test for Sunderland in this last 16 of the SSE FA Women's Cup.

Manager Jamie Sherwood will be eager for his side to impress, who have 3 games in 7 days starting with Carlton Fairweather's team this weekend, who will make a 700 mile round trip to Somerset. Apart from new signing Kayleigh Green unavailable due to being cup tied, Sherwood is hopeful to have a full squad to select from, with the niggles and injuries from the previous week, which saw the friendly against Liverpool postponed, all progressing well. It will be a special day for captain Ellie Curson, who will lead her team out at Huish Park for the first time. On her excitement to do this and commenting on the teams build up to the game, Curson said:

"It will be an honour to lead the girls out this weekend at Huish Park. I am confident that we will put on another top performance and hope to see lots of our fans and new faces there supporting us from the stands."

With the spirit of the 1949 men's giant killing against Sunderland, which is bound to be in the air on Sunday, manager Jamie Sherwood said:

"The girls know exactly what our focus has to be on. We are prepared, ready and eager, to follow the achievement in 1949 and I know that Sunderland will be aware of this. We will have to be at our best to progress to the quarter finals, but so too will Sunderland. We will give all we can to make our fantastic fans proud and happy."

The game kicks off at 2.00p.m., with turnstiles open from 12.30p.m. Entrance to the conference facilities is from 12.00p.m. which also includes access to a pre-match carvery costing £8.95 (to book email crobinson@ytfc.net or tel 07976 630341).

Entrance to the game is £5.00 adults / £2.50 concessions which can be paid in cash on the day, or by pre-booking tickets by heading here.

Yeovil Town Ladies vs Sunderland Ladies - at Huish Park on Sunday
Yeovil Town Ladies vs Sunderland Ladies - at Huish Park on Sunday



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18 March 2016 : Magpies Facing High Court Winding-Up Order Next Month
League Two side Notts County are under pressure to speed up the sale of their club, after a date was set for a winding up order in the High Court. The Magpies have been the subject of a petition from HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) - usually when the taxman goes chasing a football club it means that they have failed to pay taxes on players wages on time. Their hearing will take place on April 25th 2016 at the Royal Courts of Justice in London, after the petition was filed on March 2nd, meaning that they must either settle the amount or risk being wound up by the Courts as bankrupt.

Last month, County owner Ray Trew put the club up for sale, and resigned as Chairman at the same time. Chief Executive Julian Winter has also resigned and taken up a position at Huddersfield Town, and the speculation now is that Trew will be aiming to sell the Magpies before that High Court date, rather than have to bail out a football club that he clearly has no forward-looking interest in. Another option may be that they choose to go into administration, but with them currently only 13 points off the drop zone, the 10 point penalty that would be incurred in such circumstances could give current bottom pair York City and Dagenham and Redbridge a lifeline.

Reports from BBC Radio Nottingham claim that local businessman Alan Hardy has now put in a formal offer to buy the club, although the local media are connecting an unnamed Danish billionaire with the club as well. The BBC are suggesting though that news of the HMRC winding up order has come as a surprise to Hardy, with suggestion that "widely different figures" are being quoted concerning exactly how much money they owe the taxman, and what their current liabilities are.

Meanwhile earlier this week, Bristol Rovers found themselves back to square one, regarding their stadium plans, after supermarket giant Sainsbury walked away from a Court of Appeal case without having to pay compensation. Rovers were meant to be building a new £30 million stadium on the UWE Campus, with part of the funding coming from the sale of the Memorial Stadium. But when Sainsbury's pulled out of the deal in February 2014, a legal battle broke out over whether they were entitled to terminate the contract. In July 2015, the High Court agreed with Sainsbury's, but Rovers took the case to an Appeal. The answer has been the same result - a case of Rovers 0 Sainsbury's 2, over the two legs.

The question of whether the stadium gets built or not now depends on Rovers' new owners - the Jordanian Al-Qadi Family. Their response before the Appeal indicated that the stadium would be built regardless of the outcome, but a more muted response from Rovers yesterday merely said that "We will be looking closely at the judgement to assess its implications for the Club and it's future and will make a further statement in due course. That suggests that Rovers fans' wait for new stadium facilities will carry on - an issue that has been on the Mem's boardroom table for approaching a decade, with successive plans failing to be followed through.


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18 March 2016 : Darren Previews The Cambridge United Away Game
As part of the build-up to Saturday afternoon's match against Cambridge United at the Abbey Stadium, Yeovil Town manager Darren Way spoke to the BBC. With questions from BBC Somerset reporter, Darren talks about the club's targets during the final ten games, as well as his views on Francois Zoko and Matt Dolan's injuries. Read that interview via the link below.

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


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18 March 2016 : Officials For Cambridge United vs Yeovil Town
Officials for the League Two match between Cambridge United and Yeovil Town have been announced by the Football League. The match takes place on Saturday 19th March 2016, with a 3.00p.m. kick-off. The man in charge of the fixture will be referee Lee Swabey (Devon).

Mr Swabey is 31 years old and was born in Plymouth. He's been a regular at Huish Park and other West Country venues stretching back nine years as an assistant referee and a fourth official, since becoming a Football League official in the summer of 2006. He was promoted as a referee to the Football League in the summer of 2015, getting a trial run during the 2015-16 pre-season, taking charge of our 3-2 win over Swansea City Under-21s which seemed to pass off without major incident.

Later during the actual 2015-16 campaign, he was present for the 1-1 draw against AFC Wimbledon. We'll have trouble in providing a review for his performance though as he only lasted 38 minutes! We're not quite sure what caused his problem, but at that point he needed to be replaced, and retreated to becoming the Fourth Official for the rest of the match.

We finally got him for a full 90 minutes for the December 2015 match against Leyton Orient. Overall he had a decent game. We would quibble about the six minutes of first half injury time he conjured up, but as we scored during that period, maybe we won't do that! Orient fans were too busy expressing their unhappiness with their first team manager to get angsty about the referee, and we don't recall anything too controversial from their point of view.

He's so far taken charge of 25 matches - 22 Football League games and one three cup matches - that have seen him raise 78 yellow cards and 9 red cards.

Mr Swabey will be assisted by Ashvin Degnarain (London) and Mark Jones (Nottinghamshire). The Fourth Official will be Josh Smith (Lincolnshire).

Link: September 2015 : Yeovil Town 1 AFC Wimbledon 1.

Link: December 2015 : Leyton Orient 1 Yeovil Town 1.


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18 March 2016 : Ciderspace Guide To Cambridge United
Tomorrow afternoon, Yeovil Town travel to the Abbey Stadium, home of Cambridge United, for a League Two match. This will be our first visit to the ground since December 2004, and so the Ciderspace guide has had a bit of a hefty update - find directions, parking, ticketing, club statistics and a pub guide all bundled into one page. Find it via the link below.

Link: Ciderspace Guide To Cambridge United.

Cambridge's Habbin Terrace, split between home and away fans
Habbin Terrace, split between home and away fans.
Photo © 2016 Ciderspace



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17 March 2016 : Way Gives Mixed Injury News On Zoko and Dolan
Yeovil Town manager Darren Way has given mixed news on two of his players who have been on the treatment table this week, recovering from knocks sustained in recent matches. Ahead of the League Two trip to Cambridge United, Way is more upbeat about striker Francois Zoko, who was substituted during the second half of the club's 1-0 win over Notts County.

At the time, it wasn't too clear whether the club's in-form striker was just being replaced for the sake of a pair of fresh legs, or whether there was a problem, but he sustained a kick on his Achilles during the match that has been causing him some pain. He joined midfielder Matt Dolan, who missed the weekend match, having limped off during the club's win at Mansfield Town on the preceding win.

Way didn't reveal what Dolan's problem was, but it appeared to be a lower leg or ankle problem that hadn't been expected to keep him out for too long. However, Way told BBC Somerset that he was 'struggling' and painted a more optimistic picture of Zoko's chances:

"Francois is carrying a knock. Obviously he had to come off during the game the other day, but we're keeping our fingers crossed that he'll be alright. We'll have to wait and see. Matty Dolan is still struggling, but he tells me he wants to be involved on Saturday. We'll have to let it take its course. We've got rid of that viral infection now, so that's good."

The news that the club's viral infection has left the camp should mean that defender Jakub Sokolik would make himself available for selection this weekend, having dropped out of the squad last Saturday, leaving Zoko and Dolan as the only two question marks over who will travel to the Abbey Stadium.

Way's side go into the match in excellent form, having gained four consecutive 1-0 wins, and having not conceded a goal in 466 minutes of football. That has taken them 11 points clear of the relegation slots, with ten games remaining. The Glovers boss has batted off all attempts by the media to get him to specify a points total for safety, or to identify any personal targets, but he admitted that the club's winning sequence had got people talking about the club:

"There's a lot of people talking about us, and the players deserve that credit. It's a fantastic achievement, from where we were to where we are now, is a miracle. But as a manager you've just got to be put in place to win football matches and that's what I am concentrating on. If I was to give you a points tally, as I said to you last week, you'd have looked at me and laughed, and I don't want to do that. I want to make sure that the players have got a winning mentality and that there's a winning culture about the club, and that's the target."


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17 March 2016 : Cornick Strike Nominated In League's List Of Top Goals
Yeovil Town's nomination for their best goal of the 2015-16 season is a strike from AFC Bournemouth loanee Harry Cornick. The 20 year old netted an outstanding winning goal against Crawley Town at the Broadfield Stadium, back in September 2015 that saw the Glovers gain a 1-0 victory, and that goal is included in a list of 72 goals from each of the league's member clubs.

Channel 5's Football League Tonight show will this weekend reveal which 10 goals from the list will now be put forward for a fan vote. The selection of the 10 best goals scored by League clubs from across Football League competitions in 2015-16 will be shown by George Riley and Kelly Cates on the Channel 5 programme on Saturday evening, along with details of how fans can vote for their favourite. That will then cut the list of 10 goals down to a shortlist of five.

The overall winner of the best goal from 2015-16 will then be announced at the Football League Awards which take place at Manchester Central on Sunday, 17th April, 2016.




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17 March 2016 : Darren Way Talks About The Club's Rise Up The Division
Last week, Yeovil Town manager Darren Way spoke to Sky Sports as part of their weekly Podcast programme. Darren gave his views on the club's rise from the foot of the division, former manager Paul Sturrock who he worked under but then replaced, and how some of his life experiences have shaped his early managerial direction. Read that interview via the link below.

Link: Darren Way Speaks To Sky Sports In The Lead-Up To The Notts County Game.


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16 March 2016 : Green Joins The Glovers : Ladies Snap Up Welsh International
Jamie Sherwood has made a late boost to his side, with the signing of highly rated player Kayleigh Green. Having just returned from the Cyprus Cup, where Green was playing for her national side Wales, Yeovil manager Jamie Sherwood has obtained the playing services in the lead up to a busy first week, as the start of the new season fast approaches.

Green scored for Wales in the 2-2 draw against Finland recently and joins from Cardiff City, where she was club captain. The 28 year old, had been a Bluegirl for 18 years and has made 11 appearances for her national team. Green will be cup tied for this coming Sundays game with Sunderland at Huish Park, but will be available for the short journey to play against Bristol City Women on 23rd March, followed by another away game at Watford on 27th March. On signing for Yeovil Town Ladies, Green said:

"I am happy and excited to have signed for Yeovil this season. The club has great ambition and Iím delighted to be a part of the team. Iíve always wanted to play in the Womenís Super League and to have this opportunity is great and I canít wait to get started. I want to say a massive thank you to all the players and staff at Cardiff City Ladies. Iíve had an amazing time at the club since a youngster and I wish them all the best for the rest of their season."

Yeovil Town Ladies sign up former Cardiff City player Kayleigh Green
Yeovil Town Ladies sign up former Cardiff City player Kayleigh Green


Manager Jamie Sherwood gave his views regarding the capture of the Welsh international and explained that he already knew her well from his own time when he was managing the Cardiff City side:

"I've know Kayleigh for many years and I had the opportunity to work with her at Cardiff City LFC where she captained the side to a very successful second season for the club. Kayleigh brings plenty of hunger, ambition and has plenty of experience. Her enthusiasm and attention to detail in her preparation made it a simple decision to sign her. This signing will bring another quality player into the group that will continue to develop our winning mentality and desire to success in this season to remember. I have been extremely pleased with her since her coming into training and it is a disappointment that she is cup tied for the upcoming game but she will be pushing for a place in the starting 11 in the league campaign."

Yeovil face WSL1 side Sunderland this Sunday 20th March at Huish Park, where they are just 3 games from Wembley, as they play in the last 16 of the SSE FA Womenís Cup. Tickets are available here costing £5.00 adults / £2.50 concessions. The game kicks off at 2.00p.m.


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16 March 2016 : Live Coverage Of Ladies For Sunderland Cup Clash
Yeovil Town Ladies will increase their profile this weekend, with plans to broadcast the match live on local radio. On Sunday, the club play an FA Cup Fifth Round tie against FAWSL1 side Sunderland AFC Ladies on the main Huish Park stadium pitch, hoping to reach the Quarter-Finals for the first time in the club's history.

For those fans who are unable to get down to Huish Park, the good news is that BBC Somerset will be broadcasting the match live, with presenter Jack Murley taking the reins for full coverage of the game. The BBC will be switching their 95.5FM coverage to the ground just before the 2.00p.m. kick-off, giving fans unbroken commentary of the game.

For fans heading down to the ground, if you havenít booked tickets for the game yet, you can do so by clicking here. Still available are 2016 season tickets, which allows entry to ALL home games. Alternatively, you can pay cash on the turnstiles, with ticket prices for the game at £5.00 for adults, with concessions available at £2.50 per person.

