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26 March 2019 : How To Watch Yeovil Town's First Team In Training
Yeovil Town's Caretaker Manager Neale Marmon has provided the training schedule that his squad will be undertaking for forthcoming weeks, to enable supporters to be able to watch them. All sessions will take place at the Alvington Training Ground (BA22 8UX) which is situated behind the Airfield Tavern, just off Bunford Lane.

The club plan to be training at the following times in April - i.e. that they would start from next week:

Tuesday : From 10.00a.m.
Wednesday : From 10.00a.m. and from 3.00p.m.
Friday : From 2.30p.m.

Note that the second training session will not take place on Wednesday 17th April, due to the club's two matches over the Easter weekend. In addition, although the club don't state it, we'd assume that the Friday sessions might also not take place on weekends where the club have a scheduled away fixture the next day. All sessions are subject to the weather forecast, and so may get switched if there is heavy downpours.

All supporters must stay off the pitch, including the adjacent pitches, and keep behind the barriers. Admission will be free of charge.


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26 March 2019 : Ticketing For Northampton Town vs Yeovil Town
Advance tickets for the League Two match between Northampton Town and Yeovil Town are now on sale from the Huish Park Ticket Office. The match takes place on Saturday 27th April, with a 3.00p.m. kick-off at Sixfields. Ticket prices are as follows:

Adults: £22.00; Seniors and Under-21s: £18.00; Under-18s: £10.00; Under-11s: £9.00 (see below); Under-7s: FREE.

The Under-11 offer is only available if the supporter is aged under 11 (obviously!) and a YTFC Junior Season Ticket holder - otherwise you'll pay the Under-18s price. Northampton Town FC only offer this price is to their supporters if they join their membership scheme, so is offered to away fans on a similar basis. If purchased the junior will need to show their YTFC Season ticket at the turnstiles.

Disabled Supporters and Wheelchair Users pay the relevant band as above, but can take an assistant free of charge. A limited number of disabled parking spaces are available at the ground costing £4.00. These must be pre-booked by calling 01604 683777.

If you choose to purchase on the day of the game, then note that all Adult, Seniors and Under-18s prices have a £2.00 surcharge, whilst the Under-21s offer is not available at all on matchdays, meaning that in reality you're looking at a £6.00 price hike if you fit into that category. For all of the concessions above, Northampton reserve the right to ask for proof of eligibilty.

Away fans are housed in the South Stand, which has an 850 capacity and is situated behind one goal. In the unlikely event that we need more tickets than that, Northampton can provide up to 423 additional seats in the adjacent Alwyn (East) Stand. Note the back row of the stand is fairly compressed, meaning that those with long legs will want to avoid it if they're planning to sit down.

Link: Free Tickets For Juniors For The Newport County Game.

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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26 March 2019 : Johnson Stops A Rumour Before It Starts
Whether it is a preemptive strike, or whether there have been rumours in deepest darkest Devon, former Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson has decided to nip in the bud any suggestion he might be looking to move away from Plainmoor. The 63 year old is currently at Torquay United, having taken over at the National League South side in September 2018, and has taken them from 14th in the table to first position across just 24 matches.

The Devon local press have headlined claiming that there are "reports linking him with a return to Yeovil Town". If those "reports" exist they're not very widespread - Johnson's name doesn't even appear on the long long list of management names on their odds for the next Yeovil job, whilst we haven't seen anything on the rumourmill. However, as part of that same report, the Devon media also say that it's not happening anyway, quoting Johnson as saying:

"As much as I respect Yeovil Town, where I had a great time and enjoyed great success, I have done my time there. I would not dream of leaving Torquay United anyway, where we have done a lot so far but there is so much more to do. I am on a new project here, and when you get great support from everyone at a club - players, supporters and top management - that's where you want to be. Tell everyone at Torquay not to worry!"

Johnson spoke about Darren Way's dismissal on BBC Somerset on Monday morning, and again returned to the themes that he brought up in the wake of his own dismissal in February 2015, which he later revisited when Paul Sturrock was sacked in December 2015. The former Glovers boss repeated his belief that the Yeovil Town Board and Owner had devoted too much time to the club's off-the-field development plans, which remain unfulfilled, although admitted that as he had not been employed by the club for a number of years, he couldn't speak with absolute authority on whether those problems had affected Way's time in charge.


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25 March 2019 : The Obligatory (But Probably Pointless) Bookies Odds For The Next Yeovil Town Manager
With Yeovil Town's first team management position having become vacant yesterday, attention inevitably turns to who will act as the long term replacement for Darren Way. For the moment, first team coach Neale Marmon is the man in charge of the team, and the club have not put any timeline on when a permanent successor will be put in place.

Trying to second-guess who will be the next Yeovil Town manager will be particularly problematic on this occasion, for a number of reasons:

1. It's highly unlikely that the current Board/Owner will appoint the next Yeovil Town manager (unless the ownership deal falls through)
2. There isn't a firm date on when the Ownership transfer will complete
3. We know almost nothing about what Rob Couhig's (and Mark Palmer's) views on what sort of manager or style of football, or what sort of budget he will put up at this stage. Neither have been involved in the running of a Football League club, and so may have very non-mainstream contacts in the game.
4. When the takeover happens we don't know how many games will be left of the season, or how Neale Marmon's first few games will have gone. If they go badly, then they may make their move quickly. If things have gone well, then it may be more sensible to wait until the end of the season.

As such, any media or bookmakers claiming to put big emphasis on who the new manager is going to be will end up being significantly premature. It's likely that Marmon will remain in charge until the ownership situation is resolved and that even then the urgency will depend upon the club's League Table position at that point in time.

Hence with a large pinch of salt required, the current odds from SkyBet currently have former Bristol Rovers manager Darrell Clarke as their favourite, with him listed as Evens. He's Salisbury-based, and used to manage them before he became Rovers' manager. He was at the helm when Rovers went out of the Football League at the end of the 2013-14 season. However, he was given the chance to take them back up, and did so at the first attempt, winning the National League Play-Off Final a year later, followed by promotion to League One a year later, at the end of the 2015-16 season. He was sacked in December 2018, with Rovers stuck in the League One relegation zone.

The second favourite listed is Paul Hurst, who is given odds of 5/1. He has a fairly lengthy success record, having achieved promotion with Ilkeston Town, Boston United and Grimsby Town and was Shrewsbury Town's boss when he knocked Yeovil Town out of the EFL Trophy during the 2017-18 season, taking his side to Wembley Stadium. His one clear managerial failure was his last appointment, with him at Ipswich Town for just 15 games, with him achieving only one win. He was sacked with them bottom of the Championship table in October 2018.

Caretaker boss Neale Marmon is third favourite at 6/1 - given that many temporary appointments do turn into permanent choices, it's easy to see why the bookies have done that. Former Glovers Jerry Gill (7/1, currently at Bath City), Jamie McAllister (14/1, assistant head coach at Bristol City) and Marcus Stewart (16/1, formerly Darrell Clarke's assistant manager at Bristol Rovers) all feature highly. SkyBet also stir the pot by giving former manager Russell Slade odds of 14/1 against returning to Huish Park. Meanwhile, fans may give a bit of a 'mixed' reaction if former Boston United manager Steve Evans - ranked at 14/1 - turned up at the club. Others listed include Kevin Nolan (12/1) and Harry Kewell (16/1) - both doubtless on the list purely because they're out of work managers most recently at League Two clubs.

There is no ranking provided for current first team coach Paul Terry or Academy Head of Coaching Terry Skiverton, and no mention of former Glovers boss Gary Johnson on their listings.


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25 March 2019 : Supporters Alliance Look To The Future, With Open Training Sessions Planned
The Supporters Alliance Group Chairman Rich Rendell has provided his own views on behalf of the Group, in the wake of Darren Way's sacking as first team manager. With the club now moving forward with Neale Marmon acting as Caretaker Manager for Saturday's game against Newport County, Rich has thanked Darren for his time at the club, but has described the current circumstances as a 'fresh chapter' for the club moving forward:

"On behalf of the Supporters Alliance, I would like to thank Darren Way for his services over a number of years. However, we must now look to the future where we have new ownership looming in the coming weeks to mark a completely fresh chapter in our club’s history. In the meantime, with Neale Marmon taking over First Team managerial duties, I urge all supporters to get behind him, captain Gary Warren and the playing squad to maintain our EFL status. It’s important the fans come back to Huish Park in these next seven cup finals, four of which are at home."

Rich has also said that he has been informed by Neale Marmon, that the club will be providing details for forthcoming first team training sessions that will be held as open for all supporters to attend over the course of the next few weeks. He said that was important so fans could feel as though the battle for survival was being achieved together:

"The home and away support has been fantastic this season despite the campaign’s difficulties, but with such importance on these coming matches our unity is vital. Having spoken with Neale this morning (Monday), it’s clear the message of ‘Achieve By Unity’ is important now more than ever and as part of that, he is making all First Team training sessions open to the supporters which the club will provide details for. He knows our safety can only be achieved together and it’s a great opportunity to come together as one, so I’m urging all stay away fans to return and help become the 12th man as we look to get over the line and start the next chapter in our club’s history on a positive note."


