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15 March 2019 : Yeovil Town's Prospective Ownership Attends Supporters Alliance Meeting
Representatives for Yeovil Town's prospective owner Rob Couhig attended this week's Supporters Alliance Group meeting at Huish Park. Along with potential CEO Mark Palmer, who has been acting as the club's advisor throughout the last 18 months, a new person in Peter Couhig was present at the March 14th meeting at Huish Park, which allowed all of the key supporters groups to air views about the club and listen to their plans.

Alliance Group Chairman Rich Rendell has welcomed their attendance at the meeting:

"As chairman of the Alliance group I would like to thank Mark and Peter for attending and spending time with us sharing thoughts on the future of Yeovil Town FC. The Supporters Alliance 100% supports them and looks forward to working together in the future. The club's motto is Achieve by Unity and we are excited to make this happen."

Convention for the Supporters Alliance Group is for the minutes of meetings to only be published just over a month after the actual meeting, with the minutes of each month's meeting approved and published after the following meeting. Thus the detail behind this March meeting will only be known in mid-April, as a result. However, it demonstrates that Rob Couhig's interest in the football club is still ongoing.

One interesting element is that Mark Palmer is described as being part of Feliciana EFL Limited, the holding company set up by Couhig to cover his prospective shareholding in the group. Couhig is set to appoint Palmer as his right hand man once the takeover is complete, but the the wording would imply that Palmer will either be employed by Feliciana, or that he will be part of the 'ownership' rather than an ordinary club employee of Yeovil Town FC.

The club's statement doesn't explain Peter Couhig's involvement, however we've been told that Peter is Rob's nephew, and will be involved in the ownership structure moving forward. He is listed as Vice President at Source Capital Corporation - a financial services company. He is also a co-founder of Live Music Establishment, LLC in Louisiana, who as the name suggests are a music club in Baton Rouge.


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15 March 2019 : Darren Way Previews The Macclesfield Town Home Game
As part of the build-up to the League Two match between Yeovil Town and Macclesfield Town at Huish Park, Yeovil Town manager Darren Way spoke to the BBC about the game. With questions from BBC Somerset reporter Dan Albutt, Darren gives his views on how big a game Saturday's fixture is, the recent performances against Lincoln City and Port Vale, and his views on Macclesfield boss Sol Campbell. Read that interview via the link below.

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


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15 March 2019 : Way Fined By FA After February Cheltenham Dismissal
The Football Association have published their disciplinary bulletin for February 2019. The monthly list of cases includes the action they took concerning the red card issued to Darren Way during the club's League Two match against Cheltenham Town on February 5th 2019. Way was dismissed, following his reaction to the 21st minute red card issued to defender Tom James by referee Tim Robinson.

Way subsequently had to sit out the Oldham Athletic match at Boundary Park, with Paul Terry in charge for that fixture against his old club. The club did not reveal the details behind the situation, but the FA have now revealed that Way was charged with a breach of FA Rule E3. The charge was that he "used abusive and/or insulting words towards a Match Official". After the charge was issued by the FA, Way admitted the offence, and was fined £500, with a one match touchline ban issued as the outcome of the disciplinary case.

The procedure confirms that although the FA's new yellow and red card system for 'technical area' personnel has been introduced for this season as a means of formalising disciplinary issues for coaching staff, it is only the accumulation of yellow cards that will incur an automatic ban. For red card offences, they are handled manually through the FA's fasttrack disciplinary process, with the outcome wholly depending on the circumstances involving the dismissal and the person's past disciplinary record.


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14 March 2019 : Darren Way Hoping To Continue Home Environment In Macclesfield Six Pointer
Yeovil Town manager Darren Way has said that he hopes the club will be able to recreate the same environment at Huish Park that they had in their last two home matches, when they come up against Macclesfield Town on Saturday. The Glovers are in mixed form, having won their last two home games against Cambridge United and Morecambe, yet have collapsed somewhat on their travels, having recorded six defeats in a row away from home.

They now return back to South Somerset on Saturday, in what will be an extreme six-pointer, with 22nd placed Yeovil coming up against 23rd placed Macclesfield, as both teams move into the final ten games of the season. With the Glovers currently holding a six point gap on Sol Campbell's side, they hold the upper hand, but with the Silkmen having a game in hand, they will hope to gain a victory that would put them within touching distance of the Glovers.

Way's side go into the match on the back of two defeats, but he hopes his players will be able to bounce back from those results, and told BBC Somerset that he has become used to being part of a club involved in relegation scraps over the years:

"We talk about bouncebackability. These players have handled the pressure well, because we've got some young players. For me, it's not nice to say, but I've been in this position before. I think we've had the last seven seasons out of ten at this football club, where we've been fighting and we've been fighting down at the bottom of the table. It's not easy. It's very very difficult. It's difficult for supporters, but all I can ask for is to make sure we create that same environment that we've had in the last two home games, because it was special. This football club is special and it needs every single one of us fighting for three points."

Tuesday night's 3-0 defeat against Port Vale was a particularly damaging one, given that it allowed the Valiants to pull a four point advantage over Yeovil, with the 21st place club pulling themselves eight points clear of the drop in the process. Way was asked if he paid any attention to the reports from the midweek loss, outside the playing camp. He described it as 'noise' and said that he would not be letting any reaction to that result affect him or the players:

"I haven't emphasised it. We've come in today, and we've moved on straight away. That's noise. I don't take any notice of the noise. I think if I'd done that for the last three years, I wouldn't be sat here now. It doesn't affect me. It's never affected me. I know people expect it to affect me, but if it affects me, it will affect my players. It's been proven that the players are very vulnerable in an environment that can be toxic at times. All I ask for is for the players to give energy. The body language needs to suggest that and as I've said in the last two home games our supporters have got right behind our players. Our players have given something back to the supporters, so it's mainly focussing on that really."


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14 March 2019 : Scholes Resigns From Latics Job After 31 Days
League Two side Oldham Athletic have parted company with manager Paul Scholes. The 44 year old former Manchester United midfielder has resigned after just 31 days in charge of the club. Scholes was only in the dugout for seven matches, winning just one match - the 4-1 victory over Yeovil Town in his opening game in charge.

He leaves the Latics in 14th place in the League Two table - the same position that he found them in, after also obtaining three draws, along with three defeats during his single month at Boundary Park.

It's rather notable that his resignation statement is not carried by Oldham's official website, with Scholes' words implying that he had a difference of opinion with the Latics' hierarchy over how his management position should be run. He explains that his decision was one of 'deep regret' and adds:

"It unfortunately became clear that I would not be able to operate as I intended and was led to believe prior to taking on the role. I hoped to at the very least, see out my initial term of 18 months as the manager of a club I've supported all my life. The fans, players, my friends and family all knew how proud and excited I was to take this role. I wish the fans, the players and the staff - who have been tremendous - all the best for the rest of the season and will continue to watch and support the club as a fan."

The sudden resignation will leave Oldham searching for their fourth manager of the season, with Frankie Bunn's tenure being cut short after the Boxing Day fixtures. Under-16s manager Pete Wild took over for eight matches before Scholes' arrival. The Latics' own brief statement does not reveal who they plan to have in charge for their fixture on Saturday.


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14 March 2019 : GWSC Travel For Milton Keynes Dons vs Yeovil Town
The Green and White Supporters Club have set their travel plans for the League Two match against Milton Keynes Dons. The match takes place at Stadium MK on Saturday 23rd March 2019, with a 3.00p.m. kick-off. Departure times and prices are listed as follows:

Milton Keynes Dons : Saturday 23rd March 2019.
Huish Park: 9.00a.m.
Adult Members: £25.00; Member Concessions: £23.00
Adult Non-Members: £27.00; Non-Member Concessions: £25.00

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

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

Link: Ticketing For Milton Keynes vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Ticketing For Swindon Town vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Ticketing For Crewe Alexandra vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Yeovil Town Online Ticketing Portal.

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


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14 March 2019 : Darren Way Talks About Port Vale Away Team Selection
Just before Tuesday night's League Two match against Port Vale kicked off at Vale Park, Yeovil Town manager Darren Way spoke to the BBC. With questions from local journalist Chris Spittles, in an interview for BBC Somerset, Darren explains his tactics for the match at Vale Park, the return of Sessi D'Almeida from injury and his views on how to tackle bigger games. Read that interview via the link below.

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


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14 March 2019 : FA Confirm Sessi D'Almeida Suspension
The Football Association have confirmed that midfielder Sessi D'Almeida will serve a suspension following Tuesday night's yellow card at Port Vale. The 23 year old was making his return from a shoulder injury in the 3-0 defeat at Vale Park, coming on as a 39th minute substitute for Rhys Browne during the game.

Unfortunately, he picked up a 56th minute booking, which has been logged as his 10th caution in 2018-19 season League Two matches, according to the FA's suspensions list. That was badly timed, given that the Football Association's cut-off point for players reaching 10 bookings is the 37th game of the season, and Tuesday night's fixture was the 37th match of Yeovil Town's season. He will therefore serve a two match ban, missing both the home match against Macclesfield Town and the trip to Milton Keynes Dons. He would return for the home match against Newport County on March 30th, assuming no fixtures are postponed or moved.

On Tuesday night, Yeovil Town lost Rhys Browne to what was believed to be a hamstring injury, meaning that he is also unlikely to be involved on Saturday. D'Almeida's most obvious replacement would be Alefe Santos, although Jake Gray is also fit and available, whilst the likes of Craig Alcock and Carl Dickinson could be used to fill the full-back slots, freeing up Tom James to move into midfield.

The FA Website confirms Sessi D'Almeida's suspension
The FA Website confirms Sessi D'Almeida's suspension



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13 March 2019 : Man of the Match Voting for Port Vale vs Yeovil Town
If you watched Tuesday's 3-0 defeat against Port Vale at Vale 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 Port Vale vs Yeovil Town.


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13 March 2019 : Port Vale 3 Yeovil 0 : Inept Performance Sees Glovers Back In Relegation Trouble
Yeovil Town were badly beaten on Tuesday night, as relegation rivals Port Vale inflicted a 3-0 defeat on them in a six-pointer at Vale Park. The Glovers were out-played throughout the 90 minutes and fell behind when Manny Oyeleke got a free header from a corner. On the hour mark Tom Conlon's 25 yard dipping strike produced the goal of the game, and the match was finished off by substitute Cristian Montano who needed just a minute on the pitch to score his third goal of the season against the Glovers. That defeat left Darren Way's side in deep trouble in 22nd place after Morecambe and Notts County also picked up wins, leaving them just four points off the relegation spots and looking cut off from those above them.

The Glovers started the match by naming an unchanged starting line-up from the team that had played at Lincoln City on the Friday night, with the only change being the inclusion of Sessi D'Almeida on the bench, with Alex Fisher dropping out with an ankle injury. There was a more subtle change, with Friday night's 4-1-3-2 being changed to a flat 4-4-2, possibly on the basis that the Vale Park pitch is one of the wider ones in the division. Former Glover Ben Whitfield sat on the bench for the opposition, and was not to play any part in the game, whilst in theory there was a boost as Tom Pope was absent - the Valiants striker who had netted five goals against the Glovers in their last seven meetings.

The game's first effort on goal saw Tom James fire a free kick high and wide of the target, quickly followed by a Tristan Abrahams effort that was also about as accurate. Remarkably that was to be the highlight of the 45 minutes from a Yeovil point of view. After a slightly slow start, it was the home side that got onto the front foot, with an excellent bit of defending from Omar Sowunmi stopping Ricky Miller from getting on the end of a Valiants cross. Miller then put over the crossbar, with David Worrall doing the same after he was set up by Luke Joyce, who was pulling the strings in midfield.