The game kicks off at 2.00p.m. on Sunday 20th March, with turnstiles open from 12.30p.m.


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15 March 2016 : Artur Krysiak Talks About The Notts County Win
Following Saturday afternoon's 1-0 win against Notts County at Huish Park, Yeovil Town goalkeeper Artur Krysiak spoke to the BBC. With questions from local journalist Chris Spittles, in an interview for BBC Somerset, Artur gives his views on keeping five clean sheets in a row and the club's overall form, as well as the match against the Magpies itself.

Link: Artur Krysiak Speaks To The BBC After The 1-0 Win Against Notts County.


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14 March 2016 : Final Week For Bristol Rovers Priority Sales
A reminder that tickets for Yeovil Town's trip to Bristol Rovers remain on priority sale to Season Ticket Holders for the next five days only. Season Ticket Holders have until 4.00p.m. on Friday to purchase their tickets for the match at the Memorial Stadium, which takes place on Saturday 16th April 2016, with a 3.00p.m. kick-off.

The Ticket Office had been rationing Season Ticket Holders to just two tickets per holder. This restriction has now been lifted, as the current level of sales does not warrant the limit. General sales will commence on Monday 21st March at 9.00a.m.

Ticketing information for ALL of Yeovil Town's remainining 2015-16 season fixtures can be found via the articles below, including Saturday's trip to Cambridge United.

Link: Ticketing For Cambridge United vs Yeovil Town.

Link: GWSC Travel For Cambridge United vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Ticketing For Stevenage vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Ticketing For Bristol Rovers vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Ticketing For Wycombe Wanderers vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Ticketing For Barnet vs Yeovil Town.


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14 March 2016 : Yeovil Town Ladies To Unveil New Away Kit For Sunderland Cup Clash
As well as watching a highly anticipated match this Sunday at Huish Park, there's even more reason to come and support Yeovil Town Ladies this weekend, with news of the club wearing their new away kit for the first time. Huish Park welcomes Sunderland AFC Ladies from FA Women's Super League One and they will make the 700 mile round trip for the last 16 of the SSE FA Womenís Cup.

Ellie Curson, who will lead her team out of the tunnel for the first time as captain at Huish Park, will be dressed in the clubs new away kit, supplied by continuing kit supplier O'Neills.

The match will bring excitement and also a chance to remember some history, as Yeovil welcomes a team who were once on the end of a giant killing, when in 1949, Southern League men's club Yeovil Town, overturned the ĎBank of Englandí club Sunderland, which has been labelled as one of the biggest cup upsets.

If you havenít booked tickets for the game yet, you can do so by clicking here. Still available are 2016 season tickets, which allows entry to ALL home games. Alternatively, you can pay cash on the turnstiles, with ticket prices for the game at £5.00 for adults, with concessions available at £2.50 per person.

The game kicks off at 2.00p.m. on Sunday 20th March, with turnstiles open from 12.30p.m.


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14 March 2016 : Pilgrims Publicise Pyro Punishment
League Two side Plymouth Argyle have given an 'indefinite ban' to a supporter who briefly interrupted their recent match against Yeovil Town at Huish Park. The February 0-0 draw was held up after two separate coloured smoke devices were ignited, with at least one of them being thrown into the pitch during the second half, leading to Artur Krysiak having to leave his goalmouth.

It would appear that Argyle have been able to identify one of the culprits responsible. They have written to a teenage fan, informing them that they will not be welcome at future Argyle games, with no end date set against that ban. They indicate that they have also passed details to Avon and Somerset Police for a possible prosecution, explaining:

"Argyle sent out a letter with notice of an indefinite ban to an 18-year-old who had been identified as having thrown a smoke grenade on to the pitch at Yeovil. Case papers have been forwarded to Avon & Somerset Police, who are likely to take action."

If the individual is prosecuted and the court finds him guilty, then it is highly likely that the Police will also apply for a legally-enforceable Football Banning Order against the Pilgrims fan. Whilst Argyle's current ban against the alleged offender is purely a civil matter, the Police would have the power to apply for a legal order that would make it a criminal offence for that fan to be present in the vicinity of any designated football ground on a matchday.

Argyle indicate that they sent the letter out 24 hours before a serious incident at St James Park on Saturday. The League Two match between Exeter City and Carlisle United was held up for 65 minutes whilst the Stagecoach Stand at the ground was evacuated after a fire alarm went off.

Early indications are that the alarm was triggered when a pyrotechnic smoke device was set off around toilets near the stand, and that this set off the alarm. With reports of smoke coming from the back of the stand, it was a case of 'safety first' for the Grecians, with spectators being sent onto the pitch to clear the area, whilst the Fire Brigade investigated. The game eventually resumed once they'd been satisfied that the smoke device was the only cause of the alarm being triggered. Police arrested one spectator at the ground in connection with the incident, who has been reported as being a 16 year old boy from Carlisle. The game eventually finished around 6.00p.m. with a 2-2 draw shared between the two teams.


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14 March 2016 : Darren Talks About Notts County Team Selection
Just before Saturday afternoon's match against Notts County kicked off at Huish Park, Yeovil Town manager Darren Way spoke to the BBC about the fixture. With questions from local journalist Chris Spittles, in an interview for BBC Somerset, Darren explains why he saw the Glovers as the underdogs in that fixture despite the club's improved form and the Magpies off the field problems, and also his thoughts on the selection of the front three and the injury to Matt Dolan that saw Everton loanee Liam Walsh recalled. Read that interview via the link below.

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


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13 March 2016 : Video : Yeovil Town vs Notts County Match Highlights
For those who want to view match highlights from yesterday's 1-0 win over Notts County, these are now online. As well as the winning goal from Francois Zoko that was set up via Liam Walsh, Ryan Dickson and Harry Cornick, you'll find a deflected free kick move involving Ryan Dickson, and a first half breakaway involving Marc Laird whose shot went wide. Then in the second half you'll be able to view Scott Loach saving a Cornick effort as well as the decision that led to Yeovil getting a second half penalty along with Leroy Lita's saved attempt. Finally Brandon Goodship's header is inches away from Lita connecting with it. Watch via the clip below.




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13 March 2016 : Darren Way's Verdict On The Notts County Home Game
Following Saturday afternoon's 1-0 win over Notts County at Huish Park, Yeovil Town manager Darren Way spoke to the BBC. With questions from local journalist Chris Spittles, in an interview for BBC Somerset, Darren's thoughts on the club's fourth consecutive victory, the situation regarding penalty kicks yesterday, and what he thinks of any possible points targets can be read via the link below.

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


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12 March 2016 : Darren Way Felt Magpies Keeper Denied Glovers A Big Score
Yeovil Town manager Darren Way felt that his team could have come out of today's match against Notts County with a 'big score' were it not for the display of Notts County goalkeeper Scott Loach. The 27 year old had a six game loan spell with the Glovers during the 2014-15 season, whilst on the books of Rotherham United, but has since moved on to his home city club, and made his first trip back to Huish Park since that spell in South Somerset.

In the end Loach couldn't affect the final outcome, as Francois Zoko scored his seventh goal of the 2015-16 season, with his looping header five minutes into the second half finally beating the opposition keeper, but in reality the Glovers could have easily had more than that as Loach made a string of second half saved that kept the Magpies in the game. Way praised his team for creating those chances, and told BBC Somerset that if it wasn't for the goalkeeper the game could have been out of sight long before the final whistle blew:

"I thought their keeper was fantastic, because it could have been a big score. I want the players to get that score. Unfortunately it didn't happen today, but fair play to their keeper (Scott Loach) as he saved a lot of chances. We've just got to make sure that we remain positive and continue the momentum. I know that's going to happen. You can see that I'm quite flexible with my three, even through making all the subs again with my front three. That was a difficult game to continue that run. It was a team that I was very wary about, even though they have had a few bad results. They've got a wealth of experience and they've got a big squad, and it's a big club. We were up against a really good outfit today. That's a really proud moment as a manager that they continue their run against a good opposition. And we continue winning, and that's been the main thing since I've taken over as manager. You have to win football matches, and we've got a good ratio with that at the moment."

One of Loach's key saves was to deny Leroy Lita a goal on his Yeovil Town debut, with the former Reading and Middlesbrough striker coming on as a substitute midway through the second half. Lita got the chance for a dream start, as the Glovers were awarded a penalty kick five minutes after he stepped onto the pitch, with a Magpies player being penalised for handball inside the box. That led to a bit of a lengthy debate between a number of Yeovil Town players before the choice of penalty taker was agreed - not for the first time this season. The end result was disappointment as Loach produced an excellent save from Lita's strike, but Way played the situation down, even though he admitted Everton loanee Liam Walsh had been another option to take the kick, if Lita hadn't been on the pitch when it was awarded:

"We did have Liam Walsh, so I could understand why Liam was disappointed. But obviously Liam has been out, and Leroy Lita was in last week and there has been a change in personnel. When you change your personnel it's always difficult when the one you normally say is the penalty taker is off the pitch. But we had confidence in Leroy and he had his opportunity. Some players score penalties and some don't, and it's nothing to get too bothered about. You've only got to look at Francois Zoko's response - he scored a goal today, but he obviously missed that dreadful penalty against Carlisle. I think it's important that we stay on the positives, because there are a lot of positives coming out of this football club at the moment. I want to make sure that remains."


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

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


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12 March 2016 : Yeovil 1 Notts County 0 : Zoko Header Grabs Fourth Win In A Row
Yeovil Town gained their fourth win in a row this afternoon, as they saw off Notts County by a 1-0 scoreline. Their fourth consecutive single goal victory extended the club's run without conceding a goal to 456 minutes, and was achieved when Francois Zoko scored his seventh goal of the season, finishing off a move involving Everton loanee Liam Walsh and AFC Bournemouth's Harry Cornick. That win was richly deserved, and would have been gained by a wider scoreline, were it not for some impressive goalkeeping from former loanee Scott Loach, and another failure to convert a spot kick, with Leroy Lita's effort saved after the Magpies were penalised for handball. That thankfully didn't matter, with the club now eleven points clear of the bottom pair of clubs, taking them further away from any thoughts of trouble in the final ten matches of the season.

The Glovers went into the match making just one change to their starting line-up from last week's win at Mansfield Town. Matt Dolan had limped out of that match during the second half, and he was still carrying a knock from that game so dropped out of the squad. Thankfully waiting in the wings was Liam Walsh, who had been missing for three matches due to illness, meaning there was an obvious like-for-like swap available. The only other change saw Jack Compton come onto the bench, following his recovery from a hamstring problem, and he displaced Jakub Sokolik, who was still struggling through illness.

The first half wasn't a classic - even if Yeovil had the upper hand, there wasn't a lot of evidence of goalkeepers being tested throughout the half. Defensive blocks were partially responsible for that, with Francois Zoko having an effort blocked for a corner, whilst at the other end Ben Tozer and Darren Ward had to block chances from Liam Noble and Jonathan Stead respectively - Curtis Thompson did manage to get past the defensive line with his effort but Artur Krysiak watched it go wide of the left-hand post.

Notts County were in theory playing a 4-3-3 against the Glovers, but their wingers were so deep that it became more or less a 4-5-1 in the way they played, sticking everyone bar Jonathan Stead behind the ball, using Liam Noble as the link man in the centre. The Glovers should have gone ahead when Harry Cornick put Marc Laird in on goal on the counterattack. But the midfielder's attempt was dragged well wide of the target. Then a great move down the right flank involving Connor Roberts saw him interchange passes with Kevin Dawson, only for the latter to fire over the bar. That was the frustration - that they had created two or three great chances but not truly tested Scott Loach when the half time whistle blew.

Five minutes into the second period that all changed. Midfielder Liam Walsh showed a real bit of quality as he found Harry Cornick on the flank, and his left sided cross into the box found Francois Zoko, who dug out a superb looping header into the back of the net for the opening goal of the game, and the 1-0 lead that would force the visitors to abandon their ten men behind the ball approach to the game.

Jonathan Stead almost hit back as he headed an Adam Campbell cross over the bar, but in reality it looked more likely that Yeovil would extend their lead. Harry Cornick had two quick efforts on goal, with the latter producing a superb save from Scott Loach from the edge of the box, as the keeper dived full stretch to keep the ball out. A little surprisingly that was one of his final moments on the pitch, with Brandon Goodship being brought on as a substitute. Tahvon Campbell was also brought on, displacing Marc Laird, who was sat on a booking, and that saw Kevin Dawson drop deeper into midfield for the final half hour. Not that this stopped the Irishman from getting forward - he immediately capitalised from that position - getting in from a wide position and forced Loach to parry the ball onto the outer part of the goalframe.

Yeovil's final substitution saw Leroy Lita replace Francois Zoko - the goalscorer got a standing ovation, whilst the debutant got a loud cheer as he got onto the pitch for the first time in his Yeovil career. He could have had a dream start when Yeovil were awarded a penalty for handball in a crowded goalmouth. Not for the first time this season, there was a bit of an over-extended debate between the players over who should take the spot kick, with Jack Compton sat on the bench as the last successful taker and regular penalty man Matt Dolan out injured. Liam Walsh and Ryan Dickson were eventually overruled by Leroy Lita, but Scott Loach continued his sparkling display by saving Lita's penalty kick.