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25 March 2019 : Neale Marmon - Profile Of The Club's Current Caretaker Manager
Yesterday, Yeovil Town announced that Neale Marmon would be acting as 'temporary' manager, in the wake of their decision to sack Darren Way from his first team management job. It is highly likely that Marmon will remain in charge whilst the club's ownership situation is resolved, with New Orleans lawyer Rob Couhig yet to assume control at Huish Park, meaning that at present he cannot appoint a new manager. If Marmon's early results are positive, then it is likely that the new owner would let sleeping dogs lie until the summer, meaning that Marmon could be in charge until the end of the 2018-19 season.

Marmon's arrival within the Glovers ranks wasn't very well documented, with no announcement by the club or in the local press when he appeared in the dugouts prior to the Mansfield Town match on January 12th. The only knowledge of his arrival came in via a BBC Somerset interview, where Way claimed that Marmon was someone who he had known for a number of years, through an Ipswich Town Academy contact. Later it transpired that Bournemouth-born Marmon was actually a friend of the club's football advisor Mark Palmer, and had been brought in on behalf of the prospective owners, to act as the eyes and ears, to give feedback to Palmer and Rob Couhig on how Way's tenure was developing. Marmon was the only member of the coaching staff present at a Hotel meeting involving Couhig and Palmer back in February, showing the unusual role that he had at the football club.

Two and a half months after his arrival at the club, Marmon unexpectedly finds himself in the hotseat at Huish Park. He is a 57 year old (born April 21st 1961) who was born in Bournemouth and had a brief career as a teenager with Plymouth Argyle and Torquay United as a central defender until in 1982 he made the unconventional decision to switch his career to the German leagues. The first pair of SC Rinteln and TuS Hessisch-Oldendorf were regional amateur teams based in Lower Saxony, before the main bulk of his playing career was spent with VfL Osnabrück, also in Lower Saxony, with the latter two being third tier clubs. There he spent five years, making 169 league appearances before a year with Hannover 96, playing in the German Second Division.

At this stage, Neale moved back to England where he spent eighteen months playing for Colchester United. He was their 1989-90 Player Of The Season, albeit in a year that saw them relegated from the Football League. That fall into the Conference meant that he was in the opposition line-up for the opening day of the 1990-91 season, in the first competitive fixture played at Huish Park.

Marmon moved back to Germany in 1991 after leaving Colchester, and spent two years with second tier side FC 08 Homburg, where he was part of a side that knocked Bayern Munich out of the German League Cup. He later dropped out of professional football, playing for FSV Salmrohr, SV Elversberg and SV Bliesen. Whilst at Elversberg he took over as player-manager, spending four and a half years as their boss, followed by a year managing third tier side SC Preußen Münster. He later had spells managing FC Kutzhogf and amateur side SG Schwemlingen/Tünsdorf/Ballern.

It's not too clear when he left his last club, with their status well down the German pyramid. However, he's had a career in the sports industry outside of that, working for a sports manufacturer in Merzig. He holds qualifications as a sports teacher and a physical therapist. Given his record and his age, it's unlikely that he would be considered for the Yeovil Town post on a permanent basis, but it wouldn't be too much of a surprise, given his friendship with Mark Palmer, if he kept some sort of a role at the club moving forward.


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25 March 2019 : Taff's Gloversblog : He Did It His Way
Late Sunday afternoon, Yeovil Town parted company with manager Darren Way. No surprise that the main topic of conversation on Taff's Gloversblog is those events. It's also allowed guest blogger Old Green Eyes to evoke the spirit of Old Blue Eyes, in something we suspect that he's been lining up for about the last three years! Read his views via the link below, and feel free to add your own views.

Link: Taff's Gloversblog : He Did It His Way.


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24 March 2019 : Glovers Trust Give Backing For Today's Management Change As First Stage In Club's Reboot
The Glovers Trust have issued a statement on Sunday evening, reacting to the decision made by Yeovil Town FC to relieve manager Darren Way of his duties. Given the Trust had only 24 hours earlier put out a statement calling for change in the first team management position, unsurprisingly this is one that they back.

The Trust's statement highlights the need for a 'reboot' of the club, in the way that it has been run, and they hope that this will be the first step in that process. Their statement reads:

"Darren Way's departure from YTFC was regrettable but necessary considering the situation the club finds itself in. Darren has been a great servant to the club and his contributions, especially as a player, cannot be underestimated. That said, it was time to part company to enable in earnest the hard work of battling for our league status to continue. There is no doubt that the run in to the end of the season is going to be hard, perhaps the hardest that many supporters will ever experience.


"With that in mind, we want this situation to become a positive. The club is on the cusp of what we all hope will be a long awaited and much needed reboot. The takeover of the club will, fingers crossed, go through soon and with it we very much hope results will come due to this change in first team management.

"We urge fellow supporters - as they have all season - to get behind the team as the fight continues for league survival. Saturday’s match has been dubbed as ‘fan appreciation day’ by YTFC, and while we believe that should be everyday, we do hope that supporters will turn out for it in big numbers. We also hope the players will show their appreciation for the supporters in the greatest way possible by going out there and bagging three points.


"Times have been tough, not just for months but for years, and we hope that this moment of change will be a fresh start for Yeovil Town Football Club. We dearly want that fresh start to happen in the Football League
.
"

The Board of the Glovers Trust.


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24 March 2019 : Prospective Owner Couhig Gives Reaction To Darren Way Dismissal
Yeovil Town's prospective owner Rob Couhig has issued a statement, in the wake of the decision by the club to sack first team manager Darren Way. Under the guise of his shareholding company Feliciana EFL Limited, Couhig has made clear that the decision taken today was made by the club's current Board of Directors, but is one that he supports.

At present, Couhig's deal to buy the club is understood to still be going through the Fit and Proper Person's Test and Ownership Test by the Football League and Football Association, meaning that at present he does not have Executive control of the club, and so has been unable to make any decisions on behalf of Yeovil Town during this period. He has said of today's developments:

"We have been informed that the Board of Directors at Yeovil Town Football Club has dismissed First Team Manager Darren Way from his duties. While unfortunate, we believe it’s an appropriate step As important as I believe the off the pitch fan experience is, I recognise that we are engaged in a sport in which wins and losses affect each of us: owners, managers, staff, fans and citizens. YTFC is involved in a battle to remain in the league and I am confident that it has the talent to do so. I ask the fans to support their team in these last critical weeks.

"Finally, I would like to thank Darren for all he has been to Yeovil. As a player, he helped bring the club to unprecedented heights. As a manager, he has battled to make the team the best it could be. As a person, he has been a gentleman and a source of inspiration
."

There is no mention of the ownership takeover itself in Couhig's statement.


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24 March 2019 : The Downfall Of Darren Way - How The 2018-19 Season Has Gone Off The Rails
Earlier today, Yeovil Town parted company with manager Darren Way. The former midfielder had been in charge since the start of December 2015, having taken over from Paul Sturrock, and so had been in the hot seat for just under three years and four months. The club's statement confirming his departure, makes clear that Way has "had his employment with the club terminated and is no longer First Team Manager". This highlights that this was no scenario of 'mutual consent' but was a straight-forward sacking. The club will have to sort out compensation in line with his contract, which was due to run until June 2021.

The club's statement also makes clear that "the Board of Directoes has been compelled to act". Assuming this is not loose wording, this tells those reading that it is the current club ownership and Board that have pulled the plug on his tenure. They doubtless will have consulted with prospective owner Rob Couhig, but as the Board currently holding executive powers at Huish Park, they have made the decision.

The decision to appoint Neale Marmon as First Team Manager on a "temporary basis" will presumably be a Caretaker position that is in place either until the end of the 2018-19 season, or until Couhig's takeover process is completed. Marmon is believed to be a friend of Club Advisor Mark Palmer, who is lined up to be the club's Chief Executive once Couhig takes over, suggesting that again this will be a holding gap until the ownership problem is sorted. There is no mention of Paul Terry, but presumably he will also act as Marmon's assistant until the long term future is resolved.

In terms of Darren Way's overall statistics whilst in charge of the club, he managed for 189 games, achieving 56 wins, and with a win ratio of 29.63%. Over that time he incurred 77 losses - the most a first team manager has accumulated at Yeovil Town since 1928. His tenure was a lengthy one overall, with the 189 period only surpassed by Gary Johnson's first spell in charge (226 games) and Brian Hall's first spell in charge (208 games) over the last 40 years. In the case of Johnson and Hall, their longevity was justified by them both giving the club promotions during their reign. Way's record saw him achieve finishes of 19th, 20th, 19th and the current 22nd place in League Two - the club's lowest four positions since entering the Football League.

Statistically speaking the demise of the 2018-19 season, and therefore Darren Way's fall from grace came following the club's best result in the Football League - the September 15th 6-0 hammering at Rodney Parade of Newport County. At that time the club stood in fifth place in the League Two table, albeit after just seven matches. Unfortunately, over the period that has passed, the slide down the table has been steady, and has accelerated on occasions.

The last 32 games has seen Yeovil Town pick up just 22 points, with only five wins during that period. A once healthy goal difference has also been significantly dented, with a difference of minus 32 over that period. That sequence of results would put the Glovers nine points short of safety if the season had been started after that Newport game.

