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14 March 2018 : Yeovil Town Ladies vs Reading Women FAWSL1 Match Is OFF
Yeovil Town Ladies have had their FAWSL1 match against Reading FC Women called off. The match was due to take place at the Viridor Stadium (aka Wordsworth Drive), home of Taunton Town FC. However, a 3.45p.m. pitch inspection this afternoon has ruled the pitch as being waterlogged. The two teams will therefore have to rearrange the match for an alternative date.


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14 March 2018 : Darren Way's Verdict On The Exeter City Away Game
Following Tuesday night's 0-0 draw against Exeter City at St James Park, Yeovil Town manager Darren Way spoke to the BBC. With questions from BBC Somerset reporter Rob Scanlon, Darren gives his thoughts on the debuts of Stuart Nelson and Shaun Donnellan as well as the overall team performance. Read that interview via the link below.

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


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14 March 2018 : GWSC Travel For Colchester United vs Yeovil Town
The Green and White Supporters Club have set their travel plans for the League Two match against Colchester United. The match takes place at the Community Stadium on Saturday 17th March 2018, with a 3.00p.m. kick-off. Departure times and prices are listed as follows:

Colchester United : Saturday 17th March 2018.
Huish Park: 8.30a.m.
Adult Members: £31.00; Member Concessions: £29.00
Adult Non-Members: £33.00; Non-Member Concessions: £31.00

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

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

Link: Ticketing For Colchester United vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Ticketing For Accrington Stanley vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Ticketing For Notts County vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Yeovil Town Online Ticketing Portal.


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14 March 2018 : Darren Way Says 'Better Chances' Fell To Glovers In Grecians Draw
Yeovil Town manager Darren Way believed that his side had the better chances during Tuesday night's 0-0 draw against Exeter City. The Glovers have now gone four games without scoring a goal, with their last coming in the 4-1 defeat against Stevenage just under a month ago - something that has contributed to a set of four defeats during that time. However, last night they managed to keep a clean sheet, meaning that they at least came home with a single point.

During the first half, Exeter hit the crossbar through Hiram Boateng, whilst Jayden Stockley missed a significant late opportunity to score the winning goal in the 90th minute. At the other end, the Glovers had efforts from Otis Khan, Omar Sowunmi and Lewis Wing and Way told BBC Somerset after the match he felt his side were also denied an early penalty:

"We had the better chances. We should have had a penalty in the first ten minutes; it was so blatant, it was unreal. Then all of a sudden we got a passback, and it was an obvious passback if you've seen that. Those are the decisions that you need to go for you. Football is not easy, but I was really pleased with the performance today."

The Glovers played Exeter three times during the 2017-18 season, gaining two 3-1 victories in the earlier fixtures, whilst last night's ended in a draw, meaning that they came out of all three games unbeaten. Way felt the 323 fans who witnessed the game had appreciated what they'd seen on the night:

"It's not an easy place to come, with Exeter away. I've been here a number of times now and we've got three really good results over them. We beat them twice and drew at home (at St James Park). So playing an Exeter team that are in good form, I can't complain really, as a manager. I feel the supporters have seen that tonight as well. They appreciate that; they're not stupid. I expect criticism, but tonight they got behind the team."


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14 March 2018 : Video : Exeter City vs Yeovil Town Match Highlights
For those who want to watch highlights of Tuesday night's 0-0 draw against Exeter City, these are now available online. The entire set of match footage across the minute-and-a-half is made up of chances for the Grecians, with the best of those coming when Hiram Boateng hit the crossbar. Hence you'll see plenty of Glovers defending, but not a lot going on at the other end. View the Sky Sports video via the link below.

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




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13 March 2018 : Man of the Match Voting for Exeter City vs Yeovil Town
If you watched Tuesday night's 0-0 draw against Exeter City at St James 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 Exeter City vs Yeovil Town.


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13 March 2018 : Exeter 0 Yeovil 0 : Two Debut Boys Help Provide Shut-Out In Devon
Yeovil Town gained a useful away point in Devon on Tuesday night, after they held Exeter City to a 0-0 draw at St James Park. Despite the home side hitting the crossbar in the first half via Hiram Boateng, the Grecians were unable to find their way past a Glovers defensive line that included Stuart Nelson and Shaun Donnellan making their debuts. Yeovil only created a limited number of chances, with the best of those coming in the second period, but they were fortunate that Jayden Stockley's 90th minute effort was put wide of the target to give take the visitors a small step away from the relegation line.

The Glovers went into the match making four team changes, three of which were tactical. Goalkeeper Stuart Nelson made his debut, repacing Jonny Maddison, whilst Shaun Donnellan also came in for his first match since joining the club as Corey Whelan dropped out of the squad. The one injury saw Connor Smith drop out of the squad, as Jared Bird replaced him, whilst up front Sam Surridge moved to the bench with Alex Fisher replacing him. Exeter's teamsheet unusually only contained one ex-Glover, with Dan Seaborne on the bench.

Exeter got onto the front foot straight from kick-off, creating a number of early chances. Within 60 seconds Stuart Nelson was tested to see how rusty he was, having only played a couple of EFL Trophy games this season - a Matt Jay effort was palmed for a corner, and from that set piece Jake Taylor fired wide. Ryan Harley's shot was then blocked by the boot of Omar Sowunmi, before another Jay effort was headed wide from a Jordan Tillson shot.

Yeovil had minimal chances during the first period, with it taking 20 minutes before Lewis Wing provided the first effort, although the fact that it went clean out of the ground at the demolished away end, demonstrated that it wasn't close. Alex Fisher did a little better on the angle as he fired high and wide, but there was still little pressure on Christy Pym's goal. At the other end, Stuart Nelson saved a deflected Matt Jay shot.

Exeter finished the half looking sharp again, with Ryan Dickson doing well to block a Jake Taylor shot. From the resulting corner Jayden Stockley saw his header saved. Stockley then induced the best chance of the half, as his ball into the box found Hiram Boateng, whose shot inside the box crashed off the crossbar and back out, with the ball then being punched away by Nelson before being hacked away. It wasn't until first half injury time that Yeovil finally managed their first shot on target, with a 25 yard shot from Otis Khan being saved low down to his left by Christy Pym.

The second period was a rather more even affair, even if it started with Dean Moxey heading wide from a corner. Omar Sowumni's downward header was comfortably held by Pym, before Matt Jay and Ryan Harley fired wide for Exeter. The Grecians were struggling to create openings and used their substitutions to play around with their formation in an attempt to shake things up a bit.

Lewis Wing's well hit shot was saved by Christy Pym as the Glovers still held their own in the closing stages. The only disappointment on the night came when Ryan Harley fouled Francois Zoko, with both players coming off immediately after treatment, with Zoko's appearing to be enforced. There was a nervous moment in the 90th minute as a rare mistake by Omar Sowunmi gifted possession to Jayden Stockley. Thankfully he fired wide of the target when he really should have buried the winning goal - a miss that meant both teams had to accept the 0-0 draw - something that will have pleased Yeovil far more than it would have pleased Exeter, who missed an opportunity to cement their current play-off position that little bit more deeply. For Yeovil, it's another single point towards League Two safety, and maybe one they didn't expect.

Link: 2017-18 Latest League Two Table.

Final Score: Exeter City 0 Yeovil Town 0.

Scorers: None.

Exeter City:
1 Christy Pym
2 Pierce Sweeney 39 Troy Brown 21 Dean Moxey 3 Craig Woodman
25 Jake Taylor 6 Jordan Tillson 44 Hiram Boateng 7 Ryan Harley
11 Jayden Stockley 20 Matt Jay

Substitutes:
4 Lloyd James 5 Troy Archibald-Henville 8 Robbie Simpson 12 Paul Jones 18 Danny Seaborne 19 Liam McAlinden (82 mins for Ryan Harley) 28 Kyle Edwards (74 mins for Matt Jay)

Yeovil Town:
25. Stuart Nelson
23. Tom James 27. Shaun Donnellan 17. Omar Sowunmi 11. Ryan Dickson
15. Jordan Green 6. Lewis Wing 4. Jared Bird 7. Otis Khan
18. Alex Fisher 13. Francois Zoko (Capt)

Substitutes:
12. Jonny Maddison 9. Rhys Browne (57 mins for Otis Khan) 5. Bevis Mugabi 14. Sam Surridge (82 mins for Francois Zoko) 19. Marcus Barnes (70 mins for Alex Fisher) 21. Ryan Seager 30. Alefe Santos

Exeter City Bookings: Ryan Harley (foul, 81 mins)

Yeovil Bookings: Jordan Green (foul, 43 mins), Shaun Donnellan (kicking ball away, 72 mins)

Exeter City Match Statistics: Possession: 59%; Shots: 16; Shots On Target: 6; Corners: 7; Fouls: 9.

Yeovil Match Statistics: Possession: 41%; Shots: 14; Shots On Target: 5; Corners: 3; Fouls: 12.

Referee: Keith Stroud (Hampshire). Assistants: Mark Pottage (Dorset) and Daniel Leach (Oxfordshire). Fourth Official: Brett Huxtable (Devon).

Attendance: 3,913 (with 323 Yeovil Town supporters).


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13 March 2018 : Team News For Exeter City vs Yeovil Town
The starting line-up for Yeovil Town's League Two match against Exeter City at St James Park has been revealed. The match sees the Glovers name four changes compared to the team that took to the field against Newport County on Saturday. Former Gillingham goalkeeper Stuart Nelson has been put between the sticks for the first time since his arrival with Jonny Maddison dropping to the bench. Midfielder Jared Bird comes in for Connor Smith who drops entirely off the teamsheet. Former West Bromwich Albion defender Shaun Donnellan gets his first start for the club, as Liverpool loanee Corey Whelan is also out of the squad tonight. Finally Alex Fisher is preferred to Sam Surridge.

The first team squad members to miss out today are right-back Daniel Alfei (knee injury, out for season), James Bailey (knee ligaments), goalkeeper Artur Krysiak (knee, out for season), defender Nathan Smith (knee, out until mid-April), Jake Gray (knee, out for season), midfielder Oscar Gobern (unspecified knock) and midfielder Connor Smith (unspecified knock). Defender Corey Whelan is the sixth loanee.

The team reads as follows:

Yeovil Town:
25. Stuart Nelson
23. Tom James 27. Shaun Donnellan 17. Omar Sowunmi 11. Ryan Dickson
15. Jordan Green 6. Lewis Wing 4. Jared Bird 7. Otis Khan
18. Alex Fisher 13. Francois Zoko (Capt)

Substitutes:
12. Jonny Maddison 9. Rhys Browne 5. Bevis Mugabi 14. Sam Surridge 19. Marcus Barnes 21. Ryan Seager 30. Alefe Santos

Exeter City:
1 Christy Pym
2 Pierce Sweeney 39 Troy Brown 21 Dean Moxey 3 Craig Woodman
25 Jake Taylor 6 Jordan Tillson 44 Hiram Boateng 7 Ryan Harley
11 Jayden Stockley 20 Matt Jay

Substitutes:
4 Lloyd James 5 Troy Archibald-Henville 8 Robbie Simpson 12 Paul Jones 18 Danny Seaborne 19 Liam McAlinden 28 Kyle Edwards


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13 March 2018 : Taff's Gloversblog : Losing Out In The Chess Match Battle
Yeovil Town's form has recently skidded off the rails a bit, with four defeats in a row. With one eye on the latest of those results against Newport County on Saturday, the latest Taff's Gloversblog looks at the statistics behind those matches, and why dominating sections of football matches may not help you, if there are other periods of the game where the opposition get control. Read that blog via the link below, and feel free to provide your own assessments.