With still only one goal in it, inevitably Notts County pushed players forward in the closing stages although they were a little lucky again to still have a chance of staying in the game - Curtis Thompson had already been booked when he committed a bulk standard yellow card tackle on Liam Walsh that should have seen him leave the field. Referee Gavin Ward choose to bring captain Jonathan Stead over to inform him of the final warning, rather than produce the red. Then Scott Loach saved at point blank range from Brandon Goodship, with Andrew Boyce having to clear off his own goal line. Despite County forcing some late pressure, again it was Yeovil who should have put the game to bed, but Leroy Lita wastefully shot wide from close range during injury time - thankfully that miss, nor his failed penalty mattered, and the end result was four perfect 1-0 wins, and with Yeovil now eleven points clear of the drop, things are now starting to look cut and dried in terms of any worries that might still linger - with York City and Dagenham and Redbridge starting to look dead and buried.

Link: 2015-16 Latest League Two Table.

Final Score: Yeovil Town 1 Notts County 0.

Scorers: Francois Zoko (1-0, 50 mins)

Yeovil Town:
1. Artur Krysiak
24. Connor Roberts 26. Darren Ward (Capt) 3. Nathan Smith 11. Ryan Dickson
8. Marc Laird 25. Liam Walsh 2. Ben Tozer
7. Kevin Dawson 39. Francois Zoko 23. Harry Cornick

Substitutes:
12. Chris Weale (GK) 9. Ryan Bird 14. Jack Compton 19. Brandon Goodship (56 mins for Harry Cornick) 16. Tahvon Campbell (62 mins for Marc Laird) 21. Alex Lacey 38. Leroy Lita (72 mins for Francois Zoko)

Notts County:
13. Scott Loach
18. Elliott Hewitt 6. Haydn Hollis 27. Andrew Boyce 31. Thierry Audel
24. Adam Campbell 15. Curtis Thompson 12. Robert Milsom 28. Jason Banton
16. Liam Noble
30. Jonathan Stead (Capt)

Substitutes:
4. Alan Smith 10. Ronan Murray (56 mins for Jason Banton) 17. Rhys Sharpe 26. Graham Burke (72 mins for Robert Milsom) 29. Wesley Atkinson 39. Izale McLeod 40. Kevin Pilkington (GK)

Yeovil Bookings: Marc Laird (foul, 33 mins), Ryan Dickson (foul, 38 mins)

Notts County Town Bookings: Liam Noble (foul, 71 mins), Curtis Thompson (foul, 77 mins), Adam Campbell (foul, 90 mins)

Yeovil Match Statistics: Possession: 58%; Shots: 15; Shots On Target: 8; Corners: 7; Fouls: 9.

Notts County Match Statistics: Possession: 42%; Shots: 9; Shots On Target: 2; Corners: 2; Fouls: 17.

Referee: Gavin Ward (Surrey). Assistants: Richard Martin (Weston-super-Mare) and Christopher Husband (Worcestershire). Fourth Official: William Bull (Hampshire).

Attendance: 3,588 (with 179 Notts County supporters).


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12 March 2016 : Team News For Yeovil Town vs Notts County
Yeovil Town have named one change to their starting eleven for the League Two match against Notts County at Huish Park this afternoon. Everton midfielder Liam Walsh returns following his three game absence through illness - he replaces Matt Dolan in the side - he limped off the pitch last Saturday against Mansfield Town and drops entirely out of the squad.

Winger Jack Compton is back on the bench for this game - he replaces Jakub Sokolik who has not played since coming off midway through the Accrington Stanley match, suffering from a dizzy spell, although he did make it onto the bench last weekend.

Meanwhile the club's longer term injury list of Jordan Gibbons (hip injury), Omar Sowunmi (ankle) and Wes Fogden (knee) means that they continue to be absent. Striker Shaun Jeffers is the only fit player to be sat in the stands, having returned from his loan spell with Woking, but not having featured since then.

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

Yeovil Town:
1. Artur Krysiak
24. Connor Roberts 26. Darren Ward (Capt) 3. Nathan Smith 11. Ryan Dickson
8. Marc Laird 25. Liam Walsh 2. Ben Tozer
7. Kevin Dawson 39. Francois Zoko 23. Harry Cornick

Substitutes:
12. Chris Weale (GK) 9. Ryan Bird 14. Jack Compton 19. Brandon Goodship 16. Tahvon Campbell 21. Alex Lacey 38. Leroy Lita

Notts County:
13. Scott Loach
18. Elliott Hewitt 6. Haydn Hollis 27. Andrew Boyce 31. Thierry Audel
15. Curtis Thompson 12. Robert Milsom 16. Liam Noble
24. Adam Campbell 30. Jonathan Stead (Capt) 28. Jason Banton

Substitutes:
4. Alan Smith 10. Ronan Murray 17. Rhys Sharpe 26. Graham Burke 29. Wesley Atkinson 39. Izale McLeod 40. Kevin Pilkington (GK)


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12 March 2016 : Ticketing For Barnet vs Yeovil Town
Advance tickets for Yeovil Town's League Two match against Barnet are on sale now from the Huish Park Ticket Office. The match takes place on Saturday 30th April 2016, with a 3.00p.m. kick-off at the Hive Stadium. This is a new ground for Glovers supporters and there is a choice of seated or terraced admission on the day. Prices are as follows:

Seated - West Stand
Adults: £23.00; Over-64s and Under-19s: £12.00; Under-14s: £5.00.

Standing - North Terrace
Adults: £17.00; Over-64s and Under-19s: £12.00; Under-14s: £5.00.


The North Terrace has a capacity of 871 supporters, whilst up to a further 800 seats can be made available in the West Stand.

Wheelchair and Ambulant Disabled supporters must call The Hive Stadium directly on 0208 381 3800 option 1 then option 1. They have 28 Wheelchair bays in the West Stand.

Update: 21//04/2016 Barnet are performing stadium development work over the summer for their North Terrace, but have decided to bring that work forward. Because of that, the North Terrace will be closed and all Yeovil Town supporters will now be housed in the West Stand. Supporters who have already purchased tickets for the Terrace section of the ground will gain automatic admission to the West Stand - you don't need to upgrade your ticket. The Huish Park Ticket Office will now only be selling tickets for the West Stand seated section of the ground. The West Stand away allocation holds up to 800 supporters so should be enough for all away fans to fit in on the day.

Link: Ticketing For Cambridge United vs Yeovil Town.

Link: GWSC Travel For Cambridge United vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Ticketing For Stevenage vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Ticketing For Bristol Rovers vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Ticketing For Wycombe Wanderers vs Yeovil Town.


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11 March 2016 : Darren Previews The Notts County Home Game
As part of the build-up to Saturday afternoon's home match against Notts County at Huish Park, Yeovil Town manager Darren Way spoke to the BBC. With questions from BBC Somerset reporter Chris Wise, Darren gives his views on whether he believes the Glovers should still see themselves in a relegation battle, the club's current form, the latest injury news and his views on tomorrow's opponents and their recent change in management. Read that via the link below.

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


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11 March 2016 : Injuries See Liverpool Friendly Called Off By Ladies
Yeovil Town Ladies have had to call off a planned friendly against Liverpool Ladies. The match was due to take place in Widnes tomorrow evening, but has been cancelled due to injuries in the Glovers camp that meant that raising a squad to travel for the fixture was proving problematic. Boss Jamie Sherwood has explained the reason why the game had to be pulled:

"We sincerely apologise to (Liverpool Ladies manager) Scott (Rogers), Liverpool Ladies players and all the supporters who were keenly looking forward to this friendly fixture. The decision was not taken lightly but with illnesses and injuries we have throughout our squad we feel we have had no alternative. Both Clubs have a great relationship and this will continue. Hopefully the sides will meet this season in another friendly or Cup competition."

The decision means that the Ladies will now have a weekend off, ahead of their FA Cup Fifth Round match that will take place at Huish Park next weekend. The ladies are due to play Sunderland Ladies on the main stadium pitch on Sunday 20th March, with a 2.00p.m. kick-off. Advance tickets, and season tickets which give you admission to this fixture, can be purchased by heading here.


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11 March 2016 : Officials For Yeovil Town vs Notts County
Officials for the League Two match between Yeovil Town and Notts County have been published by the Football League. The match takes place on Saturday 12th March 2016, with a 3.00p.m. kick-off at Huish Park. The man in charge of Gavin Ward (Surrey).

Mr Ward grew up officiating in the Kent and Isthmian Leagues, starting at the age of 13. On a trivia note, for the 2007 Carling Cup Final he was the first match official to be appointed as "reserve assistant" (effectively a 5th official) in a major domestic Cup Final.

Our first experience of him as a man in the middle was for the 2-0 defeat at AFC Bournemouth in March 2008, and we had no complaints worth noting about him during that match. Prior to that he had featured as a linesman in various Yeovil matches. Next up was manager Terry Skiverton's first game in charge - back in February 2009 - which saw a 2-2 draw against Oldham Athletic, and for the second time we had no problems with Mr Ward's performance. He booked two players each in that game, but without raising the hackles of anyone in the ground too much.

Probably the first time we were critical of him came in the 0-1 home defeat against Huddersfield Town in January 2010. He denied us one penalty shout, then gave us our second shout for a spot kick, which sadly Dean Bowditch failed to score from. However, as the game went on, his stop-start and "over-fussy" nature of refereeing played into Huddersfield's hands and stopped the Glovers from building up a head of steam.

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

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

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

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

Most recently, he was present for the August 2014 match against Barnsley, shortly after both clubs had dropped down into League One. Overall Mr Ward had a decent game, although we'd have liked him to have been a bit more commanding in terms of dealing with Barnsley's timewasting tactics that became obvious after Yeovil equalised during the 1-1 draw. He then took charge of the 2015-16 season match against Exeter City at St James Park. For this opening day fixture, he awarded two penalties - one for each side - and the post-match video showed he'd got both decisions spot on. He also did what more referees should be doing, in our humble opinion - booking Exeter's David Noble after he did his best to cajole the official into booking one of our own players.

Mr Ward will be assisted by Richard Martin (Weston-super-Mare) and Christopher Husband (Worcestershire). The Fourth Official will be William Bull (Hampshire).

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

Link: August 2014 : Yeovil Town 1 Barnsley 1.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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10 March 2016 : Yeovil Town vs Accrington Stanley : Man Of The Match Result
Just over a week ago, Yeovil Town hosted high-flying Accrington Stanley in a League Two match at Huish Park. The match was settled by a single goal during the second half as Ryan Dickson scored his first goal for the club since rejoining the Glovers last summer. That gave his side a 1-0 win that helped ease them away from the relegation zone.

Man of the Match voting saw goalkeeper Artur Krysiak feature well, after he had to make a number of key saves in the game. He was given the match sponsors vote as their player of the day, but came in third place on the supporters poll. Artur was beaten by centre-back Darren Ward, who once again showed why his return from a knee injury was so important. The overall poll winner though was the goalscorer, with left-back Ryan Dickson getting the most votes.

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

1. Ryan Dickson 340 (23)
2. Darren Ward 300 (18)
3. Artur Krysiak 244 (12)
4. Marc Laird 86 (3)
5. Connor Roberts 76 (4)
6. Francois Zoko 30 (1)
7. Harry Cornick 30 (1)
8. Matthew Dolan 20 (1)
9. Ben Tozer 16 (1)
10. Brandon Goodship 10 (1)
11. Tahvon Campbell 6 (0)

OVERALL MATCH RATING : 6.63
Performance : 6.74
Entertainment : 6.52
VOTES RECEIVED : 65


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10 March 2016 : Ladies Sign Up Former Bristol And Arsenal Defender For New Season
Yeovil Town Ladies have signed up former Bristol City Women defender Hannah Short as they continue to shape their squad for the 2016 season. The Bristol-born player made 11 appearance for Bristol (under their former Bristol Academy name) during the 2015 season, having returned from a spell in the United States, where she completed a football scholarship at East Tennessee State University.

Short had been training with Yeovil in pre-season, and had done enough during those sessions for her to be registered to play for the club in the Women's FA Cup Fourth Round tie, which happened to be against her old club. She was therefore part of the team that knocked Bristol out on penalties and has now been announced as a permanent signing for the club.

Short will now almost certainly go in to the squad for the Fifth Round cup game on Sunday 20th March, when they face FA Womenís Super League One side Sunderland, giving her first taste of home action, in a match that will take place on the main Huish Park stadium pitch. Manager Jamie Sherwood said of the decision to sign her for the 2016 season:

"In Hannah we have signed a player with the upmost desire to win a game of football. Her desire, passion and footballing ability makes her a good addition to the squad. We saw in her debut in the FA Cup she is willing to put her body on the line for her team mates, the staff and the club. I've known about Shorty for a while and know her previous managers will always say she is a talent. If we can channel that ability and talent we can develop a top performer. This club will always be about the motto Achieve By Unity and I am positive that we will see her settle into our group, with our values and we will see a player who will drive along with players, staff and supporters to where we want to be at the end of 2016."

Hannah had two spells on the books of Bristol Academy, that were sandwiched by Arsenal Ladies taking her on as a 16 year old. She explained what attracted her to Sherwood's side:

"I've joined Yeovil as I wanted a fresh start where I would be valued as a player and feel part of a team - not only part of a team, but a team that has great potential to be promoted this coming season. I feel that I bring a great amount of passion and fight. I also think I will add to their defensive force and would like to contribute to being a threat going forward if Jamie ever fancies playing me a little higher on the pitch. Without a doubt my ambition this season, along with all of the girls and staff is to gain promotion. I'd like to win the WSL2 as that's my target, but I'd settle for second if it still meant promotion."


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10 March 2016 : Simon Gillett Talks About His One Month Loan Deal
Earlier this week, Yeovil Town midfielder Simon Gillett gave his views on why he asked to go out on loan from the club. The 30 year old, who has made just six late substitute appearances for the club since his comeback from a year out of the game, got in a full 90 minutes worth of football over last weekend in the start of a one month stay away from Huish Park.