In mid-November, Yeovil Town's Board of Directors made the catastrophic decision to extend Way's contract, which has been due to run out at the end of the 2018-19 season. Giving him job security until June 2021, it came shortly after the club went out to National League North side Stockport County, who sat 43 places below them in the pyramid at the time of the result, yet ran out as comfortable 1-3 winners. Since Way was given his contract extension, his side have lost 16 out of their 23 League Two fixtures - exactly half a season's worth of football that has seen just 15 points gained, and only 13 goals scored across that time. Fans' protests have become a frequent part of matches, with fans taking banners to matches, whilst the chants of 'Walk Away Darren' have become a familiar refrain to the end of games.

Despite Way being given additional funds during the January transfer window to bring in three strikers and one winger to beef up his attacking options, goals have continued to dry up, whilst the acceleration on poor results have continued. During the last 12 fixtures, the club have lost ten of those, with just six goals scored. They are currently on a run of seven consecutive away defeats, whilst they have failed to score in their last four fixtures overall, leading to four defeats. The failure to score in four consecutive away matches has been the club's worst sequence of form on the road for ten years, after the club's season collapsed in the wake of Russell Slade's dismissal at the tail end of the 2008-09 season.

Way leaves the club just two points off the relegation zone, and with Macclesfield Town having a game in hand that could see them overtake the Glovers. As a consequence, the decision the Board of Directors have taken today will not be a controversial one - the main question will be why it was left so late in the season for the change to be made. Hopefully though, it will give the club a chance to crawl over the finish line during the final seven matches of the season.


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24 March 2019 : Darren Way Sacked As First Team Manager
Yeovil Town have finally parted company with first team manager Darren Way today. After three years and three months in charge of the club, he has been dismissed 189 matches into his reign.

Way leaves the club in 22nd place in the League Two table, and two points off relegation. Neale Marmon has been placed in charge until further notice as Caretaker Manager.

More to follow later.


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24 March 2019 : Video : Milton Keynes Dons vs Yeovil Town Two Minute Highlights
For those who want to watch YouTube-based highlights of Saturday afternoon's 2-0 defeat against Milton Keynes Dons, these are now available online. In just over two minutes worth of footage, you'll find both goals from Ryan Harley and Chuks Aneke, along with the best of the action from that game. Watch via the clip below.




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24 March 2019 : Darren Way's Verdict On The Milton Keynes Dons Game
Following Saturday afternoon's 2-0 defeat against Milton Keynes Dons at Stadium MK, 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 match, and views on his future at the club can be read in full, via the link below.

Link: Darren Way's Verdict On The Milton Keynes Dons Game.


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23 March 2019 : Video : Milton Keynes Dons vs Yeovil Town Match Highlights
For those who want to watch match highlights of Saturday's 2-0 defeat against Milton Keynes Dons, these are now available online. There is one-and-a-half minute's worth of Sky Sports footage linked below, that shows the goals from Ryan Harley and Chuks Aneke. They also give you two chances that fell to Francois Zoko - with one in each half. Watch via the link below.

Link: Sky Sports : Milton Keynes Dons vs Yeovil Town Match Highlights.


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23 March 2019 : Darren Way Insists Nothing Has Changed In Relegation Battle After Dons Defeat
Yeovil Town manager Darren Way insisted that 'nothing has changed' in terms of the challenge that the club faces, in their fight to avoid relegation, and his own position as manager. The Glovers slipped to a 2-0 defeat against Milton Keynes Dons on Saturday afternoon, with goals from Ryan Harley and Chuks Aneke condemning Yeovil to their tenth defeat in their last twelve matches, leaving them just two points off the relegation zone.

With seven games left of the 2018-19 season, Yeovil Town have gradually slid down the table, from the top seven position they briefly held during mid-September, and are now involved in what appears to be a three-team battle to avoid relegation, with Macclesfield Town and Notts County below them. Despite the club's form showing no sign of improvement, Way insisted after the game that the focus that he had wouldn't be altered by today's defeat:

"We're outside the relegation (zone) and I've been used to this situation. We've always gone to the last three games, and from that point of view, nothing has changed. It's going to go all the way. It's going to go to the wire. As I've said, there's going to be mental toughness and the players have to make sure they stay strong, focus on the positives today and keep believing. I've had that for three years, so nothing changes now. I have to stay confident in myself, to manage the football club, because I've got a huge responsibility. As a leader, I know what the challenge was when I signed up to this, and making sure that we stay in the Football League. Nothing changes, because I've been involved in this before. My staff have been involved in that, and we've always gone down to the wire. That's where we are."

During the second half Yeovil Town threatened to create a path back into the game, notably just before the hour mark when Francois Zoko flashed a shot wide of the target, after Alex Dobre had set him up. That came during his side's best spell of the game, but ultimately Milton Keynes took back control, finishing the match strongly as Aneke's superb solo goal gave the home side all three points. Way said that Zoko had apologised after the game for his miss, but said that he felt his players gave everything overall:

"He said in the dressing room there, that he apologised for missing that chance and not taking that opportunity. But that's where we are. MK Dons are a good team. They tested us at times, but I thought that overall the players gave everything, and that's the main thing. They had drive, determination, spirit. I thought we played some very good football at times and we had some good chances. I said to the players, don't drop your heads. I've been in that dressing room and I know what they're going through. Every day is going to be a challenge - a mental and physical challenge, because I know how hard a relegation battle is. They've got to see drive, determination and passion from the manager, and that's what I'm going to do, because it's not their fault. We can blame the players, but we've some players in there for which it's a new experience. As I've said, this has been five years."


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23 March 2019 : Glovers Trust Call On Darren Way To 'Do The Right Thing' And Step Down
The Glovers Trust have tonight issued a statement, in the wake of Yeovil Town's 2-0 defeat against Milton Keynes Dons. With the result leaving the club two points off the relegation zone, and on a run of four consecutive defeats, with ten losses in the last twelve games, the Trust have called on manager Darren Way to resign his position, as well as making clear that the current and future Board of Directors and Owners should also be looking at the same situation.

The statement from the Glovers Trust reads as follows:

"It is with great regret that we feel we need to speak out, but under the circumstances there is no other choice. The Glovers Trust has always been focussed on 'off the pitch' problems, because we've always felt that they were the biggest ones to tackle. We don't feel particularly comfortable about having to change our stance, and are not planning to make a habit of it. However, in this instance we need to say clearly, but respectfully, a change of first team management is needed.

"With the club just two points above the relegation zone, with Macclesfield having a game in hand, the time is now to act in order to preserve our Football League status.

"That status is the most important reason - in fact that status is vital! There are of course other considerations. At this time of great change, we actually don't want Darren Way's legacy to be tarnished. As a player, Darren's role in the club's rise into the Football League was a significant one. We haven't forgotten that, and it's more than just a fond memory; it's the stuff of Green and White legend.

"Regardless of anyone's past, what is needed now are results and they are needed fast to avoid relegation. We've already reached out to Rob Couhig and Mark Palmer and expressed our view. While we can certainly emphathise with the unenviable situation they are in at the moment, we still urge the club's management - current and future - as well as Darren Way himself, to come together and do what is best for the future of Yeovil Town.

"To Darren, we also say this. This is not personal. In fact, we firmly believe you've tried your best in often difficult circumstances. In past seasons it's been enough but at the moment, it doesn't look like it will be the same this time. Please do the right thing and allow someone else to try to get the club away from the relegation zone."

The Board of the Glovers Trust.


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23 March 2019 : Man of the Match Voting for Milton Keynes Dons vs Yeovil Town
If you watched Saturday's 2-0 defeat against Milton Keynes Dons at Stadium MK, 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 Milton Keynes Dons vs Yeovil Town.


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23 March 2019 : MK Dons 2 Yeovil 0 : Losing Run Continues For Struggling Glovers
Yeovil Town went down to their tenth defeat in the last twelve matches, as promotion-chasing Milton Keynes Dons picked up a 2-0 victory on their home soil. The Glovers went behind early on during the first half through former Exeter City player Ryan Harley, who fired home from the edge of the box for a 13th minute lead. But after Yeovil tried to work their way back into the match during the second period, the crucial moment came eight minutes from time when Chuks Aneke scored a superb solo goal to finish the game off, and leave the Glovers just two points off the drop, with Macclesfield Town drawing to pull a point closer.

The Glovers went into the match making six changes to their starting line-up, along with numerous other positional changes, to present almost a brand new outfield. Gabriel Rogers got his first Football League start, whilst Carl Dickinson, Jake Gray and Gary Warren came in from the cold. They lined up in a 4-3-3 formation, against a Milton Keynes side that saw Kieran Agard play as a lone striker, as former Glover Lawson D'Ath sat on the bench as an unused substitute.

Two tame attempts on goal at either end opened the chances on goal, with Kieran Agard giving Nathan Baxter an easy touch of the ball, whilst Francois Zoko's header went straight into Lee Nicholls' arms from a Gabriel Rogers cross. But the Glovers were having to put in a number of late defensive blocks, notably when Bevis Mugabi stopped a Dean Lewington shot, sending the ball out for a corner.

Based on the early play, it wasn't too surprising when the home side took the lead. A free kick into the box was only half cleared, with the ball falling to Ryan Harley on the edge of the box. He fired through a crowd of players, and into the bottom right hand corner, giving Nathan Baxter little chance of getting a hand on the ball, as the Glovers fell 1-0 down.