Link: Taff's Gloversblog : Losing Out In The Chess Match Battle.


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13 March 2018 : Five International Call-Ups See Accrington Stanley Trip Rearranged
Yeovil Town's trip to Accrington Stanley has now been postponed due to international call-ups. The match was due to be played on Saturday 24th March at the Crown Ground, but this date falls on an international break weekend.

The club have indicated that five of the club's players have received international call-ups. Whilst they don't name them, our understanding from last week was that they would be Bevis Mugabi (Uganda), Rhys Browne (Antigua), Corey Whelan and Shaun Donnellan (Republic of Ireland Under-21s) and Tom James (Wales Under-21s). At the present time, only Mugabi's call-up has been confirmed.

The match will now be played on Tuesday 17th April at the Crown Ground with a 7.45p.m. kick-off. All tickets purchased remain valid. If you can't make the new date, then please return your ticket to the Huish Park Ticket Office as soon as possible.


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13 March 2018 : Officials For Exeter City vs Yeovil Town
Officials for the League Two match between Exeter City and Yeovil Town have been announced by the Football League. The match takes place on Tuesday 13th March 2018 at St James Park, with a 7.45p.m. kick-off. The man in charge of the fixture will be referee Keith Stroud (Hampshire).

Mr Stroud has been selected for a number of high profile Glovers matches over the years. His selection for such local derbies and significant matches suggests he's doing what the Football League want of him, yet as fans we haven't always agreed with that - one particular away match at Swansea City (mentioned later) gave him a bit of a reputation.

Because he sits on the 'Select Group 2' list of officials, our meetings have thinned out, with his list of matches mainly concentrated around Championship games. The last time we met was for the 2015-16 EFL Trophy match against Oxford United - a match that saw us go out of the tournament by a 3-2 scoreline. We were a little fortunate in that match that Mr Stroud decided to call Jakub Sokolik's tackle on Chris Maguire during the second half to be a legal one. Maguire thought otherwise - there was a strong risk of a red card if he had, which meant that one went our way.

During the 2012-13 season we had him three times - two for competitive games, and once for a friendly match. The most recent of those was the 0-2 home defeat against Swindon Town. Matches against our Wiltshire semi-local rivals are often tetchy affairs, but we felt that the nine bookings handed out by Mr Stroud were excessive and almost seemed to be ramping up the temperature of the game, rather than cooling it down.

The other competitive match was the 4-1 defeat against Leyton Orient at Brisbane Road in September 2012. There he was relatively quiet ... either that or our own awfulness overshadowed anything that an official might throw at us. The Western Gazette notes that he "had very little to do in a well-tempered, largely one-sided affair." He was also the referee for the pre-season friendly against Plymouth Argyle that saw Nick Chadwick sent off - on that occasion the correct decision, although for the purposes of pre-season preparation for the two clubs, it might have been more helpful if Mr Stroud had forced Argyle to make a substitution, rather than leave one side with ten men.

The August 2011 match against Sheffield United at Huish Park though saw him run true to form - eight yellow cards raised across a stop-start afternoon, completed by a second half injury time red card to Curtis Haynes-Brown when many officials might have shown a bit of common sense and realised that the final whistle was about to blow. The Western Gazette's view of his performance gives a similar tone: "Unfortunately the referee's performance overshadowed displays from two teams keen to get the ball down and impress ... (Keith Stroud) ensured the game failed to flow. Arguably the weakest (refereeing) display Yeovil have witnessed so far this season."

His preceding match involving the Glovers were thankfully a bit more low key. There was the November 2010 local derby defeat against AFC Bournemouth, where we had plenty more things to grumble about on the pitch than the men in black. Mr Stroud booked four players that night, but we doubt that anyone will remember anything other than Josh McQuoid and company ripping through the Glovers back line for one of the more one-sided games of football viewed, and probably the low-point of that season.

Before that was 2009 Christmas holiday game against Swindon Town. We won't use his performance on the day to excuse our own team's poor performance that saw them well beaten, but it is a trifle galling when you are forced to withdraw your striker because you can see the referee is getting suckered in by histrionics from the home side's players and bench. By the time Sam Williams was withdrawn, to save him from a second yellow card, we were 3-1 down anyway, so had little or no effect upon the final scoreline. One Swindon goal though did appear to be more down to poor officiating - a shove in the back by Billy Paynter on Nathan Smith allowed our left flank to be exposed and a crucial second goal scored. We were poor that day, but so were the officials.

The time before that was one of Mr Stroud's better performances. The match in April 2008 was the 0-1 home defeat against Leeds United, and he can't be blamed for the farce that had developed off the field, on the terrace and in the stands. He dished out a red card to Leeds defender Alan Sheehan after a melee developed, and resisted temptation to even up the sides three minutes later when a Marc Bircham-induced second shoving contest broke out.

A year previously, Mr Stroud had done us a favour! The home match against Leyton Orient may well have come on the back of a rather poor performance from the man in the middle, but his decision in that match broke a two year long barren run where the Glovers had been denied penalty appeal after penalty appeal. The trip on Nathan Jones inside the box finally gave us a chance from 12 yards out. Overall though despite that decision finally going our way, we were unimpressed by a catalogue of others throughout the game.

Then came a Friday night against Swansea City in November 2005. Whilst that night is largely remembered for a bit of Lee Trundle extravagance, it shouldn't be forgotten that Mr Stroud gifted Swansea their opener - a penalty that was exposed on the video as a perfect sliding tackle by Efe Sodje. On top of that, he red carded Lee Johnson when the hapless official mistook a slap on the forearm for a handball appeal as an offensive gesture. To rub salt into the wounds, his chance to even up the numbers with a second yellow card offence for Trundle late on was declined - probably because of its proximity to the rather vociferous home fans. Certainly one of the messiest displays of officiating we've had the displeasure to witness.

A month after the Swansea game, he took charge of a local derby at Huish Park against the red half of Bristol, and thankfully in this instance, his performance was rather more anonymous, passing off without significant note. Over the years we've had him though, that hasn't always been the case. He's been an official that likes to be noticed in games, which is not what players or spectators want in a match.

Mr Stroud will be assisted by Mark Pottage (Dorset) and Daniel Leach (Oxfordshire). The Fourth Official will be Brett Huxtable (Devon).

Link: December 2015 : Oxford United 3 Yeovil Town 2.

Link: March 2013 : Yeovil Town 0 Swindon Town 2.

Link: September 2012 : Leyton Orient 4 Yeovil Town 1.

Link: August 2011 : Yeovil Town 0 Sheffield United 1.

Link: November 2010 : AFC Bournemouth 2-1 Yeovil Town.

Link: December 2009 : Swindon Town 3-1 Yeovil Town.

Link: April 2008 : Yeovil Town 0-1 Leeds United.

Link: April 2007: Yeovil Town 2-1 Leyton Orient.

Link: December 2005: Yeovil Town 1-1 Bristol City.


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13 March 2018 : Starnes To Exit Home Park CEO Role
Former Yeovil Town Chief Executive Martyn Starnes is to step down from his position with League One side Plymouth Argyle. The former Swindon Town and Sherborne Town man had been at Home Park for just under five years in the same position that he held at Huish Park, leaving the Glovers just after they were promoted to the Championship.

Argyle don't identify any reasons for Starnes's departure, except to state that the decision was invoked by the man himself. They plan to recruit a successor to that position, but indicate that he will continue in that role whilst he sees out a notice period:

"Martyn will continue in his role during his notice period. The Board would like to place on record the gratitude of everyone associated with Plymouth Argyle for Martyn's contribution to the club during his time in office and wishes him well for his future ventures."

Although Plymouth's own statement doesn't say how long that notice period is, local paper the Plymouth Herald suggest he will effectively leave the club at the end of the 2017-18 season.


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12 March 2018 : Swindon Bring In Brown As Flitcroft Replacement
League Two side Swindon Town have appointed a new manager to replace David Flitcroft. The Wiltshire side had lost their manager to Mansfield Town earlier this month, but have moved quickly to bring in former Derby County, Hull City and Preston North End manager Phil Brown, who was last seen working at Southend United earlier this season.

The 58 year old appears to have been brought in as a stop-gap appointment, with Swindon only appointing him until the end of the 2017-18 season. The Robins have slipped to ninth place in the table over the weekend, but even that only puts them outside the play-offs on goal difference. Brown's task appears to be to stop the wheels from coming off in the wake of Flitcroft's departure.

Brown doesn't try to hide what his target is over the next six weeks - or maybe longer - describing his tenure as a ten game season:

"It's a short-term deal at the moment and the lure of the play-offs and possible promotion was a big attraction for me, as was the sales pitch from the chairman. Lee (Power) outlined what he wants for the club and the ambition and that really interested me. We have a ten-game season now. This is an opportunity to get the club promoted and coming into a situation like this, at the right end of the division, is a rarity in some senses. Another aspect of this is the size of Swindon as a club, who in my opinion have been a sleeping giant for years now."

Having come up against Phil Brown earlier in this season, during his time with Southend United, the Glovers will see him in a month's time with the trip to Swindon Town set to be played on Tuesday 10th April at the County Ground.


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12 March 2018 : No Away Ticket Sales Available For Exeter City Match On The Night
Advance tickets for Yeovil Town's League Two match against Exeter City have now gone off sale. The Glovers were only given a highly restricted allocation of 350 tickets for Tuesday night's match at St James Park, due to rebuilding work at the ground that currently sees the St James Road terrace demolished and the Old Grandstand being rebuilt, meaning that it is currently a two-sided ground.

Tickets for the away section of the ground will NOT be available at the St James Park end on the day of the match. Thus if you are planning to travel to the match, please ensure that you have a ticket before you leave.

Link: Ciderspace Guide To Exeter City.

Link: Ticketing For Exeter City vs Yeovil Town.

Link: GWSC Travel For Exeter City vs Yeovil Town.


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12 March 2018 : Tom James Linked With Premier League Duo And Scottish Leaders
Premier League sides Swansea City and AFC Bournemouth and Scottish Premiership side Celtic have been named by the national press as chasing the signature of defender Tom James. The former Cardiff City player is named by the Independent newspaper as having captured the attention of all three clubs, after he broke into the Yeovil Town first team this season.