In an interview with BBC Radio Cambridgeshire, Simon's full views on that deal and what he hopes to get out of it, can be read via the link below.

Link: Simon Gillett Speaks To The BBC About His Loan Move To Peterborough United.


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9 March 2016 : Ticketing For Wycombe Wanderers vs Yeovil Town
Advance tickets for Yeovil Town's League Two match against Wycombe Wanderers are now available from the Huish Park Ticket Office. The match takes place on Tuesday 19th April 2016 at Adams Park, with a 7.45p.m. kick-off.

Ticket prices for this match are as follows:

Adults: £20.00; Over-60s: £17.00; Aged 19-25: £15.00; Aged 8-18: £11.00; Under-7s: FREE.

If you choose to pay on the day, you'll pay £2.00 extra, and you'll need to pay cash only on the turnstiles.

Ambulant disabled supporters pay the above age categories but can take an assistant free of charge if they are on Middle or Higher Rate DLA - proof will be required of entitlement. Wheelchair users need to contact Wycombe direct on 01494-441118 to arrange spaces and facilities.

Yeovil Town supporters will be given unreserved Seating in the Panache Stand. This is a covered seated stand situated behind one goal, catering for up to 1,850 spectators on the East side of the ground, and in its unsponsored form is known as the Hillbottom Road End.

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9 March 2016 : Dagenham and Redbridge vs Yeovil Town : Man of the Match Result
Just over a week ago, Yeovil Town travelled to play Dagenham and Redbridge in what was a classic relegation six-pointer at Victoria Road. In a game that was sometimes scrappy but certainly combative, the Glovers gained victory by a 1-0 scoreline, as AFC Bournemouth loanee Brandon Goodship scored his first goal for the club, thanks to a long ball from Artur Krysiak that saw Ryan Bird and Tahvon Campbell help put the ball into Goodship's path, keeping the Daggers at the foot of the league, whilst giving Yeovil a buffer between themselves and the bottom pair.

Man of the Match voting saw Swansea City right-back Connor Roberts put in yet another consistent performance, whilst goalscorer Brandon Goodship also got plenty of votes. The poll winner, by a very large margin, was centre-back Darren Ward, who has now assumed the form that he maintained prior to his knee problem, ensuring that keeper Artur Krysiak wasn't put under too much pressure by the home side's front line.

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

1. Darren Ward 238 (21)
2. Brandon Goodship 76 (2)
3. Connor Roberts 66 (3)
4. Ryan Dickson 44 (1)
5. Jakub SokolŪk 42 (1)
6. Ben Tozer 38 (2)
7. Matthew Dolan 24 (0)
8. Tahvon Campbell 22 (1)
9. Marc Laird 22 (1)
10. Ryan Bird 12 (1)
11. Artur Krysiak 8 (0)

OVERALL MATCH RATING : 6.64
Performance : 6.73
Entertainment : 6.55
VOTES RECEIVED : 33


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9 March 2016 : Darren Way Talks About The Club's Climb Out Of The Relegation Zone
Late last week, Yeovil Town manager Darren Way was interviewed by TalkSport radio about the club's recent rise out of the League Two relegation zone. In an interview with presenter Geoff Peters, that was conducted before the weekend trip to Mansfield Town, Darren talks about the problems of trying to manage a club that had just gone through two relegations in two years. Darren also explains why the car crash that ended his playing career has given him strength and perspective, moving forward in his management career.

Link: Darren Way Speaks To TalkSport About The Club's Recent Upturn In Form.


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8 March 2016 : FAWSL Launches Sister Club Programme
The FA has launched a new Sister Club Programme ahead of the new FA Women's Super League (FA WSL) season. More than £100,000 has been invested by the FA into the programme, which aims to drive girls participation at grassroots level and attendances at FA WSL matches.

Yeovil Town Ladies were one of 11 successful bids to take part this season, with other successful clubs including Arsenal, Birmingham City, Bristol City, Doncaster Rovers Belles, Everton, Notts County, Oxford United, Reading, Sheffield FC and Sunderland.

The Sister Club Programme will see girlsí clubs around the country to become affiliated with their local FA WSL club. As part of the programme, Sister Clubs will gain access to hundreds of match tickets, player appearances, coaching sessions, camps and mascot places. There are two levels of affiliation Ė gold and silver. The investment is for each member FA WSL club to employ a Programme Officer who will set up and run their programme and Yeovil Town Ladies are pleased to appoint 2016 captain Ellie Curson.

Yeovil Town Ladies backing the FAWSL Sister Club campaign
Yeovil Town Ladies backing the FAWSL Sister Club campaign


The 2016 FA WSL season kicks off on Wednesday 23rd March with FA WSL 1 relegated side Bristol City Women, first up for Yeovil, but before that Yeovil face WSL1 side Sunderland AFC Ladies, in the SSE FA Womenís Cup on Sunday 20th March at Huish Park. FA head of womenís leagues and competitions Katie Brazier said:

"This programme is a really innovative way to continue building on the leagueís success and enable clubs to further grow their fanbases. We know that the success of the league in terms of both attendance and quality is driven by strong grassroots support and this programme will allow clubs to build this even further. We look forward to welcoming all the Sister Clubs and their players at FA WSL games throughout the season."

In 2015 FA WSL attendances rose 48 per cent on the previous season, with the average league attendance per match reaching 1,076. Grassroots clubs who are interested in becoming a Sister Club can find out more information by emailing sisterclub@yeoviltownladies.com, whilst full FA WSL match and ticket information can be found by heading here.

Clubs interested in becoming a Sister Club should contact Yeovil Town Ladies
Clubs interested in becoming a Sister Club should contact Yeovil Town Ladies



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8 March 2016 : Gillett Explains Posh Loan Move
Yeovil Town midfielder Simon Gillett has explained some of his own thinking behind his loan move to League One side Peterborough United last Saturday. The 30 year old was a surprise inclusion in the Posh side that travelled to Wigan Athletic's DW Stadium over the weekend, leaving Huish Park on a one month loan agreement, and thus moving up a level in the pyramid. He played a full 90 minutes in that team - the first time he'd done so since the January 2015 FA Cup Third Round tie against Manchester United fifteen months ago.

Gillett explained to BBC Radio Cambridgeshire that the reason why he had asked to go out on loan, was because he had been restricted to just six substitute appearances during 2016, with five of those coming during the final few minutes of games. As such his single Peterborough appearance against Wigan gave him more football than he'd managed since that ill-fated FA Cup fixture, and he said that was the objective behind his move:

"I've had a knee injury, and I've been out for a little while. I wanted to play games and I wasn't getting them down in Yeovil. The manager down there has thankfully let me go out to get some games, which I'm very grateful for. It happened pretty quickly. I trained on Friday (at Peterborough) and then I just then played, which normally happens with these sort of things. But I'm really happy to play here, and happy to be playing and I'm really looking forward to it."

Gillett's problems were caused by cartilage problems on his femur bone that were gradually causing him problems in his knee, rather than one specific incident that put him out of football. However, he had to work through a very lengthy rehabilitation process to regain his fitness, eventually getting through his first training session on the penultimate day of 2015. Since then he has struggled to work his way back into an improving Yeovil Town side, and he said those sort of frustrations made him realise how much he valued his time on the football pitch:

"I think you get that throughout your career. There's always something to knock you down when you think you're on top of the world. Around the corner you don't know what's there for you. But it's about reacting and that's what I've always done throughout my career. If I've had a set-back, I've looked at it and tried to learn from it and grow from it. When you spend time on the side, the longer it goes on, you really do appreciate the chance that you've got. It's not often that you have the sort of setback that I've had, and it gives you a really good stock of things and you can definitely learn from it."


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8 March 2016 : Morecambe Put Club Up For Sale
League Two side Morecambe have announced that their club up for sale. Current owner Peter McGuigan has been part of the set-up at the Lancashire club for 20 years, whilst being the club's Chairman for 16 years, and thus has been part of the Shrimps most successful years, including their promotion to the Football League in 2007 and their move to their new Globe Arena ground in 2010, with the club's main stand carrying his name.

McGuigan indicated at a recent Morecambe fans forum that he had received some interest from outside investors, and has now decided to make his willingness to sell the club a public one. He has told the media his hope is to sell the club by the summer, with the aim of any successor being able to set out the club's plans for the 2016-17 season on fresh terms:

"Having been chairman for 16 years, I feel the time is right for a new owner to take the club forward and build on a strong platform that exists today. The club moved into a new purpose-built wholly owned stadium in August 2010 and is virtually debt free. There is an opportunity to develop the ground further with a new office block, as well as a hotel adjacent to the stadium. These exciting developments will assist in securing the long-term financial viability of the club. At present we are looking for expressions of interests from individuals who have the financial ability to take this club further. We will require a complete open book approach from all concerned to ensure the best for the club."

Morecambe's on-the-field form has been precarious, to say the least. They've gone ten games without a win, with their last victory coming against Yeovil Town on January 16th, having accrued just two points out of the last thirty available. As such they've slid rapidly down the League Two table, currently lying in 18th place and eleven points off the relegation zone. However, there's no current hint that this slide and McGuigan's plan to sell are directly connected.

Last month also saw 17th placed Notts County put up for sale, with Ray Trew resigning as Chairman and announcing his wish to end his six year association with the club, claiming that online abuse from fans had provoked his decision:

"When my family are subjected to the kind of foul, mindless abuse that they have been in recent days, both in person and courtesy of the oh so brave keyboard warriors, regardless of whether this is just the minority ruining it for the larger supporter base, I have to make changes."

Trew has come under heavy criticism for the number of first team managers he has got through under his tenure. Since Ian McParland's departure in October 2009, Notts County have named Hans Backe, Dave Kevan, Steve Cotterill, Craig Short, Paul Ince, Martin Allen, Keith Curle, Chris Kiwomya, Shaun Derry, Paul Hart, Ricardo Moniz and Jamie Fullarton as their various first team managers.

Fullarton's arrival came in mid-January following the sacking of Moniz, who had lasted only half a season before being shown the door. His reign so far has failed to lift the Magpies up the table, and currently they are on a run of five games without a win, having gained only a 0-0 draw against basement side Dagenham and Redbridge to their name during that time. At present they have no firm bidders, although Nottinghamshire Golf and Country Club owner Alan Hardy and an unnamed Danish billionaire are being linked in the media with interest in the Meadow Lane club.


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8 March 2016 : GWSC Travel To Cambridge United
The Green and White Supporters Club have set their travel plans for the forthcoming League Two match against Cambridge United. The match takes place at the Abbey Stadium on Saturday 19th March 2016, with a 3.00p.m. kick-off. Departure times and prices are listed as follows:

Cambridge United : Saturday 19th March 2016.
Huish Park: 8.00a.m.
Adult Members: £26.00; Member Concessions: £24.00
Adult Non-Members: £28.00; Non-Member Concessions: £26.00

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

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

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7 March 2016 : Ryan Dickson Talks About The Mansfield Win
Following Saturday afternoon's 1-0 win over Mansfield Town at Field Mill, Yeovil Town left-back Ryan Dickson spoke to the BBC about the match. With questions from local journalist Chris Spittles, in an interview for BBC Somerset, Ryan talks about scoring his second goal in two games for the club, that gave the Glovers their third consecutive win. Read that interview via the link below.

Link: Ryan Dickson Speaks To The BBC After The 1-0 Win Against Mansfield.


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7 March 2016 : Dickson Given Team Of The Week Nomination
Yeovil Town left-back Ryan Dickson has been included in the Football League's latest Team of the Week. Having scored his second goal in two games, Ryan has been nominated for that second strike, which came during second half injury time in Saturday's 1-0 win over Mansfield Town. The Football League write:

"It was a case of lightning striking twice for Dickson, who netted the winner against Accrington Stanley in midweek. This time it was Mansfield Town being undone by the left-back, who struck late in the game to give Yeovil a third successive 1-0 win, which was also their fourth successive clean sheet".

The full list of players, and manager, read as follows:

Goalkeeper: Jason Leutwiler (Shrewsbury Town)
Defender: Ryan Dickson (Yeovil Town)
Defender: Dean Lewington (Milton Keynes Dons)
Defender: Scott Cuthbert (Luton Town)
Defender: Josh Passley (Dagenham & Redbridge)
Midfielder: Harry Chapman (Barnsley)
Midfielder: Lewis Hawkins (Hartlepool United)
Midfielder: Gaston Ramirez (Middlesbrough)
Midfielder: John-Joe O'Toole (Northampton Town)
Midfielder: Callum Harriott (Charlton Athletic)
Forward: Mirco Antenucci (Leeds United)

Manager: Gary Rowett (Birmingham City)


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7 March 2016 : Darren Talks About Leroy Lita's Arrival And Simon Gillett's Departure
Just before Saturday afternoon's match against Mansfield Town kicked off at Field Mill, 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, there's little surprise that the main focus was upon the signing of striker Leroy Lita and the decision to allow Simon Gillett to go out on loan to Peterborough United, although Darren also explains his thinking behind the three team changes he made for that match. Read that interview via the link below.

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


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7 March 2016 : Leroy Lita Talks About Signing For Yeovil Town
On Saturday, Yeovil Town unveiled striker Leroy Lita as their latest signing, agreeing terms until the end of the 2015-16 season. The former Bristol City, Middlesbrough, Swansea City and Reading player has been a bit out of the limelight in recent months whilst playing in Greece, and having signed for the Glovers, sitting the game against Mansfield Town out as an unused substitute, he spoke to the BBC about his current situation. With questions from local journalist Chris Spittles, in an interview for BBC Somerset, Leroy's views on that and the weekend win, can be read via the link below.