With the centre of the park clearly causing Yeovil a problem, midway through the first half, they abandoned their 4-4-2 approach by moving back to something close to the Friday night formation at Lincoln, with Rhys Browne ending up as a right-back again whilst Tom James becoming the holding midfielder. But before they could settle into that new shape, they ended up going a goal down. David Worrall's corner into the six yard area looked simple enough, but there was zero marking on Vale's Manny Oyeleke, who was able to plant a simple header into the back of the net for a 1-0 lead.

The intention of the formation change just before the goal didn't appear to have plugged the problem, as the home side maintained full control of the centre of the park. Luke Hannant burst through the middle only to have his shot saved by the exposed Nathan Baxter, with the Glovers winning very few first balls, let alone second balls. Matters weren't helped by Rhys Browne's brief switch to right-back ending after he went down with a hamstring injury. That meant that the formation changed for a third time, with Tom James heading into the right-back slot for the second time in the game, whilst Sessi D'Almeida made his first appearance for the club since early February, coming on in the centre of the park.

Yeovil still showed few signs of getting any foothold into the match, with Leon Legge heading wide just before halftime, and so it wasn't a huge surprise to find a half time substitution. Alefe Santos was the man sacrificed, with Francois Zoko coming on. That meant that Tristan Abrahams moved into a wide position on the right flank, to allow Zoko to go up front, giving Yeovil their fourth formation of the match, with only 45 minutes played - a measure of what they had shown during that half.

The second period showed vague signs of the Glovers showing an improvement at first, but they weren't helping themselves by getting tied up in a lot of non-football issues. Referee Geoff Eltringham is in theory a Select Group 2 professional referee, but for five or ten minutes he looked as though he wasn't in control of the game. An incident involving Vale's Leon Legge led to a whole load of pushing and shoving, but after he talked to his Fourth Official no action was taken. When something else broke out five minutes later, the home crowd howled with disgust, but again the match official seemed clueless as to who had started the friction, leading to frustrated fans and frustrated players.

It was Port Vale who took advantage of this distraction. A long ball up field from Vale keeper Scott Brown bounced once and wasn't dealt with, and as the resulting ball was hooked into the path of Tom Conlon by Luke Hannant, the Glovers midfield and defence seemed to be a yard off the pace in their recognition of the danger. One man who definitely was full of sharp thinking was Conlon, who took the ball from Hannant on the bounce and then lashed in a 25 yard shot into the roof of the net for a 2-0 lead, and despite the lack of any attempt by anyone in green and white to stop the build-up, a bit of a stunning finish.

Port Vale were back on top of the game again, and Ricky Miller forced Nathan Baxter into another strong save, with the loose ball getting blocked by Tom Jams as Luke Hannant tried to follow up. Yeovil brought on Ryan Seager in the closing stages, and he was to create their best chance of the whole night within minutes of coming on, as a Tom James free kick was flicked on in his direction, with his shot being denied by the hand of Scott Brown, who pushed it for a corner.

But the Glovers barely deserved even a goal out of the game, let alone any thoughts of a comeback. Those were gone within a minute of Cristian Montano's appearance as a substitute. Having already scored twice against Yeovil this season, it was a slight surprise that he wasn't starting the game, but he made up for lost time as a David Worrall ball into the box saw Omar Sowunmi make a bit of a hash of his attempt to clear the ball, and Montano was behind him to convert the third goal of the night to give Vale a 3-0 advantage.

That was the end of a dire match, with Yeovil well off the pace throughout the whole 90 minutes, and worryingly a significant distance behind a club that until this weekend were below them in the League Two table. With Vale winning, Morecambe's recent form pushing themselves up the table and even Notts County gaining a shock away win against play-off chasers Carlisle United, it was a good night for their rivals and a terrible night for the Glovers. They are now isolated in 22nd place, with Notts County now four points away from them, with Saturday's opponents Macclesfield Town taking the night off due to a waterlogged pitch. The weekend fixture now looms very large indeed.

Link: 2018-19 Latest League Two Table.

Final Score: Port Vale 3 Yeovil Town 0.

Scorers: Manny Oyeleke (1-0, 26 mins), Tom Conlon (2-0, 62 mins), Cristian Montano (3-0, 84 mins)

Port Vale:
1 Scott Brown
23 Mitchell Clark 15 Nathan Smith 5 Leon Legge 14 Adam Crookes
8 Manny Oyeleke 4 Luke Joyce 22 Tom Conlon
7 David Worrall 10 Ricky Miller 11 Luke Hannant

Substitutes:
2 James Gibbons 3 Cristian Montaño (83 mins for Luke Hannant) 6 Antony Kay (90 mins for Tom Conlon) 12 Sam Hornby 19 Mark Harris (87 mins for Ricky Miller) 24 Ben Whitfield 33 Kyle Howkins

Yeovil Town:
12. Nathan Baxter
23. Tom James 2. Adel Gafaiti 6. Omar Sowunmi (Capt) 21. Josh Grant
7. Rhys Browne 17. Alex Pattison 30. Alefe Santos 25. Alex Dobre
16. Tristan Abrahams 11. Courtney Duffus

Substitutes:
1. Stuart Nelson (GK) 5. Bevis Mugabi 8. Matt Worthington 13. Francois Zoko (46 mins for Alefe Santos) 20. Sessi D'Almeida (39 mins for Rhys Browne) 27. Ryan Seager (73 mins for Courtney Duffus) 28. Devon Arnold

Port Vale Bookings: Mitchell Clark (diving, 49 mins)

Yeovil Bookings: Sessi D'Almeida (foul, 56 mins), Tristan Abrahams (foul, 64 mins), Adel Gafaiti (foul, 76 mins)

Port Vale Match Statistics: Possession: 63%; Shots: 13; Shots On Target: 6; Corners: 4; Fouls: 11.

Yeovil Match Statistics: Possession: 37%; Shots: 4; Shots On Target: 3; Corners: 3; Fouls: 13.

Referee: Geoff Eltringham (Tyne and Wear). Assistants: James Wilson (Cheshire) and Jonathan Hunt (Merseyside). Fourth Official: Matthew Donohue (Manchester).

Attendance: 3,430 (with 76 Yeovil Town supporters)


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13 March 2019 : Video : Port Vale vs Yeovil Town Two Minute Highlights
For those who want to watch extended match highlights from Tuesday night's 3-0 defeat against Port Vale at Vale Park, these are now online. In two minutes worth of YouTube-based highlights, you'll find all three Valiants goals, plus chances for Alex Dobre and Ryan Seager during the second half. Watch via the YouTube clip below.




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13 March 2019 : Darren Way's Verdict On The Port Vale Away Game
Following Tuesday night's 3-0 defeat against Port Vale at Vale Park, Yeovil Town manager Darren Way spoke to the BBC. With questions from local journalist Chris Spittles, in an interview for BBC Somerset, Darren's verdict on the defeat, and a brief explanation of why Rhys Browne came off during the game, can be read via the link below.

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


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12 March 2019 : Video : Port Vale vs Yeovil Town Match Highlights
For those who want to watch match highlights of Tuesday night's 3-0 defeat against Port Vale, these are now available online. There is one minute's worth of Sky Sports footage linked below, that shows all three goals and a couple of other Valiants chances. Watch via the link below.

Link: Sky Sports : Port Vale vs Yeovil Town Match Highlights.


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12 March 2019 : Darren Way Admits Team Was Out-Worked And Out-Fought In Valiants Defeat
Yeovil Town manager Darren Way admitted his side were out-worked and out-fought in their damaging defeat against relegation rivals Port Vale on Tuesday night. The Glovers 3-0 defeat came in a one-sided contest that saw a Manny Oyeleke free header from a corner set them on their way, before a wonder striker from Tom Conlon blasted Vale into a two goal lead. Substitute Cristian Montano made his entrance onto the pitch an emphatic one when he needed only a minute to score the third goal of the night against a Glovers side that were never even remotely in the game.

Way admitted that his side were well beaten, and was particularly unhappy with the first two goals, and accused his team of lacking the determination and desire that the Valiants had. Ge told BBC Somerset that he had expected more from his players:

"We got beaten by the better team. We thought they out-worked us, out-fought us, showed more determination and more desire. It's important that the players understand some of the inconsistency in performances, and what it takes. We talked about it before the game, and it was quite clear what our objectives were with first and second balls. Dealing with set plays, and then to go 1-0 down from a set play, and no-one taking the responsibility to stay with the runner. Then the second goal was exactly the same as the goal they scored against us at home - one kick from the goalkeeper, didn't win the first ball, didn't track the runner, and then he hits a first class shot. So we knew it wasn't going to be easy coming here but I expected a little bit more from my team tonight, as far as fight."

Way left a number of experienced players back in Somerset, including defender Carl Dickinson who spent three years at Vale Park, along with other Football League veterans such as Craig Alcock and Yoann Arquin. The team selected across both Tuesday night's fixture and last Friday's trip to Lincoln City has been a youthful one, with the oldest starters aged 24 years old. Way suggested that the players in his team at Vale Park hadn't had the experience of playing in that stadium before:

"It disappoints me, but it's what I expect from players that have not come to Port Vale away and played in this environment. Their players wanted it more than ours, and it's simple. We've still got a good team. We've got very very good players that have proven that, but unfortunately tonight they performed poorly. We have to regroup, we have to show turnaround toughness and go again on Saturday (against Macclesfield Town), which is a big game. I think we went to the last three games last season (to avoid relegation). It's not ideal, but we find ourselves certainly at Yeovil doing that on a regular basis. To keep the players positive, they've got to get on the bus, they've got to make sure that their preparation is right, going into the game on Saturday."


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12 March 2019 : Port Vale 3 Yeovil 0 : Match Statistics
Yeovil Town were badly beaten on Tuesday night, as relegation rivals Port Vale inflicted a 3-0 defeat on them in a six-pointer at Vale Park. The Glovers were out-played throughout the 90 minutes and fell behind when Manny Oyeleke got a free header from a corner. On the hour mark Tom Conlon's 25 yard dipping strike produced the goal of the game, and the match was finished off by substitute Cristian Montano who needed just a minute on the pitch to score his third goal of the season against the Glovers. That defeat left Darren Way's side in deep trouble in 22nd place after Morecambe and Notts County also picked up wins, leaving them just four points off the relegation spots and looking cut off from those above them.

Full report to follow later ....

Link: 2018-19 Latest League Two Table.

Final Score: Port Vale 3 Yeovil Town 0.

Scorers: Manny Oyeleke (1-0, 26 mins), Tom Conlon (2-0, 62 mins), Cristian Montano (3-0, 84 mins)

Port Vale:
1 Scott Brown
23 Mitchell Clark 15 Nathan Smith 5 Leon Legge 14 Adam Crookes
8 Manny Oyeleke 4 Luke Joyce 22 Tom Conlon
7 David Worrall 10 Ricky Miller 11 Luke Hannant

Substitutes:
2 James Gibbons 3 Cristian Montaño (83 mins for Luke Hannant) 6 Antony Kay (90 mins for Tom Conlon) 12 Sam Hornby 19 Mark Harris (87 mins for Ricky Miller) 24 Ben Whitfield 33 Kyle Howkins

Yeovil Town:
12. Nathan Baxter
23. Tom James 2. Adel Gafaiti 6. Omar Sowunmi (Capt) 21. Josh Grant
7. Rhys Browne 17. Alex Pattison 30. Alefe Santos 25. Alex Dobre
16. Tristan Abrahams 11. Courtney Duffus

Substitutes:
1. Stuart Nelson (GK) 5. Bevis Mugabi 8. Matt Worthington 13. Francois Zoko (46 mins for Alefe Santos) 20. Sessi D'Almeida (39 mins for Rhys Browne) 27. Ryan Seager (73 mins for Courtney Duffus) 28. Devon Arnold

Port Vale Bookings: Mitchell Clark (diving, 49 mins)

Yeovil Bookings: Sessi D'Almeida (foul, 56 mins), Tristan Abrahams (foul, 64 mins), Adel Gafaiti (foul, 76 mins)

Port Vale Match Statistics: Possession: 63%; Shots: 13; Shots On Target: 6; Corners: 4; Fouls: 11.