The article in question is highly speculative, without any quotes or sources for their information, although the Independent are not normally ones to throw around lists of names on the footballing rumourmill. They claim that Swansea City are the main party interested, suggesting that James would be a target to rival Kyle Naughton in the right-back position. They pitch his asking price as 'less than £500,000' for his services.

There were some raised eyebrows during the January transfer window when the 21 year old was given a new improved contract at the club, leading to obvious questions of what had triggered that decision. The deal did not lengthen the two year deal James had already signed in the summer of 2017, but presumably improved either the pay or conditions of those arrangements. He is still under contract until the summer of 2019, and even then would command a fee as he will not have reached his 24th birthday at that stage.

James has so far made 41 appearances for the club, scoring one goal, with all bar three of those coming during this season, where he has played every back four position. Any interested club would not be allowed to formally bid for his services until June, and so regardless of the substance of these reports, the Glovers will be able to rely upon him for the next eleven games.

Link: Tom James : Yeovil Town Statistics.


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12 March 2018 : Darren Way Talks About Newport County Team Selection
Just before Saturday's League Two match against Newport County kicked off at Huish Park, Yeovil Town manager Darren Way spoke to the BBC. With questions from local journalist Chris Spittles, in an interview for BBC Somerset, Darren gives his views on why he recalled AFC Bournemouth loanee Sam Surridge and Middleborough Lewis Wing to the starting line-up, and why he recalled Southampton striker Marcus Barnes to the bench. He also gives his views on Newport's style of play.

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


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12 March 2018 : Ciderspace Guide To Exeter City
Tomorrow night sees Yeovil Town head down to Devon for a League Two match against Exeter City. For those travelling to the match, the Ciderspace guide has been updated to cover this season's ticketing, travel, statistics and also some changes to the layout of St James Park as they redevelop their stadium. Find the guide via the link below.

NOTE: Only an extremely small handful of tickets remain for this fixture. We strongly recommend that you buy in advance, to avoid problems. The Ticket Office is open until 5.00p.m. tonight at Huish Park.

Link: Ciderspace Guide To Exeter City.

Link: Ticketing For Exeter City vs Yeovil Town.

Link: GWSC Travel For Exeter City vs Yeovil Town.

The IP Office Main Stand (formerly known as the Flybe Stand) - this will be home for away fans for the 2017-18 season
The IP Office Main Stand (formerly known as the Flybe Stand) - this will be home for away fans for the 2017-18 season
Photo © 2009-2018 Ciderspace



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11 March 2018 : Darren Way's Verdict On The Newport County Home Game
Following Saturday afternoon's 0-2 defeat against Newport County at Huish Park, Yeovil Town manager Darren Way spoke to the BBC about the game. With questions from local journalist Chris Spittles, in an interview for BBC Somerset, Darren's views on the match, his side's age and experience, and the club's overall position in the division, can be read via the link below.

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


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10 March 2018 : Video : Yeovil Town vs Newport County Match Highlights
For those who want to watch the match highlights of Saturday afternoon's 0-2 home defeat against Newport County these can now be found online. There is two-and-a-half minutes worth of footage provided by Sky Sports that includes the goals from Josh Sheehan and Paul Hayes. Elsewhere the video shows a first half chance for Omar Sowunmi and a second half trio of chances that fell to Francois Zoko. Watch it via the link below.

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




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10 March 2018 : Darren Way Sees A Fine Line Between Winning And Losing After Newport Defeat
Yeovil Town manager Darren Way felt that there were fine lines between winning and losing this afternoon's League Two match against Newport County. Whilst the eventual scoreline saw former Swansea City loanee Josh Sheehan come back to his old club and score, with striker Paul Hayes wrapping the game up in the 90th minutes for a 0-2 defeat, the Glovers had their own opportunities to find the back of the net, with visiting keeper Joe Day in fine form during the afternoon.

Way told BBC Somerset that he felt that an unnamed midfield player had failed to track Sheehan's run into the box for that first goal, which came just short of the hour mark, and added that his side needed to be more clinical when they had their own chances to score against the Exiles:

"There were key moments in the game. We were disappointed with the goal, because we felt a midfielder didn't really stay with the runner, in Josh Sheehan who we know extremely well. He got in between the lines and we didn't force the ball wide quick enough, so they come inside, and it was a good finish for him. But we had large amounts of possession. I didn't think we were clinical enough, certainly in the first half, for the amount of play that we had. Then their goalkeeper pulls off a fantastic save and I look at it and I think how did he get down there? But again those are the key moments and it's a fine line between winning and losing, as I keep saying. When you look at the Carlisle game, there was nothing in that game either, but we find ourselves on the back of a defeat."

Whilst Yeovil's play for the opening 60 to 70 minutes had shown some promise, during the final half hour, the game began to deteriorate from their point of view, with supporters showing their feelings at a number of elements of sloppy play. After Hayes netted in second half injury time, many either voted with their feet, or booed on the final whistle. Way says he understands why fans are getting frustrated, but believes his players are putting in maximum effort and that the gap that showed between the two sides came down to the level of experience from the visitors' players:

"The players are giving everything. I think there are times there where I can understand supporters are getting frustrated. There were one or two misplaced passes, and I almost have to accept that this is the players' first season. I look at Joss Labadie and I look at Dolan and Tozer and they've got a lot of experienced players like Paul Hayes and Padraig Amond. They seem to manage the game really well, and it's almost frustrating for the referee as to how good they are at it. They made the tempo of the game slow. We're disappointed, but having said that we've got no time to dwell on it, because we go straight to Exeter now."


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10 March 2018 : Man of the Match Voting for Yeovil Town vs Newport County
If you watched Saturday's 0-2 defeat against Newport 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 Newport County.


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10 March 2018 : Yeovil 0 Newport 2 : Sheehan Returns To Sink Glovers
Yeovil Town slipped to their second consecutive home defeat this afternoon, after Newport County inflicted a 0-2 home defeat. After an even first half, it was former Swansea City loanee Josh Sheehan netted his first goal for 14 months to put the Glovers behind just before the hour mark, and despite having started the match well, play gradually deteriorated and veteran Paul Hayes polished the game off in injury time to leave Yeovil still struggling in 17th place, but fortunately still the same distance off the relegation spots.

The Glovers went into the match making two changes to the line-up that lost against Shrewsbury Town in midweek. Lewis Wing had been cup-tied for that match, and he was recalled as Oscar Gobern dropped out due to a knock he picked up in that game. Meanwhile Jared Bird was replaced by Sam Surridge as Darren Way headed back to a 4-4-2 formation. In the opposition line-up, the trio of Josh Sheehan, Matt Dolan and Ben Tozer lined up against their former club, with the Glovers boss having been bullish in his Thursday interview, in believing that his current crop of midfielders was better than his old charges.

The game took a while to warm up, with Yeovil's first two chances - and best efforts of the half - coming within 30 seconds of each other. A quickly taken free kick by Connor Smith came close to catching out Joe Day before the Newport keeper turned the ball around the corner of the post. From Otis Khan's corner kick, Omar Sowunmi forced Day into another save.

Newport had only really threatened through Ben Tozer's long throws, and it took until 35 minutes before they lined up a serious effort, when Joss Labadie shot over the bar from a Matt Dolan. As the half completed, the visitors began to find their feet properly, with Jonny Maddison having to palm the ball over the crossbar, when Padraig Amond flicked on a Matt Dolan cross/shot into the box. From that corner Amond got space at the near post to head over the bar, with there being a feeling that the visitors were starting to get on top - a long range Ben White free kick that went over the bar completing the half. There was a nasty moment in first half injury time when Francois Zoko caught Mickey Demetriou with his studs - thankfully referee Lee Collins saw it as worthy of a yellow, even if the Exiles tried to appeal for more.

The second period saw an Otis Khan effort deflected into the arms of the keeper, whilst Francois Zoko and Sam Surridge both shot wide. After Robbie Willmott also fired wide when he got into space, another Zoko chance saw him head wide from a Connor Smith cross.

That failure to test the keeper inevitably looked wasteful when Newport took the lead 12 mintutes into the half. For all of the pre-match talk about Ben Tozer and Matt Dolan's abilities as former players, it was the third ex-Glover that got the goal. Former Swansea City midfielder Josh Sheehan hadn't scored a goal since January 2017, partly due to a serious injury that has kept him out of action, but when right-back Ben White set him up, Sheehan was able to drill a low shot into the back of the net for a 0-1 advantage.

Initially Yeovil responded well, bringing the best out of Newport keeper Joe Day. A Corey Whelan cross saw Francois Zoko blocked at close range. Day then did even better when a Connor Smith cross found Zoko again - this time his header went to the bottom corner, but Day got his hand to the ball to push it around the post.

However, when those chances didn't go in the game began to deteriorate in terms of the quality and passing from the Glovers, and a shot from Paul Hayes that whistled just over the bar was a reminder that the Exiles were still dangerous. Frank Nouble also shot wide from range. In the closing stages Alex Fisher came on, as they finished the game playing a 4-3-3 formation as he partnered Marcus Barnes and Francois Zoko.

But it didn't really have an effect. Newport's own substitute Aaron Collins almost caught the Glovers on the break, with Tom James having to put in a great block for a corner to stop his counter-attack. And then three minutes into injury time, the points were sealed. Frank Nouble's cross into the box found Paul Hayes and he finished from inside the box into the corner of the net for a 0-2 scoreline, and final whistle booing and heckles from the home end at what had been a rapidly degenerating game from their point of view. Still eight points from relegation, still 17th, but with seven of their eleven remaining games coming on their travels, and nearly all games against top half of the table sides, they have to be wary of their position.

Link: 2017-18 Latest League Two Table.

Final Score: Yeovil Town 0 Newport County 2.

Scorers: Josh Sheehan (57 mins, 0-1), Paul Hayes (90 mins, 0-2)

Yeovil Town:
12. Jonny Maddison
22. Corey Whelan 17. Omar Sowunmi 23. Tom James 11. Ryan Dickson
15. Jordan Green 6. Lewis Wing 8. Connor Smith 7. Otis Khan
14. Sam Surridge 13. Francois Zoko (Capt)

Substitutes:
25. Stuart Nelson 9. Rhys Browne (70 mins for Jordan Green) 4. Jared Bird 5. Bevis Mugabi 18. Alex Fisher (77 mins for Otis Khan) 19. Marcus Barnes (60 mins for Sam Surridge) 27. Shaun Donnellan

Newport County:
1 Joe Day
6 Ben White 12 Ben Tozer 28 Mickey Demetriou
7 Robbie Willmott 31 Josh Sheehan 8 Matthew Dolan 4 Joss Labadie 3 Dan Butler
9 Padraig Amond 39 Paul Hayes

Substitutes:
10 Frank Nouble (56 mins for Padraig Amond) 13 Marlon Jackson 15 Shawn McCoulsky 17 Scot Bennett (81 mins for Matt Dolan) 19 Tyler Reid 30 James Bittner 45 Aaron Collins (84 mins for Robbie Willmott)

Yeovil Bookings: Francois Zoko (foul, 45 mins)

Newport County Bookings: Paul Hayes (foul, 67 mins), Joss Labadie (foul, 83 mins)

Yeovil Match Statistics: Possession: 45%; Shots: 11; Shots On Target: 5; Corners: 5; Fouls: 10.