Link: Leroy Lita Speaks To The BBC After Signing For Yeovil Town.


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6 March 2016 : Morgan's Stay With Tudors Is Cut Short Without A Goal
Former Yeovil Town striker Adam Morgan has left Conference South side Hemel Hempstead Town, just over a month after signing for the Tudors. The former Liverpool academy player had joined them shortly after his stay with League Two side Accrington Stanley came to an end, but it seems things have not worked out well for him in Hertfordshire.

He made three starts and one substitute appearance, plus one additional match as an unused substitute, but failed to find the back of the net in matches during which Hemel recorded two draws and three defeats. His full playing statistics read as follows:

February 2nd vs Bishop's Stortford : Played first 61 minutes
February 16th vs Truro City : Came on as a 56th minute substitute
February 20th vs Sutton United : Played first 63 minutes
February 27th vs Bath City : Unused Substitute
March 1st vs Sutton United : Played 90 minutes (Hertfordshire Charity Cup)

The Hemel Gazette gave a fairly withering view of his time with their local side, reporting that he "had his contract cancelled after a less-than-impressive stint at Vauxhall Road which saw him fail to find the net once as he struggled to force his way into the starting XI". As Hemel sit below the level at which the transfer window applies, Morgan will be free to sign for another club before the end of the season.


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6 March 2016 : Video : Mansfield Town vs Yeovil Town Match Highlights
For those who want to view match highlights of yesterday's 1-0 win over Mansfield Town, these can be found via YouTube. As well as the ultra-late winning goal from Ryan Dickson, you can view a first half chance from Nathan Smith that saw the rebound effort put wide by Kevin Dawson. There's also a number of decent saves from Artur Krysiak along with the second half effort that saw the Stags hit the crossbar. Watch via the video clip below.




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5 March 2016 : Darren Way's Verdict On The Mansfield Away Game
Following Saturday afternoon's 1-0 win over Mansfield Town at Field Mill, Yeovil Town manager Darren Way spoke to the BBC. With questions from local journalist Chris Spittles, in an interview for BBC Somerset, Darren's thoughts on his side's performance, Ryan Dickson's goal, and the club's table position can be read via the link below.

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


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

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


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5 March 2016 : Darren Way Happy With Dickson's Risk And Reward In Glovers Late Win
Yeovil Town manager Darren Way felt that his attitude of playing for 'risk and reward' gave his side the chance to clock up their third consecutive League Two victory this afternoon. Their 1-0 away win came via a 91st minute goal from full-back Ryan Dickson, who converted a cross from AFC Bournemouth loanee Brandon Goodship, just as it seemed as though the Glovers would be settling for a goalless draw at Field Mill. Goodship's short pullback from the byline allowed Dickson the chance to score his second goal in two games, having previously not netted for the club since he played in a loan spell over four years ago.

Way told BBC Somerset after the game that Dickson's unexpected position on the park - just when an away side might be content to settle for that point - was typical of what he was trying to push for, in encouraging the player to go for calculated 'risks' on the basis that it might bring the 'reward'. He praised the left-back for being able to cover those sort of distances during second half injury time:

"It's fantastic. As I've said to you, the way I've got the players playing is risk and reward. I think that in the last game we had both full-backs high to score that goal. Fair play to him - to have those energy levels to cover those distances is magnificent. You've got to be in the box to score, so a big well done to Ryan. I made a couple of tactical changes. I went with two up front and then they changed, and they matched us up, which teams are doing. So I'm always thinking about how to outsmart the opposition, and we ended up with three up front again. So we're trying to be an attacking threat, but the back four and the midfielders are certainly being solid at the other end. That's some achievement what they've achieved, so fair play to them."

Mansfield had to cover their pitch on the day before today's match, due to heavy rain in Nottinghamshire, with even first team manager Adam Murray joining in with the people sweeping water from their playing surface in the lead-up to the game. That led to a rather soft surface to play on, with Mansfield choosing to thread plenty of longer balls through to their front players. Way admitted that his side had to deal with a lot of problems from that style of play and from the conditions underfoot but felt his team had been very resilient in doing so:

"To come to this place away from home, the boys have put in a battling performance against direct balls thrown into their box, and that's a threat. One end of their pitch it's very boggy, so there were a lot of problems that they had to deal with. But I thought the players dealt with that. It's not ideally how we want to play, but I keep saying that when teams play direct, you've got to handle that physical contest. They are physical and they are a physical team. Every time the boy (Matt) Green gets it he is dominant, and he'll try to dig your eyes out to fight for that ball. They are a threat and that's why they are where they are. But these boys are very resilient at the moment and there's not an awful lot that breaks them."


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5 March 2016 : Mansfield 0 Yeovil 1 : Late Dickson Strike Gives Glovers A Hat-Trick Of Wins
Yeovil Town got full revenge on Mansfield Town this afternoon at Field Mill, as they conducted a smash'n'grab on the Stags. Last October, Mansfield gained an ultra-late 1-0 away win at Huish Park as they scored in the 10th minute of second half injury time. Today, Yeovil didn't leave it quite that late, but there had still been 91 minutes of play when Ryan Dickson scored his second goal in two games, as he converted a pullback cross from substitute Brandon Goodship to give the Glovers all three points and the first time the club had recorded three wins in a row since the sequence of games that included the club's League One play-off final and their opening fixture in the Championship back in 2013. In doing so, the win lifted them to 20th place, and with York City losing in Dagenham and Redbridge's do-or-die six-pointer at Victoria Road, that put them nine points clear of relegation.

The Glovers went into the match making three changes to their starting line-up, from the side that took to the field on Tuesday night. Jakub Sokolik went off at half time in midweek after suffering a dizzy spell and the man who replaced him at the break got a second chance, with Nathan Smith playing at the back. The front positions were rejigged as well with Brandon Goodship and Tahvon Campbell dropping to the bench, and Kevin Dawson coming in to make his first start for the club since the Manchester United FA Cup tie in January 2015. He was joined by Francois Zoko, now clear of his illness. On the bench, new signing Leroy Lita was included in the squad, whilst Simon Gillett departed as part of a loan spell at Peterborough United. Shaun Jeffers was the 19th man - travelling with the squad but not named on the sheet.

Mansfield's first half play showed them frequently getting in behind the Yeovil defence, with threaded through balls causing problems for the high back line, and Artur Krysiak having to be particularly alert throughout the half. Early on they had a shout for a penalty kick turned down as Nathan Smith challenged inside the box, whilst Krysiak's rush to collect a through ball had them appealing for a handball as the keeper caught the ball on the line of the penalty box, with the question of whether he had stepped over it being turned down by both referee and linesman. Reggie Lambe - scorer of the Stags winning goal last October - got in the first effort on goal as he forced Krysiak into a parried save, with Smith's attempt to clear ricocheting off the legs of James Baxendale and wide.

Ryan Tafazolli headed over the bar from a corner, whilst at the other end Yeovil's chances were few and far between - the odd sight of centre-back pairing Darren Ward and Nathan Smith combining as the latter forced the first save from Scott Shearer, half an hour into the game. But in the main, it was all Mansfield, with Connor Roberts putting in a superb challenge on Matt Green to block the striker's teeing up of a shot and send the ball out for a corner. Then Colin Daniel put a header wide and on the balance of play the Glovers were probably glad to be going in level at the break.

Whilst Darren Way didn't make any half time substitutions, it became clear that the half time talk had involved a ten minute warning to the eleven who were on the pitch. After Lee Collins had forced Artur Krysiak into another strong save, following a corner, out came a double substitution. In fairness to the pair who came off, Matt Dolan appeared to be limping as he was withdrawn, whilst Francois Zoko had only recently come back from illness, possibly contributing to his quiet performance. They were replaced by Ryan Bird and Tahvon Campbell, meaning that Kevin Dawson slipped back into midfield to cover Dolan's slot. There was also a subtle tweaking of the formation, with Harry Cornick dropping much deeper, as Bird and Campbell played as a front pairing in a 4-3-1-2.

This was an improved second half performance in that Mansfield were not getting the extreme gaps behind the Glovers back four that kept Artur Krysiak on his toes so much during the first period. But still Chris Clements shot wide for the home side, whilst Matt Green's effort had to be parried by the Glovers keeper for a corner. Then Mansfield came inches away from the lead as Reggie Lambe struck the crossbar after Mansfield had kept a corner routine alive, quickly followed by Stags substitute Adi Yussuf being denied by Krysiak, to keep the game goalless.

In the closing stages, Harry Cornick seemed to pull up with a hamstring tweak and Brandon Goodship replaced him, with the Glovers restoring their 4-3-3 for the final 20 minutes of the match. Tahvon Campbell shot just wide from 20 yards out, but with two minutes remaining Mansfield were denied by the linesman's offside flag as Matt Green put the ball into the back of the net - thankfully the early raise of the flag made it clear it wouldn't count. As the game dipped into injury time, the Glovers struck gold. Brandon Goodship got himself to the byline, and pulled the ball back across the box, finding Ryan Dickson running in at close range to convert from six yards out to stun Mansfield in the same way that they had stunned the Glovers so badly back in October. On the balance of the game, it might not have been warranted, but in terms of a spot of revenge on the Huish Park result, it most definitely was, putting Yeovil Town nine points clear of the drop as Dagenham and Redbridge finally broke their home ground hoodoo with a 1-0 win over York City. With eleven games remaining, the pressure is surely lifting off the club, hopefully meaning they can look upwards during the closing stages of the 2015-16 season.

Link: 2015-16 Latest League Two Table.

Final Score: Mansfield Town 0 Yeovil Town 1.

Scorers: Ryan Dickson (0-1, 90 mins)

Mansfield Town:
1. Scott Shearer
27. Daniel Alfei 6. Lee Collins 15. Ryan Tafazolli 3. Malvind Benning
8. Chris Clements 7. Adam Chapmam 14. Colin Daniel
31. James Baxendale 10. Matt Green 19. Reggie Lambe

Substitutes:
4. Mitchell Rose 9. Chris Beardsley 12. Brian Jensen 18. Adi Yussuf (62 mins for Colin Daniel) 20. Jack Thomas (81 mins for Adam Chapman) 23. Sean Kavanagh (74 mins for James Baxendale) 24. Jamie McGuire

Yeovil Town:
1. Artur Krysiak
24. Connor Roberts 26. Darren Ward (Capt) 3. Nathan Smith 11. Ryan Dickson
8. Marc Laird 4. Matt Dolan 2. Ben Tozer
7. Kevin Dawson 39. Francois Zoko 23. Harry Cornick

Substitutes:
12. Chris Weale (GK) 6. Jakub Sokolik 9. Ryan Bird (55 mins for Francois Zoko) 19. Brandon Goodship (77 mins for Harry Cornick) 16. Tahvon Campbell (56 mins for Matt Dolan) 21. Alex Lacey 38. Leroy Lita

Mansfield Town Bookings: Lee Collins (foul, 58 mins)

Yeovil Bookings: Kevin Dawson (foul, 67 mins)

Mansfield Town Match Statistics: Possession: 49%; Shots: 12; Shots On Target: 6; Corners: 5; Fouls: 13.

Yeovil Match Statistics: Possession: 51%; Shots: 6; Shots On Target: 2; Corners: 2; Fouls: 9.

Referee: Darren England (South Yorkshire). Assistants: Steven Rushton (Staffordshire) and David Richardson (West Yorkshire). Fourth Official: Neil Radford (Worcestershire).

Attendance: 2,713 (with 183 Yeovil supporters).


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5 March 2016 : Jeffers Makes Yeovil Town Return After Cardinals Loan Ends
Yeovil Town striker Shaun Jeffers has returned to Huish Park at the end of his month's loan at National League side Woking. The 23 year old has been at Kingfield since transfer deadline day at the start of February, and has made three appearances for the Cardinals, scoring one goal in his last appearance in the Surrey Senior Cup against Molesey last Tuesday night.

Unfortunately for Shaun, a large chunk of his loan spell at Woking was disrupted by a back problem he sustained, half an hour into his second appearance, leading to him being stretchered off in that match against Guiseley. As a result, he missed several further matches, stopping him from playing a regular part in their games.

Shaun now returns to the Yeovil Town first team squad. He has not been selected in this afternoon's squad against Mansfield Town, although is fit for selection, having recovered from that back injury during the last week.

Link: Shaun Jeffers : Yeovil Town Statistics.


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5 March 2016 : Team News For Mansfield Town vs Yeovil Town
Yeovil Town have named three changes to their starting eleven for the League Two match against Mansfield Town at Field Mill this afternoon. The dizzy spell suffered by Jakub Sokolik on Tuesday night means that Nathan Smith is preferred to him in the heart of defence. Meanwhile in the front line positions, Kevin Dawson and Francois Zoko are preferred to Brandon Goodship and Tahvon Campbell - this will be Dawson's first start since the Manchester United FA Cup tie.

On the substitutes bench, striker Leroy Lita has been added to the Glovers squad today. Midfielder Liam Walsh misses his third match through illness, despite the Everton loanee having agreed an extension of his loan deal today, keeping him at the club for another month. Midfielder Simon Gillett has dropped out of the squad and has joined Peterborough United on a one month loan today.

Winger Jack Compton misses his fifth match in a row with a hamstring injury. Meanwhile the club's longer term injury list of Jordan Gibbons (hip injury), Omar Sowunmi (ankle) and Wes Fogden (knee) means that they continue to be absent.