Milton Keynes were forced into an early change, as Alex Gilbey was forced off injured, with Conor McGrandles replacing him. The Glovers back four were getting very little possession, as they were picked apart with ease, whether down the flanks or through the middle, with the midfield offering little protection for them. Ryan Harley almost had a second goal when Josh Grant slipped inside the box, giving the attacker room to shoot, but his angled attempt was saved by Nathan Baxter.

Yeovil were offering little up front, with Francois Zoko incredibly isolated in the 4-3-3 as the two supporting players hugged the touchline. They achieved little in the way of attacking chances, with a Tom James free kick going around 15 foot over the crossbar, quickly followed by an Alex Dobre attempt that was almost as wayward. Zoko was doing better than them in terms of his direction, but when he twisted and turned inside the box to get himself room, the only player in an attacking position was himself, and he couldn't quite pull off the shot, as Nicholls saved again.

The home side finished the half with two deserved bookings - David Wheeler for an awful tackle on Jake Gray that a few other referees could have dished out a red for, whilst Jake Hesketh's dive inside the box was laughable for a team that were in good control of the game - there was no need for him to try to con the referee. Despite their domination, presumably Paul Tisdale felt he needed to make a half time change, with Wheeler withdrawn - maybe to protect himself - as Chuks Aneke entered the scene as a second striker.

Conor McGrandles and Kieran Agard got early chances for Milton Keynes during the second half, with McGrandles denied by a sliding tackle from Carl Dickinson that took the ball out for a corner, whilst Gary Warren deflected Agard's effort in the same direction. But Yeovil were a little brighter and more attack minded during the second period, and they really should have forced a shock equaliser when Alex Dobre's wing play saw a left-wing cross to Francois Zoko. Unfortunately for him, the striker's first time shot sliced off his boot and a yard wide of the target, continuing his poor run of form this season.

Just past the hour mark, two changes were made, with Zoko coming off, along with an out of sorts Tom James. They were replaced by Alex Fisher and Ryan Seager, as the Glovers revised their formation to play with two up front, with Gabriel Rogers playing a more central role in behind the front two, as a 4-3-1-2. The change appeared to upset the home team, as Matt Worthington shot wide, whilst a Rogers corner kick saw Lee Nicholls entirely miss the ball, with only a crowd of defenders stopping Yeovil from getting their boot on the ball for what was for a short time a gaping net.

Sadly that 15 to 20 minute period of Glovers pressurisation didn't last. Milton Keynes began to suss out the new shape Yeovil were operating, regained control of the ball, and began to take play back into the other half of the pitch. Given that brief positive spell, the game's clinching goal eight minutes from time was an extreme disappointment. From wide on the right flank, Chuks Aneke danced his way across the face of the penalty box, reaching the left side of the area, before giving himself room to fire home for that crucial 2-0 lead.

That was pretty much it, with Yeovil having run out of steam, in a game that overall they deserved to lose, even if Zoko's main effort could have made things more interesting. Defeat leaves them just two points away from the relegation zone, with them now on a run of form that has seen them lose ten of their last twelve games. Deeply rooted in 22nd place in the table, the single point for Macclesfield Town pushes Yeovil slightly closer to the danger zone, and you start to wonder where the next point is coming from.

Link: 2018-19 Latest League Two Table.

Final Score: Milton Keynes Dons 2 Yeovil Town 0.

Scorers: Ryan Harley (1-0, 13 mins), Chuks Aneke (2-0, 82 mins)

Milton Keynes Dons:
1 Lee Nicholls
16 Russell Martin 25 Callum Brittain 4 Joe Walsh 3 Dean Lewington
8 Alex Gilbey 24 Jordan Houghton
21 David Wheeler 33 Ryan Harley 11 Jake Hesketh
14 Kieran Agard

Substitutes:
6 Ousseynou Cissé (71 mins for Callum Brittain) 7 Ryan Watson 10 Chuks Aneke (46 mins for David Wheeler) 18 Conor McGrandles (15 mins for Alex Gilbey) 19 Robbie Simpson 20 Lawson D'Ath 22 Stuart Moore

Yeovil Town:
12. Nathan Baxter
21. Josh Grant 5. Bevis Mugabi 4. Gary Warren (Capt) 3. Carl Dickinson
8. Matt Worthington 23. Tom James 10. Jake Gray
15. Gabriel Rogers 13. Francois Zoko 25. Alex Dobre

Substitutes:
1. Stuart Nelson (GK) 2. Adel Gafaiti 9. Alex Fisher (61 mins for Francois Zoko) 16. Tristan Abrahams 18. Yoann Arquin 26. Daniel Ojo (68 mins for Carl Dickinson) 27. Ryan Seager (61 mins for Tom James)

Milton Keynes Dons Bookings: David Wheeler (foul, 38 mins), Jake Hesketh (diving, 43 mins)

Yeovil Bookings: None

Milton Keynes Dons Match Statistics: Possession: 58%; Shots: 15; Shots On Target: 4; Corners: 6; Fouls: 9.

Yeovil Match Statistics: Possession: 42%; Shots: 11; Shots On Target: 3; Corners: 4; Fouls: 11.

Referee: Andy Woolmer (Northamptonshire). Assistants: Adrian Waters (London) and James Mainwaring (Lancashire). Fourth Official: Darren England (South Yorkshire).

Attendance: 7,593 (with 345 Yeovil Town supporters)


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23 March 2019 : Team News For Milton Keynes Dons vs Yeovil Town
Yeovil Town have named their starting line-up for this afternoon's League Two match against Milton Keynes Dons at Stadium MK. Middlesbrough loanee Alex Pattison suffered another back problem during last weekend's match, whilst Courtney Duffus and Omar Sowunmi are also injured. In come Gary Warren, Bevis Mugabi, Jake Gray and also Gabriel Rogers, who makes his first league start for the club.

Rhys Browne (hamstring), Alex Pattison (back), Courtney Duffus (unspecified) and Omar Sowunmi (unspecified) are the injury absentees. Midfielder Sessi D'Almeida serves the second of a two match suspension. Craig Alcock and Alefe Santos are not selected but are believed to be fit.

The team this afternoon lines up as follows:

Yeovil Town:
12. Nathan Baxter
21. Josh Grant 5. Bevis Mugabi 4. Gary Warren (Capt) 3. Carl Dickinson
8. Matt Worthington 23. Tom James 10. Jake Gray
15. Gabriel Rogers 13. Francois Zoko 25. Alex Dobre

Substitutes:
1. Stuart Nelson (GK) 2. Adel Gafaiti 9. Alex Fisher 16. Tristan Abrahams 18. Yoann Arquin 26. Daniel Ojo 27. Ryan Seager


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23 March 2019 : Academy Striker In LFE Goal Of The Month List
Yeovil Town Academy striker Neville Nzembela has had his February goal for the Under-18s included in a Goal Of The Month highlights reel. Currently on loan at Paulton Rovers, Nzembela's goal was scored against AFC Wimbledon in the Youth Alliance Merit League, and saw his forward run completed by a superb strike from outside the penalty area.

He is one of eight players highlighted by the LFE (League Football Education) body, which provides some of the oversight for Football League sides that enrol their players onto Scholarships at local colleges. Their choice of goals are as follows:

Kieran Cummings, NOTTS COUNTY v Lincoln City
Luke Haines, SWINDON TOWN v Portsmouth
MacKenzie O’Neill, WIGAN ATHLETIC v Accrington Stanley
Jenson Wright, MILTON KEYNES DONS v Forest Green Rovers
Neville Nzembela, YEOVIL TOWN v AFC Wimbledon
Camron McWilliams, NORTHAMPTON TOWN v Oxford United
Jason Knight, DERBY COUNTY v Middlesbrough
Lewis Simper, CAMBRIDGE UNITED v Leyton Orient

All eight goals can be watched via the video below.




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23 March 2019 : Officials For Milton Keynes Dons vs Yeovil Town
Officials for the League Two match between Milton Keynes Dons and Yeovil Town have been published by the Football League. The match takes place on Saturday 23rd March 2019, with a 3.00p.m. kick-off at Stadium MK. The man in charge of the fixture will be referee Andy Woolmer (Northamptonshire). Mr Woolmer was a regular in our non-league days, but meetings have thinned out somewhat since we've got into the Football League.

Two of these matches were in the 2005-06 season. One was the 2-0 win over Ipswich Town in the League Cup, where he had a good game that night. However, we were less happy about his performance in the 0-1 home defeat against Scunthorpe United where we described him as "a candidate for the worst official to visit Huish Park this season" - not a good accolade given that the game took place at the tail end of that season. Our report said that "it's difficult to imagine one official being so constantly berated by supporters throughout an entire game" with the Northamptonshire official in general favouring the 'easy' decisions throughout the match, rather than the 'big' ones that might have turned the game.

We nearly had Mr Woolmer for an FA Cup First Round match against Stockport County during the 2008-09 season, but by the time the game took place, he had been replaced. We then had him for a home match against Brentford in January 2011 - five bookings but nothing that got a mention in our match report. He also turned up down in Devon for a Paint Pot Trophy game against Torquay United. The match finished 2-2, with the Glovers winning on penalties, and we can't recall anything too bad about his performance.

Then there was the February 2014 home game against Millwall - again five bookings, but again nothing that made us get too angry with him. Later that season he was present for a March 2015 home game against Bristol City. A 0-3 home defeat might have seen us trying to pin the blame on someone else, but with City being worthy Champions that season, it was more of a case of 'mind the gap' rather than anything the officials were doing.