Newport County Match Statistics: Possession: 55%; Shots: 12; Shots On Target: 4; Corners: 8; Fouls: 15.

Referee: Lee Collins (Surrey). Assistants: Paul Hobday (West Midlands) and Darren Wilding (Worcestershire). Fourth Official: Marc Whaley (Devon).

Attendance: 2,880 (with 439 Newport County supporters).


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10 March 2018 : Team News For Yeovil Town vs Newport County
The starting line-up for Yeovil Town's League Two match against Newport County at Huish Park has been revealed. The match sees the Glovers name two changes compared to the team that took to the field against Shrewsbury Town in midweek. The big news is actually on the bench, as Southampton loanee Marcus Barnes makes a return after two months out with an ankle injury. A casualty of that is that Ryan Seager drops entirely out of the squad due to the rule on fielding a maximum of five loan players.

In the starting line-up, midfielder Lewis Wing was cup-tied in midweek but he makes his return to the side, replacing Jared Bird. Meanwhile Sam Surridge is recalled as Oscar Gobern drops out of the squad

The first team squad members to miss out today are right-back Daniel Alfei (knee injury, out for season), James Bailey (knee ligaments), goalkeeper Artur Krysiak (knee, out for season), defender Nathan Smith (knee, out until mid-April), Jake Gray (knee, out for season) and Alefe Santos (illness). Striker Ryan Seager is the sixth loanee. Midfielder Oscar Gobern picked up a knock in midweek, but there's no confirmation of what that is.

The team reads as follows:

Yeovil Town:
12. Jonny Maddison
22. Corey Whelan 17. Omar Sowunmi 23. Tom James 11. Ryan Dickson
15. Jordan Green 6. Lewis Wing 8. Connor Smith 7. Otis Khan
14. Sam Surridge 13. Francois Zoko (Capt)

Substitutes:
25. Stuart Nelson 9. Rhys Browne 4. Jared Bird 5. Bevis Mugabi 18. Alex Fisher 19. Marcus Barnes 27. Shaun Donnellan

Newport County:
1 Joe Day
6 Ben White 12 Ben Tozer 28 Mickey Demetriou
7 Robbie Willmott 31 Josh Sheehan 8 Matthew Dolan 4 Joss Labadie 3 Dan Butler
9 Padraig Amond 39 Paul Hayes

Substitutes:
10 Frank Nouble 13 Marlon Jackson 15 Shawn McCoulsky 17 Scot Bennett 19 Tyler Reid 30 James Bittner 45 Aaron Collins


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10 March 2018 : Sturrock Takes Up Tangerines Scouting Role
Former Yeovil Town manager Paul Sturrock is back in professional football. The 61 year old has returned to Dundee United - a club that he clocked up fifteen years as a player, four years as a coach, and three years as a manager. He has been appointed as their Chief Scout for England, with the target of taking players north of the border and bringing them to Tannadice.

Whilst Sturrock's 2015 management spell at Yeovil Town proved to be his last, with him retiring from management shortly after, he had stated his intention to stay around the fringes of the game, and provided some football consultancy to Plymouth Parkway in the summer of 2016. However, this is his first professional level appointment since his December 2015 exit from Huish Park. He says that he's already met with their manager and Chairman to discuss plans:

"I am delighted to be back working for my Club. I met with Chairman Mike Martin and Manager Csaba Laszlo earlier this week and I felt that we all shared the same belief on the best way forward for Dundee United. I look forward to working hard and using my knowledge of the English game to bring talent to the Club. Having a scout working full-time in England can be very good for the club but, if it was going to be me, Csaba and I had to know we were on the same wavelength. So we got together a few days ago and had a very long talk. What was clear to me from that is he's a football man with a good knowledge of the game and he has a very clear view of the type of player he needs. Now it's up to me to come up with good options for him so he can come down to England and watch them in games or get them up to Tannadice to have a look at them in training."

Chairman Mike Martin has said that in his view, Sturrock's knowledge of the lower English leagues would help Dundee United recruit new talent in future seasons:

"Paul's passion for the Club is very evident and his knowledge of the lower leagues in England remains outstanding. Recruitment from England has to play a big part in our ability to produce talent right through the ranks. Seeing the instant connection between him and Csaba and after listening to Paul's views in our meetings over the last few days, I do not doubt that this appointment will be productive for United and I am excited to welcome Paul back to Dundee United."

The Tangerines are currently in Fourth place in the Scottish Championship, but have three games in hand. It is unlikely that they will catch leaders St Mirren, who lie 17 points ahead of them, but they are currently in a good position to challenge for a play-off position.


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10 March 2018 : Darren Way Previews The Newport County Home Game
As part of the build-up to the League Two match against Newport County at Huish Park, Yeovil Town manager Darren Way spoke to the BBC. With questions from BBC Somerset reporter Tom Seymour, Darren gives his views on the opposition's style, their recent form, the attributes of former Glovers Ben Tozer and Matt Dolan, and his own side's situation going into the game. Read that interview via the link below.

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


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10 March 2018 : Glovers Trust Plans For The Newport County Game
Saturday afternoon sees Yeovil Town play host to Newport County in a League Two fixture at Huish Park. The Glovers Trust will have their usual presence in the Arrow before the game. Note that they also have a special event coming soon in a month's time, whilst if you want to give feedback or questions concerning Mark Palmer's report, they are planning to use the Supporters Alliance Group to quiz him directly later this month.

Their plans for the game are as follows:

Match: Newport County (Home)

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

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

Specific Points of Interest:

- The Trust are planning a race night at the Arrow on Saturday 7th of April (when Yeovil Town are at home to Luton Town).

- The Trust will be issuing questions to Mark Palmer regarding his report to the YTFC board as part of an Alliance Group meeting on March 22nd.

- Terri Burt has been co-opted to the Trust Board this week to further strengthen and improve its capabilities. Terri has been successfully operating the Mad Hatter joke shop in the town for a number of years and has expressed an interest in helping the Trust to achieve its aims and objectives.


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9 March 2018 : Darren Way Sees FA Cup Run Behind Newport's Recent Form
Yeovil Town manager Darren Way has said that he can understand why tomorrow's opponents Newport County have struggled for form since their FA Cup heroics earlier this year. The South Wales side almost caused the shock of the FA Cup Fourth Round when they took Tottenham Hotspur to a replay, at the end of a cup run that netted them in the region of £900,000, thanks to televised ties and a trip to Wembley Stadium.

That run has come at a cost, with their first match after the Fourth Round Replay seeing them hammered 5-0 at Mansfield Town, whilst they have gone nine matches without a victory, with their last win coming eight days before the original Spurs tie. At that point they were in 5th place in the League Two table, but will arrive at Huish Park tomorrow in 13th place and now eight points off a play-off place.

Way believes that having experienced two expansive matches against Tottenham over that period may have taken the legs out of the Newport players, particularly given their playing style. He felt the distance the Exiles had to cover over both fixtures will have sapped their energy, but doesn't feel that has been a problem with his own players, who also made the Fourth Round stage this season:

"Looking at Newport, and knowing the way they work, it's very difficult for people to understand because of the amount of energy that's got to go into playing Tottenham, not once but twice. You cover more distance and the players are tested more than they've ever been tested. So that can be a knock-on effect. With our lads we're quite fit and very athletic, to get up and down the pitch. I just feel what has cost us every now and again has been our concentration levels, and the game management. You gain that from experience."

Tomorrow's match against Newport will see the Glovers renew their acquaintance with two former players, in midfielders Ben Tozer and Matty Dolan. Both played 90 minutes in their Tuesday night match against Forest Green Rovers, whilst another former Glover in Josh Sheehan was a late substitute. Way said that his side would need to be aware of Tozer's strength from throw-ins, whilst Dolan's ability at corner kicking was obvious in the reverse fixture that saw him claim assists for both goals in Newport's 2-0 win in October. Way said those were the obvious threats to his side:

"We've had some very close games against Newport, and it's been very difficult place to go at their place. But we've managed to perform at times at home, and we've got a good home record. So we have to make sure that we deal with the direct ball. You've got to be able to deal with set plays, and that's what has cost us over the last two games at their place that we've played. We've made it known to the players, the Tozer long throw, and the Matty Dolan in-swinging corner. Every game, over the next twelve games, is going to be very very important. I've got on the board to make sure that we focus. Our whole focus has to be certainly on these next two or three games. If we get a good result against Newport, at the moment we're eight points clear (of the relegation zone) with perhaps one or two games in hand on the teams that are below us. But it's not easy."


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9 March 2018 : Officials For Yeovil Town vs Newport County
Officials for the League Two match between Yeovil Town and Newport County have been announced by the Football League. The match takes place on Saturday 10th March 2018, with a 3.00p.m. kick-off at Huish Park. The man in charge of the fixture will be referee Lee Collins (Surrey).

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

Mr Collins was present for the October 2011 home match against Leyton Orient that ended in a 2-2 draw. Considering he ended up giving both sides a penalty each, you'd think we would have been far more opinionated about his performance, particularly as the second one was a late decision that cost us two points. However, with one a handball in our favour, and the other a foul inside the box by Marek Stech, match reports and our memory of the incidents are that he got them both right, whilst the Western Gazette says he "had no choice but to point to the spot (for the second penalty) in a game he officiated well." Sometimes penalties aren't controversial.

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

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

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

During the 2015-16 season, he was in charge for the home matches against Plymouth Argyle. There were two of them, as he was the official who decided that our planned January 2016 meeting couldn't go ahead due to a waterlogged pitch, and he was still on the list when the game was rearranged for the February Tuesday night game. Although he booked six players that night - three for each side - we can't recall too much to shout about his performance. Some of the Argyle bookings were down to the pace that Yeovil started the game at, and when the balance of play swung in the other direction during the second period, we started picking up a few ourselves. A couple of months later, he turned up again for the 0-0 draw against Wycombe Wanderers at Adams Park - in a 0-0 draw with two bookings a-piece he appears to have got through the 90 minutes without being noticed.

Earlier this season, he was in charge for the December 2017 League Two match against Lincoln City. We lost the match by a 0-2 scoreline. Whilst the away side were superior on the day, we felt that there was an awful lot of niggly stuff going on for a game that only saw one player booked. Normally when referees keep the card count down, we'd see it as a good thing, but on this occasion his lack of intervention was threatening to cause the game to overspill, particularly in the first half.

Mr Collins will be assisted by Paul Hobday (West Midlands) and Darren Wilding (Worcestershire). The Fourth Official is Marc Whaley (Devon).

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

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

Link: August 2014 : Gillingham 2 Yeovil Town 0.

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

Link: February 2016 : Yeovil Town 0 Plymouth Argyle 0.

Link: April 2016 : Wycombe Wanderers 0 Yeovil Town 0.