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

Yeovil Town:
1. Artur Krysiak
24. Connor Roberts 26. Darren Ward (Capt) 3. Nathan Smith 11. Ryan Dickson
8. Marc Laird 4. Matt Dolan 2. Ben Tozer
7. Kevin Dawson 39. Francois Zoko 23. Harry Cornick

Substitutes:
12. Chris Weale (GK) 6. Jakub Sokolik 9. Ryan Bird 19. Brandon Goodship 16. Tahvon Campbell 21. Alex Lacey 38. Leroy Lita

Mansfield Town:
1. Scott Shearer
27. Daniel Alfei 6. Lee Collins 15. Ryan Tafazolli 3. Malvind Benning
8. Chris Clements 7. Adam Chapmam 14. Colin Daniel
31. James Baxendale 10. Matt Green 19. Reggie Lambe

Substitutes:
4. Mitchell Rose 9. Chris Beardsley 12. Brian Jensen 18. Adi Yussuf 20. Jack Thomas 23. Sean Kavanagh 24. Jamie McGuire


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5 March 2016 : Leroy Lita Signs For Yeovil Town
Yeovil Town have agreed terms with former Bristol City striker Leroy Lita. He has joined the club as a free agent, following a short spell in Greece. He comes into the squad today, following international clearance, and has been training with the club for the past couple of weeks. He is a 31 year old striker who extensive experience with Middlesbrough, Swansea City and Barnsley and is a former England Under-21 international, scoring six goals in nine appearances at that level.

Born in Kinshasa, Zaire, he was briefly a Chelsea youth product before Bristol City took him on as an 18 year old, being given a professional contract with the Robins. There he made exactly 100 appearances, scoring 38 times - that included the 2004-05 campaign that saw him score 29 times for Bristol City, plus an England Under-21 goal. That attracted the attention of Reading who took him on for a fee of £1 million - at that time a Royals record transfer fee and taking him into the Championship division. He was part of Reading's promotion winning squad, platying the 2006-07 campaign in the Premier League, scoring 14 goals in 38 appearances at that level during Reading's first season. Overall he made exactly 100 appearances (again!) for Reading, scoring 32 goals, with loan spells with Charlton Athletic (8 appearances, 3 goals) and Norwich City (16 appearances, 7 goals) breaking up that four year spell.

He signed for Middlesbrough in August 2009 on a free transfer, spending two years there, making 82 appearances, scoring 20 goals. That got him back into the Premier League as Swansea City took him on for a fee of £1.75 million in the summer of July 2011, signing a three year contract. He only had a limited impact there, making 21 appearances, scoring two goals, and he largely saw loan experience with Birmingham City (10 appearances, 3 goals), Sheffield Wednesday (17 appearances, 6 goals) and Brighton and Hove Albion (5 appearances, 1 goal). More recently, he had 2014-15 spells with Barnsley (24 appearances, 2 goals) and Notts County (6 appearances) before he had a short spell with Greek side AO Chania where he struggled to make an impact, with them agreeing to release him during the January transfer window.

Lita will be on the bench today against Mansfield Town, having travelled up with the first team squad. He has signed until the end of the 2015-16 season.


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5 March 2016 : Gillett Makes Posh Loan Move
Yeovil Town midfielder Simon Gillett has gone out on loan for a month, commencing today. He has signed for League One side Peterborough United, with his registration completed in time to play in their away match against Wigan Athletic at the DW Stadium.

The news that Posh have taken Gillett on is something of a surprise. Gillett has plenty of experience at that level, but had been out for a year with a serious knee injury, and since his return at the start of the year has largely been restricted to late substitute appearances. He will stay with the London Road club until the first week in April.

Link: Simon Gillett : Yeovil Town Statistics.


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5 March 2016 : Walsh Extends Yeovil Town Loan Stay Again
Yeovil Town have extended the loan spell of Everton midfielder Liam Walsh again. He will be with the club for a further month, with the youth loan being rolled over once again. Walsh has been missing in action for the club's last two fixtures, having suffered an illness that saw him temporarily return to Merseyside for rest and recuperation, but he is expected to be back in the squad for the match against Mansfield Town this afternoon.

So far, he has made nine appearances for Yeovil Town, scoring one goal in the match against Luton Town at Kenilworth Road. His performances have seen him pick up three Sponsors Player of the Day awards in matches staged at Huish Park. He will now remain at the club until early April under the terms of his extended loan arrangement.

Link: Liam Walsh : Yeovil Town Statistics.


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5 March 2016 : Darren Way Looking Up Rather Than Down Following Improved Form
Earlier this week, Yeovil Town manager Darren Way appeared live on BBC Somerset, on the back of the 1-0 win over Accrington Stanley. Speaking to presenter Claire Carter, Darren talks about why he is looking up the table, rather than down at the relegation positions, and the high standards that led to some disgruntled voices at half time on Tuesday night. Read that interview via the link below.

Link: Darren Way Speaks To The BBC On The Morning After The Accrington Win.


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4 March 2016 : Black Cats Cup Clash Sees Ladies Move Tie To Huish Park
Yeovil Town Ladies have confirmed that their FA Cup Fifth Round tie against Sunderland Ladies will take place at Huish Park. The main stadium and pitch will be used to stage the tie on Sunday 20th March 2016, with a 2.00p.m. kick-off as the Ladies do battle in the last sixteen of the competition.

The match will create a Ladies version of the famous FA Cup Fourth Round tie that put Yeovil Town's men's side firmly on the footballing map back in 1949, when they knocked 'Bank of England' side Sunderland out of the tournament as a Southern League side, creating one of the biggest shocks in the competition, with a 2-1 win after extra time. Over 17,000 fans watched the game at the old Huish ground, as Alec Stock and Eric Bryant out thenselves and the club firmly on the back pages of the national newspapers that year.

The Ladies match sees admission prices set at £5.00 for Adults and £2.50 for Concessions. Alternatively if you purchase a 2016 Season Ticket for the Ladies club, then admission to this fixture is included under the terms and conditions of your season ticket. You can purchase advance tickets for the Sunderland game by heading here, or if you change the Event, you can go the full hog and get yourself a season ticket, with the majority of 2016 FAWSL2 matches expected to be staged at Huish Park this season.


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4 March 2016 : Darren Previews The Mansfield Away Game
As part of the build-up to Saturday afternoon's trip to Mansfield Town at Field Mill, Yeovil Town manager Darren Way spoke to the BBC. With questions from BBC Somerset reporter Dan Albutt, Darren gives his views on the club's weekend opponents, as well as updating on the illness situation and reflecting on the club's recent form that has seen them climb above the relegation zone. Read that interview via the link below.

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

Link: Ciderspace Guide To Mansfield Town.

Link: GWSC Travel To Mansfield Town.

Link: Officials For Mansfield Town vs Yeovil Town.


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4 March 2016 : Ciderspace Guide To Mansfield Town
Tomorrow afternoon, Yeovil Town make their first trip to Field Mill for almost twelve years, as they play Mansfield Town in a League Two fixture. The Ciderspace guide has been updated to provide you with directions, pub guides, club statistics and history and other information about the game. Remember that this is an ALL TICKET game, and so if you've not purchased a ticket, then do not travel to the game. Find the guide via the link below.

Link: Ciderspace Guide To Mansfield Town.

Link: GWSC Travel To Mansfield Town.

Link: Officials For Mansfield Town vs Yeovil Town.

The North Stand
The North Stand at Field Mill.
Photo © 2003-16 Ciderspace



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4 March 2016 : Campbell Extends Yeovil Town Loan Deal Again
Yeovil Town have have extended the current loan agreement of West Bromwich Albion striker Tahvon Campbell. The 19 year old has been on loan at the club since the start of January and has made ten appearances for the club, scoring one goal as part of the club's 2-1 win over Crawley Town - his first professional first team strike.

Campbell has gained match time during ten out of the club's twelve games during 2016, with five starts and five substitute appearances. He will now stay at Huish Park until early April with the deal being extended by an additional month.

Link: Tahvon Campbell : Yeovil Town Statistics.


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4 March 2016 : Officials For Mansfield Town vs Yeovil Town
Officials for the League Two match between Mansfield Town and Yeovil Town have been published by the Football League. The match takes place at Field Mill on Saturday 5th March 2016, with a 3.00p.m. kick-off. The man in charge of the fixture will be referee Darren England (South Yorkshire).

He is new to the circuit as a Football League referee, having been appointed last summer. So far he's taken charge of 22 fixtures, raising 78 yellow cards and six red cards, which is a little higher than most referees. That said, it's heavily weighted towards his first three fixtures where he got through 21 yellows and one red - perhaps a case of a man getting a little bit too enthusiastic with his new job level.

We've had him as a match referee on one previous occasion - oddly just five weeks ago when we travelled to play AFC Wimbledon at Kingsmeadow. We thought he had a decent game, with just two bookings - both against the home side. We also were awarded a penalty kick after Kevin Dawson was brought down inside the box, giving Jack Compton his hattrick on the day. As we recall, a lot of Wimbledon fans down that end were rather aggrieved at the decision, but when we saw it on video later in the weekend, it looked like a valid decision to our (green-tinted) eyes.

Other than the Wimbledon game, his main involvement in Yeovil Town fixtures so far has been the March 2009 League One match against Leeds United (4-0 defeat) at Elland Road, December 2011 FA Cup Second Round tie against Fleetwood Town (2-2 draw) at the Highbury Stadium, both of which saw him act as an assistant referee.

Mr England will be assisted by Steven Rushton (Staffordshire) and David Richardson (West Yorkshire). The Fourth Official will be Neil Radford (Worcestershire).

Link: January 2016 : AFC Wimbledon 2 Yeovil Town 3.


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3 March 2016 : No News Is Good News As Club's Illness Crisis Appears To Subside
Yeovil Town manager Darren Way has said that going into the weekend trip to Mansfield Town he has not had any new cases of players going down with illness since Tuesday night's match against Accrington Stanley. A viral wave seemed to have spread across the camp in the last week or so, with Liam Walsh and Francois Zoko dropping out of Saturday's trip to Dagenham and Redbridge, whilst Alex Lacey sat on the substitutes bench as a player who was extremely unlikely to be able to take to the field that day. Walsh continued his absence on Tuesday, whilst Jakub Sokolik appeared to be coming down with the same sort of problems on Tuesday night when he had to be substituted at half time, suffering from dizzy spells. Left-back Ryan Dickson admitted he played through his own problems that had materialised on the morning of that game.

The worry is therefore that the manager's phone will ring one morning with another player biting the dust, but since the final whistle blew following the Accrington game, all has gone quiet in that respect. Way has told BBC Somerset that no-one has gone down since that game, even if he still has one or two players still getting over their problems. He was asked if the situation was improved:

"Yes, although there's one or two. It's never going to be an overnight thing where everyone wakes up okay. As you know yourself, if you've ever had an infection, it takes a few days. But we've done everything that we can from a medical point of view to make sure that we're following that up. We'll keep positive, and everyone is keeping believing, and so far, fingers crossed, no-one has gone down since. If it happens, then it happens. There's nothing that we can do about it. You just have to let it take its course. It just gives someone else an opportunity to step up to the mark and play well. That's what I've done since I've taken over and I don't want any excuses."

Tuesday night saw Yeovil Town rise six points clear of the relegation zone as they gained back-to-back wins for only the second time this season in League Two. With the first coming in front of a large away following, and the second seeing the club win against fourth-placed Accrington on their home patch, the team were shown plenty of appreciation from the supporters, and Way felt that there was a significant bonding between both parties developing in recent weeks:

"As it stands at the moment, I think both groups are together. We had lost that (togetherness) understandably, because when you're losing that's what happens. Peoples emotions get affected in football, whether it's a player or whether it's a supporter. But so far we've got it back on track again, and we'll keep it going. I think that when you're winning I think it makes it a lot easier. So far we've got a strategy, and we've got a game plan that we're sticking to and the players are following that through passion, and those are the sort of key ingredients that as a manager you look for - commitment, and that they're willing run and they're willing to work hard for the badge, and that's not been seen in previous years. So far they are carrying that well."

Aside from hopes that Everton loanee Liam Walsh will be well enough to return to the squad following his illness, the club will take a fitness test on Jack Compton who is close to a return from his hamstring problems. That pair should be added to the eighteen who turned out against Accrington on Tuesday. There are question marks over the loan status of West Bromwich Albion striker Tahvon Campbell and Glovers front man Shaun Jeffers, who has been out on loan at Woking, with both having completed loan spells this week, but with no news on either party being revealed at this stage.


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3 March 2016 : Yeovil Town vs Plymouth Argyle : Man Of The Match Result
Just over a week ago, Yeovil Town played Plymouth Argyle in a League Two match at Huish Park. The game was a 0-0 draw but was characterised by a very fast energetic first half Glovers performance. The Pilgrims stabilised during the second half to even the game up a bit, and in the end the Glovers had to settle for a point that took them out of the relegation zone on goal difference.

Man of the Match voting saw club captain Darren Ward and Swansea City right-back Connor Roberts praised for their defensive performances. However the poll winner - and by some considerable distance - was Everton midfielder Liam Walsh, who was also the Match Sponsors choice, leading to his name featuring prominently in national media, as well as back home in Merseyside.