Yeovil Match Statistics: Possession: 37%; Shots: 4; Shots On Target: 3; Corners: 3; Fouls: 13.

Referee: Geoff Eltringham (Tyne and Wear). Assistants: James Wilson (Cheshire) and Jonathan Hunt (Merseyside). Fourth Official: Matthew Donohue (Manchester).

Attendance: 3,430 (with 76 Yeovil Town supporters)


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12 March 2019 : Team News For Port Vale vs Yeovil Town
Yeovil Town have named their starting line-up for this evening's League Two match against Port Vale at Vale Park. The match sees the Glovers name an unchanged starting line-up, compared to the game against Lincoln City on Friday night. The big news is on the bench, with Sessi D'Almeida returning after his shoulder injury, with Alex Fisher dropping off the teamsheet entirely due to an ankle injury. The other change is expected to be in the formation, with a 4-4-2 line-up seeing Tom James and Rhys Browne swap around.

Gary Warren (hamstring), Alex Fisher (ankle) and Gabriel Rogers (calf) are the injury absentees. Carl Dickinson, Jake Gray, Craig Alcock, Yoann Arquin and Daniel Ojo are not selected but are believed to be fit.

The team this evening lines up as follows:

Yeovil Town:
12. Nathan Baxter
23. Tom James 2. Adel Gafaiti 6. Omar Sowunmi (Capt) 21. Josh Grant
7. Rhys Browne 17. Alex Pattison 30. Alefe Santos 25. Alex Dobre
16. Tristan Abrahams 11. Courtney Duffus

Substitutes:
1. Stuart Nelson (GK) 5. Bevis Mugabi 8. Matt Worthington 13. Francois Zoko 20. Sessi D'Almeida 27. Ryan Seager 28. Devon Arnold


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12 March 2019 : Yeovil Town Under-18s Manager Leaves Huish Park
Yeovil Town have parted company with their Under-18s manager Terry Moore. The former Southampton Academy manager was employed as the club's Lead Professional Development Phase coach since the start of the 2018-19 season, but has left the post after less than a season in charge.

Moore was not in the dugout for Saturday's 1-1 draw against Northampton Town with Glovers first team player Gary Warren taking charge alongside Head Of Coaching Terry Skiverton and Academy Manager Jamie Harrison, leading to speculation as to Moore's whereabouts. He is now confirmed to have left the club, with no confirmation as yet as to who will be in charge of matches moving forward.

The Glovers had managed to achieve a fourth place finish in the South-West Youth Alliance division this season - their best finish since the Academy was reformed, and the first time they had qualified for Merit League 1. However, the man who got them to that position will now no longer be involved, moving forward.


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12 March 2019 : Valiants Provide Weather And Pitch Update Ahead Of Tuesday Night Clash
Tuesday night's opponents Port Vale have said that they are not planning on holding a pitch inspection for their game against Yeovil Town. The match takes place at Vale Park tonight, with a 7.45p.m. kick-off, but there has been heavy rain in the Midlands this morning, with plenty of surface water on the roads in the Stoke area.

At present the weather forecast predicts that the rain will begin to ease off during early afternoon, which will hopefully allow the pitch a chance to dry out before the evening kick-off. Port Vale CEO Colin Garlick has said (as of 11.15a.m.) that they are not planning to bring in a local referee to look at the pitch:

"We haven't got a pitch inspection planned. We are expecting the rain to stop around lunchtime so we are not looking to bring anyone in."

Port Vale's social media account have provided a consistent message on this subject:

"Fans of Port Vale and Yeovil Town, please be aware that there is NO scheduled pitch inspection ahead of tonight's game as of yet. We will keep you all updated throughout the day and will let you know as soon as possible if there will be a pitch inspection."


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12 March 2019 : Officials For Port Vale vs Yeovil Town
Officials for the League Two match between Port Vale and Yeovil Town have been published by the Football League. The match takes place on Tuesday 12th March 2019, with a 7.45p.m. kick-off at Vale Park. The man in charge of the fixture will be referee Geoff Eltringham (Tyne and Wear).

Given his home is in the North-East, it's no big surprise to find that we've rarely experienced his refereeing, with all five past meetings coming away from home. Another reason more recently is that he's been promoted into the Select Group 2 set of professional referees for the Championship division, meaning that we have not seen him for nearly five years.

The earliest meeting came in April 2010, when we visited Edgeley Park and relegated Stockport County in a 3-1 win - one of our best performances of that season. In that match we still have time for a grumble about Mr Eltringham's officiating, accusing him of playing to the home crowd somewhat, but this was a happy day for the Glovers so we weren't too down about him once the final whistle blew.

More noteworthy was his contribution to our March 2011 visit to Leyton Orient. Just 14 minutes into that match he red-carded Matthew Spring for a dangerous tackle on Andy Welsh. One of those "coming together" sort of tackles where both players were committed, and Welshy came off the worst. Orient appealed against the dismissal, but lost their claim. Mr Eltringham later gave us a fairly generous penalty award for handball, and so by this stage the home fans were rather outraged. Given we were on our way to a 5-1 win, we were rather content with his performance! The game had far worse tackles in it than Spring's early one, and so we would admit that the referee made a rod for his own back by his early decision.

We also got the rub of the green in our March 2013 visit to Carlisle United. Matters could have been rather horrendous when Marek Stech appeared to collide with Carlisle striker Lee Miller inside the box with only eight minutes gone. The video replays suggested Mr Eltringham had been rather charitable to Marek - even more so given that it would have almost certainly been deemed as a professional foul, leaving us with 82 minutes playing without our main goalkeeper. Thankfully that didn't happen, and we came out with a 3-3 draw.

We saw him once during our 2013-14 Championship season, when he took charge of the match against Sheffield Wednesday at Hillsborough. During this match he involved himself in two controversial decisions - one was a red card issued to Byron Webster after he got into a tangle with Owls striker Atdhe Nuhiu. On viewing the video footage, it became clear that the Webster dismissal was justified, as he threw a punch whilst both players were on the deck - but the man he hit was probably a little fortunate to escape with a yellow.

With the other decision we were less impressed. Atdhe Nuhiu was the player involved again - he ran clean through on goal and up went the linesman's flag. The Glovers defence stopped dead, but referee Eltringham let play carry on, overruling his assistant and deciding that a different player, standing in an offside position, was the one interfering. Television replays showed that Nuhie was the player in the most advanced position - the referee should have let his assistant do his job. We did force an equaliser with our ten men, but understandably manager Gary Johnson was not impressed with that decision.

The most recent encounter involving him was all the way back in September 2014 when we played Bradford City in a League One match at Valley Parade. We won the match by a 3-1 scoreline, and Mr Eltringham only got involved with a single booking and not too much else to speak about. As such it was only the football that was talked about after the game.

Mr Eltringham will be assisted by James Wilson (Cheshire) and Jonathan Hunt (Merseyside). The Fourth Official will be Matthew Donohue (Manchester).

Link: September 2014 : Bradford City 1 Yeovil Town 3.

Link: September 2013 : Sheffield Wednesday 1 Yeovil Town 1.

Link: March 2013 : Carlisle United 3 Yeovil Town 3.

Link: March 2011 : Leyton Orient 1 Yeovil Town 5.

Link: April 2010 : Stockport County 1 Yeovil Town 3.


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11 March 2019 : Ciderspace Guide To Port Vale
Tomorrow evening sees Yeovil Town head to Vale Park for a League Two match against Port Vale. As a result, the Ciderspace guide to the area of Burslem, the ground, directions, parking, a pub guide and other related stuff can be found via the link below.

Link: Ciderspace Guide To Port Vale.

Link: Ticketing For Port Vale vs Yeovil Town.

Link: GWSC Travel For Port Vale vs Yeovil Town.

The main front exterior to Port Vale's Vale Park stadium
The main front exterior to Port Vale's Vale Park stadium
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11 March 2019 : Ticketing For Swindon Town vs Yeovil Town
Advance tickets for the League Two match between Swindon Town and Yeovil Town are now on sale from the Huish Park Ticket Office. The match takes place at the County Ground on Saturday 6th April with a 3.00p.m. kick-off. Prices for the game are set as follows:

Adults: £23.00; Seniors/Students: £17.00; Under-21s: £10.00; Under-18s: £6.00; Under-11s: £2.00.

Wheelchair users pay the relevant age as above and can take an assistant free of charge if required.

Away fans are allocated a section in the Arkells North Stand, which is a covered seated area of the ground, side-on to the pitch. Policy is to give the end two blocks closest to the Stratton Bank End in a total allocation of around 1,200 seats. Tickets can be purchased at the same rates on the day from the Ticket Office, 50 yards from the Arkells Stand end of the ground.

There are two official car parks. There are limited spaces at the County Ground at £10 per car. Alternatively, you can use car parking at St Josephs School, which is five minutes walk away - this is £5.00 per car.

Link: Ticketing For Port Vale vs Yeovil Town.

Link: GWSC Travel For Port Vale vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Ticketing For Milton Keynes vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Ticketing For Crewe Alexandra vs Yeovil Town.

Link: 2018-19 Season League Game Ticket Bundles.

Link: Yeovil Town Online Ticketing Portal.

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


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10 March 2019 : Darren Way Talks About Lincoln City Away Team Selection
Just before Friday night's League Two match against Lincoln City at Sincil Bank, 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 selection of Josh Grant as a left-back, the inclusion of Alex Pattison, along with the dropping of Alex Fisher to the bench. Read that interview in full, via the link below.

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


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10 March 2019 : Couhig Shows His Colours As He Supports Glovers From Afar
Prospective Yeovil Town owner Rob Couhig is getting himself prepared to support the club, even though he is several thousand miles away at present. The New Orleans lawyer will have had to watch Friday night's League Two match against Lincoln City via the internet, but made sure that on the day he was dressed in suitable attire for the game.

During his February visit to the UK, the Glovers Trust ensured that he went home with an extra scarf in his suitcase, and before the match at Sincil Bank, Rob sent the Trust an email and photo showing them that the 'I AM YTFC' scarf was being worn in his office, ready for the game.

When he visited the UK, Mr Couhig explained that his bid to buy the club was going through due diligence with his lawyers, followed by ratification with the EFL and FA, and he expected that process to take up to four weeks to conclude. We're currently just under three weeks into that estimated timeline, meaning that hopefully fans will hear something positive, or at least more information, in the next week or so.

If you want to purchase your own 'I AM YTFC' scarf, they are available online by heading here.

Rob Couhig with his Glovers Trust scarf
Rob Couhig with his Glovers Trust scarf.
Photo © 2019 Glovers Trust/Rob Couhig



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9 March 2019 : Glovers Drop Two Places But Bottom Pair Fail To Take Advantage
Yeovil Town slipped two places in the League Two table on Saturday afternoon, after unexpected home wins for Morecambe and Port Vale shuffled around the places just above the League Two relegation line. But there was good news for the Glovers at the same time, with Notts County's ultra-leaky defence continuing to keep them rooted at the foot of the table, whilst Macclesfield Town let an early lead slip in their home match against Milton Keynes Dons.

The Valiants produced shock of the day, as they ensured that Mansfield Town lost their automatic promotion position. Two goals from Ricky Miller allowed them to secure a 2-1 victory, that lifts them up to 21st place in the table, ahead of their Tuesday night game against Yeovil Town at Vale Park. The other major surprise was Morecambe's comfortable 3-0 victory over play-off hopefuls Forest Green Rovers, with Rhys Oates, Aaron Collins and Alex Kenyon lifting them up to 20th in the table, and eight points clear of the drop.