Link: December 2017 : Yeovil Town 0 Lincoln City 2.


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9 March 2018 : New Date For Swindon Town Away Fixture
Yeovil Town's League Two match against Swindon Town now has a new date. The match will be played at the County Ground on Tuesday 10th April, replacing the fixture that was postponed last weekend due to the snowy and icy conditions in the region.

If you've bought a ticket for the original fixture, this will remain valid for the new date. If you cannot make the new fixture date, then you must return the physical ticket to the Huish Park Ticket Office as early as possible, and certainly no later than Monday 9th April.

Link: Ticketing For Swindon Town vs Yeovil Town.


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9 March 2018 : Former Yeovil Town Director Peter Hill Passes Away
Former Yeovil Town Director Peter Hill has passed away, aged 69 years old. Peter was a life-long supporter of the football club, who became a Board member in March 1995, as part of the restructuring of the club in the wake of its early 1990s financial problems. He looked after the club's personnel issues, as the club began to recover its position in the Football Pyramid, rising back up from the Isthmian League back into the Conference.

Peter stepped down as a Director in August 2000, as part of the club's restructuring that saw the trio of John Fry, Jon Goddard-Watts and Norman Hayward take the majority control of the club, as the 'committee' style of the Boardroom was shrunk from a dozen down to three main parties. However, he continued to perform an Associate Director role until around the time the club were promoted into the Football League.

After he entirely withdrew from the Board, Peter continued to follow the club from the stands as an ordinary supporter. Chairman John Fry has paid tribute to him, saying that he had made a major contribution to the club:

"Peter was a very intelligent, professional and very loyal person who had Yeovil Town in his blood. His father supported the club all his life and now his son Bob will carry on the tradition. Peter was a fantastic supporter director who made a major contribution to the club's HR policies in the mid 90s. Peter was a thoroughly decent man who I had great respect for and he'll be much missed."

Our condolences to Peter's family and friends, and thanks to him for his contribution to the club over the years.


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9 March 2018 : Yeovil Town Reported For National Minimum Wage Breaches
Yeovil Town have been named on the UK Government's latest report for breaches of the National Minimum Wage laws. The club is one of 179 companies listed around the country, which include Stoke City and Birmingham City for failing to conform to paying their employees the rate that has been set in law.

The club's breach relates to two employees and the report indicates that the total amount of wages affected was £174.18. This will be the amount that the club fell short by per hour, multiplied by the period of time that the offence was committed. By comparison, Birmingham City failed to pay £5,653.03 to 534 workers, whilst Stoke City failed to pay £1,102.62 to 7 workers.

Where companies fail to meet the Minimum Wage laws, they are forced to compensate the employees and are also fined by the Government. Business Minister Andrew Griffiths explains:

"There are no excuses for short-changing workers. This is an absolute red line for this government and employers who cross it will get caught - not only are they forced to pay back every penny but they are also fined up to 200 per cent of wages owed."

The report does not break down what sort of a role the employees were undertaking, nor the nature of the breach. However, in the case of the largest offender on the report, Restaurant chain Wagamama claimed that their breach was more of a technical nature, stating that their breach referred to their failure to compensate 2,630 employees for the purchase of clothing that was deemed to be an employee's uniform. In their scenario, they required their staff to buy and wear a specific style of jeans or skirt, and it was ruled that their staff should have been able to claim back the costs, to ensure their actual wage was not eroded by what was effectively a condition of employment. As such, Wagamama fell short by £133,212.


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8 March 2018 : Southampton Loanee Barnes Returns To The Training Ground
Yeovil Town have welcomed Southampton striker Marcus Barnes back to the training ground, two months after he returned to St Mary's for treatment on an injury. The 21 year old has had a frustrating loan spell so far, having made just two appearances for the club since arriving on a half-season loan in early January. Whilst his debut promised big things, as he scored against Bradford City in the FA Cup, he only lasted one more game before an ankle injury sustained in training saw him crocked and sent back to his parent club for rehabilitation.

Barnes has quietly returned to the training ground in the last week and a half, although with him being cup-tied in the EFL Trophy, and the club seeing a couple of fixtures postponed due to snow and ice, there was no chance of him being involved in competitive play. With attention now turning back to League Two action and Newport County this Saturday, he is in theory now available for selection, even if manager Darren Way hinted to BBC Somerset that he might be short of the sort of fitness that would be needed to play in a competitive game at this stage:

"Marcus is back and he's trained extremely well over the last week and a half and he's looked very sharp in training. So we've got a real selection headache going into the game on Saturday. But it's the way that we've built the squad and the way the cup run has helped the Chairman and the Owner to support me in my quest to build that squad to see us through to the end of the season. We've just got a decision to make with the amount of sessions that he's had, and if he's at match pace, because he's had no game time. With us being away, we haven't seen a lot of him on the training ground."

Meanwhile, Darren has indicated that he is yet to receive any formal notification from the Ugandan FA, concerning an international call-up for defender Bevis Mugabi. The former Southampton player has been given a second chance to gain honours with a country he qualifies for via his parents, as part of a 23 man squad, but without them requesting his release for the two games they are scheduled to play leader this month. As such, the Glovers boss indicated that he learned of Mugabi's call-up via none other than Ciderspace, and will wait for formal contact before properly looking at what that entails:

"We've had no documents that have arrived yet. I've spoken to him. I think the manager has contacted Bevis, but as I've said I've got nothing to go on. So I find it quite strange really. We pay his wages, he's going on international duty and I don't know anything about it! But we've probably got five at the moment, whether it's on stand-by, or whether it's called up for international duty."

The five players that Way refers to as potentially featuring during the late March internationals are Rhys Browne (Antigua), Corey Whelan and Shaun Donnellan (Republic of Ireland Under-21s) and Tom James (Wales Under-21s). It isn't clear at this stage which players are on stand-by lists or on full international squad lists, as those countries have not released their squads for those fixtures yet - it would suggest that the notifications to the club are to gauge fitness and availability of each player.

Football League rules entitle a club to request a postponement of a match, provided three or more players are given a proper call-up to either an Under-21 or full international squad. This would not apply to players named on stand-by lists, unless they are subsequently called up. The match that would be affected in such circumstances would be the trip to Accrington Stanley on Saturday 24th March. The affected club can still go ahead with the game, if they would rather not deal with a rearranged midweek fixture in those circumstances.


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8 March 2018 : GWSC Travel For Exeter City vs Yeovil Town
The Green and White Supporters Club have set their travel plans for the League Two match against Exeter City. The match takes place at St James Park on Tuesday 13th March 2018, with a 7.45p.m. kick-off. Departure times and prices are listed as follows:

Exeter City : Tuesday 13th March 2018.
Huish Park: 4.30p.m.
Adult Members: £12.00; Member Concessions: £12.00
Adult Non-Members: £14.00; Non-Member Concessions: £14.00

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

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

NOTE: For this match, tickets for away supporters are heavily restricted in numbers, due to the redevelopment of St James Park. We would strongly recommend that you purchase your match ticket before booking your coach place, to avoid ending up at the ground and being unable to get into the match.

Link: Ticketing For Exeter City vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Ticketing For Accrington Stanley vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Ticketing For Colchester United vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Ticketing For Notts County vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Yeovil Town Online Ticketing Portal.


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7 March 2018 : Shrewsbury 1 Yeovil 0 : Trophy Exit Sealed By Morris Set Piece
Yeovil Town headed out of the EFL Trophy on Tuesday night, as a single goal proved to be the difference between themselves and Shrewsbury Town. A header by Carlton Morris from a Shaun Whalley corner just past the hour mark sent the home side to Wembley Stadium by a 1-0 scoreline, in a competitive cup tie. The Shrews kept possession well and in doing so held Yeovil at bay, even if it took a save from Dean Henderson to stop Otis Khan taking the game to penalties via a 90th minute chance. The home team could have made life easier for themselves had Nathan Thomas not struck the woodwork early on. However, they advance to meet Lincoln City in the final.

The Glovers went into the match making five changes to their starting line-up. A number of those were forced, with Ryan Seager cup-tied, and replaced by Francois Zoko, who captained the side. Lewis Wing was also cup-tied and so Connor Smith came in. Otis Khan replaced Jake Gray, whose serious ankle injury will rule him out until next season. The two planned change saw Rhys Browne and Sam Surridge drop out, whilst Jared Bird and Jordan Green came in, and that resulted in a change of shape, as 4-3-3 was adopted as a starting formation for the first time since November.

Shrewsbury opened up with a well worked passing move that saw Jon Nolan clear the crossbar. Meanwhile Otis Khan was a little unlucky in that a very well hit shot across the box went square off a Shrewsbury defender and out for a corner. In the main though, the feature of the first half was that Yeovil were playing a very high tempo pressing game, whilst the home side were happy to pass the ball even in their own half, leading to the question of whether the Glovers could force a significant error.

As time wore on, it was that Shrewsbury possession that seemed to be the more dominant force. Ben Godfrey put well over the crossbar, but the fact that it came at the end of a move that saw 15 to 20 passes showed a bit of concern. However, for all of that possession, in the end they didn't do too much as Jonny Maddison mainly had to claim crosses rather than stop shots. That said, at the other end, there wasn't much going on - Jordan Green's header in the 44th minute represented Yeovil's only on target effort of the half, but it was straight into Dean Henderson's arms.

At half time, Oscar Gobern was replaced by Sam Surridge, which meant that the 4-3-3 return lasted only 45 minutes, with Otis Khan and Jordan Green being pushed back into wing roles - something that in practice they had been doing for much of the first half, with the initial formation having at times looked more like a 4-5-1 as the Glovers put men behind the ball.

Shrewsbury continued to edge it in terms of the overall play, and they came close when Shaun Whalley turned and hooked a shot across the goal, with the wide man appealing for a corner in vain. Just beyond the hour mark, Whalley did get the corner that he wanted, and that was to represent the breakthrough, as his delivery saw a bit of sharp movement inside the box from Carlton Morris. Yeovil's defenders didn't follow him quickly enough, and Morris planted an excellent header home to give the hosts a 1-0 lead.

Having spent much of the opening hour trying to do a containment job on Shrewsbury, the Glovers now had to open up their play a bit more. After Jon Nolan forced Jonny Maddison into a good save low down to his left, on came Alefe Santos to try to liven up the final 20 minutes. He almost did that with one of his earlier touches, as a typical through ball to Francois Zoko saw the striker's attempt saved by the keeper.

But overall, Yeovil struggled to build up a head of steam. Another Zoko run saw him run out of room close to the byline, losing the ball as it ran out of play at the near post. Then came probably Yeovil's best chance of the game in injury time, as Otis Khan got room inside the box, only to find his shot parried by Dean Henderson and cleared to safety.