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

1. Liam Walsh 560 (51)
2. Connor Roberts 116 (0)
3. Darren Ward 98 (0)
4. Ryan Dickson 96 (3)
5. Jakub SokolŪk 80 (4)
6. Francois Zoko 46 (1)
7. Ben Tozer 44 (2)
8. Brandon Goodship 34 (0)
9. Tahvon Campbell 10 (0)
10. Artur Krysiak 8 (0)
11. Matthew Dolan 4 (0)

OVERALL MATCH RATING : 8.28
Performance : 8.39
Entertainment : 8.16
VOTES RECEIVED : 61


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3 March 2016 : Darren Talks About Accrington Team Selection
Just before Tuesday night's League Two match against Accrington Stanley 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 thoughts on the midweek opponents, and also gives key updates on Wes Fogden's injury, and on the status of Shaun Jeffers and his loan at Woking. Read that interview via the link below.

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


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2 March 2016 : Jeffers Scores For Woking As Decision Time Reached For Him And Campbell
Yeovil Town's on-loan striker Shaun Jeffers scored his first goal for Woking in what is the final game of his initial spell at Kingfield. Having gone out on loan to the National League side during the month of February, Shaun has had a rather mixed month, having made three appearances for the Cardinals.

Jeffers played the opening 77 minutes in Woking's FA Trophy win over Oxford City, and followed that up by starting in their National League match against Guisley. Unfortunately for him, he suffered a back spasm half an hour into that match and had to be stretchered off following a six minute delay.

Since then, Shaun had sat out Woking's fixtures, but he made his return last night in a Surrey Senior Cup Quarter-Final match against Molesey. He played the full 90 minutes in a 3-1 win and scored Woking's third goal on the night, deep into second half injury time.

That match marked the end of Jeffers' one month loan at Kingfield, and speaking before last night's match against Accrington Stanley, first team manager Darren Way said that there had been no decision made yet on the player's future, pointing out that as Woking had seen litle of the striker that they would also want to take their time:

"He's playing for Woking (on Tuesday night) and they're not ruling him out, but they want to do a little bit more homework, as unfortunately he took an injury. But these things happen, so they'll be watching him (against Molesey). I haven't made the decision yet."

Way's decision-making may lie with what he does with West Bromwich Albion striker Tahvon Campbell, who also played the last match of his current loan spell. Thus both Campbell and Jeffers will need their futures addressed, with the Baggies player having made ten appearances for the Glovers so far. Way hinted that both decisions may well be inter-linked:

"Tahvon Campbell's loan is coming up now, and I've got to make sure that every player that is playing for this football club is giving everything that they've got. It's no 'gimme' to make sure that you're extended until the end of the season - you've got to make sure that you earn your place. So that's why I've waited a little bit longer. Having said that, it's a good headache to have, to know that Shaun (Jeffers) could be available for Saturday."


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2 March 2016 : Video : Yeovil Town vs Accrington Stanley Match Highlights
For those who want to view highlights from last night's League Two match against Accrington Stanley, these are now online. As well as the second half goal from Ryan Dickson, you can view a first half effort from Tahvon Campbell, along with two rather useful first half saves from Artur Krysiak that got him the nod from the Match Sponsors for their player of the day.




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2 March 2016 : Darren Way Given Football League Nomination In Midweek Selection
The Football League have recognised Yeovil Town manager Darren Way in their Team Of Midweek slot, based on the evening fixtures played last night. The Glovers boss has been included in their compiled list, following last night's result against Accrington Stanley that saw the Glovers beat their Fourth Placed opponents by a 1-0 scoreline.

On the back of that, Darren has been listed in their line-up based on the Tuesday night games, with two former Glovers also in the main team - goalkeeper Scott Loach, who kept a clean sheet for Notts County, along with Jonathan Obika, who netted two goals for Swindon Town. Of Darren's performance, the League say:

"Yeovil's fight against relegation from Sky Bet League 2 continued with a fantastic 1-0 home win against promotion-chasing Accrington Stanley. The Glovers secured victory thanks to Ryan Dickson's early strike, which stretched their unbeaten run to four games and moved them six points clear from the relegation trap door."

Their nominated team reads as follows:

Goalkeeper: Scott Loach (Notts County)
Defender: Josh Coulson (Cambridge United)
Defender: Nathaniel Knight-Percival (Shrewsbury Town)
Defender: Chey Dunkley (Oxford United)
Midfielder: Conor Hourihane (Barnsley)
Midfielder: Darren Ambrose (Colchester United)
Midfielder: Dale Stephens (Brighton & Hove Albion)
Midfielder: Luke Gambin (Barnet)
Forward: Jonathan Obika (Swindon Town)
Forward: Matty Taylor (Bristol Rovers)
Forward: Wes Burns (Fleetwood Town)

Manager: Darren Way (Yeovil Town)

Darren Way - listed in the Football League's Team Of Mid-Week selection
Darren Way - listed in the Football League's Team Of Mid-Week selection



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2 March 2016 : GWSC Travel To Mansfield Town
The Green and White Supporters Club have set their travel plans for the forthcoming League Two match against Mansfield Town. The match takes place at Field Mill on Saturday 5th March 2016, with a 3.00p.m. kick-off. Departure times and prices are listed as follows:

Mansfield Town : Saturday 5th March 2016.
Huish Park: 8.15a.m.
Adult Members: £27.00; Member Concessions: £25.00
Adult Non-Members: £29.00; Non-Member Concessions: £27.00

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

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

NOTE: This match is an ALL TICKET fixture for visiting supporters and match tickets will NOT be on sale on the day of the game. You have until 12.00 noon on Friday to purchase your tickets from the Huish Park Ticket Office. If you have not purchased a ticket, do not travel to the game. Visit or call the Ticket Office on 01935-847888 to purchase your tickets.

Link: Ticketing For Mansfield Town vs Yeovil Town.

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2 March 2016 : Smith Reaches Double Ton Milestone
Yesterday evening, Yeovil Town left-back Nathan Smith reached a personal milestone last night, when he stepped onto the pitch against Accrington Stanley. The 29 year old is currently in his second spell for the club, having re-signed for the Glovers in the summer of 2014, and has made 82 appearances across those two seasons. When that is added to the 118 appearances that he made for the club during his first spell between 2007 and 2011, having been signed from non-league side Potters Bar Town, that means that last night's substitute appearance was his 200th in Yeovil Town colours.

Nathan now joins a very select club, as one of only three Glovers players who have broken the 200 barrier since the club entered the Football League. It won't come as too much of a surprise to find that Terry Skiverton (218) and Nathan Jones (211) are those who have made the most appearances for the club since the summer of 2003. If only Football League appearances are considered, Skivo is in front with 195 appearances, whilst Nathan Jones has 188 to his name, with Nathan Smith just behind on 182.

He also now becomes one of only ten players to have made 200 or more appearances for the club since they moved to Huish Park, which includes the club's non-league seasons at that ground. Once again Terry Skiverton tops the pile, with 383 appearances. The other players to sit in that group are Tony Pennock (307), Warren Patmore (287), Darren Way (274), Chris Weale (236), Lee Johnson (229), Mickey Spencer (214), Rob Cousins (213) and Nathan Jones (211).

Link: Nathan Smith : Yeovil Town Statistics.


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2 March 2016 : Darren Way's Verdict On The Accrington Home Game
Following Tuesday night's home match against Accrington Stanley at Huish Park, Yeovil Town manager Darren Way spoke to the BBC about the game. With questions from local journalist Chris Spittles, in an interview for BBC Somerset Darren's thoughts on the game and some of the challenges that he's faced with respect to illness within the first team camp. Read that interview via the link below.

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


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1 March 2016 : Darren Way Hails Unbelievable Result As Glovers Gain Important Win
Yeovil Town manager Darren Way admitted that his side were not always at their best on Tuesday night against Accrington Stanley, but praised them for an 'unbelievable' result. The 1-0 win over Stanley, who currently lie in fourth place in the League Two table, gave the Glovers six points out of six across two difficult matches for the club, having triumphed in their weekend six-pointer against Dagenham and Redbridge. Those two results lifted them six points clear of the drop zone with twelve games left to play, and eleven points clear of the Daggers.

Way said after the game that he had offered his team a picture of two league tables - one if they won, and one if they lost, to show them the consequences of defeat, but was pleased that it was the first table that he could view at the end of the evening. Describing the end-to-end encounter at Huish Park as a 'risk and reward' game, he explained that the first half performance had not come up to scratch, but there was no doubting his opinion of the final outcome:

"It's unbelievable and the players realise how important that win is. We had the picture of the table up of what it would be like if we won that game, and we also had the consequences if it didn't go right. So fair play to the players. It was a good game. First half was poor but having said that it was two teams that were open going at each other and they're a good team. Sometimes it's never going to be a perfect 90 minutes. Accrington have got a good record away from home. So I know their manager will be disappointed, but it was end-to-end. I keep talking about risk and reward - there was a lot of risk on that."

Yeovil's current team selection has been complicated by illness breaking through the camp, with Francois Zoko having missed the weekend's fixture, whilst Everton loanee Liam Walsh has temporarily returned to Merseyside so he can recover from the virus. Way explained that even goalscorer Ryan Dickson had called in sick this week, whilst centre-back Jakub Sokolik's substitution tonight appeared to be a case of him suffering out on the pitch. Way said this was causing him a lot of challenges on a day-to-day basis:

"I had to make one or two changes. Jakub Sokolik had to go home as he was feeling really dizzy. So the squad has been really hit under extreme circumstances, and I think players need to take a little bit of that credit because they're giving everything for that club. At the moment it seems to only be me that's coming in well, and I'm afraid to even go in the dressing room. It must be my missus as she keeps the house clean! Every challenge that has been put up in front of them, they've given it everything and I want to thank them for that."


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1 March 2016 : Man of the Match Voting for Yeovil Town vs Accrington Stanley
If you watched this evening's 1-0 win against Accrington Stanley 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 Accrington Stanley.


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1 March 2016 : Yeovil 1 Accrington 0 : Dickson Strike Gives Glovers Six Point Cushion
Yeovil Town gained a back-to-back win tonight, as they defeated promotion-chasing Accrington Stanley at Huish Park. A second half goal from Ryan Dickson just beyond the hour mark, after he was set up by Francois Zoko, gave the Glovers six points out of six to take the pressure off the club near the foot of League Two, as they pushed themselves six points clear of the drop zone. Accrington had the better of the first half, but the introduction of Zoko at the break brought more experience to the front line, and once the Glovers got their noses in front they began to enjoy their best spell of the game. With relegation rivals Hartlepool United and York City on the end of thrashings, it was a good night for the club as they finally got some daylight between themselves and the bottom two.

The Glovers went into the match making just one change from the line-up that took to the field against Dagenham and Redbridge on Saturday. Harry Cornick was preferred for Ryan Bird, who sat on the bench, meaning that Brandon Goodship played as the more central striker. On the bench, Francois Zoko had recovered from his weekend illness, although Liam Walsh was back in Merseyside as he was given extra time off to recover from his own virus. There were also returns for Kevin Dawson following his ankle injury and Nathan Smith who had completed his three match suspension, meaning that the Glovers were back up to a seven match bench.

The first 45 minutes saw Yeovil Town look a little leggy at times, as if the excursions of the past fortnight were catching up on them. Thankfully nothing that Accrington were aiming at goal was too taxing early on, with a Matt Crooks header going straight into the arms of Artur Krysiak. At the other end, Tahvon Campbell put wide, whilst Harry Cornick was alert when he spotted a sloppy backpass from the visitors - the trouble was that Accrington's keeper was also on hand to mop up the danger.

As Accrington got into their stride, they showed themselves to be a confident passing side, with Piero Mingoia pulling the strings well in midfield. His cross into the box found Billy Kee, but the striker's shot was well saved by Krysiak. The same combination of players were involved on the half hour mark, and this time it required even better from Krysiak - Kee's header was heading for the top corner from Mingoia's cross, but the goalkeeper leaped to push the ball away for a corner and a superb save. It was becoming clear which side was on top and it wasn't Yeovil - chances for Tom Davies, who headed over the bar, and Matt Crooks who found his on-target effort pushed around the post by Krysiak for a corner showed the away side's dominance.

No surprise then that Francois Zoko was introduced as a half time substitute for Brandon Goodship at the break as the Glovers had lacked leadership up front and had given the ball away too easily in the opposition half. Slightly more surprising was the decision to replace Jakub Sokolik with Nathan Smith at the same time - the presumption was that Sokolik had either picked up a knock or was another player falling into the 'ill' camp.

It was a much improved second period, and one that was far more end-to-end than things had been earlier on. Harry Cornick broke clean through on goal but was denied by an offside flag going up. But 20 minutes into the half, the Glovers got the lead, via an unusual source. Substitute Francois Zoko spotted Ryan Dickson making a classic full-back's overlapping run, and fed the ball through, dissecting the defence and allowing Dickson the chance to score his first goal for the club since January 2012, when he was a youngster on loan at Huish Park.

Although Shay McCartan tried to immediately hit back for Accrington, with Artur Krysiak in the way again, Yeovil Town put in a much more worthy performance following the goal, albeit without doing too much with it to suggest they were going to extend their lead further. Tahvon Campbell had one of Yeovil's better efforts as Ross Etheridge palmed the ball away for a corner, whilst at the other end another McCartan effort saw Krysiak save again - the accumulation of such saves gave the keeper the Sponsors Man of the Match tonight. In the end, the Glovers played a game of highly effective keepball - something they'd been unable to do during the first half, and that was the difference between the two halves, running the clock down for a win that may not have always been gold-starred in its performance particularly during the first half, but when fans look at the league table, few will be complaining about that.

Link: 2015-16 Latest League Two Table.

Final Score: Yeovil Town 1 Accrington Stanley 0.