There was substatially less joy for the bottom pair of clubs, who are starting to look marooned. Macclesfield Town did start brightly against Milton Keynes Dons, and were 1-0 up through Nathan Cameron. But just before half time, former Exeter City player David Wheeler equalised, and Paul Tisdale's side went on to win the match by a 1-3 scoreline, with former Glover Kieran Argard their final scorer.

At the bottom, Notts County are now seven points short of safety, after they crashed 4-1 against Cheltenham Town - a result that moves the Robins 15 points clear of the drop, and almost to a point where they can start planning for next season, in 17th place. Notts County have now conceded 70 goals this season in League Two, and were never in a game that saw William Boyle, Luke Varney, Billy Waters and Tyrone Barnett score at Whaddon Road.

With Yeovil Town's next two fixtures coming against Port Vale (21st) and Macclesfield Town (23rd), the Glovers end the day in 22nd place, knowing that their next two fixtures will probably define whether they can go a long distance towards condemning the bottom two sides, or whether Notts County and Macclesfield Town can salvage some hope from their own situations during that time.

Link: 2018-19 Latest League Two Table.


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9 March 2019 : Hayes Becomes Fourth Academy Player To Take Loan Deal
Yeovil Town Academy player Tom Hayes has become the fourth player to go out on loan. The 18 year old has agreed a work experience loan deal with Western League Division One side Wincanton Town and will be in their squad that will play host to Devizes Town on Saturday afternoon. He joins midfielder/defender Lewis Dix, striker Neville Nzembela and midfielder/winger Nestor Shako who are all on loan at Paulton Rovers.

Tom was brought in during the summer of 2017 on a two year scholarship, and usually plays as a central defender. He hails from Cardiff, and was on the books of Hereford United when he moved to South Somerset.

The very best of luck to Tom during his time at Moor Lane. He joins a side in a solid midtable position, with 38 points from 30 games meaning they are currently in 12th place in their division.


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9 March 2019 : Video : Lincoln City vs Yeovil Town Two Minute Highlights
For those who want to watch YouTube-based match highlights of Friday night's 1-0 defeat at Sincil Bank, these are now available online. There is two minutes of footage that includes the winning goal from Mark O'Hara. Chances for the Glovers were scarce, with the best being an Alefe Santos cross that was headed out for a corner during the first half and an Alex Pattison shot at the near post in the second period. Watch via the YouTube clip below.




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9 March 2019 : Darren Way's Verdict On The Lincoln City Away Game
Following Friday night's 1-0 defeat against Lincoln City at Sincil Bank, 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 defeat can be read in full via the link below.

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


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9 March 2019 : Man of the Match Voting for Lincoln City vs Yeovil Town
If you watched Friday's 1-0 defeat against Lincoln City at Sincil Bank, 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 Lincoln City vs Yeovil Town.


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9 March 2019 : Darren Way Feels Cleverness And Experience Unlocked His Side In Lincoln Defeat
Yeovil Town manager Darren Way believed that one moment of cleverness and experience unlocked his side at Sincil Bank, as they went down to a 1-0 defeat on Friday night. A fairly simple header from Mark O'Hara in the 69th minute of the fixture came as a result of some trickery from Harry Anderson, close to the byline, as he twisted and turned before floating a looping cross to the six yard line, which allowed O'Hara to convert the winning goal.

That proved to be enough to put Lincoln five points clear at the top of League Two on a night when only two fixtures were taking place, whilst the Glovers remain stuck in 20th place, and six points off the relegation spots. Way told BBC Somerset after the game that he felt that Omar Sowunmi's slip inside the box had proved costly, but he was still happy with the overall tactics:

"I'm disappointed we didn't get anything out of that game. I thought in the first half tactically the players played the shape really well. We had one or two good chances. We got into the final third. But we got undone I think by a little bit of cleverness and experience. We talked about the cross coming in from that side, and we didn't defend in the box. I think Omar Sowunmi slipped, and then they made contact. I said to the players, certainly for how young the team that we had, the experience would stand that team in good stead. It's important that I speak to those players in a positive manner."

The Glovers lined up in a slightly different formation for this game, using a 4-1-3-2 line-up that saw Rhys Browne still used as a right-back, whilst Chelsea loanee Josh Grant played as a left-back. That allowed Tom James to assume a holding midfielder role. Way felt those tactics worked for his side, but said they had to deal with a lot of direct balls aimed at his two centre-backs during the night:

"It did work, and you could see it caused them a number of problems. There was a heavy wind in the first half, and it seemed to have died down a little bit in the second half. But there was nothing in that game. They are very direct, and that ball gets launched to John Akinde, and it's almost like (centre-back pairing) Adel Gafaiti and Omar Sowunmi had to have crash helmets on. That's a good challenge for them. They get runners off it, and they're very effective. It's a little bit like Wycombe, who got promoted. So to speak to some of the younger players, and say this is League Two football, and it's a little bit different from what you play, to make sure they gain experience from that."


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8 March 2019 : Video : Lincoln City vs Yeovil Town Match Highlights
For those who want to watch match highlights of Friday night's 1-0 defeat against Lincoln City, these are now available online. There is two minute's worth of Sky Sports footage linked below, that shows the winning Mark O'Hara goal midway through the second half. They also give you an Alefe Santos cross that was headed out for a corner during the first half as Yeovil's major effort of the night. Watch via the link below.

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


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8 March 2019 : Lincoln 1 Yeovil 0 : O'Hara Header Extends Imps Lead At The Top
Yeovil Town went down to a single goal defeat on Friday night, as League Two leaders Lincoln City cemented their automatic promotion credentials. The home side enjoyed the majority of the chances across the 90 minutes, although had to remain patient against a resolute Glovers defensive performance. The match was settled by a Mark O'Hara header midway through the second half, as he converted a Harry Anderson cross, and although the visitors brought on a trio of attacking substitutes, they were well contained by the Imps, and so remain in 20th place in the table, with the majority of fixtures in League Two set to be played on Saturday afternoon.

The Glovers went into the match making two changes to the team that had beaten Morecambe last weekend. The obvious switch was Alex Pattison's inclusion as he replaced Matt Worthington. A more complex swap saw Josh Grant come in as a left-back, replacing striker Alex Fisher. Tom James moved into a holding midfield position, leading to a 4-1-3-2 formation that used Alex Dobre in a narrow role, as one of three more attacking midfielders in front of James. Tristan Abrahams was pushed up front to replace Fisher in the front line.

Early chances saw Alex Pattison fire over from a narrow angle, before Harry Anderson's shot from a wide position almost went in at the far corner. But overall it was a case of high tempo frenetic play with both sides doing a lot of pressing, but not a lot to seriously worry the goalkeepers. Matt Rhead's header from a corner went into Nathan Baxter's arms for a routine stop.

The best chance of the half fell to Lincoln's Harry Anderson, as Rhys Browne and Alex Pattison got themselves into a bit of a muddle, allowing the Lincoln playmaker to get in between them and race through on goal. Fortunately, Nathan Baxter was there to bail them out of trouble. As the half wore on, the home side quietly notched up a number of further efforts, with Bruno Andrade's deflected shot easily saved, whilst Matt Rhead shot over the bar. Really all Yeovil had managed was a Tom James free kick that flew across the face of the goal, and a Tristan Abrahams effort that sailed well over. The Glovers were matching Lincoln up well, but at the cost of having little in the way of attacking play.

Lincoln were getting frustrated by Yeovil's tendency to slow the game down in places, and the crowd got their wish when Nathan Baxter was booked for timewasting barely a few minutes into the second half. After Tom James gave the ball away, Harry Anderson's shot saw Baxter parry at his near post for a corner, and from the resultant set piece Cian Bolger headed into the arms of Baxter.

All eyes were on Danny Rowe when he came on as a Lincoln substitute, having scored both goals in the January game at Huish Park. But two minutes after his arrival, Lincoln took the lead through two entirely different personnel. Harry Anderson was given Lincoln's player of the day at the end of the game, and it was his cross into the box on 69 minutes that saw Mark O'Hara head home and break the deadlock for the Imps to have a 1-0 advantage.

Yeovil responded immediately by throwing on Francois Zoko and Alex Fisher, as they replaced the original front line strikers. They were joined six minutes later by Ryan Seager, with Alefe Santos coming off, putting three up front for the final 15 minutes. The problem was that apart from an Alex Pattison shot that Matthew Gilks blocked in the Lincoln goal, the Glovers were not finding their any joy in the final third.

Instead, Lincoln were able to snuff the game out in the closing stages with relative ease. John Akinde headed wide from a Neal Eardley cross, whilst Bruno Andrade's shot from a corner saw Nathan Baxter save. With five minutes of added time, Yeovil might have thought they could build up a head of steam, but with Lincoln taking play back into the other half, it was almost impossible for them to create anything. Instead, that single goal divided the two teams, on a night where Yeovil defended stubbornly, but at a cost of not really bothering the Lincoln goal on too many occasions. They remain 20th, and must now hope the sides below them do not pick up too many points tomorrow.

Link: 2018-19 Latest League Two Table.

Final Score: Lincoln City 1 Yeovil Town 0.

Scorers: Mark O'Hara (1-0, 69 mins)

Lincoln City:
18 Matthew Gilks
23 Neal Eardley 16 Michael Bostwick 5 Jason Shackell 14 Harry Toffolo
26 Harry Anderson 4 Michael O'Connor 6 Mark O'Hara 11 Bruno Andrade
9 Matt Rhead 29 John Akinde

Substitutes:
1 Josh Vickers 7 Thomas Pett (81 mins for Michael O'Connor) 17 Shay McCartan 19 Danny Rowe (67 mins for Matt Rhead) 24 Cian Bolger (42 mins for Jason Shackell) 25 Jordan Roberts 35 Kyle Watkins

Yeovil Town:
12. Nathan Baxter
7. Rhys Browne 2. Adel Gafaiti 6. Omar Sowunmi (Capt) 21. Josh Grant
23. Tom James
17. Alex Pattison 30. Alefe Santos 25. Alex Dobre
16. Tristan Abrahams 11. Courtney Duffus

Substitutes:
1. Stuart Nelson (GK) 5. Bevis Mugabi 8. Matt Worthington 9. Alex Fisher (70 mins for Tristan Abrahams) 13. Francois Zoko (70 mins for Courtney Duffus) 27. Ryan Seager (76 mins for Alefe Santos) 28. Devon Arnold

Lincoln City Bookings: Neal Eardley (foul, 25 mins), Harry Toffolo (foul, 90 mins)

Yeovil Bookings: Rhys Browne (foul, 39 mins), Nathan Baxter (timewasting, 48 mins)

Lincoln City Match Statistics: Possession: 46%; Shots: 14; Shots On Target: 6; Corners: 9; Fouls: 13.

Yeovil Match Statistics: Possession: 54%; Shots: 6; Shots On Target: 1; Corners: 2; Fouls: 9.

Referee: Scott Oldham (Lancashire). Assistants: David Plowright (Nottinghamshire) and Robert Atkin (Lincolnshire). Fourth Official: Graham Salisbury (Lancashire).

Attendance: 9,014 (with 154 Yeovil Town supporters)


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8 March 2019 : Team News For Lincoln City vs Yeovil Town
Yeovil Town have named their starting line-up for this evening's League Two match against Lincoln City at Sincil Bank. The match sees the Glovers name two changes to their starting line-up, compared to the game against Morecambe last weekend. The easiest to understand is that Alex Pattison comes in for Matt Worthington in midfield.

The second change sees Josh Grant come back after a foot injury. By the looks of his inclusion, it would suggest that Rhys Browne and Tristan Abrahams will shuffle up the right-flank. Due to that, Alex Fisher drops to the bench.

Sessi D'Almeida (shoulder), Gary Warren (hamstring), Craig Alcock (knee), Gabriel Rogers (calf) and Yoann Arquin (unknown) are the injury absentees. Carl Dickinson, Jake Gray and Daniel Ojo are not selected but are believed to be fit.