Shrewsbury then caught Yeovil on the break, with former Hartlepool United winger Nathan Thomas breaking through on the left flank and firing a shot that struck the inside of Maddison's near post and then skidded across the goal and out away from danger. That gave Shrewsbury the relief they needed from any late pressure, with the final whistle blowing and a steady amount of Shrews fans invading the pitch, much to the annoyance of the tannoy announcer. Given the strength of the opposition they were facing, this wasn't a bad display in terms of the doggedness Yeovil's defensive line showed during the 90 minutes - it was certainly a better display than their dismal outing at Stevenage. However, the question was always how they were going to create their own chances at the other end, and until that final ten minutes when they threw men forward, that didn't really look likely on the night. So no Wembley Stadium, and instead the reality of ensuring their League Two position becomes the one and only focus between now and May.

Link: 2017-18 Latest League Two Table.

Final Score: Shrewsbury Town 1 Yeovil Town 0.

Scorers: Carlton Morris (63 mins, 1-0)

Shrewsbury Town:
1 Dean Henderson
4 Ben Godfrey 22 Aristote Nsiala 5 Mat Sadler 6 Omar Beckles
7 Shaun Whalley 8 Abu Ogogo 16 Bryn Morris 20 Jon Nolan 23 Alex Rodman
9 Carlton Morris

Substitutes:
3 Max Lowe 10 Nathan Thomas (69 mins for Alex Rodman) 11 Arthur Gnahoua 14 Lenell John-Lewis (90 mins for Jon Nolan) 15 Craig MacGillivray 21 Abobaker Eisa 45 Stefan Payne (81 mins for Carlton Morris)

Yeovil Town:
12. Jonny Maddison
22. Corey Whelan 17. Omar Sowunmi 23. Tom James 11. Ryan Dickson
4. Jared Bird 20. Oscar Gobern 8. Connor Smith
15. Jordan Green 13. Francois Zoko (Capt) 7. Otis Khan

Substitutes:
24. Steve Phillips 5. Bevis Mugabi 9. Rhys Browne (49 mins for Jordan Green) 14. Sam Surridge (46 mins for Oscar Gobern) 18. Alex Fisher 27. Shaun Donnellan 30. Alefe Santos (72 mins for Jared Bird)

Shrewsbury Town Bookings: Shaun Whalley (foul, 87 mins)

Yeovil Bookings: Tom James (foul, 22 mins), Otis Khan (foul, 57 mins)

Shrewsbury Town Match Statistics: Possession: 56%; Shots: 9; Shots On Target: 3; Corners: 4; Fouls: 7.

Yeovil Match Statistics: Possession: 44%; Shots: 6; Shots On Target: 5; Corners: 4; Fouls: 9.

Referee: Darren Drysdale (Lincolnshire). Assistants: Alix Pashley (Derbyshire) and Matthew Jones (Staffordshire). Fourth Official: Ben Toner (Lancashire).

Attendance: 4,118 (with 299 Yeovil Town supporters).


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7 March 2018 : Darren Way's Verdict On The Shrewsbury Town Away Game
Following Tuesday night's 1-0 defeat against Shrewsbury Town at the New Meadow, Yeovil Town manager Darren Way spoke to the BBC. With questions from local journalist Chris Spittles, in an interview for BBC Somerset, Darren gives his views on the club's exit from the EFL Trophy. Read that interview in full, via the link below.

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


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7 March 2018 : Mugabi Given National Team Call-Up Again
Yeovil Town defender Bevis Mugabi has been included in an international squad for Uganda that will undertake two friendlies for later this month. The Uganda Cranes coach Sebestien Desabre has selected a 23 man squad from all over the world, with only four players currently applying their trade in their home country.

They will be playing Malawi on March 27th in a friendly match, and are currently planned to play another unnamed opponent on March 24th at the Mandela National stadium, in Namboole.

Mugabi has yet to be capped by Uganda but was called up for a squad in August 2016, by previous Head coach Micho Sredejovic. However, five days later he withdrew from the squad, after Yeovil Town raised concerns about the short notice that had been given by the Ugandan FA to request Mugabi's call-up. Since that point, they've selected further squads without his inclusion.

Desabre replaced Sredejovic as Head Coach on December 28th 2017, and so with their national side under new management, they have returned for Mugabi, with several other players also getting their first call-ups for their country. The squad reads as follows:

Goalkeepers: Dennis Onyango Mamelodi Sundowns, South Africa, Salim Jamal (El Merriekh, Sudan), Robert Odongkara (St George, Ethiopia).

Defenders: Dennis Iguma (Al Nabi Shayth-Lebanon), Nico Wakiro Wadada (Vipers SC, Uganda), Isaac Isinde Not attached), Bevis Mugabi (Yeovil Town, England), Murushid Jjuuko (Simba, Tanzania), Timothy Awany (KCCA FC, Uganda), Godfrey Walusimbi (Gor Mahia-Kenya), Alex Kakuba (Feirense-Portugal).

Midfielders: Joseph Ochaya (Lusaka Dynamos, Zambia), Farouk Miya Sebai FK, Azerbaijan), Hassan Wasswa (El Geish, Egypt), Khalid Aucho (East Bengal, India), Geoffrey Kizito Baba (Than Quang Ninh-Vietnam), Milton Karisa (Vipers SC, Uganda), William Luwagga Kizito (CSMA Iasi, Romania), Abraham Ndugwa (Masavu FC, Uganda)

Forwards: Emmanuel Okwi (Simba, Tanzania), Yunus Sentamu (FK Tirana), Edrisa Lubega (Floridsdorfer AC, Austria), Hood Kaweesa (Buildcon FC, Zambia).

Assuming Mugabi and Yeovil Town are happy with the new arrangements, he would miss the club's trip to Accrington Stanley whilst it would be questionable as to whether he would return to England in time for the Good Friday home match against Forest Green Rovers.


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7 March 2018 : Video : Shrewsbury Town vs Yeovil Town Match Highlights
For those who want to watch match highlights from Tuesday night's EFL Trophy Semi-Final against Shrewsbury Town, these are now online. View two minutes worth of footage from the 1-0 defeat, that includes the goal from Carlton Morris, but also includes a half-chance for Francois Zoko and a late effort from Otis Khan that was parried away. Watch it via the YouTube clip below.




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7 March 2018 : Darren Way Hoping To Build Foundations Out Of Trophy Defeat
Yeovil Town manager Darren Way believes that his side's run in the EFL Trophy will build a 'foundation' that will allow it to succeed in the future. The club's run to the final four of the competition was the best the Glovers have achieved, having not always taken the Trophy too seriously in every season that they've been in the Football League. Having twice previously fallen at the Quarter-Final stages, this time around they got one step away from Wembley Stadium, only to find Shrewsbury Town becoming the side that will face Lincoln City in the final.

Despite that, the financial repackage that sponsors Checkatrade have offered mean that Yeovil Town have netted a six figure sum from their presence in the competition. Way told BBC Somerset after last night's 1-0 defeat that he believed that and the club's FA Cup run that saw them face Manchester United would allow the club the chance to sign players on longer contracts than they could before:

"I'm disappointed, but I have to say that for the foundations that I've tried to put in place for the football club, the only way that was going to happen was finances. The game against Man United and this game today, financially should help the football club build foundations. The only way you're going to do that is to sign players, and put them on two year contracts, like the days when we went from the Conference to League One. It's no different now. We need stability. Players need to make mistakes. Young players make mistakes and they need to learn from that. I think that's what you have seen. The players have grown in confidence in the games against Man United, Southend and Bradford and the team is getting stronger."

On the game itself, Way admitted his disappointment that the winning goal from Carlton Morris came from a set piece, as he headed home from a corner. However, he said that Paul Hurst's side had impressed him during the game:

"They're a good team, with a good manager. They've got strength, pace, power all over the pitch. They can cause you problems. But we're very disappointed to concede from a set play. To be one game away from Wembley and lose it in that manner, it's disappointing. But no time to dwell on it. It's been a good cup run, to the semi-finals. Their manager wanted to get to Wembley and I was no different. My team gave everything towards the end. Overall, I have to say well done to the players for getting this far. I'm disappointed to be that close. But we've got a big end to the season now, and we need to make sure that the players are up for the challenge."


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7 March 2018 : Gray Heading For Lengthy Absence With Surgery Required
Yeovil Town midfielder Jake Gray is facing a lengthy spell on the sidelines following a serious injury sustained in the recent League Two match against Carlisle United. The 22 year old former Luton Town player was stretchered off in last month's match at Huish Park, after he slipped on the turf whilst putting a cross into the box just before half time in that match.

Immediately after the game, Gray's problem was publicised as a knee injury, but it has since been diagnosed as an ankle problem, with Gray requiring surgery that will definitely see him miss the remainder of the 2017-18 season and may even creep into the 2018-19 pre-season period, with expectations that he will face three or four months before he is able to play again.

Manager Darren Way told BBC Somerset that they had only just got a full prognosis on the injury that Gray had sustained, but suggested that his own problems with injuries and surgery would put himself in an ideal position to help the midfielder recover from his problems:

"It looks bad. It will be operated on tomorrow. You're looking at perhaps three or four months. It's unfortunate. I've only just found out now. He's just left the surgeon and we'll have to make sure that we support him, in the best way that we can. But he hasn't got a better manager out there, who has been through a lot of injuries and a lot of surgeries to support him. So stay positive."


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7 March 2018 : Shrewsbury 1 Yeovil 0 : Match Statistics
Yeovil Town headed out of the EFL Trophy on Tuesday night, as a single goal proved to be the difference between themselves and Shrewsbury Town. A header by Carlton Morris from a Shaun Whalley corner just past the hour mark sent the home side to Wembley Stadium by a 1-0 scoreline, in a competitive cup tie. The Shrews kept possession well and in doing so held Yeovil at bay, even if it took a save from Dean Henderson to stop Otis Khan taking the game to penalties via a 90th minute chance. The home team could have made life easier for themselves had Nathan Thomas not struck the woodwork early on. However, they advance to meet Lincoln City in the final.

Full report to follow later ...

Link: 2017-18 Latest League Two Table.

Final Score: Shrewsbury Town 1 Yeovil Town 0.

Scorers: Carlton Morris (63 mins, 1-0)

Shrewsbury Town:
1 Dean Henderson
4 Ben Godfrey 22 Aristote Nsiala 5 Mat Sadler 6 Omar Beckles
7 Shaun Whalley 8 Abu Ogogo 16 Bryn Morris 20 Jon Nolan 23 Alex Rodman
9 Carlton Morris

Substitutes:
3 Max Lowe 10 Nathan Thomas (69 mins for Alex Rodman) 11 Arthur Gnahoua 14 Lenell John-Lewis (90 mins for Jon Nolan) 15 Craig MacGillivray 21 Abobaker Eisa 45 Stefan Payne (81 mins for Carlton Morris)

Yeovil Town:
12. Jonny Maddison
22. Corey Whelan 17. Omar Sowunmi 23. Tom James 11. Ryan Dickson
4. Jared Bird 20. Oscar Gobern 8. Connor Smith
15. Jordan Green 13. Francois Zoko (Capt) 7. Otis Khan

Substitutes:
24. Steve Phillips 5. Bevis Mugabi 9. Rhys Browne (49 mins for Jordan Green) 14. Sam Surridge (46 mins for Oscar Gobern) 18. Alex Fisher 27. Shaun Donnellan 30. Alefe Santos (72 mins for Jared Bird)

Shrewsbury Town Bookings: Shaun Whalley (foul, 87 mins)

Yeovil Bookings: Tom James (foul, 22 mins), Otis Khan (foul, 57 mins)

Shrewsbury Town Match Statistics: Possession: 56%; Shots: 9; Shots On Target: 3; Corners: 4; Fouls: 7.