During the 2015-16 season, he was present for the October 2015 League Two match against Dagenham and Redbridge. That match became a game of two halves, as Yeovil came from two goals down to draw 2-2. The referee's involvement in the game was fairly minimal, with just one booking, and little controversy all round - it had been a half time double substitution and a formation change that had sparked the comeback.

The most recent encounter came during the 2017-18 season when he looked after the 1-1 draw against Barnet in October 2017. He didn't have the greatest of games overall. Both sides could have had penalties. Barnet's shout came at the end of the first half when he awarded Mauro Vilhete a free kick just outside the box - on the one hand we weren't convinced it was a free kick, but on the other hand, the challenge by Connor Smith looked to be inside the area. Right at the end of the game, Rhys Browne went down inside the box after Charlie Clough left a leg dangling. The possible case was that Browne was already on his way down, but manager Darren Way criticised the referee after the game, accusing him of "poor decision-making" over the incident.

Mr Woolmer will be assisted by Adrian Waters (London) and James Mainwaring (Lancashire). The Fourth Official will be Darren England (South Yorkshire).

Link: August 2005 : Ipswich Town 0 Yeovil Town 2.

Link: April 2006 : Yeovil Town 0 Scunthorpe United 1.

Link: January 2011 : Yeovil Town 2 Brentford 0.

Link: October 2012 : Torquay United 2 Yeovil Town 2.

Link: February 2014 : Yeovil Town 1 Millwall 1.

Link: March 2015 : Yeovil Town 0 Bristol City 3.

Link: October 2015 : Yeovil Town 2 Dagenham and Redbridge 2.

Link: October 2017 : Barnet 1 Yeovil Town 1.


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22 March 2019 : Free Tickets For Juniors For The Newport County Game
Yeovil Town will be undertaking a special ticketing offer for Junior supporters for the League Two home match against Newport County. The match takes place on Saturday 30th March 2019, with a 3.00p.m. kick-off at Huish Park, and all spectators aged Under-16 will be able to obtain admittance FREE of charge.

It's not confirmed at this stage, but our assumption is that you will need to still obtain a ticket for the game, which will be more relevant to those in a seated part of the ground. If anyone has already purchased a Junior ticket for this match, they can get a refund on the value from the Huish Park Ticket Office.

Link: Ticketing For Milton Keynes vs Yeovil Town.

Link: GWSC Travel 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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22 March 2019 : Darren Way Previews The Milton Keynes Dons Away Game
As part of the build-up to the League Two match against Milton Keynes Dons on Saturday, Yeovil Town manager Darren Way spoke to the BBC about the game. In an interview for BBC Somerset, Darren gives his views on the performances against Port Vale and Macclesfield Town, how he has been dealing with the players, and his views on facing a side at the other end of the table. Read that interview via the link below.

Link: Darren Way Speaks To The BBC As Part Of The Build-Up To Milton Keynes Dons.


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22 March 2019 : Latics Go Wild Again For Scholes Replacement
League Two side Oldham Athletic have made the decision to bring back Pete Wild as their Head Coach until the end of the 2018-19 season. The Academy coach had been used to great effect at the turn of the year when he was given the Caretaker Manager's job at Boundary Park, in the wake of Frankie Bunn's dismissal just after Boxing Day. However, Wild took a step back when former Manchester United midfielder Paul Scholes arrived at the club, for what was to be merely a 31 day spell in charge of the Latics, before he resigned his position.

Wild is now back again, with a commitment to manage the first team for their final eight matches of the season. His previous eight delivered four wins, one draw and three defeats, with one of those victories being an FA Cup Third Round shock against Fulham that suddenly put the self-professed Oldham fan into the spotlight. The 34 year old will now be in charge on Saturday for their match against Grimsby Town.

Meanwhile Oldham Athletic's owner Abdallah Lemsagam has threatened legal action against unnamed parties, concerning some of the reporting of Scholes's decision to leave Boundary Park just seven matches into his eighteen month contract. Within a day of Scholes leaving, various tabloid newspapers printed allegations that the former manager had to deal with scenarios such as the team bus not turning up for a match due to non-payment, and the gas being turned off at Boundary Park, leaving players having to take their own kit home to be washed.

Lemsagam denies all that, and says he did not interfere with Scholes' team selection, as reported, and said that he only learned of the manager's plans to resign from the club via a WhatsApp message, rather than Scholes bringing his issues to the table for him to discuss:

"It's a pity because to just send a WhatsApp was a little bit hard, not only for me but for the club. We will try to convince him to come back. I tried to call him many times but he did not answer. It's a pity how it came out but we wish him luck. He is a really good man and maybe will be a good manager in the future. I was away for something like three weeks, 21 days. How can I interfere with his job when I am away in Dubai seeing my family? The only time I talked to him (Scholes) was about a player and whether to keep him or not. He told me he was happy to let him go. You will see it (newspaper reports) is a lie and is damaging the club. I am looking at this with my lawyer because I am not going to let someone write lies about the club."

The Moroccan former football agent claims to have invested more than £5 million into Oldham since buying the club in January 2018. However, he has developed a bit of a reputation for interference in the club's operations, and has so far seen three managers go out the door, along with the two temporary spells that Pete Wild has stepped in for.


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22 March 2019 : Ciderspace Guide To Milton Keynes Dons
Saturday afternoon sees Yeovil Town travel to Buckinghamshire where they will face Milton Keynes Dons at Stadium MK for the first time in four years. As a result, you'll find the Ciderspace guide has been updated to cover ticketing, travel, a pub guide and club statistics. Find it via the link below.

Link: Ciderspace Guide To Milton Keynes Dons.

Link: Ticketing For Milton Keynes vs Yeovil Town.

Link: GWSC Travel For Milton Keynes vs Yeovil Town.

The West side of the stadium at Milton Keynes
The West side of the stadium at Milton Keynes (as of 2010).
Photo © 2010-19 Ciderspace



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21 March 2019 : Football League Transfer Window Changes For The 2019-20 Season Expected
The Football League have announced that their 72 member clubs have provisionally given support for the summer transfer window to be split in terms of how it is applied across divisions ahead of the 2019-20 season. Prior the 2018-19 season, the League introduced a two-stage transfer window, covering permanent transfers and loan transfers, that covered all three divisions. It now seems likely that Championship clubs will be backing a one transfer window, set near the start of the season, whilst League One and League Two clubs will agree a deadline of the end of the month.

For the 2019-20 season, the proposal is that all transfers of players to Championship clubs - whether permanent or loan - will need to be registered by Thursday August 8th 2019. League One and League Two clubs will have until August 31st 2019 to conclude their permanent or loan transfers. Last season's method of having different dates for loan and permanent deals will be scrapped, meaning each club has a single deadline to wrestle with.

The idea of the early transfer window deadline was to allow clubs to align themselves with the Premier League, who had requested an early closure of the window, to stop players being unsettled once the season started. However, whilst Football League sides agreed during the 2018-19 season to align themselves with the Premier League, they requested additional time to conclude loan deals as they were drip-fed down from Premier League sides. It appears that encountered criticism from clubs, because the side effect was that Premier League clubs delayed loan deals until after their own season started, leaving some EFL clubs unsure whether to go for a permanent signing or to wait in the hope that the loan deal came through.

The revised model will bring each division back to a single transfer deadline day. It will still be possible for League One and League Two sides to recruit from higher division clubs after the Premier League and Championship windows close - the rule will be enforced from the point of view of incoming signings, rather than any outgoing movement.

As February's EFL vote was non-binding, the League have stated that there will be an EGM called for all 72 member clubs in April, to formally vote the change into the 2019-20 season rulebook.


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21 March 2019 : Darren Way Believes People Have Short Memories With Tom James Set Piece Skills
Yeovil Town manager Darren Way claimed that fans have got a 'short memory' when assessing the form of defender Tom James. The former Cardiff City defender has had a mixed time of late, having sat out four matches following a sending off against Cheltenham Town that was his second dismissal of the 2018-19 season. Wrapped around those matches that he missed, the 22 year old has struggled to maintain the accuracy of his free kicks that have heavily contributed to the six goals that he's scored this season, with his last goal coming through an open-play header just over two months ago.

James did get some heckling during last Saturday's 0-2 defeat against Macclesfield Town, after a free kick late on in the game was blasted high and wide of the target. With the game already lost, that didn't affect the outcome of the match, but contributed to a 90 minute spectacle that was poor from the point of view of Glovers fans. Way also singled out James for criticism after the game, admitting that after some of the attempts on goal "you start to ask what's going through a player's mind", drawing attention to the player's desire and commitment to the club.

Speaking four days later, Way has changed his focus somewhat, telling BBC Somerset that he still regards James as a 'top class' player, and told BBC Somerset that he was confident that he had not 'lost the dressing room' in some of the body language and play that has been shown over the Macclesfield and Port Vale fixtures:

"Tom James is a top class player. Tom James is going to have a bright future. To see him, and the frustrations that were aimed towards him, we haven't had someone at the football club that's scored free kicks like he's scored. That's where people have got a short memory. I have to make sure that I bring him back. That's what I think I've done now for a number of years. Tom James is only 22 years of age. So when you look at a player that you know you've got a good relationship with, and you know you've got a good bond, you know they're honest because I've worked with them for a long time. For it to look like for the supporters, that the manager has lost the dressing room, I know that's not true. So I have to make sure that I understand, and pick them up, and get them enjoying it."