The team this evening lines up as follows:

Yeovil Town:
12. Nathan Baxter
7. Rhys Browne 2. Adel Gafaiti 6. Omar Sowunmi (Capt) 21. Josh Grant
23. Tom James
17. Alex Pattison 30. Alefe Santos 25. Alex Dobre
16. Tristan Abrahams 11. Courtney Duffus

Substitutes:
1. Stuart Nelson (GK) 5. Bevis Mugabi 8. Matt Worthington 9. Alex Fisher 13. Francois Zoko 27. Ryan Seager 28. Devon Arnold

Lincoln City:
18 Matthew Gilks
23 Neal Eardley 16 Michael Bostwick 5 Jason Shackell 14 Harry Toffolo
26 Harry Anderson 4 Michael O'Connor 6 Mark O'Hara 11 Bruno Andrade
9 Matt Rhead 29 John Akinde

Substitutes:
1 Josh Vickers 7 Thomas Pett 17 Shay McCartan 19 Danny M. Rowe 24 Cian Bolger 25 Jordan Roberts 35 Kyle Watkins


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8 March 2019 : Shako Joins Academy Duo For Loan Spell
Yeovil Town Academy midfielder Nestor Shako has gone out on loan. The 18 year old has become the third player to agree a 'work experience' arrangement with Southern League Division One South side Paulton Rovers, joining midfielder/defender Lewis Dix and striker Neville Nzembela at Winterfield Road.

Like his other two teammates, Nestor is a second year scholar at the club. He was brought in from South-East London side Erith and Belvedere's own youth set-up, and sparked attention from fans earlier this season when he scored a hat-trick against Cheltenham Town in September 2018. He plays either as an attacking midfielder, or on the wing, depending on the formation being deployed.

So far, Lewis Dix has made two appearances for his temporary side. Last Saturday he played in Paulton's 1-0 defeat at Highworth Town, starting and featuring for the opening 57 minutes of the game. There has been less luck for Neville Nzembela - although the former Stevenage player did make the teamsheet in his opening fixture, he has yet to get onto the pitch, with a groin injury meaning that he's been left out of the squad for the last two games.

Paulton Rovers are at home to Cirencester Town at Winterfield Road on Saturday afternoon, with a 3.00p.m kick-off. The best of luck to all three of them.


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8 March 2019 : Officials For Lincoln City vs Yeovil Town
Officials for the League Two match between Lincoln City and Yeovil Town have been published by the Football League. The match takes place on Friday 8th March 2019, with a 3.00p.m. kick-off at Sincil Bank. The man in charge of the fixture will be referee Scott Oldham (Lancashire).

He is a relatively new official on the circuit, having been promoted to Football League level in the summer of 2017. So far, he's taken charge of 25 matches, giving out 80 yellow cards and ZERO red cards. He last went to Sincil Bank in January 2018, overseeing their 3-1 victory over Newport County. The last time he sent a player off was back in January 2018, when two Notts County players were red carded in the 90th minute of their 1-2 home defeat against Crawley Town.

He comes from Poulton - a town on the Fylde coast near Blackpool, and is 36 years old. He is a self-employed joiner, whose father Barry Oldham was a Football League assistant referee. Just prior to his promotion to the League, he was given the Premier League 2 final between Swansea City Under-23s and Reading Under-23s, as well as the National League play-off second leg between Tranmere Rovers and Aldershot.

He took charge of one Yeovil Town match during the 2017-18 season. That was our FA Cup Second Round match against Port Vale at Vale Park. The game ended in a 1-1 draw, with just one booking for each side, and was a good-spirited affair, unlike some of the other meetings against the Valiants in subsequent times. He didn't raise any concerns about his performance on the day, although the match was an extremely scrappy affair.

Mr Oldham will be assisted by David Plowright (Nottinghamshire) and Robert Atkin (Lincolnshire). The Fourth Official will be Graham Salisbury (Lancashire).

Link: December 2017 : Port Vale 1 Yeovil Town 1.


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8 March 2019 : Lincoln Boss Explains Friday Night Fixture Choice
League Two leaders Lincoln City have explained why their match against Yeovil Town was switched to a Friday night. The match had its kick-off date and time changed last summer, shortly after the 2018-19 fixture list was published, giving Glovers fans a gruelling round trip of just under 500 miles, with the outbound journey having to compete with the Friday afternoon motorway traffic. This is the second occasion this season they've had to do this sort of trip, with the August 2018 match against Notts County also changed to a Friday evening.

For the earlier trip to Meadow Lane, that alteration had been forced by the authorities, with a cricket international taking place at Trent Bridge on the Saturday. However, in this instance first team manager Danny Cowley has said that there is no clash of events and told the Lincolnshire Echo that it was just an occasional thing they liked to do. He stressed that the decision had Yeovil Town's backing:

"As a club, we like to have a Friday night game occasionally. It spices things up a bit. I like Friday night football. I wouldn't want it every week, but it's nice on the odd occasion. It’s nice to get ahead of the schedule, if you can, although you need a positive result for that to work. Yeovil were kind enough to offer their services on a Friday night because both teams have to agree. Hopefully it will be well supported."

Although Lincoln have not lost in the League since Boxing Day - a run of twelve games - they have shown some signs of nervousness, drawing five out of their last seven matches, including their last three home games. Their last match was a 2-1 victory over Forest Green Rovers at the New Lawn, but Cowley said that weather conditions in Gloucestershire, and the style of opponent made for a different style game for them. He expected Yeovil to provide more of a counter-attacking threat than Forest Green did:

"We played at Forest Green, where the pitch, overhead conditions and our opponents encouraged us to play the way we did. We've had success playing that way against Forest Green in the past, but Yeovil are very different. They carry a real counter-attack threat. They had a good start to the season. They then picked up some injuries to key players which disrupted their form. But recently they've got them back on the pitch and it's been no surprise that they’ve picked up, winning their last two. We're very respectful of Yeovil. They are a team who have got physical players in defensive areas. One of the reasons we've had success this season is that we've got different weapons in the group and players who can adapt and apply the styles that we use. We've got to use the right style and personnel against a Yeovil team who will be very different to Forest Green."


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7 March 2019 : Darren Way Previews The Lincoln City Away Game
As part of the build-up to the League Two game against Lincoln City at Sincil Bank, Yeovil Town manager Darren Way spoke to the BBC about the game. With questions from BBC Somerset reporter Dan Albutt, Darren gives his views on his side's defensive displays, his coaching of players, and the challenge of playing Lincoln. Read that interview via the link below.

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


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7 March 2019 : Ciderspace Guide To Lincoln City
Friday night sees Yeovil Town travel to play Lincoln City at Sincil Bank. As a result, the Ciderspace guide has been updated for this fixture, giving you ticketing details, directions, parking, a pub guide and a load of statistics and past meetings.

Link: Ciderspace Guide To Lincoln City.

Link: Ticketing For Lincoln City vs Yeovil Town.

Link: GWSC Travel For Lincoln City vs Yeovil Town.

Sincil Bank as viewed from Sincil Dike which runs across the side of the ground
Sincil Bank as viewed from Sincil Dike which runs across the side of the ground
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6 March 2019 : EFL Provide Further Response To Coventry's Ground Problems
The Football League have provided their formal response to Coventry City's ongoing situation with respect to their ability to stage fixtures during the 2019-20 season. The League One side will see their lease at the Ricoh Arena expire this summer, with stadium owners Wasps currently unwilling to enter into negotiations with the Sky Blues to secure an extension to that stay, due to legal action being taken by Coventry's owners SISU over the circumstances that led to Wasps taking over the stadium.

The League have reaffirmed that Coventry have not provided clarity on their plans, and so the EFL have detailed the timetable for the EGM that will be called of Coventry have not resolved their issues by April. However, the League imply that they will be given right up until the EGM date itself to come up with a new lease agreement:

"The Club is not yet in a position to provide absolute clarity of its plans, but is continuing to work with the relevant parties, as they attempt to meet the EFL's ultimate objective of ensuring they continue to play in the city of Coventry on a long term basis. At this stage, Coventry City still face the prospect of an Extraordinary General Meeting of Clubs being convened to consider their expulsion from the League on April 25th if they are unable to satisfy the requirements in line with EFL Regulations. EFL Clubs would need to be notified no later than April 2nd 2019 of an EGM and, in the interim period, Coventry City will be given every opportunity to develop and present a suitable solution."

Coventry City were one of four clubs that the League's Board discussed today. League One side Blackpool are the subject of a possible points deduction after they went into receivership in February 2019. The move was brought by the High Court, after a judge ruled that owner Owen Oyston must pay former Director Valeri Belokon the sum of £25 million for money he was owed, with Belokon accusing the Oyston family of asset-stripping the Bloomfield Road side. The Courts agreed, and decided that Belokon was owed £31 million, but only a small proportion has been paid back to him.

The Receiver will use assets owned by Owen Oyston and also Blackpool Football Club Properties Ltd (which owns Blackpool FC's physical assets) to discharge the debts. With Blackpool having gone through an insolvency event, they have in theory breached Football League regulations that normally incur a standard 12 point penalty. However, given the unusual nature of the case, the League has said they will wait for Blackpool's new Board of Directors and the official receiver to provide evidence of their financial position before they consider if the rule has been broken.

The League's Board have also rejected an attempt by Charlton Athletic owner Roland Duchatalet to get the EFL to take control of the London club. The Belgian is attempting to sell his shares, and wrote to the League with the unusual request last month. However, unsurprisingly the EFL have decided this would create a conflict of interest and so could never be considered. However, they have invited Mr Duchatalet to contact them for any assistance in finding a new owner for the club. There is one possible snag - Duchatalet's letter indicated that he wanted to keep control of the stadium and training ground and rent it back to a future owner, with figures of £70 million being talked about as an asking price for the club.

The situation at Bolton Wanderers has also been discussed. Their match against Millwall was in danger of not going ahead, due to February wages not being paid at the club. Various parties, including stewards and turnstile operators had threatened not to work on Saturday, which would have forced Bolton Council to block the fixture on safety grounds. The emergency services had also indicated that they had not been paid for recent matches. Owner Ken Anderson, who is attempting to sell the club, has agreed to fund the backlog to ensure that salaries and associated bills can be paid. The EFL have merely said that they are providing 'assistance' to Bolton, in order to find a permanent solution to their long-running woes.


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6 March 2019 : Deadline For Advance Lincoln City Tickets
Yeovil Town supporters intending to purchase advance tickets for Friday night's League Two match against Lincoln City should note that there is an earlier than usual cut-off for buying from the Huish Park end. Due to the match taking place at Sincil Bank on a Friday (rather than the traditional Saturday afternoon), the cut-off point for fans to purchase tickets will be Thursday at 4.00p.m.

Thereafter, you'll need to purchase from the Sincil Bank end, as the tickets will be bundled up and returned. Note that there is no matchday surcharge for this fixture - hence advance purchases are for speed of admittance into the stadium on the night. The match itself takes place on Friday 8th March, with a 7.45p.m. kick-off.

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6 March 2019 : Taff's Gloversblog : Six Points From The Six-Pointers
Yeovil Town's last pair of matches has seen them secure two consecutive victories, at precisely the time that they needed to do so. Seeing off two of their relegation rivals, the League Two table position looks a lot healthier. The latest Taff's Gloversblog looks at those matches within the context of this season and previous seasons, as well as examining what was said at the tail end of Saturday's post-match interviews. Read on via the link below, and feel free to provide your own views.

Link: Taff's Gloversblog : Six Points From The Six-Pointers.


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5 March 2019 : Ryan Seager Talks About The Morecambe Win
Following Saturday afternoon's 3-2 win over Morecambe at Huish Park, Yeovil Town striker Ryan Seager spoke to the BBC about the game. With questions from local journalist Chris Spittles, in an interview for BBC Somerset, Ryan talks about scoring his second goal for the club, and his overall views on the victory. Read that interview via the link below.