Yeovil Match Statistics: Possession: 44%; Shots: 6; Shots On Target: 5; Corners: 4; Fouls: 9.

Referee: Darren Drysdale (Lincolnshire). Assistants: Alix Pashley (Derbyshire) and Matthew Jones (Staffordshire). Fourth Official: Ben Toner (Lancashire).

Attendance: 4,118 (with 299 Yeovil Town supporters).


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6 March 2018 : Man of the Match Voting for Shrewsbury Town vs Yeovil Town
If you watched Tuesday night's 1-0 defeat against Shrewsbury Town at the New Meadow, 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.

NOTE: Tonight's MOTM voting is also open to those who have viewed the match on the Sky Sports football channel, so you are welcome to vote from your armchair.

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


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6 March 2018 : Team News For Shrewsbury Town vs Yeovil Town
The starting line-up for Yeovil Town's EFL Trophy match against Shrewsbury Town at the New Meadow has been revealed. The match sees the Glovers name five changes compared to the team that took to the field against Carlisle United ten days ago. Midfielder Jake Gray suffered a knee injury in that match, and so is replaced by Otis Khan.

Striker Ryan Seager is cup-tied, having played in the competition for Milton Keynes Dons. He is replaced by Francois Zoko, who has been out due to a two match suspension. Midfielder Lewis Wing played for Middlesbrough Under-21s in the competition, and so his place is taken by Connor Smith. In midfield, Jared Bird replaces Rhys Browne. Finally Sam Surridge drops to the bench with Jordan Green replacing him.

The first team squad members to miss out today are right-back Daniel Alfei (knee injury, out for season), James Bailey (knee ligaments), Marcus Barnes (ankle), goalkeeper Artur Krysiak (knee), defender Nathan Smith (knee), Jake Gray (knee). The quartet of Marcus Barnes, Lewis Wing, Ryan Seager and Stuart Nelson are all cup-tied.

The team reads as follows:

Yeovil Town:
12. Jonny Maddison
22. Corey Whelan 17. Omar Sowunmi 23. Tom James 11. Ryan Dickson
4. Jared Bird 20. Oscar Gobern 8. Connor Smith 7. Otis Khan
15. Jordan Green 13. Francois Zoko (Capt)

Substitutes:
24. Steve Phillips 9. Rhys Browne 5. Bevis Mugabi 14. Sam Surridge 18. Alex Fisher 27. Shaun Donnellan 30. Alefe Santos

A reminder on tonight's competition rules: The match will be played to a conclusion tonight. If the scores are level at 90 minutes then the match will go immediately to penalty kicks. There will be no extra time played.


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6 March 2018 : Darren Way Previews The Shrewsbury Town Away Game
As part of the build-up to Tuesday night's EFL Trophy Semi-Final tie against Shrewsbury Town, Yeovil Town manager Darren Way spoke to the BBC about the game. With questions from BBC Somerset Breakfast Show presenter Claire Carter, Darren gives his view on his side's preparation, the challenge of the opposition, and his side's form, compared to the League Two games. Read that interview via the link below.

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


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6 March 2018 : Officials For Shrewsbury Town vs Yeovil Town
Officials for the EFL Trophy Semi-Final tie between Shrewsbury Town and Yeovil Town have been published by the Football League. The match takes place on Tuesday 6th February 2018, with a 7.45p.m. kick-off at the New Meadow. The man in charge of the game will be referee Darren Drysdale (Lincolnshire).

He was a regular over the years, usually popping up once or twice a season in Yeovil Town matches, but meetings have thinned out radically over recent times. That said, he was the referee who would have been in charge for the original Semi-Final tie against Shrewsbury Town before it was called off, albeit that he never got to the ground, with local referee Rob Lewis giving advice to him that the game was unplayable. He was also at Huish Park for the 2-0 win over Cambridge United in February 2018. For that match, the only note of his presence was a single yellow card, with him very unobtrusive throughout.

We saw him for the March 2017 game against Exeter City that saw Yeovil Town throw away a three goal lead to draw 3-3 at St James Park. He booked Artur Krysiak for timewasting at 2-0 which probably said more about the team's mindset during that chaotic final period of the game than it did about refereeing standards. We shot ourselves in the foot, and the men in black played no part in that.

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

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

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

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

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

Mr Drysdale will be assisted by Alix Pashley (Derbyshire) and Matthew Jones (Staffordshire). The Fourth Official will be Ben Toner (Lancashire). If anything goes wrong during the game, Mr Toner is also a Football League referee.

Link: February 2018 : Yeovil Town 2 Cambridge United 0.

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

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

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

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

Link: August 2011 : Walsall 1 Yeovil Town 1.

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

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

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

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

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


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5 March 2018 : Ciderspace Guide To The Shrewsbury Town EFL Trophy Tie
Well here we are again. Tuesday evening sees Yeovil Town make a second attempt to get to the New Meadow, where they will take on Shrewsbury Town in an EFL Trophy Semi-Final tie. The original fixture was called off due to ice and snow, but this time around we shouldn't have too many doubts. As a result, the Ciderspace guide has the usual diet of directions, parking, statistics, a pub guide and other information to help you on your way. Find it via the link below.

Link: Ciderspace Guide To Shrewsbury Town.

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

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

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



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5 March 2018 : Start Time Changed For Maurice O'Donnell's Funeral
Further to Friday's news, the start time for Maurice O'Donnell's funeral has been tweaked. The service will now commence at 4.00p.m. following further information provided by Yeovil Crematorium. The date of Wednesday 7th March still holds, as do all of the other arrangements which can be found here.


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4 March 2018 : October Man Of The Match Results
Over the last few months, Yeovil Town have largely been involved in a run of two games a month across a period that has not been seen since the club were in non-league football. That has been paused slightly due to the recent wintry weather, and that allows us to do a catch-up on the Man of the Match results, that have unfortunately ended up falling significantly behind schedule! Apologies to those who have voted, and to those who use the results to see who is playing well within the team.

Without further ado, the following represents the Man of the Match results for all games played in October 2017. Other months will hopefuly follow soon.

Newport County (Away) : October 7th 2017. Lost 2-0.

1. Artur Krysiak 40 (4)
2. Sid Nelson 18 (1)
3. Francois Zoko 16 (0)
4. Nathan Smith 14 (0)
5. Matt Worthington 10 (1)
6. Olufela Olomola 2 (0)

OVERALL MATCH RATING : 3.29
Performance : 3.71
Entertainment : 2.86
VOTES RECEIVED : 7

Crewe Alexandra (Home) : October 14th 2017. Won 2-0. Goals : Rhys Browne and Olufela Olomola.

1. Rhys Browne 264 (21)
2. Artur Krysiak 162 (7)
3. Omar Sowunmi 94 (7)
4. Ryan Dickson 78 (3)
5. Francois Zoko 46 (2)
6. Nathan Smith 38 (1)
7. Olufela Olomola 22 (0)
8. Otis Khan 14 (0)
9. Connor Smith 12 (0)
10. Bevis Mugabi 6 (0)

OVERALL MATCH RATING : 7.34
Performance : 7.46
Entertainment : 7.22
VOTES RECEIVED : 41

Cambridge United (Away) : October 17th 2017. Lost 2-1. Goals : Bevis Mugabi.

1. Rhys Browne 20 (2)
2. Bevis Mugabi 10 (1)
3. Sam Surridge 8 (0)
4. Nathan Smith 6 (0)
4. Olufela Olomola 6 (0)
6. Artur Krysiak 2 (0)
6. Ryan Dickson 2 (0)

OVERALL MATCH RATING : 6.67
Performance : 6.67
Entertainment : 6.67
VOTES RECEIVED : 3

Barnet (Away) : 21st October 2017 : Drew 1-1. Goals: Otis Khan.

1. Otis Khan 52 (5)
2. Francois Zoko 12 (0)
3. Nathan Smith 10 (1)
4. Sam Surridge 10 (0)
5. Bevis Mugabi 8 (0)
6. Rhys Browne 6 (0)
6. Artur Krysiak 6 (0)
8. Olufela Olomola 2 (0)
8. Ryan Dickson 2 (0)

OVERALL MATCH RATING : 6.5
Performance : 6.67
Entertainment : 6.33
VOTES RECEIVED : 6

Chelsea Under-21s : 25th October 2017. Drew 1-1 (with bonus point on penalties). Scorer: Rhys Browne (or Sam Surridge - scorer disputed).

1. Sam Surridge 64 (6)
2. Bevis Mugabi 60 (4)
3. Otis Khan 54 (3)
4. Matt Worthington 38 (3)
5. Nathan Smith 32 (1)
6. Alefe Santos 22 (0)
7. Artur Krysiak 14 (0)
8. Sid Nelson 12 (0)
9. Jake Gray 6 (0)
10. Tom James 2 (0)
10. Rhys Browne 2 (0)

OVERALL MATCH RATING : 7.35
Performance : 7.18
Entertainment : 7.53
VOTES RECEIVED : 17

Stevenage (Home) : 28th October 2017 : Won 3-0. Scorers: Sam Surridge (2), Olufela Olomola.

1. Sam Surridge 180 (15)
2. Otis Khan 48 (2)
3. Matt Worthington 44 (1)
4. Artur Krysiak 38 (3)
5. Tom James 34 (1)
6. Francois Zoko 32 (2)
7. Omar Sowunmi 28 (1)
8. Nathan Smith 24 (0)
9. Bevis Mugabi 20 (0)
10. James Bailey 2 (0)

OVERALL MATCH RATING : 8.28
Performance : 8.16
Entertainment : 8.4
VOTES RECEIVED : 25


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3 March 2018 : Mariners Problems Extend To Fifteen Games As Two Survive The Weather
League Two side Grimsby Town's problems deepened this afternoon, after they lost 2-0 against Carlisle United at Brunton Park. The Mariners match was only one of two games that survived the weather, but they were unable to relieve the pressure in Paul Wilkinson's final match as Caretaker Manager, which saw them extend their run of games without a win to fifteen, and approaching three months without a victory.

Grimsby had other off the field problems to deal with early on Friday morning. A burst water main caused flooding and extensive water damage to Blundell Park's stadium's offices, ticket office, club store, bar and education rooms, after a pipe burst in the roof of the stadium, causing water flood the ground floor. That has led to damage to ceilings and carpets along with club shop stock and office computers. That has left them doing a clean-up process in the Young's Stand - current indications are that they should be able to reopen that area next week, but will have been compounded by the freezing temperatures in the area, which probably contributed to the pipe bursting in the first place.