Way has maintained his position that he believes the pressure of those two 'six pointer' games had got to his players, and believes that against Lincoln City he saw a better performance as the players were not expected to win the game. Once again, he turned his attention to 'social media', claiming that the players had been affected by what they read on those platforms ahead of those games:

"I feel with the two games - Port Vale, it was a must-win game, or supposedly what they would have been reading on social media. Exactly the same for Macclesfield. I think those two games where we weren't the underdogs, I feel as a group we just couldn't handle that. Lincoln was a little bit different, even Cambridge to a certain extent. We were the underdogs, and they were above us. That's what I took from those two games and it's probably the hardest that I've had to work as a manager over a period of two or three days, to make sure that I manage the group, because of the high emotions and the noise that's going around at the moment."


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20 March 2019 : Macclesfield Court Case Adjourned Over Unpaid Debt
League Two side Macclesfield Town had to attend a High Court session today, after a winding up order was submitted against them. The Silkmen are reported to have had their case adjourned until May 2019, with £16,000 being owed, according to a Bolton Wanderers fans' group that were attending the same session on behalf of their club today.

The Guardian newspaper reports that Macclesfield were given more time to pay, as they had settled some of their outstanding debts, whilst had agreed terms with another creditor. The exact date for their new court session has not been revealed as yet, but would give the division's 23rd placed side at least six weeks to resolve their issues. Macclesfield were known to have paid staff late during January and February - as yet there's no indication of this problem continuing into March.

Matters are less stable for Championship side Bolton Wanderers. They were in court as part of the same session, with an unpaid tax bill of £1.2 million at the heart of their problems. They have been given until April 3rd to provide the Court with an update, with HMRC having brought the action against them. Current owner Ken Anderson has 94.5% of the club's shares, and this week Bolton confirmed that a Cheshire-based consortium had withdrawn. They claimed in court that they were in talks with a second buyer and expected to be able to provide a commitment within the next 14 days. The court was told that the would-be buyer currently owns a stake in another football club, and so needs more time to relinquish control of that club before taking on any stake in Bolton.

Bolton's situation is complicated by the fact that League Two side Forest Green Rovers have announced they are taking legal action against Bolton for breach of contract. The Gloucestershire side are proceeding after the transfer of striker Christian Doidge collapsed in January, with Bolton unable to make payment for the player they took on a loan deal during August 2018. Forest Green have since taken Doidge back, and are fielding him in their league fixtures, with Bolton apparently unable to pay the permanent transfer fee, which had been in excess of £1 million, with the first stage payment of £250,000 due in January 2019. Forest Green are also suing for Bolton's failure to pay Doidge's wages during his four months on loan there.


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19 March 2019 : Ladies Scale Back Operations With Part Time Plans Likely
FAWSL1 side Yeovil Town Ladies are reported to be making cutback that could lead to them reverting to a part-time status at the end of the 2018-19 season. The BBC Sport website states that there have been some cashflow issues recently that have led to them making three off-field personnel redundant in an attempt to rein in costs. They have also had to ask the Football Association for help, to bring forward a scheduled payment to the club, to ensure that there were no issues in completing the current campaign.

The BBC indicate that the problems relate to lower than expected turnover - i.e. income into the club. One of the issues that the club have faced this season has been that they have staged all of their matches at Dorchester Town's Avenue Stadium, leaving them 20 miles from their natural home, and with a third party to pay for usage of the stadium on commercial terms. They probably won't have been helped by their league position, which currently sees them bottom of FAWSL1, and five points short of safety.

The Ladies team has spent much of this season trying to defy the odds. The Football Association chose to restructure Ladies football, forcing all clubs to train full time, to obtain a licence to play in FAWSL1, effectively giving a strong hand to those clubs where their budgets are underwritten by their associated men's side. With Yeovil Town Ladies run entirely separately from the main Glovers set-up, and without any financial input, they have been attempting to compete against clubs like Chelsea, Manchester City, Liverpool and Arsenal.

Restructuring of the Ladies game has seen a number of clubs either fold or have to downsize, leading to criticism aimed at the FA. Notts County folded entirely just before the 2017 Spring Series that saw the transition from a summer sport to a winter sport. Sunderland were forced to drop two divisions after they could not afford to meet either the FAWSL1 or FAWSL2 criteria, whilst Sheffield FC and Doncaster Rovers Belles both decided to drop a level from their divisions to try to fit in with the new demands laid down by the authorities. At the other end of the scale, Manchester United were parachuted straight into the second tier, and may find themselves in the top tier next season. The end result is that the FA are attempting to engineer a match-up with the 'big guns' in the men's Premier League division in order to obtain more exposure and sponsorship.

That is likely to come at the expense of Yeovil Town Ladies, who had been by far the smallest club in the top level this season. It would seem likely that even if they can pull off a miracle on the field of play, that their change to a part time outfit would see them relegated for the 2019-20 season. However, the Ladies have stressed that they are fully committed to the future of their football club:

"The FA have been extremely supportive and we are working closely with them to bring about a positive resolution to these issues. We remain committed to delivering girls and Women's Football for the community in the South West."

It's worth stressing that the current developments have no connection with the state of the men's club, nor the current Boardroom takeover. Since the formation of the FA Women's Super League, the Ladies have been constituted and run entirely separately from the men's club, to the extent that they were even charged for the stadium usage of Huish Park when they staged matches at that venue.


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19 March 2019 : All Quiet On The International Front
Having had matches postponed earlier in the season, due to international call-ups, all the signs are that they will go into this weekend's match against Milton Keynes Dons without any such issues. The home match against the Buckinghamshire side was one of those fixtures that was moved due to the Glovers having a sufficient number of call-ups to postpone that Saturday game, but there is no visible reason why the game at Stadium MK should be in any threat.

Midfielder Sessi D'Almeida would be suspended for the League Two match on Saturday, but he has not been named in the Benin squad that will be playing Togo on Sunday 24th March. There's no reason given for his exclusion, but it is likely that having missed the whole of February and most of March with a shoulder injury, that either Yeovil or Benin were not willing to see him used in that fixture.

There had been some suggestions that winger Alex Dobre might be included in the Romania Under-21s squad for this weekend, with them due to play matches against Spain and Denmark over the weekend. However, their announced squad did not include the AFC Bournemouth loanee, and although there have been two drop-outs from the initial squad, Dobre's name has not appeared on the revised list. He does have five caps for his country at that level, but it would seem he has been overlooked on this occasion.

Uganda Cranes are due to play Tanzania on Sunday 24th March. Defender Bevis Mugabi has not been selected for their squad during the 2018-19 season, and so it's not the biggest of surprises to see him left out of the squad. That just leaves Antigua and Barbuda, who are due to play Curacao on March 25th. Normally Rhys Browne would be part of their squad. However, he picked up a hamstring injury during last Tuesday's match against Port Vale, and reports on BBC local radio around last weekend's match suggested it was doubtful Browne would play again this season. Hence, that would strongly imply that even if he was called up that he would have to immediately withdraw from the squad.

The club did have Middlesbrough and Luxembourg defender Enes Mahmoutovic on their books earlier this season, whilst Shaun Donnellan had been a regular for Republic of Ireland Under-21s. However, both have since left Huish Park, and so don't figure in the reckoning.


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19 March 2019 : Fifth Academy Scholar Heads Out On Loan
Yeovil Town Academy midfielder Tyrique Clarke has become the fifth player at that level to go out on loan. He has joined Southern League Premier Division South side Poole Town on a month's loan, arriving last Thursday at Tatnam Farm. The former AFC Wimbledon Academy player is a first year scholar at Huish Park, and the Dolphins threw him straight into their squad for the home match against Merthyr Town on Saturday.

Tyrique made a good impact, coming on as a 76th minute substitute and providing a strong left wing run in the 88th minute that allowed James Constable to latch onto his cross for Poole's final goal of the afternoon, in a match that they won 3-1. Former Glovers left-back Jake Smeeton had also scored earlier in the match, keeping them in fifth place in their League table, and crucially the final play-off spot. Merthyr's side had two familiar substitutes, both of whom got onto the pitch - former Yeovil Town winger Owain Jones and 38 year old player-manager Gavin Williams.

Many of Yeovil Town's more senior scholars are currently getting first team experience elsewhere. Midfielder/defender Lewis Dix, striker Neville Nzembela and midfielder/winger Nestor Shako who are all on loan at Paulton Rovers. Meanwhile Tom Hayes joined Western League Division One side Wincanton Town just under two weeks ago.


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18 March 2019 : Supporter Alliance Meeting : February 2019 Minutes
Last month, the Supporters Alliance Group held their first meeting of 2019. They discussed a range of issues at the February meeting, including stadium maintenance, next season's shirts and season ticket packages, and an issue the DSA had during a New Year's Day bucket collection. The full minutes are archived via the link below.

Link: Supporters Alliance Group : Supporter Alliance Meeting : Wednesday 6th February 2019.