Scorers: Ryan Dickson (1-0, 64 mins)

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

Substitutes:
12. Chris Weale (GK) 3. Nathan Smith (46 mins for Jakub Sokolik) 7. Kevin Dawson (77 mins for Harry Cornick) 9. Ryan Bird 18. Simon Gillett 21. Alex Lacey 39. Francois Zoko (46 mins for Brandon Goodship)

Accrington Stanley:
1. Ross Etheridge
34. Brad Halliday 24. Mark Hughes 5. Tom Davies 2. Matty Pearson
14. Matt Crooks 28. Seamus Conneely 7. Piero Mingoia 11. Sean McConville
26. Romuald Boco 29. Billy Kee

Substitutes:
6. Andrew Procter 12. Liam Wakefield 17. Shay McCartan (56 mins for Romuald Boco) 18. Scott Brown 19. Marcus Carver (72 mins for Brad Halliday) 22. Adam Buxton (87 mins for Sean McConville) 33. Jason Mooney

Yeovil Bookings: None

Accrington Bookings: Matt Crooks (70 mins, foul), Matt Pearson (89 mins, foul)

Yeovil Match Statistics: Possession: 47%; Shots: 4; Shots On Target: 3; Corners: 3; Fouls: 10.

Accrington Match Statistics: Possession: 53%; Shots: 8; Shots On Target: 6; Corners: 4; Fouls: 13.

Referee: Iain Williamson (Berkshire). Assistants: Robert Dabbs (Dorset) and Brian Durie (Gloucestershire). Fourth Official: Justin Amey (Dorset).

Attendance: 3,207 (including 45 Accrington fans).


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1 March 2016 : Wes Fogden Suffers Serious Knee Injury To End Season
Yeovil Town midfielder Wes Fogden will play no further part in the 2015-16 season. The former AFC Bournemouth player, who was signed by the club on a two year contract from Portsmouth last summer, has played 18 times for the club, scoring two goals but has not featured since the December 12th match against Barnet.

He had been theoretically available for a couple of games in January, sitting on the substitutes bench for one match during that time, but disappeared out of the squad entirely after that. Manager Darren Way has confirmed tonight that he is out with a 'serious' knee injury and according to BBC Somerset will not play any further part this season.

The Glovers have two other long term injury victims on their books currently, with Jordan Gibbons not having been seen on the pitch since September 19th. He dropped out of the squad at the end of September, needing an operation for a hip injury and there has been no sign of him coming back into contention at any time. Also defender Omar Sowunmi was last seen during the November 14th home match against Stevenage where he suffered an ankle injury. He has also had an operation, and at the time of his second injury was described as being out for five months - there's been no update since then as to where things stand now.


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1 March 2016 : Team News For Yeovil Town vs Accrington Stanley
Yeovil Town have named one change to their starting eleven for the League Two match against Accrington Stanley at Huish Park this evening. Striker Ryan Bird drops out of the side to the bench, and he is replaced by AFC Bournemouth loanee Harry Cornick, who gets his first chance to partner Brandon Goodship up front since his close friend arrived at the club.

Midfielder Liam Walsh remains missing through illness once again, but striker Francois Zoko is back and on the bench. Left-back Nathan Smith returns following his three match suspension. Midfielder Kevin Dawson also returns following his ankle injury, meaning that the Glovers get a full squad of eighteen players to select from tonight.

Winger Jack Compton continues to be absent with a hamstring injury. Meanwhile the club's longer term injury list of Jordan Gibbons (hip injury), Omar Sowunmi (ankle) and Wes Fogden (knee) means that they continue to be absent.

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

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

Substitutes:
12. Chris Weale (GK) 3. Nathan Smith 7. Kevin Dawson 9. Ryan Bird 18. Simon Gillett 21. Alex Lacey 39. Francois Zoko


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1 March 2016 : Darren Previews The Accrington Home Game
As part of the build-up to the home match against Accrington Stanley at Huish Park tonight, Yeovil Town manager Darren Way spoke to the BBC about the game. With questions from BBC Somerset reporter Richard Hoskin, Darren talks about the club's recent illness situation, his thoughts on why he's reluctant to bring in new loans and the challenge that Accrington are likely to face. Read that interview via the link below.

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


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1 March 2016 : Darren Way Avoiding Further Loans Despite Weekend Absentees
Yeovil Town manager Darren Way says that he is reluctant to add to his first team squad, despite only being able to name four substitutes during Saturday's 1-0 win over Dagenham and Redbridge at Victoria Road. A mix of illness, injury and suspension left the club down to it's bare bones - not for the first time this season - and although that situation should ease itself tonight when Accrington Stanley visit Huish Park, it still may be that the club struggle to fill all seven places on their bench.

Way told BBC Somerset that although people were questioning whether he should increase the numbers available to him, this wasn't something that he had been contemplating too much, explaining that the way that the current group of players were performing made him want to stick with that group, even if they were depleted in numbers, rather than search for outside help:

"Everyone is still saying to me 'are you bringing in more loans?' I think that when that question is asked, you're obviously asking me whether you think those players are good enough. So I'm giving you the answer, to say that we've played against three good teams and they've all been games under pressure, and they've all been games where the media have said you must win. All games since I've been manager have been a must-win, and things haven't changed. We'll keep marching on with the group that we've got. There's a lot of loyalty within this group at the moment, and I respect that."

The Glovers will add at least one player to the squad that landed on the teamsheet at Dagenham, with Nathan Smith having completed a three match suspension, whilst there are hopes that Francois Zoko and Liam Walsh will have recovered from the illness that kept them out of the squad on the weekend. Way said that there was little doubt that both players would do their best to put themselves in the frame for selection:

"Obviously as you can imagine, it's not easy but they want to play for the football club. Whenever you're winning, it's surprising how many players want to play for the badge. When you're losing it's difficult to say that. At the moment with us and the momentum that we've got going, everyone wants to be involved."

Winger Jack Compton (hamstring) is expected to miss his fifth match tonight as he continues his recovery - how close Kevin Dawson (ankle) is to a return isn't clear at present. Omar Sowunmi (ankle), Jordan Gibbons (hip) and Wes Fogden all remain as long term absentees with no current return dates on the horizon.

Theoretically striker Shaun Jeffers may be back at Huish Park - his 28 day loan at National League side Woking ended yesterday. However, he suffered a back spasm during his second game with the Cardinals and had to be stretchered off and has not played for them since, meaning that his time at Kingfield was truncated half an hour into his second game.

Tonight sees the club come up against a surprise package in Accrington Stanley. Whilst they may be one of the smallest clubs in the division, they currently lie in fourth place in the League Two table, and still have a reasonable chance of automatic promotion. Fresh off the back of home draws against Portsmouth (5th) and Plymouth Argyle (2nd), Darren says that he will still see taking on another one of the division's top clubs in the same way:

"We've looked forward to all of them. The players have got to take credit for that. As I said the other day, the players have been heroes, and they haven't let me down so far and I want to keep that momentum going. These boys have been indestructable so farm, and every challenge that has been thrown at them, they've hit it head on. It's a proud feeling when you stand there and watch it as a manager."


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1 March 2016 : Ticketing For Cambridge United vs Yeovil Town
Advance tickets for Yeovil Town's trip to Cambridge United are now on sale from the Huish Park Ticket Office. The match takes place on Saturday 19th March 2016, with a 3.00p.m. kick-off at the Abbey Stadium. Ticket prices for this game are as follows:

Adults: £16.00; Concessions: £12.00; Aged 17 and Under: £7.00; Under-5s: FREE.

Concessions apply to those aged Over-62, Students with an NUS card and those aged 18-21.

If you purchase on the day of the game, there will be a £2.00 surcharge on all of the above prices.

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

Wheelchair users pay £13.00 and can admit an assistant free of charge. Anyone requiring a wheelchair bay should call Cambridge direct on 01223 566 500.

The Allocation for this fixture is all Standing tickets on the South Habin Terrace. However there is a limited amount of seating which will be available to those needing a seat on the day. Those requiring a seat will need to buy a terrace ticket and see a steward on the day who will transfer them to the seats. Due to the limited amount of seats Cambridge ask that only those needing seats ask for seats on the day so that they can accommodate those really requiring seats i.e. disabled, elderly, families with young children or anyone unable to stand for long periods.


Link: Ticketing For Mansfield Town vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Ticketing For Bristol Rovers vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Ticketing For Stevenage vs Yeovil Town.


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1 March 2016 : Yeovil Town vs Portsmouth : Man Of The Match Result
Ten days ago, the League Two match against Portsmouth saw Yeovil Town have to settle for a 1-1 draw despite taking the lead at Huish Park. Striker Francois Zoko notched his sixth goal in 18 appearances for the club when he acted as the fox-in-the-box when Pompey couldn't clear their lines from a Ryan Dickson cross into the area. But Portsmouth equalised in the final ten minutes meaning that both sides took home a point.

Man of the Match voting saw centre-back Jakub Sokolik score highly, but the large majority of the votes went in two directions. Left-back Ryan Dickson helped set up Yeovil's opening goal and also put in a good display at the back, but he was beaten into second place by Everton loanee Liam Walsh, who won the poll by a very comfortable margin.

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

1. Liam Walsh 538 (48)
2. Ryan Dickson 254 (11)
3. Jakub SokolŪk 124 (2)
4. Francois Zoko 74 (0)
5. Connor Roberts 54 (1)
6. Ben Tozer 48 (3)
7. Darren Ward 46 (1)
8. Matthew Dolan 24 (0)
9. Tahvon Campbell 14 (0)
10. Harry Cornick 8 (0)
11. Artur Krysiak 4 (0)


OVERALL MATCH RATING : 7.48
Performance : 7.55
Entertainment : 7.42
VOTES RECEIVED : 66


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1 March 2016 : Officials For Yeovil Town vs Accrington Stanley
Officials for the League Two match between Yeovil Town and Accrington Stanley have been published by the Football League. The match takes place on Tuesday 1st March 2016, with a 7.45p.m. kick-off. The man in charge will be referee Iain Williamson (Berkshire).

Mr Williamson has a reputation in the Football League for being one of those officials that badly upsets supporters. Our own experiences of him have not been too bad at Football League level, and we've even agreed with some of the decisions he's made regarding our own players dismissals. Perhaps we catch him on his good days.

The most recent match he took charge of was the March 2015 game against Colchester United at the Community Stadium. There he gave a penalty against us after Nathan Smith was judged to have pushed Jacob Murphy inside the box, and that decision was to prove crucial in the balance of the game, as an even contest turned into a match that went heavily in Colchester's favour as they grabbed a second goal on the break shortly afterwards. Despite that, we thought the referee had probably given the correct decision - his only other contribution to the evening was to book Joe Edwards for a foul, which was a little cruel given the club captain was injured in his own tackle and was about to be substituted, but probably within the letter of the law.

In December 2013 he was present for the home match against Blackburn Rovers. The away team just about deserved their 1-0 away win, but we did have a couple of good penalty shouts after Ishmael Miller appeared to be fouled inside the box, notably one in the 90th minute. Neither decision was give, and manager Gary Johnson had a bit of a post-match grumble, although it was more from the point of view that the Glovers had a string of 50:50 penalty decisions go against them that season, rather than specifically pointing the finger at that referee.

Prior to that he was present for the September 2012 game against AFC Bournemouth. Once again we suffered a 0-1 home defeat, and once again on the balance of play that was hard to argue with. The Western Gazette said Mr Williamson was "frustrating in the first half but more consistent after the break. Oversaw a well-tempered match" which for a local derby is probably to his credit.

He was present for the October 2011 away match at Stevenage that saw us draw 0-0. No complaints about the red card issued to Luke Ayling for an on-the-line hand ball, whilst Ayling's later call-up by the FA was at the instructions of the Fourth Official, rather than Mr Williamson. In fact, he did us a mini favour of sorts in that Ayling's infringement stopped their opponents from scoring a goal, with the referee failing to allow an advantage that saw the ball almost immediately hit the back of the net on the rebound. An error of judgement if you were a Stevenage fan, but as Marek Stech saved the eventual penalty, and we held on with ten men, we can't complain too loudly about it!

We had him for the League One home match against Exeter City during the 2010-11 season. We lost the game by a 1-3 scoreline, and Mr Williamson had nothing to do with that - if anything he ruled that a Grecians penalty appeal was deserving of a free kick in the other direction when it could have easily gone against us. Prior to that, he took charge of the home game against Leicester City all the way back in January 2009. The match was live on Sky Sports and was a booking-free affair, where certainly the Foxes 0-2 away win was unaffected by the officials, who had a quiet game.

Before that, you have to go all the way back to an April 2007 home game against Rotherham United, and an away game against Barnsley along with earlier home matches against Lincoln City and Torquay United. The Lincoln match is significant in that it was our final game at League Two level. We have had him several times during our non-league days as well, with his promotion to League level happening 12 months before we got there.

Mr Williamson will be assisted by Robert Dabbs (Dorset) and Brian Durie (Gloucestershire). The Fourth Official will be Justin Amey (Dorset).

Link: March 2015 : Colchester United 2 Yeovil Town 0.

Link: December 2013 : Yeovil Town 0 Blackburn Rovers 1.

Link: September 2012 : Yeovil Town 0 AFC Bournemouth 1.

Link: October 2011 : Stevenage 0 Yeovil Town 0.

Link: September 2010 : Yeovil Town 1 Exeter City 3.

Link: January 2009 : Yeovil Town 0 Leicester City 2.

Link: April 2007 : Yeovil Town 1 Rotherham United 1.

Link: August 2005 : Barnsley 1 Yeovil Town 0.

Link: May 2005 : Yeovil Town 3 Lincoln City 0.

Link: Sept 2003 : Yeovil Town 0 Torquay United 2.


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