Link: Ryan Seager Speaks To The BBC After The 3-2 Win Against Morecambe.


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5 March 2019 : Glovers Boss Named In EFL Team Of The Week
Yeovil Town manager Darren Way has been named in the Team of the Week selected by the Football League. The selection covers all three divisions, and covers the run of fixtures over the weekend just gone. Way is named on the back of the club's 3-2 win over Morecambe, which followed the previous weekend's 1-0 win over Cambridge United that ended the club's run of six defeats. The two wins lifted the Glovers above their weekend opponents and the EFL had this to say about Way's side's victory:

"Masterminded a second consecutive win in the league, as Yeovil steered further clear of relegation trouble with a dramatic 3-2 win over Morecambe which saw the Glovers leapfrog their opponents."

The full eleven selected, along with the manager, is as follows:

Emiliano Martinez – Reading
Scott Wharton – Bury
Semi Ajayi – Rotherham United
Luke Woolfenden – Swindon Town
Tom Edwards – Stoke City
Conor Hourihane – Aston Villa
Ben Close – Portsmouth
Ezgjan Alioski – Leeds United
Jarrod Bowen – Hull City
Jonson Clarke-Harris – Bristol Rovers
Jerome Sinclair – Oxford United

Manager: Darren Way - Yeovil Town


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5 March 2019 : Thommo Fired By Magpies After They Hit Relegation Zone
Former Yeovil Town manager, assistant manager and midfielder Steve Thompson has been fired by Dorchester Town. The Southern League Premier Division South side have made the decision after the Magpies dropped into the relegation zone, with them currently in 20th place in the table, with goal difference separating them from safety.

Dorchester currently are just below a large pack of clubs that are in a big battle to avoid what is likely to be the final relegation spot, with Staines Town already relegated and Frome Town eight points adrift. Along with the Magpies, there are seven clubs within three points of each other, covering the places from 14th to 20th, meaning that with ten games to go they have plenty of scope to pull other clubs into the bottom three.

Thommo had been in charge of Dorchester since September 2017, when he took over a side in 22nd place in the 2017-18 season. He successfully hauled them up into a comfortable 19th place finish, with the Dorset side finishing 34 points clear of relegation. But with the Southern League being restructured, and the two top level divisions being shortened by two clubs, the 2018-19 season has been a harder task and they're currently on a run of two wins in their last nine fixtures. His last game in charge was 0-0 home draw against Gosport Borough - one of the teams just above them in the table.

Dorchester have indicated that they expect to appoint a replacement in time for their trip to Farnborough on Saturday.


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4 March 2019 : Coventry City Admit Impasse In Attempt To Extend Ricoh Arena Lease
League One side Coventry City have said that they are still at an 'impasse' with respect to their hopes of extending their current leasehold agreement at the Ricoh Arena. The Sky Blues are in danger of being left homeless, and potentially expelled from the Football League, if they cannot agree new terms for the 2019-20 season with current stadium owners Wasps, who brought the venue from Arena Coventry Limited back in 2014.

Last month, the Football League issued a final warning to Coventry asking them to provide an update on their plans for next season and onwards, with their status being in limbo due to a legal dispute between Coventry owners SISU, Arena Coventry Limited and Wasps over the September 2014 sale of the ground. With SISU attempting to claim that Coventry City Council (co-owners of Arena Coventry Limited) had undervalued the stadium when it was sold, Wasps have refused to enter into negotiations with Coventry City unless they call off the legal action.

The League set a deadline of March 5th (tomorrow) for Coventry to respond, outlining their plans for the future. They haven't explictly published their response, but today have produced their annual accounts, which has included some additional commentary on their situation. They admit that they are having to explore other options as a fallback, but would prefer to stay at their current venue:

"Our focus remains on agreeing a deal for next season at the Ricoh Arena, the stadium planned and built for the Club, as we stated back in October and on many occasions since. This is best for the Club, the fans and our community. While the current impasse remains, with Wasps choosing not to enter negotiations, the Management has a responsibility to the Club and its future, and to its fans, to explore other options that could ensure the Club’s survival if no agreement can be reached to remain at the Ricoh Arena. However, our focus remains on working to agree a deal to play at the Ricoh Arena."

Chairman Tim Fisher told TalkSport last week that their hands were rather tied by direction they'd been given by the League, admitting that the option of decamping to Northampton Town's Sixfields ground again isn't going to be allowed. They will need to find somewhere far more local, and Fisher can only see one realistic option at present:

"The Ricoh is, practically speaking, the only option we've got. We've had it in writing umpteen times that we have to play in Coventry. We've got to play within six miles of the city centre, simple as."

If Coventry cannot find a suitable venue that will fit with the Football League's guidance, it is expected that the League will call an EGM that will take place on April 25th. There will be one item on the agenda, to consider and vote on Coventry's expulsion from the Football League.


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4 March 2019 : GWSC Travel For Port Vale vs Yeovil Town
The Green and White Supporters Club have set their travel plans for the League Two match against Port Vale. The match takes place at Vale Park on Tuesday 12th March 2019, with a 7.45p.m. kick-off. Departure times and prices are listed as follows:

Port Vale : Tuesday 12th March 2019.
Huish Park: 1.30p.m.
Adult Members: £28.00; Member Concessions: £26.00
Adult Non-Members: £30.00; Non-Member Concessions: £28.00

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.

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4 March 2019 : Darren Way Talks About Morecambe Home Team Selection
Just before Saturday afternoon's League Two match against Morecambe kicked off at Huish Park, Yeovil Town manager Darren Way spoke to the BBC about the game. With questions from local journalist Chris Spittles, in an interview for BBC Somerset, Darren gives his views on leaving out Bevis Mugabi and Daniel Ojo, as well as a number of senior players off the teamsheet. He also explains the tactics he wanted his team to employ during the game. Read that interview in full, via the link below.

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


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3 March 2019 : Man of the Match Voting for Yeovil Town vs Morecambe
If you watched Saturday's 3-2 win against Morecambe 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 Morecambe.


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3 March 2019 : Tickets Reduced For Milton Keynes Dons vs Yeovil Town
Advance tickets for the League Two match between Milton Keynes Dons and Yeovil Town have been reduced, as part of a ticket promotion set by the home side. These tickets are now on sale from the Huish Park Ticket Office at the new rate. The match takes place on Saturday 23rd March 2019 at Stadium MK, with a 3.00p.m. kick-off. Prices for this fixture are as follows:

Adults (including Over-65s/Seniors): £10.00; Under-18s: £1.00

Ambulant Disabled and Wheelchair users pay the relevant price as above with an assistant admitted free of charge.

NOTE: The Huish Park Ticket Office believes they have contacted anyone who purchased at the original higher rate and issued a refund for the difference on the price. However, if you believe you've been missed off, please contact them with the details of the tickets you purchased.

Tickets are bar coded so they should be kept in good condition and ensure the stub is not detached. Supporters are encouraged to buy in advance of matchday as away sales are from a cash only ticket booth and queues are likely.

There is limited Parking available at the stadium for £7.00 - you can prebook this online by heading here. Alternatively there is car parking available at Castle House on Dawson Road (MK1 1QT) available for £5.00 - that is not run by the club, but they are willing to promote it. Blue Badge parking is available to pre book by emailing customer.services@mkdons.com

Link: Ticketing For Lincoln City vs Yeovil Town.

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Link: Ticketing For Crewe Alexandra vs Yeovil Town.

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3 March 2019 : Ojo Given Gunners Link By National Press
Yeovil Town left-back Daniel Ojo is claimed to be the subject of interest from Premier League side Arsenal. The reports are made as a transfer snippet in the Sunday People, and carried by Sky Sports in a generic 'paper talk' article covering all of the gossip from the Sunday papers. The 18 year old made his Football League debut last weekend against Cambridge United last weekend, although didn't get onto the pitch during yesterday's 3-2 win over Morecambe.

Daniel started his career as a Charlton Athletic academy player, and only moved across to Somerset in the summer of 2017, when the Glovers offered him a two year scholarship deal. He was put on a professional contract in December 2018, shortly after his first team debut in an EFL Trophy tie against West Ham United Under-21s that saw him play a full 90 minutes in that match. The contract ties him to the club until June 2021, meaning that if there was any truth in the paper's claim, the Glovers would be able to hang on for a proper transfer fee.

Unless Arsenal were fortunate enough to visit Huish Park last weekend, their scouts would have been frustrated in their attempts to see Ojo play this season, given that he's been an unused substitute at first team level on seven different occasions, whilst his inclusion as a 'fringe' first team player has made it unpredictable as to whether he would be selected for the club's Under-18 squad, or whether he would be co-opted into their first team plans.

The Sunday People and Sky Sports don't elaborate on the level of Arsenal's interests, other than to claim that first team manager Unai Emery is "keeping tabs" on Ojo. Certainly under his predecessor Arsene Wenger, the Gunners' policy was to keep a very strong development squad set-up of teenage players or those in their early 20s, with the goal of gradually turning them into first team players. It's too early to say whethr Emery's management will continue that policy.


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3 March 2019 : Video : Yeovil Town vs Morecambe Two Minute Highlights
For those who want to watch YouTube-based video highlights of Saturday afternoon's 3-2 win over Morecambe at Huish Park, these are now online. Along with the brace scored by Norwich City loanee Tristan Abrahams and the winner from Ryan Seager there's a chance to view first half efforts from Tom James and Matt Worthington. Watch the two minutes worth of footage below.




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3 March 2019 : Abrahams Named In Team Of The Week
Yeovil Town winger/striker Tristan Abrahams has been nominated in the Team Of The Week for the round of matches played this weekend. The Norwich City loanee played a full 90 minutes in the 3-2 win over Morecambe on Saturday, scoring two goals from a right-wing position to help turn around the visitors' first half advantage.

Abrahams was making only his second start for the club, having arrived at Huish Park at the tail end of the January Transfer Window. He scored in the 58th and 62nd minute of the game, to give his temporary side a 2-1 advantage. The team chosen by the League Paper for League Two sides is as shown below:

James Montgomery (Forest Green Rovers)
Kyle Knoyle (Swindon Town), George Taft (Cambridge United), Mark Ellis (Tranmere Rovers), Chris Hussey (Cheltenham Town)
Tristan Abrahams (Yeovil Town), Jay O'Shea (Bury), Jose Baxter (Oldham Athletic), Christopher Hamilton (Mansfield Town)
James Norwood (Tranmere Rovers), John Akinde (Lincoln City)

Manager: Mickey Mellon (Tranmere Rovers)


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2 March 2019 : Darren Way's Verdict On The Morecambe Home Game
Following Saturday afternoon's 3-2 win over Morecambe at Huish Park, Yeovil Town manager Darren Way spoke to the BBC about the game. With questions from local journalist Chris Spittles, in an interview for BBC Somerset, Darren gives his views on the victory, and how he believes that prospective owner Rob Couhig's flying visit may have had an effect on the club's recent fortunes. Read that interview in full, via the link below.

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


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2 March 2019 : Video : Yeovil Town vs Morecambe Match Highlights
For those who want to watch the highlights from Saturday's match against Morecambe, these are now available online. There is two-and-three-quarter minutes worth of Sky Sports footage linked below, that shows the five goals in the 3-2 win, including the brace for Tristan Abrahams and the winner from Ryan Seager. In addition you'll find first half efforts from Tom James and Matt Worthington, along with a second half chance for Alex Dobre. Watch via the link below.