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18 March 2019 : Darren Way Talks About Macclesfield Town Home Team Selection
Just before Saturday afternoon's League Two match against Macclesfield Town kicked off at Huish Park, Yeovil Town manager Darren Way spoke to the BBC about the game. With questions from local journalist Chris Spittles, in an interview for BBC Somerset, Darren gives his views on the addition of Francois Zoko and Alex Fisher to the squad, the changed role for Tristan Abrahams, and the form of Tom James, plus views on the weather conditions and the opposition. Read that interview in full, via the link below.

Link: Darren Way Speaks To The BBC After The 0-2 Defeat Against Macclesfield Town.


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17 March 2019 : Video : Yeovil Town vs Macclesfield Town Two Minute Highlights
For those who want to watch YouTube-based highlights of Saturday afternoon's 0-2 defeat against Macclesfield Town, these are now available online. In just over two minutes worth of footage, you'll find both Silkmen goals. There's also two first half efforts from Alex Fisher that see him hit the post and have a header cleared off the line, along with an Alex Dobre acrobatic attempt. There's also a late Ryan Seager shot that is included. Watch via the clip below.




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16 March 2019 : Darren Way's Verdict On The Macclesfield Town Home Game
Following Saturday afternoon's 0-2 defeat against Macclesfield Town at Huish Park, Yeovil Town manager Darren Way spoke to the BBC about the game. With questions from local journalist Chris Spittles, in an interview for BBC Somerset, Darren's verdict on the defeat, his team's performance and his own position as manager can be read in full, via the link below.

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


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16 March 2019 : Video : Yeovil Town vs Macclesfield Town Match Highlights
For those who want to watch the highlights from Saturday's match against Macclesfield Town, these are now available online. There is just under two minutes worth of Sky Sports footage linked below, that shows both goals from the 0-2 defeat, but also gives you an early opportunity for Alex Fisher that struck the post, and another Fisher effort that was cleared offthe line. They also show an Alex Dobre volley that was well saved. Watch via the link below.

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


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16 March 2019 : Yeovil 0 Macclesfield 2 : Third Defeat Leaves Glovers Sliding Closer To Relegation Line
Yeovil Town crashed to their second damaging defeat inside a week, as relegation rivals Macclesfield Town did the double over them, with a 0-2 win at Huish Park. The Silkmen took advantage in the midst of a dreadful first half performance that saw James Pearson unmarked inside the box to convert midway through that period. Just beyond the half hour mark, Harry Smith extended the visitors' lead when he received a cross from former Glovers loanee Reece Cole. Despite having hit the post early on in the game through Alex Fisher, the Glovers ran out of ideas during the second half, in a defeat that leaves them just three points above the drop zone.

The Glovers went into the match making two changes to their starting line-up, with both incoming players going into the forward positions. Francois Zoko and Alex Fisher started, with Courtney Duffus dropping to the bench, whilst a hamstring injury to Rhys Browne meant that Tristan Abrahams dropped into the right-wing position. Macclesfield's line-up included two former Glovers, with Michael Rose and Reece Cole in the centre of midfield.

The early period of the game was a bit of a curate's egg. At the back, the Glovers were edgy and nervous, giving away the ball as they tried to play it out from the back in windy conditions that were in their favour. At the other end, Tom James and Tristan Abrahams tested the conditions, although fired significantly over the bar. However, they did go close when Francois Zoko pulled the ball back for Alex Fisher, with his strike partner hitting the post with the keeper beaten.

That brief spell of good attacking play wasn't going to count for a lot, when Macclesfield took the lead just 18 minutes into the match. A strong run by Ben Stephens wasn't tracked and when he squared the ball for James Pearson, the right wing-back got free passage inside the box to fire his team into a 0-1 lead.

Alex Fisher was the only Yeovil Town player showing significant attacking threat, and he was unfortunate again from an Alefe Santos corner, when his header was cleared off the line by David Fitzpatrick. The same defender had to clear his own lines from the next corner kick, as Yeovil tried to use the conditions to get back into the game. Their attempts were not helped by another injury to Alex Pattison. He pulled up after he tried to go shoulder to shoulder with Michael Rose, with what looked to be a repeat of his back problem. He was replaced by Matt Worthington.

Nathan Baxter had to push a James Pearson cross out for a corner, in what was an open game. But just beyond the half hour mark, the Silkmen extended their lead after a corner was recycled. Former Glover Reece Cole put the ball back into the box and Macclesfield striker Harry Smith fired home to put his team 0-2 up.

Play deteriorated in the lead-up to the half time whistle from a Yeovil point of view, although Alex Dobre did at least get himself a brief foothold in the game, forcing Kieran O'Hara to parry the ball away after he cut inside from the wing. But overall Macclesfield were in acute control of the game, soaking up possession, and even hinting at a third goal, with Harry Smith going close to scoring at the far post as Nathan Baxter struggled to get down in time for his low shot. No surprise that the half time whistle was accompanied by boos and catcalls as the team went down the tunnel.

Manager Darren Way presumably agreed, as he chose to make a half time substitution and a formation change. When you're 2-0 down, taking off a winger/striker and bringing on a defender was unconventional though - it meant Bevis Mugabi came into the back line, as Tom James moved into a defensive midfield position, with Tristan Abrahams sacrificed to provide a 4-3-3 line-up, with Francois Zoko and Alex Dobre as the wide men.

Still Macclesfield continued their control of the match, with Elliott Durrell firing over the bar as sloppy play from Alefe Santos saw him become the latest Yeovil player to give the ball away inside their own half. The change in formation lasted just nine minutes, as Santos was withdrawn, making Ryan Seager the final substitution, lining up in a central position behind the front striker, in a 4-2-3-1 shape.

But Yeovil struggled for creativity during the second period, with Macclesfield running down the clock in a manner that stretched the rulebook, but with them 2-0 up it was hard to blame them. They were close to adding a third when Harry Smith burst through the middle, with only the goalkeeping of Nathan Baxter saving them as Smith tried to go around the Chelsea loanee. The feeling was that Yeovil could have played on until midnight and not scored, and lacked imagination when another Tom James free kick badly cleared the crossbar on a day when the wind and the elements should have worked in his favour. The end result was the game fizzled out, and Yeovil now lie in a clear three-way relegation fight - five points away from the teams above them, but with Macclesfield and Notts County just three points below - crucially, the Silkmen have a game in hand. The last eight games need to produce a better performance than was witnessed at Huish Park today.

Link: 2018-19 Latest League Two Table.

Final Score: Yeovil Town 0 Macclesfield Town 2.

Scorers: James Pearson (0-1, 18 mins), Harry Smith (0-2, 33 mins)

Yeovil Town:
12. Nathan Baxter
23. Tom James 2. Adel Gafaiti 6. Omar Sowunmi (Capt) 21. Josh Grant
16. Tristan Abrahams 17. Alex Pattison 30. Alefe Santos 25. Alex Dobre
9. Alex Fisher 13. Francois Zoko

Substitutes:
1. Stuart Nelson (GK) 5. Bevis Mugabi (46 mins for Tristan Abrahams) 8. Matt Worthington (28 mins for Alex Pattison) 11. Courtney Duffus 18. Yoann Arquin 26. Daniel Ojo 27. Ryan Seager (54 mins for Alefe Santos)

Macclesfield Town:
1 Kieran O'Hara
27 Nathan Cameron 5 Fiacre Kelleher 33 Zak Jules
19 James Pearson 7 Elliott Durrell 24 Michael Rose 30 Reece Cole 3 David Fitzpatrick
15 Ben Stephens
10 Harry Smith

Substitutes:
8 Tyrone Marsh 9 Scott Wilson 14 Miles Welch-Hayes 17 Callum Evans (75 mins for Ben Stephens) 23 Danny Whitaker (90 mins for Reece Cole) 28 Emmanuel Idem 39 Liandro Martis

Yeovil Bookings: Alex Fisher (throwing the ball away, 68 mins), Adel Gafaiti (foul, 78 mins)

Macclesfield Town Bookings: Nathan Cameron (foul, 53 mins), Elliott Durrell (timewasting, 82 mins)

Yeovil Match Statistics: Possession: 34%; Shots: 12; Shots On Target: 3; Corners: 5; Fouls: 8.

Macclesfield Town Match Statistics: Possession: 66%; Shots: 8; Shots On Target: 3; Corners: 8; Fouls: 10.

Referee: Gavin Ward (Surrey). Assistants: John Flynn (Oxfordshire) and Adam Matthews (Gloucestershire). Fourth Official: Lee Swabey (Devon).

Attendance: 2,899 (with 150 Macclesfield Town supporters).


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16 March 2019 : Darren Way Sees Fear And Anxiety From Players In Macclesfield Town Defeat
Yeovil Town manager Darren Way said his team were full of fear and anxiety on Saturday afternoon, as relegation rivals Macclesfield Town picked up a deserved three points at Huish Park. The Glovers paid for a dreadful first half performance that saw James Pearson and Harry Smith seal the points for the Silkmen, leaving them just three points behind Way's side, with a game in hand, as the battle to avoid the drop hots up.