On the field, the leaks continued, with Carlisle scoring a goal in each half, through Hallam Hope and Mark Ellis. Things could have been worse if Hope hadn't had a second half penalty saved, or if Jamie Devitt's effort hadn't come off the crossbar. As such there was rather a lot of food for thought for new manager Michael Jolley, who was watching as a spectator, prior to his formal appointment on Monday.

In the day's only other game, leaders Luton Town were left frustrated in their 1-1 draw with Cambridge United. Leading through a James Collins goal, the stiker was dismissed after he showed dissent at the awarding of a corner to the home side, having been booked earlier for a handball. Seven minutes from time, Cambridge took advantage as Jabo Ibehre headed home an equaliser. Luton stay top, extending their lead to four points, but second placed Accrington Stanley now have a game in hand, which they will play on Tuesday night when they face Morecambe at home, with three other League Two fixtures taking place that night.

Link: 2017-18 Latest League Two Table.


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3 March 2018 : Thorne Lane Reopens Following Roadworks
Some good news for Yeovil Town fans travelling to Huish Park, or just living in the surrounding area. Thorne Lane, which serves as a route to the ground on the North-East side of the stadium, has reopened following roadworks that have seen it closed for most of this year. The work was to install a new water mains pipe, as well as a new roundabout to serve a new housing development in the area.

That work has now been completed, with the road reopening at some point yesterday (although it was hard to tell exactly when, given snow was covering the road!) There are expected to be some further minor works done in the area over the coming weeks, although as these will be carried out using temporary traffic lights, they hopefully won't affect any future matchdays.


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2 March 2018 : Grimsby Appoint New First Team Management
League Two side Grimsby Town have appointed a successor to former first team manager Russell Slade. They have announced the arrival of former Burnley, Nottingham Forest and Crystal Palace coach Michael Jolley on an undisclosed rolling contract at Blundell Park. The 40 year old was most recently in charge of Swedish First Division side AFC Eskilstuna but left them at the end of their 2017 season, after they were relegated into second tier football.

Grimsby have described the appointment as a 'move away from the classic managerial go round' - this will be Jolley's first front line appointment in England, having previously reached his pinnacle with Burnley Under-23s, who he spent three years managing. Their club statement, describes why they appointed him:

"Following a robust selection process, we quickly identified the need to move away from the classic managerial merry go round appointment and bring in an exciting, hungry coach who wanted to stamp their mark and build a project at our Football Club going forward. We truly believe it is a real coup to persuade Michael to join Grimsby Town Football Club. Michaelís exceptional prior academic and business background - firstly, at Cambridge University and latterly as an investment banker with HSBC - also means he is experienced, hard headed and extremely articulate in communicating simple solutions to complex problems in a concise way."

As they imply, Jolley's footballing career has not been a conventional one. He had been a Barnsley youth player between 1989 and 1993 before giving up the professional game to go to University, ultimately returning to that when he joined Crystal Palace's Academy as a coach in 2004. He later served time with Nottingham Forest's and Crewe Alexandra's Academy programmes as a coach.

Caretaker manager Paul Wilkinson will get one more game in charge, as Grimsby's trip to Carlisle United tomorrow is one of only three League Two games that at present have beaten the weather. Wilkinson will then move aside to become Jolley's assistant manager when the new boss is formally presented to the media on Monday.

He inherits a Grimsby side that are currently on a landslide. They have lost both games since Slade's departure, and are currently on a run of 14 matches without a win, having last gained maximum points on December 9th against Forest Green Rovers. At that point they lay in 11th place in the table, but the slide since has seen them drop to 20th position and six points off the bottom two. If the pair of Chesterfield and Barnet, who currently occupy those relegation positions, are to escape, the current form guide would suggest that Grimsby are their best hope.


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2 March 2018 : New Date Set For Maurice O'Donnell's Funeral
The Funeral for former first team coach Maurice O'Donnell has now been rearranged. It will now take place on Wednesday 7th March at 4.00p.m. at Yeovil Crematorium. There will also be a wake after the service that will be held at Huish Park.

The original date had been for today, but was postponed due to the stormy weather in Yeovil and surrounding areas. The formal notice, as published in the press, for those wanting to attend the funeral reads:

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

You can read more about Maurice and his time at the football club by heading here. The 86 year old was associated with the club between 1958 and 2006, ultimately spending in the region of 35 years with the Glovers, spread out over three separate spells.

Update: Maurice's family have updated the time that the funeral will start. It will now take place at 4.00p.m. and not 3.20p.m. as previously stated.


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2 March 2018 : Swindon Town vs Yeovil Town Is POSTPONED
Yeovil Town's League Two match against Swindon Town has unsurprisingly been postponed. The current wintry weather, including sub-zero temperatures, has meant that the County Ground pitch is frozen. The Football League sent a referee to the ground today, to assess the surface. The end result was obvious.

If you've already purchased a ticket for this match, hold onto it as it will remain valid for any rearranged fixture. If you find you can't make the new date, when it is announced, then you can get your ticket refunded at the Huish Park Ticket Office, provided you return your ticket prior to the day of the rearranged game.

We'd expect the large majority of League Two fixtures to be called off this weekend.


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2 March 2018 : Swindon Clarify Pitch Inspection Arrangements
Saturday's opponents Swindon Town have clarified the arrangements for the pitch inspection that will take place at the County Ground today. The League Two match against Yeovil Town is due to take place on Saturday afternoon, but they will be using a local referee to look at the pitch and decide whether the game can go ahead or not. The referee will be inspecting the pitch at 12.00 noon and so we should know the result shortly after.

Like Yeovil Town, the main offices at Swindon Town FC are all closed today, due to the ice and snow. So you can get an idea from that how likely it is for the pitch inspection to be passed! When we know the inevitable, we'll pass it on.

It's worth noting that the BBC Sport website has already marked the Swindon vs Yeovil game as postponed. At present that isn't confirmed by the hosting club.

The following games are already off in League Two:

Newport County v Accrington Stanley
Barnet v Port Vale
Cheltenham Town v Notts County
Exeter City v Chesterfield


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2 March 2018 : Huish Park Offices And Shop Remain Closed Today
We hardly need to explain why, but Huish Park's offices will remain closed throughout the whole of Friday. The significant amount of overnight snow has made it impossible or impractical for Yeovil Town staff to reach the offices, and so the Huish Park Ticket Office and the Club Shop will not open today. If you're expecting to meet anyone else at the club today, we'd recommend that you phone ahead, as it may be that you have to rearrange your plans.

A reminder also that there is a pitch inspection for Saturday's League Two match at Swindon Town. We don't know when this will take place, as Swindon haven't given details - we presume the answer is that it will be whenever a local referee can get near the County Ground. We can already guess the outcome.

A snowy Huish Park from Thursday afternoon
A snowy Huish Park from Thursday afternoon.
Photo © Tim Lancaster/Ciderspace 2018.



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1 March 2018 : Pitch Inspection Planned For County Ground Trip
League Two side Swindon Town have confirmed that there will be a pitch inspection ahead of Saturday's match against Yeovil Town at the County Ground. With sub-zero temperatures across a 72 hour period in the lead-up to the game, along with snow, it is expected that the weekend fixture list will be significantly hit throughout the lower divisions, and any Championship sides that do not have undersoil heating or extensive pitch heating equipment.

Swindon do have pitch covers on their playing surface, but it would be a surprise if that was able to cope with the sustained temperatures, which are expected to hit -4C tonight, hitting only a maximum of -2C tomorrow. The Robins indicate there will be a pitch inspection on Friday - the only snag is they don't tell anyone what time that will be held! Their statement says:

"Swindon Town Football Club can confirm that there will be a pitch inspection ahead of our Sky Bet League Two fixture against Yeovil Town on Saturday. The EFL will be sending a referee to The Energy Check County Ground on Friday to inspect the playing surface following the adverse weather conditions that have hit the country this week. With temperatures not expected to rise before the weekend and with more snowfall expected overnight, a decision will be taken on the state of the pitch with the safety of supporters the top priority."

Whenever the result of the inspection is known, we'll put an update on this page.


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1 March 2018 : Funeral Of Maurice O'Donnell Is Postponed
Any Yeovil Town supporters who were planning to attend the funeral of Maurice O'Donnell should note that tomorrow's service has been postponed. The service was due to take place on Friday at 12.00 noon. That has now been called off due to the wintry weather in the area, and the 'red warning' issued by the Met Office for tonight for the Somerset and M5 area, strongly advising people not to travel.

At present, Maurice's family don't have a new date for the service. However, do not travel to the Crematorium or to the Football Club tomorrow.


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1 March 2018 : Club Shop And Ticket Office Close Early Due To Snowy Weather
Yeovil Town's Club Shop and Ticket Office have closed early, due to the weather conditions around Huish Park. The two outlets will remain closed until tomorrow morning (weather permitting!) as a result of ice and snowy surfaces in the Yeovil area. Hence please do not attempt to visit the club unless it's for something else. Even then, you may want to check in advance before travelling.

If it's home tickets you're after, remember you can make purchases for any of the five remaining League Two fixtures via the club's online portal. For away ticket purchases, wait until tomorrow morning.

Link: Ticketing For Swindon Town vs Yeovil Town.

Link: GWSC Travel For Swindon Town vs Yeovil Town.

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

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

Link: Ticketing For Exeter City vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Ticketing For Accrington Stanley vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Ticketing For Colchester United vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Ticketing For Notts County vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Yeovil Town Online Ticketing Portal.


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1 March 2018 : Flitcroft Jumps Ship For Stags As Saturday's Opponents Left Managerless
Further to yesterday's news, League Two side Mansfield Town have confirmed the appointment of their new first team manager. They have taken 44 year old David Flitcroft from Swindon Town, having indicated that they have agreed a compensation package with the Wiltshire side for his services. They have also taken Ben Futcher as his assistant manager, who had been acting in the same role at the County Ground.

Mansfield don't reveal any contract length for the new pair. Swindon have confirmed the departure and announced that 36 year old midfielder Matthew Taylor, who is still a regular in their first team, has been given the Caretaker Manager role and so will be in charge if Saturday's League Two match against Yeovil Town at the County Ground beats the weather. Stags boss John Radford has said of the decision to take Flitcroft from their promotion rivals:

"We have acted swiftly and diligently in appointing our new manager and are delighted to welcome David Flitcroft to Mansfield Town Football Club. David has a proven track record of success in this division and knows this league well. He has all of the qualities we were looking for and we are greatly looking forward to working with him. David joins a progressive club which is moving forward in all areas. He will be fully supported by a passionate board of directors, a talented and hard working team of behind-the-scenes staff and a magnificent, vociferous and encouraging fanbase."

At present both clubs are separated by just three points in the League Two table, with Swindon in 7th place, and Mansfield in 5th position - a situation that should hot up the rivalry between those two clubs in the closing stages of the 2017-18 season.


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