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


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2 March 2019 : Yeovil 3 Morecambe 2 : Seager Sizzler Settles Six-Pointer
Yeovil Town edged a thrilling match against relegation rivals Morecambe on Saturday afternoon, as a 3-2 victory significantly increased their chances of avoiding the drop. The match was won by a superb Ryan Seager 87th minute drive that came off the underside of the crossbar that was judged to have crossed the line, to pull his side six points clear of the bottom two. Before that, Morecambe had opened the scoring through a Richie Bennett header, but Yeovil came back as Norwich City loanee Tristan Abrahams scored a quickfire double around the hour mark to turn the game on its head. The Lancashire side appeared to have grabbed a point after Steven Old equalised with seven minutes left, but Seager had the last laugh, with the finale to the match seeing ten minutes of unsignalled injury time played by erratic referee Antony Coggins.

The Glovers went into the match making three changes to the starting line-up with all of them coming from the back four selected against Cambridge United on the previous weekend. Yoann Santos dropped out through injury, whilst Daniel Ojo and Bevis Mugabi dropped to the bench. In the back four, Tom James played as a left-back, whilst Omar Sowunmi played his first match since September 2018. Norwich loanee Tristan Abrahams was the other addition, with Rhys Browne reprising the right-back role he'd performed for the majority of last weekend's match.

Morecambe started the match as the stronger side, right from kick-off, with Adel Gafaiti having to clear a cross over his own crossbar as Rhys Oates threatened to get in on the back post. That was followed by Ritchie Sutton's looping header that bounced off the top of the crossbar and out for a goal kick. Aaron Collins then had appeals for a penalty turned down after Omar Sowunmi challenged him inside the box, with the two players exchanging a number of words about who did what in the aftermath.

Yeovil's first opportunity on goal came from Tom James who fired wide of the post, after an Alex Dobre run fed Courtney Duffus who then set him up. James shot well, but the 20 yard attempt wasn't on target. In the main, it was Morecambe on the front foot, with a Rhys Oates shot taking a deflection for a corner, before Nathan Baxter had to turn a header from the same player over the crossbar. No great surprise then that the Lancashire side took the lead midway through the half. Aaron Collins got past Adel Gafaiti, who had over-committed himself and when the cross went into the box, Richie Bennett was on the back post and headed home for the opening goal.

Still Morecambe looked the better side, with Yeovil's best chance of the half coming from Matt Worthington when he took advantage of a Courtney Duffus cross, which Mark Halstead parried away for a corner, in what was the only on target effort of that half. In the main, Yeovil were guilty of over-playing the ball in their own half, which allowed Morecambe to close them down and create their own chances, with Jordan Cranston going close when Nathan Baxter turned his free kick over the crossbar for a corner, to keep things down to a single goal at the break.

Just 20 seconds into the second period, Yeovil gave the ball away, allowing Morecambe to almost get a second, with Rhys Oates threading Piero Mingoia, whose shot went wide. Aaron Collins had a shot deflected for a corner by Matt Worthington, whilst another deflection saw Jordan Granston's effort land in the arms of Nathan Baxter. Things still didn't look as though they were going Yeovil's way.

The tide began to turn as the Glovers made two substitutions, with Alex Pattison replacing Matt Worthington, whilst Francois Zoko came on for Alex Fisher, with the Glovers crowd not too happy with the choice of the second change. Neither were involved in what happened a minute later, but it was to be pivotal, as a solo run by Bournemouth loanee Alex Dobre saw him try to find Courtney Duffus in the box. The ball played across to Tristan Abrahams instead, who converted from 15 yards out for the 1-1 equalising goal, that until that point didn't look like it was coming.

Goals change games though, and four minutes later with their next move, Yeovil had gone ahead. Alefe Santos moved down the right flank and squared the ball to Francois Zoko who was at the near post. He managed to squeeze the ball out to Tristan Abrahams who was in a square position, and the Norwich City loanee got his second of the game from 10 yards out to put his side 2-1 up.

Yeovil looked the more likely to score after that point, with Alex Dobre catching Morecambe on the break before firing over the bar. The same player also forced Mark Halstead into a parried save, which he gathered at the second attempt. But games against Morecambe have always had many twists and turns, with 2-2 draws and 4-3 losses seeing plenty of changes to the pattern of the match. No surprise then with seven minutes remaining that the visitors grabbed an equaliser out of the blue. A corner kick was half cleared and recycled, and when Liam Mandeville's cross went back into the box, defender Steven Old levelled the scores at 2-2.

Francois Zoko had a great chance to retake the lead when Rhys Browne's cross saw him force Mark Halstead into another save from his header. But with three minutes remaining, Ryan Seager allowed one more twist to the match. He smashed a 20 yard goal off the underside of the crossbar right in front of the home supporters for a 3-2 lead, with Morecambe protesting the goal, both for a handball in the build-up along with the question of whether the ball had crossed the line. But the goal stood, leaving Yeovil on the edge of three points.

During the closing minutes, referee Antony Coggins' messy officiating descended into mini-chaos as he booked four players in three minutes, and then appeared to not signal to the fourth official how many minutes of injury time he was going to add on. The answer was a rather improbable ten minutes, with supporters entirely blind as to how long their team would have to hang on for. Thankfully Yeovil managed to edge the match - lifting them to 20th place and six points clear of the drop, in a win that will relieve a little bit of pressure on the situation, after two consecutive home victories that have dragged them away from the bottom pair at exactly the right time. They still need points, but at least now have a buffer set up once again.

Link: 2018-19 Latest League Two Table.

Final Score: Yeovil Town 3 Morecambe 2.

Scorers: Richie Bennett (0-1, 22 mins), Tristan Abrahams (1-1, 58 mins), Tristan Abrahams (2-1, 62 mins), Steven Old (2-2, 83 mins), Ryan Seager (3-2, 87 mins)

Yeovil Town:
12. Nathan Baxter
7. Rhys Browne 2. Adel Gafaiti 6. Omar Sowunmi (Capt) 23. Tom James
16. Tristan Abrahams 8. Matt Worthington 30. Alefe Santos 25. Alex Dobre
9. Alex Fisher 11. Courtney Duffus

Substitutes:
1. Stuart Nelson (GK) 5. Bevis Mugabi 13. Francois Zoko (58 mins for Alex Fisher) 17. Alex Pattison (52 mins for Matt Worthington) 26. Daniel Ojo 27. Ryan Seager (81 mins for Courtney Duffus) 28. Devon Arnold

Morecambe:
21 Mark Halstead
2 Zak Mills 12 Ritchie Sutton 5 Steven Old 3 Luke Conlan
4 Alex Kenyon 27 Jordan Cranston
26 Piero Mingoia 31 Aaron Collins 7 Richard Bennett
18 Rhys Oates

Substitutes:
1 Barry Roche 11 Kevin Ellison (69 mins for Rhys Oates) 14 Sam Dalby 17 Liam Mandeville (69 mins for Richie Bennett) 19 Carlos Mendes Gomes (80 mins for Alex Kenyon) 24 Paul McKay 25 Ben Hedley

Yeovil Bookings: Alefe Santos (foul, 41 mins), Francois Zoko (off the ball incident, 90 mins)

Morecambe Bookings: Alex Kenyon (handball, 47 mins), Ritchie Sutton (foul, 57 mins), Mark Halstead (dissent, 89 mins), Jordan Cranston (foul, 90 mins), Kevin Ellison (off the ball incident, 90 mins)

Yeovil Match Statistics: Possession: 49%; Shots: 12; Shots On Target: 6; Corners: 6; Fouls: 8.

Morecambe Match Statistics: Possession: 51%; Shots: 13; Shots On Target: 6; Corners: 10; Fouls: 10.

Referee: Antony Coggins (Oxfordshire). Assistants: Andrew Laver (Hampshire) and Matthew Lee (West Sussex). Fourth Official: Paul Lister (Devon).

Attendance: 2,521 (with 87 Morecambe supporters).


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2 March 2019 : Way Praises Strike Pair After Morecambe Win
Yeovil Town manager Darren Way was full of praise for his two goalscorers today, after they helped gain a 3-2 victory over Morecambe at Huish Park on Saturday afternoon. In a topsy-turvy match, the Glovers came from behind to win a match for the first time since the August 2017 League Two match against Accrington Stanley at the start of last season, having seen a Richie Bennett header put them behind at the break. A brace from Norwich City loanee Tristan Abrahams on the hour mark put the Glovers back in front, and although Morecambe equalised with seven minutes remaining, former Southampton striker Ryan Seager netted the winner for his home town club after coming on as a substitute.

Both Abrahams and Seager have been used sparingly by Way since their arrival at the club during the January transfer window, with Seager having yet to make a start for the Glovers. Meanwhile Abrahams got only his second start for the club as a right-winger, scoring twice in four minutes to put Morecambe on the back foot. Way told BBC Somerset after the match that both players had done well in training and he was pleased with the output from them today:

"Tristan Abrahams is a good player, and he's got an eye for goal. In training all week he's looked dangerous. I was open to criticism there when we made the subs, but I thought the subs made a great impact. What a fantastic goal (by Ryan Seager). Again, he's a good finisher in training. All of the players have had to be patient, but to come on and score a winner like that for your hometown club, it shows the football club is going in the right direction. The supporters have got players to get behind, and good players; very good players. I thought some of the combination play with Alex Dobre is beautiful to the eye. I think supporters enjoy that type of play. It's probably the first time where I had a bench which could make a real positive impact, and that's what you see towards the end of the games. That's what we want, to hit teams on the counter-attack, which is why we ended up with the chances that we ended up with."

Yeovil Town had been on a run of six consecutive defeats during 2019, and sliding dangerously close to the bottom two relegation slots, but have now won their last two matches against their relegation rivals to pull themselves six points clear of the drop. Perhaps by coincidence, or by design, the slight turn in form has come after prospective owner Rob Couhig arrived in Somerset, conducting some press interviews a week-and-a-half ago outlining his own vision of the future at the club.

Way admitted that Couhig's vocal encouragement and views on the club had helped him, and he had a barbed comment for unnamed individuals who he felt had not done enough to front up the club in recent times, suggesting that those people had left him exposed as the only public view of the football club this season. He felt those individuals should have been speaking up for the club this season:

"It's probably what was needed. I've probably been the one that was flying the flag publicly and that's been hard for three years, because I've felt that we've had one or two perhaps that have not voiced, that have been in-house but are on the outside now, and it's not helped the football club. They've got to take a good look at themselves, because this is a great football club and it deserves the support from everyone, because it's been difficult to manage, certainly when you've got young players fighting a relegation battle. We've been in control with all of the staff and they've been great. They're really fighting hard at the football club, and the players see that."


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2 March 2019 : Yeovil 3 Morecambe 2 : Match Statistics
Yeovil Town edged a thrilling match against relegation rivals Morecambe on Saturday afternoon, as a 3-2 victory significantly increased their chances of avoiding the drop. The match was won by a superb Ryan Seager 87th minute drive that came off the underside of the crossbar that was judged to have crossed the line, to pull his side six points clear of the bottom two. Before that, Morecambe had opened the scoring through a Richie Bennett header, but Yeovil came back as Norwich City loanee Tristan Abrahams scored a quickfire double around the hour mark to turn the game on its head. The Lancashire side appeared to have grabbed a point after Steven Old equalised with seven minutes left, but Seager had the last laugh, with the finale to the match seeing ten minutes of unsignalled injury time played by erratic referee Antony Coggins.

Full report to follow later ....

Link: 2018-19 Latest League Two Table.

Final Score: Yeovil Town 3 Morecambe 2.