Way's side were badly beaten in Tuesday night's six-pointer against Port Vale, and thus have slumped at exactly the wrong time in the season. The Glovers boss told BBC Somerset after the game that he felt his side were fearful of the ball, and singled out free kick specialist Tom James as a player tht he felt was playing well below his previous performances. He felt that was a concerning situation, given he was happy with the previous weekend's performance against Lincoln City that saw his side lose 1-0 against the League Two leaders:

"In the space of the last two home games, with the Lincoln game being a good performance, to then have an almost non-existent performance and the pressure of the game today, I have to look at what's happened to the team. There's no excuse to want the ball, and I feel perhaps the team looked very fearful. It's almost when I look at a player of Tom James' class, the free kicks that he's been hitting, and now he's struggling to make contact anywhere near the goal, you start to ask what's going through a player's mind at the moment. A relegation battle is very tough and is very demanding. But I have to ask is it desire or is it commitment to the club, or is the pressure too much for the players?"

Way claimed that on social media the match was being bigged up too much in the build-up to the match, and felt that with his players able to view what was being said about the game, that it created anxiety which moved onto the field of play. His plans were to take the players in for additional training, as he believed they were not putting in enough running during games:

"Everyone was making the game a must-win game. I was trying to almost take that down a notch. The players are all on social media, and they're not stupid; they read all the comments. That can create a little bit of anxiety in itself. That's what I've seen today. I've seen a team and a group of players that didn't really want the ball, and that's scary. It's not healthy, but I have to make sure that I find out why. All I am going to do is to make sure that we're in tomorrow, and that we're going to work extremely hard. We're going to run, and we're going to run even more, because I feel over the last two games now, whether it's fear or whether it's anxiety, I expect them to run up and down the pitch, and that's what we're going to do for the next week - we're going to run."


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16 March 2019 : Yeovil 0 Macclesfield 2 : Match Statistics
Yeovil Town crashed to their second damaging defeat inside a week, as relegation rivals Macclesfield Town did the double over them, with a 0-2 win at Huish Park. The Silkmen took advantage in the midst of a dreadful first half performance that saw James Pearson unmarked inside the box to convert midway through that period. Just beyond the half hour mark, Harry Smith extended the visitors' lead when he received a cross from former Glovers loanee Reece Cole. Despite having hit the post early on in the game through Alex Fisher, the Glovers ran out of ideas during the second half, in a defeat that leaves them just three points above the drop zone.

Full report to follow later ....

Link: 2018-19 Latest League Two Table.

Final Score: Yeovil Town 0 Macclesfield Town 2.

Scorers: James Pearson (0-1, 18 mins), Harry Smith (0-2, 33 mins)

Yeovil Town:
12. Nathan Baxter
23. Tom James 2. Adel Gafaiti 6. Omar Sowunmi (Capt) 21. Josh Grant
16. Tristan Abrahams 17. Alex Pattison 30. Alefe Santos 25. Alex Dobre
9. Alex Fisher 13. Francois Zoko

Substitutes:
1. Stuart Nelson (GK) 5. Bevis Mugabi (46 mins for Tristan Abrahams) 8. Matt Worthington (28 mins for Alex Pattison) 11. Courtney Duffus 18. Yoann Arquin 26. Daniel Ojo 27. Ryan Seager (54 mins for Alefe Santos)

Macclesfield Town:
1 Kieran O'Hara
27 Nathan Cameron 5 Fiacre Kelleher 33 Zak Jules
19 James Pearson 7 Elliott Durrell 24 Michael Rose 30 Reece Cole 3 David Fitzpatrick
15 Ben Stephens
10 Harry Smith

Substitutes:
8 Tyrone Marsh 9 Scott Wilson 14 Miles Welch-Hayes 17 Callum Evans (75 mins for Ben Stephens) 23 Danny Whitaker (90 mins for Reece Cole) 28 Emmanuel Idem 39 Liandro Martis

Yeovil Bookings: Alex Fisher (throwing the ball away, 68 mins), Adel Gafaiti (foul, 78 mins)

Macclesfield Town Bookings: Nathan Cameron (foul, 53 mins), Elliott Durrell (timewasting, 82 mins)

Yeovil Match Statistics: Possession: 34%; Shots: 12; Shots On Target: 3; Corners: 5; Fouls: 8.

Macclesfield Town Match Statistics: Possession: 66%; Shots: 8; Shots On Target: 3; Corners: 8; Fouls: 10.

Referee: Gavin Ward (Surrey). Assistants: John Flynn (Oxfordshire) and Adam Matthews (Gloucestershire). Fourth Official: Lee Swabey (Devon).

Attendance: 2,899 (with 150 Macclesfield Town supporters).


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16 March 2019 : Team News For Yeovil Town vs Macclesfield Town
Yeovil Town have named their starting line-up for this afternoon's League Two match against Macclesfield Town at Huish Park. The match sees the Glovers name two changes, compared to the game against Port Vale on Tuesday night. Striker Francois Zoko comes in for Courtney Duffus, whilst Alex Fisher comes in for Rhys Browne allowing Tristan Abrahams to drop deeper onto the wing. That's because Rhys Browne has a hamstring injury.

Gary Warren (hamstring), Rhys Browne (hamstring) and Gabriel Rogers (calf) are the injury absentees. Midfielder Sessi D'Almeida serves the first of a two match suspension. Carl Dickinson, Jake Gray and Craig Alcock are not selected but are believed to be fit.

The team this afternoon lines up as follows:

Yeovil Town:
12. Nathan Baxter
23. Tom James 2. Adel Gafaiti 6. Omar Sowunmi (Capt) 21. Josh Grant
16. Tristan Abrahams 17. Alex Pattison 30. Alefe Santos 25. Alex Dobre
9. Alex Fisher 13. Francois Zoko

Substitutes:
1. Stuart Nelson (GK) 5. Bevis Mugabi 8. Matt Worthington 11. Courtney Duffus 18. Yoann Arquin 26. Daniel Ojo 27. Ryan Seager


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16 March 2019 : Glovers Trust Plans For The Macclesfield Town Home Game
Saturday afternoon sees Yeovil Town play host to Macclesfield Town in a League Two match at Huish Park. The Glovers Trust will be present before the game, using the Gazebo area close to the Ticket Office. You may have seen the 'I AM YTFC' scarf being modelled by prospective owner Rob Couhig last week - the good news is they have a second batch of those on sale tomorrow, so pop by and buy one.

They are also cementing a new membership policy that should aid those wanting to join mid-season. You can also pass on your views on the club's forthcoming ownership. Full details are as shown below:

Match: Macclesfield Town

Trust Presence: Huish Park (by ticket office) - approximately 1:30p.m. to 2:45p.m.

Huish Park Services: Membership renewals, Scarf & Pin Badge Sales.
Arrow Services: 20% discount on pre-match Arrow food orders

Specific Discussion Points of Interest: Membership renewals, Alliance Group progress, Takeover update, Blueprint Feedback.

Other points of note:
We now have fresh stock of the 'I AM YTFC' scarves in stock at present and these will be available for purchase ahead of the game from the Gazebo. The scarf is priced at £5 and can also be purchased online by heading here.

The Trust membership offer remains in place whereby any new memberships, or renewals of lapsed memberships taken out between now and June 30th 2019 will remain valid until the 30th of June 2020, representing 15 months for the price of 12 at this point in time. This offer has also been automatically backdated to any current members who commenced their membership or renewal from January 1st 2019.

From 1st of July 2019, we are planning to run membership terms over an individual 12 month rolling basis, so if, for example, a membership is taken out or renewed on the 15th of August 2019, the membership will not expire until the 14th of August 2020. A new membership administration system has now been identified which we hope will make it easier to manage this process and also provide members with easier ways to pay, such as direct debit and credit card payments. The aim is to have this in place by the 1st of July 2019.


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16 March 2019 : Officials For Yeovil Town vs Macclesfield Town
Officials for the League Two match between Yeovil Town and Macclesfield Town have been published by the Football League. The match takes place on Saturday 16th March 2019, with a 3.00p.m. kick-off at Huish Park. The man in charge of the fixture will be referee Gavin Ward (Surrey). Mr Ward grew up officiating in the Kent and Isthmian Leagues, starting at the age of 13. For the 2007 Carling Cup Final he was the first match official to be appointed as "reserve assistant" (effectively a 5th official) in a major domestic Cup Final.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Matters were less eventful for the more recent pair. He took charge of the February 2018 EFL Trophy tie against Fleetwood Town. We won the quarter-final tie 3-2 and as with many matches in this competition, the officials and the players tend not to get too animated. Two months later, he was back at Huish Park for the League Two match against Wycombe Wanderers. We lost the game by a 0-1 scoreline, and didn't have too many complaints. The main talking point was that Jordan Green had a goal ruled out for offside, and Darren Way used his post-match interview to have a general gripe about the officiating, complaining that all fifty-fifty decisions were going in the direction of his opponents, adding that the standard of refereeing was going downhill. However, he admitted he'd not seen a video of the goal to know if it was a justified decision, so presumably it was not a grumble specific to that 'goal'.

Mr Ward will be assisted by John Flynn (Oxfordshire) and Adam Matthews (Gloucestershire). The Fourth Official will be Lee Swabey (Devon).

Link: April 2018 : Yeovil Town 0 Wycombe Wanderers 1.

Link: February 2018 : Yeovil Town 3 Fleetwood Town 2.

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

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

Link: November 2016 : Stevenage 2 Yeovil Town 2.

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

Link: August 2014 : Yeovil Town 1 Barnsley 1.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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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.

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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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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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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 Port Vale 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.

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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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