Scorers: Richie Bennett (0-1, 22 mins), Tristan Abrahams (1-1, 58 mins), Tristan Abrahams (2-1, 62 mins), Steven Old (2-2, 83 mins), Ryan Seager (3-2, 87 mins)

Yeovil Town:
12. Nathan Baxter
7. Rhys Browne 2. Adel Gafaiti 6. Omar Sowunmi (Capt) 23. Tom James
16. Tristan Abrahams 8. Matt Worthington 30. Alefe Santos 25. Alex Dobre
9. Alex Fisher 11. Courtney Duffus

Substitutes:
1. Stuart Nelson (GK) 5. Bevis Mugabi 13. Francois Zoko (58 mins for Alex Fisher) 17. Alex Pattison (52 mins for Matt Worthington) 26. Daniel Ojo 27. Ryan Seager (81 mins for Courtney Duffus) 28. Devon Arnold

Morecambe:
21 Mark Halstead
2 Zak Mills 12 Ritchie Sutton 5 Steven Old 3 Luke Conlan
4 Alex Kenyon 27 Jordan Cranston
26 Piero Mingoia 31 Aaron Collins 7 Richard Bennett
18 Rhys Oates

Substitutes:
1 Barry Roche 11 Kevin Ellison (69 mins for Rhys Oates) 14 Sam Dalby 17 Liam Mandeville (69 mins for Richie Bennett) 19 Carlos Mendes Gomes (80 mins for Alex Kenyon) 24 Paul McKay 25 Ben Hedley

Yeovil Bookings: Alefe Santos (foul, 41 mins), Francois Zoko (off the ball incident, 90 mins)

Morecambe Bookings: Alex Kenyon (handball, 47 mins), Ritchie Sutton (foul, 57 mins), Mark Halstead (dissent, 89 mins), Jordan Cranston (foul, 90 mins), Kevin Ellison (off the ball incident, 90 mins)

Yeovil Match Statistics: Possession: 49%; Shots: 12; Shots On Target: 6; Corners: 6; Fouls: 8.

Morecambe Match Statistics: Possession: 51%; Shots: 13; Shots On Target: 6; Corners: 10; Fouls: 10.

Referee: Antony Coggins (Oxfordshire). Assistants: Andrew Laver (Hampshire) and Matthew Lee (West Sussex). Fourth Official: Paul Lister (Devon).

Attendance: 2,521 (with TBA Morecambe supporters).


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2 March 2019 : Team News For Yeovil Town v Morecambe
Yeovil Town have named their starting line-up for this afternoon's League Two match against Morecambe at Huish Park. The match sees the Glovers name three changes to their starting line-up, compared to the game against Cambridge United last weekend. Defender Tom James has had to serve a four match ban but he returns to the starting line-up, joined by Omar Sowunmi, which means the captaincy changes yet again. Bevis Mugabi, Daniel Ojo and Yoann Arquin drop out, with the latter missing off the teamsheet.

Josh Grant (foot), Sessi D'Almeida (shoulder) and Gary Warren (hamstring), Craig Alcock (knee) and Gabriel Rogers (calf) and Yoann Arquin (unknown) are the injury absentees. Carl Dickinson and Jake Gray are not selected but are believed to be fit.

The team this afternoon lines up as follows:

Yeovil Town:
12. Nathan Baxter
7. Rhys Browne 2. Adel Gafaiti 6. Omar Sowunmi (Capt) 23. Tom James
16. Tristan Abrahams 8. Matt Worthington 30. Alefe Santos 25. Alex Dobre
9. Alex Fisher 11. Courtney Duffus

Substitutes:
1. Stuart Nelson (GK) 5. Bevis Mugabi 13. Francois Zoko 17. Alex Pattison 26. Daniel Ojo 27. Ryan Seager 28. Devon Arnold

Morecambe:
21 Mark Halstead
2 Zak Mills 12 Ritchie Sutton 5 Steven Old 3 Luke Conlan
4 Alex Kenyon 27 Jordan Cranston
26 Piero Mingoia 31 Aaron Collins 7 Richard Bennett
18 Rhys Oates

Substitutes:
1 Barry Roche 11 Kevin Ellison 14 Sam Dalby 17 Liam Mandeville 19 Carlos Mendes Gomes 24 Paul McKay 25 Ben Hedley


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2 March 2019 : Officials For Yeovil Town vs Morecambe
Officials for the League Two match between Yeovil Town and Morecambe have been published by the Football League. The match takes place on Saturday 2nd May 2019, with a 3.00p.m. kick-off at Huish Park. The man in charge of the fixture will be referee Antony Coggins (Oxfordshire).

This is his second season at Football League level. His final 2016-17 season in non-league football saw him do National League matches, with his finale at that level being a Play-Off Semi-Final game between Dagenham and Redbridge and Forest Green Rovers. He was also an assistant referee at the FA Vase Final in May 2016 between Hereford and Morpeth Town.

He took charge of three Yeovil Town fixtures during the 2017-18 season. He was present for the League Two home fixture against Colchester United in September, which ended in a 0-1 defeat with the Glovers having suffered one of those 'could have played on until midnight and not scored' sort of afternoons. He was later at Huish Park for the 2-0 victory over AFC Wimbledon in the EFL Trophy, with his most recent visit coming in the February 2018 match against Carlisle United where we lost 0-1. On all three occasions we couldn't find anything controversial to say about him, with just two Yeovil bookings, and two opposition bookings spread across the three fixtures.

He was a little more involved during the September 2018 home match against Milton Keynes Dons. For that match, he dismissed claims that Jordan Green should have had an early penalty after he tumbled on the edge of the box - video replays suggested that the foul came outside the area, but that a set piece should have been awarded. He was also involved when poor fouls on Diallang Jaiyesimi and Omar Sowunmi saw both players leave the pitch injured. Mr Coggins booked both opposition players for their tackles, but manager Darren Way still wasn't happy with him, suggesting that the referee didn't get hold of the game, referencing the early penalty claim as a stumbling point.

He is just 30 years old and comes from Bicester, having attended Blessed George Napier School in Banbury. He started off in the Banbury District League, before moving upwards via the Hellenic League, and then the Southern League before being given National League status. He started off refereeing at the age of 13, and by the time he was approaching his 19th birthday he'd already done around 600 games.

Mr Coggins will be assisted by Andrew Laver (Hampshire) and Matthew Lee (West Sussex). The Fourth Official will be Paul Lister (Devon).

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

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

Link: February 2018 : Yeovil Town 0 Carlisle United 1.

Link: September 2018 : Yeovil Town 1 Milton Keynes Dons 1.


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2 March 2019 : Level Playing Fields Presence At Huish Park For The Morcambe Game
As part of Saturday afternoon's League Two home match against Morecambe, the club will be visited by representatives from the Level Playing Field charity. They are currently conducting a two week campaign to highlight both action taken and action needed by football clubs and other sporting arenas to make the matchday experience of a disabled supporter a pleasant one.

Today will see them take their Weeks Of Action campaign to Huish Park, where they will be occupying the gazebo next to the Huish Park Ticket Office before the game. In what is a joint venture with Yeovil Town's Disabled Supporters Association and the Community Sports Trust, they'll also be inviting in students from Cambian Lufton College, which specialises in education for young disabled people and those with learning difficulties. The Level Playing Field campaign describes the rationale behind their Weeks Of Action campaign as follows:

"Accessible and inclusive stadia are essential for disabled people to take their rightful places and to participate fully within our society. For this to be possible, it is important to remove stereotypes and all barriers to inclusion whether they be societal, physical, sensory, intellectual or attitudinal. Weeks of Action is a celebration for those who make access and inclusion for disabled sports fans a reality. It also recognises that there is much work still left to do. This is a chance to highlight positive experiences of a live match day and what benefits it brings to all. Ultimately, changing the game for disabled people, changes lives."

In addition to their presence at the Gazebo, the joint venture will also see students from Lufton College given a stadium tour, a coaching session and a half time penalty shootout. If you are disabled, or have a friend or relative who is disabled who has an interest in sport, today is a good opportunity to go and talk to Level Playing Field and the Yeovil Town DSA so you can get information and provide feedback on the stadium facilities.

As a result of the Level Playing Field presence at the Gazebo today, the Glovers Trust will be taking the weekend off, in terms of their usual presence at that spot, to give LPF full usage of the area. If you have any issues or questions that can't wait until the next home game, drop them an email at communications@glovers-trust.co.uk




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2 March 2019 : Darren Way Talks About The Club's Recent Form
On Friday morning, Yeovil Town manager Darren Way appeared live on BBC Somerset to talk about the club's current situation. With questions from Breakfast show presenter Claire Carter, Darren gives his views on the Cambridge United and Morecambe games, the general mood around the camp, and the pressure he has been under to turn around the club's form. Read that interview in full, via the link below.

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


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1 March 2019 : Darren Way Previews The Morecambe Home Game
As part of the build-up to the League Two match against Morecambe at Huish Park, Yeovil Town manager Darren Way spoke to the BBC. With questions from BBC Somerset reporter Tom Seymour, Darren's views on the environment around the club, left-back Daniel Ojo, team selection and injuries and Saturday's opposition can be read via the link below.

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


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1 March 2019 : Way Has Respect For Morecambe's Boss As They Both Share Same Position
Yeovil Town manager Darren Way believes his side are coming up against a team tomorrow that have been in the same position as his own club over the last few years. The Glovers come up against Morecambe on Saturday, in a relegation six-pointer at Huish Park that may decide whether the club can climb away from the relegation zone, with the team in 21st coming up against the team in 20th in the current League Two table.

Their Lancashire opponents are generally recognised as the smallest club in the Football League, currently operating on an average gate of 1,976. That is an improvement on last season, which saw them bring in an average of 1,492 through the turnstiles, with one game in March 2018 against Colchester United attracting just 893 people. Despite all that, the Lancashire club has managed to retain its Football League status since they were promoted in the summer of 2007, with only the last four seasons suggesting that gravity might one day catch up with them.

Since 2011, Jim Bentley has been the man in charge of first team affairs, keeping them above the dotted line. He's also had to deal with a lot of off-the-field issues - as recently as November 2018, Morecambe were unable to pay their players on time, whilst the 2016-17 season and 2017-18 season saw other occasions where they were paid late. Most of their earlier problems could be attributed to a disasterous takover by Brazilian Diego Lemos, with the Morecambe having to deal with a May 2017 court case after it appeared that Lemos had failed to pay for the share issue that saw him take control of the club.

Whilst Morecambe's ownership issues have now been sorted, Bentley is still having to deal with the issue of not having a training ground that the club can use. The club have spent the last few years using Turner's Field, next to Morecambe High School, as well as asking the school itself for use of their facilities. However, with those pitches regularly becoming waterlogged, and artificial pitches next to the Globe Arena becoming unusable due to the owning leisure company going into administration, they have on occasions not had use of grass facilities for three or four months during a season.

Still Bentley manages to keep his team's heads above water, with them currently lying five points off the drop. Way told BBC Somerset this week he has a lot of respect for what Bentley has had to deal with and sees a lot of parallels between his team's situation and his own:

"We're going up against a manager who has probably been in the same position as what we've been in with the football club. I've got a lot of respect for Jim Bentley and what he does at that football club, because it's hard. It's hard to make sure that you keep fighting with a lower budget in the league, because the competition has got harder now. You've only got to look at Notts County for what you can be competing against. It can be ruthless. So for Jim to do it for as long as he's done it for, I've got a lot of respect."

Morecambe are still spear-headed by the goalscoring of Kevin Ellison who despite being now past his 40th birthday is their joint top goalscorer this season. Former Glover AJ Leitch-Smith who is also tied on six goals for the campaign won't be involved after he suffered a season-ending hamstring tear in January. Way recognises that Ellison has been a thorn in Yeovil's side over the years:

"They're a hard-working team. We've got to make sure, as Kevin Ellison seems to unlock us in every game, and we've got to be aware of that threat. But we know all about them with that 4-2-3-1 that they play. Jordan Cranston has done very well in the middle of the park. There's probably a couple of games where it could have gone either way in our favour, and certainly at their place with the amount of chances that we had in the last game. So it will be a good game and a competitive game and we all know what we're fighting for. I feel I've got a squad that's brave enough, fit enough, and with the will to fight now. That little period that we've had, I feel the players have grown resilience, because that's important at this level, and they've got to make sure they don't lose focus, and they go to the end. As I've said, they can only get that through game time and experience, but I'm sure that with the group of players that we've got they're strong enough to see this objective through."


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